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  1. My last amazing treble with Ajax involved a Friendly Cup competition
  2. swisso

    FM16: AFC Ajax - de Godenzonen

    Followed the topic closely, so here's my journey with Ajax so far Took over in 2016-2017 after a season in the English Lower Leagues, adopted a possession based tactic but despite dominating possession, we didn't do much else! Turned to Ö-zil to the Arsenal's tactics and thinking around his 3-6-1 and adopted much of it with my Ajax team. We dominated the League, going unbeaten last season with a 31-3-0 record, scoring over 100 goals on the way. Sold most of the original players, all got unhappy for various reasons and despite placating them for a few months, they'd start up again when Transfer Window came around! Finally won the European Cup in the 2022-2023 season thanks to good victories against Barcelona (QF), Spurs (SF) and Monaco (F) using this Same TI as Oil's 3-6-1 but dropped the D line to Normal and lost the AMC for a flat back 4. I found that even with my quick defenders, we would get done with balls over the top and through the channels, especially if the opposition were playing with 3 or more attackers. For games I know we can win, I adopt the 3-6-1. For difficult away games I adopt the 4-5-1. Some of the newgens from the Academy. We're blessed with lots of wingers (infuriatingly!) but few defenders. Relying purely on the Academy now to keep me sustained!
  3. Excellent thread Ö-zil-to-the-Arsenal!, I've adopted the 3-6-1 for use with Ajax and it's working very well domestically. I'd developed a 4-2-3-1-Wide and we had incredible amounts of possession without doing much with it, mostly because of a low tempo and restrictive shape and passing options. So i binned the Retain Possession, Work Ball and Low Tempo TI's and moved to a highly flexible shape with a 5 man midfield and trusted the intelligent players to know where to sit. It's worked wonders domestically, nobody can hold a candle to us and it's allowed me to risk youngsters much sooner! My only trouble is, we don't fare so well against European giants. Especially against teams employing an AML and AMR. The defence will shift over to whatever flank is being attacked, leaving gaps in the centre as 1 CB is pulled over to the attacker, and the other 2 CB's shift over. Often see a midfield runner or the opposite winger come running through the centre. We're prone to balls over the top too, but that's the price of a high defensive line!
  4. Is there a thread discussing set pieces? Can't seem to find one....
  5. Tried it out in pre-season, which isn't long enough to give a worthwhile opinion, but there were some troubling aspects in my midfield. The theory seems to suggest condensing the middle of the park, allowing opposing ST's and AMC's little time on the ball, but I rarely found that to be true. I shipped 6 goals in pre-season, all shots from the centre of the pitch with little urgency from my MC's to close down or tackle. Gap between the Defensive and Midfield lines were too big.
  6. In previous versions of Football Manager, I spent outrageous sums of money on terrible youth players from small Basque clubs like Eibar, Osasuna and Lemona, sometimes giving £10m to each club every summer I hoped that the money would eventually allow those clubs to better themselves and move up the leagues, creating a bigger pool of Basque nationality regions in the long term. I didn't get the opportunity to see the results but in the short term (this was on FM13) the clubs generally didn't do very much with the money and just plodded along
  7. Don't hold out too much hope! Most of them won't be around in a couple of years. We won the U18 title in 2010-2011 too... not many around now, only 3! 1 England Adam Davies 2 England Tyias Browning 3 England Luke Garbutt 4 England Jake Bidwell © 5 England Eric Dier 6 England Jordan Barrow 7 England Conor McAleny 8 England Tom Donegan 9 Republic of Ireland Ged Kinsella 10 England Anton Forrester 11 England Adam Thomas Substitutes: 12 England George Waring 13 Wales Connor Roberts 14 England Ryan Higgins 15 England Tom Molyneux 16 England Daniel O'Brien Hallam Hope, John Lundstram and Ross Barkley should have featured but were away with England or injured, but there's only really Barkley who's shown top level abilty.
  8. Some of the values spent on the youth setup for lower league clubs may be off slightly, might be worth mentioning in the bugs forum? What Club are you managing, what League and what are the expenditure amounts per month and per year on average?
  9. With regards to the AI though? Most of the -9 players we create slip away unless they're given high CA's relative to their age to begin with. Human controlled teams are an entirely different kettle of fish.
  10. There's a valid point behind it, a player will not increase CA year on year for the rest of his career as you know, he's not far off with the numbers. It's a problem we have when creating 16 year old -9 PA youngsters but giving them low CA's in the 50-70 range. They'll struggle to get up to anything like the -9 PA range in their career in most circumstances.
  11. Firstly, it'd be easier to address the weighting of certain attributes for Forwards, to enable them to reach higher attributes, rather then redefine the scale. What you're suggesting is a hammer approach when a scalpel is needed. Secondly, you acknowledge the ME doesn't replicate their form, so why not wait for an ME that can? It's under constant development, always moving forward and progressing.
  12. Changed the Corporate Facilities to 20 and its nearly doubled my match day revenue. Noticed that Corporate Facilities never increase when Goodison is expanded, even to a 50,000 seater, so ive raised a bug over this.
  13. We both know he had a rocket up his arse impressing his future employers
  14. Won't be getting you goals after I've finished working on the update
  15. I think you've sort of answered your own question in a roundabout way It shouldn't be this easy for us to hoover up 18 year olds from around the globe, finances aside, youngsters were just too willing to jump ship and move continents in previous FM's. I assume you've discounted the theory that the Scottish Premier might not be an attraction for them? It may be a bit too restrictive in FM14 and need bringing back a touch, but it's a step in the right direction.