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http://i.imgur.com/hoUBv8H.png

Here we go then.

7 games in so far and struggling to score!
Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

OYSTON OUT
Wooohoo finally some good news on the finance thing from Valencia they just increased my transfer budget

http://i.imgur.com/45Lzs48.jpg
Well, Zaza was on a record of 2 goals in 11 games....and then this happened:


http://i.imgur.com/KYqVKkO.png
Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

OYSTON OUT
Well, Zaza was on a record of 2 goals in 11 games....and then this happened:


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


Superb result!
Marco Asensio is available for loan from Real Madrid but they won't loan him to a divisional rival. Shame.

So I decided to purchase Ravel Morrison for £2.2m from Lazio and I'm expecting him to do nowt for me until the end of the season - also loaned him Moussa Sissoko from Tottenham.
I've managed in Spain before, but maybe just never realised....I can have an entire squad of loan players if I want?! lol.
Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

OYSTON OUT
That seems to be correct @Suffolk Seasider because you'll soon realise that three of my back four is currently on-loan.
Well one season over, and looking forward to seeing who I can get on loan @Shedender ! Got a few of the usual freebies in already now. Let's not get ahead of ourselves though!

Enjoyed season 1 much more than I thought I would, thanks @Dan !

Transfers is what I almost enjoy most in this game, so let's start there:

http://i.imgur.com/dGcHLr9.png

Anita got voted signing of the season by our fans, so happy with that even if I do think we overpaid! In fact, we probably overpaid on all our transfers in, but so did the buyers for our outgoings!

http://i.imgur.com/tYvtv0t.png

I managed to scrape through to the semi finals of the cup, literally, before being found out by Barca where Zaza couldn't repeat his heroics of the league. Still, very happy!

http://i.imgur.com/aROjHKt.png
http://i.imgur.com/L7sdW0F.png

We went on a good unbeaten run from the end of February, but still too many silly losses and draws for me.

http://i.imgur.com/2Eo5FFz.png

Managed to battle to 6th, so Europe here we come! I hope this helps with the money...

Let's get to the points then...

League - 6th - 10points
Cup - Semis - 15points
Rivalries - 1x Barca - 5points

Total = 30points!

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

OYSTON OUT
@Suffolk Seasider Don't be so sure about the money I ended up 4th and won the cup and got 9 millions do buy for season 2
Season 2


So season 2 is over! It was so close to getting something pretty good but bad form in the last couple of games took me out of title run! So it ended up be being worse than last season, at least I made it to the champions league place in the league and ended up finish 4th....again!

League:
http://i.imgur.com/PtxzUoz.jpg

Fixtures list:
http://i.imgur.com/Ir7CXmk.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/cUSGhWf.jpg

Copa del rey:
Lost in 5th round this year after winning it on the first season...disappointing
http://i.imgur.com/EZoLDyY.jpg

Spanish Super Cup:
I hate Atl. Madrid
http://i.imgur.com/abPgB42.jpg

Champions League:
I got a tough draw in the champions league group and did not have high hopes for that one, but managed to get out of the group. And got drawn against Arsenal, lost both matched against them!
http://i.imgur.com/nhAtT69.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/osjVigB.jpg

Rivalries:
Beat Real Madrid -1 win - 1 loss = 5 points
Beat Barcelona - 1 win 1 draw = 5 points

Total Points:
La Liga: 4th = 15 points
Copa Del Rey: 5th round exit = 0 points
Spanish Super Cup: runner up = 20 points
Champions League: Knockout Rounds = 5 points
Rivalries: 10 points

Season 1Total: 55 points
Season 2Total: 50 points

Total: 105 points


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@Suffolk Seasider Don't be so sure about the money I ended up 4th and won the cup and got 9 millions do buy for season 2


Yeah, I have found that out now! Luckily there is some wiggle room for free transfers, my favourite sort!
Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

OYSTON OUT
Enjoyed season 1 much more than I thought I would, thanks @Dan !

Glad someone enjoyed it! I thought it was rubbish! haha
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Glad someone enjoyed it! I thought it was rubbish! haha


I went in with really low expectations tbf!
Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

OYSTON OUT
I went in with really low expectations tbf!

As long as you're enjoying it fella, as I said, I'll mix the next one up big time!
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As long as you're enjoying it fella, as I said, I'll mix the next one up big time!

Suppose I'm still barred from giving suggestions after this disaster?
Season two round-up:

http://i.imgur.com/6UzL7Nl.jpg

Loan signings galore! Just the six joined over the course of the season, Fabian Orellana joined from Celta but I didn't want him nor register him (pre-signing before I arrived) but with the signings I ended up making I had high hopes we could've had a good season at Valencia and maybe crack into the top six. Jose Gaya, Joao Cancelo, Diego Alves and Nani were the 'major' departures over the course of the campaign with Gaya leaving in the January transfer window to German giants Bayern.

http://i.imgur.com/WnKJ9pt.jpg

We reached the quarter final stage of the Spanish Cup, losing to Real Betis on away goals which was a little disappointing.

http://i.imgur.com/clG0atk.jpg

The club had a decent run in the Europa League though before our first knockout round exit to the Italians Lazio.

http://i.imgur.com/M66q5Y3.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/ibfxbfb.jpg

We just couldn't stop conceding this season in the league which angered me as I thought our squad was a tad stronger than last season with the worst defeat being the six nil thumping away to Espanyol in which we were battered from start to finish and the five nil defeat to Deportivo was terrible as well - just six clean sheets in thirty eight league games is absolutely poor. I'm glad the campaign has finished but did the club at least qualify for the Europa League once again?

http://i.imgur.com/Yeo2uR5.jpg

No. It ended up being an eighth place finish.

Total Points:
La Liga - eighth place finish = 5 points
Spanish Cup - quarter final exit = 10 points
Europa League - first knockout round exit = 5 points
Beat Barcelona x1 = 5 points

Total points: 25 points (35 in the total). Thankfully this challenge is officially over. I'll never manage Valencia again until they've some cash.
Onto my third life now

http://i.imgur.com/nTZpU5X.png
KEZWrites
Surprise
Hope Balotelli did alright for you @Shedender as he is my main striker for the upcoming season too!
Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

OYSTON OUT
Hope Balotelli did alright for you @Shedender as he is my main striker for the upcoming season too!

Didn't do badly, reached double figures iirc but then decided to become unhappy - it wouldn't be Balo if he didn't randomly become unhappy.

Wissam Ben Yedder done slightly better on-loan from Sevilla but the defence let me down massively.
Whats the second season even like?
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Whats the second season even like?


Only 2 games in but average enough so far. Wanted to get to end of transfer window this evening, may well pay for my late night tomorrow! Brought in 6 loan signings Would have been 7 but Kenedy from Chelsea got injured in preseason so I sent him back! Three players in on, or close enough to, transfer deadline day...hope my team gels in time!

Hoping to finish this at weekend but potentially busy most of the next week now...
Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

OYSTON OUT
Much happier to find myself back on familiar soil managing in Europe and not having to worry too much about registration rules!
First off used the same manager profile as during the previous stops
http://i.imgur.com/EPz1BO5.png

Kept myself relatively quiet during the transfer windows with the only real signings being Hoedt, Kuki and possibly the best bargain I have ever signed Alejandro Gomez who chipped in with 15 league goals
http://i.imgur.com/CdLZP1K.png

Spanish Cup
Managed to get an easy draw through to the final of the Spanish Cup where I met Atletico and a surprising 3-0 win saw me claim the trophy
http://i.imgur.com/qXTaDLo.png

La Liga
Onto the big one. Decided to build my team around Cancelo, Gaya, Parejo and Nani playingh a 5 at the back allowing the two wing backs to venture forwards whilst hopefully leaving us still pretty solid at the back. By keeping goals against to a minimum I managed to remain unbeaten until early February until a shock 1-0 win against Gijon ensued worryingly this was the game before I first had to face Madrid so was fearing the worst. Well both teams decided not to bother defending with the score surprisingly finishing 6-3 in my favour. Drew quite a few games (10) but managed to keep losses way down at 2 which ensured that I kept a constant lead over Madrid who dropped way more points than I imagined and Barcelona being in relative chaos (sacking Enrique at christmas when 7th!)

http://i.imgur.com/6lcvj5g.png
http://i.imgur.com/DqC1pdc.png
http://i.imgur.com/0PtXu8Q.png
Awards
Was voted Manager of the Year
http://i.imgur.com/mMWMZ7U.png
Disappointed to not even have one player within the top 3 of player of the year but this possibly shows that this was all about a team effort with no real individual carrying the team

Results
Managed to beat Real Madrid both times once in the aforementioned 6-3 thriller and once with an 88th minute winner from Gomez
Remained unbeaten vs Barca but unfortunately only one win out of our two encounters

Points
La Liga- 1st Place- 25 Points
Copa del Ray- Winner- 25 Points
Madrid x 2 - 10 Points
Barcelona x 1 - 5 Points
Manager of Year- 5 Points

TOTAL 70 points

Really pleased with my first season somewhat worried about the second as I haven't managed the finances very well so may be in a little bit of bother next season particularly with the extra strain that Champions League football brings.


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Much happier to find myself back on familiar soil managing in Europe and not having to worry too much about registration rules!
First off used the same manager profile as during the previous stops
http://i.imgur.com/EPz1BO5.png

Kept myself relatively quiet during the transfer windows with the only real signings being Hoedt, Kuki and possibly the best bargain I have ever signed Alejandro Gomez who chipped in with 15 league goals
http://i.imgur.com/CdLZP1K.png

Spanish Cup
Managed to get an easy draw through to the final of the Spanish Cup where I met Atletico and a surprising 3-0 win saw me claim the trophy
http://i.imgur.com/qXTaDLo.png

La Liga
Onto the big one. Decided to build my team around Cancelo, Gaya, Parejo and Nani playingh a 5 at the back allowing the two wing backs to venture forwards whilst hopefully leaving us still pretty solid at the back. By keeping goals against to a minimum I managed to remain unbeaten until early February until a shock 1-0 win against Gijon ensued worryingly this was the game before I first had to face Madrid so was fearing the worst. Well both teams decided not to bother defending with the score surprisingly finishing 6-3 in my favour. Drew quite a few games (10) but managed to keep losses way down at 2 which ensured that I kept a constant lead over Madrid who dropped way more points than I imagined and Barcelona being in relative chaos (sacking Enrique at christmas when 7th!)

http://i.imgur.com/6lcvj5g.png
http://i.imgur.com/DqC1pdc.png
http://i.imgur.com/0PtXu8Q.png
Awards
Was voted Manager of the Year
http://i.imgur.com/mMWMZ7U.png
Disappointed to not even have one player within the top 3 of player of the year but this possibly shows that this was all about a team effort with no real individual carrying the team

Results
Managed to beat Real Madrid both times once in the aforementioned 6-3 thriller and once with an 88th minute winner from Gomez
Remained unbeaten vs Barca but unfortunately only one win out of our two encounters

Points
La Liga- 1st Place- 25 Points
Copa del Ray- Winner- 25 Points
Madrid x 2 - 10 Points
Barcelona x 1 - 5 Points
Manager of Year- 5 Points

TOTAL 70 points

Really pleased with my first season somewhat worried about the second as I haven't managed the finances very well so may be in a little bit of bother next season particularly with the extra strain that Champions League football brings.

Seriously!? You won the league and cup double first season? And just 10 points off maximum first year? again....
Football Manager 2018 - From A Failed Footballer To A Traveling Manager - Story coming soon...
Seriously!? You won the league and cup double first season? And just 10 points off maximum first year? again....
I don't want to seem like a child here, but thought this during the Leverkusen save, and having seen the line up he's been using during the Valencia save, he's using the Demolisher tactic from FM Base

Each to their own but would like to see his teams tactic screen haha

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That score has beaten my total

Season 1: 15pts

Season 2
Lots of transfers, but in the end it was a season of much the same, in fact scoring 1 point less in La Liga. What a horrible couple of seasons!

Transfers:
http://i.imgur.com/P9KHZ6P.png
Keko is probably one of the best signings I've made on FM, whilst Janssen was also a good loanee with 17 (I think goals)

CdR:
http://i.imgur.com/jqURbHr.png
0 pts

Europa League:
http://i.imgur.com/AhSWYmL.png
5pts

Table:
http://i.imgur.com/8I9PgHi.png
-10pts

Fixtures: (Featuring a period of 10 games/2 months without a win in all comps!)
http://i.imgur.com/1G6APvh.png
http://i.imgur.com/yxNijVt.png

Real - LWLW
Barca - LD
Levante - N/A
10pts

Season 2 Total = 5 - 10 + 10 = 5pts

Grand Total: 20pts

Another challenge I'm happy to give one of these!

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KEZWrites
Surprise
I'm currently on a trip round Europe, so will be giving this one a shot when I'm home on Sunday! Looking forward to it. Some varying scores so far...
I'm currently on a trip round Europe, so will be giving this one a shot when I'm home on Sunday! Looking forward to it. Some varying scores so far...


Well it seems to be some people download a tactic and then sim through it, whereas others go through all the annoyance this Valencia squad seem to offer!

I'm just about into January on season 2 now, just about because Balotelli decided to try his hand at a coup in December. I had the last laugh so far, selling him off. However, my league form needs to drastically improve or I may well be following him out of the door...
Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

OYSTON OUT
http://i.imgur.com/ItxQX6G.png

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

OYSTON OUT
So my first season is complete. Taking awhile to do, even though I play it a fair amount. I keep having the game crashing due to add ons, what is frustrating but never mind. Anyway, below is my first season results.

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

http://i.imgur.com/Vz1Gl8R.jpg

Finished 6th, thankfully with a win in the last game. Giving me a chance in Europe next season, however the added games probably aren't needed.
6th - 10 points.

http://i.imgur.com/dqenRK2.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/691awZi.jpg
Cup 5th round knock out- 0 points.
Beat Real Madrid once, lost to Barcelona twice! - 5 points.

Player of the year and manager of the year hasn't been announced yet but that wont be any from my team.

Total 15 points.
Season 2 over, this club just wants to seemingly stagnate.

Let's start with the most interesting part, for me anyway, the transfers:

http://i.imgur.com/ibi5Jmb.png

As mentioned earlier in the thread, Balotelli was a little bitch and hence I shipped him off after his mutiny.

http://i.imgur.com/G3dEyEG.png

In the cup we narrowly lost to eventual cup winners, Celta Vigo. Definitely a bogey side.

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

I just...I...I think I am still in recovery from that second leg against Sporting. They were rampant. They went on to lose 2-3 to Lyon in the final, so didn't go out to the cup winners this competition!

http://i.imgur.com/LSZyLS3.png
http://i.imgur.com/C3hPvus.png

Was never happy with our lack of real consistency.

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

We finished worse than last season, 1 place and 3 points. Disappointed. Qualified for the Europa League again for what it's worth thanks to Vigo winning the copa del rey.

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

I know this is also irrelevant but thought I would include it as my U19s had a stonking season. Young regen scored 35 goals or something crazy.

Down to business, the points!

League - 7th - 5pts
Copa Del Rey - Qtr Final - 10 pts
Europa League - 2nd KO - 5 pts
Season 2 Total = 20 points.

+ Season 1 Total - 30 points

Overall Total = 50 points

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

OYSTON OUT
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