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  1. Alright, I'd like to apologise for the lack of activity that's been in this thread. I've had lots of school stuff, but now with a week's break (which could be extended further because Irish schools are all deciding to implode on themselves), I'm going to have a crack at expanding this again. I'm still using FM15, however hopefully all of you will be able to take something from this to use in your FM 17 saves! So, the plan is for The Attacking Midfielder vs The Shadow Striker vs The Deep Lying Forward to be released within the next seven days.
  2. I knew that the two were linked, but I was not sure if Control gave them a Support duty or Attack Duty. Thanks for notifying me! I will try and get the next part up in the next week or so. I'll try and keep my PS3 addiction behind me...
  3. I'm not exactly convinced about The Libero in FM, but I will go ahead and try him out. I'll talk about him in the Defensive Midfielder vs Half Back (and, I guess now, vs Libero) post. Might aswell see how he gets on. Who knows, maybe he'll be the best option! Thanks! Rivaldo's role is definitely a tricky part of the tactic, due to how many different roles can suit him. I'll need to watch more matches from 2002 to see which one fits him perfectly! Good job in your own thread, btw! Thanks! More parts to come!
  4. I think you're missing a word there. I'm guessing you mean DLP?Edmilson wasn't extremely aggressive on the ball, but he did push forward when his team was in possession (see Costa Rica)
  5. Post Two: THE FIRST DRAFT – EMULATING FILIPAO’S 3-4-2-1 has been updated! Also, a new part 'The Ball Winning Midfielder vs The Box To Box Midfielder vs The Deep Lying Playmaker', has been reserved for future writing.
  6. I'd definitely consider changing Henderson to a DM-S. The DM-S steps into midfield when in possession, forming that Flat 451 you were talking about. He then drops back into the hole when the opposition are on the ball. Helps him to get more involved in play while holding the anchor role when defending and he doesn't become the focal point of the team, ala DLP. I'm not sure if it's the Advanced Playmaker (which doesn't really suit Couthinho or the tactic) or Attacking Midfielder (more suitable, but doesn't fit the tactic), but if you select one of those with an Attack duty, it makes him attack from deeper. Just a thought.
  7. Love it so much, you had to say it twice? Just messing with you . Thanks, good to have some support behind this. I'm flattered! Thanks very much!
  8. Thanks. I've already read through his Brazillian Box 4-2-2-2 thread, but I'll check his blog for other Brazil related content. Thanks again.
  9. Is The Tifo Project still active? I know the site is still up, but does anybody use it?

  10. Alright then, let's leave it at that. If any of you have already created a similar tactic or tried to emulate Brazil's play style before, then feel free to share! I'd love to see how you all put together your side. The next part will hopefully be going up in the coming days.
  11. Reserved - The Ball Winning Midfielder vs The Box To Box Midfielder vs The Deep Lying Playmaker
  12. It is worth noting before you read this that this is not going to be a thread where I’ve already posted the finished formation, and I analyse it. This is the first draft after I have just started, and it’s not even remotely related to a finished product. I’m showing you this so that you can see my starting point and travel with me as I explore how it plays and make changes to make things work. Please do not go using this base tactic in a save you have thinking that it’s going to be amazing. That said, I will say once again that if you want to form your own thesis, go ahead! I’d like to see what you come up with! Even if you want to move away from The Brazil ’02 Formation and evolve into different shape, I’d be very interested! Now, I introduce to you... Also, I’m fairly sure that SI Forums limits the amount of pictures in each post, and this post has a lot of pictures. Because of this, I’m leaving them as links. _______________________________________ THE FIRST DRAFT – EMULATING FILIPAO’S 3-4-2-1 https://i.gyazo.com/42064a530a00f6ecd12a9896fb70be92.png https://i.gyazo.com/c140e06513710c8aea1c361b8f175603.png https://i.gyazo.com/d2946bf5632f23c2b07274bfd9818c11.png A first draft, but by no means is it a final one. This is going to need work in the key positions: namely The DM and The AMC(L). I would say that the Team Instructions are pretty close to final, barring ‘Be More Expressive’. I’m going to experiment with Flexible and Structured to see which is more solid too. Anyways, here’s my thinking for now. GK-D (PI: Take Long Kicks, Distribute Over Opposition): This was a time before sweeper ‘keepers and playing out from the back. Marcos took huge kicks into the opposition half to try and keep the opposition on the back foot. ‘Distribute Over Opposition’ allows my offensive players to run onto a breaking ball. CD-D x2: Two regular centrebacks, with nothing fancy added in. We aren’t the type to play from the back, so Ball Playing Defenders aren’t necessary. There’s no advantage of to having Limited Defenders, so regular CD’s it is. DM-S (PI: Get Further Forward, More Risky Passes): Subject to change a lot, as I’m planning a future piece comparing this to a half-back. Basically, I’m choosing a DM-S first since he steps into midfield when we are in possession, and ‘Get Further Forward’ allows him to charge into the opposition half. ‘More Risky Passes’ also allows him to hit through balls himself, when the time is right. However, he doesn’t seem to step back into the defensive line when out of possession. He sits in the hole, which is not what I want. The reason that I’m opting for a role in the DM slot instead of a BPD or a Libero (aside from the fact that Libero’s don’t work as intended in FM) is because of another article on Zonal Marking. It was talking about an article in The Guardian about the return of the sweeper. It noted that the modern day sweeper wasn’t a CB bursting into midfield, but rather a midfielder dropping back into defence. Think Sergio Busquets. Yaya Toure has also played this role during his time at Barcelona. The skills required to play this role are, I quote: ‘good reader of the game, an excellent passer (especially over long distances), a decent tackler and competent in the air’. Most DMs have these qualities, and these were the exact qualities an old school sweeper had. We’re just slightly changing how they move, but essentially, they are the same role. WB-AU (PI: Stay Wider): Wing backs are great for wide attacking play when they are the lone wide men, and the automatic duty allows them to bomb forward and track back to form the four at the back (due to the absence of our third CB/DM). I’ve decided not to activate ‘Get Further Forward’ so that I can keep this effect. Choosing a specific way to cross isn’t necessary(does anybody ever do that?) I’ll consider whether or not to activate ‘More Risky Passes’. It just seems to be an extra, unnecessary instruction. However, I have activated ‘Stay Wider’ which has two advantages. It stretches the opposition in attack and gives me width in defence. CM-D: Acting as one of the two Anchor Men in midfield, this is the Gilberto role. The Invisible Wall. The holding midfielder keeping the midfield together in the absence of the injured Emerson. He already holds his position and closes down opposition ball carriers. He’s the perfect match for the position. No need for a fancy role, your friendly neighbourhood Central Midfielder is all you need. May try out a DLP-D aswell, but this role is likely to remain the same. BWM-D: The second, more mobile central midfielder in The Kleberson Role. This could easily change to a BWM-S or even a BBM-S. A box-to-box midfielder however, might end up travelling too far forward and congesting the attacking third, especially with three other players already solely focussed on attacking. The BMW should operate as a solid defensive midfielder who can feed the more creative players infront of him. AM-A (PI: Run Wide With Ball): The Rivaldo Role. There are many possible roles that can replicate Rivaldo’s role. I’ve mentioned them many times, but I started with a generic Attacking Midfielder role. I tell him to ‘Run Wide With Ball’ because that’s what he did a lot for Brazil, as did Ronaldinho. He runs wide and links up with his wing back, distributes the ball into the space he just left, or takes on the opposition centre back or full back. AP-A (PI: Runs Wide With Ball, Roam From Position): Ronaldinho was Brazil’s prime creator. There’s only one role for him, which is The Advanced Playmaker. It’s worth noting, that just because it’s an attacking duty instead of a supporting duty, doesn’t mean that he’s automatically more advanced. With an attacking duty, he drops deeper and attacks from deep, just like Ronaldinho did. I have ‘Run Wide With Ball’ and ‘Roam From Position’ to emulate how Ronaldinho played. CS-A: There’s only one role for Ronaldo. He is THE Complete Forward, so he has the Complete Forward role with an attack duty. Basically, he’s up there and he does what he wants. TEAM INSTRUCTIONS Play Wider & Exploit Flanks: I’ve already gone through this in the first post. The majority of Brazil’s goals come from wide play, and there is a clear emphasis on using the wings. I’ve used both of these roles to stretch the opposition and play in the wing backs and the attacking midfielders. Pass Into Space: Watching some highlights from the Brazil team, there’s another notable source of goals. Through balls into space. Often, centre backs cleared the ball long over the top of the opposition for Ronaldo to break away and run onto. In other cases, Ronaldinho or Rivaldo just threaded a simple ball through. Attacking the space, especially the space created by running wide, was a large part of the Brazilian game. Close Down More & Prevent Short GK Distribution: Brazil press their opponents and force them to make mistakes. They hassle and hassle and hassle. That’s the Brazilian way. Also, you can see in watching Brazil matches, let’s say for example the final versus Germany, that Ronaldo tries to close down Oliver Kahn making him pump the ball long. Get Stuck In: There’s no doubt about it, Brazil have some of the hardest hitting defences in the world. Many players have noted that Brazilians are the most rugged and aggressive players they’ve ever faced. Alongside closing down their space and hassling them, this is also good for dispossessing the opposition. Brazil’s defence was physically strong and a very organised unit, and this should create that. Fouls may be a problem, and I’ll keep an eye on that as we move forward. Much Higher Tempo: Higher tempo is crucial to the tactic. The Brazilians may have played with flair, but their work rate was crucial. Jaap Stam has said: ‘Cafu just kept going – up and down, up and down – and never gave up.’ Laurent Blanc said: ’I played against him in Italy when he was with Roma, and he never stopped running up and down the right side of the field. He has brilliant energy and stamina, and oh, what skill too.’ Work rate doesn’t just apply to Carlos and Cafu, but the rest of the team too. Kleberson’s mobility and work rate pushed him into the side ahead of Juninho. The entire team is a group of hard workers. Be More Expressive: Looking back, I probably shouldn’t of added this TI, but I don’t think there’s much harm in having it for now. I know that I mentioned that quote about Brazil actually being a very structured team with individual bits of brilliance, but giving players like the two CMs the freedom to maybe move outside of their roles could make the team work. I’ll keep an eye on how we play over the next while with this on and off. MENTALITY AND SHAPE Control: Control is the lightest (for the lack of a better word) form of the Attacking side of mentalities, yet it’s still an attacking mentality. As much as Filipao’s side had that rigid defensive structure, I’m not sure if you can replicate the attacking prowess of The Three Rs and the wing backs with just Standard. I will experiment with Standard too, but I think Control could be the mentality all the way through this tactics development. Flexible: For those who don’t know, Team Shape basically contributes towards to primary things: (a) the compactness or sparseness of your team shape, i.e. how much space is between your lines and (b) the creative freedom your team has. I know that I definitely do not want to go to the Fluid side of things as I want to keep the core of the team (CBs, DM, CMs) strong defensively and organized without wanting to be involved in the attacking phase. At the same time, I do want some roles (namely my WBs) to get involved a lot. I will experiment with both Structured and Flexible to find The Gold Standard. _____________________________ Let’s see how this works initially in Defence. I’ll take this from a friendly versus Peru side, Cesar Vallejo. Note: This is with the tactic currently at ‘Competent’, just over half full. I will wait until it’s completely fluid to judge fully. DEFENCE: https://i.gyazo.com/d4cfaa0ef7ad96692c5e7cd075114c95.png He we are defending, just before our first goal. Our wing backs have tracked back to form a four man defence (but, frustratingly, they are quite narrow). Alison, our DM, doesn’t fall back into the defensive line but instead sits in the hole. He ends up acting as an invisible wall to their #8, which is fine. Lucas Lima, in The Gilberto Role, does the same to their #7, which is also promising. Our ball winning midfield, Leandrinho, emulating Kleberson as a mobile anchor, closes down the player in possession. We are in the right positions and we win the ball back, leading to a goal. A best case scenario, but this is only one case early in the game. We defend well for the rest of the first half. We remain rock hard and stubborn, denying them any easy chance. However, in the second half, we crack. https://i.gyazo.com/a37ab958a1d94e01acd11fcb3efe702b.png Trust me, this diagram makes sense when you read this. Basically, our #3, loses a high ball and gets caught out of position. Our two wingbacks, (#16 came on because of an injury) drop back to cover, but Alison tries to close down the man in possession. The space marked with the yellow box is exploited as their #11 makes a run and the easy pass is picked out. Vladmir makes the save, but Zeca stops tracking his man and their #9 scores the tap in. Perhaps just a set of mistakes due to tactic unfamiliarity, or something else I’m missing. Again, let’s see if this becomes a recurring problem in future once the tactic is fluid. https://i.gyazo.com/6e171e65511887772be2743d6eab2b9e.png Interestingly, Valencia does come deep to become part of a somewhat deformed back five (which does appear to have mild scoliosis). However, once again, we are too narrow. Look at all the space that the #9 could exploit. Our two anchors act as invisible walls, but their #14 is free. This is probably the wrong time for Valencia to form a back five. Instead, he should be on #14, like above, forming 4 at the back. This play leads to nothing as our WB disarms their #15, but literally one or two passes could shift the play to the other side of the field to their #9 (or to their unmarked #14), which could potentially leave us in some serious trouble. On some other occasions, Valencia tracked back to form the five at the back. This makes me wonder why Alison was keener on going forward than staying back. ATTACK: https://i.gyazo.com/a8424ec0df0aa7dafeb066b73d1846e8.png In this picture, yellow is player movement, white is ball movement. We open the scoring early through our DM, Alison. This is a good thing, since I do want him bombarding up the field whenever possible to help out with the attack, while also defending (which he doesn’t do correctly, as you have seen above in the ‘Defence’ part of this post). Leandrinho, our BWM in The Kleberson Role, wins the ball back in midfield by closing down and tackling their player. He quickly feeds The Complete Forward, Ribeiro, with a through ball into space. Our Ronaldo runs onto it as our DM (Alison, #6), our AP (Crispim, #7) and our AM (Rodriguez, #11) bomb forward into the opposition half. The defensive line pushes forward in unison while our two holding midfielders, #9 and #8, hold their position in front of the defence. https://i.gyazo.com/2db153e13083e0cce1592bc900136b84.png As the complete forward continues his run, Alison, Crispim and Rodriguez continue bursting forward to support him and get into a scoring position. Meanwhile, both of the wing backs abandon their defensive line to support the attack, leaving us with a two man defensive line with the two anchormen sitting in front of them. https://i.gyazo.com/96cf497460effda32ae09a26ce919290.png The #3 for them is forced to come across to meet Ribeiro, who pulls the ball across. Alison meets it with a strike which hits the bottom left corner of the net. Also in this picture, you can see the best angle for seeing out defensive line and holding midfielders. Our wing backs, especially #5, can easily track back if a counter attack were to break away. So, here are the positives: exploiting the width, exploiting the space, hard working wing backs, transition to two at the back, DM gets forward, late runners, defensive solidity in case of a counter attack. https://i.gyazo.com/9fa77c739553438e85c476daed359588.png This is the next goal, mid-way through the second half. Edwin Valencia, #22, my DM, has won the ball in midfield. He immediately feeds Crispim, the playmaker, who plays the ball wide to our wing back (who once again has changed, due to injury). Guedes moves forward before playing the ball back to Crispim. We move into our two at the back as our wingbacks and DM move forward (I didn’t put the DM movement on the diagram). Once again, our anchormen stay back. Their defensive line drops back. https://i.gyazo.com/39282d2d128a471782795e417b18734c.png Both wingbacks continue moving forward, but instead of playing the through ball into the space that our WB is running into on the bottom right, he plays it centrally for Valencia and then Gabriel (who moves out slightly to get the ball, drawing out the defender). Oliviera runs a ‘C’ line, coming onside before running onto the space in behind. Gabriel plays him through and Oliveira scores at the near post. Out CBs remain back while our two anchor men, who dropped slightly to the right of the pitch to offer a recycling option to Guenes and Crispim, move back centrally to cover their #9. So, the positives we see here are: exploiting the width, exploiting the space, hard working wing backs, DM gets forward, defensive solidity in case of a counter attack, creative freedom, anchor mobility. That said, we’re not perfect, as you’re going to see in the ‘General Play’ section. https://i.gyazo.com/83799cc6543188d5fd76726f50d892be.png Strangely enough, we seem better on the counter than anywhere else. Here we are defending a corner. The ball gets cleared down the wing for our complete forward Oliveira to run onto. I can’t really make out specifics, so basically, everybody and their mother come flying out of the box to support (or defend, in their case). https://i.gyazo.com/27d680d29f181a30db7c5f80e7fdd8fc.png This is a rough estimate to what happens. Oliveira runs to the edge of the box and their defender comes to meet him. Our DM (Valencia), our playmaker (Crispim), our AM (Gabriel) and even one of our anchors, Lima, bomb forward. Possibly worrying? Probably not, considering a such a counter attack where they’ve committed so many men forward. Anyways, the wingbacks attack their respective flanks and our defenders get into position. https://i.gyazo.com/578c769a184dafe5c4a97fe17f9ed2b2.png Oliveira draws the defender and passes (my inner rugby player is impressed). Gabriel, in our Rivaldo role, takes the ball and fires it into the bottom corner to make it 3-1. I’ve noted how congested all of their players are too. They’re all in a small area on the right side of the pitch. No danger of anything dangerous coming from that. So, once again, we have the same positives: exploiting the width, exploiting the space, hard working wing backs, DM gets forward, late runners, attacking midfielder scoring. Again though, we aren’t perfect. GENERAL PLAY: Again, I’ll have to wait until this tactic is fluid and I’ve played a few games, but right now there are quite a few problems with how we are playing at the moment. Firstly, we seem to by trying too much direct balls. I’ve no problem with the passes into space since they work (as shown by Alison’s goal), but it’s almost every time we get a ball. When we’re defending we clear it in a panic. When we’re in possession of the ball in our own half, we seem inclined to just boot it blindly. This become quite annoying since once we get into the opponents half, we seem fine with playing the ball around with short passes (as seen by Oliveira’s goal). This in turn creates our next problem. We don’t get enough possession. The possession stats are astonishing, and as seen by the heat maps below, we are always on the back foot. Our shots are all coming from long range. We don’t seem to be able to get into their box, due to our lack of possession. We were quite lucky to win, because they decided to abandon their possession tactic and go more attacking, which allowed us to get our second and third goals. All of these above problems can be fixed by doing one or more of the following: activating TI’s (shorter passing, retain possession, work ball into box, etc), decreasing mentality (standard), increasing tactic fluidity (currently competent, just over half way), more conservative roles. (support roles in the front three). Most likely, I will try and get them to do ‘Shorter Passing’. I will keep ‘Be More Expressive’ so that they can try to play the ball long if they want when the time is right. However, I will wait until the tactic is completely fluid before I decide. Here are the stats, and heat maps. It’s also worth noting that Alison picked up MOTM: https://i.gyazo.com/5fc6465d5c0c1a22c87bb5879228dc86.png https://i.gyazo.com/05eb1f0faa1320f1c16d0c59f59336ef.png https://i.gyazo.com/32479f2f2a83d0d96d477e8a68714c6c.png You can see what I mean. We were kept back in our own half for the majority of the game as they kept possession and pressed us. We only had our Complete Forwards operating in the opposition half. Everybody else was pressed back by the opposition. They had their lone striker and five midfielders. They had more shots, better passing, and more possession. I know shots mean nothing without showing where they’re from, so I’ll show you where both teams’ shots were from. https://i.gyazo.com/adda89a81d6c2d42ec726bf73ffb9ef5.png https://i.gyazo.com/c55f3ff045b1dcbab52547e19e677097.png Us first, then them. Our only four shots of the first half were four outside the box. We only started getting chances in the box when the opponent abandoned their possession game and tried to play a more attacking game. God knows why they did that, because up until that point, they were dominating. That said, they still had too many chances inside our area. We really need better over from our DM and WBs. Had they had a more competent finisher, they would’ve definitely won that match by three or four goals. I guarantee that. Another thing I’m interested in is our low passing completion, probably due to our constant long passing. This also most likely caused our lack of possession (which is more evidence to why ‘Shorter Passing’ may work.). I’m curious to who the culprits are... https://i.gyazo.com/f4e787e0ce06483b397bf39e48fbc72f.png Aside from our goalkeeper, who is supposed to take long kicks, our main culprits are our two CBs our DM, our AP and our AM. Here are their incomplete passes in that order, from top to bottom. https://i.gyazo.com/eac31b03b36c51b9d3c4a53ea2ba57cd.png https://i.gyazo.com/930851e758c5a67fe391f5b63a74101d.png https://i.gyazo.com/0c0fdc52788a594186651fd83cec61e2.png https://i.gyazo.com/c51566e4d42547a62c8e1e4d3d4c7729.png https://i.gyazo.com/be364c259a52e1458f4f0b6f2ed8abf5.png The vast majority of the incomplete passes are long passes. More reason to try and go for shorter passing. In comparison, here are their completed passes, again in the order of CBs, DM, AP, AM top to bottom. https://i.gyazo.com/2a2d63b251e7566902ad4be01459050b.png https://i.gyazo.com/4a4890a42c5af73bba2f321cd9983cdd.png https://i.gyazo.com/80b786ae55b72633a3d2a0906d477aca.png https://i.gyazo.com/031727f01e249267981dc57b6aa49626.png https://i.gyazo.com/428197a57f953a621f4660c76b4f676e.png Interestingly, the majority of our CBs completed passes are also long passes. Considering how good they seem to be at long passes (or lucky clearances), I won’t try to work from the back. However, the rest of these players show clearly that they completed all of their short passes and only missed out on long attempts (depending on your definition of long, one may argue a case for The Attacking Midfielder, who completed a decent amount of medium length passes). Shorter Passing seems to be becoming more and more likely, but this is only one match. Finally, I want to do a small bit about my Advanced Playmaker, The Ronaldinho Role. I’ve already highlighted his passing above, he makes a fifty attempted passes and forty-two completed ones; more than anybody else on the team. He also made 10 attempted runs, completing 7 of them. Again, that’s more than anybody else. You can see them all below. https://i.gyazo.com/e4233a6a40367c878aa4993913adeb25.png Ronaldinho was able to skip past opponents with ease. Let’s see if Crispim can become a player like him... _____________________________ That’s how I am starting out. I will use this formation without change for my opening few games to see how it plays before I decide to make any changes. I already know that I will try out a number of different roles for different positions like The DMC and The AMC(L) , but I may also try out different CM roles like DLP-D or BWM-S or BBM-S. For now, however, this is my base and my starting point.
  13. Before I begin, I’d like to say that I’m heavily inspired by tactic threads made by the likes of Cleon, Ozil To The Arsenal and Herne. I’ve always loved the depth that they provide in their write-ups and their tactical know-how when it comes to Football Manager games. I’ve always wanted to do a write up on a formation, whether it be a formation I created myself (I may write about how my Torino 4-4-2 changed to a 4-1-4-1, but I doubt many are interested) or, both more interestingly and more challenging, a historical tactic. Obviously, there are many historical tactics that have already been created in FM. Ozil has already done an Invincibles 4-4-2, Sachi’s 4-4-2 and Cruyff’s 3-4-3 Diamond. Cleon has written at length about The Brazillian 4-2-2-2 Box Formation, and countless other pieces on various styles of football. However, I’ve found myself wanting to emulate a tactic from around the time I first started watching football. Also, please note that I am using FM15, however feel free to try and replicate in FM16 or, if it comes out before this thread is complete, FM17. Introducing: LUIZ FELIPE SCOLARI’S 3-4-2-1 (Note: In some images, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho switch sides. However, Rivaldo is always more advanced than Ronaldinho) There are a number of articles showcasing Big Filipe’s tactic. The two main ones I’ve found are on thisisanfield.com (less depth) and zonalmarking.net (Zonal Marking level depth). Obviously, you’re all familiar with Zonal Marking, it is arguably the best website for tactical analysis. Of course, that is where I will be basing a lot of my information. DEFENCE: You can see the basic shape from the image above (courtesy of ThisisAnfield.com), however there’s a lot more than meets the eye. Here’s a passage about the defence from Zonal Marking: This lead to Brazil having many shapes in their defensive line: Two at the back, three at the back, four at the back and five at the back, depending on the situation. The two central midfielders then provided cover infront of the defence, with Kleberson roaming around while Gilberto holds his position. Here are a few real life examples of this from The 2002 World Cup Final, Brazil vs Germany. In this example, Brazil are defending with five men at the back. Edmilson has dropped back into the defensive line and both Cafu and Roberto Carlos flank Roque Junior and Lucio to form a five man defence. Gilberto acts as an invisible wall while Kleberson, the more mobile midfielder Kleberson, closes down the man in possession. He wins the ball and feeds Ronaldinho, who has dropped deep to receive the ball and launch a counter attack. This is a bad example as you cannot see the defensive line, but right now there are 8 Brazillian players in view. This means that the three remaining players, the goalkeeper and the two defenders, are off camera. This means they’ve formed a two at the back. However, as Rivaldo has just lost possession, you can see Edmilson making his way back to strengthen the defensive line, forming three at the back. Finally, in this example, Cafu and Carlos have dropped back to form four at the back. Another player (who I can’t recognize) sits infront of the defensive line, performing the ‘invisible wall’ role that Gilberto is so well renowned for. ATTACK: We’ve already read above that the wing backs are given free reign of the wings. However, we haven’t spoken much about the attack in this line up: the trident of Rivaldo, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo. The Three Rs. Before we talk about these three players, I’m going to tell you watch this video that I’ve linked below. It’s a six minute long video showing every single goal which Brazil scored during The World Cup Finals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-kZyTfmOHw Noticed something? One thing you should notice is that the large majority of goals come from wide areas. Almost all of the goals come from crosses from the wings, including two of Brazil’s most memorable goals: Edmilson’s bicycle kick vs Costa Rico and Ronaldo throwing himself at the ball to score against Turkey. Wide play and exploitation of the flanks should definitely be an instruction when it comes to replicating our tactic. Also, while we’re on the topic of Edmilson, he has to charge forward aswell as cover back, a role which is hard to replicate in the game. I’ll cover this more in a later piece: The Defensive Midfielder vs The Half Back. So, now I’ll quote this brief passage describing The Three R’s. The first part of the passage does not help much. After all, it is our basic shape. Ronaldinho acts as the prime creator, while Rivaldo acts as an aggressive attacking midfielder or maybe even a second striker. Rivaldo’s role will probably the second hardest to replicate behind Edmilson, as there are many roles which could replicate how he could play. Experimentation will have to be done, and I will write more about this in another part The Attacking Midfielder vs The Shadow Striker vs The Deep Lying Forward. Ronaldo acts as the most attacking player, and for such a complete player as himself, there is only one role for him. The second passage however, notes something very important, and it does help when it comes to replicating the tactic in FM. When you use something like Very Fluid and Attacking, it makes the entire team attacking from back to front. There should only really be three attacking players, The Three Rs. The rest should be mainly focused on defending. Keeping the two central midfielders in primarily defensive positions is vital. Let the trident do the work, and then remain firm at the back. The wing backs can be used to devastating effect in attack, but they have to help out in defence to the form that 5 at the back that we want. Even the Edmilson role should be primarily defensive before supporting and attacking. ________________________________________ Next part, I’m actually going to start getting into the Football Manager side of things. I’ll be playing as Santos and I’ll post what tactic I’m starting with, why I’m using those roles and instructions, etc. Hopefully, ya’ll will remain interested!
  14. Board Confidence Update: In Other News... As I mentioned, Baselli's opening goal vs Lazio won GOTM. For the second consecutive month, Vives is in the Team Of The Month. I signed this guy on a free from Wolfsburg. Young CB, since Moretti and Bovo are aging. Looks like Marco Chiosa. Nikola Maksimovic, Carlos Ascues are the 3 CBs for the future. Pontus Jannson is only 24 too, and Glik is only 27. Looks like we've got enough in the centre back department for a long time.
  15. 2014/15 Youth Intake Graduates: Mario Morganti is obviously talented, and my highest potential player in this intake. He starts with 1* ability with 4* potential and a 5th black star. However, there's lots wrong with him. For a full back, his technical stats are lacking. 3 dribbling isn't very good, same goes for 3 corners. 7 first touch too. Hopefully, they're all going to rise before he's a finished article. He already has decent marking and great tackling for his age, and he has some decent mentals. 17 determination is great to see, as is 16 work rate. He also has good physicals, barring his strength (which along with his height, is making me train him as a full-back instead of a centre back). Hopefully, he will develop into a starting left-back for the future. Molinaro is in his 30s and wont last for much longer, while Avelar can hold his position for the time being until Morganti is ready. To be perfectly honest, I don't even know if Iaconi will develop into a player good enough for the first team. At best, he'll be a decent rotation option or a nice profit. He has some good physical stats, but he lacks much else. I'm not sure where I could possibly play this guy, unless he massively improves. He only has 1 determination, and doesn't have the mentals to make a good wing back. Barring some incredible technical improvement, he probably wont last.
  16. March: It all started so well The Lazio game cannot be described by words. We dominated possession (55%) and we had the same amount of shots on target than their total shots. Mad stuff. They lined out with The V, but they just never took off. Their best player was Marco Parolo, who somehow managed to get 8.7 Their next best player were two subs who got 6.7. Their left full back, Seck, got a 5.0 which is probably the worst rating I have ever seen on an opposition team. Our lowest rating was 7.2 from Padelli and Acquah. Danielle Baselli opened the scoring on 9 minutes, when Vives laid the ball to him from 25 yards out, and he curled it into the top right corner of the net from range. This goal later went on the win Serie A Goal Of The Month. After half an hour, we scored in a more typical fashion. Joel Obi, shining in the absence of Juan Sanchez Mino, whips a cross towards the far post where Belotti jumps backwards and heads it back across goal into the far corner. Then, just before half time, we get an extremely dubious penalty. In the words of the report: ''Moustapha Seck has his foot held up high and caught Sala with it''. Did he Nani it or something? Anyways, Baselli steps up and nets his second of the game. Strangely, Lazio go defensive after half time instead of attacking. I'm unsure if they were looking for a counter attack or what, but I decided to bore them into the ground, activating 'Shorter Passing' and 'Be More Disciplined'. Lazio don't threaten us at all, and wescore the 4th after 80 minutes, when we scored from a great training ground set piece routine (probably). Sala steps up to take a free kick in a scoreable position, but instead he plays it short to Baselli to the right of the wall, who chips to ball into the box and Belotti bangs the ball on the half volley past Marchetti's near post. An emphatic, unexpected, glorious, other adjective, win. Then, we hosted Inter for our semi-final. This was arguably a better result, considering the position we were in going into the closing minutes. But anyways, they lined out in The V and took an early lead through Stevan Jovetic. After five minutes, they build up an Jovetic plays through Taufer. Padelli comes off his line, but Maksimovic makes a great covering tackle. Unfortunately, Padelli commits and is caught out as the ball falls to Jovetic who taps the ball into the empty net. From here, Inter Milan go entirely defensive for no apparent reason. They were dominating us and then they decided to sit back instead of kill the game. I tweak some passing options and give my players the creative freedom to do basically whatever the hell they want. This works to an extent, we actually start having shots. However, we don't get one on target until the 91st minute. Guess what happens? We're passing the ball, Belotti in a crossing position down the right. Infuriatingly, he passes the ball back to Bruno Peres who pulls the ball into the centre of Acquah. Acquah plays a short pass to Gazzi, who just goes 'F%&! this sh@&' and lets fly from 30 yards. Handanovic is caught out as the ball flies into the top left corner! Needless to say, I go mental. So, two extremely high intensity matches in a row. What better to cap it off with a boring 0-0 draw, eh? I decide to play offside since Bacca and Menez both try to beat the trap a lot, and it works. We draw, as Milan's 4-3-1-2 manages to keep us at bay too, despite us holding 55% possession. There's honestly nothing worth noting from this match. Then Fiorentina happened. It started off amazingly, despite them once again lining out with their unorthodox 3-4-2-1, spearheaded by Ryan Matos with Kouma Babacar, the death of me after our last meeting, on the bench. Thank God for that. We take the lead through Andrea Belotti after 11 minutes, as we catch Fiorentina on the counter. Vives launches a long ball forward and Belotti picks it up and scores, beating Tatarusanu (don't ask) at his near post. Then, things go pear shaped. We go in a goal up at half-time, and Fiorentina change to a straight up 3-4-3. Three strikers doesn't go well with me. Also, guess who comes on? Kouma Babacar. God dammit. Anyways, they equalise when their corner goes long towards the opposite end of the box. Aqcuah misses a header, and Babacar pulls the ball back across the box for Chedjou who scores. They then go ahead when Pasqual's cross his met by Ryan Matos, who's header is saved onto the post but tapped in on second asking by Matos. Maksimovic then gets a second yellow card, bringing us down to ten men. With no centrebacks on the bench (two were suspended due to accumulated yellow cards), I'm forced to play two full backs, and asymmetrical CB, and Vives as an asymetrical Half Back. I change the full backs to Limited FBs and tell them to sit narrower, but to no avail. They score twice in two minutes (89' and 90') through Babacar and Matos. However, we do get a consolation goal in injury time, when Benassi frees Belotti in space, who dribbles on the counter attack. He gives the ball to Baselli who plays through Sala in the box. Sala squares the ball back for Belotti who scores his 19th of the season. After that, we recover. While a 1-0 scorline against Frosinone's 4-4-1-1 doesn't look great, the performance certainly was. They had 0 shots, to our 19, and we held 60% possession. Our loan goal came through Marco Benassi, who headed the ball into the net after Vives cross was flicked on by Moretti and parried by the Frosinone 'keeper into his path. Their left midfielder Chibsah was then sent off with 6 minutes to go, but that had no impact on the game. They also committed 24 fouls, to our 16. Talk about hard hitting. So, have we lost the initiative? The League Table: We remain first, but Juventus are gaining on me. This is slowly becoming a two horse race between the two Turin sides as Milan, Udinese and Napoli battle out for the last Champions League spot. Fiorentina, Roma, Inter and Lazio are all but done in terms of European qualification. Sassuolo continue their very good season. At the other end of the table. Palermo continue to hover above relegation in a safe, but not exactly a pretty position. Verona are pretty much safe, and Genoa remain in mid table after their takeover. Carpi, Bologna, Frosinone, Empoli and Chievo are the five sides battling for survival. So, can we keep the edge over Juventus. April Fixtures: A tough set of fixtures for Serie A. Our second leg in Inter will be tough, but it's very winnable if we play well. Empoli are the only guaranteed points. Maybe my defence has improved since last time I played Napoli...
  17. I'm going to post this now instead of later. I'm shocked.
  18. I actually didn't know that he played for Barca and AC. I only found out when I loaned him out and the game said 'Maxi Lopez was a part of the 2006 Barcelona side that won The Champions League' or something on them lines. Interestingly, his ex-wife is now married to Icardi. And he played for Chievo before joining Torino. I guess he's going back now. And apparently, there's a meme in Argentina of there being a Maxilopezian Church, with lots of hyperbole and stuff. Interesting.
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