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Hector Cuper's Tactics for FM 2014

The successful tactics of Transformational Argentinian Maestro. I give you the 4-4-2 and 4-2-3-1 of Hector Raul Cuper for use with Football Manager 2014.

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FM 2014 Tactics - Hector Cuper's Tactics for FM 2014

Who is Hector Cuper

Héctor Raúl Cúper (born 16 November 1955 in Chabás Santa Fe,Argentina) is a former central defender who played mostly for Ferro Caril Oeste and was 2 times capped with Argentinian National Team.

Cuper began his coaching career at Huracan, a year and a half after his retirement. After three years, he moved to Club Atlético Lanús, and two years later, he made the jump to Europe. In 1997, he was hired by RCD Mallorca, and the first season he led the modest club to the final of the Copa del Rey, he would lose against FC Barcelona. The following season, the team reached the final of the Cup Winners' Cup, beating Heart of Midlothian, on the road, losing to SS Lazio. However, in the same season, the team had their revenge against Barcelona, winning the Supercopa de España in 1998. This season RCD Mallorca also recorded its best historical position in the championship with a 3rd place, allowing the team to play in the UEFA Champions League.

Cuper moved to Valencia in 1999, where he continued his bad luck at the end, losing the final of the Champions League twice in succession, in 2000 against Real Madrid, and in 2001 against Bayern Munich on penalties.

In 2001, Cuper was hired by Italian club Internazionale, where he reached the third and second championship in successive seasons. In the Champions League, his team lost the semifinal of the 2002-03 competition for city rivals Milan on away goals. Continuing his bad luck runs in "final", Inter under his command infamously missed what could have been the club's first scudetto since 1989, on May 5, 2002 Lazio 4-2 and handed the Scudetto rivals Juventus until the last day the season. He was fired from the club after six matches of the 2003-04 season, when the team was in 8th place.

After a year off work due to an argument contract with Inter, Cuper managed to Mallorca again during the 2004-05 season, when the team was already in a relegation position after 10 matches, saving the team from relegation in the last game the season. Suffering poor results, despite his many signings, Cuper decided to leave the team in February 2006, with the team at the bottom of the division.

He began the 2007-08 season in charge of Real Betis, but was dismissed on December 2, 2007, after the loss of his team against Atletico Madrid. On March 11, 2008, he was introduced as the new head of the relegation struggling Parma Serie A team, replacing Domenico Di Carlo in charge of gialloblu. He was then fired two months later, before the final game of the season after winning only two in 10 matches as a coach, this eventually led to lowering of Parma to Serie B.

On August 1, 2008 Cuper became the first coach of the national team of Georgia. Due to their inability to win a single match as Georgia's head coach, however he did not prolong the contract that expired in December 2009.

On November 3, 2009 Cuper agreed to continue his managerial career with Greek club Aris Thessaloniki by the end of the 2009-10 season. On December 15, 2009 Cuper has renewed his contract with Aris through June 2011. On 24 April Cuper lost another final, this time in the Greek Super League against Panathinaikos, continuing his series on the negative end.
In 2010-2011 season, Aris Cuper lead in their first appearance in the Round of 32 of the UEFA Europa League, taking 2nd place in Group B with 10 points after two surprise wins against Atletico Madrid.

On January 18, 2011 after some bad results in Greece, Hector decided to resign from his managerial position.

On June 29, 2011 Cuper moved to Racing Santander signing for one season. However, after five months, he resigned due to poor performance of the team, which was placed in the last position in the league BBVA. He signed a contract with the Süper Lig sideOrduspor on December 19, 2011.

Philosophy Tactics

Hector Cuper is among the best tacticians in modern football, because he constantly applies his teams excellent pressing against direct attacks and very physical work in the field. It uses both the pressing 4-4-2 and 3-5-2, always by combining marking and man triple coverage area. He always gives specific instructions to his players, in order to avoid possible conflicts tactics during the game and he is 90 position 'during the match.
When he was in Valencia he built a very strong team, which was playing a 4-4-2 direct and strong, with thorough and excellent pressing counterattacks. Cuper prefers a 4-4-2 in his in his ward to be an extra central midfielder (Mendieta, Kily Gonzalez) and he always uses an attacker or Recoba frame fast as Claudio "Piojo" Lopez.

Cuper makes exhaustive trainings constantly and he is famous for his strict discipline methods that create a family atmosphere and respect between the players. He always makes the morning training sessions in order to kill the sense of laziness among the squad without insulting players. He speaks very little and straightforward and he analyzes each part of tactics in a detailed manner. He is famous for discovering young talents like Albiol, Farinos, Marchena, Albelda, Kallon, Obafemi Martins and many others in every team he worked. He used 17 players in a rookie selection of Georgia in 18 months, where he worked. Cuper likes to relax with jazz music and loves sea a lot. That's why he decided to stay in Ordu, although he knew the huge competition in Turkcell League.

The FM14 Tactic

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the 4-4-2 and 4-2-3-1 of Hector Raul Cuper.

I tested with the following teams:

PSG, National Team of France, Milan, like Monza, Sampdoria and Sevilla.

All results were very good and similar. Don't expect Barcelona or Manchester United football just have in mind that you will have a very strong team and compact, it will be very strong and competitive against any opponent.

* Cuper is never – ever using slow players, like playmaker – no10, slow strikers or static defenders. He hates lazy players with soft personality and mild work rate.

As for training, considering working with this formation you can may follow these steps:

* Physical fitness must be the hardest as possible. After pre-season you (Teamwork)

* Impose defense focus for 2 months (Def.Position)

* Then you have tactics routine for another 2 months (Tactics only/S.Pieces)

* You pass into the attacking phase for 6 weeks (Att.Movement)

I show you what kind of match prep you must combine in order to have a successful training regime.

Individual training: you ask every player to learn a new position in the depth - MC, AMC, SW, Striker and so on.

Intensity should be heavy or very heavy. If some players don't like to work, they can travel alternatively in their home country ))

You focus in the pre-season into the physical weakness of the players. You never train physical weakness through entire season.

You focus on player weaknesses according to the team plan routine .e.g - when you train defensive part - you can improve individual marking, positioning and so on.

Have a great time, enjoy football ))

"PSG doesnt need a coach - such quality players play by their own"

The most stupid quote ever, that's why Real Madrid still seeking a Champions League victory and that's why National Team of Spain was always a bunch of losers. Because both of them didn't have a proper coach. When Mourinho and Capello won something, they "made it with poor, defensive, unorthodox play". Pellegrini, Schuster and co who are sleeping in the bench need a 2nd chance though...

Cuper managed to save Ordusport with 42 points in the first season, in the second season there, whole Turkish system wanted to eliminate Orduspor. So they finally made it ;) Till 12th round Orduspor had 18 points, laying 6th in the table. They won Galata among others...

That's why they had such good "intensive care" after that. Since December 2012-till March of 2013, in every match of Ordu we have the following incidents:

* Red card against Ordu players - the opponent though never take a red card

* Penalty against Ordu that wasn't givent - opponent could win a penalty against them easily

* Proper goals of Ordu cancelled as offside - the opponent could score even by hands

* Penalizing for "protest" 4 players in the first 30 mins - opponent was always right to protest

* Forcing Ordu to play without fans for various disciplinary reason

At the end of the day, Cuper left, Ordu fell apart and everyone is satisfied. No worries, no troubles, no stress for Erdoganutoglou and Co. Fener will be the new champion and everybody is beloved and happy ;)



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Discussion: Hector Cuper's Tactics for FM 2014

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  • Roberto.Mancini's avatar
    The more the better .It depends what kind of player you have .You cannot make a new team from zero in any club of the world .Some players will be always a little bit slower .
  • Dhaanish90's avatar
    This could be good for CP in BPL :) . I love Avoid Relegation Challenges and with this tactics download it will be even better. Just one question. Does the full team need 15+ pace or just the attacking players?
  • Roberto.Mancini's avatar
    Some people have here have not realise to reach two times in a row in Champions League final with a modest team like Valencia ...As well have not realise what means to reach the Cup's Winners Cup Final with relegation fight Mallorca ...All the finals were lost .

    Question :Could somebody bet in the beggining of the season that all these 3 teams will

    reach the final ?

    Response :Nobody .Even Valencia fans after 2000 final against Real admitted ,we will be

    here again after 50 years ...Cuper said "I dont know ,maybe next year will come again to

    play a final"

    Find the difference .On who is the looser and who is the winner ...
  • MJK46's avatar
    Just played my first match with your 4231!! As Boro I drew against Arsenal 0-0. Hopefully more can come about. So far I like this.
  • Roberto.Mancini's avatar
    I would be glad ))I like Lucien Favre ,he is whole glabdach by his own .He keeps them alive .There are some coaches who are 70% of team's power

    *Diego Simeone

    *Lucien Favre

    *Rene Girard

    *Nikos Alefantos

    The last one have guided all the greek clubs that he managed from salvation positions

    into European qualifications ;)Great respect to him ,the only coach in planet who

    predicted many years ago that 3-5-2 will dominate and will make sense in global level.

    Even Conte follows his advice without even know it ;)

    The first 4 as soon as they will leave their clubs ,all these 4 teams will drop

    between 10-15 position .150% sure ,write it down to remember it .

    As for Conte ,there is no such phenomenon like him the last 20 years .Juventus had to

    be so competent since golden 90s of Marcello Lippi .However ,back then they had amazing players in top form like Peruzzi ,Davids ,Del Piero,Zidane and co .

    Now Conte has to make a team from ....very few really quality players .However ,his

    unique tactical intelligence has transform the ex-Circo Medrano into a top level

    IRON WINNING machine .Put in your mind the fiascos that Ranieri,Desamps,Ferrara,Del Neri and Zaccheroni suffered before Conte...

    No discipline,no hard training at all ,pseudo PR managmenet,fake promises,excuses,

    4 in the backline and each player was 15 meters away etc...Del Neri spent 50 millions

    to play 4-4-2 without Del Piero ...And when they asked him why you dont use him ...

    "He is too slow for my ideas" ...For Conte wasnt slow at all .Directly in the bench,

    we use you Mr Painter for 5-10 easy matches to make your fun and goodbye ,go out of

    here .Gently and in calm fashion .Only Buffon in untouchable because La Mafia is

    protecting him heavily .Till when I dont know though ,ask Dino Zoff better .
  • torrent05's avatar
    Looking forward when you check out Lucian Favre tactics, that would be a blast :D
  • Roberto.Mancini's avatar
    Who told you that I have not test my tactic with another club ?And who are you that you will judge me without even know with how many clubs I have already test it ?I am not obliged to post here every single result that I make with every club .Obviously you are not interested on the tactics ,you are focused on making unfair critic to me by trying to underestimate the tactic .PSG in real life cannot make these results no matter how the play .But obviously for people who dont have a clue about football there is no difference ,just to comment upfront .David Moyes is making consecutive failures ,Pellegrini still tries to find the balance.So its not easy at all to handle a big club ,especially in tactics level .

    Why you dont test these tactics by your own in every club that you want in order to see how they work ?Are you not capable enough in management maybe ?
  • jonnyblanco's avatar
    I dont mean to be rude but you are using PSG, enough said. Test your tactic with at least 1 small/medium club to see if it really works.
  • Roberto.Mancini's avatar
    I didnt ask your opinion madprophet.The tactic is tested with various teams ,you can check my hard disk if you want.There is not more convicing way to see how I work though these tactics .
  • TheMadProphet's avatar
    Have to ask: is this tactic tested with a lower team, or a team without 200 million pounds to shop players for?

    I don´t see a tactic as successful unless you can do well with a lower tear team..
  • Roberto.Mancini's avatar
    You make the following :

    Months Object Intensity Focus

    Jul-Oct Fitness High-Very High Teamwork,Defence,Def.S.Pieces

    Oct-endNov Defence Medium-High Defence,Teamwork,Att.Movement

    Dec-Janu Tactics Medium/Light Teamwork,Defence,def/att s.pieces

    Febr-e.Mar Tactic/Att Medium Att.Movement,Att.S.Pieces,Teamwork

    Ap-May Tactics Medium/Light(May) Teamwork,Defence,AttMovement,Def.Att. S.pieces

    *from March till april you can work attack much better because the team is used to any kind of possible combination .This schedule is indicative .It doesnt mean that you must follow it as it is or that I work like this .It gives you a good sense on how to have a balance between the months through the season .
  • Crass76's avatar
    Hello Roberto.Mancini, Just like to say brilliant tactic, it has worked wonders for both my main and under 18 teams for Arsenal. I was hoping you could help me out with the training situation if that is ok. What I wanted to know is what percentage did you have the scheduling bar set at during your training seasons. And if you had any of the days ticked or un-ticked. Thank you :)
  • chifta's avatar
    i cant upload tactics,when i select tactic click select nd my fm 2014 freeze :( does anyone know how to import tactics on other way?sorry for my english
  • Roberto.Mancini's avatar
    I use pretty much the same orders .Congratulations for understanding the game so well ;)
  • PropaneCrazy's avatar
    Excellent tactics. Have been using for only the last 2 months (in-game time) and it's working well!
    One question though... on opposition instructions what do you use?
    Given what kind of tactics these are I've been using Tight marking and always close down on all players bar the two central defenders.
  • Roberto.Mancini's avatar
    Thanks ))You can give a try in Inter without Moratti ))hehe
  • Leshiy's avatar
    good job man. i will try it with Inter. like Cuper from Inters time.
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