FM19 | Moneyball | Part 1

I start a Masters Degree in Data Analytics this September, and recently I’ve been looking at how I can use Analytics to impact my favourite game, Football Manager. Cleon recently tweeted about Moneyball, and how no one has replicated it correctly when it comes to FM.

Now, I had heard of Moneyball, and knew it involved using Analytics to scout players, but I didn’t know the true extent of Moneyball, or where the definition came from. So, I watched the film.

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Saving English Football! – Part 2: 8 Goal Thriller vs Spain!

In Part 2 of my series on recovering after destroying English Football last year. We look at the Autumn internationals as well as a fairly productive start to my first season at the Unicorn.

For anyone who missed the previous part: These were my key points for the save:

  • Climb the Leagues with the Unicorn, relying on young English talent either from my academy or an extensive scouting network provided by the national team.
  • Keep the average age of the national team 24 or lower, without losing quality of players. Keep older players for key roles and rotate teams during friendlies/easy qualifiers.
  • Improve the facilities as early as possible, as that is paramount to early climbing.
  • DO NOT GET ATTACHED TO PLAYERS! Players will stay for a maximum of two years. (and I’m already failing this one)

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Does Finishing Make a Difference in a Striker? | Football Manager Experiment

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As a manager, I always look for strikers with the highest finishing attribute and then assess their other attributes. However, I wonder what would happen if I created two identical players and only adjust their finishing attributes and see what the result is like.

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In my last article where I looked at age, which can be read here – Does Age Make a Difference in a Striker? | Football Manager Experiment. It was slightly difficult to create a conclusion on the statistics we discovered, so I have tried to adjust this experiment so we can create a replica in terms of findings.

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Recreating the 2003-2004 Unbeaten Season on FM 19

Hello everyone! There seems to be lul in or lack thereof of tactical replications on FM 19 as compared to past versions. We can maybe attribute that to the ease of use of the tactics set-up screens but I’ll leave that discussion for another time. After my Inter 2009 and Real Madrid 2002 Galacticos recreations from last year, I decided to try my luck at the often duplicated tactic from the Arsenal 2003-2004 undefeated season… but, with a twist. I kept it simple and let it fly! As I write here, I’m simulating the first half of the 2003-2004 season with my system using the AWESOME 2003-2004 database (which you can find in the steam workshop). We’ll see the tactics and results (for better or worse) shortly, but first some background for those of you who don’t know it (courtesy of goal.com).

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Dynamo Project FM19: Portrait of a Striker – Guide to Scoring More

I’m going to start by making a bold claim that Luka Jovic is the best offensive striker in the world right now. There is a lot of buzz around him lately with the likes of Barcelona, Chelsea and Man City linked with his name. This has as much to do with the undeniable scoring ability as the promise of future potential in this 20 year old from Serbia. His wonderkid status in Football Manager 2019 is greatly merited because simply put no other forward has the same combination of key attributes and potential (especially after the Winter Update). At the start of the game, there are a few better strikers with much bigger names but none have his youth or potential. Naturally when looking for a player to perfectly highlight the archetypal Striker, I turned to Luka. His example will allow me to showcase all the attributes needed by a forward to develop into a goal-machine. In general, if you are interested in getting more goals from your special player, this is the guide for you. Also, I will recreate Frankfurt’s brilliant 3-5-2 with Luca as its main scorer.

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Dynamo Projekt FM19: Introducing the Deep Raumdeuter Role

Continuing with my series highlighting specialist roles in Football Manager, I now turn to a role that I often find misunderstood and misused. As enigmatic as the man who inspired it, the role of Raumdeuter will always be linked with the name of Thomas Muller. Every position has its ideal player, whether it is Pirlo the Regista, Roberto Baggio the Trequartista, or Beckenbauer the Libero, to the point where no modern player can truly call any role his own. None except Thomas Muller. Word “Raumdeuter” translates from German as “space investigator” and it is what Muller called himself when asked to describe his idiosyncratic style of play.  Just as left foot is key to Messi’s game, Muller thrives on the half space. I will be deconstructing what makes this role so unique and how it can be used to break down even the greatest defences. Also I will show how you can mould your player into a Raumdeuter to rival even Muller. I will tie all this into a tactic that takes advantage of my own variation of Deep Raumdeuter – MitteRaumdeuter.

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Dynamo Project: Improve The Odds – Guide to a Winning Tactic For The Underdog

My second season with Dynamo Kyiv is drawing to a close and once again we have lost the title to our arch-rival Shakhtar by a margin of 6 points. There are definitely things I need to improve in the league. We have not been doing all that well abroad either. Our European trophy cabinet is somewhat meager since winning UEFA Cup Winners Cup (predecessor to current Europa League competition) back  in 1975 and 1986, as well as one UEFA Super Cup in 1975. In recent two seasons, there was some success but it has been overshadowed by disappointment. While we are able to handle teams of similar or lower standing than us quite well, once we are matched up with one of the elite sides from the top 5 European Leagues, we tend to lose more often than not. How do we change this for the next season? How can a continental underdog be successful against the big European clubs? Hopefully this guide will be able to answer these questions.

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Dynamo Project FM19 – Guide to The Regista – Orchestrating the Play

For a while now, I was planning to write about the new tactic that I have been working on in order to get the best out of my amazing regen, the Croatian diamond in my last golden generation intake (as seen in my previous article). As I started to write I realized that before the full tactics revelation, I need set a bit of context for the specialized role I intend to build the tactic around; the Regista. There are many misconceptions out there about this role. In Football Manager 2019 the challenge in using a regista is that unlike other roles, it really requires you to build the tactic around him. You need to start with this very specialized role and then choose the other roles around very carefully in order to best complement him. So without further ado, who exactly is the Regista?

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