Tactical revisionism: Arrigo Sacchi in the Bulgarian First

Du Malone writes: In my previous post I outlined a tactic (in the sense of formation + player instructions) derived from Arrigo Sacchi's AC Milan side. The tactic was used with success in the 2021-22 season by Chernomorets Balchik in the Bulgarian First League. In the first ('Preliminary') stage, consisting of 26 matches, Balchik, in … Continue reading Tactical revisionism: Arrigo Sacchi in the Bulgarian First

Designing a formation and refining it with player instructions: playing #FM20 in the spirit of Arrigo Sacchi

Du Malone writes: This post is the fifth in the series on the application to FM20 of Arrigo Sacchi's managerial approach. I'm basing my understanding of Sacchi's approach on an article in Football bloody hell written by Raghunandhanan Narasimhan. As I wrote in my introductory post, for me one of the attractions of that article … Continue reading Designing a formation and refining it with player instructions: playing #FM20 in the spirit of Arrigo Sacchi

Thinking of blogging on FM? Two options

Du Malone writes: The FM blogosphere seems to be flourishing as never before. Online discussion suggests that: there are more blogs than ever before the attrition rate has perhaps reduced (that is, once bloggers have got started, fewer bloggers are falling away) quality has improved too. Some commentators -- I think @Lutterworth_Fox one -- have … Continue reading Thinking of blogging on FM? Two options

Team training on #FM20: deriving an approach from Sacchi’s AC Milan

Du Malone writes: This post is the fourth in the series on the application to FM20 of Arrigo Sacchi's managerial approach. I am basing my understanding of Sacchi's approach on an article in Football bloody hell written by Raghunandhanan Narasimhan. As I wrote in my introductory post, for me one of the attractions of that … Continue reading Team training on #FM20: deriving an approach from Sacchi’s AC Milan

Player acquisition on #FM20: applying Arrigo Sacchi’s approach

Du Malone writes: In this, the third post in my series on learning from Arrigo Sacchi's approach at AC Milan, I consider what kind of players to acquire. Total football? In the account of Saccho's tactics that I treat as canonical, namely Raghunandhanan Narasimhan's article on Football bloody hell, reference is made to Sacchi's admiration … Continue reading Player acquisition on #FM20: applying Arrigo Sacchi’s approach

Sacchi’s AC Milan and FM20: a first decision

Du Malone writes: In my previous post, I outlined the attraction of seeking to apply to FM20 the tactics, and overall approach, of Arrigo Sacchi's AC Milan period. The post is here. I said there that my goal was pragmatic rather than purist. I'm looking to create an approach that works, and that I like, … Continue reading Sacchi’s AC Milan and FM20: a first decision

How we won the league: the story told in four acts

Grigor Pasha writes: Prologue In the least few matches of my first season (2019-20) in charge at Chernomorets Balchik, we had finished well -- three wins and a draw. That probably helped us get off to a good start in the second. So too did the fact that three loanees stayed on for a second … Continue reading How we won the league: the story told in four acts

Arrigo Sacchi’s AC Milan: an approach to FM20

Du Malone writes: A common theme in FM content online is the inter-relationship between historic tactics ITRW and tactics on FM. This is a theme I've touched on before, for example in my posts on the 1960s Inter Milan and 1950s Hungary. An excellent current example is FM Eadster's series of posts in which he … Continue reading Arrigo Sacchi’s AC Milan: an approach to FM20

A season in the Bulgarian Second: A tale in five acts

Grigor Pasha writes: My first season (2019-20) at Chernomorets Balchik lends itself to division into five acts. Act I: Power struggle with the captain Right from the get-go I experienced problems with the incumbent captain, Genadi Alberto-Lugo. He played badly -- and then refused to accept criticism. He trained badly -- and then refused to … Continue reading A season in the Bulgarian Second: A tale in five acts

Down the Danube | #1 – Starting as Unemployed

Du Malone writes: I’m delighted to see that FMathlete has resumed his ‘Down the Danube’ blog. For me, it has two points of interest, namely: (1) its geographical proximity to the Black Sea region — in fact, in this post FMathlete’s manager takes up the post at Farul Constanta, on the Black Sea coast — who knows, we may one day see our own manager, Grigor Pasha, working there; and (2) it’s well written. In addition, I was interested to read the comments on starting unemployed, an option I’ve never even experimented with. Enjoy. – and subscribe to his blog!

FMathlete

Hello again and welcome back to my FM20 blog series, Down the Danube. This post is coming to you much later than I initially anticipated, but real life got in the way of getting this released sooner. In case you missed the introductory blog post, you can catch up on that here.

Otherwise, here’s a quick recap for anyonee who may have forgotten the intent of this save. Down the Danube will document the life and career of Frank M. Athlete, a journeyman manager who will be working within the nine countries that the River Danube flows through (or alongside) and that are in the game. These are Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine with Moldova being left out due to them not being playable in FM20. I’ve not got any specific rules about the clubs I’ll be managing and their proximity to the Danube…

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