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  1. A little while back I was messing about with a Chelsea save and, with the formidable attacking powers of Hazard, Mata and Oscar at my disposal, I decided out of curiosity to modify my already cavalier 4-2-3-1 formation, setting all the attacking midfield roles to advanced playmaker, with maximum creative freedom and attacking mentality. I had a fluid, direct, attacking style with attacking full-backs. I was expecting an entertaining trainwreck but, to my surprise, it actually worked fairly well; not to the extent that I'd consider it a viable formation for every match, but something worth using against smaller teams perhaps. Anyway, since I don't have a great tactical mind (usually when it comes to setting up a match I just go '4-3-3...fluid...attacking... and done!') I was wondering if people had suggestions for what player roles would best fit the two central midfielders behind my trio of APs? At first I tried pairing a defensive BWM with a defensive DLP, which sooort of worked if I was lucky because everyone just rampaged forward and we could have a good go at outscoring our opponents, but, as I've said, it's not the sort of thing I could get away with often. I tried two central midfielders with defensive roles but that was an unmitigated disaster. I was thinking perhaps I could pull the CM's back into a DM position? I doubt I'll ever be able to make this into a world-beating tactic without sacrificing the all-out attack that attracted me to this idea, but I thought with a bit of advice I might be able to make it as good as it can be.
  2. This thread was very helpful last time I was looking for a club, so I thought I'd try it again! Nation: Anywhere in Asia is fine, though I'm particularly interested in Australia and South Korea. Division: Any Continental Competition: I don't mind! Media Prediction: Not important. Board Expectation(s): Play attacking football. Transfer Budget: Who cares? Not I! Wage Budget: See above Finances: Either profitable or a total mess. Other: I tend to cling to my 4-3-3 and 4-4-2 in terms of tactics so a squad that fits those systems would be cool.
  3. Club Brugge sound great, I'll give them a go. Thanks!
  4. Nation: Any European nation that isn't England. Division: Top Flight European Competition: Europa League Media Prediction: Top five, but not 1st. Board Expectations: Attacking football, develop players using youth system. Transfer Budget: Hmm... £5-10 million perhaps? A level that lets me buy players without tempting me to do what I do whenever I get a decent transfer budget and splurge it on unnecessary big name signings. Wage Budget: See above (except without the 5-10 million bit obviously) Finances: Healthy Other: Essentially, I was feeling nostalgic for my Lille save on FM 2011 today and wanted to recreate that again with a different team. I liked that we made a profit every month and that we had some future stars like Cabaye, Hazard and Gervinho, and also that we seemed to finish 2nd in every single competition. Infuriating, but it motivated me to keep going. So this one is for the no doubt millions of users who are big fans of 2010-2011 Lille and happen to know of similar teams in Europe that are not Lille. Any help would be really appreciated!
  5. 2011/2012, midway through the season, and I've killed Rangers. We're sat in 9th in the table, my signings, aside from occasional glimmers of talent from Capelli and Valeron have flopped massively, the team can't string any form together, we lack any sort of leader with Weir and McCulloch having dreadful seasons, and, in a bid to get out of the club without resigning I've became the most miserable manager alive, declaring interest in as many clubs as possible and giving the most downbeat press conferences possible, making sure to take swipes at the fans. In short, I'm an unprofessional idiot who has taken the most dominant club in Scottish footballing history and, after one league title, has dragged them into a relegation battle. This has apparently made me a prime candidate for the vacant Chelsea job. 4th in 2010/2011 and no trophies was enough to get Ancelotti sacked (eerily similar to real life) and the Blues went for a blast from the past in appointing Claudio Ranieri, who promptly took them to 11th. He was out by Christmas, I applied for the job out of hope more than anything (Ian Holloway had already beaten me to the relegation battling Championship side Sheffield United) and, to my shock, got offered the post. I gleefully accepted, with the only catch being I could only join at the end of the season. After a 5-1 defeat to Celtic, I decided to resign and holiday from Rangers, now knowing I had a job neatly lined up for me. I spend some money in the transfer market in the summer and acquire Romelu Lukaku to lead the line for years to come, as well as a bevy of back up players. Playing an attractive 4-1-2-1-2 results are initially great- we ruin West Ham 6-0, dominate Wigan into 4-0, and come away with a crucial 2-0 win over Man City. However, a frustrating 2-2 draw with Stoke is the catalyst for a long and painful Autumn- we slide down to 7th from 1st after a 0-0 draw with Wolves, 3-2 loss to Man Utd, a 1-0 shocker at home to Blackburn (one chance, one goal for the Ewood Park side,) a 4-2 defeat to Aston Villa and an absolutely pathetic effort in a 3-0 home mauling at the hands of Everton. By now, I'm feeling deja-vu. In a desperate attempt to shake things up, I transfer list some of my under-performing stars and sell them at rock bottom prices, blow my massive budget on the purchases of Leighton Baines, Jack Rodwell, Shaun Wright-Phillips (no, he wasn't my first choice) and Andy Carroll, and change my formation to a rigid 4-5-1. This has brought us 6 consecutive league wins, including 1-0 wins away to Arsenal and at home to Man City, and for once my signings seem to be working quite well; Andy Carroll got a debut goal in the F.A Cup and Wright-Phillips is causing havoc down the right wing. So, in short, I'm hoping for a bright future and a push for Champions League qualification, but hopefully we can keep some consistency. I'm dreading what will happen if we go on a run like with did earlier in the season, except this time with no transfer budget to shake things up...
  6. So after not being able to settle on a game for months, my younger brother recommends I give Rangers a try, saying I'll enjoy the challenge of taking them as far as I can in Europe, but will have the domestic trophies to give me something a little easier. And, at least for the first season, he was right. After a stuttering start to 2010/2011 we soon kicked into high gear and went on an incredible run that encompassed a 17 game unbeaten run in the league, and qualification for the Knockout stages of the Champions League. Highlights of this included a phenomenal 9-0 decimation of Inverness, and holding Chelsea to a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge. Sadly we suffered a mid-winter wobble, and it couldn't have happened at a worse time, as it dumped us out of both the Scottish League Cup (Semi Final, to Aberdeen) and the Scottish F.A Cup (to Motherwell, in what for us was the 1st round!) We recovered in time to give Man Utd a decent go of things in the Champions League 1st Knockout Round, losing 4-2 at Ibrox and then 2-0 at Old Trafford, not playing badly at all in either match. From then on, the focus was entirely on the league, and with the side back in form we wrapped the title up with three games to spare with a 2-0 win over Aberdeen. Other notable things from this season would be a 2 wins, 2 defeats record against Celtic, and Kenny Miller scoring a ridiculous 31 goals in 27 games in all competitions! Over pre season, I brought in some new faces. With the club in a weak financial state I sold Madjid Bougherra to Lyon for £3 million, and had signed Jody Craddock (!) as a temporary replacement. I brought in an Italian defender called Daniele Cappelli that McCoist recommended to me, as well as some big name out of contract players such as Hermann Hreidarsson, Juan Carlos Valeron, and Robbie Fowler to add some depth to the squad. I also spent a fair chunk of money bringing in Kasper Schmeichel as a long term replacement for Allan McGregor. To say things have not been good would be an understatement. Our current record in the League is Played 7, won 2, drawn 2, and lost 3. The wins came against St Mirren and Hamilton, the draws Hearts and Inverness, and the defeats... a 3-0 away loss to Aberdeen, a 3-1 at home to Dundee United, and 5-0 AGAINST HIBERNIAN. To add to our misery, we got knocked out of the Champions League in the qualification stages to some obscure team from Cyprus, and while we made a promising start to our Europa League campaign with a 4-1 home win over Club Brugge, we've since gone to Lokomotiv Moscow and lost 6-1. Times are tough.
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