Football Manager Community Draft League

Andres Iniesta or Mesut Ozil? Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi?

This is the FM bloggers’ chance to voice those opinions and create a team fitting to their philosophies and ideal tactical systems.

The premise:
– standard snake draft (by snake I mean that the order for round 1 is reversed for round 2 – order for round 1 is generated by a list randomiser)
– each drafter must pick a player to add to their 23-man squad
– you can pick a player when your time is up by mentioning his name in the comment section of this article – you’re welcome to say a few words about why you’ve picked him too
– once you have picked a player, no-one else can pick him
– each pick has a 24 hour limit – if you don’t pick within 24 hours then your turn is skipped and the draft moves on – you may make up your pick at any time after this point.
– at the end of the 23 round draft, each manager will be required to create a couple of paragraphs about the tactical systems they’d use if they were using this team in real-life or in football manager. This can be as long or as short as you so wish.

After discussions on Twitter, it was decided the more interesting part was picking the players and tactical systems so I’ve decided to abandon the idea of holidaying the game. Therefore, you don’t need Football Manager or anything like that – this is purely based on real-life and tactical theory.

Any other questions, let me know on Twitter or in the comments section below.

Drafters
@MrEdsFM – myself.
@cook1e_Mr – owner of the footballmanagerfocus.wordpress.com blog.
@MichaelKOfori – moderator at fm-base.co.uk.
@RealTimeFM – owner of the realtimefm.wordpress.com blog.
@Jakzeh – video maker at youtube.com/user/WorkTheSpace
@FMmanagers – owner of the fmmanagerblog.wordpress.com blog.
@FM_Old_Skool – owner of the footballmanageroldskool.com blog.
@Shrewnaldo – owner of the footballmanagerveteran.wordpress.com blog.
@gisby_marc – owner of the theguttmanchronicles.wordpress.com blog.
@Passion4FM – owner of mypassion4footballmanager.com.
@acidphire21 – owner of the longshotseverywhere.wordpress.com blog.

note: I forgot acidphire in the original draft orders (sorry mate!), so I randomised a load of numbers and his were 9, 10 and 3. So I fitted him in there in those rounds and shoved everyone else down one. Hope that’s okay!

Round One Orderhttp://i.imgur.com/TwyiR5P.jpg
1. @RealTimeFM – Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina)
2. @MichaelKOfori – Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Portugal)
3. @Passion4FM – Arturo Vidal (Juventus, Chile)
4. @FM_Old_Skool – Paul Pogba (Juventus, France)
5. @Shrewnaldo – Mesut Özil (Arsenal, Germany)
6. @Jakzeh – Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona, Spain)
7. @gisby_marc – Leighton Baines (Everton, England)
8. @cook1e_Mr – Daniele de Rossi (Roma, Italy)
9. @acidphire21 – Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund, Poland)
10. @MrEdsFM – Xavi Hernández (Barcelona, Spain)
11. @FMmanagers – Zlatan Ibrahimović (PSG, Sweden)

Round Two Order
12. @FMmanagers – Mario Götze (Bayern Munich, Germany)
13. @MrEdsFM – Thiago Silva (PSG, Brazil)
14. @acidphire21 – Radamel Falcao (Monaco, Colombia)
15. @cook1e_Mr – Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund, Germany)
16. @gisby_marc – Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus, Italy)
17. @Jakzeh – Gareth Bale (Real Madrid, Wales)
18. @Shrewnaldo – David Alaba (Bayern Munich, Austria)
19. @FM_Old_Skool – Edinson Cavani (PSG, Uruguay)
20. @Passion4FM – Neymar da Silva (Barcelona, Brazil)
21. @MichaelKOfori – Wayne Rooney (Manchester United, England)
22. @RealTimeFM – Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich, France)

Round Three Orderhttp://i.imgur.com/xXGZCyO.jpg
23. @Jakzeh – Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich, Netherlands)
24. @Passion4FM – Robin van Persie (Manchester United, Netherlands)
25. @gisby_marc – Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid, Spain)
26. @MichaelKOfori – Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli, Argentina)
27. @FM_Old_Skool – Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad, France)
28. @FMmanagers (trade) – Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich, Germany)
29. @Shrewnaldo – Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich, Germany)
30. @RealTimeFM – Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund, Germany)
31. @cook1e_Mr – Yaya Touré (Manchester City, Ivory Coast)
32. @acidphire21 – Vincent Kompany (Manchester City, Belgium)
33. @MrEdsFM (trade) – Juan Mata (Chelsea, Spain)

Round Four Order
34. @MrEdsFM (trade) – Luis Suárez (Liverpool, Uruguay)
35. @acidphire21 – Carles Puyol (Barcelona, Spain)
36. @cook1e_Mr – Jordi Alba (Barcelona, Spain)
37. @RealTimeFM – Holger Badstuber (Bayern Munich, Germany)
38. @Shrewnaldo – Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich, Germany)
39. @FMmanagers (trade) – Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid, France)
40. @FM_Old_Skool – Eden Hazard (Chelsea, Belgium)
41. @MichaelKOfori – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund, Gabon)
42. @gisby_marc – Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur, Denmark)
43. @Passion4FM – Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur, Belgium)
44. @Jakzeh – Wesley Sneijder (Galatasary, Netherlands)

Round Five Orderhttp://i.imgur.com/Rr7S18p.jpg
45. @MichaelKOfori – Claudio Marchisio (Juventus, Italy)
46. @Passion4FM – Javi Martínez (Bayern Munich, Spain)
47. @acidphire21 – Marek Hamšík (Napoli, Slovakia)
48. @gisby_marc – Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, Spain)
49. @Shrewnaldo – İlkay Gündoğan (Borussia Dortmund, Germany)
50. @cook1e_Mr – Daniel Alves (Barcelona, Spain)
51. @FM_Old_Skool – Thiago Alcântara (Bayern Munich, Spain)
52. @RealTimeFM – Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany)
53. @Jakzeh – Sergio Busquets (Barcelona, Spain)
54. @FMmanagers – Dante (Bayern Munich, Brazil)
55. @MrEdsFM – Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, Argentina)

Round Six Order
56. @MrEdsFM – Andrea Pirlo (Juventus, Italy)
57. @FMmanagers – Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich, Germany)
58. @Jakzeh – Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus, Italy)
59. @RealTimeFM – Fernando Llorente (Juventus, Spain)
60. @FM_Old_Skool – Marquinhos (PSG, Brazil)
61. @cook1e_Mr – Cesc Fàbregas (Barcelona, Spain)
62. @Shrewnaldo – Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan, Italy)
63. @gisby_marc – Darijo Srna (Shakthar Donetsk, Croatia)
64. @acidphire21 – Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich, Germany)
65. @Passion4FM – Łukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund, Poland)
66. @MichaelKOfori – Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus, Italy)

Round Seven Order (FM Old Skool removed from hereon in)
67. @cook1e_Mr – Younès Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur, France)
68. @gisby_marc – Lucas Moura (PSG, Brazil)
69. @MrEdsFM – Gerard Piqué (Barcelona, Spain)
70. @FMmanagers – David De Gea (Manchester United, Spain)
71. @Passion4FM – Marcelo (Real Madrid, Brazil)
72. @RealTimeFM – Marco van Ginkel (Chelsea, Netherlands)
73. @Jakzeh – Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool, France)
74. @MichaelKOfori – Marc-André ter Stegen (Borussia Monchengladbach, Germany)
75. @Shrewnaldo – David Luiz (Chelsea, Brazil)
76. @acidphire21 – Víctor Valdés (Barcelona, Spain)

Round Eight Order
77. @acidphire21 – Andrea Barzagli (Juventus, Italy)
78. @Shrewnaldo – Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus, Switzerland)
79. @MichaelKOfori – Nemanja Vidić (Manchester United, Serbia)
80. @Jakzeh – Maicon Douglas (Roma, Brazil)
81. @RealTimeFM – Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund, Germany)
82. @Passion4FM – João Moutinho (Monaco, Portugal)
83. @FMmanagers
84. @MrEdsFM – Ashley Cole (Chelsea, England)
85. @gisby_marc
86. @cook1e_Mr

Round Nine Order
87. @Passion4FM
88. @FMmanagers
89. @RealTimeFM
90. @Jakzeh
91. @MrEdsFM
92. @cook1e_Mr
93. @gisby_marc
94. @acidphire21
95. @MichaelKOfori
96. @Shrewnaldo

Round Ten Order
97. @Shrewnaldo
98. @MichaelKOfori
99. @acidphire21
100. @gisby_marc
101. @cook1e_Mr
102. @MrEdsFM
103. @Jakseh
104. @RealTimeFM
105. @FMmanagers
116. @Passion4FM

Round Eleven Order
117. @Shrewnaldo
118. @MichaelKOfori
119. @RealTimeFM
120. @cook1e_Mr
121. @MrEdsFM
122. @gisby_marc
123. @FMmanagers
124. @Jakzeh
125. @Passion4FM
126. @acidphire21

Round Twelve Order
127. @acidphire21
128. @Passion4FM
129. @Jakzeh
130. @FMmanagers
131. @gisby_marc
132. @MrEdsFM
133. @cook1e_Mr
134. @RealTimeFM
135. @MichaelKOfori
136. @Shrewnaldo

Round Thirteen Order
137. @FMmanagers
138. @acidphire21
139. @RealTimeFM
140. @Jakzeh
141. @MichaelKOfori
142. @MrEdsFM
143. @Shrewnaldo
144. @Passion4FM
145. @gisby_marc
146. @cook1e_Mr

Round Fourteen Order
147. @cook1e_Mr
148. @gisby_marc
149. @Passion4FM
150. @Shrewnaldo
151. @MrEdsFM
152. @MichaelKOfori
153. @Jakzeh
154. @RealTimeFM
155. @acidphire21
156. @FMmanagers

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134 comments

  1. fmmanager23

    To complete the DC partnership got to be Danta, an absolute rock for Bayern last season. Should keep most strike forces quiet with them two at the back

  2. Eds

    Alright then. I’ll take Sergio Aguero as my 5th round pick. Suarez can play from the left.

    And for Round Six, I don’t really need him but by god I have no idea how he’s come this far so I just have to, Andrea Pirlo.

  3. fmmanager23

    Looks like its me up again then. Going to be the second of my attacking three and another one Im shocked has got this far. Toni Kroos

  4. fmmanager23

    If we can get the Squads selected quick enough I quite fancy setting up all the teams in one league in an FM database and playing a save with my team, sort of my last FM13 save. Anyone else be interested?

  5. Shrewnaldo

    Right, time to start working on my defence I guess and I’ll start with Inter’s giant centre half – Andrea Ranocchia. Probably not one that I’ll have ‘stolen’ from those behind me.

  6. fmmanager23

    Ive made a start on the FM database, what do people think I should do in regards to a 12th team. We have 11 drafters so could do with adding in an extra team….?

    • Shrewnaldo

      With Thomas dropping out, that makes it a round 10 for your database. Question is what do you do with his players: Pogba, Cavani, Griezmann, Hazard, Thiago and Marquinhos? Make them open for others to draft now or are they ‘quarantined’?

      • cook1e_mr

        I will go with the majority but personally I think they now have to be excluded. Decisions on picks may have been made based on these players being excluded.

      • cook1e_mr

        Alternatively if Thomas is able to, he makes all his picks now in order of preference. Submits them to Eds. When his turn comes round if the highest ranking player still available on his list is picked. Then he fills any of his remaining spots when able.

      • Eds

        Yep, all his players will be left out of the draft and I’ll just remove him from future rounds.

        Unless anyone can find a willing replacement, that is.

  7. cook1e_mr

    I will take Kaboul. With marauding fullbacks my team will be exposed down the flanks. With Kaboul’s height and ability in the air make him an important player to cut out crosses. He also has a good turn of pace to deal with those tricky speedsters.

  8. Eds

    .. and I’ll have Gerard Pique, meaning my central defensive pairing is now what Barcelona really wanted for this season, Pique and Silva. Happy with that.

  9. fmmanager23

    Think ill finish off my defensive setup with one of the best shot stoppers in world football. David De Gea between the sticks 🙂 Cant believe he made it this far

  10. Shrewnaldo

    Assuming the ‘madsheep’ is Mike, I shall be selecting David Luis of Chelsea and Brazil. Solid defender, good on the ball and with splendid hair. Need to sign a few beards now.

  11. Shrewnaldo

    So it’s back to me and I’ll go with the flying Swiss – Stephan Lichsteiner. At least that should appease Thomas Paine, I promised him I’d do some shopping in Turin. I think people should be able to see what I’m building now.

  12. cook1e_mr

    @gisby_marc has said to me via twitter he has dropped out. So that makes it my go, I will pick Thibaut Courtois between the sticks. I would anticipate with the attacking fullbacks I have picked i will be prone to being exploited from wide areas. Courtois 6’6″ frame and excellent aerial ability are perfect to counter act this. He isn’t a bad shot stopper either keeping 19 clean sheets last season

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