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Rosenborg Ballklubb - 2018/2019 Squad/Tactics | Youth Squad | Season Preview | Board Expectations Say hello to Mr. Anon Manager which was hired as Rosenborg BK manager at the start of the 2016/2017 season! (I wasn't planning on making this post so I used my real name and details as the manager. For this thread I will refer to the manager as "Anon Manager" instead as I don't want to use my real name.) The reason for picking Rosenborg is two-fold; 1) it's my local team 2) I wanted an "easy but still interesting" team, to ease me back into FM which I haven't played since FM14. For those unaware, Rosenborg BK is the most dominant force in Norwegian football. From roughly 1985 to 2000 they absolutely dominated all of Norwegian football. In the last 10-15 years they have been struggling but now for the past two seasons they are (maybe) back to their old dominant ways. Shockingly however, this manager who's finally returned RBK back to their old ways was unceremoniously sacked and replaced by me! The first two years were quite successful but ultimately not that interesting so for this thread I've "skipped forward" to the third season when things are really starting to take shape. I'll make a separate post (coming soon!) which summarize the first two seasons. Long-term Goals: I've promised the board to play attacking attractive football, to rely heavily on young players and to develop our own players through the academy. Long-term I wish to win the Champions League. Additionally to raise the rating of Rosenborg BK - as well as Norway and the Norwegian Tippeliga. Over the past couple of seasons I've worked with the board and took every opportunity to cajole them into upgrading our facilities - especially things related to youth development! We now have fantastic facilities (at the start of season 3 the board agreed to upgrade youth facilities even further but it's not completed yet)! I won't push the board to increase the stadium as Trondheim is a small city and I intend to balance the books by playing Champions League and selling players. I'm playing primarily to have fun so I'm not going to restrict myself to signing only Norwegian players or using only academy players. I will however try to sign mainly young players though occasionally I might sign experienced players. I will not min-max or exploit the game as I don't find it fun. I'm a bit of a role-player at heart so I want my manager to be a reasonable and respected guy. I'll give talented players their "big break" when truly special clubs come knocking - if the price is right. Season 3 Goals: At the start of season 3 the board is expecting us to win the league (as always). I also want to get out of the group stages of the Champions League and win the Norwegian Cup. At this point my team is so far superior to any other Norwegian team that I would not accept anything but winning the league. Molde BK has made some great signings this season but they have nowhere near my depth. Highlighted Players: John Hou Sæter (19yo, MC): I love this guy. Such incredibly well-rounded stats! He can play just about every role possible in the MC position. He still has one full star of potential left so I hope to get a couple more stats to 16 or maybe even 17. 18 Determination too! Abel Casquete (20yo, AMC): The only real downside to Abel is his low Natural Fitness but apart from that he ticks all the boxes. He's "only" a 3,5* CA but he has 5* PA so I really do have the highest of hopes for him. I just hope I can keep him at the club for as long as possible! I think the big European clubs will come for this guy in 1-2 years... Marius Lundemo (23yo MC/AMC): The captain of my team is simply a rock-solid and dependable midfielder. He's getting very close to fulfilling his 4* PA as well which is a credit to my scouts yet again. This guy is such a classic all-round midfielder but I would be extremely pleased if he could push one or two more stats to 16! Top Prospects: Jorge Almirón (18yo, AMR): I have some real faith in this Brazilian regen I signed. He's got a couple of 14s in key stats plus 16 Acceleration and Aggression. Pace and Stamina is also great. He does have some real weak stats but at 5* PA I have faith he will fill out his stats quickly... Erling Håland (17yo, ST): I won't go as far as saying this guy will become better than Messi but I suspect he might beat out Carew, Solskjær and Flo as the greatest Norwegian striker of all time. His Mental stats are absurdly good for his age! I would love if he could get some more acc/pace, passing, technique and positioning. Next season I will play him in the senior squad but this season he will get one more year loaned out. Transfers (In - Out): Nicolai Næss (25yo, DC): I quickly (get it?) realized that acc/pace was an issue for my entire squad but especially for my defence. Næss should help the situation; he's a relatively quick and well rounded ball-playing defender which slots right into my attacking style of play. Important too is that fact that he counts as home-grown. The Norwegian league required SIXTEEN out of 25 registered players to be home-grown (in country) which can be frustrating at times. Everton (23 yo DR): No, I didn't sign the entire Everton team but rather a regen in Brazil called Everton! He has 3* CA and 3,5* PA but I really like his well-rounded physicals (hopefully Stamina will improve a little) as well as other important stats being high. Maybe I overpaid a little but I had no real promising DR in my youth system and my main squad was real weak in that position. Raffaele Di Gennaro (24yo, GK): My scouts were loving this guy as soon as they laid their eyes on him and I can see why! At £625K with 3,5* CA and 4* PA, I pulled the trigger because my current first choice GK is getting a little bit old and he's only a 3* CA/PA. His first touch and passing worries me slightly but I love his all-round great stats plus his 17 Determination. Nothing too exciting happening with transfers out - which is a good thing because many clubs were desperate to sign both Lundemo and Hou Sæter. I want to keep both these guys at least one more season. I did let my 27yo DL Skjelvik go (his main draw was 17 acc and pace). I also let Williams (young Welsh DR) go because he hadn't developed quiet how I would have liked. Lastly I sold my 31yo backup GK to make way for Di Gennaro.