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So here my is attempt at the UEFA Euro 2016 Squad Challenge

There isn't many teams with the budget to help fund such a dramatic turnover in the squad and also raising funds by selling the players you don't need so I picked the obvious one really.

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol

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The Squad

So 24 players from 24 countries is gonna be a tough ask, crucial to cover the positions needed with so many games but also have the quality needed to lift some trophies. The big plus of being Real is having Bale already at the club. Sadly my knowledge of Hungarian and Albanian players was lacking so I need to learn fast.

Transfers In

So just the £127m spent to revamp the squad. I managed to retain 7 of the original squad with the big hitters Bale, Ronaldo, Kroos, Ramos, Varane, Kovacic and Cheryshev to cover the Russian player. Alli was the biggest deal, his youth and development was the big draw. The rest were recruited quite cheaply really. Some reliable heads in here with Jonny Evans, IIsanker and Rakitskyi steady players.

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Transfers Out

So we got some big money from Benzema and Modric going use James Rodriguez to bring in Hamsik. A decent return helped me make nearly £50m profit back in sales!

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Here is the squad we started the first season with.

GK

Bartlomeij Dragowski (POL)
Tomas Vaclik (CZE)

DEF

Jonny Evans (NIR)
Kenny Otigba (HUN)
Yaroslav Rakitskyi (UKR)
Sergio Ramos (SPA)
Raphael Varane (FRA)
Mattias Johansson (SWE)
Davide Zappacosta (ITA)
Luis Pedro Canvanda (BEL)
Emir Lenjani (ALB)

MID

Stefan IIsanker (AUT)
Toni Kroos (GER)
Harry Arter (IRE)
Denis Cheryshev (RUS)
Birkir Bjarnason (ICE)
Dele Alli (ENG)
Tolga Cigerci (TUR)
Marek Hamsik (SLO)
Mateo Kovacic (CRO)

ATT

Gareth Bale (WAL)
Breel Embolo (SWI)
Cristiano Ronaldo (POR)
Florin Andone (ROM)

We started with a 5-3-1-1 formation...This is gonna be a rough ride I think...

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Looks good mate can't wait for another great career. Hopefully your formation works (maybe a bit too defensive for a team liked Real Madrid) and I can't wait till the next update

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2 hours ago, Real_Random said:

Looks good mate can't wait for another great career. Hopefully your formation works (maybe a bit too defensive for a team liked Real Madrid) and I can't wait till the next update

Thanks. I have changed tactic a few times as I am a few years ahead. Just wanted to get the most out of the wing backs as they always seem to perform badly in a flat back 4. With Kroos, Kovacic and Hamsik as AP we do have an attacking threat plus Bale to come in.

1 hour ago, Risheek said:

Good luck mate, looking forward to.it

Thanks for the support.

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Best of luck mate, this is going to be very interesting.  Well done for getting the players to begin with though.  I am from N.Ireland so great to see Jonny Evans at Real Madrid ?

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58 minutes ago, Massey127 said:

Best of luck mate, this is going to be very interesting.  Well done for getting the players to begin with though.  I am from N.Ireland so great to see Jonny Evans at Real Madrid ?

Thanks, it does take a few hours to get the transfers sorted out in time for the season start. He is a good solid defender but not quite a starter. Unfortunately with the leagues I loaded Will Grigg wasn't there! :'(

31 minutes ago, Lunar Strike said:

nice transfers right there nice job!

Thanks, let hope they can help lift some silverware.

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3 minutes ago, danovic78 said:

Thanks, it does take a few hours to get the transfers sorted out in time for the season start. He is a good solid defender but not quite a starter. Unfortunately with the leagues I loaded Will Grigg wasn't there! :'(

Thanks, let hope they can help lift some silverware.

But if Will Grigg wasn't there how on earth are your opposition defence going to be........ Terrified as Will Grigg's on Fire! La la la la ?

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Season One -  Real Madrid Club de Fútbol

Spanish Super Cup

So three goals from Ronaldo over the two legs ensure we lift our first trophy.

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Spanish Cup

Atletico's Vietto stuns us in the second leg of the semi final

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Champions League

A last minute Mata goal send us out to Man Utd in the Quarter Final.

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Liga BBVA

Too many draws cost us in the end as Barca are too hot in the title run in.

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Season Awards

Ronaldo picks up another Ballon D'Or award.

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Ronaldo makes is a double by winning the Spanish Player of the Year Award with Bale second.

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Embolo was runner up in the Spanish Young Player of the Year Award.

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Squad Stats

Ronaldo and Bale led the line well. Kroos was the creative force in midfield but my keeper was a disaster really. I will be looking to change him for the next season as I think that  Dragowski is just too young yet to be a starter.

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2 minutes ago, Real_Random said:

Not the best of starts. Hopefully you can improve for next season

Yeah, could have been better. A bit of luck in the cups and turn a couple of draws into wins in the league and its a great season.

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Really solid looking squad but a tough start, hopefully now they've gelled over the first season you can assault the league in season two! Good luck! 

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58 minutes ago, Ashez said:

Really solid looking squad but a tough start, hopefully now they've gelled over the first season you can assault the league in season two! Good luck! 

Yeah, the squad is ok but some areas the depth of quality is not as good as I normally would like but that's the challenge!

10 minutes ago, Risheek said:

You have a good squad, and from here it can only get bettter

Indeed, a few squad tweaks and a settled tactic and we should be good to go.

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Season Two -  Real Madrid Club de Fútbol

Transfers In

So I needed to replace my keeper so we had a little move about with my new Albanian keeper Berisha and Swedish left back Augustinsson plus a new Czech right back Kaderabek. Signed Sanches, Ashley Cole and Zhrikov regens for the future, they will go out on loan.

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Transfers Out

Managed to ship Isco out plus a clear out of the reserve team too.

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Squad for Season Two

GK

Bartlomeij Dragowski (POL)
Etrit Berisha (ALB) NEW

DEF

Jonny Evans (NIR)
Kenny Otigba (HUN)
Yaroslav Rakitskyi (UKR)
Sergio Ramos (SPA)
Raphael Varane (FRA)
Ludwig Augustinsson (SWE) NEW
Davide Zappacosta (ITA)
Luis Pedro Canvanda (BEL)
Pavel Kaderabek (CZE) NEW

MID

Stefan IIsanker (AUT)
Toni Kroos (GER)
Harry Arter (IRE)
Denis Cheryshev (RUS)
Birkir Bjarnason (ICE)
Dele Alli (ENG)
Tolga Cigerci (TUR)
Marek Hamsik (SLO)
Mateo Kovacic (CRO)

ATT

Gareth Bale (WAL)
Breel Embolo (SWI)
Cristiano Ronaldo (POR)
Florin Andone (ROM)

Spanish Cup

We dominate Tenerife in a final and a brace from Bale helps seal and easy win.

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Champions League

A keeper meltdown in the semi final second leg as Bayern blow us away.

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Liga BBVA

Again too many draws cost us plus a lack of goals as we finished 30 goals behind Barca in second again.

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Season Awards

Embolo is runner up to Messi in the Spanish Player of the Year Award.

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I was runner up to Luis Enrique in the Liga BBVA Manager of the Year Award.

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Squad Stats

Embolo impressed this season with Ronaldo up front but couldn't get much from Alli, who has been a disappointing signing so far.

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Season Three - Real Madrid Club de Fútbol

Transfers In

So we stocked up big time on regens bringing in Gerrard, Gudjohnnson, Ibrahimovic and Robbie Keane for the future.

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Transfers Out

With Cheryshev sold we could bring in Andreev from the B side. Sanches and my Cole regen went out on loan.

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Here is the Squad for Season Three - 

GK

Bartlomeij Dragowski (POL)
Etrit Berisha (ALB)

DEF

Jonny Evans (NIR)
Kenny Otigba (HUN)
Yaroslav Rakitskyi (UKR)
Sergio Ramos (SPA)
Raphael Varane (FRA)
Ludwig Augustinsson (SWE)
Davide Zappacosta (ITA)
Luis Pedro Canvanda (BEL)
Pavel Kaderabek (CZE)

MID

Stefan IIsanker (AUT)
Toni Kroos (GER)
Harry Arter (IRE)
Sergey Andreev (RUS) NEW (Zhirkov Regen)
Kristjan Johannsson (ICE) NEW (Gudjohnnson Regen)

Dele Alli (ENG)
Tolga Cigerci (TUR)
Marek Hamsik (SLO)
Mateo Kovacic (CRO)

ATT

Gareth Bale (WAL)
Breel Embolo (SWI)
Cristiano Ronaldo (POR)
Florin Andone (ROM)

Spanish Super Cup

Bale's brace in the first leg was enough to seal the cup over the two legs

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Spanish Cup

A last minute Betis goal sends us out in the Semi Final.

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Champions League

Despite dominating both legs we lose out to Chelsea in the First Round.

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Liga BBVA

Forgot to screenshot but another frustrating league campaign as we trail in second behind Barca again!

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Season Awards

Andone is runner up to Messi in the Spanish Player of the Year Award.

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Embolo is crowned Spanish Young Player of the Year.

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I was runner up to Pep in the Liga BBVA Manager of the Year Award.

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Squad Stats

You can see the issue here a complete lack of goals. My big stars failed to deliver at all, not helped with Bale being injured for most of the season.

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57 minutes ago, Real_Random said:

Not the best season.mate. Hopefully improvement next season

It was dreadful. The challenge has nearly made me want to give up playing. The latest update has drained almost all my enjoyment from the game on the OME. Its dreadful. :'(

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A very frustrating time reading this never mind playing it lol. Keep the faith mate, it will just make meeting your goals all the more rewarding! In my current save I had a frustrating period but once I achieved what I wanted it felt brilliant haha. However I've not updated my FMM since before the Brazil update so I can't say if the game has got even worse :/. 

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It's been a nightmare really since the update I believe, I have started half a dozen careers but the usual issues just keep making me stop playing. The main issue I have found is the opposition scoring with their first shot, I counted 21 times in one season they scored with their very first shot? Ridiculous really.

Am really struggling at present to find a save that I am enjoying.

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29 minutes ago, danovic78 said:

It's been a nightmare really since the update I believe, I have started half a dozen careers but the usual issues just keep making me stop playing. The main issue I have found is the opposition scoring with their first shot, I counted 21 times in one season they scored with their very first shot? Ridiculous really.

Am really struggling at present to find a save that I am enjoying.

Maybe you should switch engine to EME. I have found it easier when it comes to designing tactics

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1 hour ago, Real_Random said:

Maybe you should switch engine to EME. I have found it easier when it comes to designing tactics

I have tried it several times but I just cant get along with it, it's still too slow for me.

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35 minutes ago, danovic78 said:

I have tried it several times but I just cant get along with it, it's still too slow for me.

Ok mate hopefully you can make OME work

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Season Four - Real Madrid Club de Fútbol

Transfers In

We splashed big money to bring in Pogba and Jedvaj plus a Romanian prospect.

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Transfers Out

A big change was needed and we shipped out some big stars, with Pogba coming in we sent Varane to Juve. Ronaldo was 33 now so went to Juve too with Sanches promoted. Alli was very disapointing too so we promoted my Ashely Cole regen plus Eriksson was promoted too after a great season on loan. Kovacic went too as we bought in Jedvaj.

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Here is the Squad for Season Four - 

GK

Bartlomeij Dragowski (POL)
Etrit Berisha (ALB)

DEF

Jonny Evans (NIR)
Kenny Otigba (HUN)
Yaroslav Rakitskyi (UKR)
Sergio Ramos (SPA)
Tin Jedvaj (CRO) NEW
Antonio Butcher (ENG) NEW (Ashley Cole Regen)
Davide Zappacosta (ITA)
Luis Pedro Canvanda (BEL)
Pavel Kaderabek (CZE)

MID

Stefan IIsanker (AUT)
Toni Kroos (GER)
Harry Arter (IRE)
Sergey Andreev (RUS) 
Kristjan Johannsson (ICE) 
Renato Sanches (POR) NEW
Tolga Cigerci (TUR)
Marek Hamsik (SLO)
Paul Pogba (FRA) NEW

ATT

Gareth Bale (WAL)
Breel Embolo (SWI)
Fredrik Eriksson (SWE) NEW (Ibra Regen)
Florin Andone (ROM)

Spanish Super Cup

Bale's brace in the first leg was enough to seal the cup over the two legs

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Spanish Cup

Heartbreak as we hold till the 90th min with 10 men then lose in extra time to Atletico, Jonny Evans!! :@

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Champions League

A high scoring draw in the home legs costs me in the Quarter Final against Bayern.

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Liga BBVA

Finally things have clicked, we dominate the league with just two defeats.

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Season Awards

Eriksson takes the Spanish Player of the Year Award in his first season with Embolo second.

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I manager to beat Pep to win the Liga BBVA Manager of the Year Award.

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Squad Stats

With a switch to a 4-3-3 with click well, Eriksson top scored in his debut season, Kroos again providing from midfield.

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56 minutes ago, Real_Random said:

Great season mate. You've gotten this challenge back on track. Hopefully you can make this work

Yeah, the switch back to 4-3-3 seemed to do the trick plus also bringing some big players too.

Although sadly I have only a few more seasons on this one as I accidentally saved over this challenge, Whoops! :'(

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1 hour ago, danovic78 said:

Yeah, the switch back to 4-3-3 seemed to do the trick plus also bringing some big players too.

Although sadly I have only a few more seasons on this one as I accidentally saved over this challenge, Whoops! :'(

Unlucky mate. I have been there. I'm always accidentally saving over my best careers and then I angrily delete the game thus losing the rest of my saves. Hopefully the next few seasons this challenge can come good

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Season Five - Real Madrid Club de Fútbol

Transfers In

Forgot to screenshot these but only bought in the Eiður Guðjohnsen Regen. Martyn was promoted too as we let Harry Arter go.

Here is the Squad for Season Five - 

GK

Bartlomeij Dragowski (POL)
Etrit Berisha (ALB)

DEF

Jonny Evans (NIR)
Kenny Otigba (HUN)
Yaroslav Rakitskyi (UKR)
Sergio Ramos (SPA)
Tin Jedvaj (CRO) NEW
Antonio Butcher (ENG) 
Davide Zappacosta (ITA)
Luis Pedro Canvanda (BEL)
Pavel Kaderabek (CZE)

MID

Stefan IIsanker (AUT)
Toni Kroos (GER)
Sergey Andreev (RUS) 
Peter Gudjonsson (ICE) NEW (Eiður Guðjohnsen Regen)
Renato Sanches (POR) 
Tolga Cigerci (TUR)
Marek Hamsik (SLO)
Paul Pogba (FRA) 

ATT

Gareth Bale (WAL)
Breel Embolo (SWI)
Fredrik Eriksson (SWE) 
Florin Andone (ROM)
Ciaran Martyn (IRE) NEW (Robbie Keane Regen)

Spanish Super Cup

A red card in the first leg cost us and we couldn't recover in the second to win against Atletico.

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Spanish Cup

We ease to a final win over Numancia thanks to a Bale brace.

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Champions League

Heartbreak in the final as we lose on pens in a tight game against Man City.

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Liga BBVA

A tighter league this season but we hold our nerve to retain the title.

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Season Awards

Eriksson takes his first Ballon D'Or Award.

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Eriksson retains the Spanish Player of the Year Award with Embolo second again.

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Martyn takes the Spanish Young Player Award.

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I manager retain the Liga BBVA Manager of the Year Award.

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Squad Stats

Eriksson and Bale led the line well with Kroos outstanding again in Midfield.

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