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The Youth Factory Cesena This career update is created as apart of the Youth Academy Challenge link too it can be found here. I post updates there too but will do more detailed ones here. Because of said challenge I follow the rules of it, and too give a short summary. The most important thing you would need too know is the fact I am not allowed too do any transfers in. Outside the yearly youth recruitment of course. I am free too do transfers out of the club. As apart of the setup I simulated a year too get a previously unplayable club into the Lega Pro A/B/C stages of the Italian league (3rd level). My choice of these clubs as you might have guessed by now was Cesena. Furthermore the Challenge asks you to start without former experience or badges making my manager look rather useless as the picture below will illustrate. Spoiler below contains seasonal short summary
I’ve decided to start a youth save after reading some fantastic and inspiring stories on this board. This is the first time in my long CM/FM career to start a youth save. I’m a huge fan of LLM, so managing a lower team is not new for me. But a youth challenge very much is. After some consideration on which league to choose, I’ve decided to manage a team on Iceland. I went on holiday for one season, checked the fresh promoted teams and had a choice between two teams: IR and HK. I’ve chosen IR because of their history. Íþróttafélag Reykjavíkur (IR) was founded in 1907. Although this long history, they didn’t win much silverware. Runner-up of the First Division, the 1. Deild karla, is their best performance. It’s up to me to add some trophies to their cabinet. Season 2017 Board expectation Avoid relegation. Facilities Training facilities: adequate Youth facilities: adequate Youth recruiting: Average Junior coaching: average Squad The first look on the squad learns me that I’ve got some nice players for this level. We’ve got with Magnús Þór Magnússon a decent goalkeeper. Halldór Arnarsson and Björn Anton Guðmundsson are great defenders. On our midfield is Alexander Kostic our best player, together with captain Andri Jónasson. Our best player is Hilmar Þór Kárason. He’s got some nice dribbling skills and looks like our star player. Also Jón Gísli Ström looks like a very nice player. But that’s about it. The rest of the team is just not good enough, so I really look forward to the first youth intake, somewhere in August 2017. Tactic Although I prefer to build my own tactic, I decided to use Guido’s Strikerless tactic for this save. I’m a big fan of his work and I’m curious if his tactic will succeed on this low level. Season 1 (May 2017 – September 2017) The start of the season was terrible. We’ve lost our first 5 matches in the 1. Deild karla. We survived two round of the Borgunarbikar, but in the 4th round ÍF Völsungur was too strong for us. After this terrible start we won our first match with 3-1 of HK, the other promoted team. The players learned the tactic better and better, we won some more matches, but we couldn’t get away from the last place in the competition. After the youth intake on 10-08-2017, which delivered some promising youngsters, we finally left the last place. We didn’t lose our last 5 matches (W4, D1) and finished even higher than expected: 6th! As you can see the margins were very small, one or two more draws or loses could have meant relegation. Player of the season was Jón Gísli Ström. He played very well as a shadow striker. Kárason didn’t deliver. He scored only 3 goals in 20 matches. He needs to do better next season. League finish Jón Gísli Ström Youth intake I can’t complain about this very first youth intake. Some youngsters look very promising, and I promoted them directly to the first team. Teitur Pétursson Magnús Már Kristjánsson Viktor Bergmann Sveinsson Sveinn Sigurður Þorsteinsson Guðjón Frímann Heiðdal Heimir Birgisson Hilmar Alexandersson Season 2018 expectation I’m happy how things are going. Hopefully the youngsters can have an immediate impact. If so, I’ll think a mid-table finish is a realistic target.
A few weeks ago I stumbled across the Youth Academy Challenge in FM16 and subsequently Makoto Nakamura's "San Marino - The Ultimate Challenge!" save and was super eager to try it out for myself - so here we go in FM17 with my first posts here! I've holidayed through the first season in Sweden and ended up at IFK Trelleborg in Sweden, who have been promoted into the Second Division South Göteland. They've never won any silverware, so I'm going to see if I can change that and hopefully discover a few Henrik Larssons along the way. Club Founded - 1910 Status - Semi-Professional Reputation - Below Average Nickname - None Finances - Okay Estimated Value - £375k Club Legends, Icons, Favoured Personnel - None Rivals - Trelleborgs FF Owner Status - Loves the Club Media Prediction - 12th (of 14) We start out playing our home games at the 10,000 seater Vångavallen and have below average training facilities and basic youth facilities. We also have fairly basic junior coaching and a basic youth recruitment network. There are no players in our U21 or U19 teams at the beginning of the save, and we've been served up with this in the first team:
Double challenge: - Youth Academy Challenge, pick a non-playable club at the lowest playable division and just use the youth team for players, so no transfers. - Dafuge Challenge, pick a non-playable club at the lowest playable division in England and lead them to win the Premier League and Champions League. Here is the come from the sofa manager: After checking the players, I settled for a 4-4-2, 4-5-1, 4-2-3-1. The counter based 4-51 was my base tactic, changing to a standard 4-4-2/4-2-3-1 to chase results.