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The summer of 2060 was a busy one preparing Sarmiento for a return to the Argentine Superliga. There was plenty of money available to me to improve the squad but first I requested that the board set some of it aside to upgrade the training facilities, which thankfully they agreed to. Eleven new players came through the door, at a cost of over £60 million, with an additional three players on loan. Would this be enough to bridge the gap?

The good thing about Argentina is that there are two chances to win a top flight title each year, as the season is divided into the opening and closing stages. Either one would do for me to consider this another trophy ticked off. With our recruitment complete, I felt we would be competitive but wasn't sure if we could realistically challenge the big boys over 19 games. On the opening day, we recorded an excellent 2-1 victory over regular title challengers All Boys and then drew with Atlanta having trailed 2-0 early on. That was certainly an encouraging start and then we followed it up with eight wins in a row to leave us in the driving seat for the title. We then faced a crunch match away to nearest challengers Independiente and after a great start, they overpowered us and won 3-1 to leave the title race very much alive. A second successive defeat to Rosario Central saw us lose top spot. Was this a harsh reality check?

We responded well, with three wins and a draw from our next four, while Independiente had some setbacks which saw us build up a lead again. Our final home game of the opening stage saw us draw 2-2 with Argentinos after the visitors had been 2-0 up, before we closed out with two away fixtures, with a three point lead to protect. We showcased our powers of recovery once again against Atletico Tucuman in an incredible 3-3 draw, as the hosts led 3-1 and threatened to derail our title hopes. It was the fourth time in the season we had come from two goals behind to get a result. Sarmiento may not have had the best squad in the country but there was no doubting our spirit.

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Independiente had only drawn, which meant we needed just a point at Almagro to win the opening stage. Independiente would not play their final game until two days later, so a defeat for us would leave them knowing exactly what they needed to do, although they would need a five goal swing. Striker and top scorer Martin Rossi's 21st minute strike gave us some breathing space. We weren't at our best and Almagro had their moments but we dealt with everything they threw at us and we could celebrate winning the opening stage. I could also celebrate ticking off another country, as far as domestic honours go, although it's not out of the question that one day I'll return to Argentina for a shot at the Copa Sudamericana. Plan A is to win it with a Brazilian club though.

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Not my most comfortable title but certainly one of the most satisfying ones. There are some strong teams in this league and I think we did very well to win at the first attempt. The star man was Mexican winger Nicolas Gonzalez, who proved to be a crucial signing. Argentina only allows four foreigners in your squad, so you need to choose them carefully.

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I wanted to continue to rebuild my reputation, so I'd have to pick my next job carefully. I stayed on for a couple of cup wins and the first three games of the closing stage before leaving. Napoli were deep in the relegation mire but still decided they didn't need me, they can suit themselves! I would be heading to Serie A after all but to Fiorentina. They were in a much better league position than Napoli but the squad would need a complete overhaul to compete for honours. I just hoped there would be enough money in the bank to do it.

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Sadly, it was February by the time of my arrival so I couldn't spend anything until the summer, not that it would have been much help for this season anyway. Fiorentina were out of the cup and had little to play for in the league.

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This was the club's first season back in Serie A after a two year absence and I think the previous manager was unlucky to be sacked. The squad was bang average, as was our form under my guidance. Three wins, five draws and two defeats. I was looking forward to the challenge of awakening a sleeping giant but instead I decided to be pragmatic. My reputation was 94th worldwide and several managers of top European nations should be retiring in the next two or three years. I want to leave Mexico for a team with more prospects of winning the big trophies, so I need to boost my reputation as quickly as possible. Although Serie A is a top league and Fiorentina have money to burn, it was clear from the transfer bids I made that we would struggle to attract players good enough to win Serie A. It was more of a project than a quick fix.

Having been at the club for only a couple of months, I had to resign to have a chance of being offered a job, so it was a slight gamble. However, I had two options, both at clubs in decent leagues who had made their national cup finals. Middlesbrough had an FA Cup final against Nottingham Forest to look forward to but Heerenveen were the first to offer me a job, so I took it. They're a side that regularly competes at the right end of the Eredivisie, although the last couple of seasons have seen a regression. We weren't completely safe from the drop but winning my first three games in charge ended any fears and we ended up comfortably in mid-table, despite a last day defeat to Fortuna Sittard with a much-changed team.

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Our cup final would be no walk in the park as we faced league runners-up Eindhoven (not PSV). We had beaten them 3-2 away in my second game, so they wouldn't be taking us lightly. It was a breathless final. Twice we fell behind but twice we responded through striker Jordy van der Werff, who had spent most of the season in the reserves. Extra time was needed to decide the winner. It came in the 113th minute and van der Werff was the provider this time, laying the ball on a plate for 34-year-old Senegalese midfielder Zakaria Sylla to fire home the winner. The gamble to leave Fiorentina had paid off and I could celebrate trophy number 90.

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That victory will see us gain entry into the Johan Cruijff Schaal next season, which is the last of the Dutch trophies I need. Even if we win, I'll probably still stay for a full season with the World Cup taking place next year.

As for Mexico, we've won 16 games in a row since Copa America a couple of years ago. We look to be cruising through World Cup qualification, while there was also a 5-0 friendly victory over the USA. The big news is that we've been invited to participate in the Confederations Cup this summer. I won this trophy with Brazil 20 years ago but it's another chance to boost the reputation. Netherlands, Argentina and Mali will be a big test.

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Aiming for certain pieces of silverware and also winning them. That must be a great feeling!
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European Zeros to Heroes

Since the European Cup started in the 1950s twenty different clubs have played in the final but never lifted the trophy. My aim is to get all 20 of those clubs to become European champions. See the pictures for the full list of clubs.

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I will be playing each club on separate saves and using different DB’s from different seasons to keep things fresh.

The first club I attempted was Arsenal on the ODB. This was to ease myself in and get used to the game again that I haven’t played for 20 years.

In the first season we won the league on goal difference thanks to a 90th minute winner against Leeds in the last game of the season. The Champions League was less successful as we got to the 2nd group stage but failed to get out of a group containing Real Madrid and Bayern.

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In the second season the CL was my main priority and we were successful beating the mighty Roma in the final!!!

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Next club: Man City using 2009 database
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Good to see people enjoying some cracking saves atm. I especially like the European Cup runners up idea and trying to take them one better, outside the box sort of thinking for a save and different things to make it unique is cool.

I've had a break and currently fully invested in a couple of saves from 1994 in England and Italy but the original games via dosbox rather than that year for 01/02.
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After a healthy 40 years at Torquay United, I decided that I need a new challenge and jumped ship to my "boyhood club" Sheffield Wednesday. Notorious for its flaky owner, loads of money but you need to show results quick.

At Torquay I was doing OK-ish, I suppose :lol:
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Using my trusty 4-1-3-1-1 tactic with pressing and hard tackling, I had some wobbly and not so wobbly seasons. I've always tried not to get the best players money can buy but turn your everyday binman into a proper footballer. And the minute someone started appearing in the rumour mill as potentially wanting out, they were out. As a result, Torquay had around £220 million in the bank when I left, average gates maybe 11000 or so. The board of idiots refused to expand the stadium even after I had won the Champions Cup for the sixth time.

Funny thing is, my reputation went from World Class to Superb the minute I went down to the third tier. Well, what do they know. At least I'm still the manager of England's national team.

The silly World Class muppet who took over after I left about two months ago, has already spent over £40 million and the slide from the top place of the PL has begun. I know I will meet them on our way back up where this club belongs. I just need to save often enough, just in case :lol:

My squad seems to be mentally strong. We almost tripped over Fulham to ruin our 7-game unbeaten run in the league, but my players finally showed up during the last 15 minutes. Had to have some disciplinary actions against the keeper though.

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The decay has now set in at Torquay. My long-time key player is one foot out the door and that lack of harmony status is actually something I've never seen. Well, that is what you get if you don't deal with the prima donnas.

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CMA - Plenty of money splashed out on and off the pitch as you strengthened your squad and improved your training facilities but would it make the difference and lead you to silverware for the season ahead? After an outstanding start with nine wins and a draw from your opening ten games you then suffered back-to-back defeats to relinquish top spot. You soon engaged on another unbeaten run though and with Independiente stuttering you regained top spot and you didn't let it go this time to tick off another trophy.

From Argentina to Italy then as Fiorentina find a little bit of money to tempt you to overhaul there squad in order to challenge for honours. All that money had to wait for now though, and with them also out the cup it was all about finishing as high as possible in the league and deciding who of the players you had inherited you would want to keep on ahead of next season. You completed the season with a mixed record but before Fiorentina fans could dream of you taking them to the top of Italian football you were off to Holland to take over Heerenveen who look in a better position for immediate success, and after winning their remaining three league games it was time for that Dutch Cup final. It promised to be a tough task against 2nd in the table Eindhoven and that's how it panned out, but having already beaten them 3-2 in your second game with the club, you repeated the trick after extra time despite falling behind twice in normal time to lift the trophy, and so once again you were free to look for another opportunity after bagging trophy number 90, but with a chance to complete Holland with the Super Cup it's no surprise that for now you are staying at the club.

Absolutely flawless stuff with Mexico too, on paper you're not one of the favourites for the Confederations Cup but you'd be a fool to bet against you!
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Vèrkûh wrote: Wed Jan 04, 2023 4:20 pm
Vèrkûh wrote: Tue Jan 03, 2023 11:34 am
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My second day of unemployment ended when Telstar came knocking. I really fancied the opportunity to stay in Holland. There was still one regular league match to be played in the First Division, although finishing second and featuring in the playoffs for promotion (D1) or relegation (PD) already the best possible outcome. A 3-0 victory boosted our confidence and with one draw plus five wins a third return to the Premier Division for this club during my time in football management was definitely a fact!

Like at Haarlem, the higher level of opposition didn't matter all that much as we were off to a flying start in the top tier. Luckily, this time the expectations of the board remained the same too. Battling against relegation was what we did from the second season on, even though an amazing run in Europe told a completely different story. Typically, the next year my fate was sealed just before Christmas.

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It's always my aim to find a new club as soon as possible, so I immediately applied for every vacant position in the world of football. The first to react can count on me and in case of multiple offers on the same day, I can make a choice of my own. This time fate brought me somewhere outside of Belgium and Holland, when a probably not so well-known side from Italy did the business.

In about 25 years Cerretese were never higher in the pyramid than at the level of Serie C1, that being the third highest domestic league. They were relegated to Serie C2 the season before and on Christmas Day found themselves just outside the playoff places for promotion. Soon several Dutch cries for help came by, but I kept concentrating myself on the Italian job.
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After a while, the usual moaning from a few players began. Almost the entire squad was upset about that and it stayed this way for three years and counting. All the ingredients were there for history to repeat itself. The very first steps in European football were made and a position around the relegation places was taken. Time for the board to make a decision!

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Time to add another country to the list, as I went to Poland. Based on their performances in the group phase, Ruch Chorzow were in the 'relegation part' of the top division. With seven matches remaining, they were heading for a playout place as well. We finished above that zone, played a much better season afterwards and next year all of a sudden European qualification was required. So I won them a cup, but things weren't clicking anymore in the league...

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After Belgium, Holland, Italy and Poland I had the opportunity to try my luck - if there was any left - elsewhere. For the first time in the viewable history this team found themselves down in the French National. As a relegated side, Rennes were just in the promotion zone. So we still had everything to play for from November on. Maybe even without some of my signings this league was not where this club belongs: with all wins bar one draw the return to the French Second Division was a fact!

Returning to the top flight was a bit less convincing, but that counts anyway. Sooner than I expected we even managed to become national champions. From then on, while a new chairman came in as well, the usual impatience from the board kicked in. I agree we didn't deliver all that much and that's something I need to work on in the future.

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fuddledfox - A great concept and a fantastic start with winning the Champions League with Arsenal in the second season, sadly the Serbian league is not playable so Partizan is a non starter unless you you use a patch to make it available.

Boulder - That's quite the legacy you achieved with Torquay but that's all in the past as you turn your attentions to your club Sheff Wed, and you've made a solid start including a remarkable turn around to rescue a point after being 4-0 down with 75 mins on the clock.

Verkuh - From Poland to France then as you took over another team in Rennes who you took from the bottom to the top domestically, and almost to the summit of European football in a Champions League final, but after a period of stagnation you were given your marching orders once again and the search for another job was afoot.
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Vèrkûh wrote: Wed Jan 25, 2023 12:05 pm
Vèrkûh wrote: Wed Jan 04, 2023 4:20 pm
Vèrkûh wrote: Tue Jan 03, 2023 11:34 am

It's always my aim to find a new club as soon as possible, so I immediately applied for every vacant position in the world of football. The first to react can count on me and in case of multiple offers on the same day, I can make a choice of my own. This time fate brought me somewhere outside of Belgium and Holland, when a probably not so well-known side from Italy did the business.

In about 25 years Cerretese were never higher in the pyramid than at the level of Serie C1, that being the third highest domestic league. They were relegated to Serie C2 the season before and on Christmas Day found themselves just outside the playoff places for promotion. Soon several Dutch cries for help came by, but I kept concentrating myself on the Italian job.
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After a while, the usual moaning from a few players began. Almost the entire squad was upset about that and it stayed this way for three years and counting. All the ingredients were there for history to repeat itself. The very first steps in European football were made and a position around the relegation places was taken. Time for the board to make a decision!

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Time to add another country to the list, as I went to Poland. Based on their performances in the group phase, Ruch Chorzow were in the 'relegation part' of the top division. With seven matches remaining, they were heading for a playout place as well. We finished above that zone, played a much better season afterwards and next year all of a sudden European qualification was required. So I won them a cup, but things weren't clicking anymore in the league...

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After Belgium, Holland, Italy and Poland I had the opportunity to try my luck - if there was any left - elsewhere. For the first time in the viewable history this team found themselves down in the French National. As a relegated side, Rennes were just in the promotion zone. So we still had everything to play for from November on. Maybe even without some of my signings this league was not where this club belongs: with all wins bar one draw the return to the French Second Division was a fact!

Returning to the top flight was a bit less convincing, but that counts anyway. Sooner than I expected we even managed to become national champions. From then on, while a new chairman came in as well, the usual impatience from the board kicked in. I agree we didn't deliver all that much and that's something I need to work on in the future.

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When I was forced to leave the French weeks with fixtures on Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday behind, a return to the Dutch Premier Division crossed my path. With only five matches left to play, AZ were close to the one relegation spot (eighteenth) and also heading for the pair of possible playout places when sitting seventeenth themselves.

In my first full season the assignment didn't change. When we found ourselves in the bottom half of the table for a while, some of the players already started to question my ability. Luckily I had the chance to prove them wrong and the next objective became to end the season on a respectable league position, whatever that may be.

Even though I have nothing to complain about yet and the directors of the club aren't nagging either, my favourites in real life want to influence the course of this journey heavily...

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I played some more but forgot to post. Anyway, the Brazilian Serie C consists of 4 stages. First there's a group stage with 8 groups of 7 teams, then the two best from each group goes to a knockout round, and then there's two groups of 4 teams, where the two best in each group is promoted to Serie B and the winner of each group play a final to decide the Serie C winner. Somewhat convoluted, perhaps, but it's nice with some variation from standard leagues.
The two last teams in the 8 first groups are relegated, for a total of 16 relegated teams. I expect that's the biggest number of relegations from any league in the game, though the Swedish second division might be about the same.

I had a pretty good team, signed a bunch of good players and have a very good tactic (still feels like cheating but it's the only way I can get through in only a couple hundred seasons or so) so the league was pretty much a breeze.

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Apparently we preformed well enough to be considered to be the division.
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Now off for more Brazillian trophies as I have taken over Imbituba in the Campeonato Catarinense. They've got an almost full squad, but have never been in the national league system, only the state one, and they've been relegated out quite often so it's not a top club. Last season they ended 7th out of 10 teams.
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Getting back on the horse...

I always feel guilty for putting a manager out of work when I take over, so this time I've reacted to the latest real life manager sacking and am going to be the new boss at - Leeds United!

The only problem is; I've found myself transported back in time 27 1/2 years to the 1995/96 season :o

1st time ever playing this amazing database (had a good look around it 1st) via the starter kit so props to both those guys. It has the right amount of future kids old enough to be there perfectly combined with the squads from original 1993 onwards.

I have getting to the 2000-01 season in my mind already for how good it was; David O'Leary and his babies/chicks/kids or whatever he called them :)
The Champions League run, getting out of a group consisting of Milan & Barcelona plus the 6-0 thrashing of Besiktas. Then there was the world record fee for a defender at the time for one Rio Ferdinand.

So many possibilities regarding players and future stars but want to keep the ethos of youth which shouldn't be a problem. Here we go...
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Kevin or Howard Wilkinson - they'll never notice :lol:

1995/96 was around the time good old British football at the PL was maybe at its peak. Since then, money has changed so many things. They were good days for me as a young footie fan.
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Just completed my first season winning the champions league with PSV non wib wob and made no signings or transfers used the starting squad. In the final I attempted to stalemate the game as much as possible with loads of man marking on specific targets and zonal marking across nearly all of my team. Ooijer played in the Middle Centre back slot for the final. By far my biggest first season achievemnt on the game considering no signing restriction used

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Boulder wrote: Wed Feb 08, 2023 7:28 pm Kevin or Howard Wilkinson - they'll never notice :lol:

1995/96 was around the time good old British football at the PL was maybe at its peak. Since then, money has changed so many things. They were good days for me as a young footie fan.
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They were good times, although I remember being in year 10 at school when the Premier League started and all my mates and me were in uproar thinking the money and greed then would ruin the game! 😮

I couldn't do much in this pre-season as already a full compliment of 50 in the squad. I did notice that I only had the 2 Gary's - McAllister and Speed as 1st team central or attacking mids so needed more cover there. Had to release someone so the youngest chick Jamie McMaster at 14 has gone and in came about 5th choice option Jonathan Hunt on loan.

Let's see how my trusty non wib-wob 4-3-3 at home/4-5-1 away does.
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Hello all, I'm back after a bit of a break. Will catch up with all your updates tomorrow.

More progress in my Catch Em All challenge.

43 Swedish Superettan (Sweden)

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Won the league after 25 games played

Star players: Mike Banks and Carles Santos (Santos was with me back in Poland)

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I don't really use wingers but Santos was pretty versatile and when you're at a small club it's worth taking a gamble and/or hopefully sell a good freebie for big money.


44 Svenska Cupen (Sweden)

Häcken

Won the cup the following year

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[My boy Daniel, the young striker who came through at São José, finally retired around this time after a long and distinguished career in the top European leagues. The last time I checked he'd played 923 games scoring 460 goals, 156 MoMs with an average rating of 7.73]


45 Norwegian 1. Divisjon (Norway)

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Pretty poor standard in this division really. Top performer was an unlikely looking rookie goalie.

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I've never seen this before, I didn't think the selling club could cancel a transfer. And I was going to use the money to strengthen the squad you idiot blazers :roll:

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46 Scottish Cup (Scotland)

Kilmarnock

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Back at Kilmarnock and it doesn't get much better than this - an all conquering season winning both cups and the league. Just look at that league table!

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They had a pretty nice squad already, particularly in midfield and a good young Irish striker. Bolstered that by picking up a superb D(LC) from Spain for just £300k and a very promising D(RL) for a pittance from currently rubbish Rangers. Are truly two-footed full backs the most useful players in the game? Them and AM/F(RLC) anyway, so much flexibilty with your substitutions. The Spanish defender has gone on to play for all the big European clubs but doesn't seem to settle anywhere for long.


47 Japanese J.League Cup (Japan)

Fukushima

Verdy had clearly been cheating their way to dominance for years - bankrupt yet still able to buy players and pay big wages.

I took over at Fukushima in the second division and set about building a squad. Mike Banks came to Japan after leaving Häcken joined by Dutch and Burkina Faso rookies. My defence was tremendous. Promotion acheieved in season one but we were dire in the cups.

Got really bored looking at crap Japanese players and after another shocking cup exit I played Banished for a while instead ;-)

Finally it all came together and there was a clean sweep of both cups and the league title.

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48 Japanese Emperor's Cup (Japan)

Fukushima

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49 Kypello Elladas (Greece)

PAOK Thessaloniki

The most annoying board yet. £500 million in the bank but a transfer budget of only £1.3 million ffs. After 2 years they finally released the restriction on transfer fees but wages were still only about 6k compared with the league competitors who were paying 12-16k on average. Makes it very difficult to nick players from them.

Took four long years to get together a squad that didn't fall apart under pressure.

Thank gawd for young Giuseppe Gambino. He'd only played a handful of games prior to the cup final but injuries and suspensions meant he had to start and he didn't disappoint.

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Also finally won the league, just, on goal difference


Now in for a long stretch in Brazil with 8 regional titles to collect...


50 Brazilian Campeonato Paranaense (Brazil)

Maringá

I thought there was going to be a playoff as it was in the league schedule but suddenly we were champions. Odd.

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51 Brazilian Campeonato Nordeste (Brazil)

Atlético Cajazeirense

Second region and... disaster strikes!

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I tried to add a coach to my backroom staff and even though there were spaces the game said no, it was full. Ghost staff I thought, I'll just check in the GK editor. For the first time I didn't back up as I wasn't planning on editing anything. The GK editor couldn't see/load the game and then wouldn't close, I had to force close it. Then the game wouldn't load an uncompressed .sav file. I could have wept. Thankfully I take a snapshot every now and then and my most recent was at PAOK so I've only lost about a year of game time.

I'm beginning to think the size of the save file is going to be a problem - it's now at 1.8Gb compressed.

Club finances were insecure so I made good use of the loan market. Not sure if there'a a limit on loans but I had 8 including all the back four!

Back on track, won a close run final playoff with the benefit of being the higher seeded team

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52 Brazilian Campeonato Norte (Brazil)

Vilhena

Was putting together a really nice squad here including a truly versatile Portuguese youngster D/AM (RLC) and a top notch young Cameroon centre back. Achieved promotion to Serie A and a fairly comfortable playoff win against the only (struggling) Serie A side in the region.

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Vèrkûh wrote: Fri Jan 27, 2023 4:13 pm
Vèrkûh wrote: Wed Jan 25, 2023 12:05 pm
Vèrkûh wrote: Wed Jan 04, 2023 4:20 pm

Time to add another country to the list, as I went to Poland. Based on their performances in the group phase, Ruch Chorzow were in the 'relegation part' of the top division. With seven matches remaining, they were heading for a playout place as well. We finished above that zone, played a much better season afterwards and next year all of a sudden European qualification was required. So I won them a cup, but things weren't clicking anymore in the league...

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After Belgium, Holland, Italy and Poland I had the opportunity to try my luck - if there was any left - elsewhere. For the first time in the viewable history this team found themselves down in the French National. As a relegated side, Rennes were just in the promotion zone. So we still had everything to play for from November on. Maybe even without some of my signings this league was not where this club belongs: with all wins bar one draw the return to the French Second Division was a fact!

Returning to the top flight was a bit less convincing, but that counts anyway. Sooner than I expected we even managed to become national champions. From then on, while a new chairman came in as well, the usual impatience from the board kicked in. I agree we didn't deliver all that much and that's something I need to work on in the future.

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When I was forced to leave the French weeks with fixtures on Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday behind, a return to the Dutch Premier Division crossed my path. With only five matches left to play, AZ were close to the one relegation spot (eighteenth) and also heading for the pair of possible playout places when sitting seventeenth themselves.

In my first full season the assignment didn't change. When we found ourselves in the bottom half of the table for a while, some of the players already started to question my ability. Luckily I had the chance to prove them wrong and the next objective became to end the season on a respectable league position, whatever that may be.

Even though I have nothing to complain about yet and the directors of the club aren't nagging either, my favourites in real life want to influence the course of this journey heavily...

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Despite the risks of moving to a club with even more ambitions, I couldn't resist the offer I received without sending in an application form first. It took me less than five seasons to add some trophies to my personal track record: Dutch Premier Division (2x), Dutch Cup (2x), UEFA Cup, European Super Cup and FIFA Club World Championship. I should have known that wasn't going to be enough...

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Post by CMAdventurer »

Bloominada - Great progress there, although Greece took you a while. The Campeonato Paranaense is divided into two periods of 11 games. The winners of each play off over two legs to determine the winner, but if a team wins both periods, they are awarded the title automatically. A couple of other state championships work this way too.

The size of the save file is certainly a concern, you need to be thinking about it soon so you don't run into problems further down the line. Might be time to ask if Nick or anyone else can give you some guidance on reducing the size. Pegster will probably need it before too long too, while hopefully I'll have completed my own journey before it gets to that point.

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Verkûh - At least by leaving AZ you left a club on your own terms for once. :D Sadly a familiar story with PSV as you did well for most of your reign but one disappointing season and you're sacked again. Is there an award for the unluckiest save? :)
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Post by Jack Stein »

Thanks @CMAdventurer. My team did win both periods of the Campeonato Paranaense so that explains that!

Verkûh defintely deserves some kind of award :D

Regarding the file size, if any of the boffins could give advice that would be greatly appreciated. I have managed to use Olly to make the Argentina fix following step by step instructions. I'm interested to know why the file grows so much as the number of players stays contant I believe and historical records can't take much space surely?

The other alternative is to start a new game - there are enough low level leagues coming up with vacant newly promoted teams that I think that would be doable. Cheers
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Not normally one for playing with updated databases but I've given the October 2022 one a try and started as Dortmund. Fun but infuriating so far, half way through the 2nd season and Bayern just look untouchable. We finished 2nd last season with 80 points, which I'd say is a fantastic total but it was a full 18 points behind Bayern. This is their overall league record to date

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Anyway, also got to the champions league final last season where we lost to Liverpool and the DFB Pokal final where we lost to, of course, Bayern. Big signing this summer was the £60million investment in Barca wonderkid Gavi who is quite sensational. The reason I went with Dortmund though was to see how many I can get Moukoko to score, last season he finished on 23 and this year he has 17 in 25 so he's coming along nicely. Have also started the regen hunt early by bringing in both Higuain and Zlatan's regens so will have those two to try and develop.
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Post by Jack Stein »

Ok I have just seen this thread on .sav file size

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In short, it's all a bit of a nightmare so I think I'll start a new game while I'm in Brazil and try to rebuid my rep.

Not even quite halfway yet so might have to abandon the continental competitions and international management at the end of the challenge.
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Vèrkûh wrote: Wed Feb 15, 2023 4:52 pm
Vèrkûh wrote: Fri Jan 27, 2023 4:13 pm
Vèrkûh wrote: Wed Jan 25, 2023 12:05 pm

After Belgium, Holland, Italy and Poland I had the opportunity to try my luck - if there was any left - elsewhere. For the first time in the viewable history this team found themselves down in the French National. As a relegated side, Rennes were just in the promotion zone. So we still had everything to play for from November on. Maybe even without some of my signings this league was not where this club belongs: with all wins bar one draw the return to the French Second Division was a fact!

Returning to the top flight was a bit less convincing, but that counts anyway. Sooner than I expected we even managed to become national champions. From then on, while a new chairman came in as well, the usual impatience from the board kicked in. I agree we didn't deliver all that much and that's something I need to work on in the future.

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When I was forced to leave the French weeks with fixtures on Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday behind, a return to the Dutch Premier Division crossed my path. With only five matches left to play, AZ were close to the one relegation spot (eighteenth) and also heading for the pair of possible playout places when sitting seventeenth themselves.

In my first full season the assignment didn't change. When we found ourselves in the bottom half of the table for a while, some of the players already started to question my ability. Luckily I had the chance to prove them wrong and the next objective became to end the season on a respectable league position, whatever that may be.

Even though I have nothing to complain about yet and the directors of the club aren't nagging either, my favourites in real life want to influence the course of this journey heavily...

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Despite the risks of moving to a club with even more ambitions, I couldn't resist the offer I received without sending in an application form first. It took me less than five seasons to add some trophies to my personal track record: Dutch Premier Division (2x), Dutch Cup (2x), UEFA Cup, European Super Cup and FIFA Club World Championship. I should have known that wasn't going to be enough...

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Next stop: Denmark! Two of twelve teams in the Premier Division go down and with a dozen games still to play, Skjold were sitting eleventh. Obviously, my task was to keep them up. My first full season in charge has only just begun and out of the blue the opportunity arises to swap a new relegation battle for the Qualifying Phase of the European Champions Cup :shock:

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Bayern are invincible no more :o What a season from the lads. We spent pretty big on Gavi and also brought in Nianzou and Moriba in January but it was Gio Reyna who ran the show all year, finishing top scorer with 25 in all comps while Moukoko stalled a bit in the 2nd half of the season, finishing on 22. Bayern's 1 defeat was a 2-1 loss to us at the Allianz which obviously turned the season around as we were 4 points behind at that stage. Won our last 7 league games to take the title by a point.

I am facing a funny bug where players from England, Uruguay and I'm guessing some others get stuck on international duty each time they go away, they just don't come back. I found a quick fix with a patch you can run to get them back but will need to run it each time it seems, wondered if anyone knows a way of avoiding it happening? If not it's no big deal. It might have been something to do with the world cup and might just resolve itself next season.
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I do indeed fear I'll run into trouble with the save file again at some point, yeah. I had some trouble earlier but one of the forum wizards fixed it, can't recall what the issue was or who fixed it (sure, perhaps?), it was on the old forum.

Meanwhile I've played another half year and have another trophy in the bank! Imbituba in the Campeonato catarinense weren't in any of the national league divisions and didn't have a manager, so I could grab that job easily once I was done with Serie C. A relatively uneventful season followed, with us clear champions in the league, and fetting a surprisingly good result against Serie A opposition in the semi final, before we faced presumably easier opposition in the final but where a draw at home in the first leg made me somewhat worried (though in the end there wasn't any real reason for worry).

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Now off to win the super cup in Belgium where there's no current relevant available jobs, but the manager of the league champion is 62 years old so maybe I'll be lucky and get a quick trophy.
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Vèrkûh wrote: Sat Feb 18, 2023 12:24 pm
Vèrkûh wrote: Wed Feb 15, 2023 4:52 pm
Vèrkûh wrote: Fri Jan 27, 2023 4:13 pm

When I was forced to leave the French weeks with fixtures on Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday behind, a return to the Dutch Premier Division crossed my path. With only five matches left to play, AZ were close to the one relegation spot (eighteenth) and also heading for the pair of possible playout places when sitting seventeenth themselves.

In my first full season the assignment didn't change. When we found ourselves in the bottom half of the table for a while, some of the players already started to question my ability. Luckily I had the chance to prove them wrong and the next objective became to end the season on a respectable league position, whatever that may be.

Even though I have nothing to complain about yet and the directors of the club aren't nagging either, my favourites in real life want to influence the course of this journey heavily...

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Despite the risks of moving to a club with even more ambitions, I couldn't resist the offer I received without sending in an application form first. It took me less than five seasons to add some trophies to my personal track record: Dutch Premier Division (2x), Dutch Cup (2x), UEFA Cup, European Super Cup and FIFA Club World Championship. I should have known that wasn't going to be enough...

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Next stop: Denmark! Two of twelve teams in the Premier Division go down and with a dozen games still to play, Skjold were sitting eleventh. Obviously, my task was to keep them up. My first full season in charge has only just begun and out of the blue the opportunity arises to swap a new relegation battle for the Qualifying Phase of the European Champions Cup :shock:

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Of course it was an honour to be able to make this step up. After surviving the qualifying round, we had the chance to add another five players to the already decided European squad. That probably helped a bit to reach the Final of the European Champions Cup. We weren't that dominant in the Dutch Premier Division and couldn't even make it to the tournament proper in the next season. With ten games to go and six points behind the leaders, my time was up once more...

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