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  1. Thanks @jaysdailydose! I've scrolled through the thread and there's some awesome stuff in here. Anyway, I present the world of 2029 (I know I said 2027 originally, but I wanted to make the save pretty much all newgens): Long gone are the days of Messi and Ronaldo - the best (or rather, the most expensive) players in the world are now Di Giacomo and Rodriguez. Belgium won the 2026 World Cup and Bayern won this years Champion's league. This is what the Premier League looks like as of November the 6th: Yes, Crystal Palace is coming second. So, looks like I'm managing a remarkably lackluster Everton. Their best player seems to be this bloke here, who's alright. They have a pretty poor financial projection, but a strangely large transfer budget of nearly 50M I'll post further updates soon. Edit - just realised I haven't removed the non-English leagues from my save. I'll keep them as I'm not technically competing in this challenge, if that's ok.
  2. I'm really keen to take part - one twist though, I want to start my save in 2027. Is that alright? Edit - Also, why should we only load English leagues? Doesn't that make continental competition less competitive?
  3. I'm not sure if this is the right place to put this, but I've noticed that poaching other clubs' youth intake prospects is a lot harder this year (the players tend to not enter contract negotiations). Are there any strategies for signing them? I'm playing as Ajax, so I usually don't, but there's a newgen with 3.5* CA at 15 years old...
  4. Cheers herne. Another question, sorry - how wide do mezzalas drift? Do they push out to the half-space, or all the way to where a winger would operate? I'm trying to figure out whether to partner one with a IF or a winger.
  5. What's the difference between a DLP(D) in the midfield strata compared to one playing in the DM strata? I'm playing with a midfield three, and I've heard previously that playing with the holding mid in the midfield strata (and no-one in the DM strata) pushes the LCM and RCM further apart and makes the space between midfield and defense more compact? Is this true? And would a holding midfielder playing in the DM strata drop deeper in both possession and in defense?
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    It came home. Hope, hope came home

    In my experience English fans (in all sports) can be pretty... unstable (compared to other country's fans)? Not sure if that's the best way to put it (and I mean no offense - I know/hope that the ones I'm talking about are in the minority), but y'all seem to fluctuate between a massive sense of entitlement (eg. "it's coming home" as soon as they've beaten Tunisia), and being hopelessly pessimistic and defeatist. I mean, jeez, your country's team just made it to the semis of the Football World Cup - they were big underdogs to do that, and they're a young squad with bucket loads of potential.
  7. You think they'll beat Belgium?
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    Round of 16: Colombia v England (19:00 BST ITV1)

    Fair enough, but it shows that England struggle without star players like Kane who didn't start against Belgium. Regardless, the Sweden/England game should be good - Sweden have been solid overall so far so hopefully there's some entertaining football on show
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    Round of 16: Colombia v England (19:00 BST ITV1)

    And a poor 'reserves' performance just means that the side lack depth, which is required to do well at a tournament like the world cup with games every few days. Sure, I got it wrong and England won, but they were shaky and it honestly could have gone either way. Therefore I maintain my stance that they'll struggle against stronger teams. Also, I'm not biased - my country's football team has pretty much no hope of even making the WC - I'm just stating my belief that it's unlikely that England will win the WC.
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    Round of 16: Colombia v England (19:00 BST ITV1)

    And a poor 'reserves' performance just means that the side lack depth, which is required to do well at a tournament like the world cup with games every few days. Sure, I got it wrong and England won, but they were shaky and it honestly could have gone either way. Therefore I maintain my stance that they'll struggle against stronger teams. Also, I'm not biased - my country's football team has pretty much no hope of even making the WC - I'm just stating my belief that it's unlikely that England will win the WC.
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    Round of 16: Colombia v England (19:00 BST ITV1)

    Yeah, Maguire and Davison Sanchez were probably the stand-outs for me. Both were excellent in defense and looked pretty composed on the ball for most of the game.
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    Round of 16: Colombia v England (19:00 BST ITV1)

    Um, no. I said that Colombia should win based off England's performance against Belgium (regardless of England having the far better team on paper - and at the time it wasn't confirmed that James was injured iirc). England managed to scrape past with a Kane penalty (plus the penalty shootout), so yeah, I do remain pretty cynical of their chances. They have got a fairly easy run-in though, with Sweden being one of the weaker teams going into the QF's, so who knows? It's football; anything could happen.
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    Round of 16: Colombia v England (19:00 BST ITV1)

    How? England made it through the Ro16 against opponents they probably should have comfortably won against without extra time/penalties lol. Overreaction much?
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