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  1. You're allowed 3 foreigners in the squad of 25 - but note that South Americans get Spanish nationality in 2 years, everyone else in 10. No foreigner restrictions in the match day squad
  2. Yep, who wins the awards can be quite puzzling some times
  3. One of the loans he went out on was actually to Wisla in 2021/22 Played 24 games, with 4 goals & 2 assists for an average 6.88 rating
  4. FWIW @Jurigag, in my game (now in 2023), he was sent out on loan a couple of times and then signed with 2nd division Cadiz on a Free in 2022
  5. 2022/23 Transfers The major signing (which doesn't show when I filter out all the loan/free transfers) was that of Frank Kessie from AC Milan, who came in on a Free Transfer to man the DM spot in the tactics I posted earlier. Ed Coenen was last season's leading goal scorer in La Liga while on loan with Espanyol. Mancisidor and Alastuey were 2 16yo regens with 4* potential (and already 1.5* current ability). Luis Pedro was a cheap and young back-up keeper after I let my previous back-up go out on loan to gain experience (and hopefully attract some big offers). Arthur was the big sale of the season, going to Man Utd after he became somewhat expendable with the Kessie transfer. Vitolo was sold to Man Utd before his contract ran out (and didn't play a game for them). Partey was allowed to leave after he wanted a new challenge - unfortunately for him Man City didn't win anything and he didn't play - featuring in a total of 5 games. Mario was off to China before his contract expired too. Competitions The month of December provided a brutal set of fixtures prior to the Christmas break. Had to face the teams that were 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th in the league at the start of December, plus had a must-win UCL group stage game against Arsenal or else I'd fail to qualify for the knockout rounds Beat Gijon in the Supercopa fairly easily Won La Liga in a canter again, again with 5 games to go despite not winning either at home or away against the team that ended up in 20th Lost in the Quarter Finals of the Champions League to Man Utd. Won 1-0 at home but was smashed in the return leg 0-4. Won the Copa del Rey against the arch enemy, Real Madrid, in a tight final 1-0 thanks to a Frank Kessie goal from a corner in the 82nd minute. Godin is retiring and Diego Costa is being allowed to leave on a free as he "wants a new challenge". Awards A number of season ending awards were claimed by my players. Franco Hoyos won La Liga's Best Player award, Andrea Belotti won the Pichichi and Oblak the Trofeo Zamora. Belotti also won the Europe's Best Player award over Eden Hazard and reigning Ballon D'Or winner Kylian Mbappe All in all, the league is getting somewhat boring given the ease in which I've won it the last two seasons and the quality of the squad I've assembled. However my inability to make it very far in the Champions League at the same time is quite frustrating.
  6. Walter Kanneman was pretty good for me and probably cheap if he's still at Gremio. And he doesn't take up a foreign player spot as he is a dual Argentinian/German national
  7. They finished 9th in the second season of my save, and were actually on the bottom of the table after ~5 games IIRC. Valverde was fired in November of that season and then the caretaker coach used some weird (for Barca) 4-1-4-1 formation for the rest of the season. It was very unusual to face Messi playing as a true CM
  8. In the first two seasons I pretty much used only this formation of my own creation against all but the biggest clubs when away (when I used a defensive, counter attacking 4-4-2): The reason for the weird formation was purely to get my best players on the pitch in as many games as possible. Atleti's squad at the start has a number of very good central midfields (Koke, Saul, Gabi etc), a couple of good left wingers in Griezmann, Carrasco and Gaitan and some okay forwards in Gameiro and Vietto. Add in the pre-arranged signings of Vitolo and Diego Costa, and they strengthen those positions too. The DLP at the DM position would be moved up into the CM line against weaker teams (which is also how I have a Mezalla and a Carrilero in a 2 man CM line) The last couple of seasons, most of the time I've used this tactic that I downloaded and changed slightly: The original formation has an IF-S at AMR, but I moved that guy into an AMC (with the move out wide PI) due to the players I have in my squad. Its basically a very high possession tactic that creates a high number of shots (I typically get >60% possession and >20 shots each game) while also being pretty sound at the back despite the aggressive looking formation. I not infrequently will hold the opposition to under 5 total shots all game, and also sometimes allow zero shots on target.
  9. Eh, the squad is so good now I don't have to do a whole heap - most of the games I don't even play, just hit the "Instant result" button after setting the line-up and picking the mentality. In fact, at the end of the last season I posted, I had 4 midfielders whose description was "Elite midfielder" (Koke, Saul, Leon Goretzka & Arthur), plus an "Elite goalkeeper" in Oblak and 3 more "elite" players in Griezmann, Correa and Belotti. My only weakness in the squad was at LB. Belotti performs well but he has been a pain to keep a hold of. Despite Atletico being one of the top 3 or 4 clubs by reputation according to the game, basically every transfer window an offer gets put in for him and then he asks to leave. Last season I had to give him a €50k/week raise and a €10m signing bonus to keep him, and now this off-season (winter of 2022) he wants to go to Monaco because they've put in a €94m (including clauses) offer
  10. That's a super effort to have Las Palmas on top of the league on the final day of the first season @Saint_Lane
  11. 2021/22 The season started off with the club subject to a take-over, which seemed to have the sole effect of reducing the clubs debt, and basically halving the monthly repayment and reducing the pressure to either win or sell players to maintain a positive bank balance each year. Transfers Domizi is an Argentinian wonderkid who can play all down the left flank. Paulo Henrique is a two-footed, regen Brazilian RB who i'd had my eye on for a while who I bought to play IWB at LB after selling Emerson. Sold Walter Kannemann as I wanted to give playing time to a couple of young CBs and he was coming into his final contract year. Mensah and Caio didn't progress on loan, so were sold before their contracts ran down. Bayern came in with a big offer in January for Emerson - made a potential 40m profit in just 18 months on him! Competitions The Supacopa was a relatively straight forward affair, winning 1-0 away and 2-0 at home against Espanyol. It was a difficult season for me in the Champions League. First I only just scraped through to the knockout stages on the final day (and needing a result to go my way), coming in second to Fiorentina and on equal points with Dortmund. Lost to Man City in the First Knockout round on away goals 2-2 at home and then 1-1 away. The Copa del Rey was won on penalties against Sporting Gijon after a 0-0 draw where I had 35 shots compared to Gijon's 4. I had to beat Barcelona and Real Madrid in the QF and SF respectively to make the final. La Liga was won with 5 games in hand.
  12. 2020/21 Transfers A few ins for the first team, but no significant outs. Emerson was a bargain buy at LB because Roma somehow finished 16th! Mario was transfer listed at Man City, so was brought in to provide competition at RB after Dani Alves retired. Franco Hoyos is an Argentinian regen who had a 90+ scout recommendation, and Nunez is a Spanish regen with 4* potential. Karamoko is a 3.5* regen Right Winger who I have no real idea why I bought him considering I don't play with an AMR Competitions Almost the perfect season. Started off by winning the European Super Cup 2-1 over Monaco, with Belotti netting a brace. The Club World Cup was far more difficult than it needed to be. I scraped through the semi-finals 1-0 in extra time against Auckland City and then clinched the title with another 1-0 win against Club America. I had a pretty easy run to the Copa del Rey, not having to play either of the big 2 teams, and beating Espanyol in the final 2-0 La Liga was wrapped up pretty early mostly thanks to Real Madrid and Barca dropping points elsewhere, as a lost away but won at home against both of them. Lost in the semis of the Champions League to eventual winners Man Utd on away goals, with a nil-all draw at home in the first leg and a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, despite the fact that they played almost the entire 2nd half with only 10 men. Awards No major awards this season, but Saul came close, coming second in all 3 major individual awards. Nobody was lucky enough to be selected in the World XI or its subs
  13. Wow, that is an amazing performance to have Las Palmas fighting for the title in the first season
  14. Because that is what is going to happen irl
  15. 2019/20 Transfers The major purchase in the summer was Andrea Belotti for €46.5m, funded enitrely by the sales of Gameiro (who was approaching his final year of his contract) and Vietto (who came to me prior to me buying Belotti and told me Bayern were interested). Brought in David Silva to mostly be a tutor on a 1-year deal with an automatic extension depending on games played. Aaron was really cheap for some reason - I'd tried previously and couldn't get him for €15m. Berza is a regen GK and Scaglia a regen CB, both from Argentina. Selvas is a regen CB/DM/CM who has 4* potential. The big sale was Sime Vrsaljko - who PSG got for a bargain at €54m rising to €64m considering his value was €52m. Bought Dani Alves to replace him and to tutor a regen RB, but he refused to tutor any one. Competitions Won the Supercopa over Valencia Came 2nd in La Liga this season. Was leading the league by 5 or 6 points at the start of April, but dropped a number of points to mid table teams trying to rotate the squad to keep players fresh for the UCL Lost the Copa del Rey in the final to Barcelona again, this time 1-2. I did win some meaningful silverware though, winning the Champions League 2-1 against Arsenal Barca had a shocker of a season to finish in 9th - their season only salvaged by winning the CdR and making the semi-finals of the UCL Awards My players won a number of awards this season. Griezmann swept the end of year awards for 2019, winning the Ballon D'Or, FIFA Player of the Year and World Soccer Magazine World Player of the Year! He somehow didn't make the FIFA World XI though (?), even though a number of my other players (Saul, Godin, Belotti and Correa) did. Griezmann also won the season ending Best Player in Europe award Belotti also won the Champions League Golden Boot with 10 goals in 12 UCL games
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