FM 09 FREEZE! Sunday, Dec 7 2008 

Hey, guys I’m back!
Anyway, I’ve started a game on FM 09 with QPR. Things are going great but I need to stop my game first. I’ve like played for almost 2 days and only gone through the pre-season period because my RAM is too small. 256 XD. Anyway, I’m gonna search to buy a bigger ram before playing it because I CAN’T BARE THE PAIN!!! AAAAAAHHHHHHH. So yeah, freeze. Still, I’ll try to play as much, by as much I mean as little.
Oh yeah one more thing, I just signed up for FMStyle. Great forum!

Beating off the second season syndrome (Part 3 of 3) Saturday, Oct 25 2008 

Second season in the EPL. I wonder what great events will happen. I decided to change my defensive, counter-attacking formation to a more attacking formation. It was kinda from VM’s 4-1-2-2-1 formation but I decided to move one up front to ensure that there is someone to help out and control each of their own area. Teams Instruction. I decided to use a playmaker which totally help. The results were brilliant during the pre-season. One of the matches was against Wycombe and the Saints totally hammered them 8-1! So, I love this formation :D !

I gotten around 30 million to spend as I believe that Saints can get in the top half of the table. I also hope to get the Euro Vase! Transfers were done in stages. I checked the quality of Southampton. They lacked defensive qualities and they don’t have a good AMR or AMC. In fact there isn’t a single AMR. MR players couldn’t adapt to the position, I needed to buy one. Other than that there is the AMC. I found some hot prospects for this such as Martin Galvan but wasn’t of present quality. There was one totally hot prospect from Shalke in the name of L.Kenia. Wonderkid quality. Totally young, 19 I think and had brilliant qualities. Still, he haven’t reached his peak. I wanted him but his price could have totally make a big hole in the transfer chest. Around 18.5 mill. Even if I tried to negotiate, they disagreed. Soon, Leverkusen bought him.

First off, selling players. Wijnaldum was totally unhappy when I rejected Bolton’s enquiry. So, I decided to sell him since a very poor player is equilvalent to a stupid player. So, Reading came knocking and they got theirs. He was my only AMR but another person’s loss is another person’s gain.

Maceo Rigters

Gotten him from Ipswich. He got that good attributes. He could also finish well. He was my number one choice for AMR. In the pre-season, he gotten the man-of-the-match award for almost all of the matches. GS was pleased by this transfer and the fans also love him.

Simon Kjaer

Got him from Murcia.  Many FM gamers and guides found him a hot prospect. He was attracting attention from A.Madrid and I decided to come in first as his release clause was only $7 Mill! So, I got him first. He build up a good partnership with H. Nordtveit during the pre-season matches. Amazing, he scored from corners better than Nordtveit even though Nordtveit’s heading stats were far better than him. So, I believe I manage to found the player that can help to lessen the leaks.

Steed Malbranque

Found him transfer-listed ($1.9 mill). I needed him since Martin Galvan wasn’t premiership quality yet. At 30 years old, he still holds great stats. He have a healthy dose of 16s. Even though he don’t has the speed, he has the creativity and technique. Started off brilliantly in the pre-seasons.

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Overall, the transfers was quite good. If you realize there was one player which might be costly. Brian Smith, a right back which has great potential to be a world-class full back. 25 million maybe costly but anything will do for a quality player. Now, staff thinks he’s equivalent to A.Davies. So, he’s still good enough to play Premiership. So, with the players I’ve bought, I think we’re good to get that top-table place.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

No, I’m not buying an old player. I just bought a great staff. He help me in the set pieces training. From 3 stars to 6 stars. Thats double. Great personnel.

The media thinks a place higher than last year’s prediction. Totally bogus. The stadium is going renovation. I hope they can expand it bigger since the club’s sponsor has change and the amount of money left drop drasticly for a moment. Also, Jack Cork has become the man of the club at only a tender age of 21! To be honest, I wonder why Matt Le Tissier wasn’t in the Favourite Personnel list.

Short success in the World Cup 2010 (Part 2 of 3) Saturday, Oct 25 2008 

Managing an international team alone may get quite boring. Lucky enough I got my Saints by my side. Anyway, managing an international team is totally different. In my case, Ivory Coast was a total different team from the Saints. They got brilliant players but very shallow national talent pool. Still, I was glad that there wasn’t a single injury with my team, only before the world cup.

Ivory Coast were drawn with teams of Netherlands (My favourite international team), Belgium and Colombia. First game was with Netherlands. They scored first through Van Persie. Drogba fought back and scored. Then after that, Dirk Kuyt got sent off for his elbow tackle. From there, we went to hyper mode. Drogba gotten his second and third and eventually Ivory Coast gotten four! Brilliant win by Ivory Coast. The other two games was only draws but good enough to finish tops of the group!

Then, we were drawn with England in the second round. I was hoping to win them after knowing what IC can do. Anyway, I was also hoping that England will be jinxed with the penalty curse. But I was totally wrong. Even though England dominated about 60% of the match, they couldn’t score. IC got some great chance but goes begging. Then it all falls to the penalties. All went in except one. Emerse Fae ballooned his shot and England won the game. CURSE THOSE LITTLE ******! Fans were amazed that IC have gotten to the second round but were disappointed that they lost to England. Lucky chaps.

End of the Season (Part 1 of 3) Saturday, Oct 25 2008 

First of all, I’ll now use photobucket to host my pictures when the post needs a lot of pics. Obviously, this needs a lot of them.

The season ended at a high note. Getting 14th in position helped me a lot. I was utterly shocked when I saw Boro relegated. Their players were of better quality than mine. Afonso Alves was the EPL’s top scorer. Sadly enough, that didn’t help Boro. On the other note, kudos to the Saints players in getting 14th position, in which they cofounded the media. The media thought the Saints getting bottom place! ARGH! Anyway, the awards were given out to players for their outstanding performance. The young player of the month award has been given to the Saints players, Serin Diop and Wijnaldum-to name a few, for almost all the months except some. So, the Player’s Young Player of the Year was totally surprising! Wijnaldum and Jack Cork beating other youngstars to get the second and third place respectively. Congratulations to them. Without their creativity and utter brilliance, Saints could have struggled. Still, there was one other guy who I may say, single-handedly gave goals to Saints. In the name of Ezequiel Lavezzi, we gotten the needed firepower. He’s different from Serin Diop, who is more of a target man. Thanks to his efforts, he has gotten the Best Signing of the Season. Amazing since he move only in mid-season. Overall, brilliant play by the players of Southampton up front but sadly enough, I would say only congrats to my main defender, Havard Nordtveit. Without him, who knows many more goals could have leaked in.

Fast-forward to safety —> Sunday, Oct 19 2008 

I just finish the 09/10 season, finishing 13th in position. Middlesborough, Derby and Fulham got relegated. So, now I’ll be eyeing Stewart Downing :D! Anyway, we scored fairly well and conceded alot of goals, about 70 I think, just less than Fulham. So, we did what the media think we shouldn’t. They thought we were getting last place but man, thats too cold for Saints. So, I’m just waiting for my transfer chest to come in to get some better players, Martin Galvan and Stewart Downing to name a few.

While waiting for my treasure chest to arrive, I am managing Ivory Coast through the 2010 World Cup. I used VMs latest tactic. It’s been long since I used that since I tried experimenting my own with the Saints. So, the first match was against Holland which was favourites to win it. IC has brilliant players but the Goalkeeper is at a Ligue 2 standard but still quite useful since the defense is solid! Anyway, I fielded players like Kalou, Eboue, Toure and obviously, Didier Drogba a.k.a Deadly Drog. We were playing quite good in the first half. Persie scored first in the first quater. Then the turn-around happen, Kuyt got red-carded for elbowing Toure. From then, IV dominated the game. Drogba scored 3 including one very delicious shot from 25 yards out and there was another goal from another IV player. So, it ended 4-1 in favour IV! First win of my International campaign. Anyway I gonna just update on my international campaign and leave my transfers until the start of the EPL season.

Sorry about the no pics. Didn’t have time to do so X:

P.S For FM 2009, I’ve been thinking to go to France. Try something new. Metz is on my mind right now but lets just have a poll. The result will be a secret. Hehe.

Going afloat in the Premiership Monday, Oct 13 2008 

Things are going great in the premiership. Ever since I changed my formation from VM’s 4-1-2-2-1 to a 4-1-3-2 similar to a 4-4-2 formation. Seems like Saints love playing through both flanks. It did wonders with the goals but quite okay to my defense since Saints is the leakiest team in the Premiership.

Still, I managed to draw and win games. The great form started in January. As you all know, January is the Winter transfers and yes, I did buy a player. Actually I wanted to buy a defender but a striker was good enough. Martin Galvan was on my mind but I didn’t have the money to buy him, he only cost $1.2m. Hehe. Now my transfer funds is zero, zilch, kosong, nil. Anyway the player which I bought is….

EZEQUIEL LAVEZZI

The guy which Chelsea wanted to buy in reality. Well, he is doing wonders for me. Snapped him up from Napoli for $4.5 million as he requested to be transfered out. Wow, he want to go to Saints in FM but he don’t want to go to Chelsea in reality. So, he got good stats. I find his speed really helpful. He’s like the 2007/2008 Fraizer Campbell.

He’s in brilliant form recently. Scoring almost every single game!

Also, Serin Diop did well partnering him, when Bouazza was on African Cup duty. Weird though, Serin Diop is rated as a Coca-cola league 1 player by the staff. Seem to prove everyone wrong! Serin Diop and Lavezzi both grabbed the young player of the month and the player of the month respectively on January.

One of the best matches so far was Chelsea versus Saints. We lost to them twice, 5-1 and 4-2. I thought we were going to make a 3-3, going with the pattern, but it didn’t happen. We actually trashed them 5-2!

Chelsea fielded a reserve-side of players. They seem to be underestimating Saints. Anyway the match started well, with Bouazza equalising for us. It’s been 10 hours of competitive football since he scored! Then, during half time, I decided to change a little bit. Using a target-man, passing the ball on foot, I gotten better chances. Lavezzi’s goal made me jump. The stupid thing is A.Davies keeps making penalties and he did one in this game. Goal to Chelsea. Unbelievable comback by Saints. We managed to score 3 more past Petr Cech. Lavezzi got the man-of-the-match and a 10-rating. Just brilliant work by the Saints.

Aside from the glory, I got another job as Ivory Coast manager. So I gonna test my skills in the International Stage. Really excited managing a team with the likes of Didier Drogba, Eboue and Kalou. Sad to say, they don’t even have a suitable goalkeeper among their star-studded players. The team got only 1 and he’s getting older. The others are young but don’t seem to have the potential. Hope we get something good in this.

Also, I was testing out my power by going around with the coaches and ask to help to manage Ivory Coast with me. Then there was a slight glitch. Arsene Wenger just turned 4-years-old! Congratulations!

Going into the Premiership! Saturday, Sep 27 2008 

I got through promotion! A solid comeback from 0-1 to 2-1. Birmingham just couldn’t make it. This is all thanks to Marek Saganowski and also Basile Camerling. Superb form!

So, to my horror, I only got $25 million to spend. This is of course because of my holiday antics. Thats what you get if you’re not patient. -_- Anyway, I was off searching for a goalkeeper, a defender, a winger and a striker. I also brought in some great scouts since my former ones where only good at one thing per person. Peter Distin is a great scout! I needed a goalkeeper as my defence is super leaky. A defender to replace my old former captain and also to give way for Jack Cork in midfield. A winger as the only great winger I have currently is Georginio Wijnaldum. A striker as I wasn’t really sure of Serin Diop and Basile Camerling and also a replacement for Saganowski who is currently 30 yrs old.

Transfers

I seriously need to strengthen my team. So players are bought and sold. More were on loan to allow my youngsters to get to feel first team football. Also I released some unwanted players except Jason Euell who is now with my by a month to month contract. -_-

Buys

A hot prospect for only 9k! Too bad I need to wait before he is fully matured.

Another hot prospect. The future DC for Southampton. Able to be one of the wonderkids. Still quite sadly, I gotta wait before he blooms.

An unexpected buy. He actually didn’t want to go to my club because I don’t have the resources, but he accepted my contract. Great buy.  Good defensive skills. A present and future for the club. He’s currently the best DC of Saints.

Wasn’t really my taste but I had to go for it because Kelvin Davis is getting older and Bialkowski is only Championship material. He was the 4th or 6th choice. My first was Felipe (Santos) but the club just don’t want to sell him. My next was Benalgio (Wolfsburg) which was great but the club just don’t want to sell him. Others were due to work permits. Sigh. Anyway, Claudio Bravo is decent but currently he seriously suck. No offence. It may be my worst buy just before Jonathan Grounds (loan).

Last minute buy. Found him in Fulhams reserve squad and felt that he was quite good. Anyway, I seriously need a person in that position or else I need to play others who aren’t so good in that position. He is great. Just that he’s kinda low on stamina. 11 ain’t enough.

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So, after few days of playing, Southampton is currently 14th. Not bad but they have never won in the EPL since Reading. There were few which Southampton was nearly winning but too bad the opponent got a last minute goal, like Everton. Now, morale is quite ok but still some are just at okay or poor. Still there are good and very good and superb. Also, I checked out my stats record. Southampton can score, ours are like half of Chelsea’s and twice as Fulham (20th position). But, we have the worst defence record with the most conceded team. Seriously, I need to get a new Goalkeeper or maybe a back-up defender (Ngoyi?).

The recent success is seriously owed to one man and that man is GEORGINIO WIJNALDUM!!! :D *clap*

He was in almost every team of the week. He topped the ratings board. He nearly have 8 per match. He have 5 assists which really helps. He was the Young Player of the Month in September, snatching it away from Theo Walcott. He’s more of a man, he’s superMAN!

Anyway, luckily I bought him in on winter for $5 million. He was pressured but in the premiership, he’s playing he’s own game. Congratulations Wijnaldum! He’s the Saints player of the Month! (According to me :D)

Transfer tips Tuesday, Sep 23 2008 

Transfers play a big role in a team. It might be needed source to strengthen the team. But, transfers don’t mean paying for the player blindly, there are some tips to follow.

HOW TO BID ON A PLAYER?

Well, for experienced players who have good stats, the chances of buying them would be low if you pay according to the cost of the player. So, try to enquire first or use a scout to get the players estimated cost. Please take note that the reputation of the club depends on the player’s choice of direction. So would play for a more reputable club like Chelsea or Ac Milan.

For young players (15-22), usually at a tender age of 15 they could be caught for free. After a while, after they sign their professional contract, the price comes. So, they are fairly easy to get. If the club would not want to sell them by the price only, put ‘Percentage of Next Sale’. This is rather useful on promising young stars. For sure, you would keep them as long as possible :D. Then promising youth who could be loan is also quite easy to get. This is if the player wants to come to your team. During the loan, he may be the one which is crucial to your team, so better to get him permanently.

CONTRACTS

Contracts also are important. Usually you would follow what the player wants. But, take in mind that you got a wage limit. You could try to pay 1-10 k lower than the desired wage. Other than that you could try to get in other means of the contract like appearance fees, goal fees or sign on fees if you don’t have the wage.

WORK PERMIT

Work permit is quite a disturbance. To beat this, you could get a feeder club for work permit or you could just wait for years until you can get them. Usually the people who need work permit are the non-EU depending on where your team is. Also, there is a chance for you to get the work permit if you appeal but this is very rarely seen.There are glitches to work permit in the game. Odd number of caps and some others.

Hence, transfer are really important. Just pray hard you get the player you want. If you want to be a buying club, manage big teams.

Short break Saturday, Sep 13 2008 

Sorry guys for waiting. I may have to put my FM 08 on hold as my exams are around the corner and I am totally mugging like crazy since I did quite badly for my past ones. So yeah, be patient guys. Anyway, I may use FM 09 next year or the end of this year since I am in SIngapore and I need to wait for my local stores to get the game.

Just some updates, Reading got promoted with 80+ points. They are premiership quality. While Southampton is in the playoffs. With 2 more games to go anything could happen. So hope to finish the season before my exams so I could like take FM off my mind.

Mid-season summary Sunday, Aug 24 2008 

Sorry to keep you guys waiting. Anyway, I rushed through December to ensure that I would be able to post this. So currently Saints are in fifth position, which I am seriously proud of. Hoping to get promotion, a year earlier of the two-year long term plan through play-offs.

So, as you can see, wins have come and go. Most amazing fixture was the upset caused by Saints against Spurs. 2-1. Sad to see, Reading beat us out of the League Cup in the Quarter Finals. Still, I was proud of the results. Then, the worse thing that happen was, Saints were drawn against Man City in the FA Cup. Worse of all, it’s just the 3rd round! So, getting to the 4th round, which the board expects us to do, would be hard.

The players have done tremendously well so far. My defence seems solid enough but a few leaks here and there. What I am totally proud off is the attacking force.

I use a 4-3-3 formation which I rotate my strikers. So total up their goals and that would equal to 50 goals after 30 matches. That is quite amazing. There is one player which I want to point out which is Fraizer Campbell, which I hope I could get to buy him. Look here, he loves Southampton and likes me!

Strengths

He is one fast guy. Always runs with the ball and shoots with power. Once, when Saganowski was injured, he took the responsibility to score goals, besides Serin Diop.

Weakness

Well, what I don’t really like about him is he usually shoot outside the penalty area, even though it is a one-on-one situation.

Still, he is my type of guy. Hoping to be one of the foundations for a well-balanced english team.

So, all and all, it has been quite amazing. Now, I’m hoping to get promotion this season!

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