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  1. I've finally finished season 2 with Bayer Leverkusen, and it's been enjoyable. I'll try and post a proper update soon to wrap it up. Unfortunately the speed I go through seasons is so slow that there isn't much point starting season 3, as FM20 demo will be out before I make much progress. @matsnor21 Sorry for the slow reply. I used the pro database, have a look on the editors hideaway forum.
  2. Results - April & May 2019 I was needing a top four finish to get a CL group stage spot for next season, and was 5th as the run-in started April saw me beaten by Schalke in the German Cup, and Barcelona dumped me out of the Champions League 6-1 on aggregate (QF stage) But I went undefeated in four more league games and that stuttering form saw me starting May in 4th spot as Paderborn started to buckle too Good wins on the first two May fixtures saw my side guarantee 4th ahead of a drab final day bore draw with 6th placed Paderborn Final Bundesliga table Well, I must say this was a really intriguing battle as nobody ran away with anything I feel so sorry for Eintracht Frankfurt who had been top for much of the season but then imploded (much like IRL) with three games to go They lost their 32nd league game 4-2 to Bayern, and their next one 4-1 to RB Leipzig despite leading 1-0 after 75 minutes And then as Bayern drew 0-0 on the final day, Frankfurt lost 2-0 at relegated Union Berlin when a win would have clinched the title for them Their bad run ended by losing to Arsenal in the Europa League final - what a sad ending they had Progress report Here you can see the stats of the leading players, board confidence and financial chart (competition payments were massive in May) Season Review And here is a quick summary of the performance in all competitions, together with a graph of the league performance through the season I'm pleased to have achieved this with a squad of 22, especially as two of them played less than two games each Player stats (all competitions) Here are the player stats across all competitions For me, I would say Volland, Bailey and Tah were the best players (the latter won the fans award) I've already agreed the sale of the disappointing Stindl to FC Koln for £15m (I only paid £11m for him so did well on that front) His replacement will be Wriedt from the U19 squad, and I don't see too many other deals happening to be honest That might change if good quality Germans can be acquired at sensible money, or if any of my non-Germans are pursued An interesting comparison of wage v turnover numbers U19 squad progress My U19 team maintained their fine form towards the end of the season, finishing 3rd in the league after a slow start when I had only half a team The boys also hammered Inter Milan in the CL U19 semi final and thrashed Shakhtar in the final to bag a memorable trophy Most of the players below were signings made by me, and one or two more will probably arrive in the summer Wriedt and Diaby will join the first team squad, whilst the sheer volume of strikers might see Mbay sent on his way earlier than I wanted I like not having a B Team or U23 Team, but once players are too old for this U19 squad, there is nowhere else for them to go
  3. Yeah, mostly that. Occasionally I have to go 442 or 433 because I'm operating on a 22-man squad to keep everything under closer scrutiny. Volland has been the pick of my strikers by far. Looking at the below, maybe I should have used 442 more, but that was generally only against weaker teams so screws the data.
  4. Results - January, February & March 2019 Since the winter break, my form has been reasonable if not spectacular In the league, there have been a few convincing wins, a number of bore draws and a couple of disappointing defeats The latest loss, at home to struggling TSG Hoffenheim was particularly poor, but the home loss to title challengers Dortmund was also a blow Having trailed 3-1, I clawed it back to 3-3 only to concede a predictable 80th minute goal to undo all the hard work Things have gone better in the Champions League, despite losing 2-0 in Amsterdam in the first leg against Ajax With an exit looming on the horizon, I raced in to a 3-0 lead back in Germany, but an away goal by the Dutch side saw them ahead on away goals With time up, Nils Petersen somehow rescued me with a stoppage time clincher that put me through That was harsh on Ajax, but my reward saw me get paired with FC Barcelona in the QF draw so it's probably the end of the road now anyway Progress so far As you can see, the top six are separated by just seven points, with seven league games left to play It's great to see Eintracht Frankfurt doing so well, but the big two are right on their heels just a point behind Possibly even more remarkable are the efforts of SC Paderborn, who have had an amazing season so far and are pushing for CL qualification I've got some work to do to achieve that myself, and potentially could even drop to 6th with RB Leipzig only behind me on GD Transfer update My transfer moves had been made by 1st January (in and out) but I added two more German players on deadline day for my U19 squad Those arrivals were goalkeeper Niclas Thiede (£225k from SC Freiburg) and central midfielder Max Winter (£325k from RB Leipzig) The sale of Tin Jedvaj is now definite, with his future fee clause of £6.75m being activated by Hertha BSC where he has been on loan U19 squad progress Since January when I was able to sign a host of players in order to get a full team out, my U19 side have gone goal crazy Stellar performances have been coming from my original starlets, from the new winter signings, and even the only three kids kept from my youth intake The latter trio are all strikers bizarrely, and as Hofmann is 14 and Schmetz and Janik are 15, the future is looking bright
  5. Manager aims I want to achieve a top four finish in the Bundesliga, and ultimately challenge for a first-ever Bundesliga title in the coming seasons I want to avoid a 4th place finish in the Champions League group, and aim to reach the knockout stages in future seasons I want to keep a small squad, signing German and younger players, phasing out older non-Germans and giving young players a chance to play I want to expand the U19 squad and make this a potential route to first team football in future years (there is no B Team or U23 Team) I want to keep the wage bill and finances in good shape, building the club up for a bright future Goalkeepers I inherited three goalkeepers, and it was clear that Lukas Hradecky would be the starter for the first season at least 34 year old Austrian Ramazan Ozcan (£800k to Wiesbaden) and Niklas Lomb (195k to Vfl Bochum) were allowed to leave I lined up Alexander Nubel to come in as understudy, but finances didn't allow me to complete a £4.3m deal for the young German Instead, I had to make do with signing his young German teammate at Schalke as Markus Schubert arrived for £975k Right-backs Mitchell Weiser was young and German and had plenty of quality, so all I needed was an understudy The £3.5m signing of Danny da Costa from Eintracht Frankurt gave more than that, leaving me with two great German options for this role Left-backs Wendell had been at the club since 2014 and was a very decent option, but again I wanted a challenger to put pressure on him Ex-Ajax man Daley Sinkgraven didn't have the right attributes to push the Brazilian, so I did my best to move him on immediately I couldn't do that as quick as I wanted, but have now lined up a £1.9m sale to Dynamo Dresden which will happen in January Top targets like Nico Schulz, Philipp Max and Luan Candido were all out of reach due to growing reputations, however I still found a gem 21 year old German Maximilian Mittelstadt was the man, and the £7.75m signing from Hertha Berlin should be a great acquisition Centre-backs Jonathan Tah and Panagiotis Retsos were good young players on the books, and I was comfortable pairing them at the heart of the defence I wasn't keen on Tin Jedjav or Aleksandar Dragovic though, and tried to off load them on permanent deals (to no avail) Instead, the pair made loan moves to Hertha Berlin and Hannover 96 respectively, with wage and loan fees plus future-fee clauses inserted I had the experience of Sven Bender to provide some cover, but spent quite some time looking for one more addition here Matija Nastasic, Niklas Stark, Jordan Torunarigha and Felix Gotze were considered, but I eventually decided to keep just three men for this role This decision turned out to be wrong, as Bender damaged his cruciate ligaments just days after the window closed and would miss 7 months Central Midfield Captain Lars Bender was always going to be important in the defensive midfield role, but the injury to his twin Sven only made him more vital I didn't fancy Julian Baumgartlinger nearly as much, and sold him within days to Chinese club Huaxia Xingfu for £6.75m I also wanted to sell £25m-rated Chilean player Charles Aranguiz, but couldn't get him off the books before the window closed I did however manage to strike a deal with Tottenham days later, and he would depart to London in January for £13.75m Apart from centre-back, the defensive midfield position was my biggest area of weakness, but I couldn't get the right man in Remo Freuler, Diadie Samassekou, Thomas Partey, Denis Zakaria and Amadou Haidara were amongst the foreign options approached Maximilian Eggestein, Arne Maier, Ridle Baku and numerous other Germans were also contacted, but in the end it all came to nothing My German trio of Kerim Demirbay, Nadiem Amiri and Kai Havertz were all superb options for the more advanced roles Unfortunately, I needed to find a system that involved using one of them deeper than I would have liked Wingers Karim Bellarabi, Leon Bailey and Paulinho were already at the club, and gave great options for the attacking roles on both flanks I didn't need to add anything to this group, in fact I just needed to see if I could find a formation that needed two in each match Forwards Kevin Volland and Lucas Alario were the pick of the strikers at the club, and I expected both of them to deliver when called upon Joel Pohjanpalo was not needed however, and although I couldn't sell him straight away, he will be joining Wolfsburg for £1.9m in January Coming in were experienced German strikers Nils Petersen (£7.5m from SC Freiburg) and Lars Stindl (£11m from Borussia Monchengladbach) I also took the opportunity to sign up the raw but talented Okyere Wriedt from Bayern Munich for £450k as one for the future The German was put in to the U19 group upon arrival, but as he is too old to play for them he's been kicking his heels so far First Team Squad at the start of the official season Pre-Season results The opposition was quite tough, and as I was experimenting with my squad in different formations, I was happy with how it went Season results As I was still tinkering with my formation, it took a few weeks to settle down at the start of the official campaign Narrow league losses at Eintracht Frankurt and Bayern Munich were unlucky, as was a last minute 1-0 defeat to Juventus in Europe Otherwise, the form in the domestic competitions was good, especially once I finally settled on a 4411 formation As autumn and winter approached, I dropped some points in the league with a succession of draws But I managed fine wins at both Juventus and Real Madrid in the Champions League, and managed to qualify for the knockout stages The mid-season break is now upon me, but hopefully by the time I return that disappointing loss at SC Paderborn will long be forgotten Progress so far It's been very tight at the top, with my position generally being 2nd-4th as teams are taking points off each other frequently Tactics This is the 4411 formation that has been working well for me after some tinkering at the start of the season The names change from time to time as the likes of Wendell, da Costa, Paulinho, Stindl, Petersen and even Alario are all capable But the roles and ideas are applied consistently like this as it's much more suitable than some of the others I tried early on Transfer window plans (winter) Not much needed to be done in the January transfer window, but I have already filled the two obvious holes I had in the squad The first of those was defensive midfield, and 21 year old Dutchman Pablo Rosario arrives from PSV for £8m to solve this problem I also signed 24 year old Turkish international centre-back Kaan Ayhan from Fortuna Dusseldorf for £7m to add more cover to my defence This leaves a squad of 22 (plus Wriedt and the U19 eligible players) which is just about right I would be open to offers for Stindl though, as he earns £52k p/w and I have a striker too many when only using one in my team Otherwise, I think that will probably be it and I might take four weeks off as all the other clubs scramble around trying to do deals Development of the U19 squad German full-back Josha Vagnoman was signed from SV Hamburg for £2.5m in the summer as I needed to boost my U19 ranks considerably Joining him in that squad this winter are several more new faces, so I will actually be able to field a full side now The latest recruits include German strikers Jan Thielmann (£235k from FC Koln) and Timo Bornemann (£210k from Fortuna Dusseldorf) Another striker coming in is the highly-rated Leonardo Campana for £250k from Barcelona in Ecuador Danish winger Gustav Isaksen joined on a free transfer from FC Midtjylland and centre-back Josko Gvardiol (£500k from Dinamo Zagreb) Centre-back Yann-Aurel Bisseck will arrive next summer from FC Koln for a fee of £1.8m when his loan spell at Holsten Kiel ends Already in this squad before I arrived were goalkeepers Tomasz Kucz and Marcel Lotka plus centre back Kevin Bukusu Also there were midfielders Adrian Stanilewicz, Ayman Azhil and Christopher Scott, winger Moussa Diaby and striker Dennis Mbay
  6. Not all, I'd say it's less cheating than using the transfer update like I am as really that's for FM20. Crack on and enjoy - and post it in the Bundesliga thread
  7. Sorry to say that my brief spell with Reading (whilst enjoyable) hasn't continued. They signed a whole host of new players after I started this, and some of them seem quite promising. I decided to stop as they will be amongst the EFL contenders for me in FM20 .
  8. Cheers In to October now, and finally seem to have found a formation. It's not been easy so far, too many good players at Bayer 04 to fit in to a starting X1. Results were ok, but I felt it was too attack-heavy until now
  9. I've finally got a Bundesliga game open and have taken over at Bayer Leverkusen. Apart from a couple of months at Gladbach many years ago, this will be my first German effort. Hopefully it lasts for at least one full season! It's also my first time ever using a transfer update, so I've lost Brandt to Dortmund but have a handful of new signings that the club has made. I've also made some transfers of my own, and pre-season is complete. My philosophy will be to sign/use young and/or German players. I like the fact that they don't have any U23 team or B-Team, in fact not even a full U19 team. This means I have a very manageable group of players to focus on (at the club) with no loan players here and only a handful away on loan (ones that I didn't want).
  10. Just catching up on these updates now. I'm still managing in Portugal, but during my pre-season break I've also been tempted to start what will probably be my last EFL save in FM19. Formed in 1871, Reading are one of the oldest football league clubs in the world Until the start of the 2018/19 season, the club had successfully (but narrowly) avoided relegation to League 1 in three out of the last four campaigns The exception to the above was 2016/17 when the club only missed out on promotion to the top flight by a PO Final loss to Huddersfield on penalties Whilst it is now known that the 2018/19 season was another struggle against demotion, a raft of good quality loan signings in the winter kept them up I've decided to take advantage of these signings to see what I can do at the club myself in the 2018/19 season I have added a set of 'realism rules' to my challenge though, reflecting the real life FFP issues and soft transfer embargo the club now has It's well known that the Chinese owners would put money in, but they won't risk penalties as the squad and wage bill is way too large Every out of contract player was released in the summer and a whole host of other senior pros were excluded from the training camp in Spain Whilst only a small number of players have left so far, I have decided to demote every one of them to the U23 squad as I try to sell or loan them out This drastically reduced the pool of players available to me, but to balance this off, I have kept the loan players that helped so much last year I am unable to recall a couple of loan players who are set to be involved during 2019/20, so new signings can be made That will be possible only on strict conditions though - they must have played for the club before or must be a 2019/20 signing IRL I've enhanced the squad numbers by virtue of including the Academy products that have been promoted during this pre-season The big transfer was turning Nelson Oliveira's loan move in to a permanent £1.8m signing This was partly because I needed to reduce the loan numbers from six to five, and partly because I expected him to sign IRL Oliveira had been training with Reading during this off-season and wanted to re-join permanently in real life Unfortunately the club could not afford him even on a free transfer (because of FFP) and he is joining AEK Athens instead The other signing I made was former Academy product Jack Stacey from Luton for £350k to provide another option at right-back Stacey isn't benefitting yet from stats reflecting his performances last year, so was a cheap and sensible move The other incoming players shown in the list were those the club made last season themselves Going out of the club were a small handful of the unwanted men, the rest will languish out on loan or in the U23 group until I can rid myself of them I feel a bit sorry for Bodvarsson who sees himself sold when I would have kept him, but I'm just echoing what the club wanted to do Baldock is already free to go after a disappointing year, but was added late to the training camp squad due to lack of numbers so I kept him too Obita has been injured for two seasons and only now training again so for this 2018/19 season he isn't available for selection Results so far have been encouraging, and better than I expected with a small and youthful squad I'm trying to make the side defensively sound as they haven't been like this for years until Miazga and Moore paired up last January A solid base can then hopefully allow me to counter-attack effectively, with the pace and power of Barrow & Meite supporting Oliveira So far so good, and I hope that I can cope with the long and hard winter schedule that no doubt lies ahead
  11. 96501736 - Luvanor Henrique Known name: Luvannor or Luvannor Henrique. The spelling of his full name should include Luvannor instead of Luvanor The player is a free agent in game but has been with FC Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai (UAE) since 1st July 2017 He signed on free transfer and his current contract expires 30th June 2020 Season 17/18 - 8 league appearances / 2 goals Season 18/19 (for FM20 data) - 24 league appearances / 12 goals Natural position is STC but should be accomplished as AML and AMR. He is also competent as DL & ML (previously played DL & ML regularly for Sheriff in Moldova) He is a strong and powerful left-footed player (right foot is strong too) with good finishing - his finishing stat needs to be 14+ Other attributes need to be improved across the board to reflect a £2m rated player. I would say long shots, determination, flair, heading, anticipation, dribbling, pace and acceleration should all be 11-13 range and he should have a fixed PA and not random stats. Defensive stats are probably around 9 as he isn't really used there anymore Brother is Klysman Henrique (please add favoured personnel for both). Brother should have his spelling corrected and his club set to Operario Futebol Club (Brazil) Luvannor info confirmed on below links... https://www.transfermarkt.com/luvannor/profil/spieler/192701 https://www.transfermarkt.com/luvannor/leistungsdatendetails/spieler/192701 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CdXPgWLEp4
  12. SLB - Season 2 (part 6) We had a very busy schedule in April, with mixed emotions coming from our performances and results A fine win in the League at home to Lisbon rivals Sporting seemed a perfect boost ahead of the Champions League QF with CF Valencia It didn't turn out that way, as we were 2-0 down after just 12 minutes of the first leg in Spain The players responded well though, as a goal on the stroke of half time made it 2-1 and we saw out the rest of the tie Heading back to Portugal just one strike behind and with an away goal gave us confidence we could progress That hope was slightly dented as we then failed to see off Braga in the league, conceding an 89th minute leveller when the job looked done And perhaps that affected our next fixture, which was the return leg at home to CF Valencia Believing that this was ours to lose, we were caught flat-footed again as the visitors raced in to a 2-0 lead inside 9 minutes this time At that point it was clear the game was up, and this was a really lame and disappointing exit from a competition we were fancied for We went on a goal blitz for the rest of the month with 19 goals in our next four matches including an aggregate win in the Taca de Portugal May arrived with us six points clear of FC Porto, although we had them away in our penultimate league game By the time we played them the gap was still six points with just two league matches to play, and we just needed a point to lift the trophy We responded quickly to going a goal down this time as Gustavo levelled, and the 1-1 draw gained was enough to be crowned champions There was no better place to clinch the title, as FC Porto have been incredibly strong now in both seasons and really push us hard We saw out the season in style after that, winning our least league fixture and then lifting the Taca de Portugal with a 2-0 win over Chaves Incredibly that was our 4th domestic title of the season (the Supertaca and League Cup had been won earlier on) Ironically, an improved performance in Portuguese competitions was in contrast to a worse outcome in Europe Whilst a QF exit wasn't a disgrace, we had reached the same stage of the Champions League last year - so it was a clear decline on that front Here is the final table of the 2019/2020 season, highlighting a very impressive season from us A special mention should go to Rio Ave who claimed 4th and a Europa League slot with a very strong finish Here is the performance graph, plus a quick overview of player stats, board confidence and an update on our financial position Despite the four trophies lifted, and reasonable effort in Europe, the board still weren't too happy though The end of season player stats are below, and the stand out pick has to be Raul Jimenez with 44 goals in all competitions Brazilian left-back Renan Lodi and striker Pedro also had fine seasons, but nobody really disappointed We have introduced a few more youngsters to the squad during the season, but there is a lot more young talent than this pushing at the door Jimenez was mentioned above, and he was just able to take the top league scorer award ahead of the ever-impressing FC Porto duo So the board aren't particularly convinced by my results, but we are in an outrageously strong financial position now And next year's transfer budget of £138m reflects that we spend a pittance compared to what we bring in As we begin to plan for season 3, we aren't looking to do too much recruiting - and there aren't too many players we need to clear out The three men not from Portugal or Brazil are available if suitable offers come in, but we'll be promoting from within if any of them do leave
  13. @warlock Are you still at Derby or easing off that one? I'm having great fun with SLB but think I do have one more EFL challenge in me. There's a team in L2 that has been on the agenda for ages, but it might well be a 'make it hard for myself with added conditions' game at a poor Championship side that wins me over.
  14. FWIW, I would keep the German. I believe he was in the U21 Euros team of the tournament from the competition in Italy recently, and in FM terms he seems more mellow!
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