The Football Factory |Part Five | It Begins

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You’ve probably opened this post wondering “when are we getting some actual football” which is fair comment, given the four posts of build up you’ve had so far. Good news; we’re diving into the season right now (well, once we’ve walked through our transfer business)

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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 2

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Club DNA

The first question you might ask is what sort of player you will need to recreate Lobanovsky’s system, or indeed any kind of “gegenpressing” tactic, work. Primarily you want players with as much Stamina, Workrate and Determination as possible. I’m looking for something in 14-16 range ideally. As long as they are gifted in that trio, they will run their hearts out in whatever system you employ. Although, it helps if you use fitting team instructions and roles to get the best out them (more on that later).

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The Football Factory | Part Four | Squad Planning

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In order to build a squad which fits the Philosophy I spoke about in Part Two it is important to remember two things:-

  1. We still need to compete while I build this squad, which means no wholesale and sudden changes, and;
  2. It’s going to take time and patience to find the right players, especially with our current scouting setup.

With this in mind, I want to walk you through exactly how I plan on building and improving my squad over the next few seasons, and the tools that I’m using to help me get to where I want to be

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10 Wonderkids Under 18 | FM19

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Everyone loves Football Manager’s wonder kids, I have created a list of ten wonder kids with high potential you should consider for your FM 2019 save.

With the beta releasing yesterday, I thought why not take a look at some of the best talent the world has to offer for a player 18 and under. There is no database yet, so it’s impossible to predict the outcome of these players, however there are a lot of fantastic attributes these players have.

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The Football Factory | Part Deux | La Préparation

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The best football teams on the planet, the best coaches on the planet, have one thing in common; Philosophy. By ‘Philosophy’ I don’t mean asking deep questions like ‘do fish get thirsty’ or ‘why is sand called sand’, but rather a way of playing, a style and attitude which becomes synonymous with a club or a coach: Sarriball, the Barcelona Way, Heavy Metal Football, and the many, many other coaching and tactical identities that litter the game.

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The Football Factory | Part 1

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When people talk about the best youth academies in World Football, they often throw up names like Ajax, Barcelona, Real Madrid (for the ones who move elsewhere), Santos and of course, Manchester United. For many Football Manager players looking to develop their own youth, these clubs are often the first port of call, but I always find that so often the draw of the massive resources at those clubs mean that I abandon the youth experiment and turn back into a powerhouse of wheeling and dealing. Continue reading