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Football, Tactics & Glory

As a coach, you get to take a look at your opponent, unambiguously determine his weaknesses and put your tactics on display to defeat even a stronger opponent. In the living world developing along with you, each match turns into a football puzzle. The tactile sensation of managing footballers like pieces on a chess board. Meanwhile, each footballer is unique. In time, you will recognize each of them by their faces and you will have a particular attitude toward each of them. This game is about strategic planning, not micromanagement. Instead of spending time enhancing some characteristic by 0.01%, you make “big” decisions that noticeably affect the destiny of your club. This eliminates the boring side of football manager games – countless tables, a whole routine, and micromanagement.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

My experience with the game was a bit bad at the beginning but after understanding a little bit more about it's mechanics, things got much better.
Let start with my first experience:
I played 5 seasons and managed to promote from amateur league just to be knocked back the next season (twice). After 15 hours of gameplay I got so frustrated that I just abandoned the game for a couple of weeks. My frustration came from not being able to resist to stronger teams: I felt that the stronger attackers could always score no matter how many defenders I put in front of them.
I decided to give it a second try. This time I did a bit of research about the core mechanics. Now I am having a much better experience. Here are some of the things I learned:
1 - Learn to use the special habilities! There is a very nice puzzle-like tutorial about then: during a campain, click on the question mark at the top right and then click "Test". Complete all the tests and your experience will be much smoother. IMO these tests should be much more visible to new players. I never noticed then during my first 15 hours.
2 - Prefer to develop players over buying expensive ones. As your players develop, they will improve their stats and also learn special habilities. The second one makes all the difference. IMO is much better to have a team with slight worse overall stats but plenty of different habilities.

On lower leagues it is not uncommon to find older players with nice stats (and no habilities) for an affordable price. During my first campain I relied too much on those players and ignored new player development, the result: boring matches with very few playing options where I got beated by clever strategies used by the AI.
3 - Do not be afraid to have your a** kicked. This is not the sort of arcade game where you will reach the Premier League within a couple of seasons. You will probably fight for mid-table positions on lower level divisions for some time, maybe even face relegation. You can have an perfect run and get promotion just to be punched on the b*lls on the next division. Stronger teams will give you a hard time. Sometimes the RNG will help, sometimes not. After understand the core mechanics, no matter the result, these experiences will be very fun.

Review from Steam

$6.24 US Dollars.
Addicting
Involves planning
Strategy
Improvement
Techniques learned
Reward System
Sports
Football
Soccer
Primary Language
Secondary Language (Optional)
Fun
Turn Based
Note: Opposing team's player on the right side needed a bathroom break pretty bad but no one called any time outs. Poor guy danced around like that for a good solid 10 minutes.
Not a lot of settings. Don't see a way to save specifically. Took me 7 games to get a goal. Typically my games, while in training, were 0:0 haha. but when I did finally goal, it was 3:0
***cheer!!***

Review from Steam

I dont know why I like this game so much. I dont even like football???

Review from Steam

Like football manager without all the boring stuff. It's great.

Review from Steam

In Conclusion,
Make sure to check the starting rules, and set RNG to Default or Decreased. Playing with Expected RNG, feels like cheating, even if it was unintentional. You'll doubt every success, seeing it as a product of the stacked rules, rather than a personal success. Otherwise, this twist on the classic sport management sim, Football, Tactics & Glory, does not disappoint. It satisfied my desire for a board game/video game fusion. It offered good systems for a first attempt. Yet it would be negligent to pretend it doesn't lack in a number of areas. Creoteam knows this.
In 2020 they released an expansion, Football, Tactics, & Glory: Football Stars. It expands stats, differentiates characters, adds complexity to the many simple systems (economy, trading, club improvements), and improves visual effects. This list is a perfect catalog of criticisms I have with the base game. The developer knows exactly where the flaws of the game lie, and they want customers to pay another fifteen dollars to fix them.
While Creoteam succeeded in their goal of merging turn-based tactics with sports management, they only offer the pinnacle of the sport to season ticket holders.
Football, Tactics & Glory: From Stardom to the Sidelines and Back
Football, Tactics & Glory: Training the Player and the Players
Football, Tactics, & Glory: Statistically Uncertain
Football, Tactics & Glory: A Team History

Review from Steam

A great tactical gem I never existed. Has polish and depth, and really pushes you to build the best squad for the top honors. Specially on the harder levels. I found this much more engaging than bigger more well established games in the genre.
If you come at it from a football brain perspective, then you will need to adjust a bit. This is tactical first, and each team you face will need you to dig deep into the players you have, and play often unorthodox formations. Your 4-4-2 same 11 will likely not work in every match up. But this encourages you to develop a deep squad and understanding of the skills and stats.
It's a fantastic game. The DLC is a must buy as others have said.

Review from Steam

Similar to an evolving game of chess, with each players having a history and changing with time. An excellent and engaging game.