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Schalker Kreisel tactic for FM15

This is a Football Manager 2015 tactic I created for Schalke 04 and is based on Schalker Kreisel style of play.

By on Jan 20, 2015   14287 views   5 comments
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FM 2015 Tactics - Schalker Kreisel tactic for FM15
Ajax’s total football, Barcelona’s tiki taka came second and third respectively. Before those were Schalke 04.
Die Königsblauen in 1925 became the dominant local side, based on a style of play that used short, sharp, man-to-man passing to move the ball.
This system would later become famous as the Schalker Kreisel (English: spinning top; gyroscope). In 1927, it carried them into the top-flight Gauliga Ruhr, onto the league championship, and then into the opening rounds of the national finals.
Source: Wikipedia

The FM15 tactic



I have decided to create a tactic based on Schalker Kreisel’s general philosophy like short passing with high tempo and on my tactic VFB Stuttgart.
I repeat I didn’t try to create the original Schalker Kreisel. Anyway, I created a tactic 4-2-3-1 wide for Schalke 04.
Attacking mentality and fluid team shape proved to be an excellent combination.

Team instructions



Possession: Retain possession, Shorter passing, Pass into space, Work ball into box, Play out of defence, Float crosses, Run at defence.
Penetration: Exploit the middle.
Shape: Play wider, Push higher up.
Defending: Close down more, Stay on feet, Use offside trap, Prevent GK distribution.
General: Higher tempo.

The above instructions intent to make the team play attacking fluid football based on short, sharp, man-to-man passing to move the ball and at the same time to keep the possession of the ball. The defensive line pushes higher up the pitch to help the team maintain possession. The use of the offside trap is a must because of the big space behind the defence. Exploit of the middle means play wider. Close down more and preventing the GK to distribute are needed so that the opposition doesn’t have the possession of the ball. Since I use a Raumdeuter and an Inside Forward who stay narrow, it means my FB should stay wider for better fluidly. Trequartista does his things while the Advance Forward is a constant threat for the opposition’s defence.



Player instructions

GK (Defend): Roll it out, Slow down pace.
Central defender (Defend): Pass it short.
Central defender (Defend): Pass it short.
Right Full back (Support): Shoot less often, Dribble less, Close down more, Tackle harder, Hold Position, Pass it shorter, Stay wider.
Left Full Back (Support): Shoot less often, Dribble less, Close down more, Tackle harder, Hold Position, Pass it shorter, Stay wider.
Central Midfielder (Defend): Shoot less often, Dribble less, Pass it shorter, Fewer risky passes.
Roaming Playmaker (Support): Close down more, More risky passes, Run wide with ball.
Right Raumdeuter (Attack): Dribble more, Close down more.
Left Inside Forward (Attack): Close down more, Roam from position, More Risky passes.
Centre Trequartista (Attack): Run wide with ball, Hold up ball.
Advance Forward (Attack): Close down more, Run wide with ball, Hold up ball.

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Discussion: Schalker Kreisel tactic for FM15

5 comments have been posted so far.

  • Wolfi's avatar
    For those who downloaded my tactic, i want to inform them that i have made a slight improvement. I replaced the Centre Trequartista (Attack): Run wide with ball, Hold up ball. I changed him with Centre Shadow Striker(Attack): Run wide with ball, Close down more, Roam from position. The results are even better, especially in defending.
  • Wolfi's avatar
    Pierre-Michel Lasogga (Hamburg) and Daniel Ginczek (Vfb Stuttgart) are amazing in front of goal. Pierre-Michel Lasogga is my January transfer target for long replacement of Huntelaar. As far as Daniel Ginczek, his scoring record is amazing in my Vfb Stuttgart save. For the Raumdeuter place i suggest you to buy Martin Harnik. He ll score a lot of goals.
  • Wolfi's avatar
    As the time passes by,the defense is improving. I think it's because the duo of centre backs need to understand each other and get used the use of the offside trap.
  • Louis O.'s avatar
    First game using this with my Hamburg team (first season), put 6 past Wolfsburg. Conceded 3, but I'll put that down to Johan Djourou and Cléber Reis playing. Good job, and nice to see a tactic based on the Schalke teams of old too :)
  • Wolfi's avatar
    Any feedback or suggestion for improvement is welcome.
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