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  1. FM16: Breel Embolo: The Swiss Wonderkid

    Here he is in April 2018 (AI managed for his career)
  2. Why does which category I assign my coaches to keep getting changed? I'm pretty sure I never clicked on the "ask assistant to assign" button and I definitely don't have my Ass Man set to run match practice, so I can't figure out why. Help?
  3. FM13: Kurt Zouma

    He's been transfer listed by request in my save at the end of the 1st season for 27m. The question is, is he worth that much even if he is that good at 18?
  4. You might want to change the heading of your OP. It says FM12 Otherwise great thread that might convince me to start a game as them
  5. Great result steff, especially in the first season
  6. Málaga Club de Fútbol – End of Season Update - 2017/18 Last season Los Boquerones won 4 trophies (Supercopa, Copa del Rey, La Liga and the European Champions League). This season Malaga had another successful season, but it was not without its hiccups. Of note, Juanmi won the Spanish Player of the Year award with 14 goals and 6 assists from 25 games with an average rating of 7.52. Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique came in 2nd and 3rd respectively. FIFA Club World Cup In an embarrassing display, my second team lost 3-2 to Pumas (MEX). We did trash Colon (ARG) 6-1 in the 3rd placed play-offs, but it should never have come to that. Kashima Antlers won the competition, winning 5-2 in the final. La Liga Yet again, the league came down to the wire but this time it was between Barcelona and myself. With 4 games left to be played and a game in hand over Barca, we were 1 point ahead as we travelled to the Camp Nou. In a terse match, we lost 4-3 thanks to a long range effort by Andres Iniesta in the 79th minute. Deflated, I basically conceded defeat in the league by playing mostly my second team and young kids in the remaining 3 games. Surprisingly to me, Barca lost their final game at 6th placed Villarreal, handing the league victory to us by 1 solitary point making it 4 wins from 5 seasons and the second back-to-back victory. Copa Del Rey Again we had a fairly simple road to the Copa del Rey final, with us not losing a single game with us conceding just 4 goals in the 9 games we played while scoring 28 ourselves. Paulo Manuel (6 goals), Carlos Fierro (5 goals) and Arthur Timofeev (7.86 Average Rating) all performed well in this competition. UEFA European Champions League As predicted, the group stages were fairly straight forward with us winning all six games with a goal differential of +14. The Knock-out stages of the Champions League were quite tough, facing giants Arsenal, Real Madrid and Man City on the way to the final. During those 6 games we scored 14 goals and conceded 7. The final against Barcelona turned out far easier than I expected, with us demolishing them 4-1 with Danilo setting up 2 goals for Juanmi being the deciding factor. Squad Not sure what to do with this squad, or if I want to continue with this save tbh. The worst players are all Spaniards (players I’d ideally like to keep to keep some Spanish players in the squad). I’ve also got about 5 players out on loan that could easily play a part in the first team squad. Andrea Bertolacci and Marc-Andre ter Stegen are the most likely departures if I continue this save past the 2018 World Cup, where I will hopefully be managing Spain to its second WC victory.
  7. Because of the small stadium, cheap ticket prices and small prize money in La Liga, its really hard to break even in the early seasons. You really need to be making the knockout stages of the Champions League to get close to making a profit - which will then lead to a bigger transfer budget. Going off of the experiences of basically everyone else, its only at the start of season 2 that you dont get much of a budget - chances are that you'll get a cash injection in January 2013
  8. Yeah, I've got £95m in the bank, a transfer budget of £140m and a £700k p/w in wages available, but I'm never going to spend that. The £15m I spent on Di Maria is still the most I've paid for a player. Yeah selling a club icon (Tevez) and a club legend (Rondon) will never go down well but I couldn't keep them. Tevez would have been the 3rd striker at best, which makes his 110k p/w wages hard to justify and Rondon would have been the 5th or 6th striker and the 3rd best AMR so wouldn't get much playing time.
  9. Here's the 4.5* potential striker, bought from Rennes for £6.25m (for some reason Rennes is a powerhouse for creating newgens in my save): Just for reference, Carlos Tevez just before I sold him was a 3* player, Angel Di Maria is a 3* player, Aaron Ramsey is a 4* player.
  10. Málaga Club de Fútbol – Preseason Update - 2017/18 Supercopa As holders of both the league and Copa Del Rey, the Supercopa was played against the Copa runners-up Racing Santander. The first leg, played at home, was a high scoring affair with us winning 3-2 thanks to a last minute strike from Carlos Fierro. Juan Mata had missed a penalty earlier in the game. Paco Alcacer, a player who I had previously owned, was the goal scorer for the opposition. The 2nd leg was much more of a formality , with us winning 2-0 to claim the Cup with a 5-2 aggregate victory. European Super Cup Played against the reigning EPL and Europa League champions, Manchester City, the European Super Cup was a closely fought match. However it was the Manchurians who came out as the victors thanks to an Edin Dzeko goal on the counter attack in the 84th minute. The ESC is now the only trophy that eludes the Malaga trophy cabinet. European Champions League Group Stage We were seeded first and drew a very favourable group – Besiktas, Shakhtar and Standard Liege. I fully expect us to qualify in first from this group with a game or two in hand. Transfers In: 4 newgens for £11.25m including a 4.5* potential French striker Out: - Carlos Tevez to Juventus for £12.25 – He had only 1 year left on his contract (plus an extension clause if he played 15 or more league games). Was also sold to make room for a newgen striker I had been developing who played last season for Schalke and was their top scorer in the Champions League. The decision to sell the club icon did not go down well with the fans. - Salomon Rondon to Villarreal for £2.9m – Another player sold with just 1 year left on his contract. His long term injury last season really dented his value. He wasn’t likely to get much playing time either. The decision to sell this club legend went down even worse with the Malaga faithful. - 6 newgens for more than £40m Total out: £56m For the 4th season in a row, I have had more cash come in from player sales than I have bought. I tried to buy Mario Gotze with that extra cash made, but Dortmund wouldn’t sell for anything near £60m, so I gave up. Mezsut Ozil became unhappy at Real Madrid, but they wouldn’t budge from an asking price of £35m – a fee I am unwilling to pay. I hope that the price will come down by the winter transfer period.
  11. Well done Andyp on winning the treble so quickly! arron52, I paid £7.75m for ter Stegen after Gladbach were relegated in the 2nd season NorthernGooner, I know it wasnt directed at me, but Juanmi has been pretty good for me in the last couple of seasons (2015/16 and 2016/17) including leading the club goal scoring last season (beating out Carlos Fierro and Tevez). He is now the starting ST for Spain in my 4-2-3-1 formation and just scored a hat trick against the Netherlands in a friendly too!
  12. Dont know anything about de Jong, but I think Labyad would be a good free signing for a few years (as a squad player at the very least)
  13. Málaga Club de Fútbol – End of Season Update - 2016/17 Just a season after only managing to win the Copa Del Rey, this season was far more successful for Los Boquerones. Lead by stars such as Angel Di Maria, Carlos Tevez, Paulo Azevedo, Juan Mata, Carlos Fierro and the home-grown Juanmi, Malaga won no less than 4 trophies (including the Supercopa in the pre-season). La Liga The league came down to the wire. With 3 left to be played and just a 3 point margin over second placed Real Madrid, Malaga travelled to the Camp Nou to the underachieving (compared to their standards) Barcelona. Losing that game 1-0, partially thanks to the sending off of young LW Jair de la Torre, it left Malaga and R. Madrid separated by their Head-to-Head record. Los Boquerones managed to win the last two games against Villarreal and rivals Betis to claim their 3rd league win in 6 years. Copa Del Rey The road to the Copa Del Rey final was fairly simple, with us not losing a single game and only conceding 6 goals in the 9 games we played (3 of those were in 1 game). Juanmi (7 goals), Santi Cazorla (7 assists) and Martin Montoya (7.74 Average Rating) all performed well in this competition. UEFA European Champions League The Knock-out stages of the Champions League were surprisingly not as difficult as it could have been. Again, 6 goals were conceded, this time in 7 games. We maintained 3 clean sheets in those 7 games also. However, the best result was achieved in the final against 12 time winners Real Madrid. A Carlos Fierro hat trick and a superb 25yd free kick from wonderkid Carlos Marini lead Malaga to its second win in a great 4-1 victory. Squad I don’t foresee too much change to this squad, with Carlos Tevez, Salomon Rondon, Martin Montoya and back-up keeper Yury Gavrilov the only potential sales. Mario Gotze might be a potential purchase if I do sell those players, with a scout informing me that he may be available for £45m
  14. Dont worry, pretty much everyone here finished 3rd or 4th in their first season. And you'll likely get some money in January to spend. Maybe spend the next 6 months unsettling your targets?
  15. Weird thing is that we haven't finished the process of buying the old stadium yet. I wonder what will happen with that?