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Eye of the Storm [FM15]

The story of a man who never quite made it, until now.
Started on 6 October 2015 by Doctorinho
Latest Reply on 6 October 2015 by Doctorinho
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7 yearsEdited


Who is Ejvind Storm?

Following he recent success we look at how this Danish manager is saving Cambridge United

Position: CM / CAM
Total Apps: 301 (12 for Denmark)
Total Goals: 53 (4 for Denmark)

Club History
Esbjerg fB 1991-1998
Brøndby IF 1998
Aston Villa 1998-2012

Early Life
Ejvind Storm was born in Padborg, Denmark on the 14th December 1979. As a young child he showed great potential and at the tender age of 11 years old was drafted into the Esbjerg fB youth academy. Within four years he rapidly grew as a footballer showing the potential to become one of the worlds best players. Storm wasn't the fastest or the strongest player, his technique might not have been perfect and he was terrible at heading the ball but he did have an outstanding eye for the game, he understood the pitch and could read players like no one else.

Professional Breakthrough
At age 15 during the 93/94 season Esbjerg were in the Danish Second Division and plagued by injury they promoted 15 year old Ejvind Storm to the senior team to help cover the central midfield role. Although he didn't do anything of real note in his first season he managed to stay in the first team and notched up 10 apps as the team pushed to win the division.

Early Career
Storm continued to play for the Danish club for four seasons, racking up 47 appearances and grabbing 7 goals also. He played for the majority of his time in the centre midfield acting as a deep lying play maker, on occasion drifting up to play behind the strikers. Eventually in 1998 Ejvind was snapped up by Brøndby IF for a modest £200k. Now at age 19 having missed the junior national teams he knew he would have to break into the first team and make an impact on the Danish Superliga. And that is exactly what he did, in his first season he scored a very impressive 21 goals in 27 games from the CAM role. It was arguably his performance that drove his team to winning the division, ensuring a third successive title. It was in this season he managed to secure his first 5 caps for country in the 1998 World Cup, where he was instrumental in their progress to the Semi finals.

Aston Villa, and injuries
After an exiting show in the World Cup and just one season in the Superliga Ejvind was sold to Premier League team Aston Villa for £3M bringing the promise of exiting football. Unfortunately his time at Villa was plagued by injury, and although he was a consistent performer he was never fit for long enough to string together anything memorable. His playing career came to an abrupt end in 2012 when he broke his leg in two places.

Return to Football

In 2014 Esbjerg fB offered an interview to Storm in regards to the vacant managerial role. Although not being active within the sport Ejvind had spent his time away studying for coaching qualifications and had attained a Continental C licence. Two weeks later on the 11th July he was appointed the new boss at the Blue Water Arena. According to a press release Storm admitted he was surprised to be approached with such little experience in actual coaching.

"Yes, I was surprised. Obviously this club has a huge place in my heart but I didn't think the feeling was mutual. It's good to be back at the place my career started and to be given the chance to take the first steps into football management"

Storm had been given a clear set of guidelines upon his employment, with two simple goals he had to achieve.
1) To Attain a Mid-Table finish.
2) To refrain from signing any more players.
Now it was the second of these that Storm had taken particular issue with, after joining Cambridge he revealed this about his time there:

"You see they took me on, after we had spoken about what players I liked the look of. There were some real good youngsters we could have snapped up. But pretty much as soon as I signed my contract they started explaining how they thought the current squad was ideal and just tactics needed changing. The thing is, we only had three centre backs and no cover in goal. They wouldn't even allow a loan.

FC Sydvest - Away

Slavia Prague - Home

Storm guided his team to two victories in their remaining pre season fixtures. He had given a chance to a few members of the youth team which seem to have paid off.

"We have looked very good, I didn't expect to beat them [Slavia Prague], I knew we could get us scoring goals but thought we might be a bit exposed at the back" -During post-game interview

Troubled Times
Despite his teams energetic performances pre season it did not relate to success in the league for Storm. In fact they managed just 4 points from the opening 7 games.

Following this run of bad form immediately after the Kobenhavn game Esbjerg sacked Storm after releasing the following statement:
"Due to the poor performance in the league and philosophical differences regarding the management of Esbjerg fB, today we confirm that Ejvind Storm is no longer affiliated with the club. We wish him the best of luck in the future and are sad that the relationship could not have gone on longer"

A Step Down
After a disastrous start to his management career Storm decided to come here to England and try his luck in the lowest tier of League football after being offered the job at Cambridge United, who at the time were 22nd in the league, far from their pre season predictions of a play-off place. In his twelve games in charge Storm has pushed the U's up to 10th place, including a 4-2 win over rivals Stevenage, who the play today in the FA Cup 2nd Round.

A Long Way Up...
And here he is, 2nd Round FA Cup tie against their rivals. Today should be a great match and it't a chance for Storm to showcase his skills in the Cup. I think he has a long way to go as a manager but he certainly looks promising and if he can take the U's from a relegation scrap to play-off then I think he will turn a few heads. We caught up with him ahead of today's game.

"It's a huge game, for the players, for the fans and for me. I want to show people that I can achieve great things and this is just the start"
Okay so I decided to write this nearly halfway into my first season so stuff like screenshots of the table are not in the above bit, but from here on I will be giving a monthly update, or occasionally, like this rivalry game I will update single games or events. Hope y'all enjoy and I appreciate feedback, good or bad haha!
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7 yearsEdited


Match Day: Cambridge vs. Stevenage
FA Cup 2nd Rd

Pre-Match Press Conference

Storm: "Myself and the boys know what we need to do"

It was a big day for both teams, a fierce rivalry that saw the two teams clash just a few weeks ago here at this very stadium. Then it ended 4-2 in favour of Cambridge and I'm sure Ejvind Storm will want a repeat performance to ensure a good FA Cup run.

Ejvind Storm answered a number of questions from BBC Sport, The Football League Paper and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire ahead of today's game. The main question was regarding their win over Stevenage four weeks earlier with BBC's Dean Fox asking: "Given you have already beat Stevenage at home, do you think this game is in the bag considering they are now without Teddy Sherringham who was sacked last week?"

Storm highlighted the fact that "It would be disaster in the making to underestimate any team, especially your rivals in the FA Cup. Both myself and the boys are well aware of what we need to do and that is all that is important"

Storm was also asked by The League Paper's Alan Leeson how far he thinks Cambridge could go in the FA Cup to which he replied "I think if we are given a home fixture against a non premier league side we could surprise a few people. Old Trafford away, maybe not"

Match Preview

Match Report

The first ten minutes of today's clash started with intense end to end action seeing shots at both ends. It would be Cambridge however who broke the deadlock with a goal that came from beautiful team passing culminating on a through ball that cut past three Stevenage defenders to the feet of Jordan Slew nothing up his FA Cup goal tally to 2 in as many games.
Jordan Slew - 11'
Cambridge 1-0 Stevenage
-Jordan Slew celebrating the first goal of the day

Cambridge would keep on the pressure, with the following ten minutes being nearly exclusively in Stevenage's half. On the 25th minute Slew once again beat the Stevenage defence, this time a solo effort, cutting in from the right wing Slew deftly placed his shot in the bottom right corner from just outside the box.
Jordan Slew - 25'
Cambridge 2-0 Stevenage
-Slew bags his second with a calm finish from the edge of the box

Following the first two goals Cambridge seemed to become complacent as Stevenage mounted their first real attacks. Mark Roberts gave away a free kick on the edge of the box but Stevenage failed to convert.
Mark Roberts - 32'

Undoubtedly Luke Berry stole the show with a contender for goal of the tournament. An assist coming from centre Midfielder Connor Newton who whipped in a cross which Berry hit on the volley for a good way outside the box. Stevenage's keeper, Chris Day, didn't even move!
Luke Berry - 38'
Cambridge 3-0 Stevenage
-Luke Berry with a fantastic long range effort

Half Time

-Half Time Stats

Cambridge continued to dominate after the break and the second half was as much the same as the first, however with just the one goal. Jordan Slew wouldn't complete his hat-trick but would provide an assist to Rory Gaffney to get his first goal in the FA Cup.
Rory Gaffney - 59'
Cambridge 4-0 Stevenage
-Rory Gaffney and the U's celebrate a fine day's football after their 4th goal

Although they continued to press Stevenage the score finished 4-0 to the home team. Greg Taylor got away lightly with just a yellow with in a cynical challenge in what was the only other talking point for Cambridge.
Greg Taylor - 62'

Jordan Slew (2 Goals / 1 Assist)

Full Time: Cambridge 4-0 Stevenage

-Full Time Stats

Post Match Report

Doctorinho's avatar Group Doctorinho
7 yearsEdited


December Review
Cambridge United

Storm may have to eat words

Following their 4-0 demolition of Stevenage in the FA Cup Cambridge were drawn against Championship team Rotherham. Alex Dale from Sky Sports reminded manager Ejvind Storm of his comments prior to their 2nd Round game. "Ejvind, you said that if you were given a lower half of the table Championship side you would surprise a few people. Now given that opportunity do you worry your words might backfire?"

Storm calmly answered "You think I say things for the fun of them?" He chuckled before continuing "I don't know how you say in English but I mean what I said. I have aims and ambitions for the club but it's clear we aren't in the best position financially, the FA Cup is a good way to earn income and to give out players competitive experience against bigger teams"

Seventh Heaven for Cambridge

-Jack Stobbs and his team mates celebrating an emphatic victory

Cambridge Face League Leaders

-Jordan Slew scores in his 5th consecutive game under Storm

Cambridge Outclass Exeter

-Luke Berry with yet another long range goal from Cambridge

Storm Fears Tough Challenge

-Great keeping from Joel Pereira kept Cambridge from breaking through


December was all round a good month for Cambridge and the first full month in charge for Ejvind Storm. The U's fought their way to seven straight wins in all competitions including two wins over rivals Stevenage, one in the cup which the fans are still chanting about. Cambridge scored 19 goals in 6 games this month conceding 5.

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