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Welcome, friends and visitors, to the complete anthology of FMS Challenges, insofar as they are remembered.

What follows is a comprehensive account of the official challenges which have enthralled, inspired and occasionally baffled the good citizens of this forum for many a year.

Please feel free to give any, or indeed all, a try. But remember! It is the story that we are interested in in the first instance, success is of secondary importance.

Good luck and enjoy!

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Challenge Anneka - Soldout

Your name Is Rushind Anneka, an Angolan Doctor. You have arrived in Scotland to study French.

While in a pub you get talking to 3 men, each of whom happens to be the chairman of a different Scottish club. Amazed by your intelligence and knowledge of the Scottish game they all offer you the managerial job at their lowly clubs.

You decide that it would be more fun and financially rewarding to do this than to study French, however you have a secret agenda!


To take your chosen club as far as possible in the Scottish leagues and keep an up to date story on your progress. The higher you get and the more trophies you pick up, the better.

Once you feel you are established enough in Scotland your main aim shall be to leapfrog to the English 2nd Division (League One). To win the European Cup with your English side will be what completes the challenge for you.


The three Chairmen in the pub each own a Scottish Third division side, here are those clubs and a brief bit about them.

Elgin City

Newly instated in the league, arguably the hardest of the three. A good following however may help with gate receipts. Hardly a super setup, but neither are the others. Your chairman shall always be on Holiday, as he is a prat icon_biggrin.gif (basically he is not on the staff list)

East Fife

Perhaps the most flexible of the three teams you have the opportunity to manage. The chairman is very impatient and expects instant results. A push for promotion would not be beyond you at this club.


Expect mid-table obscurity and tight finances with Dumbarton. Some promising talent, but nothing to shout about, probably the second most desirable team in the challenge if you could call any of them desirable. A challenge yes, but that's what its all about isn't it?


You must select one of these three sides to start and you must set your nationality to Angolan.

You must stick with the same club in Scotland throughout, and mirror this loyalty in England. If you are sacked, you fail

You must take one of your players which you have nurtured since you began to England with you when you move.


Q: Does the youth player I take with me have to be home grown, or can I of shipped him in?

A: Home grown, definitely, yet please note, the player may not necessarily be young by the time you leave for England!!!

Q: Can I go lower than D2 when I move to England?

A: No.

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The Monza Challenge - Brian W

What we will do is to manage Monza and each write story about their fortunes. It will be interesting to see how many different ways the stories go from the start.

Editor's Note: Challenges were much simpler in the old days. This probably works best as a challenge where more than one person is participating.

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The Sir Alex Ferguson Challenge - Charnley

You are Alex Ferguson, an ex-Rangers footballer that has just come to the end of his career. You've been working in your bar in a seedy end of Glasgow when the call comes to manage East Stirling.

The stadium is in a dreadful condition and the club is all but forgotten but you take the job anyway.

While at the club you have to maintain a winning percentage of above 50%, but the idea is not to stay long. You are waiting for the St Mirren job to become available which you grasp with both hands like the mercenary bastard that you are. (If you don't have a 50% winning percentage, you can't join St Mirren)

While at St Mirren you must take them, regardless of where they are on your joining, into Europe. That is all, nothing fancy.

Once done, and once available you can move to Aberdeen and this is where it becomes a bit more challenging now that you have cut your teeth on the more provincial clubs in Scotland.

Aberdeen have to break the Old Firm dominance in Scotland, and to show this you must win 2 SPL trophies in a row. Further to this, at some point you need to win the Scottish Cup, and to make it even harder, a European trophy. The Cup Winners Cup doesn't exist any more but the UEFA Cup will do, or even the Champions Cup if you can.

As an option, while at Aberdeen you can take up the Scotland job. Ferguson did this for a while at the '86 World Cup but he was never fully committed to the job, hence the reason why you don't need to do it to maintain the challenge.

Finally, you move to Manchester United and have to win the treble - EPL, FA Cup and Champions Cup all in one season to complete the challenge.

All very substantial, and could prove impossible if the jobs don't come your way, but the challenge is to see how you fair following the route to the top taken by arguably the best manager in British football at this time.

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The Kevin Keegan Challenge - Raptor

Your mission is to revive as many fallen giants ("massive clubs") as possible. Which leagues you decide to run are completely up to you, but the more the better for your chances to succeed, as the rest of this post will explain.

At the start of the game, you are to take over a fallen giant. In this challenge, a fallen giant is any club who has won either a minimum of three domestic titles (3 titles or FA Cups in England), or at least one domestic title and a continental trophy, and is currently outside the top flight.

The following list is probably as complete as it gets, but of course if you have found any club which is eligible under the above description of a fallen giant.

England: Nottingham Forest (Division 1), Wolverhampton Wanderers (Division 1), Preston North End (Division 1), Sheffield United (Division 1), Sheffield Wednesday (Division 1), West Bromwich Albion (Division 1), Manchester City (Division 1), Huddersfield Town (Division 2)

Italy: Napoli (Serie B), Sampdoria (Serie B), Genoa (Serie B), Pro Vercelli (Serie C2A)

Spain: Atletico Madrid (Segunda Division)

France: St.Etienne (Division 2), Nice (Division 2), Stade Reims (National)

Germany: Eintracht Frankfurt (2.Bundesliga), Dresdner SC (Regionalliga Nord), 1.FC Magdeburg (Regionalliga Nord)

Belgium: KV Mechelen (Tweede Klasse), Cercle Brugge (Tweede Klasse), Royale Union St.Gilloise (Derde Klasse)

Netherlands: Go Ahead Eagles (Eerste Divisie)

Brazil & Argentina: I wanted to make South America available to this challenge as well, but despite thorough checking, there doesn't appear to be a club in either country which meets the criteria for a fallen giant.

Please note German side Dresdner SC have only won two domestic titles, but they were in wartime Germany, and therefore count double as not only a German but also an Austrian title

After you have selected your new club, you are to make sure they gain promotion back to the top flight. It is at the end of your successful promotion season that you leave them. You are not ready for top flight management, and like bringing back former greats too much. So you have to apply at another one of those clubs. Please note that as your game progresses, it is possible other clubs become eligible for your management, as they may drop out of the highest division. As long as they've won enough before that, you may take them over.

At your new club, you must repeat the trick of getting them back up where they belong. Still, that isn't an excuse for you to guide them at the highest level, for you have found your calling and enjoy lower league management. So you move on to yet another fallen giant.

So, how do you complete the challenge then?

Provided you have taken at least three clubs from a lower division back to the top flight, in at least two different countries, you are ready for the next stage of this challenge...

You now feel you are ready for a crack at top-level management. You do not want to enter the stressful world of Premier League (or whatever it's called where you are) football in completely alien surroundings though. Therefore, you want to return to one of your former clubs. As soon as one of those jobs becomes available again, you may apply and re-take control. It does not matter if they are still in the top flight at the time. In fact, chances are that without your brilliant guidance, they have dropped out again.

As long as it is your second crack at this club, you are allowed to stay on even if you have to take them up again first to get back at the highest level.

From here on, your focus is completion of the glory cyclus. You will not rest before your club has won the World Club Championship or the Intercontinental Cup. You have waiting so long, that a mere European Cup or Copa Libertadores won't do, no, you have to be on top of the world.

Should you, after returning to a club you took back up, feel you can't take them any further, or worse, be sacked by that ungrateful board of bastards, you must first take another fallen giant back to the top flight, then resign there, before being allowed to return to another former club for a renewed crack at stage two of this challenge.

Once you have finally completed stage two, you have nothing to prove at club level anymore. But, being the patriottic man you are, you want to guide your country to glory as well. And so the final stage of this challenge and your career takes starts when you are, with the blessing of most of the nation, appointed manager of your home country. You are not interested in any other nation, you want to guide your own boys to glory.

For the challenge itself, your international results are irrelevant. All you need to do to complete it, is to stay at the helm for one entire international cyclus. This can be either a European Championship, from the first qualifier to whatever stage you are knocked out, or the opening World Cup qualifier till the moment you meet a side eliminate you. All that matters to you is that you gave it your best shot for the country you love. This is the one stage where there will be no reprieve in case of a failure though. Being sacked (or resigning) prematurely means you will forever be remembered as an international lightweight, no matter how good a club coach you was.

Completion of the entire challenge will not only get you enternal legendary status, but also a place on the challenge's log.

To recap: You must take a minimum of three different fallen giants in at least two different countries back to their league's top division, resigning at the end of the season on each occasion.

After that, you are allowed to go back to any of your previous clubs to complete the challenge by winning the World Club Cup or the Intercontinental Cup.

Needless to say you can only use one manager, at the start of the game. If you are sacked and find your reputation so badly damaged that you can't find another club, then you have failed and must re-start the challenge. You are allowed to take up a job at another club outside the top flight if no fallen giants are available if you need it to boost your reputation or to stay in the game. However, even at these clubs, you are not allowed to play at the highest level. So should you go up to the top flight, you must resign and these promotions do not count towards the three promotions you must achieve before you can return to one of your former clubs.

Finally, you must see out an entire international cyclus, regardless of where it ends for your country.

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That 70s Challenge - Prodie84

Your mission is to oversee another glorious era for Dutch football. You start at Feyenoord, and stay with them till you win the Champions League. After you've won it, you resign (without winning another trophy). After that, make sure you get the Ajax job. This may take a while. In the meantime, you are not allowed to manage another Dutch side, but you can go abroad.

Once hired at Ajax, you have to win the CL 3 times, preferably in a row. Once you do that you'll have to reach two World Cup finals (final as in the final game of the tournament, not the tournament itself) with the Dutch national side.

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The Overturning Supremacy Challenge - Brian W

Stage 1

You can start with any one of a number of teams. This list is not definitive in any way, but merely a rough guide:

• BELGIUM: Cercle Brugge (Club Brugge)

• DENMARK: B93/Frem/Fremad Amager (FC Kobenhavn/Brondby/Lyngby)

• ENGLAND: Manchester City (Manchester United), Everton (Liverpool), Bristol Rovers (Bristol City), Charlton/West Ham/Palace/Spurs/Wimbledon etc (Arsenal/Chelsea), Notts County (Nottm Forest), Birmingham City (Aston Villa), Port Vale (Stoke City), Scunthorpe (Grimsby), Boston (Lincoln), Leigh RMI, Bradford/Huddersfield (Leeds), Portsmouth (Southampton)

• FINLAND: PP-70/TPV (Tampere Utd), TPS/VG-62 (Inter Turku), Honka/Gnistan/HIFK/Viikingit/FC Jokerit/Jokrut (Atlantis / HJK)

• FRANCE: Paris FC/Racing Club Paris/Red Star 93 (Paris St Germain)

• GERMANY: 1860 Munich (Bayern), St Pauli (Hamburg SV), Stuttgarter Kickers (VfB Stuttgart), Union Berlin (Hertha Berlin), Fortuna Koln (1.FC Koln/Leverkusen)

• HOLLAND: Sparta Rotterdam/Excelsior (Feyenoord), Eindhoven (PSV), Cambuur (Heerenveen), Veendam (Groningen), Haarlem (Ajax)

• IRELAND: UCD/Dublin City (Bohs/Shelbourne/St.Pats/Shamrock), Cobh Ramblers (Cork City), Sligo Rovers (Galway United)

• ITALY: Torino (Juve), Lodigiani (Roma/Lazio), Empoli (Fiorentina), Monza (Milan/Inter)

• NORWAY: Skeid (Valerenga/Lyn), Bryne/Haugesund (Viking)

• PORTUGAL: Camacha/Camara de Lobos/Machico/U.Madeira (Maritimo), Sport Clube Lusitania (Santa Clara), Atletico/Casa Dia/Belenenses (Sporting/Benfica), Salgueiros (Porto/Boavista)

• SCOTLAND: Partick Thistle/Queens Park (Celtic/Rangers), Ayr United (Kilmarnock), Stranraer (Ayr United), East Fife/Cowdenbeath/Raith (Dunfermline), Forfar/Arbroath/Brechin/Montrose (Dundee/Dundee U), Peterhead (Aberdeen)

• SPAIN: Espanyol (Barcelona), Rayo Vallecano/Atletico Madrid (Real Madrid), Levante (Valencia), Universidad de las Palmas (Las Palmas)

• SWEDEN: Hacken/GAIS/Vastra Frolunda (IFK Goteborg), Lunds BK (Malmo), Brommapojkarna/Nacka/Vasterhaninge/Cafe Opera (AIK/Hammarby/Djurgarden)

(teams in bold are the ones you can manage, you must topple all the teams not in bold as well as any extra ones in bold.)

You must take your chosen team to be the greatest team in the city/region. If you manage Notts County, you must simply finish a season ahead of Nottingham Forest. If you are promoted to League One in a season where they are relegated to League Two, then you are successful and can leave the club right away. If you finish 7th with them in 8th, you are again successful. If you manage a club in a city with a lot of clubs, you have to be better than all of them. It's not good enough managing Spurs to be better than Arsenal and Chelsea if you finish below Charlton.

Stage 2

From here, you can move onto another club. This club must fulfil the following criteria:

They must be in a league lower than that of the biggest club in their region. Eg, if Arsenal are in the Premier League, any London club from Championship downwards is fine. If Manchester City are in the Premier League, you can take Stockport but most likely not Manchester United. During off/close season, it is the clubs league for the following season which count.

Although that is not true for all clubs stated above at the start of the game, it is necessary your second club to fulfil this. This is to avoid people taking over Lazio after a moderately poor season and finishing above Roma for instance. The criteria for success are the same as before.

Stage 3

Take a third club above their city/regional rivals. The same criteria as for stage two must be used when selecting your club.

Stage 4

Now is where it gets tricky. Take control of a country:

Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Republic of Ireland, Belgium, any manageable South American except Argentina/Brazil.

You must lead your chosen country through a World Cup or European Championship campaign from the start of qualifying. Copa America is not good enough. Your chosen team, should it be from the British Isles, must get further in the Championship than England. Belgium have to be led further than Holland, and a South American team has to outdo both Brazil and Argentina.

Merely qualification may be enough if Holland repeat their 2002 World Cup exploits, winning it may be required if England fulfil their 2006 World Cup expectations. (HAHAHA, Ed.)

Stage 5

Finally, your career must end in Scotland or Portugal. England and Spain are arguably the home to the best club sides Europe has to offer. You must take a team from Scotland or Portugal and progress further in the Champions League than EVERY team from England or Spain respectively.

NOTES: Resignation from your club sides is optional. You are entitled to remain there after you complete that phase of the challenge while you search for a new job. International job applications are only permitted after phase 3 is complete. The European swansong can begin after you have completed phase 4, but you do not have to resign from your international team.

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A Student's Night Out - King Jeff

Imagine yourself trapped in school on a typical Friday afternoon, thinking about what a great night lies ahead. A little drinking, a little partying, and who knows what else...well this challenge can't quite compare to the real thing, it just might be the next best thing to being there.

Part 1: Skool Dayz

You begin as a student, dreaming about the future.

Objective: Your goal is to take a School based team (Estudiantes, University College Dublin, Universad de Las Palmas, Academica or Hamilton Academicals) and to complete a minimum of one season without being sent to detention (being relegated). If you are relegated, you are required to spend remedial time on this portion of the challenge getting them back to the starting division.

Part 2: The Chick Mobile

After school you head home to make plans for the night ahead. You decide to drive over to a friends house and work from there. You hop in your chick magnet and away you go...

Objective: After finishing your time at school, begin your party. Your goal is to get the job with Russian side Lada or Greek side Skoda Xanthi (if you want to be lame you can take one of the English sides with Ford in the name but that's not the same). You may not be the smartest guy out there, but even you know that Lada's and Skoda's aren't exactly the best thing to be associated with so you'll want to spend as little time there as possible.

Drive your car team to a higher finishing position then their previous season's finish and you're done.

Part 3: mmm...Beer

While you're deciding what to do for the night you warm up with some alcohol to get a buzz going.

Objective: Ditch the car and take control of any of the "alcohol clubs" GBA in Belgium, Quilmes in Argentina, Distillery in Northern Ireland, Finn Harp in Ireland, Kilkenny in Ireland or Newcastle in England.

To get a sufficient buzz going you're going to need to take the team to Europe.

Part 4: Hit a Club

You decide to go clubbing and take it from there...

Objective: Get a job with any team that has "Club" in the formal name. There are well over 50 options available including Brugge in Belgium, Osasuna in Spain or Racing in Argentina. No set objectives here; just try and move straight to the next stage.

Part 5: Check out that arse

Once you're inside the club you quickly scan the women (or men, delete as appropriate) and scope out a couple nice arses. You make your move...

Objective: Take control of an arse club (Arsenal in England, Marseille in France, Arsenal in Argentina, or Arsenal Tula in Russia) and lead them to a domestic title.

Part 6: Scoring

You're young, and looking for a good time, in other words you want an easy score at the end of the night. You realize that the first person you've chatted up isn't going to put out your objective is to find one that will.

Objective: Bid farewell to the arse in favour of one that you know will give you what you need. Pick one of the teams that are synonymous with easy women. You can either go for Brest in France, Nancy in France, Diana in Russia, Lyn in Norway or Boston in England. Lead them to a Champions League trophy.

For political correctness, if you're more interested in men than women feel free to apply for the job with All Boys or Newell's Old Boys. (Win the South American Championship with either of these sides)

Part 7: Congratulations Playa

After the woman/man has given you what you need kick them to the kerb. Now to brag about it to your friends...

Objective: Since you're now a true playa it only seems fitting you should be recognised as such. Take over Paraja Playas or Playas Calvia in Spain and finish the season with them.

After all this you better head home to sleep, you're due back at school on Monday. icon_frown.gif


As is the case with any of my challenges, once a stage is completed you can resign and move to any club in between, the goal is to get where you need to go by any means necessary. The only point along the way where that won't be accepted is moving from Part 5 -> Part 6. That must be done directly.

If you're fired, move back a stage and reattempt the tasks with a different club.

Leagues Required: Spain w/ Div 2B

To help complete the tasks any of Argentina, Belgium, England, France, Greece, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway, Russia or Scotland can be used.

You're probaby going to need at least three more leagues (Arg, Rus, Fra) at bare minimum.

Since this is tough on system resources the author encourages people who are stuck with a piece of junk computer to use 00/01.

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The Nordic Challenge - ghostwriter


1. Take clubs from the bottom division of three of the Nordic leagues (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland) into the top flight AND into Europe.

2. Having done this and resigned from each one, take one of these clubs or another one from the bottom division. Get them into the top flight and win the Championship title. You must also get into Europe and win a European trophy (UEFA Cup or Champions League.)

3. Manage Finland, Norway, Sweden or Denmark and take this country to at least the knockout stages of either the European Championships (quarter-finals.) or World Cup (2nd Round).


Phase 1:

Take charge of a club in the bottom division of one of these four countries (Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway). When you have managed to get them into the top flight and into Europe, resign. Please note that it must be both, so if you manage to win a Cup while in the Second Division and subsequently qualify for Europe but not gain promotion, you must stay with them until you're promoted regardless of whether you qualify for Europe again or not.

You must then take charge of another bottom flight club and do the exact same thing and then again a 3 third time. These clubs only count if they are not in the same country as a club you have already succeeded with.

You CAN manage a club in a non-Nordic country if you want to but obviously this has absolutely no effect on the challenge at all.

However (at this stage) you CANNOT take charge of a club in these four leagues that is not in the bottom division. If no job opportunities arise you have to just sit it out until one appears.

When you have managed this in at least three of the four countries you are ready for Phase 2.

Phase 2:

For this phase you can take charge of another club in the bottom flight of one of the four leagues; it does not matter whether you managed in this country in Phase 1 or not. You can also take charge of one of your former clubs if the opportunity arises regardless of which division they are now in or if they are already in Europe.

With the club you decide to manage, your objectives are to win the League Championship AND win a European trophy (Champions League or the UEFA Cup).

As in Phase 1, both objectives have to be completed so if you manage to win a European trophy without having won your domestic League then you must stay with the club until you have.

Having managed both you wait for either the Finland, Norway, Sweden or Denmark national job to become available. To be honest you can do what you like until the job arises and you get it - stay with your club, manage another club, or resign and wait.

Phase 3:

When you do get the National job, the first thing you have to do is resign from whichever club you are managing at the time (unless of course you resigned the moment you completed Phase 2).

With the national job, your sole objective is to reach at least the knockout stages of either the European Championships (quarter finals) or World Cup (2nd Round). It doesn't matter what situation the country is in when you take charge. You don't have be in charge of them for all of the qualifying, in fact in the very unlikely situation of them sacking their manager 2 days before the start of the Championships, you can take charge and then 15 days later it is possible that you can have completed Phase 3!!

When this part is complete, you have completed the Challenge!

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The Italian Job - flipsix3

"Hold on lads; Ive got an idea..."

Who can forget all those magical moments when Michael Caine led a bunch of England's finest into Turin and escaped with rather a lot of gold?

Well it's now time to recreate them with you favourite management simulator.

CASING THE JOINT: Create a manager of English nationality (you could choose another non-Italian one, but English fits the theme best so I'll use it throughout the outline). Take control of any Italian Serie C club and set about building your reputation.

MOVING IN: At the earliest opportunity take control of either Turin based team (Juventus or Torino.)

ASSEMBLING THE TEAM: Set about building a player roster of entirely English nationality (any youth prospects promoted must be immediately released - no waiting for buyers.)

THE HEIST: Win the Serie A title (Scudetto) with that squad. The challenge can only be considered complete when you win it in a season that you had an all English squad at the START of.

THE GETAWAY: Immediately resign from the club and head for home, much richer than when you started out.

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The Louis van Gaal Story - Dutchy


This manager has experienced ups and downs with Ajax, Barcelona and Holland. He was, however, very successful with Ajax. In around twelve years of management he won the Dutch and Spanish title, the Spanish Cup, the Uefa Cup, the Champions League, the European Super Cup and the World Cup. He was a failure when managing the Dutch national team as he failed to get them qualified for the World Cup in 2002.

In this challenge we are gonna walk in the footsteps of van Gaal and show that can be as good, or even better than he has. There are a total of five stages that need to be completed.

Stage 1: Taking Ajax to the Summit

Become the new manager of Ajax and win the following: Dutch Premiership, the Champions League and the Super Cup.

Stage 2: Reviving Barcelona

After you have succeeded at Ajax, you now have to apply and attempt to become the new manager of Barcelona whenever the job is available. As soon as you get into the Nou Camp hotseat you have to win the La Liga, the Spanish Cup and the European Super Cup.

Stage 3: The Dutch Lion Strikes Again

By now you should have been successful at both Ajax and Barcelona. Now it's time for you to show the world that you also have the capacity to become, and succeed as, a national team manager. Become the manager of Holland as soon as the job is available. In this stage you need to win qualification for either the European Championships or the World Cup, and then reach the quarter finals.

Stage 4: Back to Barcelona

Show the world you haven't lost your touch as a club manager and return to Barcelona. Try to keep your job as manager for two whole seasons and win at least one Spanish competition. (La Liga or Spanish Cup)

Stage 5: Time to Retire

Having been a successful manager for many years, you have deserved a long awaited rest. Time to stop being a professional manager and fly back to your home country. You have completed the challenge and walked in the shoes of Louis van Gaal, succeeding enough to see your name gain entry into the book 'Great Managers of the Past'.

*As there are only three teams you need to manage in this challenge, it can be very hard to get a specific job while you need to wait for it to become available, and could potentially fail on first application. There are 2 options:

1) Stay at your current club and patiently wait for a job coming available. This could take a while.

2) You are allowed to help yourself once by creating a second manager and then resign so the job comes available. (But this is cheating, of course.)

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The Russian Revolution - Joe Finnigan

The arrival of Roman Abramovich to Chelsea has changed the face of football over the summer. Your overall task, though, is to put Russia and its club sides on the map in the footballing world, in the same way teams in England, Spain and Italy have.

Now that Roman Abramovich has ploughed lots of money into Chelsea, there are high expectations that they will challenge for the league. However, now the club has the money to try and find success, your first task is to make use

of the money you have available* and win the Premiership, the first time they would win the championship since 1955, and Champions League for the first time in Chelsea's history.

Once you have completed that task, you must wait for a managerial job for a Russian club side to become available for the second stage, and when there is one you can apply for it and hopefully take up the reins of one of the

clubs in Roman Abramovich's home country. You may do whatever you wish while waiting for any jobs to become vacant, whether it be remaining at Chelsea and winning more trophies with them, resigning and becoming manager of a different team or resign as Chelsea boss and just stay unemployed until the job comes along.

When you are finally in charge of a Russian club, you have to again win either the UEFA Cup or Champions League - obviously this would probably be a much tougher task than the first stage if you had to win the Champions League with the Russian side you're managing to progress to the next stage, so you are allowed to win either the UEFA Cup or Champions League - so you only have to win one of the two, not both of them. Once you have finally won one of the European competitions with your Russian club, the second stage of this challenge will be completed.

Once you're on to the final stage of the challenge, you have another wait until the Russian national job becomes available which is who you would be managing for this final part of the challenge. Again, what you do while you wait for the national job to become available is up to you. When it is available though, apply for it. Once you eventually become manager of the Russia national team, your final job is to win both the European Championships and the World Cup. There is no particular order in which you have to win the tournaments i.e. you can win the World Cup before the European Championships, and vice versa. Once you have done that, you have completed the challenge.

Notes: As you may have gathered, you need to run the English and Russian leagues for this challenge. If you are using Championship Manager 4, you can just run the top divisions of both countries if you want, but that way it

will take you a lot longer to get a job in stage 2. Also, note that it doesn't matter whether you are using the boost.edt file provided by SI for the latest Enhancement Pack of CM4 where Chelsea are given extra money, and

it doesn't matter either if you use CM01/02 to try this challenge, it's just that you'll obviously have an advantage with £80m-odd extra to spend on transfers with Chelsea in the first stage. Finally, in both CM4 and CM01/02, you only have to manage the English and Russian leagues and not any extras as all the jobs you need are available with just those two leagues.

*will not apply to CM01/02/CM4 games without the boost.edt file.

Shortened guide to stages

Stage 1: Take control of Chelsea, win Premiership and Champions League in no particular order.

Stage 2: Apply for jobs at Russian club sides, and once you are appointed at one of the clubs, win either the UEFA Cup or Champions League.

Stage 3: Wait for Russian national job to become available; once you are appointed, win both the World Cup and European Championships, again in no particular order.

Quick guide to selecting leagues:

If you are using CM01/02, you should run the English and Russian leagues. Since you can't select what divisions you want to run in this version of CM, you just have to run these two leagues and you'll be running all divisions in both England and Russia, which will give you a good chance of getting a job quickly in stage 2. You can edit Chelsea's transfer budget before you start the game if you wish, as there is nothing really stopping you, but in the interest of fairness it'd be best if you limit yourself to only adding around £80-90m to their finances.

If you are using CM4 but with the boost.edt file (you can find this file in the CM4 data folder if you want to delete it), you will be given around £80m with Chelsea to reflect the amount of money Chelsea now have in real life. You are allowed to use this file for the challenge if you wish.

If you are using CM4 but without the boost.edt file, this is also fine - the first stage might just be a bit more difficult without the extra money.

Whether you are using the boost.edt file or not if you're going to use CM4 for this challenge, again you have to run the English and Russian leagues, but it's up to you on deciding how many divisions you use. As mentioned above, you can simply use the top division of England and Russia to possibly make the game go quicker if you have a slow computer, but this could be a problem when you start stage 2, as it could take you longer to find a job at a Russian club. As I said though, it's entirely up to you how many divisions you choose.

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The Lisbon Lions Challenge - BobBev

In 1967 Glasgow Celtic became the first British Club to win the European Cup, beating Inter Milan 2-1 in Lisbon. This was a magnificent achievement for Manager Jock Stein and his players and it was achieved with an all-out attacking style which at the time changed the face of European football (in stark contrast to the Italian's beloved and ultra-defensive "catenaccio-system"). What was all the more impressive was that all of the players in the team were Scottish; in fact they were all born within a 25-mile radius of Glasgow. Of course that was 1967 - an all-Scottish team could never win a European trophy in today's era of multi-national squads.

Or could they?

The Challenge

1. Take charge of Rangers, Celtic or indeed any other Scottish Club.

2. Build a 100% Scottish playing squad

3. Win either the UEFA Cup or the Champions League

4. After that (or at the same time if you wish) take charge of the Scottish National Team and achieve history by taking them to the knockout stages of the European Championship Finals and the World Cup Finals.

Bonus Challenge

In season 1966/67, Celtic won every competition that they entered - for the ultimate challenge, see if you can emulate that feat in a single season.

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The Lord of the Rings Challenge - HD

Phase 1 - The Shire

This is the initial stage of the Challenge. Choose any team from the top division in England or Scotland and stay there for two seasons enjoying good times.

Phase 2 - The Road to Rivendell

The decision to leave the Shire is a surprising one, and must be made during your third or fourth season (any time after the season update at the end of season 2) at the club from Phase 1. The road to Rivendell is fraught with danger, and is not a journey you ever planned to take. In game terms this involves dropping down at least two divisions to a poor team (flexible on this, basically not a 'big' side that's been relegated since the game started, a rich side, or a team looking in a good position to be promoted.)

Complete Phase 2 by reaching Rivendell (the top division) - with this team.

Phase 3 - Rivendell

Rivendell is a peaceful place. This phase is similar to Phase 1 and requires only two complete relegation-free seasons in the top flight. The timeframe for moving at the end is the same as for Phase 1.

Phase 4 - The Fellowship of the Ring

Eventually you must leave Rivendell and proceed towards Mordor. Find a job at a club in a European league (France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Portugal or Sweden) at no higher than the Third Tier of football. (e.g. Second Division in Sweden, Serie C1 in Italy, National in France) (and for bonus lambas points preferably lower!) Lead this club to the top flight, the Fellowship must then split.

At this stage you, the challenger have a choice to make - will you follow the path of Frodo and Sam and make your way to Mordor, or go with Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli to face the challenges of Helm's Deep and Minas Tirith?

Phase 5a - Frodo & Sam

This part of the challenge relates to our noble hobbits journey from the time they leave the Fellowship behind to the time they reach the long stair to Shelob's lair. Without their guides Frodo and Sam become disoriented - you too will feel this as you move to a league you have never managed in before (or if you're sad enough to have tried them all, one you've not used much). This can be any league, you can set it up at the start, though my instinct is to suggest an Eastern European league. Do ensure you go in no higher than the second tier. Your first task is to create your 'Gollum' - do this by repeatedly fining a player until he hates you. This player must be selected in every match, barring injury and suspension. Phase 5a is complete when you again reach the top flight in your new country.

Phase 5b - Legolas, Aragorn & Gimli

The equivalent journey for our three friends takes them from the shores of the river to their arrival at Helm's Deep. The key elements involve tracking an enemy, reviving a friend, beating a retreat. Take a club in England or Scotland (whichever you DIDN'T use in Phase 1) who have a rival in a higher division. Firstly achieve promotion to their division and secondly reach the top flight before them (or if they are a top flight club, finish above them in the top flight). This completes Phase 5b.

Phase 6a - Shelob

Having reached the top flight you encounter a nasty challenge - survival. Stay up and you complete Phase 6a, go down and Shelob has killed you. You should sell or release your 'Gollum' at the start of this Phase.

Phase 6b - Helm's Deep

This is not the toughest challenge you will face, but still the odds are against you. Given the nature of the division, and the story of Helm's Deep any players signed after the end of Phase 5b cannot be used until the final ten games of the next season. Complete the Phase by surviving, if this is your first season up, or finishing with more points than in your best season in the top flight to date if not.

Phase 7a - Crossing Mordor

Despite gaining some familiarity with your new surroundings, there are still dangers and challenges to face. Complete Phase 7a by qualifying for Europe with your team. If you do this easily it is clear you prefer the movie version of LOTR to the books.

Phase 7b - The Paths of the Dead

You now face a tough path, you must leave your current team, but remain in the country, dropping to the lowest league division (Third Division in either country) and persuade the 'dead' to play. In other words you can only use current squad members or players acquired on free transfers. To qualify as 'dead' the player must not have played a competitive game in the preceding season. These restrictions apply until you rejoin the Riders of Rohan and meet up with the people of Gondor at Minas Tirith - the top division!

Phase 8a - Mount Doom

This is the hardest part of your challenge, you must win the UEFA Champions League (or UEFA Cup if you're a pussy), but first you must resign your 'Gollum', whatever the cost. This need not be immediate, but your European triumph will only count if he has played every competitive game in that season, barring injury and suspension. If he is injured or suspended for the final it doesn't count.

Phase 8b - Minas Tirith

Signing restrictions are off and your simple challenge is to win a European trophy with the club you are at, preferably the Champions League.

Phase 9 - The Scourging of the Shire

Whether you followed path a or b you must now return to the Shire. If your team from Phase 1 has fallen out of the top flight you can return there, else take control of another 'big' team which is no longer in the top division and complete the challenge by winning a domestic title. For a definition of 'big' use common sense, or consult myself at the relevant time.


Minimum number of divisions needed is 8 when attempting the Frodo challenge (e.g. 3x Scotland, 3x France, 2x Poland) or 10 for Aragorn (eg 4x England, 3x Scotland, 3x France.) Obviously you will want to take your own specs into account when deciding on additional leagues/divisions and database size.

What would be really cool would be 2 people doing this as a net game, one as Aragorn, one as Frodo. This would require a minimum of 12 divisions (eg 4x Scotland, 3x England, 3x France, 2x Poland.)

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The Country Lad's Challenge - Educated Hick

You are a country boy. Raised in a village or town amidst the fields of your country, you show an ability to manage a football team at an early age. One day, your local side calls you and asks you to manage them, thus launching a career that will see you reach as far as you can go.

Stage One- The start of your career.

You start out at your local side in a town or village of fewer than 25,000. (You may edit in a side from the lowest league in your country of choice.) Here, you can only sign players and staff of your nationality. You are to stay here until you reach the League, (i.e. the Third Division or German Second Division or Serie C1A) and avoid relegation for one season.

Stage 2- The Lights grow brighter.

Having become a local legend by establishing your local side in the League, it's time to move on. Go to a small city of population between 25,000 and 100,000 in your country and take a team from that city to the second highest division and stay up for a year. You must bring a player and a staff member from your local side with you to this club. You are also only allowed to sign players of the nationality of the country.

Stage 3- The Bright Lights of the Big City.

Having become a legend in your local town and a hero in the provincial city, now you head on to the big city of 100,000- 1,000000 in the country you reside in. You're to take a side in this city and win the top division. You're to only use players of the country you reside in to win the title. You must also bring a staff member from your local and provincial sides with you to the job.

The World Stage.

Having become the top man in your country, it's time to head to a different country. You are to head to one of the great cities of the world (London, Berlin, Paris, Glasgow, Rome, Milan, Moscow, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Athens, and Amsterdam) and take a team from that city and win the Champions League or UEFA Cup. You must bring in three staff, one each from your previous clubs, but the player restrictions no longer apply.

The Final Mountain.

By now, having conquered the world stage and become famous all over the world. It's time to head back to your home country. Take the national side and depending on the size and footballing talent, aim to win or reach the knockout stages of both the World Cup and Euro championship.

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The Brian Clough Challenge - Bobbev

Brian Clough was undoubtedly one of the best football managers of his generation and it was a sad day for football when he passed away on September 20th 2004 aged 69. His record as a player was extraordinary - before his career was prematurely curtailed by a knee injury he made 274 appearances for Middlesbrough and Sunderland, scoring 251 goals. But it was his managerial achievements that sealed his reputation. After a short stint on the coaching staff at Sunderland he took over as manager of Hartlepool at the age of 30 and gained promotion from the 4th Division. He then moved to Derby County, taking them to the First Division and winning the league title in season 1971-72. The next season he guided Derby to the Semi Finals of the European Cup before falling out with Chairman Sam Longson and resigning. He failed to bring success to either of his next two clubs. A poor season at Brighton was followed by his infamous 44-day reign at Leeds. But after 4 months out of the game he got back on the managerial rollercoaster at Nottingham Forest in January 1975. Forest were promoted to the First Division in the 1976-77 season and then won the title in the season after. This was followed by two consecutive European Cup victories in seasons 1978-79 and 1979-80. Whilst at Forest Clough also enjoyed four League Cup successes in 1977-78, 1978-79, 1988-89 and 1989-90. His only regrets were his failure to lift the FA Cup and the fact that he was never appointed England manager.

So here is your challenge - can you surpass the achievements of the legendary Brian Clough?

Stage 1 - Hartlepool

Take over at Hartlepool and gain them promotion.

Stage 2 - Derby County

As soon as possible after that take over at Derby and win the Premiership title. Go one step better than Brian and get County into a European Final (UEFA Cup or Champions League)

Stage 3 - Brighton or Leeds

Take one of Clough's less successful clubs to FA Cup glory.

Stage 4 - Nottingham Forest

Secure the Forest job, win the Premiership with them and then go on to lift the Champions League twice and the League Cup four times.

Stage 5 - The England Job

Fulfil the great man's final ambition by gaining the England job and taking them to the final stages of a major tournament (World Cup or European Championship).

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The Summer Holidays Challenge - Peacemaker7

Stage 1 - The UK

As you are a young adult, not yet established in your career, your choice of holidays is limited to the UK and Ireland. To reflect this you can start your career at any club in a UK holiday destination of your choice. The only limits are they must be lower than the top league in Scotland, N Ireland, and the Republic and lower than the Championship in England.

(ie Torquay, Bournemouth, Blackpool, Ayr etc)

Once you have guided your club to be the Champions of their country, you are ready to take holidays abroad.

Stage 2 - The Mediterranean

At this stage you can choose to holiday in Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Turkey or Greece. Choose a team from a coastal resort in the country of your choice, outside the top division and guide them to either the Champions League or the UEFA Cup.

Stage 3 - The Orient

Take a team from Japan, Korea, China, Malaysia or Indonesia and guide them to Continental success. Any team is allowed.

Stage 4 - The World Tour

Take any of the countries you have managed in and try to win the World Cup. You must at least get past the first group stage of the finals to progress to the next stage of this challenge.

Stage 5 - Back to the Future

Old age is a time for reminiscing. Take over your original team, and win the Champions League or UEFA Cup three times minimum.

Once that's done, the challenge is over and you have died. RIP.

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The No Surrender Challenge - Raptor

An FMS Challenge designed to suit both single and multiplayer games, the No Surrender Challenge is about stopping the Fourth Reich (a.k.a. European Union) in its tracks. Or helping it supersede nation states as we know it, whatever takes your fancy you part-time Hitler. Bear in mind you'd be a fascist, globalist pig if you choose the latter

Phase 1

Erm, actually, non of this 'Phase X' boll0cks. Welcome to the most non-linear challenge in the stories forum's history. Your only restriction (in honour of The Kevin Keegan Challenge ) is that you have to start outside the top flight of your chosen starting league.

So, no path to follow, and some vague ramblings about stopping the EU; how do we go about this? Well, as you know, some folks are happy with the union, others despise it. That's what we invented democracy for: we sit down, talk things over, and have the majority of our democratically elected representatives decide what happens next. Right? RIGHT?! Well, not in the EU. The European Parliament is a paper tiger as we tend to say in the Netherlands, a powerless group of parliamentary rejects, a bunch of money-draining bureaucrats and a lot who quite frankly [deleted to keep secret service from Casa Raptor]. We're talking about 700+ people here, whose voices and votes mean next to **** all. But we'll use their balance of 'power' as the basis for this challenge's points nevertheless (pre-planned post-2009 figures). I'm sure they'll sleep well tonight, knowing that for the first time in 25 years, they were good for something. So below you'll find the number of Challenge Points up for grabs for every EU nation. This includes Romania and Bulgaria, who will join the Union in 2007.

Pts  Country
99   Germany
72   United Kingdom
72   France
72   Italy
50   Spain
50   Poland
33   Romania
25   Netherlands
22   Greece
22   Belgium
22   Portugal
20   Czech Republic
20   Hungary
18   Sweden
17   Austria
17   Bulgaria
13   Slovakia
13   Denmark
13   Finland
12   Ireland
12   Lithuania (not selectable)
8    Latvia (not selectable)
7    Slovenia
6    Estonia (not selectable)
6    Cyprus (not selectable)
6    Luxembourg (not selectable)
5    Malta (not selectable)

Twenty-seven countries then, and 21 have their league in FM2005 (older versions have a lot less available, but this challenge is still playable on any version of CM).

Save yourself the bother of adding up everything, the total is 732, the number of MEPs from 2009 onwards. Though the EU loves to apply QMV (Qualified Majority Voting) whenever it suits the Franco-German alliance, we'll go for the slightly more simple solution of outright majority. Earning 367 points will win you this challenge.

Got that? Good, now pay attention, cos we all know politicians are useless, especially those on the Scottish Green Party's case. We're gonna let footballers do the talking. It's time to vote with the boot. Hell, they probably have more influence on people than those paid good money to run our political structures.

To earn any nation's points, achieve any of the following collections of silverware:

  • two (top flight) league titles
  • three FA and/or League Cups (or equivalent)
  • the Double (league title + FA Cup)

Furthermore, in all but the six most valuable countries, the following combination will also suffice:

  • one (top flight) league title plus 2 FA and/or League Cups (or equivalent)

Single-player mode: You're free to change jobs around Europe and take on anything you want to. However, as soon as you move to another country, you have to win any piece of silverware (this includes charity shields, lower league cups and lower division championships, but not 'mere' promotions) within 3 full seasons of going there. If you fail to do so, your mission in that particular country has failed. Should you lift any trophy, no matter how insignificant, you may carry on for a maximum of 2 further seasons (5 in total, the lifespan of a European Parliament) to meet the above criteria to earn a nation's points. Again, if unsuccessful, it's "mission failed", in which case the points on offer go to 'the other side'. A season is deemed a full season if control of any club in that nation is obtained no later than the last day of the month of the opening (top flight) league fixture.

Leaving a country before you hit the target equals admitting defeat and sees the points go to other side, except for first time you do this (which will be your only let-off in the entire challenge). Using this solitary 'escape' resets both the timer and silverware for this particular nation, so you're free to try it again. If you dare. Please note you won't be considered to have 'left' a country until the time you've started a new job in a different country. If in between leaving a country and starting a new job the 3 or 5 year period to achieve success elapses, you lose that country's points! So if you're considering abandoning a sinking ship, leave yourself with enough time to get a job elsewhere. The final whistle blown on the final league game in the highest division (or cup final if played at a later date) constitutes the end of the season. Playoff games and the like won't be considered a stay of execution.

Multi-player mode: no time limit, first to hit target gets points, no punishment for abandoning a country, you can always go back and pray your rival doesn't hit the national target first.

Bonuses during the game:

Winning the UEFA Cup: points for the nation of the losing finalist (if still up for grabs and if EU member)

Winning the European Cup: points for the nation of the losing finalist (if still up for grabs and if EU member) + points for not selected nation of choice

Single-player backfire mode: losing a European final means the points of the nation beating you go against you, as a "mission failed"

Bonuses to be nominated at start of game:

1x "twinned" nation: points for any non-selected league of choice linked to outcome of attempt in other (selected) country

1x double points nomination: at the start of the game, you must nominate one country for double points. Select carefully: success means a giant leap towards hitting the overall target, failure would be a major setback. Go for maximum points in Germany, or for "safe" points in a country you know well.

City-specific bonuses:

Certain cities take a special place in EU history, as places where key treaties were signed or major institutions are hosted. Achieving national targets with clubs from these cities results in double points (note: cannot be combined with "double points nomination", maximum number of points for any single nation is twice its nominal value). This city-specific bonus cannot "backfire" on you should you fail to hit the national target.

Multiplayer alternative: instead of doubling your own points, you may opt to take the points of any other nation rated equal to or lower than your current, selected or not. This leaves you with the tactical option of ruining the hard work done by your rival, who might be about to scoop the points of that other country after a few seasons of hard work.

Treaty of Paris (ECSC)

Treaty of Rome (EEC)

Maastricht Treaty (EU)

Treaty of Nice (New balance of power)

Luxembourg (ECJ)

Frankfurt (ECB)

Brussels (EP)

Strasbourg (EP)

Amsterdam Treaty (Eastward expansion)

Single player or multiplayer, hitting the overall target of 367 points mean you win the challenge. But beware: fail in a few countries, and your score against (single player) or your rival's tally (multiplayer) will hit 367 before you do, and that means game over. Points for any nation can only go to one player, and once they're awarded, they're 'greyed out'. While you're still allowed to take up managerial jobs there, they serve no purpose. The points cannot be nicked anymore, so it's best to move elsewhere at the earliest available opportunity.

International Management

For some reason, it became fashionable to include an International management stage in about 90% of challenges submitted in the past few years, and occasionally, it looked like such a stage existed purely for the sake of having one. To counter this, I was going to ban International management from this challenge outright. But I'd only get Brussels' anti-competition commissioner knocking on my door, and I'd rather die of AIDS/cancer/watching Ajax play than listen to their sh*t, so if you want to have a stint on the International stage, by all means, be my guest. I guess I should make it interesting for you then eh? Let's call it 'Knocking on Europe's Door'. Your restrictions are: any International team you manage has to be a non-EU member, and you can't manage a club side at the same time. Points are obtained by eliminating EU members from the knockout stages of the European Championships, World Cup or Olympics. Your reward for taking such a scalp is their nominal value, but only if their league isn't selected. Should any of these nations knock you out, points go against you. Furthermore, under no circumstances is it possible to win or lose the points for the six most valuable nations via this International route.


1) At the start of the game, you must select one 'home nation' (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland) to represent the United Kingdom and its 72 points. At least, if you want to run any of them, that is. While you're allowed to run, and even manage in, the other three, they do not have any influence on your points tally.

2) The handful of 'double points' opportunities mean the total number of points up for grabs is actually higher than 732, but this does not change the winning target of 367. Instead, it enables people with less powerful computers to still participate in this challenge. For instance, running just three leagues (and four divisions, due to the forced lower league start) might do, if you nominate Germany as your double points nation (2x99=198), take Paris, Nice or Strasbourg to enough French glory (2x72=144), and hit the target in the Netherlands (25). This would give you exactly 367 points. Theoretically, you could even complete the challenge with just one league running, by winning a few European trophies and beating teams from powerful nations in the process.

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We Were Once Great - JackSouth

Database requirement- English League: League Two and Above

Stage 1- Return to Glory

The days of the yo-yo club are all but faded, and ex-Premiership clubs litter the Championship and the leagues below. Manchester City have famously gone down two leagues only to come back up and under Stuart Pearce's guidance nearly made into Europe.

Take a former Premiership club (Derby, Sheffield United, Coventry, Barnsley, Oldham, etc) back to the Holy ground and stay there for two seasons.

Note: If sacked during Stage 1 then repeat with another club.

Stage 2- The Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow

Promotion to the Premiership is big for any club but especially to those who have not tasted it before. Teams like Barnsley, Wolves have tasted it only to go back down, Blackburn on the other hand won it and Wigan aren't doing bad either.

Take a club who have not played in the Premiership (Plymouth, Crewe, Bristol City etc.) to the top flight and qualify for Europe.

Stage 3- From Massive to Just Big

Although the Premiership is the place to be some teams have been unable to recapture their former domestic glories. Their fans still wait, whilst still paying premium prices.

Take a Premiership side who has not won the Premiership (Liverpool, Tottenham, Everton, etc.) and win the League, the League Cup, the FA Cup and the Charity Shield, whilst staying in the Premiership at the same time.

Note: If they have won the league title during the game you may NOT manage them.

Stage 4- The Best League, but not the best clubs?

The Premiership is without a doubt the best league in the world (Note: No, it isn't.), so why aren't we dominating the European Stage like we did back in the day? Liverpool proved that we can still do it.

Win either the UFEA Cup or the European Cup with any British Club.

Stage 5 - Great Clubs, Crap Country

Brazil's dominance is fading as is France's. Greece's surprise win at the European Championships rocked the international scene to its foundation. But what about the countries that have gone so agonizingly close only to have nothing to show for it?

Take charge of a country has not won the World Cup and take them to Glory in either the World Cup or European Championships.

Stage 6 - Practice those penalties for God's sake!

We gave them football, taught them the rules and then sat back as they kicked our bum all over the pitch. But football has got to come home sometime... hasn't it?

Win the World Cup with England.

Bonus Stage- The First Great Team

The first great team was Preston North End, first completing a double at the end of the 19th Century. Now they live a simple and quiet life in the Championship.

Return Preston North End to their past glory and win the double!


*A stage can only be counted as complete if you were managing the club at the start of the season (no club jumping in May!)

*If sacked at any time during Stages 1-5 just repeat with another club.

*If a side has accomplished promotion/won the league/won the World Cup during game play then they become ineligible for choice.

*Stages 3 and 4 may be done at the same time, with the same team but both must be completed before moving on to Stage 5.

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The Challenge Of The Ages - BobBev

"You win nothing with kids." - Alan Hansen

"If they're good enough, they're old enough.“ - Bill Shankley

Two alternative viewpoints regarding the merits of youth versus experience. But what would your choice be? Would you favour a team of fearless youngsters with their boundless energy and enthusiasm? Or would you go for the experience and the cool head that comes with maturity? Whichever route you prefer your objective remains the same - take charge at any club in any country, as long as they are in the lowest playable league within that country. And then, using either youth or experience, guide your team to the pinnacle of domestic success by securing the title in the top-flight league of your chosen country. If you can win some other silverware along the way then more power to your elbow, but the priority is that Premiership/First Division crown.

However, for each of the two paths some restrictions apply.

Path 1 - The Path Of Youth

If you follow this path then none of the players in your first team squad may be over the age of 24. Any over-age players must be moved to the reserves and made available for transfer. Once a younger player reaches the cut-off age of 25 then he too must be moved and listed. You may sign up to three players each season for a fee but you are allowed an unlimited number of free signings and loans. Any players signed must be 24 or under. Graduates from your Youth Academy do not need to be moved to the first team straight away but can be kept in the reserves for as long as you see fit.

Path 2 - The Path Of Experience

If you follow this path then none of the players in your first team squad may be under the age of 30. Any under-age players must be moved to the reserves. All players under the age of 25 must be transfer listed - those 25 and over can be kept on but cannot be put in the first team until they reach the age of 30. You may sign up to four players each season for a fee but you are allowed an unlimited number of free signings and loans. Any players signed must be 30 or older. Graduates from your Youth Academy must be released immediately.

NOTE - If you take The Path Of Experience then don't start in Scotland as there is a restriction in the SPL that your match squad must have at least two players under the age of 21.

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Basque Supremacy - Peacemaker7

This is quite a simple challenge.

Spain have never won the World Cup. Your task is to make sure they do. Quite easy yes?

HOWEVER - ETA have finally won their battle, and Basque's now rule the whole of Spain. Therefore you can only pick Basque players for the national side.

As a side bonus, take Bilbao (or any other side from the Basque country that only allows Basques) and win the Champions League.

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The Auld Alliance - Terk

The Auld Alliance. In effect it was a treaty that made sure that France and Scotland ganged up on the English. If either country was attacked by English forces, the treaty ensured that the other would invade English territory. Whilst it was first and foremost a military agreement, it brought about more obvious benefits, particularly for the Scots as they sought jobs as mercenaries in the French armies and, quite naturally, a plentiful supply of good wine.

The alliance benefitted both nations, indeed Scottish intervention at the Battle of Bauge in 1421 went a good way to saving France from English domination, but like all good things it had to come to an end. With the Reformation in Scotland, such an agreement between a Catholic France and a now Protestant Scotland was impossible and the alliance was officially ended in 1560 by the Treaty of Edinburgh.

Friendly links between the two countries remained though; the Scots could scarcely do without French wine, even after the Union of the Parliaments in 1707, claret continued to be smuggled into Scotland to avoid taxes. To this very day Scots show their affinity to the French by toasting to the King over the water, whilst the dual citizenship guaranteed by the alliance was only revoked by the French government in 1903.

What, you may ask, does all this have to do with an FMS challenge? It'd be a pretty fair question. Your challenge, in the spirit of the Auld Alliance, is to build a squad full of Frenchmen and Scots and take over English football. Starting at any level outside the Premiership (though I suggest Championship or League One to comply with the ten year timescale) you must take a squad entirely composed of players from France and Scotland and claim two English Premiership crowns and win both the League and F.A. cups once each.

• You must have players from both nations in the squad, but not weighted more than 70%-30% in favour of either.

• Your Premiership title or cup win only counts if, from the very first game of the season, your squad consisted entirely of Frenchmen and Scots.

• Any players promoted from your youth team who do not comply with the nationality restrictions must be released immediately.

• You may change jobs at any point in the challenge, but you must start outside the Premiership.

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The Uncle Scrooge Challenge

Your club has made a new policy due to the uncertainty in today's transfer market. Due to the huge losses most clubs have to suffer this club has vowed never to get in any financial troubles. To do this a number of restrictions has been laid down.

1) The club can only sign players on free transfers or Bosman deals.

2) No player can be released on a free until their contract has expired.

3) Players brought in who are on contract with another club may only be signed as part as a player exchange. No money may be paid to the other club.

4) As injuries might strike, the manager is allowed to make two signings per year for whom money is paid. The combined fee for these two players may not exceed £8m though.

Note: Some young players may be on frees but requires a compensation to the mother club. These players may be signed IF the compensation is less than £2m BUT ONLY a maximum of £8m may be spent this way in any one season.

Managers CANNOT start in the topflight. Any club below the top is acceptable though for maximum enjoyment one of the following is recommended:

England: Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Wimbledon.

Spain: Eibar, Ejido

Germany: Babelsberg, Sweinfurt

France: Nice, Creteil, Martigues

Italy: Sampdoria, Napoli, Fiorentina, Messina

Clubs may not be switched. The goal is to become domestic champions AND win a European trophy, ie Champions League or UEFA Cup. Show those big spenders how it is done.

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Freedom Fighter Challenge

Path 1: Unionist (Northern Irish)

You are a bright young managerial prospect in the Northern Ireland Amateur Ranks. You have achieved success in every coaching position you have been in, however a black mark hangs over your head and has prevented you from getting your first managerial job. In 1996, you were actively involved in the Orange Order during the July Parades.

During a riot in Belfast you are arrested for assaulting an Irish Catholic, and although no charges are laid, you feel it has prevented you from taking the next step in your career and deep down you continue to harbour a strong resentment to the Irish people for this.

Eventually after five years of trying to clear your name you are offered a total of three managerial positions over the Summer of 2001. Institute, Distillery and Armagh are all willing to let what happened in the past stay in the past, and are looking to you to turn around their team.

Step 1: Success At Home

In your first managerial job with Institute, Distillery or Armagh your goal is to win the Northern Ireland Premier Division with a side comprised entirely of Northern Irish players.

After this task is completed, you get the chance to head down to the Republic of Ireland, to prove once and for all where you can extract your revenge on the football field.

Step 2: Ruling the Republic

You accept a job in the Irish league with whichever team will accept you. From this point you begin to stock your team full of Northern Irish players. Your goals in the Republic of Ireland are to win the Premier Division twice with a starting eleven that regularly features at least five Northern Ireland players.

After achieving your goals in Ireland, you decide to head to a bigger league; Scotland.

Step 3: How do you Like Your Haggis?

You can start with any Scottish team provided they are not in the Premier Division, or in Division One (in other words the club must be in Divisions 2 or 3). The goal again is to stock your starting eleven with at least five players from Northern Ireland. From your starting point in the Scottish Lower Leagues, you manage to take your club to European Competition, either the UEFA Cup, or if at all possible the Champions League.

Even the most sceptical of chairmen are starting to notice your achievements. Now it's just a matter of time before you make the move to England.

Step 4: A Brilliant End

You move to any English side you wish, provided they are not in the Premier League. With at least three first team regulars from Northern Ireland, win the Premier Division, and then go on to claim Champions League Glory. In the Champions League Final, your squad must feature at least four players from Northern Ireland; one must be the captain of your team.

Along the way at any point in the scenario you must take over the Northern Ireland job and qualify for either a European Championship or World Cup. You may or may not decide to have a break in your club career during this time, it's up to you.

Path 2: Republic of Ireland

All it took was one trip to Northern Ireland for your life to change forever. A useful young footballer who was being considered for National Team honours at one point, your career was ended in the July Parades in Belfast when some drunken slob broke a bottle over your kneecap. The glass shards wound up severing a ligament, and effectively ending your career. Fortunately, your club was kind enough to keep you on in a coaching role, and in the past five years you have shown that you have considerable potential in the managerial field. So much so that your agent has solicited three offers from Division One clubs asking for your services as manager next season. The three clubs that had come calling on you were Finn Harps, Kilkenny City and Dublin City. You know you will accept one offer, you just haven't decided which yet.

Step 1: Conquer the league boy

With your lowly First Division club, you must win the Irish Premier Division with a club consisting solely of Republic of Ireland players.

Step 2: Victory Parades not Orange Order Parades

After proving your dominance in your homeland you decide to show those Northern Irish players just who the better nation is.

You accept a job in the Northern Ireland league with any team. Your goal there is simple. Win two straight Northern Irish Premier Division titles with a starting eleven that features at least five Republic of Ireland.

Step 3: Scottish Successes

Your next step is to head to Scotland. You can start with any team who offers you a job provided they aren't in the Premier or First Division. The goal again is to stock your starting eleven with at least 5 Republic of Ireland players and lead your team to Europe.

Step 4: London Calling

Start with any club in England, provided they aren't in the Premier League. With at least 3 first team players from the Republic of Ireland win the Premier Division and go onto win the ultimate prize. The Champions League. In the Champions League Final you must have at least four players from the Republic of Ireland in the squad; one must be the captain.

Along the way at any point in the scenario you must also take the Ireland job and qualify for either the European Championships or a World Cup...


Changing jobs in Scotland and England is acceptable. It isn't in the first two stages. For example if you complete the Northern Ireland stage with Distillery and want to move to stage two in the Republic of Ireland, the team you join there is the team you must win the two titles with.

Your assistant manager must always be the same nationality as you. If there is a Scottish Assistant at the team you join in Scotland, you must sack him and find a replacement. If there is no willing replacement you go without an assistant...tough luck.

If you are fired, you move back a step. If you're fired trying to win in Scotland, you need to head back to your stage two, or if you are fired in England you need to recomplete your goals in Scotland.

Here's why I think this one could be interesting.

There's countless different paths you could take to get from A to B to C...also each scenario involves different difficulties. The Northern Ireland version would obviously be harder than the Republic of Ireland version. But regardless of which version you start there's a big challenge ahead of you...

The drawback of the Sir Alex Challenge was the way it was so heavily scripted. When no one was able to move from East Stirling to St. Mirren it kind of destroyed the challenge...this one offers enough flexibility to make it possible but there are still the steps you have to achieve in a specific order.

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The Islands Challenge - haze.13

1) Start with a team from an Island in Europe (off the mainland of home country) outside of the big 5 major European Leagues, Examples of these are Visby and Hacken in Sweden - I can dig up many more of these, I had them all somewhere once when I was 'devising', but I've lost them all and those were the only two I can find off the cuff. With this team you have to win a major national trophy and then you can choose to move onto Part Two or Part Three from here.

2) You can now move to an Island team in a major European League. Examples of these are Tenerife and Mallorca in Spain, Bastia and AC Ajaccio in France, Cagliari in Italy and um... Newport IOW and Canvey Island in England. Of course these aren't exactly jobs you're gonna get after winning a trophy in somewhere in Sweden, so you'll prolly have to settle for something like Atletico Catania or something. Again I'll dig these up, I know there are plenty of them. Here you have to win the national championship - you can also skip this stage by staying with your original team and winning their national championship, if you haven't already! Winning a major European Championship with an Island team has only been achieved once by Cagliari

3) Now you have to win a European Trophy and become the first ever Island team to do so. Bastia made the final of the Cup Winners Cup once upon a time, but that's the nearest an Island team has ever got... so go forth and become a history maker.

4) Go to an Island nation (NOT England, however) and get to a Major Tournaments semi-final. Island Nations will be the Home Nations, Ireland, Japan and Australia

5) Finally return to an Island team on Mainland Europe and bring home the glittering prize of the Champions League

6) Buy a small Caribbean island and retire with a small fortune in the bank

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The Bobby Robson Challenge - Bobbev

My earlier Brian Clough challenge proved to be quite popular initially but many people lost interest because of its inherently linear nature. In constructing this challenge I have tried to keep the elements that worked well in the original but also introduce a lot more flexibility.

Your basic objective is to try to emulate the achievements of the great Sir Bobby Robson, perhaps the most successful manager of his generation. He started his coaching career in Canada with the Vancouver Whitecaps before returning to England to manage Fulham. After being sacked by the London club he took over at Ipswich, making them one of the most successful clubs in the country. In 1982 he took over as England manager and after two successful World Cup campaigns he went back into club management in Europe. He found great success in Holland, Portugal and Spain before returning to take charge at Newcastle, the club of his dreams.

In summary, Sir Bobby achieved the following.

Ipswich Town

FA Cup winners

UEFA Cup winners

Twice runners-up in Division One (now the Premiership)


World Cup Semi Finals

PSV Eindhoven

Twice Dutch champions

FC Porto

Twice Portuguese champions

Portuguese Cup winners


Spanish Cup winners

European Cup Winners Cup winners

Primera Liga runners-up


UEFA Cup Semi Finals

Three top-5 Premiership finishes

In order to eclipse the man himself your challenge is to achieve the following.

Stage 1 - Domestic Success

Win the Premiership, a domestic cup and a European trophy with any club from the Championship.

Stage 2 - Travelling The World

Win two Dutch league titles with any club from Holland.

Win two Portuguese titles and the domestic Cup with any team from Portugal.

Win the Spanish League and Cup and a European trophy with any Spanish team.

Take England to the Final of a major international tournament.

The elements of Stage 2 may be completed in any order that you wish.

Stage 3 - Coming Home

Win the Premiership with Newcastle (or optionally any club from the North East e.g. Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Darlington.)

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Pole to Pole - Peacemaker7

Ok here's something I thought of last night when falling asleep not sure of the practicalities, but could be interesting.

Starting at either the North or South Pole, you have to work your way to the other side of the world.

Starting countries could be (From North, for South just reverse it):

Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Finland or Russia

Take a club from one of these countries, perferably from as far north as possible, and lead them to at least one domestic title.

When you are ready, its time to move south. Choose any country north of France, perferably Scotland, Denmark, Poland or Belarus but thats entirely up to you, its your journey. Win at least two domestic titles.

Time to move further south. Choose a country from France or below, preferably either France, Spain, Italy, or Portugal but again it's up to you. Win a domestic title.

(Note your choice of nations will make this challenge either easier or harder. You could go Iceland, Belarus, Greece if you wanted for a fairly easy ride or Norway, England, Italy for instance for a harder one.)

Time to move further south and your choice is now limited to South Africa or jumping across to any country in South America. Win a domestic title.

And finally you end up at Australia, where you must again win a domestic title.

As a final challenge take either the country you started with, or the country you ended with to the World Cup Finals and try to win it.


You could of course start south and work north.

You could start in Iceland, go to the USA next, then South America etc. Or, you could start in the USA, then go to Mexico and down that route or you could jump the Atlantic back and forth.

At the end of the day, this is just a guideline, its entirely up to you how you get from Pole to Pole and will depend on your patience and PC. The only real rules here are, you must win at least one domestic title before moving and your next port of call must always be further south (or north).

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Behind the Iron Curtain Challenge - WLKRAS

You are a young communist and a loyal member of the Communist Party of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. As such, you are determined to make the world a better place by spreading communism and showing the capitalist pigs the errors of their ways. To do this however, you will need to gain respect within the party.

Stage I: Minor Party Official

Your task here is simple. Take a team from the bottom league up to the countries highest footballing level and survive there for one season without being relegated back down.






Stage II: Gaining respect

Moscow has taken note of your performances and has assigned you to a more glamorous post. Take a job in one of the higher rated countries and win the national cup competition.






Stage III: Challenging the West

Your stellar rise has been noted too in the West and in a daring sting operation, Moscow wants you to challenge them. Take a club from Eastern Germany, the Czech Republic or Slovakia and reach at least the quarter finals of a European competition. You must also win at least one league title and one national cup.

Czech Republic

(East) Germany


Stage IV: Joining the Central Committee

Your time has come to return home and be part of the central committee, the Soviet's main governmental power in Moscow. Here you will demonstrate the power of communism and mother Russia. Your goal is to win the Champions League with a team from Moscow.


Stage V: International Glory

Beat all the capitalist powers and claim World Cup glory with a former Iron Curtain Nation.


There are several paths you can choose, but choose wisely, because treason in the Soviet Union is penalised by death.

Armed Forces Path: For those who thrive on brute strength, the armed forces will help you along in your way to Party glory. There is a catch though. You can only manage Army Clubs or clubs with Army Affiliation. In general this means CSKA clubs.

Secret Police Path: For those who take cunning over force, the secret police will provide the means to advance you to the party top. Their allegiance comes at a price. You must only manage clubs that are backed by the Secret Police or have an affiliation with them. In general this means Dynamo clubs.

Railways Path: Don't knock the Railways. They are more powerful that you might imagine and wield a lot of clout within the party. If you choose to ally yourself to them, you may only manage their Lokomotiv clubs.

Workers Path: The path of the workers will allow you to get the people behind you. And the people are the potentially the most powerful of them all. But for the workers to put their support behind you, you must only manage clubs that have their backing. As a general rule, these are the Spartak clubs.

Having checked it in the game, this won't work with all leagues. You can have a path from Bulgaria, through the Ukraine, but only the Lokomotiv and Dynamo paths can be continued in East Germany.

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Ernst Happel Challenge - Terk

Regarded amongst the very best managers to have graced the game, the 51 times capped Austrian remains one of only two coaches (Ottmar Hitzfeld being the other) to have won the European Cup with two different clubs.

Ernst began his managerial career with ADO Den Haag, winning the Dutch Cup before moving to Feyenoord. Whilst with the Rotterdam club, he won the Dutch Championship, European Cup and Intercontinental Cup.

He went on to lead Club Brugge to several domestic titles before joining Hamburg in 1981. In both 1982 and 1983 he guided Hamburg to the title, combining his 1983 success with his second victory in the European Cup.

In 1987, Ernst returned to his homeland to manage FC Swarovski Tirol and, unsurprisingly, won two Austrian titles with the club. In the midst of all this, Ernst took over the Dutch national side and guided them to the final of the 1978 World Cup, losing to Argentina.

Your goal is to try and match, even perhaps to surpass, the great man's achievements. You must guide teams from four different nations to success in their domestic championship. Three of your clubs must also win their domestic cup competition, whilst with two of them you must go on to win the Champions League. Finally, with one of your Champions League winning clubs, you must win the Club World Championship (or whatever it's called this year).

To finish off the challenge, you must take the national side from the first country you managed in and with them win the World Cup.

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Guus Hiddink Challenge - Terk

In appreciation of Guus after his short but impressive stint at Chelsea, we honour the Dutch master in the time-honoured tradition of basing an FM Challenge on his exploits.

Stage 1:

You start at any one of the 'Big 3' Dutch clubs (Ajax, Feyenoord, PSV) and your task is simple; win the treble. This means that you must secure the Eredivise, the Dutch Cup and a European trophy (the UEFA Cup is acceptable) all in the same season.

Stage 2:

Now having proven yourself at club level, you must take an underachieving European nation to at least the semi finals of a major tournament.

Stage 3:

You have a burning desire to return to club football. Take charge of a top flight side in either Spain or Italy. There are no success objectives here, you merely have to avoid the sack for two years, thereby bettering Guus' time at Real Madrid and Betis. Of course, any trophies you do win will simply mark you out further as a great of the game.

Stage 4:

Having (presumably) failed to recreate your success at club level, you return to the international management game. You must take a 'small' nation (in footballing, not population, terms), preferably from Eastern Europe or Asia, and guide them past the group stage of a world cup.

Stage 5:

In a final fling before you wander off into retirement, you feel the need to leave your mark on the English game. You must take charge of a side that has won the title within the last five years and you have one season in which to win as many trophies as possible.

Obviously the misses out a few steps of Guus' career, but if you did as much chopping and changing as he did then you'd have a twenty-odd year career. If a suitable club or nation is not available to take over at the right time to move onto the next stage, then you can either stay in your current job, or see where the wind takes you until the right one opens up.

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The Fallen Giant Challenge - Wegason

Restore a former giant to its former glories. Remember when Forest ruled Europe under Clough, when Leeds United competed in Europe and were a mainstay of the top flight?

There are other former proud clubs with great histories lying in wait to be restored to their former glories.

The challenge is to take over one of these clubs, with a managerial reputation of professional footballer at the highest, and win their nation's top flight title and then crown it with Champions League glory.

The club has to start in a division below the top flight on the version of the game you play the challenge with, the lower down the better.

List of clubs


Preston North End

Huddersfield Town

Leeds United

Nottingham Forest

Wolverhampton Wanderers


Stade Reims

RC Strasbourg


Dynamo Dresden

Fortuna Düsseldorf

FC Magdeburg

FC Kaiserslautern



Pro Vercelli



Real Sociedad

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The Minnows Challenge - stoehrst


Take a club team from a nation that's never had a representative in the UEFA Champions League group stages and get the club there. Also, win the UEFA Cup/Europa League with a team matching the same description.

Eligible nations:

Northern Ireland




Faeroe Islands






Montenegro (I think, if they have a league)








San Marino


Liechtenstein is ineligible because they do not have a domestic league, and therefore do not participate in the CL.


1. The club you pick must be from the lowest possible division in the nation. You may use editors to go lower than what the game allows (for some leagues you may need editors in the first place).

2. You do not need to accomplish the two feats with the same club. Once you have accomplished one, if you move clubs you may move to another top-flight club in the same nation, rather than start over back at the bottom. However, if you move to a different qualifying nation, you must start back in the lowest tier.

3. If you use the editor, you MAY NOT intentionally stack your team or the league. This is obviously a fairly subjective ruling and it might be easy to cheat, but you'll have to live with yourself if you do. This is meant to be a challenge .

4. If you are sacked or resign from a club before you have accomplished either objective, the next job you take that can be considered for the challenge MUST be in the lowest possible tier of a qualifying nation.

5. Your manager MUST start with a reputation of "Automatic"


1. Accomplish both objectives with the same team.

2. Accomplish both objectives in the same season.

3. Make/win the Champions League final with a qualifying team.

4. Become the national team manager of the nation whose club you took the group stages or Europa League championship.

5. Win the Euros with a qualifying nation's national team.

6. Win the World Cup with a qualifying nation's national team.

7. Make/win the Club World Cup Final with a qualifying team.

8. This one would be the toughest to swing: Win the Euros or the World Cup with the same nation of the club you completed either objective with. The captain of the national team must be your club captain.

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The Two Crowns Challenge - Dalbeider

This is a very long term challenge, so be sure you know what you're getting into before starting a story based on it .

The idea is simply to do something that no manager has ever done in real life: winning both the Champions League and the Copa Libertadores. The setup would be the following (subject to future changes and fine-tuning and open to suggestions, of course):

- Start a new game, selecting as playable leagues at least 4 countries from each Europe and South America (can be more), with at least 2 playable tiers in each country (can also be more). So, a minimum of 16 playable leagues. For example, in my original save I went for the countries with more continental titles, and thus selected Spain, Italy, England and Germany from Europe, and Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay (since the Paraguayan leagues aren't available) from South America.

UPDATE: For people with low-end computers or that just want the game to go as smoothly as possible, you're allowed to lower the number of leagues to 2 per continent. For REALLY low-end computers, you may even reduce the playable tiers to 1 per country. You may have to alter your starting reputation to get a job with these setups (see below). Also, adding new playable leagues via editor/download is allowed and encouraged, and even needed for one of the challenge expansions outlined at the end.

- Start unemployed. Past experience should be set as Semi-professional Footballer, that's enough to get you a job in the lower tiers of most South American countries. Nationality and other details are up to you, and can influence the start of your career (South American managers may find it easier to find jobs early in South America, for example). If you load more leagues (specially if you load all the English tiers or the nightmare known as the Brazilian Third Division), you can lower your past experience to Sunday League Footballer.

UPDATE: If you reduced the number of playable leagues/tiers, you may need to change your past experience to Automatic. That should give you enough reputation to get a job, whatever setup you use. As an alternative, keep your rep as Semi-pro, but choose your team beforehand (pick one in the lowest playable tier of the country of your choice) and start the game employed by them.

- You can apply for any job that opens up, including international jobs. You can also move clubs/nations whenever you want/can. UPDATE: And you can also change continents before winning the continental title, of course, although keep in mind that returning afterwards may be difficult/bothersome.

- Your goal is to climb the ladders from wherever you start to the top of the continent. You can try to bring a Colombian Second Division team like Bucaramanga to the Libertadores, or you may jump ship a few times, building yourself the needed reputation to land a top job like Estudiantes or Corinthians, and go for the title with them.

- Once you win the continental title in one continent, you'll eventually have to resign from your current club and move to the other continent, although you may delay this for as long as you want if you're pursuing some of the bonus goals. Depending on your reputation, you may have to start from the bottom once again once you switch from South America to Europe or viceversa, although it's unlikely.

- The challenge will be completed as soon as you have won both the Copa Libertadores and the Champions League. If you want a further challenge, you can go for bonus points both before and after completing the main challenge by:

Winning the Club World Championship

Winning the Club World Championship with both a South American and an European club

Winning the Copa América

Winning the Euro

Winning both the Copa América and the Euro

Winning the World Cup (obviously)

Winning the World Cup with both a South American and an European nation

Winning the Confederation Cup

Winning the Confederation Cup with both a South American and an European nation


Challenge expansion: THE FIVE CROWNS CHALLENGE

If you are crazy enough, you can go all-in with this challenge and try to win all the continental titles available in the game (South America, North America, Europe, Africa and Asia). The rules are exactly the same as the ones outlined for the Two Crowns version, but here you're allowed to pick only 2 playable nations per continent as a minimum (except Africa, which only has South Africa as playable), again with 2 playable tiers in each country (where available, USA for example only has the MLS). Players with low-end computers may reduce this to 1 playable nation per continent (all or some), and people really struggling for game speed may even go for 1 playable tier in each country. The same considerations regarding starting reputation and unemployment apply here. Again, if your computer is powerful enough, feel free to add as many nations and leagues as you wish.


Challenge expansion: THE SIX CROWNS CHALLENGE

But wait, it gets better! If you're willing to fiddle a bit with the editor and/or download some additional leagues, you can add one additional step to this already daunting challenge, and win the Oceania continental title, too! The easiest way for this would be to add the New Zealand league, which AFAIK only needs some tweaking with the editor to become active (never tried it myself). The rest of the rules are the same as in the Five Crown Challenge.

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The Giovanni Trappatoni Challenge - Elrithral

Giovanni Trappatoni is considered one of the most successful Managers in Serie A history; his trophy cabinet includes seven Italian titles, one German title, one Austrian title, one Portuguese title, one European cup and three Uefa Cups. Can you emulate his success?

Stage One

You start out with one of the big three, preferably Juventus and your task is to win one domestic double and one domestic/continental double, a treble would suffice.

Stage Two

Stun the footballing world by jumping ship to one of your biggest rivals (Milan or Inter) and guide them to the Serie A title and European success, not necessarily in the same season.

Stage Three

Off to Germany you go to manage a title challenger, one that hasn’t won the league within the last three years, and win one league title and one domestic cup.

Stage Four

Back to your homeland and it’s time to test yourself with a team outside the big three. Guide a team who hasn’t yet experienced the Champions League to the Champions League Group Stages or better.

Stage Five

You’ve cut your managerial teeth and it’s time to prove that you can do it on the International stage. Trap failed miserably and all you have to do to better his achievements is qualify for the Quarter Finals of either the World Cup or European Championships with a nation of your choice.

Stage Six

One of the big three in Portugal has struggled of late and hasn’t won the Liga Sagres in a long while, time for that to change and time for you to make a difference. End the hate for their poor old fans and guide them to domestic glory at the expense of their bitter rivals.

Stage Seven

It’s the twilight of your career time to relax in beautiful Austria and enjoy a laid back league and laid back lifestyle. It’s not all play though, you have to work hard to guide a team that was almost relegated recently to the league title.

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Longevity Challenge - BenArsenal

Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger are two of the longest serving managers in English football. In the increasingly fickle world that is modern football, these stalwarts are a testament to the fast-fading trait that is managerial stability.

Your challenge is to build your way from the bottom to the top like them, and then cement your place in folklore by proving your ability to provide consistent success, and thus longevity.

Alex Ferguson Path

Stage 1

Ferguson's first managerial role was at East Stirlingshire, a job in which he lasted less than a year, but provided a starting point for his future success.

Challenge: Start your career at a Scottish Third Division club. Stay for at least a season.

Stage 2

Ferguson was then poached by St Mirren, who were struggling in the Second Division at the time. Fergie then led them to promotion back to the top flight, but was sacked (unfairly he claims) due to contractual disputes.

Challenge: Move on to a struggling team in the Scottish second flight (struggling defined as a bottom half finish the previous season). Lead them to promotion.

Stage 3

Ferguson then moved on to Aberdeen, and instantly broke the Old Firm's stranglehold of Scottish football, at least temporarily. During his reign, the Dons managed three league titles, four Scottish cups, one Scottish League Cup, one European Cup Winners' Cup, and one UEFA Super Cup, in what was arguably Aberdeen's golden age.

Challenge: Move on to an non-Old Firm Scottish club, and win at least three league titles, three Scottish cups (some leeway), and one European trophy. Any other additonal trophies are a bonus.

Stage 4

Following his phenomenal success, Ferguson was appointed by Manchester United in order to revive the ailing club. The rest, as they say, is history. 11 league titles, 5 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, 8 Community Shields, 2 Champions League, 1 Cup Winners' Cup, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup and 1 FIFA Club World Cup, cements Fergie's position as Manchester United's most successful manager in history

Challenge: Move to an English club that has not had success for a while (no league titles for at least two decades), and achieve world domination, building your team for at least two decades and beyond.

Additional (optional)

Ferguson was briefly Scotland manager during his stint at Aberdeen, taking over after Jock Stein sadly passed away. Fergie took Scotland to the 1986 World Cup, before returning to club management

Challenge: At any point during your career, take charge of the Scottish national team, and lead them to at least one World Cup.

Arsene Wenger Path

Stage 1

Arsene Wenger's first managerial job was at Nancy, where unfortunately they got relegated at the end of his three year tenure.

Challenge: Take a middling French top flight club, one that has never won the title, and stay for at least three seasons to build up your reputation. Better Wenger's achievements by not getting relegated.

Stage 2

Wenger then moved to Monaco, where his career started to take off. He won Ligue 1 in his first season, and followed up with the Coupe de France three years later. Three more second places in the league as well as a run to the final in the Cup Winners' Cup in his fourth season marked his progression as an up-and-coming coach.

Challenge: Move on to a big-ish French club, and win at least one league title and one Coupe de France. At least one good European run will be a bonus. (Big-ish French clubs are Monaco, Marseille, PSG, Bordeaux, Nantes, Lens, Lyon, Auxerre or St Etienne)

Stage 3

Following his success in France, Wenger took the unorthodox route of going to the Far East, taking charge of Nagoya Grampus Eight in Japan. He immediately transformed Nagoya from relegation strugglers into title challengers, bringing them to within a whisker of the league and winning the Emperor's Cup (the national cup competition). This further enhanced his reputation on the world stage.

Challenge: Move to the Far East like Wenger, taking charge of a struggling Asian club, and bring them to success. Win at least one trophy, but more importantly make yourself known to the world by enhancing your reputation. This usually involves either one league win, or a good run in continental competitions, thereby going one ahead of Wenger.

(Struggling is defined as a bottom half finish the previous season. Asian leagues eligible are South Korea [recommended], Australia, China, Singapore. These are the leagues with Asian Champions League places)

Stage 4

Wenger's endeavours finally received recognition, as he was approached to replace Bruce Rioch at Arsenal. He instantly made himself at home, winning the double in the first season and continuing to build on that success. Two more league titles and three more FA Cups followed, but more importantly he brought about consistent success, with eight consecutive seasons of never finishing outside the top 2 of the league. European success continue to elude him however, with a UEFA Cup final and a Champions League final the closest he got.

His legacy however, is his youth policy, as well as his desire for fluid, attacking football. His transfer policy has been one of prudence, and that has made Arsenal one of the best run clubs financially in the country.

Challenge: Get a job at a mid-ish size giant in English football, one that has experienced some success in the past but are now mid-tablers. Make them great again by winning as many trophies as possible. At the same time cultivate an attacking football mentality at the club, as well as putting a strong emphasis on youth, and exercise financial prudence by not spending silly money unnecessarily on big name players.

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The Roy Hodgson Challenge - tenthreeleader

Since we're talking so much about him on these boards, why not challenge him? This challenge is loosely based on the great man's career. It's a bit longish, but then Roy has been around for awhile!

1) The Swedish Chef

Begin your game in Sweden. Win the Swedish league championship at least twice with the same club.

2) Not the 'Vicious Chicken of Bristol'

Move to England to any club outside the Premier League. Exceed Hodgson's accomplishments in his first foray in English management by earning promotion from any level.

3) How Swede It Is

Return to Sweden, to a different club from your first tenure there. With your new club, win two League Championship /Swedish Cup doubles. In any season in Sweden, reach the knockout stages of the Champions League (this is actually less than Hodgson did in Sweden: in his second stint there he won five league titles and knocked Inter out of the CL).

4) Like a Swiss Watch

Move to Switzerland. Win at least two matches in any European competition. You may move to a team that qualified for Europe prior to your arrival. Become Swiss national team manager (at any point in your challenge) and reach the World Cup.

5) Be Serie-ous

Take over any team in Italy. You do not need to win the Scudetto, but you do need to reach the last four of any European competition (Hodgson reached the UEFA Cup final with Inter).

6) Scandihoovian

Become national team manager for any of the Scandinavian nations. Qualify for either the European Championships or the World Cup.

7) Premier Performer

For your final bow, take over a Premiership team. Reach a European final OR qualify for the Champions League. Exceed Hodgson's accomplishments by winning the Premiership to complete your challenge.

Leagues: Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, all English leagues above BSN/BSS, Switzerland, Italy.

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All challenges are now present here, and as such this has been stickied in place of the three threads we previously had.

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