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Welcome back to On the Break! Last time out we got off to an incredible start to the league campaign, although Peñarol are hanging in there behind us! There’s a lot of big news to cover in this post, so let’s get cracking! NEW JOB? … Continue reading EL VIOLETA – 2028 INTERMEDIO AND CLAUSURA…ISH
Starting my managerial career in Iceland, and giving myself the task of climbing up the ladder by winning league titles, I liked the idea of charging through Scandinavia like some kind of reverse Scottish Viking warrior King. With Sweden ticked off the list, I had … Continue reading JOURNEYMAN #6 ALL AALBORG THE DANE TRAIN
Welcome back to On the Break! Doesn’t real life just get in the way?! It’s 3 weeks since I gave the last update, the end of the 2027 season, and I’ve barely had time to sit at the PC since! Here we are though, ready … Continue reading EL VIOLETA – 2028 PRE-SEASON AND APERTURA
With great power (money), comes great resposi… Wait, let’s not go down the old Spider-Man route. Yes, we guided Djurgården into the Champions League group stage, yes, we may have conceded 16 to Liverpool over the two games, but a 2-1 win over Lyon and … Continue reading JOURNEYMAN #5 SWEDE CHIN MUSIC
Pretty much through all my Football Manager career, despite some of the best and brightest brains suggesting you should play differently when you are playing away, or against big teams etc etc, I have always stuck to my guns. Find a formation that works, refine … Continue reading JOURNEYMAN #4 DJUR LEAVING US?
Welcome back to On the Break! If you missed the last post covering the first half of the 2027 season, click HERE to catch up! Peñarol seem to be the team to beat this year, and we’re going to have to be at our best … Continue reading EL VIOLETA – 2027 INTERMEDIO AND CLAUSURA
Welcome back to On the Break! Click HERE if you haven’t seen the last post in the series, where we concluded the 2026 season. Redemption was the key word last year, getting back to where we had been since the save started; now we need … Continue reading EL VIOLETA – 2027 PRE-SEASON AND APERTURA
Welcome back to On the Break! Today we continue the Tactical Aspects series, with a post covering a topic I’d never really considered before – the effect that mentality has on player roles. If you’d like to catch up on the previous posts in the … Continue reading HOW MENTALITY AFFECTS PLAYER ROLES
PROLOGUE In the previous blog I stated that youth intake day is likely the most anticipated day in the Football Manager calendar. For me though the fun really begins when the season ends, this is where you get to tear it all down and find … Continue reading S01E05 – THE ANNUAL REVIEW 2020/21
With this being my first Journeyman save, I can’t say I was too clued up as to how people usually approached it. My thinking was to stay in Scandinavia, but climb up the ladder, using the league rankings as a base. Iceland was ranked 60th … Continue reading JOURNEYMAN #3: NOT SO SUPER-ETTAN
Being told you are long shot favourites to stay up puts the fear into you. Going into the 2022 season with Vestri it was all hands-on deck, the off-season scouting and trialing every player who would take our calls, trying to find a couple of … Continue reading JOURNEYMAN #2: IN-VESTRI-ING IN YOUR FUTURE
“This is not the intro to a Journeyman series, no.This is just a tribute!” 2020 was weird… Forget the pandemic, we’ve all had to endure that and if you’ve made it on here, well done, you’ve fucking smashed it. Around March, on a complete whim, … Continue reading JOURNEY TO THE JOURNEYMAN
Welcome back to On the Break! If you aren’t up to date with the series, click HERE to see how the first half of the 2026 season went. There’s a lot to cover in this post; league form, the Sudamericana, and even some transfer dealings! … Continue reading EL VIOLETA – 2026 INTERMEDIO AND CLAUSURA
THE LEAGUE – DUTCH TWEEDE DIVISIE Just like last year, the league is as confusing. 4 periods instead of 3 with the winner at each stage guaranteeing a play-off spot. Originally predicted rock bottom in the preview was cause for concern, however after transfers were … Continue reading HV & CV QUICK SEASON TWO: TRANSFERS, LEAGUE AND MORE
PROLOGUE… Last time out I detailed the spreadsheets that I have been using during my time with FC Schalke so far, when it came to the U19s I’d said that sheet in particular would fill out more and properly take shape once after we’d had … Continue reading S01E04 – THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
It’s funny how Football Manager affects the brain sometimes. After missing out on a guaranteed play-off spot in the last episode, I was more confident than ever that we could and should go on to win the league. With 12 games to finish our first … Continue reading END OF SEASON 1 WITH HV & CV QUICK!
Welcome back to On the Break! After narrowly missing out on the 2024 league title, 2025 brought us crashing back down with an awful season. Click HERE to catch up if you missed it. I had a good, long think over the off season, analysed … Continue reading EL VIOLETA – 2026 PRE-SEASON AND APERTURA
Okay it’s a bit further than the middle of the season, but that wouldn’t work with the title would it. We’ve actually played 22 out of 34 games. After having a look at the structure of the league, it’s not like any other I’ve personally … Continue reading HV & CV QUICK MID-SEASON UPDATE
THE LEAGUE START The opening fixtures on Football Manager should often be taken with a pinch of salt. You’re usually looking at around 10 games in all competitions before your style is fully implemented and effective and as you can see from the results so … Continue reading OPENING 10 GAMES, TRANSFERS AND THE SYSTEM!
A WELCOME TO HV & CV QUICK FC Although my posts here at onthebreak.net have been real world football based. I wanted to try something different that I can hopefully be a bit more consistent with and give me something to focus on away from … Continue reading WELCOME TO HV & CV QUICK
PROLOGUE… Before we even begin let me warn you that this could be a long one. I had already spent somewhere between 8-10 hours within this save by the time I had accumlated and organised all the info that will be contained in this blog. … Continue reading S01E03 – RELEASE THE SPREADSHEET
Welcome back to On the Break! Last season was a rough one, the worst since the save started. If you aren’t up to date with the series, I’d recommend at the very least reading the previous post HERE, as it covers the end of the … Continue reading EL VIOLETA – DISSECTING A DISAPPOINTMENT
Welcome back to On the Break! If you missed the post covering the first half of this season, click HERE to catch up! Spoiler alert, it’s grim reading! We really need to find some form and quickly if we’re going to rescue this season, otherwise … Continue reading EL VIOLETA – 2025 INTERMEDIO AND CLAUSURA
KNAPPENSCHMIEDE… Knappenschmiede – it’s not just the name of Schalke’s youth academy; it is a seal of quality in German football. It is there that talents are moulded, prepared for professional football and forged into FC Schalke 04 players. As I began to discuss in … Continue reading S01E02 – KNAPPENSCHMIEDE
PROLOGUE… The date is May 2014, FC Schalke 04 are listed by Forbes magazine as the 14th most valuable football club in the world, they’re regularly playing in european competition and finishing as high as 2nd in the Bundesliga. Fast forward to the present day … Continue reading S01E01 – DER JUNGBRUNNEN
Welcome back to On the Break! If you’re here for the first time or are behind on the series, firstly – thanks for taking the time, and secondly – you can catch up HERE! This year brings about a whole new challenge, the Copa Libertadores … Continue reading EL VIOLETA – 2025 PRE-SEASON AND APERTURA
It seems an age ago since Serie A was considered one of the best leagues in the world. Once one of the fiercest competitions – with AC and Inter Milan battling out some of the best derbies ever seen, world class players a plenty throughout … Continue reading ARE ITALY’S SLEEPING GIANTS FINALLY AWAKE?
Welcome back to On the Break and the second post of my Tactical Aspects series! If you missed the first post where we covered the Defensive Line, click HERE to check it out! This time out we’ll be looking at the differences between a Regista … Continue reading THE REGISTA VS THE DEEP-LYING PLAYMAKER
Welcome back to On the Break! In the last post we concluded the 2024 season, and I mentioned that the squad needs a big overhaul, probably a bigger one than I’ve done in a few editions of FM. In this post I’m going to talk … Continue reading EL VIOLETA – END OF SEASON SQUAD REVIEW
The Special One. The master of the mind-game. One of football’s biggest villains. When Jose Mourinho was appointed as Tottenham Hotspur boss, it felt immediately as though it was now or never for both Tottenham and Mourinho. Spurs desperate for a trophy after being the … Continue reading TOTTENHAM’S DEAL WITH THE DEVIL
Welcome back to On the Break! In today’s post we’ll wrap up the 2024 season and hope to push on towards a first title of the save! If you’ve missed any of the previous posts, catch up HERE. TORNEO INTERMEDIO With Torque surprising everyone and … Continue reading EL VIOLETA – 2024 INTERMEDIO AND CLAUSURA
No fans, the most congested fixture list ever and one of the closest title races seen in recent years. As the season has reached just over the halfway mark (ignoring Aston Villa with their postponements and games in hand) this article is going to look … Continue reading PREMIER LEAGUE 20/21 – A SEASON LIKE NO OTHER
Welcome back to On the Break! 2023 saw us progress from a distant third to a genuine title challenger for the first time (click HERE to see how that unfolded) so now we need to build on that momentum and really push the big boys! … Continue reading EL VIOLETA – 2024 PRE-SEASON AND APERTURA
Welcome back to On the Break! Today’s post is the second in the Violeta Extra series, where we cover smaller points surrounding the save and how I approach or think about them! Today’s is something that to some will be an absolute non-event, but to … Continue reading VIOLETA EXTRA – LET’S TALK ABOUT SQUAD NUMBERS
Welcome to Tactical Aspects, a new series of posts where I’ll be looking at individual elements of the in-game tactics creator. I don’t claim to be a tactical expert of any sort; there are far more knowledgeable writers than myself in the community, but I … Continue reading THE DEFENSIVE LINE – HIGHER OR LOWER?
Welcome back to On the Break! A lot has happened since the last post, I’ve had a little rebrand over on Twitter and given myself a little manager avatar which you’ll see dotted around on the site here too, but more importantly, I’ve partnered with … Continue reading EL VIOLETA – 2023 INTERMEDIO AND CLAUSURA
Welcome back to On the Break! I hope everyone is doing well considering the situation we find ourselves in! If you’ve missed any previous parts of the series, click HERE to catch up. In this post, we’re going to take a more in depth look … Continue reading EL VIOLETA – MEET THE PROSPECTS
He’s my captain, top earner, and one of our best players, but Martin Rabuñal is under threat from the exciting talent of Luciano Boggio. How do I go about fitting them both into the same side, if that is in fact even the best solution? … Continue reading VIOLETA EXTRA – HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE RABUÑAL?
Welcome back to the brand new On the Break! This is the first post I’ve put out since I moved over to my new site, and I’m really pleased with how it’s come out, I hope you guys all like it too! If this is … Continue reading EL VIOLETA – 2023 PRE-SEASON AND APERTURA
Welcome back to On The Break! I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas, despite all the uncertainty and restrictions right now. It’s been a while since the last post, so to catch up on the series so far, click HERE. We met expectations in the … Continue reading EL VIOLETA – 2022 INTERMEDIO AND CLAUSURA
Welcome back to On The Break! To catch up on the series so far, click HERE. In today’s post, we kick off the 2022 season, taking a look at our pre-season dealings and matches, before diving into the Apertura stage, and our first taste of … Continue reading EL VIOLETA – 2022 PRE-SEASON AND APERTURA
Welcome back to On The Break! Click HERE to catch up with the series so far. Today’s post brings the first season of the save to an end, as we cover the Torneo Intermedio and Clausura stage, and how the overall table looks when all … Continue reading EL VIOLETA – 2021 INTERMEDIO AND CLAUSURA
Welcome back to On The Break! Click HERE to catch up on the previous posts in the series. Today’s post brings the first competitive action of the save, as we dive into our first Apertura, or Opening Stage, campaign. Before we get into that though, … Continue reading EL VIOLETA – 2021 APERTURA
Welcome back to On The Break! The full release of FM21 is finally upon us, so it’s time to get the show on the road! If you missed the introduction to this series, you can catch up HERE. I’m excited to get the save up … Continue reading EL VIOLETA – GAME SETUP AND THE FIRST DAY
Welcome back to On The Break! I’m excited to bring you the first post of my main FM21 save, El Violeta, with Defensor Sporting from Uruguay. I am a complete novice when it comes to South American football, but the culture, passion and ability all … Continue reading AN INTRODUCTION TO ‘EL VIOLETA’