One Night In...Seongnam (basically Seoul) Jul 8, 2020 15:44:22 GMT
Post by jla on Jul 8, 2020 15:44:22 GMT
After joining this forum to basically get back into FM, I've been ridiculously inspired by the saves that are going on here. There's such an amazing variety of saves in interesting places to play the game and you guys deserve credit for that. I was more than happy playing in Blackburn, but plain and simply I just want to join the party and try something new so after some discussion with Guido, I'm off to the K-League. As you can see above, we're going to Seongnam with the imaginatively titled Seongnam FC, a club that is basically owned by the city council, an idea I quite like for some reason. As a club they are former league champions and Asian Champions League winners, but that was before their rebranding as Seongnam FC and takeover by the council, and adoption of much of the city's associated features, such as the magpie logo and the colour black (I also like that they wear all black, which few football clubs do for some reason). For reference, Seongnam is basically a district in the larger area around Seoul.
In game, they've just been promoted from the K-League 2 (after being relegated in 2016) but I've started in January 2020, so I'm not entirely sure how that'll have affected things. In terms of Korean players, we're not in a bad position at all, with quite a few decent midfielders and centre backs in particular. A few were transfer listed or on expiring contracts as the game started, so I've resigned about four important players that will be important domestic cogs for us moving forward. One major weakness of the club is in their foreign players (both names are clickable) striker Tomislav Kis (on loan) and attacking midfielder Jamshid Iskandarov. Kis just wasn't good enough to warrant taking up one of our foreign player slots (we can have 3 non Asian players), so his loan was terminated, leaving only Iskandarov. Part of me is tempted to go Korean only, but I'm not entirely sure on this approach yet.
Pre-season went decently well as we developed our system. We really lack any quality upfront at all, whereas we have plenty of quality in midfield and in defence. As a result I decided to go with a strikerless system - at least for the time being. It has developed through pre-season, beginning as a narrow 4-1-2-3-0 and through the first couple of K-League games, but this is how it currently looks (click here). The board are expecting us to finish mid-table, which is interesting considering the media think we'll finish 9th, but it's nice to have a challenge to begin with.
The board (or effectively the city council) have also been really good so far, funding improvements to the training and youth facilities. Right now they're only adequate so we need to keep going. If we're going to eventually become a continental power to rival the likes of Guangzhou Evergrande et al. from China, we need to keep pushing on this. This is a league I've not played in before and I'm really enjoying it thus far. Hopefully you guys will enjoy reading about it too!