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FM2012 Tenerife Story: Season 1 Report

Hey Everyone!

I’ve finally managed to complete my first season as Tenerife manager. So let me waste no more time and bring you my first 12 months at the helm of Los Chicharreros.

So hopefully in the next couple of years I will be able to improve their history and fingers-crossed win a few trophies.

As you’ll see I have a tough task as Tenerife are already over there wage budget and also the Tenerife Board expect an instant bounce back to the Liga Adelante…No pressure then lol.

Transfers

OUT

So in order to mount a challenge, I had to stamp my mark on the team and I believed these players were too overpaid for their ability and had to go. I managed to raise a decent amount to spend on wages…so let me show you the players coming in to Tenerife.

IN

I strongly believed that the midfield needed strengthening and in came Renato, Leandro and Rafael. The next step was to strengthen the defence, so in came Enakarhire, Loran and Boakye. Diane and Zezinho were too good to overlook and Rubbo comes in as backup. (Click on the Blue names for the screenshots)

So with the transfers done what did the media rate our chances of promotion?

I had a feeling that we’d be favourites to win so again….No pressure!

Second Division B1 Fixtures (First 19 games)

So as you can so we didn’t make the best start to the season and I believe that this was down to the players needing time to settle into the team but we ended the halfway stage with a massive 8 win streak.

League Table (After 20 games)

I had a feeling that this league would be similar to the Russian League on my previous save, teams all taking points off each other and if you managed a bit on a winning streak you’d go clear of the chasing pack and that’s what we’d managed to do. It was a nice healthy 5 point lead after a terrible first couple of months and we were well on our way to a return to the Liga Adelante.

Mid-Season Transfers

OUT

These players were constantly moaning about not being played and that true because I’d found a starting 11 that was winning I really didn’t want to upset our winning formula…who would, so it was time for them to move on.

IN

I managed to spend the available wage budget very wisely and in came some Spanish players. Rafa Jorda came into the team as to my total suprise Diane was called up to the Ivory Coast squad for the African Nations Cup and Carmelo was brought due to my midfielders enjoyment of getting yellow cards and I didn’t want to be short. (Click on the Blue names for the screenshots)

Second Division B1 Fixtures (Remaining 19 games)

We picked up from where we left off in the first half and managed an amazing undefeated streak of 19+ games. The only dip was probably when Arama Diane went on African Cup duty.

So from the results you’d have probably guessed that we’d won the league and become champions and you’d be right, our undefeated streak had helped us to a 11 point victory but oh no that’s not the end…I was gobsmacked to find out that this was only good enough for the play-offs.

Second Division B 1st Phase Playoff Semi Final Leg 1

So we didn’t make the best of starts in the play-off and with home advantage was was really expecting a nice victory and I was now very nervous for the result leg and was hoping I didn’t have Ana’s bad luck lol.

Second Division B 1st Phase Playoff Semi Final Leg 2

It was the opposite infact and we’d booked our place in the final which I then found out was over 2 legs…how crazy is the Spanish League?

Second Division B 1st Phase Playoff Final Leg 1

We definitely made home advantage count in the Final and I believed we’d pretty much booked our place in Liga Adelante next season.

Second Division B 1st Phase Playoff Final Leg 2

We’d done it win another win in the second leg, we’d definitely be one league away from the La Liga next season and I believed this was where the hard work started.

Spanish Cup Results

Now this Cup is very irrelavant at the moment due to the fact that we don’t stand any chance what so ever of winning and when you get Real Madrid in it at round 4…you play your reserves so you don’t lose morale lol, just thought I’d share them with you.

Player Ratings

Now this will be the first time I shared my players end of season stats…mainly because it’s a screenshot I forget to take but here it is.

As you can see Amara Diane’s performancea has made him a wanted man and I’m probably going to struggle to keep him in the summer but fingers-crossed I can.

Finances

Now this is where my FM skills fail…I’m terrible when it comes down to keeping a team away from the red, this may look as though I’ve done well but the true story is…

Yes just before the end of the league stage the board was forced to dig deep and bail out the team. Mainly due to me needing to free up some wage budget and releasing players on a free. Its worked though…were in the Liga Adelante next season lol, but I’m going to have to try and address this problem I have sooner rather than later.

So that’s it for this post. I promise the next report will be quicker…now that the english weather has turned back to rain I should have more inside time and hopefully I’ll managed to post before Euro 2012 starts.

Thank you for reading and please feel free to comment below :)

Regards

Martin Pickard

 

 

 

 

 

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silva
silva
9 years ago

Well Done for getting promoted the first time of asking.
Diane looks like a very good player good luck keeping him next season.
Zezinho also looks very good and should be valuable asset to your squad.

Malhar Bhadbhade
9 years ago

hi Martin,
i really enjoyed reading this post, and i think it promises to be a very interesting story :) congrats on going up to Liga Adelante and hope you get two promotions in a row :) cheers!

Malhar Bhadbhade
9 years ago
Reply to  Martin Pickard

you won’t be. think positive hehe….anyways, good luck for next season!

CsAtlantis
9 years ago

Zezinho looks familiar Martin, I think I have signed him before! Congratulations on winning the playoffs and getting promotion, hopefully Liga Adelante will give you more money to improve your finances, good luck next season!

Hopefully you can hang on to Diane and Zezinho and strengthen the team next season

Johnny Karp
9 years ago

Congrats on the deserved promotion, even you had to go through those dreaded play-offs to get it :) Best of luck for next season!

Laxeyman
Laxeyman
9 years ago

Fantastic first season Martin, congrats on promotion! You were clearly the best team in the league this season, and if Diane can step up again next year then I think you could have another successful season :)

Heresy
Heresy
9 years ago

Congrats on the promotion! Seeing your transfers, it wasn’t really a surprise as those players are Liga Adelante material without a doubt :) May I ask what tactic you’re using?

As for the finances, it aches me when I see the finance screen when managing a lower league side. Mach day expenses overweigh mach day income, taxes and ‘other’ are inexplicable.. I can never manage to get this under control. And the sad thing is, cup matches cost a lot when you’re playing at home, so even through you want to get the best result possible in them, it’s not without .. well.. cost ;) You have a generous board though, which is always good to know, 4M injection is a lot of money for this tier!

Keeping fingers crossed for next season! Maybe with a few more signings and/or a bit of luck you can challenge for a promotion spot!

(IMO, promotion is overrated. At least in Spain. Yes, you get to play with the big boys but income from TV rights is laughable, your income from the matches itself won’t cover the expenses as you have a tiny stadium…. I’d much rather stay in the second tier for a couple of years to build up my finances and rep and then try challenging for a mid-table finish in La Liga.. but it’s not like you have any choice so good luck! :P)

saltwater
saltwater
9 years ago

I feared the worse when I saw the board’s high expectations and your dreadfully low wage budget, but you pulled through and achieved a well earned promotion.so congrats. Concistensy was definetly a big deciding factor as those amazing runs left you miles ahead of the rest. Hopefully your finances improve so you can get some talent to try and get a successive promotion.
Good Luck!

Martin - F.M.J.S
9 years ago

Congrats on the Promotion Martin. You had some brilliant form in the second half the season and you deserved to get Promoted. Good Luck with next season :D

TheZiggy
9 years ago

A great season there. When the board put such high expectations it certainly adds to the pressure, but you brought in some excellent players. Hopefully most of hose will serve you will in Liga Adelante. Good luck for the next season.

Darren Smith
Admin
9 years ago

Wow that was a steaming start and to think how well those new signings did…very impressive and I have just sent you an email about those players. Well done.

tazpafc
tazpafc
9 years ago

Nice one, you did a good job but next season will be harder but you can do it and i love reading other storys

vaibhavc
vaibhavc
9 years ago

Well done, you got promotion in your first season! Hopefully next season you can get more money and improve your finances.

Godders
9 years ago

Hi Martin.

Well done with your promotion, during pre-season you could set up three of our cup competitions (friendlies), to generate some cash to your bank balance.

Another idea for you is, you could arrange a friendly once a week, when It appears you have either no matches or one match a week to help your balance.

Godders

karl deighton
karl deighton
9 years ago

Well done on winning the league, Diane looks immense for the league, hopefully he can make an impact in Liga Adelante.
What are your goals for the season ahead?
good luck mate

Dan
Dan
9 years ago

Hey Martin,
Well done on the promotion, I went through this with Real Murcia once and I was shocked too when you think you’ve won the league and then get told you can be champions without going up! That would be like the ultimate kick in the teeth!

You signed some pretty good players who should do you well in the Liga adelante too so good luck for next season.

pedro roriz
pedro roriz
9 years ago

congrats, mate! nice going there.
you’ll see that the general level of second division and liga adelante is not so far apart, so, with your great signings, you will do well at the next level.

as far as finances go, i’m sure that there is some glitch in the game. ana has been through troubles as well in the 5gon challenge, darren also, and i am going through the worst time with san marino in serie a. finances in small stadium teams are crap! what i managed to do with san marino is scouting free agent youngsters (or even going through the sub-21 teams of the greatest teams in the world myself), sending them on loans and, after 50-90% increase in value, i sold them. the best ones i kept for my team only for an increased sale, afterwards. unfortunatelly, you won’t be able to generate enough money to support your costs and will depend on player selling. :cp

best of luck next season!

Ana Garcia
9 years ago

Twice I won my group at Coruxo and lost in those playoff finals!!

I could have warned you about them though ;)

Perfect start! A promotion right of that bat but not too surprising I guess seeing as Tenerife were in la liga a few seasons ago.

Diane seemed an inspired signing I see he is wanted so hopefully you can keep a hold of him for next season, finances are always tough in Spain so don’t expect too much money for your promotion!

Good luck! :)

Conor Donovan
9 years ago

Haha, the third tier in Spain is crazy! I remember that from a save I did on FM Handheld in Spain a few years back. If I recall correctly there are four parallel leagues at level 3 and the top 4 in each qualify for the playoffs. Then it’s win 2 games to get promoted along with 3 other teams

Bence Répási
9 years ago

Hello Martin!
Congratulations for your promotion, it was a great achievement, especially that your team was favourite, so the pressure was great :D
Diane and Zezinho looked great this season, I hope they can keep up their form. Btw. How did you find Loran? :D I didn’t know that Curacao has such talents for lower league teams. Maybe I should do some research.

Keep up the good work!

Tegar Triemanudigdo
9 years ago

A nice first season there mate! And about the wages, well, I think you need to tweek more when you get yourselves into Liga Adelante. Keep up the good work!

Kevin
9 years ago

Hello Martin
Apologies for the late comment buay at work and of course 5 hours behind the UK. I’m delighted that your first season in charge of your new save ended so succesfully with a promotion. Diane is certainly your standout player!

Mohammad Sadek
9 years ago

very good first season Martin , Diane & Zezinho looked fantastic i hope you could keep Diane for next season .

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