Friday, 13 June 2014

Football month

Brazil Croatia

Hello dear readers,

It’s True Football Manager on air, blog post no. 808. First and foremost I would like to congratulate all of you with the beginning of World Cup 2014. In my life, I have been watching World Cups since 1990, it was the best opening performance. Beautiful attacking football was shown by both Brazil and Croatia! I am truly impressed.

As far as the start game result concerned, I would say 3:1 is unfair. 2:2 suits more for such an equal performance from both sides. In my mind Croatia was even slightly better. There were two factors that hindered them to get at least one point:

  • Penalty from Japanese referee. Fred was awaiting for that little touch to fall down so effectively…
  • Poor performance by Stipe Pletikosa, Croatian goalie. I believe continental level goalkeepers have to disallow goals from long ranges like those scored by Neymar and Oscar.

As I said, Brazil won’t win the World Cup. The match looks like confirmation that they are not ready to cope with the pressure put on them.

The football month is ahead! I will try to watch as many matches as I can writing my impressions here in the blog from time to time, and of course I will continue to manage Dynamo Dresden in FM 2014 at the same time. So stay tuned!

Dresden story

Now let’s get back to my Dynamo Dresden and latest events in the story. I didn’t manage to play lots of matches after the departure from Europa League. But all four games were complicated, bright, and emotional.

Played games

There are two confident wins over straight competitors and very strong clubs: Schalke and Stuttgart. It makes me happy and I see the tactic-set works very well. However, unexpected loss to Koln uncovered once more problems in Dresden defensive line.

After all, 27 fixtures played and competition for Champions League places is extremely high. 6-7 clubs pretend to qualify into the best European tournament next season… Soon I will have encounters with Hannover, Frankfurt, and Dortmund which can turn into decisive matches onwards.

Table

Clearly tactical win over Schalke.

Match stats

Counter attacking style helped me to gain the first victory over Schalke. My boys had no possession but were really efficient in making fast keen attacking moves. Two of them completed with goals.

I want to praise Vladislav Kalitvintsev who performed great as Box-to-Box Midfielder at MC position. A smart midfielder from Ukraine but, unluckily, very injury-prone. In the last game he got out for 4 months…

Dresden - Schalke

4:1 comeback

StuttgartMatch stats with Stuttgart

When Timo Werner scored, I decided to change my counter-attacking tactic onto the standard one with Half Back at DMC position. It helped to make a breakthrough and arrange this excellent comeback.

Luckily, Stuttgart had their main goalie injured and its young replacement made a few mistakes.

My players

My-playersDre-players

Newcomers Fabio and William are extremely happy their first caps for Brazil. These players are Dynamo Dresden future, together with MC De la Vega who has been showing signs of nice football style during last games.

The team is still led by Marko Pavlovski. And it’s a large difference when we play without him in the starting eleven. So I tend to care about Marko as much as I can. For example, recently I have asked him to fire his agent because of wage talk initiated by him. I was lucky and Pavlovski agreed he did not need that agent :)

MVP – Cece Pepe

Pepe

My successful experiments with re-training players to their non-native positions continue. Pavlovski as AMR, newbiew William as AML, and Cece Pepe as WBR in the Complete Wing Back role. The long-term injury of Celozzi, my main WBR, helped Pepe to expose himself.

Cece Pepe has been playing more reliable football than his left flank partners Janda and Panjkret. Unexpectedly good in passing and crossing, he made 4 assists in 12(4) matches. Nice. But the best about Pepe is his tackling skills. He is like a hawk covering AMLs on his flanks and tearing out the ball. He reminds me young Puyol playing right wing back in Barcelona 15 years ago or something like that.

Pepe stats

7 games to play

Matches to play

Can’t wait to see how I cope with pressure of competition for the first 8 positions in the Bundesliga. Just to remind you:

I promised Dresden board to qualify into Europe but hope to be in the Top-4.

Excited to blog for you,

Vitaliy Mokosiy

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

First Dresden journey around Europe completed

Hi everybody who likes to read this blog,

True Football Manager update no. 807 is dedicated to two topics actually:

  • Reply match against Inter
  • real life World Cup predictions and expectations

Dynamo Dresden vs Inter

In the first knockout round of Europa League Inter has suffered 2:3 defeat. But it was not a time for miracle. The second leg ended up with 1:2 loss for Dynamo Dresden. Inter substitute forward Ciro Immobile decided the destiny of the whole encounter with a technical shot.

Inter - Dresden

Friday, 6 June 2014

Dynamo Dresden vs Inter and other news

Hi dear readers,

It’s Dresden story in FM 2014. For those who are new here: I am in season 5 and having my first experience in Europa League with Dynamo Dresden. This article is numbered 806 in the whole True Football Manager blog history.

First and foremost I’d like to thank all who took part in the poll about substitute goalkeepers. Now we see the full picture who often substitute goalies are used.

Poll results

Have you expected such poll results, by the way? :)

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Shifting transfer policy to South American youth

Hello all,

True Football Manager story in Dresden continues, and this is blog update no. 805. Thanks for joining me again. I think you’ll be surprised by latest events happened with Dynamo Dresden. Actually it’s all about winter transfers.

Change-season-expectations_thumb1

The club board gave me an option to change season expectations and I decided to take more risks promising Europa League qualification. That’s a real challenge!

For that they gave me higher transfer and wage budgets. Immediately I sacrificed some part of transfer money to get additional $120K for salaries. I can say now that wage budget is already gone due to arrival of new players signed in January :-)

Finances[1]_thumb[1]

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Crisis is over. FC Bayern is beaten!

Hello dear readers,

It’s nice to see you at True Football Manager blog once again. Blog update no.803 for you today. And I am going to begin with historical win over Bayern Munich. Previous three encounters with them turned into miserable 0:3, 0:4, 0:5 defeats for Dynamo Dresden.

Here are some factors that were crucial for this victory:

  • High morale level after qualification into Europa League knockout round
  • Excellently working opposition instructions:
    • Hard tackling against inside forwards Gotze and Reus. Making them to hug lines.
    • Closing tackling and hard tackling against all Bayern defenders.
    • Making wing back make less passes to Gotze and Reus.

It’s also interesting that Perica, Pavlovski and Escudero were on substitution bench after fatigue in the Europa League game versus Roda. So we managed to achieve the first victory over the best German club using trio: Niccolo Sassarini (ST), Vladyslav Kalitvintsev (AML), Nohourn Taboure (AMR).

 

Friday, 23 May 2014

First crisis in Dresden

Hello dear readers,

Blog update no. 802 and it’s still about Dynamo Dresden. I came back from my Georgian trip and continued to managed Dresden in season 5. By the way, here are some nice photos from Georgia. You should be logged in Facebook to view them.

My vacation days did help me to rest after a hard period of work. However, the end of vacation coincided with start of Dynamo Dresden crisis. I played 4 games only after return and almost all of them were awful. Black stripe of results began…

Played matches

 

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Blog post 800

Hello dear friends,

Great road is behind my back. 800 posts of different stories since 2007 – it’s just so impressing to realize it now! However, I am not going to arrange large celebrations here because Dresden story moves on and it’s time to share its latest news.

Here are all matches played during the last week of my life:

Played matches

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Dresden story. Season 5 beginning

Hello dear readers,

Dresden story continues, and this is blog post no.798 at all. Glad you joined me this time!

After vast transfer campaign described in the previous article, I felt Dresden squad strength is now enough to compete for Top-4 in the national league and certain success in Europa League. What I mean under “certain success” is reaching semi finals and may be even winning the tournament! Well, you can say I am a complete dreamer but starting season 5 matches did hint me that.

Played matches

 

Friday, 25 April 2014

A lot of transfers before European debut

Hello dear readers,

My 797th blog post at True Football Manager is dedicated to season expectations and summer transfer campaign. As mentioned above in the title, there are many player moves between Dynamo Dresden and other clubs. Not a squad revolution nevertheless, but let me start with season expectations…

Season expectations

Season summary

 

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Season 4 tournaments. FM 2015 expectations

Hello dear readers,

I prepared a traditional type of article for you today with FM 2015 flavour. If you can’t wait till know something about FM 2015, just scroll down the post.

By the way, I am writing to this blog for the 796th time. 4 posts till jubilee :)

Season 4 totals

While I am in a hot transfer campaign (quite many Dresden squad changes will be reported in the next blog post), here is the set of final league standings and cup results.

Champions League

Penalties were missed by Messi, Van Persie, and Rafael.

Friday, 18 April 2014

German Cup final. Dresden squad stats

Hi dear readers,

Blog post no. 795 today. Dynamo Dresden has successfully completed the 4th season and reached another transfer window. German Cup final became my last match in the season.

The Final

Historic German Cup final

 

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

In one final till season end

Hello dear readers,

Welcome back to Dynamo Dresden story. It’s the blog post no. 794 at True Football Manager. I am going to tell you about the last matches of the season 4. I decide to write it in a consequential way, match by match to keep intrigue. Though post title uncovers some important information as you understand. Anyway, let’s get started.

Season finish

HSV – Dresden 2:2

HSVHSV ms

 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Sobering down

Hello dear readers,

Right now, Dynamo Dresden story at True Football Manager site. Blog publication #792.

I would like to report about the last 6 official matches quickly today. Here’s what I have in the end of March:

Played matches

 

Friday, 4 April 2014

Chances to get ticket to Europe

Hi guys,

Thank for joining me again this Friday. Blog #791 today where you can read some news about Dynamo Dresden story.

First of all, I am merely happy with Dresden debut in the Bundesliga. If you take a look below, you can see Dynamo Dresden located at the 9th table line with one match to play. Another win would raise us up to the 7th position which is in 1 point from the Europe League qualification. Well, it would be unbelievable… To tell you the truth, my team can compete with Schalke at the moment anyhow in direct oppositions but league tournament is a long journey where stability rules… So who knows…

BL table

 

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Resolution of issue regarding Kirsten

Hello dear readers,

As you remember, last time I was asking you about destiny of Kirsten in Dresden. He’s sold now. I should confess you helped me to make this step more confidently.

Currently January is over and I can share a full picture of Dresden transfers in winter. Here are those players who left the team:

Sold players

You can see I managed to gain $700K for Kirsten whose contract is ending in summer. 4-5 days of delay and I would not get a single penny for him. So it was a transfer success in my mind.

Additionally, I decided to free up some wage budget and fulfil transfer budget selling Ferhan Hasani. His performances in the Bundesliga were totally unsure and I began to understand I can play without him. Got $2.8M – not bad, ye?

AML position will be given out to Marvin Stefaniak with versatile Daniel Pudil as a replacement.

 

Friday, 28 March 2014

Kirsten question

Benjamin Kirsten in Dynamo DresdenKirsten is an icon

Goalie Benjamin Kirsten is an icon player in Dresden. And his contract runs out in summer. Now he has $18.2K wage but if I want to renew contract it’s going to be something near $30K… Now I need to decide whether I should remain Kirsten in the club.

 

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

It’s good to be the 8th

Hi guys,

Blog post No.791 at True Football Manager is completely dedicated to Dresden story. A half of the season is behind and we can take a look at the results. But firstly I would like to boast that Dresden youth and training facilities were upgraded.

Facilities upgrade

I want to continue upgrading facilities every year to train players efficiently and bring some Dresden young talents to the main squad.

 

Friday, 21 March 2014

Comparing top league debuts

Hi everybody,

Thanks for joining this blog today. I wanted to write Dresden story update but wasn’t in time to play sufficient count of matches. That’s why I decided to create a some kind of unusual blog post. As you know from the last  update, Dynamo Dresden appeared at the 10th position after first nine fixture in the Bundesliga which I consider a very successful top league debut. Later on I thought:

How much successful were my top league debuts in the previous FM stories?

That’s a really interesting question! Therefore I decided to devote a distinct blog post to that.

Another entertaining nuance for me is that I don’t know the results at the moment. I mean I haven’t checked the previous FM stories and can’t wait to do that right now.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Lovely home form of Dresden in Bundesliga

Hello dear readers,

Welcome back to True Football Manager blog. Post #786 today!

Currently I would like to share information about the latest events in Dresden story. You remember I got 1 point in the first three Bundesliga matches against Bayern Munich, Dortmund and Schalke. It was a decent start but then my team surprised everyone with amazing home form.

Played matches[4]

Totals of the official matches: 5 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Team instructions during match in FM 2014

Hello dear readers,

Today I would like to discuss team instructions that we got reworked in Football Manager 2014. They became more convenient and realistic way of managing how your team should act during matches.

I suspect some of you already forgot about sliders from previous game versions. Frankly speaking I always had some kind of feeling of artificiality regarding sliders. So new team instructions seem as a large step in evolution of Football Manager.

Team instructions in Football Manager 2014