Scout Report: Liam Kemp, FM22 Newgen Competition Winner
Extra Time 20.06.22 - FM Admin
Signing Wonderkids and guiding Newgens from academy prospects to first-team stars forms an integral part of most Football Manager saves. You know what it’s like, that rush of seeing a team of talents you’ve developed defeat your biggest rivals and stand tall on cup final days.
Now imagine a scenario where one of those Newgens is a virtual version of you. That’s what one lucky FMFC member, Liam Kemp from Barnsley in England, got the chance to experience earlier this year.
The opportunity to be a Newgen in one of our games is extremely rare. However, after the enthusiasm we saw for the ‘Be a Newgen’ competition that we ran for FM21, which saw Jack Bassett join the game, we decided to run it again for FM22.
Now, a little over three months after Liam entered the game, we’ve dug into the data to see what sort of impact he’s been having on you careers.
FM22 Simulates the EFL Playoffs
Extra Time 12.05.22 - FM Admin
The English Football League (EFL) playoffs are always a source of guaranteed drama. From the unmatched elation experienced by the fans of promotion-winning teams to the crushing low felt by those whose clubs just missed out, the playoffs manage to capture every emotion and wrap up the season in dramatic fashion.
Using Football Manager 2022, we’ve simulated the playoffs across all three divisions to see who might be celebrating over the next few weeks and to keep us entertained while we wait for the real action to take place.
Five Steps to nail promotion in FM22
Guides 29.04.22 - FM Admin
Promotion is one of the biggest highs you can experience when playing Football Manager. We’ve all been there, though, when you think a season is going swimmingly and you’re dreaming of challenging the clubs in the division above before your team’s results suddenly fall off and you’re left thinking about what might have been. Here are five tips to help you convert a good start into a successful, promotion-winning campaign.
Domestic Scouting using the Data Hub
Guides 17.03.22 - FM Stag
In two previous pieces, we touched upon the attacking and defensive insights you can take from Football Manager 2022’s brand-new Data Hub.
As Football Manager players, we usually put a lot of thought into our tactical approach. Not just the formation, player roles and instructions, but also how and when to press the opponent (enhanced by FM22’s overhauled pressing system), if we should pass short or long and if certain roles should principally Defend, Support or Attack. It’s a beautiful thing when you are winning but it can be a nightmarish puzzle to solve when results aren’t going your way.
The rapid rise in popularity of analytics in football is now reflected in-game through a variety of useful visualisations in the Hub. You can maximise this feature to give you deeper insight into how your team are playing in every phase of play and part of the pitch. This insight can help you not only identify gaps in your team’s performances, but subsequently identify who might be a good transfer target to come in and fill those gaps in your squad.
In this third part of his series, FM Stag explores how you can leverage the Data Hub to identify appropriate scouting targets from within your division to address potential tactical problems.
Using Versus Mode in FM22: A Guide
Guides 24.02.22 - FM Admin
Versus Mode is back, giving FMFC members the opportunity to challenge each other for the ultimate online bragging rights after returning as part of the FM22 (PC/Mac) Main Winter Update.
Three strategies to maximise limited resources
Guides 17.02.22 - Rock's End FM
Every manager wants to have the best players at their disposal. However, it’s not always possible. Whether you’re taking charge of your local lower league side or managing in an exotic location where you are unable to draw in the world’s top talents, you’ll have to make the best of the players in your squad and the signings you can make. That’s not always an easy task; players in lower reputation leagues haven’t always got the most complete skillsets and require careful managing to succeed. Rock’s End FM outlines some simple strategies to maximise the ability of more limited players.
Using your staff for recruitment in FM22
Guides 01.02.22 - Dan Gear
The way you assign responsibilities to your staff can change the way you play Football Manager. Giving over more control to your Director of Football not only adds more realism to your game but also helps you get the best from your squad. Dan Gear explains how it’s done.
Tips to Rule Transfer Deadline Day
Guides 07.01.22 - Rock's End FM
When Football Manager’s "In The Studio" feature showcase was released, something ‘Mr Transfer Deadline Day’ himself, Fabrizio Romano, said was quite striking: "Sometimes players are untouchable in June and on Deadline Day they're available on loan".
Until now, common Football Manager wisdom said that you do your business early. Sign pre-contracts in January, make some smart deals that look like bargains in June and watch the world go crazy as the window draws to a close. That’s all changed now though, with Football Manager 2022's new Deadline Day feature opening up new possibilities.
Whilst there are still benefits to be gained from moving quickly in the market, Rock’s End FM explains the advantages of getting your last business done as the final hours tick down.
Make the most of multiplayer gaming in FM22
Extra Time 21.12.21 - FM Admin
Whether you’ve taken charge of a side accustomed to success or rewritten the history books by guiding a lower-tier side through the divisions, conquering the footballing world is what every single player Football Manager career is all about.
No matter how many wonderkids you pick up or trophies you lift, nothing tastes sweeter than toppling your mates and earning the ultimate bragging rights in one of FM’s multiplayer game modes*.
These modes have risen to prominence in recent seasons and we’ve put together a guide on how to make the most of them in the months to come.
Taking Defensive Insights from the Data Hub
Guides 16.12.21 - FM Stag
In a previous piece, we touched on the attacking insights you can take from Football Manager 2022’s brand-new Data Hub.
As Football Manager players, we usually put a lot of thought into our tactical approach. Not just the formation, the player roles and the instructions, but also how and when to press the opponent (enhanced by FM22’s new pressing system), if we should pass short or long and if certain roles should principally Defend, Support or Attack. It’s a beautiful thing when you are winning but it can be a nightmarish puzzle to solve when you are on a losing streak.
The rapid rise of the popularity of analytics in football is now reflected in-game through a variety of useful visualisations in the Hub. You can maximise this feature to give you deeper insight into how your team are playing in every phase of play and in every part of the pitch.
Historically it can be difficult to figure out exactly where things are breaking down, but FM22’s new Data Hub can empower you to easily see some of these challenges and tweak your tactic to get more from your system and your current players. It’s worth bearing in mind that the better analysts you have, the more information you’ll have to play with.
In this second part of his series, FM Stag explores how you can obtain key Defensive Insights from the Data Hub.
The top five things to do after a takeover in Football Manager
Guides 13.12.21 - Joseph Douglas
Now that the game has been out a little while and you’ve had a chance to test out the new features, we know that a lot of your attention will be turning towards long-term saves, meticulously planning out the moves you’re going to make to snap up the next big wonderkids.
Something you can’t plan for, just like in real life, is a takeover at your club. We’ve seen a couple of British clubs make headlines this year after substantial investment from overseas but as a manager it can be difficult to know where to start when the cash comes flooding in. So, to give you some pointers, Joseph Douglas has put together a list of the top five things to do when your team gets brand-new owners in FM22.
Taking Attacking Insights from the Data Hub
Guides 19.11.21 - FM Stag
Data is becoming an increasingly popular topic in football. No longer is it just the remit of deeply analytical fans but now an important reference for fans, journalists, pundits and modern-day managers. And, of course, Football Manager players.
It’s also not just passes, assists, dribbles and goals that are considered as data. When any action that any player or team can perform in a football match is counted and written down, that is data. Analysts all over the world review not just video highlights and pages of numbers, but also visualisations which can really bring those numbers to life.
Lots of these metrics have been recorded in Football Manager for a number of years, but after the introduction of xG in Football Manager 2021, your data experience has been completely revolutionised with the introduction of the Data Hub for Football Manager 2022. FM Stag explains how you can see these numbers come to life in new and meaningful ways, helping you better manage your team’s path to glory, squeezing out those marginal gains to tactically outfox your opponents.
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