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    Been offered a club job, but not sure if I should take it, it's Fulham in Prem, not sure if it will interfere with my England team duties

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    If you play a wib-wobbed formation with loads of English Fulham players you'll have the pretty much the same club and international sides

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    As a Tottenham fan I remember one of our most talented teams being the 2011-12 team in Harry Redknapp's last season as manager.

    This team contained the excellent attacking trio of Bale, Modric, and van der Vaart, along with Ledley King and Scott Parker.

    Having spent most of the season in third place behind the title chasing Manchester City and United, Tottenham wobbled towards the end and finished 4th. This meant Tottenham missed out on a Champions League spot as Chelsea (who finished 6th) went on to win the European Cup.

    That team started to break up with Modric and van der Vaart leaving in the summer of 2012, along with the retirement of Ledley King.

    I set myself a season long challenge. I wanted to better Redknapp's 4th place finish.

    There were certain restrictions I placed on myself.

    I used the Autumn 2011 Data Update
    I made Emmanuel Adebayor a permanent sighning.
    I signed Ryan Nelsen from Blackburn in January (as Redknapp did)
    No other transfers
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    Default training methods

    I started off playing 4-5-1 and had some decent results, but was quite a bit behind Man. Utd. Adebayor as the lone striker was on fire, averaging a goal a game during the first half of the seaon. Modric in midfield was averaging an assist per game. The problem was, van der Vaart wasn't really performing in the forward arrow midfield role, and Bale weren't doing much as the LM.

    About halfway through I adopted the 5-3-2 formation, dropped Bale, Lennon and van der Vaart, brought in Kaboul mostly to play alongside King and Gallas in the back three. Huddlestone or Sandro partnered Modric and Parker in a flat midfield three (no arrows) and bought in Defoe to partner Adebayor up front.

    This worked a treat. We've becoming incredibly strong defensively, and are still scoring goals. Adebayor's goals have dried up but now Modric is scoring a goal a game.

    I've now finished game number 36. We are top scorers with 69 goals, have the second best defence having conceded just 16, and have just clinched the title! Adebayor is on 19 prem goals from 30 starts. Parker is the top tackler averaging 5.2 tackles per game, but the real star is Modric with 16 goals and 16 assists from 36 starts. All achieved using no forward arrows in his MC role. He is always set to playmaker btw.

    Got knocked out of the League Cup in the Quarter Final by Man Utd, Wolves put us out of the FA Cup in the 5th round, and was very unfortunate to be knocked out of the UEFA Cup by Juventus at the semi final stage, on away goals after two Man of the Match performances by Buffon.

    I've really enjoyed this short save. No wib wobbing, no tactics that I've created myself, no intense training regimes. No trawling through players to make loads of signings, just found a tactic that suited the players I have at my disposal.

    Thank you for reading this.

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    So I came back to CM01-02 after a while of not playing. I play with Santos FC, where I created Robinho (basically copy-past Diego).
    Very good first seson so far, I won the state championship, the cup, the cup of champions, and I'm 2nd in national championship. I won so far all I was in.
    Robinho really disappointing, the others are good (Diego, Renato, Elano,... the good Santos generation of early 2000s). Not easy to get good players (clubs really don't want to sell to the same division, and it can be expensive).
    Having fun so far, which is the most important since I tend to drift out of games I do (well, of everything I do).

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    Aaaannddd... I lose the national championship on the second leg of the finals. I hate those leagues. Those leagues where you have a fake championship for 30 games, and in the end, it's the third of that fake championship that wins because he won ONE game after the championship is over. That's rewarding ONE game and not the consistency over 30.
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    Let's hope they've allocated more than one byte for 'number of league games without losing'.

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    I've won the Champions League with an all English Chelsea side in the 3rd season, very pleased (sold all my foreign players after one season) as it's the first time I've done this - in fact we won everything I think (league, league and FA cup too)
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    So we've gone 356 serie A games without losing (that's 10 and a half seasons), and it's the final game of the season. Every game feels like an exam. We're playing Fiorentina away, they take the lead early but it's 1-1 at half time. Not much happens in the next half, we're creating most of the chances but we're not scoring. Then this..


    Serie A so far:


    It's my first game ever in Italy where I use 'normal' mentality through every game all the time, so I'm not yet sure if we're unbeatable because this new tactic is so incredibly good or if it's because of the mentality.

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    Inspired by mcnamee19's Nottingham Forest story I decided to give myself the same challenge. The choice fell on Middlesbrough and the goal is to get a european trophy to Teesside.

    Btw I'm playing April 2016 data on taipan 2.21.

    The squad was rather suited for a 442, so I created a really offensive nww inspired by Psmith's 442 and the classic 442baz that I loved back in the dark ages.



    Taking a closer look at the squad I found that I needed a reliable keeper. Only man for the task was veteran Juan Calatayud who was brought in from Kolkata for 170k. I kinda regret this now as this will probably be his last season and therefore having "wasted" one of my 4 start-out transfers.

    Next we needed a target man to sit on top alongside Rhodes. The choice fell on Glenn Murray who wasn't a part of Eddie Howe's plans for the coming season. We got him for 1.6 and as he has hit the pitch running it seems to be a real bargain.



    Lastly we needed a captain, so I brought in personal favourite Lee Wallace from Rangers for 325k.



    For the first season I am obliged to use one youngster as a substitute for the majority of the games. Young Harry Chapman caught my eye and the lad has a phenomenal dribbling ability. I hope he will develop and go with me all the way as we try to conquer the world.



    So far we are doing well and are undefeated for the first 6 matches so I am optimistic that we might get promoted the first time around. The big challenge will be to retain our best players. Sevilla and Levante are already sniffing around Daniel Ayala. I have given him a new 9 year contract and hope that will do the trick.



    More to follow...
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    Quote Originally Posted by AtomicAnt View Post
    So we've gone 356 serie A games without losing (that's 10 and a half seasons), and it's the final game of the season. Every game feels like an exam. We're playing Fiorentina away, they take the lead early but it's 1-1 at half time. Not much happens in the next half, we're creating most of the chances but we're not scoring. Then this..


    Serie A so far:


    It's my first game ever in Italy where I use 'normal' mentality through every game all the time, so I'm not yet sure if we're unbeatable because this new tactic is so incredibly good or if it's because of the mentality.
    I would have actually cried losing that game. Well done, amigo.

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    I've decided to go back where I always go back: playing with Marseille. With the original database (which means a team really not great, but it's good to go back to the early 2000s).

    Bought Tymoschuk (D/DMC) and Ejiofor (CB) in first winow, followed during winter by Gustaf Anderson (ST) and Karagounis (CAM).
    I wanted to play a 442 but I have no wingers. So I decided to go with a central 442. But I didn't have enough good central midfilder. So I ended up looking at what I had the most: CBs and STs, so I went for a 523.
    Season went well, I finished 2d behind Lyon, with a good gap between me and 3rd. Went in semi-final of league cup, and got out of national cup at first round. My strikers Fernandao and Bakayoko surprised me, they scored very decently (34 combined).

    For season 2, I brought in a few good players (Lassissi, Luca Toni, Maresca, Berson, Armand...) and I'm more thinking about a 41212, 433 or something like that.

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    Lassissi and Toni are two great signings mate, I'm confident they'll take you to the title

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    After what must be well over five years, I've stumbled across this game once again. I signed back up to the forums a few years ago but never played the game. I was tidying my wardrobe room and came across a lot of old junk at the back, nestled amongst it being my external HDD. I plugged it in remembering all the old films and music I had stored but was knocked back after completely forgetting about this game. Sat there was a folder with all my old tactics, training schedules and the .iso to the game. After coming back to the forums and seeing all the great work by the update and patching teams, I thought it'd be rude not to give it a go.

    Old habits landed me in the bottom tier of Italian football, taking over rock bottom L'Aquila in Lega Pro 2B just before Christmas 2016. With just 8 points from 16 games, it was a bit of an uphill task just to regain ground on 17th place. I'd decided I wanted to play the old Italian way of 3 at the back: a libero and two stoppers along with two wing-backs. The squad didn't really suit this formation, well they didn't really suit any if I'm honest, but I know most of them are being sent packing at the earliest opportunity so they can suck it up. Anyway, the first couple of games went really well and we quickly caught up the rest of the pack with some high-scoring (/high-conceding) wins. Things settled down at the back and the clean sheets soon started to roll in as we made a respectable mid-table finish in the end. Almost miraculously we were still in the Coppa Italia Lega Pro (aka Italian LDV Vans Trophy) and even more miraclously we won the bloody thing. Quite a few of the panic free transfer signings I made mid-season actually turned out to be rather rubbish so were promptly transfer-listed and my squad going into 2017/18 was the five or six decent guys I inherited plus a couple of cheap, young signings from (I assume) Serie D side plus the classic Italian method of exploiting the loan market to full effect. Often I've got just half a season out of a loan signing for him to be snapped up by a third party because he becomes unhappy and I can't afford a fee.

    2017/18 was straightforward and most of the problems were created by ourselves; we spent much of the season bouncing between top and 6th only for the competition to absolutely capitulate down the stretch and hand us the title with not the greatest points total ever seen. The loan signings in particular proved the difference; I was lucky really, I use attribute masking so along with my low club reputation I didn't have the biggest pool of choice. The miracles in L'Aquila continued, though, as despite struggling to win convincingly in the league on a regular basis, we absolutely steamrolled everyone in the Coppa Italia Lega Pro, retaining the title against the higher ranked Siena in the final. Reading back I sound pretty miserable considering I won league and cup, but if you'd played along with me, you'd know what I mean.

    The jump to Lega Pro 1B proved nothing but a baby step. The opposition were often just as bad and save for the top 4 teams and an inexplicable Christmas blip, it was a relative breeze. Again no money to speak of due to poor attendances, we made do with exclusively signing loan players. Twelve guys were borrowed and then promptly sold elsewhere at various stages of the season but I got my use out of them and a couple of pure lucky gambles in the free transfer market in the late season were enough to keep the squad a step ahead of much of the rest. Lecce and Lucchese were the main contenders and spent the season occupying the top two positions. The board pissed me off by becoming concerned with recent results after losing two in a row, so I promptly applied for the vacant Milan job. I didn't get it. Back to reality. I was content to compete through the playoffs but a series of draws from the top two brought me right back into it by April and we travelled to Lecce in game 32 of 34 probably needing a win as we sat two points back. Lucchese had themselves been beaten by Lecce the previous week and now sat a further three points back of ourselves. We won 3-2 with a last minute winner, bringing back memories of my teen years dancing around celebrating like it was something life-critical. The Mrs thinks I'm nuts, but fuck her. Game 33 was a home game to the dreadful Juve Stabia now managed by original data legend Matteo Brighi. An easy win for Lecce too meant I still required a win on the final day to secure the title and promotion. We only drew. Lecce lost. Ha, get in. Parma beat me on penalties in the final in an attempt to win an unprecedented third Coppa Italia Lega Pro on the trot but that's by the by. I can assign people squad numbers now. That's when you know you've made it.

    The first Serie B campaign 2019/20 has just started with the Coppa Italia group stage and we got promptly dumped out of that one. Whoops. Signings needed. No money to speak of again though but at least we're filling the massive 4999 stadium now. Lots of loan bids in for Serie A hot prospects as I approach the September 1st deadline in DEFCON 1. They're interested though, so I should get the majority. Serves me right for trying to compete in Serie B with a Serie C2B-calibre squad. I'm loyal to the guys who've got me here though. My goalkeeper and striker are getting a bit out of their depth now, the bullet may have to be bit in those departments soon.

    Onwards and upwards though.

    TBC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AMC View Post
    Lassissi and Toni are two great signings mate, I'm confident they'll take you to the title
    I indeed won the title, in a somehow complicated season. Changed tactics frequently, had issues in the league to beat even bad team, I was like mid-table or a bit above for a long time. But in Europe, I was beating AC Milan, Inter Milan, Barcelona,...
    Finally toward the end of the season I won 15 consecutive games to win the league, the national cup, and to my huge surprise, reach the CL final (lost to Barcelona).
    Toni was a good signing, Lassissi was inconsistent and a pain in the butt. Ejiofor was a roc in defense I had never heard of him before, not even in CM) and Maresca had a very good season too, like Karagounis.

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    Congrats mate, what's the plan now then, you staying with Marseille or going to move on? Hard luck with the CL Final but getting that far was a bonus in itself.

    All the best in Serie B hodgy, loyalty to the players that got you this far is commendable but as you've seen for yourself quality at the end of the day is what gets results, so hopefully you can get some of them loan players in, and with you out of the Coppa Italia already you can concentrate on league business for the rest of the season.

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    Now I'm definitely staying. I very very rarely changed club in my CM/FM games, and playing with Marseille <3
    I would love to achieve what AtomicAnt did with Juventus. DO what Alex Ferguson did with MU. Sutff like that. I'll probably stop before, as usual though.
    I forgot how it's sometimes hard to buy players in this edition. So it's not easy. But slowly I try to build a dynasty.

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    I'm back already! Man, I love how quick you can motor through the game.

    The Serie B season 2019/0 was not looking promising early on. I had a threadbare squad with next to no money in the transfer kitty. Thanks to the mental loan system in Italy, I made about 10 loan bids, offering to pay no wages, for young Serie A talent. I ended up with six of them, three of which are absolute world beaters at this level: a libero, a box-to-box midfielder and a skillful forward. All of a sudden my tactics have hit home and I'm keeping clean sheets for the hell of it, 16 in 24 games and only 10 conceded. Games are often finishing 1-0 or 0-0. Three up in this league though and even though it's a long slog still (18 games to go), I'm pretty confident we can gain promotion. Everyone is beating each other up and that's allowed me to open a small cushion on 4th place for now.

    The Juventus job came up in October when Allegri jumped to Man City, and as this was intended to be a long-term career save rather than a one-club save, I wanted that so bad. I thought my enhanced reputation gave me a good shot, but alas they went with Marcelo Gallardo who had been doing wonders at Sporting. Fair enough. What's happened in Serie B since though, I might have to see this through at L'Aquila. At least until I can establish them as a Serie A club.

    My overriding thought from this comeback save is that I never thought myself as a great creator of tactics on this game so: I've either improved massively in that regard in my long hiatus, I've got massively lucky at times in this save or Italy is easy to play if you exploit the loan market for all it's worth.

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