Thursday, 22 September 2011

My FA Cup hopes

Dear friends,

I am going to write quite short posts during 2 upcoming weeks before FM 2012 demo release. Want to concentrate on playing Boston in FM 2011.

And this time I would like emphasize on the results in FA Cup. It was my last chance to get to Europa League this season. But we can’t do no more than one can…

Played matches

Though tough Newcastle was quite confidently defeated in the 5th round. Wolves didn’t allow Boston to qualify to the semi finals:

Against Wolves

As you see it was nearly a comeback… On the one hand I can say this FA Cup quarterfinal is the best result in the Boston history. On the other hand - I got much better result in the away match against Wolves in the Premier League:

Wolves - Boston United 1:4


Premier League


We are on the 11th position with having already a big gap between us and top half teams. It’s impossible to get Europa League position…


Boston players

Boston players

Worst ones

Again and again Brazilian Robson becomes the best player of the reported period. I’ve already got used to it.  Therefore I won’t post information about him now. It’s time for the forward who surprized me in his debut season - Giannis Mavridis.

Giannis Mavridis



This explosive striker came from Barcelona. I don’t feel he had already blended into the team completely. But Mavridis performs better and better overcoming even wonderkid striker Esteban Stivan!


Last matches in the season

Last matches

8 fixtures left. Actually they decide nothing for Boston United. We cannot jump higher than 10th position, we can’t go below the 16th one. I want to play the last matches as quickly as possible because I dream to be in time with the next season till FM 2012 release. This is the reason why I made hard-edged decision to go on holiday till the season end! It will a time saving trick. I hope my assistant manager will not drop Boston United too much…

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Season 10. Winter transfers

In the winter of the 10th season I sold one player:

Player out

Then I bought two new talented youngsters who should strengthen Boston United:

Players in

Both transfers were made with high monthly installments. I had no choice to buy both players having $26M in the transfers budget:

Cleber installments

Ferreira installements


Cleber - MC/AMC/ST


My new playmaker. I am quite disappointed with Perisic as playmaker, perhaps he needs more time to improve team work but I have no this time. FM 2012 will be released in one month. Therefore I decided to buy the better playmaker splashing cash. Cleber should create a great pair of Brazilians in the centre of the midfield together with Robson! I love his First Touch and Dribbling levels!


Christian Ferreira - DC


Ferreira was bought to be used in the first squad together with another young DC Danilo. During the first half of the season we had problems in the centre of defence.  My second defender Cuthbert made many mistakes and has poor stats now:



So you should understand my decision to buy a guy paying the money.


Current Boston squad

Now I have even younger squad than it had been! Hope Boston youngsters will lead the team into Europa League… Though it’s likely that it’ll happen in the next season…

Squad info

Boston squad



Assistant's report

Friday, 16 September 2011

Boston: Season half is passed

The half of the 10th season is passed. Boston United stuck to the 10th position in the league confidently what means a perceptible progress of our team in the league. But there still one question remains:

Whether are we able to jump over head and qualify to Europa League?

I have no answer on this question for a while…

Latest results

League table

Played fixtures

There were 4 losses in row against tough opponents. Though we had some chances to make a draw against Arsenal and win the game with West Brom. Anyway 5 points were lost…

After that we got more simple opponents and started to produce home victories. The last one was the most astonishing because of the clinical finishing by my new backup forward Giannis Mavridis. Perhaps I should put him into the main squad more often:

Fantastics finishing


Boston players

Boston players[6]

Worst Boston players


The best players is still Robson. He is leading the midfield and the team at all. But this time I want to single out Pedro Lima who has been growing his attributes’ levels continuously since his very first season in Boston United. By the way, Lima became Boston captain this season!

Pedro Lima (AML/AMR)

Pedro Lima

History stats of Lima


Change of goalkeeper


Interesting that I decided to replace the main goalkeeper Hennessey (who participated in 4 losses in row) giving a chance to Szczesny. Frankly speaking, I don’t see big difference between these two. Nevertheless Wojciech started very well showing confident performance. What I especially like about him - his jumps and air ball takeovers during corners.


Some words about the future

Future matches

I hope to get some success in FA Cup if there will be good draws for us in future. And, of course, we should take as many points as possible in the Premier League. More exactly, my Boston should win at least 5 games among the abovementioned ones in the screenshot.

I am not sure I will be in time to play the next 11th season till the end because of Football Manager 2012 release. But I’ll try to do my best and play as quick as I can.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Boston: Season 10 start

Just returned from my small trip and ready to report about the starting matches of the 10th season. The season that is number 3 for my Boston United in the Premier League.

It will be tough one because I claimed mid-table finish expectations having available much easier option of “Avoiding relegation”.


The Premier League table looks in the following way at the moment:

League table

I think the 10th position is awesome result for my quite renewed team!

It wasn’t easy. It’s the consequence of the complicated match series. Boston United started with 2 sudden losses… Then we couldn’t win a PL match for 5 fixtures in row finding ourselves in the 19th position in the table. Fortunately my players showed an excellent performance winning 4 games in row after that.

Boston fixtures

There were two big failures in the matches against Manchester City and Aston Villa. Both our opponents made the advantage in 5 goals. But frankly speaking these two matches differ very much. Click on the links below to get to know the difference:

Man City - Boston 6:1

Aston Villa - Boston 5:0

One of the positive signs of team development is that we took the 1st point in the matches versus Liverpool. Look at our past meetings:

Against Liverpool


No luck in the League Cup

League Cup failure

Penalties is always a lottery. We were leading by penalties until after 4 strikes but young defenders Christian Rodriguez and Danilo failed their attempts…



Boston players

I like how my core part of the first squad has been performing. It’s reflected in their average ratings:

Boston players


Robson, Danilo, Stivan, Adu - the footballers whom I bought in the previous season. They all finally got blended into the team at all and lead it to success!

I can’t say the same about this season’s newbies. Only Christian Rodriguez mad a good debut, other new Boston players are only starting to collaborate with others.

The best player of the starting season period is certainly Robson. Brazilian wonderkid made 2 goals and 3 assists, and showed really fine performance.




Future matches

Future matches

December will be very tough for my team. It would be very good if we could stay at the 10th position before the transfer window in January.


Thank you for attention, dear readers! Stay tuned, follow Boston story.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Boston: Transfers before the 10th season

Hello all!
Napoli video story
At first I would like to share another the new episode of NTM's video story:

Boston United before the 10th season
Glad to inform I have already started the 10th season in Football Manager 2011. It is the 3rd season for my Boston United in the Premier League. This time I decided to run risks claiming mid-table finish expectation and making more transfers than I expected before the campaign.
$54M is a great reward for my braveryУлыбка
Though the odds and media prediction before transfer window start content that Boston should still be near PL relegation zone:
Media prediction


Players out

Players out
I sold many players as you see. Most sold footballers didn’t belong to a substitution bench even. I decided to sell those who have no prospect in the team. Here are 3 transfers that should be singled out:
1. George Forsyth (GK). Our goalie and captain got older and worse. You, my dear readers, advised me to sell him and find better keeper in the comments to this post. So I’ve done it.
2. Rodrigo (ST). Rodrigo had been the leading Boston striker in the 1st Premier League season. Then he has been injured for 90% of the last season… He lost all the chances to return the first squad position because of wonderkid striker Esteban Stivan who is becoming better and better…
3. Alex Billington (DL). Decent English left back. But I signed player of higher quality on his position.

Players in

Players in


2 goalies were signed instead of George Forsyth. At first I bought Wayne Hennessey and then I saw Wojciech Szczesny on a free transfer and couldn’t reject myself to sign a contract with him. So there will be a competition for GK position in the main squad.
How do you think who has more chances to become the first team goalkeeper: Hennessey or Szczesny?

Wayne Hennessey - $2.1M

Wayne Hennessey

Wojciech Szczesny - Free

Wojciech Szczensy in Football Manager 2011


Yannick Oudot - DR/DL/DC - $11M

It was our record transfer. I bought “the next Mexes” to use him as a right back. Well, I understand his pace is slow… So I case of fail he can be used as a central defender.
The problem is in that I didn’t manage to find better candidate for this position. Actually I had quicker guys (two young Brazilians) with accepted transfer offers but both failed work permits.

Christian Rodriguez - DL - $5.5M

Christian Rodriguez
New left defender looks awesome for his age! Only 18 years old! Christian Rodriguez is my hope that at least one defence hole is closed now.

Christian Barrientos - DC - $3.3M

Barrientos will start the season from substitution bench. But later I am going to move him to the first eleven, of course. Hope his training efforts will be of high level. He needs to improve his Concentration and Team Work.

MC - Playmaker

Ivan Perisic - Free

Ivan Perisic
I consider it’s a perfect signing for Boston. Experiened Perisic will be a new playmaker (MRC) getting maximum of his Creativity, Passing, Decisions and level of technique.


AML and AMR positions are the only that I am not happy with even now, after the transfer campaign. The market had no large amount of high-quality wingers who would agree to join Boston United. There were many attempts to buy the best of available:
- Bruno Cesar
- Defederico
- Marquinhos
At first I couldn’t meet their financial expectations. But then I managed to offer very high wages and bonuses to Defederico and Marquinhos that were accepted. Both wingers didn’t get the work permits… Печальная рожица Therefore I had to buy not so great flank attackers…

James Milner - Free

James Milner in Football Manager 2011
James Milner is slow. Though it’s the only serious shortcoming I see. His experience, high values of mental attributes, and position versatility will certainly help Boston United.
I don’t think I’ll use him on flanks due to low Pace…

Ali Ahmadi - AML, ST- $7M

Ali Ahamdi
I understand $7M is too high price for such winger. But try to understand me too - I had no better variants and needed new left winger.

Will Buckley - AMR, MC - $1.1M

Will Buckley in Football Manager 2011
Englishman Buckley is one of the advantageous transfers I suppose.


I signed 2 forwards instead of one because my main one Esteban Stivan had got injured for 7 weeks before the season start.

Gabriel Piris - $4.6M

Gabriel Piris
Gabriel Piris is a towering forward playing together with Stivan in Argentina U21. He will add some diversity in my tactical approaches in attack.

Giannis Mavridis - Free

Giannis Mavridis[4]
Explosive striker. Barcelona doesn’t needed him and let him go on free. Mavridis will also increase our tactical variety i attack because Stivan and Piris are not so speedy forwards.

Conclusion about the transfer campaign

We have the youngest squad in the league now.
I think the campaign was quite successful because I strengthened GK, DR, DL, MRC (Playmaker), ST positions. The only problem is about wingers. Boston needs higher reputation level to attract better flank attackers to the club.
And what do you think about my transfer campaign this time?