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i have a question for @dothestrand or anyone else playing with Bilbao.  I'm thinking about starting  with Bilbao like I did a few editions ago .

I played with Paris FC and only signed players born in the region Ile de France. I tagged all the cities from that region in the editor to help me filter them in player search and squad views. 

I know that u can search on Basque  nationality but would tagging all the Basque cities work ? of course it is possible that a guy pops up in Valencia with a Basque  Basque nationality.  

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8 hours ago, OlivierL said:

i have a question for @dothestrand or anyone else playing with Bilbao.  I'm thinking about starting  with Bilbao like I did a few editions ago .

I played with Paris FC and only signed players born in the region Ile de France. I tagged all the cities from that region in the editor to help me filter them in player search and squad views. 

I know that u can search on Basque  nationality but would tagging all the Basque cities work ? of course it is possible that a guy pops up in Valencia with a Basque  Basque nationality.  

Basque Country has a flag, so they show up as having a second nationality. If I read your question correctly, the game already does something similar for you.

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28 minutes ago, Mr_Demus said:

Basque Country has a flag, so they show up as having a second nationality. If I read your question correctly, the game already does something similar for you.

Yes idd i know, so tagging birth cities wouldn't gave any benefits , and certainly not because players could be basque and not born in one of those cities .

I'll have to use the automatic filter on basque first or second nationality .

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28 minutes ago, OlivierL said:

Yes idd i know, so tagging birth cities wouldn't gave any benefits , and certainly not because players could be basque and not born in one of those cities .

I'll have to use the automatic filter on basque first or second nationality .

It should work fine then. Maybe I am thick, but tagging birth cities would just give you extra work, that is kind of already done for you, right? Or, do you need additional info, that the "search for Basque nationality" filter doesn't give you?

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1 hour ago, Mr_Demus said:

It should work fine then. Maybe I am thick, but tagging birth cities would just give you extra work, that is kind of already done for you, right? Or, do you need additional info, that the "search for Basque nationality" filter doesn't give you?

No this looks good in squad view like below, but wouldn't give me anything else i suppose :)

 

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Sorry @OlivierL I only use the second nationality filter to search for players. I never do anything sophisticated like tagging. Often I search by birthplace for specific towns or cities e.g. if I wanted a team JUST of players born in Bilbao. I found a great Basque born regen at Sporting Gijon in my save but I was unable/ not permitted to sign him. Not sure how that worked though. He didn't have Basque second nationality despite being born in Pamplona of somewhere clearly in the Basque country. 

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5 hours ago, dothestrand said:

Sorry @OlivierL I only use the second nationality filter to search for players. I never do anything sophisticated like tagging. Often I search by birthplace for specific towns or cities e.g. if I wanted a team JUST of players born in Bilbao. I found a great Basque born regen at Sporting Gijon in my save but I was unable/ not permitted to sign him. Not sure how that worked though. He didn't have Basque second nationality despite being born in Pamplona of somewhere clearly in the Basque country. 

Thanks, i'm going to decide this evening if i start with Bilbao or something else. I want to do a Dof challenge.. not sure if i can do this with Bilbao (not many players to sign for a DoF so not the biggest risk)

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Season 1
The season was better than I expected. Got 4th place in the league but my God we were far and away from the top 3. I need a goalscorer sooner or later as Adruiz is retired and everybody else has been inconsistant up front
The transfer market went ok. Got Viguera back along with Saborit and Eraso on loan. I have tied Eraso on a permanent deal. And now next season, I have wrapped up the return of Guillermo on a cash + player deal (Viguera will leave).
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This is the tactic I settled with in the end. It is De Zerbi-esque
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Top goalscorer from midfield

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Effective in set pieces

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Solid between the sticks

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Will be missed

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His crosses are crazy good but he just can't get fit

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Very good RB

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Good CB

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Another good CB

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Tough to find his best spot in the squad

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Best deadball specialist

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He was ok

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Solid DM

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I'm thinking about starting an Athletic Bilbao save, and I have a somewhat random question.

It looks like the game does a fairly good job of generating Basque surnames for newgens.  I like that, because it's going to increase the immersion factor considerably.  I've also considered starting a similar save with an earlier edition of FM, with players like Mikel Arteta and Xabi Alonso.

Do any of you know if previous editions of FM do as well with Basque names?  Thanks in advance.

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On 22/08/2020 at 21:43, Tom Ashley said:

I'm thinking about starting an Athletic Bilbao save, and I have a somewhat random question.

It looks like the game does a fairly good job of generating Basque surnames for newgens.  I like that, because it's going to increase the immersion factor considerably.  I've also considered starting a similar save with an earlier edition of FM, with players like Mikel Arteta and Xabi Alonso.

Do any of you know if previous editions of FM do as well with Basque names?  Thanks in advance.

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quick question for all of you Bilbao experts. I'm currently nearly at the end of the second season and over the course of the two seasons I've got 3 affiliate clubs, Hibernian, 1860 Munich and N.E.C, on the link type where they can send academy players and they can come through my youth teams. My question is has anyone done this and can these youngsters actually come through at Bilbao and be signed to professional deals due to them only being able to sign Basque players or 16 year old Spainards? 

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8 hours ago, HibeeRyan said:

quick question for all of you Bilbao experts. I'm currently nearly at the end of the second season and over the course of the two seasons I've got 3 affiliate clubs, Hibernian, 1860 Munich and N.E.C, on the link type where they can send academy players and they can come through my youth teams. My question is has anyone done this and can these youngsters actually come through at Bilbao and be signed to professional deals due to them only being able to sign Basque players or 16 year old Spainards? 

I don't think I've tried overseas affiliate clubs. I guess you might be offered one in France e.g. Aviron Bayonnais, the largest French Basque club and where Aymeric Laporte started. I'm surprised the board offered you Hibs, say, as an affiliate. I don't think you could get their under 16s and offer them Basque second nationality. Only works with Spanish clubs, I think. 

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Also, I think I've only ever seen half a dozen French Basques come through as regens in a dozen or so seasons and only one of them has been remotely decent (a crashed save where I found a quality French Basque GK). 

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2 hours ago, dothestrand said:

I don't think I've tried overseas affiliate clubs. I guess you might be offered one in France e.g. Aviron Bayonnais, the largest French Basque club and where Aymeric Laporte started. I'm surprised the board offered you Hibs, say, as an affiliate. I don't think you could get their under 16s and offer them Basque second nationality. Only works with Spanish clubs, I think. 

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I asked for this particular affiliate but it was the board who recommended the teams. You can see the link type here and I do know Hibs can produce some very good regens. I will keep them and see if anything comes of it. Mainly doing this save to try and get better at youth development before fm21 comes out so will see what happens. Was mainly curious if I could get Scottish players with second nationality of Basque, was an interesting thought anyway! Just not sure if the game would stop it happening in the background or not!

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1 hour ago, HibeeRyan said:

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I asked for this particular affiliate but it was the board who recommended the teams. You can see the link type here and I do know Hibs can produce some very good regens. I will keep them and see if anything comes of it. Mainly doing this save to try and get better at youth development before fm21 comes out so will see what happens. Was mainly curious if I could get Scottish players with second nationality of Basque, was an interesting thought anyway! Just not sure if the game would stop it happening in the background or not!

I found an English player at Man City in a crashed save, born around Manchester but with Basque second nationality, and was able to sign him, even after he was 16 I think. To sign these guys they would need Basque parentage probably, but even that wouldn't work IRL as it would be a very loose interpretation of the Athletic Club policy.

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