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    Göteborg, Sverige
  1. Ironic in all this is that Iceland (co-)manager Lars Lagerbäck, and indeed the whole of Swedish football for a long time, were inspired by the Roy Hodgson way of playing 4-4-2. Now he finally has a team that fully committs to it.
  2. ICELAND! LARS RAGNAR England :D :D :D
  3. Definitely should have.
  4. Interesting. I have the same philosophy for training and squad building, but I don't have it down to a system with nicknames and shortlists etc. I am very particular about squad numbers in general though, as I also associate them with certain roles, which naturally depend on the formation (i.e 7 is my right winger if I have one, otherwise it's a central midfielder, kind of a box-to-box type of midfielder, never a playmaker or a defensive midfielder). My starter in each position will always have the number associated with it (except maybe the goalkeeper if I have a young keeper about to take over, he may keep #13 for his first season as a starter), the numbers outside 1-11 are mostly position-based, but also squad role/status based (A veteran backup Winger/AM would be #17, but a promising youngster would be #27). Went off on a tangent there, I guess my point is that you've made something useful out of it, instead of just being a neurotic mess like me about it
  5. Recently switched to a more defensive focus on my Atalanta save. Had a mediocre season last season, finishing 7th but winning Coppa Italia. Recovered after a horrible run, and have had a great start to this season after a switch from a Standard/Control 4-4-1-1 to a Defensive/Counter 4-1-4-1. After 15 games I'm top of the league with 33 points, scored 22 and conceded just 6, with 12 clean sheets. Too early to tell whether I'm onto something lasting or not, but I'm loving it. Consistently grinding out 1-0 and 2-0 wins is what I want, and a playstyle I haven't been successful with since the wibble/wobble days.
  6. Well turns out I was worried for nothing Went on to win the double, Serie A and Coppa Italia. Bit worrysome though that I have the exact same problem with my right winger, with one year left on his deal, and my AMC is unhappy about me rejecting a bid. We'll see if I get to keep them or not. That's about 30 goals and 30 assists between them.
  7. Currently in 2024 in my first FM16 save, playing as Atalanta (as I always do, since the CM 97-98 edition, for my first game). Had some very difficult early seasons, not finding a working tactical setup at all. All I have to show so far is a Coppa Italia win. Got a 4-4-1-1 working really nicely now, and found some great players. However I also just lost my biggest star, shown below. Product of my youth academy, he would only sign that deal with a minimum fee release clause at €55m (Got locked during negotiation). And after that wouldn't sign a new one, stating that he wasn't interested because he didn't believe my team had the calibre of players to match his ambition or some such. Stayed that way for several seasons. I take that to mean he wanted the team to be filled with better players, but is that all? Would winning a big title have helped? Anyway, I haven't been this gutted at losing a player in a long time. Will be hard to replace, and worried that my season will derail now; currently joint top of the league in January. He had 14 goals and 8 assists in 17 starts.
  8. WM (A) already has get further forward. I used to have the cross less instruction, but since I already have "Work ball into box" it felt redundant, and made him not take good crossing opportunities that I wanted him to take. He is a good crosser and like I said my F9 is more of a Zlatan type than a traditional F9.
  9. I had problems getting my AMC involved in my 4-4-1-1, but it all clicked when I switched to Fluid and when I offset the AM and ST slightly, using the AMCL and STCL slots, with an AM(A) and False 9 (S) in the roles. I would use a Shadow Striker ideally, but don't have the players suited for it really. The real stars of the show though are the wide midfielders, playing both as WM (A), with the ML having the instruction to cut inside (Also has PPMs "Cuts inside from both wings" and "Gets into opposition area"), and the other having the instruction to play narrower. Was surprised at the success of a left-footed player cutting inside from the left, but he's scored 10-15 league goals in each of the last 3 seasons, and has 6 in 6 (with 5 assists) so far this season. What I tried to get working for the first few seasons was having the AMC as a playmaker (ideally an Enganche, Riquelme style) and the striker playing an advanced role, but never got that to play the way I wanted it to. Anyway the full setup is: Standard (Sometimes Control, rarely Counter), Fluid, Work Ball into Box, Lower Tempo GK (D) - Pass shorter, distribute to central defenders, roll it out DR: WB (S) DCR: CD © DCL: CD (D) DL: WB (S) MR: WM (A) - Sit narrower MCR: DLP (S) MCL: CM (D) - Close down less ML: WM (A) - Cut inside AMCL: AM (A) - Dribble less STCR: F9 (S) Creates some very nice interplay. Many goals coming from the two wide players setting eachother up. A lot of cutbacks and crosses to my F9 (Who isn't much of a F9 really, he's big and strong and an excellent finisher) from both the wide players and full backs. DLP isn't getting many assists but is involved in play a lot. Defensively not quite as sound as I'd like, but in terms of players defense is my weakest area. Using a "less is more" approach, not looking to complicate things too much. Overall focusing on getting, and developing, intelligent players, trusting in their decision making rather than micromanaging too much.
  10. I had this same problem, and solved it by removing the player from the "Unwanted List".