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Torsten Frings: Der Junge von Würselen

A journeyman story following Torsten Frings' bid to become a leading football manager
Started on 25 March 2017 by mgriffin2012
Latest Reply on 3 April 2017 by MJK46
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Personal Information

Date of Birth: 22 November 1976
Place of Birth: Wurselen, Germany
Current Club: KS Cracovia



Teams Managed


Bundesliga: 2004/2005
DFB Pokal: 1998/1999, 2004/2005, 2008/2009
DFB-Ligapokal: 2004, 2006
Canadian Championship: 2012



Hello, welcome to my new story for Football Manager 2017. This is going to be a bit of a departure from the stories I have produced in the past, and having read the likes of MJK’s journeyman save and seen journeyman saves on YouTube, I have decided to try and pursue one of sorts. Instead of creating a completely new and made up manager I am going to be creating former Germany and Werder Bremen midfielder Torsten Frings within the game as a manager. I will be starting with a Continental Pro License and as an International Manager as this will reflect Frings experience in real life, however it is not my intention to start right at the start with a club like Bayern or Dortmund, and I will be trying to work my way up, and seeing where the journey takes me, whether that be through Turkey, Romania, England etc.

Why Torsten Frings, you might ask? Well, one of my first outstanding football memories was from the 2006 World Cup in Germany, and watching the hosts beat Costa Rica 4-2, a game in which Frings scored a stunning goal. For one reason or another I have followed his career since then, and when he left Toronto and became Assistant Manager at Werder Bremen I’ve thought for a while it would be a cool save to do to create his journey through management and IRL he has now become the man in charge at Bundesliga club Darmstadt.

The first post on this thread will serve as the stories hub, acting as Frings’ Wikipedia page so to speak, and will track his achievements in his managerial career, his club history and whatever else I achieve on this journey. Below are a list of goals I hope to complete with this story and most importantly I hope you enjoy this story.

Story Goals

  • Manage in the Bundesliga
  • Win the Bundesliga title
  • Win the DFB Pokal
  • Manage SV Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga
  • Win Silverware with SV Werder Bremen
  • Guide SV Werder Bremen into the UEFA Europa League
  • Guide SV Werder Bremen into the UEFA Champions League
  • Manage the German National Team
  • Win the FIFA World Cup with the German National Team
  • Win the UEFA European Championships with the German National Team
I am very excited for this
2017-03-26 15:33#240907 MJK46 : I am very excited for this

Thanks man, quite looking forward to it myself if I'm being honest ;)
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18 September 2016

Viktor Skrypnyk leaves Werder Bremen with the club 17th in the Bundesliga standings after Matchday 3.
- Skrypnyk relieved of his duties
- Under 23 coach Nouri takes temporary charge
- Green-Whites sit 17th in the Bundesliga after Matchday 3

SV Werder Bremen have dismissed coach Viktor Skripnik after a 3-0 defeat away at Borussia Monchengladbach left Die Grun-Weiben 17th in the Bundesliga standings. The club’s Under 23 coach Alexander Nouri has been appointed to the role on an interim basis.

Werder’s latest reverse, their second defeat in their first three games, came after a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Nord Derby Rivals Hamburg SV and a 1-1 draw with Freiburg. A former Werder defender, Skrypnyk was part of the team’s 2004 double-winning side. The 46 year old was appointed first team coach in October 2014, when he took over from Robin Dutt. He departs the club along with assistants Florian Kohfeldt and Torsten Frings.

”We have decided to take this step because we felt something was missing after the performance in Koln and that the current group are capable of producing the positive reaction we want to see,” Werder’s sporting director Frank Baumann said. New interim coach Nouri’s first game in charge will be Wednesday’s home encounter with FSV Mainz.

Welcome to the unemployment line
2017-03-26 21:44#240938 MJK46 : Welcome to the unemployment line

Haha the struggles are real, the job search is going to be looongg!!
I like Frings too so a good choice there, looking forward to seeing you back writing buddy.
2017-03-27 19:19#240964 ScottT : I like Frings too so a good choice there, looking forward to seeing you back writing buddy.

Haha glad to see i'm not alone in my appreciation ;) thanks man, is good to be back, hoping I can really get my teeth into this :D
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Rambles Of A Football Manager: Part I

20 September 2016

”Getting sacked would have been hard enough. When it’s the club you’ve shown tremendous loyalty to over the course of both your playing career and the beginnings of your coaching career it is even harder. Werder Bremen meant a lot to me, but the club needed to take a change and hopefully take a step in the right direction. Werder Bremen won the league in 2004 and in recent season’s we’ve only been challenging for survival in the Bundesliga.

What it has done though has motivated me to go out and make a change of my own. I’ve done my time serving as a number 2. I learnt a lot under Viktor Skrypnyk, and now it is time to set out on my own two feet and take that number 1 role for myself. My career is only just beginning as a manager, and there are opportunities out there, perhaps I’ve just got to find them. There are rumours of Ruben Baraja is on his last legs at Rayo Vallecano, but Spain isn’t somewhere that interests me just yet.

One thing I do know is that I’m not afraid to go outside of Germany, even if Spain is on the avoid list for now. Jobs in Romania, Poland, Czech Republic or Austria and Switzerland have all been proving grounds before for German managers so if that is the step I must take then so be it. For now though, the search has begun.”

Personally I think Frings will head off to a 2.Bundesliga side but who knows. Looking forward to seeing who it will be!
2017-03-28 14:53#241001 ScottT : Personally I think Frings will head off to a 2.Bundesliga side but who knows. Looking forward to seeing who it will be!

All will be revealed in due course mate, but i'll just say that it is somewhere i've never managed before ;)
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Torsten Frings Linked With Vacant Cracovia Role

26 October 2016

- Cracovia look set to appoint former Germany midfielder Torsten Frings as manager
- Club has been without a manager since sacking Jacek Zielinski at the beginning of October
- Frings has been without a job since being sacked as Assistant Manager at Werder Bremen in September

Miejski Klub Sportowy Cracovia have today made major steps towards ending their search for a new manager. Cracovia have been managerless since October 2nd after the sacking of Jacek Zielinski but reports today suggest that the club, sat 11th in the LOTTO Ekstraklasa, are just hours away from appointing former Werder Bremen Assistant Manager Torsten Frings as the new man in charge at the club.

Frings has been unemployed since September after being sacked by Werder Bremen as a part of the process of Alexander Nouri becoming the new manager at the Bundesliga club, but the former international holding midfielder has had his eye set on becoming the man in charge at a club ever since. It is believed that talks between Cracovia and Frings went very well and that the club is preparing a deal to bring the German into the club as soon as possible.

Cracovia currently sit 11th in the LOTTO Ekstraklasa after a run of 4 games unbeaten under caretaker manager Wladyslaw Lach have lifted the club towards the top 8 in the division that would see Cracovia progress into the Championship phase of the competition.

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Torsten Frings Named As New First Team Manager At Cracovia

31st October 2016

- Torsten Frings named as new first team manager to end month long search
- Former Germany midfielder takes charge with immediate effect
- Frings has signed a contract until June 2018

Cracovia are today delighted to announce that Torsten Frings has been named as the clubs new first team manager, taking charge with immediate effect. Having been sacked as Assistant Manager at Bundesliga club Werder Bremen in September, Frings is believed to have interviewed extremely well and promised to match the expectations set by club chairman Janusz Filipiak. Having spent two years as Assistant Manager at the Weserstadion, Frings said he was delighted to be given the chance to test his skills at the Jozef Pilsudski Stadium.

Frings will be in the dugout Sundays big trip to the National Stadium to meet Legia Warsaw in a huge first game for the man who was capped 79 times by Germany, scoring 10 goals. After the game in Warsaw, Frings will get to work with his squad for just under 2 weeks whilst the Polish national side compete in their latest FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, before Frings takes his side to play Pliast Gliwice after the international break.

When asked what he aimed to achieve at Cracovia, Frings was very forward and said ”For me, this team needs to be achieving a top 8 finish and doing what it can to get into that Championship phase at the end of the season. We achieved a place in the Europa League last year and now we need to make sure we build on that and put in the good work needed to make sure we’re challenging for continental football again next season.”

Interesting and very diverse choice of management to go to Poland! Look forward to see where this goes :D

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