EL VIOLETA

An FM21 series with Defensor Sporting in Uruguay 🇺🇾 where we have one crack at a Copa Libertadores final, win or lose! Continued by La Celeste, where Maxi continued his journey by taking Uruguay to the 2030 World Cup!

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LA CELESTE – THE 2030 WORLD CUP!

Welcome back to On the Break! Last time out, Maxi guided his Uruguay side through qualification and gave out a load of debuts. Now we’ve arrived at the big time, it’s the 2030 World Cup! SQUAD SELECTION There were a few headaches when it came to selecting the squad, most notably at right-back. Diego de…

LA CELESTE – WORLD CUP HERE WE COME!

Welcome back to On the Break! After the brief introduction to the Uruguay set up last time out, it’s time to bring some actual match action! Let’s recap the 18 months or so that Maxi has had at the reigns of La Celeste! FIRST THINGS FIRST I said in the last post that I had…

MAXI’S LA CELESTE – WELCOME TO URUGUAY

Welcome back to On the Break! This is the first post in what I suppose is a new series, although it’s a continuation of Maxi Pereria’s managerial dynasty! Having taken the Uruguayan national job while still with Defensor Sporting (click HERE to catch up with that portion of the save) it’s now the sole focus…

EL VIOLETA – MY TIME AT DEFENSOR SPORTING

Welcome back to On the Break! If you missed the last post, we rounded out the 2028 season, our last with Defensor Sporting. This last post will be a bit of a ramble, one last look at this portion of the save! Let’s have a look back, and say goodbye to Defensor! It’s been a…

EL VIOLETA – 2028 TITLE RUN IN!

Welcome back to On the Break! If you missed the last couple of posts, where were you?! Last time out we narrowly lost the Copa Libertadores final in heart-breaking fashion, and before that we played the Intermedio and most of the Clausura to put us in pole position for the title. Now it’s time to…

EL VIOLETA – THE COPA LIBERTADORES FINAL

ROAD TO THE FINAL DEFENSOR SPORTING “Topping a group including Brazilian giants São Paulo was a great achievement for Defensor, who were never really at threat of elimination from the competition at this stage after an opening 6-0 win away at Libertad.” “Commanding performances in the first leg of both the Second Round and Quarters…

EL VIOLETA – 2028 INTERMEDIO AND CLAUSURA…ISH

Welcome back to On the Break! Last time out we got off to an incredible start to the league campaign, although Peñarol are hanging in there behind us! There’s a lot of big news to cover in this post, so let’s get cracking! NEW JOB? I shared a while back on Twitter that the Uruguayan…

EL VIOLETA – 2028 PRE-SEASON AND APERTURA

Welcome back to On the Break! Doesn’t real life just get in the way?! It’s 3 weeks since I gave the last update, the end of the 2027 season, and I’ve barely had time to sit at the PC since! Here we are though, ready to get the 2028 season underway! YOUTH INTAKE Underwhelmed. In…

EL VIOLETA – 2027 INTERMEDIO AND CLAUSURA

Welcome back to On the Break! If you missed the last post covering the first half of the 2027 season, click HERE to catch up! Peñarol seem to be the team to beat this year, and we’re going to have to be at our best if we’ve got any chance of the title. Can we…

EL VIOLETA – 2027 PRE-SEASON AND APERTURA

Welcome back to On the Break! Click HERE if you haven’t seen the last post in the series, where we concluded the 2026 season. Redemption was the key word last year, getting back to where we had been since the save started; now we need to try and kick on again. YOUTH INTAKE Don’t get…

EL VIOLETA – 2026 INTERMEDIO AND CLAUSURA

Welcome back to On the Break! If you aren’t up to date with the series, click HERE to see how the first half of the 2026 season went. There’s a lot to cover in this post; league form, the Sudamericana, and even some transfer dealings! We best get a move on! TORNEO INTERMEDIO We had…

EL VIOLETA – 2026 PRE-SEASON AND APERTURA

Welcome back to On the Break! After narrowly missing out on the 2024 league title, 2025 brought us crashing back down with an awful season. Click HERE to catch up if you missed it. I had a good, long think over the off season, analysed the data, and made a few changes. If they don’t…

EL VIOLETA – DISSECTING A DISAPPOINTMENT

Welcome back to On the Break! Last season was a rough one, the worst since the save started. If you aren’t up to date with the series, I’d recommend at the very least reading the previous post HERE, as it covers the end of the season and gives context to what we’re about to analyse.…

EL VIOLETA – 2025 INTERMEDIO AND CLAUSURA

Welcome back to On the Break! If you missed the post covering the first half of this season, click HERE to catch up! Spoiler alert, it’s grim reading! We really need to find some form and quickly if we’re going to rescue this season, otherwise the save could be over far sooner than anticipated! TORNEO…

VIOLETA EXTRA – BIG GAME FOCUS

Welcome back to On the Break! Next up in the Violeta Extra series is a post I didn’t plan to write, but on a monotonous day at work my mind started to wander towards some big games I have coming up and how best to prepare for key games in Football Manager, so now it’s…

EL VIOLETA – 2025 PRE-SEASON AND APERTURA

Welcome back to On the Break! If you’re here for the first time or are behind on the series, firstly – thanks for taking the time, and secondly – you can catch up HERE! This year brings about a whole new challenge, the Copa Libertadores Group Stages! Can we balance the demands of the extra…

EL VIOLETA – END OF SEASON SQUAD REVIEW

Welcome back to On the Break! In the last post we concluded the 2024 season, and I mentioned that the squad needs a big overhaul, probably a bigger one than I’ve done in a few editions of FM. In this post I’m going to talk through my process, starting with evaluating last year’s squad, identifying…

EL VIOLETA – 2024 INTERMEDIO AND CLAUSURA

Welcome back to On the Break! In today’s post we’ll wrap up the 2024 season and hope to push on towards a first title of the save! If you’ve missed any of the previous posts, catch up HERE. TORNEO INTERMEDIO With Torque surprising everyone and finishing second in the Apertura table, we lucked out that…

EL VIOLETA – 2024 PRE-SEASON AND APERTURA

Welcome back to On the Break! 2023 saw us progress from a distant third to a genuine title challenger for the first time (click HERE to see how that unfolded) so now we need to build on that momentum and really push the big boys! TACTICS Halfway through last season we moved away from our…

VIOLETA EXTRA – LET’S TALK ABOUT SQUAD NUMBERS

Welcome back to On the Break! Today’s post is the second in the Violeta Extra series, where we cover smaller points surrounding the save and how I approach or think about them! Today’s is something that to some will be an absolute non-event, but to others something that can cause superstitions, debate and even conflict!…

EL VIOLETA – 2023 INTERMEDIO AND CLAUSURA

Welcome back to On the Break! A lot has happened since the last post, I’ve had a little rebrand over on Twitter and given myself a little manager avatar which you’ll see dotted around on the site here too, but more importantly, I’ve partnered with the guys over at FM Base and will be adding…

EL VIOLETA – MEET THE PROSPECTS

Welcome back to On the Break! I hope everyone is doing well considering the situation we find ourselves in! If you’ve missed any previous parts of the series, click HERE to catch up. In this post, we’re going to take a more in depth look at the crop of young players we have looking to…

VIOLETA EXTRA – HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE RABUÑAL?

He’s my captain, top earner, and one of our best players, but Martin Rabuñal is under threat from the exciting talent of Luciano Boggio. How do I go about fitting them both into the same side, if that is in fact even the best solution? THE PROBLEM Martin Rabuñal and Luciano Boggio are both really…

EL VIOLETA – 2023 PRE-SEASON AND APERTURA

Welcome back to the brand new On the Break! This is the first post I’ve put out since I moved over to my new site, and I’m really pleased with how it’s come out, I hope you guys all like it too! If this is the first post of mine you’re seeing, click HERE to…

EL VIOLETA – 2022 INTERMEDIO AND CLAUSURA

Welcome back to On The Break! I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas, despite all the uncertainty and restrictions right now. It’s been a while since the last post, so to catch up on the series so far, click HERE. We met expectations in the Apertura this season and got off to a solid start,…

EL VIOLETA – 2022 PRE-SEASON AND APERTURA

Welcome back to On The Break! To catch up on the series so far, click HERE. In today’s post, we kick off the 2022 season, taking a look at our pre-season dealings and matches, before diving into the Apertura stage, and our first taste of continental football! PRE-SEASON Before any competitive action, we played a…

EL VIOLETA – 2021 INTERMEDIO AND CLAUSURA

Welcome back to On The Break! Click HERE to catch up with the series so far. Today’s post brings the first season of the save to an end, as we cover the Torneo Intermedio and Clausura stage, and how the overall table looks when all is said and done. TORNEO INTERMEDIO The biggest immediate challenge…

EL VIOLETA – 2021 APERTURA

Welcome back to On The Break! Click HERE to catch up on the previous posts in the series. Today’s post brings the first competitive action of the save, as we dive into our first Apertura, or Opening Stage, campaign. Before we get into that though, we have a few other things to talk about. OFF…

EL VIOLETA – IT’S GO TIME!

Welcome back to On The Break! If you’ve missed the previous parts of this series, click HERE to catch up. I wasn’t going to do a pre-season post, but there are a few bits to talk about so let’s cover them now before my very first Primera División campaign! GETTING THINGS IN PLACE Staffing As…

EL VIOLETA – GAME SETUP AND THE FIRST DAY

Welcome back to On The Break! The full release of FM21 is finally upon us, so it’s time to get the show on the road! If you missed the introduction to this series, you can catch up HERE. I’m excited to get the save up and running, but we’ve got a bit of prep to…

AN INTRODUCTION TO ‘EL VIOLETA’

Welcome back to On The Break! I’m excited to bring you the first post of my main FM21 save, El Violeta, with Defensor Sporting from Uruguay. I am a complete novice when it comes to South American football, but the culture, passion and ability all across the continent is inspiring, so I’m throwing myself into…