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  1. 2018/19 Season Review: FA Cup: Knocked out in the 5th round by Watford... Europa League: Knocked out on away goals in the quarter-finals to Dinamo Kiev... Carabao Cup: Lost on penalties in the final to Manchester United... Premier League: We've won the league! On the final day, with a 1-1 draw against Southampton. Manchester United pushed us all the way, but we managed to pull it out despite a poor performance that saw us lose the possession battle for the first time all season. The Squad: Star Man: Alex Iwobi! 19 goals and 11 assists in all competitions, including an 89th minute winner away at the Etihad in March that helped move us to the top of the table. Unlike in real life, I will definitely be holding on to Iwobi in the summer transfer window. While most of his appearances were on the wing this season, Nicolas Pepe coming in, and Reiss Nelson coming back from Hoffenheim mean that I will be looking to develop him as a mezzala in our new 4-3-3. Top Scorer: Alexandre Lacazette scored 24 goals in all competitions, including 18 in the Premier League, which was enough to win him the Golden Boot. He out-scored Aubameyang who only managed 17 total, with 16 of those coming in the league. Youth Prospects: Matteo Guendouzi got the most minutes out of any of our U21 players, essentially taking over the DLP role from Granit Xhaka after we sold him in January. Emile Smith-Rowe, Eddie Nketiah, Joe WIllock, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles all played important roles in both the league and the cups, with Smith-Rowe and Nketiah getting 11 and 9 goals respectively. Mavropanos recieved the fewest opportunities, and with Calum Chambers coming back from loan, and Zech Medley and William Saliba both developing well in the U23s I am probably going to move him on this summer. Disappointment: Mesut Ozil had a down season, managing only 2 goals and 3 assists all year, to go with a 6.85 average rating. He did, however, create 11 chances, third most on the team behind Iwobi and Mkhitaryan. Given how hard it will be to move him, I'm planning to just keep him on for next year and slowly phase him out of the team as players like Willock and Iwobi continue to develop. Transfers Out (January): Dejan Iliev - 81k (rising to 100k) to Rabotnicki Cohen Bramall - 99k to Luton Shkrodan Mustafi - 34m to Real Madrid Granit Xhaka - 42.5m to Manchester United Stephan Lichtsteiner - 725k to Southampton Danny Welbeck - 2m to Stoke Transfers In (January): Nicolas Dyhr - 900k from FC Midtjylland Arvin Appiah - 2.5m (rising to 4m) from Nottingham Forest Luca Unbehaun - 5m (rising to 8.5m) from Borussia Dortmund Nick Okoro - 500k from Birmingham William Saliba - 5m from Saint-Etienne Maciej Zukowski - 1.5m (rising to 2.25m) from Lechia Transfers Out (Summer): Carl Jenkinson - 5.25m to Stoke Aaron Ramsey - free to Juventus Sead Kolasinac - 18.5m to Monaco Petr Cech - retiring Likely Departures: Laurent Koscielny - As in real life, Koscielny has gotten home-sick and asked to leave. Unfortunately he rejected a contract offer from Lyon that would have brought in 16.5m, but hopefully I can find a similar bid this summer. Konstantinos Mavropanos - As I mentioned above, with Umtiti coming in and Chambers coming back from loan, there isn't really a path to playing time for Mavropanos. While I would prefer a sale, with a hefty % of future transfer, I am also open to a loan to help build his value. Mohamed Elneny - I am planning a gradual shift away from the 4-2-3-1 to a 4-3-3, so Elneny is surplus to requirements with Torreira, Guendouzi, and now Rabiot coming in. Henrikh Mkhitaryan - He had a really good season this year, providing 8 goals and 10 assists, but between his contract and his age I have to move him on if I have the opportunity. Transfers In (Summer): Parfait Guiagon - 200k from Africa Sports Gabriel Martinelli - 55k from Ituano Adrien Rabiot - free from PSG Nicolas Pepe - 29m from Lille Nathan Wood - 800k from Middlesbrough Jacob Christensen - 1.4m from FC Nordsjaelland Pelayo Morilla - 200k from Sporting Gijon Kieran Tierney - 30.5m from Celtic Samuel Umtiti - 61m from Barcelona The Squad Next Season: GK: Leno / Martinez / Unbehaun DR: Bellerin / Maitland-Niles / Osei-Tutu DC: Sokratis / Chambers / Saliba DC: Umtiti / Holding / Medley DL: Tierney / Monreal / Dyhr DLP: Rabiot / Guendouzi / Christensen CM: Torreira / Willock / Morilla AM: Ozil / Iwobi / Guiagon AMR: Pepe / Nelson / Martinelli AML: Aubameyang / Smith-Rowe / Saka CF: Lacazette / Nketiah / Appiah
  2. @Dallan Thank you! That was both extremely thorough and extremely helpful.
  3. Is there a way to add real fixtures to the advanced rules? I had made a file previously with the real fixtures and results for the 2018 MLS season using basic rules, but can't figure out how to merge that with this file. Is it possible?
  4. @Freddie Sands Does TAM still work in the same way as it did last year? I found your explanation here in last year's thread and am wondering if anything has changed. Thanks!
  5. After completing a trade with Vancouver, I received a news item informing me that I had completed a trade with Minnesota (who I am playing as), saying that I was receiving the player I traded away and giving up what I was receiving.
  6. When protecting players for the 2019 expansion draft, despite the game language saying that Generation Adidas and Homegrown players do not count towards the 11 players that I can choose to protect, I am only able to protect 9 players in addition to the 1 GA and 1 HG player on my roster (playing as MN United).
  7. I'm moving players back to the first club in their player histories according to the database (usually the club they were at when they were 15 or 16). Messi moved when he was 14, and he doesn't have Rosario in his club history in the database, but you can feel free to move him when you download the db! This is what Feyenoord and PSV look like with the changes I have made so far: Feyenoord PSV
  8. Apologies for the delay - started a new job that's been taking up a lot of my time. My plan is to release the DB once I've made edits for all players with 135 PA and above, or with a random PA of -7.5 to 10. That'll be ~6750 players back at their original clubs. A preview of the teams that will be in the top tier of the super-league: 1. Barcelona 2. Sporting (POR) 3. Boca Juniors 4. Ajax 5. River Plate 6. Real Madrid 7. Newell's Old Boys 8. Sao Paulo 9. Santos 10. Benfica 11. Velez Each of those teams has at least 25 players that I've moved back to the club so far, enough for a top-quality fully home-grown squad.
  9. I'm giving this a try in FM16 with Crystal Palace. Since they are a London club, there's a pretty big pool of players to choose from, but my long term aim will be to complete this challenge using only players from Croydon. Right now, Jason Puncheon is the only first-team player from Croydon, so the captaincy is his. Dwight Gayle and Adrian Mariappa are fellow Londoners, so they'll be guaranteed a first-team spot. Everyone else (hopefully) will be replaced with Londoners by the start of the second season. I'm planning to let the other British players stick around for the first season, but all of the foreign players will be off in the first window.
  10. End of Season Review: 2015/16 Premier League We won the league! Led by Olivier Giroud, who turned in a season reminiscent of Thierry Henry with 24 goals and 13 assists in the league (31/19 overall), we had it wrapped up by week 35. The main black mark was that the players definitely slacked off once they'd secured the title, only securing 1 point from their final 3 games against teams that ended up in the bottom 5. Champions League Our road to the final in the Champion's League got off to a familiar start when we drew Bayern Munich in the Round of 16. Two goals on the counter away from home allowed us to finish off the tie with a 0-0 draw at the Emirates, and we were on to the quarter finals. We squeaked past Manchester City, and then blew away Bayern Leverkusen, only to find ourselves facing a dominant Real Madrid team who had beaten Barcelona 5-0 on aggregate in the semis. When we conceded twice in quick succession mid-way through the first half, I thought we might be in for a beating. The players turned it around in the second half, however, and took it to extra-time 2-2. Giroud got his brace in the 99th minute, and we held on for what ended up being a deserved victory through 120 minutes. Awards Olivier Giroud was named EPL Player's Player of the Year for his tireless work up front, but that wasn't enough to win over the fans, who awarded Fan's Player of the Year to Hector Bellerin. Transfers We weren't too active in the January transfer market, only bringing in Reece Oxford for 4.2m from West Ham and Gianluigi Donnarumma from AC Milan for 5.75m. I was particularly happy to bring in Donnarumma, especially after Bartlomiej Dragowski went to Real Madrid. Cech was outstanding throughout the season. Looking forward to the summer, I am prioritizing investments across my back four. Both Debuchy and Gabriel want out after not playing enough for their tastes last season, and despite Nacho's outstanding season, he's quickly approaching the wrong side of 30. Gibbs has been a solid and uncomplaining backup, and I'm hoping that he will remain that even if I bring in an younger LB to start in front of him. I'm hoping to keep Gabriel and maybe sell Mertesacker instead, but it may not work out that way. Stats
  11. I'm about 2000 player edits in to this database - many more to go, but here's a sneak peak of a few interesting squads that are starting to take shape: ASEC Mimosas GNK Dinamo Zagreb TSV 1860 Munchen Southampton
  12. Youth Development ONLY Database - All Players at their Original Clubs [Work In Progress] What would the world of football look like if all of today's stars were still with their original clubs? Could any team compete with the likes of Barcelona? I'm working on a database where all players have been moved back to the first club listed under their playing history, and wanted to see if anyone else was interested. Right now my plan is to create two versions of the database: a version with leagues untouched other than to turn off all transfers, and a version with a super-league with all of the clubs with the best homegrown squads. This is going to take a while, and for practicality I will probably only edit the database for players over a certain potential ability. I'll post screenshots as I go along and teams start to take shape. I'm editing from highest PA on down, and so far the only club that could field a full XI is Barcelona: I hope other people are as interested in this project as I am! Please let me know if you have any suggestions or requests. (I am aware that someone attempted this with FM15, and am not trying to steal their thunder. I just think it's an interesting project and want to see if I can build on the idea to make it a playable database for those of us interested in youth development in FM16)
  13. 2014 Preseason and August Every year I start my Arsenal save with the first transfer window turned off to see what I can do with the current squad. The obvious hole this year is in the center of defense, and much like Arsene this year, I anticipate being forced to use either Monreal or Flamini as injury cover at some point before January. My tactic this year is an attempt to re-create the 03/04 Invincible team. It's not quite a straightforward 4-4-2, I have Sanchez pushed into the AMR slot, Ozil pulled back to the central AMC position, and Welbeck side of the forward position. Lehmann - SK(a) - Szcezsny Lauren - WB(s) - Debuchy Campbell - CB(d) - Mertesacker Toure - CB(d) - Koscielny Cole - CWB(a) - Gibbs Ljungberg - IF(a) - Sanchez Viera - B2B(s) - Ramsey Gilberto - CM(d) - Arteta Pires - WM(s) - Cazorla Bergkamp - T(a) - Ozil Henry - AF(a) - Welbeck One change that I'm considering is making the Pires role a WM(a) as even with "get further forward" he doesn't get as close to Welbeck as I'd like. Preseason Fixture Results 7/12/2014 - 1-0 vs FC Red Bull Salzburg (Welbeck) 7/15/2014 - 1-2 at Feyenoord (Rosicky) 7/19/2014 - 4-2 at Grimsby (Cazorla, Sanchez, Campbell, Ozil) 7/23/2014 - 3-1 at Millwall (Campbell x2, Zelalem) 7/26/2014 - 2-0 at AFC Rushden & Diamonds (Sanchez, Rosicky) 7/30/2014 - 3-1 at Parma (Ozil, Cazorla, Rosicky) 8/2/2014 - 5-2 at Guimaraes (Campbell, Zelalem, own goal x3) 8/5/2014 - 3-2 vs Anderlecht (Campbell, Zelalem, Podolski) Community Shield 8/10/2014 vs Manchester City at Wembley Stadium (2-1) Despite losing the possession battle and out-shot 9-29 we were able to bring home the Community Shield with a 2-1 victory over City thanks to goals from Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. We weren't wholly outplayed though, creating 4 clear cut chances to City's 3. EPL 8/16/2014 vs West Ham at the Emirates (4-0) A four-nil victory at home was the perfect way to start off the season. Lukas Podolski started up top due to injuries to both Welbeck and Giroud and netted a hat trick while Mesut Ozil contributed a 10th minute goal. 8/23/2014 at Southampton's St. Mary's Stadium (2-1) Santi Cazorla got us of to an early start with a 14th minute free kick from 30 yards. Alexis Sanchez latched on to a Jack Wilshere through ball in the 60th minute to put us 2-0 up, before Dusan Tadic pulled one back for the Saints. Lukas Podolski started again but had a diminished impact and was replaced in the 57th minute by Olivier Giroud. 8/30/2014 vs Manchester United at the Emirates (2-2) Another 10th minute goal from Mesut Ozil was just enough, along with a Juan Mata own goal, to even out a brace from Man U's Falcao in what was an evenly fought match. Unfortunately, Mesut Ozil was the victim of a wild (and unpunished) tackle by Marouane Fellaini that will see him out with a broken leg for the next 5-6 months. As it stands now in the league, we are 3rd with 7 points, behind Chelsea and Liverpool who have 9 from 9. Champions League 8/19/2014 vs Feyenoord at the Emirates (3-1) 8/27/2014 at Feyenoord's De Kuip (1-1) Goals from Aaron Ramsey, Calum Chambers and Danny Welbeck got us off to a good first-leg lead in the Champions League Best Placed Playoff, and a 1-1 tie thanks to a Koscielny header from a corner in the second leg saw us through to the Group Stage. The Group Stage draw was nothing if not typical Arsenal. We will face our perennial rivals Dortmund, along with Shakhtar and Roma in Group D. Youth Projects Dan Crowley is my main project this save. With his high technique, dribbling and passing I hope to turn him in to the next Pires and am retraining him to play ML. Gedion Zelalem should become the heir to the Bergkamp position without too much re-moulding, but he is another player I am counting on to have a big future. I also have high hopes for some of the other youngsters who may turn out to just be good squad players. Hector Bellerin is one of those other youngsters who is already getting first team minutes due to our lack of numbers at the back. I will likely post screenshots as these players develop. Shortlist Turning off the first transfer window gives plenty of time to scout out your January transfers. The main targets that my scouts have turned up so far are Matthew Targett from Southampton, Ondrej Duda from Legia, and two Austrian players, Sandi Lovric from Sturm Graz and Sascha Horvath from Austria Wien.
  14. Or maybe we won't lose Vajushi!
  15. 2014 Postseason: Qualifying by the skin of our teeth Despite the league's best defense, conceding only 30 goals in 38 games, our offense just could not put things together for the run-in. Part of this was down to a second torn calf muscle suffered by our star winger Momchil Tsvetanov, who contributed 4 goals and 6 assists in the 16 matches he was able to play this season, but a larger portion of the blame has to go to inconsistent performances by the team's primary striker, the 22 year-old Wilmar Gil. Our 2-8-2 run-in meant that on the final day, a draw would have seen us level on points with the 3rd-7th place teams, but luckily we were able to put in a good performance and walk off the field with a 2-0 win to take us into 3rd place. While 3rd place and EURO Cup qualification met the board's goals for the season, our failure to win the title is going to cost us at least one if not more of our star youngsters. Armando Vajushi has already put in a transfer request, and I'm afraid that Simeon Slavchev isn't far behind him. Slavchev in particular has developed really nicely this season, and I'm hoping that if he does leave, he'll be in high enough demand to start a bidding war.
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