Poland of Promise (part 1)

I’m delighted to be taking my first FM16 step on to the international stage, having been approached by the Polish Football Association.

As part of my ‘Wigan – a journey back to the top‘ save I’ve been offered my very first national management role with Poland (currently ranked 18th). I still need to win the FA Cup with Wigan in order to fulfil my pre-planned targets so I’ll be balancing the two job roles.

After looking at the Polish national side (and remembering the name Lewandowski) I soon accepted their offer. The opportunity to work with one of the worlds best players made the decision a lot easier, but with the added lure of being able to blood plenty of talented youngsters around my talisman.

Robert Lewandowski – world class Bayern Munich and Poland striker (FM16 overview)

The National Pool

Some of the better known players in the squad, which you’ll probably recognise:

  • Robert Lewandowski (striker)
  • Grzegorz Krychowiak (midfielder)
  • Kamil Glik (defender)
  • Wojciech Szczesny (keeper)

The main problem I’ve faced when taking on international roles in previous Football Manager games has often been the inheritance of either an ageing squad or an inexperienced one. On first impressions it looks like I’ve inherited a good blend with Poland. With those four players on the pitch we have a fairly strong spine to the team, which I can compliment with a few of the younger up-and-coming players:

  • Bartlomiej Dragowski (currently at Barcelona on my save and a top goalkeeping prospect)
  • Krystian Bielik (defensive midfielder recently signed by Arsenal in reality)
  • Robert Janicki (young playmaker who I scouted and nearly signed for Wigan)

Expectation

The minimum expectations is that the team doesn’t get outclassed in the International League.

The International League, AKA the UEFA Nations League (find out more about this competition), sees us face the Czech Republic and Israel in Group 2 of Division C, we’ll play each team twice. The league winner will be promoted to Division B and the bottom team relegated to Division D for when the competition next runs. Though I believe the Czech Republic have the stronger squad I’m confident we can give them a run for their money, and with a player like Lewandowski in the ranks anything can happen – a lot will depend on him staying injury free.

We’ll be playing our home games at the Poland National Stadium in Warsaw, an impressive looking 58,000 capacity arena with a retractable roof.

The Poland National Stadium, Warsaw

The Poland National Stadium, Warsaw

Getting started

First things first I’ll be adding the Polish leagues to my save in order to widen my scouting range. I’ll then need to look at my staff, fully assess the national pool, get an idea of my best 11 and look at formations that will suit the players at my disposal.

I’m looking forward to getting started on this one!


Comments (2)

  • Nice job mate. Am looking forward to reading how the journey unfolds.

    Comment by American Guardiola (23/03/2016)
  • Thanks! Our first fixture (a friendly against Cameroon) is fast approaching so part 2 of this series is likely to be my next post. Stay tuned.

    Comment by Manager Diary (24/03/2016)

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