The art of the Half-Space: The Gladbach System

Hello everyone and welcome to another FM17 project. This time the spotlight falls onto Borussia Mönchengladbach: a historic team for German Football, ‘Die Fohlen’ have enjoyed their most successful spell in the 70’s and are widely regarded as one of the best footballing institutions in Europe. Having developed players like Marko Reus, Andre-Ter-Stegen in modern times or Herbert Wimmer, Berti Vogts and Günter Netzer in the golden decade of 70-80′ that saw them win eight trophies and make a series of appearances in European finals, BMG’s legacy is tied to several pillars of traditional German football philosophy: youth development, coaching excellence and tactical innovation. Continue reading “The art of the Half-Space: The Gladbach System”

Attacking space created through positional superiority

This is a first guest appearance from Oliver Jensen, a.k.a fmfutbolmanager. Oliver has an excellent eye for analysis and a methodical approach to complement his tactical know-how. Follow him on twitter @fmfutbolmanager or find him on Slack/SI forums under the same nickname.

Welcome to my first post on FM Asymmetric. I want to write about the simplicity of football and how I implement my tactical approach in Football Manager. As the great man Tony Adams once said, you just have to keep the ball out of one end, and stick it in the other. Continue reading “Attacking space created through positional superiority”

The Mad Max: Space, Commitment & Creativity – Part One

Well, it’s been a while since my last foray into tactical experiments. After 18 seasons of twisting and turning my tactical approach with Sparta Bucharest, I’ve taken a little bit of a different route for the latest chapter. With less than a subtle reference to the title, I’ve taken inspiration from Maximilliano Allegri’s tactical revolution at Juventus this year. Continue reading “The Mad Max: Space, Commitment & Creativity – Part One”

Grassroots Tactics: Simplicity

Yet another guest post by Ö-zil to the Arsenal!, an SI forum member that has produced some excellent material on tactics and club strategy over the last year or so. His articles are top quality and I highly recommend taking a look at his previous stuff – Threads. Make sure you support him on  GoFundMe page – Football Manager Tactical Analysis for more excellent tactical analysis. Continue reading “Grassroots Tactics: Simplicity”

Sparta: 15 Years of Youth, Athleticism and Discipline

Hi everyone, this is a piece I wrote detailing the squad&club achievements at the end of our 15th season with Sparta Bucharest. It’s a detailed tribute to a Football Manager youth challenge that turned out to be much more than a simple FM career….

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The Fantasista: Luan in the Sky with Diamonds – Part Two

Before I go on any further, I want to clarify a few things as per the purpose of me writing these articles, given the nature of recent interactions with a few fellow FM-ers: my aim is to explore various tactical concepts, understand football as a game through FM as well as to encourage debate and thought around the above issues. I do not ‘present’ game-breaking tactics, and neither do I have to justify anything to anyone but my own morals. Please try to think of what I post in this perspective and I am open to any discussion that will reflect that. There… rant over 🙂 Continue reading “The Fantasista: Luan in the Sky with Diamonds – Part Two”