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  1. CL Semi Final 1st Leg Didn't give Liverpool a sniff in the CL 1/2 finals. The build up to our second goal shows the strength of our style of play well. Our CF/S Martin wins a knock down from a goal kick, turns and begins to run into the behind of their 4-2-3-1 system as per his PPMs. The false 8s are running past their man into space, whilst 11 is providing another option out wide. Martin decides to keep running until the last moment, leaving a center back on the floor whilst the other scrambles to recover, leaving a gap that 30 and 7 can run in to. It's picked up by 7 my right winger, who finishes in the bottom corner. Goal number three follows a similar pattern, we are overloading them in the middle of the park, making it easy to play out from the back and dominate the game: Here is how this play develops from here (sped up for GIF purposes): Center back - IWB - False 8 - CF - RW - False 8 - Goal Their midfielders are all over the place due to our numbers, Martin drags the center backs with him, right winger sees the false 8 exploit the space (using "Gets into opposition area" PPM), goal.. Let's break down how this goal happened. At the back: I prioritize players who can play the ball out from the back and can pick a pass under pressure. You've seen Drndarski already, but his partner is also quite comfortable with the ball His composure is a weakness, but I'd take that for his other attributes, namely his strength in the air to defend/attack set pieces. He is also nimble and makes good decisions. IWB: In a similar vein I want them to be able to recycle possession in the middle of the park in the absence of the False 8s, also to offer our DLP options: Like the center backs, I like to have a balance. Lopes is not a full back and is playing there solely for his ball playing ability. Matheisen is a natural full back with decent ball playing skills. They complement each other well whilst not hampering the team with their weaknesses. False 8: McGlade is able to take the ball in the gif above, dribble some before spraying the forward pass to Martin because he's a true technician, not afraid to express himself on the pitch: So the build up is methodical and has been constructed over the past few seasons as McGlade and Kranjcar have matured into players who cannot be left out of the side. Squad building is by far the best part of this game, and this thread is the holy grail
  2. None apart from the False 8s. I tick get forward, roam from position, dribble more and pass it shorter. I wouldn't call it a plug and play tactic though so it's use at your own risk, it's suited to the style of players I have. I started the save playing a simpler 4-4-2/4-4-1-1 variant until I had players the quality of Kranjcar and McGlade where I didn't want to leave one out, and I had a gifted both footed DLP to sit inbetween them and a complete striker to interact with them. As for FM20, I've bought it but haven't really played it yet as this save has captivated me. Nothing in it is designed to beat a specific ME though so I'd imagine it should work across FMs.
  3. Thanks to this thread I've probably had the most fun save I've ever had on FM with St. Pats Athletic in Ireland on FM19. As a thank you, I'll share some of my save here! We've won the domestic title every single year of the save, 14 in a row, and I feel the squad has transition 3/4 times since then whilst maintaining a focus on youth. Europa League win in 2025 was followed by two CL final appearances in 2029 with a young squad, and last season with that squad beginning to hit it's prime. My current squad features 9 homegrown players, with two more qualifying this season to bring the total up to 11. Of the 11, 4 are products of our academy (McGlade, Hutchinson, Navarro and McGinty). A flexible flat 4-5-1 based on intense pressing and bringing the best out of our "False 8s" Kranjcar (I like to think he's Niko's son) and academy product McGlade. I like to look for similar attributes where possible to Ozil to find "complete players" across the team, even buying Carlos Lopes a natural CM to play at LB (like Ozil did with Braganca), with a preference towards Determination and good personalities (since mentoring from FM19 on is more difficult). Are there weaknesses? Sure, we lack teamwork, concentration, work rate is a notch below where I'd like it to be and off the ball movement isn't a strong suit of this side. All of this contributes to why I have not went "Very Fluid" with this side and stick to the middle ground. Let the wingers drive forward, the false 8s, IWBs and striker do their own things, and leave the central MC and center backs to hold fort. Easy. My under 19s play in a similar manner. They've swept all before them, picking up 14 domestic titles and 2 youth CL titles during this save. Sicari is on his way out, because as Ozil and SFraser says, he's not going to ever be good enough for my first team, so I'm letting him go to PSG for 500k (lol PSG wut?) as nobody wished to loan him. Big hopes for this guy to one day become a False 8, he has all the attributes including "Gets Into Opposition Area". I'm looking to give him some domestic cup game time this season. Here are some of my big hitters: Stefan is one of the funniest stories I've seen playing FM. I originally brought him as a 20 year old to play left back! What a waste that would have been. Pretty soon, I realized my mistake as he developed, and retrained him from a CM to a CB where he is now natural. He provides a solid core to the team, confident in bringing the ball out of defence and has all attributes you want in a defensive player. Turned down a 100m bid from Real Madrid, which is crazy money for the Irish league. Dean Martin, I know right? I scouted him early, but due to Scottish rules he couldn't join us until his 18th birthday. Since then, he's exploded. I gave him the run with ball PPMs to make use of his explosiveness, whilst training his technical skills (passing, first touch, technique) to make him a complete striker who I turn down 100s of bids for every window. If people are interested I can write some more about my save as I progress, this thread is in my opinion the best ever on here so I'm happy to keep it going.
  4. Squad Update Goalkeepers Two homegrown players inbetween the sticks. Happy to have a reliable backup in Kelly who's more than happy to be so. Can see these two being here for years to come. Right Back Bessa is probably the best free signing I've made in this save. Mahon is a reliable, versatile full back who despite not being first choice is very important. Left Back I'm retraining Urban to play left back because it's at that stage in the save where I'm struggling to find my ideal player. Anderson is great, but still refuses to declare for Ireland which is my main incentive to keep him Center Back An area of the squad I'm really happy with. It's important I have athletes here to help with our high line. Navio/Collins are a great pair and either Smith or Kavanagh can slot in easy. Defensive Central Midfielder Molumby is our highest paid player and key cog in our machine. Matondo is one of my favourite players in this squad, tenacious and can smack a free kick. I'll give him an Ireland debut soon. Attacking Central Midfielder Jose Carlos is a new signing I want to take our set pieces. Browne is homegrown and exactly what I want to see coming through for Ireland. Another in line for an Ireland debut soon. Right Wing A part of me still thinks I'm wasting Jensen out on the right, but realistically, there's not other options for the way I play. McGlade is homegrown and burst into the first team this season with 7 goals in 9 games from the wing, and also scoring on his Ireland debut. Left Wing The most experienced area of the squad. Farrugia is now listed as a club legend, but his declaration for France early in his career has cost him a lengthy career with Ireland. Clarke is a reliable backup who should remain here for a while until we have a better youth option. Strikers Really happy with this area of the squad, a lot of different options. Ravn has been a revelation since he's come in and has given us a great plan b. Luta is quickly putting pressure on Walker as he has settled this season. Rowe has become a backup for club and country now, but is always a reliable big game performer.
  5. Atletico were clinical and a class above. Their 4-4-2 is better than ours putting it simply. I'm still quite happy with our progress this year and we picked up some fantastic results against Roma and PSG. Hopefully it's enough to keep the league's co-efficient high.
  6. Wow We're playing a new Target Man system with Ravn the main man and it's absolutely working. We needed two goals in the last half hour to bring it to Extra Time and did so, with the big man Ravn scoring what's turning into a trademark header.
  7. A lot of good business this window. with a lot of look to the future. Especially happy with that last purchase from Braga. 950k for a player just a tier below world class. I sent a lot of my 18 year old Irish youths out on loan to other teams in the division. I finally sold Harley Johnson for a great fee (5m + 50% of next sale) because I was fed up of English clubs banging on my door every window. McDaid is an average at best youth, but for some reason Arsenal wanted him for 2.5m so who was I to say no?
  8. Not really, usually Dundalk and the likes win one round in their qualifiers but end up going out. Hopefully now that I've pretty much forced third place into the Europa League, that they will begin improving. Yeah I noticed this during my first couple of seasons. I think when my rep got to around 3* level did I manage to lure over players from the UK at first, then further abroad as I could afford better scouting packages.
  9. Ireland 2025 - Progress Pretty much flawless apart from a disappointing draw away at Hungary. We probably should have topped the group, but despite beating Poland 6-1 away Croatia went and beat Estonia 13-0 to finish top on GD Thankfully, we were comfortably one of the best runners up so we qualified for the new expanded World Cup. This could actually be a bit of a banana skin if we're not careful. DR Congo are ranked in the top 10 in the world and have a lot of decent players. It would also be a bit foolish of us to discount any team that hails from South America. Great campaigns for both our own Walker and Daryl Horgan.
  10. St. Patricks Athletic 2025 Pretty standard domination at this stage. The highlight being undoubtedly our Europa League triumph (which isn't listed here for some reason). League Table Half of the league qualifies for Europe now which I find pretty amusing. There were a lot of periods this season where we were missing up to 30 players due to international breaks, which led us to some dropped points. Shoutout to newly promoted Shelbourne qualifying for the Champions League! Their team features a lot of young, talented loanees from other clubs, including two of our young prospects who I deemed not good enough for even my second 11, such is our strength now. However, they got the raw end of the deal as 3rd place Cork City go straight into the groups of the Europa League, and I don't think Shelbourne are strong enough to get there themselves, especially through the best placed side of the draw. European Campaign An incredible year in Europe, winning the Europa League and qualifying through the groups of the CL for the first time. Roma are turning into our whipping boys somewhat, 16 goals scored on them in 4 games Finances/Facilities Transfers Starting to look abroad for talents as we begin to become the "Irish Shakthar". Youth We had our first "Golden Generation" message, but with more "decent" prospects than anyone world class, apart from Devlin maybe. My under 19s this season had a fantastic year. Winning the Irish U19 league, losing in the 1/4 finals of the U19 CL (thanks to international callups) and many were involved in the Ireland team who became U20 world champs. Best 11 This was Farrugia's year. 29 goals from the left flank is incredible. Matondo has broken through and made the midfield destroyer position his own. Overall Best 11 O'Malley has never been first choice ever and somehow is considered our best right winger of all time.
  11. In the end I just couldn't stop the damn chairman. What a s**t deal as well. 40% of the profit is alright I guess.
  12. Only the 10 domestic games to play this month. But by far the biggest challenge will be holding onto some of our Irish starlets. I've already had to plead with the chairman to stop accepting "too good to refuse" bids for all three.
  13. Ireland Under 20s World Cup 2025 A curious opportunity fell on me whilst the Europa League was ongoing. The Under 20s world cup was about to take place, and we had no manager. Now my Under 19s had been performing well, reaching the Semi-Finals of the Champions Cup, so I was keen to see if I could take this team far on the international stage too. I took a squad of pretty much St. Pats academy players. My YN players Matundo and Guthrie are first team players as well as academy product Smith, so I expected them to lead the side. An incredible team, an incredible run. The result against the Germans was freakish, but then again their AI manager had done an appalling job of rotation and the majority of their side was in 70s/80s condition. My left winger McDaid picked up the golden ball for the tournament.
  14. Europa League Final 2025 The moment that history was created. Thomas Rowe, the man, the myth, the legend. The big game guy. Down to 10 men for the last 20 mins and we managed to hang on, with only two of our match day squad not Irish. I'm over the moon! Our success has done wonders for the league. We're automatically into the group stage of the CL, with another team in the competition. 3rd place almost seems more beneficial to the rest, because that's an automatic Europa League group stage berth worth millions.
  15. Incredible . Farrugia is quickly growing into one of my all time FM favourites, cooly slotting the winning penalty DOWN THE MIDDLE. Surely this is a step too far, Liverpool have a tough, hard working side so they're pretty much a better version of us. On a side note, we have a few games in hand to play when this campaign ends
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