Los Galacticos Redux: The Tactics of Real Madrid in the Early 2000’s

The Greatest: “We were like The Beatles,” said Luís Figo as he recalled Real Madrid CF’s second golden age when they were European champions three times in five seasons. But, will the tactics used in those golden years bring glory in FM19.

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Livin’ the Dream| FM19 Story | Bradshaw’s Back!

Livin’ the Dream is the third and final installment following the journey of Mason Bradshaw’s football manager career. His most recent role was with Braintree Town FC, in the Vanarama South, where he managed to keep them up.

The date is now July 2018 – and Mason has received a life changing offer – to become manager of Sydney FC, who play in Hyundai A-League, in Australia! A new start for Mason, his wife Sophie and his daughter April. He’s livin’ the dream…

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FM19 | Sacchi’s 4-4-2 | União | Part 4

This is my fourth season in charge at União da Madeira, taking them from Portuguese Third Tier up to the Primeira Liga in my first two seasons. After a respectable lower mid-table finish last season, I was looking to make improvements and finish in the top half this time around. If you haven’t already, you can read previous editions by following the links below.

This time around I decided to switch up my tactics. Taking inspiration from Thomas Paine’s excellent piece on Arrigo Sacchi’s Milan side, I decided to take a punt on a fluid 4-4-2. Seeing how well he had done with a less fancied side over in Italy, I attempted to replicate his success over in Portugal. I was not disappointed.

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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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Tactic Creation Guide: Part 3 – Offensive Trio – Press Forward!

I planned this as a three part series. I intend to go step-by-step through the process of creating a 3-5-2 tactic, from examining the formation’s strengths in the context of its three units: defensive, transition and offensive to showing you what kind of players you need. The first part dealt with the 3 Men Defence Unit. The 2nd focused on the Transition Unit of midfielders and wingbacks. This third and final part will examine the Offensive Trio and how their roles and instructions contribute to the success of the tactic as a whole. Finally I will analyze how the three units fit together to make up the strengths and weaknesses of the 3-5-2 system. So thank you for following so far. Read on!

Step 1: Defensive Unit

Step 2: Transition Unit – Wingbacks and Midfield

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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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Serie A saga: A busy summer at Lazio

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In my last post I gave an overview of the Lazio squad and which players I would like to retain, dispose of and keep for the medium term. Rebuilding this great club would take time, patience and no small amount of financing. Their last Serie A win was in the 1999-2000 season under Sven-Goran Eriksson, although they won the Coppa Italia in 2012-13 under the guidance of Vladimir Petkovic, beating fierce city rivals Roma 1-0 in the final.

In this post I will:

  • Provide an overview of our summer transfer activity
  • Review the tactical systems for the new season
  • Discuss season objectives

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FM19 | The Box To Box Midfielder | União | Part 3

União are back in the top flight for my third season in charge. Today we’re going to have an analytical look at my Box To Box Midfielder, Rúben Oliveira. We’ll see how the Match Engine emulates the role of a BBM, and how effective they can be in the right situations. If you haven’t read the previous editions you can check them out here.

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