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@smp20 already did it with Litex a while back,  and i'm pretty sure he did it in fewer years. hopefully over the weekend i would be the second :-)

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Grenoble-Foot 38 - End of Season Review 2022/23

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Squad - Ligue 2 Table - Ligue 2 Results - French Cup Results - Coupe de la Ligue Results - Transfers - Finances

 

Ligue 2 - 13th

Defensively, we have been fantastic this season! Maubleu tied his career record with 17 clean-sheets Ligue 2. Unfortunately, we were fairly toothless going forward. We conceded a fantastic 35 goals, but we only scored 35 goals as well. However, we did manage to improve on last years 16th place and whilst we finished on a disappointing run of form we had secured safety with 5 games to go. 

That's now two years in a row of our form dropping off near the end of the season, it'd be nice to correct that to allow us to move further up the table and grab a little more in prize money and hopefully have a positive effect on our reputation as well. 

Coupe de la Ligue - Knocked out in the 2nd round

For the first time we failed to make it to the 3rd round. Whilst not making it to the 3rd round isn't necessarily cause for disappointment every season, losing to newly promoted Clermont Foot was a disappointment. The prize money jumps are quite large between rounds and a tie against a Ligue 1 side could have gotten us a decent amount of gate receipts so it was definitely a big disappointment. 

French Cup - Knocked out in the 9th Round

Again we made it to the 9th round and got a great big money tie against a Ligue 1 side. Monaco have finished 2nd to PSG every season so far and went on to beat PSG in the Coupe de la Ligue final this season. We really stood no chance in this game, they had 38 shots to our 3!

Top Performers

Brice Maubleu (GK) - Maubleu is still the key to our defense, and he just had his best season to date. In the league he managed 17 clean-sheets and only 32 goals conceded in 36 games. My coaches have just dropped his current ability to a decent Ligue 2 player from a good Ligue 2 player, but I suspect there has been no actual change in his ability as his statistics seem to be pretty static. 

Maxime Spano (DC) - Well into his prime, Spano is one of the best players in the squad. He's a fantastic defender, although I suspect his ratings may be a little inflated due to him playing the cover role which leads to a lot of interceptions. He should be able to play that role for a few years yet, and if his physical attributes start to decline I should be able to move him to a different role. 

Clement Dumas (YP19E) (DC) - Dumas has returned from his loan spell last season to quickly establish himself as a key player for us. He started off the year on the bench, but replaced Eric Vandenabeele before September was over. According to my assistant manager he's already the best player we have in the squad. I suspect I'll be in for a hard time keeping hold of him this summer.

Sofian Belbey (MC) - Habib Toure picked up a lower back stress fracture early in the season which put him out for 2 months. Belbey seized his opportunity to take over the advanced playmaker role and was easily our best forward thinking player this season. His 7 goals are only one behind our top scorer (in fact he was the top scorer for a fair bit of the season) and he chipped in with 6 assists to boot.

Yaya Fane (YP18D) (MC) - Fane is another young player who has returned from a loan spell and quickly established himself as a starting player for us. He predominantly plays as a central midfielder (defend) and his 11 yellow cards certainly show that. He has some nice potential to grow, but not enough to grow into a Ligue 1 player which might help us to keep him for the next few years. 

Bruno Diallo (YP19I) (ST) - Diallo has taken over the Target Man role from the retiring Belvito. He has had a solid season all in all. He scored 8 and created 3, and hopefully has a bit of room to improve over the next couple of years. Again, he doesn't have Ligue 1 potential so hopefully we can finally hang onto a young striker for a few seasons.

Youth Watch

Nicolas Guinot (YP21A) - With Maubleu remaining injury free for most of the season, Guinot only managed 6 appearance compared to 9 last year. He's attracting interest for a ton of Ligue 1 sides, and he may end up leaving as we have two or three more excellent prospects in goal. 

Julien Guillaume (YP18C) - Guillaume had a solid season as a starter alongside Spano and Dumas. He's firmly established as a starter for us now and hasn't attracted much interest thankfully. He appears to have potential to be a top Ligue 2 player, but not a Ligue 1 player.

Cherubin Kouyombo (YP19D) - Kouyombo had a decent season as out WBR, he has now taken over for Cianci for the most part. Cianci still gets a decent amount of starts as the WBR role tends to lead to a lot of yellow cards and is a high intensity role. We've seen plenty of interest in Kouyombo, it may be hard to keep hold of him

Jesus Romero (YP20B) - Romero complained about game time this season so I gave him a chance in the first team and he really shined. He's claimed the starting role now, although he has also been attracting plenty of interest from Ligue 1 sides. 

Jordan Martin (YP20H) - Martin is a solid utility player for the team, but one I'd rather avoid starting unless he can progress further over the next year or two.

Pierre Rougier (YP20D) - Rougier is my preference for the advanced playmaker role in the long term. His progression so far has been quite slow despite him starting 26 games for us this season. He needs to improve a lot over the next couple of seasons or I can see him being overtaken by other options. 

Jeremy Mahe (YP19C) - Mahe is one of those players who could surpass Rougier. He's got a lot of potential, but again he has a lot of developing to do to stake a claim for a first team position.

Nicolas Le Fur (YP18E) - Another good looking midfield prospect who probably should have got more game time than he did this season. Next season I think we will really start to phase out our ageing midfielders. Le Fur is currently in line for plenty of game time next year, likely as our box-to-box midfielder. 

Habib Toure (YP17B) - He lost his starting role through no fault of his own, but really Toure isn't the long term answer for us. I will look to keep him as a squad player for us, but I'd rather not rely on him as a starter for any long stretch. 

Yacouba Traore (YP20F) - Traore has taken over the poacher role since Robert Fabre has been sold. It wasn't plain sailing early on, he took 18 starts before scoring his first career goal in the French Cup and only finished with 6 goals, although he did chip in with 5 assists. His biggest issue is his low anticipation, you can see in the highlights where he's just half a second late to react to the ball and lets the defender get there before him. If he can improve that by a few points he'll grow into a fantastic player for us. 

Ricardo Mendes (YP20G) - Mendes has become our third choice striker now, although he doesn't really fit into either of the roles we currently use. He's got some decent potential though, so hopefully he'll be here for a long while yet. 

Club Overview

We've haemorrhaged money this season, mostly thanks to the wage increases over the last two seasons and a lack of player sales this year. We aren't looking at getting facility upgrades in the next couple of seasons, but we've got a solid youth system that seems to be producing good players year-on-year. 

I'm going to look to cut the wage budget as much as possible, and hope we can get further in the cups to pick up some more prize money and gate receipts. Our attendances seem to have stabilised at around 5500 which is a bit disappointing, so I suspect we will lose money until we can get promoted unless we sell players each year. 

Goals for Next Season

In the league I'd like to get back into the top half (read 10th) and see if we can't help our reputation grow a bit. Cup-wise, a nice run would be good for the finances but it will remain a secondary goal and a chance to develop some of our younger players. 

Hopefully we'll see some good development from our youngsters and avoiding selling too many of them. I'm going to look at developing some of the players Ligue 2 potential as well as the players with Ligue 1 potential. If we can develop good to great performers at this level who don't appear to be able to make the step up, we might actually be able to keep them and develop a squad with enough quality to challenge for promotion.

 

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24 minutes ago, Kazushi80 said:

@Muttley84 wow. looking forward to see if you can beat barca and complete the challenge. admire your patience. couldn't wait days to play that game...

Dont wanna rush into it. Currently analyzing their past games trying to find the best way to counter them and things are not looking pretty at all. But on the other hand, I believed the same for the past rounds and still managed to get here. 

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11 hours ago, Muttley84 said:

Dont wanna rush into it. Currently analyzing their past games trying to find the best way to counter them and things are not looking pretty at all. But on the other hand, I believed the same for the past rounds and still managed to get here. 

Yeah, that's maybe the reason why you were in Europe after 5 seasons, wining cups and league titles really soon and are now challenging for the champions league and i am not even in the top tier after 10 seasons ;) 

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Eléctrico F.C.

Season 10 – 2026/2027

Squad (Goalkeepers + Defenders) // Squad (Midfielders + Attackers)// League Table (4th) // Transfers

 

injuries, transfers out and still a sensational season with a goalscoring hero

 

What a season again. A lot of downs outside the pitch. The board sold my best midfielder Celso Branco (YP06a) for the ridiculous low sum of 30k (can go up 49.5k – sill low – and has 40% profit, but he doesn't play there and might get released for free anyway) at the beginning of the season. In the winter the board sold my best defender Vasco Gomes (YP06e) – with 450k I got at least a decent transfer fee. I sold with Hugo Fernando (YP07b) our other central defender for 230k (+ 50% of the next transfer fee), because offers were piling up and he had a release clause for 240k (was the only possibility to extend his contract). So we lost our two regular central defenders during the transfer window. And we had a lot of long term injury (biggest for Hélder Gonçalves (YP06d) with 8 to 10 months what had one upside: he didn't want to extend his contract before his injury, but did it after that). at times 3 of our 4 first team offensive players were missing. But on the pitch the season was great and the reason is one man...

 

The hero of the season: Marius Toader (YP01g) again. You remember it maybe, he was already at the way out of the club and than we lost our two best strikers in board approved transfers last year and kept him. And he delivered again. He's not that good overall, loses nearly every header, but he's a finisher. He scored 21 goals in 34 games. Unfortunately he had a bad spell at the end of the season and didn't score in the last six games. Because of that we missed the big sensation: promotion. In 2 of our last 3 games we played (and didn't win) against Estoril (1:1) and Olhanense (0:1). Against Estoril one of our players missed a sitter alone in front of the keeper in overtime, so we had a really good chance to get promoted. But I am not that sad. Never thought that I would have even an outside shot at promotion, so it was a sensational season.

 

The progress of Marius Toader (YP01g) through the years:

Player Progress
Player Pos. Ga Go Rat Ga Go Rat Ga Go Rat Ga Go Rat Ga Go Rat Ga Go Rat Ga Go Rat Ga Go Rat Ga Go Rat Ga Go Rat
Marius Toader (YP01g)
ST (C)
2018/2019 2019/2020 2020/2021 2021/2022 2022/2023 2023/2024 2024/2025 2025/2026 2026/2027
6 1 7,23 16 3 6,65 20 0 6,75 32 22 7,09 31 19 7,16 32 14 6,89 15 2 6,68 15 9 6,99 32 21 7,04

 

The Youth Intake: not great, but a decent intake. Unfortunately not the much needed striker, so we need to rely another year on Toader (so hoping his dry spell at the end was only that – a spell), because last years new striker – you might remember him - José Conchinha (YP 09a) played not very good with the adults and was no goalscoring threat during a few weeks injury break from Toader.

- Diogo Pinho (YP10a): a talented goalkeeper what could be very helpful. Will challenge for the first team next season.

- Pedro Conchinha (YP10b): central mid, important position, too since we lost one player for this position

- Gustavo Velez (YP10c): on the wings we have the most depth at the moment, so he will stay in the youth team for now

- Vítor Carriço (YP10d): a right wing back. Got already 2 of them in the last years, but depth could be necessary since our first choice player at this position attracts a lot of interest.

- Tiago Prates (YP10e): another central mid, more depth for this position

 

Don't know what to expect from next season. The next step would be to challenge for promotion, but I am not sure if we are good enough. The team played way above the quality of players that we have. The upside of that is: The 3 (only slightly different) tactics we have since about 5 or 6 seasons in place and tweaked only a little bit every pre-season are working. We don't get really good player ratings (7.09 the highest), but we perform well, have a lot of shots and opportunities every game. And we're solid in the defense most times. They only problem we have here are low crosses or passes directly in front of the goals from players who are breaking through to the goal line. I think more than 75% of the goals against us are scored that way... But all ways I find until yet to reduce that harmed us more in offense.

 

But to come to a close: I would be satisfied with a mid-table-finish without relegation fear. And maybe we can get to the 3rd phase in the Taça da Liga since there can be earned a little bit money. But in the cups were are really awful (and sometimes unlucky) the whole save yet...

 

Through The Seasons
Season Division League Pos. Taça de Portugal Taça da Liga Europe Squad
2017/2018 Campeonato de Portugal Prio 6th / 4th R 3rd Rnd - - Squad
2018/2019 Campeonato de Portugal Prio 1st / 8th P 2nd Rnd - - Squad
2019/2020 Campeonato de Portugal Prio 5th / 2nd R 2nd Rnd - - Squad
2020/2021 Campeonato de Portugal Prio 9th / 3rd R 2nd Rnd - - Squad
2021/2022 Campeonato de Portugal Prio 6th / 2nd R 3rd Rnd - - Squad
2022/2023 Campeonato de Portugal Prio 3rd / 1st R 3rd Rnd - - Squad
2023/2024 Campeonato de Portugal Prio 1st / 3rd P 2nd Rnd - - Squad
2024/2025 Campeonato de Portugal Prio 1st / 2nd P 2nd Rnd - - Squad
2025/2026 Ledman LigaPro 8th 2nd Rnd 2nd Phase - Squad
2026/2027 Ledman LigaPro 4th 3rd Rnd 1st Phase - Squad

 

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Starting this challenge to give me a break from my other big saves, so ive got a few on the run to stop boredom :p

First season is done, i got the pictures a tiny bit too late in date, somehow completely forgot about them so the Youth Prospects/Finances are 1 and a half seasons in. The main reason i chose Skelmersdale is because, cool ****ing name + i wanted a team that was a lower rep for a harder challenge (Not that this is easy in any way...). Mostly chose the English leagues because i know them from previous saves and THINK (Would like to be corrected if im wrong) will make the challenge harder, rather than a mainland european team?

 

Season 2017/18.

League / Schedule A/B- Knew this was going to be a hard challenge but didnt bank on it being QUITE this hard. With challenges like Dafuges and stuff, i can usually get mid-playoffs in the first season, sometimes promotion if im lucky but without those FAs, oh boy. Started off decently with a record of 2 wins, 2 draws and a loss in the first 5 and thought of aiming for mid table but how wrong i was. I just couldnt get a decent run of results going after those 5 games, at one time, only 1 win in 14 looked bleak. I kept fighting though and after losing 3 games on the trot at the end of the season, i went into the final game with myself one spot above the relegation zone, completely on GD, with a final game against Bradford PA, the only team to have been relegated already in last place. After being up 2-0 at half-time, somehow, i lost 3-2 come the final whistle but fortunately both Guiseley and Ashton lost us well, so i survived my first season by the skin of my teeth! This made fans, players and Board alike very very happy and i got myself a new 2 year contract, so Onwards!

Cups - Nothing exciting at all, with 180 teams and 38 VNS/VNN teams, i somehow drew a VNN team in the FA cup, after hoping for an easier under-league team for a tiny bit of prize money but alas, i got Redditch at home and although i went 1-0 up, a 2nd half hat-trick sent me packing and i lost 1-3. FA Trophy was the same story, i drew Lowestoft away and taking the lead in the 2nd half of extra time, i was hopeful before 2 goals in 2 minutes, saw me knocked out.

Finances - Typical at this stage i guess but im really not sure how to stop the downslide of finances? Im keeping the wages well below what they need to be. They were 2.8k in the first season but i had to bump a couple of wages on my key players to keep them another year or 2. I also have another problem that the stadium is TEN (Yep, TEN WHOLE SEATS) seats below the 'minimum required' for the league which my board have acquired a years leniency on as for some reason, they dont have enough money to add on another 700 seats. Yep... No idea on that one, if we're 10 seats under, we dont need 700, We are getting an average of 300 people attending home games so those seats are gonna be useless anyway.

Squad - Nothing amazing to show, anyone under 3 1/2*s are only playing at a regional level currently, i was forced to promote my 17 year old keeper after my starting keeper broke his hand catching a ball and was out of order for 3 whole months. Milan Thompson is my 'Best striker' and at age 21, looked like a good prospect until a learned one valuable lesson. The dude can not score. Its incredible, ive seen strikers go 10-11 hours before and then break it, this man went over 33 hours without scoring. 33 hours. I even put him on penalty duties just to try to get a goal to start his confidence and he missed 3 in a row before i had to take him off. The main issues im going to have is to keep Davies, Harrop and Parkin who are absolutely essential in the next 2-3 seasons for my team.

Youth Prospects -

Zach Tollitt (YR18A) - My first big youth prospect, with a high teamwork and Leadership rating from the start, he could be a future captain if i can keep him for a couple more years. Was pushed into first team duty, basically as soon as he arrived as i was lacking heavily on CMs and one of my best ones had just been injured for 2-3 months. He proved ready to have bit parts in the team though, with 8 games towards the end of the season, scoring a 35 yard free kick in his 2nd game and helping the team by slotting into CM and ST whenever needed. Hopefully will keep advancing and doing well.

Lee Reed (YR18B)  - My second prospect is a 16 year old CB, big jump, tall and heavy. So far hasnt had a shot in the first team but will probably be blooded in the cups and/or friendlies to get some experience. Will probably look to get him training a bit more strength and heading to make him a beast at dealing with crosses where the majority of my goals conceded are coming from currently.

 

Goals for next season - The goal is to once again stave off relegation. I go back into the season with Skelms being touted as relegation favorites for the 2nd year running. Ive had half decent youth prospect who should be ready for the first team, so hopefully he can step up. I was carried by my wingers last season but im hoping my out and out strikers, both Astbury and Thompson with a combined 13 goals in 71 games this season was nowhere near enough what i expect. If i can get through to another stage of one of the cups that would be nice but right now my objective is to keep my head above water and stay out of another relegation battle from the start.

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@Wheresmyspacebar! Tough first season, but well done on surviving. Tollitt is surprisingly well rounded and could play in either role. I'm happy another person is attempting this in England, it's always interesting to see how it goes. That's the toughest season out of the way, so good luck for next year.

@Kazushi80 great season mate, performing that well in the league can really make your expectations grow but like you say another solid season like that would still be great. Tough luck about all your players getting poached. Seems particularly bad in Europe, as it hasn't happened once to me in England (probably says more about the quality of my players though).

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@Sanno11 Thanks. The weird thing about my players getting poached is, that i had the problem at the beginning, but after that everything was okay for several seasons and now it's back. And the annoying thing is that the other clubs seem not to need my players really. For example with Hugo Fernando (YP07b). They bought him in winter from me, used him a few times and released him it at the end of the season for free. Now he's playing semi-professional football in the league below again (like many of my other players who wanted to leave to a bigger club).

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FM17 YOUTH ACADEMY CHALLENGE

BRORA RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB

 

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SEASON 2 | 2018/2019

LADBROKES LEAGUE 2 | FINAL LEAGUE TABLE | FIXTURES 1 | FIXTURES 2

SCOTTISH CUP | CHALLENGE CUP | BETFRED CUP

FACILITIES | FINANCES | TRANSFERS

Unfortunately there was no real progression made in our second season, and another 9th place in the Scottish League Two was the outcome. So there was a positive that we avoided the relegation play-off for the second successive season, but it could have been much better. After a disastrous start to the campaign we rallied after Christmas with a  string of successive positive results, and were closing in on the outskirts of a play-off place, however, and I'm not sure why, but the wheels completely fell off. Defeat after defeat happened, and a slide down the table occurred. It was on the final game of the season where we secured our safety.

From the first batch of youth intakes, Sam Stewart continued to impress, holding down a starting position for most of the season as well as Kevin MacKay who also had a very impressive season, chipping in with some important goals. However, it is the emergence of one of this seasons intake that gives me confidence, and that's attacking midfielder - Iain Adams. I am looking to find a formation that suits him this season, as well as a few other bright prospects and see what occurs.

 

 

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SEASON	LEAGUE			POSITION	SCOTTISH CUP	CHALLANGE CUP	BETFRED CUP
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2017-18	LADBROKES LEAGUE TWO	9TH		THIRD ROUND	FIRST ROUND	FIRST ROUND
2018-19 LADBROKES LEAGUE TWO    9TH             SECOND ROUND    FIRST ROUND     FIRST ROUND

 

 

 

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Season 2018/19

League (Schedule A/B) - Well, where to begin with this. Once again, i hung in there by the skin of my teeth BUT i improved on the previous seasons points total and secured another season in the VNN in the 2nd to last game, so no final day sweat like last time. Once again though, i just couldnt get going. It started well with 2 wins in the first 2 games against 2 strong teams before my hopes came crashing down with a defeat against newly promoted Darlington, a team i was hoping to get 3 points against. At one stage with only 1 win in 11 games, things did not look great but my team rallied and after getting 2 wins and 3 draws in 5 games, that gave me enough of a boost to once again, finish one spot above the relegation zone. Unfortunately, one of my key backups retired, so im down a player or two and im going to have to rely on my Youth Players making a big leap up ASAP.

Cups - Once again, no joy. 2 tough ties against teams that finish mid table - playoffs most of the time and i was beaten by both, so no influx of cash due to a cup run.

Finances - Oh GOD, the finances are going rapidly downhill, im hoping for a takeover soon because otherwise i really dont know how im going to survive. My board were forced to upgrade our stadiums seating due to league regulations, which put us a whole TEN seats under the required, so my board decided to add another 700 seats (With a 320ish average attendance) and took out a £371k loan (As well as receiving the same in a grant) to add another 700 seats, which i really do not understand the logic for. Anyway, i will now have to pay back £3k a month on top of whatever negative amount i add on top during the season. My board pulled all 'Bonuses' from players and cant play them, which i assume means the Appearances and stuff like that. ATM i only have 6 players on the wages, the rest are on non-contracts and a couple are being offered contracts by other teams, so far no one has moved so fingers crossed.

Youth Prospects -

Season one -

Zach Tollitt - One of the only shining moments of this season, Zach has pushed into the first team and is now basically my first choice Striker, who has also been filling into the CM spot when needed due to injuries and bans. Im hoping i manage to keep him at the club for the next 2-3 years because if i survive and he carries on improving the way he does, he could become a major star in the VNN and i really need the goals he can bring. His free kicks and corner taking is another bonus as he has been getting assists from there as well.

Lee Reed - Lee hasn't had the same impact as Zach but has been useful as a backup defender who can slot in for a game or 2 when my first choices need a break. Once again, is slowly improving so hopefully that continues and he plays a bigger role to come.

Season 2 -

Tyler Taylor - The biggest prospect from this year, i am currently retraining him to be a natural at the AML/AMC roles, as i need backup for them, so far in the U18 leagues, he has done this job well, scoring a decent number for me, not as good as my previous prospects but hopefully we'll see what happens in the future.

Joe Dunn - The other good looking prospect. Im hoping to train him as an advanced playmaker. His first touch, teamwork, workrate and fitness stats are all quite high, so with a bit of passing training as well decisions and anticipations and he may do well. Will probably be left in the U18s for a season or so but may be used if injuries keep me down.

Aims for next season - Once again, survival. Its going to be very hard again, i dont have the wages to keep my very good coach, Assistant Manager or Head of Youth development so all 3 are on Month-to-Month contracts and i just hope they dont leave for greener pastures. As well as that, with the new stadium seats being built, my finances are shot so i cant offer my players any kinda of wages, so hopefully i can keep all the best players, with no injuries and i can survive relegation in a bit better circumstances. Im also hoping to get a under-league team in one of the cups so i can at least progress a round or 2. At this stage though, i am wondering whether its possible at all to progress with this team. With no finances to speak of, i cant improve my facilities, i cant improve coaching badges, or keep decent staff. I need to survive for another 2-3 seasons for my youth prospects to kick in but by then i may lose all players due to finances. Maybe we'll get a takeover, who knows but its definitely going to be another interesting year.

 

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Greek Youth Adventure - Season 16

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Our 16th season in charge of Ergotelis. It was a close race with AEK and PAOK but we managed to retain our title winning the Superleague by a single point. In the Greek Cup we weren't that lucky, as we lost in the semifinals against PAOK. Season Awards go to our regular goalscorer in the past editions D Kourouthianakis 24a, V Michelinakis 26a for highest average rating and J Kamberi 29g for most assists. Not the best average ratings for our Squad, but the quality is there and it is reflected by the numbers of players we have in the Greek National Team, U21 and U19. We are solid as a club, our Finances looking solid than ever. 

We were drawn in a Champions League Group with Benfica, Shaktar Donetsk and Gladbach. We won three and lost three and thus finished second in the Group Stage qualifying for the Knockout phase where we were drawn against Atletico Madrid. They dominated the first leg at our home, but we managed to sneak a draw (0-0) and miraculously won the return leg (0-1) in a game where we had the ball more. Next in line, Arsenal: a lucky draw away in the game in which we were trashed as performance (1-1) followed by another home with the help of a sending off in their behalf (0-0) was enough to see us get through the leg. Things seemed to be over for us as we met the current CL holders and our boogie team - PSG in the semifinals, losing the first leg away (2-1) but we won the home game (1-0) and qualified for the final. Barcelona was waiting for us there, with a much different performance from us in the Knockout Phases, as they passed Juve (3-0 aggregate), Lyon (7-0) and Man City (4-1). The final was for the most part a boring game, but fired in the 90th minutes when the two goals were scored. After that, their Greek player was sent off (talk about Trojan horse huh?). In the Penalty shout, somehow our youngsters kept their calm better than the experienced Barca, and we WON the Champions League! I am aware that we had a lot of luck down the road to here, but I wouldn't mind it, we bloody deserved it for all those seasons of hard work. Now we need a pause, some ouzo and bousouki music in a Greek Tavern...

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@Pippadoc - Thanks.

@smp20 - I have learned from the best (that being you as the first to complete this challenge).

@The_Gato_In_Goal - A. Petropoulos (who got sent off) is a product of the AEK academy (but he must have been friends with some of our players as he spent an entire season on loan at OFI back in his younger days). Barca bought him from Milan for 56m, he has 72 app for Greece and he came 2nd and 3rd in the Best Player in Europe award.

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Season 2019/20.

League (Schedule A/B) - God, where to begin. Well, good news first i guess. WE IMPROVED. Slightly. For the 3rd year running, we survived the relegation battle. We ended up on 45 points, the mythical total to 'Survive' according to the papers, for the first time ever. We also ended up 18th in the table, our highest finish yet! The downside is that a 76 Minute goal by Zach Tollitt in the last game of the season, is what kept me up this year. Another shining moment was the very early push this year. I had 4 losses in my first 5 games and things didnt look good. Somehow i managed to get a run going though and went 9 games with only one loss in it. This gave me enough points to get above the relegation places and meant that my on-off season wasn't punished too much. Im slowly getting more positive results though, most of our losses are by 1 goal but im currently trying to figure out how to keep a lead. A lot of the time i go 1-0 up early on in the first half but i just cant survive the rest of the game. My keeper is shocking honestly. He is barely good enough for the regional divisions and nowhere near the standard required for the VNN but with no money, i cant hire GKing Coaches to improve him. Gearing up for another long season.

Cups - I finally won a cup game! Then i carried on winning! I Managed to get into the FA Cup 1st round 'Proper' for the first time in the clubs history. This meant that for 1 month, my finances actually were in profit, rather than going downhill. Unfortunately, i was against Port Vale from League 1 and we went out. I went out in the first stage of the FA Trophy though.

Finances - I REALLY don't know how im going to survive anymore. My finances have plummeted. I have 3 people on wages now in my squad and have to have the rest on 'Non-Contracts' and im having to have chats with players every week about the finances of the club. My board also asked me if i wish to cancel my youth system to help the finances, which considering the challenge, would be awful. I rejected but they said in the future that i may not have a choice. Really really hoping for some sort of takeover or cash injection so i can start getting some better facilities but im losing hope.

Youth Prospects -

Season one -

Zach Tollitt - Has turned 18 now and is my first choice striker. Scored 12 and assisted 9 in the previous season which basically kept me up. He is coming on in bucketloads and im hoping in the next season or 2 he will go from being 'Well suited to regional divisions' to being a good VNN Player. As it stands though, first team player and when he was on a youth contract, was worth £9.2k.

Lee Reed - Hasn't played as big a role in the first team but has slowly been breaking in. Played 6 matches in a row due to injuries and had a good showing, will become a bigger part of my squad rotation so hopefully will keep the improvements up.

Season two -

Joe Dunn - My backup CM for my team. Doing okay, progressing well, probably wont reach the heights of Zach Tollitt but will still become a very useful member. The only player of my 2nd seasons youth prospects of any worth anymore. I had a decent 5* projected AMR but he has gone downhill fast and is now only 3* projected.

Season three -

Gus Everest - My first prospect is one i desperately needed. A half decent keeper that can be slotted in to play in cup games and to get a bit of experience and hopefully will become better than my current keeper (Who is 2* ATM) in the next season or 2. My current keeper is 32 years old, so im expecting to use this keeper in the next couple of years.

Tyler Hughes - Another decent striker prospect. Will be using him primarily in the youth team but he'll probably get a game or 2 to impress this season.

 

Aims for next season - I really want this season to be able to get towards the 15th-13th spots. I dont know if that will happen though, we'll see. Surviving relegation again is the aim like usual.

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Ilkeston F.C Season 11

Sky Bet League 1

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League Table| Squad|Transfers| Finances |Fixtures 1| Fixtures 2

 

Season overview

This season was the most comfortable we have had after a promotion and suggests maybe we will be able to progress earlier than expected. We began the season well enough, winning 4 and losing 4. I was happy, knowing that form like this would be enough to survive. Then without any changes to our system, we started to picked up more wins. I have to believe good fortune was on our side as several games were won by goals after 85 minutes. We managed to get ourselves knocked out of all the cups with ease, even falling to Vanarama south Maidstone in the FA cup. This short run of poor form seemed well overdue, but to my surprise we picked up again. By the time we got to January, we actually  sat in 1st place in the league. Our form for the rest of the season couldn't match the beginning and all of the fortunate wins turned into draws (12 out of our 15 for the season). This saw us very slowly slip down the table. We sat in 5th place going into the final 3 games, losing to Oxford was to be expected. Frustratingly, we dominated against both Bristol and Crawley, but couldn't hold onto winning positions and so eventually got bumped out of the final playoff spot by Scunthorpe. Finishing in 7th place in our first year at this level is amazing and I would have taken much less from this season. To give some context to my season though, the other 3 teams promoted with me (Southend, Oxford and GIllingham) finished 1st, 2nd and 4th respectively. Suggesting the step up isn't so big.

We had our first high profile transfer out of the club. Our youngster James Marsh (YP26a) had developed really well and had been attracting plenty of attention, despite his poor performance. When the January transfer window came around several Championship clubs started bidding. I intervened after the chairman accepted the first bid, however eventually he did give permission for Leeds. They signed him for 600k upfront, rising to 1 million, with a 40% of future sale clause. Luckily for me, I wasn't that impressed by him so the loss didn't hurt too much.

 

Top Performers

Dennis Doherty (YP23a) This lad has been ever present for us and this season was no different. He scored 7 goals from midfield and rarely put in a bad performance. He did pick up 2 red cards this year which was disappointing.

Dereck Owen Has become a key member of my team and has reminded me not to write players off too soon. Is developing well and is solid as both a DM and BBM, scored 5, assisted 3 and had an average rating of 7.05.

 

Youth Intake

It is probably to early to make this statement, but I think this will prove to be our best youth intake to date. With two players that could walk into the first team immediately and 2-3 others who are not far off, I feel really lucky. With us being fairly secure in League 1 this will get plenty of football next year.

Declan Matthews (YP28a) Has the makings of a great centre back. His physical attributes are brilliant and the rest are well balanced.

Tom Bonner (YP28b)  Another exciting forward prospect. Will be given time in the U18s. Has a good mix of pace and finishing.

Luis Bradley (YP28c) A small centre mid, who has the right balance of attributes, already has better vision than all of my current midfielders. Will be the hardest to give game time to but should get into the first team within a year or 2

Dickie Handley (YP28d) I would say this lad is the most exciting prospect. Can play anywhere on the right and even upfront. He is quick, has a good work rate and has 20 for flair. I intend for Dickie to become my next FB/CWB and will be Rahul Parmer's replacement. I will need to work on his personality but that is a small downside.

 

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I forgot to take a screenshot of Ash this year. But I have not forgotten him. He managed to start 20 games this year and appear in 34 in total. He actually had his best year in terms of goals, chipping in 5.

The important number is still his determination. Happily it held fast at 13 and so, we only have another year (I hope) until he gets tutoring.

 

Club Overview

At the end of the season we received the message that our youth training facilities were downgraded. We haven't had any money for a few seasons now and so this will remain downgraded for the foreseeable future. The best prospect from last year Phil Marsh (YP27a) has no ambition and must have terrible professionalism. He managed to score 11 and assist 11 which is a great year. However he actually went backwards development wise and estimated potential ability dropped below 5 stars. This was the one sour note from the season. 

 

Season summary

With no expectation of performing so well in the league, I am really pleased with the year. To get such a good intake was the icing on the cake. Keeping hold of that talent may be a problem, due to our low rep but that is to be expected. Hoping for another season like this next year, with so many youths to give a chance even a lower finish would be fine by me.

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Ok, so really like the sound of this challenge. Done quite a lot of searching, trying out different countries, to see what is out there if there is any club that really grabs me. Finally found this one. 

Unione Triestina is the latest reincarnation of a once relatively successful club. Their high point was back 47/48 when Triestina finished second in Serie A to the Grande Torino. Since then they have mostly bumbled around Serie B and C. Having gone bankrupt in 1994 and 2012 this is the third version of the club. Since the 2012 bankruptcy when they were forced to restart at the sixth level in Italy, Triestina have seen three successive promotions (two in real life and one in FM) to get back to Serie C. But I hear you say "that sounds like about 40 other mid size Italian clubs" and you are correct. The real thing that grabbed me after doing a bit of research was this guy:

Nereo Rocco The mad king of catenaccio. Further reading here if you are interested. In a nutshell Nereo Rocco was the manager at Triestina when they finished second to Torino but went on to become AC Milan manager and became the first Italian manager to win the European Cup. Further, he started and was arguably the greatest exponent of the catenaccio system. Not only was Rocco a Triestina great, he also had written in to all his contracts that he was allowed to return to Trieste whenever he felt like it. The stadium is also named after him.

Notable players from history: Cesare Maldini and no one else.

Final other thing that interested me in Triestina is the location of Trieste, it is here, which clearly is not even in Italy, more like Slovenia or Croatia.

So my aim along with completing the challenge is to try and do it using a catenaccio style tactic, and try and develop some quality sweeper/libero type players through our youth system. Obviously to begin with I will almost certainly be forced to play without a sweeper, but I will try and be ultra defensive if my players allow it.

Manager Profile

Have not even looked at the players or facilities. So will give an update on that soon.

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Ok, so first thoughts are that catenaccio is not going to work with this squad initially. I am retraining a couple of my young centre backs to play sweeper, so we will see how that does over time.We had some decent players, then nine of my players refused to sign new contracts. We are left with a pretty large squad with a load of young players. Currently four 16 year olds; eight 17 year olds; sixteen 18 year olds and four 19 year olds. Some decent looking prospects amongst them too but I will mainly be focusing on my own youth intake when they come along rather than detailing these guys. Initially I will be going with a defensive 4-4-2 with very few instructions and we will see how that pans out. Once my centre backs are retrained I will begin to build a catenaccio style formation.

In terms of facilities we have Good Training Facilities and Below average Training Facilities. The Nereo Rocco stadium holds 32,454 and is plenty big enough for us I would imagine.

 

We are predicted to finish the season 19th out of 20 and are 1000-1 to get the title. So I am expecting a slog (for slog read failure).

 

Edit: I am going to show you one young player we have already Tommaso Cappai a young, right footed left back who will have to play every week as we have no one else for that role.

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SELKIRK FC - SEASON ELEVEN - 2027/28

Scottish Cup - Betfred Cup - Challenge Cup

 

League Table:

An improvement! Albeit very small

 

Squad:

Even less of the original squad, the youngsters better come good.

 

Transfers:

Nothing of note

Finances:

Still waiting for that influx of money

Youth Intake:

A few with potential but nothing to use straight away

 

Best XI

 

Season		League		Position	Achievements

2017/18		SPFL2		10th		
2018/19		SPFL2		9th		
2019/20		SPFL2		8th 
2020/21		SPFL2		10th
2021/22		SPFL2		9th		
2022/23		SPFL2		9th
2023/24		SPFL2		9th		
2024/25		SPFL2		9th		
2025/26		SPFL2		10th		
2026/27		SPFL2		10th		
2027/28		SPFL2		9th		

 

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Eléctrico F.C.

Season 11 – 2027/2028

Squad// League Table (2nd) // Transfers

 

A close promotion race!!!

 

We did it! We got promoted to the Portugese first division in one of the closest promotion races I ever experienced. And it was such a weird race at the end. Two days ago I had an fm session, where everything worked great. 7 wins in 9 games, we pushed in the promotion spots with a 5-point-lead. But today, as I continued the save, nothing worked: 3 losses, 1 draw and only 1 win in the last 5 games of the season. But at the end nobody else wanted to get promoted. At the last day Casa Pia lost their game, Moreirense drew only and both finished behind us. The party started!!!

 

And we had a decent cup run. We didn't lose a game in regular time in both cups. In the Taca de Portgual we lost in the 4th round in a penalty thriller against last years dominating team from our division, who played a great season in the Liga NOS this year. In the Taca de Liga we got to the group stage for the first time. With 1 win and 2 draws (one against the at the moment best club in Portugal, Sporting CP) my team really impressed.

 

Again the board sold one of our players: Duarte Galveias (YP08a) was an important first team player (13 goals and 15 assists in 59 games through all seasons), but it didn't hurt us, because this was the year in that our substitutes stepped up. We never had so many goals from so many different players and so many players with high ratings.

 

For example João Lobato (YP07g) and Volodymyr Chernyshov (YP08d) who started the season on the bench stepped up big time as they were needed because of injuries and became first team players in the process. Chernyshov scored some great free kicks. Our best goalscorer was Marius Toader (YP01g) again (see all about him in last seasons report), but again he had a big dry spell at the end of the season. In the last 8 games he didn't score one goal. But José Conchinha (YP 09a) stepped up. He was during 2 injuries from Toader a good replacement and will challenge him for the striker spot next year. Unfortunately we have no talented striker in our youth team, so a lot of our survival in the top tier will depend on this two guys. Our only other striker option is our left inside forward Hélder Gonçalves (YP06d). After recovering from his 7 month long injury the year before he had a really mediocre season. I hope he finds back his old class...

 

The Youth Intake: Not the best intake. A few players are talented, but some are lacking in key stats for their position and unfortunately everyone has low determination. And the two best players are for a position we got good players in the last years and have so already a lot of choices.

- Rui Garcia (YP11a): at the moment we get a lot of central mids. This is the first of two really talented this year

- Carlos Lopes (YP11b): second central mid, love his teamwork

- Luis Almeida (YP11c): our central defender this year, but his marking and concentration is far too low...

- Ferreira (YP11d): a new striker with unfortunately not good finishing. He can play on the wings, too, but he's too slow for that. So don't know yet, what I will do with him.

 

Next season our fans need to take a drive to see us play. Our stadium will be expanded to 4.000 seats (yeah, big crowds), so we are in debt now. During the next 11 months we are playing about an 1 hour drive away in the stadium of an amateur club: 20.000 people can see there next season. And the only goal will be survival. One good thing which came with the promotion: Every important player has now a really long term contract, because they had all an automatic contract extension for 1 or 2 years in case of promotion.

 

Through The Seasons
Season Division League Pos. Taça de Portugal Taça da Liga Europe Squad
2017/2018 Campeonato de Portugal Prio 6th / 4th R 3rd Rnd - - Squad
2018/2019 Campeonato de Portugal Prio 1st / 8th P 2nd Rnd - - Squad
2019/2020 Campeonato de Portugal Prio 5th / 2nd R 2nd Rnd - - Squad
2020/2021 Campeonato de Portugal Prio 9th / 3rd R 2nd Rnd - - Squad
2021/2022 Campeonato de Portugal Prio 6th / 2nd R 3rd Rnd - - Squad
2022/2023 Campeonato de Portugal Prio 3rd / 1st R 3rd Rnd - - Squad
2023/2024 Campeonato de Portugal Prio 1st / 3rd P 2nd Rnd - - Squad
2024/2025 Campeonato de Portugal Prio 1st / 2nd P 2nd Rnd - - Squad
2025/2026 Ledman LigaPro 8th 2nd Rnd 2nd Phase - Squad
2026/2027 Ledman LigaPro 4th 3rd Rnd 1st Phase - Squad
2027/2028 Ledman LigaPro 2nd 4th Rnd Group Stage (2nd) - Squad

 

 

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@Kazushi80 Congrats on the promotion! Hope that the shock of meeting Porto, Benfica and Sporting won't be to big, but you will at least get some nice money out of it.

@Dan BHTFC Where can I buy a tshirt with Dan's my hero in the Youth Academy Challenge. Your patience is beyond words.

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Having an infuriating season at the moment. We've drawn 13 of 22 games played so far, including seven (7!!!) 1-1 draws where we took the lead /o\.

That includes scoring in the 90th minute in one before conceding in 90+3 minute, and another game we conceded in the 90+2 minute.

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BRORA RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB

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SEASON 3 | 2019/2020

LADBROKES LEAGUE 2 | FINAL LEAGUE TABLE | FIXTURES 1 | FIXTURES 2

SCOTTISH CUP | CHALLENGE CUP | BETFRED CUP

FACILITIES | FINANCES | TRANSFERS

A major development before the season had begun was the club takeover by businessman Andy Grant. Fortunately he was happy to let me carry on as before. I also got approached for interviews at St Mirren and Dunfermline Athletic during the season.

As I said in the previous season update I wanted to create a formation this season to allow my two most promising youth players Aaron Macrae and Iain Adams (both Attacking Midfielders) into my first team, and as you can see from their profiles, they both had excellent seasons. I adopted a 4-3-2-1 formation with both players playing behind Lewis Small in attack, and the three of the were exceptional together. Lewis ending up with 29 goals.

The BetFred Cup and Challenge Cup both saw early exits, but a brilliant run in the Scottish Cup saw us make the fourth round for the first time, and were unlucky in defeat to Hamilton Academicals after leading in the tie.

It was the league that saw the best progress though, and we were in the around the mid-tables positions all season. It actually turned out that a positive result in the final match would have confirmed a play-off position, but a home hammering at the hands of Queens Park put an end to that dream this year. Plenty of reason for optimism though.

As usual, we had a new crop of youth players come through the ranks with the three highest rated players being Colin Henry, Callum Mackay-Steven and Chris Cormack.

Personal Expectations for next season: My aim is to clinch that play-off spot, as well as feed a few more youth players into the starting eleven.

 

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2017-18	LADBROKES LEAGUE TWO	9TH		THIRD ROUND	FIRST ROUND	FIRST ROUND
2018-19 LADBROKES LEAGUE TWO    9TH             SECOND ROUND    FIRST ROUND     FIRST ROUND
2019-20 LADBROKES LEAGUE TWO    5TH             FOURTH ROUND    FIRST ROUND     FIRST ROUND
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Ilkeston F.C Season 12

Sky Bet League 1

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League Table| Squad|Transfers| Finances |Fixtures 1| Fixtures 2

Season overview

An incredible season for Ilkeston, that ended with us being crowned as League 1 champions. We began the season with two emphatic wins, with club icon Dennis Doherty scoring 5 of the goals. This put us in first place. Our good form showed no sign of falling away and after 15 games, we were in 2nd place, with only the Nottingham Forest above us. On a side note, I don't know if the rivalries in FM are dynamic, but I have been in the same league as Notts forest for the last 4 years and in terms of location, we are right next to each other and yet they are not even considered a rival?

Anyway back to the season, our form dipped slightly through December, not helped by our first choice GK being injured for several weeks. In January the bigger clubs started swarming around my newest talent and all 3 of the best from last years intake were attracting bids. I was able to reject all but one and frustratingly Luis Bradley left for Brentford in a deal worth 425k.

During this time our form pick up again and was excellent, we won 10 out of the next 12 games, including a confident 2-0 win over 'rivals' Nottingham Forest.  During this run we took top spot from Forest and slowly started to build a cushion. By the time we reached the 38th game we were 8 points clear of 2nd and 10 clear of 3rd. Despite losing 4 of the remaining matches, we had already done enough and celebrated promotion with 2 games to go. We were crowned Champions the following game, even though we lost.

We managed to win our first ever games in the Checkatrade trophy, but crashed out in the first knockout round. We only managed to reach the 2nd round in both the EFL and FA cup. I am going to target the FA cup next year and hope we land a big club to generate some extra money.

 

Top Performers

Rhys Hill A brilliant season from Rhys, he can be inconsistent, but his 29 goals for the season was brilliant.

Phil Marsh (YP27a) I was frustrated by Phil's lack of professionalism, but in pre-season we got this message out of the blue, which is brilliant and he is finally starting to develop. He scored 21 and assisted 12, becoming one of our most important players

Aaron Sleath (YP27b) Now rated as my best player and won the fans player of the year. Is moaning about wanting to leave the club (even after we won League 1)

Dickie Handley (YP28d) Can be inconsistent but for a 17 fullback to contribute 13 assists is great. Has signed a new contract this summer and so should be able to stop worrying about other clubs poaching him.

 

Youth Intake

Another decent one, that has produced several players who look to have a future. The personalities are very poor again and I frustrated by the overall poor jumping the seems to be another annoying thing in this years FM.

Stuart McAllister (YP29a) A great player and with 20 determination and a driven personality. Will need to develop his mental and technical attributes but a huge talent

Duncan Morgan (YP29b)  Tagged, but I don' envision him making it, we haven't used wingers for a long while and unless he develops quickly in a full back role him may never get a chance.

Gary Patterson (YP29c) Has a great work rate, needs a bit of work everywhere, but will get a chance as we need some fresh blood in our midfield.

Adam Cullingworth (YP29d) Great physical attributes and work rate make Adam a great addition to the team, will see how he gets on in the U18s

 

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I keep forgetting to take a screenshot of Ash. He managed 2 starts this year and 6 appearances total. His determination has settled at 13 now and so hopefully he will just be content in the U23s until he can start tutoring.

Peter Havern has now reached 24 and has begun tutoring, his personality isn't as good, but with decent determination and ambition he will help the worst of our youth.

Club Overview

I cannot help but rant a little now. It has been 12 seasons and 4 promotions for Ilkeston, but we still have never had the opportunity to request to improve our 'youth recruitment network'. This seems a little broken. Especially considering the club will allow me to increase junior coaching to the 'exceptional' level. We are still producing players of decent quality, which is the only consolation.

Over the summer we have now massively increased the number of staff at the club. Even with the extra money for being in the championship I could not improve any facilities. At the minute there is a potential takeover happening so hopefully this could change.

 

Season summary

On the pitch, easily our best season yet, we never fell below 4th place all season, which I can't quite believe. We have a huge challenge to survive in the championship but I don't see why we can't be better than 3 other teams.

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@Sanno11 - Amazing season mate! Best of luck in the Championship. Cullingworth looks like a really interesting prospect, those PPMs could lead to some interesting movement.

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@Sanno11 

Congrats to promotion.

I am in the 12th season now (my first season in the portugese first division) and i have the first time the option to ask for increasing my "failry basic youth recruitment, yet. Junior Coaching i could raise to exceptional years ago.

I think the problem is: As long as there are many bigger clubs as you in the same area, you can't improve the recruiting. Because most of the players will still go to that club...

 

@Muttley84 Thanks. I am performing surprisingly good in the first division until yet. And the big stadium helps so much financially. Especially against Sporting, Benfica and Porto we had big paydays (for a club our size). Already fearing next season back in our own stadium. will cost me a big junk of our income...

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Grenoble Foot 38 - Youth Intake 2024

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Another solid youth intake, although it doesn't look as deep as some of our recent intakes. We've broken the streak of 4 intakes with a great Goalkeeper prospect, we had too many anyway so it's nice to get some other positions instead. I'm moving my formation from a 5-3-2 WB to a 4-2-3-1, so the wingers we have been getting in are going to be a lot more important for us over the next few seasons.

Stephane Herve (MC) - Herve might be the most developed prospect I've had come through so far. He looks really good technically, which is a great change to the usual class of players we get in. I'll look to play him as a defensive minded central midfielder, and I'm really excited to get him into the first team squad as soon as he turns 16.

Aurelien David (DM) - David is nowhere near as polished as Herve and likely won't be making an impact in the first team any time soon. I will look to develop him as an MC as I don't see using a DM any time soon.

Franco Russo (AML) - Russo apparently has a ton of potential, but as of right now he doesn't look overly impressive. He's not especially quick and he doesn't have particularly impressive technical skills either. Hopefully in a couple of years time he will have improved a lot. 

Francois Dornier (ST) - Dornier looks like a good ST prospect. He has solid finishing for his age and some good composure. He needs to improve on his speed as, at 5'7", he's never going to be competitive in the air. I'll look to give him some sub appearances in the cups if I can next season. 

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Eléctrico F.C.

Season 12 – 2028/2029

Squad // League Table (11th) // Transfers

 

First season in the top division!

 

Great season in the top division. We were never in fear of getting relegated, always stayed around 7th or 8th place and dropped only at the end of the season, because like every year: Marius Toader (YP01g) can't score anymore in spring (but was still the top goalscorer again). So we lost a lot of the games during the end of the season. We got trashed sometimes, especially the big clubs are still a lot better than we, but there are enough clubs in this league against which we can compete...

 

Financially the top division was a big thing for us. TV money, merchandise deals brought a lot of cash (for the first time we can improve our training facilites now), and the move to another stadium helped, too. More than 4.000 people came in average to our games. Unfortunately: renovation of our home ground is completed now, so next season we will play in an arena with an capacitiy of only 4.000. Damn. The board wants to build a new stadium, but god knows when that will happen. Btw.: Because of a bug we didn't compete in the Taca da Liga, which is a shame, because it's the cup competition where you can earn a lot of money. Next year we're in it again...

 

Regarding our players: we need to talk about an legend first. João Vrea, our last real player (we still have a few regens with came to the club before me), retired (unfortunately he doesn't plan to grab a backroom staff position). We gave him a final game, so that he played in every season for us. He was only a tutor in the last few years, but was a good centre back for a long time. He will be missed. Missed was Hélder Gonçalves (YP06d) for a long time, too. Again, he sustained damaged cruciate ligaments and was out for most of the season. It's the second time he has this bad injury and I don't know if our former star player, who was so promising that some big clubs were interested in his services, will ever be playing a big role again. An important players was Volodymyr Chernyshov (YP08d) who my assistant doesn't rank as our first choice attacking mid, but who had a lot of good games. Diogo Pinho (YP10a) was in goal a legend sometimes. Yes, he conceded a lot, kept only 5 clean sheets, but that wasn't his fault. As is said we got trashed from the big teams and there were some ridiculous scenes, where he saved the first two shots, but since my defense did nothing to clear the ball, he had no chance against the third.

 

The Youth Intake: An intake with players with talent and good current ability, but again: best players are in the positions, which are not needed (central defender, central mid, goalkeeper). We desperately need good attacking players and wingers. For the first time personality is a bigger problem with an intake.

- Vasco Esteves (YP12a): Another defensive, central mid. Seems we are collecting them now. Unfortunately we need to do something about his personality. First tutor attempt didn't work.

- Oscar Andreani (YP12b): after years without talented goalkeepers, they keep on coming now. So we have now 2 goalkeepers in the squad who are playing for youth national teams.

- Hugo Guerreiro (YP12c): our yearly central defender this year. bad personality, too, tutoring didn't work with the first try

 

Next season is all about survival again. Our bad run at the end showed us that it will not be easy. So we need to find 2 teams we can left behind. And I hope we can hold onto all our players, especially onto our goalkeeper who wants to move, but has a long term contract.

 

Through The Seasons
Season Division League Pos. Taça de Portugal Taça da Liga Europe Squad
2017/2018 Campeonato de Portugal Prio 6th / 4th R 3rd Rnd - - Squad
2018/2019 Campeonato de Portugal Prio 1st / 8th P 2nd Rnd - - Squad
2019/2020 Campeonato de Portugal Prio 5th / 2nd R 2nd Rnd - - Squad
2020/2021 Campeonato de Portugal Prio 9th / 3rd R 2nd Rnd - - Squad
2021/2022 Campeonato de Portugal Prio 6th / 2nd R 3rd Rnd - - Squad
2022/2023 Campeonato de Portugal Prio 3rd / 1st R 3rd Rnd - - Squad
2023/2024 Campeonato de Portugal Prio 1st / 3rd P 2nd Rnd - - Squad
2024/2025 Campeonato de Portugal Prio 1st / 2nd P 2nd Rnd - - Squad
2025/2026 Ledman LigaPro 8th 2nd Rnd 2nd Phase - Squad
2026/2027 Ledman LigaPro 4th 3rd Rnd 1st Phase - Squad
2027/2028 Ledman LigaPro 2nd 4th Rnd Group Stage (2nd) - Squad
2028/2029 Liga NOS 11th 5th Rnd - - Squad

 

 

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Shouldn't have said it. Praising words about my goalkeeper combined with the hope that we can hold to him. After that: starting the game, playing one week in game and what happened: An offer from Barcelona for him. And a lot of other top teams are interested. Since i know my board loves to go over my head selling players, i really fear i'll lose him...

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Grenoble-Foot 38 - End of Season Review 2023/24

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Squad - Ligue 2 Table - Ligue 2 Results - French Cup Results - Coupe de la Ligue Results - Transfers - Finances

 

Ligue 2 - 14th

It was an odd start to the season which really felt like it cost us a chance at a top half finish this season. We failed to win any of our first 11 games of the season, although we only lost 2 of those games. There story of the season was really one of missed opportunities, as we finished the year with 19 draws which seems crazy! 

To go with the number of draws, we also threw away far too many leads to have those draws. We drew 10 games in which we took the lead, including 9 1-1 draws. We twice conceded in injury time to draw the game. In one 3-3 draw we took a 2-0 lead before letting them even the game up, we then took a 3-2 lead before throwing that away as well. 

Our improved form later in the season came from me moving away from the 5-3-2(WB) we've been using since I started to this 4-2-3-1. We scored the majority of our goals in the second half of the season, although the tactic seems to be fairly weak defensively as well. 

Overall, we were good again defensively. We conceded 38 goals, only 3 more than last season, however we kept 10 less clean sheets which was pretty disappointing. Again, we were poor going forward, although we improved from 35 goals to 36 goals. Hopefully, with a full year in our new tactic we can push that goal count up next season. 

Coupe de la Ligue - Knocked out in 1st Round

Not much to say here, we were deservedly knocked out in the first round with our goal being an injury time consolation. I'd like to see us do better next year as the prize money in this competition is fantastic.

French Cup - Knocked out in the 11th Round

A great campaign saw us comfortable get past 4 lower league teams and set up a big money tie away to PSG. We played fantastically in the game, and through deserved our 1-0 lead at half time. In the end, their quality showed out to get them the equaliser and we could keep up with them in extra-time. However, the game did earn us £600k in gate receipts which accounts for all our profits this season. 

Key Performers

Nicolas Guinot (YP21A) (GK) - Guinot has usurped Maubleu as our starting goalkeeper now, and has become the best player in the squad if my assistant manager is to be believed. The biggest question is can I keep hold of him, I'm sure there will be interest this summer!

Cherubin Kouyombo (YP19D) (DR) - The move back to right back has really agreed with Kouyombo as he's had his best season so far. He's got plenty of potential, it would be nice to see some improvement in his technical abilities.

Maxime Spano (DC) - Spano continues to be one of the stars of out side. At 29 years-old, hopefully, he still has a few more years of performing at a high level for us. He's been our Fans' player of the season for the last two years. 

Sofian Belbey (MC) - Belbey continues to impress as our playmaker in the middle of the field. He didn't reach the goal and assist number as last season, but he does a great job of getting the ball to our attacking players outside of that. 

Yacouba Traore (YP20F) (AMR) - Traore is another player who has really excelled in our new formation. He lead the team in goals in Ligue 2, although Diallo did score more overall. He also managed to create 7 goals. 

Mohamed Alami (YP19J) (AML) - I've finally managed to Alami involved in the first team and he's had a solid season for us as well. With a professional mentality and good physical stats, hopefully he can improve those mental and technical stats and become a real star for us. 

Bruno Diallo (YP19I) (ST) - Diallo has done pretty well as a lone striker having scored 14 goals in all competitions. We could do with him improving to around a 20 goal a season player if we want to make a real push up the table. 

Youth Watch

Jesus Romero (YP20B) - Romero has established himself as our starting DL now and has had a pretty solid season for us. I'd like to see his crossing and dribbling improve to allow to really excel in his wing back role. 

Julien Guillaume (YP18C) - Guillaume is the starting centre back alongside Spano. He does a solid job there and is a pretty well rounded player. He never seems to attract much interest from bigger clubs so hopefully I can keep him around for a long time to come. 

Ousmane Salamanta (YP21F) - Salamanta is a great prospect at centre back. His 18 determination is great, and I'd love to develop him into a starter so I can use him as a tutor in a few years time. 

Jeremy Mahe (YP19C) - Jeremy Mahe doesn't seem to have made much progress over the last year, but he still has the potential to improve.

Pierre Rougier (YP20D) - Like Mahe, Rougier doesn't seem to have made much progress. I really want him to grow into the successor for Belbey, but he needs to make some strides over the next couple of years for that to happen. 

Antoine Ollier (YP19H) - Ollier had a solid season playing as an AMR. I'm looking forward to following his progression over the next couple of years, although he may struggle to get into the first team ahead of Yacouba Traore.

Habib Toure (YP17B) - Toure continues to be a solid, if unspectacular, player for us. He has had a run in the first team playing as our AMC, but he needs to improve to keep it in the long run. I'm regretting making him our captain given his determination of 6, I may look to make a change this summer.

Kylian Jost (YP21G) - Jost is looking like a really solid option at AML. He will continue to back up Alami heading into next season, but he has the potential to take over the role is he can continue to develop well. 

Mathias Gunia (YP22B) - Gunia is the player to challenge Habib Toure for the starting AMC role. He got a few games this season when Toure got injured and didn't do too badly. I will likely look to rotate the two of them next season and see if either of them excel themselves. 

Ricardo Mendes (YP20G) - Mendes has been pretty good when he has stepped in for Diallo due to injuries. But, he hasn't quite shown enough to earn the ST spot when we have a healthy team. 

Club Overview

My wage reductions, and a massive cup tie, ensured that we finished with a profit this season. Unfortunately to continue the profits we'll likely have to continue to sell players every year. I hope we post a loss next season as I really don't want to lose any of the youngsters we have at the moment. 

We'll be looking to get rid of a few of our experienced players this off-season. Coulibaly, Mohamed, and Cianci have all asked to move on, and as I pay them pretty high wages and don't use them I accepted their requests. 

Goals for Next Season

We need to score more goals! If we can get an extra 10-15 goals a season, I really think we have a shot at the top half of the table at least. 

Also, I need to work out how to tighten up late in games when we have a narrow lead. 

If you listen to my assistant manager the majority of my players are only good enough for the division below us. I think this will be another year of (hopefully) developing players whilst not threatening for promotion. I need to avoid losing our star players if we really want to make progress in the long run. 

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As it is quiet on here, I thought I would share this. It will be cathartic to share my pain.

Stuart McAllister (YP29a) joined last season and looked like a good prospect.

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I decided to give him a chance in the first team at the beginning of my current season, to see what he was capable of. His form wasn't great but he was developing faster than any player we have ever had.

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Suspicions confirmed, he is best talent we have ever produced. Having lost 2 of our better players last year I was a little worried when the January transfer window opened.

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Sold to Bournemouth for 1.3 million. The chairman didn't even let me protest.

The speed of his development was incredible. In June in pre-season he looked the same as the first image and in six months he had gained at least 2-3 points on most attributes, off the ball improved by 5. Farewell Stuart.

 

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Hi there

FM has become quite stale for me (not because im any good) and play it rather slowly. The thought of not having to worry about scouting and transfers intrigues me, should speed my play up and make me concentrate on the tactical / development side of the game.  

What are the best leagues to try this challenge in for speed of play?. A 46 game league season in England doesn't really appeal.

 

Cheers

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44 minutes ago, Cider Ed said:

What are the best leagues to try this challenge in for speed of play?. A 46 game league season in England doesn't really appeal.

In Norway (and probably Sweden) the league start in april and end in october/november, so that might fit. If a summer season is a no go then Hungary and Austria might be worth a go, with their long winter break. 

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@Cider EdMaybe also Serbia? Norway and Sweden certainly are 26 matches per season. I don't know about it, but maybe also Denmark. I'm currently trying Lyn in Norway.

EDIT: almost forgot, in Norway you start in 2018 'cause after first season there are no promotions from the lower league. And by the rules, you can't take a team previously demoted in that first season.

 

Question for all: is it allowed to rebuy players produced in your academy? I saw people doing it in the Dulwich Hamlet youth challenge thread, and was wondering if it's the case here.

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Ilkeston F.C Season 13

Sky Bet Championship

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League Table| Squad|Transfers| Finances |Fixtures 1| Fixtures 2

Season overview

This season saw us confidently step up into the Championship and more than hold our own. Things didn't start perfectly and in the first 8 games we only picked up one win. I was quite happy despite this as we drew 5 of these games and gave most teams a good game. At the end of the first month, fellow promotees Rotherham started bidding for a starting centre back Aaron Sleath (YP27b), the chairman accepted without allowing me to protest, I offered him to everyone else and to my disappointment he chose Rotherham, for 400k. He just sat in the U23s for the season and it felt like a sinister move from the bigger club.  We moved on from this and despite our weaker defence, our ability to score plenty eventually started to pay off. We went through several weeks where we won a couple and lost a couple. This really help get us comfortably into mid table. We reached January further from the relegation spots than the play offs which was great. We managed to get to the fourth round of the EFL cup where we luckily drew Arsenal, they thrashed us 4-0, but we picked up a good pay day and I was able to request youth and training facility improvements.

As I showed in an earlier post we lost the quick developing Stuart McAllister (YP29a) to Bournemouth here. He had played well in the first couple of months but his form had dipped, without a sell on clause I really hope he doesn't become a great player, but I suspect he might.

We started the new year with 3 good wins, but that was as good as it got. We didn't win away for the rest of the year and drew too many games. Once safety had been guaranteed I got as many youth players in the squad and stopped caring about our form. Our finishing position of 12th place is great and I am happy to spent a couple of years here growing the club so we can hold onto our better players for the future.

 

Top Performers

Nick Jordan (YP23b) With us losing a first team striker I had to revert back to 'old' Nick Jordan and he didn't disappoint. He managed 15 goals, in a time when not many others were scoring. He is rated good for Vanarama north/south which I think makes this more impressive

Derek Mansell Wasn't a key first team player, but with Sleath being sold I all of a sudden didn't have a back up. He has made incredible progress this year and whilst his acceleration is poor he played really well (was un-tagged from previous years intake)

 

Youth Intake

A mixed intake really and one I will wait and see before judging, Partridge is the best of the bunch. I just realised I cut the full names off in the screenshot, I only tagged two players and just label a couple with the year.

Jonathan Partridge (YP30a) Bravery aside, he looks to be a well rounded target-man. I use a deep lying forward so he should be a decent fit. Great physical attributes

Liam Wilkins (YP30b) With our lack of centre backs, Liam will be trained as one. Great pace and jumping, OK defensive attributes. I will wait to see if I can improve his balance and what effect poor balance has on his performance.

 

Project Tutor: The Ash Benfield Story (Formatting wouldn't copy so I abandoned it)

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Only managed to get on the field 2 this year, both substitute appearances. I have to prioritise the better youth players over Ash, so he is confined to the U23s. He has concerns he may need to move on to get first team football. He is now 23 years old and will soon be tutoring.

 

Club Overview

This season saw lots of positive developments off the field. We got a new chairman and Ilkeston is now on the Stock market, no investment though. Following the season, with the change in reputation and TV money the board decided to expand the stadium by 2848 seats. As a result of that we get to share Nottingham Forests stadium for 11 months, which should generate a good bit of income.

And finally, after the season I was able to upgrade youth recruitment. I suppose it makes sense, we finally have the money and we are actually a big club now, with only Leicester in the east midlands playing in the premiership and all others below us.

 

Season summary

Losing two of our better players didn't hurt our season and we look to have a good foundation for the next few years. The upgrades, increase in finances and stadium move were the icing on the cake and the next few years should be good fun.

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Hello all

Struggled a bit with a couple of games however I've decided to take the plunge in Norway with Lillehammer.

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BRORA RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB

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SEASON 4 | 2020/2021

LADBROKES LEAGUE 2 | FINAL LEAGUE TABLE | FIXTURES 1 | FIXTURES 2

SCOTTISH CUP | CHALLENGE CUP | BETFRED CUP

FACILITIES | FINANCES | TRANSFERS

Following last season's club takeover, fortunately the new owners have let me carry on as before. However, I think they are now getting bored with my frequent requests for upgrades to our facilities. None of these requests have come to fruition. Should I issue an ultimatum? Has this ever worked? I have also been attracting the attention of leading clubs again, with Greenock MortonSt Mirren (again) and Aberdeen offering me an interview. Obviously, both were declined, although the Aberdeen one was tempting, but the enjoyment of this challenge helped me see sense.

The league was a mixed bag full of inconsistency, with early form indicating a good season ahead, with the club sitting in 4th for the first few month. However, the slump of all slumps over the winter months plummeted us into the bottom space of the table, and total out of form. However, a quick tactic alteration and a rather stern team meeting changed the clubs fortunes, and an 11 match unbeaten run at the end of the season got us so close to that play-off spot. An injury to star forward Lewis Small with three matches left, probably was the deciding factor in us not making it to the play-offs.

 

Other star performers were once again Aaron Macrae, Iain Adams and Sam Stewart, who I think I will make club captain next season. His form in the centre of midfield had been excellent.

The cup competitions were a major disappointment this season, with the Scottish Challenge Cup exit at the hands of non-league Keith FC.

As usual, we had a new crop of youth players come through the ranks with the three highest rated players being Barry Miller, Willie Cunningham and Ally Allan.

Personal Expectations for next season: My aim is to clinch that play-off spot, as well as feed a few more youth players into the starting eleven.

 

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SEASON	LEAGUE			POSITION	SCOTTISH CUP	CHALLANGE CUP	BETFRED CUP
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2017-18	LADBROKES LEAGUE TWO	9TH		THIRD ROUND	FIRST ROUND	FIRST ROUND
2018-19 LADBROKES LEAGUE TWO    9TH             SECOND ROUND    FIRST ROUND     FIRST ROUND
2019-20 LADBROKES LEAGUE TWO    5TH             FOURTH ROUND    FIRST ROUND     FIRST ROUND
2020-21 LADBROKES LEAGUE TWO    6TH             THIRD ROUND     FIRST ROUND     FIRST ROUND

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This loading business is getting tedious. Trying for Clachnacuddin, or possibly Wick or Fort William. But I'm only getting Cove or Brora Rangers. Not even gotten Buckie yet, and they are topping the Highland league irl. Question though, for you Scotland players: Did you  take control of the play-off match, or wait till after the match to take over?

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Anyone have any suggestions for a league to start with? Germany was an utter pain as I recall with the u17 rule (played it a few versions ago) but I don't think I could take playing in one of the super lowly rated nations.

I was considering a France/Spain possibly. I'm not against a mid range sort of a Scotland/Austria kind of thing but perhaps somewhere with a bit of financial backing would be nice. The big one is, much as England is a good challenge, 46 game seasons a just a tad too long.

What do you guys reckon? I may well simply take on the first suggestion made. So have at it! 😃

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Even Saturn in Russia looks tempting. Gawd I am hopeless at making my mind up. HELP! 😂

I would adore playing as Berliner FC Dynamo but the u17 rule is a concern...

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Question: Is it now possible to do a proper San Marino Youth Academy Challenge, since they were relegated to Serie D last season?

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