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Career Foxy’s Badge Collection - Badge 11- Big Man Little Man


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Like all good collectors I have decided to keep all my badges together in one thread and also in chronological order so I won’t be attempting a badge until I have completed the one before. If you have no idea what I’m talking about with “Badges” you need to check out this thread from @Rob

Badge One - Spurs’ Deadly Duo 
 

 


I’m not going to lie, I fully expected to hit the benchmarks in season 1 and then use season 2 to try and get as close as I can to some of the top scores on the leaderboard. This is all injuries permitting of course.
Season 1

The Spurs squad isn’t bad but there are a few very average players in there so at the risk of upsetting the “dynamics” of the squad I did ship out a few players and bring some more in. I raised an additional £55m getting rid of the deadwood and then used the budget I had to improve the wingers, defence and midfield at the club. The £29m I spent on Milner hurt as that is a lot for a player of his age but his versatility could be crucial in the crazy fixture schedule of season 1.

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I was pushed all the way by Man City for the league title but the better man (me) won out in the end as he did in the Europa as well. The two domestic cups were a step too far though with the squad we had and the packed schedule and I wasn’t too worried to go out of them when I did. We got through the early rounds when there is a chance of playing small teams and then saved some games later in the season  as we went out.

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As I said above I wanted to complete the benchmarks in season 1 and we so very nearly did that!

Kane and Son smashed in 112 goals between them with Kane contributing 73 and Son 39 to give a current total of 112.

With the assists they fell one short of the benchmark of 50 and perhaps getting further in the cups might have been better as they probably would have gotten at least one more assist. Son had 34 assists and Kane only 15.

Season 1 Total

112 goals + 49 assists = 161pts

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Player Stats

Sabitizer proved himself to be an excellent assister with 21 in the season which was annoying in a way but most of them will have been to Kane or Son so it’s not such a big deal.

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Season 2

The team had improved as the season went on so I wasn’t planning on making huge changes to the squad and I didn’t. I brought in just three players and one of them was Fernandes who was at the club on loan last season and them added a CB with Upamecano and a LW with Tsygankov as I felt short in those two positions.

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My felling that the squad was improving over season 1 and large scale signing weren’t needed seemed to be proven correct as we won the league comfortably and then added the Champions League and domestic cups in the trophy cabinet as well.

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So only one more assist was needed to hit the 50 benchmark and earn my first badge and that was completed by Son in the Charity Shield.

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Strangely though despite the team performances being better this season didn’t go as well for Kane as he was much less productive although Son was just as good.

Kane scored 61 goals this season so 12 less than season 1 and he had 3 less assists as well. This is possibly explained by the club being in the Champions League and not the Europa so he had some harder games.

Son scored 38 goals and had 41 assists so in season 2 we would have completed the assists benchmark as they had 53 assists between them but not the goals benchmark as they only got 99.

Season 2 Totals

99 goals + 53 assists = 152pts

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Player Stats Season 2

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 The Final Verdict

Season 1 - 161pts

Season 2 - 152pts

Total Score - 313pts

This was a fun two season challenge to get more used to the new game and some of the features. I wanted to get a 300+ score which I did although season 2 was disappointing in the end as I would have hoped to improve on season 1’s score.

My Badge Collection

Badge 1 - Spurs’ Deadly Duo

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Up Next Badge 2 - The Last Dance 2021

 

 

Thanks for reading.

This first badge was created by @Rob and involves getting a combined 100 goals and 50 assists from Kane and Son at Spurs. 
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19 minutes ago, Aaron Thornton said:

Cracking score Mr Fox, that first season was especially impressive

Cheers fella, it’s a bit annoying they couldn’t replicate it again in season 2 or do better but they did well for me overall.

8 minutes ago, Rob said:

Excellent attempt. I also love the neatness of everything being in one thread. That delights my OCD. 

I don’t want my badges spread all over the forum willy nilly so I will keep my collection all neat and tidy in one place.

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Badge 2 - The Last Dance 2021

This challenge was created by @Scratch and sees the famous MSN partnership reunited back at Barcelona for one last season. The criteria to earn the badge this time is to win the league and get 30 goals contributions (goals/assists) from all three of Messi, Suarez and Neymar.

The first job was to sign Neymar and Suarez back which is an expensive job but with some swaps and sell on fees I think I paid decent prices for them both. Despite Barca’s real life issues the squad in game isn’t too bad if a little short on depth so the rest of my signings were based around having plenty of players for the season ahead in most positions.


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Below the spoiler you can see the outs although it doesn’t show the players I used in the part exchanges for Suarez and Neymar so I have added those screenshots as well.

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We off the first part of the benchmark with relative ease as we won the league although my attacking tactics cost me a few games.

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A few people had problems with injuries so far on this challenge but I was relatively lucky in that regard. Suarez was out for three weeks in February which was a considerable number of games but it wasn’t a big dent to his chances of beating the benchmark. Neymar got a month injury pretty much right at the end of the season and missed a couple of games as well.

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At the half way point of the season Suarez was virtually finished and Neymar didn’t have too long to go either although Messi had some work to do. This gave a running total of 68pts which isn’t as good as I hoped for and I was really hoping to have all three just about done by this stage so I could just concentrate on the final total.

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All three players got the job done and in the 2nd half of the season they did pick up a bit but the slow start and Suarez injury did take a toll on the final total unfortunately.

Messi - 24gls + 20ast = 44pts

Suarez - 37gls + 15ast = 52pts

Neymar - 33gls + 17ast = 50pts

Final Total - 146pts

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My Badge Collection

Badge 1 - Spurs’ Deadly Duo

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Badge 2 - The Last Dance 2021

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Up Next: Who knows, well I do actually as I’m posting the next badge challenge in the next few days.

Thanks for reading.

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Well done Mr Fox. I'm not sure I'd call that lucky with injury - though I'm starting to think I must have been incredibly lucky on my second attempt (no injuries). Seems quite a few are struggling with injuries. Did you have the lads on low intensity training? 

Anyway, well done and I wonder what you'll be doing next! 😄

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1 hour ago, Scratch said:

I'm not sure I'd call that lucky with injury

It feels lucky compared to some we have seen so far. Son and Kane barely got a scratch in my attempt at that challenge so it has evened itself out a little bit this time.

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2 hours ago, FuddledFox said:

It feels lucky compared to some we have seen so far. Son and Kane barely got a scratch in my attempt at that challenge so it has evened itself out a little bit this time.

That's true. I'm gonna have to try it again sometime and see if my luck holds up. Doing Kane and Son right now and in March in the first season and so far only a 2 week injury to Kane. Using Low Intensity of course.

I have noticed that Son lost some attributes (maybe 5 or 6 little red down indicators) without any injuries or anything, so I guess that might be a side effect of not training hard. Probably worth it to have slight lower attributes but be on the pitch more..

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Another badge to the collection, well done Mr Fox.

I haven’t had many injuries to the three on my second attempt, I did go light training but can’t be sure it it made any difference although I felt like I could get more out of them before they got slightly tired. In fact I don’t think any of them ever got tired and they certainly did on my first attempt. I had some longer injuries to other players though so probably just how it goes.

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Badge 3 - Redknapping

This third badge was a challenge of my own creation and more details can be founded here.

 

The first job for the challenge was to sell at least 15 members of the first team squad. Having looked at Pompey’s squad I decided that I wanted to keep a good number of there attacking players so it was mostly defenders and midfielders that went out. I didn’t raise as much money as some people who have done this challenge so far but that was the sacrifice I made for keeping some excellent League 1 attackers.

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It was then a case of building a squad with the money I had which was around £7m. I didn’t spend that much as there was some good free’s and loans that I could sign as well. My best signing was Arp on loan from Bayern and it was nice to get reacquainted with the player who I completed my first 1kc with back on FMM18.


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The main purpose behind this challenge was that I wanted to see how an almost complete squad change effects the dynamics of the team and the relationships and then in turn how that effects results. It seems to me that there isn’t a huge impact from throwing together a squad of players so long as some thought is put into who you get and of course the money is there to complete a good rebuild.

Certainly results at the start of the season didn’t show any problems with the squad “bedding in” together.

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The benchmark for the badge was to finish top 2 in the league and that was achieved with ease and in the end I won the league by 16pts. I was disappointed to draw so many games but League 1 is a tight league with teams all of a similar quality and we sometimes struggled to break teams down. Most of the time we found a way through though as 106 goals scored shows.

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As expected Arp was my main goalscorer as he hit 35 goals playing as part of a front 4 which is one of my favourite set ups in the lower leagues. His strike partner Harrison was top assister although he was prolific in front of goal which is surprising as he looks quality.

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Player Stats

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I wasn’t interested in any other competitions and made sure I was out of them fairly quickly because this challenge was all about the league performance.

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The leaderboard points are league points +/- goal difference so I scored.

113+68= 181pts

That was all more than enough for me to earn the 3rd badge in the series.

My Badge Collection

 

Badge 1 - Spurs’ Deadly Duo 

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Badge 2 - The Last Dance 2021 

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Badge 3 - Redknapping

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Up Next: A little break for a week or so before @Rob posts the next challenge.

 

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1 hour ago, vaxikpl said:

nice score! :)

I can see Nyland will be in every attempt at this badge

Always fun to see what overlap there is for the squads. So far I've had 4-5 in common with other attempts. 

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Great job Foxy! Smashed it.

Interesting to see that ripping up the squad didn't affect your results much. I've been hoping that if you keep the right players and then bring higher level players that fit in (ie most speak the language a little), the effects would be minimal.

Super challenge by the way, can't wait to get started with this one, but work is holding me up. 🙁 

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