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2013/14 PSV: Summer not quite as planned…

Since my last update at the end of the 2013/14 season, we’ve completed our squad overhaul. In the end it ended up as less of an overhaul and more of a sale of the deadwood and the arrival of three central midfielders. Ah well.

The first two guys were planned for a while. I knew we needed a dominating presence at DM, a player who could dictate play but also act as the primary playmaker from deep. With Maher and Hiljemark at CM and both being incredibly dynamic players who push on, the DM is likely to be left to deal with opposition counter-attacks. As he was available on a free transfer, Ekdal was a no-brainer. In the previous update I said the transfer budget was largely flexible, but when you can get the same quality of player on a free transfer then you go for it. I had planned for Ekdal to be my DLP-D at the base of a ‘1-2’ shape in central midfield, but that changed later in the window due to this man..

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Project Totaal Voetbal (FM11)

This is a piece from a few years ago, as the title suggests, but a lot of the content still applies today. It was based around creating a tactic that could be downloaded, but I feel its still of value as a piece of reading. I’d also love to hear about any attempts of Total Football that have been attempted, and hopefully this can spark that discussion.

This hasn’t been updated since FM11, so the writing may be of a slightly lower quality and there may be some oddities. Even if you don’t fancy reading the article I still highly recommend watching the YouTube video. It’s incredible.

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Hi guys, and welcome to my Project Totaal Voetbal, or Total Football for those of you who don’t speak basic Dutch. Total Football has been hailed as the Holy Grail for Football Manager tacticians, and I heard it was just a bit of a challenge to re-create the pure fluidity of the Dutch national side of ’74 and the Ajax sides of the early 1970s. Well, I thought I’d take the challenge.

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