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  1. OK, I still say 50 seasons to the Champions League is kinda meh, but winning it in your first season is pretty good
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    [FM18] Fire by Trial

    Yep, they failed FFP. I got a news item about another club failing FFP as well, but I don't remember who that was
  3. turnip

    [FM18] Fire by Trial

    Season 19, Part 4.0: January - June SpVgg Unterhaching, German First Division Cup We beat Koln 0-3 in the Quarter-Finals (a few days after losing 3-1 to them in the league (spot the difference between the 1st and 2nd XIs)) to set up a Semi-Final with Dortmund. We lost, playing poorly. No-one cried. League We went 5 Away games without a win immediately after the league got back under way - 4 draws and the defeat to Koln in that run - but our Home form remained good. I thought the 11 dropped points would put us in trouble, but nope. Not-Schalke had a good run, but dropped points of their own, while Bayern kept tripping themselves up on their march towards the top - shipping 4 goals against RBL and Leverkusen and 6 against Dortmund. They only shipped 3 when we beat them for the second time this season, but the result was enough to clinch the title for us. For the last game of the season, I sent out the kids, giving 5 players their debuts. Additional notes So a ridiculously successful season, then, on the back of minimal investment from the board. After clinching the league, the board said I could have £20m to spend and around £40k p/w extra on the wage budget, which I sort of scowled at. Our existing financial position (~£50m in the bank going into April) wasn't bad and the prize money and TV money saw the club's balance hit £198m. I saw this and thought "A bit more for me, then." The board disagreed, I complained, they didn't care, I complained some more, they told me to shut up and then paid themselves £33m. I managed to secure Wilson and Sorensen on new deals, but Perez wants more than the board would let me spend and even in just the two weeks after the CL final, I had 5 more first team players asking for new deals ("You have plenty of time" did the trick). So, having pondered my situation, I quit. Season # Club Division (Tier) League Performance European Performance Cup Performance (National/League) 2 RC Lens French 3rd 1st n/a Semi-Final / 2nd Round 3 RC Lens French 2nd 1st n/a 11th Round / 1st Round 4 RC Lens French 1st 3rd n/a 9th Round / 3rd Round 5 RC Lens French 1st 1st CL - 1st Knockout 10th Round / Winners 6 RC Lens French 1st 1st Quarter-Final Quarter-Final / Winners 7 AFC Tubize Belgian 3rd 6th – promoted via playoffs n/a n/a 8 AA Gent Belgian 1st 1st n/a n/a 9 AA Gent Belgian 1st 1st CL - 1st Knockout Winners 10 AA Gent Belgian 1st 1st CL – winners Winners 11 AA Gent Belgian 1st 1st CL – winners Winners 12 HNK Hajduk Croatian 1st 1st EL – Quarter-Final Winners 13 HNK Hajduk Croatian 1st 1st EL – Semi-Final Quarter-Final 14 HNK Hajduk Croatian 1st 1st Final – losers Winners 15 Unterhaching German 3rd 1st n/a n/a 16 Unterhaching German 2nd 1st n/a 1st Round 17 Unterhaching German 1st 6th n/a Quarter-Final 18 Unterhaching German 1st 1st EL - 2nd Knockout 2nd Round 19 Unterhaching German 1st 1st CL – winners Semi-Final
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    [FM18] Fire by Trial

    Season 19, Part 3.5: Europe SpVgg Unterhaching, German First Division The two legs against Ajax went roughly as I expected them to - a 0-2 win in Amsterdam, followed by a routine 2-2 draw at Home. In the Quarter-Final against Metz, we got a basically-deserved 4-2 win at the Allianz and then stuck it out at theirs to earn a cheeky 0-1 win. That gave us a Semi-Final against PSG. They have 3 players from my Gent days - Sergio Baez, Imran Jabrane and Laurens Charlier - as well as a now-34 year old Gijs Valk, from Lens. That they didn't beat us, I will state with full confidence, was because they've insisted on playing Baez as a DL. There's no other reason I can think of apart from "because their defenders got confused by 50-yard through-balls". 2-2 in Paris was followed by what would have been a nerve-shredding 4-3 at Home, with us defending for our lives in the last 20 minutes... except I Instant Result-ed the game, so the tension lasted about 15 seconds. The other Semi-Final saw Hajduk lose 5-2 on aggregate to Barcelona. The Final
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    [FM18] Fire by Trial

    Season 19, Part 3: January Transfer Windows SpVgg Unterhaching, German First Division Perez won the European Golden Boy, which is far less of a surprise than Krizanac was last season; he's been brilliant. We let our GK Ludvigsen leave, for £2.5m. We're also paying some of his wages, and if that suggests to you that I was very keen to see him leave, you're very astute. We also sent a few more players out on loan and allowed a couple of youngsters to leave for minor fees. The reason I'd gone off Ludvigsen, is because of Pierre, our new man between the sticks. He cost us £180k from Flamengo and my scouts and - now - my coaches all think he's got potential to be World-Class. £180k. Cheers, guys. Wilson, our ML, got himself injured and I may have overreacted, bringing in a loanee from Boca and then a youngster from NEC, given the injury was only for a few weeks. Still, the Dutchie looks good and the Argie can play up front. Otherwise, we brought in a kid from Tenerife and a slightly older Belgian as backups. I'm not expecting much, but they were cheap enough, and my scouts have been talking up Kawaya for a couple of years now.
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    [FM18] Fire by Trial

    Season 19, Part 2: August - December SpVgg Unterhaching, German First Division Cup We beat Hankofen in the first round and then Kaiserslautern in the second to set up a 3rd round tie against 3rd Division Aalen. We were pretty awful, but eventually ran out 1-2 winners. Europe We were a first seed and so got placed into a group with Lierse (I think a tycoon took them over), Shakhtar and Sporting Lisbon. If that sounds like a pretty decent draw then... yeah, it was. We qualified with no alarms and no surprises other than a 1-4 demolition job we carried out in Portugal. We've been drawn against Ajax in the next round. The legacy of my work is obviously a positive one - Lens, Gent and Hajduk have all also qualified for the knockout rounds. League It's reasonably clear that my weekend (second) XI isn't as good as my weekday XI. That said, they've still been pretty ****ing good. We've had a very good start to the season, scoring buckets of goals. I'm always going to appreciate beating Bayern, but a 5-0 win is almost a mini-orgasm, it's so brilliant. When that comes (heh, "cums") only a few days after a 6-1 sledge-hammering of then-2nd-placed Leverkusen, it's just piling on the pleasure.
  7. turnip

    [FM18] Fire by Trial

    So, apparently we're playing our Champions League games at an alternative venue. Clearly, someone's got a sense of humour, 'cos we're playing at the Allianz instead.
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    [FM18] Fire by Trial

    Season 19, Part 1: Summer Transfer Window SpVgg Unterhaching, German First Division I was expecting a fat wad of money for transfers, but the board took our £95m in prize money and immediately spent £33m on a new stadium. I had no idea who Florian Wehrle is/was, but apparently he's a **** scout who was a decent but unremarkable striker back when Unterhaching were also ****. Feels like that's a pretty low bar to be considered a "Hero". The board were actually remarkably stingy, given we'd just put >£60m into the bank. Although giving money to the board members for (presumably) hookers and blow wasn't a great idea either. We got £9m for transfer fees and about £10k extra p/w for wages. Not much scope to improve the squad with that. Even the £11m we got for going straight into the Champions League groups didn't get me any more spending money. We sold Lawal - he wanted a new contract on £22k p/w or so - for a couple of million and brought in a French defender on a free from Inter. We spent most of our budget on an Argie DL; the 2nd XI ML I went after signed a new contract with his club, so this guy should free Montes up to play at ML when needed. With time running out in the window, one of our backup STs tore his calf, so I brought in a Portuguese attacker I'd had my eye on for a while. And then, on deadline day, we signed an American DC we had on trial.
  9. Generally speaking, people who made that mistake got their post edited alongside a friendly response that player naming was against the rules of the forum and encouraged to contribute in other ways or try a different forum. Most of the harsh words were saved for repeat offenders (basically low-effort trolls) and people who reacted to the 'friendly response' poorly (as in "Why do I have to read the rules, I didn't see any rules?"). I seem to remember there being evenings where the OTF regulars would 'invade' the forum and attempt to break as many of the rules as they could.
  10. Yes - I made the promise in pre-season and by January, the player was happy enough with how the young players had developed that he said he was happy to stay at the club. Honestly couldn't tell you which players it was, or how much they improved, mind you
  11. My understanding is that it's also one of the factors that can increase the PA of youth players.
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    [FM18] Fire by Trial

    Season 18, Part 3: January - May SpVgg Unterhaching, German First Division I had another couple of invitations to job interviews. I got a bunch when we were in the second division as well. Boring. And Krizanac won an award. He probably has been our best player this season and was better than Malul in the back-end of last season as well, but this was still a bit of a surprise. Transfers We brought in a few youngsters, including a Colombian MC from Envigado (man, I'd love to get them as a Feeder), a BWM from El Salvador, a couple of Paraguayans and an Austrian and Swiss player apiece from amateur sides. Some talent there - Fiorillo's already made his debut and my scout was enthusiastic about Deras. Youth Intake Two players I can see being good enough for First Division football in the future, two others I can see having decent professional careers and then a steaming heap of turds. We've replaced the HOYD this year, bumped up Youth Recruitment and Junior Coaching and had the Training and Youth facilities improved, so hopefully next year will be less execrable. Europe We breezed past PSV: 0-2 and 4-2 wins were as comfortable as the scoreline suggests. When the news item about the draw came up and said "Liverpool and blah blah blah" are still in the competition, I said out loud "Looks like we've got Liverpool, then." And lo, so it came to pass. We got a 1-1 at Anfield, but lost 0-1 at Home and the dream (sniff) was over. League We came flying out of the blocks after the winter break, putting 4 past Stuttgart and Bremen, 5 past Darmstadt and 3 past not-Schalke and Dusseldorf before cruising to a 2-0 win over Bayern. Our form tailed off a little, but recovered enough to beat Hoffenheim 4-2 and then get a fantastic 1-3 win against second-placed RBL. That left us 3 points clear at the top, with a healthy goal difference advantage, and 10 points clear of 5th - with 6 games to do. We dropped 4 points in the run-in, but everyone around us - except Stuttgart, who got 13-1-1 in their last 15 games - slipped up. We went into the final game three points clear of Stuttgart and despite a pretty rubbish performance, drew 1-1 with BMG to clinch the title by a point Summary I was a little hesitant at first about playing with the two XIs - and my AssMan did me no favours with his, uh, eclectic squad selection for Europe - but the weekend XI actually did a surprisingly good job. It helps that Nachreiner improved significantly, and that dropping out of Europe when we did meant our best players could do their thing in the league. As a mark of the progress of the squad as a whole, quite a few players who were rated 4 stars last year - and have improved since - are now at 3 stars. We're definitely still 'plucky upstarts', but I think our best players (Krizanaz, Perez, Sorensen, Wilson) would make it into at least half of the others teams in our division. A few Key Players who've developed nicely since I signed them: Season # Club Division (Tier) League Performance European Performance Cup Performance (National/League) 2 RC Lens French 3rd 1st n/a Semi-Final / 2nd Round 3 RC Lens French 2nd 1st n/a 11th Round / 1st Round 4 RC Lens French 1st 3rd n/a 9th Round / 3rd Round 5 RC Lens French 1st 1st CL - 1st Knockout 10th Round / Winners 6 RC Lens French 1st 1st Quarter-Final Quarter-Final / Winners 7 AFC Tubize Belgian 3rd 6th – promoted via playoffs n/a n/a 8 AA Gent Belgian 1st 1st n/a n/a 9 AA Gent Belgian 1st 1st CL - 1st Knockout Winners 10 AA Gent Belgian 1st 1st CL – winners Winners 11 AA Gent Belgian 1st 1st CL – winners Winners 12 HNK Hajduk Croatian 1st 1st EL – Quarter-Final Winners 13 HNK Hajduk Croatian 1st 1st EL – Semi-Final Quarter-Final 14 HNK Hajduk Croatian 1st 1st Final – losers Winners 15 Unterhaching German 3rd 1st n/a n/a 16 Unterhaching German 2nd 1st n/a 1st Round 17 Unterhaching German 1st 6th n/a Quarter-Final 18 Unterhaching German 1st 1st EL - 2nd Knockout 2nd Round
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    [FM18] Fire by Trial

    Season 18, Part 2: July - December SpVgg Unterhaching, German First Division We've brought in a couple of experienced players to be tutors. The fans have complained about them all, as they do. Cup We lost to Darmstadt in the Second Round. The board aren't thrilled and neither are the fans, but I don't care. League A good first half of the season. We're still somewhat rubbish when we're Away at the biggest teams, but we've had some big wins. We're scoring lots - bagging 4 goals or more in six games - and having periods in matches where we just tear teams to shreds. It's all a bit weird, but nice nonetheless. Europe We went into the Group Stage automatically. Drawn with Shakhtar, Sassuolo and Vitoria Guimaraes, we lost in Portugal but won the rest to top the group. We're off to Holland in the spring.
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