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    Kanegan got a reaction from URz in Socceroos - The Golden Generation   
    Update 6 - 2023 & 2024
    So, with the bug hitting us we had to only rely on friendlies.
     
    2023 Friendlies
    Some big wins in the friendlies. Beating the Teranga Lions 4-1 and then the mighty France 3-2 even with an out of form Maclaren meant our future was looking bright. Oikonomidis performed exceptionally well against France snatching a brace. The end of year friendly against the same opposition Senegal, was a much tighter affair as we shared the honors 2-2.
     
    World Cup Qualifiers - Part 1
    The world cup qualifiers were an easy affair and just a chance to get Maclaren up to speed and he did not disappoint, scoring 8 goals in 4 matches including his 10th international hattrick. He missed the last 2 qualifiers due to injuries again.
     
    World Cup Qualifiers - Part 2 (2024)
    We wrapped up the first qualifying stage with Maclaren continuing his scoring form notching up another hattrick and 6 goals in 2 matches.
     
    Friendlies 2024
    The friendlies were a mixed affair. The win against Ecuador was good while Bosnia's Almir Seferovic, the new hitman for At. Madrid put in a crackling performance to defeat us and then we conceded a late goal to lose against Switzerland. 
     
    World Cup Qualifiers Stage 2 (2024 Part 3)
    We were clubbed with the major Middle east nations and North Korea with Iran and Qatar the strongest rivals in the group.  Maclaren played only 2 matches before another 5 month long injury derailed his season. I may have to find a new candidate for my challenge as Maclaren is getting injured almost every 3 months.
     
    Australian Calendar Year & Total Goals Challenge
    2017 - 4
    2018 - 45    
    2019 - 43
    2020 - 21
    2021 - 30
    2022 - 20
    2023 - 26
    2024 - 18
    Total Goals - 207
     
    0.2K International Goal Challenge
    Jamie Maclaren
    Appearances - 65 (+11)
    Goals - 104/200 (+19)
    Hattricks - 11 (+2)
    World Cup Golden Boot - 1
    Asian Cup Golden Boot - 1
    Confederations Cup Golden Boot - 1
     
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    Kanegan got a reaction from URz in Socceroos - The Golden Generation   
    Yes but i will continue just to see how far i can take Maclaren to and also Conf. Cup and World Cup win is a target that i will try to achieve.
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    Kanegan reacted to URz in One last Magical Experience - Season 4   
    Season 2 - 2018/2019
    After a great opening season, how will the Italian trio fare in their sophomore year?
     
    Transfers
    Transfers Out
    Moved Vidal on before he caused further unrest (shame as he was playing well).😡


    For some reason, Real Madrid wouldn’t honour the buy-out clause in the James Rodríguez loan, so I pushed the boat out to get Eriksen as a replacement. Also managed to get Amiri when he was unsettled.


    Notice the last player, Tino Gschwender, who was an Academy graduate. His name will come up again later 😉
    Also signed my first ever player from Togo  😀 hopefully he will develop into a reliable backup striker. Must admit I probably wouldn’t have signed him if he was from anywhere else.

     
    Results
    Cup Results
    A rather mundane season opener

    Our best result of the season in an early round of the cup

    A comfortable win in the final 

     
    League
    We managed half a season unbeaten until December

    Won the league

     
    Champions League
    Carried a one goal lead from the first leg against Real 

    ..and was relieved to see Rodríguez’s goal disallowed, to go through on away goals

    More comfortable in ghe quarter finals


    Like the first round, we carried a slim one goal lead from the semi final first leg

    ...but this time got thoroughly turned-over in the return leg 😕

     
    Overal Results

     

     
    Triple Threat Challenge
    Moise Kean
    Pietro Pellegri
    Andrea Pinamonti
    TT Results
    D’Amico Progress
     
    Player of the Season ?!?!
     
    Favourite Moment
     
    So similar season to the first with domestic dominance and failing at the semis in Europe. Still pleased with TT results from a young trio.
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    Kanegan got a reaction from URz in Socceroos - The Golden Generation   
    Update 4 - 2020 Friendlies & 2021 Confederations Cup
    Since, we are the hosts of 2022 World Cup, we will not get any qualifiers which means less goal scoring chances for Maclaren. Oh my!!! this challenge just got harder.
     
    2020 Friendlies
     
    We played only 9 friendlies in the year with two big losses against Belgium and Italy.  Maclaren missed only the UAE match due to suspension but he played and scored in the remaining 8 taking his scoring streak to 23.
     
    Build up to Confederations Cup
    We dispatched the African champions Angola with ease and survived a late surge against South Africa before losing a competitive match against World Champions and current #1 Spain. Maclaren adds three more games to take his scoring streak to 26.
     
    2021 Confederations Cup
    We qualified for this after winning the  Asian Cup. There are no easy groups in this tournament as it is literally the tournament of champions, but we got the short end of the stick when we were drawn with Copa America winners Argentina, World Champions Spain and Oceanian champions New Zealand. So, except New Zealand, the other two were virtually unbeatable for us.
     
    Match 1 (vs Argentina) - Dream Start

    What a start. A famous Maclaren hattrick saw us win against the Argentineans and the entire nation went into a frenzy. Maclaren knows how to step up in the big tournaments and we couldn't have asked for a better start.
     
    Match 2 (vs Spain) - Goals galore

    Spain was always going to be tough and Morata showed his brilliance notching up 4 against us, though Maclaren was not to be left behind as he pumps his second hattrick in as many matches becoming the only player to do so.
     
    Match 3 (vs New Zealand) - Easy win

    We needed to win to have a chance at qualifying and it was straightforward with Maclaren getting a brace. He has raced up to 8 goals in this tournament now and we qualified for the semis.

     
    Semi-Final (vs USA)

    We had to wait till extra time to see off USA but this was a thrilling match. Maclaren scored his 9th of the tourney and McGree scored the winner in 95th to send us in finals. Fantastic again from the Socceroos, though we would be a depleted side going into final as 5 of our players including Mr. Maclaren would be unavailable due to suspensions.
     
    Final (vs Spain)

    Of course our depleted side was no match for the world champions but we fought well. The absence of so many players, especially Maclaren and Oikonomidis hurt us badly.
     

    Nothing to see, another golden boot for Maclaren.
     
    2021 Friendlies wrap-up
    Maclaren took part in only 2 matches as he was injured playing for Bolton in the Championship but scored in both taking his scoring streak to 32.
     
    Australian Calendar Year & Total Goals Challenge
    2017 - 4
    2018 - 45    
    2019 - 43
    2020 - 21
    2021 - 30
    Total Goals - 143
     
    0.2K International Goal Challenge
    Jamie Maclaren
    Appearances - 48 (+16)
    Goals - 76/200 (+32)
    Hattricks - 9 (+4)
    Worlc Cup Golden Boot - 1
    Asian Cup Golden Boot - 1
    Confederations Cup Golden Boot - 1
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    Kanegan reacted to kts365 in The Freebie 1k Earnshaw Hat-trick Challenge   
    Season 2
    After a fantastic first season lets see what season 2 thows up in the air. First, transfers.
    Which I forgot to screenshot..... oh well. Lets move onto some big news.

    4 months out injured to begin the season.
    Lets see how the team did in the league without him.

    We made the playoffs with plenty of goals but its probably a good thing we didnt hit promotion immediately as it allows is to get more goals at this lower level.
    So with 124 league goals lets see Corie and his goal tally. How many could he come back to get?
    Lets see his end of season attributes first.
     
    Some nice attribute imorovement but i am looking for more than a 10 in shooting. How many goals did he bang in though in spite of that injury? 

    37 is disappointing for the season but very good considering he only had 27 games to score them.
    Nearly 100 after two seasons is still a good start.
    Games played - 75
    Goals scored - 98
    Hat-Tricks
    League 2 - no
    League 1 - no
    Championship - no
    Premier league - no
    FA Cup - no
    International - no
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    Kanegan got a reaction from URz in Socceroos - The Golden Generation   
    Update 3 - Asian Cup 2019
    So, after our exploits in the World Cup, we looked forward to 2019 and our 1st order of job was the Asian Cup as we looked to make an impact.  We were drawn in a relatively straight-forward group of Tajikistan, UAE and Saudi Arabia with UAE the only one who could cause problems
     
    Match 1 (vs Tajikistan) - Warming up

    A straightforward win with goals from Maclaren and Williams sees us defeat the Tajikis.
     
    Match 2 (vs UAE) - Shock for the ages

    This was a shocker. UAE dominated us from start to finish as we couldn't cope up with their pace. Maclaren scored a consolation for us as we were thoroughly unbeaten.
     
    Match 3 (vs Saudi Arabia) - Getting back into form

    We needed to win the last match and win we did with a brace from Maclaren ensuring full points for us though he hobbled off due to injury at the 67th minute.
     
    Here is the final group stage table:

    Saudi Arabia actually tops the group after winning their other two matches. 
     
    Round of 16 (vs Iran)

    Iran were a strong opponent but we dispatched them easily, again via a Maclaren brace.
     
    Quarter-Final (vs Kyrgyzstan)

    The Central Asians were no match for Maclaren as he smashes four past them with Troisi adding a 5th.
     
    Semi-Final (vs Saudi Arabia)

    Once again the Saudis crossed our paths and we dispatched them easily. Maclaren continues his scoring spree while Kamau chips in with a brace.
     
    Final (vs Korea)

    We had to go on penalties after 120 minutes yielded 3-3. Maclaren finishes with a high scoring a brace in the final and we held our nerves to win the shootout and the title!!! Fantastic.
     

    Jamie Maclaren wins the Golden Boot again, this time with a staggering 13 goals. He scored in every match. He has now won two golden boots in two major competitions successively.

    This is how he looks after the Asian Cup.
     
    Friendlies - March to June

    Some big goalfests there with us coming out on the losing side on 2 of the 3 occassions. The tie against Russia was the most exciting with Smolov netting 5 and Maclaren grabbing another hattrick.
     
    Friendlies - June to September

    Maclaren continues his goaling spree scoring in every match he has been a part of this year. He missed the NZ match due to injury.
     
    Friendlies - October to December

    The end of the year is a bad one for us as Russia trumps us again and we fail to defeat Jamaica and Montenegro though Maclaren continues his goaling spree scoring in every match he has played, his scoring streak standing at 15. We need to organize our defense well and that is what i would be looking at for next year.
     
    Australian Calendar Year & Total Goals Challenge
    2017 - 4
    2018 - 45    
    2019 - 43
    Total Goals - 92
     
    0.2K International Goal Challenge
    Jamie Maclaren
    Appearances - 32 (+15)
    Goals - 44/200 (+24)
    Hattricks - 5 (+2)
    FIFA Golden Boot - 1
    AFC Golden Boot - 1
     
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    Kanegan got a reaction from URz in Socceroos - The Golden Generation   
    Update 2 - World Cup 2018
    So, we head to our 5th world cup looking to better our record of 2nd round finish but first we need to qualify from a tough group. Our preparations were not good at all as we only won 1 of our 4 friendlies. We start against the group favorites Portugal:
     
    Match 1 (vs Portugal) - Guns of CR7

    Everybody had predicted the outcome but nobody had predicted the scoreline. What a crazy match!!!! Moutinho, Silva and Ronaldo scored in a space of 7 minutes to go 3 up while Maclaren pulled back before a foul on Ronaldo earned him a penalty and he notched up his second. We went in the break 4-1 down but i gave them one hell of a pep talk and the Socceroos came out all guns blazing. 3 second half goals and an OG from Danilo meant we had drawn the match 5-5 but CR7 played spoilsport as usual notching up his 4th of the match in the 90th minute to break Aussie hearts, but what an incredible fightback. One of my finest i have watched in FMM 18.
     
    Match 2 (vs Ghana) - Slaying the Stars

    Our confidence was sky high after that showing and Ghana was dispatched off easily. Maclaren hit his 3rd in 2 matches and Leckie, our impressive ISF notched up his 1st of the Cup before he hobbled off to a challenge.
     
    Match 3 (vs Wales) - Parking the Aussie Bus

    Well, after the goal fest of the first match, we organized our defensive capabilities against Ghana but this was a tactical battle which ended up with both teams having the same ideas. So 15 shots apiece still couldn't yield a goal.
    So, with these results, we somehow manage to qualify for the next round.

     
    In the second round, we faced the mighty Germans. Surely, our run would end here as we all know even the fake Germans are strong like hell
    Round of 16 (vs Germany) - The Giant-Killers??

    Oh holy shit!!! We actually did the unthinkable. Defeating the world champions 6-1. Maclaren bursting out with a hattrick becoming the first Australian to score one in World Cup. Germany, unable to cope with us also got two send-offs.
     
    Quarter-Final (vs Switzerland) - Still going

    Our confidence was sky high and all it needed to dispatch Switzerland was a solitary goal from Maclaren. We were in the semis, in my first world cup in charge and it was looking like we were living a dream. Surely, we would be caught now.
     
    Semi-Final (vs England) - Bubble has burst
    We went into England having lost most of our star players to injuries and suspensions so we were wafer thin on talent and experience.

    Yes, we were humiliated. Barkley and Rashford fired hattricks in tandem with Maclaren and Kruse managing to grab consolation goals. We were finally out of the World Cup but i was proud of my boys. Defeating Germans 6-1 is no mean feat.
     
    3rd Place Playoff (vs Belgium) - Bad day at office

    What started as a fantastic run ended badly as our second choice and subs after being humiliated by England couldn't keep up with the pace of the Belgians and we had to contend with 4th place.
    Some more great news followed:

    Jamie Maclaren wins the FIFA Golden Boot with 9 goals at the World Cup.
     
    World Cup Final - Spain vs England
    Spain picked up their 2nd title via penalties after 120 minutes of play yielded 2-2.
     
    Friendlies - Slaying the South Americans

    Our run at the world cup had filled us with confidence and we slayed the South American giants Chile and Brazil with Maclaren netting his 3rd hattrick of his international career.
     
    Brazil takes revenge

    Brazil comes back next month and this time they take revenge while Wales edged us in a highly competitive match.
     
    Stupid AI
    Our final two friendlies were against a pair of Central Asians - Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan and without looking at the squad, assuming that most of our top players will be present submitted the squad. But stupid A.I actually omitted Maclaren, Oikonomidis, Mooy and many others and we were left with bunch of youngsters.

     
    So, that brings an end to this long update.
     
    Australian Calendar Year & Total Goals Challenge
    2018 - 45    
    Total Goals - 49
     
    0.2K International Goal Challenge
    Jamie Maclaren
    Appearances - 17
    Goals - 20/200
    Hattricks - 3
    FIFA Golden Boot - 1
     
     
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    Kanegan got a reaction from Titjes in Socceroos - The Golden Generation   
    History of Socceroos
                                                                            
                                                              Association: Football Federation Australia
                                                              Confederation : AFC (Asia)
                                                              Head Coach: Mr. Kanegan (current)                        
                                                                                 Ranking History
                                              Current: 43     Highest: 14 (Sep 2009)   Lowest: 102 (Nov 2014)
     
                                                                                        Records
                                                                   Most caps: Mark Schwarzer (109)
                                                                   Most goals:    Jamie Maclaren (104)
                                                                                           Tim Cahill (50)
                                                World Cup Appearances: 6      Best Result: 4th Place (2018)
                                                Asian Cup Appearances: 4        Champions: 2015, 2019        Runners-up: 2011
                                                Confederations Cup Appearances: 5     Best Result: Runners-up (1997, 2021)
                                                 
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    Kanegan got a reaction from Titjes in Socceroos - The Golden Generation   
    So, after completing a few short-term challenges and with FMM 2019 less than a month ahead, i thought i would wrap my 2018 with the same challenge that is started my Vibe career with:
     
    So, this time i am choosing the mighty Socceroos.
    Alongwith the 200 International Goal Challenge for which i will be using this player:

                                                                  Jamie MacLaren
     
    Bio: Jamie Maclaren (born 29 July 1993) is an Australian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Hibernian, on loan from Darmstadt 98. He has also previously played for Perth Glory and Brisbane Roar. Maclaren initially represented Scotland at youth level, but has since appeared for Australia at both youth and senior international level. He won the 2016–17 A-League Golden Boot with 19 goals.
     
    In addition to this, i have created some new challenges for this save. One is the Calendar Year Scoring Challenge but with a twist i.e how many goals can you score with your national team in a calendar year, second is how many total goals can you score with your national team under your management. I don't know if this warrants enough attention so i have not put this under official challenge but may do so if it gets popular. 
     
    Apart from this, i will look to erase all the records of Socceroos and create some new records. The brief records history will be posted next which will be updated time to time depending on the records i create.
     
    Thanks for anybody looking at this and wish me luck and i promise this will be my last career for 2018.
     
     
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    Kanegan got a reaction from URz in Please stand up for the new "Skoblar" - Completed   
    Season 6 - Final Swansong
    After being down with fever for the last 2 days, i finally managed to rustle off the final season, so here is the update for one final time:
    Transfers Out
    Transfers In
     
    Season Performance

    Ok, we had reserved the best for the last. The first ever "Invincible" league season winning 34 and drawing 4 notching up the 100 goals and 100 points double, taking the clean sweep of trophies and in course, finally winning the Champions League.
     
    League Performance
    Same story as last season. The month long injury pegged back Santini's form as he mustered only 33 goals. Thauvin gets the most assists with 14.
     
    Notable matches and Cup Runs
    Only 3 hattricks for Santini this season but his 100% goal record in cup finals continued as he managed to score in all the three finals.
     
    Champions League
    Milik, our new signing this season stepped up beautifully clobbering 5 braces including one in the final to finally gift us the Champions League.
     
    Arkadiusz Milik

    He was mostly used as a sub but he delivered when needed.
     
    Other Notable Players

    Another player who had a great debut season for us. He stepped up in absence of Krovinovic whose 3 month long injury meant he missed a lot of the matches and Sobhi plugged the gap with 12 goals and 23 assists combined with Thauvin who had his best season so far.

     
     
    Main Man

    He fell just one short of the 50 goals that i had predicted for the season but still maintained an AvR of 8.12. 
     
    Awards
     
    Manager Profile & Trophy Cabinet
     
    Challenge Update

    So, the challenge is complete in all aspects.
    Thanks for everyone reading and supporting this thread.  It was a nice challenge and i hope someone takes this on. Any feedback/comments are welcome.
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    Kanegan got a reaction from URz in Please stand up for the new "Skoblar" - Completed   
    Season 4 - Make or Break
    This is the season which will determine whether this career has legs or not as Santini turns 32 next year so it's not long before his performance starts to drop.  I tweaked my formation this season so let us see.
    Transfers Out
    Just trimming the squad letting out the useless graduates for free.
    Transfers In
    Adding some young French players in the squad as i am short in domestic front and Tapia got picked up to give me another option in DLP.
     
    Season Performance

    Our 4th league title in a row. I concentrated mainly on the league rotating my players for the other competitions. We got dumped out of Champions League in group stage finishing 3rd but bounced back by winning our second Europa League. We continue failing at the Coupe de la Ligue but won the other two domestic cups.
     
    League Performance
    He was everywhere - topping the assists, POTM and AvR charts. Absolutely marvelous performance but did he get the real record??
    Well,
    Yes, he does it, just about clearing 44. 
    And how does he celebrate?? By doing what he does best - in the remaining two finals after the last league match:

    Destroying PSG in the Europa final even with 9 players courtesy of a Santini hattrick and then decimating Monaco in the French Cup final.
     
    Notable matches and Cup Runs
     
    Other Notable Player

    Krovinovic came to his elements this season with 19 goals and 18 assists. He would have got more if i wouldn't have concentrated only on Santini.
     
    Main Man

    His best season so far - scoring 64 goals and even getting 21 assists. What a player!!! The formation tweak definitely worked this time.
     
    Awards
    The usual Santini sweep in the awards. So good to see two of our defenders - Rahman and Zouma making it to the League XI of the Season.
     
    Challenge Update

    So, all the challenges ticked off with only the total club goals remaining. I require 80 goals more to break the record in 2 seasons which makes it 40 in each. Santini has been hitting an average of 50 per season so i am pretty hopeful for this. A big sigh of relief at having Santini achieve the Ligue 1 goals target as that was the hardest part.
     
    Thanks for everyone reading and supporting this thread. Stay tuned for Season 5. Any feedback/comments are welcome.
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    Kanegan got a reaction from URz in Please stand up for the new "Skoblar" - Completed   
    Season 4 - Make or Break
    This is the season which will determine whether this career has legs or not as Santini turns 32 next year so it's not long before his performance starts to drop.  I tweaked my formation this season so let us see.
    Transfers Out
    Just trimming the squad letting out the useless graduates for free.
    Transfers In
    Adding some young French players in the squad as i am short in domestic front and Tapia got picked up to give me another option in DLP.
     
    Season Performance

    Our 4th league title in a row. I concentrated mainly on the league rotating my players for the other competitions. We got dumped out of Champions League in group stage finishing 3rd but bounced back by winning our second Europa League. We continue failing at the Coupe de la Ligue but won the other two domestic cups.
     
    League Performance
    He was everywhere - topping the assists, POTM and AvR charts. Absolutely marvelous performance but did he get the real record??
    Well,
    Yes, he does it, just about clearing 44. 
    And how does he celebrate?? By doing what he does best - in the remaining two finals after the last league match:

    Destroying PSG in the Europa final even with 9 players courtesy of a Santini hattrick and then decimating Monaco in the French Cup final.
     
    Notable matches and Cup Runs
     
    Other Notable Player

    Krovinovic came to his elements this season with 19 goals and 18 assists. He would have got more if i wouldn't have concentrated only on Santini.
     
    Main Man

    His best season so far - scoring 64 goals and even getting 21 assists. What a player!!! The formation tweak definitely worked this time.
     
    Awards
    The usual Santini sweep in the awards. So good to see two of our defenders - Rahman and Zouma making it to the League XI of the Season.
     
    Challenge Update

    So, all the challenges ticked off with only the total club goals remaining. I require 80 goals more to break the record in 2 seasons which makes it 40 in each. Santini has been hitting an average of 50 per season so i am pretty hopeful for this. A big sigh of relief at having Santini achieve the Ligue 1 goals target as that was the hardest part.
     
    Thanks for everyone reading and supporting this thread. Stay tuned for Season 5. Any feedback/comments are welcome.
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    Kanegan got a reaction from URz in Please stand up for the new "Skoblar" - Completed   
    Season 3
    Transfers Out
    Martins was my big money sell as couldn't refuse that money as i had bought him for a meagre 37 mil. dollars last season.
     
    Transfers In
    Krovinovic, de Ligt and Mario found their way to our team with Ikoko and Rahman signed on to be our two wingbacks. Very happy to get Rahman on free transfer. He has been a solid wingback for us.
     
    Season Performance

    Hattrick of league titles with Coupe de France won as well so ticked off all the trophy requirements of challenge. Just fell short of 100 goals and 100 points in the league though.
     
    League Performance
    Poor by Santini. He nets only 35 goals in the league - 5 less than last season. His assists are starting to go up and his teamwork of 17 means i am really worried about finishing this part.
     
    Cup Runs
    Coupe de France was the most unusal match i witnessed. PSG went ahead through a Kylian Mbappe rebound after he failed in the penalty.  Rahman equalized 5 minutes before the break. In the second half, PSG went twice ahead through Davies and Cavani but we equalized through Krovinovic and Santini and in the extra time, PSG had three disallowed goals before we held our nerve on the shoot-out. We were very lucky. PSG dominated us on all fronts but we were the winners. FMM gods must be having a good day to shower their blessings on me otherwise it is always the other way around.
     
    Main Man

    The top goalscorer is in the bag so we tick off that part as well. Now, the only big challenge is the 44 goals in league which i am worried will never happen.
     
    Awards
    Santini strikes again with the awards.
     
    Challenge Update

    So, only two challenges remaining now, the total club goals which we are on mark and the single season league goals (which is turning out to be the hardest). With only 3 seasons left to play, i don't know if that challenge can be completed.
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    Kanegan got a reaction from Putzy in Awards   
    Hey Vibers, this just crossed my mind after having seeing this in many other game forums of which i am a part so how about if we create an awards section every year.
    For example the awards may be:
    1.  Best Career of the Year - where you nominate the career or the save which you loved most
    2. Best Writer of the Year - the writer who has the most careers on board which is loved by everyone
    3. Best New Writer of the Year - an award for the newcomers to Vibe
    4. Best Creator of the Year - an award for the person who created the most innovative and unique challenges
    5. Best Challenge of the Year - of course for the most different and unique challenge created in that year.
     
    Let me know your thoughts. It can be a fun thing to run every year.
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    Kanegan got a reaction from URz in Please stand up for the new "Skoblar" - Completed   
    This will be a short update as i forgot a lot of screenshots.
    Season 2
    Forgot the transfers but we picked up Gelson Martins and Bruno Fernandez from Sporting to replace the outgoing Arthur who we sold off to West Ham for 71mil.  Deserves it for being such a pansy.
     
    Season Performance

    Retained the league title with a much better performance and also won the Trophee des Champions, ticking off that part of the challenge. But failed to win the French Cup and Champions League while getting knocked out in European Super Cup on penalties. Forgot the screenshots though.
     
    League Performance
    So close but no cigar!!! Santini scored 40 goals falling short by 4. He has turned 30 now so the next might be the last season where he can aim for the same as after that, his attributes will drop.
     
    Main Man

    60 goals in the season with 4 hattricks. He definitely amped up his performance going for more goals and less assists. But i need a better performance from him in the league otherwise this career is screwed. The top goalscorer is in the bag though again.
     
    Awards
    Awards galore for Santini again.
     
    Challenge Update

     
     
     
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    Kanegan got a reaction from URz in Please stand up for the new "Skoblar" - Completed   
    So, since i have already completed my 1st season, i thought i will post it, so here goes:
    Season 1
    Of course, my club of choice is Olympique de Marseille, or better known simply as Marseille. To start with, here is my transfers for the season:
    Transfers Out
    Transfers In
    Not a lot of changes which i generally do in 1st year to get the feel of the squad. Tagliafico is somebody who i have been meaning to use for sometime and Arthur is a no-brainer.
     
    Season Performance

    Very nervy season but in the end, i managed to emulate my last career by winning the League title and Continental title double though it is the Euro Cup but got messed up in the cups.
     
    League Performance
    The league was very close and i am not sure how we won the league as ours and Monaco's points and GD are the same. On checking the rules, i got the answer. Both of us had beaten each other in our home so finally it was the goals scored by us which made the difference as we scored three more than Monaco. Talk about being close!!! This was tighter than a nurse's ****, you get what i am referring to. 😤
    Ivan scored only 31 goals in the league, much lower than the target so i am hoping this does not become the norm. He missed out on a couple of league games due to injuries as well, so hopefully next year he gets much better. The top goalscorer was in the bag though.
     
    Cup Runs
     
    Euro Cup
    So, a dilly dally run in the Europa with progressing on away goals against the mighty Man U our closest game.
     
    Playmaker

    Undoubtedly, it is Arthur who is our playmaker of the season with 23 assists and 7 goals at an AvR of 7.34. But the idiot that he is, he kept complaining throughout the season that he wants to move to a bigger club and i am fed up of him so i am transferring his ass out the next season.
     
    Main Man


    Teamwork, movement, decisions all have dropped after one season though aerial and shooting remains constant.  48 goals from 56 at an AvR of 7.92 is a decent effort and he put in 20 assists which i would have loved to be less and goals more. Only 2 hattricks for the season.
     
    Awards
    Santini wins Europe's best player and the Star of the Season while also getting into the World XI while we get three representations in Team of the Season.
     
    Challenge Update

     
    There you go for season 1. Hopefully, a better season comes along or i may have shot in my foot.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Kanegan got a reaction from Vishnu in Please stand up for the new "Skoblar" - Completed   
    So, after rushing off two challenges in a row , the Lee Dong-Gook Challenge and Curse of Chelsea No. 9 , i thought for a change i will attempt something of my own.
    Here is the challenge which i created a while back:
    So, essentially the summary is i will be heading to Marseille and recruit a Croatian striker and we need to emulate his achievements which are:
    1.   2 x Ligue 1 
    2.   1 x Trophee des Champions
    3.   1 x Coupe de France
    4.   Top goalscorer for three years in a row in Ligue 1
    5.   44 goals or above to be scored in a Ligue 1 season
    6.   305 goals or above to be scored in the entire club career.
     
    He stayed in Marseille for 6 seasons so i will be giving myself exactly 6 seasons to achieve all of the above which i have updated in the challenge.
    So, the player whom i have chosen for the challenge:

     
    Bio: Ivan Santini, born in Zadar, played for his hometown side's youth team, until the summer of 2006, when he moved to Inter Zaprešić where he signed his first professional contract and made four first team appearances, scoring his first professional goal in the process. The next season, he moved to Red Bull Salzburg where he spent the duration of the year as a youth player.
    He made his debut on the professional league level in the 2. Bundesliga for Ingolstadt on 8 March 2009, when he came on as a substitute in the 72nd minute in a game against TSV 1860 München and scored his first goal. From 2009 to 2012, he played for Zadar. On 31 January 2012, Santini joined Freiburg in a sixth-month loan move with a clause in which Freiburg can buy out his contract. On June 2013, he signed a contract to join Kortrijk. On 18 June 2015, Santini moved to Standard Liège on a four-year contract, for a fee of €2 million. On 3 August 2016, Santini moved to Caen on a three-year contract, for a fee estimated over €2 million. In January 2017 he became the first Croatian player after Dado Pršo to score at least 10 goals in Ligue 1. 
     
    So, this man has been a bit of a journeyman joining 6 clubs in a space of 9 years. I am hoping he becomes a permanent fixture on my Marseille side. His aerial and shooting stats are the reasons i selected him as i am building my first ever lone striker tactic so would be fun.
    Also, i have never managed in France so this looks all new to me so wish me luck guys.
     
     
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    Kanegan got a reaction from URz in Please stand up for the new "Skoblar" - Completed   
    So, since i have already completed my 1st season, i thought i will post it, so here goes:
    Season 1
    Of course, my club of choice is Olympique de Marseille, or better known simply as Marseille. To start with, here is my transfers for the season:
    Transfers Out
    Transfers In
    Not a lot of changes which i generally do in 1st year to get the feel of the squad. Tagliafico is somebody who i have been meaning to use for sometime and Arthur is a no-brainer.
     
    Season Performance

    Very nervy season but in the end, i managed to emulate my last career by winning the League title and Continental title double though it is the Euro Cup but got messed up in the cups.
     
    League Performance
    The league was very close and i am not sure how we won the league as ours and Monaco's points and GD are the same. On checking the rules, i got the answer. Both of us had beaten each other in our home so finally it was the goals scored by us which made the difference as we scored three more than Monaco. Talk about being close!!! This was tighter than a nurse's ****, you get what i am referring to. 😤
    Ivan scored only 31 goals in the league, much lower than the target so i am hoping this does not become the norm. He missed out on a couple of league games due to injuries as well, so hopefully next year he gets much better. The top goalscorer was in the bag though.
     
    Cup Runs
     
    Euro Cup
    So, a dilly dally run in the Europa with progressing on away goals against the mighty Man U our closest game.
     
    Playmaker

    Undoubtedly, it is Arthur who is our playmaker of the season with 23 assists and 7 goals at an AvR of 7.34. But the idiot that he is, he kept complaining throughout the season that he wants to move to a bigger club and i am fed up of him so i am transferring his ass out the next season.
     
    Main Man


    Teamwork, movement, decisions all have dropped after one season though aerial and shooting remains constant.  48 goals from 56 at an AvR of 7.92 is a decent effort and he put in 20 assists which i would have loved to be less and goals more. Only 2 hattricks for the season.
     
    Awards
    Santini wins Europe's best player and the Star of the Season while also getting into the World XI while we get three representations in Team of the Season.
     
    Challenge Update

     
    There you go for season 1. Hopefully, a better season comes along or i may have shot in my foot.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Kanegan got a reaction from Vishnu in Please stand up for the new "Skoblar" - Completed   
    So, after rushing off two challenges in a row , the Lee Dong-Gook Challenge and Curse of Chelsea No. 9 , i thought for a change i will attempt something of my own.
    Here is the challenge which i created a while back:
    So, essentially the summary is i will be heading to Marseille and recruit a Croatian striker and we need to emulate his achievements which are:
    1.   2 x Ligue 1 
    2.   1 x Trophee des Champions
    3.   1 x Coupe de France
    4.   Top goalscorer for three years in a row in Ligue 1
    5.   44 goals or above to be scored in a Ligue 1 season
    6.   305 goals or above to be scored in the entire club career.
     
    He stayed in Marseille for 6 seasons so i will be giving myself exactly 6 seasons to achieve all of the above which i have updated in the challenge.
    So, the player whom i have chosen for the challenge:

     
    Bio: Ivan Santini, born in Zadar, played for his hometown side's youth team, until the summer of 2006, when he moved to Inter Zaprešić where he signed his first professional contract and made four first team appearances, scoring his first professional goal in the process. The next season, he moved to Red Bull Salzburg where he spent the duration of the year as a youth player.
    He made his debut on the professional league level in the 2. Bundesliga for Ingolstadt on 8 March 2009, when he came on as a substitute in the 72nd minute in a game against TSV 1860 München and scored his first goal. From 2009 to 2012, he played for Zadar. On 31 January 2012, Santini joined Freiburg in a sixth-month loan move with a clause in which Freiburg can buy out his contract. On June 2013, he signed a contract to join Kortrijk. On 18 June 2015, Santini moved to Standard Liège on a four-year contract, for a fee of €2 million. On 3 August 2016, Santini moved to Caen on a three-year contract, for a fee estimated over €2 million. In January 2017 he became the first Croatian player after Dado Pršo to score at least 10 goals in Ligue 1. 
     
    So, this man has been a bit of a journeyman joining 6 clubs in a space of 9 years. I am hoping he becomes a permanent fixture on my Marseille side. His aerial and shooting stats are the reasons i selected him as i am building my first ever lone striker tactic so would be fun.
    Also, i have never managed in France so this looks all new to me so wish me luck guys.
     
     
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    Kanegan reacted to kylieboi88 in Kyle attempts The Park Ji Sung Challenge   
    Choi enters the english game!!
    As you are all aware I made the leap to England and took the reins at Watford in the Championship.
    We got promoted via 2nd place and begun our first season in the Premier League. I agreed with the board of a mid table finish however I was always aiming for higher


    My tactic was effective winning 18/21 games with only 2 loses and 1 draw in my rein at Watford. (Doncaster was before I took the job).


    Some results of our route to the Prem!


    Won Manager of The Year!



    Trophy cabinet so far! BOOM!
    This is how Choi faired in his half season in the Championship.

    Choi makes it to the Prem!
    So we made it to the Premier League and now the challenge truly begins!
    Lets start with the juicy bits, transfers in and transfers out...

    Massively pleased with my window, only area I was disappointed with and failed to strengthen was rightback/wingback. The options available with the money I had just wasnt going to be worthwhile. Diogo Dalot and Pinto were £15m+....I had £4m left 😂

    The Season Begins!
    Two games in and we are definately winning the league!! 🤪



    Beating these two Giants of the English game resulted in me winning Manager of the Month....ooooooosh!




    We went through to Jan flying high in first!! (I forgot to screenshot Jan but we was flying high til Feb....)

    We lost out way through Feb and March resulting in Chelsea flying into 2nd and then 1st 😡😡😡


    We just conceded far too many times too often late in the game resulting in 1-1 draws! 9 draws in total for the season...should of been half that number!!
    We did however beat Arsenal in the Cup resulting in 1 cup win in England ✔

    Our app, goals and assists for the season.


    How did our boy Choi perform? 

    I won Manager of the Year with a tidy 2nd finish in our first season in the Prem!

    My players didnt do too bad either!



    The signing of the season has to be Marega! Signed on a free transfer...and he did this for the Season...

    Absolutely amazing!
    Hope your hooked on this save like I am. Cheers for popping by!
    England Targets
    x4 Premier League Titles - 0/4
    x3 FA Cups - 1/3
    x1 Community Shield - 0/1
    x1 World Cup Championship - 0/1
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    Kanegan got a reaction from Damilare in Challenge Cup XII   
    Some great scores posted, and a cracking final to look forward to.
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    Kanegan got a reaction from Titjes in Unleashing the Lee Bang Machine - Final Update   
    Season 5 (Final)
    Unlocked Sugar Daddy in this season which enabled me to get some great players.

    Jovic was signed to replace Adriano who retired at a ripe old age of 33!! Such a pansy when you consider his strike partner is 41.  Other were backups in the squad.
     
    Season Performance

    Incredible, just incredible. In what is the last season for the "Machine" we continue the usual clean sweep and we pick up our first ever Club World Cup (more on that later) giving a fitting farewell to the greatest legend of the club.
     
    League Performance
    Too many draws in the season but otherwise it was the usual suspects with Lee again the top scorer and Kerschbaumer the top assist man.
     
    Cup Runs
     
    Club World Cup
    Identical results in all the three matches as we beat America (Mexico), AC Milan (Italy, big upset!!!!) and Sunshine Stars (Nigeria) to pick up our first world title.  Lee hits in the Quarters and finals while our new hitman , Luka Jovic puts in a legendary performance to put down AC Milan.
     
    Notable matches - Lee
    Only two hattricks this season which came right at the start of the season in two consecutive Champions League matches.
     
    Awards
     
    The usual Jeonbuk domination with Tiago Alves stepping up this time to take the POTY and FPOTY. So, what did he do to win the award??
     
    Tiago Alves
     
    But my player of the season goes to:
    The Playmaker

    He stepped up this season with 21 assists and 15 goals.
     
    Finally, the day came which i have been dreading since the start of the save:

    He bowed out after an impressive 13 seasons with the club. A bonafide legend.
     
    Final season stats:

    He matches his last season tally with 42. Just unbelievable.
     
    Manager Profile & Trophy Cabinet
     
    Challenge Update
     
    Total - 231 Goals
     
    Final Challenge Stats

    Take a bow Mr. Lee "Bang Bang" Dong Gook.!!!!
    That's it for this challenge. It's a pretty good score IMHO for anybody to take a crack. Would love to inspire someone just like @Cockers2505 inspired me.
     
    Will be waiting for @PilgrimAsh final tally.
     
    @danovic78, mate if you can add my 231 goals to the top of the leaderboard.
     
    Thanks to everyone who followed this. Any feedback/comments will be welcomed.
     
     
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    Kanegan reacted to Scratch in Scratch Tries: Andrea Pinamonti 1.5KC [Season 14]   
    Update - Season 11/12 - Calendar Year
    Pinamonti's calendar year record (so far) is 101 goals in Season 10/11. Can he beat it this time around?
     
    Club Goals
    Pinamonti starts the year with 47 club goals:

    Then gets another 35 in the first half of the year (82-47), followed by 52 in the second half of the year:

    Making it a total of 87 club goals.
     
    ITN Goals
    He starts with 134 goals:

    And finishes the year with 162 goals:

    Making it a total of 28 ITN goals this year.
     
    Total For The Year
    Club Goals 87 ITN Goals 28 TOTAL: 115
    That's Pinamonti's best calendar year yet. It would put him on top of the leaderboard right now, but I happen know that @Nucleus is sitting on a higher score (117). So Pinamonti is going to have to up his game next year!
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    Kanegan reacted to kylieboi88 in Kyle attempts The Park Ji Sung Challenge   
    Sneak Peak
    Just a quick update regarding the Choi save.
    After waiting till Jan and still no luck with a Prem club management position, I decided to try a different path. I decided to look at Championship clubs with the money to sign Choi but also with the potential to get promoted that same season. 
    I was having a discussion with @Ashez about potential clubs people might want to see when I did get to England and my choices was West Ham, Bournemouth and lastly Watford...I was unlikely to get Man Utd without staying at PSV for a couple more seasons...
    Who popped up in the middle of Jan with a vacancy?! None other than Watford;
    - 6th in the Championship
    - Transfer kitty of £8.5m
    A risky move but a worthwhile one if I could sign Choi!?

    I managed to get choi for £7m which Im impressed with as the panic set in and I was worried it would be closer to £15m!

    Ill update at the end of the season to show you the end of season review.
    I leave PSV with a heavy heart as I was forming a wicked side but now I have a longer time frame to form a bigger and better side around Choi.
    Thanks for reading.
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    Kanegan reacted to Ashez in Ashez & Foxy Present Gegenpressing!   
    Welcome to this second tactic recreation from @Ashez and myself which we found a real labour of love as we have looked to recreate the “heavy metal football” style of Jurgen Klopp better known as Gegenpressing. Liverpool’s high tempo and relentless attacking approach wowed football fans around the world last season as they blitzed teams both home and away especially on route to the Champions League final.
    The basis of this tactic at least in the back 6 is actually our Tiki-Taka tactic that you can find here as they are two styles that share some similarities such as high pressing to try and win the ball back quickly and a desire to play the ball out from the back to instigate attacking moves. That’s where the similarity ends though as this tactic is far more relentless going forward as we look to overwhelm opponents with our pace, power and shear numbers in attack and we especially want to see our teams counter attack quickly and clinically.
    So sit back and relax as we bring you Klopp’s Gegenpressing.    

    The Gegenpress Back 6

    I'm not going to pull the wool over your eyes as this back 6 is identical to the one used in the Tiki-Taka article, however it is identical in role name only. You see with a change of mentality this back six has completely changed how the match is played as you can clearly see differences in how our Tiki-Taka and Gegen players approached their roles. In this system you will still witness playing out from the back but it's not as controlled as the previous version with more risks being taken, another big difference is the central defenders push up the pitch a lot higher with it not being uncommon to find them in the opposition's half. The main difference however is how the wingbacks play their position as in this tactic your wingbacks are second wingers who will continually bomb up and down the flacks and be a lot more attacking than their tiki-taka counter parts. The wingbacks pushing up higher is also the first line of our Gegenpress as this player will be expected to press the opposition wide players and pin them back into their own half, doing this eliminates an attacking avenue for the opposition while handing yourself an attacking advantage. When the wingback wins possession in these areas of the pitch he'll be expected to play a pass infield or forward while maintaining his width and attack to be open for a return ball down the side of the opposition, as well as partnering with his wide teammate to out number the defending teams fullbacks. Due to this positioning, decisions, stamina and pace are vital attributes for these players to ensure they can recover if they get caught out and so they go forward at the right times. 

    The principles of this section of the system are similar to the Tiki-Taka guide so for a detailed breakdown of why these roles were used I'd suggest reading that. In simple terms the playing out from the back is a way to create pockets of space which you aim to exploit through various methods. While the Tiki-Taka system looks to exploit this space via short passes and possession the Gegenpressing style is more direct looking for faster balls into creative players or ones with pace on the flanks to get behind the opposition to create opportunities.
    The Press

    In the midfield section of the recreation we desired one thing more than anything else and that was energy! Klopp's central midfield is the main area of the press as this duo have to close down the opposition and win the ball back, the fact box to box midfielders will roam around the pitch means they're useful in attacking and defensive situations as they'll get around the pitch pressing anyone they can. The legs in this midfield also helps out in an attacking sense as you'll see both midfielders joining the attack and acting as runners, having two extra bodies entering the attacking third causes havoc for the opposition and in this panic one of our forwards or runners is likely to be free. Having two running midfielders combined with two running wingbacks means we can have up to four traditionally deep players pushing forward, pressing and finding space while the deep lying playmaker adds defensive support to the central defence. This tactic overloads the opposition and pins them in but as it's full of runners you can usually get back to stop a counter, however for this system to work you need top players with key stats like positioning, stamina, decisions, teamwork and pace as they need to venture forward at the right times, be positionally aware so they don't leave exploitable holes, be able to press as a team and not individually while pace and stamina will ensure they're getting around the pitch at speed to join or stop attacks.
    The High Press

    The high press is likely the most influential part of this system as the higher you win the ball back the more dangerous the chance you create will be. This was one vital aspect of the tactic we wanted to see while we were also after exciting interplay by the front three as seen by Mane, Firmino and Salah at Liverpool this season. The one play in particular we wanted to recreate was the ball into a wide runner, then back central to a midfielder or Firmino followed up by a ball back wide/forward into an attacking opportunity. That concept led to this attacking three as we new we wanted the striker deep, a more attacking threat on the right and a runner on the left which created the types of play we wanted. 
    The AMC role is the start of the central high press as the shadow striker will prowl this area of the pitch looking to win the ball back with BBM support from the opposition defenders, if he manages to claim the ball he'll have options on either wing or from midfield. As the striker has a free role he'll at times drop deep to help his midfield or venture further forward to act more like a striker which pulls the opposition defence out of position. If a defender follows him deep that defender has left a gaping hole one of the other attackers can exploit, if he drifts wide to occupy a wide defender he's freeing up the positioned attacker from that side to drift in field causing mayhem for the opposition. 
    The role of the left sided attacker took some debating as in Mane's case I think you could argue he's the perfect hybrid of APM, WNG and ISF but in the end we decided we wanted another runner in the team, granted this also could of led to the ISF role but making him a narrow winger means more space centrally for the other players. With the winger set as narrow he'll offer some width alongside the wingback but he'll naturally be more in field than hugging the touchline which leads to him being an unpredictable attacking threat. As one of the main aspects of a winger is to be a willing runner you'll notice this player will also press high and pin back the opposition wingback while attempting to get in behind for a cross or shooting opportunity. The fact wingers love to dribble with the ball into space also makes this a valuable weapon for the counters we're looking to create, another added benefit would be he'll have the pace to exploit any space created by our press or our playing out from the back. The unpredictably of him staying wide, running beyond or going in field keeps the opposition guessing all game while placing him in positions to link up with our other forwards and runners, you see his main job is to stretch teams and move the opposition around the pitch for others to exploit. If they double up on him at the RB position he's created space in field or on the left as the opposition move across, if he's occupying a player in field he's creating an overlap opportunity for the wingback or BBM and so on. 
    The final piece of the puzzle is a pushed up inside forward who will press high at pace while venturing around the pitch. This player is hard to pin down as he can appear basically anywhere in the attacking third as he looks to jump on any defensive mistakes or get on the end of through balls. This player will occupy his opposition wingback and right sided central defender all game which works perfectly with the other members of the attack, as it can basically lead to the AMC only having one maker to beat or if they gang up on him the ISF is now in a similar position, he could even be free if your wingback or BBM keeps the opposition wingback busy. Being the furthest forward the ISF is your most dangerous attacking threat as his free role will mean he's drifting for space but his pressing will also mean the opposition have no time on the ball, even if he's unable to claim it any rushed pass into the midfield could be easy pickings for our pressers and runners. 

    This front three works tremendously as it presses as a unit, has creatively, pace, goal threat, energy and fantastic interplay as the system is incredibly flexible. It pulls the opposition all over the pitch to keep them guessing which combined with the runners from deep leads to various attacks where you simply out number the opposition and keep them in their own half. The thought process of a through ball from midfield into Salah, a pass back to Firmino to spread it to the runner in Mane who can shoot or square it to someone else is simple but it leads to something deadly. 
    Team Instructions
    Shape

    Team Mentality: This is one of the most important decisions we made with this tactic and despite being the most attacking option it actually helps both offensively and defensively. On the attack it ensures that we get plenty of bodies forward to create overloads against the opposition and this is especially useful on the counter, because as soon as we win the ball back everyone in the team is on the front foot looking to get involved in the attack and take advantage of gaps in the opposition formation. This is where having all these fast players in the team really pays off.

    In defence it enables us to press the opposition as high up the pitch as possible simply because our players are so advanced, at times you will see all 10 outfield players in the opposition half. With so many players pushed forward it makes it as hard as possible for the opposition to play their way out meaning they either risk losing possession and getting countered by us or they hit it long and invariably give away possession.  

    Width: We used narrow to ensure that we keep a compact shape, that will allow our players to press as a team as one player pressing on his own will simply create gaps that the opposition can exploit if they evade the press. This option is also to ensure that when the ball is won back there is options to pass to because we have our players close together. This option doesn’t mean we have no width though as the two WB’s and the left winger will naturally move wide when we have the ball.
    Tempo: Play too slowly and teams will get players back to defend easily and play to quickly and we risk giving the ball away with rushed passes. With an overload mentality we will naturally play at a more attacking higher tempo anyway.
    Creative Freedom: We want our players to express themselves in order to create chances and open up defences.
    Defence

    Defensive Line: We went with the deep line for the same reason we did with our Tiki-Taka tactic as we want to draw the opposition onto us so we can create space for us to exploit when we win the ball back and hit them on the break. The deep line also means that we can play out from the back as our defenders drop back deep to pick the ball up from the goalkeeper.

    Closing Down: What other option would we use! We want to win the ball back as quickly as possible and as high up the pitch as possible so we can create good goal scoring chances.

    We never felt we needed to use any other options in this menu in order to recreate the gegenpressing style.
    Attack

    Final Third: To fully exploit the wings with our wing backs we have Look for Overlap turned on, this coupled with our overload mentality leads to the wingbacks pushing high up the pitch to pin back the opposition full backs. To create the interchange of passes that we wanted from our forward players and BBM’s we have Work into Box turned on as well as Through Balls.
    Passing Style: Gegenpressing isn’t solely based on short passing so neither is our tactic. The ball can be played quickly and directly into the front three or we can play it out from the back with shorter passes and mixed gives us both options as does our mixed Goalkeeper Distribution.
    Passing Focus: We want to use our BBM’s to full effect and to do that we have chosen to go with a central passing focus, this also enables our wingbacks to get further forward and support our three attackers along with the BBM’s.  
    Coaches and Training
    This tactic is extremely intensive with a number of roles involving a lot of running throughout the team, due to this it's important to plan for these potential issues. Below I'll explain the systems I put in place to try limit these issues from a coaching and training point of view, as it's not essential reading I've decided to place the section inside a spoiler. 
    Squad Management

    This is such an intensive tactic that it is important you spend some time considering how you build your squad and then how you manage through the season to ensure your star players stay fit. This squad management can be split into two categories.
    1. Transfers and squad size.
    2. Team selection and substitutions.
    Transfers and Squad Size
    This tactic includes some of the game’s most high energy roles including the BBM’s and WB’s so you need good back-ups within the squad because the players that player these roles will get tired. I’m sure we all try to make sure we have two players for every position plus three goalkeepers when we build a squad giving us a squad of 23 players but you might find you want to add a couple more to that when using this tactic to ensure you are well covered. This will ensure you can rotate the squad and have cover for any injuries or suspensions. The difficulty can come when you need to keep players happy with the playing time they get so it can help to have a few youngsters as the extra men in the squad who can be developed and used in easier cup ties or fill spots on the bench when required. Another useful type of player to have in the squad is the utility-man and by that I mean players that can player in a number of positions and do a job. A few players like this in the squad can make team selection much easier as the season goes on and you need to start juggling the team to fill all the roles. You can also create them yourself as many players can play multiple positions and of course we have the option to train them in more.
    Take Trent Alexander-Arnold as an example, he is a natural RB or RWB but then can also play DM and CM and has a small amount of knowledge as a RW as well. He has some excellent attributes and with some position training he could easily become a natural BBM and RW and you could even train him in LWB to provide some cover there as well. I would concentrate on training him to be a natural CM first as it shouldn’t take too long and he will provide excellent cover for the BBM’s.

    When you are looking for signings or deciding which players to keep and which to sell it is worth considering a few attributes that can make them fit into this tactic.

    As Mr Versatility himself James Milner is demonstrating you want players with good pace, stamina, decisions and teamwork from your players on top of the role specific attributes that you would usually look for.
    Pace: You need quick players in this tactic to ensure that they can exploit the space that this tactic can create especially on the fast counter attacks. Defensively it also ensures that they can close down the opposition quickly and they can get back to defend as quickly as possible if an attack breaks down.
    Stamina: This is a high energy tactic with rapid attacking and then very intensive pressing out of possession and to do this for the entire game your players will require high stamina.
    Decisions: This tactic creates space for quick counter attacks but to exploit this you need players who can recognise this situation and then play the correct pass to exploit it.
    Teamwork: To me this is an important attribute in any tactic as it ensures your players will work together and they will work hard but in this tactic it is vital as a player with low teamwork is less likely to press the opposition with the rest of the team and this will create gaps in the team that the opposition will exploit with relish.
    Team Selection and Substitutions
    If you want to compete in all competitions you will find you will be playing 65-67 games a season depending on what nation you are managing in and with that many games it is important that you rest key players in the most intensive roles in this tactic, with from our experience these are the WB’s, BBM’s and the front three. This is why you need to spend some time to build the squad to ensure you can rotate.I personally like to mix my teams up as the season goes on so that some of my best players play with my back-up players or youngsters but you may want to have two 11’s that you rotate depending on the importance of the game or the strength of the opposition. When picking your team for a game I wouldn’t risk any players who have a condition under 95% unless you really have to.
    In matches you want to start thinking about substitutions after about 60 minutes of the match and you want to keep a close eye on the key positions of WB’s, BBM’s and the front three. As the season goes on you will get to know your players and who gets tired quickly and who can recover after a game and who can't. In my Liverpool save i knew that Alexander-Arnold would struggle to play two full 90 minutes in a week so I would need to sub him towards the end of games to ensure he was fit for the next match. I would aim to sub players when they get below 75% condition if you have a mid-week game and and you want them to be 100% for that but you obviously can’t sub everyone so you need to keep an eye on up coming games and work out who is going to be important in future matches and who you would be happy to rest if they need it.
    Stat Showcase

    This showcase has been done the same way as the Tiki-Taka one where I played half a season as Liverpool, once the 32 matches were played I went through them all collecting the key stats to show you. The signings on both saves were identical apart from on this attempt I also managed to bring in Shaqiri who I couldn't get on the Tiki-Taka save so this works as I decent way to compare the two. 
    Possession 
    While the Tiki-Taka formation was designed to keep possession this one takes more risks and relies on the opposition having the ball more so we can press and counter them as needed, thankfully this is shown as this tactic has around 10% less average possession when comparing the two. This tactic achieved a possession stat over 50% 5/32 compared to the 28/32 the Tiki-Taka formation achieved. 
    Shots
    The shots per game stat is better in the Tiki-Taka formation by one in shots attempted and those conceded, however this again shows how this formation is more open in comparison. An average of 12 is still impressive however and this shape achieved 24/32 matches where it achieved 10 or more shots at goal while in 15/32 matches it allowed less than 5 shots on goal for the opposition.
    Shots On Target
    The shots on target for my teams were similar with this one achieving 6.5 and the Tiki-Taka one 6.2 which you might assume to be the wrong way around, as the slow precise nature of the Pep style should in theory have more, however I'd put this down to the reliance on ISF's in that tactic. When looking at the opposition chances however you get a clearer picture of how open this tactic is as the AI achieved an average of 2.9 shots on target while the Tiki-Taka style limited the opposition to an average of just 1.6.
    Clear Cut Chances
    In clear cut chances however the fact this tactic wins the ball in more advanced areas and looks to overwhelm the opposition leads to a lot more high chance chances as it averages a monstrous 1.6 good scoring opportunities a game compared to the Tiki-Taka's 1.2. The more open nature of this tactic is also showcased here however as this tactic gifts the opposition 0.44 good chances compared to the other tactics 0.1 average.
    Penalties & Red Cards
    Penalties - We won 3 penalties across this save conceding none. Compared to 5 and 2 in the other test. 
    Red Cards - The AI received 3 red cards in these 32 matches while we received 2. The Tiki-Taka formation saw the AI sent off 7 times in the same time period so this could be showcasing how frustrating it can be for players playing against a possession based opponent. 
    The Full Stats (Tiki-Taka Results)
    LFC
    Total Shots - 372 (416)
    Total On Target - 210 (199)
    Total CCC - 54 (41)
    Actually Scored - 84 (68)
    Opposition
    Total Shots - 177 (146)
    Total On Target - 95 (53)
    Total CCC - 14 (3)
    We Conceded - 20 (17)
    As you can see this Klopp system is more open but it's far more clinical in front of goal as it had 44 less shots but achieved more on target, it also created a massive 13 more clear cut opportunities! Personally i'd put a lot of this on the hard wired shots from target issues I've discussed previously but these Results speak for themselves. Defensively the controller style of the Tiki-Taka experience is more solid as it performed better across the board so both tactics have their positive and negative attributes, it just depends on what type of manager you want to be. 
    The Results
    Liverpool
    Dortmund
    Burnley - Well Worth A Look!
    Villarreal
    Manchester United - Thank You @kylieboi88
    FC Porto
    The Dropped Points
    You can already see this tactic is more consistent than its Tiki-Taka counter part but it can still drop points and be FMM'd as I'll showcase below. 
    Showcase Of Fast Starts
    Another key aspect of Klopp teams is the fact they start strong and attempt to kill the match off as fast as possible, thankfully we can see this in FMM as below I'll showcase all the matches from saves I still have where we score two or more in around the first fifteen minutes.
    Showcase Of Blitzing Teams
    It's not all about fast starts however as Liverpool are known to attack again after taking the lead in an attempt to blitz the opposition into defeat while they have momentum. Below you'll see examples of this tactic blitzing the opposition with fast follow up goals. 
    Ashez Conclusion
    When talk of creating a Tiki-Taka tactic started the conversation drifted towards Klopp and his famous style but @Foxy accidentally laid down the challenge with the words "it can't be done." I'll admit I was in that same camp but being inspired by the Tiki-Taka recreation and it's response I thought it was at least worth a look, especially as a lot of the key principles were locked down during the first recreation, I dunno it just felt in reach so I talked Foxy into helping me look into it. Believe it or not we settled on the first test, the second I saw it I was giddy and I instantly sent the save to Foxy with the words "just try it", I like to imagine his jaw hitting the floor during that first match, from his response I knew we'd achieved the unthinkable! Foxy hits the nail on the head with his conclusion as while I'm proud of the Tiki-Taka system it has its flaws, mostly ones outside of our control but they're still there, this one however is just magic. If pure joy was a FMM tactic it would be this one. 
    Foxy's Conclusion
    You would have to be very anti Liverpool to not enjoy the football they have produced over the last year or so under Klopp as it has been so exciting and as someone who was lucky enough to have seen them play live last season I am delighted to be able to recreate it in FMM. Our Tiki Taka tactic is great and I am proud of how close we got with that but this is another level up and I personally think it is much closer to the style that we are trying to recreate. I have lost count of the number of times I have used this tactic and I have blitzed teams in games and I have just sat there watching it thinking “yes this is Klopp’s Liverpool” and that says it all really. I am really looking forward to FMM19 now and seeing if myself and Ashez can get this to work as well in the new game and of course we may get some new options that could even enhance it even more!

    Thank you for viewing and we both look forward to reading your comments and seeing your results so don't forget to comment!
    PS - This was 100% a team effort so if you happen to press the +1/like feature on this article can you please also like a post from Foxy which I'm sure will be in this thread. Thank you.

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