Sokolov wrote:I didn't say it's likely that someone will actually win soon, I meant that I fully expect other teams to make up the entire national team roster, like that Portugal team for example. Yeah you got pretty close, but this isn't an impossible feat, and I thought it was amusing that you said it would be near impossible to repeat. Like you said, it took 10 seasons of not changing the lineup and a bit of luck. That doesn't say 'rare near-impossible feat to me', it just says little squad rotation and a bit of luck...
I think you're missing my point. Having a whole national squad is easy enough to do in the short term, but even Portugal has players from multiple teams. Australia started the Nations Cup with one Keeper but by the end they had a different one in their lineup. This would require either 7 top youngsters all purchased together, trained optimally with a full academy, playing daily friendlies but almost never rotating the squad, and some luck (that no other team in the game has a good enough young player from that country) - or the purchase of every top player in a given nation (plus a few others, in case of NT squad rotation) when they'd already become proven. I don't know if you've approached managers to sign their stars via DPN, but many will reject any offer, even if it is 300,000 G or more. For seven (possibly twelve) stars from a "good" nation (Western Europe, USA, Australia) would cost upwards of 2,000,000 G!
So yeah, the Badgers' method is more doable and more affordable, but how many managers would buy a full squad of one nation's prospects, regularly tweak training to optimize their squad, sign in daily for friendlies but never change the lineup, and do this for 10+ months on the off chance that they'd make up an entire national team. It only takes one star who they couldn't acquire from that nation to ruin everything, even if said unobtainium only plays in a single game. On top of this, the team needs to start with a full academy before even buying any of the stars, and ideally can start fielding all 7 of them at the earliest opportunity (17.0 for each of them), which means they need to be financially sound enough to face numerous relegations while maintaining a full academy.
I don't think I could do it again (unless all 7 Badgers avoid retirement before the next Nation's Cup), but if someone else wants to try it - go ahead! It won't be as easy as it looks, even if the day-to-day effort required is lower than for other teams.