Girona FC – Part 8: The Cup, promotion push & the narrative.

FM22 Analytics, tactics and soccernomics

We left off in mid-January – the midway point in the season – where we sat at the top of La Liga 2, 6 points clear of second placed Huesca… who along with Real Sporting, were the only teams to beat us so far.

We’d also managed to bolster our already stingy defence with the signing of free agent, Joris Gnagnon.

Would we continue our fine form? or capitulate under the pressure?

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Girona FC – Part 6: The season so far, and a pressing matter.

FM22 Analytics, tactics & soccernomics

August to November: the season so far.

As you can see, we’ve had a very impressive start to the season, picking up 10 wins, 2 draws and being yet to taste defeat. On the way we’ve scored 27 goals and allowed only 7, with only Tenerife conceding less.

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Girona FC -Part 4: Finances, wage structure and recruitment policy

Girona FC – FM22 Analysis, tactics & soccernomics

Quick financial overview

You might remember from the first post in this series that there’s no money tree in Girona, but in case you don’t, here’s the team’s transfer dealings since being relegated back to La Liga 2:

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GIRONA FC – Part 3: Ethos & Squad Review

GIRONA FC – FM22 Analysis, tactics & soccernomics

The ethos of Girona

Most managers head into saves with the best intentions of selecting a club DNA, a set of attributes which we, as (virtual) managers, see as key requirements for either the way we think the game should be played or to suit our predicted game plan. 

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GIRONA FC – FM22 Analysis, tactics & soccernomics: part two

A tactical preview

As mentioned in the previous post I’m going to try to emulate ex-Girona manager Pablo Machin’s success by pinning his “badge of identity” firmly to my lapel by using a 3-man defence. Normally, I’m a disciple of my trusted 4-2-3-1 and my few attempts with a 3-at-the-back system haven’t been a success, but hopefully through some grit and determination this time will be a roaring success and catapult us into La Liga at the first attempt. 

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GIRONA FC – FM22 Analysis, tactics & soccernomics: part one

Join@fm_throwing for a wild, data-driven ride as he begins his journey with Girona in FM22

Setting the scene:

Since their formation in 1930, Catalonia-based Girona FC have only spent TWO seasons (2017 & 2018) in La Liga. 

Currently playing in La Liga 2, out of the 11,200 capacity Montilivi stadium, the Gironistes are part owned by the City Football Group (which includes Manchester City) with another 44.3% of the club owned by Pep Guardiola’s brother, Pere.

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