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  1. Welcome back everyone!! This is the new incarnation of the Youth Academy Challenge started by ri916 and continued by Braumiller before I picked it up, from now on rather than having a thread only for the current version of the game, this thread will also play host to people that are starting on older versions. The Aim To win your chosen countries' top division and win the Champions League of your continent with a previously unplayable club using only your academy as a way of acquiring new players - this mean No Transfers of any kind. No buying back former players. Even on a free. No loans not even as part of a deal to sell your player. The Available Countries Previously any Country in Europe was eligible as long as you can get a previously unplayable side promoted from Holidaying, however from last year we were happy to extended it to the rest of the world as well as long as the team meets the criteria of being previously unplayable and that is the same this year. No custom databases just from whatever leagues come with the game. New Stuff With a new game comes new features and there are some changes that will likely affect those of us that play the game in this way. The new stuff added that we will likely use is Club Vision, Development Centre and Playing Time Pathway. These new features will allow us to shape the vision of the club over the long and short term, the Development Centre will allow us to chart our exciting new players before they become playable and give us an idea of what area’s we will have strength in which in turn could impact on our current squads and who we look to retain and/or retrain. While the Playing Time Pathway allows us to progress players from Emergency Backup to First Team Star, this will (I think anyway) be good for those of us that like to plan for players, gives us a reminder of what we are expecting each season from our youngsters but also stops them from being upset about playing time (this could be especially helpful with keepers) I’ve added links to the blog posts that cover each new feature for those that want to read more about them. Helpful Information There is often lots of speculation about what impacts the youth intake and what you as a player can do in order to get the best intake you can and the below is the information we have thanks to @Seb Wassell Newgens & Youth Intake Youth Recruitment The Club’s recruiting of Juniors, those of home and foreign origin. Youth Facilities The training facilities available for Juniors (only). Does NOT apply to visible players already at the club. All visible players currently at the club use Training Facilities regardless of age. Junior Coaching The quality and quantity of Junior Coaches at the Club. Nation Youth Rating The potential maximum quality and quantity of Juniors produced in that Nation. Game Importance How important football is considered to be in that Nation. Producing Newgens The Clubs with the best Youth Recruitment will generally pick up the best Junior talent from that Nation first, the scale of that talent being determined by the Nation Youth Rating and Game Importance. The lower the Youth Recruitment the further down the pecking order a club will find itself. Two clubs with identical Youth Recruitment will be sorted by Club Reputation. Being lower down this pecking order does not mean quality Newgens cannot be produced, it simply lowers the chances. Youth Facilities and Junior Coaching then simulate and determine how that Junior progresses in the Club’s Junior system until a Newgen is produced and appears in game. It is at this point that the Current Ability (CA) and Potential Ability (PA) of the newgens are decided. The above factors all contribute to both CA and PA equally. Head of Youth Development (HoYD) The club’s HoYD is responsible for bringing Newgens into the club. He will influence what “type” of players are selected and can partially or fully pass on his personality to some of these Newgens. The “type” of players selected refers to a player’s position and style, for instance a HoYD with a preferred 4-5-1 formation and a Technical Coaching Style may produce more technically styled midfielders than another HoYD. The HoYD will also influence the rare “freak” or exceptional Newgens that come through, modifying their ability and style. This role is filled by the HoYD by default, however if none is employed whichever staff member is set to be responsible for youth development will fill this role. Youth Intake Preview In FM20 the Development Centre will provide a preview of the upcoming youth intake ahead of the day itself. This preview will provide some information on the general quality of the intake, positions that are either blessed with or lacking in quality and any other notable highlights. Junior Player Poaching In FM20 it is possible for Juniors to be poached from another club's youth system. This will most commonly occur from smaller reputation club > larger reputation club. When this occurs a inbox item is received, offering a few details (similar to that of the Youth Intake Preview) on the player that has been poached. Poached players will appear in the next appropriate youth intake. The Reset Dates (Dates will appear when they have been confirmed for FM20 and if the country you pick isn't listed below just let me know the reset date and I'll add it) Argentina - July 15 Austria - June 13 (save on June 6th then holiday to June 13th to get different teams) Belarus Belgium - Bulgaria - June 29th Brazil - Jan 2nd (save on December 2nd to get different teams) Croatia - Czech Republic - Denmark - June 29 (save on June 3rd then holiday till June 29th to get different teams) England - June 24 (May 29th seems to be the reload day so save to then and then holiday till June 24 to get different teams) Finland - November 30 France - Germany - June 19th (May 25th seems to be the reload day so save to then and then holiday till June 19 to get different teams) Holland - July 7 (save on May 29th then holiday to July 7th to get different teams) Hungry - June 19th Iceland - November 25th (save at end of September 30/31st then holiday to November 25th to get different teams) Israel - June 22nd (Save on May 15th then Holiday till June 22nd for different teams) Italy - June 29 (Last playoff game is June 6th so save June 5th and holiday till June 29th to get different teams) Northern Ireland - Norway - Jan 13 Poland - June 29 Portugal - June 29 (Last playoff game is June 21 so save then and holiday till June 29th to get different teams) Romania - June 29th Russia - June 19 (save on May 16 and holiday to June 19 to get different teams) Scotland - June 24th (save April 30 and holiday till May 3rd to see who makes the playoffs then play through to see who wins) Serbia - June 15 (save to May 21 to get different teams) Slovenia - South Africa - Spain - Sweden - December 15 Switzerland - June 20 (save on May 20th then holiday till June 20th to get different teams) Turkey - Wales – June 24 (save on may 16th then holiday till June 24 to get different teams) Database Settings Mandatory Database size can be small, medium or large Advanced Options have to be as shown here --> Optional Any additional settings in the ‘Advanced Database Setup’ – Due to us not being allowed to buy players, adding extra players just adds to the realism of your game and potentially slightly increases difficulty. NOTE – It is highly recommended you add the highest unplayable leagues for your country, as this will help make sure the promoted teams (you will be taking control of) have players. As an example, this is what I loaded for England - Players from Top Clubs in Europe is also recommended We used to limit this to just loading the leagues from the country you are playing in but we now allow you to load as many leagues as you to add a bit more immersion into their saves. You don't have to add any more than the country you are playing in but the option is there for people that want to. Steps When Getting Started Add yourself as an unemployed manager. Call him holiday man if you want. Go on holiday until the reset date of your nation or the day before if you’re planning on reloading. Retire the manager Add a new manager with your chosen nationality and the lowest possible reputation and qualifications Choose the newly promoted club of your choice Rules for the Challenge No loans or transfers in are allowed but you can sell and loan players out. If you are sacked, sorry, you have to start again. No save game editors are allowed. Only cosmetic database edits are allowed. (Team/competition names/logos) No international management until completion of challenge. Signing backroom staff is allowed. Signing players on trial or signing grey players isn't allowed. Rules for this Thread Player naming is allowed. General discussion on tactics is allowed, although people should not refer to downloaded tactics. They are not banned, but I would expect the majority of people to avoid them. Screenshots for anything are encouraged but please post links to your pictures, don't post them as images as it makes the pages slower to load. When you join the challenge, could you post a screenshot of your manager's profile on the league reset date. Progress of your club should be documented using this thread. The beauty of these challenge threads is to share your story and to read others. Please keep us updated, even if you are not performing as you may wish. Season Update Youth Candidates All Tagged Players Attribute page Transfers (to prove that you haven’t signed any players) Squad League Table Anything else is optional.  Also, some people like to nickname/tag their best players from each youth intake in chronological order. For example, you could nickname your best player in the intake in season 1 as *their name* YP01a, and so on. But this is not compulsory if you don't wish to. Good luck to all
  2. Where do you even begin this? So a while ago, I had a moment of madness to suggest someone does a Liechtenstein save and try win the Champions League there. The catch is the fact, it's a tiny country, it has no league structure oh and there is no direct Champions League places for this nation. The only way to get there is to win the Europa League, so no pressure then. There is only a single playable Liechtenstein club in the default DB and only 2 more with Claassen's 5 tier Switzerland expansion. I have decided to sim a few season and will be starting in summer 2021. In the meantime, Vaduz has become a bit of a joke, failing to win any Liechtenstein cups, only getting to the final once. Eschen managed to promote to the third tier and have been doing rather well there, so I will be taking the lowest available Liechtensteiner club - newly promoted to fifth tier FC Schaan. They have won the Liecthenstein Cup 3 times and last were in the final in 2016, so the potential is there. The financial situation and the stadium is quite what you'd expect in the fifth division: The squad is very bare though with only 5 defenders, 3 centre mids and a single GK across 3! senior teams and U21s I will be doing a youth only save with buyback options, so we will be able to buyback the players from our academy. I will also only hire staff from the adverts, so i don't expect anyone competent for a while.
  3. Welcome to Paris,the City of love and home of a lot of dodgy puns. We're heading into the suburb town of Vaucresson,to play as a team who are more known for their Rugby Union then they are football and a team who are that far down that I didn't even know they existed! Welcome to the Chronicles of Stade Français! Stade Français Football is a French association football team based in Paris and playing in suburb town of Vaucresson. Stade Français experienced its heyday during the post-war period with a semi-final of the Coupe de France in 1949 under the name Stade Français-Red Star and were Ligue 2 Champions in 1952. The club actually played in Europe with two participations in the Cup of Fair Cities in the 1960s (1964/65, 1965/66). You said they were far down the leagues,just how far down are they and what do you plan to do? They are in the 13th tier of French Football and my plan is to (hopefully) bring Stade Français all the way to the top of the footballing world,the catch is that I will be doing it as a youth only save which means I will be relying on the players to come through my academy. I'm not expecting anything for a long time but at least I will be well fed as the food in Paris is brie-ond belief!
  4. So having always read the youth only challenge thread on these forums, I have been fascinated with playing a youth only save. I have played this through to December in the first season before posting to make sure I stuck it out, so to speak. So, here is FC United of Manchester, newly promoted back into the Vanarama National North. I cannot sign any players and must wholly rely upon my youth academy. Club Introduction FC United of Manchester The Manager Personal Coaching Data Season Reputation Qualifications Att Def Fit GkD GkH GkS Tac Tec Men WWY Ada Det PlK YoK LoD MaM Mot ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ At start Minimal (0.25*) None 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 1 1 1 4 1 1 1 Club Facilities Season Training Facilities Youth Facilities Data Analysis Facilities Corporate Facilities Junior Coaching Youth Recruitment Club Reputation ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- At Start Basic Basic Poor Adequate Average Fairly Basic Local (1.00*) Season Record Season Played Won Drawn Lost Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2020/21 Overall Career Record After Season Played Won Drawn Lost Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Time At Club --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Trophy Haul Season Competition Won -------------------------- Trophy Cabinet League Titles ------------- Cup Competition Victories ------------------------- Career Overview Season Champions League Europa League League Position F.A. Cup League Cup Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21
  5. Growing up Down Wembley Way When the FA announced plans to rebuild Wembley Stadium in 2003, the new stadium came with a promise of making Wembley "one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe." They announced plans to completely transform what was a run down and deprived area, turning it into a vibrant, thriving part of the country. What did they actually do? They built some shops. Wembley resides in Brent, one of the poorest boroughs in London, and arguably the country. 33% of households live in poverty, with 32% of employees earning less than the London Living Wage, the second highest rate for any borough in the city. It's incredibly ethnically diverse - 36% of Brent is White, 34% Asian, 18% Black, 5% Mixed Race and 5% 'other'. However, it's also very run down, and the new Wembley Stadium redevelopment hasn't given much - if anything - to the local community. Brent had the 5th most homicides in London between 2000-2012, and has a bit of a reputation for knife and gun crime. It borders on insanity. You have the 'home of English football' built here. but apart from building some new (expensive) shops and flats, very little has been done to provide real regeneration for the local community. What the area needs is something to bring them together, to give them something to do and keep kids away from falling into the spiralling trap of the gang lifestyle. Something like a football team, maybe?
  6. Hello... I've tried this challenge a hundred times before, and never done very well. I don't expect that to change this time, either. I'm not very good at FM, and we probably won't win anything, or ever get very far. Updates may also be few and far between as work gets in the way. Now that excellent sales pitch is out the way... I'm going to manage both San Giovanni and the San Marino NT from the off. No reason, really, except I fancy a bit of international management early on. Nothing like an easy challenge, huh? The San Marino NT are the worst international side in the world, and San Giovanni are projected to finish 8th... in a group of 7.
  7. Clube Atlético Juventus (Latin for Youth), commonly referred to as Juventus da Mooca or simply Juventus, is a Brazilian professional football club in the district of Mooca, São Paulo, that competes in Campeonato Paulista Série A2, the second tier of the São Paulo state football league. Although it was a Campeonato Brasileiro Série B (Taça de Prata) winner once, Juventus nowadays competes only in tournaments in the state of São Paulo, such as the Campeonato Paulista. The team typically plays in maroon shirts and white shorts, and is nicknamed Moleque Travesso (the Prankster Boy). Clube Atlético Juventus was founded on April 20, 1924 by Cotonificio Rodolfo Crespi employees, as Extra São Paulo. The team colors were the colors of São Paulo state, black, white and red. The club changed its name to Cotonifício Rodolfo Crespi Futebol Clube in 1925, and in 1930, the club changed its name again, to Clube Atlético Juventus, because Count Rodolfo Crespi was a supporter of Juventus of Italy, but the team colors are a homage to Italian club Torino Football Club, because Rodolfo Crespi's son, Adriano, was a supporter of the club from Turin. Pelé states his most beautiful goal was scored at Rua Javari on a Campeonato Paulista match against Juventus on August 2, 1959. As there was no video footage of this match, Pelé asked that a computer animation be made of this specific goal. This animation can be seen on Pelé Eterno, a documentary about his career. The club won the Copa FPF for the first time in 2007, after defeating Linense in the final, and also competed in that season's edition of Recopa Sul-Brasileira. Juventus was eliminated in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série C 2007's first stage. Former Players Why are we here, and why is it 2028? First off, I'm using MRT90's brilliant Brazil file which adds the lower levels of state leagues and my usual thinking of managing in Brazil is to just manage as many games as possible, but not this time. There is more to it this time as I wanted to manage a team that earns promotion to Serie D and plays in the Campeonato Paulista, the club I really wanted was Portuguesa but it seems that the same teams get promoted in the early seasons so I just kept going and eventually Juventus came up so here we are. And why do I want to manage here? The youth intakes. Usually I'm in rural or Amazonian Brazil but now I'm in Sao Paulo, the only city in Brazil with a 20 attraction rating and also a population of 10-20m people to go with all the big clubs already in the city and state make it the perfect recipe for a youth only challenge. The 1st point is Corinthians, 2nd is Palmeiras and 3rd is Sao Paulo, the last point is where we are, and all of this is under 27 miles.
  8. SEASON REVIEW 2019/2020 TEAM REVIEW For this year’s save, I wanted to save some time and dive to the endgame (i.e – Premier League) as soon as I could, so instead of Creating-A-Club at the Vanarama level, I decided to do it at the League 2 level. I replaced Carlisle, moved them to London, and replaced every player on the club. I then created every player, settling on 18 players on a £2.5M total budget. We obliterated the league thanks to some highly skilled strikers and….everything really. We played Attacking football, and I allowed the team the have their creative license on the pitch, and while we hit a rough patch a couple of months before the end of the season, we were already so far ahead at that point that it did not matter. So without further ado, welcome to Kafra FC 2020 – off to a winning start with some talented young players, and ready to face some League 1 competition. KEY PLAYERS PLAYER OF THE YEAR FORWARD - Michael Flynn (2019), 17 Years Old: 44 Apps, 25 Goals, 7 Assists, 6 PoMs, 7.49 AR…There wasn’t an award the young striker did not capture this year – League 2 Player of the Year, League 2 Top Goalscorer (25 Goals), and the Kafra FC Player of the Year…He also led the league with 7.49 AR to go with 7 Assists, 6 PoMs, and 52% Shot Target…He does not turn 17 until the end of June, and the main target of Kafra’s offseason will be to sign him to a long-term contract. Rating: 9/10 DEFENSE GOALKEEPER - Aidan Connolly (2019), 17 Years Old: 44 Apps, 1.16 Con/90, 9 Clean Sheets, 7.03 AR…He had a good season, although he started faltering towards the end, though to be fair, most of the team did, as well…He played in 44 Games, registering 1.16 Con/90 and 7.03 AR along with 9 Clean Sheets…His development showed slight improvement in his Goalkeeping and Physical abilities, but nothing really significant…Named in the League 2 Team of the Year as the top GK. Rating: 7.5/10 LEFT DEFENDER - Tim Tuson-Firth (2019), 18 Years Old: 44 Apps, 4 Assists, 17 Chances Created, 101 Key Passes (1st in League), 94 Interceptions, 1.20 TpG, 7.06 AR…The statistics speak for themselves, and Tuson-Firth was a very influential going forward and in the attacking third…His 101 Key Passes led the league, and he registered 77% Pass Ratio alongside it…What he is lacking in technical ability he makes up for with his effort and speed…His versatility is also an added plus, as he can play anywhere across the back-line. Rating: 7/10 RIGHT DEFENDER - Daryl McNeil (2019), 18 Years Old: 44 Apps, 3 Goals, 7 Assists, 29 Chances Created (2nd in League), 92 Key Passes (2nd), Interceptions (9th), 1.63 TpG, 7.19 AR…McNeil was just as efficient going forward as his counterpart Tuson-Firth, but was more involved defensively…Easily the best right-back in the League 2 this season, and was named in the League 2 Team of the Year…Was probably the club’s best defender overall this season, as his 7.19 AR was the highest out of all the defenders. Rating: 7.5/10 CENTRAL DEFENDER - Bob McLaren (2019), 18 Years Old: 41 Apps, 4 Goals, 73 Interceptions, 33 Shots Blocked (1st in League), 0.59 TpG, 7.00 AR…The club’s first captain, the CD was in good form this season and actually led the league in Shots Blocked…His other defensive numbers were as strong, but he was consistent…Named in the League 2 Team of the Year. Rating: 7/10 CENTRAL DEFENDER - John McPake (2019), 17 Years Old: 39 Apps, 3 Assists, 120 Interceptions (10th in League), 26 Shots Blocked (3rd), 0.84 TpG, 7.03 AR…The youngest member of the club’s starting back-line, he is also potentially the most talented…He has the highest rated defensive abilities on the squad, and his speed makes up for his lack of aerial ability…Has been capped at the U19 level for Scotland…was named in the League 2 Team of the Year. Rating: 7/10 MIDFIELD CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Neil Furlong (2019), 17 Years Old: 38 Apps, 3 Goals, 10 Assists (10th in League), 3 PoMs, 20 Chances Created (4th), 83% Pass Ratio, 92 Key Passes (2nd), 1.26 DpG, 7.29 AR (5th)…The obvious first observation is that Furlong belongs on the wing as opposed to the center of the pitch…He still played great for us, and while he was a real contributor defensively, he did a great job going forward…He led the team with his 84% Pass Ratio and had the 3rd highest AR on the team…Named in the League 2 Team of the Year. Rating: 8/10 CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Scott Pugh-Grice (2019), 18 Years Old: 42 Apps, 3 Goals, 4 Assists, 1.37 TpG, 80% Pass Ratio, 16 Chances Created, 7.03 AR…The preferred choice in the rotation alongside side Furlong…More defensive-minded than Furlong, which made them a good combination…Will likely lose his starting spot to Intake youngster Alexis Milton next season, though. Rating: 7/10 LEFT WINGER - Martin Breen (2019), 17 Years Old: 43 Apps, 13 Goals, 11 Assists (5th in League), 5 PoMs, 76% Pass Ratio, 74 Key Passes (7th), 22 Chances Created (3rd), 2.80 DpG (10th), 7.28 AR (7th)…In a team full of talented youngsters, Breen joins Flynn in being in the top tier…Despite his great stats, I felt he actually could’ve played better this year…He still ranked as one of the top performers in the league…His strength is his pace, but his Technical abilities are also impressive for this level and for his position…Named in the League 2 Team of the Year. Rating: 8/10 RIGHT WINGER - Ashley Turner (2019), 18 Years Old: 44 Apps, 15 Goals (9th in League), 13 Assists (2nd), 5 PoMs, 84 Key Passes (4th), 30 Chances Created (1st), 81% Pass Ratio, 1.38 DpG, 7.37 AR (4th)…Possibly the second best player in the entire league after his teammate Flynn…He led the league in Chances Created, and his Assists numbers were also very impressive…Was the most dangerous winger in the League 2, able to convert attacks into goals with ease…Named in the League 2 Team of the Year. Rating: 8.5/10 ATTACK FORWARD - Aaron Dennis (2019), 18 Years Old: 45 Apps, 21 Goals (3rd in League), 10 Assists (10th), 4 PoMs, 83% Pass Completed, 68% Shot Target (1st), 36% Cross Completion (6th), 7.28 AR (6th)…Dennis was 2nd on the team in Goals to Flynn, but he may have been the more complete player this season…His ridiculous 68% Shot Target Ratio is the stuff made of dreams, but he also had high pass ratings and was a dangerous crosser of the ball…Overall, he was definitely 1B to Flynn’s 1A, as opposed to being a second option…He was named in the League 2 Team of the Year. Rating: 8.5/10 HOT PROSPECTS N/A IMPORTANT PLAYERS LEAVING/RETIRING None. YOUTH INTAKE Alexis Milton - Simon Fogg A good intake considering we have one player that will immediately step into the starting eleven. Our second CM position might be our weakest link, so we get to address it immediately. Fogg will add more depth to a strong CD position, but I am not complaining.
  9. Blutfontäne der Jugend So my next adventure is in Germany and with a very special club, Union Berlin. The club famously won promotion to the top tier in 2019 and this is where the journey starts. For those less familiar with the club, check out "Union Berlin: The German fans who bleed for their club", "Things are quite special here" or "Doing it their own way" and I will post up a very good video on their history in the next post. Union are a very unique club with a history of rebelling against the norm. Some sectors of the fans were worried that reaching the Bundesliga would change the ethos; they are firmly against the commercialisation of football. In this save I aim to keep with the ethos and stick with the rebellious nature of the club by investing the riches of playing Bundesliga back into Union's community through youth. Of course, with Union it's not just a fountain of youth, but a blood fountain of youth . Meet The Manager Recently retired three-time Premier League winner Robert Huth is my alter-ego for this save. He was born and raised in Biesdorf, East Berlin just a stone throw away from Stadion An der Alten Försterei and Union were the side Chelsea plucked him from as a youth player. Union have taken a chance on 'one of their own', much like Huth will be task to with the youth only policy. I'm also not going to be using any 'tried and tested' tactics, ruling out my gegenpress-style 4-3-3 variants in my recent saves with Lens & Santa Clara. Drawing on Huth's experience playing under Ranieri (and Pulis) it may be a 4-4-2 more direct style that's put used, which the side looks like it's ready made for. This save won't be about instant success, but about building a style on hard-work, youth and against the modern trends.
  10. I'm really struggling with FM20 and how there's still so many bugs but I don't want to go back to an older FM because there's now the Conference League which is a very interesting competition to be a part of, so here's what I'm doing, I'm going to the dark side. FM Touch. I'm loading just England down to the Vanarama North/South and I have remove league restrictions unticked so I will have just England loaded for the entirety of the save and I can't add or remove any leagues, this also makes the save file a bit smaller to start (30mb when ticked, 17mb when unticked.) Next I'm going to holiday a season and take over one of the recently promoted clubs into the Vanarama North/ South, because the file is so small I spent most of yesterday evening holidaying to get save files of some small-ish clubs. Since FMT has the issue of smaller youth intakes to keep the player database down I predict that I'll have quite a few sackings hence why I've chosen to have a few save files ready to go. (If I get any even lower club reputations come up during the save then I'll make save files for those as well.) The clubs I have saves for at the moment are; Met. Police, King's Langley, Grantham, Bamber Bridge, Royston, Needham Market, Barwell, Tiverton, Leiston & Harrow. Of these I'll be starting with the most difficult club with the lowest rep which is Leiston at 1800. This is the first team squad, with one real player who refuses to sign a new contract. The aim is to just survive long enough to get a team together, even with the smaller intakes.
  11. Welcome to my challenge of taking the FM-famous team of RGUOR Minsk to (hopefully) national and international glory. This is my first attempt at cataloguing my save on here, so if I'm missing any information or key stats, let me know. The Challenge The final aim of this challenge is simple, win the Champions League. However, I must do so using only RUOR's youth graduates. Along the way, I'll be aiming to win as much as I can domestically, as well as improving the state of the Belorussian national team as much as I can. I may even take over if given the opportunity. The Rules The only rule is that I am not allowed to sign players. The only exception to this are former RUOR youth graduates, but only if they are currently without a club (non-contracts/pre contracts do not count). The Club Not much is known about RUOR Minsk. Their Wikipedia page is a stub of an article, but says they acted as a feeder team for MPKC Mozyr in the 90's, before being an independent team. It also says a number of their players went on to play for the Belarus national team. However, Wikipedia lists the team as being dissolved in 2003. However, the team lived on through Football Manager, befuddling many a user who snooped around in the editor and found a Belorussian team with almost perfect facilities. I'm reviving RUOR (now named RGUOR in Football Manager) and have placed them in the 3rd tier of Belarus. I've removed their age limit of 17 and their affiliation to FC Minsk (which would prevent me from reaching the Premier League) The club play, train and have leisure of the facilities at the ABFF Training Centre: Our expectations are lofty, perhaps a bit too lofty: I've added players to playable teams which doubled with our facilities has given us a few players Premier League teams would be jealous of: Did someone say surplus of AMs? Don't suppose any could play LB/RB? (I don't think we're keeping them, though) The man looking to bring glory to RGUOR and Belarus: With a squad that looks to be raided, and lofty expectations set by my board, let's get to it!
  12. RKC Waalwijk Well.. the arse recently dropped out of my laptop, meaning I'd lost all my fraud saves and work. Wanting to get back on the horse as soon as possible, I looked at new teams. New leagues. Same youth only policy. But....the choice for my next career was always there. Nagging at me. Tugging at my brain. Lurking in the depths. Calling me like a siren. And I'm back. I can give this team up any time. Any time I wish....
  13. Andorra Ever since the inclusion of dynamic league reputation on Football Manager I have always been fascinated by the idea of taking a smaller European nation and trying to increase the league standing and turn them into one of the continent's top footballing domestic nations. I've seen others manage it here but haven't done it before myself. Hopefully that is about to change. Why Andorra? They are obviously close to the bottom of the European Coefficient in 54th place, in fact at the start of the game only San Marino rank lower, with both recent additions to UEFA Gibraltar and Kosovo already above them. The other main reason is that (as far as I can see) there doesn't appear to be any limit on foreign players or non-EU players that can be signed in the Andorran League, at least not on this database. I should point out that this will be a Youth Academy Only save, but hopefully as I progress the fact that other teams in the country aren't bound by awkward squad registrations should help them to help me grow the league. Game Setup I'm running all the major European nations as well as the smaller home nations so that I hopefully get a variety of teams to face when (or more if!) I make it to the European qualifying rounds. I'm thinking of doing a small round up of the top leagues each season as it's always something I've enjoyed in other career updates on the forum. The Team - C.F Atletic America As if this challenge wasn't hard enough, the logical option here was to choose the team predicted to finish last in the second division, C.F Atletic America. On first look I can already see we have NO junior coaching or youth recruitment, which I've never seen before on FM. Will we even get an intake? Who knows. Guess we'll see in 9 months time. The club itself was only founded in 2010 and has no history to speak of, a third place finish in 2017 being the highlight of their infant years. I've just had a look at the league and although I'm not overly familiar with Andorra I have managed here in previous versions, but this is first time I've ever seen a relegation place for the team finishing last, and playoff for next to bottom. Looking at the squad I have compared to the rest of the league the goal here is absolutely to survive this first season and look to build from there. The league splits after 18 games with a complete season being either 28 or 30 games, depending on which end of the split we're in. I'm planning on bi-monthly updates plus anything else of interest but we'll see how we go. Let's get this party started!
  14. Greetings to you all! Having clocked up over 1,100 hours on FM this year, I feel the time is right to both try something a little different (for me) and to document it on here. I will be managing Camrose AFC in the Welsh seventh tier and I will only be using youth players produced by the club. I am using the database created by @RainbowzSo here we go. Gone are the days of endless stats that I used to produce, but it will still be a comprehensive thread. I will NOT be starting with full squads. In fact, I will be starting with only grey players. Club Introduction Camrose AFC Personal Coaching Data Season Reputation Qualifications Att Def Fit GkD GkH GkS Tac Tec Men WWY Ada Det PlK YoK LoD MaM Mot ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ At start Minimal (0.25*) None 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 1 1 1 4 1 1 1 Club Facilities Season Training Facilities Youth Facilities Data Analysis Facilities Corporate Facilities Junior Coaching Youth Recruitment Club Reputation ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- At Start Poor Poor None Basic Basic Limited Local (0.50*) Season Record Season Played Won Drawn Lost Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2019/20 Overall Career Record After Season Played Won Drawn Lost Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Time At Club --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Trophy Haul Season Competition Won -------------------------- Trophy Cabinet League Titles ------------- Cup Competition Victories ------------------------- Career Overview Season Champions League Europa League League Position Welsh Cup FAW Trophy Achievements -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20
  15. Royn Hvalba or Bóltfelagið Royn, or just Royn, is a Faroese football and sports association from Hvalba in Suðuroy, founded 23 October 1923. The chairman for Royn Hvalba is Gunnhild Mortensen. Manager is Eyðun Gullok Svalbard. Royn has a team in the Faroese second division (2. deild). Royn also has teams for girls and boys, in 2012 they had a team for girls under 12, a team for boys U8 and one for boys U10. Royn and TB Tvøroyri now have a new manager for all the youth teams of the two clubs. Men over 35 have their own team. The women had their own team earlier. Royn is one of three football associations in the island Suðuroy. The other two football clubs are FC Suðuroy with base in Vágur and TB Tvøroyri from Tvøroyri. Royn Hvalba plays its home matches on the football field in Hvalba, which is a grass field (natural grass). After the end of the 2016 season it was decided on 15 December 2016 that the three clubs of the island Suðuroy, which are TB Tvøroyri, FC Suðuroy and Royn Hvalba would merge into a new club for the 2017 season. The merger will not be complete until 2018 and the name will be all three names together for the 2017 season: TB/FC Suðuroy/Royn. The three clubs have not been dissolved yet, they continue separately for the children's and women's teams. In 2017 it will only be the men's teams which will play for the new cooperation. In Faroese the new team is referred to as Suðuroyarliðið (the Suðuroy-team). The first head coach for the Suðuroy-team is Maurice Ross. Betri deildin menn: Løgmanssteypið Stórsteypadystur My aim is to slowly work my way up through the Faroese league pyramid and to eventually top all of these leader-boards. Leagues Loaded: Faroe Islands - Playable The other 54 European nations - View Only Database Size: 34,000 - Small database with all Faroese players, players from top division clubs and players in a continental competition loaded.
  16. This thread will be about the rise of a danish club who never won any trophys besides the secound best tier in Denmark. The club is known for being one of the first mentioned clubs each year when the media has to predict who will relegate. So now its my goal to make this club one of the most famous danish clubs. Rules: Players can be send on loan to any club. Players who are sold may be loaned back. Players added to teams in European Football. Danish leagues playable - top 5 nations added as view-only. The save will be a youth based save - focusing on players produced in the club - with some goals along the save:
  17. The Frenchman Who Made Vietnam Cheer We've all heard of French Indochina, of the Sino-French and Independence wars, and of course of the Vietnam wars that started in the 50s, taking away the lives of millions and millions of innocent civilians. France has, admittedly, played an important part in every single intervention in Vietnam, and still has to this day a strong influence on the country's economy, political instability, and whatnot. What if its influence grew past the negativity it has always had a connotation to? What if France sent one of its brightest young minds to make Vietnam rejoice the socio-cultural infatuation it should have always had? The hero of our story, a young 22 year-old who was set to become France's greatest football star until he tore his ACL (you know how it goes), initially came to Vietnam as a tourist, but had some issues at the border that forced him to stay there indefinitely, don't ask any more questions, I didn't think that much about Alphonse's story. Oh, right, his name's Alphonse, as French as it gets, pretty cool, right? Alphonse had to find a job that would pay the bills in order to, well, survive, and turned to football, his only education. Few weeks later, he penned a manager contract with the legendary Phù Đổng FC, founded in 2015 with the slogan "Sports is life". One of his objectives as manager of this small Hanoi-based club; to make it the Asian powerhouse it should have always been. In fact, his list of objectives goes a bit deeper than that. I present to you, the 16 Commandments of Alphonse Levallois. Now, more information on this youth-only career update and our chosen team, the great Phù Đổng FC, will follow in the next post.
  18. It's a mystery to me, the game commences for the usual fee, plus expenses, it's public plagiation, it's a diary, this is my experimentation, it's not a confidential inquiry. I go checking out the reports, digging up the dirt you get to meet all sorts in this line of work, treachery and treason there's always an excuse for it and when I find the reason... I still can't get used to it and what have you got, at the end of the day? What have you got to take away? A set of tactics and a new set of ties. Blinds on a window and a pain behind the eyes, scarred for life... No compensation, public experimentation's. John Smith
  19. Right, after several attempts at a youth save here we go again, we are starting in League One. My club will again replace the MK Dons and play at Stadium MK, just like my Stopsley Utd team. Rep of club has been lowered from 4850 to 3200. This will be a youth only save. Mawborough's first manager will be................ I picked 23 players for our starting squad, five players join us from Tottenham including Tanganga and Parrott. *Bursik has switched from England to Croatia. We are predicted to finish 20th out of 23 teams by the media. CAPTAIN VICE CAPTAIN _____________________________________________________________________________ I will use this......... I would normally use this....... for a save like this, not going to use it this time, I will only manage this club. I will play as various managers during the save, If I get sacked I will just create another.
  20. FK Gariunai Vilnius is a football team from Vilnius, Graiunia district. And in the little info I could find, they state that "FK Gariunai is the protector of the Gariunai market". The market is the biggest in Lithuania. I wanted another go at a nation people rarely manage in, and this time I decided to go with Lithuania. I have started my save in the Sunday Football League Ergo C Division, the seventh tier of Lithuanian football! There is no particular reason I went with FK Gariunai Vilnius, other than that I like their kit! My aim for this save is to go all the way to the top of the Lithuanian football, and develop a lot of good players along the way. Hopefully boosting the national team, so that they hopefully can make it to a Euro Championship or a World Cup! I will not be signing any players that has not come through our youth system. I may sign players that has left the club. Facilities We share our home ground with a lot of other teams, 21 to be exact! Not much to see here. Hopefully in a few years there will be a lot of names added. Manager Here is the leagues I have loaded. I have also added every single league in Europe as "view only". Thanks to Weiry for the DB! You can get it HERE. Just forget the Honningsvåg save, it never happened. Turns out we could not get promoted from the league we were in. My mistake.
  21. I might actually be a creep, but for some reason I have always thought of this song as "Special", (both in name and nature). In any case, I would like to dedicate my Beta save to someone who, at this very early stage, is at least hinting, that he just possibly, might be...... a little bit special. I've never managed in Austria, and if my FM19 soujourn in France, Brazil and most Nordic Nations tells me anything, it suggest that trying new things can be fun. This bloke has really caught my eye this season in real life and I thought that watching him fill his boots, (he will even be taking free-kicks and pens away from GK's), could be fun while I see what's what in the Beta. The updates are going to be player-based rather than team-based, but to be honest I am making this up as I go so who knows what's going to happen. The only thing I know for absolute certainty, is that his Dad hates Roy Keane and the feeling is mutual.
  22. London Titans Hello ladies and gentlemen, it's me in my second post, this will be an experiment on how FM20 and its features, and how I could acclimatize with the game. Since in Vol 1, I reached several leagues dominating the amateur side (from the very bottom), I will redo that in FM20 with the new addition to the game. This will be a test save. I will open the real II edition when all the packs are out (England lower level, that was promoted and will be created by @Dan BHTFC; and the Caribbean Pack that will be created by @Tonao), since I plan to rise the London Titans from the lowest league in the England Pyramid and establish them as the best London team, and the best team in the World. While also helping out DR to classify became a permanent WC team, and maybe, just maybe won it with them. By the way, this save will last only two-three months, and let's set some goals. And as the new vision it will be updated through time. (Maybe I use this save as a long term one, but I'm learning)
  23. Growing up Down Wembley Way When the FA announced plans to rebuild Wembley Stadium in 2003, the new stadium came with a promise of making Wembley "one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe." They announced plans to completely transform what was a run down and deprived area, turning it into a vibrant, thriving part of the country. What did they actually do? They built some shops. Wembley resides in Brent, one of the poorest boroughs in London, and arguably the country. 33% of households live in poverty, with 32% of employees earning less than the London Living Wage, the second highest rate for any borough in the city. It's incredibly ethnically diverse - 36% of Brent is White, 34% Asian, 18% Black, 5% Mixed Race and 5% 'other'. However, it's also very run down, and the new Wembley Stadium redevelopment hasn't given much - if anything - to the local community. Brent had the 5th most homicides in London between 2000-2012, and has a bit of a reputation for knife and gun crime. It borders on insanity. You have the 'home of English football' built here. but apart from building some new (expensive) shops and flats, very little has been done to provide real regeneration for the local community. What the area needs is something to bring them together, to give them something to do and keep kids away from falling into the spiralling trap of the gang lifestyle. Something like a football team, maybe?
  24. Preface: Wednesday 17th November, 1993. “So, San Marino kick off. Remember Holland on this very ground. Oh! It’s a mistake by Pearce! And humiliation here! Gualtieiri! I was going to say San Marino conceded a goal in the opening seconds against Holland but it’s England that have conceded the goal here.” It’s strange how a goal can really be the most momentous achievement for a footballing club, let alone a country and let alone when that game ended 1-7. Yet, little San Marino, whose team is regularly ridiculed for having players who are teachers, bankers, carpenters somehow are. N.B – the night never actually took place in Serravalle, instead it took place 125km north west in Bologna, Italy. If that has already ruined where this story is going – I am sorry.
  25. Unió Esportiva Sant Andreu Welcome to my latest thread! I wanted to do a full-on youth only save, which is something I've not done in a while. As the Spanish league system is my favorite out of the big countries, I looked around the Tercera leagues (4th tier, via steam workshop database) and decided to go for Sant Andreu. My first thought of course was F.C. Andorra but I'll return to that one at a future FM, plus there's already another thread going on for that team. Besides, Andorra legend Ildefons Lima has a past at Sant Andreu so I still feel quite at home Sant Andreu has a long history in the lower regions of professional Spanish football, mostly playing in the Tercera or Segunda B divisions for the past decades. Their glory period was in the seventies when they played in the Segunda Division for a few years. Let's improve on that. Rules for this save are very simple: I can't sign any players. I've loaded the top 6 nations and the Dutch leagues, all with their top 2 leagues (except for Spain obviously) to hopefully make the game-world slightly more interesting as we go on. I've decided not to use "add players to playable teams", so the squad is quite barebones... Just hope the injuries are not going to be too bad... Top half of the table would be nice. No need to get promoted just yet. As long as I keep my job. We'll see how it goes. EDIT: Forgot to show this here, but as I was asked about it later on here is the tactic I'm using this save.
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