Welcome to the first in a series of blog posts covering a save I started at one of the lowest points of my life with Dynamo Dresden on my laptop back in November after I suffered a shocking incident that ended up with me in hospital and needing a lot of support from Family and Friends and Football Manager to take my mind off things.
I had read a little bit on the City Of Dresdan and decided that I would continue with the save on my laptop and play alongside my main save out and about. I had no plans to blog about it but I have enjoyed it so much so that I have decided to document it because it helped get me through a difficult time and become one of the most enjoyable saves that I have had. Let’s waste no time and let me start off by introducing my fictional manager.
June 2019 the Dresden board announced that 48 year old Michael Stûbner had been appointed as the new Dynamo Dresden manager after signing a 1 year contract. Stùbner was born in England to Irish and English Anglo German parents growing up supporting English club side Nottingham Forest whilst taking an interest in World Football and going on to play the professional game signing his first contract with Chesterfield FC before going on to play for Dynamo Berlin and FC Hansa Rostock before an ACL injury cut short his playing career. Stûbner became a student of the game and was soon taking his coaching badges whilst returning to England working in the academies of Nottingham Forest under the guide of Gary Brazil followed by a stint at Aberdeen and Dundee United in Scotland working closely with the youth teams and then a stint at Hansa Rostock. Stûbner was approached by Dresden chairman Holger Scholze about taking the reigns at Dynamo after Cristian Fiél left the role in June.
It is no secret that Stûbner is inspired by both the history of the city of Dresden and of the football club whom he will now try to create a new era and agreed to an initial 1 year contract.
Football over time has produced many a club DNA from the super powers of the game like Bayern Munich to the minnows way down the pyramid all having their own ideal on their own DNA.
I have enjoyed in recent years watching how Brentford FC and FC Midtjylland have gone about their Metrics approach to the game via Mathew Benham. A system based on analytical data which is a really interesting concept. Dynamo Dresden’s club vision is ideal to incorporate this approach. Brentford FC also scrapped their academy in exchange for a B Team that is made up of players players rejected by other clubs this putting an emphasis on player recruitment instead of developing their own players for them to be taken away from the club for peanuts by the so called bigger clubs making the clubs investment in youth financially a nightmare.
I like youth development so I am not going to scrap developing our own players but without a B team here at Dynamo and the ability to now request a B team on FM20 I think this is a great opportunity for me to implement this during the save.
A big part of both Brentford FC and FC Midtjylland player recruitment is to both look at data and recruit from undervalued markets. I was looking at Brentford’s player turnover from the last few years and found that their player turnover is pretty high with as many of 13 or 14 players coming in and as many leaving but each season they have made a profit in the market. Statistically based decision making twinned with a sound financial strategy will be very interesting to implement in to the save.
So below are a few points that I set out at the beginning of the save :
- Appoint a Technical Director who will be responsible for recruiting all staff apart from the Director Of Football and Head Of Youth Development who I will be responsible for recruiting. He will also deal with all staff contracts and be responsible for sending staff on courses.
- Use Analytics to identify transfer targets (Goals, Chances Created, Completed Passes, Interceptions, Headers Won ect,ect) meaning that at the end of each season I will be looking at data to assist in making recruitment decisions obviously this will start at the end of season one.
- Recruit players from undervalued markets.
- Develop Players for the 1st team and to sell for profit.
- Ensure the club operates stringently financially.
And here are a few aims that I would like to achieve:
- Promotion to the Bundesliga
- European qualification
- Break the clubs transfer departure record of £3.06m
- Have a player break Torsten Gútscows’s goal scoring record of 162 goals for the club.
- The City of Dresden is heaped in history not least for the fateful bombing of the city during World War Two in 1945 when large parts of the City were destroyed and still today the city bears many wounds from the bombing.
- Dresden City has a population of over half a million.
- Before German unification Dresden was part of East Germany
- The club was formed in 1953 and play their home games in the Rudolf-Harbig-Stadion with a capacity of 32’123.
- The club have won the following
- DDR-Oberliga: East German League
- Champions 1953, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1989, 1990
- FDGB-Pokal: East German Cup (Record, shared with 1. FC Magdeburg)
- Winners 1952, 1971, 1977, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1990
- DFV-Supercup: East German Super Cup
- Runners-up 1989
- Deutschland Cup: One Off Reunification Cup contested by the West German Champions (Bayern Munich) and the East German Champions (Dynamo Dresden) Dresden won 1-0
- Winners 1990
- 3. Liga: German 3rd Tier
- Champions 2015–16
- Play-off winners 2010–11
Former Players Include
- Matthias Sammer
- Ulf Kirsten
- Alexander Zickler
- Jens Jeremies
Michael Stûbner signs a two year contract and meets with the board to discuss the clubs culture and five year plan :
- Sign players under the age of 23 years old for the first team
- Work within wage budget
- Sign players to sell for profit
- Minimum 2 year contracts for first team players
5 Year Plan
- 2019-2020 Bundesliga 2 Top Half Finish / DFB Pokal Reach 2nd Round
- 2020-2021 Maintain a Bundesliga 2 Top Half Finish
- 2021-2022 Maintain a Bundesliga 2 Top Half Finish
- 2022-2023 Maintain a Bundesliga 2 Top Half Finish
- 2023-2024 Maintain a Bundesliga 2 Top Half Finish
It’s pretty much clear that the board are happy to see the club maintain a top half finish in the 2nd tier for the forseeable future however Stûbner wants to take the club back to the Bundesliga and establish the club in the top tier and even make a push for European qualification.
Alex Mighten the 17 year old Winger joins the club on a season long loan from Nottingham Forest. Stûbner used his contacts in Nottingham to bring the highly rated youngster to Dresden. Mighten is the latest in a handful of youngsters from England to continue their development in Germany. Mighten looks to have the potential to become a top player and his out of contract at Nottingham Forest next summer so it will be interesting to see how this develops over the season. Mighten is a Nottingham coming from the West Bridgeford area of the cify and came through the successful academy at the East Midlands club. Mighten’s God father is former Nottingham Forest and England Central Defender Des Walker. The new Dynamo manager is looking to use Mighten as an alternative option on both the right and left flanks. The youngster is the only player to join the club during the first transfer window under manager Stúbner and will be looking to develop and impress during his time at the club.
1st Team Squad
- Kevin Broll 🇩🇪
- Tim Boss 🇩🇪
- Patrick Wiegers 🇩🇪
- Linus Wahlqvist 🇸🇪
- Chris Lówe 🇩🇪
- Jannik Müller 🇩🇪
- Florian Ballas 🇩🇪
- Brian Hamalainen 🇩🇰
- Kevin Ehlers 🇩🇪
- Jannis Nikolaou 🇩🇪
- Dženis Burnić 🇩🇪
- Marco Hartmann 🇩🇪
- Niklas Kreuzer 🇩🇪
- René Klingenburg 🇩🇪
- Patrick Ebert 🇩🇪
- Patrick Möschl 🇦🇹
- Bariş Atik 🇩🇪
- Sascha Horvath 🇦🇹
- Matthäus Taferner 🇦🇹
- Justin Löwe 🇩🇪
- Max Kulke 🇩🇪
- Alex Mighten 🇬🇧
- Alexander Jeremejeff 🇸🇪
- Moussa Koné 🇸🇳
- Luka Śtor 🇸🇮
Spotlight On The Squad
Marco Hartmann is my club captain for the forthcoming season, the 31 year old Defensive Midfielder joined the club in 2013 and will be a calming head in the dressing room amongst our younger members of the squad and will be a vital member of our mentoring team with his influence in the squad.
Chris Lòwe is a recent arrival at the club after he moved from Huddersfield Town. The Left Back is another senior member of the squad at 30 years old. Lówe is a former Borussia Dortmund and FC Kaiserslautern player and another who can be of a positive influence on our younger players.
Mattháus Tafererner at 18 years old will be looking at having a breakthrough season, the Austrian Midfielder looks to have the potential to become a quality player and has already represented Austria at 5 different youth levels to date. I think an Advanced Playmaker role within our system could see the youngster lighting up the Bundesliga 2 over the coming months and definitely one to watch.
Moussa Koné is a player who I feel will be pivotal to our season. The 23 year old Senegalese Forward could well be the secret Ingredient in our system. He is a natural Centre Forward however he can also play out on the right wing has a Winger and I think he could well get a few goals coming inside from the wide area which would enable me to play Swedish Forward Alexander Jeremejeff in the Centre Forward position in a Deep Lying Forward role. Whatever position Kone plays I think he can be a big player in any success we may achieve this season. Kone is the clubs record signing costing £1.94m.
So that’s a quick look at 4 of the players who make up our first team squad and each time I release a blog post I will look at another few members of our squad.
That completes the opening post from the save, Michael Stûbner is in position and next time we can have a look at the progress the new Dynamo manager makes and the system that he decided to use. We will also have a look at who Stùbner appointed in the Technical Director role and who he chose to be his Assistant Manager.
Thank You for reading