Welcome to a brand new save here on the FM Addict Football Manager blog! We’re casting our eyes East for this adventure, as we embark on a Soviet Surge across Eastern Europe.
And with no fuirther ado, it’s time to introduce you to the main character of this Eastern European adventure, Vladimir Latunov. The fledgling Russian manager was intent on cutting his teeth across the Eastern bloc. So he first sat down at his war table *ahem* “map,” to pinpoint the countries he wanted to conquer. What an absolute beast of a man, who may or may not be a clone of a certain Russian president…
He took a break from riding horses bare-chested to begin drawing up a plan of attack. He decided to leave Finland (which is technically east of Poland but in Scandinavia) and Greece off his list, but included Turkey. That gives him the fairly mammoth choice of clubs across 26 leagues in 13 countries: Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine. He also has a choice of ‘players of nationality’ from the Eastern Europe region and, due to his favouring flair and youth, Brazilian players.
Choosing a team from the mass of countries available was difficult to say the least. Latunov considered doing ‘pick a team for me’ but eventually referred to an article he’d read on 21 teams to manage in FM21 as a guide. With that in mind, he decided to go for an interesting youth recruitment option with Polish club KGHM Zaglebie Lubin. He also set himself up with a managerial style focused on bringing through the Soviet Youth, based on a Continental C Licence badge to give him room for growth.
Move ahead to Part 2 to discover why Vladimir Latunov has selected KGHM Zaglebie Lubin as his first club on this Soviet adventure and who on earth they are!