Sempre Vitória | First Day | Squad Evaluation

In the last post I took you through my tactical thinking in preparation for this post, evaluating the squad.

I’m a new manager in a new league. I’m joining Vitória with virtually no prior knowledge or preconceptions about any of the players currently at the club. I tend to not like to make big changes when joining a club. I won’t rip a squad apart and everyone will be given an opportunity to work their way into my thinking. However, I won’t make any promises around any current players being sold or new arrivals coming in. It’s important to judge what you’ve got at your disposal and make changes for the good of the club.

This initial look over the squad is my opinion. I’ll be evaluating the current backroom setup at the club next in order to determine whether any changes need to be made there to help me going forward. But let’s have a look at my players first.  Continue reading “Sempre Vitória | First Day | Squad Evaluation”


Sempre Vitória | First Day | The Tactic

My time as Vitória manager on Football Manager 2019 has begun. It’s my first day in the job. Before I even click continue I’m going to go through a series of steps to evaluate the essential aspects of the club. This post will go through how I’m aiming to set us up on the pitch and how I arrived at the thinking behind it.

Jumping straight in to talk tactics might be slightly unconventional, but if I’m going to judge the quality of the players already at the club (which will be the next post), I need to know how well they’ll fit in to my preferred system.  Continue reading “Sempre Vitória | First Day | The Tactic”

La Scuola di Calcio: Youth Development 1.3

So, once again I have managed to ignore the process and flow that I was planning to follow with this series to bring you something completely different. I had planned for this post to cover the basics of my tactical plan for Atalanta going forwards. Instead, I have decided to bring you a smaller post giving you a first look in depth at some of the young players we have at the club and how we will look to develop them. I have identified three players for this initial post to introduce you to, I must add now, however, that I am at the end of my first season already and as such I will be able to show you a comparison between players at the start and at the end of the season.

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La Scuola di Calcio : Recruitment 1.2 – A Case Study

Having just written a post introducing my approach to recruitment in this series and in Football Manager, in general, I had intended to move on and for my next post to surround my tactical approach to the game. That was however until something came up in my save that I thought was worth drilling further down into. This will very much be a theme as I continue this series with my intention to introduce you all to my thought process as I try to build Atalanta in my own particular way.

With that said we will look in-depth at my first signing in the game through a case study.

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La Scuola di Calcio: Recruitment 1.1

Within Football Manager there are a number of different aspects of the game that you have to pay attention to in order to be successful. From the tactical side of the game through training and to squad management it is no longer possible to only specialise in one area whilst all but ignoring all of the others. The purpose of this second piece of this series is to give you an idea of how I plan to manage recruitment at the club in order to be successful both at home and in Europe.

Over the last few years, I have been lucky enough to be involved with recruitment within the ‘real’ footballing world. This has gone some way to show me exactly how I think a club should handle their recruitment in order to be successful both over the short term and the long term. The combination of these two viewpoints is the key in continuing to be successful within your Football Manager saves.

The now and the importance of horizon scanning

As a club at the level of Atalanta, there is no immediate shortcut to success at the domestic level. Realistically we are already behind the likes of Lazio, Roma, Inter and AC Milan and that is before we take into account the current ‘big two’ of Napoli and the all-conquering Juventus.

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How The European Game Can Inspire Your FM Save

Us Football Manager fanatics are an easily influenced bunch. Almost anything can inspire us to take over and start a new save with a team. It might be an individual player we like, the history of a team or their lack of success in recent years. Heck, even the colour of their kits or what the club badge looks like might persuade us to go them in the game. The thing that makes me want to start a new save the most is reading and one of the best books I’ve ever read for this was Dan Fieldsend’s book, The European Game.  Continue reading “How The European Game Can Inspire Your FM Save”