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Quick disclaimer, I am still learning here. Even though I've been playing FM for a few years now I am by no means an expert so any advice is more than welcome! Also I am not saying this is exactly how the treble winning team played, I am simply putting together my version. Before reading this post I highly recommend watching this great Tifo Football video on Bayern Munich & Jupp Heynckes’ Treble winning season. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLjkWniuBII That season he built a team that dominated the Bundesliga breaking numerous records including the most points during a season (91), fewest goals against (18), highest goal difference (+81) and many more by playing an attractive possession based style of football. During the Champions League the team showed their tactical flexibility as they produced devastating counter-attacking performances such as the famous 7-0 (agg.) demolition of Barcelona in both legs of the Semi-Final. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012–13_FC_Bayern_Munich_season Introduction One mistake I've made throughout my time playing FM is not appreciating everything that goes into recreating teams of old. Simply creating the tactic isn’t enough. Playing someone as an Inside Forward isn’t going to make them Arjen Robben. Playing a high line with a high press isn’t going to be successful with Per Mertesacker and Daley Blind at the back. A counter-press isn’t going to work if players don’t have high work rate and stamina. Likewise how are players expected to play in this way if the training schedules don’t regularly include sessions which improve these attributes and work on these things. Therefore recreating this will be a process; getting the right players in to suit the system, training the players to play in this way and creating a realistic version of the tactic that the current players can actually play. As a result throughout this topic I will be covering the following: Post 2 will cover my interpretation of the roles and player instructions used in Bayern’s treble winning team, the team instructions used for the possession football in the Bundesliga and the team instructions used for the counter-attacking football in the Champions League. Post 3 will cover the club choice for recreating Jupp’s treble winning team. I’ll go over a realistic (with the players available) version of both the possession and counter-attacking tactics as well as the relevant training schedules. Post 4 will include season updates.
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“[T]his friendly, inviting Bayern Munich is not, of course, the only Bayern Munich. There is another club. One that annoys and enrages.” The background As someone who spends an inordinate amount of time both reading about football and thinking about potential Football Manager saves, I was struck by a brainwave when reading Uli Hesse’s fantastic Bayern: Creating a Global Superclub, which charts the many ups and rare downs of Germany’s biggest club. ‘Biggest club’ is of course damning Bayern with faint praise. Bayern have won 25 of the 53 seasons of the Bundesliga from its inception in 1963 to 2016. In 2013 they became the only German club to ever win the treble. Most worrying of all from a neutral standpoint, they are currently on a hot streak of four consecutive titles that shows no obvious signs of stopping. It is worth reflecting on quite how far ahead of the rest of their domestic rivals Bayern are in terms of their league*, cup and European competition histories: Looking at the ever-fluctuating fortunes of Dortmund, Mönchengladbach, Bremen et al, it seems unlikely that any German team will be able to get close to eclipsing Bayern Munich over the next century. Thankfully, the FM world allows for slightly more flexibility. I will start under the conditions and obey the rules of the Big Euro Challenge in holidaying the first season and taking over a club that wins promotion to the 3. Liga, however it is unlikely that I will see out the challenge unless my progress is astronomically quick. What is more likely is that this will turn into a journeyman save whereby I will aim to take over at a decent Bundesliga side. It’s worth noting that even were I to start at, say, Dortmund, that would still require winning a massive 21 league titles, 16 DFB Pokals and 5 Champions Leagues (at least) to overhaul Bayern! This save may well take me a very long time, not least as it is extremely likely that Bayern will extend the trophy gap further before I am in any sort of position to start winning things. * I am only counting league titles post-professionalisation, so 1963-64 onwards. The challenge Inspired in part by one of the all-time classic threads on FMCU, @AK22's quest to knock Alex Ferguson (and subsequently Jose Mourinho) off his flipping perch, I am going to see if I can help a German club overhaul Bayern’s tally of silverware. There is of course a question mark in the title of this thread. My foremost aim is not to be all-powerful but to have an entertaining save, having never managed in Germany before. But if I can eclipse Bayern in the process, then all the better! The manager You might remember that I attempted the British and Irish Steel Challenge a few years ago, won a good number of trophies (and the FMCU ‘Best Journeyman Save’ award, a true honour) but fell short of completion due to poor data management (don’t rely too much on pen drives). On FM17 I’ve played a few youth career saves, but have been a bit frustrated in losing my top stars the moment we seem to be progressing. This format should enable me to start small and choose where to go from there. My fictional manager is a 20 year old Cuban, because why not. His reputation is as low as it could possibly be, and I’m normally inclined to start at a club with almost no prospects. Carlo Ancelotti is certainly safe for the time being.