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  1. May 2020 The form against teams in the bottom half sadly continued as we only picked up five out of a possible twelve points, throwing a lead away twice. We end up finishing 8th, which we can't complain about considering how poor we were in front of goal, scoring on average one goal a game. One potential highlight is the signing of left winger Emmanuel Oti Essigba on a free. He was available to make his debut in the last game, where he was unable to show his potential. My backroom staff rate him a decent player for the top division, with potential to be a leading player in that division. He's the first of what I'm hoping is a few signings in the summer, with a couple of defenders and a striker on the must-buy list. World News England Man City finally conquer Europe as they win the treble, while Palace (now managed by ex Bristol City boss Lee Johnson), Sheff Utd and Villa (under management of Steven Gerrard) are relegated. Spurs beat Chelsea to lift the Carabao Cup, and then sack Pochettino at the end of the season. Arsenal beat Lazio in the Europa League final. Stoke, Fulham and Brentford are promoted to the top flight as Derby (with Pulis in charge), Sheff Wed (managed by Moyes) and Middlesbrough (led by Quinton Fortune) drop to the third tier. Eastleigh and Halifax win promotion to the football league, while Adrian Mutu's Macclesfield are relegated out of the football league. Spain Barcelona win the double, as Simeone is sacked by Atletico for finishing 3rd. Italy Juventus win the double. Germany Bayern win the league by seventeen points, but are denied a double by Dortmund in the cup. France PSG win the league, while Lyon take the domestic cup honours.
  2. February–April 2020 The second half of the season didn't start well as nine minutes in to our first game against Wigry, Wypych was shown a straight red card. The guys put it behind them and over the course of the next two months, we regain our momentum even picking up a point against runaway champions Bruk-Bet. It's become apparent though that we perform better against the better teams in the league. Out of the 44 points, 21 have been picked up against the top five which is remarkable. Six of our eight losses are against teams in the bottom half! With just four games to go, we are on the verge of the play-offs which would be a great achievement for season one. I will point out that they're all against teams in the bottom half... Youth Intake We don't have the greatest facilities, so I didn't expect too much but we have produced a couple of young guns who may provide useful in the future, but they are being rated in positions that we're not the strongest in. Both have decent determination though so fingers crossed!
  3. Winter Break Before the season, I wasn't really looking forward to the really long winter break but after our latest form, we really needed it. It'd give us time to get our morale back up and become more comfortable with the change in formation. It started off poorly, which had me considering my job. Had I lost the dressing room to the point of no return? But we picked ourselves us and ended the break unbeaten in six, gaining two draws against Slovakian and Czech top division teams, to add to the win against Senica (also top Slovakian division). World News Javi Gracia replaces Pellegrini at West Ham after he was sacked for poor league position. Flores is sacked by Watford for poor results, and is replaced by former Latvia and Liepaja manager Alexsandrs Starkovs. (Who?) Carlo Ancelotti is fired by Napoli for poor results, and Jose Mourinho is appointed the new boss. Thomas Partey heads to Guangzhou from Atletico for 22.5m Monaco sell Jorge and Willem Geubbels to Bayern and Man City respectively The draw for Euro 2020 is made as North Macedonia, Montenegro and Belarus make surprise appearances. The full draw is below, with the exception of Group F (Germany, Poland, Finland and Hungary). Liverpool win the Club World Championship after a thrilling extra time finish against Monterray. The game ended 1-1, but finished 4-3 after extra time. Roberto Firmino and James Milner both score twice.
  4. October / November / December What a complete contrast to our start to the season. We've gone from a great run of form to no wins in eight games! A change in formation saw a slight turn around towards the end, but our confidence is low meaning we're not taking the chances like we were at the start of the season. To top it off, Piech has taken exception to being substituted in the last game and we've had a rather public falling out. Luckily, it's now the winter break so we have a couple of months off plus some friendlies to hopefully help us regroup for the rest of the season. Despite the poor form, we're still only 1 point from the playoffs. With the help of the Director of Football, we've found a few free agents who would be superb signings for us. Sadly, we're already just over on our wage budget so we can't afford to bring them in just yet.
  5. First Impressions The squad has a few decent players including striker Piech, and midfielder Bonecki but appears weak at the back. I only have one pre-season game to come up with a tactic and hope it works. There are a lot of vacancies in the staff department as well, so a priority is to get any staff member in so they can start helping me out training and find new players. A rule for the league is we must have a Polish U21 in the team at all times, but we only have three eligible players who are in the first team, and none would naturally start. We're predicted to finish 10th so hopefully I can stay mid table and build foundations to start making the squad my own for the start of next season. July / August / September Well, that is very surprising! A surprisingly good start for us sees us up in 3rd. We've unwittingly became a team that is very hard to score against and beat despite what I said before about the defence. We also dominate possession which helps us not have to face too many difficulties at the back, but struggle to create clear goal scoring opportunities ourselves. We must be an absolute bore to watch! Striker Piech has been the revelation netting four times in five starts, with two sub appearances. Unfortunately he was out injured for majority of August, which stopped him from scoring more. We brought in two players on a free to help boost the squad. Former Arsenal striker Eduardo joins to give Piech tough competition, and centre back Phibel who is rated as a good player for the Polish top flight and two stars better than any other centre back option we have
  6. Background FM20 marks my return to the series after a few years out (if anyone was on FMFormation when it was about, you may remember my Escobedo career update where I took them from having no players to European glory). Over the years I normally start or end up in the big five leagues with a few other ventures elsewhere... ✔ England (Ipswich, Bedford, Swansea) ✔ Belgium (KRC Gent-Zeehaven, Standard Liege) ✔ Scotland (Cowdenbeath, Celtic) ✔ Brazil (Fortaleza) ✔ Argentina (Huracan) ✔ Spain (Escobedo) ✔ Germany (Stuttgart) ✔ Italy (Lazio, Juventus) This year I wanted to try something different, although give me a couple of seasons and I may end back in familiar territory. Leagues Loaded Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland Other leagues are loaded as view only The Beginning I've started unemployed, so I can start somewhere new with a clean slate and not just replacing a manager who hasn't deserved to be sacked yet. Two jobs peaked my interest, which were Nyíregyháza (Hungary) and Odra Opole (Poland). Both interviews were successful, but I've decided to fly the nest and head to.... Odra Opole want to finish in the top half of the Polish second division, with a wage budget of 12.75k. They want me to work within the wage budget and sign players to sell for a profit, while working towards promotion for 2023/24. Updates to follow...
  7. This is still an issue in the full game release
  8. The real-life Bangor situation looks like a FM story. I had to double check the chairman and his son and the squad situation was reality but it is! KUTGW!
  9. Great read so far! Actually quite similar to my career I have planned for this year. I want to try and stay out of the top five leagues this year as I've done them all before, and I'm naturally drawn to countries I've actually been to in recent years... Croatia and Hungary being two of them.
  10. Jong Almere City's header colour appears as a purpley blue - should this not be red as the main team? (I'm not familiar with the Dutch league so apologies if I'm wrong)
  11. No problem. I'm just uploading now a Groundshare2025 which is just before Chorley move in, and a Groundshare2030 which is just before the other two move in. Hope that helps!
  12. If you click on your own profile in game, there should be a little edit symbol by your manager’s facegen. Click that and you can edit your manager’s appearance.
  13. I've been holidaying into the future (2031), and noticed this odd ground share where Darlington, Morecambe, Fylde (all L2) and Chorley (Con) are all playing at Morecambe's ground. From what I can tell, none of the three are temporary moves. I'm currently uploading a file as Groundshare.FM but if you need previous years' save, I think it's been auto-saving every year.
  14. It seems there isn’t a rule so to speak, but an intention in the way they decide not to do repeat winners. https://www.espn.co.uk/football/paris-saint-germain/story/3705571/psgs-kylian-mbappe-will-not-make-history-with-second-golden-boy-award
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