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  1. After getting sacked in my Hull save, I have decided to do my first ever no transfers save where I am forced to rely on my youth academy. The team I will manage in this save is, five time FA Cup winners, Wanderers F.C. the first ever winners of the FA Cup and the first team to win it three times in a row. They currently play in the 14th tier of English football. I have already completed my first season. In the first season I won promotion to the 13th tier via winning the league and won both cups we were entered in. I used the editor to make Wanderers F.C. a Professional club with the best possible training and all the youth facilities. Everything else I left untouched. Edit: After 18 years of constant mid-table finishes can the ability to make transfer help us rise up the Prem?
  2. I have taken over as Hull City boss under the alias Scrotty McBuggerBalls with the aim of staying in the league. I will only use youth players from my own academy and use the same tactic every match.
  3. In this save I will try to manage in FM for 1000 years. I have so far done just over a hundred seasons as Brazil U20s manager. I will post updates whenever I win a trophy or seasonal updates if I join a club.
  4. Why was FM17 's new 2d camera angle removed and then never came back? It was pretty good.
  5. Hi, I'm managing in Northern Ireland at the moment and I'm struggling to get my reputation above 1 star. What is the best way to do this? I know reputation is gained by cup and league wins but I doubt NI cups/leagues will get me much rep. That just leaves the Europa League/Champions League and I don't think I'll have much of a chance of winning them! Do you get big rep gains for playing in the group stages of these competitions?
  6. Hi all, I’ve been a long time reader of this forum and looking to get more involved in tactical discussions. In doing reading on the forum I’ve managed to get a lot greater understanding about tactical settings and how things work and I think I’ve been able to definitely simplify things to understand how it all works. Hoping to have a bit of a discussion here about something I’ve been encountering on one of my saves lately. I’ll give a bit of background first. I’m playing as Leverkusen in a Pentagon save on FM17. I’m about 10 seasons in so none of my players will be familiar to anyone so will dispense with all the discussions around them unless required. I’m currently working with 3 tactics, all of them designed to play to my strengths or a specific play style: A 4-4-2 narrow diamond to play with my good strikers and talented central midfielders, a flat 4-4-2 with fast wingers, and a defensive 4-1-2-3 (aka 4-5-1 DM) when I’m trying to play a low-risk style of game against strong oppositions. It’s this last tactic that I’ve had trouble using. This is the tactic, and the style of play I’m trying to achieve: In Defence: - Defend with a medium-low block as my defenders are quite quick but good in the air so can cope with a bit of space in behind. Normally I defend on higher mentality tactics with a medium-high block. - Bank of 4 defenders with a CDM screen to have players behind the ball. - Close down a normal for the Defensive mentality; players won’t get pulled out of position and keep their structure. - All midfield trio get involved defensively due to support/defend duties. In Attack: - DLFs drops deep to link midfield when in possession, before moving into box late to become a goalscoring threat - IFa’s are main goalscoring threat, cutting inside onto stronger foot and with strong goalscoring skills (repurposed strikers) - APs pulls strings as the team’s playmaker from midfield strata. - BBM moves between lines to support midfield and attackers - FBs’s overlap a bit, but not too much to be caught out on the counter attack I’m one of the better teams in the league having finished 2nd last season and 3rd the season before, and there’s about a group of 5-6 of us who are on about the same level. I only tend to use this tactic in away games against the bigger sides, but find that they tend to flatten me. I’ll admit I haven’t done an in-depth analysis on specific games as some of the folks on the forum do, mostly because of time constraints in my normal life. But anecdotally I tend to concede multiple goals, have fewer attacking chances, and have lower possession in a tactic that is designed to be reasonably cautious and with a formation designed for defensive stability. Some of this I put down to the top-level regens in this game often being a bit stronger than players at the start of the game (Schalke’s striker is probably the best striker I’ve ever seen in FM), as well as playing against strong teams on their home turf. But it’s not because these teams are better than mine on the whole; last season I lost 4-0 away to Dortmund (eventual champions) using the 4-5-1 DM in the league and then later in the week beat them 8-3 at home in the cup (they scored 2 consolation goals) when we both used identical players and my only change was to my more comfortable narrow 4-4-2 diamond. But in general has anyone had similar issues using lower mentality tactics? I’m fully aware that the tactic is not going to be one to blow teams away but in using it I’m trying to be a good, compact defensive side but end up being hammered in most of these games I might play a few more games with it over the next few days (coming into a new season on the save) against some lower class teams and see how it goes and post my results. If anyone has any advice or discussion about this that would be great as well. TL;DR: I’ve tried to build a tactic that is defensively sound, but find myself getting beaten easily by similar strength teams with less possession and more opposition chances. Wanting to see if anyone has had the same issue and have a discussion about it.
  7. Now, friends i played with Liverpool for 2 seasons, and when i started third i got a game in SuperCup vs Monaco, everything is ok then there is a moment where match needs to start, u know lineups pre talk and thing like that. That is problem, when it shows starting lineups Monaco s team dont have 1 player, their right back is not there it just shows empty space, when i pres to start match and when all intro is over game just crash and show me this message and thats goes all over around and i dont know what to do. So pls hellp me, i would be really thankfull. Game is Football Manager 17.
  8. This might be a silly question, but does that mean the offensive passes like direct passes but thats unlikely cz most of time that percentage is higher than the other 2 and the Defense percentage is the lowest, what actually they mean? Here below is the screenshot of what I am talking about(Highlighted in the pic).
  9. What have Thailand, Guinea, the Seychelles, Saint Martin, Lebanon and Estonia got to do with each other? Literally nothing! Though for me... ...They're where my management career is going to unfold. In these countries and these countries only, I will be managing. And this time, the explicit rule is to enjoy myself. Not take the game too seriously. It's just that, a game. I'll be starting unemployed and will holiday untill today, as is the case with most of my other journeyman saves nowadays. Let's hope I don't get frustrated this time out!
  10. Hi everyone, this is a series from my blog, hope you enjoy it The Fantasista: Intelligence, Creativity, Technique - Part One What is perhaps one of the most fascinating aspects of football culture is the different interpretations of player roles and playing styles that various nations bring on to the wider football scene. The global football discourse often involves specific, almost trademark terms like the 'Volante' in Brasil - a term that has its roots in the name of Argentine player Carlos Volante, who was one of the first to play the position during the 1930s. It literally translates into English as Flywheel – a rotating device used as an energy store – or steering wheel. They are very much the fulcrum of attacks and the engine room of defence, and will use their technical ability to engineer attacks whilst also being able to garner the energy to break up opposition moves. Then you have roles like the 'Raumdeuter' in Germany, based on Thomas Muller's style of play at Bayern Munchen - a term that means 'space investigator' when translated literally and provides a good account of the style of play it often employs. When it comes to Italy, however, someone accustomed to the English football terminology would probably need a dictionary to make sense of pretty much anything they're talking about. Italian football culture is deep-rooted in history and has often been described as the nation that focuses most on the tactical side of the game. The trouble is, there are different words for similar things, however....not quite similar. For example, a 'mezz'ala' would be regarded as the equivalent of the 'box-to-box' midfielder in the UK, however that isn't necessarily true: the mezz'ala role entails more horizontal movement rather than vertical, box-to-box coverage, and its' literal translation actually means 'half-wing', which relates to the player operating in the 'half-spaces' and covering the wings (mostly relevant in 3-man midfield systems, such as the 4-3-3 or 5-3-2). This is of great importance when trying to make sense of specific football terminology. As mentioned above, a lot of these 'trademark' roles entail definitions of specific players and how they interpret the roles, as well as the context of the football culture they are part of. Along with the 'regista', One of the Italian terms that gained a wider recognition in world football as well as in English football culture is... 'the trequartista'. Literally translated as 'three quarters player', the term refers to where the player would likely play on the pitch As Roberto Mancini points out in his Master's Thesis that is based solely on analyzing the trequartista, "The magic of the number 10 comes from the trequartista's feet, the player of inventiveness, the one who is capable of wrong-footing “everyone with a piece of skill perhaps he is not even fully aware of.” He also breaks down his definition of the 'trequartista' into two aspects, which highlight the importance of football culture and the context it creates: From the point of view of “football culture”: The trequartista is a player with great technical skills and specific characteristics: sublime unmarking qualities; great basic technical skills and good applied technique quality; unpredictability; ability to serve the strikers with ease in various ways; predisposition to dribble and individual play; poor attitude to the defensive phase. From the point of view of the “position on the field”: The trequartista is a player who places himself in the central zone between the defensive midfielders and the strikers' lines. His analysis covers a lot of aspects about this role, and I strongly recommend giving it a read here - Roberto Mancini Master Thesis. Perhaps the most relevant part of his research to the objective of this article however, is his observations on how the 'trequartistas' of Serie A (in year 2000) show very different styles of play, and how much of it is down to the player's particular characteristics and how he interprets the role. For example, you'd have a player like Juan Sebastian Veron, who drives forward from the deeper area of the pitch, or someone like Locatelli (Bologna 2000) who mainly drifts laterally behind the strikers. The tactical set-up, the player's personal style of play and his general characteristics can result in a variety of interpretations of what is a 'trequartista'. In fact, so different where the styles of football that different trequartistas employed, that a new term was coined out in order to refer to a particular type of player that derives from the more traditional interpretation of a trequartista: The Fantasista, as the name itself suggests, is a role that implies artistry with and without the ball. Sparks of magic that vow the crowds, an imaginative ability to think about football and the technical ability required to execute it. The fantasista has traditionally been the main star of the show when it comes to exciting, creative pieces of play. Some of the names that made the role famous are undoubtedly - Roberto Baggio(pictured above), Diego Maradona, Francesco Totti, Alessandro Del Piero, amongst many others. Just to illustrate how mind-twisting Italian football terminology can be, I will quote the author of this fantastic piece. "Fantasista is usually or mostly a trequartista, but trequartista is not always a fantasista. Simone Perrotta, Thiago Motta, are one of the players who have been put as a trequartista but not fantasista. They interpret trequartista as hard working attacking midfielder who spread the pass and shoot at the goal when the opportunity knocks out. In Italy, fantasista is being described as the one who wears no 10, in which every little italian kids dream to wear no 10." What differentiates him from the traditional trequartista is a combination of: a) tactical intelligence - the ability to read the game, position himself favourably, make decisions that unlock stale pieces of play, trick the opposition, anticipate the opponent's collective/individual moves b)imagination/creativity - the 'fantasy' brain that comes up with pieces of skill or finds unconventional solutions to complicated situations of the pitch c) technical ability - the ability to execute the combination of the above two points with the feet: ball control, dribbling, technique, first touch and so on. Roberto Baggio is truly one of the first players that helped bring even more weight to what a 'fantasista' means: In a nutshell, we are talking about a football player with complete abilities in the attacking/creative department of the game. With less focus on physique and with limited defensive responsibility, the fantasista conserves his energy and focus on creating play in the final third, or more appropriately... in the third quarter. Unlike the trequartista, however, he will look to get involved even more in the box and be there to apply the final finish or curl the ball into the top corner, as a certain man did on numerous occasions only to get that finish trademarked as the shot 'a la Del Piero'. In the next parts of this series I will look at how this role can be translated into Football Manager and how different players or tactical systems can result in interpreting it differently.
  11. Not only the manager, all the player have same faces like this. Anyone have the solution to fix this? Thanks
  12. In previous years first Yugo23 and then @Barside created new benchmark threads for releases of FM to do performance comparisons. As Barside has previously stated he won't have time to do it this year, and as I recently built a new PC to play FM17, I thought I'd initiate the benchmarking for FM17 this year. As per previous years, I've created a save with all 116 leagues from all 51 nations loaded using a large database. Total player count is 167,000. Detail level settings are all at their default values. Like Barside did for FM16, two separate benchmark files have been created: Benchmark - A starts on 20th August Benchmark - B starts on the 25th August and will capture the end of the transfer window. To run the benchmark, download benchmark save games from the following mirror: DropBox: FM17 Benchmark A DropBox: FM17 Benchmark B Once loaded, ensure that auto save interval is disabled, and also set processing to Fast (Less Responsive), found at Preferences, More Match Settings. Optionally, restart your computer and close any unnecessary programs before running this benchmark. After you load the appropriate benchmark save game, just go on holiday for a week, and measure the time needed for processing using a stopwatch on your wristwatch or phone. Example: Benchmark A: Holiday until 27/8/2016 Benchmark B: Holiday until 1/9/2016 If you're running on a laptop make sure it is plugged into the power socket. Post your results in the following format: Links to older threads for those who want to compare their scores: FM 16 Benchmark FM 15 Benchmark FM 14 Benchmark Additional Notes: When I ran the FM17 benchmark against my new PC, it actually processed slower then last years FM16 benchmark file on the same PC, which was a surprise considering the new 64bit processing is enabled. To maintain consistency and ensure I was comparing like for like, I created new FM16 benchmark A & B files with the same settings as the new FM17 benchmark files. This was to make sure the files could be as the same as possible. Savegame Data: FM17 Benchmark database: 167440 players, 86421 staff, 57974 teams New FM16 Benchmark database: 163785 players, 69892 staff, 55414 teams Benchmark Results:
  13. Hello guys! I am from İstanbul,Turkey.I am going to start a career with my favourite club Besiktas JK.This is my first thread in the site so let's hope this lasts at least 10 years in game.Even Besiktas has great players,The team is in debt more than 300 millions so my aim is going to spend less money and earn much more in transfers.Also I am a person with rigid rules.I don't like the money wasted. Most successful teams of the league are Galatasaray,Fenerbahce and Besiktas but Galatasaray is the one club who won a trophy at European level.Let's see if can be the second.I never saw a career with a Turkish Club in the forum so I am sure it is going to be a interesting career for you guys. Those are the trophies won by our club.Even Besiktas JK is the oldest club in Turkey (founded in 1903),we won the league trophy 12 times. (IRL it is 13).No trophies won outside of tournaments based in Turkey. And at the last let's see our wonderful stadium: I am sure you heard how is the atmosphere in this stadium.I have been there at least 20 times and I can't describe it with my words.Just wonderful. About the title; It is a motto of supporter Group named Carşı who are regarded as anti-racist, anti-fascist, anti-sexist, pluralist and ecologist.
  14. Well, we are now heading into the ninth year of this challenge. It has been an incredible six years around here with some great stories, clubs, and players. Rlipscombe, Iacovone and Myself are looking forward to another great year. This challenge is similar to dafuge's, Gundo's & others, starting with a previously unplayable club and taking them all the way to a National Title and then on to the European Champions League. With a variety of leagues, styles of play, different rules, and many different locations for your clubs there can be a lot of variety throughout the thread, a great atmosphere and fun with all our users. Special credit to Duccio for the logo atop this years challenge. General Challenge Info Possible Countries France | Germany | Italy | Netherlands | Portugal | Russia | Spain | Turkey League Rules Top Divisions France | Germany | Italy | Netherlands | Portugal | Russia | Spain | Turkey 2nd Divisions France | Germany | Italy | Netherlands | Portugal | Russia | Spain | Turkey 3rd Divisions France | Germany | Italy | Portugal | Spain | Turkey League Reset Dates June 20th - France, Germany, Russia & Turkey June 30th - Portugal & Italy July 7th - Netherlands July 10th - Spain The Rules A) Game Set-up 1) Load One Nation Only (All Available Divisions within your nation) 2) Your choice of Database Size (Large Recommended) 3) NO Edited Databases of any kind 4) Customising Database You can add players to the database up to a limit of 100,000 in total - Change for people wanting more variety in their DB Suggested Adds Players from Top Clubs/Top Divisions (Europe or All Continents) - This increases the challenge at Continental Level Players Based in your Nation - This can add up to 50% more players to your game Players Based in your Region (Central Europe/East Europe/UK & Ireland) - This can add extra players likely to join your club There will be a file correcting the club/competition names, I will advise use of this. NO other additional customising is allowed. 5) Attribute Masking should be Enabled (In FM17 this means UNTICKED) 6) Disable Ingame Editor (Please do this) 7) Optional Ticks Add Key Staff (This will give you a Scout, Physio & Ass Man by generating them if your club is without) Add Players in Playable Nations (This will ensure all clubs have a minimum number of players, generating them if needed) The extra levels of detail that you can change while in the game are up to you, as they shouldn't make a difference. B) Steps in the Game 1) Add an unemployed manager, you will not use this man to manage your club. I like "Unemployed Man or Holiday Man" 2) Go on holiday until the reset date of your chosen nation (Should take about an hour) TIP - Changing Detail Level to None will make it go faster. (Remember to change it back afterwards) TIP - Saving on the day before this date may give you a better choice of teams by reloading the game then going on holiday for one day, I would strongly recommend trying this. 3) Add a new manager - Use yourself, or a created character to help build a story line a) Personal Details - Your Choice b) Tracksuit vs Trainer - Your Choice c) Past Experience lowest Possible (Generally Sunday League) d) Coaching Licenses lowest Possible (None) e) Other options are up to you TIP - If you add the language of your country of choice it will make it easier at the beginning TIP - Training now includes you at some level depending on your abilities. 4) Choose to take over any club which has been promoted to the bottom playable league of your nation. TIP - Easiest way in FM17 to see this is on the "Season Review" screen, showing the "Promoted Clubs" TIP - You can confirm your club by checking the Domestic History's page for not being at this level since start of game 5) Retire your unemployed manager. 6) Manage your club to National Title & European Champions League Victory 7) Completing the 'Big' Euro Challenge. C) Signing of Players 1) You must be able to scout them TIP - You don't actually have to scout them, just be able to TIP - You can check your scouting range on the Scouting page 2) Alternatively (If you can't scout them), you must bring them on a trial first 3) You are able to sign anyone sent to you via Agent Offer TIP - Make sure you screenshot the Agent offer 4) In later versions you can get your DoF to find players, he will bring in players not in Scouting Range, these are also allowed. TIP - Grab a screenshot of your DoF signing them D) Posting 1) Player naming is allowed. (This is a warning for those of you who do not wish to see this) 2) Discussion of tactics is allowed. (This is another warning for those of you who do not wish to see this) Expected Updates We have minimum expectations when it comes to a first up post and also in the end of season updates. The Bold pages are necessary for everyone, the others are some suggestions that will get others interested in your posts and following your club. All other screenshots are welcome and encouraged, but we please ask that the majority are posted as links, because lots of pictures can make the page very slow to load. First Post: Domestic Leagues History (Club) Profile (Manager) Overview (Club) Squad (Club) End of Season Updates: Transfers (Club) - This is so we can see the ins & outs League Table (Competition) Squad (Club) Information (Manager) Profile (Manager) Information (Club) Profile (Players) I will show some examples of updates down below in the next posts so you can see some of the stuff previously posted. Progress of your club should be documented using this thread, we want to hear the story of your club all the way through. Please keep us updated, even if you are doing badly. If you title your end of season report in bold this makes it easier to identify. Everyone will be supportive, and really get into your game if you give more detail, I also provide a list of some previous star players that may have become household names in this thread. E) Other If you are Sacked You can Restart from the beginning or; Continue your game and pick a new club (Under Same Rules) at the end of the next season or; Add another Big Euro League/Remove Current League, holiday a whole season and continue You can still only have one nation running at a time Once the league becomes active you MUST holiday a full season The club must be one of those unplayable from the beginning No Restrictions on Parent or Feeder Clubs International Management allowed from FM14 forwards (But you cannot start as an International Manager) The use of any external utilities and editors (Such as Genie Scout or FMM) are prohibited. As of FM14 there are also unlockables, these are also prohibited, please don't use them. It would be appreciated if you also ticked the box at the start which prevents the use of the ingame editor. How to Post a Screenshot 1) While in FM, press the 'Prt Sc' button (usually next to F12 on your keyboard). 2) Open an image editing program such as Paint and paste the image 3) Save the file as a JPEG or PNG 4) Upload the image to an image hosting website such as Photobucket or Imageshack 5) Post the direct Url to the image here. Alternatively using ALT + F9 in game saves a screenshot to your user data folder. (You can also edit this in the shortcuts options) The LLR Motivational Finally I would like to wish everyone taking on this challenge the best of luck on a long and hard journey to managerial success! The atmosphere and contribution in this thread has always been excellent, long may it continue. As core members for every year, LLR, rlipscombe, Iacovone and PRDH would like to add that we are here to help for the new challengers and hope everybody that participates contributes considerably to the thread. There is nothing better than getting immersed not only in your own game but providing the encouragement to other people's attempts too. Remember we are all fighting the same battle - to defeat the AI (and uncover fabulous newgens!) - therefore it goes without saying that any form of cheating will be severely chastised. Don't do it! We have had an incident in the past, lets not see it again - it spoils the challenge for the hard workers in here. Note: All the screenshots etc are from when I last ran the challenge in 2015, so I will do my best to update them in the coming week, but this is it for now.
  15. I am playing the Icelandic premier league, and have come far enough to be a regular on the big stage - CL group stage. That is all well and good, but at the end of the season, it looks as if the team has played only one or two games, resulting for example in player of the year being someone out on loan in a lower league, instead of being the star striker with 40 goals in 41 appearances and average rating of 7,77. This is really unrealistic. Does anyone recognize this bug, and possibly know away around it?
  16. Hi I am currently controlling Real Madrid n My 'RM B team's training have been bugged I don't know how, I have changed every single training aspects to me myself a long ago still the problem persists, I have changed it to another person n then changed to me but it did not work, any idea of the issue? Can I change ti or every single time I try controlling my Castilla player I have to click on the 'change the setting n control training' tab without any effect?? Thanks in advance.
  17. Hey ladies and gentlemen: I'm currently running a save on FM Touch 17 with a team called Real Kings in the South African First Division. The team is pretty bad and picked to finish last in the 16-team division, but has two good strikers and a good AMC. I've chosen to run a narrow 442 diamond. Unfortunately I am at work right now, so I can't provide a screenshot of the tactic, so text will have to do at the moment: GK(d) CWB(a) -- CD(d) -- CD(d) -- CWB(s) HB(d) CM(s) -- BBM(s) AM(a) DLF(s) -- AF(a) I use a Defensive mentality because the team has low mentals (Aggression, Teamwork, Work Rate, etc.), and I don't want them doing any kind of closing down, but I want them solid in defence. Team Shape is Structured to keep creative freedom and roaming low. I didn't start with any TIs set as a base because I wanted to keep things simple, but lately I've had to use Close Down Less. I'll explain why in a bit. PIs: -GK: Distribute quickly and to HB -CBs: Close Down Less -Front 3: Close Down Much More THE PROBLEM The back four pretty much seem to defend like I want, a solid line of four that stays rigid and stays with strikers even if a full back/CWB goes out to close down a winger. The front three are awesome. They open space for each other, and having the right CWB venture farther forward gives the DLF another option and opens up gaps in the opposing defensive line. The problem is the central diamond, especially on defence. Now, with this formation, I expect to be bombarded by crosses, and I think this setup can deal with it most of the time unless we're playing a quality team. However, what I didn't expect was the central four to drastically shift to the left or right to deal with attacks on the flanks, leaving unmarked opposing central midfielders in the middle. I expect and want one of the CMs, and maybe another player, to move to the flanks to deal with a threat, while the other mids stay central. I don't want all four of them doing that. We've given up goals in which an opposing winger or fullback will draw my central diamond to the flanks, then whip a pass to the central zone outside our own penalty area, where they make easy long shots or cause my CBs to have to deal with unmarked deep runners and playmakers. I thought with Defensive/Structured the team would be quite rigid on defence, but apparently that's not the case here, so I tried the TI Close Down Less. The problem still happens. Going Fluid would help bring the team closer together and help cover central midfielders, but even on Defensive I find the defenders come up more to support attacks, leaving us more exposed on the counter. And it still doesn't solve the problem of the central four shifting too far to the flanks like a wolfpack. The result - especially lately since the AI has started to respond to my tactics - has been results like 2-5 or 2-4. Any advice would be most welcome!
  18. Hi, as of just yesterday (27/04/18) after years of enjoying this game, i am unable to launch FM17. I receive the message "Cannot run game: Failed to set up graphics card". At this same time, my Rugby League Manager 2018 game has stopped loading, and whilst the game loads the 'nation leader' graphics in my Civilisation VI game has become very staggered, it does not flow seamlessly as it did. Any ideas thanks??
  19. So I have a problem, some of my key players at my club over the last 3-4 months have started to complain about the shooting coaching, what does this mean? i've looked everywhere for a screen telling me about how to improve the shooting coaching but i cant find one. i'm currently 9 years into a newcastle save, and i have the best staff in the league, many of the coaches have a high technical and attacking attribute, so i have no idea why the players are complaining, any ideas on how to fix it are much appreciated. Cheers PS: this is on FM17, waiting for a sale to buy the new game
  20. Dschini85

    verly low value

    hello, can i edit how the age of a player affects his value? cristiano ronaldo with just 30 millions is a joke.... thanks for answer
  21. Hi Everyone, This is my first real post here (other than asking the odd question in the past) but wanted to let people know of a new Twitch show I'm trying to start. I've played every instance of FM since 2006, including Live, and played CM back to the 96 season or so (not including Handheld). My new show is called Fantasy Draft Friday and is going to be on Fridays from 1:30pm UK Time. Each week I will have a different theme, and hope for it to be a lot of fun but also a decent way to learn about new/unheard of players and gems. This week (week 1) the theme will be English Premier League. It would be great to get some support and try to grow this into something bigger. Here is a link to the stream, hopefully see you there https://www.twitch.tv/elz_41 Many thanks Elz
  22. Hi Everyone, This is my first real post here (other than asking the odd question in the past) but wanted to let people know of a new Twitch show I'm trying to start. I've played every instance of FM since 2006, including Live, and played CM back to the 96 season or so (not including Handheld). My new show is called Fantasy Draft Friday and is going to be on Fridays from 1:30pm UK Time. Each week I will have a different theme, and hope for it to be a lot of fun but also a decent way to learn about new/unheard of players and gems. Also hopefully we can get some good football chat and news alerts from the chat room. This week (week 1) the theme will be English Premier League. It would be great to get some support and try to grow this into something bigger. Here is a link to the stream, hopefully see you there https://www.twitch.tv/elz_41 Many thanks Elz
  23. Hi all. First of all, this is my first time back on the FM forums for quite some time. I'm not even sure whether this account has linked to my old one properly so it may show me as completely new! How exciting. At any rate, I thought I'd turn my hand to a career story thread as I've been enjoying a lot of other people's here, on other forums and on blogs. I've been meaning to do this for a few weeks but here's the main problem: I started a Journeyman save and by the time I'd decided I wanted to do this I was a couple of seasons in. I didn't want to start a new Journeyman save for the purposes of writing this up but I also felt I'd gone too far to go back and recap everything. Fortunately (or unfortunately as you may see) a natural break has come in my career and I think this would actually be a good time to pick up and so, here I am. This is not like most Journeyman saves, it doesn't begin with young Maxuell Junior heading out into the world, fresh-faced and looking for his first job. No, it begins in media res. 41 year-old Maxuell Junior is coming up to the end of his sixth year in management and he finds himself at a new professional low, his confidence crushed. The very same hubris that felled Achilles has laid him low and it is time to begin the long fight back to the top. It All Started So Well Maxuell's story as a manager began in the summer of 2016. A love of football and an urge to wander had led him, aged 35, to a job as a Data Analyst at Guizhou Zhicheng of the Chinese First division. While at the club he formed a strong bond with Li Bing, the assistant manager. When Li Bing was suddenly thrust into the caretaker manager role after the previous manager left for a bigger club, he came to rely more and more on Maxuell Junior for tactical advice until it became apparent to the Chairman that, really, it was Junior running the team and not Li Bing. Incredibly, Maxuell Junior was offered the job, a dream come true for him, and he didn't hesistate to accept. At that point, Guizhou Zhicheng were already 3rd in the Chinese First Division and Maxuell's tactical nous and good standing with the squad helped them go on a run and finish 1st, gaining promotion to the heavyweight Chinese Super League. Nobody expected Zhicheng to do well in the Chinese Super League as their resources and facilities were far below every other time in the division. Although Junior made some missteps and got lost a few times in the labyrinth of Chinese Super League transfer rules the tight squad cohesion he had fostered held together and he guided Zhicheng to a mid-table finish in 2017, against all the odds. Further strengthening in the summer, and improvements to the infrastructure, saw Zhicheng start the 2018 season very well thanks to a miserly defence and the team were sitting in 3rd place in the league by the close of the mid-season transfer window. It was then though that the headhunters came calling. Maxuell was invited to interview for the job at the much more prestigious Guangzhou Fuli team, currently languishing bottom of the Super League. Despite the ties he felt to Zhicheng, and despite Fuli's low league standing, Junior took the job. Fuli's financial standing, resources and facilities were far beyond those of Zhicheng and even if they were relegated that season Junior was confident of bringing them straight back up. Arriving in Fuli Maxuell Junior first had to cope with the language barrier as he only spoke Mandarin, not Cantonese. He then had to cope with the all-too-apparent reason why the club were bottom of the table. Despite having some wonderful foreign attacking players, the club's contingent of Chinese players was cripplingly thing and under-skilled compared to the rest of the league. The transfer window was shut but somehow Maxuell managed to ride out the attacking talent and keep Fuli in the Premier League. He rebuilt as best he could in the winter and in 2019 a strengthened, refreshed Fuli side attacked the league with vigour winning at a canter and, to boot, taking home the Chinese FA Cup too. The team had exceeded Junior's expectations, not to mention the board's and the fans'. All was not well though. Over the winter Maxuell realised that the board did not match his ambition for the club as, despite his protests, two players were sold from under him to other teams in the league. He used the transfer fees to replace them so the squad was not weakened, but the principle of the thing worried him. When the board then tried to sell his goalkeeper without consulting him too he finally managed to convince them to see reason (non-Chinese goalkeepers are not allowed in Chinese football and good ones are like gold dust). Fuli started incredibly in the league in 2020, not conceding a goal at home until the mid-point. This was despite playing a heavily rotated team as Maxuell Junior's focus was clearly the Asian Champions' League, which Fuli qualified through the group stages of comfortable. In the mid-season transfer window, relations between Junior and the board went from bad to worse, however. The goalkeeper Maxuell had fought tooth and nail to keep in the winter was finally sold against his wishes, along with two more first team players. The league form carried on much as before but something had changed. Maxuell Junior was determined that this would be his last season with Guangzhou Fuli. The team carried on with amazing form, winning the league with an almost identical record to the season before. In the Asian Champions League they dispatched fellow Chinese contender Liaoning in the 2nd round, Korean outfit Suwon on the Quarter Final and another Korean team, Pohang, in the Semi Final. A tie against Al-Ahli awaited in the final and Fuli took them apart 4-0 in the first leg, drawing the second leg 2-2 to win the tournament! Junior was delighted and went into the Club World Championship knowing that these would be his last games for Fuli. The team finished 3rd in that prestigious tournament, failing to beat Atletico Mineiro in the semi-final, although they did beat Athletico Madrid on penalties after a 2-2 draw in the 3rd place playoff. Maxuell Junior handed in his resignation the next day, 4 days before Christmas 2020, and, with his reputation growing, set out into the world determined to take a step up and prove himself on another continent. Where Did It All Go Wrong? Arrogance, friends, is the eternal equaliser. Suffused with confidence, Maxuell Junior set about applying for jobs in the second tiers of France, Germany, Belgium and Holland, confident one of those teams would take a punt on him. He was knocked back every time. Confused, he looked abroad, to the Mexican league, to the MLS, but there was no luck to be found there. Not even an interview. Hoping he would have more luck on home turf, he applied for League One jobs in England then, when he was rebuffed, League Two jobs. Still nothing doing. Finally, six months after leaving Fuli, he became desperate, applying for everything that came up. Finally he was offered a job, from a French third division semi-professional team who were suspicious of why someone of his reputation wanted to drop down so far through the leagues. Maxuell Junior sat and stared at the job offer, considering giving up football completely rather than starting from scratch all over again when the phone rang. The Great, White Hope It was the chairman of the New Zealand Football Association. They wanted Maxuell to take the All Whites through qualification for the World Cup in 2022. Although International management had never appealed, Maxuell saw this as his only chance. If he could guide the All Whites to the World Cup in Morocco and a good showing, maybe teams would look at him again. Maybe someone would take a chance on him? If not, well, it looked like he would have to go back to being a data analyst. So, Where Are We Now? I'll tell you where. 11th March 2022. In 11 days New Zealand begin a run of three friendlies against South Korea, Mexico and Switzerland before this: That's right, we made it. The play-off against Canada was a close thing but we scraped through on away goals. I don't much fancy our chances of getting anything out of this group (Wales were semi-finalists at Euro 2020) but we'll give it a shot. Maxuell Junior's career depends on it... This is my first journeyman report so if you have any tips or if there's anything you'd like to see or now, please let me know. I'll probably have another post up quite soon as I'm still not having any luck getting a club job so the World Cup is on the horizon!
  24. Hey other forum-goers. Just curious as to where I can find the details of FM17's new features? Tried looking around but couldn't find anything at all. I remember the announcement was pretty light-on for information, but am assuming we have something by now? In the meantime, whilst I wait for FM17 to come out, does anybody have a good transfer update for FM16 that they could suggest? Thanks
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