Brexit Happened; What Now?

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new”

-Socrates

Socrates believed that in order to change, one has to accept it. He emphasised that instead of harping on lost time, a change should inspire us to build something new, which leads us nicely to the whole drama that has become Brexit.

Unless you have been living under a rock the past year, you will have heard about Brexit, one of the biggest political decisions taken in the UK since the Second World War. Before the EU referendum, debate raged about what the impact would be of a vote to leave the EU. Now the country has backed Brexit, the consequences and ramifications of this decision are still somewhat murky.

While the rest of the world holds its breath to see what happens when (and if) Article 50 is triggered, Football Manager 2017 features several Brexit scenarios, which model some of the consequences of the UK leaving Europe. In this article, we want to look at these scenarios and what to do if one of these occurs in your save-game.

One of the more radical scenarios
One of the radical Brexit scenarios

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Strikerless Needs You; Become A Patron

Hi everyone, my name is Guido, but you may have heard of me through my blog Strikerless. I am a Football Manager blogger and I produce weekly FM content. I would love for you to support my site on Patreon.

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I started my little pet project sometime early 2014 and I’ve been blown away by the support and feedback I’ve been fortunate enough to receive thus far. What started out as a pet project to hone my writing skills, to work on my English and maybe kill some time has taken off in a way I never expected, culminating in this year’s surprising Football Blogging Award win.

I am not one to rest on his laurels, I’m constantly striving to improve my content and become a better writer slash gamer than I currently I am. This brings me to the point of this Patreon. I’d love a few small contributions to make this happen.

Over the past few years, I have invested a lot of time and a fair amount of money into a decent gaming setup, but there’s always room for improvement. I want to try and work in video analysis of tactics, I want to buy a professional spell-checker (Grammarly!) to help me work on my writing skills (I’m not a native speaker) and further improve the quality of my writing.

I’d love a few minor contributions that eventually build up to help me keep going. The improvements I mentioned above will hopefully come with time anyway, helping me on Patreon would just speed up the process.

I’d be eternally grateful if you were to come onboard the Strikerless train and help me improve what I’ve been doing. Alternatively, just keep on enjoying the articles on Strikerless without spending a penny, and that’s great too. The community support I’ve received has been nothing short of wonderful and I thank you all for making the community as vibrant and creative as it is today.

Thanks very much for your support!

A New Corner Setup; FM17.2

As any team coached by Tony Pulis and the current champions of England have shown, set pieces can be critical and trainable means to pry open a match that is deadlocked. When you can’t break through a defensive line from open play, a corner offers you an extra chance to score that important goal. FM mimics real life in this regard, to an extreme even.

Previous versions have shown us a myriad of exploitable corner routines. Near post exploits, far post exploits, edge of the box exploits, short corner exploits, over the course of the past decade we’ve seen them all. This is the approach I am using in FM17.

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Surviving The Drop; Rebuild Or Spend?

Last season was a spell in Dante’s inferno for quite a few renowned clubs throughout Europe. Aston Villa and Newcastle United were relegated to the Championship in England, Traditionsverein VfB Stuttgart dropped a division in Germany, whilst renowned clubs such as Werder Bremen, HSV, Deportivo La Coruña and Valencia barely stayed above the relegation line.

So what is next for those clubs condemned to spend at least a season away from the limelight of top flight football? How do they pick themselves up after their disastrous spell from last season? How do they survive the drop? We look at strategies regarding rebuilding such relegated clubs with James (@FMPressure) and Matthias (@DerFManager), who share their own experiences.

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Strikerless 2.0 For FM17; Balancing The Midfield

In the past few weeks since the release of my first FM17 tactic, I have received a fair bit of feedback regarding the initial tactic. Most of it was regarding the defensive frailties of the tactic, the susceptibility of the tactic to quick counter-attacks down the flanks. Whilst I did not experience these problems in a manner similar to the experiences of others, I was nevertheless not entirely happy with the setup I was using.

The balance between the various lines was not quite the way I want it to be. The reason why the setup with two ball-winning midfielders worked for me was probably because I had two world-class midfielders in Kevin Strootman and Radja Nainggolan. As I progressed in the Roma save, I noticed the same defensive frailties others mentioned when one or both were absent from the line-up through injury or suspension. Some of these changes may or may not be the direct result of another SI patch, we’ll not discuss that any further in this article.

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Hashtag Flackback; The FBA’s 2016

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that anything is possible, last Thursday provides you with an answer. Julius Caesar came, saw and conquered. I came, I saw and I defied the odds by claiming a Judges’ Choice Football Blogging Award in the Best Gaming category.

Since you’re reading this, I must assume you are a loyal reader of Strikerless. This means you know that Strikerless is by no means a major player in the FM scene, numbers wise. I don’t get the traffic major sites are able to get and I am okay with that. I realise that I am running a bit of a niche blog, focussing on gameplay strategies, gameplay mechanics and tactics.

I do strive to be all I can be and I feel I should proud that an objective jury selected my little pet project as the best blog out of a very strong line-up of nominees. It strengthens my belief that I made the right decision by starting my own blog instead of plodding along with TheDugout (sadly R.I.P. right now). It strengthens my belief that despite not being born in an English-speaking country, I can acquire the skills necessary to compete with the best out there in this particular area of expertise.

To be fair, I did not expect to win when I flew out to Manchester. I expected the judges’ choice and the popular vote would be lumped together, effectively rendering me powerless to mount any serious bid for an award, since my follower numbers are not quite on par with those of the major players nominated as well.

Since I did not expect to win, I was quite surprised when I heard my name called out and to be fair, it still feels a bit surreal I suppose, I don’t think the magnitude of my achievements has fully hit home yet. I do know I am absolutely over the moon to have gotten this far with a project that started out as a way to kill time, a way to hone my writing skills and perhaps even brush up on my English a bit.

If you are one of the people who helped in the process somehow, thank you for the vote of confidence, thank you for your efforts and thank you for putting up with me and my quirks along the way. I won’t try to name everyone who has played some role in this meteoric ascent to the top because I would inevitably forget people that deserve a mention.

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