Pushing On

I am writing this with the knowledge it will be a shorter piece than normal.  The main reason is that I am pressing on with the save and want to get an update out there before I get too far ahead of myself.

As those paying attention will recall, my last update saw Alcoyano narrowly miss out and a very unexpected promotion in their first season in the second tier.  We made it to the play off final and lost 5-4 to Levante over two legs.  Whlist I was upset at this we were expected to be closer to the relegation places that the promotion mix so it was a great achievement. Continue reading Pushing On

Second Season Syndrome

It was during a conversation on Twitter that I realised that in what I class to be my ‘quality’ saves on FM I have always secure promotion in the second season.  Amiens, Hansa and Antwerp all made the step up at the second time of asking, as did Sudtirol on FM16.

With that in mind, I put myself under some pressure and targeted another elevation this time with Alcoyano.  The first season was as expected; middle of the road with promising signs coupled with serious inconsistency. Continue reading Second Season Syndrome

Anyone for Alcoyano?

Well here we are again, setting off on another journey to immortality (or the dole queue).  Unlike previous incarnations of Football Manager I didn’t have such a convoluted and complex selection process to choose who I was going to manage on FM17.  I ruled out smaller leagues, non-European leagues and Italy, France and Germany on the basis I had recent successful saves in those territories.  This left me with England and Spain and for once I was giving some consideration to picking a team from these shores.  That fleeting thought passed and I decided to pick a team close to Altea, north of Benidorm, where I holidayed this summer and will likely be going back to again. Continue reading Anyone for Alcoyano?

Plan of Attack

With FM17 creeping closer I thought I would draft a brief post on how I hope my CD Alcoyano save will pan out.

alcoyano-shirt

As I detailed in my last post, Alcoyano are in Segunda B (Group 3) which is the third tier of Spanish football.  Having scoped out the competition it appears the big boys in the division are Hercules who have a 30,000 seater stadium and were playing La Liga football five seasons ago.  Just to add some intrigue to the mix our division also contains the B-teams of Barcelona, Espanyol, Real Mallorca, Valencia and Villerreal.  Having had limited experience of playing against B-teams in Football Manager I know they can be highly unpredictable.  Whilst managing Hansa Rostock in FM14 I came up against a Bayern B-team that included Ribery, Robben and Goetze which was a shock to the system.

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Pastures New

In years gone by I have used some particularly contrived methodology when selecting a team to manage in Football Manager.  I have made decisions based on stadiums, colours, geographical location, places visited and airports to name but a few.  I have also utilised twitter and WordPress polls to decide on career moves, but if 23rd June 2016 taught me anything, it is that people can’t be trusted to do the right thing when they have a vote.

As the release of the new incarnation of FM approaches my mind naturally wanders toward deciding on who to take charge of in the new game.  I have tried Club and Country and found myself distracted by the international side of things, so have ruled that out.  I have taken charge of a big club in one of the lesser leagues (Lokomotiv/Russia and Anderlecht/Belgium) and whilst enjoying them both found they lacked longevity.  My two favourite saves by a long distance remain Amiens in France and Hansa Rostock in Germany.

amiens-hansa

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FM v Real World

It is a reasonable assumption that anyone reading this will have played Football Manager to some extent.  It is possible that you’ve had an epic save that has led to you checking out the real life scores of an obscure team in a far flung place.

It goes without saying that I can count myself as one of the aforementioned people.  I have checked the scores for FK Haugesund in Norway, followed Hansa Rostock on Twitter and even bought the away shirt of Djurgarden in a Sports Direct online sale.  Earlier this year I decided to take things one step further and dig out my passport to go and watch Amiens Sports Club of the National Division in France.  For the uninitiated this is the third division of French football.  The reason for this comes down to an epic save back on FM13.  I’d fallen out of love with the Football Manager series of games and couldn’t get in to a save properly for three of four editions.  Around the same time I discovered the online community and whilst I don’t want to blow his trumpet too much, it was reading Shrewnaldo’s FM Veteran blog I decided to get back on board and find my FM mojo.

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