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Restoring Barça DNA

Started on 27 June 2020 by Oz96
Latest Reply on 6 July 2020 by Oz96
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This story is a bit different than others, thanks to inspirations from two stories in the section:
1. Sporting Director : A Different Approach to FM by nhfriend.
2. Més que Un club by ML Scouter.

Both are very well written stories and inspired me to create own of my own but I wanted a twist so I combined both. The team will be Barcelona but I won't be acting as a manager but as the Director of Football.

The assistant manager will be leading the team in games while I define the club's philosophy and tactical path, find and sign the players tactically suited after a thorough scouting. As well dealing with the club's finances, contract negotiations. I truly believe FC Barcelona lacked such a figure lately with tons of bizarre decisions taken by the club's inadequate management.

I think the club's most important asset was its youth academy which was heavily neglected in the recent years and it is something I plan on heavily concentrate in my story. It is time the academy turn fruitive again and I'm excited to see how it develops.

A few rules I want to emphasis for myself and you:
1. Despite recent change in the club's philosophy in real life, I will not be making any rush signings. I want to sign tactical fit players only with no exceptions. That means we won't be seeing any Kevin-Prince Boateng, Martin Braithwaite, Arda Turan or Jérémy Mathieu anymore.
2. The reason La Masia became so exemplary was its structure. Even the brightest talent of the club, Lionel Messi, spent a year in Barcelona B and it is something I want to replicate. No matter how great a player is, he is to play a full season in the reserves first. It won't be easy with the gems the game can make but it's only for the better.
3. Maximum age for Barca B is 21. Any player past that will be either promoted, loaned or sold if deemed unfit.
4. The in-game assistant manager is a fiction. I signed best suited tactically with fine abilities like Judging Player Ability and Tactical Knowledge however in the story I'll pick someone related to the club. The in-game assistant manager is Víctor Mañas for anyone interested.
5. A thing I admire in Real Madrid is their insistence on buy-back clause. Every youth player will have such a clause, in case he turns something we did not predict. I don't want any cases like Jordi Alba or Fabregas to happen under my shift.



Hope you enjoy reading. :)
Good luck!
I really really like this idea mate, keen to see what you can do!
Great choice as your Sporting Director. There's very few people in the world who have a more intimate knowledge of not only Barcelona's culture and structure, but their tactical philosophy, and just how effective it can be.
Iniesta is bound to be a popular choice with supporters!
2020-06-27 12:41#274973 Feliks : Great choice as your Sporting Director. There's very few people in the world who have a more intimate knowledge of not only Barcelona's culture and structure, but their tactical philosophy, and just how effective it can be.
I agree. Adding Iniesta is a very bright person, judging by how he conducted himself on and off the pitch throughout his career. One of the reasons he was picked as the story's face.


2020-06-27 14:52#274978 ScottT : Iniesta is bound to be a popular choice with supporters!

Can never go wrong with picking one of the best players in club's history. But it's not over, yet. ;)
good choice on iniesta
Called it!
Two legends of the club back in a non-playing capacity. La Masia is obviously world famous and if the success it bought particularly in the Pep times, things will be good. Very good start to this and I look forward to more.


Massive Overhaul In Coaching Staff



It has been a busy period in FC Barcelona with Andrés Iniesta re-organize the staff list to his taste, starting with the appointment of formet teammate, Xavi, as a manager.

This appointment showed the door to a few members including Ernesto Valverde's assistant, Jon Aspiazu and fitness coach, José Antonio Pozanco. Iniesta allowed Xavi pick the new assistant coach given it is a position of trust.

With that being said, here's the new coaching staff list introduced to you;



Former Arsenal superstar, Dennis Bergkamp, is the most notable addition in the staff however a very surprising one is Xavi's new assistant manager, Víctor Mañas, a former assistant manager for Sevilla and a chief data analyst for PSG and Arsenal.
Bergkamp is someone I look to get in the majority of my saves, he is a great coach in the game this year and will be a valuable member to your backroom staff!
The backroom staff play an important role. Let's hope that everyone can work together effectively and bring success to Barcelona, both domestically and in Europe in the near future.
Really like the idea of this concept! Look forward to following the progress.

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