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  1. I absolutely love the youth challenge, I've managed to complete it with a nation in each FM since FM 2014, starting with Rijnsburgse Boys. For those of you not familiar, it involves taking a taking a previously unplayable side from a European nation (this is done by holidaying and taking over one of the newly promoted sides to the lowest playable division) to Top League and Champions League glory without ever signing a player. The only players you can use are the starting squad and those that come through the annual intake. More information on the challenge can be found on this excellent thread: I've already tried my hand at the challenge this year, having completed with Litex of Bulgaria and attempted it with Drumaness Mills of Northern Ireland. However, I am now planning to attempt something that could probably be seen as a bit nuts. My aim is to complete the challenge with every playable nation in Europe! It's going to be a long challenge, and with each nation I will be starting a brand new career, however I want to do it all within one thread. I will be using all of the rules stipulated in the FM17 Youth Academy Challenge thread, no exceptions. Here are all 34 playable nations: I'm going to be starting with Austria to give me the option of attempting the challenge in alphabetical order. However, I haven't completely decided on this so I am open to suggestions as to how I choose my next nation, if I ever get there. Let the marathon begin!
  2. So... it's been a while A few of you might remember the Spartan run in FM17, if not here is an overview of that here. Well, as they say, history repeats itself - we will turn back the wheel and begin a new story with Sparta. Based on the never changing principles: The Spartan Philosophy of 'youth, discipline and athleticism': - developing local talent (youth only) - strict discipline management & training approach - tactical & coaching style focused on player fitness and athleticism - does not sell players to rival clubs This time I used the basic 'create a club feature' in FM19 and replaced the once great Rapid București in what could be a beneficial narrative for Rapid themselves I couldn't resist the romance of re-branding a fallen Romanian giant I used to watch on TV when I was a kid and (aiming to ) transform them into the new Bucharest powerhouse. By consequence, we start with slightly better facilities compared to the last time. It does take away from the knack of the challenge, however, given adult life doesn't stop throwing stuff to deal with at me, I've decided to shift the style of this save to one of more quality rather than quantity. In other words, relying more on the tactical and player development journey rather than timely progress updates. However, we start from the 3rd Romanian Division this time round, since (thanks to Claasen) the Romanian lower leagues are available. In terms of rankings of the Romanian leagues... it's not a great story. Whilst the 3rd divison is reasonably ranked, our highest division (LIGA I) is ranked 22nd in the world at the moment... which needs to be improved, of course Our main squad (after I've excluded all players above 20 y.o. in the editor): Aaand, of course, another, younger Mr. Avram is making his way into his fresh coaching career So, here we are, let's do this!
  3. Hi, my name is LPQR, and even though I agree that's tough on the tongue already, you may be familiar with that exercise from my career threads with VfB Stuttgart and Dynamo Dresden. It's been a long ambition of mine to do something special in the far East of European football. Perhaps it's a matter of roots, after all, as being from Moldova I can identify with both the Slavic and the Latin cultures of Eastern Europe, and let's be fair, football hasn't been particularly great over there in the last decade or so. We used to have clubs like Steaua Bucharest, Levski Sofia, Wisla Krakow and Dinamo Kiev push for glory at least in the Uefa Cup, however in recent times, corruption and poor financial management have brought eastern european football to new lows. I had a few ideas in mind for a story with some proper romantic substance, but after learning I'll have to wait another 2-3 months for the playable leagues I need to make it work, I've decided to take matters in my own hands until then I created a club from scratch in the second tier of Romanian Football, and if you're looking for an explanation for that title, here it is: we're talking abut a club with a specific identity and philosophy based on youth, discipline and athleticism meet 'The Lancers' - Sparta București newly founded club in the capital city, starting in the Romanian second league Club philosophies: - developing local talent - strict discipline management approach - general coaching style focused on player fitness and athleticism - does not sell players to rival clubs I used the 'create a club' feature of the game to get this club into the 2nd league, replacing a club based in Bucharest called Juventus Bucharest which, as a Juventus (Torino) fan I find distasteful and completely lacking any concept of originality A club with no real history or support, they won't be missed. I removed all the players in the squad that were above 23 years of age to stress the focus on youth development, added the rivalries with local clubs Steaua București and Dinamo București in the club's relationship screen and I left the rest untouched. Oh yes, designed the logo an the kits as well to add that special touch to the club's identity Rules - the club is not allowed to sign any players - only youth academy players can play for the team - players of any nationality can play for the club as long as they are produced by the club's academy Goals - surpass local big boys, Steaua and Dinamo in achievements and reputation - aim to improve the national team and the local league's rankings League Rankings Nation Rankings Romania's capital city - Bucharest(București) population - 2 million
  4. Hi all, I am brand new here (although I have been lurking checking through stories for the last few weeks) I have been inspired to start the impossible (Which I have seen tried and tested here before... no guesses as to which user got me interested in undertaking this crazy game)!! I am yet to decided on a club, but I shall be partaking in the San Marino league and to make it more interesting I shall be completing this as a youth only challenge also. Not setting myself any targets or goals (although I still expect to score a few) I just want to see where this takes us... hopefully to the promised land of European Football!! Please enjoy my pain as we embark on the path to crazy town in what will hopefully be a whirlwind adventure!
  5. I wanted to do another youth only challenge, so here we are, the north of the UK! Welcome to Gilbertson Park,and thanks to @Morrissey's fantastic Scotland databases the home of the Shetland football team, who I shall be managing in this Scottish youth only challenge! The aim is to get these lads from Lerwick to the top, we start in the Scottish Juniors North 2nd Division West, 7 tiers below the Scottish Premiership! We're right at the bottom there in Juniors Level 3! League System: Best 3 players: I have Scotland as the only playable nation but have Belgium, England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Portugal and Spain as view only all to the lowest division.
  6. So I think I've stumbled upon a save that will keep interested until FM18 comes out or further. At this present moment in time it'll probably be past FM18. The aim of the save is to turn Gibraltar into a footballing powerhouse. Unlikely I know, but I'll give it a good crack. I've loaded the Gibraltar league through Steam along with the rest of the standard leagues like England, Germany, France, Scotland, Spain, Ireland, Portugal, Belgium, Wales, Northern Ireland, Holland and Italy etc etc. I've decided to start with no badges and Sunday league rep. As I wasn't sure how long this would last, I don't have many screenshots from the two seasons that I've already completed. The club I have chose is FC Hound Dogs due to the fact they're expected to finish bottom of the second division(9 teams). I have been offered about 10-15 club interviews but rejected all of them as I want to take Hound Dogs as far as possible.
  7. After being inspired by @Jupjamie, (and others) youth challenge I started a San Marino save. Somehow I lost my plot and started signing players when a couple of clubs from Belgium started raiding my Tre Fiori for players. Here's a new try with a finnish club, just promoted from div 2, IFK Vasa. The Club has been successful in the past, notably winning tre championships, 1944, 1946 & 1951. I am contemplating whether or not to go full youth only or if I am allowed to rebuy old academy players, as there is only three players that are club grown this would be a later issue.
  8. So, it has come to this. Considering the timing, possibly my final long-term career in this year's FM, after the Sparta & Artium saves have both reached a somewhat natural finish point. We managed to achieve complete domestic domination as well as reach the CL final with Sparta with a team full of academy products and we climbed our way out from the 6th tier of Italy all the way to a Europa League win with Artium, all done with Italian u21 signings only. Both incredibly enjoyable and challenging, both clubs created from scratch in their respected nations. So, as a somewhat tangible pattern emerges, and as I quickly get bored with traditional FM saves, I've decided there's only one thing I can do to motivate me enough to play FM17 anymore: a youth challenge in my home town - Chisinau, the capital city of Republic of Moldova. And yes, with a created club Here it is in all its' glory (view from the south city entrance, 'Portile Orasului') Chișinău - population 700,000 Population - 3,5 Million The story is one that reflects the dire situation of Moldovan football since, well.... forever. We've barely had a team reach the CL or the Europa league groups in our entire history and football is practically non-existent in a competitive, healthy format. Much like any other branch of the sports & culture infrastructure, football is completely disregarded and underfunded by the government. The biggest two clubs are Zimbru Chisinau and Sheriff Tiraspol. The latter is based in Transnistria, a semi-autonomous region to the east of the country and quickly reached a dominant position domestically after investment from seriously questionable figures (*coughs* ex-KGB bosses living in Tiraspol *coughs*) Their only goal is reaping off the few million Euros the club gets every year for making it to the CL playoffs and their club policy is, well... all about the money again. In the last 10 years, Sheriff have brought in at least a few hundred U16 Brazilians in the hope they can have a new Ronaldinho with a Moldovan passport. Their entire team is made of naturalised foreigners and they have no interest in developing local talent. As for where the Moldovan NT and local leagues stand... well... With that in mind, here comes Dorin Ciobanu - failed professional Moldovan player (thanks to a corrupt system and a greedy f*** agent) invests all his personal savings in creating new club in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. With the aim of running an honest, progressive football club and helping his home nation escape the obscurity of football, Dorin travels around Moldova for two months and convinces a few dozen local u21's to join him in his revolutionary project (players added via the editor with max PA of 100). Goals & Rules - only Moldovan players brought into the club via the academy can play for the club - develop the Moldovan league & national team standings (main) - conquer Europe (secondary) credits to the Pixar design team for their help with the logo (just kidding, my non-existent artistic touch again) With the help of some rich friends in Italy (his mom and dad), Dorin invests about 4 million Euros into the club's youth & training facilities. The sum is added to the club's debt and will be gradually repaid once the club is profitable. We've also managed to rent the republican stadium for 10k a year, which is nice, considering that stadium has only been used a few times in its' history and a 13,000 capacity is the stuff dreams are made of. Poor pitch, poor conditions and corporate facilities, but hey... it's Moldova. high quality seating at 'The Republican' So here we are. We're all set to re-dignify our small and not-so-proud nation. Well, being the poorest country in Europe and with an average wage of just under 200 quid a month, we can at least try to give them something to be happy about, at least in football. *I'll be updating the thread with new posts from my blog about the progress here plus some exclusive sporadic banter*
  9. Hello, I’m back. Last year I took you on a journey with my Wakehurst side, and had a fairly successful (in the end) attempt at the Youth Challenge. I took Wakehurst from the bottom of the Northern Irish Football League to surviving as a Premier League outfit after a rather outrageous escape. You can see more of that here. Anyway, I’ve taken some time elsewhere on FM, and have now decided it is time to attack Northern Ireland once again. In an ideal world, I would go again with Wakehurst, but unfortunately without me in real life they got relegated. Time waits for no man, so I have settled on a new team for this story. It is will be a youth challenge again, as before. I will also keep you all updated on how the national side do in their matches. Ladies and gentlemen, we're heading to
  10. Year 2017. Lviv, Ukraine. A local IT company creates a robot with AI - RoboMan (Robotic Manager). The main idea was to make an experiment whether the AI robot can become a successful football manager. RoboMan was sent to Northern Ireland to take control of a local football club that was promoted to the 3rd tier after season 2016/2017. RoboMan has to do the impossible - win the Champions League with youth products. And the story begins...
  11. Hi everyone. That's my career update here in SI Forum, so I try one of most challenging things in FM: The Youth Challenge, and choose France, and used a DB to expand the French League at the tier 7 - the DHR. After one holiday season, choose a AS Brestoise for a team. Explain the team, please. AS Brestoise (Association Sportive Brestoise) has founded in August 5th, 1905 and they should have come to Ligue 1,the top french division. The best performance for the team history is the two quarter-final of French Cup, in the far season of 1932-33, and the season of 1962-63. The most important players for AS Brestoise history is Paul Le Guen (PSG player for almost eight years) and Corentin Martins, coach of Mauritania. Fine. And your stadium? They play in a Stade Menez Paul, with a capacity of 3.800 people, but only 150 seated. The Stade has founded in July 18th, 1933. The investment for the stadium it reached a value close to one million French francs. Too much money for that time. Ok, but what Brestoise? Brest have a one Ligue 2 team, the Stade Brestoise 29. They have some rivalry with our team. That's interesting grow up into the next seasons and took the place of most important in Brest. Other thing is the Bretagne region: They only have a three teams in Ligue 1: Guingamp, Lorient and Stade Rennais. In Ligue 2, only Stade Brestoise 29 and, after that, five teams in National (tier 4): Concarneau, Lorient B, Stade Plabennécois, Saint-Malo and Vitré. That's the only teams in the top four divisions in France. Very little. Right. And why a Youth Challenge in a Tier 7 (DHR)? I believe it is interesting to see the growth of the team and players when it is at a very low division. Moreover, my idea is to make the club grow , both structurally as well as the quality of it's players. Nice. What's your database? French Tier 7 (DHR) + Create players for the teams Patch: 15.3.2
  12. A piece of Asia... in Sweden - FM16 YOUTH CHALLENGE Welcome to my career! I don't comment on this forum often, but I always love to read some youth challenges in these forums, so I decided to start my own. First, sorry for any eventual grammatical mistake. I'm from Brazil and despite understanding English fairly well, I'm not fluent, so sometimes you may see one or another error. Be patient, please! Some time ago, I read about the story of a swedish club founded by Kurdish immigrants (for those who don't know, Kurdistan is a "roughly defined geo-cultural region wherein the Kurdish people form a prominent majority population" /wikipedia, including areas of Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran). Looking for a new save, I decided to choose this team to play. So please, welcome Simon Ahmed, new manager of Dalkurd FF! DALKURD FF - INTRODUCTION According to Wikipedia, Dalkurd FF is a Swedish football club, located in Borlänge, Sweden. The club was formed in 2004 by Kurdish immigrants. The club was formed in 2004 by some local inhabitants from Borlänge. The club started as a social project by the management and their purpose with the club was to contribute to the youngsters in Borlänge by offering activities for them. In the first season the squad consisted of an average age of 17 years. Beside contributing to the youngsters, the chairman, Ramazan Kizil, had a high expectation from the football players and an ultimate goal: he wanted to take Dalkurd to the professional levels of the Swedish league. For this challenge, I've loaded three leagues (Sweden, Denmark and Turkey) with a large database and players of some countries/regions. That said, let's take a look at the team information and the current squad (including U21/U19 players): Our main target this year is to be promoted by winning the league to Superettan (swedish second tier) and there's only one direct spot, so we need to fit our best players into a suitable tactical system. In terms of players, Predrag Randjelovic is our best player and Diego Montiel is by far our best prospect, so we need to to take good care of them. I hate to use a Target Man, but with Erik Törnros being our only decent striker, I'll need to play him as a TM. This will be interesting. Finally, a quick look at our facilities: We're going to have some work here
  13. Doing The Locomotive: Getting China On Track Ok here I am with another youth challenge, but rather than starting in a minnow nation such as San Marino I have decided to give China a go. Why China? They have got 1.35 billion people yet they have never really impacted on an international scale. There are some extremely wealthy clubs and there are some big names knocking about, so it will also be interesting to see what happens in the nation long term. My aim is to turn them into the greatest footballing nation using the youth academy of a domestic team. I started in February 2016, holidayed a year then took on one of the promoted sides. The team I have chosen for this is Tianjin Locomotive. Locomotive were formed in 1950 and were one of the founders of the Chinese football league. The team have a decent starting point for a youth challenge with reasonable facilities all round. Despite the clubs history, they are a small club and have attendances of just a few hundred. This will make it difficult to compete with the Sugar Daddy's. The Manager - Li Weifeng I have decided to use an alias, just to make things a little more interesting. I am using Li Weifeng, former national team captain with over 100 caps, who started out his career with Locomotive's youth team. He retired in 2015 after a career mostly in China, but also with Everton (2 appearances) and Suwon Bluewings in South Korea. The Squad We have just 14 players to start with and unless I cannot field an 11, I will not be using the greyed out players. Let's hope we don't have an injury crisis! I don't have any staff members to judge the team yet, but it is lacking quality as well as the obvious lack of depth. I just about have the players to play my favoured 4-4-2 DM / 4-4-1-1 DM formation. Li Jianyu is a prospect to get excited about and is one of the reasons I chose to start with Locomotive. Li Wenxin is the standout player out of the rest of the squad. He will be our captain and stalwart in defensive midfield. We are not expected to stand a chance in this league....it could be a very tough first season! Roll on youth intake day.
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