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  1. cemendur88

    FM19 Athletic Club - Aupa!

    Summer 2020 Transfer Window Thankfully this was largely uneventful. Going in to it I was worried I might lose Simon as he'd been subject to a bid of £25m from Tottenham in the winter window, only a couple short of his release clause, and had been unhappy since and unwilling to sign a new contract. Middle of the window he dropped his concern and I was able to sign him to a new contract with a £55m release clause which makes me nice and happy. Biggest out not listed there is Benat who's contract expired. Most of the ins were youngsters who I hope I can develop, though Jimenez I'm doubtful of, he's been bought really to help deal with a lack of central defenders in my U19's. On the out front Eguaras was let go as he didn't really get much game time last season, same for Cordoba. Fernandez was bought by Hispalis so Herrera was bought as goalkeeping backup for a season or so until some of the youngsters develop. De Paula Agirre Jimenez Nunez First team squad now looks like this: GK - Simon, Herrera DR - Lekue, Capa DC - Yeray, Martinez, Nunez, (San Jose), (Nolaskoain) DL - Yuri, Balenziga DM - San Jose, Vesga, (Nolaskoain) MR - Berenguer, Lopez MC - Pardo, Garcia, Sancet, Morilla, Nolaskoain ML - Muniain, Aketxe ST - Williams, Villalibre, (Morilla) End of this season will definitely see Balenziga move on as he's starting to fade quite badly and have promising youngsters Vilchez and Guzman coming through to replace him. Might also let San Jose go as well next summer depending on if he starts to fade this season as well and Vencedor is developing into a good replacement. Seasons started well, beat Barca (now managed by Klopp) in the Super Cup and again in the league. There's been some other interesting managerial changes. Guardiola now manage Atletico Madrid and Conte at Real Madrid.
  2. cemendur88

    FM19 Athletic Club - Aupa!

    I'm glad he's developing as several players it sounds like have developed for you just haven't for me. Guruzeta hasn't improved at all this season and Arberas and Artola have only improved minimally.
  3. cemendur88

    FM19 Athletic Club - Aupa!

    2nd Season Review 2nd season complete and the final day nail-biter. Going into it we were 1st on 86 points, Valencia 2nd on 85, we'd been keeping pace with each other for 4 or 5 weeks. They had a game against Getafe (16th), we were playing away at Sevilla (11th) and I knew the only way to win the title was to win. Was a not great first half so went all-out attacking 2nd half and two goals from Williams sealed the deal. We were much better in both defence and attack this year, scoring 63 and only conceding 19. The defence outdid themselves this year. In Spanish cup we went out in the semi final to Barcelona, and in Europe we made the first knockout and were beaten by Chelsea who just outclassed us. Best Players Balenziga - 21(5) apps, 5 goals, 4 assists, 7.44 rating Yuri - 33 apps, 1 goal, 3 assists, 7.42 rating Lekue - 33(2) apps, 4 assists, 7.36 rating Capa - 21 apps, 1 goal, 7.25 rating Berenguer - 30(10) apps, 10 goals, 7 assists. Quite the turn around from last season, my full backs and wide attackers were the core of our success. I'm playing a tactic inspired by Guardiola's Man City so using inverted wing backs which means they get plenty of the ball. Williams was top scorer with 21 goals across all competitions and others chipped in too. Benat scored 10 in what is his final season as he has been declining quite fast and his 2nd half of the season was definitely worse than the first. Youth Intake Not as many prospects as last season but most importantly had one in an area I really needed, central midfield. Iker Lasa - think he's going to be perfect for my system with some development. Prospects Below are shots showing how various young players have developed, starting with those who began at the club, my own newgens, and then those who I've bought in from outside. Starting players: Oihan Sancet - good development, he'll be in the first team squad next season. Unai Vencedor - looking like he should be able to step up when San Jose leaves and play a part in the first team. Asier Villalibre - developing well on loan, going to have him as backup striker next season. Newgens: Adrian Herrero - quickly developing into a very good right back, think it won't be long before he replaces Capa as my 2nd choice right back. Roberto Sanchez - quality defensive midfielder already, hoping he continues to develop well and another option to replace San Jose when he leaves. Probably more likely to force Vesga out of the squad in a couple of years. Alain Aguado - another good Basque keeper, looking like i'll be set for years on that front Purchased youth: Ivan Martinez - solid first season since being bought, in a few years he might be pushing Simon for the first choice spot. Pelayo Morilla - promoted to first team with sale of Garcia, he's just not performed since then as a striker. Thinking instead I'll move him into midfield to help fill gap left by Benat, and think it should suit him better I hope. Migue Guzman - good left back, he'll have another year in the U19s to develop. Alejandro Vilchez - another good left back, he's developing faster than Guzman so he'll go to the B-team next season to help him develop ready to replace Balenziga when he leaves. Alberto Alonso - already a good boost to determination since he joined, nice good progression. Benat Reta - hot defensive midfield prospect number 3, might turn him into a centre back to give more options there.
  4. cemendur88

    FM19 Athletic Club - Aupa!

    Yeah they do tend to settle down after a while, just annoying with the timing as their unhappiness overlapped with a Spanish Cup semifinal with Barca with the two legs being either side of a match with...Barca. I prioritised the league so out of the cup. Things still good in the league thankfully, Champions League looks like I might be out in the first knockout as playing Chelsea and first leg did not go well.
  5. cemendur88

    FM19 Athletic Club - Aupa!

    The Jan 2020 transfer window has just been a joy...not. It started seemingly well with Ander Herrera and Odriozola being transfer listed, and I managed to offload Hervais who was just not good even with the rest of the team improving massively this season and Raul Garcia being moved due to decline and to free up some wages. But I wasn't given any extra funds so no chance of buying either. Herrera was snapped up by Athletico Madrid, Odriozola by MAn Utd, so there go two of the best players I could ever hope to buy for the club! Yuri was also unsettled by Man Utd making a lowball offer and same with Simon and Tottenham so now having to manage by best left back and goalkeeper being unhappy with me. De Arrascaeta was unhappy with player time despite being injured for ages so got transfer listed by request and sold to Atalanta. Morilla has been promoted to the first team as the replacement for Garcia, he's developing really well so hoping he can really challenge for the starting striker slot soon. I bought Aketze back to provide more depth on the left. Only other good news this window is that Alonso, the young striker I mentioned before, has now joined up so he's part of the training program and the very successful U19 team. We're thankfully doing well in the league, currently sitting 3rd in a tight race with Real Madrid a point ahead and Valencia 5 points ahead. Barcelona are 4 points behind so its going to be a tight race I think all the way to the end. I'm hoping the board will free up more funds in the summer so I can secure a few more players to better contracts and then see if I might be able to get someone like Merino in as well.
  6. cemendur88

    FM19 Athletic Club - Aupa!

    Nicely done, sounds like one hell of a nerve-wracking penalty shootout! Sounds like you got your tactics spot-on, as that definitely sounds like a very scary Barca side to face, and they're terrifying enough most of the time as it is!
  7. cemendur88

    FM19 Athletic Club - Aupa!

    They've been doing better this season than last since I changed tactics towards the end of last season, but keeping my options open incase they revert to their old form.
  8. cemendur88

    FM19 Athletic Club - Aupa!

    Yeah he's there on my save. I've definitely had some good RB newgens in my first youth intake, but considering him as neither Lekue or Capa have done very well in the first time. Obviously first choice would be Odriozola but he's not been available yet and don't have the funds for him yet either. I have had some very good news on the transfer, think I've found my long-term fix for the striker problem, Alberto Alonso. Had a min release clause of £35k and has 5 star potential and is a proper Basque player. Will be joining in January 2020.
  9. cemendur88

    FM19 Athletic Club - Aupa!

    Nice work on the title and transfers bowie, very jealous of your midfield. Had no luck with either Merino or Herrera yet. I've started my 2nd season and had a frustrating transfer window. Managed to keep Williams and Berenguer but only after both put in many transfer requests and became unhappy which has meant their form has not been good so far. Rest of window summed up below: Remiro I left go as Simon was just better first season, Fernandez came in as a replacement. Aduriz main loss as he just wasn't performing anymore. Herrando was an annoying loss, Sevilla just met his clause and he didn't want to negotiate. Two bright points are Pardo and Nolaskoain which definitely helps in midfield. Others in are youngsters to help fill out a few positions. Squad now looks like: GK - Simon, Fernandez DR - Lekue, Capa DC - Yeray, Martinez, Nunez, Garcia DL - Yuri, Balenziga DM - San Jose, Vesga, Nolaskoain MR - Belenguer, Hervais CM - Benat, Lopez, Pardo, Garcia, Eguaras ML - Muniain, De Arrascaeta STC - Williams, Cordoba Has anyone ever bought Aguirregabiria, he looks a decent prospect and he's been available a few times but not sure if he'd be an improvement on Lekue or Capa.
  10. End of first season for me (playing in Spain but have Premier League on full detail) they finished 2nd with 81 points. Liverpool won the league with 87 and Arsenal were 3rd on 80 and Man Utd 4th with 77. Man City were top of the possession charts with 58%, and most goals with 75.
  11. cemendur88

    FM19 Athletic Club - Aupa!

    I never have, had it almost every year in my FM18 save but never got fired. My first season has now come to an end. Ditching 3 at the back and switching to a formation based on one I used last year with Arsenal definitely improved our attack in the final games of the season. Now heading towards the transfer window with some big worries. Aduriz's stats are dropping off a cliff, and Garcia was out injured for a long time and has also entered a sharp decline. Benat is also getting worse and Balenziaga is starting to drop too. Thinking I may want to try and cash in on them whilst I can. Problem is there's no obvious options to replace any of them out there, so going to have a look at B-team and promising youngsters from U-19s to see who I could promote. Probably going to sell Remiro as well as Simon is just the better keeper to me and can't really keep both happy. Much prefer having one keeper playing all the time and a cheap backup for the rare times another keeper is needed. Players of the season San Jose - solid as always, and doing well as a DM in my new tactic Muniain - took a while to get going but put in some key performances towards the end Otherwise lots of decent but not great performances. Top scorer was San Jose with 9! Then Raul Garcia with 7, Williams and Aduriz with 6. Definitely need more goals next season. Good Transfers I did buy a couple of Spanish u-16s in first transfer window who have been developing well. I do try and limit myself to this in the first window only so that otherwise it's proper Basque players from here on out. Pelayo Morilla - hoping he can develop into a good all-round forward Jorge Herrando - solid defender, good to have around with San Jose's age and clubs sniffing around Yeray. Promising youngsters. Adrian Herrero - looks like he could nail down right back for a long time Roberto Sanchez - wasn't sure where he would fit with my 3-at the back tactic, but fits into the one I've switched to well, looking forward to seeing him develop Alain Aguado - decent looking keeper, be interesting to see if he can develop to challenge Simon. Jorge Herrera - another good right back, thankfully either footed so going to try and develop him for the left Asier Munoz - nice physical and mental stats, with some development could be a good striker for my tactic
  12. cemendur88

    FM19 Athletic Club - Aupa!

    Last year a doubling of the release clause was enough to keep other clubs at bay most of the time, for future youngsters I'll definitely be increasing it by more!
  13. cemendur88

    FM19 Athletic Club - Aupa!

    Berenguer's done okay, he did better for me last year so hoping he will improve over time. Hervais has not done well so far, but as all my attackers and wide players have done pretty badly this season don't want to write him off yet. Second season should help show whether he has been a good buy or not. I forgot the worst transfer news of my season. I signed Nolaskoain to a new contract just before the January window which increased his release clause to £5.75, but AC Milan met the clause and I couldn't try and negotiate a new contract with him. Will keep an eye on him in the hope he doesn't get much game time and I can buy him back.
  14. cemendur88

    FM19 Athletic Club - Aupa!

    After starting a save as Athletic quite late on FM18, only getting six seasons in, they've been my first save on FM19. Almost through the first season which has gone okay, currently 4th in March but was 2nd for a long time some tactical messing around screwed with our form for a while. Defensively we've been solid but goals have been harder to come by, think I've improved that over last few games. There are however 2 big mistakes I made at the start of this save. I forgot we weren't playing in Europe this season, so I made some transfer to give more depth to defence who I haven't really needed without the extra games (been playing 3 at the back so wanted another central defender) I forgot to make the Segunda B2 playable! Realised a few months in they weren't playing full game as it were, added it as a league but won't kick in until start of next season so that's one year of probably less development than I'd like from B-team players Both of these will be addressed next season as I'm looking good for a Europe spot, and the b-team will be in a full league again. Transfer wise it's been a mixed bag. Quite a few of the older players have moved on. Rico went in pre-season, along with Ganea out on loan. Iturraspe wanted to move on so I let him go to Bournemouth for a decent amount of money. De Marcos and Susaeta went to China in the January window and Iago Herrerin too. Players in I bought Belenguer, David Garcia as CB, Hervais as a wide player once Susaeta left, big signing was De Arrascaeta who hasn't really performed yet though. Though frankly all of our attackers have underperformed this season. Had some promising youngsters come through in the youth intake, focus is on finishing season and ensuring we get into Europe. Once its done will post up screenshots of season, tactics and highlights from the youth intake. Then aim si to try and get the attack firing more for next season, see if we can't actually score a decent amount of goals.
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