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XaW - FC Rapperswil-Jona - 2018/19

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@dkouv: Thanks! I've never managed in Switzerland before, so this is a newish experience for me. You seem to have gotten quite far, so I hope I can do as well as you in that regard.

The new season started quite good, though unremarkable as we won and lost pretty much every other game. We did improve towards the winter break and even though the league were close between 8 of the 10 teams in the league we managed to stay among the top contenders going into the break. Some good friendlies gave the squad a great morale before we were back playing league games. We had two great runs of 5+ wins during the spring with 3 straight losses in between. When our closest competitors for the promotion, Lugano and tycoon-backed Winterthur losing some easy games we suddenly found ourselves ahead of the pack. In the end we finished the season without a win in the three final games, but we still won it comfortably. Next season we are going to play in the top tier for the first time, and I hope we are good enough to survive.

In the cup we got to the quarter final, but lost against top tier Young Boys.

The youth:

We had a very good youth intake this season. Especially Eric Scholz 19a and Alphons Gantenbein 19b look very promising. Gantenbein are already playing in the main squad.

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FC Köniz Youth Challenge
 

@XaW - thanks; I think Switzerland is quite a good country for this challenge - the finances are solid, the nation rating seems reasonable and there aren't that many teams, so you tend to get pretty decent regens. Looks like you got a few good ones yourself in the first few intakes, and congrats on promotion!

 

Season 10 – 2026/27 – Swiss Super League

League / Cup / Europe (CL group): The seasons are starting to feel like an old tape on repeat, not that I mind the results that much… We were dominant in the league, setting a record with 90 points from 36 games, and won the cup, but fell short in Europe, finishing 3rd in our CL group again, this time behind Liverpool and Dortmund, and got knocked out by Napoli in Europa 2nd KO round on away goals. We were closer than last time, only finishing 1 point off 2nd in the CL group, but it does feel like we’re lacking that extra bit of quality to go toe to toe with the bigger teams in Europe.

The most exciting thing that happened is probably that big-spending Wil, who only got promoted several years ago, pipped Basel to second spot.

Squad: 10 seasons in, it’s time to take stock. We have a strong and relatively well-balanced squad, with the best players up front and on the wings, but several good defenders coming through too. There are some issues with consistency and important matches throughout, but overall the personalities and determination are good, and the youth prospects of yesteryear have just become old enough to tutor. We are lacking a bit of depth on the wings, especially on the left, and up front, and have no star players in defense, so hopefully this will improve in the coming intakes.

Star players: 20a Eugene Badertscher is became clearly our best player this year. He made progress in training after I upgraded facilities, following a few seasons of stagnation, and finished top scorer in the Super League again, with an amazing average rating of 7.94.

Facilities: the training + youth facility upgrade came through, but nothing on recruitment.

Finances: £69m – no issues there

Youth intake | 27a Predrag Saric – Rad is a feeder club that just keeps on giving, and we get our third top Serbian prospect in 5 years, who should provide some much-needed depth up-front, and already became our youngest goalscorer. Rest of the intake looks pretty rubbish, but I don't really mind.

Youth watch: Last year’s top prospect 26a Ugljesa Tornjanski has made good progress, although he’s still one of the weaker players in the first team squad. Defenders 24c Darko Srok and 25a Martin Nadal have developed nicely and are now becoming established as first 11 players.

Transfers: sold a couple of reserve players for good money, and released a few more. Two ever-present pros who were with me in the beginning – Cristian Miani and Faicel Hanachi – have been shifted out.

Next season’s aim: just keep plugging away in Europe

Season  |  League  |   Cup  |     CL      |     EL      |     Top scorer          |  Top assists           |    Top rating           | Notes
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2017/18 |  1       |  R2    |   n/a       |     n/a     |  Vonlanthen (17)        |                        |                         |  Promoted to top division
2018/19 |  2       |  R-up  |   n/a       |     n/a     |  Vukmir (13)            |                        |                         |  Sharing training facilities; runners-up in league and cup
2019/20 |  2       | QF     | Playoff     |  Ko round 1 |  Mani (11)              |  19c Ngono (9)         |  19c Ngono (7.3)        |  First European adventure
2020/21 |  2       | R2     | Playoff     |  Semis      |  19b Unterkircher (22)  |  20a Badertscher (12)  |  19c Ngono (7.5)        |  
2021/22 |  1       | R-up   | Group (3rd) |  Ko round 1 |  19b Unterkircher (20)  |  20a Badertscher (10)  |  21a Zürcher (7.4)      |  First league win; First CL group appearance
2022/23 |  1       | Won    | Group (4th) |     n/a     |  20a Badertscher (14)   |  19b Unterkircher (15) |  19b Unterkircher (7.6) |  Domestic double
2023/24 |  1       | R-up   | Quarters    |     n/a     |  20a Badertscher (22)   |  21a Zürcher (14)      |  21a Zürcher (7.8)      |  First CL knock-out appearance
2024/25 |  1       | Won    | Group (3rd) |  Quarters   |  20a Badertscher (18)   |  19b Unterkircher (18) |  19b Unterkircher (7.8) | 
2025/26 |  1       | Won    | Group (3rd) |  Ko round 2 |  20a Badertscher (25)   |  21a Zürcher (16)      |  19b Unterkircher (7.6) | 
2025/26 |  1       | Won    | Group (3rd) |  Ko round 2 |  20a Badertscher (31)   |  19b Unterkircher (14) |  20a Badertscher (7.9)  | 
	 
Season  |  Finances |  Coaching   |  Recruitment   | Training Fac.  | Youth Fac.      |  Stadium
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2017/18 |   £242k   | Adequate    | Basic          |  Poor          |  Basic          |  2600 
2018/19 |   £1.6m   | Average     | Basic          |  Adequate      |  Poor           |  2600
2019/20 |   £7.5m   | Excellent   | Fairly Basic   |  Basic         |  Below average  |  2600
2020/21 |   £18m    | Exceptional | Fairly Basic   |  Below Average |  Adequate       |  2600
2021/22 |   £32m    | Exceptional | Average        |  Adequate      |  Average        |  3900
2022/23 |   £39m    | Exceptional | Average        |  Average       |  Good           |  5000
2023/24 |   £55.5m  | Exceptional | Above average  |  Good          |  Great          |  5000
2024/25 |   £61.5m  | Exceptional | Above average  |  Impressive    |  Excellent      |  5000
2025/26 |   £65.5m  | Exceptional | Above average  |  Impressive    |  Excellent      |  5000
2026/27 |   £69m    | Exceptional | Above average  |  Excellent     |  Superb         |  5000
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A good season there again, @dkouv!

Btw, do you also have the weird league table thingy?

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This is the state at the moment. I'm 7th, but I won a couple after the winter break, so in the other I'm on top.

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The top of my squad overview also claim I'm first...?

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XaW - FC Rapperswil-Jona - 20190/20

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Going into our first season in the top tier, I was unsure what to expect of the team compared to the other teams, but I had hope. It started very good as we won the two first matches. I didn't know it was against the two poorest teams and it was narrow wins, so I though to myself that the difference between the tiers wasn't that big. Well, I was wrong, and it's tougher than I thought. We had a very poor run and lost 6 matches in a row. We did manage to scrape together a few points here and there going into the winter break. During the break I arranged a lot of easy friendlies to improve morale and it seemed to help as we got some good results during the spring. We had a good run in the final month and got four 2-1 wins in a row. We did lose the final game though, as we would otherwise have scrambled a European spot on the final day. A good first season in the top tier, and hopefully some more youngsters will continue to push into the main squad the next season. We are getting a few older players at the moment, and my biggest concern is the defense. I got a good defender this season, but I still need a few more.

Edit: I am in Europa League! Thanks to the cup winner being already qualified AND Vaduz winning the Liechtensteiner Cup! We are going to Europe!

In the cup we lost in the 1st round to Sankt Gallen.

The youth:

We had a solid youth intake this season. The most talented seem to be André Locatelli 20a and Peter Strasser 20b.

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@XaW Yes, I have that league bug as well - basically after the winter break the league table resets, but if you go to League - overview, the correct league table is still there. Couldn't be bothered to report this as it's so close to FM18. And it seems to be just a visual thing, all the winners and European qualification seem to work correctly (although the club - league positions history shows just the positions from the games after the winter break). Good to see you qualified for the Europa in your first season up, good luck in the qualifiers!

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XaW - FC Rapperswil-Jona - 2020/21

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Now that I had had a season in the top tier I felt we were ready to push on further in the top tier of Swiss football. We kept all the players we hoped, even though two retired. The youngsters are also improving quite well, and at the start of this season I had 5 players who have come through the intakes who I consider part of the first 11 or very close to it. We had a good start as we won our first two matches, but as we played in Europe at the same time, we struggled quite a bit with fixture congestion for a while and this caused us to lose quite a bit since I had to play our second string players a bit too much. Going into the winter break we barely held on to 6th place, but with a lot of teams at our tail. Luckily for us newly promoted Winterthur struggled quite a bit and only had 9 points to Christmas. This gave us a good feeling to avoid a relegation battle. I played some easy matches in the winter break, or so I thought, when we lost 0-3 to our own U18 team. It seems the degradation we had then followed us into the league matches as we went the first 5 matches after Christmas without a win. It all turned when we got the youth intake though as we got a very talented youngster who scored two times in his debut. After that match we got a good run and started to win much more. We almost caught up with Basel, who had a dreadful season, in 5th, but ended just behind them.

In the cup we lost in the 2nd round to Old Boys of the second tier in a poor away match.

We had our first go in Europe this season. We started in the Europa League 2nd qualifying round were we drew Gandzasar of Armenia. A great 7-0 win at home made the second leg almost not worth playing and I let a couple of youngster have a go away where it finished 1-1. In the 3rd qualifying round we faced Oleksandriya of Ukraine. A solid 3-2 win away was followed by a poor 0-1 defeat at home to win on away goals and progress to the playoff. There we drew Club Brugge of Belgium and I thought my run would be stopped, but the players wanted something else. We managed to steal a 1-0 in Bruges and countered them to a 2-0 at home to go to the group stage. Here we drew Manchester City of England, BATE of Belarus and Sparta Praha of the Czech Republic. A win against BATE and Sparta Praha, and a draw with BATE was enough to get 2nd place and a spot in the knockout stages! Far more than I could ever have hoped for. Here we drew Arsenal of England though and a 3-5 loss at home was followed by a 5-2 loss away to continue our trend of letting in too many goals, but scoring for fun. A great experience in Europa and we got much further than I could have ever hoped for.

The youth:

We had a very good youth intake this season. The best ones are most likely Elias Sommerhalder 21a, whom I mentioned scored two times in his debut and Roy Hürzeler 21b, a much needed defender.

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9 hours ago, dkouv said:

@XaW Yes, I have that league bug as well - basically after the winter break the league table resets, but if you go to League - overview, the correct league table is still there. Couldn't be bothered to report this as it's so close to FM18. And it seems to be just a visual thing, all the winners and European qualification seem to work correctly (although the club - league positions history shows just the positions from the games after the winter break). Good to see you qualified for the Europa in your first season up, good luck in the qualifiers!

Ok, I was wondering about it, and I found it rather odd to have such a visible bug this far in the life cycle of the game, so I was wondering if it was something wrong with my game. Not much of an issue though, so I don't mind it.

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Damn... I think I might lose this kid...

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Though he is going to be way too good for us soon...

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XaW - FC Rapperswil-Jona - 2021/22

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Since we went into a season without European play we didn't have the same fixture congestion as last year, and that helped us a lot. Even though Basel ran away early on, we were part of the 4 team pack that followed them along with Young Boys, Luzern and Wil. We lost our long serving goalkeeper this summer, so the kids had to step up, and even kept all the youngster I wanted to keep, even Alphons Gantenbein 19b! Even though Manchester United, PSG and Real Madrid came in with lowball offers I kept him reasonable happy throughout the season. I'm not sure how long I can keep him though, since he is probably the best player in Swiss football at the moment, but I'll try. He is contracted for two more years, so I might cash in if I get silly money. Going into the winter break we were still in the fight for 2nd place, though we lost some matches we should have won. The same continued into the spring season, but suddenly Basel had a horrendous run of 7 matches without a win. They did have us close to both the start and finish of that run though and beat us both times, so I couldn't capitalize any on the poor form. They came back and got the title back though. We finished in a very respectable 4th place qualifying for another go in the Europa League next season.

In the Schweizer Cup we beat Lugano, Grasshopper Zürich, Young Boys and FC Zürich to reach the final. Here we beat FC Thun on pens after a very exciting match. Our first cup win!

The youth:

We had an amazing youth intake this season! The most promising seems to be Raffaele Osti 22a and Bojan Bulic 22b.

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I'd like to add something that it took me a very long time to understand about this game and youth players. In the past I would attribute too much on the assistants recommendation of the youngsters talents and only sign the ones who had the best potential. Lately I've signed more players than I used to and this sometimes really help out. I'm going to give an example for a player in my current squad.

In my first intake I had a couple of great players, and a lot of average ones, but I kept almost everyone. The one I want you to notice are Edmond Xhafa:

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2 star potential, maybe 3 star. Not exactly a super talent I thought, though he had a good personality. Unfortunatly, I don't have a screenshot of his player profile, since I only did that for the most talented (or so I thought). That was back in 2018. Now, I'm in 2022 and let's see how 4 years of training and playing have improved him:

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He is one of the better players in my squad. He is capped three times for Albania and just scored a hattrick as a central midfielder.

I thought I'd showcase this since I far too often let youngsters go if my assistant didn't rate them. Don't let the stars fool you, sometimes the players can become far better than expected.

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XaW - FC Rapperswil-Jona - 2022/23

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A good season last year, and I'm always looking for improvements. The strikerless formation is still working strong, but I'm tweaking it a bit here and there to fit my players better and it seems to help this season as we managed to reduce the goals we are conceding by quite a lot. I also managed to keep all the players I wanted, so that of course helped a lot. We did have a lot of injuries this season though, so that's something to look out for. Along with Wil we ran away from the rest of the pack early and it seemed to be a two-horse race for the title. After the winter break however, both ourselves and Wil struggled to get wins and drew too many matches allowing Basel to come close to us. Still, we managed to keep them at bay and in the end we ran out as victors for our first ever league title! I'm also qualified for the Champions League next season. This is our first try at the final hurdle of this challenge, though I still feel I'm far away from winning it at the moment, I still have hopes we can make a good figure there.

In the Schweizer Cup we beat Sankt Gallen, Luzern and Old Boys before losing to Basel in the semi final.

We had another go at the Europa League this season though, and we got drawn straight into the group stage. Here we faced Chelsea of England, Anderlecht of Belgium and Rijeka of Croatia. We managed to win once against Rijeka, drew two matches, one to Anderlecht and, the best of all, a draw away to Chelsea. We also lost three matches, and finished in last place. Not the best of tries, but we weren't spanked either, so I'm fairly happy with the effort.

The youth:

We had a fantastic youth intake and it seems the improvements we are getting are really helping. The most talented are Jacques Duttweiler 23a and Gabriel Maranhão 23b.

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13 hours ago, XaW said:

I'd like to add something that it took me a very long time to understand about this game and youth players. In the past I would attribute too much on the assistants recommendation of the youngsters talents and only sign the ones who had the best potential. Lately I've signed more players than I used to and this sometimes really help out. I'm going to give an example for a player in my current squad.

In my first intake I had a couple of great players, and a lot of average ones, but I kept almost everyone. The one I want you to notice are Edmond Xhafa:

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2 star potential, maybe 3 star. Not exactly a super talent I thought, though he had a good personality. Unfortunatly, I don't have a screenshot of his player profile, since I only did that for the most talented (or so I thought). That was back in 2018. Now, I'm in 2022 and let's see how 4 years of training and playing have improved him:

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He is one of the better players in my squad. He is capped three times for Albania and just scored a hattrick as a central midfielder.

I thought I'd showcase this since I far too often let youngsters go if my assistant didn't rate them. Don't let the stars fool you, sometimes the players can become far better than expected.

I went through a similar thought process in my Dulwich save where I had players I didn't rate (Because of the star rating) turn out to be key players in my squad. It's well worth taking time to really sit down and look at the players as they come through. 

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I had same in my Polonia few players get a lot higher PA than my staff expected I read somewhere in internet that in new FM there is a possibility that player in young age can turn his potential but I dont know how it works mby some staff improve that mby facilities mby determination or personality of young gun. 

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FC Köniz Youth Challenge
 

@XaW Some amazing intakes there, and congrats on the title!

Season 11 – 2027/28 – Swiss Super League

League / Cup: Very dominant domestically, we set an all-time Swiss league record with 95 points, and won the cup as well.

Europe: After years of finishing 3rd in the CL group, we had our chance after what I presume was a bug had Galatasaray seeded 1st, and we ended up in a group with them, AC Milan and Dinamo Zagreb. We had a brilliant group campaign, finishing 1st and only dropping 2 points after a last-minute equaliser by Galatasaray in a game after we had already qualified (Group Table).

Onto the first KO round, and we had a decent draw in Sporting Lisbon. A great away performance saw us win 2-1, before a quiet home game ended 0-1 to Sporting thanks to a wonderstrike from their forward, and we were through on away goals. In the quarters, Tottenham, and I thought they were going to knock us out again. But we played brilliantly away, 1-1 scoreline seeing us dominate, with Spurs snatching their equaliser undeservedly thanks to a goalkeeping error. My best player 20a Bardetscher ruptured his achilles and will be out for the rest of the campaign, big blow. We held Spurs to a 0-0 at home to again progress on away goals. So into the last 4 for the first time, and finally going toe to toe with the big European sides in terms of match play.

Arsenal in the semis, again we played brilliantly at their place and won 2-1, and were solid at home, with Arsenal somewhat lucky to win 0-1, so for the third tie running, through on away goals, and to the final. There we faced Atletico Madrid, who went ahead on the 21st minute and we got a player sent off soon after. All lost, I thought, but my right-mid Marco Grillo equalized on the 85th minute to send us into extra time. Alas, it wasn’t enough as Ateltico scored a 108th minute winner to give them their first ever CL win.

Star players: 20a Eugene Badertscher was having an amazing season again, scoring a goal a game, but this was ended early by his injury. 23a Sladjan Stevanovic finished top scorer in the Swiss league and has become a key player, and 21a Luca Zürcher has continued to flourish as a winger.

Facilities: training + youth facilities upgraded, and the recruitment upgrade finally came up the day after the CL final! They certainly don’t give those out easily in this FM. We have moved into a new stadium as well.

Finances: £90m – the Man City of the Alps, they call us…

Youth intake | 28a Daniel Jacquier | 28b Maxime Masson: Crap personalities but good depth. With 3* potential it doesn't look too great, but who knows, some of them may turn out good, and my squad quality has increased too which brings down the star ratings. Some tutoring is needed for sure.

Youth watch: 26a Ugljesa Tornjanski is becoming a key player and doesn’t look far off my best forwards in terms of quality. Last year’s recruit 27a Predrag Saric  has also made good progress and got a lot of game time due to injuries to our strikers. 25a Martin Nadal is becoming our best center back, and 25c Raffael Zindel has become a regular starter at left back.

Transfers: Only loans and some free transfers out

Next season’s aim: It would have been nice to complete the challenge but I guess this saves me a few quid (or euros, given my current location), since I won’t have to buy FM 18 just yet ;)

Season  |  League  |   Cup  |     CL      |     EL      |     Top scorer          |  Top assists           |    Top rating           | Notes
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2017/18 |  1       |  R2    |   n/a       |     n/a     |  Vonlanthen (17)        |                        |                         |  Promoted to top division
2018/19 |  2       |  R-up  |   n/a       |     n/a     |  Vukmir (13)            |                        |                         |  Sharing training facilities; runners-up in league and cup
2019/20 |  2       | QF     | Playoff     |  Ko round 1 |  Mani (11)              |  19c Ngono (9)         |  19c Ngono (7.3)        |  First European adventure
2020/21 |  2       | R2     | Playoff     |  Semis      |  19b Unterkircher (22)  |  20a Badertscher (12)  |  19c Ngono (7.5)        |  
2021/22 |  1       | R-up   | Group (3rd) |  Ko round 1 |  19b Unterkircher (20)  |  20a Badertscher (10)  |  21a Zürcher (7.4)      |  First league win; First CL group appearance
2022/23 |  1       | Won    | Group (4th) |     n/a     |  20a Badertscher (14)   |  19b Unterkircher (15) |  19b Unterkircher (7.6) |  Domestic double
2023/24 |  1       | R-up   | Quarters    |     n/a     |  20a Badertscher (22)   |  21a Zürcher (14)      |  21a Zürcher (7.8)      |  First CL knock-out appearance
2024/25 |  1       | Won    | Group (3rd) |  Quarters   |  20a Badertscher (18)   |  19b Unterkircher (18) |  19b Unterkircher (7.8) | 
2025/26 |  1       | Won    | Group (3rd) |  Ko round 2 |  20a Badertscher (25)   |  21a Zürcher (16)      |  19b Unterkircher (7.6) | 
2026/27 |  1       | Won    | Group (3rd) |  Ko round 2 |  20a Badertscher (31)   |  19b Unterkircher (14) |  20a Badertscher (7.9)  | 
2027/28 |  1       | Won    | Runner up   |     n/a     |  20a Badertscher (24)   |  21a Zürcher (18)      |  20a Badertscher (7.8)  | A close call in the CL
	 
Season  |  Finances |  Coaching   |  Recruitment   | Training Fac.  | Youth Fac.      |  Stadium
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2017/18 |   £242k   | Adequate    | Basic          |  Poor          |  Basic          |  2600 
2018/19 |   £1.6m   | Average     | Basic          |  Adequate      |  Poor           |  2600
2019/20 |   £7.5m   | Excellent   | Fairly Basic   |  Basic         |  Below average  |  2600
2020/21 |   £18m    | Exceptional | Fairly Basic   |  Below Average |  Adequate       |  2600
2021/22 |   £32m    | Exceptional | Average        |  Adequate      |  Average        |  3900
2022/23 |   £39m    | Exceptional | Average        |  Average       |  Good           |  5000
2023/24 |   £55.5m  | Exceptional | Above average  |  Good          |  Great          |  5000
2024/25 |   £61.5m  | Exceptional | Above average  |  Impressive    |  Excellent      |  5000
2025/26 |   £65.5m  | Exceptional | Above average  |  Impressive    |  Excellent      |  5000
2026/27 |   £69m    | Exceptional | Above average  |  Excellent     |  Superb         |  5000
2027/28 |   £90m    | Exceptional | Established    |  Superb        |  Top            |  7500

 

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@Bartrcm: I checked his profile and he was here on Wednesday, but haven't been on since. I'm doing the dafuges at the moment, but I'll try this later on. Anyway, I think you can just create it yourself and tag @Braumiller in it, I'm sure he won't mind since he is not here at the moment. Just copy the opening post on here and change as necessary.

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Feel like I have unfinished business with this challenge. 28 seasons last year with Dulwich before my hard drive crashed and meant I lost everything (still not really over it) and was planning on starting this afternoon so if no new thread is up by then I'm happy to start it? Will likely just copy 99% of @Braumiller OP here. 

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Actually real life (being an adult is rubbish at times) means I've not got time till tomorrow probably to do a thread so if someone else wants to then go right ahead.

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@Bartrcm @XaW @darren1983 and others - go ahead and create :thup:  As you obviously know, I haven't been around the forums and able to play in forever and there is every chance that will continue - I will be catching up on this thread and reading the new one as it begins.

 

Good luck all in FM18!

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FC Köniz Youth Challenge

Season 12 – 2028/29 – Swiss Super League

Competitions (European fixtures): Seeded 1st in the CL, but still a tough-ish group with Dortmund, Valencia and Standard. Finished second (Group Table) but got a decent last 16 draw in Sporting. A great comeback in the last half hour of the second leg against Sporting sent us through, and we easily dispatched Chelsea in the quarters. But then Barcelona absolutely smashed us in the semis, putting my hopes of completion to rest for at least another season. At home, another league + cup double was safely negotiated.

Youth intake | 29a Dusan Mandaric  - I thought they all looked rubbish to be honest, but after a few months of development Mandaric looks like he might turn out decent.

Star players: 20a Eugene Badertscher is still up there, but 26a Ugljesa Tornjanski has developed very fast and is now pushing him for the title of the club’s best player.

Youth watch: 27a Predrag Saric had a top season and is my second-best striker behind Badertscher, and still only 17. 25c Raffael Zindel is turning into our best defender – nothing special, but pretty solid all around.

Transfers: Sold my back-up winger to Real Madrid (!!) for £2m – no idea what the AI logic was there, but I’ll take the money.

Season  |  League  |   Cup  |     CL      |     EL      |     Top scorer          |  Top assists           |    Top rating           | Notes
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2017/18 |  1       |  R2    |   n/a       |     n/a     |  Vonlanthen (17)        |                        |                         |  Promoted to top division
2018/19 |  2       |  R-up  |   n/a       |     n/a     |  Vukmir (13)            |                        |                         |  Sharing training facilities; runners-up in league and cup
2019/20 |  2       | QF     | Playoff     |  Ko round 1 |  Mani (11)              |  19c Ngono (9)         |  19c Ngono (7.3)        |  First European adventure
2020/21 |  2       | R2     | Playoff     |  Semis      |  19b Unterkircher (22)  |  20a Badertscher (12)  |  19c Ngono (7.5)        |  
2021/22 |  1       | R-up   | Group (3rd) |  Ko round 1 |  19b Unterkircher (20)  |  20a Badertscher (10)  |  21a Zürcher (7.4)      |  First league win; First CL group appearance
2022/23 |  1       | Won    | Group (4th) |     n/a     |  20a Badertscher (14)   |  19b Unterkircher (15) |  19b Unterkircher (7.6) |  Domestic double
2023/24 |  1       | R-up   | Quarters    |     n/a     |  20a Badertscher (22)   |  21a Zürcher (14)      |  21a Zürcher (7.8)      |  First CL knock-out appearance
2024/25 |  1       | Won    | Group (3rd) |  Quarters   |  20a Badertscher (18)   |  19b Unterkircher (18) |  19b Unterkircher (7.8) | 
2025/26 |  1       | Won    | Group (3rd) |  Ko round 2 |  20a Badertscher (25)   |  21a Zürcher (16)      |  19b Unterkircher (7.6) | 
2026/27 |  1       | Won    | Group (3rd) |  Ko round 2 |  20a Badertscher (31)   |  19b Unterkircher (14) |  20a Badertscher (7.9)  | 
2027/28 |  1       | Won    | Runner up   |     n/a     |  20a Badertscher (24)   |  21a Zürcher (18)      |  20a Badertscher (7.8)  | A close call in the CL
2028/29 |  1       | Won    | Semis       |     n/a     |  19b Unterkircher (20)  |  27a Saric (13)        |  19c Ngono (7.8)        |
	 
Season  |  Finances |  Coaching   |  Recruitment   | Training Fac.  | Youth Fac.      |  Stadium
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2017/18 |   £242k   | Adequate    | Basic          |  Poor          |  Basic          |  2600 
2018/19 |   £1.6m   | Average     | Basic          |  Adequate      |  Poor           |  2600
2019/20 |   £7.5m   | Excellent   | Fairly Basic   |  Basic         |  Below average  |  2600
2020/21 |   £18m    | Exceptional | Fairly Basic   |  Below Average |  Adequate       |  2600
2021/22 |   £32m    | Exceptional | Average        |  Adequate      |  Average        |  3900
2022/23 |   £39m    | Exceptional | Average        |  Average       |  Good           |  5000
2023/24 |   £55.5m  | Exceptional | Above average  |  Good          |  Great          |  5000
2024/25 |   £61.5m  | Exceptional | Above average  |  Impressive    |  Excellent      |  5000
2025/26 |   £65.5m  | Exceptional | Above average  |  Impressive    |  Excellent      |  5000
2026/27 |   £69m    | Exceptional | Above average  |  Excellent     |  Superb         |  5000
2027/28 |   £90m    | Exceptional | Established    |  Superb        |  Top            |  7500
2028/29 |   £106m   | Exceptional | Established    |  State of art  |  Top            |  10688

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Have a question regarding youth challenge.

What if your parent club wants to loan you a player? Big no?

Or if you dont have any...is it allowed to have one?

 

Tnx:)
 

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@The_Gato_In_Goal for your Spakenburg side, what happened to your B/reserve team? I'm doing this challenge still with Achilles 29 but my B/reserve team are in the tweede division is it called, and always in there year in year out, is there anyway of getting them in the proper reserves group or even the jupiler league? friendlies are easy enough to arrange around games and got a few feeder clubs to send players out on loan but wouldn't mind having a side in an actual competition too.

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29 minutes ago, GJS93 said:

@The_Gato_In_Goal for your Spakenburg side, what happened to your B/reserve team? I'm doing this challenge still with Achilles 29 but my B/reserve team are in the tweede division is it called, and always in there year in year out, is there anyway of getting them in the proper reserves group or even the jupiler league? friendlies are easy enough to arrange around games and got a few feeder clubs to send players out on loan but wouldn't mind having a side in an actual competition too.

Mine never got promoted to a playable league, although I guess that's possible when you're in the Eredivisie.

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May start this pretty soon as i don't think i'm going to get FM18. Any suggestions on the nation i start in. I'm thinking Portugal or Holland atm.

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1 hour ago, Jakarooney said:

May start this pretty soon as i don't think i'm going to get FM18. Any suggestions on the nation i start in. I'm thinking Portugal or Holland atm.

I really liked Portugal and didn't like Holland. But it's your choice :D

 

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