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  1. A mix of both. The new clubs have fake players (which I thought would give the nations an initial boost) and then there are the real players such as Andre Schembri - just to maintain their current 'quality.'
  2. Season 2016/17 This season is pretty much going to show us the early dominators of the leagues. The prize money starts at £2m, reducing by £100k per place in order to reduce as much early financial disparity as possible. It’s best to keep the sides as equal as we can early on. We won’t have a year’s worth of youth yet so there won’t be many new players to show off, but the system has created players from those nations in line with the reputation of the club. I’ve not put any league restrictions on to see how sides would naturally buy their players without rules. The standard has stayed at the same level as League Two, although I expect them to drop before they pick up. Andorra Mongolia started off well with a strong season – dominating the league with Anguilla in second place. Ironically Andorra finished in last place. As the league is based in Andorra, there were a few Spanish and Portuguese players signing for our sides. Gibraltar Both Sao Tome and Turks and Caicos showed off their higher reputations with finishes in first and third respectively. Gibraltar were sandwiched in between. Sao Tome went and bought a load of Spanish players and invested in a Spanish manager. I expect this league to follow a similar route over the next few years – unless the other sides start investing their extra money to compete (got to love a bit of peer pressure). San Marino Somalia and Vanuatu battled it out until the last day of the season – with their players dominating the charts. The African countries did well here, with Djibouti in third. I expect things to change in this league next year, now all sides have their first batch of youth players. I’ll start showing off the best youth players as of next year. Europe I left them out of Europe for this year – so our teams in Europe next year are: Andorra – Mongolia (UCL 1Q), Anguilla (UEL 1Q), Bhutan (UEL 1Q) Gibraltar – Sao Tome (UCL 1Q), Gibraltar (UEL 1Q), Turks & Caicos (UEL 1Q) San Marino – Somalia (UCL 1Q), Vanuatu (UEL 1Q), Djibouti (UEL 1Q) Some interesting players The quality isn’t overly shocking and already improves the standard of the players playing for their nations. Most players are already key players for their nations. Summary Not much to report for this year - the next few years will start to show any trends and any improvements. Next year also marks the start of the World Cup, in which I’ll post how each side got on in each qualifying round.
  3. Scenario Major European and South American superpowers continue to strengthen, increasing the gulf between these high-quality international outfits and minnows such as San Marino, Andorra and more. These ‘lesser nations’ are now in a position where they will either need to invest heavily in infrastructure and youth, or admit defeat and continue to struggle through qualifying campaign after qualifying campaign. In a bid to bridge that gap and challenge the superpowers with all their might, 30 lesser nations have banded together to form three separate Leagues of Lesser Nations. Each country has created a club to represent their nation in the hopes that, through playing higher-level opposition on a more regular basis, as well as developing youth to play at the highest level possible, they can one day challenge the likes of Brazil, Germany and Spain (and because FM, England too). The Experiment The thirty teams have split into three groups of 10 – with six nations chosen from each continent (except South America, there isn’t really any weak sides there in the grand scheme of things). So that’s six from Europe, North America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and Oceania (where they really need the help). In order to challenge the best clubs in the world, new leagues were set up in Andorra, Gibraltar and San Marino – regarded as the poorest quality leagues in Europe. This means these sides can challenge in the Champions League and the Europa League. However, this is an experiment – so I’ve decided to shake things up a bit. Through reading this, it might give you all more of an insight in how to develop any nation into a global superpower on Football Manager, as well as looking at contributing factors towards dynamic league reputation and how you can make low quality leagues into the new EPL or La Liga. I saw a post a while ago about how someone had made the Welsh Premier into one of the best leagues in the world and I wanted to work out the best way to do that. It’s not just through one team’s success (as Celtic shows) – the teams in the league have to move forward as a whole. I’ll post seasonal updates for all the leagues – looking at progress in Europe and league dynamics. I’m anticipating it will take a lot of seasons to even make a difference. The Settings Each league will have ten teams each, who will play each other four times a season. There’s no FA Cups, just the league and Europe. All leagues start on the same reputation as the Sky Bet League Two (83 out of 200) and teams have £5m to spend. The club teams start in the national stadiums of the nation they represent. All teams start with the same reputation as Doncaster Rovers (the team with the highest reputation in League Two at 4,500) The variables are: - Andorra – Training is at 20 for all clubs, all other facilities are at 10 - Gibraltar – Sides have £10m instead of £5m and Sao Tome and Turks & Caicos have a reputation of 5500 - San Marino – All youth settings are at 20 The reasoning behind this is because: - I want to see if youth development at club level is the key factor in creating success internationally – will sides that are reliant on youth progress quickly? - With regards to training, will this attract better players to come to the club, and in turn, will the sides develop quicker and compete with higher quality sides in the Champions League? - With a league that is similar to Scotland and Wales, will the sides with more money (and even more so, the sides with a bigger reputation, equivalent to a good Championship side) progress quicker and improve the league? Will this extra reputation help their nation too? Feel free to add your own theories below – it’d be good to see them. The teams The leagues are as so: Andorra Gibraltar San Marino If you want to create your own names for the sides, let me know and I’ll change them. I’ve just named them as the nations for now. The plan I’ll be posting seasonal updates, along with any thoughts and observations. The first few seasons will probably be similar, I don’t expect much change early on. If you want me to post any specific shots, please let me know and I’ll post them up for you. As I said earlier, it’s all about working out what is best at club level to make your international side prosper, along with making your league more competitive - you might be a great side, but what’s the point if you’re playing Sunday league teams every week, right?
  4. You need a couple of good seasons, both on the pitch and financially, behind you. Once you're stable financially and making profit and your club is doing well, request to become professional. Once this is done, start going a bit further in Europe and then your scouting range will continue to increase. Did this with Keflavik.
  5. I never knew an official one existed. My gaming experience is set to change...
  6. SuperDan's Dulwich Hamlet Season One 2016/17 - Hamlet-To be or not to be? Definitely not to be. Despite a strong start to the season, where we were second at one point, we fell apart and ended up finishing 17th. Now for me, your relationship with your Football Manager side is like your relationship with a special lady (or man). I think I speak for everyone when I say it's important to get invested in a team on Football Manager to have a long term save with them - otherwise they get boring real quick. I definitely have that relationship with Hamlet already - there's a particular charm about them and, as a result, The Pink & Blues now have a new follower on Twitter and someone looking out for their scores on the weekend. Next step is acquiring a shirt. Here's the league table in which the more unconventional Vanarama South sides reigned. Margate had a strong season thanks to their strikers. Maidenhead got to the playoff final, before losing to Ebbsfleet, who, by all accounts, tend to go on to be a strong side. I do feel that you will only succeed in the lower leagues if you have a huge goalscorer - this was the case for the teams at the top of the league. Ebbsfleet had Danny Haynes (no idea how - he's still relatively young as well) who scored more than 20 goals. I want my challenge to be about stability. When I took over, the Hamlet were teetering around the £0 mark and the last thing I wanted was for them to go into debt. I had an OK cup run, getting to the first round of the FA Cup - but more on that further down the post. I had a wage budget of £6,750, but I kept way below that - keeping it at around £5,000 a week. I retained most of the players from the start - assigning them to new one year contracts at a lower wage and brought in players for no more than £325 per week. The only players I brought in were for free transfers or no cost loans. With regular attendances of more than 550, a lower wage spend and a relatively good cup run, my finances went up to £158k at the end of the season. This has brought my transfer budget up from £0 to £17k and my wage budget up to £6k for next season. Although I set up for promotion (I think it's always best to aim for the best possible outcome) - I quickly understood I didn't have the quality in the squad nor the size to get promoted. At first instance, even if we did go up - we wouldn't have a budget or quality to sustain ourselves in the Vanarama National and it would be a disaster. Cups My indication for this was in the cup. In the FA Cup, we did well against lower or equal teams but struggled against Dover in the league above. This was also show in the FA Trophy - where we lost to Woking. Both sides are good indicators of how you'd fare in the league above and I understood we weren't ready. Key players Elvis Menayese - This little gem, formerly of Cardiff City, made the difference to my season. Still relatively young and a name that made me change his name to Elvis Mayonnaise - he injected goals into my team. Oft on a late night FM session would I wake my girlfriend with a 'GET IN MAYONNAISE' - he made game winning goals. I can assure you Mayonnaise is here for next season. Jamie Spencer - My third signing and top scorer for this season. We missed him when he was out with injury. Hopefully we'll keep him fit next season as he goes well with Mayonnaise. Aidan Blanchard - I acquired Aidan for the season and he was a great playmaker, scored a few scorchers for us this season too. Morgan Bruce-De-Rouche - This loanee from Stevenage was a rock in midfield for me this season and scored a few goals in the process too. Aims I'm going to try for playoffs next season. My players seem to think fighting relegation is still the aim, but I'm going to strengthen areas where I can. I've got a good young keeper, a good young CB, a couple of good midfielders and I need one more striker. Season League Position Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------ 2016/17 Vanarama South 17th
  7. Best thing about this thread is how everyone has particular soft spots for a whole range of random nations. It's nice to know I'm not alone!
  8. I had a sneaky feeling about Serbia - glad I had Chile in the final!
  9. Great to see this back in action - some great Oceanic joy there! Here's my predictions: 5th round - Slovenia Qtr final - Poland Semi Final - Serbia Final - Chile Winner - Italy
  10. The problem there is is that all challenges are similar in stature anyway so it's hard to develop anything substantially different. There's also a lot of longstanding challenges which have garnered high levels of reputations version after version - this keeps people coming back and that's why they're popular. It's great to see new ideas being created though. With something like this using these levels, you'd want to get people challenging to get Man Utd unplayable or something like that (without using tactics like not playing a goalkeeper). SoSolidSnake is right though, it's harder to engage people in something that requires extra effort such as downloading a unique database - simplicity is key!
  11. I'd probably say you need some more variant factors to this - so more questions. If it was to be a challenge, maybe training and youth facilities are at the lowest and the stadium is tiny, Sunday league experience manager and no budget whatsoever? Just another view here. What would be interesting in a level 10 thread is rather than a challenge, you have sides in the same league at the lowest level and have them at the same reputation but variable factors. For example, one side has a high youth rating, one side has a ton of money, one side has a superstar, one side has amazing training facilities etc and see how they get on. It'd be a good test of the AI that far down as I've seen a lot of people say that it is pretty easy until you hit what would be the playable leagues. Just an opinion anyway - it's good to see a focus on the county leagues and below.
  12. Really good to see Solomon Islands in the final - has the extra youth rating made much of a difference at all? The only lost to NZ twice and won the rest so that's optimistic. Great to see Georgia getting better!
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