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Just came here looking for mention of Fernandinho, as I've just bought him in my Arsenal save and he's bagged something like 5 goals in his first 8 appearances for me. 3 or 4 of those were absolute screamers too, fantastic player.

He and Willian really impressed me when I drew Shakhtar in the CL groups in my second season, so I bought Fernandinho in January and plan to get Willian to replace Arshavin when he leaves in the summer. Can't get enough of your (overrated) players! :D

Fernandinho has scored a few screamers for me aswell. Willian is a class player and I wouldn't say they were overrated

Enjoy, because in the next update Shakhtar will descend to earth. Brazilians Aliens will be what it deserves...

*Yawn*

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Good luck with whatever you do DWCallaghan. I've just bought Platsun but he cost me £13.5M, didn't want to pay that much but that is all Dnipro would accept and I wanted a Ukrainian DC

Who is Platsun ? He isnt in my game ?

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Who is Platsun ? He isnt in my game ?

Sorry i meant Plastun, he starts at Obolon

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Just started as shakhtar

Signed Doumbia £17m,Damiao £25m,Azpilicueta £12m. I sold Aghahowa £2.5m,Moreno £7m,Luiz Adriano £10.25m,Hubschman £9.75m,Srna £23.5m

didnt want to sell srna but city offered 23.5m so couldnt refuse

playing a 4-1-3-2 but will switch to 4-2-3-1 in europe

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Just started as shakhtar

Signed Doumbia £17m,Damiao £25m,Azpilicueta £12m. I sold Aghahowa £2.5m,Moreno £7m,Luiz Adriano £10.25m,Hubschman £9.75m,Srna £23.5m

didnt want to sell srna but city offered 23.5m so couldnt refuse

playing a 4-1-3-2 but will switch to 4-2-3-1 in europe

Welcome to the thread :) and enjoy the save, Damiao has been amazing for me. Good prices for Hubschman and Adriano, Good price for Srna but i couldnt of sold him myself.

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Gaitan :cool: as for your group some tough teams in there

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Hate crash dumps and corrupt saves :mad:

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Wow you get through games pretty quick

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Ive got to the winter break

Transfers In

Damiao £24.5m

Jordan Ayew £9m

Stephane M'bia £12m

Spent £45.5m

Transfers Out

Aghahowa £2.5m

Moreno £7.5m

Luiz Adriano £10.25m

Hubschman £9.75m

Srna £23.5m

Virt £55k

Rat £3.3m

Total £56m

Playing a 4-3-1-2

League - 1st P19.W18.D.1.L0.For59.Ag7.Gd+52.Pts55

Dynamo Kiev are 2nd 13 points off me

Cup - into the quarter finals

Champions League Group

1st Shakhtar 11 points

2nd Arsenal 8 points

3rd Dortmund 7 points

4th Ajax 6 points

Beat dortmund 6-0 at home aswell

Top 3 performers

Damiao 23 games 18 goals 3 assists (out for 4 months though)

Jadson 27 games 4 goals 17 assists

Rakitskyi 25 games 7 goals 2 assists (playes left back mostly)

Just agreed to sign rene adler on a free when his contract expires! also had to hand rakitskyi a bumper contract other wise he'd of been leaving on a free

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Also just got to the Winter break in 1st season;

Major Transfers In

Xherdan Shaqiri - £7.5m

Younes Belhanda - £5m

Sammir - £5m

Gabriel Silva - £3.7m

Sime Vrsaljko - £2.5m

Giovani dos Santos - Loan (£625k, 2 Seasons)

Romelu Lukaku - Loan (Free, 2 Seasons)

Khoumar Babacar - Loan (Free, 2 Seasons)

Total Spend - £46m

Major Transfers Out

Marcelo Moreno - £7.5m

Henrik Mkhitaryan - £7.5m

Tomas Hubschman - £7.5m

Razvan Rat - £1m

Total Spend - £24.5m

League Record - PLD 19 - WN 18 - DRN 1 - GS 70 - GA 7 - PTS 55 (Draw away to Kyiv)

Ukrainian Cup - Into QF's against Metalurg D.

Ukrainian Super Cup - Beat Dynamo Kyiv 4 - 0.

Champions League - Into 1st KO Rnd against Man U (Just won 1st leg 2 - 0)

1. Man City - 13

2. Shakhtar - 12

3. Inter - 10

4. Otelul - 0

Top Performers

Darijo Srna - PLD 19 (2) - GLS 0 - ASS 12 - AVR 7.80

William - PLD 23 (2) - GLS 13 - ASS 7 - AVR 7.68

Yaroslav Rakitskyi - PLD 15 - GLS 2 - ASS 2 - AVR 7.66

Romelu Lukaku - PLD 13 (4) - GLS 15 - ASS 5 - AVR 7.61

Fernandinho - PLD 20 (2) - GLS 12 - ASS 3 - AVR 7.52

Xherdan Shaqiri - PLD 15 (1) - GLS 3 - ASS 11 - AVR 7.45

Jadson - PLD 17 - GLS 12 - ASS 2 - AVR 7.39

Also just agreed to sign Rene Adler on a free come the Summer, goode times.

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laptops not brilliant so i only have one nation loaded with 65k players so i can get through seasons

I only load one season myself as my computer is crap. It seems to take forever to do a season though

Ive got to the winter break

Transfers In

Damiao £24.5m

Jordan Ayew £9m

Stephane M'bia £12m

Spent £45.5m

Transfers Out

Aghahowa £2.5m

Moreno £7.5m

Luiz Adriano £10.25m

Hubschman £9.75m

Srna £23.5m

Virt £55k

Rat £3.3m

Total £56m

Playing a 4-3-1-2

League - 1st P19.W18.D.1.L0.For59.Ag7.Gd+52.Pts55

Dynamo Kiev are 2nd 13 points off me

Cup - into the quarter finals

Champions League Group

1st Shakhtar 11 points

2nd Arsenal 8 points

3rd Dortmund 7 points

4th Ajax 6 points

Beat dortmund 6-0 at home aswell

Top 3 performers

Damiao 23 games 18 goals 3 assists (out for 4 months though)

Jadson 27 games 4 goals 17 assists

Rakitskyi 25 games 7 goals 2 assists (playes left back mostly)

Just agreed to sign rene adler on a free when his contract expires! also had to hand rakitskyi a bumper contract other wise he'd of been leaving on a free

Also just got to the Winter break in 1st season;

Major Transfers In

Xherdan Shaqiri - £7.5m

Younes Belhanda - £5m

Sammir - £5m

Gabriel Silva - £3.7m

Sime Vrsaljko - £2.5m

Giovani dos Santos - Loan (£625k, 2 Seasons)

Romelu Lukaku - Loan (Free, 2 Seasons)

Khoumar Babacar - Loan (Free, 2 Seasons)

Total Spend - £46m

Major Transfers Out

Marcelo Moreno - £7.5m

Henrik Mkhitaryan - £7.5m

Tomas Hubschman - £7.5m

Razvan Rat - £1m

Total Spend - £24.5m

League Record - PLD 19 - WN 18 - DRN 1 - GS 70 - GA 7 - PTS 55 (Draw away to Kyiv)

Ukrainian Cup - Into QF's against Metalurg D.

Ukrainian Super Cup - Beat Dynamo Kyiv 4 - 0.

Champions League - Into 1st KO Rnd against Man U (Just won 1st leg 2 - 0)

1. Man City - 13

2. Shakhtar - 12

3. Inter - 10

4. Otelul - 0

Top Performers

Darijo Srna - PLD 19 (2) - GLS 0 - ASS 12 - AVR 7.80

William - PLD 23 (2) - GLS 13 - ASS 7 - AVR 7.68

Yaroslav Rakitskyi - PLD 15 - GLS 2 - ASS 2 - AVR 7.66

Romelu Lukaku - PLD 13 (4) - GLS 15 - ASS 5 - AVR 7.61

Fernandinho - PLD 20 (2) - GLS 12 - ASS 3 - AVR 7.52

Xherdan Shaqiri - PLD 15 (1) - GLS 3 - ASS 11 - AVR 7.45

Jadson - PLD 17 - GLS 12 - ASS 2 - AVR 7.39

Also just agreed to sign Rene Adler on a free come the Summer, goode times.

Some good transfers lads, and the season is going well for you. In season 1 I got to the CL final but lost to Man City 2-1 :(

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End Of Season 1

League - Winners Played 30 Won 28 Drew 2 Scored 93 Conceded 12 Goal Difference 81 Points 86

So finished the season unbeaten and 20 points ahead of second place. Never faced any competition this year.

Champions League - Runners Up. Real madrid 2 Shakhtar 1 I took the lead in the 4th minute thanks to eduardo, coentrao equalised in the 17th and from then on we both had chances, i had a goal disallowed and hit the bar, madrid hit the post. Into e.t 105th minute madrid got the winner, benzema's shot went straight in but got credited to M'bia somehow as an own goal. So close to winning it!

Cup - Winners beat metalurg 4-1 in the final

Star Players

Rakitskyi 44 games 8 goals 4 assists avg 7.52

Willian 42 games 9 goals 20 assists avg 7.38

Damiao 38 games 25 goals 11 assists avg 7.37

Eduardo 19 games 19 goals 6 assistd avg 7.37

Jadson 38 games 5 goals 24 assists avg 7.35

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End Of Season 1

League - Winners Played 30 Won 28 Drew 2 Scored 93 Conceded 12 Goal Difference 81 Points 86

So finished the season unbeaten and 20 points ahead of second place. Never faced any competition this year.

Champions League - Runners Up. Real madrid 2 Shakhtar 1 I took the lead in the 4th minute thanks to eduardo, coentrao equalised in the 17th and from then on we both had chances, i had a goal disallowed and hit the bar, madrid hit the post. Into e.t 105th minute madrid got the winner, benzema's shot went straight in but got credited to M'bia somehow as an own goal. So close to winning it!

Cup - Winners beat metalurg 4-1 in the final

Star Players

Rakitskyi 44 games 8 goals 4 assists avg 7.52

Willian 42 games 9 goals 20 assists avg 7.38

Damiao 38 games 25 goals 11 assists avg 7.37

Eduardo 19 games 19 goals 6 assistd avg 7.37

Jadson 38 games 5 goals 24 assists avg 7.35

Great season :thup: and unlucky with the CL, I lost to Man City 2-1 myself in season 1 so know how you feel. Rakitskyi is amazing I tried to buy him for Spartak but he wouldn't join :( got a bid accepted aswell.

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End of 1st season;

League Record - Won - PLD 30 - WN 27 - DRN 3 - GS 92 - GA 14 - PTS 84 (Kyiv 2nd - 71 pts)

Ukrainian Cup - Won - def. Illichivets 1 - 0.

Ukrainian Super Cup - Won - def. Dynamo Kyiv 4 - 0.

Champions League - QF - def. by Lyon 3 - 2 on agg.

Top Performers

Darijo Srna - PLD 31 (3) - GLS 0 - ASS 16 - AVR 7.55

Romelu Lukaku - PLD 16 (4) - GLS 17 - ASS 6 - AVR 7.53 (injured for 8-9 months during 2nd half of season :()

William - PLD 35 (3) - GLS 17 - ASS 10 - AVR 7.49

Giovani Dos Santos - PLD 19 (4) - GLS 12 - ASS 6 - AVR 7.42

Fernandinho - PLD 33 (3) - GLS 18 - ASS 4 - AVR 7.40

Yaroslav Rakitskyi - PLD 28 - GLS 2 - ASS 4 - AVR 7.36

Giovani Dos Santos - PLD 19 (4) - GLS 12 - ASS 6 - AVR 7.42

Jadson - PLD 18 - GLS 12 - ASS 2 - AVR 7.35

Dmytro Chygrynskyi - PLD 26 - GLS 1 - ASS 4 - AVR 7.32

Xherdan Shaqiri - PLD 20 (2) - GLS 3 - ASS 11 - AVR 7.23

To join Rene Adler, whom joins on a free in a month or so, I've managed to sign Jack Wilshere on a free 2 season long loan deal, at 60% of normal wages, £27.5k p/w, goode times, just need a new striker now though.

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End of 1st season;

League Record - Won - PLD 30 - WN 27 - DRN 3 - GS 92 - GA 14 - PTS 84 (Kyiv 2nd - 71 pts)

Ukrainian Cup - Won - def. Illichivets 1 - 0.

Ukrainian Super Cup - Won - def. Dynamo Kyiv 4 - 0.

Champions League - QF - def. by Lyon 3 - 2 on agg.

Top Performers

Darijo Srna - PLD 31 (3) - GLS 0 - ASS 16 - AVR 7.55

Romelu Lukaku - PLD 16 (4) - GLS 17 - ASS 6 - AVR 7.53 (injured for 8-9 months during 2nd half of season :()

William - PLD 35 (3) - GLS 17 - ASS 10 - AVR 7.49

Giovani Dos Santos - PLD 19 (4) - GLS 12 - ASS 6 - AVR 7.42

Fernandinho - PLD 33 (3) - GLS 18 - ASS 4 - AVR 7.40

Yaroslav Rakitskyi - PLD 28 - GLS 2 - ASS 4 - AVR 7.36

Giovani Dos Santos - PLD 19 (4) - GLS 12 - ASS 6 - AVR 7.42

Jadson - PLD 18 - GLS 12 - ASS 2 - AVR 7.35

Dmytro Chygrynskyi - PLD 26 - GLS 1 - ASS 4 - AVR 7.32

Xherdan Shaqiri - PLD 20 (2) - GLS 3 - ASS 11 - AVR 7.23

To join Rene Adler, whom joins on a free in a month or so, I've managed to sign Jack Wilshere on a free 2 season long loan deal, at 60% of normal wages, £27.5k p/w, goode times, just need a new striker now though.

Well done :thup: unlucky with the CL, yove got some good loan signings aswell :thup:

Anyone installed the new patch yet ? if my saves is going well, which it is i am a bit wary of installing the new patch incase it messes my save up

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Well done :thup: unlucky with the CL, yove got some good loan signings aswell :thup:

Anyone installed the new patch yet ? if my saves is going well, which it is i am a bit wary of installing the new patch incase it messes my save up

Why would it mess up your patch, wouldn't you be able to play your save even if you install the new patch?

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Why would it mess up your patch, wouldn't you be able to play your save even if you install the new patch?

I've answered this in the Spartak thread aswell. I was just worried about crashes as in the feedback thread a few people said there game was crashing, but I'll download it soon and see how it goes.

Good luck with the season ahead XxBowmanxX

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My main new striking signing in the Summer, £7.5m from Salzburg, felt at time I overpaid by £2.5m but after a hat-trick in league game against Dynamo Kyiv I believe its money well spent and think he'll fit in perfectly with his fellow attacking Brazilians;

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How do people play Douglas Costa?

Advanced playmaker, AMR, long shots rarely. Yes, he has a phat shot, but you're talking 1/20+ will go in, so you may as well save all the missed shots and he still takes a fair amount anyway. Make sure he's your primary free kick taker.

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My main new striking signing in the Summer, £7.5m from Salzburg, felt at time I overpaid by £2.5m but after a hat-trick in league game against Dynamo Kyiv I believe its money well spent and think he'll fit in perfectly with his fellow attacking Brazilians;

alanfo.jpg

I'll take a look at him

How do people play Douglas Costa?

I play him AML as inside forward with no settings changed. Puts in some good performances

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Winter break in 2nd season;

Major Transfers In

Alan (ST) - From Salzburg - £7.5m

Roman Bezus (AMC/ST) - From Vorskla - £5m+

Fernando (DMC) - From Porto - £2.5m

Wilfried (ST) - From Vitesse - £2.5m

Rene Adler (GK) - From Leverkusen - Free

Jack Wilshere - Loan (Free, 2 Seasons)

Total Spend - £34.5m

Major Transfers Out

Denys Kozhanov - To Zenit - £3.2m

Mykola Ischenko - To Rubin - £2.5m

Vasyl Kobin - To Metalist - £2.5m

Artem Fedetskyi - To Sociedad - £1.5m

Olexandr Kucher - To Parma - £1.5m

Total Spend - £12.75m

League Record - PLD 19 - WN 16 - DRN 1 - LST 2 - GS 59 - GA 5 - PTS 49 (1 - 0 defs. away to Kyiv and Vorskla)

Ukrainian Cup - Into QF's against Vorskla.

Ukrainian Super Cup - Beat Dynamo Kyiv 2 - 0.

Champions League - Into 1st KO Rnd against Valencia

1. Shakhtar - 15

2. Lille - 12

3. Arsenal - 9

4. Panathinaikos - 0

Key Results - def. Lille [h] 7 - 1, Arsenal [h & a] 1 - 0

Top Performers

Alan - PLD 18 (1) - GLS 18 - ASS 3 - AVR 7.62

William - PLD 20 (1) - GLS 8 - ASS 12 - AVR 7.61

Giovani Dos Santos - PLD 15 (1) - GLS 6 - ASS 5 - AVR 7.57

Dmytro Chygrynskyi - PLD 22 - GLS 2 - ASS 3 - AVR 7.54

Darijo Srna - PLD 14 (3) - GLS 3 - ASS 3 - AVR 7.50

Yaroslav Rakitskyi - PLD 22 - GLS 0 - ASS 3 - AVR 7.43

Sergiy Kryvtsov - PLD 8 (4) - GLS 2 - ASS 2 - AVR 7.25

Sime Vrsaljko - PLD 12 (9) - GLS 0 - ASS 4 - AVR 7.24

Taras Stepanenko - PLD 17 (2) - GLS 0 - ASS 4 - AVR 7.18

Gabriel Silva - PLD 18 (2) - GLS 0 - ASS 2 - AVR 7.18

Xherdan Shaqiri - PLD 9 (2) - GLS 3 - ASS 3 - AVR 7.16

Fernandinho - PLD 22 - GLS 7 - ASS 2 - AVR 7.15

Just agreed a deal to sign Carlos Vela for £4.7m come Jan 1st, did want Di Maria or Pedro, both transfer listed, but wages were too high, Douglas Costa and Alex Teixeira have underperformed massively this term so they might make way.

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Winter break in 2nd season;

Major Transfers In

Alan (ST) - From Salzburg - £7.5m

Roman Bezus (AMC/ST) - From Vorskla - £5m+

Fernando (DMC) - From Porto - £2.5m

Wilfried (ST) - From Vitesse - £2.5m

Rene Adler (GK) - From Leverkusen - Free

Jack Wilshere - Loan (Free, 2 Seasons)

Total Spend - £34.5m

Major Transfers Out

Denys Kozhanov - To Zenit - £3.2m

Mykola Ischenko - To Rubin - £2.5m

Vasyl Kobin - To Metalist - £2.5m

Artem Fedetskyi - To Sociedad - £1.5m

Olexandr Kucher - To Parma - £1.5m

Total Spend - £12.75m

League Record - PLD 19 - WN 16 - DRN 1 - LST 2 - GS 59 - GA 5 - PTS 49 (1 - 0 defs. away to Kyiv and Vorskla)

Ukrainian Cup - Into QF's against Vorskla.

Ukrainian Super Cup - Beat Dynamo Kyiv 2 - 0.

Champions League - Into 1st KO Rnd against Valencia

1. Shakhtar - 15

2. Lille - 12

3. Arsenal - 9

4. Panathinaikos - 0

Key Results - def. Lille [h] 7 - 1, Arsenal [h & a] 1 - 0

Top Performers

Alan - PLD 18 (1) - GLS 18 - ASS 3 - AVR 7.62

William - PLD 20 (1) - GLS 8 - ASS 12 - AVR 7.61

Giovani Dos Santos - PLD 15 (1) - GLS 6 - ASS 5 - AVR 7.57

Dmytro Chygrynskyi - PLD 22 - GLS 2 - ASS 3 - AVR 7.54

Darijo Srna - PLD 14 (3) - GLS 3 - ASS 3 - AVR 7.50

Yaroslav Rakitskyi - PLD 22 - GLS 0 - ASS 3 - AVR 7.43

Sergiy Kryvtsov - PLD 8 (4) - GLS 2 - ASS 2 - AVR 7.25

Sime Vrsaljko - PLD 12 (9) - GLS 0 - ASS 4 - AVR 7.24

Taras Stepanenko - PLD 17 (2) - GLS 0 - ASS 4 - AVR 7.18

Gabriel Silva - PLD 18 (2) - GLS 0 - ASS 2 - AVR 7.18

Xherdan Shaqiri - PLD 9 (2) - GLS 3 - ASS 3 - AVR 7.16

Fernandinho - PLD 22 - GLS 7 - ASS 2 - AVR 7.15

Just agreed a deal to sign Carlos Vela for £4.7m come Jan 1st, did want Di Maria or Pedro, both transfer listed, but wages were too high, Douglas Costa and Alex Teixeira have underperformed massively this term so they might make way.

Looking good :thup: after I've finished season 1 off with Spartak am going to try and have a season with Shakhtar, am in season 3 on my save

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Loading up my Shakhtar save. Haven't been on fm for about 6 wks due to work, family, MW3 and the fact my computer is a load of crap and it takes me ages to do a season. Trying to convince the wife it would be best to buy a laptop, but she is having none of it :mad:

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Hoping to try and finish season 3 off with Shakhtar over the next 2 days. Just about to play Valencia in the 1st knockout round of the CL

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just starting my very first Shakhtar save. Anyone still active as Shakhtar with advice on signings and staff?

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just starting my very first Shakhtar save. Anyone still active as Shakhtar with advice on signings and staff?

Am not currently playing my Shakhtar save but for staff i would recommend Sidnei Lobo for Assistant and Neves for coach. As for players i tried to sign Brazilians and Ukraininas. Damiao, G.Silva from Brazil, as for Ukrainian's you could sign Tymoschuk from Bayern who is also a club icon, I.Platsun (Obolon), R.Bezus (Vorskla), V.Polyovyi (Arsenal Kyiv).

I would defo keep the likes of Dentinho, Costa, Chygrynskyi, Rakitskyi, Sergiy Kryvtsov, Srna, Jadson, Fernandinho,Alan Patrick, Mkhitaryan, Willian, Teixeira and would not entertain any bids

Anyway welcome to the thread and good luck with the save, shall try and get on my save later and see if i could put anymore info up

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thanks for your advice and i am sure it will be of big help to me as i have never managed a club such as Shakhtar before

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thanks for your advice and i am sure it will be of big help to me as i have never managed a club such as Shakhtar before

As you can only have so many foreign players i'd focus on making at least half of your signings each year Ukrainian if you can plus look out for regens

May come back to my save at some point as talking to you about it has got me wanting to go back on my save

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Has anyone managed to sign a decent/good Ukranian LB?

have a look at Volodymyr Polyovyi

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I had 3 good seasons managing Shakhtar after 7 seasons managing in Slovakia. Quit with them and left for Birmingham in the Prem as it got a bit boring and too easy winning everything in Ukraine!

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It seems like Man City breaks the heart of many Shakhtar managers because I am in the semi finals of the CL in my first season but I have just lost to them in the first leg at hom. I know it will be a very tough task away . :( After beating their arch-rivals , I thought I'd have a better chance against Bayern but they knocked out Bayern . I don't even know how to approach them away but I'll attack them and see how it goes since I don't have much to lose .

The league is pretty easy though, but I squandered a 12 point lead in the first 4 games after the winter break . :( It is all good though because I have now gained an 8 point lead . :)

I have added Thiago ( for 2 seasons on loan :D ) and McEachran also on loan and they are doing quite well .

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so after my debut season in Ukraine I have a record of P46, W40, D4, L2. unfortunately those two defeats were big and tough to take (especially v Karpaty) but I can't say I'm disappointed with this season at all. to dominate the way we did but also play the stylish football we did is a great feat and I'm very pleased of what we've accomplished.

Arsenal finished 12th and the only hope Wenger had of keeping his job was winning the Champions League but they lost in the final to Barcelona (meaning they retained it). I was hoping my name would be thrown about a bit but apparently not. Carlo Ancelotti got the job...

HOWEVER, I don't particularly care anymore because the BEST THING EVER just happened. Lille finished 18th and got relegated and Hazard handed in a transfer request so I snapped him up for £17M. this means that should I have to sell Willian (looking likely) I've got an amazing (better) replacement. although I want to play:

----------Damiao

Hazard--Willian--D Costa

-Fernandinho-Stepanenko

meaning that Mkhitaryan will drop to a sub (unfortunately) but it's for the greater good. alternatively I will keep Willian out on the right and drop/sell Douglas Costa. it all depends. but I HAVE HAZARD YES. another year at Shakhtar minimum. I reckon I've got an amazing chance in Europe now, with Eden on the wing.

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so after my debut season in Ukraine I have a record of P46, W40, D4, L2. unfortunately those two defeats were big and tough to take (especially v Karpaty) but I can't say I'm disappointed with this season at all. to dominate the way we did but also play the stylish football we did is a great feat and I'm very pleased of what we've accomplished.

Arsenal finished 12th and the only hope Wenger had of keeping his job was winning the Champions League but they lost in the final to Barcelona (meaning they retained it). I was hoping my name would be thrown about a bit but apparently not. Carlo Ancelotti got the job...

HOWEVER, I don't particularly care anymore because the BEST THING EVER just happened. Lille finished 18th and got relegated and Hazard handed in a transfer request so I snapped him up for £17M. this means that should I have to sell Willian (looking likely) I've got an amazing (better) replacement. although I want to play:

----------Damiao

Hazard--Willian--D Costa

-Fernandinho-Stepanenko

meaning that Mkhitaryan will drop to a sub (unfortunately) but it's for the greater good. alternatively I will keep Willian out on the right and drop/sell Douglas Costa. it all depends. but I HAVE HAZARD YES. another year at Shakhtar minimum. I reckon I've got an amazing chance in Europe now, with Eden on the wing.

This was one of my most enjoyable saves I had last year, although the league is very easily and I nearly had a record like yours, the target for me every season was to see how far I could get in the Champions League. I didnt get past the semis unfortunately before deciding to give my save a break. Shakhtar have brilliant finances which makes it more exciting.

Btw, why might have you to sell Willian, due to you wanting to raise funds for Hazard or interest from other teams?

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aye, agree with you there. I'm targetting the Champions League. A great first season where I took out Inter twice gives me plenty of hope (they got to the semi-finals before losing to Arsenal (who lost to Barcelona)). I'm strengthening my attacking options (as if they needed that) and I'll look into improving my defence but I don't feel like I need to do that at the moment. I hope I'll get into the Semi-Finals at least this year. I'm not managing Shakhtar long-term and will consider my options if a bigger team comes along but I want to have at least one good crack at the CL.

Willian is a case of interest, aye. I had to fend off Juventus who came in with an £18M bid for him. I asked for £30M and they backed down and I had to offer him a new contract to keep him. I'm not sure that with Juventus, Chelsea and Bayern chasing him that I'll be able to keep him. I've got plenty of funds so that's not an issue.

small news - I've signed Borys Taschy for £5M (promising young Ukrainian who was good on his loan deal) and Marcos Alonso for £1.7M (young Bolton LB who was great on his loan deal).

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Haven't been on fm for ages may load my Shakhtar save up, Hazard at Shakhtar :cool: well done

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AtLOLtico Madrid

lost my first group game 2-1 v Schalke in Gelsenkirchen, but Celtic beat Madrid 2-1 in Spain and Schalke 3-0 in Glasgow so I'm pretty sure I'll go through if I beat Celtic twice.

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a great season where I came so close to winning the Champions League but it wasn't to be...

I was originally going to leave after 2 seasons at Shakhtar but I have changed my mind and I'm going to give it one more year at Shakhtar to try and win that elusive Champions League trophy.

my plans:

bring in a new LB because Razvan Rat is old and his contract is expiring in a month. Fernandinho will be sold because he's not suited to my style (shoots too often) and he'll be able to get me a lot of money as I have the likes of Juventus looking for him. Willian to be sold. Douglas Costa might be sold because I can fetch a lot for him plus I have Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looking set to come in for only £5.25M. I might need a new goalkeeper. Rybka won't negotiate a new contract with me despite being first choice at club and country. he's going to let it expire and I'm worried someone will snap him up for free.

oh and Leandro Damiao... what a player. same number of games played as last season, 14 more goals scored. absolute monster up top.

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Great season JDownie :thup: shame about the Champions League you almost had it

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