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  1. Well Hugo Martins 2c has been sold by the board to a Premier club after keeping about 50 clubs at bay, it isn't a bad deal tbh and I think he will develop much more in a professional environment. The sad thing is he was arguably our best player, he had started to get call up's for the national U19's, so it's hopefull he could be our best product and net us some money in the future. We wish him the best, as he didn't kick up to much fuss about moving and seems like a talent. I was able to get another youth recruitment upgrade, nothing else is available, but hopefully it helps us going forw
  2. I just caught up with everyone's saves, whoa. Well done to all the promotions!! Also welcome to the new challenges, hopefully I will get to play for a couple of day's, it's a hectic time of year.
  3. I had a brilliant save with this team a number of years ago, maybe FM12, I still have a soft spot for them and had probably my best ever regen in a save. Good luck mate, COYRW!
  4. Hugo Martins 2c has had about 6 premier clubs bidding for him all during pre-season, he is very unhappy I didn't accept their 20k bids with no add on's. He had one pre-season match when he played horrible so I disciplined him, otherwise he is still performing. His status is key player and asking price 900k I got sick and tired negotiating for 120k with on sell fee's and they all keep repeating their bid ad nauseum, so I have been asking for 500k with a sell on fee to shut them up. They want to be obstinate, so can I, 500k with a 50% of next sale and a friendly thanks. He has 3 years
  5. The guys I have sold have had a few games in the second division or premier, but it has been limited with most games in the reserves. But it's promising that they have been getting some game time in those divisions.
  6. And so we say farewell to Fabio Periera 1b, he played three seasons for us and will now try to make the step up in the premier division, we thank him for his contribution, wishing the best. He will always be available at Barreirense (in a coaching role) and we hope he makes us lots of dollars in a transfer fee, Good luck lad! He is around for a couple of weeks, I think it would be fitting to play him against Club Bugge! Who my manager thought appropriate?? A fitting send off and I think we would get battered otherwise. All jokes aside, he was a quality player for us, came back on loa
  7. This edition is different, the whole set up is different and there are hardly any Chinese players like you used to have. But yes, I found going up in divisions showed the disparity between the quality of players, you could sell one of your talented younglings and your whole season could go down the plughole. Yeah I won't be looking for any more junior coaching upgrades, maybe recruitment because it is the cheapest, but it is at established atm. But the costs will kill you in this division, imho it's better to hope for a windfall or a good intake and improve training facilities (youth or s
  8. I have played in Portugal before and as soon as you make the step up to the second division, money is not a problem, it's still keeping the bidders at bay that challenges your stability though. The hardest thing is that the gap between divisions is immense, the hardest I have come across. The challenge is to get promoted then avoid relegation for the next three seasons, if you can achieve that, then the hardest part is done, the rest is a waiting game/long slog. All my CB have pretty good jumping, but they all lack quickness, Hugo Martins 2c is my most talented CB and the quickest, I have
  9. Helio Vicente 3a has decided to sign a professional contract after coming into the first team last year, there have been Premier clubs bidding for him already so I was sweating on the contract, with so many players sold last season and quite a few released this season and last, we really needed him to stick around. Believe it or not he is our 2nd most talented centre back, so yes this season is going to be a tough one again, some youth really need to stand up and demand to be playing.
  10. @Shakes That's still promising though, with another year of experience under the belt for most of your players. (24b) Alexandre Capela looks amazing as well and I just love seeing a player with high natural fitness. I don't mind seeing these players and you have got two! These two plus the old guard could push the team forward, if (a big ask) you get promotion, they might just stick around for another year. If not, as long as there is a sell on fee there is still a lot to like about these players. Personally I don't mind selling players, because in the long run you will hit gold
  11. @Shakes Wow that's a tight league, with only SP Espinho running away with things, finishing fourth is a good sign, it means you are there about. Mauro Borges will be a loss for sure until he get's over his injury, but I really like the look of (24a) Rodrigo, passing 15, vision 13, teamwork 12, flair 13, technique 12 and bravery 15 seems like the makings of a wonderkid, I don't think I have ever had such a player in a youth intake ever!
  12. @Novafluff Well done mate, you are doing really well. @TrickyTree91 I really liked the look of Tom Carpenter it's disappointing he is gone, but he could be a windfall in the future, he looked exceptional for your level so here's hoping. @tomay my possession tactic seems to improve each year with better play, I'm not sure if it's because of the regens being more suited to it, training increasing the players understanding of it, my intakes seem to be more in tune with the style as well over time, or the tweeks I am making to training. But long balls are a bit op, but I did actually sc
  13. Table Finances Manager Facilities Transfers Squad Youth Intake Wow, what a season, so many first team players sold, this season alone saw 4 starting players sold! If we didn't sell them then I reckon we could have challenged for promotion, but for the first time we have a positive bank balance at the end of the season and who knows, if one of the lads become amazing we could really cash in. It's strange, I thought we played really well and yet we didn't really get much higher on the table, but we scored some cracking goals and I was less frustrated by the players in general. Bu
  14. The past couple of months I have been gaming on a laptop (gave my old pc to a mate), I haven't been playing much as it's so slow, but new bits for a new comp should come tomorrow and I'll start playing again. Good to read everyone's progress and good luck to all the new comers.
  15. From what the devs are saying, a high workload in pre-season helps to build fitness (resilience and non jadedness), while during the season it should be less heavy, I don't think workload effects injuries, but it could effect training quality (development). Recovery sessions are meant to help a ton, so if you become professional, make sure to include them after every match. I played in Bundesliga before this challenge and it seemed to work for me, it seems right. For me during the season, training I like to include would be GK training as it keeps the workload low and tactics (usually tea
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