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  1. Career chewkaiwen Attempts the Six-State Challenge

    Good luck fellow traveller, will be interested to see how you get on with the second best franchise in New York
  2. Career KTS Goes Strikerless

    Nice one mate those two English players really developed well
  3. Career Pooches' American Road Trip - The Six State Challenge

    Pooches' American Road Trip - The Six State Challenge Season 1 - New York Red Bulls So with Andy Wooten on the books as head bull, I spent January and February during preseason scouting players and offloading dead wood in the squad to mould the Red Bulls into the finest footballing outfit in the states. Transfers In I started the season playing a 4-3-3 formation so brought in players to suit the needs of that formation, however about halfway through the year I changed to a 4-4-1-1 and so in the summer transfer window got rid of a couple of players and brought in players better suited for that tactic. Most expensive signing was our man Wooten, followed by four Brazilian and Argentinian midfielders Mancuello, Arao, Canteros and Romulo who were absolute bargains, brought in for measly fees that did not do justice for their attributes pages, plus the fact they were all 24-27 and so dead in their prime; they really bolstered my midfield options allowing us to dominate teams. Defensive options were also a bit lacking so young Ecuadorian left back Chala brought in along with loanees Fosu-Mensah, Williams, Maffeo and N'Doram. Russo was brought in on loan at the start but suffered too many injuries so I cancelled it and brought in Sancho and Mensah in the summer. Transfers Out Not a lot to say here, just a few players sold off for small fees who weren't deemed good enough to fight for the MLS crown, and some players that showed promise sent out on season-long loans. Overall I was very happy with my business in the market, with only a small net loss and my options all over the pitch markedly improved ready for the season ahead. MLS Rules So in the MLS regular season the 22 teams are split up into the Eastern and Western Conferences with 11 teams each. Everyone plays a total of 34 matches in the regular season although I'm not really sure how who you play is determined as some teams we played against three times, some twice and some just once. My understanding is that you play every team in your conference twice, home and away, plus every team in the other conference once, which brings us to 31 games, and then perhaps the 3 teams geographically closest to you, you play once more (since we played city rivals NYCFC three times)? The total league points of all 22 teams in the MLS determines who wins the Supporters Shield, thus winners of the regular season but not yet ultimate MLS campion. The top 2 teams in each conference automatically qualify for the playoff semi finals, whilst the next four teams (3-6) qualify for the wildcard round where they play two legs and the two winners of these matches also qualify for the playoff semi finals. Two legs again played in the semi finals, and then the winners contest the two-legged conference playoff final. The winner of the playoff final from each conference then contest the ultimate final to decide the overall MLS champion. Regular Season So things didn't go quite to plan as Atlanta United (spurred on by renowned FMM wonderkid Ezequiel Barco) had a cracking season and just never seemed to drop points so we never managed to quite get ahead of them until we played them in the 32nd match and won, only to draw our final game of the regular season allowing them to leapfrog us and claim the Supporters Shield. Besides this we were a really strong side, but just couldn't quite find the consistency until later on in the season when I did the aforementioned formation change, drawing and losing too many games that we dominated and really should have won. At least we gained automatic qualification to the Eastern Conference playoff semi finals, where we drew NY derby rivals New York City FC.... Play-Offs A disappointing draw in the second leg which was the only game in the season that we got dominated, however didn't matter after our convincing 5-0 away triumph in the first leg, which sent us through to the Eastern Conference playoff final.... Where we came up against nemesis Atlanta United and a busy second leg was enough to seal the aggregate win after a 3-0 victory at home. This led us to the MLS final against Western Conference playoff winners Portland.... MLS Final And no problems here as we thoroughly deserved a 3-0 victory, showing that our boys had the beating of any US team on our day. US Cup A very annoying defeat against FC Dallas in the US Cup quarter finals saw us eliminated. This match proving that possession and pot shots really don't mean anything if you can't carve out the clear cut opportunities to put away. A big disappointment but we will learn from our errors and come back stronger in this competition next season. Fixtures So as you can see a very inconsistent first half of the season which brought about a formational change and couple of minor changes in personnel. This was to good effect as the second half was a lot more solid and the few results that didn't go our way were mostly unlucky. Andrew Wooten Over the course of the season Wooten's attributes developed nicely and didn't suffer any major injury setbacks, I think just a one week absence was all he had this season. However, how did he got in in terms of hitting our 85 goal target for the challenge? 48 goals in 42 games is a good tally, and since I have to play at least another season with the Red Bulls anyway to try and win the US cup, there is plenty of time for him to reach the magic number. If he gets there quickly then perhaps we will aim to beat Bradley Wright-Phillips' club record as well. In terms of using him on the game he was an absolute delight, with great fitness managing to play 90 minutes of pretty much every game of the season, and showed tremendous consistency in his goalscoring, rarely going a match without finding the back of the net. These exploits were enough to earn him the USA player of the year award. In very esteemed company isn't that right Sunderland fans! Challenge Future So in terms of the challenge goals we managed to win the MLS on first attempt which is great, and my striker is well on his way to hitting the 85 goals target in order for us to move on to stage two, however the US cup loss was a blow and will be our priority heading into season 2. Therefore, should we manage to nab it next season and Wooten gets to 85 quickly, we could end up trying for our new club before the season is out. Only problem here is that stage two is set in Florida, where the only franchise is Orlando..... so progress to the next stage depends on them having an awful season so I can try and snap up the job ASAP! Part of me feels we may be stuck in New York for a while but all we can do is play our best and hope the opportunity crops up quickly. At least we will also have the North American Champions League to entertain us next season! Notable Players 27 year old Austrian winger Daniel Royer was at the club at the start of the save and his coach report mentioned that he was an "inconsistent player". However after a dodgy start he really settled in to the way we played and for a while was the absolute definition of consistency in terms of average ratings. Scored some important goals helping us to the MLS trophy. Argentinian youngster Alejandro Romero Gamarra was another player already in the Red Bulls' squad and was the player I was most excited about using during my initial squad assessment. He endured a difficult start to the season where I played him out wide on the left which was clearly not his preferred role, and the change to a 4-4-1-1 that saw him deployed in the role "in the hole" really got the best out of him and he was a delight to use. Wouldn't be surprised to see him on the fringes of the national squad in the future and a move to a big European side in the offing. We end with another Argentinian central midfielder, one of the ones I brought in at the start of the season for a great price; Federico Mancuello. I initially used him as a central midfielder as advanced playmaker and he was really excellent there, but the shape change saw him moved primarily out to the left of the midfield 4 where he was also natural in playing, and also excelled there, still providing assists for main man Andy Wooten but also adding a few crucial goals to his game, and as you saw netted the opener in the MLS final. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first season playing in the MLS and really look forward to the future challenges in store for me on this save as I make my way around America. Thank you very much to those of you that have commented already and I hope I can keep you all entertained whilst I complete the Six-State challenge. Pooches out.
  4. Woahh just read all of this and really like the different spin on the triple threat, really good going keep at it you're nearly there! Wonder which K you'll go for.... 🤔
  5. Just caught up on this, congrats mate some very consistent scoring there from both players which can sometimes be difficult in strike partnerships, finding the balance. Nice work
  6. Challenges The Six-State Challenge

    Sorry can I just clarify pls when you say league and cup double do you mean you must win both in the same season or you can just win both at some point in your time with the club?
  7. Pooches' American Road Trip - The Six State Challenge Introduction Good afternoon Vibe, following completion of the one season strikerless challenge I posted last week I was keen to jump straight back into a career, this time a longer term one, for you all to read at your peril. Now browsing through the challenge index on the site there were many interesting looking challenges and a few that particularly caught my eye, however I wanted to get into one that is new both for me and for the forum. With the MLS making an appearance on the game this year and the fact I have yet to play in this league on any version of FM or FMM so therefore don't know much about it, (plus my love for American TV and desire to travel around the whole country in the future), it seemed the obvious destination for my new career. There were a couple of other US based challenges but it was The Six-State Challenge (brought to you by @mcandrew003) that drew me in due to the mixture of different challenges and the opportunity to play as several different teams in the USA and Canada. You can find the outline and rules of the challenge below, but I'll give you a quick briefing here as well. The Challenge 6 stages - each to be played with a team from the corresponding state/country In order: New York, Florida, Texas, California, Oregon, Canada Each state has a different state-specific challenge you must complete before moving in Must also win an MLS league title and US Cup double in each stage Complete the whole challenge in as few seasons as possible State One - New York "Widely considered the 'Concrete Jungle', New York is the most populated state in America with 8,537,673 Million people living under it's fancy buildings, bright lights and really, really tall statues. We start off in familiar surroundings, and with that a fairly simple task that should take no longer than two seasons." So as per challenge rules my journey begins on the east coast in the state where Lady Liberty stands tall, Trump Tower infects the skyline, and countless American sitcoms are situated - New York. As I touchdown at JFK International I have a choice of two MLS franchises to complete the first challenge with; New York City FC and New York Red Bulls. After spending some time at both training grounds assessing the squads I decided to pledge my allegiance to...... New York Red Bulls The New York Red Bulls! Technically they are based in New Jersey but we'll let that one slide since the challenge rules allow. Founded in 1994 they play their home games at the 25,000 capacity Red Bull Arena and have a good history in the MLS to speak of, topping the East Conference in the regular season on a number of occasions, however never quite managing to find success in either the MLS playoffs or US Cup. They have been represented by some big names of world football including most famously Thierry Henry, as well as Lothar Matthaus, Rafael Marquez, Juninho, Tim Howard and the Wright-Phillips brothers, with Bradley still leading the line as the club's all-time record goalscorer on 104 goals. Challenge With the contract signed and keys to my flashy new apartment on the NY skyline in my pocket, it was time to assess the aims for stage one of my American road trip: "Take a player, either already in the team or brought in by yourself, and score 85 goals with them at a club based in New York" So effectively this is a one-man goalscoring challenge, whilst also making sure I bring home the MLS and US Cup trophies before I can move on. As for the player to complete this with, I did consider using the aforementioned Bradley Wright-Phillips whom is already at the club and at the age of 31 actually in pretty good shape in terms of attributes and could certainly build on them with some training, but in the end decided I wanted a player a tad younger in their prime and with some values higher in certain attributes than BWP can boast. So I scoured the transfer market and found a few options that fitted what I wanted in my striker whilst being affordable for the club with a transfer budget of around just £8million. In the end I was deciding between two players, and eventually went for the American because, well because this is an American road trip so why not start with a native! Thus without further ado I present to you..... Andrew Wooten Bought for a sum of £4.5million from German second tier side Sandhausen, he boasts excellent attributes in shooting, dribbling and movement as well as some good physicals that can further improve with training. As you may have noticed on the screenshot I have played the first few matches of the season and Wooten has hit the ground running. Hopefully he can explode into life and with some canny transfer business I hope I can build him a squad to provide him with 85 goals ASAP! I plan to update this on a seasonal basis, perhaps depending on when each stage of the challenge becomes completed and I get the chance to move onto the next state. If there is anything in particular you Vibers want to see in my updates then feel free to holla, otherwise thanks for reading and I hope I can drag as many of you along with me on my US road trip as possible! Pooches out.
  8. Career Los Culés go Strikerless - A Gingerbread Debut

    Cheeers fellas thanks for reading
  9. Absolutely incredible career mate am completely stunned and perplexed how you manage to get all three strikers hitting those kinda numbers season after season. Congrats on another amazing season and despite your modesty I'm confident you can hit that magic 3k KIU
  10. Good picks, best of luck mate! Will be interested to see how the trequartista performs for this challenge.
  11. Career Los Culés go Strikerless - A Gingerbread Debut

    Los Culés go Strikerless - A Gingerbread Debut Part 3 - Second Half Season Afternoon all, the time has come for me to wrap up this one season challenge where I attempt to get as many goals and assists with Ousmane Dembélé, Paul Pogba and Marco Asensio playing in a strikerless formation as I possibly can. The Cups So since there are no points awarded for progress in cup competitions these were less of a priority for me compared to the league where points and GD may be important, but I still wanted to get as far as possible purely to give DAP (not the best sounding football acronym) as many opportunities as possible to register on the scoresheet. The Champions League After a 1-1 first leg at the Wanda Metropolitano we absolutely crushed Atletico in the CL quarter-final second leg at the Nou Camp in probably my most enjoyable result of the season. 5 goals between Asensio and Pogba along with a handful of assists, and André Gomes also netting himself a tidy brace. Gomes was a slightly frustrating player to have around though as he scored quite a few goals throughout the season that may have taken away from my trio's tally slightly, and didn't provide many assists. Heartbreak in the final as we miss out to Juventus on penalties with Umtiti missing the decisive spot-kick after 16 successful pens in a row. Can't be too disheartened though as we played well and could have won on another day, plus it was an extra 2 points onto my score! The Spanish Cup This final we managed to win fairly comfortably despite a couple of scares in the second half with that man Gomes popping up again, plus another goal each for Marco and the Pog. The Fixtures The second half of the season wasn't as plain sailing as the first half with a few dodgy results, but even in these matches we usually picked up a couple of points for my trio and played decently so no tragedies that saw me fumbling to overhaul how we played. In his attempt at this challenge @Ashez alluded to possible 'rubber-banding' on this game which may have potentially happened here with some bad results around March time against teams we would be expected to beat fairly comfortably, but thankfully this didn't happen extensively so I couldn't say for sure if this occurred or not based on this particular save. Besides this I am happy overall with how Jan-May went for my team and hopefully sets us up well to post a good score on the leaderboard...... The League Table Another league win for Barca as we win La Liga pretty comfortably in the end with too many draws being the downfall for our Madrid rivals. 90 points and a goal difference of +70 puts us on 160 points for the challenge pre-player totals. So without further ado, how did my chosen three get on? The Trio Ousmane Dembélé Ousmane really has come along very nicely in terms of his attributes over the course of the season boasting some very nice numbers in some key areas for goalscoring as a shadow striker, helping him to 35 goals and 12 assists for the season. He had a couple of injuries during the season but nothing major and although his goalscoring was not as consistent as the others, he did earn himself a few big hauls, scoring 4 goals twice and another couple of hat-tricks. Overall I enjoyed using Dembélé in this challenge. Paul Pogba Another tasty looking page for Paul Pogba here, he was very consistent throughout the season and turned up for the big games which I hope he begins to do more in real life. This was the first time I have used Pogba in a more attacking role as due to his overall ability I tend to deploy him in central midfield, however based on this season I definitely would recommend playing him as an attacking midfielder. 35 goals for him also plus 23 assists to help out his teammates. Marco Asensio What can I say except that I have nothing but plaudits for this guy in-game. In just one season he has developed into arguably the best player in world football with some incredible attributes and a quality and consistency that belies his tender years. These performances have definitely won over the Los Culés fans after buying him from arch nemesis Real Madrid and earned him several individual accolades including the Best Player in Europe award. 39 goals and 27 assists were more than I expected at the start of the year and I am thrilled with how Asensio has done. The Numbers League points: 90 GD: +70 Goals: 109 Assists: 62 Total: 331 I am very chuffed with that total and although is not enough to post a new high score for the challenge I thoroughly enjoyed playing this season and writing it up and I hope those of you that have followed have got something out of it too. Notes Sicknote Iniesta He has been a cracking player for Barca down the years and despite his advancing years he still had great attributes at the beginning of this save so I was looking forward to using him to provide for my strikerless trio. Unfortunately he was stricken with injury after injury and could only manage 11 appearances all season. Time to move to the MLS Andrés? Super Suarez No, not that one as he was cast away right at the beginning of the save. Here I must give a special mention to Denis Suarez who played superbly all season, ably providing from central midfield as well as scoring some crucial goals as a shadow striker when used to replace Ousmane, Paul or Marco when they needed a rest. His attributes developed very nicely for an advanced playmaker and he finished the season with 19 goals and 14 assists despite being rotated a lot. Had he been a first choice shadow striker could he have done even better than Dembélé I wonder? Supporting Cast Here are some of the stats for the supporting players used this season and as you can see assists were spread pretty evenly between the central midfield advanced playmakers and the wingers. Sergi Roberto and Yannick Bolasie particularly deserve mentions for their creativity without taking many goals away from my trio. And that is that! Thank you very much for reading my first ever career here on Vibe, I thoroughly enjoyed both the challenge and the write-ups and will definitely post another soon. On the back of this I was considering turning it into a strikerless triple threat but the update the other day pretty much quashed any chance of that happening as the tactics I used are nowhere near as effective now. There are a couple of challenges I am considering so will have to see what takes my fancy. Thank you again and Pooches out.
  12. Career Los Culés go Strikerless - A Gingerbread Debut

    If only this conclusion was acceptable to use in my dissertation 😂
  13. Career Los Culés go Strikerless - A Gingerbread Debut

    Los Culés go Strikerless - A Gingerbread Debut Part 2 - First Half Season Hi again everyone, I apologise for the long delay in posting the first half of the season, it's been a long week. Thank you very much to everyone for commenting, I appreciate the support and the warm Vibe welcome! Now with my squad in place and strikerless trio settled in and well drilled during pre-season, it was time to kick off our campaign. The Spanish Super Cup So of course we began the season contesting the Spanish Super Cup with El Clasico rivals Real Madrid. I was happy with my squad and how my trio played in the preseason friendlies, showing some promise for the season ahead however I was looking forward to this tie so I could better gauge the strength of the tactic I was using in terms of both winning matches (since league points and GD are part of the challenge total), as well as the performances of my three players in scoring goals and assists aplenty. The first leg certainly showed we were threatening enough in attack with 4 goals and a large number of shots and chances against a top team, however posed questions about our defence. Needless to say I was delighted with the start, with Asensio, Pogba and Dembélé scoring one each within the first 12 minutes to give us a 3-0 lead. Things deviated from the plan after this thought with Real hitting 3 goals in reply, Pogba missing a penalty, and Dembélé getting himself sent off and suspended for the return leg away from home. The second leg must have been quite a match for the neutral with Real banging in 7, tearing our defence to shreds and beating us 10-7 on aggregate in what will surely go down as the highest scoring 2-leg tie in football history? Despite this we showed promise and the scoreline was perhaps a little harsh on reflection, so with Pogba netting twice I was content that we could begin the league season as we were as scoring an abundance of goals is the main aim. The Fixtures As you can see a mixed start with an opening day 6-1 triumph at the Camp Nou followed by revenge against Real as we showed better defensive resilience and earned a deserved 2-1 win away from home. Subsequent league losses at home versus Atleti and Valencia were a slight concern however we had the chances and just couldn't net them on the day so I stuck to my guns in the hope that the boys would find their feet, as they managed to do so in the Champions League group stage, handing out a 4-0 drubbing to Bayern Munich. Luckily this paid off as from mid-September until the close of the year we put together a string of strong performances, winning everything barring a 2-0 anomaly against Villarreal in November. Two big 7-1 wins in the Champions League were great to watch, just a shame GD in that competition doesn't count as we banged in 26 goals in the six group stage fixtures! You can also see the defensive side of things improved with Ter Stegen being solid and Manolas, Umtiti and Jemerson really earning their spots in my lineup - this should really help our league GD. The League Table Sitting nicely atop of the league at new year with a cushion between ourselves and Real Madrid in second; even if they win their two games in hand we will have a 3-point lead. 54 goals scored and 15 conceded for +39 GD I'm also happy with. The Trio Ousmane Dembélé Very happy with how Ousmane has progressed, excellent technique, movement and pace especially helping him to a good ratio of 18 goals and 5 assists in 21 matches. He was out injured for a month in September/October so missed about 6 games annoyingly and had a couple of duff matches coming back from injury so could have been even better. Paul Pogba Mr Pogba also looking excellent with great physicals and and technical attributes, helping himself to 14 goals and 12 assists in 22 matches. He also was injured for 3 weeks in November and missed about 5 games. Marco Asensio Finally our resident spaniard Marco Asensio managed 17 goals and 11 assists in 28 matches; no injuries to speak of thankfully, however he did hit a rough patch at one point and then when Pogba got injured a positional shift saw him score successive hattricks which was great to see. After just a few months his attributes page looks absolutely world class and in fact very strongly resembles a certain Argentinian's whom we sold at the start of the season......... The Numbers League points: 45 GD: +39 Goals: 49 Assists: 28 Total: 161 So there we have it, at the half season stage we have 161 points which looking at the current leaderboard I am very happy with and the way we are playing am confident we can post a strong total come the season's end. Notes For the first half of the season I was playing Dembélé as AMCL, Pogba as AMC, and Asensio as AMCR since I wanted Asensio 'cutting in' from the relative right hand side onto his strong left foot, and Pogba in the middle as I thought his extra strength and aerial ability may come more in handy in the middle of the three where he could knock down balls for the other two and create space and also potentially score from some crosses in the central positions. However as I previously mentioned when Pogba got injured I moved Asensio into the middle and Dembélé onto the right hand side so that I could play Carles Alena at AMCL (my thinking was being left footed and of lower quality compared to my other backup midfield options he would leave the shooting to Marco and Ousmane) which worked very well so when he came back Pogba took up station on the left of the three. This appeared to help with goals I guess because the middle player tended to shoot the most and Asensio had the highest shooting attribute so managed to find the net more than when Pogba was there. Secondly, with regards to @FuddledFox's comment about the use of wingers, the wingers seemed to do pretty well overall (some better than others) in providing assists for my strikerless trio and not taking too many goals away from them. I will post screenshots of their stats in the final update but I think because of the sheer numbers in midfield that the strikerless formation created (7!!), they all seemed to move forward as one, overwhelming the opposition and so when the wingers were in the attacking positions of the pitch to cross, there were usually enough bodies along with them for there to be someone to get on the end of the crosses. Also with three shadow strikers looking to make forward runs they played quite a few passes between opposition full back and centre backs. I'm no expert so here I am just thinking out loud and maybe I am wrong about the reasons but as far as I can tell wingers seemed to work pretty effectively. Thank you very much for reading if you have made it this far and hopefully the final update should be posted more promptly than this one was! Pooches out.
  14. Los Culés go Strikerless - A Gingerbread Debut Part 1 - Introduction Wagwan Vibe! Following numerous years of lurking on these forums silently enjoying all the tales of woe and triumph in careers and challenges, as well as advice and ideas on tactics and team management, I felt it was time to break down the wall and put myself out there and give something back to the community that has provided me much entertainment. Since this is my first time posting I shall keep it brief and to the point - I am attempting to wade onto the leaderboard of the recently popular One Season Strikerless Challenge posed by Mr FuddledFox. It looks an interesting challenge and a short one season to introduce myself. The Team Not very original or back breaking I know but for this challenge I shall be using FC Barcelona. My reasons for this are that I wanted a fairly straightforward challenge in terms of league difficulty, transfer budget and player quality, and as far as I can tell no one has attempted this specific challenge with Los Culés yet. Oh and also as a Man Utd (and CR7) fan, it brought a smile to my face canning Messi and Suarez onto the transfer list hehe. The Players Ousmane Dembélé I have never used this particular Dembélé in FMM but as a prodigious talent in-game and already being at Barca I decided to go with him as my first strikerless option. Hoping his raw pace and both-footedness give him an edge. Paul Pogba Another Frenchman, he has perhaps not quite played to his full potential at United since his world record transfer, some would say due to not being given enough freedom in the midfield by Mourinho, however here I shall unleash him further forward and allow him as much freedom as he wants. As a more complete player he should score some headed and long-range goals that my other two players may not be capable of. Marco Asensio Signed from bitter rivals Real Madrid, this guy's attributes (stats?!) frankly stunned me when FMM18 came out as I know he had a cracking rookie season last year for Los Blancos but they seem incredibly high (especially shooting) compared to some other players that are on the same level IRL but not as gifted on the game. Shouldn't complain too much though as he is the perfect player to complete my trio and his preferred left foot and fantastic technical attributes will hopefully serve us well. The Transfers In Not many transfers in relative to transfers out as I prefer to work with a smaller squad and give everyone plenty of game time to keep squad morale up. Obviously Pogba and Asensio come in for enormous outlays as two young, top quality players to go with Dembélé in my strikerless trio. Since I am using a 3-4-3 strikerless formation with wingers and advanced playmakers in the flat four central midfield area, I required wide reinforcements as the squad does not contain these in abundance besides the full backs like Alba, however I deemed them too inadequate in attack and recruited Yarmolenko, Coman, Bailey and Bolasie (a strange one I know but I used him in an Everton save a couple of months ago and he tore it up). The Barca squad is full of technically gifted and creative central midfielders so I didn't need to acquire any from the transfer market with Iniesta, Rakitic, Denis Suarez, Roberto, Gomes, Paulinho and Alena providing sufficient cover for the MC and backup AMC positions. Using 3 centre backs and selling Vermaelen as he is very injury prone, I brought in Manolas and Jemerson to rotate with Piqué and Umtiti at the back. I tried to sign a fifth option however a couple of the deals fell apart and eventually my attempt to sign Upamecano went through after the Spanish transfer deadline so I will have to wait until January for him to come in. Out As per the rules of the challenge all the players with green striker role were sold or demoted. Nowhere near enough money was got for Messi and Suarez but I was struggling to offload them due to high wages so when PSG finally made offers for them I bit their hand off. PSG also came in for Busquets and Alba - both deemed too defensive for my tactical plans. The rest were either too old or not good enough for the squad I wanted. And so that brings an end to my first ever career post here on Vibe. Perhaps wasn't as brief as I intended but I got sucked in - can now see how many of you enjoy this so much! I plan to write up the challenge in three parts so will probably see parts two and three as the first and second halves of the season respectively. Please feel free to comment on my choices and/or writing/update style; as a newbie any advice or feedback is very welcome. Bear with me if the updates take a few days as I am really busy with uni work at the moment (great time to start writing a career I know lol). Thanks a lot for reading and I hope you enjoy!
  15. Hi mate, been following this career since it started and wanted to step out of the shadows after many years of lurking and create an account on Vibe in order to congratulate you on completing this challenge! It's been my favourite career of FMM18 to date and I think it's because I enjoy like yourself building up teams with less than ideal squads and shaping them to fit your tactic and way of playing. Also thoroughly enjoyed your writing and update style with good pics to go with what's happening throughout the season. Well done for sticking with it, thanks for the entertainment, and best of luck with your all-Italian side lead by the fearless Maran! (PS. That was some prolificacy by Moise Kean in a brief stint under your management, interested to see how he looks now he'll be hitting the wrong side of 30?)