At the age of 19-years-old Tom Vernon could have never imagined in his wildest dreams that a trip to Africa, to coach in Ghana, could have developed into him founding the Right to Dream and becoming Chairman of Danish Superliga side FC Nordsjaelland.
After coaching Vernon made the transition into scouting after securing the role of Manchester United’s chief African scout, before turning his full attention to Right To Dream, a football academy with a difference, which he founded in 1999.
The origins of an academy were born in Tom’s house in Accra whilst he was coaching Accra Great Olympics…
Back in 2019, I wrote my first piece on Salernitana (The Granata), an Italian football club which is based in Salerno. The club had just managed to navigate their way past a relegation playoff against Venezia and were celebrating their centenary, filling social media streams with pictures of vibrant colours and passionate fans.
Like many of you, I didn’t know much about the club who had not played in Serie A since the 1998/99 season, I wanted to find out more and managed to speak to a few of their fan-base via Instagram.
It was clear after talking to individuals…
Steinkelsson is back, this time in Portugal, the home of Nando’s, Sagres and Famalicão.
After spending an evening searching through various leagues on TransferMarkt I was fortunate to stumble across the team from Vila Nova. As with the majority of my saves, I often have one criteria, a young average squad age and Famalicão stood out with the youngest age in Liga NOS at 23.5 years.
As I delved deeper into the rabbit hole I found out that the club had significant potential, its owner Idan Ofer has a 32% stake in Atlético Madrid and the side from the district…
There are many types of saves available to challenge your managerial prowess, stemming from the Journeyman, Director of Football, Domestic save or even Multi-Club Ownerships to name a few.
As we approach the halfway point of FM21 with many people looking to try their hand at something a little different, I would like to present to you my latest challenge, the Jorge Mendes Challenge.
This save was inspired after conducting research on Famalicão FC, the Portuguese side is owned by Israeli billionaire and part-owner of Atlético Madrid after a takeover in 2018–19. …
An analysis of Santos FC’s season, exploring their playing style and tactical concepts which were employed by previous manager Cuca.
This analysis will help me to replicate the Santos FC playing style which I will implement during my save with the Alvinegro (Black and white), my second save of Football Manager 21.
Like many of you, I have opted to start a save with a team that until now I have zero knowledge of. …
Over the last twenty years, it could be argued that no individual has had more of a significant influence in German football than Ralf Rangnick.
The German has been a key contributor to shaping the game both on and off the pitch.
Rangnick drew inspiration from the likes of Arrigo Sacchi who could be argued as the biggest influencer on today's pressing game. The German opting to implement a style of gengenpressing, in which the team through pressing triggers aim to win the ball back from the opponent, ideally within eight seconds of losing it.
Rangnick was also a pioneer…
FM21: NISSA — 2023/24 Season Analysis
I am happy to provide you all with another update from my NISSA series as we close off season four of Ligue 1 with OGC Nice. For those of you who are new to the series, the save is often the back story as I look to provide you the reader with varied content, which I hope has provided many of you with a form of escapism or inspiration for you to take into you own FM journeys.
For those of you that have experienced a save in France on Football Manager you would…
The moment which every manager dreads during their save on Football Manager has appeared its ugly head. One of my key players and star performers has opted to move away from the club after having his head turned by the interest from some of European footballs superpowers.
Rony Lopes, Les Aiglons captain and arguably our most consistent player will be leaving Nice in January 2024 after nearly four seasons with the club.
With 18 months left on his contract, which was due to expire in June 2025, Europe’s elite smelt blood. …
Similar to my piece on how to create a squad profile visualisation you will need to import the data from FM in order to import it as a data source in Tableau.
If you aren’t familiar with doing this then please click on the above link and follow the initial steps.
After you connected your data source to Tableau worksheet it is important to firstly ensure that it is showing under the correct labels, all the metrics (numerical data) will need to be displaying as measures and the player club, name etc (character data) as dimensions.
If Tableau hasn’t converted…
FM21: The Invincibles — 2022/23 Season Analysis
As the final whistle blew at the Stade des Costières, the eleven players of OGC Nice could be found sprawled across the playing field, many of which had given their all for Les Aiglons over the course of the season.
Todays victory over Nimes Olympique FC courtesy of a penalty from Amine Gouiri in the 55th minute, extended the clubs record of 42 games without defeat, a run which spans back from the 24th of April 2022 after losing 2–1 to Marseille.
Les Aiglons would go down in history as being invincible, joining…
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