This Is the Best Attacking & Possession Tactic in Football Manager 2015


I have played my fair share of Football Manager 2015 lately and I believe that I have finally found the best tactic for the game, an attacking tactic that also gives you great possession of the ball, up to 64% and usually over 52%. Now that’s pretty much incredible, since it’s combined with a great amount of shots on goal and actual goals. So after numerous failures and frustrations, I can finally say that I found the best tactic in Football Manager 2015 and even more, the best possession and attacking tactic in the game. Even better, I am here to share it with you!

We are talking here about a 4-1-2-2-1 tactic that works amazing with lower profile teams, as well as the big teams out there. It actually works even better with bigger teams because of the quality of players available. So here are the basics of the tactics in one screenshot explaining it all:

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In terms of team instructions, we have quite a bunch of them to make sure that our players retain possession, play offensive football but don’t rush things out too much. You can try a few games without the “Play Wider” instruction and see if your Inside forwards deliver better results this way:

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This 4-1-2-2-1 tactic that I consider the best Football Manager 2015 tactic so far works great as long as you have a decent set of players, but three of them (or two in worst-case scenario) are most important.

– The false nine is an extremely important piece of the tactical puzzle here. The player needs great dribbling and technique as he will drop deep to pick up balls, and is instructed to run often with the ball. He also needs good vision and off the ball movement in order to drop down when needed and create spaces for the inside forwards. Despite the fact that he’s less offensive than your usual forwards and almost makes you feel that you’re playing without an actual striker in the team, the false nine will still score a lot of goals.

– The inside forwards (or at least one if you don’t have a great squad) are also important because they become the potential threat and goal scorers for your team. They have an attacking mentality and will cut inside often, they dribble a lot more often and require great pace and acceleration, dribbling, technique and composure.

If you can sum things up with a solid Advanced playmaker, things will be even better! And finally, if you don’t have a defensive midfielder with skills that are good enough for a Regista, you can easily switch the role of the DM to ball winning midfielder with a defend duty and things will still look great.

This amazing Football Manager 2015 tactic also comes with some specific player instructions:

– all the defenders, including the defensive midfielder are instructed to pass shorter in order to avoid the loss of possession. It will take some time until they get really used with this instruction, but it’s worth the wait!
– The Advanced playmaker is instructed to run with the ball more.
– The Inside forwards are instructed to go with a more direct passing.
– The False 9 is instructed to hold up the ball more. If this doesn’t look good in your tactic, remove and play without any specific instructions.

I have just started a new game using this tactic from the beginning, managing Lokeren in the top division in Belgium. The team that was not expected to qualify for the EURO Cup group stages and was expected to finish the season somewhere at the middle of the table, tops the First division table with two less games played than the teams below and not only managed to qualify for the Euro Cup group stages, but also got solid wins against stronger teams Fiorentina and Besiktas (even though we lost in a freak show against EA Guingamp after the team was awarded two penalties in the first half).

Here are some extra screenshots proving that the tactic does work and brings some nice results and possession of the ball:

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So try out this amazing Football Manager tactic and let me know in the comments below how well it’s working for you!

Football Manager 2015 Patch 15.1.4 Fixes Long Save Times, Other Changes


Football Manager 2015 has been received with mixed reviews from fans all over the world. This year’s iteration of the most popular football management game has been greatly criticized for being thrown to the public, just like all the previous editions, with tons of bugs and problems, many even calling FM 2015 the worst game of the franchise (although I personally award FM 2014 with this title).

Back to today’s news, though, Sports Interactive have just released a patch that they promise fixes the long save times in the game, as well as other problems that players have been facing, like stupid behavior from goalkeepers and many more. Check out the changelist of patch 15.1.4 for Football Manager 2015 below:


Optimised save game speeds
Fixed game launch issues linked to local user permissions
Fixed rare crash on continue

Match engine

Improved defensive reactions to crosses and corners
Tweaked wide defending of wingers
Improved goalkeeper reaction times after an initial save
Various other goalkeeper improvements
Fixed further instances of own goals being awarded incorrectly
Fixed further instances of players not being given offside when collecting rebounds
Fixed rare instances of U18 teams starting match with only a goalkeeper, resulting in high scorelines
Fixed problem where AI teams would sub many of their players off the pitch without replacements, resulting in high scorelines

Data and Competitions

Fixed Greek Superleague scheduling
Martin Ødegaard added to new games
Added licensed kits for MLS expansion teams

User interface

Added player Role & Duty to pitch on tactics screen

Most Football Manager 2015 players know that until the last update is rolled, the game will still be plagued or at least troubled by bugs and strange behavior, and more and more people are starting to consider that the playable version is the one that usually gets to us in March, when the final patch is released. We all hope that the next year’s game will change this, but it never happens.

As for the patch, the next time you start Steam, it will download and update your game automatically.

How to Make Football Manager 2015 Run Faster

I must admit that in terms of performance, FM 2015 seems to run a bit better than FM 2014 on my not-so-great laptop, but things can get worse quickly and especially during the matches, it starts to stutter and become annoying. I realized that I might not be the only one suffering from this problem, so I’ve decided to share with you a few tips and tricks on how to make Football Manager 2015 run faster. That’s only if you are indeed having problems with the game during the matches and/or when in regular play.

Of course, the best option to start with is to upgrade your laptop. If you think you can do this, we have a really handy list of great gaming laptops under $1,000 – so check them out. If not, try the tricks below:

Start with as few playable leagues as possible
I know that the level of the simulation won’t be ideal, but you won’t spend ages waiting for that to happen either. So reduce their number knowing that you can, at any time, to add playable leagues if you think that the game’s running too fast for you.

Enable caching
If you’re having trouble with the game’s speed, go to the game’s Preferences, then select the Interface tab. Make sure that you have the “Use caching to decrease page loading times” option checked – and this will improve the game’s speed. However, some mods and add-ons require it unchecked.

Match engine
If the problems appear mostly during the match simulation, things are a bit easy, but not necessarily pleasant: you will have to tune down your graphic settings and remove extra goodies like sky, scenery, crowd and weather effects. Try removing these first before going to extremes and reducing the graphics quality, since usually that’s enough.

Load less players
I know that most FM 2015 owners want to have as many players loaded as possible, but playing with a huge database and tens of thousands of players takes its toll on the game’s overall speed. And the truth is that most of these players are pretty crappy ones too, so unless you’re managing in the lower leagues, there’s not much need to have them all loaded. So before starting a game, set your Database straight and only load players above a certain reputation – or customize as you see fit to increase your game’s speed

Additional measures
If you’re playing on your laptop, make sure to plug it in and run on the High Performance option which greatly increases the game’s performance too. Also, make sure that you turn off all programs running in the background while playing, from antivirus software to internet browsers and music players.

I really hope that these tips and tricks will help you make Football Manager 2015 run faster so you can rush to get that title!

Football Manager 2015 Full Players Name Fix?

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Having written recently about Football Manager 2015, which is in its beta stage right now, but close to full launch, I have received a bunch of e-mails from people asking me how to see the full player’s name in FM 2015 and initially I didn’t understand what this is all about.

Our reader Mihaly wrote us: “How do I get to see the full names of the players? The game is unplayable right now, I only see the second name and I can’t understand what player is talked about. How do I fix?”

I thought that it was a bug that Mihaly had, but after doing some research online, it appears that it’s a widespread problem in Football Manager 2015 and indeed many people are complaining that they can’t see the full name of the player, just the first or second name.

So I’ve done a bit more research and it appears that this problem is caused by the fact that the copies that are played on are pirated. This means that if you have illegally downloaded your Football Manager 2015 copy, the game will not show the full name of the players and just their surname. No person who owns the original game has reported this problem, as far as we know.

It’s not a big surprise to hear that developers take action to discourage piracy of their titles. During the past years, a pirated Football Manager copy wouldn’t allow you to go on holiday, a penalty less important than this year’s where not being able to see the full name of the player makes Football Manager 2015 almost impossible to play.

So unfortunately, if you are experiencing this problem and you can’t see the full player’s name in Football Manager 2015, it’s most likely because you are using a pirated version of the game and there’s nothing you can do to fix it. Not unless you want to pay for the game and fully enjoy it!

If you do, get a head start by checking out our list of FM 2015 wonderkids, best coaches and check out our recommendations of the best clubs to manage in the game.

Best Coaches in Football Manager 2015 (Free to Get)

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There is just one thing that I like more than worldclass coaches in Football Manager 2015: FREE world class coaches! And this is exactly what I have for you – a list of amazing coaches (most of them will give you 4-5 stars in their preferred training categories) that you can get for free. Don’t forget to also check out our FM 2015 wonderkids list.

Coaches are extremely important in Football Manager 2015 and with tight budgets to spend on great players, you will surely love to spend as little as possible on your coaching team. As I said, we’ve got you covered, so check out below my list of the best coaches in Football Manager 2015 that are unattached to any club:

Joe Corriga – he might want a Fitness Coach job, but don’t do that! He’s got 4.5 stars on Shot Stopping

Rodolfo Borell – an overall great coach

Bobby Mimms – offer him a contract based on what you need. He’s got 4.5 stars in GK training, but also in Tactics & Ball Control

Damian Roden – 5 stars in Fitness

Steve Clarke – 4 stars defensive coach (might want Assistant Manager job, though)

Marcos Fernando – 5 stars in Fitness training

Jose Nagel de Melo – 4.5 stars in GK categories

Paulo Paixao – 5 stars in fitness, but if you don’t need that, he’s also a solid 4.5 stars in Ball Control

So far, these are the best free coaches that I found in Football Manager 2015. If you want me to expand the list with some other great coaches that are attached to a club, let me know I will do the research! Or maybe you can share your coaches list with us below!

Complete List of Football Manager 2015 Wonderkids (FM 2015 Wonderkids)

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The Football Manager 2015 beta is here and I am always part of it, getting to play the game two weeks early. One of the things that I focus on from start is finding the best young players in the game and I am here to share with you my findings: the Football Manager 2015 wonderkids list, a hopefully complete list where you will find the best FM 2015 young players, some of them available at steal prices and others already world-known that are pretty difficult to get.

But knowing exactly what players you can buy and having a reliable list to turn to when you need to fill in a new position is certainly extremely helpful, so let’s not waste any time and let’s move forward and check out the Vgamerz list of Football Manager 2015 wonderkids, listed by preferred position and the club where they’re currently playing. I initially wanted to add the value for added information, but this varies from game to game and it might be well off from the actual buying price, so I have decided not to.

Best FM 2015 Young Goalkeepers

Simone Scuffet – 18 – Udinese
Maxym Koval – 21 – Dynamo Kyiv
Jack Butland – 21 – Stoke

Best FM 2015 Young Defenders


Enzo Roco – 21 – Universidad Catolica
Eder Alvarez Balanta – 21 – River
Emanuel Mammana – 18 – River Plate
Matija Nastasic – 21 – Manchester City
Daniele Rugani – 20 – Juventus
Raphael Varane – 21 – Real Madrid
Niklas Sule – 18 – Hoffenheim
Jonathan Tah – 18 – Hamburger SV
Marquinhos – 20 – PSG
Jesus Vallejo – 17 Zaragoza


Luke Shaw – 19 – Manchester United
Jose Luis Gaya – 19 – Valencia
Jonathan Silva – 20 – Sporting CP


Mattia De Sciglio – 21 – AC Milan
Calum Chambers – 19 – Arsenal

Best FM 2015 Young Midfielders


Humam Tariq – 18 – Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Youri Tielemans – 17 – Anderlecht
Alper Ademoglu – 16 – Anderlecht
Gaston Gil Romero – 21 – Estudiantes
Ante Coric – 17 – Dinamo
Hachim Mastour – 16 – AC Milan
Manuel Lanzini – 21 – Al Jazira
Robert – 17 – Fluminense
Tomas Martinez – 19 – River
Ruben Neves – 17 – FCP
Nathan Allan de Souza – 18 – Atletico Paranaense
Tonny Trindade de Vilhena – 19 – Feyenoord
Unai Lopez – 18 – Atheltic
Alen Halilovic – 18 – Barcelona
Nahuel Leiva – 17 – Villareal
Arianit Ferati – 16 – Stuttgart
Lucas Romero – 20 – Velez
Matias Kranevitter – River
Lucas Silva – 21 – Cruzeiro


Raheem Sterling – 19 – Liverpool
Mauricio Tevez – 17 – Newells
Pione Sisto – 19 – FC Midtjylland
Andrija Zivkovic – 17 – Partizan
Ryan Gauld – 18 – Sporting CP
Josh Murphy – 19 – Norwich
Vaclav Cerny – 16 – Ajax
Dorin Rotariu – 19 – Dinamo Bucharest
Pavel Savitskiy – 20 – Neman Grodno
Stephan El Shaarawy – 21 – AC Milan
Lucas Moura – 21 – PSG
Juan Iturbe – 21 – Roma
Hirving Lozano – 19 – Pachuca
Bilal Ould-Chikh – 18 – Twente
Julian Brandt – 18 – Leverkusen

Best FM 2015 Young Strikers

Gabriel Barbosa – 17 – Santos
Lucas Boye – 18 – River
Kenedy – 18 – Fluminense
Munir – 18 – Barcelona
Mosquito – 18 – Atletico Paranaense
Richairo Zivkovic – 17 – Ajax
Ezequiel Ponce – 17 – Newell’s
Romelu Lukaku – 21 – Everton
Imoh Ezekiel – 20 – Al-Arabi
Yassine Benzia – 19 – Lyon
Siebe Schrijvers – 18 – Genk
Domenico Berardi – 20 – Sassulo
Jese – 21 – Real Madrid
Malcom – 17 – Corinthians
Luka Jovic – 16 – Red Star Belgrade
Hervin Ongenda – 19 – Bastia
Ewandro – 18 – Sao Paulo

It took many hours to research and write this list of Football Manager 2015 wonderkids and I would really appreciate it if you could share this with your friends – spreading the word certainly helps get it noticed, and I would really love it to know that people actually find this extremely useful.

What about you? Have you found an impressive FM 2015 youngster that’s not on this list? Let us know by commenting below!

Best Clubs to Manage in Football Manager 2015

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Every year, when the latest version of Football Manager launches, I take a short break from everything and lock myself in a room, managing a strange (or not so strange team), buying players, trying to find perfect tactics and enjoying the greatest football management simulation game that ever existed. I usually prefer to start with underdog teams in not so popular divisions, and I really love the challenge of rising a low profile club to greater glory.

However, no matter what your play style is, I have decided to write a short article here with my take on the best clubs to manage in Football Manager 2015. This is for those who like a bit of a challenge and try something different, because otherwise things would be extremely easy and I would say: go with Real Madrid! But for those looking for a challenge and an interesting game, let’s see the best clubs to manage in Football Manager 2015:

The fact that I am a huge Newcastle fan helps a bit in choosing this side for a “Best club to manage in FM2015” spot, but also the fact that, despite having a good squad, they haven’t managed to win a single match in the Premier League so far this season. They are always a great side to manage and, despite their problems, in the game you should be able to take them forward and in a few to several years, turn them into Champions League contenders. Can you do it?

Don’t go for the classic – Ajax – and instead turn your attention on PSV. They have a great squad this season with great youngsters. But will you manage to hold on them until they ripe and give the most for the club? Can you build a club that removes Ajax from its throne and become a challenger in European competitions? This is a real Football Manager 2015 challenge, and a great overall team to manage.

Atletico Madrid
In every Football Manager game, managing a side in Spain – one that is not either Barcelona or Real Madrid – is usually proven to be a real challenge. This year, Atletico has a good team with Mandzukic replacing Diego Costa, and some nice prospects, too. But getting the title from the Titans will be a real challenge, one that I am sure you’ll find lovely.

Steaua Bucuresti
If you’re looking for a real challenge, then choose the Romanian underdogs and make it your goal to turn them into Champions League champions. Getting them to the Finals would be an achievement, too. In the national league, they should be a breeze to manage as they have a strong squad by Romanian standards, which should allow you to focus entirely on creating a perfect team for European competitions. But with budget limitations, top players unwilling to join and few competitions to keep the players fit, will you be able to make it? Give it a try this season and you’ll find out!

So these would be my suggestions for the best clubs to manage in Football Manager 2015. Of course, you might have made your mind already based on personal preferences – but why not try something different this year and go for a real challenge?

Football Manager 2015 Release Date Announced, New Features Incoming!


Fans of the best football management game that was ever created – Football Manager – were eagerly awaiting to find out more details about their favorite title and the good news is here: Football Manager 2015 has been announced by Sports Interactive, with the release date being set for “sometime in November”.

Diehard fans of the series will not find this release date as a big surprise, since games in the series usually are released during the time. And even though an exact date has not been announced, it will surely be a Friday in early November, so probably we’ll see the game on November 7th or November 14th, with the regular pre-order bonus of playing the game one week sooner (although this has not been officially confirmed).

Football Manager 2015 is expected to feature a ton of improvements compared to last year’s iterations, probably one of the worst games in the series (at least in my opinion). New features have not been announced yet, but they will start to come out in October, so there’s a bit of waiting left to be done. I am sure that some “leaks” will still be heard until then.

So, Football Manager 2015 is coming! Prepare to forget about your lives and start a new season with your favorite club. Or one you have never heard about in your life!