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Challenge 1 - Last At Christmas (well new years eve)
Welcome to the first challenge for this years game, there will be 10 in total which will take us up to the release of FM21.

You've probably already guessed how this one works, simply take over the club bottom of the Premier League and do as well as you can with them. To make things a bit easier for you I have given them a large cash injection of £350m to the transfer budget, plus a £4.5m wage budget, so you can throw money around as you wish.

You've been quite lucky with the club as it's Southampton, I have removed all injuries and bans, plus called back the majority of the squad who were on loan for you.

Point Scoring

Relegated - 0pts
17th/16th - 5pts
15th/14th - 10pts
13th/12th - 15pts
11th/10th - 25pts
9th/8th - 40pts
7th/6th - 50pts
5th - 60pts
4th & above - 100pts (no chance!)

Finish with a + goal difference - 20pts

FA Cup Q-Final - 25pts
FA Cup S-Final - 50pts
FA Cup Runner Up - 75pts
FA Cup Winner - 100pts

Rules

To try to prevent cheating there is a maximum amount of saves allowed which is 8, this will help against save/reloading after defeats!

*Please post your results using using screenshots only, challenge finishes on Wednesday 29/01/20*

Installation

Place the file into your 'games folder' and select to load from game home page

Challenge 1 Theme Song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUhRKVIjJtw
Discussion
This was bad xD

5 points it is


I think we both fell into the same honey trap of a massive budget...bringing in too many new players!
Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

Looks like 40 points by my count, aimed for top half and a cup run and hoped for the GD but apparently we collapsed towards the end and had stupid results like a 3-0 loss at home to Brighton

https://imgur.com/Am7Qr7Q.png

https://imgur.com/9TkFKYx.png

And here's my transfers for anyone interested:

https://imgur.com/2ObrNyr.png


Let me know if you require me to upload the save, I'll keep hold of it in case you do.
Competitions (I don't suppose there's consolation points for drawing Liverpool in the FA Cup 4th round? )
https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/356515617316143104/666476575784697877/unknown.png?width=993&height=559
Game status
https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/356515617316143104/666477130871472149/unknown.png?width=993&height=559
And as a bonus, my signings, for people interested (the free transfer was a guy my DoF picked up)
https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/356515617316143104/666439065037439020/unknown.png
Was struggling a little bit at the start, but once the team got more comfortable in the tactic and playing together and stuff, I was flying through games, pretty fun challenge all in all. 60 points, I'll take it.

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Will update the scores tonight.
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I think we both fell into the same honey trap of a massive budget...bringing in too many new players!

You can add me to that list too.

I haven't got around to playing the save since I last posted, but will get it completed by the deadline.
My Careers:
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I think we both fell into the same honey trap of a massive budget...bringing in too many new players!


Ayy ikr.. I just bought players i actually know and i'm confortable with playing.. that was defo my mistake
Well for what it's worth next month's challenge won't involve any transfers
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Well for what it's worth next month's challenge won't involve any transfers

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My Careers:
FM15 | FM16 | FM17a | FM17b | FM19a | FM19b | FM19c
FM20I: Trip to: United States (w/ Cincinnati) https://i.imgur.com/FQLsK4I.png / II: Earth Trip https://i.imgur.com/WvSK16U.png (journeyman)
And that's me. It was so hard for me not to go wild and buy up everyone I wanted, but I thought it best to keep the spine of the team in tact. Reece James was fab on loan and slotted right in to the poor RB depth the squad had. I ket JWP and Hojbjerg as key men in the centre, supplementing them with Guendozi on loan from Arsenal. I like two up top and Ings needed some better company. Morelos was OK, but I suspect he needs a season to bed in. 6 players in total, which that may even have been too much.

https://i.imgur.com/IdzvQyu.png
https://i.imgur.com/hcxGWe8.png

Fairly happy with an 11th place finish, just missing out on breaking the even on the goal difference by 4 goals. Nothing for the FA Cup, beating Bradford and Norwich but frustratingly losing to Derby, a real loss of points on that one. A great start in January, followed by 1 win in 6 in March and April is what really curtailed me.

https://i.imgur.com/M7sDpD9.png
https://i.imgur.com/KKoMYfs.png
https://i.imgur.com/0MnO6ZK.png

So nowt from me except the 25 points for coming 11th.
My First challenge of Football Manager Game series, ends on a high note, for me.
This was fun challenge, with so much of money and other factors favorable, was expecting to finish top half of the table but fell short of it, due to some draws and of course defeats to Big teams.

SUMMARY

I was focused more on FA Cup than League, and it paid off, gone through to the Final ended up getting thrashed though!, didn't bring in too many players just bought a couple of players that can be regulars and others to strengthen depth. for me main areas of concerns were the defense, mainly RB as there were no outstanding players also I couldn't find any good players, so settled with Cedric who turned out to be great player, was much useful for my tactics. then on I brought in a Central Defender, cause I felt there weren't much of great quality players in that position. brought in some decent guys to strengthen midfield. my attack looked promising with the likes of Danny Ings and Nathan Redmond. also, ANGUS GUNN turned out to be a solid Goalkeeper.
I sacked my assistant manager, and brought in Dennis Bergkamp as my assistant, as I was planning on for a Possession based football, since he is familiar with it, this would help me setup training easily. Tactically, I used 2 formations. 4-2-3-1 and 4-1-4-1DM. both worked out well. my only drawback of whole tactical system was I rarely managed to keep clean sheet.

POINTS

LEAGUE POSITION : 13th, so 15 points
Goal Difference : this is neagtive so 0
FA Cup : Runners up so 75

TOTAL : 90


Transfers

https://i.imgur.com/Y1iQmKR.jpg

Statistics

https://i.imgur.com/c5Sy99o.jpg

Results

https://i.imgur.com/O2j2VlZ.jpg

FA Cup

https://i.imgur.com/4JBLkhK.png?1

PL Standings

https://i.imgur.com/Mv8c8CI.jpg


That's it!
My season result! By the finest of margins we survive
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My season result! By the finest of margins we survive


Goal difference! wow!
Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

It's quick challenge, so I decided to go without transfers at all.

I got a good run, fighting for 8th place till last game despite injuries of top players and no good left winger

The result is:
1) 11th place - 25 pts;
2) Positive goal difference - 20 pts;
3) FA Cup - 0 pts;
Total: 45 pts.

Sceens:

https://i.imgur.com/WchQ1bd.png
https://i.imgur.com/W8HdRt9.png
https://i.imgur.com/xpC2e5E.png




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Nil point.....

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Finally had the time to finish this challenge off and I'm shocked at how successful it was! Money can really buy success I guess.

Transfers

https://i.imgur.com/gzFr1zm.png


I splashed the cash and brought in a total of 6 players. In total, I spent around £122m which is loose change to the new look Southampton. Cedric Bakambu was a steal at £7.5m as he scored 20 goals from 18 matches for me. That's insane. Donny Van De Beek needs no introduction and added a huge amount of creativity from the AMC role contributing with 3 assists and 2 goals.

This was the team that I started most matches with...

https://i.imgur.com/R4i9Od1.png


Premier League

https://i.imgur.com/U6aYZKq.png


I'll take this fixture list considering the starting point. We had 8 WINS, 5 DRAWS & 5 LOSSES. Our best performance probably came against Arsenal late on in the season as we beat them 2-1. Some other interesting matches included the 1-1 draw with Man Utd and 2-2 draw with Chelsa on the last day.

https://i.imgur.com/qTQqZ4T.png


This left us with a 12th placed finish in the league. We earned ourselves 40 points and could've quite easily finished higher as well. I'll take that anyway, as Newcastle, Brighton & Watford all get relegated into the Championship whilst Man City win the league ahead of Liverpool.

FA Cup

https://i.imgur.com/eYAQ0ZP.png


This helps my points tally immensely as we were able to lift the FA Cup after beating Arsenal 3-0 in the final courtesy of a Cedric Bakambu hattrick. I was shocked to see us reach the quarter-finals let alone win the whole damn thing. Bakambu was a beast in this competition netting 3 hattricks on the way to the final. Crazy stats.

TOTAL POINTS

League Finish - 12th - 15 points
FA Cup - Winners - 100 points
Positive Goal Difference - NO - 0 points

TOTAL | 115 POINTS

Finally an FA Cup winner! That's where the real points were in this round providing you could reach the q-finals.

Not many days left for those still wanting to enter from the first round of challenges.
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Well that was very bad, ended on 5 points

https://i.imgur.com/MdHnXJk.png

Started off well but come March it all fell apart!

https://i.imgur.com/OtQ0Dp1.png

Spent pretty much all the money in the transfer budget, which was probably the downfall.

https://i.imgur.com/skTaZzZ.png

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Relegation & a Fifth round FA Cup exit for me.

I went a little YOLO with the transfers and over paid in wages for a couple of players. Brought Donny van de Beek in for £60m, tried to sort out the goalkeeping and stayed in Holland for Jerone Zoet.

I tried late in the transfer window for a striker but thought i'd stick with Danny Ings for the season, unfortunately he was out for 5 weeks from the 3rd of Feb.

Here's my screenshots.

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That went terrifically!

https://i.imgur.com/ReAqhgM.png

https://i.imgur.com/Ji7KHi1.png

I recommend using https://www.online-calculator.com/ to add up my score.
My Careers:
FM15 | FM16 | FM17a | FM17b | FM19a | FM19b | FM19c
FM20I: Trip to: United States (w/ Cincinnati) https://i.imgur.com/FQLsK4I.png / II: Earth Trip https://i.imgur.com/WvSK16U.png (journeyman)
Christ above @r96Skinner, how the hell did you do so badly?
Christ above @r96Skinner, how the hell did you do so badly?

Not a clue! In (marginal) fairness, Watford (who somehow survived) and Sheff Utd were within a few points of me for long periods.
Not many teams survive when bottom at Xmas in real life, so I'd say my experience was more realistic.

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My Careers:
FM15 | FM16 | FM17a | FM17b | FM19a | FM19b | FM19c
FM20I: Trip to: United States (w/ Cincinnati) https://i.imgur.com/FQLsK4I.png / II: Earth Trip https://i.imgur.com/WvSK16U.png (journeyman)
That's Challenge 1 over, well done to all that entered.

Next one will be up over the weekend
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OH F**K! I thought it finished at the end of January (31st), been so tied up moving house this last week, waiting for them to activate my internet that I've missed it!
OH F**K! I thought it finished at the end of January (31st), been so tied up moving house this last week, waiting for them to activate my internet that I've missed it!


To be fair as long as it's done before the 2nd one starts it really don't matter
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To be fair as long as it's done before the 2nd one starts it really don't matter

I'll try sneak it in tonight/tomorrow/
I'll try sneak it in tonight/tomorrow/


Nice one, I doubt I'll get challenge 2 up until Sunday earliest as either out or busy next couple of days.
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Big thanks to @VP. for letting me sneak this in, slightly late. House move the weekend meant I had no internet to download and play:

https://i.imgur.com/hspIGub.png

Didn't go overly heavy in the window, main aim was to strengthen the defence and strikeforce. Purchased four new players with one of my staff picking up Smalley. Mina and Bailly fitted the centre back roles perfectly whilst I opted for Barbosa and Viniscus Junior to head the front line, like many others had done. I didn't care on fees so just spent what they wanted.

https://i.imgur.com/3muVy51.png

Never really hit a solid run of form, we started slowly with two wins from our opening eight games in charge. This turned in March when we went on to win seven from our next eight games. Finishing the season with two defeats, expectedly so against Arsenal and a heavy one at the Bridge against Chelsea.

https://i.imgur.com/aCCW9aG.png

The good form in March and April saw us finally begin to climb the table and eventually head to a fourteenth place finish. This gives us 10 points, no extra bonus points for Goal Difference however as we finish on -19.

https://i.imgur.com/ENix0UT.png
https://i.imgur.com/sywa1Z9.png

This was a surprise! We were fantastic in the FA Cup, that good that we didn't only make it all the way to the final, but we lifted it as well. Our draw was easy in the early rounds, picking off lesser league teams like Bradford and Birmingham. And then we faced Sheffield United, also relegation threatended at the time and beat them. Same with Norwich in the sixth Round. I thought the Semi Finals would be our exiting point, but apparently not. We beat league champions Man City one nil to set up a final with Bournemouth of all teams. Who we went on to beat 1-0 in Extra time! FA Cup Winner, 100 points

Total Points:

League Finish - 14th = 10 points
Goal difference - -19 = 0 points
FA Cup - Winners = 100 points

Overall = 110 points.


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Bloody hell @Dan Flying there

I've legit no idea how it happened.
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