The Inner Workings; Achieving Counter-Pressing In The FM14 ME

In response to my previous article on aggressive pressing being a prerequisite to a strikerless formation, people were wondering how I actually achieved such pressing in the current ME of FM14. I promised an answer and I will try to deliver on that promise by explaining what I did, why I did it, showing the instructions I used and even uploading the tactics I have used, so people can dissect the tactics for themselves, in Read more…

Aggressive Pressing; An Absolute Prerequisite

The next bit is going to make me sound like an absolute cunt of a football hipster, but I do feel it’s necessary to create a sort of framework and explain some of the definitions I intend to use. What I want to discuss is the concept of “counter-pressing,” because it’s an absolute prerequisite of a properly functioning strikerless style of play. Counter-pressing basically means that you try to win back the ball as soon Read more…

Advanced Sign-To-Sell; Polish That Gem

In an earlier post, I mentioned the patented sign-to-sell idea, which roughly means you sign players you have no intention of ever fielding purely for the intention of selling them for profit. Simply identifying and signing said players really isn’t enough though. Just having them sit in your reserves is not going to make it easy for you to sell them, let alone turn a profit. Allow me to show you what I mean with Read more…

Weaponised Set Pieces

Set piece plays are an essential aspect of the game. If you are unable to break down a particularly sturdy defence, a set piece may be all you need to pry open the defence. Hell, you can win games by making sure your offensive set pieces are good. Just look at Rehhagel’s Greece, in the knock-out stages of the 2004 European Championships, they scored some crucial goals from set pieces. Different teams have different use Read more…

They Fixed The Exploit; Well Done!

In a previous post, I described an exploit that allowed you to spawn top newgens. With the release of the new patch, I wanted to see if the exploit was still in place or if they had actually bothered to fix it. The method still works, the players that are produced are just crap nowadays. I couldn’t find it in the changelog for 14.3.0, but let me show you what I mean. You used to Read more…

The Withdrawn Targetman Saga; The Rise Of The Targetganche™

As I mentioned in a previous post, I was in dire need of a Plan B for my strikerless formations. The idea I had was to mix up Stoke City under Pulis, an aggressive, direct style of play, with the fluid motions of the strikerless style I normally play. With opposing teams ceding their wings to us and sitting inside their own box, we needed a sort of targetman to make sure we were able to Read more…

The Withdrawn Targetman Saga; Before Success Comes Some Sort Of Failure Apparently

As I mentioned in a previous post, I was in dire need of a Plan B for my strikerless formations. The idea I had was to mix up Stoke City under Pulis, an aggressive, direct style of play, with the fluid motions of the strikerless style I normally play. With opposing teams ceding their wings to us and sitting inside their own box, we needed a sort of targetman to make sure we were able Read more…

Creating A Plan B; The Withdrawn Targetman Saga

Having the strikerless style pretty much tailored to suit the strengths of my team, I have dominated the Dutch league and Europe over the past decade or so. More and more teams are changing their style to try and combat my strikerless formation. On the one hand, that’s a huge compliment to my effective style of play, but it leaves me in need of a plan B. With many teams now fielding dedicated holding midfielders to Read more…

Moneyball meets FM

I’ll be honest, the title is misleading, because whilst over the course of the last few versions of FM, I’ve been trying to implement the principles of Moneyball into FM, I actually failed to do it properly. True, it makes sense in a way, sabermetrics could work really well in FM, which is mostly about statistics and numbers anyway. Whilst I found the pursuit of knowledge enjoying, I did not end up with a model Read more…