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Christopher Nkunku Interview: His Favourite Position, FM23 Data and More
Interviews 20.06.23 - FM Admin
Christopher Nkunku has been a name on many Football Manager players’ lips for several years now as he’s blossomed from Wonderkid to one of the world’s most dynamic and creative attackers.
We spoke to the France international earlier in the season about his favourite position and his best roles on the pitch. We also discussed whether he had any experience in goal after some interesting tactical choices by our players in Football Manager 2023...
Building an FM23 Bundesliga Wonderkid XI
Wonderkids 14.06.23 - FM Admin
The Bundesliga is globally recognised for being a fertile breeding ground for elite young talents. Whether they’re German-born or from further afield, Bundesliga clubs have consistently given wonderkids the opportunities to star as soon as they’re ready.
What all of that means is that the Bundesliga is one of your most popular destinations for transfers in Football Manager. To celebrate that, we’ve put together our best Bundesliga Wonderkid XI from FM23.
What makes a perfect Poacher in FM23?
Player Roles 13.06.23 - Ihor Crusadertsar
With more and more teams working to involve all 11 players on the pitch in their build-up play, the role of the Poacher has diminished somewhat in recent years.
As their Football Manager role description says, the focus of the Poacher is “on scoring goals is so extreme that they rarely offer much help in constructing moves”. They’re there to put the ball in the back of the net and not much else.
However, being a good Poacher requires a very specific skillset and here, Ihor Crusadertsar explores several ways that you can use them to great effect in FM23.
How to use the Mezzala as a creator in FM23
Player Roles 09.06.23 - Rock's End FM
Since its introduction to the Football Manager series in FM18, the Mezzala role has been hugely popular. Drenched in historic tradition, the role offers dynamism and creativity in the middle of the pitch and gives managers tremendous tactical flexibility.
However, while a Mezzala can carry out several different responsibilities within a midfield, it’s not often thought of as a team’s main creative force. In this blog, Rock’s End FM uses Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne to change that perception and show how you can build your attacking threats around the Mezzala.
A Guide to the FM23 Touch Challenges on Apple Arcade
Challenges 05.06.23 - FM Admin
Not every football manager is able to start a job with a clean slate. Indeed, in many instances they take over at a club in less-than-ideal circumstances.
An excellent reflection of the real-life variety of situations that managers have to work with can be found in Football Manager 2023 Touch’s Challenge mode. All six Challenges parachute you into a ready-made scenario that’ll put your managerial skills to the test and perhaps give you some inspiration for your next long-term career.
Whether you’re playing on iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV, let’s dive into the options waiting for you to explore on Apple Arcade.
MASTERING PROMOTION IN FOOTBALL MANAGER 2023
Guides 30.05.23 - ThrowingCopperFM
There are few sweeter feelings for a Football Manager player than winning promotion. However, whether you’ve coasted to the title with a promotion favourite or upset the odds to triumph in the playoffs, acclimatising to the division above will be tough.
Preparing for life after a promotion is never easy and can be quite daunting. How will your current squad fare at the next level? Will your 20-goal striker find the same space and time when playing against better central defenders, protected by better defensive midfielders? Can you afford to keep playing such a high defensive line against far stronger opposition attacks?
You’ll naturally want to upgrade your squad but you’ll invariably find yourself with a smaller wage and transfer budget than most of your new divisional rivals.
To look at how you can find value in the transfer market and much more besides, here are six top tips from ThrowingCopperFM to help you master promotion in FM23.
FM23 Simulates the Sky Bet EFL Play-Off Finals
Extra Time 24.05.23 - FM Admin
As this season’s dramatic semi-finals have proved, the English Football League (EFL) Play-Offs provide unrivalled drama. From the elation of sealing promotion to the promised land to the gutwrenching disappointment of losing out on penalties, they put fans through every emotion possible.
To see who might be celebrating at Wembley this weekend, we’ve used Football Manager 2023 to simulate the finals across all three divisions.
Mastering Rest Defence in FM23
Defending 15.05.23 - Rock's End FM
As football managers have become more comfortable sharing and discussing complex tactical concepts and terminology with the press and the public, the debate surrounding the sport grows ever richer. However, that also means sometimes the wider football conversation can become harder to follow as the concepts involved become more and more specialised.
One such concept is ‘rest defence’, a term borrowed from German and Dutch football that is at times misunderstood. In this Byline post, Rock’s End FM explains exactly what Rest Defence is and how can we use it to improve our careers in Football Manager 2023.
Top Tips To Improve Your FM23 Save
Guides 05.05.23 - FM Admin
Whether you’re a seasoned Football Manager player, or you’ve only just started your FM23 journey, there are always new things you can learn to improve your experience. With the game featuring lots of changes every year, we’ve gone through our archive and found some of the best tips to get you one step closer to clinching silverware.
How to Maximise your Youth Intakes in FM23
Guides 03.05.23 - K19x
Youth Development is a massive part of everyone's Football Manager save. Developing our youngsters into world beaters brings an almost unparalleled sense of satisfaction, and FM23 gives us more control over the youth development process than ever before. Starting from well before Youth Intake Day, and running through years and years of a Newgen's time with the club, developing youngsters is an engaging and rewarding process.
K19x has come to The Byline to look at the very start of that journey: maximising your Youth Intakes to give you the best chance of unearthing those Wonderkids.
Identifying Press-Resistant Midfielders in FM23
Scout Reports 25.04.23 - FM Admin
As a sport, football is constantly evolving. From tactical shapes and playing styles to player roles, managers are always innovating in pursuit of making their teams more likely to win matches.
Rock’s End FM recently came to The Byline to explain how you, like many of the world’s leading coaches, can master an effective press in FM23.
Here, we’re going to look at the flipside of that and help you to identify some excellent press-resistant midfielders to give your latest career a boost.
Maintain a happy squad in FM23 with the Dynamics Centre
Guides 18.04.23 - Will Goddard
Ever get halfway through a season, things are going well and then you’ve got certain players moaning at you for not playing enough, or teammates complaining to each other about treating a player unfairly? You’re not alone.
The Dynamics tab in Football Manager 2023 is an essential tool to helping you maintain a happy and successful squad. Will Goddard takes a deep dive into all of its key features and what it can tell you about your players and their social groups.
10 Teams to Manage during FM23 Early Access
Challenges 26.10.2022 - FM Admin
Early Access for Football Manager 2023 has arrived, and you are no doubt seeking a challenge to take on.
With plenty of new features available in FM23, we have ten short-term save suggestions for you to get stuck into.
Let’s dig in…
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