FM16: “The Academics” – part IX – Youth forward!

After some other post at my blog I want to continue with the story from Denmark where I manage Akademisk Boldklub. After promotion in the first season and fifth place in the second season we are in the half of the second season in NordicBet Liga. I decided that the most of my youngsters will be in the Senior squad regardlesss their age. The result of this is that we have 17 players under the age of 20 in the first team!

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Transfers – summer 2017

More than ten players left our club during summer this year including captain Simon Braemer who was no longer needed because of lack of quality and he had many injuries.

Talented and promising young goalkeeper Nicolai Skov moved to the Superliga side FC Midtjylland for a fee aroun £100K.

We’ve signed only three players. The main reason was that we promoted many young players to the Senior squad as I wrote above.

The first signing was central defender Alexander Ludwig who became the best set piece taker of our team. Another two players are strikers. Kim Bertelsen came from Odense for four months loan and Oliver Enevoldsen signed an amateur contract.


AB Squad – 2017/2018

Pre-season – summer 2017

The pre-season friendlies were focused on financial aspects again. We played against Rostock, Nordsjaelland, Aalborg, Club Brugge, Standard Liege, AFC Bournemouth, KAA Gent, KRC Genk, Aston Villa or RB Leipzig.

We’ve earned 446,997 from Gate Receipts and 442,210 thanks to a TV Revenue for only one month so it was very productive pre-season.

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DBU Pokalen 2017/2018

It was very fast this season for us. We beat Ballerup 2-1 in the first round of domestic cup but we lost against Randers FC 1-2 after extra time in the second roudn. A little disapointment after last year…

NordicBet Liga

We had absolutely fantastic start to the new league campaign. We won the first five matches against HB Koge, Roskilde, Naesved, Silkeborg and Vejle. We were first in the table.

The youngsters were more and more included in the match and they were very good. Players like Kanstrup, Meyer or Kirkegaard were outstanding despite their age.

We manage to win 11 matches during the autumn part of the season, two matches finished with a draw and we lost five matches. We got 35 points and we are first in the league thanks to a goal difference ahead of Silkeborg. We are three points ahead of Koge and five ahead of Fredericia.

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Stats of players with under the age of 20


There will be fight for promotion places and I think we will be there…

Thanks for reading. @KeysiRensie.




A Football Manager addict and lover for many years. You can follow me on Twitter or in Football Manager Slack – #fmrensie channel.

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