Football Manager Series Catch-All

Season 3 end of year report

La Liga - 1st by 6 points
Copa Del Rey - knocked out 3rd round
CL - Winners, beat Man City 2-1 in the final (they had F Mendy sent off after 20 mins and Theo Hernandez sent off after 84)

Only a couple of acquisitions in season - bought Declan Rice for £71m and Stefanovic from Man City finally turned up. I bought him ages ago, lent him back for 18 months and had quite forgotten about him. He did pitch in with some worthwhile appearances though.

Mbappe continues to disappoint - he missed about 60% of the season with a variety of niggling injuries. If someone were to come in with a decent bid, I'd consider getting rid.

Other than that, the heroes of the season were Trincao, Pedri and Gabriel Barbosa, who notched 36 in the league and another 15 in the CL and domestic cups. I think 14 were pens, but he is lethal at those.

Oh, and spare a thought for Man City. They lost the Premiership to Man U on the last day, drawing away at Brighton. They then lost the FA Cup Final to Liverpool 2-1 after taking the lead, and then lost the CL final to Barcelona.

Things I've noticed in season 3.

- Pep left City after season 2 and hasn't even been mentioned in connection with another job (looks out of the window at the car park, suspiciously..). Bielsa took over at City.

- Coventry didn't quite beat the record for the lowest number of points in a full season in the Premiership, but by golly they gave it a go - 9pts. (Their one win, Chelsea 2-1, in case you were wondering).

- Despite their funds, Newcastle still haven't finished in the top half. In three seasons, they've sacked Eric ten Haag, Lucien Favre and Roberto Mancini..and Antonio Conte has just presided over a 15th placed finish, so I hope he's not bought a house in the North-east.

Contract is now expiring and I don't think I'll sign a new one, time to go elsewhere.

Also, El Loco took over at Tottenham in my game (currently 10th).

Meanwhile, Leeds hired Ranieri. (Currently 3rd.)

Forgot that they'd given Newcastle the sugar daddy owners when FM released this year. I just checked and good God, it's November 2022 and they've spent $437M in one and a half seasons.

Did they do anything with it though ?

In my Barcelona game, after 3 seasons they'd gone through about every big name manager available. They never spent mega money though - 100m in 21/22, 196m in 22/23, 242m in 23/24 and 152m so far in 24/25.

Still, when your finishes are 13th, 12th and 15th, it's difficult to attract the very best - of their transfers, the only major one that stands out is buying Julian Weigl for 51m. Paying 56m for Dwight Mcneil, 52m for Iheanacho and 66m for Lucas Digne does explain the bottom-half finishes I guess, and where the money has gone.

My latest new career is called 'Beat the Barcodes', where I have taken over Sunderland and am aiming for a major trophy win before Newcastle. Early days yet, though.

davet010 wrote:

Did they do anything with it though ?

In my Barcelona game, after 3 seasons they'd gone through about every big name manager available. They never spent mega money though - 100m in 21/22, 196m in 22/23, 242m in 23/24 and 152m so far in 24/25.

Still, when your finishes are 13th, 12th and 15th, it's difficult to attract the very best - of their transfers, the only major one that stands out is buying Julian Weigl for 51m. Paying 56m for Dwight Mcneil, 52m for Iheanacho and 66m for Lucas Digne does explain the bottom-half finishes I guess, and where the money has gone.

My latest new career is called 'Beat the Barcodes', where I have taken over Sunderland and am aiming for a major trophy win before Newcastle. Early days yet, though.

Newcastle spending loads of cash to end up no better than midtable sounds realistic to me, given there's basically no infrastructure at the club for running things and the new owners don't know what they're doing, beyond briefing journalists about all the things they want to do.

Also, Ooh, that Sunderland save will be fun.

They are 6th, FWIW. 9-1-6 under Erik ten Haag.

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Oh that's just mean.

My 2022 World Cup had a wild group stage before settling down, not least because Scotland actually qualified for the knock out rounds - something that has never happened in the real world.

They played out a dour opener with the USA that the Scots should have lost except for a missed Christian Pulisic penalty. That spot kick was the only shot on target for the whole game, but Robbie McCrory saved it.

From there, the standard Scottish M.O. would be a narrow loss against Italy in round two, leaving themselves with a lot to do in the final game so they could stock up on some heroic Scottish failure.

Instead they beat Italy 1-0 in a game where they were outshot 23-2.

Their goal came in the sixth minute and then they grimly hung on through an absolute battering and another missed penalty (Emerson) before the game was settled when Federico Chiesa got a straight red for one of the worst simulated two-footed fouls I've ever seen.

With the US facing Italy in their final games those results put Scotland in charge of their own destiny for once - a win against Colombia would be enough.

Any nerves about that game were probably extinguished early when Colombia scored an own goal and had two players sent off in the first nineteen minutes.

Ryan Christie scored a second-half hattrick and the Scots won 6-1 to actually win their group.

The USA and Italy drew the other game to knock Italy out.

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I had an entire Be-A-Player FIFA career based on trying to get Scotland into the knockout rounds of a major tournament, so I always keep an eye out for them in FM.