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    I love FM! Check out my 'Moronic' career: http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/363673-FM14-Morons-You-Bet!

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  1. Hey sorry folks, my computer's graphics card conked out but I'm back now, albeit without the skins, views and mods that I had before so apologies if screenshots look clunky for a short while. I'll gradually get it back to what I want, but if anyone has any recommended elements that might suit my style, please let me know where I can find them. Thanks for the feedback - yeah, very excited about Thomsen.
  2. Season Report: 2025-26 It's always exciting to buy a striker as your marquee signing and this year promised much with Samba Babacar up front. It started well, with wins against Watford, Everton and West Brom. A tough run of one from from games against West Ham, Liverpool and City preceded our Champions' League campaign, but from late September we went on a great run, winning every game from then until the end of October except our only CL group game defeat against PSG - we topped the group easily anyway. Either side of the new year we went on our best run of the season, not losing between 29th Nov (Sp**s) and 7th Feb (City), and though we stuttered a bit with too many draws (Huddersfield, Southampton, Bournemouth and Stoke as well as a defeat at Villa) to preclude a title challenge, we finished 4th fairly easily. Really, we should have been third. But we did make an improvement on last year for the first time in a while and I think I have some exciting players coming through to keep pushing up again. The FA Cup hugely opened up for us this year after an unbelievable 5-0 win against Liverpool in the third round. We then beat Southampton, Brighton, Leicester and Bournemouth en route to meeting Watford at Wembley in the Cup Final. We played poorly. 1 down after five minutes, we equalised after 18 but then fell behind again to a penalty shortly before half-time. A Watford back-line including a player we had already signed for next year (see previous posts!) held us at bay for a long time, and they had chances. In the last ten minutes, though, we battered at the door again and again, throwing the kitchen sink at them very hard, but couldn't get our second trophy, finishing FA Cup runners-up for the second time. It was sad. With Brazil, it's been an interesting start. We started off with dead rubbers in the World Cup Qualifiers, with Brazil already qualified easily. England and Australia friendlies are a fortnight away as I type, followed by a World Cup group including Czech Republic and Australia (there's an extra knockout game after the groups). Transfers A lot of ins and outs this year. A rare occurance of a non-marquee signing who has gone straight into the first team in Witt, and Marc Alke played a bit too as did Jaouhari. Alex Calcade will be a capable back-up centre back for a while, I think. And Samba Babacar became my first marquee striker signing. The rest...not sure how many we will see flourish but who knows? Two marquee signings sold this year. Neither has been a success really, although Ascacibar did a decent job. Ainsley Maitland-Niles also finally left after so many years of being a back-up to half the team, and to get so much money for Beechey, John-Jules, Bembo-Leta and Bryggfield was good business. Notable performances from youngsters After a pretty poor season when called upon, Marc Alke scored the equaliser at Wembley, the one bright spot on a terrible day. Breakthrough youngster of the year A few options here. I do think Chai Harvey has done very well for his age and I would be surprised if he isn't the chosen player within the next few years. Gael Brun has been a capable understudy to Barco, and should mean that we don't need a left winger yet. Ilja Mukov has, as predicted, ousted last year's winner, Zeman, from the first team, but has not yet fulfilled his 4.5* CA rating from my assistant. And I could easily be picking someone for the second year running who will not be a first team player next year, but Christoph Witt was the standout for me. Previous years: 2019 - Ainsley Maitland-Niles; 2020 - Eddie Nketiah; 2021 - Kristoffer Ingelsten; 2022 - Michael Schreiber; 2023 - Tiago Sa; 2024 - Steve Healey; 2025 - Jiri Zeman Season League (pts) FA Cup League Cup Europe Youth Signings (non HG) Marquee Signing Achievements/Notes --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2018/19 4th (82) R5 R3 Europa League Winners 5 Milan Skriniar First European TROPHY [1-EL] in 25 years, CL qualification. 2019/20 3rd (81) R6 R3 Champions League SF 16 Joao Felix CL qualification. 2020/21 5th (77) R6 R4 Champions League KO1 18 Santiago Ascacibar None. 2021/22 2nd (83) R5 R3 Europa League Finalists 13 Ezequiel Barco CL qualification. 2022/23 3rd (81) R/Up R4 Champions League Groups 18 Trent Alexander-Arnold CL qualification, FA Cup Finalists. 2023/24 4th (74) R4 R3 Champions League SF 19 Filip Benkovic CL qualification. 2024/25 4th (74) R6 QF Champions League QF 11 Adrian Lomonaco CL qualification. 2025/26 4th (76) R/Up SF Champions League KO1 22 Samba Babacar CL qualification, FA Cup Finalists. Links to previous years: 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25
  3. Yes: although my premise for the save was based on the false report of such tight purse strings at Arsenal IRL, it's been really fun to focus on one area per season in terms of finished products. It forces you to really analyse your strengths and weaknesses. I've got my centre-back now, but I agree that left wing might well be a position to look at in the future. The right has plenty of options. Left, not so much. The thing is when you have a good player there, it's a position you want to try to fill with a youngster. I always have 15-20 youngsters coming in at least. Obviously most don't make it but who knows? Maybe Barco's replacement will be arriving in the summer! Could Healey play as an Attacking Mid in the MC position, you reckon? I just noticed that nobody was doing well there. Not Ozil, not Felix and not Healey....
  4. Thanks. If you're enjoying it, then keep reading and comment whenever you can, I really appreciate the feedback, not least because (as you can probably see) I'm not the best ever. Any thoughts on the tactics above especially would be great. But the more interaction I get the better the content will become. I'm always happy to answer questions in as much detail as required...so to answer this one: Mav was OK, but never exceptional, and I had too many better coming through. He left for Cardiff for £8.25m in 2021, and hasn't exactly set the world alight there and it was clear Schreiber was going to be a bit of a star, even if he has levelled off a little in the last couple of years.
  5. Only £93m unless we win the league...I'll take that for him.
  6. Also - thinking of tweaking my formation next year. I've found nobody is thriving in the AM position, so thinking of dropping that deeper, so going from this formation to this formation. I'm training it ready to start next August, but what do you think? Anything else you'd tweak?
  7. How much would you pay for him, knowing I have a balance of over £600m?
  8. Reckon centre-back is the best position to go for then?
  9. Watford want a ridiculous price currently (£144m!!) but if I'm able to bring them down a bit on their price, I think I've found my new defender. Is he the right target for this squad?
  10. Doing that was helpful for my thinking. I definitely need a right wing back, a centre back and a left winger. Of those, I don't think the right wing back needs to be a marquee signing so I'm ruling that out. But it means I'm looking for youngsters in all three positions (although in reality I'm always signing youngsters in ALL positions), and I need to decide over the next few days whether I want a new centre-back or left-winger as a marquee signing. I'm leaning towards a centre-back, with the thinking being that in the medium term, Witt and Schreiber can compete for the other centre-back slot.
  11. OK - so I'm at a point where I'm feeling like I don't really know how to take that next step with this side, so I've decided to put together a comprehensive report on the state of the squad. I probably won't get this current season finished until Sunday at the earliest so it gives me a chance to ask you lot for any ideas and also do some detailed scouting to try to fix a few issues in the squad. So here goes. The Tactics - shown here with first choice XI and subs selected Hasn't evolved too much lately. As you'll see, there are a few positions where the role depends on the person picked. This is true in DM, on the right wing and in the AMC position, although the keeper is also a bit fluid - when Blake plays, I tend to have him on SK(De). I'm open to tweaking this if you have any suggestions. In each of the categories below, click on the position name to see a list of players who can play there, then I've got player profiles in the section beneath it. Goalkeepers As you can see, I have two good keepers followed by three decent up-and-coming ones. I'm not too worried about this position currently. Erramuspe is currently the first choice whilst Blake is a more than capable deputy. Blanco, Barros and Costa are the current up and comers, but with the top two aged 24 and 22, I'm not too concerned with their development currently as I doubt they'll ever be required. Also, on writing this report I've realised that the bottom five are utterly pointless and I've released them! Left Wing-Backs Despite the long list here, there are only really four players on the list I'm ever likely to use in this position. Adrian Lomonaco was a marquee signing from Barcelona. Joel Lopez did a decent job there for a while but is now back-up. Ainsley Maitland-Niles broke through as a left back in season one, but is now a utility player. Ozgur Uzun was signed on a pre-contract (i.e. as a Youth) from Leverkusen. Nothing special, but I'll keep him around until I've got someone better and then look to sell for a healthy profit. Right Wing-Backs Another position currently occupied by a marquee signing in Trent Alexander-Arnold who I paid obscenely over the odds for! He started off well, averaging 7.30 in his first season, but has been on a steady and relatively quick decline since. I might be looking to improve this area soon, but there are no players coming through suggesting they could do that job, so I'll probably be trying very hard to find promising right wing-backs coming through youth academies this year. Maitland-Niles is the back-up currently. Centre Backs Michael Schreiber was the first newgen to break through and is now one of my best players. Though Benkovic was a marquee signing, albeit a cheap-ish one, he isn't great shakes any more, and it looks like Christop Witt will now form a long-lasting partnership with MS. If he develops as much as my coaches think he will then great. If not, I might be looking for a new player in this position soonish. Simon Cahill is a rare example of a product of my own academy who could just step up. Defensive Midfielders A problem position for years but two really good youngsters now which gives me real hope that this could be a good era. Mukov only just got a work permit, and though he is good, I don't think I agree with the 4.5* CA rating my coaches give him. Zeman was a breakthrough player last year and these two should be in a battle for the DM spot for a few years. Deep Lying Playmakers This is one area where I might be thinking about tweaking the tactic. Willock is my current first choice player, and DLP is not his best role. Any thoughts? Jaouhari is the up-and-comer in this position, though...and DLP, for him, IS the best role...so I'm tempted to stick with it. Left Wingers Barco was a decent marquee signing in this position. Brun is the back-up here, although Reiss Nelson can play there and as you'll see shortly, my back-up right winger is better than Brun, despite Brun's blistering start to his career. Attacking Midfielder When Healey arrived and it became clear I'd be using him in this position, I changed from a AP to an AM in this position. The two youngsters coming through are also best suited to that role. Machin doesn't yet have a work permit, and Alke seems slightly better currently anyway. Right Wingers Reiss Nelson has made this slot his own and has developed into a sensational player. Stephen Hunt is his current back-up. I have a Bajan youth player from my own academy (not sure I've seen this before) in Chai Harvey who looks like the next possible big thing in this role. Strikers SPOILER ALERT, because this is where I played my Marquee Signing card this year. Eddie Nketiah scored 35 goals the year before, so it was harsh, but the decision was made early in the season and the season before had been his worst year. As you can see from the squad screen, though, he's still getting a fair share of game time. Samba Babacar is the £73m incumbent though. But this is a position where I am well-stocked. Mednikov has no work permit yet but surely will get one, whilst Scott Turner, perhaps not quite the player Mednikov is, should get a few games this year.
  12. Little update - I've been offered (and accepted) the job of Brazil manager. I'm hoping that this could help me secure a few Brazilian wonderkids soon!
  13. Marginally bigger gap this season, but it's very marginal. I think I may have hit a bit of a ceiling at the moment. I need a few more Schreibers!
  14. Season Report: 2024-25 This was a bit of a nothing season, to be honest. We went on good runs in September through to October and again in November/December, but really only had a few good wins in all of that time (a late Nelson winner at home to United, 2-0 against Chelsea spring to mind). But in the CL, we did impressing, winning five and drawing one in a group involving us, Bayern, Valencia and Ajax! A ridiculous defeat at Leicester by four goals to one totally ended our title challenge, but a convincing 4-1 aggregate win over PSG saw us go into April with little to play for domestically, but a huge Quarter Final in the CL against Man City ahead of us. They had also knocked us out of the FA Cup, so I was keen for revenge. I didn't get it, and instead was torn a new one by Silva, Sane, Mbappe et al. Transfers I agreed my marquee signing well before the end of last season (and the same is true of this season, more on that next year!). I ummed and ahhed about it, but Adrian Lomonaco was easily the best left back available to me, despite the astronomical price of over £100m. But then again, with over £500m in the bank, I guess the prices matter less, especially since that is only going to grow, realistically, given the nature of this challenge. The year before, my wingers had been my star players, so to have Lomonaco and Alexander-Arnold supporting them from behind did excite me. They didn't do quite as well as I hoped but Lomanaco will be 24 next season, TAA nearly 27 - they should be peaking soon, so improvement can be expected. Notable performances from youngsters These are starting to become fewer and further between now, because I'm getting together the spine of a team of youngsters who are growing up together and so most of them are no longer youngsters. Jiri Zeman impressed, along with Gael Brun, with a top showing against Watford, whilst Brun got the winner against Bournemouth. Screve Bembo-Leta (I always hum Bamboleo whenever I say his name) did likewise at Stoke. Breakthrough youngster of the year Had he been just six months or so younger, Stephen Hunt would have walked this one, with a huge step up that is making me wonder about selling one of my first choice wingers. And the winner of this is a bit odd because I think there's a player who was out on loan this year who will be ahead of him when he returns, so you may not see much more of him, but Jiri Zeman, a signing from January 2024, was so impressive in a position where it seems almost impossible to have an Average Rating over 7, that it had to be him. Previous years: 2019 - Ainsley Maitland-Niles; 2020 - Eddie Nketiah; 2021 - Kristoffer Ingelsten; 2022 - Michael Schreiber; 2023 - Tiago Sa; 2024 - Steve Healey Season League (pts) FA Cup League Cup Europe Youth Signings (non HG) Marquee Signing Achievements/Notes --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2018/19 4th (82) R5 R3 Europa League Winners 5 Milan Skriniar First European TROPHY [1-EL] in 25 years, CL qualification. 2019/20 3rd (81) R6 R3 Champions League SF 16 Joao Felix CL qualification. 2020/21 5th (77) R6 R4 Champions League KO1 18 Santiago Ascacibar None. 2021/22 2nd (83) R5 R3 Europa League Finalists 13 Ezequiel Barco CL qualification. 2022/23 3rd (81) R/Up R4 Champions League Groups 18 Trent Alexander-Arnold CL qualification, FA Cup Finalists. 2023/24 4th (74) R4 R3 Champions League SF 19 Filip Benkovic CL qualification. 2024/25 4th (74) R6 QF Champions League QF 11 Adrian Lomonaco CL qualification. Links to previous years: 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24
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