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  1. Evanescent

    Player Request: Brings Ball Out Of Defence

    Attached a Brings Ball Out Of Defense shortlist created by doing a player search for players with the trait Brings Ball Out Of Defense, from a 3rd season save. Interestingly, Balanta doesn't have the trait in this save, so the shortlist might not be totally accurate for your save. PPM BBooD.fmf
  2. Evanescent

    FM18: France

    Still in pre-season, taking a break for now. Been playing a few other saves trying to find a good fit and have found a couple of interesting scenarios (95/96 database with Liverpool, a downloaded game in 2021 from the tycoon thread with Guimaraes) so might be a while before I get back to it.
  3. Evanescent

    FM18: France

    Bordeaux - End of S2 Update - July 2019 Competitions A major disappointment. Our fantastic 1st half of the season was not enough to carry us to a league title, falling short of PSG by 2 points. A horrendous two month stretch (mid Feb to mid April) completely ruined us, with 2 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses from the 8 league games played. We were unravelling anyway but to lose your best defender (Henrique - Torn Ab Muscle - 2 months), midfielder (Vada - Hip - 2 months) and forward (Malcom - Broken Toe - 6 wks) made it even worse. We recovered a little bit to win 5 out of our last 6 league games but we couldn't catch up to PSG, who won 11 straight before losing a meaningless game on final day. Lost in the 1st Knockout Rd of the Champions League, 6-4 on agg to eventual winners Atletico. Could not retain our Coupe de la Ligue title, with an shock early exit to Amiens (I didn't really take it seriously and we paid the price). We were more successful in the Coupe de France though, winning the final in extra time over Ligue 2's Lens: Players Kevin Danso (36%) won the fan vote for player of the year, over Malcom (31%) and Hassan (22%). My personal rankings would go: 1 - Diego Rolan - 21(11) apps, 16 goals, 13 assists, 7.28 ave rating - Started the season as a depth option, didn't make my first XI over Hassan/Malcom, or my second XI over Laborde/Montero. But quickly proved he was more than that and took his chances with Malcom's injury problems and Laborde's form problems. Led the team for assists. 2 - Kevin Danso - 36(1) apps, 2 goals, 7.24 ave - I would say winning the fan vote is fair, as Danso was a big factor in conceding 16 less goals in the league compared to S1. Despite this, might have to settle for a rotation role in S3 as the quality of the squad improves. 3 - Malcom (but only in big games) - 28(7) apps, 20 goals, 8 assists, 7.17 ave - A really weird season. Was a liability against the teams we should beat, with Rolan/Montero/Hassan having to bail us out. But was superb against the big teams. Scored vs Monaco (1H, 2A), Marseille (1A, 3H), Lyon (4A, 0H), PSG (2H, 0A - DNP Injured). That's 13 of his goals right there in 7 matches. Missed a bunch of games due to injury. HM - Leo Debois - 13(3) apps, 1 goal, 8 assists, 7.16 ave - Did well enough from right back after signing in January. Racked up assists in a team that was impotent for a couple of months. Season 3 - July 2019 (Preview) I'm only in July and I will do a full update when pre-season is complete but it's suffice to say that the league setback has already led to an overhaul in personnel... Don't know what is more surprising: that 32yo Costil (who cost me points with fumbles and lost his starting spot to Linde) went for that much or that Tousart came in for that little (or that Lyon were willing to sell him to Bordeaux in the first place). Will take a break from this save to play some custom DBs I've seen around (a 95/96 save and a legends DB, also maybe a World Super League) and to get over the disappointing end to the season.
  4. Evanescent

    FM18: France

    Bordeaux - S2 Feb 2019 Update Competitions I have a realistic shot at winning the league and I'm terrified...this is not the position I expected. Monaco were leading for the majority of the season but have lost the plot in recent games. I beat them 4-2 away from home and they have followed up with a couple of draws. The main difference between this season so far and last season's 3rd place (80 pts, 24-8-6, 95GF, 57GA) is the defensive improvement. Baysse has been moved to the bench and the Henrique-Danso central defence partnership has flourished. Danso's jumping and strength has been huge in dealing with crosses. The only other change has been changing the team mentality to help preserve leads (and occasionally changing the roles of the full backs). Really happy to get out of the group stage. Surprised to beat Napoli both games but not surprised that Bayern demolished me both games. 1st Knockout Rd is vs Atletico Madrid, not expecting to get past them but will play my best lineup and hope for the best. Transfers Ins Used my Joker on Sarr from relegated Nice. Was targeting him in the summer but asking price never dropped. Had injuries to both my left backs so in the end, I ended up paying the amount Nice wanted in the summer. Aim is to use him exclusively at LB, rotating with Meling...the lack of jumping puts me off from playing him CB. Marin, Trincao and Antov are all talents that were sent out of loan. Dubois played one league game for Lyon after his free transfer from Nantes and was value on the transfer list. I needed a RB after I sold my starting RB for big money (see below). Leiva was a deadline day buy...gives me a different option at AML (quicker than Xadas/Medeiros/Canales, who are basically all the same player). Outs So Sabaly was my best performer in terms of MotM (5) and average rating (7.76) but could only muster 2 assists in 14 starts (compared to 13 in 31 last season). His backup Gajic has the most assists in the team at the moment (9 in 14 starts overall, 8 in 8 starts in the league). Sabaly's value was always around the 12-14m mark and a few teams were interested. I set a 20m asking price. Sometime around late Dec/early Jan I noticed that his value had jumped to 23m and that Dortmund retained an interest. Once I saw a decent French replacement in Debois was on the transfer list for peanuts, I offered Sabaly out and Dortmund came in. The Sabaly money has funded end of season upgrades to data, youth and training facilities.
  5. Evanescent

    FM18: France

    Nope. This was the second time he wanted to leave but first time he took his complaints public. Once you take it public, I look to get rid. So this time I listed him and offered him out for market value but no bids were made. Bayern retained a loan interest for a while, even after the window shut, but it's faded away too. I was planning for his departure and had picked out Sebastian Driussi and Lautaro Martinez as my top targets. I am happier that he stays as he was the main attraction to managing Bordeaux in the first place. Took advantage of his change of heart and have extended his contract from 2021 to 2023. A shame re: Rennes, was enjoying seeing the exceptional progress.
  6. Evanescent

    FM18: France

    Worth scouting them regularly. Sometimes out of the transfer window you'll find them available for a more reasonable price (or you'll find the clubs more willing to sell) for a short period of time. As for the rhetorical, I agree but in fairness, if the player is a big enough talent you might not want to lose him for 10m. An IRL example would be Geubbels and Monaco's interest. I mean just look at this statement from the Lyon chairman Aulas trying to force the price up/price out Geubbels from joining a domestic rival...
  7. Evanescent

    FM18: France

    ...The Malcom saga continues...
  8. Evanescent

    FM18: France

    Yep, a lot. Obviously the hope is that I score even more than I concede. It's highly entertaining but also heart attack inducing. Judging by that incredible Rennes season, I would stick to what you're doing! Congrats on the title. The 2 16yos look insane too.
  9. Evanescent

    FM18: France

    Lost both league games 1st season vs Lyon 4-3, to late winners from Traore (one was a 89 and the other was a 90+4). It was looking comfortable until Skhiri picked up 2 yellows in 34 minutes...then Lyon came back from a 1-3 deficit to lead 4-3 and I thought history was repeating itself. Enter Malcom, who finally learnt the beats offside trap PPM, with a late equaliser followed up with an even later winner!
  10. Evanescent

    FM18: France

    Bordeaux - S2 End of Pre-Season Update - Sept 2018 Lots of transfer activity, as I try to add quality and depth for minimal cost. You'll notice that the main man Malcom stayed. He asked to leave and I became more accepting that he would go but there were no takers at his value (48m), just a couple of teams with loan interest. I've been using him as a super sub as I don't trust him at such low morale. Otavio and V.Jovanovic are the only outs that I wanted to keep, but both asked for new contracts and were upset not to get them. Most signings are self-explanatory, with perhaps the exception of of Montero. I don't normally purchase 30yos but Sporting let him go for market value and he has the beats offside trap PPM. I missed out on Maresic (picked Man Utd) and Ndombele (Lyon didn't take up their option to buy, and Amiens priced me out of the move by jacking up the price so he went to Milan). There were a few others that would have been great additions if I had the money. My two best XIs are as follows: With Rolan, D.Jovanovic, N'Doram, Skhiri the other first teamers. Only played two league games so far, a 3-0 win over newly promoted Auxerre and a 2-2 draw vs Monaco, where I scored both my goals after Danso's two yellows left me a man down. Champions league group looks tough (I was the 4 seed so to be expected I guess): Bayern, Napoli, Club Brugge, Bordeaux.
  11. Evanescent

    FM18: France

    Marseille has the best squad and finances of that lot, best chance of immediate success. Bordeaux and Lille both have a couple of top players to build around (Malcom, Vada, Maia, Araujo). Bordeaux has good finances, not much of it is available at the start of the game on 18.3 for transfers but the board will make it available to you in time for January. Lille in huge financial trouble in my Bordeaux save but could be fun to get them back to the Hazard days. Saint Etienne probably the biggest challenge but decent enough squad.
  12. Evanescent

    FM18: France

    He was average 1st season, a good squad player. I liked that he could play a variety of midfield roles but he never excelled at any of them. He asked for a new deal at season's end, told him he had time left, he was unhappy publicly and now he is gone. I would have liked to keep him as I want some continuity as I overhaul the squad but it frees up a non-EU spot and I got market value (€8.25m to Wolfsburg).
  13. Evanescent

    FM18: France

    Great start with Rennes! As for scouting, I am not a huge fan of the scouting system myself. I have given the responsibility over to the DoF and I do my own manual scouting. Normally that means using the player search, setting the filters I want, selecting a bunch of players and getting scout reports for them. My personal favourite is filtering by listed players under 23 and scouting them all. Over time I build a 'shortlist' (it's really not short) of players I am highly interested in and scout them regularly. For regens, setting age 15 to 15 on the player search can yield a lot of returns but also the World - Transfers - Youth Intake screen is helpful. In addition, you can scout the youth national teams or youth teams of well-known clubs. I haven't bothered even looking at regens so far in my Bordeaux save though.
  14. Evanescent

    FM18: France

    Bordeaux - End Of S1 Update - May 2018 Before we get to the league table, I am happy to report that I brought a trophy to Bordeaux, the first trophy in 5 seasons! It's only the Coupe De La Ligue but I will gladly take it. Now to the league...this Ligue 1 season was bonkers and the most amount of parity I've ever seen in France. Just look at the title race situation with 5 games to go: However the end result was predictable...PSG finished the strongest with 5 wins from 5 to wrap up the league title with a game to spare. With two games to go, Malcom asked to move to a bigger club again. Once again I say no, once again his morale tanked and once again his production dried up. We ended the season with a 0-0 draw (only league game where we failed to score a goal, Malcom missed a ton of chances) and a 1-0 win (where I started Malcom at AML instead of AF so we would not have a repeat of the 0-0 game). Going into the final matchday, we were in 4th position, 1 point behind Monaco. I was hoping that either Monaco or Lyon would slip up so I can sneak into the Champions League. Thankfully the surprise packet of the season, Troyes, helped me out by upsetting Monaco 3-1. The Europa League was nothing to write about, it ended with a 1st Knockout Rd defeat to Sevilla. The fans voted Malcom (40%) as Player of the Year ahead of Vada (28%) and Laborde (20%). Personally, I would give it to Laborde for his many clutch goals and his versatility playing as a starter and sub across AP/DLF/AF. Malcom was fantastic when he wasn't angling for an exit but I can't forget the 1/4 of the season when his morale tanked and firing blanks. Hassan deserves a mention for his goals and January signing Meling needs to be recognised for his output for LB. Contento could only muster up a goal and an assist over 27(7) apps. Meling came in and contributed a goal and 6 assists in 17 apps, giving me an additional attacking threat. Looking forward to integrating free transfer signing Canales and loan returnees Rolan and Jovanovic to the squad, and excited to trim the deadwood. I am starting to keep an eye out for big money replacements for Malcom too. 2018/19 goals will be to continue to increase the talent in the squad, finish top 3 again and not embarrass ourselves in the Champions League. I feel that PSG will never ever have such a poor season again and that this season was the one where I could have stolen a league title. If I had just a little bit more quality or a less moody Malcom...
  15. Evanescent

    FM18: France

    Great seasons guys, good to see some much deserved success @zlatanera @Ronaldo Beckham Bordeaux - Feb 2018 Update Transfers Received some good news 1st of November... ...which meant I had plenty of time to prep for January arrivals. The club finances were very healthy at the start of the game and didn't really improve much, it's just that not much of it was available for transfers. The main thing I wanted was some depth and I didn't want to blow the whole budget. I wanted to move the leftover amount into the wage budget so I could chase some of the players available on expiring contracts. Also, I didn't want the cash balance to evaporate because the board has agreed to upgrade training and youth facilities. Around the same time (maybe a little earlier, say late October), the squad became divided after Malcom asked to leave for a bigger club and I categorically rejected his request. The two months of planning meant that I could arrange 6 transfers for January 1st. Picked up 3 starters (LB Meling, CM Trondsen, CB Henrique) and 3 youngsters (CM Valente, CF Jovanovic, CM Mendez who was transfer listed by request). The only permanent transfer out was 28yo CM Sankhare. He had a contract that lasted until 2021 on decent money but he wanted a new deal. He wasn't happy with the 'plenty of time left' line and ended up taking his contract demands public. Suffice to say he was gone to the first suitor that would take him. The rest of the window saw loan departures and two further arrivals. Xadas has an opportunity to make the AML position his own while N'Doram was a deadline day purchase for squad depth at CB and CM. The January 1st haul of players was good enough to convince Malcom to drop his concerns on the same day those players joined. Had a tough time getting players with June 30th expirings to join. So far only two are in the door. 21yo CB Sidy Sarr and one I am really excited for, Sergio Canales. I also want to note that the 4 non-EU limit really screwed me out of some great signings. Just off the top of my head, Danilo from Braga ended up going for 2.5m, Arana from Sevilla went for around 3.5m and Thiago Maia was available for 9.5m (Lille listed like 10 players from their first team due to 'insecure' finances, Maia was snapped on a loan to buy by AC Milan). It's also stopping me from offering Diego Reyes a contract. Competitions Believe it or not, I was actually in 1st place after matchday 18! The new signings has given me more options and more depth but has negatively affected cohesion. In the 4 Ligue 1 games since January, I have gone DDWL. I have reached the minimum Europa League board expectation and I am considering tanking that tie. I have important Ligue 1 games in that period and beating Sevilla might be too much to ask anyway. In my Lyon save, the Coupe de la Ligue wasn't even a consideration for the board, but here at Bordeaux it's a serious competition. So much so, that we broke a home game attendance record for the SF, with ease (take that Bordeaux vs Juventus Champions League SF 1985!). Finally to end with, best players so far imo: 1) Hassan / 24(3) apps / 21 goals / 6 assists / 7.31 - Doing well in the DLF position. Runs a little hot and cold but generally delivers. 2) Laborde / 17(11) apps / 14 goals / 4 assists / 7.23 - Cover for DLF and AF but also given him some starts at AML. Comes up with some clutch goals off the bench. 3) Vada / 23(2) apps / 3 goals / 9 assists / 7.30 - By far the best midfielder at the club. Great return from DLP. 4) Malcom / 27(2) apps / 16 goals / 16 assists / 7.45 - Probably been more creative than I anticipated playing at AF. Went through a dry spell when he was unhappy (morale was poor) but starting to fire again. 5) Anyone playing at RB. Sabaly has 8 assists in 18(1) apps while Gajic has 8 assists in 16(3). They are the highest in average ratings at the club (Sabaly 7.64, Gajic 7.62).
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