♥ ♥ ♥ Echte Liebe ♥ ♥ ♥ The FM13 Journey Ends

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After three seasons, 1’078 days, 1’304 posts, 189 matches, 615 goals, seven trophies, two clubs, and one brief international stint, the RTFM project on Football Manager 2013 has come to an end. I’ve taken the decision to pause the save now before the 2015-16 pre-season begins, but this is NOT the end of RTFM which will reboot with the release of Football Manager 2016.

I haven’t decided on which club I will begin at in FM16, with a handful of options being considered, but the blog will return to a daily format as soon as I have a copy of the game and can “holiday” the in-game date to mirror the actual date before resuming real-time.

I will archive all the FM13 content from my time at Austria U19, Borussia Dortmund, and Wigan Athletic under a separate FM13 menu, with the usual squad, fixtures, and statistics pages being created for the FM16 version.

RTFM will continue to publish articles over the summer, with a weekly “what happened next?” post going up after I resign at my current club Borussia Dortmund and holiday unemployed for six months at a time. I’ll also look to bring you great FM writing from around the community, so keep following the blog and our social feeds!

Thanks to everyone who read my journey so far, and I stress that it’s just due to wanting to reboot the save and take advantages of some fantastic young players who have broken through to top-flight football in real life over the past three seasons, as well as resetting the state of leagues and high-profile transfers.

#EchteLiebe

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Dortmund Diary: Reus Injury, Season Tickets

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Daily Dortmund Diary, Monday 29 June 2015:

Marco Reus will miss BVB’s opening friendlies after twisting his left knee in a training session. The club’s medical team have indicated that he’ll be sidelined for a fortnight, sitting-out the matches on 08 and 11 July at Wuppertal and Bielefeld respectively.

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The club have announced that they have sold 22,002 season tickets so far since sales began. The marketing team said that they expect to sell another 31,100 as the season approaches taking the total to around 53,100 of Signal Iduna Park’s 80,720 capacity.

Daily Dortmund Diary: Sunday 21 June 2015

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The players have reported back to Brackel after their four weeks off, with a number of players being promoted through the club’s squads. Erik Durm has been promoted to the first team after his return from Braunschweig where he scored 13 times in 32 appearances for the 2.Bundesliga side last season.

Hervé Matthys, Samy Bourard, Hendrik Brauer, Nils Lennard Dietz, Ogün Gümüstas, and Jeremy Dudziak are now all ineligible for the U19 squad next season and have joined Dortmund II. The club have announced that the club won’t play in 3.Liga again next season, and players will be sent on loan should they not break into the senior squad.

Viktor Fischer and Stevan Jovetic have both been granted an extra fortnight’s holiday after looking very tired in training. Both featured heavily in recent long-distance Euro 2016 Qualifiers for Denmark and Montenegro respectively.

Coach José Segura has started on his Continental Pro License, with the club paying the fee.

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Alex Sandro has become the biggest signing of the summer so far, with a £21.5m move from Porto to Manchester City. The 24 year-old Brazilian international left-back was at Porto for four years (winning two titles) since his £8m move from Santos in 2011.

Colombian wing-back Juan Guillermo Cuadrado has left Chelsea after one season, where he only made 10 appearances following his £8.5m move from Udinese. The 27 year-old recently spoke out about his anger at not being included in Colombia’s Copa America squad, and has joined Marseille for £8.5m.

UEFA Club and Nation Rankings Revealed

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European football’s governing body, UEFA, have announced their club and nation rankings which will affect seedings and competition qualification places for the 2016-17 season.

England continue to rank as the top footballing nation in the continent, after an all-English Champions League Final (and three clubs in the final four), and Manchester City’s Europa League success. Top three nations England, Spain, and Germany will continue to receive four entries to the 2016-17 Champions League.

Borussia Dortmund have moved up eight places to 14th position in the new European club rankings for next season, despite failing to make the last eight in Europe. Barcelona retain their spot as the top-ranked team in Europe, though Chelsea could leapfrog them next summer as the 2010-11 season ceases to be ranked.

The most improved team in Europe was Avenir Beggen of Luxembourg who moved from 770th to 454th in the table after they entered the Qualifying Round of last season’s UEFA Champions League, before losing 0-4 at home and then 0-10 away to Dinamo Zagreb.

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BVB Board Announce 2015 – 2016 Budget

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The board of directors at Borussia Dortmund have made announcements this morning regarding the club’s finances ahead of the transfer window opening on Monday as preparations begin for the 2015-16 season.

First Team Manager Gray Surman has been given an initial transfer fund of £15.85m, and the wage budget is set at £1.33m per week (current spends £1.2m p/w). 100% of any fees raised will be made available, and should the current wage total remain constant, then a £20.2m transfer kitty can be spent excluding any fees received.

The club made a total loss of £13.2m last season, but prize money has now been paid by UEFA and DFL meaning that the club has made a profit of £28m in June alone. The club’s current balance is £79.26m, with £1.04m being raised through the club’s membership scheme, a similar amount as last season.

The board announced that dividends totalling £13m will be paid to shareholders, with the turnover for the last financial year being approximately £228m.

The 1.Bundesliga fixture list will be released on 20 June. The opening day of the season will take place on 22 August, with the DFL-Supercup at Schalke scheduled for 25 July.

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The double-winning U19 side have arranged their first pre-season friendlies. They will travel to SC Freiburg on 01 August, before playing at Hamburger SV four days later. Freiburg finished 7th in Group 4 last season, while Hamburg were 3rd in Group 2.

BVB Board “Content” with Manager Surman

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The Dortmund board have told manager Gray Surman that they are content with his performance over the past year, at today’s end of season meeting. Surman guided the club to the domestic double as well as the Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup, but lost in the DFL-Supercup and crashed out Europe.

The club suffered the ignominy of being knocked-out in the UEFA Champions League Group Stage after winning the tournament in 2014, and then lost to Ajax in the Europa League last sixteen (after beating Anderlecht) despite being 4-1 up on aggregate with just fifty minutes of the tie to play.

The club started the season inconsistently before climbing to fifth and then maintaining a top-four spot since the turn of the year, and slowly hauled in their rivals, finally going top after matchday 25 and keeping the lead to the end of the season and retaining the title.

Back-to-back German cup success was sealed on Saturday with a 3-1 win over fierce rivals Schalke, which pleased the board immensely, as did the performances of the squad which were at a high level throughout the campaign.

The coaching staff reported that Dennis Praet, Mario Götze, and Viktor Fischer stood out as having improved significantly as footballers over the course of the season, while the entire youth squad were praised after winning a league and cup double. Playing staff are now on holiday until 6th July.