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About Jean-Luc

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    Darmstadt & Freiburg Researcher


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    Swimming, Impro theatre, Fencing, Fantasy

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    SC Freiburg

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    Aberdeen F.C.

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  1. That sounds awful. Wishing you all the best for solving that problem.
  2. This is absolutely awesome! How come I never knew about this community experiment? I definitely have to take part next year. Or maybe even... hm. Let me think about it. We are doing a similar thing at a German forum where a dozen users are playing the same team for a season. We don't distribute formations, but obviously often people come up with different ideas and it's incredibly fun to discuss a team and its potential in-depth with other people who are playing exactly the same team right at this moment.
  3. Hey @Doomski, just wanted to give you a quick heads-up that I did manage RC Strasbourg pre winter update for half a season, and I was actually pretty happy with Sels, Lala and Sissoko. I do agree with Ajorque and Mothiba probably being a bit weak. I ended up with Nuno Da Costa being my main goalscoring threat.
  4. I can't say I have seen many Aberdeen F.C. matches, but I am managing the club in FM for their second season and was wondering, if someone can explain Gary Mackay-Steven's Flair 20? In my humble opinion, I am not even sure if a player outside of the absolute elite should even have an attribute of 20 at all. Granted, in FM, a single 20 doesn't make you a super star if the rest of your attributes are low, but flair 20 basically means, the player has the genius of Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi, just without the same physical and technical abilities. (My ingame Mackay-Steven right now is leading goalgetter and scorer of the team). Again, maybe there's a reason behind this. If so, I'd be very curious to hear about it.
  5. I started an Eintracht game pre Winter-update, and it was one of the hardest struggles in my FM career. Things already started badly when I had to leave some players with high influence among the squad out of the Europa League squad. Their discontent soon developed into a rebellion. I also had a very hard time to copy the real Eintracht Frankfurt system to the FM, especially with the strikers. But I think the Winter update at least partly fixed that problem. Great to hear you did better than me!
  6. Great update! Maybe you can add another section every year and tell us a bit more about how Glentoran fared? To achieve your goals, it will be vital that Glentoran keeps its strong stature internationally, right? What you need is two (or better even three) clubs who can compete regularily at the hightest level, so if Glentoran commits any stupid mistakes in the transfer market, that could be bad for Northern Ireland as a whole. What happened to Scotland being in 6th place? Are they as good at the Uefa Coefficient as well? How come?
  7. Carabali looks like a beast. I love him. Söyüncü definitely one of those players who left Freiburg too earls for his own good. Nice to seem him back and performing (although I see despite all his years of experience, he still kept his rather low stats in decision). Leverkusen having a weak season, or even two, seems totally legit and possible to me. They have the money, but one of their main themes has always been that they underperform almost every year, despite their talented squads. Hamburg and Bremen both relegated is a big thrashing and an apocalypse for Northern Germany, though.
  8. What's your league position now? You should be still 2nd after all these decent results, no?
  9. This is an awesome story. I couldn't stop reading. Thanks for the incredible journey. It took me a while until I realized that the subheadlines in bold are hiding links to pictures, though. Little fun fact: I stumbled over your guy Doel Bonsu, thinking "wait a minute... I know that name!". Turns out, he's a young talent from my Racing Strasbourg save which I am managing on and off. Never thought I'd see his name turn up in a different save!
  10. Gutted to read about the early end of your Europa League dreams, but what a nice Bundesliga season so far! And those young guys look stunning. (Also: Bundesliga table looks much more realistic this year. Apart from Mainz of course, but that's part of the fun of this whole What-If? I just don't really like it if everything is turned upside down, and the big guns are struggling against relegation, while all the small clubs are up there. That's a bit too much to believe in...)
  11. The "Achim-Stocker-Stadium" warms my heart as SC Freiburg fan. Great season! Go and rock Europe! (The Bundesliga podium looks extremely weird, though. Although you explained the upward trajectory of Mainz. How is Hannover up there? Did they get extensive investor money?)
  12. Oh! Wow! I haven't been active here for a few weeks, I totally missed this! That's brilliant stuff. By some weird coincidence, I also happen to be a very close follower of Monaco, and was very disappointed with real-life Tielemans, but to think that you got him to join Freiburg is still kind of cool. Also: You got Maxi Philipp back! The guy was a fan favorite in Freiburg before he left for Dortmund to pursue his career there. Good to see that you were able to keep Günter and Petersen still at the club.
  13. Thanks, man! Very interesting stuff. Sulu still active with 36 years... Lots of new people, but Stark, Jones and Kamavuaka still on board. And Terodde and Zoller as new additions for the attack. Can't really see that happening, but you never know...
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