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Howdy, What everyone has been missing over these last few years is a bit of nostalgia. Some of the more veteran members of the forum may remember my name, most of you won't. Back when Football Manager was more about managing a football team and less about social media and continual press conferences and the match engine nearly worked I had a series of ambitious saves. [FM10] The Rise Of A College Team - Team Bury FC, the legendary [FM11] The Ice Cream Dream, The Rise Of Icelandic Football, I'm Just Flamers From The Bloc.and Pastries, Bacon and Butter. What more could a man want?. Recently I had the urge to sadistically trudge through the management of a cold remote Icelandic club again so I fired FM11 back up to see what I could do. If you use your GoogleFu you will struggle to find many pointers to what works back in the older versions of the game. Luckily I am here to save you. The concept of this tactic when it was first born was simple. Score more goals than they do. If you have ever tried managing in the Icelandic second division you will quickly learn that defending isn;t a thing that your players can do. Therefore the best way to win is scoring a bigger number of goals than they do. So now to the meat and potatoes of this post. The tactic. Upper League Tactic - 2021 Formation The top part is the current iteration of the tactic which works with a higher level team and is not suitable for lower division side (think English conference level), the second part is a tactic for those lower league sides. The formation is pretty self explanatory, 4 defenders, 2 midfielders, 2 attacking midfielders and 2 strikers. Looking something a little like this: Player Instructions Unlike some of the newer versions of FM that image doesn't provide with all the details. So heres a breakdown of roles starting from the bottom (click to see Specific Instructions): GK - Goalkeeper - Defend DL - Full Back - Automatic DCL - Central Defender - Defend DCR - Central Defender - Defend DR - Full Back - Automatic MCL - Advanced Playmaker - Support MCR - Ball Winning Midfielder - Defend AML - Winger - Attack AMR - Winger - Attack STL - Target Man - Support STR - Poacher - Attack Team Instructions Now you have a pretty decent idea of the players and how they play we can move onto the team as a whole. This is a bit of an interesting one as this tactic is about the goals and the first thing you will notice is I use "Counter" as the mentality this is mainly to guard against complacency, if you are playing in a lesser known nation you can end of as a very big club for your nation very quickly. It also helps when you are playing against bigger teams as it allows you to launch breaks quickly. What we are looking to achieve is wide football with plenty of crosses for your strikers to get on the end of, simple law of averages. Cross the ball enough and you will score. You can find attached the download to the tactic, if for whatever reason it ever goes missing you can also download it here as well. Results All of the above is just words and pictures without some proof, I have no interest in showing you what this looks like when I take Man Utd to a Premier League title in the first season because let's be honest we should all be able to do that. What I can show you is this tactic beating Premier league teams with an Icelandic team, going 48 games unbeaten in the league, winning every game in a season. Previous iterations have won back to back promotions, the treble has been done before, we have been league champions for 8 seasons now. Historic Premier League Winners 2011 - Second Division 2012 - Second Division 2013 - First Division 2014 - Premier League 2015 - Premier League 2016 - Premier League 2017 - Premier League 2018 - Premier League 2019 - Premier League 2020 - Premier League 2021 - Premier League 2022 - Premier League 2020 - Champions League 2021 - Champions League 2022 - Champions League Lower League Tactic - 2014 This part is focused on the earlier version that is more for the lower leagues where players have less creativity and capability, it's expected you will generally have a much worse team and lower reputation to go with it. Formation Once again, the same formation, the only difference is with the central midfield players, the rest of the roles stay the same Player Instructions MCL - Deep Lying Playmaker - Support MCR - Ball Winning Midfielder - Support There you have it a fairly comprehensive post around scoring a shed load of goals and conceding several on the way. I would be interested if anyone can recreate this in a newer version and see how much the match engine has changed. If you have any questions please post them and I'll do my best to answer them. If you're curious how many hours I've spent in FM11, as of writing this post 1023 hours. 4-2-2-2 2021 attack (Magni, Mar 2021).tac 4-2-2-2 2014 attack (Magni, Nov 2018).tac
Hi everyone, I have a problem which I can't figure out regarding my main strike. He has relatively very high finishing, heading and first touch. while not a great dribbler or passer, he is obviously natural as a poacher or advanced forward. His role is just scoring goals, nothing beyond this. While I surrounded him with lots of support players, he's just ending all the time with poor match ratings (<6.6). I tried all I can in order to prevent his isolation by ordering him to move into channels and roam from position (BTW - what's the difference between them?) but nothing seems to be working. He doesn't get many score chances within a match. My full lineup: P(A) W(S/A) AM(S/A) AP(S) DLP(S) BWM(D) FB(S) CD(D) CD(D) FB(S) GK(D) My game plan: Standard / Control Normal / High tempo All players but the defenders are closing down more Wide Normal defensing line Play out of defense Pass into space Mixed / shorter passing Be more expressive Would be much appreciate for any suggestion or idea you can think of, manly regarding on how can I get him the ball so he'll do the only think he knows - to score - more often. Will be happy to provide any deeper necessary details.
I have this youngster (btw 16y old and bald?): In my tactics, he will play (not now, after some years) as Poacher and Complete Forward/S. I was wondering, what would the best approach be for his development. 1) Choose to train him as a Complete Forward so that he will focus on more attributes and with a additional focus on Finishing/Off the Ball, like the following image, or 2) choose to train him as Poacher with an additional focus on Dribbling so that he will focus more on the "important" attributes? His other (less important) attributes are very good for his age and i am sure they will be increased with/without me. I would really like to focus more on his Dribbling, Finishing, Off the Ball and Acceleration. What should i do? Go with Poacher? EDIT: I am in control of the youth's general training. After the first 2-3 weeks of fitness training in pre-season and the one month of team cohesion after that, i distribute the other 4 categories (attacking, defending, ball control, tactical) equally, different training each week.