“No one likes us, we don’t care!”

Well, well, well. What do we have here then? Welcome to Occasional FM for FM17!

I briefly mentioned in my FM16 summary some of my thoughts around my FM17 save, and if you’re following me on Twitter the eagle-eyed among you might have noticed over the past few weeks that I have come to a decision on my chosen team.

RBLeipzig

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My FM17 Scouting Approach

Scouting is one of the three main aspects that I’ll be focusing on in my RBLeipzig save that I called out in my initial plan for FM17. Since the appearance of Moneyball style saves on Football Manager, scouring the globe for talent has become even more important than before. My RBLeipzig save isn’t a traditional Moneyball one, however I will be imposing their non-FM world restriction on aiming to bring in players under 24 years of age and looking to develop, and sell on talent within reason. The final two points there are things I’ll address in another post, but for today, here’s my approach to scouting on FM17 with RBLeipzig.

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“No one likes us…” Season 1 Winter Break

And so we begin. Thanks to everyone that read my intro post to the RBL save, and also my approach to scouting for the save too. Both seemed to go down really well which gives me a lot of encouragement going into the save proper! Talking of the save proper, it’s time to get stuck into it. I’ve reached the Bundesliga winter break which is handy as it gives me a chance to pause and look back on what’s happened in the first half of the season.

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My FM17 Training Approach

As I pointed out in my intro post, alongside scouting, development is to be one of the key pillars of my time at RBL. Translating this onto FM, this means training.

My under 24 years of age signing policy means that the vast majority of players I have on the RBL books will be promising ones that can still be developed and nurtured. Here’s my thoughts on how I’ll be interpreting things in-game.

Before I do that, I just wanted this awesome header for the save, that James @FMPressure has created for me, to make its debut. James also wrote a great piece on his own approach to training, so if you haven’t already, give that a read once you’re done here!

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“No one likes us…” End of Season 1

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We hit the winter break, and were sitting pretty in 7th place in the Bundesliga. Remember, it’s our debut season in the German top flight, and we’re smashing the expectations of the media, and of our board, who both expect us to fight bravely against relegation. In reality, they’re looking at our reputation (which is lower than the vast majority of 2. Bundesliga teams) and not at the quality of player we’ve got at our disposal. Depending on the winner of the DFB Pokal, 7th might be enough to ensure there’s some European Rasenballsport being played at the RB Arena next season. But from our performances in the 1st half of the season, I was aiming for more…

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“No one likes us…” Introducing die Zukunft

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I’ve outlined my approach to scouting as I seek to secure the signatures of promising players across the world, but I haven’t discussed the young players already at the club yet. As I mentioned in my end of season 1 post, I wanted to introduce you to some of the young players I think will be the future of the club, die Zukunft.

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“No one likes us…” Season 2 Winter Break

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A 6th place finish in my, and our, first season in the Bundesliga might seem to some like a bit of a failure when you take into account the resources on offer plus where RBLeipzig are in the table in the non-FM world. I’m taking it as a good achievement though, a building block in the long term aim of eventual Bundesliga, and European domination. More and more I’m coming to realise that probably the key thing to note so far is that we’re really not anywhere near the upper echelons of German football yet in the game. Our reputation is still only national, sitting 19th in the country, and still lower than 2 2.Bundelisa clubs. Putting things very much into perspective.

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