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http://i.imgur.com/aYvHPZ9.png

http://i.imgur.com/wkulwJF.png?1

Its time to turn our back on Europe for now, after touring there for two and a half seasons (half a season in England with Sunderland then two seasons in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen) we hit the airport again and this time belt up for a long trip across the other side of the world, yes thats right, we're heading 'down under'. I felt like moving away from Europe and heading to Australia simply because we don't see too many careers here and there are certain league and transfer rules to get your head around, hopefully an enjoyable stint for everyone and another learning curve. So, who is the team and what is the challenge I hear you asking...

http://i.imgur.com/orMskcK.png?1http://i.imgur.com/huFHx3R.png?1http://i.imgur.com/bhOlt6R.png?1

That is correct, Melbourne City, a club only formed in 2012 and despite strong affiliation links with English Premier League giants Manchester City, they are yet to win anything substantial in Australia. A little more surprising, they are favorites to win the league title this year. However don't let this fool you, I have simmed through two separate seasons unemployed and Melbourne City finished 10th and 2nd with a Semi Final exit in the Finals series so work to do.

http://i.imgur.com/FBam92x.png

There will be names you notice from the squad including that of 40 year old Danish goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen and better known thirty seven year old attacking midfield come striker Tim Cahill. The squad isn't exactly filled with talent and potential talent, however being just a two season save you won't have too much time to bring through youngsters for the future. Its about the here and now especially with the board and media expecting to finish at the top of the pile first season so its looking likely you'll have to get to work in the slightly complicated transfer widow where you'll be limited to a squad size of just 23 players maximum of 5 foreign players, maximum of 20 over 20 players, a maximum of two designated players in the squad and a maximum of one mature age rookie in the squad. Oh and a max squad salary of just £29,500 excluding designated players. Got that?

http://i.imgur.com/2ZKxmCy.png

Financially the side is okay with just under five million pounds in the overall bank balance. They have gone on to make just £194,789 of this available as a transfer budget so it won't be easy to bring in new faces it'd seem. As well as that there is just £15.75k available in the wage budget and only £6.75k of that is available in the salary cap budget.

Scoring system:

Hyundai A-League:
1st – 20 points
2nd – 15 points
Top 6 – 10 points
7-8th – 0 points
9th – - 10 points
10th – - 20 points

Sacked: -25 points (and the challenge is over)

Hyundai A-League Finals Series:
Winner - 20 points
Runner Up - 15 points
Semi Finalist - 10 points
Elimination Final - 0 points

FFA Cup:
Winners – 25 points
Runners Up - 20 points
Semi Finalist - 15 points
Quarter Finalist - 10 points
Second Round Exit - 0 points
First Round Exit - - 10 points

Due to the way both continental competitions run from January to November and Melbourne City not participating in it first season no points will be awarded for any participation or progression in Asian competitions.

Rivalries: (competitive only)
Beat Melbourne Victory - 5 points

BONUS:
Win manager of the year – 5 points
Player of the year - 5 points

Rules:

You must set your manager experience as Coaching Badges None and Playing Experience Sunday League Footballer and play from the file attached only. You have until 8pm BST on Sunday 6th August (15 days) to submit your screenshots in this thread, and accumulate as many points as you can within the confines of a maximum of 1 season in the game.

You may not manage any other teams, or use other programs to aid you in this challenge
You may not use any editor or scouting software.
Screenshots must be added to this thread for points to count.

Screenshots required:

- Manager profile (proof of reputation etc)
- End of season fixture list showing results
- End of season league table
- Anything else you feel necessary ie. transfers etc.

Game File: Heading Down Under

Good luck, once again there are plenty of opportunities to make up some points, especially those currently on a minus score it could be an easy turn around to close the table up. The Susie on Tour - Leaderboard is updated with all the scores from stop 1 and stop 2 of the tour to date so have a look to find out how you're getting on against the rest...

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https://i.imgur.com/zgMyvyG.png?2
http://i.imgur.com/Orx1Y3A.png

So as usual I'll kick things off, your manager profile should look something like this, Dan is ready for another challenge.

Remember I have edited the opening post to a one season challenge.
https://i.imgur.com/zgMyvyG.png?2
So is this one season or two?

And great, I love leagues where I have to do the finances for the squad too (!)
Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

So is this one season or two?

And great, I love leagues where I have to do the finances for the squad too (!)

ONE SEASON, fifteen days to complete, must be done by 8pm Sunday 13th
https://i.imgur.com/zgMyvyG.png?2
So Beasley is ready for the challenge!

http://i.imgur.com/xQVKkEf.jpg
One season, nice! Squad rules look mental.

I'm in!

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p11/KEZ_7/Melb%20Start_zpspysalono.png
Squad rules will take some getting used to - all aboard the Tim Cahill express!

http://i.imgur.com/J8HJKoR.jpg


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I might join this one
It's time for me to fail my second challenge...

http://i.imgur.com/VXhEHw0.jpg
Lionheart reporting for whatever this may bring. Bit worried when squad restrictions get complicated!

http://i.imgur.com/PrLJnLI.png

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Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

Lionheart reporting for whatever this may bring. Bit worried when squad restrictions get complicated!

http://i.imgur.com/PrLJnLI.png

You and me both fella, but it's the. Way we're all going to learn
https://i.imgur.com/zgMyvyG.png?2
Brandán with a lower back stress fracture already! Thank God the league starts in October
Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

Due to work commitments I was unable to proceed with the Leverkusen curse having only done half a season but will definitely be jumping on this one downloading now to play
Struggling to keep motivated here. Transfers are always a big enjoyment but not in this one, plus 3 months of friendlies zzz
Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

Struggling to keep motivated here. Transfers are always a big enjoyment but not in this one, plus 3 months of friendlies zzz
http://i.imgur.com/AUsFGBr.jpg

I know what you mean about friendlies mate.

Managed to win all of mine due to playing lower level opposition with the exception of Anderlecht, through into the semi's of the FFA cup.

Made a lot of signings, kinda disregarded the squad rules a bit so will be interesting to see what happens come registration day.

Edit - made it through squad reg no bother, massively surprised


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http://i63.tinypic.com/k3x1fa.jpg

Same random guy taking over.

This is bloody hard, I need to get rid of one foreign player after my transfer activity but I just don't know who. I think Jakobsen is prolly the one who will go as I bought in Thwaite and we already have plenty of CB in the squad.

Edit: Nevermind Cahill is on a guest contract worked everything out

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http://i.imgur.com/DyYxTTs.jpg

My manager for this challenge.
I had 15 days to complete this challenge, I didn't even last 15 competitive games ffs.

http://i.imgur.com/xnhRndS.jpg


http://i.imgur.com/hTKSJrE.jpg


http://i.imgur.com/CVMQ8le.jpg


http://i.imgur.com/8FThOzN.jpg

So I get 10 points due to reaching the FFA Cup quarter finals but then I got -25 points because for the second time in three challenges I've ended up getting sacked and it turned out to be an awful stint at Melbourne City and I won't be returning to manage in Australia for a long, long, long time. Goals turned out to be a major problem for me, only eleven scored in as many games while seventeen were conceded. I believe this means I've ended up with -15 points from this short challenge.
Wow @Shedender wasn't expecting that. I think the squad rules are hugely against people like you, I and others who don't regularly enter these places.
https://i.imgur.com/zgMyvyG.png?2
http://i.imgur.com/a8Ll5Yo.png
http://i.imgur.com/uej5XR6.png?1

Hoping for a better challenge after the Leverkusen mismatch. Let's get some shrimps on the barbie!
https://i.imgur.com/jkqweZW.png?1http://i.imgur.com/ZiZpv0k.png?1



Did you not have any friendlies, @Shedender ?
Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

Think we know the real reason why @Dan chose this club.

http://i.imgur.com/VWaUyaV.png
https://i.imgur.com/jkqweZW.png?1http://i.imgur.com/ZiZpv0k.png?1



Haha @DNZY ! It is anice change to the backroom staff.

Can't buy players from other teams in the same division either! Pah!
Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

It turned out to be an awful stint Dan and quite a forgettable one at that @Dan.

@Suffolk Seasider I did do friendly games, just excluded them from the said screenshot in question.
http://i.imgur.com/lQKZ4XD.png?1

I've had the luck of the draw in the FFA Cup with a non league side in the semi Finals and advancing with ease to the Final.
https://i.imgur.com/zgMyvyG.png?2
http://i.imgur.com/F6TOp5v.png

Off to a flyer.

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Pretty happy that this save is over and I'm pretty sure I will never manage in Australia again Best thing about it is how short the season is.

But I think I did pretty well with the team

Managed to win the league:

http://i.imgur.com/NzVYzQD.jpg

Fixtures:
http://i.imgur.com/u3rxPue.jpg

But the Finals Series ended quickly as I lost in the Semi finals Vs Sydney FC
http://i.imgur.com/mlwT3ou.jpg

The cup went well and I was pretty lucky in the draw, got some pretty average teams there;
http://i.imgur.com/8pDD20m.jpg

Fornaroli ran the show for me ended up as Top Goalscorer and player of the year
http://i.imgur.com/LkcVmUM.jpg


Points:
Hyundai A-League: 1st – 20 points
Hyundai A-League Finals Series: Semi Finalist - 10 points
FFA Cup: Winners – 25 points
Rivalries Beat Melbourne Victory 2 wins 1 loss - 10 points
BONUS: Player of the year - 5 points

TOTAL POINTS: 70

Very good stint there @Viktor Bragi Brynjarsson well done on getting it done so quickly.
https://i.imgur.com/zgMyvyG.png?2
Well jee, nicely done @Viktor Bragi Brynjarsson ! I know what you mean about the Aussie League, this has not encouraged me to ever play there again and I'm still playing friendlies and cup games! Not started the season yet!

@Ross Gibson looks like you had a busy transfer window! Changed up some designated players and foreign players?
Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

Well jee, nicely done @Viktor Bragi Brynjarsson ! I know what you mean about the Aussie League, this has not encouraged me to ever play there again and I'm still playing friendlies and cup games! Not started the season yet!

@Ross Gibson looks like you had a busy transfer window! Changed up some designated players and foreign players?
I did! Yeah mate backfired, struggling, won the FFA but 4th in the league, never found any consistency, will never manage in this league again haha!
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