TheJanitor Posted January 28 Share Posted January 28 (edited) Introduction Despite playing since FM08, in FM13 I completed my first ever save with a club that wasn't Liverpool. That club was Schalke 04. Playing an old-fashioned 442 with wingers and the lethal Klaas-Jan Huntelaar upfront, we were able to dethrone Bayern in our first season before falling apart in the second one. In FM23, a decade later, I decided to go back to "The Royal Blues" only to find it in a mess. Returning to the Bundesliga after one season in the 2nd division, Schalke are now the underdogs, with a squad that contains little quality and mostly players who aren't good enough to compete in the league. On top of that, there is a massive debt looming over the club. Like I mentioned, despite being below average in general, the squad contains some quality, which is important as I start without the first window. Simon Terodde scored 30 in 30 last season in the 2. Bundesliga, and he will remain our first choice upfront, despite is obvious limitations - he is slow and technically lacking, but can definitely put a goal at the back of the net. The versatile Rodrigo Zalazar and on loan Tom Krauß (who will remain at the club if we survive) are already important members of our team despite their young age. First Season Aims The aims this season is to avoid relegation battle and be competitive in the DFB-Pokal. I don't think it's going to be so straight-forward, but it's also not an impossible mission. The board also expects developing young players through the youth system, which is of very high quality as you would expect. There are a few players in the U19 would could make their first steps this season, for example 16 years old RB Taylan Bulut and 17 years old GK Faaris Yusufu, but above all is Assan Ouédraogo, a 16 years old versatile midfielder. Edited January 28 by TheJanitor Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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