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The Quest for 129: Creating the Gegenpress in FM

It’s been a while. I’m still with Wolves. It’s 2036. I guess a good place to start would be to give you the end results on the guys who ‘made it’, from my youth development series. If you haven’t been following it then I recommend you skip the next couple of paragraphs.

If you’d like any screenshots then let me know on Twitter, @MrEdsFM.

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The Ultimate FM XI

After looking over a number of incredible regens in my conversations with other FM users on Twitter, I decided I quite enjoyed it. Perusing through pages of imaginary footballers who don’t even exist in my own cyberspace seems a weird way to spend my afternoons, yet there’s something oddly addictive about the whole thing.

And so I decided to create this article/plea. I’m looking for your best ever players on any edition of FM; be it CM01/02, FM14 or anything else. Submit your three best and favourite players of all-time. They can be regens or real players. If we have enough submissions, I’ll create a best XI and potentially a substitute bench. Extra points for detail on the player themselves, such as playing history, awards, etc. It’s your chance to brag, and someone will actually care!

note: we’re likely to get a load of striker submissions, so keep that in mind if you want to get a player in the XI.

note 2: you’re welcome to add in a few other players who you don’t want me to consider for the XI. Anyone who has an interesting story or looks a good player would be welcomed, however, please do make it clear which players you want to be considered.

My first applicant is Joe Hargreaves (FM11, Arsenal).

Yes, yes, it’s a striker. I know. But I simply had to include Joe Hargreaves simply because of the fact he was my first great regen on any FM. FM2011 with Arsenal was the first time I’d got into a long-term save on any version of the game and Hargreaves came into the side relatively early on, and quickly became one of the keys to European and domestic success. However, the main reason I’ve included him is for his ridiculous 2025/26 season, where his league stats were; 38 games, 49 goals, 12 assists, 12 MoM, 8.23 average rating — the best seasons I’ve ever got out of a striker. It seems odd that he scored so many goals given his low composure but he created so many chances for himself through his combination of dribbling and finishing, which allowed him to be wasteful. The trigger for years of obsessive FM playing.

The next man in is Nicolas Dalmolin (FM13, Wolves).

Those who are regular followers of the blog will know exactly why I’m suggesting Dalmolin — the inspiration behind a 4-2-3-1 tactic I used for the best part of a decade (see: https://fmcoffeehouse.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/exploiting-space-the-inverse-wing-back/ and https://fmcoffeehouse.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/tactical-analysis-crooked-4-2-3-1/ for more info). Dalmolin, like Hargreaves, came into the team relatively early and was with the team through it’s step into stardom. He finally retired after 16 long years at the club, and despite long periods of frustration through injuries, finished with 570 appearances in the gold of Wolves.

And finally, Miguel Cuevas (FM13, Wolves).

Having selected the first two for largely emotional reasons, I’ll go for Cuevas because of his machine-like efficiency, either at CB or DM. With four seasons out of his six at Wolves, Cuevas achieved an average rating of over 8 — three of these occurred consecutively. If you’ve read my 4-2-3-1 tactical analysis, then you’ll know it was essential the DM was defensively able, given the attacking nature of the LB in the tactic. Cuevas did this incredibly, and also mopped up play in central midfield. He was the key to the best defensive unit I’ve ever had on any FM, when we went a season conceding only 14 goals in 2024/25. The season after, we conceded only one goal at home. Despite being ousted from my Wolves Best XI, I consider Cuevas my best ever player.

FM13 Wolves: Summer of ’31

Welcome to another article on my Wolves side. I’m going to wrap everything into this post, including my youth development update. It’s been a bit of an exciting season and I’m getting into the save and into the game more with every passing day (week/month/season). However, the season before was a bit of a tricky one in that lots of trainees got injured and I got a bit disillusioned with the game so holidayed the majority of the season. This worked a treat and as the squad regained health and fitness over the Summer, so did my motivation to play. If ever you’re struggling to remain interested in your save game, it’s worked for me. Just make sure you control the transfer windows, wouldn’t want your assistant manager selling that young 5* PA striker.

Basically, keep in mind that the youth development update is effectively Year Four and that Year Three has been skipped.

I suppose a good place to start would be to tell you about the season that just unfolded. Well, it was a bit of a goodie. Those of you who follow me on Twitter (plug: http://www.twitter.com/MrEdsFM) will know that I managed to bag myself a six-trophy haul, or a sextuple, for the first time in any Football Manager game. I was understandably delighted despite missing out on the magical ‘win every competition you possibly can’ mark of seven. However, I found this particularly interesting given the tactical shift I made in the year, from a 4-2-2-2, to a more regular 4-4-2. I’ll talk more about this later on.

The first thing I’ll do is the Year Four youth development update as it’ll lead into my thinking later on in the post. We’ve had some excellent progression from lots of players.

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FM13 Wolves’ Trainee Development: Year Two

Hiya chaps, welcome to the second season of the tracking of my Wolves’ trainees. As you’d expect, some have progressed really well, some not so much. But I’ve written a short analysis of each player’s respective situations and what I’d hope for them this year. 15 becomes 14 and two others will need to seriously buck up their ideas unless they wish to be shipped out too. Lay on…

note: the screenshots have the player’s old attributes as well as new attributes so you can easily see the development they’ve made over the season rather than having to go to the old article again. The player’s old attributes are on the left, and new attributes on the right.

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Wolves FM13: Developing the next generation

First update in a long while, and it’s more of an organisational post than anything letting you see into what I look at when bringing through the next youth generation. Having played very little FM14, I decided to return to FM13 and with Wolves I’ve found it particularly interesting following the progression of my youth sides. I’ll do an update on these players at a later date to explain what I did and how they turned out. I’ll probably also do an article on the tactics I use with the first team, at some point, too. This may not (see: probably won’t) interest you. No worries. Stop reading when you get bored. It’s a basis for more interesting things to come.

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Overhauling your Squad: Wolves 2026

note: all players mentioned in this can be viewed in this imgur album: here.

Welcome to a slightly different update. I’ve returned to Wolves in a bid to create a properly dominant side, based on attacking football. Reading records from FMers on Twitter about games unbeaten has made me realise that I’ve never actually gone a season unbeaten on any Football Manager, and it’s about time I did. With £300m in the transfer kitty, my Wolves side should be more than capable of doing just that. So, this article will hopefully allow me to not only get my thoughts down on ‘paper’, but to also illustrate the methodology I employ when overhauling my squad.

The reason a squad overhaul is necessary is the relative failings of last season. Whilst we won the Community Shield, European Super Cup and Club World Cup in the first half of the season, we were only able to add the FA Cup to this. Falling to PSG in the quarter finals of the Champions League was frustrating, however, losing the title for the first time in eight years was even more so. This was compounded by the 92 point tally we recorded being enough to win the league in any other Premier League season except this one. And yet, Man City rack up 94. Great.

So here we are.

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Tactical Analysis: crooked 4-2-3-1

Background
For years my Wolves side had played a variant of the popular tika-taka football style implemented by Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona side during his time at the Nou Camp. As well as this, the squad was built around home-grown talent rather than big-money signings. And whilst this has been largely successful (the side has won the last eight consecutive league titles), a change was necessary. For years my ultimate goal has been to complete an unbeaten league season. Despite all the trophies, cups and awards, it has always eluded me. Be it a shoddy 1-0 loss at the Emirates or a 3-1 thrashing at Old Trafford, I’ve always struggled away at the other major English clubs. My possession-based football has always come unstuck away from home, and I felt it was time to re-create something a bit different in a bid to complete that illustrious unbeaten league system.

Over the past decade and a half of managing Wolves I’ve had a number of incredibly talented players come through the ranks. With this, I’ve had to adapt and tinker with my system over the years in order to ensure they fit the shape and style of the play. It’s led to me creating some very interesting tactical roles, and a number of those fit into this system. I’d like to think they complement each other.

This combination of interesting roles and talented players has really piqued my interest in Football Manager, and this in-depth analysis is something I’ve been thinking of doing for a while. It may not be your style of football, but I’d like to think that it’s still worth the read regardless.

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