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Romanian FM 2012 Story, Season 12: Some don’t like waiting

Hello folks and welcome to a new episode of my Football Manager 2012 story! After reaching the Champions League semi finals last season with Viitorul Constanta I was hoping for some major changes at the club during the summer. What I hoped would change was our club reputation, still listed as “national” at the end of the season. But before going into that aspect, let’s see how the European rankings have changed following our good run last season.

The great news was that we are now the 9th best club in Europe according to the UEFA coefficients and that is simply unbelievable, no Romanian club has ever featured that high up in the rankings. That also gives us a chance to be seeded first in the Champions League group draw, if one of the top eight fails to qualify.

The Romanian First League has also made a small step up the ladder thanks to our performance.

But the qualification places remain unchanged. And, to my surprise and anger and frustration, our reputation remained unchanged as well! Why? I really do not know.

So we had a hefty transfer budget for a change but I didn’t have too many options to spend it due to the reputation remaining unchanged.

Moreover, quite a few of my players told me that they wanted to leave because the club’s reputation didn’t go up as I had promised them. Juan Belencoso wanted to leave and I did let him go for 5 million pounds to Marseille. Then goalkeeper Tomas Held wanted that too and he left for 6.75 million to Sporting. And the list continues: Ali Amara  left for 6.25 million to Lille while Sebastien Verdier and Dramane Sow also wanted to leave. I didn’t let them though mostly because I was unable to find suitable replacements.

All in all we received 23.5 million in transfer fees, with Sammy Mbarga also leaving for 2.9 million, but not because he wanted to ;) Midfielder Gabriel Neacsa was sent out on loan because I had a better player coming in.

We spent less than we received, 18.25 million, and that’s not because I’m cheap :) Nicolas Salva is our new goalkeeper, a bargain at 300K, youngsters Federico Caporale and Michiel Aarts are our new backup pair at the heart of the defence while Mike Broadhead is our new guiding light in midfield.

I have also chosen to promote a very young lad from our youth team, Henning Valentin. The Dane has just turned 17, he has been at our club since he was 15, and I hope he will grow up quickly and make our fans forget all about Ali Amara.

Here’s how the 24-man squad looks like, click on the names to view the current profiles:

Goalkeepers: Nicolas Salva, Vaninho

Right Backs: Tomislav Djurdjek, Henning Valentin

Left Backs: Sebastien Verdier, Ali Amara

Centre Backs: Xavier Dumont, Georgica Dicu, Michiel Aarts, Fabian Caporale

Central Midfielders: Maximiliano Ceballos, Mike Broadhead, Alin Dicher, Yasen Zlatinski, Roman Benes, Kamel Ben Yahia, Hector Fernandez

Strikers: Juan Cruz Argenti, Manoel, Rastislav Benko, Dramane Sow, Jerome Vrignaud, Peter Guba, Guido van der Meulen

With this squad we recorded nothing but wins during the summer, including our 9th consecutive Romanian Super Cup. And we conceded just two goals in the process, both against Steaua Bucharest.

The stats so far show some improvement from Juan Cruz Argenti, who finally seems able to find the back of the net. New signing Fabian Caporale also seems to be enjoying life at the club while Kamel Ben Yahia, on the other hand, has missed all the matches this summer due to an injury.

And now, the moment you were waiting for: the Champions League group stage draw! Believe it or not, we were seeded 1st this time! We still got AC Milan from the second pot and Shakhtar from the third but we have beaten both teams in the past. In fact, we defeated AC Milan last season in the quarter finals…

The bookmakers don’t have too much faith in us though but they’ve been wrong before, as we all know ;)

We have a lot of money right now but not much to do with it. There are some improvements being built at the training ground but that’s about all. I can’t spend big money on big players because those big players don’t want to come to us due to the reputation, I can’t ask the board to expand the stadium for some reason I am unaware of, nor build a new stadium for that matter.

I guess we have hit another deadlock but hopefully, if we manage another good European run, that infamous reputation will finally move up a notch and allow me to take this club further up the ladder. Thanks for reading, looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

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Jack
Jack
8 years ago

Unlucky that those players wanted to leave although after looking through your squad you have great depth, especially in midfield and upfront. I really hope you can take this team to the next level I know it must be frustrating due the restrictions imposed by the board. Good luck this season!

Laxeyman
Laxeyman
8 years ago

I can’t really fathom why your reputation hasn’t gone up Johnny, could it possibly be a glitch in the game? Shame that your players wanted to leave because of it, but you’ve brought in some good replacements, and judging by your start, it shouldn’t make too much of a difference :)

Calin
8 years ago

Sorry to hear about the reputation not changing… apparently you just need more, which is really strange because you already are a legend in Romania :) And the team, of course.

The group draw in the Champions League is not an easy one but you should have no trouble qualifying as you did until now. It only remains to see if you can go all the way to the end this season… and how many goals you’ll concede in the league :)

TheMightyMcPhed
TheMightyMcPhed
8 years ago

Seems like another one of those quirks of the game Johnny – a bit like the youth intake. Good luck with the season ahead!

vaibhavc
vaibhavc
8 years ago

Your reputation didnt increase, I am shocked. The start of the season was good. It is a tough group in the CL but I think you will go through.

Ivo Knežević
8 years ago

Hey Johnny,
A shame your reputation did not increase, but I believe this season you will do great in the CL and hopefully, it will grow. I’m looking forward to it.

Nice youngsters by the way.

Malhar Bhadbhade
8 years ago

i am seriously shocked as well that your reputation didn’t increase. i am sure it will if you repeat last season’ run this time around though. you signed some very decent youngsters and that 17-year-old right back looks very promising indeed. all the best for this season, hope you go one better in the Champions League..and if THAT doesn’t increase your reputation, then I don’t know what will. good luck :D

Heresy
Heresy
8 years ago

Well, that’s a shame about the players leaving.. but then you found even better replacements so that’s not so bad ;) Oh, can’t wait for those CL results!

As far as the stadium problems go, has your club built a new stadium in the last 15 years? If so, you can’t do much in this department until those 15 years will have passed :(

FMLOVER
FMLOVER
8 years ago

Hey Johnny, good signings there but unlucky about the reputation, it’s something that SI have to think about really ;)

saltwater
saltwater
8 years ago

The reputation is surprising, sure, but honestly, i’ve never seen such stiff and mean bookies! After last seasons semi-final run you think they might have changed a bit, but they still make it seem as though you’re a newcomer in Europe.
The reputation not changing has had a sinister knock-on affect on the players and it’s a shame seeing all the big players making departures.
I’m still positive however, as not only do I think you will do the treble, but after that promising start I see an invinsible season coming up.
Good Luck!

TheZiggy
8 years ago

Given what you’ve achieved in the European competitions so far, it’s hard to understand why you don’t have a better reputation. I don’t see how that can be right, given my Torquay team, who have been to the Europa League quarter final with just one campaign, already have a continental reputation. Given what you’ve achieved, it feels like something is definitely wrong, especially as you were a 1st seed in the group draw.

You’ve brought in some quality players, so hopefully after a storming start to the season, you can have another successful Champions League campaign. I hope your reputation gets the deserved increase after this season.

Darren Smith
Admin
8 years ago

Absolutely bemused how your reputation hasn’t changed…like Ziggy said, you have gone from been the worst seeded side to top in the Champions League, that should be enough to bring your rep up on its own. But still, with the youth you have and the way you are climbing up in Europe, I can’t see it been too long before the game must acknowledge your rise with an increase in rep.

Kevin
8 years ago

Hey Johnny
Given your European exploits I would have thought you could have encouraged bigger signings by now. Too bad you lost some players but that’s all behind you know so go out and win the darn Champions League and prove how good Viitorul are because of their great manager! Who needs big players – they just want too much money anyway:) Like your new youngsters as always.

Tegar Triemanudigdo
8 years ago

Yeah, reputation can be sometimes like that, and SI needs to repair this one when they made FM 2013. Btw, another domestic demolition there and the group stage looks pretty doggy there, but hey, I think you can repeat the performance last year to this one so I think this shouldn’t be any problem unless luck goes our way.

Looking forward on the CL

CsAtlantis
8 years ago

You went up in the club/national league rankings but still did not get your deserved reputation increase!

Mike Broadhead, what a name, and some really amazing stats and Salva is a brilliant bargain as a keeper

Being seeded first didn’t really seem to get you an easy draw but surely after more good performances in the CL your reputation will increase (what level is it at now? National?)

John
John
8 years ago

Hi johnny. Not a bad start to the campaign, could have got a bit more luck with the reputation and the draw still getting AC Milan. A quick question, and I know there’s help around the site but I’d appreciate a short, quick answer but how do you find such talented young players? I’m trying to make Swansea great but I can never pull together a team good enough because I don’t have the money for top quality players. Thanks in advance

Lye
Lye
8 years ago

Shame for the unchanged qualification places. I guess you shouldn’t be afraid of facing any teams in the CL group stages now. AC Milan and Shakhtar should pose you some challenge but i don’t see any problem in qualifying.

Martin F.M.J.S
8 years ago

Its a shame that the reputation didn”t change and you had to lose those players but I think you have done a good job in replacing them. Also a great start to the season, If you keep up that form I don’t see you having a problem with the CL group stage.

Ana Garcia
8 years ago

Just to repeat myself from a comment I left on Kevin’s recent post but I have said before that the reputation feature does not work correctly and it can be very frustrating at times as you have just found out!

That said you have really bought well and your squad probably looks a bit stronger now after all those departures so nice shopping! :)

Juan Cruz Argenti looks incredible! Am sure he will be your star man in a few seasons if you can keep a hold of him.

Draw looks ok, I would be pretty happy with it so am sure you can progress to the last 16 so as always the best of luck. :)

pedro roriz
pedro roriz
8 years ago

hey mate, nice going there!

i understand your frustration on reputation matter, but i tend to disagree with you (and with most of the readers, it seems). rep stats HAVE to suffer small changes season in season out as the history of a club isn’t made out of a couple of seasons, solely. i know you had a great spell last UCL, but it was not the same 5 years ago, was it? so, even if you can be considered one of the finest clubs (ranking in top 10), you are not one of the greatest teams yet, a worldwide club. imagine, for instance, cyprus’ APOEL. they have excelled theirselves last UCL, right? the same happened to athletic bilbao. but still, if they don’t continually proving themselves for a bunch of seasons, that great performance won’t effect much of their rep, right?
have you ever used the game’s editor? the reputation range goes from 0 to 10000. i guess you only become regionally known after reaching 6000 and worldwide after 8000. and boy those stats take some loooong time to develop! so, i’ll take Fiorentina’s example. They have a starting 6500-7000 rating, most times. So, if you reach something above that, you will be more known it history than fiorentina, a medium sized club at present but a super power in the past, that won important titles, that had amazing players, that have nice stadium, etc etc. in order to achieve that, it is only normal to deliver good consistency through many years. what do you think?

cheers

pedro roriz
pedro roriz
8 years ago
Reply to  Johnny Karp

i guess you have a point. having won europa league, you should be way ahead national stats. but it is still ‘just’ europa league. it obviously has its glory in europe, but it is almost not noticed here in brazil, so, at its best, continental would be effective. Steaua Bucureşti (is this how we spell it?) is, by far, the most famous romanian club here and I guess they owe it to their continental title in the 80s.
i really can’t imagine what you can do to improve your rep, though, since you already had a stadium built. :c/ have you tried going for partnerships with both american and japanese clubs? it should improve your stats a bit.

well, i’m cheering for you. hope this situation is solved quickly

pedro roriz
pedro roriz
8 years ago
Reply to  Johnny Karp

well, it seems to me it is tough indeed.
but i guess if there is anyone able to do that with viitorul it is you!
best of luck

pedro roriz
pedro roriz
8 years ago

dude, that was some messed up english. sorry for that. i just kept being interrupted while writing. :c/

Mohammad Sadek
8 years ago

Hey Johnny , it ‘s disappointing that your reputation didn’t improve but i admit that i agree with Pedro Roriz reasoning & i don’t know how Tourqay with Ziggy reached continental reputation after one quarter final in Europa league , Otherwise I think your team looks very well despite all those departures & i am very glad that Argenti starts to score goals however the real test is the Champions league group stage to know if your team hasn’t weakened after all this departures but i am as always confident in you :)

Bence Répási
8 years ago

Hi Johnny!
Your team had a great start, I hope they will continue this good. Personally I don’t think there will be any problem in Romania,despite the leavers, because your signings are great as always. It’s good to see that Argenti’s producing more and more goals as he’s meant to be. Good luck to CL, I think you will need more for this competition!

PS.: When will you also do a Podcast with Darren and Jake? I hope soon:D

Bhargav
Bhargav
8 years ago

WOW! A good American player? That is a fun sight indeed. Best of luck! I hope Shakhtar have weakened somewhat from where they start in a new game.

Sears
8 years ago

Hey buddy ! I’m not going to get involved in this reputation discussion because to be honest , I don’t know how it works. However , I’m currently reading a similar story on the Sports Interactive website. This one guy has endured remarkable success in Northern Ireland. I won’t spoil it for you but if you have time I really recommend you read the story (updates are short season ones so you will be able to read it quickly) … real pity to see some of you’re star players depart but thankfully you were able to replace them. Best of luck this season , hopefully you’ll be able to go one better in the Champions League and reach the final. Good luck Johnny ! :)

Varun
Varun
8 years ago

Hi Johnny i dont really follow you but i play football manager and i save with west ham and im in my 2nd season and i got promoted in my 1st season and also won the FA cup i just wanna ask how do i join the forums if i wanna do my west ham save? I also signed papiss cisse!!

Mariano
Mariano
8 years ago

Well done!

Amazing achivements Johhny.

Are the shareholders taking money away from the club through dividends.

I would invested in bribing referees and paying the opposition GK and defenders to make lots of penalties in the CL games:)!

Cheers!

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