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The Pentagon Challenge: One Man - One Aim

The Pentagon Challenge: One Man - One Aim
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Zed's avatar Group Zed 2015-07-22 15:45
nl 826 posts 122 likes joined Jun 01, 2014

The Pentagon Challenge: One Man, One Aim

What is this story about?
Here I am, my first story against my really long sabbatical. Now though, I’m in the middle of my summer break, so I have lots of time on my hands to create awesome GFX (yay!) and write stories. This story will hopefully keep me going for a very long time, because this story will be my attempt at the Pentagon Challenge. What this means, is that I have to start with the lowest experience possible, and win all five major trophies (the European, African, Asian, North and South American Champions Leagues).

The idea for this story is that I won’t update every month, but have approximately five or six updates per season. A couple of these will be match updates, and others will be about transfers or about me changing to a different club. I will also try to include some interviews, newspaper articles and more of that stuff. Of course all the updates will include lots GFX (yay!).

Who am I?
I will be playing this story as Seb Platter, not to be confused with mob boss Sepp Blatter, who is a 22-year-old man from Ludlow. Despite never playing football, he has always had a passion for football, and is a big fan of Shrewsbury Town FC. The reason Platter has stepped into the managerial world, is because of something he yelled when his favorite team conceded a goal.

When watching Shrewsbury being humiliated, he exclaimed “I bet you I’d make a better manager than most of the fucking losers out there, especially that prick John Carver! You know what, I think I’d even be able to win the Champions League in every fucking continent!” Which seems to be a weird thing to exclaim after seeing your team concede a goal, but trust me, he did yell those exact words.

Three days later, Platter was on a plane to North America to try and secure a managerial role there. The reason he chose North America to start in, is because most leagues are really, really bad and he wouldn’t need a license to manage a club there. The first stage of this long and tiring journey would be to win the North American Champions League. The logical path to take here, would be to work his way up and win the trophy with a club from the USA or Mexico. That’d be the easiest way.

Is there anything else you should know about?
Yes, yes there is. To play this story, I’m using the FM Leagues Megapack, by Claassen. That’s the only mod I’m using. As always, I won’t be using FMEL or any other modifications that will make the game a lot easier for me. To start with, I’ve loaded up North America.
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Icarus's avatar Group Icarus 2015-07-22 15:49
it 599 posts 90 likes joined Aug 09, 2012
Interesting idea to say the least, one that won't be easy to progress in having beaten it myself - all I can see is.... Good luck in Africa.


p.s. and a bit of patience wouldn't hurt.
Welshy's avatar Group Welshy 2015-07-22 15:52
gb 211 posts 21 likes joined Jul 09, 2015
Looking forward to this it's a very difficult challenge
InvertedWingbacks's avatar Group InvertedWingbacks 2015-07-22 17:21
gb 1861 posts 156 likes joined Nov 09, 2013
good luck man! takes a lot to commit to something like this!
Aaron's avatar Group Aaron 2015-07-22 17:29
00 2079 posts 243 likes joined Aug 10, 2013
Good luck man, many try and fail but I'm certain you'll try harder.
Seriously though, looking forward to this :)
Zed's avatar Group Zed 2015-07-22 21:26
nl 826 posts 122 likes joined Jun 01, 2014

Season One Episode Two: The First Steps as a Manager

After a long flight across the Atlantic, Seb Platter arrived in Mexico. He had chosen Mexico to land in, because it was in a central position and close to all the countries he was expecting to get a job in. Nicaragua, Haiti, Belize, Panama et cetera. Platter decided to start looking for vacancies in every country around him, submitting a total of three applications for jobs in Belize, Haiti and Jamaica.

One club decided to invite him to a job interview. It was a club Platter had never heard of, situated in city he’d never heard of, Belmopan, in a country he’d barely heard of, Belize. A job in one of the worst leagues in the world, the BPL, not the Barclays Premier League, but the Belizean Premier League, was just a few signatures away, because job interview went well.

He convinced the chairman that he was the right man to lead the Belmopan Bandits, seriously, who comes up with these names? Well anyways, it’s a good name for that man with the similar name to Platter. The chairman was convinced that our English friend could lead Belmopan to their fourth consecutive Belizean championship. Platter was offered a contract at one of Belize’s most successful clubs, but that doesn’t really mean anything. It’s not as if the league is one of the continent’s best. He accepted the offer it without even considering it, as it was the only offer he’d gotten.

By gaining reputation in Belize, Platter hoped to work his way up in North America, and eventually win the North American Championship with a team from the United States or Mexico. But that still seemed very far away, as now the Englishman would be managing a team he had never, ever heard of in his life. The Belmopan Bandits, what’s in a name! The first course of action for the new Belmopan boss was to pay close attention at every training session and evaluate every player.

After carefully assessing every player’s abilities, or rather assessing which inabilities the: the thing he decided to play in a 4-1-2-1-2 formation, giving him the following first team:

None of the names sounded familiar at first, but slowly he was developing a bond with the players, and he started to gain more knowledge about the small leagues in world football. His first match would be a friendly against Quirigua, a team playing in the Premier League of Nicaragua. Platter felt that his players were ready for this test against a much better team, but would have ideally wanted to add some more quality to his team. This, however, was impossible, as the club had no more money to spend. This meant that he had to play with a youth player at right-back.

One problem, besides not being able to spend on the transfer market, was the contract situation. Almost no of the star players wanted to extend their contracts, or they wanted to have their salaries tripled. Platter quickly started to see that he had to try and boost his reputation as much as possible in one season, and leave the club to join a better one in the summer of 2015.

Before confirming his line-up for his first match in charge of the Belmopan Bandits, the novice manager called his friends over in England. “Hey. Yeah, everything is well over here. How are you? Good, good. Listen, I’ve found a club over here, I’m managing Belmopan Bandits now. Yeah I didn’t know them either, they’re an awful team to be honest. I’ll keep you updated, we are playing in the CONCACAF Champions League, but I don’t think I can win it with this team! I’m about to play my first friendly match, wish me luck!” He hung up the phone and walked out of his office, ready to manage his first football game, without having played a match in his life himself.
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Jack's avatar Group Jack 2015-07-22 21:49
gb 3451 posts 387 likes joined Mar 29, 2013
Really impressive update here mate :O And 4-1-2-1-2 is always a favourite of mine :)
Welshy's avatar Group Welshy 2015-07-22 21:53
gb 211 posts 21 likes joined Jul 09, 2015
That name is amazing, great update!
Laurens's avatar Group Laurens 2015-07-23 06:50
nl 131 posts 19 likes joined Aug 13, 2014
Impressive :O
Good luck, you'll need it :D
Glenn T's avatar Group Glenn T 2015-07-23 08:08
sg 4658 posts 450 likes joined Jun 02, 2012
Good luck, will be following in eager anticipation to see if you can pull this off :P
InvertedWingbacks's avatar Group InvertedWingbacks 2015-07-23 08:20
gb 1861 posts 156 likes joined Nov 09, 2013
I mean...if you pretend Wiltshere is Wilshere....

haha, good luck man! Team looks like a tough challenge but i've got faith in you!
macdab55's avatar Group macdab55 2015-07-23 09:23
pl 1462 posts 29 likes joined Nov 13, 2009
Good luck with this mate.
Feliks's avatar Group Feliks 2015-07-23 10:10
au 2115 posts 292 likes joined May 18, 2014
Best of luck Zed!
pompeyblue's avatar pompeyblue 2015-07-23 13:29
gb 2650 posts 297 likes joined Oct 08, 2013
Good luck!
bebero's avatar Group bebero 2015-07-23 14:33
ro 678 posts 95 likes joined Jul 01, 2013
Good luck man! Go win!

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