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Not really bothered about success stories, but just funny little things that happen in game
Confident no-one else on here will be able to match that.
two easy teams to manage on FM.
Most annoying thing is when you could've sold a player for loadsamoney, you reject some offers from big clubs, the player gets annoyed and refuses to sign a new contract so leaves on a free the following year.
I bought a regen player called Johnathan Black. He played just behind the strikers and scored a ridiculous amount of goals. In 3 or 4 seasons he scored between 50 and 70. Per season. Ludicrous stuff. But the weird thing was that I just couldn't get my team to work with him in it. Other players very rarely scored when he played and my defence inexplicably started leaking. Despite outscoring everyone in the league I could never put a proper run together - I think only won an FA cup in that time. But I couldn't bear to drop him. He was a freak. A wonderful freak.
Eventually I had to concede he was cursed and sell him. None of the top clubs wanted him. I think he ended up at Villa, still scoring like a legend, still dooming his team to mediocrity.
Or at least a longform article for Grantland.
not the thread I was hoping to spend the afternoon lurking around at all.
i was managing man utd and signed buffon to be my first choice keeper. did really well, but then in the match before a champions league quarter final he got sent off and punched the ref (had that arse flag switched on) and got banned for 12 months. my second choice keeper was injured too so i had to either play my 18 year old youth keeper who had never started a match or some greyed out keeper away to real madrid.
anyway, went for the 18 year old keeper, kept a clean sheet somehow and got man of the match. ended up being my first choice for ages and binned buffon off on a free transfer a couple of seasons later when his contract expired and he got bored of warming the bench.
also liked the time i put myself in the game with awesome stats (classic). i then retired and got regenerated at bishop's auckland or something like that. signed myself asap for peanuts and then punched a ref on my debut and got banned for a year. i was never quite as good the second time round either :(
just remembered when you* used to print off your squad list and bring it to school and compare squads and they'd be impressed because you signed kim kallstrom when he was 18 and he scored loads for your rushden and diamonds side
(* i assume this wasn't just me and my mates)
The Chairman would not let you buy anymore players without selling first, and with no reserve/youth squad you effectively had a maximum squad size. In the space of a couple of games there were numerous injuries and red cards, leaving me with no more than around 15 players available for next game. There was absolutely nothing I could have done to prevent this situation. I was sacked by the Chairman for not being able to fill all 7 substitute positions in the next game. At the time the team was top of the league, and top of their Champions League group. I never played that game again.
dont know why
Mike Duff, Tobros, Ibrahim Said, TARIBO WEST
Fredy William Thompson
Mark Kerr Kim Kallstrom Selakovic
Oh aye. Beautiful. I'll write an actual FM story in a mo.
... at age 15.
With Southampton against Newcastle. The heady days of 2022/23 season.
Liverpool have also just failed to bounce back after being relegated the season before.
Dominated the game, but conceded an 88th minute own goal equaliser and lost on penalties.
My Australian wonderkid Paul Onyango missed and Luuk de Jong scored the winner. Mildly irked.
and loving it. I tried 01/02 a few years ago but was too full on.
Ibrahima Bakayoko 4 Lyfe.
Started with Spurs (I'm a Spurs fan). Sold Defoe to United for 40m 18 months later. Fast forward 7 seasons later. Am managing England at the WC. Get to final 1-1 against Italy AET. Penalties. 11-11. Italy score their next one. Defoe steps up. Misses. Lost all passion for game since then.
Have held a grudge against Defoe in real life ever since.
Scouring the free agents lists and see Adriano (the real one) kicking around. Find out he'd be interested in a move to lowly Burnley (still in the Championship). Offer him a contract immediately (didn't pay too much attention to his stats). Amazingly he signs up (for 11k a week) and arrives. Weirdly there was little to no fanfare at his arrival which surprised me as I thought he was a coup and shirt sales would be good.
Taking a closer look at this stats I noticed he had stamina of 2 and could only play him once every 6 match days. Unsurprisingly I didn't get promotion that season.
and not, contrary to popular belief, CM01/02.
I put an insane amount of time into updating the database of mine, and played on it for up to TEN YEARS after release. Won the Champions League with Southport, but only by cheating.
To increase transfer funds of the club you were managing (think the limit was £137m) or the abilities of their players (best player was to give them a -2 rating, which more or less guaranteed they'd go on to be world class).
The other easy way was to add a second manager during the game, sell your dead wood to the other team for loads of money, transfer list their best players and buy them on the cheap.
Then there was simply resetting games after bad results, think it was by using the F5 button but i forget now.
take control of a rival team and don't pick a goalkeeper in the match, make them lose 30-0 and retire. overcame a 3 point and massive goal difference deficit oh the last day doing that once.
Can't remember which one, but Leeds were still good. Lee Bowyer fractured his skull in training and was never match fit ever again.
and it has some weird Olivier Giroud bug.
Can't play Arsenal without him scoring 2, 3 or 4 goals every single time, even now I have two centre-backs rated at £35m and he's 34 or something. The only time I've beaten Arsenal is when he's injured.
Had to turn it off in anger once when he scored 6 (six) in the first 13 minutes of a game. Kind of regret not seeing how many he would have scored now.
It's like Ant got his stats confused with Aaron Ramsey or something.
Add a fake human manager at a moneybags club like PSG and let them bid 12m for Danny Fox or 17m for Osvaldo. Clear your junk and start the game with a little bit of a transfer splurge.
I'll let you know of any funny storied besides the game successfully getting me to yell at my players as if they were real.
Had a player called Jeffrey Dornboos who had 20s everywhere. Played him in the charity shield, got 10.0 rating - never got above 50% fitness for the rest of the season so never played. This happened for about 4 years until he inexplicably retired at 23. My brother altered the injuries so people could get aids and cancer, and changed the 'injury proneness' of all my players to 20 so had about 20 players with aids or cancer. Err Paul Gascoigne led England to glory in the 2004 euros with Jamie Carragher getting a hattrick from left wing back and then getting sold to AC Milan for about 35 million
dominated world football without spending over £5million on a player and a frontline led by two players i'd signed from non leagues for a combined total of £40k.
is when, after rejecting the Scotland national team job, they were guided through the 2010 world cup qulification and then beyond the group stages all the way to the final and beat Spain 2-0. it was as if the game was doing it to piss me off. so, naturally, i then went for the job at the next offerning, for the 2012 euros, and didnt even qualify with the exact same team. :(
but just having a look how my ac milan side's star striker justin georcelin is doing irl and it turns out he's in the poke for robbery by knifepoint to fund his crack habit.
he'd get 5 or 6 every time the opposition played the offside trap. absolute machine.