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  1. With the whole quarantine situation, I have quite a bit of time on my hands at the moment so I figured this was the perfect time to start a new FM20 save. I watched an HITC Sevens video recently about large cities which should have better football teams and #1 was Berlin, so naturally this made me want to manage a side in Berlin. I didn't want to start off in the Bundesliga so I introduce you to... With there being no Berlin sides in the Bundesliga 2 or 3. Liga, I had to resort to an extended database so I can manage BFC Dynamo in the Regionalliga Nordost (German 4th tier). The following is taken from the club's Wikipedia page: Berliner Fussball Club Dynamo e. V., commonly known as BFC Dynamo or BFC, is a German football club based in the Alt-Hohenschönhausen locality of Berlin. BFC Dynamo was formed in 1966 from the football department of SC Dynamo Berlin and was one of the key clubs of East German football. The club is the record champion of East Germany with ten consecutive league championships from 1979 through 1988. BFC Dynamo competes in the fourth tier Regionalliga Nordost. In the 1980s and 1990s, BFC Dynamo supporters became known to include skinheads, with far right political views. In the early 1990s, BFC Dynamo gained a reputation of having the strongest hooligan element in Germany. It was the broader BFC supporter scene that managed to rescue the club during its insolvency proceedings in 2004. Today its supporter scene includes Ultra-groups and other supporter groups with various political or non-political views. The BFC has rivalries with Dynamo Dresden and especially Union Berlin while enjoying friendly relations with Scottish side Aberdeen, and partially with Eintracht Braunschweig, Polish club Pogoń Szczecin and Swedish club GAIS. There is far more info on Wikipedia than I can copy into here, but this is a quick overview and some interesting info about the club's fanbase. Sounds like we could have some rowdy games once we get into the Bundesliga. By skimming the webpage quickly, it seems that Dynamo's history is filled with controversy and I would imagine that they're one of those clubs that you either love them or hate them. The Club has decent facilities, but they're nothing special yet. Once we get some money rolling in I hope to upgrade these to bring in the best wonderkids. The board have no specific expectations for the season, but they'd like us to win the league next year then show consistent improvements in the 3. Liga in the years following. The media predict that we'll finish 4th, but I'd like to get promoted as soon as possible because there is not much money in this division and we're the second top spenders in the division on wages behind only Cottbus. Unfortunately even winning the league will not guarantee us promotion. There are 4 other leagues in the German 4th tier and each of the winners compete for the 4 promotion spots meaning that the winner of one of the regional leagues doesn't get promoted. All I hope is that we aren't that team.
  2. Island of France - Une Ambition Capitale ! Intro: Region Île-de-France: Île-de-France (is the most populous of the 18 regions of France. It is located in the north-central part of the country and often called the région parisienne ("Paris Region") because it includes the city of Paris. Île-de-France is densely populated and economically important: it covers only 12,012 square kilometres (4,638 square miles), about 2% of France's territory, but has an official estimated population of 12,213,364 (18.2% of the population of France) and accounts for nearly 30% of the French Gross Domestic Product (GDP).[2] ) There are only four professional clubs in Ile de France : PSG, Paris FC , Red Star . But there are many semi-pro and amateur teams or youth academy schools in this region . 1452 players born in [Ile de France] according to the editor. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Île-de-France#Geography The three most important stadiums: PSG - Paris FC and 'les Bleus' The forgotten Parisian club ! In an attempt to propel the quality and audience of football within Paris, Paris FC was launched in 1969. The club then fused with Stade Saint-Germain to form, the infamous Paris Saint-Germain. However, the clubs divorced in 1971, as the mayor of Paris refused to support a non-Parisian club, as they had been situated in the Saint-Germain-en-Laye suburbs. Surprisingly maybe, it was Paris Saint-Germain coming off the worst off out of the two clubs. Paris FC held both its Ligue 1 status and the right to play at the Parc des Princes, whilst Paris Saint-Germain were demoted to the French Third division. So how have the tables turned so dramatically between the two clubs? One factor is the contrasting fortunes of the clubs following the split. Paris FC were relegated after two seasons, whilst PSG gained promotion to the top division in the same year, which also led to their acquisition of the Parc des Princes over Paris FC. PSG have remained a mainstay in France’s top league ever since, although the same cannot be said for their neighbours in the 13th arrondissement. Ever since their relegation in 1975, Paris FC have only been back in the top division of France for one season. The club was even in the Championnat de France amateur for six years, before their overdue promotion to the National division in 2006. So how did one of Paris’ clubs become a European superpower, whilst her ex-partner struggles in the lower divisions of French football? Paris FC last season in Ligue 1 in the 1978–79 season. Paris FC spent only three seasons in ligue 1 (Finishing 12th in 1972/1973). The club used to be the biggest and most well supported in the city, with over 20,000 supporter members at the time of the club's formation.]In 1970 the club merged with Stade Saint-Germain to form Paris Saint-Germain F.C., but quickly left the merger. In the 1973 season, the first after leaving, the club still averaged an attendance of 13,202.[13] However, after that, the two clubs' fortuned varied drastically, and as PSG's popularity rose, PFC fell into obscurity and languished in the amateur divisions. It is only when it reached the third tier its popularity started growing again, however the club currently only attracts in the region of a few hundred to very low thousands fans for each match. That's right, France's capital has another club. Formed due to a split from Paris-Saint Germain in the early 1970s, Paris FC's history is rather less glamorous than their world-famous, Qatar-backed neighbours. They have yet to return to the top flight since their relegation in 1978-79, but last season's fourth-placed finish in Ligue 2 showed promise, even if they lost to Lens in the promotion play-offs. With €7million being poured into their facilities and the fact they're located in a city drowning in young talent, it might be a risky job to take but the rewards could be glorious. Their position at the foot of the table with eight points from 12 games in real life proves we might have our work cut out, however. Paris FC invested heavily in their facilities(more about this in the next intro post) in 2019 but was able to compensate for this by selling contested striker Wamangituka to stuttgart at the end of 2019. Credits : https://taleoftwohalves.uk/featured/paris-fc-forgotten-parisian-club# and https://medium.com/@thefootballcult/a-brief-history-paris-fc-a06127e2572a
  3. Welcome to Caixa Futebol Campus, the highly-proclaimed academy of S.L. Benfica boasting state of the art facilities and an abundance of talented young players in Football Manager 2018. The objective of this thread is to discuss youth development, with an emphasis on instilling an dynamic & adaptable style of play that progresses as the team develops. Disclaimer: the topic of Youth Development in Football Manager has been well documented over a number of years, the purpose of this thread is more application in relation to developing a tactical approach. Overview of Youth Development in Football Manager Defining a Playing Style Class of 2018 Developing Current Ability Training Ground Thank you for reading! I'd also like to thank @Anaconda Vice for the Emilio Sansolini kits.
  4. I've been struggling along with my Scandi-Nordic save, but I just wasn't feeling it for some reason and have hardly played since Christmas until recently. The Joint Save got me interested in FM again and I started playing the Scandi-Nordic save, (and it was ok), before absolutely falling in love with FM all over again during a really brief spell managing Rijeki in Croatia in the Joint Save. But my stint in charge of the Joint Save is over and I just can't go back to Scandi-Nordic land. There have been a couple of threads that have really piqued my interest. I'm a huge @Makoto Nakamurafan and as long as he is managing in the right leagues, I love reading his stuff. Similarly @smp20is someone who's threads I always take an interest in. They are managing in Faroe Islands and Wales respectively, and when each started I felt a huge sense of envy that they were managing there and I was "stuck" in Scandi-Nordic land. Oscar Wilde famously said..... Others less well known have been less polite. With the above advice ringing in my ears, I have been too much of a chicken to risk direct comparison with @Makoto Nakamurabut have foolishly decided that comparisons with @smp20should be risked. I am playing in Wales. More than that I am going on holiday for a year and taking over a newly promoted club in either the JD Cymru North, or the JD Cymru South. (Yes, that's exactly what @smp20did in his Monmouth save, but what have we just said about imitation again? (I should point out that Monmouth were again one of the promoted sides, but even I couldn't go that far).
  5. I decided to start a career with my soulmate, Dinamo Bucharest. I will continue my career with The Journey and I will play in this career as well. Dinamo Bucharest is a traditional Romanian club founded on May 14, 1948 in League 1, where it has remained until now (unfortunately, this year they can be demoted or not licensed, ie they must raise 180 million euros by April 30). , but I think they will be raised because of the fans who started donating money to get the license). The stadium has 15,000 seats. Dinamo Bucharest is the second most titled club in Romania, with a UCL semifinal, in 1984, when it was eliminated by Liverpool. Dinamo had the best academy in Romania until 2009. Although it now has a good academy, it was overthrown by Viitorul Constanța. Dinamo also had a semi-final of the European Winners' Cup in 1990 immediately after the fall of the communist regime in Romania and many of the players went abroad. The biggest rival is Steaua Bucharest (now divided in two, a team from the first league, FCSB and a team from the fourth league, CSA Steaua). Besides Steaua, Dinamo also has rivalries with U Craiova (divided into two, a team in the third league and the one I consider to be the real team, FCU Craiova and a team from the first league, CSU Craiova, which has the support of the mayor's office local), with Rapid Bucharest (more of a local rival), with CFR Cluj (but this is due to the friendship of Dinamo fans with the eternal rival of CFR Clujj), with Sepsi OSK (which is more of an ethnic rivalry, because the club was founded by a Hungarian and is largely supported by Hungarians and Romanians do not support Hungarians and vice versa), with Csikszereda (same story as at Sepsi OSK, only this team is financially supported by the Hungarian government), with Politehnica Timișoara (It was also divided into two teams, ACS Poli Timișoara, which was transformed from an ACS Recaș team into ACS Poli Timișoara and ASU Politehnica Timișoara, which is supported by the fansthis rivalry from the 70s or 80s, when in one season Dinamo won all the matches and Politehnica Timișoara not even a match, and Dinamo lost to the team from Timișoara with the score of 2 -1, and this rivalry started to grow when Politehnica Timișoara fans became friends with Rapid fans). Other less important rivalries are with Progresul București and Sportul Studentesc, which are only local rivals. and Dinamo lost to the team from Timișoara with the score of 2-1, and this rivalry started to grow when the fans of Politehnica Timișoara became friends with the fans of Rapid). Other less important rivalries are with Progresul București and Sportul Studentesc, which are only local rivals. and Dinamo lost to the team from Timișoara with the score of 2-1, and this rivalry started to grow when the fans of Politehnica Timișoara became friends with the fans of Rapid). Other less important rivalries are with Progresul București and Sportul Studentesc, which are only local rivals. Like Steaua București, Dinamo is divided in two. A team from the first league that is the real Dinamo and with which I will make my career and a team from the fourth league called CS FC Dinamo founded by a former owner in 2015. Dinamo has 18 titles in the first league championships, 13 Romanian Cups, a League Cup (canceled immediately after Dinamo won the cup) and two Romanian Super Cups.
  6. I've decided to start up a youth development save at the lowest level of the Romanian pyramid that I could find, the 7th Division. I am using the Romanian database from the Realistic Leagues in the Steam Workshop. I have set up a medium, custom database that includes national team players, players on teams in continental competitions, and from teams in top leagues. My aim(barring a firing) is to take a club from the Romanian 7th Division to the top tier and onto European Champions using youth and academy players only. In my research of the Romanian football pyramid(thank you, Wikipedia!), I've found that there are 7 divisions of football within Romania. Obviously the top three are the national leagues, with the bottom four being county leagues. Per Wikipedia: As an aside, the Romanian Cup representation is so interesting! Each county holds a knockout tournament to determine their representative?!?!?!? How neat is that!?!?! I'v decided to start in the Mures County of Transylvania, as AS Szekelyber Bereni, the club representing the village of Bereni. The village is a part of commune consisting of Bereni and six other villages with a population of around 1,200 people, nearly 98% of which are Hungarian. Again, per Wikipedia: Also very interesting, the political representation is a majority "Democratic Alliance of Hungarians" - so, the Hungarian culture is everywhere within Mures County. Part of Mures County(Bereni included) sits within an area known as Szekely Land, which has it's own National football team, governed by CONIFA.
  7. Preface: Tequila and Mariachi music. A city that sits 1500m above sea level and is home to 1.4 million people. That city is Guadalajara, located in the Jalisco state in central Mexico. It appears that Guadalajara has a rich history, but pre 1532, there wasn't much in the valleys of the subtropical country. Modern day Guadalajara seems to be awash with culture, cuisine and architecture and is home to four professional football teams: Chivas, Atlas, C.D Oro and Universidad de Guadalajara. The former is arguably the largest and most well-supported club in the country and the city has produced some of the countries best footballers - Chicarito Hernandez, Andres Guardado, Pavel Pardo and Rafael Marquez, to name a few. The name Guadalajara came from Cristóbal de Oñate, who named the city after the conqueror of western Mexico, Nuño de Guzmán, Nuño was originally a bodyguard for Charles V of Spain, and this is where our story begins. My FM save is not in this Guadalajara, but the city where the conqueror was born, of the same name, but in Spain. The same name - but certainly no other commonalities. A town of just over eighty thousand people located sixty miles north east of Madrid, in the region of Castilla- La Mancha. Originally inhabited by Andalusian's and part of Muslim Iberia, the original name Guadalajara means Valley of Stones but retaken by Christians in the 11th century and important part of the Spanish Revolution, it seems that the Spanish town has considerably more history than it's Mexican counterpart. Modern day Guadalajara seems to be part of new development plans and growth and, in the past ten years, has apparently grown into one of the most expensive provinces to live in. It also has the pleasure of being twinned with the luxurious Warwickshire town on Nuneaton. There is very little to note about culture and sport, except for one professional football club, C.D Guadalajara, and this is where my story starts.
  8. First time writer but have read a lot of the stories in here, really enjoying the work done by @Makoto Nakamura and @Jimbokav1971. For this I have started unemployed with no badges and will apply for all jobs until I get one! I would like to concentrate on the development of youth but this wont be a strictly youth save. Heres how I started with my leagues: And here is the manager: I holidayed and applied for all available jobs. Getting knock back after knock back and here is where I ended up! In my homeland! Ironically I have played, scored and been sent off at that stadium! I will update again soon with squad, finances etc. Hopefully will keep some people entertained! If anyone has any tips with what to write or show then feel free, all criticism is good criticism!
  9. I got bored with my previous save after joining Dortmund (think I should have just stayed at 1860 Munich or Feyenoord after all, the massive clubs don't suit me very well ) so I've decided to try a South American save. I was going to include Mexico in my league makeup but I realised they don't compete in the Copa Libertadores anymore so little point in loading them. My aim is to make my way up the managerial pyramid and eventually win the Copa Libertadores, followed by the ultimate goal of vanquishing my European foes in the Club World Cup. I've got all the SA leagues loaded & most of the top European ones to try and have a good transfer market. After all, the South American wonderkids deserve to go for megabucks! Introducing Hector Sánchez, a slightly overweight Colombian who is recently unemployed and has decided to dip his toes into the world of football management. Currently unemployed and am now waiting for some job vacancies to come up. Not sure what kind of club I'll be able to join as my reputation is pretty abysmal but hopefully someone will take a chance eventually. The football world has been rocked by shock news, as Leeds have decided to replace the departing Bielsa (joined Lazio) with Big Sam!
  10. Liu Wenzhe in 2010 (one year before his death) The man in the photo will be unknown to most if not all of you, he is none other than Liu Wenzhe the first chinese chess player to beat a western grandmaster in a chess game. It happened in 1978, Mr. Wenzhe defeated his rival in a 20 move miniature (most chess games start by move 20), an agressive and unorthodox strategy answered by overly passive means led to this historic triumph for the man who would become the father of the Chinese Chess school. A chess school is a philosophy that regiments the way a player plays chess, until the start of this our 21st century the soviet chess chool dominated the chess world but thanks to the state-backed efforts of Liu Wenzhe a great generation of chinese players has arrived in full force with the last women chess champions all being chinese and Ding Liren (The chinese champion) ranked nº3 in the world and taken seriously as a candidate for the world championship. In 2003 Wenzhe wrote a 200 page book called the The Chinese School of Chess where he explained his training methods and game philosophy that led to China's meteoric rise in the chess world. I recently finished reading it and asked myself: How far could china go if they dedicated great efforts at excelling in football? When this question of mine combined with my desire to manage a team outside of europe this thread was born. Welcome to the Chinese Super League. the highest division of professional football in china. The Chinese Super League has some very interesting rules: The league is composed of 16 teams with the bottom 2 being relegated to the first division and the top 3 playing the asian champions cup (a 4th team will battle its way in the playoff round). During matches there you can only field 3 foreign players and must field an U23 chinese player. There can be no foreign goalkeepers and the first tiebreak is not the goal difference or the number of goals scored but the results of the reserve team. Because Liu Wenzhe started his career in Beijing I decided to manage them rather than the bigger Guangzhou. The league's rules were clearly designed with the idea of promoting young chinese talents and that is just what I intend to do during this save. Welcome to Beijing Guoan Football club. Founded in 1992 it has only won the chinese super league once in 2009. It plays in The workers stadium a big stadium with capacity for 66000 people. Despite the lack of silverware in recent times Beijing is one of the biggest clubs in china and there is a lot of potential in the club with enviable finances, good facilities and some young promises already in the reserves. The club is blessed with the presence of 4 foreign players in its squad: Cédric Bakambu, Jonathan Viera, Renato Augusto and jonatan Soriano. On the national side of the squad the main players are Zhang Xizhe and Chi Zhongguo. The reserve teams have potential future players such as Liang Shaowen, Aysan Kadir, Wu Guichao and Guo Quanbo. All of these people will be introduced to you in due time. The goal of this project is the raise the status of chinese football through time, improving the quality of chinese players and the national team until the can dominate Asia and challenge the west such as chinese chess players have done. In order to do this I have taken charge of both Beijing and the chinese national team. But how can such a thing be done? It won't be an easy task and this is going to be perhaps my longest save ever and also the hardest both in terms of demands and scale. Liu Wenzhe highlights several factors as critical in the birth of the Chinese School of Chess: Support from society: Football is already pretty popular in china with chinese clubs boasting big stadiums and a growing reputation in world football. However stadiums are not entirely full and some work should be done in this area. Continental triumphs should help here. Tradition: Whilst during the Han Dinasty a primitive game similar to footbal was played modern football was introduced quite late in china. This is a disadvantage because it means that we will have to catch up with the current footballing powers who enjoy a long history of triumphs in the sport. System of training: Chinese clubs facilities and staff are not amongst the best in the world but the money exists to change that. Coaching: foreign coaches will have to be signed in order to improve the quality of chinese players. and the most important factor of all: A constellation of talent: Aa group consisting of five or more individuals that could be considered geniuses at what they do and mark the way forward in a particular field, both the women and men chess teams in china found this individuals but chinese football lacks as of now this "Constellation of Talent". It is going to take a lot of time to improve the facilities at Beijing, recruit good enough coaches and improve the reputation of chinese football and even more time before I see the fruits of my labour but if things go my way this could be my most rewarding save in a Football Manager game to date. In my next post I will try to translate the principles of play developed by the chinese chess school into a footballing philosphy that I can implement at Beijing,
  11. Inspired from @abulezz Kafra FC, I am going to do a similar save in Spain on FM19(since i do not own FM20). I chose a random club from the third tier of Spanish football, and replaced them with Nou Barcelona, a club that will hopefully one day challenge the Catalan Giants. We start out in Segunda División B Grupo IV, and are predicted dead last with odds of 300-1. The Initial Squad, consisting of young players that I creates are as follows: I gave myself only 12 players, so injuries will be a challenge to deal with. Our B team and U19s consist entirely of grey players. The idea for this save is to be a semi-youth save: I can only sign players aged 18 or less. All players are on 2 year contracts with a one year extension option on promotion, so I want to get promoted in the next couple of years, which might be tough considering the media prediction.
  12. Hello everyone, I would like to start a discussion about the importance of B/reserve teams for youth development and mainly find a clear answer on my question - Is there any real difference between having reserve/B team in standart league structure (such as in Holland (partly), Portugal, Germany, France, Spain), where these teams play in lower leagues and can be promoted to higher levels (up to 2nd league in Holland, Portugal, 3rd in Germany, Spain etc.) and having reserve teams in reserve leagues such as in England, Belgium. In my eyes it is much better if you have B team in a standart league structure but is there any real difference? One way better than the other? And mainly what impact does it have on youth development? Do players develop better when they play 2nd/3rd league or reserve league? I really would like to find answer and would appreciate your opinions. Thanks.
  13. Hi guys, I've always been an advocate for youth challenges, but in this edition of the game I thought I'd go with something different. Why Guiseley? The first English football game I ever saw was an FA Cup qualifier in Guiseley last year when they played non-league Stourbridge. Guiseley won 3-1, but the highlight for me was a spectacular overhead goal from the Stourbridge striker. Those guys would easily walk into any A-League team, the gap in quality is ridiculous. But it was something about the atmosphere that really got me, a local club in a small town with 600 odd people there, that's really what football is all about, isn't it? But enough about that. Guiseley are a club in the lowest playable league of the English system, the Vanarama National League North. I believe they are the lowest rep side in Yorkshire that's playable from the beginning. I think there's 15 or 16 teams in the Football League in Yorkshire, a bit surprising considering the size of the region. Overall, the aim of this save will have a couple of targets (not necessarily in order): 1. Become the biggest club in Yorkshire 2. Become the biggest club in England 3. Win the English Premier League 4. Win the Champions League 5. Employ a transfer policy where only players born inside a 30 mile radius of Guiseley will be considered as viable options. Essentially having a squad (eventually) of locally sourced Yorkshiremen in the side. I already have a filter set up for this from experimenting with this last year. I believe someone a couple editions ago employed that transfer policy in Celtic and it worked to great effect, and I've drawn some inspiration for that. I think it was @mjaferrie? I understand it will be a long slog, and not just to become bigger than Leeds. There's Huddersfield and Sheffield United in the EPL to worry about! This new five year plan as part of the club vision will be interesting as well, hopefully we have similar philosophies. Next up I will post a quick overview of the club and its vision etc.
  14. Welcome to Nordicland. (Thanks @XaW) So I was getting a bit bored in Brazil, (winning, winning and more winning is ok, but I need more), although it has been pointed out by @kidthekid that I left prematurely without winning the Copa Libertadores so I'm sure I will go back and do that at some point. I have never managed properly in Scandinavia, (other than a damn good stint in Iceland), and this is an idea for a FM20 save so I am testing out the lay of the land so to speak in anticipation. For some reason the @claassendatabases didn't work when I installed them, (I think he only updates the megapack after a certain time), so I'm not playing with a huge database for each Nation and instead am playing "out of the box". For that reason too, the Faroe Islands are not playable unfortunately. I saw that the Finnish structure is now ranked lower than that of Iceland, (certainly didn't use to be the case), so I decided immediately I was going to start there and I was obviously starting in the lowest League which is the First Division, (YKKÖNEN in real life). As is my style I simply looked at who had the best infrastructure and while all the Training and Youth Facilities were much of a muchness, I could see quickly that in terms of the Youth Intake, there was 1 club that was ahead of the curve. So in I jumped to...... Klubi-04. Everything looks great. We even have some new signings joining us. Background. The Squad. Looks amazing if I'm honest. No less than 14 out of 18 players have 5.0 PA. That's astonishing. Where is the catch...... Facilities. Look amazing. Finances. We have £1.7M in the bank. What the hell!!! This is madness. The U20's squad is simply phenomenal. What on Earth have I stumbled into? Oh hang on. I know what's happened. I have been here before. We are a B-Team and we can't get promoted. That's fine. This is a decent way to start the save for me as I start with minimum reputation and badges, and playing a season will be fine and probably better than holidaying until the end of the season and then taking over a newly promoted club, (that isn't a B-Team). just a point of note by the way...... I wonder what would happen if HJK got relegated and Klubi-04 won the 2nd tier at the same time?
  15. Afternoon all. I'm in a celebratory mood. For the last six months, I feared my club would become extinct over the course of this summer. Indeed, it's not unfair to say that we were just five days from liquidation when the club was taken over on Friday, thanks to irresponsible owners and terrifying levels of debt. As a result, it's little wonder our luck finally ran out on the pitch, which is why we find ourselves outside the Football League for the first time in the club's history at the start of the coming season. However, the dark days are hopefully now all behind us, and because I currently can't stop thinking about the club, I figured it was a good time to take them on in a new save. Unfortunately it will be a retro save, but I *will* be buying FM20, simply so I can take this challenge on again from the bottom. For now though, I'll have to make do with starting in League One in FM13. The aims of the save are pretty straight forward, it will be a one-club save until I feel I can take the club no further, but I want to both take on and beat the big boys wherever possible. Ideally my transfer policy will focus on signing and developing young players, but there are no specific rules as such. While I'm not a fan of using the editor, I have made one correction to the game's database - in 2012 Notts' Meadow Lane home had a capacity that was restricted to 16,947. I have altered that to the stadium's official capacity of 20,300. Other than that, everything remains the same. Game details: FM13, medium database, 25,000 players. Leagues from England (BSP & above) Scotland (Third Division & above) Germany (Third Division & above) Ireland (First Division & above) Norway (second division & above) and Sweden (second division & above) Holland (Jupiler League & above) The manager is a fictionalised version of myself in 2012 (he even shares my first name), a 32 year old born in England from a Scottish family, but unlike me he managed to play the game professionally. He retired injured at 30, and gets his first crack at management at the club his career began at.
  16. Hey all! Fresh from conquering both the Premier League & Europe with FC United, & in a bid to rid the other sub-forums of my ridiculous verbosity I thought it prudent to tie everything up here together in the one place so that I can ramble freely and no-one is forced to read/ignore/scroll frantically past my eclectic and constant stream of thoughts/consciousness! After having it suggested by a few people across the site, I'm finally (now that 19.3 has dropped) setting out on my first ever Academy Challenge! I expect it to be tricky and often demoralising but I'm nothing if not stubborn so let's see how far that can take me as I try to prove Mr Hansen wrong yet again! Naturally I'll be posting updates to the academy challenge thread, but I intend to use this as an additional dollop of thought process so my posts over there don't take a page on their own and drive the other challengers crazy! In an ideal world I'll be successful and move on to a new country afterwards and start the cycle all over again, but looking at some of the (awful, awful) attributes for my guys, let's not run before we can walk! With another Premier League title and Champions League crown in the bag, I could tell that the sun was beginning to set on my time with FC United of Manchester - an SI patch was on the horizon & with it came the lure & temptation of new challenges and opportunities! For once, the common FM question of "Where to go?" didn't generate the excitement I've come to expect - I guess after all these years it sometimes takes a little more than a change of country code to get the heartbeat quickening! The 'Where?' quickly became 'What?' as I wondered what realistically I had left to try in my FM career, stopping when I felt the age-old twinge of excitement as I recalled a few forum heroes mentioning early in my previous career they were taking on an academy challenge! Loathe to give up when I'd only just begun, I'd initially put the thought of winning something with kids to one side as I continued my quest to overturn the Manchester duopoly, but with that mission safely accomplished the time - as Moloko once sang - is now! From Manchester to........ Manchester? Erm, yes. Although I was satisfied with the progress in my last save, it didn't completely 'scratch the itch'; a lot of my last save was spent testing and working on The Mentality Masterplan and there was the small matter of a thing called 'Brexit' - it didn't ruin the experience but it certainly added a layer of frustration that perhaps took away from the fun just a little!? With Brexit having little effect on an academy save, let's call the last save a warm-up for this, the main event! One thing I always try to do when picking a team is find one that at least resonates a little - could be a location (favourite holiday spot/somewhere I've live or worked), a notable history/event/player (presumably why Bari are so popular this year!) or something so simple as a name (hence a career at Viking FK in FM15!) - irrespective, if I don't feel any sort of bond or affinity for the club I'm managing I usually get bored very quickly and find myself on the jobs board more than the squad screen! With that in mind I spun the 'Holiday Roulette' wheel to see what the FM gods had in store for my first attempt; the Vanarama National League South offered me a choice of Margate & Kingstonian, whilst the Vanarama National League North had a choice of Halesowen, Hyde, Kettering & Warrington. I'm sure by now that your eyes have already glanced below so the cat's out of the bag, yes I chose.... Hyde United Football Club That's right, from FC United to Hyde - a quick ride around the '62 or a short bus trip if that's your thing! When they showed up in the results who else could it be? I hadn't spotted them originally when scoping the possible teams, thinking Warrington or Stalybridge would be my likely picks (given their geographical allure) but once they came up I jumped at the chance! For anyone who's not aware, they've had a bit of a rollercoaster ride in recent years, with a bizarre sponsorship deal with Manchester City causing them to change their name to Hyde FC (City made it part of the agreement that they had to drop the 'United' from their name so's not to upset their own supporters), not to mention recolour their crest/strip & re-paint their stadium from Red - their traditional (and United's) colour to Blue. The stadium (Ewen Fields) is still blue to this day with the general manager quoted as saying "The ground today is still painted blue because it keeps better than the red, to be quite honest with you" - makes outrage at stadium naming rights seem a little trite in comparison! I take charge of Hyde in their centenary year with them having been founded in 1919, although as a further twist in the tale above, they had originally formed as Hyde FC in 1885 before folding in 1917 due to the war. They actually moved into Ewen Fields in 1906 as Hyde FC, but kept on using the ground when they rose from the ashes and still play there now! The Squad Obviously I'm still learning about these guys, but there at least looks like something to work with ability wise! There are 25 players, 4 of which are youths & 1 an existing loan. My biggest concern was what the squad 'determination' was going to be like as I'm laser focused on mental stats & personality when recruiting - if they're not green then they're not for me - so will be interesting to see how I adjust to that, rest assured I'll be hiring a new Head of Youth Development with a decent personality as soon as I can/finances allow to ensure our new players aren't crippled by an inability to train/handle pressure! A few of my new guys do have high Determination so I at least have a few potential mentors in the group! I'll post a bit more about the squad once I know a bit more about them, but let's just say that the media think we're up against it (and I don't have my beloved loan market to help me out!)! Facilities I'm not sure 'Horrific' is an actual in game term, but it should be added next year if not to describe teams like Hyde! Joking aside, they're not great but they could definitely be worse; the stadium (painted blue and in 'Average' condition) has a capacity of 4000, of which 550 are seats (installed by City as part of the sponsorship agreement mentioned above!). The rest of the facilities are rated as follows; Stadium: Ewen Fields Capacity: 4000 (550 Seated) Stadium owned by: Hyde United FC Undersoil Heating: No Roof: No (Although looking at that photo?) Surface: Synthetic Pitch condition: Good Corporate Facilities: Basic Training Facilities: Poor Data Analysis Facilities: None Youth Facilities: Basic Youth Level: 4 Stadium Sponsor: None Youth Stadium: Ewen Fields Junior Coaching: Fairly Basic Youth Recruitment: Basic That's all for now - next update after we've lost played our first few games!
  17. York City, Premier league, in Europe, Extensive Youth Recruitment, Exceptional Junior Coaching, Excellent Youth Facilities, Huw Jennings Resolute HOYD, Under 18 Manager, Assistant, 2 coaches, 2 Lower League Youth Intake Affiliates Currently Spawning 1/2 to 1 1/2⭐️ ability max And Spawning 1/2 to 4 ⭐️ potential Reloading on intake day to test it. Should I not be yielding any ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ current ability? Like surely the boxes I’ve ticked I should have a desirable intake after 15-20 reloads?
  18. Hi I'm five seasons in a save and got myself a great youth set up. I now have 8 homegrown players in my line-up (all from my youth) but I scout and buy mostly in Argentina. I already have the best (affordable) belgians at my disposal so there is no need to buy domestic players, they are coming trough my youth academy. But in every article about me they say I have had criticism of my reluctance to buy domestic players, while I have 12 out of 18 domestic players... It's a small thing but I feel like I deserve recognition for that Thanks for reading!
  19. Is there a way of applying Bilbao-type signing/transfer rules to other clubs? For example could Aston Villa be made to only sign players from the West Midlands, or for Chelsea it would be players from London... however the game breaks down club location? Would this have to be done individually for every club or would a database be achievable where a rule like this was global? I tend to do youth development saves, so I can keep my own policy in check, but it would be cool to widen it out to see how other clubs get on in the game. I also like the idea of a no-transfers-allowed database, but I've heard that clubs being taken over by new owners can upset this and wipe out any embargoes - Similar idea to the region specific rules, but a bit more of a challenge.
  20. TLDR note: for my most important suggestion skip to the last paragraph (Tactics). I'd like to use this post to offer some general feedback on FM innovation and maybe start a reasonable discussion on the long-term development of the FM series. I've been playing this game since the first Championship Manager versions and I'm enjoying it every year, taking the good with the bad. Hope someone from SI will take the time to read this even though it's not short Here is the background for what I will write: 1. I have worked as an IT project manager and I understand that there is only so much that SI can do from one year to the next and some features need to be worked on for a number of consecutive years, which means that a longer term vision for this series is important. 2. There is a huge number of FM fans, and each one plays the game in their unique way, and for example some of us value match day experience and match engine more, others value the idea of creating the best playing team in terms of style of play, others value long term development of a club/career/youth. and so on. Many ways to play this game, none of them wrong (it's a game). The recent trend: The trend I have been noticing lately is that each version adds more data and brings more things in the possibility of game experience to simulate a real world manager's life more accurately. I believe this is a good thing in general. More choice of customizing the game to the players needs is always good as long as there is a choice. Some of these features may be more immersive, but also can make the game more time consuming and slow down how quickly you advance from season to season. I like that a lot of the extra features can be skipped or ignored, so big plus there. Style of playing: Personally, I tend to skip a lot of the social media aspects, world news, meetings, even a lot of the new data analysis tools and focus mainly on the "important things" (to me) because that's how I like to play it. I want to cut out the "fluff" and focus on team and individual tactics, training, scouting, finding and hiring the right staff and players, developing the youth. playing the matches and building the team from season to season. To me these are the absolute essentials. Anything outside of these can be a nice addon, but not really important to my game. This brings me to raise some questions for long term innovation and development: 1. Training - not much has changed here for many years and would be nice to see a revamp of training. SI is well aware of this I believe. How can we make this more fun and more realistic, but not necessarily just more "work" of micromanaging? In today's game I like to let the assistant take care of training often since I don't want to do this constantly and waste a lot of time, but I'd like to have the freedom of creating a predefined training schedule that fits my idea of training and set it for some time periods that the assistant coach could then follow. 2. Scouting - has been revamped this year. I like the changes but I find the screens a bit counter intuitive. I know SI don't really have designers in the full sense but rather rely on developers to create their own customizable modules. Maybe hiring a UX professional who can keep in mind that design should also be intuitive could help the developers make the modules look more polished and well thought out? 3. Youth development: I think this can also be improved a lot, with maybe adding some age groups and more control over how kids are being trained at a youth academy both individually and as part of a team. One year youth intake is a bit old fashioned in my opinion, although it might make sense from a game development point of view, adding new entries to the database. Still, giving more control over youth coaching might make the game seem less of a lottery and provide a level of game depth that i think a lot of FM players would appreciate. Again, I'm not thinking about micromanaging from a day to day basis, but more of setting rules and structures of how the youth coaching setup works, adding staff and training modules for different sets of players (based on player roles) or different periods of time. I like the idea of automating some things to a degree as long as they are in a predefined way that fits my view of how it should be done. 4.Tactics - Saving the best for last here, hope someone from the SI team reads this as I think it's an innovative idea: Tactics has been revamped some years ago with the introduction of player roles. All good here, but could bring in some more innovation. I am thinking of adding a way to train sets of specific team movements, in a similar way to how free kicks and corners are being set up. Of course, these would have to be more dynamic, more motion, to practice for example how a counter-attack should be deployed, what are the practiced routes of ball and player movement in some cases. This would have to be carefully considered in the match engine, so for example, the more of a team move would be practiced in training, the more chances of seeing it put to use in some match situations that are appropriate for it. To me this would be the height of tactics and training combination with clear result in match engine experience. Hard ask from a development perspective, but far from impossible. What do you think about these ideas? Any feedback you'd like to share about these points or about the long-term direction of the game development?
  21. Hi FMers! I recently started my first FM19 game in the Bundesliga with Hertha. All went pretty well, except for the fact that my reserves team appears to play in no league. Throughout the season I had to arrange friendlies for them, but I decided to rather leave my youngsters in the U19 team, where they can play competitive. So, here are the resulting questions: How can I register my Reserves (Hertha II) for a competition? Do friendlies help my young players as much with development, as competitive matches would? For those players who are too old for U19, but not yet at first team level, is loaning them out the only option? My facilities are top notch, so I'd rather keep them at the club if that's possible. Thanks in advance!
  22. For people such as myself, who have dedicated their saves to youth development and youth only ideas, there comes a point where you hit a wall. I have state-of-the-art youth facilities & over £200m in the bank. There should be an option, once you have achieved all the youth upgrades possible and have sufficient money, to go to the board and ask for a custom-built training complex for your youth players, naming it and such. I understand that 'state-of-the-art' probably means as much, but it would be nice to have that level of detail , which would also affect your youth coaching and intakes. You could have your HOYD 'manage' the centre and have the players that come into your U-18/19's already inducted into your training and playing ethos
  23. Not very Athletic Bilbao. Bilboka Athletic Kluba, (as they say in the land of Basque), is a professional football club in the Basque Region of Spain. They are known as "Los Leones" (The Lions), because their stadium was built near a church called San Memes (Saint Mammes). Mammes was an early Christian thrown to the lions by the Romans. Mammes somehow pacified the lions and was later made a saint. The club is one of 3 founding members of the Primera Division who have never been relegated from the top Division since it's inception in 1929, (the other 2 being Real Madrid and Barcelona). [Editor] Let's see about that shall we! The club is known for it's "cantera" policy of bringing young Basque players through the ranks, as well as recruiting players from other Basque clubs. Athletic's official policy is signing professional players native to or trained in football in the greater Basque Country, which includes Biscay, Gipuzkoa, Álava and Navarre (in Spain); and Labourd, Soule and Lower Navarre (in France). Since 1912, Athletic has played exclusively with players meeting its own criteria to be deemed as Basque, and has been one of the most successful teams in La Liga. This can be seen as a unique case in European football; it has gained Athletic both admirers and critics. The club has been praised for promoting home grown players and club loyalty. The Basque rule does not apply to coaching staff however, with several examples of non-Basque managers both from Spain and abroad having coached the first team. A little light reading to get you in the swing of all thing Athletic. Top goal-scorer. https://www.theguardian.com/football/these-football-times/2018/may/23/la-liga-top-scorer-pichichi-lionel-messi-rafael-moreno The saying that defines Athletic’s philosophy – “con cantera y afición, no hace falta importación” – translates as “with homegrown talent and local support, you don’t need for imports.” https://www.theguardian.com/football/copa90/2016/jan/15/athletic-club-bilbao-loyalty-spain-liga-basque Athletic Bilbao's methods provide lessons for Premier League clubs https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11096/10880323/athletic-bilbaos-methods-provide-lessons-for-premier-league-clubs While Bilbao might have a Basque-only philosophy, they are certainly not the only Basque club. Alaves, Eibar and Real Sociedad are other Basque clubs in la Liga, so it will be interesting to see how easily they part with their Basque home-grown youngsters if and when I come calling. In recent years, Bilbao have become unpopular with the other Basque clubs as a result of them offering financial inducements in order to entice Basque players away from other clubs, and I think you can expect more of that from me. The flip side of that however is that in recent years Bilbao have sold players for HUGE sums.
  24. Ok so I'm onto my 2nd save on the Beta already (3 season stint at St Pauli) and I'm going with my club - Cambridge United. This is where I started last year: However, instead of Beckball, I'm going to do quite the opposite. We're going all out attacking, possession football with a big focus on youth development. Ultimate aim is to turn Cambridge United into England's answer to Barcelona's La Masia. This is a long term project for sure! I will be using the following rules: Use one of the tiki-taka or vertical tiki-taka presets, adapting player roles. We want to dominate possession and play classy football. Maximum of 3 senior signings (over 21s) per season (HG at club players exempt) Maximum of 5 signings in total per season (HG at club players exempt) HG at club players with 3* potential or more are given game time Here's how the club looks at the moment. Not much to shout about, a pretty standard League 2 setup. This is how I've set myself up, true to real life as possible. Let's go!
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