FM20 TEAM GUIDE - FC KOLN
Their greatest triumph however came in the 1977/78 season as they won the League and DFB-Pokal double. Going into the final Bundesliga fixture they were tied on points with rivals Borussia Monchengladbach but comfortably clear on goal difference by 10 goals. Incredibly, Monchengladbach won their fixture 12-0 but Koln won their game by 5 goals to clinch the 2nd Bundesliga in their history.
They remained a force throughout the 80s but the last 2 decades have been spent flitting between the top 2 divisions. Following promotion in the 18/19 season they are back in the big time again and in search of a return to the glory days.
AIMSFirst season board expectations - Avoid a relegation batte
First season media prediction - 14th
CHALLENGE - WIN THE BUNDESLIGA AND DFB - POKAL DOUBLE
PERSONNELAssistant manager - Manfred Schmid
Club Captain - Jonas Hector
Vice Captain - Marco Hoger
Key Player - Timo Horn
Hot Prospect - Noah Katterbach
Classic Player/Legend - Wolfgang Overath
Initial areas to strengthen - GK, CB & RM
FINANCESBalance - £20.1M
Transfer Budget - £430K
Wage budget - £679K a week
MAIN RIVALSBorussia Monchengladbach
The long serving Timo Horn is a key player and will be vital to your chances of success. Number 2 Krahl is young and unconvincing, a replacement reserve required.
Newly signed Ehizibue has the physical attributes but can be clumsy in possession and lacks positional awareness. Schmitz can improve and is an ok squad player. A couple of fairly average options and a position to improve in time though it isn’t the immediate main priority.
Young Spaniard Jorge Mere is the pick of the bunch and he can develop further. Bornauw can also improve to be a useful player. Czichos is ok but at 29 could be one to cash in on as the budget is so poor. Loanee Leistner is sluggish and has a mistake in him. It has a very average feel to it overall and a new partner for Mere will improve both him and the defence as a whole.
Captain Jonas Hector is an experienced international and the teenager Katterbach is an excellent prospect. One for the present and one for the future, easily your strongest area.
New signing Schindler is the pick here but his final ball can often disappoint. Clemens and Risse are ok squad players. This should be an area to improve in the first couple of windows.
Skhiri is a classy playmaker from deep and the best midfielder at the club. Loanee Rexhjbecaj is a good aggressive box to box type. Hoger is a great team player though at 29 he will start to decline in a couple of seasons. Hauptmann can play further forward but is best used deeper, he’s currently a squad player but does improve. Verstraete is of a similar level but is best suited as a BWM. You’re ok here for now with players to progress in the future.
Drexler has ability and a good eye for a pass, he’s the only out and out AMC though others can cover here. As you need to sell to buy he could be sacrificed if not wanting to use a no 10, he often has interest shown in him.
Jakobs is one to watch, he might not be ready just yet but does develop further. Kainz brings a bit of flair cutting in as an IW. Like much of the squad you’re ok for now but no more than that.
Cordoba is a good pressing forward though lacking in a bit of composure when the chance comes. Terodde is unproven at the highest level but the target man’s goals got them promoted and he’s a good option to have. Modeste has returned following a spell in china but is a squad player now at best. Loanee Uth is a good finisher but contributes little else.