The Fantasista: Intelligence, Creativity, Technique – Part One

What is perhaps one of the most fascinating aspects of football culture is the different interpretations of player roles and playing styles that various nations bring on to the wider football scene. Continue reading “The Fantasista: Intelligence, Creativity, Technique – Part One”

Part IV: Back-to-back promotions and the low-risk 442

Yes, you read that right. From the last part of this series, which brushed off the final bits of the initial set-up we’re now two years ahead in Florence. And what a couple of years these have been….To sum it up, those local boys playing for us with literally no pay whatsoever, have just lifted the club from the obscurity of amateur football all the way to Serie D.  Continue reading “Part IV: Back-to-back promotions and the low-risk 442”

Playing Style, Structure & a modern 4-1-4-1 (Very Fluid)

This is a guest article by Ö-zil to the Arsenal!, an SI forum member that has produced some excellent material on tactics and club strategy over the last year or so. His articles are top quality and I highly recommend taking a look at his previous stuff – Threads

Recent threads have focused on re-creating the tactical styles of some of my favourite teams in real-life and implementing them using the Tactics Creator in Football Manager. This time, I want to try something different. I am interested in developing my approach, taking inspiration from some of the tactical trends we are seeing in modern football. Continue reading “Playing Style, Structure & a modern 4-1-4-1 (Very Fluid)”

The Libero: Part I – a Total Defending approach

hello and welcome 🙂 For a long time now I’ve been fascinated by the idea of developing a style of football that presents something new and perhaps unconventional. If you’ve read any of my previous tactical experiments you might have noticed I’m quite drawn to asymmetry and different interpretations of certain aspects of football. Continue reading “The Libero: Part I – a Total Defending approach”

The Deep Lying Box to Box midfielder & the 3-5-2/3-4-3

One of the most fashionable formations of the last decade, the 3-5-2 is a formation that presents incredibly universal applications and an almost infinite number of interpretations

One of the most fashionable formations of the last decade, the 3-5-2 is a formation that presents incredibly universal applications and an almost infinite number of interpretations. From Conte’s high pressing system at Juventus and Mazzari’s counter-attacking set-up at both Watford and Udinese to Van Gaal’s experimental fluid/rigid systems. The player roles and movement in the 3-5-2 can be as diverse as the ethnicity proportions in London and to say that this is a formation that will play a certain, pre-determined style of football is a big mistake. In this piece I will cover the stages of thought that led me to implementing a system based on the 3-5-2 formation as well as some key findings and developments as I progressed with that. Continue reading “The Deep Lying Box to Box midfielder & the 3-5-2/3-4-3”