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    Ian got a reaction from Ashez in Ashez Plays "Please Don't Take My Chan"    
    Makes a bit of sense to me that based on how the OME is a modified version of the original Champman games from mid 90’s - early 00’s and the EME from the FM engine of the mid-late 00’s. Si confirmed this on here and I think it was last year during the whole conditioning fiasco. I do remember I played the full game around the days of the OME engine and there seemed to be much more emphasis on stats and I’m not sure if when they started with the 2d highlights around 2003 whether that was the start of the EME engine or just a visual representation of the OME engine but regardless the EME would’ve no doubt been created with the visuals in mind so it’s easy to see how the stats could’ve got overlooked. It does get to me how they call it an enhanced engine when in reality it’s just a different engine and whilst their original intention was to create a better engine it’s questionable whether they did as it certainly wasn’t without major flaws right from the off. Near post corners plagued every game from those years and they could never get on top of it. We’re seeing it now with the whole aerial striker near post goals. In defence of Si they are working on engines that were created years ago and I guess they’ll be limited in how they can majorly modify anything without just messing everything up but then why call it an enhanced engine? We see fashionable tactical trends in the real world and I’m guessing Si will be trying to base the current game on those things so it does make it tricky, you just know if they were or maybe are creating a match engine now it’d more than likely be based on the styles of Pep and Klopp yet things could change in 10-15 years so you can see where I’m going with this. I actually struggle to answer some of the questions that come up on the forum as I can never work out whether to answer them based on trying to play the match engine or answer them in a ‘how it should work in real life’ way if you get what I mean. There's plenty of stuff you know works in-game yet really shouldn’t but some people only want realistic approaches so you get caught in two minds. Apologies for the long post, hopefully it makes some sense.
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    Ian reacted to danovic78 in The Carlos Bianchi Top Scorer Challenge   
    The Carlos Bianchi Top Scorer Challenge

    Bianchi is an idealist; a man who sees football in the simplest terms. For a man who has won a record four Copa Libertadores titles, it’s all about quality and numbers. The best players win things. Bring them together – in mind and in focus – and glory is inevitable. That’s the Bianchi school of thought, and it made him a legend.
    Bianchi himself was a teenage prodigy, rising through the Vélez youth ranks to make his debut for the club in 1967. His first season, in which he would be crowned top-scorer, would remarkably represent the high-point of his career in Argentina. Winning the Torneo Nacional was just reward for a fantastic Vélez side, considered by many to by one of the greatest in the club’s history.
    In 165 games for Vélez Bianchi scored 121 goals, earning a move to Stade de Reims in 1973. By now – and little could Bianchi have known – his Argentina career was already over. At just 24, and with seven goals in 14 games, Bianchi had already played his last game for La Albiceleste. The disappointment at such a meagre return would drive Bianchi to success in his managerial career and create a bitter relationship between Argentina’s most successful manager and the national team for years to come.
    Helping the French side to a fifth-place finish in Ligue 1 in 1976, Bianchi continued to prove himself as one of the best goalscorers of his era. Plundering 107 goals in 127 games in the top-flight, he was a masterclass in touch, striking of the ball and intelligent movement. His own career drove him to the natural assumption later on in life that quality is what matters. It’s ironic, then, that despite Bianchi’s undoubted talent and world-class statistics, he won very little as a player.
    Bianchi’s zenith came during a spectacular two-year stint with Paris Saint-Germain between 1977 and 1979. Notching 71 goals in two years, including winning the Ligue 1 top-scorer award with 37 strikes in 1977/78, Bianchi cemented himself as one of the club’s greatest players. Indeed, until a certain Zlatan Ibrahimović waltzed into Paris with the determination of a charging rhino, many still considered Bianchi to be the club’s greatest foreign striker. He stands tall with the likes of Ibrahimović and Safet Sušić as one of the finest imports in PSG history.
    The Challenge Rules
    Load up France and any other leagues and take charge or any Ligue 1 club. Sign any (or use at club) any Argentinian striker. The challenge will last for 7 seasons. You must secure the top league scorer award at least 5 times in the 7 seasons, this must also be achieved with three different french clubs.  Usual other rules apply Leaderboard
     
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    Ian got a reaction from Kanegan in Kanegan's Greatest Hits Vol. I - Fabulous Frank (Season 3)   
    Another nice season, James is a good player but he doesn’t seem like he’s top class on the game. He’s doing great for the challenge though.
    121 assists and 150 goals.
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    Ian got a reaction from Titjes in Ian - The Fabled Number 10 Shirt Challenge (Season 6)   
    Season 6 - Houssem Aouar (France)
    This is the year when Jazzy Jeff will finally be beaten, well that’s what I told myself before the season began so let’s see if that turned out to be the case as I present you the update for season six of this seven season challenge.
     
    Transfers
    A few older players left and as we are nearing the end we went for peak aged players as replacements with a couple of younger players brought in on loan as reserve options. Yacine Adli is a nice midfielder who can play in the deeper midfield role, out wide right if needed and as an option at number ten if my main man is unavailable. I was actually very tempted to go with him as this years main man with him also being French but I’d already had my eye on Aouar so went that way instead. Gedson Fernandes shouldn’t need much introduction as he’s rather well known and at the stage we are at he’s right in his peak years so should hopefully be an important player for us in the last couple of seasons. Mirko Antonucci was brought in primarily to play on the right of midfield but offers a lot for the squad as he can also play left wing, up top or even as our number ten if required. Paulista is an ageing centre back but out of the options available taking finances into consideration I felt he was the best option and Angeliño is a nice looking left back/ winger who in the real world currently plays for Man City. The rest are all regens I believe and brought in as squad players.
     
    Team Results
    We had another dominant campaign which isn’t overly surprising I’m sure but we didn’t clean up as Milan beat us in the Italian Suoer Cup via a dreaded penalty shootout after they’d forced extra time with a stinging last minute equaliser.

     
    Houssem Aouar
    Unfortunately his highlight game was probably the one I used as a preview where he netted a hat trick so I’m shamelessly going to put it up again.

     
    He was very robust as the only injury he suffered was this ten day lay off in early March.

     
    The question is, could he beat Jazzy Jeff?
     
    Well he managed our highest return so far for assists with a hefty 44 but a slightly disappointing goal return of 38 leaves us a bit short on 82. I’m kidding really about being disappointed as I’m more than happy with the return as I’ve now beaten my previous score for this and still have another player left to hopefully contribute a good few more goals and assists so it’s going to be a sort of celebration season next year.


     
    Player Stats
    Yet again our number ten was the main man with our deep strikers also heavily contributing and Trent also doing well on the assists which isn’t so surprising given his ability in supply.
     
    Score
     
    Season 1 - Ireland: Jeff Hendrick: 46 goals and 39 assists = 85
    Season 2 - France: Florent Mollet: 55 goals and 28 assists = 83
    Season 3 - Italy: Riccardo Orsolini: 43 goals and 40 assists = 83
    Season 4 - Italy: Alessandro Cortinovis: 25 goals and 42 assists = 67
    Season 5 - Argentina: Matías Vargas: 43 goals and 39 assists = 82
    Season 6 - France: Houssem Aouar: 38 goals and 44 assists = 82
     
    Grand Total: 482
     
    We only have one more season to play now and we’ll be needing an Argentinian player who will be our last number ten. Could he be the one to finally knock Jeff off his perch?
     
    I’ll be back later to reveal my chosen player so thanks for reading and following.
  5. Favourite
    Ian got a reaction from smoggy90 in Smog’s Striker Peak Years Challenge   
    Nice season again. Hopefully you can grab that league title in the final season.
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    Ian got a reaction from Titjes in The Warriors: The Battle for Goals Begins   
    Ian - Season 9
    We keep powering on now and this season was very similar to the last as you’ll soon find out.
     
    Transfers
    A little bit of wheeling and dealing and notably Zaniolo was brought back after a couple of seasons away from the club. His attributes had dropped towards the end of his first spell which I’ve had on previous saves so I let him go. I’d been keeping an eye on him to see whether they’d increase again and they did so I brought him back which is one of the main benefits of managing PSG as you can more or less buy whoever you want.
     
    Team Results
    We won everything just like the previous season and scored a good number of goals but conceded a few more than I’d like so something to try and work on for season ten.

     
    Warriors
    This was the highlight game where Boadu put in a superstar performance in scoring four goals in a 9-3 victory but it was the fact that all four of my warriors managed to get themselves on the scoresheet that I found most pleasing.

     
    It was Boadu who scored the most this year with 43 goals, then came Josh with 41 and the Postman chipped in with a further 27 to give us a combined return of 111 so a touch down on last season but we’re happy enough. There were only a couple of little injuries to Boadu and the Postman so a pretty solid season in that respect and our assist guy added another 21 assists to his tally so he’s just quietly plodding on. The target for me remains the same, to get to 1.5k goals and beat our season five return of 118 so we’re heading in the right direction with both targets looking attainable.
     
    Player Stats
     
    Score
     
     
    Season 9
    Joshua Zirkzee: Club: 41 goals in 59 games
    Romano Postema: Club: 27 goals in 55 games
    Myron Boadu: Club: 43 goals in 54 games
    Triple Threat: Club: 111 goals in 168 games
    Mohamed Ihattaren: 21 assists in 50 games
     
    Overall
    Joshua Zirkzee: Club: 391 goals in 461 games, International: 40 goals, Total: 431 goals
    Romano Postema: Club: 241 goals in 478 games, International: 30 goals, Total: 271 goals
    Myron Boadu: Club: 258 goals in 463 games, International: 32 goals, Total: 290 goals
    Triple Threat: Club: 890 goals in 1,402 games, International: 102 goals, Total: 992 goals
    Mohamed Ihattaren: 173 assists in 352 games
     
    Thank you for reading and following.
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    Ian got a reaction from smoggy90 in Jude B Strikerless 1k & Ashley Smog 1k S16   
    You’d have got a great total with Jude on the strikerless no doubt but I can understand the decision as this may well reinvigorate the save for you. Nice start with Jnr.
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    Ian got a reaction from smoggy90 in Smog’s Striker Peak Years Challenge   
    Brilliant season with the Europa League win and a nice third place finish, hopefully next year will be the year you win the prem.
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    Ian got a reaction from Titjes in Ian - The Fabled Number 10 Shirt Challenge (Season 6)   
    Season 6 - Player Choice
    Here I am to reveal my chosen player for season six of this seven season challenge. We have had some nice returns so far but it’s our opener Jazzy Jeff who still leads the way so hopefully our second French option will be the man to finally dethrone him. While searching for my French option for season two I found this guy, was tempted to go with him for that season but then I thought it might be best to let him mature a bit with the hope that he’d be available for the sixth season and luckily he was so without further ado, my chosen player was Houssem Aouar.
     
    Houssem Aouar (France)
    I’m well aware of this player in the real world but not at all when it comes to in game so an intriguing one. He’s a bit of an upgrade on most of the players we’ve used so far judging by his value and he cost us a hefty £37.5m so we have high expectations for this season. He’s got reasonable numbers in most of the attributes I look for in movement, creativity, passing, shooting, decision and his stamina is high too which really helps when it comes to time on the pitch.

     
    Can he be the one to finally beat Jazzy Jeff? If this early season game is anything to go by then he has every chance.

     
    I’ll be back later to let you know how he got on.
     
    Thanks for reading and following.
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    Ian got a reaction from Rob in The Warriors: The Battle for Goals Begins   
    Ian - Season 8
    We ditched the Holland job last season but that doesn’t really change anything as we are still basically looking for goals with our highest club return of 118 from season five being the benchmark.
    Let’s see how we got on this season.
     
    Transfers
    We aren’t fully into regen territory yet but there’s not a lot going on other than a few players wanting to leave, getting their wish and then being replaced by a similar type of player so I won’t go into any detail here.
     
    Team Results
    We won all trophies this season but did suffer four horrible league defeats.

     
    Warriors
    A few little injuries for the boys this year so it's not looking good for us managing a full uninterrupted season but on the other hand it generally seems to be more shorter injuries rather than really long ones so I’m confident that the injuries won’t hinder us too much when it comes to the TT.
     
    There were a few decent games for the warriors but I suppose this one where all three got on the scoresheet was the highlight.

     
    The boys put up their second best club return so far as they scored 114 combined goals with Josh getting 49 of them, the Postman 30 and Boadu 35 so we’re happy enough. I think I’m settled now with Josh through the middle as a DLF, the Postman to the left of him as a P and Boadu to the right as an AF. Seems good for the three of them as a whole although probably hinders Josh a bit but it’s unlikely I’ll change anything now until they decline so it’s all go now as we power through the seasons.
     
    My assist warrior had his best season yet as he assisted 31 goals to give him a total of 152 so far. He’s just ticking along steadily and I don’t have too much confidence that he’s going to get a great total but if I get him above 300 I’d be happy enough.
     
    Player Stats
     
    Score
     
     
    Season 8
    Joshua Zirkzee: Club: 49 goals in 49 games
    Romano Postema: Club: 30 goals in 57 games
    Myron Boadu: Club: 35 goals in 48 games
    Triple Threat: Club: 114 goals in 154 games
    Mohamed Ihattaren: 31 assists in 43 games
     
    Overall
    Joshua Zirkzee: Club: 350 goals in 402 games, International: 40 goals, Total: 390 goals
    Romano Postema: Club: 214 goals in 423 games, International: 30 goals, Total: 244 goals
    Myron Boadu: Club: 215 goals in 409 games, International: 32 goals, Total: 247 goals
    Triple Threat: Club: 779 goals in 1,234 games, International: 102 goals, Total: 881 goals
    Mohamed Ihattaren: 152 assists in 302 games
     
    Thanks for reading and following.
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    Ian got a reaction from Rob in The Warriors: The Battle for Goals Begins   
    Ian - Season 8
    We ditched the Holland job last season but that doesn’t really change anything as we are still basically looking for goals with our highest club return of 118 from season five being the benchmark.
    Let’s see how we got on this season.
     
    Transfers
    We aren’t fully into regen territory yet but there’s not a lot going on other than a few players wanting to leave, getting their wish and then being replaced by a similar type of player so I won’t go into any detail here.
     
    Team Results
    We won all trophies this season but did suffer four horrible league defeats.

     
    Warriors
    A few little injuries for the boys this year so it's not looking good for us managing a full uninterrupted season but on the other hand it generally seems to be more shorter injuries rather than really long ones so I’m confident that the injuries won’t hinder us too much when it comes to the TT.
     
    There were a few decent games for the warriors but I suppose this one where all three got on the scoresheet was the highlight.

     
    The boys put up their second best club return so far as they scored 114 combined goals with Josh getting 49 of them, the Postman 30 and Boadu 35 so we’re happy enough. I think I’m settled now with Josh through the middle as a DLF, the Postman to the left of him as a P and Boadu to the right as an AF. Seems good for the three of them as a whole although probably hinders Josh a bit but it’s unlikely I’ll change anything now until they decline so it’s all go now as we power through the seasons.
     
    My assist warrior had his best season yet as he assisted 31 goals to give him a total of 152 so far. He’s just ticking along steadily and I don’t have too much confidence that he’s going to get a great total but if I get him above 300 I’d be happy enough.
     
    Player Stats
     
    Score
     
     
    Season 8
    Joshua Zirkzee: Club: 49 goals in 49 games
    Romano Postema: Club: 30 goals in 57 games
    Myron Boadu: Club: 35 goals in 48 games
    Triple Threat: Club: 114 goals in 154 games
    Mohamed Ihattaren: 31 assists in 43 games
     
    Overall
    Joshua Zirkzee: Club: 350 goals in 402 games, International: 40 goals, Total: 390 goals
    Romano Postema: Club: 214 goals in 423 games, International: 30 goals, Total: 244 goals
    Myron Boadu: Club: 215 goals in 409 games, International: 32 goals, Total: 247 goals
    Triple Threat: Club: 779 goals in 1,234 games, International: 102 goals, Total: 881 goals
    Mohamed Ihattaren: 152 assists in 302 games
     
    Thanks for reading and following.
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    Ian got a reaction from FMFanatic20 in Staff   
    As far as I know each individual member of staff will improve the players attributes in a way depending on their specialisation so attacking coaches should improve the players movement, shooting etc, defensive coaches should improve positioning, tackling etc and fitness coaches will improve pace, stamina and strength.
    The impact they have doesn’t seem to be massive so you don’t need to worry too much if you don’t have a coach of every specialisation, for example I never bother with a goalkeeping coach. You can even double up on coaches which did add a double improvement for the players from some types of coaches last year but not overly sure if it does this year.
    I’m doing a lot of goalscoring challenges at the moment with top teams so I tend to go with me as an attacking coach, another attacking coach, two fitness coaches and one of the others which varies. I suppose a more balanced approach might be best but I don’t suffer too much defensively so basically it’s worth experimenting for me.
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    Ian got a reaction from Rob in The Warriors: The Battle for Goals Begins   
    Ian - Season 8
    We ditched the Holland job last season but that doesn’t really change anything as we are still basically looking for goals with our highest club return of 118 from season five being the benchmark.
    Let’s see how we got on this season.
     
    Transfers
    We aren’t fully into regen territory yet but there’s not a lot going on other than a few players wanting to leave, getting their wish and then being replaced by a similar type of player so I won’t go into any detail here.
     
    Team Results
    We won all trophies this season but did suffer four horrible league defeats.

     
    Warriors
    A few little injuries for the boys this year so it's not looking good for us managing a full uninterrupted season but on the other hand it generally seems to be more shorter injuries rather than really long ones so I’m confident that the injuries won’t hinder us too much when it comes to the TT.
     
    There were a few decent games for the warriors but I suppose this one where all three got on the scoresheet was the highlight.

     
    The boys put up their second best club return so far as they scored 114 combined goals with Josh getting 49 of them, the Postman 30 and Boadu 35 so we’re happy enough. I think I’m settled now with Josh through the middle as a DLF, the Postman to the left of him as a P and Boadu to the right as an AF. Seems good for the three of them as a whole although probably hinders Josh a bit but it’s unlikely I’ll change anything now until they decline so it’s all go now as we power through the seasons.
     
    My assist warrior had his best season yet as he assisted 31 goals to give him a total of 152 so far. He’s just ticking along steadily and I don’t have too much confidence that he’s going to get a great total but if I get him above 300 I’d be happy enough.
     
    Player Stats
     
    Score
     
     
    Season 8
    Joshua Zirkzee: Club: 49 goals in 49 games
    Romano Postema: Club: 30 goals in 57 games
    Myron Boadu: Club: 35 goals in 48 games
    Triple Threat: Club: 114 goals in 154 games
    Mohamed Ihattaren: 31 assists in 43 games
     
    Overall
    Joshua Zirkzee: Club: 350 goals in 402 games, International: 40 goals, Total: 390 goals
    Romano Postema: Club: 214 goals in 423 games, International: 30 goals, Total: 244 goals
    Myron Boadu: Club: 215 goals in 409 games, International: 32 goals, Total: 247 goals
    Triple Threat: Club: 779 goals in 1,234 games, International: 102 goals, Total: 881 goals
    Mohamed Ihattaren: 152 assists in 302 games
     
    Thanks for reading and following.
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    Ian got a reaction from Avengiz in Rags to Riches [LLM Career Challenge] S7   
    Another great season with promotion. You’re flying through the leagues and hopefully you can gain promotion to the SPL next season or if not at least build the foundations so you can get up the year after. Keep it up.
  15. Funny
    Ian got a reaction from samhardy in Need some help with tactics   
    No point in posting the link to the tactics index as it seems you’ve tried them all.
    What teams have you been trying the tactics on?
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    Ian got a reaction from Titjes in Ian - Gotta Get Me Some ZZZ’s (Season 3)   
    Season 2
    We made a good start to the challenge in the first season in terms of our ZZZ’s but our team results were less than satisfactory as we’d had a rather poor season in the cup competitions. I’d put the reason for the poor cup showings down to not going in with a big enough squad so my focus this year was to improve the squad in a bid to fare better in all competitions so let’s see if we could.
     
    Transfers
    The main outgoing was Dias who actually left in January and whilst I’d have preferred to have kept him it was becoming increasingly obvious weren’t going to be able to as we’d had a few offers previously, managed to decline them, keep him happy but this offer of £79m from Liverpool was just too good to turn down and I was confident I could bring in a decent replacement so he went to Liverpool. We spent around half of the Dias fee on Söyünchü from Leicester who looks like he’ll be a decent replacement. We also tried to upgrade our backup centre back options as both Veltman and Girotto who I’d bought at the beginning left to be replaced by Bednarek and Dean and I was fairly confident we had improved in that area. I was happy to be able to bring in Keita who I’ve found does a good job at practically any role in centre midfield and a couple of decent wide players came in in Hernández from Norwich and Martínez from Atlanta City and Nardi should make a decent backup goalkeeper and I think I might’ve used him in last years Vibe World Cup. A good few left to help fund those new signings with Gedson Fernandes leaving at the end of the season having been on loan at Spurs for the first two seasons and for some reason he has gone to both Spurs and Juventus which is quite typical of this game so you can only laugh I guess. So with those new signings and a few decent players coming back from being out on loan for the first season I was confident we’d done some good deals and improved the squad.
     
    Team Results
    I was on a mission to improve our cup results and that’s exactly what happened in one of my favourite seasons on this year's game. I think it was because we were so poor the first season in the cups that made the second seem so good but anyway the only two games we lost were these two below.
     
    In fairness we had a fairly easy run to the Champions League semi final but then we faced off against Liverpool who had comprehensively beaten us in the away tie of the group stage as you can see above and whilst we did manage a win in the home game I was expecting they’d do us here to be honest. They didn’t and we won fairly comfortably to set up a final against PSG which we also won relatively comfortably.
     
    So all competitions won and we’ll face PSG in the semi final of the Club World Championship as soon as we switch over to the new season and no doubt they’ll be looking for revenge from us beating them in the Champions League final. The thing about this though is that there’s still a few areas I was looking to improve on in the squad but I have to be careful now as I could easily take us backwards if I’m not careful because we looked good as is this year. On the other hand the Champions League success might turn out to be a fluke so a bit of a conundrum for me as I try to work out what transfers I’m going to make before the start of the next season.

     
    The ZZZ’s
    Some little injuries for Zeneli and especially Zaza but the increase in games due to us performing better in the cups meant they both ended up playing in more games than last time out.
     
    We had a good match here for the team and trio,

     
    Another one here,

     
    And another one here which I personally liked the best as all three of our ZZZ’s got on the scoresheet.

     
    Wilfried Zaha
    Wilfried had an improved campaign as he found the net 36 times and assisted another 35 goals to give him a season total of 71. He’s 28 now and his attributes especially movement seem all over the place as it’ll just decline for no reason and then increase again. Anyway, hopefully he’ll stay relatively decent for the full five seasons.


     
    Simone Zaza
    Simone ended up with 41 goals and 18 assists so a touch down on last year but he did suffer a few little injuries throughout the season which could’ve hindered him from a consistency perspective so we’re happy enough. He’s 30 years old now and I’m not overly confident he’ll remain so good for the duration of this but we can only hope he at least stays decent for the next couple of years anyway.


     
    Arber Zeneli
    Arber who was my wildcard continued his improvement and managed 38 goals and 24 assists which is a nice increase from his opening season return and being the youngest of our challengers it’s easy to see him becoming the main man by the time we end things after season five.


     
    So that’s 192 in total for our trio this year which I’m happy with but regardless of the score I’m just enjoying playing it as I’ve got a half decent system that I’ve worked hard to get right and it’s interesting to see how the three players are getting on in this league.
     
    Player Stats
    The three were well amongst both the goals and assists so long may that continue.
     
    Tactic
    My system in terms of formation and roles and this is it for the duration at the moment although I may tweak some of the forward roles later on especially if the older boys decline so I’ll mention those tweaks if required on a later update.

     
    Score
     
     
    Season 2
    Wilfried Zaha: 36 goals and 35 assists in 53 games = 71
    Simone Zaza: 41 goals and 18 assists in 54 games = 59
    Arber Zeneli: 38 goals and 24 assists in 52 games = 62
    Combined Total: 115 goals and 77 assists in 159 games = 192
     
    Overall
    Wilfried Zaha: 60 goals and 70 assists in 103 games = 130
    Simone Zaza: 95 goals and 28 assists in 107 games = 123
    Arber Zeneli: 56 goals and 44 assists in 102 games = 100
    Combined Total: 211 goals and 142 assists in 312 games = 353

     
    Thanks for reading and following, I’ll be back with the next update at a later date.
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    Ian got a reaction from Avengiz in Rags to Riches [LLM Career Challenge] S7   
    Nice couple of seasons so far. Some interesting players and that Casas looks like he’ll turn into a decent player in a few years, hopefully you can keep him.
    Good luck next year in League 1.
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    Ian got a reaction from Rob in Ian - The Fabled Number 10 Shirt Challenge (Season 6)   
    Thanks Kane, I still remain fairly optimistic that one of the last two guys will beat him.
    Thank you Rob, I seem to be favouring a squad full of peak aged players at the moment which has made my approach to these kind of challenges totally change. Last year I would’ve come in and done a lot more business the first season with more than likely a lot of younger guys coming in whereas on this I went for a squad of older guys at their peak knowing they’d need replaced at some point. I’m sort of approaching these things one season at a time if you get what I mean with plenty of player exchange deals occurring to offload the players at the right time to be able to bring in similar replacements a touch younger.
    Thanks BK, yes Jeff is the man at the moment, a fine player indeed.
    Thanks Foxy, he is but I am hoping one of the last two beats him although if not I’m going to have to do something else with him as a tribute and I have a vague idea in mind for that.
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    Ian got a reaction from smoggy90 in Smog’s Striker Peak Years Challenge   
    Nice first season in the Prem and now Champions League football awaits.
    Your players did really well too.
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    Ian got a reaction from Titjes in Ian - The Fabled Number 10 Shirt Challenge (Season 6)   
    Season 5 - Matías Vargas (Argentina)
    We arrive at season five where we need to use an Argentinian and as I revealed a few days ago I chose Matías Vargas as my new No.10 so we’ll now see how he got on.
     
    Transfers
    Not so much action here this season with only a few new signings coming in. I went for Moriba who I know from the Barca double trouble attempt to play in midfield and Martinelli from Arsenal who will be an option up front. A few youngsters graduated but it wasn’t intentional and I’m guessing they won’t play a single minute for me during what remains of this challenge.
     
    Team Results
    We were very dominant this season in winning everything and scoring a large amount of goals. No real issues in any of the cups and our main man got on the scoresheet in a couple of the finals.

     
    Matías Vargas
    Our No.10 contributed a lot to our cause this year and this below was one of his and our better games.

     
    After having concerns about whether he’d be injury prone he turned out to be very robust as he kept fit for the whole campaign and ended up scoring 43 goals and 39 assists which gets us back up into the 80’s with a total of 82 for the season. Of course that’s not enough to beat Jeff but we’re happy enough as we are on for a good total for the challenge. If Jeff were to end up as the highest points scorer I’d be chuffed as he’s usually considered the weakest option for this but in fairness I reckon he’s every bit as good as most of the guys I’ve used so far. Still two more players who could yet beat him though!


     
    Player Stats
     
    Score
     
    Season 1 - Ireland: Jeff Hendrick: 46 goals and 39 assists = 85
    Season 2 - France: Florent Mollet: 55 goals and 28 assists = 83
    Season 3 - Italy: Riccardo Orsolini: 43 goals and 40 assists = 83
    Season 4 - Italy: Alessandro Cortinovis: 25 goals and 42 assists = 67
    Season 5 - Argentina: Matías Vargas: 43 goals and 39 assists = 82
    Grand Total: 400
     
    So we now continue on to season six where we need to use a Frenchman and I’ll be back later to reveal who I’ve chosen.
     
    Thanks for reading.
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    Ian reacted to Foxy in The Late Bloomer Challenge   
    The Late Bloomer Challenge With the advances in Sports Science there is a growing trend for strikers to continue in there peak years even once they are into there 30s. We have seen Lewendowski continue to score at an alarming rate for Bayern this season, Jamie Vardy has scored nearly 100 Premier League goals despite not playing in the top flight till his late 20s and Zlatan scored more goals in his 30s than he did in his 20s.
    The Challenge

    This is a simple concept as all you need to do is pick a player who is 30 or older at the start of the game and get him to score more goals under your management before he retires than he managed in the previous years of his career.
    The target number of goals depends on how many he has previously scored in his career so if he has scored over 100 goals or more then you must beat that total.
    So take Robert Lewendowski as an example. 
    He is 31 at the start of a save in FMM20 and has scored 270 goals in club football so your goal is to get him to score 271 more goals before he retires.


    If he has scored any total less than 100 goals in his career then you must get him to score 101 goals under your management. (Credit to @Scratch for this part of the challenge)
    Take Jamie Mackie as an example.
    He has scored 75 career goals at the start of the save so you would need to get him to score 101 goals before he retires.

     
    The Rules   Obviously there are a few rules to keep things fair for everyone.
    Player Choice: You can use any player you wish so long as he is 30 or older at the start of a new save and he can play in any position that you want. Goals Target: If a player has scored over 100 club career goals then his career goal total at the start of the save is the target you must beat. If he has scored less than 100 club career goals then you need to get him to score 101 goals under your management. Club Choice: You can manage any club in the standard DB of the game but you and the player must stay at the club for the duration of the attempt so you can’t start at a big club with a player and then move to weaker leagues to finish the attempt as he gets older. If you are sacked then it’s game over. Other Rules: Standard Vibe rules apply so no unlockables (except coaching badge and reputation), no edited DB’s, no IGE or PGE, no reloading or cheating of any kind. Proof: You will need to provide proof to be eligible for the leaderboard and this includes a screenshot of the players history at the start of the save to show your target. The best thing to do it start a career thread for us all to follow. Leaderboard
    I could have come up with a points scoring system for this challenge but actually I don’t think it needs one. We have a lack of challenges that are simple pass or fail so that is what I have decided this one will be.
    If you get your chosen player to score more goals under your management than he previously managed in his career then you have passed the challenge and your name, chosen club, player and the goal target you hit will go onto the board in the order it was completed. You can also go on the board as many times as you wish if you want to do this challenge with a few different players.
    Passed the Challenge
    @FMFanatic20 - Aubameyang - Liverpool - Target: 180gls ✅ Good luck and have fun.
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    Ian got a reaction from Titjes in Ian - La Masia Double Trouble - Season 9   
    Season 9
    Before I update you on how season nine went I thought now would be the time to explain my motivation for completing this Double Trouble attempt. Last year I completed the Vibe Triple Crown, to do so you need to complete the three main goal scoring challenges on Vibe with the 1000 Goal, Double Trouble and Triple Threat being the said challenges. As most will probably remember from last year's game it was incredibly easy to increase practically any players aerial up to 20 and even if they only started on about 3, nothing wrong with that and it’s not against any rules but it didn’t sit so well with me that both my DT and TT attempts were so reliant on that feature. I’d used really poor players for those attempts, well apart from Jun Se Jin who was one of my DT guys and very good but the others were all very rough and the aerial thing made them decent. I just have no confidence that I’d have completed either challenge with the tactics I’d used without the feature so I’m on a mission now to complete both a DT and a TT without any aerial increases for my challengers. I’ve got my DT going here and my TT on the battle for goals H2H2H2H2 and I’ve managed to prevent any of my players increasing in aerial so now I just need to complete the challenges. It’s a wee bit harder now to increase aerial, you often can’t max it out but it can still be increased and don’t worry this isn’t a permanent thing for me as I’ll be back trying to increase it on later attempts at stuff I’m sure as you need it to get a really good score on some challenges, for now though my focus is on this and my TT and hopefully I can complete the two challenges.
    Now onto the job at hand which is updating you on how season nine went.
    We’d had two relatively poor seasons going into this year so the hope was that we’d have an improved season with a better return from our duo to get us back on track. I’d mentioned last time out that we are bringing a few younger players into the fold so I thought I’d show you a few of the said players.
     
    Youngsters
    These are some of the best youngsters we’ve brought through the academy, you can see they are pretty good but as I’ve said previously they are still young and inexperienced. I’m pretty sure in a few years most of them will be truly great and we just need to wait it out. I’ve included Moriba too even though he’s no regen because he’s such a good youngster and you can see how well he’s developed over the years.
     
    Transfers
    Nothing much of note going on here other than a few graduates coming in with the two below being the best of the bunch.
     
    Team Results
    We had a great campaign in going unbeaten in the league and scoring a nice 150 league goals. The only blot was our defeat in the Spanish Cup to Valencia in the fifth round but all in all a great season for the team.

     
    The Duo
    The duo combined well in this 8-1 victory over Villarreal.

     
    We had another great game against Mallorca with both of our duo and Emerson all scoring a hat trick each in a 12-0 victory. I believe that might’ve equalled a record in the record store so I’ll head over there later and check.

     
    Ansu Fati
    Ansu got back to the big time with 52 goals in 52 games and at 25 I really feel he’s arriving at his peak so hopefully a few more good years like this and we’ll be well on our way. I managed to get him tied down for the next five years too which was pleasing.


     
    Abel Ruiz
    Abel also had a much better season as he found the net 48 times in 51 games so a combined total of 100 which is right where we need to be. Ruiz like Fati also signed up for another five seasons so hopefully another five seasons of quality double trouble action. Anyway, we have 725 goals in total so far and I’d like to think we can do this but without the incoming transfers we just can’t be sure as we’ve lost a lot of control over the squad.


     
    Player Stats
     
    Challenge Score
     
     
    Season 09
    Ansu Fati: 52 games, 52 goals and 8 assists
    Abel Ruiz: 51 games, 48 goals and 14 assists
    Combined Total: 103 games, 100 goals and 22 assists
     
    Grand Total: 895 games, 725 goals and 282 assists
     
    We keep going.
     
    Thanks for reading.
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    Ian got a reaction from Rob in The Warriors: The Battle for Goals Begins   
    Ian - Season 7
    This season saw me more or less pull out of the battle in terms of actually having any chance of winning it as after the third international break I made the decision to leave the Holland job. I had no idea at this stage about the international U21 bug fix so that and just not enjoying the job were the main reasons I called it a day. I knew it wasn’t a great decision for my players regardless because having the job really helps control their game time during international breaks but when you’ve had enough you’ve had enough.

     
    I really want to get the TT and I’ve got my assist warrior to think about so I will continue on. I actually forgot to take screenshots of my boys on the day I quit so we’ve missed out on a few Holland goals from this season but quite frankly that’ll only bother me if I end up about five or six goals short of a target so I’m not going to worry about that at this stage.
     
    Transfers
    A few of the younger Dutch players I was developing left as I’d decided even before the season began that I was going to stop the developing young Dutch players thing because I felt it was hindering us at club level. The thing is a lot of the younger Dutch players I had were also affected by the U21 bug and it was highly annoying. I didn’t want to lose Taylor or Kessie but they wanted to go so they went and I brought a few players in to try and improve the squad after our poor return from last season.
     
    Team Results
    We won everything except the French Cup where Bordeaux humbled us in the ninth round. It was the highlight of this year to be honest as we pummelled them in the first half and Josh had three goals disallowed before they grabbed the winner in extra time.

     
    Warriors
    Our boys suffered a few injuries and I’m thinking I’m getting more injuries than I’d like. I feel like Boadu and Josh in particular are less than robust although it could well be my system. Saying that, if I could get the dreaded 13 month broken or damaged spinal injury I’d be proud and would celebrate accordingly as I don’t think I’ve ever suffered that one yet.
     
    This 7-1 was probably the best game for the warriors with all three getting on the scoresheet although the Boadu injury wasn’t quite so welcomed.

     
    We did improve on last season with Josh hitting 41 goals, the Postman 29 and Boadu 27 to give us a combined total of 97. It’s an improvement but we’re still a long way short of our best club return of 118 from season five so that remains our target now. Our assist guy went backwards a bit this year as he could only manage 15 assists in 42 games but I really feel it’s hit or miss on that front as my system doesn’t really doesn’t help him. I actually think he might be better in the centre of midfield and he does play the odd game there but I’ve got Havertz as my first choice and that’s not changing unless we lose him.

     
    The boys are now developing into great players but I’m slightly disappointed in Josh and both his stamina and strength in particular as I thought we’d be able to get those to green level. I guess we might yet still manage to but I honestly thought they both would be by now especially his stamina as I’ve been focusing on that for the majority of the time.
     
    Score
     
     
    Season 7
    Joshua Zirkzee: Club: 41 goals in 48 games
    Romano Postema: Club: 29 goals in 51 games
    Myron Boadu: Club: 27 goals in 56 games
    Triple Threat: Club: 97 goals in 155 games
    Mohamed Ihattaren: 15 assists in 42 games
     
    Overall
    Joshua Zirkzee: Club: 301 goals in 353 games, International: 40 goals, Total: 341 goals
    Romano Postema: Club: 184 goals in 366 games, International: 30 goals, Total: 214 goals
    Myron Boadu: Club: 180 goals in 361 games, International: 32 goals, Total: 212 goals
    Triple Threat: Club: 665 goals in 1,080 games, International: 102 goals, Total: 767 goals
    Mohamed Ihattaren: 121 assists in 259 games
     
    Thanks for reading.
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    Ian got a reaction from Rob in The Warriors: The Battle for Goals Begins   
    Ian - Season 7
    This season saw me more or less pull out of the battle in terms of actually having any chance of winning it as after the third international break I made the decision to leave the Holland job. I had no idea at this stage about the international U21 bug fix so that and just not enjoying the job were the main reasons I called it a day. I knew it wasn’t a great decision for my players regardless because having the job really helps control their game time during international breaks but when you’ve had enough you’ve had enough.

     
    I really want to get the TT and I’ve got my assist warrior to think about so I will continue on. I actually forgot to take screenshots of my boys on the day I quit so we’ve missed out on a few Holland goals from this season but quite frankly that’ll only bother me if I end up about five or six goals short of a target so I’m not going to worry about that at this stage.
     
    Transfers
    A few of the younger Dutch players I was developing left as I’d decided even before the season began that I was going to stop the developing young Dutch players thing because I felt it was hindering us at club level. The thing is a lot of the younger Dutch players I had were also affected by the U21 bug and it was highly annoying. I didn’t want to lose Taylor or Kessie but they wanted to go so they went and I brought a few players in to try and improve the squad after our poor return from last season.
     
    Team Results
    We won everything except the French Cup where Bordeaux humbled us in the ninth round. It was the highlight of this year to be honest as we pummelled them in the first half and Josh had three goals disallowed before they grabbed the winner in extra time.

     
    Warriors
    Our boys suffered a few injuries and I’m thinking I’m getting more injuries than I’d like. I feel like Boadu and Josh in particular are less than robust although it could well be my system. Saying that, if I could get the dreaded 13 month broken or damaged spinal injury I’d be proud and would celebrate accordingly as I don’t think I’ve ever suffered that one yet.
     
    This 7-1 was probably the best game for the warriors with all three getting on the scoresheet although the Boadu injury wasn’t quite so welcomed.

     
    We did improve on last season with Josh hitting 41 goals, the Postman 29 and Boadu 27 to give us a combined total of 97. It’s an improvement but we’re still a long way short of our best club return of 118 from season five so that remains our target now. Our assist guy went backwards a bit this year as he could only manage 15 assists in 42 games but I really feel it’s hit or miss on that front as my system doesn’t really doesn’t help him. I actually think he might be better in the centre of midfield and he does play the odd game there but I’ve got Havertz as my first choice and that’s not changing unless we lose him.

     
    The boys are now developing into great players but I’m slightly disappointed in Josh and both his stamina and strength in particular as I thought we’d be able to get those to green level. I guess we might yet still manage to but I honestly thought they both would be by now especially his stamina as I’ve been focusing on that for the majority of the time.
     
    Score
     
     
    Season 7
    Joshua Zirkzee: Club: 41 goals in 48 games
    Romano Postema: Club: 29 goals in 51 games
    Myron Boadu: Club: 27 goals in 56 games
    Triple Threat: Club: 97 goals in 155 games
    Mohamed Ihattaren: 15 assists in 42 games
     
    Overall
    Joshua Zirkzee: Club: 301 goals in 353 games, International: 40 goals, Total: 341 goals
    Romano Postema: Club: 184 goals in 366 games, International: 30 goals, Total: 214 goals
    Myron Boadu: Club: 180 goals in 361 games, International: 32 goals, Total: 212 goals
    Triple Threat: Club: 665 goals in 1,080 games, International: 102 goals, Total: 767 goals
    Mohamed Ihattaren: 121 assists in 259 games
     
    Thanks for reading.
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