FM20 | The Mighty Magyars | Moneyball and History, a match made in heaven.

The standard of FM blogging content coming out now has never been higher and I wanted to wade in with a bit more information about what I'm planning this year. If you missed my Prologue I'd suggest starting there, but this year I will be taking charge of Budapest Honved, in the pursuit of recreating … Continue reading FM20 | The Mighty Magyars | Moneyball and History, a match made in heaven.

FM20 | Flyin’ High | Prologue

Back in 2015 Chesterfield were in the third tier, promoted after winning League Two. Just two seasons later, they had fallen out of the Football League. A tough season last year in the National League saw them finish 14th. Their newly built (2009) Proact Stadium, is one of the few grounds in step 5 which … Continue reading FM20 | Flyin’ High | Prologue

FM20 | The Mighty Magyars | Prologue

November 25th, 1953. Wembley. London. Over 100,000 fans crammed inside Wembley in anticipation of a tremendous spectacle. The game in question promised to be captivating. England were the kings of football. They invented the game. They were one of the best teams in the world and had never lost on home soil. They could be forgiven … Continue reading FM20 | The Mighty Magyars | Prologue

Totaalvoetbal – The Ajax Story – 19/20 Season Preview

My third season at Ajax has begun and it's been another busy summer in Amsterdam. I'll outline our transfer dealings, the tactical tweaks and starting 11, pre-season results and our aims for the upcoming season. Let's dive in.   Transfers   Out   Joel Veltman (Jan 19)  -  £20.5m   David Neres  -  £45m   … Continue reading Totaalvoetbal – The Ajax Story – 19/20 Season Preview

Totaalvoetbal – The Ajax Story – 18/19 Season Review

Rinus van den Berg's second season at Ajax brought more success than his first. Below I will round up how we did in the League, Cup and Champions League.   Eredivisie We were terrific in the league this season, winning 29 of our 34 games, drawing the remaining 5 and therefore going unbeaten the entire … Continue reading Totaalvoetbal – The Ajax Story – 18/19 Season Review

La Falce | Part 2 | Il Principe

  'In the actions of all men ... one judges by the result.'  -  Niccolò Machiavelli   In 1532, Niccolò Machiavelli published ‘Il Principe’, a political treatise on governance and leadership. He advised that, in an imperfect world, a man must do whatever it takes to succeed. Machiavelli argued that the ends always justify the means. … Continue reading La Falce | Part 2 | Il Principe

La Falce | Part 1 | Trapani Calcio

Violence, Corruption and Organised Crime. This is Sicily. The decline of southern Italian teams is well documented, but it wasn't always that way. This is the story of the downfall of Sicilian football, and the beginning of it's revival. February 2007, Catania, Sicily.  Italian League Football is in chaos, a summer rocked by the Calciopoli … Continue reading La Falce | Part 1 | Trapani Calcio