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Vålerenga

Like a lot of FM players I struggle to get into a save if I don't have a connection with the team, I'm particularly bad for this as I can only immerse myself into a save if I've been to the place where a team is located. It's a bit silly but really difficult for me to get over it; however I recently went to Oslo because a mate met a Bochumer who lives in Oslo at Union Berlin away via the Leicester - Bochum friendship and we got invited over (simple enough :cool:). Fan culture also means a lot to me and the derby against Lillestrom was the game I went to, the less said about the result the better but it provided in plenty of other ways.

 

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It's not been great for Vålerenga recently and their fans joke that they try to win the 7th place trophy every season, hopefully I can end the midtable mediocrity.

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Inauspicious start in the league at one of the better sides in Brann. We were unconvincing against Start and I couldn't really put more finger on why which was frustrating. A much improved performance against Ranheim was needed and I only made a few tweaks to the starting XI rather than tactical. This is how we're lining up now:

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I prefer to shape my tactics with roles and duties rather  than instructions, which is possibly why performances might be fluctuating from game to game.

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Chidera Ejuke, have my babies.

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April 2018

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We're picking up results but it's hard to say we've been convincing, a superb result against reigning champions Rosenborg was enjoyable. We were dreadful in the first half but Bard Finne scored a belter from a difficult angle and then added another through a free kick 5 minutes later.

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Our media prediction was 5th, so my aim was to try and qualify for the Europa but it looks like a title challenge might be on.

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I love him.

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In the 300+ hours I've played FM this edition this might just be the first manager of the month award I've received :lol:

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Best of luck. Norway was the destination of my favourite ever save a few years back, and I had some good tussles with Vålerenga. Still weird to see them away from the national stadium. 

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This fella is going to go far in his career, hopefully with us

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May 2018

 

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Going well recently, we're still prone to some laboured games were we look just as lethargic as our opposition but the general standard of play has improved. Derby game up next -

 

 

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June 2018

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New deal. I changed the expectations from finish in the top half to challenge for the title too.

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June 2018

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Rosenberg were just as bad as we were but they scored a screamer to advance in the cup.

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First choice keeper out injured so we're playing a 17 year old, luckily he's decent

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July 2018

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Tactical change

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It seems obvious now but the squad is much better suited to a 433, central midfield is our strongest position and our wingers aren't comfortable in the ML/R spots. Standard and positive lead to mostly lacklustre football in the 4411, already in the friendlies it looks as though there's more oomph here - especially in a convincing performance against a better Brøndby side (albeit in a friendly).

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August 2018

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Good results in August. The Molde game was frustrating because they had 10 for most of the game, took a late Shala strike from the edge of the box to equalise.

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Rosenborg are so strong but we've improved massively since changing formation.

Shela

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I've never had this before I don't think

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Our Ghana international keeper is joining NYCFC at the end of the season, we got more than he's valued and he indicated he'd be unsettled if I didn't accept. I think it'll be difficult to get a keeper as good but we're not normally facing a lot of shots (I've definitely cursed it now).

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September 2018

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I'm nervous

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We were 2-0 up at Rosenborg and threw it away :(, we drew again at home but luckily the leaders lost to keep the gap at 2 points.

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October 2018

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This is the most invested in a save I've been for 2 years and I've only been playing since Thursday

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This fella joins on a pre-contract.

 

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This is the second time our idiot keeper has scored an OG by letting a rebounded shot him and go in. Idiot, can't wait to sell him now.

October 2018

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Luckily, Rosenborg did us a favour again. Their form is awful and we probably should have wrapped it up by now but we've conceded a lot of late goals to draw games.

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November 2018

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It's getting tense. We're not creating much in games anymore which is a worry 

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Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.

 

We just can't score in open play anymore :(

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November 2018

We needed to win.

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I thought I'd f____ed it but 

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I'm so pleased :D

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It's 03:56 am and I'm grinning like a chesire cat. It was a proper FMCU season ending, I never thought one of those would happen to me :cool:. To self-aggrandise a bit more I actually play all of the games and I turned off first window transfers too I am the king 

 

 

There'd be some £8 pints drank in Oslo after that!

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congrats on the title. great debut season

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2 hours ago, kidthekid said:

congrats on the title. great debut season

Cheers :thup:

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January 2019

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I forgot to mention that this bloke won the board elections, I requested to develop players using the youth system which he agreed to as I signed a new deal.

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I didn't get too much out of my strikers last season and Azemi was the only regular goalscorer so I'm very pleased to get in one of Norway's brightest prospects.

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February 2019

The intake

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Most of the young players have high potential but I think that's because the first team aren't great. However the personalities are top notch.

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He'll never be Beckenbauer but he'll be an excellent defender.

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Always had a bit of a soft spot for Valerenga and I'm not really sure why. Congrats on the title, hopefully the new chairman doesn't get overly ambitious with his expectations!

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March 2019

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We lost the super cup, we were the better side but they were more clinical 

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Preseason

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Weird that the super cup was so far away from the start of the season

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April 2019

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We were 2-0 up at Ranheim, threw it away and we were profligate up top too. Strand Larsen came off the bench to score the winner on his league debut, hero :brock:.

He's good but perennially broken, it feels like as soon as he's back he gets injured again.

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Going well. I can't shake the feeling that we're winning because of player quality rather than our system which seems daft considering the scorelines. We score a lot of goals from corners and from range which is great but it hardly feels sustainable.

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Vålerenga don't have the capability to pay the same wages as Rosenborg, I knew that already, what I didn't know was how big the disparity was. Even smaller clubs are paying more.

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May 2019

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JSL missed a sitter

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JSL missed another sitter.

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June 2019

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Good news all round here.

 

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As well as Sandmoen who I posted above these two came through the in intake as well - they've both been selected for Norway's u19 squad whilst the former is already in the u21s.

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I'm not really sure how good they are currently, definitely a tricky second leg though.

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If we can beat carrier bag we'd surely fancy our chances in the second qualifying draw.

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June 2019

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I don't know why I rotated the squad so much in the cup game, I'm annoyed with myself. I gave minutes to some high(ish) potential but they're probably not good enough to make it at Vålerenga. Additionally, Rosenborg and Brann had been knocked out so there was a steady chance we'd have gone all the way.

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So in our CL qualifier we conceded in the 89th minute. With these stats. We couldn't score and it was inevitable they'd score because they'd offered nothing all game. They deserved nothing, Qarabag were terrible, they didn't defend well, they didn't transition out well out of their shoddy defence and they couldn't build any meaningful attacks but that doesn't matter when you ping one in from 25 yards out does it? Smash and grab. Smash and grab. Smash and grab. Look at this shot map. Just look at it. can't spake.

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This isn't one of those "I had 23 shots and I didn't win !!!!" complaints, this is pure unadulterated Football Manager. Freddy Adu, Carlos Fierro and Mark Kerr died for this and they're smiling down upon us, their heavenly glow blinding us as we fall to our knees recounting our sins. Now we've got to fly to some backwater in Middle Earth and try and get 2 away goals without reply, why are these orcs in even in UEFA? Azerbaijan is definitely not in Europe. I hate you UEFA, I hate you Football manager and I hate you Qarabag.

 

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July 2019

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We drew in Azerbaijan, again we were the better team but we gave a penalty away to undo all of our hard work. So we dropped into the Europa League qualifiers, obviously the money is better there but I love the Europa League as it turns out much better ties and the it's not quite as sanitised as Champions League football. This is who we got:

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A game against a fellow Nordic side, I'm not too sure how good they are but I'd expect us to be beating them.

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We've been fairly poor but Rosenborg keep drawing games so we're not too far away thankfully.

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Rejected it. I'm not averse to moving later on in the save but definitely not at the minute.

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Signed this kid and he's dynamite. Scored on his debut in the Europa League becoming our youngest ever scorer.

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He's one of our better players but we've currently got about £2m in the bank, so to double our balance makes sense.

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I'm a long time admirer of the geezer so hopefully I can get him in as a replacement, physically he's colossal. 6'5, quick, can attack and defend.

 

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August 2019

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It was a busy one. Rubbish in the league but we overcame a 1-0 deficit to beat Malmo away to get into the UEL groups :D

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Roma are going to have their way with us.

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September 

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Normally we've been the better team but we cannot put away chances and we conceded too many set pieces.

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