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Old 11-12-2011, 10:19:PM   #1
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my FM thread

I wanted to start one of these things since I go through FM phases where I get into various games.

Right now I'm playing first season as Villarreal. I personally am most comfortable with the 442 and I played a game with Real in 2010 where I was successful and wanted to give it a try with FM2012.

Villareal were a great choice for me because they have some great fits for that formation. Rossi as deep lying forward, Nilmar as advanced forward. Borja Valero has great playmaking attributes, and is probably top 10 in the game at it. Senna can play DM. Villareal also have decent centre backs. I like to play with a Stopper/Cover and Zapata is a great cover. The only weak parts are the wingers and full backs but its fun buying to fill in the gaps.

So far I just brought in Osorio, an experienced Mexican international. He can play right or left back and for my tactic I need someone to support play, make nice decisions and passing and he is good for that. I also bought a fast left winger from France, Tabanou, who is good at dribbling, crossing and is decent at defending. Although he isn't world class he is what I'm looking for in my wingers.

In the winter transfer I'm bringing in 2 former players who will help with the homegrown rules (and I'll be selling 2 back-up players in their positions). I already bought a young left back option to come in January. He is Anita from Ajax and he is what I'm looking for in that position as described with Osorio, his only weakness is height. Also I arranged for a Brazilian from Cruzeiro to come in by the name of Wallyson. I'll try to see how he does as my right winger. He can also back-up both striker positions. The deep-lying forward often gets a lot of space to dribble past the defenders so he might do well there. I was able to get him for just $1.5 mil.



What I'm trying differently in this game is to buy players that I think are right tactically but not necessarily have the most stars. Because we all know if you buy highly rated players you are almost certain to succeed but in this game I want to keep it more realistic and not so easy on my-self. I am a bit of a hypocrite though because Nilmar and Rossi, my highest rated players, can take over games and win them for me with their skills. For the first time I'll also try to be cheap to limit my-self. Normally I like paying a lot for really great players but this time I'll try to go with the cheapest options possible. The Spain rule of only 3 non-EU players will also be a fun challenge.

Unlike my fm2010 game with Real this time I have 2 back-up tactics that might come in handy.



The 4-3-3 is a more attacking tactic and it's also useful against certain formation. It was successful against Athletic's flat 3-4-3 because it exploited the wings. The 3rd tactic is a defensive one.

So far I'm doing well in the league, squad morale is high which is huge. In CL I'm also doing good.





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I noticed some things I like about FM12. Team Talks are much easier to understand. I like the fact that you can see what different coaches would say during team talks. And the description of how the player is feeling ( playing well/looks complacent/is having a bad game) is the main key now in my substitution selection and I feel that improves my success a lot.
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Old 11-12-2011, 10:45:PM   #2
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Looks good, I like that you're more of a purist and use the old tactics. Also think it's interesting that you took a passing team like Villareal and switched them to 4-4-2.
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I noticed that what I like about the 442 is that it stretches out the field and allows for a lot of 1 on 1s and space. The downside is not having a DM in-between midfield and defence. The cover on the wings is good because the LM/RM can help out.

I was just thinking..it would have been nice if Villarreal would have kept Cazorla because he could have been a long-term winger. . I was close to selling Cani because he isn't the typical right midfielder but he has been playing good.
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I don't agree myself, but a lot of smart people agree with you on the 442. Sacchi's Milan played one.
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Arrows!

I always admire those wicked formations, I always seem to rely on symmetry. Good luck!
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Same here. I only just started using assymetrical roles.
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I decided to convert my classic to a tactics creator tactic and this is what it looks like: (with some minor tweaks)



This allows the mentality, passing, forward runs and run with ball to stay close to the same but will change some of the other settings which will hopefully improves my defence.

I'm almost done the season, I have 5 matches left and am 4 points ahead of 4th spot.. I lost to all teams that were better than me but am still holding onto 3rd. I lost to Barca (drew them in the 5th round of the cup too), Madrid in the league and City in the first round of the knockout CL stage (which I was unfortunate because I got first place in my group and drew a hard team). My team is pretty consistent and reliable which I like. I have very few draws, a few loses and a lot of wins scrapped by 1 goal.

I learned a few things this season... the players I bought were way too average and not special enough. I felt their attributes were right for their position but you really need someone with higher star ratings to be a game changer. So I'm going to try to only buy players with ability (or potential) of 3.5 stars or more.

Tabanou was a good buy this year and Ortigoza who I brought in the winter.



Also I'm excited to try a new squad rotation style. Before I would rotate to share minutes and keep players fresh but now I'm going to remove players based on previous match's ratings. If their replacement does bad they will get a chance to be inserted into the team again but if they do well they get to keep the spot in the team for consecutive matches (unless injury and fatigue occurs).

Another thing is that I've become a big fan of is Hard Tackling, it makes your team basically better, the downside of course if fouls given. If they get a yellow I switch to Easy Tackling.

And most importantly I incorporated 2 screens while watching the match which have improved my performance a lot! I have the player ratings on the left and the team motivation on the right. Team motivation tells you if the player is having a bad game, is losing discipline , is playing with confidence or is fired up. If there's anything negative there I try to substitute the player. If it's positive yet he's performing bad at least I know he's trying, unlike before where I didn't know what the problem was.
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Exciting last game of the season





A tie will do since I won the first match 1-0. And I'm playing at home so losing would be a big fail.



*Oh and one new feature I forgot to talk about is how awesome Team Report is for figuring out squad depth/ability.
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Star ratings are relative to scout quality and the players already on your team. Buying 3.5 star players doesn't mean anything really.
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It is relative but you can use it to figure out if you are getting better quality players or not.


The olympics came up and Spain needed a U23 manager so I applied and got the job. From past FMs the Olympics might be the easiest international competition if you are a big team because you can crush most opponents. The AI also doesn't do the best job with squad selection and choosing the best 3 delegated players.

I am playing this competition just as some extra fun and I'll be using my 442 (yes a 4-5-1 would be better suited). My 3 over 23 players are Xavi (I want to see him in the central playmaker role since he is the best in the world at it and now I get the chance to use him), Villa (I want a superstar in attack and I chose him over Torres because he probably has better hidden mental stats), and with Pique for some solidarity in defence.

I have Brazil in the group stage, alongside Saudi Arabia and New Zealand who I feel very sorry for.

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Won the Olympics with Spain. Lost 3-0 to Brazil in the 3rd group game but ended up beating them 5-0 in the semis using the same formation. Beat Great Britain in final on penalties.
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The olympics came up and Spain needed a U23 manager so I applied and got the job. From past FMs the Olympics might be the easiest international competition if you are a big team because you can crush most opponents. The AI also doesn't do the best job with squad selection and choosing the best 3 delegated players.
Find that to be different this year, in fact most teams pick unrealistic designated players, such as Iniesta or Rooney.
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