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  1. Theoretically, you could save-scum them up to the playable leagues in two seasons. Though it might take quite a while...
  2. Not getting 22 anytime soon (rough-ish times) but I'm following you madmen since page 1 this time. Padders, my boy, I'm cheering for you especially. Get it rolling at Haringey. Xaw, Follo awaits. Good luck to all of you fellas. Cheers.
  3. Good, old SI... No bugs has been fixed from the past version, heck, now it's even worse. (Speaking for Serbian leagues) There's still no Code of Conduct for previously unplayable sides. Preseason for newly promoted side is now just one week (it was two last year). So we're playing three friendlies in that one week and we're dropped off to Super liga. Nice. This one is new. Promoted side doesn't automatically become professional. I had to ask the board. And they agreed, but only at the end of the season. Til then, we're only semi pro side in a league full of professionals. Cherry on top, not a bug, just my annoyance. Since I'm ranting anyway. One of our top prospect is off to Partizan. Peanuts + percentages. My doing. Board accepted 40k + add ons from Red star. Luckily, Sinisa chose wisely.
  4. Jedinstvo Ub Season Review 2021/22 Prva liga Srbije Fixtures: 1 :: 2 Limped our way to promotion. Second part of the season was proper struggle, especially for a tiny squad like ours. I mean, look at it. Took this shot just before youth intake, to show you what it mean to me. I had to use gray player in starting eleven every match (league rules, we must have two U21 players in for 45 minutes + at least two on the bench), I had matches where my bench was entirely gray. Our defense was nonexistent because of it (one gray player + Balogh, who was not even nearly ready for senior football) but we pulled our weight on the other side. Our elderly midfield and wasteful attack did lion's share of work and it paid off. We're going into Superliga. Kup Srbije Board asked us not to embarrass ourselves. I think we did that well enough... Off the Pitch No work has been done on facilities as we don't have that kind of money yet but board was forthcoming about other upgrades. Those two were completed before intake. This one was just announced. Not without some arm twisting but they gave in in the end. Youth Intake You've seen how badly we needed bodies on the pitch. And we got them. Finally. In April, nearly at season's end. I was happy we're getting proper wingers. We were needing them desperately. Golden generation sounds nice but if you played this challenge, you know it's mostly meaningless. No idea why I got a bit gloomy with that. Anyway. New players. That's a lot of stars. No wonder, considering the state of our squad. Signed every single one of them. Of course. Here's the best three of the bunch. He could have easily went into our starting XI. But he picked up an injury at the game between Youth Prospects and our greyed our U19 so his place went to candidate 22c. You'll see him soon. As for Dragoljub... Great player. Bad, bad, bad personality. Not that much worse from our starting duo. His place on the bench is guaranteed. Sinisa became our youngest player ever (not for long though) and our (and Prva liga's) youngest goalscorer. It's fair to say he had an instant impact. Overall, I'm pretty happy. We've got what we wanted, wingers, decent goalie (exactly what we needed, considering our situation). I could do with a proper DC or two, maybe another left back, some creativity in midfield... Wishful thinking. Maybe next time. Can't get it all at once. Squad Wrong players are getting old. Gavrilovic, Bosancic, can't imagine our side without them. Bosancic was fantastic but I'm not sure he has another season at top level in his legs. But we have no other options. Lots of kids in there. Trial by fire next year, baby! No transfers made. Finances are decent. For now. Not sure it'll stay that way for long...
  5. Sporting Club Bastia July, August & September 2021 This is gonna be long one... Don't know what's the weather at you guys but we had three days of non stop rain. Not much to do but stay over the weekend with some snacks and a lot of FM. Transfers took a while to wrap up and things got bit outta hands after that. (I started a new, youth only save but that doesn't matter, side project only) Transfer Window We did some bit of business. Nothing major. You all know that gotta be a lie. Brought in to play right back. Until we got a better one. That we got better backup too. So Rosario's gonna switch over to left side. Bastia graduate back home, after being loaned in last year. Lens let him go without a fight. Definitely has a place in our front three. Easily our best defender. Raw but there's enough good in there to get bit excited about his future. Spanish Callum Gribbin. Young man with exciting future ahead of him. Brilliant player, so happy he chose us ahead of Paris FC. Used to be a lot better in past edition, if I'm not mistaken. Still, he could be an useful backup. Polyvalent player, could do great job in number of positions... If he turn out to be quarter of a player his dad was, Theo will be fantastic acquisition... Is it just me or he used to be a lot better? Still, our new #1... This little man took my defense apart every time my Deportivo side played him. Every. Single. Time. Of course I went for him. Suck it, Levante!! Backup for Arribas, turned out to be a starter since Sergio picked up a nasty injury during preseason. Captained already mentioned Deportivo side to two back to back titles in Primera. Here's hoping for a repete... Risk-free and rather cheap rotational option. Sebastien Da Silva didn't want to renew his contract and we needed a proper replacement. In comes Kun... Another used-to-be-great-in-past-FM's player. Left sided CD. Way better than Koumetio. Matsima got his partner in crime. There is it, folks. New Bastia. Bunch of kids with an adult here and there. Legit excited for this team. Potential is immense. Ligue 2 BKT And it shows. Unbeaten so far. Defense is struggling and it will til players gel together, til they get to know each other. If they're this good now... But let's not get ahead of myself. Step by step.
  6. Goddammit, I really thought about skipping this one for FM21. I had numerous attempts, lots of failures, (more than a) couple of abandoned saves... But every day, every day, you f*ckers make this thread pop up in that box on the right of the forum. Today I decided to check it. Reading it for a good chunk of the day. And here I am. Again. Once again with my hometown club. Everything is *****. Unbalanced squad. No youth in u19 squad, aside from one Hungarian central defender. Players are old as ****, about 80% of the team is (close or already is) on the wrong side of the 30's. I hate you guys. I hate my life. I hate everything.
  7. Now the real game begins. And endless contract negotiations. Not looking forward to that. Especially with finances such as ours. Which might be the reasoning behind this. Though I think it'll get better, once that L2 money kicks in. I had planned to do better organized Review but I'm currently exhausted, had a lot of work to do and a long drive home. Apologies for that. Will rectify that for the next one. Team as it is now. Lots of changes are expected. We have quite few older gentlemen in the squad, which I don't think will cut it at the professional level. Two Sebastien's must stay. Da Silva and Salles-Lamonge. Key players for us, especially the latter. It was so enjoyable watching him play. Those are first players I'll offer Pro Contracts to. Few other I'd like to keep. We'll see, in the next couple of weeks...
  8. Sporting Club Bastia April & May 2021 Championnat National We made it harder that it has to be. But two week rest til final game really made all the difference for us. Robic and Seb Da Silva got back on their feet and finally injury free, propelled us into League 2. We're going up!!
  9. Sporting Club Bastia March 2021 Championnat National Unbeaten month but with Annecy breathing down our necks, just one point separating us. Why are we like this? Away trip to Laval was perfect representation of our season so far. We had a nice, cushy, three-goal lead twice in that game, only to kick the bucket and drop it all in the Extra Time. Yes, we conceded two goals post 90 minutes. Sweet Jesus...
  10. Yeah, Seb's been immense. Toyed with the idea of bringing in Faupala to take over but Da Silva just couldn't stop scoring so I dropped it. Our wage budget is stretched enough as it is...
  11. Sporting Club Bastia February 2021 Championnat National Billy scored a goal on his debut, had an assist and smashed in a game winner away at Orleans. Early days but he's been fantastic so far. Annecy is catching up. We failed to beat them at our turf and then stupidly dropped the lead v Avranches. C'mon lads, focus. Don't throw it away now.
  12. Sporting Club Bastia January 2021 Transfer Window Things were quiet, up until the deadline day. Caen, Chateauroux and Sochaux went all in for Guidi, we had a nice little bidding war going on so we got a great fee for one of ours top earners. Haven't had the time (nor any viable target, really) for full transfer hence Billy Koumetio. Loanee from Liverpool will stay here til the end of next season, with us paying only peanuts in wages. Because what other clubs ask for is often based on the state of your wage budget. Not sure that's how RL works but FM seemingly does. According to my experience, that is... Here's Billy. Still raw but a bag of potential. Championnat National Another unbeaten month, with our lead slightly increasing. More of this, please. Let's wrap this promotion up without any shenanigans. Is that too much to ask for? Coupe de France We were lucky to take an early lead. Nimes battered us, squeezed us into our half. Hell, into our penalty box. Scored well deserved equalizer, could've scored two more but Lombardi was up to the task. But justice prevailed when we got to the penalties. Nimes through, deservedly. But we held our own. Lots of stuff to be proud about.
  13. Sporting Club Bastia October, November & December 2020 Championnat National Got carried away a bit last night on Discord, time just flew and when I finally took notice, I was deep into December. So here it is, three in one. Unbeaten October, few bumps on the road in November and triumphant return to form to close out 2020. Still 1st on the National ladder, with our points advantage increased. Not much to complain about... Coupe de France I joked about it but ****ing hell, we were so, so close to the abyss. Nearly went out on penalties. Luckily, boys took my criticism seriously and massively improved in next few encounters. Rivals weren't exactly at our level but we did out job properly and fulfilled board's expectations. Got through to the Ninth Round. Where we have a League 1 club waiting...
  14. That's the plan. Build an European powerhouse, destroy PSG and maybe then move away.
  15. Turns out, we can sign players before January. Found out on accident, after seeing news on "Twitter" feed about some other club making signings. Left back is the weakest area in our squad so getting Guenouche was a no brainer. He will easily slot into our first XI, as soon as he build up his fitness.
  16. Sporting Club Bastia September 2020 Championnat National Three out of four. I'm happy with that. Very generous of us to gift Stade Briochin with their first victory of the year but hey, we're nothing if not the nice guys. Still holding out on top. Though it is way too early for it to matter much. Coupe de France I know nothing about our first Cup opponent. Which means I think we should be getting past them easily. Which also means we're getting knocked out on penalties. Because FM.
  17. Sporting Club Bastia August 2020 Championnat National We had a rather decent preseason, winning three games, drawing two, losing only first one (heavily, though) to Antwerp. Main goal was fulfilled, went through it without picking up any new injuries, fitness built up to decent levels, fully ready to take on National. And we started splendidly. Two wins outta two, pretty much a dream start for newly promoted sides. Bonus points for style, as we bloody played both of these teams off the pitch. Now let's see can we keep this up...
  18. Squad Review As I said before, I like a lot about this bunch. There's real quality in here. But lot of them are getting older, slower so not a great fit for type of football I prefer. But with transfer window turned off for the summer, we're stuck with each other till January. According to Team Report, this is Bastia's best lineup. And I agree with good part of it. But here's how I'd set it up. GK Vincensini is out #1. Not even a contest as Lombardi is few years past his peak. DEF He's young, pretty raw but there's a nice, little player in here. Perhaps our best defender. Will make for a good pairing with Bocognano. We need him on the left. Our captain and leader is competent to play there. Our other options for this side are properly dire. MID Not exactly suited for midfield maestro, that Xabi Alonso type of role I like to have but Tom will have to do for now. Will fit rather nicely into BBM role. Lots of things to like about Sebastien. Nearly complete player. One of the oldest at the club. One player that has Star status. Our highest earner. And huge part of largest social group. My worst nightmare. His legs will be gone by January so playing on the wing is not an option. That's why I'm fitting him in midfield three, praying to all gods he'll perform so we can move him as fast as humanly possible. ATT Best candidate for AMR Inside Forward. When he recovers. Santelli's counterpart on the opposite side of the pitch. Sebastien's gonna spearhead our attack. Brilliant mental attributes. The rest is... Enough. Hopefully he'll bag quite few of them...
  19. Struggled to get into FM save of late. Like, started a new one about 30 times and quit it. Not the first time this happened. I found that writing about it helps a bit. Keeps you focused on that game. So here we are. Why Bastia? Well, one of my Discord mates has Paris FC save ongoing, really fun one so he recommended me France as a starting point. Not a big fan of the league but considering all the fun my pal is having trying to beat PSG... I wanted in. We were going through clubs in lower tiers of French football and both of us liked Bastia. Couple of really good, really cool players played for them in the past, colors are alright, shield is nice enough. That was about it. One major trophy and nearly men on a few occasions... Bastia just got promoted back into National and expectations are already high. Media predicted us ending up 7th, Board want Top Half and looking at the squad... They might be onto something. Team is rather old-ish, with a lot of players on the wrong side of 30's. Defense is a problem, as Bastia have no proper left back. Not exactly pleased with cover either. More on that later, I'll show you our best eleven in a separate post. But midfield and our strike force... Can't really complain. They seem decent enough for this level. Finances are good. For now. But from my experience, in lower leagues, things tend to get real bad, real quick. To close out this OP, here's my avatar. No badges, no past experience. Just a wrong guy at the right place, ready to prove the world wrong. That's what this FM fantasy is about...
  20. I can't tell you how much money I've wasted well spent after school in video room?/play room?/not sure what the right name it is for it, but every day (didn't have a PC at home back then), I was there, getting my Leeds United to two Champions League titles in five years. Nostalgia is... Just... Too much... Good luck with this.
  21. Jedinstvo Ub - September 2021 Linglong Tire Super liga Unbeaten month pushes us one step up the Super liga ladder. We've even beaten rampaging Vojvodina, inflicting upon them their first defeat of the season. Still, there's a petty side of me that would've replace that for a W at Krusevac... Kup Srbije But Kup victory against Napredak will have to satisfy my desire for Krusevac's blood (this sound so, so wrong)... Rad and their Ultras Diet Nazi's are next...
  22. Jedinstvo Ub - August 2021 Linglong Tire Super liga Bit of a mixed month but considering we've faced two out of four strongest teams in Serbia (and held one up for a draw) is a success in my book. Kup Srbije This is third or fourth time we're advancing after penalties. Character!! We should be getting past them...
  23. Jedinstvo Ub - July 2021 Transfers (So far) Gajic left for Napredak. After season he's had, Nikola thought he's bigger than us, refusing to sign pro contract (we were semi pro club before getting promoted) and to spread a bit more salt into the wound, he chose Napredak, club i don't have a polite way of saying how much i dislike. But let's focus on the incoming players. Some lovely fellas among them. Winger from Macva but considering his attributes, not exactly great physicals and PPM, he may be better suited for a role in central midfield. Our new starting right fullback, taking over from Radojicic. From Partizan we've got talented player and (for now) starter down the left. After getting Freddy Rincon to our staff, this lovely little fella popped up in my feed. He's good enough to start and decent replacement for Ajdar, who went back to Cukaricki. Our new #1. He's not that much better than Curguz but he's much younger, with lots of place for growth. My top targets for central defenders all chose other clubs so Nikola is brought in. He should do great, he has everything i love in CD's. Squad Still searching for a striker that would be an upgrade on Mehmedovic (there are few names i'm looking to bring in but they're currently waiting for other options) and another left back, though options available are so dire it mightn't even be worth getting anyone. Linglong Tire Super liga Fantastic opening of the new season by smashing Mladost, unlucky loss at our stadium but swift recovery during our Belgrade excursion. Hopefully, we can keep it up...
  24. A.E. Prat // Season Review 2020/21 Prva liga Srbije (2nd place) Fixtures: I :: II Fantastic year, both for us and Kolubara. It was tight race just up till the end. They prevailed but we can also be proud of ourselves. Any other season, we would be crowned champions as early as April. Kup Srbije (Knocked out in Quarter Final by Partizan) We did alright for our first showing. For a side expected to barely go past Qualifying Rounds, we went fairly far. (Is it just me or this sound weird-ish. Legit but weird. Anyway, too tired to change it but oddly not enough to stop writing unnecessary nonsense and go on with season review) Squad This team is in a lot better shape now than it was 12 months ago. Core is there, we just have to replace loanees and oldies whose contracts are expiring and we're set for debut in Super liga. I'll try not to change things too much. Try to restrain myself. It's gonna be hard though, there's a lot of tasty players on the wire... Transfers You've seen this one. Not much to report aside from the fact that Gavrilovic and Rajovic will be leaving. Two golden oldies, with expiring contracts, both of them already found their new employers. Finances Not great but it will get better. Thankfully, our board injected 110k to keep us out of red, which is the main reason for us finishing in black. Player Of The Season But of a controversial one but Rajovic is my pick ahead of obvious choice in Gajic. Marko had an ungrateful task, starting for us despite his age and gone legs. But he was phenomenal, ending up as our best creator, either via crosses from open play or set pieces. Also, he's leaving and I'm a sucker for perfect goodbyes. Next Season Restrain myself on the market. Remain comfortably in Super liga. One of those will be easy. Career Summary
  25. Jedinstvo Ub - May 2021 Prva liga Srbije We've beaten Kolubara, had everything in our hands only to drop the ball (both metaphorically and literally, thanks to our goalie) so trophy ultimately ended at Lazarevac. Can't really say it is undeserved, the Miners had 12 victories and just 2 defeats in second part of the season. Still, it stings a bit...
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