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  1. The first screen doesn't have that you have to click a confirm tab to accept the £500million, it then comes up April Fool.
  2. Thought I'd hit the jackpot! One click later.
  3. I support West Ham and FC St. Pauli. Only have a nose around West Ham to see what the stats are like in a new release. Always play as FC St. Pauli, always a decent challenge trying to make them a top German side.
  4. Sorry for the non response over the weekend, been pretty busy. Anyway, after making a few tweaks and changes I've completed five matches after the German winter break. For the Darmstadt, Union Berlin and 1.FC Koln fixture I went with the below tactic. It isn't a million miles away from the tactic in post #1. As you can see from the match result and stats we still had trouble scoring from open play, but the shots on goal stat was better than it has been. Key players for this tactic are Mats Moller Daehli as the wide playmaker, and Cenk Sahin as the inverted winger. I had to bemoan my luck as both picked up injuries in the Darmstadt game. So more positional tweaks were needed Ryo Miayichi came in on the left, the dilema being do I use him in the same role as Moller Daehli, use him as a winger, or a supporting inverted winger. I decided to play Miyaichi as a wide playmaker with Thibaud Verlinden coming in as an attacking winger on the right. The selection paid off as Miyachi scored two early goals. The mentality was changed from positive to standard to reflect Berlin's more open approach. There was cause for concern that we couldn't hold onto our lead, and the amount of shots on goal by Berlin. This was the first time we had conceded more than one goal in a game all season. Moller Daehli returned for the game at Koln with Miyaichi swapping to the right wing as an inverted winger. Again we had to have a wits about us defensively with Koln having 14 attempts on target, and two goals disallowed for offside. We were clinical in front of goal with that man Miyaichi bagging his second brace in as many games. Unfortunately Miyaichi would pick up an injury that will keep him out for around a month. In our next game Aue were to line up with a defensive mentality, so I went with my Plan B. Thibaud Verlinden came in for Miyaichi as AMR W(A). An impressive performance with the opposition no mustering an attempt on target. Cenk Sahin returned for the game against Ingolstadt, the unlucky Verlinden dropping to the bench. The visitors would run with a cautious mentality, so I reverted back to my 4-1-4-1 (WP, IW). Sahin bagging the only goal of the game, with the opposition being limited on their chances. Pleased with how the tactic is working out so far, with a plan B for defensive sides, and a sort of plan C for seeing out games. Over the five game run I've noticed the wide right position with an attacking role is key, five of the nine goals scored came from the MR/AMR position. Big thanks for help and suggestions by those who have contributed to this thread.
  5. @Experienced Defender with the mezzala would he be more effective with an attack role against team with standard or higher mentality, and better in a support role against park the bus teams. Due to work I'll give a few adjustments a try tomorrow.
  6. I only use Knoll as BPD and only against teams with a balanced mentallity or higher. As most opposition I come up against is either cautious or defensive I mainly go with 2 DC's as I don't want to just lump it up into packed defences. The overall positions/roles/duties Is pretty similar to what I was running with, the TI/PI's a little different. I have my four man midfield all on max pressing and no Pi's for the FB/WB's. With the TI's I can see the reason behind float crosses Veerman is a telegrapgh pole and Diamantakos is decent in the air. I've beeen sticking to low crosses as it doesn't meen all crosses from out wide will be low, if the opportunity to put it in the air is still there the wide players will still do that. The DL role I prefer using a wing back as I find it provides more width and balls into the box, I haven't experimented much with a FB(A). Apart from defensive stability, what does he bring to the party in attack without PI's? I found using a WB on the left provided width in what is a narrow set up going forward. I've also found the mezzala next to the wide playmaker can see them being next to each other a lot. Will a left footed mezzala work in MC(R), but again he'll be next to the inverted winger a lot.
  7. Not sure if this will help. DR - Full Back - Marc Hornschuh/Luca Zander DL - WB - Daniel Buballa (WB/S) - Jeremy Dudziak (WB/A) DC - Phillip Ziereis/Christopher Avevor/Marvin Knoll (BPD) DLP - Johannes Flum MCL - BWM(S) - Bernd Nehrig MCR - Mez - Christopher Buchtmann/Richard Neudecker MR - Cenk Sahin (IW/A) ML - Matts Moller Daehli (WP/S) ST - Diamantakos (PF)/ Henk Veerman (DLF/TM)
  8. I've been showing too much loyalty to Diamantakos, but that is an excellent point about Veerman's versatility. I've sent Allagui out on loan so I'll have to rotate between Veerman and Diamantakos. Would love to get hold of FCSP's latest singing Alexander Meier, big lump, 35 years old so not very mobile, still knows where the goal is. Hopefully will bang in a winner against HSV on Sunday.
  9. Once again thanks for the advice. I've made some tweaks and has worked well so far in the winter break friendlies. A 0-0 against Werder Bremen was decent result against better opponents, more chances were created. For the final winter friendly against Genk I heeded some of your advice and changed the striker role to DLF(A) and then subbing on and using a PF(A). We were 3-1 winners with the DLF scoring once and PF getting the oher two goals. Would you keep the metality at balanced in a 4-1-4-1 with AMR/L? I want to aim to give myself not only a Plan B, I now want a Plan C as such. Going with my 4-1-4-1 as my main tactic, a 4-1-4-1 (AMR/L) to try to break down stubborn teams, and my tactic from my original post with slight adaptations as shut up shop against teams the odds are stacked against me, or see out a lead late on in a game.
  10. Thanks for the advice, appreciated. Got in a couple of games last night, both at home against teams struggling in the division. First up Greuther Furth. The opposition set themselves up with a 5-4-1, 3 DC's and 2 FB's. I used my tactical setup from post 1 and struggled, basically failed, to break them down. Next game I tried to revamp the midfield a bit, made the left WB attacking, and dropped the 'Hold Position' TI for my PF(S) but adding 'Roam From Position'. I also used the TI 'Play Wider' and dropped 'Lower Tempo'. Magdeburg set themselves up with a narrow defensive formation 3 DC's, 2 WB's, a holding midfielder in a diamnond formation. Created a lot more chances, this time struggled to put the ball in the net. Starting the winter break now, but going to have further tinker with the midfield. I'll give these roles and duties 3-4 games and maybe look to change the PF(S) to DLF(S) if need be.
  11. Looking to create a high press/possession tactic for my FCSP team. Decent start so far, 2nd in Bundesliga 2 after 16 games. Proving solid in defence, only 4 goals conceeded, but looking for more penetration in attack with 16 goals scored. Looking for any advice on any glaring errors in the below tactic. I'm looking for the mezzala and inverted winger to get forward in the channels between opposition centre backs and full backs. The wide playmaker will hopefully tuck into the centre, and the left side wing back creating width on that flank, just a little unsure to make the wing back attacking. The BWM(D) also has me pondering if he is a wise choice, my go to role for that position is normally DM(D). Up front the pressing forward is on support so he isn't isolated and has the PI hold position. The idea of using slightly lower tempo is to allow the mezzala and inverted winger time to get forward into the positions I want them in attack, and also the wing back to get up in support. Player Instructions:- DC(L/R) - Take Fewer Risks BWM(D) - Mark Tighter Mezzala & DLP(S) - Close Down More, Mark Tighter IW(A) - Roam From Position, Close Down More PF(S) - Hold Position
  12. Not tactical, but two football books I would recommend are 'Tor!: The Story Of German Football', quite a long read as its pretty detailed. Also, 'Pirates, Punks And Politics'. The story of a Watford fan who despaired of the way the Premier League became obsessed by money and ended up being a regular attender at FC St. Paul home and away games even though he has a phobia of flying.
  13. One thing I've noticed is there are quite a few regens at the start of the game that are very promising, especially in Germany. Signed up four or five 15 years olds for my FCSP U19s. One not far away from promotion to the u23s/fringe first team, only problem, he can't play for either side until he is 17.
  14. Look forward to seeing how you get on with FCSP. My go to team upon new releases of FM, a few promising youngsters, some good experienced players, sprinkled with a few names that had promising youth careers but never quite made it. Fliting between using a 4-2-3-1and 4-1-4-1. Buballa having a great first half to the season as a wing back, Neudecker establishing a place in central midfield as a DLP. When fit Moller-Daehli getting assists and goals, and Miyaichi performing the same. The surprise for me is Henk Veerman up front, a 6ft 6in target man with no more than average heading stats, have him playing as PF(S/A), 11 goals in the first half of the season. Currently sitting 4th at the winter break, no signings made so far, well three Stoke players who have been put in the U23 team. Some deadwood look to be leaving during January, Hornschuh, Allagui and Schneider.
  15. Change the CF(A) to CF(S). Also your IF(A) will push in behind the defence and look to score instead of providing chances for your striker, and crosses from your right winger are more likely to head towards your IF(A). As well as changing the CF role, I'd change the IF to a support duty and see how that goes. If that doesn't work keep the IF as support, and push the CF back to attack, maybe even try with Defensive Forward(S) or Deep Lying Forward.
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