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  1. I was going to post my end of season update wherein I got barely relegated from the Liga ZON Sagres, but unfortunately a new chairman came in and decided I was surplus to requirements I'm going to take a break from BEN for now, but I'll not rule out coming back to it at some point.
  2. I think this answer was aimed at deadfncat, rather than NEO-BAHAMUT-
  3. It's goals like this that are going to make me bald... [video=youtube;c_kIoBuHGpo] It also has made me realise I've not set my upload settings to do 1080p >.<
  4. I've been given a wage budget of 30k. I think to realistically make the effort to stay within my financial means I'm going to restrict myself to using about 20k. I just hope it's enough!
  5. Not sure if it's something you've already addressed Tom, but on the Opposition Instructions screen the 'Clear' button is overlapping with the instructions pane. I'm playing on 1920x1080. Example
  6. Oliveira do Bairro Sport Clube - Hugo De Luca 2019/20 Between a couple of seasons of mediocrity, and my policy of developing young players with promise - my squad's average age is just 21 - starting to bear fruit (and therefore starting to require higher wages!) the financial situation was getting pretty dire at Estádio Municipal de Oliveira do Bairro. At the start of this season I made the decision that if we don't earn promotion this season I was going to slash the squad back to save money and try to rebuild. Despite the tight purse, I still elected to shell out 40k on bringing János Nagy into the side after he spent a successful loan season with us last year. Joining him in midfield would be Peterson, who came to be my highest paid player after he received glowing recommendations from my scouts. Strauß was brought in on loan to take the place of Arnaldo Rato, whom I judged to have wage demands beyond his ability at the end of last season, but unfortunately an injury in the new year meant he would miss the remainder of the season and he was allowed to return home. My only acquisition in January was Anthony Garric who was brought in as a first choice player while I was having a little difficulty with injuries. {|Transfer Summary|} The League Cup first phase saw me just about scrape through my group with 2 wins and 2 losses, before drawing me against parent club Olhanense in the second round. The first leg was a game we possibly should have won, but if I'd been told before the match I'd have walked away at 1-1 I'd have been pretty happy with that. After conceding in the 42nd minute of the return leg it looked pretty bad for us, until we won and converted a 76th minute penalty before knocking in 2 more in the final 5 minutes to make it look like we were never in any danger at all. The second group phase saw us go completely unbeaten in a group containing Belenenses, P. Ferreira and Sporting. That sounds great, but we also failed to win any games. The highlight was most definitely the 3-3 draw with Sporting, which saw us 2 up inside 5 minutes and turned into a really entertaining end-to-end game. Possibly my favourite game ever that I've not won. The Taça de Portugal was another write off for us, losing in the second round to National Championship side Gondomar SC. While a cup run would have been nice, the League Cup kept our schedule pretty crowded as it was and I'm glad to have not had to worry about the Taça as well. That just leaves the important one: The Second League. We started reasonably, but then had a really bad November which we only mostly recovered from in December. Luckily for us, teams were trading wins all over the place at this point and despite bottoming out as low as 10th I'm pretty sure we were never more than 4 or 5 points short of 2nd place (and promotion). We lost our opening 2 games of 2020 before going on a tremendous run to put us well and truly in contention for promotion. With one game to play we sat top by a point, with the team in 3rd being 3 points back. League sorting in Portugal goes on results between teams first, and I was relatively confident that we would finish above Oliveirense, but I wasn't certain enough of this fact to start celebrating yet. My final game of the season was against Aves who, after leading the league for the majority of the season, had been on a bad run. This made me very wary, because the Aves players could well be desperate to redeem their season and finish on a high note. The first half was pretty cagey, with neither team really committing to getting men forward. After the restart it was more of the same, but after 5 minutes Aves managed to put the ball into the back of the net after a ludicrous long ball beat the offside trap and then was squared across the box for a tap-in. This galvanised the Oliveira Bairro players and shots started raining in from everywhere. In the first half we managed just 4 shots total, whereas we hit 12 in the second half. It all looked to be over with 5 still to play, but then a desperate cross across the 6-yard box was turned home by Nagy to guarantee the promotion. Even better for us, Belenenses lost their game, meaning we won us some silverware as well! {|Past Positions|} Key players not mentioned above: Joaquim Andrade Daniel Soares (YP1) - Also won Second League 'keeper of the year Boubacar Traoré - Burkinabe international, although yet to score My plans for next season are pretty simple: survive, and make a profit. I'd like to end the season with the bank balance reading positive, and honestly I think this needs to be slightly more of a priority for me than survival. To that end, my intention is to primarily keep the same core of the team and use youngsters - either newly brought in or already at the club - to fill the holes when we need to rotate the squad. It's a risky plan, but hopefully it means we'll be in a much better financial position at the end of the year and even if we go down we'll have a strong platform to easily bounce back up from (assuming I don't get sacked!).
  7. As much as I love the pretty season summaries, I really don't want to spend time writing one up when I could be spending that time ploughing into my next season. Suffice to say my 2018/19 was really good, and with 3 games to go we were only 2 points behind Varzim who were in second place. We couldn't keep going to the finish line, though and ended up 4th. Joaquim Andrade is definitely my best player, and currently the only one I'd feel 100% confident with if we were to make the step up, but I have quite a number of youngsters who could potentially hold their own at the top level as well. Time to start really pushing for promotion!
  8. Your location is a lie! Yeovil isn't anywhere near Bristol Look forward to seeing how you get on, mate.
  9. I've not completely dropped off the face of the earth! I'm still playing my save, albeit pretty slowly. Completed 2 seasons since my last update with nothing particularly interesting to report (mid-table obscurity). I'll try to get back into properly posting my updates at the end of this season.
  10. The thread does have value, because there are people (like myself) who enjoy seeing the progress pictures and updates as Tom posts them. Whether that's justification enough versus the continuous inanity is another matter, though.
  11. Every time this thread gets new replies from Tom it gets my hopes up just a little Really looking forward to you having this ready, mate - take all the time you need, as Steklo should always be the very best it can be
  12. This isn't really a thread for CSE. To get to the editor, though, go to your Steam Library > Tools and then find and install the FM14 editor from that list
  13. If/when I finish/get bored of Big Euro, I think I'll have a look at this. Seems really fun
  14. Biscotti's Oliveira do Bairro Academy products 2014/15 YP1 - Daniel Soares Initial | 2015/16 YP2 - Maia Initial | 2015/16 YP3 - Rui Bandeira Initial | 2015/16 2015/16 YP4 - Duarte Macedo Initial YP5 - Vitor Duarte Initial
  15. Oliveira do Bairro Sport Clube - Hugo De Luca 2015/16 - Post-Season Update The season opened with the League Cup which, while not amazing, gave me the impression that we'd be able to just about survive in the league as long as we were able to get results against those around us. The league saw us open with a win, followed by 2 losses and 2 draws, but just as I was starting to get a little worried we found ourselves some form. We were never particularly consistent, going through good spells and bad spells in roughly equal measure, but it was solid mid-table football and we were rewarded with an 11th place finish. Santa Clara were our opponents in the second round of the Taça de Portugal and we weren't able to get a result against them. In truth, I deprioritised the cup due to fixtures getting a little crowded around that time. Comings and goings were fairly limited, due to basically having the same wage budget as last season, and focussed mostly on youngsters to integrate into the team and replace my veterans as they drop away. The fact I still had quite a small squad meant every single member of my senior team got at least one start and multiple sub appearances, and I even managed to get my youth prospects a pretty decent amount of match time. That final position was a great benefit financially, as we've gone from being £100k or so in the red to being roughly the same in the black. Portuguese Second League: 11th (past positions) Portuguese Taça de Portugal: 2nd Round Portuguese League Cup: 1st Group Stage Key Players Paolo Costa was again essential to our success. Once again our assist leader, and notching up a handful of goals as well as our primary set-piece taker. He turns 40 next birthday and is still covering an average of 7.6 miles per 90 minutes, but I'm definitely looking to phase in a replacement during this season. Rui André matched my expectations by leading the scoring charts for me. Playing as my most advanced striker he regularly received the ball with only one man to beat and managed to finish the season with 24 goals. Samu wasn't a man I was expecting a huge amount from at the start of the season, but I stuck him into the box to box position alongside my key playmaker on the basis that my other box to box options were getting old and lacked stamina. His stamina wasn't all that great either, but he made it count and ended up being one of the first names on my teamsheet. The Younglings Class of 2015 YP1 - Daniel Soares - Due to my back-up 'keeper deciding he wanted some first team action Soares managed to get himself promoted to the position of second choice. He got to play 4 games due to injury, and notched up a respectable 2 clean sheets and 7.2 average rating for those games. I'm not entirely sure he's going to ever be my first choice, but I certainly don't feel the need to go out and get myself anyone new. This season saw another 4 players at the GK position come through my youth ranks, so I'm kinda overloaded with them at present. YP2 - Maia - Despite him staying in the U19s, I managed to get him a decent number of games about mid-season where I got into a bit of limbo about whether Tó Miguel was good enough to still be my first choice anchor. YP3 - Rui Bandeira - Did get a good amount of games, but is still definitely a long way off from the first team. I'm thinking it might be worth my while loaning him out for next season to get him some game time. Class of 2016 YP4 - Duarte Macedo - Already has solid looking physical stats, although that work rate makes me think he's going to end up being a little one-dimensional as a poacher. YP5 - Vitor Duarte - He might not end up being the best for going forward, but it looks like he'll make a solid defender for me. He'll probably become my second choice left-back for next year as I really don't want to put too much strain on my wage budget. And Finally The post-season review saw Benfica B named as the biggest over-achievers, but what caught my eye was the fact that apparently they were originally predicted a 23rd place finish (in a 22 team league!) Season |Division |Position |TdP |PLC |Europe ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 14/15 |National - F |2nd/1st (P) |4th |N/A |N/A 15/16 |Second League |11th |2nd |1st round |N/A