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  1. Shoutout to SM for finally reviewing some leagues. Thanks to this, Barrow's team value is now 124.4m 10 games into my 4th (3rd full) season - on August 18 it was 80.5m! The goal for this season and next season was to reach 90m & 110m respectively but we've absolutely smashed those financial targets. With plenty of cash on hand (for now), there's more room to grow for Barrow - should Austria, Czechia & MLS get reviewed soon, it'll provide a huge financial boost to the team. Also still waiting for players from Pordonese in Serie B & Ligue 2 to get their rises. Now Barrow has 33 82+ rated players, led by the 85 rated quartet of Kral, Gojak, Shomurodov & Darwin Nunez. They should be joined by Moncayola, Alzate, Milla, KWP and perhaps even Conor Gallagher & Pieper in the near future. Results wise, Barrow have 2 wins, 3 draws & 5 losses, placing the club in 18th (1 below last season's final position) which isn't amazing, but there is some improvement in the team's competitiveness as since by the -1 GD. So far, I've only lost one game by more than 1 goal so I wouldn't be surprised if the team's results improve a little in the future. As for end of season projections, I'm aiming to maintain a $125-130m squad value + keep $5-10m cash and finish top 15. All of this should provide a solid foundation for next season where we could potentially be a 'dark horse' for a playoff spot.
  2. 3 games into the season Barrow only have 1 point though that is expected, it's going to be another long rebuilding season for the club. However there is some good news as the financial aspect of the club is improving at a nice pace, shoutout to SW for finally reviewing the 2. Bundesliga, as a result we've got some nice rises: Heyer 78 -> 82 Stolze 78 -> 82 Behrens 76 -> 82 Ernst 78 -> 82 And we're still waiting for Paik, Kruger, Mainka & Busch to rise. Altogether I reckon I'll profit a solid 6m thanks to this review. As a result of the recent rises the club now has a solid base of 82 rated players (19+ at the moment) which isn't too bad I guess, but the goal now is to increase this to 85 - only Gojak is 84+ now. Fortunately I reckon there's hope that Barrow can start to continue building up soon as there's a batch of players I reckon that can reach that (and maybe more) including the likes of Darwin Nunez, Conor Gallagher (who I traded Kudus for), Moncayola, Kral, Agu, Walker-Peters, Robson Bambu. Also there's a whole bunch of 'wild card' players whose progress should be interesting to monitor: Milla, Ferrer, Pieper, Bukari, Alzate, Czyborra, Yvan Neyou. Now we hope that SW decides to review MLS, Russia & Czechia ASAP - each league should get me an extra 6-7m on average to continue to reinvest before wages kill my finances. Then hopefully they turn to Austria, Switzerland, Ligue 2, and Colombia. The process continues!
  3. As I approach my 100th league match in charge of Barrow and the conclusion of my 3rd season with the club, it's a perfect time to reflect on my 9 and a half months in charge of the club. Good news -nice and steady improvement on the results front. 1st season with the club the team got 11 points (to be fair, I was only inherited the team with 10-15 games left and got 7 of the 11 points lol). The following season, my first full season in charge of Barrow, we got 31 points and now we will have 54 points. Also it's good to see the value of the players continue to grow, when I started the team was worth only 40-50m now we're at 80.5m. Yay. Bad news - the team still isn't competitive yet (even at Division 5 standards) and navigating the financial aspect has been rather tricky. I reckon my wage bill that is consistently over 900k is one of the highest in the division and with minimal operational revenue that means buying and selling players for profit is really the only way to stay in the black. Every season I need around 40-45m of profit in the transfer market, right now I'm at around 38m. Now the two main methods I use to generate profit have unfortunately not been as effective compared to when I used them in 7046 in the past couple years for a couple reasons: 1. I've failed to generate many internal deals - part of this is due to the lack of quality in my team, but also part of it is due to the 'culture' of 7777, everyone's out to swindle each other, including myself lol. I've got a few players through lowballing, but selling players is really tough when all you get are really lackluster offers. Only 3 players have left Barrow so far in P/E deals (Josep Martinez, Kudus & Krastev). 2. SM refuses to review non-top 5 leagues anymore, it's absolutely frustrating. I would say a majority of my team play in either the second divisions of top countries (e.g. France, Italy, Spain) or leagues that are the 'best of the rest' (Russia, Czechia, MLS, Austria) so I've been forced to baghold them for periods longer than I expected. But when these leagues get reviewed it will provide a massive boost to my finances and give me the opportunity to build towards creating a competitive squad in Division 5. Because once you get out of D5 it's much easier to surge up the leagues because of the increased promotion spots. I can only hope SM reviews the leagues before the 'Lack of First Team Opportunities' concern kills half my team, it's the worst type of concern in the game because even if you play the concernees nothing will be change. Now finally, to end this mess of a post, what are the objectives for Barrow in the future? Season 4 - Goals are to cement the team as a mid-table side, pray that Russia & MLS get reviewed, and build towards a side with a 85 average. Only 2 players are 84+ in my team at the moment (Hartel & Sema) and they'll be leaving soon to fund the next batch of risers at Barrow. Qualitative goals: 90m squad value, positive financial balance & top 13 finish. Season 5 - Bring in 3 loanees and make a solid push for the playoffs. By then, it'll be the new year, with the top 5 leagues likely getting a new review so if I can get ahold of a couple rising stars I may now have the foundation to actually be competitive. Qualitative goals: 110m squad value, positive financial balance & top 8 finish. Season 6 - Get out of the hellhole that is Division 5. Qualitative goals: 130m squad value, positive financial balance & top 3 finish. Out of the 136 players on my team at the moment, I can definitely see a couple becoming permanent main-stays in the starting 11 in the future: Granada's recent signing Luis Milla, Darwin Nunez, Moncayola, Felix Agu, Conor Gallagher, and Eberechi Eze (if I don't sell him first). Almost all of the rest, except for the promising youngsters, will be sold for profit (hopefully). Trust the process I guess. bye
  4. I'll try my best, here are some players on some of my teams that deserve rises soon, generally low-potential but should have enough to break the 80 barrier: Patrick Mainka 77 -> 82 Marnon Busch 78 -> 82 (unfortunately 2. Bundesliga hasn't been reviewed since ever and no indications they will in the near future) Brandon Bye 78 -> 82 Pavel Bucha 76 -> 82/83 Lukas Provod 78 -> 80/82 Jackson Yueill 78 -> 82 Matias Vera 78 -> 82 Maksim Osipenko 78 -> 82 Jeremy Ebobisse 78 -> 82 Jack Elliott 78 -> 82 Marko Raguz 80 -> 82 If you're just looking for players that can jump from 78 -> 82/83 MLS is probably your best bet. The way the league is set up means that every year dozens of players make that rating jump. Given that none of the smaller leagues will seem to be reviewed for a while also keep a lookout for players who move from a non-top 5 league to a top 5 league, they can get instant rises (e.g. Keita Endo when he joined Union Berlin, Demirovic after joining Freiburg) almost instantly. I'm hoping that Luis Milla can get a +2 since he joined Granada. Hope this helps.
  5. Not sure if he hasn't been recommended before but Yvan Neyou (23/76) could be worth a punt at 320k, made his debut for Saint-Etienne last week against PSG in the French Cup Final, and from the video below looks like he performed quite well, decent positioning & technique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZKw0WUpdU0 Anyway, since Russia hasn't been reviewed in forever (and won't be for a while presumably since SW will focus on the remaining top 5 leagues), do you think that teams that were just relegated from the RPL will be reviewed? Had a few Orenburg & Krylya Sovetov players on one of my teams (Ayupov, Miskic, Zinkovskiy) so was wondering if I should just dump them now if they are not going to get reviewed, cheers!
  6. Which leagues are likely to be reviewed next, and what are the chances of Columbia, Czechia, Romania & Ukraine being reviewed in the near future? Don't trust the SW recent data changes page anymore, couple weeks ago there were quite a bunch of MLS edits but no MLS review happened
  7. Looking at the numbers, I'd say: Redmond stay Vlasic +1 to 88 Friedl +2 to 85 Ansaldi stay Stindl stay
  8. A small rant... Was looking for risers who could make the jump from <=78 to 82 and took a look at the Israeli league and oh boy.... Players not reviewed since 2010. A large majority of under 25 starters / rotation players (I only looked at teams at the top half of the league) not on the database - even players with 3+ seasons of top flight experience don't exist in SM! examples: Muhamad Awad, age 23, 3201 top flight minutes, first team debut in 2016, not in database; Ofri Arad, age 21, 4100+ top flight minutes, not in database; Ali Mohamed Muhammad, age 24, 5500+ top flight minutes, not in database I know that the Israeli league isn't close to being the greatest league and their teams are rarely seen in the knockout stages (or even the group stages) of UEFA competitions, but given that leagues with slightly better UEFA coefficients (e.g. Norway, Sweden) and even worse coefficients (Poland) get their annual/biannual reviews, it doesn't make sense for the Israeli league to get 1 or 2 reviews a decade? Ultimately examples like this (in addition to the mishandling of larger league reviews) demonstrate the incompetence of SoccerWiki and the need for a complete overhaul of the system. #Sh!tLeaguesMatter
  9. Well if it's either Mumin or Atanga that would work too TIL that the Right to Dream Academy (kinda) owned Nordsjaelland - looks like they are doing an excellent job developing Danish and Ghanaian talent
  10. The Ghanaian in Denmark is definitely Kudus - haven't watched him play but have him in a GW so looking forward to the report! Thoughts on Bornauw? From what I've seen he's a solid defender but not sure if he'll ever surpass the 88/89 mark?
  11. At this point of time I'd say there's a higher chance of him dropping to 90 unless he makes a huge turnaround after La Liga restarts - Really really tough decision - Filip Stevanovic & Bobby Duncan or Hlozek? Hard to predict the futures of Stevanovic & Hlozek but who do you rate more?
  12. Took over Doncaster partway through Season 18 in July 2017 with the team stuck in the basement of Division 4 after some major neglect from the previous manager. The best players I inherited were Daniel Baier, Thomas Foket, and Gregory Sertic. It's been a long process but today Doncaster is in the upper half of Division 2 thanks to a mix of talented youth, experienced leaders... and 240 reserves. A big moment for the team occurred when I won the Pavard lottery a couple months into my tenure.. soon after, he thrived for Stuttgart and played a key role in France's World Cup journey. This allowed me to sell him for Milenkovic, Mount & Joachim Andersen. Through swings and roundabouts, these three players have been converted to: Telles, Cucurella, Ben White, Omur, Matviyenko, Emmanuel Dennis, O'Connell & Webster. I've made tens if not hundreds of internal deals during my time, some of which where I won greatly (Renan Lodi), and some of which where I got absolutely robbed (selling AWB for Mauro Jr., Oscar Rodriguez, Queiros & Christian Oliva - yikes). But it is what it is and these deals have allowed me to build up my ranks with interesting and viable players. I think that Sam Hinkie would be proud of my work. Nowadays, the team is led by Papu Gomez, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Telles, Djene & Pavlenka, backed up by a plethora of exciting prospects - some of the highlights include: Lodi, Bruno Guimaraes, Bennacer, Gabriel, Kabak, Almada, Hlozek & Fabio Silva. Looking into the future, the goal is to ultimately become a mainstay in Division 1, and to maybe even win a cup or two. I could see the team reaching this level within a year or so if everything works out. The process continues - here's to the next three years. --- Doncaster Rovers Progress from Season 18-25: Season 18 (D4): 17th, 36 points Season 19 (D4): 18th, 34 points Season 20 (D4): 10th, 56 points Season 21 (D4): 5th, 63 points - won promotion playoff Season 22 (D3): 15th, 45 points Season 23 (D3): 5th, 61 points - lost promotion playoff Season 24 (D3): 1st, 79 points currently, Season 25 (D2): 7th, 26 points after 17 games
  13. 8 months into the Barrow project and the club has literally gone nowhere.. lol. After taking over a team of turds, I decided to go through my usual strategy of selling everyone and replacing them with any player I can find with a pulse. Unsurprisingly, the team's results have not improved and Barrow are still stuck in the basement of Division 5. There is some hope with talents starting to emerge - hoping that the likes of Eze, Kudus & Mumin can continue to grow. And another positive is that the team's finances are starting to grow, hopefully this can allow me to sign talents (either externally or via new players list) on a consistent basis in the future. But for now, Barrow will continue to be the laughing joke of 7777. Next update will be in 2 years ... or on August 18, 2020
  14. Take Sanches and run. Can't think of a single GW where any of the trio would have any resale value. Thoughts on the following: Fran Beltran, Marcao, Porro, Rogerio (Sassuolo) & Matviyenko - what are their long-term ceilings?
  15. I heard that Valenzuela played well last season for Columbus but he ruptured his ACL or something like that and is out for this season, but will probably get a +2/3 if you're financially desperate. BUY Tyler Adams. Deserves at least a 84 now, if he keeps up his form for Leipzig he'll be an 88/89 in just over a year. From what I've seen he is composed with the ball and makes good decisions, his long-range passing is a bit inconsistent however. Also, George Bello could be a very interesting long-term signing from the MLS. Was poor against Herediano but bound to get many opportunities this season since his competition for LWB at Atlanta is trash - Rahul, do you think there is any chance of a rise for Allan Cruz of Cincinnati?
  16. yes Iury (Zorya), Prevljak (Mattersburg), Brignola (Benevento) are worth looking into. A little on the expensive side for you however. Also, Tyler Adams is a must buy from MLS (deserves a 82), but if someone already has Sweat someone definitely has Adams. Order kind of makes sense as 5 of the bottom 6 teams in the East have been reviewed already (only after 3 games tho). SM should've reviewed them based off last season's standings though...
  17. Deserves a 88 but probably will only get a 87 :/ Also Cornet -87 please.
  18. After today's rise to 87 for Lautaro Martinez (probably mainly bc of his hype), could Pussetto reach 86, or would 85 be more realistic. thanks
  19. It's a decent strategy but you either need a lot of risers to compensate for the high wages or pray for a cash injection. in 1 GW my highest rated player is 89 and I still lose ~1.5m a week lol. 1. tough but Malcom 2. Bailey 3. I'd say so 4. SMS
  20. imo Richarlison is the best of the bunch. however Jorge will probably get a +1, Tousart will also probably get a +1 next review simply because he's the only 'defensive' midfielder at Lyon, and Diop could get a +1 should Toulouse avoid relegation
  21. would appreciate opinions on Matt Miazga
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