Hello friends! I'll talk about the 1o best players in my Genk Squad half way through the season.
It is pleasing to see most of the players having an Average Rating higher than 7.0. Almost everyone at the club are doing their job well and I hope this will continue. The squad size is also very huge and a lot of players are on loan. Another good thing is that there are many players who are capable of playing in a number of positions.
Lets now look at the top 10 performers.
This 21 year old France U-21 International has been the main rock in the Genk defense this season. He is currently the best performer with the highest Average rating of 7.71
The other half of Genk's central defensive pairing. The Brazilian has also been in superb form for the season chipping in with 3 goals as well. He has also contributed well to Genk's performances over the period.
Kara is one of the best players at Genk and he has proved it again with his performances. He has been played in the Anchor Man role for most of the season and he does his job well breaking down opposition attacks and distributing the ball well to the creative players.
The Belgian international has been in lethal form for Genk this season. He is the top scorer with 13 goals scored. I hope he can double his tally by the end of the season and help us mount a serious title challenge.
THis Trinidad international will be known to many FM fans as a good youngster. Hyland hasn't got many games in the league as he is injured for most of the times and when he isn't injured, he's busy playing international matches that take place outside of Fifa's International Friendlies Window.
Plet has been on loan from FC Twente and has been used as a substitute or whenever I wanted to rest Vossen. He has been doing his job well though even bagging a match-winning hattrick after coming off the bench in a game.
The skipper was injured for most of the time but he returned fro injury just in time to replace the injured Koulibaly and was immediately back to his best after a long layoff. He has just played in a handful of games but has been good enough.
Those were the Top 10 Genk players for the period till December. I did a post on these players as I had not mentioned about my First Team players earlier. The Transfer Window is approaching and I am not planning to buy anyone. My priority is to hold on to the club's star players especially Kara and Vossen. I will look to sell a few players in this window as the squad size is too large and there will be several players returning from loan. Thats all for now.
Hello friends! My Genk save is going good so far. The team was off to a flier in the league and was leading the table for a couple of months but after a few defensive injuries and a couple of poor defeats, the team is now in 4th position with 7 points behind leaders Anderlecht. A good thing is that we have 3 games in hand and if we win all of those then we'll go top of the table again.
The team started off nicely with the fluid attacking tactics and went on a 6 match unbeaten run. Things were looking bright when we lost tour first match to Gent. Thereafter, it was a largely inconsistent performance from Genk till December including the defeats against our rivals, Standard and against Zulte Waregem. We also dropped points at home in a stupid draw against strugglers Lierse. Ignoring those matches, it was a fine performance overall and wins picked up during the period were very good as well. The team was bonding well and also several youngsters were given chances in the First Team.
I fielded several Youth and Reserve team players in the initial rounds and although it took penalties to beat a Second Division side, the team performance was good. I fielded a balanced squad of youngsters and First Team regulars in the second match and they ran riot with a 4-0 win. We are up next for the Quarter Finals and face Anderlecht over two legs.
Terrible Europa League performance:
Genk was placed in the Europa League with current champions Athletico Madrid along with Dutch side AZ Alkmaar and Portuguese side Maritimo. The performance in the Europa League was appalling to say the least. This was one competition where I wanted to reach the Quarter - Finals atleast this season. The team was knocked out just after the fourth round of matches! This was despite the fact that we went through two rounds of qualification with much ease. Much improvement is needed next season if we want to do better in Continental Competitions. Perhaps the only positive from the tournament was that we managed to draw twice against Athletico.
I hope that we can win against Anderlecht in the Cup and progress to the Semi - Finals and also keep playing well in the League and challenge for the Title. I will post about the top performers in the Genk sqaud for this period in the next post.
Hello friends! My save with Genk took of well. The Board wanted me to play attractive football and develop the clubs's youth. I thought that if they wanted to go the Barca way then why not start with the way Barca play. Thus i tried to use the tactics which are similar to what Barcelona employ with modifications of course.
4-5-1 "Fluid Barca" :-
These will be the major team tactics for my Genk story. The team will start with these tactics in most of their matches. I have gone for an Anchor man, a deep lying playmaker and a more orthodox Box to Box midfielder in the center of the park. The two Center Backs will be supported by two wingbacks. There are two Inside Forwards who will form the Attacking Trident along with the lone Complete Forward. The tactics is based on a Fluid attacking strategy of 'Pass and Move'. The marking is zonal but combined with pressing and hard tackling so that focus is on winning the ball back and keeping possession.
There are many differences from what Barcelona use. I haven't gone for a Sweeper Keeper as of now. Barcelona play a false 9 and also the two wingers are further up on the pitch. Also, they play an Advanced Playmaker.
4-2-3-1 Real Madrid
The second tactic is the one that I had made for my Dusseldorf story. Ironically this is based on how Real Madrid play. It is my version of the Real Madrid tactics. It is based on Direct Passing with the intention to launch quick counter attacks. I might be using this against the stronger teams.
This Tactics is based on a Control strategy. There is complete loss of width in this tactic and also, two strikers are used. I am seldom gonna use this tactic.
I needed a good Goal Keeper as I mentioned in the previous post and I went into the market and Mannone was the first guy who popped up in the list. Although he isn't World Class, he is still young and has an experience of playing with Arsenal against big teams in the Premier League. He will be the first choice till I find a suitable replacement.
Lukas van Eenoo:
I wasn't actually short of players in the midfield position but I needed a good young prospect. So I went for this Belgian Youth International with decent passing, creativity and good work rate. He will get plenty of football this season and I hope this guy will be the preferred player in the Deep Lying Playmaker Loan.
None of the players were sold. All the players who left were youngsters going on Season-long loan deals.
THat is all for now. See you next time then.
You guys voted for a Belgian save and I am happy to announce that my new club will be KRC Genk. KRC genk is a football club based in the Belgian city of Genk. The Club has won the Belgian Top Division and the Belgian Cup thrice. They have produced many famous players for the Belgian National team. The most recent amongst those are Thibaut Courtois, kevin de Bruyne and Christian Benteke. The club has good Training and Youth Facilities and I wish to take the club to new heights.
Club Information page:
Board set a Philosophy:
The Board want me to play Attacking soccer and also develop young players from the youth setup. I like that they want to go the 'Barca Way' and this will be something of a challenge as I usually relied on new signings to improve the squad.
The team's strongest positions are the defense, the central midfield and the strikers. The weakest position is the Goal keeper and the Wingers. The Keeper will be my only Transfer Target and that too will be a loan signing as I have plenty of good youngsters in the team.
Most of the FM bloggers must know already of this beast of a player! Just 22 years of age and with a towering height of 6'4", this Senegalese wonderkid can really become a superb defensive player. He can equally play well in the center of defense as well as in midfield and this versatility will be very helpful. I hope that he becomes a threat from corners as well.
Young striker with pretty good work rate, teamwork and finishing. He will be the major forward of the Genk team and squad leader.
There are quite a few other players as well but the above two were the only two with a 4 star rating.
Genk have a very good Youth team with many players with a Potential rating of 4-5 stars! I would focus on youth to produce players for the first team.
Thats all for now. I will write about the tactics and the first few matches in the next post.
Thank You for the overwhelming response to my poll!
23 bloggers voted and 8 of those want me to start a save in the Belgian League.
Throughout the poll I could see that it was a straight battle between the Dutch and the Belgian Leagues. The Turkish League and the La Liga started gaining votes towards the end of the poll.
So, I would be starting a new FM 2013 story in Belgium. I hope it will be pretty interesting as Belgian football is currently witnessing it's Golden Era with the amount of talented youngsters playing in the top Leagues of Europe. Players like Fellaini, Hazard, Kompany, Witsel and Vermaelen and many others are key players in their respective sides. I will later post about the club i chose in the next post.
See you then. Goodbye!
I am thinking of starting a new save after my Dusseldorf save got corrupted. Please vote and help me pick. The poll is in the top right corner of the screen.