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    Fortuna Dusseldorf
  1. 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.
  2. 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!!
  3. 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!
  4. 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, 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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.