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  1. Happy
    Ian reacted to BatiGoal in The Gambling Man   
    It's official. I'm adding one more season 👍 
    Bigger league, bigger stakes. Agree. Will post the new rules before the end of the day. 
    We reallllly needed that one 😉 
    We can't implement a max in the EPL, can we 😎 
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    Ian got a reaction from Rob in Strikerless 1K attempt (again) with Zaniolo (Season 11)   
    Yes this tactic certainly seems better and the player looks like he’s got a few more great returns in him yet. I think Zaniolo deserves this as a lot of us have really enjoyed using him throughout this years game but rarely as a main man so it’ll be good to have a career to really remember him by.
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    Ian reacted to BatiGoal in The Gambling Man   
    27th. Bet - Ian £400 on Row5
    Number 65 - no way we're winning this one. But look at THIS!! Row5! I had way more hopes of hitting Nuke's Black. Man, @Ian you're one lucky dude. You stuck to your rows on you got it. That's 400x9 👍
    Michael Gamble: £4,131 😎
     
    28th. Bet - Lord Danish: £77 on Odd
    Number 86 - Even. Close, hehe. No worries @Lord Danish got a massive win earlier so this tiny loss won't matter.
    Michael Gamble: £4,054
     
    29th. Bet - Foxy: £111 on Black
    Number 60 - No Black. Red. That's the third red in a row when we're betting color. Yikes. @Foxy this would've been the final blow to this challenge had it not been for Ian's big win. How different things could've been at this point.
    Michael Gamble: £3,943
     
    30th. Bet - Kanegan: £60 on Circle
    Number 7 - Circle we need, Star we get. Third consecutive loss @Kanegan, not a great end to this betting game but it was the last one of this career and we still got a chunk left, so this challenge is a success!!
    Michael Gamble: £3,883
    Bets: 30 Wins: 13 Losses: 17  
    @Gunners Rishi no more games left in the season for your bet so.. we may keep it for the next one. 
     
    Best part is.. 

    .. that Millwall are playing EPL next season 👍 
     
    Michael Gamble & Me
     
    Thanks big everyone for the bets and comments, we survived, barely at times, but eventually with a handsome chunk of chips in the bank. Was tremendous fun I have to say and perhaps we'll add one more season to this career doing some gambling in the EPL with Michael - terrrible-shooting-stat Gamble 😂 
  4. Happy
    Ian got a reaction from Foxy in The Gambling Man   
    I second this.
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    Ian got a reaction from PriZe in Ian hits 2k goals with Moise Kean - Season 28   
    Hello Vibe,
    I’m back to update you on this career that just doesn’t want to end but the good news for myself anyway, is that it is officially over. Yes I’ve finished this career but you’ll have to wait a bit longer to find out if Kean made the end as I’m only covering two seasons on this update.
    Season Twenty-Seven
    This season was a fairly poor affair as the squad wasn’t in the best of shape with us having a lot of older players who are declining and younger players set to eventually replace them but not quite yet at the required level. We have two older players who have managed to make themselves squad outcasts in Volpe and Campo and ideally I’d like to sell but I couldn’t seem to offload them as their wages are too big for most clubs so we’ll just have to keep them for now. 

    Losing out in the Champions League final last year meant we missed out on a few tinpot cup matches which was a shame as they usually offer a good chance of maybe getting a big win. Big wins were few and far between this year as we only managed to score 95 league goals which considering we hit 123 last season we have to be slightly disappointed with. We did win all of the competitions we entered though so not so bad in the grand scheme of thing. 
    Moise found the net 17 times this season so he didn’t do too badly considering his age. His attributes might look poor but I’m still surprised they are this good as I thought he’d be nearly all red across the board but somehow his aerial, shooting and movement are managing to stay at a fairly decent level.


    At international level we managed to beat France in the European Championship final although Moise couldn’t find a goal and only scored 3 goals for Italy all season!

    Season Twenty-Eight
    We managed to offload both of our squad outcasts in Volpe and Campo which was a relief as that really helped us financially plus their younger replacements are maturing all the time so the squad is in a fairly decent state now to hopefully see this home.
    Mouse started the season well with a hat trick in the Confederations Cup semi final against U.S.A.

    Not long into the season and he hit another hat trick, this time for Juve in the Champions League group stages against Lokomotiv Moscow. Okay two were from the spot but as mentioned previously, they all count!

    So six goals just there which would surely bode well for the rest of the season.
    For Italy he ended up scoring nine goals which is great going at this stage. The team won the Confederations Cup final against France in a one sided 3-0, Moise didn’t feature due to playing the full 90 minutes in the semi so it was left to our backup striker to do the job and that he did in scoring all three of the goals. Kean also scored another hat trick and a brace during the early stages of the World Cup at the end of the season and he’s proving he’s still got goals in him with the right players around him.
    At Juve we had a much better season this year with a clean sweep of trophies and an unbeaten league campaign. We scored 118 goals in the league which was nice to see after last seasons disappointing 95. Most of the finals were comfortable but no goals for Moise as he was left out of the vast majority of them due to my rotation and his declining fitness.

    So all we have left now is to reveal how Moise performed this season, well he performed rather well in scoring 20 goals for club and nine goals for Italy. I’m fairly confident now that he’s not going to just collapse and be unable to score at all so it’s just a matter of hoping he doesn’t get sick and retire all of a sudden.


    Manager

    We’ve completed 28 seasons now and only two more to go (hopefully) so the plan is to post another update on Sunday which will take us to the end and then another post in the middle of next week as a summary and to show the tactic I’ve used for the vast majority of this career.
    Score
    Moise Kean
    Season 27: Club: 17 goals in 37 games - Int: 3 goals - Total: 20
    Season 28: Club: 20 goals in 32 games - Int: 9 goals - Total: 29
    Club Total: 1803 goals
    International Total: 440 goals
    Grand Total: 2243 goals
    Thanks for reading and comments are greatly appreciated.
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    Ian got a reaction from PriZe in Ian hits 2k goals with Moise Kean - Season 28   
    Hello Vibe,
    I’m back to update you on this career that just doesn’t want to end but the good news for myself anyway, is that it is officially over. Yes I’ve finished this career but you’ll have to wait a bit longer to find out if Kean made the end as I’m only covering two seasons on this update.
    Season Twenty-Seven
    This season was a fairly poor affair as the squad wasn’t in the best of shape with us having a lot of older players who are declining and younger players set to eventually replace them but not quite yet at the required level. We have two older players who have managed to make themselves squad outcasts in Volpe and Campo and ideally I’d like to sell but I couldn’t seem to offload them as their wages are too big for most clubs so we’ll just have to keep them for now. 

    Losing out in the Champions League final last year meant we missed out on a few tinpot cup matches which was a shame as they usually offer a good chance of maybe getting a big win. Big wins were few and far between this year as we only managed to score 95 league goals which considering we hit 123 last season we have to be slightly disappointed with. We did win all of the competitions we entered though so not so bad in the grand scheme of thing. 
    Moise found the net 17 times this season so he didn’t do too badly considering his age. His attributes might look poor but I’m still surprised they are this good as I thought he’d be nearly all red across the board but somehow his aerial, shooting and movement are managing to stay at a fairly decent level.


    At international level we managed to beat France in the European Championship final although Moise couldn’t find a goal and only scored 3 goals for Italy all season!

    Season Twenty-Eight
    We managed to offload both of our squad outcasts in Volpe and Campo which was a relief as that really helped us financially plus their younger replacements are maturing all the time so the squad is in a fairly decent state now to hopefully see this home.
    Mouse started the season well with a hat trick in the Confederations Cup semi final against U.S.A.

    Not long into the season and he hit another hat trick, this time for Juve in the Champions League group stages against Lokomotiv Moscow. Okay two were from the spot but as mentioned previously, they all count!

    So six goals just there which would surely bode well for the rest of the season.
    For Italy he ended up scoring nine goals which is great going at this stage. The team won the Confederations Cup final against France in a one sided 3-0, Moise didn’t feature due to playing the full 90 minutes in the semi so it was left to our backup striker to do the job and that he did in scoring all three of the goals. Kean also scored another hat trick and a brace during the early stages of the World Cup at the end of the season and he’s proving he’s still got goals in him with the right players around him.
    At Juve we had a much better season this year with a clean sweep of trophies and an unbeaten league campaign. We scored 118 goals in the league which was nice to see after last seasons disappointing 95. Most of the finals were comfortable but no goals for Moise as he was left out of the vast majority of them due to my rotation and his declining fitness.

    So all we have left now is to reveal how Moise performed this season, well he performed rather well in scoring 20 goals for club and nine goals for Italy. I’m fairly confident now that he’s not going to just collapse and be unable to score at all so it’s just a matter of hoping he doesn’t get sick and retire all of a sudden.


    Manager

    We’ve completed 28 seasons now and only two more to go (hopefully) so the plan is to post another update on Sunday which will take us to the end and then another post in the middle of next week as a summary and to show the tactic I’ve used for the vast majority of this career.
    Score
    Moise Kean
    Season 27: Club: 17 goals in 37 games - Int: 3 goals - Total: 20
    Season 28: Club: 20 goals in 32 games - Int: 9 goals - Total: 29
    Club Total: 1803 goals
    International Total: 440 goals
    Grand Total: 2243 goals
    Thanks for reading and comments are greatly appreciated.
  7. Funny
    Ian reacted to reigningdefending in Funny FMM 2019 Moments   
    I probably would’ve had the same reaction, Harry. 

  8. Funny
    Ian got a reaction from samhardy in The Gambling Man   
    I hope we are not using FoxBet for these bets as they are a truly horrible company. I’m still owed a fair bit from back in June and I won’t forget. 
  9. Happy
    Ian reacted to shosky in Building a Tactic for a Lone Striker   
    I have really enjoyed this thread. I've used the points from everyone to create my own tactics(the first time I would do that actually). It's a flat 352 defensive mentality with narrow width. I'm amazed at the results I'm getting. Rotherham, Atalanta, Crystal Palace and Leicester won their respective leagues with the tactics.
    No more scouting for tactics on the vibe. This has been the best thread by far on the Vibe. Thank you guys
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    Ian got a reaction from danovic78 in The 1,000 Games/2,000 Goal Man   
    I was wondering what total you’d end up with here.
    Simply brilliant 👍 
  11. Happy
    Ian got a reaction from Foxy in The Vibe Awards 2019   
    Excellent ceremony @Foxy!
    Well done to all of the winners and everybody who was nominated.
    I’m proud to be the joint winner of the newcomer award with @Mr Tree!
    Thank you to everyone who voted.
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    Ian reacted to Foxy in The Vibe Awards 2019   
    It’s that time of year again.
    The leaves are falling, the nights are getting longer, and all the shops are starting to get full of Halloween and Christmas shite. That can only mean one thing.....the new FMM will soon be out!
    It’s also that time when we take a look back at the best (and worst) that the members of Vibe have offered us up this year in the VIBE AWARDS 2019!!!
    It is tricky to look back over the year and remember everything that has happened but luckily many of you have long memories and I think we had a good crop of nominations which reflect the diversity of members and content that we have on the site. You have all been voting via PM to @samhardy who informs me that it has been a very good turn out this year, the votes have been counted and verified by the UN and the results can be revealed now.
    Before that though we are going over live to the red carpet to see if Sexy Sue can get any comments from some of the stars of the night.
    The atmosphere is electric down here on the red carpet as we await the arrival of all this years nominees and in fact I think I can see some branches swaying in the breeze so I will see if I can speak to @Mr Tree.
    Mr Tree congratulations on your nominations, you have at times be called the Irish Ilex but I think the question all of Vibe would like answered is what variety of Tree actually are you?
    Mr Tree: Obviously it's a question that I get asked a lot, so it's something I've thought a lot about over the last few seconds. At times, my bees and FMM can leave me swaying side to side, morose like a Weeping Willow. But in general, probably just a good old apple tree - solid, reliable, nothing spectacular but useful...
    A very thoughtful answer thank you Mr Tree.
    I can see the immaculate hair of a Mackem coming through the crowds so that must be @samhardy let’s see if I can catch a word with him.
    Sam! Sam!
    Thank you for stopping for a quick word Sam. I think what the whole community would like to know is what is your favourite root vegetable?
    Samhardy: Allium sativum.
    But Sam that’s garlic and botanically speaking it isn’t a root vegetable as you eat the stem and the bulbs not the roots....Sam.....Sam.....oh he’s walked off.
    Any way moving on and I think I can smell the ocean which can only mean Ian is here.
    Good evening @Ian, I was wondering which you prefer Sharks, Dolphins or Whales?
    Ian: I probably prefer Dolphins as I think of them as being more friendly.
    The Studio: Well that was some riveting stuff from Sue there with some really probing questions but I think that is all we have time for...
    CRASH!!!
    Sue are you ok?
    BANG!!!
    Sue?!?
    Sorry but it’s @Woody he is trying to get the microphone off me!!!
    Well let him speak then Sue as he must have something important to say.
    Woody: At last my time to speak! I just wanted to say that if you ever go to Stoke or The Potteries in general you must visit Trentham Gardens but if you fancy a good laugh you can stand outside the bet365!
    Ok thanks for that Woody 🙄
    Let’s get on with the awards then before my mind explodes with all the excitement.
    Best Career: Sponsored by Justice for Lord Danish’s Cousin Campaign
    This is always a tightly contested category every year and this was no exception with the winner taking the prize by a single vote from an unlucky Smoggy.
    This years Best Career goes to @Mr Tree Goal a Mile career which saw him embark on an epic 30 year journey up Britain in his attempt to get from the very south of England all the way up to the north of Scotland.
    Best Article: Sponsored by Bati’s Reappearing Cream
    This years game saw a radical overhaul of training which left many people looking to have it explained to them in a way that could help them get the best out of the new feature. Luckily Nucleus provided just such an article and it clearly proved popular as it received 31% of the votes.
    The best article of 2019 deservedly goes to @Nucleus for his Training and Repositioning Guide.
    Best Community Event: Sponsored by Ian’s Ace of Base Fanclub
    We are all a competitive lot here at Vibe and the community events are always a highlight of the year with plenty of good natured banter flying around as we all complete to be top dog. This years winning event received 45% of the vote so it certainly proved to be a popular winner.
    The best community event of 2019 goes to the Vibe Premier League which was hosted by @samhardy and it’s the second year in a row that event has won the title.
     
    Best H2H: Sponsored by DJ Woody’s Record Store
    We saw a few H2H this year but two clearly caught Vibes imagination more than the others. There was a single vote between the winning H2H and The Draft between @Rob, @Woody and myself but with 50% of the vote this years best H2H was...
    FC CentreBack a save hosted by myself that saw two teams of 11 Vibers pick a centre back each that I then created a squad out of and tried to win Serie A with.
    Biggest Fail: Sponsored by Steve McClaren’s Hair Island Holiday Resorts
    We see plenty of success on Vibe as many members smash out great challenge totals but let’s be honest we all enjoy a fail now and again and we had a few quality ones this year. This years fail category wasn’t close though as the winner took 69% of the votes.
    The biggest fail 2019 goes to @Nucleus as he knocked himself out of the VPL by failing to read the rules correctly and being deducted nearly half his points  for the final weeks challenge.
     
    Best Newcomer: Sponsored by the Ghosts of Long Lost Vibers
    This award goes to the new member who made the most impact on Vibe this year. This was a two horse race as @Ian and @Mr Tree took turns to be in the lead and the award went right down to the final person who voted.
    This means that we have an unprecedented situation as both @Ian and @Mr Tree received the same number of votes and will this year share the award as best newcomers of 2019!
    This brings us to the final a category of the night that was voted for by you the Vibe Reading public. To announce the Best Member for 2019 I am going to hand you over to my fellow Mod samhardy.
    Best Member: Sponsored by Bobby’s Pork Pie Factory
    Before our musical interlude from undoubtedly Wales' premier band it is down to me to present the main award of the evening. Last time around Fuddled "Foxy" Fox took this comfortably and was the bookies favourite to do so again.
    This year we had a much closer vote with Ian picking up 5 votes and Rob picking up 6 really showing the top quality on vibe this year however it can be confirmed that with just over 45% of your votes the Gloucestershire Gladiator retains his status as vibe's best member and I'm not sure anyone can begrudge him of that.
    @Foxy has requested that Mr Karl Robinson comes and collects the award on his behalf.

     
    We have one more award to give out but first some live music.
    Hailing from the musical wilderness’ of South Wales to conquer the world I give you the Manic Street Preachers!
     
    The final award of the night is to recognise someone who has achievement something momentous this year that may otherwise have not received the recognition that it deserved in the other categories.
    2019 Outstanding Achievement Award
    On the 3rd of January @samhardy shocked the world when he posted a career thread on the forums but little did we know that this career would achieve something momentous that makes it worthy of an award.
    The career with Gateshead only lasted two seasons but Sam brought great success by winning an FA Cup and then telling the tale of The Heeds adventure in the Europa League. This all sounds impressive enough but it’s not truly award winning so why have the panel of judges chosen this for such a prestigious award?
    The answer to that is simple as Sam managed to make a two season career last for 9 whole months worth of posts in the career thread! I think we can all agree that it takes some doing to stretch a career that only took a few hours to play across three quarters of a year worth of posts and I hope you will all join me in applauding this outstanding achievement.
    Congratulations to everyone who won an award you were all much deserved winners and if you didn’t win one then to be nominated you must be doing something right so keep on going and maybe 2020 will be your year.
    That brings us to the end of another year on Vibe and I would like to thank everyone who has contributed through the year in making Vibe the entertaining and sometimes very surreal experience that it is.
     
     
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    Ian got a reaction from BatiGoal in The Gambling Man   
    Yes plus his stake I think. Say you bet £10 at 2/1 and it comes up you’d win £20 plus you’d get your stake back making it £30. I think anyway.
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    Ian reacted to BatiGoal in The Gambling Man   
    Last career of FMM19, so let's make it an extra wacky one 🤪 
    I'm going to, attempting to, recap the thoughts that flew through my mind and the actions that followed. Let's see if you're able to keep up.. Scrolling transfer pages-> Michael Gamble-> Odd name, like it tho-> 🤔 could be a career, no?-> Gamble's a free agent-> No club no money-> Ahhh, got it-> Gamble's going to gamble-> Googling biggest casino in UK-> Found: Aspers Casino (East London)-> Finding East London clubs accepting free agents-> Got one: Millwall-> Gamble goes to ATM to withdraw his last £100-> Hitchhikes to casino to try his luck-> New club: Millwall
    Me: I'll play the challenge - the challenge is to survive 1 season with this money-lovin' Gambling Man, and I'm going to need your help. It's simple, he's got £100 on him. He wins money, great, he'll complete the season. We win. He losses money, game over! We lose. He can place one bet at the time only! See info below. The number that 'falls' is simply the minute he scores his goal in. I'll make sure he scores no more than once per game so we'll have just one number to work with per bet 😉 
    You: well, you place the bets. Simply post them in this thread and I'll play every match as if it were bets, until Gamble either completes a full season or.. until he runs out of money.
    Example: You post £10 on Red, I'll play until Gamble scores, say 33rd min. - > Black, we lose £10. Or you post £20 on Diamond, Gamble scores in 89th min. - > we win £100.
    This could potentially be over real quick, after a single match 😂 Anyways, if you have no clue what's going on, just ask questions or wait till someone else posts a bet. If no bets, I'll place bets myself and after a couple updates I'm sure you'll get the gist.
    Ready to play? 
     
    Min. Bet: £10 Max. Bet: £1000
    Odds:
    2 to 1 (Even, Red, Black, Odd) 5 to 1 (Circle, Square, Triangle, Star, Diamond) 9 to 1 (1row, 2row, 3row, etc.)  
    Michael Gamble: £100
    Bets: 0 Wins: 0 Losses: 0
  15. Funny
    Ian reacted to Scratch in Ian hits 2k goals with Moise Kean - Season 28   
    Just a little something for the back of his mind, to stop him from getting too bored in the final years of this... 😂
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    Ian reacted to Scratch in Building a Tactic for a Lone Striker   
    So thought I'd try switching between Defensive mentality and Attacking mentality, with nothing else changed to see what the Wing Backs do. Here's what I found:
    Defensive, CM in possession, WB stays back:

     
    Attacking, CM in possession, WB pushes up:

     
    Defensive, ball in the box, WB stays back:

     
    Attacking, ball in the box, WB right up there in the box too:

     
    So I guess that proves that, at least for my combination of instructions, players and positions.
  17. Happy
    Ian got a reaction from Nucleus in 9 Steps To Creating a Tactic   
    Great guide, it’ll be a great help to people new to the game and I’m sure it’ll get more experienced users thinking about things in a slightly different way. 
    I totally agree about not going overboard on team instructions as it can be easy to get caught out thinking you need to change every single instruction just for the sake of when it’s often not the case at all.
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    Ian reacted to Foxy in Football Manager 2020: Five Clubs to Manage   
    Football Manager Mobile 2020 will be released on the 19th November and along with the inevitable excitement over potential new features and which players will be worth buying we all need to decide who we will manage in the game. Many of us will instantly takeover as manager of the team we support or one of the big boys that will allow us to splash the cash on wonderkids and superstars. It might be that you are undecided who you want to manage and I have five clubs to suggest that I think would make for fun saves.
     

     
    Bolton Wanderers: English League 1
    Founded: 1874 (as Christ Church FC and took the name Bolton Wanderers in 1877)
    Nickname: The Trotters
    Honours: 4 times FA Cup winners
    Stadium: University of Bolton Stadium
    Capacity: 28,723

    Bolton are one of the true traditional English clubs and were a founder member of the Football League back in 1888. Although they have never won a league title they have won 4 FA Cups with the last one coming in 1958 and they have been runner up in the League Cup twice as well.
    There problems have been well documented in recent years as they have struggled financially due to the impact of relegation from the Premier League in 2012 and mismanagement off the pitch and were saved from possible liquidation a few weeks ago when they were taken over by a consortium of business men. It is yet to be seen how FMM will reflect these financial difficulties but you will start with a small squad as the club was banned from signing players until the final days of the transfer window when they managed to sign 11 players. You will also be handicapped by a points deduction of 12 points at the start of season 1 that the club was given due to unfulfilled fixtures and the financial problems they had.
    This all adds up to a club which is ripe for saving, rebuilding and getting back to the top of English football.

    Bolton’s last major trophy came in 1958 as they beat Man Utd 2-0 in the FA Cup final.
     

     
    Union Berlin: German Bundesliga
    Founded: 1966
    Nickname: Die Eisernen (The Iron ones)
    Honours: East German Cup in 1968
    Stadium: Stadion An der Alten Forsterei
    Capacity: 22,012

    In May 2019 Union Berlin became the first club from East Berlin to be promoted to the Bundesliga and only the sixth club from the former East Germany to be promoted to the top flight since German reunification in 1990. The club was never a major force in Eastern German football either with just one cup win to there name and were always in the shadow of there neighbours Dynamo Berlin who were funded by the secret police known as the Stasi. The clubs fans are well known across Germany though for there creative displays in the stadium and the passion with which they support their team.
    Union Berlin aren’t a wealthy club and they don’t have a squad full of superstars so you will have your work cut out as you guide them in there first ever Bundesliga season. You will have a fraction of the money to spend that clubs like Bayern and Dortmund will have and this will test both your skill to build a squad on a budget but also to get the best out of them tactically.

    Union Berlin fans celebrate promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time.
     

     
    Kilmarnock: Scottish Premiership
    Founded:1869
    Nickname: Killie
    Honours: 1 Scottish league title, 3 Scottish FA Cups, 1 Scottish League Cup
    Stadium: Rugby Park
    Capacity: 17,889

    Kilmarnock are the oldest Professional club in Scotland but that has never lead to consistent success on the pitch. They have one League title to there name in the 1964/5 season and there most recent success was in 2012 when they beat Celtic 1-0 at Hampden Park to lift the League Cup.
    Last season was considered a real success for Killie as under the leadership of now Scotland manager Steve Clarke they finished 3rd in the league. This finish was secured on the final day of the season as they beat Rangers 2-1 to secure there highest league finish since 1966 and also win a place in the Europa League qualifying stages.
    The real long term challenge here is to build a team and the club itself to consistently challenge the Auld Firm of Celtic and Rangers and then to go into Europe after that. You have Europa League involvement in the first season which you may consider a hindrance with all the extra games but it could lead to a real adventure if you can get some results.

    Kilmarnock players celebrate winning the League Cup following a 1-0 win over Celtic in 2012.
     

    Weymouth FC: National League South
    Founded: 1890
    Nickname: The Terras
    Honours: National League South 2005/06
    Stadium: Bob Lucas Stadium
    Capacity: 6,600

    I have gone for one of the new additions to the lowest playable league in England as my next pick. Weymouth had a purple patch during the 2000’s as they fought near the top of the Conference and were looking to get promoted to the League. Since those halcyon days they have had financial problems that saw them drop 2 divisions but they are on the way back up now.
    Weymouth is on the south coast and are over shadowed by there near neighbours Bournemouth and it will take a few years until you can get them to the position of the south coast number 1 team. Road to Glory saves are always popular and what better than to take one of the weakest and newly promoted teams all the way up to the Premier League and European Glory.

    Weymouth players celebrate scoring against there local rivals Dorchester in the Ridgeway Derby.
     

    FC Andorra: Spanish Segunda B
    Founded: 1942
    Nickname: The Tricolour
    Honours: Catalan Cup 1993/94
    Stadium: Estadi Prada de Moles
    Capacity: 530

     
    The fifth and final team don’t just represent a town or city but an entire country albeit a tiny one. FC Andorra are based in the village of Encamp in the tiny nation of Andorra in the Pyrenees between France and Spain. They have played in the Spanish league system since 1948 and have spent most of that time floating around between the 3rd tier all the way down to the 7th tier.
    In December 2018 this tiny clubs fortunes changed though when they were bought by the investment company Kosmos which is owned by Barcelona centre back Gerald Pique. They went from a point outside the relegation zone in the 5th tier to winning promotion the same season. They were then able to buy a place in the 3rd tier Segunda B to replace Reus who were relegated for being unable to pay there players.
    The club understandably has a real Barca feel to it with a few players that have spent time at La Masia and your job will be to get the club up to La Liga and potentially compete with Pique and his teammates at the Nou Camp.

    FC Andorra’s players celebrate promotion.
     
    There you have it then, five clubs that I think could make interesting choices for saves in FMM20. Hopefully you might give one of them a go or perhaps you have some other clubs you are thinking of using. Let me know in the comments.
    Thanks for reading and all comments are appreciated.
     
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    Ian got a reaction from MikeF in MikeF - Double Trouble, Triple Threat and 100 Club (Done)   
    Same happened to me towards the end of my last couple of long careers. I find they are great when the goals are really flying but once you kind of know you are going to reach your target they can become a grind. Well that’s how I see it for myself anyway. I’ll be doing shorter stuff next year at the beginning anyway.
    Great job here though to get the DT and TT done in one career. 👍
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    Ian reacted to MikeF in MikeF - Double Trouble, Triple Threat and 100 Club (Done)   
    Season 24 - finished!
    Finally finished this challenge. Bit of a rushed final season as just wanted it over if I’m honest. The tedium really hit in doing this DT and TT after a back to back 1k challenge bit it’s done and I have the triple crown. Phew. 

    Final grabs:



     

     

     

    I could have got more goals out of them this last season but only went for what was needed. 
     
    challenge done. 
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    Ian reacted to Nucleus in 9 Steps To Creating a Tactic   
    Hello Vibe and welcome to a Guide which hopefully many of you will find useful. Over the past couple of years of creating tactics for myself, I always find myself revisiting certain key elements, 9 in fact, when making any sort of system. That system can range from a simple 442 focused on wingplay, a 4231 formation focused on patiently waiting for an opening by retaining possession, or a full on attacking 433 focused on relentlessly camping in the opposition area to carve out scoring opportunities and any other system in between. So I thought I’d let the Vibe community fester in my mind for a little while by sharing these 9 steps. I understand that the new game is right around the corner but these points should still apply to it, or any other FMM game of the past.
     
    Step One: Envision a style of play and understand what mentality and roles will do.

    Mentality affects how a team plays, do you trust them to go risky, do you want them to be more aggressive going up or do you want them to be cautious in possession? Mentality affects your team’s width, risk of passing, tempo and defensive lines. 
    For example: A defensive mentality set with a narrow width is much more narrower than an attacking mentality set with a narrow width. A counter mentality set to fast tempo is slower than a control mentality set to fast tempo, despite what you may think. 
    Player roles serve to create individual distinctions within that mentality, and we’ll get into them at a later stage.
     
    Step Two: Create a Balanced Tactic

    A tactic doesn’t need to have 10 players with gung-ho roles to score a goal, a tactic with an abundance of supporting roles can do just as well provided you have considered what your players are capable of.
    Always think about how you are first and foremost going to defend space vacated by an attacking player. Using a wingback? Then you need to understand that he will aggressively push forward. So how do you defend that space in his absence?
    Don’t be too one dimensional, mix it up a bit. Using a winger on one flank to whip in crosses whilst having an AP on the other flank with short passes to drag defenders about will give you more chances than having two wingers doing exactly the same thing. Keep the opposition guessing!
    A balanced tactic is all about defending, controlling and attacking space. Worry about keeping a clean sheet before setting up your attacking shape.
    When creating a tactic, consider how you place roles first. When you select an attacking role in any position then you need to ensure you have enough supporting roles to play off them and more importantly, cover them. 
     
    Step Three: Adapt the Roles to Suit the Player

    Some roles in the game may not suit your players strengths and weaknesses. If a player can’t dribble then choose a role which doesn’t require him to do so as much - CM over BBM, FB over WB, Poacher over AF etc. If he has poor passing, decisions and creativity then don’t give him a role where he will be required to create chances or take risky passes.
     
    Step Four: Analyse How Roles Work Together In Your Tactic

    Roles should be able to work together to create effective passing triangles across the pitch. If you want a tactic that attacks space on the flanks then you want to have an attacking role in that area with adequate support to do so. Roles can be combined together to make it so you have as many different players split across different stratas of the pitch. For example - you could have a Central Defender in defence coupled with a fullback. Together these two roles are slightly offset to provide support for each other. The same can be said in a two man strike partnership. One striker can work off the other, think of a Target Man holding up the ball for a Advanced Forward to make runs into the channels. When you think of roles you need to think about combinations that work the ball seamlessly through each transition.
     
    Step Five: Use Team Instructions Wisely

    Team instructions allow you to create styles of play, but not understanding what they do can be catastrophic. When in doubt, don’t use any instructions, if you’re unsure as to what they do then choose one at a time and analyse the effects. 
    Despite what people may think, there are no rules on which team instructions to use within the game, as long as you think in a logical way and keep it simple you should be fine.
     
    Step Six: Analyse Your Squad

    Study your squad to identify strengths and weaknesses - 
    Use team report screen to gain a simple indication of how your team stacks up against the rest of the league. Squad depth will show you how many players you have capable of playing a certain position, and also ranks them by current ability.
    Once you have identified your team, draw up a list of positions and rate each one with the players you have. The game is all about defending space, controlling space and attacking space. To do that we need to know how the players can perform defensive and offensive tasks across the pitch. 
    You can rate them by how well they can perform these tasks - 
    Defensive Tasks:
    - How good your defenders are at dealing with crosses - Aerial, Positioning, Strength
    - How good your players are at getting back  to help out the defence - Pace, Stamina, Teamwork (Work Rate is a hidden stat within this particular attribute)
    - How good your players are at marking their opponents - Decisions, Tackling, Positioning, Strength 
    - Who can spot danger before it happens - Decisions, Positioning 
    - Who can put in a tackle if needed - Aggression, Tackling, Strength 
    If your central defenders are strong in the air and also have good positional strength then theoretically you could play on a number of different mentalities. Your side could, if you like adopt a defensive stance and allow the opposition to cross the ball. If however they’re average at best then you’ll need to decide on a per game basis wether it’s too risky to sit back and allow the opposition the time and space to cross the ball. If you’re team is average at best, then I highly recommend playing with a defensive midfielder so that the back line gets more support.
    Offensive Tasks:
    Creating goalscoring chances is all about controlling space and using space. You need to know what kind of players you have at your disposal, and what they are capable of.
    - Players who are expected to attack space (for example, those who play on the flanks or those who are expected to move in to the vertical channels) - Pace, Movement
    - Players who are expected to control and work space (supporting roles, those who drop deep etc) - Strength, Decisions, Movement, Teamwork.
    - Those who can find players in space (Playmaker type roles - AP, DLP, BPD etc) - Passing, Creativity, Decisions
    Understanding what your players are capable of will influence your decision on what kind of formation you can use.
    For example: I want to play an Inside Forward and I want him to attack the space out wide, then I will need him to have:
    - Go in and attack the space - Pace, Movement
    - Dribble down the flank or cut inside centrally - Dribbling
    - Cross, Pass or shoot the ball - Crossing, Passing, Shooting
    If you have a systematic way of deciding wether a player can perform a certain role it becomes a lot easier.
     
    Step Seven: Analyse the Opposition

    Before each match you should have a quick look at who your opponents key players are.  Shutting them down at the source could be the difference between victory and defeat! For example: If your opponent have their best player as the number 10 and you want to try and nullify the threat he poses, then you should always consider playing with a Defensive Midfielder. 
     
    Step Eight: Don’t be Rigid, Adapt!

    You should at all times have a plan B if things aren’t going your way. If you find that the opposition is having way too much space on the flanks then you need to counteract that whilst you can. Or you may find that the opposition are camping in their own box and this may require you to push up more, go wide or even get more players in advanced positions.
    When the AI scores a goal it immediately changes mentality, and even roles to protect the lead. The AI plays dynamically to get a result, and you should do the same wether it’s a small role change or a significant change like changing your style of play altogether.
     
    Step Nine: Have a Bench Strategy

    Your bench players can present an effective strategy change for you. If you find that you need a strong player upfront to hold the ball up for example. Or a rapid winger who can punish tired legs in the latter stages of a match. Don’t be afraid of thinking of different players who can perform different roles to create a different style of play. Consider as well that you might just possibly want to bring someone on to waste precious minutes to hold on to a lead.
     
    These are the 9 nine steps I follow in creating a tactic, I hope some of you have found this article helpful and I look forward to hearing of your steps in creating a tactic.
    Thanks for reading
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    Ian got a reaction from Nucleus in Ian hits 2k goals with Moise Kean - Season 28   
    Thanks Nuke, it’s okay but I’m not sure if I’d read it all through if I was you as it’s rather long now 😂
    In summary, I started a save awhile back with a tactic thats rather different to my usual 1kc one and the early results were decent. I evolved the tactic as I was going and kind of got it right so the 1.5k was on, then the 2k and all of a sudden I’m trying to take him the full 30 seasons.
    Thanks Scratch, it’s strange as I’ve never had a player retire on me mid contract and have gone fairly long in a few saves this year. I’m wondering if there’s some glitch where the “shock retirement” thing just isn’t happening since post winter update and it wouldn’t surprise me if true. Of course none have gone on as long as this guy so we’ll just have to see whether he keeps going. 
    Thank you Woody!
    Thank you Foxy, hopefully we can get to the end and then I can call it a day on this years game. 
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    Ian got a reaction from Scratch in Ian hits 2k goals with Moise Kean - Season 28   
    Thank you very much!
    Thank you, yeah it was nice to get it done on the 20th season.
    Cheers, yeah it is, I didn’t expect that it’d be possible when I started but then I just found a system which really worked for me. I’ll be sharing the tactic at the end of the career so others can try it whether that be on this game or FMM20.
    Thanks Scratch, yeah the stadium name was a disaster really as I just wasn’t in the mood to think of a decent name and at that stage I wasn’t sure if I was going to post the career so just went with that.😂
    Pavón is great, I’ve used him in a couple of my saves, I think one was my DT and I only didn’t use him on my TT due to not having a winger in my system. He got a decent chunk of assists for me here but probably could’ve got even more if I’d try to focus on them with him.
    I like inverted wingbacks when only having two guys in the CM line as I feel they offer a bit of protection. When I tried having two in midfield with just wing backs I could never seem to get it right. Whenever I tried a DLP I just felt there was always too big a gap between the midfielders so CM and BBM actually seemed better as the CM should in theory offer more support going forward but then I always felt it hindered us defensively. The inverted wing backs seem to help mitigate against that and also still seem to offer a lot out wide with early crosses so it’s like a double benefit in my experience. Haven’t tried them with three in the CM line but I may do at some point on the new game. 
    Yeah your 2kc is going really well so far and I can see you getting a lot of goals. I’ll be finished up with mine shortly and I think that’ll be the end of me playing 19 but I’ll follow yours until you finish up.😀
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    Ian reacted to Nucleus in Football Manager Mobile 2020 Potential Wonderkids   
    Love them or hate them, fresh new wonderkids are arguably one of the most exciting additions to any football manager game. Wether they are already famous or relatively unknown, they are a cornerstone of many a career here on Vibe.
    Here I’ve come up with a potential five new wonderkids that we may possible see in Football Manager Mobile 2020.
    Xavi Simons

    Arguably one of the most famous wonderkids on the planet right now. Simons has won numerous youth Ballon D’ors and signed a mega money deal with Nike at the age of just 14. He recently played for FC Barcelona up until this summer where he signed for French giants PSG.
    This young Dutchman has extraordinary passing skill and we might possibly see him tear up the Assists Challenge later in the year.
    Youssoufa Moukoko

    This young man has broken numerous records in recent years. After scoring a whopping 50 goals for the Dortmund u17 side at the age of 14, he caught the headlines by scoring 6 goals on his debut for the u19’s against Wuppertal.
    Bags of pace and tons of flair, coupled with an eye for goal could lead this man to legendary status here on Vibe. At only 14 years of age at the time of writing this, it may be a little bit too early to be seeing this young man in the game just yet. One can dream!
    Louie Barry

    16 year old Louie Barry caught the headlines earlier in the year when he secured a dream move to Barcelona. The young Englishman is described as one of the pearls of English football after his move from West Brom. Barry also caught interest from Manchester City, Bayern Munich and PSG.
    Quick off the mark and strong in the air, Louie Barry could be the star of some major careers this year.
    Takefuso Kubo

    Dubbed the ‘Japanese Lionel Messi’, Kubo was recently signed by Spanish giants Real Madrid. Kubo played for Barcelona up until 2015 where he had to be released due to Barcelona breaking FIFA regulations.
    This lad has tons of pace, great feet, a killer pass and an eye for goal. We could see him being used in a variety of ways this year.
    Karamoko Dembele

    Will this be the year we finally see this man in a football manager game? The winger became world famous when he started an u20’s match for Celtic at the age of just 13. Three years later and he has already made his senior debut for the Scottish side and I’m sure there are many more to come.
    His relentless pace will see this young man bombing up and down many a wing if he is to make the cut.
     
    Thanks for reading  
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    Ian reacted to Mr Tree in Tree in Poland - DT completed, final score after 20 seasons   
    Many thanks @Rob @Foxy @BatiGoal @Ian @Kanegan @Paul186 and @Lord Danish!
    SEASON 17
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