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  1. Well Season 6 is over and what a way to finish it The 6th league title, Taca and league cup double, Supertaca and the one I coveted after reaching the final twice before it was 3rd time lucky And it was a dream way to win it On his final game before retiring the 39 year old Cristiano Ronaldo came off the bench to score the winner in Moscow Speaking after the game Ronaldo said "it was meant to be I think, I won my first Champions League title here while at Manchester United and I win my final title here too with my boyhood club, it is a dream come true" I have the little matter of the European Championships with the Portuguese National Team to finish off and then I think I'll be looking forward to FM20 who knows maybe I'll have another Sporting save.
  2. FYI Still playing this save, shall update at the end of the season ;-) Hope to have it done by the time FM20 Beta comes out
  3. Season 6 November And my 100% record is gone but still undefeated I had been two down to Setubal and it was looking likely that I'd lose my first game of the season Ronaldo had other ideas scoring the equalizer late on It does mean Benfica can draw level with me if they win their game in hand which I expect them to though they don't play that until the end of the December so who knows what will happen between then and now As for my fixtures Some potentially tricky ties but I'm confident I can continue my goal scoring prowess. Of course the month of November seen me finish off qualification for Euro 2024 And another two great performances see me top the group with a 100% record The Turks also qualifying as one of the best placed 2nd place teams The Georgia game seen another international debut this time for Benfica midfielder Tiago Araujo. Next up as previously mentioned is two friendlies with Poland and Germany, which I think I may try to give game time to some of the fringe players.
  4. Season 6 October Back with Sporting save for a bit Still going strong Absolutely banging in the goals this season (65 so far) Looks like again it will be Benfica chasing me down. Fixtures for November As for Portugal two games in October Northern Ireland and Estonia Two comfortable wins see me qualify for Germany 2024 Fixtures for November I'll obviously be looking to finish the campaign with a 100% record. I've also set up friendlies for March with Poland and Germany.
  5. Well first 3 months down with Viitorul. what a fantastic little team I must say June was quiet enough getting fitness up but some very good results 1-1 with Galatasaray was a brilliant way to end a productive first month. July was when my competitive games begun with the Europa League qualifiers And a great way to start the league campaign with two wins over rivals for the top places. A 3 -0 win over Atromitos in the 2nd qualifying round gave me a healthy lead for the second leg. Vina, Hagi and Matan sent my 52 away fans home happy and looking forward to the 3rd round of qualifiers where Molde would await me. Back to that in a moment as for the league Only the one win during August and my first defeat to Craiova Though with a game in hand i'm still doing very well with a win in my next game bringing me back into the top 2 at least. Now onto Europe as said I drew Molde. They were heavy favourites of course but in the first leg I decided to put it to them. And a stoppage time winner gives me a slim advantage. I knew it would be tough in Norway and that they would come at me knowing 1 goal could see them through But Alexandru Matan sent my 10 fans back to Romania looking forward to another away day in Europe. Where I would face Copenhagen... and what an away day in Europe it was for 8 of those fans two early counter attacks and I put myself in an amazing position to make the Group stage What seemed like the longest match I've ever played in FM I managed to defy all the odds to keep ahead and take my place in the Europa League Group Stage These were the stats for that match as you can see Copenhagen pushed me hard. As for the draw I knew going into it as 4th seeds I wasn't going to be getting the most favorable of draws well judge for yourself As tough a draw as you could get for a team of my stature. An update on transfers for a change to let the Director of football handle the transfers, in terms of the overall squad the team is well balanced only real cover needed is for Hagi on the right wing and another CF to help out Dragus and Rivaldinho. My DoF obviously concurred with this and brought in two players on loan from Craiova First up Nuno Rocha Not the best at finishing but I like his versatility to play in most positions. Next in Cesar Meza Colli He can play both wings (he's actually more comfortable on the the left wing as a winger but he can do a job as the inside forward on the left making him great cover when needed also a makeshift CF if I again really need it. Stats wise so far for the team Vina and Hagi are doing brilliant for me.
  6. In no particular order England: Newcastle United- some good young signings this season, will be interesting to follow on from the Rafalution Chelsea- I think with the transfer ban in place it will be a good chance to develop the youth in the team Leeds United- get them back to Premier League Spain: Barcelona- a front 3 of Griezmann, Suarez and Messi shall I say more Valencia- always a good challenge, given the finances Mallorca- a nice challenge to keep the islanders in the top division. Italy: Inter Milan - Icardi free- a new dawn for Inter Parma - for the old romantic in me Germany: Dortmund - can you go one better then last season- some fantastic signings here too FC Koln - back in the big time France: Lyon - the youth man the youth Lille - having sold last seasons star players can you repeat the champions league and potential title challenge Portugal: Sporting CP - one my favourite saves from Fm19 i'll be looking forward to going again with the lions
  7. Great to see others giving Sporting a go, such an enjoyable league and team to play with. @spacewe I had tried to get Pavon myself but he moved to PSG (i believe on more wages), I had Vargas too but injuries took their toll on him.
  8. Tactics This will be the main tactic I'll be going for ,I've always wanted to experiment with the Segundo Volante so I thought why not. One thing I'll also say is that the youth academy for Vitroul is also brilliant That is just a small glimpse of the potential currently at the club, there are many more currently out on loan The Romania League has a pretty cool structure similar to the Scottish League in that after 26 games are played it is split into A Champions and Relegation stage.
  9. The Squad Midfielders Andrei Artean, Paul Iacob, Tudor Baluta , Vlad Achim, Ionut Vîna Andrei Tîrcoveanu, Andrei Ciobanu , Carlo Casap , Lyes Houri, Andreas Calcan Again some great young talent there to mold into stars Attackers Ianis Hagi, Mircea Manole , Romeo Banica, Eric, Denis Dragus, Alexandru Matan, Alexi Pitu, Rivaldinho A mix of youth and older players here too. Overall a fantastic young team to grow, the perfect challenge.
  10. The Squad Goalkeepers Alexandru Buzbuchi , Valentin Cojocaru , Arpad Tordai It will be between Buzbuchi and Cojocaru for your starting keeper as seen below both have good stats Defenders Radu Boboc , Dani Lopez, Sebastian Mladen, Bogdan Tîru Virgil Ghita, Bas Kuipers , Bradley de Nooijer A lot of good young players to mold in the defence as well as some experience
  11. So one last save for FM19 before FM20 comes out. Fotbal Club Viitorul Constanța, commonly known as Viitorul Constanța or simply Viitorul, is a Romanian professional football club based in Ovidiu, Constanța County, currently playing in the Liga I. Viitorul Constanța was founded in the summer of 2009 and enrolled in the Liga III, the third tier of the Romanian football league system, after acquiring the playing rights of CSO Ovidiu. It has been owned since its creation by former Romanian international Gheorghe Hagi. The club is particularly known for promoting young talents from its academy,hence the nickname "Hagi's Kids". With the former Romanian international also acting as a coach, Viitorul had its first major success in the 2016–17 season, when they became the first team from the region of Dobruja to win the national title They play their home matches in blue and black kits at the Stadionul Viitorul, situated a few kilometres north of the city of Constanța. Stadionul Viitorul
  12. Yeah Besiktas would be fun too. Didn't know that about Basaksehir :-o
  13. Season 6 September Still 100% in the league and banging in the goals, decent start to the Champions League but disappointing start in the League Cup Benfica look like they'll be my challengers this season Two Champions League games in October as well as two home games in the league and the 3rd round of the Taca to come. So two games in September for the National Team and two wins The Georgian game gave me a chance to throw on a few players in the last ten minutes, Milar Svilar making his debut as well as Diogo Cardoso and Diogo Queiros all coming on. Qualification could possibly be sown up in the next round of fixtures The only squad change sees Andre Silva come back into the squad ahead of Cardoso
  14. Anyone ever managed in Turkey? Looking for a side project /successor to my Sporting save, I've been doing a Napoli save but I find the Italian league too easy I've never managed in the Turkish so wondering what the level is like. I'm thinking of either going with Fenerbahçe looking to overtake Galatasaray in the number of Super Liga Titles or Başakşehir who came close to winning the league last year. I'm kind of tempted by Başakşehir as they have a lot of good players who I'm massive fans of down the years such as Demba Ba, Emre Belözoğlu, Robinho , Clichy and Arda Turan. But I'm open to suggestions I could of course try to continue Gala's reign or maybe a team outside of Istanbul to break that reign Bursaspor (Who were actually relegated IRL) or Trabzonspor. Alanyaspor also have another one my old Newcastle favourites in Papiss Cisse
  15. Season 6 August First month of the season down and another trophy in the Supertaca and an incredible start to the league season with 15 goals scored As i said there was one more signing waiting to be approved Welcome to Sporting KAIO JORGE One I'd tried for a few times but he was always looking for 100k a week wages. I seen him on transfer list (REQ) and had to go for him, thankfully he accepted lower wages this time. He completes my squad for the season ahead. Here is my Champions League Squad List for the 2023/24 season The draw for the Champions League has been kind enough Player of the month Antonio Marin- the Croat has started the season in fine form with 4 goals Of course with Duarte leaving I needed a new captain, it may have been easy to just give it to Ronaldo like my assistant said but I wanted to reward one of my best players from last season so my new captain ..... Daniel Bragança and also rewarded for last terms brilliance my new vice captain Diogo Bras The league so far Schedule for September In September I continue with the Euro 2024 qualifiers with Georgia and Turkey my next opponents a few injuries to Domingos Duarte and Andre Silva , see a few changes And potentially some new caps, Diogo Querios of Porto comes in for Duarte and Diogo Cardoso from Vit. Guimaraes (on loan from Benfica) come in after starting the season well. You may also notice a new inclusion in the Goalkeeping department After being a Benfica for over 7 years Mile Svilar has gained Portuguese Citizenship and I was able to convince him to switch allegiance from Belgium. At only 24 he could battle it out with Diogo Costa now to see who will take over from Lopes.
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