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    Ian reacted to danovic78 in The 1,000 Games/2,000 Goal Man   
    So I have been very on here for a long time and this is the reason why.
    After finishing my Elk of the East Challenge I decided to carry on as I had a good prospect who was scoring for fun and I though he could get me onto the 1,000 goal leaderboard.
    Hope you can fit him on @Foxy 😉
    That target came and went so I aimed for 1,500 goals then 1,750 and then the magical 2,000....
    He wasn't finished there, I managed to get a whopping 2,275 goals from him! Insane 😲 😲😲😲
    He was Lewandowski's regen with the imaginative surname of Lewandowski.
    His stats were amazing
    24 Seasons
    2,275 Goals / 2.13 goals per game
    12 Seasons with over 100 goals. His best 178 goals!

    This is how he looked at the very end, 43 years old and barely able to shuffled around the pitch.

    What a fitting send off too, my final game in charge and he pops up in the 90th minute to score his last ever goal.


    I also managed to finish the 30 seasons too.

    One sacking!🤔 From Spain when I hadn't even played a game but got sacked for a poor world cup... 

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    Ian got a reaction from Foxy in FM Mobile 2020: Potential New Features   
    Some fantastic ideas put forward and hopefully they’ll be useful to the developers.
    For set pieces I’m in full agreement with @smoggy90 that I’d just like some more control over them. Simple system where you can select who is taking either direct or indirect free kicks. You could then choose which players you want forward or back. For corners simply whether you want a player attacking near post, ball from deep, standing on keeper etc. You could then select where you want the taker to try and place the ball whether it be to near post, far post or six yard box as examples. 
    I know the EME is based on the match engine from the full fat game of around 10-15 years ago and we had control over set pieces on those games. One problem was that I remember there were issues and weaknesses with the system where you could funnily enough exploit the near post and I’m not sure they were ever totally ironed out so that might be why the developers aren’t keen on adding them onto the mobile game but I’d like them if they could be implemented in a decent way.
    Another thing that’s annoying me recently is that often the players who are selected in third or fourth to take set pieces don’t work. Thing is I don’t think it’s all of the time and I’m not sure what triggers it but I got so sick of seeing my centre back taking corners that I started just selecting two takers as they always work. I try to select two players that means based on my rotation there should always be one on the pitch but sometimes I mess up and  start a game and realise I haven’t got a corner taker playing so I’d like to be able to change the set piece takers during the game.
    Anyway great article and I’ll be back later to give my opinion on the other subjects otherwise this post is going to be an article itself. 😂
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    Ian got a reaction from smoggy90 in The Almada & Bonfiglio Double Trouble Challenge S9   
    Yes, really powering along now!
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    Ian reacted to Mr Tree in FM Mobile 2020: Potential New Features   
    to be honest i do that in my head anyway........
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    Ian reacted to Foxy in FM Mobile 2020: Potential New Features   
    At this time of year the excitement is starting to build at the prospect of the next edition of FMM and we are now only a few months away from FMM20. Every year we see a handful of new features added to the game and we all have ideas what we would like to see those features be. I have gathered four other prominent members of Vibe and got them to give some ideas of features or improvements they would like to see in FMM20.
    I would like to thank @Rob, @smoggy90, @Mr Tree, and @Ian for taking the time to write their sections and it would be great if you can show them some appreciation in the comments and pop them a  their way too if they comment.
     

    @smoggy90: Set Pieces
    Set pieces in the game are a bug bear of mine and for many other players I imagine, particularly when doing a goal scoring/assist challenge.  I would love to see some form of set piece designer/creator and it would add a whole new level to tactics.  A lot of tactics you see are very similar and there is little flexibility for me, so adding the ability to be creative with your set pieces would be a massive improvement.  Currently you get to choose four takers and be specific which side you take them from with corners and free kicks.  So you may prefer a left footer one side swinging it towards the goal or on the other side swinging it away and vice versa.  I will note some further options for each of these categories below.
     Free Kicks
    We’ve all been there - you win a free kick just inside the opposition half or out by the by-line and your main striker steps up to take it – yes he is the 1st choice taker but that is for free kicks just outside the area where you want him to bang them in.  Not for crossing it into the box for someone else!  To me I would love to see a few options incorporated such as selecting different takers for direct or non-direct free kicks.  I personally set my main striker on both left side and right side free kicks so this doesn’t really do much for me, I would much prefer to be able to have more influence on who takes them in what specific areas of the pitch and for what purpose.  You don’t want your big brute of a target man trying to cross it in for your playmaker or wingers.  Also who will go forward for attacking free kicks, can we have the ability to send your centre backs forward, or hold them back – can we set our striker up to attack the ball in the box, perhaps have your AP lurking outside the box for a breakdown.  There are so many options but even just some simplistic ones to get us started and hopefully develop over the next few releases would be good for me.
     Corners
    Corners are a great way to score multiple goals and also gain a lot of assists for the taker – whether this is a slight flaw in the engine or the fact it is fairly easy to train up a strikers aerial ability I’m not sure.  If you have a striker with good aerial he will attack the near post and score you plenty.  In my current DT challenge I have my left sided striker taking corners and my right sided (or central) striker who has 20 for aerial attacks the near post.  Even a 41 year old Phil Foden is still notching assists for me in a Real Madrid save, many of which come from corners.  It would be nice to have some sort of control over this and to be able to set certain players to attack the near post, stay central, attack far post, lurk outside the area etc.  It’s very similar to the free kick options in this respect as in there are so many options and so much flexibility available that it would be nice to see a step towards some sort of set piece creator.  Imagine how pleasing it would be setting up a set piece routine and to see it play out and come to fruition on the pitch.
     I don’t think there is much to say about penalty takers so I’m happy with that and I don’t really see any benefit of choosing a throw in taker unless you adopt a Tony Pulis style of bombarding the penalty area at every opportunity with a Ryan Shotton long throw, but that brings me out in cold sweats just thinking about it!
     Hope this provokes some thought and discussion and would love to hear other people’s opinions on it.

    @Rob: Team Instructions 
    Set piece instructions
    Perhaps my biggest bugbear with player instructions and Vibe challenges is set-piece takers. The first element I’d change is free-kicks.
    Now I know Vibe is a microcosm of FMM users, so SI probably don’t care, but does anyone else get infuriated when the striker you want to get a 1kc is taking free-kicks from just inside the touchline? In fact, take challenges out of the equation and it seems nonsensical that you cannot determine who takes freekicks where. My suggestion is to have four freekick roles:
        ⁃    Freekick (crossing) right;
        ⁃    Freekick (crossing) left;
        ⁃    Freekick (shooting) right;
        ⁃    Freekick (shooting) left
    Then you can put your best crossers in the crossing positions and best shooters in the shooting positions and aim for the goals and assists you want.
    On to my second setpiece change: corner instructions. Most goals from corners are front post headers from your main striker. 
    However, wouldn’t it be good to set individual player instructions? You could have your best heading central defender (Maguire, for example) hit that front post.
     Whenever I’ve done a Strikerless challenge my main attacking midfielder NEVER scores from corners as the game isn’t clever enough to deduce that he is my focal point. Individual player instructions on corners would help this.
    Arrows
    Controversial one this, as I know some people hate arrows, but I want them added to FMM as soon as possible.
    Football, primarily, is about angles and space. The addition of arrows would really enhance that. I know player positions are meant to cater for a lot of this, but I would rather layer instructions myself.
    Say you have a ball-playing defender, being able to state where he steps out to would be great as the natural assumption is that he would step out centrally, but you may want him to always step out diagonally right to provide the ball to a second line right wingback. On the other side you could have just a first line left-wingback and no other left-sided players, so you could push their arrow to cover the whole length of the side.
    I want arrows to drag defenders around. I want players to run in to space. At the moment you have to play inside forwards to mimick a wingback overlapping down the whole flank, which often causes space issues if they cut in to a striker’s area. What about if you could have ‘inside midfielders’ where a right midfielder tucks in, ala how Beckham used to often play at Manchester United to allow Neville to overlap?
     I just want arrows back!
     

    @Mr Tree: The Enhanced Match Engine
    Before I launch into a few problems and suggestions, I have to say that I think it's brilliant - I've played thousands of matches and still genuinely "enjoy" following them. There are some great little touches too, like players going to retrieve the ball, or the game restarting despite a full-back taking his sweet time to get back into position (so suddenly he has to dash back).
     But maybe there could be a few little tweaks - the whole system hasn't had much of a refresh since it was introduced. 
     However by "tweaks", I would like to emphasise that I'm looking for real improvement, rather than gimmickry like the poorly-handled addition of VAR this season. I get that it's a nice touch, but what is the point - the silliness of the score updating and the players moving into position before the decision is announced on commentary make it all a bit nonsensical.
     One change I'd like to see is in making substitutions. I actually didn't even know that pressing the team name stopped the game until I did it by accident! I always used to just press the "tactics" button at the bottom, although it's always been a bit "sticky" - sometimes it ignores you, sometimes it takes ages to stop. And maybe it could be more realistic anyway - the tactics screen could be one of the tabs and the match could continue (slowly) in the background, so changes are made in "real time" (as it were). Multiple changes would take longer. And changes at half-time could be more effective than drastic mid-match changes which can be hard to communicate to your boys, or maybe that could be more noticeable in lower leagues.
     I find some of the goals to be ridiculous - we all know the frustration of conceding. I'd love to see (in real life) some sort of facility for mapping real goals onto the FMM-style pitch - it would make for interesting viewing! But a lot of goals would look so different to how FMM plays. I'm not advocating making the game less interesting by any means, I don't mean to get bogged down in realism in that way - but I do think the goals could be a bit more reflective of how goals are scored in real life.
     I'd love to see melees added - as a keen watcher of 40+ Championship games every season, there's barely a game goes by without 10-12 players coming together at some point to share a frank exchange of opinions.
     And I'd like to see more Easter Eggs, more fun little "one-offs" that pop up occasionally. Punch-ups, bizarre own goals, awful misses - there must be a wide range of things that can be added, not to excess, but just to make us smile after hours and hours of playing. It's meant to be fun after all!
     My final suggestion might just be a personal issue, but can we please change the orange ball?! The whole reason for using it (in real life) is to make it more visible, but against the FMM pitch, for me it has the opposite effect. Use a white, yellow, or BRIGHT orange ball, SI, please!

    @Ian: Changes to Training
    The whole training system was revamped for this years game with the intention of giving us the user more control over the development of individual players. The previous system allowed us to modify a few different training schedules and then go through the players and pick which schedule you wanted them to train in such as wingers and strikers in the attacking one, defenders in defending and wing backs and midfielders in general as an example. The system worked pretty well I thought and if there was anything I would’ve wanted added to it then it would just be for there to be a couple more customisable training schedules so you could further target some players who you might want to train slightly differently. I’m sure there are plenty reading this who actually preferred that system but it’s probably all hearsay now as we’ve got the new training system and it’d be highly unlikely that the developers would ever contemplate reverting back to the previous one so I will focus on the current system and look at a few things I’d personally like to see added or modified for FMM20.
    As I mentioned earlier, the new system allows us to manage the training of all of our players individually so we can select a player to train the role he’s currently playing in and the focus will be on the attributes needed for that role. For example, you've got a deep lying playmaker and you select that role in his training section and he’s now training the main attributes required for the role in passing, creativity, movement and decisions. All sounds great but the problem for me is that it becomes a bit monotonous to have to go through every player and select their role and training intensity separately especially as there are plenty of times when you’ve got a few players who you’d like to train in the same way. I often have all or most of my centre midfielders training in the plain central midfielder role as it covers such a wide range of attributes so I’d be all for an advanced button or something at the top left of the training screen which would then bring up a check box next to every player so you could select a few and then make changes to all of those players at once. As another example, you might be playing a system using a few roles requiring a high level of fitness such as box to box midfielders and wing backs and might decide you want to put them all on light intensity training during heavy fixture periods to keep them fresh so being able to select all of those players and set it up in one go will be a great timesaver. 
    Another thing that might be good is for there to be a few schedules that we could totally customise where we could select about say five or six attributes and have that schedule available as an option for the players to train. As an example, there'd be plenty of times when I’d want all of my strikers training what I would call the bread and butter striker attributes in shooting, movement, aerial, pace and strength so a schedule with only those attributes in would be one I’d create given the chance. It’s a change some might be against as you could see it being abused depending on how it were to be implemented but it would add a bit of customisation for the user and would bear similarities to the previous system if you think about it.
    Most of you will probably know by now that it’s rather easy on FMM19 to train a player to a high level for the aerial attribute. You only need to select a role that includes aerial as one of the trained attributes and then also select aerial as the players focus attribute and as long as the player still has potential for growth be prepared to see it rise and it could be fast and extreme as in going from 5-20 in a month or so. It’s all a bit ridiculous really and seems to have been known about since the very day the game was released. Many including myself have exploited this on many occasions this year but it’s difficult not to when nothing seems to have been done to try and fix it. Maybe something could be done and of course we don’t know what constraints the developers are working under but in an ideal world you’d probably say that aerial should be an attribute that has potential for improvement but maybe limited to an increase of say 5 to 8 or something like that.
    Also, I have never been able to get any of my players to increase their technique attribute and I have a feeling it’s impossible so if that is the case then maybe disabling it or any other unimprovable attributes in the focus attribute section might be a good idea so people are not just wasting their time.
    Another idea might be to be able to train players to improve their weaker foot and also maybe an option to try and improve their ability at corners, free kicks or penalties. Those options could easily be added into the focus attribute section which could easily be renamed to just focus.
    If someone could persuade me that role traits have any significant effect on the game then obviously having an option to train our players specific traits would be good but I’m not convinced they do a great deal in game so it’s not on my wish list.
    Player tutoring is also something that’s on the full game and could maybe be added to FMM20 where we could select an older player to tutor a youngster and some of the older guys personality and hidden attributes like professionalism and ambition might rub off on the younger player. The feature never gripped me when I played the full game so it’s not something I’m in favour of but plenty of others will be I’m sure.
    My main wish is for FMM20 to be as bug free as possible and I would almost certainly accept a few features being dropped from the game if it were to guarantee a more stable game which is why I haven’t gone overboard here as I believe the training system is decent as is and only needs a few little tweaks to streamline it a touch.
    What changes to training would you like to see?

    @Foxy: New Leagues
    In the last two editions of FMM we have seen four new playable leagues added to the roster with two added in each edition of the game. These leagues always bring a new set of challenges and players to the game and can really help make the new editions feel more fresh and exciting. It’s certainly no guarantee that we will see any new leagues in this years game but let’s hope we do.
    Everyone will have there own ideas of what leagues that would like added to the game especially if you live in or support a club that you cannot manage at the moment. I think it’s safe to say that SI generally have financial reasons behind the leagues they look to add to the game as demonstrated by both Korea and China being added in the last two years as they are huge mobile gaming markets and FMM is a popular game in those nations. The hope is that they also look to give a good spread of nations across the world that we can manage in and with that in mind I have three nations I would be happy to see added to the new game.
    Mexico
    This may seem a slightly random choice but I think it would add more depth to the MLS and the North American Champions League. At the moment we can only manage the MLS clubs in North America which means when you go into continental competition with those clubs the other teams in the competition can feel a little incomplete which in turn makes it feel less of an accomplishment if you win it. You then have the fact that Mexico has some big clubs and it is a well supported league with some good players just waiting to be discovered which is a huge part of the fun of FMM I think. 
    Just think of the hidden gems that must be just waiting to be discovered.
    Brazil and Argentina
    Brazil was in FMH/FMM up and till a few years ago and it seems there is some licensing issues meaning we have to make do with just initials for the club names meaning Brazil may not be a viable league to be added. Then in Argentina they have a odd system of relegation based on average points over a couple of seasons that may be hard to replicate. That said South America is a huge empty space in the FMM map that needs to be filled in a little bit.
    I have put Brazil and Argentina together as they are the top leagues in South America and personally I would like to see them both added for the same reasons as Mexico, simply they will add more depth to continental competitions if they are both added. Both nations are hotbeds of football and the breeding grounds for some of the best footballers in the world so it would be great fun to be able to manage in these two nations.
    I think any of these three leagues would add more depth to the game but honourable mentions should also go to leagues in Europe including the nations in Central Europe such as Austria, Switzerland and Czechia, Greece or the Scandinavian countries that would also be good to see added.
    Which leagues would you like to see in FMM20?
    It will be great to get your thoughts on these ideas but also what features or improvements would you like to see on FMM20?
    Thanks for reading and all comments are appreciated.
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    Ian reacted to Kanegan in Stateside Duo - DT- Sargent 1.5KC (Final update - Completed)   
    Season 21
    So, with the last season on the cards, Sargent required 34 goals for 1.5K.
    Season History

    After 9 successive CL triumphs, we finally lose in the final to Real Madrid which also broke our run of 65 unbeaten games. This is my score now for the Champions Streak Challenge. We also managed an unbeaten league campaign.
     
    Cup Runs
    No hattrick this time around for the old man Sargent.

    USA
    Friendlies
    Gold Cup
    Another impressive 13 intl. goals in his last season which takes his total int. goals to 382. Freaking impressive which means i take the top spot in the 200 International Goal Challenge although @Rob's Geubbels is going insane so my spot may well be very short-lived. 
    It also meant that he needed 21 goals from his club season to achieve the 1.5K. Can he do it??
    First, let us look at his final attributes:
    Josh Sargent

    Ouch, it was painful to watch Sargent like this but he still lasted the entire season. Amazing.
     
    His final stats:

    He bloody well does it. 27 goals was enough to cross the 1.5K. Take a bow mate, take a bow.
     
    CHALLENGE UPDATE

    So, here is the final stats. He finishes with 1506 goals and 382 intl. goals.
    @Foxy, mate, if you can add it to the respective leaderboards.
     
    Final Manager Profile & Trophy Cabinet

     
    Thoughts
    This was my first DT attempt and i am pretty happy with the score posted and also i managed the 1.5K with Sargent. If anybody is looking for a candidate other than Fabio Silva, Geubbels or Pellegri for a 1.5K or even 2K, Sargent is the man, provided you get the USA job as he is a beast in international tournaments. 
    Also, in hindsight, if i would have left him alone at the top 2 seasons earlier instead of trying to retrain my son to fill in Wright's boots, then perhaps 1.5K would not have been that much of a struggle as it became in the end but the more you play, the more you learn i guess. In the end, all's well that ends well so everything came good at the finish line.
     
    What's next
    I have my eyes on the Triple Crown. So, i have completed 1KC with an Asian player in Holland & England and now the DT with North American players in Portugal. So, continuing my continental diversification, next up will be an African TT. The wheels have already been set in motion but expect a sizeable gap before i start again.
     
    Thanks to everyone who followed and commented, especially @Ian, @smoggy90, @Ran7777, @darlingtonvii, @Rob, @Mr Tree Sorry if i missed anybody.
    Thanks for following again and any closing comment is appreciated.
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    Ian reacted to Rob in Vibe Community A-Z Challenge: Season 4 Results   
    Season 3 - Letters E and F
    So aside from the utter pleasure of manage the wonderful Tottenham, I also got to pick letters E and F. El Ghazi was my E and midfielder; Fullkrug was my F and striker. Let’s see how we go on, shall we?
    Transfers:

    Dybala went for £121m. Although we don’t have a rule to sell previously selected players, I figured he wouldn’t play much and the cash would be handy. The same applies for Belotti.
    Son, Dier, and Hummels were unhappy, so I let them go. Dier is the only one I’d have wanted to keep hold of to be fair. The rest were squad players who were upgraded.

    Henrichs was my upgrade on Trippier. Lovely player. Diawara came in to provide competition for Ndombele. Los Celso came in to increase competition in attacking central midfield with Isco and Dele. Dayot joined to play alongside Varane in my dream central defence, with De Ligt and N’Dicka as my more than capable backups, along with McKenna who is already here.
    Anderson is a young Swede striker who scouted really well and, I am not going to lie, looks a bit Zlatan reborn. Mallo and Garrido are two excellent young Spaniards. 
    Then there is Fullkrug and El Ghazi, who joins the boys at the home of English football.
    Competitions:
    Our first final was against Atletico Madrid in the European Super Cup.

    Fullkrug netted, and got one disallowed, in a convincing 2-0 victory.
    Next up was the Club World Championship Final, where Fullkrug was hilarious.

    Two disallowed and a sending off. Magical. At least we won.
    We also got to the League Cup Final, playing Manchester City, where Fullkrug redeemed himself with a goal in a narrow victory.

    A league victory four games from the end allowed me to rotate players a bit more.

    With a final league table looking like this:

    I’m quite pleased with the league season. I had to play a B team quite often and the boys did well. I think this challenge is about growing a complete squad together and the work of the boys before me meant that our second team was more than capable of beating most teams.
    However, the team that really became our bogey lot was Manchester United, who beat us in the FA Cup Final.

    As for the Champions League - the big one - we had a bit of a tricky group, which we navigated our way through.

    A solid 2-1 victory away from home meant our 2-0 victory at home versus Bilbao meant we sailed through the first knockout round.

    We then got Real Madrid in the quarters. We lost the first leg away 3-0 and then this happened in the second leg.

    Wooha!
    The semis was against a Dybala-infused SLB. Two 3-1 victories sent us through to the final.

    Sevilla were our opponents in the final. A comprehensive 3-0 victory meant we retained the big one.

    Fullkrug:
    So how did our striker do? Well, this is how he looked at the end:

    Top class training facilities, 28 years of age, and his attributes declined! 
    He got us a respectable 41 goals.

    So I’m pleased with that!
    El Ghazi:
    Here is where it gets funny. He got a month-long injury.

    And another.

    And another.

    And a ten day injury right at the end just to pee me off!

    Here is how he looked at the end:

    And he got us a massive 15 assists.

    Again, I’m actually fairly pleased with that considering injuries and his ability.
    Summary:
    Despite the score not being brilliant, I really, really, really enjoyed that. We are building an excellent balanced squad and the team is winning tournaments, with only the FA Cup not coming home this year.
    Over to @Woody to carry on the work - good luck! 
     
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    Ian got a reaction from mulama in Fabio Silva 1KC- Season 15   
    Another great season. Keep it up!
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    Ian got a reaction from Foxy in Kaiserslautern Team Guide   
    Full Name: 1. Fußball-Club Kaiserslautern e. V.
    Founded: 2nd June 1900
    Nickname: Die roten Teufel (The Red Devils)
    League: 3. Fußball-Liga
    Stadium: Fritz-Walter-Stadion
    Capacity: 49,780

    Brief History 
    Kaiserslautern currently find themselves languishing in the third tier of German football but that wasn’t always the case for Die roten Teufel (The Red Devils) as they were once one of the big boys of German football. They boast a decent trophy cabinet consisting of four German League Championships, two DFB-Pokals and one DFB-Supercup and are currently tenth in the list of the most successful clubs in Bundesliga history. The first West German national team to ever win the World Cup in 1954 contained no less than five Kaiserslautern players in the squad including the national team captain Fritz Walter who the club renamed their stadium after in 1985. The club won their regional division numerous times and the German Championship twice in a dominant period during the 1950’s and early 1960’s up until the formation of the new German Bundesliga in 1963 in which they were a founding member. 
    Unfortunately all the club had to shout about for a good few years after the formation of the Bundesliga were a few decent cup runs both domestically and in Europe until 1990 when they finally won their first DFB-Pokal cup beating Werder Bremen 3-2 in a pulsating final. They followed that up by winning their first Bundesliga title the following year in which they fought off great rivals Bayern Munich in winning the title by just three points. The club’s next trophy wouldn't come until 1996 when they won their second DFB-Pokal cup but unfortunately the celebrations were fairly muted as the club were relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time in their history just a week before the final.
    They didn’t let that keep them down (literally) as they bounced straight back up winning the Bundesliga 2 title the following season with a massive ten point lead over second placed Wolfsburg. How often does a team gain promotion from a second tier league one year and go straight on to win the top league division title the following season? Not often but that is exactly what Die roten Teufel achieved under the management of veteran coach Otto Rehhagel as they held off bitter rivals Bayern Munich to win the 1997-98 Bundesliga Championship. 
    They struggled to keep up the pace with Bayern Munich over the next few years but did have a good run in the 2001 UEFA cup making it all the way to the semi final before falling to beaten finalists Alavés. The city and their stadium were selected to host a few games during the 2006 World Cup held in Germany and a decision was made to increase the capacity of their stadium from 38,500 to 49,780 which had the knock on effect of raising the annual rent the club would pay the city who own the stadium to £3.2m. It was an amount that was just manageable provided the club remained a Bundesliga team but unfortunately they suffered the dreaded relegation in 2006 which meant the club had a large stadium they didn’t need and an enormous annual rent to pay that they just couldn’t afford. They’ve struggled ever since and now find themselves in the third tier of German football for the first time in their history. 
    On FMM19 
    We now move over to the game where I’ll take you through the club from board expectations all the way to potential new signings and hopefully convince you to maybe have a go at managing Die roten Teufel. The club currently find themselves stuck in the third tier of German football and require your help to bring them back to the top. 
    Board Expectations, Facilities and Transfer Budget


    The board expect you to mount a serious challenge for the league title this season so that tells us that the club will hopefully have a fairly decent squad. The training and youth facilities are among the best in the division so I personally wouldn’t bother asking the board to upgrade those as it’s unlikely they will at this stage plus if the subsequent requests turned out to be accepted then the transfer budget would be lowered to pay for it which doesn’t seem like a great idea at this stage. In fact I’d probably say the facilities are good enough to carry the club all the way through to the Bundesliga and once there I’d be looking at requesting improvements.
    The stadium certainly doesn’t require expanding as the capacity is 49,850 in game but the average attendance is only 23,000 so you can safely put all of your focus on being as successful as possible on the pitch which should help in getting bums on seats.
    The transfer budget seems decent at £1.85m but that is rather deceiving as the club are currently operating well above their wage budget so once you toggle the transfer side back the actual budget is nearer £700k - £1m which means you’ll probably have to do a bit of wheeling and dealing in the transfer market if you are to successfully improve the squad. 
    Please bear in mind that I have used the February database for this save with my gold coaching badge and normal reputation so your budget may well differ depending on your set up.
    Staff

    Alexander Burgera: Assistant Manager - Defensive Coach with a Silver Badge and Normal Aptitude. Gerald Ehrmann: Coach - Goalkeeping Coach with a Gold Badge and Natural Aptitude. Bastian Becker: Coach - Fitness Coach with Silver Badge and Normal Aptitude. Manfred Paula: Scout - Youth Scout with a Gold Badge and Normal Aptitude. Olaf Marshal: Scout - First Team Scout with a Bronze Badge and Normal Aptitude. Frank Sänger: Physio - Prevention Physio with a Silver Badge and Normal Aptitude. Eric Schön: Physio - Rehabilitation Physio with Silver Badge and Normal Aptitude. The club have decent staff for the league they are currently playing in and whilst it might be possible to upgrade on a few of them I would hold off for now as sacking any would cause you to have to pay them compensation which would in turn lower your transfer budget. I would however fill in the blanks as the club have room for one more physio, scout and coach.
    The club currently have both a rehabilitation physio and a prevention one so you are faced with a decision to make. Which one do you go with for the third slot? Well it’s a good question and many people on the forum have differing views on what is best. Basically the two types of physios do what you’d expect; the prevention ones work with the players to hopefully prevent them suffering injuries and the rehabilitation ones work with the players when they do indeed suffer injuries to hopefully quicken their recovery. So in theory going with two prevention physios should prevent injuries which will lessen the need for rehabilitation but on the other hand no matter how hard you try you will always suffer some injuries so it’s six and two threes for me so just pick one and be done with it.
    In terms of coaches the club have got a defensive one, a goalkeeping one and a fitness one plus whatever specialisation you've given yourself. I went with attacking for myself which seems to be a good choice looking at what the club currently have. I’d be tempted to go with another fitness coach here to hopefully help the boys further develop their physical attributes in pace, stamina and strength as in the lower leagues sometimes the quality can be poor and fitness can often be the difference maker.
    I don’t use scouts as I just use the player search function to scout my own talent but as the club currently have a first team scout and a youth scout I’d be tempted to go with a bargain hunter here as with money being a bit tight in the early years he could well assist you in finding some cheap gems.
    When it comes to recruiting staff we are ideally looking for gold for the coaching badge as best and either natural or normal aptitude with poor being best avoided as in that case they will be unlikely to be able to quickly pass their coaching exams if required.
    Squad
    Key Players
    Lukas Spalvis - Target Man

    Lukas is a good player and is easily the clubs highest valued player at £2.4m and I’d expect him to do a decent job at this level. He’s got good aerial, movement, strength and shooting so I expect he’ll be able to score plenty of goals in the right set up. I’d personally be in heaven if his pace and stamina were a touch better as they are 11 and 12 respectively which is a bit of a downer as in these lower leagues I find pace in particular can really cause damage as a lot of the defenders at this level tend to be fairly slow.
    Mads Albæk - Advanced Playmaker

    Mads is a good player who is currently playing at the peak of his powers at 28 years old. He’s an advanced playmaker who likes to operate in the centre of midfield and has a decent set of attributes to play that role in this league. His passing, decisions and creativity are all at a good level which should mean he can see and execute the right pass in the right situation. I like all of the players playing in centre midfield to be decent all round players and this lad has 12 for positioning and 10 for tackling so he shouldn’t be a liability and his high leadership will be a great asset to the team.
    Kevin Kraus - Central Defender

    I quite like the look of this player and I’m sure he’ll be a good player for the team over the next couple of years at least. He has good numbers for the main attributes needed for any defender in aerial, tackling, decisions, positioning and strength. His passing being at 11 is good also and his dribbling at 9 isn’t bad for a centre back at this level. I would’ve liked a higher number for pace but again at 10 it’s acceptable and I don’t think he’ll let you down. 
    Other Players
    Goalkeepers
    Jan-Ole Sievers
    He’s probably the best goalkeeper currently at the club but he’s not fantastic. He’s got poor distribution and lacks a commanding presence but does have decent reflexes. He’s 23 years old so pretty young but I’d say he will definitely need to be replaced at some point in the future.
    Wolfgang Hesl
    This guy is 32 years old and has better distribution than Sievers but isn’t great in other areas. I’m not convinced selling him would be a good idea as I just can’t see you getting much of a fee so I’d personally keep him as a back up for the first season anyway.
    Lennart Grill
    This lad is a nice prospect for the future at just 19 years old and certainly one I’d hold onto and maybe try and give him some game time. He’s still a bit rough in places with his poor aerial being a concern but he’s got plenty of potential and I’m absolutely sure he’ll develop into a much better keeper than the other two at the club currently are.
    Central Defenders
    Lukas Gottwalt
    A decent young defender at 20 years old who looks promising for the future. He’s got great aerial and strength with decent numbers in positioning, tackling and decisions so I think he’ll be able to do a good job in this league.
    Özgür Özdemir
    He’s not a bad Turkish defender with fairly good defensive attributes but his strength is sitting at only 9 and it kind of puts me off. I’d keep him as he might do ok and should make a good back up option. 
    André Hainault
    A veteran Canadian defender at 32 years old who’s fairly average but should make a decent back up player.
    Central Midfielders
    Gino Fechner
    A young 20 year old ball winning midfielder who has great potential for the future and is good enough to be a first team player already. He has great aerial, decent physical attributes and good passing, decisions, tackling and positioning so he’s a good all round midfielder. As an added bonus he can also play as a centre back which might come in useful at some point.
    Jan Löhmannsröben
    He’s a decent player currently playing at his peak at 27 years old. His preferred role is as a ball winning midfielder and has great stamina, strength, aggression and positioning. His passing, decisions and teamwork are also good so a great player who should definitely be kept at this stage.
    Carlo Sickinger
    A young midfielder at just 20 years old with good promise. He’s got decent physical and mental attributes with great passing and I can see him developing into a good player so worth keeping a hold of and giving him some game time in the first couple of seasons. 
    Theodor Bergmann
    Another fine looking youngster who can play in centre midfield or on the right wing. Looks like he has the potential to reach the level of Mads Albæk in the future so a great player to have in the squad.
    Nils Schätzle
    He’s really young at only 18 years old but his attributes are not particularly good even for his age and I just can’t see him developing into anything other than an average player. He might surprise us though so a loan to another team in our league might be a good option if possible. 
    Wide Players
    Dominik Schad
    A young right wing back who looks like he’ll be good enough to feature heavily straight from the off. He’s got good physical attributes and although his crossing and dribbling aren’t fantastic you can see them developing well. The only real worry is his fairly poor positioning so it might be a good idea to set his training focus to that to hopefully improve it.
    Florian Dick
    A veteran right full back who at 33 years old is closing in on the end of his career. His pace is poor but apart from that he’s decent and should be a good option as back up this year before his deal runs out at the end of the season.
    Janek Sternberg
    This lad is a good looking left wing back with incredible stamina and definitely the best wing back at the club. Again like Schad he has poor positioning so hopefully that won’t hinder the team.
    Flavius Botiseriu
    A young raw left wing back who looks like he might turn into a good player. His technical attributes aren’t the best but at just 19 years old there’s plenty of time for those to develop and his good positioning and pace should mean he’s capable of doing a job as rotation option straight away.
    Tuure Mäntynen
    Another young left wing back and this one is decent looking with good pace, positioning and tackling but the coaches don’t feel he’s got much potential. He’s not valued very highly so I’d keep him for now as a back up option. 
    Hendrick Zuck
    The best winger at the club with decent pace, crossing, movement and really high aggression so he won’t be pulling out of any challenges. 
    Christoph Hemlein
    Another decent winger who’s attributes aren’t too dissimilar to Zucks but his pace is slightly lower and a shame really as I really like pace in these wide areas so maybe this is an area to try and improve in the transfer market. 
    Florian Pick
    He’s an average winger that at only 22 years old may improve so one to keep hold of for now. If you don’t think he’s going to get much game time then I’d consider loaning him out if possible. 
    Dylan Esmel
    This lad is only 20 years old and is tipped to break into the first team so definitely one to keep. He can play on either flank and whilst his attributes aren’t the best at this stage he’d definitely make a great option off the bench to give him some game time to further aid his development.
    Centre Forwards
    Julius Biada
    He’s a player who is playing at his peak at 25 years old and is valued fairly highly at over £600k. His physical attributes and aerial are fairly poor so for me he’d be one I’d look to cash in on as the money would come in useful. 
    Timmy Thiele
    A good forward who’s fairly strong, quick with good movement, shooting and decent aerial so that’s the bread and butter striker attributes sorted. Definitely one to keep as a squad player. 
    Elias Huth
    A young striker who looks promising and can also play on either flank so a good player to keep around. 
    Valdrin Mustafa
    Another youngster and the coaches believe he is the best young striker at the club so it might be an idea to try and find him some game time. He could be loaned out even if it’s to a club in our division which might be a good idea for the first season.
    Christian Kürlwetter
    He’s a young target man who doesn’t look too great but could improve so I’d be tempted to loan him out and keep an eye on his development.
    Squad Summary
    The club have some good players and I’d say their best starting eleven will be more than a match for any side in the division. There’s also plenty of decent looking youngsters but it’s difficult to rely on them so I’d be looking to strengthen the squad with some more experienced players and I’ll recommend a few good transfer options later. 
    Tactics
    I’ll put forward a couple of tactics now that should get the best out of the players currently at the club.
    2-2-3-2-1

    A decent tactic that I’ve used a few times on this years game so should do a decent job here. I’d usually opt for a deep lying playmaker instead of the ball winning midfielder at centre midfield but Fechner is best as a ball winner so I went with that. You could try him as a playmaker as he could well do the job okay but I think the tactic will be fine as is. Löhmannsröben’s preferred role is as a ball winner also but I don’t think the tactic will work with two of those and he has decent all round attributes with terrific stamina so I think he’ll be able to play well as a box to box midfielder just fine. The wide attackers at the club are all wingers rather than inside forwards and with Spalvis being a good target man we will try to utilise the wide areas and get some crosses in for him to feed off. I’d also prefer one of the central defenders to be a ball playing defender to further help the team get the ball out of defence but none of our boys are suitable although Kraus has decent passing and dribbling so you could try him in that role but I’m not sure it’s necessary to be honest.
    2-2-3-1-2

    An alternative tactic that utilises a second striker as the club have a fair few. Not far away from the original set up and one that I’ve used before. We will be weak down our right side but as long as the central midfielders are good all round players  we should be able to mitigate against the dangers.
    Instructions
    Here are some instructions to try with both of the set ups.



    I went with attacking as the team mentality but against tough opposition I’d be tempted to knock that back to balenced or maybe even counter. I went with a narrow width to hopefully help us keep better possession and the tempo is set to normal but I’ve used fast a few times against poor opposition to good effect so an option to try if things aren’t going well. The defence is left neutral in a bid to help the team maintain their fitness as we are using some high energy roles such as our box to box midfielder, ball winning midfielder and the two wing backs. The system might work better with all over closing down and hard tackling but be warned that your players will struggle for fitness if used all of the time particularly during heavy fixture periods. I went with work ball into box in the final third instructions to limit the wasteful shots from midfield and if we had a striker with great pace and movement I’d probably go through ball also but Spalvis isn’t blessed with great pace so left it neutral so the players can decide themselves what is best depending on the situation. I like short for passing and goalkeeper distribution but if you notice the team having trouble getting the ball forward then switching to mixed might help. Another thing to look out for is if you see your wing backs losing the ball out wide during games then moving the passing focus to centre should help and is something I often do if facing tough opposition. 
    Duties
    Captain: Mads Albæk - An experienced pro with great leadership.  Penalties: Lukas Spalvis and Mads Albæk both have “He is an effective penalty taker” in their coaching reports so they are the best choices here. Free Kicks: Florian Dick has “He is an effective free-kick taker” in his coaching report so he’d be first choice but he probably won’t play every game so I’d go with Spalvis as second choice for his great shooting attribute. Corner Kicks: There’s nobody who the coaches reccomend for this so I’d go for a player with a high attribute for crossing with Zuck, Albæk, Hemlein, Sternberg and Pick being good choices. If you try one and think they aren’t producing a good corner then just pick another. Transfers
    In terms of outgoings I’d personally look to offload Julius Biada as I can’t see him getting much game time and any money received from his potential transfer would come in handy. As I mentioned in the players section there are a few good youngsters and it’ll be difficult to give them all game time so I’d look to loan a few of them out if possible and then reevaluate them at the end of the season. Players such as Pick, Mustafa and Kürlwetter definitely fall into that category. 
    I’ll go through a few potential signings that should improve the squad. I’ve put their potential cost in brackets next to their name. Most of these are free transfers but don’t let that put you off as I’m sure they would all turn out to be decent signings. A couple of them are older players but when it comes to the lower leagues I tend to put my focus on the current season and try to get a squad together that will get the job done and if we gain promotion I would then look at the squad for the next season and build again. I’ve also only loaded the German leagues on this save so you may well have a lot more transfer options if you load a few other leagues.
    Marko Petkovic (Free) - A good right wing back who may well become the best at the club if signed.  Mathis Bolly (Free) - A left winger with great pace which is something the wingers currently at the club lack so should make a good addition to the squad.  Jerome Kiesewetter (Free) - This guy is a great pacey right winger and better than anything currently at the club.  Arouca (Free) - Fabulous midfielder who whilst fairly old at 33 should offer the team a lot for the first season or so. Phillip Wollscheid (Free) - Brilliant centre back for this level of football.  Maxym Malyshev: (Loan from Shakhtar) - Decent deep lying playmaker available on loan and should add strength to the midfield. Osayamen Osawe (£800-900k) - A really good striker and whilst the club have a lot of young strikers at the club I feel this guy is worth going for as his pace will give you another option up top. He also has good movement and shooting so well worth the fee. You could switch the role on the single striker formation to a poacher or advanced forward when he plays and add through ball to the final third instructions to utilise his qualities as we have Mads Albæk in midfield who can hopefully supply some killer passes. Kofi Schulz (Free) - A tidy left wing back who would be a good signing on a free. The club have three left wing backs alrealdy at the club but two are young so if you sign this guy I’d probably recommend loaning out one of the youngsters in either Botiseriu or Mäntynen. Razak Brimah (Free) - He’s a good keeper available on a free and should be first choice if signed. Douglas (Free) - A veteran midfielder who would be a good addition to the squad for the opening season.  Well that’s the end of this Kaiserslautern team guide and hopefully you’ve enjoyed it. They are a great club that currently find themselves in a bit of a pickle so should make an enjoyable save as you aim to bring them back to the top.
    Thank you for reading and all comments are appreciated.
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    Full Name: 1. Fußball-Club Kaiserslautern e. V.
    Founded: 2nd June 1900
    Nickname: Die roten Teufel (The Red Devils)
    League: 3. Fußball-Liga
    Stadium: Fritz-Walter-Stadion
    Capacity: 49,780

    Brief History 
    Kaiserslautern currently find themselves languishing in the third tier of German football but that wasn’t always the case for Die roten Teufel (The Red Devils) as they were once one of the big boys of German football. They boast a decent trophy cabinet consisting of four German League Championships, two DFB-Pokals and one DFB-Supercup and are currently tenth in the list of the most successful clubs in Bundesliga history. The first West German national team to ever win the World Cup in 1954 contained no less than five Kaiserslautern players in the squad including the national team captain Fritz Walter who the club renamed their stadium after in 1985. The club won their regional division numerous times and the German Championship twice in a dominant period during the 1950’s and early 1960’s up until the formation of the new German Bundesliga in 1963 in which they were a founding member. 
    Unfortunately all the club had to shout about for a good few years after the formation of the Bundesliga were a few decent cup runs both domestically and in Europe until 1990 when they finally won their first DFB-Pokal cup beating Werder Bremen 3-2 in a pulsating final. They followed that up by winning their first Bundesliga title the following year in which they fought off great rivals Bayern Munich in winning the title by just three points. The club’s next trophy wouldn't come until 1996 when they won their second DFB-Pokal cup but unfortunately the celebrations were fairly muted as the club were relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time in their history just a week before the final.
    They didn’t let that keep them down (literally) as they bounced straight back up winning the Bundesliga 2 title the following season with a massive ten point lead over second placed Wolfsburg. How often does a team gain promotion from a second tier league one year and go straight on to win the top league division title the following season? Not often but that is exactly what Die roten Teufel achieved under the management of veteran coach Otto Rehhagel as they held off bitter rivals Bayern Munich to win the 1997-98 Bundesliga Championship. 
    They struggled to keep up the pace with Bayern Munich over the next few years but did have a good run in the 2001 UEFA cup making it all the way to the semi final before falling to beaten finalists Alavés. The city and their stadium were selected to host a few games during the 2006 World Cup held in Germany and a decision was made to increase the capacity of their stadium from 38,500 to 49,780 which had the knock on effect of raising the annual rent the club would pay the city who own the stadium to £3.2m. It was an amount that was just manageable provided the club remained a Bundesliga team but unfortunately they suffered the dreaded relegation in 2006 which meant the club had a large stadium they didn’t need and an enormous annual rent to pay that they just couldn’t afford. They’ve struggled ever since and now find themselves in the third tier of German football for the first time in their history. 
    On FMM19 
    We now move over to the game where I’ll take you through the club from board expectations all the way to potential new signings and hopefully convince you to maybe have a go at managing Die roten Teufel. The club currently find themselves stuck in the third tier of German football and require your help to bring them back to the top. 
    Board Expectations, Facilities and Transfer Budget


    The board expect you to mount a serious challenge for the league title this season so that tells us that the club will hopefully have a fairly decent squad. The training and youth facilities are among the best in the division so I personally wouldn’t bother asking the board to upgrade those as it’s unlikely they will at this stage plus if the subsequent requests turned out to be accepted then the transfer budget would be lowered to pay for it which doesn’t seem like a great idea at this stage. In fact I’d probably say the facilities are good enough to carry the club all the way through to the Bundesliga and once there I’d be looking at requesting improvements.
    The stadium certainly doesn’t require expanding as the capacity is 49,850 in game but the average attendance is only 23,000 so you can safely put all of your focus on being as successful as possible on the pitch which should help in getting bums on seats.
    The transfer budget seems decent at £1.85m but that is rather deceiving as the club are currently operating well above their wage budget so once you toggle the transfer side back the actual budget is nearer £700k - £1m which means you’ll probably have to do a bit of wheeling and dealing in the transfer market if you are to successfully improve the squad. 
    Please bear in mind that I have used the February database for this save with my gold coaching badge and normal reputation so your budget may well differ depending on your set up.
    Staff

    Alexander Burgera: Assistant Manager - Defensive Coach with a Silver Badge and Normal Aptitude. Gerald Ehrmann: Coach - Goalkeeping Coach with a Gold Badge and Natural Aptitude. Bastian Becker: Coach - Fitness Coach with Silver Badge and Normal Aptitude. Manfred Paula: Scout - Youth Scout with a Gold Badge and Normal Aptitude. Olaf Marshal: Scout - First Team Scout with a Bronze Badge and Normal Aptitude. Frank Sänger: Physio - Prevention Physio with a Silver Badge and Normal Aptitude. Eric Schön: Physio - Rehabilitation Physio with Silver Badge and Normal Aptitude. The club have decent staff for the league they are currently playing in and whilst it might be possible to upgrade on a few of them I would hold off for now as sacking any would cause you to have to pay them compensation which would in turn lower your transfer budget. I would however fill in the blanks as the club have room for one more physio, scout and coach.
    The club currently have both a rehabilitation physio and a prevention one so you are faced with a decision to make. Which one do you go with for the third slot? Well it’s a good question and many people on the forum have differing views on what is best. Basically the two types of physios do what you’d expect; the prevention ones work with the players to hopefully prevent them suffering injuries and the rehabilitation ones work with the players when they do indeed suffer injuries to hopefully quicken their recovery. So in theory going with two prevention physios should prevent injuries which will lessen the need for rehabilitation but on the other hand no matter how hard you try you will always suffer some injuries so it’s six and two threes for me so just pick one and be done with it.
    In terms of coaches the club have got a defensive one, a goalkeeping one and a fitness one plus whatever specialisation you've given yourself. I went with attacking for myself which seems to be a good choice looking at what the club currently have. I’d be tempted to go with another fitness coach here to hopefully help the boys further develop their physical attributes in pace, stamina and strength as in the lower leagues sometimes the quality can be poor and fitness can often be the difference maker.
    I don’t use scouts as I just use the player search function to scout my own talent but as the club currently have a first team scout and a youth scout I’d be tempted to go with a bargain hunter here as with money being a bit tight in the early years he could well assist you in finding some cheap gems.
    When it comes to recruiting staff we are ideally looking for gold for the coaching badge as best and either natural or normal aptitude with poor being best avoided as in that case they will be unlikely to be able to quickly pass their coaching exams if required.
    Squad
    Key Players
    Lukas Spalvis - Target Man

    Lukas is a good player and is easily the clubs highest valued player at £2.4m and I’d expect him to do a decent job at this level. He’s got good aerial, movement, strength and shooting so I expect he’ll be able to score plenty of goals in the right set up. I’d personally be in heaven if his pace and stamina were a touch better as they are 11 and 12 respectively which is a bit of a downer as in these lower leagues I find pace in particular can really cause damage as a lot of the defenders at this level tend to be fairly slow.
    Mads Albæk - Advanced Playmaker

    Mads is a good player who is currently playing at the peak of his powers at 28 years old. He’s an advanced playmaker who likes to operate in the centre of midfield and has a decent set of attributes to play that role in this league. His passing, decisions and creativity are all at a good level which should mean he can see and execute the right pass in the right situation. I like all of the players playing in centre midfield to be decent all round players and this lad has 12 for positioning and 10 for tackling so he shouldn’t be a liability and his high leadership will be a great asset to the team.
    Kevin Kraus - Central Defender

    I quite like the look of this player and I’m sure he’ll be a good player for the team over the next couple of years at least. He has good numbers for the main attributes needed for any defender in aerial, tackling, decisions, positioning and strength. His passing being at 11 is good also and his dribbling at 9 isn’t bad for a centre back at this level. I would’ve liked a higher number for pace but again at 10 it’s acceptable and I don’t think he’ll let you down. 
    Other Players
    Goalkeepers
    Jan-Ole Sievers
    He’s probably the best goalkeeper currently at the club but he’s not fantastic. He’s got poor distribution and lacks a commanding presence but does have decent reflexes. He’s 23 years old so pretty young but I’d say he will definitely need to be replaced at some point in the future.
    Wolfgang Hesl
    This guy is 32 years old and has better distribution than Sievers but isn’t great in other areas. I’m not convinced selling him would be a good idea as I just can’t see you getting much of a fee so I’d personally keep him as a back up for the first season anyway.
    Lennart Grill
    This lad is a nice prospect for the future at just 19 years old and certainly one I’d hold onto and maybe try and give him some game time. He’s still a bit rough in places with his poor aerial being a concern but he’s got plenty of potential and I’m absolutely sure he’ll develop into a much better keeper than the other two at the club currently are.
    Central Defenders
    Lukas Gottwalt
    A decent young defender at 20 years old who looks promising for the future. He’s got great aerial and strength with decent numbers in positioning, tackling and decisions so I think he’ll be able to do a good job in this league.
    Özgür Özdemir
    He’s not a bad Turkish defender with fairly good defensive attributes but his strength is sitting at only 9 and it kind of puts me off. I’d keep him as he might do ok and should make a good back up option. 
    André Hainault
    A veteran Canadian defender at 32 years old who’s fairly average but should make a decent back up player.
    Central Midfielders
    Gino Fechner
    A young 20 year old ball winning midfielder who has great potential for the future and is good enough to be a first team player already. He has great aerial, decent physical attributes and good passing, decisions, tackling and positioning so he’s a good all round midfielder. As an added bonus he can also play as a centre back which might come in useful at some point.
    Jan Löhmannsröben
    He’s a decent player currently playing at his peak at 27 years old. His preferred role is as a ball winning midfielder and has great stamina, strength, aggression and positioning. His passing, decisions and teamwork are also good so a great player who should definitely be kept at this stage.
    Carlo Sickinger
    A young midfielder at just 20 years old with good promise. He’s got decent physical and mental attributes with great passing and I can see him developing into a good player so worth keeping a hold of and giving him some game time in the first couple of seasons. 
    Theodor Bergmann
    Another fine looking youngster who can play in centre midfield or on the right wing. Looks like he has the potential to reach the level of Mads Albæk in the future so a great player to have in the squad.
    Nils Schätzle
    He’s really young at only 18 years old but his attributes are not particularly good even for his age and I just can’t see him developing into anything other than an average player. He might surprise us though so a loan to another team in our league might be a good option if possible. 
    Wide Players
    Dominik Schad
    A young right wing back who looks like he’ll be good enough to feature heavily straight from the off. He’s got good physical attributes and although his crossing and dribbling aren’t fantastic you can see them developing well. The only real worry is his fairly poor positioning so it might be a good idea to set his training focus to that to hopefully improve it.
    Florian Dick
    A veteran right full back who at 33 years old is closing in on the end of his career. His pace is poor but apart from that he’s decent and should be a good option as back up this year before his deal runs out at the end of the season.
    Janek Sternberg
    This lad is a good looking left wing back with incredible stamina and definitely the best wing back at the club. Again like Schad he has poor positioning so hopefully that won’t hinder the team.
    Flavius Botiseriu
    A young raw left wing back who looks like he might turn into a good player. His technical attributes aren’t the best but at just 19 years old there’s plenty of time for those to develop and his good positioning and pace should mean he’s capable of doing a job as rotation option straight away.
    Tuure Mäntynen
    Another young left wing back and this one is decent looking with good pace, positioning and tackling but the coaches don’t feel he’s got much potential. He’s not valued very highly so I’d keep him for now as a back up option. 
    Hendrick Zuck
    The best winger at the club with decent pace, crossing, movement and really high aggression so he won’t be pulling out of any challenges. 
    Christoph Hemlein
    Another decent winger who’s attributes aren’t too dissimilar to Zucks but his pace is slightly lower and a shame really as I really like pace in these wide areas so maybe this is an area to try and improve in the transfer market. 
    Florian Pick
    He’s an average winger that at only 22 years old may improve so one to keep hold of for now. If you don’t think he’s going to get much game time then I’d consider loaning him out if possible. 
    Dylan Esmel
    This lad is only 20 years old and is tipped to break into the first team so definitely one to keep. He can play on either flank and whilst his attributes aren’t the best at this stage he’d definitely make a great option off the bench to give him some game time to further aid his development.
    Centre Forwards
    Julius Biada
    He’s a player who is playing at his peak at 25 years old and is valued fairly highly at over £600k. His physical attributes and aerial are fairly poor so for me he’d be one I’d look to cash in on as the money would come in useful. 
    Timmy Thiele
    A good forward who’s fairly strong, quick with good movement, shooting and decent aerial so that’s the bread and butter striker attributes sorted. Definitely one to keep as a squad player. 
    Elias Huth
    A young striker who looks promising and can also play on either flank so a good player to keep around. 
    Valdrin Mustafa
    Another youngster and the coaches believe he is the best young striker at the club so it might be an idea to try and find him some game time. He could be loaned out even if it’s to a club in our division which might be a good idea for the first season.
    Christian Kürlwetter
    He’s a young target man who doesn’t look too great but could improve so I’d be tempted to loan him out and keep an eye on his development.
    Squad Summary
    The club have some good players and I’d say their best starting eleven will be more than a match for any side in the division. There’s also plenty of decent looking youngsters but it’s difficult to rely on them so I’d be looking to strengthen the squad with some more experienced players and I’ll recommend a few good transfer options later. 
    Tactics
    I’ll put forward a couple of tactics now that should get the best out of the players currently at the club.
    2-2-3-2-1

    A decent tactic that I’ve used a few times on this years game so should do a decent job here. I’d usually opt for a deep lying playmaker instead of the ball winning midfielder at centre midfield but Fechner is best as a ball winner so I went with that. You could try him as a playmaker as he could well do the job okay but I think the tactic will be fine as is. Löhmannsröben’s preferred role is as a ball winner also but I don’t think the tactic will work with two of those and he has decent all round attributes with terrific stamina so I think he’ll be able to play well as a box to box midfielder just fine. The wide attackers at the club are all wingers rather than inside forwards and with Spalvis being a good target man we will try to utilise the wide areas and get some crosses in for him to feed off. I’d also prefer one of the central defenders to be a ball playing defender to further help the team get the ball out of defence but none of our boys are suitable although Kraus has decent passing and dribbling so you could try him in that role but I’m not sure it’s necessary to be honest.
    2-2-3-1-2

    An alternative tactic that utilises a second striker as the club have a fair few. Not far away from the original set up and one that I’ve used before. We will be weak down our right side but as long as the central midfielders are good all round players  we should be able to mitigate against the dangers.
    Instructions
    Here are some instructions to try with both of the set ups.



    I went with attacking as the team mentality but against tough opposition I’d be tempted to knock that back to balenced or maybe even counter. I went with a narrow width to hopefully help us keep better possession and the tempo is set to normal but I’ve used fast a few times against poor opposition to good effect so an option to try if things aren’t going well. The defence is left neutral in a bid to help the team maintain their fitness as we are using some high energy roles such as our box to box midfielder, ball winning midfielder and the two wing backs. The system might work better with all over closing down and hard tackling but be warned that your players will struggle for fitness if used all of the time particularly during heavy fixture periods. I went with work ball into box in the final third instructions to limit the wasteful shots from midfield and if we had a striker with great pace and movement I’d probably go through ball also but Spalvis isn’t blessed with great pace so left it neutral so the players can decide themselves what is best depending on the situation. I like short for passing and goalkeeper distribution but if you notice the team having trouble getting the ball forward then switching to mixed might help. Another thing to look out for is if you see your wing backs losing the ball out wide during games then moving the passing focus to centre should help and is something I often do if facing tough opposition. 
    Duties
    Captain: Mads Albæk - An experienced pro with great leadership.  Penalties: Lukas Spalvis and Mads Albæk both have “He is an effective penalty taker” in their coaching reports so they are the best choices here. Free Kicks: Florian Dick has “He is an effective free-kick taker” in his coaching report so he’d be first choice but he probably won’t play every game so I’d go with Spalvis as second choice for his great shooting attribute. Corner Kicks: There’s nobody who the coaches reccomend for this so I’d go for a player with a high attribute for crossing with Zuck, Albæk, Hemlein, Sternberg and Pick being good choices. If you try one and think they aren’t producing a good corner then just pick another. Transfers
    In terms of outgoings I’d personally look to offload Julius Biada as I can’t see him getting much game time and any money received from his potential transfer would come in handy. As I mentioned in the players section there are a few good youngsters and it’ll be difficult to give them all game time so I’d look to loan a few of them out if possible and then reevaluate them at the end of the season. Players such as Pick, Mustafa and Kürlwetter definitely fall into that category. 
    I’ll go through a few potential signings that should improve the squad. I’ve put their potential cost in brackets next to their name. Most of these are free transfers but don’t let that put you off as I’m sure they would all turn out to be decent signings. A couple of them are older players but when it comes to the lower leagues I tend to put my focus on the current season and try to get a squad together that will get the job done and if we gain promotion I would then look at the squad for the next season and build again. I’ve also only loaded the German leagues on this save so you may well have a lot more transfer options if you load a few other leagues.
    Marko Petkovic (Free) - A good right wing back who may well become the best at the club if signed.  Mathis Bolly (Free) - A left winger with great pace which is something the wingers currently at the club lack so should make a good addition to the squad.  Jerome Kiesewetter (Free) - This guy is a great pacey right winger and better than anything currently at the club.  Arouca (Free) - Fabulous midfielder who whilst fairly old at 33 should offer the team a lot for the first season or so. Phillip Wollscheid (Free) - Brilliant centre back for this level of football.  Maxym Malyshev: (Loan from Shakhtar) - Decent deep lying playmaker available on loan and should add strength to the midfield. Osayamen Osawe (£800-900k) - A really good striker and whilst the club have a lot of young strikers at the club I feel this guy is worth going for as his pace will give you another option up top. He also has good movement and shooting so well worth the fee. You could switch the role on the single striker formation to a poacher or advanced forward when he plays and add through ball to the final third instructions to utilise his qualities as we have Mads Albæk in midfield who can hopefully supply some killer passes. Kofi Schulz (Free) - A tidy left wing back who would be a good signing on a free. The club have three left wing backs alrealdy at the club but two are young so if you sign this guy I’d probably recommend loaning out one of the youngsters in either Botiseriu or Mäntynen. Razak Brimah (Free) - He’s a good keeper available on a free and should be first choice if signed. Douglas (Free) - A veteran midfielder who would be a good addition to the squad for the opening season.  Well that’s the end of this Kaiserslautern team guide and hopefully you’ve enjoyed it. They are a great club that currently find themselves in a bit of a pickle so should make an enjoyable save as you aim to bring them back to the top.
    Thank you for reading and all comments are appreciated.
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    This can be done as a side challenge to your careers. You need to post your longest streak of winning the Champions League. Can you beat Real's 5??
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    Load any and as many leagues in any country's as you wish.
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    Full Name: 1. Fußball-Club Kaiserslautern e. V.
    Founded: 2nd June 1900
    Nickname: Die roten Teufel (The Red Devils)
    League: 3. Fußball-Liga
    Stadium: Fritz-Walter-Stadion
    Capacity: 49,780

    Brief History 
    Kaiserslautern currently find themselves languishing in the third tier of German football but that wasn’t always the case for Die roten Teufel (The Red Devils) as they were once one of the big boys of German football. They boast a decent trophy cabinet consisting of four German League Championships, two DFB-Pokals and one DFB-Supercup and are currently tenth in the list of the most successful clubs in Bundesliga history. The first West German national team to ever win the World Cup in 1954 contained no less than five Kaiserslautern players in the squad including the national team captain Fritz Walter who the club renamed their stadium after in 1985. The club won their regional division numerous times and the German Championship twice in a dominant period during the 1950’s and early 1960’s up until the formation of the new German Bundesliga in 1963 in which they were a founding member. 
    Unfortunately all the club had to shout about for a good few years after the formation of the Bundesliga were a few decent cup runs both domestically and in Europe until 1990 when they finally won their first DFB-Pokal cup beating Werder Bremen 3-2 in a pulsating final. They followed that up by winning their first Bundesliga title the following year in which they fought off great rivals Bayern Munich in winning the title by just three points. The club’s next trophy wouldn't come until 1996 when they won their second DFB-Pokal cup but unfortunately the celebrations were fairly muted as the club were relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time in their history just a week before the final.
    They didn’t let that keep them down (literally) as they bounced straight back up winning the Bundesliga 2 title the following season with a massive ten point lead over second placed Wolfsburg. How often does a team gain promotion from a second tier league one year and go straight on to win the top league division title the following season? Not often but that is exactly what Die roten Teufel achieved under the management of veteran coach Otto Rehhagel as they held off bitter rivals Bayern Munich to win the 1997-98 Bundesliga Championship. 
    They struggled to keep up the pace with Bayern Munich over the next few years but did have a good run in the 2001 UEFA cup making it all the way to the semi final before falling to beaten finalists Alavés. The city and their stadium were selected to host a few games during the 2006 World Cup held in Germany and a decision was made to increase the capacity of their stadium from 38,500 to 49,780 which had the knock on effect of raising the annual rent the club would pay the city who own the stadium to £3.2m. It was an amount that was just manageable provided the club remained a Bundesliga team but unfortunately they suffered the dreaded relegation in 2006 which meant the club had a large stadium they didn’t need and an enormous annual rent to pay that they just couldn’t afford. They’ve struggled ever since and now find themselves in the third tier of German football for the first time in their history. 
    On FMM19 
    We now move over to the game where I’ll take you through the club from board expectations all the way to potential new signings and hopefully convince you to maybe have a go at managing Die roten Teufel. The club currently find themselves stuck in the third tier of German football and require your help to bring them back to the top. 
    Board Expectations, Facilities and Transfer Budget


    The board expect you to mount a serious challenge for the league title this season so that tells us that the club will hopefully have a fairly decent squad. The training and youth facilities are among the best in the division so I personally wouldn’t bother asking the board to upgrade those as it’s unlikely they will at this stage plus if the subsequent requests turned out to be accepted then the transfer budget would be lowered to pay for it which doesn’t seem like a great idea at this stage. In fact I’d probably say the facilities are good enough to carry the club all the way through to the Bundesliga and once there I’d be looking at requesting improvements.
    The stadium certainly doesn’t require expanding as the capacity is 49,850 in game but the average attendance is only 23,000 so you can safely put all of your focus on being as successful as possible on the pitch which should help in getting bums on seats.
    The transfer budget seems decent at £1.85m but that is rather deceiving as the club are currently operating well above their wage budget so once you toggle the transfer side back the actual budget is nearer £700k - £1m which means you’ll probably have to do a bit of wheeling and dealing in the transfer market if you are to successfully improve the squad. 
    Please bear in mind that I have used the February database for this save with my gold coaching badge and normal reputation so your budget may well differ depending on your set up.
    Staff

    Alexander Burgera: Assistant Manager - Defensive Coach with a Silver Badge and Normal Aptitude. Gerald Ehrmann: Coach - Goalkeeping Coach with a Gold Badge and Natural Aptitude. Bastian Becker: Coach - Fitness Coach with Silver Badge and Normal Aptitude. Manfred Paula: Scout - Youth Scout with a Gold Badge and Normal Aptitude. Olaf Marshal: Scout - First Team Scout with a Bronze Badge and Normal Aptitude. Frank Sänger: Physio - Prevention Physio with a Silver Badge and Normal Aptitude. Eric Schön: Physio - Rehabilitation Physio with Silver Badge and Normal Aptitude. The club have decent staff for the league they are currently playing in and whilst it might be possible to upgrade on a few of them I would hold off for now as sacking any would cause you to have to pay them compensation which would in turn lower your transfer budget. I would however fill in the blanks as the club have room for one more physio, scout and coach.
    The club currently have both a rehabilitation physio and a prevention one so you are faced with a decision to make. Which one do you go with for the third slot? Well it’s a good question and many people on the forum have differing views on what is best. Basically the two types of physios do what you’d expect; the prevention ones work with the players to hopefully prevent them suffering injuries and the rehabilitation ones work with the players when they do indeed suffer injuries to hopefully quicken their recovery. So in theory going with two prevention physios should prevent injuries which will lessen the need for rehabilitation but on the other hand no matter how hard you try you will always suffer some injuries so it’s six and two threes for me so just pick one and be done with it.
    In terms of coaches the club have got a defensive one, a goalkeeping one and a fitness one plus whatever specialisation you've given yourself. I went with attacking for myself which seems to be a good choice looking at what the club currently have. I’d be tempted to go with another fitness coach here to hopefully help the boys further develop their physical attributes in pace, stamina and strength as in the lower leagues sometimes the quality can be poor and fitness can often be the difference maker.
    I don’t use scouts as I just use the player search function to scout my own talent but as the club currently have a first team scout and a youth scout I’d be tempted to go with a bargain hunter here as with money being a bit tight in the early years he could well assist you in finding some cheap gems.
    When it comes to recruiting staff we are ideally looking for gold for the coaching badge as best and either natural or normal aptitude with poor being best avoided as in that case they will be unlikely to be able to quickly pass their coaching exams if required.
    Squad
    Key Players
    Lukas Spalvis - Target Man

    Lukas is a good player and is easily the clubs highest valued player at £2.4m and I’d expect him to do a decent job at this level. He’s got good aerial, movement, strength and shooting so I expect he’ll be able to score plenty of goals in the right set up. I’d personally be in heaven if his pace and stamina were a touch better as they are 11 and 12 respectively which is a bit of a downer as in these lower leagues I find pace in particular can really cause damage as a lot of the defenders at this level tend to be fairly slow.
    Mads Albæk - Advanced Playmaker

    Mads is a good player who is currently playing at the peak of his powers at 28 years old. He’s an advanced playmaker who likes to operate in the centre of midfield and has a decent set of attributes to play that role in this league. His passing, decisions and creativity are all at a good level which should mean he can see and execute the right pass in the right situation. I like all of the players playing in centre midfield to be decent all round players and this lad has 12 for positioning and 10 for tackling so he shouldn’t be a liability and his high leadership will be a great asset to the team.
    Kevin Kraus - Central Defender

    I quite like the look of this player and I’m sure he’ll be a good player for the team over the next couple of years at least. He has good numbers for the main attributes needed for any defender in aerial, tackling, decisions, positioning and strength. His passing being at 11 is good also and his dribbling at 9 isn’t bad for a centre back at this level. I would’ve liked a higher number for pace but again at 10 it’s acceptable and I don’t think he’ll let you down. 
    Other Players
    Goalkeepers
    Jan-Ole Sievers
    He’s probably the best goalkeeper currently at the club but he’s not fantastic. He’s got poor distribution and lacks a commanding presence but does have decent reflexes. He’s 23 years old so pretty young but I’d say he will definitely need to be replaced at some point in the future.
    Wolfgang Hesl
    This guy is 32 years old and has better distribution than Sievers but isn’t great in other areas. I’m not convinced selling him would be a good idea as I just can’t see you getting much of a fee so I’d personally keep him as a back up for the first season anyway.
    Lennart Grill
    This lad is a nice prospect for the future at just 19 years old and certainly one I’d hold onto and maybe try and give him some game time. He’s still a bit rough in places with his poor aerial being a concern but he’s got plenty of potential and I’m absolutely sure he’ll develop into a much better keeper than the other two at the club currently are.
    Central Defenders
    Lukas Gottwalt
    A decent young defender at 20 years old who looks promising for the future. He’s got great aerial and strength with decent numbers in positioning, tackling and decisions so I think he’ll be able to do a good job in this league.
    Özgür Özdemir
    He’s not a bad Turkish defender with fairly good defensive attributes but his strength is sitting at only 9 and it kind of puts me off. I’d keep him as he might do ok and should make a good back up option. 
    André Hainault
    A veteran Canadian defender at 32 years old who’s fairly average but should make a decent back up player.
    Central Midfielders
    Gino Fechner
    A young 20 year old ball winning midfielder who has great potential for the future and is good enough to be a first team player already. He has great aerial, decent physical attributes and good passing, decisions, tackling and positioning so he’s a good all round midfielder. As an added bonus he can also play as a centre back which might come in useful at some point.
    Jan Löhmannsröben
    He’s a decent player currently playing at his peak at 27 years old. His preferred role is as a ball winning midfielder and has great stamina, strength, aggression and positioning. His passing, decisions and teamwork are also good so a great player who should definitely be kept at this stage.
    Carlo Sickinger
    A young midfielder at just 20 years old with good promise. He’s got decent physical and mental attributes with great passing and I can see him developing into a good player so worth keeping a hold of and giving him some game time in the first couple of seasons. 
    Theodor Bergmann
    Another fine looking youngster who can play in centre midfield or on the right wing. Looks like he has the potential to reach the level of Mads Albæk in the future so a great player to have in the squad.
    Nils Schätzle
    He’s really young at only 18 years old but his attributes are not particularly good even for his age and I just can’t see him developing into anything other than an average player. He might surprise us though so a loan to another team in our league might be a good option if possible. 
    Wide Players
    Dominik Schad
    A young right wing back who looks like he’ll be good enough to feature heavily straight from the off. He’s got good physical attributes and although his crossing and dribbling aren’t fantastic you can see them developing well. The only real worry is his fairly poor positioning so it might be a good idea to set his training focus to that to hopefully improve it.
    Florian Dick
    A veteran right full back who at 33 years old is closing in on the end of his career. His pace is poor but apart from that he’s decent and should be a good option as back up this year before his deal runs out at the end of the season.
    Janek Sternberg
    This lad is a good looking left wing back with incredible stamina and definitely the best wing back at the club. Again like Schad he has poor positioning so hopefully that won’t hinder the team.
    Flavius Botiseriu
    A young raw left wing back who looks like he might turn into a good player. His technical attributes aren’t the best but at just 19 years old there’s plenty of time for those to develop and his good positioning and pace should mean he’s capable of doing a job as rotation option straight away.
    Tuure Mäntynen
    Another young left wing back and this one is decent looking with good pace, positioning and tackling but the coaches don’t feel he’s got much potential. He’s not valued very highly so I’d keep him for now as a back up option. 
    Hendrick Zuck
    The best winger at the club with decent pace, crossing, movement and really high aggression so he won’t be pulling out of any challenges. 
    Christoph Hemlein
    Another decent winger who’s attributes aren’t too dissimilar to Zucks but his pace is slightly lower and a shame really as I really like pace in these wide areas so maybe this is an area to try and improve in the transfer market. 
    Florian Pick
    He’s an average winger that at only 22 years old may improve so one to keep hold of for now. If you don’t think he’s going to get much game time then I’d consider loaning him out if possible. 
    Dylan Esmel
    This lad is only 20 years old and is tipped to break into the first team so definitely one to keep. He can play on either flank and whilst his attributes aren’t the best at this stage he’d definitely make a great option off the bench to give him some game time to further aid his development.
    Centre Forwards
    Julius Biada
    He’s a player who is playing at his peak at 25 years old and is valued fairly highly at over £600k. His physical attributes and aerial are fairly poor so for me he’d be one I’d look to cash in on as the money would come in useful. 
    Timmy Thiele
    A good forward who’s fairly strong, quick with good movement, shooting and decent aerial so that’s the bread and butter striker attributes sorted. Definitely one to keep as a squad player. 
    Elias Huth
    A young striker who looks promising and can also play on either flank so a good player to keep around. 
    Valdrin Mustafa
    Another youngster and the coaches believe he is the best young striker at the club so it might be an idea to try and find him some game time. He could be loaned out even if it’s to a club in our division which might be a good idea for the first season.
    Christian Kürlwetter
    He’s a young target man who doesn’t look too great but could improve so I’d be tempted to loan him out and keep an eye on his development.
    Squad Summary
    The club have some good players and I’d say their best starting eleven will be more than a match for any side in the division. There’s also plenty of decent looking youngsters but it’s difficult to rely on them so I’d be looking to strengthen the squad with some more experienced players and I’ll recommend a few good transfer options later. 
    Tactics
    I’ll put forward a couple of tactics now that should get the best out of the players currently at the club.
    2-2-3-2-1

    A decent tactic that I’ve used a few times on this years game so should do a decent job here. I’d usually opt for a deep lying playmaker instead of the ball winning midfielder at centre midfield but Fechner is best as a ball winner so I went with that. You could try him as a playmaker as he could well do the job okay but I think the tactic will be fine as is. Löhmannsröben’s preferred role is as a ball winner also but I don’t think the tactic will work with two of those and he has decent all round attributes with terrific stamina so I think he’ll be able to play well as a box to box midfielder just fine. The wide attackers at the club are all wingers rather than inside forwards and with Spalvis being a good target man we will try to utilise the wide areas and get some crosses in for him to feed off. I’d also prefer one of the central defenders to be a ball playing defender to further help the team get the ball out of defence but none of our boys are suitable although Kraus has decent passing and dribbling so you could try him in that role but I’m not sure it’s necessary to be honest.
    2-2-3-1-2

    An alternative tactic that utilises a second striker as the club have a fair few. Not far away from the original set up and one that I’ve used before. We will be weak down our right side but as long as the central midfielders are good all round players  we should be able to mitigate against the dangers.
    Instructions
    Here are some instructions to try with both of the set ups.



    I went with attacking as the team mentality but against tough opposition I’d be tempted to knock that back to balenced or maybe even counter. I went with a narrow width to hopefully help us keep better possession and the tempo is set to normal but I’ve used fast a few times against poor opposition to good effect so an option to try if things aren’t going well. The defence is left neutral in a bid to help the team maintain their fitness as we are using some high energy roles such as our box to box midfielder, ball winning midfielder and the two wing backs. The system might work better with all over closing down and hard tackling but be warned that your players will struggle for fitness if used all of the time particularly during heavy fixture periods. I went with work ball into box in the final third instructions to limit the wasteful shots from midfield and if we had a striker with great pace and movement I’d probably go through ball also but Spalvis isn’t blessed with great pace so left it neutral so the players can decide themselves what is best depending on the situation. I like short for passing and goalkeeper distribution but if you notice the team having trouble getting the ball forward then switching to mixed might help. Another thing to look out for is if you see your wing backs losing the ball out wide during games then moving the passing focus to centre should help and is something I often do if facing tough opposition. 
    Duties
    Captain: Mads Albæk - An experienced pro with great leadership.  Penalties: Lukas Spalvis and Mads Albæk both have “He is an effective penalty taker” in their coaching reports so they are the best choices here. Free Kicks: Florian Dick has “He is an effective free-kick taker” in his coaching report so he’d be first choice but he probably won’t play every game so I’d go with Spalvis as second choice for his great shooting attribute. Corner Kicks: There’s nobody who the coaches reccomend for this so I’d go for a player with a high attribute for crossing with Zuck, Albæk, Hemlein, Sternberg and Pick being good choices. If you try one and think they aren’t producing a good corner then just pick another. Transfers
    In terms of outgoings I’d personally look to offload Julius Biada as I can’t see him getting much game time and any money received from his potential transfer would come in handy. As I mentioned in the players section there are a few good youngsters and it’ll be difficult to give them all game time so I’d look to loan a few of them out if possible and then reevaluate them at the end of the season. Players such as Pick, Mustafa and Kürlwetter definitely fall into that category. 
    I’ll go through a few potential signings that should improve the squad. I’ve put their potential cost in brackets next to their name. Most of these are free transfers but don’t let that put you off as I’m sure they would all turn out to be decent signings. A couple of them are older players but when it comes to the lower leagues I tend to put my focus on the current season and try to get a squad together that will get the job done and if we gain promotion I would then look at the squad for the next season and build again. I’ve also only loaded the German leagues on this save so you may well have a lot more transfer options if you load a few other leagues.
    Marko Petkovic (Free) - A good right wing back who may well become the best at the club if signed.  Mathis Bolly (Free) - A left winger with great pace which is something the wingers currently at the club lack so should make a good addition to the squad.  Jerome Kiesewetter (Free) - This guy is a great pacey right winger and better than anything currently at the club.  Arouca (Free) - Fabulous midfielder who whilst fairly old at 33 should offer the team a lot for the first season or so. Phillip Wollscheid (Free) - Brilliant centre back for this level of football.  Maxym Malyshev: (Loan from Shakhtar) - Decent deep lying playmaker available on loan and should add strength to the midfield. Osayamen Osawe (£800-900k) - A really good striker and whilst the club have a lot of young strikers at the club I feel this guy is worth going for as his pace will give you another option up top. He also has good movement and shooting so well worth the fee. You could switch the role on the single striker formation to a poacher or advanced forward when he plays and add through ball to the final third instructions to utilise his qualities as we have Mads Albæk in midfield who can hopefully supply some killer passes. Kofi Schulz (Free) - A tidy left wing back who would be a good signing on a free. The club have three left wing backs alrealdy at the club but two are young so if you sign this guy I’d probably recommend loaning out one of the youngsters in either Botiseriu or Mäntynen. Razak Brimah (Free) - He’s a good keeper available on a free and should be first choice if signed. Douglas (Free) - A veteran midfielder who would be a good addition to the squad for the opening season.  Well that’s the end of this Kaiserslautern team guide and hopefully you’ve enjoyed it. They are a great club that currently find themselves in a bit of a pickle so should make an enjoyable save as you aim to bring them back to the top.
    Thank you for reading and all comments are appreciated.
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    Full Name: 1. Fußball-Club Kaiserslautern e. V.
    Founded: 2nd June 1900
    Nickname: Die roten Teufel (The Red Devils)
    League: 3. Fußball-Liga
    Stadium: Fritz-Walter-Stadion
    Capacity: 49,780

    Brief History 
    Kaiserslautern currently find themselves languishing in the third tier of German football but that wasn’t always the case for Die roten Teufel (The Red Devils) as they were once one of the big boys of German football. They boast a decent trophy cabinet consisting of four German League Championships, two DFB-Pokals and one DFB-Supercup and are currently tenth in the list of the most successful clubs in Bundesliga history. The first West German national team to ever win the World Cup in 1954 contained no less than five Kaiserslautern players in the squad including the national team captain Fritz Walter who the club renamed their stadium after in 1985. The club won their regional division numerous times and the German Championship twice in a dominant period during the 1950’s and early 1960’s up until the formation of the new German Bundesliga in 1963 in which they were a founding member. 
    Unfortunately all the club had to shout about for a good few years after the formation of the Bundesliga were a few decent cup runs both domestically and in Europe until 1990 when they finally won their first DFB-Pokal cup beating Werder Bremen 3-2 in a pulsating final. They followed that up by winning their first Bundesliga title the following year in which they fought off great rivals Bayern Munich in winning the title by just three points. The club’s next trophy wouldn't come until 1996 when they won their second DFB-Pokal cup but unfortunately the celebrations were fairly muted as the club were relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time in their history just a week before the final.
    They didn’t let that keep them down (literally) as they bounced straight back up winning the Bundesliga 2 title the following season with a massive ten point lead over second placed Wolfsburg. How often does a team gain promotion from a second tier league one year and go straight on to win the top league division title the following season? Not often but that is exactly what Die roten Teufel achieved under the management of veteran coach Otto Rehhagel as they held off bitter rivals Bayern Munich to win the 1997-98 Bundesliga Championship. 
    They struggled to keep up the pace with Bayern Munich over the next few years but did have a good run in the 2001 UEFA cup making it all the way to the semi final before falling to beaten finalists Alavés. The city and their stadium were selected to host a few games during the 2006 World Cup held in Germany and a decision was made to increase the capacity of their stadium from 38,500 to 49,780 which had the knock on effect of raising the annual rent the club would pay the city who own the stadium to £3.2m. It was an amount that was just manageable provided the club remained a Bundesliga team but unfortunately they suffered the dreaded relegation in 2006 which meant the club had a large stadium they didn’t need and an enormous annual rent to pay that they just couldn’t afford. They’ve struggled ever since and now find themselves in the third tier of German football for the first time in their history. 
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    We now move over to the game where I’ll take you through the club from board expectations all the way to potential new signings and hopefully convince you to maybe have a go at managing Die roten Teufel. The club currently find themselves stuck in the third tier of German football and require your help to bring them back to the top. 
    Board Expectations, Facilities and Transfer Budget


    The board expect you to mount a serious challenge for the league title this season so that tells us that the club will hopefully have a fairly decent squad. The training and youth facilities are among the best in the division so I personally wouldn’t bother asking the board to upgrade those as it’s unlikely they will at this stage plus if the subsequent requests turned out to be accepted then the transfer budget would be lowered to pay for it which doesn’t seem like a great idea at this stage. In fact I’d probably say the facilities are good enough to carry the club all the way through to the Bundesliga and once there I’d be looking at requesting improvements.
    The stadium certainly doesn’t require expanding as the capacity is 49,850 in game but the average attendance is only 23,000 so you can safely put all of your focus on being as successful as possible on the pitch which should help in getting bums on seats.
    The transfer budget seems decent at £1.85m but that is rather deceiving as the club are currently operating well above their wage budget so once you toggle the transfer side back the actual budget is nearer £700k - £1m which means you’ll probably have to do a bit of wheeling and dealing in the transfer market if you are to successfully improve the squad. 
    Please bear in mind that I have used the February database for this save with my gold coaching badge and normal reputation so your budget may well differ depending on your set up.
    Staff

    Alexander Burgera: Assistant Manager - Defensive Coach with a Silver Badge and Normal Aptitude. Gerald Ehrmann: Coach - Goalkeeping Coach with a Gold Badge and Natural Aptitude. Bastian Becker: Coach - Fitness Coach with Silver Badge and Normal Aptitude. Manfred Paula: Scout - Youth Scout with a Gold Badge and Normal Aptitude. Olaf Marshal: Scout - First Team Scout with a Bronze Badge and Normal Aptitude. Frank Sänger: Physio - Prevention Physio with a Silver Badge and Normal Aptitude. Eric Schön: Physio - Rehabilitation Physio with Silver Badge and Normal Aptitude. The club have decent staff for the league they are currently playing in and whilst it might be possible to upgrade on a few of them I would hold off for now as sacking any would cause you to have to pay them compensation which would in turn lower your transfer budget. I would however fill in the blanks as the club have room for one more physio, scout and coach.
    The club currently have both a rehabilitation physio and a prevention one so you are faced with a decision to make. Which one do you go with for the third slot? Well it’s a good question and many people on the forum have differing views on what is best. Basically the two types of physios do what you’d expect; the prevention ones work with the players to hopefully prevent them suffering injuries and the rehabilitation ones work with the players when they do indeed suffer injuries to hopefully quicken their recovery. So in theory going with two prevention physios should prevent injuries which will lessen the need for rehabilitation but on the other hand no matter how hard you try you will always suffer some injuries so it’s six and two threes for me so just pick one and be done with it.
    In terms of coaches the club have got a defensive one, a goalkeeping one and a fitness one plus whatever specialisation you've given yourself. I went with attacking for myself which seems to be a good choice looking at what the club currently have. I’d be tempted to go with another fitness coach here to hopefully help the boys further develop their physical attributes in pace, stamina and strength as in the lower leagues sometimes the quality can be poor and fitness can often be the difference maker.
    I don’t use scouts as I just use the player search function to scout my own talent but as the club currently have a first team scout and a youth scout I’d be tempted to go with a bargain hunter here as with money being a bit tight in the early years he could well assist you in finding some cheap gems.
    When it comes to recruiting staff we are ideally looking for gold for the coaching badge as best and either natural or normal aptitude with poor being best avoided as in that case they will be unlikely to be able to quickly pass their coaching exams if required.
    Squad
    Key Players
    Lukas Spalvis - Target Man

    Lukas is a good player and is easily the clubs highest valued player at £2.4m and I’d expect him to do a decent job at this level. He’s got good aerial, movement, strength and shooting so I expect he’ll be able to score plenty of goals in the right set up. I’d personally be in heaven if his pace and stamina were a touch better as they are 11 and 12 respectively which is a bit of a downer as in these lower leagues I find pace in particular can really cause damage as a lot of the defenders at this level tend to be fairly slow.
    Mads Albæk - Advanced Playmaker

    Mads is a good player who is currently playing at the peak of his powers at 28 years old. He’s an advanced playmaker who likes to operate in the centre of midfield and has a decent set of attributes to play that role in this league. His passing, decisions and creativity are all at a good level which should mean he can see and execute the right pass in the right situation. I like all of the players playing in centre midfield to be decent all round players and this lad has 12 for positioning and 10 for tackling so he shouldn’t be a liability and his high leadership will be a great asset to the team.
    Kevin Kraus - Central Defender

    I quite like the look of this player and I’m sure he’ll be a good player for the team over the next couple of years at least. He has good numbers for the main attributes needed for any defender in aerial, tackling, decisions, positioning and strength. His passing being at 11 is good also and his dribbling at 9 isn’t bad for a centre back at this level. I would’ve liked a higher number for pace but again at 10 it’s acceptable and I don’t think he’ll let you down. 
    Other Players
    Goalkeepers
    Jan-Ole Sievers
    He’s probably the best goalkeeper currently at the club but he’s not fantastic. He’s got poor distribution and lacks a commanding presence but does have decent reflexes. He’s 23 years old so pretty young but I’d say he will definitely need to be replaced at some point in the future.
    Wolfgang Hesl
    This guy is 32 years old and has better distribution than Sievers but isn’t great in other areas. I’m not convinced selling him would be a good idea as I just can’t see you getting much of a fee so I’d personally keep him as a back up for the first season anyway.
    Lennart Grill
    This lad is a nice prospect for the future at just 19 years old and certainly one I’d hold onto and maybe try and give him some game time. He’s still a bit rough in places with his poor aerial being a concern but he’s got plenty of potential and I’m absolutely sure he’ll develop into a much better keeper than the other two at the club currently are.
    Central Defenders
    Lukas Gottwalt
    A decent young defender at 20 years old who looks promising for the future. He’s got great aerial and strength with decent numbers in positioning, tackling and decisions so I think he’ll be able to do a good job in this league.
    Özgür Özdemir
    He’s not a bad Turkish defender with fairly good defensive attributes but his strength is sitting at only 9 and it kind of puts me off. I’d keep him as he might do ok and should make a good back up option. 
    André Hainault
    A veteran Canadian defender at 32 years old who’s fairly average but should make a decent back up player.
    Central Midfielders
    Gino Fechner
    A young 20 year old ball winning midfielder who has great potential for the future and is good enough to be a first team player already. He has great aerial, decent physical attributes and good passing, decisions, tackling and positioning so he’s a good all round midfielder. As an added bonus he can also play as a centre back which might come in useful at some point.
    Jan Löhmannsröben
    He’s a decent player currently playing at his peak at 27 years old. His preferred role is as a ball winning midfielder and has great stamina, strength, aggression and positioning. His passing, decisions and teamwork are also good so a great player who should definitely be kept at this stage.
    Carlo Sickinger
    A young midfielder at just 20 years old with good promise. He’s got decent physical and mental attributes with great passing and I can see him developing into a good player so worth keeping a hold of and giving him some game time in the first couple of seasons. 
    Theodor Bergmann
    Another fine looking youngster who can play in centre midfield or on the right wing. Looks like he has the potential to reach the level of Mads Albæk in the future so a great player to have in the squad.
    Nils Schätzle
    He’s really young at only 18 years old but his attributes are not particularly good even for his age and I just can’t see him developing into anything other than an average player. He might surprise us though so a loan to another team in our league might be a good option if possible. 
    Wide Players
    Dominik Schad
    A young right wing back who looks like he’ll be good enough to feature heavily straight from the off. He’s got good physical attributes and although his crossing and dribbling aren’t fantastic you can see them developing well. The only real worry is his fairly poor positioning so it might be a good idea to set his training focus to that to hopefully improve it.
    Florian Dick
    A veteran right full back who at 33 years old is closing in on the end of his career. His pace is poor but apart from that he’s decent and should be a good option as back up this year before his deal runs out at the end of the season.
    Janek Sternberg
    This lad is a good looking left wing back with incredible stamina and definitely the best wing back at the club. Again like Schad he has poor positioning so hopefully that won’t hinder the team.
    Flavius Botiseriu
    A young raw left wing back who looks like he might turn into a good player. His technical attributes aren’t the best but at just 19 years old there’s plenty of time for those to develop and his good positioning and pace should mean he’s capable of doing a job as rotation option straight away.
    Tuure Mäntynen
    Another young left wing back and this one is decent looking with good pace, positioning and tackling but the coaches don’t feel he’s got much potential. He’s not valued very highly so I’d keep him for now as a back up option. 
    Hendrick Zuck
    The best winger at the club with decent pace, crossing, movement and really high aggression so he won’t be pulling out of any challenges. 
    Christoph Hemlein
    Another decent winger who’s attributes aren’t too dissimilar to Zucks but his pace is slightly lower and a shame really as I really like pace in these wide areas so maybe this is an area to try and improve in the transfer market. 
    Florian Pick
    He’s an average winger that at only 22 years old may improve so one to keep hold of for now. If you don’t think he’s going to get much game time then I’d consider loaning him out if possible. 
    Dylan Esmel
    This lad is only 20 years old and is tipped to break into the first team so definitely one to keep. He can play on either flank and whilst his attributes aren’t the best at this stage he’d definitely make a great option off the bench to give him some game time to further aid his development.
    Centre Forwards
    Julius Biada
    He’s a player who is playing at his peak at 25 years old and is valued fairly highly at over £600k. His physical attributes and aerial are fairly poor so for me he’d be one I’d look to cash in on as the money would come in useful. 
    Timmy Thiele
    A good forward who’s fairly strong, quick with good movement, shooting and decent aerial so that’s the bread and butter striker attributes sorted. Definitely one to keep as a squad player. 
    Elias Huth
    A young striker who looks promising and can also play on either flank so a good player to keep around. 
    Valdrin Mustafa
    Another youngster and the coaches believe he is the best young striker at the club so it might be an idea to try and find him some game time. He could be loaned out even if it’s to a club in our division which might be a good idea for the first season.
    Christian Kürlwetter
    He’s a young target man who doesn’t look too great but could improve so I’d be tempted to loan him out and keep an eye on his development.
    Squad Summary
    The club have some good players and I’d say their best starting eleven will be more than a match for any side in the division. There’s also plenty of decent looking youngsters but it’s difficult to rely on them so I’d be looking to strengthen the squad with some more experienced players and I’ll recommend a few good transfer options later. 
    Tactics
    I’ll put forward a couple of tactics now that should get the best out of the players currently at the club.
    2-2-3-2-1

    A decent tactic that I’ve used a few times on this years game so should do a decent job here. I’d usually opt for a deep lying playmaker instead of the ball winning midfielder at centre midfield but Fechner is best as a ball winner so I went with that. You could try him as a playmaker as he could well do the job okay but I think the tactic will be fine as is. Löhmannsröben’s preferred role is as a ball winner also but I don’t think the tactic will work with two of those and he has decent all round attributes with terrific stamina so I think he’ll be able to play well as a box to box midfielder just fine. The wide attackers at the club are all wingers rather than inside forwards and with Spalvis being a good target man we will try to utilise the wide areas and get some crosses in for him to feed off. I’d also prefer one of the central defenders to be a ball playing defender to further help the team get the ball out of defence but none of our boys are suitable although Kraus has decent passing and dribbling so you could try him in that role but I’m not sure it’s necessary to be honest.
    2-2-3-1-2

    An alternative tactic that utilises a second striker as the club have a fair few. Not far away from the original set up and one that I’ve used before. We will be weak down our right side but as long as the central midfielders are good all round players  we should be able to mitigate against the dangers.
    Instructions
    Here are some instructions to try with both of the set ups.



    I went with attacking as the team mentality but against tough opposition I’d be tempted to knock that back to balenced or maybe even counter. I went with a narrow width to hopefully help us keep better possession and the tempo is set to normal but I’ve used fast a few times against poor opposition to good effect so an option to try if things aren’t going well. The defence is left neutral in a bid to help the team maintain their fitness as we are using some high energy roles such as our box to box midfielder, ball winning midfielder and the two wing backs. The system might work better with all over closing down and hard tackling but be warned that your players will struggle for fitness if used all of the time particularly during heavy fixture periods. I went with work ball into box in the final third instructions to limit the wasteful shots from midfield and if we had a striker with great pace and movement I’d probably go through ball also but Spalvis isn’t blessed with great pace so left it neutral so the players can decide themselves what is best depending on the situation. I like short for passing and goalkeeper distribution but if you notice the team having trouble getting the ball forward then switching to mixed might help. Another thing to look out for is if you see your wing backs losing the ball out wide during games then moving the passing focus to centre should help and is something I often do if facing tough opposition. 
    Duties
    Captain: Mads Albæk - An experienced pro with great leadership.  Penalties: Lukas Spalvis and Mads Albæk both have “He is an effective penalty taker” in their coaching reports so they are the best choices here. Free Kicks: Florian Dick has “He is an effective free-kick taker” in his coaching report so he’d be first choice but he probably won’t play every game so I’d go with Spalvis as second choice for his great shooting attribute. Corner Kicks: There’s nobody who the coaches reccomend for this so I’d go for a player with a high attribute for crossing with Zuck, Albæk, Hemlein, Sternberg and Pick being good choices. If you try one and think they aren’t producing a good corner then just pick another. Transfers
    In terms of outgoings I’d personally look to offload Julius Biada as I can’t see him getting much game time and any money received from his potential transfer would come in handy. As I mentioned in the players section there are a few good youngsters and it’ll be difficult to give them all game time so I’d look to loan a few of them out if possible and then reevaluate them at the end of the season. Players such as Pick, Mustafa and Kürlwetter definitely fall into that category. 
    I’ll go through a few potential signings that should improve the squad. I’ve put their potential cost in brackets next to their name. Most of these are free transfers but don’t let that put you off as I’m sure they would all turn out to be decent signings. A couple of them are older players but when it comes to the lower leagues I tend to put my focus on the current season and try to get a squad together that will get the job done and if we gain promotion I would then look at the squad for the next season and build again. I’ve also only loaded the German leagues on this save so you may well have a lot more transfer options if you load a few other leagues.
    Marko Petkovic (Free) - A good right wing back who may well become the best at the club if signed.  Mathis Bolly (Free) - A left winger with great pace which is something the wingers currently at the club lack so should make a good addition to the squad.  Jerome Kiesewetter (Free) - This guy is a great pacey right winger and better than anything currently at the club.  Arouca (Free) - Fabulous midfielder who whilst fairly old at 33 should offer the team a lot for the first season or so. Phillip Wollscheid (Free) - Brilliant centre back for this level of football.  Maxym Malyshev: (Loan from Shakhtar) - Decent deep lying playmaker available on loan and should add strength to the midfield. Osayamen Osawe (£800-900k) - A really good striker and whilst the club have a lot of young strikers at the club I feel this guy is worth going for as his pace will give you another option up top. He also has good movement and shooting so well worth the fee. You could switch the role on the single striker formation to a poacher or advanced forward when he plays and add through ball to the final third instructions to utilise his qualities as we have Mads Albæk in midfield who can hopefully supply some killer passes. Kofi Schulz (Free) - A tidy left wing back who would be a good signing on a free. The club have three left wing backs alrealdy at the club but two are young so if you sign this guy I’d probably recommend loaning out one of the youngsters in either Botiseriu or Mäntynen. Razak Brimah (Free) - He’s a good keeper available on a free and should be first choice if signed. Douglas (Free) - A veteran midfielder who would be a good addition to the squad for the opening season.  Well that’s the end of this Kaiserslautern team guide and hopefully you’ve enjoyed it. They are a great club that currently find themselves in a bit of a pickle so should make an enjoyable save as you aim to bring them back to the top.
    Thank you for reading and all comments are appreciated.
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    Full Name: 1. Fußball-Club Kaiserslautern e. V.
    Founded: 2nd June 1900
    Nickname: Die roten Teufel (The Red Devils)
    League: 3. Fußball-Liga
    Stadium: Fritz-Walter-Stadion
    Capacity: 49,780

    Brief History 
    Kaiserslautern currently find themselves languishing in the third tier of German football but that wasn’t always the case for Die roten Teufel (The Red Devils) as they were once one of the big boys of German football. They boast a decent trophy cabinet consisting of four German League Championships, two DFB-Pokals and one DFB-Supercup and are currently tenth in the list of the most successful clubs in Bundesliga history. The first West German national team to ever win the World Cup in 1954 contained no less than five Kaiserslautern players in the squad including the national team captain Fritz Walter who the club renamed their stadium after in 1985. The club won their regional division numerous times and the German Championship twice in a dominant period during the 1950’s and early 1960’s up until the formation of the new German Bundesliga in 1963 in which they were a founding member. 
    Unfortunately all the club had to shout about for a good few years after the formation of the Bundesliga were a few decent cup runs both domestically and in Europe until 1990 when they finally won their first DFB-Pokal cup beating Werder Bremen 3-2 in a pulsating final. They followed that up by winning their first Bundesliga title the following year in which they fought off great rivals Bayern Munich in winning the title by just three points. The club’s next trophy wouldn't come until 1996 when they won their second DFB-Pokal cup but unfortunately the celebrations were fairly muted as the club were relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time in their history just a week before the final.
    They didn’t let that keep them down (literally) as they bounced straight back up winning the Bundesliga 2 title the following season with a massive ten point lead over second placed Wolfsburg. How often does a team gain promotion from a second tier league one year and go straight on to win the top league division title the following season? Not often but that is exactly what Die roten Teufel achieved under the management of veteran coach Otto Rehhagel as they held off bitter rivals Bayern Munich to win the 1997-98 Bundesliga Championship. 
    They struggled to keep up the pace with Bayern Munich over the next few years but did have a good run in the 2001 UEFA cup making it all the way to the semi final before falling to beaten finalists Alavés. The city and their stadium were selected to host a few games during the 2006 World Cup held in Germany and a decision was made to increase the capacity of their stadium from 38,500 to 49,780 which had the knock on effect of raising the annual rent the club would pay the city who own the stadium to £3.2m. It was an amount that was just manageable provided the club remained a Bundesliga team but unfortunately they suffered the dreaded relegation in 2006 which meant the club had a large stadium they didn’t need and an enormous annual rent to pay that they just couldn’t afford. They’ve struggled ever since and now find themselves in the third tier of German football for the first time in their history. 
    On FMM19 
    We now move over to the game where I’ll take you through the club from board expectations all the way to potential new signings and hopefully convince you to maybe have a go at managing Die roten Teufel. The club currently find themselves stuck in the third tier of German football and require your help to bring them back to the top. 
    Board Expectations, Facilities and Transfer Budget


    The board expect you to mount a serious challenge for the league title this season so that tells us that the club will hopefully have a fairly decent squad. The training and youth facilities are among the best in the division so I personally wouldn’t bother asking the board to upgrade those as it’s unlikely they will at this stage plus if the subsequent requests turned out to be accepted then the transfer budget would be lowered to pay for it which doesn’t seem like a great idea at this stage. In fact I’d probably say the facilities are good enough to carry the club all the way through to the Bundesliga and once there I’d be looking at requesting improvements.
    The stadium certainly doesn’t require expanding as the capacity is 49,850 in game but the average attendance is only 23,000 so you can safely put all of your focus on being as successful as possible on the pitch which should help in getting bums on seats.
    The transfer budget seems decent at £1.85m but that is rather deceiving as the club are currently operating well above their wage budget so once you toggle the transfer side back the actual budget is nearer £700k - £1m which means you’ll probably have to do a bit of wheeling and dealing in the transfer market if you are to successfully improve the squad. 
    Please bear in mind that I have used the February database for this save with my gold coaching badge and normal reputation so your budget may well differ depending on your set up.
    Staff

    Alexander Burgera: Assistant Manager - Defensive Coach with a Silver Badge and Normal Aptitude. Gerald Ehrmann: Coach - Goalkeeping Coach with a Gold Badge and Natural Aptitude. Bastian Becker: Coach - Fitness Coach with Silver Badge and Normal Aptitude. Manfred Paula: Scout - Youth Scout with a Gold Badge and Normal Aptitude. Olaf Marshal: Scout - First Team Scout with a Bronze Badge and Normal Aptitude. Frank Sänger: Physio - Prevention Physio with a Silver Badge and Normal Aptitude. Eric Schön: Physio - Rehabilitation Physio with Silver Badge and Normal Aptitude. The club have decent staff for the league they are currently playing in and whilst it might be possible to upgrade on a few of them I would hold off for now as sacking any would cause you to have to pay them compensation which would in turn lower your transfer budget. I would however fill in the blanks as the club have room for one more physio, scout and coach.
    The club currently have both a rehabilitation physio and a prevention one so you are faced with a decision to make. Which one do you go with for the third slot? Well it’s a good question and many people on the forum have differing views on what is best. Basically the two types of physios do what you’d expect; the prevention ones work with the players to hopefully prevent them suffering injuries and the rehabilitation ones work with the players when they do indeed suffer injuries to hopefully quicken their recovery. So in theory going with two prevention physios should prevent injuries which will lessen the need for rehabilitation but on the other hand no matter how hard you try you will always suffer some injuries so it’s six and two threes for me so just pick one and be done with it.
    In terms of coaches the club have got a defensive one, a goalkeeping one and a fitness one plus whatever specialisation you've given yourself. I went with attacking for myself which seems to be a good choice looking at what the club currently have. I’d be tempted to go with another fitness coach here to hopefully help the boys further develop their physical attributes in pace, stamina and strength as in the lower leagues sometimes the quality can be poor and fitness can often be the difference maker.
    I don’t use scouts as I just use the player search function to scout my own talent but as the club currently have a first team scout and a youth scout I’d be tempted to go with a bargain hunter here as with money being a bit tight in the early years he could well assist you in finding some cheap gems.
    When it comes to recruiting staff we are ideally looking for gold for the coaching badge as best and either natural or normal aptitude with poor being best avoided as in that case they will be unlikely to be able to quickly pass their coaching exams if required.
    Squad
    Key Players
    Lukas Spalvis - Target Man

    Lukas is a good player and is easily the clubs highest valued player at £2.4m and I’d expect him to do a decent job at this level. He’s got good aerial, movement, strength and shooting so I expect he’ll be able to score plenty of goals in the right set up. I’d personally be in heaven if his pace and stamina were a touch better as they are 11 and 12 respectively which is a bit of a downer as in these lower leagues I find pace in particular can really cause damage as a lot of the defenders at this level tend to be fairly slow.
    Mads Albæk - Advanced Playmaker

    Mads is a good player who is currently playing at the peak of his powers at 28 years old. He’s an advanced playmaker who likes to operate in the centre of midfield and has a decent set of attributes to play that role in this league. His passing, decisions and creativity are all at a good level which should mean he can see and execute the right pass in the right situation. I like all of the players playing in centre midfield to be decent all round players and this lad has 12 for positioning and 10 for tackling so he shouldn’t be a liability and his high leadership will be a great asset to the team.
    Kevin Kraus - Central Defender

    I quite like the look of this player and I’m sure he’ll be a good player for the team over the next couple of years at least. He has good numbers for the main attributes needed for any defender in aerial, tackling, decisions, positioning and strength. His passing being at 11 is good also and his dribbling at 9 isn’t bad for a centre back at this level. I would’ve liked a higher number for pace but again at 10 it’s acceptable and I don’t think he’ll let you down. 
    Other Players
    Goalkeepers
    Jan-Ole Sievers
    He’s probably the best goalkeeper currently at the club but he’s not fantastic. He’s got poor distribution and lacks a commanding presence but does have decent reflexes. He’s 23 years old so pretty young but I’d say he will definitely need to be replaced at some point in the future.
    Wolfgang Hesl
    This guy is 32 years old and has better distribution than Sievers but isn’t great in other areas. I’m not convinced selling him would be a good idea as I just can’t see you getting much of a fee so I’d personally keep him as a back up for the first season anyway.
    Lennart Grill
    This lad is a nice prospect for the future at just 19 years old and certainly one I’d hold onto and maybe try and give him some game time. He’s still a bit rough in places with his poor aerial being a concern but he’s got plenty of potential and I’m absolutely sure he’ll develop into a much better keeper than the other two at the club currently are.
    Central Defenders
    Lukas Gottwalt
    A decent young defender at 20 years old who looks promising for the future. He’s got great aerial and strength with decent numbers in positioning, tackling and decisions so I think he’ll be able to do a good job in this league.
    Özgür Özdemir
    He’s not a bad Turkish defender with fairly good defensive attributes but his strength is sitting at only 9 and it kind of puts me off. I’d keep him as he might do ok and should make a good back up option. 
    André Hainault
    A veteran Canadian defender at 32 years old who’s fairly average but should make a decent back up player.
    Central Midfielders
    Gino Fechner
    A young 20 year old ball winning midfielder who has great potential for the future and is good enough to be a first team player already. He has great aerial, decent physical attributes and good passing, decisions, tackling and positioning so he’s a good all round midfielder. As an added bonus he can also play as a centre back which might come in useful at some point.
    Jan Löhmannsröben
    He’s a decent player currently playing at his peak at 27 years old. His preferred role is as a ball winning midfielder and has great stamina, strength, aggression and positioning. His passing, decisions and teamwork are also good so a great player who should definitely be kept at this stage.
    Carlo Sickinger
    A young midfielder at just 20 years old with good promise. He’s got decent physical and mental attributes with great passing and I can see him developing into a good player so worth keeping a hold of and giving him some game time in the first couple of seasons. 
    Theodor Bergmann
    Another fine looking youngster who can play in centre midfield or on the right wing. Looks like he has the potential to reach the level of Mads Albæk in the future so a great player to have in the squad.
    Nils Schätzle
    He’s really young at only 18 years old but his attributes are not particularly good even for his age and I just can’t see him developing into anything other than an average player. He might surprise us though so a loan to another team in our league might be a good option if possible. 
    Wide Players
    Dominik Schad
    A young right wing back who looks like he’ll be good enough to feature heavily straight from the off. He’s got good physical attributes and although his crossing and dribbling aren’t fantastic you can see them developing well. The only real worry is his fairly poor positioning so it might be a good idea to set his training focus to that to hopefully improve it.
    Florian Dick
    A veteran right full back who at 33 years old is closing in on the end of his career. His pace is poor but apart from that he’s decent and should be a good option as back up this year before his deal runs out at the end of the season.
    Janek Sternberg
    This lad is a good looking left wing back with incredible stamina and definitely the best wing back at the club. Again like Schad he has poor positioning so hopefully that won’t hinder the team.
    Flavius Botiseriu
    A young raw left wing back who looks like he might turn into a good player. His technical attributes aren’t the best but at just 19 years old there’s plenty of time for those to develop and his good positioning and pace should mean he’s capable of doing a job as rotation option straight away.
    Tuure Mäntynen
    Another young left wing back and this one is decent looking with good pace, positioning and tackling but the coaches don’t feel he’s got much potential. He’s not valued very highly so I’d keep him for now as a back up option. 
    Hendrick Zuck
    The best winger at the club with decent pace, crossing, movement and really high aggression so he won’t be pulling out of any challenges. 
    Christoph Hemlein
    Another decent winger who’s attributes aren’t too dissimilar to Zucks but his pace is slightly lower and a shame really as I really like pace in these wide areas so maybe this is an area to try and improve in the transfer market. 
    Florian Pick
    He’s an average winger that at only 22 years old may improve so one to keep hold of for now. If you don’t think he’s going to get much game time then I’d consider loaning him out if possible. 
    Dylan Esmel
    This lad is only 20 years old and is tipped to break into the first team so definitely one to keep. He can play on either flank and whilst his attributes aren’t the best at this stage he’d definitely make a great option off the bench to give him some game time to further aid his development.
    Centre Forwards
    Julius Biada
    He’s a player who is playing at his peak at 25 years old and is valued fairly highly at over £600k. His physical attributes and aerial are fairly poor so for me he’d be one I’d look to cash in on as the money would come in useful. 
    Timmy Thiele
    A good forward who’s fairly strong, quick with good movement, shooting and decent aerial so that’s the bread and butter striker attributes sorted. Definitely one to keep as a squad player. 
    Elias Huth
    A young striker who looks promising and can also play on either flank so a good player to keep around. 
    Valdrin Mustafa
    Another youngster and the coaches believe he is the best young striker at the club so it might be an idea to try and find him some game time. He could be loaned out even if it’s to a club in our division which might be a good idea for the first season.
    Christian Kürlwetter
    He’s a young target man who doesn’t look too great but could improve so I’d be tempted to loan him out and keep an eye on his development.
    Squad Summary
    The club have some good players and I’d say their best starting eleven will be more than a match for any side in the division. There’s also plenty of decent looking youngsters but it’s difficult to rely on them so I’d be looking to strengthen the squad with some more experienced players and I’ll recommend a few good transfer options later. 
    Tactics
    I’ll put forward a couple of tactics now that should get the best out of the players currently at the club.
    2-2-3-2-1

    A decent tactic that I’ve used a few times on this years game so should do a decent job here. I’d usually opt for a deep lying playmaker instead of the ball winning midfielder at centre midfield but Fechner is best as a ball winner so I went with that. You could try him as a playmaker as he could well do the job okay but I think the tactic will be fine as is. Löhmannsröben’s preferred role is as a ball winner also but I don’t think the tactic will work with two of those and he has decent all round attributes with terrific stamina so I think he’ll be able to play well as a box to box midfielder just fine. The wide attackers at the club are all wingers rather than inside forwards and with Spalvis being a good target man we will try to utilise the wide areas and get some crosses in for him to feed off. I’d also prefer one of the central defenders to be a ball playing defender to further help the team get the ball out of defence but none of our boys are suitable although Kraus has decent passing and dribbling so you could try him in that role but I’m not sure it’s necessary to be honest.
    2-2-3-1-2

    An alternative tactic that utilises a second striker as the club have a fair few. Not far away from the original set up and one that I’ve used before. We will be weak down our right side but as long as the central midfielders are good all round players  we should be able to mitigate against the dangers.
    Instructions
    Here are some instructions to try with both of the set ups.



    I went with attacking as the team mentality but against tough opposition I’d be tempted to knock that back to balenced or maybe even counter. I went with a narrow width to hopefully help us keep better possession and the tempo is set to normal but I’ve used fast a few times against poor opposition to good effect so an option to try if things aren’t going well. The defence is left neutral in a bid to help the team maintain their fitness as we are using some high energy roles such as our box to box midfielder, ball winning midfielder and the two wing backs. The system might work better with all over closing down and hard tackling but be warned that your players will struggle for fitness if used all of the time particularly during heavy fixture periods. I went with work ball into box in the final third instructions to limit the wasteful shots from midfield and if we had a striker with great pace and movement I’d probably go through ball also but Spalvis isn’t blessed with great pace so left it neutral so the players can decide themselves what is best depending on the situation. I like short for passing and goalkeeper distribution but if you notice the team having trouble getting the ball forward then switching to mixed might help. Another thing to look out for is if you see your wing backs losing the ball out wide during games then moving the passing focus to centre should help and is something I often do if facing tough opposition. 
    Duties
    Captain: Mads Albæk - An experienced pro with great leadership.  Penalties: Lukas Spalvis and Mads Albæk both have “He is an effective penalty taker” in their coaching reports so they are the best choices here. Free Kicks: Florian Dick has “He is an effective free-kick taker” in his coaching report so he’d be first choice but he probably won’t play every game so I’d go with Spalvis as second choice for his great shooting attribute. Corner Kicks: There’s nobody who the coaches reccomend for this so I’d go for a player with a high attribute for crossing with Zuck, Albæk, Hemlein, Sternberg and Pick being good choices. If you try one and think they aren’t producing a good corner then just pick another. Transfers
    In terms of outgoings I’d personally look to offload Julius Biada as I can’t see him getting much game time and any money received from his potential transfer would come in handy. As I mentioned in the players section there are a few good youngsters and it’ll be difficult to give them all game time so I’d look to loan a few of them out if possible and then reevaluate them at the end of the season. Players such as Pick, Mustafa and Kürlwetter definitely fall into that category. 
    I’ll go through a few potential signings that should improve the squad. I’ve put their potential cost in brackets next to their name. Most of these are free transfers but don’t let that put you off as I’m sure they would all turn out to be decent signings. A couple of them are older players but when it comes to the lower leagues I tend to put my focus on the current season and try to get a squad together that will get the job done and if we gain promotion I would then look at the squad for the next season and build again. I’ve also only loaded the German leagues on this save so you may well have a lot more transfer options if you load a few other leagues.
    Marko Petkovic (Free) - A good right wing back who may well become the best at the club if signed.  Mathis Bolly (Free) - A left winger with great pace which is something the wingers currently at the club lack so should make a good addition to the squad.  Jerome Kiesewetter (Free) - This guy is a great pacey right winger and better than anything currently at the club.  Arouca (Free) - Fabulous midfielder who whilst fairly old at 33 should offer the team a lot for the first season or so. Phillip Wollscheid (Free) - Brilliant centre back for this level of football.  Maxym Malyshev: (Loan from Shakhtar) - Decent deep lying playmaker available on loan and should add strength to the midfield. Osayamen Osawe (£800-900k) - A really good striker and whilst the club have a lot of young strikers at the club I feel this guy is worth going for as his pace will give you another option up top. He also has good movement and shooting so well worth the fee. You could switch the role on the single striker formation to a poacher or advanced forward when he plays and add through ball to the final third instructions to utilise his qualities as we have Mads Albæk in midfield who can hopefully supply some killer passes. Kofi Schulz (Free) - A tidy left wing back who would be a good signing on a free. The club have three left wing backs alrealdy at the club but two are young so if you sign this guy I’d probably recommend loaning out one of the youngsters in either Botiseriu or Mäntynen. Razak Brimah (Free) - He’s a good keeper available on a free and should be first choice if signed. Douglas (Free) - A veteran midfielder who would be a good addition to the squad for the opening season.  Well that’s the end of this Kaiserslautern team guide and hopefully you’ve enjoyed it. They are a great club that currently find themselves in a bit of a pickle so should make an enjoyable save as you aim to bring them back to the top.
    Thank you for reading and all comments are appreciated.
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    Yes the game can be funny with this sort of thing as if you’d achieved all of that as quickly in real life then you’d expect the club to put a statue of yourself outside the stadium. 
    I’d just ignore them as it’s clear you are doing a fantastic job.😀
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    Full Name: 1. Fußball-Club Kaiserslautern e. V.
    Founded: 2nd June 1900
    Nickname: Die roten Teufel (The Red Devils)
    League: 3. Fußball-Liga
    Stadium: Fritz-Walter-Stadion
    Capacity: 49,780

    Brief History 
    Kaiserslautern currently find themselves languishing in the third tier of German football but that wasn’t always the case for Die roten Teufel (The Red Devils) as they were once one of the big boys of German football. They boast a decent trophy cabinet consisting of four German League Championships, two DFB-Pokals and one DFB-Supercup and are currently tenth in the list of the most successful clubs in Bundesliga history. The first West German national team to ever win the World Cup in 1954 contained no less than five Kaiserslautern players in the squad including the national team captain Fritz Walter who the club renamed their stadium after in 1985. The club won their regional division numerous times and the German Championship twice in a dominant period during the 1950’s and early 1960’s up until the formation of the new German Bundesliga in 1963 in which they were a founding member. 
    Unfortunately all the club had to shout about for a good few years after the formation of the Bundesliga were a few decent cup runs both domestically and in Europe until 1990 when they finally won their first DFB-Pokal cup beating Werder Bremen 3-2 in a pulsating final. They followed that up by winning their first Bundesliga title the following year in which they fought off great rivals Bayern Munich in winning the title by just three points. The club’s next trophy wouldn't come until 1996 when they won their second DFB-Pokal cup but unfortunately the celebrations were fairly muted as the club were relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time in their history just a week before the final.
    They didn’t let that keep them down (literally) as they bounced straight back up winning the Bundesliga 2 title the following season with a massive ten point lead over second placed Wolfsburg. How often does a team gain promotion from a second tier league one year and go straight on to win the top league division title the following season? Not often but that is exactly what Die roten Teufel achieved under the management of veteran coach Otto Rehhagel as they held off bitter rivals Bayern Munich to win the 1997-98 Bundesliga Championship. 
    They struggled to keep up the pace with Bayern Munich over the next few years but did have a good run in the 2001 UEFA cup making it all the way to the semi final before falling to beaten finalists Alavés. The city and their stadium were selected to host a few games during the 2006 World Cup held in Germany and a decision was made to increase the capacity of their stadium from 38,500 to 49,780 which had the knock on effect of raising the annual rent the club would pay the city who own the stadium to £3.2m. It was an amount that was just manageable provided the club remained a Bundesliga team but unfortunately they suffered the dreaded relegation in 2006 which meant the club had a large stadium they didn’t need and an enormous annual rent to pay that they just couldn’t afford. They’ve struggled ever since and now find themselves in the third tier of German football for the first time in their history. 
    On FMM19 
    We now move over to the game where I’ll take you through the club from board expectations all the way to potential new signings and hopefully convince you to maybe have a go at managing Die roten Teufel. The club currently find themselves stuck in the third tier of German football and require your help to bring them back to the top. 
    Board Expectations, Facilities and Transfer Budget


    The board expect you to mount a serious challenge for the league title this season so that tells us that the club will hopefully have a fairly decent squad. The training and youth facilities are among the best in the division so I personally wouldn’t bother asking the board to upgrade those as it’s unlikely they will at this stage plus if the subsequent requests turned out to be accepted then the transfer budget would be lowered to pay for it which doesn’t seem like a great idea at this stage. In fact I’d probably say the facilities are good enough to carry the club all the way through to the Bundesliga and once there I’d be looking at requesting improvements.
    The stadium certainly doesn’t require expanding as the capacity is 49,850 in game but the average attendance is only 23,000 so you can safely put all of your focus on being as successful as possible on the pitch which should help in getting bums on seats.
    The transfer budget seems decent at £1.85m but that is rather deceiving as the club are currently operating well above their wage budget so once you toggle the transfer side back the actual budget is nearer £700k - £1m which means you’ll probably have to do a bit of wheeling and dealing in the transfer market if you are to successfully improve the squad. 
    Please bear in mind that I have used the February database for this save with my gold coaching badge and normal reputation so your budget may well differ depending on your set up.
    Staff

    Alexander Burgera: Assistant Manager - Defensive Coach with a Silver Badge and Normal Aptitude. Gerald Ehrmann: Coach - Goalkeeping Coach with a Gold Badge and Natural Aptitude. Bastian Becker: Coach - Fitness Coach with Silver Badge and Normal Aptitude. Manfred Paula: Scout - Youth Scout with a Gold Badge and Normal Aptitude. Olaf Marshal: Scout - First Team Scout with a Bronze Badge and Normal Aptitude. Frank Sänger: Physio - Prevention Physio with a Silver Badge and Normal Aptitude. Eric Schön: Physio - Rehabilitation Physio with Silver Badge and Normal Aptitude. The club have decent staff for the league they are currently playing in and whilst it might be possible to upgrade on a few of them I would hold off for now as sacking any would cause you to have to pay them compensation which would in turn lower your transfer budget. I would however fill in the blanks as the club have room for one more physio, scout and coach.
    The club currently have both a rehabilitation physio and a prevention one so you are faced with a decision to make. Which one do you go with for the third slot? Well it’s a good question and many people on the forum have differing views on what is best. Basically the two types of physios do what you’d expect; the prevention ones work with the players to hopefully prevent them suffering injuries and the rehabilitation ones work with the players when they do indeed suffer injuries to hopefully quicken their recovery. So in theory going with two prevention physios should prevent injuries which will lessen the need for rehabilitation but on the other hand no matter how hard you try you will always suffer some injuries so it’s six and two threes for me so just pick one and be done with it.
    In terms of coaches the club have got a defensive one, a goalkeeping one and a fitness one plus whatever specialisation you've given yourself. I went with attacking for myself which seems to be a good choice looking at what the club currently have. I’d be tempted to go with another fitness coach here to hopefully help the boys further develop their physical attributes in pace, stamina and strength as in the lower leagues sometimes the quality can be poor and fitness can often be the difference maker.
    I don’t use scouts as I just use the player search function to scout my own talent but as the club currently have a first team scout and a youth scout I’d be tempted to go with a bargain hunter here as with money being a bit tight in the early years he could well assist you in finding some cheap gems.
    When it comes to recruiting staff we are ideally looking for gold for the coaching badge as best and either natural or normal aptitude with poor being best avoided as in that case they will be unlikely to be able to quickly pass their coaching exams if required.
    Squad
    Key Players
    Lukas Spalvis - Target Man

    Lukas is a good player and is easily the clubs highest valued player at £2.4m and I’d expect him to do a decent job at this level. He’s got good aerial, movement, strength and shooting so I expect he’ll be able to score plenty of goals in the right set up. I’d personally be in heaven if his pace and stamina were a touch better as they are 11 and 12 respectively which is a bit of a downer as in these lower leagues I find pace in particular can really cause damage as a lot of the defenders at this level tend to be fairly slow.
    Mads Albæk - Advanced Playmaker

    Mads is a good player who is currently playing at the peak of his powers at 28 years old. He’s an advanced playmaker who likes to operate in the centre of midfield and has a decent set of attributes to play that role in this league. His passing, decisions and creativity are all at a good level which should mean he can see and execute the right pass in the right situation. I like all of the players playing in centre midfield to be decent all round players and this lad has 12 for positioning and 10 for tackling so he shouldn’t be a liability and his high leadership will be a great asset to the team.
    Kevin Kraus - Central Defender

    I quite like the look of this player and I’m sure he’ll be a good player for the team over the next couple of years at least. He has good numbers for the main attributes needed for any defender in aerial, tackling, decisions, positioning and strength. His passing being at 11 is good also and his dribbling at 9 isn’t bad for a centre back at this level. I would’ve liked a higher number for pace but again at 10 it’s acceptable and I don’t think he’ll let you down. 
    Other Players
    Goalkeepers
    Jan-Ole Sievers
    He’s probably the best goalkeeper currently at the club but he’s not fantastic. He’s got poor distribution and lacks a commanding presence but does have decent reflexes. He’s 23 years old so pretty young but I’d say he will definitely need to be replaced at some point in the future.
    Wolfgang Hesl
    This guy is 32 years old and has better distribution than Sievers but isn’t great in other areas. I’m not convinced selling him would be a good idea as I just can’t see you getting much of a fee so I’d personally keep him as a back up for the first season anyway.
    Lennart Grill
    This lad is a nice prospect for the future at just 19 years old and certainly one I’d hold onto and maybe try and give him some game time. He’s still a bit rough in places with his poor aerial being a concern but he’s got plenty of potential and I’m absolutely sure he’ll develop into a much better keeper than the other two at the club currently are.
    Central Defenders
    Lukas Gottwalt
    A decent young defender at 20 years old who looks promising for the future. He’s got great aerial and strength with decent numbers in positioning, tackling and decisions so I think he’ll be able to do a good job in this league.
    Özgür Özdemir
    He’s not a bad Turkish defender with fairly good defensive attributes but his strength is sitting at only 9 and it kind of puts me off. I’d keep him as he might do ok and should make a good back up option. 
    André Hainault
    A veteran Canadian defender at 32 years old who’s fairly average but should make a decent back up player.
    Central Midfielders
    Gino Fechner
    A young 20 year old ball winning midfielder who has great potential for the future and is good enough to be a first team player already. He has great aerial, decent physical attributes and good passing, decisions, tackling and positioning so he’s a good all round midfielder. As an added bonus he can also play as a centre back which might come in useful at some point.
    Jan Löhmannsröben
    He’s a decent player currently playing at his peak at 27 years old. His preferred role is as a ball winning midfielder and has great stamina, strength, aggression and positioning. His passing, decisions and teamwork are also good so a great player who should definitely be kept at this stage.
    Carlo Sickinger
    A young midfielder at just 20 years old with good promise. He’s got decent physical and mental attributes with great passing and I can see him developing into a good player so worth keeping a hold of and giving him some game time in the first couple of seasons. 
    Theodor Bergmann
    Another fine looking youngster who can play in centre midfield or on the right wing. Looks like he has the potential to reach the level of Mads Albæk in the future so a great player to have in the squad.
    Nils Schätzle
    He’s really young at only 18 years old but his attributes are not particularly good even for his age and I just can’t see him developing into anything other than an average player. He might surprise us though so a loan to another team in our league might be a good option if possible. 
    Wide Players
    Dominik Schad
    A young right wing back who looks like he’ll be good enough to feature heavily straight from the off. He’s got good physical attributes and although his crossing and dribbling aren’t fantastic you can see them developing well. The only real worry is his fairly poor positioning so it might be a good idea to set his training focus to that to hopefully improve it.
    Florian Dick
    A veteran right full back who at 33 years old is closing in on the end of his career. His pace is poor but apart from that he’s decent and should be a good option as back up this year before his deal runs out at the end of the season.
    Janek Sternberg
    This lad is a good looking left wing back with incredible stamina and definitely the best wing back at the club. Again like Schad he has poor positioning so hopefully that won’t hinder the team.
    Flavius Botiseriu
    A young raw left wing back who looks like he might turn into a good player. His technical attributes aren’t the best but at just 19 years old there’s plenty of time for those to develop and his good positioning and pace should mean he’s capable of doing a job as rotation option straight away.
    Tuure Mäntynen
    Another young left wing back and this one is decent looking with good pace, positioning and tackling but the coaches don’t feel he’s got much potential. He’s not valued very highly so I’d keep him for now as a back up option. 
    Hendrick Zuck
    The best winger at the club with decent pace, crossing, movement and really high aggression so he won’t be pulling out of any challenges. 
    Christoph Hemlein
    Another decent winger who’s attributes aren’t too dissimilar to Zucks but his pace is slightly lower and a shame really as I really like pace in these wide areas so maybe this is an area to try and improve in the transfer market. 
    Florian Pick
    He’s an average winger that at only 22 years old may improve so one to keep hold of for now. If you don’t think he’s going to get much game time then I’d consider loaning him out if possible. 
    Dylan Esmel
    This lad is only 20 years old and is tipped to break into the first team so definitely one to keep. He can play on either flank and whilst his attributes aren’t the best at this stage he’d definitely make a great option off the bench to give him some game time to further aid his development.
    Centre Forwards
    Julius Biada
    He’s a player who is playing at his peak at 25 years old and is valued fairly highly at over £600k. His physical attributes and aerial are fairly poor so for me he’d be one I’d look to cash in on as the money would come in useful. 
    Timmy Thiele
    A good forward who’s fairly strong, quick with good movement, shooting and decent aerial so that’s the bread and butter striker attributes sorted. Definitely one to keep as a squad player. 
    Elias Huth
    A young striker who looks promising and can also play on either flank so a good player to keep around. 
    Valdrin Mustafa
    Another youngster and the coaches believe he is the best young striker at the club so it might be an idea to try and find him some game time. He could be loaned out even if it’s to a club in our division which might be a good idea for the first season.
    Christian Kürlwetter
    He’s a young target man who doesn’t look too great but could improve so I’d be tempted to loan him out and keep an eye on his development.
    Squad Summary
    The club have some good players and I’d say their best starting eleven will be more than a match for any side in the division. There’s also plenty of decent looking youngsters but it’s difficult to rely on them so I’d be looking to strengthen the squad with some more experienced players and I’ll recommend a few good transfer options later. 
    Tactics
    I’ll put forward a couple of tactics now that should get the best out of the players currently at the club.
    2-2-3-2-1

    A decent tactic that I’ve used a few times on this years game so should do a decent job here. I’d usually opt for a deep lying playmaker instead of the ball winning midfielder at centre midfield but Fechner is best as a ball winner so I went with that. You could try him as a playmaker as he could well do the job okay but I think the tactic will be fine as is. Löhmannsröben’s preferred role is as a ball winner also but I don’t think the tactic will work with two of those and he has decent all round attributes with terrific stamina so I think he’ll be able to play well as a box to box midfielder just fine. The wide attackers at the club are all wingers rather than inside forwards and with Spalvis being a good target man we will try to utilise the wide areas and get some crosses in for him to feed off. I’d also prefer one of the central defenders to be a ball playing defender to further help the team get the ball out of defence but none of our boys are suitable although Kraus has decent passing and dribbling so you could try him in that role but I’m not sure it’s necessary to be honest.
    2-2-3-1-2

    An alternative tactic that utilises a second striker as the club have a fair few. Not far away from the original set up and one that I’ve used before. We will be weak down our right side but as long as the central midfielders are good all round players  we should be able to mitigate against the dangers.
    Instructions
    Here are some instructions to try with both of the set ups.



    I went with attacking as the team mentality but against tough opposition I’d be tempted to knock that back to balenced or maybe even counter. I went with a narrow width to hopefully help us keep better possession and the tempo is set to normal but I’ve used fast a few times against poor opposition to good effect so an option to try if things aren’t going well. The defence is left neutral in a bid to help the team maintain their fitness as we are using some high energy roles such as our box to box midfielder, ball winning midfielder and the two wing backs. The system might work better with all over closing down and hard tackling but be warned that your players will struggle for fitness if used all of the time particularly during heavy fixture periods. I went with work ball into box in the final third instructions to limit the wasteful shots from midfield and if we had a striker with great pace and movement I’d probably go through ball also but Spalvis isn’t blessed with great pace so left it neutral so the players can decide themselves what is best depending on the situation. I like short for passing and goalkeeper distribution but if you notice the team having trouble getting the ball forward then switching to mixed might help. Another thing to look out for is if you see your wing backs losing the ball out wide during games then moving the passing focus to centre should help and is something I often do if facing tough opposition. 
    Duties
    Captain: Mads Albæk - An experienced pro with great leadership.  Penalties: Lukas Spalvis and Mads Albæk both have “He is an effective penalty taker” in their coaching reports so they are the best choices here. Free Kicks: Florian Dick has “He is an effective free-kick taker” in his coaching report so he’d be first choice but he probably won’t play every game so I’d go with Spalvis as second choice for his great shooting attribute. Corner Kicks: There’s nobody who the coaches reccomend for this so I’d go for a player with a high attribute for crossing with Zuck, Albæk, Hemlein, Sternberg and Pick being good choices. If you try one and think they aren’t producing a good corner then just pick another. Transfers
    In terms of outgoings I’d personally look to offload Julius Biada as I can’t see him getting much game time and any money received from his potential transfer would come in handy. As I mentioned in the players section there are a few good youngsters and it’ll be difficult to give them all game time so I’d look to loan a few of them out if possible and then reevaluate them at the end of the season. Players such as Pick, Mustafa and Kürlwetter definitely fall into that category. 
    I’ll go through a few potential signings that should improve the squad. I’ve put their potential cost in brackets next to their name. Most of these are free transfers but don’t let that put you off as I’m sure they would all turn out to be decent signings. A couple of them are older players but when it comes to the lower leagues I tend to put my focus on the current season and try to get a squad together that will get the job done and if we gain promotion I would then look at the squad for the next season and build again. I’ve also only loaded the German leagues on this save so you may well have a lot more transfer options if you load a few other leagues.
    Marko Petkovic (Free) - A good right wing back who may well become the best at the club if signed.  Mathis Bolly (Free) - A left winger with great pace which is something the wingers currently at the club lack so should make a good addition to the squad.  Jerome Kiesewetter (Free) - This guy is a great pacey right winger and better than anything currently at the club.  Arouca (Free) - Fabulous midfielder who whilst fairly old at 33 should offer the team a lot for the first season or so. Phillip Wollscheid (Free) - Brilliant centre back for this level of football.  Maxym Malyshev: (Loan from Shakhtar) - Decent deep lying playmaker available on loan and should add strength to the midfield. Osayamen Osawe (£800-900k) - A really good striker and whilst the club have a lot of young strikers at the club I feel this guy is worth going for as his pace will give you another option up top. He also has good movement and shooting so well worth the fee. You could switch the role on the single striker formation to a poacher or advanced forward when he plays and add through ball to the final third instructions to utilise his qualities as we have Mads Albæk in midfield who can hopefully supply some killer passes. Kofi Schulz (Free) - A tidy left wing back who would be a good signing on a free. The club have three left wing backs alrealdy at the club but two are young so if you sign this guy I’d probably recommend loaning out one of the youngsters in either Botiseriu or Mäntynen. Razak Brimah (Free) - He’s a good keeper available on a free and should be first choice if signed. Douglas (Free) - A veteran midfielder who would be a good addition to the squad for the opening season.  Well that’s the end of this Kaiserslautern team guide and hopefully you’ve enjoyed it. They are a great club that currently find themselves in a bit of a pickle so should make an enjoyable save as you aim to bring them back to the top.
    Thank you for reading and all comments are appreciated.
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