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3 career corners in just over a month? What is this place coming to
Anyway, it is my turn to highlight the best careers out of an absolute ton on TAS that are currently active. I am sorry if I don't mention yours, but if I do you better feel privileged.
First up we have my fellow admin @Rico with his story Swanning Along. He has finished his first season in the Premier League, with Champions League qualification, and enters that this season with one of the toughest groups imaginable. Can he get out of it? I'm not going to tell you, so you had better go and find out. Hopefully we will get some tactical inspiration on just how to finish 4th in the first season with Swansea at some point
Next we have @Rakuten06 with his long running story (probably the longest on TAS for FM13) Miracle of Neuchatel. Having finally after a long long journey qualified for Europe with Xamax, how did he fare when given a nasty qualifying draw against a Cypriot side? Would being in Europe affect his league form? This is one to watch as the club gradually progresses and grows stronger season by season.
@LewisTM is next up, with his story The Journeys of an Incompetent Manager. I'm not going to argue with the title, particularly the spelling, but he is finally having some success and gets the chance to play in a top flight at last, having jumped around Europe. Starting with Boavista, fallen giants in Portugal, then via Denmark to Eastern Europe, Lewis is making steady progress towards achieving something in a leading division.
@CMU Chips is progressing nicely with US Quevilly, a club I've never heard of who start in the National in France but have been cup finalists very recently, losing 1-0 to Lyon. Can he repeat this, or will he get Foxo'd trying? I'm going with the latter option, given his history on FM12, particularly in Ireland. Or will he sign all of Africa to win the league?
Finally we have a career in
Norway sorry, Turkey from @sibo373, Turkish Delight II: Life after Yilmaz charting the progress of everyone's 2nd favourite claret and blue team, Trabzonspor. He seems to want to turn the city into Oslo, but aside from that, is doing well but has the Martin O'Neill March blues. Will his Vikings improve enough to qualify for Europe?
There are plenty of others out there, including mine so why not go check them out in our Career Corner, if you didn't get mentioned this time, keep writing and maybe Rico or Aussie will next time!
A look into history - The W-M
The W-M is a formation which was thought to have derived from the thinkings of Arsenal manager Herbert Chapman. Chapman joined Arsenal from Huddersfield Town in the year of 1925 after winning two straight league titles with the Yorkshire club, he was approached to revive a struggling Arsenal side. The W-M got its name from the shape that the players were lined up on the pitch by Chapman, him being believed as the first man to bring the middle centre half of the midfield three, back to level with the fullbacks, to create a line of three at the back, with two protecting, creating an M shape as shown below.
For a number of years now I’ve been reviewing others tactics in a bid to help them tweak and improve. One thing that has stood out for me over that time has been that most issues found are defensive ones. It makes sense really, when we create a tactic in game the emphasis tends to be on what we want to achieve going forward with the defensive side of the game almost overlooked. There is however one large aspect of the defensive game that we can look to put in place that will go a long way to negating those defensive issues if it’s implemented properly – that aspect is the defensive block.
Following on from all the requests for custom leagues or extensions in the league recommendations thread, I am pleased to announce the release of the 50 selected leagues (mostly chosen by weeman) for all of you on TAS. The download links beneath the instructions provide both megapack, continental megapack, and country individual downloads.
But first a run through of the instructions, particularly prevalent as I have included Japan. Initially when you download the files they go to this location: My Documents/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2013/editor data. If this folder does not exist then just create it as you would for graphics.