How to use the inside forward in FM19

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When we think of inside forwards, we might imagine Messi or Neymar showing off with their fancy tricks and blasting shots home from 30 yards out. Our players probably have boots made of bin bags, so what else is this role useful for? Continue reading

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Making Moves: 5 Players To Watch After the Winter Update

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The January Window. 31 Days of to-ing and fro-ing in the football world. 31 days which can make or break a club’s season, and 31 days which have us all glued to our phones, waiting to see whether our own clubs will welcome any new faces. It all culminates in the inevitable question being asked of SI: “Where’s the Winter Update?”

Well, 19.3 is finally upon us, bringing some bug fixes (I think?) and the Winter Transfer Update with it. After a hectic January, we’ve picked out 10 players to keep an eye on after the Update, as they try to settle with their new clubs.

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How to use the 4-3-3 in FM19

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In a game where complicated build ups are difficult to engineer, I can see the appeal of the 4-3-3. A traditional 4-3-3 allows you to play vertically. You can pass behind the opposition’s backline as if there’s a shining halo there; it has half a chance of reaching one of your strikers.

It’s also an effective system for keeping possession. With players close to each other in a narrow formation, it’s easier for players to find their teammates with quick passes. They can roam around the field to receive the ball in pockets of space. Someone else in their position can often cover for their ill-discipline! Continue reading

Home comforts and playing the long game

It seems crazy to think that managers used to be afforded time to implement their plans and learn about the club they were at given how things are in todays modern game. Whether that’s due to owners and chairmen expecting instant success, the vast and quite frankly ludicrous sums of money involved in the game now, or a combination of both, some managers seem to receive their P45 the moment things turn a little sour. Continue reading

What if Foles Played the Other Football?

Nick Foles is the back-up quarterback for the American football team the Philadelphia Eagles. He’s a great quarterback, winning the MVP award for the previous Super Bowl, and a decent athlete with a history in basketball and in American football. I’m sure if he really tried and learned the other football, he would be able to put in a decent shift as a center midfielder or slot into a back-line. This article isn’t about him as an athlete and seeing if he could make it in a different sport, this article addresses a unique problem the Eagles have with two great quarterbacks and how the fluidity of football would offer a solution American football may not be able to, unless changes in the sports the rigid play style is made.

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

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Typically, when you search for a new player to join your team on Football Manager, age can be a big factor in whether or not you will sign them. I want to create an experiment that looks at two identical players in terms of attributes, but completely different ages. I want to find out whether age is a defining moment in the signing of a player.

In this particular experiment, I am going to create a player who would be suited to a lot of clubs. I will make him English, he will be 182 CM, either footed, a striker and weigh 80kg. I have made sure the player have no preferred moves.

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