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FM 2014 Defensive Midfielders

FM 2014 Defensive Midfielders (DM)

Role: Defensive Midfielder | Duty: Defend

  • Technical: Marking, Tackling
  • Mental: Concentration, Decisions, Positioning, Teamwork, Work Rate
  • Physical: Acceleration, Stamina, Strength

Role: Defensive Midfielder | Duty: Support

  • Technical: Marking, Passing, Tackling
  • Mental: Decisions, Positioning, Teamwork, Work Rate
  • Physical: Acceleration, Stamina, Strength

Role: Deep Lying Playmaker | Duty: Defend

  • Technical: Marking, Passing, Tackling, Technique
  • Mental: Composure, Creativity, Decisions, Positioning, Teamwork
  • Physical: Strength

Role: Deep Lying Playmaker | Duty: Support

  • Technical: First Touch, Passing, Tackling, Technique
  • Mental: Composure, Creativity, Decisions, Off The Ball, Positioning, Teamwork
  • Physical: –

Role: Ball Winning Midfielder | Duty: Defend

  • Technical: Marking, Tackling
  • Mental: Aggression, Bravery, Determination, Positioning, Teamwork, Work Rate
  • Physical: Stamina, Strength

Role: Ball Winning Midfielder | Duty: Support

  • Technical: Marking, Passing, Tackling
  • Mental: Aggression, Bravery, Determination, Teamwork, Work Rate
  • Physical: Stamina, Strength

Role: Anchor Man | Duty: Defend

  • Technical: Heading, Marking, Tackling
  • Mental: Anticipation, Concentration, Decisions, Determination, Positioning, Work Rate
  • Physical: Strength

Role: Half Back | Duty: Defend

  • Technical: Marking, Passing, Tackling
  • Mental: Anticipation, Composure, Concentration, Decisions, Positioning, Teamwork
  • Physical: Acceleration, Stamina, Strength

Role: Regista | Duty: Support

  • Technical: First Touch, Passing, Tackling, Technique
  • Mental: Composure, Decisions, Off The Ball, Positioning, Teamwork
  • Physical: –

FM 2014 Defensive Midfielders roles and duties explained

Defensive Midfielder

  • Main duties are to protect the defensive line from breaking attackers by closing them down quickly and to support the creative midfielders when in possession. A key job for the defensive midfielder is to keep hold of the ball while the defence and attack are reorganising themselves after a period of opposition pressure.
  • With a defend duty, the defensive midfielder will hold his position between the midfield and defensive lines and recycle possession from a deep position.
  • With a support duty, the defensive midfielder will step into the midfield line and support attacking moves.

Deep Lying Playmaker

  • Operates in the space between the defence and the midfield and aims to initiate attacking moves through pinpoint passes to players positioned higher up the pitch. He is a creative player that also has to be competent in defence.
  • With a defend duty, the deep-lying playmaker will fulfill extra defensive responsibilities by holding position in front of the defensive line, rarely looking to support attacks.
  • With a support duty, the deep-lying playmaker will bring the ball out of defence and look for long shot opportunities as well as supplying through balls.

Ball Winning Midfielder

  • His main function is to close down the opposition and win the ball. He also needs the skills to help the team keep possession and create chances for players with attacking roles.
  • With a defend duty, the ball-winning midfielder will look to win the ball in the middle of the pitch and quickly lay it off to a more creative player.
  • With a support duty, the ball-winning midfielder will attempt to win the ball back high up the pitch and support resulting counter attack chances.

Anchor Man

  • Main duty is to take position in the hole between defence and midfield, intercepting moves and winning the ball back. Plays simple passes to his more creative teammates. Doesn’t venture too far from his position either to close down an opponent or to support the more advanced players.
  • Can only have defend duty.

Half Back

  • Looks to serve a role somewhere between that of an aggressive sweeper and a defensive midfielder. When a half back is employed the central defenders will push higher up the pitch while the half back drops deeper than a standard defensive midfielder. In addition to his defensive duties the half back looks to offer an outlet for quickly recycling possession when the team’s attacking play breaks down.
  • Can only have defend duty.

Regista

  • A more aggressive version of the deep-lying playmaker, suitable for possession-oriented tactics that press high up the pitch. He is given complete freedom to dictate play from deep positions, offering a dynamic and unpredictable creative outlet from behind the attack. He will seek to maintain intense pressure by constantly looking for new chances as his more advanced teammates get into goal scoring positions.
  • Can only have support duty.

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pedro roriz
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pedro roriz

johnny, i bet it took a lot of time to create this and well done, my friend! i think it should help a lot of people. brazil is 3 hours before london’s time so we’re still at work; can’t wait to get home and start playing!

saltwater
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saltwater

My FM is downloading at the moment and I needed this to stop myself bouncing off the walls. Thanks for this guide must have been a long task and we’re all really grateful for this continued effort. Playing a tactic with no wingers makes that role of complete wing-back look really tempting…

nikozolo
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nikozolo

Thanks a bunch Johnny! This should tide me over until work ends! Class as always! Keep up the good work and of course enjoy the game.

PS very much looking forward to the tactic analysis :)

Gaurav Chaddah
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Gaurav Chaddah

Cheers for this mate, greta work on the site so far, well done. Do you know in the tactics where I can allocate my playmker, target man ect ect?

Herbie76
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Herbie76

Johnny this is the dogs bollocks, you deserve a huge pat on the back for this..This has saved me from writing all this down on countless bits of paper, well done!!

Pedro Fontan
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Pedro Fontan

Brilliant Work Johnny as always. Unfortunately i will only get payed in the first of november so i can only get the game then ARGHHH. But i am pretty sure it will be worth the wait.

One thing i found strange when using strikers as Target Man is that in my games their Passing has actually made them better and the ones with better passing stats tend to be more productive. and it is the stat that increases the most. But that’s probably because of how i set up the team or maybe just coincidence.

simon
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simon

Thank you Johnny. I found this really useful. I hope everyone is enjoying the beta. I think SI have done a really good job this year.

Avery (@Avery78)
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Well put together, thank you for the efforts really appreciated. FM Stories is ahead of the curve with FM 2014 information. Would love to see some insights into backroom staff. Already finding pleasant surprises!

Dave T (@buzzindave)
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wow well done pal amazing

olala
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olala

no creativity for regista role??

SAMiV
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Could it be possible for you to make these as search filters for FM14, so user could just use player filters to find the player he/she is looking for?

I found one webpage where this is done for FM13. —> http://thefmformation.com/files/file/50-the-fmformations-player-search-filters/
Just to give you an example what i mean by making these as search filters. I downloaded it and i’m going to try it soon in my FM13 save.

And if this has been done by someone already for FM14 then give us a link to it so we can download it and start using them. It would help quite a lot when searching for specific player.

I know it’s going to take quite a lot of time and work to make them, but i’m sure lots of ppl would appreciate that someone has made these filters available.

Thanks in advance no matter you deciding to make them or not. :)

Henrique M.
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Hi, this is a impressive job. Congratulations.

Because this is a great this a great thread of FM 14, I’d like to know if you authorize a translation for my native language, the portuguese. I’m from a FM community very famous in Brazil and I believe our members would love read something like this. I’ll keep all the credits to this guide, you and the footballmanagerstory.com if you authorize.

Cheers

Darren Smith
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Yes you can translate this on your site. As long as there is a link to the original post and credit to the author then we are happy for you to do that.

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Deckboy
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Deckboy

Perfect job boss! This is what I was searching since long. I guess it took u some time but am deffo one of those appreciating ur hardwork (Y)

Erik James
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Erik James

My first season with NO losses! This was great! Just had to sell and buy a couple of players to fill the weak link vois! Awesome man thanks!

Mantorras
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Mantorras

Great job Johnny! Any plans to add PPM’s to this chore? Would be great to know which PPM’s each role should learn.

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