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  1. C.J. Lippo, A life in football.



    Ladies & gentleman, I have an idea.

    Whenever a new FM is released my first dilemma is always where to start. Do I start at the top & see what I can win? Do I start at the bottom & work my way up? International footballer? Sunday leaguer? Somewhere in the middle? I never know!

    The idea I've had is to answer all these questions long before FM16 ever hits the stands.

    In short this "story" will be a twist on the usual B.A.P. format whereby I will add myself into the FM database & follow my career in football. I will then use the resultant career to begin my FM16 story.

    My aim here is to create an immersive experience through which we can all follow the evolution of a young Aussies career. From his first tentative steps into the world of professional football all the way through to (what I hope to be) a successful management career spanning decades & multiple iterations of the game.

    Now, as FM16 is still quite a ways away & this part of the story only involves me simming through the seasons to see where I end up I wont be devoting too much time to it. So don't expect rapid updates.

    I will just sim a season here & there when I feel the urge & post as I go with the goal of having a fully completed playing career before FM16 on which to base my future stories.

    As far as setup goes, I will be using Weiry1's Aussie pyramid database (found here Australian League System/Pyramid) & starting as a 16 year old prospect on a youth contract at (near enough to) my local team, Tamworth in the 7th tier of Weiry's Aussie pyramid.

    My CA will be set at 70, my PA to -8. Hopefully this will allow me to progress up the levels a bit, maybe even represent my country or secure a move to Europe whilst also being realistic enough for me to start at the bottom.

    I will be leaving all my stats at zero & letting the game randomise it all, right down to what position I will play.

    Hopefully I can have a successful career & you all can enjoy the beginning of what I hope will be an epic journey! Cheers
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    Edit - Forgot to mention that when I created myself I put 20 for manager as my preferred staff role! Hopefully this will ensure, once my playing days are over, I will be offered a management job & decide the starting point for my management career.
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  2. Introducing C.J. Lippo


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    So here I am, a wide eyed teenager with the world at his feet. A hard working winger with dreams of making the big time.

    Am quite pleased with what life (FM) has handed me. It appears I have all the tools to become a handy player. But it will take more than raw talent to get to the top!

    Will I realise my potential or will I become another "could have been" wasting away in the depths of Australian football? Only time will tell.


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  3. Sounds good mate will definitely follow this story
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  4. Nice! I would say I'd do the same thing as this is a great idea, but will probably do Carragher again! haha
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  5. Great idea mate!
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  6. This sounds awesome
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  7. Great thinking man, will follow
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  8. chapter I: 'The Sorrows of Young CJ Lippo'

    great idea for a story, another one would be starting a career as a fictional player-manager if only SI games could add this option - always Dino Dini.
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  9. This looks interesting! Definately follow this to see how it progresses!
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  10. Wow, Thank you very much everyone. Wasn't expecting such a response!

    Have just added my profile to the above post, check it out. Am quite pleased with it!

  11. Very, very interesting. Fingers crosses Europe comes calling!

  12. Morale: Very poor

    Oh no, what happened?

    This is a very interesting story.

  13. Quote Originally Posted by mask0991 View Post
    Morale: Very poor

    Oh no, what happened?

    This is a very interesting story.
    He lives in Tamworth and hates country music
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  14. Quote Originally Posted by Maximus94 View Post
    He lives in Tamworth and hates country music
    Spot on mate!
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    Season One

    A Humble Beginning


    My first year at Tamworth didn't exactly go to plan. Perhaps I underestimated the strength of the squad here, or maybe I have overestimated my own ability. Whatever the case may be, I only managed to make 6 appearances for the first team. Obviously there is a lot of work ahead if I'm going to achieve my dreams.

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    On the upside I have learnt a lot in my first season at Tamworth FC & have improved my game as a result.

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    Modest all round improvements but I'm heading in the right direction. I am confident that, if I continue to train hard, I can lock down a spot in the first team & continue to improve.

    The team itself had a good year finishing 3rd in the Northern NSW State Third Division which for a little semi pro side from rural NSW is a fantastic achievement.

    Despite what I considered to be a disappointing year, I have already been made aware of interest in my talent from larger clubs...

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    Bayswater City have just won the National Premier League which means next season they will play in the Australian Premier League (equivalent of the A-League)! I know if they do make a move for me I would most likely end up in the youth team or out on loan somewhere but It would be a fabulous opportunity that would be hard to pass up.

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  16. 12/7/?

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    It appears I will not be in the Country Music Capital for too much longer. There is a ridiculous amount of interest in my services considering I could only manage 6 appearances for Tamworth last year!
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  17. After talking it over with family & friends I made my decision...

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    The lure of joining the one time Champions of Asia was too hard to resist, not to mention the opportunity to learn at the feet of Aussie legend Tony Popovic.

    My chances of being anywhere near the first team are slim, but a couple of years in the youth set up or a loan stint at a National Premier League side is likely to be better for my development than another season in the cow paddocks at Tamworth, no disrespect.


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  18. Love the idea of this story! Will be following with keen interest!
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  19. Big move after 1st season!! 2nd season may hold a few suprises!
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  20. Quote Originally Posted by Bullardinho View Post
    Love the idea of this story! Will be following with keen interest!
    Cheers mate, been surprised by the amount of interest this has attracted!

    Quote Originally Posted by JamesScott2908 View Post
    Big move after 1st season!! 2nd season may hold a few suprises!
    Tell me about it! Only managed 6 games last year, they must of been good ones! LOL
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  21. Looks great
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  22. After my move to the top flight I decided it was time to add some European leagues to the game set-up. Here is what I settled on...

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    Once I've established myself at the Wanderers (assuming I do!) I will drop a few more Aussie leagues & add some more but for now this is more then enough.

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  23. Really keen to see where you end up
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  24. Quote Originally Posted by Yeti01 View Post
    Really keen to see where you end up
    You & me both! Didn't plan on putting so much time into this so soon but I'm hooked!
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    Season Two

    Moving on up


    Having secured myself a surprise move to Parramatta Stadium it was now time to show everyone what I was capable of. Unfortunately a string of injuries hampered my early attempts to prove my worth.

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    As expected I found myself playing for the youth sides. I made appearances for both the U18's & the U20's & was pleased with my performances as a whole.

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    25 appearances, 2 goals, 7 assists & 5 player of the match awards in all "non-competitive" matches for an average rating of 7.27. Not a bad return in my book.

    I am pleased to say that my hard work did not go unnoticed & late in the season I managed to make my first team debut.

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    My performances were solid at best but for a 17 year old playing at the highest level the country has to offer I think I did quite well. No doubt I will be better for the experience & now know what it will take to succeed at the top level.

    Although my development was hampered by a few injuries I have still managed to improve my game.


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    Once again nothing spectacular but I still feel as though I have a lot of improvement in me.

    Although I am still awaiting my international debut (at any level) I have been glad to be included in a few U20 squads & am confident of making my break through soon.


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    The Wanderers had a good season this year finishing second in the league & qualifying for the Asian Champions League. Hopefully, if I can continue to work hard & develop my game, I will find myself a bigger part of the first team setup next year & maybe even make my ACL & international debuts.

    At least that's the plan, anyway!


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  26. Brilliant idea Lippo, can't wait to see how you get on!
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    Season 3

    The Struggle Continues


    Forcing my way into the first team here at the Wanderers has proved to be very tough. I have found myself well & truly behind Japanese international Yojiro Takahagi & Nikita Rukavytsya in the pecking order for my preferred left wing position &, as a result, only managed 4 first team appearances this year.


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    As you can see, I did manage to make my debut in Asia. Infact 3 of my 4 games were in the Asian Champions League which leaves just the one league appearance.

    Once again my year was hampered by injuries.



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    In total I spent a little over 4 months on the sidelines! Not ideal for a young guy still developing & fighting for his place in the team!

    In January I found myself being linked with a move to the Brisbane Roar amid speculation that my contract would be allowed to expire.

    Eventually though I was offered a new deal & was pleased to put these rumours to bed & extend my stay at the Wanderers for another year.



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    The Wanderers had a horrible year finishing a disappointing 9th in the league & costing Tony Popovic his job in the process!

    As for myself, I continue to work for my "break out" season.

    With Takahagi now the wrong side of 30 & Rukavytsya being preferred in a more advanced role I remain hopeful that it will come soon. Fingers crossed.



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  28. So keen to keep following this, can't wait for more updates!
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  29. 2 torn hammies in 2 years! Bad luck!! Hope you are rehabbing them properly and not rushing back too early young man!!
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  30. Quote Originally Posted by Yeti01 View Post
    2 torn hammies in 2 years! Bad luck!! Hope you are rehabbing them properly and not rushing back too early young man!!
    Hahaha, Yeah I perhaps rushed back a bit soon
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  31. I can't get enough of this story, I really want to know how this ends up already. Even if not for a story I think I may have to do this myself!
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  32. I'm thinking of doing this myself too, I don't think a Carragher story would be the same next year, would you mind if I did this myself? Not sure if I will yet as theres still plenty of time to think of a story!
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  33. Quote Originally Posted by Bullardinho View Post
    I can't get enough of this story, I really want to know how this ends up already. Even if not for a story I think I may have to do this myself!
    Thanks mate its strangely addictive, more so then i had expected!

    Quote Originally Posted by xJamieWilliams View Post
    I'm thinking of doing this myself too, I don't think a Carragher story would be the same next year, would you mind if I did this myself? Not sure if I will yet as theres still plenty of time to think of a story!
    Go for it mate, would love to see other people do it & read about their careers as well!

  34. 4 seasons a charm!!
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  35. This is really addictive. I may do this myself.
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  36. Quote Originally Posted by JamesScott2908 View Post
    4 seasons a charm!!
    Lets hope so mate!

    Quote Originally Posted by mask0991 View Post
    This is really addictive. I may do this myself.
    Tell me about it! Keep telling myself I'll just sim one more season.

    Hope you post it if you give it a go mate, would love to read it!

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    Season 4

    Breaking Out



    My third year at the Wanderers proved to be a bit of break through for me. For the first time since my arrival I had a full season with no major injuries &, In all, made 13 competitive appearances for the club at an average rating of 7.13


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    A run without injuries also saw me earn a call up to the National side for the Under 22's Asian Cup. I managed 6 appearances for my country as Australia cruised into the final.

    Unfortunately that game did not go to plan for Australia or myself.



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    Despite costing my country the Asian Cup trophy I was pleased to with my performances overall & was happy to be recognised in the team of the tournament. So what if I'm heckled every where I go now!


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    The extra first team football I managed this year, along with my run in the National side has really benefitted my development as well.


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    As you can see I am coming along nicely & at the age of 19 seem to be on the verge of being an A-League regular. Fingers crossed for more injury free seasons & more games for my country.

    It was another disappointing year for the Wanderers, once again finishing outside the playoffs in 8th position.


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    I was again linked with a move to League champions the Brisbane Roar in January but again the Wanderers offered me a 1 year extension & again I accepted.

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  38. Enjoying this mate! It's a really good idea, you're tempting me to start one myself!
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  39. Good stuff this mate!
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  40. Quote Originally Posted by Timmzeh View Post
    Enjoying this mate! It's a really good idea, you're tempting me to start one myself!
    Thanks mate, it has been more entertaining then i ever imagined. Highly recommend it!

    Quote Originally Posted by epic terrorist View Post
    Good stuff this mate!
    Cheers mate, glad you're enjoying it!

    BTW, anyone else notice my agent owns 45% of me? Never seen that in Australia before!

  41. This is so good. How much awesome material are you going to have for your manager's story now?? If one of your players ever missing a deciding penalty now in a shootout you'll be able to put an arm around him and say "look, I remember when I missed in the U/22 Asian cup final..."

  42. Quote Originally Posted by Yeti01 View Post
    This is so good. How much awesome material are you going to have for your manager's story now?? If one of your players ever missing a deciding penalty now in a shootout you'll be able to put an arm around him and say "look, I remember when I missed in the U/22 Asian cup final..."
    Yeah I know right? You can't make this stuff up. Or I couldn't anyway!

  43. So how does it feel to let your nation down Lippo?

  44. Quote Originally Posted by PatrickLFC View Post
    So how does it feel to let your nation down Lippo?
    I'm gutted mate! Was already disappointed when I read we'd lost on penalties, then I got to that bottom line & was inconsolable

  45. Quote Originally Posted by Lippo255 View Post
    I'm gutted mate! Was already disappointed when I read we'd lost on penalties, then I got to that bottom line & was inconsolable
    Fair enough, I couldn't believe it when I saw that either! Yeti is right though, things like this will be great for the manager story!

  46. Quote Originally Posted by PatrickLFC View Post
    Fair enough, I couldn't believe it when I saw that either! Yeti is right though, things like this will be great for the manager story!
    Yeah its all a learning experience for young CJ. He will come back bigger & better I hope!
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  47. Gutted on the penalty miss!! All a learning curve though eh haha! I am running a Central Coast Mariners save at the minute and I have noticed I can offer some of my players to agents for them to buy a share in the player! Very bizarre!

  48. Quote Originally Posted by JamesScott2908 View Post
    Gutted on the penalty miss!! All a learning curve though eh haha! I am running a Central Coast Mariners save at the minute and I have noticed I can offer some of my players to agents for them to buy a share in the player! Very bizarre!
    Wow! Tbh i have no idea how the whole agent ownership thing works! Never really seen it outside of south america.

  49. Quote Originally Posted by Lippo255 View Post
    Wow! Tbh i have no idea how the whole agent ownership thing works! Never really seen it outside of south america.
    Me either, I tend to stay clear as I can only imagine it causing trouble with future transfer etc..

  50. Quote Originally Posted by JamesScott2908 View Post
    Me either, I tend to stay clear as I can only imagine it causing trouble with future transfer etc..
    Yea thats my worry. It may discourage clubs making a move for me.

    Oh well, can only wait & see i guess

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