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How-To: Develop Youth Products – UPDATED

As anyone who follows this blog or my twitter feed knows, my FM13 Enfield Town squad was made up entirely of players that I had developed from the clubs’ youth academy from the age of 15/16. Many of them were world class, and have led the club to multiple top level trophies, as well as being key players at international level. This is a simple guide as to how I developed these players – it really isn’t as complicated as some people will have you believe.

This guide can also apply to bought youngsters, skip to step 4 if this is the case (although Training Facilities and Coaches apply from step 1).

1 – There are a few things that the club should have in place before you even start:

Training Facilities – The better these are, the more specific individual training options are available, and improved CA distribution.*
Youth Facilities – The better they are, the better the rate of youth CA distribution.*
Junior Coaching – Affects the CA level of your Youth Intake players. The better this is, the more likely to get players with high CA.^
Youth Recruitment – The better this is, increases the pool of players that can be recruited, increasing chance of high PA players.^
Head of Youth Development – His personality and mental stats can influence the intake players. High determination and a good personality** are highly recommended.
Coaches – The more specialised your coaches, the better the training they’ll provide in that area. Aim to have one specialised coach in each category. The higher the star rating, the better the coach.

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Athletic Club – Season Review 2013/14

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2013/14 Season Review

Season two. Tasked with qualifying for the Champions League, while also having to deal with the pre-arranged transfer of Llorente to Juventus was always going to be tricky as there are no strikers that can replace him. Still we had to try, and so I changed formation to a 5-2-2-1. For a while it seemed to work, but then our form took a dive. So I switched to my trusty attacking 4-5-1, and we found our feet again. But was it too late?

Liga BBVA (stats)

As I alluded to previously, we started well, and were where I expected us to be – up and down between fourth and fifth. Around the halfway point, everything went wrong. We were losing games we should have at least drawn, and drawing/losing games we were expected to win easily. A change of formation brought an about-turn, and we finished with a flourish, again the best of the rest, but with a comfortable gap between ourselves and Sevilla in fourth.

League results vs ‘The Big Two’

Real Madrid (h): 3-1 win

Barcelona (a): 0-0 draw

Real Madrid (a): 1-2 loss

Barcelona (h): 1-1 draw

We closed the gap between ourselves and the top two on results between us, but what let us down in closing the league gap is our failure to pick up results versus teams we should have beaten comfortably.

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