This wasn’t supposed to be. The pen had been hung up and my writing days were over. That was the plan.
So why am I sat here writing about my new Football Manager save I hear you ask? Well I am an old romantic suckered in by the new game and all its shininess. I can’t promise this blog will be well tended to (much like my team) but there is no harm in dusting off the keyboard.
I missed the boat with “save reveals” which appear to have become a thing, so I guess this is mine.
I followed Shrewnaldo’s lead and put out an advisory twitter poll with four options.
By far my favourite save on Football Manager has been my FM13 odyssey with Amiens in France, going from the National (3rd tier) to multiple Ligue 1 titles and two Champions League finals. This is the save that reinvigorated my love of Football Manager, and much like being dumped by the high school hottie, I have never quite found love like it since. There have been others of course, Hansa, Lokomotiv and Anderlecht to name but a few, but none have stolen my heart the way Amiens did, not even Hearts on FM18.
With that in mind, I compiled a shortlist to try and mimic that save. I chose Amiens because they had a funky stadium, I had been there on my travels, they were at least one promotion away from the top flight and it was a region underrepresented in the national football picture. Using these same criteria my FM19 shortlist consisted of;
Lucchese (Italy) – Serie C
I’ve twice been to Lucca, the picturesque, walled Tuscan town that is the home of Lucchese. In addition to this they also stick in my mind for playing against Newcastle (my team for my sins) in the Anglo-Italian Cup way back in November 1992.
Amiens (France) – Ligue 1
Just because. This would be a very different save from last time as Amiens have climbed the ladder and are now playing their second season in the top flight after successive promotions. The second of the promotions was secured with a last-minute goal which is well worth a watch here.
Truro City (England) – National League South
Never mind being one or two promotions away from the top flight, Truro are five elevations away from top flight football. Situated in Cornwall, Truro fit the definition of underrepresentation with the county not having a league club, as described so eloquently by the Two Unfortunates.
Dynamo Dresden (Germany) – 2.Bundesliga
The former East German powerhouses have struggled since reunification, falling out of the Bundesliga in 1995 and floating around the second and third tiers since. They have a fanatical fanbase and a good infrastructure and could potentially challenge the Bayern hegemony over time.
I had hoped that Lucchese or Truro would win the vote so was pleased to see they lead the poll.
As I said, the poll was advisory (sorry Truro voters) and with that in mind I’m please to say my FM19 save will kick off at Stadio Porta Elisa in Lucca, Tuscany.
Truro would have been fun but I am not sure I would have the willpower to aim for five promotions at the speed I play. That is me phrasing it nicer than some.
Kicking off in Serie C the first aim is to get out of the lower league. Similar to the Spanish leagues, getting in to the second tier is tricky due to the number of teams from multiple divisions vying for a limited number of promotion places.
I am a casual player so I won’t be ploughing through the seasons too quickly, nor will I be offering any tactical revolutions. That said, hopefully it will be a fun journey that might well lead to Serie A.
My aims are
Get promoted to Serie B
Consolidate in Serie B
Get promoted to Serie A
Finish as the top Tuscan team (Fiorentina, Empoli, Pisa, Arezzo, Livorno, Siena)
Qualify for Europe
Win a domestic trophy
Win Serie A
Win a European trophy