I wrote one of these generic posts recommending a couple of clubs to go in Scotland ahead of FM17, and here I am! Back again for another one with my recommendations for FM18. But, if you’ve read my intro post to my FM18 content for the year, you’ll know this post will be with a little twist. I’ve restructured the Scottish league structure for my own planned save, and would encourage you to download my edited database too if you fancy going any of the clubs I’m going to suggest today. If you do download, please do bear in mind it is an edited database and could be prone to little things being wrong here and there. Let me know if you spot anything and I’ll try and fix them for future.
I’ve been a bit quiet as everyone else around me has been revealing their FM18 plans left, right and centre. The new game has been fully released, and I’m now ready to get fired right about it.
If you know me, you’ll know I’m Scottish and that I love Scottish football. I’m also a big believer in focusing on your strengths, and that’s why I’m heading back to Scotland on FM18. I want to establish myself as the go-to when it comes to anything Football Manager and Scotland. If you’ve got a burning question about anything to do with Scottish football on Football Manager, you come to me. Alright pal?
So we’ve come, to the end of the road.
Welcome the finale of “No one likes us…”. What a Football Manager save this has been, and if you want to read about me emotionally reminiscing about what’s happened during it, do check out my FM17 summary post.
No time for emotion right now though. There’s business to tend to. At the halfway point of season eight we were flying domestically. 14 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, and a fifth consecutive title was all but wrapped up. The main reason for me continuing on this save into it’s eighth season though was the Champions League. I craved a third win of the jug-eared trophy. The theme whirred in my brain as PSG defeated us in last season’s semi final. I have to be celebrating come the end of the season.
Here we go then. I took the decision to fire ahead into my eighth season in charge of RBLeipzig. The race is on for me to get the season finished before the beta drops for FM18. Will I manage it? I’ve managed to bloody charge through half a season in record quick time for me to be fair, but that might well be down to downloading the brilliant Tempo skin by Keysi Rensie (why hadn’t I already downloaded it!?) and being able to instant result quite a few of RBSalzburg and RBLDN’s matches! This has enabled me to fully focus all my efforts on RBL.
I want a clean sweep of trophies for my last hurrah on FM17, let’s see if I’m on track to do so…
We might have expanded the Red Bull Revolution to London, taking over, rebranding and RBifying West Ham, but RBLeipzig are still my main focus. They’re still the club that everything will be geared towards.
After last seasons almost invincible season, we come into season 7 in not-so-familiar territory as favourites, and under pressure to succeed. We are odds on to retain the Bundesliga crown for a fourth successive season. Since the beginning of the save, I’ve enjoyed being the underdogs. Nothing has really been expected of us from the media or from the board, and as such, I’ve been able to fly under the radar. At the stage now where the pressure is on to win every match, to win the BuLi, to retain the Champions League for the third season running…
Will we be able to cope with it?
If you missed the end of season 6 summary, the 2021/22 season saw us manage to go the entirety of the season unbeaten, almost. We lost one match all season, the European Super Cup against Arsenal early on in the season. Still raging about it. For the purposes of this post thought, let’s try and forget about it. In the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League, not to mention the Club World Cup and DFL-Supercup, we were invincible.
Along the way so far in the save, there’s been fleeting mentions of some players, and more regular mentions of others. The aim of this post is to introduce you to the players that made the big contributions to our success in season 6. Standby for player screenshots galore. Meet the Invincibles.
Back again for another update in the RBLeipzig and RBSalzburg save. In a slightly reflective soppy comment, what a save this has been so far. I’ve said it a few times over the last week or so on Slack, as much as I love managing in my home country of Scotland, I think Germany and the Bundesliga has been the best league I’ve ever managed in on any version of the game. Austria? Meh, not so much, but heck that just adds to the whole story.
When we left off during the winter break, we were sitting atop the Bundesliga. Four points clear of Dortmund, with two games in hand due to our Club World Cup winning exploits. We hadn’t lost yet in those 15 league matches, we’d romped to six wins out of six in the Champions League, and as it happened, our only defeat of the season so far was against last season’s Europa League winners, Arsenal, in the European Super Cup. Would that become a significant point come the end of the season?
And we’re back! It’s been a little while hasn’t it? Pre-seasons tend to take quite a while to plough through, especially as I much prefer to play all of the friendlies myself, still on extended highlights, as I like to get the players up to full fitness before the new season myself.
It’s a big season in Leipzig. We come into my sixth season at the club as reigning treble winners. Our successes last season were brilliant, winning the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and of course, the Champions League. We’re the team to beat now. We go into every match under pressure, expected to win.
How would we cope?
I mentioned it in the winter break update with Salzburg, but I’ve been meaning to write about the new potential player development pathway that’ll hopefully be revolutionising Red Bull as a whole. So here it is!
And so we come to the end of my 5th season in charge of RBLeipzig. The rate I play the game at, plus the addition of RBSalzburg, I’m very surprised I’ve managed to reach this point! At the halfway point of the season we were riding high in the Bundesliga. 11 points clear, surely we were on course to retain the title? We’d also successfully negotiated a tricky Champions League group, and made our usual strides in the DFB-Pokal. Was a treble looming? Read on to find out!