Friday, 9 January 2015

Crystal Palace squad in FM 2015

Dear blog readers,

I spent much time to prepare this long and extensive Crystal Palace squad review. Hope you'll enjoy it and give me some hints regarding future tactics.


Wayne Hennessey vs Julian Speroni. Whom would you prefer if you were me?
I am going to give chances to both goalkeepers. Perhaps some rotation mode should be instantiated for that.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Fresh Dream Job story started!

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Dear blog readers,

Many thanks to you for taking part in the poll! It's quite unexpected to receive 410 votes in just 1.5 days. Frankly speaking, it was one of the most thrilling polls ever. The high intrigue level has been making me to check current poll results from time to time during the last day.

Crystal Palace won with 28 votes of advantage over second-placed Leicester.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Early poll results

Dear blog readers,

First of all I would like to thank you for support and numerous comments written to the previous blog update just in less than day. I am more than pleased with your reaction!

I see both given options for reloaded Dream Job story are pretty acceptable. Nevertheless, starting with Premier League relegation candidate is almost two times popular than simple start with Arsenal.
The gap is so much large that I decided to make an early stop of voting. There's no sense to wait till the end of Sunday.

The second and final poll has just been arranged for you. It contains three most weak Premier League teams according to FM media prediction:

  • Crystal Palace
  • Leicester City
  • Burnley

Can't wait to know what club will be chosen for me this time! Please vote actively because poll will be closed by midnight from Monday to Tuesday.

Waiting for a new club from you,
Vitaliy Mokosiy

Saturday, 3 January 2015

New Year - New Dream Job Story

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Happy New Year to all of you my dear readers!

This blog update is hugely important for my whole next FM 2015 experience. Please read carefully, write me back in the comments and vote in the poll. I do need your advice!

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Braganca in Promotion Stage

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Hello dear readers,

Last weekend I had pretty much time to play Football Manager 2015. Additionally, I decided to watch matches in Extended mode instead Comprehensive one what speeded up my story. So story updates from me should cover more fixtures than usual due to increased gaming velocity. At least the story is called 'Dream Job' meaning I want to become a new Arsenal manager some day... :)

Braganca latest results

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Two new tactics unveiled

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Hi guys,

Thanks for reading my Dream Job story. By the way, you can comment what story sides should be more/less lightened. It would be awesome to hear your opinion.

Today's update about Braganca contains the tactical info and latest results. The 2nd season is being played with already successful 4-4-1-1 tactic and two new tactical schemes presented below.

3-5-1-1 with Standard Mentality

It is oriented to a total ball control in the centre of midfield. 5-in-line midfielders + AMC provide a ball possession level I need.  The tactics works really great against 4-5-1 formation which is quite popular in Portuguese National Championship.

Key team instructions unique among all three tactics I use:
  • Much Lower Tempo
  • Stick To Positions

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Custom squad and scouting views in FM 2015

Hello dear readers,

I know some of you were interested in original customized views created by me in FM 2015. And I promised to share them in this blog. So there are two packs containing 9 views. All of them are very helpful for me in Dream Job story. Hope you'll enjoy importing them.

Squad views

Download pack of FM 2015 squad views

It includes:

  • TFM Selection. Common selection view with the most significant stats
  • TFM Stats. Shows much wider set of the most helpful stats. Used for in-depth squad analysis and player comparison. 
  • TFM Contracts. Used for payroll budget analysis.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Season 2. Revolutionazing

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Hi guys,

Here I have a huge portion of fresh Braganca news. Dream Job story continues, and today I am ready to report about three things all together:
  1. Revolutional squad changes during summer transfer window.
  2. Claimed season expectations.
  3. First results in season 2 with the new squad.


Squad revolution in the lower Portuguese League is a totally normal thing. It happens with many PNC clubs because of semi-professional club status and one-year player contracts. So there should not be any surprise for you in how Braganca was refreshed by me.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Season 1. All tournaments in Dream Job story

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Dear readers,

My transfer campaign for Braganca is already over. However, I don't want to rush with the next update uncovering new Braganca squad because there should be a traditional blog post about results of all the most important tournaments in the first season.

So let's get started!

Champions League

Hot penalty shutout between Bayern and Chelsea in the final ended with mistakes by Oscar and Ivanovic.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Braganca squad analysis after season 1

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Hello dear readers,

I went deep into squad analysis and would like to share its results today. Let me begin with common team stats sorted by position:

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Core tactics for Braganca in FM 2015

Dear readers,

The first season managing Braganca became a successful one. I managed to get into promotion playoff has having quite weak squad and 5000 bet coefficient of title win. In fact Braganca was the 4th team of 80 in Portuguese National Championship. That was a merit of used tactical approach, and I am ready to share it with you just right now.

Total impression

At first I had some experiments with asymmetric tactical approach trying to play without central midfielders at all. But then it became clear for me it couldn't work because many PNC teams use 4-5-1 formation overloading midfield. So after all I stopped on two tactics and played almost the whole season using them:

  • 4-4-1-1 Control - main one
  • 4-1-2-2-1 - backup one

The latter is actually modified version of my AZ tactics used in FM 2014. I can say it didn't work well against other PNC teams, so 4-4-1-1 Control was used in most cases. The following stats confirms success rates for both tactics:

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Season 1 is completed. Braganca got...

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Hello dear readers,

Are you ready for the news about the last Braganca matches in season 1?

Promotion league

Braganca lost the first match to Camacha but competing Moimenta failed in their match at the same time. So league outcome was moved to the last fixture. For some reason I didn't manage to beat Coimbroes getting just a draw. Luckily, Moimenta did not seize on my loss of points, so Braganca remained at the 2nd position after all.

It was tough and nervy experience. I was playing the last match with league table widget enabled keeping track of what's going on in parallel games.

Monday, 8 December 2014

A nice chance to finish the second

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Hello my dear readers,

The first season with Braganca in Dream Job story is nearly completed. What I can say now it's going to be a nervous ending in context of getting promotion from the very first attempt. Here is how my promotion stage group looks like:

Friday, 5 December 2014

Braganca in Promotion stage of PNC

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Hello dear readers,

I know many of you couldn't wait till I report about the latest news from Dream Job story. It's the right time you've opened True Football Manager blog for that!

6 fixtures were played, Braganca is not among leaders of the group. However, we still have all chances to promote to the Second Portuguese League.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Best FM 2015 Sites

This page contains my personal view of currently existing FM community. My idea to create this list of the best FM 2015 sites is just simple: from time to time one may need help in some FM issue, want to install FM graphics, share own Football Manager story, or just read some good FM blog or guide.
This page is a starting point. It contains only the best Football Manager resources throughout the whole Web.

All rankings are based on my personal impressions and can't be changed by opinions of others.

Rankings are editable. If you know an active English-language FM site with some unique content or services for Football Manager fans, please remind it in the comments below. I will kindly take a look at your suggestion and possibly add to one the rankings.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Mid-season thoughts and preparations

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Hi my readers,

I was snowed under and played FM not so much time during last days. At the moment I am just coming up to the first match of Promotion stage. However, I think its time to share some thoughts about this time interval and upcoming 18 matches.

Braganca confidently won all 4 friendlies against weaker teams, that is is nice.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Unbeaten run with help of hot prospect arrival

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Hello dear readers,

The long post title sounds optimistic and like the one that needs explanation. Well, as you understand my Braganca got into the unbeaten run of official matches. But was it enough to promote to the next stage... that's uncovered two screens below if you can't wait ;)

There's a single loss in the list but it was friendly game.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Very tactical football in Portuguese National Championship

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Hi guys,

Glad to see you here reading my blog today! My first season with Braganca turned into a tough and at the same time entertaining journey. That is caused by strong AI that frequently switches tactics from one to another depending on events on the pitch. This is why my tactics shown in the previous blog post was quite easily opposed by other tactical approaches. As a result Braganca was displaced by competitors from the promotion zone.

Even so, you see my team is in 2 points from the 2nd line. So it's OK, moreover, 8 fixtures are ahead.
Thursday, 20 November 2014

First matches with Braganca

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Hello dear blog readers,

Today I am sharing information about my first match experience in Dream Job story. In short, Braganca start in Portuguese National Championship was pretty fine and makes me thinking in optimistic way regarding selected tactical approach. Here is my set of results:

3 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss in total.

Monday, 17 November 2014

FM 2015 Graphics

Dear FM gamers,

Playing Football Manager is better and more authentic if you download and install some additional graphics: player faces, club logos, team kits. It make our favorite game more vivid, realistic and bright.

This article is created to help out those who are interested in the best FM 2015 graphics or merely don't know how to set it up correctly. Here are my choices for Football Manager 2015 used in Dream Job story.


FM 2015 FacepackFM 2015 MegapackFM2015 Graphics