Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Football Manager 2012 Tips and Hints

Football Manager 2012 Tips and Hints

Welcome to my “Football Manager 2012 Tips and Hints” guide. I decided to create this one trying to help other Football Manager 2012 gamer with smart advices and useful links.

The guide’s concept is a compactness.

This is the reason why it contains very short tips and hints combined with links to other articles.

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Лампочка  Player with low morale level is not really efficient. Therefore you can put him into Reserves where he will be able to raise morale back after few matches.

Лампочка  If you drop player from main squad, talk with him about this explaining that you are going to give a rest.

Лампочка  Your relationship with a player can be improved by means of asking him to recommend someone to a team.

Лампочка  Setting high competition bonuses before the season will motivate your players.

Лампочка  Pay special attention to player condition and match fitness. Both attributes should be 100% ideally. If condition is near 100% but match fitness is below 90%, set your player available for Reserves.

Available for Reserves in FM 2012

Лампочка  Don’t change player squad status often. It may upset him.

Лампочка  Try to use player private interaction and team meetings to raise morale level of the players. For instance, chat with a player complaining his last match performance was bad if his match average rating is below 6.8.

Лампочка  Normally foreign players need some time to settle in new country and blend into your team.

Лампочка  Use customizable views to compare performance of players. There are many helpful attributes you can take a look: Tackles Ratio, Headers Ratio, Passes Ratio, etc.

Лампочка  Use my Preferred Player Moves guide to understand what PPMs suite for that or another position in your formation.


Helpful player lists:

- Wonderkids

- Best cheap players

- Free players


Some additional player tips:

- the Best, Good and Bad player personality traits

- Factors of Player Performance in FM 2012

- How to get rid of unneded players



Tactic Familiarity Levels

Лампочка  Reach fully filled tactic familiarity levels in match preparation. Start every new season with Very High match preparation workload until all the levels become fluid.

Лампочка  Use Push Higher Up touchline shout when opponents forwards are slow (Pace and Acceleration < 13). Vicee versa use Drop Deeper in case of fast forwards.

Лампочка  OK, you are winning a game in 1 goal and want to hold a score. It’s good to use combination of Contain strategy and Retain possession + Play Narrower + Pass into feet touchline shouts to do it.

Лампочка Use hard tackling in opposition instructions if referee is not strict. His strictness can be checked by my formula:

        (yellow cards / judged matches) < 3

Лампочка Playing against stronger teams using Counter Attack strategy can be often efficient.

Лампочка More tactical tips can be found in my Supersonic tactics post.

Лампочка If you don’t like to create tactics by yourself, you can download already working examples:  FM 12 Tactics



Лампочка  Use Offer to clubs if you want to sell your player quickly. Though there won’t be an opportunity to bargain in price in this case.

Offer to clubs in FM 2012

Лампочка Offering too many players in short time period can decrease morale levels of other players.

Лампочка Status ‘Not needed by the club’ increases probability of player sale.

Лампочка Praise another managers via media interaction. It may improve relationship with them and easy transfer bid acceptance level.

Лампочка  You can decrease financial expectations of a player during contract talks increasing his agent’s signing fee.

Лампочка  All newcomers need time to blend into the team. Don’t expect them to do their best during the first season’s half.



Лампочка Morale level matters during trainings. Try to keep it as high as possible!

Лампочка Too intensive trainings can cause many injuries. Just be careful.

Лампочка Use my Coaches and Coaching guide to find the best staff for your team.

Лампочка Some good tranings can be found here: FM 12 Trainings

Лампочка Awesome detailed training guide is created by Mantralux.



Лампочка Add all players you like to your shortlist.

Лампочка Let’s suppose you hesitate about buying already scouted player. Scout him once more using another scout.

Лампочка I try to use scouts of different nationalities who has expertise in their countries. It allows to perform more efficient scouting.

Лампочка Feeder clubs share their scouting network to parent clubs automatically .

Лампочка Some player scouting tips can be found here: FM 12 scouting tips


Other Football Manager 2012 tips and hints

Лампочка Player transfer hints

Лампочка Football Manager 2012 GUI Tips

Лампочка Advanced FM Tips


I hope you find my Football Manager 2012 tips and hints helpful. Of course, it would be great to know your opinion in the comments below! Палец вверх

Author: Vitaliy

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