http://www.activsport.ro/poze_stiri/7118_0.jpgAs I was looking for a challenge that will take some of my time during these hot days of summer I was thinking to try the Pentagon Challenge or the San Marino one, but it was missing that "something", so I decided to try "fix" the only attribute that I never managed to max out in the manager profile, that being Domestic Player Bias.
After a quick tour of Brazilian football club, and their stupid schedule, of having international call ups, cup and league games within 2 days I decided to try another League in Europe that I never really explored. So this is how the idea was born. My first choice was Olympique Lyon, because I have a decent knowledge of the squad, but then it just seemed too easy, as their squad is currently the strongest in the league in my opinion. There were 2 other options left, 1 was Rennes, because of the youth facilities, which would've helped growing french players and the other one was Montpellier, who had a great first season after being promoted into League 1. After google-ing the clubs and comparing the facilities there was definitely one club that could make this challenge more interesting:
What could anyone in the Football world want more than a bunch of crazy fans?!
Looking at the squad, media prediction of 7th place seems quite realistic, as there is no transfer budget available, the squad isn't large enough to be able to sell some players, the staff needs to be changed, so probably for the first season I'll try to get the best out of these players, as some of them are quite old and will probably be released at the end of the season.
Looking at the teams strengths and weaknesses will probably play a counter attacking style, due to having quick players, and having low determination would be best if we don't get a goal behind.
All in all the team looks good, considering it just finished it's first year in Ligue 1, the defense seems to be the strong part of the team, and even tough I had other plans for the attack, the wingers have quite low crossing, so I'll have to wait and see what suits the team best.
We are also playing in Europa League, and it remains to see if we can compete on all fronts, my main target is undoubtedly a strong position in the league, but maybe we can win some money by playing in Europe. I already put my eyes on some possible targets for the next season, but it remains to see how much money you can earn in France :).
This is my first attempt of a story and some feedback would be more than welcomed :).
My targets and self imposed rules for this savegame are:
~Only sign french players.
~Make Montpellier the best team in Europe.
~Get the facilities maxed out.
~Play attractive football.
~Try to promote own players - Similar to Barcelona.