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ManUtd1 last won the day on May 1 2020

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    Lawyer. Former collegiate 'keeper. Father.

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  1. I've noticed somewhat anecdotally that my IWBs tend to sit more centrally than expected (and than I recall from FM20) during the possession phase. Instead of taking up a position in the half-space, my IWB drifts into a central position. Here is a sample screenshot, from the 46th minute of a match against Newcastle (PKM attached): Here, Telles is my IWB, Cavani my libero. Dalot has the ball, having just received a drop from Greenwood. Maybe I'm asking for something unrealistic, but I'd expect Telles to be off a bit more to the left (far post), with Cavani perhaps a tad higher. --- Another screenshot, as play develops and the ball is worked into the box to Fred: Again, I would expect Telles to be more in the half-space, to his left. --- From the 61st minute, as the attack works through Greenwood on the right, Telles is much more central than I would expect: --- One final screenshot from the 66th minute, as we launch forward in transition down the left. Telles is sitting centrally, practically holding hands with Cavani instead of moving into a supportive position in the half space: As you'll note in the PKM, this is an IWB on support duty, with "gets further forward" ticked (one way I've tried to get the players/roles to separate). --- My suspicion is that this central positioning is associated with my use of a libero, in that that the ME is interpreting the absence of a player in the DM strata as a need for the IWB to sit centrally in possession. While that is technically correct, a libero on attack duty in the possession phase does step into the DM strata. In other words, I would expect the ME to treat the libero as akin to a regista/DLP in terms of the IWB positioning. Instead, the two players seem to be stepping on each other's toes in this phase of play, in a way they did not on prior MEs. (Generally speaking, positions seem appropriate and as expected in the defensive phase, and in the transition from attack to defense.) I wouldn't classify this as a "bug" per se, and recognize that it may simple be an issue of me wanting a libero on attack duty to do more than the ME currently contemplates/allows. But is also strikes me that the two existing roles are stepping on each other's toes in a way that doesn't make sense. The IWB should drift centrally to cover, but not to the point that he and another player are taking up similar positions. The Newcastle PKM is attached, as is another match against Villa which sees similar issues -- good examples being a counterattack in 22nd minute, and in possession in the 30th. I am happy to send other PKMs as/if necessary. (I am also assuming that my tactical setup is readily visible in the PKM. If it is not, just let me know!) Man Utd v Newcastle.pkm Man Utd v Aston Villa.pkm
  2. Best of luck to you, man! I started this exact save on the blog about a month ago, beginning with... Etoile Filante!
  3. Thanks, man -- it will eventually happen for both of us! I just put this save on hold because: (1) the leagues I need were not created yet; and (2) @Weiry's excellent Georgian file became available right after release. So, I'm running the FM21 version of my Fourth Glass save, over on FtCS (link below). The South American Nearly Men will happen...it's only a question of when it will happen. https://www.fmcheapseats.com/index.php/2020/11/24/mess-with-the-honk/
  4. Can't say enough good things about the Georgian file, which I'm using for Duruji Subsequent ThreadSave, the FM21 version of my Fourth Glass series. Brilliant, brilliant stuff.
  5. Folks -- if you're anything like me, you recognize that the injuries in-game are a reasonable approximation of real life...but nevertheless want to tone it down a bit. This year, instead of waiting for someone else to do the heavy lifting, I dove into the editor myself and put together a file which reduces the occurrence of injuries across the board by ~50%. Meaning, no advantage to the player-controlled team over the AI. Details and download available here: https://www.fmcheapseats.com/index.php/2020/11/24/i-broke-my-everything/
  6. It isn't out of the question, but this will be my first "main" save on FM21. If/when I need a break from that, heading back to Europe is one option...but at the same time, I know that taking a break from Europe means that it will be much more enjoyable (for me) when I come back.
  7. Thanks, man - hope all is well for you and yours! Pressure is on... Thanks, man - definitely need the editor files. As noted above, I'll be using files from A Un Toque, a brilliant Argentinian site.
  8. Definitely. The guys at A Un Toque have some excellent editor files that I'm going to use. It's one reason why I need to wait for the full release to get started.
  9. Yes, yes...the beta hasn't dropped yet. But let's get this started, shall we? Like last year, my intention is to cross-post here and on From the Cheap Seats. We'll get this started when the full release drops, as I'm going to join @Deisler26's #DanskeDanske for the beta. But...this will launch in due course.
  10. Let me tell you something, my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane. All football supporters have suffered the agony of hope. The "what could have been" moments. The heartbreak. The days when your social-media-obsessed striker couldn't hit water if he fell out of a boat. Barbosa at the Maracana, 1950. Messi in the 2014 World Cup final, and then again in the 2016 Copa America final. Baggio in the 1994 World Cup final. Ghana at the 2010 World Cup. Bayern Munich in Barcelona, 1999. John Terry in Moscow, 2008. For many, redemption comes in one form or another, some more glamorous than others. Titles won. Individual glories and accolades. The heartbreak simply another chapter in the broader narrative. For others, the heartbreak defines them. Haunts them. Overshadows all other accomplishments, triumphs and accolades. The moniker of the "nearly men" is applied, and supporters grow old thinking, "what if...?" This is the story of those teams. Well... Another story about those teams... Since its inception in 1960, 25 different teams have won the Copa Libertadores. 15 clubs have reached the Final, only to fall short: América de Cali (1985, 1986, 1987, 1996) Athlético Paranaense (2005) Barcelona (1990, 1998) Cobreloa (1981, 1982) Deportivo Cali (1978, 1999) Fluminense (2008) Independiente del Valle (2016) Lanús (2017) Nacional (2014) Newell's Old Boys (1988, 1992) Unión Española (1975) Universidad Católica (1993) Universitario (1972) São Caetano (2002) Sporting Cristal (1997) (Note: Mexican teams were invited to compete in the Copa Libertadores from 2000 until 2016. During that time, Cruz Azul (2001), Guadalajara (2010) and UANL (2015) finished as runners-up. Since Mexican clubs no longer compete in the Copa Libertadores, these clubs are not considered eligible for the save.) Similarly, 8 different nations have brought home the World Cup. Yet, 5 have reached the Final only to return home with empty hands: Croatia (2018) Czechoslovakia (1934, 1962) Hungary (1938, 1954) The Netherlands (1974, 1978, 2010) Sweden (1958) For the past few years, I've been obsessed with the idea of bringing glory to as many "Nearly Men" clubs and countries as possible, focusing primarily on European clubs. Credit where credit is due -- the idea for this challenge originated with @smp20, who proposed it during the FM15 cycle. My first documented attempt fizzled out early: If You're Not First, You're Last. While success was only claimed in Malmö, that save laid the foundation for all that has come since. The second attempt was 116 pages of utter madness, spanning 18 months real-time, culminating in 2091 after claiming an obscene number of trophies with Hakan Telleus and his son, Gunnar Vikander. This was easily my favorite save of all time: If You're Not First, You're Last (Redux). The third European attempt saw Jean Bleu rampage across Europe with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and John Drake, claiming 6 Champions League and 5 World Cup titles in 29 years: If You're Not First, You're Last (Re-Redux). The FM18 cycle also saw the Nearly Men venture beyond European club football for the first time, with the Scottish Brendan Rodgers taking over at Ashanti Gold in Ghana, before moving on to Sudan: The Greatest Glory In Living Lies Not In Never Falling, But In Rising Every Time We Fall. While this save did not last, I've always regretted not continuing on with the African journey. FM20 saw the Nearly Men return to Europe, as Nicolaj Bur claimed 6 Champions League titles and 3 World Cup titles, with his trusted lieutenant Zlatan Ibrahimovic at his side: [FM 20] The Nearly Men, Vol. IV: I Am Not A Demon. I Am A Lizard. A Shark. A Heat-Seeking Panther. I Want To Be Bob Denver On Acid Playing The Accordion. Per usual, there are no hard-and-fast rules beyond the concept of the save. On the club side of the shop, once I've won the Copa Libertadores, I must move on and can only accept a position with one of the sides listed above, or a club that manages to join this elite (!?) group of "nearly men." Likewise, if a club manages to win the Copa Libertadores under another manager, they are removed from the challenge. On the international scene, the same basic rule will apply - I can only accept an international management position with an eligible nation. If I win the World Cup, I must move on. Nations can be added to and removed from the eligible list, based on results at the World Cup. With respect to Czechoslovakia, I consider both the Czech Republic and Slovakia eligible. That being said, my inclination at this point it to only take international jobs with non-European countries. As you undoubtedly know, South American football has a rich, colorful history, with the sueño libertador being a primary focus -- clubs investing significant sums in hopes of claiming the ultimate prize, with eliminated teams characterized as "waking" from the dream. The well-known saying "la Copa se mira y no se toca" ("the Cup is to be seen, not touched") also derives from the Copa Libertadores -- specifically, the myth that the title would never be won by a team from a country with a Pacific coast, after Universitario and Colo Colo lost the 1972 and 1973 finals. Incredibly, the curse was not broken for 39 years, when Atletico Nacional claimed the title in 1989. One measure of the significance of the Copa Libertadores to South American footballing culture? Brazilian-born Deco, twice winner of the UEFA Champions League (with Porto and Barcelona), has emphatically stated that he would trade both of his UEFA Champions League winners' medals for one Copa Libertadores title. As we dive into this new venture, we need to adjust one final component. The "Nearly Men" moniker has various counterparts in South American football slang, depending on which country you are in. For this save, I've chosen to adopt one Argentinian variant, which mocks the sexual prowess of "Nearly Men" clubs as -- literally -- virgins (see, e.g., "Los equipos más virgos del mundo"). Add in a dash of obnoxious Real Madrid chanting and we have ourselves a name for the save. ¡Hala Virgos! Yes, you read that correctly. Whether you translate it as "let's go, virgins!" or "forward, virgins!" the meaning is unmistakable. I cannot imagine a more appropriate battle cry as the "Nearly Men" series heads to South America for the first time. Up next: we will meet the hero of our story, the man who will lead our titular virgins to the promised land. On second thought, I may need to rephrase that...
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