Fabrikken: Building Ballon – Season 1

As we are spending our time in Denmark in this version of FM, I’ve been keeping an eye on Danish football and I saw this item pop up

Danish side FC Midtjylland intend to have a player win the Ballon d’Or within a decade

Well, I can’t let this happen. Not on my watch. So, we’re on our way back to Denmark for a new save in which we will attempt to usurp their plan and groom a Ballon d’Or winner within a 10 year period.

How we are going to do this? Simple. We’re taking Brøndbyernes Idrætsforening and pumping a ton of money into their facilities to bring them all up to 20 for the start of the season.

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2020-21 Mid-Season Review

Brondby IF U-18 Focus

1. Mathias Kvistgaarden (18, ST) Mathias was promoted to the first team at the beginning of the season and appeared in 15 games in all competitions so far this season. To keep him fresh and avoid burnout, I’ve substituted him in every match so far.

He’s provided three goals and two assists so far, for an average rating of 6.78. This doesn’t fill me with confidence, but on looking at the stats, he’s hit the target with 50% of his shots (9/18), so he’s scored with every third shot on target. That’s not a bad return for a youth team player I’m bringing along slowly. He’s also running 10km/90mins, which shows he’s willing to get into the positions. Hopefully, I’ll use him a bit more going forward and getting him more game time.

2. Laurids Brandt Andersen (18, DM/M/AMC) He’s only played for the U-19’s so far and not done anything spectacular whilst he’s been there, getting an average 6.41 rating so far.

3. Louis Christoffersen (17, DM/MC) He’s spent his time in Brondby IF II this season and he’s only played 6 full games this season, but sat at just under 7.00 the season. 

 

Brondby IF II Focus

Jagvir Sidhu (19, M/AMRC) He played 3 games for the first team this season, all on the right wing due to injuries to the first team players. He potted a goal in those games, putting 66% of his shots on target. An average rating of 6.70 means that, although he was sent out on loan to a lower division club once his rival was fit again, he’s got a decent future.

 

Brondby IF Focus

1. Jesper Lindstrom (20, ML/AMLC/ST) Jesper has been a happy bright spot this season, In 15 games in all competitions, he’s provided 4 goals and 2 assists for an average rating of 6.83. 

Diving into the stats, his shots/shots on target is sat at 60% (20/12) and his goals/shots on target is sat at 33% (4/12). Much like Kvistgaarden, he’s done OK so far, especially from the right wing. His passing stats are at 78% for the season so far (257/328) and averages out 13.5km/90 mins for coverage. All these stats suggest that Lindstrom will continue to be first choice going forward. 

2. Morten Frendrup (19, DM/MC) Defensive midfielders aren’t flavour of the month on FM21, but despite an average rating of 6.66, he’s been a mainstay of the team, playing in the Deep Lying Playmaker role. He’s done really well with his passing, going 85% on 567 of 670 passes and winning 53 of 68 tackles (78%) along with covering 12.7km/90mins. He’s done very well so far in that role and will continue to be the beating heart of the side


2020-2021 End of Season Review

Brondby IF U-18 Focus

1. Mathias Kvistgaarden (19, ST) Sadly, he didn’t improve over the season with training, apart from a very small improvement in his First Touch. He appeared in another 19 games over the rest of the season, averaging 6.81 and scoring another 6 goals to end up with 9 on the season, with a Shots On Target percentage of 51% and again, just under 50% of his Chances Converted for the season, scoring 9 on 21 shots on target. He also improved his Distance/90mins stat to 10.4km/90mins. In all, a decent season for the young starlet. His training improvement was the only thing that left a lot to be be desired.

2. Laurids Brandt Andersen (18, DM/M/AMC) Laurids was the subject of a £0 bid from NordicBet Liga Viborg FF in January and, as he was a poor candidate to make it any further, I let him go.

3. Louis Christoffersen (18, DM/MC) He stayed in the reserves all season, averaging 6.79 over the season. I’ll give him a chance in pre-season, but if he doesn’t shine, I’ll look to sell him.


Brondby IF II Focus

Jagvir Sidhu (20, M/AMRC). Sidhu played 22 games for Hvivdore IF over the course of the season, scoring 6 goals and assisting 4 times for an average rating of 6.79. I may try to extend his loan as I don’t have any place for him and I truly believe that if he can’t kick on, he’ll be sold.


Brondby IF Focus

1. Jesper Lindstrom (21, ML/AMLC/ST) Jesper appeared in another 19 games over the rest of the season, averaging 6.79 and scoring another 2 goals to end up with 6 on the season, with a Shots On Target percentage of 57% and again, just over 33% of his Chances Converted for the season, scoring 6 on 17 shots on target. His Pass Completion % fell by a point to 77% (535/696). He also improved his Distance/90mins stat to 13.4km/90mins, nearly a full km extra per match. But, like Kvistgaarden, he didn’t seem to improve of the season, stats-wise which worries me a little.

2. Morten Frendrup (20, DM/MC) Frendup ended up playing 34 matches in all competitions, but despite an (very) average rating of 6.67, he’s been a mainstay of the team, playing in the Deep Lying Playmaker role. He’d continued his good passing form, going 85% Pass Completion % on 1,221 of 1,430 passes and improving his Tackles Won in the second half of the season, winning 126 of 153 tackles (82%) along with improving his Distance/90mins by 0.1 km to 12.8km/90mins. He’s done very well so far in that role and will continue to be the beating heart of the side. Frendup is one of a few players who have actually improved this season, going up in a number of categories. Here’s hoping he continues to improve!


2020-21 Season Review

Team-wise, we ended up doing the domestic Double, winning the 3F Superliga and the Sydbank Pokalen without a loss in either competition!

Andrija Pavlovic was our top scorer this season with 24 in all competitions, the Croatian scoring better than 1 in 2 games in the league and better than a goal a game in the Pokalen as he led us to a 21-11-0 record, finishing six points clear of FC Midtjylland in second place.

Simon Hedlund was our Player of the Season, despite missing the last 2 months with injury. Simon netted 12 goals and provided 16 assists in 24 games for a whopping average rating of 7.44

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