Hi! MikaelinhoFM here with the fourteenth episode of my first ever FM18 blog “The Bromma Boys” about Swedish talent factory Brommapojkarna, and I must say that I’m really loving both the save and this blog series. If you missed last seasons’ updates, do go back and read them through the links below.
This episode covers the entire 2022 season. Last season our 2nd place finish in Allsvenskan was a bit of a disappointment, but we did manage to win the cup and also get through to the Knock-out stage of the Europa League, which exceeded my expectations by a mile! Therefore, we start this season off with a bit of European football before beginning yet another hunt for the Allsvenskan title! But first a nice little rant…
The Bromma Boys | Episode 14 – 2022 Summary
I’m absolutely fuming! The board went and did it again! Accepted a bid for my star player and then turned a deaf ear to all my protests. I spent most of the pre-season fending off bids for Australian wonderkid Lewis Park, telling the interested clubs that I wanted €10M up-front and 50% of the next transfer fee in order for him to go. Out of the blue the board accepts a bid from Belgian side Genk for €5.75M. I try to protest, but with no success. Right before the first knock-out round of the Europa League our star player leaves for our opposition. I’m absolutely furious and have a hard time understanding the thinking of the board. Ok, €5M is decent money, but we already had around €2M in the bank, so we were in no financial crisis. Awful, just awful.
In addition to Park leaving we also got rid of recent signing Adjeh Sowah. Long story short: he got a straight-up red card, I fined him, he became angry, I told him to go to hell.
Ivorians Karamoko and Coulibaly came in as Academy prospects along with Mårtensson, so we’ll cover these players in detail in the coming Academy episode. The other three signings were all aged 21 or younger along the lines of our new transfer policy covered in Bonus Episode “A five-year plan”.
Europa League 1st Knockout Round
Shell-shocked, we still tried to do our best against Genk. We lost quite undeservingly with 0-2 at home, making the progression to the next round real hard. We took the lead away in the fourth minute and kept pressing on for another goal. Instead Genk equalised, making it 1-1 in the game and 1-3 in total. We were out of the Europa League, despite being the better team over the two games. Well, no time to sulk with the Swedish Cup right around the corner.
Swedish Cup – Group stage
We cruised through the group stage with three straight wins, the most impressive win being our 6-0 thrashing away to fellow Allsvenskan team Gefle. Of course our three wins meant that we won our group and advanced to the knockout stage.
We got drawn against antagonists Hammarby, but the feeling was that we were pretty much unbeatable.
Swedish Cup – Quarter-final
We were abruptly shown that this wasn’t the fact as Hammarby came out the better team from the start in front of 31200 fans. We managed to take the lead undeservingly, but Hammarby quickly equalised and then took the lead a few minutes later. We really looked pale, to say the least.
The rest of the game was like taken from a Hollywood film. Hammarby midfielder Bonke Innocent got a red card in the 42nd minute and the match started swaying over in ourfavourr. We were awarded a penalty! And hit the post. We were given a free-kick near the penalty box! And hit the cross-bar. In the middle of our furious hunt for a goal Hammarby countered on us, making the score 1-3. Amazingly, we got back in the 85th and 87th minute, forcing extra time. We continued to be the stronger side in the extra time and won through a goal by Sigurðsson in the 96th minute. What. A. Game.
Swedish Cup – Semi final
Strengthened by the win we went on to crush IFK Göteborg in the semi-final with 3-0 after a Lorshag hat-trick!
Swedish Cup – Final
We faced IFK Norrköping in the final and started off pretty much like in the quarter-final against Hammarby. Norrköping got an early two-goal lead and we looked like we didn’t want to be there. After a few changes to our midfield we took over possession and scored a 1-2 goal. We kept pushing for an equaliser, but Norrköping countered on us, were awarded a penalty and killed the game with a 1-3 goal. We finish 2nd in the Cup, which is something of a disappointment considering we were reigning champions.
Allsvenskan – first half
We’ve been solid so far as you can see, standing unbeaten after the first 14 games. After a few tactical tweaks following our three straight draws we’ve been fantastic defensively with 5 straight clean sheets! We have been dominant and won possession in every game, but we’ve struggled a bit when it comes to efficiency in the opposing penalty box, creating a lot of chances, but not converting them into goals.
All in all a great first half of the season, but unfortunately local rivals AIK have been absolutely amazing so far, winning 11 out of 14 games with a fantastic goal difference of 28 goals. In order for us to win the title we will need to keep our stability and hope for a slip-up or two from AIK. In the end of July we’ll play an absolutely crucial away derby!
We go into the summer break brimming with confidence, and for the first time in BP history we have players participating in the World Cup! Stephen Sama has been called up for Cameroon and Gustaf Lorshag and Niclas Berglund for Sweden.
We have also re-invested the Lewis Park money, making four absolutely top signings joining us when the transfer window opens in the middle of July, very exciting indeed!
As mentioned above, during the spring we made four top signing and then spent most of the summer waiting for them to arrive. When they finally did, the stirred up a bit of unrest since they were all best suited for playing in the midfield positions already heavy with competition. Well well, they’re all young and I hope they’ll keep developing which means that they’ll be in for the long run. If our current players can’t handle the competition, then they’re not truly BP material! And no, they are not all brothers, even though you might get fooled into thinking that by looking at their pictures…
- Mohammed Awuah (Germany) 19 years old
From: German third division side München Lions (€350K)
BP Style Rating: 53.33 (Skill 14.67|Perception 12.33|Movement 12.00|Character 14.33)
Comment: A central midfielder with his strengths in the technical game. Lacks a bit of defensive skill to handle the defensive midfielder position, but might do the job for us a bit higher up the pitch.
- Ali Kemal Yazici (Germany) 19 yo
From: German third division side München Lions (€1.2M)
BP Style Rating: 52.33 (Skill 14.33|Perception 11.00|Movement 14.00|Character 13.00)
Comment: A package deal along with Awuah from München Lions. Looks like a solid attacking player with nice Skill and Movement. Lacking a bit in Perception, but hopefully that’ll rise as he gets some top-flight football.
- Litha Hlophe (South Africa) 18 yo
From: South African side Mamelodi Sundowns (€250K)
BP Style Rating: 52.00 (Skill 13.33|Perception 13.33|Movement 12.33|Character 13.00)
Comment: “Lisa Lopez with a lisp” looks like a real bargain! Well-rounded as they come with a nice looking set of physical attributes makes him well suited for a role on central midfield. The only downside is the €1.9M minimum fee release clause, which I’ll try to negotiate away later.
- Magrão (Brazil) 19 yo
From: Brazilian first division side São Paulo (€2M)
BP Style Rating: 50.67 (Skill 14.33|Perception 12.67|Movement 12.33|Character 11.33)
Comment: A player we’ve been keeping an eye on for over a year. He had a release clause of €6.5M and his Brazilian club São Paulo wouldn’t let him go for less, which made a deal absolutely impossible considering our financial situation. However, after a falling out with his club he demanded a transfer. We saw our chance and offered a cheeky €1.5M bid which São Paulo obviously rejected. This made Magrão furious, he went to the newspapers, the other players started revolting etc, so when we came in with a slightly improved bid they were more than willing to accept it to get rid of him! Technically gifted with some great Flair he’ll be able to step right into our AMC role. Lacks a bit of character which worries me a bit, but hopefully he’ll improve in coming years. A potential star!
Allsvenskan – second half
We managed to keep our good form in the second half of the season, with a single loss to AIK. After that game we won 10 out of our 12 final games, passing AIK and eventually winning the title quite comfortably with a seven-point margin!
Finally, our first league title! It feels amazing to be able to call ourselves Champions, but it feels even better to get the chance to qualify for the Champions League next season. If we manage to reach the group stage our financial situation would improve by a mile! I also hope that we’ll be able to attract even better prospects as a potential Champions League club!
Europa League – Qualification rounds
For the first time ever we were seeded going into the qualification rounds, which gave us our easiest way into the group stage yet by far, as you can see above! No disrespect to the teams above, but no real household names or European sleeping giants there, right!? We smashed all of them, which gave us a comfortable route into the group stage.
Europa League – Group stage
I felt that the draw was pretty tough, but without any impossible opponents. Obviously Marseille were favourites with Hoffenheim slightly behind, but I felt that we couldn’t be completely ruled out beforehand.
We started off shaky with a disappointing draw against weakest side Danish Sönderjyske and a loss away to Marseille. Then, pretty much out of the blue, we smashed Hoffenheim 6-1 away! We ended the group stage with three draws, landing on 7 points in total.
Surprisingly and luckily, this was just enough to secure us a spot in the knock-out stage ahead of Hoffenheim on the same points as us.
Facilities and finances
Wait, what? Those plans we touched upon in the latest bonus episode seem to become reality…A new stadium, amazing you might think? Wrong! I feel that everything about this (Except for the name of course – Anders Limpar Arena, what a name!) is absolutely rubbish. We are spending €16M that we don’t have on an arena just slightly bigger than the one we’ve got, but big enough to be allowed to host Champions League games and local derbies. This means that well lose the 20-30k attendances for those big games, while getting a slightly larger Arena that we won’t fill for normal league games, since we’re not filling our current arena with 7500 capacity. Utter rubbish! Well, hopefully we’ll be able to raise our average attendance in the two years remaining until the move to the new stadium…
As you can see above, we are slowly developing in every area, even though we still rely heavily on prize money and/our transfers out in order to balance our finances. However, if we keep improving and performing decently well on the European stage over the coming years, hopefully our sponsorship money will see a steady rise.
End of season
Big contributors to our success this season were Gustav Lorshag with 24 goals, Kaddour Madani with 15 goals and nine assists in 18 starts and new signing Ali Kemal Yazici with 10 goals and 6 assists in 14 starts. Kevin Kabran also displayed another solid season with 10+15 in 33 games.
Kevin Kabran won the Fans’ Player of the season award ahead of Lucas Crispim who won it back to back the last years. Lorshag was our top goalscorer yet again, but oddly enough didn’t make it into our team of the season where Madani was selected instead.
Certainly my best season so far by quite the margin! So what that we lost the Cup final. We finally managed to win Allsvenskan and we also made it into the Europa League knock-out stage for the second season in a row. Next season we will try to keep building on this success, perhaps laying the foundation to the dynasty in Sweden that we’ve been hoping for!
Wow! These are some great news! From the next season Sweden get two Champions League spots instead of one, which is something that has never happened in real life. This means that our goal set up in our five-year plan from the Bonus episode “A five-year plan”. of qualifying for the Champions League every season in the coming five a bit easier!
The next episode
In the next episode we will take an in-depth look at what’s been cooking in the Academy, aka the Talent Factory, during 2022. The talent pool is steadily growing, but are there any real superstars in the making? The only way to find out is by reading the next episode!
Thanks for the read, I hope you liked it as much as I did writing it!
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