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  1. Right, this isn't the first tread I've tried with Bradford, the last one was ruined by a tycoon takeover, and myself going all in with that, this one should be a bit different as there'll be a few limitations to focus on youth development, but not all in on youth only. This should give lots of scope for developing youth players, and focusing on what we have, but without the frustration of youth only saves where you're missing a certain player for the odd decade or so. Also, early on lets up pick up big club castoffs and help them kick on, but not enough that we can just fill our u21's with them on random punts. So, the club, Bradford City have a storied history, their most major success being winning the FA Cup in 1911, coincidentally, the year the Cup was made in it's current design, crafted in the city of Bradford. Also one of football's great tragedies in the Bradford Fire. In FM terms, the have a lot of scope. A good stadium, and decent team, but the youth ranks are bare and facilities not so hot, work to be done. Vincelot is the star man, and handy all over the pitch, Cullen is a potential Irish international, and Law is quite handy too. Devine is expected to be the brightest young prospect... Staff is in an absolute state... Much work ahead. Senior side is handy, but the youth teams are a a ghost town, potential wise.
  2. If, after reading some of my long-winded drivel, you somehow find that you could do with more of my drivel to read, then a lot of my stuff can be found in the following threads. Some of the threads will be mind, and others will have shared contributions. Either way, if you like what you read in this thread, then the following threads might be enjoyable too. If on the other hand you think I am boring, need to get a life, and what the hell is it with all those nicknames and will you just shut up about Professionalism, tutoring and just go and buy some players, then the following are probably not for you. [FM17] Football, fire and ice: The inside story of Iceland's remarkable rise. In the build-up to EURO 2016, I was reading a Guardian article that I was linked to on twitter, and while the whole article was great, there was a single little paragraph that resonated with me and the way that I play FM. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/jun/08/iceland-stunning-rise-euro-2016-gylfi-sigurdsson-lars-lagerback?CMP=share_btn_tw "Take some small task and do it to death". That sounds like my mantra for FM. The concise very definition of the way I play. From a Target Man winning 67 consecutive headers in FMwhateveritwas, (just because someone said it couldn't be done), and San Marino winning the World Cup, (again, you can't do it without cheating!), to goal-scoring GK's, (that's ridiculous, you will never get past 50!) and Youth only saves, (boring, I stopped reading at the top of page 1), I suppose the way I play FM has always been...... unusual. So Iceland seemed to suit me, (and of course I have never managed there which is an attraction too). Another attraction is that we rarely see others managing in Iceland. San Marino is all the rage now, (at least it was last year, even when you kept getting sacked 8 years into the NT job), and Gibraltar is popular with the official structure add-on being released every season now. But Iceland are neither too rubbish to be a "proper challenge" for idiots like me, nor good enough to be managed in more commonly. As for which club I was going to be, well I was torn. Initially, my plan was, (as usual), to go on holiday for 1 season and then select one of the teams that were promoted into the bottom playable League, but this was different. The article I linked to above mentioned Breidablik specifically and how, with the arrival of the economic meltdown, they were the 1st to discard expensive foreigners and rely on home produced Youth *** I was reluctant to start with a team in the Úrvalsdeild, (that's the Premier League to you and me), so instead I looked lower down in 1. deild karla, (that's the First Division to you and me). Semi-Pro, (check), Synthetc pitch, (check), Council owned stadia, (check), Great youth facilities, (check) and Well established youth recruitment, (check). Predicted to finish 7th of 12 teams in the FM16 game. No affiliated clubs, (so they're not a feeder which I was worried about), not a single non-Icelandic player, (check), and just 1 single player with senior International experience. Jóhannes Karl Guðjónsson doesn't ring any bells to me, but he has played at Villa, Wolves, Leicester, Burnley and Huddersfield. I may not recognise the name, but I certainly recognise the career. That's Joey Gudjonsson to you and me. Handknattleiksfélag Kópavogs is a bit of a mouthful, but thankfully they are more commonly known as HK. The club dates back to 1969, but was officially established on 26 January 1970. Originally only a handball team, with the football team established in 1992. The summer of 2007 saw the football team play for the first time in the Icelandic top division, the Úrvalsdeild. The club were relegated in their second season to the second tier and were again relegated to the third tier in 2011. I've been going through the current (ISL) senior International squad and seeing how many, (if any), have been produced by HK. Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson is a centre-back who moved from HK on to West Ham before joining Bochum in Germany and onto Rosenborg in Norway. Rúrik Gíslason is a winger who moved on to Anderlecht and Charlton, before going through Viborg and OB in Denmark before settling at FC Kobenhavn. Kolbeinn Sigþórsson is one of the stars of the current (ISL) National side and although the big striker is currently at Nantes in France, he was snapped up by Dutch side AZ after just 5 games and 1 goal for HK in his debut season as a 16 year old. Good performances for AZ brought a £4.3M move to Ajax, but despite a decent scoring record in Holland, he was sold at a loss to Nantes last year, (where he certainly didn't set the World alight). So there is some degree of pedigree to the players that the club has produced in the past and certainly enough to fill me with optimism. I wonder if we produced a certain young man by the name of Orri Freyr Oskarsson though...... No. It seems that he was produced by Þór and whether it was as a result of a collapsed lung, or a change in name, he was never able to reach the heights in real life that many of us, (including myself), saw him achieve in game. Some say he was greedy, but I put this down to him actually being deaf in one ear, (it's true I tell you!) The reason for his decline from scoring 48 goals in 92 games for Þór could well be down to the serious issue of a collapsed lung, but it's equally probably that it's as a result of his pre-match diet of hamburger, chips and Pepsi, (again, I tell you it's true!), but you also have to remember that the (ISL) leagues were sponsored by..... yes, you guessed it, Pepsi, back then. I have had a look at the FM16 HK squad and it was pleasing that although all were Icelandic, we did have a single solitary 2nd Nationality. (I love a 2nd Nationality for some reason, possibly because I am English but to Irish and Scottish parents). That the 2nd Nationality was Nepalese, (yes really), is just a bonus, because I have never seen a single Nepalese FM player ever never mind about had one in my squad. I hope he's still in the FM17 squad. The first thing that jumps out at me, (looking at the FM16 HK squad), is that where as the default setting for a Serbian player in FM seemed to be between Balanced and Fairly Ambitious, (neither of which I am keen on at all), the default personality for an Icelandic player, seems to be between Balanced and Fairly Sporting. Fairly Sporting Spo 15-20, Pro & Det & Amb & Loy all 1-14 That doesn't look good at all. (Pro) and (Det) both at 1-14. If it was Sporting rather than (F.Sport), things would be better because it would look like this. Sporting Spo 18-19, Det 1-9, Pro 5-20 Potentially lower (Det), but potentially higher (Pro). Looking at the squad, (again, I am talking about the FM16 squad, then I have 1x (F.Pro) player, and that's it. The actual make-up of last season squad is as follows. 14x (Bal) 1x (L.Hearted) 1x (F.Pro) 10x (F.Sport) 3x (F.Loyal) 1x (F.Det) 3x (F.Amb) 1x (Amb) 1x (Sport) 1x (Resilient) 1x (Honest) 1x (Spirited) I think it's safe to say that we are going to need some tutors on the hurry-up. With that in mind, I need to have a think about what my self-imposed rules are going to be. In my Partizan save I started off by saying that I would only sign Serbian players, but then relaxed it to allow myself to sign non-Serbian non-playing tutors, but obviously Iceland doesn't have quite the infrastructure that Serbia has. I'm tempted to relax my initial rules to include all Scandinavians, (and still allow myself to sign non-playing tutors from absolutely everywhere), but with the idea being that I will slowly wean myself off non-Icelandic Scaninavians and then ultimately, even non-home-grown Icelanders. I'm not sure how realistic this is going to be, but that's my thinking anyway. Having never managed in Iceland, (and only just becoming aware that they have a rule of a maximum of 3 non-EU players in the squad, (why don't England do that?), I'm not sure at this stage what sort of players are going to appear on my scouting list, but I guess I will use the above as a start and maybe refine/relax things as I go depending on how I am getting on. I just have a Senior squad and an U19 squad which is a little strange for me, so it seems that from quite an early stage in the save I am going to have to improve at selling/releasing players and/or get a feeder club going in order to get some of the fringe players loaned out and playing competitive football. We will probably need to get promoted before we can loan players out into a playable league, (and there is absolutely no guarantee of that), and even then the 1.deild, (Icelandic 2nd League), has a rule whereby each match squad can only have a maximum of 4 loan players, (so 1 single feeder club in the league below is just not going to cut it). Maybe I shold load the Faroe Island sructure, but that isn't going to be playable from the off so I guess that's a no-go. Decisions decisions decisions. Something that should be mentioned at this juncture is that in real life it takes 7 years for foreigners to gain Icelandic Nationality, (but only 4 years for other Scandinavians). It should also be mentioned that being born in Iceland to non-Icelandic parents does not in itself entitle you to Icelandic citizenship. The next... problem, predicament, whatever you want to call it, is that because it's very cold in Iceland, their season actually runs from May to September, so by the time I start my save, we will in all likelyhood, gone through pre-season and...... actually, hang on, that's not right. If their season finishes in September, and the game doesn't come out until Novemeber, then in my FM16 save, why am I looking at a fixture list which says that we have already gone through pre-season, and played 6 out of 7 Deildabikar Group B games? (No, I don't have a clue either but we will see in the 2nd season I guess). Ok. This is a disaster. I have just looked to extend the contract of 1 player and the option for an additional "option" on the player did not exist. Is this an Icelandic thing? This could kill the save before it begins! Right from the off my plan is to select players based on PA rather than CA, and hope that I have enough guile about me in order that we don't get relegated and I don't get sacked. Based upon previous saves, this is not a foregone conclusion. 2 go down from a league of 12, so I just have to finish higher than 2 others. That's doable, (even with 16 year olds, isn't it....)
  3. Hey, everyone. Quick question - is there a reason I cannot set up any tutoring whilst managing a part-time squad in the Conference North? Example above: Over 24 First Team squad status Low reputation however asking him to tutor a non-league academy youngster Only difference I can see is part-time contracts, does that make a difference? This is the same across my squad. Nobody can tutor. Not even getting the usual "x-many players have too high reputation to be tutored" messages. Simply no tutees. Any ideas?
  4. Hi This might be the wrong subforum, but since the answers might affect my tactics and training I decided to post here. Feel free to move the subject. I started my career in Denmark but now find myself in Udinese in Italy on my 5th season. Upon arrival the U20 was swamped with players too old for U20 football and most of the players (or about 50%) was out on loan. What was left was quite an unbalanced and untalented team. The U18 hat talents but the squad was massively crowded. It took me a couple of seasons of offloading never-gonna-make-it U20 players and promoting U18 to U20. Still had a way too big U18 squad though - 40+ players. I watched some of the other Serie A clubs' U18 squads, and they tend to have only around 20+ players in their U18 squad and that's what I'm aiming for now as well. So do you just offload players if you suspect they don't stand a chance of becoming top league players? Also, I've upgraded both youth development and junior coaching so I like to just sign all youth prospects in march. Last march I had a low intake - probably due to an already too large squad.
  5. Eh, so this OP became very, very long. The short version is - I'm back at Celtic using a custom league set up. Last time, I allowed myself to sign players born within 30 miles of Celtic Park - this time, we're only using players from our own youth academy. The rest of this OP will go into some detail about the background and setup of this save, so if you're interested please keep reading! If not, skip this first bit Project Brave... If that doesn't make you cringe, I'm not sure what will. For those of you who don't know, Project Brave is the latest 'radical solution' designed to save Scottish football from it's current state of pretty pish-ness. It's been in the pipeline for over a year, instigated by former Manchester United forward and Director of Youth Academy, Brian McClair. McClair left United to succeed Mark Wotte as National Performance Director for the SFA, but left the role in July 2016. When it came to his replacement, well, the Scottish Football Association have truly outdone themselves - a perfect storm of nae'bdy wanting the job (Northern Ireland assistant Austin McPhee turned it down to join Ian Cathro's team at Hearts instead) and nae'bdy else willing to give him a job led to the appointment in December 2016 of... Ach well, at least he looks as bemused as the rest of us. Let's.. eh... skip assessing his credentials for the role and instead look at what the proposals mean for Scottish football. Among several other proposals, we've got: - The reduction of the number of elite academies from the current 29 to a maximum of 16, earlier reported as 8. - The possible introduction of SPFL colt teams into the pyramid system. - Scrapping the current Development League (U20s) in favour of a Reserve League system. - Relaxing the current rules to encourage the increased use of development loans for 17-21 year olds. So! For this save, I've set about putting in place some of these changes in the editor. In terms of the reduction of academies, we have added the Forth Valley Football Academy and the Fife Elite Football Academy which IRL serve Falkirk, Stenhousemuir, Stirling Uni, East Stirlingshire (Forth Valley) and Cowdenbeath, East Fife, Dunfermline, Raith Rovers (Fife Elite). These two teams have a maximum age of 18, and will participate in the U18s in place of their affiliates' youth teams. The remaining 14 slots will be made up of remaining U18 teams from the Scottish Premiership, Championship and League One. Rangers, Dumbarton, Brechin City, Peterhead, and Arbroath are however ineligible for the league. Rangers have pulled out of next seasons Development League in favour of friendlies against top teams; Dumbarton have announced they are scrapping their youth academy; Brechin, Peterhead and Arbroath don't participate in the Development League. Zero over-18 players are permitted to play in the U18s league. This year, the SPFL clubs were allowed to submit proposals for entering colt teams into the Scottish pyramid system, and the likely contenders are of course the Old Firm with Hibernian and Aberdeen also reportedly seriously considering the plan. While it would be open to all 42 clubs, the financial impact would mean that these 4 teams are likely to be the only clubs able to support 2 teams in the senior leagues. The requirements mean that they would start at the Highland/Lowland leagues level, would not be able to rise higher than League One, and would not be able to participate in the Scottish Cup or League Cup. They also have to compete at a stadium of minimum League Two Bronze standard - Celtic have reportedly already been in contact with Greenock Morton about the use of Cappielow. Aberdeen's development squad have been using Brechin City's Glebe Park, while Hibernian have likewise been using Spartan's Ainslie Park. Rangers, while mostly using Auchenhowie or Ibrox, have historically also used Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld for Reserve matches, and they'll play their home games there. Teams would not be able to field more than two over-21 players. In a nod to history, I've also given Celtic and Rangers' colt teams their historical names, and Rangers their historic reserve kit of black and red vertical stripes. Therefore, we have: Aberdeen Colts, Glebe Park - Highland Football League Celtic Crusaders, Cappielow Park - Lowland Football League Hibernian Colts, Ainslie Park - Lowland Football League Rangers Swifts, Broadwood Stadium - Lowland Football League In search of a way forward, we're going twenty years back (Brilliant! Where do they come up with this stuff!?) with the reintroduction of the Scottish Reserves League. In the top tier we have Reserve teams from the Premiership and Championship, however the above Colt teams do not participate. Annan and Stranraer Reserves who compete in the South of Scotland League, and Stirling University Reserves who compete in the East of Scotland League are also ineligible if they reach either of the top 2 divisions, along with Brechin, Dumbarton, Arbroath, East Fife, Montrose, Peterhead, and Stenhousemuir. The rest of the Reserve Leagues are made of tiers 3-5 in regional divisions. A maximum of five over-21 players can compete. In terms of the loan rules, I've stuck with the loan rules already existing in Scotland in terms of numbers. The difference is that while before there were limits on total players moving on loan at one time, in one season, those limits are now only for players aged over 21. Clubs are not able to sign more than two over-23 players on loan from one club. Phew... Almost there. All League and Cup histories are as accurate as possible thanks to http://www.scottish-football-historical-archive.co.uk LEAGUES As we have Reserve teams competing in the Pyramid System, I've added the Highland and Lowland Leagues into the setup, and the East of Scotland and South of Scotland Leagues below that. The pyramid system is exactly the same as in real life - so, we have the Premiership, Championship, Leagues One and Two. From League Two there is no automatic relegation to the 5th tier, however the winners of the Highland and Lowland League compete in a playoff, with the winner then facing off against the team in last place in League Two in a promotion/relegation playoff. Below the Lowland League, we have the East/South of Scotland Leagues and promotion/relegation follows this exact same system. Annan, Stranraer and Stirling Uni Reserves are not permitted promotion from tier 6, while Celtic, Rangers, Aberdeen and Hibs Reserves are not permitted promotion from tier 3. Completing the Scottish senior setup is the North Caledonian League. It sits under the Highland League, at the same level as the East/South Leagues, but there is no promotion or relegation at all from this division. Golspie Sutherland however are full SFA members and therefore compete in the Scottish Cup. CUPS Scottish Cup - 92 teams made up of all 42 from the top 4 tiers + Banks O'Dee, Linlithgow Rose, Golspie Sutherland, Glasgow University, Girvan. The remaining teams are taken from tiers five and six. Scottish League Cup - All 42 SPFL teams + winners of tier 5. Reserve teams are not permitted to compete (although lets see if that actually works out in my file - I'm not fussed if they end up competing in this competition). IRN-BRU Cup - All teams from Tiers 2-4 and four best teams from Highland/Lowland, twelve Reserve teams of the Scottish Premiership, two best teams from Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales. N.B. In the updated version, the teams from Ireland have been corrected so that it is the 5th and 6th place teams instead (i.e. teams not in Europe). Highland, Lowland, East and South of Scotland League Cups - League Cups for their associated Leagues. South Challenge Cup - All teams from Lowland, East and South of Scotland Football Leagues. Southern Counties Cup - All South of Scotland teams + Queen of the South, Dalbeattie Star and Edusport Academy. Southern Counties Alba Cup - Lochar Thistle, Mid Annandale, Creetown, Upper Annandale, Lochmaben, Heston Rovers, Bonnyton Thistle, Abbey Vale, Nithsdale Wanderers, Dumfries YMCA ONLY if these teams are in Tier 6. Promotion excludes them from the competition. Alex Jack Cup - Tweedmouth Rangers, Heriot-Watt Uni, Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale, Ormiston, Tynecastle, Eyemouth United, Peebles Rovers, Leith Athletic ONLY if these teams are in Tier 6. South-East Scotland Cup-Winner's Shield - Super Cup for Winners of the Southern Counties Alba Cup and Alex Jack Cup. North Caledonian Cup - Mainland teams from North Caledonian League + Nairn County U20s and Elgin City U20s. I've decided to keep the U20s sides of these two teams as they only compete in North Caley FA Cup competitions. Mainland teams only, so Orkney don't qualify. Football Times Cup, and Jock Mackay Memorial Cup - North Caledonian League teams + Shetland, Lewis and Harris Select, Nairn U20 and Elgin U20. Tommy Ross Memorial Cup - Mainland teams from the North Caledonian League only. Tweedie, Potts, and Cree Lodge Cups - South of Scotland League teams only. King Cup - All East of Scotland FA teams below the 4th tier. Berwick Rangers, Edinburgh City, Hearts, Hibs and Livingston are all eligible if they fall below the 4th tier. (Livingston have actually withdrawn from the EoSFA IRL, but I'm a sucker for history). East of Scotland Qualifying Cup - Again open to all EoSFA teams below the 4th tier. Hearts, Hibs, Edinburgh City and Berwick Rangers are not eligible. East of Scotland (City) Cup - Finalists from the EoS Qualifying Cup + Edinburgh City and Berwick Rangers. North of Scotland Cup - Nairn, Brora, Clachnacuddin, Wick Academy, Invergordon, Golspie, Elgin, Forres Mechanics, Fort William, Lossiemouth, Rothes and Strathspey Thistle split East/West with the top 2 from each section qualifying for the Semi Final. Aberdeenshire Cup and Shield - Aberdeen University (Shield only), Inverurie Locos, Turriff Utd, Formartine, Banks O'Dee, Cove Rangers, Deveronvale, Huntly, Fraserburgh, Keith and Buckie Thistle. Last but not least, all transfers are accurate to the present day (26.7.17) and all clubs are in their correct divisions for the 2017/18 season. Without further ado, let's get started!
  6. Another year...another FM...and another FM save for me to embark on! Having lived in Asia a few years ago for a number of years, it’ll always be a special place for me, so for this years FM, it’ll see me going back to Asia where I’ve had a couple of successful saves in the past, most notably in my “Way of the Dragon” thread a few years ago. However, this year will see me playing along side youth only rules which only allows me to sign players that graduate from the clubs youth system. Game : Football Manager 2017 (PC) Database size : Large Leagues loaded : Australia (Hyundai A-League only) China (First Division and above) Hong Kong (China PR) (Premier League only) India (National Football League only) Indonesia (Premier Division and above) Malaysia (Premier League and above) Singapore (S-League only) South Korea (K-League Challenge and above) I’ve loaded up all of the available “out of the box” Asian leagues and holidayed for a year which has taken me to pre-season 2017/18. Previous experience : Sunday morning footballer I’ve chosen to start in Hong Kong (where I lived previously) and have taken over the newly promoted Wing Yee.
  7. Shaping the next Cantona : A French journey Ever since I've won the CL on a save with Uniao De Leiria, after a brace from homegrown player, Victor Gil, I have failed to reproduce the same success with other youngsters on different saves. So, similar to @LPQR's journey with Stuttgart in FM16, my save will focus on developing youth and creating a homegrown / French side. I've picked AJ Auxerre, a club with a great academy in real life. The likes of Eric Cantona, Philip Mexes and Djibril Cisse are all prospects of AJ Auxerre. I'm aiming to continue this "tradition" of producing world-class players in FM as well. Cantona. Trying to shape the youth into that kind of players. Manager Profile: Victor Gil, the Leiria born striker has taken over! Club History: Stadium: Owned by the club, the 21,379 all-seater Stade de l'Abbé-Deschamps is the place we're going to call home for now. Squad Overview: Feel free to request profiles. Season Objectives: - Get the younger players proper tutoring and playing time. - Improve our youth recruitment and junior coaching. - Maintain healthy finances.
  8. The Return Of The Lions

    Football Club Sochaux-Montbéliard The Return of the Lions Having recently finished an AC Milan game that ended up with a treble winning season alongside title wins for both the under 20 and under 18 sides, I decided to begin a new adventure. Having been inspired by the recent uptake in French Saves posted here and elsewhere I wanted to begin my own. So I selected Sochaux due to their excellent youth facilities and the potential to grow the team into a real force. The academy has produced several notable talents, such as Yannick Stopyra, El-Hadji Diouf, Jérémy Ménez, Bernard Genghini and Benoît Pedretti, among others. The club currently plays in the Ligue 2 in the French Set up and play their football at the 20,005 seater Stade Auguste Bonal. Sochaux are nicknamed 'Les Lionceaux' which translates as 'The Lion Cubs'. Save Objectives - Focus on developing academy players - A 'Moneyball' Transfer Policy, buy low sell high - Gain Promotion into Ligue 1 - Over time continue to improve our facilities and bring in the best coaches available Current Squad This is the our current squad after I promoted a few of our more promising talents into the first team. A very much French squad bar the odd exception and I'll look to try and keep a French core to the side as we progress. Given the French colonial links I plan on attempting to Scout Africa for youth prospects which will hopefully lend itself to our buy low sell high project! Finances We start with a healthy 12m in the balance. This is due to the real life take over of Sochaux by a Hong Kong based Company however the board don't appear to be willing to splash any cash just yet, giving me £0 transfer funds and a -5k a week wage budget! I'll be looking to evaluate the squad and see where we can cut any wastage in order to get the wage budget under control. Prospects Below are a list of players currently at the club who I believe could form the core of our squad for several years to come (should they not be sold that is!). Jeando Fuchs / Marcus Thuram / Emile Rzepecki / Gabin Lamboley / Maxence Lacroix Our main prospect is 18 year old Frenchman Jeando Fuchs. Fuchs is a ball winning midfielder however is quite versatile in that he can drop slightly deeper or play in the right back position. He already has interest from Spurs who have been monitoring his situation. For an 18 year old he already has good stats for his role and decent physicals. Hopefully he will develop for us and I will be playing him at every opportunity. Marcus Thuram also appears to have decent potential and I'll be looking to use him as the main man up top. His composure and finishing clearly need work but he has a decent level to build upon. Emile Rzepecki, Gabin Lamboley and Maxence Lacroix will be rotated through the side whilst also getting game time with the under 18/reserve squads. Formations Formation 1 Formation 2 These will be the two formations I'll look to be using throughout the season, I've used this style frequently in previous saves and had a moderate degree of success with it.
  9. We're back to give this another go! Last season's version saw us win the Premier League a few times, net out some truly World-Class players (including a World Golden Ball recipient), and make the Champions League Finals. My hope is to do even better this year, and perhaps try to guide one of my home countries (Lebanon or Ghana) to some glory, since I do get a lot of players that are of those second nationalities. I hope this ride will be as enjoyable as last season's, and the plan of course is to play this one out all the way until the release of FM18. For starters, here is the Leagues Loaded:
  10. So, first of all, welcome everybody In this thread I will attempt a project that I hope will revive my passion for the game. The idea is to take a club that has fallen from the graces of success in recent years back to glory whilst implementing a strict home-grown policy with youth development obviously playing a big part in this philosophy. In FM terms, that would mean: -having only players with the nationality of the club's playing nation in the squad -a club strategy oriented towards having as many players 'trained at club' (15-21) as possible as soon as possible So, having researched potential clubs to start the save with, I came across 5 times Bundesliga winners, freshly relegated to the German Second Division, VFB Stuttgart: A brief overview of the club Facilities - Top Corporate Facilities - Superb training facilities - Superb youth facilities - Extensive youth recruitment -Good junior coaching Stadium -60.000 seater (49.000 used in normal matches) Mercedes-Benz Arena -Owned by council (4.6 million+8% of gate receipts paid for rent) -Undersoil Heating Trophy cabinet Finances and Reputation - overall balance of £29.M -loan debt of £3.64M The downfall: Following the German First Division title in 2006 the club has had a horrible time in the league, ultimately leading them to be relegated in the current season So, all in all, a fantastic club with some great history, spanning over 123 years and with an amazing foundation in place for what I want to achieve
  11. A Fábrica - Unha Historia Celta Vigo Good evening and welcome to my thread! The title is in galician (atleast should be) and means The factory - a Celta Vigo story. The first title was ****. I wanted something new. Couldn't come up with something. New title is result of that. The very first thread I post here on the forum, although I’ve been an active member of Danish FM forums for several years now. I’ve lost the spark, that once engulfed FM though. The need to play FM all the time, and the pleasure it gave me was lost 2 years ago. It has come back somewhat, however, and now I am ready to launch a new thread finally! I have decided to visit the Galic coast of beautiful Vico. The city Vico has more to offer though as it is the home of Real Club Celta de Vigo or more commonly Celta Vigo. Wanting to challenge myself and finding an interesting team I searched La Liga and found 3 candidates for my adventure. Neither of the 3 are groundbreaking overwhelmingly challenging clubs though; all have decent economy and fine facilities and squads that contain promising young talent. And talents are exactly what I want. I imagine it’s what almost all (FM)managers want. The promise of a young man developing through the ranks to become a starter for the team. Later on earning the captaincy of the club that he supported when he was a little boy, dreaming of stepping onto the pitch in front of thousands upon thousands. Feeling the cheers and roars of the crowd as he scored. The 3 candidates was; Valencia CF (who I have a soft spot for), Real Sociedad and Celta Vigo (obviously). I ended up choosing Celta because of their talents in the first team and several promising youngsters in both the affiliate club Celta B and the u19s. We enter the save in the second season of my campaign with Celta, but more on that later. First I have set some rules for the save. Some premises that must be met. The first is; I must ONLY buy Spanish players. Spain has immense amount of talented players, so no, this is not making it the most challenging save ever. And it’s not very innovative either, but for my first thread in a long time I wanted to go with something that felt good and maybe a bit safe aswell. The second is; I may only make 1 signing worth more than £10M (max. £15M) - and this is only if we have sold a player for more than £25M in the same transfer window. This is both to secure a financial balance but also to hinder me from just buying all the best talents and splashing cash left and right to assemble the squad. I want to buy young Spanish talent but primarily I want to develop our own stars. Our academy needs to become the best and most feared in all of Spain. Doing this demands work however. We won’t get there without the right investments and getting the right personnel in. The investments aren’t really up to me though. I can ask the board and make sure our finances are ready but ultimately my most important task will be to find capable coaches who can make my talents grow, and hire a solid HoYD who can spot the gems running around the Galic streets. By 2023, the year Celta Vigo has existed for 100 years, I expect us to be a machine. A well oiled machine running on the fumes of schooled players coming through our own ranks. That was the introduction and tomorrow I will let you inside the game itself and show you, what has happened in the first 3 transfer windows and how La Liga went down in 15/16. I’ll reveal we ended up with 74 points and a goal difference of +29. Welcome to the Olive city where the sky is blue and Celta Vigo is all that really matters!
  12. Welcome to my take on the British & Irish Steel Challenge! I'm not going to strictly follow all of the rules but I've added a couple of my own that I'll adhere to throughout the save. This started out as a Lisbon Lions save, where I was attempting to pursue the success of the 1966-67 Celtic side that won the domestic quadruple and the European Cup. My rules were: a) I could only use players from the Youth System, or; b) I could sign players, if they are 21 years of age or under, and only if they were born within 30 miles of Celtic Park. So, in the spirit of where this journey all began - I'm going to continue with these philosophies. I will attempt to win all competitions in Scotland, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales using only youth team players, or players born within 30 miles of the stadium. I will also attempt to win as many of these trophies as possible by taking over teams with a bit of history in European competition - Linfield/Glenavon in the Quarter Finals in Europe; Shamrock Rovers going so close against Bayern Munich; Cwmbran Town, the first Welsh team to compete in European competition for some examples - or teams who competed in European competition in 1966-67 (Waterford, Liverpool, Celtic, Linfield, Drumcondra, Dunfermline, Burnley, Kilmarnock, Leeds, West Brom, Dundee United, Shamrock Rovers, Swansea, Glentoran, Everton, Rangers). Disclaimer: As this save started life as an attempt to replicate the success of Scottish clubs from 1966-67, I'm using a custom 1966-67 league set-up which you can read more about HERE (I'm using the 1st version). It means I'm missing Leagues 1, 2, and the Challenge Cup, but in their place I have 6 regional cups to compete for which will require me to take over a minimum of 5 Scottish teams (Alloa compete in EoS and Stirlingshire). So, what am I trying to win? England Leagues English Premier League; Sky Bet Championship; League 1; League 2; Vanarama National League; National League North; National League South Cups English FA Cup; EFL Cup; Checkatrade Trophy; Community Shield; FA Trophy Scotland Leagues Scottish Division One; Scottish Division Two Cups Scottish Cup; League Cup; Aberdeenshire, Ayrshire, Forfarshire, Glasgow and Stirlingshire Cups; East of Scotland Shield Ireland Leagues Irish Premier Division; First Division Cups Irish Senior Challenge Cup; League Cup; Munster Senior Cup; Leinster Senior Cup; President's Cup Northern Ireland Leagues Danske Bank Premiership; NIFL Championship; NIFL Premier Intermediate League Cups Northern Irish Cup; League Cup; County Antrim Shield; Steel & Sons Cup; Intermediate Cup; Mid Ulster Cup Wales Leagues Dafabet Welsh Premier League Cups JD Welsh Cup; Nathaniel MG Cup Bonus Club Champions League; Europa League; Club World Championship; European Super Cup Country World Cup; European Championship; European International League; Confederations Cup Part One If You Know the History - A Lisbon Lions Save 'We did it by playing football; pure, beautiful, inventive football.' - Jock Stein In 1966-67, Celtic defied the odds by beating Inter Milan 2-1 in the European Cup final in Lisbon, completing a quintuple of trophies for the season, and ensured legend status for the 'Lisbon Lions' among the Celtic faithful. The team scored a world record 196 goals along the way, with the European Cup winning team all being born within 10 miles of Glasgow (with the exception of Bobby Lennox, born 30 miles away) - the first British, and indeed Northern European, team to win the coveted trophy. In the 7th minute of the match, my dad's dentist Jim Craig brought down Cappellini in the box, and Mazzola converted the resulting penalty to open the scoring for the Italian giants. For the rest of the match Inter parked the bus, forcing the Celtic 'keeper Ronnie Simpson to make only 2 saves, and winning only 2 corners. Celtic's attacking display was a beautiful contrast, and in the 63rd minute Craig made amends by setting up Tommy Gemmell for the equaliser. With 7 minutes remaining, Bobby Murdoch's shot was deflected by Stevie Chalmers into the net and Celtic took the lead. Back in Glasgow my great-grandfather, watching the game at my grandparents' house with the whole close on the only television in the street, jumped out of his seat and smashed his cup of tea against the ceiling! The tea stain stayed there for 30 odd years before my grandmother finally convinced my grandpa to paint over that bit of family history! In this save I'm going to attempt to replicate a bit of the same success, using youth products from Celtic's Academy. In line with the squad of 1966-67, I will allow myself to sign U21 players born within 30 miles of Celtic Park only.
  13. Inspired by many great posters on here (nod to @Jimbokav1971, @BoxToBox, @Jupjamie, etc) and something I've tried on previous versions... Join me for a youth challenge on the sunny shores of Malta. Taking over a team with rich history but one that hasn't won the title since 2004/2005. Dom Mintoff is the new manager of Here is how the club shapes up on Day 1, no big surprises. We are of course semi-Pro. I can't remember but I think I bumped up the Youth Recruitment a notch in the pre-game editor knowing the issues with it on FM17 to date. And here is the squad, not terrible and as usual a few guys on loan who should be playing for us (and will be recalled!) Aims and rules Win the league Make enough money via Europe to turn Pro Qualify for European group stages Upgrade facilities Progress to European knockout stages Win European competition! I will rely (almost entirely) on players from the academy with the following exceptions Allowed to sign anyone to act as a tutor but they cannot play competitive fixtures Allowed to bring back anyone produced by our academy to play for us If I decide its necessary, will be permitted 1 signing per season to help us progress (so I don't get fed up when I don't get a GK for 100 years ) Caveat on the signings is that I will not be allowed to manually scout regen lists or clubs lists, the players must come from known players my scouts find as I build out my knowledge and have regular assignments (mainly for the purposes of enlarging my staff and tutor pool) Onwards and Upwards!!
  14. Mr. Vladislav Stahliyev From Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Bosnian 2nd nationality. 47 years old (born 20/07/1969) Biography Journalist and writers often makes a point of the fact that Vlad was born near the Baikonur Cosmodrome, on the very day the Americans landed on the moon. Might it have left a profound impact on young Vlad in all sorts of ways? Vlad himself had never given it much thought. Vlad is a modest pragmatist - a realist growing up in the Soviet Union has no interest in such symbolic ponderings. He once hesitatingly admitted that "maybe it had given him a drive to aim for the stars, a relentless urge to bring out the best in himself and everyone around him" - he's regretted that interview ever since. Vlad is not terribly fond of modern media. Vlad spent his younger years as a youth player at FC Dinamo Tbilisi, never quite being able to break into the first team but considered very talented. When the Soviet Union fell in 1991 the situation for young Vlad became uncertain; by the end of the year he was suddenly a Kazakh living in Georgia! This was particularly troubling as young Vlad was a staunch Soviet patriot - a great believer in Marxist and Leninist ideals. By 1992 (now aged 23) he was released from Dinamo Tbilisi and had instead joined the Kazakh army. By 1993 he had gone to Bosnia as an “unrecognized volunteer” to fight with the Croats. As the Bosnia War drew to a close Vlad found that he had come to love Bosnia, in particular the city of Mostar. Once the war ended he simply decided to stay in Mostar. Working as a plumber he spent his time playing amateur football, until 1995 when he was signed for FK Velež Mostar. Vladislav enjoyed a long and successful career at the club, so much that when he retired in 2005 (36 years old) the mayor of Mostar convinced the Bosnian president to grant him citizenship of Bosnia and Herzegovina! As his playing career ended he started a new career; first as a youth coach of Velež and a few years later he was promoted Head of Youth Development. By 2014 - after a long spell of unrest on the club board (The owners fled the club among whispers of corruption and bribery) - Vladislav was declared as interim manager of FK Velež Mostar. His policy was one of aggressive youth development ruled with an iron fist - yet he had genuine care for his club and it’s young talents. Young players were thrown into the first team. With their manager’s iron will and stern discipline the players were supremely confident in their own abilities. Failure was not an option and dissent was not tolerated. His management of Velež Mostar was extremely successful - so much that in 2016/2017 he was head-hunted by FC Krasnodar tycoon Sergey Galitsky. Though sad to leave his beloved club, and the city of Mostar in his adopted Bosnia, he knew that this was a once in a life-time opportunity! "We aim that in a few years more than half of FC Krasnodar first team is comprised of the pupils of our Reserve Training Centre" - Sergey Nikolayevich Galitsky, FC Krasnodar founder and owner.
  15. [FM16] Partisan (adj) strongly supporting a person, principle, or political party, often without considering or judging the matter very carefully: My Youth only save in (GIB) has just died a death as I lost all 3 saves. As a result I am looking for a new save but am determined to keep the focus on Youth based principles, but possibly relax it a little so that there is some scope for signing players of some sort, (but I'm making this up as I go and I haven't really decided yet) . I have always been keen on the Balkans but I have never had a long-term save there. I have done San Marino and Gibraltar as youth only, (it's hard), and now it's time to see what I can do in an area where the potential for new players might be significantly higher than what I am used to. I recently saw a list of the 11 best Serbian players of all-time and I was astonished that there was only 1 Partizan player on the list, (and he just happened to have also played for Red Star for half a season). There seems to be some Red-Star bias around and I am keen to redress the balance so I am going to be managing Partizan. My plan is to not only ensure that Partizan are the best team in Serbia, but also to try and ensure that Red Star are NOT the 2nd best team. I want to try and create a gulf between the 2 clubs whereby Red Star are so poor that they are no longer even deemed rivals. To see them relegated would be the ultimate goal, but I'm not sure how realistic that is. My plan, (it's sort of developed as I write this), is that I'm going to sign only Serbian players, (so that I can nick the best that Red Star produce), and I'm also planning on never selling to them, (EVER!), (although I might change my mind if there is an opportunity to sell an old player to them for lots of money when the player is also going to be on huge wages). Anything basically that will screw them over. My main focus will be on producing my own youth players, but I will not be adverse to signing the products of other academies or even established players from elsewhere, (just so long as they are of Serbian Nationality). The Rivalry. Well this graphic shows that the rivalry is alive and well, although we have had the best of it in recent years. Our Facilities are significantly better than at any club I have managed in...... well possibly ever in terms of FM. The Squad Depth page initially looks promising, but I have found this to often be misleading and it is certainly so in this case. It suggests that things are looking fine and dandy just so long as we do not employ wing-backs and also it suggests that we afre more suited to playing attacking wingers rather than more conservative wide players. The reality is that we are desperately short of even 1 single decent striker at the club, (which I personally find astonishing and could lead me to be sacked before this save has even got going). The best striker, (according to my Ass Man), is the Ivorian Fofana, but of course he is out on loan in China, (no, I have absolutely no idea why), and I'm not sure when he will be back. After that we have a succession of wide players who can also play up front, (but who are most definitely wide players playing up front rather than front players playing up front), but really none of them are what I would call good enough to spear-head an attack that I hope is going to win us the title, grant us some progress in Europe and hopefully get 1 round further in the domestic Cup than Red Star, (yes I am building the rivalry already). If we change the Squad Depth chart so we are looking at PA rather than CA, (I didn't realise that was possible until just now), then it shows things in a slightly better light. We have PA in abundance in lots of different areas and the future looks bright, (potentially). It still leaves the problem of who plays up front in the here and now. Partizan under my stewardship are not going to be a team that park the bus, so I'm in dire need of someone to convert the chances that we are surely going to make. I'm already thinking "wrong-footed" IF's instead of wingers to try and take up some of the slack, (if you haven't hear/read one of my tirades on the folly of wrong-footed wide players then you obviously know me not at all), but what I really need is a... Clive Allen/Robbie Fowler type player who does little but celebrate the astonishing number of goals he has scored for me. The next graphic shows exactly what I am up against and what I am getting at here. 6 of the best 9 strikers at the club are actually wide players who "do a job" through the middle. The single best striker as I've already mentioned is an Ivorian who is out on loan in China until...... [goes to look]....... January. Of the 2 other strikers in the top 9, the next best is a 16 year old called Ivan Saponjic. He actually made 14 appearances last season, (I'm guessing from the bench), wherein he scored 5 goals, but I can't rely on him to score the goals that are going to win us the title, (not this season anyway). I've just looked him up in real life on the internet and it seems that he made 17 more appearances this season, (scoring just 2 goals), before being farmed out on loan to Benfica B, (where he only scored 4 goals in 13 appearances so he's not exactly setting Portugal alight either). The next guy on the list, (and the only other striker who isn't a teenager), is Bulgarian Valeri Bojinov. He is so not the next Dimitar Berbatov that he had been shipped off to our "B Team" Teleoptik. I have brought him back on the basis that it actually looks like I might have to start him, (can't believe that I might have to), but it's either him or the 16 year old Saponjic and I would at least like to protect the kid a little by utilising him from the bench. Unfortunately, he's never scored the number of goals that I'm going to need from him, (although Man City once paid £5.75M for him and he rewarded them with 1 goal in 2 years before they first loaned and then cut their losses and sold him to Parma in a cut-price deal). So we need a striker and we need one on the hurry-up just to cover us between now and January, (at the very least). I can only buy Serbians, (doesn't seem like such a clever idea now but let's stick with it), so let's see how much money we have got and start the scouts looking for someone who is going to score the goals that are going to keep me in charge here long enough that I can get someone else in. Well the Financial situation isn't too bad at all, (especially when you consider we are just looking for 1 player). We have £6.5M in the bank which is great, but importantly we have a transfer kitty of just over £570,000. When you consider that our best player is only valued at £1.1M, (and we only have 2 in total valued at more than ££0.5M), buying a decent Serbian striker for £0.5M certainly seems doable at this stage. The other thing to consider is that we have a surplus wage budget of approc £3.6k per week and nobody at the club currently earns more than £2,700 per week so again that seems to be fine. My initial reaction is to immediately go and buy Red Star's best Serbian striker, but that would just be too easy wouldn't it?
  16. Hej Guys, I am new to this game and play my 5th Season ever with Atletico Madrid! My Focus on this game is to develop youth (philosophies) and to scout young players mostly under 24yo and implement them into the first team (the latter worked out great so far). Team: Atletico Madrid Training Facilities: Superb Youth Facilites: excellent junior coaching: good (looking to improve) scouting: Europe, south america and parts of africa are "outstanding" at least. I dont really try to get anything out of the rest of the world Pretty much all of my scouts have 20/20 Judging abilites and 15+ adaptability and a great part of my Coaching staff has 17+ Judging abilties. Now the problem starts: My Affiliate "Atletico B" is in the spanish third division, which is not playable in the game. Even tho some of the players have matches played in a "League", the team has no fixtures besides 2-3 friendlies a season. I gonna explain why this is a problem: In my first 2 seasons i had a couple of promising players (youth star players) who my backroom staff believed to be at least quality player in the future and adviced me to move them to affiliate, so did I. BUT after moving them to affiliate they didnt develop well at all, 2 or 3 green arrows on some attributes nothing more. I loaned out some of them and those one on loan did decent when getting enough playtime. The ones in the affiliate who were the more promising players just stagnate. Now they are all 21+ and wasted talents in my transfer history not even worth a million Euro without any outstanding stat, but with tons of "played games" in a "League". 2 Players who were out on laon developed to a 3 star player (maybe even more if i would commit to play them regular), but i sold them because they somehow didnt life up to the expectation (i wanted them to be the next Saul Niguez or Jose Gimenez, both wonderkids in my club). Well, now my scouts are working night and day, all of them having 2+ players to scout permanently, i found new stars, the new Griezmanns and Kokes, maybe even one or two messis and a very promising 16 yo argentine goalkeeper with very similar stats to Gianluigi Donnarumma at the age of 16 himself! You probably figured out allready, some of them are foreign players from south america, some are from spain, but i want all of them to be trained in my own club for 3 years between the age of 15-21 (for Squad registration regulations) and i am hoping to develop at least 2 or 3 of them to become key players for the team in the future! I Signed a total of 7 of those youth stars with 5 more to come at the end of the season. I urge for an advice to make a very own messi happen to my club! Right now i moved all of them to the under 19s squad, and since then they win pretty much every match to 0, doesnt mean much since they allready won all matches before and their only competitor in that youth league is Real Madrid under 19s who claim the first position, my own under 19s claim the second with much much space to the third place. My Backroom staff believes those Youth stars to become at least Key players for the first team, while 2 might become best players in their position at the club (one of them is the goalkeeper, while my goalkeeper is wonderkid Donnarumma). I think i can play some of those prospects in my first team from time to time, but not very often since i allready have some promises broken to players who expect more first team football :/ and in another forum i read that keeping them in low leagues wont help their development either, loaning out shouldnt be an option since i want Homegrown trained by the club players (even if its just for the ego). I only sign determined players, my new signings all have 15+ determination and pretty good physical stats, and have proffesional, fairly proffesional etc. personalities. I already tutor them by senior squad members. Any further suggestions? I looked into some forums but didnt find them helpful and also found some contradictions in some posts, dont know what to believe now >.< and by creating an own post i also have the posibilty to engage a conversation to specify the problem. Thank you NewManager p.s. i am not a native english speaker, sorry for mistakes
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