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Alright, I got caught up with some other things so I've been slacking on my Career Mode. I put a couple hours in over the weekend, and I'm now in the transfer window in my 2nd season (League One).

Currently top of the table with Bradford City 5 points behind (we're both so far ahead of everyone else). Season is going well so far, only a small amount of injuries (Mullins out for 6 weeks was the longest).

Acquisitions/Sales:
I decided to not renew Stanely Aborah's contract (wanted 15k at 29, screw that). Sold him for 550k. That freed up a lot of my wage budget so pursue some contract expiring players.

- Brought in Romain Gall (21yo, 66 rated RM) from Columbus Crew on a 1 year loan with a 700k buyout.
- Agreed to terms with Jon Taylor from Petersborough on free transfer (and only 7.5k/week wages). He's 24, rated 68 RM.

I need depth on the wings in a bad way. Both players should be major contributors for me.

I cut Snead and McLeod as I wasn't going to bring back either.


Now I'm in a weird spot for my remaining players. A lot are starting to demand higher wages, and I certainly can't afford to up Hyndman from 3.2k/week to the 15k/week he's asking for.



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Alright, the opening transfer window closed and it's time to provide my Year 3 update.

Completed Season: 
Season 2 ended with me winning League 1 by 10 points. Bradford City, Portsmouth, and Notts County will be moving into the Championship. I got knocked out really early in the Capitol One Cup to Liverpool, where I lost on penalties. I made it all the way to the FA Cup Final where I lost to Manchester United 3-2 (Rooney scored in the 116' and 120' to seal it). I beat Hull 2-1 (on replay), Everton 6-0 (they put out a 2nd team and got a red card early), and Chelsea 2-1 on the way to the final. It was a pretty season that finally got me to change the difficulty from Professional to World Class. I'm generally just not very good at the game, so it's gotten very tough. I don't believe I can dribble the ball anymore in the midfield. I get muscled off the ball very easily or tackled from behind regardless of the pace of the player. So, it's a ton of one touch passes. 

Stats: 
Maxwel Cornet finished with 31 goals in League One and 8 assists. Emerson Hyndman finished with 16 goals and 14 assists. Alexandr Zuev finished with 4 goals and 10 assists. 

Current Season: 
Now in the Championship, I no longer have any advantages in roster, or talent, so it's not been an easy going. I've won 3 and drew 5 matches.  I don't think I'll get promoted this year, but I hope to do well enough to get around $4-5 million transfer budget. 

Due to my performance in FA Cup, I qualified for Europa and my group is Roma, Bursaspor, and BSC Young Boys. I've only played Roma at Roma, and drew 1-1. I consider that a major win considering the vast gap in wages. I just hope to get past group stage and increase my transfer budget. Does anyone know how much the Europa League gives in wages? 

Transfer Window: 
As I mentioned in my previous update, I signed Jon Taylor from Petersborough on free transfer. I only had 2.6 million to play with, so I was very limited in possible moves. I brought in Matt Miazga from New York RB for $2.8 million (defense has been my biggest problem), and bought Wylan Cyprien from RC Lens for $500k(!). He's playing the role of a holding midfielder for me behind Hyndman and next to Russell Teibert. Last full transfer I made was for Dillon Serna for $1.3 million. He's listed a winger in the game (despite being a DM/RB in real life) and I'm playing him at any of the 3 midfield positions on the wing. Still trying to figure how he best fits in the squad. I brought in Bradford Jamieson IV from LA Galaxy on a 1 year loan. He's only making 6k/week in wages with a $1.4 million buyout. I also agreed to Kingley Coman for a 1 yr loan+1.4 mil buyout, but his wages were much higher and so I was able to afford Jamieson. 
I loaned several youth players away and my most promising is a 17 year old LW already at 72. He's currently at Brighton. I loaned him and Adam Campbell out so I could afford the wages required. 

In the next transfer window, I also have to decide who to keep/come up with the money to pay for Ben Swanson, Patrick Mullins, and Romain Gall as their loans will be up. I would like to keep all 3, but I don't think it'll be possible unless the board is nice to me.



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I meant to do a Winter Transfer Window Update, because I was delayed due to making this image:



I brought in some more players, turned down Romain Gall's option. Apparently Mullins and Swanson's loans are up in the next window. Battling for a top 3 spot in Championship. Was knocked out in group of 32 by Sporting CP on away goals. Managed to get to FA Cup Finals again.



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Alright, here's my Year 4 Update, starting with the end of season 3: 

Championship Season: 
I really struggled a bit starting out with my team and fell below 10th for quite a bit. I think it had to do with so many game and the fact I was prioritizing Europa League over normal League play. After that, I was able to go on a solid run and Derby County and Watford both sold their top goal scorers in the Winter window. That allowed me to play a lot of catch up as my schedule got easier to manage. As I caught up, I still couldn't beat Derby County (lost both on a combined score of 6-2) and was only able to draw Crystal Palace, but I got lucky enough to be playing for a spot in automatic promotion on the very last game of the season against Watford. It was a 3 way tie for 1st place, and I won the game 2-1. Off to the Premiership as Watford and Crystal Palace ended up the other two teams promoted. 

My Europa League stay ended short in the Knockout Stage where I lost 4-2 to Sporting CP. I made $2 million for winning the group stage though.  

I once again went to the FA Cup Final where I lost to Chelsea 2-0. 

Premiership Season: 
Starting out, I was picked to finish 20th in the league this season. Awesome.  

Was given a $16 million transfer budget with $80k/wage budget. So as with all clubs with sudden new money, I spent myself to the point where I may be forced into consolidation.  

Transfer Window: 
Starting with the Winter Window of Year 3: 
Additions: 
Diego Poyet (West Ham) - 22 yo, 71 rated CDM for 400k. Last year of contract. 
Bobby Wood - 24 yo, 69 ST signed on a free transfer. 
Stephen Arthurworrey - 23 yo, 69 CB signed on free transfer. 

Departures: 
Maxime Dupe - My starting GK sold to Aberdeen for 2 million. 

Loans: 
Jerome Prior - 1 year loan from Bordeaux with a $1.2 million buyout. 
Ben Chilwell - 1 year loan from Leiceister with a $1.2 million buyout. 
Kingsley Coman - 1 year loan from Juve with $1.3 million buyout. 
Krystian Bielek - 1 year loan from Arsenal with a $600k buyout. 

Summer Window of Year 4: 
Additions: 
Divock Origi - 23 yo, 81 rated ST from Liverpool for $10 million on 70k wage. My biggest signing of the window. Very pleased with it. 
Steven Berjwin - 21 yo, 76 rated LW from PSV for $6 million and $35k wage. 
Braford Jamieson IV - 21 yo, 71 rated ST from LA Galaxy for $1.4 million. Bought out his loan. 
Demarai Gray - 74 Rated LM from Juventus for $4.1 million on 35k wage. Pace for days. 
Leon Bailey - 70 rated ST from Gent for $2 million on $7k wage 
Thierry Ambrose - 73 rated ST from Man City for $3.4 million on $32k wage 
Jorge Mere - 72 rated CB from Sporting Gibon for $2 million 
Sebastian Vegas - 71 rated CB from Barcelona for $1.9 million 

Departures: 
Maxwel Cornet - $9 million to Roma. Goodbye sweet prince. 
Bradford Jamieson IV - $3 million to AC Milan. I couldn't help it. 
Kyle De Silva - $575k to Charlton Athletic (woo roster space). 
Youth CAM - $3.5 million to Charlton Athletic 
Youth CB - $2.2 million to Napoli 
Youth CB - $1.6 million to Barcelona 

Loans: 
Andre Moreira - 72 rated GK on 1 year loan with $2.2 million buyout 
Adam Armstrong - 72 rated CF on short loan with $2.5 million buyout 

With all of those moves, here is my main squad excluding a few players that get some time: 
 

I'll likely edit this as I go back for fact checking. Glad this is done. 


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Alright, it's about that time for another manager mode update with my Road to CL Glory with Notts County. 

Season 4 
Recap: 
My first in the Premier League was one of feast and famine as I lead the league in goals (had the uncanny ability to draw red cards and just pour it on. I once got Liverpool down to 8 men ) but gave up far too many against top competition. Finished 8th in the league with 52 points. After being predicted to finish 20th, I'm pretty pleased with it. Chelsea won the league, with Arsenal, Man City, and United rounding out the top 4. Sadly, Watford (pred 16), Swansea City (pred 15), and West Ham (pred 17) were relegated. Leeds United, Bournemouth, and Sheffield Wednesday were promoted to the Premier League.

I had my best showing in Euro League. I made it all the way to the final against Spurs, where I lost 2-1. Lost in Semis of FA Cup to Manchester United. 

Winter Transfer Window: 
Bought: 
Romelu Lukaku - Everton - Free Transfer - 70k 
Andrew Robertson - Hull City - Free Transfer - 40k 
Breel Donald Embolo - PSG - 16 million - 60k 
Tin Jedvaj - Bayer 04 - 8 million - 55k 
Munir - FC Barca - 8 million - 60k 
Ruben Neves - Real Madrid - 6.8 million - 50k 
Alphonse Areola - PSG - Free Transfer - 48k 
Dominic Iorfa - Wolves - 3.5 million - 29k 
Adam Armstrong - Newcastle United - 2.5 million - 25k (bought out his loan)
Rico Henry - FC Ingolstadt - 750k - 6k 

Sold: 
Divock Origi (83) - Ajax - 40 million (top deal of the window!) 
Adam Campbell (71) - Charlton Athletic - 1.4 million 
Will Hayhurst (65) - Millwall - 375k 
Russel Teibert (72) - Blackburn Rovers - 1.1 million 
Jon Taylor (69) - Milwall - 825k 
Youth LW (77) - Manchester City - 17.5 million 
Haydn Hollis (70) - Middlesbrough - 725k 

As I mentioned earlier, I threw up crazy counter offers for Origi and my youth player and they stuck. I then went on a crazy spending spree. I also have encounted the strangest bug I've ever seen. I signed N'Golo Kante to a free transfer, but it would never stick. I just keep throwing money at him to sign on contract expiry. He'd accept, the news would show up in my feed, but his player icon never changed. I skip ahead to season, I can see him in my contracts/sell players window, but he's not in my squad (his player page shows for Hoffenheim). So, I'm currently paying 50k/week to a phantom player. Cancelling his contract will cost me 2.3m (!), so I listed him for loan in hopes someone else can pick up the tab. 

Season 5: 
Summer Transfer Window: 
Bought: 
Ryan Gauld - Brentford - 15 million - 47k 
Hachim Mastour - AC Milan - 7.8 million - 55k 
Martin Odegaard - Real Madrid - 2.5 million - 20k 
Ben Swanson - Pescara - 3.5 million - 15k 
John Brooks - Hertha Berlin - 22 million - 92k 

Sold: 
Dillon Serna (71) - Middlesbrough - 1.4 million 
Olivier Boscagli (69) - Birmingham City - 700k 
Emerson Hyndman (80) - SL Benefica - 27 million 
Matt Miazga (76) - Leeds United - 7 million 
Bobby Wood (69) - Middlesbrough- 850k 

So, this was the first transfer window that made some hard (somewhat regrettable) decisions. Selling Hyndman wasn't something that I really wanted to do, but I had some big problems with crucial 1st team players. There was no way I was going to make everyone happy. I elected to sell the person who I could get the most value from out of a generally equal standing. Selling Miazga to Leeds was kinda sad, but he missed 5 months last year due to a broken tailbone, so he didn't have a chance to develop at all. Used the opportunity on the final day of the window to find a upgrade. It was between Brooks and Lucas Hernandez. Brooks won out due to higher rating and homerism. 

Outside of Gauld and Brooks, the rest of my purchases were purely for depth. My team is finally good enough to where I can convince players to take a lesser role.  

Anyways, here's the FUT-style squad: LINK 



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I really like the effort you put into this thread.

May have to boot up FIFA again pretty soon.



                            

Carl2291 said:
I really like the effort you put into this thread.

May have to boot up FIFA again pretty soon.

Thanks Carl. I post them for VGC and another forum. Not going to lie, it's pretty discouraging to see no one here care, but I'm still going at it. Hope that it randomly catches in someone's hot topics who's still playing manager mode.



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I thought about tracking profit/loss on transfers because I wanted to see how smart I was in terms of managing money and players.

Player Name Team Bought Sold To Price Profit
Year 1          
James Wilson  Manchester United 600k Frankfurt 2.5m 1.9m
Emerson Hyndman Fulham 600k SL Benefica 27m 26.4m
Gboly Ariyibi Chesterfield 475k Celta Vigo 2.5m 2.02m
Olivier Boscagli OGB Nice 290k Birmingham City 700k 410k
Year 2          
Maxwel Cornet Olympique Lyon 1.6m Roma 9m 7.4m
Russel Teibert Vancouver Whitecaps 800k Blackburn Rovers 1.1m 300k
Alexandr Zuev Spartak Moscow 900k      
Maxime Dupe Nantes 1.1m Aberdeen 2m 900k
Jon Taylor Petersborough FREE Milwall 825k 825k
Year 3          
Matt Miazga NY Red Bulls 2.8m Leeds United 7m 4.2m
Wylan Cyprien RC Lens 500k Watford 3.4m(?) 2.9m
Dillon Serna Colorado Rapids 1.3m Middlesbrough 1.4m 100k
Bradford Jamieson IV LA Galaxy 1.4m AC Milan 3m 1.6m
Diego Poyet West Ham 400k      
Bobby Wood Union Berlin FREE Middlesbrough 850k 850k
Stephen Arthurworrey Fulham FREE      
Year 4          
Divock Origi Liverpool 10m Ajax 40m 30m
Steven Berjwin PSV 6m      
Demarai Gray Juventus 4.1m      
Leon Bailey KRC Genk 2m      
Thierry Ambrose Manchester City 3.4m      
Jorge Mere Sporting Gibon 1.8m      
Sebastian Vegas FC Barcelona 1.9m      
Adam Armstrong Newcastle United 2.5m      
Lewis Cook Leeds United 2.5m      
WINTER WINDOW          
Romelu Lukaku Everton FREE      
Andrew Robertson Hull City FREE      
Breel Donald Embolo PSG 16m      
Tin Jedvaj Bayer 04 8m      
Munir Barcelona 8m      
Ruben Neves Real Madrid 6.8m      
Alphonse Areola PSG FREE      
Dominic Iorfa Wolves 3.5m      
Rico Henry Ingolstadt 750k      
Year 5          
Ryan Gauld Brentford 15m      
Hachim Mastour AC Milan 7.8m      
Martin Odeegard Real Madrid 2.5m      
Ben Swanson Pescara 3.5m      
John Brooks Hertha Berlin 22m      
           

I did this as a musing. Will clean it up and finish it out later.



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Carl2291 said:
Last FIFA I played was FIFA 14, manager mode left a real sour taste in my mouth.

Im assuming this one has big improvements?

Still quite a shallow experience after a few seasons.

Just play football manager if you want depth or ultimate team if you like the fifa gamplay with some team management





Notts County Road to CL Manager Mode Update 

Recap of Year 5: 

Finished 2nd, Arsenal won the league. Leeds, Bornemouth, and Norwich City are relegated. 2nd-4th was very tightly battled. Finished above City on GD and above Chelsea by 2 points. 

Winter Transfer Window: 
Didn't do a whole lot of buying, because I wanted to sign a lot of free transfers for my CL push in year 6. 

Viktor Kovalenko - FC Shaktar - CM - 18m - 40k/wages 
Bartlomiej Dragowski – Manchester City – Short Loan with 2.9m fee – 20k/wages 

Departures: 
Alphonse Areola – FC Utrecht – 12m 
Ryan Gauld – Eihntract Frankfurt – 28m 
Romelu Lukaku – FSV Mainz 05 – 35m 
Stephen Arthurworrey – Leeds United – 875k 

I know that seems like a ton of selling for no immediate replacements. I knew I was going to be very solidly in the top 4-5, so I kinda just went for all the free transfers. I think I did pretty well. 

Free Transfers: 
Juan Carlos – Rayo Vallecano – 130k/wages 
Gareth Bale – Real Madrid – 175k/wages 
Lucas Torro – Real Madrid – 125k/wages 
Raphael Varane – Real Madrid – 150k/wages 
Alen Halilovic – Barcelona – 135k/wages 
Julian Brandt – Bayer 04 – 40k/wages 
Kellyn Acosta – FC Dallas – 15k/wages (Got him as a Sproadic 1st teamer as I'm not sure how long Diego Poyet will be around) 

Year 6: 
So, my team looks quite different than it did in the past. Trying to get all of the players playing well together in one formation has been.... challenging. After a few games of preseason, I arrived at reality that I'm going to have to sell some of my attacking players sadly. I've done a poor job at assigning player roles in contracts, so I'm also looking for good players I can convince to be Squad or Sproadic players. 

Goal for the season is to win Champions League, so I'm going all out. 

Transfer Window: 
Arrivals:
 
Marco Reus - Borussia Dortmund - 52m - 160k/wages 
Lucas Melano - Portland Timbers - 11.5m - 60k/wages (Squad) 
DeAndre Yedlin - Spurs - 6m - 60k/wages (Squad) 
Rubio Rubin - FC Utrecht - 5.8m - 25k/wages (Sproadic) 

Departures: 
Steven Bergwjin - Ajax - 40m 
Munir - Celta Vigo - 37m 

So, I have another 33.5m to play around with and I saved it for the Winter window where I'll go after somebody big. James is currently highest rated player in the game at 93, and I tried, but Juve wanted $93m for him. Screw that. 

I loaned a bunch of players out while I sorted out the contract issues and to give good playtime. If anyone cares, I can make more of the bench cards, but I didn't bother with the extras. 

Here is my squad (LINK)



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