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Understanding Tactics: 11 Basic Principles
Understanding Tactics: 11 Basic Principles
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The eleven step guide to help kick start your playing experience with Football Manager 2014.
Youth are the future
Youth are the future
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A Football Manager guide to youth and how to get the most out of them.
Mistakes to avoid to keep your job in FM14
Mistakes to avoid to keep your job in FM14
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A beginner’s guide to surviving the boot on Football Manager 2014.
Guide to the Libero role in FM 2017 - Total Defending
Guide to the Libero role in FM 2017 - Total Defending
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The Libero role seems to have been absorbed and nullified by modern football tendencies. The Libero was a key part of how many teams played a few decades ago.
How to set up a Defensive 4-4-2 Diamond Narrow on Football Manager
How to set up a Defensive 4-4-2 Diamond Narrow on Football Manager
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This tactical guide for Football Manager aims to show that defensive football can be great football and doesn’t mean you shut up shop and never attack. Written by Cleon Hobson.
36 Basic Tips of Managing
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FM11 Guide - Scouting & Player Search
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Understanding and getting the most out of scouting
Philosophy, creative freedom and formation
Philosophy, creative freedom and formation
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Why is it that the TC changes the creative freedom values for every philosophy? Do some philosophies fit more to specific tactical shapes / formations than others?
Common Misconceptions When Building Football Manager Tactics
Common Misconceptions When Building Football Manager Tactics
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A non exhaustive list of the most commonly held ideas which regularly show up in some guise or another when FMers are seeking help with building FM tactics.
Guide for smaller teams in FM2008
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Good information for beginners
Flexible Tactics System
Flexible Tactics System
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How to make your team have perfect familiarity with as many tactics as you want.
Regional Nation Database Creation Guide
Regional Nation Database Creation Guide
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How to create a new nation in Football Manager 2012 from clubs originally in another nation.
FM 2019 Training Module Masterclass
FM 2019 Training Module Masterclass
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The one true training guide for Football Manager 2019. A collective effort by Seb Wassell, Rashidi, Cleon and herne79. Officially approved training tips.
Player Traits Guide // Updated for FM20
Player Traits Guide // Updated for FM20
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Player traits can make or break a tactic, and just when you need your players most - a trait can let you down. Understanding them is crucial to success in Football Manager.
Match Guide: Managing morale and confidence
Match Guide: Managing morale and confidence
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A brief guide that explains how to best handle press conferences and team talks in order to give an edge to your team or at least make your team fight for every ball on the pitch.
Mechanizing the Play - Transitions
Mechanizing the Play - Transitions
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The way that you manage transitions plays an integral part in deciding whether you play a short passing possession orientated style or whether you adopt a more direct approach.
Guide for Smaller Teams.
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A Guide to the A-League
A Guide to the A-League
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Playing the Australian league on Football Manager can be both a fun and rewarding process, while also providing good amounts of frustration.
Transfers Tips
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FM12 - Scouting Network
FM12 - Scouting Network
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Helping you with signing scouts and scouting assignments.
How to get a good deal in the transfer market - The basics
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This is my guide to getting a good deal in a potential transfer on Football Manager 2014.
Aligning your management strategy
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A concrete and refined thought process
FM12 Guide - Creating your game
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Essential acknowledgements when starting your FM career
The Mentality Masterplan & Basics Revisited
The Mentality Masterplan & Basics Revisited
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optimusprimal82 sheds light on some of the less known / exciting aspects of the game. An in-depth guide about how to survive 90 grueling minutes in Football Manager.
Tips for a Flexible Tactics System
Tips for a Flexible Tactics System
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A few helpful tips that can help make managing a flexible tactics system much easier.
Football Manager Current and Potential Ability Guide
Football Manager Current and Potential Ability Guide
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CA, PA and Star Ratings - What Exactly Does it All Mean?
Guide to Testing a Custom Fantasy or Regional Database
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How to test a custom database for financial and overall stability in Football Manager.
Create Your Own Football Manager Fansite
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Beginner's Guide creating FM fansites
Football Manager 2020 Pairs & Combinations Guide
Football Manager 2020 Pairs & Combinations Guide
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The FM20 update for Llama3's complete tactical guide to selecting player roles and duties packed with useful tips to help you get a balance setup together. The ultimate Football Manager guide to pairings & combinations.
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