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  1. lblanc

    FM19- Bundesliga Thread

    Borussia Dortmund Season Zwei Just a small update I'm just past the Transfer window. I've started the season brilliantly! Victory over Leipzig in the Super Cup on penalties with Paco exorcising his penalty miss in the Champions League final by scoring his penalty though he wasn't the hero as it was Abdou Diallo who scored the winning penalty after Dahoud had missed his chance to win it. In the cup game against Regensburg I gave the second string a run out giving debuts to Nick Pop, Divock Origi and Andreas Pereira. And it was the latter who really made his mark with two fantastic goals and an assist. My first league game seen me take on Wolfsburg at home and it went perfectly with a 4-0 win, the biggest threat from Wolfsburg coming from Jacob Brunn Larsen (on loan from me) but it was another Dane who stole the show with my newly appointed Vice Captain Thomas Delaney scoring two goals. Next game seen me scrape a 2-1 win away to Augsburg after Delaney had been sent off, but goals from last season Bundesliga player of the year Marco Reus and another from Pereira seen me pick up 6 points from 6 so far. In Europe the draw was mad for the Champions League A tough enough draw but I'm happy and confident enough that I can qualify, Man United being my toughest opponents to face. Even though I reached the final last year I went with the expectation to Reach the First Knockout Round as 1) It didn't change my budget too significantly 2) It's always good when you succeed it 3) I didn't want to put too much pressure on the lads to reproduce last season heroics even though deep down I want to go one better.
  2. I've decided to start a save in the good old US of A . But i'm torn between the two New York Clubs so I'v decided what better way to decide then let this community decide. Below I'll post the two clubs simply upvote the one you think I should manage whoever has the most votes by this time next week (23/11) will be the team I will go with. As a side part too I will also take on the management of the National Team. After failing to qualify for the World Cup in the summer the Star and Stripes are at one of the lowest times in recent history but with some great young talent starting blossom such as Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and Timothy Weah, the dawn's early light might just continue to be a glorious day. So if you can vote below also any tips on the MLS much appreciated.
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    Decent goal keeper....fm 19

    What is wrong with Dubravka? He's fairly decent
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    Can someone post up stats for this lad please Rudolf Zbinden (Swiss guy with knowledge on both sides)
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    FM19- Bundesliga Thread

    Borussia Dortmund Season Zwei The start of the tough second season after my domestic double last year will I be able to emulate it or perhaps go one better and capture the treble which alluded me last year. First up Transfers Out Jeremy Toijan-9m to Al-Shabab This actually happened in February but I forgot to post it, He came looking for more game time which I did offer him he played 13 out of the next 18 games for me and actually had a decent rating of 7.42 but he just wasn't happy and requested a transfer. I would have liked to get more for him but seems he was so adamant to leave and having two right backs to compete it out for the rest of the year I cashed in. Roman Bürki -21m (28m) to Spurs Roman served me brilliantly last season and 21m rising to 28m was a very good offer I couldn't turn down. Jacob Brunn-Larsen- Season loan to Wolfsburg Jacob had a great season on loan at Burnley last season and I was very tempted to keep him and give him time but I assessed the options ahead of him and decided a loan was the best option for him, he signed a new long term contract before leaving and I'll be keeping a close eye on his performances in the Bundesliga this term. Dženis Burnić- Season loan to MSV Duisburg Dženis spent last season on loan at Dynamo Dresden were he played OK not in my current plans so I accepted the loan to Duisburg were he will be a key player. Alexander Isak- Season Loan to Ajax Isak became home grown last year but he is behind 3 strikers at the moment so I thought best to send him out on loan game time will be important for him now to improve and I can't offer it to him at the moment. Felix Passlack- Season Loan to Augsburg Another who spent last year on loan, I have two right backs ahead of him at the moment so I thought best to give him some Bundesliga experience. With Piszczek retiring next year he will be back next year to challenge. Transfers IN Andreas Pereira - Free Transfer from Manchester United The first of two players I brought in on a free transfer, Andreas is young and possesses great ability on the ball and a free kick ability of 17 I expect him to get some goals this year. Divock Origi-Free Transfer from Liverpool I'll admit he isn't the best striker in the world but he is still young and can play a number of positions with pace to burn. Hopefully he can be a good player to bring of the bench if I need exploit tired defenses though 12 finishing is not great and is something he has immediately been assigned to work on. Worst case scenario I sell him off for a nice profit. Fiete Arp- 5.5m from Hamburg The wonderkid German striker comes in at a great price of 5.5m after I forced Hamburg to sell him at 19 he is one for the future but may get his chance in the cups or may leave on loan before the deadline if I get a suitable offer. Felix Uduokhai- 4.8m from Wolfsburg He was someone I had looked at in January but he was unwilling to move I went back in for him in the summer and actually got him for less the treble the price I had almost gotten him for in January at 21 he is a real talent. (Just look at the happy head on him as well ) Offers me another great option in the centre back area. Josna Vagnoman 9.75m (13.25m) from Hamburg The second signing from Hamburg and one who a lot seem to raving about both in game and real life will provide backup (and probably challenge) to Piszczek this season and will fight it out with Felix Passlack next year for my right back slot * I have sent Hakimi back to Real Madrid as I wanted to give both this lad more time and Real wanted 83m for Hakimi which I was not willing to pay and why polish someone else's diamond when you can your own. Paco Alcácer 23m from Barcelona Despite missing a penalty in the Champions League final, Paco done well for me last year scoring 14 goals most of which were important at 23m he is a steal, will once again fight it out with Milik for the starting berth. Nick Pope- 3.6m from Burnley Having sold Bürki to Spurs I needed a new number two to challenge Cillessen I almost went for Petr Čech who was available on a free transfer but he wanted close to 90k on wages and would only sign a one year deal being that he is 37. After browsing the transfer list I found Nick 27 years old and willing to be backup and only wanted 36k a week. Has some very impressive stats such as 19 command of area and 16 handling, Aerial Reach and 1 on 1's. Shall need to improve his first touch (7) and kicking (7) but an able deputy. Jannes Horn- 10m from FC Köln I picked up Jannes for 10m after a bit of a battle for his signature with Schalke and Wolfsburg at 22 he is one for the future, has returned to Köln on loan for the season but is my potential replacement for Marcel Schmelzer. My Opening Fixtures see me take on Red Bull Leipzig in the Super Cup, Jahn Regensburg in the Pokal and Wolfsburg in the league followed by Augsburg and Hannover before I start my Champions League campaign. Here is to a successful second season Full Squad: GK: Cillessen, Pope, Unbehaun Lb: Schmelzer, Guerreiro Cb: Akanji, Diallo, Zagadou, Danso, Uduokhai Rb: Piszczek , Vagnoman CM: Witsel, Delaney, Van de Beek, Dahoud, Gomez AM: Götze , Phillip, Andreas Pereira LW: Reus, Sancho RW: Pulisic , Wolf CF: Milik, Alcacer, Origi, Arp
  6. Why did your players decide to hate you?
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    So Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. Best way I try to search for scout is by Nationality. You can usual find someone that way, (Not sure if you can search by Knowledge but doing nationality usual covers this)
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    Fiete ARP . Best 14 million

    Was able to bring him in for 5.5m after unsettling him he may move out on loan though as I currently have 3 forwards ahead of him.
  9. lblanc

    FM19- Bundesliga Thread

    looking at their wiki (Obviously not having FM open being in work at all) They have a decent enough team As mentioned above Trapp (on loan), Rebic, Jovic (on loan) Haller and Williams add to that Salcedo, Kostic, Gaćinović, Stendera, Gelson Fernandes, Abraham, Russ, Hasebe You got yourself a decent enough team there. Some of those are 32 or over so you'd probably need to invest in a year or two but looks like an interesting challenge.
  10. I'd be promoting from within for Van de Beek replacement you have Gravenberch ,Ekkelenkamp and Eiting all able to step up into the first team. Kaj Sierhuis turned into a beast in FM18 not sure how he does in 19 but surely worth a shot too
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    FM19- Bundesliga Thread

    Beat them 7-0 over two league games but that doesn't really tell the real story despite this I found them very dangerous in attack. A front 3 rebic-haller-jovic is a handful for any team. Williams is a good overlapping wing back. And they have Kevin Trapp on loan(not sure if there is any option to buy) who is a very good keeper.
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    FM19- Bundesliga Thread

    Borussia Dortmund So 4 games to win everything? First up my game in hand in the league against arch rivals Schalke A brilliant performance from Marco Reus and with one game to go we are top up next up on the last day Gladbach while Leipzig travel to Bremen. That sums it up a hard fought win Reus missed an early penalty, While Leipzig rushed into a 2-0 lead I dropped to 2nd but then Pika with his first goal of the season cracked in a vollet from outside the box to send me top. I missed so many chances to make it more comfortable but in the end a 1-0 win was enough to see us crowned champions. This is how the league finished up, Nurnberg are 4-1 down to Darmstadt in the playoffs so I think they'll need a miracle to survive. Next up was the DFB Pokal final my route to final was relatively straight forward with the draw being very kind to me Stuttgart were the only Bundesliga team I faced in the whole competition. The final against Hamburg had some tension with two Hamburg players Fiete Arp and Josna Vagnoman having agree to join me next year both would unfortunately miss the game though with injury. The game itself was settled by super sub Paco Alcacer scoring in 63rd and 76th minutes to clinch us the Domestic Double. Next up the big one The CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL My run to the final was definitely a hard fought one A 1-1 draw in Mestalla was followed by a comfortable 3-0 win in Dortmund to set up a rematch of the 97 final against Juventus. The first leg ended in dramatic fashion with Dybala scoring in the 95th minute of what was supposed to be only 3 minutes of added time. The second leg well .. with 20 minutes left it seemed we were going out but a Marco Reus penalty gave us hope I decided what have I got to lose and went for it Very attacking threw on Paco and changed to 4-2-4 formation. Milik made it 3-3. Then with pretty much the last kick of regulation play Marco Reus cut inside from the left and smashed home the 4th to take it to extra time. Paco scored 5 minutes into the first period to put us in the lead, Juventus threw everything at us knowing one goal would win it for them but they couldn't find away past my defence and on we went to face Manchester Untied in the Semi Final. In those game I'm not going to lie Man U were probably the better team but I out Mourinho'd Mourinho to record a 1-0 win at home and 1-1 draw at Old Trafford That brought me the final to play Man City Having won the League and cup double I was looking for a treble. Unfortunately it was not to be as I lost on penalties after a hard fought match Unlucky but I was massively proud of my lads a we can look forward to next season with much promise. My results for the 2nd half of the season *slightly annoyed I had to play Freiburg two days after Man U had to play my 2nd string who just couldn't find a goal Overall as I said above a great season and one I can hopefully build upon.