Football Manager 2014 - 8 New Player Roles Explained

Half Back, Limited Full Back, Complete Wing Back, Regista, Enganche, Flank Forward, Shadow Striker and the False Nine, new roles explained.

Eight New Player Roles Explained FM 2014
Since the lads from Sports Interactive that they’ll be adding eight more player roles to Football Manager 2014, everyone wanted to know what each role means, well here it is.

First, let us remember exactly which new roles are we talking about; 

Half Back, Limited Full Back, Complete Wing Back, Regista, Enganche, Flank Forward, Shadow Striker and the False Nine.

Okay, so on to the description of each role, these are all from in the game.

Half Back

The half back looks to serve a role somewhere between that of an aggressive sweeper and a defensive midfielder. 

With a Half Back, the central defenders themselves will push higher up the pitch while the Half Back drops deeper than a standard defensive midfielder and, in addition to his defensive duties, looks to offer an outlet for quickly recycling possession when the team's attacking play breaks down.

Limited Full Back

The Limited Full Back knows his strengths and weaknesses and focuses predominantly on his defensive duties, scarcely going forward into a more attacking role.

Complete Wing Back

The Complete Wing Back loves to attack, and whilst he is capable of occupying his defensive duties, his natural inclination is to affect the game in the opposition’s defensive third.


The Regista is a more aggressive version of the deep-lying playmaker suitable for possession-orientated systems that press high up the pitch.

Given complete freedom to dictate play from deep positions, the Regista offers a dynamic and unpredictable creative outlet from behind the attack who seeks to maintain intense pressure by constantly looking for new chances as his more advanced teammates get into goalscoring positions.


The Enganche is the side’s prime creator, a hook that joins midfield and attack and operates behind the strikers and a playmaker who sticks to his position and becomes a pivot to his team as they move around him.

It differs to Trequartista, who likes to roam from his position, drifting around and looking for space between the lines.

Flank Forward

The Wide Target Man will be the main outlet for clearances and long balls from the back.

Ideally positioned against a smaller and weaker full-back, he will be asked to get hold of the ball and keep it before recycling it to a team-mate.

Shadow Striker

The Shadow Striker operates as the team’s main goalscoring threat. Usually coupled with a deep-lying forward, the shadow striker aggressively pushes forward into goalscoring positions as the ball moves into the final third and looks to close down opposing defenders when out of possession.

False Nine

The False Nine, in some ways, similar to a more advanced attacking midfielder/playmaker role, is an unconventional lone striker or centre-forward who drops deep into midfield.

The purpose of this is that it created a problem for opposing central defenders who can either follow him - leaving space behind them for onrushing midfielders, forwards or wingers to exploit - or leave him to have time and space to dribble or pick out a pass.



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