Biggest question, is classen gonna atleast do the european megapack. other people that do megapacks seem to lack quality
Yeah, and the save I'm prospecting needs leagues from around the world. The idea is to start without reputation and build your # up, as you win leagues. You're only allowed to jump divisions (not move in clubs within the same division), and only can accept a job within 1-3 points from your reputation #. i.e.: I start at 0 and get to a league with a reputation of 2. If I win that division I get to a reputation of 2, and thus I'm gonna need to move to a league with 3-5 reputation. And thus, climb the game's reputation ladder.
Aaaaaand I'm back. I got my PC back from the repairs shop with a new motherboard installed (still the battery doesn't work, so I will have to take it back there) with all my files. So I rushed through the first part of the 2035-36 season to provide you with an update, which I'm writing right now.
Overview Long time without playing due to computer issues, so here's my ongoing FM 19 save which still holds its own for a while. So, I had abanoned you at the end of the 2034-35 season, which saw us win our fourth straight (and fifth overall) Bundesliga, also have won 3 DFB Pokal (2031-32, 32-33 and 33-34), 1 UEFA Champions League (2033-34, with 3 other Final appearances in 2030-31, 32-33 and 34-35), 1 Club World Cup (2034) and 1 UEFA Super Cup (2034). In the past few seasons I've started spending money to bring in top quality players to solidify the success and try to be dominant in Europe as we already are in Germany.
I figured we needed upgrades on the AM, CB and RWB positions on the starting 11, so I went nuts and spent a ton of money in three great players, Adberrazak Azouzi, a Belgian Elite AM who came in from Lyon for €93M who'll pair nicely with our attacking duo of Manolo and Matthias Cimander. Juan Carlos Arias, a spanish Elite CB was bought from HSV for €89M who at 21 is already a Spanish international and will develop into the rock for our defence. Finally, the third starter to come in is Christian Chapinal, a Spanish Elite FB who I feel we overpaid for a bit, at €81M to Man City but the fullback market has been tough in this game. Still, he's a great player with some room to keep improving. We also needed a few backup/prospect players and to that avail came in Mateo Fragata from Belgrano for €10M, Leif Makarov from Leverkusen for €26.5M (already a German international at 18), Luiz Henrique from Sao Paulo for €1M, Fabio Henrique from Cruzeiro for €12M and Fábio Machado from Young Boys for €13M.
Obviously buying a lot of players for the first team means some will have to go. The only former backup to leave was RWB Helio Klock, who went on to Watford, for €29.5M. We also sold 4 former starters, Nivaldo was sold to West Ham for €27M, Ricardinho went on to Dortmund for €30M, Pablo Serrano also went to Dortmund for €47.5M and finally Gilsinei to Inter for €49.5M. Obviously I expected to sell them for more money, but in the end they were deemed surplus to requirements and teams knew that and interest wasn't that high. I could've sold them for a lot more (I refused offers for Nivaldo around 70-80M) but I sold them when I wanted to and not before.
We spent a total of €326M and sold a total of €189M, a net "profit" of -(€137M).
Another strong start to the season, as we dominate the Bundesliga, despite Dortmund having a great first half of the season as well and handed us our only loss of the season, a narrow 0-1 loss at Signal Iduna Park. Great games in the semester include a 6-2 win at Gladbach, 5-1 at Wolfsburg, 4-0 over Leipzig, 2-0 at Bayern, and 4-0's over Köln and Stuttgart. We finished the first half of the season at 1st place, with 47 points from 15 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss, while Dortmund trails us, just 4 points beneath us.
I don't think Dortmund will be able to keep their level up in the second half of the season.
UEFA Champions League
We were drawn into an easy group, with Villarreal, Genk and Spartak Moskow. We won the group easily and even played with a mixed squad and backups in the last two games. Our opponent in the second half is tough and I think we could very much be out if not at our full potential, as Arsenal will try to catch us on our backs.
We started the season winning our third Supercup, a nice feat after losing it last season, by beating Dortmund 3-1. In the Pokal, we won our first two games, beating Dynamo Dresden 2-0 and Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-0 as well. We'll face Arminia Bielefeld in the Third Round.
Players and Performances
Matthias Cimander has been by far our top player this year. He leads the team in goals (20), assists (12) and average rating (7.78), while winning the Kopa Trophy as the best young player in Europe. We've had great performances from other starters as well, with out defensive line averaging a 7.47 rating from all 3. Manolo has been great as well, with 12 goals and 8 assists, while Guilherme has been his usual brilliant self in the middle of the park, scoring 9 goals as well.
Forecast and Future
- Despite the big spending on the summer we still have a lot of money, €187M in the bank. - There are a couple of projects up to improve both the Training and Youth Facilities.
Another outstanding update pal - good to see you back! Cimander looks dynamite.
Thanks for reading Vidic. Yeah Cimander had a terrific season and he's an amazing player, despite losing his nose for goals a bit in the second half of the season. But no more spoilers, I finished the season last night and am writing the report right now.
EDIT: Had the post almost finished and by mistake reloaded the page and lost everything . I'll try to re-write it tonight or maybe tomorrow.
We had a great first half of the season as we were on course to another 90+ points in the league despite it being a close race with Dortmund who had a terrific first half of the season as well trailing us only by 4 points. We also had a tough draw in the UCL facing Arsenal on the knockouts, while surfing through the Cup playing lower league teams so far.
After the great first semester, we struggled a bit on the second half. Cimander who was our spearhead entered a bit of a funk and even spent a while without scoring, his partner Manolo on the other hand scored plentily but in the end we lowered our performance levels. We lost 3 games, against Augsburg and Leverkusen heavily, and a tight one against Wolfsburg, and drew 5 more. The Leverkusen game was dire, as we could've lost the league lead, but Dortmund only managed a draw and it would be all settled on the last game of the season, with us arriving to it with a 2 point advantage. Again, we failed to deliver on a crucial game as only a penalty goal from Guilherme allowed us to win the game narrowly 1-0 and seal our fifth straight Bundesliga.
After scoring 49 times in the first 18 games, we only managed to get 27 on the final 16 games, a clear drop which showcased our drop in form.
UEFA Champions League
As I said above, after cruising an easy group with Spartak Moscow, Villarreal and Genk we had to face Arsenal on the Knockouts. By 60 minutes in London on the first leg, we were down 0-3 and I really felt we'd be out of the UCL quickly, but at '85 and '90+4 we managed to pull two goals back and came back home with a tough task, but not an impossible one. In Berlin we won 2-1 and qualified on away goals. The Quarter-Finals was another tough as nails game, this time against Barcelona. Once again, away first leg and we drew 2-2 this time while back home a brace from Cimander gave us a calm 2-0 win to qualify into the Semifinals, where another spanish team would be our foe. The Yellow Submarine, Villarreal was a fairly easy draw and a 3-0 win at home on the first leg was dominant enough to play with a mixed squad on the second leg and get a 1-1 draw which put us into our 4th straight UCL Final. We haven't had a really good time on the Champions League Finals we've played. This was our fifth, 2031 defeat against Monaco, 2033 defeat against Manchester City, 2034 victory over Real Sociedad, 2035 defeat against Manchester City. The fifth was against Real Madrid a tough, tough draw obivously. We started off amazingly, by '10 we were up 2-0 with goals from Guilherme and Cimander, eventually Real Madrid started to play better and scored the 2-1 just before halftime. The second half was again a quick start from us and Manolo a former RM player scored the 3-1 for us. They had a few good chances, but Bejarano was amazing at goal to deny them. In the end they scored a final goal in the last minutes of the game, on a penalty. We won 3-2 and with that, our second UEFA Champions League!
Another UCL at last, after so many lost Finals!
We had an easy draw on the Cup, facing only lower league teams on the first few games. In the end, Gladbach took advantage of our fixture congestion and injuries to beat us on the Semifinals.
Players and Performances
Matthias Cimander was by far out best player this season, despite the slow second half he had. Cimander led the team in games (51), goals (31), assists (20) and average rating (7.48), he's just 21 years old and still has potential to keep improving. His forward partner Manolo was the best after the winter break and our second best player, he played 50 games, scored 25 goals and had 11 assists, with a 7.29 rating. Our 3 defenders also had great seasons, with the top being John Castro (7.30), followed by Jose Bernardino (7.26, albeit playing only 32 games) and finally Juan Carlos Arias (7.23). Other great performers were Peter Lawal (8 goals, 10 assists, 7.05), Guilherme (13 goals, 7 assists, 7.17) and Abderrazak Azzouzi (14 goals, 10 assists, 7.02).
Forecast and Future - Great year financially again, despite the big summer spending. We have around €250M in the bank. - No real news regarding player movement. As always our top players are coveted by big teams, but I don't really know if they'll pull the trigger. Regarding the young players there are around 1-2 that could make the leap into the starting 11, specially Thomas Weber. That means Jose Bernardino has become a bit expendable. - We're currently upgrading the youth and training facilities, should be ready by October.
So, this took a long time. I actually had (personally) a convoluted end to the year, which hampered my playing time, but at last, here's the 2036-37 season. Remember this is still in FM19 haha. It was the year where I wanted to win it all. We won our fifth straight Bundesliga last season, and also our second UEFA Champions League, so I felt like going for a sextuple in 2036-37 (UEFA Super Cup, German Supercup, Bundesliga, Pokal, Club World Cup and UEFA Champions League) imitating Barcelona in 2008-09 was the way to go. It was a huge challenge, so keep reading to see wether we did it or not.
Transfers Another quiet summer, as we only made a few finishing touches on the first team. José Bernardino had lost his starting job last season to wonderkid Thomas Weber so I decided to try and sell the Portuguese who also was on a contract year. In the end there was no interest from clubs and I ended up loaning him to Sevilla and he'll leave on a free at the end of the season to Liverpool. To replace Bernardino, I brought in Nikoloz Meskhi a 19 year old Russian prospect who came from Spartak Moscow for €13.25M. He has a ton of potential and can become a great CB in the near future. He already has a couple of international caps which is nice. I also brought in Gustavo Clarindo, a brazilian forward from Cruzeiro, for €13.5M who was found during the scouting of the South American U-20 Championship.
In the winter window, RB Leipzig came in knocking for Mauricio Schneider, the uruguayan backup CM who never managed to get into the rotation, and lost his first CM backup position to Edi Carlo. Seeing a good oportunity to offload a talented, yet underused player, we sold him for €51M. To replace him I brought two prospects, Colombian John Bohensky from New England Revolution for €6M and Hakan Çoban, from Dortmund for €3.8M a turkish-german DM who can be converted to a Libero as he fills the necesary stats for him to be the backup for Weber.
Bundesliga We had a terrific first semester as we won 15 of the 16 league games we played before the break, only conceding a last minute draw to Gladbach. Our defense was amazing, conceding just 8 goals in that span. The second semester was a bit blurrier, which I blame to overconfidence as the point difference was big with the teams behind us. We had a couple draws in January, but improved with a 4-win February. In March we lost our first game, against Wolfsburg which sparked a terrible run of form, LDLWLLD in the next 7 games. Fortunately, we sealed the title with the sole win amidst that run, a 2-0 home win against Köln. We could have had a more dominant season, but the second semester was terrible.
UEFA Champions League Again, we drew a horrible group, with Real Madrid, Juventus and FC Midtjylland. We kicked off beating FCM 3-1 easily in Denmark, but I knew things weren't gonna be easy in the second game, as Juventus absolutely dominated us in Berlin. We managed to get a meagre 1-1 draw with a last minute penalty goal. Then, Real Madrid pushed us out of the pitch in Madrid with a 0-4 beating. Things looked better in the fourth game, as we managed to sneak a decent game and beat Madrid at home 2-1, followed by a 2-0 win over FCM at home. This set up a "final" against Juventus in Turin, the team that won, would make it to the Knockouts, the loser to the UEFA Europa League. And we lost. Juventus outplayed us again and beat us fair and square 0-3. So, for the first time in a long while, we would play in the Europa League.
UEFA Europa League
We only had played twice in the UEL, back in 2028-29 and 2029-30, reaching the 2nd Knockouts and the Semi-Finals respectively. Out of the "major" trophies to win, this was the elusive one. So I made it clear we needed to win it now, as I don't plan on playing on it again. Spartak Moskow was our first rival, in the 1st Knockout Round, and we bashed them, with a 11-2 aggregate win. We then faced Gladbach, who snook a 1-1 draw in the first leg, but in Berlin we kept our cool and beat them 3-0. We faced another German side, HSV in the Quarter-Finals, and beat them 2-1 and 1-0, before beating Wolves in the Semifinal, 2-1 and 3-0.
The Final, was to be played against Tottenham, a tough draw. It was a close game, but the refs ensured we win it, as they granted us two penalties, that captain Guilherme converted into goal, with another score coming from Matthias Cimander. In the end, a 3-2 narrow win to escape Rome with the trophy.
Supercups Well, the year started off with us playing two Supercups. We managed to win the UEFA Super Cup, against RB Leipzig 2-0, but lost the German Supercup, against Gladbach on penalties. The dream of the sextuple ended in the season's first game actually, haha.
Club World Cup Mid December, we travelled all the way to Egypt to play in the Club World Cup. We faced Chinese side Hebei CFFC in the Semifinals, beating them 4-0, before beating Independiente 3-0 in the Final. A nice second win in this competition.
DFB-Pokal Finally, the last competition of a amazingly busy year, the DFB-Pokal saw us concede just a goal in the 6 games we played, beating Velbert 02, Dynamo Dresden, Bayern (in an amazing 6-0 rout), Holstein Kiel, Karlsruhe and Augsburg en route to our 4th title.
Players and Performances It was a strong season, both as a team and individually. We had some bad games, specially in the UEFA Champions League and I'm struggling to find out why. We also had a bit of an injury crisis in the wingbacks department which made things hard as they're key to the system, but in the end I'm quite happy with the season, despite the heartbreak in the UCL. Manolo and Matthias Cimander had amazing seasons, both scoring a team-high 26 goals across all competitions. Manolo played 50 games, scored 26 goals, had 7 assists and a 7.36 rating, while Cimander played 53 games, scored 26 goals, had 25 assists with a 7.33 rating. Thomas Weber was our third best player, the 20-year old Libero who in his first starter season played like a seasoned veteran, appearing in 48 games, scoring 6 goals with 2 assists and a 7.29 rating.
Forecast and Future - Again, full coffers with €432M in the bank. - There's a bit of interest for our star players, with scouts from Real Madrid, Chelsea, Tottenham, Barcelona, Arsenal, PSG, Monaco, Juventus and Inter coming to see Guilherme, Luiz Carlos, Azzouzi, Cimander and Manolo play during the season. I don't want to sell, but I don't want unsettled players as well, so I might budge if a good offer comes our way. - We're again, improving both the Training and Youth Facilities, both will be ready in November 2037.