The Golden Generation | Norwegian National Team Squad Depth | Goalkeepers and Defence

If I didn’t think Norway had a Golden Generation of talent at their disposal, I wouldn’t be managing the National Team on FM21.

I’ve run through results from 2020 and my first six months in charge in which I led us to Euro2020 (in 2021). Then came the tricky bit, picking a 23-man squad for the finals.

To help me decide I took a look at our squad depth. This included immediate first team options, squad players, potential back ups and then looking at who’d be replacing them in the coming years followed by some potential stars of the future further down the road.

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The Golden Generation | Rewriting History

I said in my introductory post that playing through the 2020 season with Vålerenga gave me the opportunity to rewrite history for the Norwegian National Team.

A Sergej Milinkovic-Savic double downed them in the Euro2020 qualification playoff semi-final on the 8th of October 2020. They finished 2nd in their UEFA Nations League group behind Austria but ahead of Romania and Northern Ireland.

Let’s see what I could do in my first six months in charge.

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Kristoffer Ajer on FM21

In my role as Norwegian national team manager on FM21, I need to keep tabs on how my Golden Generation are performing. I’ll be creating separate posts to track the key players who’ll play a big part for the national side while I’m in charge.

Celtic might be getting absolutely panned for their defensive performances at the moment in the non-FM world, but Kristoffer Ajer is still Norway’s best defender on FM21.

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Eskozia La Brava | Does Misfiring Matter?

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I took the decision to change from my trusty 3-5-2 to a 4-1-2-3 in the second half of my fifth season in charge of Eibar on FM20 and it paid off. We climbed from 9th to 5th to qualify for the Europa League again, actually just missing out on Champions League qualification by a point in the end.

I was excited going into my sixth season. The tactical tweak had shown some really promising signs so far and it was a chance to get the team even more familiar with it with a whole season of playing that way. Vamos…

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