Thoughts on playing with or against 10 men

Du Malone writes: Had I planned this post I would have collected data, as I went along, from matches in which there was a sending-off. But I've only just thought of it -- so what follows is based on good ole non-numerical observation and reflection. Red card for the opposition I do make some effort … Continue reading Thoughts on playing with or against 10 men

A scouting hack inspired by Brian Clough

  Du Malone writes: Grigor Pasha's post below makes sense on its own. But it will make more sense if you'd care first to listen England cricketer Geoffrey Boycott talking about Brian Clough, here (from about 1:10) on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3NbgNr_Rbk. The gist concerns former Derby County winger Alan Hinton. When Boycott watched him he thought … Continue reading A scouting hack inspired by Brian Clough

On the usefulness of nicknames

Du Malone writes: I like to use nicknames when I'm playing FM. I started doing so simply to disambiguate (as Wikipedia has taught us all to say) surnames. Which Ivanov is that? The left back or the striker? And which Iliev, which Hristov? Before using nicknames I did occasionally start players in very unaccustomed positions, … Continue reading On the usefulness of nicknames