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!