Monday, 2 January 2012

Football Manager 2012 Player Preferred Moves

Attention: this guide is fully working for Football Manager 2013.


Football Manager 2012 Player Preferred Moves

FM 2012 player preferred moves influence much players' behaviour on the pitch. Therefore I decided to prepare this helpful guide for all Football Manager 2012 fans. I think it should be convenient to use and has certain advantages because every PPM is grouped into sections and explained in several factors:
- Explanation “How player acts” having a concrete PPM.
- Values of what attributes must be high for that or another PPM.
- Positions and roles good for PPM.
- Examples of players possessing PPM (marked with Ex prefix).

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Defending PPMs

PPM
How player acts
High values of attributes required
Good for
Dives into tackles* Slides often regardless of instructions. Tackling
Anticipation
Decisions
Defensive midfielders and wing backs.

Ex: Pepe
Does not dive into tackles Does not goes into sliding tackles regardless of instructions. - For defensive players with poor Tackling, Anticipation, Decisions.

Ex: Maroune Fellaini
Marks opponent tightly Always marks his opponent tightly regardless of instructions. Marking
Tackling
Concentration
Positioning
Anticipation
Central defenders. Though it’s a risky PPM if you have a slow DC versus fast opponent’s striker.

Ex: Mamadou Sakho
* Dives into tackles is my favourite defensive player preferred move. It’s because I like to use much of hard tackling and closing down in my tactical approaches.

Discipline PPM

Argues with official. Here is the only PPM that can’t be considered as positive because it can result in additional yellow/red cards for for your player. Though it has one positive effect: players with this PPM are more fired up during big matches.
Example: Wayne Rooney.

Finishing PPMs

PPM
How player acts
High values of attributes required
Good for
Attempts overhead kicks Attempts to score goals using bicycle kick. Technique
Finishing
Anticipation
Flair
Strikers and inside forwards.
Hits free kicks with power Makes powerful strikes from free kicks. Free Kicks
Long Shots
Technique
Any player who is your main free kick taker.

Ex: Sergio Ramos
Likes to lob keeper Performs a high trajectory shot (lob shot) when one-on-one. Technique
Finishing
Composure
Decisions
Strikers

Ex: Ganso
Likes to round keeper Tends to dribble past a goalie during one-on-ones. Dribbling
Technique
Acceleration
Agility
Pace
Strikers with low Finishing

Ex: Leo Messi
Places shots* Aims to corners of the net during shots. Finishing
Composure
Technique
Strikers

Ex: Karim Benzema
Shoots from distance Makes long shots more often. Long Shots
Decisions
Technique
Any attacking player. Most efficiently used by central midfielders.

Ex: Mario Balotelli
Shoots with power Performs powerful strikes that are difficult for goalies to parry. Finishing
Technique
Strikers and attacking midfielders without high level of Composure.

Ex: Wesley Sneijder
Tries first time shots Hits the ball with first touch receiving a pass. First Touch
Finishing
Composure
Technique
Anticipation
Strikers, inside forwards.

Ex: Fernando Torres
Tries long range free kicks Shoots from any free kick regardless of distance. Free Kicks
Long Shots
Technique
Any free kick taker with the attributes required.

Ex: Hulk 
* The most useful PPM in common cases is Places shots. Normally it increases amount of scored goals for strikers having high values of required attributes.

Movement PPMs

PPM
How player acts
High values of attributes required
Good for
Arrives late in opposition area Awaits for a moment to join attack in the second tempo trying to find a space for himself. Anticipation
Decisions
Off the Ball
Creativity
Central midfielders.

Ex: Frank Lampard
Comes deep to get ball Moves closer to players passing the ball. Prefers to create opportunities from deep. Decisions
Creativity
Passing
Anticipation
Playmakers, support wingers, deep lying forwards.

Ex: Thomas Muller
Cuts inside Cuts inside from flank looking to drive a goal. Dribbling
Pace
Acceleration
Decisions
Creativity
Inside forwards with strong opposite feet.

Ex: Arjen Robben
Dwells on ball Hold the ball thinking more time over passing opportunities. - Negative PPM.

Ex: Xabi Alonso
Gets forward whenever possible* Makes often forward runs regardless of instructions. Anticipation
Decisions
Off the Ball
Pace
Acceleration
Full backs, wingers, central midfielders of box-to-box type.

Ex: Marek Hamsik
Gets into opposition area Enters opponent’s penalty area as soon as possible during attacks. Off the Ball
Anticipation
Decisions
First Touch
Central midfielders, any attacking players.

Ex: Leo Messi
Hugs line Runs with the ball closer to touchline. Crossing
Passing
Pace
Acceleration
Wingers, wing backs.

Ex: Gael Clichy
Knocks ball past opponent Plays ball into space beyond opponent running at it after that. Acceleration
Pace
Decisions
Quick players with poor Dribbling.

Ex: Andre Schurrle
Likes to try to beat offside trap Plays at defenders last line on the offside verge. Off the Ball
Decisions
Anticipation
Pace
Acceleration
Strikers

Ex: Javier Hernandez
Moves into channels Looks for space between opponents defensive players. Off the Ball
Anticipation
Decisions
Any attacking player.

Ex: Gonzalo Higuain
Plays one-twos Makes a pass before forward run expecting to receive the ball back. First Touch
Passing
Off the Ball
Teamwork
Acceleration
Any attacking player.

Ex: Andres Iniesta
Plays with back to goal Receives the ball being turned out from opponents goalie. Strength
Teamwork
Balance
Great for tough target man strikers.

Ex: Fernando Llorente
Runs rarely with ball Tends to avoid dribbling the ball. - For players with poor Dribbling, Pace, Acceleration.

Ex: Toni Kroos
Runs with ball often Regularly attempts dribbling the ball past opponent. Dribbling
Pace
Acceleration
Flair
Agility
Strikers, wingers, attacking midfielders.

Ex: Cristiano Ronaldo
Runs with ball through centre Dribbles the ball through the middle of the pitch. Dribbling
Pace
Acceleration
Flair
Agility
Strikers, attacking midfielders.

Ex: Sergio Aguero
Runs with ball down left (or right) Dribbles the ball through the one of the flank defined by last word in the PPM name. Dribbling
Pace
Acceleration
Flair
Agility
Wingers

Ex: Marcelo
Stays back at all times Stays at his position without attempting forward runs Defensive midfielders, defenders.
Tries to play way out of trouble Dribbles into space during closing down or tight marking. Dribbling
Decisions
Agility
Acceleration
Pace
Warning: It will result in ball losses when player has no good technique level.

Ex: Gerard Pique
* Gets forward whenever possible can be met often. Nevertheless it’s perhaps my favourite movement PPM due to attacking tactical approach I advocate.

Passing PPMs

PPM
How player acts
High values of attributes required
Good for
Dictates tempo Rules ball passing tempo using his mental abilities. Creativity
Decisions
Determination
Playmakers

Ex: Cesc Fabregas
Likes to switch ball to other flank Passes the ball to opposite flank when he sees more space for attack on it. Passing
Technique
Decisions
Creativity
Full backs, wide midfielders.

Ex: Daniel Alves
Looks for pass rather than attempting to score Often makes passes being in shooting positions. Attacking players with poor Finishing and Composure.

Ex: Mario Gotze
Plays no through balls Doesn’t passes the ball through defense. Defenders and defensive midfielders with low Technique, Passing, Decisions.
Plays short simple passes Makes passes to the most closest teammates. Centre backs, defensive midfielders.

Ex: Sergio Busquets
Stops play Holds the ball, reduces tempo looking for prospective passing opportunities. Strength
Balance
Central midfielders
Tries killer balls often* Often attempts through balls. Passing
Technique
Creativity
Decisions
Flair
Playmakers, central midfielders

Ex: Mesut Ozil
Tries long range passes Makes direct long passes often. Passing
Technique
Creativity
Decisions
Any defender or midfielder when playing direct football with target man or quick wingers.

Ex: Yaya Toure
* Playmaker with Tries killer balls often generates more goal chances than without it.

Technique PPMs

PPM
How player acts
High values of attributes required
Good for
Avoids using weaker foot Uses his strong foot much more often than weaker one. Any one-footed player.

Ex: Giuseppe Rossi
Curls ball* Spins the ball when shooting and crossing. Technique Wingers, playmakers.
Also extremely good for corner and free kick takers.

Ex: Gareth Bale
Possesses long flat throw Executes long flat bullet throws during attacking throw-ins. Long Throws
Balance
Throw-in takers

Ex: Rory Delap
* Curls ball is one of my favourite player preferred moves in Football Manager 2012 at all. Pay attention that it can be learned only during tutoring.


I hope you’ve found my Football Manager 2012 player preferred moves guide interesting and useful!

Excited to be blogging for you,
Vitaly Mokosiy

Author: Vitaliy

Playing Football Manager since 1996. Blogging about it since 2007.