Ten years with the Akademisk Boldklub. FM16 is again one-long-save game for me with clear aims and I could say it’s still very enjoyable save as at the start. During previous ten years we were able to rise from the third tier to the top of Denmark. We have won the third league title in a row this season and fifth domestic cup trophy in a row.
I have to say I didn’t expect we could won the league this year because I decided to change our whole tactic system. We played with 4-2-3-1 formation during the first nine seasons and it was succussful in high same as with Spartans FC during FM15 time. But I wanted to change something. So I started a process of „evaluation“ of some form of 4-4-2.
I will write more about it in next blog post so I only say that we ended with 4-1-4-1 after some months and it’s very interesting option.
This is my profile after ten years in charge of Akademisk Boldklub. (Working with younsters attribute is little weird in case of my young players policy…)
We have lost some very important players during summer. Defender Thomas Frederiksen moved to Watford and became one of the best five left defender in Premier League during this season. Central midfielder Kristiand Laudrup signed for French side Troyes AC and striker Henrik Michaelsen left the club after £4M transfer offer from Bournemouth. Our chairman can not refused this offer.
Michaelsen came to our club a year ago and scored twenty goals during his first season. We have some additional fees in this transfers so we could participate on his next transfer.
What about new players?
It was interesting. My main priority was to sign goalkeeper Ondrej Brezina from Sparta Prague. He was on loan during last two seasons with us and we signed him for permanent basis. I still searching new young players and I discovered and signed some great footballers. For example left defender Jakob Kirk. He signed for us from Midtjylland and he will be our number one left back very soon. I’m sure.
We also signed youngsters Mladen Pepic (M/AML), Mikkel Nielsen (CD) and Frederik Hansen (ST). During august we signed 18-years-old defender Silviu Ghetu on-loan from Arsenal. He could play at all positions in defense and he is member of Romania Senior National team.
During first half of the season I scouted the young central defender Rasmus Koch and we signed him in January for 400K from Brondby. Our squad is again a little younger than in previous year and we played some league and cup matches with average age of 18 – 18,5.
The main aim is to go through to the Group Stage because of huge prize money. We beat FC Levadia Tallin, Sheriff Tiraspol and Celtic during qualification. But there were no more joy during the main phase. We played against Marseille, Shakhtar and Chelsea.
We were able to manage only two draws in home matches with Donetsk and Chelsea but we lost the rest of the games in the Groupe Stage and finished fourth with only two points.
We earned about £17M thanks to Champions League prize money and TV revenue what is absolutely crazy money for us and I was able to persuade Board for facilities improvements.
DBU Pokalen 2024/2025
It was an easy way to fifth trophy in a row for us. We beat Hillerod, Aalborg, Naestved and SonderjyskE.
We met our biggest rival, Lyngby BK, in the Final and we have won 3-0 after very good performance and goals by Randrup, Ramkilde and one own goal.
If you take a look at fixture screen you can see that we lost only once during this league season. We played the first half of the season with different tactical approach and we tested what should be good for us. But despite that we were able to concede only one goal in the first ten matches of the season.
This sequence ended after a 3-3 draw with Midtjylland at the end of October. But we were still very good despite many changes, some injuries and players outside of their preffered positions and roles.
The first and only loss was with Viborg in away match at the end of February. But it was not a dissaster for us because our aim was not to finished season without defeat. We wanted to play with the new tactic system, new instructions and we wanted to give chance young players.
We used 32 players during this Superliga season, most of the all clubs. We clinched the third league title in a row just eight matches before the end of the season. The biggest highlight of the final part of the season was a 4-0 win over FC Kobenhavn after absolutely fantastic performance. This game was probably the best by us during the spring part of the season.
Very enjoyable was also away match with Midtjylland. We were 1-0 up but they turned it around to 2-1 but we scored two goals during eleven minutes and won 3-2. I only say to myself „this team is very strong, I’m happy with it…“
We finished the 2024/2025 season with 89 points which is a new league record. We scored 65 goals and conceded 19 times.
Goalkeeper Ondřej Březina played 47 matches in all competitions. Young goalkeeper William Thorhauge from our own academy played seven matches and he will get more time next season because he is very talented.
The best defender of the season was Lars Sorensen. The „bad man“ from previous seasons when he collected the most yellow and red cards in league history played cleverly and he had 12 assists and scored two goals in 43 matches.
As I wrote above I wanted to play with Jakob Kirk as a left defender and he had a very good start of the season but he was injured for a several months and it ruined his season. Despite this there is a big interest in him from many countries across Europe.
The best player of the season is again midfielder Nichlas Meyer. Our academy graduate had to play outside of his preffered position but he was fantastic and he is learning very fast. He played 37 matches, scored 11 and made 12 assists.
I was very happy with three strikers because Ramkilde scored 16 and Aakjaer and Hansen 10. When Ramkilde and Aakjaer were injured in the same time our academy graduted Michael Hansen was our first choice and he played very well.
We finished this season with 28,245,571 overall balance and 6,049,263 profit.
The upcoming summer will be probably very hard for us because european clubs are interested in our 21 players…I hate the „Wnt“ icon.
The Youth Intake this season was very average but we signed a contract with midfielder Stefan Holm who came from some local club to our team.
He is 18-years-old, he could play in the centre or left side and he could be a very good Superliga midfielder if his development will be right. I moved him straight to the Senior Squad after Youth Intake and he played three matches in the final part of the season.
If there will be players exodus during summer he will be probably in the first XI next season.
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