Career mode discussion

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DanielA-NUFC
37 posts Last Pick at the Park
edited October 2018
Hey guys, thought I’d make a thread about this as some people may want to talk about their career modes they are doing but not good at the graphics and stuff for the story thread (myself included).

So fire away, who is your current career with? How are you doing? Best player you’ve bought? Any hidden gems? 😀

Looking forward to hearing about all your careers

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  • I usually play my first season 1 difficulty down from normal to get used to anything new. I didn't do it this time and really struggled the first 8 games. But then I hit some form and now I'm struggling again haha.

    So I'm arsenal, 20 league games in and I'm 15th! Smashing Europa league though, scoring for fun even with youth players.

    Only made 2 signings.
    Asensio as I felt my LW was the weak point
    And berreton from forest for about 1mil. He's scored 4 goals in 3 Europa league games for me.
  • DanielA-NUFC
    37 posts Last Pick at the Park
    Ah yeah man it takes a while to get used too, I didn’t start lower I started on legendary and I struggled also.

    I’ve tried a few teams about but currently I’m kortrijk in Belgium, did a financial takeover (kept sogning realistic) and trying to become the best in the league and there is a lot of competition. I’m middle of December and hitting form and I’m 6th I think so not too bad for first half of the season.
  • I've since finished my 1st season.
    Asensio wasn't the hit I'd hoped so in the jan window I signed martial on a pre contract.
    But asensio started being more useful for me so now I have a dilemma of who to play!. Even welbeck hit some forms while resting asensio!

    In the end I climbed to 7th in the table, but I won the Europa league, beating Villarreal 1-0 in the final in the 92nd min, so in season 2 I'll be hearing that beautiful champions league music lol.
  • gavin2903
    130 posts Has Potential To Be Special
    I'm trying out a Journeyman career which haven't done for a while. 1st season was at Celtic. 2nd I'm at Milan struggled a bit half way through and currently 6th. Wanna stick around at Milan for a few seasons, get them back to the top build them into a force again before trying out in another country.
  • Eddie
    692 posts An Exciting Prospect
    Want to start a Villarreal save but I’m waiting until (IF) they fix the fixture big for la liga...teams not playing all their fixtures.
  • I'm playing a career mode with Leeds and now in my 3rd season. I enjoy it apart from the scripting sometimes sees average players scoring wonder strikes against me.
    1st season I got Leeds up through the playoffs and was given a budget of about 60m for the prem. I bought Pellegri, Joe Gomez & Sessengon, plus a few promising young players. I finished 12th and lost the fa cup final to Spurs.
    Now in my 3rd season and was given another budget of around 60-70m. I signed Alexander Arnold, Sancho & a player called Nandez who plays in Argentina- he's a CM and is awesome at winning the ball back. Currently after about 15 games I'm 6th having only lost 1 but drawn too many.
  • gavin2903
    130 posts Has Potential To Be Special
    @lenny0121 sounds great, huge Leeds fan here
  • Lincoln City down in League 2, Ultimate difficulty.

    League 2 & League 1 were quite easy but won the Championship only by 3 points, went to the final day in that league.

    Was very lucky at the start, had a winger in my youth squad, Dylan Turner. Up from late 50's rating wise up to 81 now.

    Can't remember my transfers in the 1st season but in my season in League 1 i signed Nico Yennaris from Brentford & Louis Thompson from Norwich. Both of them very very solid.

    Signed Bill Gilmour from Chelsea middle of the League 1 season and hes up to 76 rated now, highly recommend him.

    This is my current team after a couple of signings before the Premier League starts.

    GK - Muric 76
    LB - John 76
    CB - Thornley 77
    CB - Ampadu 76
    RB - (young RB from Norwich, can't remember his name, around 75 rated)
    CM - Dozwell 76
    CM - Gilmour 77
    CAM - Woodburn 76
    LW - Chong 75
    ST - Ambrose 77
    RW - Turner 81

    Enjoying the Career Mode so much this year.
  • DanielA-NUFC
    37 posts Last Pick at the Park
    @Math-Llanber11 sounds great mate! I like how you’ve got realistic signings and not went mad. Nice to see
  • First season started with Cambridge United in the EFL League Two.

    Right now it's half November and I'm at the top of the league. Just been eliminated of the Carabao Cup in the quarter final against Fulham. Trying to lose some games to end the season mid table as stated by the board.

    Best player (and only one) I bought is Thomas Oliver Amang, 20 years old striker with an overall of 64.
    Also promoted one youth player from Finland, Samu Tamminen. 16 years old right back with an overall of 61.
  • Cooler08
    603 posts An Exciting Prospect
    edited November 2018
    Luctor wrote: »
    First season started with Cambridge United in the EFL League Two.

    Right now it's half November and I'm at the top of the league. Just been eliminated of the Carabao Cup in the quarter final against Fulham. Trying to lose some games to end the season mid table as stated by the board.

    Why would you want to end the season mid table? The boards expectations are only the minimum expectations.

  • Cooler08 wrote: »
    Luctor wrote: »
    First season started with Cambridge United in the EFL League Two.

    Right now it's half November and I'm at the top of the league. Just been eliminated of the Carabao Cup in the quarter final against Fulham. Trying to lose some games to end the season mid table as stated by the board.

    Why would you want to end the season mid table? The boards expectations are only the minimum expectations.

    I don't want to promote in my first season. But even trying to lose isn't that easy. 😂
  • bradymcbrady_2
    67 posts Park Captain
    edited November 2018
    I'm playing as Dortmund, in my first season. Involved in a very close title race with Leipzig, Bremen and Schalke. Bayern are off the mark in mid table and seem to be drawing most games.

    Got knocked out the group stages in the CL. Club Brugge did the double over us with 4-2 and 3-0 wins! Beat Athletico at home but they beat us 4-0 away :(

    The board were really happy with me giving me a 92 rating until the CL exit. Now it's down to 75. Hit all the financial objectives and have promoted 4 youth players to the senior team including the future star Krystof Dabrowski (79-94 potential).

    Signed Josef Martinez in January for about 25 million. Sent Alcacer back to Barcelona as he was doing nothing for the team.

    Signed David Junca from Celta and sold Schmelzer after he scored the most epic own goal ever in the CL (A 30 yard 'pass' back to the keeper).



  • DanielA-NUFC
    37 posts Last Pick at the Park
    Luctor wrote: »
    Cooler08 wrote: »
    Luctor wrote: »
    First season started with Cambridge United in the EFL League Two.

    Right now it's half November and I'm at the top of the league. Just been eliminated of the Carabao Cup in the quarter final against Fulham. Trying to lose some games to end the season mid table as stated by the board.

    Why would you want to end the season mid table? The boards expectations are only the minimum expectations.

    I don't want to promote in my first season. But even trying to lose isn't that easy. 😂

    Why dont you want to get promoted right away? Isnt that the whole point? 🤔
  • Luctor wrote: »
    Cooler08 wrote: »
    Luctor wrote: »
    First season started with Cambridge United in the EFL League Two.

    Right now it's half November and I'm at the top of the league. Just been eliminated of the Carabao Cup in the quarter final against Fulham. Trying to lose some games to end the season mid table as stated by the board.

    Why would you want to end the season mid table? The boards expectations are only the minimum expectations.

    I don't want to promote in my first season. But even trying to lose isn't that easy. 😂

    Why dont you want to get promoted right away? Isnt that the whole point? 🤔

    I like to take it slow. And it's not realistic for Cambridge United to get promoted. The last couple of years they ended mid-table (between 9 en 12). So if I can do a bit better in my first year than that, I'm happy.
  • Steffolovitch
    110 posts Has Potential To Be Special
    Luctor wrote: »
    Luctor wrote: »
    Cooler08 wrote: »
    Luctor wrote: »
    First season started with Cambridge United in the EFL League Two.

    Right now it's half November and I'm at the top of the league. Just been eliminated of the Carabao Cup in the quarter final against Fulham. Trying to lose some games to end the season mid table as stated by the board.

    Why would you want to end the season mid table? The boards expectations are only the minimum expectations.

    I don't want to promote in my first season. But even trying to lose isn't that easy. 😂

    Why dont you want to get promoted right away? Isnt that the whole point? 🤔

    I like to take it slow. And it's not realistic for Cambridge United to get promoted. The last couple of years they ended mid-table (between 9 en 12). So if I can do a bit better in my first year than that, I'm happy.

    I get your point. Sometimes it just goes too fast. I played a career with Danish side Brøndby and wanted to qualify for the Europa League, but all of a sudden I was in the Champions League and won the group stage with Barcelona being second, even though I lost 4-0 away. But what bothered me the most was Messi watching both games from the bench...
  • Steffolovitch
    110 posts Has Potential To Be Special
    edited December 2018
    Hey guys, thought I’d make a thread about this as some people may want to talk about their career modes they are doing but not good at the graphics and stuff for the story thread (myself included).

    So fire away, who is your current career with? How are you doing? Best player you’ve bought? Any hidden gems? 😀

    Looking forward to hearing about all your careers



    This thread is a great idea. I wonder if someone still reads it.

    Today, after the latest addition of new starheads, I have FINALLY started my Manchester United career. I anticipated that Ryan Sessegnons face would be added in the November update, so I have waited until now to begin with it, since I wanted Ryan to - in time - play similarly to another Ryan (Giggs) on the left flank. And I wanted the updated version of him first.



    So, I have started with a closed transfer window, so there are not any transfers to write about yet. Now it is December 1st 2018, and I am currently 12th in the Premier League. I simulated every league game until October 2018 to "pretend" Mourinho was fired then, before the new manager, Leonardo Jardim, would take over and make things right. Actually, United was in the relegation zone, when he took over, and now they are firmly climbing the table.

    Most of my games have been quite even actually, with a 2-1 comebackwin at home vs Everton and other results like that. A few draws, a loss. However, Chelsea on Stamford Bridge on October 20th was spectacular and quite a turnaround from the poor beginning of the season. The match started with the commentators talking about my team being the least scoring team in the league. Ouch. But that was about to change. I lined up in 4-4-2:
    De Gea - Valencia, Smalling, Lindelöf, Shaw - Lingard, Herrera, Pogba, Alexis - Lukaku, Martial.

    At first, Martial gave me the lead, when Lukaku played him deep behind Christensen, who was too slow to follow. Later, Alexis scored to 2-0 after a one-two with Martial in the left side of the box. Then Lukaku finally scored his first league goal of the season, when he outjumped David Luiz and headed Valencias brilliant cross in the net. Few minutes later he also converted a low cross from Martial with his left foot in an open goal to make it 4-0. After the break, Martial scored again, when alone with the keeper, his fifth league goal of the season. Shortly after that he was substituted with Rashford, who beat Christensen to a loose ball in the box and scored his first league goal of the season. In the last minutes of the game, Herrera tried a long shot from outside the box after a terrible clearance, and his hard shot went in to the low left corner of the goal, with Kepa not being anywhere near it. The match stats said 10 shots, 7 on goal, and 7-0 on the scoreline. (Take note that I did not change the difficulty for the game, it just seemed easier than usual, and everything went in.)

    After that game, I actually received an offer from Chelsea, who wanted to buy Phil Jones. I accepted the offer, and after seeing the horrendous displays of David Luiz and Christensen at Stamford Bridge, I think he would actually be a fine addition to them. Now, in December, they are also placed 19th in the league, in great danger of being relegated, so perhaps Jones will slide directly into the their starting lineup, when he arrives in January. Manchester City are leading the table, with Spurs second and Arsenal third. Liverpool are also struggling, currently in 14th place.

    In the Champions League I have won 3-0 in both games against Young Boys, the first with a Lukaku hattrick. I got a late 1-0 win at home against Valencia, but I only managed 1 point from two games against Juventus. That means I will qualify for the knockout stages with a draw in Valencia, and with 3 points I will actually win the group.

    I have signed new deals with De Gea, Smalling, Herrera and Martial, along with a number of youngsters like Williams and Chong. Just like with Jones, I have also accepted offers for Romero, who will join Roma, Rojo, who will join Marseille, Matic, who will leave for Atletico Madrid, Fellaini, who will leave for Besiktas and Mata, who will join Arsenal. All of them will leave in a month, and then I will have some space in my squad for new arrivals.

    Regarding potential signings, I want two promising youngsters to compete for the left wing; Alphonso Davies and Ryan Sessegnon. With Martial and Rashford competing for the spot in attack, Alexis needs competition for the left wing, until he leaves; I have already put him on the transfer list. I want Renato Sanches from Bayern to join as a backup to Pogba. His 86 stamina and 90 aggression will really benefit. I also want Tyler Adams from NY Red Bulls to join as a backup in both RB, RM and CM positions. He is young, cheap, fast and with high stamina (will join Leipzig in real life). Perhaps Pulisic as a RM to rotate with Lingard. His contract runs out in 2020, so he shouldn't be too expensive. A central defender will also be needed, but at the moment Smalling, Bailly and Lindelöf works fine for me, so perhaps I will try to find a reserve player, or perhaps I will bring Tuanzebe or Fosu-Mensah back from loan. With Romero gone, I will also bring either Joel Pereira or Dean Henderson back from loan.

    Tomorrow I will play December 2018 and perhaps begin to make some transfers in January 2019. I will write more about my progress after the window.
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  • Steffolovitch
    110 posts Has Potential To Be Special
    edited December 2018
    Part 2 of my career with Manchester United:


    So, after a great December with for instance a 1-1 draw at Anfield and a 1-0 win at home vs Arsenal, I finally made it into the top 4 of the league.

    On January 1st I was going to play Newcastle away, and that was quite difficult, since I had just lost a lot of players, who had signed for other clubs during the fall. I was even forced to have Darmian on the bench! I was down 1-0 at the break after Ayoze's opener, and The Magpies were really on top of the game. However, suddenly during the second half, their defence fell apart for five minutes only, so in the 53rd, 56th and 58th minute, Martial scored three almost identical goals, all assisted with a deep low pass from Lukaku. That also made the frenchman the top scorer of the league with 13 goals - and Lukaku the top assister. Who would have thought that? The 3-1 win was also the first game since the 7-0 thrashing at Stamford Bridge in October, where I won with more than one goal. So even though I had climbed firmly up the table, all the games had been pretty tight.

    Now, with so many players having left, I needed to bring new players in. Money was not an issue, since I had €300M in the transfer budget and €600K in the wage budget. I could sign practically anyone in the world with that money. However, even though I was able to sign Dybala, Fekir, Asensio etc., I wanted to continue with important roles to the players already doing well for me: Martial and Lukaku in attack, Pogba with either Fred or Herrera in midfield etc. So I was mainly looking for young players, who would fill in as reserves at first.

    With Romero having left for Roma, I decided to bring back Joel Pereira from his loan deal. No need to buy new blood for that position, with both him and Henderson available. That gives me Pereira and Grant as reserves for De Gea, who is now 92 rated, while Henderson remains on loan at Sheffield United.

    Phil Jones and Rojo had also left, for Chelsea and Marseille respectively, and I decided to replace them with only one player, who would work as a backup to Smalling, Bailly and Lindelöf, who had done quite well with the best defensive record in the league. I could also have signed Koulibaly or someone similar, but I did not want to send one of my best performers to the bench. Instead I ended up with a value-for-money signing in Ruben Vezo from Valencia. He was valued at €10,5M, but with only 18 months left of his contract I signed him for about €7M. Being a portuguese manager (Jardim), I also wanted some portuguese players in my team (apart from Joel Pereira and Dalot), which Jardim also had with Bernardo Silva and Rony Lopes at AS Monaco. With some training, I could also benefit from it, if I was appointed coach of the Portugal National Team some day. Forward thinking at its best.

    Other value-for-money signings was MLS prospects Tyler Adams and Alphonso Davies, both with six months left of their contracts. Christian Pulisic and Ryan Sessegnon weren't expensive either, only having 18 months left at Dortmund and Fulham respectively. Having lost both Fellaini and Matic, I needed new blood to the central midfield, and I had so many great players to choose from with my exorbitant budget. However, once again I went for a backup, since the central midfield with Pogba and either Fred or Herrera worked greatly. I made pace, stamina and aggression my priority, and I chose Renato Sanches from Bayern, who have really good stats in these areas, bringing my number of portuguese players up to 4. Somehow I ended up with a player + cash deal that sent Darmian the other way. Still puzzling about how that came to pass.

    To be honest, in real life it is quite unrealistic with six signings in a winter window. However, in FIFA, the winter window has proven to be the most opportune time to sign players on profitable deals, especially those who have 18 months remaining of their contracts. And since I had started without a transfer window in July/August, I just couldn't wait any longer to make investments in my team.

    Even though I was quite satisfied with my preferred eleven, and my six new signings were all meant to be reserves at first, I did have the opportunity to send them all into action for the two January semi final fixtures in the Carabao Cup... Against Fleetwood Town! In the first game at Old Trafford I won 4-0 with Sessegnon, Pulisic and Renato Sanches all scoring on their debuts, and in the reverse fixture Sessegnon increased his Carabao Cup tally with the only goal of the game. Arsenal and Sheffield United drew 2-2 in their first leg, and I am still to see which of these team I will play in the final. Perhaps the underdog with loanee Henderson in goal?

    However, just as I thought my transfer window was over, I received huge offers for two of my regular starters. I had already declined offers for Lindelöf (from Liverpool!) and Shaw, and Spurs even wanted to pay €94M for Lukaku, who was now 89 rated. Imagine him and Kane up front together! With Lukaku and Martials impressive form though, I didn't want to split them up. Icardi had also just signed for Bayern for a similar amount, so I also could not see, how I should have replaced him. But back to the two offers: At first, Ander Herrera was bought by Fenerbahce. They paid €28,5M for his signature, and with all of my signings so far being quite cheap, I decided to go for a top player for the CM position. Again, I chose a midfielder with great stats in pace, stamina and aggression, and I bought the €40M valued Corentin Tolisso for about €46,5M. Not the worst deal I could think of.

    Then the unthinkable happened. Alexis Sánchez, who has perhaps been the worst signing ever for Manchester United in real life, but had done okay in the last few months of my career, was approached by ... wait for it ... Arsenal! And after a brief negotiation they even paid €67,5M for the now 85 rated winger! Considering Manchester City's purchase of Christian Eriksen for €75M at the same time, I really think Arsenal made a bad deal with the 30 year old. With Alexis leaving, I was in jeopardy whether I should just leave the left wing open for the teenagers Sessegnon and Davies, or if I should buy some quality for that position. I actually wanted a left footed player for the left flank, but on the other hand I was not quite satisfied with Rashford up front. Too many times he had squandered a one-on-one with the opposition keeper or a shot on open goal, so I decided to use him as a left midfielder instead and bring in a new quality striker. With the amount of 18, 19 and 20-year old players in my team, I decided to finally buy a 26 year old; the 82 rated former United player Wilfried Zaha. I think Zaha will work as a backup to Lukaku and Martial with Rashford on the wing, but it could also very well work the other way around, or with both in attack and Sessegnon or Pulisic starting on the left flank. Valued at €28M, I signed him for €36,5M, which I think was okay considering his remaining 4½ year contract at Selhurst Park.

    So, with many youngsters out on loan, for instance Andreas Pereira reuniting with Romero at AS Roma and Angel Gomes loaned by Wolfsburg, hopefully doing a Nelson imitation, my squad for the second half of the season - with an average age of 24,15 years - is:

    GK:
    1.De Gea, 92.
    13.Grant, 73.
    40.Pereira, 72.
    RB:
    25.Valencia, 80 (six months left of contract, then leaving for Dortmund).
    20.Dalot, 74.
    26.Adams, 74.
    CB:
    12.Smalling, 82.
    2.Lindelöf, 81.
    3.Bailly, 82.
    5.Vezo, 77.
    50.Poole, 64 (six months left of contract).
    LB:
    23.Shaw, 81.
    18.Young, 78 (six months left of contract).
    RM:
    14.Lingard, 83.
    22.Pulisic, 80.
    CM:
    6.Pogba, 89.
    16.Tolisso, 84.
    17.Fred, 83.
    8.Sanches, 77.
    39.McTominay, 72.
    LM:
    10.Rashford, 82.
    19.Sessegnon, 76.
    28.Davies, 73.
    ST:
    9.Lukaku, 89.
    11.Martial, 85.
    7.Zaha, 82.
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  • DanielA-NUFC
    37 posts Last Pick at the Park
    @Steffolovitch no one seems to Read it anymore haha but thanks for contributing. That’s a lot of stuff happened. Like them signings especially Davies! He’s a great talent
  • Steffolovitch
    110 posts Has Potential To Be Special
    edited December 2018
    @Steffolovitch no one seems to Read it anymore haha but thanks for contributing. That’s a lot of stuff happened. Like them signings especially Davies! He’s a great talent

    Yeah, he is, joining Bayern in January in real life. Very exciting player.

    Hehe, I didn't expect anyone to read it. It is quite a long read too. But I enjoyed writing about it and have also considered writing in Career Mode Stories. I just don't have the time and the know-how to do all the graphics etc. I think, I will continue writing in this thread, though, if it is okay with you. Just a summary for every six months or so. It actually contributes to my gaming experience to write about my progress somewhere.
  • DanielA-NUFC
    37 posts Last Pick at the Park
    Sure man that’s fine! That’s why I made this thread, as I used to love writing about my stories on football manager but you didn’t need graphics for that haha

    Post away bro! Happy for that to happen I’ll give a low down on my current season later.
  • ShavyJc23
    66 posts Park Captain
    I'm managing Fulham, my 3rd season, just finished finished winning my 2nd EPL title and going on to play the champions league final VS Bayern Munich. I'm playing on ultimate difficulty, the game play is tense I can't lie, going to the last day of the season against Man City two seasons in a row is breath taken. Best player I've bought is Foden, his overall right now is 88, bought him first transfer window
  • Eddie
    692 posts An Exciting Prospect
    edited December 2018
    ShavyJc23 wrote: »
    I'm managing Fulham, my 3rd season, just finished finished winning my 2nd EPL title and going on to play the champions league final VS Bayern Munich. I'm playing on ultimate difficulty, the game play is tense I can't lie, going to the last day of the season against Man City two seasons in a row is breath taken. Best player I've bought is Foden, his overall right now is 88, bought him first transfer window

    I’m glad you’re enjoying it but this is the problem with FIFA. This just shouldn’t happen and ruins the game IMO. Being able to win everything with practically any club is not rewarding and certainly isn’t realistic- especially if you’re playing legendary+ difficulty.

    I want to game to be harder, not by turning the AI into superman with another difficulty increase...but how about coding the game to reflect real life results EA? The top teams constantly underperform. They score less goals than in real life and don’t get as many points.

    Still, after years, the bigger clubs are easier to play against, don’t play full strength teams and simply don’t turn up for matches.

    Scoring or winning trophies in this game has zero satisfaction, because you don’t have to work for it. I know if I start a CM with Aston Villa I’ll be PL champions and competing in the latter stages of the CL without really spending much, within the space of 3-4 years. This is boring frankly.

    Have a bit of pride in your game and make some significant changes to CM EA. You’ve got away with not doing much for long enough now.

    Can you feed back please @EA_Andy @EA_Cian
  • DanielA-NUFC
    37 posts Last Pick at the Park
    So I’m currently eintracht Braunschweig they got relegated irl so I started in division 3. Got promoted first time of asking then in the second season I finished 5th bottom on league 2 due to a lot of draws and not finishing games off.

    End of season 2 I got a few good players on pre contract, most impressive was subasic 81overall from monaco for a gk. surprisingly this season in season 3 he is shocking so think I’m going to drop him.

    Few More notable players I have are ibarbo, Andre André, Julian scheiber, Mosquera, zubar and a player I love in Anthony ujah.

    Season 3 is not going well at all we have lost the opening 3 so we need to have a shake up and quickly. Some players half arsing efforts.
  • Steffolovitch
    110 posts Has Potential To Be Special
    So I’m currently eintracht Braunschweig they got relegated irl so I started in division 3. Got promoted first time of asking then in the second season I finished 5th bottom on league 2 due to a lot of draws and not finishing games off.

    End of season 2 I got a few good players on pre contract, most impressive was subasic 81overall from monaco for a gk. surprisingly this season in season 3 he is shocking so think I’m going to drop him.

    Few More notable players I have are ibarbo, Andre André, Julian scheiber, Mosquera, zubar and a player I love in Anthony ujah.

    Season 3 is not going well at all we have lost the opening 3 so we need to have a shake up and quickly. Some players half arsing efforts.

    Nice, Anthony Ujah, love that player. I am from Denmark and a fan of Brøndby IF, who - according to rumours - were very close to signing Ujah in 2011, when he in stead signed for Mainz. Really great player.

    I really admire your perseverance. Had I lost the amount of games, you have, I think I would have stopped playing or choosing a different difficulty level.
  • Steffolovitch
    110 posts Has Potential To Be Special
    edited December 2018
    PART 3 of my Jardim-career with Manchester United. From February to June 2019.

    Still playing 4-4-2 starting with Pogba and Fred as my first choice options in the central midfield. Especially Pogba was doing really well performing consistently (unlike in real life) with the same amount of league goals as Lukaku. It didn't take long though, before a serious injury kept him out for the rest of the season. So with Fred and Tolisso as my new first choices in central midfield, Renato Sanches was going to get quite a big role as the "best of the rest" and given a mouthful of opportunities - and the portuguese did NOT disappoint. Even though his rating was lesser than Fred's and Tolisso's, he was probably the best performer of them all; Great coverage of the field, a large number of interceptions, excellent passing and several screamers to the top corner of the goal when shooting from the distance. I almost felt like he was a new Paul Scholes. Still keeping him as a backup to the two others, though, but he will be a regular starter at some point, I have no doubt about it.

    In the RM position, I was excited to see if Pulisic would challenge Lingard. Pulisic was a disappointment, though, not doing anything in particular when given the opportunity. His first league goal came against Chelsea towards the end of the season, so it is fair to say that there is room for improvement. On the left, though, Zaha left me in no doubt about having him as a starter. During games he was constantly challenging from the left and providing series of goals and assists. Really a smooth player to play with, and Rashford had to settle with the role as a backup to Martial and Lukaku. He shouldn't complain, though, since he really didn't perform to the extent of his potential and were given a lot of opportunities nevertheless. Pretty much like in real life actually. As a backup to Zaha on the left, Ryan Sessegnon were given a lot of opportunities, and he has really prooved to be some player! Really fast, great crosses and also a number of goals too. Unfortunately, with Zaha and Sessegnon performing so greatly, it hasn't really given Davies a lot of chances to play, and when he has, he hasn't really shown anything in particular. So he could be put on the loan list for my second season. Of other newcomers, Ruben Vezo has been surprisingly solid, even with a limited number of games, and ending the season with a rating of 79 he could very well be upgraded to third choice for my second season. Young American Tyler Adams has also performed well in his few appearances, both as a right back and in the center of midfield.

    Well, back to Zaha and his bossing the left side. I was playing Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final in February and won the game 3-0 with Zaha scoring one and also providing a billiant cross for Lukaku's goal. In the next few league games I won 4-0 and 5-0 respectively, so suddenly I found the difficulty of games to be too easy. I played in world class level, which has really been a challenge for me until now, especially in offence, where my games would usually end 0-0, 1-0 or 1-1. And I do get bored if almost all my games are so goalless. But now, it seemed that I needed to switch to legendary to be fully challenged. As I recall, I did play on legendary some years ago, but since having children I have not really had the time to play the game to the extent I need to perform at that level. For the ramaining part of the season, I did do well in legendary though, winning 2-1 against both Liverpool and Manchester City, and suddenly I was top of the league with a six point gap with six games to go. I almost squandered the lead, though, losing 2-1 at Goodison Park after being in front, and in the next game I was leading at home against Chelsea, before a brace from Hazard sent me home with another defeat, while he also equalled Martials 17 league goals. In the 37th round, though, I won 3-0 away against Huddersfield Town, with Renato Sanches scoring a Scholes-like screamer to the top corner of the goal, before Lukaku cemented the victory with two goals. That won me the league, since Manchester City only drew 2-2 against Leicester. With Martial scoring two in the final round, he also ended as the top scorer in the league with 19 goals, one more than Hazard. He also won Player of the Year, but was somehow snubbed from EPL Team of the Year, with only De Gea and Lukaku making the cut. The final round victory saw me end with 78 points, which in real life is not even close to winning an EPL title. Not since Arsenal in 1998 at least. I actually wanted not to win the league in my first season, but with my rivals underperforming greatly, I just happened to do it anyway. City came in second with 73 points, then Arsenal in third with 72, Spurs fourth with 71, Liverpool fifth with 65, Everton sixth with 58, the same as Chelsea in seventh, who managed to overcome a disastrous first half of the season and end just outside the top 6.

    In the Champions League, I qualified for the Quarter Finals with a win against Jardims former club, AS Monaco, and with the other quarter finalists being Manchester City-PSG, Barcelona-Atlético and Real Madrid-Bayern, I counted myself extremely lucky to be paired with AEK Athens. They did prove a challenge, though, but in the end I won 3-1 on aggregate and qualified for the semi finals againgst Paris SG. An injury to Shaw made me start the game with 18-year old Sessegnon on left back, until then only playing as a LM. He did surprisingly well, keeping Mbappé in his pocket, but elsewhere Neymar and Cavani were a mouthful. I was up 2-0 after 20 minutes, with goals from Tolisso and Lingard, but the two before mentioned secured an equaliser just before half time. In the second half, I substituted Martial, while the critisized Rashford came in and converted a brilliant through pass from Tolisso. In the end, I couldn't hold on to the lead, and Cavani scored his second to make it 3-3 at Old Trafford. With three away goals to PSG, I was under severe pressure, especially after Neymar opened the second leg early on. Fred equalised, however, but once again Cavani proved to be my nemesis. What a beast to play against! So I was out with 5-4 on aggregate, and even if Pulisic hadn't missed his shot at an open goal towards the end, and even if Rashford's shot had got in instead of hitting the crossbar in injury time, I needed two goals to reach the final. So congratulations to Paris SG on their first Champions League final ever. And even with a loss, I thought the games had been very exciting to play, and I almost dreamt back to the year of 2003, when United played Real Madrid and lost in the most beautiful manner.

    Then there was only one game left of the season, and like in the Carabao Cup, I was going to play the FA Cup final against Arsenal. In both competitions I have had really easy runs to the finals, with Wolverhampton being the most highly rated opposition. So if someone thinks Manchester United are lucky in Cup draws, my game is definitely a proof of that. In the final, Martial crowned an impressive season by scoring the first goal, when he sent the ball between the legs of Koscielny, before it went through the legs of Leno. I hope he remembered to say "sorry" twice. Then Lukaku scored with a header from Lingard's cross, and in the second half, Pogba replaced Fred for his comeback from injury. And what a comeback! Shortly after, he put me up 3-0, and with only ten minutes to go, I didn't mind that my former flop, Alexis, scored a consolation goal for The Gunners. So I won the Premier League and both English Cups, allthough I was quite disappointed with my opposition and lucky with draws along the way. However, Tony Valencia didn't mind, lifting the FA Cup trophy in his final appearance for the club before leaving on a bosman for Borussia Dortmund.

    Some say getting to the top is easy, but remaining at the top is the real challenge. I will keep playing in legendary now, and I will see, if I am able to keep winning trophies. Regarding new transfers, I am releasing both Valencia and Young, so I will definitely have to do something about the full back positions. But that must be a topic for my next post.

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  • DanielA-NUFC
    37 posts Last Pick at the Park
    Thanks @Steffolovitch I really want this team to be a success and have a lot of seasons so I’m keep going.

    That’s great your a brodby fan, I rarely be in England im always on different leagues, I’ve never been in the danish league before may try it some time. I was a fan of Pukki at you guys
  • Great writeups, @Steffolovitch! even if it is Manchester United, lol.

    Strange that I see you were disappointed with Pulisic. He was one of the first signings I made and couldn't be happier with him. He doesn't score too much, but does everything I ask out of a winger. Making the long/wide runs, getting behind/stretching the defense, and making good passes/crosses into the middle for the strikers. I certainly don't want him to shoot though, it doesn't have much of a chance, haha. Luckily I have Lacazette and Aubameyang to handle that for me.

    Clearly now you can tell, I'm using Arsenal for my career. I am in the second season, having won Europa League and am now in Champions League (I drew a group with Real Madrid, ugh).

    I've done quite an overhaul of the roster in a little over a year.

    Most recently, I bought Donnarumma from Milan after PSG offered me $100m(!) for Bernd Leno, which I clearly accepted. $75m later I have a better and younger goalie and a cool $25m profit, thanks PSG!

    Laurent Kosielny is not too happy with his bench time as I signed up the now 85 overall, 20 year old, Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax and sold Mustafi to pay for him. I also brought in Davide Calabria from Milan after Kolasinac tore his hamstring.

    The midfield has seen the most movement on my roster. Gone are the likes of Alex Iwobi, Mesut Ozil, Granit Xhaka, and Maitland-Niles. Christian Pulisic is anchoring the right wing, with Justin Kluivert and Ryan Sessegnon on the left. Raiding the MLS, I have Alphonso Davies and Miguel Almiron (on a free!) off the bench.

    Up front, I haven't done much, just signed Timothy Weah as a developmental player from PSG. He's currently a 73 overall, still a ways to go yet.

    I've been doing a lot of raiding the soon to be out-of-contract players, as, aside from Almiron, I've also gotten Thorgen Hazard and Olivier Giroud on free transfers. It's hard to see all these players with less than 6 months on a contract and NOT buy them all, haha.

    I'm actually most impressed with Miguel Almiron and Alphonso Davies so far. Davies can just run and dribble wherever he wants, and Almiron just always seems to be in the right place to make a great pass or get that follow up goal coming off the bench.

    I wonder who is going to get upset first. I have a lot of 'important' players in Midfield, and clearly cannot play them all (though if the stamina thing continues to be an issue.... maybe that won't be a problem).

    I'll have to look into Tyler Adams, I didn't really think of him until you mentioned him!
  • Steffolovitch
    110 posts Has Potential To Be Special
    edited December 2018
    Yeah, Pukki, really a great striker. I was sad, when he left on a bosman, but he is doing well in Norwich too, I believe...

    I can only recommend Brøndby, you should definitely give it a try. Really a sleeping giant that has underperformed greatly since coached by Michael Laudrup until 2005, winning their latest championship. They have the biggest fanbase in Denmark and have fostered great players too, most notably the Laudrup brothers and Peter Schmeichel. Daniel Agger more recently.

    For the moment they are coached by German Zorniger in a 442 diamond, so no wingers in the team. Mukhtar is my favourite player, a classic number 10 and really an elegant dribbler. They could do with some more Danish players though, recently being the first Top flight Danish team ever to line up without a single Dane...
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  • Steffolovitch
    110 posts Has Potential To Be Special
    tonyni wrote: »
    Great writeups, @Steffolovitch! even if it is Manchester United, lol.

    Strange that I see you were disappointed with Pulisic. He was one of the first signings I made and couldn't be happier with him. He doesn't score too much, but does everything I ask out of a winger. Making the long/wide runs, getting behind/stretching the defense, and making good passes/crosses into the middle for the strikers. I certainly don't want him to shoot though, it doesn't have much of a chance, haha. Luckily I have Lacazette and Aubameyang to handle that for me.

    Clearly now you can tell, I'm using Arsenal for my career. I am in the second season, having won Europa League and am now in Champions League (I drew a group with Real Madrid, ugh).

    I've done quite an overhaul of the roster in a little over a year.

    Most recently, I bought Donnarumma from Milan after PSG offered me $100m(!) for Bernd Leno, which I clearly accepted. $75m later I have a better and younger goalie and a cool $25m profit, thanks PSG!

    Laurent Kosielny is not too happy with his bench time as I signed up the now 85 overall, 20 year old, Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax and sold Mustafi to pay for him. I also brought in Davide Calabria from Milan after Kolasinac tore his hamstring.

    The midfield has seen the most movement on my roster. Gone are the likes of Alex Iwobi, Mesut Ozil, Granit Xhaka, and Maitland-Niles. Christian Pulisic is anchoring the right wing, with Justin Kluivert and Ryan Sessegnon on the left. Raiding the MLS, I have Alphonso Davies and Miguel Almiron (on a free!) off the bench.

    Up front, I haven't done much, just signed Timothy Weah as a developmental player from PSG. He's currently a 73 overall, still a ways to go yet.

    I've been doing a lot of raiding the soon to be out-of-contract players, as, aside from Almiron, I've also gotten Thorgen Hazard and Olivier Giroud on free transfers. It's hard to see all these players with less than 6 months on a contract and NOT buy them all, haha.

    I'm actually most impressed with Miguel Almiron and Alphonso Davies so far. Davies can just run and dribble wherever he wants, and Almiron just always seems to be in the right place to make a great pass or get that follow up goal coming off the bench.

    I wonder who is going to get upset first. I have a lot of 'important' players in Midfield, and clearly cannot play them all (though if the stamina thing continues to be an issue.... maybe that won't be a problem).

    I'll have to look into Tyler Adams, I didn't really think of him until you mentioned him!

    Thank you for replying to my post, @tonyni, and for reading it as well. It IS quite a long read, and I know I tend to get carried away... So I really appreciate any feedback... Especially when you even seem to dislike the Red Devils ;)

    I totally agree with you about the urge to sign top players with only a short amount of time left of their contracts. Or with my budget, any top talent in the world actually. I have also considered De Ligt, as well as Kimpembe and a handful of other central defenders, but there really is a balance between investing in your squad while not making it totally unrecognizable by doing the overhaul too quickly (said the guy with 8 new signings in the first window). And by not having too many important players in your squad, constantly sending you angry e-mails...

    I am happy to read that you enjoy both Davies and Pulisic. In my game I think they both suffer from not being regular starters, and with more gametime, which I am sure, they will both get in time, I believe I will fancy playing them more. I have used them both in other careers, so I did know whom I signed, when I did.

    You are also mentioning Donnarumma and Weah. They are also two of my top targets, but I will not pursue Donnarumma, until De Gea leaves at some point. I really try to keep a balance in my squad and keep the players as satisfied as possible. I also try to keep my number of first team players down to 25 or 26. I could sign Weah soon though, as a backup and promising talent, like you have. Then he would be my third player from the United States and the fourth from North America.

    I haven't been plagued by the Stamina issue, though. Perhaps I was just lucky to avoid that particular update, or perhaps I play the games in a manner, where it doesn't affect me that much. It could also be that I rate stamina very highly, when selecting new players to buy, and Tyler Adams is a great example of that. You should definitely buy him. Hurry though, when the game is updated in January, he will probably be transferred to RB Leipzig and impossible to buy in the first couple of seasons.

    Thanks for your input, please continue if you feel like it.
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