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  1. Summary: Austria Vienna aren't entered in to the Austrian domestic cup on my save Description: Austria Vienna are the only Bundesliga club not entered into round one of the domestic cup. In real life, all 12 top division clubs are entered in to the first round of the cup. Steps to Reproduce: Go to 'Competitions' on the side bar and this shows that Austria Vienna only appear in the Bundesliga and not the domestic cup. Also, this screenshot shows the first round of the OFB Cup. Save File: Austria Wien.fm
  2. I've narrowed my shortlist down to 9: AUSTRIA VIENNA - Break RB Salzburg's recent dominance and then look to overtake Rapid Vienna as the most successful Austrian team of all time KRC GENK - Focus on academy & youth scouting to win first title since 2010-11 and look to become first Belgian side to win Champions League. Academy products include KDB, Courtois, Origi, Benteke and Carrasco. LITEX LOVECH - Won the Bulgarian top division as recently as 2010-11 but were expelled to the third tier in 2015. Now playing in the second tier, the challenge would be to gain promotion and then win the title for the 5th time before becoming the first Bulgarian team to progress to the Champions League knockout rounds FC RED STAR - Gain promotion to Ligue 1 for first time since 1974/75 season and then look to overturn city rivals PSG's domestic dominance PUSKAS AKADEMIA - Focus on youth to win first ever league title and then become first Hungarian team to qualify to KO rounds of Champions League LAZIO - Bigger team than the others on this list. Aim would be to break Juventus dominance and win back to back league titles for first time in clubs history before chasing down AC Milan's 7 European Cups GUIMARAES - Break the big 3 dominance in Portugal and win league title for first time in club's history before attempting to become most successful Portuguese side in Europe. Can use good youth facilities to develop youngsters to sell or play part in plans VIITORUL CONSTANTA - Aim to use the great facilities in place to win back to back league titles with Gheorghe Hagi's team for first time in their history. Big challenge would be to match Steuau's European Cup win of 1986 DYNAMO MOSCOW - One of the oldest clubs in Russia, but hasn't won a top division title since the break up of Soviet Union despite spending 26 seasons in the top division of Russia
  3. Hi @Rashidi - below is the tactic I finished on. Wingbacks have PIs to stay wider and run wide with ball, wide midfielders are instructed to cut inside and sit narrower and finally both defensive midfielders are told to get further forward.
  4. Thanks for the advice @westy8chimp - I think something could probably be done with it and will probably have another go at some point. But for the time being I'm going to play my main career save.
  5. So the 5-2-2-1-0 has me completely beaten. Still sat in 18th at the Christmas break was enough for the board to justifiably sack me. Good luck to everyone else doing this - some very interesting write ups so far.
  6. @WhyMe - thank you for your advice. With regards the wingbacks, I started on having them on attack duties but I found the "cross from byline" default instruction was ineffective as crosses were delayed and kept hitting the first man. To provide the extra width, I have the wingbacks on support but have added "run wide with the ball" and "stay wider" as additional instructions for the two players. Interesting thought about the attacking midfielder. I have found this role the hardest to get right. My reservation about a Treq is that I have it in my head that this is more of a creative role and I feel that in this formation the attacking midfielder probably needs to be the main goalscoring threat. Having said that, it is something that could be worth trying to avoid the player getting isolated. Thanks @noikeee - a more aggressive mentality was my first thought as well. I tried a control mentality earlier in the season with not much success, but the counter mentality has hardly been successful either! Maybe it is worth re-visiting as the team are now more familiar with the formation.
  7. 5-2-2-0 DM Pros Currently on a 5 match unbeaten streak Conceded the joint fewest goals in the league (9 in 12 games) Cons One win all season sees Sassuolo in 18th place on 9 points Six goals scored in Serie A so far Fans falling asleep at games Below is how the roles currently line up. I am playing with a Counter mentality and Flexible team shape with TIs of work ball into box and play out of defence. The full backs are instructed to run wide with the ball and to stay wider to provide some width as both wide midfielders have PIs to cut inside and sit narrower. Finally, "get further forward" has been added to the defensive midfielders to encourage them to join the attack. The below screenshots are from my latest game (0-0 draw vs Bologna). The first heatmap shows how the team looks when we are possession. This is roughly the shape I was looking for (a sort of 3-4-3 in attack). With the shots, I am reasonably happy with where these were taken from with not many long range efforts. The next heatmap shows our defensive positioning. I am reasonably happy with this as Bologna weren't playing with any wingers. Against a team with advanced wide men, I would expect the fullbacks to sit a little deeper. As my central defenders are sat quite deep, Bologna were restricted to long shots as the below screenshot shows. This is what I am aiming for, as I feel this formation lends itself to "men behind the ball" football. If I see a player with decent long shots lined up against me, then I instruct my team to close him down more (ideally this would be one or both of my defensive midfielders as the 3 centre backs between them should be able to cope with runners into the box if the opposition pass rather than shoot).
  8. Agreed, pretty rubbish formation but that's the challenge! Thanks westy8chimp - it has been quite dry watching so far. Lost count of the number of times the commentary has said "it's safe to say this hasn't been a classic so far" at half time
  9. 5-2-2-0 DM So this formation is definitely a new one for me to try out! I've never gone strikerless before and a flat back 5 with two defensive midfielders is something I've never even thought of trying before. My first concern is how I'm going to score goals. I've gone with a shadow striker to try and put pressure on the opposition defence and be a presence in the box. On the flanks, the wide midfielders have PIs to sit narrower and cut inside to hopefully allow the wingbacks space to overlap and support the attack. I'm hoping this will create some sort of 3-4-3 in attack and 5-4-1 in defence. Sensi will be the creator in the team and new signing Samba Sow will sit next to him. Sow has PPMs of run with ball through centre and gets into opposition area, which will hopefully add some support to the attack. In defence, a stopper is flanked by two 'standard' centre backs. This may change to a pair of stoppers and a cover/defender duty centre back if the opponent plays with two strikers. I've gone with standard mentality to start with and fluid team shape to try and make the team more compact. For team instructions, I'm using work ball into box to try to reduce long shots and also play out of defence to build up attacks through the defensive midfielders. So far results haven't been great; two 0-1 losses to Milan and Genoa followed by a 1-1 draw with Pescara. In the Europa league we beat Fudbalski Klub Čukarički Stankom 5-1 on aggregate, but then lost 2-0 on aggregate to Heracles in the playoffs. I'll update again after another 10 games or so.
  10. Thanks Jambo - 52210DM will be interesting to say the least!
  11. I would suggest Dinamo Moscow. Despite being the oldest club in Russia, they have never won the Russian Premier Division and last season got relegated to the second tier. Lots of big earners and not much income means that controlling finances could be an issue. Overall the squad is easily good enough to be promoted and then the challenge will be to win the Premier Division for the first time in the clubs history.
  12. @vikeologist Thanks - hopefully I won't be the first! @numero uno gunner Congratulations on the league and cup double and the Copa America. I have decided to move away from Europe for my next job so hopefully it will bring me better luck!
  13. Vaasan Palloseura 2019 update A pretty disappointing season overall saw VPS narrowly avoid relegation by winning the relegation play off (11th in Premier League vs runners up in First Division). We started the season well with a decent showing in the League Cup, finishing 2nd in our group. However, the league campaign started dreadfully with 1 win and 1 draw from my first 12 games. A mixture of not being able to defend and attacking players not quite clicking was always a recipe for disaster. Things picked up a bit in the second third of the season before tailing off again in the final 11 games. A lot of my players wanted to leave at the start of the season and a few of my star players left due to their minimum fee release clauses being activated. The board only gave me 5% of transfer revenue so replacing them was a challenge and not one that I passed! However, two players did shine. New signing Denzeil Boadu was on fire in the attacking midfield role and won the league player of the season award - not bad playing for a team who finished second from bottom. Fellow African Emile Tendeng also performed well in the box to box midfield role, scoring 11 and assisting 5 in 35 games. I won't be renewing my contract at the end of the season and will resign once the contract comes to an end. I may be more picky with my next team as I don't fancy managing a team in as poor a financial situation as VPS. Former Club Watch Linfield haven't won the league since I was in charge, but have won the League Cup another time. They sold my star regen Robbie Davidson to Sunderland for 98k + future incentives. After one decent and one good season in the Championship, Premiership side Burnley signed him for £7.5m! Season Team Country Pos Notes and Achievements 2015/16 Linfield N.Ireland 3rd Won European Places Playoff 2016/17 Linfield N.Ireland 1st CHAMPIONS! LEAGUE CUP WINNERS! 2018 VPS Finland 10th Took over with 11 games remaining 2019 VPS Finland 11th Won relegation playoff to stay up. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Year Nation Ranking Achievements 2017 Canada 78th Qualified for World Cup 2018 Canada 67th 4th in Group G Challenge Progress Club 1/10 top domestic leagues (N.Ireland (Linfield)) 1/10 domestic cups (N.Irish League Cup (Linfield)) 0/5 club continental championships 0/1 club world championship International 0/5 continental tournaments 0/2 world tournaments
  14. There are a lots of ways to start the challenge, which is the beauty of this challenge. If you're looking to get a trophy ticked off the list quickly, I can recommend Northern Ireland. Managed to get the Linfield as my first job.
  15. Good start with Highlanders - hope you can keep it up.
  16. Awesome that this is still going. Hope you can hang on and win the title with Wolfsburg.
  17. Not really to be honest, I will probably leave the English Premier League until last as England is the country I have played most in previously and I am enjoying playing in different countries to normal. Other than that, I am going to just plan the next step each time. For example, I am hoping to move onto Asia after my current stint in Finland. Although, having said that, I like the fact that this challenge is flexible in the sense that you can take various different journeys (which is one of the things that made this challenge stand out to me in the first place) so who knows what will happen next! Harsh sacking from Tigres there. Hope you can get a new job soon. Edit: Like you vike, I would like to manage clubs that I follow in real life (or have seen play live). I would like to manage Golden Arrows when I come to Africa for example.
  18. Vaasan Palloseura 2018 update I decided to leave Canada after the world cup to go back to club football. Vaasan Palloseura (VPS) from the Finnish Premier League offered me an interview, which I went for and accepted the job offer. The team were 10th in the Premier League, just outside the relegation zone with 11 games remaining in the season. The board stated they wanted me to obtain a mid table position this season. The squad looked average really, with two or three pretty decent players. Sadly one of these was unhappy and wanted to move to a bigger club. I couldn't change his mind with the player interaction so I have resigned myself to losing him at the end of the season. The last 11 games were a mixed bag with 3 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses. Not the best, not the worst. This meant that our league position didn't change and we finished the season in 10th place. Next season I want to improve on our defensive record (2 clean sheets in the last 11 games) and aim to finish in the top half as a minimum. I'm going to try to offload a fair few players in the close season as our squad is a lot bigger than needed and the finances aren't in the best shape. Congratulations on the success with Tigres 3L1G and good luck in the NACL against Columbus - hope you can win it. Good luck with Anderlecht butts and also to everyone else competing in this challenge. A quick question for everyone - do you have an idea in your head about what route you take in this challenge? Or do you just play it by ear and see what jobs are available?
  19. Canada 2017 & 2018 update I decided not to renew my contract with Linfield at the end of the last season as I had won the league and cup and felt there was nothing more to achieve there. This left me hunting for a job. I tried one or two SPL teams and a couple of Championship teams but didn't get an interview (probably setting my sights too high). Then a few international jobs came up. Canada was the most intriguing of these as they were in to the Playoffs for the World Cup and were due to face a similarly ranked China team. Key players for Canada include Besiktas midfielder Atiba Hutchinson and Burnley's Scott Arfield. We sneaked through against China 3-2 on aggregate thanks to two goals from regen midfielder Boris Marjonovic, who was only playing due to an injury to Jonathan Osorio. This meant that we were going to the World Cup for the second time (first for 32 years)! However, our hopes of recording the first victory for a Canada team at the FIFA World Cup were made slimmer when we got drawn against Burkina Faso, Poland and Argentina, all of whom were ranked over 50 places higher than me. The March friendlies were a bit disappointing with a 1-1 draw vs Venezuela and a 1-0 loss to Qatar. However, we bounced back with two wins in the pre World Cup friendlies against a strong Ivory Coast side and a weak Torpedo Moscow. The win against Ivory Coast gave me a bit of hope that if we could nick a win against Burkina Faso in our opening game and then steal a result against Poland, we might sneak through to the next round. I can't fault the performance against Burkina Faso - the lads gave it everything they had, but the African side were solid in defense and took their two chances for a 2-0 win. Poland dominated the game against us and the 2-1 loss put us out of the World Cup. We took the lead against Argentina in our final game, but Dybala scored either side of half time to put Argentina ahead. David Edgar then brought down Aguero for Messi to make it 3-1 from the spot. Jonathon Osorio scored a consolation goal at the end for the match to finish 3-2. Overall, not a bad effort from the team. I really thought we could have beaten Burkina Faso, and on a different day we might have, but it wasn't to be. Germany beat England in the final to retain their title with another extra time winner. I'm undecided whether to stick it out with Canada and give the Gold Cup a go in 2019, or to resign and focus on attempting to get a club job. Season Team Country Pos Notes and Achievements 2015/16 Linfield N.Ireland 3rd Won European Places Playoff 2016/17 Linfield N.Ireland 1st CHAMPIONS! LEAGUE CUP WINNERS! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Year Nation Ranking Achievements 2017 Canada 78th Qualified for World Cup 2018 Canada 67th 4th in Group G
  20. Congratulations on the first bit of silverware. Will be interesting to see what club you end up moving on to.
  21. Thanks vike. I've got quite a few of the Asian Leagues loaded now so looking at moving over there. Also have some of the lower reputation European leagues loaded like Iceland and Finland. So will keep a lookout for jobs. In the mean time, I have taken oven the as Canada national team manager and face China in the World Cup playoffs as my first two games in charge. Hopefully we can get past them and make the group stage in Russia.
  22. Always enjoy reading journeyman saves in less used leagues. Good luck in Africa
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