Succession Game: Pablo Castro's Beginnings

Juventino

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We once again adopt Pablo Castro, the man who wrote history for Chelmsford City. We know of the years he won promotion after promotion. We know of his Premier League triumphs. We know how he conquered Europe. But where did it all begin? Where did he come from when Chelmsford's owner Mansell Wallace took him under his wings after discovering him on the docks right off the banana boat? That's the history we're going to write with this succession game.

I've selected 15 nations: Cuba, Peru, Venezuela, Australia, Fiji, China, Hong Kong, North Korea, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, India, Congo, Madagascar, South Africa and Egypt.

Every season a new member of the forum will take over the career of Pablo Castro. Because of the different start and end dates of the nations, you'll get to play out the first season if you take a job in a nation with a different league calender. So if you accept a job in a league with a different schedule you will automatically get 18 months. Likewise, if you start in July and automatically hop to a job in the middle of the season, you get to finish that season and play the next one (because half or less of a season isn't fair). Each manager is allowed to accept ONE job in each turn, so no one is jumping leagues to keep playing. Reloading is illegal, as is creating a new manager. Screenshots are mandatory.

Please don't sign up if you don't have time to get a season finished in a reasonable amount of time.

(I hope this is clear enough)

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Pablo's journey will start in his own country Cuba. His first job was offered to him when he was just 25 years old by his hometown club FC Holguín. FC Holguín is a semi-professional club in Cuba's Campeonato Nacional de Futbol. They were crowned champions once in 2006. It was the perfect place for Pablito to start his career. Holguín was his town and it always would be. (I should get kudos for this Woody Allen (Manhattan) reference.)



The Managers:



2010-2011: Juventino - FC Holguín (Cuba
) - 4th place; lost in semi-finals of the Championship Playoffs.
2011-2012: Mrromaniac - FC Holguín (Cuba
) - 4th place; lost in semi-finals of the Championship Playoffs.
 

Zlatan

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My computer can't support that many leagues. :(

Time to go get some extra RAM it seems. Or a whole new computer.
 

Juventino

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Zlatan, running these leagues takes about as much database as running the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A in this game. At least that's what my computer estimated with the little stars (four stars out of five, it's usually lower when I select 6 or 7 European leagues), and the player count is also around the same number (with a large database even). It may work for you.
 

fender

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This should be interesting, seems more daunting than the Chelmsford game.

Time for Pablo Castro to find another Vinet. :smilex:
 

Juventino

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How Cuba's Campeonato Nacional de Futbol works:
The league consists of 16 teams, each team play each other twice. At the end of the season the top 8 will qualify for the Championship Playoffs (like a NBA conference). The board and the media predict Holguin to end in the mid-table regions, so I'll aim for a Playoff spot.

Holguin is currently in massive debts (over 450k) and is over its 1200 euros p/m wage budget. I couldn't get any new players, rather I had to promote the best 15 year olds from the U19 team. They don't have a contract, but make 25 euros to compensate. The rest of the U19 team were cut by the club.

Part-time players at Holguin make between 10 and 200 euros a month. The veterans obviously make the most (I hope they all have jobs elsewhere). These are by far the best players currently under contract:







I play a straight simple 4-4-2 formation. It seems to fit this team and as a Juventino I have plenty of experience with this formation...


The first results were good:



Ciudad La Habana seems by far the strongest team in the competition so far. They won both their games 7-0. I play them next.

The only foreigner in the entire league is a 21 year old Austrian playing for Villa Clara. Maybe he got lost? (H)
 

Juventino

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Midseason Report:

First 15 games:


Which sees us in 4th place. A playoff spot should be reached easily.


Ciudad de Habana is a goal machine and easily own this league. Their biggest win this year so far is a 9-0 win over Cienfuegos.

Our team relies heavily on the 5 players I already mentioned. The rest are kids. I even have a 15 year old as a regular starter: Mariano Ferreras. It's probably going to be the same next year, but with different kids. All but 4 contracts are expiring and players are reluctant to extend. Thankfully the 4 players with contracts until 2012 are the two top defenders Quintana and Cruzata and our two star strikers Cervantes and Casa de Valle (love those names). Cervantes is currently joint top scorer in the league with 15 goals.
 

ShiftyPowers

Make America Great Again
3rd or 6th would be better than 4th or 5th. That way we would avoid Ciudad Habana until the finals.

EDIT: I must say though, you started this at an awful time for me. Holidays are busy as hell and January will probably be too. I bet a lot of other guys are off school though.
 

Juventino

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End of Regular Season Report:

Second round of matches:


Ehh, sorry for that 2-7 loss. I can't remember ever losing like that in FM. Ciudad Habana is just a little bit too strong...



125 goals in 30 games. Crazy. Thankfully our own star striker Cervantes was able to outgun Ciudad Habana's and Vila Clara's strikers. Great year for him.



The playoff picture.

 

Juventino

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Post-Season Report:

The Quarter Final vs. Industriales La Habana was won easily by another great performance by the strikers. Without their individual quality we'd be nowhere.




But then, as ShiftyPowers already pointed out, C.F. Ciudad de La Habana would be waiting in the Semi Finals... The Nazgûl, the Black Riders, the Ringwraiths (Lord of the Rings references here)....... Our biggest fear.



And man... It was another drubbing.




A down-beat ending to a pretty great season. Cervantes scored another 3 goals in the Playoffs and ended as the overal topscorer in Cuba with 35 goals. Casa de Valle ended with 14 goals and 15 assists.

Meanwhile, Villa Clara caused a major upset in the final by beating Ciudad de La Habana on penalties. That's what you get for running up the score against poor innocent teams, Ciudad assholes. HA!



Back to FC Holguin. Only 8 players currently on the team will have a contract for next season. Luckily 5 are the core of this team. The next manager will have to assemble a new team around them (though some of them are in their very late 30s), but that seems like a fun enough task. Note beforehand: be sure to have euro coins (or dollars) on you while scouting the playgrounds of Cuba. Some kids will ask you for a 1 euro signing on fee, and the club can't afford to hand 5 euro bills without a return.

So, who's next? I don't think we're in much of a hurry here, ShiftyPowers, but if anyone else has more time?

I saved the game on May 1st 2011 so there's plenty of time for the new manager to assemble a new team (or leave, whatever, you decide Pablito's destiny).

THE SAVE: http://rapidshare.com/files/438961248/Succession_Game.fm
 

ShiftyPowers

Make America Great Again
I really just don't think I have much time to play a season right now. Until the new year it's definitely out of the question, and the beginning of January looks like it's going to take up all of my days off too.
 

Juventino

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Oh, I wasn't aware of that. Thanks for pointing that out. They're all (small) seperate files for each league. I downloaded them from The Dugout and then enabled these files while loading the new game on the 10.2 database. Put them in ''My Documents > Sports Interactive > Football Manager 2011 > Editor Data''. If the Editor Data folder doesn't exist you can create it.

Cuba: http://rapidshare.com/files/439059275/Cuba_-_Single_Table.xml
Egypt: http://rapidshare.com/files/439059296/Egypt.xml
Fiji: http://rapidshare.com/files/439059327/Fiji.xml
Madagascar: http://rapidshare.com/files/439059343/Madagascar.xml
North Korea: http://rapidshare.com/files/439059372/North_Korea.xml
Congo: http://rapidshare.com/files/439059420/Rep_Congo.dbc
Saudi Arabia: http://rapidshare.com/files/439059435/Saudi_Premier.dbc
Venezuela: http://rapidshare.com/files/439059461/Venezuela.xml
Yemen: http://rapidshare.com/files/439059487/Yemen.xml

Could you tell me if you get to load the game with these files?
 


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