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    1759 reacted to Foxy in Vibe World Cup 2019 The Final: Results   
    The time has come to reveal who will be crowned this years Vibe World Cup Champions.
    The final saw Scotland represented by @samhardy and @1759 take on the Japanese team of @Ashez and myself. The final challenge was a bit complicated so I won’t bore you with the details now. If you do need to recap this link will take you to that post.
    https://fmmvibe.com/forums/topic/43484-vibe-world-cup-2019-the-final-scotland-v-japan/?do=findComment&comment=384320
    With this being quite a detailed challenge it will be difficult for me to give you all the details of each competitors attempt but hopefully I can do you all justice and keep it easy to read.
    One final thing to say is this was a tough challenge with the squad getting steadily worse as the months went on so it is a huge credit to all 4 competitors that no one got sacked.
    So enough of that lets reveal the score and crown our champions.
    1759: Leyton Orient
    Club choice was always going to play a factor in this final and Ian played a blinder going with Orient who have the best squad in the National League and have a good chance of cup runs in both the FA Cup and FA Trophy as well.
    This is the 2 XIs that Ian put together and an interesting formation as well.
    A key part of this challenge was the cup games I think because they give the bonus points on top of league games as well. This is probably where Ian struggled a bit although he did get through 2 FA cup rounds before being knocked out by Fleetwood. In the FA Trophy he faired a little better as he won 3 matches before Aldershot did for him in round 4 although that means he still missed out on some potential points especially with the 2 legged semi final.
    In the league Ian met all club expectations by winning the league with a very healthy 96 points including 30 wins, 6 draws and 10 defeats.
    All this added up to a score of....
    1759: 111 points
    Certainly not the perfect season but a good start for the Scots nonetheless.
    Ashez: PSG
    How could the Japanese respond?
    @Ashez was the first from Team Japan to submit. He choose to go down the big club route and opted for PSG with the reasoning that they already had a good spine of eligible players already at the club and an abundance of money to complete the squad. This coupled with 38 league games and then 3 different cup competitions means he could get plenty of point scoring opportunities.
    This was his teams.
    Ash had a good run in both domestic cups as he reached the final of the League Cup losing to Nice and the semi final of the FA Cup but succumbed to St Ettiene. In the Champions league he got out of a group involving Roma, Porto and Malmo to set up a game with Schalke. Despite registering a win in the first leg he eventually went out on away goals in the round of 16 as his squad started to deplete.
    Squad depletion was certainly in evidence towards the end of the league season as well with 7 of his 9 league defeats coming from March onwards.
    This left Ashez with
    108 points 
    This means that at the half way point Scotland have a narrow 3 point lead in the final.
    Scotland: 111 points
    Japan: 108 points
    samhardy: Crusaders
    Just as in the VPL final Sam went with a team in Northern Ireland due to the ridiculous number of cups and potential matches they have in there league.
    This was his squad.
    In a shocking turn of events Sam didn’t win every tinpot trophy going in Northern Ireland as he lost in the final of the prestigious Steel & Sons Cup and also got knocked out the Irish Cup in the semi final stage. He did win 3 other cups and make the group stage of the Europa League picking up a famous win over AA Gent in that one.
    In the league it was a procession with just 4 draws and 4 lost games to blemish his record as he won the league with 96 points.
    All this added up to...
    173 points
    That gives Scotland a total of 284pts.
    Foxy: Sunderland
    That means I would need to score 177 points in order for Japan to win the final. What we needed was a hero and I felt I was the perfect man to fit the bill and break Scottish hearts.
    I choose Sunderland due to the large number of league games and the Checkatrade trophy. On top of that I also had the league cup and FA Cup so plenty of games with 60+ matches more than possible. Sunderland also have some good reserves and excellent facilities so I felt the squad I could build would do well week in week out versus teams like Luton 🤮
    This was my squad.
     The only problem with the cups is you have to rely on a favourable draw. I didn’t worry about the first few rounds as I felt I could beat any team in leagues 1 and 2 but after that it could be tricky. As it turned out that was the case as we lost to both Newcastle and Everton in the 3rd rounds of the League Cup then FA Cup respectively. The Checkatrade went much better though as I got maximum points winning the final against Gillingham.
    The league was in a funny way similar to Sunderland’s actual season as we drew a lot of games but were very difficult to beat. I did do better than Ross the Boss managed though with 111 league points.
    That all added up to 
    Golden Mobile
    Some Stats
    That brings to a close this years VWC. I hope everyone has enjoyed it whether you took part or were just watching. I would like to thank you all as this was a great event which seems to have gone pretty smoothly.
    The biggest thanks from me is reserved for @1759 though for taking co host duties with me. He came up with some great challenges and was an excellent sounding board for my ideas as well. Considering I moved house halfway through this event his input and hosting duties meant that this event was able to take place so he deserves huge amounts of credit for that.
    Thanks for reading and all comments are appreciated.
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    1759 got a reaction from smoggy90 in Smog in Madrid - S19 - My Son's 1k Attempt   
    Brilliant career this has been. Just need to get Foden home then you can properly celebrate as Smog Jr looks good for his target. 
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    1759 got a reaction from mulama in Ian - DT Done - Jun Se-Jin 1K - Season 18   
    Thank you, it’s been an enjoyable one to play😀
  4. Funny
    1759 got a reaction from Rob in Ian - DT Done - Jun Se-Jin 1K - Season 18   
    Thank you very much Rob, the Gundogan Challenge possibility should hopefully keep the motivation there to play the next few years. Watch me get all the results and then check who’s played only to find the German not playing in one game.😂
  5. Angry
    1759 reacted to Foxy in Vibe World Cup 2019 The Final: Results   
    That’s a shame as Mental Micky was just about to authorise the payout on your bet...
  6. Shocked
    1759 got a reaction from Foxy in Vibe World Cup 2019 The Final: Results   
    Foul play here from my co-host and I’m not going to stand for it.
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    1759 reacted to Foxy in Vibe World Cup 2019 The Final: Results   
    VWC 2019 Final
    Welcome to the final of this years Vibe World Cup. It’s all set up to be a mouth watering final as the Scottish team of @samhardy and @1759 take on the Japanese team lead by @Ashez and myself. The Scots are the runaway favourites having top scored in 2 of the 4 challenges so far to get to this stage but the Japanese are up for the fight as well so it’s all up for grabs.
    The final is a straight shoot out and the team with the highest score will be crowned champions.
     The Sell Them Slowly UWC Nation Locke
    The premise of this challenge goes way back to the first ever international football match between Scotland and England on November 30th 1872 although the story really begins between the Auld Enemies but in 1967.
    As we all know England won the World Cup in 1966 and nearly a year later they played Scotland at Wembley in the Home Nations Championship. The Scots ran out 3-2 winners thanks to goals from Denis Law, Bobby Lennox and Jim McCalliog in a result that lead Scotland fans to dub themselves world champions. Fast forward to the early 2000’s and the story of Scotland’s win and there fans assertion that it made them world champions caught the attention of journalist Paul Brown.
    He decided to trace back to the very first international match and track every unofficial world champion since then. The premise is simply if you beat the current champions you become the champions. That first match back in 1872 was a 0-0 draw so the UWC title remained vacant until the 8th March 1873 when England beat Scotland 4-2 and became the first UWC.
    The currant UWC champions are Germany who won the crown on the 24th March this year beating Netherlands and there last defence came in June when they beat Estonia 8-0.
    More info on the UWC can be found here: https://www.ufwc.co.uk/
    The Challenge
    This weeks challenge is in 2 parts so I am going to break it down and try and explain it as simply as possible.
    Club Choice
    You first need to choose a club and you can be any club in any league you wish within Europe so long as they play in a league which follows the conventional August-May/June (CL final is on 1st June) schedule. One important rule is that you and your team mate must manage in different countries though.
    Squad Building
    This is the list of the 10 nations that have held the UWC title the most.

     You must build a squad of 20 outfield players using all 10 nations but there’s a twist. You must use the Nation Locke which pairs players together by nation and position on the pitch.
    You will decide on a formation and then you will pair up the outfield positions in a logical way so for example CB+CB, CM+CM or ST+ST. Each pair then need to be players of the same nation from the top 10 above so that you have 20 players in 10 pairs. 
    This screenshot using just a basic 442 may explain it better and as you see the RB+RCB are Brazilians, LCB+LB are French, RM+RCM are English, LCM+LM are German and the strikers are Argentine. 
    The player pairs must make sense so they are in positions that link to there pair. This means you can’t link a CB to a ST or a RB to a LB if you have CBs in between. You can link say RWB to a LWB if you had no DMs in between. If in doubt send me the screenshot of your formation for confirmation.
    The pairs must be made before the season starts.
    You may use players already at the club to make the pairs so long as you only use the nations on the list and all other first team players must be sold for whatever price you can get. Your GK may be any nationality you wish except for a nation on the top 10 list.
    Once the season starts you may only play a player if he is with his pair so for example if your English CB is suspended then his partner may not play either and you will need to play the other pair. You may use players from your reserve team either real or greyed out as back ups and your subs bench for every game must be made up of reserve or greyed out players.
    These 20 players are the only transfers in you are allowed and must all be in place by the first competative game of the season.
    Once The Season Begins
    This is a full season challenge and all competitive games count towards your score.
    At the end of each month you will need to sell/demote your pair with the highest combined AvR (simply add up each pairs AvR and the highest pair have to go) so by May you will have sold 9 pairs and if your season goes as far as June all pairs will have been sold/demoted. These players may not play again and it is only your pairs that need to be added and not any reserve or greyed out players you use. You may have the no transfer window unlockable to assist in selling these players.
    Points
    You will be awarded 3 pts for a win and 1pt for a draw in all competitive matches. In the event of a tie the team with the best GD will win.
    Clarifications and Rules
    You may be any club you wish in a European league that runs from August to May/June. You and your team mate may not manage clubs in the same nation. You must make 10 pairs of players using all the nationality’s on the above list. You may use players already at the club or buy players in but no loans. These outfield 20 players make up your first team squad and along with 2 GK if needed are the only transfers in allowed and must all be bought by the first competitive game. The pairs positions must be logical so playing next to or just in front if each other on the pitch with no other players between them. All other first team players must be sold or demoted and may not be used at any point in the challenge. You may have 2 GK in the squad and they must come from nations not on the top 10 list. These can either already be at the club or bought in. You may use players from your reserve team (except demoted first teamers) or greyed out players as back ups but you may not demote first team players to then use as back ups. The reserve players don’t need to paired with a player from the same nation and cannot be used to create a pair with a first teamer. The subs bench must be made up of these back up players. A first team player may only play if he is on the pitch with his pair. On the last day of each month one pair must be sold/demoted. This is done by adding each pairs combined AvR and the pair with the highest goes. Both players in the pair must go and they can never be used again during the save, reserve or greyed out players aren’t to be counted. If you have a game on the last day of the month you may play the pair then do the calculations after that match but before the 1st of the next month. If two pairs have the same combined AvR you may choose which goes. No transfer window may be used to sell the pairs as the season goes on but no more players may be purchased. No cheating or editing of any kind. Only SI databases but either Nov or Feb is fine. No unlockables Gold badge and superstar rep is fine. You may be asked for you save file and failure to produce it will lead to you being disqualified. Screenshots
    The tactics screen showing players laid out in formation to show there pairs. Transfers in and out at end of the season. Manager profile and history. Final league table. Either Cup finals or the game you are knocked out of each cup. Squad by list of appearances. Deadline: Tuesday 25th June @6pm UK Time
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    1759 got a reaction from smoggy90 in Smog in Madrid - S19 - My Son's 1k Attempt   
    Smog Jr doing fine and I hope Foden can get those assists as he certainly deserves it.
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    1759 got a reaction from Mr Tree in Tree's 30yr "Goal A Mile" Challenge - added World round-up!   
    Brilliant career this👍
    Once you somehow managed to win the semi final you are always going up win the Champions League.
    I look forward to your next venture 😀
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    1759 reacted to samhardy in Gundogan's Victory Challenge   
    Instantly upon seeing this the other day I knew it would make an enjoyable challenge for vibe, or maybe even a side challenge to a challenge you're currently playing.
    Many challenges here are long and complicated but it doesn't get much simpler than this one.
    Aim - Sign or use a German midfielder for any club in any league and try to match Gundogan's feats, by having the player play in 1-0, 2-0, 3-0, 4-0, 5-0, 6-0, 7-0, 8-0 and 9-0 wins in one season.
    You can take charge of a nation as well if you wish as Gundogan achieved this playing for both Manchester City and Germany. A bonus achievement would be for your player to score in each of the victories as well.
    Rules:
    Take over at any club you want and sign a German midfielder. You can use one already at the club if you wish. You may manage a nation as well. You must complete all 9 games in one season to complete the challenge. It's a simple pass or fail one, no points system. Either database. No cheating, reloading, editing etc. Own tactics only. Evidence will be required. Leaderboard:
  11. Funny
    1759 got a reaction from DutchTony in Vibe World Cup 2019 The Final: Results   
    Proper tinpot betting company this is. I finally got through to the head of company Fuddled Fox on the phone only to be told that Tony selecting a team from the wrong league essentially meant he got the sack so I even lost my stake😡
    You have been warned guys.
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    1759 reacted to Foxy in Vibe World Cup 2019 The Final: Results   
    If you spoke to someone claiming to be “Fuddled Fox” then you were speaking to the wrong place as I don’t deal with that kind of thing.
    You need to speak to this fella 
    who goes by the name Mental Micky as is our head of customer relations.
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    1759 reacted to Foxy in Vibe World Cup 2019 The Final: Results   
    Group Stage Week 3 Results
    This is the final week of the group stage and at the end of this update we will be saying goodbye to two teams as the other two progress to next weeks final. Remember Scotland qualified last week after winning the first two challenges so it was between England, Japan and Brazil for the final place. Brazil need to win this weeks challenge and hope that England and Japan finish 3rd and 4th plus they need to overturn a hefty overall points deficit as well. Much more likely is that it is a straight shootout between England and Japan and which ever team finishes higher this week will be in the final.
    The Challenge
    In honour of Messi being the only player to score at World Cup finals in his teens, 20s and 30s you had to buy Argentine strikers in each age bracket and get as many goals as possible at three teams in three different 2nd tier leagues.
    There is a lot of information in this weeks challenge and I am going to try and make it all as concise as possible.
    With Scotland already qualified they decided to rest the “big guns” this week and Sam never submitted any scores. 
    Teens
      20s 30s
    The finalists can now have a couple of days off to recharge there batteries as I plan to post the final challenge on Wednesday evening.
    Thanks for reading and all comments are appreciated.
     
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    1759 got a reaction from Foxy in Ian’s Young Gems   
    Welcome to my first ever article. I’ve put in a lot of hours playing this years game and have completed multiple challenges which has seen me manage in a good few countries and manage a wide variety of players.
    I thought I’d share a few of the younger players I’ve used that have exceeded my expectations and turned into decent players. Whilst these boys are not wonderkids or superstars they have all done a good job for me and a few I wouldn’t hesitate to place in a top team right from the off.
    Obviously this would appear to be solely about the players in question but I have a slightly different motive as with the game now being old in its yearly cycle sometimes we the user can lose motivation to play and I’m trying to get you thinking and hopefully give you a few ideas for potential saves you could do.
    I thought I’d present the players in a team line up and then go through each player individually so here goes.
    Please note that to get all these players to appear in your game you will need to select the top two leagues in England, Germany, Portugal and South Korea and depending on which club you choose to manage you may encounter work permit issues on a few of them.
    Ian’s Young Gems

    Aaron Ramsdale - Goalkeeper
    Team - Bournemouth
    Cost - £3-6m

    This lad is the least tested of my boys as I’ve only actually used him in one short save which was actually a challenge where I had to try and get him to score goals. Although I had the option of using him outfield I mixed it up and he was impressive when I had him in goal and he actually scored five goals in half a season with Portsmouth in League One. Three of those five goals were from free kicks so he may make a good choice of goalie for the Rogério Ceni challenge. You can see he’s got decent attribute numbers in Aerial, Handling, Kicking and Reflexes but his Throwing at only 3 is poor so might be a good idea to focus your training there if you take a punt on him.
    In the real world he’s currently employed by Bournemouth but hasn’t played a competitive game for them as he’s had a couple of loan spells away from the club. Firstly he went to Chesterfield in January 2018 where he scored a horrible own goal on his debut but he followed that up with a clean sheet in his next game which shows he can bounce back after calamity.
    Fast forward to January 2019 where he was loaned out to Wimbledon for the remainder of the season and performed really well for them in winning the clubs Young Player of the Year award. It’ll be interesting how he develops over the next few years and whether he can go on to being a decent Premiership level keeper.
    Lewis Travis - Right Full Back
    Team - Blackburn Rovers
    Cost -  £3-6m

    Lewis actually played for Liverpool in his younger days but left the club in 2014 and joined Blackburn Rovers where he’s so far made 31 first team appearances. He’s a versatile player who can play in midfield or at full back. I signed him on my Queen’s Park career where I took the club from amateur status all the way to Champions League winners and he was an important first team player in that side.
    Here he is in 2025.

    So we can see he’s a decent player and it looks as if he’s still improving. He has a lot of attribute numbers in the 13-14 range which could quite easily rise to 15 green level with better facilities and then he’d be rather good.
    Josh Earl - Left Full Back
    Team - Preston North End
    Cost - £3-6m

    He currently plays for Preston North End having spent his entire youth career at the club where he actually played in defence, midfield and as a striker.
    On FMM 19 his starting attributes aren’t anything special but you can see he has some promise with his Pace already at 14. I used him at Queen’s Park and on my first save of FMM 2019 whilst managing Sunderland and he turned into a great left wing back with all green for the key attributes needed for the role in Crossing, Dribbling, Positioning, Pace and Stamina.
    Scott McKenna - Central Defender
    Team - Aberdeen
    Cost - £3-13m

    I wasn’t sure whether to include this lad as I’m sure a few of you will have used him but I felt I had to because he’s an absolute steal as he usually only costs a few million at the beginning of the game.
    He has great attributes to play centre back with 14+ in all the main attributes needed for the role in Aerial, Tackling, Decisions, Positioning and Strength. He also has green level for pace which is great if you are planning on playing a high defensive line and with his Passing, Dribbling and Technique all being decent he can play the Ball Playing Defender role pretty well right from the off.
    In real life he’s currently playing for Aberdeen where he’s made 70 first team appearances and scored 5 goals. Celtic came calling in August 2018 with a bid of £3.5m which was rejected and later in the same month Aston Villa had a larger bid rejected so it looks like Aberdeen are going to have trouble keeping hold of him in the next few years.
    Luka Racic - Central Defender
    Team - Brentford
    Cost - £1-3m

    A young Danish defender who came through the Copenhagen Academy and played for the club at youth level until he signed for Brentford in 2018 where he’s made 2 appearances so far.
    He doesn’t look fantastic on FMM 19 but I think he’s one of those players that plays better than you’d expect when looking at his attributes. His Strength attribute at just 9 stands out as a weakness so that’s an area to maybe focus your training on if you do decide to try him.
    Here he is in 2025.

    You can see he’s improved a great deal and even though he still doesn’t look fantastic his season average rating of 7.29 in a Champions League winning side shows he usually performs well on the pitch.
    Matheus Jesus - Deep Lying Playmaker
    Team - Estoril
    Cost - £5-10m

    I really like this player and he always shows up in my searches. I used him in my Sunderland save where he became a top player. At 21 you can see the potential as he’s already got good numbers in most of the key attributes to be a decent midfielder. Good numbers in all the Physical attributes, Passing, Decisions, Creativity, Movement, Positioning and Tackling. Even his Technique and Teamwork are high which is great as it’s difficult to get those to rise on this years game. The only annoying thing for me is his Leadership at only 5 as I generally like the players at the base of midfield to have a good number there but it’s an attribute that should rise as he gets older.
    He’s currently contracted to Estoril of Portugal but hasn’t played a game for them as he’s been loaned out a few times over the last couple of years. In May 2019 he joined Corinthians on loan until December with a buy out clause added into the deal so I’ll be watching with interest as to what happens with him over the next few years.
    Lewis Ferguson - Box to Box Midfielder
    Team - Aberdeen
    Cost - £1-4m

    Lewis Ferguson currently plys his trade at Aberdeen and has played in 33 competitive games and scored 6 goals. He actually began his youth career at Rangers before transferring to Hamilton Academical in 2013 and eventually graduating from their academy in 2018. After impressing in his first few games in the first team Aberdeen showed interest and with him being out of contract in the summer of 2018 they offered him a deal and snapped him up.
    His first goal for Aberdeen was a fantastic overhead kick against Burnley in the second leg of a Europa League tie which they unfortunately went on to lose. In May 2019 he was nominated for PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award which was eventually won by Ryan Kent but it shows he’s certainly one for the future.
    On FMM 19 he looks like a decent prospect with some good starting attribute numbers in Stamina, Aggression, Passing, Decisions, Movement, Technique and Teamwork and you can easily see him developing into a fantastic player.
    I used him in one of my earlier saves where I took Fleetwood Town to the top and he was an important squad player in that side.
    Bruno Costa - Advanced Playmaker
    Team - Porto B
    Cost - £2-6m

    This lad was the main playmaker in my successful Queen’s Park side a few years into the game but looking at his starting attributes at 21 years old and you just wouldn’t be able to predict what kind of player he would go on to become.
    Here he is in 2025.

    He’s now a nice player with some good attribute numbers in Pace, Passing, Decisions, Crossing, Movement and Technique and he’d make a great first team player in a weaker league or squad player at a big club in a stronger league. I played him mostly as an Advanced Playmaker in the CM strata which is why his average rating is nothing special as that role can be funny in my opinion but trust me he did his job. He can play on either wing and may be even better in those positions.
    In real life he plays for Porto B but you’d expect him to break into the A team over the next few years.
    Che Adams - Right Inside Forward
    Team - Birmingham City
    Cost: £8-15m

    This lad currently plays for Birmingham City having started his senior career in non league football at Oadby Town. He’s a pacey player and can play anywhere in the final third. For City he’s scored 34 goals in 116 games at Championship level.
    On FMM 19 he’s usually available for a reasonable fee and I wouldn’t hesitate in bringing him straight to a decent English Premier League club to ease into the first team over a few seasons.
    Here he is in 2025.

    Some rather nice attribute numbers there with great Physicals, Dribbling, Movement and Shooting. I used him as an Inside Forward on the right and he was the main man in my Champions League winning Queen’s Park team.
    Here he is scoring a brace in the Champions League final against Milan.

    Tim Handwerker - Left Winger
    Team - FC Köln
    Cost - £5-10m

    Tim is just one of the many decent wide players available from the German leagues. I bought him in my Double Trouble challenge attempt whilst managing Ajax and he was great for me. He can play in any position on the left flank and could probably be retrained to play any position on the right without much trouble. He doesn’t look amazing at the start of the game by any stretch of the imagination but with attribute number 14 for both Pace and Crossing there’s plenty of promise there.
    In the real word he’s currently playing for FC Koln but hasn’t properly broken into the first team yet and has just had a loan spell in Holland at FC Groningen.
    Jun Se-Jin - Poacher
    Team - Suwon
    Cost - £1-2m

    I just couldn’t create this team without including this boy. He was one half of my successful Double Trouble duo that combined to score 1200 goals at Ajax in the Dutch league. Not content with that he also went on to score over 1000 club goals himself in a fantastic career that’s still ongoing.
    I was looking for a player I hadn’t heard of or seen anybody else use for the challenge when my searches put this lad up. The main selling point for me was his Pace at 15 and decent numbers in Shooting and Movement for a youngster.
    Here he is in 2028.

    He’s now got big numbers in Pace, Strength, Shooting, Movement and Aerial which basically means he’s a beast. He’d scored 575 club career goals at this stage and wasn’t showing any signs of letting up as you can see below with him knocking in seven goals in one game in 2031.

    Well that’s the team and I hope you enjoyed reading through my choices. As I said at the beginning my motive for creating this wasn’t solely about showcasing the players it was more about hopefully getting you thinking. Maybe this will give you an idea of a save you might want to try and get you to play the game slightly differently which can often reinvigorate the game.
    Anyway, if any of you have used any of the boys I’d love to hear how they performed for you or maybe you’d like to share some of the gems you’ve found so feel free to do so in the comments section below.
    Thanks for reading and thanks you to @Foxy for creating the tidy header graphic.
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    1759 got a reaction from Foxy in Ian’s Young Gems   
    Welcome to my first ever article. I’ve put in a lot of hours playing this years game and have completed multiple challenges which has seen me manage in a good few countries and manage a wide variety of players.
    I thought I’d share a few of the younger players I’ve used that have exceeded my expectations and turned into decent players. Whilst these boys are not wonderkids or superstars they have all done a good job for me and a few I wouldn’t hesitate to place in a top team right from the off.
    Obviously this would appear to be solely about the players in question but I have a slightly different motive as with the game now being old in its yearly cycle sometimes we the user can lose motivation to play and I’m trying to get you thinking and hopefully give you a few ideas for potential saves you could do.
    I thought I’d present the players in a team line up and then go through each player individually so here goes.
    Please note that to get all these players to appear in your game you will need to select the top two leagues in England, Germany, Portugal and South Korea and depending on which club you choose to manage you may encounter work permit issues on a few of them.
    Ian’s Young Gems

    Aaron Ramsdale - Goalkeeper
    Team - Bournemouth
    Cost - £3-6m

    This lad is the least tested of my boys as I’ve only actually used him in one short save which was actually a challenge where I had to try and get him to score goals. Although I had the option of using him outfield I mixed it up and he was impressive when I had him in goal and he actually scored five goals in half a season with Portsmouth in League One. Three of those five goals were from free kicks so he may make a good choice of goalie for the Rogério Ceni challenge. You can see he’s got decent attribute numbers in Aerial, Handling, Kicking and Reflexes but his Throwing at only 3 is poor so might be a good idea to focus your training there if you take a punt on him.
    In the real world he’s currently employed by Bournemouth but hasn’t played a competitive game for them as he’s had a couple of loan spells away from the club. Firstly he went to Chesterfield in January 2018 where he scored a horrible own goal on his debut but he followed that up with a clean sheet in his next game which shows he can bounce back after calamity.
    Fast forward to January 2019 where he was loaned out to Wimbledon for the remainder of the season and performed really well for them in winning the clubs Young Player of the Year award. It’ll be interesting how he develops over the next few years and whether he can go on to being a decent Premiership level keeper.
    Lewis Travis - Right Full Back
    Team - Blackburn Rovers
    Cost -  £3-6m

    Lewis actually played for Liverpool in his younger days but left the club in 2014 and joined Blackburn Rovers where he’s so far made 31 first team appearances. He’s a versatile player who can play in midfield or at full back. I signed him on my Queen’s Park career where I took the club from amateur status all the way to Champions League winners and he was an important first team player in that side.
    Here he is in 2025.

    So we can see he’s a decent player and it looks as if he’s still improving. He has a lot of attribute numbers in the 13-14 range which could quite easily rise to 15 green level with better facilities and then he’d be rather good.
    Josh Earl - Left Full Back
    Team - Preston North End
    Cost - £3-6m

    He currently plays for Preston North End having spent his entire youth career at the club where he actually played in defence, midfield and as a striker.
    On FMM 19 his starting attributes aren’t anything special but you can see he has some promise with his Pace already at 14. I used him at Queen’s Park and on my first save of FMM 2019 whilst managing Sunderland and he turned into a great left wing back with all green for the key attributes needed for the role in Crossing, Dribbling, Positioning, Pace and Stamina.
    Scott McKenna - Central Defender
    Team - Aberdeen
    Cost - £3-13m

    I wasn’t sure whether to include this lad as I’m sure a few of you will have used him but I felt I had to because he’s an absolute steal as he usually only costs a few million at the beginning of the game.
    He has great attributes to play centre back with 14+ in all the main attributes needed for the role in Aerial, Tackling, Decisions, Positioning and Strength. He also has green level for pace which is great if you are planning on playing a high defensive line and with his Passing, Dribbling and Technique all being decent he can play the Ball Playing Defender role pretty well right from the off.
    In real life he’s currently playing for Aberdeen where he’s made 70 first team appearances and scored 5 goals. Celtic came calling in August 2018 with a bid of £3.5m which was rejected and later in the same month Aston Villa had a larger bid rejected so it looks like Aberdeen are going to have trouble keeping hold of him in the next few years.
    Luka Racic - Central Defender
    Team - Brentford
    Cost - £1-3m

    A young Danish defender who came through the Copenhagen Academy and played for the club at youth level until he signed for Brentford in 2018 where he’s made 2 appearances so far.
    He doesn’t look fantastic on FMM 19 but I think he’s one of those players that plays better than you’d expect when looking at his attributes. His Strength attribute at just 9 stands out as a weakness so that’s an area to maybe focus your training on if you do decide to try him.
    Here he is in 2025.

    You can see he’s improved a great deal and even though he still doesn’t look fantastic his season average rating of 7.29 in a Champions League winning side shows he usually performs well on the pitch.
    Matheus Jesus - Deep Lying Playmaker
    Team - Estoril
    Cost - £5-10m

    I really like this player and he always shows up in my searches. I used him in my Sunderland save where he became a top player. At 21 you can see the potential as he’s already got good numbers in most of the key attributes to be a decent midfielder. Good numbers in all the Physical attributes, Passing, Decisions, Creativity, Movement, Positioning and Tackling. Even his Technique and Teamwork are high which is great as it’s difficult to get those to rise on this years game. The only annoying thing for me is his Leadership at only 5 as I generally like the players at the base of midfield to have a good number there but it’s an attribute that should rise as he gets older.
    He’s currently contracted to Estoril of Portugal but hasn’t played a game for them as he’s been loaned out a few times over the last couple of years. In May 2019 he joined Corinthians on loan until December with a buy out clause added into the deal so I’ll be watching with interest as to what happens with him over the next few years.
    Lewis Ferguson - Box to Box Midfielder
    Team - Aberdeen
    Cost - £1-4m

    Lewis Ferguson currently plys his trade at Aberdeen and has played in 33 competitive games and scored 6 goals. He actually began his youth career at Rangers before transferring to Hamilton Academical in 2013 and eventually graduating from their academy in 2018. After impressing in his first few games in the first team Aberdeen showed interest and with him being out of contract in the summer of 2018 they offered him a deal and snapped him up.
    His first goal for Aberdeen was a fantastic overhead kick against Burnley in the second leg of a Europa League tie which they unfortunately went on to lose. In May 2019 he was nominated for PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award which was eventually won by Ryan Kent but it shows he’s certainly one for the future.
    On FMM 19 he looks like a decent prospect with some good starting attribute numbers in Stamina, Aggression, Passing, Decisions, Movement, Technique and Teamwork and you can easily see him developing into a fantastic player.
    I used him in one of my earlier saves where I took Fleetwood Town to the top and he was an important squad player in that side.
    Bruno Costa - Advanced Playmaker
    Team - Porto B
    Cost - £2-6m

    This lad was the main playmaker in my successful Queen’s Park side a few years into the game but looking at his starting attributes at 21 years old and you just wouldn’t be able to predict what kind of player he would go on to become.
    Here he is in 2025.

    He’s now a nice player with some good attribute numbers in Pace, Passing, Decisions, Crossing, Movement and Technique and he’d make a great first team player in a weaker league or squad player at a big club in a stronger league. I played him mostly as an Advanced Playmaker in the CM strata which is why his average rating is nothing special as that role can be funny in my opinion but trust me he did his job. He can play on either wing and may be even better in those positions.
    In real life he plays for Porto B but you’d expect him to break into the A team over the next few years.
    Che Adams - Right Inside Forward
    Team - Birmingham City
    Cost: £8-15m

    This lad currently plays for Birmingham City having started his senior career in non league football at Oadby Town. He’s a pacey player and can play anywhere in the final third. For City he’s scored 34 goals in 116 games at Championship level.
    On FMM 19 he’s usually available for a reasonable fee and I wouldn’t hesitate in bringing him straight to a decent English Premier League club to ease into the first team over a few seasons.
    Here he is in 2025.

    Some rather nice attribute numbers there with great Physicals, Dribbling, Movement and Shooting. I used him as an Inside Forward on the right and he was the main man in my Champions League winning Queen’s Park team.
    Here he is scoring a brace in the Champions League final against Milan.

    Tim Handwerker - Left Winger
    Team - FC Köln
    Cost - £5-10m

    Tim is just one of the many decent wide players available from the German leagues. I bought him in my Double Trouble challenge attempt whilst managing Ajax and he was great for me. He can play in any position on the left flank and could probably be retrained to play any position on the right without much trouble. He doesn’t look amazing at the start of the game by any stretch of the imagination but with attribute number 14 for both Pace and Crossing there’s plenty of promise there.
    In the real word he’s currently playing for FC Koln but hasn’t properly broken into the first team yet and has just had a loan spell in Holland at FC Groningen.
    Jun Se-Jin - Poacher
    Team - Suwon
    Cost - £1-2m

    I just couldn’t create this team without including this boy. He was one half of my successful Double Trouble duo that combined to score 1200 goals at Ajax in the Dutch league. Not content with that he also went on to score over 1000 club goals himself in a fantastic career that’s still ongoing.
    I was looking for a player I hadn’t heard of or seen anybody else use for the challenge when my searches put this lad up. The main selling point for me was his Pace at 15 and decent numbers in Shooting and Movement for a youngster.
    Here he is in 2028.

    He’s now got big numbers in Pace, Strength, Shooting, Movement and Aerial which basically means he’s a beast. He’d scored 575 club career goals at this stage and wasn’t showing any signs of letting up as you can see below with him knocking in seven goals in one game in 2031.

    Well that’s the team and I hope you enjoyed reading through my choices. As I said at the beginning my motive for creating this wasn’t solely about showcasing the players it was more about hopefully getting you thinking. Maybe this will give you an idea of a save you might want to try and get you to play the game slightly differently which can often reinvigorate the game.
    Anyway, if any of you have used any of the boys I’d love to hear how they performed for you or maybe you’d like to share some of the gems you’ve found so feel free to do so in the comments section below.
    Thanks for reading and thanks you to @Foxy for creating the tidy header graphic.
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    1759 got a reaction from Foxy in Ian’s Young Gems   
    Welcome to my first ever article. I’ve put in a lot of hours playing this years game and have completed multiple challenges which has seen me manage in a good few countries and manage a wide variety of players.
    I thought I’d share a few of the younger players I’ve used that have exceeded my expectations and turned into decent players. Whilst these boys are not wonderkids or superstars they have all done a good job for me and a few I wouldn’t hesitate to place in a top team right from the off.
    Obviously this would appear to be solely about the players in question but I have a slightly different motive as with the game now being old in its yearly cycle sometimes we the user can lose motivation to play and I’m trying to get you thinking and hopefully give you a few ideas for potential saves you could do.
    I thought I’d present the players in a team line up and then go through each player individually so here goes.
    Please note that to get all these players to appear in your game you will need to select the top two leagues in England, Germany, Portugal and South Korea and depending on which club you choose to manage you may encounter work permit issues on a few of them.
    Ian’s Young Gems

    Aaron Ramsdale - Goalkeeper
    Team - Bournemouth
    Cost - £3-6m

    This lad is the least tested of my boys as I’ve only actually used him in one short save which was actually a challenge where I had to try and get him to score goals. Although I had the option of using him outfield I mixed it up and he was impressive when I had him in goal and he actually scored five goals in half a season with Portsmouth in League One. Three of those five goals were from free kicks so he may make a good choice of goalie for the Rogério Ceni challenge. You can see he’s got decent attribute numbers in Aerial, Handling, Kicking and Reflexes but his Throwing at only 3 is poor so might be a good idea to focus your training there if you take a punt on him.
    In the real world he’s currently employed by Bournemouth but hasn’t played a competitive game for them as he’s had a couple of loan spells away from the club. Firstly he went to Chesterfield in January 2018 where he scored a horrible own goal on his debut but he followed that up with a clean sheet in his next game which shows he can bounce back after calamity.
    Fast forward to January 2019 where he was loaned out to Wimbledon for the remainder of the season and performed really well for them in winning the clubs Young Player of the Year award. It’ll be interesting how he develops over the next few years and whether he can go on to being a decent Premiership level keeper.
    Lewis Travis - Right Full Back
    Team - Blackburn Rovers
    Cost -  £3-6m

    Lewis actually played for Liverpool in his younger days but left the club in 2014 and joined Blackburn Rovers where he’s so far made 31 first team appearances. He’s a versatile player who can play in midfield or at full back. I signed him on my Queen’s Park career where I took the club from amateur status all the way to Champions League winners and he was an important first team player in that side.
    Here he is in 2025.

    So we can see he’s a decent player and it looks as if he’s still improving. He has a lot of attribute numbers in the 13-14 range which could quite easily rise to 15 green level with better facilities and then he’d be rather good.
    Josh Earl - Left Full Back
    Team - Preston North End
    Cost - £3-6m

    He currently plays for Preston North End having spent his entire youth career at the club where he actually played in defence, midfield and as a striker.
    On FMM 19 his starting attributes aren’t anything special but you can see he has some promise with his Pace already at 14. I used him at Queen’s Park and on my first save of FMM 2019 whilst managing Sunderland and he turned into a great left wing back with all green for the key attributes needed for the role in Crossing, Dribbling, Positioning, Pace and Stamina.
    Scott McKenna - Central Defender
    Team - Aberdeen
    Cost - £3-13m

    I wasn’t sure whether to include this lad as I’m sure a few of you will have used him but I felt I had to because he’s an absolute steal as he usually only costs a few million at the beginning of the game.
    He has great attributes to play centre back with 14+ in all the main attributes needed for the role in Aerial, Tackling, Decisions, Positioning and Strength. He also has green level for pace which is great if you are planning on playing a high defensive line and with his Passing, Dribbling and Technique all being decent he can play the Ball Playing Defender role pretty well right from the off.
    In real life he’s currently playing for Aberdeen where he’s made 70 first team appearances and scored 5 goals. Celtic came calling in August 2018 with a bid of £3.5m which was rejected and later in the same month Aston Villa had a larger bid rejected so it looks like Aberdeen are going to have trouble keeping hold of him in the next few years.
    Luka Racic - Central Defender
    Team - Brentford
    Cost - £1-3m

    A young Danish defender who came through the Copenhagen Academy and played for the club at youth level until he signed for Brentford in 2018 where he’s made 2 appearances so far.
    He doesn’t look fantastic on FMM 19 but I think he’s one of those players that plays better than you’d expect when looking at his attributes. His Strength attribute at just 9 stands out as a weakness so that’s an area to maybe focus your training on if you do decide to try him.
    Here he is in 2025.

    You can see he’s improved a great deal and even though he still doesn’t look fantastic his season average rating of 7.29 in a Champions League winning side shows he usually performs well on the pitch.
    Matheus Jesus - Deep Lying Playmaker
    Team - Estoril
    Cost - £5-10m

    I really like this player and he always shows up in my searches. I used him in my Sunderland save where he became a top player. At 21 you can see the potential as he’s already got good numbers in most of the key attributes to be a decent midfielder. Good numbers in all the Physical attributes, Passing, Decisions, Creativity, Movement, Positioning and Tackling. Even his Technique and Teamwork are high which is great as it’s difficult to get those to rise on this years game. The only annoying thing for me is his Leadership at only 5 as I generally like the players at the base of midfield to have a good number there but it’s an attribute that should rise as he gets older.
    He’s currently contracted to Estoril of Portugal but hasn’t played a game for them as he’s been loaned out a few times over the last couple of years. In May 2019 he joined Corinthians on loan until December with a buy out clause added into the deal so I’ll be watching with interest as to what happens with him over the next few years.
    Lewis Ferguson - Box to Box Midfielder
    Team - Aberdeen
    Cost - £1-4m

    Lewis Ferguson currently plys his trade at Aberdeen and has played in 33 competitive games and scored 6 goals. He actually began his youth career at Rangers before transferring to Hamilton Academical in 2013 and eventually graduating from their academy in 2018. After impressing in his first few games in the first team Aberdeen showed interest and with him being out of contract in the summer of 2018 they offered him a deal and snapped him up.
    His first goal for Aberdeen was a fantastic overhead kick against Burnley in the second leg of a Europa League tie which they unfortunately went on to lose. In May 2019 he was nominated for PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award which was eventually won by Ryan Kent but it shows he’s certainly one for the future.
    On FMM 19 he looks like a decent prospect with some good starting attribute numbers in Stamina, Aggression, Passing, Decisions, Movement, Technique and Teamwork and you can easily see him developing into a fantastic player.
    I used him in one of my earlier saves where I took Fleetwood Town to the top and he was an important squad player in that side.
    Bruno Costa - Advanced Playmaker
    Team - Porto B
    Cost - £2-6m

    This lad was the main playmaker in my successful Queen’s Park side a few years into the game but looking at his starting attributes at 21 years old and you just wouldn’t be able to predict what kind of player he would go on to become.
    Here he is in 2025.

    He’s now a nice player with some good attribute numbers in Pace, Passing, Decisions, Crossing, Movement and Technique and he’d make a great first team player in a weaker league or squad player at a big club in a stronger league. I played him mostly as an Advanced Playmaker in the CM strata which is why his average rating is nothing special as that role can be funny in my opinion but trust me he did his job. He can play on either wing and may be even better in those positions.
    In real life he plays for Porto B but you’d expect him to break into the A team over the next few years.
    Che Adams - Right Inside Forward
    Team - Birmingham City
    Cost: £8-15m

    This lad currently plays for Birmingham City having started his senior career in non league football at Oadby Town. He’s a pacey player and can play anywhere in the final third. For City he’s scored 34 goals in 116 games at Championship level.
    On FMM 19 he’s usually available for a reasonable fee and I wouldn’t hesitate in bringing him straight to a decent English Premier League club to ease into the first team over a few seasons.
    Here he is in 2025.

    Some rather nice attribute numbers there with great Physicals, Dribbling, Movement and Shooting. I used him as an Inside Forward on the right and he was the main man in my Champions League winning Queen’s Park team.
    Here he is scoring a brace in the Champions League final against Milan.

    Tim Handwerker - Left Winger
    Team - FC Köln
    Cost - £5-10m

    Tim is just one of the many decent wide players available from the German leagues. I bought him in my Double Trouble challenge attempt whilst managing Ajax and he was great for me. He can play in any position on the left flank and could probably be retrained to play any position on the right without much trouble. He doesn’t look amazing at the start of the game by any stretch of the imagination but with attribute number 14 for both Pace and Crossing there’s plenty of promise there.
    In the real word he’s currently playing for FC Koln but hasn’t properly broken into the first team yet and has just had a loan spell in Holland at FC Groningen.
    Jun Se-Jin - Poacher
    Team - Suwon
    Cost - £1-2m

    I just couldn’t create this team without including this boy. He was one half of my successful Double Trouble duo that combined to score 1200 goals at Ajax in the Dutch league. Not content with that he also went on to score over 1000 club goals himself in a fantastic career that’s still ongoing.
    I was looking for a player I hadn’t heard of or seen anybody else use for the challenge when my searches put this lad up. The main selling point for me was his Pace at 15 and decent numbers in Shooting and Movement for a youngster.
    Here he is in 2028.

    He’s now got big numbers in Pace, Strength, Shooting, Movement and Aerial which basically means he’s a beast. He’d scored 575 club career goals at this stage and wasn’t showing any signs of letting up as you can see below with him knocking in seven goals in one game in 2031.

    Well that’s the team and I hope you enjoyed reading through my choices. As I said at the beginning my motive for creating this wasn’t solely about showcasing the players it was more about hopefully getting you thinking. Maybe this will give you an idea of a save you might want to try and get you to play the game slightly differently which can often reinvigorate the game.
    Anyway, if any of you have used any of the boys I’d love to hear how they performed for you or maybe you’d like to share some of the gems you’ve found so feel free to do so in the comments section below.
    Thanks for reading and thanks you to @Foxy for creating the tidy header graphic.
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    1759 got a reaction from Foxy in Ian’s Young Gems   
    Welcome to my first ever article. I’ve put in a lot of hours playing this years game and have completed multiple challenges which has seen me manage in a good few countries and manage a wide variety of players.
    I thought I’d share a few of the younger players I’ve used that have exceeded my expectations and turned into decent players. Whilst these boys are not wonderkids or superstars they have all done a good job for me and a few I wouldn’t hesitate to place in a top team right from the off.
    Obviously this would appear to be solely about the players in question but I have a slightly different motive as with the game now being old in its yearly cycle sometimes we the user can lose motivation to play and I’m trying to get you thinking and hopefully give you a few ideas for potential saves you could do.
    I thought I’d present the players in a team line up and then go through each player individually so here goes.
    Please note that to get all these players to appear in your game you will need to select the top two leagues in England, Germany, Portugal and South Korea and depending on which club you choose to manage you may encounter work permit issues on a few of them.
    Ian’s Young Gems

    Aaron Ramsdale - Goalkeeper
    Team - Bournemouth
    Cost - £3-6m

    This lad is the least tested of my boys as I’ve only actually used him in one short save which was actually a challenge where I had to try and get him to score goals. Although I had the option of using him outfield I mixed it up and he was impressive when I had him in goal and he actually scored five goals in half a season with Portsmouth in League One. Three of those five goals were from free kicks so he may make a good choice of goalie for the Rogério Ceni challenge. You can see he’s got decent attribute numbers in Aerial, Handling, Kicking and Reflexes but his Throwing at only 3 is poor so might be a good idea to focus your training there if you take a punt on him.
    In the real world he’s currently employed by Bournemouth but hasn’t played a competitive game for them as he’s had a couple of loan spells away from the club. Firstly he went to Chesterfield in January 2018 where he scored a horrible own goal on his debut but he followed that up with a clean sheet in his next game which shows he can bounce back after calamity.
    Fast forward to January 2019 where he was loaned out to Wimbledon for the remainder of the season and performed really well for them in winning the clubs Young Player of the Year award. It’ll be interesting how he develops over the next few years and whether he can go on to being a decent Premiership level keeper.
    Lewis Travis - Right Full Back
    Team - Blackburn Rovers
    Cost -  £3-6m

    Lewis actually played for Liverpool in his younger days but left the club in 2014 and joined Blackburn Rovers where he’s so far made 31 first team appearances. He’s a versatile player who can play in midfield or at full back. I signed him on my Queen’s Park career where I took the club from amateur status all the way to Champions League winners and he was an important first team player in that side.
    Here he is in 2025.

    So we can see he’s a decent player and it looks as if he’s still improving. He has a lot of attribute numbers in the 13-14 range which could quite easily rise to 15 green level with better facilities and then he’d be rather good.
    Josh Earl - Left Full Back
    Team - Preston North End
    Cost - £3-6m

    He currently plays for Preston North End having spent his entire youth career at the club where he actually played in defence, midfield and as a striker.
    On FMM 19 his starting attributes aren’t anything special but you can see he has some promise with his Pace already at 14. I used him at Queen’s Park and on my first save of FMM 2019 whilst managing Sunderland and he turned into a great left wing back with all green for the key attributes needed for the role in Crossing, Dribbling, Positioning, Pace and Stamina.
    Scott McKenna - Central Defender
    Team - Aberdeen
    Cost - £3-13m

    I wasn’t sure whether to include this lad as I’m sure a few of you will have used him but I felt I had to because he’s an absolute steal as he usually only costs a few million at the beginning of the game.
    He has great attributes to play centre back with 14+ in all the main attributes needed for the role in Aerial, Tackling, Decisions, Positioning and Strength. He also has green level for pace which is great if you are planning on playing a high defensive line and with his Passing, Dribbling and Technique all being decent he can play the Ball Playing Defender role pretty well right from the off.
    In real life he’s currently playing for Aberdeen where he’s made 70 first team appearances and scored 5 goals. Celtic came calling in August 2018 with a bid of £3.5m which was rejected and later in the same month Aston Villa had a larger bid rejected so it looks like Aberdeen are going to have trouble keeping hold of him in the next few years.
    Luka Racic - Central Defender
    Team - Brentford
    Cost - £1-3m

    A young Danish defender who came through the Copenhagen Academy and played for the club at youth level until he signed for Brentford in 2018 where he’s made 2 appearances so far.
    He doesn’t look fantastic on FMM 19 but I think he’s one of those players that plays better than you’d expect when looking at his attributes. His Strength attribute at just 9 stands out as a weakness so that’s an area to maybe focus your training on if you do decide to try him.
    Here he is in 2025.

    You can see he’s improved a great deal and even though he still doesn’t look fantastic his season average rating of 7.29 in a Champions League winning side shows he usually performs well on the pitch.
    Matheus Jesus - Deep Lying Playmaker
    Team - Estoril
    Cost - £5-10m

    I really like this player and he always shows up in my searches. I used him in my Sunderland save where he became a top player. At 21 you can see the potential as he’s already got good numbers in most of the key attributes to be a decent midfielder. Good numbers in all the Physical attributes, Passing, Decisions, Creativity, Movement, Positioning and Tackling. Even his Technique and Teamwork are high which is great as it’s difficult to get those to rise on this years game. The only annoying thing for me is his Leadership at only 5 as I generally like the players at the base of midfield to have a good number there but it’s an attribute that should rise as he gets older.
    He’s currently contracted to Estoril of Portugal but hasn’t played a game for them as he’s been loaned out a few times over the last couple of years. In May 2019 he joined Corinthians on loan until December with a buy out clause added into the deal so I’ll be watching with interest as to what happens with him over the next few years.
    Lewis Ferguson - Box to Box Midfielder
    Team - Aberdeen
    Cost - £1-4m

    Lewis Ferguson currently plys his trade at Aberdeen and has played in 33 competitive games and scored 6 goals. He actually began his youth career at Rangers before transferring to Hamilton Academical in 2013 and eventually graduating from their academy in 2018. After impressing in his first few games in the first team Aberdeen showed interest and with him being out of contract in the summer of 2018 they offered him a deal and snapped him up.
    His first goal for Aberdeen was a fantastic overhead kick against Burnley in the second leg of a Europa League tie which they unfortunately went on to lose. In May 2019 he was nominated for PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award which was eventually won by Ryan Kent but it shows he’s certainly one for the future.
    On FMM 19 he looks like a decent prospect with some good starting attribute numbers in Stamina, Aggression, Passing, Decisions, Movement, Technique and Teamwork and you can easily see him developing into a fantastic player.
    I used him in one of my earlier saves where I took Fleetwood Town to the top and he was an important squad player in that side.
    Bruno Costa - Advanced Playmaker
    Team - Porto B
    Cost - £2-6m

    This lad was the main playmaker in my successful Queen’s Park side a few years into the game but looking at his starting attributes at 21 years old and you just wouldn’t be able to predict what kind of player he would go on to become.
    Here he is in 2025.

    He’s now a nice player with some good attribute numbers in Pace, Passing, Decisions, Crossing, Movement and Technique and he’d make a great first team player in a weaker league or squad player at a big club in a stronger league. I played him mostly as an Advanced Playmaker in the CM strata which is why his average rating is nothing special as that role can be funny in my opinion but trust me he did his job. He can play on either wing and may be even better in those positions.
    In real life he plays for Porto B but you’d expect him to break into the A team over the next few years.
    Che Adams - Right Inside Forward
    Team - Birmingham City
    Cost: £8-15m

    This lad currently plays for Birmingham City having started his senior career in non league football at Oadby Town. He’s a pacey player and can play anywhere in the final third. For City he’s scored 34 goals in 116 games at Championship level.
    On FMM 19 he’s usually available for a reasonable fee and I wouldn’t hesitate in bringing him straight to a decent English Premier League club to ease into the first team over a few seasons.
    Here he is in 2025.

    Some rather nice attribute numbers there with great Physicals, Dribbling, Movement and Shooting. I used him as an Inside Forward on the right and he was the main man in my Champions League winning Queen’s Park team.
    Here he is scoring a brace in the Champions League final against Milan.

    Tim Handwerker - Left Winger
    Team - FC Köln
    Cost - £5-10m

    Tim is just one of the many decent wide players available from the German leagues. I bought him in my Double Trouble challenge attempt whilst managing Ajax and he was great for me. He can play in any position on the left flank and could probably be retrained to play any position on the right without much trouble. He doesn’t look amazing at the start of the game by any stretch of the imagination but with attribute number 14 for both Pace and Crossing there’s plenty of promise there.
    In the real word he’s currently playing for FC Koln but hasn’t properly broken into the first team yet and has just had a loan spell in Holland at FC Groningen.
    Jun Se-Jin - Poacher
    Team - Suwon
    Cost - £1-2m

    I just couldn’t create this team without including this boy. He was one half of my successful Double Trouble duo that combined to score 1200 goals at Ajax in the Dutch league. Not content with that he also went on to score over 1000 club goals himself in a fantastic career that’s still ongoing.
    I was looking for a player I hadn’t heard of or seen anybody else use for the challenge when my searches put this lad up. The main selling point for me was his Pace at 15 and decent numbers in Shooting and Movement for a youngster.
    Here he is in 2028.

    He’s now got big numbers in Pace, Strength, Shooting, Movement and Aerial which basically means he’s a beast. He’d scored 575 club career goals at this stage and wasn’t showing any signs of letting up as you can see below with him knocking in seven goals in one game in 2031.

    Well that’s the team and I hope you enjoyed reading through my choices. As I said at the beginning my motive for creating this wasn’t solely about showcasing the players it was more about hopefully getting you thinking. Maybe this will give you an idea of a save you might want to try and get you to play the game slightly differently which can often reinvigorate the game.
    Anyway, if any of you have used any of the boys I’d love to hear how they performed for you or maybe you’d like to share some of the gems you’ve found so feel free to do so in the comments section below.
    Thanks for reading and thanks you to @Foxy for creating the tidy header graphic.
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    1759 got a reaction from Foxy in Ian’s Young Gems   
    Welcome to my first ever article. I’ve put in a lot of hours playing this years game and have completed multiple challenges which has seen me manage in a good few countries and manage a wide variety of players.
    I thought I’d share a few of the younger players I’ve used that have exceeded my expectations and turned into decent players. Whilst these boys are not wonderkids or superstars they have all done a good job for me and a few I wouldn’t hesitate to place in a top team right from the off.
    Obviously this would appear to be solely about the players in question but I have a slightly different motive as with the game now being old in its yearly cycle sometimes we the user can lose motivation to play and I’m trying to get you thinking and hopefully give you a few ideas for potential saves you could do.
    I thought I’d present the players in a team line up and then go through each player individually so here goes.
    Please note that to get all these players to appear in your game you will need to select the top two leagues in England, Germany, Portugal and South Korea and depending on which club you choose to manage you may encounter work permit issues on a few of them.
    Ian’s Young Gems

    Aaron Ramsdale - Goalkeeper
    Team - Bournemouth
    Cost - £3-6m

    This lad is the least tested of my boys as I’ve only actually used him in one short save which was actually a challenge where I had to try and get him to score goals. Although I had the option of using him outfield I mixed it up and he was impressive when I had him in goal and he actually scored five goals in half a season with Portsmouth in League One. Three of those five goals were from free kicks so he may make a good choice of goalie for the Rogério Ceni challenge. You can see he’s got decent attribute numbers in Aerial, Handling, Kicking and Reflexes but his Throwing at only 3 is poor so might be a good idea to focus your training there if you take a punt on him.
    In the real world he’s currently employed by Bournemouth but hasn’t played a competitive game for them as he’s had a couple of loan spells away from the club. Firstly he went to Chesterfield in January 2018 where he scored a horrible own goal on his debut but he followed that up with a clean sheet in his next game which shows he can bounce back after calamity.
    Fast forward to January 2019 where he was loaned out to Wimbledon for the remainder of the season and performed really well for them in winning the clubs Young Player of the Year award. It’ll be interesting how he develops over the next few years and whether he can go on to being a decent Premiership level keeper.
    Lewis Travis - Right Full Back
    Team - Blackburn Rovers
    Cost -  £3-6m

    Lewis actually played for Liverpool in his younger days but left the club in 2014 and joined Blackburn Rovers where he’s so far made 31 first team appearances. He’s a versatile player who can play in midfield or at full back. I signed him on my Queen’s Park career where I took the club from amateur status all the way to Champions League winners and he was an important first team player in that side.
    Here he is in 2025.

    So we can see he’s a decent player and it looks as if he’s still improving. He has a lot of attribute numbers in the 13-14 range which could quite easily rise to 15 green level with better facilities and then he’d be rather good.
    Josh Earl - Left Full Back
    Team - Preston North End
    Cost - £3-6m

    He currently plays for Preston North End having spent his entire youth career at the club where he actually played in defence, midfield and as a striker.
    On FMM 19 his starting attributes aren’t anything special but you can see he has some promise with his Pace already at 14. I used him at Queen’s Park and on my first save of FMM 2019 whilst managing Sunderland and he turned into a great left wing back with all green for the key attributes needed for the role in Crossing, Dribbling, Positioning, Pace and Stamina.
    Scott McKenna - Central Defender
    Team - Aberdeen
    Cost - £3-13m

    I wasn’t sure whether to include this lad as I’m sure a few of you will have used him but I felt I had to because he’s an absolute steal as he usually only costs a few million at the beginning of the game.
    He has great attributes to play centre back with 14+ in all the main attributes needed for the role in Aerial, Tackling, Decisions, Positioning and Strength. He also has green level for pace which is great if you are planning on playing a high defensive line and with his Passing, Dribbling and Technique all being decent he can play the Ball Playing Defender role pretty well right from the off.
    In real life he’s currently playing for Aberdeen where he’s made 70 first team appearances and scored 5 goals. Celtic came calling in August 2018 with a bid of £3.5m which was rejected and later in the same month Aston Villa had a larger bid rejected so it looks like Aberdeen are going to have trouble keeping hold of him in the next few years.
    Luka Racic - Central Defender
    Team - Brentford
    Cost - £1-3m

    A young Danish defender who came through the Copenhagen Academy and played for the club at youth level until he signed for Brentford in 2018 where he’s made 2 appearances so far.
    He doesn’t look fantastic on FMM 19 but I think he’s one of those players that plays better than you’d expect when looking at his attributes. His Strength attribute at just 9 stands out as a weakness so that’s an area to maybe focus your training on if you do decide to try him.
    Here he is in 2025.

    You can see he’s improved a great deal and even though he still doesn’t look fantastic his season average rating of 7.29 in a Champions League winning side shows he usually performs well on the pitch.
    Matheus Jesus - Deep Lying Playmaker
    Team - Estoril
    Cost - £5-10m

    I really like this player and he always shows up in my searches. I used him in my Sunderland save where he became a top player. At 21 you can see the potential as he’s already got good numbers in most of the key attributes to be a decent midfielder. Good numbers in all the Physical attributes, Passing, Decisions, Creativity, Movement, Positioning and Tackling. Even his Technique and Teamwork are high which is great as it’s difficult to get those to rise on this years game. The only annoying thing for me is his Leadership at only 5 as I generally like the players at the base of midfield to have a good number there but it’s an attribute that should rise as he gets older.
    He’s currently contracted to Estoril of Portugal but hasn’t played a game for them as he’s been loaned out a few times over the last couple of years. In May 2019 he joined Corinthians on loan until December with a buy out clause added into the deal so I’ll be watching with interest as to what happens with him over the next few years.
    Lewis Ferguson - Box to Box Midfielder
    Team - Aberdeen
    Cost - £1-4m

    Lewis Ferguson currently plys his trade at Aberdeen and has played in 33 competitive games and scored 6 goals. He actually began his youth career at Rangers before transferring to Hamilton Academical in 2013 and eventually graduating from their academy in 2018. After impressing in his first few games in the first team Aberdeen showed interest and with him being out of contract in the summer of 2018 they offered him a deal and snapped him up.
    His first goal for Aberdeen was a fantastic overhead kick against Burnley in the second leg of a Europa League tie which they unfortunately went on to lose. In May 2019 he was nominated for PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award which was eventually won by Ryan Kent but it shows he’s certainly one for the future.
    On FMM 19 he looks like a decent prospect with some good starting attribute numbers in Stamina, Aggression, Passing, Decisions, Movement, Technique and Teamwork and you can easily see him developing into a fantastic player.
    I used him in one of my earlier saves where I took Fleetwood Town to the top and he was an important squad player in that side.
    Bruno Costa - Advanced Playmaker
    Team - Porto B
    Cost - £2-6m

    This lad was the main playmaker in my successful Queen’s Park side a few years into the game but looking at his starting attributes at 21 years old and you just wouldn’t be able to predict what kind of player he would go on to become.
    Here he is in 2025.

    He’s now a nice player with some good attribute numbers in Pace, Passing, Decisions, Crossing, Movement and Technique and he’d make a great first team player in a weaker league or squad player at a big club in a stronger league. I played him mostly as an Advanced Playmaker in the CM strata which is why his average rating is nothing special as that role can be funny in my opinion but trust me he did his job. He can play on either wing and may be even better in those positions.
    In real life he plays for Porto B but you’d expect him to break into the A team over the next few years.
    Che Adams - Right Inside Forward
    Team - Birmingham City
    Cost: £8-15m

    This lad currently plays for Birmingham City having started his senior career in non league football at Oadby Town. He’s a pacey player and can play anywhere in the final third. For City he’s scored 34 goals in 116 games at Championship level.
    On FMM 19 he’s usually available for a reasonable fee and I wouldn’t hesitate in bringing him straight to a decent English Premier League club to ease into the first team over a few seasons.
    Here he is in 2025.

    Some rather nice attribute numbers there with great Physicals, Dribbling, Movement and Shooting. I used him as an Inside Forward on the right and he was the main man in my Champions League winning Queen’s Park team.
    Here he is scoring a brace in the Champions League final against Milan.

    Tim Handwerker - Left Winger
    Team - FC Köln
    Cost - £5-10m

    Tim is just one of the many decent wide players available from the German leagues. I bought him in my Double Trouble challenge attempt whilst managing Ajax and he was great for me. He can play in any position on the left flank and could probably be retrained to play any position on the right without much trouble. He doesn’t look amazing at the start of the game by any stretch of the imagination but with attribute number 14 for both Pace and Crossing there’s plenty of promise there.
    In the real word he’s currently playing for FC Koln but hasn’t properly broken into the first team yet and has just had a loan spell in Holland at FC Groningen.
    Jun Se-Jin - Poacher
    Team - Suwon
    Cost - £1-2m

    I just couldn’t create this team without including this boy. He was one half of my successful Double Trouble duo that combined to score 1200 goals at Ajax in the Dutch league. Not content with that he also went on to score over 1000 club goals himself in a fantastic career that’s still ongoing.
    I was looking for a player I hadn’t heard of or seen anybody else use for the challenge when my searches put this lad up. The main selling point for me was his Pace at 15 and decent numbers in Shooting and Movement for a youngster.
    Here he is in 2028.

    He’s now got big numbers in Pace, Strength, Shooting, Movement and Aerial which basically means he’s a beast. He’d scored 575 club career goals at this stage and wasn’t showing any signs of letting up as you can see below with him knocking in seven goals in one game in 2031.

    Well that’s the team and I hope you enjoyed reading through my choices. As I said at the beginning my motive for creating this wasn’t solely about showcasing the players it was more about hopefully getting you thinking. Maybe this will give you an idea of a save you might want to try and get you to play the game slightly differently which can often reinvigorate the game.
    Anyway, if any of you have used any of the boys I’d love to hear how they performed for you or maybe you’d like to share some of the gems you’ve found so feel free to do so in the comments section below.
    Thanks for reading and thanks you to @Foxy for creating the tidy header graphic.
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    1759 got a reaction from Foxy in Ian’s Young Gems   
    Welcome to my first ever article. I’ve put in a lot of hours playing this years game and have completed multiple challenges which has seen me manage in a good few countries and manage a wide variety of players.
    I thought I’d share a few of the younger players I’ve used that have exceeded my expectations and turned into decent players. Whilst these boys are not wonderkids or superstars they have all done a good job for me and a few I wouldn’t hesitate to place in a top team right from the off.
    Obviously this would appear to be solely about the players in question but I have a slightly different motive as with the game now being old in its yearly cycle sometimes we the user can lose motivation to play and I’m trying to get you thinking and hopefully give you a few ideas for potential saves you could do.
    I thought I’d present the players in a team line up and then go through each player individually so here goes.
    Please note that to get all these players to appear in your game you will need to select the top two leagues in England, Germany, Portugal and South Korea and depending on which club you choose to manage you may encounter work permit issues on a few of them.
    Ian’s Young Gems

    Aaron Ramsdale - Goalkeeper
    Team - Bournemouth
    Cost - £3-6m

    This lad is the least tested of my boys as I’ve only actually used him in one short save which was actually a challenge where I had to try and get him to score goals. Although I had the option of using him outfield I mixed it up and he was impressive when I had him in goal and he actually scored five goals in half a season with Portsmouth in League One. Three of those five goals were from free kicks so he may make a good choice of goalie for the Rogério Ceni challenge. You can see he’s got decent attribute numbers in Aerial, Handling, Kicking and Reflexes but his Throwing at only 3 is poor so might be a good idea to focus your training there if you take a punt on him.
    In the real world he’s currently employed by Bournemouth but hasn’t played a competitive game for them as he’s had a couple of loan spells away from the club. Firstly he went to Chesterfield in January 2018 where he scored a horrible own goal on his debut but he followed that up with a clean sheet in his next game which shows he can bounce back after calamity.
    Fast forward to January 2019 where he was loaned out to Wimbledon for the remainder of the season and performed really well for them in winning the clubs Young Player of the Year award. It’ll be interesting how he develops over the next few years and whether he can go on to being a decent Premiership level keeper.
    Lewis Travis - Right Full Back
    Team - Blackburn Rovers
    Cost -  £3-6m

    Lewis actually played for Liverpool in his younger days but left the club in 2014 and joined Blackburn Rovers where he’s so far made 31 first team appearances. He’s a versatile player who can play in midfield or at full back. I signed him on my Queen’s Park career where I took the club from amateur status all the way to Champions League winners and he was an important first team player in that side.
    Here he is in 2025.

    So we can see he’s a decent player and it looks as if he’s still improving. He has a lot of attribute numbers in the 13-14 range which could quite easily rise to 15 green level with better facilities and then he’d be rather good.
    Josh Earl - Left Full Back
    Team - Preston North End
    Cost - £3-6m

    He currently plays for Preston North End having spent his entire youth career at the club where he actually played in defence, midfield and as a striker.
    On FMM 19 his starting attributes aren’t anything special but you can see he has some promise with his Pace already at 14. I used him at Queen’s Park and on my first save of FMM 2019 whilst managing Sunderland and he turned into a great left wing back with all green for the key attributes needed for the role in Crossing, Dribbling, Positioning, Pace and Stamina.
    Scott McKenna - Central Defender
    Team - Aberdeen
    Cost - £3-13m

    I wasn’t sure whether to include this lad as I’m sure a few of you will have used him but I felt I had to because he’s an absolute steal as he usually only costs a few million at the beginning of the game.
    He has great attributes to play centre back with 14+ in all the main attributes needed for the role in Aerial, Tackling, Decisions, Positioning and Strength. He also has green level for pace which is great if you are planning on playing a high defensive line and with his Passing, Dribbling and Technique all being decent he can play the Ball Playing Defender role pretty well right from the off.
    In real life he’s currently playing for Aberdeen where he’s made 70 first team appearances and scored 5 goals. Celtic came calling in August 2018 with a bid of £3.5m which was rejected and later in the same month Aston Villa had a larger bid rejected so it looks like Aberdeen are going to have trouble keeping hold of him in the next few years.
    Luka Racic - Central Defender
    Team - Brentford
    Cost - £1-3m

    A young Danish defender who came through the Copenhagen Academy and played for the club at youth level until he signed for Brentford in 2018 where he’s made 2 appearances so far.
    He doesn’t look fantastic on FMM 19 but I think he’s one of those players that plays better than you’d expect when looking at his attributes. His Strength attribute at just 9 stands out as a weakness so that’s an area to maybe focus your training on if you do decide to try him.
    Here he is in 2025.

    You can see he’s improved a great deal and even though he still doesn’t look fantastic his season average rating of 7.29 in a Champions League winning side shows he usually performs well on the pitch.
    Matheus Jesus - Deep Lying Playmaker
    Team - Estoril
    Cost - £5-10m

    I really like this player and he always shows up in my searches. I used him in my Sunderland save where he became a top player. At 21 you can see the potential as he’s already got good numbers in most of the key attributes to be a decent midfielder. Good numbers in all the Physical attributes, Passing, Decisions, Creativity, Movement, Positioning and Tackling. Even his Technique and Teamwork are high which is great as it’s difficult to get those to rise on this years game. The only annoying thing for me is his Leadership at only 5 as I generally like the players at the base of midfield to have a good number there but it’s an attribute that should rise as he gets older.
    He’s currently contracted to Estoril of Portugal but hasn’t played a game for them as he’s been loaned out a few times over the last couple of years. In May 2019 he joined Corinthians on loan until December with a buy out clause added into the deal so I’ll be watching with interest as to what happens with him over the next few years.
    Lewis Ferguson - Box to Box Midfielder
    Team - Aberdeen
    Cost - £1-4m

    Lewis Ferguson currently plys his trade at Aberdeen and has played in 33 competitive games and scored 6 goals. He actually began his youth career at Rangers before transferring to Hamilton Academical in 2013 and eventually graduating from their academy in 2018. After impressing in his first few games in the first team Aberdeen showed interest and with him being out of contract in the summer of 2018 they offered him a deal and snapped him up.
    His first goal for Aberdeen was a fantastic overhead kick against Burnley in the second leg of a Europa League tie which they unfortunately went on to lose. In May 2019 he was nominated for PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award which was eventually won by Ryan Kent but it shows he’s certainly one for the future.
    On FMM 19 he looks like a decent prospect with some good starting attribute numbers in Stamina, Aggression, Passing, Decisions, Movement, Technique and Teamwork and you can easily see him developing into a fantastic player.
    I used him in one of my earlier saves where I took Fleetwood Town to the top and he was an important squad player in that side.
    Bruno Costa - Advanced Playmaker
    Team - Porto B
    Cost - £2-6m

    This lad was the main playmaker in my successful Queen’s Park side a few years into the game but looking at his starting attributes at 21 years old and you just wouldn’t be able to predict what kind of player he would go on to become.
    Here he is in 2025.

    He’s now a nice player with some good attribute numbers in Pace, Passing, Decisions, Crossing, Movement and Technique and he’d make a great first team player in a weaker league or squad player at a big club in a stronger league. I played him mostly as an Advanced Playmaker in the CM strata which is why his average rating is nothing special as that role can be funny in my opinion but trust me he did his job. He can play on either wing and may be even better in those positions.
    In real life he plays for Porto B but you’d expect him to break into the A team over the next few years.
    Che Adams - Right Inside Forward
    Team - Birmingham City
    Cost: £8-15m

    This lad currently plays for Birmingham City having started his senior career in non league football at Oadby Town. He’s a pacey player and can play anywhere in the final third. For City he’s scored 34 goals in 116 games at Championship level.
    On FMM 19 he’s usually available for a reasonable fee and I wouldn’t hesitate in bringing him straight to a decent English Premier League club to ease into the first team over a few seasons.
    Here he is in 2025.

    Some rather nice attribute numbers there with great Physicals, Dribbling, Movement and Shooting. I used him as an Inside Forward on the right and he was the main man in my Champions League winning Queen’s Park team.
    Here he is scoring a brace in the Champions League final against Milan.

    Tim Handwerker - Left Winger
    Team - FC Köln
    Cost - £5-10m

    Tim is just one of the many decent wide players available from the German leagues. I bought him in my Double Trouble challenge attempt whilst managing Ajax and he was great for me. He can play in any position on the left flank and could probably be retrained to play any position on the right without much trouble. He doesn’t look amazing at the start of the game by any stretch of the imagination but with attribute number 14 for both Pace and Crossing there’s plenty of promise there.
    In the real word he’s currently playing for FC Koln but hasn’t properly broken into the first team yet and has just had a loan spell in Holland at FC Groningen.
    Jun Se-Jin - Poacher
    Team - Suwon
    Cost - £1-2m

    I just couldn’t create this team without including this boy. He was one half of my successful Double Trouble duo that combined to score 1200 goals at Ajax in the Dutch league. Not content with that he also went on to score over 1000 club goals himself in a fantastic career that’s still ongoing.
    I was looking for a player I hadn’t heard of or seen anybody else use for the challenge when my searches put this lad up. The main selling point for me was his Pace at 15 and decent numbers in Shooting and Movement for a youngster.
    Here he is in 2028.

    He’s now got big numbers in Pace, Strength, Shooting, Movement and Aerial which basically means he’s a beast. He’d scored 575 club career goals at this stage and wasn’t showing any signs of letting up as you can see below with him knocking in seven goals in one game in 2031.

    Well that’s the team and I hope you enjoyed reading through my choices. As I said at the beginning my motive for creating this wasn’t solely about showcasing the players it was more about hopefully getting you thinking. Maybe this will give you an idea of a save you might want to try and get you to play the game slightly differently which can often reinvigorate the game.
    Anyway, if any of you have used any of the boys I’d love to hear how they performed for you or maybe you’d like to share some of the gems you’ve found so feel free to do so in the comments section below.
    Thanks for reading and thanks you to @Foxy for creating the tidy header graphic.
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    1759 got a reaction from smoggy90 in Smog in Madrid - S19 - My Son's 1k Attempt   
    Nice little tweak with the early crosses and it makes perfect sense when you’ve got a big powerful beast in the middle to get it in there early.
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    1759 reacted to Foxy in FM on Google Stadia: What does it mean for FMM?   
    FM on Google Stadia
    What does it mean for FMM?
    Last weekend it was announced that “full fat” FM20 would be a launch title for Google Stadia in November.
    If you are unfamiliar with what Google Stadia is then obviously Google is your friend but here is a brief description. GS will allow you to stream games in a similar way that Netflix allows you to stream movies and tv shows. This means that you will be able to play any game on the platform from a multitude of devices including TV, tablets, phone (only Google’s own Pixel devices to start with but no doubt that will change over time) or PC/Laptop. A big advantage of this is that if you have a low end device such as an old laptop you will be able to still play the latest games so long as your internet is up to it as all the heavy work is done on Google’s servers. At the moment it remains to be seen how well this will work and it will depend on the quality of your internet speeds but the talk is that about 10mps will allow you to stream at the lower end of quality with 35mps+ being top end. I guess this will depend on the game and of course FM is much less graphic heavy and fast paced than say a FPS. 
    Of course none of this comes free and if your only goal is to only play FM then it would be an expensive way over time to do it compared to simply buying the game and a laptop. 
    What it does mean though is that FM is going to start encroaching into FMM territory simply because as long as you have a suitable internet connection you could technically play full fat FM anywhere but also it gives access to the game to people who perhaps don’t want to buy a laptop or pc simply to play 1 game as they can now play on there tv.
    So the question is where does that leave FMM?
    This is a tricky question to answer because as we know many of us play FMM as a preference because we enjoy the quick game play that allows us to rattle through seasons. That isn’t the case for everyone though and many will play the game due to a lack of a device quick enough to do FM justice but if they are will to buy the kit required for GS and pay the monthly subscription they can from the autumn play FM on an old laptop or there TV and if GS performs as advertised should be able to play FM to the equivalent performance of a high end gaming PC. It also opens up FM to people who may play in free time during the day such as lunch breaks at work because all that’s needed is an internet connection. 
    The worry is that this causes a drop off in sales for FMM which in turn makes SI question either the amount of investment they put into FMM or the product as a whole. As discussed in the past FMM walks a fine line between a “pick up and play” experience and having enough realism to keep people engaged in the game and SI have always said that they want FMM to be as accessible as possible. This leads me to believe that FMM will be around a good while yet but will it get more and more marginalised over the years if FM starts to eat into its sales. We already have FMT available on tablets and that inevitably puts a ceiling on developments with FMM because there needs to be a distinction between the 2 “mobile” products. Of course none of this is a major concern to SI as a company as in an ideal world we would all own all 3 of there FM products and I expect they would be happy enough if sales of FMM dropped if sales of the flagship product grew but I would like to feel that there is still a desire from the company to see FMM as a successful product in its own right.
    My own hope is that SI won’t forget about FMM as they pursue these new avenues for the full fat game and that they will use the extra exposure they will get by being on GS and the new Xbox PC game pass to boost all the products in there range. It’s clear that SI have big plans at the moment and I sincerely hope that FMM remains part of that for many more years.
    How does the news of FM being in Google Stadia effect you? Will you be buying into this new gaming system and if so will a big reason be to play FM and if so will you continue to play FMM? Comment below with your feelings on this subject and the future of FMM as a whole.
    Thanks for reading and all comments are appreciated.
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    1759 reacted to Woody in DJ Woody’s Record Store   
    .........WOODY'S RECORDS........... 

    Hello everybody and welcome to my store. Now i would invite you all in but i only have half the store finished!
    To be honest its my own fault as i used the same contractors that the boys over at White Heart Lane! Doh!
    Oh well we persevere and i'm hoping to have it completed before the turn of the century. 😉
    Background:
    I bought the store recently from a rather shifty fellow(who shall remain nameless) but it was going cheap. I wanted to have some where to show off all the Vibe Records that come out from time to time. 
    I pride myself on having the only store in the world that allows you to come inside and literally break the records!!
    Insane....i know right!
     
    As the store nears completion i will be adding the usual records like 'Most goals in a season from a striker' & 'Most team goals in a season' to name but two.
    I am hoping, if i can get the rights....show off challenge records.
    The big wigs over at Vibe are quite the shady characters and usually drive a hard bargain but i'm hoping to strike some kind of deal....maybe offer Bag of Chips Mary's services out! Who knows 😁
    Oh and apologies for the shocking graphics out front but Dodgey Dave was not so good at putting up the neons and quite frankly....its dodgey!
    I have heard of some local dude...think his name is... Wolfy? Not too sure but maybe he would be willing to brighten up the outside and correct Dodgey Dave's work!
    Anyway... stay frosty for updates on new arrivals and i will catch you all soon.
    Laters Pop Pickers...
     
    RECORDS AVAILABLE:
    Highest Possession: 82% @Piggers5   
    Most goals in a season(Team): 181 @Cockers2505
    Highest Goal Difference: +121 @Helmstuber
    Fastest Goal: Sergio Aguero -14 secs @DutchTony
    Fastest Hat-trick: Moussa Dembele - 2min @Kanegan
    Most goals in a game(player): Gabriel Jesus -9 @danovic78
    Most goals in a game(team): 22 @Nucleus
    Most goals over 2 legs: 25 @Ashez
    Most clear cut chances in game: 22 @Nucleus
    Most goals in a season(player) Fabio Silva - 135 Erling Haland @kts365
    Most unique scorers in game: 7 @DutchTony
    Best defensive record in a season(league): 6 @Nucleus
    Most penalties scored by a single player in a game: Fabio Silva - 3 @Nucleus
    Most perfect '10's in a row: Pedro - 22 @Scratch
    Most chances created without a shot on target: 11 @Ashez
    Most assists in a game(player) Plattenhardt - 8 @danovic78
    Least amount of goals conceded in a league season: 4 @1759
    Most wins in a row: 137 @smoggy90
    Most games without defeat: 126 @fRESH
    Most assists in a season (Player): Christian Rolon(regen) - 82 @Teemhothy
    Highest Average rating: Danila Proshlyakov - 9.55 @RPA123456
    Most MoM awards in a season (player): Willem Geubbels - 44 @fRESH
    Fastest red card: 27 secs - @kts365
    Most seasons in row without losing: 6 - @Helmstuber
    Most seasons in a row with 100+ points: 14 - @Helmstuber
    Most seasons in a row with 100+ goal difference: 6 - @Helmstuber
    Most passes in a game: 190(189) - @henda666
    Highest goal difference in a single league season: 129 @malekhit
    Most unique scores in a single game: 8 @Helmstuber
    Most no. of own goals for in a match: 3 @Kanegan
    Most goals in Champions league groupstage: 33 @Helmstuber
    Best goal difference in CL groupstage: 33 @Helmstuber
    Most '10' match ratings in a row: Erling Haland - 28 @kts365
    Most Man of the Match awards in a season: Erling Haland - 48 @kts365
    Most Assists(career): Christian Rolon(regen) - 521 @Teemhothy
    Most Games Without Losing: 323 @smoggy90
    Most Games won in a row without conceding: 9 @itzChris92
     
     
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    1. @Helmstuber 7
    2. @Nucleus 4
    2. @kts365 4
    3. @Ashez 3
    4. @DutchTony 2
    4. @danovic78 2
    4  @Kanegan 2
    4. @Teemhothy 2
    4. @fRESH 2
    4. @smoggy90 2
    5. @Piggers5 1
    5. @Scratch 1
    5. @1759 1
    5. @RPA123456 1
    5. @henda666 1
    5. @malekhit 1
    5. @Cockers2505 1
    5. @itzChris92 1
  23. Angry
    1759 reacted to Foxy in Vibe World Cup 2019 The Final: Results   
    Our motto at FoxBet is “60% of the time we pay out all the time” but unfortunately in @1759 case we have had to temporarily suspend his account due to a pigeon finding its way into the vault where his account is stored.
  24. Sad
    1759 reacted to samhardy in Vibe World Cup 2019 The Final: Results   
    Head of the company Fuddled "Foxy" Fox is more than happy to accept the stakes but less willing to pay out!!
  25. Favourite
    1759 got a reaction from smoggy90 in Smog in Madrid - S19 - My Son's 1k Attempt   
    Foden isn’t showing any signs of letting up on the assists and Smog Jr is looking great for the 1K now.👍
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