Sunday, 26 April 2015

-Odegaard, +Zaha

Blog post 899

Hi dear blog readers,

You see I am coming up to the 900th blog update and that's awesome. Sometimes it's even difficult to believe into that bearing in mind for how long I have been blogging...

This Sunday I am sharing the latest news about Crystal Palace matches and also transfers since I reached the winter transfer window.

Transfer news


Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Crystal Palace transfers before season 1

Blog post 882

Hello dear readers,

Welcome back to True Football Manager blog - a right place where you can always find a fresh FM story.

I have already played two first official matches with Crystal Palace but I am going to play 2-3 fixtures more and then come here with a report. At this point I'd like to share information about made summer transfers. There were no any revolutional squad changes. Moreover, I decided to focus on signing talented youngsters to bring them to the first squad onwards. This is a part of philosophy agreed with Crystal Palace board.

Players out

Friday, 19 September 2014

First transfer campaign in AZ

Hello dear readers,

I had two options before January:

  • Leave squad as it is and gain a middle league position reliably
  • Make transfers taking some risks

You know me :) The the latter option was more tempting, that’s for sure. Moreover, I thought it’s won’t be difficult to keep my club away from relegation zone even having squad blending process of new players.

Players out

Players out


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Squad revolution before season 7

Hello blog readers,

It’s time to uncover all summer transfers I made. Season 7 will be played using “win or die” principle. If I don’t manage to get into Top 3, there’s no way to continue Dresden story. That’s why I was very careful with squad changes taking only those players which I believe in.

This is a squad revolution, the largest in Dynamo Dresden story!

Players out



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.


Wednesday, 18 December 2013

First squad revolution in Dresden

As you know I was not happy about Dresden squad and its suitability to direct long pass style based mainly on attack through flanks. Therefore happened revolution was a logical step in the travel to further success. Transfer window is not closed yet, it’s the end of July so far. But I think I won’t make more than 1-2 transfers onwards till deadline day.


Media made a forecast of 13th position for Dynamo Dresden which is just one up respective the prediction we had season ago. Well, it was made earlier than the squad revolution. So that’s OK. I would say in reality Dresden has 7th or 8th squad in the league now.


I was careful in ambitions. I do understand maybe we can even promote to Bundesliga this season but there are too many unknown factors, and main of them is an adaptation process for numerous new players. That’s why top half-finish was considered the optimal variant at the moment. Club board wasn’t generous and suggested budgets similar to those they had given year ago.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

First Dynamo Dresden transfers

Dear friends,

I told you about staff changes in the last post, now it’s time to share with more exciting information regarding sold and bought players. I had to work very hard on the transfer market being bounded by club budgets. Transfer budget was simply zero what meant I can just sign free players…

This is how team report screen looked before transfer campaign:



Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Exclusive FM 2014 Wonderkids and Talents (U19)

Football Manager 2014 Wonderkids

Dear friends,

So awaited FM 2014 wonderkids from me today! My blog is well known for creation of convenient player listing that began in 2007. Since that time other FM sites started to be copycats making something similar to my list. But every year my new list get new original features that other sites have no. That’s probably why my last year FM 13 list got more than 5 millions of views and became the most popular page of the blog.

So here is my gift to you dedicated to recent Football Manager 2014 release is a list of FM 2014 wonderkids and talents. It was created with love and passion, and I believe it should be helpful for many of you.
Friday, 1 November 2013

FM 2014 Free Players

Hello FM 2014 fans,

Glad to see you at True Football Manager blog again! First of all, I want to congratulate you with Football Manager 2014 officially released. Huge thanks to Sports Interactive Games and its director Miles Jacobson for that. Sleepless nights and marvellous victories ahead now!

Series of my FM 2014 posts are starting now. And the first one is just a gift for all fans of the game who like to use player lists. I know some part of readers can’t wait for such kind of posts from me. This is why I decided to create the player list which should help you to get some nice players for free at the very start of your FM 14 game.

FM 2014 free player list features

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Ode to Gylfi Sigurdsson

Hello! Welcome back to True Football Manager blog :-)

Normally I have a favourite player in every new Football Manager game. I tried to recall the favourites of all stories I had been posting here since 2007 and filled the table for you:


My Story

Favourite Player


Q.P.R. Carlos Fierro


Boston United Robson (regen)


Leeds United Marco Verratti


Hull Diego Buonanotte


Southampton Dmytro Chygrynskyi

As you have surely understood from the post title, my clear favourite in Football Manager 2013 is Gylfi Sigurdsson. Even having Carlos Fierro in the squad as well.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Nottingham Forest: Where are they now?

Hello dear blog readers,

One of you asked me to blog about today’s topic. So I’d like to recall the best Forest players of my first 3 years in Nottingham Forest. Where are they now? What do they do? In particular, I am interested in the initial squad I had at the start.

Yes, it’s going to be a little bit sentimental blog post :)

Class of 2012

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Best real life players in FM 2013, 7 years later

Hi guys,

Not so long ago I’ve got the following comment at my blog:

HI could post another post about where players who are world best now (2013) like for example Luis Suarez, Ronaldo and Messi are at stage in your save…

I thought that’s a pretty nice idea! Such kind of information from my Nottm Forest story should be entertaining for many blog readers. So here were go. It’s February, 2020!

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Danny Batth in FM 2013

Hello my dear readers,

As you understand today I would like to discuss with you Danny Batth in Football Manager 2013. Danny is not a world class centre back, but he is one of continental level guys who improved Forest defensive line quite much. I would say Batth is pretty similar to Jamaal Lascelles, perhaps a little bit better and reliable as DC.

Let’s take a look how he has been performing in Nottingham Forest story:


Sunday, 7 July 2013

Will Hughes in FM 2013

Hi guys,

One of the most exciting English wonderkids is Will Hughes. It’s my humble opinion which is shared by many other FM gamers. Will is certainly one of the best players in my Nottingham Forest. He is also present in my wonderkid list with TFM rating of 4.

So I’d like to tell you about my personal experience with him and try to point how to take full advantage of his presence in a squad.

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Jamaal Lascelles in FM 2013

Dear readers,

Today’s post is clearly dedicated to one of my favourite players in Football Manager 2013. He is definitely one of the wonderkids. Forest academy graduate Jamaal Lascelles has been Nottingham Forest captain since the second season (which was my PL debut).

Just think about that: he got a captain armlet being only 19 years old.

I do hope to retain Jamaal Lascelles in Nottm Forest till the end of the story. He will become a single original Forest player who is absolutely dedicated to his club like great Ryan Giggs.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Thomas Drage in Football Manager 2013

Dear blog readers,

This talented Norwegian was one of my first transfers in Nottingham Forest.  I bought him from Tromso for $1.5M only, and his price value is more than $20M. I want to talk with about Thomas Drage today, definitely one of the wonderkids in Football Manager 2013.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Henri Lansbury in Football Manager 2013

Hi all!

Henri Lansbury is the only original Nottingham Forest player who has been playing since the very beginning. Therefore I decided to dedicate my first FM 2013 single player review post to him. Henri isn’t actually wonderkid but a decent English talent released by Arsenal academy. That’s why he was one of my favourites during the first seasons. Let’s take a look how good this guy in the game and what pros and cons he has.


Tuesday, 5 March 2013

FM 2013 Free Players after transfer update 13.3.0

Update: For those who seek free player of the latest Football Manager version: FM 2014 free players.




Hi all,

Several days ago Sport Interactive Games released the official data transfer update containing all latest club squads’ changes all over the world. Therefore I decided to present to the updated FM 2013 free players list. This is the way how my blog as a trendsetter in FM community treats updated FM 2013 database.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Football Manager 2013 Best Cheap Players

Update: For those who seek free player of the latest Football Manager version: FM 2014 free players.




Football Manager 2013 Best Cheap Players

Dear blog readers,
I prepared for you this list of Football Manager 2013 best cheap players. It can be really helpful for those who doesn't manage top world clubs. You may also benefit in case of low transfer budget given by board because the list contains players with price value equal or less than 500K dollars (US). Last year the similar post dedicated to FM12 best cheap players became very popular, thus I decided my new list should be also released for FM 2013.

Best cheap player list features

  • More than 280 best cheap players of Football Manager 2013.
  • Player price <= $500K.
  • Every player is checked by me and evaluated by me in person. Player's grade is reflected by TFM Rating column.
  • I used various player search methods to create the list:
    • in-game player search;
    • reading posts about Football Manager 2013 players on forums;
    • using last year's best cheap players list for FM12;
    • using this year's FM 2013 wonderkid list.
  • I didn’t use any other software but Football Manager 2013. I didn’t see any CA/PA of these players. It’s just my personal analysis.
  • Database: large. All nations were selected with playable leagues.
  • All columns are sortable.
  • Value and Wage columns are shown in US dollars ($). Value represents Original Player Value.
  • The list is completely extendable. You may ask me to add some missed players in the comments whose price <= $500K.
  • Free players are reminded in the separate post: Free player list.

Any feedback is very much welcomed!