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  1. 10 hours ago, XaW said:

    Iceland grew a bit cold, so I'm having yet another restart. I'm going to make Cape Verde the biggest footballing nation in the world.... of you know, just win things with EA Bragança who get in a lot of Cape Verdean youth players...


    I had a go with them many moons ago, but I got relegated, so I'll try again and I have already rediscovered the "12 homegrown players" rule, that very few of the squad have. So no bench for me!

    Good luck @stefaanpeeraer is in his 4th or 5th season with them / youth only. 

  2. On 06/05/2020 at 13:08, XaW said:

    No, I can't nickname him before he is generated, so I usually write down the name and do a search every once in a while. And then also, if there's clauses I can find the players in the screen for the transfer clauses.

    So as soon as I see them generated I nickname them and add them to my shortlist.

    In my Caley Braves save , five or six players have been poached. Three of them are visible and are Scottish . Caley Braves produce only french regens with French names and Scottish or African second nationality. 

    Players that have been poached had a Scottish (of Scandinavian) name, never a French name.  @Seb Wassell , is it possible that those players never would have popped up in my youth intakes , or could they have became visible with a french name ? 

    It's very strange that i'm losing young players with names (and nationalities) that would never get through my ranks.. 

    Thanks for the help



  3.  Brave calling !


    Caledonian Braves - Season 2027-2028 (Season 8) review - Scottish League one

    Pre-season |Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2 |Past positions | Season review

    After I lost the playoff finals last season, my ambition was to reach the playoffs again. We started the season pretty well and were always in third and later second place. We got to play the playoffs against Dunfirmline, a big club nevertheless. In the other semi finals Stirling (4th) had to compete against the second last but one of the championship, Inverness CT.  We had to play those four games without Doumbia 26B,our star player.. he was on international duty with Ivory Coast U20 :( 

    We reach the finals again, and Stirling defeated Inverness !

    We did it ! Championship here we come !

    We also did better in the Scottish Cup, beating Ross County out of the championship after replay. In the end we got a nice galamatch against Celtic in the 5th round, they won only narrowly.

    Squad| Best eleven| Transfers | Staff | Finances
    First full season in a 4 3 3 system so the team got a number of new players .
    Henneuse 24A got a starting place and Robert 24B got a lot more playing minutes. On the right, Lemoine 27C got a spot in the team and seems to be finally solving our problem at WBR.  Really Happy with our first internationals . Doumbia 26B (U20 Ivory Coast) and Amewou 21B (togo).

    Player of the season


    McLaughlin was the topscorer again in League one but Zié Doumbia 26B was our main man with many assists and goals. He signed a new deal after playing for 30 euro / month for two seasons.

    Young player of the season

    They have to be U20 for this trophy, that is why Michaud 26C is winning it again. He provided 10 assists and had a good season.


    Youth updates

    Class 21 : Paulle 21C was again the best player of his class. 4 players from class 2021 got minutes.

    Class 22 : Nabab-Aquilon 22C  was our best defender. He is the only one that's got a spot in the squad.

    Class 23 : Bultel 23E remains first goalkeeper and is the only active player from class 23 .

    Class 24 : Robert 24B was the first sub for the MC positions. He played a lot of games and did good. 2 players active from Class 2024.

    Class 25 : No players active this season.

    Class 26 : I could make a special update for this golden Class 2026 (United would call it the class of  92). 6 players active at the moment but Doumbia 26B is the star.

    Class 27 : Lemoine 27C played almost all the games as WBR and did a good job. Only one active player.

     Youth intake - Class 2028

    Youth intake preview

    Fullbacks and wingers.. maybe one or two good ones but no quantity?

    Class 2028

    Signed 14 !! players, almost everyone had a positive personality . very good from my Hoyd (his third intake ).After the golden 2026 , this could be the next golden class from 2028.

    Below the best four :


    Fritsch 28A Is the best youth intake player (rating) i've received. He could play on WBL but maybe i'll retrain him as a BWM. He played in the last games of this season. Ferreira 28B is a new option for the MC spot and with his resolute personality could get into the first team very soon. Dufour 28C is a new prospect for the wings or AMC spot.  Hamon 28D played in a few games already and will be a contender for first team DC spots next season. 



    No money but we improved our Youth recr. again.


    Next season

    Championship... now it really starts! Survival in the coming seasons and hopefully some good youth intakes ... Prize money is normally high enough to get our balance back positive over time without having to sell players. I will stay semi pro for the time being and expansion of youth or training facilities are still impossible.


  4.  Brave calling !


    Caledonian Braves - Season 2026-2027 (Season 7) review - Scottish League one

    Pre-season |Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2 |Past positions | Season review

    Our best performance in league one and we spent most of the season round spot 2. Because we still went down to fourth place after an weaker February and March month, we had to play the second last out of the championship in the play-offs. I won three of my three play-off rounds in earlies season.. could I be succesfull again ?

    Championship level  ? no problem.

    Leeds in disguise ?

    Proud but we missed it and this hurts !

    Squad| Best eleven| Transfers | Staff | Finances
    Because we switched to a 4 3 3 at the end of last season, we needed some new options. Certain youth players got (new) chances. Others confirmed the high expectations. Mclaughlin went deep into the attack. and the three youth players from the previous intake played it all to pieces. Michaud 26C in midfield, Zia Doumbia 26B on the flank and Garnier 26A on the left back.

    Player of the season


    First time that Kelly  didn't won this. Mclaughlin had a great season alone up front. He won the player of the year award.

    What a performance !

    Young player of the season

    Michaud 26c was my destroyer and runner in het middle.


    Youth updates

    Class 21 : Paulle 21C had a great season as a central defender. 4 players of this class featured this season.

    Class 22 : Nabab-Aquilon 22C was the partner of Paulle 21C and had again a good season. Only 1 player of this class in the first team.

    Class 23 : Bultel 23E remains first goalkeeper and is the only  active player from class 23 .

    Class 24 : Henneuse 24A played some games as inside forward and was the best of his class. 2 players from 2024 featured this season.

    Class 25 : Desbordes 25C was my backup right wingback and he had a few good moments. Not good enough yet.

    Class 26 Michaud 26c was the best player of a great class. 4 from this class in the first team, 3 played every game.

     Youth intake - Class 2027

    Youth intake preview

    A good central defender and fullbacks.. we need a good WBR .. begging for this since the start.
    Class 2027

    Signed 11 players, not as good as last intake but that one was reallly amazing. Maybe one of those three will be promoted into my first team.

    Below the best three :


    Ouadah 27A could be our next good left wingback (we already have a few good options).  Mason 27B scored good as BWM , determination is high ! Lemoine 27C wait.. a WBR ?? let's hope he'll progress. his personality is good, his determination is not.



    We got lucky because we don't have any money.. but they agreed to upgrade our Youth recruitment and junior coaching.


    Next season

    Can we confirm our fourth place? If I can keep all my players, yes. Hopefully they'll grow and I'll get playoffs again. Championship clubs are very often bidding for our three good players from class 2026. And maybe i'll promote two more good prospects from class 2026 : Schmitt 26D and Poiret 26E




  5. 1 minute ago, XaW said:

    Thanks, yeah going into CL, but some early qualification round I assume.

    However, I just sold my best defender (again). This time I did it myself though, since we got so much money. I'm actually surprised the board didn't just straight up sold him. But I got in that 50% of next sale clause as well!



    So now, I'm close to not being in debt.... :rolleyes:

    wow that was a good player !   In my Caley Braves save i had three good prospects from thet last youth intake. They are in the starting line up (i changed my 4-5-1 to a 4 3 3 at the end of last season) and all the championship teams are trying to buy them. I need money but if I don't get 100k or more, they are staying: ) 


    Best position is AMC (adv playmaker) but i'm using him as a box 2 box


    This one is my main left wingback. 


    This one is my main inside forward.

  6.  Brave calling !


    Caledonian Braves - Season 2025-2026 (Season 6) review - Scottish League one

    Pre-season |Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2 |Past positions | Season review


    Our best performance in league one but still a long way of improving and aiming for playoffs or more. At the end we won three games in a row, otherwise we would had a problem.

    Squad| Best eleven| Transfers | Staff | Finances
    The big squad overhaul from last season wasn't a major succes. Our biggest problems remain.. no right wingbacks and no real quality at the back.. this changed after my last youth intake(see below).

    After the winterbreak is opted to drop my libero tactic that i was using on this and last FM because it remains a difficult system and i tried to use a 4-5-1 . The last three games i played a classic 4 3 3 and this seems to be a good choice. Trying to build from those games and pick my squad for next season for that formation.

    Was able to extend all the contracts, only lost a few old players in the first 6 seasons, some youth players were poached.

    Player of the season


    Kelly, 6th time in a row but being our best player with only 10 goals and 3 assists says it all..

    Young player of the season

    Bultel 23E , second time in a row. He'll be my goalkeeper for years (if we don't lose him).


    Youth updates

    Class 21 : Amewou 21B was our best player. After the tactic change i used him as an MC and he did a good job.

    Class 22 : Nabab-Aquilon 22C played a second season as first choice dc . His reputation is growing.

    Class 23 : Bultel 23E was the best player from all the classes and the only one selected from the class of 2023.

    Class 24 : Henneuse 24A played some games and still looks promising . It could be a good thing for him if i'm going to play 4-3-3.

    Class 25 : Meunier 25B was my first option as right wingback but not a succes. 

     Youth intake - Class 2026

    Youth intake preview

    A golden generation.. what else ? second preview from our new Hoyd and i love to see if we get that good mifielder and winger.
    Class 2026

    Signed 12 players, a lot of players could be promoted directly into my first squad , four of them have a rating above 40% , the highest one i had before scored 39%.

    Below the best three :


    Promoted this three youngsters to the first team after the intake. Garnier 26A will be my new left back. He looks great but bad personality. Doumbia 26B was promoted because i started using wingers. He looks good and has Pro personality. Michaud 26C seems to have the best attributes and could be used as a MC. 



    Upgraded our Youth coaching and Recruitment again.


    Next season

    The aim is to get more points again and fill up for the new 4 3 3 system (with some variants). Again I will have to carefully compose the squad based on my calculations in Excell per position and role.  


  7.  Brave calling !


    Caledonian Braves - Season 2024-2025 (Season 5) review - Scottish League one

    Pre-season |Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2 |Past positionsSeason review


    In our first round (18 matches) we gained almost the same amount of points as the entire previous season. unfortunately due to a bad round back we still dropped to position 9 and have to play relegation playoffs again.

    We escaped again, fortunately! I expected it to be much harder because we hadn't won since the beginning of January.

    Squad| Best eleven| Transfers | Staff | Finances

    After a huge squad overhaul we had to wait and see what we were going to get out of it.
    Not only Bultel 23E ended up in the base team. Nabab-Aquilon 22C and Lutz 21F were almost all matches in the base as well. There are now four (also Amewou 21B is always playing) youth players in the starting line-up.

    Player of the season


    Kelly, 5th time in a row but not his best season.

    Young player of the season

    Bultel 23E was my main goalkeeper and he was the best youngster.


    Youth updates

    Class 20 : nothing to report

    Class 21 : Lutz 21F was the best player from this class, played almost all the games at WBL.

    Class 22 : Nabab-Aquilon 22C is a first team player now.

    Class 23 : Bultel 23E was the best player from all the classes.

    Class 24 : Henneuse 24A played some games as sub, advanced forward. he looks promising.

     Youth intake - Class 2025

    Youth intake preview

    First preview from our new hoyd. It looks like we'll get some right wingbacks or wingers.. lets pray !
    Class 2025

    Signed 10 player, not the best youth intake. Some good personalties but CA's of most players are very low and my excel looks very red.

    Below the best three :


    Michaud 25A Could develop as a good central midfielder with his spirited personalty. Meunier 25B and Desbordes 25C can be retrained as WBR , something we really need.



    We got a partnership with Hibs, just to get their annual fee and pre season friendly.

    Upgrading our youth facilities isn't working.. so we updated our junior coaching again.

    Next season

    no idea what to expect. Trying again not to be relegated and that some youth players are still maturing? I expect we'll have to fight four or five more seasons in league one before we qualify for the championship. 
    It won't be like in league two (rising suddenly after three seasons). I'm having big issues concerning my staff.. can't resign any of them (except one or two average).. so my Hoyd, assistent manager , coaches are leaving or staying without contract. Can't upgrade our wage options for them :( 



  8. 5 hours ago, XaW said:

    I don't disagree, but I have a few better talents there. As a right wing back though.... :onmehead:

    U need right wing back like me ? I really need one , i'm playing a WBL at right wingback and retraining an average prospect from winger to wbr.

    Edit: five minutes later i received this... :o 

    Let it be!

  9. A small update before I start season 5 :

    I'm going to completely reform my squad and re-select it based on my excellence calculations. Risky because I'm going to move a number of senior players aside and select a number of young players purely on attribute strength according to position/role.

    13 from the youth intakes. 4 from class 21 ,2 from class 22 , 4 from class 23 en 3 from class 24 .


  10. Just now, Panneton0 said:

    If it goes well, you can take credit for the switch.

    If it doesn't, you can just say it was a "bad year". XD

    But I believe it was a good switch! I mean, his personality is still pretty great so the trade-off seems positive to me!

    Mine has good stats, but only balanced personality. My first intake provided good players with pretty mixed personalities... Got some unambitious... got some light-hearted.


    With yours, I'd expect better players still with positive personalities, it's not like you went from "Model Citizen" to "Sociopath". 

    Idd from model prof to prof is not a big difference . his judging PA and CA are better so i have hope :) we'll see . 

    I would always pick the highest personalty but it's not set in stone.  Your looks good concerning attributes. Balanced is tricky but can go both ways :)

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