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  1. I cannot believe that after all of these replies, no one has mentioned this guy, the one and only IBRAHIMA BAKAYOKO. Used to cost about £10m to buy, but he was a beast of an AMC. I think Everton signed in IRL (possibly as a result of playing CM?). Anyway, he turned out to be a bit poo.
  2. Quick update - manage to win the Olympics, although Fabio hasn't resigned from the England job (they got to final of Euros and were spanked by Portugal 3-0) so I might just quite the GB U23 job as it's a bit lame with no tournaments. On the Villa side, we've just lost a thrilling community shield 3-2 to Liverpool but we played well and deserved to win. Transfers in: van Der Stegan (GK) - thick end of £18m over 4 years. 20 years old, could be one of the best. Means Shay is No 2 for next season but could step in if he fails to settle quickly. Managed to get Pedro from Barca for £9m (steal!), and signed Jermaine Jenas for £1.8, Owen Hargreaves on a free, and looking to tie up Ryan Shawcross to complete the summer activity.
  3. Just completed my firs season as beloved Villa on FM12. Finished 1st in the premier league after a brilliant season. Was 7 points clear with 3 games to go from Man Utd, and still had to go to Old Trafford and Anfield with a home game to already relegated QPR in between. Was expecting to go for the 3 points I needed to win at home to QPR but ended up sneaking a 1-0 at Old Trafford to clinch the title in front of old red face himself - still waiting for my bottle of red wine. The only nightmare result I had was a 9-1 (!) tonking at Man City with Aguero bagging 6. One of those days where everything clicked for them. Anyway, here are my signings/outgoings IN: dos Santos (£4.5m) Bassong (£4.5m) Honda (£10m in Jan) - Brilliant signing Zabaleta (Loan in Jan) El Hadj Diouf (free) OUT: Heskey to Newcastle (free) Petrov (£4m to Juventus) - fell out with him after a team talk and stripped him of Captaincy. That'll teach him. Got knocked out of the FA Cup 3rd round at Arsenal and League Cup QF at Watford 2-0. Dissapointing but helped to focus on the league. I've also been offered the job as Great Britain U-23 manager at the Olympics - very cool and hopefull will apply for England job after Euros but not sure I will get it. Team plays with a 4-5-1 line up as follows: Given, Hutton (FB), Dunne (Stopper), Bassong (Cover), Warnock (FB), Jenas (DLP), Honda (CM-A), Bannan (CM-S), Zoggy (IF-S), dos Santos (IF-S), Bent (Poacher) Definately need to strengthen for a Champs League campaign. Have nicked some promising kids from Celtic, and have a youth FB regen who "could be one of the players of his generation". Looking to bring in: Areola - GK (Shay has 1 year left I reckon) M'Vila - can't seem to get them to part with him though :-( Hazard - Going to cost £20m I think. Also need another stopper as I told James Collins he could go in the Summer. Here's to a good second season!
  4. Gutted to read this. Awful news. Perhaps SI could recognise the impact he had on the FM community by making him a First Team or Youth Coach at Man Utd in FM12? A small tribute, but I'm sure Steven would have appreciated it. I would give him 20 tactical knowledge! :-(
  5. When you try to convince your wife that your nine-year old daughter really 'needs a PC of her own' so that you can 'selflessly' offer your 5 year old dual core PC, in order to buy a behemoth i7, 4.ghz monster to run more leagues.
  6. Nothing more to add other than that I endorse this thread. What I love about the game the most, is that you can play it when your'e not playing it. Boring meeting at work? Why not recap your young DC loan options. Wife doing your nut in in Tesco? Spend some time planning your away trip to Dynamo Kiev. :-)
  7. Fantastic thread - has inspired me to look at my Villa save in a whole new light. Will post updates as seasons progress but like sfraser, it takes me a while to play a season
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