Football Manager 15 (beta) – reviewed

November 5, 2014

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“It’s here. It landed on my Steam (metaphorical) doorstep a fortnight ago and I plunged straight in, ripping open the (metaphorical) envelope and burrowing straight into the contents with glee. There is much to like about this new version, even as a few kinks and oddities are being ironed out. The darker skin is engaging and atmospheric, redolent maybe of night-time games under floodlights (and who doesn’t enjoy those?). The interface is largely smoother, though it can take time to locate things or, where transfers are concerned for example, to see that there is a slide bar that moves away to reveal more of the information on player positions and so on that we are used to. The in-game engine produces some anomalies, particularly weak goalkeeping and a very unhealthy shots: shots-on-target ratio. It is more realistic in appearance though and seems to have greater tactical integrity in translation of what you set-up to what you see on screen.” Put Niels In Goal


Qatar 2022 World Cup: When will tournament take place?

November 5, 2014

“Football’s movers and shakers met in Zurich on Monday to discuss the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. But are we any closer to finding out at what time of year the tournament will be played? In 2010, Qatar stunned the football world by winning the right to stage the 2022 World Cup. It fought off competition from the United States, Australia, Japan and South Korea to land the biggest football contest on the planet.” BBC


Turkish Column: Fenerbahçe’s tactical battle, Aykut Kocaman returns & more

November 5, 2014

“As match day 8 is left behind, defending champions Fenerbahçe managed to make their way to the top, after defeating league leaders Beşiktaş 0-2 away from home in a contest where the hosts played nearly the half of the match a man down. İsmail Kartal’s men started the game brilliantly and took the lead within 3 minutes after Alper Potuk’s excellent run from the left flank, in the end of which he teed up Emenike for the early lead. Fenerbahçe then managed to control the tempo and were impressive on the counter, with the visitors continuing to threaten down the left flank through Caner Erkin and Alper Potuk, while 34 year-old Emre Belözoğlu continuously moved to the left to create overloads.” Outside of the Boot


Analysis: Manchester Derby Dictated by Drama Rather than Quality

November 5, 2014

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“In terms of talking points, the Manchester derby certainly didn’t disappoint. There was the foolish red card accrued by Chris Smalling in the first half, not to mention a total of three penalty shouts for Manchester City, one of which could’ve seen Marcos Rojo join teammate Smalling in the sendings-off category. Then, of course, there was Joe Hart’s almost-headbutt of referee Michael Oliver.” Licence To Roam


Barcelona 0-1 Celta Vigo: Tactical Review

November 5, 2014

“Two defeats in a row have piled the pressure onto Barcelona manager Luis Enrique. Losing a Clásico is never going to do a coach any good, but Barça were quite unlucky and it seemed like there were positives to be taken from that game. This loss, however, has the alarm bells ringing loud and clear. It was supposed to be a glorious occasion, the first time that the much-vaunted front three of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suárez started at home for Barça and Celta Vigo, flying high even before this game, weren’t expected to present too many problems. Obviously this wasn’t communicated clearly enough to Celta manager Eduardo Berizzo, and his players tore up the script in spectacular fashion.” Barca Blaugranes


Bundesliga 2 Team of the Week: Matchday 12

November 5, 2014

“It was a weekend of stalemates as 6 of this weekend’s 9 fixtures ended in draws. The top 6 sides all faced off against each other but all 3 games ended level, including the clash between the top 2 sides, Ingolstadt and Fortuna Düsseldorf. Elsewhere, 1860 Munich moved off of the bottom of the table with a 3-0 victory over a hapless Bochum, who have now gone 7 games without a win. Eintracht Braunschweig moved into the top half of the table with a win over Aalen and Greuther Fürth won, in Berlin, as they bounced back from 2 consecutive defeats. Let’s take a look at the team of the week for matchday 12.” Bundesliga Fanatic (Video)