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The Great San Marino Challenge

  1. The Great San Marino Challenge

    After last years success (...) The Great San Marino Challenge & Discussion Thread is back for 2012!

    Always had a soft spot for this classic challenge since the older versions of the game, credit to fellow San Marino specialist Ubernisation for inspiring - obsessing? - me again in FM11 with his story

    The challenge: take control of San Marino - the club - competing in Italian Serie C2 (4th tier) and lead them all the way to Serie A championship and international success. At the same time your goal is to take San Marino - the national team - from being virtually the worst member amongst FIFA affiliates to become a respectable football country, and hopefully a European powerhouse someday.

    Things will look like this at the start of the game:

    The Great San Marino Challenge-first-name-last-name-news_-inbox-.pngThe Great San Marino Challenge-first-name-last-name-news_-inbox-2.pngThe Great San Marino Challenge-san-marino-information_-general-.pngThe Great San Marino Challenge-san-marino-information_-facilities-.pngThe Great San Marino Challenge-san-marino-overview_-profile-.pngThe Great San Marino Challenge-san-marino-information_-facilities-2.png

    The key part of this challenge is using the club's progress to improve the quality of the national team: improve training & youth facilities, expand recruitment network, hire quality staff, climb up the leagues and build an international reputation. Do as much as you can in order to produce a new generation of local talent and dramatically improve the atrocious standard of Sammarinese footballers.

    Of course San Marino the club needs money to get things started and help San Marino the country, and trust me you're not getting much as long as you're stuck in the Italian lower leagues. Needless to say first thing on your to-do list is to escape from Serie C misery and reach Serie A as soon as possible to get that vital cash from league, sponsorhips, TV deals etc

    Long story short: the future of the whole country depends on you and your club!

    Obviously this is an open challenge without limits of time or specific goals to achieve, it requires some kind of long term commitment though. You're welcome to post your progress with both club or country, results, unusual screens, signings, tactics, best 11, promising prospects from your academy etc. Whatever you like!

    This year I'll add some extra achievements just to bring some novelty and freshness to the challenge. I had accomplished some of them - the easier ones tbh - in FM11, wonder if anyone can complete the most extreme! No points awarded or rankings this is just for fun, anyway those who complete at least one of the "extras" will be inducted in the San Marino Hall of Fame which will be added in OP

    Club:

    - LLM Treble: win Serie C2 (or C1), Serie C Cup and Serie C Super Cup in one season
    - Giant Killer: beat a Serie A team in the Italian Cup while playing in a lower division
    - The Great Escape: back to back promotions to Serie B
    - Lower Leagues Legend (aka "Alessandro Cesarini Award"): win Top Scorer of Serie C2, Serie C1 and Serie B with the same player
    - Straight A's: three consecutive promotions to Serie A
    - Local Hero: have a Sammarinese player winning Fans' Player Of The Year
    - Local Superhero: have a Sammarinese player winning a national or international award (Serie A POY, World POY etc)
    - Cantera Policy: avoid relegation from Serie A playing only Sammarinese players (dual nationality allowed)
    - Remember The Titans: win Serie A or a continental competition playing only Sammarinese players

    Country:

    - First Time Ever: win a competitive match for the first time in San Marino history (EURO or World Cup qualifier)
    - The Big Upset: win or draw a match against a top 50 ranked national team within 5 years (competitive match or friendly)
    - Beat The King: beat Andy Selva's amazing record of 8 international goals (and still counting...)
    - Top 100: climb FIFA rankings to become a top 100 NT within 2020
    - Major Honour: qualify for a major international tournament (EURO or World Cup)
    - Titanic Effort: win a major international tournament (EURO, World Cup or Olympics)

    and of course,

    The Great San Marino Double: win FIFA Club World Cup with the club and World Cup with the national team


    RULES & INSTRUCTIONS

    You need to load all players of San Marino nationality at the start of the game, otherwise the NT won't be available.

    You can start the challenge as club manager, NT manager or both.

    Do not use external database, genie scout, FMRTE or any other editor. Not only this goes against the spirit of the challenge, it simply makes it meaningless. Also do not manage multiple clubs at the same time, as this would give you an unfair advantage with transfers, scouting, knowledge etc. The only exception allowed would be managing a Sammarinese club and using a custom database with Sammarinese League, as this is very much in the spirit of the challenge.

    Obviously this is your game and you can play the way you like but please respect these simple rules if you want to join this particular challenge.

    For those who want to try the infamous San Marino Triple, or just have a taste of the SM League, check sammyt's thread and download the mighty Campionato Sammarinese there: Campionato Sammarinese (all credit to sammyt)

    TV Contract Bug

    There is a bug with TV contracts that will become evident when you reach Serie A. Because of this bug (confirmed by SI) San Marino will never be able to receive any money from TV. You are allowed to use FMRTE to correct this bug, and if you do I recommend you use the instructions posted here in this thread (post 652): The Great San Marino Challenge




    SAN MARINO HALL OF FAME

    Golden Wonder: The Great Escape, Straight A's
    PlaysWSquirrels: The Great Escape, Beat The King, First Time Ever, Top 100
    Atleticano: The Great Escape
    birkirhrafn: The Great Escape, Giant Killer, Straight A's
    Brian: LLM Treble, The Great Escape
    wkdsoul: LLM Treble, Giant Killer, The Great Escape, Straight A's, First Time Ever
    Antonio28: Giant Killer, The Great Escape, First Time Ever
    kandersson: LLM Treble, Giant Killer, The Great Escape, Lower Leagues Legend (with Enzo Scorza), Straight A's, First Time Ever, The Big Upset, Top 100, Beat the King, Major Honour, Local Hero, Local Superhero, Titanic Effort, Cantera Policy, Remember The Titans
    I7IDanny: Local Hero, The Great Escape
    cinred: LLM Treble
    Ubernisation: Honoris Causa, The Great Escape, Straight A's
    stothy862: The Great Escape, Straight A's
    iamauser: The Great Escape, Giant Killer, Straight A's
    David Walker: LLM Treble, The Great Escape, Straight A's
    Aannddyy: The Great Escape, Straight A's
    Ketz: The Great Escape
    seanbutcherafc: The Great Escape, LLM Treble, Straight A's
    dhk999: LLM Treble, Giant Killer, The Great Escape, Straight A's
    NiallC14: LLM Treble
    choices: The Great Escape, Straight A's, First Time Ever, Top 100, The Big Upset, Beat The King, Cantera Policy, Local Hero, Major Honour, Remember The Titans, Titanic Effort, The Great San Marino Double
    jordymakin: Giant Killer, The Great Escape, Straight A's, Beat the King
    Safc-mad-scotty: The Great Escape, Giant Killer, Straight A's, First Time Ever, Top 100, Local Hero
    commando101st: The Great Escape, Straight A's
    Tacos: LLM Treble; Giant Killer
    gregers1990: LLM Treble
    Lucky450: LLM Treble, First Time Ever, Giant Killer, The Great Escape, Straight A's


    PS: Please use this thread only to show your progress with the challenge including your signings, tactics, best 11, success etc

    For any other help or advice you're more than welcome to check my other thread The San Marino Guide by Kandersson

    I've also started a proper story thread of my SM career, with more detailed info and regular updates, feel free to have a look if you can't get enough of San Marino NOT Another San Marino Story

    Hope to see your progress soon, good luck to all my fellow Titani managers!
    Last edited by kandersson; 22/10/2012 at 05:17 PM.

  2. Brian's Avatar BrianPremium Member
    Shelbourne Researcher
    Great to see it started. My researcher copy still hasnt arrived but when It does i will start on with this.
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  3. Will defo have another go at this!!! and whats a researher copy out of interest brian?
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  4. Awsome! Enjoyed this so much last time! Also the extra challenges look so hard especially the national team ones.
    Last edited by maxy67; 25/10/2011 at 11:01 PM.
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  5. Brian's Avatar BrianPremium Member
    Shelbourne Researcher
    Quote Originally Posted by Grenwald View Post
    Will defo have another go at this!!! and whats a researher copy out of interest brian?
    I research Shelbourne FC for SI and get a free copy of the game which usually arrives by release date. Post is messed up this year though so mine hasnt arrived yet.
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  6. Yay.

    Just wrapped up my first season already (don't judge me ) and am in October of season 2. Finished top of the table but am in a poor financial situation. I'm usually VERY good with the financials and keeping a balanced budget (even with LLM's) but the payroll budget you are given at the start is incredibly deceptive. I was ~$10,000 below weekly allowance and was still $1,500,000 in the red by the end of the season. I ended up selling off almost everyone outside of my first team and reserves, but I'm still losing money. Oh well, just more motivation for promotion!

    Also, I decided not to start the game with any national jobs with San Marino. This is most likely going to be my only save I ever play on FM 12 so I wanted to make it as long and as challenging as possible. I figure I'll spend around 10 years until I get my shot at it. And speaking of the national team, a promising young Sammarinese defender already appeared in my youth intake after my first season . Here are some screenies:

    Here's the promising regen. Great aerial ability (6'8"!).
    The Great San Marino Challenge-alessio-tempesta-overview_-attributes-.png

    Key free transfers before the first season and still going strong.
    The Great San Marino Challenge-carlo-sciarrone-overview_-attributes-.pngThe Great San Marino Challenge-fabricio-cancela-overview_-attributes-.pngThe Great San Marino Challenge-fausto-rossini-overview_-attributes-.png

    First season table.
    The Great San Marino Challenge-italian-serie-c2_a-overview_-stages-.png


    Definitely enjoying it so far and and hoping for another promotion this season. Also, does anyone know how to delete uploaded attachments? It's starting to get annoying to sort through them

    EDIT: Why are some players in the NT grayed out? I loaded all Sammarinese players when creating the save and there were no gray people in the national squad when I first started. Hoping my game isn't bugged and I'll never be able to manage them... Here's a pic:

    The Great San Marino Challenge-san-marino-team_-players-.png
    Last edited by PlaysWSquirrels; 26/10/2011 at 01:49 AM.
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  7. so glad this thread is back although i think i might wait until the san marinese league has been made so i can attempt the triple or atleast have more players to choose from for the national team.
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  8. Okay my game is definitely bugged. San Marino NT manager just got fired and there's not even an option to apply. I clicked 'New Game' to check my database and I have all Sammarinese and Italian players loaded.

    *sigh*

  9. Love this challenge!
    Already started it and finished my first season. I'll upload photos later.
    One thing though, if you need a goalscoring striker then sign Enzo Scorza. He was amazing in my first season scoring 30 in 31!
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  10. Quote Originally Posted by PlaysWSquirrels View Post
    Okay my game is definitely bugged. San Marino NT manager just got fired and there's not even an option to apply. I clicked 'New Game' to check my database and I have all Sammarinese and Italian players loaded.

    *sigh*
    that's a shame, especially after a great season like that. I have not started the challenge myself so can't check right now, anyone can tell something about any issue with the NT?

    I remember something similar happened to me with liechtnestein: after one season the NT kind of "disappeared" from the game even if it was available in first place. Was the San Marino national team available at the start of the game?

  11. the only reason that i can think of for that happening is some san marinese players retired and weren't replaced by enough san marinese regens. they might have been replaced by regens from other countries instead.

  12. Forza Titani!
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  13. Gonna give this another go in 2012, hopefully I can keep at it a bit longer and give up when it got a bit hard.
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  14. I think I'll give this a go! What players did you guys sign in pre season and how did they turn out?
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  15. Quote Originally Posted by becheren View Post
    I think I'll give this a go! What players did you guys sign in pre season and how did they turn out?
    Mohammed Gulraiz, Enzo Scorza. Both very good players. But you have D'Antoni who is also good for C2 standard.

  16. Quote Originally Posted by becheren View Post
    I think I'll give this a go! What players did you guys sign in pre season and how did they turn out?
    A few decent players I'm looking at rite now are;

    Diego Centurion - ST
    Mauro Aldave - ST
    Lucas Alessandria - CB
    Leandro Alvarez (maybe) - DM
    Mathias Cardacio - CM
    Erixon Danso - AMR
    Pablo Difiori - ST
    Sebastian Flores - LB
    Gaston Gamboa - ST
    Claudio Herrera - DM
    Miguel Lapolla - LB
    Sebastian Masoni - RB
    Mauricio Alves - ST
    Nicolas Rotundo - DM
    Mathias Saavedra - ST

    Most of these players are Uruguayan, so you will probably have to load the Uruguayan league or add players from South America when you start the game.

  17. Quote Originally Posted by ___ View Post
    A few decent players I'm looking at rite now are;

    Diego Centurion - ST
    Mauro Aldave - ST
    Lucas Alessandria - CB
    Leandro Alvarez (maybe) - DM
    Mathias Cardacio - CM
    Erixon Danso - AMR
    Pablo Difiori - ST
    Sebastian Flores - LB
    Gaston Gamboa - ST
    Claudio Herrera - DM
    Miguel Lapolla - LB
    Sebastian Masoni - RB
    Mauricio Alves - ST
    Nicolas Rotundo - DM
    Mathias Saavedra - ST

    Most of these players are Uruguayan, so you will probably have to load the Uruguayan league or add players from South America when you start the game.
    Great! I think that's about enough to get me started. But how about your tactics? Do you guys play with or without wingers? I remember a narrow 4-1-2-1-2 was very effective in 11'

  18. Quote Originally Posted by becheren View Post
    Great! I think that's about enough to get me started. But how about your tactics? Do you guys play with or without wingers? I remember a narrow 4-1-2-1-2 was very effective in 11'
    you can have success with different tactics so I suggest you choose one you trust AND like, then stick with it as tactical consistency is crucial in FM. Quality wingers are hard to find in lower leagues so a narrow tactic could be easier to implement.

    with the way I like to play atm (4-3-2-1 with inside forwards) I reckon that guy Gulraiz is a perfect poacher, and fellow freebies Sodinha and old buddy Daniele Conti will probably complete my attacking trio. Too bad Cesarini is on loan at the start and cannot buy him

    Havent started the challenge yet as I want to make a little testing before, seems to me that average quality of sammarinese players is slightly better than before?

  19. So glad to see this thread! I started the challenge right after getting FM12. Question: if I forgot to load all the SM players, do I need to restart, or is there some way to get the national team/load them after the game started?
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  20. Quote Originally Posted by kandersson View Post
    that's a shame, especially after a great season like that. I have not started the challenge myself so can't check right now, anyone can tell something about any issue with the NT?

    I remember something similar happened to me with liechtnestein: after one season the NT kind of "disappeared" from the game even if it was available in first place. Was the San Marino national team available at the start of the game?
    A shame indeed. From what I (vaguely) remember, I did check at the very start to make sure the NT was fully loaded, and it was as far as I remember. I started a new game with the same database just to compare and there were no gray players. Unsure what to do at the moment. Either start over and risk it happening again or continue and hope the grayed out players get replaced by real ones.

    EDIT:
    ****FOUND A SOLUTION****

    In case anyone else runs into the problem simply add a new head coach, make him manager of the NT, and then retire him. This forces gray players to be removed and now the option to apply is back. So relieved .
    Last edited by PlaysWSquirrels; 26/10/2011 at 08:23 PM.
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  21. Quote Originally Posted by Benandorf View Post
    So glad to see this thread! I started the challenge right after getting FM12. Question: if I forgot to load all the SM players, do I need to restart, or is there some way to get the national team/load them after the game started?
    I'm not sure if the new add/remove league feature has other advanced options that can help you. If you can't find a way to make the NT available I'm afraid you'll have to restart.

    ---------- Post added at 08:38 PM ---------- Previous post was at 08:30 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by PlaysWSquirrels View Post
    A shame indeed. From what I (vaguely) remember, I did check at the very start to make sure the NT was fully loaded, and it was as far as I remember. I started a new game with the same database just to compare and there were no gray players. Unsure what to do at the moment. Either start over and risk it happening again or continue and hope the grayed out players get replaced by real ones.

    EDIT:
    ****FOUND A SOLUTION****

    In case anyone else runs into the problem simply add a new head coach, make him manager of the NT, and then retire him. This forces gray players to be removed and now the option to apply is back. So relieved .
    glad to hear that! I feel you have the potential to make great things for San Marino

  22. yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss, the best challenge on FM is back, always loved San Marino and I'll start my save now.

    <3.
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  23. Giving this a go for sure, already half way through my 1st season, gonna take awhile but it sounds such a long and fun challenge!
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  24. Whay a nightmare looking challenge.. ace. i'll have a go after my patriot challenge game ^_^
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  25. Well I finished my First Season with San Marino, here is the final league results.

    The Great San Marino Challenge-italian-serie-c2_a-overview_-stages-.png

    Financialling Im doing ok, still losing money each month, however I managed to get a nice surplus at the start of the season after removing the crap opposition from my friendly fixtures and adding fixtures against Serie A opposition. Ill do the same at the start of the second season and hopefully the clubs finances will allow an upgrade to the Youth Facilities, but we will see.

    The Great San Marino Challenge-san-marino-fixtures_-fixtures-.png

    Key Players through the Campaign.

    Philippe Delcourt, I picked him up in January for free, as a very Ferdinand type player, quite good Speed, Postioning and anticipation for a Lower League player. Played solidly for me in the run in, when one of my first choice starting dropping in form.

    The Great San Marino Challenge-jean-philippe-delcourt-overview_-profile-.png
    Sciarrone was nice and solid, not overly spectacular, but I think a solid keeper is the backbone to any successful league campaign.

    The Great San Marino Challenge-carlo-sciarrone-overview_-profile-.png
    My star AMC, Played well and consistently through out the season and scored quite a few goals in the run in while I was still chasing Alessandria.

    The Great San Marino Challenge-andrea-capone-overview_-profile-.png
    And finally my Transfer History for the entire season

    The Great San Marino Challenge-san-marino-transfers_-history-.png
    Ill keep people updated on how its going, Im not in charge of the national team yet, I kinda wanna showcase Managerial Prowess with the Club so when the National team manager is either fired or retires Ill be the best candidate for the job . Hoping for some Facility upgrades next season but we will see how it goes.
    Last edited by JonoMUFC; 27/10/2011 at 06:03 AM.
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  26. Quote Originally Posted by JonoMUFC View Post
    Well I finished my First Season with San Marino, here is the final league results.

    Attachment 199643

    Financialling Im doing ok, still losing money each month, however I managed to get a nice surplus at the start of the season after removing the crap opposition from my friendly fixtures and adding fixtures against Serie A opposition. Ill do the same at the start of the second season and hopefully the clubs finances will allow an upgrade to the Youth Facilities, but we will see.

    Attachment 199645

    Key Players through the Campaign.

    Philippe Delcourt, I picked him up in January for free, as a very Ferdinand type player, quite good Speed, Postioning and anticipation for a Lower League player. Played solidly for me in the run in, when one of my first choice starting dropping in form.

    Attachment 199644
    Sciarrone was nice and solid, not overly spectacular, but I think a solid keeper is the backbone to any successful league campaign.

    Attachment 199642
    My star AMC, Played well and consistently through out the season and scored quite a few goals in the run in while I was still chasing Alessandria.

    Attachment 199641
    And finally my Transfer History for the entire season

    Attachment 199646
    Ill keep people updated on how its going, Im not in charge of the national team yet, I kinda wanna showcase Managerial Prowess with the Club so when the National team manager is either fired or retires Ill be the best candidate for the job . Hoping for some Facility upgrades next season but we will see how it goes.
    seeing some nice first seasons from you guys, a good start is always important in this challenge so great job!

    for those who have completed one season: could you please confirm me how (and especially when) young players are generated from the youth set up? same as last year, around end of june or before? this info would help me with the humble san marino guide I'm workin on

  27. Quote Originally Posted by kandersson View Post
    seeing some nice first seasons from you guys, a good start is always important in this challenge so great job!

    for those who have completed one season: could you please confirm me how (and especially when) young players are generated from the youth set up? same as last year, around end of june or before? this info would help me with the humble san marino guide I'm workin on
    Youth intakes are at a different time in FM this time, I cannot remember exact dates but I got my youth intake somewhere past the halfway point (After January) and you get a whole bunch of them and then after they have been with you a few weeks I think your Assistant asks who to sign on.

    Was sad that I didnt get any decent San Maranese youth in first intake, fingers crossed for the next one
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  28. To manage both National and club team do you need 2 managers or I will I be able to have both with 1 manager right from the start?

  29. Quote Originally Posted by RossRankin View Post
    To manage both National and club team do you need 2 managers or I will I be able to have both with 1 manager right from the start?
    Start as club, add another manager as NT Manager.

    Or do the same, retire with the NT Manager and apply for it with your club manager and hope for the best.

    Played only a friendly with the NT so far, a 2-0 loss so Bosnia and Herzegovina. Very happy.

  30. Quote Originally Posted by Valenciaa View Post
    Start as club, add another manager as NT Manager.

    Or do the same, retire with the NT Manager and apply for it with your club manager and hope for the best.

    Played only a friendly with the NT so far, a 2-0 loss so Bosnia and Herzegovina. Very happy.
    Nice one.

  31. Guys i need suggestions for good wingers/inside fors

  32. Quote Originally Posted by Delije7 View Post
    Guys i need suggestions for good wingers/inside fors
    Struggling with this as well because the Italian free agents are so old and have no pace. The non EU rule is a kick in the bollocks.

  33. Quote Originally Posted by Valenciaa View Post
    Struggling with this as well because the Italian free agents are so old and have no pace. The non EU rule is a kick in the bollocks.
    Hehehe U hv right my friend... I cant find an acc/paced inside forward... pffff..

  34. Quote Originally Posted by Delije7 View Post
    Guys i need suggestions for good wingers/inside fors
    Enzo Scorza is good if he hasn't already found a club, very pacey.
    Also, Erixon Danso is a good AMR.
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  35. Quote Originally Posted by kandersson View Post
    seeing some nice first seasons from you guys, a good start is always important in this challenge so great job!

    for those who have completed one season: could you please confirm me how (and especially when) young players are generated from the youth set up? same as last year, around end of june or before? this info would help me with the humble san marino guide I'm workin on
    I think it's March 18th. They all get put into a new 'Youth Squad' so you can easily differentiate between U20s and new recruits. Upon intake they are all automatically scouted and given reports, and you can watch them take on your U20's team. Ultimately, you pick which youths you want to keep and give them contracts, so you aren't going to be stuck with ~10+ useless recruits anymore.
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  36. Thanks Jomo and PWSquirrels for the info

    new san marino guide thread is here, anyone feel free to check it: The San Marino Guide by Kandersson

    a
    lso from now on could you please guys use the guide thread for any help request and suggestion (transfers, tactics etc) so we can use this one only for our/your progress with the challenge?

    I promise I'll help you as much as I can, which is not much atm as I haven't started the challenge yet
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  37. Starting a new save as I have missed out on a few great players I've just realised.

    Played 2 games, one with NT and one with Club.

    San Marino NT 0-2 Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    San Marino 3-1 forgot who

    Also, if you had to compare Seria C2B with an English league, which one would it be?

  38. Quote Originally Posted by Valenciaa View Post
    Starting a new save as I have missed out on a few great players I've just realised.

    Played 2 games, one with NT and one with Club.

    San Marino NT 0-2 Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    San Marino 3-1 forgot who

    Also, if you had to compare Seria C2B with an English league, which one would it be?
    It has the same rep as the Npwr 2

  39. Defo going to do this... Joined the site just for this challenge!
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  40. Just started my game, Going to do this as my journeyman save in FM, I always play LLM, and then I mean lowest possible so I think that this team has a lot of money (knowing that I'm used to budgets of 4k wage). I have loaded 40+ leagues so I will do this challenge and then go on to maybey lowest in england and try to get both the english hero and Italian hero achievements in 1 game... (that will be a long go)
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  41. Quote Originally Posted by Black Country Boy View Post
    Defo going to do this... Joined the site just for this challenge!
    Same here, good luck mate.
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  42. Soooo frustrated right now. Started off the 2nd season doing very well and scoring ~3 per, but suddenly my team forgot how to score for the past 4 months. Barely holding 3rd on the table and can't get a win anywhere. My key poacher was injured in a casual friendly over the holiday break and is out for the season. My star poacher last season now has a SOT % of 28% (I don't even know how it's possible to be that bad). I have never seen such poor, wasteful finishing, not even from an 8th level english team I took to the premiership in FM 11.

    Typical game as of late:
    The Great San Marino Challenge-san-marino-v-benevento-information_-overview-.png
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  43. 10k under budget, have all my players on around 5* rating, have this run of pre-season games:


    Winning from Seria A teams... They play a good team, I get more shots in most....!
    only bought a keeper, rest transfer free, I play 4-1-3-2, Hope I can get a good run going!The Great San Marino Challenge-san-marino-fixtures_-fixtures-.png
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  44. Lol San Marino just beat andorra 3-2 and I'm not even managing them...

  45. Will start this challenge right now
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  46. This is absolutely AMAZING !!! one of the things that makes FM GREAT !!! im am currently managing hercules and i want to win la liga without cheating, however, seeing how good barcelona are, it'll take years
    G ood luck to everyone doing this challenge !!!!
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  47. Lost interest in my save

    Just can't buy a win as it stand's, I'll pick it back tomorrow maybe.

  48. Ok so 2nd season completed, was not as fun as the first as you can tell by the standings.

    The Great San Marino Challenge-san-marino-2nd-season-standings.png

    But at least I managed a safe spot in the league as well as ensuring the club can continue to progress. I wont show my seasons transfers as there was no one I brought in who actually starred, we scrapped through on collective mediocrity!

    I'm gonna try my hardest this season to get some quality into the squad, I've been sitting beneath my Weekly salary cap so I havent been putting the club into debt, which is good. Stadium Expansion by 1000 seats to which means more money yay! Although I would of preferred a Youth upgrade but they kept telling me no money . I'll Keep you all posted
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  49. Hmm an interesting little challenge. I can see i shall have to give this a go and may start it this weekend.
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  50. Quote Originally Posted by PlaysWSquirrels View Post
    Soooo frustrated right now. Started off the 2nd season doing very well and scoring ~3 per, but suddenly my team forgot how to score for the past 4 months. Barely holding 3rd on the table and can't get a win anywhere. My key poacher was injured in a casual friendly over the holiday break and is out for the season. My star poacher last season now has a SOT % of 28% (I don't even know how it's possible to be that bad). I have never seen such poor, wasteful finishing, not even from an 8th level english team I took to the premiership in FM 11.

    Typical game as of late:
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    yeah sometimes it feels like the game decides it's time for your team to start losing Try using converatios/team meetings to boost players' morale, then a "no pressure" teamtalk could be useful. Also don't understimate the importance of PPMs especially for strikers: "places shots" and "likes to round keeper" often mean better chances of scoring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonoMUFC View Post
    Ok so 2nd season completed, was not as fun as the first as you can tell by the standings.

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    But at least I managed a safe spot in the league as well as ensuring the club can continue to progress. I wont show my seasons transfers as there was no one I brought in who actually starred, we scrapped through on collective mediocrity!

    I'm gonna try my hardest this season to get some quality into the squad, I've been sitting beneath my Weekly salary cap so I havent been putting the club into debt, which is good. Stadium Expansion by 1000 seats to which means more money yay! Although I would of preferred a Youth upgrade but they kept telling me no money . I'll Keep you all posted
    well you are definitely making progress as a club despite a pretty average season, financial stability and stadium expansion in 2nd season are a great achievement. I can almost guarantee I'll be in red (I'd say about 2M euros) for the first two seasons

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