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  1. Any update to an alternate FM16 hair pack? An essential for a career game! Some of the work you guys do is incredible!
  2. Thanks edtheguy - I appreciate your comments, sorry for the slow updates, work is a nightmare at the minute! Stick with it! Una Grande Opportunità? “A Great Opportunity?” Despite not seeing his Dad as often as he would of liked, Pellegrino knew he could always rely on Luca. Pellegrino had contacted the Director of Padova and had managed to get himself an interview to discuss the opportunity to become their new Head Coach. He had been out the European game for several years, didn't have any coaching badges or experience, but somehow he had managed to secure an interview with the Italian side. He didn't even tell Lizeth. He had no idea how his wife would take it. She already left her home in Honduras to move to Argentina, there was no way Pellegrino was going to suggest moving to Italy. The only person he told was Luca. Pellegrino knew it was stupid, he was flying around the world at his expense, for an interview with a football club based in a town her had never been to. Luca picked Pellegrino up from the train station, a flight and a train journey just to get to this point. 48 hours before the interview and Pellegrino was making some notes, he even looked at himself in the mirror practising answers to potential questions. How would he talk around the lack of badges? How would he answer any questions about relocating back to Italy? He didn't really have any answers, all he could only hope for was that he wasn't asked them questions. The day of the interview arrived, Pellegrino was changing into his suit, he had a debate with himself, tie or no tie? One minute he would convince himself the tie was a good idea, very smart, means business. But he also convinced himself that no tie was better, young, innovative and more importantly himself. He opted for no tie, he never usually wore one anyway. Pellegrino met 3 directors, he didn't remember much of the interview, all he remembered was that the 3 gentlemen he met, all wore ties. After the 45 minute meeting Pellegrino left the office, he walked out the door, put on his sunglasses looked up to the sky and sighed. All he kept thinking was, what am I doing here? 72 hours had passed from the interview, Pellegrino was started to think he had been unsuccessful, he was due to catch a train to the airport that evening when his phone rang. The Padova director was calling him. He steadied himself as he answered the phone. “Good afternoon, Pellegrino Rizzolo speaking” “Mr Rizzolo, thank you for answering my call, I have a proposition for you, check your e-mails and call me back within the hour” Pellegrino refreshed his e-mail. There it was, in black and white, “Siamo lieti di offrirvi l'opportunità di diventare il nuovo allenatore del Padova” Pellegrino had been offered the head coach role on a 2 year contract. Details to be discussed. Just as he looked up from his phone to let out a small smile, he recived a text message from Lizeth, “We need to talk”. Pellegrino's swallowed hard, had Lizeth found out this visit to Italy wasn't just to see Luca? Who should he call? The director or his wife?
  3. Thanks tenthreeleader - hope you stick with it Ritorno a Casa? "Back Home?" It was a beautiful evening in La Plata, it had just passed 21.30 local time and Pellegrino was sitting down on the balcony of the family apartment. The apartment was a modern premises set within a serviced building. It was a building that had 31 luxury apartments with 21 being occupied by footballers from the cities two clubs. There rest of the apartments were occupied by business men and women who work within Buenos Aires area. Pellegrino was sipping a coffee whilst reading the La Gazzetta dello Sport on his tablet. It was the only way he could keep up with sporting affairs back home. Obviously the main column inches were taken up with stories on how Juventus had retained the Serie A and how the Milan clubs had continued to fall. Pellegrino looked up from his tablet, he could see Lizeth and Ximena in the front room working on some wallpaper designs. Lizeth had started a very successful house brand call Zeyala. It was a company that designed everything needed to decorate a home. Ximena had a keen interest in following her mother's footsteps, going to university and graduating with a strong degree. Pellegrino's eyes scanned the front room from the balcony. He saw Zapata in the corner of the room on his laptop, he must have been doing some of his coursework for his degree. Pellegrino let out a smile, he was very proud of his family. He took a swig of his coffee before looking back down at his tablet. Something immediate caught his eye. Pellegrino had scrolled down the page without knowing, he saw a headline that read, "Ivan Jurić e Padova Società Parte" (Ivan Jurić and Padova Part Company). He opened the page in a new tab. Padova had parted company with Croatian Ivan Juric after a string of bad result. The story continued and Pellegrino read the story 3 more times before Zapata called for his help. He put his tablet on standby and left it on the dining table as he walked into his apartment. He planned to go back and read the story again. Could Padova really provide Pellegrino a route into management? Was he jumping the gun a little here? His mind started to drift.
  4. Authors notes: The title is supposed to translate as "An Italian Gentleman in South America" - firstly I apologise if this is incorrect (my trust is in Google translate!) please feel free to correct me! Please note I will probably use lots of Italian phrases throughout the piece. If they are translated wrong, please let me know. Saved game will be based on FM16. I will create some leagues for South and Central American countries that aren't currently available on the game. I will do this with the editor tool (ie Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Bolivia, Honduras, Costa Rica etc.) I will also restructure the Brazilian league so they don't compete in their regional leagues. Both positive and negative feedback is welcome, I hope you all enjoy the story of Pellegrino Rizzolo. Un Ragazzo da Verona "A Boy from Verona" Born in Verona to an Italian father and an Argentine mother, Pellegrino was a bright and creative child. Pellegrino's father Luca runs a successful mineral water company (Rizzolo's) based in the city of Verona. Pellegrino's mother, Juileta is a freelance violinist and radio presenter. As a young boy Pellegrino used to split his time between his 2 mains loves. Football and the piano. By the age of thirteen, Pellegrino was a very accomplished pianist. He also was training with the Hellas Verona youth teams progressing through the various age groups. Aged 15, Pellegrino witnessed the breakup of his parents marriage. It ended admirably with the pair agreeing that just didn't love each other anymore. The hardest part of the breakup on Pellegrino was Julieta's choice to move back to her home-town, La Plata in Argentina. Luca continued to run the mineral water firm in Italy. Pellegrino's summers were spent in La Plata with his mother, it was a part of the world he loved, but his home was Verona. Although the years that followed were tough on Pellegrino he continued to develop as a footballer. Aged seventeen he signed his first professional contact with Hellas Verona and also started studying law at the university in the city. He continued his piano education and began writing his own classical music that he would play in small venues around the north of Italy. In 1993, aged twenty Pellegrino was released by Hellas Verona after making just 9 first team appearances. The left footed attacking midfielder was allowed to leave the club by manager at the time Edoardo Reja. The Italian claimed that Rizzolo was "too much of a luxury player that was more interested in playing his piano and studying". Six weeks after his release Pellegrino left the University in Verona with a degree in law. Pellegrino's next step was probably not a expected one. He rejected offers from nine different clubs in Italy (including city rivals Chievo) in order to accept an opportunity of an eight week trial with Estudiantes in his mothers home town of La Plata, Argentina. To Pellegrino it was a chance he couldn't turn down, a different footballing culture and a chance to be reunited with his mother in Argentina. The trial was a success and after only three weeks of the eight week trial Estudiantes offered Pellegrino a three year contract, an offer he accepted. La Plata had become Pellegrino's home, he met a nineteen year old after five weeks of being in the city who he madly fell in love with. Lizeth Zelaya was a Honduran student studying interior design. The pair were engaged after just three months of meeting and married after just seven. Their first child followed nine months after their marriage, they had a son named Zapata. One year on from Zapata, the pair had a daughter, Ximena. On the pitch Pellegrino was becoming a fan favourite, his vision and technique was proving very popular with fans and team mates alike. He also had an eye for goal. In a six year spell Rizzolo had played 141 games scoring 37 goals. He was sold to Rio based giants Flamengo in for $6m. Pellegrino spent six seasons in Brazil playing 129 games scoring 29 goals. Following his release from Flamengo, Rizzolo rejected the chance to move back to Italy instead signing for Chilean giants Colo Colo on a one year deal. He then spent two years in Colombia with Envigado. A two season spell in Ecuador with Barcelona (ECU) followed before a twelve month stay with Panama City based side Plaza Amador. 1990 – 1993 – Hellas Verona (9 games, 0 goals) 1994 – 2000 – Estudiantes de la Plata (141 games – 37 goals) 2000 – 2006 – Flamengo (129 games – 29 goals) 2006 – 2007 – Colo Colo (31 games – 7 goals) 2007 – 2009 – Envigado (41 games – 9 goals) 2009 – 2011 – Barcelona (ECU) (47 games – 9 goals) 2011 – 2012 – Plaza Amador (21 games – 7 goals) Since retiring in 2012, Pellegrino has completed his studies to become a fully qualified lawyer. He has opened 2 Pizza restaurants, one in La Plata and one in Rio both called Juileta's after his mother. Furthermore he has recorded and released his own classical piano album. Pellegrino Rizzolo's only loved a few things in his life, his wife Lizeth, his children Zapata and Ximena, his parents and the piano. The one other love in his life was football. Rizzolo promised to himself that he would return to the game he loved after three years away.
  5. Club Takeovers.

    I'm just picturing Juan Veron in a suit in the directors box at Anfield! Think that's brilliant!
  6. Alternate Brazil?

    Hello all, I'm not a regular in this section of the forum, I have read the rules briefly and had a search but didn't find what I was looking for. I love managing in the Brazil league, but I really hate the regional league they do at the start of a season. In my opinion it makes the league season too long, especially if you have good runs in the continental competitions, you can get up to 70 games a season! Has anyone made a alternate Brazil league structure where they effectively "get rid" of the Brazil regional league at the start. Is it even possible? :confused: To be fair, this is more for a hope for FM 2014 as I'm settled in a long term save on this game, but I'm kind of just looking for some background information to changing a league structure within editor, is it relatively straight forward? Or is there someone who has created a new structure and would likely do the same for FM 2014? In terms of editor experience, I have had a mess about in there amending stadiums creating players/teams creating new nations through the wizard, but not amending a structure already on the game. Thanks in advance.
  7. No. He announced retirement mid season, and his stats for that season disappeared, it claimed he hadn't played that season!
  8. Blackburn Rovers

    Not started with them, but in my current 2034 save they are in a playoff position in the Blue Square Prem!
  9. :confused: I have an Argentine central defender who is 34, and he has announced he is retiring at the end of the season. That's all fine nothing strange there. He is maybe having the best season of his career at the minute, so when he announced he was retiring I was a little disappointed! But since his announcement, all his games played (for the current season) have gone. I.e. it says he has played no games this season! He was sitting on about 20 games, 8 goals, average rating of 7.9ish. Anybody else seen anything similar to this? Thanks.
  10. Beyond the Bottle: A Mark Wilson Fan-Fiction Story

    Lovely start this. Will follow with a keen interest.
  11. Crystal clear response from the community I'd say then. I guess I'll have to just try and stay in touch with the leaders and see if I can finish close.
  12. Might be worth giving people a bit of a background here. I'm currently playing as Liverpool in the 2032-2033 season. They still haven't won a league title since the game begun, and in fact have only won a Capital One Cup in the last 10 years on my save. There is limited money and the squad I have generated has been made after sales of old squad players, Bosman signings and developing some of the youth there. I took the job around 15 months ago and decided that I wanted to win a trophy initially. Try and win the fans with any form of silverware, then concentrate on breaking into the top 4 (a place they haven't been in 13 years) and then longer term look at challenging for the league title. In my first season, I finished 6th in the league, got knocked out the FA Cup early and lost in the Capital One Cup early. I lost in the Europa League final to Manchester United on penalties. The board considered the season as okay. I knew that in my 2nd season, I wanted to win a major trophy. This has got me thinking, if I concentrated on winning the FA Cup or Europa League (not going to win the league, not enough depth or quality and the Capital One Cup I have to use to blood youngsters as I can't buy many players) and my form dipped in the league, would I be given the backing by the board if I delivered some silverware? It's worth noting the board have said the minimum expectation this year is to challenge for the title! (which is a little unrealistic I think!) Its the first time I've managed a club where I'm considering backing the cup competitions over the league, just to end an 11 year period without a trophy and keep me in my job. There isn't enough quality to challenge for the league, enough for top 4. Just. Has anybody else been in a position where they make a competition a priority for any particular reason?
  13. Had a 16 year old newgen come through on my current save (Liverpool 2032-2033) called Rick Carding. Superb winger, can play both flanks, but aged 17 he has already has 2 serious injuries. A broken leg - 7 months out and damaged cruciate ligaments - 8 months out. He is soon to turn 18 but his stats since the youth induction have dramatically dropped. I'm worried that he'll never reach his peak. All my coaches rate him, they just all say he is injury prone.
  14. I used to position my cursor in the same place for games on an older version of the game, but now, I don't have any.