FM16: “The Academics” – part VII – We are not here just to fill space!

There it is. The first half of the second season of this save is behind us. After the promotion to the Danish second tier we were named as the first candidate for relegation. But we hacked this prediction by great performances and results. We are in race for promotion to the highest division…

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Summer Transfers

There were fourteen players which left our club as a free transfers. One of them retire after it. I wanted to bring players to each area. We signed defender Carlos Shiralipour for a free. He can play as a right defender and also as a central defender.

We brought goalkeeper Alexander Nybo on-loan from Hobro IK and young central defender Morten Fraysse from FC Copenhagen. On of my main goals in the summer was to sign midfielder Adnan Mohammad who was out of contract after he was released by FC Nordsjaelland. He was on-loan with us last season and he was one three best players of the season.

He is also in the Pakistan national team and he is considered as the TOP player of his nation. He is their “Beckham”. I was very happy when he put pen to paper and signed two year contract with us. The last signing was attacking midfielder or strike Daniel Holm. He played for Brondby and Hvidovre in previous seasons and he could be very useful player.

I also promoted three younsters from U19 team to the Main squad but only defender Carsten Kanstrup was able to play in league and domestic cup. Defender Simon Svoboda and midfielder René Kirgegaard was able to play competitive games from November when they reached 16 years of age.

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Transfers – Summer 2016/2017
Squad – 2016/2017

NordicBet Liga

As you may have read in previous part, we focused on raising money and fittnes in our pre-season and we played with some very interesting teams from England or France but we were able to beat only two local teams. It was not problem for our start of the league.

We were meant as a clear candidate for relegation and our own Board wanted only to try to fight against relegation. Ambition of mine and our players were a little different. We wanted to by in the middle of table and develope our two tactics (4-4-2 & 4-2-3-1) to perfection.

So we started the league campaign with a 2-3 loss against Naestved BK. We were 3-0 down but we were able to score two goals and it was a little drama until the end. Not enough to score third goal. Nevermind. The first home match in second tier was joy to to watch. We played against FC Roskilde and we conceded two goals in 7th minute.  These goals was scored in 6:09 and 6:57. Probably the fastest two goals I’ve ever seen in FM.

The crazy course of the match continued until the end of the first half when we were 4-3 ahead. Unfortunately Roskilde scored the fourth goal after in the 63rd minute and the match ended 4-4. Great game for most than thousand fans in the stands.

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Very interesting match was also against Hvidovre. Our central midfielder Mathias Jensen received straight red card in the 3rd minute of the match so we changed from 4-2-3-1 to 4-3-2 with attacking mentality and won the match 4-0.

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We beat Fredericia 2-1 and we drew 0-0 with Koge and beat Skive.

In the first eleveen matches we also beat AC Horsens and Vendsyssel FF after the fantastic perfmormance. We also lost to Thisted FC, Silkeborg and FC Nordsjaelland.

The Danish NordicBet liga has three periods and teams receive prize money after each one. So we were third in the league and earn £145K. Great rule… 

In rest of the autumn we played another seven matches in which we won three games, lost once and managed three draws. We are second in the table after the first 18 league matches. Great result.

Our best player in this season is striker Nichlas Rohde. He played 18 league matches and scored 18 goals and made 2 assists. He played 21 matches and scored 20 goals in this season in overall.

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DBU Pokalen

We had also very good matches in domestic cup – DBU Pokalen. The Board expectation was the reach third round, same as last year. We played against Hillerod in the 1st Round and we have won 4-1 with combined squad. In the second round we met FC Fredericia and we have won 1-0 thanks to a goal by Carlos Shiralipour.

The draw for the third round was very good because we got Ledoje-Smorum from lower league and we won very comfortably 3-0. Only four teams from the second tier reached the fourth round and we got Hobro IK. They were fifth in the Superliga at that time so it is very good team. We played with 4-2-3-1 formation and I have to say we were much better side in this match. Hobro scored the first goal but we leveled the score just after the half-time and Nikola Saric scored the winner twenty minutes before the end.

We’ve reached the Quarter Final in which we will play at home against FC Copenhagen! It is our reward for hard work!


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One of my main goals of most saves is work with youngsters and their developing. I was very happy that one of my regen, right defender Carsten Kanstrup was played in three of four cup games. And he scored goal in his competitive debut against Hillerod.

I hope he will be great for us in next seasons…

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Carsten Kanstrup_ Overview Profile

And that’s  all for this part. Thank you for reading. @KeysiRensie



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