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  1. @Delial I would say the problem with your shadow striker role with advanced forward, i/ that they are running into the same space, so you have no one in the hole. If you were to play Gotze as a false 9 then you would get Reus running in behind the defence, however this would mean no Paco Alcacer Gotze would pull defenders out of position and then Reus would exploit the space
  2. Season 2 Overview League - Back to back league titles, secured with 3 games to go hitting a solid 80 points. The first 15 games were a struggle and then my team kicked into gear, winning 14 and drawing 2 of the next 16 matches, that pretty much secured the league opening up a double figure point lead. I was much better this season away from home and as usual making Signal Iduna Park a fortress, I picked up 46 points at home and 34 away fro home. UCL - Very similar to last season, this time i won the 1st leg at home 2-0 (3-1 Last season) then i lost 3-0 away to 2 late goals coming in 86th & 91st min, lesson learnt now, i will play on the counter with 2 defensive midfielders if i am leading from the first leg in future. I feel this team with a couple of additions can get into the very latter stages of the champions league next season. German Cup - Very disappointed to lose away to Nuremburg (Divison 2) in the semi final, Werder Bremen had already beat Bayern in the semi's, it was ours to lose but fair play to Nuremburg, they were the better team and they did go on to beat Werder 1-0 in the final. Key Player Stats Fiete Arp - 42 Goals, 8 Assists Jadon Sancho - 12 Goals, 25 Assists Jacob Bruun Larsen - 13 Goals, 11 Assists Christian Pulisic - 12 Goals, 7 Assists Raphael Guerreiro - 25 Assists Axel Witsel - 10 Goals, 6 Assists Julian Brandt - 5 Goals, 4 Assists Player of the Season Young Player of the Season **Looking forward to next season, Ruben Neves is already on his way in a deal worth 70m euros, to replace the ageing Witsel, i have a transfer budget of 275m, therefore there could be some more significant arrivals.**
  3. Summer Transfer Activity Incoming Lavro Majer - A fantasic player for 5m, possess all the attributes to play as an Attacking Midfielder - Support or Advanced Playmaker - Attack, signed a 'rotation' contract, so he will provide cover for Pulisic Thomas Partey - He is a very good all round midifielder, snapped up for 10.5m, he is very similar to Delaney and therefore will provide cover that i didn't have for last season, so Delaney can have some games off Hudson-Odoi - I wanted to link up Reiss Nelson and Jadon Sancho, having the two London young kids back together, however Arsenal wouldn't sell Nelson or loan him out, so then i had a look at the loan listed and found Hudson-Odoi, who is a great prospect, shown his ability in pre-season for Chelsea. Layvin Kurzawa - Signed on loan for a fee of around 3m, there was a chance to just purchase him for 8.25m, however he is just signed primarily to offer cover for Guerriero after Schmelzer departed. Julian Brandt - Fantastic player, already 4* CA and will want to be in my starting 11, however he will have to earn that place as Bruun-Larsen and Jadon Sancho have started the season well Outgoing Marco Reus - He had a fairly good season last season, he wasn't always starting but got 8 goals and 18 assists. I did though have to sell him, he is 30 and on a very high wage, 70 million euros came in from Bayern and i had to snap there hands off. Maximilian Phillip - Over the moon to have got 23m rising to 29m, he did not have the best of seasons on loan at Leverkusen last season, so i wasn't expecting much but Napoli were feeling very generous. Jeremy Toljan - Not good enough to merit a place in my first team, I have Josha Vagnoman & Felix Passlack returning from loan, who will fight it out for that right back spot Marcel Schmelzer - Just an ageing left back that has been a great servant to the club but became unhappy due to lack of game time last season, happy enough to get any kind of money from him Mario Gotze/Marius Wolf - Both of these have gone on loan, i would have preferred to sell both, especially as Gotze contract is due to expire at the end of the season, but no teams were prepared to pay both of these players wages. Starting XI & Tactic I have decided to play quite an attacking line up and then during games, when I am looking to be more solid I change my mentality to balanced and change my central midfielders to the following; Thomas Delaney (BWM-D) & Axel Witsel (DLP-D). Fiete Arp What a start this man has made to the season! He looks a really top player as a pressing forward, he has notched up 10 goals (3 Hat Tricks) in 3 starts and 1 sub appearance. Super Cup: Leipzig p1-1 Dormund (1 Goal) German Cup: Schonberg 0-12 Dortmund (3 Goals) Bundesliga: Dortmund 5-1 Hertha Berlin (3 Goals) Bundesliga: Gladbach 0-4 Dortmund (3 Goals)
  4. @zlatanera yeah I see what you mean, I played Gotze as an Engache in the last 2 games of the season and he played much better, so it’s a choice of keeping him as back up to Pulisic or seeing if I can move him on, I like the look of Havert as an Attacking Mid - Support if I can improve his long shots, but then I would have to do a reshuffle and drop Bruun Larsen who just contributed 11 goals and 10 assists I have Arp away on loan for 2 years, however he can be recalled and will most likely recall him and Vagnoman, Alcacer contributed 17 goals but I prefer my striker to be getting 25+ so he won’t be getting purchased.
  5. @Daws88 Yeah i must say i don't think "Advanced Playmaker - Support" players are very effective on this game at all but congrats on the , I think the Leipzig save would be the easiest save to beat your Media Prediction (11th) they always seem to be near the top and have to top quality players in Upamecano, Werner, Bruma, Forsberg and Saracchi etc. @lblanc Thank You! Oh you made some good profit there, i am tempted to go and make a big signing this summer for a goalkeeper, Onana is not much better and if i can make quick profit on him i'll be happy, i have a transfer budget of 128m Euros and 400k Spare in wage budget.
  6. It was all worth staying up for...... Super Sub Alexander Isak clinches league title for Dortmund Leipzig did score in the 95th min to win 1-0 themselves! The Run In League - I thought i blown my chances when i lost at home to Schalke, thanks to a 92nd min goal from a indirect-fk, my goal difference was significantly lower and i was 2 points behind with 4 games to go, Leipzig were on a fantastic run and had also just made the cup final. However what a finish to the season, they truly showed their attacking skills to seal the league on goal difference! The 1-1 result with Werder was disappointing Reus missed a lot of chances and i had been leading 1-0, but the main game Gladbach, i was having the chances, Alcacer first 20 mins missed 2 one on ones, 65 mins on the clock, i bring on Isak for Alcacer and does that man deliver! UCL - Unfortunate defeat to Spurs, but this team isn't ready to win the UCL yet & i am realistic enough to say that i only won the league as it was a very low points total, i would expect to have to get around 80 points next season. German Cup - Wolfsburg were the better team and took 1 of their chances, sadly my finishing wasn't on point. But the lack of games helped have a good 2nd half of the season. Player Stats Proof of No Save & Reload **I'm a tired but happy man, Sleep Time zzzzzz**
  7. @zlatanera Haha that is crazy? Yeah unfortunately my laptop processor is only 1.6Ghz so the full FM doesn't run the fastest, so its the touch, I enjoy it more though tbh, I find it like a modernised version of FM08 (Favourite One) The Winter Transfer Window is over and my transfers for the season are looking like this: My squad is currently a bit thin, but i did go out of the German Cup 1-0 to Wolfsburg (Away), however my league form is looking good (7 Wins 2 Draws in Last 9) I beat Spurs 3-1 at Home in UCL Last 16 1st Leg, so hoping i can manage a positive result in the 2nd Leg. In regards to your transfers the signings of the American's seems to be the way forward, you have a few rising stars such as Haji Wright & Weston McKennie at Schalke, Pulisic at us and Alphonso Davies (Canadian) but coming from the MLS to Bayern, so your signings look promising! I have gone for Onana for the simple fact he was available on a foreign clause of 12.5m, he's not great at anything but also not weak at anyhting, hopefully with game time can deelop his stats to all around the 15 mark. I was happy to get 15m for Burki as he was appalling! Boubacar Kamara was an interesting one, i like Diallo and Akanji as CB partnership, however with Toprak gone it left me with only 3 CB choices, i originally went for De Ligt as he had a foreign buy out clause of 24.5m, i had a concern with that though because he would obviously want to start, so i went with Kamara and he looks a top prospect and was happy to be a rotation player. All in all happy with my transfer activity (6m net profit) and the team is starting to play really well, @lblancmentioned Sancho, he's starting to perform very well, i play him as a Winger Attack on the Right Wing too like @zlatanera and hes now in yellow for playing this role, hoping it can become natural by the end of the season. That is the current Tactic & Line Up i have been utilising and its been working for the 2nd half of the season.
  8. @zlatanera Haha the groups were very similar! Even the league was similar, what do you guys @zlatanera & @lblanc think of Burki? He is not playing great for myself at all, considering a January sale. **I started again when i done those transfer things last time, i wanted to give my full team the chance like @zlatanera did**
  9. 1st Season Overview I am looking for a strong second half of the season, I am still within reach of the top but inconsistency is costing me, i can't find the perfect tactic as of yet. But still in 3 competitions and board confidence is at 56% so all sets up for an exciting finish to the season. UCL Group Very similar to Zlatanera with my UCL Group, the only difference was me getting the young exciting Club Brugge side, who are in Dortmund's real life UCL Group. I was happy to with the 2nd place finish, Liverpool have a great side for FM, full of goals, pace and power, then Juventus a complete side with the addition of Ronaldo. My Results: Club Brugge 0-1 Dortmund Dortmund 4-0 Juventus Liverpool 7-2 Dortmund Dortmund 2-2 Liverpool Dortmund 1-0 Club Brugge Juventus 3-1 Dortmund The 4-0 home win against Juventus was the highlight by far, we was leading 2-1 against Liverpool at home until a 92nd min equaliser by Salah, the 2 Club Brugge games were dominated, however the scoreline not reflecting this. The 7-2 defeat to LIverpool was very poor, we were 2-1 down at half time but Andrew Robertson had just been sent off, i then quickly equalised and then my team got done on a long ball counter and they just folded! League My position of 5th place is due to my really poor away form, at home i have picked up 22 points from a possible 24, however away i have only picked up 7 points! i can't seem to play well at all or when i do i just don't take my chances but the opposition does, i've tried 4-4-1-1 and 4-2-3-1 but i may consider playing a "Fluid Counter Attack" rather than a "Gegenpress". ROLL ON THE 2ND HALF!
  10. Yeah tough group that! Will most likely need to win your home games and grab a win away to Celtic to qualify
  11. Sounds good to me! I like the traditional approach, they have been great to watch this season Good Luck 👍🏻
  12. Haha I know I done both, I was drawn to Leverkusen cause I was surprised they have never won the league title, then I got interested and started to understand why, but all my efforts have gone into this one, inspired by the Ajax thread
  13. Thank you, it will be updated now, just a little more detailed, was more that I am enjoying watching Dortmund this season and I’m about to do a long save with them, thought I’d try and gain some interest from others for their saves
  14. Squad Analysis Goalkeepers Roman Burki’s your number one, Marvin Hitz is a great number 2 to have and if needed can be called upon without any doubt that your team will collapse, as shown in the 3-2 against Bayern Munich this season. Burki is 27 now therefore has a good 5 years in his no problem, he has been in exceptional form this season and shown just why his stats are high for a sweeper keeper, allowing your team to dominate the ball high up the pitch. There is a good goalkeeper in the under 19s called Luca Unbehaun who has great potential. You might want to invest in a goalkeeper around the age of 18-21 who could push on to be a first team starter in a few years or at least give stiff competition to Burki. Defence Defensively, you’re in a very strong position. Starting at right back, there’s are two strong candidates, the ever consistent as Lukas Piszczek & Hakimi Achraf, the young loanee from Real Madrid. Both are equal in terms of current ability, however Piszczek is due to retire in 2 years’ time and his physical stats will deteriorate over this period. Jeremy Toljan is currently at the club, he is a good squad player to have with a little increase in potential to reach the ability of Piszczek, however there is a lot of interest in him, the game time would be very beneficial to see if he can reach his potential. Felix Passlack 21, is on loan at Norwich and possesses great potential too, therefore after the 2 years is most likely to become your first choice right back unless a big fee is paid for Achraf. You have two good central defender who can become class acts for the club, these are Manuel Akanji & Abdou Diallo. Diallo arrived for 28m euros from Mainz in the summer and Akanji arrived last January for 18m euros from FC Basel. Both are your modern-day centre backs, great on ball with strong physical stats and plenty of pace. Dan-Axel Zagadou is another player in the same mould, however is not currently as good as Diallo or Akanji, but over the next few years he will provide good competition. Omer Toprak is a an experienced centre who is first choice for Turkey, he is strong positionally and can play in a cover role, in case you are getting punished by the long ball. The standout player ind defence is Raphael Guerreiro at left back, he has some great attributes to make the left flank a great attacking threat. Behind him, there’s the ageing Marcel Schmelzer who is on a rotation contract, therefore playing him in the cup or lower oppositon league games would be enough to keep him happy. In real life Achraf Hakimi has been playing in the full back roll on occasions, there is a chance to train him up to play in this position, with him on a 2 year loan, there is enough time for this to happen. Midfield In midfield you have great opposition and versatility, Axel Witsel, Julian Weigl, Thomas Delaney, Mahmoud Dahoud & Sebastian Rode. The dilemma is that Julian Weigl is wanted by your arch rivals Bayern Munich, therefore to drive away this interest would require a new lucrative contract and meaning he will want to become a key member of your squad. However, Weigl and Witsel are very similar to one another and playing them in the same team would be hard. Mahmoud Dahoud is a great option to have against the weaker sides, allowing your midfield to be more attack minded, helping to break down the opposition. Sergio Gomez is a very talented youngster who could also benefit from game time or allowing him to go on loan once he is 18. I’d suggest that Sebastien Rode provides cover for the consistent Delaney, who can play as a ‘Ball Winning Midfielder’ or ‘Box-to-Box Midfielder’. So far this season Dortmund have operated a midfield 2 of Axel Witsel and Thomas Delaney when both have been fit to play, I think these as a partnership have great balance. Attack Attackers, where do I start, they are young exciting and clinical, scoring 46 goals in 17 games this season, an average of 2.7 per game. I will start with the resurgence of Marco Reus, he has stayed fit so far this season and long may it continue, he is in fine form and has contributed more goals and assists than the whole of last season. Next up you have the two young wide men of Jadon Sancho & Jacob Bruun Larsen, both have contributed goals and assists for Dortmund this season, both earning call ups for their national sides of late too, they have great potential but can also operate right away. In the number 10 role we have another resurgence in Mario Gotze, after starring in the 2 league winning campaigns and scoring in the 2014 World Cup Final, he moved onto Bayern Munich, it did not work out successfully and he returned to Dortmund. He is starting to show the same form, that he was showing under Klopp’s Dortmund and he has great competition from the rising world talent of Christian Pulisic, a quick-thinking number 10 that can also play on the right wing. Shinji Kagawa is another player that was key to the title winning sides, he has returned but has struggled to regain the form he previously shown during his last spell at the club. Manuel Pherai is a decent prospect to develop from the youth team, allowing him loan time when possible would be recommended. The No.9 role is strong, you have Paco Alcacer on loan with the option to buy for 23m euros, he has shown his ability in real life this season, scoring 8 Bundesliga goals in 236 minutes. Another viable option is Maximilian Phillip who is an unselfish forward who would press well and link up with your other attackers. Then in the youth team you have Alexander Isak, signed from AIK at the age of 16 for 8.5m euros, he possesses great potential. If Alcacer shows good form it could well be worth taking up that option to buy otherwise there is no real need to invest in good attackers for your first team for a good number of years.
  15. Welcome... ...to the FM19 Borussia Dortmund thread! Dortmund Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund, commonly known as Borussia Dortmund BVB, or simply Dortmund, is a German sports club based in Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia. Founded in 1909 by eighteen football players from Dortmund, the football team is part of a large membership-based sports club with more than 145,000 members, making BVB the second largest sports club by membership in Germany. Dortmund plays in the Bundesliga, the top tier of the German football league system. Borussia Dortmund have won eight German championships, four DFB-Pokals, five DFL-Supercups, one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, and one Intercontinental Cup. Their Cup Winners' Cup win in 1966 made them the first German club to win a European title. Since 1974, Dortmund have played their home games at Signul Iduna Park, named after its home region of Westphalia. The stadium is the largest in Germany and Dortmund has the highest average attendance of any association football club in the world. Borussia Dortmund's colours are black and yellow, giving the club its nickname die Schwarzgelben. Dortmund holds a long-standing rivalry with Ruhr neighbours Schalke 04, known as the Revierderby. In terms of Deloitte's annual Football Money League, Dortmund is the second richest sports club in Germany and the 11th richest football team in the world. Honours National Bundesliga: 8 ‣ 1956, 1957, 1963, 1994-95, 1995-96, 2001-02, 2010-11, 2011-12 DFB Pokal: 4 ‣ 1964-65, 1988-89, 2011-12, 2016-17 DFB/DFL Supercup: 5 ‣ 1989, 1995, 1996, 2013, 2014 International Intercontinental Cup: 1 ‣ 1997 European Cup / Champions League: 1 ‣ 1996-97 European Cup Winners' Cup: 1 ‣ 1965-66 Facilities Signul Iduna Park Signul Iduna Paek is a football stadium in Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, which is the home of Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund. The stadium is one of the most famous football grounds in Europe and is renowned for its atmosphere. It has a league capacity of 81,365 (standing and seated) and an international capacity of 65,829 (seated only). It is Germany's largest stadium, the seventh-largest in Europe, and the third-largest home to a top-flight European club after Camp Nou and the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. It holds the European record for average fan attendance, set in the 2011–2012 season with almost 1.37 million spectators over 17 games at an average of 80,588 per game. The 24,454 capacity Südtribüne (South Bank) stand is the largest terrace for standing spectators in European football. Famous for the intense atmosphere it breeds, the south terrace has been nicknamed the "Yellow Wall”. Strobelallee Training Centre Dortmund has one of the most technologically advanced facilities in the world. They were the first club in the world to use the Footbonaut, a robotic training device that fires balls at different speeds and angles for players to control and then pass into a marked area. Now, there are a handful of German clubs who use it, but Dortmund's surprising league title was partially credited to the Footbonaut, as was Mario Gotze's goal in the 2014 World Cup final. The facilties have helped create several talented youngsters coming through the Dortmund academy, notable players from the 21st century are Mario Gotze, Marco Reus, Christian Pulisic, Antonio Rudiger, Marcel Schmelzer, Jacob Bruun Larsen & Nuri Sahin. The aim is to create a close-knit community, one that matches the club’s bond with the city it serves. The very best teenagers are invited to stay at Dortmund’s boarding school, with 22 boys aged between 15 and 19 housed in rooms at the training ground. All 200 players at the club, starting with boys aged eight, practise at the training ground in the quiet suburb of Brackel, where low-rise buildings are set alongside 18,000 square metres of manicured football pitches. The set-up is designed for the young players to see the first team up close, allowing them literally to view their path to the top. But the facilities are also deliberately sparse and unfussy — youngsters and veterans are encouraged to mingle on a level playing field.
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