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  1. I watched the game on BT and was really impressed with the intensity of the team, Pellegrino's goal......wow!
  2. What a moment, the Eliteserien has moved up a whopping eight places in the league reputation rankings and now sit just two spaces outside of the top 10. As for Glimt we have moved up 50 places to 45th position, there are some big clubs with a rich footballing history inside the top 40 with the likes of Milan (36th), Sporting (33rd), Valencia (31st) and Benfica (30th). Saving the best for last, this one matters...we are now a top 10 country in relation to the nation club coefficients! As of 2024/25 Norway has secured direct access to the UCL group stage! A proud moment for me on the save!
  3. Close but no cigar my friend, yeah strange to have to play away from home four times in a row! The only bonus is that later on in the season we will be rewarded with a long run of home fixtures! Certainly beatable, but they deserved it over the two legs and were v unfortunate not to lift the trophy!
  4. Absolutely not, he was the cream of the crop from the youth intake from our first season. To be fair the best team won and they pushed Atalanta all the way to extra time in the final losing 3-2 after extra time. Now to navigate the transfer window and hopefully a nice increase in the coefficients for both club and country.
  5. At the current pace of play I think I may struggle to get another chance prior to FM22.
  6. May 2023 We are back from Norway with a little update from the second full month of our fourth season in charge with Glimt, what do I have in store for you today...well no better way to kick things off than with the outcome of our Semi Final second leg Europa League fixture against Club Brugge. After losing the away leg 2-0 thanks to a two minute double whammy from the Belgium side we had it all to do in the home leg. The home support had their nerves settled in the 25th minute when Sesko scored from a Donnum corner, this early goal meant that we had plenty of time to attempt to build on the scoreline and there would be no need to alter our mentality. The above image shows our shot map for the 90 minutes, you can see how we were creating many chances within the opponents area, Brugge's keeper Simon Mignolet was having an absolute blinder saving many of our shots. In contrast Brugge were again creating good chances but their lads had forgot to bring their shooting boots with a large proportion of shots off target. In the 91st minute a lovely build up down the right-flank from a throw-in resulted in Botheim scoring, this would take the tie into extra-time...could we secure our first ever European final? Per Nerdal unfortunately recieved marching orders within the first minute of extra time, Brugge struck immediately putting the game to bed and breaking our hearts in the process. The Eliteserien We continued the league form very much along the lines of the whole save, dominating opponents...although some of the above scorelines doesn't reflect that (late win against Haugesund). I thought I would take a leaf out of @Matt_1979 book by highlighting our offensive dominance. Plenty of first places on display here, the usual shots on target/conversion rate to improve on so no doubt some more training with a focus on chance conversion, the biggest surprise is that we have completed the most passes in the league but only rank third in relation to possession. Odds and Molde will absolutely push us hard again this season....especially given the fact that a certain Tjaland has broken into their first team and has hit the ground at 100mph! The month of June will see us come up against the historic target, we will report back on completion.
  7. Poor old Luquinhas, love that you have gone with the data driven recruitment method! Just a point to consider when reviewing players of interest I would look out for their attributes in relation to corners and free kick taking as these will most certainly have an impact on the data. However saying that I would nine times out of ten go with the players that stand out to myself in the data...the highlight reel from the scouts will give you the additional layer of context to aid your decision making.
  8. Congratulations on lifting the Europa, do you have any ideas in relation to your FM22 save? I am doing Sturm Graz and also considering a Liga MX save later down the line.
  9. How are you finding the SV? Can you post the main man's attributes...as you know attempted this role with Santos historically and used to find that after 70 mins the SV was always dead due to the high demands.
  10. Just stating that due to Robertone being on penalties it would significantly boost his xG value. I think the game sets these at 0.8xG if memory serves me right. His key passing is what stands out for me (AP on attack) rather than support maybe?
  11. The joys of the game, in the other match (trying not to word it to get @Matt_1979 excited) Hoffenheim are leading Atalanta! Let's hope we can overturn the deficit and secure our first major European final.
  12. Season Four We enter season four with the expectation on our shoulders to lift the Eliteserien title for the fourth season in a row! Given the complexities of last season this years league could go one of either two ways! Looking at the top ten transfers from the league during the off season Lillestrom look like they will be in for a tough season as they lost three players, the £6.4 million made on these sales has yet to been re-invested into playing staff. Molde have strengthened their spine with the acquisitions of Kolskogen and Hiljemark, whilst Kristiansund waved goodbye to Max Williamsen who leaves for Paris for a nifty £6.5 million. In our opening fixtures we made light work of Rosenborg, Donnum helping himself to the match ball whilst the points were much harder to secure away against the team we initially picked to struggle! Halsoy scoring at the death after new signing Thorstvedt (£240k) pulled us level...a superb come-back win! Odds, last years big hope were brushed aside from an early goal by Simon Adingra, the 21-year-old Ivorian will be getting a bit more football in the All Yellow of Glimt this season in the AML (IF role) considering the lack of cover for Tounekti. Europa League The start of the season also is the climax of the European schedule, this year because of the World Cup the both the first and second knockout rounds were reduced to one-legged affairs to save on the already condecnced fixture list, this played into our hands considering we secured a home tie due to topping our group. Tounekti scored a brace to ensure we progressed to the Quarter Finals in which we faced Napoli. We some how escaped from the Diego Maradona in Naples with only conceding the single goal, Napoli had 15 shots in the game compared to our 6 and probably should have put the tie to bed if Lorenzo Insigne had brought the right boots. The Italian had six shots in the game and only hit the target once! In the return leg we thought we were going to extra time after Thiago Holm pulled us level but in the 91st minute Sesko manged to find the burst of energy to get onto a wayward pass from Holm and slot it past an on-rushing Alex Meret. We were through to our first ever semi-final...can the boys dream? Short answer...not likely...Club Brugge's direct play secured a 2-0 victory for the home side in the first leg, despite the score the tie was alot more even than reflected we had an xG of 1.93 whilst they finished with 2.41. Saltnes could and should have given us the lead, but he decided to miss his penalty in the 19th minute. The month ahead, as usual I will update you on my progress once it is completed...sorry it's been a tad slow over the past week, work has been fairly hectic.
  13. Yes mate, I think I read somewhere back maybe in December on the forum that someone made a plug in which could pull off the data for all of these in accessible metrics which have no option to filter within the usual view. This was a while back but will see if I can dig it out for you 👍
  14. Nice to see you have also picked up Edvard
  15. Ah a thing of beauty that Viz! I appreciate you also taking the baton off me and progressing the player pressures conversation. We need to make this a regular occurrence.
  16. Pressing After being set some homework by @Matt_1979 in his piece, which explored if certain attributes can be associated with effective pressers, I have looked to carry out a bit of an analysis within my save to see if I can find any answers. Creating a new in-game view would be essential for this task and I opted to select the following metrics; Tackles Won Interceptions Fouls These would be totalled to calculate defensive actions per player, I then made this a per 90 metric by dividing by minutes played and multiplied by 90. This gave me the above table, my best player in terms of defensive actions is Attacking Wing-Back Fredrik Bjorkan, whilst my worst (excluding GKs) is my strikers who operated in the role of a Poacher for the most of the season. Taking the top nine (should have taken 10) I then cut their mental and physical attributes to see if any stood out, these I could associate with a high defensive action contribution. After smashing on the good old conditional formatting and paying attention to the bottom row (totals) you will see the following attributes pop; Anticipation Determination Teamwork Work Rate Acceleration Agility Natural Fitness Pace Stamina When reading through the list, I do not disagree that all of the above are attributes which I would associate with a player who would be effective in a pressing system. If you wanted to refine the above for scouting purposes I would suggest using the attributes which scored over 120 as a benchmark (bold) to ensure you secure a range of players. I would set the search to look for 13 or above as this was the average for each. I hope you are happy with that Matt, I shall await my grade!
  17. This is very promising to hear @SixPointerhopefully he can step up when needed and also continue to progress into a starter in seasons to come!
  18. This Monchi replication has to be one of my favorite posts from FM21 along with my replication of Allegri's UEFA Pro Thesis there are plenty of interesting blogs on this account which document my OGC Nice save (well worth a read IMO). I will try and get my thoughts down on paper @_Ben_ in relation to adjusting metrics which will hopefully show you how I at least look to ensure metrics are a little fairer.
  19. All about squeezing every bit of juice from the game....I enjoy spending just as much time outside of FM scrolling through data to help me make these in-game choices! Bit of a data geek here I am afraid...nothing at all wrong with using those functions but in my head I must clearly pretend that I am Monchi lol!
  20. Congratulations on your promotion! What are the plans to cope with the challenges of La Liga? Will there be any tactical implementations or is it a case of attempting to improve the quality of the squad?
  21. Squad Depth Sorry it has taken so long to get another update out, work has been absolutely manic this last week, which has not enabled me to fire up FM! Last night I loaded the game up for the first time this week, the view was to explore the squad depth and then use some analysis against player metrics to find potentials, as we look to fill any gaps going into season four. Looking at the above in-game player depth visual which is set at current ability above two stars, you will notice that there are two/possibly three areas which are lacking depth. The one which sticks out the most is CB (right), within our system this is the role of the BPD, yes Daland is more than capable of filling this role (Passing 12, Vision 13 and Decisions 13) and at a push we could bring in Brede Moe (Passing 13, Vision 10 and Decisions 12). However, this change would be counter productive in relation to our style of play and would most definately effect our ability to play form those beautiful passing combinations as we build up play from the back. *Note - Hoibraten is the only left footed CD at the club. Other area's which certainly could be flagged are AML and GK, however for this post I have opted to present to you how I firstly identified my targets and then how we come to making our final choice. Exploring the data If you are interested in how I usually conduct my scouting/player selection you will no doubt find my piece on 'Removing the luck factor from recruitment' this piece replicates the Monchi Masterclass series, applying it to FM. For this piece we took all CB's from the Eliteserien and applied a filter against minutes played to gather the raw data for our sample. I opted to conduct my first analysis against metrics passes completed per 90 vs Headers w/90, these metrics were chosen as we would need for the 'back-up' signing to be comfortable on the ball and at the same time effective in winning headers (remember our LCB operates as the cover, often mopping up the second ball from the aerial duel of the RCB). Now as always data metrics are always impacted by the style of play of the teams which the players function under and also the quality of the side, you wouldn't expect a CB from a highly ranked side who operate with a high press to be winning as many headers as a defender who plays for a side which has less possession and deploy a deep block...just food for thought! Looking at the above you will see our CB's who all as expected are performing above average in terms of passes completed p/90 and are under the headers won p/90 (influenced by our playing style, no doubt). I have grouped players of interest, all of which are 23 or under (Red) these are individuals who are playing above/close to the average amount of passes p/90 and all who are winning more headers p90 than our current CB's. The next step is to compare the headers w/90 metric with tackles w/90 to provide a different split of the data, my defenders at present are all sitting around the average so it would be wise of me to ensure my next target is at a similar caliber. The Scout Once you have used the data to identify potential targets, it is time to send your best scout out to conduct an report on the player, I often go for the three game approach (this also provides a nice highlight reel, if you are keen to carry out a little eye test). Arnar's jumping reach of 16 most certainly has been a key contributor to his close to 5 headers won per 90, unfortunately the scout recommendation isn't high enough for me and doesn't feel me with the confidence that he would a worthwhile investment. Very one footed (right), poor technique and again the low scout recommendation was enough to put me off the signing of Jenssen from Stabaek, he was however praised for his consistency and aerial ability. After only moving to Molde from Valerenga last season for £2.6 million it would be tough to secure the signature of Holme despite him scoring highly on the good old scout report. The final two options were Sandberg and Bjortuft both are similar in terms of attributes which can be seen in the player radar, when drilling into the scout reports both enjoy big games with Sandberg 'Relishes big matches' and both are flagged as being consistent performers. The decisive factor in all honesty for this decision is price as we are looking for a back-up rather than a first choice signing. Bjortuft no doubt is an excellent player but his estimated fee of £2.5m - £3.5m is not in the region of what we would be willing to play for a player who won't be brought in to start. Sandberg on the other hand is estimated to cost £1.2m-£1.7m which I feel is more appropriate and therefore is the decisive factor... Erik Tobias Sandberg we are coming for you!
  22. Aw mate, this honestly is so very kind of you! Like most of us I write because I enjoy it and hope that others read...so to know that you not only enjoy my content but also find it of value means so much to me.
  23. As per usual in my act of haste I forgot to provide you guys with an update in relation to the position of our 'Wall of Fame' The 'Wall of Fame' is populating nicely, we now have had ten players make their international debuts wearing the All Yellow of Glimt. 2022 has been the most successful year, this coincides with the build up to the World Cup, managers clearly looking to give all potentials a run out for their respective national sides. Appreciate the kind words @SixPointer I feel providing an analysis approach helps the reader to do exactly what you have stated, get inside my head to understand how/why I have made certain decisions in relation to the save.
  24. Closing off season three Thanks for such a positive response from @_Ben_ @SixPointer @Sonic Youth @Matt_1979 @Pavi and @Crazy_Ivan in relation to the post and the breakdown of the prep leading up to the Odds game, tonight's update we will find out if all the hard work paid off! As previously stated October was a tough month, the challenge of facing both title contenders so close to the end of the season could always have the potential to upset the apple cart. Fortunately for my ever growing reputation in Norway, this was not going to be the case..in fact the time spent on writing how to replicate match intensity ended up serving me very well. As you can see from the above, we had a 100% record across the final month and more importantly the tactic 'clicked' our rejuvenated poacher walking away with the match ball in all three of the final games...who would have thought adding a little more width to the play would have had such an extreme return! Taking a look at the end of season analysis both Odds and Kristiansund performed significantly better than their performances merited. Odds were the main beneficiary picking up 17 more points which enabled them to keep up their title hopes! For the first season of this save we really had a fight on our hands, making the FM experience a little more enjoyable (even those few squeaky bum times). I wanted to take a look at our historical performances in the Eliteserien, it's always nice to see how your side are progressing/deteriorating once you have a few seasons worth of data. I would advise each and everyone of you to save your games by season which enables you the opportunity to dip into older saves to pull of end of season stats/metrics which I find great to drill down on. This time though, something very light-hearted. As you can see, we have a few trends...despite this season being our worst return in terms of points it actually has been our best for expected points! We are scoring more goals and accumulating a better xG and in return are paying the price of being a little more open at the back. (picture Guardiola back in his Barcelona days, happy to sacrifice defensive solidity knowing that he will outscore you) I could have taken this a little deeper and probably will do by looking at our amount of shots to work out xG per shot etc, however I just wanted to provide a little visual which shows that we are progressing as a team, providing me assurance as this season felt much tougher! UEFA Europa League Failure to qualify for the UCL really hurt us as a club, as you can see our competition prize money is significantly down from last season, the UCL is so important for this saves objectives as it allows us to be a little more frivolous when delving in the transfer market aiding our rivals. we cant complain too much, we finished top of our group in the UEL, nearly claiming a 100% record along the way! The big surprise was that Jose Mourinho's Tottenham failed to make it out of the group! Record Breaker Despite only scoring an E in the end of season analysis, the signing of Benjamin Sesko has helped to project the club to new heights. His first season in Norway has not just been a success, he has simply had the breakout season to rule them all. Breaking six club records along the way Benjamin has been worth every penny of the £1.3 million pound deal, I don't think its been since FM19 (Dortmund) that I have had a striker to score more than 30 league goals. His 49 goals in all competitions is such an amazing achievement, remember he had a goal drought which seen him go 900+ minutes without a goal! A worthy winner of the two big end of season awards. The Forward Look Receiving additional backing by the board, we have secured a grant to extend the capacity at Aspmyra, once completed the new 10,690 capacity will see us ranked 7th in terms of capacity (previously 11th). This decision is definitely the right one as our average attendance for the season was 6,849 which is 96% of the current maximum capacity! Entering season four we again have the threat of losing some of our players; Bjorkan is wanted by Club Brugge and Guangzhou Berg is wanted by Guangzhou Tagseth is wanted by Guangzhou Donnum is wanted by Guangzhou Tounekti is wanted by Guangzhou Botheim is wanted by Molde and Odds Nerdal is wanted by NAC and Odds Sesko is wanted by Club Brugge and GZ City Can you spot the trend?!?!? I do not have any transfer targets for the fourth season, I need to look into the scout reports for a back-up goalkeeper and explore the possibility/need for depth...so that is a good point to leave this post and a nice starting point leading into season four!
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