Welcome back, if you are just reading this I suggest you start with Les Aiglons 1.0 first, but I am just the author not the police so feel free to also continue reading this piece. Last time I left you off with my youth development plans, our tactical philosophy, and my transfer market summary this past summary which was super exciting because we spent millions upon millions making even Manchester City jealous. So this piece I will be introducing you to the men that will guide Nice to victory this season while also going over some pre-season results. Around January time in game I will be discussing my scouting system as I am still tweaking it and adjusting some assignments so I can make it into a Scouting/Player Recruitment special.
Welcome back, if you are just clicking on this blog I suggest have a look at my previous introduction piece on this save here. I mentioned before my goal to put in place an Ajax style of youth development at OGC Nice so I’ll talk a little about that before diving into my tactical philosophy at the club as well.
Welcome to my new save, after some crashing and burning from FM16 because I put in a new skin that wasn’t able to work with the winter update I unfortunately lost both of my previous saves. Hopefully this time around I can produce more quality posts in a new style that a few other FM bloggers have undertaken which is shorter detailed posts but more frequent, especially this one. This will fit well in my personal time as well of in game as this save will be taken slowly. So I have found myself in Nice, France taking held of the club OCG Nice, a mid-table team that recently finished 11th in the 2014/15 Ligue 1 table. Using economical soccer strategies, fluid passing possession oriented tactics that reflect Pep’s philosophy, and an Ajax style of youth development I hope to take OGC Nice from mid-table to title contenders and European regulars.
If you haven’t already please have a quick look at my introduction to this save here as I explain my plans and motivation to becoming the Bolivian national team manager.
The year started off with a lose to two one of my best players to retirement, Marcelo Moreno and Ronald Raldes.
Having been a long time fan of the ever not so popular international management on Football Manager and recently having read an amazing article on national team managing, seen here, my fire was reignited once again. FM12 saw me bring Canada to three straight World Cups, reaching the quarterfinals in 2018. FM14 I went to East Asia with Laos and spent 16 years with them learning all the tricks and strategies to small nation national team managing. Last year I took control of Austria for their 2016 European Championship campaign, taking them to the semi-finals to lose on penalties to Spain. This year I was a bit reserved and not so eager to start a national team save but I am ready to finally undertake one. I wanted to take a country that had a fair amount of clubs with decent facilities, if I wanted to do a smaller nation without the domestic facilities I would have to also manage a club to buy those players to develop them and give them a club. Since I want to move quickly and only manage the nation I wanted a higher profile nation. My first thoughts were turning around Greece’s fortunes but stirred clear of Europe to avoid managing mid-Euros campaign. South America posed a great opportunity for me, the game started at the beginning of World Cup qualifying and the 2016 Copa America hosted by my home nation was a great early tournament to turn some heads. South America gave me three options in my eyes, Argentina and try to get Messi a World Cup, or Peru or Bolivia, two of the smaller sides of South America. I ended up traveling to Bolivia to take held of their national team.
One of the most essential parts of the summer for me is squad planning, deciding what players will step up into the first team, who will take a seat back, who will be transfer listed, and who will benefit the most from going out on loan. It is easy to accidentally loan out too many players, or have 3 right midfielders wanting to be in the first team all the time. With my NK Maribor team I am always looking to give youth their chance to step into the first team while keep veterans around which is almost as important.
Three trophies this season but in terms of long term goals, it wasn’t a progressive season. The season started off with a disappointment being eliminated in the second round of Champions League qualifying against Shamrock Rover, it was an absolute gut. We returned to glory with a SuperPokal Cup win, which was a trophy we had lost last season. The season started rather poorly and with Olimpija Lublana off to a hot start it was a real battle to chase them till the winter break. After 13 games, we were at one point 10 points behind them, only in 2nd by goal difference. I tried to advance my tactic rather poorly with the players that were available to me. Something I’ll dive into later. Finally with a second leg comeback in the domestic cup quarterfinal and two wins with clean sheets before the winter break I knew I could turn it around. We had sat 7 points behind Olimpija Lublana at the break. I’ll fast forward to the end, we won the league with one game left and beat Olimpija by 3 points. We did this by simply winning the next 8 games after the winter break, only allowing 3 games in those 8 and then went undefeated for the rest of the season until we clinched the title and lost the last game of the season with a rotated side. We also went on to win the domestic cup to complete the double, or the triple if you want to be self-centered.