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Borussia Dortmund: Life after Klopp

Started on 2 December 2014 by Iconic
Latest Reply on 30 April 2015 by Iconic
2-1 Dortmund!!!! great read keep this up!
I am going to be pessimistic and go 2-1 Bayern - sorry Iconic, but I feel they will have just too much for you :P

Bayern edge out Dortmund in tight Super Cup clash

On a cool afternoon in Dortmund it was FC Bayern Munchen who won the German Super Cup after a 4-2 win on penalties, Die Bayern were lucky to win the game and it certainly wasn't a one sided affair by any stretch of the imagination.

Bayern enjoyed the lions share of possesion as pear usual, but Dortmund repeatedly attacked Bayern on the break but their profligacy meant that Bayern weren't made to pay for their tactical ignorance. But as Dortmund wore down Bayern found their opening late in the first half and after a magnificent save from Timo Horn, Thomas Muller fired home from the resulting corner after Horn was narrowly beaten to his front post by the twenty four year old international, as he leaped off the Signal Iduna Park turf tearing numerous blades of grass to kicksart Die Bayern's game. It was to prove significant blow for Der BvB as Mats Iconic would later explain to the press 'We should have taken our chances better but we didn't, we were careless the players acted as though chance after chance would fall their way but it was never going to be that way. Despite our profligance I thought we were good defensively and were resilient throughout and limited their chances, but just one lapse in our concentration cost us of all the players it had to fall to it was Muller. Muller. He does deserve credit for his finish and the way he took the chance with such composure is admirable.'

Iconic must have said something brilliant though ,as the way Dortmund came out fighting in the second period with an added spark of energy to their game as they pressed Bayern back and played with their swagger and style from Pre season and were rewarded through a goal from (you guessed it) Tammo Harder. After some crisp passing and a rare time where Dortmund where in possession Nathaniel Clyne stroked the ball to Henrik Mkhitaryan who within the blink of an eye scooped the ball past Sebastian Rode and Sebastian Schwiensteiger, then with a swift flick of his right boot sent the ball onto toward Harder, sending the ball up and above the slick turf with chunks of grass sticking to it and water spraying up from the pitch and ball alike. Concentrating on appealing for an offside meant Holger Badtuber meaning the twenty five year old centre back was unable to keep up with Harder's speed of thought and with the football. Pierre Emerick Auabameyang then left Jerome Boateng for dead and hit a fierce drive at Manuel Neuer Bayern's No1 did well to save the shot but parried it straight at Harder who kept his composure to fire home (With some help from the left boot of David Alaba).


Bayern then caved, trying to hold out for penalties and passing the ball around their defence, the best chance of the game after Harder's goal came unsurprisingly Dortmund's way after a beautiful cross from Harder the ball hung in the air and dipped perfectly, it seemed, for Sven Bender to become the man of the moment but Jerome Boateng swerved in to head the ball away after Bender didn't attack the ball in the air.

As penalties looked immanent Iconic attempted to bring on Ivan Klasnic and Adrien Ramos as more firepower for the shoot out, this was where the controversy was raised as neither Klasnic nor Ramos where brought on as Peter Gagelmann (the referee for the match) didn't let Dortmund make their changes in the game. 'I was very frustrated with the fact that we couldn't bring on Adrien (Ramos) or Ivan (Klasnic) as you may have seen, tempers were flared and I was extremely angry and I needed to an explanation as to why we couldn't bring them on and Gagelmann just couldn't give me that. I don't think it cost us the game, no, not at all I just think that had we had better penalty takers maybe Bayern wouldn't have won, but life goes on we can't cry over spilt milk I apologise to the fans for not winning the Super Cup and it being taken away in such cruel circumstances. But we can take pride from the fact that the twelve players that did play were fantastic in their efforts from minute one to ninety three.'

Dortmund never really looked confident in the shoot out and Bayern took a 2-1 lead after the first four penalties. Youngster Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg stepped up to take Bayern's third penalty kick (the champions were taking their penalties first) sweat glistening from his from his face and torso, Timo Horn attempted to psych out his opponent and it clearly worked as Hojbjerg lost composure and control as he smacked his shot way over the bar into the yellow wall with an explosion of Yellow and black in sheer delight.

The Dortmund fans where still basking in the celebrations of the Hojbjerg miss when Henrik Mkhitaryan stepped up to give, what Dortmund fans hoped, would be their equalising goal, the Armenian took a deep breath and drilled the ball at Manuel Neuer who didn't act in fear and lat the ball harmlessly thwack his hands before punching the air and screaming in delight (and really taking the piss.) as Mkhitaryan clasped his hands over his face, looking up to the sky as if it would give him his magical answer as to why he missed with hot tears of anger and embarrassment cascaded down his face mixing with sweat and water, which he had dowsed himself with before the shootout. The next taker was none other than Dortmund old boy Robert Lewandowski with the Dortmund crowd silenced momentarily there took a little while for the hatred of 'Lewa' to kick in but as it did so boos rang round to a deafening extremity. Standing tall (acting in a way like a Cristiano Ronaldo wanna be - what a prick!) the air was humid with the smell of sweat lingering in the atmosphere in and around the ground, drops of sweat and water dripping from his hair, took a deep breath and dinked the ball just over the outstretched arm of Timo Horn as the Dortmund keeper desperately attempted to claw the ball away from the net, his efforts were unrewarded as the Pole managed to score from the twelve yard spot. Bizarrely though didn't celebrate or run around screaming or even just walk back but stud on the spot barely moving a muscle staring at the Yellow Wall, prompting the Dortmund fans to chant the loudest they had all game drowning out the cheers of celebration from the Bayern away fans.

The next penalty taker was Slovenian Centre Back Jon Gorenc Stankovic who blasted his penalty well beyond the reach of Manuel Neuer to give Dortmund hope but Thomas Muller drilled the final into the Dortmund coffin, spitting a rather large amount of saliva and phlegm onto the pitch he side stepped from the left and thwacked the ball into the top right corner and set of on a run round the pitch Iconic and Guardiola shook hands and the former teammates shared a hug before setting off to their respective players. The home crowd gave their hero's a rousing reception and the players and staff returned the favour applauding their fans, acknowledging their fans support.

Several Dortmund fans where questioned on the result and performance with many saying how well the team played and that the players fought so well for the win. After the final whistle some fans were able to make out the image of Jurgen Klopp sitting beside Director of Football Michael Zorc in the Director's Box giving the fans a wave before making his way out of the ground.

The question does remain though, will this set the tone for the season? Will Bayern once again be comfortable champions? Or will one of Dortmund, Wolfsburg, Bayer04 or Schalke spring a suprise (let's hope not Schalke! :P)

Author's Note

So I didn't win the Super Cup, but life goes I apologise I wasn't able to bring glory as of yet but let's hope I can win something, eh?

Schmelzer completes Sevilla move as Clyne comes in

There has been yet more deals in Dortmund, this time the defence has been strengthened with the £11,250,000 (which could rise to £17,250,000) signing of Southampton Full Back Nathaniel Clyne, the Englishman joined up with squad prior to the Pre season match against Fiorentina, and was installed immediately as the first choice Right Back for Dortmund (with ?ukasz Piszczek playing at Left Back as Erik Durm was still away on holiday). The Englishman is reportedly very happy to be testing himself at the highest level of world football playing for Dortmund in the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE. 'To be honest I was very suprised when I heard Dortmund wanted me, when you're playing for a side around mid table in the Premier League but I was a bit shocked to hear Southampton had accepted an offer but I want to test myself and I think Dortmund is the place top that.'

This move has come to many as a suprise with Dortmund beating off competition from teams such as Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City.

Marcel Schmelzer was also pleased to seal a move to Seville saying 'I was disappointed to see that Iconic wanted me to leave and I really thought if I made a big enough impression then I would stay. But I'm, here now and I'm glad to get a fresh start here in Seville.'

The £6,250,000 transfer fee was considered a bargain buy by the Sevilla fans, with many feeling that Schmelzer has come in for a bargain fee. However there was some anxiety for the supporters with many questioning whether the German was a cheap replacement.

There was also doubts surrounding Clyne's move to Dortmund however at opposite ends of then spectrum with some wondering if the fee paid was over the top and to expensive. 'I have no doubts on the money paid for Nathan (Clyne) will show his quality, maybe it will take a bit of time like most new signings but I've no doubts that he will become a big fans favourite here.'

A typically optimistic response from Iconic and if Clyne's Pre nseason performance's are anything to go by Clyne is sure to be a hit in Dortmund.
Great read so far! So interesting signings!

Iconic pleased with Champions League draw

'They are three very accomplished teams and they all have strengths but I am confident we can get through.'

Those were the words of a confident Mats Iconic after he was asked whether he thoughts Dortmund's draw for the 2014/15 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE group stage had been somewhat kind to the German's. Dortmund will meet Arsenal, (a side they played at the same stage last season) Basel (the only Swiss side in the competition) and LOSC Lille- the French side with nothing to lose.

'Don't get me wrong I think Basel, Arsenal and Lille are three very capable sides if they weren't then they wouldn't be in this competition if they weren't. I am looking forward to facing Arsene Wenger, a manager I greatly admire and have the deepest respect for, Basel are a well organised and disciplined side but they have quality, Frei and Streller demonstrate that, Lille have been talked up as underdogs but with a bit of hardwork and determination I see no reason why they can't go through they are a good young side in a way like Lyon were a few years and if they develop at that pace then I see no reason why, in a few years, that they can't be real challengers for Ligue 1.


It seems like an age since the invincibles side of 2004 with the likes of Henry, Viera and Bergkamp (sorry to bring back painful memories of Henry and Viera leaving Gooners fans!) but if they are more fortunate with injuries then Arsenal could challenge for bigger trophies than the FA Cup, they play a similar style to Bayern and Barca (remember I nearly beat Bayern too!) so I will need to utilise my chances when I play them- likely using a counter attacking system

Key Player

Arsenal continued their spending spree with deals fro Mateo Musacchio, (£11,750,000) long term taget Sami Khedira (£14,750,000) and Nico Gaitan (£12,750,000). Despite this I do think that their key players are Mezut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, if you were to push me for an answer I would say Ozil for the simple fact that although fantastic in real life I have yet to see Sanchez in FM so for this reason I go with Ozil. He makes them tick and in early last season he was their talisman and their driving force, everything going through him.


The Swiss champions (the only from this nation in the competition) and a very organised team under Paulo Sousa, they play a counter attacking game with Streller being the target, holding the ball up to bring others into play whilst tucking away more than his fair share. It's likely I will adopt a controlling strategy hoping to control the match (and possession) but take my chances when they come.

Key Player

This a tougher question to answer than you may think as Basel do have a lot of quality in their squad, but whilst Streller scores and Frei dazzles Walter Samuel is different he's the man you want your son to become. Signed from Internazionale in the summer of 2014 the deal was rightly considered a coup possibly one of the most complete defenders in his prime, he's a leader a strong defender and knows how to play to his strengths and not his weaknesses, his continued desire to better himself and others make him a extremely tough man to get past in the heart of the Basel back four.


A promising young outfit who've struggled to keep up with their same form as last season and ending 2014 with seventeen points less then they had at that time the previous year. The main reason? Injuries and a lot of them to key players to with Marcos Lopes possibly the greatest loss for them. They have the making of a team to go into the quarter finals Kjaer and Enyeama make for a good defensive unit that may take a bit of time to break down.

Key Player

Unlike with Arsenal or Basel the key player for Lille is much easier to decide and it is no other than loanee Divock Origi, already a fast, strong, physical presence Origi in his prime is looking like scary thought. Able to operate on the left or in the central striking position he is somewhat like Belgian teammate Romelu Lukaku, if he plays well enough however Liverpool (who bought him in summer 2014 for £10,000,000 from Lille) may choose to recall him from the loan deal yet this is unlikely as there is rumoured to be a specific agreement in his transfer deal that meant Origi must spend the entire 2014/15 campaign in France with Lille.
its a good group but i think Basel are the threat they have always been decent on previous FM's
2015-01-11 18:18#205904 Tallery : I am going to be pessimistic and go 2-1 Bayern - sorry Iconic, but I feel they will have just too much for you :P

No need to apologise Tal I prefer you be honest and tell me if you that I will lose rather than saying I'll win. But considering we were lacking many first teamers (Hummels, Durm, Weidenfeller e.t.c.) I fell we did well to push Bayern as far as we did.
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6 yearsEdited

August report

the start of the season wasn't the most productive to say the least, a shaky start not helped by the fact that nine, yes nine! of my first team players were ruled out of action with injury. Those injured include Armenian playmaker Henrik Mkhitryan, talented goalkeeper Timo Horn and my experienced stopper Roman Weidenfeller along with Sven Bender, Sebastian Kehl, Ivan Klasnic, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Marco Reus and Ilkay Gundogan (Gundogan is back in light training).

August report

German Cup 1st Round

SV Siegen 0-5 Borussia Dortmund

How smug I was after this game you all doubted Klasnic but who's laughing now! haha! Dat guy Tammo gave us the lead on twenty two minutes after a neat close range finish from a low Nathaniel Clyne cross. And just five minutes into the second half Klasnic netted the first of his three goals, after some penalty box pin-ball the Croatian found space to curl home a right footed shot into the bottom right corner of the Siegen goal, his second came eleven minutes later after a breakaway lost steam Milos Jojic played a chipped pass to Harder and the twenty year old threaded the through ball to Klasnic who was quickly closed down, Sigen hoping to exploit his lack of pace. But the didn't count on one thing, Klasnic spotted Siegen gaolkeeper Dominick Poremba off his line and tryed an audacious chip from a few yards outside the penalty area and with one flick off his left boot Poremba was suddenly backpedaling in panic, but nothing could prevent Klasnic from scoring his second and sending the away fans into raptures. Klasnic however saved his best until last, travelling at speed he let a pass from Kuba Blaszczykowski run away from him a little before dinking a cheeky effort into the net (what'd I tell you I knew he'd score!!). The scoring wasn't finished there either after a cross from Blaszczykowski was only cleared to Milos Jojic who played a simple pass to Shiji Kagawa, the Japanese midfielder took a touch on his left foot before curling a sublime effort into the Siegen net, a great way to bounce back from the Bayern game.

Bayer Leverkusen04 1-1 Borussia Dortmund

How angry I was after the final whistle! We were wasteful and should have killed off Bayer04 before the hour mark, but we didn't and were punished for it. Pierre Emerick Aubamyeng was our scorer. We switched to a counter attacking style but right as I thought we'd clinched three points Leverkusen scored through josip Drmic after Timo Horn could only parry a shot into the path of the former Nurnberg man. Even Roger Schmidt admitted his side were fortunate to escape with a draw.

Borussia Dortmund 1-2 DFB Stuttgart

Such a disappointing result and performance after the Leverkusen game a Vedad Ibisevic brace put us to the sword. He scored his first from the spot after a poor penalty was given away by Mats Hummels and the Bosnian beat Mitch Langerak for sheer pace on the strike (Langerak was in goal as Weidenfeller and Horn were both injured). His second came on the hour mark when Hummels and Langerak became confused with each other and Ibisevic made us pay with a cool finish past Mitch. We did manage to claw one back in the eightieth minute through Milos Jojic after an incisive breakaway Harder slipped the ball to Jojic and he side footed the ball into the corner.

We've had some misfortune for sure, but we've had encouraging signs going forward with Jojic, Harder, Aubamyeng and Ivan Klasnic all showing promise for the season.

Dortmund Player of The Month

In a difficult month of sorts our best player was hard to judge as no one has really been standout Klasnic was superb against Siegen but ran out of steam after sixty minutes against Bayer04 Aubamyeng was poor against Siegen exploded into life against Bayer04 and was decent against Stuttgart starting the attack which lead to Joic's goal, my choice however may be seen as controversial but I think that Tammo Harder has been consistently good this month, not as brilliant as Pre season but still playing well, getting the assists for Jojic's goal against Stuttgart and for Klanic's first against Siegen and scored the first of that match that clinches the award for him. This kid is going to be a star!

The Klasnic hattrick gave us optimism for the opening month

But Drmic's goal put a sour note on the Leverkusen meeting

And the Ibisevic brace compounded my misery against Stuttgart

Dortmund squeeze in late deadline deals after injury crisis deepens

With Dortmund in the midst of another injury crisis Mats Iconic desperately needed to complete a deadline day move for a goalkeeper and with not much time to do it in. With time rapidly running out Dortmund made the loan signing of Serbian keeper Zeljko Brkic from Italian side Udinese. With first choice keepers Roman Weidenfeller and Timo Horn and Mitch Langerak the only keeper available for the match against Stuttgart (with no substitute goalkeeper) there was a hint of panic in the Dortmund camp but with ten hours to go of the transfer window being open the Serbian completed the loan move and started to train with those that hadn't joined up with there respective national teams.

Brkic should make sure that we never lack a capable pair of hands

The second signing of the day and our of course our final purchase of the window was the capture of Argentine striker Ezequiel Rescaldani from BBVA side Malaga for £4,500,000. However due to the fact that he is carrying a hernia and won't be able to make his debut until we play Hannover 96 away on the 23rd of September. I am confident however that once he shakes of his injury he will become an important cog of the Dortmund team, his link up play with Tammo Harder, a player I am looking to build the team round in future seasons, will be key he is a strong player who is good in the air but also has skills on the deck and has a decent turn of pace he could become one of the most complete forwards in the game.

Rescaldani should develop into a world class forward and make sure we always have a striker available.

I am pleased to seal these buys and I shan't think I should need to buy anymore players until next season (unless the injuries deepen even more) where I will evaluate all the players at the club and what I want to do with them.
really enjoying this story mate keep up the good work
This is a great read and I can see there's a lot of effort put into it. Good job!
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6 yearsEdited

September: Teething problems

September was a better month than August, but we were far from perfect with more than a few bumps along the way, we picked up a vital UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE win against Arsenal on matchday 1 after a brilliant comeback I hope you're enjoying the save as much as I am, so without further ado let me tell you about September!

Werder Bremen 1-3 Borussia Dortmund

Our first game of the month was a much needed win away at Bremen, the performance was very pleasing and I was impressed with our attacking vigour, after several chances for both sides we drew first blood after a Sven Bender flick on Pierre Emerick Aubamyeng crashed a shot into the top right corner of the Bremen net giving Andreas Wolf no chance. The second half took a while to get going, but sprung into life once Theodor Gebres Selassie thundered a magnificent shot past Zeljko Brkic for the equaliser. But Bremen's lead lasted only ten minutes when Sven Bender played a neat one-two with Ciro Immobile and gave the ball to young Serbian midfielder Milos Jojic and with an exquisite turn fooled five Bremen players and played the ball into the path of Bender and despite the desperate slide of Santiago Garcia Bender was able to power home his first of the season. The best goal was saved for last however, Tammo Harder chipped a pass to Adrian Ramos and with an almost superhuman leap nodded the ball back to Harder who set off on one of his trademark tricky runs as Ramos sprinted forward into the box and with a scooping low cross into the box, this was where Ramos turned and with a swift flick of his left boot with Wolf stranded in the middle of his goal. There was one controversial moment as Ciro Immobile had a goal disallowed for offside I believe it was an offside and I would like to hear you opinion do you think it was?

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE MATCHDAY 1 Borussia Dortmund 5-2 Arsenal

Crikey! What a game, what a game! We showed some brilliant character and quality to come from two goals down and it could have been three had Danny Welbeck shown better spacial awareness as his goal was rightly ruled offside. As you will know Timo Horn and Roman Weidenfeller forced me to draft in Zeljko Brkic on loan. However Brkic was unable to be registered in our UCL squad because of certain rules, Weidenfeller was just able to play but was poor in stopping the Arsenal chances and before long Welbeck had two and we were 2-0 behind. The turning point happened just before half time when Mats Hummels flicked the ball into the goal from a corner to make it 1-2 just moments before half time. This came as a great relief to me and it enabled me to have a much more optimistic view of the first forty five minutes of football. And I must have said something right as after just thirty one seconds (YES 31 SECONDS!) we were level through Milos Jojic with a curled shot from around twelve yards out. Our third came less than ten minutes later after a free kick from Marco Reus hung in the air for Greek Centre back Sokratis to volley home our third goal. And we weren't finished there, with seventy minutes left of the game Ciro Immobile was allowed way to much room and drove straight through the Arsenal team before slipping the ball to Shinji Kagawa who rolld the ball to Jojic who sidestepped the challenge of Per Mertesacker and tapped the ball to Pierre Emerick Aubamyeng and with a swift drive of his right boot sent the ball into the net for the fourth leaving Szczesny lying on the floor, the shot wrong-footing the Pole as it sailed into the net. The cherry on the cake was the opening goal of the season for Ciro Immobile, after some neat footwork from 'PEA' (this is what I will refer to as Aubamyeng in the future) he jinked into the Arsenal eighteen yard box and passed to Milos Jojic who's shot was blocked but the rebound fell to Tammo Harder who unselfishly laid the ball onto Immobile and the Italian made no mistake as he slammed in the final goal of the match. It was a tremendous comeback from us and I think we thouroughly deserved our win.

Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Hoffenheim

We were in control of this match from start to finish and took the lead after only five minutes through man of the moment Tammo Harder, the twenty year old taking a through pass from Immobile perfectly and threading the ball past Oliver Baumann and into the Hoffenheim goal. Harder had another chance on eighteen minutes but his shot was well blocked by Kim Jin-Su. We controlled possession of the match but Hoffenheim came flying out of the blocks in the Second Half and after less than five minutes of play they were level through Ermin Bicakcic after he flicked a header past Zeljko Brkic (unfortunate not to keep a clean sheet this month) from a corner. They held us for nineteen minutes and it looked as though they would walk away with a share of the spoils but on sixety eight minutes Marco Reus won a Free Kick and after some penalty box pinball the ball fell loose and Greek Centre Back Sokratis reacted quickest to score his second goal in two games. The final goal of the game came after Tammo harder started a lightning breakaway and slipped the ball to Henrik Mkhitaryan and the Armenian chipped the ball to Adrian Ramos who fired a sensational volley into Baumann's goal to seal the game for us.

Hannover 96 2-1 Borussia Dortmund

I selected a slightly weaker side for the trip to Hannover and from the start of the game I had a nagging feeling that we'd pay for it. After just twelve minutes we were behind after some calamitous defending from Sokratis gifting the ball to Jan Schlaudraff to put us 1-0 down. But we didn't give up because that's not the Iconic way and Sokratis redeemed himself with the equaliser after he hooked home a corner from Ashley Young. But we couldn't hold on, Schlaudraff and Artur Sobiech combined to restore the home side's advantage.

Borussia Dortmund 1-1 FC Bayern Munchen

What might have been. We lead for seventy six minutes and all for nothing! Sven Bender gave us a surprising lead after just nine minutes curling a fine shot past the outstretched arms of Manuel Neuer and into the Bayern net. I was in shock, we were winning! I couldn't believe it! We played so well and Ezequiel Rescaldani came so close to sealing the victory with a scissor kick that Manuel Neuer somehow fisted away, that was the tipping point, that gave Bayern belief I knew as soon as it was missed that we'd live to regret that. And my concerns were correct as Bayern piled on the pressure and Sebastian Rode fired a low long range shot which Zeljko Brkic was so close to saving. A devastating blow but the positives were clear, we were winning for almost the whole match and Bayern were fortunate to win. If we can be more clinical in the future then I'm sure we'll beat Bayern.

Player of the month

Again player of the month was a difficult choice but this time it was for the right reasons.
Tammo Harder has had another impressive month, Adrian Ramos has had a superb impact from the bench and apart from his error against Hannover Sokratis has been solid. But for his saves and suprising impact since arriving on loan though I must choose Zeljko Brkic for this month's ward. If the Slovenian keeps up this form for the rest of the season a permanent move may happen.

Player of the month award winner Brkic has made a surprising impact.

Sokratis scored three crucial goals.

Its been another impressive month for young Tammo Harder.

And Rescaldani had a solid debut.
loving this story great effort put in keep up the good work!
I'm not to impressed with the win over Arsenal you know I mean damn :'( A top month though mate despite the blemish against Hannover but it was worth the risk to try and keep your guys fit for the big match.

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