One Man’s Journey Across the Alps: I

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Right, after my post outlining what I was doing on the FM19 beta, it’s time to properly get started. As you can probably tell from the title of this article, and possibly from my Twitter if you’ve been following (@JLAspey), I’m bringing back a concept that I first began on FM17, which I called One Man’s Journey. If you’ve been following my writing and this blog for any amount of time, you’ll know that I rarely like to play Football Manager in obvious leagues, and I always try to play the game in a different way. One Man’s Journey on FM17 was my journey through France managing as Julien Girard, and it was one of the most enjoyable saves I’ve ever had on Football Manager. The concept was simple, it was a journeyman save, but focused on just one country, in that instance, France.

But now I’m taking the concept to another level with this year’s edition of the save. After a year away from it I’ve been able to come up with what I think will be an even more immersive version of the save, both for me and for you as readers. As this article’s title slightly gives away, this year I’m going on One Man’s Journey Across the Alps. That means that the countries we’re going to be in are Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Italy, France and Switzerland. As on FM17, this game will be played realistically, and our manager’s beliefs and attitudes will evolve as he is impacted by the world around him. To add extra lower leagues for the above countries, I’ve again used claasen’s files, available on the SI forums. Here are the leagues I’ve selected as available.

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Here is our manager for this year’s edition of the save, Austrian Johannes Leitner. Johannes was born in Vienna, and had a moderately good professional career, playing as a left back and left wing back, but never making it higher than the Erste Liga and retired at 35 after realising that his playing days were over and his future lay in coaching. Johannes only has one truly favoured club, Austria Salzburg, the club his father supports, and the club that Johannes supports as a result despite growing up in Vienna (Johannes and his father would travel to watch them whenever they could). Because of his support for Austria Salzburg, Johannes also has a deep disdain for Red Bull Salzburg and Red Bull in general, seeing them as taking the identity away from football clubs. Tactically, these are Johannes’ main beliefs:

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