Popular Post Ö-zil to the Arsenal! Posted July 21, 2018 Popular Post Share Posted July 21, 2018 (edited) Welcome to Caixa Futebol Campus, the highly-proclaimed academy of S.L. Benfica boasting state of the art facilities and an abundance of talented young players in Football Manager 2018. The objective of this thread is to discuss youth development, with an emphasis on instilling an dynamic & adaptable style of play that progresses as the team develops. Disclaimer: the topic of Youth Development in Football Manager has been well documented over a number of years, the purpose of this thread is more application in relation to developing a tactical approach. Overview of Youth Development in Football Manager Spoiler Youth Development in Football Manager 2018 can be broken down into the following aspects. Finding and bringing in young players with high Potential Ability Youth Intakes Youth Facilities, Youth Recruitment & Junior Coaching all influence - not guarantee - the Current & Potential Ability of players in the Youth Intake (source) Head of Youth Development can influence the personality and - occasionally - attribute spread of players in the Youth Intake (source) Scouting Developing young players' Current Ability until they fulfil their Potential Ability Game time Primary factor for players over the age of 18 (source) Training & Coaching Primary factor for players below the age of 18 (source) Personality & determination Influencing distribution of Attribute improvements as a result of Current Ability increases Individual Training Team Training External to the club, national Youth Rating and - of course - luck will play a hugely influential role. Defining a Playing Style Spoiler An advantage of developing players from a young age is tactical flexibility - training attributes, traits and new positions to suit a dynamic style of play. Possession football - bread & butter for a number of years now - will still play an important part. Intense pressing High-tempo, short passing Fluid attacking movement and pace Adaptable defensive strategy Medium block to maintain control of the middle of the pitch and force opposition wide Low block to restrict space behind our defence against quick opposition attackers Adaptable possession strategy High-tempo remains constant Direct passing when we can counter-attack quickly Overall build-up adapts correspondingly Formational fluidity In order to function effectively in a variety of systems, players need to develop a high degree of collective football intelligence across the team. Anticipation Ability to predict and react to events Decisions Ability to make correct choices with and without the ball Concentration Mental focus & attention to detail Composure Steadiness of mind and ability to make decisions with and without the ball Off the Ball Ability to move into a dangerous position to receive a pass when not in possession of the ball Positioning Ability to read a situation and take the best possible position Vision Ability to see a potential opening Team Work Ability to follow tactical instructions whilst working alongside team-mates These attributes - combined with a technical skill and a certain degree of athleticism - will form the foundation of our training methodology. Class of 2018 Spoiler A primary reason for managing Benfica is the outstanding array of talented youngsters already at the club. Our inaugural match-day squad for the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira is an early opportunity to introduce fans to a new generation of youngsters bursting with potential. The majority of the squad have come through the Caixa academy. Geronimo Rulli joins from Real Sociedad for £11m, replacing Ederson after his move to Man City Xadas, Francisco Trincão & Cesinha join for a combined £1m balancing the existing squad with some left-footed players for tactical flexibility Let's have a look at some of these players in a little more detail. Goalkeepers Joins as a ready-made first team goalkeeper. Model Professional personality perfect to tutor Mile Svilar setting up an interesting future battle for the 'Number 1' jersey. Solid core goalkeeping attributes with reasonable football intelligence and technical ability. Very good core goalkeeping attributes for his age Comfortable on the ball Concern over football intelligence, particularly anticipation, concentration and positioning Central Defenders Newly promoted club vice-captain Strong core defensive attributes Needs to improve technical ability Versatile player able to primarily at right back but also centre back Strong core defensive attributes, technical ability and football intelligence Perhaps a slightly better option at centre back given his height and perhaps even a longer-term option at halfback Well rounded modern centre back Weaknesses to iron out in Strength, Composure, Decisions and First Touch Perhaps a long-term option at half back Fullbacks La Masia graduate & one of the top players at the club Strong technical ability, solid defensive attributes, intelligent, quick and high work-capacity Very well rounded modern wingback, winger and even midfielder Extremely well-rounded player Strong technical ability, solid defensive attributes, intelligent, quick and high work-capacity Versatility to play wingback, winger or even midfielder Midfielders Talented, technical and creative midfielder. Injured at the start of the game, likely to compete for a deep midfield playmaker role when he returns. Playmaking type midfielder with strong technical ability and football intelligence particularly for his age Needs to add either defensive capability or work capacity to his game to suit most midfield roles Extremely low flair and strong teamwork so maybe suited for a 'Number 6' role Solid all-rounder suitable for either a holding midfield or runner-type role Possible option for an inverted wingback role on the right Midfield playmaker on the verge of the first team Strong technical ability, vision and flair Well rounded overall attribute profile Could potentially play as a classic 'Number 10' or even central forward Talented young playmaker Strong technical ability, vision and flair Needs to improve footballing intelligence and defensive capability Deja vu, 3 in a row. Aggressive edge to his game Reasonably well-rounded but perhaps a little behind in his development Potential option at left wingback Attackers Quick creative winger with a reasonably well-rounded attribute profile Quick, creative winger and pretty well-rounded attribute profile Reasonably good teamwork Possibility to play centrally Quick winger, with good all-round technical ability Needs to work on football intelligence, finishing, defensive capability and weaker foot Quick winger with good all-round playmaking ability Needs to work on football intelligence, finishing, and defensive capability Two-footed and able to play on either flank opens a lot of tactical versatility Quick winger with a raw, but well-rounded attribute profile Can play on either side but needs to work on weaker foot Overview Strengths: Technical ability across the team Versatility & depth Tactical flexibility: Defenders comfortable bringing the ball forward Wingbacks capable of playing as inverted wingbacks, traditional wingbacks, wingers or coming in to join the midfield Balanced & creative midfield, probably most suitable for a 3-man variant but also a diamond Quick, technical, creative and versatile attackers screaming out for a flexible 3-man attacking line Weaknesses: Lack of a natural Centre Forward to act as a focal point of the attack and link play No naturally left-sided central defenders which would help build-up play and give us the option to play a back 3 General need to improve football intelligence Scouting Team Responsible for supplementing our squad - particularly with in those problem areas of striker and left-sided centre back - will be our scouting team. Continuing the theme of being a very well run football club, Benfica boasts a strong scouting network covering Europe, North and South America. Given the emphasis on youth development, our scouts are instructed to look for young players across our entire scouting range - aka, the world - with short-term assignments covering: Portuguese U19 League South America (East) South America (West) Mexico Africa (to be divided down further later on once we have built a general knowledge of the continent) All of which searching for players under 23, 4-stars or higher in Potential Ability. Developing Current Ability Spoiler Current Ability increases are driven by a 'magic triangle' of factors within our control. Game time Personality & determination Training facilities & coaching This - to me - is essentially the Football Manager application of Sir Alex Ferguson's point on building a football club, as opposed to a football team. Game Time Years ago @SFraser - rest in peace - wrote an inspirational piece about structuring a football club to facilitate youth development. Benfica football club consists of 3 teams, competing in various competitions. First Team Primeira Liga NOS UEFA Champions League 3 smaller Cup competitions B Team Liga II Ledman U23 International Cup Under 19 Team Portugal U19 First Division UEFA Youth League The key is to ensure players are getting enough game time, at an appropriate level for their Ability. First Team Squad Largest squad at the club, containing 22-24 players Oriented primarily around Current Ability, the best players at the club competing for the first team Rulli, Cervi, Zivkovic and - likely, when he returns from injury - Krovinovic will play first team roles. Young players - Gedson Fernandes, Ruben Dias, Xadas - will be given ample opportunity to break into the team B Team 16-18 players in the squad ensuring adequate game time Primarily players still young but too old for the U-19s however not ready for the first team Lack of control over training so players requiring more attention are in the U-19s More control over tactics so a good opportunity to experiment with new ideas Alex Pinto is a great example: Too old for U-19 team, not ready for first team Attribute profile is pretty good but needs game time at Centre Back Under 19 Team 16-18 players in the squad ensuring adequate game time Majority of players are 16 to 17 years-old, which is a point when Training & Coaching has a greater influence on Current Ability development (source) In this case, the 4-1-4-1 formation allows multiple players to learn new positions which improve versatility and facilitate more opportunity in future Florentino Luis at DR Cesinha at DL Dantas at DMC Embalo at ML João Felipe at MR Duk at FC This is a wonderful opportunity to prioritise development over results Personality & Determination Personality - specifically Professionalism & Ambition - and Determination (source) improve training performance which accelerates Current Ability development. Professionalism is hidden but there are a number of personalities that indicate a high degree of professionalism. Model Citizen Model Professional, Professional Perfectionist Resolute, Spirited and fairly Professional, to a lesser extent Young players can improve their personality through Tutoring from an experienced player - ideally, with high determination and a personality indicating high professionalism. In addition to Personality & Determination players can also inherit Player Traits of their tutoring them depending on the option you select: "..I'd like you to tutor <young player> as I feel you can help improve his game" Personality, Determination & Player Traits "..I think it would be beneficial is you were to take <young player> under your wing and mentor him off the pitch" Personality and Determination only Players must meet a number of criteria in order for tutoring to take place. Tutors Must be at least 24-years old Excluding club captain Higher squad status than the Tutee Higher reputation than the Tutee Familiarity in a familiar position to the Tutee Tutees Must be 23 years old, or younger Squad status must be Rotation or lower Must have fewer than 75 first team appearances Neither Tutor or Tutee can be injured or learning a trait and both must have 6-months+ on their contracts. These criteria have two key implications: Tutoring 23 years-old players is important for two reasons: Next year, they become a potential tutor This is their final opportunity for tutoring Young players in/around the First Team need to be tutored quickly: When they hit 75 first team appearances they can no longer be tutored As their reputation increases it becomes more difficult to find potential tutors Potential tutors with top-tier personalities - Model Citizen, Model Professional, Professional, Perfectionist, etc - should be tutoring as much as possible. Older players can often be excellent tutors and are often available for low transfer fees or even free so - particularly during the first few seasons - it's useful to bring in some extra tutors to bolster your capacity to develop young players. Benfica have a few high-priority players needing tutoring quickly: Franco Cervi is 23 years-old and Fairly Determined Tutored by Jonas (Determination of 15 & Spirited) Useful traits: comes deep to get ball, plays one-twos and places shots Alex Grimaldo is first team left-back and Fairly Ambitious Tutored by Víctor Cuesta (Determination of 20 & Professional) Andrija Zivkovic is a first team attacker and Fairly Professional Tutored by Eduardo Salvio (Determination of 16 & Spirited) Gedson Fernandes is going to be competing to play right -back and Resolute Tutored by Andrés Gurrieri (Determination of 20 & Professional) Ruben Dias is going to be competing to play centre-back and Resolute Tutored by Ricardo Carvalho (Determination of 18 & Professional) Xadas will be competing for a midfield spot and is Light Hearted Tutored by Kaká (Determination of 14 & Model Professional) Useful traits: runs with ball through centre, tries killer balls, moves into channels and places shots Remaining tutors are assigned to high-potential youngsters from the U-19s. Geronimo Rulli (Determination of 15 & Model Professional) -> Mile Svilar Jardel (Determination of 16 & Professional) -> Pedro Álvaro Axel Müller (Determination of 20 & Model Citizen) -> Alex Pinto Luisão (Determination of 15 & Leader) -> Francisco Ferreira Unfortunately Leadership does not develop through tutoring André Almeida (Determination of 14 & Fairly Professional) -> Luís Pinheiro Eliseu (Determination of 15 & Fairly Determined) -> Pedro Amaral Andrea Pirlo (Determination of 12 & Professional) -> Tiago Dantas Comes deep to get the ball, tries killer balls, long range passes, dictates tempo Ljubomir Fejsa (Determination of 16 & Resolute) -> Florentino Luis Stays back at all times, marks opponents tightly and plays simple passes Andreas Samaris (Determination of 18 & Driven) -> João Felix Pizzi (Determination 14 & Fairly Professional) -> Diego Batista & later Filip Krovinovic Comes deep to get the ball, gets into opposition area, plays one-twos, switches ball to other flank Rafa (Determination 14 & Fairly Professional) -> Cesinha Haris Seferovic (Determination of 12 & Ambitious) -> Duk Raúl Jiménez (Determination of 16 & Resolute) -> João Felipe Katchana (Determination of 17 & Model Professional) -> Úmaro Embaló Training Facilities & Coaching Another primary reason for choosing Benfica is the excellent facilities & staff already in place at the club. First team coaching is the best in Portugal. ..as is the Under-19. Massive kudos to those who spend years building academies in the likes of Romania, San Marino, and Gibraltar. As usual, I play on 'easy mode'.. Training Ground Spoiler As Current Ability increases, players' Attributes improve. Team & Individual Training influence which attributes improve the most. In addition to Attributes, Team Training can also improve: Team Cohesion Match Preparation Tactical Familiarity Defensive Positioning Attacking Movement Attacking or Defensive Set Piece practice (time to do the conga!) Key decisions: Time spent on Team Cohesion and/or Match Preparation means less time spent training Attributes, and vice-versa. Team Training - factoring intensity & rest - and Individual Training - factoring intensity & additional focus - combine to give an Overall Training Workload. Higher training workload means faster progression, but also higher injury risk. First Team Training Tactical Training Focus Develops Anticipation, Composure, Concentration, Decisions, Teamwork across the team High Intensity for General Training Given Match Preparation and Rest our training time is limited during the season 2 matches per week (with one day match preparation and one day rest) means only 1 day of training 1 match per week leaves 4 days Match Preparation Tactical Familiarity during pre-season friendlies Attacking movement or defensive positioning during the season Medium Overall Workload Leaving some capacity for Individual Training Under 19 Team Training Tactical Training Focus Develops Anticipation, Composure, Concentration, Decisions, Teamwork across the team Attribute development takes a priority over match preparation for the U-19 league No match preparation Medium Intensity for General Training With a post-match rest day, this leaves 5-6 days per week of medium intensity training Medium Overall Workload Leaving some capacity for Individual Training Individual Training In individual training allows us to mitigate weaknesses and to focus on core attributes required to function effectively in a variety of systems. Football Intelligence Technical Ability Versatility Athleticism Goalkeepers typically train as Sweeper Keepers. Central Defenders develop their core defensive attributes and ball playing ability as Ball Playing Defenders. The fullback role is known as one of the most demanding in the modern game, and train as Complete Wingbacks. At this stage most Midfield players are going to be taking on the Roaming Playmaker role. In attack, we need to develop players with all-round attacking skill - and also I have lots of good attackers but few actual strikers - so I am training Attackers at Complete Forwards. Now we give this time to develop and re-evaluate accordingly. Thank you for reading! I'd also like to thank @Anaconda Vice for the Emilio Sansolini kits. Edited July 21, 2018 by Ö-zil to the Arsenal! 33 Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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