So what is this game about? It is basically what the title says, a game where you are the manager of a football club. This game is for anyone who's ever wanted to be a football manager, anyone who thought real managers were making mistakes and that they could correct them, and for football fans in general. One important thing about the game is that you cannot play the games. Instead it is simulated for you.
There's basically an infinite number of tactics you can use in this game. The tried and true 4-4-2, the now popular 4-2-3-1, or even unorthodox tactics such as marcelo bielsa's 3-3-1-3.
Along with formaitons, you can choose the playing style of you team. You can be a counterattacking team, a posession bases one, or something in between. There's also your passing style, fluidity, tactical roles, etc. Tactics are probably the most important thing in the game, and with bad tactics, even a team like bayern munich or barcelona will have bad results.
With the new edition of football manager, the training aspect changed a bit. You can now on the calendar change what tactics you want to focus on for a specific team. There is also player training. If a player needs to be retrained to another position, or needs to learn a new move, or a specific attribute, its all there for you.
Probably the most exciting part of the game. You can get players on the transfer market. However, this is harder than it seems. Most new players will probably want to get messi or ronaldo, but even with a lot of money, many talented players will refuse to move because of the stature of your club. But otherwise, its great to find wonderkids and cheap players with good attributes.
What club to choose?
This depends a lot on what you're looking for. When i first started, i just played barcelona because i simply wanted to win. Then eventually i started managing the national team of korea, and after that a few championship teams, ligue 2 teams, etc.
For beginners, i'd suggest players try a "big" club first because you know the players and most of the players on the transfer market are available. Kind of hard to start with a club like Wimbledon, and you're like "who the f*** are these guys?"
I'm probably missing a few things, but i could add stuff later.
Anyways, I just hope that this thread will have discussions about the tactics, "brag" saves, and things like that.
Just to start the discussion, i'll ask a few questions.
Do you guys like the new version of the game? tbh, idk if i do. The match engine needed to be changed from the last version because the ball wouldn't move on the ground and barely rolled, but it feels like in this game, everything feels a bit too... slippery. Sometimes it feels like the players are one roller skates.
Also, does this game seem harder than ones past? I really feel like it does. My teams just sometimes can't buy a win even if they're very talented.
And for tactics, I've use the deep 4-2-3-1 with two defensive midfielders, but this tactic just never seems to work and the regular 4-2-3-1 with central midfielders seems to work a lot better. In both of these tactics, i've used one midfielders as a playmaker, and another one as a "destroyer."
Here is a good site for looking up wonderkids, tactics, and best players
This is from the same site, and it has downloads for summer transfer updates. You can also find leagues that aren't in the game such as Jleague, and use it in the game
This is a good start for beginners
Also, if you can read korean, fmkorea.net is an amazing site for football manager. This site is updated nearly everyday with transfer updates and things of that sore