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  1. impressive. My real question is how do you meet the home grown quota ?
  2. lblanc

    FM19- Bundesliga Thread

    Borussia Dortmund Season Drei Transfer window has passed on my 3rd season, no new in's of note bar just an 18 year old regen on a free who has potential but not sure if he will make it on the out front Origi has joined Real Betis on loan with an option to buy for €20m . I've sent Luca Unbehaun out to Holstein Kiel on loan hopefully he'll get some game time there (They did bring him in as first team so I'm hoping he will) which will help develop him. Burnic went on loan to Jahn Regensburg with them having an option to buy him for 2.55m As for matches so far I've played 2 league games and the two super cups A penalty shoot out victory gave us the Domestic Super Cup and a last minute Milik goal gave us the European Super Cup, Two more trophies in the bag. As for my league games the first game of the league campaign vs Bayer Levekusen would finish 2-2 having been 2-0 behind a half time I was happy to get the draw even though I wasted so many chances in the first half alone to win the game comfortably. My second league game seen me beat Hertha 2-1. The two significant things about those two games was they seen Isak and Brunn Larsen score their first league goals for us. Isak had scored in the first round of the Cup in a 3-0 win over Neustrelitz a game I probably should have done better but I'm through to the next round to play Union Berlin (Same as last year). Champions League draw was also made, Can I retain the Trophy only time will tell, I've been drawn in an easy group with Liverpool being my only real test Talking of cups I took on the challenge of winning Olympic Gold in the summer with France My group seen me up against USA,Tunisia and Australia An opening 0-0 draw against Tunisia was disappointing, that was followed by a 3-2 loss to an Impressive US team. This meant only a win against Australia and hoping Tunisia failed pick up points to the Americans would see me through. I done my part and so did the Americans. Through to the 1/4 finals by virtue of goal difference. In the 1/4 final I'd play Portugal I had initially thought i'd won it when Edouard scored in the 87th minute but Mario Rui leveled in the last minute but Mbappe scored in the 105th minute to setup a semi final and at least a chance of winning a medal. In the semi I played the Germans Another close game but it was Alban Lafont who was the hero saving 3 penalties in the shootout. As you can see above the Final would be a rematch of the World Cup Finals And it was the wonderkid Mbappe who stole the show with 2 goals as I won Olympic Gold ALLEZ LE BLEU I will also like to post about the surprise Euro 2020 winners SWEDEN
  3. lblanc

    FM19- Bundesliga Thread

    Aaron Martin is amazing bought him for my Dortmund team
  4. Update on transfers after deadline day Eleneny gone 18m to Roma Mustafi gone 28m to Bayern Cech gone 5m to Zenit -------- Coming in Jamal Lascelles-25m Jack Butland 22,5m Both add to the Home Grown English quota which is good
  5. Had a bit of mess around with Arsenal last night, quite a decent squad a lot of good youngsters just about to start the season Playing a 4-1-2-1-2 formation with the wings backs pushed up so more like a 2-3-2-1-2 formation. Signed Kieron Tierney, - Monreal went to China for 15m so used the funds from that to bring in Tierney after unsettling him Miguel Almiron-7.25€ -I've heard good things about him in the game wanting another body in the centre to cover Ramsey who I signed to a new contract for 155k a week Josef Martinez-7.25€- Again similar to Almiron I've heard good things about him, very good finishing ability perfect cover for both Lacazette and Auba Liam Kelly-People will probably wonder why I signed Kelly? He's 22 so time to grow as a player Can play a number of positions and roles in the spine of midfield great with dead balls Plus I wanted one more home grown player in my squad Nathaniel Clyne (on loan)- I was intially happy with Bellerin and Lichtsteiner then Licthtsteiner got injured for 3 months and given that he's 34 I can see his stats dipping during his layoff, Clyne was transfer listed(27m) so brought him in on loan with option to buy for 20m de Ligt- wonderkid enough said. Starting XI as follows ----------------Lacazette/Martinez (AF)---Auba/Martinez (AF)---------- -----------------------------Ozil/Micky/Iwobi (ss)--------------- ---------------Ramsey/Almiron/Iwobi (mez s)--xhaka/Guendouzi (dlp s) --Tierney/Kolasnic------Torreira/Kelly (DM)---Bellerin/Clyne-- ---------------Musfafi (BPD-d)----de light (bpd-d)----- -------------------------------------Leno/Cech (SK-s)------------- Playing with the vertical tika-taka with the look for overlap option I'm retraining Iwobi to play the SS role as I do plan to sell Micky perhaps in Jan given his wages Trying to get rid of Elneny
  6. lblanc

    FM19 Draft Bargains

    All depends on what type of formation and tactics you want to play
  7. I was looking at Spurs last night. That lack of depth in CF, wings and CM is a real issue given they only have 30m. (Obviously you can buy young and probably raise about another 20m from Sales but seems a challenge indeed.
  8. Brought in Ntcham and jetro Willems. Manquillo on his way out too so right back to replace him Nickson recommended Conor Roberts from Swansea who is young and home grown so thinking he'll replace him.
  9. I'm half and half about whether to start a Newcastle save or wait until the January transfer update (Don't think we'll sign anyone so I will probably be better starting one now ) Looking through the squad Dubravka, Lascelles, Shelvey , Muto/Rondon seems to be a good spine, Ritchie is also a must. A new left back is all that is really needed perhaps a CAM too if going with 4-2-3-1 formation.
  10. GRAZIE GIUSEPPE :-( Unfortunately the 6th knee injury of his career see Giuseppe retire from the game. He made 24 appearances for me scoring 6 very important goals, he will always have a special place in the hearts of all Red Bull fans after his performance in the Conference Semi Final against NYCFC. I have offered him the chance to join the backroom team as a coach we wait and see.
  11. MLS Playoffs The quest for MLS Cup Glory First step was to see who I would get in the Conference semi Final having won the Conference league I had automatically qualified alongside runners up Philadelphia Union In the Eastern side Atlanta United and NYCFC won Houston and Sporting Kansas in the West And who did I get drawn to play none other the my New York rivals NYCFC Bradley Wright Phillips would not feature after an injury so Rossi would take his place And did he deliver two goals from the Italian earning a draw and two vital away goals. Back to the Red Bull Arena and the home leg Bezecourt was the hero a 1-0 win seeing us through to the Eastern Conference final to play Philadelphia Union who beat Atlanta 6-2 on aggregate. Coming up towards the first leg and disaster struck :-( Poor Giuseppe, his cruciate again. I think this may be the end for him I gave him some encouraging words but he will decide come the end of the year what to do. Back to the field and Philly were next up in the conference final What was almost a superb fightback was kicked back with Dockal winning it in injury time but two away goals were not to sniffed at, I have been very strong at home so I knew I still had a chance. And a chance I had indeed Royer with two goals as I turned the tie around to win the Eastern Conference final and set up the MLS Cup Final against Vancouver who overseen Kansa 5-2 in their Conference final So the final the two teams who finished top of their respective conferences done battle What a way to win the Cup Pinho my makeshift CF with two goals the 66 Vancouver fans went home crying, there will be celebrations in The Shore Tonight!! Daniel Royer would go on to claim the Landon Donovan Award for the MLS MVP Player of the year With 19 goals and 9 assists the Austrian was a worthy winner and won a good margin too. Robles would win goalkeeper of the year picking up 21 votes from a possible 22 only myself not voting for him as I wasn't allowed. Despite my success Craig Dalrymple of Vancouver won the Coach of the Year 4 of my players would make it into the Team of the Year In between those game two US National Team games took place An Impressive 4-3 win over Paraguay And over course the big one USA v North Korea Both countries leaders attended the game but it turned out to be game to forget Despite the US dominating the play they couldn't find a way through. Speaking after the game President Trump said " It was a good game, so many great chances for the touchdown but we couldn't get that Home Run unfortunately" Kim Jong Un was quoted as saying "Trump kept asking me what position Michael Jordan was playing" Discussions are in place for a rematch hopefully to happen in Pyongyang next year. But next up will be the Expansion draft as Cincinnati enter the MLS next year.
  12. lblanc

    FM19- Bundesliga Thread

    Borussia Dortmund Season Drei So begins the 3rd season after my amazing treble winning season last year I have a lot to live up to. My expectations are to win the League and the Cup and to reach Quarter Finals of Champions League which i'm quite happy with and believe I can fulfill. Transfers Out: Guerreiro wanted to leave 63m was the most I could tempt from Spurs (Who seem to have a habit of buying my players Burki and Witsel)- [I shall play them in the Super Cup so it will be nice to come up against them. Philipp slipped down the pecking order last year and I didn't really play him so 22.5m was a good offer for him. Schurrle went to Burnley And the rest being youngsters i've sent to get game time, especially Arp who won't be ahead of Milik or Paco just yet, Origi is still at the club too and he played well last year when the other two had injuries his pace is an asset, I do have plans to sell him but it may wait until January or next summer. Transfers In Aaron Martin With Raph going I needed another lb to replace him as Horn isn't quite ready yet and Schmelzer is starting to decline (may also be sold) Martin while a bit expensive had a fantastic season from Mainz and as you'll see below has turned into a fantastic player Adeyemi is someone Ricken picked up on and suggested at only 18 he is one for the future, he's in discussions to go out on loan to Rapid Vienna , he has some decent stats which hopefully he can improve upon whilst away. As I also stated in a previous post I've taken on the side project of winning Olympic Gold with France The below is the 18 man squad I selected Not a bad squad 3 World Cup Winners (I would have selected Mendy too had he not been injured) Leo Dubois was selected for his ability to play both left and right back I shall update on that too in my next update which shall cover up to my first Bundesliga game.
  13. lblanc

    FM19- Bundesliga Thread

    I've decided to let Nick Pope go, (on loan to Inter with an option to buy), can anyone recommend a decent sub keeper (Someone who might challenge my number 1 Cillessen). Edit Pope has decided to stay
  14. lblanc

    FM19- Bundesliga Thread

    Yep he's both footed I think I've trained him to arrive late in the box and he has gotten a few from that too. He's been my best signing in the game so far considering I got him on a free.
  15. lblanc

    FM19- Bundesliga Thread

    Playing in the Attacking midfield support role in the centre of Sancho (who overtook Reus mostly due to injuries ) and Pulisic on the right. I brought him in initially to provide an alternative to Gotze and Phillip in that position but he has over taken both of them. He does have a nice (Slightly annoying at times though when it comes off it's amazing ) tendency to shoot from distance and is amazing via any set piece close to the goal I'd say at least 12 of the 18 goals he scored for me during the season were screamers.