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Austria & Rapid – Early days and FM12 striker flashbacks

rapid_1After a series of posts dealing with the periphery of the game, graphics and mods for streamlining FM, I’ve finally played long enough to write a proper update on my actual save. In case you missed it, I’ve started a Club and Country save with Austria and Rapid Wien that I hope will last for some time and form the bulk of my blog articles for the foreseeable future.

I’ve played up to the winter break in my first season which includes 19 leagues games with Rapid and 4 Euro 2016 qualifying games with Austria.

My initial tactical plans have proven impossible to implement due to SI’s decision to introduce the inverted wingbacks as a new feature that doesn’t actually exist in the game. Therefore, I’ve had to tweak the 4-1-4-1 slightly. There are some parts that are working very well and others, like the striker, which aren’t

Apologies if this is something of a statistical overload but, as well as updating on the progress of both club and country, I hope to work through the issues I’ve been having tactically and hopefully come up with some sort of solution.

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FM15 – Pimping your game

In the last article I posted, I linked you to a number of my favourite basic graphics – facepacks, logos, backgrounds, etc. These are all fairly normal “customisations” for Football Manager which most people will download and for which every person will  have their preference.

Since then, however, I’ve been trawling the “FM Scene” for the little unique add-ons that don’t necessarily add so much to your game but just add nice little touches here and there.

I was going to add this to the bottom of my next save-game post but thought I’d separate it out as it’s just cleaner this way. So, if you’re interested, read on:

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Austrian prospects in FM15

As part of the build-up to FM15’s “official release” on 7th November, many of us have been looking through the beta database for potential future signings. There have been a series of YouTube videos highlighting people’s favourite prospects and one of the more prolific Youtubers, Statistical Approach, asked me to provide a shortlist of Austrian prospects for a series he was doing.

You can find that video here and it’s well worth a look but I felt I should do a blog piece on the Austrian prospects in the game, particularly as my opinion on the best prospects is very different to that of SA.

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FM15 – time to revisit the tactical vision that failed?

It’s been a long time since I wrote anything for this blog so apologies to anyone who has been disappointed by the lack of activity. My absence was caused by a number of factors – a new arrival in the shape of our second child and the need to campaign for a No vote in the recent Scottish referendum on independence, but primarily because I really didn’t like FM14 at all. It was a bad game.

Towards the end of my attempts to make FM14 enjoyable, I tried to implement a truly pompous sounding “Tactical Vision” with my Alavés side. My attempts to do so failed spectacularly, hampered, I believe, by the restrictions inherent in the FM14 engine. However, shining through the usual detritus, filler and sales-pitch bullcrap of the FM15 “new feature” announcements was news of four new “roles” – one of which might actually make my vision workable.

So, ahead of FM15, and because I’m bored waiting to give the new child a late night feed, I thought I’d sketch out what exactly I hope to be able to do in the new match engine. This, for me, is likely to be the yardstick by which I gauge whether FM15 is an improvement on its scandalously poor predecessor. And by god I hope it is.

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