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  1. Città di Brescia Brescia, nicknamed Leonessa d’Italia (“The Lioness of Italy”), is a city and comune in the region of Lombardy in northern Italy. It is situated at the foot of the Alps, a few kilometres from the lakes Garda and Iseo. With a population of 196,480, it is the second largest city in the region and the fourth of northwest Italy. The urban area of Brescia extends beyond the administrative city limits and has a population of 672,822, while over 1.5 million people live in its metropolitan area. The city is the administrative capital of the Province of Brescia, one of the largest in Italy, with over 1,200,000 inhabitants. Founded over 3,200 years ago, Brescia (in antiquity Brixia) has been an important regional centre since pre-Roman times. Its old town contains the best-preserved Roman public buildings in northern Italy and numerous monuments, among these the medieval castle, the Old and New cathedral, the Renaissance Piazza della Loggia and the rationalist Piazza della Vittoria. Brescia Calcio Full name: Brescia Calcio S.p.A. Nickname(s) : Rondinelle (Little Swallows) Biancoazzurri (White and Blues) Leonessa (Lioness) Founded: 1911 Ground: Stadio Mario Rigamonti, Brescia, Italy Capacity: 16,743 The team was founded in 1911 as Brescia Football Club, joining the Terza Categoria division the same year. In 1913, Brescia was promoted to First Division for its first time ever, and from 1929 it played in Serie A for six of the seven following seasons. Successively, the club played among the two top divisions until 1982, when Brescia was relegated to Serie C1. The club then returned to Serie B in 1985. Brescia played outside the two national tournaments of Lega Calcio (A and B) only four years: under this aspect, only 11 clubs in all Italy marked a better performance. Brescia won the Anglo-Italian Cup in 1994, the biggest notable achievement in their entire history to date. Brescia actually came to the footballing forefront only in 2000, when the previously-unfancied club signed former FIFA World Player of the Year Roberto Baggio, who led Brescia to a seventh-place finish in the 2000–01 season, thus qualifying for the UEFA Intertoto Cup. Successively, Brescia reached the Intertoto Cup finals, then lost to Paris Saint-Germain according to the away goals rule after achieving a 0–0 away draw in the first leg and a 1–1 home draw in the second leg. Baggio spent four years at Brescia before retiring in 2004 and during those historic four years, Brescia became widely known as "Baggio's Brescia". During Baggio's four-year spell with Brescia, the club recorded its best-ever run of staying in Serie A. In the very next season that followed Baggio's retirement (2004–05), however, Brescia were relegated from Serie A on the last day, finishing a lowly 19th. Brescia struggled for returning to top flight after the relegation and finally returned to Serie A after beating Torino with a 2–1 aggregate in the 2009–10 season. In the 2010–11 season, however, they were relegated back to Serie B. In the 2014–15 season, they were relegated to Lega Pro after finishing second from last. However, after Parma's declaration of bankruptcy and demotion to Serie D, Brescia was among one of the teams selected to replace them in Serie B. Two-time treble-winning manager Pep Guardiola, the Romanian Gheorghe Hagi, striker Luca Toni and playmaker Andrea Pirlo – born in Brescia – have also spent time playing for the club. Brescia di Lucescu After a short spell at Pisa, Lucescu took a Serie B Brescia in 1991 and made an immediate impact, winning the league with 49 points. But, the move from Pisa to Brescia was not a move without funny facts, as Lucescu said in one of his interviews for uefa. Back then three teams were fighting for his signature: Standard Liege, Porto and Brescia with those from Porto desperately to have him, that even hide him for a few days in an apartment so than he could not be approached by other teams. In the end the move at Brescia was just a matter of fate. He decided to draw the lucky team, but after he wrote down them, he couldn’t find the note with the Brescia name on it. The note was stuck to his shoe and so he realized that it must be fait and he immediately signed with Brescia. Lucescu stayed at Brescia 5 years from 1991 to 1996 having his ups and downs: promoted twice, relegated twice. Unfortunately he couldn’t keep them longer in the Serie A. After the 1991-1992 promotion, Lucescu signed no more than 4 Romanian players, some of the most technical players, like: Florin Răducioiu (my favorite), Ioan Sabău, Dorin Mateuț and of course the biggest of all of them Gheorghe Hagi. After a 2 years spell at Real Madrid, with 64 apps and 16 goals, it was a surprise that Hagi decided to make a step back and join a new promoted Brescia. Some says that he was attracted by Lucescu who promised that he will take him at Inter. In my opinion Hagi struggled to adapt in Spain and with the 1994 World Cup around corner he needed a team where he would have played constantly. Lucescu promised him a key role in his team, actually he made the team around Hagi so that he could be at the World Cup. With Lucescu’s help Hagi made the most memorable performances in the history of Romania at the World Cup, attracting a contract from Barcelona. But also let’s not forget Florin Răducioiu performances, a Milan player in that year. With 4 Romanian key players and with a Romanian manager, Brescia was immediately nicknamed “Brescia romena” (Romanian Brescia). -1992-1993 Brescia finished 15 with Răducioiu scoring 13 goals but even so they relegated to Serie B. -1993-1994 With Răducioiu gone at Milan, Hagi decided to stay and prove that he is not a coward. Brescia finished 3rd and promoted again but also won their biggest trophy: the Anglo-Italian cup. - in 1994-1995 Andre Pirlo finally could make his debut but they finished 18 and were again relegated to Serie B. -in 1995-1996 was the worst season, finishing 16, they barely managed to survive in Sere B and the era of Lucescu at Brescia comes to an end. Lucescu managed 8 years in Italy at different clubs, the biggest of them being Inter. In those 8 years he attracted his nickname: IL LUCE. In matter of players, Lucescu always liked technical one’s. He always liked to promote young talented players, always liked to try and develop them into high-level players. Modern Lucescu I think Lucescu adapted amazing at the modern era. He did not anchored himself in the past, he evolved, adapted, learned but even so, the most important, he maintained his ideas about players selection: young, hard working, technical, aggression, fast and creative players. The DNA as we call it in the game. What he has done at the Shakhtar with his Brazilian niche is something amazing. You can say anything about Lucescu, but you can’t say that he don’t know how to find and develop high-level players. Finding and developing players like: Fernandinho, Fred, Douglas Costa, Willian, Taison, Alex Teixeira, Bernard etc. has put Shakhtar on the map winning trophies but also producing money by selling big. When he left in 2016, Shakhtar squad had no more than 13 brazilians players. My Aims I want to recreate “Brescia romena”. Basically I want to have at least 3 Romanian players in my first eleven (maybe not in the first season, but we will see who will want to join us); In matter of transfers and squad I will follow Lucescu’s Path: trying to find young technical players that no one see, constantly promote young players from my under team, develop them as further as I can; Any player is for sale, but only at the right time and price. I will try not to sale young players till they are not developed enough. Lucescu offered to his Brazilians players the chance of growth in exchange for finance and that’s what I’m gonna try too. Most impressive of all has been Lucescu's ability to build new team after new team. In matter of selection, my first areas of selections will be: Italy (I want to find the next Pirlo, Baggio, Toni), Romania (of course for finding the next Hagi, Răducioiu, Sabău, Mateuț, Lupu) and Spain (here we are looking for the next Guardiola). Of course these are my first areas of selections but I will not refuse any good player; let’s not forget that Marek Hamsik has spend 3 years at Brescia before he moved at Napoli. Unfortunately, cuz of the Italy foreign rules( non-EU from abroad in Serie B and just 3 in Serie A) I can’t create a samba school ( maybe in another save).
  2. Hi (again) guys after my first FM18 save with VADUZ and LIECHTENSTEIN i decide to get a brake from it and start something new,for first time i will not manage from the start national team too but i will wait and try to get the job when it become available,if U21 or U19 job become available too i will apply for it....So welcome to TAURAGE!! From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Tauragė ( pronunciation (help·info); see other names) is an industrial city in Lithuania, and the capital of Tauragė County. In 2011, its population was 26,444. Tauragė is situated on the Jūra River, close to the border with the Kaliningrad Oblast, and not far from the Baltic Sea coast. Although first mentioned in 1507, Tauragė received its city charter only in 1924 and its coat of arms (a silver hunting horn in a red field) in 1997. Notable buildings in the city include the castle (19th c. Russian Empire Customs) (currently housing Tauragė Region Museum, Tourism Information Centre), 19th c. Post office, beautiful buildings from the 20th c. inter-war period, several churches: the Lutheran (built in 1843), the Catholic (1904) and Orthodox (1933). Lithuanian, Swedish, Danish factories operates in the city. Nowadays Tauragė is famous for its car markets and Taurai Adventure Park. CLUB Well i didn't find many infos in weeki so i will use Fm's History stats... Founded in 1942,FK Tauras Taurage are a semi-professional Lithuanian club currently playing in I Lyga.Tauras narrowly avoeded relegation from the I Lyga last season.The club play their home games at Taurages stadionas and posses below average training facilities and below average youth facilities.The club also has average junior coaching and fairly basic youth recruitment network.The club enjoyed probably their best spell during 1990s.Although now enduring a nine year barren spell,having not won a competition since 2008,Tauras finished runners-up in Lietuvos Taure in 2009, and won Lithuanian 2nd tier for the only time in 2008.Also in 2010 Tauras fc finished in 4th place of Lithuanian A lyga.... EUROPEAN RECORD And for some reason they like to change their name.... STADIUM VYTAUTAS STADIUM GAME SETTINGS I used CLAASEN'S files for Lithuanian leagues.Also i add all Lithuanian players in advance option and add Tauras B in Lithuanian lower leagues with the hope they can win promotion to I Lyga.... NOW THE BIG MOMENT EVERYONE WAIT FOR........ COACH PROFILE From Greek beautifull city TRIKALA coming to change Lithuania football history..... MANAGER STYLE AND LICENSE I click on suggest option.... HIRE NEWS CLUB IN GAME PROFILE COMPETITIONS HISTORY FACILITIES FINANCES RECORDS BACKROUND 75 years old!!! SEASON EXPECTATIONS SQUAD FK TAURAS FK TAURAS B FK TAURAS U19 TEAM REPORT I will make another update in the start of season of final squad with new transfers (in/out).... TACTICS Only one for now( I had very good results with Vaduz with this tactic),when we get use on it i will add second.... AIMS My aims are simple,win promotion,be best Lithuanian team,be the first Lithuanian club who enters in an European group phase,take Lithuanian national team job and quilify with them in a major tournament.... GOOD START!!!!!
  3. Welcome to the English Football League Thread - EFL in FM18 Welcome to the 2017/2018 edition of the Football League thread for Football Manager! Below are brief introductions to each of the 72 EFL clubs, listed in order of their FM18 media predictions. I hope you will enjoy and contribute...
  4. zlatanera

    FM18: France

    So I noticed that there's only one thread pertaining to French football and the activity isn't great, therefore I decided that if I want to talk about my save in charge of Lyon I should just make a general French football thread as I don't have the patience to form a full team thread. In lieu of a common club I'm assuming anyone posting here will either hate PSG in FM18 or be playing as them. So please, SI community, prove to me I'm not the only one managing a French team and lets get some discussions going! Flag_of_France.svg
  5. On the face it, I think it is very difficult to create a tactics which incorporates both possession and attacking football and is successful. But as that is what the board clearly wants then why not?!?! This is Ultimate Doom for FM18 - Enjoy! http://www.mediafire.com/file/wcdyy27w76eatev/UD3.0.fmf First of all then let's have a look at the tactic itself. I have decided that the best way to approach this is to make a Possession tactic which is very attacking. I would find it harder to make an Attacking tactic which is about possession, if that makes sense. Therefore the Mentality I have chosen is control which for me is the mentality to do with possession football. Here are following key points with this mentality: Believe we are the stronger team: TICK Wary of the opponents counter attack: TICK Move the ball around the park: TICK Patiently probe the final third: TICK Find space as and when it opens up: TICK Wing Backs overlap: TICK Midfielders break ahead of the forwards only in relatively risk free situations: TICK Sit back and help the midfield maintain possession until chances open up: TICK I believe that the game of football is simple and people make it more complicated than it is. Brian Clough said the game of football is simple, you have a ball and the aim of the game is to put the ball in the back of the net. I want to do all of the above, but I want to Attack as well. Attack for me means to frighten the hell out of the opposition by attacking them and putting the ball in the back of the net. To combat this I have chosen a Fluid Philosophy. This is very important because we want to play the beautiful game too. My players are good enough to play a game which means that they can contribute to more than phase of play at a time, yes they can Multi Task! Especially the wages I am paying them! They had better be able to do this. I want the players to play free flowing football and absolutely I want the creative players to shine. Before I get into team instructions, I want to go into player roles and why I have chosen them. Sweeper Keeper: Support Duty My Sweeper goalkeeper will focus on simple and risk free use of the ball which is vital for a keeper; you don’t want your keeper taking too many risks. As Brian Clough would say, the keepers’ job is simple, stop the ball from going into the back of the net! Personal Instruction: Roll it out, Distribute to Centre Backs and Fewer Risky Passes Wing Back: Attack Duty Remember I said the way I am doing this, is by creating a Possession Tactic that is attacking, one of the ways I am hoping to achieve this is by making the player roles more attacking. Plays outside with no wing support: I use Inside Forwards instead of wingers so this is fine. Fulfil attacking and defensive duties of winger and full backs: Absolutely my players can do this. Run at his man and put in aggressive crosses: Yes I want to frighten the opposition so aggressive crosses are great and I want to run at the man, put the man on the back foot, get the man back peddling. In Midfield to win the Possession Battle: Great because this is a possession tactic. In Defence to close down opponents, block crosses and win back the ball when possible. Yes I want the closing down approach in line with attacking, and of course winning back the ball will help us to regain possession as soon as possible. Central Defender: Defend Duty Possess the technique and composure in aggressive tactics (which this is) to help the team maintain possession and lay off simple passes to more creative players. This is perfect for a team which wants to play possession football. Ball Playing Defender: Defend Duty The reason I have chosen a ball playing defender in this position is because the ball playing defender thinks a lot about attacking passes, so he does everything a central defender does but also he will be encouraged to make a searching attacking ball / through ball up field if he has the vision to see it through. Regista: Support Duty The Regista is aggressive which is what you want in an aggression tactic. Suitable for possession orientated systems which press high up the pitch. (This is exactly what this tactic is all about) Given complete freedom to dictate from deep positions which is perfect because he is in a deep position, the Regista offers a dynamic and unpredictable creative outlet from behind the attack. The Regista seeks to maintain intense pressure (which is perfect in a tactic which attacks) by constantly looking for new chances as his more advanced teammates get into goal scoring positions. Advanced Playmaker: Attack Duty This player makes himself available for team mate’s passes, which is what you want possession wise, this player also aims to turn defence into attack in an instant which is great because it also deals with the attacking intent of this tactic. The reason he has an attack duty is because he will run at the defence from deeper positions which is great as we want to run at the opposition and frighten the life out of them! Plus the added bonus that he will craft out crossing or through ball opportunities whilst moving into the final third. This is very important because with possession tactics, that just pass the ball about the park, you also want the tactic to have an end product so you need players which are moving into the final third and creating chances on the opposition goal. Central Midfielder: Attack Duty The central midfielder offers a link between the defence and the attack and having good links in your tactic are vital to success in this game. The central midfield will support both attacking and defensive play as needed. Whilst it is great that the central midfielder will supplement the attack, it is also good to know that should we find ourselves in a defensive situation; the central midfielder will chip in as well. Crucially though, I am a firm believer that Attack is the best form of Defence which was ably proven by Tyson Fury defeating Vladimir Klitschko very recently on-route to becoming the three belt holder heavyweight champion of the world! So this central midfield will more readily surge into the final third to support the forwards in and around the box! False Nine: Support Duty The reason I have chosen the false nine will become very clear. I don’t usually opt for False Nines in a tactic but this player really suits what I am trying to create here. Firstly it is a more advanced attacking midfielder/playmaker role, which is great because I want the player to be more advanced as it is in the attack position. It is a lone striker role and I am playing with a Lone Striker. I really like that this player is prepared to drop deeper into midfield because let’s face it, you don’t want a lone striker just waiting for someone to pass it to you, you want a striker who is going to go into the midfield and get the ball themselves, this reminds me of when Ian Rush was transferred to Juventus and had a horrid time scoring goals after being so prolific with Liverpool, the reason given was that he stayed in attack and wasn’t getting the right service, he didn’t go into midfield to get the ball himself. The purpose of this is that it creates a massive problem for opposing central defenders in that they either follow him, leaving space behind them for onrushing midfielders, forwards or wingers to exploit. This is exactly what I am hoping for, the central defenders will mark or follow my striker into midfield leaving open goals and clear cut chances for my onrushing midfield or inside forwards to exploit to devastating effect. Alternatively they don’t do this, they then leave him the time and space he needs to dribble at the opposition or pick out a pass which is fine as well because this falls in line with attacking play, and also the pass will help to maintain the possession aspect of the tactic. Inside Forwards: Attack Duties The inside forward is going exploit the spaces left by the central defenders when they follow my false nine. They are going to run directly at the opposition which is great because as you know I want to frighten the life out of the opposition. Their movement will open up the spaces for my overlapping wing backs, as well as overloading a retreating defence. It is worth mentioning at this point that I have developed Jordan Ibe into a cracking player, he is playing like maradona, zig zagging and ghosting his way through players and he has a brilliant end product as well. Ok so now I have shown the formation and explained the reasons for the team positions I have chosen, I will now show you my team instructions and explain my reasons for choosing them. Tempo: Normal or Low The reason I have chosen a normal tempo is because I don’t believe in one tempo fits all, the players are intelligent as I like intelligent players like Mesut Ozil e.g. so they can choose when the time is right to play at a normal tempo, when the time is right to step up the tempo and also when the time is right to slow the tempo down. You have to consider that if this was an outright attacking tactic, then I would be going with a very fast tempo and if this was a possession tactic, id be slowing the tempo right down so the two don’t mix, the only mix is the centre ground in between so therefore I think as I want both, the only way to make it work is to leave the tempo as normal and then let the intelligent players choose when to speed it up and when to slow it down. If you find that you are losing possession, then go with a low tempo instead as this will help you to keep hold of the ball better. In football manager 2016 one of the differences is that it tells you how much you will be timewasting based on the tactic you choose, so this is defaulted at fairly rarely which is great because to be frank, I’m not really into wasting time. Wide: The reason I have gone wide is because I want to attack the opposition, therefore I want to stretch the play, I have 2 wing backs and 2 inside forwards, at the end of the day, narrowing the play will just suit tactics that want to be more compact and defensive and therefore this is not a defensive tactic at all, so I don’t feel the need to do that, I want to attack and control, So I want it to be as wide as possible and stretch the play and use the full extremes of the pitch to my advantage. Defensive Line: Slightly Higher Remembering here the Regista who plays in possession orientated systems that press higher up the pitch. So I know my defensive line needs to be higher, also of course attacking play generally tends to have a higher defensive line which presses the opposition, I don’t like going all the way high up because remember that the control tactic is wary of the oppositions counter attack and if the defensive line is too high than you take the serious risk of opposing teams playing balls over the defence and springing a counter attack and/or breaking the offside trap. Therefore I have opted for slightly higher which is close to the half way line. Use Offside Trap: Yes this is important because if you defence is higher, you should be playing the offside trap, especially if your central defenders are also on the same duty. Closing Down: More I have chosen more because if I lose the battle for possession, I want the ball back as soon as possible, I don’t want to give the opposition any time with the ball because every second the opposition has the ball, is a second I am losing in the possession stakes and so I want to win the ball back as quickly as possible. I was very tempted to choose much more, as I want to be relentless with this but at the end of the day I didn't want to have any major negative impact on my team shape as a result, so I opted for more being enough to suit the teams needs without sacrificing on team shape which is also very important. A good team shape is vital, If you look at the way the formation is spread out then you will notice that each player has space within the chosen formation and that is important, I am all for pressing the opposition but if we lose our shape then that is sacrilege because the opposition will just pick holes in you and you find yourself on the end of a bit of a thrashing! Prevent short goalkeeper distribution: Yes, this option means pressing the opposition goalkeeper as well, Chelsea used to this in the pre roman days, if the keeper had the ball, they used to close the keeper down at any opportunity and the reason for this is to prevent the goalkeeper from playing it short to the defence and building from the back, this forces the keeper to hit a long ball which could potentially be picked up by one of my players instead. Use Tight Marking: I am never sure whether to choose this option or not because I am of the thinking that if I use opposition instruction which I do, then you don’t need to do tight marking but maybe you do! However I have chosen to include this because I do want to prevent the opposition from attacking the ball and this option allows me to do this. Tackling: Get Stuck in I have chosen this option because I want to be aggressive, attacking should be aggressive and control is aggressive as well in my opinion. I know that this might lead to more fouls and disciplinary action but I am prepared to accept this, I have a big squad, lots of strength in depth and therefore I know that I can handle that, what I like about this is my players who are good tacklers will go for the ball, and get the ball off the opposition and this is great. Build Up: Play out of defence. Okay so this is a possession tactic and therefore play out of the defence is required so that we can start moves in the right way. I want my defenders passing their way out of the back, rather than clearing long. PASS INTO SPACE: The reason for pass into space is that you do that when you are attacking and I like greasy fast players to latch onto these balls passed into space and gain clear cut chances as a result. This instruction is about making passes into open spaces. A lot of my player roles are designed to create the space, finding the spaces for my attackers to exploit so pass into space falls in line with the roles of the players and also the way I want to play. This is going to make my possession tactic; more attacking too which is the whole point of this exercise. Passing: Shorter Passing This is a possession tactic so I have gone with shorter passing as I feel that you need shorter passing with a tactic which looks to control the play and maintain ball possession. You might argue that attacking should be direct but not necessarily, you can attack and play the game with short passes too. Retain Possession Prioritise keeping hold of the ball which is essential in a possession tactic. Attack: Look for Overlap I chose this because my wingbacks will benefit from this tremendously, as they bomb forward and also my inside forwards will create the space which the overlapping wing backs by doing their thing and the false nine will distract the defenders, meaning the wing backs and the inside forwards will simply create total carnage in the opposition box leading to teams getting well and truly thrashed! Attack: Work Ball into Box I chose this because it falls in line with a possession tactic, it will mean players work their way into the box and not shoot on sight, but instead wait for clear cut opportunities to present themselves. Remaining patient and not forcing the issue is great because it means more control of the play. Retaining possession until a breakthrough appears. Whipped Crosses The reason for whipped crosses is because these are really hard for the opposition to deal with and they swerve as well. Dribbling: Run at Defence As I previously mentioned, I want to run at the defence a lot and frighten the opposition so I have included run at defence. It is also means I am dribbling with the ball more and if I have the ball then it means I also have possession, so this is not only an attacking move, but it is a possession move as well. Creative Freedom: Leave this at default, so neither option selected. The reason for this is my players are intelligent, and they can decide whether they need to be more disciplined, also you don’t have to tick every option in team instruction, if in doubt, leave at the default setting, I personally think that attacking is more about being more expressive and defensive tactics are about being more disciplined, however I don’t feel the need to select be more expressive as I am sure the creative players will express themselves, I still want an element of discipline as well. Freedom of Movement: Leave this at default, so neither option selected. The reason for this is because I want the players to decide as sometimes they may need to roam and sometimes ill want them to be stick to position, e.g. If they are passing the ball around, then its good if they are in the right positions to get the pass, if they are not in possession, how are they going to be there when the pass is made? Also e.g. I will want them to roam, so that the can get to the passes made into open spaces too so its best just to leave this a default and trust my players to decide when the right time is to roam and when the right time is to stick to position, also the players will know their own limitations, I don’t want a player roaming if the player does not feeling very comfortable doing so. Thank you for taking the time to read this so far and feel free to post any comments or give advice or just to ask some questions, there is no such thing as a stupid question, no right or wrong, this is just a work in progress and I look forward to your questions.
  6. After spending the past few days researching a few teams on who to build a dynasty around I decided to settle for Real Betis in the Andalusian capital of Seville. Real Betis share the fans of the city with Sevilla FC with whom they have a fierce rivalry both on and off the pitch. The two sides remain fairly even in terms of domestic trophies won with both clubs lifting the Primera División on one occasion, Real Betis in the 1934-35 season and Sevilla lifting the trophy in the 1945-46 season. Real Betis have lifted the Copa Del Rey trophy on two occasions - 1976-77 and 2004-05 - whereas Sevilla have lifted the cup on five occasions - 1935, 1939, 1947-48, 2006-07 and lastly in 2009-10. It is however in European competition where Real Betis are really trailing having never lifted a European trophy, Sevilla on the other hand have won the UEFA/Europa League five times - 2005-06, 2006-07, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16. As well as this Sevilla lifted the UEFA Super Cup in 2006. Despite the dominance in the city by Sevilla FC in terms of their trophy haul the loyalty in the city is split nearly equally with both sides maintaining a large and passionate following, with both sides averaging home crowds of around 32,000 last season. Reasons for playing as Real Betis A large stadium which will help generate a large income It's a challenge to try and compete with the bigger sides in the league in the first few seasons The club in general look a very exciting prospect with a mix of young talent and some older experienced players Goals Short-term: Solidify Real Betis as a top ten side Qualify for European football Sell out the 60,720 seater Estadio Benito Villamarín on a regular basis Long-term: Consistent qualification for European competition Challenge the big three in Spain for the league title Overtake Sevilla FC as the most successful team in the city I hope you are all looking forward to joining this journey with myself.
  7. Hello, Can anyone please help me as Football manager 2018 is not running on my PC. I have tried uninstalling it and reinstalling also validating the files to fix it but, nothing is working. Please help. DxDiag.txt
  8. Welcome to the Ultimate Legends 1880 - 2018! THE ULTIMATE FOOTBALL SHOW ON EARTH New Updates for the 2018 Version of the Ultimate Legends so far: * Legends and Stars will be younger and therefore at the clubs they were at when they were younger. * No Guarantees that players will be at the clubs they were at the age they joined the club - This might be because the club they played for no longer exists, plays in a division too low or just because they played for another club a lot more and there was less than a year difference in the dates or the club they played for doesn't need them so they go to the next or previous club they played for instead. - basically called common sense * 100% accurate ratings and statistics - due to extensive research and testing, every player is correctly coded, no stats are left to the computer to generate so you don't get lots of players with inaccurate ratings for vital statistics. Every single legend and star is tested prior to release to ensure they play exactly like their real life counterparts. * Every player is coded correctly and statistically 100% accurate in every department * No Duplicate Players as the whole database has been checked and re-checked to ensure no duplication's at all. * The whole game will be re-coded so that e.g. you can look forward to a great youth intake of new legends and stars in the making * No player is released into the game until fully researched and fully tested. * Modern players will now be re-coded to bring them into line with their legendary counterparts * More updates to follow in due course..... If you have any questions at all, please feel free to send me a private message and I will be very happy to assist you in any way that I can. This moderation is not free. If you wish to obtain this update you need to private message me once the game is released and I will explain how you can gain full access to the database and the face pack. I work all year round making sure that this is the ultimate legends database for football manager and I can't continue to do it without your very kind support and assistance so thank you very much indeed for that.. Every single penny raised goes to a great cause. If you want to show your support and appreciation for the hard work that I do all year round, then please donate using the link below. Every penny saves lives and allows people who are struggling to survive to get vital clinical therapy for free that they would otherwise be unable to afford. Thank you so much for your support, without your kindness and generosity, none of this would be possible. MAKE A DONATION
  9. Hi, I got crashes in different situations.Firstly it started with a date based crash for example at 25 August my game kept crashing then I deleted My Caches and Prefences folders at Appdata it solved that problem for that day but after 2 weeks in the game I got the same crash repeating at the same day so I did the same thing.Now I tried to save the game after a match and it keeps crashing after that match when I try to save.Then I tried passing some days after that try to save but game crashed again :(.Please help me,I hope you can.By the way I tried to reinstall the game it didn't worked.I had the game for 1.5-2 months.I didn't face any problems until now.I uploaded my belarc and dxdiag files I cannot upload dmps because there are nothing at my crash dumps folder. Belarc Advisor Computer Profile.html DxDiag.txt
  10. BlackDynamite10

    More Stats Needed!

    There is a need for more detailed stats for manager history and team stats. See attachment 1: there should be a stat for how many clean sheets you have kept as manager. There should be a tab where you can see your stat breakdown per club you have been at as well as an overall one. Things such as possession average at a club, players signed per club, money spent per club etc. Attachment 2: For team stats there should be stats for the whole season including all the competitions you are involved in not just the league stats. There should also be a screen where you can see your managerial record compared to another manager. E.g. Jose v Pep stats (wins/losses/goals scored etc) including all previous club stats.
  11. BACKGROUND I am in my third season now in the game. I started as Everton and I had 2 wonderful seasons with the Toffees. During my stint there, I won the FA Cup, Community Shield, Carabao Cup and the Europa League. After I won the Europa League, my reputation soared and ‘big’ clubs began to offer me interviews. I would love to stay at Everton, I love them, but we’re not as rich and reputable as the likes United or City. Even our star players see us as a stepping stone albeit finishing 2nd in the league. Hence, when AS Monaco came calling, I decided to leave and made the step up myself! TACTICAL JOURNEY I have played FM since CM 4 and what a journey I have been through since then. I started off by using ‘plug and play’ tactics, but then I found this forum. The Tactics, Training & Strategies Discussion is my go to every time. I read countless of threads and guidelines then I started to create my own tactics. I wasn’t very good initially, but overall I did okay. I think. The only formation that I have ever use is the one without wingers. My favourite is the 4-3-1-2. So I created one for Everton. It’s the only one I know. I know I’ve never won the league, but personally I think it is a success. However, when I came to Monaco, there’s THOMAS LEMAR. He is, by far, the best player at the club. I have to create a tactic that will get the best out of him. So I decided to ditch my 4-3-1-2 and use a classic old faithful 4-4-2. PLAYING STYLE I want my squad to : Defend and attack as a unit. Strikers are the first defender and defender is the first attacker. Aggressive pressing. Pressing starts high up the pitch. Free flowing football. Lots of creative freedom. Defensively solid. Solid 2 banks of 4 when defending To translate my visions to FM terms, I have chosen : Mentality : Standard Shape : Very Fluid By choosing Standard + Very fluid, I expect my players to : Compact. Players are closer to each other thus enabling us to press aggressively. Move as a unit. When we’re attacking, all players wil move up together and vice versa. Reduced distinction of mentalities between players. TEAM INSTRUCTIONS FORMATION PLAYER ROLES AND INSTRUCTIONS GK D : Roll it out, Distribute to full backs FB A : Mark tighter, Mark specific position (AML) CD D : None CD D : None FB S : Mark tighter, Mark specific position (AMR) IW S : Sit Narower DLP D : Close down much less CM S : Shoot less often W A : None CF S : None AF A : None IN GAME ANALYSIS Let’s have a look at one my UCL group games against Bayern. They field a 4-3-3 tactic with a DM. Without the ball Falcao tried to cross from the left but Neuer intercepted it with a save. Neuer then roll the ball short to Hummels. Notice that four of our players are already pressing Bayern’s backline. The pressing limits Hummels’ passing options. Hummels managed to sneak a pass to Javi Martinez who came deep to collect the ball then quickly lays it out to Tolisso. When Tolisso had the ball, all of the players close to him were marked and ready to be pressed whereas Lewandowski is isolated up front. Moutinho with Close Down Less instructions refrain from pressing and being our midfield screen. Tolisso then opts to give it short to Vidal who then tried to distribute it to onrushing Grimaldo on the wings but Sylla was alert and quick enough to intercept. Job well done! With the ball At this point of the match, Bayern changed to a 4-4-2 with Javi Martinez and Lewandowski upfront. Kimmich tried to lump the ball forward to Martinez but Moutinho intercepts. Moutinho is quickly closed down by three Bayern players. Moutinho the make a short back pass to Glik who the quickly lays it out wide to Toure. Notice the space in front of him. It is a space that could be utilised by Sylla, our Inverted Winger on Sit Narower instruction could exploit. Toure indeed made a pass to Sylla. Sylla is quickly closed down by two Bayern players had no choice but pass it to Moutinho who offers a short option. Notice the space in front of Moutinho. I chose the Complete Forward role on Support so that he would drop deeper to connect with midfield. But it didn’t happen in this highlight. On the other hand,notice what a good position Kovalenko has put himself in. Lo and behold, Moutinho, being the brilliant man like always, receive the pass, stops the play, change direction, saw Kovalenko and quickly released the ball to him. Kovalenko then dribbles forward, pass the ball into the path of Falcao who then squares it for Cutrone for an easy tap in. Brilliant play by Moutinho and smart movement from Kovalenko! We won the match. Happiest day of my early Monaco days! ACHIEVEMENTS Thank you all for reading! Hopefully we can beat Milan in the First Knockout Round!
  12. Heeeeello and welcome to my (first? only?) FM18 thread! It's the good old journeyman type of career here, as I've done so many times. Whilst the last time round I tried to be over-ambitious and aimed at José Mourinho's scalp for beating him to worldwide glory, this time I'm just aimlessly trying to have some fun by touring the globe. For now, I have selected a bunch of exotic and not-so-exotic destinations to keep me busy at the start of this: And these are my elite managerial skillZ, yo: My alter-ego, as used a few times before when I want to play as myself, is Portuguese manager Henrique dos Santos. Say hello to him (for some reason the face creation has gone godawful and looks nothing like myself): As I've done a few times before, whilst starting unemployed has its own charm, I prefer to handpick a starting place. This shall soon be revealed although it's not hard to make a proper guess based on the screenies above. For this career I'm expecting to play pretty slowly so am at the moment aiming for monthly updates to keep the thread busy (but potentially shortly written). This may change. Right, let's get on with it. The next post will be a nostalgic rundown of all my previous careers, and the next next post shall present my first challenge.
  13. MRT90 BRAZIL FOR FM 2018 Featuring: National First Division National Second Division National Third Division National Fourth Division (with qualification via State Championships) State Championships Brazilian Cup Northeast Cup Copa Verde State cups Subscribe to download and automatically get the future updates: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1199024380 Use in conjunction with the revised South American competitions to avoid fixture congestion: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1207168441 Donate on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/mrt90fm Donate on Apoia.se: https://apoia.se/mrt90fm
  14. Welcome to my first FM Career Update. I've been playing since FM16, I've been a lurker for the past year and now I've decided to make a thread. As you can see, I'll be playing as Southampton FC. I'm not a supporter but I like them as a club and I'm hoping to take them from top half/mid-table safety to one the top teams in England. The Manager Meet Michael King. He worked as a youth team coach for Southampton up until they fired Claude Puel. He was appointed as an interim over the summer, a stop gap until they could find a better option. However, due to his work ethic, smooth talking and knowledge of Ralph Kreuger's darkest secrets, he's secured the full time job much to the world's surprise. He's out of his depth, tactically inept and can't manage a budget for his life. But he'll have to learn. And learn fast. The Budget £30m for transfers but there's some dead weight to be cleared. which will raise funds. ~£1.6m for wages, spending ~£1.5m. 90% of transfer revenue. After some blackmail pleading, this was increased to 100%. The Expectations Top Half Finish Round 6 of the FA Cup. They don't give a **** about the Carabao Cup. Neither does King. The Objectives Improve squad depth. Make Southampton one of England's biggest clubs a good few year down the line. At the risk of sounding like Louis Van Gaal, it is a process. And one that'll take time. Try not to get exposed as a fraud.
  15. Introduction Once again I've decided to take the plunge and have opted to start a career in N. Ireland. This will be a true Gundo's challenge with only the N. Irish league structure active to start. As a result, my manager profile has minimum experience and coaching badges. I will attempt to win the Champions League this time with the team Dollingstown F.C. The club is located on a ground which is surrounded by farmland, Dollingstown hasn't had much of a history to speak of having only been established in 1979. During that period of time, they have however managed to win the 4th tier in N. Ireland on 4 separate occasions and have appeared in the N. Irish 3rd division. By winning the NIFL Playoff against Brantwood in 2013/14 they took their place in the NIFL Championship 2 for season 2014/15 where they finished in a creditable mid-table position of 7th. The following season they suffered relegation being a victim of the restructuring which saw 5 teams out of the 14 relegated succumbing to their fate only on goal difference behind Newington. They have some cup success of note having won the non-league Marshall Cup on 4 occasions and last season won the Bob Radcliffe Cup. The club has never been higher than the 3rd tier in N. Irish football and hasn't made much of an impact on the far more significant Irish or League Cups. Club A small club but interestingly not seen as the favourite to be relegated. I'm liking the personality of the squad as that is a good start. The club has no rivals or even favoured personnel to speak of which means that I'll have a blank slate to work with. Given the location of the club, I'd say that we should in time develop a rivalry with the Mid-Ulster clubs but we'll have to see how that goes Facilities What drew me to this club in particular (aside from the unusual nickname) was that the potential expansion capacity of the stadium is 10,000 which is the joint 3rd highest in the whole of N. Ireland which I'm hoping will mean that when/if it comes time for a new stadium I'll be able to get a reasonable size unlike last season with Chimney Corner where I was stuck in an 11,000 capacity stadium for over 25 years after winning the Champions League countless times. All the other facilities are as you would expect for a team of their stature but having a youth system is a nice boost which I'll hope to take advantage of. Squad This was actually a rather pleasant surprise in that I already have at least 2 players which are capable of playing at this new level to start with, my striker McGoldrick and left back McConnell are considered good for this level which is a nice boost. I will need a lot more than that to have a chance of fighting at the upper end of the league but at least I have some decent standard bearers which should make my search for new players a little easier. Finances I'm going to try my absolute hardest not to wreck these and build a more financially stable model this time around. I've been given a decent wage budget and I will be attempting to use it smartly. Game setup I've loaded the N. Irish league system only but I have gone with a large database and added all current international players from around the world to give a reasonable database size but one which should be quick to run. Starting Conditions Ballymena United were DBP champions of season 2017/18 beating the former defending champions Linfield and Coleraine by a single point. Crusaders, Linfield and Glentoran all qualified for the Europa League with Carrick Rangers being the only team to be relegated from the top flight. The top flight next season will be joined by Portadown who romped to the Championship title with Ballyclare joining us in the 3rd tier after relegation. Starting League Reputations NIFL Premier Intermediate League - 301st NIFL Championship - 273rd Danske Bank Premiership - 103rd The DBP reputation rose slightly at the end of the season. No club is anywhere near becoming professional they've all been pretty poor in Europe so were unable to expand their advantage I'd like to thank www.logo-world.net for their club and competition badges which I've re-used for FM18
  16. Hi there welcome to my project, The Isles Of Scilly Football league system, the worlds smallest league. So far things have been going well below is what has been created so far. I have put many hours into this database however I would Love some help to get my vision working and on Steam, if anyone can help please feel free, you will get credit for working on this project . The current version of the database will be uploaded here so please have a try, let me know your thoughts, thanks in advanced. History In the 1920s, the Lyonnesse Inter-Island Cup, a competition between the islands of St. Mary's, Tresco, St. Martins, Bryher and St. Agnes, was formed. By the 1950s, only two clubs remained - the Rangers and the Rovers. In 1984 the two clubs changed their names to the Garrison Gunners and the Woolpack Wanderers, which are their current names. The League competition involves the Woolpack Wanderers and the Garrison Gunners playing each other every Sunday seventeen times. There also exist two Cups: The Wholesalers Cup and the Foredeck Cup, which is played over two legs. An "Old Men versus the Youngsters" match is played on Boxing Day. The season itself starts with the Charity Shield.[1] All the matches are played on the Garrison football field, on the island of St. Mary's. The league is played during the winter, from mid-November until the end of March.[1][6] Occasionally, a combined Scilly Isles team play a team Newlyn Non Athletico, a team at level 14 of the English football league system. A team from Truro visits annually to play against a combined team. The Woolpack Wanderers have won the Charity Cup 5 times - in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. In addition, they have won the Lioness Shield twice - in 2006 and 2007.[7] The Garrison Gunners have won the Lioness Shield once, in 2005. The Isles of Scilly are struggling to hold on to their young people. There is no sixth form on the Isles so when youngsters turn 16, they go to the mainland. In addition, house prices are expensive, so they tend not to return until much older. As a result, the number of players in the league is dwindling. Wikipedia League Structure The Isles Of Scilly Football League . Charity Shield. Fordeck Cup over 2 Legs . Wholesalers Cup . The Lyonesse Cup (This can not be recreated in game , however instead the last winner of the league play truro from the main land) . Teams Wolfpack Wanderers . The Garrison Gunners . National Team Players/Non Playing Staff Both team captains of their respected teams. Anthony Gibbons. Andy Hicks. Paul Charnock (Match Official ). City/Towns Higher Town. The Town. New Grimsby. Middle Town. Hugh Town. Stadiums Garrison Football Field (used by both teams and the national side). Background Everything has been design so that the charm of this small league is captured. All games are held at 10:30 AM on a Sunday apart from one of the cups (needs fixing). Both teams are amateur and allays fan owned , with finances designed so that they stay small and never progress (they break even every year). I have also made sure that they do not qualify for the Europa or Champions League as the money received was causing issues, and they do not qualify in real life. Everything has been made as close to the real thing as possible using as much data as i can find on line. Fixes and Additions There are some things in this database that need addressing and fixing. First of all The Fordeck needs to be played on a Sunday at 10:30 AM, for some reason even though it has been set it always moves the game. Youth and Reserve Leagues need to be created, i can create the teams but can not get any for of leagues to work (currently teams do not receive youth intakes). There seems to be a lack of non playing/playing staff took me 3 years to find a fitness coach, the game seems to not create people, and we can't hire foreign staff or foreign players due to scouting reach. The match official does not seem to officiate any games, not sure why it has been set. Teams do not seem to transfer players/ release players. When the youth intake was working over 5 years teams did not get rid of a single player. Add The available Honours to the cups. Would be great to add some more known league players if possible. Kits and Badges. Images Scilly 1.3 2018.fmf
  17. Diego Imposta

    [FM18] Name a pitch badder than Badalona

    107. As I pulled into the carpark on Thursday, my heart was racing. What a beautifully designed stadium. A man was waiting for me outside and he introduced himself as Noel Mata. He was press officer for the club and, after shaking my hand and welcoming me, he showed the back page of the newspaper. Imposta takes charge at Badalona. I quickly scanned it, smiling in disbelief, about the mention of my famous cup success at Olot and how I will no doubt be hoping to bring similar success in stepping up to a bigger club. Noel had certainly done his job so I shook his hand again. He motioned to the door. The pitch was breath-taking. Perfect geometry of a pitch not quite twice long as it is wide. This was a pitch for tight passing moves in the opposition half with the option of releasing the ball to the wings. The sea of blue seats was mesmerising, my eye immediately drawn to my left. The main side of the ground had a roof and had seating double the depth of the rest of the ground. Glass-walled offices were sandwiched in between, and Noel led me into the belly of the beast so I could take in the view. I had been here once before, of course, but never beyond the changing rooms or the dugout. There was something special about seeing an empty stadium on a hot summer’s day. The excitement of a new season was infectious. With the financial crisis at Santa Eulalia and Olot’s relegation, I could pick off the cream of the crop, if they wanted to join me. First I had to look at who would be reporting for duty on Monday week and spending ten days bedding in was the best possible start I could ask for. Miguel Ángel Sánchez was ineffable. In welcoming me to the stadium, he explained that it has to be a treat to come here. He conducted all interviews and transfer business in his new downtown office. I was really looking forward to working with this club and achieving big things. I blushed and told him that I appreciated him taking time out of his busy schedule to welcome me in person. He said it was no problem. It was his club for the last six years and gleefully told me that this coincided with a run where fierce rivals Atlética Gramanet were always in a lower division. I must not forget about them. The chairman explained that the club was the other side of their peak during his time here, but the infrastructure meant that they bounced back at the first attempt following their fourteen-year spell in the Segunda B3. The club spent the previous twenty or so years yo-yoing in quality in the Tercera and even dropping out on a few occasions. The last time, in the early 2000s, they followed relegation from the Tercera with relegation from the Primera Catalana. Due to economic problems the club had nearly folded but this saw the club merge with another in order to consolidate in the league system. Back to back Tercera wins saw them return to the Segunda B3 but not before winning the cup that I had won with Olot - an incredible feat for a non-league team. So, there was a winsome history here. The regional sway of this club was a far cry from local outfits I had managed and I hoped that I was up to the task. I was already more pragmatic than when I started out, and in four months I would be a qualified manager. I might even get another course in before the end of the season if it goes well. Albert Cámara was a bit of a legend in these parts too, the chairman said. He had made nearly 300 appearances and scored over 50 goals but it should have stayed that way. Miguel Ángel Sánchez said he promoted him from assistant to take control of the team in his inaugural year but a disappointing finish in the league saw him leave. He would never make a sentimental decision again. It was an ice-cold warning for me and no mistake. I asked where Cámara is now. Tercera Catalunya. I see. You do. He then handed me a list of transfer targets. He’d signed them all for me. What? Yes, they will report to training a week on Monday. A present for you. Did this come out of the budget we agreed? Well, yes Diego, in the interview you did say you could work with a smaller budget, so I’ve made it smaller. That maniacal grin. This was starting to feel very, very odd. But just look at the empire he had built! Trying to change the subject I asked when I can meet the staff. He blinked. You’ve met them. He was perplexed. I am the club, Diego. Sure, I have a doctor – I’m not a medical professional – and I have a press officer, because the press are dogs. I was nodding yes but I was thinking this guy’s a sociopath. Am I allowed to bring my own staff in? It was crazy that I had to ask but I did anyway. Of course! I’m not a megalomaniac by any means Diego. If you can halve the wage bill then you can bring in anyone you like. Halve?! He sat up straight. Relax. I have delivered the return to B3 on my own. I sacked the men who brought us to the Tercera and I delivered the return to B3 on my own. I have given you all the things you will need to keep us here so you can then focus on the coaching that you do so well. Wait, what about the last manager? The reason the job was freshly available? What had happened to him? He left for Burgos, Diego. That was a year ago. I didn’t need a manager to get my team out of the Tercera Catalunya. I bought my way out. Before I could question whether he was paying off the referees and other chairman he said he paid better wages than anyone else could afford. All of a sudden I felt like a mercenary just like the rest of them. On the face of it, all was still rosy. I need air. I got up and pushed the glass door open. I surveyed the land that was my new home. It was a bowl dug in to the ground. Out in the devil’s heat, I resolved to embrace the chairman’s calculated façade.
  18. FM18 All-European (Less England) Small Club to Big Club Challenge Introduction Welcome to a new chapter in the history of the ‘Euro Nation’ Challenge, born out of the recent history of the highly successful Gundo’s Challenge and the Big Euro Nation Challenge that spawned out of it. Originally set up as an alternative to the hugely successful Dafuges Challenge for FM06, Gundos Challenge offered an alternative for people who wanted to play in another European country. The Big Euro Nation Challenge followed for FM08 and, like Gundo’s Challenge, has had some fantastic stories over the years. These threads have always been hugely popular and successful thanks to those who played, and who still take part, in the challenges. Some of the stories are legendary, and hopefully more of these will be born in this, and future, versions of the game. The premise of the challenge is the same, and simple, to start with a previously unplayable club and taking them all the way to a National Title and then on to winning 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, providing a great atmosphere and stories for our users to become immersed in. General Challenge Info Possible Countries Austria Belarus Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Finland France - June 20th Germany Greece Holland * Hungary Iceland Ireland * Israel Italy - July 30th N. Ireland - 25th June Norway - January 13th Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain - July 10th Sweden - December 15th Switzerland Turkey Ukraine Wales * Holiday for two seasons not one. League Reset Dates Austria - 13th June Belarus Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Finland France Germany Greece Holland * Hungary Iceland Ireland * Israel Italy N. Ireland Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine Wales 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 in order to add more depth to your save and also add more difficulty down the line. 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 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 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) 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. E) Other 1. If you are Sacked 1. You can Restart from the beginning or; 2. Continue your game and pick a new club (Under Same Rules) at the end of the next season or; 3. Add another Euro League/Remove Current League, holiday a whole season and continue 1. You can still only have one nation running at a time 2. Once the league becomes active you MUST holiday a full season 3. The club must be one of those unplayable from the beginning 2. No Restrictions on Parent or Feeder Clubs 3. 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 Euro Nation Motivational I would like to thank all of you who choose to participate in this thread this year, and to wish everyone taking on this challenge the best of luck on a long and hard journey to managerial success! I have personally had a number of hugely enjoyable saves over the years, first in Gundos challenge and then latterly in the Big Euro Nation Challenge. The atmosphere and support these threads have historically offered is key in making the thread, and your saves more enjoyable as I can testify to. I and some of the other regulars of these threads 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! I know that it is painful to lose a European Final or to lose the title on the final day (I have been there myself on more than one occasion) but eventual success down the line is all the sweeter for those defeats. Good luck to all the participants – Here’s to a successful (and enjoyable) version!!
  19. I want to know how to turn off music in FM18!
  20. Newcastle United Welcome to the FM18 thread for Newcastle United. If you're looking for the thread for previous versions follow the link for FM17 and FM16. After a season in the EFL Championship, Newcastle United are back into the Premier League, back where they belong. A successful season, albeit with some surprises and stutters, managing to lift the title on the final day of the season! Champions! Back into the Premier League Over the next few posts, I'll try to cover the squad, tactics, and transfer targets, and some other stuff that I think will be useful. I'll try not to bore you guys too much! Nicknames; The Magpies, Toon Army Ground ; St James' Park, 52,404 Capacity A stunning stadium, if I do say so myself! Newcastle United Football Club (often abbreviated to NUFC) is an English professional association football club based in Newcastle upon Tyne. The club was founded in 1892 by the merger of Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End, and has played at its current home ground, St James' Park, ever since. The ground was developed into an all-seater stadium in the mid-1990s and now has a capacity of 52,405. The club has been a member of the Premier League for all but three years of the competition's history, and has never dropped below English football's second tier since joining the Football League in 1893. The club has been owned by Mike Ashley since 2007, succeeding long term chairman and owner Sir John Hall. They have won for League Championship titles, 6 FA Cups, and a Charity Shield, as well as the 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, and the 2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup. Newcastle United has the ninth highest total of trophies won by an English club. The club's most successful era was between 1904 and 1910, where they won three of their First Division titles, and an FA Cup. The club is the 17th richest in the world in terms of annual revenue, generating €169.3m in 2015. Historically the club's highest ranking on that list was in 1999, when they were ranked as the 5th richest, and second in England only to Manchester United. The club were highly successful in the Premier League in the 1990s and early 2000s, but have been mostly struggling since the 2006-07 season, and have been relegated twice, in 2009 and 2016. They have a fierce local rivalry with Sunderland, and the two clubs have engaged in the Tyne–Wear derby since 1898. The club's traditional kit colours are black and white striped shirts, black shorts and black socks. Their traditional crest takes elements of the city coat of arms, which features two grey seahorses. Here are our lovely kits for this season. The black and gold is my personal favourite;
  21. Having been a long time browser of the forum, I thought it was time I uploaded my current FM save. Ajax. A club renowned for producing young talent and competing (sometimes winning) on the European Stage. I have always enjoyed saves with Ajax on FM as they were an opportunity to start a game with a club that focused on playing good football and recognised the importance of youth development. I am currently in my 4th season of this save and the screenshots have been taken looking back. I hope you enjoy it and all comments are welcome! Season 1 2017/2018 In my first season, my aim was to only sign Dutch players, or promote players from within and play a possession based style of football. This is how I set my team up; From looking at the prospects at the club, I decided not to buy any players - Schurrs was previously purchased by the club and arrived in January, Chong was loaned on deadline day to help with the Jong team and their push to win the league. As always with Ajax, there is a battle to keep the best players. I was happy to survive the first transfer window and kept the players I wanted. Unfortunately January was another matter - Ziyech openly wanted a move and in the end he was sold to Arsenal. In this save, I have not kept players at the club against their will. I have spoken to them to try and get them to stay, but if the offer is too good or the the player becomes unhappy, then I will and have allowed them to go. Domestically, my first season was a success - across all teams. I won the Dutch Double, beating PSV in the cup final. De Jong and U19s won their leagues too. I found this particularly pleasing as I had promoted players to the senior team, and by the other teams winning, it showed there was great depth at the club. I was happy to have won the Domestic Double without having bought any players, however the team did struggle in Europe. I was lucky to qualify for the group stage (which was the boards minimum requirement) with scares away to Basaksehir and Club Brugge. The reward for scraping through was a group with Barcelona and Manchester United. As soon as the draw was made, and in light of my unconvincing results in the qualifiers, I was happy with finishing in third place which would have allowed me to compete in the Europa League. By playing in the Europa League I thought it would give me a better insight into where the team, players and tactics where, in relation to moving forward. Despite a good start against Hoffenheim, the remaining results were not spectacular. Ultimately, conceding two goals at home to Napoli was not good enough and resulted in us being put out of the Europa League. The positive that I took from the first season was that, despite not buying any players, I was more than able to compete domestically. Going into my second season, I felt that to compete in Europe, I would need to alter my tactics, or possibly improve the squad.
  22. Hi I am having a bit of a strange problem, when I first bought FM18 on the day of release the game initially ran faster than football manager 17 which I though was pretty cool. When setting up the game recommends I have several leagues and still performs at 5 star I always just select the league I play and maybe one other. My first game ran okay, I had maybe 3 or 4 crashes in the space of 2 seasons. I restarted my game and went Shef wed it took 3 seasons for a single crash to happen, the game was super fast and very playable at the end of the 3rd season I started getting error after error each game until I just gave up. Started a fresh game similar 2/3 seasons later totally unplayable. Now I cant even get past the 1st game with out it crashing is their anybody who can help???
  23. Welcome back to the thread of the only french team who won the Champions League, l’OM ! History and glory days... Olympique de Marseille was founded by René Dufaure de Montmirail, a French sports official, in 1892 as an omnisport club. Known as Sporting Club, US Phocéenne and Football Club de Marseille in the first five years after their foundation, the club adopted the name Olympique de Marseille in 1899 in honour of the anniversary of Marseille's founding by Greeks from Phocaea some 25 centuries earlier, with the name Olympique, coming from ancient Olympic Games. The first period of Olympique de Marseille's domination of the French League started in the early 1970s under Marcel Leclerc's presidency (1965–1972). His ambition allowed Marseille to return to the First division in 1965–66. They went on to win the Coupe de France in 1969 as well as the First division in 1971 with a record of 44 goals by Josip Skoblar, helped by Roger Magnusson. The arrival of Georges Carnus and Bernard Bosquier from Saint-Étienne helped them to win the Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France in 1972. Marseille played in the European Cup in 1971–72 and 1972–73, but were knocked-out by Ajax of Johan Cruyff and Juventus, respectively. However, success was not to last. Marcel Leclerc was forced to leave the club on 19 July 1972. The President was a stubborn man, and he threatened the whole league by threatening to withdraw his professional team from Ligue 1 because the federation refused to accept three foreign players in one team (Leclerc wanted to acquire the Hungarian star Zoltán Varga but he had already the maximum number of two foreigners in his team). But Marseille decided, instead of following Leclerc against the league, to fire him.[4] Then followed an era of crisis, with Marseille only winning a Coupe de France in 1976 and being relegated to the second division, where they played with a bunch of young local players: the Minots who allowed the team to return to First division in 1984. Éric Di Meco was one of them. On 12 April 1986, Bernard Tapie became president, thanks to Marseille mayor Gaston Defferre, and promptly built the greatest team ever seen in France. His first signings were Karl-Heinz Forster and Alain Giresse, who were bought after the 1986 FIFA World Cup. Tapie signed a large number of highly regarded players over the next few years in his pursuit of the European Cup, such as Jean-Pierre Papin, Chris Waddle, Klaus Allofs, Enzo Francescoli, Abedi Pelé, Didier Deschamps, Basile Boli, Marcel Desailly, Rudi Völler and Eric Cantona as well as appointing high-profile coaches like Franz Beckenbauer, Gérard Gili and Raymond Goethals. Between 1989 and 1992, Olympique de Marseille won four league titles in a row and the French Cup. The highlight of the club's history is winning the new format Champions League in 1993. Basile Boli scored the only goal against Italy's Milan in the final held in Munich's Olympic Stadium. That triumph was the first time ever for a French club and it made Didier Deschamps and Fabien Barthez the youngest captain and goalkeeper, respectively, to capture the title. This triumph, however, was followed by a decade of decline. In 1994, due to financial irregularities and a match fixing scandal involving then president Bernard Tapie, they suffered enforced relegation to the second division, where Marseille stayed two years before returning to the First division. Moreover, they lost their 1992–93 Division 1 title and the right to play in the UEFA Champions League 1993-94, the 1993 European Super Cup and the 1993 Intercontinental Cup. Marseille returned to the top flight in 1996 with backing from Adidas's owner Robert Louis-Dreyfus. He chose Rolland Courbis as coach, signed Fabrizio Ravanelli, Laurent Blanc, and Andreas Köpke, and Marseille finished 11th for his return. For the 1998–99 season, the team celebrated their centenary and built a team of stars: Robert Pirès, Florian Maurice, and Christophe Dugarry, culminating in a second-place finish in the French championship, behind Bordeaux and an appearance in the UEFA Cup Final in 1999, losing to Parma. Courbis left the team in November 1999 after a poor start to the season. The closest Marseille got to another trophy was when they reached the UEFA Cup Final in 2004, impressively beating Dnipro, Internazionale, Liverpool, and Newcastle United along the way. But they were beaten in the final by newly crowned Spanish champions Valencia and once again fans were forced to continue waiting for the next trophy to come along. In 2005, Marseille succeeded in winning the Intertoto Cup, beating the likes of Lazio and Deportivo de La Coruña in doing so, and earning another shot at the UEFA Cup. The club struggled in the 2011–12 season, going to the bottom of the Ligue 1 table after six matches. Nevertheless, Marseille rebounded, winning 3–0 against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, as well as a 3–0 success over rivals PSG in November of that year. Marseille ended 2011 with a good sequence, also qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League for the second season running. In February 2012, Marseille embarked on 13 games without victory, but rallied to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time since winning the competition in 1993. Despite an indifferent club form, OM lost to eventual finalists Bayern Munich, and slumped to an overall tenth-place finish in Ligue 1. However, the club retained the Coupe de la Ligue for the third year running, beating Lyon 1–0 in the Final. In the summer of 2012, Deschamps resigned, and later taking on the France job. Elie Baup took over, leading the club to a surprising second-place finish in the 2012–13 season despite selling multiple key players, including Loïc Rémy, César Azpilicueta and Stéphane Mbia. Marseille returned to the Champions League, spending close to €40 million on the likes of Dimitri Payet, Florian Thauvin and Giannelli Imbula. The club were top of the table at the end of August 2013, but OM proceeded to lose all six games in Europe, suffering the ignominy of becoming the first French team, and the biggest European team to date, to have picked up zero points in a Champions League group stage. Baup was sacked on 7 December 2013, following the 1–0 defeat to Nantes at Stade Velodrome. He was replaced on an interim basis by Jose Anigo. In Anigo's brief tenure, OM went out of the two cups, and struggled, leading to continued protests and jeers by fans. The club finished sixth in the 2014 season, missing out on an important European competition place for the first time in ten years. Anigo left the club soon after, taking on an ambassadorial/scouting role in North Africa, his first post outside of the city for more than four decades. Modern days... We had a tough time with Margarita Louis Dreyfus last days at the club... No money to spend, selling our top players every year, no trophies on our shelves A new era has come with american new owner Frank Mccourt, who definitely wants to give Marseille a boost in order to be successful again which is the club D.N.A !! Stadium If you take in charge Marseille you will discover the wonderful Stade Velodrome, fully renovated in 2014, you now have a breath taking place of 67.000 fans which are going to help you to win ! It's obviously the biggest stadium available for a French Ligue 1 team so far, but you will have to be good enough to fill all the empty seats that the stadium used to have in the last years...and Marseille fans are really tough to convince so be smart ! Your facilities are also excellent, and will need few improvements OM CHAMPIONS PROJECT Marseille just got a new boss Mr Franck McCourt, american bilionnaire, which already came with his ideas and a project "OM CHAMPIONS PROJECT" The aim for him is to be on the top 3 in the league, which means in France Champions League football, In order to achieve these goals Marseille's boss pumped some significant money last winter bringing back home Payet, Evra and some young bolld like Sanson for more than 40M€, which was a huge improvment for the squad The backroom staff had been improved as well with the likes of Zubizareta joining the club as D.O.F New boss and new President all together Rivals As you are a playing a successful club, you'll obviously have plenty of rivals, in the south of France you'll have derbies against AS Monaco and OGCN, Olympique Lyonnais, but the main thing is Paris Saint Germain !! That's the game you MUST not lose ! Would you stop our 14 games streak without a single victory against PSG in any competitions ?? Kit Why Marseille ? Because you now have a boss who wants to give Marseille a great boost and will give you money for that !! Because your last victory against PSG was in 2011 !! Because you have to stop PSG dominance !! Because your stadium is the most beautiful in Ligue 1 Because the challenge is huge in France as you have top teams around and you're a sleeping giant !! Because you need and have to bring back another Champions League on our shelves !! Link for last year thread ALLEZ L'OM
  24. hi, i installed the andromeda skin and now all i receive is crash dumps, i have deleted the skin, i have cleared cache and preferences to no avail so i also uninstalled and reinstalled the game and still receiving crash dumps and error message saying error with log manager i will also try to attach the crash dump file FM 2018 v18.3.3.1074698 (2018.05.09 19.33.38).dmp
  25. Usual stuff. These are ones that I've found whilst in my first season. Jason Jones came on trial after approaching the club.