Welcome back to On the Break! Last time out, Maxi guided his Uruguay side through qualification and gave out a load of debuts. Now we've arrived at the big time, it's the 2030 World Cup! SQUAD SELECTION There were a few headaches when it came to selecting the squad, most notably at right-back. Diego de … Continue reading LA CELESTE – THE 2030 WORLD CUP!
Welcome back to On the Break! There hasn't been a new Tactical Aspects post for 4 months! Time to correct that, I think. This time out we're going to take a look at one single player role, the Ball-Playing Defender. I use this role a lot, and many others do too, but I think there … Continue reading GETTING THE BEST FROM A BALL-PLAYING DEFENDER
Welcome back to On the Break! After the brief introduction to the Uruguay set up last time out, it's time to bring some actual match action! Let's recap the 18 months or so that Maxi has had at the reigns of La Celeste! FIRST THINGS FIRST I said in the last post that I had … Continue reading LA CELESTE – WORLD CUP HERE WE COME!
Gareth Southgate has now led England to a World Cup Semi-Final and a European Championship Final in successive tournaments, making himself and the legendary Sir Alf Ramsey the only men in history to lead England to the Semis or further at two major tournaments. Surely this makes him a national hero? Not quite.A lot of … Continue reading APPLYING A PRAGMATIC APPROACH TO FOOTBALL MANAGER
Welcome back to On the Break! This is the first post in what I suppose is a new series, although it's a continuation of Maxi Pereria's managerial dynasty! Having taken the Uruguayan national job while still with Defensor Sporting (click HERE to catch up with that portion of the save) it's now the sole focus … Continue reading MAXI’S LA CELESTE – WELCOME TO URUGUAY
Welcome back to On the Break! If you missed the last post, we rounded out the 2028 season, our last with Defensor Sporting. This last post will be a bit of a ramble, one last look at this portion of the save! Let's have a look back, and say goodbye to Defensor! It's been a … Continue reading EL VIOLETA – MY TIME AT DEFENSOR SPORTING
Welcome back to On the Break! If you missed the last couple of posts, where were you?! Last time out we narrowly lost the Copa Libertadores final in heart-breaking fashion, and before that we played the Intermedio and most of the Clausura to put us in pole position for the title. Now it's time to … Continue reading EL VIOLETA – 2028 TITLE RUN IN!
ROAD TO THE FINAL DEFENSOR SPORTING "Topping a group including Brazilian giants São Paulo was a great achievement for Defensor, who were never really at threat of elimination from the competition at this stage after an opening 6-0 win away at Libertad." "Commanding performances in the first leg of both the Second Round and Quarters … Continue reading EL VIOLETA – THE COPA LIBERTADORES FINAL
NOTE: I wrote this piece for The Byline, the official Football Manager blog.Click HERE to read the published version, and a huge thanks to the guys at Football Manager for the opportunity! Game management is becoming more and more vital as the tactical side of football continues to develop. For every manager who develops a … Continue reading MATCH PLANS IN FM21 – THE ART OF GAME MANAGEMENT
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? https://twitter.com/adam_otbfm/status/1392461518340513794 I shared a while back on Twitter that the … Continue reading EL VIOLETA – 2028 INTERMEDIO AND CLAUSURA…ISH