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https://i.imgur.com/1xEtp79.png?1

CAREER AIMS


Get promoted from the Bundesliga II ) Completed 2018/2019
Qualify for a European Competition
Win the Bundesliga
Win the Champions League
Become the number one team in Germany
Become the number one team in the world
Have 5 of my squad come from the youth team
Have a stadium named after me





TRANSFERS / IN

Chris Willock - AML - SLB - Loan

https://i.imgur.com/95XlBnY.png

TRANSFERS / OUT

Jannes Horn - WBL - Bayer 04 - £5.25m

Serhou Guirassy - ST - Bordeaux - £4m (£4.9m)


FRIENDLIES

https://i.imgur.com/m2mYaNS.png

A fantastic way to warm up for the season. 6 wins out of 7 and it sets us up nicely for our first season back in the Bundesliga 2. We are favourites to win the league so I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do.



Next Post / August 2018
FM19 Careers:

1. FC Köln
Bundesliga II Champions 2018/2019
Good to see you back! A 2. Bundesliga save will be fun to follow.
My Careers:
FM15 | FM16 | FM17a | FM17b
FM19
Journeyman's Journey II
Trip to: China | South Africa
Thank you @r96Skinner. I've only managed in Germany a few times and now we have the official licenses it's a lot more interesting.

https://i.imgur.com/1xEtp79.png?1

AUGUST 2019

TRANSFERS / IN

Christoph Martschinko - DL - Austria Vienna - £1.2m
He will act as backup to Jonas Hector.


https://i.imgur.com/cwYuh03.png


FIXTURES

https://i.imgur.com/ik0NfZh.png

2 solid wins in the league kicked off the month with a bang. 4 goals scored and 0 conceded. We ended the month on a disappointing note after drawing 3-3 against Aue after being 3-0 up. They scored all 3 in the last 10 minutes so I am hugely disappointed after throwing away that lead. We also progressed in the German Cup. We will face Hannover 96 in the 2nd round. A tough ask but you never know in cup football.

League Table

https://i.imgur.com/2UKPo2b.png?1


We sit top on goal difference. Can't ask for more than that.



Next Post / September 2019
FM19 Careers:

1. FC Köln
Bundesliga II Champions 2018/2019
I think there could be a few more German League saves this year!

Will be following this one
Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

OYSTON OUT
I agree @Suffolk Seasider, makes it more interesting with the licenses! I'll start the trend off...

https://i.imgur.com/1xEtp79.png?1

SEPTEMBER 2019

INJURIES

https://i.imgur.com/XjT8zuU.png

I'm finding injuries to be very annoying at the moment. I think I need to tweak my training methods as I seem to be getting a lot of injuries. Key players are going down and are out for a while. Simon Zoller, Chris Willock, and Marcel Risse all picked up injuries this month and have left me shorthanded in key positions.

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FIXTURES

https://i.imgur.com/dtXaOeP.png

We carried on the strong form into September and managed 3 wins out of 4. The other result being a 3-3 draw. Jhon Cordoba came in for the injured Simon Zoller this month and seems a very confident replacement. He scored 2 in the 4 games which I'm happy with. Louis Schaub also grabbed 2 goals and continued his strong start to the campaign. He, unfortunately, got sent off in the last match which means he will be out for the next match. St Pauli are meant to be 2nd favourites for the league this season so to share the points is not a disaster. We went down to 9 men as well which made the task a lot harder so I'm relatively happy with that result.

League Table

https://i.imgur.com/NKKjPhL.png


We stay top and have moved 1 point clear of VFL Bochum. 17 points from 21 is more than pleasing at this stage. Long it continue.



Next Post / October 2019
FM19 Careers:

1. FC Köln
Bundesliga II Champions 2018/2019
Tongey, good to see you back here! Will be following this, you've made a solid start!
@tongey best of luck. Do you have any specific aims for this save or is it a case of play it out and see?

I think there could be a few more German League saves this year!

Will be following this one

Yeah definitely will be. As part of my personal aims on my hall of fame career I want to manage in Germany, specifically Leverkusen.
Cheers @Dan, let's hope I can stick around here a bit longer than normal. Currently really enjoying this save. When does the annual World Trophy Hunt start...?

@bigmattb28 I think I want to make 1. FC Köln the best team in Germany first of all. Win the champions league a number of times. I usually just let what happens happen, see where things take me. Really enjoying it so far.


https://i.imgur.com/1xEtp79.png?1

OCTOBER 2019

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FIXTURES

https://i.imgur.com/Nw8jKFj.png

Our strong start to the season continued as we took our unbeaten run to 11 games. 4 league games this time round, 3 wins and a draw is really pleasing to see. We're picking up a lot of points and that's the aim of the game. We possibly should have won all 4 games in the league but 3 is good enough for me. The draw came against Bielfield who are doing well themselves and are up there in the table.

The German Cup continued and it was our matchup against Hannover 96. We matched them in every department and were unfortunate not to come away with the win. Ultimately we lost on penalties. We probably weren't going to win the competition but it's a shame we are out all the same.

I promoted Luis Muller from the youth team after he has performed well for a number of games scoring for fun. He's made a couple of substitutes appearances so far and I'm happy with what he's contributed.

https://i.imgur.com/xseKNll.png


League Table

https://i.imgur.com/sRxywld.png


We stay top and have a 4 point cushion at the moment, but Hamburger SV have a game in hand so can bring that down to a 1 point gap once again.



Next Post / NOVEMBER 2019
FM19 Careers:

1. FC Köln
Bundesliga II Champions 2018/2019
https://i.imgur.com/1xEtp79.png?1

NOVEMBER2019

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FIXTURES

https://i.imgur.com/ge6BIMn.png

Another month, another step towards an unbeaten season. This time, only the one win which is slightly disappointing. We played 2 mid table teams and 1 title rival. The big game came at the start of the month against Hamburger SV. They took the lead early on against the run of play, but we hit back with a superb move and strike from Chris Willock. A point here is definitely better than 0. It keeps them behind us which is where we want them.

I decided to give Lasse Sobiech a run in the team after he was complaining about not having playing time and being an influential player (this seems to happen a lot in this version, either that or I'm rubbish at balancing my squad out.) and he rewarded me with 2 goals (both penalties) in a cracking 3-0 win. A draw to end the month and we are still unbeaten after 14 games in the league. Happy days.


League Table

https://i.imgur.com/eSMdUZ1.png


14 games in, top of the league with that familiar 4 point cushion. Hamburger SV still haven't played their game in hand so it still could become a 1 point lead. This could go down to the wire.



Next Post / December 2019
FM19 Careers:

1. FC Köln
Bundesliga II Champions 2018/2019
https://i.imgur.com/1xEtp79.png?1

DECEMBER 2019

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FIXTURES

https://i.imgur.com/QCEMkKL.png

The unbeaten run is over, and what a way to lose that streak. We went down 3-0 to Jahn Regensburg who to be quite frank, aren't even that good. We were so poor on the day but I can't expect to win them all. They did deserve to win the game but if we had played to our potential then we would have won. Simple. We will move on...

2 4-0 wins got us back on track and closed out the first half of the season as we enter the Winter Break. VFL Bochum who were meant to challenge up at the top end of the league proved no match for us as we stormed past them and cemented our place at the top of the league. Louis Schaub has gone under the radar but is actually the leagues top goalscorer with 10 in his 17 games this season. Not bad for a center midfield player.


League Table

https://i.imgur.com/Y4KD4NE.png


Half way point in the Bundesliga 2. 5 points is the gap now and we are starting to look really good for promotion. I don't want to go up via the playoffs though, only winning the league is good enough from here on in. Hamburger SV are still the main threat but I'm hopeful they will start to die off and let our lead grow some more.



Next Post / January 2020
FM19 Careers:

1. FC Köln
Bundesliga II Champions 2018/2019
Strong response to that Jahn Regensburg hammering. Hamburg still just clinging along behind you in the table!
My Careers:
FM15 | FM16 | FM17a | FM17b
FM19
Journeyman's Journey II
Trip to: China | South Africa
Very well so far. I'm enjoying watching.

I'm also thinking about making a save in the second German league but with Hamburg. I had that idea when the club has gone down.

However, rest of good season.
Official SrWerGaming ©


Certainly was a strong response @r96Skinner. Shows that the lads have the mentality to not let bad results bother them too much and to just move on. Happy with how we ended the month.

@SrWerGaming Thanks for reading the story so far. Hamburg are performed well in my league so far so could be an interesting one to follow. I'll take a look at that if you decided to do one.


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JANUARY 2020

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TRANSFERS / OUT

Jorge Mere - CB - Schalke 04 - £12.5m (£17.75m)
I had to let him go, the offer was too good to turn down. He wanted a chance to play int he Bundesliga this season and he got the opportunity. He also picked up far too many yellow cards for my liking so that was a factor in letting him leave. Lasse Sobiech has performed well and he will now start more in his place. I've promoted a player from the youth squad to act as cover.

Marco Hoger - CM - Lokomotiv Moscow - £4.7m (5.75m)
Another one who wanted to leave the club as he wasn't getting playing time. I'm not going to miss him as he never featured for me. Cashed in on him whilst I could.

YOUTH PLAYERS PROMOTED]

Jan Thielmann - ST

Jan scored 7 in 9 starts for the youth team so I thought it's a good time to move him on up and continue his development in the senior squad. Let's see how he gets on.

https://i.imgur.com/QczqG4i.png


Yann Auriel-Bisseck - CB

I actually got advised to move him into the senior squad as he was ready by my assistant. It makes sense after Mere departed us. He may get some game time but I have my main 2 CB's for now.

https://i.imgur.com/e1PXrav.png


FIXTURES

https://i.imgur.com/RYrkn2g.png

Only friendlies for us this month as it's the Winter Break. 4 wins against 4 different quality teams and absolutely no goals conceded so I'm very happy with that. Keeps things ticking over. Let's hope our league form can continue.



Next Post / February 2020
FM19 Careers:

1. FC Köln
Bundesliga II Champions 2018/2019
I kwon Jorge Mere i good but Yann Auriel-Bisseck is a best for a player with 18 years old. you did well

Let see the end of the season mate
Official SrWerGaming ©


So far, so good! Keep it coming mate
I feel like I made a decent deal from Mere @SrWerGaming and so far Bisseck has been a beast at the back. Sobiech got sent off so he's had a run of games in the first 11. Hoping he continues to improve.

@Dan Hopefully we can continue our title challenge. They deserve to be back in the top league. Thanks for reading.



https://i.imgur.com/1xEtp79.png?1

FEBRUARY 2020

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FIXTURES

https://i.imgur.com/tyh4ilM.png
https://i.imgur.com/wYvxild.png

5 league games to start us off after the Winter Break. A mixed bag of results for us including 3 wins, 2 draws and a loss. The loss came against Furth who absolutely outplayed us, which is a shame to see. To be honest we haven't played that good football at all this month. We need to start to get back to our attractive attacking football from before the winter break. We were lucky to grab a draw against Union Berlin but we dug out a result there. We ended the month on a win which is important as we look to kick on and cement our status at the top of the tree.

LEAGUE TABLE

https://i.imgur.com/pOZ7XsH.png


We're still top of the tree, and we have 3 months of football to go. We extended the lead to 5 points now after Hamburg had a varied month just like us. Our goal difference is vastly superior as well so that puts us in a fantastic position. 3 months to go...


Next Post / March 2020
FM19 Careers:

1. FC Köln
Bundesliga II Champions 2018/2019
https://i.imgur.com/1xEtp79.png?1

YOUTH INTAKE

https://i.imgur.com/d4oQ9gx.png

Seems to be a pretty good intake of youth prospects for the season. I'm really looking forward to seeing how Sertan Dogan can progress, he's only 14 and he has 5 star potential. Lots to ponder for the future. Could these be the stars that make Köln shine once again...

FM19 Careers:

1. FC Köln
Bundesliga II Champions 2018/2019
https://i.imgur.com/1xEtp79.png?1

MARCH 2020

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FIXTURES

https://i.imgur.com/j47mimr.png

3 games, 3 wins. We started off the month with a nice 3-1 win away against FC Ingolstadt with Risse, Ozcan and Cordoba grabbing the goals. Our 2nd victory was a demolition of Bielfield at home. 5 goals scored by Ozcan, Schaub (2), Cordoba and Clemmens. We rounded off the month with a close fought battle away at Duisburg. We managed to grab the victory with a goal from Cordoba. All in all, a decent month. 2 months to go.



LEAGUE TABLE

https://i.imgur.com/1aiVEM5.png


5 points is the gap between us in top spot, and Hamburg who lie in 2nd. Our playoff spot looks to be all but certain with a gap of 16 points between us and 4th.


Next Post / April 2020
FM19 Careers:

1. FC Köln
Bundesliga II Champions 2018/2019
Perfect month! That title is yours to lose now!
@Dan you'd like to think so! My lads have far too much quality for this league and deserve to be in the Bundesliga.

https://i.imgur.com/1xEtp79.png?1

APRIL 2020

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FIXTURES

https://i.imgur.com/9OjgpxN.png

Another unbeaten month in the bag. 3 wins, 2 draws. We could've quite easily lost a couple of those draws mind you and we were lucky to escape with a point. That being said, the victories were magnificent. Special mention to Cordoba who notched up 7 goals in the 5 games this month! 4 in one game! Huge effort there by the main man.



LEAGUE TABLE

https://i.imgur.com/GTJ70FX.png


8 points clear with 3 games to go. 1 more win and we have won the league! Enough said!

EXTRA NEWS

https://i.imgur.com/48LKEZH.png

WE HAVE WON PROMOTION TO THE BUNDESLIGA! No longer do we have to sit in the 2nd tier of German football. I'm so happy with the lads and what they've achieved this season. To be honest, they've dominated from start to nearly finish.

After these next 3 games, we will start to plan for next season in the Bundesliga!!



Next Post / May 2020
FM19 Careers:

1. FC Köln
Bundesliga II Champions 2018/2019
Congratulations Tongey, excellent achievement at the first time of asking, Cordoba should be good enough to bag goals in the Bundesliga based on those performances.

Quick point, you've uploaded March's table again instead of April's - we've all done it, thought I'd let you know!
Thanks @jameo_94, it was about time that I'd post the wrong image, can't keep track of them all haha! I'm hoping he is good enough to score in the Bundesliga, he seems to be banging them in right now for me.

https://i.imgur.com/1xEtp79.png?1

END OF SEASON 2020

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FIXTURES

https://i.imgur.com/7xNUYsF.png

We ended the season on a high. 3 games played and 3 more wins to add to our tally. We got our revenge against Jahn Regensburg who battered us previously in the season and hammered them ourselves 6-2 with that main man Cordoba grabbing 4 goals himself. We grabbed a 2-0 victory away from home on the final day to bring our total wins on the season to 23. Not bad if I do say so myself.



LEAGUE TABLE

https://i.imgur.com/HXabIhp.png

The final table looks so pretty! We are crowned champions with a massive 78 points and a 10 point gap over 2nd placed Hamburg and a 21 point gap to the play offs!

https://i.imgur.com/8Nh0rba.png

https://i.imgur.com/3cbJGtC.png

https://i.imgur.com/IqCxEmf.png


TEAM STATS

https://i.imgur.com/SZc52mg.png
https://i.imgur.com/wLpKo0L.png

You can see that a number of our players ended with a great average rating but it was Louis Schaub who came out on top with a 7.53 leaving Jonas Hector trailing behind on 7.42 in 2nd place.

Goalwise it was clear who our top scorer on the season was. Jhon Cordoba notched up an impressive 22 during the season making him the league golden boot winner as well. Louis Schaub managed a great 13 which is decent for a midfield player.


https://i.imgur.com/4oxXWWy.png



Next Post / Pre Season 2020/21
FM19 Careers:

1. FC Köln
Bundesliga II Champions 2018/2019
Never in doubt. Congrats!
My Careers:
FM15 | FM16 | FM17a | FM17b
FM19
Journeyman's Journey II
Trip to: China | South Africa
Well done @tongey , you did well ! Let's see now how they behave in the first league.
Official SrWerGaming ©


End the season on a high, 10 points clear come the end, can't complain at that.
Cheers @r96Skinner! The hard work starts now I guess

@SrWerGaming I hope we can mount a strong challenge to be in the top half. Who knows what may happen though.

@Dan, I've got a feeling this season will be completely different. Need to start getting ready to lose more games!




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TRANSFERS / IN

Marcos Llorente - CM - Real Madrid - £2.9m

https://i.imgur.com/h71hyUt.png


Olexandr Zinchenko - LW - Man City - Loan

https://i.imgur.com/nSLPcft.png


David Otto - ST - Hoffenheim - £5.25m

https://i.imgur.com/aqfCFyP.png


TRANSFERS / OUT

Dominik Becker - DR - Kapfenburger - Loan

Tomas Ostrak - MC - Admira Wacker - Loan

Brady Scott - GK - VFL Bochum - Loan



FRIENDLIES

https://i.imgur.com/51VcF55.png
https://i.imgur.com/Uy0c6iM.png

Once again we had a wide variety of friendly games to warm up to the season. We ended up grabbing 6 wins and only the 1 defeat which came at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers. I tried to get most of my players involved so we were all ready and raring to go for our first season back in the big time Bundesliga.

OTHER NEWS

https://i.imgur.com/WXY5Gcg.png

As you can see we've been made 11th favourites to win the league which is quite surprising considering we have only just been promoted. I've decided that I'd like to finish mid table with maybe a challenge for the Europa League spots but that's probably out of our reach this time round.

I've also updated the original post on this thread with my aims for the save so you can keep an eye out for how I'm progressing with these aims.





Next Post / August 2020
FM19 Careers:

1. FC Köln
Bundesliga II Champions 2018/2019
Thats a great deal for Llorente!
@Dan, I was in for a couple of Madrid players but only Llorente wanted to join. I'm glad to have got him so cheap! Hopefully, he will dominate the midfield for me!

https://i.imgur.com/1xEtp79.png?1

August 2020

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FIXTURES

https://i.imgur.com/23XTpkv.png

2 games into my first season back in the Bundesliga and things are going ok. A disappointing start to the campaign as we lost 2-0 to Hertha BSC on the opening day. We were outplayed and I thought that the difference in quality was clear to show. We bounced back against the champions FC Bayern with a sensational last-minute winner courtesy of new boy Olexandr Zinchenko! What a victory, and one that I certainly didn't expect. It shows we can upset the apple cart a bit this season.



LEAGUE TABLE

https://i.imgur.com/IxNUJpx.png


Early days, 2 games in and we sit 10th. Bang in the middle of the pack. 1 loss, 1 win. A solid start I think.


Next Post / September 2020
FM19 Careers:

1. FC Köln
Bundesliga II Champions 2018/2019
I've been following this keenly so far, you made easy work of the second division last season and I'm excited to see if the likes of Cordoba and Schaub can replicate their great form in the Bundesliga. Beating Bayern on the second matchday certainly isn't a bad way to re-introduce yourself to the league!
http://31.media.tumblr.com/827602dc93447bf2d8f6f29278addee6/tumblr_mr0qjlPm6c1sdqx19o1_500.gif
Thanks so much for reading this and keeping up to date @lolmappo. Cordoba and Schaub had an incredible year last season so I too hope they can continue their form into the Bundesliga. I really didn't think we would beat Bayern, so to grab a late winner was immense!

https://i.imgur.com/1xEtp79.png?1

August 2020

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FIXTURES

https://i.imgur.com/BAa7nLN.png

4 more games played in the Bundesliga, and things are going really really well. It seems we are actually well suited to football in the top flight. Old foes Hamburger SV were our first victims of the month. We continued our good form against them with 1 1-0 win courtesy of a Clemmens bullet header. We then faced high flying RB Leipzig and came away with an unlikely victory after a Jhon Cordoba curling effort. Borrussia Monchengladbach hosted us next and outplayed us for the whole game and they came away with all 3 points. We then got a sneaky last minute victory on the last game of the month against Schalke to make it 9 points out of 12.



LEAGUE TABLE

https://i.imgur.com/TbomN0V.png


6 games into the Bundesliga season and we sit in 3rd position. I can't believe what I'm seeing from the lads and who knows if we can keep up this form. I certainly hope so. 3 points off the top spot...


Next Post / October 2020
FM19 Careers:

1. FC Köln
Bundesliga II Champions 2018/2019
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