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  1. Prior to my third season with Bournemouth I managed to convince the board to improve my youth facilities to 'Top'! Full of excitement, I delved straight into the reserve team, to see what gems could be uncovered. Naturally my eye was instantly drawn to Booty... Niall Booty. On closer inspection Booty proved to have impressive statistics, so there and then I offered them a contract. Unfortunately, my assistant manager didn't share my appreciation of Booty and advised that they were unlikely to make great shakes in my first team squad. Trusting in my coach I promptly released Booty and went back to my reserves hoping i might have missed a wonder kid the first time round. What I saw instead was... another Booty. Looking closer I could see this wasn't another Booty, it was exactly the same Booty! I once again released them and went back to the reserves to uncover the south coast Ronaldo. Yet again I came up against Booty. I lived this Booty groundhog day 16 times in total before admitting defeat, assuming it was a bug and continued with the game. After a couple of weeks, when one of my scouts passed his gold assessment, I considered that he may have a different opinion on Booty. One player search later... Who knew top youth facilities came with cloning technology! Naturally Wrexham swooped for Booty and a few more clones I’d inadvertently released into the world...
  2. I'm playing a FK Partizan save as I have for many years on Football Manager and I'm noticing something that I never have before and it seems to be a bug. I've done a couple of reloads during the youth regen date in 2018 and from time to time a player will generate with a ridiculously high CA in between 115 and 120 along with a PA of around 130. The screenshot attached is an exception (CA 124 - PA 155). I doubt this is deliberate although I would be interested to know if it is. EDIT: Here's another example.. CA: 120 PA: 130
  3. Even though I have set myself to handle all responsibilities, I'm finding that my youth player's contracts are being signed. My Youth Development Manager does not have this responsibility, neither does the youth team manager. Is this a new thing? Or is it a bug?
  4. When making senior players available for U23 games from the email, the calendar freezes after pressing continue and does not progress forward, also, matches sometimes don't show up on the calendar and its blank when continue has been pressed.
  5. When interacting with a loan player about their form / development, even when they are happy with what you have said their morale still goes down.
  6. so i started a low league save as Edinburgh city but for some reason they do not have an under 20's squad just the main squaddoes anyone know if i will get one when we turn professional or when we get go up the leagues or am i just going to not have an academy and have to wait for the editor to change the team ??
  7. Welcome back everyone!! This is the 2018 incarnation of the Youth Academy Challenge started by ri916 and continued last year by Braumiller The Aim To win your chosen countries' top division and win the Champions League with a previously unplayable club using only your academy as a way of acquiring new players. The Available Countries Previously any Country in Europe is eligible as long as you can get a previously unplayable side promoted from Holidaying, however for this version we're happy to extended it to the rest of the world as well as long as the team meets the criteria of being previously unplayable. The Reset Dates (Dates will appear when they have been confirmed for FM18) Austria - June 14th Belarus Belgium Croatia Czech Republic Denmark - June 30th (but save a couple weeks before to reload teams as seems lower leagues end earlier) England - June 25th Finland France - June 20th Germany - June 19th Holland Iceland Italy Northern Ireland Norway - January 13th Portugal Russia Scotland - June 25th (but save on April 28th as that is when where they decide who is in the play off games) Serbia - June 16th Spain - July 10th Switzerland Turkey Database Settings Mandatory Only load the Nation you’re managing in 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 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. 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. I have copied and pasted last years starting post to get the ball rolling, I will update with necessary information as we get going (let me know dates for leagues so I can add them) Good luck to all! 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.
  8. holland gems

    Hy guys I'm managing heerenveen 1st season and I'd like to know which players in scandinavia and other regions with low leagues do you suggest me to search for players and staff? Some hidden gems and youngsters which I can develop..
  9. I have played every version of FM (and CM!) since CM97/98, and never done a youth only challenge. And I have very rarely, if ever, managed outside the big European countries. My usual thing is to take over supported club, Leyton Orient, and play until they dominate. So I am setting myself a vaguely ridiculous challenge to see the other side of the game. I want to turn Europe on it's head using a youth only strategy. What does that mean? Taking over a club in the country with the lowest coefficient (preferably newly promoted), use only players from the youth academy (signing players for mentoring only is ok), and play in that country until that country is top of the coefficient list. Then move onto the new country that is bottom of the list. And so on. In practice I doubt I ever get past the first country, but hey, we shall see. Wouldn't it be great to see a Europe dominated by the smallest countries? Using Claassen's update, I am starting in San Marino, as according to UEFA they are second bottom (not sure Kosovo clubs can play in European club competitions in Football Manager?). I kept having the computer pick a team for me until it selected one from San Marino for me, and it is Faetano. My manager starts off as 22 and took the recommended settings: so I have a National A coaching badge and a Sunday League past. To make the challenge harder, I loaded 100,000 players (keeps the value of my players down), and also loaded the top 12 leagues by the rankings. So that is Spain, England, Germany, Italy, France, Russia, Portugal, Belgium, Ukraine, Turkey, Netherlands, Austria. Lets go!
  10. Can anyone explain what the deal with the "extra" compensation fees for youth players is? My scout says a player has a compensation fee of 6M (NOK), which is really on the high end for my club, but he's got very good potential and I need a youth player in that position. So I offer him a contract and we agree on wages etc. When the deal comes through, the compensation is now 6M cash, with an additional 2M for his first International Appearance and 200k(!) Per League Appearance for 40(!) matches!? That's an additional 8M if he becomes a regular, and 10M if he becomes an International. Where did these fees come from, and why aren't they considered by my scout? This is quite detrimental to how I like to recruit new players to the club, as I will have to wait until they sign a contract before I know if they are worth it or not. I tried searching both here and Google, but I couldn't find anything about it
  11. Please give some attention to the function of managing in America, and how the youth system works there. With the financial restrictions that are present when managing in the MLS, the only way to really sustain long-term success and growth is through a good youth program. But in FM17 there isn't a whole lot that you can do with that. There are no U18 or U20 leagues and no real way to develop youth players other than playing them in the first team or loaning them out to a 2nd or 3rd tier American team that FM won't even simulate games for. There is also the issue of the U.S. Development Academy, which is seemingly the only way to find American players under 17, but you cannot sign players from the academy, it is just locked.
  12. I am making yet another edit and save. I created a new club and without any stadium and facilities. I put all training facilities at minimum value like 0 or 1 and some are -1 like youth recruitment. If i put -1 then will I still get youth players? I want to put lowest values but I need to get youth players, so which values should i input in the editor? I mean what is -1 and 0 or 1 , Is there any help or chart where I can see these values?
  13. I am interested to play a North American team like US or British Virgin Islands after creating the db file. I noticed most teams there are Amateur teams but have corporate of 10 and Recruitment of abvoe 11 upto 20. Is it reflected from real world or an error, i am confused. Should I edit it in the editor to low corporate and youth recruitment? Or is it accurate from the real world info ? Thanks.
  14. In my save i am Rangers, im into my 3rd season on my new save and i must say it seems like si have improved the youth players that come up through the ranks as i seem to get better players coming through than previous fm versions. On my second year i got some good prospects. This year i have had the best youth player i have ever seen, for me anyway. Paul Rae. He started with 2 stars and has 5 star potential. He is also described as a Perfectionist and i have never seen this on any youth player to come through my ranks. He looks immense and has been described as the next Joe Jordan.
  15. Ello All Well, having been spurred on by the excellence of @Jupjamie and his never ending quest in San Marino, I thought I would try one myself. I havent played fm games seriously for quite some time, not since its was considered cheating to sign Maxim Tsigalko, (but we all did it though, he was just that good!) But I have always been one for trying the impossible, and this relates to the earliest challenge I set myself as far as I can remember, which was winning the premier league with Stalybridge Celtic on Premier Manager 2 using just development players. Now I dont know how much I can tread on jupjamies toes, but i do love his spreadsheet layout, so I have started doing one of these for myself, and if its ok with him, will post on here too. Now what I have done differently, 1stly I have chose Cosmos, for 2 reasons, 1, they are the worst side on the other side of the San Marino league system to San Giovanni, and 2. they are called Cosmos! its just asking for a shedload of spacey type puns! 2ndly, I am starting with a youth team, so at the start of the game I am releasing all the players (except 1 16 year old, as he looks ok, and well, is 16) and signing the grey players in the squad and u19s that appear on a free. I will play the 1st couple of games, and if it goes terrible, I will holiday to the 1st Youth Intake day, sign them all, and then holiday to the start of next season. Lets see how it goes.
  16. Everybody loves rooting for the little guy! I've loved reading everyone's stories of their careers taking a club from one of Europe's tiniest countries and making them a European powerhouse! I've seen some amazing stories around San Marino, Gibraltar, the Faroes and Luxembourg and decided to go for something similar. I'm a massive fan of @Jupjamies amazing San Marino save and the insane amount of patience that takes... My aim is simple, though stupidly hard, take a team from each of the smallest nations: Malta, Andorra, San Marino, Luxembourg & the Faroe Islands and complete the following steps: Get to and win their top domestic division! Turn Professional! (& hopefully bring some other clubs with me) Win Multiple Domestic Cups! Qualify for the Champs League Group Stages! Only Use Players of that nationality! (Little different from other saves, I have no issue signing other prospects from each country, as long as they're under 20 at the time). Once each nation is established and the national team is up to the top 50 in the world I must move onto the next country! This is going to have to be a passion project because it's going to take AGES! I did a Maltese only save before and got beyond frustrated after 12 years in FM 16. Fingers crossed we can keep it going this time! The plan is to post a pre/post season entry, a youth intake entry and any other major achievements/announcements. SOOOOOO.....where to begin....
  17. Hi guys can anyone help, I have a quality argentinian AMC that's 20, I couldn't get a work permit due to lack of international caps. He's so good but he's being by passed for 29+year players at he moment for the national side, anyone got ideas or tips how to improve his chances for the senior national side??????
  18. Intro & Overall Results Summary GoodyBye “1860 Munich, the city's other club, are struggling to become noisy neighbours.” ---theguardian 1860 Munich is the oldest club in Munich. Being one of the founding members of Bundesliga in 1963. They won the league in 1966, and has played a total of 20 seasons in the top flight. Now, the club is playing at 4th tier. 1860 Munich are famous for producing stars. Julian Weigl ,Bender bros, Kevin Volland, Fabian Johnson and Julian Baumgartlinger are the most recent examples. They are full international for their respective country. Who am I? I am Javier Lok, 36 years old, former professional footballer and German International, I had 57 caps and one goal for Germany. I was born in Munich. I spent over 10 seasons in professional football and I won Bundesliga, Chmapionship League, German Cup . I joined 1860 Munich when I was 10. I made debut after 8 years. Then , I moved to Signal Iduna Park. I rejoined The Lions and hoped to bring them back to Top flight but I failed . I retired at the end of season . Part 0 May 30, 2017 May 31 2017 ESPN: Managing director and president Peter Cassalette resigned this morning and the owner also left the club. June 2 2017 2100 June 5 2017 A new president Bjorn Kruse phoned me and said ‘Javier, Come On, We need you , We need you to bring it back to glory’ ‘Although you dont have any coaching license, it’s okay. Your reputation and leadership gonna help us make through this storm’ I replied ‘Errrr…. Let me consider a few days…’ ‘Alright, look forward to hearing from you’ June 10 2017 I phoned Bjorn in the morning , told him I wanna be the new manager of the team. We met in the afternoon and signed the contract. The official appointment will be announced 2 weeks later. This will be the greatest challenge of my life. Despite I have been SKY Sports analyst 2 years. I never consider coaching,it is much difficult. I don't want to be next Gary Neville. PS: Update monthly with results and stats. To keep things Simple Not fascinating wording. Appreciate any feedback and comments Long Term Goals: Use as many youth products as possible. Promote to Top Flight within 5years.
  19. Dorchester Magpies Hello everyone. This is my second Career Update. I just Started a new save using Dafuge Rules. Since I am not a master tactician nor player trainer. I will take some liberties. I signed a few players and kept ALL players currently at the club even so I only have 24 players for the first team. After the first season I will be playing only with youth......... Here is the Club:(3 games into season) Dorchester play in the Vanarama League South and are predicted 20th. and the Manager: Staff: Assistant Coach:http://imageshack.com/a/img923/6743/OqIGlX.jpg Coach:http://imageshack.com/a/img922/56/UBOqdI.jpg HOYD:http://imageshack.com/a/img922/3658/UMxY5K.jpg Chief Scout:http://imageshack.com/a/img924/7118/sr7Nnb.jpg Head Physio:http://imageshack.com/a/img922/4260/Jdc7XG.jpg The Squad: As you can see not bad but not great either, but good enough to avoid regulation which is the goal this season! Tactics Dorchester have Historically played 4-3-2-1 Wide. Since the manager is a life long fan he will continue the tradition. (It is the formation I understand the best in FM. So it is a win-win) TI's As with all these thread comments and advice are welcome. I hope you will enjoy following this career!
  20. From the Author of [FM16] Enemy Harriers Incoming! Club Atlético Aldosivi The Aim So before I begin, I'd like to thank @smp20 for inspiring me to start this save with his amazing San Marino thread last year and also for giving me some advice on this adventure. I'd also like to thank @iacovone, @LPQR, and Golden FM on YouTube for their equally impressive youth-oriented content that served as inspiration as well. With that out of the way, it's time to introduce my new challenge in the lovely nation of Argentina. So I'd imagine that most of you guys know the general structure of a youth challenge, but for those unfamiliar, here's the basics of how it works: - Your squad must be built through your youth academy. No buying, no loaning, and no free agents. - New players (regens) come through at youth intakes conducted annually by your HoYD, and this is the only way to acquire new players -You can have international players, as long as they come through your academy I chose Aldosivi (known as Los Tiburones or "The Sharks") mostly because of the logo and colours, and although they are a Primera Division club, they are minuscule in terms of reputation and history to the South American giants Boca Juniors and River Plate, therefore the challenge will still be quite difficult to pull off. Game Setup I only have the Argentine leagues loaded as playable, but I have the major European leagues, all South American leagues with the help of claassen's megapack, and USA and Mexico as view-only with a medium-sized database. Goals -Win all Argentine competitions (Primera Division, Copa Argentina, Supercopa) multiple times -Win the Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana, and Recopa -Win the Club World Cup, preferably by defeating the European champions -Become the most reputable club in Argentina, South America, and one of the most reputable in the world (Bonus) Manage the Argentine NT and win the World Cup and Copa America with a core of Aldosivi players Now usually these saves are done in Europe, so the Champions League is the goal for most players. However, continental glory won't be good enough here. This is South America, and although the Libertadores is a prestigious competition, it is nowhere near the reputation and richness of the Champions League. Therefore the only true way to prove yourself is in that Club World Cup against the European champs, so I think winning that will be the pinnacle for me and the club. Of course, this is almost certainly many seasons down the road. For now, we have to focus on discovering, developing, and perfecting the generation of players that will take us there. That starts right here, right now. My goals seem crazy to me, especially since my last thread saw me toiling with Kidderminster Harriers in the English fifth tier, but I've seen wilder and I'm sure you all have too. So if anyone wants to try and stop us, you'll have to talk to Chief Brody...
  21. If I move my Youth players to the first team but they're still playing for the under 20's will my first team coaches train them? I lack quality under 20 coaches, so was thinking if i could train them with first team coaches.
  22. As you know, the eligible age for transfer must be 17 above, but the player must also sign a professional contract with his club, otherwise, if the player is 18 but still owing only a youth contract, you can't sign him directly or need to wait until he signed a professional contract. Here's my question, I have a confirmed future transfer of a 15 yr regen and he will join me 2 and a half years later. Can I do something to change him into professional immediately so I don't have to wait that much long time? Second question, I don't understand why sometimes I can sign a player who is still owing a youth contract. For example, I can sign Afonso Sousa, Moise Kean... many youth players who are at 16 only when I start a new saving, by directly offering him a professional contract and compensate a little bit amount of money. What's the reason?
  23. I have been playing FM14 for a few years now but very casually whenever I need to kill some time. Anyway I am managing Man U. As Man U I am not allowed to have any Under 21 team coaches. I have 3 coaches but I am advised to have 0. When I talked to my board I can only ask to decrease the Junior coaching budget. I am not even sure if this will increase my U21 coaches. Under the staff section I cannot ask to additional coaches. Can someone let me know how I can increase the number of coaches I am allowed.
  24. To Conquer - A Youth Challenge in San Marino So you are probably thinking 'Oh my God, not another idiot trying a Youth Challenge in San Marino'. Well let me set one thing straight! You're not wrong. I honestly have no idea what I've got myself into, I like using youth players but I've never done a youth only challenge. This is my first thread on the forum after being a lurker and following everyone's journey's. I'll be looking to give monthly/bi-monthly updates and the ultimate goal is to become European Champions. I'll never achieve it but we've got to be optimistic. So this first post will be introducing the manager and I'll be giving a background story into his life. He's a completely fictional character. Meet Vicente Maggio. He's a 21 year old male born in Rome, Italy. Back home he was an avid Sunday League Footballer until a life threatening injury changed his life. Throughout the months he spent in hospital, in Rome, he became a massive fan of Sammarinese football, after stumbling upon a dodgy TV channel (Even to this day he denies it was in fact Babestation and there was a beautiful Sammarinese woman whispering his name). Since that day it became his dream was to manage a Sammarinese team using only youth players (Don't ask me why, he's a very dodgy bloke but again denies any wrong doing towards children). Due to his injury he had a massive payout and has managed to retire at the age of 21, allowing him to travel and live in San Marino to manage at an amateur level. Vicente means 'To Conquer' and that is exactly what he wants to do. Firstly conquer San Marino and then ultimately Europe and most definitely not find the beautiful Sammarinese woman he once saw on that dodgy TV channel. He also has no coaching qualifications, but as you can see in the profile screen, the club has already set him to work on Studying for his National C Licence. The next post will reveal the chosen club for Vicente, although you with keen eyes may have already spotted that. If not I'm sorry say but you're blind, go get checked.