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  1. So, first of all, welcome everybody In this thread I will attempt a project that I hope will revive my passion for the game. The idea is to take a club that has fallen from the graces of success in recent years back to glory whilst implementing a strict home-grown policy with youth development obviously playing a big part in this philosophy. In FM terms, that would mean: -having only players with the nationality of the club's playing nation in the squad -a club strategy oriented towards having as many players 'trained at club' (15-21) as possible as soon as possible So, having researched potential clubs to start the save with, I came across 5 times Bundesliga winners, freshly relegated to the German Second Division, VFB Stuttgart: A brief overview of the club Facilities - Top Corporate Facilities - Superb training facilities - Superb youth facilities - Extensive youth recruitment -Good junior coaching Stadium -60.000 seater (49.000 used in normal matches) Mercedes-Benz Arena -Owned by council (4.6 million+8% of gate receipts paid for rent) -Undersoil Heating Trophy cabinet Finances and Reputation - overall balance of £29.M -loan debt of £3.64M The downfall: Following the German First Division title in 2006 the club has had a horrible time in the league, ultimately leading them to be relegated in the current season So, all in all, a fantastic club with some great history, spanning over 123 years and with an amazing foundation in place for what I want to achieve
  2. If you loan a player out before he becomes 'home-grown', does this mean he won't be able to reach that status? E.g. in the Premiership, players have to be trained at the club for at least 3 years before they are 21 to fall into this category. Lets say I buy a player a couple of days before his 18th birthday but then immediately loan him out for a season, so he will be owned by my club for 3 years before his 21st birthday, but would play on loan for another club for a percentage of those 3 years.
  3. Hello everybody, A couple of days ago I came up with an idea to create a database comprised only of home-grown players. What I mean by that is all clubs will have only home-grown players. For instance, Benzema, Ben Arfa and others would be playing for Lyon, Neymar and Gabigol for Santos, etc. Additionally, I am thinking of placing a transfer embargo for all teams for 20+ years in order for the teams to stick to their home-grown players. Contracts will be signed for life, basically, until a player turns 35-36. So this database also can become a challenge for those, who are seeking something new in the game. Lastly, I am thinking of doing the same for staff. What I mean os for teams to have only home-grown coaches/scouts, etc. Legends/Icons of this club can be exceptions. Now, in order to bring this to life, I need your help as there are more than 430k players in the current database. 1. Currently I am planning to target only playable nations, but this may vary depending on a nation. What about let's say Pjanic, who is home-grown for a Bosnian team? That's what we need to decide. 2. A player is to weak for a club. Obviously, there are players who are home-grown for Man Utd, but who are way below their level. In this case, I would either let them stay at their current clubs or make them free agents. But before that is done, we need to determine the minimum CA/PA for a league or a club (based on their reputation). 3. What if a player is home-grown for two clubs? Preference will be given to a first club. 4. If you are willing to help, let me know what nation or league do you want to take. 5. I would suggest going club-by-club, meaning if you start doing Bayern, make sure that Robben is transferred back to Holland, Ribery to France, while all home-grown players are transferred back to Bayern. Suggestions, comments and/or concerns are more than welcomed.
  4. Hi everyone and welcome to this story As you might have noticed from my previous work, I'm not usually too deep into story-telling, however I've found that this is the most important part of any FM project that I'm doing. If there's a narrative - there's drive, there's hope and there's focus.The project with Sparta Bucharest has been a first dive into that kind of thing, and it has been my longest and most enjoyable ever FM save. A few days ago I was struck by an idea of a Football Manager project that should tickle my vanity for the considerably long foreseeable future, however, without the story element being written out in as much detail as I see it in my mind, it would perhaps make less sense for an outside viewer. So I've decided to try out something new this time - it will be a project that alternates the lyrical narrative, tactical discussion and general management issues and will have a format that varies from post to post in that sense. Hope you enjoy the ride and feel free to leave a comment, a suggestion, or ask about anything that springs to mind Part I - Prelude Hi, my name is Martin Toss, a 22 year old Swiss doctor in Renaissance studies with English citizenship, having spent half of my life in Nottingham, UK. With inhibited self-esteem issues about my own football knowledge and an inexhaustible passion for a world that is now long gone and yet one I have dedicated my mind and heart to, I've reached the point where I have to make a change in my life.... Here we are... another typical, grey-clouded uninspiring day in Notts and I'm done trying to find excuses for my lack of enthusiasm about the speech I'm supposed to give in a couple of hours at the University of Nottingham ball room. I know, I know... Botticelli isn't really anything new but it seems to give everyone a hard-on whenever there's new research about his work. So I'm going to do my usual, academic and methodical rant in front of a crowd of pseudo know-hows and puffing overage hipsters that only have one thing in common...a false impression of their own wit. Having said that, I don't rule myself out of those pots either, having immersed myself in Renaissance studies since I can remember having an active consciousness. And yet...20 unprofitable books later and still at the age of 22, I'm finding my passion and drive is somehow lost due to how disconnected I feel I am from that reality...where brilliant minds have wine poured over their backs in lust-filled orgies, the smell of fresh quarried stone and old paint in the enormous workshops, the constant gossip and drama of the ruling dynasties and their incestuous endeavors, the flamboyancy and flair of teenage boys trying to impress both, their masters and the fitter girls around.... ahh... if only there was a time-machine so I could teleport myself in that age, away from a place where the most exciting thing that can happen is... a Sunday roast... Oh yeah, and the Forest matches. Always playoffs and always next year...Tradition? History? Culture? Naah, p**s off, it's just an oil-rich owner playing Fifa and throwing the fans' hearts into all kinds of puddles. I'm done trying to believe there's a point there either. When it comes to football, I'm really shy about my perspective as I often seem to feel that me voicing it in the midst of a football debate would make me look like a geek with asperger's syndrome. I'm overly analytical of everything I see in a match and I definitely don't understand what 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 means. What I do see is patterns of role-interchange, layers of positional transitions articulated to situational play, I see space coverage and dynamics of transitions... oh, see what I mean? Yeah, I'm probably the least talkative football fan you'll meet but there's stuff happening in my brain when the referee blows that kick-off whistle, I assure you. I'm not going to lie, it's tempting to take up some research-based job at a football club around here and try to slowly mold a change in my career, but... is this what I want to do? Really..? Spend all my life in this black hole of middle-England, occasionally lit up by hopeless Robin Hood stories? To be fair, the only statue of the man acts as public toilet on nights out, so if that doesn't wrap up all there is to know about this place then I don't know what does... And then again, do I really want to sit in my office and draft 50k pages research papers that no-one apart from a tight bunch of knit-wits seems to care about? Right! That's that, I'm done whining, f**k the conference and them bunch of old artsy-fartsy wannabes, I'm getting a ticket to Florence! 30 quid? Yeah, I'll take that any day. I'll sort something out when I get there... I'm sure... It's 7pm and I've just got here, on the Piazzale Michelangelo, and this is the view that I get: I've lit up a fag and just let it all sink in... My academic career forever gone to ashes and the hundreds of years of history and art that I have riddled into my mind for so many years... now standing right in front of me in spectacular fashion.. Ahh, definitely worth it! Off to my cheap motel where I've got a couple of nights to spend wondering and planning on what I'm doing next. One thing is for sure... I'm not going to settle for anything else than something life-changing and something that's going to keep me here... I'm done roaming about - this is the place I've got my heart in, and who knows, maybe I can find out just how deconstructivist my football understanding is in some bar conversation with what seems to be a far more receptive crowd to cynical introverts like me than the one in England...
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