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  1. [FM 17] Auf Wiedersehen, Britain - Fortuna Düsseldorf Let's Play

    Season Two summary My hectic schedule has meant getting episodes out and updating this thread has been difficult. I've just completed my second season and will summarise it here. Expectations: The board were expecting a mid-table finish in the 2. Bundesliga, and to at least advance to the second round of the DFB Pokal. Transfers: Below are the seasons transfers. We made a very healthy profit of £10.75m in the transfer market. Fabian Bredlow made just 5 appearances before joining Dortmund, the £5m (rising to £6m) profit on his free transfer was particularly pleasing. Youth Intake: Nothing particularly worth signing. I have started to invest in this area with a new head of youth development brought in. I'm also using the Brentford model looking for younger players at the bigger German clubs who might not make the grade. 2. Bundesliga Performance: Promoted as Champions. Our home form was a big factor in this, of the 17 games we played at home we won 14 and drew 3. We finished 6 points clear of VFL Bochum. Dynamo Dresden lost 4-1 on aggregate to Enitracht Frankfurt in the promotion/relegation playoff, and the two relegated 1. Bundesliga teams (Werder Bremen and Darmstadt 98) finished 5th and 11th respectively. DFB Pokal Performance: Knocked out in 2nd round. We met expectations in this competition, meeting RB Leipzig in the second round. They proved two strong for us, but honestly I wanted to concentrate on the league. Player Assessment: Key Players Gökhan Gul: This 19 year old centre back has really grown in stature over the season. A rock at the centre of defence with a huge 534 interceptions. At such a young age he can only get better, and I was lucky to avoid any of the big clubs stealing him. Robin Bormuth: As Gökhan's partner in defence Robin had a great season. A 7.28 average rating with 303 interceptions capped off a great season. It remains to be seen whether he has the quality to step up to the next level. Benedikt Kirsch: Joined in the January transfer window for £2m, and played 11 games scoring 4 goals. He made a key contribution and despite playing in a handful of games deserves a mention. Charlison Benschop: Finished top scorer in his second stint with Fortuna, on 17 goals. Started quickly to score 7 in 9, but tailed off mid season, luckily for us found his shooting boots and finished strong. Michael Rensing: Veteran goalkeeper Michael Rensing had a great season between the sticks. He faced 105 shots and only conceded 17 goals, keeping 13 clean sheets. He'll be given another chance in the 1. Bundesliga next season, but I will be looking for a keeper that is almost ready to take the gloves from him. Goal of the season went to on loan inside forward Besar Halimi, although I think Rani Khedira deserved it for this effort (especially when you consider he has 8 long shots!) Player Awards All in all it's been a superb season and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead. Remember you can see some of the games from this season over on my YouTube channel. Be sure to check it out.
  2. [FM 17] Auf Wiedersehen, Britain - Fortuna Düsseldorf Let's Play

    Episode Six - Damp Squib Riding the crest of a wave we take our 8 match unbeaten run into the last 6 games of the season. It's been frustrating but we have just about managed to keep our heads above water., and it feels as though there is something to build on. We continue our unbeaten streak with a 1-1 draw at home to Eintracht Braunschweig, the early Matthew Pennington goal being cancelled out. A 3-0 defeat away to Arminia Bielefeld brings an end to our unbeaten run, we don't put up much of a fight. After that we play bottom of the table Ezgerbirge Aue, an exciting game for the neutrals sees 5 first half goals. A crazy four minutes sees an Aue defender putting the ball in his own net, and a Marlon Ritter free kick put us 2-0 up. Minutes later Aue pull one back before Emmanuel Iyoha scores four minutes before half time. 3-1 makes my team talk easy, but another Aue goal before half time changes the mood. The second half is a cagey affair, then on the 76th minute Aue have a man sent off. This should allow us to see out the game, I say should as Aue equalise on the 87th minute. Defending a lead is something we really need to work on. Next up are St. Pauli, who smashed us 3-0 at home...they do the same again away, I definitely want revenge next season. A 2nd minute Marlon Ritter penalty in our last home game of the season leaves us dreaming of victory against VFB Stuttgart, but a Lukas Schmitz own goal on the ninth minute and another late goal finish us off. We are however safe from relegation and the last game of the season, away to Sandhausen, is a dead rubber. I give a few of the youngsters and fringe players a game, one of them (Karlo Igor Magic) scores the winning goal on 63 minutes. The final table looks like this; 8 points clear of relegation in the end, but not meeting the expectations of mid table. A goal difference of -12 really shows that we need to find a consistent goal scoring forward to lead the line. Defensively we really are not that bad, we only conceded 2 more than the champions Hannover 96. There is plenty to be optimistic about, I think it's clear what needs to be done to ensure we don't repeat the same mistakes we made here, next season.
  3. [FM 17] Auf Wiedersehen, Britain - Fortuna Düsseldorf Let's Play

    Episode 5 - Ultimatum A change in tactics has seen an upturn in fortunes, after drawing our last two games confidence was high going into our game with high-flying Dynamo Dresden. Kevin Kuranyi opens the scoring on 20 minutes, using his strength to muscle past a defender to slot it home. From there it's a brave rear guard action to guarantee the three points. We then play out a thoroughly boring 0-0 draw with Karlsruher. Still that's 4 games unbeaten now, I think our longest run of the season. I'm feeling pretty confident now, three clean sheets in a row and starting to pull clear of the relegation zone. That's when the chairman calls me into his office, he's not happy with how the team has been performing in the league. Why has he chosen to do this now? Nothing was wrong when I went five games without scoring and only picked up one point. TWAT! Anyway I manage to negotiate a stay of execution, I have 5 games to pick up 9 points, 2 of those games are against top 6 opposition!!! We do it easily! We extend our unbeaten run to 8 games in the process. First off we despatch promotion hopefuls Hannover 96 2-1. Top scorer Bebou opening the scoring and Arouna Kone extending the lead. We comfortably win our next two games, before having to come back from behind against Greuther Fürth to secure a point. All in all it's been a good run, we picked up 10 points from 12 which should be enough to get the chairman off my back.
  4. I started my YouTube channel a couple of weeks ago, I'll be focusing on Football Manager and Pirate themed games. My aim right now is to concentrate on getting regular uploads, I am trying for 6 out of 7 days right now. It's proving challenging to meet that target so I may drop it down to 4 out of 7. I'm currently playing a save as Fortuna Düsseldorf on Football Manager 2017. I have a couple of ideas for challenges which I will start when Football Manager 18 comes out. For now I'm just trying to hone my skills and figure out how best to present my content. You can find my channel here, any constructive feedback is welcome. Also check out my ongoing summary thread of my Let's Play here.
  5. [FM 17] Auf Wiedersehen, Britain - Fortuna Düsseldorf Let's Play

    Yeah the revival was pretty good, but the original was the best. I shouldn't have been watching it at my age, but my dad always let me watch with him!!
  6. [FM 17] Auf Wiedersehen, Britain - Fortuna Düsseldorf Let's Play

    Haha yes it is a reference to that classic TV series, used to watch it with my dad. LOL yeah the Swedish title is certainly to the point!
  7. [FM 17] Auf Wiedersehen, Britain - Fortuna Düsseldorf Let's Play

    Episode Four - Fresh Legs The run up to the winter break featured some tough games in the form of Stuttgart, Union Berlin and Nürnberg. Realistically I could only see us getting something out of the game against Saudhausen. The away game against Stuttgart was a foregone conclusion, we never really threatened and conceded two soft goals. We then had games against Sandhausen and Union Berlin at home, the latter being in front of TV cameras. We manage to comfortably beat Sandhausen, keeping a clean sheet in the process. Sandhausen had a man sent off but Kevin Kuranyi had already settled the game with a brace. The game against Union Berlin was televised, and the lads played their best in front of the cameras. An early goal from Dider Ya Konan was cancelled out on the 28th minute. Then top scorer Ihlas Bebou gave us the lead again on 36 minutes. Then an away trip to FC Nürnberg saw us return to type with a 2-0 defeat. The winter break gave us a chance to bring in some fresh faces. We picked up a few players from the English Premier League. Arouna Koné comes in from Everton for £50k, he's on big wages but I am hoping his experience will really add something in the Defensive Forward role. Also coming in from Everton is promising centre half Matthew Pennington. He joins on a 6 month loan and will slot in as a covering defender. The third signing is central midfielder Lewis Cook who signs on loan from Bournemouth. He looks young and hungry and will fit into the DLP role in the centre of midfield. New signings in place we use the winter break to play a few friendlies and refine our tactical approach. We settle on these tactics; Defensively we look really solid. The two central midfielders protect the back four really well, with the SS dropping in to create almost 5 across the middle. We play standard/control depending on the opposition with no team instructions. The DF is instructed to move into channels to try and make room for the SS. On the left flank the FB is instructed to get further forward, combined with the LM cutting inside this creates an overlap. We look really solid and only concede one against the much fancied Kaiserslautern, we then draw our next two games against Bochum and 1860 Munich. Against Bocum we are 1-0 after 75 minutes when we pull level through substitue Kevin Kuranyi. Then on the 89th minute we pull ahead, a superb Bellinghausen cross finding super sub Kuranyi at the near post. 2-1. Surely we have the 3 points in the bag...no, no we don't. Bochum go up the other end and score the equaliser from a corner in injury time. GUTTED. The positive thing is the new tactic is looking much more solid. A few more games needed to settle in but I think we can push on from here.
  8. [FM 17] Auf Wiedersehen, Britain - Fortuna Düsseldorf Let's Play

    Episode 3 - Winter is Coming As we head into October and November the need to pick up valuable points before the winter break is never greater. Before the game with Eintracht Braunschweig, we have failed to score in five games. Things are looking bleak and the chairman is not very happy. There are rumours in the papers that my time at the helm may be numbered. Then it happens, we get a bit of luck. An own goal against Eintracht Braunschweig in the 85th minute gives us a valuable 3 points. We then go on to win another two matches. Three in a row, we have won three in a row. I can't quite believe it. Confidence is high going into the game against FC St Pauli, but three first half goals knock that out of us. We look woeful, unable to defend, toothless in attack. All that progress we made disappears in 45 minutes of football. We have four games until the winter break. If we can just keep our heads above water we can regroup over the winter and come out fighting in the second half of the season. 13th place isn't bad, but I can't help thinking my position will be under threat if we start to slide. The winter break will also see the opening of the transfer window. I have my eye on a few players that may help change our fortunes.
  9. [FM 17] Auf Wiedersehen, Britain - Fortuna Düsseldorf Let's Play

    Episode 2 - Things can only get better? The DFB-Pokal defat to Jahn Regensburg was embarrassing, but surely would give the lads the kick up the arse required to get our season started. I decided a change in formation was needed, moving to a 4-4-1-1 with wingers, a trequartista, and too many team instructions!! At this point I really have no idea if what I am doing is affecting the game! It show's in the results. Despite a shock result away to 1860 Munich it doesn't work. Toothless in attack and conceding more than a goal a game things are looking bad. After 9 games we are 17th in the league, scoring 4 and conceding 13. It's going to be a long ass season.
  10. [FM 17] Auf Wiedersehen, Britain - Fortuna Düsseldorf Let's Play

    I started the save already so don't have starting screenshots (forgot to take them!). Episode 1 - Boundless Optimism A scan of the squad would suggest I have a lot to work with. The spine of the team looks pretty strong; In goal we have Michael Rensing, a really good keeper for this level. Veteran centre half Alex Madlung looks really strong and could be a good influence on young defender Gokhan Gul. In midfield Oliver Fink, Michael Sobottka and Kaan Ayhan all look really solid players. Rouwen Hennings (on loan from Burnley) looks a good option in attack Other notable players are Axel Bellinghausen and Lukas Schmitz who both look at home in the left back/left mid positions. I want to try and build on this, but it looks good enough for our projected mid-table finish. I will be looking to blood Gokhan Gul this season has he has all the potential to be a leading 1. Bundesliga centreback. Given there is no budget for transfers I need to bring in a couple of freebies... Kevin Kuranyi should be a name familiar to most people. Strong forward, 19 goals in 52 appearances for Germany. Should add that extra bit of experience and leadership. Alexander Huber is a decent looking right back, will be there to provide cover for my first choice. Other than that there was nothing much worth adding to the squad. So onto the first few matches. Pre-season and the first two games. I think my first mistake is the formation I chose to play, either I poorly communicate what I want them to do, or they just don't understand... I want us to try and use our expected standing in the division to try and surprise a few teams. It doesn't work... First two matches of preseason look promising, scoring 5 and keeping two clean sheets. From there it's downhill. We lose the first game of the season conceding two early goals and not really creating any chances. We are not expected to get anything against Nürnburg but manage to grind out a draw. We obviously lose against strongly fancied Kaiserslauten, and then comes the real embarrassment. A 4-1 defeat on the road at 3. Bundesliga team Jahn Regensburg. I can't quite believe it, but surely it can only get better from here...surely!
  11. Auf Wiedesehen, Britain - An FM 2017 Let's Play Having moved to Düsseldorf from the UK in January, I started to follow the local team. I have been wanting to get properly back in FM for some time and decided they would be my new save. The last two decades have been very much up and down, and the trophy cabinet is hardly bulging. Can I build a team capable of promotion and then winning the league? I'll be providing updates on here, and also on my YouTube channel. First a bit of history... Fortuna can trace their roots back to 1895, with establishment of the gymnastics club Turnverein Flingern, in the village of Flingern (coincidentally this is where I now live in Düsseldorf). They entered the league in 1913, and were a fixture in top flight football from 1920 to the foundation of the Bundesliga in 1963. Between the formation of the league and 2013 Fortuna were in the top division for 23 seasons. In the last two decades Fortuna have dropped as low as the fifth tier of German football, but a steady rise saw them promoted back to the 1. Bundesliga for the 2012-13 season. Sadly it ended with relegation on the last day of the season, after Hoffenheim pulled off an unlikely win against Dortmund. Since relegation Fortuna have been in the 2. Bundesliga, in real life finishing the 2016-17 season in 11th place. Known as the Flingeraner, Fortuna play their home games at the impressive 54,600 capacity Esprit Arena. The Esprit Arena was built in 2004 and has a retractable roof. The Mission For this save I have set myself a series of goals; Short term (2-3 seasons) - Gain promotion from 2. Bundesliga. Mid term (3-6 seasons) - Firmly established in 1. Bundesliga, Qualify for Continental competition. Long term (7+ seasons) - Consistently challenging for league title, Champions league qualification every season. These are some challenging goals, but Düsseldorf should be a good draw for attracting players, key is getting promotion as quickly as possible. I want to eventually play a brand of attractive, attacking football, and concentrate on bringing young players through the ranks. However, given tight budgets I will be playing whatever style grinds out results with the players I have to get out of the second division as quickly as possible. My background I've played Football Manager games in various guises since CM97/98, in fact I still play CM 01/02 on my Android tablet. However I have not put any considerable amount of time into the game since FM12. I have missed a lot and have found it very difficult to get to grips with some of the concepts in 2017. My start to the season reflects this, and there is definitely a change in my form after the winter break (when I started looking at some of the great ideas from contributors on here, particularly BustTheNet). I am also starting out on YouTube so am recording my progress in a lets play, if you want to follow it the playlist is below. New episodes go up Weds, Fri, and Sun at 17:00 CET, and I will also be summarising my progress here.
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