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Discussion in 'Soccer Board' started by Principal McVicker, Sep 21, 2009.
That's the fun for me
Yeah, there's definitely something to be said about taking a top league team and then scouring the world for Wonderkids with your millions of transfer budget and making big transfers for big names players to win the UCL.
But the grind of taking an obscure low league team with no budget and no resources from nowhere up to the Champions League, not necessarily even winning it, just getting to the knockouts, is such an incredible feeling.
By the time you've taken your tiny team up to the top, scouting and the transfer market are usually wildly out of whack. It starts in the PL and at the big clubs (PSG, RM, Barca, Bayern) but after 10 yrs transfer costs are outrageous. Top players being bought/sold for +250M. But even 3* mid players are +100M! When you come up fr the lowest tiers and can remember not having any budget or running major deficits just praying you make promotion so you can pay those debts, you look at those transfers with a certain distain
Nothing is fun for me in just having crazy budgets and just outspending teams.
About a month in to my Parma game, I was sitting mid table, completely unable to score goals. I had a few loan players doing well, but nothing was working. And then I got Cristian Volpato on a free. In the seven games he’s played for me I am 5-0-2 and he’s been the best player in Serie B. I won’t ever have a huge transfer budget at this point, but I’m hell bent on trying to get to the CL with this team.
I was able to gain promotion back to Serie A in my first season at Parma. My reward? A cool 3 mil transfer budget. It’ll take me hours to figure out how to put together a team that won’t get relegated, and even then it won’t be enough. The board did improve my Youth Facilities though, so I guess there is that.
Loans. Free transfers. Find everyone with expiring contracts. Hit Bayern, Real Madrid, Chelsea, etc. for loans of the caliber that can keep you up. I say th, because sometimes league members won't loan you players because you're in direct competition, but sometimes they will.
Finished 12th season 1. Most of my players are on youth or non-professional contracts. Got a great youth intake, but I think it's great because I'm not good.
Got taken over by a local businessman + the fans. I got my u18 team into a league, so hoping to start getting some development to move into the first team.
The new board has injected almost 200k into the club over the first 2 months of owning the club lol. Not sure it's possible for me to get in bad financial position with how the club is set up.
So I play FM on the XBox app, and I have been unable to load FM/having issues with the app. Think I'm going to have to reset my computer unfortunately.
Going to try and move all my files to a flash/external and see if I can load it back after reset.
started a new save with Venezia. Won Serie B in year 1, and currently 9th in Serie A in year 2. Busio was the Serie B young player of the year the first year and is averaging just under 7.0 this season but keeps getting left out of the US squad so I keep getting the messages that he needs to move to a bigger club to ensure his selection.
so far I find this the "easiest" because it's a desirable situation for some of the best loan candidates and also a desirable landing spot for hot prospects from big squads on free transfers. I've got a super young team - avg age of my starting XI is 23.3 with only 2 players over 25 so some good financial windfalls coming if I can't hold on to all of them.
My starting regista (moved Busio up to mezzala to make room and pushed Cuisance to the bench) is 18 year old Noah Mbamba from Club Brugge who I signed on a free and is averaging a damn solid 6.88.
the fact that the majority of reserve fixtures are on the same day or a day before the senior team matches coupled with the insane 15 person bench almost singlehandedly makes managing an Italian team a drag. Having a squad big enough to fill both and/or constantly rotate guys onto the reserves for match fitness is such a headache, not to mention keeping that many players content. Even young guys who get 10-12 appearances a season with the senior team are demanding loans and not wanting to sign new contracts, and if I forget to ensure enough guys are off the reserves it's hard to have a decent bench for senior games.
FM 23 hit torrance so I am giving up on my FM21 game and doing this. So far it runs much faster and I really like the data center but the squad planner is kinda dumb in that it doesn't add players in automatically when they transfer in. It should just do that. Its weird. I think after this season I will enjoy it more once I get more time to shape my squad.
Oh still doing Juve Stabia in Serie C/C. Running a 4-2-3-1 wide gegenpress and its just murdering teams. 5-0 so far with a +16 GD
Sorted out the issue, and we are BACK!
Update. Won all but one game and finished with like a +80 goal differential. Think I would have made playoffs in serie b.
Signed the Americans on Venezia as they got demoted down to c so we'll see how this season goes but I think I can do a double promotion. Need to find two center backs and probably a striker but loving my midfield.
January 1 2024
Currently in 9th place. I'm overachieving in the league(board wanted me to fight to avoid relegation), and have already met/exceeded the goals given by the board for the 3 cups the club is involved in(Be competitive). They've continued to inject money through the first half of the season. They've invested 345k this season, and the training ground is currently being improved
Dealing with part time/appearance fee contracts has been interesting. My RB got poached in the middle of October, so I went out and had to find a new RB and brought in a LB as well.
So FM'd that I watched Bournemouth score and thought "Comfortable win, and they don't have to pay out any shutout bonuses. Nice"
So with the recent update AS Roma became Capitoline
is it only the Italian teams that make trouble with trademark issues? I was trying to think of there was another team in a major league that wouldn’t let them use the real name. I think Man U years ago iirc but I can’t remember any others
Man u and Napoli both don't have real names but not juventus is back in. It's annoying but easy fix.
Haven’t played much since this post, but a lot has happened.
It’s December and we currently sit mid table, which is astounding. But also my three best players have demanded transfers out because they don’t anticipate us ever competing for Europe. So I’ve already got deals for two of the three, but finding suitable replacements feels impossible during the January window. The board did give me a new deal though, and that was after coming off three straight close losses to Juventus, Napoli and Milan. It’s frustrating being completely broke but it definitely gives me a new appreciation for any success I have.
Similar challenge for me with Venezia but made worse with a tiny stadium. Free transfers and loans are the only way for the first couple of years, but in my 4th season (3rd in Serie A) I made Europa Conference League which brought in extra funds and better reputation so things started moving up. Kept asking for investments in training facilities and the youth program, and also got a new stadium in 2026 (21,000 capacity lol but an improvement).
I actually won Europa League at the end of the 28-29 season which qualifies me for the CL. I was able to get a top of the line chief scout so now in the 29-30 season I’m leading the league, I’ve got 18yo Uruguayan and a 19yo Chilean wonder kids in my lineup, but my prize is a 22yo American from my youth setup who is the best player in Serie A. No release fee so when he finally goes we’ll be set financially for years.
Decided to pick this game up again after not playing for two months almost. Just decided to resign after my third year at PSG because it wasn’t fun and I got tired of dealing with Mbappe. We were defending UCL champs but he called a team meeting to blame me in front of everyone when Bayern knocked us out in the round of 16
Resigned at the end of my third season and took 1.5 years off before Arsenal offered me the job once they fired Deschamps who had them in the drop zone in November
Hope this is a challenge that brings the fun back for me
Play with a mid/bottom table club, the challenge of making yourself one of the big group should get ya.
Keep climbing. Got them to get me a new stadium as we join serie a. Wonder how long before it's built.
Building and taking a team from nowhere up to a top level is way more fun than just managing and maintaining an already established top club.
Nothing pisses me off more than the board rejecting my youth proposals.
After finishing 12th in my return to Serie A, I was rewarded with a transfer budget of 3 mil. I spent three hours scouring the loan list for DM’s and ended up bringing in two from PSV, along with an Inter striker and five other guys on frees. I actually like my team if my attackers can stay healthy. But that’s a big if.
This is how you Football Manager
I am on an amazing heater right now, based entirely on the fact that I’m playing the absolute worst teams in Serie A. My 18 year old loan striker has already scored more goals than my leading scorer last season though, which helps. It’s going to be painful losing him, but if he can get me to Europe this year it’s all been worth it.
You love to see it.
I did a ten season play through with Nottingham in FM21 that I loved I’ll probably go back into a championship side again soon idk
One step further. Derby County.
I'm going to spend a 2nd season in League 1 with Wrexham after 2 straight promotion seasons in an FM19 save.
Gotta go low.
Edit: Sidenote, it's kinda fun to run into familiar names around the leagues, like Super Paul Mullen at Plymouth and Ollie Palmer at, I forget where
In my save Wrexham won the league but then sacked Parkinson after they lost like 18 of their first 20 in league two.
So me and a couple friends all play/enjoy FM. Life gets in the way at times and prevents us from doing this consistently. But at the moment, all three of us are in/have finished season 3 of saves with Crystal Palace. We do it and each manage our won ways and share/compare along the way and it's very fun/entertaining. Here's my current team.
We've all had very good success. Helps when you have a solid younger core to start with, and are able to make a few big sales along the way to fund everything. Below are my transfers
Zaha is annoying as hell and not worth the money. He wanted to explore options right after I accepted job, I agreed. He eventually decided he wanted to stay, and I got him on a 2 year extension for a minimal raise in wages. He proceeded to do fuck all after that, with the last two months of his second season spent with the u21's.
Year 1 academy was solid. Year 2 was crap. Year 3 is below, and I'm excited for their arrival
I'll get back on my Corinthian(8th division) save sometime soon and hopefully get that one rolling again.
How smooth is co-op career, if anyone has done that?