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  1. Intro I love journeyman saves and I always do them whenever a new FM version comes out. Even with the current version, I started with a small team in Malaysia (Kuching) and worked my way up to win the Champions League with Bayern Munich in 2036, and the World Cup with Belgium in 2038. Most of the time this is when I start losing interest in my save so I usually start a new one, which is what this save game will be about. This time, I really want to develop a club. Get their youth working up, move up the ladder, get more income, invest in better facilities, basically become the best club of the land. Hopefully along the way, I would like to become a club legend and get a stadium named after the manager. This has never happened to me in any FM and I’m assuming it is because I never stay long with a club before I move to a new one. I usually jump within 5 seasons. So, which club would I take over? Because I want to bring the club up from the bottom, and my manager should also start from the very bottom (Sunday League Experience and no coaching degrees), I was looking for a database that would also start at the very bottom. I really love Dan BHTFC’s England database (https://community.sigames.com/topic/498100-wip-fm20-e20-england-to-level-20/ ) and I have played a few games with this database over the past versions of FM. However, this time I want to manage in a different country. I was snooping around the workshop and my eye caught this database by @Timo@: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1975799758 It brings the Italian database down to level 7. I intially loaded up the database and started playing with a club at level 7, but my computer could not handle the amount of data being processed. It didn’t crash but it went super-slow. So, I decided to start at level 6 which was much more manageable by my processor. I also love developing players from minnow nations and seeing them do well with their respective country. A story started brewing in my head where I should maybe make my manager come from a minnow nation so that eventually some good players could be generated within the club and play for the national team of the manager’s origin. This is to check if the manager can influence the national team, and improve the ranking of their native country. Looking at the etnic groups in Italy, it appears that 8% of the residents has a different background. Of this 8%, most of them are Romanian, Maghrebi and Arabic (Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Morocco, Lebanon and Egypt), and Albanian. (https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/largest-ethnic-groups-of-italy.html ) This is the current FIFA ranking of the nations mentioned above (April 2020): · Romania – 37 · Tunisia - 27 · Libya - 101 · Syria - 79 · Morocco - 43 · Lebanon - 89 · Egypt - 51 · Albania – 66 So based on the lowest ranked nation, I decided that my manager should come from Libya. I then looked at some typical Libyan names generated within FM, and decided that my manager should be called Faisal Al-Nakhli. This is his story: Faisal Al-Nakli “Born on 15/04/1986 in Sirt (Libya) and raised by his father Mahmoud and mother Munya, at the age of 25 Faisal arrived in Italy in 2011, escaping from the Libyan Civil War. He set foot on Italian soil in Sicily and established himself in the small town of Ispica to the south of Sicily. During the years away from his native country, he worked in a local pizzeria to be able to survive, pay rent and hopefully one day have enough money to bring his family across to Italy. He fell in love with football as his colleagues and friends showed a great passion towards the game. They watched the Seria A and English Premier League after hours, and even picked up a game from their local amateur club U.S.D. Virtus Ispica once in a while. Faisal loves the Manchester City style of play, and becomes a great admirer of Pep Guardiola. After a few years in Ispica, Faisal decided to join Virtus Ispica as a player in their social team. He wasn’t the greatest player, but he showed commitment and passion which didn’t go unnoticed by the board and even the manager of the first squad. Faisal was even selected to join the first team for a few games as they were short on numbers through injuries, but unfortunately he never came off the bench. While he was on the bench, the Chairman Edoardo Giorni noticed that Faisal was very active in encouriging the players on the pitch. The shouts he made were spot on, and the board started to believe that Faisal might actually be a better coach than he is a player. So they sat down together with Faisal and the manager and discussed the opportunity for Faisal to become the Assistant Manager for the following season. This was welcomed by both Faisal and manager alike, and the two started bouncing ideas of each other. A week before the first training of the new 2019-2020 season, the manager got offered a high paying job as a wine grower in Marsala, in the West of Sicliy. As the distance between Ispica and Marsala was too great to be able to travel for training and matches, the manager decided to quit the job at the club and move to Marsala for work. This put chairman Edoardo in front of a though decision: Does he urgently find a new replacement for the departing manager, or do they give Faisal a chance to manage the team even though he has no experience? Edoardo decided to take a leap of faith and put their trust into Faisal to lead the team for this season. It was going to be tricky as the team just got promoted to the Promozione Sicilia Group D (tier 6 of Italian Football), and the odds didn’t look too bright.” “While keeping his job as a kitchen hand at a local pizzeria, Faisal took his first steps into football management at age 33. This is where his football manager career starts…” __________________________________________________________________________________ At the end of each season, I will post a summary where I’ll highlight important events, standings, best players, transfers, club reputation, club facilities, Libya’s FIFA ranking and a few other interesting stats or stories. I will also do a few progress updates throughout the season to keep track of where we currently are. First season update coming soon….
  2. Enrico Santoro, born 33 years ago in Foggia, in the Southern Apulia region in Italy, has spent most of those 33 years utterly obsessed with football. Taken to Foggia matches since very early childhood by his dad, he witnessed the Zemanlandia madness years of ridiculously attacking football taking the town by storm, and was hooked forever. Sadly, Foggia faded post Zeman, and whilst Enrico remained a fierce enthusiast of his local club, the magic went away. Italian football receded into common catenaccio-like stereotypes, which he could already tell he did not identify with, even as a young teenager. He took to coaching since extremely early in his early 20s, managing a multitude of youth football sides throughout Italy, whilst growing more and more identified with foreign influences. Guardiola, Klopp became new idols beyond Zeman - a poster of each the 3 decorates his bedroom -, and he developed a distinct individual footballing philosophy. All that was missing was a chance for him to attempt it on the pitch. Until now. Having made it to the Cremonese youth system recently, the club took notice of the sleek football played by the youth teams led by Enrico. When a vacancy in the senior side became open, it was his golden opportunity as the board took the bold decision to promote him. It's a crazy opportunity. Although quite a lot further North than Enrico's native Foggia, they are a classic club from much the same era, with several appearances in early 1990s Serie A, though never lasting long - their greatest achievement being winning the Anglo-Italian Cup in 1992-1993 after they beat Derby County in Wembley. Cremonese have not been in Serie A since 1996, but are on the rise now. They've gotten promoted from Serie C to Serie B 2 years ago, and have recorded a 14th and a 9th place in the 2 years since. The board are ambitious and want a top 4, with some resources to justify it: a 1M€ transfer budget sounds fairly tasty. But the most important thing about this job is the AMAZING kits and colors. I love it! The next post should focus a bit more on the champagne side of things.
  3. Welcome to the AC Milan club thread Club Details Status: Professional Reputation: Worldwide Nickname: Rossoneri Founded: 1899 Owners: Elliot Advisors (UK) Ltd Current Manager: Stefani Pioli League: Serie A (Italy) Captain: Alessio Romagnoli Squad Personality: Ambitious Rivals: Inter Milan, Juventus, Roma, Napoli Legends, Icons & Favoured Personnel: Stadium: San Siro Capacity: 80,018 Training Facilities: Superb Corporate Facilities: Top Youth Facilities: Excellent Junior Coaching: Good Youth Recruitment: Excellent Finances: Rich Transfer Budget: 21.5m Wage Budget: £1.79m p/w Media Prediction: 4th European Football: None Trophy Cabinet: Club Vision:
  4. "Lieta del fato Brescia raccolsemi, Brescia la forte, Brescia la ferrea, Brescia leonessa d'Italia beverata nel sangue nemico." Giosuè Carducci ("Alla Vittoria") 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. A new promotion to Serie A was secured in the 2018–19 season, with two games to spare. Notable players: Roberto Baggio Andrea Pirlo Alessandro Altobelli Andrea Caracciolo Josep Guardiola Gheorghe Hagi
  5. FM19 All-European (Less England) Small Club to Big Club Challenge Introduction Welcome to a new season 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. After a steady start on FM18 hopefully with FM19 we will see a continuation of it's steady start and have another strong season. The premise of the challenge is 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 · 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 * Holiday for two seasons not one. 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!!
  6. Andrea Pirlo, one of the best and smartest playmakers in history, returns to San Siro to start a new era for Rossoneri. Beautiful legend, isn`t it? Big history, big ambitions, big expectations... let`s see where we go. Global aim - is predictably become №1 in the world. But on the way for this glory we should achieve a lot of short- and long-term goals. Some of them: 1) Champions league every season. This is what the fans want and this is crucial for many aspects such as finances, marketing, reputation etc. 2) Build strong verticale u18--u20--main squad. What i mean. Strong coaching team, unified tactical system for all levels. And i`m a fan of "manageriable" rosters. No more then 25 players in u18 and u20 squads and no more then 23 players in senior squad. 3) Attractive football (of course with DLP in the system ) . I`m not a fan of gegenpressing, "all in attack" or something like this but i prefer the rule "best defending is attacking". When you are with ball it`s reduces chances for opponents. But at the same time plug and play tactics are not for me too. I have nothing against parking the bus if its really needed and will help us to win the match. 4) Preference to Italian players. It`s not a rule but ideal picture for me is strong Italian core alongside with quality players abroad. 5) Very long term i think - become CL most times winner (now Real - 13 times). So let`s start: Season 2018-2019 "Transitional" Why transitional? Cause this season is time for everyone in the club including players and the staff to show their skills and abilities. No transfers, no loans, no staff moves. And i will decide who suits our high standarts and who will leave the club. to be continued...
  7. I've been doing my Parma updates in 'The Italian Job! Italian league thread is here!' thread on the GP&TG Forum, decided to transfer my previous updates into one topic instead. Will be making new updates here from now on as well. I might use this thread for my FM20 save as well in the future, will see how it goes. As of writing, I'm currently in my 7th season with Parma. New updates will be for April 2025 onwards.
  8. Hey. I want to do small changes in advanced rules for Italy, but there seems to be something wrong with it to begin with. I load 19.3.0 database - Add nation rules Italy add lower divisions etc - convert to advanced rules. At this point i tried making changes that ive done in fm18 and before to make my game more enjoyable - Test rules All - Then I get this error at the date 5/5/2018 "Error in nation rules: Wrong number of qualified teams (57) found for competition (59 required)." I couldnt figure out why I would get that error so I tried to repeat my steps on new save except I didnt make any of the changes I did before; I just converted to advanced rules right away. I got the same error even though I made NO changes. I tried the same for England and there were no errors. How come I get that error with Italy? Thanks for any help!
  9. Hi everyone, I'm looking where to find a package for Italian lower leagues, respectively Terza Categoria (Messina). If it already exists, on which FM edition may I find it? Thanks to all,
  10. This originally appeared on Dictatethegame.com https://dictatethegame.com/2019/07/27/fm19-advanced-tactical-primer-boosting-your-4-2-3-1-possession-tactic-via-ppms/ You can still read it there in its original formating and high quality pictures. I'm the original author and an reposting it here to see if I can generate discussion about 4-2-3-1 formation, using One-Twos PPM (or your other favorite PPMs) or possession tactics in general. So let me know what you think and drop your feedback and comments below. I'm planning to make my Roma save into a long series at least until FM20 comes out. Cheers! I have been playing Football Manager since 2013 and year after year I still see the same questions pop up regarding Player Preferred Moves (PPMs or also known as Player Traits). Why do they not work how they should? My player has “Plays with back to the goal” but I never see him receiving passes and holding up the ball? How come my centreback with “Brings Ball out of Defence” does not dribble into the midfield? The game engine must be broken right? Wrong, what you see is the divergence between what his role is instructing him (including any idiosyncratic traits he possess) and the general team and/or individual player instructions. This guide will examine some popular Player Traits and explain how they can work together and be applied to a typical 4-2-3-1 tactic to enhance overall possession and scoring. Likes to Round the Keeper – one of the coolest PPMs to have on your player, given the right tactical set up and the player with the right attributes A few years back Mesut Ozil made it look easy when he decided to round Ludogoret’s keeper in the Champions League. In the game, as well as in reality, there are quiet a few complex factors that combine on the field to make the occurrence of such artistic moves more likely. In on itself, rounding the keeper might not be a game changer or even tactically significant, but it shows that in the sport of football we must take into account that each player is an individual with unique traits and idiosyncratic tendencies that a good manager must carefully pay attention to. Even though the whole match is a team performance, it consists of numerous individual performances that add up minute after minute. Thus, one can never know how one player’s single moment of brilliance could affect the flow of the rest of the game. Foremost, a competent manager must be a good manager of individuals and know each players very well, before they can claim to be a good manager of the whole team. The above statement is one reason why I prefer to work with small squads that I can study and get to know very well during the preseason. Managing large squads with multiple substitutes per position and large reserve and junior teams actually scares me. This is one reason that for the last couple of iterations managing AS Roma has always been a big temptation for me. They have one of the smallest and most focused First Teams in FM 2019. Prelude: Brazil’s 4-2-3-1 – The Magic Formation As promised in my last Shadow Striker article I will be taking a deeper look at the famous 4-2-3-1 formation. In that article I argued that this well-known shape had its origins in Brazilian leagues in the 1950s. Over the years this formation evolved into the more familiar, and very Brazilian, “Magic Box” 4-2-2-2 formation. In the Magic Box the two advanced midfielders play behind the strikers, giving the formation its pronounced narrowness. The only width comes from the two fullbacks, giving one of the reasons why this role has become so important in Brazil with some of the best fullbacks and wingbacks in the world coming from the region. Yet the 4-2-3-1 as played by Brazilian teams between 1950s and 1980s, was essentially the classic Magic Box formation in everything but name. While separate on paper, the two formations became interchangeable in Brazilian football as 4-2-3-1 would transform into 4-2-2-2 in its attacking phase. This is thanks to the two inside forwards tucking in to play through the middle (essentially as central advanced midfielders) and the shadow striker moving up to play beside the deep-lying central forward. 4-2-3-1 – One of the most flexible formations and one of the best to win and maintain possession in the middle, since it can transform into a narrow 4-2-2-2 in transition phase As result of all this movement and rearrangement, you end up with three distinct banks of players playing closely together and sharing tasks. You have the four attackers in the front mostly tasked with attack and having more creative freedom than the rest of the team to craft out moves and exercise their flair. Next there are the two defensive midfielders and center backs focusing on playing the high defensive line and preventing the opponent from advancing into our own half. The defence is definitely more structured and disciplined than the rest of the team. Finally, you have the two fullbacks, acting as the key pivots in the tactic, linking the defence and attack. They probably have the most important roles on the team, both offensively and defensively responsible in running up and down the field for the full 90 minutes. I prefer one to be more defensive than the other (usually on the side of my more attacking winger). Having broken down the team into these three distinct area, one can see how important it is to have players with complementary roles as well as the PPMs to suit them. This is especially true for your four front attackers. Speaking of those attackers, in my last article I gushed all over the Shadow Striker role, specifically when in partnership with a Deeplying Forward. Unfortunately that article turned into a theoretical analysis of these roles as I did not have enough game time to run a proper test save. Presently, after putting the tactic to a test for almost a full season with AS Roma, I can confidently say that a Shadow Striker role works as well as envisioned, if not better. I also discovered that there are some PPMs that make this role more potent when slotted into a short passing high-possession tactic. One, Two …. GOAL! In the following video, can you count the number of passes between the halfway line and the goal? The whole play takes less than fourteen seconds and is a typical example of a play that I see a lot with my latest 4-2-3-1 tactic. While testing tactics, I tend to watch most of my matches in full or at least in comprehensive highlight mode. Trust me, it helps a lot when trying to tweak your roles and instructions. Thus I was able to see the efficiency of my 4-2-3-1 tactic improve drastically from when I first tried it with Fiorentina to my move to Roma. My goals scored have increased (while at same time keeping more clean sheets) and the team has started playing a much more beautiful brand of football, almost like Tiki-Taka in its approach with one key difference. As you can see in an above video, it is a possession-heavy style with plenty of short, quick passes but it is far from being stale passing for the sake of passing and pointless possession that people tend to attribute with Tiki-Taka. Rather I will join the football hipsters in borrowing the term “Vertical Tiki-Taka” to describe how this tactic plays. Vertical Tiki-Taka is a more aggressive style of possession football where the emphasis is as much on keeping the ball as it on moving it up the pitch as quickly as possible. It is brand of “liquid football” that brought celebrated managers like Pep Guardiola and Maurizio Sarri a lot of success in recent years. But how did I achieve this? It is not because Roma’s squad is better than Fiorentina’s. For the most part, it is not. With the exception of its fullbacks, Fiorentina is technically equivalent. While the Giallorossi are predicted to finish in the top 5, they do not possess a world-class squad and have little depth outside of the first team. Also, I barely changed the team instructions and roles between the two saves. So why is Roma playing so good after only half a season? I believe the answer to that lies in the player’s player traits. Maurizio Sarri’s Vertical Tiki-Taka “Sarriball” at its best As you can see, Vertical Tiki-Taka, as played by Sarri’s Napoli is similar to Pep’s vision of the more dynamic Tiki Taka in how it relies in creating overloads on one side of the field in order to unlock a very attacking player on the opposite wing (in this example, Callejon). So how do PPMs fit into it? With Giallorossi, my overall strategy is shaped by the fact that for most domestic matches I am the favoured side, required to play through dense enemy defenses. In order to win against parked buses I have come to rely on tactical overloads (a concept I covered extensively here) and specific Player Trait combinations. I’m not going to go back and explain the three ways in which I create overloads. With Roma I decided to keep a symmetrical 4-2-3-1 formation while using only two overload methods: specific supporting roles and team instructions to overload our left side. While overload itself is easy enough to achieve, switching the ball to the right “unlocked” flank turned out tricky. Initially, I found that managing a top side like Roma can make it difficult to find space behind the opponent’s defensive low block and score goals. To do this more consistently I crafted my tactic to take advantage of the PPM “Likes to play One-Twos”. Luckily the squad already had a few players with this trait and I started promptly to train all my attackers in it. The video below will give you a good idea how one-two passing helps to “play through” defenders. One-Twos work similarly in the game. Like any Player Preferred Move, they increase the likelihood of an action. In this case, the likelihood that the player will pass short to a teammate before making a forward run into space with the intention of quickly receiving the ball back.One-two passing works especially well in a short-passing possession tactic. It can help your team to use short passes and superior off the ball movement to play through stubborn opposition. So where the more direct diagonal passes and crosses are blocked, high-speed running and passing is harder for defenders to contain. It you have a team full of good passers and attackers with above average (15+) off the ball and decision-making , then one-twos become an essential compliment to playing possessive football. Breaking the Bus with Roma I am going to argue further that when facing a parked bus, possession football is exactly what you need to play, and not a more direct attacking approach. Many FM players also make the mistake of sitting back and hoping that the opponent will come forward more and expose gaps behind their defense. While this might work as a counter-attacking strategy when you are the underdog, when you play as the favoured side it only gives the defensive opponent more time on the ball. In the game this translates to instances of very high possession for the defending side who sit back and the hog the ball while hoping for a draw. Early on in my FM career the amount of boring draws I would get infuriated me. Its one of the reasons I started playing around with overloads and other ways to break the bus. After hours of experimenting with various teams, I found that the best way to break down a low defensive block is to keep possession and dictate how the game should go. When you maintain high possession while overloading one side, it allows your central forwards and/or wingers to get more involved in the play. It keeps your attack tight and spaced close for short passes so even if there is little room behind the opponent’s defensive wall, you can break through it via a series of short passes and runs into space. A video example from my save is probably the best way to show how this works. In the clip above notice how initially we overload the left side before advancing rapidly up the field via short passes and off the ball runs. I can count at least three one-twos in the final third. What you cannot tell from the clip is that Cagliari was a very stubborn side playing exemplary negative football for the whole 90 minutes. So when it finally came, this beautiful goal, by none other than my golden boy Nicolo Zaniolo, arrived in the last minutes of extra time. Better late than neve. Our patience paid off with the goal allowing Roma to advance to the next stage of the Italian Cup. To create more one-two passing between them, I have my two inside forwards play as close to the shadow striker as possible. It helps if they have “Cut inside” trait. By staying close to the center it should allow the inside forwards exchange one two passes more frequently with the shadow striker or even my deeplying forward. Having One Twos trait on the inside forwards is probably even more important than on the central striker pairing because there is inherently more space on the wings to take advantage of this PPM. Also having overlapping fullback and wingback with the same trait provides another passing avenue to our attack. My 4-2-3-1 Tactical Primer – The core selection of PPMs that allow my Roma team to play their own brand of “liquid” attacking short pass football – “Vertical Tiki-Taka”. The image above is my easy-to-use visual guide on how I mold my team into playing an attractive brand of possession football. The 4-2-3-1 is a perfect formation for it, and I had a lot of success with it. That is provided you have capable players with the right PPMs. As you can see in the picture, I’m in the process of defining the core PPM selection for the roles in my tactic. The ones listed above are by no means exhaustive as there are other traits that can work. However I believe these ones are essential to how my 4-2-3-1 functions. They enhance my tactic and help it to work well with fewer instructions. I chose Roma for my test as their team already has at least one player in each position with one or more of the required preferred traits. The rest I can train. Essentially, I ask all my wingers, and shadow striker to play one twos and move into channels while the central striker absolutely needs to have “comes deep to get the ball” in addition to playing one twos. With adequate training most of my team should possess these traits by the end of 1st season. I will be bringing other suitable candidates via transfers. You can see the team instructions I use but keep in mind that the tactic is still a work in progress. Although feel free to try it out for yourself as I include the download link at the end of the article. In future entries, I plan to go in more detail on how I set up 4-2-3-1 formation as well as how we performed in the 1st full season in Serie A (SPOILER – We did quite well!). 1st Season so far – with handfull of games left, we are first but in a tight race with both Juventus and Napoli. Who will come out on top? Nicolo Zaniolo – Future Imperator of Roma Nicolo is one of several 5 star-rated wonderkids available to Roma. The others include Luca Pellegrini, Alessio Riccardi and Justin Kluivert have the potential to develop into wordbeaters Nicolo Zaniolo has been responding to my training especially well. After six months, as my primary shadow striker he already learned to play one twos and possesses a veritable arsenal of other traits that make him excel in the role. He is currently my top goalscorer (with 14 goals, not bad for a 19 year old rooky in his first competitive season!) and as you can see attribute-wise he is shaping up into one of my most potent offensive weapons. AveNico! Zaniolo is my ideal Shadow Striker – physically and mentally strong with enough tactical intelligence to anticipate, get into position off the ball, and technical enough to finish his chances. Having that Power Shot trait helps too, although he scores most of his goals from within the penatly area (he is especially good with headers). I’m truly excited for what he will bring to my 4-2-3-1 tactic as I chronicle his rise (as well as Rome’s 2nd conquest of Europe) in my future articles. Thanks for reading and hopefully you will continue to follow my new Roma-inspired guide series titled Running with the Wolves! Tactic Download: https://ufile.io/xnwyx9ef Follow us @ Dictate The Game’s Facebook and Dictate The Game’s Twitter
  11. Hi guys i'm trying to remove salary cap in italiano serie b, but when i verify the advanced rules an error occured "wrong Number of qualified team (57) found for the competition (missing 59)". I'm sure i didn't change anything but the salary cap, the error occured even if i didn't change anything. Do you now how to fix?
  12. US Palermo – Looking For Stability February 2017 should have mark the end of an era in Palermo when Maurizio Zamparini stepped down as chairman of Palermo after 15 years in charge with over 40 managerial changes. It was first announced he had agreed to sell his controlling stake to an unspecified Anglo-American fund. But the takeover eventually collapsed after the necessary funds were not in place and Palermo ended the season in 19th place, being relegated to Serie B. The instability continued the next season and probably cost Palermo an immediate promotion back to the top flight. For the 2018/2019 Serie B season, Palermo even found themselves forced to sell a number of players due to financial issues, with Antonino La Gumina sold to Empoli and Igor Coronado to Sharjah FC. This is where I come in or more precisely Giuseppe Iachini, a former player midfielder for Palermo who also coached them two times between 2013 and 2016. During his tenure, he won his personal fourth top flight promotion, guiding Palermo to be crowned Serie B champions five matches before the end of season. The goal will obviously be to repeat this achievement but also to simply survive Zamparini’s madness.
  13. RIOTS OF ROME It has been over a year since the infamous Riots of Rome which seen the destruction to parts of the city not seen since the war torn days of the second World War. We seen both the beautiful and ugly side of the game which coincided in two months of mayhem that left an unprecedented amount of carnage in our beautiful capital. So when reports surfaced through an unofficial leak last month, people feared the worst, they battened down the hatches, boarding went up, the Government and Police were on the front foot once they received word and to everyone's credit who was involved originally they put a stop to what could have been. We know the saying that 'Rome wasn't built in a day', but now over 14 months on from those fateful days in May and June of 2025 we can say that it hasn't quite been rebuilt in year either there is still things to be done even now, so imagine if you will if events had of stirred up again. For me, I could not bear it again and so with everyone's blessing we will start this 6 part document detailing the events surrounding the Riots of Rome. – Italian Football had been steadily on the improve, from the days of corruption back in 2006 we embarked through the turmoil to see the crowds return to the game and Italian football climb the ranks once again and be well regarded for the most part. Juventus were taking the league by storm, 12 successive years of titles from 2011/12 to 2022/23 ended in 2023/24 season after some financial irregularity's seen the Italian game once again hit the front page in Europe. Thankfully it was an oversight from the club, but still they paid the price with expulsion from Europe's best competitions and someone looking deeply into their books. In truth Juventus had struggled in continental football, with Allegri and Conte at the helm they had taken trophy after trophy at home but their best effort in the Champions League was a Quarter final place where they lost to eventual winners Liverpool in 2021 but that is another story. With Juventus dotting the I's and crossing the T's so to speak, it seen the pack catch up and a renewed interest in Italian Football, with that teams like Internazionale, AS Roma, AC Milan, Lazio, Napoli, Fiorentina and Sampdoria were now likely contenders AC Milan had cleared house and Rafa Benitez came in February 2023, he had a 4 months to get to know the players and work on things and he had good results in the few months and had got them into 4th spot. Lazio has sacked their incumbent manager Alberto Bollini after poor results and had replaced him with Red Star FC manager Matt Panpardus. Sampdoria had brought in Faith Terim for Robert Donadoni and the rest of contenders seemed quite settled, that was off course with the exception of Napoli, a disagreement between the board and Pep Guardiola had seen the Spaniard leave at the end of the season despite a 6th place finish with some heavy injuries to key players it was considered a good result, however Ivan Lenko replaced Pep, he came with a good pedigree having won the Jupiler Pro league back to back with Club Brugge in Belgium so there was optimism as well. As we know the 2023/24 season proved the catalyst for change, AC Milan and Rafa Benitez were runaway winners by 21 points, Juventus slipped to 5th and clubs like AS Roma, Napoli, Sampdoria slipped to the lower tables, Genoa were the surprise packets finishing 4th, Inter 3rd and Lazio finished in 2nd. SS Lazio Roma is where the story starts and ends, so in Part 2 we will look at their season and start to see what lead to the Riots of Rome. -- Hi everyone, this will be a pretty short story, about 6 posts, I had a fun save with Lazio after starting with Red Star in the French league so thought I would write a quick short story as I lack the time or talent to write anything better
  14. I have just spent 65 million on a Colombian regen, only for him to be ineligible because he is non-eu. The problem is that he is the only non-eu signing I have made in the last two years who is still at the club, the rest have either been sold or loaned out. How can I make him eligible?
  15. It is said a picture is worth more than 1000 words, so here it goes and see what we can make of it: From the 20 teams found in Seria in the 2018-2019 edition, 18 of them come from the North (west and east) and Center regions. Only 2 of them are coming from the Islands (Cagliari) and South region (Napoli). They are also the only one to ever won any major trophies of the Italian calcio (football). A lot of discussion can be made around what drives this discrepancy between the north and the south, but this is not the purpose here. Furthermore, I am not Italian and therefore not a lot of information for me on the topic. What we aim to do is pick over a club in the south, and climb to Serie A, eventually winning some trophies along the way. It is clear by now that I have decided on going to the region of Calabria. And that Is important because I aim to do all that only using players from Calabria (there are several careers here exploring the concept in other regions of Europe, most of them in Brittany, but also done it myself in the national Romanian forum by only using players born in cross-border region - Banat). It would be a difficult task as I've played around with some filters and there not a great deal of exceptional players from Calabria, but that will only add to the challenge. I have yet to pick a club, but playing on Football Manager Touch I am bound by the clubs playing in the out-of-the-box leagues (although would have made a beautiful story to start from Serie D or even lower, but afraid real-life won't let me do that much time-investment anymore). Therefore I am still to decide between one of the following: Crotone (Serie B) - recently relegated from Serie A, but not doing great irl, good facilities, decent stadium, a bit to many loaned players. Cosenza (Serie B) - promoted to Serie B, large stadium and decent facilities, the color scheme is a bit off-putting. Catanzaro (Serie C) - lingering for years in the lower leagues after Serie A 30 years a go, medium sized in all aspects. Reggina (Serie C) - largest city of the region, a large stadium and good facilities, been to Serie A before. Rende (Serie C) - not sure I wanna go that low as both the club and the city (an annex of Cosenza) are on the smaller size. Vibonese (Serie C) - another smaller club which never been to Serie A. Most of the clubs suffered a process characteristic to Italy (and especially the south) due to financial troubles and irregularities they have been re-founded several times, but that won't be big problem. Chosing one of them will be as searching for the perfect balance between to hard and to easy (although I doubt it will be the case, never had much success in the big leagues in FM with small teams). Might even put in one or two funnier criteria, like for which team I can buy online a game shirt (will help me stick with it), or which will be most suitable as a tourist destination for me and the miss this summer. Any suggestions are welcomed, as for sure gonna take a couple of days to decide (introducing all criteria in a excel database, giving them weights, calculating).
  16. 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!!
  17. I am thinking about starting a save in the Serie A, most probably AC Milan, but an important part of this would be the ability to set up an U23 side. Juventus U23 are in the game but I was unable to find information about how registering a new U23 side would work. Is there anybody that can advise whether this is actually possible and if so how it works/how long it took to be able to register the U23 team. Thanks
  18. SAVING FOOTBALL 2 *Voiceover* "...Back in the mists of time, in 2015, a man by name of Hakan ran a small, exclusive coaching academy in the South of France. Before his glory days (see @ManUtd1's excellent thread), he was nothing more than the head of the Académie des Fraudes. He had a few disciples, men who had travelled far and wide to learn the ween ways. Eventually, he could teach them nothing more and abandoned them as he set out to make his fortune. Those pupils gathered around and realised they could outdo the master in following the Youth Only philosophy. They made their way out, under cover of night, and set about conquering France from the inside..." However, one year on and things looked very different. Hakan himself had set up a satellite academy in the rich and verdant Tuscan hills. Learning from his previous failures, he no longer decreed that Youth Only would be his calling card, only the starting in Serie D.. He'd even placed a discreet ad in La Gazzetta Dello Sport. "DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE FRAUDLENT? SIGN UP HERE!...sponsored by @B.W.G" And his French proteges? Well, they were a completely different kettle of fish... Invading Italy were... @Deisler26 - Santarcangelo Calcio 1926 @Makoto Nakamura - Clodiense Chioggia @BoxToBox - Calcio Avelino S.S.D @B.W.G - San Marino Calcio @noikeee - Modena FC 2018 @ToMexico!! - Gela Calcio @MarcxD - U.S Savoia 1908 @smp20 - AC Locri 1909 @deltablue - Como 1907 @wynter - Bustese Milano City FC @Peter G - Cassino Calcio @Bartrcm - A.S.D Mezzolara @Benjoe - U.S Arezzo
  19. For the Salernitana team, the shirt number 4 is not retired. From 2011 the number's shirt is available. In this competition the number 4 is Bernardini
  20. Dave Smith is a guy. He did a thing in a different timeline and that is here. He is now in this timeline full of reverse twins and Tinglers but he is ready to go again. The first few posts in that previous post are the same here... the only divergence is... Meet the new manager of Messina he divint even na how he got here... Game on...
  21. There are seemingly a multitude of clubs within the Serie C that have been at the top of Italian Football for quite a while and then once relegated experienced a heavy decline. Calcio Catania are one such club, now plying their trade in the Italian Serie C/C. However, their relegation from the Serie B in 2014/15 was not fiscally inspired but rather the result of a series of match-fixing which was appropriately punished. Now after languishing in the league for the past few seasons it is my task to restore them to the Serie A and establish a new dominant force in Europe. Aims for this save - Immediate Promotion to the Serie B - Serie A within 3 seasons - Win the Serie A - Win the Europa and Champions Leagues Pretty standard goals, so to add a little flavour to it I'll add a restriction No players can be purchased that aren't Italian, or based in Italy A nice little mixer to the challenge will be us starting the season with a -7 point deficit, following poor financial management. In order to win the title we have to be dominant. Whether this team is capable of that though, is another matter entirely. Deficit removed in the early stages. Time to get to work.
  22. Hello Everyone. New member to the forum here so after just purchasing FM18 i am deciding to share my experiences of playing with you all.I have been a very avid fan of the Italian game for a while now right back to the "Gazzetta football italia" days and some of the players back then were great,as well of now too of course.What i was thinking of doing was taking a player from the 90's when the world cup was hosted in Italy,who hadnt actually managed a team as of yet,im making a career out of him in a FM game. That player was Giuseppe Bergomi. Bergomi who played for Inter Milan his whole playing career spanning an impressive 519 appearances throughout his 20 years at Inter Milan,has chosen to leave his tv work at sky sports Italia and take his first steps into management. The details I've only loaded up Italy,England&Spain down to there lowest level,as well as using the lastest transfer update form over on sortitoutsi.net which can be found here https://sortitoutsi.net/football-manager-data-update So after applying for a few jobs it was narrowed down to either Foggia and Benevento who both play in the Serie B in Italy.. I hope you all enjoy my save....
  23. Hey guys, Basically the details are in the title, I will be taking over the San Marino club team who currently compete in Italy's Serie D. I am able to manage them thanks to Riddler's league update which is here: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1198129403&searchtext=italy I will aim to rise through the ranks of the Italian league system, using only players from my academy. Here's a quick snapshot of the team: On top of club duties I hope to eventually take charge of the San Marino National Team and hopefully bring them some form of success. I have loaded the Italian and Sammarinese leagues as playable, as well as England, Spain, Germany and France as view-only.
  24. The Sardinian Fortress This save isn't that special, the usual youth-only challenge, only this time done with Eccellenza Sardegna side Latte Dolce, also known as Sassari Calcio. The main objective will be to create somewhat of a dynasty with the team and reach the top flight of Italian football, whilst also trying to bring as many other Sardinian teams with me on the way. Sardinia is one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean sea, second only to Sicily. This Italian island is located to the immediate south of the Corsica, and is divided into four provinces whilst being home to one metropolitan city. Its capital is Cagliari, which also happens to be the home of the only Sardinian club to have ever played in the Italian top flight. The second largest city on the island is Sassari, which boasts a population of over 127,000 inhabitants, in an urban area of around twice this size. Historically, its economy has relied mainly on industries such as tourism and services. All of this hardly matters to us, as what truly matters is information regarding the club which we will be following in this career update. U. S. D. Latte Dolce Unione Sportiva Dilettantistica Latte Dolce (which ironically translates to 'sweet milk') is an amateur Italian club founded in 1973, which has spent the vast majority of its history in Eccellenza, the Italian fifth division, with a brief spell in Serie D in 2013-14. Currently, their squad is considered to be the strongest amongst their Eccellenza group, and will fight for promotion whilst aiming to improve its facilities and generate strong youth intakes for the future. Their manager will be former high school goalkeeper-turned-coach, the Ethiopian-American Legend Tesfaye. And as you can tell, those aren't the best facilities. Poor training facilities, basic youth and corporate facilities, and minimal junior coaching combined with limited recruitment; we're rock-bottom, and we'll have to work on getting those facilities up as soon as possible. As for the squad itself, the assistant manager rates our starting eleven very highly, stating that all of them would be decent players if they were to be in Serie D sides, even mentioning that some of my key players (such as Andrea Usai and Omar Delizos) would be good players in Serie D, despite them really not being that good. I think the real struggle this season will be to keep our players, as although there is definitely talent in this team, none of them are actually earning anything for now. I'm personally just very excited for this, and can't wait to see how we end up doing this season. I'll see you in the next update!
  25. Well, we are now heading into the ninth year of this challenge. It has been an incredible six years around here with some great stories, clubs, and players. Rlipscombe, Iacovone and Myself are looking forward to another great year. This challenge is similar to dafuge's, Gundo's & others, starting with a previously unplayable club and taking them all the way to a National Title and then on to the European Champions League. With a variety of leagues, styles of play, different rules, and many different locations for your clubs there can be a lot of variety throughout the thread, a great atmosphere and fun with all our users. Special credit to Duccio for the logo atop this years challenge. General Challenge Info Possible Countries France | Germany | Italy | Netherlands | Portugal | Russia | Spain | Turkey League Rules Top Divisions France | Germany | Italy | Netherlands | Portugal | Russia | Spain | Turkey 2nd Divisions France | Germany | Italy | Netherlands | Portugal | Russia | Spain | Turkey 3rd Divisions France | Germany | Italy | Portugal | Spain | Turkey League Reset Dates June 20th - France, Germany, Russia & Turkey June 30th - Portugal & Italy July 7th - Netherlands July 10th - Spain The Rules A) Game Set-up 1) Load One Nation Only (All Available Divisions within your nation) 2) Your choice of Database Size (Large Recommended) 3) NO Edited Databases of any kind 4) Customising Database You can add players to the database up to a limit of 100,000 in total - Change for people wanting more variety in their DB Suggested Adds Players from Top Clubs/Top Divisions (Europe or All Continents) - This increases the challenge at Continental Level Players Based in your Nation - This can add up to 50% more players to your game Players Based in your Region (Central Europe/East Europe/UK & Ireland) - This can add extra players likely to join your club There will be a file correcting the club/competition names, I will advise use of this. NO other additional customising is allowed. 5) Attribute Masking should be Enabled (In FM17 this means UNTICKED) 6) Disable Ingame Editor (Please do this) 7) Optional Ticks Add Key Staff (This will give you a Scout, Physio & Ass Man by generating them if your club is without) Add Players in Playable Nations (This will ensure all clubs have a minimum number of players, generating them if needed) The extra levels of detail that you can change while in the game are up to you, as they shouldn't make a difference. B) Steps in the Game 1) Add an unemployed manager, you will not use this man to manage your club. I like "Unemployed Man or Holiday Man" 2) Go on holiday until the reset date of your chosen nation (Should take about an hour) TIP - Changing Detail Level to None will make it go faster. (Remember to change it back afterwards) TIP - Saving on the day before this date may give you a better choice of teams by reloading the game then going on holiday for one day, I would strongly recommend trying this. 3) Add a new manager - Use yourself, or a created character to help build a story line a) Personal Details - Your Choice b) Tracksuit vs Trainer - Your Choice c) Past Experience lowest Possible (Generally Sunday League) d) Coaching Licenses lowest Possible (None) e) Other options are up to you TIP - If you add the language of your country of choice it will make it easier at the beginning TIP - Training now includes you at some level depending on your abilities. 4) Choose to take over any club which has been promoted to the bottom playable league of your nation. TIP - Easiest way in FM17 to see this is on the "Season Review" screen, showing the "Promoted Clubs" TIP - You can confirm your club by checking the Domestic History's page for not being at this level since start of game 5) Retire your unemployed manager. 6) Manage your club to National Title & European Champions League Victory 7) Completing the 'Big' Euro Challenge. C) Signing of Players 1) You must be able to scout them TIP - You don't actually have to scout them, just be able to TIP - You can check your scouting range on the Scouting page 2) Alternatively (If you can't scout them), you must bring them on a trial first 3) You are able to sign anyone sent to you via Agent Offer TIP - Make sure you screenshot the Agent offer 4) In later versions you can get your DoF to find players, he will bring in players not in Scouting Range, these are also allowed. TIP - Grab a screenshot of your DoF signing them D) Posting 1) Player naming is allowed. (This is a warning for those of you who do not wish to see this) 2) Discussion of tactics is allowed. (This is another warning for those of you who do not wish to see this) Expected Updates We have minimum expectations when it comes to a first up post and also in the end of season updates. The Bold pages are necessary for everyone, the others are some suggestions that will get others interested in your posts and following your club. All other screenshots are welcome and encouraged, but we please ask that the majority are posted as links, because lots of pictures can make the page very slow to load. First Post: Domestic Leagues History (Club) Profile (Manager) Overview (Club) Squad (Club) End of Season Updates: Transfers (Club) - This is so we can see the ins & outs League Table (Competition) Squad (Club) Information (Manager) Profile (Manager) Information (Club) Profile (Players) I will show some examples of updates down below in the next posts so you can see some of the stuff previously posted. Progress of your club should be documented using this thread, we want to hear the story of your club all the way through. Please keep us updated, even if you are doing badly. If you title your end of season report in bold this makes it easier to identify. Everyone will be supportive, and really get into your game if you give more detail, I also provide a list of some previous star players that may have become household names in this thread. E) Other If you are Sacked You can Restart from the beginning or; Continue your game and pick a new club (Under Same Rules) at the end of the next season or; Add another Big Euro League/Remove Current League, holiday a whole season and continue You can still only have one nation running at a time Once the league becomes active you MUST holiday a full season The club must be one of those unplayable from the beginning No Restrictions on Parent or Feeder Clubs International Management allowed from FM14 forwards (But you cannot start as an International Manager) The use of any external utilities and editors (Such as Genie Scout or FMM) are prohibited. As of FM14 there are also unlockables, these are also prohibited, please don't use them. It would be appreciated if you also ticked the box at the start which prevents the use of the ingame editor. How to Post a Screenshot 1) While in FM, press the 'Prt Sc' button (usually next to F12 on your keyboard). 2) Open an image editing program such as Paint and paste the image 3) Save the file as a JPEG or PNG 4) Upload the image to an image hosting website such as Photobucket or Imageshack 5) Post the direct Url to the image here. Alternatively using ALT + F9 in game saves a screenshot to your user data folder. (You can also edit this in the shortcuts options) The LLR Motivational Finally I would like to wish everyone taking on this challenge the best of luck on a long and hard journey to managerial success! The atmosphere and contribution in this thread has always been excellent, long may it continue. As core members for every year, LLR, rlipscombe, Iacovone and PRDH would like to add that we are here to help for the new challengers and hope everybody that participates contributes considerably to the thread. There is nothing better than getting immersed not only in your own game but providing the encouragement to other people's attempts too. Remember we are all fighting the same battle - to defeat the AI (and uncover fabulous newgens!) - therefore it goes without saying that any form of cheating will be severely chastised. Don't do it! We have had an incident in the past, lets not see it again - it spoils the challenge for the hard workers in here. Note: All the screenshots etc are from when I last ran the challenge in 2015, so I will do my best to update them in the coming week, but this is it for now.
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