Eintracht Frankfurt: Part Seven

Welcome back to Eintracht! Previously, things had gone pretty well. Just about top of the league, and we’ve qualified through our very first Champion’s League group.

I’m going to try something a little different today and post the entire second half of the season. Although I quite enjoy doing four posts a season, it does mean my play time is leaving the blog behind. I think from next season I’ll try three posts, so this bumper edition will hopefully set me on that track.

Today we’ll have a whopping six months of the season, the January transfer window and our first steps into a more positive tactical outlook.

I’ll conclude with a brief season sum-up, and a look at how we’re getting on towards my five aims for the save…

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Eintracht Frankfurt: Part Six

Hello, and welcome back to Frankfurt. Season two is under way, and it’s been a mixed start, with the bad news that we’ve been dumped out of the cup in the first round.

We’re trying to change up the tactics this season to see if we can’t emulate some of my favourite football, and produce some swift, flowing counter-attacks. It’s a substantial change from last season, so it may take a while/not work at all…

Today, I’ll run through the first few months of the season, deliver on my promise to talk tactics, and I’ll mention a few of our more promising youngsters and how we plan to develop them.

I’m all caught up with the writing now (well nearly, I’m a few weeks ahead), so the blog will be returning to it’s regular weekly updates.

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Eintracht Frankfurt: Part Five

Welcome back to Eintracht Frankfurt! My first season went surprisingly well. If you’re new to the blog, why not start from the beginning? Or if you missed the last part, here’s the conclusion of season one.

Season two promises to be a challenge, albeit a fun one. Many of our better players last year were on loan, and it looks likely that many of them won’t return.

This post will mostly be focusing on the changes at the club over the summer, with a particular focus on finances and transfers. In terms of tactics, I’ll be largely covering that in the next part, as I’m still tinkering with our shape. What I will say is that we are switching from our slow tempo, possession football, to a fluid counter-attack.

I’ll close out this part with a quick look at the first month of the season, as I don’t want the writing to fall too far behind the playing…

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Eintracht Frankfurt: Part Four

Welcome back to Eintracht Frankfurt! It’s the business end of our first year and after a solid start and an impressive middle, we’ve arrived at the end.

We’ve settled on our tactics (all three of them) and our first team line-up(s), so it’s time to see if a more consistent side can win us a nice piece of silverware.

I’ll run through the last few months of the season, and then leave you with a few snippets of data by way of a miniature season review.

Finally, we’ll take an early look at whether we’ve made progress towards my five aims for the save.

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Eintracht Frankfurt: Part Three

Welcome back to Eintracht Frankfurt! I’ve had a week off of work, so have absolutely barreled through the first season. As a result, I’ll likely do two posts again this week. I think it’ll be business as usual after that.

Last time, we started our first season in very promising fashion, although trying to work out the first team was proving difficult…

FM19’s new features are beginning to become a little bit more like second nature, although the new mentoring groups are yet to work out for me. Possibly because we don’t have the players for it.

Today, I’ll run through December until the end of a very hectic February, and we’ll see if we managed to reduce our squad numbers during the January transfer window…

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Eintracht Frankfurt: Part Two

Welcome to my first season with Eintracht Frankfurt! Last time, I went through a bit of history and some aims. Now it’s time to get stuck in to the save proper.

frankfurtI’ve been playing a lot (although as usual, not quickly), so we’re going to plow through the first four months of the season.

I’ll go through the normal save update stuff, but also touch on some of the new features in FM19, and how I’m getting on with them so far.

Here’s a very quick review: FM19 is great, I love it.

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Eintracht Frankfurt: Part One

Football Manager 19 is here! It’s looking great so far in the beta, with some impressive improvements that have improved the game massively, and that are still taking a little getting used to…

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So why have I chosen Eintracht Frankfurt? Well, it started with a desire to try something a little different to my last save. Then, via designing my new header image (thanks to @tedredwood for doing all the actual work), I found that Eintracht is German for Concord, and it seemed like fate. Stupid right?

But I think it has led me to the sort of save I was after; a top-flight, mid-table side in a league I haven’t played in for a long time. There’s plenty of room for growth, a powerhouse team to try and overcome in the longer term, and the scope to take the save in any number of ways.

This post will break down my aims for the save and give a quick glance at how Eintracht look at the start. But first, a little history lesson…

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Flight Of The Concords: Part 32

So this is how it ends. Not with a bang, but with the other thing.

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That’s not entirely fair. Finishing 5th in our debut Premier League season, is a fairly decent bang. Europa League football obtained, and finishing above such heavyweights as Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham is no joke.

I really wanted a cup final or something to finish with style, but it wasn’t to be.

This will just be a quick conclusion, with a few final thoughts, and a selection of my favourite players and moments from the save.

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Flight Of The Concords: Part 31

Welcome back to Flight Of The Concords! We’ve managed to maintain our position in the top half of the table, largely by stealing wins to be honest!

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We’re basically safe already, and can’t be far off achieving safety mathematically. Our aims now are a) finish as high as possible, as the difference in prize money between league positions is significant, and b) try our damnedest to make a deep run in the FA Cup.

It’d also be nice to improve our home form a bit. We haven’t settled in to Selhurst Park just yet…

I think the time has come to dabble a little more with our 442.

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Flight Of The Concords: Part 30

Welcome back to Flight Of The Concords! I’ve had a couple of weeks off, but I’m looking forward to concluding my journey. With the spectre of FM19 looming, I don’t know how much life there is left in this save, but I’m still loving it!

If you need a little refresher, here’s the link to the previous part.

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Last time out, we began life in the Premier League with mixed form. Which is way better than I was expecting.

A scary run of defeats was followed by three wins out of three in October, including a smash and grab 1-0 win over perennial title contenders Manchester City, and we sat in 8th place as November approached.

I’m hoping to end this part with relegation fears in the rear window, and I’d really, really like to get past the 3rd round of the FA Cup…

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