FM19 Kaiserslautern – Season 6 Part 2 – Contenders

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In my last post, I covered off the start of my sixth season in charge of FC Kaiserslautern, as I looked to build on a fantastic campaign last year, finishing in seventh place overall despite expectations of relegation. I thought I had qualified for Europe but it was not to be, BMG snatched it from my grasp on the last day of the season by winning the DFB-Pokal to claim my place.

As I mentioned last time around my aim this year would be to ensure there would be no fake news scandals at the end of this season. Qualification for Europe simply had to be the target. With some fantastic performances in the early stages of the season, including a quite magnificent 7-2 decimation of Borussia Dortmund, things look to be right on track as we were sitting in third place at the end of October.

With a few tough tests in November, it was time to see if we were still boys, or had become men.

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FM19 Kaiserslautern – Season 6 Part 1 – Time to Challenge

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Last year was a fantastic year for the club, despite a predicted finish of 17th and automatic relegation, Kaiserslautern would defy all odds and end the season finishing in seventh place. Helped massively by a fantastic home record, which was tied for best in the league, we would beat Munich, Dortmund and Leipzig along the way.

A recap of last season can be found here:

FM19 Kaiserslautern – Season 5 Part 2 –

A massive factor in our success was the signing of left winger Mikael Noro Ingebrigtsen for the small sum of £550k from Norwegian side Tromso, scoring 14 goals and assisting 11 on the way to becoming German player and player’s player of the year. This year I plan to capitalise on the increased reputation and revenue our seventh-placed finish afforded us to really cement ourselves as one of the best sides in Germany.

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FM19 Kaiserslautern – Season 5 Part 2 –

The last update saw things break up earlier in the season than normal due to the 2022 World Cup which took place during the months of November and December and saw Portugal run out 3-1 winners against Brazil.

Before club football went into it’s enforced standstill things were going rather well at Kaiserslautern in our sophomore season in the Bundesliga. 7th in the league overall but tied 3rd on points. It was going far better than the predicted relegation dogfight. The highlight undoubtedly being a victory over Dortmund.

For more detail on the early part of our season you can find it here.

FM19 Kaiserslautern – Season 5 Part 1 – Roten Teufel Resurgence

Things were going so well my only worry would be that such a long break from competitive action would lead to a downturn in form but we would cope with that as best we could.

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FM19 Kaiserslautern – Season 5 Part 1 – Roten Teufel Resurgence

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If you have been following along so far, I’m sure you will agree that last season’s run-in was rather remarkable, from a team that looked dead and buried by the end of March, we battled through admirably to guarantee our Bundesliga survival, though it would take to the final day for our safety to be assured.

You can read all about it if you haven’t already done so here –  FM19 Kaiserslautern – Season 4 Part 2 – Relegation Battle

With our safety in the top flight confirmed it brought with it some real financial stability with the increased revenue generated from TV money we were able to start work on upgrades to both our adult and youth training facilities, as well as improve our junior recruitment and coaching levels. On top of this, we were given £140k per week in extra wage budget to go along with £8m to spend in the window. So it was time to see if we could turn our squad from relegation fodder into something a little more.

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FM19 Kaiserslautern – Season 4 Part 2 – Relegation Battle

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Last time out was the first half of our first campaign back in the Bundesliga, and needless to say we were finding the step up in quality a little tough, we seemed to be able to mix it with the other teams propping up the bottom half of the table, but the rest of the league were far too much for us to handle. For a look at how the first half of the season went you can check that out here:

FM19 Kaiserslautern – Season 4 Part 1 – Bundesliga Beginnings

We would move into the January window with no transfer budget to spend and would have to make do with what we had as we moved into the second part of the season, it was going to be an uphill battle but I had the belief that we could survive, which would be very important for us.

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FM19 Kaiserslautern – Season 4 Part 1 – Bundesliga Beginnings

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Despite the expectations of a top half finish last year we had a stormer of a run in and defied the media and bookies and won automatic promotion to the Bundesliga with a game to spare, if you missed the final part of the season and want to know how it all unfolded you can check it out here:

FM19 Kaiserslautern – Season 3 Part 3 – Up the Tempo

With the club now reaching the top tier, the quality of the clubs we face has increased markedly both on and off the field, and it was only fitting that we would spend wisely to ensure that we began as best we could to match up to our peers. I anticipate a very very tough season ahead and will need to work doubly hard to ensure we grab a foothold in the division and give ourselves a good base to work from, should we defy the odds and beat the drop this year.

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FM19 Kaiserslautern – Season 3 Part 3 – Up the Tempo

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Welcome Back everyone, the dust of the transfer window has now settled and we move on to the last leg of season three with some fresh blood in the squad and down a key man. After a blistering winter shutdown and performing very well, we were unable to transfer the form into the league as the new squad members bedded into the club.

For those who have not read about our late 2020 form and January Window then you can read about it in more detail here

FM19 Kaiserslautern – Season 3 – Part 2 – Daring to Dream

Things would settle soon after though and we would motor on and get back to our best it all started with the tactical switch I hinted at last time.

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