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Re: FM 2017: Reisen er belønning

on Thu Jun 28, 2018 12:20 pm
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5th July 2018

Convinced my mate Brede to follow me to Russia.


Never knew Hangeland was born in Texas.
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Re: FM 2017: Reisen er belønning

on Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:30 pm
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10th July 2018

Nearly two years after becoming a professional manager, I've finally made my first permanent signing.

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Re: FM 2017: Reisen er belønning

on Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:34 pm
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16th July 2018

My first competitive game in charge of Fakel was a dull 0-0.


Definite improvement needed.
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Re: FM 2017: Reisen er belønning

on Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:30 am
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11th August 2018

Making up for lost time when I didn't have the money to sign anyone for Fredericia, I've signed eight (eight!) players so far this window. However, my squad building plans have been thrown up in the air by two of my best players demanding to leave. The same pattern followed with both: a Prem'er Liga side makes a bid for the player, I reject it, the player's fuming, a week or so later they hand in a transfer request, I accept it to minimise any further disharmony in the squad. So both are now transfer listed by request and I'm left hoping the remaining three-ish weeks of the window will pass without any more bids coming in for either - unlikely.

The first of these is 23-year-old centre-back Alexey Gritsaenko, and to be honest I'm not too bothered if he does leave. He's only my second best centre-back, there's another already in the squad who's very close to him ability-wise, and there seems to be plenty of potential replacements I could quickly bring in who would be at least as good if not a slight improvement. The one I'm really worried about losing is defensive midfielder Yury Bavin, who's not only my best DM by a long shot (and arguably the best player in the whole squad) but is also currently serving as my backup right-back. Bavin would be easier to replace if it weren't for the fact that a) I'm only allowed to field three non-Russian players at a time and I already have three in my strongest XI, and b) another league rule is a maximum player wage of €1,100. From what I've seen so far I won't be able to find a player as good as Bavin who's both Russian and currently on €1,100 or less.
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Re: FM 2017: Reisen er belønning

on Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:52 am
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1st September 2018

The window closes and neither Gritsaenko nor Bavin received any more bids from top-flight sides; both remain at the club and will have to be happy with their lot.

Here's a summary of our transfer activity this summer:


Baranets (CM) and Misyak (LW) were signed for the first XI. Natkho (CM) and Zinin (LB) were signed as backup/rotation but have so far impressed enough to start more often than not. Marushko (LW) and Gusev (RW) were signed as backup and currently are backup. Gerasimov (GK) and Abramov (CM) were signings for the future and are in the U21 squad.

Have been lining up with a 4-3-3:


And something about it seems to be working, because we're 2nd in the league, unbeaten so far, and have incredibly conceded only two goals in nine games.


We've also progressed to the next round of the domestic cup.

The system perhaps needs some tweaking going forward as we're not scoring very many and are currently too reliant on Kasyan's goals (he is very good). But it seems pretty solid at the back if nothing else.

Not getting too carried away yet as lots of our early fixtures have been against sides who are struggling towards the bottom of the table. But a pleasing start nonetheless.
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Re: FM 2017: Reisen er belønning

on Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:49 am
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8th September 2018


Holding firm has worked out well and Bavin is back to normal. Phew.
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Re: FM 2017: Reisen er belønning

on Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:07 pm
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26th September 2018

Have beaten Prem'er Liga side Yenisey Krasnoyarsk in the cup. Our reward is a Sixth Round tie against CSKA Moscow - the biggest and best team Fritjof will have faced as a manager so far.
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Re: FM 2017: Reisen er belønning

on Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:40 pm
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1st October 2018

September's Goal of the Month has been announced and I am incredulous that this from Kas'yan only came third.

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Re: FM 2017: Reisen er belønning

on Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:10 pm
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7th October 2018

Just like my second season with Fredericia, after a wonderful start we've hit some very bad form. Unbeaten in our first 12 league games only to lose every one of the next three. Annoying!

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Re: FM 2017: Reisen er belønning

on Fri Jun 29, 2018 4:52 pm
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20th October 2018

After four league defeats in a row we've bounced back with a 3-0 win. Everyone is going wild for the new formation we used in this game, a '4-3-1-2 DM Asymmetric ST (CR)', what poncey shit is this. :mock:

This is what a 4-3-1-2 DM Asymmetric ST (CR) looks like:


I think really what worked in our favour here was a) Zenit-2 aren't very good and b) I actually bothered to read the report on Zenit-2 beforehand which told me that most goals they'd conceded this season were from crosses, and so I set up team instructions to get the ball out wide and individual instructions for my wingers to put lots of crosses in. I guess this is how you're meant to play FM, who knew.
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