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    Alongside a cold beer, somewhere.

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  1. Jambo98

    FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    Youth Challenge - Achilles '29 Season 1 (2019/20) - Juliper League Final Table Past Positions Playoff Results Transfers Season Summary Quite a surprising first season. We shot out the blocks pretty quick and were never in relegation danger and at the half way point, were in the top 7 and around the playoffs. With the odd fact that about a quarter of the league are "jong" ("B") teams who cannot go up, it was a bit confusing. Second half of the season we tailed off a bit as injuries kicked in, we lost our main striker for 2 months and had only dross to replace him. Somehow though, despite dropping lots of points, we managed to get into the playoffs despite not even finishing in the top half! In the playoffs, we suffered heart break at the first hurdle when a 92nd min goal in the second leg put us out. We were through on away goals until then We are no where close to ready for promo so was not too gutted. Got upgrades to YRN and JRN coaching during the year, and also secured youth and training upgrades next year as we are £1.8m in the black, which is rare in this challenge! Top performers Redouan Eddarkaoui - No idea how you pronounce his name, but was out top scorer and led the line well all year inspite of modest attributes Gioney Capello - Creative force from the wing, also with rather modest attributes.... Youth Watch N/a - no orginal squad member youths worth tagging Youth Intake Class of 2020 - 4 decent prospects it looks, and across 4 key positions so happy with that YP01a - Jeffrey Visser - Not exactly amazing starting point, but is strong and has a good personality type so lets see what he becomes. Short on strikers and i play 2 up, so will be getting game time in season 2 YP01b - Lars Ten Berge - Reasonably well rounded CM. Might need to wait a year to get games but we will see
  2. Jambo98

    FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    Cant believe how quickly this challenge died this year, and how few pages we seem to have compared to previous years I have only had one short(ish) attempt this year, at San Marino when i got bored of the problems of constantly havign my entire team on INT duty So time for another try. Youth Challenge - Achilles '29 Manager Profile Starting Squad So to the Netherlands we go. Holidayed for 2 years as there is no relegation in season 1 and got this little club from near the German border. A decent starting squad, with a slightly odd mix of nationalities (from Japanese to 2 Irish brothers....) and as usual, not a single staff member beyond me to start Did my very first non english attempt at this challenge in The Netherlands back in 2012 or something so a bit of a homecoming. Lets see how we go
  3. Euro Challenge - RFC Liege Season 1 - 2018/19 - Belgian First Amateur Division - Final Position 3rd (Promoted via Playoff) League Table Playoff League Past Positions Squad Transfers Season Summary What a dream start Our season actually started slowly , as we struggled to gel and adapt to my 442 system. 5pts from our first 7 games had us looking downwards, but then things clicked into gear. We put together 8 wins in the next 10 games leading up to the winter break, and we returned in even more incredible form, with 13 wins in 14 games, including an astonishing 10 wins in a row to round out the regular season. That put us easily into the playoffs and within touching distance of the 2 above us (the playoff system is odd - the top 4 keep half the points they gained so far and go into a mini league playing 6 games each). In the playoffs, we struggled against Lierse, with a draw and lose but a win out in our other 4 led to us securing a brilliant promotion. The cup, meanwhile, shall not be spoken of. Top Performer Cherif Ndiaye - in a team put together from freebies, poached amatuers and loans, this guy turned out to be the gem. Picked up on a free after leaving top flight Waasland-Bevern his goals fired us up the table Top Prospect Flavien Bernardi - Slim pickings here. Unusually for me (I am usually all about youth) none of my regular first teamers were under 22. This guy was the pick of my intake but looks fringe at best in prospect terms. Off the pitch Things are not good. We are almost half a million in the red, meaning upgrades were not possible.
  4. Not tried this challenge this year, so why not. Oddly, i have never managed in Belgium so why not try there. Euro Challenge - RFC Liege Manager Profile Domestic History A club with an interesting history, not least the fact that they were central to the creation of the "Bosman Ruling".
  5. Jambo98

    2018 Major League Baseball Thread

    Angels are denying the report fwiw. Eppler came out and publicly said there is no change to the original diagnosis and no doctor has yet recommend TJ
  6. Jambo98

    2018 Major League Baseball Thread

    Yeah i think they dont want to rush Alonso. Gotta assume he slides up to Vegas when Smith vacates that place. Bruce will see some 1B time i would think but like Smith (and Conforto) he is a lefty who doesn't hit lefties...... Its a tough spot for Alderson. Literally the only pieces we have of any value are Thor and de Grom, who are also the 2 you would want to retool around. I dont seem them moving either. The return for deGrom would need to be insane. I heard something on the fox broadcast on Sat night around the fact that his first 118 starts result in almost identical numbers in every way to Kershaw. At that point, Kershaw was already being hailed as one of the best of his generation.
  7. Jambo98

    2018 Major League Baseball Thread

    Yeah that had to be coming, he had a hot couple of weeks early but has slumped since. On its own, tough to see that move making much difference. Dom Smith is coming up to replace him but he has not exactly been knocking the cover off it in Vegas. He is also another who cannot hit lefties. I think we face a lefty on Tues, I wonder if we might see Joey Bats at first...... we already used him at 3B once and if we hope to keep him around as a lefty masher, be interesting to see if he could be adequate there. The other roster move was odd. We cut our 3rd catcher, which makes perfect sense, but to replace him we call up a light hitting utility guy in Ty Kelly. Ok, but we already have TWO light hitting utility guys on the roster in Reyes and Guillorhme (Although Reyes is surely next to be released as soon as Flores is back)
  8. Jambo98

    2018 Major League Baseball Thread

    Yeah that had to be coming, he had a hot couple of weeks early but has slumped since. On its own, tough to see that move making much difference. Dom Smith is coming up to replace him but he has not exactly been knocking the cover off it in Vegas. He is also another who cannot hit lefties. I think we face a lefty on Tues, I wonder if we might see Joey Bats at first...... we already used him at 3B once and if we hope to keep him around as a lefty masher, be interesting to see if he could be adequate there. The other roster move was odd. We cut our 3rd catcher, which makes perfect sense, but to replace him we call up a light hitting utility guy in Ty Kelly. Ok, but we already have TWO light hitting utility guys on the roster in Reyes and Guillorhme (Although Reyes is surely next to be released as soon as Flores is back)
  9. Meanwhile, in sunny Ipswich...... The Jan 2021 transfer window see's us make an appearance on the biggest spenders list for the first time Nearly £50m and almost all on regens. Got a great looking Italian striker, overpaid for belgian LB because regen fullbacks who have any sort of attribute balance are so hard to find, and probably the pick of the bunch is this DM also from Belgium, who i immediately loaned out to Betis as a first team player. Might replace the red card prone Ascaibar as early as next year.
  10. Jambo98

    2018 Major League Baseball Thread

    Yeah im not sure im buying it. I am not even sure its back door. It looks like just pure velo beats the batter. Look at where the catcher sets up. Generally i find these pitching gifs a bit odd - Its like its news to some people that pitchers make the ball move around the strike zone?
  11. I had an absolute shambles at the US Open qualifying. Course was just too long for Player clubs and i got screwed 3 times by the game giving me a pitch not chip shot from the fringe (one of which sailed perfectly into a lake). The only thing that made it worthwhile, was this:
  12. Jambo98

    2018 Major League Baseball Thread

    I mean im no expert, but that really isnt a sinker surely? It stays basically on the same plane all the way?
  13. Some pretty big business for the Tractor Boys ahead of our final season at Portman Road. Our 2 wingers, Gnabry and Chiesa went to Real and Barca for a combined £100m and we raised another £30m or so via the sale of some fringe players who never quite made the grade for me (Moro, Trincao, Marin). That allowed us to firstly replace the two wingers with even better options, Leroy Sane and Malcom. Then after feeling that we relied too much on Salinas for goals last year, and that Tummielo was still a little raw, we decided to go out and get that top line striker who can maybe push us closer to the top 3. Luciano Vietto is the man tasked with that job, joining his countryman to make what I hope is a potent strikeforce. Also overhauled the coaching and medical staffs and arranged for Youth and Training facility upgrades which will coincide with our move to a new home next year. Looking good off the field, now can we deliver on the field.....
  14. Jambo98

    2018 Major League Baseball Thread

    First 2 headlines on Met's news on MLB at bat... "Mets lose Familia to DL with sore shoulder" "Syndergaard will not make subway series start" Anyone seen Ray Ramirez......
  15. Left it a tad late in the FA cup final
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