Rangers: Road to the UEFA Europa League Final 2020

Road to the UEFA Europa League Final 2020

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Foreword

Two successful domestic seasons have passed following the move from TSG Hoffenheim to my boyhood club – Glasgow Rangers.

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My initial remit was to stabilize the club, build a strong group of Scottish nationals, with the view to developing and nurturing a starting eleven, born-and-bred within a 30-mile radius of Ibrox Stadium.

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How I prepare for a Champions League final

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Introduction

When it comes to a game of the magnitude of a Champions League final, arguably the biggest fixture outside of the World Cup final, I tend to put a bit more effort into my preparations. Rather than wholly rely on my scout reports, I will also watch a couple of my oppositions recent matches.

We had a week to prepare, having finished the season with an emphatic 5-1 home win against Real Madrid to complete an invincible domestic season.

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Fredensborg – Season 4 drips to an end!

It’s been a fabulous first season in the Superliga but the last 10 games were drawn out into a disappointing end. A very quick recap of the remaining 3 months in Denmark.

On the results front my school report would say ‘Tries very hard but more needed to reach the next step in his education’.

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A Guide to Filters and Shortlists

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Introduction

Transfers do not happen by mistake. For me, they are the effect of fastidious scouting, aided by a comprehensive collection of filters and shortlists.

This is a guide to filters and shortlists in Football Manager 2017. In this piece, I will talk through a crucial set of in-game tools at my disposal to help with one of the most significant tasks I have as manager; strengthening my squad through thoroughly scouted acquisitions.

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Fredensborg – Where loyalty wins out…

It’s a simple coin toss. Sun, Sangria and a boat load of cash managing in one of the biggest leagues on the planet, or Snow, Carlsberg and smoked mackerel for supper 6 out of 7 nights of the week.

Always been a pint man myself, that and the affection I now genuinely have for the club and this group of players means I’ll be staying in Denmark for now.

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Fredensborg – Where my flats possibly going up for sale!

FC Kobenhavn, our illustrious neighbours were as usual running away with the Superliga. The Danish giants dominate the league year after year so getting anything from our next game would take a monumental effort.  On top of that my relationship with Kobenhavn manager Stalle Solbakken was less than amicable.

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Fredensborg – Where Superliga football aint so bad!

Funny how things work out. In my first week at Frednesborg I made an impassioned plea to our local neighbours FC Kobenhavn, I asked them to help us out and become our parent club. A link with the biggest club in Danish football would have been a huge boost. A snobby Stale Solbakken told me that a club like ours would never be good enough to send their players on loan to, so when the fixture computer picked them out as our first opponents it brought a little smile to my face.

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Fredensborg – Where football isn’t played anymore…

In a Rut – In a settled or established habit or course of action, especially a boring one.

That’s us, a winless run, a team desperate for goals with the inability to defend. How has it ended up being like this, we were so good early in the season and beat all-comers.

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