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
Monday, 19 December 2011

How to backup your Football Manager 2012 save file

Backup your FM 2012 game!

A little guide today for those who experience problems with FM 2012 save files. From time to time I see messages: “My save doesn’t load any more! Help!”. Such FM gamers merely cannot continue playing their teams after the problem happens…

The solution is to backup save files!

I will just share my backup approach used for Q.P.R. story. It’s quite simple and consists of 3 points:

- BAT script file

- Dropbox account

- Standard Windows Scheduler running the file

 

BAT script file

First of all, create a runnable script file that will make an archive with your save. My example of BAT file:

"C:\Program Files\7-Zip\7z.exe" a -t7z -pmypassword fm12.7z c:\dev\Single "C:\Users\Rayden\Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2012\games\Q.P.R story.fm" "C:\Users\Rayden\Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2012\tactics"

copy /y c:\dev\fm12.7z c:\Dropbox

del c:\dev\fm12.7z

As you see 3 commands are used here:

1. 7z.exe creates 7-Zip archive file with password=‘mypassword’. The resulting file contains my save game and tactics folder.

2. copy commands copies 7-Zip archive file to Dropbox folder uploading it to your Dropbox account.

3. del just removes created 7-Zip archive from your computer.

 

Dropbox account

Dropbox

Dropbox is a Web-based hosting service. It’s very transparent in sense of file coping and synchronization. You may just copy a file to a Dropbox folder on your computer linked to your Dropbox account, and the file is uploaded to the web. Therefore you won’t loose a FM12 save it even if your home machine is stolen and burntУлыбка

So you should just signup an account at Dropbox and link it to your folder installing client software. It’s easy. Watch a video at Dropbox.com.

By the way, iCloud, Box.net and other alternative service can be used instead Dropbox.

 

Windows 7 Task Scheduler

You would get tired to run your BAT script manually. This is the reason why I recommend to setup its automatic daily start up by means of Windows 7 Task Scheduler.

Here are short guides that may help you in that:

- Schedule a task

- Where have the Scheduled Tasks gone to in Windows 7

Note for people having other operational systems:

Windows XP and Mac OS have also task schedulers. Just google with phraze “How to use task scheduler in Mac Os” or “How to use task scheduler in Windows XP”.

 

I hope this guide will be really helpful for you!

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

The Art of Set Pieces in Football Manager 2011

Hello my dear readers!

This is some kind of guide for those who want their teams be more efficient during set pieces in Football Manager 2011.

 

Attacking corners

I am not going to say anything about attacking corners because I described it in the distinct article here:

Scoring from corners in Football Manager 2011

Please read it if you missed it.

 

Defending corners

Defending corners in Football Manager 2011

Several advices:

- Set Mark Tall Player only to those your footballers who are good in air and have high Marking attribute value.

- Always set 2 players to mark far and near posts! It will allow to escape series of goals during corners.

- Set Man Mark or Mark Small Player to players with high Marking and poor ability to challenge in air.

I use here a special special trick giving Stay Forward instruction to 3 attacking players. Sometimes it allows to perform efficient counter-attacks after defending corners, especially if attackers are quick.

 

Attacking free kicks

Use players who have “Hits free kicks with power” PPM and high value of Free Kick attribute selecting Long instruction in your tactical settings. Long Shots, Finishing, Technique attributes matter as well.

Set Best Header option in case if you don't have good free kick takers who can make dangerous direct shots. Actually I use this scheme with Boston United:

Attacking free kicks in Football Manager 2011

As an example you can watch a recent goal scored by my defender Jonas Ivens using the Best Header scheme:

 

Defending free kicks

This is the way how I set up my players during defending free kicks:

Defending free kicks in Football Manager 2011

Nothing really special. Defensive players mark opponents, attacking players form the wall. My team concedes goals during defending free kicks in very rare cases.

 

Throw Ins

I prefer Short throw ins because it’s less risky to loose a ball. Here how my players take positions during left throw in:

Throw Ins in Football Manager 2011

If you have a player with high Long Throws attribute (> 18) and Long Flat Bullet Throw PPM then it resembles more attacking corners. So you can try use the same player positions as in attacking corners scheme with slight changes. Those changes is a kind of art and depend much on the players you have. I just can say that it’s important to set a player at the edge of the area to prevent counter-attacks.

 

Penalty takers

I would say there are 2 most important player attributes:

- Penalty Taking

- Composure

One should select penalty takers looking at these two first of all.

 

Hope you like my article about set pieces in Football Manager 2011. If you have any questions or comments I am always glad to here them from you!

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Football Manager 2011 Tips and Hints

If you are seeking for some FM 2013 tips and hints then I advise you to read Football Manager 2013 hints and tips post.

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Dear readers,
I have a bunch of Football Manager 2011 tips and hints that should help you to play The Game in a more smart way. Really hope you’ll like them and appreciate my efforts over their description in the blog.

Morale management

Light bulb If your player has Poor or Very Poor morale level don’t use him. Make him available for Reserve team – he will fix his morale in few matches:
      Available for Reserve squad
Light bulb Use private chat with a player. If it’s fair, talk about his poor performance in a last match or even bad recent form at all. In the most cases it will raise player’s morale level.
Light bulb  Promise high league and cup bonuses at the season start. You won’t regret to pay them in case of success because your club earns even more money on its way.
Light bulb Team-talks during matches. My experience prompts me that the most efficient pre-match and in-match talks are:
- You can win this match
- Show encouragement
- I have faith…
The best after-match talks are positive. I don’t criticize the whole team together because it decreases morale mostly. Normally I say Sympathize, Good effort, Pleased or Delighted. In the worst cases I say nothing.

Tactics

Light bulb Use Drop Deeper touchline shout when opponents forwards are quick (if they have high Speed and Acceleration). Just the reverse use Push Higher Up in case of slow forwards (Pace and Acceleration < 11).
Light bulb Let’s imaging you are winning a match in 1 goal and want to hold a score very much. It’s efficient to use combination of Contain strategy, Retain possession + Pass into feet touchline shouts to do it.
Light bulb Use more hard tackling in opposition instructions if referee is not strict. His strictness can be checked by formula:
(yellow cards / judged matches) < 3
Light bulb Shout Exploit the flanks, if your opponent has weak flank players or his tactical formation contains only 1 flank player on each wing.
Light bulb You may find more tactical hints in my Boston United (4-2-3-1) tactics post.
Light bulb Match Preparation is important new feature of Football Manager 2011. Use my tips and hints described in this post: Match Preparation in Football Manager 2011

Players

Light bulb  Don’t forget about personality traits (Personal section of player profile). The best traits are:
Born Leader, Leader, Model Citizen, Model Professional, Spirited, Resolute, Iron Willed, Unflappable, Evasive
I advise you to use players with good and more often personality traits like:
Professional, Fairly Professional, Reserved, Jovial, Light-Hearted, Driven, Determined, Resilient, Very Loyal
Avoid player whose personality is described as:
Short-Tempered, Temperamental, Volatile, Confrontational, Easily Discouraged, Low Determination, Casual, Low Self-Belief, Slack, Realist
Light bulb  Use customizable views to compare performance of your players. There are many interesting attributes you can compare like Headers Ratio, Passes Ratio, etc.
      Customizable views in Football Manager 2011
Light bulb  Use my Preferred Player Moves guide to understand what PPMs suite for that or another position in your formation.
Light bulb  Use Assistant Manager Team Report. There you may find good advices about potential transfers.
Light bulb  Don’t sign/Get rid of players with many injuries in their history.
Light bulb  Got tired seeking for good players in Football Manager 2011? These two players lists can inspire you:
- FM 2011 Wonderkids (sortable and grouped)
- FM 2011 Free Players (ranked and grouped)

Finances

Light bulb You can economize your wage budget re-signing contract with your player closer to its end (in 1 month, for example). But be careful with this because the player can be signed by other clubs during the last 6 months of his contract.
Light bulb Scout reports help to save the wage money signing new players and re-signing current ones.

Transfers

Light bulb Use Offer to clubs if you want to sell your player quickly. You won’t be able to bargain in price in this case. So set  asking price you want before offering to clubs.
Offering to clubs in Football Manager 2011
Light bulb Sell players with age under 25 to raise good money. You can do it setting asking price twice higher than their actual one.
Light bulb Status ‘Not needed by the club’ increases likelihood to sell a player.
Light bulb Make friendship with other managers. It will increase chances of transfers between your and their teams.
Light bulb You can decrease financial expectations of new potential player during contract talks raising his agent’s signing fee.
Light bulb  Remember: all new signings need time to blend into the team. So they won’t do their best during the first part of a season.
Light bulb Use Compile Loan Players Availability Report of your assistant manager. He can give you several good variants.
Compling loan reports in Football Manager 2011

 

Scouting

Light bulb I tend to use scouts of different nationalities who has expertise in their countries. It allows to perform efficient scouting all over the world.
Light bulb Let’s suppose you hesitate about buying already scouted player. Scout more than once using another scout. As a result you will receive more realistic info about the player.
Light bulb Feeder clubs automatically share and join their scouting network to parent clubs. So try to use feeder clubs to be more efficient in scouting.

Trainings

Light bulb  Work Rate, Determination and Natural Fitness are the most important player attributes for trainings.
Light bulb  Morale level influences development during trainings in Football Manager 2011. Try to support high morale using my Morale management advices in the beginning of this post.
Light bulb  Too intensive trainings can cause many injuries. Be careful with this.
Light bulb  By the way, I use this trainings

Please, feel free to comment regarding all abovementioned Football Manager 2011 tips and hints. I will be glad to read your opinion!
Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Football Manager 2011 PPM Guide

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This is short but, I am sure, useful guide that will help non-expert Football Manager 2011 gamers with player preferred moves choice. Here is the list of the most important PPMs grouped by positions in FM 2011. But we’ll start with player preferred moves that are great for player at any position:

Versatile PPMs, efficient for all positions

- Curls ball

- Gets crowd going

- Hits free-kicks with power. Indeed advanced levels of Finishing, Long Shots and Free Kicks are must.

- Likes to lob keeper. Technique, Composure, Finishing and Decisions are important here.

- Likes to round keeper. The same attributes as in for the previous PPM + Dribbling.

- Looks for pass rather than attempting to score. For players with low Short on Target percentage. Below 40%.

- Places shots

- Shoots from distance. The same attributes as for previous PPM + Long Shots.

- Uses outside of foot

- Winds up opponents

 

GK

- Avoid using weaker foot

 

DC

- Does not dives into tackles

- Marks opponent tightly. Marking, Strength and Positioning are very important.

- Tries long range passes. In case of high Passing and Decision skills.

- Plays short simple passes

 

DL / DR

- Dives into tackles. High levels of Anticipation, Tackling and Aggression needed.

- Tries long range passes. In case of high Passing and Decision skills.

- Plays short simple passes

 

WBL / WBR

- Dives into tackles. High levels of Anticipation, Tackling and Aggression needed.

- Gets forward whenever possible

- Runs with ball down left/right

 

DMC

- Comes deep to get ball

- Dictates Tempo

- Dives into tackles. High levels of Anticipation, Tackling and Aggression needed.

- Marks opponent tightly

- Plays short simple passes

- Stops play

 

MC

- Arrives late in opposition area

- Dives into tackles. High levels of Anticipation, Tackling and Aggression needed.

- Dictates Tempo

- Stops play

- Tries killer balls often

 

ML / MR

- Gets forward whenever possible

- Hugs line

- Knocks ball past opponent

- Runs with ball down left/right

- Tries tricks

 

AML / AMR

- Cuts inside. Only in case if your inside forward can be used as Messi or Ribery. High Dribbling, Finishing, Long Shots are necessary.

- Gets into opposition area

- Hugs line. If you tend to use player in role of Winger, not Inside Forward.

- Knocks ball past opponent

- Likes to try to beat offside trap

- Runs with ball often

- Runs with ball down left/right

- Moves into channels

- Plays one twos

- Tries tricks

 

AMC

- Arrives late in opposition area

- Comes deep to get ball

- Dwells on ball. Composure, Strength, Creativity and Decisions attributes are important here.

- Gets into opposition area

- Runs with ball often

- Runs with ball through centre

- Moves into channels

- Plays one twos

- Tries killer balls often

- Tries tricks

- Tries to play way out of trouble

 

FC

- Avoid using weaker foot

- Attempts overhead kicks

- Knocks ball past opponent

- Likes to try to beat offside trap

- Moves into channels

- Runs with ball often

- Plays one twos

- Tries first time shots

- Tries tricks

- Shoots with power. Finishing, Composure, Technique should be high.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Football Manager 2011 Site List

We are large Football Manager community!

Football Manager community has never been so large and strong as at the current moment! Therefore I decided to create the largest list of almost all Football Manager 2011 sites. It should help FM gamers to orient themselves in Football Manager web community globally. Consider this article a global web guide or navigator for Football Manager gamers.

Pay attention also that all links to other FM sites are "dofollow".

ATTENTION: The list is extendable! If you know any English Football Manager site out of the list just inform about it writing a comment.

The main requirement for all sites in the list is a language. Only English sites are accepted here. Another requirement is that each site shouldn’t be younger than 2 months.

 

FM 2011 Communities

All Football Manager communities were divided into 2 groups depending on the core part of sites: either blogs or forums.

Blogging communities

FMCrowd.com – community of FM 2011 bloggers consisting of more than 530 separate blogs, project of Vitaliy Mokosiy.

FootballManagerStory.com – consolidated 10-12 blogs and social network by Johnny Karp and Darren Smith.

TheFootyManager.com – the oldest blogging community started by Niall Walsh in 2007.

 

Forum communities

FMScout.com – perhaps the most known and oldest FM community having forums, blogs, downloads, tactics, player lists, etc.

FM-Britain.co.uk – many articles about tactics and forum with 15000+ members.

FMFormation.net – downloads, articles and forum with 60000+ members.

FM-View.com – different good articles and forum with 2900+ members.

TheAwayStand.co.uk – popular forums with 1400+ members and interesting community blog.

PlayFootballManager.com – young community with 1000+ members in their forum.

 

FM 2011 Forums

FM-Base.co.uk - 273000+ members, the most popular FM forum.

Community.SIGames.com – 213000+ members, forum of the Game creators.

SortItOutsi.net - 126000+ members, creators of famous Cut-Out Faces Megapack, great amount of FM utilities and graphics.

TheDugout.tv - 73000+ members.

CMFrenzy.com - 44000+ members.

FMDiscussion.com -  10000+ members.

FootballManagerPortal.co.uk - 10000+ members.

FMGamer.com - 6500+ members.

FMRTE.com - 6000+ members

FootballManagerFanBoys.net – 3700+ members, well-designed forum.

FMReporter.com - 700+ members

FootballManagerTeamTalk.com - 120+ members

 

FM 2011 Blogs

TrueFootballManager.com – popular FM blog of Vitaliy Mokosiy, started in 2007.

FMPundit.com – intelligent blog by Thomas Levin, started in 2009.

FMStory.com – pretty looking blog by Lye Kuek Hin. Start date – October, 2009.

FootballManagerFreak.com – one of the oldest FM blogs started in 2008.

DueNorth.me – quite new blog with unique feature - FM comics.

FMAddicted.com – started in 2009.

AidTheBoss.com – nice-styled FM blog.

FootballManagerSite.com – active and interesting blog started in 2010.

FMCenter.co.uk – started in February, 2010.

FMBuff.com – decent FM blog.

AllAboutFm.com – another one of new decent blogs about FM 2011.

FMCrazy.FMCrowd.com – the top blog in Football Manager Crowd community.

FootballManagerPlayer.Blogspot.com – decent young FM blog.

FMObsessive.Blogspot.com - young blog of Olly Hunter.

 

FM 2011 Facebook groups

Group of James Hill - 2600+ members

Group of Vitaliy Mokosiy - 1400+ members

Group of James Shrubb - 9900+ members (not really active group)

 

FM 2011 Sites of the Game creators

FootballManager.com – official Football Manager 2011 site

SIGames.com – Sports Interactive Games, creators of the Game.

 

Other FM 2011 sites

There are some Football Manager 2011 sites that I cannot classify so easy:

FMDownloads.com – site of Cut-Out Faces Megapack.

Football-Manager.info – English FM portal by Polish guys.

FMDugout.com – fresh new FM 2011 site.

FootballManagerMad.com – unusual but good Football Manager 2011 site.

FootballManagerWiki.com – Wikipedia-like site about Football Manager.

TheGaffa.co.uk – old inactive FM site.

Sunday, 9 January 2011

How to use Match Preparation in FM 2011

Match Preparation in FM 2011

Match Preparation is one of the most interesting new features in FM 2011. It allows you to work on your pre-match setup and gives you opportunity to train your team regarding selected tactics. By the way, Match Preparation screen can be accessed quickly with this shortcut:

Control + R Палец вверх

The most important here is tactic familiarity levels for tactics you use. You should achieve the following levels of tactic familiarity for each your formation in the end:

Tactic Familiarity Levels in FM 2011

It means your players understand all nuances of the tactics and adapted them greatly.

FM 2011 allows to adapt players to 3 different tactics. Interesting that training of 3 different tactics makes the players to learn them a bit slower than in case of just 1 tactics.

You should also know that Match Preparation is only modelled for the first and reserve teams without youth squad Лампочка

 

Special Focus Area explained

Special Focus Areas in FM 2011

An individual attention has to be drawn to Special Focus Areas. If you don’t use Special Focus Areas (SFA), you should start getting benefits from this new feature just right now!

Almost all variants of SFA allow you to gain a temporary boost for attributes of your players during some match. Actually it’s about all areas except Team Blend.Палец вверх

Let’s imagine you select before a match one of this SFAs:

- Attacking Movement. All attributes linked with ball control and movement gain slight increase when your team is in attack.

- Attacking Set Pieces. Anticipation, positioning and perhaps few other attributes are boosted temporary. Only during attacking set pieces.

- Defending Set Pieces. The same attributes as in previous case will be increased but only during defending set pieces.

- Defensive Positioning. Your players gain a boost of concentration, marking, positioning and maybe several other attributes during your pitch half’s defence.

Team Blend

This is the only focus area that has cumulative effect, and it’s not active during match as other SFAs. Instead it works between matches improving your squad gelling.  Team Blend increases player relationships and collaboration which influences performances and morale.

There are several important rules regarding Special Focus Areas everyone should understand:

- if you select any SFA, it takes time from training tactic familiarity levels making them to grow slower

- higher workload does not increase effect of Special Focus Areas

- Team Blend is a long term SFA and should be used always because your squad changes every season or even half of season Лампочка

 

My advices

This is the optimal algorithm I developed for Match Preparation use:

1. Reach the maximal level of tactical familiarity setting Very High workload at the start of your game. But remember, setting the MP workload will have an effect on the Training workload.

2. Move workload to ‘Normal’ level when maximal tactic familiarity levels are reached.

3. Now you can start using Special Focus Areas depending on your next opponent.

4. Select one of 4 SFAs before a match: Attacking Set Pieces, Defensive Set Pieces, Defending Positioning, Attacking Movement. Your selection should depend on the strong and weak sides of the opponent.

5. Select Team Blend just right after the match.

6. Repeat steps 4-5 for every match.

 

I hope now you improved your understanding and feelings regarding hidden features of Match Preparation in FM 2011!