Authors Posts by Craig Thompson

Craig Thompson

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My name is Craig Thompson, from Preston in England. In Football Manager I'm known as Charlie Tango and alongside my brother Mike Tango, we bring sibling rivalry to a whole new level in the simulation world. It's not the destination so much as the journey, they say. I can only hope that's true.

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The Set Pieces: 3 rules to make the most of the hidden weapon of Football Manager

Imagine, you became a manager of the small amateur club with limited financial options, you have only one coach and part-time physio and your players train after their shifts at work. You hope they will play with your own philosophy, with your favourite formation...

A Guide to the Head of Youth Development

Youth Intake day is one of the most exciting days in football manager. We look forward to it every season, hoping for that next superstar. There is not a lot more satisfying than seeing your youngster turn into a world class player. Your youth...

A Guide to the Poacher

Filippo Inzaghi
The Poacher is a peculiar role. Everyone has probably used it at some point in their FM career but apart from the good old “Little N Large” combo, there isn’t much most FM players can tell you about that role. I have used it...

How to choose the best role for your fullbacks

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Almost everyone needs them. Almost everyone wants them. They do a lot of work and their role has changed a lot in recent past. I am – of course – talking about fullbacks. Some teams obviously play with three Central Defenders, turning the fullbacks...

FM18: 5 Things To Do When Your Youth Intake Isn’t Great

It's youth intake day, and it hasn't lived up to your expectations. You're disappointed. You start having a little panic. Never mind not getting a 16-year-old wonderkid from just down the road who you can fire straight into your starting 11, there isn't even...