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Football Manager, etc.
« on: January 28, 2009, 11:23:04 PM »

Hey-ho folks,

Kikori and I were talking about this last night, and I figured I'd open up what is a long overdue forum topic on the game and it's predecessors. It saves people scrolling down through lengths of my talk about it in the 'what games have you played recently?' thread.

I've recently started playing one of the old ones, FM '05, with Nottingham Forest. Haven't played it a ton, but I'm half-way through my second season with them. Found it rather difficult after winning the Championship in my first season - acquiring players with limited funds, etc. But things have picked up after I got into the second season properly. Sitting mid-table, at the moment, and I'm in the quarter finals of the league cup. Got knocked out in the Semis the season before by the eventual winners Newcastle, so I'm looking to go one better. Hoping for a good cup run in the F.A. Cup, too.

I'm considering having a season or two abroad, as well. I'd love to have another try with Borussia Dortmund. I always used to like playing as them, especially with the likes of Dede and Rosicky in their squad.

Might have a go with one of the third division English clubs, as well, but I like being in the thick of things at the top game. Feel a bit out of loop, after a while, if the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal are cleaning up and I'm not there to stop them.  :P
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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2009, 07:21:55 AM »

After talking with Joe about his FM career, I went home and played an old season of CM00/01.

I've always been pretty dedicated to the older versions of Championship, though I have played most versions over the years.

I actually find it easier to download game updates for older versions than trying to start out on a new one. I prefer the old gameplay.

So I'm currently revisiting an old 00/01 Las Palmas game, which I've played through to about 2020. There are no real life players left in the game, except maybe Freddy Adu, and he's about 31/32. I'm into the semis of CL and currently sitting 2nd in the league, though I can overtake Espanyol as I'm only 2 points behind and have 2 games in hand.

Gonna play tonight, and hopefully I'll win the CL, which will make it 3 in a row!!!!! YEAH!!!!!
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2009, 03:46:53 AM »

Y'know, reading and understanding Sun Tzu's  'the Art of War' is good preparation for playing this game. :P It's really useful for any kind of managing, even in real life, I guess.

Anyway, I'm into my third season with Nottm Forest and everything is going really well. I've a couple of other games on the go, but I'm focussing mainly on continuing my fortunes with this club.

First season - won the Championship
Second season - finished 8th in the Premier League
Third season - finish 4th and qualify for the Champions League?

It's currently looking like that, and I'm more than halfway through the season. :) I signed Claudio Lopez on a free during the summer and he's been the best player in the league. Closely followed by Didier Drogba, who I signed on the cheap at the beginning of my second season, as well. So if my two forwards stay on fire, then I should be able to finish in a high position again. Really having fun improving the club in general. I've just revamped the stadium, added another 10,000+ seats and we're working on improving the training facilities. Hopefully adding a youth academy, too (had to force to get those changes made).

Plus, I was chosen as the Republic of Ireland national team manager, just into the start of the World Cup. With the World Cup finals coming up, I'd decided to add another user to the game and play as Ireland, with the hopes of helping their chances of doing well. But after qualifying, I found that the game was f**king with my squad. Robbie Keane, Shay Given and a few others withdrew from the squad for whatever reasons. I wasn't even informed, nor did I get a chance to replace them. So, this f**ked me off and I resigned and retired as manager. But as my other user, I noticed that when the news was announced, my name was being put forward as one of the potential replacements as manager.

I was still p**sed off with the game, but felt determined to improve my country's chances regardless of everything and offered to take on the job. They gave it to me after being beaten by France in their first World Cup match. After I was put in charge, I helped push them onto the Semis, amazingly. Lost to Argentina, though I won the third place final against Italy 2-0. Incredible tournament, really, considering I was missing all my star players.

So, I got the job very honestly...sort of. :P I'm doing well, anyway, helping the country qualify for the Euro's.

And it's about time I won a trophy. Can't be going two seasons without any silver-ware. I got knocked out of the League Cup in the 2nd round (used my second-string players) against Derby, though, which leaves the F.A. Cup. Perhaps I'll win it, if I get favourable draws? Preston in the third round is a nice start, thankfully...

Edit: By the way, I've been pretty annoyed with my chances in the game. Like in my second season, I finished 8th but I was tied with the 7th placed club, Tottenham, who then qualified for Europe! Bastards. And I've had pretty decent runs in the cup competitions, but alas, I can't win one...

Just got my single Championship medal to look at.  :elf_gloop:
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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2009, 05:35:53 AM »

Just got Forest Green up to Div 1, after taking Conference, Div 3, and Div 2.

Two more seasons and I'm in Premier League!!!! I got a FA Cup quarter final berth last year as well. Got smashed by Villa, but I'm looking to do a bit better this year.

So far have got: 3 league titles (Conf, 3, and 2) and 2 Vans Trophys. Kimmy Kallstrom is in high demand, but his contract odes'nt have a min. fee release, so he's coming all the way to the premier league baby!!!!
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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2009, 08:16:01 AM »

I don't get it... I have it. I just don't get it.... guess it would help if I knew anything about sports...
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« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2009, 08:24:00 AM »

Hahah. Yeah, you need to know a bit about football, Aury! I'd be willing to teach, though, if you're interested. :P Talked about teaching Ave, as well, despite her knowing nothing about football. Should be an interesting go, if I get her to go through with it.. I'd say you could do well at the game without knowing the sport that well. It certainly helps to have some knowledge, beforehand, but...yeah.


Well, in my Nottm Forest/Ireland career, things are going great. I signed Cassano, for half what he's worth. That sums it all up, really. :D

I'll go into detail about everything some other time...


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Just got my single Championship medal to look at.  :elf_gloop:

I broke that, though! Won the F.A. Cup. Beat Liverpool, just about. Pretty close call.
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« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2009, 11:37:25 PM »

I just have one thing to say about Football Manager/ Championship Manager - BANNED

My soon to be husband is an enormous football fan, Coventry City to be precise and has always played FM/CM - suffice to say when involved it takes up ALOT of time so unfortunately it has been relegated from our household, I am no longer a Football Manager Widow!!
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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2009, 03:02:55 PM »

Hahaha. It definitely can lead to a lot of 'hold on...one moment.' Then, 'I just need to...' such and such, 'then I'll talk to you, really, I love you, I really will'. When I really should be talking to my girlfriend. :D

It's a bit of a nightmare.

But I think I'm possibly worse than most. Back in my seriously football managing addicticted years, I'd play an odd game with a friend. And he'd complain and get really disaffected when playing with me. Basically, because I take forever when playing. Doing just a week or two can take me hours. I really obsess over the small details. When I began a new game, for example, I can spend hours and hours just setting things up how I like them., before hitting the 'continue' button. Sometimes I need to force myself to press the button and not tinker more.

Anyway, by the time match day ever came around, my friend would be glad, as you can imagine, to get into the real stuff. But I'd beat him. Mainly because I obsess over everything, so my teams are pretty damn hard to beat. Hell, I even have plans as to how my team will react with or without the ball in certain sections of the pitch, depending on set-plays, etc of course.

And...yeah. I'm not so close with that friend, but I hung out with him recently for the first time in ages, and properly explained my compulsive behaviour. We had a laugh and talked about playing together again. I don't know if that'll happen or not. :P

So...anyone fancy a network game? ;)
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« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2009, 12:19:38 AM »

Haha, You are not quite ready for the likes of my Forest Green squad Joey. I'd smash you.

Mind you, my skills were honed on the old CM, so it could be an interesting battle.

You may be obsessive about your FM, but I've been addicted to the game for a few years longer than you mate!!!

Many a girl has questioned my fascination with what an ex called "That game that's all text and spread sheets".

They didn't get how I could like it when "you don't even play the game?? What do you mean 'It's a managment game?' I'm going home, call me when you're not being a dick!" to which I would reply "Mmm hmm, yep management, okay, bye babe, I'll call you about the dick later on."
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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2009, 12:22:59 AM »

I don't know, I've been playing football managing games for more than a decade now. That's been time well spent, as well, honing my craft. :P
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« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2009, 01:08:09 PM »

not a big fan of manager games myself. they get boring quite fast. been playing a lot of PES 2008 though. that's more my thing. i own
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« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2009, 08:04:04 AM »

Thanks for the offer to teach GO but I don't think ill play it anymore. Just not my thing
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« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2009, 01:42:40 AM »

Been playing this something awful lately. It's really got it's claws into me. Damn annoying, in many ways.

My Nottm Forest career has really blossomed. To the point where I've even turned down job offers with the likes of AC Milan! :lol: Madness, I know, but I'm not sure if I want to leave the job. This annoys me, as well, as I quite fancy the challenge of a new, different club.

Hmm...

Oh, and my youth academy is finally producing a number of players. Thank you! The future at my club is well secure. :)
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« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2009, 06:45:49 AM »

Hahaha, man, d/l'ed an updated version of CM 01/02 and took over Napoli, who were in Serie C1/A.

Won the league the first year, got promoted to B, won that, got promoted to A, came 3rd and have won the league every ear since, excluding one, where Milan pipped me at the last game. For 15 Years at Napoli I have won 13 Leagues (11 A, 1 B and 1 C1/A), 8 Champions Leagues, 1 UEFA Cup, 9 European Super Cups, 8 Intercontinental Cups, 10 Italian Cups, 11 Italian Super Cups, 4 FIFA World Club Championships and 1 World Cup (France).

Got bored with Napoli, so took a job at Portsmouth, who were on the bottom of the EPL, 14 games into the saeson, and managed to come 3rd and win the League Cup and FA cup. Just finished my 2nd season with Pompey and we came 2nd in the league, won the FA and League Cups again AND the Champions League, beating a much stronger Liverpool!!! WOOT WOOT!!!! Gotta win the league next year!!!
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« Reply #14 on: July 03, 2009, 02:56:29 AM »

How the...that's alotta game time, Kikori. Man, I'm impressed. I don't think I even reached such heights when I first picked up the games...

I've been toying with the idea of picking up the latest FM. It's apparently one of the weaker ones in the franchise, but I'm hungering for an updated version of the one I currently have. Not sure about the Live game, either. I might just go with '08 on the Xbox. Considering the latest version of FM couldn't be taken over to the Xbox...

I don't know, though. Non-PC FM just doesn't seem right to me.  :elf_gloop:
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« Reply #15 on: July 07, 2009, 04:37:43 AM »

You gotta have the passion Joey! I'm now 5 seasons in with Pompey, but I'm reaching the stage where there are no real-life players anymore. Into 2019, and guys like Messi are about 33/34.

have won the league twice, but have won the champions league 3 times. Just can't seem to get over Chelsea! They dominate the league. Won it last year though, and it looks like Chelsea are on a downward spiral so I'm hoping to become the new premier team of England.

Man, I bought Bojan Krkic from Barca for 59milllion pounds and the dude scored 102 goals in 61 games. thats 59 league goals, 40 goals in Europe (CL and the FIFA World Club Championship) and 3 in the cup (I only played him in one FA Cup match). One hundred......and two.......goals.......IN ONE SEASON!!!!! Best indivdiual performance of any striker I've ever had in any version of CM. Freakin' unbelievable!
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« Reply #16 on: July 29, 2009, 08:47:14 PM »

Started a new game of FM with a shitload of leagues and nations started up. I've got an entire career in mind, from club-to-club.

I'm starting with CSKA Moskow, since they start earlier than the rest of Europe. Nice progress, huh? :D Edixon Perea scores 6! We should've scored a couple more, as well, but oh well. No matter...

I figure I'll do well there, then move onto another country. I've got the Ukraine selected because I want to manage Shaktar after. They've got a nice amount of money, so I think I could do good work there. Then onto Scotland for a season or two, to improve my team Celtic - they'll probably need it. And after that...hmm. Not sure. We'll see! One of the big European leagues, anyway.
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« Reply #17 on: August 10, 2009, 04:22:40 AM »

Bugger the big leagues Joey!! Build up a team from a small Euro country. Russia is a good start. I had a season with Rapid Bucarest once. Made them huge. Swiss teams are good for laugh as well. Just started up a new season in the A-League. Go Victory!!!
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« Reply #18 on: August 22, 2009, 07:17:09 PM »

New FM has been announced. Due for release October 30th. I'll be picking it up. Along with the new FIFA, I'm going to be AWOL. :lol:
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« Reply #19 on: June 25, 2011, 01:15:46 AM »

I'm addicted. You playing the new one, Kiks, or anyone?
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