Since the first World Cup in 1930, there have only been 8 countries who have won football's ultimate prize (some more than once of course!).
I wanted a new challenge in FM 2013, not just another long term save with a club or a managerial career, so I came up with the idea of trying to win the 2014 World Cup with all 8 nations whilst attempting to emulate their winning tactics. Where a nation has won more than once, I chose just one of their wins.
Each nation and their tactics are posted in the first 8 replies below (please be patient while I build this!) in the following chronological order:
For each nation, I started a new save with only the relevant country selected with a large database size, and set myself as an ex-International player from the respective country with no favourite team. I also did not change any of the default staff and coaches, nor did I manage another club side during each international career.
General Team Management
There is no training and match prep as an International Manager, so none is included.
Make sure to set the set piece and penalty takers.
Team management is important, so regular constructive team talks are needed, especially when the squad gets together for each international.
OIs should always set by your Assistant Manager.
Pre-match should always be an assertive "I expect a win".
Losing or drawing at half-time / full-time is an aggressive "show me something else".
Poor showing (6.0 or less) from individuals at half-time is assertively "not happy". Substitute them if they don't improve by 60 mins (or sub them at half time if they are really bad).
Praise the team at the end of each match if they have won, otherwise follow the assistant's recommendation.
1. None of these tactics are exact mirrors of the tactics actually used by the winning teams, that would be impossible. All of them are, however, based on the tactics, formations and player roles of the teams involved, and adapted to be playable in game. Where I have been unable to find much information concerning how each played, I have made my own assumptions which may or may not be accurate. I have, however, always tried to at least follow the spirit of each team.
2. Unless stated below, these tactics have only been used with the relevant teams - so I have no idea how each tactic may work with AC Milan or Bristol Rovers (for example!). Results are included below. If you want to know what type of player fits each role, look at the screen shots of the teams.
3. Some of the squad and team selections may seem surprising at first, however the formations are set in stone (eg., I can't start playing Aaron Lennon on England's right wing when the 1966 team didn't have any wingers), therefore I needed to pick players to fit the formations.