Oscar Friberg is a very well known face in Swedish football. The ex-pro made over 120 appearances for the Swedish national team in his career and played for the likes of Manchester City and Barcelona, becoming one of Sweden’s most recognisable footballers.
Now his playing career is over, Friberg has decided to take up management. His international pedigree should help him to win over his players; his stature in the game may allow him more time from the board. But management in the current climate is a tricky business. A run of poor form and the board begin to get twitchy.
Oscar Friberg has been approached by Ostersunds FK in the Swedish Allsvenskan, the top tier of Swedish football. The appointment comes midway through the 2017 season after the shock resignation of English manager Graham Potter.
Oscar Friberg joins Ostersunds FK
Friberg joined Ostersund after 13 league matches of the 2017 season. The club sat in 7th place, two places higher than their pre-season media prediction of 9th. With 20 points to their name, Ostersund would have been hoping for a three-pointer to start Friberg’s reign on a high.
But with little time to prepare for his first match, Friberg watched as his side lost his first match in management. A 2-1 defeat was spirited but lacked any real attacking threat. This is a theme that would be present throughout the season.
Shortly after the first match of Friberg’s season, the squads for the 2nd Qualifying Round of the Europa League were to be submitted.
Ostersund in the Europa League
Ostersund were drawn against Norwegian side Odd in the 2nd Qualifying Round of the Europa League. As a comparison, in real-life Ostersund faced Turkish giants Galatasaray (and beat them) so our tie was a little bit kinder.
Nonetheless, having only been with the squad for a couple of games, Friberg wasn’t as prepared for his European debut as he would have liked.
A brilliant away performance in Norway helped Ostersund progress through to the next Qualifying Round. This 4-2 victory highlighted the quality that Ostersund possess with the likes of Saman Ghoddos and Jamie Hopcutt starring for the Swedish side.
In real-life, Ostersund were drawn against Fola, a team from Luxembourg who were beaten 3-1 over two legs. In game, Ostersund were drawn against French giants Olympique de Marseilles.
We were duly knocked out of the competition by the French side but not without putting up stern resistance. We lost 1-0 on aggregate, showing how defensively solid we could be against a strong Marseilles line-up.
A fun adventure in Europe, and one that has given Oscar Friberg a taste that he was ever so reluctant to lose. He, with or without Ostersund, will return to be amongst the European elite.
Ostersund in the Swedish Allsvenskan
A strong middle of the season saw Ostersund sit in 3rd position after 24 matches. With only three teams qualifying for Europe through the league, a 3rd place finish was a must with both IFK Goteborg and Malmo FF racing away at the top.
It is clear that Friberg is already making a name for himself as a manager in the Swedish leagues and may well begin to alert other top Scandinavian sides if these performances continue.
Football Manager Stats
Mentioned in the previous part of our Oscar Friberg story was our approach to recording statistics from our save. Below we have several tables that show our current progress in FM18.
|Swedish Allsvenskan (Top Tier)||17||6||6||5||16||14||2||24||35.3|
Here you can see the results for each competition we’ve played in throughout FM18. With this being our first save in FM18 the table will be bare, but after playing through ten or more seasons of the game this table will be populated with many different competitions across many different leagues.
Here we can see how I perform in each country I have managed in. Seen earlier was our emphatic win over Odd in Norway, this is represented in our table as it’s the only game we have played in that country so far.
I loved tracking my progress in tables like these throughout FM16. Hopefully you will enjoy following along too here on FM18.
Looking ahead to next season with Ostersund, I am looking to purchase a couple of attacking players to bolster our threat in attack. Over the 2017 season we actually had the second-best defence in the league. It was in attack where we often fell short, scoring only 32 goals in 30 games.
Please do follow my progress with Ostersund via my Twitter: @VivaLaVidaFM.
I have already announced a couple of winter signings. Can you guess who we have bought so far?
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