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Do us all a favour and keep this in the MLS thread. It’s bad enough reading this shit in one place, let alone all over the board. It’s awfully boring.

Got the England Tier 10 database and started a game in the Spartan South Midlands Division One (as Winslow United). My 42-year-old Assistant Manager is also my star winger. He is being paid

This is the kind of shit I do on a beta save to amuse myself. 100% worth it.

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I'm still playing FM20, but managed to secure 4th in my first season as Everton. My reward?

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Ahh. <_<

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Picked up where I left off with my Glory Hunter save after not touching it since September. Fifth season in, and my third with Bayern Munich - and finally managed to win the Bundesliga and put the team back on top (albeit in unspectacular fashion with six losses).

Got knocked out of the DFB-Pokal by Bayer Leverkusen in a sucker-punch of a match. Old side Manchester United then dumped me out of the Champions League. I still need to win those competitions but the Napoli and Lazio jobs have become available and I am tempted...

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I'm at the winter break in Season Two with Hertha Berlin and am currently in 2nd place and through to the Knockout Stages of Champions League. The Bundesliga has been wild and crazy again. After spending almost all of last year in the bottom 3 before finishing strong, Hoffenheim lead the table by 2 points (only 34 points on 17 matches though), we're on 32, Bayern and Frankfurt and Leverkusen on 31, Gladbach has 30 points, and Schalke and Leipzig have 29 to make a very even Top 8. Dortmund have already fired Allegri (after failing to advance in UCL) and are 12th on 18 points, only 2 points off the relegation playoff.

 

Champions League was wild. Dortmund finished 3rd because after drawing away to AZ on their final match while Celtic - thanks to Jesse fucking Lingard :rofl: - advanced ahead of them on head to head through away goals after beating PSG at home as well. Bayern Munich finished 3rd as well! They split their matches 1-1 with Bilbao, so the Basque side advanced with a better GD (thanks to Bayern losing 3-0 and then somehow 0-4 at home against City). Frankfurt finished last in their group, but they had Chelsea, Milan, and Lyon to contend with. 

 

We had a pretty alright draw, thanks of course to having the top seed via being Champions. We got Barca, Benfica, and PSV. Benfica always were going to be our biggest trouble, but after a draw in Holland, we got a huge upset by winning in Benfica with a laaaate Cordoba stunner in Match day 2. Think it was our only effort on target. After leading Barca at HT, they turned it on and won 3-1 in Germany, then stuffed us 3-0 at Camp Nou. Another late win, home to PSV, meant we just had to avoid defeat to Benfica in the final fixture. My undoubted POTY Piatek put me ahead less than 2 minutes in on our way to a 3-1 victory to give us 2nd place. And then somehow struck lucky with the draw. Monaco topped their group over Porto and Napoli, and we got them in the draw, giving us the best draw possible. Still not convinced we qualify for the QF, but still, huge chance.

 

I had a lot of activity in the transfer market, and not at all by choice. I sold off back up full backs Lukas Klunter and Max Mittelstadt (€10m each) to make room for Reggie Cannon (€2.7m) and Luca Netz (highly rated 18 year old HG). Selke made his loan to Bremen permanent for €12m and wantaway CB/CM Lowen for €7.5m. Forced winger Lukebakio out the door after a falling out, but could only get €9m from Burnley. However, Matheus Cunha did what I expected and handed in a transfer request and wanted a move to a bigger club. I wanted more than the €57 million I got, but that was the most anyone was coming up with, so my best player went to Man City :(.

 

I already had Demarai Gray and Nikola Maksimovic in on free transfers, and the amazing steal of landing Szoboszlai for only €11.25m. Having lost 2 loaned midfielders, signed Manuel Locatelli from relegated Sassulo for €22m, with Arne Maier back in on loan as well. Decided to take a punt on Mesut Ozil as well because well, free transfer and somehow only was asking for €28k p/w. However, a late injury blow (more on that later) forced me back into the transfer market. So €30m was splashed on former Spurs man Marcus Edwards after tearing it up in Portugal, and then another €26m on Sandro Tonali after he didn't make his move to Milan permanent.

 

Meant the squad looked kind of like this by the end of the transfer window:

 

GK: Schwolow, Korber

RB: Zeefuik, Cannon

CB: Stark, Torunarigha, Maksimovic, Boyata, Yanga-Mbiwa

LB: Plattenhardt, Netz

DM: Tousart, Ascacibar

CM: Tonali, Locatelli, Maier

10: Szoboszlai, Ozil

Wingers: Edwards, Dilrosun, Hulk, Gray

ST: Piatek, Cordoba

 

After his hip injury ruled him out for almost half of last season and never being in scintillating form to begin with (8 goals in 20 apps I guess is better than I remember), Piatek is back to his best. 16 goals in 17 league appearances, and another 2 goals in Europe. Been crucial too since Cordoba tore a calf muscle and has missed much of the season. 

 

Injuries have been a huge problem this season. Szoboszlai tore a cruciate in his 2nd league game, although I'll hopefully have him back for most of the 2nd half of the season. Ozil has been limited to only 6 starts with multiple niggles, Boyata has missed the whole campaign as after coming back from a broken leg suffered in March, he almost immediately had a long term hip injury. Marcus Edwards has missed some time as well, which didn't help his bedding in period either.

 

I can't say any of my transfers have been successful, worryingly. Szoboszlai obviously gets a pass. Edwards coming in late and picking up some injuries saw him be my lowest rated player after the first few months, he picked a great time to come good in November with a brace against Bayern as a second half sub to turn a 0-1 loss into a shock 2-1 win away. He's up to 3g and 3a in 14(6) now, with all of those tallies coming in the last month. Ozil has 1g 0a in 9(8) overall, Locatelli 1g 2a in 20(2) but is at least staying fit and durable, and Tonali is starting to come into form with 3g 3a in 15(4). Cannon has been the worst of the lot w/an average rating of 6.67 in all comps, although all new signings have an avg rating of 6.81 or lower. 

 

Second half of the season should be interesting. The Bundesliga is crazy and it's just as likely to finish Champions again versus finishing outside Top 4. However, Szoboszlai is going to play again and will hopefully be the talent I think he is, Cordoba is back to give Piatek some rest since he's played damn near every minute this season it feels like, and I brought in Jonathan Tah to bolster my backline since Stark and Torunarigha are both linked with moves away and he only had a €28m release clause. If Piatek stays in this rich form though, I'm thinking it's title time, again.

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I ordered the game the other day not realising my laptop doesn't have a disc drive, I'm yet to open it but does anyone know if the disc versions also come with digital codes for steam?

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1 hour ago, Dang117 said:

I ordered the game the other day not realising my laptop doesn't have a disc drive, I'm yet to open it but does anyone know if the disc versions also come with digital codes for steam?

The box will have to come with a Steam activation code to install the game, so you'll be fine. Some boxed PC games actually don't even come with a disc at all nowadays.

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10 hours ago, Bobfoc said:

The box will have to come with a Steam activation code to install the game, so you'll be fine. Some boxed PC games actually don't even come with a disc at all nowadays.

So it’s just a big plastic box that contains nothing but a Steam code? How strange 😕

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It is. I remember buying Metal Gear Solid V on PC and that was what I got. I thought I'd be getting a disc to install the files more quickly than I could download them, but that wasn't the case.

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1 hour ago, metalman said:

So it’s just a big plastic box that contains nothing but a Steam code? How strange 😕

Some people still want a box to put on their shelf, even if it's a PC game. But I know nobody in my general vicinity that uses or even has an optical drive in their system.

Although it's super frustrating for people that don't have super high speed internet, and would have to wait over a day to download a game. They'd like an optical disc, but there's no way to get one for PC unless you go through... unofficial channels.

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it bugs me that finding a computer with a disc drive in 2020/2021 is a real pain

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I'll take a 5-2 against a dominant City side who walked the league both seasons. :D

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After getting Stevenage to a mid-table finish in The Championship, I decided to leave at the end of my contract. I got the job at Everton, who were battling relegation, and we ended up ninth. I got into the Champions League for the next two seasons.

We've now been taken over by an American tycoon. Exciting. I hope it's still fun to play with lots of money.

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So my West Brom save didn't actually save to the cloud for some reason so I've lost it since I've got my new computer but I started a new save as Tottenham since in all my games so far they seem to really struggle despite having a decent squad. Into January and things are looking pretty good with only 2 losses in the league (to Arsenal and Man City), all 6 group matches in the Europa League won and got to the semi final of the Carabao Cup (knocked out by Man City).

It has taken some time to get Son and Kane firing well. Kane seemed to only turn up to Europa League games but seems to have come good now. Of course Real, Barca, Liverpool and Man City want half my squad so I've been proactively searching for replacements should that occur. Board hasn't given me any money for the January transfer window (started with the summer window off) so whole league will be with the original squad except I might be getting Mandzukic in to replace Carlos Vinicius (even though I can't cancel his loan so will probably just leave him unregistered) who is the drizzling shits.

Team is fucked when it comes to Europa League registration. Can barely get a squad together with 8 home grown players so I think I'll be looking at over paying for British players. Maybe bring Marcus Edwards back to the club.

Really enjoying the save so far. My midfield combo of Hojbjerg, Ndombele and Lo Celso are absolutely bossing it in every game they play and Bale has been great except he just got injured for up to 7 weeks which means I'm probably going to have to hold onto Lamela for backup instead of selling him.

Table and A/B team below.

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A Team:

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B Team:

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3 hours ago, Liam Mk2 said:

Planning on starting my first real save with Newcastle. 

What do they need apart from a striker? Everything?

I've seen Joelinton actually perform alright as a striker for Newcastle, but apart from him and Saint-Maximin yeah you pretty much wanna start from scratch and hope that a takeover comes sooner rather than later.

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Took Spurs to 3rd in the Prem and the semis of the Europa League in my first season without any signings.

Now all my best players are wanted by PSG, Real Madrid, Barca, Man City etc. I don't have the financial power to convince them to stay if they come in with bids :crying:

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Finished my 2nd season at Berlin, but I'm going to take a pause on that game for a bit because I did what I always end up doing when I play: starting a new save within the game. Everton were relegated at the end of the 2021/22, so I've decided to have some fun by creating a new manager to jump in on that.

They were underperforming in 2020/21 and in relegation trouble I remember because Carlo got sacked, but ended up finishing 12th (on only 45 points) under Michael O'Neill. Second season saw them finish 19th on only 30 points! Just 7 wins, 4th least goals scored (38), and 2nd most shipped (63!). They sold Digne and DCL in the first off season for €40m and €46 but up to €70m in add ons if goal/appearances are met, and only got to reinvest half of that, and none of it in anyone worthwhile.

Their finances are hard to get a read of, honestly. It says their overall balance is €146m, despite their graph only showing €36m, and the profits have been all over the place. I'm pretty sure their status is only rich right now because we just got our sponsorship money, parachute payment, and player sales money. So needless to say, I'm taking few chances and trying to raise significant cash through player sales. Thankfully, Premier League clubs love to spend silly money.

Bournemouth dropped €40m for James, Burnley €21m for Andre Gomes, West Brom €19.75m for Yerry Mina, and Sheffield United €20m for 31 year old left back Nuno Sequeira, who replaced Digne coming in for only €11m last summer. Allan will be joining PSG for €41.5m and Bernard will leave for around €5m as well. That's around €145 million coming into the club, and even more importantly, every player but Sequeira was on over €100k per week. My goal has been to shred as many of those bad contracts and I can, for obvious reasons.

Now that I'm officially in the Championship (although still at the end of June so haven't done really anything yet), some relegation clauses have kicked in so no one is making over 100k p/w, but Doucoure, Pickford, and Richardson are on over 90k, and Iwobi is on 71k (I'm pretty sure his wages got slashed in half). Doucoure, Iwobi, and Ben Godfrey all also want to leave, while Seamus Coleman and Fabian Delph are moving on as well. So I'm hoping to shed more wages, and I'm also hoping to sell Pickford (fuck T-Rex arms), Michael Keane, and one of the two strikers Everton signed last summer (Santos Borre or Paulinho from Braga).

The great thing is that there's definitely pieces I can build around still. 21 year old Lewis Gibson and 19 year old Jarrad Branthwaite are both two CBs that I can play loads in the Championship, and Mason Holgate will hopefully stick around too. 23 year old LB Faitout Maouassa was signed on the cheap last season and should develop great since I'll play him regularly, Gbamin is happy to stay since I promised him first yeah football, and I've convinced Richarlison, Moise Kean, and 24 year old Victor Tsygankov (RW who actually joined Everton over me at Berlin last summer) to stay so long as we get promoted. There's some other decent youth products I can play, and really, I just need to sign a CM or two to compete with Gbamin and Tom Davies, and probably a RB.

Fulham and Norwich are joining me in the Championship, while Villa and Palace are both there as well after failing to go back up in the Playoffs last season. Imagining us, that 4, Reading, Blackburn, and Brentford will be the best sides, but the Championship is always a crapshoot

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