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  1. As the dust settled with non-FM obligations last week, my old save beckoned. But, so did FM 17. In a moment of weakness I gave in to that annual, foul temptress. But memories of Sweden are still calling me. So, let’s try this again, shall we… It’s The Hope That Kills You As football fans, we can all relate to that sentiment. The "what could have been" moments. The heartbreak. The days when your overpaid, selfie-obsessed striker couldn't hit water if he fell out of a boat. Barbosa at the Maracana, 1950. Messi in the final of the Copa America, 2016. Baggio in the World Cup final, 1994. Ghana at the 2010 World Cup. Bayern Munich in Barcelona, 1999. John Terry in Moscow, 2008. (Ok, if I'm being honest the last two were pretty frickin' beautiful and count among my favorite football memories. But, I digress...) For many, redemption comes in one form or another, some more glamorous than others. Titles won. Individual glories and accolades. The heartbreak simply another chapter in the broader narrative. For others, the heartbreak defines them. Haunts them. Overshadows prior accomplishments, triumphs and accolades. The moniker of the "nearly men" is applied, and supporters grow old thinking, "what if...?" This is the story of those teams. Since its inception in 1955, 22 different teams have won the Champions League (and its predecessor). 17 teams have reached the Final, only to fall short: Atlético Madrid (1974, 2014, 2016) Stade de Reims (1956, 1959) Valencia (2000, 2001) Fiorentina (1957) Eintracht Frankfurt (1960) Partizan (1966) Panathinaikos (1971) Leeds United (1975) Saint-Étienne (1976) Borussia Mönchengladbach (1977) Club Brugge (1978) Malmö FF (1979) Roma (1984) Sampdoria (1992) Bayer Leverkusen (2002) Monaco (2004) Arsenal (2006) Similarly, 8 different nations have brought home the World Cup. Yet, 4 have reached the Final and returned home with empty hands: Netherlands (1974, 1978, 2010) Czechoslovakia (1934, 1962) Hungary (1938, 1954) Sweden (1958) This save will chronicle my (second) full-blown attempt to bring glory to as many of these sides as possible. As with before, there are no hard-and-fast rules beyond the concept of the save. While I enjoy developing youth, I will not take a youth academy only approach at these clubs. Rather, I will work within club-specific plans without any self-imposed transfer restrictions (e.g., a 2-4 year-plan makes sense with the like of Arsenal, versus a 6-8 year plan with Malmö ). I will leave on high -- thus, once I've won the Champions League, I must move on. Surely I won't be fired...will I? After my first club, I will only accept a position with one of the sides listed above, or a club that manages to join this elite (!?) group of "nearly men." Likewise, if a club manages to win the CL under another manager, they are removed from the challenge. On the international scene, the same basic rules will apply -- I will only accept an international management position with an eligible nation. If I win the World Cup, I must move on. Nations can be added to and removed from the eligible list, based on results at the World Cup. With respect to Czechoslovakia, I consider both the Czech Republic and Slovakia eligible. While some of these sides are "easier" than others, I will begin with one of the "smaller" clubs and proceed from there, wherever the winds take me. I am also holidaying 2 years into the future, to allow for a unique playing environment. I've loaded the top leagues in Belgium, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Serbia, Spain and Sweden, with a large database/pool of potential players. Up Next: The stage is set. June 2018.
  2. December 27, 2016 Chapter 1: The dream Looking through the thread of football manager forums, I always think about these wonderful stories that are created until I see a thread by the user of ManUtd1. Looking through his thread it may me, wonder what should I be doing with my life and even though the idea of this thread was only just for Champions League, I wanted to take this one step further and include all European runner up teams, not just the Champions League. Going to my roommate who was sitting at the kitchen table, I said to him “I want to be a real football manager”. He looks at me, confused and wondering what got that into my mind before quietly saying “Have you had too much to drink again because that is the third time this week you have had a stupid idea.” After explaining what my idea came from and how I was going to do it, he only thought of one thing to think of. “There is no way you would do such a thing, for god sake you don’t even have any coaching qualifications so what makes you think that this is a great idea. Especially when there are forty-three clubs that have been close but not winning.” He had a point, but that wouldn’t deter me from doing it and knowing the risks that I had set myself, I replied: “Think of all the money that I could get if I was to become successful in managing clubs plus how hard can it be to manage a football team.” My roommate just shook his head as he is probably thinking that this couldn’t go ahead. Welcome to my new story where with the inspiration of @ManUtd1, I have decided to do the challenge of getting a European title with all of the teams that are on the list which is forty-three of them and it will be one of those saves were it a long journeyman series. Here are the two lists with the clubs and where they do start in this save. So the leagues that I have loaded in are Austria – Top 2 leagues Belgium – Top 2 leagues England – Top 3 leagues France – Top 3 leagues Germany – Top 5 leagues [With the added German pack] Greece – Top League Hungary – Top 2 leagues Italy – Top League Netherlands – Top 2 leagues Poland – Top 2 leagues Portugal – Top 2 leagues Russia – Top 3 leagues Scotland – Top 2 leagues Spain – Top 2 leagues Sweden – Top 2 leagues Ukraine – Top 2 leagues
  3. Hi all, Apologies for being back so soon to ask for more help! Special thanks to @lemeuresnew , @WhyMe, @OrientTillIDie, who helped me solve my last issue with my tactics. For a little context, I’m 10 years into my most successful club experience yet, having taken the helm of Cambridge in League 2 and guided them into the Premier league. I’ve been in the Prem for 6 years or so, and have been a Europa-league quality squad for the last 3 or 4. Last season I actually managed to make the final of the Europa league, but lost on penalty kicks to Sevilla. I’m still bitter, but anyhow – I really want to make the jump to the Champions League this year. I used to play a narrow but low tempo, high press, 3-5-2 (3 defenders, 2 wingbacks, defensive midfield Triangle, and two strikers), which brought me quite good results (especially in the lower leagues). My team DNA is based on Teamwork and High Work rate (lead the league in those attributes). However, in the last two few years I stumbled across two phenomenal wingers that I just HAD to buy (Fabio Marcucci and Raul Vergara). They didn’t fit the formation, but their talent was undeniable and I figured I would work the formation to them. They seem to be world-class wingers, and I am absolutely salivating at their identical 20 ratings for crossing (screenshots of attributes attached). So I figured I would change my tactics to a 3-4-3 (see attached), a 3 defender, 2 wingbacks, 2 CMs, 2 wingers, and 1 striker). I kept the high press as it’s a critical part of how I want to play, but switched from a Narrow to a Fairly wide playing style to spread the game further, especially given that I’m a more dominant force than I used to be. First game of the season is against Leicester, and they play a narrow 4-3-3 so was hoping I could take advantage on the wings. Instead it was a disappointing 2-0 loss. My wingers were useless, seemingly just chucking up crosses to no avail. Does anyone have tactical suggestions? I really think I could achieve something special with these wingers but can’t figure out how to get the most out of them. A few ideas I’ve thought of include (1) Change one of the CMs roles to be a Box to Box midfielder or CM/attack so that he can get ahead to join my striker while the ball is on the wings, (2) My striker (attaching image of him as well) isn’t exceptional at heading, so maybe change crosses to be low or whipped? (3) Changing to a control mentality might help my players get up more, (4) maybe keep the narrow formation? To allow my wingers more space What do you think? I'm open to any and all suggestions! Thank you
  4. So, little background story: I am currently managing Southampton in my second season, finishing 5th in my first one. We were playing so well i decided to promise van dijk, ibra, romeu, cedric, ward prowse and ze gomes that we'd qualify for champions league so they could stay. Was fourth place almost at the end, not bad. I had very difficult features ahead. As mentioned before though, I finished 5th, sooo Europa League was a plan B. The opponents in EL were so easy and EPL opponents so hard, i prioritized EL. At the 34th round i was sixth, and at 35th i was already 8th place. One of these late rounds I drew, and CL qualification via EPL was impossible. Game ended, I was chill. Until I see the mailbox. ALL the players I promised wanted to leave. I was livid. I won EL. they still wanted to leave. All my superstars. And I am in CL. Career mode basically ruined because i was forced to sell them. Please, launch an update where you fix this. They wanted CL, I gave them. Just not the standard way.
  5. In my TNS save I've got too the 3rd cha,pions league qualifying round and do not have enough players trained at my club to submit my squad...anyone know what to do?
  6. I had to promise several (about 6 i think) of my key players that I would sell them if I didn't achieve champions league football this season. I'm four games from the end of the season and I can no longer qualify for the champions league through the premier league and suddenly their morale is abysmal because I have "failed" to keep a promise. I'm not happy about this for 2 reasons: 1. I haven't failed to qualify for the champions league, I'm in the Euro Cup semi final and there is still the chance we can win it. 2. I promised to sell them IF we didn't qualify. since the transfer window hasn't opened yet, and I haven't rejected any bids for them, or refused to sell them, I haven't broken any promise even if qualification weren't possible. I could just about accept a dip in morale as they wait to be sold as qualification may appear less likely or not possible, but not the absolute capitulation I'm facing (Which is a catch 22 because their morale is the one thing that could ruin the chances of them qualifying through the remaining competition!)
  7. Hi all, I've got a game and am managing BMG. Just before the group stage draw for CL, I saved the game. When the draw came out, I got LFC (who I support) so like a little cheater, I reloaded the game to before the draw and the same draw came out over and over again. To the point where I thought I'd record it and see what the community thinks? Dropbox link here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/9uz0akj5qtixf8x/Video 17-03-2017%2C 01 15 19.mov?dl=0 Cheers peeps!
  8. ciao a tutti gioco a football manager dall'edizione 2003-2004, e ho da sempre fatto pratica con l'editor. lo so usare, mi ritengo un utente esperto. già dalla scorsa edizione, ho creato alcune competizioni, le quali non andavano ad intaccare la regolare simulazione del gioco. alcune, le ho create in Italia, aggiungendo coppe minori alla struttura nazionale; altre, ho creato regole internazionali. tutto ha filato liscio anche quest'anno, fino a quando steam non ha aggiornato il gioco, e queste competizioni europee mi bloccano la simulazione della champions league: durante la prima stagione 2016/2017, tutte le competizioni funzionano bene. dalla stagione 2017/2018, la champions league non va più avanti. non so spiegarmi il motivo per il quale succede questo errore. se io deseleziono le competizioni europee, allora la champions va avanti. ma perché c'è questo errore? Hello to all play football manager edition 2003-2004, and I have always practiced with the editor. I know to use, I consider myself an experienced user. since the last edition, I created some competitions, which were not going to affect regular game simulation. some, have I created in Italy, adding smaller cups to the national organization; other, have created international rules. everything has gone smoothly this year, until steam has not updated the game, and these European competitions I block the simulation of the Champions League: during the first season 2016/2017, all competitions work well. from the 2017/2018 season, the Champions League does not go ahead. I can not explain the reason why this error happens. if I do I deselect European competitions, then the champions goes on. but because there is this error?
  9. Me again! After a problem earlier regarding duplicate news items referring to premiership squad registration, I now have a very frustrating bug that caught me out earlier this year too. There is never a news item about Oceania Champions League (O-League for short) squad registration and when it comes to the first game of the group stage, no players are registered. As such, it is impossible to play the game and I have to holiday- meaning I have absolutely no influence during the match. Funnily enough, all my players are mysteriously registered come the second game- leaving me wondering why only the first game is buggy. I have screenshots of pre-match for both my first group stage match- versus Veitongo- and the second versus Tafea (parts one and two). As you can see, apart from the last few players who, I assume, were mostly left unregistered thanks to squad rules (although I can't be sure as the squad registration screen for the O-League doesn't exist), most of my squad have miraculously been registered for the second group stage match. This bug is way more annoying than the majority of the other ones as this actually prevents me from playing a pretty important match. Hopefully this issue can be fixed soon and the game can be made even better! Thanks, oohlala111
  10. FMREGEN: FULLCIRCLE2

    Afternoon all. I have decided to bring over my FM17 career save that I have been live tweeting about. If you don't know what the idea of the save is then here is a description of the challenge! The Challenge The plan for my FM17 save is to travel the world taking over interesting clubs, e.g Fallen Giants, Clubs I follow, Clubs with interesting histories, etc. For this I have a list of teams that fit into this category. My manager will be starting Unemployed with Sunday League Reputation and No Coaching badges. I will start by loading a few nations in Asia and Africa then (possibly) sim around 6 months to make sure that there are different jobs available to what pops up at the beginning of the game. It will then be a job hunt until a club comes in and takes a chance on me. From there who knows what will happen but I have a few aims and objectives that I want to achieve in the game. Alongside having my list of teams I want to manage the main aim will be to complete my self-titled challenge called "Club and Country Hexagon Challenge" Club You have to win the 5 Continental Champions Leagues, these are: European Champions League Copa Libertadores North American Champions League Asian Champions League African Champions League Alongside this you have to win the Club World Championships Country You have to win the 5 international tournaments, these are: Copa America European Championships African Nations Cup Asian Cup North America Gold Cup Alongside this you have to win the World Cup If I manage this is will be some kind of minor miracle but hopefully this will keep me occupied for the whole of FM17! I want to try and complete this without taking over the usual bigger clubs but we will see how it goes, obviously the first club will be pretty rubbish but as I progress, gain badges and reputation the clubs will get larger but I don't want to take over the usual Man United, Real Madrid, etc. Aas you may notice from the title is called FMREGEN: FULLCIRCLE 2, why the 2 I hear you ask? Well this is my 2nd attempt after my 1st one had a bug where when I added new nations to the game no staff or players loaded! It was an unrepairable bug which meant I had to start again. It was gutting but it made me make a few changes. The main change I made was to add all Nations I wanted to play in at the very start of the game to stop the issue that I had before So here are the nations I am going to use: Quite a few but a nice mix of bigger and smaller Nations over the five continents available. The aim is the same as previous, win all five continental champions leagues + the club world championship and also the five international tournaments + the world cup. Let's hope this save doesn't screw up or I think I'll be jumping off a very tall building!! The First Job As before I have started my manager off with no badges, Sunday League Reputation and unemployed so now it's job hunt time! And it did take quite a while to get a job interview that interested me, I wanted to leave continents like Europe and the Americas until later on in the save so was specifically waiting for a job in Asia or Africa. Interviews came and went and then eventually someone took a punt on me! Amazulu of the South African First Division had taken me on and to be honest this was exactly the job I wanted, not only for the size of club but also the continent I felt is best to start in. We are currently mid-season and in 14th place out of 16 teams which is poor for a team predicted to end 3rd. They did get relegated from the Premiership in 2015 and I'm pretty confident with the squad I have we can get on a good run and be challenging for at least a playoff spot, which is top 3. So my journey starts again! Let's see how well I can do this time. As I mentioned before I have been live tweeting this save without doing a blog on it but that is going to change, I will still be doing tweets but only every month(ish) and will be concentrating on the blogging side of it. I am already 4 seasons into the save so the next post which will be up in the next few days will be a broad overview of my first 4 seasons in charge. After that I will do updates either once or twice a season depending on if there is enough to say and/or I get enough time. That's all from me for now, I hope you enjoyed the intro and will follow along. This is the first time I've posted on the SI Forum Career Section so if you have any tips or feedback for me then please leave a comment
  11. America to UEFA

    Hello, everyone. This is my first post and I am fairly new to FM and it's community. I have restructured the MLS and the leagues in the U.S.A in FM Editor so they act more like European leagues. The league works well although I would love it if I could play in CL and EL instead of the North American Champions League. I do not want to mess with country's coefficients and I am okay with my custom league entering UEFA with a coefficient of 0. Also, I simulated 20 years into the future and no lower league team established themselves in the top division. I know 20 years is not a long time, but if there is an obvious thing I am missing as an first time user of the FM Editor let me know. Please let me know how to fix these problems. Thanks!!
  12. Hi, Ive noticed that that no games that are played in the group stages of the champions league appear on the player history. The problem only appears to affect the group stage because if you do play in the European Super Cup, Club World Championship or the knockout stages of the champions league they do appear as normal. As you can see from the pictures below Paul Pogba has scored 6 goals yet in his Player history he's scored none. I've also noticed that the game doesn't count consecutive wins or losses.
  13. I got to the champions league final as Liverpool against Barcelona and come the date of the final, both sides had at least 2/3rds of their entire squads unavailable due to internal call ups to the European championships that summer. Please fix!!!
  14. Can something be done about the configuration of domestic league fixtures and European fixtures? I am playing a game where I have started off my management career in Denmark and then moved to Russia. The leagues fixtures from both Denmark and Russia do not take into account European fixtures. For example, I have qualified for the Euro Cup with Zenit. I have an away fixture to AEK on Thursday 4/10 and then a league fixture on Saturday 6/10. Why isn't the league fixture moved to the Sunday? I've had this problem in nearly every league outside of the UK. Thanks.
  15. Hello, I want to change rule restriction of Champions League in FM 2016 EDITOR, rule of home grown players, but I can not find that option, please help me? Thank you.
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