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  1. Jambo98

    FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    Yeah that basically killed my San Marino attempt at this months back. Most of the squad got called up everytime and my fixtures still went ahead
  2. Jambo98

    FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    Yeah i did a quick check on a few at the end of that season..... interesting mix. Koen Bicentini - Sold to Man City for £4.2m at start of 2023/24 season - As usual at City, he has been loaned out and played very little Jeffrey Visser - Sold to Milan for £6m at the start of the 2023/24 season - Another who was loaned out and hardly played, and annoyingly now is released and on a Free Sander De Jong - Release by me at end of 2025/26 season - Noticed this one by accident. I released him as i felt he was not developing into anything good enough for me and was down the depth chart, but quite surprisingly Ajax picked him up! Only to put him in the B team for a year then also release him
  3. Jambo98

    FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    Youth Challenge - Achilles '29 Season 8(2026/27) - Eredivisie - 1st Place Final Table Past Positions Europa Results Transfers Season Summary Well we did it! For the first time in this challenge, i have made it as far as winning our domestic league. We really kicked on after showing promise the last 2 years. We started a little inconsistent but put together a brilliant midseason run, not even knocked by losing our long standing midfield star in Jan against my wishes, and we continued to show consistency as Ajax faltered. In the end it did go to the very last game, but we had it all in our hands. League Champions The cup this year we sacraficed by playing all backups, going out in round 3 to Utrecht, but well worth it Europe was another great success. We cruised into and through the group, overcame 2 sets of Dutch oposition on route to the semi final, where unfortunately Arsenal were too good (And both legs fell either side of a potential league decided against Ajax, so i had to prioritise the league). A great first season in our new stadium Financially we are in rude health. The sale pre-season of an AML to Liverpool was my choice, to free up playing time for Memic. I didnt want Ten Berge to go, and was pretty odd that the board accepted the bid when they allow me to turn down far more for Gorter, but it didnt impact us too badly I had the same odd delay to my latest youth / training upgrades, seems they cant coexist with stadium work, so those wont kick in until October. Youth Watch YP01a - Jeffrey Visser - Sold to AC Milan for £6m at start of season 5 YP01b - Lars Ten Berge - Sold to Vitesse for £9m mid season 8 YP02a - Koen Bicentini - Sold to Man City for £4.2m at start of season 5 YP02b - Sander Schmidt - Seems harsh after his brilliant year last year, but another untagged AMR prospect has developed even better and forced him into a timeshare, although he remained a great option for us. YP03a - Kevin Gorter - Another insane season, matching his goal tally exactly from last year, and adding 2 more assists. He really should be at a bigger club but no one is bidding more than about £17m and the board are letting me reject it. Is starting to edge nearer the end of his long term deal he signed in his first year (3 years plus optional 3 year extension) and has no interest in talking about a new deal of course YP03b - Boyd Lelieveld - Released at the start of season 8 YP04a - Jovi Huiskamp- Stepped up after we lost Ten Berge to be our main man in midfield, hopefully we can hold on to him. Maybe not as rounded as Ten Berge but still a good asset. YP04b - Edwin Dijkman- Played alongside Gorter and whilst didnt quite match him, saw a huge upturn in his goal return. Great stuff. YP05a - Willem de Man - Feel like he is not developing as fast as i would like, but still a good LB to have at this level. Made the dutch squad at one point without being capped. YP05b - Grant Fuller - Destined to never be more than backup now that Potjes is around, YP06a - Art de Beer - Another solid season by our first choice DC. Doesnt blow anyone away with his ability but such a step up from what i had before him. YP06b - Stan Memic - Sold one of well performing AML's to get him into the first team squad and rotated him in a fair bit. Good start to his first team career without being spectacular YP07a - Stem Potjes- First choice keeper all season and for his age, he really was solid. Made a big difference to our defensive record, despite the fact we play a very attacking style YP07b - Marco Janssen - Played almost exlusively for the B team as we are so well stacked up top, but has shown excellent development Youth Intake Class of 2027 - Not our best intake, but our top potential stars guy being Scottish is a nice twist YP08a - Fraser O'Donnell - Our first Scottish Regen Looks to have potential but some way to go before he is first team ready. YP08b - Moussa Odij - Has a job to get anywhere near the first team with how deep we are in ST but i always like to tag 2 so.........
  4. Jambo98

    FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    Nice work @b101 you are ahead of me on the curve i think in terms of progress. I have not really come close to winning the league yet. Seems like you have that aspect nailed regularly now.
  5. Jambo98

    FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    Youth Challenge - Achilles '29 Season 7(2025/26) - Eredivisie - 4th Place Final Table Past Positions Playoff Results Europa Results Transfers Season Summary Another really solid season in the league. Initially we struggled to adapt a bit to the rigour of European football, with all the extra fixtures and our lack of squad depth being a poor mix, but we soon kicked on and for once had a pretty good run with injuries, meaning our strongest side played a lot of games. Finishing above the mighty Ajax is amazing, although P4 still meant the Euro playoffs, where ironically it was Ajax we beat in the final to clinch Europa League for the second year in a row In the cup, we had an easy run to the quarter finals, but i had to field a team of reserves as it fell at a crucial juncture in league / europe so Hereenveen put us out. Europe for the first time and we really beat my expectations. Cruised through the qualifying, then out of a group which granted was not the strongest out there but still what a first attempt. We got by Lech in the first knockout, before our countrymen at Ajax ended up being just too good for us in the second knockout round (After a rather insane 5 v 5 draw in the first leg no less!) We moved into our new stadium ahead of next season which should give us a nice boost as well Youth Watch YP01a - Jeffrey Visser - Sold to AC Milan for £6m at start of season 5 YP01b - Lars Ten Berge - Another solid season from our oldest tagged youth and he also signed a new deal, including the wonderful "optional extension" clause meaning we control him for a good few years. He looks like he might be slowing down in development, so maybe he wont need a move away and can become our long term stalwart YP02a - Koen Bicentini - Sold to Man City for £4.2m at start of season 5 YP02b - Sander Schmidt - Despite his modest looking attributes, he absolutely tore it up on the wing. 17 goals and 28 assists! Another who signed a new deal and is tied down for 4 more years YP03a - Kevin Gorter - 53 goals and 28 assists! Involved in over 80 goals in a season is a little crazy. He is still on the contract i signed him to not long after he came through (i activated the 3 year "optional extension" of course!) so is not even close to our highest earner, and has no interest in renewing. We turned down £19m for him ,gotta think at some point someone comes in and puts in a bid so high the board will accept YP03b - Boyd Lelieveld - No where near the first team, and a real candidate to be released soon. Cant get em all right. YP04a - Jovi Huiskamp- Took over as first choice DM alongside YP01b and they formed a great partnership. Really consistent guy - great to have in the engineroom YP04b - Edwin Dijkman - Took the lionshare of playing time alongside Gorter up top, and although he could not keep up with the main man in scoring terms, still was plenty useful as a striker partner! YP05a - Willem de Man - Our clear first choice at LB and improved his performances a good bit this year. Hoping he still has more development but my coaches are split on his potential so will see YP05b - Grant Fuller - Was first choice most of the season and did ok but his attributes are so poor for our level - we unsurprisingly concede loads in general! YP06a - Art de Beer - Our defensive rock, and has developed mega quick which has to bode well. YP06b - Stan Memic Played the full season in our B team, because the 2 guys we had at AML both had great seasons. Need to make a decision on him for next year Youth Intake Class of 2026 - Potential star ratings dropping now, a reflection probably that our existing squad is getting better. However, we get a really high CA stars keeper and a couple of useful bits, even if the position spread is not ideal. YP07a - Stem Potjes- With all this talk of lots of good keepers.......this guy will be my first choice right away. YP07b - Marco Janssen - 2 very similar looking strikers, but I liked his name better so........
  6. Jambo98

    FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    If those guys (except De Beer) would get into your team, you are doing some amazing things tactically to be winning the league and beating huge teams! They are really below average players for the bottom of the dutch top division. I think i have maybe 4 players good enough now for like top 5 sides (de Man, de Beer, Ten Berge and Gorter) and one who looks good enough for any team in the world (Gorter). The rest of my team is made up of guys who might have potential but really are second division level. Makes it tough to be consistent
  7. Jambo98

    FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    Youth Challenge - Achilles '29 Season 6(2024/25) - Eredivisie -6th Place Final Table Past Positions Playoff Semi Playoff Final Transfers Season Summary Well, that was unexpected! Some real huge progress from us! Basically, we were carried on the back of YP03a, Gorter, who is insanely good. For once, we started well before hitting a mini lull. Then we really picked it up from about November and charged up the league, only slipping slightly when Gorter missed 3 weeks through injury. Towards the end of the season, it was very tight to get into 6th / 7th and the all important Euro Playoffs. Going into the final game, i could finish anywhere from 6th to 10th! Luckily we produced a win and sneaked into P6 and playoffs it was. In the Semi's, we drew NAC and a strong first leg was enough to see us squeak though. The final was a mismatch really, drawing us against mighty Feynoord. We drew the first leg 2 v 2 away from home to give us a chance in the home leg. The home leg, was just insane. We smashed them 6 freaking nil! Europa League here we come! Cup we made it all the way to Semi again, but were matched against Ajaz who were just too good for us. The big news off the pitch, is our new stadium! Its putting us well in the hock to the bank, and oddly our prize money is massively down, despite a much better season in the league and cups. Youth Watch YP01a - Jeffrey Visser - Sold to AC Milan for £6m at start of season 5 YP01b - Lars Ten Berge - Our midfield general really steped up, more goals and assist and all round bossing games for us. YP02a - Koen Bicentini - Sold to Man City for £4.2m at start of season 5 YP02b - Sander Schmidt - A great season, and out performing his attributes really, has not grown much but if he keeps playing like this, i wont complain YP03a - Kevin Gorter - What can i say about his season. Insane. Top scorer in the division by more than 15 goals. Clearly going to be at City / PSG soon but for now i am lucky to have him carrying my team YP03b - Boyd Lelieveld - B team fodder at this point, looks like he may never make the grade. YP04a - Jovi Huiskamp- Moved back to his natural position of DM this year and rotated in fairly regularly. Was sharing time with really our only original decent player left, and might well take over full time now from him YP04b - Edwin Dijkman - Also rotated with an untagged youth who banged them in early season, but as things wore on Dijkman found his form and started to take over. Was also a playoff hero. YP05a - Willem de Man - Was our first choice LB, but actually disapointed me a bit with his performances for much of the season. Hoping for more next year YP05b - Grant Fuller - Actually ended up getting a run of first team games as my first 2 keepers both got injured Needs much more development though if he is ever to make it. Youth Intake Class of 2025- Our intakes are now consistently good, which reflects our maxed out YRN / coaching so happy to get a couple more first team talents, including a crucial position. YP06a - Art de Beer - Finally a centre half! and named "beer" - Already our best DC and right into the first team he goes. YP06b - Stan Memic We already have about 3 good but not great AML players, and he looks like he might be another, but high determination so lets see what happens.
  8. Jambo98

    FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    Couple of interesting developments in my save prior to the 2024 / 25 season........ Obviously had to turn down the job offer, but that wage.........My current wage at Achilles is £1.2k per week
  9. Jambo98

    FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    Youth Challenge - Achilles '29 Season 5(2023/24) - Eredivisie -14th Place Final Table Past Positions Transfers Season Summary After the loss of 2 key men before the season, i was always feeling a bit worried about our chances. We lost our top scorer, and top assister, not easy to absorb when you already have the worst squad in the league. We got off to a bad start, hindered by some brutal fixtures to start, but managed to pick things up to get out of the bottom 3. Similar theme to last season, but this time we were not able to fully pull clear of the relegation fight. We stayed out of the bottom 3 for most of the second half, but were at threat until 2 games before the end. Ultimately survival was all we aimed for and we made it Cup this time was a first round shambles So no extra cash Off the pitch, we are in a great financial place with the player sales, and we have maxed out YRN and JRN coaching and are constantly upgrading Training and Youth facilities each season which should stand us in good stead. Youth Watch YP01a - Jeffrey Visser - Sold to AC Milan for £6m at start of season 5 YP01b - Lars Ten Berge - Has grown into a stalwart in our midfield and upped his performances a bit this year, with his development also seeming to increase at a good pace YP02a - Koen Bicentini - Sold to Man City for £4.2m at start of season 5 YP02b - Sander Schmidt - Took over as our first choice RM this year, and with Bicentini leaving he also picked up as a big source of assists which was a relief. Becoming a key piece for us YP03a - Kevin Gorter - Our main man, and leading scorer now. The biggest of big clubs are bidding on him, but fortunately he is signed up for a few more years but at some point the board might just accept a bid YP03b - Boyd Lelieveld - Was relegated almost totally to the B team this year, as not really good enough yet. Has been jumped by YP04a on the depth chart as well YP04a - Jovi Huiskamp - Ended up being promoted to the first team mid season to step in at DC, after some retraining, as we are so poor .He did ok and might well be a fixture there for another few years YP04b - Edwin Dijkman - Rotated in as a regular starter at ST after the sale of YP01a and he is off to a good start. Hopefully cant absorb the loss of Visser longer term Youth Intake Class of 2024 - Our top notch YRN and JNR coaching having a nice effect, one really good looking prospect at a position I am not strong in and a good bit of depth in other areas YP05a - Willem de Man - Already our best LB so will jump right in and looks like he could be a good top division talent YP05b - Grant Fuller - A keeper and also our first English regen so worth tagging just for that! Looks like has some potential
  10. Jambo98

    FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    Board accepted both. The Bicentini one was pretty dumb as they originally accepted £2.3m, i protested it and they agreed with me and cancelled the sale. Then they let me reject bids up to about £6m, before randomly then accepting £4.2m No sell on fee etc or anything.
  11. Jambo98

    FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    Ugh, in the same transfer window...... Then Got loads of cash now but not much need. Upgrades have been flowing anyway, and means im going to struggle badly this year i fear.
  12. Jambo98

    FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    Yeah this summer i am constantly rejecting bids from clubs like Spurs, Liverpool, Arsenal and even PSG For Bicentini Gonna lose him in the next window or two for sure. I generally get beaten by 4 goals at least by the big 3 teams still My keeper and defenders are my weakest points, so i figure absolutely no point in even trying to be defensive against them which probably adds to my woes.....
  13. Jambo98

    FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    Youth Challenge - Achilles '29 Season 4 (2022/23) - Eredivisie -14th Place Final Table Past Positions Cup Fixtures Transfers Season Summary Our first season in the top division got off to a rough start, with 5 nil and 7 nil shellackings in games 2 and 3 and we looked out of our depth. A well placed team meeting though, and a decision to stick to out attacking approach, started to pay off as we started to pick up wins against the lower half teams and make our way out of trouble. We got as high as 11th, and could have finished in that spot if we had not lost our last 3 league games, stil easily safe thought which was all we ever wanted. The other teams have massively better quality, but our strikers basically fired us to safety. We also managed that rare beast in the youth challenge of an actual Cup run! Although we did not need to beat many great teams, suddenly we found ourselfs all the way to a cup final. Unfortunately, despite a valient effort, PSV were just too good for us in the final We continue to make good strides off the pitch, keeping up our record of improving YRN and JNR coaching every single season and also securing a further upgrade to our Youth Facilities. Finally the board decided to splurge on upgrading our stadium from 4,500 to 7,350. Finances took a slight hit and the youth costs are now stopping us from making a profit, but our cup run did net us over £1.5m which was nice Youth Watch YP01a - Jeffrey Visser - An incredible season, 31 goals and only 2 shy of being the top scorer in the entire division! He really stepped it up a level this season and as a result Ajax and other clubs of that level have been bidding all year for him. Fortunately the board have supported me in rejecting the lowball bids but only a matter of time probably before he goes. YP01b - Lars Ten Berge - Took over as one of our first choice CM's and just about held his own. Couple of injuries and a red card cost him game time but he has also started to develop a bit YP02a - Koen Bicentini - Remains our first choice LM and again was a key creator for us with plenty assists. Also has bigger clubs bidding on him regularly. Not quite as big as those after YP01a but clubs bigger than me so a threat i lose him YP02b - Sander Schmidt - Started to get more of the lions share of game time at RM, but looked a bit over matched at this level really. Also failed to unlearn the mega annoying "shoots from distance" PPM. Next year probably make or break for him YP03a - Kevin Gorter - Our young superstar did not disapoint, despite being outscored by Visser overall. He was also a creative force, generating more assist than any player in Eredivisie which is a great achievement in his first season! YP03b - Boyd Lelieveld - No where near good enough for this division at the moment, but a lack of any decent DC's and injuries meant i had to throw him in for quite a chunk of first team action. Unsurprsingly, he was very poor Youth Intake Class of 2023 - Less eye catching than last year, and 2 right wingers at the top was not exactly what we need but couple of other potential useful pieces. YP04a - Jovi Huiskamp - Looks to have pretty good starting attributes, and i am seriously considering retraining him to play DC due to our horrific other options back there YP03b - Edwin Dijkman - Another striker, but i suspect i might lose one of YP01a or YP03a in the near future, this guy has some speed and can finish already, so hopefully with a year of development he could step up
  14. Jambo98

    FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    Youth Challenge - Achilles '29 Season 3 (2021/22) - Juliper League Final Table Past Positions Playoff Fixtures Transfers Season Summary After our poor season last year, we got off to a bad start this time and i was fearing the worst. However a well placed team meeting, a small tactical tweak and boom. We were flying along in the league. I have played in this division for 3 years and still cannot really work out how the playoffs work, but by midseason we had a message saying we had secured our playoff spot thanks to our finish in the first half! Ok.... probably a good thing, as we dropped off a bit after Jan, our best ST was out for 3 months which hit us hard. But we ended a bit stronger to finish 4th overall in the table. The playoffs were a bit exciting for my liking. Started with a promising 2 v 3 away win in the first leg of the semi. As for the second leg........well, my word. 7 v 4, including an insane 4 goals during first half injury time......what on earth!!! The final was also 2 legs and a 2 v 2 draw at home in the first leg left us looking probably second favourites. No matter, we saved our best for last in a great performance to win 2 v 3 away and secure PROMOTION Off the pitch things are really good. We completed our previous set of upgrades, got further YRN and JNR coaching upgrades accepted midseason and started on another set of training and youth facility upgrades. Youth Watch YP01a - Jeffrey Visser - Was first choice throughout, and respnded with a much improved goal tally. Only downside was injuries. Missed 3 months with a torn hamstring, made it back for the playoff semi's then missed the second leg of the final with another injury. Should form a lethal partnership with YP03a Though is the plan going forward......... YP01b - Lars Ten Berge - Got far more game time than last year, and the performances were good enough but not a huge amount of development happening. YP02a - Koen Bicentini - Our creative force. Started most of the season at LM and 19 assists was a great return. YP02b - Sander Schmidt - More of a rotation option, but did not disgrace himself when called upon. Also not overly developed but its easly days yet. Youth Intake Class of 2022 - Good Lord! I think we have our rented mule people.....obviously one big stand out. I had hoped for a good DC but the overall spread seems ok YP03a - Kevin Gorter - Well hello...........this could be the best prospect ive had in the early (ish) years of this challenge ever. Immediately rates as the best player at my club. Biggest issue will be holding on to him YP03b - Boyd Lelieveld - Far less eye catching, but we are in real need of a DC or two, he has a long way to go to be good enough for the top division though
  15. Jambo98

    FM18 Youth Academy Challenge

    Youth Challenge - Achilles '29 Season 2 (2020/21) - Juliper League Final Table Past Positions Transfers Season Summary After a good first season, we hit a pretty hefty sophmore slump Started well, with 4 wins in the first 5, then dropped like a stone. Couple of key injuries, morale started to drop and it all snowballed to where we were firmly a bottom half side. Never in any danger of going down really, but a very poor season with not much progress on the field from season 1 Better news off the pitch, where we secured upgrades across the board. Both YRN and Junior Coaching moved up a second time in 2 years, and we completed upgrades to youth and training facilities. We continue to site nicely in the black as well. Youth Watch YP01a - Jeffrey Visser - Threw him in as first choice striker for most of the season, and although he was a bit inconsistent, with a couple of goal droughts, got to be happy with a goal every other game as a first season return YP01b - Lars Ten Berge - Had less first team chances, as CM is our strongest postion with experienced players, but still tried to rotate him in when i could. Youth Intake Class of 2021 - Wingersj, which we badly need, including one very good looking one, and not bad depth across the intake for season 2. Really needed a good DC, but looks like nothing more than a middling prospect there YP02a - Koen Bicentini - Looks like the best CA youth in this save so far. Nice personality type and i think will go right in as a starter YP02b - Sander Schmidt - Another winger, not as good to start but also "ambitious" so hopefully will develop into something
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