Friday, 28 June 2013

Master-class of trainings in FM 2013

Trainings in FM 2013

The posts with youngsters promoted to the first team before season 6 and season 7 caused lots of questions about training process set up by me in Nottm Forest. That’s how idea of today’s post actually sprung up.

Frankly speaking I don’t really feel myself a king of trainings who can give you lots of knowledge. It’s just because I didn’t experiment much with them trying many completely different cases. However, I have a success story that surely can give some helpful information for you dear blog readers.


Thursday, 22 November 2012

My experiment in Football Manager 2013 trainings

My Forest story have stepped over season 1 equator. It means I am in January playing matches and making transfers now. And finally I am ready to share the results of the training experiment started on 15.08.2012.

I’d like to enumerate the basic experiment conditions once more:

  • I have been monitoring training progress of my players since the start date till December 31, 2012.
  • Forest has 3.5-star coaches in all but Attacking and Goalkeeping categories.
  • Good training facilities.
  • Players were divided into three groups by training settings:
    • Individual focus on a role;
    • Individual focus on a single attribute;
    • No individual focus.
  • General training: Balanced with Average Intensity.
  • Match training: Tactics only + Allow rest after match.
  • Scheduling slider: More match training, one position to right from maximal level.

Read my initial experiment post for more details.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Experiment with new FM2013 training system

Dear readers,

Many of you know that new training system in Football Manager 2013 became the most contradictory and disputable. Disappeared sliders and opportunity to import/export trainings is a certain intention of SI Games make influence of trainings less perceptible. It solves a problem that many gamers didn’t use trainings actually. They just were downloading some efficient schedules, installing them and forgetting about any complexities.

New simplified FM2013 training system was met with many questions even by experienced FM gamers. Following the SI Games forums, we can see some answers helping to understand several nuances of new trainings. In spite of it we don’t see any confirmation in practice.

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.

Share the guide with your friends!



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

Friday, 2 December 2011

Football Manager 2012 Training Schedules

Football Manager 2012 Training Schedules
Yesterday I uploaded my Football Manager 2012 training schedules to FM Crowd. And now it’s time for some kind of review for the schedules which I have been using in my Q.P.R. story.
First of all, download links from me:
Download my FM 2012 trainings

Share the schedules with your friends! They'll be happy!

My training approach

It can be formulated as several ideas actually:
- Use of quite hard workload to gain more attributes growth:
            In FM 2012 it’s last slider position of Medium / first slider position of Heavy
- Rotate your players to avoid overworking. It can also help in keeping high Morale level.
- Rarely buy players with high injury proneness reported by scouts. If I buy such kind of a player, then he has a special weakened schedule.
- Players who complain about heavy workload should be also move to easier trainings.
- All my FM 2012 training schedules are named by position: DC, AMRL, AMC, MC, DMC, DRL, SC. I think schedules names are self-explanatory.

How to import trainings into your game

2 quick steps you should do for that:
1. Download TSH files.
2. In Football Manager 2012 go to Team > Training > Schedules. Click Manage Schedules… button, click Import.

Read the awesome training masterclass!

Last but not least, learn more about trainings and player development in Football Manager 2012 reading a brilliant masterclass from Mantralux. It will definitely increase your level of FM 2012 understanding .
Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Q.P.R. winter transfers

My first winter transfer in Football Manager 2012 is over. I know most of you play FM more quickly than me. But I am getting a great pleasure from every moment, every nuance of the game. I have even decided to switch Match Highlights from Key to Extended because it’s a fabulous enjoyment to watch my QPR playing football.

I know I promised to write a post about the QPR tactics. It appeared quite long and complicated, I am still in progress. So the next post should be tactical one. Just wait a bitУлыбка

OK. The transfer window started with opportunity to change season expectations. I decided to avoid risking and claimed Q.P.R. should just avoid relegation this season. $3.7M were given me for that from board.

Money for expectations in winter


Players out

Players out

I tried to get rid of some players from the reserves and guys who didn’t fit into my tactical scheme:

- Jay Bothroyd

- Anton Ferdinand

- Akos Buzsaky

- Adel Taarabt

I coped with the task only partially selling Buzsaky and organizing paid loans of Bothroyd and Ferdinand with future fees. Taarabt is not wanted by other clubs even for $3M instead of his real $6M value! Печальная рожица

No offers for Taarabt


Q.P.R. newcomers!

QPR newcomers

My new tactics requires a lot of squad changes. I believe they will be done in summer. But now I brought into club several good guys strengthening defense quality first of all.




Younes Kaboul

Younes Kaboul in Football Manager 2012

Tottenham put Younes Kaboul on a transfer list due to high competition among their central defenders. The French is better than any current central back of QPR, so it was obvious I should try buying him.

What I like about Kaboul is that he possesses both feet strongly. He is also able to play at DR position. Kaboul has 4 preferred players moves that can be useful potentially:



Arne Friedrich

Arne Friedrich in Football Manager 2012

I wanted to sign Arne before the season but we didn’t agree regarding his salary. This time I signed every paper offered by his agentУлыбка  Friedrich has a serious shortcoming: Passing = 8. Though experienced German covers it with many advantages: high Concentration, Teamwork, Positioning, Marking, Anticipation.

Hope to use him in the main squad as well as Kaboul.


Andreas Bjelland

Andreas Bjelland in Football Manager 2012

I could not refuse myself to buy Andreas Bjelland! Look how much he is versatile. It’s very convenient to have such kind of a player on substitution bench.

Versatile Bjelland




Daniel Paulista

Daniel Paulista in Football Manager 2012

I had no real alternatives to Faurlin and Barton at positions of central defensive midfielders. Shaun Derry is a good anchor man but too slow due to age. Therefore I decided to buy Daniel Paulista for just 1 million dollars. He will be helpful in case of when guys get injured or suspended (Joey Barton!Чертик)


Kevin McDonald

Kevin McDonald in Football Manager 2012

My main playmaker is a wonderkid Marco Verratti now. But there’s no any good substitution for him in the team excluding Taarabt who is a poor team worker anyway. Decent midfielder Kevin McDonald was bought for ridiculous $300K. It’s a very good deal for the player of this level in my opinion.



Henri Saivet

Henri Saivet in Football Manager 2012

In several previous versions of Football Manager Henri Saivet was a big star. Now he is talented guy but not a wonderkid anymore. I loaned Henri because of two reasons:

1. Increase depth of substitution bench (more wingers needed!)

2. See Saivet in action!


Team report after the transfers

Team report after all

Assistant coach informed me that team was strengthened perceptibly after all. Especially you can see a massive improvement on DC position:


Well, it’s really good!

As a result I spent all the transfer money given by board and managed to keep wages below limit:

Payroll Budget


Facilities upgrade and amount of coaches

Some excellent news here as well. Board agreed to my request of upgrading training and youth facilities Палец вверх

Training facilities will be upgraded

Planned youth facilities


Current level of QPR facilities I have now looks in the following way:

Current level of facilities


I can boast that the board people were very kind allowing to sign 2 more coaches to the club.

Number of coaches increased


Take a look at training overview with 2 new coaches already signed:



The second half of the 1st Q.P.R. story season has begun! Stay tuned.