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Career hhooo's continental conquerors '21 (PSNI, Season 7!)


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After accidentally saving over my Park Ji-Sung Challenge game, I felt I had some unfinished business in South Korea. This challenge will be my way to see out the careers of a couple of players I had in that save, while revisiting a favorite stomping ground of mine from FMM20, and checking out a couple leagues that will be new to me. 

Here is a link to the challenge: 

As we can see, the idea is to win the Champion's League and CWC in Asia, North America, and with a team from the British Isles and continental Europe. The challenge is significantly harder this year since the CWC only happens once every 4 years now, so you have a really limited number of opportunities to take it home. My nations of choice will be as follow:

ASIA - South Korea

As stated above, I had a few korean players from an earlier challenge that I didn't finish, and I really want to see what they are capable of over a career. So I'm starting my journey in South Korea, with Suwon, where two of them already play. I think this will comparatively easy to win the CL with, but I will need to stick around until 2025, when the first in game CWC happens, so hopefully I'll be able to nail it on the first attempt and get moving onto the tougher nations, like...

BRITISH ISLES - Northern Ireland

Yes, the clubs are semi pro. Yes, they are broke. Yes, I had a great career with Limavady United in FMM20, where we went from the NI third tier to the CL knockout stages in about 6 years. Give me 8 this time, and maybe I can take the whole thing? This will be the toughest leg, for sure. But we are budgeting up to 12 years here, if necessary.

CONTINENTAL EUROPE - Poland 

I was debating going to Belgium, but belgian regens always have absolute crap attitudes in my experience, so I'll go to a nation I love to scour for young talent, but have never properly managed in before. I'm not expecting this to be an easy road either, but if I can do it in Northern Ireland first, this should be easy. 

NORTH AMERICA - Mexico

Somewhere I have actually spent a significant amount of time in real life, I'm going with Mexico because it's new, and it should be relatively painless as a way to close out the save after (I expect) slogging it out for the better part of two decades in Europe. Plus, the capital is an amazing place to live, just in case I am here for a while!

 

The Korean season is pretty short, and divided weirdly (CL happens during their off-season), so I expect updates at the beginning will only be annual, although things may be spaced out more once I get to the hectic schedule of Northern Ireland. 

 

Speaking of which...

 

(Pre) Season One
I arrived in April, to find the transfer window closed, three of the CL group stage games already finished, and the league starting in just over a month. Suwon has a very large first team squad, including no fewer than five first team goalkeepers, none of whom were the one I wanted to use. So, despite the best club culture I have ever seen,we did have a few media scuffles and unhappy campers to deal with, but nothing that really affected us too badly. The squad has a couple of young players with geat potential that I will build the team around, including our National Hero, our keeper, and a center back who is brilliant when he's on the pitch, but has 5 stamina and needs a full week to recover from a match. 

 

seriously, check out the captain's personality!

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Nothing wild here, like I said, we have a huge squad and a short season. We were just bringing in quality players in the midfield and at left back (Lee Dong-Il was a premier league winning starter in my PSV/Everton save previously), and cover for our star center back with 5 stamina. LDI wasn't 'free' but we did exchange him for our 4th choice keeper, so maybe free is a good way to put it. 

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Transfers Out

Huge squad, short season, high value, low quality Aussies were no brainers when the offers came in. We'll use that money on facilities and maybe a nice Uzbek winger next season. 

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Season one results coming soon! 

 

AFC final score - 59 goals + 3x top scorer awards = 74

EURO score - 1+10+12+19+31+33+11 + 6x top scorer awards = 147

British Isles score - 11 + 28 + 13 + 1 top scorer award = 57

North America current score - 

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Season One - Results

After joining the team halfway through the Champion's League group stage, we qualified second from the group, and narrowly lost out to the Shanghai side of Hulk, Oscar, and Arnautovic, 4-3. 

Domestically, we fared alright, hitting lots of frustrating draws where we controlled the game and outshot the other team 20—1 or so, but the second half of the season, we really clicked and put together a winning run that went through the end of the season to make us comfortable champions. 

In the cup, we sprinted to the second leg of the final, going in 4-1 up, only to lose our national hero to injury, then get demolished by the best player in the league 3-0 and lose on away goals. Heartbreak.

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Season One continued, since apparently I can't even write anything under a quote for some reason. I would love it if someone could tell me how to delete a quote box. 

The Bhoys

Yoo Ju-Ahn, Our National Hero 

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Great development, playing currently as a pressing forward. Hopefully I'll be able to find a good technical mentor for him and get some physical development through training next season. He already got off to a great start with 4 CL goals in 5 games. 

Other notable players

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These are the three players I had with me at PSV in my other challenge, plus the famed 5 stamina center back (+2 this year!). This will be the core of my eventual CL winning team. 

 

Thanks for following, we'll see you again in a season! 

Edit: I was finally given my first transfer budget ten days before the second season starts. I had been operating on the assumption that I wouldn't be getting one, so it's a nice surprise, but I've had to give up on so many targets already. Time to go find a mentor for our national hero and make the down payment on our Uzbek winger! 

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Nice to see someone else giving this a go with some different countries.
Northern Ireland will be a challenge (having played there during my UK goal challenge), it's hard to get the best out of the players when the league is at a much lower level than the other Champions League teams.

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3 hours ago, geordiekrispy said:

Nice to see someone else giving this a go with some different countries.
Northern Ireland will be a challenge (having played there during my UK goal challenge), it's hard to get the best out of the players when the league is at a much lower level than the other Champions League teams.

Agreed, I do love seeing how people fair in Northern Ireland. I always try and take a third division team to the champions league but it is incredibly difficult so will be interesting to see how @hhooo gets on

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Season 2 

Transfers this season were farily uninteresting, we sold some more of our deadweight and brought in a couple of 16 year olds. The only first team signing was our hopeful Uzbek winger, on loan since he couldn't get a work permit. We agreed a 2m buyout fee for the loan. If you guys had any thoughts about work permits for the UK being tough, give South Korea a try. I had guys who had over 50 full international caps being shut down, attempting a transfer 3+ times in one window, etc. These guys are strict! In the summer window (mid season) they let up and bit, and we hammered them with a couple of deals until they pushed through. Having to agree contracts with these guys three times each was not easy!

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These are from the off season, don't judge them too harshly. Sobirjonov was my 3rd choice winger all season, and turned up in the second half of the season after settling in, Bates struggled with injuries most of the season, and Hernandez came in on a free transfer and instantly improved the team by giving us a more competent passer from the back. None of them seem interesting in learning Korean though, which is unfortunate. 

 

Results 

We won the treble after an up and down start to the season, where we smashed our CL group with some 8 and 9 nil wins, and drew 0-0 with 20+ shots in the league. The season last year was 27 domestic games, expanded to 38 this year (still only 12 teams) with no warning, so that was a surprise. Luckily our squad was mostly healthy and deep enough for all the competitions. 

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National Hero

Yoo Ju-Ahn won top scorer in the CL this year, with 11 goals, which is great for our final tally. The AFC champion's league is a bit strange, as some of the teams without real players are much more challenging, since some portion of greyed out Aussie/Japanese/Vietnamese teenagers randomly come with 19-20 in pace, technique, movement, etc. The real players are generally pretty poor outside of the top Saudi sides. 

Yoo has generally been playing as a pressing forward, and his movement is top notch, especially for the K League. He nicked the ball off the keeper and scored in the CL final as well. 

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The Future

I've had job offers from about half the Mexican league, every single one of which expects to win the title this year... But for now, My biggest job is keeping my best players for another couple years until the CWC comes around. I've had to turn down offers for my entire back 5 several times every window, always from German teams. But we've got our Uzbek winger on a permanent deal finally, and have a couple of really good teens that came through in last years youth crop who should be in great shape in 2 or 3 years.  Thanks for reading everyone, see you next season!

 

 

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Both Yoo Ju-Ahn and Kim Min Woo are great! I use both of them for my national team (although Kim Min Woo is a more of a substitute for Son Heung-Min) 

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Looking good, keeping your best players is hard! Especially in a "lower" league.

I found I needed a conveyor belt of players going so when the better ones get sold there's someone to step in and do their job, and a new younger understudy to eventually replace them.

 

My reserves were pretty full, all going on loan for the season so they played.

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3 hours ago, geordiekrispy said:

Looking good, keeping your best players is hard! Especially in a "lower" league.

I found I needed a conveyor belt of players going so when the better ones get sold there's someone to step in and do their job, and a new younger understudy to eventually replace them.

 

My reserves were pretty full, all going on loan for the season so they played.

This is where the club culture has come in very useful - while the loyalty has dropped from an A to a B, so far, every player has been willing to sign a new contract for a tiny raise when I turn down a transfer. My star Right Back has signed half a dozen contracts this year now, but is still only on 2.5k a week. 

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2 minutes ago, hhooo said:

This is where the club culture has come in very useful - while the loyalty has dropped from an A to a B, so far, every player has been willing to sign a new contract for a tiny raise when I turn down a transfer. My star Right Back has signed half a dozen contracts this year now, but is still only on 2.5k a week. 

Nice!

Yeah my club culture always seems to be "lazy" with very little work rate and proffesionalism.

I really need to workout how to improve it, fining players who aren't training very well seems to work for them, but not the team.

I'm currently getting everyone who has less that 10 on team work training on that...

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1 hour ago, geordiekrispy said:

Nice!

Yeah my club culture always seems to be "lazy" with very little work rate and proffesionalism.

I really need to workout how to improve it, fining players who aren't training very well seems to work for them, but not the team.

I'm currently getting everyone who has less that 10 on team work training on that...

I got lucky with Suwon, they had a perfect club culture when I came in. But I make sure to never sign anyone with less than 10 teamwork or a personality less than unselfish. The club culture also has a big effect on youth players. Most of mine come through with great work rate at least. 

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I have played previously in Korea in 2018 when i took the Lee Dong Guk challenge with Jeonbuk. It's a nice league to play and i agree with your AFC analysis, the greyed out players seem much more difficult than normal teams, it was the same in 20 as well.

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Season 3.75 update!

Doing family stuff over the holidays has made it difficult to sit down and write an update, but here we go:

Season 3 results

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We won the league by a mile, though we didn't play as well, scoring less, conceding more, all (I think) due to the update. We still haven't settled into a new tactic since the update, which has made things tough. The only consistent thing tactically since the update is that we need a good 12-18 shots to score a goal, which means that we've had to tighten up at the back since season 2. 
 

AFC champions league is the same teams every year, with Shanghai in the quarter finals, Al-Hilal in the final, and one leg being tightly contested, and the other a total blowout in my favor.  The scheduling in Korea is a nightmare, at the end of the season we have the FA Cup first and second leg, a league game, and one leg of the CL all in 8 days, 9 if we're lucky, so wrapping up the league early is a must if you're aiming for a treble. 

I was caught totally off guard by the CWC this year, and was not ready for it at all. I got drawn into a group with NYRB and Porto, beat NYRB, drew with Porto 2-2 after they equalized at the last minute, but lost the group on goal difference, because Porto beat NYRB by a bigger margin. Jeonbuk, our heated rivals, got drawn into a group with some team from the Congo and Thailand and squandered the opportunity. We need to be ready in 2025.

 

Yoo Ju-Ahn

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A couple of minor increases here and there, but it looks like we're stuck with 13 shooting and 12 technique for the challenge, so we're going to need to lean on the movement and aggression. 13 more continental goals this season isn't going to set any records, but I'm not really here for the score, given the countries I chose.

 

Other Business

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Affiliates seem to be impossible to come by in Korea, as this has been the story since day 1. Facilities got one upgrade early in the first year, and have been frozen in place since then, with the board unwilling to upgrade, despite having 70m+ in the bank now, along with 500k+ in excess wage budget. 

I had bids accepted for a few other PSV starlets, including Madueke, who said 'It would take a very lucrative offer for me to consider joining your club.' So I pushed a big pile of money on the desk towards him, and he changes the story to 'I don't think moving to South Korea would be good for my career.' What a tease. so we're all finished S3 transfer business with a negative net spend again, because there simply isn't anyone interested in coming to the club to spend the money on. 

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Transfers (Season 3)

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A couple of first team regulars from previous seasons who were on the verge of being pushed out got moved on, along with a few older guys who weren't good mentors. Replacements are basically transfer listed former wonderkids, along with a Real Madrid B team lifer who has 26 senior appearances at age 25 and a solid backup right back for the first time in a long time. The more important pieces are our youth academy players, who look like they're going to be the ones doing the business in 2025. We are overflowing with keepers (youth intake each year is fully 50% keepers...)

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So it looks like keeping our best players won't be a huge issue, as we look to be in place to cough up huge wages if needed, or replace most central defensive postions if worse comes to worst. I should be finished with S4 and back with a short recap before too long. 

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Season 4 results

The Asian Champion's league is significantly easier than the K league at this point, and we have battered Al-Hilal in the final for the third year in a row. Same opponent, same result every year.  In the league we had our first undefeated season, improving on both goals scored and conceded from last year. 

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You'll notice that the perennial runners-up, Jeonbuk (whom I absolutely loathe at this point) are comically far behind us, on every parameter, yet somehow managed a clean sweep of POTY awards...

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To be completely fair, Gustavo is, on paper, far and away the best player in the K-league, and is responsible for about half of the goals I concede every year. However, a clean sweep for a team that finished 44 points behind the leaders is just absurd.

 

Our Hero

I'm finding out now that choosing a player with high teamwork for your hero isn't the best idea. YJA hit a period of rough form towards the end of the season (and has carried it into the beginning of season 5) where he simply isn't getting into scoring positions in most games, preferring to drop off and pull wide to set up others, and when he is shooting, just can't get anything on target. Still, the first half of the season was great, and things went reasonably well overall. 

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Like I said earlier, I'm not particularly focused on the actual points in this challenge, as since just finishing it within 30 years will be tough enough, but it has been a bit of a puzzle to get this guy to be the one on the end of moves, rather than linking up and playing others through. Maybe I need to move back to a lone striker system.

 

Thanks for reading everyone, see you soon for Season 5!

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My next idea is to play him as a shadow striker behind someone with even higher teamwork than he has. We'll probably just end up helping the BBM waltz through the defense to score then. 

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Season 5

This is the last down year before the return of the CWC, so this was the time to develop the young'uns, settle into a tactic, and indoctrinate mentor the foreigners to fit in with our club culture.

Transfers

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A couple of long timers came to the end of their contracts, or we got decent offers and they were falling in the pecking order anyway. We brought in a few young strikers to fit our new tactic, and as with any transfer window in Korea, you need to identify targets early so you can agree terms and appeal the work permit at least half a dozen times before the window shuts. 

 

Results 

4th consecutive treble, whatever. Unbeaten domestically again, new goal record. Our first new opponents in the CL final, fully greyed out team means it was more difficult than real players, with their random 19 year old bahrainis with perfect mentals or whatever.

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Player of the year was interesting again, with our long-term backup striker winning the award. Hard to say he didn't deserve it, though.

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Our Hero

Yoo never really got off the ground domestically this year, and he has struggled in the league in the new formation. Luckily, he saved his best for the CL and still knocked in plenty there. 

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Next Season

We're finally going to need to dip into that billionaire's funding to keep some of our star guys locked down, as our clubs loyalty has slipped dramatically, and we're getting serious offers from the prem for some of these guys. Hopefully 70m is enough to keep everything together for one more season before the team explodes into millions of pieces, picked apart by the Juves, Bayerns, and Madrids of the world. 

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See everyone next year, hopefully with good news!

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Going through the off season now, and every single day is a new pile of offers for anyone and everyone in my starting XI. Morale is going to be rough by the time the season actually starts.

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The CWC is about to begin, and I'm torn about who to play up front - my national hero, or this totally absurd 18 year old who has been ripping the league apart. 

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I might just play him to make sure I actually win the thing, points be damned. 

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Season 5 midway update

This is it, this is the year. the only tournament that still matters is here. Our group was easier this time, with Gremio and some team from Tunisia. We put 6 past both of them, which was enough to put us into the QF against Inter, who had beaten Bayern 5-1 in the group stage. Needless to say, I was worried. 

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This was a tough game, and our keeper had to do some serious work, but three set-piece goal-mouth scrambles was enough to put us through, into the Semi's against Benfica, who had won their games all 5 nil so far. Again, worrying.

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Going up 4-0 in the first 20 minutes is a great way to settle the nerves. Lee Soo-Bin isn't our first choice midfielder, but he's a big game player, and he turned up again here. Into the final, against Juve, who are now a strange army of over the hill Italian defenders (What else is new?) and unfinished south american youth prospects, alongside a prime aged, very scary Kulusevski.

We alter our formation to make sure someone is marking Kulusevski specifically, and we switch to defensive instead of attacking. We want a prototypical cagey final where not losing is more important than winning.

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This image doesn't show it, but Kulusevski had to go off injured around the 20th minute, which really helped us, and made our work defending the other 70 and keeping possession much easier. The whistle goes, and my job in Korea is officially finished. 

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The league is a joke now, we're scoring 4 goals a game on average. Our Hero hasn't been up to it domestically, but the man loves a continental competition. 

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The Future

Job openings are few and far between for some reason now, so we're just coasting by in Korea with an eye on the job center. My plan was to go to Northern Ireland next, but only two clubs have had positions available, and neither were on my shortlist for the country. I would be okay taking over Belfast Celtic, Police Service of N.I., or ideally Annagh United, or Linfield - but it turns out you can't declare interest in a job if the manager isn't under fire, as much as I would love to just bully someone out of their job in the media. 

However, the Legia manager just appeared as under fire - so I may be taking a detour to Poland. Stay tuned for updates!

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A New Job

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We're off to Poland. The Larne job was available in N.I. but the only thing they have going for them is reputation - facilities and stadium leave a lot to be desired, so I took the best job you can hope for in Poland, Legia Warsaw. If the job is available mid season, there must be a reason, right? 

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Yes! We are in 13th, after 11 games (34 game season). And the board expects us to challenge for the title. And digging through transfer history, I see Legia has a net spend of - 37m this season, but the budget is only 2m... so off we go to the free agent market, sort by teamwork! 

I'll update again soon, maybe after the January window when we try to nab a few of my youth players from Suwon. 

 

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