The Half Way Point

The Half Way Point

One of the unique things about the Mexican leagues, is that they’re split into two – the Opening Stage and Closing Stage.

It’s essentially boiled town to two mini seasons in one. Even within that, the league standings only inform the end of stage cup – all very straight forward…!

Mexican Expansion League Rules
¡Vamos Leones Negros!

¡Vamos Leones Negros!

We’ve landed! After a flurry of interviews with teams in trouble in the Mexican Expansion League, Universidad de Guadalajara have taken a chance on this relatively unknown English manager. With a hastily packed suitcase (and Spanish phrasebook in the hand luggage) we hop on a flight from the UK over to Mexico to meet up with our new side.

A voyage into the unknown…

A voyage into the unknown…

Whenever I fire up a Football Manager save, I almost always go for something I know. Something familiar. Something secure. As we sit here, FM21 has been fully released for just over a month and I’m hugely into my main save with Hemel Hempstead (over on twitch – check it out!)

I’ve wanted to start a secondary save for a couple of years on FM, but never found the time. Always worried I’d neglect one over the other, or end up completely confused with what’s going on where.
FM21 has forced my hand to dive into a secondary save. I’ve gone small time to start with and opening up this save…

The Pentagon Challenge!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Pentagon Challenge, the aim is to win all continental cup competitions:

⚽ Asian Football Confederation Championship (AFC)
⚽ Confederation of African Football Championship (CAF)
⚽ Confederation of North, Central American & Caribbean Association Football Champions League (CONCACAF)
⚽ CONMEBOL Libertadores (Copa Libertadores)
⚽ UEFA Champions League/Cup.

You do this within the same save, starting an unemployed with minimal experience and coaching badges.

No small task I’m sure you’ll agree. So I thought I’d dive in!

The Two Towers In Bologna

Rossoblù Rise

If you’ve played Football Manager, than you know that a lot of thinking can go into choosing a new save. We make a mental note for every save idea we come across. We see them everywhere, in the football matches we watch, in the stories we hear and the history we learn. It can be overwhelming at times – wanting to be able to weave all the stories we can envision. We ultimately know we have to choose just a few ideas to chase.

This year I wanted to spend more time choosing a save than I did for FM20. I desired a save that had meaning and history within football, but also was a club that I connected to personally. This can often be hard when you live in Canada and the clubs are all over the world but in this case I was lucky enough to have travelled with my wife in 2016 to Italy and discovered a city that we still talk about every week.

Welcome to the first post of the Bologna save for Football Manager 21. I am very excited to get back into blogging and I hope you enjoy your time here!

Dean Court Ground

Confusing Horror in Weymouth

“Nobody is exempt from the trials of life, but everyone can always find something positive in everything even in the worst of times.”

Roy T. Bennett

The 2036 – 2037 season for Weymouth FC certainly did not go as expected. In fact, it went about as bad as it possibly could, which was a bit shocking if I’m being honest. If you’ve read the last blog post you already know that we had finished in the top 6, qualified for Champion’s League and strengthened the squad in preparation for the new season. So what happened?

A Horrendous Start

We were looking to have a fantastic start, given it was going to be an incredibly exciting season for our fans and players. I made the decision to keep the tactic we had been using with success the last two seasons and tried to bolster the depth where necessary, so not a lot of changes beyond some signing/transfers.

Our Champions League group wasn’t too bad either! We were placed in a group with Bayern Munich, SL Benfica, and FC Kobenhavn for the group stage, and I felt confident we could ensure 3rd position, maybe 2nd if a few bounces went our way. I was feeling confident and excited for the season to come… I can honestly say I’ve never had a worst start to a season than the one I experienced this season.

Dean Court Ground

Welcome to Weymouth 2036

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.

Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

I was trying to think of a great way to start my first Football Manager blog post, and after a bit of pondering I think this quote is the perfect start. For those who aren’t familiar with my Football Manager obsession, it began in November 2018 and has ignited a passion for the game, and the sport itself. I was always a big fan of football but with the creation of the Canadian Premier League‘s Valour FC and this new game, I was absolutely hooked. Since I first picked up the game I have consumed as much football as I can, in person, on TV and in Football Manager. (I’m actually a season ticket holder for the Valour now.)

Like anyone who gets into Football Manager, I started with a few different saves but really had no idea what I was doing. Thankfully, with the help of Twitter, YouTube and Twitch I was able to connect with a large variety of FM (Football Manager) players who shared a huge variety of content and I began to learn. As soon as I heard about the idea of a lower league save I was enthralled and decided it had to be my next save. I quickly put together a manager named ‘William Codwell’ who was from England (thanks to Hanna for the character development) and dropped him into the world of Football Manager without much experience.