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    [FM18] From University to Champions League

    Well in my save, The New Saints dominants the league pretty much, with far better facilities and being the only professional club. The New Saints is based in England so their regens are English. The other pure Welsh clubs dont get any good regens so they sign players from lower English clubs. That is basically was is happening in my save, 3-4 years in.
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    [FM18] From University to Champions League

    Wales, i somehow love Wales!! All the best wished to you Sir (as long you keep your squad a majority of Welsh players that is!
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    [FM 18] Wrexham, the Welsh Red Dragons

    So next season Championship... My plans are as follows: To keep the club growing we are going to buy the stadium (its a classis so i rather keep it and expand instead of building a new one). We had like 2 milj. in the bank. I've kept the balance from the moment i took over, but now we are going major into dept with this purchase. The stadion cost? 20 milj... so we plumed into the red. However, i had a love-hate relationship with the board up to this moment. They kept declining every request i made (expect for staff), but when Wraxhem needed them they came through With they 550k, i was out of the red, and we could even think about buying players! Ow bonus: Youth intake last year!
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    [FM 18] Wrexham, the Welsh Red Dragons

    So tactics time: I've played my 3th season with the following tactic: This tactic was developed because i like good strikers and had tons of great AMC's (like 6). The results where astounding. Team kept getting in my counter traps and players like Mitchell (see post above) excelled as shadow-strikers with goals and lots of assists. I even managed to beat 2 BPL teams in the cup!!! We didnt win the titel unfortunately: Cant be sad about the promotion ofcourse, but we lost some points to the lower clubs. Matches we shouldve won.
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    [FM 18] Wrexham, the Welsh Red Dragons

    I agree, i consider him mine altho he plays for coventry (A). I would love to boost the Wales national squad with great players and get them in the European Championship and World Championship on a more regular base. HK-Iceland sounds like a real challenge but a very fun one!
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    [FM 18] Wrexham, the Welsh Red Dragons

    So that proved to be not true.... We had our first player in the Wales first team! After an unbelievable good run with Wrexham. Sir Giggs, the manager of Wales, played the kid in the European Championship match against Austria. I'm tryin with every penny I've got, to sign him on a permanent base. Edit: i Lied
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    [FM 18] Wrexham, the Welsh Red Dragons

    Haha I lol'd at this so hard! Best FM news moment so far!
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    [FM 18] Wrexham, the Welsh Red Dragons

    Wales U19: Wales U23: No players from Wrexham in the First Wales Team (yet)...
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    [FM 18] Wrexham, the Welsh Red Dragons

    Ok So season 3 was about to start and I had to change gears, my results where not ok and the last English players had left the club. These English players had been crucial for the promotions prior and my own (young) Welsh player wheren't of the same level. I had to make some good signings and was keen on bringing in some older experienced players who could tutor my youth players. Especially because these youth players lacked determination and other important mental and/or hidden stats. Here we go: At the end of summer I had signed some really great loan deals, who had proven to be key in the season and it's results. Also, Craig Davies was a player i was at first very happy with. Those stats where pretty decent. But sometimes things dont go as planned... Davies played 3 games and scored 0 times at the end of the season...Well at least he was a great Director of Football aswell.. I failed on finding or signing an good DC so i had to settle on, Pablo Martinez. The reason I kept in the starting 11, was his Acceleration. He would compliment my slower but tougher other DC. In the end this proved to be a great move, as my defense was able to withstand many better forwards and attacking teams. In the winterbreak, I was finally able to sign on free, David Edwards. This Welshmen with his 39 caps for Wales was on my radar for more then a year. Even during the summer when he was out of contract he wasnt willing to join... Fortunately the other teams where kinda sleeping and me persisting asking him to join every month, made his transfer a fact in the end. .. Edwards was only able to play 6 matches and score 1 goal tho... He kept getting injured, great... Out: Nothing really interesting. You can see what kinda my transfer strategie. I keep signing young released (Welsh) players from other clubs, train them 1 year at my club or send them on loan straight away. If they progress i keep them for my first team squad. If they dont or do not fit in my team i release them or sell them.
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    [FM 18] Wrexham, the Welsh Red Dragons

    I'm really having too much fun with the save. We are pure Welsh now! Instead of making my promised updates I keep pressing continue to see the next match, sorry! Spoiler: The Welsh Giant Slayers!
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    [FM 18] Wrexham, the Welsh Red Dragons

    I can buy Welsh players, although the further I will get in the save and further i get in the divisions the more I'm going to rely on my own youth intake. Like I said in the first post, when I get a better youth the chance on youth intake with a nationality other then Welsh is possible. I'm allowed to keep those players as well.
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    [FM 18] Wrexham, the Welsh Red Dragons

    It's the 3th season and things are going.. not so good. The tactic from previous season isn't working as intended. So it was time to go back to the drawing board and tinkering on a new tactic. In my next update i will do a quick squad update with some transfers stories. The update after that i will shine light on the new tactic.
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    [FM 18] Wrexham, the Welsh Red Dragons

    I do like my 2D:). Season 2 ended: easy! Now we will get into trouble next season. Because my players are nowhere near the level of SKY Beat League One...
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    [FM 18] Wrexham, the Welsh Red Dragons

    It's indeed time to do my tactic update for season 2. I'm currently at 1-1-2019 and i can tell you the tactic is performing way better I had anticipated. The results: Firstly, I'm not claiming to be a great FM-player or something but I have to point out I believe you should (almost always) tweak your tactic during a match. I watch ever match in Extended Highlights . If I see things aren't working proper or your opposition requires countering, I tweak the tactic. It's a gamble sometimes and I have certainly lost points by doing so, but in the end, I think i've gained way more. So having said that, the base of the tactic: As you can see, I play on Counter with dropping slightly deeper. The idea is to lure the opponent abit more around the middle of the pitch. My team pressing higher (it's on 'more'), and 3 players in the middle makes it very though for the opposition to build up their play. When my team gets the ball we play it wide to our WBs or look for the channel play to our strikers. It's all about a quick transition. We are mostly lethal on our right flank but dont underestimate the threat and opportunities the BBM brings. He has scored 9 goals this season (26 matches). I'm mostly tweaking with my strikers due to the major difference in skills of my strikers, I've got a great TM who i bring against less attacking or less physical teams. Harris, the striker in the preview above is a great poacher with great teamwork and passing. This tactic is very defensive and we don't score a great amount of goals. Are first in the league with goals: 38- 18 while the nr. 2 Rotherham has a goal difference of 56 (!) - 28. The player instructions aren't very special: - The defenders all got, fewer risky passes and short passing. The reason for this is the fact we play high tempo and they should quickly play the ball to their closest WB or DLP. We lost to many ball by silly long balls or bad direct passes. - Some players got 'shoot less'. Too many silly and horrible shoots on goal, while a player as free for a pass. Only player with at least 14+ (2 players) are allowed to shoot more. The tactic is an evolving thing, I'm thinking about going even to very fluid when i get beter players for it. This current tactic is version 2 of my 'idea'. When we started this season i played the following tactic for 3 matches (the players arent correct, i just loaded the tactic for the sake of this topic): It was horrible, we played 1-0 (set piece), 0-0 and 0-0. Why? Because we weren't enough of a threat in the front and lost the ball in the middle. I was however very impressed with my 3 defenders and kept them in version 2 of the tactic. As faith would have it, i came upon this masterpiece: https://teaandbusquets.com/the-spanish-libero-and-the-invisible-wall .. In the further I'm gonna look for, or develop, an libero who is going to play as middle defender (the spot Pearson is playing currently). Edit: How does an typical goal look like: Here we can see a attack from Forest Green Rovers (4-4-2). Brown was allowed to move high and play the ball to Gordon. My nr.3, the WB, and nr. 13. BBM go straight in, while nr. 14 cuts of the short pass back to Brown. So 3 players press. We get the ball, and you can see how deep my strikers are. The defenders are not close enough and this will give my strikers the required space. Let's continue: Babos, my other DF, gets the ball. The Forest Green Player nr34. tries to press him. This is a mistake because now the middel is really get open. Babos just moves past him, while my midfield runs forward. Babos plays it wide and sprits forward. The triangle of my midfield just out plays the 2 midfield players of Forest Green (while continuing their move forward). Now Babos get the ball again and you can see my nr. 2 got lots of space to move in. Then follows the cross and the goal. ------ I'm currently thinking and tinkering my third version
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    [FM 18] Wrexham, the Welsh Red Dragons

    My team performed horrible at the end as you can see. I would have been so annoyed if i lost the league in the end!
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