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    I love FM! Check out my 'Moronic' career: http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/363673-FM14-Morons-You-Bet!

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  1. Interesting start to 2025/26 - did the difficult stuff, then slipped up against Boca :-(
  2. A disappointing second season has seen us fall short of the Champions League. Should be a temporary setback, I have a few really good players coming though...as well as Roony Bardghi who I'm sure you're familiar with...
  3. Another record ticked off... not a good one, though...
  4. Latest record isn't a newly broken one, I had broken it once before, but it is a competition record as well as a club one!
  5. With the first season over, I have now broken quite a few of the "low hanging fruit" records. Dani Olmo has been great, as has Sesko. It wasn't quite enough for a title, however: But a good start for sure, and I have a few candidates for some of the more long term records already, including Sesko who I'm fairly sure will establish himself as the top goalscorer in Leipzig's history, at least for a while.
  6. Wasn't expecting to break this record in season two! I did have my left back sent off early on but still not ideal!
  7. 2nd season started and Christian Bamberger, a youth academy graduate, has made his debut as the youngest player in our history. He looks promising. 2 records down... STOP PRESS: Broke it again! Jan Feldmuller was even younger. This is a record that is unlikely to be broken much more since I can't play under 16s...
  8. In February now and realised I want to clarify one thing - Timo Werner was still at the club until January and scored a couple more goals, but I'm not counting that as breaking a record. But the record now he has left stands at 89! Similarly, Youssef Poulsen has broken the appearance record before the end of the first season, but I won't be counting that either (though I will update it). I have however broken the first record, with Assane Diao, newly signed from Betis, scoring on his debut against Union Berlin on 4th February, aged 18 years 150 days. But I don't anticipate this record lasting long as I imagine a youth graduate will soon break it.
  9. Hey, I've done an editor file to make RB Leipzig as similar to Arsenal as possible (both through editing things like their reputation and stadium size and adjusting the Bundesliga so that income etc. is comparable). But though I ticked the file when starting the game, none of the changes have been applied. Any ideas? Can send any information needed... *DONE* - Mods, please delete.
  10. Had a boring day at work today and I have decided on my FM25 save idea. One long Arsenal save with the aim of totally rewriting the record books. In order to do this, I will be focussing mostly on youth. Doesn't mean I won't still sign players, but there won't be any "filler" signings. If I cant find the perfect backup player, I use a promising youth player and try to turn them into something special. Of course, those who do will be in contention for some of the records. But, whilst individual records are important, I will also be aiming to break other records. Most of these are listed on FM but I have decided on a few extra ones to put in there which, for Arsenal anyway, could be fun challenges. However, for now, I am going to do the exact same type of game but in a different country, so that I can start fresh with FM25 (or, more likely, after the first patch or maybe after the transfer window patch]. I wanted a club that was similar in stature to Arsenal; competitive in the country, but never having won the Champions League. I will be using this to test a tactic that I have in mind for Arsenal come FM25, too, so I wanted a big team ideally. PSG mightve been an option but I've managed a lot in France lately. So what I have decided to do is to use the editor to aim to get Leipzig mirroring Arsenal as close as I can; I've given them a bank balance identical to Arsenal's, the same sponsorship amounts, the same reputation, the same facilities and stadium size, as well as ensuring the Bundesliga has the same reputation as the PL does at the start of the game (I am hoping this means about the same prize money and sponsorship too as there's no way to edit this). This is simply to make the challenge as similar to Arsenal as I can. I am aware that changing Leipzig in this way will give me a bit of an edge over the Bundesliga because the other teams around me won't have the same, but since I will only be playing this for 20-25 years as opposed to the 50-60 I anticipate spending on the Arsenal game, this is fine by me. I won't set many rules for myself except: No reloading within a season for any reason. If I am sacked (and only if I am sacked), I will restart from the end of the previous season (or the season before if I am sacked in pre-season). The reason for doing this is because if I try to go back just a few months, it'll get really dull. By going back at least 6 months or so, I will be playing a different game. In order to do this and to make tracking players easier, I will save a standalone version of the game after the last game of every season. If anyone would like a copy of any end-of-season save, let me know. Because player longevity is key here, I will be focussing significantly on youth so generally I'll only make signings that upgrade the first XI, are under the age of 20 or if I have no other back-up options. There'll be very few signings who are over 20 and not superstars. No downloaded tactics. I have used them for years, and I should move away from them. For this reason, my Leipzig save will be geared towards planning a tactic for Arsenal so I will make signings and sales initially so that the Leipzig squad mirrors the current Arsenal squad in terms of player types. I will be relying on anyone following this save for advice on tactical tweaks that might help, but NOT whole tactics. When I do the Arsenal save (this doesn't apply to Leipzig), I will disable opening window transfers so I cannot make signings (other than the ones Arteta makes) until the first January. The aim of the game is to break records, and these are the ones I am looking to break at Leipzig (although obviously Arsenal's will be higher): Club Highest League Position: 2nd (at Arsenal this will be total number of title wins by one manager) Most Points in a Season: 80 Fewest Points in a Season: 50 (yes, I will be looking to beat negative records too, but I anticipate trying to do this once ALL the positive ones are done!) Most League wins in a season: 26 Fewest League wins in a season: 13 Most League defeats in a season: 11 Fewest League defeats in a season: 0 (never realised that Leipzig had done an unbeaten season, but will aim to match it) Most League draws in a season: 12 Fewest League draws in a season : 2 Most League goals scored in a season: 81 Fewest League goals scored in a season: 39 Most Matches won in a row: 15 (2009-10) Most Matches without losing: 30 (2012-13) Most Matches lost in a row: 3 (2015) Most Matches without winning: 8 (2024-25) Most Matches without scoring: 2 (2013) Most Matches without conceding: 7 (2009) Highest Attendance: 43,348 Highest Gate Receipts: N/A Average Attendance: 41,477 Lowest Attendance: 420 (probably impossible to beat) Biggest Win: 8-0 Biggest Defeat: 0-9 v Dortmund in 2024 Highest Scoring Match: 8-2 (8-2 in league too) Highest Transfer Fee Paid: £67.5m for Anatolii Trubin from Benfica, January 2025 Highest Transfer Fee Received: £77m Players Most League Appearances: Yussuf Poulsen - 311 Most Overall Appearances: Unsure for Leipzig, will start with O'Leary's record for Arsenal Most League Goals: Timo Werner - 93 Most Overall Goals: Unsure for Leipzig, will start with Henry's record for Arsenal Most Overall Goals by a player in a season: Daniel Frahn - 29 in 2011/12 Most League Goals by a player in a season: Timo Werner - 28 in 2019/20 Highest Average Rating: Benjamin Sesko 7.15 (32 apps) in 2023/24 Youngest Player: 16y9d - Jan Feldmuller in 2024 Oldest Player: 36y186d - Philipp Tschauner in 2022 Fastest Goal: 9s - Daniel Frahn in 2013 Most goals by a player in a match: 3 - Dominik Kaiser in 2014 (same in the league) Most assists by a player in a season: Dani Olmo 11 in 2023/24 Most overall assists: Dani Olmo 21 Most clean sheets by a player in a season: 18 - Janis Blaswich in 2023/24 Most player of the match awards in a season: 6 - Janis Blaswich in 2023/24 Most overall player of the match awards: to be established Youngest Goalscorer: 16y75d - Daniel Konig in 2025 Oldest Goalscorer: 34y361d - Lars Muller in 2011 I make that 44 records to track in total. For the Arsenal save there will be a few more: most FA Cups for sure, most overall trophies...I'll have a think about any more I could add, although feel free to suggest them. The colour codings denote how easy or difficult I anticipate it being to break the record (and will apply even when I have broken it, which I will denote by making it bold).
  11. 2032-33 -- Navigating the Storm: A Tale of Challenges and Potential in the Third Tier The journey through the ranks of Football Manager is rarely a smooth ride for me, and Courchevel's second season back in the third tier proved to be a rollercoaster of frustration, challenges, and glimpses of potential. As the dust settles on a campaign that saw highs and lows, it's time to reflect on the notable moments, achievements, and the hurdles that lie ahead for the squad. The Frustration of Falling Short: Despite a commendable recovery in the latter part of the season, the frustration lingers as Courchevel fell short of the promotion dream. A poor autumn run, coupled with financial constraints and an ageing squad, painted a challenging picture. The team found itself close to title contention, but frustratingly just falling short of promotion, leaving me with both a sense of pride in the recovery and a hunger for more in the future. Challenges on and off the Pitch: Money troubles loomed large over the season, with Courchevel now nearly £4 million in debt and the financial situation worsening. The ageing squad presented its own set of challenges, with key players hitting the 30-mark and the looming need for replacements. Additionally, the morale-dragging effect of sulking players created a unique challenge, hindering the team from fielding its most talented eleven consistently. Achievements Amidst the Struggle: In the face of adversity after a poor start to the season, there were achievements to celebrate. The impressive recovery in the latter part of the season, finishing just one point off the playoffs and three from promotion, showcased the squad's resilience. Despite the distant nature of promotion at times, the team displayed character and determination that bodes well for the future. New Signings Making an Impact: Amidst the financial constraints, some strategic signings stood out. Ahmad Ekollo, on loan from Auxerre, proved to be a scoring sensation with 24 goals in 34 games, leaving a significant void to fill. Daniel Russo, the versatile midfielder from Monaco, and the enigmatic Lee Fowler added depth to the midfield, laying the groundwork for potential future success. Sales and Building for the Future: Financial limitations meant little room for spending, but I managed to make £400k in sales, offering a glimmer of hope for future investments. The summer transfer window becomes pivotal, as the manager eyes top-quality players to replace ageing legs and elevate the team from a side that should be promoted to one that will be. Star Performers and Moving Forward: Individual brilliance shone through the challenges, with Ekollo's goal-scoring prowess, Sekou Lega's top-rated performances (7.42), and Mamadou Sow's standout contributions. As the squad evolves, the focus shifts to securing top-quality players and transforming Courchevel from a contender to a consistent force in the quest for promotion. Conclusion: As the curtain falls on a season marked by frustration, challenges, and resilience, the future holds both uncertainty and promise for Courchevel. The manager's strategic decisions in the transfer market and the resolve displayed by the squad set the stage for a new chapter. The path to promotion may be winding, but the determination to build a team that consistently contends for glory remains unwavering.
  12. I've decided to try a new tack with these posts. This was mainly written by AI from some basic data. I've tweaked it since and added screenshots but that's pretty cool, right? Tip: if you want to avoid spoilers, come back to the screenshots when you've finished! 2031-32 Season In the world of Football Manager, seasons can be a rollercoaster of emotions, filled with highs, lows, and unexpected twists. The recently concluded season for the Courchevel squad was no exception. A remarkable unbeaten streak, stellar performances from new signings, and the bitter taste of playoff disappointment all played a part in shaping a season that will be etched in the memories of both the team and its manager. The latter part of the season saw the Courchevel squad hit an impressive stride, going unbeaten in the last 12 league games. Winning 10 of those matches showcased not only the team's resilience but also their ability to dominate on the pitch. It was a remarkable run that brought joy to the fans and instilled a sense of confidence in the squad. The success of any team often hinges on the quality of their signings, and we made some strategic moves in the transfer market. Notably, Mohamed Jouini emerged as the top scorer, finding the back of the net 16 times and boasting an impressive average rating of 7.18. Dembo Sylla and Brahim Traore also proved their worth with solid performances, contributing to the team's impressive run. While the new signings grabbed the spotlight, it's essential to acknowledge the unsung heroes who were the backbone of the team's success. Fallou Faye, with an outstanding average rating of 7.45, Mamadou Sow (7.34), and youth academy graduate Noah Jullien (7.34) consistently delivered stellar performances, showcasing the depth and balance within the squad. Despite the undeniable success of the season, the dream of automatic promotion slipped through our fingers. The playoff matches proved to be a nail-biting affair, with 180 minutes of intense football yielding only one goal – unfortunately not in favour of Courchevel. It was a heartbreakingly close call that left players and fans alike yearning for what could have been. Whilst I think it's fair to say that Amiens deserved the win over the two legs, we did give a very good account of ourselves. While the playoff disappointment stings, it's crucial to recognize the progress made this season after the disappointment of an unexpected relegation last year. With 14 more points than the promotion-winning season, this year has laid down a solid foundation for future success. The tactic has provided a promising platform, and the lessons learned from this season will undoubtedly shape the team's strategy moving forward. As the curtain falls on this Football Manager season, Courchevel can reflect on a journey filled with triumphs and tribulations. The unbeaten streak, impactful signings, and the bitter playoff disappointment all contribute to a narrative that defines the resilience and determination of the squad. With a strong foundation in place, the future looks bright for us, and we can take pride in the team's accomplishments, knowing that each season is a stepping stone towards greater success. (OK that last paragraph was cringe! But it's also really funny! ChatGPT can be patronising, it seems!)
  13. So much for not worrying about relegation. We were relegated with three games to go! Luckily I had the credit in the bank so I didn't get sacked but I imagine I need to get promoted again immediately to keep my job. I'm not sure what went wrong really. I thought the squad was a fair bit better than last year, but the morale was low throughout the season and despite a LOT of friendlies against weak teams, I couldn't fix the problem. Fallou Faye was probably the only player who actually improved this season. Really poor showing, and I feel like I'm almost back at square one. Frustrating. I plan to simplify the tactic, try to blitz a promotion and then establish myself with a tactic based on what I used this season, but simplified. Also, the final game of the season was my 300th competitive game in charge. Sad that it was marked by the conclusion of such a poor season.
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