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  1. A Defender's Story: 250+ Goals

    Lovely stuff again. Also, did I read that right, is his wage 17 million?! Surely not a week?!
  2. League football – you know the drill. Three go up, three go down, one champion, and sometimes there are playoffs. I won’t insult your intelligence. But what if I told you it doesn’t have to be that way? What if I told you there are leagues out there that steer away from the norm? Come with me as we explore these exciting other leagues. Scottish Premier League We start this tour in the SPL, which is a pretty standard league with a few twists. The 12 team league still has one winner, who qualifies for the Champions League, and the teams in second and third qualify for the Europa League. However, with the league being on the small side, instead of each team playing everyone four times, the league actually splits. After all sides have played 33 games, the top six then play each other once again, with the bottom six doing likewise – allowing teams struggling at the foot of the table to get a leg up by playing the teams around them. At the end of the season, the bottom team is relegated, with the second-bottom team playing the second-placed team from the Scottish Championship in a playoff. The Northern Ireland Premier Division also follows a very similar format. Belgian First Division B And here we come across our first properly unique league in the game. The Belgian league system underwent an overhaul in 2016, and the First Division B was created. The 8 teams in the league play each other twice, with a league winner declared, and then they repeat the exercise. The winners of the two ‘mini-leagues’ then play each other for overall first place, with the teams finishing 2nd-4th joining the teams in the First Division A in a Europa League playoff. The four remaining teams then play each other in an overall relegation playoff. Got it? No? Why not give it a go? League of Ireland Premier Division 12 teams play each other home and away in this summer league, with one winner who qualifies for the Champions League qualifiers, and 2nd- and 3rd-placed finishers who qualify for the Europa League qualifiers. So far, so standard. However. The 2017 season is seeing a shakeup. One team will be promoted from the first division and three teams relegated. After this, 10 teams will contest each decision. It may be a one-season wonder, but it could be fun to play in a division where 25% of the teams will drop out at the end of the season. Turkish League 2 The Turkish second division is a fun little league. Or rather, it isn’t. Because it’s more like two leagues. The third tier of the Turkish league pyramid has 36 teams and is split into two groups, red and white. Each group plays like a standard league, with the winner going up automatically and the bottom three teams being relegated – however the playoffs are where it gets fun. The second to fifth placed teams play their corresponding team from the other group, with the four winners then completing the playoff sequence to find the final team to get promoted. What I love most about this league is that you could play a season as one team, then pick another and have an entirely different experience. On balance, I think my favourite is the Belgian First Division B. It’s just so different from the norm, and there are plenty of twists and turns to be had. What’s your favourite?
  3. A Defender's Story: 250+ Goals

    Genuinely think you should tweet the great man himself to share yours (and his) achievement. massive congrats mate, well done.
  4. Sugar Daddy Doesnt work

    I thought it was more than two seasons - at least four I thought. It's not just about winning things though - bringing through youth players, financial control, tactical acumen all play a part.
  5. Fox in Both Boxes. 132 Goals

    Ahhh Rajkovic. A FMM legend. Best of luck!
  6. A Defender's Story: 250+ Goals

    Keep it up @BatiGoal you've come so far. I have faith!
  7. My 4-4-2

    Yeah - like who the hell is defending?!
  8. Top 8 Bargains for Top-Flight Teams

    I've just seen Venancio go to Napoli for 30m in 2019 in another save I'm playing.
  9. What I would like in FMM 18

    What would be the purpose of having a rival manager to play against?
  10. Much to everyone’s joy, the January update brings many upgraded or new features to the game, and of course brings updated transfers. But that is sometimes a curse rather than a blessing – sometimes your go-to bargain players from the first half of the season have been moved on in real life, meaning you have to splash the big bucks to buy them. But don’t worry, there are always fresh bargains to be had! With the way transfer fees are going these days, I consider players under £10million to be a bargain. Clubs in China buying average players and sticking them on high wages hasn’t helped either! Below are my top 8 bargain players: (Please bear in mind I used Manchester City to ensure I had the money to buy all of these, so the wage expectations are a little higher than normal!): Domagoj Vida This guy is a solid across the board defender – an experienced international with plenty of years left in the tank. He’s comfortable anywhere in the backline, and while his passing, tackling and aerial ability are good, he lacks a little in the strength department for a centre back. However, his pace, stamina and crossing make him a good option for either side. I actually got into a bidding war with Bournemouth for him (which shows that he is an achievable target for any top-flight club) and eventually picked him up for £8million, with wages of 65k. Frederico Venancio One of the first players I found when researching this piece, I really like Venancio. He does everything you need a centre-back to do – good in the air, a solid tackler, with excellent positioning, decision making and leadership. His strength needs a boost, but he is still young enough to develop. Snap him up for no more than £5.5million. Hilal Soudani Arguably the biggest bargain on the list, I picked up Soudani for £2million. Let me repeat that. £2million. A striker, the right side of 30, with high stats in shooting, dribbling, pace and movement, with strength not far behind, and a better than 1-in-2 record at international level. Sure, his aerial ability isn’t that high, but I’m willing to overlook that. And with wages of just 35k, you’d be mad not to sign him. Joel Robles You may be surprised to see an existing Premier League player on the list, but hear me out. When I did an attribute search for well-known players (David de Gea and Petr Cech specifically, arguably two of the best keepers in the Premier League), Robles appeared both times. His green stats are what you want from a keeper, while his throwing isn’t far behind. He could be a little more agile and better at decision making, but for just £6million you could do a lot worse. Lassana Diarra A sneaky one, as he’s not technically a bargain being free, but I wanted to include him anyway – Lass has all the attributes you need for a holding midfielder. He’s only 31, and expects wages of 40K, so a good pickup for any top-flight side needing steel in the middle. Wellingon Nem Wellington Nem nearly didn’t make the list – initially, Shaktar wanted nearly £17million for him, however they sold Bernard for an eye-watering fee and brought in a number of replacements, so I was able to pick him up for £9.5million later in the window. Excellent at what he does and pretty poor elsewhere, sign him if you want a playmaker who gives you an extra centre-forward option. Expect to pay around 65k on his wages. Dudu Another player signed after a bidding war, Dudu is an exciting attacking talent. Creative, with technique, movement and dribbling abilities near the top of the range, he can play across the attacking midfield spectrum. It cost me the full £10million to see off Liverpool to sign him, and he wanted a whopping 90k in wages, but in my opinion he is worth the money to have an attacking force in your side for years to come. Jaume Costa I like Costa – he does everything I like my full-backs to do. He’s quick, has a good engine, can tackle and positions himself well. His aggression is a little high, and his crossing could improve a little, but for just £7.5million and 45k on wages, I wouldn’t sniff at signing him.
  11. I'm loving this career - doing the same myself. Took on my hometown team Reading in my third season with them struggling (in my previous seasons with Yeovil and Chesterfield I came in after their manager was poached by a bigger side, with them doing well). My season with the Royals did not go well and I ended the season early, in February. Back into League One with Charlton now, hoping to rebuild some reputation before hitting the Championship again!
  12. Highest average rated player. Aww yeah.
  13. Amazing to see you get an international job so early. Keep up the good work mate.