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  1. On the way to completing this having won CLs with FS Stars (South Africa), Guangzhou Evergande (China) and Orlando FC (USA) Currently in Brazil with Vasco de Gama so should get number 4 in the next season or two. Next time I attempt this I will have to do it only with the club that plays at the highest elevation above sea level on each continent. If anyone knows who that be, let me know. Shame this forum seems to have died.
  2. I want to have a long term game using this, bring a team up from the bottom. Is it stable after a long time? Finances etc? Is it actually achievable to go from the bottom to the top? Or should I wait a couple of months until another version comes out which removes some of the niggly bugs that might be there?
  3. Cool to see that this thing is still going. I had a go at this last year on FM12 (don't see the point in buying FM every year, it does usually be very buggy until the final patch) but I just picked up 16 and I want to have a go at this. Good work putting the saves in the OP, where do I put them? Will read though this thread now while I get going, wish me luck boys.
  4. CAF Champions League Final Leg 1 ES Tunis (H) - Injury troubles meant we had to start Catanha and Liphoko up front and obviously ineligibility meant we were without Kisambale and Lawal. They lined up with a very attacking looking 4-2-3-1. Liphoko and Catanha both missed good chances early on, I was fuming thinking that Prince or Ndulula would have definitely scored. Then after twenty three minutes Catanha picked the ball up centrally and played in Liphoko who had pulled wide right, he came in diagonally into the box and then just lofted it into the air over the keeper and amazingly it dipped into the goal. A brilliant chip. Just before half time Masango went down injured and had to be replaced. Just before the hour mark a ball flew in from the left and while I thought Catanha looked offside he wasn't and tapped it in. It stayed that way until the end, a brilliant result to bring to Tunisia. 2-0 CAF Champions League Final Leg 2 ES Tunis (A) - After only ten minutes we were given a penalty and Happy Simelela smashed it home. That gave us a huge cushion and they would need to score four to deny us. They got one just before half time but we were still pretty comfortable. Then the game turned on its head. Two goals for the Tunisians on 65 and 68 minutes meant that one more goal would give them the trophy. The next twenty minutes were absolutely horrible, we were pinned back completely as they constantly lashed balls into our box. They even hit the crossbar. Stoppage time was the worst because I knew a goal then would leave us no time to respond but no. They could not break us down, we clung on in the truest sense of the word. 1-3 Waitakere United (NZ) - OFC Champions League - 2013, 2014, 2016 Al-Shabab (KSA) - Asian Champions League - 2020 Orlando Pirates (RSA) - CAF African Champions League - 2022
  5. It's a pity this is FM13 because I have some that could have helped. New Zealand and Saudi Arabia for sure.
  6. I managed Fukushima before and it was fun. I don't remember much about them though. Going to be hard for you to turn down the huge transfer budget at this time in your career.
  7. Thanks Don't really want to talk about the Super 8 cup. We got through the quarter final and then lost over two legs to Sundowns. I wish we had lost the quarter final to be honest. Bear in mind that the following games took place slap bang in the middle of the CL campaign. The final game featured here was actually played between the legs of the final. Jomo Cosmos (H) - I think I played these in my very first game in SA so it is apt that we begin our title defence against them, they took the lead early on and it wasn't until the second half when we equalised. Nigerian midfielder Lawal getting his first goal for us. Shortly after us, the débutante Kisambale got two yellow cards in three minutes and was sent off. That 20 aggression coming back to haunt us We played badly in our first game in the league last year against Santos but got away with it with a last minute winner, no such luck today. 1-1 FC Cape Town (H) - Did Argel manage these? Anyway this was really horrible. We just looked terrible. Some players were rested but still. Incredibly, we scored in the 92nd minute. So lucky. Terrible performance against the promoted side. Not a very inspiring start to our title defence. 1-0 Sundowns (A) - Man, this league campaign is not going well. This was another poor performance. We were reduced to Catanha and new, teenage signing Ngobese up front and they were a bit ****. 0-0 Golden Arrows (H) - Finally a good start, top lad Masango popping up with a goal after ten minutes. I am hoping that Lawal can replace him in that 'Advanced playmaker scoring and assisting loads of goals' role but I am unsure so far. Unfortunately we didn't kick on. It didn't matter because Golden Arrows didn't have anything to trouble us with but it is still not ideal. 1-0 Platinum Stars (A) - I actually can't remember this game at all, it was 0-0 at half time and then somebody messaged me on facebook and I forgot about it. When I clicked back it was full time. 2-2 Kaizer Chiefs (H) - This was before the first leg of the CL semi so not ideal timing. Prince got us off to a flyer after 4 minutes but they pulled it back less than ten minutes later but then we hit back and yet again, Masango was the one to get the goal. After this the game settled down a bit but we were in control. This game was really ****ing fiery with tackles flying around everywhere and inevitably there was a red. It was brandished after nearly seventy minutes to a Kaizer Chiefs player and effectively ended their hopes of a comeback. They finished up with 6 yellows, and we got 3 yellows. 2-1 Witbank Spurs (A) - The newly promoted side lined up with a flat 3-5-2 formation. Catanha and Liphoko lined up as our strikers so not ideal, this was between semi final legs so players were ****ing tired. Witbank offered very little going forward but we were not doing much ourselves. I brought on Ndulula after half time and he delivered. He scored his first goal of the season and his first in 15 games or something, we really needed it. Huge. 1-0 KO Cup 1st Rnd FC Cape Town (H) - I want to win this cup, even though we could do without the extra games. I shook up the team as best I could but we have a small squad so rotation is quite difficult. Lawal opened the scoring after twenty minutes and Kisambale, playing left back, sealed it in the last minute. Good game for our new signings. 2-0 Ajax CT (A) - Masango scored after two minutes and then they had a man sent off after five So a pretty perfect start. They look like they will have a much better season than last year so they could be in the final title shake up. Not a lot from them today though and the game sizzled out. 1-0 FS Stars (A) - Lawal played in the Masango role today and he excelled. A goal after 6 minutes and then another an hour later proved to me that he is capable of replacing Masango when the time comes. Until then he will occupy a different role in the midfield but yeah, stunning player. Catanha got a brace too as we finally scored some goals. 4-1 Swallows (A) - Another tough game but Lawal made it happen and pulled it out for us with a goal with only ten minutes to go. We are not making it easy for ourselves domestically though. 1-0 We sit second. One point behind Kaizer Chiefs and one point ahead of SuperSport.
  8. CAF Champions League Semi Final Leg 1 Raja Casablanca (A) - The Moroccans lined up in a 4-4-2 formation with three players called Yilmaz in their team. We were nearly at our full CL strength except no Ateba. While they enjoyed more shots and more possession, we had the better quality chances and we were really unlucky on occasions. Overall though this game was really tense and quite dull. With twenty minutes to go Masango played in Prince and he passed it calmly into the corner. We definitely deserved it because we had hit the post earlier and had missed a few clear cut chances too. Although in saying that, it was the only shot on target we had all game 1-0 Al-Ahly 2-2 ES Tunis CAF Champions League Semi Final Leg 2 Raja Casablanca (H) - They kicked off and frightened the life out of me. They were playing 4-4-2 but their wingers were pushed right up. About 40 seconds in a ball flew in from the left but my left back controlled it and went to come out with it until their right winger flew into the back of him with two feet. Bear in mind that this was in MY box and less than a minute into the game. The ref seemed to take forever but eventually he pulled out the . . . red card. They were down to 10 men after only a minute and it was a brilliant start. This gave us the opportunity to control the game and we did. There was no Ndulula so Catanha started up front and although he is alright, he missed a serious amount of easy chances and that is what he was at today. At half time it was still level but we had the better of it. After half time Catanha smashed it against the post but after that we sort of retreated a bit and they came at us. They couldn't really create anything good though and there was only some minor scares. 0-0 ES Tunis 5-1 Al-Ahly So yeah, incredibly we are into the final. Obviously brilliant but jesus, after seeing what Tunis have done to Al-Ahly I am absolutely ******** myself I will post the first 10 league games before the final.
  9. Right I am going to write about the CL groups before I deal with domestic issues. Game 1 Africa Sports (H) - Theoretically the easiest game of the group so it seems like a perfect way to start but I am a bit gutted because we are really unfit and still in pre-season I put together a team anyway. It was a tight game, Catanha missed an absolute sitter that was the best chance in the first half. In the second half he got a similar chance and buried it. Unfortunately they went down the other end and knocked it in from a corner. We battered them for the rest of the game but couldn't get the goal. Disappointing result but at least we weren't beaten and we still have a chance. 1-1. Al-Ahly 3-2 USM Alger Game 2 USM Alger (A) - So we headed to Algeria and I was thinking ''wow if we lose here and then to Al-Ahly we will have 1 point from 3 games and it will be all over'' So in my eyes this was make or break. We got a great start when Masango headed down from a corner and it was bundled over the line from one of my central defenders. The game remained really tight but I felt we were on top and on the hour we doubled our lead. Prince with the goal but they got a goal back straight away. Luckily Prince wasn't finished and he got a second within 10 minutes and that was that. There was no way back for them. 3-1 Africa Sports 2-5 Al-Ahly Game 3 Al-Ahly (A) - We were battling it out and we were on top for the first 20 minutes and then DM Mapedi passed it back to their striker and he slotted it home. After that the wind went out of our sails a bit. They got another one after half time and the 57 thousand rabid Egyptians went wild. We pressed and pressed and eventually scored when Prince bundled home but it was in stoppage time and proved to be the last kick of the game. We gave them a good go though. 1-2 USM Alger 1-0 Africa Sports Game 4 Africa Sports (A) - Lose here and we can give up. Win and we put ourselves in a brilliant position. We started about as well as we could. Top striker and all round great fella Prince Nkabinde with a goal after like 40 seconds. Such a good goalscorer. And well, he continued in this vein for the next hour. Ending up with an amazing 5 goals. 5-0 USM Alger 0-3 Al-Ahly Game 5 USM Alger (H) - If we win or draw here then we qualify. If we lose then we will need a result against Al-Ahly to qualify so this is basically the decider. Masango is out but other than that we are at full strength because we have had a good weeks rest. Really boring match and it is nil all at half time but we have had the better of it for sure. We continued this dominance after the break. We had a penalty shout turned down after 70 minutes. In the 88th minute a corner flew in and was headed against the crossbar. A scramble ensued and Ateba wheeled away in celebration. Only after that did they get their first shot but it was too little too late. 1-0 Al-Ahly 1-3 Africa Sports - Now Al-Ahly are already qualified but this still shocked me. If we beat Al-Ahly we will finish top, although I don't think it means anything. Game 6 Al-Ahly (H) - Fixture congestion is really rough right now. Al-Ahly have a lad on 29.5k a week :harry: My god, they are just on another level to us completely. They took the lead before the 20th minute and we couldn't really get in the game at all. It's annoying because they are playing a weakened team, 30 grand a week lad isn't even playing. Obviously I am not at 100% either but still. We went down to 10 men after an hour. I thought that was the end but 5 minutes later Prince whipped the ball in and Liphoko swivelled on it and blasted it in. With 10 minutes to go Prince was put through and he slotted it home. Then 5 minutes later a free kick from midfield was pumped up and Prince nodded it in and basically finished the game. Brilliant stuff, even if it doesn't mean anything. It is a psychological thing. I will just conveniently forget that they played their second team. 3-1 Africa Sports 2-2 USM Alger After my ropey straight, to pick up maximum points from the final three games is amazing!! The other group: Raja Casablanca and ES Tunis qualified. Zamalek missed out. They will be sure to win this highest scorer award though, one of their players has 20 goals in the tournament, although now he has been sold to Europe. They did score shitloads of goals in their first two ties so it is not surprising really. I drew Raja Casablanca who finished top of the other group I think it is a better draw than ES Tunis so I don't mind this time. I play Kaizer Chiefs just before the first leg
  10. Transfers IN: Fred Kisambale - 375k from Congolese giants TP Mazembe. Only 18 and already my best defender. Absolutely delighted with this signing. Unfortunately he is ineligible for CL games this year because he is cup-tied. Heading 17, marking 16, tackling 18, determination 18, aggression 20 . . .. HE JUST TURNED 18 LADS Freddy Hurtarte - 275k. He is from Honduras so I signed him without scouting him for some reason and yeah he is **** Nothing to see her. Shake it off, move on. Gabriel Lawal - A Nigerian kid that cost me almost a million pounds. This is another lad who only turned 18 and I rate him highly. My central midfield is absolutely packed now. If I need to sign another player for here before I win the CL then I will have failed. Unfortunately he signed too late to be included in the CL squad. Hopefully there will be another registration window after the groups or something but I don't think there is. Tshidiso Khubeka - A South African who cost less than 30k. Only 17, should grow into a decent player but no more. I am finding it very tough to find South Africans who are good enough. Transfers OUT: A load of players who were terrible were allowed to go for free but no other movement. Some bids were made late last season for Ateba and Prince from MLS clubs but I told them to **** off.
  11. So yeah I love the format of this tournament even if it is really difficult to win. You begin with 64 teams in the prelim and an open draw and two legs brings you to 32. Same again to 16 and then again to 8. The fact there are no seeds means you can draw a top team right at the start and crash out so it is tense. When you get to the final 8 it is split into two groups of 4. Play each team twice and the top two go through to the semi final which is two legged. Two legged final too which I don't like. Well anyway, now you know what is going on! I have been drawn in Group A. Along with: Africa Sports - From the Ivory Coast, on paper they should be the most beatable side in the group and if I can get 6 points from them then qualification will be within my grasp. If I don't then it could go very wrong very fast. Looking at their CL history (in-game) they have a habit of making the group stage and then crashing out. One year they beat Orlando on their way to the groups. Sometimes they crash out earlier if they get a tough draw. They seem to be hammered all the time in the groups so I am confident. They won the Confed. Cup (Africa's Europa League) a couple of years ago so they are capable of going all the way. Al-Ahly - The big boys. The Egyptian giants have won the CL 10 times. Including ingame wins in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2018 so they are due one! Their squad is frightening. Full of players who would not look out of place in the European Champions League. Beating them seems like an impossible task. We will have to try but in my opinion, them wrecking everybody in this group and then caught napping in the semi final seems like the logical way for us to win this competition. They should sail through the group but you never know. USM Alger - The Algerians seem like nothing compared to Al-Ahly but they are a huge club in their own right. They scored a victory over them in the groups in 2020 only to be knocked out by Zamalek and in 2018 they made it all the way to the final when Al-Ahly beat them. So there will certainly be spice in their match-up. I enjoyed writing up that little preview of the group, it was fun. It did make me scared though. In the other group: ES Tunis (Tunisia) Asante Kotoko (Ghana) Zamalek (Egypt) Raja Casablanca (Morocco)
  12. The run-in and start of the CAF Champions League FS Stars (A) - This was absolutely ridiculous. We were behind for ages until Ndulula equalised on 89 and then in the 92nd minute Masango won it for us. League is surely ours? 2-1 Thanda Royal Zulu (A) - I offered trialist Catanha a contract after this game because he scored! 2-0 CAF CL Prelim Leg 1 Enyimba (H) - I thought the Nigerians would give us a tough test but Catanha scored after a minute and by the 13th minute we were 3 nothing up. Catanha notched a hat-trick and I am now a bit nervous that he won't get a work permit or something. 5-0 Ajax CT (H) - Well these lads are having an awful season. Slumping in the bottom half. We were not about to give them any respite and laid into them. Weird to think I could be managing this lot and now look at them. They should be challengers. 6-0 CAF CL Prelim Leg 2 Enyimba (A) -Took it easy and holidayed this because we are through. 1-1 Tuks (H) - Masango opened the scoring straight away and we were never in trouble really. Brilliant stuff. 3-0 Platinum Stars (A) - Ateba got sent off early on the ****ing dope. We struggled a bit with 10 men. We may have won the league after this result but I forget. 1-1 SA Cup 1st Rnd Kaizer Chiefs (H) - So yeah, them again. I quite like playing them in the first round because if you win then your main rivals are out and if you lose then at least you lost early and have a break. We took the lead after 20 minutes from Okoro but then Masango got injured and we fell apart a bit. 1-3 CAF CL 1st Rnd Leg 1 ASO Chlef (H) - North Africans, the mortal enemy. One good thing is at least these are Algerians, definitely weaker than teams from Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia but still strong. The game was incredibly tense with very few chances for either side. Eventually Ateba got some space and ran at them to open up the game a bit and then slipped in Okoro who had ran from deep and he smashed it in from 8 yards. A brilliant move from two of my signings. 1-0 Sundowns (A) - If we didn't win the league in the last game then we won it here I think. I really can't remember. 0-0 CAF CL 1st Rnd Leg 2 ASO Chlef (A) - I was really nervous about this and then Ndulula blasted one in after 3 minutes to put my mind at ease but then they began to really put us under pressure. After half time they scored so it was level on the night but they would still need to score twice to knock us out. They couldn't do it. 1-1 AmaZulu (H) - The striker formerly known as Prince was back on the scoresheet after his long injury. He scored in stoppage time to make it. 2-0 CAF CL 2nd Rnd Leg 1 Al-Merreikh (A) - The last 16 eh? Delighted to draw the Sudanese in this round because in my opinion they are the weakest team left. They proved this to me by only having one shot and getting ****ing hammered. 5-0 Jomo Cosmos (A) - I holidayed this because I dunno I was bored beating South African teams or something. Well we lost. I don't care. Champions. 1-2 CAF CL 2nd Rnd Leg 2 Al-Merreikh (H) - Obviously this is over but we still did our duty. 3-0 Into the last 8 now. THE GROUP STAGES. Kaizer Chiefs (H) - Went two up inside twenty minutes but they had pulled back level before half time. Oh yeah they had a man sent off after 5 minutes. Anyway Masango popped up with a winner 15 minutes from time. haha. 3-2 Swallows (A) - Last game. Went one down. Party poopers. Fortunately we got the win, an 83rd minute winner from Ndulula. 3-2 League Table. Soak it in boys. Squad screen, sorted by average rating so as to highlight the players who are not **** xnod South African Premiership Player Stats Any other screenshots anyone would like to see? I will tell you who I got in my CL group in a few minutes. Maybe do a big preview thing, I dunno.
  13. AmaZulu (A) - Straightforward victory here with Prince getting two, Ndulula getting one. 4-1 Platinum Stars (H) - This league is easy 2-0 Jomo Cosmos (H) - We took the lead early then disaster as Prince Nkabinde goes down, Torn calf muscle, 5 months. All those goals, gone Of course they equalised late on. 1-1 Kaizer Chiefs (A) - We didn't have a game for 3 weeks for some reason so we were fresh for this. Still though, we were toothless and they dominated us in the first half, going in a goal up. We were much better after half time. We piled on the pressure but could not score. Our first league defeat. 0-1 Swallows (H) - Tough game, Masango got us out of jail with the only goal. Goals are becoming hard to come by. 1-0 Bidvest Wits (A) - Even though we are not winning comprehensively we are winning. Really think we will win the league. 2-1 Santos F.C (H) - A pretty boring game, Ateba got sent off. We won though as usual. 2-0 Bloem Celtic (H) - This was on TV, as was our previous match and once again we picked up a win. This was a fan day as well or something. 2-0 SuperSport Utd (A) - Another TV game and a pretty big game in the title race. A win here could nearly kill SuperSport. I brought in a Brazilian striker on loan who I thought had good stats. 18 pace, 15 finishing but coaches didn't rate him. Well he had a terrible game, 7 shots, all in the box and no goals. Only 4 of those were on target. His **** positioning and composure and stuff must affect him badly. 0-0 Golden Arrows (H) - Ndulula was back from an injury or suspension or something and scored straight away. A couple more goals followed. 3-0 So 10 games to go and we have a 9 point lead over Kaizer Chiefs. The CL should be starting soon too. EXCITING TIMES.
  14. This is mad, I remember when this forum was started and it is so busy now!! Has been a real success. Must go check out some of the best threads I missed out on.
  15. Feck, I completely forgot about this. I took over a kind of talented but bloated squad with loads of terrible players and a few good players. I am not great at trimming squads but I will give it a go. I got rid of like 10 players, mainly free transfers but there are still lots of players unhappy in the squad because they can't get a game. Spent 500k on a Midfielder/Striker who hasn't played that often. Not a great signing. Got a goalkeeper in on free who has been really good. 525k on a striker. Prince Nkabinde. Really really good player. 230k on a Cameroonian midfielder who is only 18 and looks good but his performances have been meh. 500k on a Nigerian midfielder who is 24. I don't really know why I signed him, I regretted it immediately. Playing the same tactic that I did at Al-Shabab. 4-1-3-2 with 3 CM's. Super 8 Cup = A cup between the top 8 in last years league table Knockout Cup = A cup between the teams from the Premier League FA Cup = Pretty much your standard cup FS Stars (H) Super 8 1/4 Final - What a brilliant start for me. 4-0 Santos F.C. (A) - Really tough game, they took the lead right at the start and we struggled to break them down. Eventually scored after half time and then in the 92nd minute we got a winner SIGN OF CHAMPIONS. 2-1 Bidvest Wits (H) - Pretty easy, PRINCE got a brace. 3-0 Jomo Cosmos (H) Super 8 1/2 Final Leg 1 - Another easy 3-0 Jomo Cosmos (A) Super 8 1/2 Final Leg 2 - 2-2 Bloem Celtic (A) - The striker formerly known as PRINCE got sent off. We won 2-0 Golden Arrows (A) - Another away game, another 2 goal win. First goal for Ateba. 2-0 SuperSport Utd (H) - 3rd choice striker Liphoko got a brace. 2-1 FS Stars (H) - Another goal for Liphoko and a first for Okoro. 2-1 Thanda Royal Zulu (H) - Goal each for Ndulula (who I remember from a previous save) and Liphoko but my right back got 2 yellow cards in a minute of first half stoppage time, ****ing thick. 2-1 Kaizer Chiefs (N) Super 8 Final - First test against our big rivals. Going to be interesting to see what sort of level our title challengers are at. Midfielder Masango scored after 10 minutes, he has been banging in the goals from the 'Advanced Playmaker' MC position but he is getting on a bit so I will have to look after him. Anyway they equalised and it went into extra-time. Ndulula scored in the 97th and we held on. First trophy. 2-1 Ajax CT (A) - I could have been managing these if they wanted me. They took the lead early on but Masango got a brace and Prince came back from suspension to get one. What a start in South Africa!!! 4-1 Kaizer Chiefs (H) KO Cup 1st Round - Seriously dour game this. We missed a penalty in extra time and then missed loads more in a shoutout. Out on pens. I don't mind, less fixtures. 0-0p Tuks (A) - So yeah we are firing shots at these lads but we can't put one away. They go down to 10 just after half-time but we still can't break them down. First dropped points in the league. 0-0 Sundowns (H) - Tough game here. They even had more shots than us but we nicked a goal after half time. A midfielder/striker who I signed called Koapeng but he is ****. Bad signing. 1-0 Screenshot of the league table coming up later because I have already played on a bit.
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