US Triestina – Welcome to Serie C

Around every October, FM fanatics turn their thoughts to their next FM save, with the new game just around the corner. I had always fancied the idea of turning a minnow into a European superpower; on previous versions I had a very enjoyable save in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen and in the UK, with Oxford United. I gave some thought to managing overseas and settled for a career in lowly Serie C in Italy. I prefer to begin as an unknown manager in the lower leagues, working my way up and building a reputation.

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Dynamo Project: Part 3 – Highlighting the Pressing Forward in FM19

I was torn between two formations for my gegenpressing tactic: 4-2-3-1 DM wide or 4-5-1. In the end I ended up choosing 4-2-3-1, with 4-5-1 moving to my backup tactic when faced with superior sides in Champions League. Why did I not use Lobanovsky’s classic 4-4-2, you may ask? For one reason, I’ve used 4-4-2 extensively in both FM 2017 and FM 2018 and while I always had some success with it, I nevertheless noticed that Number 10 strikers never played as I wanted. No matter his role, he would not drop as much as I needed to link up the midfield and attack as well as attacking midfield would. When I decided upon using defensive midfielders (although sometimes I experiment with having one of each) instead of midfielders then I became convinced even further that I will need an attacking midfielder in order to link up play better. I’m planning to play more of a natural striker than playmaker in that position, one who will not just pass the ball around but will also work hard to make late runs into penalty area.

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San Marino Double Challenge – Football Manager

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San Marino, the punching bag of international football since they officially begun in November 1990, where they suffered a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Canada. That defeat contributes to their win total of 143 losses compared to a measly 4 draws and just 1 win (1-143-4 record). Their only win came from a home friendly against Liechtenstein on the 28th of April 2004. They’ve scored a total a total of 23 goals compared to the 645 goals they’ve conceded.

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European Alphabet Challenge – Football Manager

If you’re looking for a marathon of a challenge, then the European Alphabet Challenge is definitely the one for you!! The aim of this challenge is to make your way through each European country in alphabetical order.

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Rules

1. You must start in the 2nd tier of Austria
2. You must start wth the team that is predicted to finish 10th (May vary depeding on what update you use)
3. In order to progess to the next country, You must win the top Domestic League and every Domestic cup (European Comps not needed)
4. Don’t cheat, as it will only take the fun out of the Challenge
5. Post screenshots every season (League Position, Cup performances)
6. Past experience set to Automatic please.
7. When moving to a new country, you must apply for jobs- DO NOT ADD NEW MANAGER.

List of countries (You must win Domestic League and all domestic cups before you are allowed to move on to the next)

Austria
Belarus
Belgium
Bulgaria
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
England
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Holland
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Northern Ireland
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
Scotland
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
Ukraine
Wales

 

We’d love to hear how your attempts at this go! Tweet us @dictatethegame with your results!!

The Pentagon Challenge – Football Manager

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For people that haven’t heard of the pentagon challenge, it is in my opinion, the hardest Football Manager challenge out there.

What is the pentagon challenge?

To attempt the challenge, you must start a new save unemployed with a Sunday league reputation.
Your aim is to win all five continental champions leagues. (European Champions League, South American Champions League, Asian Champions League, African Champions League and North American Champions League in one save game.
Once you have won all five continental champions leagues, you have cemented your status as a FM God.

We’d love to hear how your attempts at this go! Tweet us @dictatethegame with your results!!

The David And Goliath Challenge – Football Manager

Goliath was a biblical warrior defeated by young David in the Book of Samuel. Goliath was described as ‘six cubits and a span’ (9 ft 9 inches or 2.97 metres). 
The phrase ‘David and Goliath’ has taken on a popular meaning, denoting a underdog situation. A contest where a smaller, weaker opponent faces a much bigger, stronger adversary. 

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Your challenge is to take a weaker/smaller opponent from a city with a bigger/stronger opponent, and try to surpass them.

For example, you could start in the lower leagues of Spain with Real S.D. Alcala and try and remove Real Madrid from their reign.

Or you could try your luck in the lower leagues of Germany and try conquer Munich with SPVGG Unterhaching.

We all love seeing PSG get beaten, so maybe a flight to Paris could be worth it, joining up with Paris FC in a quest to dethrone PSG.

Portugal is a country I haven’t really ventured into on FM, but you could attempt to dismantle Benfica and Sporting CP with someone like 1° Dezembro

To complete the challenge you need to ;

–  Beat the Goliath team at least once
–  Finish higher in the league than them
–  Produce better youth players
–  Win more titles than they have

As always, we’d love to hear how you get on with this challenge! So tweet us screenshots @dictatethegame

The Sir Alex Ferguson Challenge – Football Manager

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In this challenge, you’ll have to imitate the life of one of the renowned managers that ever managed a football club in the modern era.

Same as Man United named Sir Alex Ferguson as their manager when they were almost at the bottom of the table, you’ll have to take over a club that is also in the relegation zone!

By this I mean the following; run Football Manager 2018 till November 6th and take over a club that is in the 19th spot on that exact date and replicate what the great Scott did with the Reds. Your aim is to win 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two Champion Leagues.

This challenge seems like an easy task, but you probably won’t get a big club like United, but that makes the challenge so much more interesting! Oh and why that exact date, because United appointed Sir Alex on the exact date in 1986!

As always, we’d love to keep up with your progress, so tweet us screenshots @dictatethegame!