Wilfred Bouma – An Introduction
Wilfred Bouma, you’ve probably heard of him. He’s a former PSV, Aston Villa and Holland defender, but the reason I chose him as my persona this career, is because he was born in Helmond. In this career he will be managing my local team: Helmond Sport. I don’t have a real connection to them, as I’ve only went to their stadium once. But still, your hometown club is always something special, you have a connection to it no matter what.
So, something about the club, they’ve been in the Jupiler League for most of their history, and they’ve been in the Eredivisie for a total of two years, but that was a long time ago already, and lately they’ve been pushing for promotion every year, but in the play-offs it’s gone wrong for the club every time lately. Helmond played a KNVB Beker final once, in 1985, but after 90 minutes of football, FC Utrecht deservedly won the cup. After this, Helmond had some bad years, but as of late, they’ve been consistently knocking on the door of the Eredivisie.
Helmond Sport’s league history
Helmond Sport is not a club with a lot of money, so it’ll be a big challenge to get them promoted with these minimal funds available to me. I’ll have to find cheap players, players the club always seems to find. Although the club don’t have a great financial situation, their squad is pretty good, and they have some players with Eredivisie experience. In the media, Helmond are predicted to finish 9th, but I think I can lead the club to a higher position in the league.
The club play in the Lavans Stadion, a stadium with only three stands: one side is empty, and people can literally see the pitch when looking out of their top floor window. The small stadium can hold 4.200 people, and when I went there, there were about 3.000 people. This is the average attendance for a game, so the stadium is never really sold out, not even for big games. Surrounding the stadium are Helmond Sport’s training grounds, where the first team and youth teams train.
Although the stadium is never full, concrete plans are there to build a modern 8.000-seater arena a couple of miles from the old location. These plans haven’t been finalised yet, which is also down to the low average attendances the club currently has. I, however, plan to take Helmond to the Eredivisie, so I’ll most likely request an expansion or a new stadium along the way.
Drawings for the new stadium
This was a little introduction to Helmond Sport, the club I’m going to do a story with until FM15, hopefully. Updates will be first person as well as news articles, hope you all enjoy! Leave a comment if you do enjoy this story! I’m using pr0’s update which has been updated for the 20th of August. I do actually live in Helmond in real life by the way.