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  1. This year it took me a great deal longer to find a club compared to most years, but eventually I got there. I scored a big one, within the context of starting unemployed. Sure they're bottom of the Croatian Second League, but the club is one with some stock. I'll let Wikipedia explain: " NK Zagreb has won the Croatian Football Championship only once, in season 2001–02 which was for the first time (and only time) since its establishment in 1992 that the Croatian champion was not Dinamo Zagreb or Hajduk Split." I'm happy, now I just have to find out how unhappy this team will make me.
  2. That's great, but it doesn't count as the league win. So onto the next season.
  3. I was hoping for an escalator to the top of Mount Success, not a zimmer frame.
  4. I'm actually surprised we did so well. This squad is old as hell and it's only going to get worse as time goes on. Under normal circumstances that would be fine, except we're in Australia where every single aspect of player acquisition is governed by forty four rules. It's almost as if Australia loves rules, the joke writes itself, I'll leave it to you. But seriously, just look at this rubbish: - Maximum of four foreign players - Maximum of 20 over-20 players - Minimum of two goalkeepers - Maximum salary of £26,500 excluding Marquee Players - Maximum of one Marquee Player (including Australians) - Maximum of one Australian Marquee Player - Maximum of three Junior Marquee Players Why is there a rule for Australian and non-Australian Marquee players? What are Junior Marquee Players? Why hasn't the salary cap risen with inflation? Why do I HAVE to HAVE two goalkeepers? I hate Australia, and it's rules. I really don't want to play another season in this dump. I barely managed to put a squad together and the thought of spending years toiling away, only to be held up by arbitrary rules just hurts my head. I understand it's a living-within-means thing, but christ, why can't I choose to have 21 over-20 players, it's still the same money being spent. Long story short, don't manage in Australia, I'd forgotten that was the rule I'd made for myself a few years ago after a failed attempt managing there once. Don't copy me, my life is a disaster. Started a new job.
  5. 27th June 2038 And with that, I'm done. I'm actually sad to be leaving Indonesia, it's been one of the most fun managerial stints I've engaged in. The quality of the football was awful, but it was still a fun game to hone a decent tactic (4-4-2 formation based for those that are interested) to add to my growing collection. I'm still waiting for the moment I can employ a sweeper, just for varieties sake. I'm not going to hang around in Indonesia, it's time to press on. I've only got four nations left to conquer in Asia: Australia, China, Malaysia, and Singapore. I've managed in all but China before. My particular fondness was for Singapore, who years ago had a team whose mandate was to only employ African players, but they don't exist any longer. Anyway, time to quit and see where I can get a job.
  6. December 2037 Nothing special on the transfer front. Just some backup players in case we have injury problems. I don't want to be playing defenders as wingers again.
  7. 20th June 2037 So close. If we hadn't been shafted by injuries it's very likely we would have won the league. Our extended run in the Indonesian Cup (which we came third in, because India has a bronze medal trophy game just to really rub the salt in) didn't help as well meaning a lot of our games were bunched together. I like football, but not four games in eight days football. Still, there are major positives and two great signings should put us in a position to win the league. My boy Dude broke records left, right, and centre, so as long as he can stay fighting fit we're going to be there.
  8. Seriously, this has become cancerous now. When was the last time you had THREE of your goalkeepers injured? ****'s sake. And this is who I have to step up: I've had problems with injuries in this game since 2015, but this has taken it to another level which just makes me so, so happy.
  9. The hits keep on coming. Someone really doesn't want to make this easy. In the game I just won I had to play a defender up front.
  10. I'll give you one guess to tell me when you think the injuries began. It's fine, it's not like I have anything better to do in my life. I'm enjoying this.
  11. One of the best/worst nicknames I've seen a Brazilian given. He's a banging player though. Just some general admin on the transfer front, removing foreigners (there's a 3 foreign player limit) and I had to spend big money to bring in a competent goalkeeper. He was the only four star goalkeeper I could find, everyone available on a free was no more than one and a half stars. That's what £205k gets you. That's insanity.
  12. In order: Persatuan Sepak Bola Indonesia Rembang, Persatuan Sepak Bola Makassar Persatuan Sepak Bola Medan dan Sekitarnya Apparently (on Google) Persatuan means unity, so I'd venture the actual translation is team. As always, the game's job centre is the way to go. The only irritation is that I'm often laughed out of job applications. You can see in the above screenshot I have one job I applied for, I applied for that about eight months ago. So despite being a World Class manager and in the top-30 managers ever to grace the game, I regularly can not get certain jobs. However I do have a trick. It's something I learned ages ago and have always had in the back of my mind: no matter what leagues you have loaded, no matter what you reputation in the game, you will always be able to get a job. What that means is that when you start a new game unemployed and load twenty leagues, you will be able to get a job. Conversely if you only load the English Premier League, and start unemployed with a Sunday League reputation, you will still be able to get a job. So all I'm doing at the moment is when I win a league title, I resign and remove that league from my database. So as I work my way through the amount of leagues gets smaller, until I get down to one and then I'll load up all of South America, or all of the British Isles etc. I think that's the most effective way to keep getting jobs and keep the game flowing nicely. As for how it is 2036, well I've been playing this game of FM 15 for a quite some time. I was thinking about doing this challenge on FM 16, but I've seen a number of bugs in the new game, and I wouldn't want there to be issues as my time goes on. Certainly this is one of the most stable late games I've experienced, especially in player balance. I've won all five continental cups a handful of times. I've never really been one for international management because there's a limited amount of ownership one can have over an national side, so it doesn't appeal to me.
  13. June 2036 Good recovery by the team, and we've got some decent young players. I'd hope to break the top six next season.
  14. I had a think and realised I'd get bored after having won the league, so I quit. February 2036 We arrive in Indonesia. Time to start playing some hot football. We're 16th in the league, I can taste the fun already.
  15. Three in a row doesn't sound too bad. I signed three solid players to utilise in my preferred 4-2-3-1 formation and they were effective, coupled with Jeonbuk's already talented side. I'm disappointed we didn't do any better in the ACL, and I have to make a decision now whether I stay and try to win that, or swiftly move onto another club elsewhere. Decisions. In other news, shout out to my boy Pingo. He's good at football, and has a cool name.
  16. June 6th 2035 I'm sure most people are familiar with South Korea, and Jeonbuk, one of the larger sides in Asia. They're currently third in the K-League after their manager left to join the 6th place team, Ulsan. I guess he must really love Ulsan, or hate Jeonbuk. Either way, his loss is my gain because I couldn't have asked for a better situation to move into. I'm not expecting quite as rapid a league title as I've seen in Hong Kong and India, but this is definitely a far better situation than I anticipated.
  17. And with that, my time in India comes to a close. It was quick, and despite the closeness of the league, actually rather easy. They key was having a really good Irishman. The only thing I can say in the positive is that I wish all leagues were 20 games long. I'm dreading Brazil, where if I get bogged down I'm looking at eight or ten seasons playing 70 odd games. I shudder when I think about it. But that's a long ways away, onto the next league...
  18. And this is the man who'll be leading me to glory. No idea how he's found his way into the miasma that is Indian football, but I'll use him all the same.
  19. July 2034 The sun rises on my new tenure as manager of some club in India. That's what it says on my business card, by the way.
  20. What's to say I don't win all of the continental competitions by the time I'm done? I already possess the African Champions League, Europa League and I'm an Olympic Gold Medallist. Obviously it's impossible to complete the game; it has no end state. That's the joke, what I'm going to do is try and amass as much as possible. We'll have to disagree over lower leagues, I see no tangible benefit in winning them in the pursuit of being a completionist.
  21. Three games against the three worst teams in the league later and I am now the proud owner of dustbin lid that says "Hong Kong Premier League Winner". I took full credit for this win. I've already quit, I'm not hanging around in this dumpster-fire of a league.
  22. The key to good management? Being in the right place, at the right time. Sun Source are all but guaranteed relegation, and I really didn't want to be saddled with that baggage. Fortunately South China inexplicably sacked their manager, despite being only a point off the top of the league. So I did the honourable thing and left the bad club for a better one. I've left Sun Source in a great position, with six more foreigners than is allowed in the match day squad, and healthy staff consisting of a physio and a scout. Children will be told of my mythical reign for generations to come...
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