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[FM 18] The Greatest Glory In Living Lies Not In Never Falling, But In Rising Every Time We Fall - Redemption for the "Nearly Men" of Africa

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Against Tunisia, we were just looking to keep the damage to a minimum.  The match passed in a haze...I'm not entirely sure how we kept it at 6.

In Kenya we started poorly but managed to fight back and take the lead...only to give up an equalizer.  Regardless, a draw in Nairobi means that we maintain the advantage in qualifying...a 3 point margin that, if we can beat Liberia in Khartoum, should be enough to see us through to the Cup of Nations.

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What happened to ManU and they are so good?Ferguson return?:D

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1 hour ago, Sheriff7 said:

What happened to ManU and they are so good?Ferguson return?:D

Jose's evil twin has clearly murdered the real Jose, in-game.  That's the only possible explanation for all of this success, really.

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And with that, none of you will ever get Jose Mourino's "Ohh face" out of your mind.

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A solid match against Madagascar.  Less so against Mozambique...but those are the breaks.  And these are just friendlies...but I want more from this side.

I need to get my hands on a Sudanese club side, to improve our fortunes.  Hany Mukhtar's talents is going to waste.

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Zanzibar 2022?! 

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Ok...ok...ok...is it weird that I'm extremely excited for this competition?!  

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(By way of background, this is the oldest football tournament in Africa, founded in 1926.  It is discussed indirectly in Feet of the Chameleon, some basics  can also be found here.) 

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Fun fact for Zanzibar 2022 -- Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara) was born and grew up in Stone Town, Zanzibar.

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1 hour ago, Bedese said:

#VivaLaZanzibar!

The official drink of the tournament for Sudani supporters is the Zanzibar Libre: 2 parts vodka, 2 parts Buckfast, 1 part Red Bull, with some grapefruit zest.

They're conveniently packaged in juice boxes, too, so you don't spill any while bouncing on the terraces.

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A wild night in Khartoum secures passage to the Cup of Nations.  From Zanzibar 2022 to Guinea 2023, Sudan is going places.

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What a great start in Ghana and now, you're ready to make Sudan being the dominant African nation in football.:) And of course... Zanzibar 2022?:eek: I never see that happening... but we'll see! Anyway, good luck to see Sudan growing in African qualifiers!

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On 10/01/2019 at 08:15, sherwinriga said:

What a great start in Ghana and now, you're ready to make Sudan being the dominant African nation in football.:) And of course... Zanzibar 2022?:eek: I never see that happening... but we'll see! Anyway, good luck to see Sudan growing in African qualifiers!

Thanks, man!  And welcome back.

When I say CECAFA, you say CUP!  CECAFA!  CECAFA!

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Sudan - November 2022; Tactical Musings

Alright, I've been buried with work and family stuff for a bit, and am only now digging myself out.  And...in 48 hours, we leave for a week's vacation with no laptop.  Which is obviously the perfect time to start tinkering with tactics, right?!  Right?!

Well, I happened to come across @Guimy's brilliant post on implementing a 2503 strikerless formation in FM 19...and decided to start tinkering with the concept...  And, lo and behold, we've got something here.

Since the ME in 18 and 19 are different (especially insofar as the tactical setup is concerned), I used @Guimy's post as inspiration and...when melded with aspects of my prior strikerless tactics...came up with these monstrosities:

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The base tactic is PM Åsnor Våfflor (using my prior, absurd naming conventions, this is a bastardized translation of "grapefruit donkey waffles" into Swedish).  Granted, this tactic looks absurd, but plays as a 4330 -- spreading wide in possession, compact vertically and horizontally in defense.  I am still tinkering with a very fluid mentality, but have found thus far that fluid works best.  (As an aside, the working name for the tactic was "PM RKellyParty" because of the fluidity I was hoping to see...but @oriole01 was triggered, so I went a different route with the name, thanks to a timely, offhand comment from @Deisler26.)

The counter tactic is PM Åsna Kärlek ("grapefruit donkey love").  As you can see, I dropped the IWBs back into the defensive strata -- we kept getting exposed on the flanks, and I didn't want to drop my line deeper or change their respective duties to defensive.  But, once I made that little tweak...the tactic took off, with my United squad annihilating Barcelona at the Camp Nou and beating City 5-4 at the Etihad (we went down 3-nil in the first 23 minutes while under a different version of the tactic, the comeback began immediately upon switching to this one with City's 4th goal coming through a penalty).  Notably, the very fluid mentality works a treat in the counter formation -- I'm sure Mr. Kelly will be pleased.

I would like to make an overload version of the tactic, but the initial testing has been all over the map.  And not in a good way.  We'll see.

I'd also like to make a libero version...but even I realize that might be too ridiculous.

I'll do more tactical analysis as the save presses on.  But I'm already having a blast with it -- big wins, home and away.  I figure if the dross at United can play this...anyone can.

Realistically, though -- there's no way Sudan is ready to play this tactic.  I need to get a club job.  But we're going to do it anyways.  Our first match will be against Tunisia, the final/meaningless AFCON qualifier where we'll get stomped...and then we're off to Zanzibar 2022, before I disappear for a week IRL for some warm weather with the family...

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While there are 85 minutes left to play, there's little doubt that Tunisia are currently feeling the Grapefruit Donkey Love.

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Let's be honest.  Tunisia's quality was always going to win out.  But this is a massive result, on the road.  Hold your heads up, lads.

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Ok, before heading to Zanzibar 2022, we have to take an extremely quick glance at how things went in Africa this year.

TP Mazembe claimed the Champions League, with no less than 7 former Ashanti Gold players in the lineup. 

Speaking of Ashanti Gold, my former charges won the league and reached the semifinals of the Champions League before falling to Raja Casablanca...the same side who eliminated us at the Preliminary Stage in February 2020.  

Al-Hilal Omdurman won the Sudani title, meaning my wait to take over will continue.

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fantastic stuff, everyone needs a little grapefruit donkey love in their life! Will be following on to ensure I get mine

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We spent a long, drunken evening discussing plots to fix the draw, only to realize that it didn't really matter.  We were ****ed regardless.

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I love that my vote counts as much as Alan Pardew's, that **** managing England.  I voted for Neymar...to get a painful STD.

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5 minutes ago, Mandy42 said:

fantastic stuff, everyone needs a little grapefruit donkey love in their life! Will be following on to ensure I get mine

Welcome to the madhouse, brother...

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The CECAFA Cup in all its glory.  46th minute against Rwanda.

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Zanzibar 2022; CECAFA Cup Review

As it happens, the 1st  45 minutes of the tournament against Somalia were perhaps our best.  We were scintillating.  Dominant.  Incisive in front of goal.  The 2nd 45 of that match was meh...and then we threw away a 2-nil lead over Rwanda in the 2nd group match, before beating Burundi to advance where the luck of the draw paired us with...Burundi.  90 minutes later, we were off to the final against Ethiopia.  It was an even match, but they were deadly in front of goal while we were left doing the footballing equivalent of "pushing rope."  No bueno.

My favorite moment of the tournament may have been the message that my players were all headed home after the Group Stage, 3 days before the semifinal.  Nice planning by our FA, eh?  At least they all made it back in time to face Burundi.

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10 hours ago, Mandy42 said:

Toto Africa GIF - Toto Africa Iblessedtherainsdowninafrica GIFs

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We’ve got Armadillos in our trousers. It’s really quite frightening.

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Sudan / Al-HIlal Omdurman - January 2023

This is the moment when it all changes.  When it all comes together.  When the Falcons of Jediane can truly prepare to take flight.  We may have a long road ahead of us still, but World Cup qualification is on the menu, lads.  We're the biggest club in the country, soon to be the biggest on the Continent.

The Sudan project begins anew, today.

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Alright, vacation is calling.  Laptop is shutting down without any progress at Al-Hilal. 

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Much fraudulence will follow in due course.

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hope you "enjoy" your break, don't stay away too long, the facial ticks will only get worse

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7 hours ago, Mandy42 said:

hope you "enjoy" your break, don't stay away too long, the facial ticks will only get worse

I have no idea what you're talking about...

All vacation and no FM makes ManUtd1 a dull boy.

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