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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FM19 | 10 Alternative / Lower League Teams to Manage

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With the Football Manager winter update approaching in the coming weeks, and some saves going a little stale, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to suggest some ‘alternative saves’.

In this particular list I have chosen teams that aren’t in the biggest leagues, and more lower league standard. Every club has a unique selling point, some for their history, some for the decline in recent years and other clubs for many different reasons.

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Serie A: Survival or slaughter?

In my previous post I wrote an analysis of Trieste’s first five games in Serie A, and how we had got off to a very disappointing start and lost each encounter. I looked at a couple of matches in-depth and saw some worrying patterns that led us to struggle in matches, and made some restorative attempts to tighten up and concede less opportunities.

In this post I will look at:

  • Progress of the full Serie A campaign
  • A quick overview of club finances
  • Adding a philosophy
  • Upgrading our backroom staff
  • Scouting improvements to give better quality to targets
  • Summer recruitment

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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

Youth Development at US Triestina

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I am now in my third season at US Triestina, having secured back to back Serie C and B titles.

However, one area that I have overlooked up to this point is the youth setup. Given that the club has a relatively low stature in Italy and is not awash with money, it would make sense to put a youth structure in place to boost the first team squad and secondly, to provide an additional income stream for those not quite good enough to make the grade. In this post I will:

  • Look at the current youth setup in terms of facilities, coaching and recruitment
  • Review the coaching staff
  • Review the standard of U20 and U18 squads
  • Highlight a group of players to nurture and develop over time
  • Assess suitable training plans for this group of players

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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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Serie A: Into the bigtime with Trieste! Pre-season prep and tactical analysis

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So here we are: US Triestina’s first Serie A campaign since 1958! The odds are overwhelmingly stacked against us, but this was also the case in Serie B.

In this post I will look at:

  • Backroom staff overhaul
  • Transfer activity
  • Tactical analysis from our first two games
  • Highlight some of the lessons learned and tactical adjustments I would need to make

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Players of the 90’s: Alan Shearer

When you think of goalscorers in the Premier League, so many names come to mind, we have been blessed over the years with an abundance of goalscoring talent in the form of players like Teddy Sheringham, Les Ferdinand, and more recently players like Sergio Aguero and Mo Salah have all shown us their remarkable goalscoring skills.

But in the 1990’s, and even into the new millennium, there was only one man who was tearing up the records and carving his name into the very fabric of English football itself. He has a legacy that will stand the test of time as one of the all time greats of this game, I am of course talking about Alan Shearer. Continue reading