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FM Story Weekly 05/08/14

Our round-up of the stories for the week 28th July - 4th August 2014 which didn't qualify for a Story of the Month nomination.

By on Jan 01, 1970   Aug 05, 2014   2044 views   2 comments
FM Weekly - FM Story Weekly 05/08/14
Why hello, and welcome back to another issue of FM Story Weekly. I am pompeyblue, your regular host, returning to bring you to you a round-up of all the best Football Manager stories on the site that didn’t qualify for a Story of the Month nomination. So, let’s get going with the round-up of the 28th July - 4th August 2014.

This week’s featured stories:

TodayAtTomorrow’s Dynamo Dresden: Ghosts Of The East
TCO’s Southampton FC – Koeman get it.
LFC’s Toon Army - Marching On
ZapdosTheGreat’s Hertha BSC - The Heart of Germany
squirmy420’s Not All Who Wander Are Lost

#1. Dynamo Dresden: Ghosts Of The East



Dynamo Dresden are a club steeped in history, but a club that has been continuously toying, between the lower leagues of Germany. With Tom Young taking over as the club’s new manager, a return to glory in a new era for the club, is the long term aim. Two months down the line, and it’s going well too. Dresden sit in 3rd place, a strong start to the season, as they push for promotion. With out of favour striker Mickael Pote predicting a crumble in form from Dyanmo however, it remains to be seen how long the club can keep this up.

TodayAtTomorrow has returned with another story here, this time sharing her adventures with Dyanmo Dresden. She has started a fair few stories in her time, but has promised now to stick with Dyanmo until FM15, and I can’t see why she wouldn’t want to continue with this story. So far, I have personally enjoyed the updates with the graphic use in particular, very good. The writing also has good detail to it, and the layout is very neat too. All in all I can’t see many downsides to pick out from TaT’s story, maybe some would like even more detail, but in my opinion this has been a great so far, and I could honestly see this competing for SOTM providing she does stay true to her word.

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#2. Southampton FC – Koeman get it.



With a whole host of key players departing, as well as manager Mauricio Pochettino, there is no doubt Southampton are in the midst of some troubling times. Step forward Dutchman, Ronald Koeman, who has agreed a deal to became the Saints’ new boss. New additions, Graziano Pelle and Dusan Tadic do a little to ease the pain of the loss of the likes of Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana. Nonetheless, it will be an interesting challenge for Koeman to rebuild the squad ahead of another long Premier League campaign.

After a long time away from the site, TCO is back with a Southampton story to rejuvenate his story writing. I have always enjoyed his stories, and despite his poor choice of club (just kidding, that me being a Pompey fan for you), I’m sure I will enjoy this one too due to his impressive layout. The content and writing is also good, but there is still room for improvement when it comes to his graphic use. Still, this is definitely a story which I believe can become big on the site, with its potential showing that it could become a real contender for SOTM in the future.

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Writing:
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#3. Toon Army - Marching On


After a host of new signings, Newcastle United supporters once again have high expectations for the upcoming season, even if unpopular manager Alan Pardew is still in charge. The likes of Morgan Schniederlin, Loïc Rémy and Remy Cabella are just three of the many Frenchman who make up a strong squad at St. James Park, and they have made a strong impact too. With one season having gone by, an 8th place finish was achieved, and 62 points amassed. With investment in training and youth facilities already made, ahead of the new season, and new signings likely, who knows what’s in store for the Toon Army next?

LFChas begun another story here on the site, this time taking charge of the Magpies, Newcastle United. Despite only starting the story recently, he has already whizzed through one season, with a second just around the corner. Of course his graphics are excellent, when it comes to the monthly reviews, with the neat template very easy on the eye. His news reports are also very well laid out and written too. Although I would still like to see some more detail in the monthly reviews, this being where he could develop the story further, it is still makes for an enjoyable reading and could potentially fight for a SOTM nomination if the effort is continuously put into this.

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Presentation:
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#4. Hertha BSC - The Heart of Germany


When Hertha head coach Jos Luhukay stepped down from his position due to a fall out with the club’s board, it was unsure what direction Die Alte Dame were heading in. But following the appointment of ex-Stuttgart boss Bruno Labbadia, there is a sense of renewed optimism, with the new man in charge already strengthening squad. Bryan Ruiz, Jonathan Soriano and Rubén Pérez have all agreed deals with the Bundesliga club, and with a decent pre-season under their belts, they are now ready to get the competitive season underway. Hertha kicked off their season in style too, with a 4-1 win over 3rd tier team Saarbrucken in the DFB-Pokal first round. It was a strong opening for Labbadia, but things are about to get a whole lot tougher with many challenges in the league up ahead.

Brining us a story from Germany here and Hertha is ZapdosTheGreat, and he has got off to a relatively good start too. The writing has been good, as has the content and I do like the layout too. As with most stories, graphic use is something that could definitely be worked on, and is something that is quite significantly missing here. The layout is rather nice though, adding to a story that I do think has a fair bit of potential. I shall be looking out for this story, but one of my main concerns is Zapdos’ ability to stay consistent and stick with this story.

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Presentation:
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#5. Not All Who Wander Are Lost


Here’s something nobody could have ever expected, Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond quitting his job, to move into the world of football management. Following the abrupt sacking of Dougie Freedman, Hammond’s destination is Bolton Football Club, something fans surely won’t take well too. But so far, Hammond is proving any doubters completely wrong, having got off to an incredible start with the Wanderers. 9 games, 9 wins, quite exceptional for someone with no previous experience in the game.

We have seen plenty of realistic stories on the site, with the same old expected managerial appointments, so it’s nice to see squirmy420 has taken a different spin on things with a very interesting managerial appointment of his own in Richard Hammond. He has got off to a good start story wise too, with fantastic detail in his updates. The layout could be worked on, maybe with more graphic use as well, just to make it more visually appealing for the reader. Even using the recommended image size could make it just that more neater, but you still can’t take it away from him that this story has some great writing included in it already, and could go far.

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Writing:
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Presentation:
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Graphic Use:
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Overall:
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So that is our round-up of FM Stories for this week. I hope that you enjoyed this and if your story was included take any feedback on board, as to how you can improve your technique. I am by no means saying I am a good story writer myself and instead am just offering some advice, so don’t take it badly if you feel against what I have said as remember it is not anyone else’s opinion it is just mine. We all enjoy reading these stories and plenty of others, as they are all good for their own reasons. Be sure to keep writing, working hard and your story will also be included in FMSW and maybe even might get a future Story of the Month nomination!

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About pompeyblue

Just a regular football-mad guy. Supporter of Pompey since birth, season ticket holder and Southampton FC hater.

FM Scout is a great community and has given me the opportunity to improve my writing skills, making some good friends along the way. Sports journalism has definitely crossed my mind now that I have been writing regularly on this site.


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