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Career Stratch Tries The Impossible


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It's been a month since I paused my 1KC (Piccoli) and Split 1KC (Reyna) at Newcastle career and I figure it's time to post my current career. I've had some real life things to take care of, so it's been going very very slowly (3 seasons in a month!), but here it is.

One of the reasons I paused the Newcastle career is that it looked like it was going to take 14 seasons to complete. While that career was reasonably ambitious, I had a really really ambitious career in mind that would take even longer and I'm not sure I have two long careers in me this year.

I wanted to start on the really ambitious one to see if it's even possible, so that's just what I did. I'm still not sure it's possible, but I'm 3 seasons in, so I may as well treat it as a real attempt!

So what is it?

Well, it all started when I found out that my TT Blaster tactic still works in FMM22 and I wanted to give it a proper go. I'd also noticed that Scotland seemed weaker than ever this year, actually scoring more goals there with Satriano than I did with Scamacca in China - the opposite of last year.

Combine the two and that gives us a goal fest in Scotland (with Celtic).

But what are the targets? 

I'm using the TT Blaster, so am I doing a TT?

Nah, I managed a 3 x 1KC in China last year, so why not try that again, this time in Scotland! We'll pass the TT mark at some point, but that's not our focus and I don't do long term save leaderboards anymore.

But wait. Why stop there? I was going to do a 1KC and a Split 1KC at Newcastle - could I possibly manage three 1KCs AND a Split 1KC?

Well, there's only one way to find out isn't there?

Give us the details!

Okay, here's what I'm hoping to achieve:

  • a 1KC for Piccoli
  • a 1KC for Lucca
  • a 1KC for Satriano
  • a Split 1KC (500 goals, 500 assists) for Almada

And I'm doing it at Celtic and using the TT Blaster (obviously). 

I've gone for players I know will do well, because I can't afford any nasty surprises here. The lads are all top notch and the 3 strikers are good in the air, which is important for the tactic. It was a real stretch to get them all to Celtic in Season 1, but more on that next time.

 

EDIT: Here are the lads at the start of the save:

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Anyway, I'll be back soon with a rundown of seasons 1 - 3. Then we'll see whether I'm crazy or not... And I haven't added the tallies up yet so I'm not sure either!

Thanks for reading!

 

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Well everyone has good stats but lorenzo lucca my man is terrible currently don't know his potential but you need to work on him other than that congrats mate and one more next time pick rangers or bringing glory back to motherwell as Celtic is the best team already you should begin below in the division cheers mate

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Right, here is an overview of seasons 1-3.

 

Transfers

I'll post all the transfer screens for all 3 seasons here for those who are interested. 

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The most interesting season was the first one, when I offloaded anyone I could and used all my transfer tricks to buy the 4 players for as little as possible. Once that business was done, there wasn't much money left over for other positions, but I did bring in Papetti and Richards as more mobile CDs (important for the TT Blaster) and a couple of youngsters (Cottrell and Leaburn). Oh and McCrorie in a swap deal. 

We really ramped things up in season 2, selling some average players for a lot of money and then buying a bunch of good youngsters (and Giroud to mentor the lads' mentals). Season 3 was really just about picking up some promising wonderkids to develop and eventually replace the current team.

 

Results

I'll just give you the overview screens:

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Took us 3 seasons to win everything. Was touch and go at various points though, not as easy as that screenshot might make out...

 

Development

I'll just show you what the 3 lads look like now (all top notch, Lucca and Almada are done, the other 2 are still crawling forward): 

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As I mentioned on one of @Rich's threads, I didn't use Carrillo as a mentor (most of them are likely to have good Aerial even without it), but instead went with Giroud because of his excellent hidden attributes (really high Professionalism, Work Rate, Determination etc).

I cut the mentoring short about halfway through and all the players got Giroud's full value for one of his hidden attributes (eg "Player X's Determination has increased"). Then I started them mentoring with Giroud again, in the hopes that I'd be able to double dip and get the full value for another hidden attribute.

Of the 4 players, Piccoli and Satriano both were able to double dip, but the other two weren't. But these players were good to start with and are pretty formidable now.

 

Injuries

I won't dwell on these. All of the players are all "unlikely to be be injured" or almost at that level - but it's football and injuries do happen:

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Actually now I've pulled all those images together for the first time I can see that Piccoli had 5 injuries, Satriano had 3, Lucca had 1 and Almada stayed injury free! Though Almada missed quite a few matches in seasons 2 & 3, so maybe I missed a screenshot? To be honest I didn't spend a lot of time on injuries - if someone was out I still had 3 players to focus on.

 

Goals and Assists

Here are the latest screenshots for each player, showing all 3 seasons:

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Progress

Which leaves us looking like this:

  Piccoli Lucca Satriano Almada
Season Goals Goals Goals Goals Assists
01 24 67 48 43 51
02 44 70 53 34 68
03 68 73 60 33 61
Totals 136 210 161 110 180

Lucca is clearly on target for a 1KC within 15 seasons, but the Piccoli and Satriano need to pick up the pace. Lucca did have corners though and I've now switched to Piccoli, so he should slowly catch up. Satriano may be the worry, but he can probably scrape a 1KC at that pace, so it's definitely not impossible.

On the Split 1KC front, Almada should make 500 goals within 15 seasons and assists will be no problem. 

I'm focusing on the 15 season mark as they will be 35 by then and will start dropping off. I'll go longer if I need to, but I hope to switch things around to get it all done as close to that mark as possible.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

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33 minutes ago, Tanza said:

Well everyone has good stats but lorenzo lucca my man is terrible currently don't know his potential but you need to work on him other than that congrats mate and one more next time pick rangers or bringing glory back to motherwell as Celtic is the best team already you should begin below in the division cheers mate

Thanks! Actually I just posted seasons 1-3 and Lucca is doing best for me! I've seen other people say he's really good, so maybe you got a bad version of him. 

I do think about using a different Scottish team (not sure which one, but not Rangers) every so often, but for something like this, Celtic is the only option. There's no way you can get those players at a smaller club, so you'd have to go with lesser players and then it would be really hard to get 3 different 1KCs and split 1KC. So I didn't really have any choice for this - but I hear what you're saying.

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5 hours ago, broodje kip said:

Looking very good Scratch. Guess I should try Scotland once again after this.

Thanks mate, you totally should. A Mikey Johnston Split 1KC? :D

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4 hours ago, Meow said:

That's crazy hahahahaha, it's fun to see someone attempt something like this though. Good luck man!

Thanks mate - it is crazy and only possible because I'm not playing realistically at all! But can't help myself...

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3 hours ago, Titjes said:

Good luck you insane person 😂 Great player choices to try this 😁

Thanks mate - took a long time to select them and work out who I could actually get at Celtic. I was originally planning to use CDK as the AMC, but couldn't get him, but was pretty happy with Almada as an alternative.

Actually once I realised Almada's second nationality was Italian it all fit together - I am using two Italians and two players with Italian as a second nationality, which has a nice symmetry to it. I'm not Italian at all, but have a soft spot for Italian strikers which will be no surprise to most of you!

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31 minutes ago, Scratch said:

Thanks mate, you totally should. A Mikey Johnston Split 1KC? :D

With 200PA but make it secretly :D 

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Always love a mad career from you, Sir.

Almada is brilliant. I used him in my 50/50 1kc challenge last year and he becomes incredible. 

If this isn't a complete success I believe you'll get mighty close. Good luck mate.

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12 hours ago, shosky said:

 This is 'crazily insane'. Good luck 

Thanks mate. I really don't know if it's possible, but the longer I go, the more I feel like I'll get there eventually...

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12 hours ago, StuartM said:

This could be a stretch @Scratch... is that where your title came from?! 😁

Well yeah, the title for this thread certainly, this did seem impossible when I started, but less so every day...

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5 hours ago, MatiasDFS said:

omg almada, looking sweet 😎

Yeah mate, I've always liked him, but he seems even better in this version. I'm playing him more at P as I rest one of the lads each game in the busy period, so his goals are up to 1 per game and I reckon he's going to get the split 1KC no worries...

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5 hours ago, Dai_ said:

Always love a mad career from you, Sir.

Almada is brilliant. I used him in my 50/50 1kc challenge last year and he becomes incredible. 

If this isn't a complete success I believe you'll get mighty close. Good luck mate.

Thanks mate, he's certainly top notch and yeah, I reckon I might get close. :D

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On 05/02/2022 at 09:41, Scratch said:

Thanks! Actually I just posted seasons 1-3 and Lucca is doing best for me! I've seen other people say he's really good, so maybe you got a bad version of him. 

I do think about using a different Scottish team (not sure which one, but not Rangers) every so often, but for something like this, Celtic is the only option. There's no way you can get those players at a smaller club, so you'd have to go with lesser players and then it would be really hard to get 3 different 1KCs and split 1KC. So I didn't really have any choice for this - but I hear what you're saying.

Well he may be good if don't know but yeah Celtic are the biggest club in Scotland and it may have been easy pursuing these players so you have a point 

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7 hours ago, Rob said:

Wonderful idea. Best of luck with all of this.

Thanks mate. Gonna need all the luck I can get to play enough seasons to finish this (surprised no one doubted my ability to finish it).

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1 minute ago, geordiekrispy said:

Looking good for you to hit your targets in 15 seasons.

15 seasons or bust? Might be able to do it. This seasons not going so well. Dumped out of the Scottish Cup and the UCL (first playoff round) in consecutive games, which means quite a few less games. And can't quite match the scoring rate of last year. For some reason, the 3rd season always seems best for me. I think then I switch the squad up too much.

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7 minutes ago, Scratch said:

15 seasons or bust? Might be able to do it. This seasons not going so well. Dumped out of the Scottish Cup and the UCL (first playoff round) in consecutive games, which means quite a few less games. And can't quite match the scoring rate of last year. For some reason, the 3rd season always seems best for me. I think then I switch the squad up too much.

Yeah, in my save I've been trying to let the team get all their pretty lines and only replace people with better players or younger ones once they get past 30.

Try and make sure that I don't wreck dynamics too much.

 

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Thiago is going to complete his 1kc split the fastest of anyone and others have 1kc goals but he has 1kc split so yeah he is outperforming everyone 

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27 minutes ago, geordiekrispy said:

Yeah, in my save I've been trying to let the team get all their pretty lines and only replace people with better players or younger ones once they get past 30.

Try and make sure that I don't wreck dynamics too much.

 

Yeah - the thing is that the players I'm bringing in now are about level with the ones they are replacing and will be even better. So I'll take a little hit now and hope for a pay off a couple of seasons down the track.

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20 minutes ago, Tanza said:

Thiago is going to complete his 1kc split the fastest of anyone and others have 1kc goals but he has 1kc split so yeah he is outperforming everyone 

Yeah, he'll wrap the assist part up very quickly and this season (playing now) he's stepped up his goal contributions, so he may very well finish first. 

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1 hour ago, Scratch said:

For some reason, the 3rd season always seems best for me. I think then I switch the squad up too much.

I can't say for certain, only you know how many saves you go through before one is "Vibe career thread worthy".

My guess is that you're a well-greased machine setting up a challenge save, but there's just much less practice of refreshing the squad afterwards.

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7 hours ago, Scratch said:

Thanks mate. Gonna need all the luck I can get to play enough seasons to finish this (surprised no one doubted my ability to finish it).

Ok...i'll do it then.

You will struggle at times and maybe doubt your self as a top FM gamer. 

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You know i think you'll do it mate 🤪

 

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Excellent challenge mate, quality players, looking forward to seeing how you get on. I've got a Rangers career going atm which i'm hoping to post, i always enjoy a Scotland career.

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I, for one, do not think Scratch has the moral fibre to see this through. 

 

 

Players look great though, maybe if you holiday it?

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On 07/02/2022 at 14:36, Meow said:

I can't say for certain, only you know how many saves you go through before one is "Vibe career thread worthy".

My guess is that you're a well-greased machine setting up a challenge save, but there's just much less practice of refreshing the squad afterwards.

Haha, I do some private saves to test my app as it's not allowed on normal careers, but most of the proper careers I start end up on here. I just don't finish them all! I think last year I had a 50% completion rate... 😳

The problem is I keep having ideas for other saves. Actually right now I sort of want to go play down the bottom of the leagues (after reading your career).

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