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  1. Currently plodding around Europe on a journeyman of sorts. Spent 4 seasons in Austria with Austria Klagenfurt, winning promotion 1st season, before solidifying our spot in Bundesliga. Won the Austrian Cup 3rd season in, along with leading Austria to the u21 Euro title in 2023. We pulled a massive upset and won the league and cup double in our third season in the top flight. Found great success scouring the lower leagues of Spain, signing up promising youth, before selling for big profits. Also managed to sign Zagadou on a free, after leaving Dortmund, nobody wanted him, so signed for us about 8 months after being released. Biggest success story of our time there was the signing of Eddy Ouattara (young ST from Lille), who absolutely annihilated the league after signing initially on loan, before we paid £2.8m to sign him up. After winning the league, I decided to resign, and have now moved onto Russia's 2nd tier, signing on for FC Ufa, recently relegated from the Premier League. Was given around £5m Transfer Budget, however managed to keep hold of the majoity of players, whilst adding good depth. Vides signs from my previous club on loan - always done a job for me there, so will add some quality up top. Andrenacci is the new number 1. Musaev is a solid rotation option in the centre of midfield or DM. Minaev might well be the bargain of the season, already looks very good, and loads of room to improve at just 19. Khabibov has a fair bit of potential hopefully, whist Kingsley is a cracking all round midfielder. Final signing is Kakkoev, who gives cover at DM. Made plenty of money on the outgoings as well; N'Jie was on big money, and also is a FGN, so was an easy decision. Klement wasn't ever going to be in the team for me (plays AMC), and Stulic just not good enough to be our ST. I was unhappy to see Samoshnikov go, but they matched his release clause. Plan is to do well at Ufa, get into PL and then get ourselves around mid-table, when hopefully one of the "bigger" sides will be interested in my services. I think it would take a long time to win the RPL with Ufa, something I haven't ruled out, but think a move elsewhere is more likely.
  2. Often it's because the league / tier they would normally be in is too low down (as in below where FM is playable) - they'll appear as "Lower Division" on editor sometimes.
  3. Been playing a save with Lokomotiv Leipzig. Am currently into the 6th season, having started in Regionalliga. 3 straight promotions meant we reached the Bundesliga very quickly, but our rep didn't keep up! We won Regionalliga comfortably, as well as the 3. Liga. We finished 2nd in 2. BuLi, missing out on a 3rd straight promotion as champions by a single point. Our first Bundesliga season saw us finish a very respectable 11th, despite being clear favourites for a swift return to 2BL. Our second Bundesliga season started terribly, however we got going, and managed by some miracle to finish 6th, putting us into Europe for the first time! <spoiler> 1st season transfers https://gyazo.com/ac9c14f6fd04f566aa5b71d002bd10c2 2nd season transfers https://gyazo.com/d515f85a797e37c6784cdfe59a320059 3rd season transfers https://gyazo.com/9a7a412f50cbe3bf35f6486ac1f02c00 4th season transfers https://gyazo.com/ef1a8ba83dfa61576443ad1df2b45208 5th season transfers https://gyazo.com/8c8520be812f0b72ce43e93be7ad31e5 </spoiler> Standout signings through the save so far would be; Thierry Graca, who stayed with us from Regionalliga right up to this current summer. Yannis N'Gakoutou who also travelled from Regionalliga to Bundesliga. Nelson Azevedo who joined in 3.Liga, and scored 29 goals in 101 apps from the wing. Erkan Eyibil was with us on loan for 4 seasons, before the move was made permanent on a free transfer. Outstanding midfielder despite his below average Physicals. Hussayn Touati continuing to improve since joining on a free from PSG, however is a peripheral player now. Anis Kassem was a stab in the dark, but has improved massively since his £7k move from Syrian giants Tishreen. We've also been scouting hard in the lower level divisions for players who we can improve ourselves to either be future first teamers, or sell for profit. Here are the standouts so far; Cedric Obenauer was picked up on a free, and has continued to improve, ready for a loan deal elsewhere soon. Rachid Aarab joined from lower league Belgium, and has sporadically played first team football, along with a fruitful loan with 1860 Munich. Jacob Megic was one of two picked up from Canberra United's academy. Has improved massively and has 59 apps and counting, along with being a full Australian international. Cagatay Caliskan signed on a free, with hopes of being our future number 1. has improved but not as much as we hoped. Richard Murdoch is the other CU Academy signing, and another full international. Dean Tinnion is progressing nicely, and will be backup to the first team this season. Carlos Nieves is already a top class forward, and was 2nd top scorer in European Football last season. He has it all, just needs a bit more pace! Werner Hingerl signed from Bayern on a free, and looks like he could be a class DL in the future. Antonio Papa signed on a free from Nacional, and is already our best DR, and will continue to improve. Carlos Montiel cost £850k, however I am sure he will be a star in the future, as a combative midfielder. Our squad continues to improve - I am signing a handful for the first team each season, so not to disrupt our side too much. One of our main targets are those relegated from the Bundesliga (Schalke last season, Mainz and Frankfurt this season) to sign players. Surasak Khunnaen - Nico Kofler - Stephan Ambrosius - Bojan Tomic - Hauke Adams Khunnaen looks a star in the making, so it was a no brainer to sign him. Nico Kofler adds depth to DL. Stephan Ambrosius improves DC. Bojan Tomic is another star in the making. Hauke Adams adds some quality to AMR at such a low price for someone so good. Relegation Release clasuses are a godsend!! This is our strongest XI on paper, and the one that will start the season
  4. Well done on the League win @lblanc it is certainly a big relief to get the first one out of the way! Champions League is still my aim for Kaiserslautern, we've done well in the groups but then get unstuck by the big boys
  5. Haven't updated since our title win in our 2nd season in the Bundesliga. After our transfers in the summer, we signed one further player in January (not including youth players) - A great name, and hopefully a great player. He cost an eye-watering £26m, our 2nd biggest transfer of the save. He's got a long way to go, but if he's half as good as Rivaldo, we've got a star. We cleared a few out on loans over the winter, so we look forward to pushing on. We started...indifferently. Eventually, we were trailing RBL by a considerable margin, and had as good as written off the title for this season. I'll take that...another really good season, and we consolidated ourselves at the top end of the table. We got through the groups of the CL, topping our group. We also managed to get beyond a resilient Inter side, turning it around in the second leg right at the death, before coming unstuck against Liverpool in the 1/4 finals - We also won the DFB Pokal, and the Supercup ---- Money is literally no object now, huge transfer budgets and shrewd spending mean we're able to compete. Here's the incomings for the new season; Kaan Uysal, Lilian Buelens, Filippo Schnetzler, Pascal Dolling, and Alex Gattoni are all prospects, who will hopefully improve over the next few seasons. Óscar Marí looks to be a really good young ST, who will continue to improve over time, and his £3.2m fee is a steal. Srdjan Micanovic looks to have the tools to be a class AML in the future, and another great price. Oliver Batista Meier will be no more than backup, but being club HG, will fill a void for us this term. Daishawn Redan has been signed to loan out and then sell, a quick money making deal for a solid BuLi ST. Torsten Fluss looks solid already, but I am sure will become the club's first choice DR in a few seasons, and also will be club HG! Vagner struggled to break into the side, and eventually wanted out. I feel he had reached his level, and when Watford bid more than twice his value, it was an easy choice. Cacciabue had been OK, but not close to the team, so a £3.5m profit after a season. Moller, Politano and Lusnickis didn't look like they'd make it, however there are buy back clauses in Politano and Moller's deals. We've also loaned out 13 players, generating an income of just over £10m for this season, along with all wages covered.
  6. I normally have auto save set to every week...but was running a test save for a draft game I was involved with on Discord, and changed to monthly so it would process quicker during holiday
  7. Kinda lost my love of the Bari save for now...managed to get to Serie A, and get a good finish first season (7th). Got through the first two weeks or so of the transfer market, making some great signings (Moriba on a free being the main one), but then suffered a crash dump Tried to re-do the transfers, but all but two of them decided to go elsewhere on the second run, including Moriba. I was sooo looking forward to my new look Bari challenging for a Euro spot Not dead, will go back to it in a couple of days, once the anger and disappointment wears off. *Yes I do have autosave on, but only every 4 weeks - due to a mix of speed and the fact I'd never came across a crash dump on fm20.*
  8. SSC Bari Season 3 Summer Window We're finally with the big boys. Back to back promotions sees Bari finally return to Serie A for the first time since 2011. With a lot at stake, we needed to strengthen some key areas of the pitch, so we could stand a chance of staying up this season;- *I have extended the loans of Tomasso Pobega, Tibo Persyn, Gabriele Capanni, Lois Openda, Luca Ranieri, Stanislav Ivanov, Valenin Antov, and Marco Carraro* Our first and biggest signing was that of Sebastiano Luperto, who joins on a free after his contract finished with Napoli. He was a rock for us last season, and I'm sure he'll be a star this season. Gianluca Gaetano look the part, and I am confident we can get the best out of him again. Still not quite ready to talk about moving to Bari, but maybe a decent Serie A season will do the trick. Lorenzo Venuti strengthens our DR area, which was an area of concern coming into the new season. Neneca could improve a huge amount, and we are sure to make money on him. Simone Scuffet may not be the star he once was, but he is a massive improvement on our current GK options. Misael Lopez was found by my scouts, who earned their money with this find. Already looks the part, and I am sure he's a world-beater in the making. Our final first team signing is Simone Palombi. I am still not totally convinced that Openda will score the goals at this level (and there are no assurances he'll be around after this season), so Palombi comes in. Tope two are no longer of the standard to help the team. Plitko goes out to get game time, as does Tonin.
  9. Does seem that way! Considering their recent history has been yoyo between A and B. First match of season was Coppa Italia match v Genoa, managed to field a side consisting of 10 Italian players
  10. SSC Bari Season 2 Review After a strong 1st season, we looked to keep ourselves going with Serie A just a single promotion away. We'd signed well in the summer, and we added a couple more in January Nikolai Frederiksen will add some quality up top, and give Openda some real competition. Volpatto and Cuoco were u19 signings. Another easy season. We led pretty much from the opening game, and it wasn't until January we first tasted defeat in Serie B. Some luck on our side, with Sampdoria, Empoli and the 2 Verona teams really not hitting their stride, with Chievo shockingly dropping to Serie C! We've got £8m to spend this summer to negotiate Serie A. We're in need of five signings minimum!
  11. yeah I have still got Berra, he's been solid. I was very lose to signing Maldini on loan as well, however I think his wages were higher than other option
  12. I had tried to sell them all but nobody was biting unfortunately! Finances are not too bad at the moment, and the "no debt" is a rare thing for an Italian club, so I am not complaining at all!
  13. [center SSC Bari Season 2 Summer Window[/center] After a 1st season promotion, we needed to strengthen the squad as much as possible before our return to Serie B. Valerio Mantovani - free transfer from Salernitana - DC Ebrima Darbo - free transfer from AS Roma - DM/MC Riccardo Tonin - free transfer from AC Milan - ST/AML Fausto Rossi - free transfer from AC Reggiana - DM/MC/AMC Davide Buglio - free transfer from Padova - MC/DM Pietro Beruatto - free transfer from Juventus - DL/WBL/ML So along with the extension of loans for Laribi, Antov, Ivanov and Openda, we added quite a few loans to the squad to bulk it up before our season. Standout arrivals would be Luca Ranieri, Marco Carraro, Sebastiano Luperto, and Gianluca Gaetano (who can be signed for just £1k at any point of the loan!). Now our team is looking very good, with plenty of depth in every area. So quite a few released players, along with Scavone, who moved on a free to Catania. So a really good pre-season means we go into the season with high morale and already on a good run of form. We're expected to finish 18th, but I think we will finish well above there
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