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  1. Season 2032 - Versport FC - J1 League Our first ever season in the top league started off with a huge slap of the face! First game at home against Nagoya who were predicted to finish 8th and within 55 minutes we found ourselves 5 - 0 down. We ended up fighting back to 5 - 3 but i had expected the worse from there. Next game away against Tosu who were predicted 17th, we walked away 7 - 0 winners haha. With this young team, it was consistently inconsistent as we were good enough to knock off the top teams but then fall away and lose a few games in a row as well. But overall, I couldnt have asked for more than a midtable finish and not losing any players either. However quite a few have resigned with minimum fee release clauses, so watch this space. As we were promoted to the same league as Gamba Osaka, im glad our affiliation was ceased without any awkwards moments. Our Youth Facilities were upgraded, although we really didnt need to take out a loan of 21m to complete the works as per the Chairperson's statement, id sack your accountant buddy! Other thing of note is that one of my key winger/attacker did his ACL and will be missing for 12 months. I needed not to worry about the loan taken out for the stadium as finances weren't too bad and hopefully improve again when we move into our new stadium. Youth Preview wasnt the best, but there's a common theme with these previews amongst all of us i reckon Youth Intake much better than the preview suggested, with no less then 7 elite prospects Kazuki Yoyoda 32B is probably my pick of the bunch despite the average personality. Good physicals, not bad mentals and pretty good finishing for a 16yo Hiroki Tsuda 32D is my second pick although I dont start off with a DM so might need to retrain to a B2B midfielder my third pick is a little left field in Suguru Ishii 32E and probably more so out of necessity in the position combined with a good personality
  2. Season 2031 - Versport FC - J2 League Our second season in the J2 started off really poor with only 1 win and a draw in the first six games and found ourselves in the relegation spots. I had feared we had overachieved last year and reality was sinking in. Couldnt have been further from the truth as we slowly but surely climbed the ladder through the middle part of the season then went on a strong run towards the end of the season to be in the hunt for the automatic promotion spots. We had hit second with 4 games to go but of course we drew the next game which put us back to third chasing Tokyo V in first and Oita in second. Focus was on Oita in second but what i hadnt realised was that Tokyo V had bottled it. We won our last 3 games and they lost 2 of the last 3 for us to overtake them and clinch second spot. In the mid season transfer window, as usual we get hundreds of bids for our players and our chairman seems to be trigger happy in accepting bids. However to date, ive been able to twist his arm to wait for higher bids but with Shin Kitamura our starting AMC, he didnt allow me to protest so off he went. Luckily this didnt derail the season though i wish he had asked for more. He did the same with our starting right back but luckily Tojo rejected the contract from Roilec who are mid table in the same league. It's not often players make sensible decisions in this game! We did manage to finally update the youth facilities once sponsorship money came in. But before that, the board need to inject some cash to offset the losses which are getting a concern. On top of that, at the end of the season the Board made a financially crippling decision by announcing the plans to build a new 15k capacity stadium. Repayments are 225k per month which means we'll be broke for the next 10 years unless we get continental money coming in. Stadium wont be ready for another 2 years and in the meantime we are renting a 15k stadium for only 57k a year.... thank you board! Youth Preview Was horrible, its the first with my newish HOYD Youth Intake wasnt as bad as the preview but not sure there will be too many first team players out of it Shuhei Horgome 31A is the coaches brightest propsect but with 4 determination i cant see him developing too much. I dont play with DM's either Shinsuke Miztumi 31B doesnt look too bad but not too good either. Yuta Kubota 31C might be the pick of the bunch. Has got good mentals and not overly slow for a short light framed striker
  3. Season 2030 - Versport FC - J2 League The year started off with a left field new senior affiliate with Gamba Osaka. Am i little worried they might send players to me on loan so will have to be watchful of this. Our first quest in the second division started off on fire with a 6 - 6 away draw, then 4 wins and another draw to have us sitting in second. Games early on were thick and fast as its a World Cup year and so had a largish break towards the end of our calendar season. We did run out of steam after that and slipped below the play off zones, but some late form towards the back end of the season meant we finished 5th and would play Tochigi away in the semi final. Unfortunately we could only muster a 1 - 1 draw and were knocked out because of seeding. It is now the 4th time playing in a semi final and not progressing in my career so far. With our improved junior academy, it's being noticed and we did have 2 players poached. We are also getting hundreds of bids for our players which is getting really annoying. Our chairman seems to be very eager to approve some bids but lucky i was able convince him to reject and hold out for bigger fees. I fear this is merely a bandaid for future offers. Making a small loss each year but our sponsorship money is dwindling. The first few seasons we were getting 2.4m and even though we're in a division higher than last year, it's dropped again by 500k. The club is also eager to build a new stadium which im a little unsure about. We're only averaging 4k fans and we're renting at the moment which suits me fine. I just dont think there's enough money in warranting a new stadium right now. Youth Preview Less A's in this preview, but its probably reflective of the development of the current squad Youth Intake Still a quality intake with several elite prospects. Not the worst personalities and got lucky as the unambitious players are towards the least potential talents
  4. Season 2029 - Versport FC - J3 League The year started off with a bit of a wake up call, not on the pitch but off it. One of our better midfield prospects was signed on a free contract as he was only given a youth contract from last years intake. I was only given 84k in compensation so I'll definitely be giving full time professional contracts from now on. Season started ok but not great and it was obvious early on that everyone else was playing for second as Kanazawa were clearly better than the rest of us. As the season wore on and the players from last years intake were finally settled, we finally hit some form and with 11 games remaining we went on a 9 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss run that clinched promotion on the last day. Kudos to Kagoshima Utd who went on some run at the end as well and pushed us all the way. In the last 20 games, they won 15, drew 4 and loss 1. Thankfully for us, their start of the season wasnt great. Finally after 6 seasons of getting close, we are going up to J2 League and its come at a good time as finances were not sustainable in this league, making significant losses. Youth Preview a lovely preview Youth Intake an even lovelier intake! Daiki Miyamoto is my pick of the bunch even tho my coaches rated him as third. A versatile midfielder with a great touch, passing and technique. Hopefully he can build on his physicals Bit controversial, but Naotaka Osaki 29I is my second best prospect, more out of necessity as i lack in good wingers. Good personality should see him develop quicker than others and will get game time next season Third pick is also controversial, but Shota Sasaki 29L comes in at a good time as my ageing centre backs need replacing. Love a good personality, this fella should also get lots of game time next season
  5. Season 2028 - Versport FC - J3 League Our fifth straight season in J3 was used as a transition season to ingrain more youngsters into the team and push out the ageing team I inherited at start. On this basis, i wasnt expecting much from the season however we were surprised that after a sluggish start we went on some really good runs and with 8 games to go were sitting in second. However, the same cliff that has hampered us in previous years hit about the same time and 1 win in 7 games put us not only out of automatic promotion but got us out of the play off spots. Two wins in the end made it look respectable. Studying for my last licence so im glad we have this out of the way. Surprised theyve let me continue all the way whilst sitting in the lowest playable league. Youth Preview Something to get really excited about! Youth Intake I swear I had taken a picture of the youth intake, my screenshots have been playing up a little but I did take a snapshot of the two best prospects (even though im sure i had taken 3) Ive got Sho Nishimura 28C as my best prospect as he is a walk in starter for me so should develop nicely with his good determination and great personality This fella is also a walk in starter and will slot in the Mezzala role well. Im playing 2 men up front this save but would have been suited in the Shadow Striker role i usually play so might change tactics when required.
  6. Season 2027 - Versport FC - J3 League I used this season as a bit of a reset year. Each year we've made it in the play offs and failed at the first hurdle so taking a more longer term approach and tried to introduce some youngsters in the team even though they are quite far off the level. All bar Kanazawa, our A prospect from last years intake who by the end of the year scored 16 and assisted 13 as a DLF and is probably our best ployer now. Unfortunately no ones else really developed. And so the expected drop to 10th was probably the right result. During the year we maxed out both our junior coaching and youth recruitment but that has now put pressure on our finances. By the end of the year we were in the read by 800k so its something ill need to keep an eye on. Im also studying for Continental A licence now. We also had our first youth prospect poached, but i dont think he was all that great. Youth Preview Need a really good GK, sick of playing a 1.5 star keeper. We're good with forwards tho Youth Intake Intakes are definitely getting better however i was hoping for at least 1 player that goes straight into the lineup. Although, i'll probably start playing this GK Ryo Kikuchi is probably just at good as my starting GK which tells you a lot. Hopefully by starting games he will improve quickly Kengo Saito didnt take a snapshot at the time of the intake but did so at the end of the year. Will have to bide his time in the u18's as i have 2 decent strikers in the starting line up Yuto Hayashi has a couple of decent attributes but his casual nature will definitely restrict his development
  7. Season 2026 - Versport FC - J3 League Season started off well again and we spent majority of the season in top spot, but never really managed to build a gap between 3rd spot. Similar to the season before we ran out of puff towards the end of the season and slipped all the way to scrapping into the play offs. Our play off game against 3rd spot was for some reason at home and we managed to go up 1 - 0 in the 32nd minute but then conceded after the break and Toyama went through as the higher seed. We made some improvements throughout the year and have now got excellent youth recruitment and junior coaching so hopefully we should start seeing some good intakes come through. Our level is still low so hopefully some that we can slot straight into the team would be nice. We also improved training facilities at the end of the year once sponsorship money came in, Im yet to see the youth facility upgrade become available throughout the save! Youth Preview It's getting better... Youth Intake Not quite there but i can see fruits. Kanazawa looks handy
  8. Season 2025 - Versport FC - J3 League Second season i was hoping for much of the same as we have enough players to fill out the bench albeit some with no CA stars at all. We started off really well but then had 4 losses in a row and never really recovered after that. Form was patchy and we needed a win on the last day to make playoffs, funnily enough games on the last day arent at the same time and we were the last game. We needed to beat FC Osaka away and after going down 2 - 0 after 24 minutes, i thought our season was over. However we fought back to go in at half time square then managed to score a latish winner to set us up a play off game against 3rd spot Iwate. Neither team was able to score and so they went through to the final on seeding and subsequently did the same thing in the final going up a division by seeding. We got some more upgrades this year and also managed to start studying towards my A licence. We did get a youth preview this year, although it wasnt worth looking at. The intake was that bad again that i forgot to take a picture of it but this is a snapshop of part of the squad sorted by youngest to oldest which shows you how far off the youth intakes are.
  9. Season 2024 - Versport FC - J3 League Im pretty sure the real team name is Verspah Oita and the logo above is correct. A club that was founded just over 20 years ago havent really achieved too much in their short history. They do have 1,000 season tickholders which should help the coffers at the start. The first team is pretty strong by the bench is full of greyed out players. There were 3 players already scheduled to come to the club, however for some reason only 2 arrived. These were pre arranged before my arrival so i made the call to play them throughout the year. Board expectation was for a midtable finish but we had a really strong year and finished 3rd, one spot beneath the automatic promotion spots which put us against FC Gifu in a one off play off match at home to make the promotion final. We stunk that game up and lost 2 - 1. Our best player refused to sign a contract and hence we left at the end of the year. Managed to resign everyone else for an extra year or two. We started off with no academy and so was crucial that we we got some improvements which we did. We also started with over 2m in the bank so we used that up for updating our training facilities as well. Also studied for my first badge. No youth preview this year cos we didnt have an academy, but we did get a youth intake as we made the necessary updates before the intake date. Not surprising it was a poor intake and i suspect that to be the case for the next couple years at least.
  10. Season 2044/45 - Macclesfield FC - Premier League Our first ever back to back season in the Premier League was something to be proud of, especially after having a good season last and avoiding a relegation battle altogether. Unfortunately we werent able to build on last year and struggled to gain any prolong periods of decent results. We were always hovering around the relegation zone without really dropping in it until round 33. And from there we couldnt manage the results to survive. A disappointing season. We did get a decent intake tho however ive decided to pause on this save and try somewhere where i think I can actually complete the challenge which be the make of my next update.
  11. Season 2043/44 - Macclesfield FC - Premier League After surviving the drop last year for the first time, the goal against was just to survive, by any means necessary. And that we did, with much more ease which you'll notice not only in the league table but also past positions where we were sitting equal second after 15 rounds. Unfortunately realist set in on the second half of the season where we completely fell away where we we lost 17 out of the last 24 games which included 1 draw and 7 losses in an 8 game stint. Our early good season form meant that relegation was never in question. We agreed to a new affiliate and I think i chose the right link type to benefit our youth academy, but please let me know if im choosing the wrong link type. Decided to go with Defensor Sporting who had the best academy available in the list provided. We also have a new international star in Nigerian Isaac Umaar who has been given some game time this year in defence. Youth Preview One of our better previews this year which had 4x A grade talents in only two different positions Youth Intake A much better intake then what we've been getting and first time there's been a 5 star potential player in ages. Lucas Hodgson is the top prodigy. Has all the right attributes to become a top class winger for us and love it when the media classify a talent as 'promissing' Jai Chand has been compared to Luke Harvey 30A whos our starting BBM and is another 'promising' player even tho they have him listed as the 4th best prospect Javid Peterson is their second best prospect and listed as a striker although his finishing, positioning and composure is poor so might be better suited out on the right to utilise his pace and dribbling
  12. Season 2042/43 - Macclesfield FC - Premier League The clear strategy was just to survive and the opening round loss of 5 - 0 to Man Utd was evidence that this was going to be a struggle. Next game we beat Forest 6 - 0 so maybe we have a chance?? We then went 1 point in 7 games albeit against Man City but that would evidently by the low point of the season as we turned that form around and won 5 out of the next 6. We never dipped back into the relegation zone after that even after only winning two games in the remaining 17 games. For the first time in the save, i was approached to manage their national teams with a superb list of Brazil, Argentina, France and Netherlands on offer. Was also approached by Spurs and Arsenal at either end of the season as well. Youth Preview Looked like there was a rose amongst the thorns Youth Intake Was surprised to see two decent prospects. Jake Swann 43A is the pick of the bunch with a good personality. A player that might be suited better on the wing to utilise his pace, crossing and dribbling. Joe Haywood 43B has decent starting attributes for a midfielder but 3 determination and unambitious is probably going to hold him back from developing much. Josh Kimber 43C might be the surprise packet of the intake. Whilst a little greener compared to the other two, he has the potential to develop into a first team squad
  13. Dont mind this idea. Would it be starting at tier 1 first or the other way round?
  14. Season 2041/42 - Macclesfield FC - Championship The pattern of promotion every other season is back. The lowest we ever spent on the league table was in 8th position back in round 7 but we generally spent the season in the top two spots then remained 1st from matchday 30. Hopefully we can have a better premier league campaign next year. We're still not maxed out in our facilities but did improve our training facilities to be start of the art. Havent been able to get the board to improve our youth facilities for some reason. We also had our first Scotland call ups for two of my youngsters but neither of them were given any game time. I suspect that will happen very soon. Youth Preview The preview is better than the past few years. Youth Intake forgot to take a snapshot of the intake but took one of the best prospects. Patrick Ejofor 42A is a 178cm with decent starting attributes at only 15. Javanne Sucharewycz 42B is a mouthful and hopefully can become a handful on the pitch. Good technically but low determination might not help his cause. Ourdy Mbemba 42C looks more of a winger than a front man.
  15. Season 2040/41 - Macclesfield FC - Championship A season back in the Championship was always going to be interesting to see if we were good enough to bounce back. It took a while before we found our groove and were hovering just outside the play offs for the first quarter of the season. We then hit some strong form around the midpoint of the year and hit top of the table however there were a lot of come from behind nuggety wins that werent all that deserved. Once we hit top, our form slowly dwindled and the question was then are we going to hold on to second spot. Our last 9 games of the season went like this LWDLLDLWL which meant we finished 4th. On the final day, we played Sunderland and were second by 1 point over them and West Ham. A draw wouldnt have been enough as West Ham won their game, but we also got smashed 4 - 0. We played Leicester away in the first Semi Final leg and lost that 2 - 0 and were looking all but out. However the home leg we rallied, with Andrew Rees 31D scoring a brace in the 10th and 14th minutes before getting injured for 4 weeks 5 minutes later. We scored a third just after the break to book ourselves a spot in the final, a remarkable turnaround after a disastrous couple months. A final against a West Ham team that we had lost twice two in the season with an aggregate score of 8 - 4. Make that 3 losses in the season with an aggregate of 10 - 4 as we didnt give the best account for ourselves in the final. We improved training facilities to reach Superb level, but kept getting knocked back to improve further and we finally hit Youth Rating 1 (after the intake came in). We were also taken over which didnt really impact us at all and the kept me in the top job so no issue there. At the end of the season, we moved into our new 21k capacity stadium, a couple weeks later they decided to expand the stadium by a further 6.5k seats and will be ready towards the start of the season which is great. We also had our first player poached from our youth squad - more upset about not having 'the tickler' in the squad Youth Preview Was not overwhelmed by the preview Youth Intake Was not overwhelmed by the intake either. Really not getting the talent coming through the club which will impact us soon Tommy Johnson 41A is the top of his class and hopefully he can develop into a first team player in the future. I will give him the time to develop as he is quite raw still. Fairly Sporting is not a great personality tho. Luke Ponde 41B is an aggressive tackling defender but is mentally weak with low determination. Willie Anderson 41B is probably the player that has more of a chance of playing first team football in the future. Lots of pace, good heading and good head on his shoulders for a 15yo.
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