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  1. This is my first career thread for this years instalment of FMM, (bare with me while I shake the rust off 😂) Link to the original challenge created by the legend that is @BatiGoal In an effort to build up suspense for what I hope will be an amazing career, I'm going to leave you with 3 facts/hints to the team I start this challenge with and also 'the chosen one'. Lets see if anyone can guess either the club or the player (or both 😜) before 1st update which should be up by the weekend! My Team. 1. Founded on the 1st of August 1926. 2. Serie A winners on 2 occasions. 3. Nicknames include: Partenopei, Gli Azzurri ('The Light Blues') and I Ciucciarelli ('The Little Donkeys'). The Chosen One. 1. 6ft 3" striker born on the 2nd of March 1988 (28 years old at the start of game) in Bocholt, West Germany. 2. In the 06/07 season he was top goalscorer of the Youth-Bundesliga West with 21 goals. 3. First professional appearance was for Duisburg vs Ingolstadt 04 in the second tier on the 19th of October 2008. See you soon for season 1!
  2. So a rough introduction, i'm into my 2nd year managing Wrexham A.F.C. , attained promotion by getting a 5th placed finish in the VNL. 1st was Forest Green, 2nd Dag & Red. However we managed to win the FA trophy, beating Guiseley. Right now we're currently in Sky bet league 2, early March 2018, top of the table with 82 points, Doncaster closely behind at 81 points. Knocked out of EFL Cup Huddersfield, out of FA Cup at the hands of Brentford. But being knocked out of cup gives us full ability to concentrate on League 2. Just to share a bit on my save. the roundup of the previous season, Our profilic goal scorer would be Jordan White, getting 21 goals so far this season, Jason Gilchrist close with 20 goals as well, John Rooney with 9 assists. i have kept majority of the squad, with majority of them being the youngsters. Gilchrist isn't lacking behind in goals either. formally on the books of Man City and Burnley, i got him cheaply at just 30k. My shot stoppers, as for Konrad Jalocha, i got him on a bosman frm Legia, a great bargain, still am keeping the aging but capable Shwan Jalal as deputy now. used him as my no.1 for most part of last season. Some of the young guns that were key in promotion through VNL... Rob Evans a good central midfielder, Tyler Harvey a creative youngster which can be deployed as a striker option and Callum Powell a useful left wide player with good technique. Skipper Mark Carrington.. and of course Wayne Rooney's brother some of the business i done over the 1 and a half seasons at Wrexham... One of my main Midfielders, bought the former Bolton & Liverpool trainee from Southport for 45k, proving to be a good buy and a first team player for me for a few years i predict. another of my midfielders, former of Chelsea & Leicester, bought from Boreham Wood for 28k. Joined on a free from Bristol City, former Sheff Utd man is young but a steady one when called up to replace one of my either 2 Strikers one of my trusted more experienced wide players, bought for 20k, cheap i would say, from curzon ashton. Formerly of Wolves and Man Utd. Key player Another brother of a Man Utd player, got him extremely cheap at just 6k from north ferriby. Not too bad as well so far getting 12goals in 20 apps so far. useful backup Just sharing some bit of the squad i built so far, will be pushing for promotion and hopfully the League 2 title, since the journey in League 2 has been rather smooth with these good players in my squad. Cheers to other managers bringing up lower league teams to glory! thanks for reading
  3. Hi all I'm back with my latest career, after watching so many people attempt a 1KC I decided to give it a go, with a twist. This is a great challenge by @Peely in which I have to score 1000 goals with an army of 34+ Year olds So without further delay let's get to Season 1 Season 1 Transfers Serie A Europa League Italian Cup The Player Rodrigo Palacio Goals Scored 40 Goals Left 960 Thanks for reading and comments are appreciated
  4. Hello fellow vibers! @Jack.Holt i hereby accept this challenge. Reasons for doing this challenge is. 1. The fun of creating a goalscoring tactic/or tactics. 2. The difficulty in stage 2. 3. @Taff hasnt startet at it yet, so i will have this to myself for a bit 😜😂😉 4. Need something on the side while struggeling with another challenge. From Germany - England - France to Spain. Break the record of most team goals in league competition in a whole season. First of his name Don Santo of Munich helped me to ease through season one, now the fun begins ( YES i chose the easy way with Bayern ) Stay tuned.... WHo is up for the challenge....🐼
  5. Taff Attempts the "Germanic Europe Challenge" Season 1 Belgium Hi guys Taff here and this is my attempt at the third in the trilogy of @BatiGoal's break the record challenges Here's the Link to the OP So we all know the score by now, take over a team and take one player to break the goal scoring record for that country then move on and repeat with a different player in each league This time round we begin in Belgium, then take a trip to Holland before finishing in Germany So let's crack on I have had a little experience in Belgium this year (thanks to one of my earlier saves "Changing the face of modern football") There I had 3/4 seasons in the league and I chose to go with the same team this time around, ladies and gentleman Hellfor Leather is now the manager of KAA Gent (or AA Gent seems to change for some reason) Now I have the team but who will I chose to be my main man, well the team has three decent strikers but two were on long term injury and the third has horrible stamina, so I went and brought someone in to have a go, but who did I get for the mighty AA Gent Messi, Lukaku, Costa No I present to you the next best thing to Neymar... Neymar's older retarded cousin Nilmar Got him on a free transfer due to my lack of funds but for a 32 year old he has some decent stats and the Belgian league isn't the hardest in the world, so I thought I'd give him a shot to beat the current record of 41 (worst case scenario I have a good season and buy someone new next year) But he had a good season He was only 10 goals shy buy the time the new year rolled in, so I had high hopes he could smash this, then he went on a semi dry spell scoring here and there rather than the 2 a game I was used to, but come early March he had tied the record (that's right took over two months to score 10 goals) I then had to rest him up for a game or two but during our second leg Euro Cup game against Celtic he got the 42nd goal So with the record in the bag, I rested him a few more games and then set him loose hoping he could bag a load more before the season ended Here's how he looked at the end of the season Still pretty decent, his pace took a hit but his shooting, dribbling, movement and technique all look good at 32 He ended the season 52 in 63, not bad by anyones standards but slightly disappointed he seemed to go to sleep after the new year Here's the full transfer dealings this season The team went on to have a fantastic season But this is the main reason I'm so proud of the boys this year So a great season, League Champs, Belgian Cup winners and Euro Cup Finalists Here's the teams full fixtures Here's the Team stats And finally the boys did very well in the end of season awards So a very good season for the team but I think we could do better in the goal challenge so next season I'll see what sort of funds we get and maybe bring in a better striker to try and break 52 Until next time See you on the Flip side TAFF OUT!!!!!!!!
  6. Welcome all to my attempt at the Save Game Challenges as set forth by @samhardy Link I will endeavour to play each save as they are put up and will update this thread with each mini career. So without further ado I attempt... The Espanyol Challenge The medal requirements are: Bronze - Double the current points tally - end the season with 56 points or over. Silver - Qualify for some form of European football (Champions League or Europa League) Gold - Complete the double over Barcelona and qualify for the Champions League We start the challenge with a few days left of the January transfer window. A quick look around the squad shows some decent attacking talent but whilst the starting defence looks solid there's a lack of depth and the midfield isn't great. Unfortunately there's not much on the market so I pick up Maicon to bulk out the RB position; the legend that is Ronaldinho (mainly as I've never managed him) and Garcia on loan for CM competition. The league table shows us in 10th position with 28 points, 7 points off europe and 9 off 4th and the holy ground of the Champions League. Let's get to it... Straight off the bat, the gold medal requirement game is up - beat Barcelona to complete the double! I decided to go for an attacking 4-1-2-2-1 formation hoping that going for the jugular would pay off against a generally attacking Barca team. Stupidity maybe but I didn't want to spend 90 minutes defending against one of the strongest attacks known to the game of football! Continue ... Play ... 90 minutes later (96 actually) February - Off to a flyer March - New manager bounce? April - hopefully no fools May - the force be with us Review
  7. So with all my attention being fixed on @BatiGoal's player based goal challenges at the moment, this one from @Jack.Holt which has the same premise but involves the team breaking the various league goal scoring records caught my eye here's the link So the aim is simple (sort of) and it's a nice break from having one player trying to score to getting the whole team involved So @AndersJ look out because here comes TAFF and the boys at.... I know Bayern and Dortmund are the top choices for this challenge but I liked the look of this team and more specifically their two strikers Jhon Cordoba (who has always impressed me and played very well in my other save for Columbia) and Yoshinori Muto (who I picked up as a free agent in another save and was a great underrated striker) So I took over at Mainz and looking to notch up the very impressive 104 total to beat the record So first I decided to bring in some extra players for the squad Wisdom I feel is a very underrated player and really cheap to pick up early in the game (and later on) Rausch was a decent find at LB/LW then Ferreira, Mendendez and Seoane all came in as defensive backups We had no outgoing sales this year, I wanted to see what the squad was made of before I decided to sell anyone So we went on our way looking to break the 103 goal record The season went well... We managed to win the league but came up well short (16) of the 104 target, but a promising start to my time here. We were knocked out of the German Cup in the Semi Finals But was very happy with how the season progressed all in all Here's the team's stats As you'd expect Cordoba and Muto combine for 68 of the teams total goals this season Quaison, Borjan and Latza providing the assists from the midfield We also came away with a good amount of team awards My strikers claim 1st and 2nd in the POTY My LW Oztunali claims the YPOTY And we make it 3 from 3 as I claim the MOTY award So @AndersJ can breath easy for now, having completed this leg first time of asking, but we are coming for you old friend so watch out Season 2 update will be up ASAP Cheers Guys and see you on the flip side
  8. Good day fellow Vibers! Welcome to the new career between me and @Brenty92! After asking me earlier in my Journey thread, we spent several hours discussing ideas and creating challenges to play, and we finally decided on this one. So, we will be competing in an adaption of the Freebies Challenge! Below is the adaption we made: In the original challenge, created by @Smee123, you had to sell your top 5 highest valued players each season, but in our adaption, you have to sell your entire team instead. The challenge lasts until one of us wins every trophy available to a club in the Premier League. The teams we have started with are.... So, what do you think? Whose team are you siding with? Let us both know with a comment, aswell as your thoughts on the challenge, and anything else! Thanks for reading! TeamMcandrew003 or TeamBrenty92?
  9. Gheorge Hagi. 516 games. 237 goals. 125 caps. 35 international goals. Real Madrid. Barcelona. Seven time winner - Romanian Footballer of the Year. 1994 World Cup All Stars team. 1998 FIFA XI. Named by Pelé as one of the 125 greatest living footballers. Renowned for his dribbling, technique, vision, passing, and finishing. Galatasary fans named him "The Commander". Romanians call him "The King". No pressure then, Ianis Hagi. The Prince of Romania? Hello, and welcome to my "Like father, like son" career! Inspired by @kylieboi88 and his "Kluivert Reborn" career, which you can check out below. In my version of the career, I will be using Ianis Hagi, son of the legendary Gheorge Hagi. Starting with Galatasary, I will sign Hagi from his current side Fiorentina, and attempt to match his father's trophy haul at the Turkish side. So as you can see, I aim to secure 4 league titles, win the Turkish Cup and Super Cup twice each, while also winning a European trophy. After this, I will move to a team from one of the three other active leagues, England, Italy and Spain, and then re-sign Hagi, and attempt to win all major trophies available in that country, before moving to the two remaining nations and attempting the same. Secondary objectives are to win World Player of the Year, as well as Player of the Year in each country played in. So, let's begin! After signing a deal to take over as manager of Galatasaray, I approached Fiorentina to sign Ianis Hagi. My starting bid was not even close to their valuation, and I made the decision to just match their valuation, and spend most of my transfer budget on the 17 year old. The remaining funds were turned into extra wages to help facilitate potential free transfers or loans. Not sure yet if I'm going to sell any of my current players. Hagi's current stats are not bad at all for someone of his age, and he seems to have very good potential. And that's all for now, will post another update at the end of the summer transfer window, including transfers, tactics, results, and of course an update on Hagi's performances. Until then, see ya!
  10. That's right my fellow Vibers I am back with my 3rd (thats right 3rd) attempt at the UK challenge Here's a link incase you missed it Now the reason for this being my 3rd attempt is very straight forward Attempt 1 - The original rules stated that you only had 1 season in each league, however this proved very problematic as moving from Ireland to Scotland after 1 season was Impossible no Scottish club wanted me (even after winning the league and all four domestic cups in that season). So @BatiGoal (the God of these challenges) changed the rules to allow a player to remain in each league as long as necessary to build your rep so moving was easier. Attempt 2 - I managed to break the record in 3 of the four nations, however after leaving Scotland with a very good rep (11th best ranked manager in the world) a season in Wales took that away very fast (as @Ashez has said the rep system is very flawed), and unlike my very clever friend @AndersJ I didn't load England as the primary league, so I was unable to land a lower division job to work my way up, so I was stuck in Wales (even after I got Nigeria to the WC final) So here we are, not one to give up I have started Version 3.0 (this time with England as the primary league) so I can join @AndersJ on that leaderboard (and hopefully take his top spot ) With all that out of the way let us begin this the third (and hopefully last) attempt at this very enjoyable (and very difficult) challenge Season 1 Ireland So we begin the journey in Northern Ireland and for me I wanted to go back to where I started the first 2 times and that is with Cliftonville FC This is where my journey begins again and there is still only one choice for my striker Daniel Hughes (I challenge anyone to find a striker with better attributes in this league) So with the same club and same striker I set out on my odyssey through the UK So Cliftonville have a pretty decent budget at the beginning of the game (when you adjust the budget that is) went from having £10K to spend to almost £200K, so I decided to add to the squad to give it better depth So with the squad shaped, we set off (slowly at first) while I got the tactics sussed but then we destroyed it this year The team also compete in the Euro Cup playoffs at the start of the year and we made it through two rounds but got our butts handed to us in the playoff game so nothing really to report Now onto the main man and well he killed it, chasing to 27 goal record he only needed less than half a season to get there beating the record by 10 goals by the new year, he went on to finish the season.... with a very solid 61 goals (hats off to @Idol for getting over 70) THE BLOODY SIGHT WON'T LET ME ALTER THE THREAD SO THE REST IS GOING TO BE A MESS (Hughes stats at the end of the year, team stats, fixtures, season awards and a spoiler for something to look forward to next year. Sorry but I have no time to change it now added 0 minutes later Sorry about the mess at the end but I'll update once season 2 is over
  11. Viking Chief BatiGøal Arrives In England How it all started.. Viking groups consisted of Norsemen -"men from the North"- with the most legendary in history that of Viking Chief BatiGøal, who gathered a blood-thirsty army of Danes, Swedes and Norwegians to conquer new lands. The Viking raids on England started in the late 8th century. The attack on Lindisfarne monastery in 793 was a particularly dramatic and significant event, heralding the onset of frequent raids on coastal communities, with churches and monasteries being particularly targeted for their wealth. Sporadic raiding gradually turned to larger-scale assaults, as war-bands amalgamated, and these took on a more political aim. Overwintering in defended camps, the control of extensive areas of land, and the extraction of 'protection money', the so-called Danegeld, became characteristic of Viking activity in England. English resistance was uncoordinated and often ineffective. England was a region of several independent kingdoms - often at war with each other - and the lack of a unified political and military structure meant that Viking war-bands could roam the countryside with some impunity. In 867 the Great Army, led by legendary Viking Chief BatiGøal -who is a Norwegian himself and son to the Great Viking Chief Batinæs Gøalvar- went north and captured York, but Aella - King of Northumbria - together with other English kingdoms, attempted to retake the city. He was unsuccessful; Aella was killed during the battle, but according to legend he was captured by tactical mastermind BatiGøal, who executed him as punishment for Ragnar's murder, a legendary Viking Commander and King of Denmark and Sweden. Viking activity continued on and off for several more generations and England had to concede the northern and eastern counties to the Vikings, where their disbanded armies settled, created new settlements and merged with the local populations. Lincoln, Nottingham, Derby, Stamford and Leicester became important Viking towns within The Danelaw (or 'Scandinavian England'), while York became the capital of the Viking Kingdom of York which extended more or less over what we call Yorkshire. The Vikings then moved south west, leaving a trail of destruction as they went, and conquered - Copmanthorpe - Tadcaster - Potterton - Whinmoor - before eventually arriving in West Yorkshire, what would turn out to be BatiGøal's final destination, Leeds. Viking Chief BatiGøal had eyed this major Mill Town from the very beginning of his adventures for strategic purposes, and upon arrival he made The Peacocks his home and world domination his quest. Viking Chief BatiGøal Captures Leeds On each of his quests BatiGøal brings with him his most trusted Viking Chief Advisor - King - and his Deadliest Viking Warrior - Warlord - whom he is never spotted without. The King's mission is to be the best player in the land and the Warlord's the most prolific goalscorer. Those who fail to comply will be banished from the lands never to be seen again. King Name: Age: Nationality: Position: Warlord Name: Age: Nationality: Position: BatiGøal's Quest Rules: Army Requirements Sell or demote all non-Viking (Denmark, Sweden and Norway) players. Build an all-Viking squad. BatiGøal's National Quest: Conquer England (and defend it) Win at least 2 Premier League titles back to back. Win at least 1 FA Cup. Win at least 1 EFL Trophy. Win BPL Player Of The Year with any "King" 3 times, can be 3 seperate Kings. Win Golden Boot with any "Warlord" 3 times can be 3 seperate Warlords. BatiGøal's International Quest: Conquer Europe (and the world) Win the Champions League Win the Club World Championship (Optional) Have your "King" win World Player Of The Year (Optional) defend your Champions League title (Optional) win the Euros managing a Viking nation (Sweden, Norway, Denmark) (Optional) win the World Cup managing a Viking nation BatiGøal's Quest Details: Country: England League: EFL Championship Club: Leeds United Stadium: Elland Road Manager: Bati Gøal Formation: ? Engine: EME Read the complete set of rules here: The Vikings Cometh and a big thank you to @kts365 for this wonderful challenge. To Be Continued..
  12. Today I find myself at Job Centre Plus. I have no managerial experience but I have a dream, a dream to win 4 champions leagues in Wales, Poland, Italy and France. Will I succeed no. Will I have fun..... maybe. Anyway this is my journey to glory.
  13. I laid the plans on the old oak table, with a grin on my face. "Daniel" I declared "We're going to England!" He looked at me with a emotionless face. He wasn't ready, but I was. 2 days later I approached the black painted door of the hotel. We were in Melbourne. I came across a man, a young man, with a English tone. We spoke for hours in the bar, confessing our love for football. He even told me he played Football Manager! I told him of my achievements. He paused, and looked at me surprised, but excited. 1 week later I rushed into the lobby of our hotel, eager to leave for our plane. I was blocked by that same man, the one who only the other night I had spoken too, and he was with two others, both dressed in black velvet suits. They pulled me into a Volkswagen, windows tinted black. "We would like to propose an offer" said the one. "An offer, we don't think you can refuse" said the other. The discussions were long, and it came to a conclusion, I was to be appointed the manager of a Melbourne Football Club! I suspected we would be battling it out in the regional divisions, when I looked up the club, it came up with the exact same man from our meeting. His name was Anthony Di Pietro, and he was the chairman of Melbourne Victory. My travel plans I planned to fly from Australia to Turkey, then to Poland and finally England. It would be a long journey, but worth it. Brief I hope you enjoyed the story part of this! This is my idea of my main save now, and I plan to fully show off both new leagues in Poland and Turkey. I will try to keep to the story format, and will keep it as interesting as possible! Comments or thoughts are appreciated!
  14. Intro After the disasterpiece that was my deletion of my FC United save I have decided to just go for it and have a pop at the 1k without Brazil this year. The Team I wanted to pick a reasonably easy league so I went for Portugal, and the team? Good old benfica of course. With a decent squad and some very good youngsters there was no question of the team choice. The Player After a quick survey of the team I decided to use a player already in the squad. It's pretty obvious from my challenge title who that is. Zé Gomez (I really hope that is a pic of him) Now his starting stats are nothing too special bit he is 17 and at Benfica so I'm sure he has a ton of potential. Fingers crossed for me and young master Gomes please guys.
  15. Hello guys, been quite a lull since the Brum career! Admittedly I would have done an Oxford United career next but I got busy with RL and they were too tricky for the time so I had to abort, and now I'm starting a-fresh with.. (YEAH I LIKE THIS BADGE MORE THAN THAT WEIRD SMILING MOON) Everyone knows the sad, sad tale of Portsmouth - having fallen like Icarus IMMEDIATELY after winning the FA Cup. (No thanks to that idiot Alexandre Gaydamak!) The plan for this career is pretty simple - get Pompey back up to the Prem in time and restore their reputation as a solid mid-table side, pushing on as able. Objectives: Short-term - Win League 2, Win the Checkatrade, Do the league double over Plymouth Argyle Mid-term - Upgrade the Youth facilities Long-term - Redevelop Fratton Park, Defeat Bournemouth and Southampton if drawn in Cups Check back soon for the first of many updates!
  16. Hi guys. I am starting a new career in Spain (a league I never tried before) and the muse struck me so I figured I would write about it. But first, a few words about the club I'll be playing. HISTORY: Club Polideportivo Ejido, also known as Poli Ejido, was a football club which was founded in 1969. It was located in the city of El Ejido in the province of Almeria, Andalusia. El Ejido is a small agricultural farm town with a population of less than 100,000 located on the south coast of Spain. After decades of promotions and demotions between the Third Division and Second Division B, Poli Ejido achieved promotion to the Second Division in 2001. They stayed there for seven years, reaching as high as 11th (once in 2007) and 13th (twice - 2003 & 2005). STADIUM: In their second season in the Second Division, the team opened its new stadium - Estadio Municipal Santo Domingo - which was considered a basic requirement to continued survival in the Second Division. This is a multifunctional stadium with a capacity of 7,870. It allows for various football and athletics activities and competitions. The stadium's claim to fame is hosting the Rolling Stones on June 30, 2008 which was attended by more than 50,000 people. DEATH: In 2008, Poli Ejido suffered severe financial difficulties. I couldn't find much information on this as I don't speak Spanish but I'm guessing the club became buried under required payments for the stadium and league fees. The team was relegated to the Second Division B in 2009 and was forced to completely disband on January 9, 2012. RESURRECTION: Shortly after that, whatever was left of the club was resurrected by a local entrepreneur futsal club owner. The new team became known as Club Deportivo El Ejido (aka CD El Ejido) and it had to start its play in a regional Fifth Division League. The team achieved two promotions in two seasons and was placed into Group IX of the Third Division. Two years later, in the 2015-16 season, El Ejido finished fourth in its group earning a spot in the promotion tournament. After winning three home-and-home knock-out series, CD El Ejido achieved promotion to the Second Division B and were placed in Group IV. FUTURE: This is where the club finds itself in FMM17. Poli Ejido's earlier investments into the Santo Domingo Stadium have provided CD El Ejido with the best training and youth facilities of all but one clubs in the Second Division B. 7,870 stadium capacity is also higher than most teams in the division. All this team needs is a savvy manager to guide this team to glory. And this is where I come in. My goal is to put the city of El Ejido on the international map by breaking up the Barcelona/Real Madrid dynasty and to turn CD El Ejido into the best team in Spain, nay - EUROPE! In game terms, CD El Ejido is a hidden gem. The team has IMPRESSIVE training facilities and GOOD youth facilities. This is better or equal to the facilities of eight teams in the La Liga! This also allows me to hire 3 coaches, 2 scouts, and 2 physios. I expect this will make my life a little easier and less frustrating as it will give me a huge advantage in player development. In addition to Spain, I'm going to load the biggest leagues in Europe - England, Germany, Italy. My goal is to win the treble (League, Cup, Champions League). I've dragged out my careers in the past but hopefully recapping it for you here will keep me going at a good pace. I've never played outside of England before. All I know is that my players are almost worse than those found on Vanarama N/S teams and yet there are only two promotions between me and La Liga so I expect this to be a rough climb. Feedback is welcome!
  17. Well 2 failed attempts at the Latin Europe Challenge but still smiling, and now attempting @BatiGoal UK Challenge for the first time. I clearly understand the rules () with this one, and hopefully expect to be on the leader board Sometime in the future. So start off with Stage 1 My Club - Cliftonville F.C Ireland's Oldest Football Club So as I embark on stage 1 I had to choose the key man in Season 1, those who have managed this Club will know there is no money at first, and my only option was to make some money as quick as to gain some capital to purchase a worthy Striker... Transfers... As you can see a little wheeling and dealing, had to let a couple of half decent players go to make some money, but in the end it paid off... Welcome Chris Dickson Brought in from Chelmsford in the English Vanarama National League South. He's Mature, a little International experience, and a reasonable goal scoring record, so here we go... On a funny side note, I chose him due to his name Dick**son, my nickname is Cock**ers... ok I thought it was funny
  18. Hola Señors! This my on the side-challenge while hoping to complete the UKchallenge at some point, but its good with some breaks from it. Say Hello to Mr Dzeko ⚽️ It was a poor first season for the club, but Edin just made it past the goal.
  19. 28 years old and almost at the 1000 already, he's also scored 77 goals for wales but I am not wales manager. He just gets better with age!
  20. Summary: I'll be attempting to get both Andrea Pinamonti and Facundo Colidio to 1000 goals each, at the same time. To do this, I'll be returning to Celtic (scene of my Armstrong 1KC). Let's take a quick look at the lads: The scouts don't like them that much though (and it's a bit of a pain that Pinamonti can't shoot from distance): And as a bonus, both are starting from 0 goals, so none of this subtracting business. Why Celtic? While part of me wants to try something new, this is going to be a tough challenge. With Celtic being a strong team in a weak league, and with my prior experience with using them in a 1KC, it gives me the best chance to be successful. Why Pinamonti and Colidio? For several reasons: They are both young compared to Armstrong who was 19 at the start. I don't want to cut it too close this time. I've seen them both develop well in other saves, so I know they have potential, even if I don't know exactly how much talent was bestowed on them in this particular save. But mostly it's because they came up when I was scouting around for potential strikers, and once I'd seen them I couldn't resist the corny name. They are both Poachers and both right footed, so they don't complement each other so well, but ... we're doing this! Why PinaColada? Because I like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain And I'm not into yoga, and I have half a brain Note: I don't actually like that song much, but may as well go in with both feet now that I've chosen that name... I mean what would you name it? Why a double 1KC? I wanted to push the boundaries a little and a double 1KC seemed the logical next step. I know @Ashez has done it before, so it's not a new thing, but still it's pretty rare and no one has tried it on the FMM 2017 EME engine, so I thought it was worth doing. And the deal was sealed when I found strikers that would let me give it a corny name! What if only one makes it to 1000 goals? I'll consider that a failure, but I'll still put the striker who made it forward for the leader board. Someone gotta knock that @BatiGoal off top spot! Configuration etc I'm using the Enhanced Match Engine and the latest version of FMM 2017 (8.2.1). I had to use the November 2016 database as one of them (can't remember which) doesn't show up in the February database, with just Scotland loaded. Here's the setup: Rules I'll be following all the rules of the 1KC Challenge. In addition, I won't be using Unlockables at all, ie I won't be earning them as part of this career, which would allow me to use them. With the tactics rule, I'm planning to use 4 2 2 2 (at least to start with) and Attacking Short Mixed. I've used that before and didn't get it from a forum post, but I'm sure it's not unique. I'm not quite sure if that qualifies as 'my own tactics', but if anyone thinks that's a problem, please shout out ASAP! This is take 2 I actually started a save for this months ago, as soon as I had the idea, but I was busy with other careers so I only played the first 2 weeks, then parked it. When I went back to that save I found I'd lost the screenshots and I'd totally forgotten where I was up to. So I decided to start fresh! This time around, it cost a LOT more to buy both of the strikers, but at the same time it's been much easier to sell the existing squad, so I'm actually richer. Speed I'm hoping to move faster than the Armstrong career which took about 3 months real time to complete. I'm going to have to stop watching the highlights and power through it (we'll see if I can actually do it). I was also thinking about not going after international jobs to save time, but I'll leave that option open for now. Outlook Who knows with these challenges. Armstrong made it after a struggle, so hopefully these two will as well, but I have no idea just how good they are or how they will develop. Are they too good (ie they might want to leave Celtic for a bigger club)? Or are they not good enough? One thing I do know is that it will be tough for the first few seasons. It will take them some time to grow into their roles and find consistency etc. I have to play them both so they develop as soon as possible, but if they are too green to score goals, we won't be winning many matches and I won't be manager for long. Anyway, the grand experiment begins. Cheers!
  21. Hi all, The story I’m about to tell you, is one that finds itself still at its early stages. It’s one of dedication, frustration, and of endless failings. It’s the culmination of a search that began in November and is still going on. The beginning of the end, the be all and end all of 1K challenges. Before I go on, I’ll apologise in advance for keeping you all waiting. I’m a busy writer who is currently writing loads of different things at the same time. I’m writing as a profession (technology journalism), while simultaneously trying to fill my personal blog (which has taken a hit as well with all my different projects), write a fantasy novel, writing music for my country/folk band. Next to all that, I’m writing a play that will probably be performed next year. Lots of projects, lots of balls to juggle. And next to all that, I would love to do this. By now, I (should) have the reputation of one who starts off with great ambitions and equally great ideas. But I also (should) have the reputation of being a quitter. Lots of my experiments on here start off okay-ish, only to sizzle down into nothingness. That’s why I’m preparing this in advance - for me, that’s a first really - and taking a piece out of the ol’ Ashez Playbook. When you’ll be reading this, I’ll have advanced until at least the starting point of my actual career. Because you see, what I have in mind can’t be done from the start. I should rectify that statement somewhat: I can’t do it from the start. Perhaps there are more gifted people among you who can, but I don’t seem to be able anyway. What I want to say is this: forgive if there is a long time between updates. Now, let’s put an end to all this rambling nonsense and take a look at what is up. Insert picture of Barney The Deal I’ve spoken about this with some people already: is it possible to have a midfielder reach one thousand goals on FMM? We have loads of (succesful) 1K challenges on here, some that failed, lots that are never finished. We also have quite a lot of 1K Split challenges (500 goals, 500 assists). While every one of those is impressive, I would like to be the first to accomplish what has become the unicorn of 1K’s: one thousand goals with a midfielder. I’ve tried a lot of different tactics and even more different teams. Everything failed. So I tried something different. I came up with a proof of concept. I wanted to assure myself that something like this would be possible. So I did something no one would condone in a regular 1K: I took an Irish team and beefed them up a bit (a lot actually). I made all the players 3.5-4 star players using the IGE. I wanted to know for sure, so I also took Neymar and put him in my team as a winger-attacker. My PoC proved successful (see picture). While it still looks to be fiendishly difficult, I think there’s still a big enough chance I can pull this off. But for that, I need to be at the point where my team is the absolute best in an absolutely shitty league (pardon my French). So I went to Ireland. Why Ireland? Simply because over the years I noticed that anyone in the league can become champions. Human managers can easily overcome any and all opposition and become a real force that can even challenge in Europe. However: this takes time. At least 5-6 seasons. Which is why this career will be starting a couple of seasons after the start of the game. Forgive me Ash, for using A LOT of regens for this one. My preference goes out to an Irish regen as I always have a weak spot for a home grown national player. But, of course, a smallish league means also lots of additional complications: if my player of choice is really good enough, will I be able to keep him in Ireland? Or will I have to move? Would Scotland suffice as a back-up nation? Questions we’ll have to find answers to as we go along. I hope you will all bear with me and offer any advice when needed. To live is to learn, right? I’ll keep you all posted with short updates in the form of a diary until the actual challenge starts. For now, this will do. P.s.: for clarification: I used the IGE for my PoC. I will, however, not be using it while attempting this challenge. Evidence can be provided if needed. P.p.s.: I have learned since the beginning of my career that my Proof of Concept (PoC, pics to be found below) wasn't foolproof. There is a very real chance that I will fail miserably. So if you want to have a nice, long, drawn-out laugh, feel free to join in the conversation. Where am I at currently? Bray Wanderers 16/03/17: At this point in time, I’m still working on the proof of concept, but it’s coming along nicely. I hope to have this up in a week or so, close enough to the actual starting point of the challenge (probably in season ‘22-’23 as I cannot simply start using a young midfielder from the start; the rest of my team won’t be strong enough yet to easily win the league, you see). Make that two weeks. Keep you posted. I have updates that are dated up until today. I will post one (or try to) every day until I run out. I hope you all enjoy yourselves at my expense. Also: tips are always welcome.
  22. When Life Gives You Lemons... Hello and welcome to this new career! Before I begin, this will be a kind of in between save for when I post my updates on The Journey, as I need something to keep me busy in between. This is a save I have recently thought up after looking for a secondary career, and I am looking forward to embarking on it! The Career 'When life gives you lemons, make lemonade" is a proverbial phrase used to encourage optimism and a positive can-do attitude in the face of adversity or misfortune' In this career, I will attempt a number of challenges I have had my eye on, all mixed into one! Here they are: 80 Goals around the world challenge ( @Taff ) Alphabet Goal Challenge ( @Ashez ) Goal A Minute Challenge ( @Ashez ) Converted Winger Challenge ( @danovic78 ) All of these, mixed into one! So, I have to score 80 goals each with a winger playing up front, and each time they must be a different nationality and last name letter. Also, these combined players must score in every minute of the game! Mammoth of a thing, right? I am insisting on calling this, Challenge Supreme The Team and Player Gonna let you guys decide this one. If I don't get enough votes by a certain date, I will choose myself, but I'm hoping the community will pick our next hero! Why this? Well, I want to prove to myself and all of you that I can complete player challenges. Also, my previous failed attempt S with player challenges have driven me to play one where I WILL succeed, hence the following challenge. Finally, I have had my eye on a few of these challenges for a while, and couldn't decide which one to do! Please leave a comment on who I should start with, both club and player wise, and thanks for reading! (Note: due to both careers being quite large scale, updates on each will take longer than usual, I hope this is ok!)
  23. Put together a fantastic Stoke side over 3 years and just won my first champions league, all with a net spend of 35 mil, not bad ay I'll quickly run through the line up So I'm a big fan of a 4231 system and like how it's used my the likes of Mourinho, Poch and Simeone to some extent. I've set up in this formation from day one of this career and haven't changed it a single time Here's the line up: Gk: Jack Butland - kept him on of course, now valued at 30 mil and he's got years ahead Lb: Christopher Schindler - bought him in my second season for 6 mil as a centre back, he can play as a full back either side Cb: Nacho - picked up from Madrid for 4.6 mil absolute steal in my third season Cb: Nico Elvedi - went big on this one in my third season, he's only 22, bought him for 28 mil he's well worth it Rb: Fagner - experienced Brazilian, got him 8 mil in my second season Cm: Imbula - He's now valued 40 mil I don't know what else to say, absolute tank and he's consistent Cm: Pascal Groß - robust midfielder. Picked up for 2 mil 👌 He's contributed 28 goals in 2 seasons. Wow. Definitely recommend him to everyone Aml: Gustavo Scarpa - bargain in the third season for 12 mil and he contributed to 24 goals Amc: Roberto Pereyra - picked him up for 20 mil from Watford. Decent stats if you can afford him Amr: Shakiri - beast, only one of a few players I kept now valued at £45 mil St: Lucas Moura - picked him up for 26 mil from Man City in my third season. Had an instinct to play him upfront in the final and it paid off Subs - only Oliver Shenton came on in the game otherwise only notable mentions were Abouboucar, N'Jie and Zaha In 3 seasons I've won 2 premier leagues and 6 cups. 3 league cups 1 FA cup 1 Champions league 1 community shield Not too bad for a mid table side. Just thought I'd share my success
  24. Mr.Manager takes on the Premier League Second Chances Challenge Welcome all to my latest career, wherein I will try to take on @kts365 interesting challenge. If you never saw the original topic, here's a link: After a couple of gruelling careers recently, I'm not really interested in diving too far in to the details and minutiae this time round. I'm hoping to zip through each season fairly quickly, which will hopefully make this fun and easy to follow! So, first things first, let's find out where I'm going to kick things off: The Club: Blackpool FC The Pedigree: Who could forget Blackpool's one season in the Premier League back in 2010/11? Top of the league after day 1, Charlie Adam dominating the midfield (no really!) in a vibrant attacking side, and Ian Holloway's Ian Hollowayisms ("In the first-half we were like the Dog and Duck, in the second-half we were like Real Madrid. We can't go on like that. At full-time I was at them like an irritated Jack Russell"). Further back in time they had an even more illustrious history, winning the FA Cup in 1953 in the Matthews Final and finishing league runner up to Busby's Babes in 1955/56. The Reason: Two former Premier League clubs have plummeted all the way down to League 2: Blackpool and Portsmouth. But whereas Portsmouth have excellent facilities, a super stadium and a good chance of earning promotion themselves, Blackpool look dead and buried. If I'm going to get everyone back in the top flight, I need to sort out these problem clubs first before they fall further... Next update to come shortly!
  25. I noticed this with last seasons game but it's happening again now, and you can be fired for it by your club. Is there a way to fix this annoying finances problem? It's in the green so how I can be bankrupt I've no idea. The wages for the year would come to less than my balance so it makes no sense at all. Also it means I can't spend any of my transfer budget to improve the squad because I'm apparently bankrupt and it will make the finances look worse and get me sacked.