Hi! MikaelinhoFM here with the 30th (!) episode of my first ever FM18 blog “The Bromma Boys” about Swedish talent factory Brommapojkarna. I feel amazed that I’ve kept this save going longer than most of my previous saves, and I’m even more amazed that I’m still 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 2029 season. Last season we managed to take a small step in the right direction by progressing past the first knockout round of the Champions League. We also won both domestic titles, making this our best season so far. Our finances are looking great, and we managed to fill up the Academy with some serious talent, which makes this season really exciting! I hope to win the league of course and hopefully continue to build on our performances in Europe.
I will be changing the direction of the series a bit which means that the structure of the posts will change as well, which you’ll become aware of as you continue to read along! Hopefully you’ll like this new direction, but I’m open to all feedback – negative and positive – as usual!
The Bromma Boys #30 | 2029 Season Summary | An FM18 Story
We sold off a lot of players this year, including former wonderkid Xabier Gonzalez. Basically he had stopped improving and wasn’t satisfied with his backup role. Therefore I simply moved him along before he’d start poisoning the team atmosphere with his whining.
I also sold Swedish international Markus Olsson, since the competition in midfield was just too tough for him to ever get the chance to play on a regular basis. The rest of them are basically former prospects deemed not good enough for first-team football at the club.
Four youth prospects came in, with young Belgian Bourgeois the stand-out signing coming in for a staggering fee of €25M!
- Lionel Bourgeois – Belgium – 17yo – AMC
From: Belgian Premier Division team Charleroi (€25M)
Comment: A 17-year-old without any weaknesses, it’s not everyday you find one of those. His strengths are his speed and his technical abilities.
BP Style Rating: 51.00 (Skill 12.00|Perception 13.00|Movement 14.67|Character 11.33)
Prediction: Ok, I might have gone a bit crazy here, paying €25M for an unproven 17 year old, but my scouts have been absolutey raving about this guy since he was 15. My head scout gave him a rating of 91, which is the highest any U17 player has ever been given, so i just had to have him. If he turns out to be the next Eden Hazard or Kevin de Bruyne, everyone will think that I was clever when I bought him!
After looking at the transfers it’s time to check out if we succeeded to retain our domestic dominance and continue to climb the European ladder!
Swedish Cup – Group stage
Well, pretty much business as usual. We smashed the opposition in the group stage and went through to the knockout stage.
Swedish Cup – Knockout stage
We just kept winning. Nothing to see here. Move along, folks. In an excellent display of our dominance we crushed local rivals AIK 9-1 in the first round. We then struggled a bit against fellow Stockholm team Hammarby. We were the better team by far but couldn’t score. The game went to extra-time where we kept creating great chances. When the clock struck a 100 minutes 16-year-old Marcus Boström finally scored the winner for us.
We faced 2nd tier team Helsingborg in the final and the game was exactly as uneven as one would have thought beforehand. We won 4-0 with them only having one shot on goal. We won the cup for the third year straight, but in all honesty I’ve gotten to the point where us winning the cup doesn’t excite me nearly as much as it should.
Champions League 2028/29 – 1st Knockout round
After winning our group last year we got handed what felt like a fairly easy draw against Belgian champions Genk in the first knockout round, but I could never in a million years have dreamt what would happen next. We went into the first game full of confidence and got off to a great start with a 4th-minute goal by Murilo Baroso and another one in the 10th minute by Vitor Farah.
After this, we just kept on scoring and didn’t stop until the scoreline read 12-0. 12-0 in a Champions League knockout game! Absolutely insane! Genk tightened up their defence for the second leg, but we managed to get through with an aggregate score of 14-1!
Champions League 2027/28 – Quarter final
We got handed another pretty easy draw in a Dortmund side currently parked in 6th place in the Bundesliga. An away leg that played out a bit more even than I had expected ended in a draw, but at home we were the better team by quite a margin. Aparacio was on fire and scored three of our six goals when we sent Dortmund out of the Champions League and us into the semi-final!
Champions League 2027/28 – Semi final
We got drawn against Arsenal in the semi-final, which actually felt like another decent draw! In a pretty uneventful first game we lost 0-1 even though we were the slightly better team, and I really had the feeling that we could turn it around at the Emirates.
However, we fell behind quite early and never recovered. Spanish no1 keeper Brais Parcero made some incredible saves for them and we helped him a bit as well by hitting the woodwork five (5!) times over the two games. Arsenal took advantage of most of their opportunities and won the second leg 4-2.
I’m satisfied with our result considering this is our best cup run in Europe by far, but it feels a bit bittersweet to be only one game away from playing for the Champions League trophy. Hopefully we’ll learn from this and come back stronger next year!
As you can see above there isn’t a team on Swedish soil that’s even close to challenging us at the top! We managed an incredible second straight unbeaten season, making our current streak of unbeaten games 87 in a row!
We won Allsvenskan for the 8th consecutive season, building a Dynasty never previously seen in Swedish football!
Champions League 2029/30 – Group stage
Obviously we were not as dominant in Europe as in Sweden even though we looked great at home, but we managed to get through the group stage by quite the margin. However, disappointingly we didn’t win the group which makes for a tougher draw in the first knockout round next season.
End of season
Young Argentinian winger Ibañez was voted Fans’ Player of the Year for the second year in a row and also won the Allsvenskan Player of the Year Award. Edmilson became our top goalscorer and also contributed a lot of assists.
A lot of nice performances throughout the season with a lot of players with average ratings close to 8. At the bottom you can see our wonderkid signing Bourgeois impressing with 2 goals in 3 games and an amazing average rating of 7.37!
As a faithful reader of the series you might be a bit surprised to see this content in the season summary, but as I mentioned at the beginning of the post the series will be going through some changes. The biggest change is that there won’t be a 2029 Academy report following this post. Therefore I will briefly cover this season’s intake below, which was quite a disappointment, at least compared to last season’s potential golden generation.
Two players stand out as the best of the bunch, and we’ll take a closer look at these guys below.
- Oscar Holmström – Sweden – 16yo – MR/L
From: Youth intake
Comment: A right-footed winger that could be used on both wings, since we play with an inverted winger out on the left. He’s fast and hardworking, but lacking when it comes to technicals.
BP Style Rating: 52.00 (Skill 12.33|Perception 10.33|Movement 13.67|Character 15.67)
Prediction: Will need to seriously improve his technicals to become a first team player for us, but with a 4.5 star potential and an amazing Character there is quite the possibility that he’ll get there eventually!
- Jens Olsson – Sweden – 16yo – STC
From: Youth intake
Comment: A fast-paced striker with a nice Technique, amazing Movement and a decent set of mentals.
BP Style Rating: 52.00 (Skill 12.33|Perception 11.00|Movement 16.00|Character 12.67)
Prediction: He can sure move without the ball, but needs to improve his use of it. Hopefully he’ll increase his Determination in order to reach his 5 star potential.
We will still look at the rest of the players in the next post, but in a slightly different way than what you are used to!
Summary/The next episode
Yet again we managed to improve on last season’s results, making this our best season ever with a domestic double and a Champions League semi-final. I should be ecstatic, but instead I feel that I’m pretty much playing the same season over and over and over. Therefore I feel that I’m standing at a crossroad. In the next episode I will be taking the club and the series in a completely new direction, hopefully leading to us taking further steps towards European domination as well as a more exciting reading experience for you!
Once again a huge thanks for the read, I hope you still like it as much as I do!
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