Pentagon Challenge update – AS Roma mid-season awards ceremony

What a meteoric rise I’ve taken in recent seasons in Football Manager 2014. Only five seasons ago I was managing in the Skrill Premier with Weston-super-Mare, now I’m in charge of Italian giants AS Roma but the goal of winning the champions league in five continents is still far away. So far I’ve won none.

This article will describe how we’re performing in the 2031/32 season and I’ll recognise my stand-out performers.


It’s been a fabulous first half of the season for us especially after I had the threat of the sack hanging over me and was charged with winning 10 points from the first five league games.

The challenge set by the Roma board was made in the close-season so I had time to work on my tactic with the team and bring in some better players to help keep my job.

As you can see by the results below we managed the 10 points in just four games which was a huge relief and a good omen that our season could be a special one.

Roma results


I don’t know why I’ve never tried this formation before but as soon as I saw it there on my computer screen I knew I’d inadvertently stumbled through a door to the ‘Secret Amazing Football Manager Tactics Society’.

It might look a bit weird but it’s simply a variation on a 3-5-2 formation with wide midfielders not wing backs as seen with Antonio Conte’s Juventus.

I wanted to use an attacking midfielder behind two strikers as I have a wealth of great players who can be employed there and it looked like a plan that would create lots of goals (and it did). Pushing a centre mid further up the pitch meant the back three looked exposed though so I decided to move the other two centre mids in to defensive midfield positions. This worked really well. I will write an article dedicated to explaining why I think this tactic works at some point if there’s enough interest.

roma tactic

Star Player

Best playerI was fortunate to have this excellent striker at my disposal when I started my tenure as Roma manager and he’s scored consistently from word go.

Below are his career stats. 12 goals from 14 games this season and he shows no signs of slowing down.

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I’m proud to have one of the best Italian players in the game at our club but it’s hard to keep such a talent hidden. AS Monaco, still rich, are starting to sniff around him and I wouldn’t be surprised if they were the first of many to show an interest in a player who could be or become the best striker in the world.

Most Valuable Player

Shu SaiShu is our freekick expert and he has scored some amazing dead-ball goals this season as well as creating 14 goals from 10 (1) appearances. Although Arduino might be a more exciting prospect Sai is producing big performances right now and on a weekly basis. He is my most valuable player and I hate to rest him. Below are his stats:

Shu Sai stats

Best Youngster

One of the things that excited me about managing Roma was I knew they had a reputation for producing great Italian players, such as Francesco Totti.

I wasn’t disappointed when I looked at the Under 19s squad and saw a handful of young lads I believed could become world class but it was Allesandri who excited me the most. Here he is.

best youngsterHe looks like an able future replacement for Shu Sai and is touted as ‘the next Demetrio Albertini’. I’ve allowed Aberdeen to take him on loan where he has become a first team regular and is developing steadily. Hopefully he’ll mature enough to be ready to push Sai next season.

Serie A Standings

Juventus have won the last seven league titles so if we were to win in my first full season in charge, especially as I came so close to being fired early on, it would be a fantastic achievement and my proudest to date on Football Manager 2014.

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