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  1. My favorite madman, at it again . Congratulations on a great comeback in the second half of the season and of course the ultimate prize! Not sure if this save will ever end though, these Belgian teams keep popping up out of nowhere...
  2. Amazing title win! What happened to the Nordestao?
  3. The progress here gets more and more impressive each day. What a season you're having here! Good luck in the Sudamericana final. You got another Watteau, by the way.
  4. This Saint Gonna Be Easy

    Brilliant stuff .
  5. Rough draw against Inter, but to be the best, you have to beat the best. I'd fancy you to win.
  6. Hans Kaiser- Baldness Über Alles!

    Borussia Dortmund December 2017 Unbeaten heading into the winter break. Not optimal by any stretch, but still unbeaten. All of our goalscorers were different this month, which was pretty cool as well. We began the festive month of December with a draw against Werder Bremen, and were lucky to come away with the point after scoring the equalizer in added time. We were the better team, but Bremen held the lead for most of the match. Their goal came through Max Kruse in the 17th minute from an excellent shot into the top bins. Andre Schurrle would miss a great chance to draw level shortly after half time, first hitting the post and then somehow firing wide across the face of goal on a virtually empty net. However, he would atone for this mistake on 91, capping a brilliant counter with a tap-in from Emre Mor's cross. It was a relief to snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat, but we could have done better in this one. We also could have done better against Schachzjor in our dead rubber CL match, but Julian Weigl's brilliant goal in the 11th minute was enough excitement for the day. The young man with a penchant for rare yet spectacular goals clocked one in perfectly from outside the area to give us the win. We had to come from behind again against Gladbach, and we were again grateful to get a point at home. The first half was owned by our opponents. The 23rd minute saw Raffael turn in a simple finish from Patrick Herrmann's service, then eight minutes later Herrmann would benefit from Raffael's deflected pass to score in open space. We were able to pull one back right before halftime through Mario Gotze's long-awaited first goal of the season, then bring it back level just four minutes from time from Bjorn Engels' towering header, the Belgian netting his first goal for Dortmund. Again, we shouldn't have had to come from behind, but I was satisfied with the job done. We finally got the win we needed against relegation candidates Augsburg at the WWK Arena. It took until the second half for us to strike, with Richarlison ending a terrible goal drought through a lovely solo goal. Emre Mor would seal it for us late on, clanking a shot off the underside of the bar and in, leaving no chance for the keeper. Table I certainly did not think Schalke would be topping the table after their unbelievably poor showing last season, but Weinzierl must have figured something out; they're an attacking force with three more wins than any other side. Bayern continue to drop points like they've got butterfingers, as they haven't won a game in the league since November 26. The title race appears to be down to five teams, which surely no one would have predicted to include Stuttgart and Hamburg at the start of the season. Bremen, Leverkusen, and Gladbach look set to fight for EL places. Leipzig and Wolfsburg have recovered form, and Heidenheim are enjoying a comfortable 11th place for the moment being. The relegation race is still unclear, but Augsburg really look like they're not on the same page as the rest of us, as they've won just one game out of their last 14 (a win against Bayern ). Europa League Draw Thank god it's an easy one to start out. Plzen had a relatively light group after getting knocked out in the CL Playoff, finishing second behind Olympiacos and ahead of Standard Liege and Olimpija Ljubljana. They're not to be laughed at, but they were definitely one of the lightest teams we could have drawn in this Round of 32. @Fer Fuchs Ake here's the full draw: We avoided the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United, Sevilla, Benfica, Porto, Inter, and Roma at the first hurdle, all of which could have ended us. Zenit and Bilbao would have been tricky too. Hans Kaiser's Note: I must say this has been a strange season. We've been a less consistent side in the league, but we're roughly in the same position we were in at this time last year. Bayern's relatively poor form and Stuttgart's amazing form have been equally surprising and amusing. The last thing I want is for Carlo to lose his job. That would bring a most unpleasant and unsatisfying end to our rivalry. If he is going to fall, I want it to be at my hands on the biggest stage possible, not in some boardroom hundreds of miles away. We were also eliminated from the Champions League, which although disappointing, does give us a much better chance at meaningful silverware in the Europa League. Plzen don't stand a ****ing chance. It was a tough group, so hopefully the dice will roll our way next year. The one thing I don't want to talk about is the Pokal. I respect Lotte's achievement, but there is no excuse for that loss, especially since they've now been eliminated in the Third Round. All we can hope for now is Lady Luck to be on our side. We'll keep shaving our heads in honor of that hope. I may be looking to the transfer market to supplement our squad this January, but we already have a strong enough unit to keep challenging, especially with Aubameyang coming back from injury. Maybe with a couple more pieces we can really hit our stride. Until then, just wait and see. The baldness will take care of the rest. Los! Los! Los!
  7. FM Careers Forum Discussion

    Ouch, sorry to hear that mate. Hopefully you'll figure something out with the right club. Maybe working with a big club or domestic giant could help you out with making winning tactics?
  8. Remember, a confession will make this all the more easier.
  9. This Saint Gonna Be Easy

    Form has been ticking up lately, you're playing some exciting football for sure. Hopefully this bodes well for making a run on the Europa League, and I believe that's a realistic target for you this year.
  10. Hans Kaiser- Baldness Über Alles!

    Borussia Dortmund November 2017 A decent month, and one that was certainly Marco Reus' to take in the absence of an injured Aubameyang. We started out with an unconvincing performance against new boys Heidenheim, although we ultimately grabbed the three points. Mario Gotze had the first half's best chance denied by Kevin Muller, and we nearly went behind in the second to Marc Schnatterer, who found himself in ample space but couldn't apply a worthy finish to a great chance. Substitute Reus would get the game's only goal on 72, turning in a Kagawa pass with expert ability. We would win again against Hannover, but again there were some doubts on our stamina and consistency. Reus would grab two goals inside a half hour, his first a side-footed volley in open space, and his second a well-placed drive from the edge of the area. Just moments after the second half whistle, Andre Schurrle would make it three with a straightforward finish from a quick break. However, we would give Hannover far too much leeway to come back into contention. Kenan Karaman slipped in their first on 52, and Uffe Bech would make things nervous in added time with a close-range finish. We would hang onto three points, but we let our guard down for most of the second half. In a pivotal Champions League match, we faced Atletico Madrid. This was a well-contested match at the Wanda Metropolitano that saw all three goals come in the second half, but we disappointed again. Veteran defender Juanfran would bang in a volley on 64 to give Atletico the advantage, but a Reus penalty gave us hope of coming away with a victory. We got nothing in the end, as Nico Gaitan broke Dortmund hearts on 83 with a beautiful solo run and finish to cap a breathless second half for our opponents. A deserved victory for a much better side, leaving the bald travelling fans in disarray. Our last fixture of the month against Frankfurt heeded the most disappointing result. A match we absolutely dominated ended with no goals, with much of the blame falling on a lackluster attacking performance from our young Brazilian Richarlison. The 20-year-old failed to convert several favorable opportunities, ones that would eventually cost us the game. A missing Auba really harmed us this month, and this deficit at the front is only going to continue as long as he isn't around. Tables We had the Bundesliga lead up until the Frankfurt draw. Rivals Bayern and Schalke are back up ahead by a point, with surprise contenders Stuttgart and Hamburg knocking on my doorstep below. Leverkusen cooled down a bit but are still in a good position, while Bremen continue to drop points. Wolfsburg make a big jump up, but are still in the thick of a very tight section of the table. Hoffenheim and Hertha are far removed from the European race far down the table, and even look in danger to slip into the relegation battle. The bottom three remains the same. Our CL hopes are crushed. The board aren't too happy, but our solid league form has kept them satisfied overall so far. We're confirmed to be dropping down to the Europa League, and should pick up a confidence-boosting three points against the Belorussians in our last game. I'm pretty sure I'll be IR'ing that one to give my inexperienced assistant some time at the helm. I have to be confident for our chances in the EL, but a tricky draw in the earlier knockout rounds could still throw us for a loop. We'll have to see. In December, fixtures get congested before Germany enters its winter break. We'll be facing some more difficult opposition before then, with a light game thrown in against Schachzjor. Los!
  11. Ah, I'm sorry. GIMP is cool too. Actually, that might explain why this is so poorly done. I love those little grey boxes. It's almost as if they're hiding something truly fascinating.
  12. Why have 283 when you can have 383? Or 483? Or 583? Photoshop is a powerful tool, @meadowsaaron02. We're glad you know how to use it. The in-game editor too.
  13. FM18: Memory Lane

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2017/12/05/lillestrom-player-criticised-celebrating-norwegian-cup-win-placing/ I've heard this is how people in Norway celebrate titles now... you gonna top that? Nice title win! You've been doing great with Jerv so far mate, keep up the good work.
  14. [FM18] AFC, A Chainsaw Massacre.

    Another brilliant title win, and an impressive result against Arsenal. You're really going places! Too bad about the EL final though. What have Bilbao been like on this save?
  15. This Saint Gonna Be Easy

    Goretzka is an excellent signing for a team like Southampton. Was it his decision to leave the Smurfs or was he actually considered surplus there? Tarkowski seems overpriced to me, I guess Burnley really valued him. Liking this window a lot, next year could be very interesting!