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Mar 30, 12 at 3:06pm ^re: Story of Your Season & Career
If there's not a specific thread for the challenge,
You ever notice you can only ooze two things? Sexuality and puss. Man I tell ya..
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Apr 02, 12 at 11:54pm ^re: Story of Your Season & Career
I remained on my policy of one big signing and several fringe players for youth(to save money). I bought Brownhill to replace the aging Adam Johnson, and replaced he shall contributing to several assists to help my key striker Efrain Carrera. Sciranka was just to be used as a hot prospect defender and I have been training him up at the end of the season to get some games and he played quite well. Luizinho has some good stats and hopefully he replaces Steve Brownhill when he retires. I loaned him out to Blackpool( who are in league 1) and he played very well.
Another great season and mainly thanks to the performance of Efrain Carrera. I almost did impossible and became the "invincibles" but stupid me who already won the league, I decided to go for a young goalkeeper and a young back four. I only lost 2-1 to Swansea. The most surprising is Chelsea who funnily enough spent the most in this league.
AGHRRRRRR! is all I can say to that. After winning 3-2 at Athletico Madrid in the 80th minute, I concede 2 very stupid goals for me to lose 4-3 and then a boring draw in the return leg.
They should ban penalty shootouts. After winning 2-0 at half time I told my players to keep up the good work. But they f***** up badly and they scored 2 stupid goals. Albeit one was a great Bale freekick which my goalkeeper had no chance. Then it came to the penalty shootout. Lets just say never let Spanish players take penalties again.
Well we won something else as well, which is my third league cup now and it seems as if its my famous cup.
It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's SuperAl!
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Apr 04, 12 at 7:37am ^re: Story of Your Season & Career
SENEGAL NATIONAL TEAM
So after my QPR save, i decided on a Senegal save as i knew some of there players eg. Sow, Ba and Cisse ect.
Here is the tactics I have been using for my first few games. Unfortuntly for me, Ba and Cisse are out for 6 weeks to 2 months.
Here are my results. We started off with a couple of losses, but since then we have picked out selves up.
Here are my African Cup of Nations Qualifier Group. Pretty dissapointed, but hey, theres always next time.
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Apr 04, 12 at 3:47pm ^re: Story of Your Season & Career
Even though i'm a United fan, I really like the Spurs squad as I feel like the expectations are really low in comparison to the players which are available and the budget you can get so always start a save as them. I've just completed my second season and doing really well so far. Heres my achievements so far...
So first season I decided to keep my team as it was, only letting a few players go out on loan such as Alnwick, Bostock and Dos Santos. Was struggling to score goals so decided to splash the cash in January and blew £28m to get Cavani and he has paid £28m back plus more in the 1 1/2 seasons he's been at the club already. Stats below for the short time he's been here says it all really
I found that playing him as an advanced forward in a 4411 formation as target man run onto ball worked a treat with either VDV or Falque behind (Guessing Falque isn't as highly rated irl as he doesn't get a look in yet on fm he's been a revelation for me)
At the end of the first season, I decided I needed to invest in youth for the future to safeguard against the new rules in place for homegrown players and players who have trained for 3+ years at the club between the age of 15-21.
As you can see, no real majors out. Just a few loan deals, Jenas and Khumalo out as they were complaining about first team opportunities which frankly they were not going to get and also offloaded Pavlyuchenko for free. Preferably wanted a few million but noone was interested and I couldn't afford to keep paying his sort of wages to sit in the reserves so decided just needed to get rid. In terms of coming into the club, I signed Shawcross from Stoke who was very good for me and the young right back Vrsaljko from Wolfsburg who had a decent enough start. Another one who complained about limited opportunities. Gave in to his demands and decided to play him and didn't want to risk losing a player of his potential and he did good. A few youngsters for the future such as Harris and Joel Valencia were also signed and have just bought Amarilla from Boca for £1m who looks a very good player for 18 so will be interesting to see how he does.
The main players for me over both seasons have to be Gomes, Bale, Modric, VDV and Cavani. Absolutely awesome and played some really good stuff. Signing Falque on a free after his contract expired was also a major plus point. Has anyone else had experience with him and how did he do for you? He has been really good for me, VDV is the only reason he hasn't played more games.
BPL- First season Man United blew everyone apart. Met my target of getting into the champions league though so I was happy
Second season I was worried about the "second season syndrome" that often hits me on fm whatever team I am. Target was just to do the same as last year and get into the champions league. Certainly didn't expect this!
30 league goals from Cavani basically won me the league. Awesome in defense too with the odd minor blip. Man United like real life had a poor first half of the season which allowed me to build a lead but then they were just awesome. Winning game after game, but so did I. Kept the lead at 6 points until 3 games to go when United lost away to City to give me the title two bad results followed against Wigan (0-0) and Wolves (1-0 loss away) but I put out a second string side to rest the likes of Bale, VDV and Cavani for the champions league final against Madrid.
Had to loan a couple of players in January (Emanualson from Milan and Drame from Chievo) to give a bit of cover as Bassong and BAE were at cup of nations.
Spoiler:FA cup 2011/12
Spoiler:Fa cup 2012/13
As you can see, won the FA cup first season. Didn't prioritise it so much in the second season and ended up going out to West Brom, who seem to of took a liking to the cup on my save- reaching the final first season and winning it the next.
Spoiler:League Cup 2011/12
Spoiler:League Cup 2012
Again, I put the league cup on the back burner, prefering to concentrate on the league and europe.
Europa League 2011/12-
Very good campaign, didn't expect to win the competition so came as a big bonus and certainly helped the cash flow as my eagerness to bring Cavani in and keep players such as Bale and Modric at the club took its toll on my finances!
Champions League 2012/13-
Spoiler:1st ko round
Spoiler:Champions league 2012/13
What more can I say? just unbelievable. Was a bit lucky to scrape through against City, was certainly squeeky bum time! but other than that a pretty straight forward run to the final, even Man United with their impressive league form couldn't match me although at Old Trafford in the first leg it took a 93rd minute header from a corner by Huddlestone to get me two away goals to take away back to the lane but I wasn't complaining!
The final itself was just epic as the scoreline suggests. Higuain wonder goal in the 88th minute certainly worried me a bit after looking so comfortable after going 3-1 up, think I tried going a bit too defensive and allowing pressure to build up on me but managed to thankfully see the game out to win back to back european titles. The challenge now is the third season... should I stick with Spurs and try match my achievements for a third season or should I take up another job should one become available??
Cos it's better to be pissed off, than pissed on.
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Apr 05, 12 at 4:56am ^re: Story of Your Season & Career
I think your'e wasting N'Doye's ability, Play him up front as a TM with a Poacher next to him and he will bag them for fun!
Hull FC 36 - 6 Hull KR.
Get Well Soon Fabrice Muamba and Stan Petrov
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Apr 05, 12 at 9:50am ^re: Story of Your Season & Career
Middlesbrough FC - Just A Small Town In Europe
I figure after 6 years of the game that it's time for an overview of what has happened so far in my Middlesbrough game. Before I start I thought I'll tell everyone that between 18/10/2013 and 31/5/15 I'd resigned and Avram Grant was manager during that period.. A silly mistake I made considering some of the shite he brought in.
Experience was needed in what was an inexperienced side and therefore for my first transfer I went back to an old player in Geremi who was a good back-up throughout the season in both the right back and centre mid positions. There was an overall lack of quality on the wings in the team so I looked to Italy to bring in another two experienced players in Sestu and Del Nero. An injury to Robson in January meant I had to bring in someone to cover for a few months and I plumped for van de Laak.
With Middlesbrough being a bit skint at the start of the game I needed to let some players go, Bailey, Hoyte and Zemmama were all on big wages and I had players to cover for them so I let them all bugger off. The rest of the players weren't first team players and were let out on loan for experience (Not that any of them turned out to be decent).
After pushing Reading throughout the season for the second automatic promotion slot we seemed to lose our heads in the final part of the season, drawing most of our matches against teams who we really should have been beating meaning we only just kept in the play off places. However great results home and away against West Ham and a nice victory against Notts Forest at Wembley ensured that we'd be playing Premier League football next season.
Carling Cup - Beaten in the Fourth Round on penalties by Man Utd (Should have beat them)
Considering I just managed to sneak into the play-offs I knew some strengthening was needed if I was to stay in the Premier League. My first piece of business was to get a new striker who I thought would be able to fire me up the league, so I bought Steven Fletcher from recently relegated Wolves (In hindsight he was a waste of money, pro tip: he's wank). Other positions I needed to strengthen were right back, right wing and centre mid and therefore Sutter, Ait Fana, Cairney and Anderson were brought in. I think of all my transfers on FM getting Cairney for £210K will be up there with the best pieces of business I've ever done. Foster was bought solely as a back up for Steele and Derflinger, Florescu and Nordstrom were bought on potential alone. In January realising that Fletcher was shit I somehow managed to get a transfer listed Sturridge for £1.8M, I'm really like Harry with my wheeling and dealing. Again, Yesil, Garcia Estenbanez, Baretto, Van Stokkom and Polworth were recommended to me by my amazing scouts.
Same as last season, players who weren't in my plans moved on and youth players went out on loan. In an ideal world more players would have been sold in this window but it seemed no one would buy certain players.
Great first season back in the Premier League in which I never really looked like going down, with a better defence I could have pushed Everton for 7th which iirc would have been a European place. At times the team was infuriating, I could beat some of the big teams but would then lose stupid matches against the teams battling relegation. However since I only told the board I'd attempt to avoid relegation I don't think they were too bothered about that.
Carling Cup - Knocked out in the Fourth Round by Portsmouth
I'm not going to lie, I went a bit overboard with my first two signings. I thought I only needed two positions to fine tune my team to one that could be pushing for a top 6 place, those positions were centre back and a forward to support Sturridge. Therefore I forked out £10M for Vossen and £13M for Dann, considering West Brom had just been relegated and Vossen was at bloody Genk it's safe to say I slight overspent on those two signings. However, when I got a agent offer in July from an unattached Adler I had to snap him up, god knows why no one else was interested in him but I wasn't going to complain at having a world class GK in my squad. All the January transfers were after I had left the club so ignore them, only Nery had played a part when I came back to the club.
Not many outgoings again this season but I just want to take a minute to tell you all to never buy Steven Fletcher for your team, I nearly pulled my hair out throughout the season at how utterly average he was at spearheading my attack. The fact I still made a £2.6M profit on him is unbelievable. 0/10 would not buy again.
This is what happens when you resign for a year and a half and let Avram bloody Grant take charge. Useless Jew.
FA Cup - Knocked out in the Third Round by Sheffield United (Honestly, he's a useless Jew.)
Carling Cup - Knocked out in the Fourth Round by Tottenham (Noticing a trend here?)
Gunnarsson and Mongongu were decent signings I'll give him that, both were overpriced though. The rest of the signings never got a look in when I came back to save the club.
Not a lot to see here, some shite were sent out. Youngsters were sent out on loan.
Another average season from useless Avram. After seeing the team I built up slowly getting ruined I decided it was time for the messiah to return.
FA Cup - Knocked out in the Semi Final by Bolton (We let you have it cause you were still moaning about the Carling Cup Mnolan)
Carling Cup - Knocked out in the Second Round by Dagenham and Redbridge.
Spent big as I came back to the club, Pajot came in to offer some more protection to the defence from midfield. Franco was brought in for competition to Sturridge, however as the seasons have progressed he's become more suited to an attacking midfield position. Fedai was a young left winger who was brought in with the future in mind. A new left back was needed and I probably overspent on getting Besilja from NAC Breda. Goncalo was a young 18 year old from Benfica who I was hoping to slowly integrate into the squad in the first season, as he was someone who offered something different to the pace of Franco and Sturridge. Vazquez was another defensive midfielder who I originaly believed I would rotate with Pajot, and Kortina was a young goalkeeper who I have hopes for. Two seasons in the line and all but two of these players are key players for my team.
To sum it up, most of the shit left over from the original Championship side and from Grants reign was shipped out. I realise I could have got a lot more for some of those players but I didn't want them just rotting in the reserves.
It's amazing what can happen when you get rid of a useless manager. Honestly I was a bit disappointed with my league form in this campaign, there were simply too many draws overall, if I could have won half of those games that I'd drew I'd have easily been in the top 4.
FA Cup - Knocked out in the Third Round by Swansea
Carling Cup - Won! Beat Bolton 2-0 in the Final (Sorry Mnolan)
With the team being in Europe this season I decided I needed to improve the side in certain areas, Dubois is a young Belgian who along with Busby partnered Mongongu throughout the season. Gundogan was transfer listed by Dortmund and fit in nicely within my new formation, alternating with Cairney as my playmaker in the middle of the park. Lusadisu was recommended to me as my scouts as an Attacking midfielder with potential of 5 stars, overpaid as usual but he'll be worth it in the future. Veneziani was also bought for the future as a young pacey striker. Mangin and Rios are both young Argentinian forwards who have the abilities to both score goals and to link up the play between my midfield and main forward, both did well in their opening season. Chesney was offered to me by Arsenal, with Adler refusing to renew his contract for a reasonable amount I decided to act early and buy someone in who I knew could replace him. Lejeune was bought for back up for when the Cup of Nations were on.
Usual youth players go out on loan, back up players were sold. In hindsight I should have kept a couple due to the complete lack of depth in my squad throughout the season.
A disappointing Premiership campaign that if results went my way could have offered much more, the amount of games I had to play throughout the season with such a small squad eventually got the best of me.
FA Cup - Knocked out in the Fourth Round by Chelsea (One day I'll get past this round)
Carling Cup - Won! Beat Arsenal 6-0 in the final (Sorry deadline)
Europa League - Lost in the final 2-1 to Lyon
There you have it, I think finally as I come into the 2017 season that I have a team to push the top 4 of the league. I'd have liked to have talked about the tactic I've started using which seems to mean I score a shit load of goals and highlight some of my key players (Florescu and Goncalo are my favourite FM players ever), but I think this post is long enough. FSC100, FIFAleachy, Modiga, tell members that they need to make posts to this standard and the forum will improve eh.
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Apr 05, 12 at 10:05am ^re: Story of Your Season & Career
Very good write-up, once I saw I'd been tagged in this post I expected to see a play-off win for Boro against Hull, but that didn't happen thankfully. Very inspiring stuff none the less, look set to dominate shortly I'd imagine.
"Are you crazy?" "No sir, I'm a dreamer."
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Apr 05, 12 at 11:52am ^re: Story of Your Season & Career
We were superb, *bleep*ing superb. Dominated the league and quite honestly no-one looked like topping us. Beating United and City at their own grounds were the main highlights
Liverpool away was the only difficult game, coulda gone either way but they got a bastard 87th minute winner Losing that was worth it if it meant smashing them 5-0 at our place!
We needed a kick up the arse at HT and what I said had one hell of an effect Went all out to win this competition and won this comp again
Went all out for this aswell, wanted to win everything I entered basically lmao! Stoke were a right bunch of twats, 0-0 at theirs, then we went 2-0 at our place and they came back then, but we got the goal late on and held out.
Spoiler:FA Cup Final
Dominated, scored, dominated, conceded, dominated and then scored. How it all went really.
We were pretty shit throughout the C, only games we played well were the semi 2nd leg, and the final
Brilliant game, brilliant performance. Madrid were very good attacking wise, their defence was shit though.
We also won the CWC, the Community Shield and the European Super Cup.
Was thinking of leaving Arsenal to Barca but they re-hired Guardiola in the summer so it looks like another season, need to get rid of quite a lot though haha.
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Apr 06, 12 at 4:16am ^re: Story of Your Season & Career
Liverpool F.C 2011/2012
I decided to start as Liverpool to try and turn them back into a top four side before challenging for the league title.
When I took over I had a large list of players that I wanted to ship out and managed to sell some of them in summer and then a few more in the January transfer window.
I signed Iker Muniain to be the new Fernando Torres and signed Badelj to be my primary playmaker this season.
Barclays Premier League
My aim for this season was to finish in the top four and qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
I was delighted to finish third in the league as well as battle for the title until the final few games of the season. Champions League football returns to Anfield next season.
I wasn't overly enthusiastic about this trophy so I'm pleased that my youthful players mixed with a few reserve players managed to do so well.
I was aiming to win this trophy, so in the end I was disappointed to lose in the Final.
Here are my key performers throughout the season.
Stewart Downing - 48 Games, 12 Goals, 26 Assists, 7.53 Av. Rating - Surprisingly not starting for England on the left wing, a bench player
José Enrique - 28 Games, 0 Goals, 6 Assists, 7.16 Av. Rating - Now a regular starter for Spain
Lucas - 41 Games, 1 Goal, 6 Assists, 7.07 Av. Rating - Solid as a ball-winning midfielder
And my player of the season
Iker Muniain - 44 Games, 35 Goals, 13 Assists, Av. Rating 7.5 - Absolutely brilliant season for him, I am glad my gamble of playing him as a lone striker paid off. And he will only continue to improve
Credit to BurnleyIsMe
In the Shadows of Greatness - Celtic Story
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Apr 06, 12 at 5:44am ^re: Story of Your Season & Career
Spent a hell of alot of money first season but I'm playing as city so when in Rome Thiago Silva came in a formed a great partnership with Kompany in the centre of defence. Cavani and Muniain gave me more options to add to my already world class attack and Adam Campbell is one for he future I hope.
As for sales the only ones of note was the sale of Adam Johnson and Barry's release. The formation I used didn't use width so Johnson would be getting very little game time so I cashed in while I could. Same story with Barry, didn't fit in, got frustrated, agree'd mutual termination so was glad to get his 90k wages off the books in the end.
Good, morale boosting win over United in the community shield and the first trophy of my reign as City manager.
Another competition, another trophy. Got a really easy run and the only time trough the whole affair the only point where there was any trouble was when Newcastle too us to extra time. Gave me a good chance to play some of the bit part players so they didn't moan about game time.
Managed to make it back to back FA cup wins for City. Not as easy a run as in the final and the semi we were taken to penalties but won it in the end and got my 3rd trophy of the season.
Pretty disappointed with the 3rd place finish as looking at the quality of I felt it was better than the other sides in the league, I'd blame it on fixture congestion but the tactic I played first season had a big problems when we played a team that had good wingers. Still managed to guarantee Champions league football and will change things up to try and win the league next season.
The best success of my first season. Won every game in the run except two and won every game throughout the knockout stages. Far better than I had expected considering I was drawn with Real Madrid and A.C in the group stage and it's the first time I've won the CL in FM12
Result of the Season
When I got drawn against Man U in the quarter finals of the champions league i feared the worst but Super Sergio went wild at old trafford and secured a great win and pretty much guaranteed us passage into the semi final.
Big surprise in the best eleven was James Milner, didn't expect him to be much of a force in my team but he played consistently well and was getting in the side ahead of Yaya Toure at the end of the season. Gonna change formation from the 4-2-1-3 for next season so there'll be a few sales and buys to accommodate a new formation.
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Apr 07, 12 at 12:15pm ^re: Story of Your Season & Career
Manchester United 2011/12 Season Review.
I was generally happy with my squad so I didn't see any areas that really needed improving in the first season, so my main deal was to arrange a deal to bring Iker Muniain in at the end of the season.
Having said that, after the window had closed, I found that Owen was really injury prone so I decided I wanted to bring in a cheap-ish striker for back up until possibly Macheda comes back next season, or I bring in a striker in the summer. And in the middle of the January transfer window, Rodriguez's agent offered his client too me and I scouted him and thought that it was a good deal, so I brought him in and sold Park to make room for him.
So, my first game in charge was the Community Shield which happened to be against our local rivals in Manchester City. I expected a fairly tough game if I'm honest but it turned out to be the opposite.
One of my main aims was to retain the Premier League but unfortunately we fell short of that target. I think that we did pretty well over the season but City were just a machine. I think they won their first 15 games in a row and I was chasing them from start to finish really. There was one point where I only had 1 fit striker for about 3 weeks and that was Will Keane but we did alright over that period. I did have a chance to possibly overtake City and win the league but I needed to beat them at the Etihad. Unfortunately we couldn't and we lost 3-0 which ultimately gave them the title with about 3 games to play.
My main intention throughout the League Cup was to play my fringe players and some youngsters. I stuck to this throughout the tournament and we ended up running out winners, which was pleasing.
I aimed to win the FA Cup too with a similar strategy to which I used in the League Cup. However with this cup a bit more prestigious, I did play my best XI in the semi-final but unfortunately it wasn't enough and we were eliminated by Spurs.
Again, I aimed to win every tournament I entered. A lot of good teams in this so I really wasn't expecting too much as some of my players are inexperienced so I would be happy with getting as far as possible. We had a group of: Lille, Valencia and Napoli which was pretty tough, but we qualified by winning 4 and losing 2. We drew Inter in the next round and played away first where we lost 1-0 and De Gea managed to save an early penalty too. They came to Old Trafford for the return leg and we turned them over 4-0 to go through. Next up was Napoli and again the first leg was away in Italy. This time we fared a bit better with a 1-1 draw. In the return leg at home we managed another 4-0 win to go through. In the semi-final we drew Marseille and the first leg was at home for a change. The 4-0 scoreline we enjoyed so much returned and it gave us a good platform for the second leg. We went to France and lost 3-2 on the night, but qualified for the final on aggregate. We drew Real Madrid in the final and with their attacking power I was expecting a tough game.
It was a pretty close final but as you can see, De Gea was the hero, saving two penalties in the final as Ronaldo blazed his over.
It was pleasing to win two cups but also disappointing not to win the league. That's definitely the main aim for next season.
The squad did well, I gave some youngsters some game time when I could. Danny Welbeck actually turned out to be better than I expected and scored a good amount of goals and staked a claim to be my first choice striker.
I'm not really sure what areas I'm looking to improve. I'll evaluate the squad at the beginning of the season and see what budget I get and who's available.
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Apr 15, 12 at 12:38pm ^re: Story of Your Season & Career
SIMPSON TAYLOR WILLIAMSON SANTON
GUITEREZ BEN AFRA BA
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Apr 23, 12 at 10:10am ^re: Story of Your Season & Career
To this end, I signed Mark Bradley as my new captain at £18k and in January for £10k some midfielder/right back from Neath. I also loaned in Billy Bodin, Ryan Doble, Danny Parslow who were first team all season. Leaving my squad comme ca- (not in shot is Adrian Cieslewicz, who was very good at AMR with his pace)
Welsh Cup Winners
English Cup 4th Rnd
FA Trophy don't care
First place, official ass-kickers.
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Leon Clowes CB
Robert Salathiel AML/ST
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Apr 23, 12 at 10:15am ^re: Story of Your Season & Career
Tweety Pie does winning the welsh cup put you in europe ?
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