Thursday, December 18, 2008

2010/11 Season Recap - 3rd Place

Well I did it much earlier than I expected. I have weaseled my way past the big 4 (or 5 with Man City now) and I have qualified for Champions League Group Stage play in 2011/12!

Here are the final standings:

Here is the final list of fixtures that show how I did it. I had to draw or win the final game versus Newcastle to secure my spot and I won 3-1 on the strength of a pair of beauty goals from David Bentley.

2011/12 is going to be an exciting year!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

April 2011 Update

I haven't updated in a while, however I have been having a great season in 2010/11. I currently sit in 3rd place and the club is unbeaten in it's last 17 games!!!!!!!!

Check out the latest matches, including wins over Chelsea x3, Man U, Liverpool, and Man City. I also lost to Bayern in a Uefa Cup series that I thought I was going to win until a stunning 4-0 defeat.

A lot of my players are having a great season as you can see in the stats page. Bentley leading the way again but 22 goals from Pavs and 17 from Derbyshire has lead us to score a ton of goals.

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A big part of my success this year has been many new signings that have just been playing very well for most of the year. Marquinhos and Alex Teixera from Brazil are both you and both great players. I also added David at DC who is a very consistent and reliable CB, and a young talent in Sotiris Ninis who hasn't done much yet, but I am hoping for big things from especially if some of my star playersd want to leave this summer.

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I also picked a young winger by the name of Ian Hughes for really cheap and he is looking really good for such a young age.

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Check out my finances & transfers this year it has been record setting for both money in and out!

Hopefully my next update will show Tottenham gaining a place in the Champs league!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

January 2010 Update

Hello all, it is now just about January of 2010 and I have my club sitting in 7th place in the Premier Division. The team has played A LOT better this year and the results are becoming more consistent as the season moves along.

Current Premier League Standings:

The season got off to a rocky start as Jonathan Woodgate went down with a broken leg just days after I sent Corluka to AC Milan, which meant that newly signed Kacar was pressed into immediate first team duties at center back, which is not is preferred position. Both Kacar and Michael Dawson have been very good for me in the absence of Woodgate. I have suffered other big injuries as well this year with Modric and Gomes missing 2 months each, and Derbyshire suffering a torn calf muscle which will shelf him for virtually the entire season.

Here is my current injury table:

So far this season I have several players that have been performing very well compared to the first season. Roman Pavlyuchenko heads that list as he has been dominant so far this year with 14 goals already and a 7.31 rating. He is also second in the Premier League in goals with 11. David Bentley has been very good as well this season and currently leads the Premier League in assists and is in 6th place in overall rating with a 7.31 rating. The biggest surprise of the year for me has been Assou-Ekotto at left back, who has filled in for the injured Gareth Bale (out for 7 months at the end of last season) admirably. The return of Bale has created some selection decisions for me at LB. My new singing Chris Porter has been simply amazing since joining the club. I singed him as a backup that would be unlikely to see much action in the first team, however he has done nothing but score every chance I have given him and now that Derbyshire is gone for the year he is my first choice to play alongside Pavlyuchecnko.

Current Stats:

Current Board Confidence and Competition Status:

Looking Ahead

With no European completions this year all I have left is to focus on the league position and hopefully get a good result in the FA Cup. I am just beginning the January transfer window and I am looking into the possibility of selling some of my big name players. I have accepted the fact that Modric and Bentley are both going to be leaving the club within the next couple years and I am beginning to explore options to sell them. In the case of Bentley, I am hesitant to sell at the current moment due to his importance and stature with the team, so I will likely hold off until the summer. I have singled out 2 players on my want list for replacements for this duo. Alexis Sanchez is a stud winger from Udinese that I am veyr high on, although his price tag may be higher than I am wanting to pay for a young and largely unproven player. The other target is Nuri Sahin from Dortmund who looks to be a very skilled winger as well.

In my next post I am going to show the current tactic set I am using, which as been very successful so far, as well as show my training programs.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Start of the 09/10 Season - Transfer Craziness!

I have just started the 09/10 season, and although I have played a couple games the big news is the transfers both in and out. In FM 08 they had major problems with the transfer engine and they said it was going to be fixed, but to me they have gone to the exact opposite extreme with the changes. There is just simply way to many bids for all kinds of players for my liking. Almost half of my team is unsettled right now due to the bids coming in and it seems that I have ZERO loyalty in any of my players. The first bid that comes in will immediately cause them to be unsettled, even when I negotiate a high price rather than just flat out reject the bid. Based on what I have seen so far I am really not a fan of the transfer system in 09 at all. Evidence of the problems is my £29 million pound sale of Corluka to AC Milan (which smashed their record BTW). I sold him reluctantly but for that price it was an easy decision.

I really didn't find a suitable replacement for Corluka which is of great concern for me now. I was close to getting a couple star Brazilian defenders but they both had work permits turned down. I also tried to get Kompany but City's price was just too high.

Here are the transfers I made:

Players IN:

Porter: He will act as a backup striker for me and is actually off to a great start.
Haruna: A young player that I got on the cheap and he could be a good player in a couple years.
Saviola: I got him on loan from Real Madrid. it was a 1.2 million loan fee with a 4.5 million option.
Wagner: A young DC that I needed for depth. He looks to be OK for 2.5 million.
Kacar: My big purchase with the Corluka money. I paid way to much but desperate times call for desperate measures.

Players Out:
Corluka: As I mentioned 29 million was just too good to turn down. I am sorry to see him go.
Hutton: Not needed.
Jenas: Unhappy and I got 9 million for him.

My preferred starting 11 is now:

My start to the season looks like this:

Thursday, November 27, 2008

08/09 End of Season Report

The 2008/2009 season has concluded and my Tottenham squad finished a disappointing 13th in the English Premier Division. The season started with a poor run of results and just when it looked like my team was about to turn the corner mid-season I will slammed with a series of poor results in the final 10 games.

There is no doubt that the 09 version of Football Manager is much tougher than 08. I spent virtually the entire year trying to find the right mix of formation, squad selection, and tactic. I have never switched my tactics more in a single year than I did in my year playing this game.

Here are the final EPL standings:

Arsenal captured not only the league title but the League Cup AND the FA Cup as well. No doubt a great year for them. The ECL was won by Chelsea who beat Liverpool 2-0 in the final. the EPL is not exactly an easy league to manage in considering I am just learning the game!!!!!!

My manager's position at Tottenham for the time being is stable, however you have to figure that I need better results next year if I want to stay on at the club. Others managing the Spurs have said that it takes almost a full year for the team to gel which hopefully is the case, however I am planning some big off-season moves which may delay the squad harmony even further. One notable injury that I will carry with me into the new season is Gareth Bale broke his leg in the final game of the year and will miss 5-6 months.

Here are my squad stats for the year:

Notable Performers:

Bentley: My most consistent player had a decent year. He is attracting huge interest from many big clubs.

Moutinho: Got off to a slow start upon his arrival but later in the year turned in several great performances. He will be a good player for me.

Modric: Was largely inconsistent and he needs to get better next year. Hopefully he will settle in a learn the language soon.

Pavlyuchenko: He had a very disappointing year stats wise, but I am chalking it up to tactics, or lack there of.

Derbyshire: My key singing this year scored 6 times and play fairly well in his short time here so far. I am hoping to find the proper game plan to allow him and Pav to score big in 09/10.

Jenas: Had a very poor year and will likely be sold in the summer.

Woodgate: Had a very poor year as well, wants to leave, and will leave to the highest bidder in a couple months.

Some other screens of interest:

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