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7 minutes ago, XaW said:

Good luck with Finnsnes @schnauzer! I actually played with them in FM18 or something in a journeyman save I had. Played them for about 3-4 seasons and got them to the 2nd tier before Tromsø poached me and I lead them to Norwegian glory. Enjoy your stay in northern Norway, were there is midnight sun in the summer and eternal darkness in the winter, way above the arctic circle!

Thanks pal, do you think it will be the football or the weather conditions that drive me crazy first? :D 

I can tell already that it is going to be tricky to balance finances here just as it is in the English leagues! Have you had any issues with Follo?

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7 minutes ago, schnauzer said:

Thanks pal, do you think it will be the football or the weather conditions that drive me crazy first? :D 

I can tell already that it is going to be tricky to balance finances here just as it is in the English leagues! Have you had any issues with Follo?

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Going down...

Oh, and definitely the weather!

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6 hours ago, andyus said:

Was playing as Brodd IL and got relegated, and continued playing in the 4th tier. But in my save there was a bug with finances.

Upgraded training and youth facilities and didn't lose any money but when i got promoted to 3th tier again the finances got lower when i upgraded stuff.

 

That sounds like what happens in the 4th tier in France as well. It is also not possible to save money from one season to another.

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7 minutes ago, XaW said:

Oh, and definitely the weather!

Have a laugh when you're playing on a snow covered field, a player commits a foul and the commentary says 'Player 'x' is on thin ice.'

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I'm taking over the team where I did my best last FM.
I'm really wanting to try it in England but lack of time to build a 30 season long career is not encouraging me to try it.
That's why I go back to Poland where the seasons go rather quickly.

Let's go, Widzew Lodz!

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A surprisingly good first intake! We're low on numbers in the first team so some of these will get plenty of minutes this season. The personalities are a worry but I've brought in a HOYD with a determined personality and 20 for determination, which should see to that.

The 5 players shown below are clearly the best, and will probably all make it. If any of the others do also, then bonus!

Granstrom is definitely my favourite though, what a winger he is going to be!

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Well, its been 6 months into the season and the club is changed in a big way. I posted earlier about the sale of our top talent Tihomir Ajdukovic for £6,5 million to Liverpool. Now Liverpool have snapped up our other top prospect as well! Zdravko Tomaskovic was always way to good to be destined for a long career at NK Zadar and he, as Ajdukovic, unfortunately has a buy-out clause in his contract. January started with a bidding war for him, and all of a sudden we had PSG, Liverpool, Porto, Juventus, Milan etc. in for him. The £9,5 million buy out clause was no problem for these guys, and we lost our biggest talent! This has given us a remarkable £16,8 million in the bank, and we are basically set for many years to come. But are we going to end up as Liverpools farmer club?! Definitely mixed emotions with this one. Now we have to keep the rest of our talents and start promoting some of our other youngsters, because this has been a big set back on the pitch! 

 

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@thomas_e Those look like good sales to me.

 

Can you invest the funds in facilities to produce even better players?

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XaW - Follo Fotballklubb - 2020

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Table | Squad | Transfers | Finances

So here I am, back home, literally. I live about 5 minutes away from the stadium. And we are talking "stadium" in the broadest of terms. How broad?

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This broad, and yes it's partly a football pitch, partially for running and long jump and the like. So I took over the club shortly after their previous manager had lead them from the depths of the 3. division, and now up to PostNord-ligaen avdeling 2. For reference, that is the 3rd tier of Norwegian football. The team itself were in pretty good shape, with the only issue a shortage of decent left defenders. So I went into this with an open mind tactically, and what do I know and like? 4-5-1 with wingers of course. So I did and tried to play to the strengths of the players. And it seemed to work great from the get go. Of the first 6 matches, we won 4 and drew 2. Some small hits here and there, but we kept going throughout the whole season. In the end we only lost 5 games in the league all season. Annoyingly, two of those were to Stabæk Fotball 2 who only won 5 games all season! With two games left we were a single point ahead of Sandnes Ulf, facing them away in the penultimate game. We played the worst match of the season and lost 4-1. Simply a horrible game and we deserved to lose, and it could have been more. So two points behind and the final game left. We were at home to Flekkerøy, while Sandnes Ulf faced Kjelsås away, so I didn't have much of a hope. We did our job, and when it suddenly rained confetti I were stunned and actually cheered loudly, having my girlfriend thinking I finally lost my last marble, she responded with a sigh and rolling eyes. No matter, we won it! Kjelsås did us a favour and beat Sandnes Ulf! This means we are going up and Sandnes Ulf have to do the playoffs. Amazing, but it's going to be hard in the 2nd tier.

In the Norgesmesterskap we beat Lørenskog IF before losing to Stabæk, who finished 4th in the top tier this season, in the 2nd round.

The leading players this season have been Ernest Hubert RzepeckiJoachim Glosli and Nicolas Pena.

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Toledo Season 2020/21

Well the 2020/21 season has come to a close, and the club survived relegation battle, winning the Relegation Playoff 6-2 on aggregate.  Rodrigo Pena has already made his debut, playing in the relegation playoff win.  

Anyway, season screenshots below.

Transfers - the player in was signed before I could cancel it.

Season Review

Despite signing a new one year contract my job may be on the line as Toledo are in the middle of a bidding war

 

 

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Well, I need a left back, so that's good. But a lot of negatives for a "golden generation", I'd say.

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51 minutes ago, Fastbasher said:

@thomas_e Those look like good sales to me.

 

Can you invest the funds in facilities to produce even better players?

Yes, isolated they are good sales. But we are also talking about the best talent we have ever produced and I have to improve the team on the pitch as well. But when a release clause is met there is no arguing! 

We are improving facilities and we already have top junior coaching and recruitment so hopefully we can see some results from that in the next few years. 

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Youth intake 2021

A very good intake with quite a few interesting players.

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Sindre Lakkala 21f is a really interesting talent. Great mentals for a 16 year old an good at the technicals a defender needs. A bit low jumping, but that's pretty much it.

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I also chose to highlight Finn Støback 21b here since I need left defenders. Great mentals and a professional personality should help him improve a lot.

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Have also had no time on FM this weekend which is probably a good thing as they've still not fixed the playoff bug but I have lots of free time coming up now so have actually restarted at Palermo

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TABLE  //  TRANSFERS  //  SQUAD STATS

On The Pitch
This year felt like the first year of the challenge where we belonged and were not fighting for relevancy.
It certainly helped that we won our first three league games without conceding a goal, but that proved to be a run of good form and not our true standing in the league!
In fact it took 18 games to win another 3 games and we fell from 1st to 15th.  We never truly felt in danger of a relegation battle like the first two seasons and eventually we regained our form and battled to a 10th place finish.

Very happy with my main retraining projects this year.  Sidney Meefout (02B) is coming along nicely as a central defender and Jovi van der Maarel (01B) is coming along nicely as a right back

Off The Pitch
Lots going on here.
We were able to get a bunch of facility upgrades approved and teams started paying attention to our players, signifiying we are no longer their perceived whipping boys.  Important upgrades saw Academy Coaching up to 'Excellent' and Youth Recruitment up to 'Good'.
June - Managed to finally get 'sign players under 23' removed from Club Culture
June/July - 20+ offers for Eric Stegeman (02A) from various teams.  He only once complained about the rejected bids and his teammate talked him down from the ledge for us!  Truth be told, I didn't do him right this season as I chopped and changed formations.  Hoping to find something more suited to him (and others) soon.
October - Completed National A Licence
January - Youth Recruitment improved
January - Academy Coaching improved
March - Data Analyst Facility improved
March - Sidney van den Dikkenberg (01C) out for 6 months with serious viral infection
March - Joint Training & Youth Training facility upgrades agreed (1.4m)
June - Club culture now has 'Develop players using the clubs youth system'.  I did not prompt this.
June saw part 1 of the old timers clear out.  It probably affected up on the pitch on and off, when suspensions and injuries hit, but contracts were expiring and it was time to bite the bullet.  More will happen this up coming summer, with only first team squad players being kept.


Youth Intake
Our best intake yet, 8 players tagged.  Some look certain for action (RvR), others will probably never make the grade.  It is just nice to see the under 19s fill out with some potential.
Robbert van Rooijen (03A) - A brave, flair and pacey winger who is tiny.  Came on for the last 21 minutes of the last game of the season for his debut, scored a 90th minute goal (we lost 2-3) and it was voted goal of the season....  A decent intro!
Archie Stone (03B) - This is an odd one.  A very tall left winger, who is English.  The problem here is Brexit.  League rules state non-EU players have a minumum wage of 3.6k for u21s and 7.25k for 21 and older.  Our highest wage at the club is only 1.3k...  Archie is stuck on a youth contract...
Peter Manual (03C) - A decent looking option in central midfield.  I am going to retrain for DM as well to help out, especially as two of my existing youth MC prospects are doing well in their retraining roles (a DC and a DR....)
Mart Molenaar (03D) - High potential strikers are always exciting!  Shouldn't see any first team action for a while but hoping he plays well in the u19s and gives me a selection headache.
Toon Peters (03E) - Similar to Mart.  I may retrain Toon (attack minded MC?), but hoping he plays well and develops in the u19s 
Sander Boogers (03F) - Unambitious and below 6 foot, but we are not overly well stocked at DC so he may see emergency time.
Yassine van der Horst (03G) - This is a potential dark horse.  Our former star player was our very attacking DL, but he is now 34 and has dropped off significantly this past season and will be released (he is still wanting over a grand a week!). Yassine will be our back DL to begin with while he gets used to first team football.
Quincy Beck (03H) - A central defender.  Nothing fancy about him, but we definitely need him in the u19s

 

Challenge History

Season League Position Highest Average Top Goalscorer Top Assists Top POTMs
01 Eerste 18 / 20 Stef Brummel - 6.89 Ahmed El Azzouti - 9
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Many - 3 Ahmed El Azzouti - 2
02 Eerste 12 / 20 Eef van Riel - 6.88 Jeroen Bosch (00C) - 8 Mike van der Laar - 4 Jeroen Bosch (00C) - 4
03 Eerste 10 / 20 Mike van de Lar - 7.03 Jeroen Bosch (00C) - 8 Jeroen Bosch (00C) - 6 5 players - 2

Facilities

  Training Youth Training Academy Coaching Youth Recruitment
Start Poor Poor Fairly Basic Basic
End of Season 01 Poor Poor Average Fairly Basic
End of Season 02 Basic Basic Good Adequate
End of Season 03 Below Average Below Average Excellent Good

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2031/32 Annecy FC season review - French National division

The League

This was my most enjoyable season of this challenge by far. Almost all tinkering with the team improved our fortunes. I suspected this team would prove capable in the French National division and they did not let me down.

At one point in February we were 9 points clear at the top of the table. We were guaranteed promotion with two games in hand and actually won the league with a game in hand due to all other games being played before ours in the final round and the head to head tiebreak with Beziers being in our favour.

 

The Players

Alaa Saibi YP24c was once again our player of the season, young player of the season and top scorer with 25 goals. He was also runner up for French National player of the season award. One frustration was the amount of times he got called up to the Tunisian national team without playing. He missed five domestic games because of this and we relied on him heavily for goals. He went to the African Cup of Nations, but made just a single substitute appearance.

Abdelhadi Amara YP24b won the French National division goalkeeper of the season award.

Julien Aubert YP28c was also selected for the French National division team of the season.

 

Transfers

Our chairman once again tried to sabotage our team by accepting an offer for highly talented DM, Nicolas Renucci, for 2.2k. I asked him to renegotiate and he seemed pleased to get the deal up to 2.5k.

A board takeover could really improve our fortunes.

 

The announcement that we were turning professional came with two games left in the season, once promotion was confirmed. I'm now busy trying to tie down my first team players to full time contracts and keeping my reserves on part time contracts for 20-50 pounds a week.

The world has just opened up with greater possibilities for financial improvement, infrastructure improvements and increased player development.

 

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5 hours ago, jstu9 said:

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This just popped up.

Wow.

I haven't progressed yet so i don't know if he will get sold. But this was the guy I asked about a couple weeks ago - I asked if I should sell him or not. I did for peanuts. But I had a 50% clause in there. If this goes through, I'm rich. Like filthy rich.

Of course I'm struggling and the board hates me so I may get sacked. But I guess I can't have everything.

This right here is exactly why I always add the 50% of next fee into all sales. There are a lot of possible improvements to facilities for half of that money! ;) 

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Anyone noticing youth players getting their training reset every few months, cant tell if my 500 hours on this years game has turned me schizophrenic seeing things that arent there or if its actually happening

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49 minutes ago, OneManSnipez said:

Anyone noticing youth players getting their training reset every few months, cant tell if my 500 hours on this years game has turned me schizophrenic seeing things that arent there or if its actually happening

Yes, I've seen it happen, but only to a few select players, so I've been unsure if I'm doing something strange. Only individual training, mind.

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@darren1983: This post by Seb is a bit more than the one I posted earlier, including the youth poaching. Could you update the first post?

 

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@schnauzer finnsnes was a team I tried to get promoted but was taking a while. Good luck will be keeping a eye on how you get on 😊

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42 minutes ago, XaW said:

@darren1983: This post by Seb is a bit more than the one I posted earlier, including the youth poaching. Could you update the first post?

 

Have done so :thup:

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St. Ives 2032/33 Season Review

League Table    Playoffs    Youth Intake    Squad    Transfers

Ah, playoff disappointment. Hello again, old friend.

Actually, I refuse to complain about 2nd. We're improving really nicely, both individually and as a team. Atkins was simply phenomenal, earning himself both Top Goalscorer and Player of the Season. While our tactic has changed in a few other ways as well, I think it's safe to say he works better with a striking partner. You could sure do worse than Aspin for that, considering he's basically a hard-working PF(D) that does nothing but open channels for you.

Much is happening off the field as well, what with a new owner stepping in. I was concerned he'd demand big changes or even have me replaced, but right off the bat he approved funding for better youth recruitment and improved youth level, in addition to injecting an extra £50K. Maybe we can be friends after all!

Decent youth intake. The preview got my hopes up a bit high, but Driver doesn't look too bad and Hughes and Eaton-Collins could grow into decent PFs. As usual, it's really down to how they develop from here.

Season    League              Finish   Notes
2032/33   Vanarama National   2nd      
2031/32   Vanarama National   4th      Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd, FA Trophy runners-up
2030/31   Vanarama National   7th      Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd
2029/30   Vanarama National   15th     -
2028/29   Vanarama National   10th     FA Trophy runners-up
2027/28   Vanarama North      1st      League winners
2026/27   Vanarama North      2nd      Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd
2025/26   Vanarama North      2nd      Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd
2024/25   Vanarama North      2nd      Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd
2023/24   Vanarama North      5th      Lost in Playoff 2nd Rnd
2022/23   Vanarama North      4th      Lost in Playoff 1st Rnd
2021/22   Vanarama North      9th      -
2020/21   Vanarama North      15th     -

 

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