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A Complete Guide to Quick Transitions and Counter Attacking Football | FM21

A Complete Guide to Quick Transitions and Counter Attacking Football | FM21

This is the second of the series of articles aimed at simplifying and explaining the process of creating Football Manager 2021 tactics, discussing the concepts behind a solid counter attacking tactic.

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A Complete Guide to Mentality | FM21

A Complete Guide to Mentality | FM21

This is the first article of the series of articles aimed at simplifying and explaining the process of creating Football Manager 2021 tactics, discussing the nebulous concept of Mentality, which is the single most important tactical decision you will make in the tactic creator.

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Why is 4411 the Best Formation on Football Manager? | FM21

Why is 4411 the Best Formation on Football Manager? | FM21

It has been said that the 4411 is the poor man's 4231. I couldn't disagree more. The 4411 as shown in the tactics creator on FM is in fact THE 4231. In my opinion, the 4411 is one of the most used formations in football, but criminally underused in Football Manager.

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Using the Director of Football | FM21

Using the Director of Football | FM21

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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A Perfectionist Guide to Finding the Perfect Playstyle | FM21

A Perfectionist Guide to Finding the Perfect Playstyle | FM21

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

FM21 Review

Football Manager 2021 is by 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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