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”

Sparta: A Tactical Identity Journey – Part I

Hello everyone and welcome to this new-ish series 🙂 You might have heard the title before, or witnessed some of the content in other, separate posts, so I’ll explain what’s going on before all sorts of confusion kicks in. The Sparta Bucharest save is reaching its climax by now, as I have just finished my 16th season. Being a youth challenge, I have tried to provide as much detail as I could about player development and the general management issues in previous posts. This would usually result in really long posts that require quite a ‘geeky’ approach in order to make sense of what’s going on. If you’re more interested into that aspect of the save, check the thread on the SI forums where I go through these issues in a lot of detail. The most interesting side of this project has by far been the tactical aspect and how much I’ve learned along the way, and it seems it makes for a more accessible read too 🙂  Even though I did mention the tactical changes I have made along the way, that part of the story seems to have been lost in the sea of details about everything else, so this series will be specifically dedicated to the tactical aspect of this journey, aided by more detail and insight in each part.  Continue reading “Sparta: A Tactical Identity Journey – Part I”

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”