The 4-4-2 Chronicles

It’s one of the oldest football formations around and has seen a resurgence of some kind in the past few years with teams like Leicester and Atletico Madrid having success using it. I’m of course talking about the 4-4-2 formation. Growing up as an English football fan the formation for me symbolises safety and familiarity. I’m not saying it’s the most successful tactic, although it’s had some incredible moments over the decades and many teams have seen great success using some kind of 4-4-2. But when things were going wrong and teams needed to strip back to basics, this always seemed to be the go to formation. I think Mike Bassett summed it up perfectly here; Continue reading The 4-4-2 Chronicles

The 4-4-2 Chronicles

It’s one of the oldest football formations around and has seen a resurgence of some kind in the past few years with teams like Leicester and Atletico Madrid having success using it. I’m of course talking about the 4-4-2 formation. Growing up as an English football fan the formation for me symbolises safety and familiarity. I’m not saying it’s the most successful tactic, although it’s had some incredible moments over the decades and many teams have seen great success using some kind of 4-4-2. But when things were going wrong and teams needed to strip back to basics, this always seemed to be the go to formation. I think Mike Bassett summed it up perfectly here; Continue reading The 4-4-2 Chronicles

The First 15 Minutes – Football Manager

I’ve been asked a lot of questions recently about how I set up for games and prepare for the opposition that I am facing. So I thought I’d write a bit about how I set up and how I decide what to do. Those of you who have followed my articles might remember a similar topic from years ago but sadly, the screenshots for that no longer exist, so I have decided to revisit it in this article. Continue reading The First 15 Minutes – Football Manager

The 3-5-2 Chronicles

In this article I explain how the 3-5-2 formations functions for me. It’s a lengthy article though, so if you don’t enjoy reading a wall of text then the chances are, you’ll dislike what’s to follow :). I could have split the article into different articles but I genuinely believe it works best as one long piece. Continue reading The 3-5-2 Chronicles

When FM Meets Real Life – Peter Prickett

With Football Manager 18 not that far away, I thought it was time I started to increase the activity on the blog with new content (which they’ll be plenty of in the coming weeks/months) and one of the ways of doing this is to revive one of the popular series that I’ve done for the past few years. The ‘When FM Meets Real Life………’ series has seen me interview chairmen, scouts, assistant managers, principal advisors, coaches and even club owners. Continue reading When FM Meets Real Life – Peter Prickett