Per Request; Download-links & Style Pictures

I don’t intend to make a habit out of this, but people have been asking me for downloads of my tactics or at the very least a screenshot of the style and settings I use. I’ll oblige, but I’d rather have a discussion on how to achieve a good strikerless style, rather than people just accepting my word as some sort of absolute truth. The style my teams play is my take on how a Read more…

Just some match clips; because I love the way we can play at times

Because sometimes, a picture (or movie) is worth a thousand words. This is what we want to achieve. The clips just display what I want to see. Aggressive pressing, excellent runs off the ball to create space for others, creating overloads in midfield and on the wings, a cohesive team which operates as a block both defensively and offensively, stretching an opposing defence horizontally and vertically and a posession-based passing style.

Going through the strikerless motions; stretching a defence

The concept of an absolute formation does not exist. It’s a myth, crammed into our heads by analysts and newspapers, oversimplifying things. There’s no such thing as playing 4-4-2, no 4-4-2 is the same in the way they actually take to the field and move around on the pitch. Every team has at least an attacking shape and a defensive shape. You don’t play with a back four the entire time, you play with three Read more…

Strikers Are Overrated; Why Use Them At All?

It’s a bit of a cliché, but it’s true nonetheless. Strikers are overvalued. Just look at the top 20 of most expensive transfer fees. It’s pretty much self-explanatory. Whilst Bale is not an out-and-0ut forward, Ronaldo has developed into one the last few years. Four players in the top 10 are not actual forwards, whereas their number rises to seven out of twenty. The first defender on the list would have been Rio Ferdinand, in Read more…

What the hell is wrong with half-backs?

The term “half-back” fell out of use by the early 1970s and “midfield” was used in naming the positions that play around the middle third as in centre midfield and wide midfield. The centre midfield position has evolved further with the attacking midfield and defensive midfield variants being recognised in their own right. How-ever, the half-back principle has seen a resurgence with guys like Sergio Busquets and David Luiz playing in said role. FM describes Read more…

Newgen faces

Plain and simple, they are boring as hell. They all look the same, region-wise anyway, like carbon copies of each other. So in an effort to boost the longevity of my game by adding more interesting faces, I decided to try installing a facepack. Man, was that ever a good idea. Come intake-day, I’m in stitches for at least an hour, flicking through scout reports to see which horrors the game has come up with Read more…

Strikerless; my Magnum Opus

Have any of you perhaps played FM Live? Probably not and the game, despite all of its brilliant potential, is now as dead as Joey Barton’s career prospects for England. During its existence however, I was introduced to the dreaded 4-6-0 tactic, or as it was known in many GameWorlds, “a fucking cheat” or “an unrealistic, negative, exploiting piece of crap.” Yep, it was pretty much deemed the bane of normal gamers, a formation exploiting Read more…

Negotiating a good deal

Another important part of wheeling and dealing is the pure and simple negotiating a deal. Several factors come into play here. First of all, you have to know what a player is actually worth. I’m not talking about the value displayed in-game, I’m talking about actual value in terms of the market. Is this is one-of-a-kind type of player, unique to this generation, is this a wonderkid with the potential to be the next Messi Read more…

Sign-to-sell

If you have the system in place, you can start to make a profit by using what I call “sign-to-sell”. This basically means that certain players you sign should be players with either high potential or a high reputation, who are undervalued at the moment you sign them. If your team is successful, this rubs off on every player, even unused substitutes, meaning their value will increase. If needed, you can loan these players away Read more…