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  1. Season 4: 2020/2021 Valencia CF I did not get the easiest of starts in Valencia. Having won against Real Betis, we picked up a disappointing 0-0 draw away to Eibar and then we were put face to face with Real Madrid for the Copa del Rey quarter finals. A 1-1 draw at Bernabeu and a 2-0 win at home saw us advance to the semifinals, where we of course would have to battle Barcelona - the side that had just given me my first loss. Yeah, let’s just say that the schedule makers didn’t give me the warmest welcome. In usual Vincere spirit, we didn’t care to much about the opposition, played our usual fast-paced game and as it turns out, we came out alright. With the W’s piling up, we started our climb up the league table, but as leaders Real Madrid refused to drop any unnecessary points our attempt at overthrowing the merengues fell short by four points. We did manage to produce some impressive games though, especially when playing in our sexy mustard yellow away kit. All good in the hood, right? Not really as apparently a number of players took offense of my continuous attempts at ridding the club of some dead-weight. I responded by releasing everyone the Board allowed me to release and will continue to offload anyone I can, especially since the B team doesn’t appear to play any games anyway. Copa del Rey: Having dispatched of both Real Madrid and Barcelona in the earlier rounds, the final saw us up against Celta Vigo in search of that first domestic trophy. Unfortunately, we came up just short once again, losing 0-1 as we couldn’t finish off our chances having fallen victim to an early Vigo goal. Europa League: Having failed to pick up any of the Spanish trophies, we turned to the Europa League for a last opportunity of silverware. We quickly disposed of some lesser foes in the early playoff rounds, outmaneuvered Liverpool in the quarter finals and in the semifinals, we did this to poor Roma (check the aggregate): The Europa League final had us battle Italian giants Juventus, who employs the same nasty 4-3-3 tactic that Monaco used. Being the tactical genius that I am and knowing that old saying of how defense wins championships I thought I would counter this by reshuffling my team, playing a straight five-man defense, with three central midfielders and two strikers up top. That should slow things down, right? As it turned out, it didn’t. Instead, the game got off to a blazing start, with five goals inside the first half. The old lady scored an early goal to grab the lead but two quick strikes from Zaza and Sandro reversed our fortunes. An equalizer by youngster Moise Kean was again reciprocated by a goal from Simone Zaza, the ex-Juventini man who also had a third goal disallowed. So despite getting pretty much everything wrong, we were somehow ahead by one goal going into half-time. 19 minutes and a reckless challenge later into the second half, we were also one man up. That advantage gave us the opportunity to slow the game down and park the bus for real this time, successfully protecting our lead. Star of the Season: Italian winger Domenico Berardi takes the cake, with 13 goals and 17 assists in just 29 games, earning an 8.10 Av R. Berardi was immense for us, alternating as a right winger and left inside forward, he was always in the thick of things and created loads of opportunities for attacking compatriots Zaza and Sandro who combined for 55 goals and 21 assists. HM: Oscar Melondo. The Catalonian deportee overcame FM’s unfair rating of central midfielders, managing a respectable 7.14 Av R, likely influenced by his offensive involvement where he chipped in with 3 goals and an impressive 14 assists. What’s going on in the rest of the World? Man Utd and Chelsea pick up the major trophies in England, while AC Milan and Napoli are victorious in Italy. In France, PSG overtake Rennes (BOOOOH!), winning both league and the French cup. Rennes does however win the Club Worlds and the European Super Cup (but the latter was with me in charge so it almost doesn’t count). Real Madrid won the Champions League. Bring on the off-season! Next year we better get some of those challenge goals in the bag, and with some new signings in the bag, things are looking pretty dang promising...
  2. Just read it. Well done, lad! I especially like that you went with the flow in selecting both the clubs and strikers to complete the challenge as this makes it much more impressive.
  3. Career FC Forty United

    Awesome result and also helps to put things into perspective. I am also too quick to dispose of older assets in favor of trying to groom that 17 year old into the next big thing.
  4. Challenge goals – Spain Must win at least 4 La Liga titles, 1 Spanish Super Cup and 2 Copa del Reys with two different sides. Having been quite fortunate with my first landing place, I believe that my quickest way of completing the challenge will be to try and win as much as possible with Valencia but also being open to jump clubs if another opportunity arises – granted I’ve already won something with Los Che of course. Current state of affairs I entered at halfway through the season and was met by an aging rather poorly put-together squad but at least I had quite a lot of coin to improve my chances of turning things around. We are still in the Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey) and at 6th place, 8 points back, in the league. We are also still in contention for the Europa League, having been relegated from the Champions League after a third-place finish in the Group Stage. In other words, all bets are still on despite the late start. Squad: Let’s start with the obvious. This squad is NOT built to play 5-2-3, with quite a few missing pieces from what I would like to see, starting with beefing up the three man defence. At CD, it’s only 30-year-old Gabriel that fits the description of what I would like to see in our Wall of Meat 2.0. The wingback position is also less than ideal, with our starting left wingback José Gaya picking up a 2-month injury in my first game and 32-year-old stop-gap solution Juanfran being our best option on the right side. Central midfield is by far our strongest position, with three good options available, two of which had been brought in this season by the previous management. Up top, we have quantity in abundance but quality is lacking outside of Italian 29-year-old penalty-kick virtuoso striker Simone Zaza and 25-year-old AM RL/ST Spaniard Sandro, who are both currently nursing injuries. We also have a lot of AMCs, which the current formation doesn’t utilize so a thorough clean-out is in the cards, which will hopefully generate some cash to fund one or two star players as well as prospects for the future. Transfers: Into the market I went and found myself some pretty nice assets. Entering the team are: Niklas Stark (GER), D C, 25 y/o, from Hertha €25M. Sturdy centerback that will hopefully grow into the leader of our defense. Domenico Berardi (ITA), AM RLC/ST, 26 y/o, from Sassuolo €24M. Versatile playmaker and scorer that hopefully will contribute with both goals and assists. Carlos Ortega (ARG), ST, 19 y/o, from Penarol €5M. Bringing in a talented Argentine forward worked out nicely with Maxi Romero so hopefully Ortega will replicate that success. Erik Durm (GER), WB RL, 28 y/o, from Shenhua €4.9M. Perfect backup as he can play both wingback positions. Will start at the left, but may be switched to the right side later on. Some additional future prospects of various nationalities that my scouts found. Players out: Some 35 players of various quality, many of them low-potential youth, for a total value of €51M. As you can tell by the scroll bar, there were quite a few transfers in and out. The pending transfer of Rodrigo never happened as he couldn't get a work permit to play in England (something that has grown to be quite a nuisance...). I may give you a more in-depth look into the squad at the start of Season 5 when it is hopefully more in line with what I want. First game in charge: Playing host to middle of the pack Real Betis, we take a solid 2-0 win in my first game managing Valencia. Our play was less convincing but hopefully it’ll improve with time as we get players back from injury and the squad gels.
  5. Good to see another attempt at this. I'll keep an eye on it for sure. Best of luck to you!
  6. Outlook for next season A venture into the unknown. Let’s see what the game brings us. Any club in Spain that isn’t Atletico, Real or Barcelona. Four months later, having rejected offers from WBA, Bournemouth and OGC Nice, I have a job!
  7. Season 3: 2019/2020 Stade Rennais F.C. First off, I’m still stuck in France. Second, it’s starting to feel a bit old. Third, some minor tweaks to the tactics turned out to be highly effective. This season, we did our own version of the Daft Punk song Technologic. You know the one with the robotic voice going: Buy it, use it, break it, fix it, Trash it, change it, mail - upgrade it, Charge it, point it, zoom it, press it, Snap it, work it, quick - erase it, Write it, cut it, paste it, save it, Load it, check it, quick - rewrite it, In our version, it went something like this... Tweak it! Away went the DLP, the Poacher and one of the Inside forwards. Enter another CM, a DLF and a Winger. Results = More space, more cohesion, more goals, more success. Slay it! Undefeated with 36 wins and +92 goal difference. The Ligue 1 could not offer much resistance to our foreign legion. Crush (sh)it! Well, yeah. Cup it! Another year, another French Cup after a close one in the final against 4-5-1 defensive Bordeaux. Another loss in the Coupe de la Ligue, this time in the Quarter finals to eventual runner-up Olympique Lyon. Avenge it! After last season’s heartbreak, we get our first European trophy after comfortably handling Tottenham in the final, with goals from Maxi Romero and new favorite player Gelson Martins. Getting to the final was challenging though, as we needed a come from behind victory against Man United and a decisive overtime goal away to Atletico Madrid. As a side note, Spurs took the North London rivalry to the next level by beating Arsenal 5-1 in the other semis. Award it! Remember the €45M we paid for Gelson Martins. Turns out it was a pretty bad deal. For Sporting. Martins showed that he was made for the inside forward position, scoring 48 goals and 6 assists through 47 games with an 8.57 avg rating. Had I pushed it, those numbers could have been even higher as I often took Martins off early if we were up by a couple of scores. Martins was awarded Star of the Season and Best Player (but not Best Foreign Player). HM: Ismaila Sarr and Jesus Corona took turns sharing the right-winger position, and keeping Martins fresh. They combined for 27 goals and 31 assists through 74 games. Sarr also repeated as Most Promising Player. To be honest, we had solid contributions from pretty much everywhere. Barcelona and Real Madrid still reign supreme in Spain with the two Milan clubs sharing the honors in Italy. Liverpool wins their first ever Premier League title, with Arsenal swooping up the cups. Real Madrid and Man City claims the remaining trophies. [I didn't take any screenshots of these, so you'll just have to believe me.] Done – let’s leave it! Finding a new job proved to be much harder than I would have thought, so I figured we might as well speed up the process by going on Holiday. It can’t get much better than this with Rennes so I figure, why not leave when you’re on top. The club is in good condition with key players tied up on long-term contracts, state of the art facilities, a good amount of extra coin available and a 50,000 seater. Holiday mode, here I come!
  8. Article FMM18 New Role: Libero

    Great article. I've been meaning to try out the libero role as well with my 5-2-3 setup but haven't been able to find a suitable player yet. I also must confess that I hadn't thought about the different shaped boxes (defensive/support/attacking) on the tactics page. But not that you say it, it's makes perfect sense and a very nice and simple touch.
  9. That was actually my initial thought as well and the first thing I tried, but it wasn't as effective as I had hoped. From my observations that just made his starting position a little bit less forward, but he would still make the same runs, which meant that he pretty much acted exactly like the IFs. But I am playing around with the attacking positions quite a bit, currently toying with having one of the IF:s as an out and out W and also trying out different roles for the Striker (AF, CF, DLF). Thinking about it, I might even try a false 9/trequartista and see if that can create some further space between the lines. Let me get back to you after some further testing.
  10. Outlook for Season 3 Priority 1, 2 and 3: Getting to Spain. However, with no openings available and just one manager listed as Insecure, we'll see when that happens. In the meantime, I’ve improved our youth and training facilities and increased the stadium which is now a 40,000 seater. All staff are gold level, except the newly promoted Gourcuff who’s retained for sentimental reasons. We’ve also promoted some promising youth and brought in some extra quality in the transfer window. Looks like this Rennes squad is going to be a powerhouse by the time I am done with them. Transfers: We crush our earlier spending record by bringing in Sporting's blazing winger Gelson Martins, partly funded by the departure of capable but oft-injured Bertolacci. We also pick up two bargains from Newcastle in Lascelles and Mitrovic, where the former is a slight upgrade on the departing Mexer and the latter hopefully can become a valuable Plan B by adding some strength and aerial ability to our striker position. Damiao Santos and Sampaoli are both prospects for the future. As usual, we also rid ourselves of some dead meat and sent some younger prospects out on loan. Other things of note: Some good, and not so good news from the early season. Yay, hopefully no more central 4-3-3! Make-belief Trophy #1 secured. Atletico, Dortmund, Ajax - ouch, I guess our luck ran out. Aubameyang especially ran us ragged in the semis last season.
  11. Thanks for the feedback guys. Much appreciated!
  12. TACTICS As mentioned above, although we went through a highly successful season, it wasn’t always smooth sailing. I’ve realized that there are two formations in particular that gives us trouble, the defensive 4-1-4-1 and even worse a central 4-3-3 (three CM, three CF) which fortunately only Monaco seem to employ. The 4141 is more popular and although its park the bus mentality seldom challenges our defence, it’s often a real pain to break down. What I have found – from either falling behind early or going gung-ho in search of a winner – is that one way of combatting it is to switch one of the defenders into an AM instead. That does open things up to the extreme though and deploying it as a standard would also go against the rules of the 5-man defence so I’ll have to continue to play around and see what else I can come up with. For Monaco’s 433, I have less of an idea as they’ve become somewhat of a bogey team for me (with one notable exception), giving me two of my four losses in the league. I’ll see if I’m going to continue experimenting with some more defensive tactics or if I just cross my fingers whenever we’re up against them and await my departure to Spain. Penalties Another issue which is probably (hopefully) not specific to my career is that I seem to miss a crapload of penalties. I’m aware that my takers aren’t world beaters but this is even worse than Wayne Rooney/Steven Gerrard level as I’m probably bang on 50 % from around 25 penalties. We seldom give away penalties from open play but from the three penalty shoot-outs we’ve had, they’ve probably also scored around half of them. Do you guys experience the same?
  13. ‘All France and no Spain makes Jack a dull boy’ Season 2: 2018/2019 Stade Rennais F.C. Let’s tackle the elephant in the room first. Despite positive results, occasionally stupendous football and some good squad and player development, I failed my main target of finding a good landing spot in Spain. That hunt will have to continue into season 3. TRANSFERS I didn’t see any reason to completely re-haul what had obviously worked so well for us in Season 1, but knew that I needed to add some depth and extra fire power up front in order to keep up with the demands of playing in Europe. That influx arrived in the form of Mexican winger Jesus Corona (€16M), Italian CM Andrea Bertolacci (Free) and young Argentinian striker Maxi Romero (€3.5M, giving us two Argentinian Romeros at different ends of the pitch). Unbeknownst to you, we also have Turkish midfielder Alper Potuk, who arrived already in the January transfer window. Potuk (€6M) is a versatile man who can play anywhere across the central and offensive midfield which makes him invaluable as a squad player. Defensively I figured we were fine so I didn’t do any more changes except letting another bunch of mediocre squad players leave and a few youngsters go out on loan. The January transfer window saw complaining wingback Danze replaced by Brazilian ditto Lucas. COMPETITIONS SUMMARY We went into the season as title defenders, with the Board settling for a Europa finish this season but me wanting a repeat. One of us would be correct, and it wasn’t the Board. We basically flew out of the gates and spent much of the autumn destroying our opposition (see examples above). We lost some momentum early doors in 2019, but after some minor tactical tweaks; changing the right IF to an AP and the DLP into a B2B and reducing tempo to Normal, we got things rolling again. That form kept us going into March/April but from that moment on, the wins did not come as easy to us anymore. This coincided with some unfortunate injuries to key men Sarr and newcomers Alper Potuk and Jesus Corona and some extra rotation on my part as the League was all but sewn up so hopefully it won’t linger into next year. Defense stood strong with just 22 goals conceded. PSG once again looked like they would miss out on the Champions League. Our domestic season was a success. We repeated as Ligue 1 champions, reached the final of the Mickey Mouse cup where unfortunately we were once again bested by PSG courtesy of two late goals from Cavani. The French Cup was even more of a success as we repeated our win from last year, beating our bogey-team Monaco (more to come in a future Tactics update) convincingly 4 goals to 1. Champions League We also played a couple of games in Europe. The group stage saw us go up against Italian champions Juventus, Russian CSKA Moscow and Greek Olympiakos. Could have been a lot worse. We ended up second in the group behind the Italians and into the playoffs we ventured. We quickly dismantled RB Salzburg in the quarter finals. Next up where four hard-fought games against Dortmund and Arsenal, which consecutive come-from-behind victories after falling behind in the first leg. With that, and almost before we knew it, there we were in the Champions League final, eye to eye with Spanish giants Real Madrid – and we did it without our three best attacking players. But as Voltaire said, “God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best.”. Unfortunately, we did neither but then again, I’ve never put much trust in these God characters anyway so we started off with our usual attacking football. 18 minutes later, we were down one goal as Benzema beat the offside trap and put the ball in the back of the net – ouch. We regrouped and the score was still 1-0 up until the 45th minute, when suddenly our 17-year-old academy player Nouvier went down in the box and the ref pointed at the penalty spot. Maxi Romero, two year senior to baby Nouvier, slotted it home confidently and it was all level going into halftime. The second half turned out to be a proper struggle. We couldn’t keep possession and the Spaniards really gave us their all. Despite this, the Wall of Meat stood strong and with 90 minutes played it was all level and it looked like we were heading into overtime. And then the 92nd minute, a corner, a Raphael Varane header and we bid adieu to our European adventure. Star of the Season Left inside forward Ismaila Sarr. 19 goals, 12 assists, 8.0 avg rating. Having spent last season in the shadow of Mubele and Thomas, Sarr took center stage this season and was unplayable at times. Injury struggles towards the end of the season meant his appearance total ended with 39. He also claimed the awards for both "Star of the Season" and "Most promising Player". Unfortunately, Sarr’s coming-out party coincided with last season’s star Mubele’s regression as the Congolese forward managed just 5 goals and 4 assists from 45 games (6.86 Av R – ouch). HM: Robin Nouvier. Came through our youth ranks at the beginning of the season and at the tender age of 16/17 he way outperformed expectations (and his in-game stats) and became a key cog in our offensive rotation with 10 goals and 5 assists from 32 appearances, many of them coming as a sub. What’s going on in the rest of the World? Barcelona and Real Madrid dominated in Spain, Juventus and Fiorentina in Italy and Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea sharing the honors in England. Real Madrid won the Champions League while PSG swept up everything else.
  14. Feel free to let me know if you want any further screenshots or information into any particular area, or just feedback in general on what you'd like to know more/less about. I'm having a lot of fun with this challenge but am also quite busy with work and life in general so I'm not exactly storming through the seasons. I've also had a bit of trouble getting the pictures to show properly so please let me know if you note any errors related to this.