Tactics Through Time: Sheffield United 5-3-2

Du Malone writes: I nominate this post by Alex Parkin as an instant classic. Much if the best writing about FM explores, as this post does, the interface between FM and football ITRW. The post is also very fluently written. Great stuff.

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Hello and welcome to another tactics through time post! It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these so I thought I’d focus on a tactic that was a little less historical and a little more personal to me as I’ve wanted to try and look at this one in depth for quite some time. If you want to look at other formations I’ve tried to recreate in the past you can do so here.

So what tactic is it?


I remember the 8th of May 2016 well. Sheffield United had just suffered an insipid 2-0 home defeat to Scunthorpe United to consign the Blades to 11th in the table, our lowest league position since 1988-9. Our dreams of making the play offs had gone up in smoke a few weeks earlier after failing to beat Barnsley and results had nosedived since.

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At full time the squad…

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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

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

One-on-ones in FM20: Against the conventional wisdom

Du Malone writes: It's clear from following many FM-based accounts on Twitter that one-on-ones -- specifically the paucity of goals resulting from them -- is widely perceived as a major problem with FM20. Evidently, and sadly, some people have even ceased to play the game because of this. I certainly don't doubt the genuineness of … Continue reading One-on-ones in FM20: Against the conventional wisdom

It’s not all down to you: managerial reaction to performance on #FM20 and ITRW

Du Malone writes: In a previous post ('Your performance on #FM20 isn't all down to you: irrational bias on Football Manager') I argued that there are stochastic factors built into match performance. If, for example, you play a match, then exit without saving, and the load up again and replay it, you're likely to find … Continue reading It’s not all down to you: managerial reaction to performance on #FM20 and ITRW

The RE-Builders of Pripyat: A Valeriy Lobanovskiy tactical recreation

Du Malone writes: For its blend of football history, tactics, and FM, I hereby designate this post, reblogged from FM Eadster, as an instant classic.


Little more than nine days after the disaster at Chernobyl, with radioactive isotopes still falling across Western Europe, Soviet Cup Winners, Dynamo Kyiv lined up to play Spanish giants Atlético Madrid in the final of the Cup Winners Cup in Lyon. Kyiv sits only 100Km to the south of Chernobyl and the Kyiv youth sides, including a nine-year-old Andriy Schevchenko, had already been evacuated to a camp near the Black Sea.

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