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  1. The Spanish Youth Challenge

    Introduction

    Hello there everyone. For a long time now I have wanted to take on a great challenge but somehow it always seemed to pass me by. This time I believe I have found the last bit of motivation to actually get going. The basic idea that I came up with is to upload a database with Spanish lower leagues, choose a team and try to make it all the way to the top. An additional challenge that seems to be very popular is to do this only by using your own youth team. Initially this will also be my goal, since developing my own youth has always been a passion of mine.

    I will be trying to update this thread about every ten to twenty games and every time something interesting comes up. Time will tell how quickly this save will evolve as for the time being I have quite a lot of other things at hand besides playing FM. Either way I wish myself luck with trying to make it!



    Puente Castro

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    Puente Castro, or El Puente if you will, is a team playing in the Provincial División Grupo 2, which is one of the four groups in the Spanish seventh tier. The media prediction for the team in the first season stands at 13th. The team plays it's home games at El Golpejar which can hold up to 500 spectators.

    And then to the challenge itself..!


    The Story begins


    After looking at the squad and comparison to the other teams in the league I figured that the media prediction might be a bit off. In almost every classification my team was in or around the top 5 so come the end of the season I would like to be looking at promotion.


    One of my most important players at this point


    I am also very pleased with this central midfielder



    Tactical decisions
    The squad is extremely small, which was of course no surprise. This leaves me with very limited options concerning tactics. At this point I decided to go for a 4-4-1-1 and a flat 4-4-2 as an alternative. In the main tactic Ivan will be my main force in front of goal with Javier Del ferrero and wingers Izan and Urbi supporting the attack. In the 4-4-2 Jorge will be playing next to Ivan (or Rubi) as he possesses most strenght that is crucial in a supportive attackers role, as well as passing. Next a screenshot of my 4-4-1-1 setup.





    The Pre-season

    The pre season went rather well except for the one and only match played home. Unfotunately the pre-season made us face a couple of injuries taking out Urbi, Luis and Korty all for a couple of weeks. Luckily they will be ready come the start of the season.

    The season will start away against Bornense. The hopes are high and everyone's itching to get going. The match itself might prove to be more difficult than we would like but El Puente will try to push through this first challenge with grace. The second game of the season, and the first one for me against the demanding fanbase at El Golpejar, will be probably on of the toughest in the season against a strong Roquetas "B".

    Until next time!

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  2. I'm interested, Good luck

  3. I#m very interested about your carrer and hope you do it well the next time. I am also amused about Ivan he could become a new spanish international!

    Good luck

  4. Ten down - Thirty to go
    Ten games down the first season and it's time for the first update on the progress so far. The team is currently sitting firmly on the tird position in the league. The performances have varied quite a bit but at this point defence has been as close to rock solid as anyone would hope, only conceding six goals in the ten games played. Our attack, that was initially labeled as one of the best in the league has so far been a bit disappointing.

    The current leaders Marbella "B" are in my book clear favorites for the title this season, so we will probably be pushing for the close second and automatic promotion to the Honor League. At this point the resources for this kind of success are there for the taking, I just havo to find ways to improve the performances of a few players, suck as Ivan who has "only" scored five in the ten games he has played. Here is a screen of the current league table and my best performers rating-wise so far.





    So far a couple of players have been performing above others and I would like to single out Javier Del Ferrero with an average rating of 7,36. The forward/mihdielder has scored three goals and also contibuted three assists making him the main engine of my attack so far. Here is a screen of his statistics.




    Until next time, hopefully some time tomorrow!
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  5. looks likes its going well to me. time to steal first place yet

  6. Hi sounds like a good story so far and im thinking of one allong the same kind of lines but in scotland , but not sure how to upload the screenshots, how do you do this?

  7. Quote Originally Posted by joma1108 View Post
    Hi sounds like a good story so far and im thinking of one allong the same kind of lines but in scotland , but not sure how to upload the screenshots, how do you do this?

    Others may have their own way, but create a 'Screenshots' folder in your SI/FM docs, in game press Ctrl+Alt+(I think either F7, F8, or F9) then they will appear in that folder. You could always try Ctrl+Alt+Print-Screen but then you have t paste it into Paint or Word which i find a pain in the backside as you need to keep switching between that and football manager, whereas my way you can do them all in game then get them later all in one place when you're ready to post them in here.

    I found this way as my laptop's Print Screen function does not work. The in game screenshot function works a treat compared anyway.

    Last edited by D93J; 24/01/2013 at 11:26 AM.

  8. Quote Originally Posted by D93J View Post
    Others may have their own way, but create a 'Screenshots' folder in your SI/FM docs, in game press Ctrl+Alt+(I think either F7, F8, or F9) then they will appear in that folder. You could always try Ctrl+Alt+Print-Screen but then you have t paste it into Paint or Word which i find a pain in the backside as you need to keep switching between that and football manager, whereas my way you can do them all in game then get them later all in one place when you're ready to post them in here.

    I found this way as my laptop's Print Screen function does not work. The in game screenshot function works a treat compared anyway.

    Excellent appreciate the reply. wont hijack this thread with my idea as thats not nice

  9. Quote Originally Posted by D93J View Post
    Others may have their own way, but create a 'Screenshots' folder in your SI/FM docs, in game press Ctrl+Alt+(I think either F7, F8, or F9) then they will appear in that folder. You could always try Ctrl+Alt+Print-Screen but then you have t paste it into Paint or Word which i find a pain in the backside as you need to keep switching between that and football manager, whereas my way you can do them all in game then get them later all in one place when you're ready to post them in here.

    I found this way as my laptop's Print Screen function does not work. The in game screenshot function works a treat compared anyway.

    Several valid ways, one mentioned above. I myself take the screenshot using gyazo (although it only works in windowed mode) and simply copy and paste the pictures into the post. Trial and error has been a good learning method for this aswell!

  10. Quote Originally Posted by sieni View Post
    Several valid ways, one mentioned above. I myself take the screenshot using gyazo (although it only works in windowed mode) and simply copy and paste the pictures into the post. Trial and error has been a good learning method for this aswell!
    I find it great not needing to be in windowed mode as Football Manager has the strange habit of 'not responding' during progression on my laptop when it is windowed. Also, it means you'll have it automatically saved into your documents so you can crop or scale it at any time without needing to copy and paste it in several different places while trying to get it right. Everyone has different preferences though.

    Sorry for going off topic but hope that helps. I'll be keeping an eye on this one. I'll be starting my own similar challenge in England, but I'd like to try a German equivilent.

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