Blog posts on formations: some links

Du Malone writes: Over the last year or so I've been collating links to FM content (principally blog posts) that I've particularly liked. Some of these are tactical posts focusing on formations. Here are some examples. 5 at the back: First Touch FM https://firsttouchfm.home.blog/2019/09/28/5-4-1-sarriball-tactic-football-manager-2019/ 4 at the back: FM Eadster on 4-4-2: https://fmeadster.wordpress.com/2019/11/29/the-re-builders-of-pripyat-a-valeriy-lobanovskiy-tactical-recreation/ Score More … Continue reading Blog posts on formations: some links

Learning from FM blogs: (II) Hitting the net

Du Malone writes: Recently I've been reviewing my collection of the blog posts that I've particularly liked -- the list of links is here -- and reflecting on the question, 'Out of all this fine content, which contributions have most affected the way I actually play?' In my previous post I highlighted a couple of … Continue reading Learning from FM blogs: (II) Hitting the net

Learning from FM blogs: (I) playing from the back

Du Malone writes: It's a year since I launched this website and joined Twitter. During the year I've been collating links to blogs I enjoy following and to specific posts that have impressed me. But the point of this post is to shift the focus to posts that have actually made a difference to the … Continue reading Learning from FM blogs: (I) playing from the back

No win in eleven. The vultures gather

Central Stadium, Mykolaiv. Early afternoon, 23 November 2020. SUPPORTER I: So I wonder who will be in charge for our next game, after the winter break. SUPPORTER II: You don't think Pasha can survive? SUPPORTER I: Over 3 months since we last won. 5 points out of a possible 33. Why's he still here? Utterly … Continue reading No win in eleven. The vultures gather

Yes, I can trust the gaffer, but…

Late September 2019. MFC Mykolaiv right-back Roman Kunev is enjoying some gentle autumnal sunshine in Shevchenka Park, ruminating: Last time I was sitting here, back in the summer, I was wondering whether I could trust Grigor Pasha, the newly installed gaffer at MFC Mykolaiv. When I joined the club, a condition was that he'd strengthen … Continue reading Yes, I can trust the gaffer, but…

Tactical review at the Atmosfera bar

End of the working day, 6 August 2020. Atmosfera bar, Central Avenue, Mykolaiv. Dramatis personae: Grigor Pasha (MFC Mykolaiv manager); Anatoliy Didenko (assistant manager) [PASHA places a familiar diagram on the table.] PASHA: So, half a dozen games in: what's our view of the tactic? DIDENKO: Even now, every time I look at the graphic, … Continue reading Tactical review at the Atmosfera bar

Total football: a review

Du Malone writes: I came across Sanjeev Shetty's Total football (Aurum Press, 2018) when searching online for books on the topic of total football. Fortunately I read the sub-title -- A graphic history of the world's most iconic soccer tactics  -- before I bought the book, so I wasn't disappointed to find that the book … Continue reading Total football: a review

MFC Mykolaiv go asymmetrical

End of the working day, 28 May 2020. Atmosfera bar, Central Avenue, Mykolaiv. MFC Mykolaiv manager Grigor PASHA and assistant manager Anatoliy DIDENKO are enjoying a swift half -- well, actually their second swift half -- and sharing a plate of snacks. PASHA: So this, Anatoliy, this is what I'm thinking for the first tactic … Continue reading MFC Mykolaiv go asymmetrical

Set pieces, stupid

Grigor Pasha writes: As I reported in my previous post, at the end of the the 2021-22 regular programme we blew automatic promotion from Liga 2. The last 8 matches of the programme went LLLWLLD. 4 points from a possible 21. But that dismal run conceals a radical change. Changing the playbook Between the penultimate … Continue reading Set pieces, stupid

Tactical transformation on the Black Sea: the advent of wingers

Grigor Pasha writes: I've written before about the advantages of a winter break. Here in Romania it's long enough to introduce a new tactic. During the break we (that is, Farul Constanta) host three cup competitions, so that we can not only train a new tactic but also test it in match situations. I didn't … Continue reading Tactical transformation on the Black Sea: the advent of wingers