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  1. Vendetta

    The Random Thread

    Re: The Random Thread Found this on the net. Urban legends are often thrilling stories, which contain many folkloric elements; and so they often spread quickly through a community or society. The tales are told dramatically, as though they were true stories that related to to real people—although they may in fact be one hundred percent fabricated. Local touches are often added to the legend—but strangely enough, you will often hear the exact same story in different versions throughout the world. Urban legends often carry a warning or have some significance that motivates the community to preserve and propagate them. The only sure thing is that some of these creepy urban legends have been the cause of many a sleepless night. Here, I want us to tell our most favorite and bone chilling stories. The Choking Doberman This urban legend comes from Sydney, Australia, and features a bizarre story regarding a choking Doberman dog. One night, a couple who had been out for a few too many drinks came home to find their dog choking in the living room. The man panicked and fainted, but the woman decided to call her old friend, a vet, and arranged to drop the dog off at the vet clinic. After dropping off the dog, she decides to go home and get her husband into bed. It takes her a while to do this, and in the meantime, the phone rings. The vet screams hysterically that they need to get out of the house immediately. So without any clue as to what’s going on, the couple leave the house as quickly as possible. As they come down the stairs, several policemen run up to meet them. When the woman ask what the problem is, a policeman gently tells her that the dog was choking on a man’s finger. A burglar must still be present in their home. Soon enough, the former owner of the finger is found unconscious in the bedroom. The Suicidal Boyfriend This story, also known as “The Boyfriend’s Death” has many different variations and has been interpreted as a more generalized warning not to stray too far from the safety of home. Our version takes us to Paris in the 1960s. A girl and her boyfriend—both of them college students—are making out in his car. They have parked near the Forest of Rambouillet so that they won’t be seen by anyone. When they’re finished, the boy gets out to take some fresh air and smoke a cigarette, and the girl waits for him in the safety of the car. After waiting for five minutes, the girl gets out of the car to look for her boyfriend. Suddenly, she sees a man in the shadows. Frightened, she gets back into the car to drive away—but as she does this, she hears a very faint squeak, followed by more squeaks. This continues for a few seconds, until the girl decides that she has no choice but to drive off. She hits the gas as hard as possible, but can’t go anywhere; someone has tied a rope from the bumper of the car to a nearby tree. Finally, the girl slams on the gas again and then hears a loud scream. She gets out of the car and realizes that her boyfriend is hanging from the tree. It turns out that the squeaky noises were made by his shoes, scraping across the top of the car. The Slit-Mouthed Woman There is a legend in Japan and China about a girl called Kuchisake-Onna, also known as the slit-mouthed woman. Some say that she was a samurai’s wife. One day, she cheated on her husband with a younger and better-looking man. When the husband returned, he discovered her betrayal; enraged and furious, he took his sword and slit her mouth ear-to-ear. Some say that the woman was cursed to never die, and still wanders the world so that people can see the horrible scar on her face and pity her. Some people claim that others have actually seen a very beautiful young lady, who asked them: “Am I pretty?” And once they replied positively, she ripped off the surgical mask, and showed them her horrible wound. She then asked the same question—and anyone who no longer found her pretty was met by tragic death from her hands. There are two morals to this story: a compliment won’t cost you a thing, and honesty isn’t necessarily the best policy. Crybaby Bridge According to this legend, a couple was driving home from church with their baby, arguing about something. The rain was falling in torrents, and they soon found themselves having to drive over a flooded bridge. As they started across, the water was deeper than they first thought, so they got stuck and decided to get out of the car to find help. The woman stayed behind, but left the car for reasons we can only guess at. While her back was turned to the car, she heard her baby crying out loudly. She returned to the vehicle, only to find that her baby had been carried away by the water. According to the same legend, if you go to that same bridge you can still hear the baby crying (the bridge’s location is conveniently unknown). Zanfretta’s Alien Abduction Fortunato Zanfretta’s abduction story has become one of the most famous urban legends in Italy over the last few decades. According to his own accounts (originally made while under hypnosis), Zanfretta was abducted by aliens called Dragos from the planet Teetonia, and experienced repeated abductions by the same group over a period of several years (1978-1981). As frightening or creepy as this case might sound, it seems like we can paint a more optimistic picture of the intentions of these visitors when we consider the words of Zanfretta during one hypnosis section:“I know you are trying to come more frequently . . . no, you can’t come to Earth, people get scared if they look at you. You can’t make friendship. Please go.”Zanfretta has probably given more details about his alien abduction than any other person in history; his detailed accounts may cause even the most vehement skeptic to pause for thought. To this day, the Zanfretta case remains one of the most curious and fascinating ‘x-files’ around the world. The White Death This is a story about a little girl in Scotland who hated life so much that she wanted to destroy every last trace of herself. She finally decided to commit suicide, and shortly afterwards her family found out what she’d done. In a horrible twist, every member of her family died only a few days later too, their limbs torn apart. The legend says that when you learn about the White Death, the girl’s ghost might come and find you, and knock repeatedly on your door. Each knock gets louder, till you open the door and she kills you for fear that you’ll tell someone else of her existence; her main goal is to prevent anyone from knowing about her. Like most urban legends, the story is probably nothing more than the wild imagination of a modern Aesop—but all the same, it’s always good practice to find out who’s standing behind the door The Black Volga A black Volga automobile was supposedly spotted frequently in the streets of Warsaw back in the 1960s—packed with kidnappers who were bent on snatching children. According to the legend (and helped along by Western propaganda, no doubt) high-ranking Soviet officials drove the black Volga in Moscow during the mid 1930s, kidnapping young, pretty girls for the sexual pleasure of the highest ranking Soviet comrades. Another version of this legend tells us that vampires, mysterious priests, Satanists, body venders—and even Satan himself—drove the black Volga car. According to different versions, children were kidnapped with the intention of using their blood as a cure for rich leukemia sufferers around the world. Of course, none of these versions were ever found to be true. The Greek Soldier This lesser-known legend tells us of a Greek soldier who, after WWII, was returning home to marry his fiancee. Unfortunately for him, he was captured by fellow Greeks who had hostile political beliefs, tortured for five weeks, and finally eventually murdered. In the early 1950s—mainly in North and Central Greece—there were stories about a very attractive Greek soldier in uniform, who appeared and disappeared overnight, seducing beautiful widows and virgin girls with the sole purpose of impregnating them. Five weeks after the babies were born, the man would disappear for good—leaving a letter on the table explaining that he had returned from the dead merely to spread his seed, so that his sons might avenge his murder. Elisa Day In medieval Europe, there apparently lived a young woman named Elisa Day, whose beauty was like that of the wild roses that grew down the river, all bloody and red. One day, a young man came into town and instantly fell in love with Elisa. They dated for three days. On the first day, he visited her at her house. On the second, he brought her a single red rose and asked her to meet him where the wild roses grow. On the third day, he took her down to the river—where he killed her. 

The horrible man supposedly waited till her back was turned, then took a rock in his fist, whispering, “All beauty must die”—and with one swift blow, he killed her instantly. He placed a rose between her teeth, and slid her body into the river. Some people claim to have seen her ghost wandering the riverside, blood running down the side of her head, a single rose in her hand. The Well to Hell Sometime in 1989, Russian scientists in Siberia drilled a borehole some 14.5 kilometers deep into the Earth’s crust. The drill broke through into a cavity, and the scientists lowered some equipment to see what was down there. The temperature was more than one thousand degrees celsius—but the real shocker was the sound recorded by their instruments. They only captured about seventeen horrifying seconds of audio before the microphone melted. Convinced that they’d heard the screams of the damned in Hell, many of the scientists quit the job immediately—or so at least the story goes. Those who stayed were in for an even bigger shock later that night. A plume of luminous gas burst out of the borehole, the shape of a gigantic winged demon unfolded, and the words “I have conquered” in Russian were seared into the flames. Even though today it is considered to be a hoax, there are many who believe that this incident really happened; the “Well to Hell” urban legend remains alive to this day.
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  2. EdMoses

    Harry Kane

    Re: Harry Kane Hi David, Ratings are not reflective of how a player is performing in the immediacy, they reflect performance over a more sustained period, this is due in part to each national league being updated periodically throughout the year rather than on a day to day, week to week or month to month basis. Some leagues are reviewed more regularly than others for instance the British Premier League in which Kane plays has been reviewed more regularly than say, the Chilean league due to its popularity. What you have spotted though is a very keen way in which you can use this to you advantage. As an example, a manager purchasing Kane now at £3m is fairly assured that he would get a rating rise once the BPL is reviewed further down the line and his value increase. That manager can then cash in via the sale of Kane at his reviewed higher rating and pocket the difference (although wages over that time would eat in a tad). This type of squad building is massively common place in SM by many of us and is a large part of the fun of developing competitive squads - in many ways the league review schedule and those gaps actually increase the opportunities within SM rather than acting to its detriment. Anyway, good luck with it and - as I see its your first post - welcome to the forum! Ed
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  3. Re: The Random Thread I just utterly hate the day that companies like Sony and Microsoft decided to make most of their best game titles exclusive for just their own platform... Now, to enjoy gaming, you got to have the whole bloody package of consoles... PS, Xbox, PC, Wii etc. I miss the good old days where all games were available for all platforms... I wouldnt even mind companies doing what Rockstar games is doing with GTA 5, and thats to release the game for consoles first, and then release the PC version 6-12 months later, this to avoid losses due to piracy, while still maximizing their income by still releasing it for PC. I only have a laptop because i travel alot and i dont have space in my luggage for an xbox and a PS4, but i still want to play games like Uncharted, The Last of Us, Gears of War, God of War & many more... This irritates me so much...
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  4. How does anyone cope in SM Just played 4-5-1 with all the players in the right positions But 4 of my players rated "4" and 1 of them rated "3" No one in real life rates 3 or 4 not unless they stab an opposing player with a bread knife Yes, I was playing a vastly superior team but for my players to perform like that is ridiculous The game is unplayable with this engine
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  5. Re: French Championship 7556 new gaffer at Toulouse!!!! first time many of you will see my managerial ability, hoping it will lead to more job offers in other setups currently sitting 12th, hoping for a top 4 finish to turn around the quite frankly disastrous job the previous manager did...
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  6. Re: EC Anno Domini - the invaded‏ Hi lads, Just took over @ Aachen today Ouch!
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  7. garryc300

    The Random Thread

    Re: The Random Thread as a professional musicaian I have never sampled any controband
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  8. Maxpayne

    The Random Thread

    Re: The Random Thread This is how i am picturing you right now
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  9. Re: EC Anno Domini - the invaded‏
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  10. Maxpayne

    The Random Thread

    Re: The Random Thread Busted!
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  11. AniAniAni

    The Random Thread

    Re: The Random Thread Weed, Shrooms, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and MDMA. However, due to my metabolism, I hardly felt any effect (of any of them).
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  12. JTennant

    The Random Thread

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  13. Jamie3184

    Harry Kane

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  14. smut

    where's Noisy?

    Although we are used to seeing Noisy take off the odd weekend, he has never missed a Monday until now. what has happened? A- Another loss to Spurs has turned him into an alcoholic and is in the local park sleeping on a bench after selling his phone for 2 bottles of sherry. B- Another loss to Spurs has meant the only way he can enjoy a North London derby is to become a Spurs fan and he is currently undergoing plastic surgery as the first part of this process. C- Another loss to Spurs has meant he is on his way to Tibet to become a monk. D- Another loss to Spurs has meant he is living in a tent in the garden of the flats that used to be Highbury on what used to be the centre circle, watching old you tube clips of games from days gone by, when Arsenal used to beat Spurs. E- It's the third day he has spent in bed, waiting to think of a reason to keep on living, will he make it to tonights game against Leicester or has he become addicted to mid morning tv, never to leave his bed again? F- this is where you can leave a funny comment as I couldn't think of any.
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  15. Re: Official Premier League Discussion Thread i believe what i say but a lot of it gets exaggerated by the public at later times to look worse
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  16. Re: EC Anno Domini - the invaded‏
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  18. Mr Noisy

    European Dream

    Re: European Dream The upcoming seasons rules folks.
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  19. Re: Official Premier League Discussion Thread Tony,Keith,xxInstinctxx really battle it hard for the title this year,huh?
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  20. Re: Official Premier League Discussion Thread Guys stop teh needzless fighting. Arsenal are teh best. Everyone be happies now Cam
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  22. Re: English Championship 7777 - Discussion Thread Yes, we lost against bottom team tonight, and this is most likely the end of our season. Top 6 looks almost unreachable now for us. It's obviously a big disappointement, we had a clear goal and we will miss it. I failed in my mission to take QPR up to Division 2 and i'm considering leaving the team at the end of the season. I feel like this team has some kind of curse. Before i took control, QPR finished 3rd in Division 3 but lost the play-off final for promotion. Last season, my first season in charge, we repeated the 3rd place and again lost in the play-off final, this time in penalty shootout, where we failed all our penalty kicks! This season i was focused in getting direct promotion, i bought top players like Pirlo and Robinho, but things never really worked out consistently for us. We were a little unfortunate in a good number of matches, but i'm not looking for excuses. We failed and we're all disappointed at QPR. And my job is on the line.
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  23. Re: English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread PETERBOROUGH UNITED 3 - 1 CARDIFF CITY Giacomo Bonaventura scored the only goal for Cardiff After ending a 2 game losing slump by defeating Chesterfield in the FA Cup 1-0 from a Nathan Dyer goal, Peterborough United continued their form with a dominant performance over a Cardiff City plagued by fitness concerns. From the get-go, it seemed as though Peterborough had control of the match, dominating possession and chance creation, but this might have been due to the tireless playing of Cardiff's Starting 11 for a numerous amount of matches in a row. In the 22nd minute, Anthony Modeste kickstarted the match with a goal after receiving the ball from Nicolai Boliesen, who was given his 2nd start of the season in the League. However, it did not take long for Cardiff to answer, and only 14 minutes later, Giacomo Bonaventura, a player that Peterborough monitored for a while, replied with a powerful free kick just outside the box that skimmed the post as it went past Sergio Romero. Yet just before halftime, Liverpool's on-loan player, Junior Malanda, managed to score from a set piece of Peterborough's, after a harsh foul by the Cardiff right-back Conserva Fagner. Peterborough's free kick taker, Julian Schuster immediately seized the opportunity, crossing it perfectly into the head of Malanda, who took his chance and scored his 1st goal of the season. After the managers gave their halftime speeches, it seemed as though Peterborough was the clearly more motivated and confident side. This was proven when two players who had contributed to Peterborough's first 2 goals combined forces to score another goal to the delight of the fans at London Road. Julian Schuster, assisted by Anthony Modeste, managed to send a screamer past Mariano Andujar and into the top-right corner of the net. Afterwards, the action quieted down and it seemed as though Cardiff might have started gaining a small grip on the game, but it was too little too late. The next match for Peterborough will be against last placed Stockport. This is a great opportunity for the Posh to catch ground on the playoff positions. Junior Malanda scored the game winning goal for the Posh in the 43th minute
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  24. Elohim

    The Random Thread

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  25. Re: SUPERNAG - NDF's Criminally Underrated SoccerManager Players I fart, therefore I am.
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  26. AniAniAni

    The Random Thread

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  27. Re: where's Noisy? Fliers have been put up as the search intensifies although descriptions vary from place to place: This seems to be the most widely used photo. But I have saw this poster in the Spain 4Nations group pages: Although this pic has been floating around the Spurs forums: Although rumour has it that he is cozied up in Richard Virenque's undergarments somewhere near France: I do hope he turns up soon, maybe a win tonight against Leicester will pull him out of his shell.
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  28. INTRODUCTION Ok, so after many weeks of thought I have finally decided to start writing this guide, which I hope will help some of the newer members; and maybe some of the older ones in their dealings in the transfer market. I of course start with the almost compulsory apology if someone has done this already, but I did search and couldn’t find anything similar! The initial idea for this guide was to try and help Managers with the negotiating of transfer deals, and over time as I have given it more thought in my daydreams at work, and whilst doing the washing up, and so it has evolved in my mind to a bigger project to pass on some of my experience that I have gained playing this game for the past year or so. Of course, there are more experienced Managers out there, and you are all of course welcome to add your thoughts to the thread, and I will endeavour to edit it as time goes on to add those ideas, so that it might be a “stickied” thread for Noobies and general reference. Hopefully, it may also lead to a more harmonious atmosphere in the game with less Managers falling out with each other in Game Worlds! Much of it I hope is common sense, and may not be appreciated by all (if any!) but I hope someone finds it useful. Are you all sitting comfortably? Then we shall begin……. At the start of a Game World Managers start on a level-playing field....hopefully this guide could tilt things in your favour. RULES OF ENGAGEMENT The first and most important thing to remember when negotiating a transfer deal is to put yourself in the shoes of the other Manager that you are dealing with: First of all, if you were them would you be prepared to sell the player, and if not, what sort of deal might entice you to consider the sale? The amount of times I have been offered a couple of ageing 84 players plus some cash for a 90 star centre back is ridiculous! Secondly, what players does the other Manager need to strengthen their squad, and what formation do they usually play? For instance, if the other team only have one decent centre-forward, then they are unlikely to let him go. You can, of course, work this to your advantage; by offering two slightly lower rated forwards in exchange for his, hence adding depth to their squad. You can even point out the short-comings of his squad to him (politely!) by various means of communication that I will cover later. Next consider the financial side of the deal. Cash is more or less useless in Gold Game Worlds, although there are some notable exceptions to the rule, with at least one well known former dealing only in cash in some Game Worlds. So is the Manager that you are trying to deal with going to accept a cash offer? The answer is probably not, although recent changes within the game in Gold Gameworlds mean that Sm are trying to put the value back into cash. Only time will tell if these changes will bear fruit. I personally have been more inclined recently to deal in cash, but not yet for my better players. Finally, look at the type of deals your target has done in the past. Is he looking to amass a team of “Galaticos”, or is he looking to build a well balanced young squad? Use this to your advantage, depending on what you want to do yourself. If you don’t really want a 95 rated dinosaur, but your target Manager loves them, then try to get a 2 for 1 offer for two lower rated up and coming youngsters to add depth to your squad. The theory of course works in reverse, and you will find that most experienced managers will favour talented youth over established experience, because given relatively little time, those superstar players will generally start to drop in their rating. It's lonely being a grumpy Manager...none of your peers will talk to you... GENERAL TRANSFER MARKET ETIQUETTE I don’t want to spend too much time boring you all with manners and a great list of do’s and do not’s, but this really is an important part of the game, and was kind of the original motivation behind the guide. What I am trying to do is not to be condescending, and at the same time try to make the gaming environment a little more harmonious. The first point is made to try to save virtually every manager in the game some time, because still not everybody seems to have grasped the concept of the £5k listing! If you see Kaka listed for £5k, it does not mean that the selling manager has lost his marbles, and that you are about to get the bargain of the century (his Chairman wouldn’t let you anyway!). It means that the Manager is looking for a part-exchange deal only, and is not interested in cash deals. Another variation is the £1M listing, but it normally means the same thing. It wastes the time of all those involved when Managers place cash only bids for players that have been listed in this way, and Managers who continually make such bids have been named as “MLIs” (Managers of Low Intelligence) of other threads! *On 02/05/2009 it became possible within the Transfer List interface to place players on the Transfer List for part exchange only. In the interim there will still be players listed under the 5k and £1M method, until Managers get to grips with this change. It still does not mean that you can pick Kaka up for £5k! If you see a player listed under p/e only, then chances are the owning Manager means it, so again, do not waste their time with a cash bid!! Communication is the next point I would like to cover. It is an integral part of many transfer deals, because when it breaks down, so will your deal in the majority of cases. The main transfer interface in the game has again improved vastly in the last year, with you now being able to tell a Manager from a drop-down list why their transfer offer is being rejected. Although a good start, it is not the best way to conduct deals. There are two ways that you can communicate with other Managers in-game, or at least get the channels of communication open; i.e. Private Messages or the Chat Room; plus of course here on the forums. I have tried to avoid a list of do’s and do not’s but here it is important:- Do not write in text speak because apart from being irritating for many, you need to consider that there are many Managers in the game for whom English is not their first language, and they will probably not understand you; Remember that 80-85% of communication in a face to face situation is non-verbal and comes from body language. Over the Internet you don’t have the luxury of this, so make sure that you don’t misinterpret what someone is saying to you, and make sure you are clear in what you say; Don’t take offence too easily. Remember that there is a difference between someone being rude and being a tough negotiator. Just because you don’t see eye to eye on the value of a player is not cause to fall out! The beauty of this game is that we all have our own opinions on what different players are worth. Also as a footnote to this remember, that just because several managers don’t agree with you on the value of a player, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t any Managers that agree with you; Always answer transfer offers or private messages. If someone has taken the time to try to communicate with you, then at least do them the courtesy of taking the time to respond. However, remember that you don’t have to give them an answer on a transfer deal straight away (and nor do they in the vice-versa situation), but if you need some time to think, let them know. Some Managers are known to have “transfer blacklists” – that is to say that they will not deal with Managers who don’t answer transfer offers or private messages; When deciding to communicate with a Manager by Private Message, always check to see if you have been in contact with them before first. This is to give you an idea of how communications have gone with this Manager in the past; such as whether they answer PMs, or even if they are somebody that it is possible to communicate civilly with. Remember though, that everybody has had their "off-days" so don't necessarily read too much into this, just trust your judgement. You can do this by making contact via the Manager's profile rather than through one of their player's profiles; Finally, if things do go completely pear-shaped, and you end up falling out with a manager, try to see if you have a mutual “friend” within the game, that might be able to mediate. You might not want to the talk to the guy now, but who says that he won’t have a player you want to buy in a few months time? GETTING TO KNOW THE MANGERS WITHIN YOUR GAME WORLD. A vital part of becoming an established member of a Game World if you intend to be around for some time to come is to get to know the other Managers that you are competing with, because these will also be the Managers that you will be negotiating with. It is especially important to get to know the Managers of the big teams, be you a large or small club, because even if you are unlikely to ever afford to buy their best players, you may wish to take some of their squad players on loan at some point. There are a number of ways in which this can be achieved:- At the start of a new Game World, or even when joining an established set-up; make a point of introducing yourself to the other Managers. Tell them who you manage, and try to get them on your side by wishing them good luck; Research what they are doing within the Game World. Have they just had a good result against a mutual rival, or have they just won a cup or the league? Send them a message of congratulations, and this may help to build a rapport with them which you may be able to exploit at a later date. Try not to be too blatantly false and shallow though!; When you are maybe looking to add a little depth to your squad; and as a result you are looking to offer a particularly good player in maybe a two-for-one deal use the PM system and the Newspaper. Send a PM to all the Managers that you feel may be able to offer the players that you are after in return, and tell them exactly what you have available, and what you would like in return. You won't always get exactly what you want, but then again, it is a very good way to open negotiations; If via your scouting you become aware of a good prospect, talent or potential riser that for one reason or another you won't be bidding on, then feel free to share your knowledge with other Managers. It might not be a good idea to share this sort of information with direct rivals (i.e teams in the same division), but then again if you share the information with a Manager with whom you might be looking to do a deal in the future, then it just might help butter them up later! Harry was best mates with the United Manager, but was always wary of practical jokes when shaking hands at the end of the game after the sqeaky bum incident.... LOAN SIGNINGS A very important aspect of SM is the ability to make good loan signings to either improve the quality of your squad, or to add depth. As the end of the season approaches, especially when the cup competitions have been completed, have a look at the bigger club's squads, and see who they have loaned out. They could be your potential loan signings for next season. It is also a very good idea to look how the bigger teams are progressing in the cup competitions. If they have just gone out of all the cups, and only have the League to worry about, then this is a very good time to approach them to see if they might want to loan some players out. Usually they will not be wanting to paying the wages of a massive squad when they only have league games to play, and I have quite often seen players rated 91 going out on loan! When negotiating a loan with a Manager, if it helps clinch the deal, agree to not play the player against him, and that you will not over-use the player, and will do your best to keep him match-fit. This is because it is possible that the other Manager might need that player to be recalled at short notice if he suffers an injury crisis. The most important thing to remember when making such agreements is to stick to your word. Having respect for both the loan players and their Managers will increase the respect that they have for you, which will in turn improve your chances of landing the better loan signings. A final loan tactic that can be used is when somebody is trying to buy a player from you. PM the Manager concerned, and find out what his plans for the player are. Is he likely to be a squad player or a first teamer? If he is going to be a squad player then negotiate that you will sell him on the condition that you can loan the player back until such time as he is going to be a regular first teamer (maybe after a ratings increase). Both clubs benefit in this scenario, and it is worth pointing this out to the other Manager. HOW TO IDENTIFY THE BEST PLAYERS. A little off-topic this, but something that I thought might be of use particularly to newer Managers. Many threads have covered this in some shape or form, but I thought I would pull it in with this thread as it seems to mesh nicely. The single most common use of the forums, and possibly why you came here in the first place, was the abundance of scouting information. There are loads of threads on which you can find details on the latest talents, risers and “next big things”. I could list a few of the better ones here, but have a look around for yourself and use the “Search” tool. The most satisfying way to identify those new additions to your team is to scout them for yourself. You can pick this information up from a wide variety of sources, and if you are kind enough to share your scouting with other forumers then you will soon have a thriving reputation here. Here are some links that will help you to scout players:- Guardian Unlimited Football – great for stats on players for the current season. http://touchline.onthespot.co.uk/guardian/StatsCentre.asp ESPN Soccernet – like the Guardian site, but with much more in depth news. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/index?cc=5739 Tribal Football – Great for Global football news. http://www.tribalfootball.com/ GFDB.com – Claims to be the world’s largest football database. http://www.gfdb.com/default.aspx Sky Sports.com – Great for football news, especially in the EPL, plus it now has it’s own “scout” with in-depth scout reports. www.skysports.com Football Talents – a little basic, but has the foundations of a superb database of all the best talents in the world. http://www.football-talents.co.uk/Home-1-2.html There are, of course, many others, but that should be more than enough to get you started! Hopefully, you have enjoyed reading my guide, and I hope that you find some of it of use. For further assistance here's another thread which gives excellent advice on being successful in the transfer market as well as within the game in general: Check out "JC's Detailed Guide to Success in SM" EDIT: Many thanks to those who have contributed to this guide, especially Shels!
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