Tuesday, 17 June 2014

I do love this game

Hello dear readers,

True Football Manager blog update #809 today. It’s dedicated to World Cup 2014 and my Dresden story in FM 2014 at the same time. I named this blog post “I love this game” because of beautiful matches in Brazil and excellent performance by Dynamo Dresden during latest Bundesliga fixtures (season 5).

World Cup 2014

Holland and Costa Rica teams made largest sensations during this tournament. Many people can quarrel who was the most sensational in context of their victories but I want to say almost everybody predicted the last position for Costa Rica. They showed modern fast playing style and confirmed my prediction of Uruguay as World Cup underachiever.

I was completely certain that Germany should have beaten Portugal without questions. That happened even easier than was expected by me. Portugese defensive line looked even worse than the Spanish one.

One of the most impressive matches in my opinion was the opposition between Italy and England. Numbers on a scoreboard were unfair. I would say 2:2 is a fair score for both teams in the match. Unlucky Englishmen… but I saw signs of nice attacking football by them and hope they will pass through the group of death which became even more deadly after Uruguay – Costa Rica encounter.

In short, it is the best start of all World Cups ever!

Dynamo Dresden story

Played BL fixtures

Dresden results in FM 2014 are also exciting for me because of two reasons:

  • Superb play in defense. We conceded just once in 5 matches.
  • Dynamo Dresden is at the 2nd position now!


So my boys have high chances to play in Champions League next season. They did deserve that. In particular, three last matches were great in context of confidence level and total advantage over opponents (Nurnberg, Mainz, Frankfurt). Just take a look at the match stats against Nurnberg:

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Dresden players

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It’s a pity I got injured Pavlovski for 10 days and he can miss the next important match. However, talented explosive winger Nouhourn Taboure has been showing inspiring form this spring and can be a decent substitute for our leader.

I want to praise leading centre back Even Hovland for his reliability and winter newcomer Emanuel De la Vega who earned his place in the starting eleven playing very robustly and quite creatively.

The last but least: impact and goals of Milan Djuric. By the way, this towering forward scores headers more often than common goals using legs :)

Outcome is here!


So Dresden, Schalke or Dormund. Which team will be get into misfortune and end up the league with place in CL next season?

Take a look at the schedules for the last two fixtures and write your prediction in the comments below.

Dresden schedule:


Schalke schedule:


Dortmund schedule:


Excited to blog for you,

Vitaliy Mokosiy

Author: Vitaliy

Playing Football Manager since 1996. Blogging about it since 2007.