Hi! MikaelinhoFM here with the fourth episode of my first ever FM18 blog “The Bromma Boys” about Swedish talent factory Brommapojkarna. In the last episode we were top of the league after the first half of the season. To read more about how we managed this, follow this link.
Léo Paoli and Gyökeres had carried the team in terms of goals and assists, but we had struggled a bit against weaker oppositions. This made me consider adding another tactic to use when facing defensively compact teams, like the ones fighting relegation.
The Bromma Boys | Season One
The new tactic of 4-2-3-1 will offensively focus on retaining possession, slowly but steadily edging closer to the opposing goal and unlocking even the most solid defence. When reaching the final third we will attempt to get crosses in from our wide winger on the right, produce central chances for our AMC and forward or cut inside from the left.
Our wingbacks will still be moving up the pitch to contribute, but in a slightly less “gung-ho” manner than previously. The AMC will still be an important position, providing options up front, but I think that our most important position is our central “Volante” providing important runs both offensively and defensively.
It remains to be seen whether any of our players are capable of playing in this demanding role. In defence we will keep our high pressing intense style, hopefully gaining some “free” chances against less technically gifted sides.
Second half of the season
Quite the inconsistent start. We started off with two wins and a draw, followed by consecutive 0-1 defeats. After these defeats, we started implementing the above mentioned 4-2-3-1 tactic in tight games with decent results. A five-game unbeaten streak ended suddenly when we once again lost to local rivals Frej. This loss prompted a permanent move to the new tactic, resulting in 5 straight wins ending the league season.
We also managed to knock out 4th tier team Skövde AIK with a heavily rotated side in the Swedish Cup 2nd round, progressing to the group stage in the spring of 2018.
With 3 or 4 games left to play it became apparent that we would most likely be promoted to Allsvenskan. After the win against Värnamo in the penultimate game week we were in the driving seat for the race of winning the league. We secured the title by cruising to a win in the final home game against Varberg in front of a season-high attendance of 1920 celebrating fans!
Mostly local players joining the Academy with the hopes and dreams of eventually becoming professional football players. Roger Palmgren, my Head of Youth Department, singled out Ludvig Johansson as “one of the most gifted players to come through the youth ranks” which for an Academy like BP’s would mean a potential superstar!
I have seen this opinion on too many players turning out to be quite underwhelming second-raters too many times over the years to get my hopes up yet though.
Ok, Johansson still stands out with a possible 5-star potential. A couple of other decent players, but mostly rubbish. This Johansson kid will have to be something quite special in order for me not to count this as a completely wasted Academy intake.
Well, he certainly looks like a decent little player. Great first touch and passing. Nice balance and work rate. Impressive determination and leadership. This guy might actually become a leader both on and off the pitch in years to come!
We won the U19 national title and we did it in style! Another well-deserved acknowledgement that we are the leading Academy in Sweden!
We are rated 5th in developing players for Allsvenskan and tied for 2nd in developing players for the Swedish national teams. Hopefully we will improve on this significantly in coming years.
End of season
The fans have had their say. Léo Paoli wins “Fans Player of the Season” with quite the margin ahead of runner-up Gyökeres. No real upsets in the Team of the Season besides the fact that Kabran snubbed Gyökeres of a place up front.
Despite being over €1M in the red financially we are granted a bit of wiggle-room at least when it comes to the wage budget, currently being €90K. No room though for any transfer extravaganza, but it’s the Academy boys that are going to do it for us, right?
Goals and plans
The following goals are set up for the coming season:
- Allsvenskan: Stay well away from the relegation zone, a cheeky mid-table finish would be nice.
- Swedish Cup: Win our group and qualify for the knock-out stages.
- The Academy: Keep our biggest prospects at the club and keep developing them into potential starters. Mercilessly release the ones that don’t live up to our standards.
- Financials: One way or another get some money in the bank. Most likely by selling one or more players. It would also be nice to significantly raise our average attendance. The arena was only 13% full this season.
- Tactics: Really stick with our new 4-2-3-1 setup and try to develop players to fit that formation, rather than keep changing the formation.
The next episode
In the next episode we will look at the build-up to and the start of the 2018 season. Hopefully we will be able to continue our good run and become a solid Allsvenskan side!
Thanks for the read, I hope you liked it as much as I did writing it!
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