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Tikka Mezzala

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About Tikka Mezzala

Biography

  • Biography
    Just like Tikka Masala (allegedly), I, too, am a Glasgow invention.

Interests

  • Interests
    Football Manager. That's about it. Oh...football too. But more Football Manager.

Favourite Team

  • Favourite Team
    Celtic FC

Currently Managing

  • Currently Managing
    St Anthony's

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  1. "All that I know most surely about morality and obligations, I owe to football." - Albert Camus I've done nothing today. Well, not nothing, but nothing productive. All of my actions have been aimed at staving off the bored depression that always threatens to encapsulate a person in my predicament. I tried reading (an activity I consider to be productive), but my attention span wouldn't stretch beyond the musings of loose acquaintances on Facebook. Refresh, scroll, refresh, scroll, refresh, scroll, phone down. Look for something to watch: boredom. Pick phone up, scroll, refresh, scroll...the same process repeated throughout the day. By late-afternoon/early-evening I feel light-headed. My lack of movement brings on a feeling that would vindicate substance-dualism: my mind feels as though it is coming undone from its physical shell and retreating into a nauseating, unstable world of pure thought. The only physical sensations that reach out into this immaterial universe are a faint pain in my lower back caused by slouching, and a sore head brought on by dehydration. The remedy for my sluggishness: spicy instant ramen noodles. I always maintain just enough energy to get up off the sofa, boil the kettle, rip open the packet of noodles and put them and the hot water in a bowl. Sometimes I think the dry noodles resemble a brain. When the boiling water is added and they soften and come apart, they resemble my brain. I have been living off of ramen noodles and other 'instant' foods ever since leaving home thirteen or so months ago. Before my involuntary independence I used to imagine myself in the kitchen chopping away at peppers, onions, tomatoes, carrots, heads of lettuce and other colourful symbols of health. The only colour in my daily meal of waking life comes from the spice packet that I add to my noodles for flavour. Thankfully I don't eat to stay in good health; I eat to write. In the evenings, after dinner, I utilise all three-hundred-and-eighty-nine calories of the ramen noodles, and sit down to type. At the moment I am working on a philosophical tract about the ontological commitments of association football. So far I have managed to establish that football is committed to the existence of free-will: "In the mind of the football-person(s), all possibilities are open before a boot has been tied and a ball kicked. The betting man may calculate the likely outcome by surveying all known facts ahead of kick-off; he remains a gambler, none-the-less, because chance is an element in the constitution of his world. The very idea that the outcome of a football match may be pre-determined is so egregious to the football community, that titles have been stripped and heavy fines implemented for those who are deemed to have been involved in the heinous crime of 'match-fixing'. I have been attempting for the past few weeks to establish a novel concept that I have dubbed 'spectator idealism', but any time I sit down to elucidate the idea, the details of it slip out of my mind. All I know right now is that it has something to do with the existence of football as a game depending upon it being perceived as such. Hopefully I will have a more concrete explanation in the coming weeks. When I have exhausted my creativity for the evening I switch from Microsoft Word to Football Manager. In the world of the management simulation game, I bounce between believing there is genuine chance involved and believing that the game is fixed against me. Surely it would be stupid to trust a computer to play fair when I am competing against it? Even though I know that certain things are hard-wired, and that my computer cannot simply write its own rule book, I still approach the game with caution. The proof is beginning to mount in favour of the 'fixed' hypothesis: silly mistakes from goalkeepers and defenders, an injury list that would shame a team of Derk Boerigters, and a world class striker that doesn't score goals. I begin a new tract on the philosophy of Football Manager: "In the mind of the Football Manager enthusiast, all possibilities are shut before 'continue' has been clicked..."
  2. Hello, FM Stories Community! I am a newcomer here. I only joined the forum very recently and was delighted to stumble across a space dedicated to writers and people that like to add a bit of creativity to their Football Manager experience. I have been very impressed with some of the stories on here and it has inspired me to have a go at writing my own FM Story. Before I embark upon my project I should make something clear: since we are approaching the time of year when a new Football Manager comes kicking and screaming into the world, I'd like to situate my story within the world of the future instalment of the game. That means that I won't be receiving input for my story directly from the events of the game until after the release. My reasons for choosing to do this are twofold: I don't want to get into writing a story that in all likelihood would end abruptly when the new edition of the game arrives; and I would like to use the time before the release to create a bit of a backstory. I hope that my contribution to the community will be in keeping with the high standards already set by those who have been writing here for some time. Best Wishes, Tikka Mezzala.
  3. Let us know how you get on with this. I haven't had any success trying to get FM05 to run.
  4. I have been thinking about how Guardiola has helped transform Manchester City and how the staff that were brought in by him, and before him, set the groundwork for what we are seeing today. I think the reason he has been allowed so much influence over the club's entire philosophy and structure is because of his standing in the game and his success. I think managers with less of a reputation have to earn the right to transform a club from the inside and we could see more of this in the game. I find it too easy to go to a club and have them agree to my philosophies, even if I have no track record of delivering on them. I reckon there would be more of an individual vs the organisation scenario playing out with less reputable managers. I shouldn't be able to go into a club as a first time manager and have the keys to every department. I also think there are clubs and chairmans that give the manager only a little say (sometimes none) on transfers. Maybe there is a preseason meeting where people discuss areas that need to be addressed in the window, but it would be more realistic if some teams were to delegate transfers to a director of football or chairman, and only reputable managers having the opportunity to challenge this arrangement. I don't think Ernesto Valverde, for example, is behind Barcelona's transfers. He doesn't strike me as being too involved in the Griezmann and Neymar pursuits. But I think if the club was to have Guardiola back, he'd not stand for this as much. He'd want much more input into things. I hope you see what I'm getting at. Cheers.
  5. I've only found this sub-forum in the last few days, but I have been impressed with the content. This was a very good read. I'll be keeping an eye out for future posts from yourself. Keep up the good work!
  6. I am pretty sure I am playing them in a game or two . My friend said that there is a database that allows for promotion all the way up to the professional leagues. Not sure if it is somewhere on this site. I am happy enough keeping to junior football for the time being. At least until I win the Junior Cup and get a crack at the Scottish Cup. I really enjoy the competitiveness of the leagues as anyone can put together a squad capable of challenging for promotion and the situation changes year on year.
  7. It took me some time to settle on a team for this edition of the game. I found myself unable to enjoy managing a club in the top tier of any nation, even though in the previous versions of the game I've seldom managed outside of top-flight football. My friend sent me the Scottish pyramid database with the junior leagues that he downloaded from here and I've been having fun with a side from the south-side of Glasgow called St Anthony's. I like the idea of beginning in a realistic setting and earning the right to manage my beloved Celtic FC or the Scottish national team. With that in mind I think I will be continuing to manage in the junior game when FM20 arrives. I like the history of junior football in Scotland and it's a shame that we no longer see it being supported to the same degree it was in the past. A lot of great players started out at junior level and went on to play for top clubs in Scotland and England. Stevie Chalmers, the scorer of the winning goal in the 1967 European Cup Final, started out at my local team Kirkintilloch Rob Roy. 76,000 fans watched the Junior Cup Final in 1951. A golden era for the junior game. While I cannot take a team from the junior game into the feeder leagues for the SPFL structure, four junior clubs can qualify for the Scottish Cup and that could set up a potential meeting with one of the major clubs in the country. I would also love to see players come through at junior level and make it in the top flight. It's not been happening too often in my current save in FM19, though one or two have risen as far as SPFL1.
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