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Another football manager blog, focusing on predominantly two-striker attacking formations, playing direct football

FM21 - Using the Director of Football | FMDirect

FM21 - Using the Director of Football | FMDirect

Michael Edwards's work for Liverpool transfers has been no short of genius. Transfers like van Dijk, Keita, and recently Thiago and Diogo Jota were completed with favourable terms for Liverpool. This had me thinking that I am underusing the potential of the Director of Football role in Football Manager, and set out to discover its true potential on FM21.

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FM21 - A Perfectionist Guide to Finding the Perfect Playstyle | FMDirect

FM21 - A Perfectionist Guide to Finding the Perfect Playstyle | FMDirect

Football is a beautiful game. Part of its charm is that there are many ways to be successful. Contrary to popular belief, there is no "right way" of playing the game. Klopp's heavy metal approach is successful with his current Liverpool side, Pep's tiki-taka approach with Barca was quite dominant, Mourinho's pragmatic and defense first approach was successful with Inter and Chelsea and Simeone's shithousery was, at a time, very successful. Each of these styles have its own beauty, as well as some pitfalls.

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FM21 Review | FMDirect

FM21 Review | FMDirect

Football Manager 2021 is far THE BEST iteration of the game so far. While some changes are hard to accept, but its final effect makes the simulation of a football manager much more immersive. Here I will discuss my verdict of the game

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Improving and Developing an Anti-Football Tactic for Long Term - Part 2 | FMDirect

Improving and Developing an Anti-Football Tactic for Long Term - Part 2 | FMDirect

In the last part, I have discussed a long-ball 4-4-2 tactic that is inspired by Sean Dyche's Burnley. I had success in the Championship, and managed to get some good results in the Premier League.

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A guide to direct long ball play - A Dyche's Burnley inspired 442 | FMDirect

A guide to direct long ball play - A Dyche's Burnley inspired 442 | FMDirect

I have never been a fan of tiki-taka, positional play and similar hipster terms of "the right way" to play football. I prefer direct, attacking, wide oriented teams that are solid defensively. I started a new save and set out to create my anti-football tactic. Long ball and anti-football tactics can be one of the best playstyles on Football Manager 2020 if done correctly.

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A guide to the 3-5-2/5-3-2 formation - The 442 Problem | FMDirect

A guide to the 3-5-2/5-3-2 formation - The 442 Problem | FMDirect

The 3-5-2, or the '5-3-2 WB' as Football Manager 2020 calls it due to its defensive shape, is a great formation both in attack and in defense. However, it is really difficult to master, and could quickly turn into a disaster if not implemented properly. Here I discuss some of its shortcomings against the 442 and 4231.

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A guide to the 3-5-2/5-3-2 formation | FMDirect

A guide to the 3-5-2/5-3-2 formation | FMDirect

The 3-5-2, or the '5-3-2 WB' as Football Manager 2020 calls it due to its defensive shape, is a great formation both in attack and in defense. However, it is really difficult to master, and could quickly turn into a disaster if not implemented properly. Here is a guide on what to keep in mind and expect while fielding a 3-5-2 formation.

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Heart of Midlothian | Transfers Roundup | FMDirect

Heart of Midlothian | Transfers Roundup | FMDirect

The transfer window was very chaotic. I had been very busy scouting and identifying potential targets, while playing friendlies against much Scottish minnows, to increase morale, match fitness and tactical familiarity.

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Heart of Midlothian | Squad Building | FMDirect

Heart of Midlothian | Squad Building | FMDirect

After countless saves where I buy hordes of good but unwanted players leaving many not playing regularly and unhappy, and after studying Jurgen Klopp's work building the Liverpool squad, I completely changed my approach towards squad building in Football Manager.

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Ahmed Mohamed is a Mechanical Engineer by study and construction contracts administrator. Ahmed has been responsible for the entire contract lifecycle of several large projects, including tender management process, contract drafting, claim preparation and resolution. Ahmed is also knowledgeable in project planning and delay analysis. When out of office, Ahmed usually spends his time with family or programming and playing Football Manager.

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