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  1. 1899

    Home Nations Triple Threat

    Great work on completing the challenge! A question with regards to the tactics, are you playing the updated version or vanilla? I feel that the engine has been gradually improved with the updates and some of the weirdest formations (such as your last one) doesn't really work anymore.
  2. 1899

    Messi regen?

    Yes, you can.
  3. Nice to see one of these when it isn't all your usual countries. Great work, keep it up and go for the full alphabet
  4. Think the contract thing is a bug that went away with update 9.0.2 or whatever it was so if you haven't updated you should try that. Great going with the career and the impressive Italians!
  5. 1899

    inside forward

    Use the vanilla version of FM18 (before any updates). Back then you could put whatever you wanted at IF and have them average 1+ goals per game played.
  6. Well that was quick. Awesome job, mate!
  7. 1899

    Klopp Out - Ashez In!

    Interesting read. Here's hoping that your transfer ins aren't the usual suspects of Goretzka, german defenders, brazilian attackers and whatnot.
  8. Can't all be winners and it's always interesting reading about your (people in general) struggles as well. Great challenge this!
  9. Wow, I’m honored! Quite new here myself but glad to add to the member count. Kean was indeed spectacular. Still going strong at 30. See evidence below, and that’s with him recuperating from an injury as well. Thanks a million buds, you and Bati’s been with me from the start. Really appreciate your comments throughout. Thanks a lot mate! Glad you enjoyed it.
  10. It's done! Put this beautiful name on the leaderboard @danovic78
  11. Challenge re-cap With a trophy cabinet filled with all the required titles and while I decide what I’m going to do next, I wanted to give you a re-cap on what’s been going on during these initial 13 years. Setting out as your average nobody, with neither badges or reputation to talk about, our hero – the self-proclaimed magician – has managed to scrape together 44 titles over the years across five different teams. Not a bad haul that. If you look closely, you’ll see a Copa America win in there as well which was secured during a short stint with Argentina. I only managed them for about six months though and as it didn’t fit the story I resigned and forgot to mention it. Here’s a year-by-year re-cap as well, with graphics courtesy of MS Excel. Dark grey means that we didn't participate in the competition under my management, and as you see, some seasons were split between multiple teams. It’s been quite a ride I must say, and it is also my longest-running career with any FM. It’s been interesting travelling across five different teams as they’ve all presented different challenges. Another interesting, but also sometimes limiting, aspect has been the tactics and being forced to play with three at the back. The only time I allowed myself to deviate from the rule was when goal-hunting in game, where we often replaced one of the defenders with a striker, and moved some other pieces around as well depending on opposition weaknesses. Manager profile: Moving teams and looking for quick turnarounds meant that the domestic player bias trait took a hit and it’s been a solid 1 for most of the challenge, before slowly creeping upwards now with Torino. Besides that we have greens across the board, with fancy 20s in everything except for Discipline. Spending-wise, we very close to break-even, which I’m also quite satisfied with. I’m less impressed by the FMM ranking system as I was never able to move above 4th place in the manager rankings and now, fresh off our latest treble season, we are somehow down to 7th. Team Season Records: - Highest point total: 112 points (37 wins, 1 draw), Valencia 21/22 - Most goals scored: 114 goals, Valencia 22/23 - Least goals conceded: 10 goals, Valencia 21/22 and 22/23 Individual player records and Manager's Best XI: This is what we got according to FM. A pretty good selection actually. Glad to see players from each team represented as well. Too bad we couldn’t get our three-man defense in there but what to do. I also created my own preferred XI, which excludes regens. Basically, players I recommend anyone to try out. I tried to be strict in putting players at their correct positions, with Berardi the only exception although he did spend some time at wingback for me in my final season. It’s a bit heavy on Valencia and light on the Italian teams but that’s only natural as we became more dependent on regens as years went by. Player Records: Goals (season): 1st: M. Kean, 59 (from 48 games); 2nd: A. Maran, 57; 3rd: G. Martins, 48 Assists (season): 1st: R. da Silva, 31 (from 42 games); 2nd: D. Berardi, 23; 3rd: A.H.O. Silva, 22 Total goals scored: 1st: A. Maran, 155 in 3.5 seasons; 2nd: P. Cutrone, 84 in 2 seasons, 3rd: M. Kean, 83 in 1.5 seasons INTERNATIONAL HONORS Nothing too crazy on the International scene, although Ivory Coast’s silver in the 2022 World Cup was certainly a bit surprising. Going back to the 2014 World Cup, Argentina made it to the final in three out of four tournaments, without being able to grab that elusive third title. By winning the 2030 World Cup, Italy kept their 24-year-cycle alive having now won 1982, 2006 and 2030. World Cup winners (and runner-up): 2018: Spain (Argentina) 2022: Spain (Ivory Coast) 2026: France (Argentina) 2030: Italy (Portugal) European Cup winners (and runner-up): 2020: Germany (Spain 2024: Holland (Germany) 2028: Germany (Portugal) Current World rankings: Interesting to see Egypt and Algeria in the Top-5 while South Korea and Tunisia are 9th and 10th. At the other end, Spain is 13th, England 27th, Belgium 29th and Ireland 101st. CLUB HONORS Nothing too controversial here either. The Champions League trophy has been passed around quite a bit, the only trend being that any team managed by a certain Italian appears to have an advantage. Glad to see that Sevilla has been able to keep up their performance in Spain and win another three titles since my departure. Rennes on the other hand has been the runner-up six times without winning. PSG expectedly the dominant force in France with eight titles, Chelsea with an even firmer grasp of the Premier Leauge, winning nine(!) titles on the trot. Champions League winners: 2 titles: R. Madrid (17/18, 20/21), Valencia (21/22, 22/23), Sevilla (24/25, 25/26), Palermo (26/27, 27/28) 1 title: PSG (18/19), Rennes (19/20), Chelsea (23/24), B. Munich (28/29), Torino (29/30) National titles: Ligue 1: PSG (8 titles), Rennes (3), Marseille, Nice La Liga: Sevilla (5), Barcelona (4), Valencia (2), R. Madrid (2) Serie A: Juventus (3), Milan (3), Palermo (3), Inter, Roma, Napoli, Torino Premier League: Chelsea (9), Man Utd (2), Arsenal, Liverpool Finally, a big THANK YOU to all of you who have read, followed and commented! I will probably keep the save rolling and create an all-Italian Grande Torino and see if I can get Maran to 1k goals but the official challenge ends here. If there's anything else you like to know or see, just give me a shout.
  12. Season 13: 2029/2030 Torino FC We have reached our likely final season, as the league is usually the easiest trophy of the season. A key advantage for me throughout this challenge is the 5-2-3 tactic being so successful against the bigger teams, often giving us a 6-point advantage in the head-to-head against our main competitors. Looking back on our performance, several of our biggest wins have been against supposedly superior competition while we've sometimes struggled against lesser teams sitting deep and/or playing direct, especially with the defensive 4-5-1 or straight 4-3-3 formations. I think a key factor in this is the aggressive mentality, with intense pressing and a high defensive line. If the opposition pushes too many players forward and/or tries to play fancy, chances are high that we’ll intercept and hit them on the counter. However, if they play direct, they are more likely to occasionally catch our wingbacks and midfielders out of position, and create 3 vs. 3 situations against a deserted back three. I haven’t found a way to properly counter this, without micro-managing the team game by game which is not something I’m interested in doing. Most of the time, the defensive three are able to fend for themselves either way. Transfers I wanted to bring more Italian players into the squad, and who better than to bring along an old acquaintance? Wonderkid striker Alan Maran wasn’t getting the playing time he deserved after my departure last year and I couldn’t stand to see all that potential wasted. €50M and a player exchange later, we reunite with our old protege. We also picked up Palermo's talented backup keeper Alessandro Licastro to be our starter, which cost us €75M plus Krapikas. This is actually our third stint together, and the Italian has come a long way since I first picked him up with Sevilla for just €675k and then again with Palermo for €18M as backup for Costa Rican Duarte. A beautiful profile that, perfect for the sweeper keeper role. Those were by far the biggest transfers of the off season, but we also added a talented winger (Stefano Scavone – watch that kid), a central midfielder as well as promoting two nice-looking prospects from our youth ranks which all held Italian passports, With those moves, I have now quadrupled my “Domestic player bias” to a whopping 4. Easy does it... Serie A We start with the most important competition to find out if we were able to avenge last year’s downfall and bring home that eight scudetto to Torino. We soon realized that it wouldn't come easy. Despite winning 16 of our first 18 fixtures, we were just four points ahead of Palermo at the turn of the year. The Sicilians continued their impressive title charge and kept their form throughout the season, ending up with 95 points on the year. Alas (for them), it wasn’t enough as we did even better, collecting 104 points and was able to secure the title with two games to spare. That’s the final piece to our puzzle and the Helenio Herrera challenge in the bag. But we still have a Coppa Italia and European adventure to account for as well. Champions League and Coppa Italia This time, I’ll be brief. Thanks to some good luck with the draws, we coasted through both cups, beating inferior competitors Chievo (Agg. 6-1) and Liverpool (Agg. 7-2) in the respective semis to make it into the finals. A hatter and a brace from Maran in the respective final, both of which were basically won by half time. Player stats Rodrygo da Silva continues to do the business with an excellent 55 points season. Maran adds another twenty to make it 75 points. Youngsters Pereyra, Giacomelli and Scavone with impressive debut seasons as well. Challenge status: France: Done Spain: Done Italy: Done Serie A: Done (3/3) Coppa Italia: Done (1/1) Champions League: Done (2/2) FIFA World Club Cup: Done (2/2) That's it folks, we've made it! We struggled a bit initially as we had some trouble making it out of France but ever since, we've been knocking down the trophies like nobody's business. I'll be back with a proper re-cap shortly to summarize this adventure.
  13. 1899

    HBO-El Tel's British Trident

    Well done - first name on the leaderboard!
  14. Liking the all-Italian setup, and good start with a bunch of kids. Best of luck!
  15. I like your style with the update. Tough luck with the injury but you'll get it on your second go.