A news article appeared online over the festive period that outlined FC Midtjylland’s aim of developing a Ballon d’Or winning talent by 2030. FCM aren’t strangers of setting out lofty aims for themselves but this one certainly caught the attention of many.Continue reading “My Approach to Youth Development on FM21”
Vålerenga’s hold on the Eliteserien continues. We’re champions yet again.
There’s a difference this season though. We’re treble winners, dominating domestically. We retained the Mesterfinalen and won our first Norwegian Cup since 2008.
Here’s the story of that dominance and a look at a player who had a huge role in making it happen.Continue reading “The Golden Generation | Domination Begins”
It’s time to play the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
I’ve got a squad to pick and I’ve enlisted the assistance of Norwegian football expert, Ben Wells, to answer some of my burning questions around my players and our approach.
Let’s go!Continue reading “The Golden Generation | The 2022 World Cup”
I’m putting a huge focus behind developing young players on FM21.
I’ve spoken before about improving the abilities of young players, playing them in my first team and selling them on. While that could be taken as me doing a solely homegrown save, where I’m only allowed to play my own youth products without signing any new players, I’ve never once said that. It probably is the overall aim for the save, one day it might well be the case.
One thing I did say in my introductory blog post was that I was looking to make Oslo, and Vålerenga, the destination for promising young players to come and hone their skills. This means I’ve been recruiting and developing some of Norway’s most promising talent. We’ve been acting like the big team that we should have been, and now are. Here’s the approach I’ve taken to doing that.Continue reading “My Approach to Recruitment on FM21”
I recently read Wings of Change, a book from Karan Tejwani in which he goes in-depth on how Red Bull has infiltrated the footballing world. Julian Nagelsmann previously transformed Hoffenheim from 17th place in the Bundesliga when he took over to them becoming “one of Germany’s most exciting teams”, according to the book. His work there attracted the attention of Red Bull and he eventually joined Leipzig.Continue reading “My 3-3-2-1-1 FM21 Tactic”
Don’t worry, the title of today’s post doesn’t mean I’m abandoning Vålerenga. It refers to my fourth season in charge at the club being one where things were chopped up and changed. It was time to move some players on to make way for the next raft of talent to take their place.
Would this unsettle us on our way to try and clinch a fourth consecutive Eliteserien title? Let’s see what happened.Continue reading “The Golden Generation | Chop and Change”
Change is constant at the Intility Arena. Talented players join Vålerenga, they train in the best facilities in the country, are coached by the best coaches, get meaningful minutes on the pitch, show off their talent, and leave for bigger clubs.
Over the past season, nine first team squad players have left the club for a grand total of just over £70m. Of the nine, six were regular starters in the first team. Of the nine, six had been at the club since I joined or were club youth products. Change is good though. Change can bring different results, better ones.
The title of the post maybe gives the game away, but here’s how the 2024 season went.Continue reading “The Golden Generation | Invincibles”
The extreme high of last season’s unbeaten domestic season was always going to be difficult to top, especially with such a young squad.
I didn’t think a sixth consecutive Eliteserien title was in doubt at any stage of the season, but there was a late wobble in performances and results that concerned me.
Here’s the summary of my sixth season in charge of Vålerenga.Continue reading “Golden Generation | We Go Again”