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Nostalgia - Sport Clube de Freamunde

  1. Nostalgia - Sport Clube de Freamunde

    Another year of FM and another chance to get my hometown in Portugal promoted to the top flight. I've probably played about 5-6 versions of FM and I rarely play with anyone but Sport Clube de Freamunde. The first version of FM that I played was in 2006 and I managed to win the UCL with Futebol Clube do Porto. I haven't done anything notable since. I've only managed to get Freamunde promoted once in FM.

    I've already played 4 seasons in the FM17 version, here's how I went:
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    I use this player guide, that I created, to help me determine which players are good enough to sign and which players aren't:
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    Every preseason I prepare a spreadsheet where I calculate each players primary, secondary and physical attributes in each of the positions in my formation(s) in order to determine which players are the best in each position. Here's the sample from the coming season:
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    As you can see from the screenshots, I put a lot of time into FM. It has been tough to continuously come midtable but every season I've had to sell my key players and try to find replacements from free transfers/young players from Portugal's top flight that are on sale. I've mostly struggled to replace defenders - as you can see, I concede a lot.

    My goal is to get Freamunde promoted in my first 10 years at the club. After that it's about maintaining their position in the top flight. Anything else would be a bonus.

    Any suggestions on how I could improve my chances of achieving that goal? I feel like the time that I'm putting into the game may not be in the right direction but having seen some posts on the forum, it seems like a lot of people aren't doing too well either.
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  2. December 2020 - Midseason report

    December 2020 - Midseason report
    I'm half way through season 5. I spent most of the season in 1st despite feeling like this was my second worst team so far and a media prediction of 8th. I've made some changes from my previous 4 seasons of average results.


    I usually play a 4-3-3 and I've been taking advise from my assistant for the first time in terms of varying the approach of the team to suit the opposition from counter, standard and control. I had previously ignored all suggestions which hadn't worked for me.


    I also changed from WB's (support) to FB's (support) which has meant that I haven't conceded nearly as much as I had in previous seasons.

    Ladder
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    Fixtures
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    Team Stats
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    Individual Stats
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    Where to from here?

    I'm pleased with the performances and results of the team considering the squad.
    I want to push for a top 2 spot but I think I'll need to improve on some positions during the January transfer window: Winger (Attacking right and/or left), CM (box to box), CB and a GK. Hopefully I'm not forced to sell any players because just before the season started, the club sold my starting complete forward and full back (left). Fortunately, I was able to find replacements with one week to go.
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  3. Looks like the new season is going pretty good. I too tend to use my wing backs more as fullbacks to stop the scoring. I tend to run control about 98 percent of the time. Then again I am in a far different league and run a different formation.

    However stat wise where you are at looks like you aren't too far off some having some good tactics. Best of luck going for second place. Looks like it is achievable.
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  4. Season 5

    Quote Originally Posted by choices View Post
    Looks like the new season is going pretty good. I too tend to use my wing backs more as fullbacks to stop the scoring. I tend to run control about 98 percent of the time. Then again I am in a far different league and run a different formation.

    However stat wise where you are at looks like you aren't too far off some having some good tactics. Best of luck going for second place. Looks like it is achievable.
    I've mostly used control but there have been games where I've used counter, especially in the Portuguese Cup where I've faced teams from the first division. I beat Guimaraes 3-0 and then lost to Academica 5-4.

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    Formation
    These have evolved considerably during the previous 4 seasons. Initially I had two 4-3-3 formations (one more defensive/inside forwards/wingers) and a 4-2-3-1 formation. As you can see below, now I have three completely different formations. I barely use the 4-2-2-2 formation because I get dominated in midfield. I tried to use it last season when I was behind to little affect.

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    Team Instructions
    My team instructions are the same for every formation. I've also evolved these, but only slightly. I changed the tempo from higher to much higher and in attack I did dribble less (at this level, there were too many mistakes which meant I conceded a lot of goals from counter attacks) and removed look for overlap.

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  5. Club History

    I probably should have made this my first post but here is a brief history of SC Freamunde. The reason why I like to manage them on FM is because my parents are from Freamunde and my earliest memories are from the two years I spent there. My grandfather that turned me into a football fanatic supported FC Porto and SC Freamunde so I've loved both clubs ever since.


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    Nickname: Os Capões (The Roosters)
    Stadium: Campo SC Freamunde

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    Honours: Portuguese Second Division: 1998–99, 2006–07 and Campeonato Nacional de Seniores: 2013–14

    Freamunde started when cardinal António Filipe watched a group of children playing in the streets of Freamunde, and decided to start a club, arranging for kits gratuitously. It was first called Freamunde Sport Clube.

    Another clergyman (hence the Star of David), Padre Castro, was the main responsible for the club's early professional foundations. In 1933, the team started playing matches in a field owned by him, the Campo do Carvalhal. Two years later, the club started competing in Liga Invicta – known in later years as the second division – doning the colours which would last for the following decades: blue shirt and socks and white shorts. The league folded however two years later, and the team started playing in Campeonato da Promoção, after joining Porto's Football Association.

    In 1944, Freamunde's first status were outlined – five years later, Castro died. In 1999, after two consecutive promotions, the club first reached the new second level, lasting two seasons, and returning again for the 2007–08 campaign after being crowned champions of the third division (Northern Zone).

  6. January 2020

    Transfer update:
    As I had said before, I was looking for a
    Winger (Attacking right and/or left), CM (box to box), CB and a GK. Unfortunately, I was only able to buy a better GK and get back Marlon Freitas from loan who was a better option then my reserve CM's. I lost my reserve CB so I'm hoping I have no injuries or I'll have to play my 4th choice CB.

    I also couldn't get rid of Frimpong.

    In:
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    Out:
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  7. June 2021 - Champions!

    June 2021 - Champions!

    After 5 seasons in Portugal's second tier, I've finally managed to get my hometown Freamunde promoted to the top flight. My goal for the next 5 years is to stay up and win the league. Below is the final review for the end of the season. I'll update the thread further after the transfer window - I plan to keep the core of the squad and replace the worst players in the current squad with future starters.


    Interesting to note with the statistics.. Freamunde absolutely dominate the team statistics but not necessarily the individual statistics.

    Ladder

    It's clear to see that my tactical adjustment of converting the wing backs to full backs helped to concede far less without negatively impacting on the amount of goals being scored.

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    Manager
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    Team Awards/Stats
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    Individual Awards/Stats
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    Board
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  8. August 2021 - Season Preview

    August 2021 - Season Preview

    I'm about to start the season so I thought I'd give you all an update. I haven't been able to strengthen the squad as much as I would have hoped but I'll update you all on the final squad once the transfer win is closed. For now, I'll post the media predictions for the season and friendly results.

    Media Prediction
    To be honest, I'm confident I won't come last. I base this on my friendly results were I did well against Everton and I drew with Braga (who are a top 4 side) in round 1.
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    Friendly Results
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  9. September 2021 - Transfer Window

    September 2021 - Transfer Window

    Transfers
    These were my transfers for the July and August transfer window. Most of the players out on loan are from the youth team.
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    Squad
    I was trying to sell a few midfielders (I have way too many) but no club wanted them even when I offered them for no transfer fee. I haven't been able to improve the squad from my successful 2020/2021 season in the second tier so it will be interesting to see how I go in my first season in the top flight.

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  10. January 2022 - Midseason Report

    January 2022 - Midseason Report
    Ladder
    I'm happy with the way the team is performing and sitting on the ladder. As you can see from the results below, I started the season losing a lot of close matches and I've started to go on a bit of an undefeated run in the last 10 matches (only losing 1). Unfortunately, most of the results are draws.
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    Results
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    Team Stats

    As you can see, some of the team statistics are unbelievable. Unfortunately, I have no players in the top player statistics. I'm will be trying to improve all areas of my team, apart from the complete forwards, during the January transfer window. I don't think I'll be too successful. My scouts haven't found too many quality players despite having +15 attributes in the scouting attributes. Would this be because I only have 3 scouts? Should I get more? Or is it because I only have the Portuguese and Brazilian leagues as playable?
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  11. Preseason

    One thing that I have noticed - the two previous seasons where I had a 5 week preseason, the team performed above expectations. I only had a 4 week preseason this time around (as I wanted to see the effect) and despite performing above expectations, I had a lot of injuries to key players early on in the season.

  12. February 2022 - Transfer Window

    February 2022 - Transfer Window
    In
    I signed two players:
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    Wilson Eduardo - the oldest player I've signed in two seasons or more. He'll be playing as Inside Forward (left/right) - my inside forwards have been inconsistent so I needed some back up/ a replacement.
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    Thiago - both my Full Backs (left) are 29 and aren't being as consistent as they were in the second tier (no surprise) so I've decided to buy a young player who is better than both and I can build for the future. I'll probably make a fortune off him in a few seasons.
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    Out
    I managed to get rid (even just temporarily) some of the players I haven't been using.
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    Tactics
    I've adjusted my tactics a bit more. I've added mark tighter and tackle harder to all of my players bar the two Central Defenders. In terms of results, I've seen a short term benefit already with 2 wins in 3 games.

  13. March 2022 - Fantastic Result

    March 2022 - Fantastic Result

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  14. Offers

    I've had offers from Maritimo, Estorial, Academica and Braga during the current season. I was tempted by Braga but didn't go for the interview. If I get offered a meeting with one of the big five Portuguese clubs (Porto, Braga, Benfica, Sporting and Guimaraes), should I take the offer?

  15. May 2022 - Season Review

    May 2022 - Season Review
    Ladder
    Survived on goal difference. I lost to Guimaraes 2-0 on the final day of the season but fortunately our arch rivals did us a favour and beat Olhanense 1-0.
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    Team Stats
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    Individual Stats
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    Under 19's
    Unbelievable season by the under 19's team, won the cup final against Sporting and also won the league. Unfortunately, I think only one player is good enough to step up to the first team next season. They still have another year to prove themselves.
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    Future Plans
    The club has announced that it is looking to build a bigger stadium. Hopefully more revenue will allow the club to turn a profit for once and also allow me to recruit better players.
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  16. June 2022 - Team of the Year
    I forgot to post this before. Despite just avoiding relegation on goal difference, my central defender Escoval, who I bought from Braga B or Benfica B a few seasons ago, is the only player outside of the big 3 clubs to make the Team of the Year for 2011/22. It's an incredible achievement considering he only got his chance after an injury to my first choice central defender (he was initially my 3rd choice).
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  17. September 2022 - Season Preview/Transfers
    Media Prediction
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    Transfers
    Thankfully Manchester City bought Jose Luis who came from my youth academy for $1.7 million plus add ons. It has allowed me to drastically strength my squad and the club is now in a good financial state which has not always been the case. A lot of the transfer in were from B teams which is where I always seem to get bargains from.
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    Squad
    These are the best attribute totals for each position before and after the transfers above:
    GK = 237/ Same
    FBR = 205/ Same
    DC = 229/ 237
    DM = 249/ Same
    CM = 274/ 286
    IFR = 238/ Same
    IFL = 227/ 242
    WR = 198/ Same
    WL = 187/ 209
    AP = 197/ Same
    F9 = 230/ Same
    CF = 292/ Same
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    Friendly Results
    As you can see, I had a great preseason. I narrowly lost to Manchester City despite dominating in possession. However, I've already played three games in the regular season and it has not started well at all. I've played 2 of the big 5 clubs and my rivals: Lost 2-0 to Guimaraes, lost 5-1 to Benfica and drew 1-1 with Pacos de Ferreira.
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    Last edited by AlexMiguel; 26/12/2016 at 08:01 AM.

  18. I forgot to mention, during preseason I was offered two contracts - both from Brazilian clubs in the top flight. One of them being Gremio. I said no to both. As I've said in the past, I'll be tempted to leave for one of the big 5 teams in Portugal.

  19. January 2023 - Midseason Report/Transfer Window
    Ladder

    As you can see, I'm doing much better than the predicted 17th by the media. I'm hoping to finish in the top half of the table and then in 2023-24 I should be challengoing for a European spot. I've had an offer from Feirense and Setubal but again I refused to attend the interview.

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    Cups
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    Fixtures

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    Team Stats

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    Individual Stats
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    Transfers In
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    Transfers Out
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  20. April 2023 - Season Update

    I only do preseason, midseason and end of season updates but it has been a disaster second half of the season. It has been extremely frustrating considering the fantastic start I made - I definitely didn't expect this to happen. I've had a lot of injuries/sick players this season and I'm not sure why as I've always trained with average intensity.


    I don't know why it took me so long but I finally made a drastic change to my tactics by creating the 5-3-2 system. We ended up winning the first match playing it against Academica and got a clean sheet!! I thought I'd post a few images of the second half of the season.


    Ladder/Cups
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    Fixtures
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    Tactical Changes
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    Result vs Academica
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  21. July 2023 - Season Review
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    Ladder
    It has been a disaster second half of the season. I had 22 points at the half way point of the season and by the end I finished with 34 points. Those two wins were with the new 5-3-2 formation that I created but then I lost the last two games using it. I noticed that I had far less possession than I had with the 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1 but I did score more goals per shot on target.
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    Fixtures
    2 wins in 17 games.
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    Team Stats
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    Individual Stats
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    Awards
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    Stadium
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    New Job
    I applied for my first international job and got it. I need to figure out how I'm going to select my squad because if I had to do a spreadsheet for every player, I'd go insane. I might just go on what my assistant recommends/star ratings.
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  22. August 2023 - Season Preview

    Media Prediction

    The media have finally predicted that Freamunde would not get relegated. During the past two seasons, I've defied the odds to stay up.
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    Friendly Results
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    September 2023 - Transfer Window
    Transfers In/Out
    I lost some great talent in midfield which I haven't been able to replace in Gilson Costa (highest transfer ever received) but I've signed some young midfielders who will hopefully develop into very good footballers. I also sold my reliable striker Jose Postiga but replaced him with a much better striker (attributes wise) in Hidelbrando who was an absolute bargain.
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    Squad
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    Squad Improvements
    Summary of my spreadsheet - the first number is the best footballer in each position based on the attributes for that position plus physical attributes BEFORE the transfers window and the second number is AFTER the transfer window.
    GK - 240 / Same
    FBR - 205 / 218
    FBL - 216 / Same
    DC - 239 / Same
    WBR - 216 / 239
    WBL - 235 / 236
    DM - 251 / Same
    B2B - 275 / Same
    IFR - 237 / Same
    IFL - 240 / Same
    WR - 198 / 200
    WL - 205 / Same
    AP - 205 / 208
    CF - 283 / 311
    F9 - 231 / 244

  23. November 2023 - Euro 2024 Qualifiers

    Ladder

    I took over Switzerland just before the second Poland game and then I qualified comfortably. The only hiccup I had was against Georgia where I had to come from behind and score a winner in the 90th minute.


    Heading into Euro 2024, I'm concerned about the ageing squad. The average age is 29 so I'm going to try and give some younger players game time during the friendlies leading up to the competition proper.
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    Fixtures
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  24. January 2024 - Midseason Report

    Competitions


    I'm just above the relegation zone as it was predicted by the media and I've just as well in the cup competitions as I did last season.

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    Fixtures
    As you can see, I started the season off terribly despite a great preseason. I lost the first 7 rounds of the season so despite most of the losses being by a single goal, I decided to do some research. I came across the thread Johan Cruyff's 3-4-3 Diamond (Very Fluid). I'm a big fan of Cruyff's philosophy and how it shaped Barca/ Pep so I decided to make some modifications to my team instructions. The difference in results from round 1-7 and 8-17 have been astounding.


    For the people who have been following my progress, you would know that my teams always did well in the possession stats but with these changes, I haven't been able to dominate possession but I've had better results. The most important thing is the team is still trying to build up from the back, play with short/medium passing and a lot of movement - also known as 'tiki taka'.
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    Tactical Changes
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    Team Stats
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    Individual Stats
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    Job Offers
    I've had a job offer from Sporting CP, who currently sit in 6th, and it looks like I'm going to take it. I just feel like I can't take Freamunde further forward as I only have the Brazilian and Portuguese leagues active so it doesn't give me a lot of options to improve my squad. I'll confirm my decision in my next update.

  25. May 2024 - Season Review
    I really struggled to score this season - something I will have to look into during preseason but I somehow managed to stay up even though I lost the first 7 rounds of the season.


    I also got an offer from Sporting for an interview. Unfortunately I didn't get the job.
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    Competitions
    I'm very happy with my progress in the Portuguese Cup but unfortunately I lost in the semi final to Estoril. I had a player get sent off early in the first leg and lost 3-0.
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    Club Awards
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