FM Predicts 2018-19 Winners | FM19 Experiment

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Welcome to another experiment here at Dictate the Game, a slightly different one from our normal ones as we sim the top 5 major European leagues for the 2018-19 season, and we will see whether there will be shocks, upsets or will it be another boring old season where the the favourites yet again?

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My Top 10 Football Bucket List

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Football has provided us with some amazing memories, from the infamous “AGUEROOOOOOO!!!!” in 2012 to “The fans are on the pitch, they think it’s all over…it is now!” in the 1966 World Cup Final, but it has also provided us with some amazing stadiums from Wembley Stadium to Emirates Stadium in England to Camp Nou to the Bernabeu in Spain.

Here are the top 10 from my Football Bucket List, in no particular order.

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Time for New Tactics! FM Tactics


The year is 2021, and after leading New York Red Bulls to 5 MLS Cups and 4 Supporters Shield, it is safe to say my tenure has been successful, but the core of my team is starting to age. For example, Aurelien Collin was a vital part of my defence until 2019 season, but he has now retired. Likewise, Felipe and Luke Hyam (who I signed from Ipswich in the 2016 season) are starting to decline as footballers, therefore I decided instead of risking the clubs’ future (we are only staying in the black through sales of youngesters), that I had to adapt my tactics to fit these aging players into the time.

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What if every Premier League team had a point deduction? Football Manager 2017 Experiment

Whilst I was playing with Dom, Ryan and Toby for an upcoming series (keep an eye out for it!), two of the players got deductions, and this got me thinking what would happen if all teams got a 17 point deduction for financial mismanagement, therefore I have used the FM17 Editor to play out this scenario. Will the big teams still manage to win the league? Who will be relegated?

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The Return to the Glory Days #5 – Ipswich Town FM

Glory Days

28th April 1962 – Portman Road – Ipswich Town win the First Division at the first attempt under Sir Alf Ramsey, with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa

6th May 1978 – Old Wembley Stadium – Roger Osborne wins the FA Cup for Ipswich Town, their first trophy since winning the league title in 1962, and to this date, this achievement is said to the towns “proudest moment”, and when the town felt most proud of itself.

20th May 1981 – Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam – Ipswich Town lift the UEFA Cup, with a 5-4 win on aggregate over AZ. Dutch player, Frans Thijssen, scored two over the two legs.

2nd May 1992 – Portman Road – Ipswich Town win promotion to the newly formed Premier League after winning the league title under the leadership of John Lyall.

29th May 2000 – Old Wembley Stadium – Ipswich Town win promotion to the Premier League, under George Burley. Ipswich win 4-2 over Barnsley.

19 May 2001 – Pride Park – Ipswich Town finish fifth in their first season in the Premier League, with a 1-1 draw against Derby, allowing them to play in next seasons’ UEFA Cup.

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Red Bull Arena – The Home of American Soccer?

MLS side, New York Red Bulls, play their home games at Red Bull Arena – a soccer specific stadium in Harrison, New Jersey. The stadium – which opened in 2010 – had a construction cost of $200 million, and since the stadium opened, the team has won two Supporter Shields, finished top of the East four times, and won the Atlantic Cup four times as well – but is Red Bull Arena the best soccer-specific stadium in the US?

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