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    JC's Detailed Guide To Success in Soccermanager *NEW: Just wanted to say not managed a team for a long time on SM now so I suspect several parts that I have mentioned below are now less relevant, out of date or even completely wrong, for example I believe unmanaged teams can now use any of 20+ formations so using 3-5-2 to beat the previously default 4-4-2 isn't going to work as well . . . Introduction This is my first post in the help section, so please bear with it, and feel free to give advice. I hope it is appreciated. It is very long, so feel free to skip sections, I have tried to highlight key words and sections. What I am hoping to do here is to put down here is most of what I have experienced* about SM over the past 4 years and hopefully help everyone from newcomers to experienced managers and clear-up some misconceptions Disclaimer All the advice will have varying success dependent on your league and your decisions and I cannot guarantee it is all accurate, as I lot of what I say is what I have generally observed and I do not have the evidence to back up a lot of the advice. I will divide the guide into two parts. The only way to improve your teams results is through Tactics or Player Transfers. You will need both, throughout soccer manager you will often see teams of average ratings 80, beat 90s. The match engine relies a lot on tactics, however it is clearly important for the long term to build a strong team. Tactics Use In-Game Instructions If your team is losing at 60 minutes it is rare on soccer manager that this result will be different at 90 minutes. For this reason you should at least make some changes to attempt to make difference. Equally if you are winning at 60 minutes don't make changes, as your formation is working well already. Possession Is The Key Statistic As evidence of this I have just looked at EC106 Div 2, a division with relatively equal sides but some differences, all very active managers who are playing every formation under the sun. Out of the 20 games, looking at the teams with greater possession 16 won, 2 drew 2 lost. Look at your own games and you will often find maybe 80% of games are won on possession. ( I have noticed it can often be inaccurate however if one team changes their formation significantly at some point midway through the game) I have to emphasise though I have never found a way to improve possession, trying formations like 3-6-1 with slow tempo and men behind ball, which you would have thought might improve your possession statistics, will have the same chances of success as any other formation Number Of Shots Is Less Important I hear many managers complain about the number of shots they had and still lost. The number of shots is clearly relevant but less so out of 20 games looking at the teams with the greater number of shots, 10 won 5 lost 4 drew, Possession is the best statistic to look at. Do Not Judge Players On Past Success Many a manager like to judge players on there recent number of goals or favouritism. I would argue selection should be based purely on -rating -position -morale -fitness. I believe The SM match engine can only recognise these 4 facts, and it will NOT KNOW that Dzeko is your favourite player and scored loads for your team last season, or that his rating will go up shortly (EDIT: this was when dzeko was rated 89!), so play Yakubu ahead of him! Edin Dzeko Top Teams Play 3-4-1-2 or 3-5-2 I have looked at a lot of the top teams in the top 100 managers page, mostly those teams with a high average points per game average, some in the region of 2.5 average points over 6+ seasons. I logged into the game worlds for a brief period with a very low club to check their tactics and league form. Now it goes without saying they generally have monster squads, however time and again they use a formation variation on 3-5-2 or 3-4-1-2, this isn't just a few teams, about 60% of the teams I looked at did, maybe 30 teams. My theory behind this is if you have a top team playing 3-5-2, it requires very good players to work, but it may well be consistent if this is the case, hence why I found it so often in the top teams. Also 3-5-2 generally beats the default 4-4-2 formation, again helping these teams. If you play 3-5-2 with a comparatively weaker team it often does not work. I have to state this is NOT a super formation that will necessarily work for you, and if you play it I would expect it too work only in a limited number of circumstances, (as explained above, and also commented on further below) 3-4-1-2, Attacking & Hard Tackling Again these three factors were recurring themes, (although not as common) in the top teams. 3-4-1-2 is more popular than 3-5-2, and generally with the team mentality set to attacking. With hard tackling, this possibly featured more as the squads were large enough to cope with any suspensions and I have never noticed a long term increase in red cards (this is very debatable though). However it will likely result in more injuries. All Formations Can Be Equally Effective I see many threads saying this formation will do well in a certain league or you should player wingers as they will be effective, but I feel it depends greatly on your league and players and I see very few with evidence behind these claims. I'm of the opinion that every formation is equal and that each will have a certain number of tactics it is strong against and an equal number it is weak against, (given the players are equal in rating and morale). Specific formations however can be stronger in a certain league, if some formations are more common your team is lower rated your team is higher rated or it regularly beats default 4-4-2 I cannot be certain of this though, so again take the advice with a pinch of salt. I would like to create a record of which tactics beat which, but there is so many variables it would be nigh on impossible, with billions of combinations. NEW* Secondary Positions Are Just As Effective If a player is a LB/RB for example then he will play equally effectively at either position. He will not play worse than a regular RB at RB. This is an age old question which causes much confusion but Im hoping this will help. http://forum.soccermanager.com/showthread.php?t=20772 The Dev's don't often answer questions (and they have ignored this particular question in the past) or say very much at all about the match engine, I think partially because they feel they may ruin the game and you should experiment yourself, but Ste has let something slip. This quote is taken from SM Dev Ste, under the improvements section about the introduction of preferred foot (the link above): "The players position is still the KEY thing to look at, if a player is LB/RB that means he will play equally good at either position despite his foot. A CM can play CM whatever foot he is etc. It will only effect players who are played out of position. For example if you have a CM who is left footed and you play him right wing he may well play worse than if you played him left wing." The key line being "if a player is a LB/RB that means he will play equally good at either position" More detail on this can be found here: http://forum.soccermanager.com/showthread.php?t=53703 Also now with the player position suggested position feature (you get a green square if he can play there effectively) this point looks to have been proved. The Match Engine Is Simplistic I'm of the opinion that you cannot take the match commentary very seriously or the match engine for that matter. The commentary appears to be almost randomly generated. You will notice you will never see a penalty given, despite being asked to pick a penalty taker? The quotes from the commentary are regularly repeated, even sometimes in the same order, and also many a time in the match commentary you will read about 4 shots on target and then the match statistics will say there was only 2 shots on target. Players Out Of Position If a player is played out of position I believe the match engine will treat him as a lower rated player. So if you play a CB at RB he will maybe drop 2 in rating. Play a CF in CM and he might drop 5 in rating. So it can be advantageous sometime to play players out of position if your only other option is a player 10 less in rating. (This is just a theory, however I think it is likely this is how it will work) Player Fitness Do not play players low on fitness, especially NMF. They are more likely to get injured, player with lower performance and will still be tired the next week so you may as well rest them now. I try not to play players below 80-90% (at worst). Exhausted Play Targetman/Playmaker if Comparatively High Rated I would advise using these two options when you have a player who is especially high rated for your league. These options will then emphasise his greater ability, give him more time on the ball and provide greater influence on the match. Raise Moral If a player is particularly low on moral I would advise giving him a new long contract. Moral will affect there performances and the new contract can often raise there moral by a significant amount. Substitutions If you have enough players I would recommend using substitutions. Even if they are lower rated replacements they will normally get high ratings on the match report and improve the team. It does however mean you will have more players lower on fitness Player Transfers Buy Risers As I'm sure you are aware one of the most important parts of this game is risers. I cannot emphasise this enough. It is often the only way to make money for small clubs, and you can make a lot of money especially in uncompetitive leagues up to 100 million+ a season (if you put in a lot of effort!). It is increasingly important with the latest improvements with cash injections (at the end of the season) now seemingly rarer and the “realistic attendances” generally reducing incomes. Buy Every Rising 10k Player I would recommend you buy every 10k player who might rise. 10k players have the largest percentage increase in value. Often for example 2900% for a moderate rise in value to 300k. Compared with rises in the 84 range where you might get a 100% increase in value. This means if you had 100k to spend and bought 100, 10k players you might get back 25mill! Although it would be important to consider wages. Wages normally are 3k/turn and players are transfer banned for 20turns so a 10k player in reality costs 70k+, so any rise would have to be more than this and this is also why it is perhaps not a good idea to stock up on these kind of players in estonia etc (which I learnt to my mistake) as they haven't reviewed them for 3 years . . .(SM has only been around for about 6 years total, they may as well not bother with these leagues if they are not going to review them) Constantly Invest As soon as players have risen and are of transfer ban try to reinvest your gains. Try to swap them (or swap two players), for a new riser (unless they themselves are going to rise again). Transfer listing them often means you lose value compared with what you get in a player exchange. Also I wouldn't worry if your losing money because wages are too high. Take it player by player if his rise will cover his wages then buy him. You will gain at the end of it, but you will need too sell the odd player to remain out of debt. Loads of risers can be found on threads on the forum or use websites to see who is starting in matches. Buy Players At Big Clubs Try to buy players at the "big" clubs, ie the likes of Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Barcelona and possibly some others like Sevilla. This is because they are almost guaranteed a 90+ rating for many many years, they don't necessarily have to be performing well, if they are low rated they can often rise rapidly and you will see the large majority of high rated players come from these teams. It can be tempting to buy players at smaller clubs who are talented and performing well (compared to for example a shaky but starting right back for Bayern) but it is much much harder for these players to gain 90+ ratings and they often will only rise to this level after years of amazing (and it is rare that they can maintain this) performances or until they move to a big club. So I would advise taking gambles on players that might break into the big teams. For example Thiago Motta, is an under-appreciated transfer, I feel he will will get a 92+ for a long time (EDIT: somewhat predictably he is now injured!). My Team: Preston North End (not a "big club"!), Talents I often feel many mangers/forumers concentrate on talents too much with very few of them ever making it. In uncompetitive leagues especially, I would advise leaving them and buy them later, when they actually look likely to rise or breakthrough regularly to a big team. For example I believe in 2006 Theo Walcott was rated maybe something in the region of 84 (correct me if I'm wrong) and now 8 SM seasons later he is 89 a surprisingly poor return. Save Money On Contracts This has already been said on previous threads, but try to sign long term risers on 5 year contracts, and if a player drops in rating get him to resign. This is because a player wages is determined by the rating at the current time. Wages jump up in levels at every 5 player rating ie at 80, 85, 90 ,95. Secure Loans If you are lower league team make an effort at the start of a season to try and secure some impressive loan signings. They can easily improve your team for free! Be a bit cheeky and send a few messages too the top teams enquiring (politely) if they might loan anyone, and you can often get players considerably better than those on the loan list. I would also strongly suggest reading Hesse's excellent guide, which goes into a lot more detail on securing loans and negotiating deals with managers within the transfer market, and has a lot of good points; http://forum.soccermanager.com/showthread.php?t=32238 There we go the end of the guide! Hope it was helpful and feedback would be hugely appreciated. *I have been a member since 2006, reputation of 356, 49th in the world with Stoke City in EC60 (though that has been going badly recently!) and manage in EC106, (arguably the most competitive and active setup there is) with Shorpe United.
  2. 24 points
    Cняiѕ_16

    Big Risers from Argentina

    The title says it all... Here we go: ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Argentina Primera División ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: As some people may be too lazy to scroll down to read (), I decided to do a summary which shows only the name, age, rating and my prediction I also decided to divide the players in sections by their ratings so that you can refer to them depending on your budget : 70 - 73 risers (10k to 100k) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | (No.) Full Name _______________ | Age | Rating -> My Prediction | | (3) .. Ricardo Daniel NOIR ............. | .21. | .. 73 .. -> ...... 81/82 ..... | | (4) .. Osvaldo NICOLAS GAITAN ..... | .20. | .. 72 .. -> ...... 77/78 ..... | | (7) .. Ariel ROJAS ........................ | .22. | .. 71 .. -> ...... 80/81 ..... | | (17). Gustavo BOU ...................... | .18. | .. 73 .. -> ...... 78/79 ..... | | (19). Mariano PAGLIALUNGA .......... | .20. | .. 72 .. -> ...... 80/81 ..... | | (35). Juan FORLIN ....................... | .20. | .. 71 .. -> ....... 80 ........ | (New) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 74 - 79 risers -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | (No.) Full Name _______________ | Age | Rating -> My Prediction | | (2) .. Lucas VIATRI ..................... | .21. | .. 75 .. -> ........ 86 ....... | | (6) .. Néstor MARTIRENA .............. | .21. | .. 79 .. -> ........ 83 ....... | | (8) .. Nelson IBAÑEZ .................... | .26. | .. 74 .. -> ........ 83 ....... | | (9) .. Leandro CARUSO ................. | .24. | .. 78 .. -> ...... 81/82 ..... | | (10). Eduardo SALVIO .................. | .18. | .. 76 .. -> ...... 82/83 ..... | | (11). Leandro TORRES .................. | .19. | .. 79 .. -> ........ 83 ....... | | (13). Lihue Dario PRICHODA ........... | .19. | .. 77 .. -> ...... 81/82 ..... | | (14). José Luis MARTINEZ GULLOTTA | .24. | .. 78 .. -> ........ 84 ....... | | (15). Franco ZUCULINI .................. | .18. | .. 78 .. -> ...... 84/85 .... | | (16). José SCHAFFER .................... | .22. | .. 74 .. -> ........ 84 ...... | | (23). Jonathan BLANCO ................. | .21. | .. 77 .. -> ...... 83/84 .... | | (24). José SAN ROMAN .................. | .20. | .. 77 .. -> ...... 81/82 .... | | (25). Pablo FONTANELLO ............... | .24. | .. 77 .. -> ........ 82 ...... | | (30). Facundo QUIROGA ................ | .23. | .. 79 .. -> ........ 82 ...... | (New) | (36). Pablo MOUCHE ..................... | .21. | .. 76 .. -> ........ 80 ...... | (New) | (37). Facundo RONCAGLIA ............. | .21. | .. 77 .. -> ...... 82/83 .... | (New) | (38). Lucas ACOSTA ..................... | .20. | .. 74 .. -> ...... 82/83 .... | (New) | (39). Ariel COLZERA ...................... | .22. | .. 75 .. -> ...... 82/83 .... | (New) | (40). Javier PASTORE .................... | .19. | .. 74 .. -> ........ 80 ...... | (New) | (42). Jonathan David GOMEZ .......... | .18. | .. 75 .. -> ........ 80 ...... | (New) | (43). Gervasio NUNEZ .................... | .20. | .. 76 .. -> ........ 80 ...... | (New) | (44). Patricio RODRIGUEZ ............... | .18. | .. 76 .. -> ...... 79/80 .... | (New) | (45). Mauricio SPERDUTTI .............. | .22. | .. 76 .. -> ...... 79/80 .... | (New) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 80+ risers -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | (No.) Full Name _______________ | Age | Rating -> My Prediction | | (1) .. Emanuel PIO ...................... | .19. | .. 80 .. -> ........ 85 ....... | | (5) .. Javier Hernán GARCIA .......... | .21. | .. 80 .. -> ...... 85/86 .... | | (12). Juan Manuel INSAURRALDE .... | .24. | .. 82 .. -> ........ 85 ....... | | (18). Jorge BROUN ....................... | .22. | .. 80 .. -> ...... 84/85 .... | | (20). Alexis DANELON ................... | .22. | .. 82 .. -> ...... 84/85 .... | | (21). Diego BRAGHIERI .................. | .21. | .. 82 .. -> ...... 84/85 .... | | (22). Nicolás BIANCHI ARCE ........... | .21. | .. 82 .. -> ...... 85/86 .... | | (26). Ricardo GASTON DIAZ ........... | .20. | .. 80 .. -> ...... 84/85 .... | | (27). Omar Fernando TOBIO ........... | .19. | .. 80 .. -> ........ 83 ...... | | (28). Jonathan CRISTALDO ............ | .19. | .. 80 .. -> ...... 85/86 .... | | (29). Gonzalo PROSPERI ................ | .23. | .. 82 .. -> ........ 85 ...... | (New) | (31). Daniel ROMERO .................... | .28. | .. 80 .. -> ........ 82....... | (New) | (32). Cristian CAMPESTRINI ........... | .28. | .. 80 .. -> ........ 85....... | (New) | (33). Nicolás BERTOLO .................. | .22. | .. 83 .. -> ........ 86....... | (New) | (34). Victor LOPEZ ....................... | .29. | .. 84 .. -> ...... 85/86..... | (New) | (41). Óscar ALEJANDRO LIMIA ........ | .33. | .. 80 .. -> ........ 84 ...... | (New) | (46). Juan Luis MONGE .................. | .37. | .. 80 .. -> ...... 82/83 ... | (New) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- If you want to know further information such as their Nationality, the club which they play for, the position in which they play, mins played, starts, subs and goals, just see the number which is written in red near the name, scroll down and find the same number - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (1) Name ..................................................................... Emanuel PIO Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Banfield Age ........................................................................ 19 Position ................................................................ CM/DM Rating ................................................................... 80 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 1180 / 13 / 1 / 0 Prediction ........................................................... 80 -> 85 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (2) Name ..................................................................... Lucas VIATRI Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Boca Juniors Age ........................................................................ 21 Position ................................................................ F Rating ................................................................... 75 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 1233 / 14 / 1 / 7 Prediction ........................................................... 75 -> 86 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (3) Name ..................................................................... Ricardo Daniel NOIR Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Boca Juniors Age ........................................................................ 21 Position ................................................................ F Rating ................................................................... 75 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 610 / 7 / 5 / 2 Prediction ........................................................... 73 -> 81/82 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (4) Name ..................................................................... Osvaldo NICOLAS GAITAN Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Boca Juniors Age ........................................................................ 20 Position ................................................................ CM Rating ................................................................... 72 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 349 / 0 / 12 / 4 Prediction ........................................................... 72 -> 77/78 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (5) Name ..................................................................... Javier Hernán GARCIA Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Boca Juniors Age ........................................................................ 21 Position ................................................................ GK Rating ................................................................... 80 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 820 / 9 / 0 / 0 Prediction ........................................................... 80 -> 85/86 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (6) Name ..................................................................... Néstor MARTIRENA (solomann1971`s tip ) Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Gimnasia la Plata Age ........................................................................ 21 Position ................................................................ F Rating ................................................................... 79 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 448 / 3 / 6 / 1 Prediction ........................................................... 79 -> 83 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (7) Name ..................................................................... Ariel ROJAS Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Godoy Cruz Age ........................................................................ 22 Position ................................................................ M Rating ................................................................... 71 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 766 / 9 / 3 / 0 Prediction ........................................................... 71 -> 80/81 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (8) Name ..................................................................... Nelson IBAÑEZ (solomann1971`s tip ) Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Godoy Cruz Age ........................................................................ 26 Position ................................................................ GK Rating ................................................................... 74 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 1462 / 16 / 0 / 0 Prediction ........................................................... 74 -> 83 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (9) Name ..................................................................... Leandro CARUSO (solomann1971`s tip ) Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Godoy Cruz (He is still with Arsenal de Sarandí on SM) Age ........................................................................ 24 Position ................................................................ W Rating ................................................................... 75 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 1137 / 11 / 5 / 5 Prediction ........................................................... 75 -> 81/82 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (10) Name ..................................................................... Eduardo SALVIO Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Lanús Age ........................................................................ 18 Position ................................................................ F/W Rating ................................................................... 76 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 780 / 9 / 0 / 4 Prediction ........................................................... 76 -> 82/83 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (11) Name ..................................................................... Leandro TORRES Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Newell’s Old Boys Age ........................................................................ 19 Position ................................................................ RM Rating ................................................................... 79 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 929 / 11 / 3 / 0 Prediction ........................................................... 79 -> 83 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (12) Name ..................................................................... Juan Manuel INSAURRALDE Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Newell’s Old Boys Age ........................................................................ 24 Position ................................................................ CB Rating ................................................................... 82 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 1123 / 12 / 1 / 2 Prediction ........................................................... 82 -> 85 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (13) Name ..................................................................... Lihue Dario PRICHODA Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Racing Club Age ........................................................................ 19 Position ................................................................ RM Rating ................................................................... 77 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 613 / 7 / 8 / 0 Prediction ........................................................... 77 -> 81/82 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (14) Name ..................................................................... José Luis MARTINEZ GULLOTTA Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Racing Club Age ........................................................................ 24 Position ................................................................ GK Rating ................................................................... 78 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 915 / 10 / 0 / 0 Prediction ........................................................... 78 -> 84/85 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (15) Name ..................................................................... Franco ZUCULINI***** Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Racing Club Age ........................................................................ 18 Position ................................................................ RM/CM Rating ................................................................... 78 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 1254 / 15 / 0 / 1 Prediction ........................................................... 78 -> 84/85 ^ Look out for this guy ^ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (16) Name ..................................................................... José SCHAFFER (insider`s tip ) Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Racing Club Age ........................................................................ 22 Position ................................................................ LB Rating ................................................................... 74 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 1349 / 15 / 1 / 0 Prediction ........................................................... 74 -> 84 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (17) Name ..................................................................... Gustavo BOU Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... River Plate Age ........................................................................ 18 Position ................................................................ F/AM (may have a positional change to W/F or AM/F) Rating ................................................................... 73 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 339 / 5 / 1 / 1 Prediction ........................................................... 73 -> 78/79 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (18) Name ..................................................................... Jorge BROUN Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Rosario Central Age ........................................................................ 22 Position ................................................................ GK Rating ................................................................... 80 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 1309 / 15 / 0 / 0 Prediction ........................................................... 80 -> 84/85 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (19) Name ..................................................................... Mariano PAGLIALUNGA Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Rosario Central Age ........................................................................ 20 Position ................................................................ RM/LM Rating ................................................................... 72 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 509 / 5 / 5 / 1 ... (Last season: 578 mins / 6 starts / 4 subs / 1 goal) Prediction ........................................................... 72 -> 80/81 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (20) Name ..................................................................... Alexis DANELON Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Rosario Central Age ........................................................................ 22 Position ................................................................ RB/RM Rating ................................................................... 82 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 1133 / 14 / 2 / 2 Prediction ........................................................... 82 -> 84/85 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (21) Name ..................................................................... Diego BRAGHIERI Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Rosario Central Age ........................................................................ 21 Position ................................................................ CB/LB Rating ................................................................... 82 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 1145 / 13 / 0 / 1 Prediction ........................................................... 82 -> 84/85 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (22) Name ..................................................................... Nicolás BIANCHI ARCE Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... San Lorenzo Age ........................................................................ 21 Position ................................................................ CB Rating ................................................................... 82 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 1215 / 13 / 1 / 0 Prediction ........................................................... 82 -> 85/86 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (23) Name ..................................................................... Jonathan BLANCO Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Tigre Age ........................................................................ 21 Position ................................................................ CM Rating ................................................................... 77 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 872 / 9 / 3 / 2 Prediction ........................................................... 77 -> 83/84 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (24) Name ..................................................................... José SAN ROMAN Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Tigre Age ........................................................................ 20 Position ................................................................ RB/RM Rating ................................................................... 77 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 617 / 7 / 2 / 0 Prediction ........................................................... 77 -> 81/82 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (25) Name ..................................................................... Pablo FONTANELLO (kraven`s tip ) Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Tigre Age ........................................................................ 24 Position ................................................................ CB Rating ................................................................... 77 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 847 / 9 / 2 / 0 Prediction ........................................................... 77 -> 82 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (26) Name ..................................................................... Ricardo GASTON DIAZ Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Vélez Sársfield Age ........................................................................ 20 Position ................................................................ RB/RM Rating ................................................................... 80 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 1016 / 13 / 2 / 0 Prediction ........................................................... 80 -> 84/85 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (27) Name ..................................................................... Omar Fernando TOBIO Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Vélez Sársfield Age ........................................................................ 19 Position ................................................................ CB Rating ................................................................... 80 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 824 / 9 / 2 / 0 Prediction ........................................................... 80 -> 83 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (28) Name ..................................................................... Jonathan CRISTALDO Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Vélez Sársfield Age ........................................................................ 19 Position ................................................................ F Rating ................................................................... 80 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 1050 / 14 / 1 / 5 Prediction ........................................................... 80 -> 85/86 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (29) Name ..................................................................... Gonzalo PROSPERI Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Argentinos Juniors Age ........................................................................ 23 Position ................................................................ RB Rating ................................................................... 82 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 854 / 10 / 1 / 0 Prediction ........................................................... 82 -> 85 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (30) Name ..................................................................... Facundo QUIROGA Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Argentinos Juniors Age ........................................................................ 23 Position ................................................................ LB Rating ................................................................... 79 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 409 / 5 / 3 / 1 Prediction ........................................................... 79 -> 82 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (31) Name ..................................................................... Daniel ROMERO Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Argentinos Juniors Age ........................................................................ 28 Position ................................................................ CM Rating ................................................................... 80 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 282 / 0 / 8 / 4 Prediction ........................................................... 80 -> 82 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (32) Name ..................................................................... Cristian CAMPESTRINI Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Arsenal de Sarandí Age ........................................................................ 28 Position ................................................................ GK Rating ................................................................... 80 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 730 / 8 / 0 / 0 Prediction ........................................................... 80 -> 85 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (33) Name ..................................................................... Nicolás BERTOLO Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Banfield Age ........................................................................ 22 Position ................................................................ CM/RM Rating ................................................................... 83 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 1299 / 15 / 0 / 5 Prediction ........................................................... 83 -> 86 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (34) Name ..................................................................... Victor LOPEZ Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Banfield Age ........................................................................ 29 Position ................................................................ CB Rating ................................................................... 84 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 909 / 10 / 0 / 2 Prediction ........................................................... 84 -> 85/86 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (35) Name ..................................................................... Juan FORLIN Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Boca Juniors Age ........................................................................ 20 Position ................................................................ CB Rating ................................................................... 71 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 279 / 3 / 1 / 1 Prediction ........................................................... 71 -> 80 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (36) Name ..................................................................... Pablo MOUCHE Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Boca Juniors Age ........................................................................ 21 Position ................................................................ F Rating ................................................................... 76 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 268 / 2 / 5 / 1 Prediction ........................................................... 76 -> 80 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (37) Name ..................................................................... Facundo RONCAGLIA Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Boca Juniors Age ........................................................................ 21 Position ................................................................ CB Rating ................................................................... 77 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 529 / 6 / 1 / 0 Prediction ........................................................... 77 -> 82/83 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (38) Name ..................................................................... Lucas ACOSTA Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Colón Age ........................................................................ 20 Position ................................................................ AM Rating ................................................................... 74 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 605 / 7 / 2 / 1 Prediction ........................................................... 74 -> 82/83 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (39) Name ..................................................................... Ariel COLZERA Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Huracán Age ........................................................................ 22 Position ................................................................ F Rating ................................................................... 75 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 1013 / 12 / 2 / 1 Prediction ........................................................... 75 -> 83/84 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (40) Name ..................................................................... Javier PASTORE Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Huracán Age ........................................................................ 19 Position ................................................................ F Rating ................................................................... 74 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 430 / 4 / 5 / 0 Prediction ........................................................... 74 -> 80 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (41) Name ..................................................................... Óscar ALEJANDRO LIMIA Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Huracán Age ........................................................................ 33 Position ................................................................ GK Rating ................................................................... 80 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 1465 / 16 / 0 / 0 Prediction ........................................................... 80 -> 84 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (42) Name ..................................................................... Jonathan David GOMEZ Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Rosario Central Age ........................................................................ 18 Position ................................................................ AM Rating ................................................................... 75 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 406 / 3 / 6 / 0 Prediction ........................................................... 75 -> 80 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (43) Name ..................................................................... Gervasio NUNEZ Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Rosario Central Age ........................................................................ 20 Position ................................................................ F/AM Rating ................................................................... 76 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 461 / 5 / 3 / 2 Prediction ........................................................... 76 -> 80 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (44) Name ..................................................................... Patricio RODRIGUEZ Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Independiente Age ........................................................................ 18 Position ................................................................ AM/F Rating ................................................................... 76 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 122 / 1 / 5 / 0 Prediction ........................................................... 76 -> 79/80 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (45) Name ..................................................................... Mauricio SPERDUTTI Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... Newell’s Old Boys Age ........................................................................ 22 Position ................................................................ RM/CM Rating ................................................................... 76 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 219 / 0 / 10 / 0 Prediction ........................................................... 76 -> 79/80 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (46) Name ..................................................................... Juan Luis MONGE Nationality ......................................................... Argentinian Club ....................................................................... San Martín de Tucumán Age ........................................................................ 37 Position ................................................................ CB Rating ................................................................... 80 Mins Played / Starts / Subs / Goals ... 1321 / 15 / 0 / 1 Prediction ........................................................... 80 -> 82/83 :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
  3. 18 points
    DiamondCannon

    Rahul W's rating predictions

    Hey guys so I have been looking through the top teams just to stay on top of the stats and so far here are a few players that have some minutes so far for the "big" teams in Europe (keep in mind most of these are not new players, I am just re-posting my findings when researching on my own for all you lazy buggers out there ;): Format TEAM - Name - Rating - Minutes - Comments NAPOLI - Sebastiano Luperto - 83 - 17mins - Might be a good idea to keep an eye for more game time ROMA - J. Kluivert - 85 - 64 mins - is getting game time, known to everyone but is playing nevertheless... MILAN - Davide Calabria - 87 - 90 mins - Milan have only played once but he started and scored PSG - Colin Dagba - NOT ON DB - 180mins - This guy has played 180 mins for PSG so far, look out for him PSG - Stanley N'Soki - 75 - 134mins - I picked him up for 380k, looks like a steal... PSG - Christopher Nkunku - 86 - 181mins - Again known to many, not a sure thing but keep an eye.... PSG - Antoine Bernade - 73 - 170mins - Another one of PSG's new found youth prospects, surely due a big rise PSG - Timothy Weah - 76 - 54mins - The name says it all, scored once as well DIJON - Enzo Loiodice - NOT ON DB - 270min - This guy is 17, has played every minute for second placed Dijon DIJON - Joules Keita - 70 - 38mins - Not a lot of gametime but 2 goals already from 3 games, could be worth a shot for a competitive gameworld LILLE - Zeki Celik - 80 - 266mins - Arrived from Istanbulspor in summer, has played nearly every minute LILLE - Fode Ballo Toure - 83 - 260mins - Had a great season last season, seems to have picked up where he left off. LILLE - Arton Zekaj - 70 - 1min - Came on in 90+3 minute of 3 - 1 win against Rennes, still worth a possible punt at 18 years old LYON - Pape Cheikh - 80 - 81mins - Again, some minutes for Lyon, low rated, keep an eye throughout season MARSEILLE - Duje Caleta-Car - 86 - 90mins - Played one full game then sat on the bench since arriving, could replace Rami long term? MARSEILLE - Boubacar Kamara - 80 - 136mins - Played 455mins last season, one more game and he is halfway to matching his play time, and Marseille have played 3 games! MONACO - Sofiane Diop - 70 - 78mins - An absolute steal, buy him! MONACO - Jordi Mboula - 76 - 151mins - ABSOLUTE BUY, this guy is a future star, purchase him first when going through Monaco.... MONACO - Pietro Pellegri - 80 - 31mins - Hasn't done enough yet, but at 17 he will no doubt be another Monaco Starlet in time to come MONACO - Willem Guebbels - 75 - 67mins - The fact they paid 20 million euros says a lot, future star with the right nuturing CHELSEA - Callum Hudson-Odoi - 73 - 0mins - Great pre season, hasn't done much but is definitely worth a punt, I can't imagine a person reading the forums to not know him, but on here anyways MANCHESTER CITY - Phil Foden - 80 - 8mins - Again most people know him, maybe more time with De Bruyne's injury? We will see ARSENAL - Matteo Guendouzi - 80 - 236mins - As an Arsenal fan myself and having watched him play, I can safely say he is a superb talent, calm on the ball, clever head on such a young kid, few errors here and there but for a kid brand new to the Premier League I am shocked at how well he has adapted, big rise if he carries this on. ARSENAL - Ainsley Maitland-Niles - 85 - 35mins - Recently broke his leg but Unai Emery likes him, plus he is versatile, will be a fixture for Arsenal and hopefully England in years to come BORUSSIA M'GLADBACH - Louise Jordan Beyer - NOT ON DB - 90mins - Played the full 90 minutes agasint Leverkusen and at 18 should be a good find when he comes on (he's a RB) ESPANYOL - Marc Roca - 84 - 180mins - Another know entity, however he has started both games, Espanyol sit second (insignificant this early on but hey) so he could be on track for a rise/move ESPANYOL - Javier Puado - NOT ON DB - 9mins - Came on as 81st minute substitute in Espnayols first game, has 4 year contract with a 40 million euros release clause and was the top scorer of Espanyol B last season (12 goals). Keep shortlisted. VILLARREAL - Manu Morlanes - 76 - 65mins - On the bench the whole of Villarreals first game, but started and played 65 minutes of second game, he is 19 and rated 76, surely worth a punt. Most of these players everyone knows and some of them people don't, just wanted to give people another topic of discussion so feel free to comment, if people have more in depth knowledge of a player I would love to hear more.
  4. 17 points
    Néstor VIDRIO *******MUST BUY***** Age 18 years Defender (D) Foot: Right Rating: 74 this is what the manager had to say about him..."This child is the one that marked a Palermo and Palacio, is only a child and is a great defender,"... A very talented young defender...he might be one of the biggest risers when Mexican league gets reviewed this time...A regular starter for Atlas at the age of 18 12 starts & 1035 minutes in Clausura so far..(from a possible 15 games)... Copa Libertadores 2008- 4 starts, 1 sub around 390 minutes ...( out of a possible 6 in group stages.)...Atlas ended as toppers in a group that also contains Boca JUniors..now they are set to face LANUS in the knockout stage! With few weeks to go for Mexican ratings, I wouldn't be surprised if he can make an 83!...
  5. 15 points
    Robert Lewandowski is a 20 year-old Polish striker playing for Lech Poznań. The young forward has had a remarkable start in his career, bagging the goals from the lowest divisions. Two season's ago, he was was the Polish third division's top goal scorer with 15 goals, helping Znicz Pruszków win promotion. The next season he was the top scorer in the Polish second division with 21 goals. This summer UEFA Cup contenders, Lech Poznań splashed the cash for his signature hoping he'd be a player for the future. Instead, he continued his fine form and making the headlines in Poand. He made his debut for Lech coming on as a sub in a first round UEFA Cup qualifier against FK Khazar Lenkoran in Azerbaijan and scoring the only goal of the match. He also scored on his debut in the league game. Robert now has an outstanding 5 goals in 5 games in the league. Is he fighting for the top scorer here too ? Yes, so far he is the topscorer in division 1. His performances didn't go unnoticed and the national team coaches had him on their books. In March he made is U-21 debut against England and rapidly made his national debut coming on as a sub against San Marino and scoring one goal. Here are some videos of him- Lech - Grasshoppers, 2:0 Lewandowski Lech - Grasshoppers, 3:0 Lewandowski A wonderful finish Wisła Kraków - Lech Poznań 1:4 R.Lewandowski A short compilation In summary- 2006/07-Znicz Pruszków (Division 3- Top scorer with 15 goals) 2007/08-Znicz Pruszków (Division 2- Top scorer with 21 goals) 2008/09- Lech Poznań (Division 1- 5 games and 5 goals-so far leading the goalscoring charts) Poland U-21: Debut in March agianst England Poland National Team: 1 appearance, 1 goal. He is on the DB rated 74. With his side competing in the UEFA Cup, his national team participation and his goal-scoring form; expect him to be one for the future. Enjoy:)
  6. 14 points
    Phil (GT)

    Bundesliga Ratings 2011/2012 (II)

    Alternative Mirror - Borussia Dortmund Alternative Mirror - Bayern München Alternative Mirror - Borussia Mönchengladbach Alternative Mirror - FC Schalke 04 Alternative Mirror - Bayer 04 Leverkusen Alternative Mirror - Werder Bremen Alternative Mirror - Hannover 96 Alternative Mirror - VfB Stuttgart Alternative Mirror - VfL Wolfsburg
  7. 11 points
    TMNT

    Rahul W's rating predictions

    LOL you are an entertaining clown I'll give you that.
  8. 11 points
    I know that there are various threads on summer risers, but I am focussing on Section 4. I have tried to include the most important stats to justify my predictions. Colombia & USA have been covered rather well already, notably Gozgoz8’s thread, but there seems to be little on Ecuador & Paraguay. My predictions are based purely on stats, and what I think the player would get if the reviews were happening in the present. I am only including players that I think will rise 3 or more, and none of the players are currently ranked above 80. The format is as follows: SURNAME, Forename General comments Age: Position: Club: Club average rating: (first 11 median) Games played: Starts (subs) out of x Goals: Current rating: Predicted rating: y + z Many of the players, such as Orozco and Majao, will be well-known to many forummers. Any players that have not been mentioned before in player discussion since the previous set of changes (other than by myself) will be displayed as follows: *Player* These players should be easier to buy as they are less likely to have been snapped up by others. I will add one country at a time, and I hope this thread proves to be useful.
  9. 11 points
    Ahmed

    Ricardo Noir - Boca Juniors

    Ricardo Daniel Noir is an Argentine football striker currently playing for Boca Juniors. The 21 year old striker caught the eye of Boca coach Carlos Ischia with a goal-scoring performance for the reserves during pre-season. During his games in the reserves,he scored a goal and his coach told him that if he playing this manner he'll surely get a first team spot. Over the weekend in a league game against Racing Club de Avellaneda. Noir had his best thought of debuts, came off the bench and scored the winning goal for Boca Juniors in the 5th minute off added time. It was a nice goal scoring from a first time shot. This is the goal-Boca Juniors vs Racing - Gol de Boca: Noir mete el 2-1 He also impressed in the game as he tried lobbing the ball over the keeper and hit the woodwork once. Hailed as the next Palacio after the game by the press, he'll surely get more playing time for the Argentine club. He is not on the DB and should get added any day from now. Enjoy:) Ahmed.
  10. 10 points
    Sir Louis Cower

    Cheap, obscure risers - By LkV

    Hi. I created this thread to post some cheap risers I'm finding around the world. They can be useful if you like a tough challenge with not too much money to spend (i.e. if you start in a new English Championship, from Division 5). I don't know WHEN the players will be reviewed and IF they will. In fact, I can't be 100% sure so I won't be posting any "new rating" thing. Any advice (not about the players of course :P) is welcome. Once a player is reviewed, I'll stop following him and updating his stats. Sebastián CÁCERES Luis ACEVEDO Jhon ARBOLEDA Ricardo GRIGORE Oliveira RONALDO Rose to 78 Glenn BIJL Rose to 73 David KILIÁN Gabriel SIMION Darius OLARU Andreas SKOV OLSEN
  11. 10 points
    RobboEFC

    Rahul W's rating predictions

    Name: Danny Drinkwater Injury: ankle, attacked by 6 men after trying to sleep with another players girlfriend Injury Length: ~4 weeks
  12. 10 points
    This is the beginning. Please do not ask about players from teams who are not done yet, as they will be added as I finish reviewing. ATLETICO MINEIRO Werley (82) will keep rising. He has started 32 games this year in Brasileiro only, which means he should get a rise to about 85. He'll be solid started next year. Players to watch for next season: Sidimar (17): U17 international, he could possibly get a few matches in next year and is a big talent. Sheslon (22/78) was out injured for most of the year and should put in a fight for the starting spot as right wingback. Joao Pedro (17): Another U17 international, Joao Pedro is a strong towering defensive mid who is very likely to get a look in the Mineiro. Wendel (18) is an attacking midfielder who is still mainly unknown, uncapped for Brazil and still in the youth team. Expect to hear about him at the U20 Brasileirao or the Copa Sao Paulo Juniores, he could be a talent next year. ATLETICO PARANAENSE Alex Sandro (18/72): Has become a starter and is very much in the plans for next season. 9 starts and 7 subs this season, some of them as a defensive midfielder; all of them at the end of the season. He'll be a starter next year, as well as a member of the national U19 and U20 sides. Bruno Costa (19/72) has 7 starts and 1 sub appearance to his name, which should get him a small rise. He's not first choice and probably won't be next year, so he's a bit lower on my list of players to purchase from this club. Ronaldo (20/74) is a strange case. He played great for his 5 games, then was dropped because of his unwillingess to extend his contract because of a management dispute. He will sign elsewhere next season. Good player, but sketchy times. Manoel (19/77) will be one of the biggest risers this time around. 21 starts, 6 sub appearances, + 2 Copa Sudamericana starts. He is the first choice DEFENDER at Atletico, out of any of them, exept possibly Nei on the right. 2027 league minutes, interest from Sao Paulo. Buy him. Now. Fransergio (19/73) Well, his performances didn't much improve. 5 starts, 5 subs for 518 league minutes, playing quite poorly actually. Still will get a small rise, but he's not one of the 3 players I'd purchase from Atletico (with the limit and all). Patrick (19/75) has grown into a subs role, subbing into 13 (and starting 6). He is an impressive striker, has 2 goals to his name already, but isn't getting much minutes yet. He's one to watch for next year. Wesley (22/83) is back. Yes, the same Wesley that our legendary Teb talked to us about. He's played wingback, wing, striker, AM... anything, and has really polished his game. Atletico are trying to secure him from Santos next year. 2372 minutes, 2 goals, 2 assists, and very good performances. Wallyson (21/81) broke out this year despite injuries. 1821 minutes in 23 starts (5 subs), with 6 goals and 5 assists. Already got a rise, will get another. Players to watch for next season: Alex Sandro will make the LB or DM spot his permanently. Guilherme (17) is a striker who has already gotten some chances (and scored) for the big team. He'll get more chances. Also a part of the U17 setup. Bruno Furlan (17) is another striker who has impressed alot with clinical finishing. Heracles (17) is a left wingback who has impressed me a lot for the U20 team. He is practically a second coming of JA Riise. Gabriel Pimba (19/76) is annually on this list but hasn't shown anything yet. It's his time. AVAI Cristian (19/74) has been playing more near the end, scoring 2 and getting an assist on Avai's last 3 goals of the year. 392 minutes, 3 goals and 2 assists total, he'e expected to replace William in the starting lineup next year. Players to watch for next year: Medina (19) is a wingback who has started to get some chances and could see more action in the next few months. BOTAFOGO Gabriel (20/73) has seen 5 starts in the Sudamericana, but hasn't broken into the Brasileiro yet. Could see a slight rise. Wellington (20/78) stepped up late in the season and is making a case for Cruzeiro to recall him. 23 starts for 2083 minutes, but didn't play all that great 'till the last few games, so I wouldn't expect too much. Jobson (21/80) saved their season with great performances at the end. Drug issues have put a transfer to Cruzeiro in doubt. Players to watch for next season: Wellington Junior (20) is a left-back who has played at the U20 World Cup. He's a very good player who should break through. Laio (20/75) wasn't given very many chances since the beginning of the year. He'll need to have a strong Carioca. Same with Rodrigo Dantas (19/73) Also, keep an eye on Gabriel. CORINTHIANS Elias (86) fits as a riser for both years. 31 starts and 3 goals this year as a DM, 2772 minutes with great performances. He's one of the top players in Brazil. Dentinho (86) has kept it up as well, scoring 9 times in 25 starts. Over 2000 minutes, could see another rise. Jucilei (85) has kept playing, surprisingly, after the arrivals of Edu and Marcelo Mattos. They have been going with 3 DMs across the back. Jucilei's 2309 minutes mean that he's good for another +1/2 Boquita (76-80) has progressed faster then I thought. 12 starts, 8 subs, 1 goal and he missed over a month to play for Brazil at the U20's. Of late, he has been a clear starter. Rumoured to be on the way to Bremen soon. Players to watch for next season: Renato (19/75) has shows a ton of promise at the back. He'll be given more chances with a team performing in the Libertadores. Dodo (17) has a precontract with Man U, but again I don't rate him. Has played 154 minutes in 4 games, not impressing too much. Not me, anyway. Bruno Bertucci (19/75) is a talent, but with Julio Cesar and Roberto Carlos both rumoured to be coming in, I'd expect to see him loaned out. Defederico (20/84) just transferred over from Argentina and will be a key player. Has started showing flashed, but he'll adapt better during the Paulista and do well next year. Jadson (18) is a kid who impressed a lot in the Junior ranks but hasn't quite got his chance yet (just turned 18, give him some time). Expect him to get more then 7 sub appearances next year. Marcelinho (19/75) also impressed in Copa Sao Paulo, but hasn't been able to stamp his mark in the bigs just yet. CORITIBA Renatinho (21/78) has become a starter late in the year and played quite well. He'll go down to Serie B, but I doubt it's the last we've heard from him. 24 apps, 14 of them starts, for 3 goals. CRUZEIRO Diego Renan (19/80) is possibly the best buy in Brazil right now. Can play defending either wing, 25 starts, 3 goals, 1 assist, 2226 minutes and will be a starter for a Copa Libertadores team. Definate must-buy. Gil (22/80) joined midseason from Atletico GO. 18 starts (1 sub) for Cruzeiro and 12 starts in serie B make him a busy player. 1637 Serie A minutes, he should get quite the nice rise as well. Players to watch for next season: Bernardo (19/79) has been quite the flop this season. He's been linked with a middle eastern move, but will get another chance to prove his worth to Cruzeiro. Dudu (17/75) was forced into duty and did well, now is performing great with the U20's. He'll hopefully be nurtured in slowly, as he's a great talent. Neguete and Vinicius are two central defender who have been called into action because of injuried this season and shown that they are pretty good (19). Mateus (19) and Anderson Uchoa (18) are two DM's who couls also get a step up. Uchoa has more offensive flair, but both are solid. Fidel Martinez (19) is already an Ecuadorian international and could see some time on the big team. Eliandro (19) was the last-minute revelation, having subbed in to 4 games late in the season, 108 minutes, and scoring twice. He'll probably play a role as a sub next season. Anderson Lessa (20/76) was shackled by injuries this season and still managed to be one of Nautico's best players. 2 starts, 11 subs, and 4 goals. He'll transfer over and keep being a super sub, hopefully. FLAMENGO Airton (19/84) has shown a ton of ability and his transfer to Benfica is almost set. 30 starts this season, should climb to 86/87. Willians (23/85) has done exactly what was expected of him. Became a starter at Fla, was that hard nosed man putting in the hard tackles. A massive collection of 14 yellow cards and 2 red cards in the Brasileiro alone, still managed 2469 minutes and is set for a rise to 86/87. The next Paulo Assuncao. Players to watch for next season: Everton Silva (21/78) got into a few games, but wasn't ever going to displace Leo Moura. Now, with Leo rumoured to be on his way out, Everton Silva will battle it out for that spot. His loan was made permanenent this week, so he is for sure in Fla's plans. Rafael Galhardo (18/72) is probably two years away. Looked out of place last year, but he's stellar at the youth level, captaining Flamengo's U20 team. Good free kicker, that's for sure. Welinton (20/80) has been on a downward spiral late in the season. Still started 14 matches in the league, but needs a strong Carioca showing to get back in shape. Lenon (19/75) is a defensive midfielder who impressed a lot in the middle of the season before the emergence of Maldonado and Petkovic. He'll probably keep being brought up slowly, but he'll be worth watching if he does get in. Guilherme Camacho (19/75) is in the same situation as Lenon. Starred for the Flamengo juniors. Diego Mauricio (19) has been scoring goals for fun with the junior team. Is a striker in the Diego Forlan mold, as in he misses a lot of chances and somehow still ends up with 2 goals at the end of the game. FLUMINENSE Rafael (25/80) was a big part of the miraculous run into safety. 19 games in the Brasileiro and 10 in the Copa Sudamericana, should get a rise to 83/84. Dalton (19/75) was another big part of the turnaround. Also a starter for the National U20 team, he started 6 Sudamericana matches as well as 13 Brasileiro matches. Also, 6 U20 World Cup matches. Was one of the players who came up big in the last third of the season. Gum (23/80) has probably been the key piece in the puzzle. He waas the most dominant CB in Brazil after arrivant at Fla. Before arriving, he started 15 games (2 goals) for Ponte in division 2. Then 16 starts for Fla (3 goals) in division 1 and 7 starts (2 goals) in he Copa Sudamericana. Should be rated 85/86 at least. I can't say enough good things. Dieguinho (20/76) turned it around completely this season. I absolutely blasted him after his first appearance, but he has actually been very solid down the stretch. 15 starts, 3 subs should get him to 80/81 for now. Maicon (19/77) started the season terribly, but recovered at the U20 World Cup, where he saved Brazil against Germany, and made the best of it to end the year on a high. Linked to Palermo. 9 starts, 12 subs, 2 goals and 3 assists. Alan (20/76) would've had less minutes had Maicon not gotten hurt, but still shun brightly at the end of the season. 11 starts, 12 subs, 5 goals. Also 5 starts, 5 subs, 2 goals in the Copa Sudamericana, he should get a nice rise and a nice look next season. Players to watch for next season: Joao Paulo (19/80) completly lost his spot at the end of the season, but it would be dumb to think it's the last we've heard of him. played over 1600 minutes this season, it's be interesting to see him battle it out with Dieguinho. Digao (21/78) would be on the risers list had he not gotten injured. Will be the third CB next to Dalton and Gum, had played very well after his promotion in August. He has been talked about as a future international and has a bright future ahead of him. Wellington (17) and Wellington Silva (16) are two exiting attacking players who could possibly see a few appearances next year. Both are absolute wonders. Dori (19) is a striker from the youth team more likely to be promoted, who is clinical in front of goal and could battle with Maicon and Alan. GOIAS Rafael Toloi (19/84) is already one of their best players. Starter for the U20, has started 20 games this season, but missed a few after a horrific injury in the U20 World Cup. He pretty much started every game possible. Was also the most penalised player with 3 red cards. 2 goals. Linked to Corinthians and Sao Paulo, without mentionning Internazionale. Players to watch for next season: Douglas (19/77) started 7 and subbed into 7 as backup to Vitor, who was the best RB in Brazil. Vitor is rumoured to be on his way out, Douglas will be BIG next year. Starter for Brazil's U20. Rithelly (18/74) reminds me a lot of Sandro. Started the last 5 games this year, scoring the goal that cost Sao Paulo the title. Defensive midfielder who doesn't play that offensively, but a player I want on my team anyday. Johnathan (19) is a striker who has been quite dominant for the junior sides and will get his fair shake next season. If he can get hot, he'll score a lot. GREMIO Bruno Collaco (19/75) took advantage of injuries to Lucio and Fabio Santos to put in some nice performances. Only 600 minutes and he's behind two great players, but he'll surely still get a chance a some point next season. Mario Fernandes (19/80), with over 1500 minutes despite a few injuries, has been linked to Inter, Juve, Barca, Real and Napoli, amongst others. If he stays, we hill rightfully take his CB spot from Rever for 2010. Exellent player. is another player I was very tough on early who ended up saving himself with some stellar performance late in the year. He's back on track. Players to watch for next year: Saimon (19) was great in the Gaucho as a wingback, mediocre in the season and horrible in the U20's as a centre back. I'm not sure what to think, but he might creep into Mario Fernandes' old spot on the right. Mithyuê (20), the old futsal legend, was injured all season but featured in the last game of the season against Flamengo. We should see him in the Gaucho 2010, hopefully get to see his mad skills. Gerson (17) is the U17 captain for Brazil, but is still 2 years away. He's showing all the signs of being dominant at a young age, a bit like Piqué. Bruno Renan (18), a winger, has played pretty well for the U20 team and should be rewarded with a callup provided he has a good Copinha. Pessalli (19) is probably going to come in and combine with Mithyuê and Maylson to replace Tcheco. Pessalli is one of those Brazilian flair players we love so much. He'll dance, flick-sombrero and deliver some wonderful balls. Just a bit fragile still. Emerson and Fernando (both 17) are the future of the defensive midfield. Fernando featured once already, and Emerson has been called the next big Gremio player by one of the youth managers. Aloisio (21/75) scored a TON in the Swiss second division, I believe with Thun, and is now trying to find a way into Grêmio. Bergson (18) is the most hated player in Brazil after allegedly telling Douglas Costa to not shoot late in the last game of the season against Flamengo. It was his first senior appearance. The CF scores a lot in junior, but I'm not 100% sure that it will translate.
  13. 9 points
    Sir Rahul

    Rahul W's rating predictions

    Used to do it bit by bit yes, I'm not in any GW currently so it's more difficult for me to track when I do have some free time. That being said, hope I can return to doing them for the summer preds.
  14. 9 points
    @Kev @TMCosta @1000dB @Milanista1 @swanseajack @Damien1990 @sirmarkhughes @zsp2 @crvena_zvezda @Soccahappy @Damian @Vib @Cam Lucas @darkblade @Eneko01 @Ignazio Barraco @Middle_Finger @hesselink @shangar @Edson Lisboa @winklepicker @N12 @SJain @EnglishPirlo @FDTV @Garof @Alexx3 @d5v1L @azoT93 @Der Chefscout @-JMH- @Dasylver @Awosika @rbb @Ahmed @saffan @Yuasa @Third @Ziro @repacca @Afi @Krooss25 @tupac_healy @muallan @Kierans91 @Roachy @Aguero @mulhern @Jerald Jay @Dirisulub @Djordjee @BimanToro Prayudha
  15. 9 points
    Un Sandpiper

    Rahul W's rating predictions

    I prefer his cousin Hocus Pocus
  16. 9 points
    arsenalrocs

    Worldwide Risers

    With regards to @hoochy koochy's post, I agree that this has become a catch-all thread for deals, buy/sell/keep and new players etc. I can understand why people would post questions that are unrelated to risers on here because there are very few active threads on the forum. That being said, I agree with @Hail Mary that many of the buy/sell/keep questions can be answered with just a little research and digging especially when it comes to the players rated 82 and above. For players rated below that, I think that having the opinion of forumers who know certain leagues well is very useful since videos and stats never tell the full story. @thorgan lesar for Belgium, @Lucas Fiorino for Argentina, @Der Chefscout for Germany and so on and so forth. Recently, I think there have been too many arguments on this thread. All the infighting and disagreements has left a bad taste in my mouth. It's the Internet, where everybody has their own opinion. Too many people have been forceful about their opinion on here. Having a different opinion doesn't mean you get to insist upon yours. Especially when it comes to rating predictions where none of us even know for sure whether we are right. As @Hfazil likes to reiterate, nothing is guaranteed when it comes to rating predictions especially when we're dealing with highly rated players. Having picked up a summer job, it hasn't been possible to be as active on the forum as before. Hence, explaining the absence of new lists of risers. That along with the fact that players, managers and even SM are on holiday right now could explain the low levels of activity on the forum. For now, I hope to still be able to carve out time to answer the various questions posted and to maybe pick up where I left off or to try out something new.
  17. 9 points
    FRENCH RATINGS All the stats from the top of Ligue 1 to the bottom of Ligue 2 First post contents 1. Preface 2. Announcements 3. Post Format 4. Ligue 1 Table and Teams (Links) 5. Ligue 1 Statistics -- I. Goalscorers -- II. Assisters -- III. Goalkeeping 6. Ligue 2 Table and Teams (Links) 7. Ligue 2 Statistics ---I. Goalscorers ---II. Assisters ---III. Goalkeeping 8. Best XI Risers Preface (Please read) This is my first attempt at predicting ratings at such an extensive level and at making a list of player statistics/ratings, so I apologize for any mistakes beforehand, large and small. I made this thread purely for my own pleasure and for informing you all of French players. I do not claim any players already mentioned on the forums as my own mention. This thread will take a while to complete, so have some patience. This thread will be updated after every round of French football, even while it is still being constructed. The statistics posted in this thread will only be league statistics; cups and other tournaments are not accounted for. Lastly, I would be thankful towards any criticism and advice from people better than me at this, if it concerns inaccurate stats, disagreeable predictions, and other suggestions. -Dec 10, 2008 Announcements All recent announcements will be posted - alongside their posting dates and hyperlinked to their posts - in this section in order for you to be aware of what I am doing. - 3/20: Rating Changes Added - 3/26: I'm Taking a Break - 5/16: Weeks 30-35 Review! - 5/17: Continuing the Review! - 5/22: Final Part of the Review - 5/25: The UNFP Awards Are Here! - 5/25: Week 37 Review - 6/4: Final Day Review! - 6/5: First Week of Summer News - 8/10: And so the Season kicks off! - 11/3: Partial Renouncement of My Duties... Format This is the format of all the statistics: First Name LAST NAME - Starts - Subs - Goals - Assists - Minutes Rating -> New Rating -> Etc. -> Predicted Rating (Notes about player) ------------------------------- All statistics are colored coded as follows: Blue = Rise Light Blue = May Rise Black = Stay Orange = May Drop Red = Drop ------------------------------- At the end of every post, there will be a brief summary of a player who I would recommend that you buy above anyone else in the team. After each of these "recommendations," there will be a small, italic line stating when that summary was last updated (I will be updating them only occasionally). Edit (Jul 12, 2010): From now on, there will be no "recommended player" at summary at the end of each post. There will, though be a brief description of the team at the start of each post. Ligue 1 Table & Teams (Links) 1. Marseilles 2. Lyon 3. Auxerre 4. Lille 5. Montpellier 6. Bordeaux 7. Lorient 8. Monaco 9. Rennes 10. Valenciennes 11. Lens 12. Nancy Lorraine 13. PSG 14. Toulouse 15. Nice 16. Sochaux 17. St.-Etienne 18. Le Mans 19. Boulogne 20. Grenoble Note: The teams are arranged as they are on the league table. Ligue 1 Statistics Last Update: Week 31 GOALSCORERS #. First/LAST Name - Team - Goals - Minutes 1. Mamadou NIANG - Olympique de Marseille - 18 - 2472 2. Kévin GAMEIRO - FC Lorient - 17 - 2992 3. Mevlut ERDING - Paris Saint-Germain - 15 - 2403 4. Lisandro LOPEZ - Olympique Lyonnais - 15 - 2518 5. Ireneusz JELEN - AJ Auxerre - 14 - 2410 6. Loic REMY - OGC Nice - 14 - 2869 7. NENE - AS Monaco FC - 14 - 2989 8. Asamoah GYAN - Stade Rennais FC - 13 - 1990 9. Pierre-Alain FRAU - LOSC Lille Métropole - 13 - 2115 10. GERVINHO - LOSC Lille Métropole - 13 - 2465 ASSISTERS #. First/LAST Name - Team - Assists - Minutes 1. Lucho GONZALEZ - Olympique de Marseille - 11 - 2358 2. Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH - Valenciennes FC - 10 - 2338 3. Marama VAHIRUA - FC Lorient - 10 - 2272 4. Daniel NICULAE - AJ Auxerre - 9 - 2442 5. Jimmy BRIAND - Stade Rennais FC - 8 - 1604 6. Christophe JALLET - Paris Saint-Germain - 8 - 2375 7. Eden HAZARD - LOSC Lille Métropole - 8 - 2679 8. Julien FERET - AS Nancy Lorraine - 8 - 3153 9. Anthony MOUNIER - OGC Nice - 7 - 2135 10. Yoann GOURCUFF - Girondins de Bordeaux - 7 - 2264 GOALKEEPING #. First/LAST Name - Team - Goals Conceded - Minutes - Minutes per goal condeded Only goalkeepers with over 50% of all minutes played are added to this list. Sorted by goal concession rate. 1. Yohann PELE - Toulouse FC - 11 - 1491 - 135.5 2. Olivier SORIN - AJ Auxerre - 31 - 3150 - 101.6 3. Mickaël LANDREAU - LOSC Lille Métropole - 26 - 2520 - 96.9 4. Steve MANDANDA - Olympique de Marseilles - 33 - 3176 - 96.2 5. Hugo LLORIS - Olympique Lyonnais - 34 - 3240 - 95.3 6. Geoffrey JOURDREN - Montpellier HSC - 41 - 3420 - 83.4 7. Nicolas DOUCHEZ - Stade Rennais FC - 41 - 3330 - 81.2 8. Fabien AUDARD - FC Lorient - 39 - 3146 - 80.7 9. Apoula Edima EDEL - Paris Saint-Germain - 25 - 1987 - 79.5 10. Stephane RUFFIER - AS Monaco - 44 - 3330 - 75.7 Ligue 2 Table & Teams (Links) 1. Caen 2. Nantes 3. Le Havre 4. Chateauroux 5. Tours 6. Brest 7. Stade Lavallois 8. Arles Avignon 9. Vannes OC 10. Metz 11. Angers 12. Guingamp 13. Nimes Olympique 14. Dijon FCO 15. Istres 16. AC Ajaccio 17. Clermont Foot 18. Sedan 19. Bastia 20. Strasbourg Note: The teams are arranged as they are on the league table. Ligue 2 Statistics GOALSCORERS #. First/LAST Name - Team - Goals - Minutes - Scoring Rate in Minutes* 1. Olivier GIROUD - Tours FC - 8 - 733 2. Ghislain GIMBERT - Vannes OC - 721 3. Anthony MODESTE - Angers SCO - 6 - 716 4. Tenema N'DIAYE - FC Nantes - 5 - 456 5. Nolan ROUX - Stade Brestois - 5 - 598 6. Magaye GUEYE - RC Strasbourg - 5 - 600 7. Christophe GAFFORY - SC Bastia - 5 - 675 8. Ivan KLASNIC - FC Nantes - 4 - 309 9. Jean-Jacques MANDRICHI - Nîmes Olympique - 4 - 572 10. Mamadou DIALLO - Havre AC - 4 - 626 ASSISTERS #. First/LAST Name - Team - Assists - Minutes - Assisting Rate in Minutes* 1. Djamel ABDOUN - FC Nantes - 5 - 740 2. Bruno GROUGI - Stade Brestois - 5 - 794 3. Benjamin NIVET - SM Caen - 4 - 774 4. Frédéric SAMMARITANO - Vannes OC - 4 - 654 5. Benjamin PSAUME - AC Arles Avignon - 3 - 668 6. Damien TIBERI - CS Sedan - 3 - 691 7. Fatih ATIK - Tours FC - 3 - 688 8. Seid KHITER - RC Strasbourg - 2 - 478 9. Fabrice DO MARCOLINO - Stade Lavallois - 2 - 537 10. Yannick YENGA - Tours FC - 2 - 558 GOALKEEPING #. First/LAST Name - Team - Goals Conceded - Minutes - Avg. Minutes per Concession* 1. Alexis THEBAUX - SM Caen - 5 - 810 2. Johny PLACIDE - Havre AC - 7 - 720 3. Jean-Daniel PADOVANI - Angers SCO - 8 - 540 4. Stéphane TREVISAN - EA Guingamp - 8 - 810 5. Vincent FERNANDEZ - La Berrichonne de Châteauroux - 8 - 810 6. Thierry DEBES - AC Ajaccio - 9 - 652 7. Lubos KAMENAR - FC Nantes - 9 - 808 8. Steeve ELANA - Stade Brestois - 9 - 810 9. Magno NOVAES - SC Bastia - 10 - 810 10. Christophe MARICHEZ - FC Metz - 11 - 810 *Rounded to the nearest tenth of a minute. Best XI Risers Here are eleven players whom I think are the most talented for their respective classes. By class, I refer to a range of SM player ratings. I have organized the players in Ligue 1 and 2 into two classes: the first class of players 85 or higher; and the other of players "Not on DB" or rated 60 to 84. The players are all risers. They may be short- or long-term risers or may not maintain their future ratings for long. O-85 Sorin/Jourdren Yangambiwa - Koscielny - Cissokho M'Bia Hazard - Cheyrou - Pjanic - Marveaux/Gervinho Gomis - Montano U-84 Blondel Nounkeu - Gace - Sane Haruna Belhanda - Ndinga - M'Vila - Tabanou Riviere/Camara - Tafer/Sagbo
  18. 9 points
    Re: English Championship 7046 Previews & Predictions Thread
  19. 9 points
    joepi

    La Liga risers

    Real Madrid Canales 85 -> 87 Barcelona Jonathan dos Santos 78 -> 80 82 Jeffren 82 -> 85 85 Pedro 88 -> 90 90 Sevilla Jose Carlos 80 -> 83/82 80 Cala 78 -> 82/83 82 Valencia Joel 75 -> 76/77 75 Jordi Alba 83 -> 86 86 At.Madrid Ibrahima 76 -> 83/82 82 De Gea 80 -> 86 87 Álvaro Domínguez 85 -> 88 87 Mallorca Victor Casadesus 85 -> 87/86 87 Deportivo Ivan Pérez 76 -> 80/81 80 Juan Domínguez 77 -> 83 82 Laure 84 -> 86 85 Espanyol Víctor Ruíz 75 -> 84 84 Dídac Vila 74 -> 81/82 80 Márquez 78 -> 83 83 Baena 77 -> 82 83 Marqués 82 -> 84/85 84 Amat 75 -> 78/79 75 Villarreal Matilla 83 -> 85/84 84 Musacchio 83 -> 84/85 85 Fuster 85 -> 87 86 Getafe Codina 84 -> 86 87 Osasuna Galán 75 -> 78/79 80 Rúper 80 -> 83/82 83 Jokin Esparza 76 -> 78/79 76 Ath.Bilbao San José 83 -> 86/87 86 Íñigo Pérez 75 -> 77/78 75 Iturraspe 77 -> 83/84 83 De Marcos 83 -> 86 84 Almería Míchel 84 -> 86/87 86 Sporting Botía 85 -> 87 87 Lora 85 -> 86/87 86 Portilla 75 -> 78/79 75 Málaga Pedrito 75 -> 78/79 75 Juanmi 75 -> 78/79 75 Javi López 78 -> 81/82 80 Toribio 78 -> 83/84 83 Edu Ramos 73 -> 76/77 75 Benachour 84 -> 85/86 85 Manu Torres 78 -> 83/84 82 Manolo 83 -> 85/86 84 Iván 77 -> 83/84 84 Racing Coltorti 85 -> 87/86 86 Diop 83 -> 85/86 85 Zaragoza Goñi 78 -> 81/82 78 Roberto 82 -> 84/85 85 Ander Herrera 84 -> 86/87 87 Kevin 73 -> 76/77 75 Valladolid Lázaro 76 -> 79/80 77 Keko 75 -> 80/81 78 Tenerife Aitor Nuñez 76 ->79/80 76 Omar 78 -> 82/83 82 Xerez Redondo 80 -> 82/81 80 Michel 77 -> 81/80 77
  20. 9 points
    Understanding Balance & Transfer Budgets From One Season to the Next Introduction Like many others on here, I have had several questions & concerns about what happens to a team's Balance and Transfer Budget from one season to the next. Unfortunately (1) the SM Help section doesn't address this and (2) there have been contradictory messages on this topic from not only multiple SM Devs, but also with the SM Community Support volunteers. Anyway, I did some digging, and the following is what I have figured out from firsthand experience with my various teams. Please keep in mind that I don't know the exact equations that SM use in determining the Balance/Transfer Budget, but the following are the basic principles that they work with. Two Things That You Need to Understand Before Reading This Guide 1. I am leaving chairman cash infusions, prize money, season tickets, etc... OUT of the equation. Forget about them for the time being. 2. Also, keep in mind that at the beginning of the season, your Chairman sees your Transfer Budget as a percentage (0-100%) of your Balance. Never more than 100%. Thus, at the beginning of a new season your Transfer Budget will never be greater than your Balance. I will explain this more later. There are Only 3 Different Balance & Transfer Budget Scenarios That You Can End a Season With SCENARIO 1. Balance is GREATER THAN your Transfer Budget Ex: Balance £10.0M / Transfer Budget £5.0M SCENARIO 2. Balance is LESS THAN your Transfer Budget Ex: Balance £5.0M / Transfer Budget £16.0M SCENARIO 3. Balance is NEGATIVE. Ex 1: Balance -£2.0M / Transfer Budget £10.0M Ex 2: Balance -£22.0M / Transfer Budget £10.0M The Following are What Will Happen to Your Balance and Transfer Budget at the Beginning of the Next Season for Each of Those 3 Scenarios: SCENARIO 1. Balance is GREATER THAN your Transfer Budget Then you will start the new season with roughly the same amount of Balance and Transfer Budget that you ended the previous season. (That is of course before SM begin their voodoo with the figures.) Example: You end the season with a Balance of £10.0M and a Transfer Budget of £5.0M. At the beginning of the new season (before taking into account chairman cash infusions, season ticket sales, prize money, etc...) your Balance will be somewhere around £10.0M and your Transfer Budget will be around £5.0M.... Roughly the same as you ended the previous season with. After this, SM begin to include (or not) chairman cash infusions, etc... SCENARIO 2. Balance is LESS THAN your Transfer Budget At the start of a new season, your Transfer Budget will decrease to at least what your Balance is. Example: You end the season with a Balance of £5.0M and a Transfer Budget of £16.0M. Again, not considering chairman cash infusion, prize money, season tickets, etc... your Balance will be somewhere around £5.0M and your Transfer Budget will be £5.0M or less. That's right...unfortunately you lose the difference between the £16.0M Transfer Budget and the £5.0M Balance. So if it's late in the season and there is not anyone on the transfer market that you are just dying to buy, wait until the beginning of the next season to sell your money spinners, because if you sell them near the end of the season you could find yourself in this Scenario and basically lose that Transfer Budget that you just gained through their sales. Better to wait until the start of the next season to do those transfers. SCENARIO 3. Your Balance is Negative. Money will be taken from your Transfer Budget to pay off any negative Balance. If you don't have enough in your Transfer Budget to pay off your negative Balance, your team will begin the next season with a negative Balance. Example: You end the season with a Balance of - £2.0M and a Transfer Budget of £10.0M. At the beginning of the new season your Balance will be roughly £0.0M and your Transfer Budget will be roughly £0.0M. Another Example: You end the season with a Balance of -£22.0M and a Transfer Budget of £10.0M. You will begin the next season with a Balance of roughly -£12.0M and a Transfer Budget of £0.0M. Yes, you can begin a new season with a negative Balance. Towards the End of a Season, You Need to Figure Out In Advance Which of the 3 Scenarios Your Team Will be In so That You Can Ask the Right Questions For those managers that operate their teams with SCENARIO 1 - Balances that are GREATER THAN the Transfer Budgets, there shouldn't be that many new or hard fiscal questions that you need to really concern yourself with towards the end of the season. However, for those managers that operate with SCENARIO 2 - Balances that are LESS THAN Transfer Budgets or SCENARIO 3 - Balances that are Negative, you really will face a lot of fiscal questions towards the end of a season. Here are a Few of Those Questions Here are questions some of you that fall into SCENARIO 2 or 3 might face: If you are running a team with money spinners, do you sell them before the end of the season to pay off your negative Balance and improve the overall fiscal health of your team, OR do you go into the next season with a negative Balance and once the season begins then sell them and create a healthy Transfer Budget? If I don't pay off my negative Balance this season, how many more seasons can I continue this, before I have to bite the bullet and pay it off? Anyway, that's just one or two questions to which there is no absolute correct answer. It's up to the manager, depending upon what the Transfer Market looks like, what any potential prize money could look like, etc... You are Saying to Yourself, "I Still Don't Fully Understand Why Cash Would Just Vanish if My Team Ends the Season With a Heap of Transfer Funds and a Positive Balance ?" It is confusing. Maybe this helps... If you have a positive Balance, but it is LESS THAN your Transfer Budget, it means that on a weekly basis, your team is running (or has run) at an operational loss. Basically what this means is that every week your non-transfer related revenue (gate receipts, tv revenue, etc...) is LESS THAN your non-transfer related expenses (player wages, ground maintenance). Operationally, your team is bringing in less money than you have to pay out. Here's an Example of Such a Scenario (where you have a positive Balance and a good amount of Transfer Budget, but somehow a chunk of that Transfer Budget vanishes at the beginning of the new season): (Again, I am leaving chairman cash infusions, prize money, season tickets, etc... OUT of the equation) Say you start the season with a Balance of £10.0M and a Transfer Budget of £10.0M. Every week you bring in £1.0M in revenue from gate receipts, tv revenue, etc... Also every week you have to pay out £1.5M in expenses from player wages, ground maintenance, etc... At the end of the first week of the season you will have lost £0.5M due to operations (£1.0M in revenue MINUS £1.5M in expenses EQUALS an operational loss of £0.5M). So at the end of the first week, your Balance will be £9.5M and your Transfer Budget will still be £10.0M. You can see where this is going to lead to... If everything on both sides of the equation stays the same (gate receipts, tv revenue, player wages, ground maintenance, etc...) then every week your team is going to operate at a £0.5M loss. So @ the end of: Week 1: Balance £9.5M / Transfer Budget £10.0M Week 2: £9.0M / £10.0M Week 3: £8.5M / £10.0M Week 4: £8.0M / £10.0M Week 5: £7.5M / £10.0M Week 6: £7.0M / £10.0M Week 7: £6.5M / £10.0M Week 8: £6.0M / £10.0M Week 9: £5.5M / £10.0M Week 10: £5.0M / £10.0M So after just 10 Weeks your Balance will be £5.0M and your Transfer Budget will still be £10.0M. That's right. After losing £0.5M in operations for 10 weeks your Balance will be down to £5.0M and your Transfer Budget will still be the same @ £10.0M. Then say you decide to sell a player for £2.0M to generate some transfer related revenue. Both your Balance and your Transfer Budget will reflect the £2.0M in revenue that you gained from the sale of the player. So your Balance after selling the player will be £7.0M (the £5.0M that you had PLUS the £2.0M from selling the player) And your Transfer Budget after selling the player will be £12.0M (the £10.0M that you had PLUS the £2.0M from selling the player). Then the season ends. You finish the season with a Balance of £7.0M and a Transfer Budget of £12.0M. Because the Balance is LESS THAN the Transfer Budget your team falls into SCENARIO 2 (described above). The next season is about to start. Your Chairman sees your Transfer Budget as a percentage (0-100%) of your Balance. Never more than 100%. This is important to understand and I think the thing that SM has done a very poor job communicating to managers on here. ***** At the beginning of a new season, your Chairman WILL NEVER HAVE your Transfer Budget GREATER THAN your Balance regardless of what your Balance / Transfer Budget looked like at the end of the previous season. Here's how the Chairman will address your Balance : So the Chairman will see that you ended the previous season with a Balance of £7.0M and a Transfer Budget of £12.0M. Because you finished with a positive Balance, the Chairman will start you off for the next season with a Balance roughly the same @ £7.0M. Here's how the Chairman will address your Transfer Budget : After the Chairman addresses your Balance then he will figure out what your Transfer Budget will be. Since the Chairman sees your Transfer Budget at the beginning of a new season as a percentage (0-100%) of your Balance, he is going to take down your Transfer Balance at least to that of your Balance. The Chairman has already determined that the Balance is going to be roughly £7.0M. And since at the beginning of a new season your Chairman WILL NEVER HAVE your Transfer Budget GREATER THAN your Balance, this means that the very most your new Transfer Balance will be is £7.0M (and likely less). Yes...even though you ended the previous season with a Transfer Budget of £12.0M, your Chairman will set your new season's Transfer Budget at something that is equal or less than your new Balance of £7.0M. That is exactly how you can (and will) lose a chunk of your Transfer Budget at the beginning of a new season, even if you ended the previous season with a heap of Transfer funds and a positive Balance. The SM Devs Need to Address All of This in the SM Help Section It is only right that SM correctly and thoroughly address this in the Help section and/or on the Forum. There are just way too many questions on this not to address it. My 2 Cents - It's An Okay Fiscal System, BUT... On it's own this is an okay system that is set-up by SM. There are some holes in it, which I may touch on at a later date, but fiscally it makes sense. From an expense standpoint, it makes managers take their respective expenses into serious consideration, and should force any good manager to think about the fiscal consequences from one season to the next. HOWEVER, where this begins to break down is when you start to put it in conjunction with the non-transfer related revenue generation (i.e. Gate Receipts). The non-transfer related revenue is all that revenue that SM is solely in control of (i.e. Gate Receipts, Season Ticket Receipts, TV Revenue, etc...). If you run a BIG team, for example, CSKA Moskva, you have a stadium that can hold 84,745 spectators. However, since SM introduced the real-life attendances into the game, that BIG team only puts 12-16,000 people in the stadium per match regardless where you are in the standings. In order to run such a big team in Div 1 or Div 2 the manager is almost forced to have a team of money spinners just to compete. Then you are likely talking about a manager that has to run his team in SCENARIO 3 above....one where the manager is constantly in Negative Balance. There is a v good thread that was started HERE about crippling attendances and how SM got that aspect of the game just dead wrong. But it's important to understand how all of that affects your finances. If Your Balance is Constantly Negative Because of Crippling Attendances.... You are Not Alone I just wanted to point out how on its own the Balance / Transfer Budget system that SM have implemented IMO on the whole makes sense; HOWEVER, when taken into consideration with other aspects of the game (i.e. crippling attendances), it's not always a positive. Maybe SM will finally realize after months and months of discussion about it that they need a better non-transfer related revenue system (i.e. attendances). But again, that discussion is going to be better addressed on the Crippling Attendances and Gate Receipts thread. If You Have Some Questions or Comments On This Anyway, if you have some fiscal questions about Balance / Transfer Budgets throw them on here....maybe I or others can be of help. Also, maybe the SM Devs will want to finally post something comprehensive on all of this, too... That's it! Hopefully this is helpful. Any feedback is appreciated. Also, if you feel that I did not address something or did not provide clear enough examples, please let me know so I can improve this. Johnny C
  21. 9 points
    elmo88

    elmo's italian rating predictions

    Here's a few players from italy that i think will rise in the next rating changes, this is the top half of the table....i'll be doing the bottom half in the next couple of days and will post it up soon..... Note: stats are based on the league only, cup and European competition stats are not included. Internazionale JULIO CESAR, Soares 28/92 – rise to 93 18 starts for 1613 mins No.1 Brazilian GK!!!! MAXWELL, Scherer 26/90 – rise to 91 14 starts, 4 sub for 1442 mins CAMBIASSO, Esteban 27/93 – rise to 94 20 starts for 1878 mins*********most mins for inter 4 goals IBRAHIMOVIC, Zlatan 26/95 – rise to 96 16 starts, 3 subs for 1512 mins 14 goals Best player in the world in my opinion CRUZ, Julio 33/91 – rise to 92/ maybe 93 13 starts, 4 subs for 1166 mins 10 goals Has been on fire this season and has formed a great partnership with ibra Roma VUCINIC, Mirko 24/88 – rise to 89 13 starts, 5 subs for 1255 mins 2 goals DONI, Alexander 28/91 – rise to 92 20 starts for 1827 mins Battling with Julio Cesar for the no.1 gk for Brazil!!!! MANCINI, Alessandro 27/92 – rise to 93/ maybe 94 17 starts, 1 sub for 1400 mins 5 goals Juventus CHIELLINI, Giorgio 23/90 – rise to 91/92 15 starts for 1400 mins 1 goal MOLINARO, Cristian 24/87 –rise to 89/90 16 starts for 1514 mins LEGROTTAGLIE, Nicola 31/86 – rise to 88/89 16 starts, 2 subs for 1607 mins 2 goals NOCERINO, Antonio 22/87 – rise to 89/90 17 starts, 2 subs for 1588 mins TREZEGUET, David 30/93 – rise to 94 21 starts for 1929 mins 15 goals Fiorentina FREY, Sebastien 27/91 – rise to 92 19 starts for 1810 mins Strong performances this season…even talk of a move to Milan in the summer GAMBERINI, Alessandro 26/88 – rise to 89/ maybe 90 18 starts for 1619 mins 1 goal MUTU, Adrian 29/93 – rise to 94 18 starts, 1 sub for 1654 mins 13 goals PAZZINI, Giampaolo 23/87 – rise to 88 16 starts, 1 sub for 1258 mins 5 goals Christian Vieri 34/86 – rise to 87/88 5 starts, 13 sub for 845 mins 4 goals Milan KALAC, Zeljko 35/87 – rise to 88 7 starts for 658 mins Has just broken into the first team due to dida’s injury and has put in some match winning performances, if he keeps up this form, he should be due for a bigger increase in the next rating changes…. AMBROSINI, Massimo 30/92 – deserves a rise to 93 16 starts, 1 sub for 1421 mins 2 goals ALEXANDRE PATO, Rodrigues 18/85 – rise to 87/88 5 starts, 1 sub for 451 mins 4 goals Udinese HANDANOVIC, Samir 23/86 – rise to 87/88 19 starts for 1803 mins ZAPATA, Cristian 21/88 – rise to 89/ but deserves a 90 19 starts for 1730 mins 1 goal DOSSENA, Andrea 26/86 – rise to 87/88 19 starts for 1749 mins 1 goal FELIPE, Dias 23/87 – rise to 88 14 starts for 1194 mins MESTO, Giandomenico 25/87 – rise to 88 17 starts, 1 sub for 1626 mins 1 goal LUKOVIC, Aleksandar 25/85 –rise to 86 15 starts, 3 subs for 1458 mins D'AGOSTINO, Gaetano 25/86 – rise to 87/88 19 starts for 1757 mins GOKHAN, Inler 23/88 – rise to 89 20 starts for 1882 mins 1 goal PEPE, Simone 24/84 – rise to 85 8 starts, 10 sub for 782 mins 1 goal QUAGLIARELLA, Fabio 24/90 – rise to 91 20 start, 1 sub for 1842 mins 7 goals FLORO FLORES, Antonio 24/84 – rise to 85 8 starts, 12 subs for 828 mins 1 goal Atalanta COPPOLA, Ferdinando 29/85 - rise to 87 21 starts for 1985 mins TISSONE, Fernando 21/86 - rise to 87 16 starts, 3 subs for 1506 mins 3 goals CAPELLI, Daniele 21/84 – rise to 85/86 15 starts, 2 subs for 1462 mins 1 goal GUARANTE, Tiberio 22/83 – rise to 84/85 10 starts, 2 subs for 907 mins FERREIRA PINTO, Adriano 28/85 – rise to 87 21 starts for 1717 mins 3 goals LANGELLA, Antonio 30/85 – rise to 86/87 15 starts, 2 subs for 981 mins 6 goals FLOCCARI, Sergio 26/85 – rise to 86/87 12 starts, 5 subs for 1198 mins 3 goals Sampdoria CAMPAGNARO, Hugo 27/85 – rise to 86/87 16 starts for 1511 mins GASTALDELLO, Daniele 24/85 – rise to 86/87 14 starts, 1 sub for 1283 mins 1 goal SAMMARCO, Paolo 24/86 – rise to 87/88 12 starts, 4 subs for 1149 mins 4 goals Palermo CAPUANO, Ciro 26/84 – rise to 85/86 11 starts, 1 sub for 887 mins AMAURI, Carvalha 27/89 – rise to 90 20 starts for 1893 mins 8 goals Has attracted interest from a number of the big clubs in Europe and could soon figure for the Italian national team…. CAVANI, Edison 20/87 – rise to 88 10 starts, 9 subs for 1138 mins 3 goals Genoa Abdoulay Konko 23/84 – rise to 86 20 strts, 1 sub for 1847 mins 1 goal DANILO, Valério 25/82 – rise to 85 10 starts, 1 sub for 937 mins 1 goal JURIC, Ivan 32/85 – rise to 86/87 18 starts, 1 sub for 1736 mins BORRIELLO, Marco 25/85 – rise to 87/88 18 starts, 1638 mins 12 goals***********************star buy Was recently called up to the Italian squad Napoli CUPI, Andrea 32/83 – rise to 85 15 starts 1172 mins HAMSIK, Marek 20/86 – rise to 87/88 18 starts, 3 subs for 1676 mins 6 goals Has attracted interest for a number of big European clubs BOGLIACINO, Mariano 27/84 – rise to 86 12 starts, 8 subs for 1160 mins 2 goals ****************************************************************************** bottom half of the table Catania POLITO, Ciro 28/82 – rise to 85/86 18 starts for 1708 mins Gennaro Sardo 28/85 – rise to 86 13 starts, 1 sub for 1196 mins 1 goal VARGAS, Juan 24/88 – rise to 89/ deserves a 90 in my opinion 17 starts, 2 subs for 1601 mins***************must buy!!! 2 goals Has been great this season, has now attracted the attention of clubs such as Arsenal, spurs, Milan, Valencia and even Barcelona!!!!!! A move in the summer is definitely on and is a great addition to any team BIAGIANTI, Marco 23/77 – rise to 80/81 7 starts, 2 subs for 554 mins MORIMOTO, Takayuki 19/81 – rise to 83 2 starts, 9 sub for 365 mins 1 goal MASCARA, Giuseppe 28/86 – rise to 87/88 19 starts for 1708 mins 5 goals MARTÍNEZ, Jorge 24/86 – rise to 87/88 15 starts, 2 subs for 1223 mins 4 goals Lazio DE SILVESTRI, Lorenzo 19/78 – rise to 82/83 10starts, 3 subs for 848 mins PANDEV, Goran 24/90 – rise to 91 17 starts, 1 sub for 1427 mins 1 goal Torino DELLAFIORE, Hernan 23/85 – rise to 87 18 starts, 1 sub for 1731 mins 1 goal Matteo Rubin 21/78 – rise to 80 2 starts, 3 subs for 258 mins ROSINA, Alessandro 24/89 – deserves increase to 90 18 starts for 1406 mins 6 goals ZANETTI, Paolo 25/86 – rise to 86 21 starts, 4 subs for 1136 mins BOTTONE, Davide 21/73 – rise to 78/79 2 starts, 6 subs for 351 mins 1 goal MALONGA, Dominique 19/73 – rise to 78 7 subs for 205 mins 1 goal Livorno PULZETTI, Nico 23/84 – rise to 85/86 11 starts, 1 sub for 1004 mins 1 goal LOVISO, Massimo 23/83 – rise to 85 11 starts, 1 sub for 902 mins 2 goals DIAMANTI, Alessandro 24/77 – rise to 80/81 4 starts, 5 sub for 400 mins Siena ROSSETTINI, Luca 22/78 rise to 84/85 11 starts, 1 sub for 1052 mins************good increase PORTANOVA, Daniele 29/86 – rise to 87/88 21 starts, 1984 mins DE CEGLIE, Paolo 21/80 – rise to 85/86 17 starts, 3 subs for 1552 mins **************must buy future star 2 goals Currently co-0wned by juve and Siena, juve are looking to bring him back in the summer as he’s been great in a lower placing team. Is also a regular in the u-21 Italian team and is considered a future international. GALLOPPA, Daniele 22/84 – rise to 86 18 starts for 1604 mins 2 goals FORESTIERI, Fernando 18/72 – rise to 77/78 1 start, 8 sub for 290 mins 1 goal Parma ROSSI, Marco 20/83 – rise to 85 8 starts for 756 mins 1 goal PISANU, Andrea 26/86 – rise to 88 20 starts for 1710 mins 4 goals CIGARINI, Luca 21/86 – rise to 87/ deserves 88 17 starts, 2 subs for 1600 mins 1 goal*******************must buy future star Is currently wanted by Juve, and is often referred to the “new Andrea Pirlo”. He is a regular with the Italian U-21 and is also considered a future international Reggina NOVAKOVIC, Nenad 25/76 – rise to 78 2 starts for 186 mins ARONICA, Salvatore 30/86 – rise to 87 19 starts for 1794 mins VALDEZ, Carlos 24/85 – rise to 87 18 starts for 1634 mins LANZARO, Maurizio 25/86 – rise to 87/88 19 starts for 1760 mins MISSIROLI, Simmone 21/83 – rise to 84 9 starts, 6 subs for 971 mins JOELSON, Jose 24/82 – rise to 83 4 starts, 5 subs for 483 mins 1 goal CERAVOLO, Fabio 20/77 – rise to 83/84 11 starts, 8 subs for 925 mins 1 goal Empoli BASSI, Davide 22/80 – rise to 82 5 starts for 482 mins VANIGLI, Richard 36/82 – rise to 83/84 7 starts, 3 subs for 615 mins MARCHISIO, Claudio 22/85 – rise to 86 8 starts, 3 sub for 830 mins*************must buy future star Is currently owned by Juve and is said to be the future of Juve. He will definitely be back in the summer and could play a key role in the future of Juve. Is also a regular in the Italian U21 team. GIOVINCO, Sebastian 21/80 – rise to 84/85 8 starts, 11 subs for 1001 mins 3 goals*******************must buy future star Is also owned by juve and is considered on of the most promising Italian youngsters and has the label ‘Italian Lionel Messi’. Has represented italy at every youth level and is an important part of the U 21 team. He will be a vital player for Juve next season when his loan with empoli expires. Cagliari MANCOSU, Marco 19/78 – rise to 80 3 starts, 4 subs for 226 mins MATRI, Alessandro 23/84 – rise to 85/86 15 starts, 4 subs for 1379 mins 5 goals
  22. 8 points
    swanseajack

    Rahul W's rating predictions

    Bit of a farcical review so far. Unbelievable how Jesse Lingard's got an increase in rating above Ousmanne Dembele. Hopefully Anthony Martial gets his rating increase tomorrow at least, but at this rate it wouldn't be very surprising at all if he didn't. Imagine what rating Lingard would get if he was a star man at Barcelona 😆 Guendouzi to 83 is just ridiculous. He's come out of nowhere to play over 1500 minutes for Arsenal already this season, and recently has pretty much started every single game for them. He's also out performing a Granit Xhaka who's managing to keep hold of his 91. Mohamed Elneny couldn't lace his boots and maintains his 88 rating. Also, not that anyone will be particularly bothered but Dwight McNeil only maintaining his 70 rating despite 275 minutes at the time of his review at Burnley; whilst Ben Wilmot got an increase from 73 to 75 for 182 minutes at Watford just shows no logic whatsoever.
  23. 8 points
    Monolithic

    Worldwide Risers

    With the big 5 looking like coming next, probably the most sensible (least worst) schedule for SM's reviews might be something along these lines: November/December: France, Italy, Germany, England, Spain. January: Holland, Portugal, Turkey, Bulgaria, Japan, Korea. February/March: Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Uruguay, USA, Mexico. April/May: Belgium, Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Scotland, English Championship. May/June: France, Italy, Germany, England, Spain. I'm not saying this is what SM will necessarily do, and it would still mean that several countries will have been forced to wait far too long, but this would be making the best of a bad job.
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    Re: English Championship 28697 - Match Reports,Transfer news etc. Welcome, To Dartford Football Club Dartford, most famous for its crossing from new Boss Nick Justice's local area Essex into Kent, however in Dartford there is a local Blue Square Premier League side, of which is named Dartford FC ironically! And just one day ago Justice was appointed as head coach at the club in order to try and obtain league football for the part time minnows. Justice takes over the side after the previous manager couldnt handle the challenge and gave up rather sharply. He left the club in a little bit of a state, having brought in players and given them rather illustrious contracts for a club of the magnitude of Dartford, They are literally draining the clubs funds. Which means Justice will have to keep them untill they are able to part with the club when the next window of transfers arises. Untill then Justice may not be able to put his own twist on the club, and will have to settle for that already available to him at the club. He has stated that when possible he will try his best to improve the squad anyway he can to help achieve the best possible outcome for the club. Justice well renounced for taking the approach of signing young talent and then working for the future, has admitted he may take a slightly different approach when it comes to his new Dartford side as experience could be vital for any chance at obtaining league status. The task ahead of him will not be easy by any means, it will be a very lengthy process into the football league, and Justice hopes the locals and fans will be patient with him and the task he has ahead of him. Justice admits it will take him untill around September/October of this year untill he will be able to really put his mark on Dartford, but he looks forward to when that opportunity. Currently the balance in transfer funds at Dartford is thought to be around £24k, which isnt an awful lot in modern football terms, so the club cant be expecting any world class signings quite yet. Justice has set himself a realistic target of trying to obtain a league position 15th or above in the current season, before they can even look at the chance of play-off positions Justice admits a lot of changes will have to be made. Dartford's: Like Brazil? Meet star player: Arthur Caíque do Nascimento Cruz (Arthur) Arthur to shine at Dartford? Meet Dartford's Brazilian star Arthur Caíque do Nascimento Cruz aka Arthur!, the Brazilian forward. 21 years old and could be the key man in Dartford's Season claims boss Nick Justice. He admits he doesnt know how the previous manager was able to lure such a talents player to join a lower division club, however he has spoke with the striker about his career, and un surprisingly the player said he'd one day love to play back in Brazil as well as maybe somewhere abroad, And Justice may be forced to let him go, however for now he is a Dartford player. And everything about him shows talent and Justice admits he could be the key to his season, despite reports linking him with a switch to Sao Paulo and Corinthians this September, having impressed the two sides whilst in Brazil previously. but the ranked striker of 79, could will prove to be an absolute beast in the Conference Premier and Justice hopes he can cause havoc for the opponents defence. GAME 1: Under New management AFC Telford United 2-3 Dartford Football Club J.SVENNINGSEN (14,19) S.LESLIE (41) I.CRANEY (61) M.ARBER (62) Turkish youngstar Ari puts in Man of the Match Display In a five goal thriller, Dartford Football Club beat AFC Telford United 3-2, it was a thrilling encounter for the locla fans to come and see. Justice taking his place in the dug out for the first time, and much to the delight of the fans who turned up in their numbers to see the new boss and what he had to offer. He certainly did not disappoint the spectators. As they encountered a thrilling game of football, as an end to end game ended with the scoreline of 3-2 as Dartford proved to be too much for the home side.The opening goal was scored just 14 minutes into the game as defender Svenningsen volleying in from range, offering the best possible start for Justice at Dartford. then just 5 minutes later the defender was at it again this time from close range, and just 19 minutes into Justice's first game he found his side 2 goals to the good. The party was brought slightly down to earth for the new boss when the home side put the ball in the net just minutes before half time. With his side now just one goal up Justice had to motivate his side as his team took to the field for the second half. it was just before the 60th minute mark when Svenningsen's game went form hero to zero as he was to go for an early bath after receiving a red card for a stupid tackle. Just two minutes after the incident Dartford found themselves level at 2-2, however they did not stop battling and then they hit what would end up being the winner just under 30 minutes from time with South African out time Mark Arber heading home. to round up a very happy start for new boss Justice.
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    Re: English Championship 7777 - Discussion Thread Now to mix up the divisions, the previous one was all about who based on squad value should finish where! Enjoy! The likes of Shorpe showing how good they are doing to be competing in Division 1, and the likes of FGR showing that they will be up there soon!
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    50 Soccer Stars Who Will Shine At The Olympics

    Football at the Beijing Olympics begins on Thursday 7 August and this year’s tournament looks set to be one of the best yet with a host of international superstars on show in China. The likes of Ronaldinho, Lionel Messi and Robinho have all put their country before their clubs in a united front of national pride. Here are 50 of the top stars who will be giving no less than 100% for their nations as they try to win an elusive gold medal. 50. Samuel Caballero (Honduras) Age: 33 Position: Defender The vastly experienced Caballero is required once again to provide leadership for a very inexperienced Honduran side in this year’s Olympics. Caballero has been of huge importance to the national side, with 11 goals in 64 matches from defence and played a vital role in the World Cup qualifiers in both 2002 and 2006. Whereas the majority of the Olympic squad are playing club football in Honduras, Caballero can draw on experience from his time at Udinese in Serie A, Chicago Fire in MLS and current employers Changchun Yatai, the Chinese Super League champions. 49. Takayuki Morimoto (Japan) Age: 20 Position: Striker Morimoto has a lot to live up to at this year’s Olympics and visits Beijing with a huge reputation. Whilst at Tokyo Verdy, he held the record for the youngest Japanese player to make his professional debut and the youngest scorer in J. League history. He has been compared to a young Ronaldo for the combination of his size, strength and speed, although a professional record of two goals in 19 appearances for Serie A club Catania would suggest otherwise. 48. Kim Dong-Jin (Korea Republic) Age: 26 Position: Defender The versatile Kim is one of Korea Republic’s over-age players and will add some much-needed nous to an inexperienced side. Kim has played for UEFA Cup winners Zenit St Petersburg for the past two seasons following spells at FC Seoul and its predecessor Anyang Cheetahs FC. He usually vies with Tottenham Hotspur defender Lee Young-Pyo for the left-back berth and has won 46 caps for his country, scoring two goals. 47. Ryan Nelsen (New Zealand) Age: 30 Position: Defender Since being plucked from obscurity in MLS with DC United by Blackburn Rovers, Nelsen has established himself as one of the top defenders in the Premiership. Now the captain at Ewood Park and having signed a new five-year contract last July, Nelsen will only be available for the first two matches of the Olympics because Blackburn have requested he return to England in order to be available for their opening Premiership match of the 2008/09 season against Everton. 46. Souleymane Bamba (Ivory Coast) Age: 23 Position: Defender The Olympics will give Watford fans the chance to see their new defender in action following his switch from Scottish Premier side Dunfermline Athletic. After being released by Paris St. Germain, Bamba has impressed in Scotland due to his committed, no-nonsense style of defending which will see him adapt very well to life in the Championship at Vicarage Road. Expect to see full-blooded tackles as the Ivory Coast attempt to reach the quarter final stage. 45. Dong Fangzhuo (China) Age: 23 Position: Striker The Olympics will give Manchester United fans a rare chance to watch striker Dong who has made just three appearances for the Reds since moving from Dalian Shide in a £500,000 transfer in 2004. Despite scoring 34 goals in 70 appearances while on loan at Royal Antwerp, it does not look like the striker has a future at Old Trafford and the tournament could be a fantastic stage to show manager Alex Ferguson and indeed the world, what he can do. 44. Neil Kilkenny (Australia) Age: 22 Position: Midfielder Born in England but eligible for Australia due to moving there with his family at a young age, Kilkenny played a vital role for the Olyroos during their Olympic qualification trail. Kilkenny joined Leeds United from Birmingham City in January 2008, initially on loan. He was instrumental on his debut during a 3–0 victory against Northampton Town and was awarded man of the match. The former Arsenal youth team player joined Leeds permanently for a £150,000 fee and signed a three year contract with the League One side. 43. Freddy Adu (USA) Age: 19 Position: Striker Adu has struggled to live up to the hype which saw him become the youngest American athlete in more than 100 years to sign a professional sporting contract, when he joined MLS side DC United in 2004. Following further spells in the MLS at Dallas Burn and Real Salt Lake, Adu joined Benfica last season before being loaned out to AS Monaco ahead of this campaign. With no goals in eight senior caps for the USA and drifting from club to club, Adu is in danger of falling of the radar if he does not start to perform as he did when he first burst onto the scene five years ago. 42. Franck Songo’o (Cameroon) Age: 21 Position: Midfielder Songo’o was granted a change of nationality by FIFA to enable him to play in the Olympics, having represented France at under-19 level on two occastions. After coming through the youth ranks at Barcelona, Songo’o, son of former Cameroon goalkeeper Jacques, joined Portsmouth in 2005 but has made just three senior appearances to date. Loan spells at Bournemouth, Preston, Crystal Palace and Sheffield Wednesday indicates the winger will be using the tournament this summer as a shop window in order to secure a permament move elsewhere. 41. Ruben Zadkovich (Australia) Age: 22 Position: Defender The Olympics will give Derby County fans the chance to see their new signing perform against some of the best attacking players in the world. Zadkovich turned down a move to Championship rivals Crystal Palace in order to sign for the Rams, then rock-bottom of the Premiership in April. The right back had previously had spells in England with Queens Park Rangers and Notts County, before making almost 40 appearances for Sydney FC. 40. Gianni Zuiverloon (Netherlands) Age: 21 Position: Defender This will be a good chance for West Bromwich Albion fans to take a look at their new £3.2 million defender, following his switch from Heerenveen this summer. It was reported Zuiverloon turned down other clubs in the Premiership and in Europe to play for the Baggies on the advice of Liverpool forward Ryan Babel. In the European Under-21 Championships last summer, Zuiverloon scored the decisive penalty in a marathon shoot-out against England which sent the Dutch through to the final. 39. Filip Dordevic (Serbia) Age: 20 Position: Striker While Serbia have been famed for their Scrooge-like defence over the past few years their best chances of scoring goals could be via striker Dordevic. The uncapped hitman was called up to the national squad in November 2007 for a Euro 2008 Group A qualifier against minnows Kazakhstan, but did not play. However, the former Red Star Belgrade striker has been banging them in at club level. Seven goals in 18 appearances while on loan Nantes helped the club win promotion to Ligue One and secured him a four year contract. 38. Zheng Zhi (China) Age: 27 Position: Midfielder The captain of the Chinese national side, the Olympics will be a proud moment for Charlton Athletic midfielder Zheng. He is often regarded as the best Chinese footballer of his generation and was named the fifth best player in the Football League by FourFourTwo magazine. Zheng is best known for his work ethic and ball control skills and will need to be at the top of his game if China are to make any progress in the tournament. 37. Adam Federici (Australia) Age: 23 Position: Goalkeeper Competing in the same group as an attack-minded Argentina and Ivory Coast, Australia are set to rely on goalkeeper Federici if they are to have any chance of reaching the knockout stage. Federici shot to fame in February 2007 when he appeared in a “second string” for Premiership newcomers Reading who managed to hold Manchester United to a 1-1 draw in an FA Cup fifth round clash at Old Trafford. Federici made some astounding saves during the game and his performance saw him named the FA Cup “Player of the Round”. However, the award was something of a poisoned chalice and Federici conceded three goals in the first six minutes of the replay and was at fault for two of them. The 2007/08 season saw him make just four appearances for Reading and the Olympics will give him a rare opportunity to shine on the big stage. 36. Hedwiges Maduro (Netherlands) Age: 23 Position: Midfielder Since being voted as the brightest emerging talent during his days at Ajax in the 2003/04 season, Maduro’s career appears to have stalled. He played against Argentina for the Netherlands in the 2006 World Cup and despite winning 12 senior caps, he then represented the under-21 side last year in the European Football Championships. Maduro was named in the “UEFA Team of the tournament” after the championships had finished and in January, he made a switch to La Liga strugglers Valencia. The Olympics will be a big tournament for him to force his way into coach Bert van Marwijk’s plans. 35. Peter Odemwingie (Nigeria) Age: 27 Position: Midfielder The pacy Uzbekistan-born striker is one of Nigeria’s over-age players and has 23 caps for his country, scoring five goals. A spell at Lille and two goals against AC Milan to send the French side into the knockout stages of the Champions League brought the technically-gifted Odemwingie to the attention of the biggest clubs in Europe. He joined Lokomotiv Moscow for approximately £13 million in 2007. 34. Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia) Age: 22 Position: Defender Kolarov should get the chance to wow the crowds in Beijing with some trademark long range efforts and free kicks. The Lazio left back has been nicknamed the “Serbian Roberto Carlos” and has also drawn comparison to compatriot Sinisa Mihajlovic for his ability from set pieces. Kolarov’s transfer from OFK Beograd was featured on an investigative journalism programme in Serbia which suggested it was part of an initiative by Serbian FA president Zvezdan Terzic, also the former president of OFK, to ensure promising young players joined OFK and then inflate their transfer valuations by giving them playing time at international under 21 level. 33. Evander Sno (Netherlands) Age: 21 Position: Midfielder Typically a defensive midfield player, Sno played in nine different positions while on loan at NEC Breda before making a move to Scottish Premier champions Celtic. His versatility has not gone unnoticed and he has played as makeshift forward for the Netherlands under-21 side due to a lack of a genuine striker in the squad. Sno has proved adept in attack, scoring three goals in his last two matches for the Dutch under-21s. 32. Alexandre Song (Cameroon) Age: 20 Position: Defender This could be the year centre back Song really makes a name for himself. The former Bastia defender has the chance to shine at the Olympics and will also look top build on the progress he made at Arsenal last season. He broke into the side towards the tail end of the campaign and was chosen ahead of Philippe Senderos who was emotionally shaken by the Gunners’ quarter-final exit from the Champions League. Song has also come on in leaps and bounds for Cameroon and was named in the Africa Cup of Nations Best XI, along with fellow countryman Geremi. 31. Tommaso Rocchi (Italy) Age: 30 Position: Striker Rocchi can be best described as a “late bloomer” and did not make an impact in Serie A until he was in his late 20s. Last season saw the former lower league journeyman make his debut in the Champions League and he scored the winning goal for current employers Lazio against Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen. This season Rocchi scored 14 league goals and has an overall impressive tally of 59 goals in 144 appearances for Lazio since joining from Empoli in 2004. He will provide leadership for the younger members of the Italy side in the Olympics and captained Lazio for most of last season, deputising for the injured Luciano Zauri. 30. Roy Makaay (Netherlands) Age: 33 Position: Striker Veteran striker Makaay will have a final swansong at the highest level when he features for the Netherlands at the Olympics. He may have been picked because of a lack of strikers in the under-21 bracket but even at the age of 33, he will still cause defences problems in Beijing. Makaay was at his most fruitful during spells at Deportivo La Coruna in Spain and Bayern Munich in Germany, where he averaged a goal every other match. Even in the twighlight years of his career he is terrorising Dutch defenders with Feyenoord and scored 13 goals in 28 appearances last season. 29. Brad Guzan (USA) Age: 23 Position: Goalkeeper The Olympics will give Aston Villa fans their first glimpse of goalkeeper Guzan, a player tracked by manager Martin O’ Neil for some time and who was finally landed for just £600,000 in July. The former Chivas stopper was a £2 million target for Villa back in January but they secured his services for a fraction of the cost this summer because his contract with the MLS would expire in November. The MLS Goalkeeper of the Year will battle it out with fellow countryman Brad Friedel for the number one jersey at Villa Park, following the veteran keeper’s July switch from Blackburn Rovers. 28. Vincent Kompany (Belgium) Age: 22 Position: Defender Kompany has been regarded as one of the best young centre backs in Europe since he burst onto the scene with Anderlecht in 2003. However, injuries have blighted his fledgling career and has perhaps prevented him from moving to one of Europe’s larger clubs. He joined Hamburger SV in 2006 to replace fellow countryman Daniel Van Buyten but suffered an achilles injury which ruled him out for the rest of the season after just six appearances. Last season was more encouraging, with him making 22 appearances and scoring one goal for his club 27. Victor Anichebe (Nigeria) Age: 20 Position: Striker Anichebe rose to fame last season during Everton’s UEFA Cup run when he had a knack of scoring crucial, late goals after coming on as a substitute. He struck with two minutes remaining against Ukranian opponents Metalist to send the Toffees through to the group stage 4-3 on aggregate and came off the bench again to net Everton’s third goal against Larissa. Goals scored with 88 minutes gone also came against Nuremberg and Brann, both after Anichebe was used as a second-half substitute. He has not scored for his country yet, but the Olympics would be the perfect time to get off the mark. 26. Rafinha (Brazil) Age: 22 Position: Defender Rafinha is the first of two Brazilian players from Bundesliga clubs who have decided to participate in the Olympics against the wishes of their employers. The former Cortiba right back was a key figure in Schalke 04’s surprise progress to the quarter finals of last season’s Champions League and he has since been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool. A good showing in Beijing could see Rafinha force his way into Brazil manager Dunga’s plans and play a part in their stuttering World Cup 2010 qualifying campaign. 25. Michael Bradley (USA) Age: 21 Position: Midfielder Midfielder Bradley is the latest USA-starlet to be linked with a big-money move to the Premiership. Following a spell in the MLS with the Metrostars, Bradley now plys his trade with Heerenveen and has scored 15 goals in 55 appearances for the Dutch side. Bradley is a creative player and helped unfashionable Heerenveen to a fifth-placed finish in the league and ensured they finished with the strongest goal difference. He has not been short of admirers and even though he has expressed a desire to play in the Bundesliga, the likes of Everton, Middlesbrough and Newcastle United have shown interest. A good tournament could help him seal a move to England. 24. Emiliano Viviano (Italy) Age: 22 Position: Goalkeeper Italy are taking two of the most promising young goalkeepers to the Olympics, one of whom is Viviano. At just 22-years-old, he has made 90 appearances for Serie B club Brescia and has also spent time on loan at Cesena. He was the first choice for the under-20 side at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championships and also featured for the under-21 squad in Euro 2007. 23. Andrea Consigli (Italy) Age: 21 Position: Goalkeeper As well as Viviano, Italy are also taking Consigli to Beijing and the Atalanta goalkeeper is perhaps more likely to feature in the side. The 21-year-old is the first choice stopper for the Italy under-21 team and in eligible to play at that level until after the end of the Euro 2009 finals. Despite his tender years he has two full season’s experience behind him, following loan spells at Sambenedettese in Serie C1 and Serie B club Rimini. 22. Javier Mascherano (Argentina) Age: 24 Position: Midfielder Mascherano rose to prominence during the World Cup in 2006 and was soon linked with some of Europe’s largest clubs, including Barcelona and Real Madrid. It was a surprise when he eventually joined West Ham United and perhaps even more surprising that he rarely featured in the side. Following a switch to Liverpool, he is now considered to be one of the best defensive midfielders in the world but also has a petulant side. This was evident during Liverpool’s defeat at Manchester United last season when he was booked for a poor tackle on Paul Scholes and was later sent off for protesting a yellow card shown to Fernando Torres. Mascherano had to be pushed from the field of play by Reds captain Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso. Manager Rafa Benitez was also forced to leave the dug out and plead with the 36-cap player to leave the field. 21. Antonio Nocerino (Italy) Age: 23 Position: Midfielder Nocerino is one of several players in the Olympic squad who are on the fringes of the senior side and will want to impress to add to his one cap against South Africa last year. Despite being just 23 years old, Nocerino has played for seven teams and been involved with co-ownership deals with Genoa, Piacenza and Juventus. After making 32 goalless appearances for Juventus last season, Nocerino joined Serie A rivals Palermo this summer as part of the deal which took striker Amauri to the Stadio Olimpico. 20. Anderson (Brazil) Age: 20 Position: Midfielder Anderson is just one of a number of talented, attacking players Brazil are taking to the Olympics but has yet to score for his country and has not hit the back of the net for Manchester United, following his £18 million move from FC Porto last summer. Anderson has suffered with injuries since moving to Old Trafford, but as, United’s second Brazilian player to join the club, he has been infinitely better than the dismal Kleberson. Anderson was brought on as a substitute in the final minute of extra time in the Champions League final and scored United’s sixth penalty in the shootout at sudden death stage. He responded by kicking the ball back into the net and manager Alex Ferguson credits this action with returning the momentum to United. 19. Slobodan Rajkovic (Serbia) Age: 19 Position: Defender Chelsea paid a then-world record £3.8 million for a player under the age of 18 when they prised 16-year-old Rajkovic away from Serbia club OFK Beograd. In June 2007, Chelsea loaned Rajkovic to Dutch club PSV Eindhoven as part of the deal surrounding Alex’s move to Stamford Bridge and he will return to the Netherlands this season with a loan spell at FC Twente, managed by former England boss Steve McClaren. 18. Ryan Babel (Netherlands) Age: 21 Position: Midfielder Babel has done well in his first season of English football, following a £14 million move from Ajax to Liverpool. While he has not found it easy to feature in Premiership matches, starting just 15 times and making another 15 appearances from the substitutes bench, Babel made a name for himself during the Reds’ exploits in the Champions League. A return of five goals from eight starts and a further five sub appearances was far more productive and he famously scored a last minute goal against Arsenal in the quarter final. In all, Babel scored 10 goals in 48 appearances for Liverpool, which is a decent return and he boasts a similar ratio for the Netherlands, with five goals in 24 senior appearances. 17. Taye Taiwo (Nigeria) Age: 23 Position: Defender Like Serbia defender Kolarov, Taiwo is also a fan of long range efforts on goal and his seven goals in 26 appearances for Nigeria is a ratio most strikers would be proud of. The Marseille left back has a rocket shot and is also a competent set-piece taker. He has scored seven goals in almost 100 appearances for the Ligue One side and has been heavily linked with a move to Sunderland this summer. If he puts on a good show in Beijing, Roy Keane may be tempted to increase his speculated £7 million offer for the defender. 16. Riccardo Montolivo (Italy) Age: 23 Position: Midfielder The Fiorentina midfielder will want to take his chance at the Olympics to add to his one cap for the senior side, when, like compatriot Nocerino, debuted in the 2-0 friendly victory against South Africa last October. Montolivio has been a regular in the under-21 side, racking up 20 appearances and three goals and has featured in 90 matches for Fiorentina, playing a major role in their resurgence as a force in Italian football. He began the 2007/08 season with a bang scoring a magnificent lob in the 3-1 opening day victory against Empoli. 15. Jozy Altidore (USA) Age: 18 Position: Striker First there was Freddy Adu and now there is Jozy Altidore! The 18-year-old striker has been snapped up by La Liga runners-up Villarreal from New York Red Bulls for an American transfer record of £5 million. The fee eclipses the previous record £4 million Rangers paid for Claudio Reyna in 2001. He was previously linked with Real Madrid, Newcastle United and Reading following his spell in the Big Apple which yielded 15 goals in 37 appearances. Altidore has also scored one goal in three senior appearances for the USA. 14. Stephane M’Bia (Cameroon) Age: 22 Position: Midfielder M’Bia could be the latest Africa starlet heading to the Premier League if he performs well in Beijing after Everton showed strong interest in him over the summer. The defensive midfielder has made 77 appearances for Rennes over the last three seasons and has scored three goals in 11 appearances for Cameroon. M’Bia was instrumental in Cameroon’s run in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations and scored twice against Tunisia in the quarter final. 13. Angel Di Maria (Argentina) Age: 20 Position: Midfielder Di Maria is one of the brightest young talents in Argentinian football and joined the long-line of South American players leaving their homeland to ply their trade in Europe. After a magnificent showing in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, the tricky winger left Rosario Central to join Benfica last summer where he was described by club president Luis Fillipe Vieria as the perfect replacement for departing captain Simao Sabrosa. The youngster has also broken into the senior national teams and has one goal in three appearances to his name. 12. Salomon Kalou (Ivory Coast) Age: 22 Position: Striker Despite a number of the Ivory Coast squad playing in Europe, they look an inexperienced outfit and the onus will be on Chelsea striker Kalou to perform. Since making his international debut in 2007, Kalou has been at the forefront of the Ivory Coast’s attack. He has scored six goals in eight appearances overall, netting three times during the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations and has been an important figure during his country’s World Cup 2010 qualifiers, scoring the winner in the 1-0 victory against Nigeria. If the Ivory Coast are to join likely qualifiers Argentina in the quarter finals, Kalou must ensure he takes his shooting boots to Beijing. 11. Giuseppe Rossi (Italy) Age: 21 Position: Striker Manchester United fans will recognise Rossi from his limited appearances for the Old Traffiord side but the American-born Italian striker is now carving out a new career for himself in La Liga with Villarreal. The young striker failed to make the grade at United and did not impress on loan at Newcastle United either, but a loan move to Serie A side Parma kick started his career. Nine goals in 19 appearances persuaded Villarreal to part with £6.6 million for his services last summer and he repaid their faith in him with 11 goals. Rossi can now look forward to Olympic action and then test himself in the Champions League with Villarreal. Who knows, Manchester United may exercise the clause in his contract to repurchase him at a later time. 10. Royston Drenthe (Netherlands) Age: 21 Position: Midfielder The Olympics will be the perfect stage for Drenthe to showcase his talents after a difficult first season at Real Madrid. He was chosen as “Player of the Tournament” after the 2007 European Under-21 Football Championship which prompted Madrid to secure his transfer from Feyenoord last summer. However, while he made a great start to his career at the Bernabeu, scoring on his debut against Sevilla in the Supercopa de Espana, he found his playing time limited after the emergence of Brazilian left back Marcelo. He has been linked with moves to Serie A club Roma and Portuguese giants Benfica this summer. 9. Alexandre Pato (Brazil) Age: 18 Position: Striker Pato has been a revelation since joining AC Milan from Internacional for a reported £17 million last season. While he has been used sparingly, he has scored nine goals in 18 appearances and has also scored twice in four senior appearances for Brazil. Pato snatched the record as the youngest scorer in the history of official FIFA competitions from the legendary Pele when he scored for Internacional against Al-Ahly Cairo in the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup. He was 17 years and 102 days while Pele was 17 years and 239 days when he scored for Brazil against Wales in the 1958 World Cup. 8. Fernando Gago (Argentina) Age: 22 Position: Midfielder During his three years at Boca Juniors, Gago drew comparisons to Argentina legend Fernando Redondo and was linked with both AC Milan and Barcelona, but opted to join Real Madrid. Gago is known for his gritty displays in defensive midfield but he also possesses outstanding vision and can deliver long range through balls to his attacking team mates. In his second season at the Bernabeu, Gago displayed his true ability and ousted Mahamadou Diarra to make the place in Madrid’s La Liga winning midfield his own and helped the club to a second successive league title in 2008. 7. Jo (Brazil) Age: 21 Position: Striker Jo could be one of the most exciting players in the Premiership this season following his club-record £18 million move from CSKA Moscow to Manchester City. He was prolific in Russia, scoring 30 goals in 50 appearances and City beat off competition from Valencia to secure his signature. While he made his club debut in the UEFA Cup qualifier against Faroe Island minnows EB/Streymur in July, the Olympics will be the first time City fans will be able to take a good look at their new striker. 6. Diego (Brazil) Age: 23 Position: Midfielder Like Rafinha, Diego is jetting off to Beijing against the wishes of his club employers Werder Bremen. The diminutive Brazilian was a key figure in the Werder team which finished as Bundesliga runners-up to Bayern Munich last season and with 26 goals in 60 appearances, it’s no wonder they don’t want him absent for any matches at the start of the season! His sparkling performances in the last season’s Champions League has alerted some of Europe’s super clubs and unsurprisingly, Diego has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea, where he would be reunited with former Brazil manager Filipe Scolari. A good tournament could see that multi-million pound transfer become a reality. 5. Sergio Aguero (Argentina) Age: 20 Position: Striker Aguero could be the next big thing in world football after a stunning campaign with Atletico Madrid last season. Alongside former manchester United striker Diego Forlan, they were one of them most prolific strike pairings in Europe and Augero finished the season as La Liga’s third-highest goal scorer with 19 goals. He also won the Antonio Puerta Award for the Best La Liga player for the 2007/08 season. Duringhis days in Argentina with Independientem he became the youngest player to debut in the Argentine First Division at only 15 years and 35 days. This broke a previous record set by Argentina legend Diego Maradona. 4. Robinho (Brazil) Age: 24 Position: Striker Robinho is starting to fulfil his early promise after three full seasons at Real Madrid and he could really stamp his authority on the Olympics if he is in the mood. Last season Robinho scored 11 goals and was credited with 14 assists as Madrid romped to the La Liga title and like compatriot Diego, he has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea this summer. Robinho has not been as prolific for Madrid as he was for Santos, where he plundered 44 goals in 104 appearances, but he has a good record at international level, winning 50 caps and scoring 15 goals. He will play an integral part of a Brazil team which should be a joy to watch in Beijing. 3. Juan Roman Riquelme (Argentina) Age: 30 Position: Midfielder Creative genius gets another chance to shine on the big stage by being named as one of Argentina’s over-age players for their Olympic squad. Now playing in his homeland with a second stint at Boca Juniors, Riquelme will be eager to prove, at 30 years old, he can still cut it at the top after ending a five year spell at La Liga club Villarreal. Despite 36 goals in 102 appearances, Riquelme returned to Bocsa on loan in February 2007 after falling out of favour at the Estadio El Madrigal. He was instrumental in Boca’s winning of the Copa Libertadores, scoring in the first leg of the final against Gremio and adding two more in the second. He also won the award for the Copa Libertadores’ Most Valuable Player. Last summer it was thought Riquelme would join Atletico Madrid for around £6 million but the move fell through and he rejoined Boca on a permanent contract in January 2008 2. Ronaldinho (Brazil) Age: 28 Position: MidfieldeR Ronaldinho will have no better opportunity to prove to the world he is still one of the world’s greats than at the Olympics. As one of Brazil’s over-age players, Ronaldinho will be able to get himself in prime condition before returning to new employers AC Milan who paid £16.6 million to secure his services from Barcelona this summer. For most of his five years at the Nou Camp, Ronaldinho was a revelation and scored 94 goals in 207 games. Among his many achievements and awards, he has twice been named FIFA World Player of the Year, European Footballer of the Year and FIFPro World Player of the Year awards. If he is in the mood and judging by his performance in an Olympic warm-up, where he scored a goal and created another in a 3-0 victory against Singapore, then he will be devastating in Beijing. 1. Lionel Messi (Argentina) Age: 21 Position: Striker Messi will undoubtedly be the player to watch in Beijing. Understandably, Barcelona were not keen on starlet representing Argentina in the Olympics due to the risk of injury. He has suffered with muscle tears in his left thigh four times in the last three seasons and Barca will be wary of a repeat before the La Liga season has even begun. Putting fears of injury aside, there are no words which can describe Messi’s talent and do him justice. The former Newell’s Old Boys youngster is famous for his speed with the ball at his feat, his dribbling ability and lethal finishing. He has drawn comparisons to Argentina legend Diego Maradona, who himself named Messi as his “successor”. Messi has scored nine goals in 29 senior appearances for Argentina and will be confident of racking up more goals and dazzling the crowds at the Olympic games. Sorry this is a bit late. I have had really bad internet problems. If there is already a thread similar to this i apologize. So who do you think will win the tournament? Which players will stand out? Feedback and responses much appreciated. List according to 'soccer advise'.
  27. 8 points
    Rishabh Desai

    A few talents worth a buy

    Disclaimer: Berfore i begin i must say that i have used the search tool and i have found nothing my about the players i am about to post. Plus i am not going to say any one of them is 'MY FIND' so don't jump on me if it's not my find Eden Hazard He is still 17 years old but is a really promising player. Cheak out his gall against FC Bruges: Rating: Not on the DB Age: 19 years Club: Lille Position: AM Nationality: Belgian Price: unkonwn He has already made 4 sub appearecnes for the Lille squad playindg a total of 38 min. It is less but he is really one for the future. Fabien Robert (Born on: 06/01/1989)He is a 18 year old kid and he plays for french club Lorient. He has started 1 game so far this seson and has made 3 sub app. He has played a total of 104 min this season. Rating: Not on the DB Age: 19 years Club: Lorient Position: F Nationality: French Price: ?? He is one for the future. Dmitriy Kombarov He is 21 years old and plays for Dinamo Moskva. He has been loking really promising this season and is sure to rise. He has start 29 games this season(most in the club) and has played a total of 2560 min. He has scored 4 goals this season as well. Rating: 87 Age: 21 years Club: Dinamo Moskva Position: LM/AM Nationality: Russian Price: £5,984,000 He is not the cheapest buy but if u are looking for a play who will rise to about 89ish thenhe is the man to buy. I think he should rise to 89 ATM. Kiril Kombarov He is 21 years old and he too plays for Dinamo Moskva. He has started 25 games tis season and has made 4 sub app. playing a total of 2316 min. He has also scored 3 goals this season and has looked really impressive. Rating: 86 Age: 21 years Club: Dinamo Moskva Position: CM/RM Nationality: Russian Price: £5,319,000 He isn't too cheap either but is worth a buy. I think he could rise to 87/88 now and is a really one to look out for in the future. Tijan Jaiteh Here is a rear talent the Gambia would cherish for many years to come. The young footballer was born, December 31, 1988 in the Foni village of Bwiam. He began his football career with Gambia Ports Authority and was very influential in the country’s appearances at U-17, U-20 and U-23 levels. His outstanding performance for country and club attracted many European clubs but it was clear after his trial in Norway that Bran FC was going to sign him. He has already paid dividend for money the club has paid him. The 2007 season is Bann’s 99th season and their 21st consecutive season in the Norwegian Premier League. SK Brann won the Norwegian Premier League in 2007. In the end they finished 6 points ahead of its nearest rival, Stabæk. Brann also qualified for the group stage of the UEFA Cup for the first time after beating Club Brugge from Belgium in the qualifier. The team won its first victory in the group stage of the UEFA Cup by defeating the Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb. Brann will face Premiership side Everton at home on February 11 with the return leg at Goodison Park a week later. When he came home recently he had in his luggage a gold medal plus two prestigious awards given to him by supporters and the club. He received an award from the clubs supporters, naming him Young Player of the Year. A couple of weeks later he won another prestigious award as he was chosen as the recipient of Roald “Kniksen” Jensen’s Memorial Fund. Named after the clubs most famous player of all time, the fund is rewarded to a local young player that shows extraordinary talent, potential and promise. Rated: 78 Age: 19 years Club: SK Brann Position: CM Nationality: Gambian Price: £1,434,000 Got an increase of 6 last time around and is sure to go much higher this time. He has started 7 game this season and has made 4 sub app. playing a total of 650 min. I thnk he should rise to about 82 this time and even more if he continues to play. Jakob Johansson Jakob Johansson (born 21 June 1990 in Trollhättan) is a Sweden football (soccer) midfielder. He became the first player born in the 1990s to have played in the top league of Sweden, Allsvenskan, on 27 June 2007 when he debuted for his club IFK Göteborg. He was brought to the Gothenburg club, together with the current IFK Göteborg manager Jonas Olsson, from FC Trollhättan. Jakob Johansson's first club was Trollhättans BoIS. His brother Rickard Johansson plays football as well, he is a goalkeeper currently playing for Örgryte IS in Superettan. Rating: 75 Age 17 years Club: IFK Göteborg Position: AM/F Price: £593,000 He has started 4 games this season and has made 5 sub app. playing a total of 356 min. Should rise to abot 79 this time but is really one for the future. Birkir Bjarnason Birkir Bjarnason (born May 27, 1988 in Akureyri) is an Icelandic footballer, currently playing for Viking F.K.. Bjarnason joined Viking in summer 2005 from Figgjo. In season 2006 he scored his first goal for Viking against Hamarkameratene. Rating: 78 Age: 19 years Club: Viking Position: AM/W Nationality: Icelandic Price: £1,434,000 This season he has started 1 game and made 5 sub app. playing a total of 154 min. Won't rise by much this time around but is defo one for the future. Brecht Capon He is a 19 years old player and he plays for Belgian giants Club Brugge. This season he has started 5 games and made 6 sub app. playing a total of 379 min. Rating: 77 Age: 19 years Club: Brugge Position: F/AM Nationality: Belgian Price: £1,100,000 I think he should rise to 81/82 right now but is sure to rise higher in time. Aydın Karabulut Aydın Karabulut (born 25 January 1988, Berlin) is a Turkish-German footballer. He currently is a part of Beşiktaş squad. Aydın had started his career in Hertha Berlin, one of the leading teams in German capital where he was born. After a while, he pulled the attention of Turkish national team scouts as a promising starlet. He had 5 caps for U-19 national team. He joined Beşiktaş January 2006. His contract came into force on 8 February 2006 which will expire in May 2010. Aydın had several recent occasions on Turkcell Super League in first season mostly as a substitute player. Rating: 72 Age: 20 years Club: Beşiktaş Position: LM Nationality: Turkish Price: £88,000 This season he has started 2 games and has made 3 sub app. playing a total of 173 min. I expect him to rise 75 but is sure rise to the early 80's in 12 months time if he continues to play. Ibrahim Kaş Ibrahim Kaş (born 20 September 1986, Karabük) is a Turkish footballer. He currently is a part of Beşiktaş squad. Kaş is regarded as a promising defender by Turkish media authorities. He is a versatile player who can adopt himself both for central defender and full-back. He had several chances to play in Turkish League in 2007/08 season. His decent performances in league matches made him to be called up to national team in a very crutial match against Norway for his first cap which Turkey had won 2-1. Unfortunately, he injured in early minutes and substituted off. Rating: 80 Age: 21 years Club: Beşiktaş Position: CB Nationality: Turkish Price: £2,111,000 This season he has started 7 games and has made 2 sub ap. plauing a total of 594 min and has recieved only a single YC. I think he should rise to about 83/84 now but is soon becoming a regular and in a years time might just shoot up to the mid or even late 80's. Yes i know Tijan Jaiteh has been mention before with a nice bit of info but i just thought i'd remind u guy's he exists
  28. 7 points
    Sir Louis Cower

    TMCosta X Files

    Since I am grateful to this community and I want to drop quickly a couple of names but my thread's dead, I'm going to do it here. I'm sure Costa will be happy too haha I don't have time to check if people already talked about these players so, sorry! Kulusevski (Atalanta) Djalo and Bradaric (Lille) Castrovilli and Sottil (Fiorentina) a lot of Famalicao players, such as Willian and Assuncao Haland, Bernede, Szoboszlai, Diakite (Salzburg) Kumbulla (Hellas) Ihattaren and Malen (PSV) Dest (Ajax) Simakan (Strasbourg) Majer (Lecce) Nuno Tavares (Benfica) @thorgan lesar @Elizeu Campos @HoochyKoochy
  29. 7 points
    Sir Rahul

    Rahul W's rating predictions

    early predictions for top 6 PL teams
  30. 7 points
    Monolithic

    Rahul W's rating predictions

    Thanks man. Yeah, life has been a bitch queen from hell, but things are improving now. 😊
  31. 7 points
    Floodstreet2017

    Rahul W's rating predictions

    I stopped reading when you said Ricardo Rodriguez deserved a 91 😂
  32. 7 points
    Vocko

    Rahul W's rating predictions

    Arsenal bigger club than Juventus?
  33. 7 points
    Euginka94

    Russian and Ukraine Player Analysis

    Re: Russian and Ukraine Player Analysis Hi guys! I am back in this game so I decided to help you out a bit with future rating changes in the Russian Premier League: Zenit: Lodygin 87-87/88 Smolnikov 87-87/88 Danny won't rise yet, maybe after WC if he plays there! Lokomotiv Abaev 83-86 Lobantsev 77-79/80 Denisov 87-88 Tarasov 87-87/88 Miranchuk 80-82 Maicon 87-87/88 Tkachev 83-85/86 Samedov 89-90 (I would say he is the closest player in the league to get 90!!) N'Doye 88-88/89 (maybe SM won't rouse him now, but I think it's 65/35 for the rise) Spartak Mitryushkin 77-78/79 Dzuba(on loan at Rostov) 87-88!! Waris (on loan at Valenciennes) 85-86 CSKA Milanov 86-87 Bazelyuk 78-80 Dynamo Kozlov 87-87/88 (but 70/30 stay for now) Yusupov 85-86/85 Amkar Ogude (They have him as midfilder, should change to forward) Nikitin 78-80 Kolomejtsev 83-84 Anzhi Kerzhakov 83-85/84 Serderov 80-81 Abdulavov 77-78 Krasnodar Sinitsyn 82-83 Mamaev 87-87/88 (should rise, but pretty sure SM won't do it!) Gazinskiy 83-84/85 Joaozinho 87-87/88! Laborde 82-83 Wanderson 86-87 (Sure thing!!) Rostov Bastos 80-82/81 Fatullayev 78-80 Kalachev 84-85 Kanga 83-84 Krylia Sovetov Kontsedalov 78-80 Brown Forbes 80-81/82 Chochiev 78-80 Kuban Belenov 86-87 Zhavnerchik 83-84 Sosnin 82-83 Popov 87-87/88 (Best player of Kuban hands down alongside Kabore) Rubin Nabiullin 76-80 Kvirkvelia 82-84 Mogilevets 77-80 Azmoun 77-81/82 (Now, if you ask me who is the best young player in RPL, Azmoun will be my answer. He is a must buy guys, trust me. Arsenal is already said to be interested in him) Terek Temnikov 78-80 Tom Panchenko 82-84/83 Ural Zabolotnyi 78-80 Khosin 80-81 Acevedo 82-82/83 Lungu 80-81/82 Gogniev 80-82 Erokhin 80-81/82 Volga Danilenko 77-78/79 These are just the risers, if you want to know the droppers, please feel free to ask any questions in this thread! Good luck with your teams!
  34. 7 points
    Re: |English Championship 30000|Discussions/MRs Thread Managers by Rep for Entire GW …………………………......Division…………….Overall ………….………...1…….2……3……4……5…….Totals Level 10……….9….10….10….11…13………53 Level 9 ………..3……4……4……2……3………16 Level 8……….. 3……2……2……2……3………12 Level 7……….. 1……2……1……2……0………..6 Level 6 ………..1……1……2……1……2………..7 Level 5 ………. 2……3……2……4……2………13 Level 4 ………..1……1……3……2……1.………8 This makes no allowance for second accountitis and is one manager down as Job was on offer when compiled. Its just an indication of the tenure within SM of the managers. Overall this tells us that almost 60% of the managers in here have been an active part of SM for almost 2 years. Ive played with the precise figures there but its near enough. (60% in excess of 110 weeks) Overall then, EC30,000 is set to be one heck of a competative GW, with Divisions 1 and 5 offering the greatest intensity of the most expereinced managers.
  35. 7 points
    This thread will consist of 74 x 75-80 rated talents all are under 21 bar one. I guess I have to say this, I did not 'find'/discover these players and Kudos to the people who did. Nor did I copy a list from the internet, I have just picked a choice of players who look talented enough to make it in the future, some may be right , some may be wrong, some you may agree with, some you may disagree with.I could have added double the amount of players as there is lots out there, I have tried to vary the choice of player from well known to unknown in some cases. I have compiled this list to showcase some talent, nothing more nothing less, enjoy. Players will not get updated as they change ratings/clubs as this thread will be good to look back on as the players develop. Serderov-Sterling-Najar-Dodo-Wolski-Martins-Limbombe Bernat-Grimaldo-Van Rhijn-Tallo-Rodriguez-Anderson-Morata De sciglio-Praet-Redmond-Rhodes-Shaw-Pogba-Fierro Depay-Araujo-Verrati-Leali-Dybala-Meara-Adryan Cazares-Rekik-Tagliafico-Masi-Can-Yesil-Weiser Suarez-Lascelles-Alacer-Umitti-Romarinho-Dongou-Barkley Rode-Henriquez-Vilhena-Butland-Powell-Digne-Ocampos Niguez-Katidis-Luque-Bahebeck-Lukoki-Gonzalez-Andersen If you wish to add players by doing a small write up /picture of players that fit the criteria, no duplicates, please mail me first and we can sort something out to get it linked up to the first page. Kevin Junior contribution: Ince-Hazard GaryMack contibution: Caballero-Pereira-Pele-Hegazy-Salamon-Cirigliano Andrew-MUFC contribution: Lukaku-Markovic Tonyba contribution: El Kaddouri-Cheriches-Longo MUTD contribution: Achahbar-Rits-Torro-Malbasic-Ruiz De Galarreta
  36. 7 points
    Frozy

    Lithuanian 'A Lyga' Risers

    FK Ekranas • Emilijus Zubas 77 > 82/83 • Mantas Samusiovas 80 > 82 • Ignas Dedura 78 > 81/82 • Vytautas Luksa 78 > 81/82 • Aurimas Kucys 79 > 82 • Giedrius Tomkevicius 80 > 82 • Yani Urdinov 75 > 80 • Aurimas Vertelis 76 > 81/82 • Marko Andjelkovic 75 > 80 • Vitalijus Kavaliauskas 82 - 82 • Uchenna Umeh 75 > 78 • Egidijus Varnas 80 - 80 • Dainius Gleveckas 82 > 80 • Arsenij Buinickij 78 > 82/83 • Adama Fofana 75 > 77 • Zilvinas Kymantas 75 > 77 • Arnas Ribokas 75 > 76 • Tadas Markevicius 76 - 76 • Edvinas Girdvainis 75 - 75 • Dovydas Norvilas 72 > 75 • Tadas Kauneckas 70 > 75 • Andrius Arlauskas 78 > 75 • Rytis Pilotas 70 > 73 • Rokas Stanulevicius 70 > 72/73 VMFD Zalgiris • Calum Elliot 80 > 83 • Georgas Freidgeimas 76 > 82 • Mantas Kuklys 78 > 82/83 • Luka Peric 77 > 82 • Algis Jankauskas 82 -82 • Vaidas Silenas 76 > 81/82 • Egidijus Vaitkunas 74 > 82 • Andrey Nagumanov 77 > 80 • Tomislav Pek 77 > 81/82 • Pavel Komolov 78 > 80/81 • Armantas Vitkauskas 78 > 80 • Marius Rapalis 79 - 79 • Andrius Skerla 83 > 82 • Paulius Janusauskas 75 > 78 • Ramunas Radavicius 80 > 82 • Kamil Bilinski 77 > 80 • Raimondas Vileniskis 77 - 77 • Karolis Urbaitis 77 - 77 • Andro Svrljuga 80 - 80 • Povilas Krasnovskis 74 > 75 • Arminas Vaskela 75 - 75 • Jaunius Juozaitis 75 - 75 FK Suduva • Vaidas Slavickas 81 > 82 • Segiy Loginov 76 > 82 • Valdemar Borovskij 78 > 82 • Nerijus Radzius 80 > 81 • Marius Soblinskas 76 > 81/82 • Povilas Leimonas 79 > 80 • Andrius Urbsys 79 > 80 • Rafael Ledesma 83 - 83 • Karolis Chvedukas 75 > 80 • Povilas Luksys 83 > 82 • Tadas Eliosius 76 > 81/82 • Ricardas Beniusis 80 - 80 • Dziugas Bartkus 76 > 80 • Pavels Davidovs 78 > 80 • Martynas Matuzas 75 > 78 • Robertas Freidgeimas 75 > 78 • Valentin Baranovskij 75 - 77/78 • Gytis Urba 73 - 75 • Audrius Brokas 75 - 75 FK Kruoja • Konstantyn Matsion 76 > 81/82 • Maris Eltermanis 78 > 81/82 • Irmantas Zelmikas 81 - 81 • Donatas Petrauskas 76 > 81 • Arturas Zulpa 70 > 81/82 • Alfredas Skroblas 82 - 82 • Ernestas Veliulis 75 > 81 • Serhiy Zyhalov 60 > 82 • Valdas Pocevicius 76 > 80 • Tomas Miklinevicius 78 > 80 • Valerijs Cistjakovs 76 > 78 • Gvidas Juska 77 > 78 • Giedrius Slavickas 78 - 78 • Linas Savastas 75 > 76/77 • Karolis Jarmalavicius 76 -76 • Nerijus Maciulis 75 - 75 • Valdas Trakys 78 > 77/76 • Arvydas Veikutis 74 > 75 • Giedrius Kvedaras 75 - 75 • Donatas Strockis 75 > 70 FK Siauliai • Andrius Bartkus 77 > 81 • Deividas Lunskis 77 > 80 • Santiago Cesanelli 76 > 82 • Igors Kozlovs 78 > 82 • Robertas Vezevicius 77 > 82 • Intars Kirhners 77 > 80 • Arturas Rimkevicius 79 > 83/84 • Gomes Juvenal 76 > 79/80 • Laurynas Rimavicius 80 - 80 • Ernestas Pilypas 70 > 80 • Mindaugas Malinauskas 78 - 78 • Tautvydas Eliosius 75 > 78 • Tomas Birskys 73 > 78 • Sarunas Jurevicius 76 > 77 • Leonid Mushnikov 74 > 76/77 • Paulius Pocius 73 > 75 • Klimas Gusocenko 67 > 75 • Rokas Urbelis 70 > 75 • Petru Hvorostianov 75 - 75 • Tomas Snapkauskas 75 - 75 • Arturas Jersovas 73 > 75 • Edvinas Jasaitis 75 - 75 • Lukas Sendzikas 74 > 75 FK Banga • Vitali Myrnyi 72 > 80 • Nika Mgeladze 77 > 80 • Mikas Kura 77 > 80 • Deividas Padaigis 75 > 80 • Aurelijus Staponka 77 > 80/81 • Evaldas Grigaitis 78 - 78 • Andrius Joksas 78 - 78 • Aleksandras Ivanauskas 76 > 77 • Serge Tafietang 76 > 77 • Mantas Gudauskas 73 > 77 • Roman Masiuk 76 > 77 • Giorgi Nikabadze 76 > 78 • Tarlazis Mandinho 74 > 76 • Zilvinas Banys 79 > 77/76 • Giorgi Alaverdashvili 73 > 75 • Mindaugas Bitinas 70 > 75 • Rokas Borusas 72 > 74/75 • Andrius Marcinkevicius 72 - 72 FK Dainava • Aivaras Brazinskas 75 > 77/78 • Lukas Baranauskas 70 > 74 • Marius Miskinis 75 - 75 • Povilas Gavenas 70 > 72 FK Tauras • Tomas Rimas 77 > 78/79 • Tomas Sirevicius 76 > 78/79 • Vladas Petkevicius 74 > 79/80 • Tomas Vysniauskas 70 > 77/78 • Lukas Martisauskis 76 > 77 • Marius Kizys 78 - 78 • Egidijus Auryla 70 > 75 • Mantvydas Eiza 70 > 75 • Simonas Babilius 70 > 75 • Lukas Bielskis 72 - 72 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Top Scorers 1 Arturas Rimkevicius (27 goals/22 games) 2 Arsenij Buinickij (16 goals/25 games) 3 Calum Elliot (16 goals/27 games)
  37. 7 points
    Andrew Davis

    Korean K-League Risers

    K-League ratings, which will be reviewed in section 2 of the Summer Leagues. My ratings are in the format: Name/ Position/ Current Rating/ Age/ Predicted Rise. Busan I'Park HAN, Sang-Woon ... Fwd 76 23 +5 OH, Chul-Seok ... CF 76 27 +3 LEE, Dong-Myung ... Fwd 74 22 +2 LEE, Kang-Jin ... CB-DM 80 23 +2 LEE, Seung-Hyun ... RM/Wing 80 24 +2 PARK, Hee-Do ... LM-AM 80 23 +2 SEO, Dong-Won ... CM 80 34 +2 CHOI, Hyun ... Gk 80 31 +2 KIM, Tae-Young ... LB 78 28 +2 LEE, Bum-Young ... Gk 76 20 +2 YANG, Dong-Hyun ... CF 82 23 +1 KIM, Yoo-Jin ... CB 79 26 +1 HONG, Sung-Yo ... CB-RB 79 30 +1 Chunnam Dragons PARK, Ji-Yong ... CB 78 26 +2 KIM, Jin-Hyun ... CB 77 22 +2 KIM, Eung-Jin ... CB 76 22 +2 KIM, Myung-Woon ... CM 78 22 +2 KIM, Min-Ho ... Wing/Fwd 77 24 +2 PARK, Sang-Chul ... Gk 78 26 +1 LEE, Jung-Yul ... LB 78 28 +1 YOO, Ji-No ... RM/LM 78 20 +1 KIM, Seung-Hyun ... CM 81 30 +1 JUNG, Kyung-Ho ... AM/Wing 78 23 +1 JUNG, Yoon-Sung ... CF 79 25 +1 Daegu F.C. NAM, Hyun-Seong ... AM 70 24 +5 KIM, Min-Gyoon ... AM/FWD 78 21 +3 CHO, Hyung-Ik ... FWD/AM 78 24 +3 FENG, Xiaoting ... CB 78 24 +2 BANG, Dae-Jong ... CB 78 25 +2 YANG, Seung-Won ... CB 78 24 +2 LEE, Sang-Deok ... CB 74 23 +2 CHOI, Jong-Hyuk ... CM 78 25 +2 VALDEIR, Silva Santos ... AM 78 32 +2 MBAMBA, Emile ... FWD 75 27 +2 CHO, Joon-Ho ... GK 78 36 +1 KIM, Joo-Hwan ... RB/LB 79 27 +1 PARK, Jung-Sik ... CB/DM 79 26 +1 LEE, Seul-Ki ... CM 80 23 +1 CHOI, Jong-Bum ... CM/RM 75 31 +1 Daejeon Citizen LEE, Je-Kyu ... FWD 70 23 +5 KIM, Min-Sub ... LB 76 22 +3 LEE, Yoon-Pyo ... CB 76 25 +3 LEE, Kyung-Hwan ... CM 77 21 +3 HAN, Jae-Woong ... DM 75 25 +3 KIM, Seong-Jun ... AM/LM 75 21 + 3 KIM, Ji-Min ... WING/FWD 72 25 +3 RICARDO COSTA, Mion ... CF 76 27 +3 YANG, Jung-Min ... RB 77 23 +2 KIM, Han-Sub ... RB/RM 75 27 +2 PARK, Jung-Hye ... CB 78 22 +2 VALBER, Ferreira ... AM/FWD 78 28 +2 PARK, Sung-Ho ... CF 81 27 +2 YOO, Jae-Hoon ... GK 72 26 +1 WOO, Seung-Jae ... RB 80 27 +1 KWON, Jip CM/DM ... 80 25 +1 NA, Kwang-Hyun ... AM/WING 79 27 +1 KWAK, Chul-Ho ... CF 75 23 +1 FC Seoul KO, Yo-Han ... CM/RM 72 21 +5 LEE, Sang-Hyub ... AM/FWD 78 23 +3 PARK, Dong-Suk ... GK 78 28 +2 AHN, Sang-Hyun ... AM 76 23 +2 LEE, Seung-Yul ... FWD/AM 80 20 +2 AHN, Tae-Eun ... RB/RM 80 24 +1 KO, Myung-Jin ... CM/DM 80 22 +1 JUNG, Jo-Kook ... CF 83 25 +1 ANDERSON, Ricardo ... CF 82 26 +1 SHIM, Woo-Yun ... CF 77 24 +1 Gangwon F.C. LEE, Sung-Min ... AM/FWD 74 26 +4 AHN, Sung-Nam ... WING 75 25 +4 KIM, Keun-bae ... GK 70 23 +3 HA, Jae-Hoon ... CB 77 25 +3 LEE, Se-In ... CB 76 29 +3 LEE, Kang-Min ... CM 74 24 +3 PARK, Jong-Jin ... DEF/DM 78 22 +2 LEE, Chang-Hoon ... RM/CM 79 23 +2 OH, Won-Jong ... CM/LM 79 26 +2 KANG, Yong ... AM 77 31 +2 YOON, Jun-ha ... FWD 80 23 +2 YOO, Hyun ... GK 80 25 +1 JEON, Won-Keun ... LB 80 23 +1 KWAK, Kwang-Seon ... CB 81 23 +1 KIM, Jin-il ... WING/AM 74 24 +1 KIM, Young-Hoo ... CF 82 26 +1 Gwangju Sangmu F.C. KIM, Seung-Yong ... CF 77 24 +4 KIM, Soo-Yun ... CB 70 26 +3 CHOI, Jae-Soo ... LB/DM 78 26 +2 JANG, Kyung-Jin ... CB 78 26 +2 KIM, Tae-Min ... CM 79 27 +2 LEE, Jung-Rae ... GK 78 30 +1 SHIN, Dong-Keun ... LB/RB 78 28 +1 PARK, Jin-Ok ... DEF/DM 79 27 +1 KWON, Hyuk-Jin ... CM/LM 76 25 +1 SEO, Min-Kook ... CM/DM 76 26 +1 Gyeongnam F.C. KIM, Joo-Young ... DEF 75 21 +5 KIM, Jong-soo ... DEF 74 23 +5 KIM, Young-Woo ... AM/FWD 75 25 +5 LEE, Hoon ... WING/FWD 75 23 +5 SONG, Ho-Young ... FWD 76 22 +5 PARK, Min ... DEF 77 23 +3 KIM, Tae-Wook ... RM/RB 78 22 +3 LEE, Yong-Rae ... CM 79 23 +3 NOH, Yeong-Hoon ... CM 75 23 +3 KIM, Dong-Chan ... FWD/AM 80 23 +3 SHIN, Seung-Kyung ... GK 73 28 +1 KIM, Jong-Hoon ... RB/CB 78 29 +1 LEE, Sang-Hong ... CB 82 31 +1 SEO, Sang-Min ... AM 80 23 +1 INDIO, Rogério ... FWD 82 28 +1 Incheon United KANG, Soo-Il ... FWD 76 22 +5 SONG, Yoo-Geol ... GK 76 24 +4 PARK, Chang-Heon ... CM 76 24 +4 LEE, Se-Joo ... CM 75 22 +4 KIM, Min-Soo ... FWD 78 25 +3 SUNG, Kyung-Mo ... GK 76 29 +1 KIM, Young-Bin ... CB/DM 82 25 +1 IM, Joong-Yong ... CB 82 34 +1 AHN, Jae-Joon ... CB 82 24 +1 JEON, Jae-Ho ... LM/LB 82 30 +1 YOON, Won-Il ... RM/LM 80 26 +1 YOO, Byung-Soo ... FWD 83 21 +1 PARK, Jae-Hyun ... FWD/AM 81 29 +1 VESELINOVIC, Borko ... FWD 81 24 +1 WOO, Sung-Yong ... CF 80 36 +1 Jeju United OH, Bong-Jin ... FWD 70 20 +3 HAN, Dong-Jin ... GK 78 30 +2 KIM, Sung-Min ... GK 75 29 +2 JEON, Tae-Hyun ... GK 73 23 +2 KIM, Myung-Hwan ... CB 77 22 +2 KIM, Young-Shin ... CM 78 23 +2 KOO, Kyung-Hyun ... DM 78 28 +2 CHOI, Hyun-Yeon ... FWD 79 25 +2 KANG, Jun-Woo ... CB 80 27 +1 GU, Ja-Cheol ... CM 81 20 +1 OH, Seung-Bum ... CM/DM 81 28 +1 HWANG, Ho-Ryeong ... CM 69 25 +1 MA, Chul-Jun ... DM 80 29 +1 SHIM, Young-Sung ... FWD 80 23 +1 BANG, Seung-Hwan ... CF 81 26 +1 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors LIM, Sang-Hyub ... RM 75 21 +5 SON, Seung-joon ... CB/DM 75 27 +3 LEE, Yo-Han ... CB/DM 79 24 +2 SUNG, Jong-Hyun ... CB/LB 76 30 +2 LEE, Hyun-Seung ... AM/FWD 80 21 +2 JUNG, Soo-Jong ... FWD 72 22 +2 CHOI, Chul-Soon ... DEF/DM 82 23 +1 HA, Dae-Sung ... CM 83 24 +1 SEO, Jung-Jin ... CM 78 20 +1 OHN, Byung-Hoon ... AM 75 24 +1 ENIO, Oliveira ... WING/FWD 83 28 +1 LEE, Dong- ... CF 84 30 30 +1
  38. 7 points
    I know that there exists a similar thread for all summer transfers. But I want to focus on the important transfers of the Bundesliga and I will add my opinion on the chances of the respective players. Please note: This is not a Bundesliga rating thread. If you need advice regarding a Bundesliga player, then please ask in Phil's Bundesliga thread. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Arne Friedrich Hertha BSC Berlin >>> VfL Wolfsburg Transfer fee paid: 2.000.000 € Current Rating: 90 Expectation: ► After a bad season with Hertha Friedrich rightly dropped to 90. Actually it was a very, very bad first half of the season of the whole Hertha team. In the second half of the season they only got 17 goals against (Bayern got 16 in the second half of the season!). But nevertheless it was very surprising seeing Friedrich as a starter at the WC 2010 then. And it was even more surprising how good he played. He outshined his partner Mertesacker in central defense – especially at the group stage. So I think Friedrich will keep his 90 at Wolfsburg for now and depending on how Wolfsburg will do next season regaining 91 is possible for sure. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Simon Kjær US Palermo >>> VfL Wolfsburg Transfer fee paid: 12.000.000 € Current Rating: 90 Expectation: ▲ Kjaer played very well in Serie A and did constantly rise up to 90 even at a smaller club. Now with his move to Wolfsburg he IMO made the next step forward – even if some had expected him to move to a bigger club. But sometimes smaller steps are better. If he can prove himself in another league aswell he of course has the chance to rise further – of course depending again on how Wolfsburg in general will do. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Toni Kroos Bayer Leverkusen >>> Bayern München *was on loan* Current Rating: 89 Expectation: ▲ This could be either the big chance for Kroos or the big flop. I personally would liked seeing him at Bayer for another season, where he gets regulary game time. But now with his move back to Bayern he has to face Ribery, Robben and Müller on his possible positions and I'm pretty sure that it will be impossible for him to replace Ribery and Robben. And currently I also see Müller in front of him even if I think that Kroos is the better player ability-wise. But as Bayern will play in CL next season I'm sure Kroos will get his chances and it's up to him to use them. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Christian Gentner VfL Wolfsburg >>> VfB Stuttgart *on a free transfer* Current Rating: 89 Expectation: ► Up to now this seems like a confusing transfer. If Stuttgart continues playing with a 4-4-2 with two wingers and two CM/DM's, I really don't know where Gentner is needed. He is no real winger who would fit in the system. He is rather a CM or the LM in a 4-4-2 diamond. With Khedira, Kuzmanovic and Träsch, Stuttgart already has 3 good CM/DM's. So with the current squad I can only see him on the wings and I doubt that this will be the position where he can perform at his best. So I can't see a rise here for now. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Cristian Molinaro Juventus Turin >>> VfB Stuttgart Transfer fee paid: 3.800.000 € Current Rating: 89 Expectation: ► Molinaro already played the second half of the season at Stuttgart and he did very well. Now VfB took the option to buy him. If he keeps playing like he did last season a rise to 90 should be possible if VfB does well the upcoming season. For sure he is a safe 89. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Jaroslav Drobny Hertha BSC Berlin >>> Hamburger SV *on a free transfer* Current Rating: 88 Expectation: ► Another confusing transfer. Though Drobny was a good GK last season (even in the poor performing Hertha team), I really don't understand the need of signing him if you have Rost as GK. The official statement is that HSV want to have some competition on the GK position. IMO that's unnecessary as a GK needs the full backing by his coach. I could imagine that HSV want to make a change in goal. So I can see Drobny starting. But however I can't see a rise in the nearer future. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Robert Lewandowski Lech Poznań >>> Borussia Dortmund Transfer fee paid: 4.500.000 € Current Rating: 86 Expectation: ▲ I've never seen Lewandowski playing in Poland but his stats are impressive. And Dortmund's scouts already did well once they scouted Barrios. Lewandowski will get some playing time for sure after Valdez wants to leave Dortmund. So again you can't never know what will happen but I think he has good chances to rise in the Bundesliga by 1 at least. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Christoph Metzelder Real Madrid >>> Schalke 04 *on a free transfer* Current Rating: 88 Expectation: ► Actually it seems a bit like a miracle that Metzelder still is rated 88. Only 2 league games for Real last season. So I don't think that Metzelder has big chances to rise. But Metzelder is supposed to replace Bordon in the central defense of Schalke. So he at least will get playing time which should avoid a drop at first. And the future development depends on his performances. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael Ballack Chelsea London >>> Bayer Leverkusen *on a free transfer* Current Rating: 93 Expectation: ▼ Even if I still think that Ballack is a great player, I really have doubts that he can keep his 93 at Leverkusen. I think he can only keep his rating if Leverkusen will establish themselves under the top 4 of the league (of course with good performances of Ballack). And the chances that this will happen I rate 50-50. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Marko Arnautovic FC Twente >>> Werder Bremen Transfer fee paid: 6.200.000 € Current Rating: 85 Expectation: ▲ I think Bremen with their offensive playing style and their good midfielders might be the perfect club for this young talent to develop. He might be the striker number 2 behind Pizarro as Hugo Almeida and Rosenberg might leave the club. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- More players in this thread: Dennis Diekmeier ▲ Mario Mandzukic ► Heiko Westermann ► Gojko Kacar ► Raúl ▼ Philipp Degen ► Johan Audel ▲ ---------------------------------------------------------------------- So far I've only done the 'high rated' transfers and I'll try to update the list with other important 'high rated transfers' which will be done this transfer period. If you want an opinion about another not mentioned player rated 85+, who moved to a Bundesliga club this transfer period, then let me know. Please note, that I won't give advice on players rated lower as most of them won't be starters for their respective clubs at first.
  39. 7 points
    up gunners

    Italian Starlet - Gianmarco Zigoni

    Gianmarco Zigoni is a 17 year old striker currently under contract at relegatio battlers Treviso but will leave Treviso in June to join up with Serie A powerhouse Palermo. His father is former Juventus striker Gianfranco Zigoni. Youth Career Gianmarco Zigoni has had an extremely eventful youth career one that would mark the coming of a future superstar. He has started off his career at Treviso were he excelled and scored over 100 goals for Treviso in the youth divisions an impressive feat for the youngster. Since then he rose through the youth academy and has so far excelled in the first team. First Team Gianmarco Zigoni broke into the Treviso first team half way through January where he was given his chance to shine. He was given the chance to shine in hos league game against Ancona he ended up starting that match. Many people criticized the coaches decision to play an inexperienced youngster to lead the Treviso frontline. He ended up scoring a goal in that match and so he shut the critics up. He then played again for Treviso the very next week this time against a very solid Brescia team. Again he ceased to impreess and bagged a wonderful goal against Brescia and so Treviso won that match 3-2. He has since featured in the last 3 games for Treviso against Cittadella, Frosinone and Rimini. U20 Italian call up Gianmarco Zigoni was called up to the Italian U20 squad to play against Austria U21s in a friendly. He ended up playing the full 90 minutes for Italy and to no surprise he scored his debut goal for Italy on his debut game. This is really highlights his talent especially because he is only 17 and already playing in the U20 Italian team. Transfer to Palermo In a very dragged out transfer he finally transfered to Palermo. It looked as if he wasn't going to sign for Palermo because his dad stated that it was too far away. But in the end he signed and hopefully this will be a positive step for the youngster. He was also linked to Inter Milan at one stage of the January transfer window He is currently not on DB but i sent a ticket in so he gets added. Hopefully he will get added at around 74/75. A must buy once he gets added.
  40. 7 points
    BenReado

    Valencia Player Analysis

    As some forumers will know Valencia are my favorite team in Spain and I've been following theit progress for a few seasons now. I wouldn't say I support them (I just enjoy watching them play) and will try to give an honest account of how I think each individual is playing, and how they may fair come the Spanish rating changes. Domínguez CESAR SANCHEZ started the season as second choice keeper behind Moya despite his amazing form last season. However after some brilliant performences in the Europa League he's managed to push Moya out of the way to regain hi starting position. Since then he has done a very good job, saving Valenica on many occasions.88 -> 89 Miguel Ángel MOYA was signed from Mollorca for a fee of €6.000.000. Straight away he became first team goalkeeper ahead of inform Cesar and Renan. Although he made a solid start in goal, the great form of Cesar has meant he's now the number 2. He still plays in the Europa and Copa Del Rey so should keep his rating, but he won't rise for now. 87 -> 87 Jérémy MATHIEU was signed as a free transfer, yet the fans of Valencia had big expectations for him. He started very slowly, and defensively he still needs to learn a lot especially with regard to his positioning. Lately he has improved and is now competing with Brunu for the starting left back spot. Will stay for now. 88 -> 89 Asier DEL HORNO hasn't played games of any relevance. It's crazy to think he was worth £12 million to Chelsea 4 years back. 87 -> 86 Luis MIGUEL's lost a lot of pace and isn't the player he was a couple of years back. He doesn't look the same defensively or going forward. He's also turned up late to training on a number of occasions and isn't in the coach's 'best books'. Although he started the season as a starter, it seems he is slowly being forced out the team. 91 -> 90 Grau BRUNO SALTOR has been Mr. Versatile this season fitting in at left back or right back when needed. He hasn't necessarily stood out, but he hasn't made any mistakes of note either. Consistent defender, small rise is on the cards. 88 -> 89 RB -> RB/LB Carlos MARCHENA he started off the season playing regularly, but playing to a poor standard. He then got injured, but is now trying to work his way back into the first team. He did start against Osasuna yesterday (22nd November) and infact did very well (best I've seen all season from him). If he plays like that every game then he'll stay at 91, but based on his performences prior to that a drop is likely. I still think when Fernandez is fit he'll take the starting place. 91 -> 90 CB/DM -> DM/CB Pedrós DAVID NAVARRO has managed to "win" a position in the starting 11 ahead of Alexis and has formed a very good center back partnership with Dealbert. Since he's started playing regularly Valencia's defensive record has been much better, and this has not happened by chance. 88 -> 89 Ángel DEALBERT has been a revolutionary signing for Valencia his season. Signed from Castellon (2nd division) on a free transfer many weren't expecting him to have a huge role. To their surprise he has been a regular at the back and one of the most reliable defenders as well. Infact that's an understatement, he has been Valencia's best defender this season - and better than Albiol was last season. 85 -> 88 Ruano ALEXIS started the season as a starter but has played less and less of a part lately. This is mainly due to the form of the other two center backs. He's had some very good games when he has played, but has also looked shaky and made mistakes in games as well. Certainly won't rise but should JUST about keep his rating. I wouldn't rule out a drop though. 89 -> 89 Def -> CB/LB Rodríguez VICENTE hasn't yet played this season. He's been unfortunate in his career with injuries and now fallen out with the gaffer. If he'd stayed fit throughout all those years he'd probably he rate 92/93 by now. He's a really quality player, just very unlucky. Still, if he was to drop he'd be MASSIVELY underrated, and therefore should stay. 88 -> 88 Ramos JORDI ALBA showed he had a lot of talent a couple of years back for the Spanish Under 19's setup. He spent last year on loan at Gimnastic where he did exceedingly well. This year he's got the hard task of trying to get games when the likes of Silva, Mata and Vincente are competing for the same sort of positions. When he was given a chance against Valladolid, he sadly missed a sitter from a couple of yards out. More minutes lately mean he may be in for a small rise. 80 -> 83 Sánchez JOAQUIN is a very useful player and fantastic coming off the bench and livening Valencia's attack towards the end of the game. He'd be starting for just about any other team in Spain, but unluckily has some of the best competition around. There's still no doubt he's quality and he should keep his rating, although a drop can't be totally ruled out. 90 -> 90 Dominguez PABLO HERNANDEZ is my favorite Valencia player, probably the most underrated player on SM and one of the most talented, tricky wingers in the world. Fact. He's immense and the sole reason quality players such as Joaquin have to settle for a place on the bench. He runs at players, gets past them, has a brilliant cross, great shot and tremendous technique. The complete winger. He was voted no. 2 in Valencia's fans player of the year last season, and this campaign may easily get to number 1. He's got 6 goals and 6 assists this season in 16 games, which looks very good on paper. You've just gotta love him. Finally now he's getting a look in for Spain, and scored in a game against Österreich coming off the bench at half time. 88 -> 90/91 Henriques MANUEL FERNANDES The sooner he's back the better. He's better than the likes of Arbelda, Baraja and Marchena. For now though he should stay. 89 -> 89 Rubén BARAJA is very rarely used as a sub in the league despite all Valenica's injuries. May drop 1, maybe 2. 89 -> 88/87 Éver BANEGA has been the surprise of this season. In a good way. I've watched him in the past years and not been too impressed, but this season is different. His passing has been second to none this season, and he's shown great creativity. He's won over the Valencia fans, and atm I can't see anyone his age, in his position doing better than him. 88 -> 89 Ignacio GONZALEZ. Who? I hear you shout. I'm asking myself the same question now... Ángel MICHEL is very versatile in midfield and is getting more and more game time. I don't think he's the right partner for Banega in CM though. A more defensive minded player is needed. However I think Michel will start to feature more and more over the coming season. 80 -> 83 David ALBELDA was once quality in the defensive midfield role. Sadly he isn't anywhere near that standard anymore. Despite some decent(ish) form of late, i think 91 is too high. 91 -> 90/91 Hedwiges MADURO is a decent defender/DM. He should be playing more often, but can't get past the formidable 2 center back's. He shoudl still stay though. 88 -> 88 Josué DAVID SILVA. We all know about him and what he is capable of. This season he's playing even better than last. Every game he plays his market price goes up and up. If Liverpool want him in January we'll probably be told to pay £30. 50/50 whether or not he rises. 93 -> 93/94 Castro IAGO IGLESIAS. See Ignacio GONZALEZ. Juan Manuel MATA is again well known about on SM. Some games he looks totally dead in, yet in other's he's immense. I think Pablo, Silva and Villa are more important though. I'm stuck between whether he'll rise or stay. I'm sure you all have your own opinion. 91 -> 91. Vicente JOAQUÍN CALDERON. I haven't yet seen the youngster play. 77 -> 77 Sánchez DAVID VILLA. He's playing as well as ever even if his critics may suggest otherwise. 23 goals (in all competitions) already this season tells it's own stroy. 96 -> 96 Nicolás MIKU. He scored a hattrck on his European debut. He seems a decent player and a useful goalscorer the Venezuela international. 84 -> 86 Nikola ZIGIC. The beast can score goal but hasn't been given much of a chance yet this season. Valencia only start 1 up front, and that forward's gonna be Villa every day of the week (providing he's fit). Still, his international will mean he keeps his rating. 89 -> 89 Loaned OUT Brito RENAN. 3rd choice keeper at Valencia which is the reason he's out on loan. Deportivo Xerez (the club he's at) sit one off the bottom, with the worst goal difference and only 7 points. 88 -> 86 Vicente GUAITA, as 4th choice keeper, was also allowed to go out on loan. He's broken into the team at Recreativo Huelva playing the last 6 games. 3 yellow cards in that time though... tut, tut, tut. 78 -> 81 Emiliano MORETTI was wanted out by Valencia and is now at Genoa on loan. Not a brilliant defender. Should drop. 91 -> 90 Thiago CARLETO started very well on loan at FC Elche scoring goals in both his first 2 games. Has since not played as much, but should still see a small rise. Also I THINK (not 100%) he's been playing in a more advanced winger role. 75 -> 78 LB -> LB/LM (not 100%) Stephen SUNNY is not getting a look in for Valencia so was sent on loan to Real Betis in the Segunda División. Well Betis are having a poor season and sadly Sunny hasn't been able to light up their world so far. 85 -> 83 Hugo VIANA again wasn't getting a look in for Valenica so crosed the border to play for Sporting de Braga. Braga are having a very good season and Viana is definitely one of their top attacking players. He's played every game and scored roughly 1 goal every 2 games. 85 -> 87 CM/LM -> AM/LM Esclapez AARON NIGUEZ started well but has recieved a bad injury (Torn Knee Ligament) keeping him ot until March '10. 80 -> 80
  41. 7 points
    All the recent people leaving and arguments have lead to a negative attitude around here. Which brings the question... why does anyone come on here anymore? HERE'S WHY! 1. Place to relax After long days doing whatever we all do, SM forum is a great place to relax, talk to great people and explore our common passion... soccer... futbol... football... whatever you call it! 2. Respect I don't know anywhere where respect is valued as much as here. If you make an impact post, or have made an impact post, you will be respected. It's crazy how when you first join, you end up idolizing the Yuri's, Sam's, Teb's, Bobo's and Danny's of the forum, to name a few. I know Yuri, Danny, Sam and Teb all took me under their wings when I first joined. Sure, some active forumers have been less than respectful, but they have taken heat for it. 3. Help! No matter what the situation is, there's always someone to help out. If you have a bad result and are ******, teb will be there to help you with the tactics. If your squad needs improvement, Luke and bestpay are there to tell you who to get and in which order. If you've had a bad day, Sam will make you laugh. If you needd juicy rumours, Bobo steps in. Every forumer adds something of value on here, and everyone knows it. 4. Scouting I mean, the scouting on here is nuts! Pretty much every league gets scouted, and every rise predicted. This place has scouted many from the 70's who are now way into the 90's. And there are so many now that even and old fella like me can retire from scouting without anyone being angry. Reason 4 : Scouting paradise! 5. Respectful debates/Reasonable Mods If you have an argument, go right ahead. If you make it respectfully, there will be a respectful rebuttal. And as long as the respect remains, you will not suffer the disgrace of a mod deletion. Our mods are the most reasonnable people out there. We don't always realize the work behind the scenes, but they are great. 6. Great contests SM predict, betting league. FOTY... all these great contests and forum events, all being put together by different dedicated forumers. 7. International A Panamanian, Canadian, American, Brit, Maltese, Croatian and Brazilian walk into a website. Seriously, this place is diverse! you talk to people from around the globe, realize how close this world is even though such distance separates us! You know what guys... I don't care if there is an argument that blows up once in a while. It's Life. Just don't be so fast to give up on this place. SMForum is the best place on the web for me. Please, help us retain these 7 factors and every other factor that makes SMForum great. Take this as a reminder... this is why we are here!
  42. 7 points
    Re: Survivor Setup Official Thread Welcome to the first of hopefully many Survivor weekly programmes giving us a insight into what is going on and including genuine interviews with the participating managers. This is a work in progress so any ideas you may have to make this better is accepted. We start off at champions Chelsea and find out why Alan thinks his side have struggled to get going this season. After being nearly unbeatable last campaign they are 10th and are finding defending there title a real test. 1)Current champions of the setup things arnt looking good currently in 10th and no win in your last few games. Whats gone wrong? After winning last year have gone in to experimenting more this year with some of my youth and tactics,as you can see not going to well at mo . 2)You spent a lot of money bringing in Jeremy Menez from Monaco, do you see big things for him at Chelsea? Yes i do, reason for spending a bit ,i know i already have a few great young forwards for the future i have heavily invested Aguero and Huguain being two of them but i think Menez will also give me more of an option ,A playmaker by trade, he is noted for being the youngest ever scorer of a hat trick in Ligue 1, the youngest ever winner of Ligue 1's player of the month award and has sometimes been compared to Zinédine Zidane and has also been called the French Wayne Rooney. So i am hoping under the BONES guidance i will fetch these players greatnesses out in him. 3)Your next couple of league games are against teams just below and above you, will you be taking adifferent approach to these? Yes i will, At moment only 6 points behind having lost just two more than top team ,i am happy to be just that ammount with the experimenting ive done but i also know with the great managers above me i cant get to far adrift because the likes of Fraser wont drop many more points,up to now ive been playing around with my front men in diff positions and playing a V .attacking style ,well as you can see the goals are flying in the opposite net but also in mine .So i will carry on with my experiments for now as long as i am no more than 9 points by half way ,but for the upcoming games will revert from v.attacking style to try and stop goals leeking in but a style that will still allow my strikers the freedom to score. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Colin took over at Benfica at the beginning of this season and has shocked the setup by taking an early lead and holds onto the top spot. 1)You've had the best start of all the new managers and are showing some of the older a thing or two by sitting top, did you imagine after ten games you would be in this position? Was hoping to be about mid table at this point but we have started like a house on fire.There was some great players here when i joined and iv added 7 players of my own and i think we can have a very good season 2)Although a dissapointing result against Man Utd do you think your guys can pick themselves up for the game against second placed Real Madrid? It will be hard Madrid are in good form and have a great manager in Fraser but we are at home so with a bit of luck im hoping for all 3 points 3)Filipo Inzaghi has been a scoring machine for you since joining from Milan for £3,100,000 was he a player you really wanted when you signed him, or just the best of what was available? He's a great player and it was a great price so yes he was a player i really wanted and lets hope he keeps up the good understand with he's partner Podolski and fire us to the tittle ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Manager Paul Thame has seen better times at Arsenal but his side have struggled to get going, that was untill they tore Bayern apart in there last game. 1)A slow start to the season but now you have climbed off the bottom what are your targets realistically? I must admit, a snail moves faster than our start to the season. But now the players have smelt the bacon and got their rear ends moving especially in the cup. 2)Did you change anything for the game with Bayern that made your players reward you with a goalfest, especially Lionel Messi's performance? Our demolition of Bayern shows how much high-class potential I have at my disposal. Messi on a good day can be a one-man outfield team, and he proved that against Bayern. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season one champs and top manager Ivan has a lot of talent at his Inter side but thats not stopping him from keeping his eye on other talent. We caught up with him after his sides draw with Sevilla. 1)You must be dissapointed with the draw with Sevilla after being 3-1 up? Well i am disappointed, i think we have a better squad than Sevilla. Also the last goal was a tragic moment for us, we were in lead until the 89th minute, also the shot was deflected!!! I have a strong feeling that we spent all our luck in the season one. 2)You seem to be watching alot of players currently, will we be seeing some new faces at Inter soon or are you just observing? I am looking for a right back and a replacement for Figo. I will try to sign Finnan as my second option because i didnt have enough power to bring Dani Alves. There is also the third option because he first bid was rejected. But its a secret as other managers could overtake me. 3)Dario Srna one of your latest signings seems to be struggling with life in Italy, is this a reason why you havent handed him a debut yet? Srna is a class player, very professional so his personal problems wont effect his performances. Also i know his life is going very well as we have conversations in English among the players. Also he is here living with the other Croatians Modric, Dudu and Iličević so living in Milano isnt any problem with him. His debut will come, and he will possibly be the first option for the RM position as he has the best form between his teammates Figo and Maxi Rodriguez. I also expect his rating to rise soon, same as the other Croatians so he can be the regular member of the first eleven, together with Dudu and Modrić. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Milan are a side that like to entertain, likewise in the seven goal thriller with Schalke we caught up with Razz to see if Milan could challenge this campaign 1)A very entertaing game with Schalke on thursday, storming into a four goal lead, they fought back well in the second half but couldnt snatch an equaliser, your thoughts? Fantastic game with plenty of chances created, and Schalke did fantastic to pull 3 goals back after my side got a 4 goal lead within half an hour. Because of poor fitness throughout the squad I had to rest plenty of key players with the likes of Ronaldo, Essien, Nesta and Toure having to watch from the bench, but I was extremely pleased with the players that got drafted in for the game - they stood up to the plate and got a great result for the side away from home. 2)Three league wins on the trot sees you in the top six and four points of the leaders, can Milan do it this season? Sure there has never been any doubt since leaving Bayern after the first season, that Milan had the players and quality to claim a league title, but it has been tough trying to find the winning chemistry. Chopped and changed players, formations and tactics on a regular basis in an attempt to scrape some victories. It hasn't been plain sailing as I expected it to be when I took the job here at Milan and it is always going to be tough in a league with so many fantastic managers. But all in all, there seems to be plenty of belief and morale throughout the squad now, and to be 4 points adrift the top of the stack now - this could well be the season where the fans and players get the title of the Survivor that they deserve from all their hard work and effort on and off the pitch. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I will endeavour to do another SW later or tomorrow due to the overwhelming response from you all, it was better than i had planned for and will do my best to get all your answers up on here. thanks to all.
  43. 7 points
    Re: National Treasure Match Reports/Transfer News Division 2 round up from the 2nd turn of Ant's setup, the National treasure Liam Radcliffe's Sporting took on the rank outsiders of the setup i must say, Zemun of Serbia. They were recently busy in the market, buying Trinidadian after Tobagoan! Well it was the Serbs who would cause the shock of the round, and get their 1st points of the season, as new boys Russell Latapy and Dwight Yorke showed us they still know how to find the back of the net. A real contrast considering they lost 4-1 in their opening fixture. MOM - Yorke Liam must bring Aaron Hughes out of goal if he wants anything in their next game, home to Celtic. Zemun meanwhile, are in a Eastern European derby as they host Dinamo Zagreb. The Mexicans 'America', managed by yours truly, got their 1st goals and points of the season as they walked past Dinamo, 3-0 winners. Luiz Perez hit 2 before being sent off for the home side, whilst the 3rd was scored by new boy and fans favourite Nery Castillo. MOM - Nery. America next host Dortmund, whilst Zagreb visit Zemun. In the best of Britain clash between United and Celtic, there were 5 goals for managers Leigh and Shels to look upon. Tevez and Hargreaves for the home side, whilst new boy Robbie Keane hit a brace for the Scots, to add along with Vennegors goal. MOM - Keane The Mancs next take on Pool at home, whilst the Celts visit Sporting. Real Madrid's manager Lem Steve had to watch the galacticos endure a 2-3 loss at home to Liverpool, managed by Havoc. An entertaining game, which saw Guti and young striker Kris boyd score for the Spanish giants, Riise, Torres and Sissoko for the visitors, who also had new signing Freddy Kanoute red carded for a bad foul. MOM - Torres. Real now take on Inter at home, pool take on United. Finally we travel to Germany, where Dortmund managed by George took on Bobo's Inter, which ended goalless. Inter certainly had the better of it, but couldn't find a way past the Dortmund GK. It seemed to take its toll on Martin Palermo, who was red carded late on. MOM - Crespo. Inter are at Real next, Borussia in Mexico. After week 2, Liverpool are the only team with a 100% record, whilst Sporting and Real are the only teams yet to pick up 1 point. Team of the week: Jakupovic (Dortmund) Zanetti (Inter) Samuel (Inter) Finnan (Celtic) Carragher (Liverpool) Sissoko (Liverpool) Mascherano (Inter) Yorke (Zemun) Nery Castillo (America) Torres (Liverpool) Keane (Celtic) Top Goal scorers after 2 games: Eto'o - 3 goals Perez, Frei and Keane - 2 goals. Top Assists after 2 games: Alonso, Sissoko, Kanoute and Schole - 2 assists. Manager of the week goes to Dwight Yorke, the player manager of Semun for inspiring that win with a goal of his own Dwight had this to say, "I am happy to pick up this week's award, and hope to continue this form of goals and lead Zemun to div 1..." Hope you enjoyed this Ant and the rest, if others do i might be tempted to do it every week
  44. 6 points
    ahatter1

    Rahul W's rating predictions

    I am so grateful for the predictions that you provide, Sir Rahul, I do not worry when the outcomes of few players do not go the way we want. If more people appreciated the fact that rating players as an art, not a science, they would be more content with the oddities that this game throws our way (as in real life). Keep up the good work, and know that your ongoing efforts are greatly valued by many of us here in the forums. Cheers The Madhatter. (Buying and selling based on forum predictions since 2008!)
  45. 6 points
    Sareum

    Rahul W's rating predictions

    Spot the deliberate mistake? Some of those multi-player offers would have to go through over the space of 2 seperate seasons as you can only do 3 deals with the same team in each season. It then becomes a game of mitigating risk. If the other manager quits, you miss out, if the players rise you'll end up giving Kane and cash rather than just a 'swap', if whilst waiting for the second season to complete the deals, do you trust that manager enough to stick to his side of the bargain if someone else starts making offers? Then there is the risk that is shown a few pages previously - the green eyed monster of other managers either trying to get your transfers reversed or lambasting you on the news feed/forum for negotiating a deal that they wished they had achieved but as they didn't get that offer they'll brand you a cheat. Personally I'd stick with Kane. He's nailed on for an increase in rating, he should have got 94 in the review prior to Christmas. He's the best striker in the World currently so it's only a matter of time before he's a 95 rating.
  46. 6 points
    Re: English Championship 7027 Match Report/Tranfer Gossip Thread Only one day in and already there’s been frantic activity in the transfer market. Here’s a brief review of what’s gone on, who’d been busy and who’s landed the top stars. Having started this review I hadn’t reckoned on how bloody long it would take (so this will not likely be a daily event, probably even a one-off) but it should give an indication of what certain managers’ strategies are. To date 166 transfers-in have been accepted or completed, with 121 players being traded out in part-exchange. At the time of writing 36 of the 54 managed teams had accepted or completed bids. Only 8 transfers were between two managers, the rest being from external clubs. The most popular clubs being pillaged (so far) were: Inter (12 players), Free Agents (9), Real Madrid (8), Bayern Munich (7), Barcelona (6), Seville, & Milan (5), Athletico Madrid, Juventus, & Santos (4), Porto, FC Schalke, & Millonares (3), 11 clubs with 2 transfers, and 68 clubs with just a single transfer. The most active clubs were as follows: Leeds (17 transfers in), Derby (12), Bolton (11), Wolves (9), Notts Forest (9), Northampton (9), Middlesbrough (9), Hull (8), Ipswich (7), Arsenal (6), QPR (5), Wigan (4), West Brom (4), Tottenham (4), Sunderland (4), Cardiff (4), Burnley (4), Bristol City (4), Blackburn Rovers (4), Man Utd (3), Liverpool (3), Everton (3), Chelsea (3), Brighton (3), Stoke (2), Reading (2), Portsmouth (2), Huddersfield (2), Aston Villa (2), Sheff Utd (1), Peterborough (1), MK Dons (1), Man City (1), Crystal Palace (1), Chesterfield (1), Birmingham (1). Surprisingly, some of the big guns were only successful in a small number of transfers, though the players they did land are hot properties. Having not followed the bidding I’m unsure if they have been playing it cautious, but I’m guessing that they were mostly outbid by some of the smaller clubs. Notable successes include Stoke’s landing of Pedro, Chelsea signing of Ozil, Man Utd getting Muller, and Wigan’s haul of young stars. Bolton too added a whole host of talent to their squad, Ipswich managed to grab some future stars including De Gea and Canales, and Middlesbrough (myself) scored some big hits, notably Casillas, though uncertainty remains over how many will want to come play on Teesside (it’s grim up north!). Here’s a brief club-by-club breakdown (apologies to those clubs that I’ve just skimmed): Arsenal: A decent haul of stars in all areas of the pitch: Busquets 91 DM/CM, Negredo 90 CF, Hernandez RM/W 90, Silva CB 91. Aston Villa: Added Riise LB/LM 90, and traded Fabiano CF 93 for Harewood & Heskey Birmingham: Krunic AM/F 85 Blackburn Rovers: Strengthening squad with Palop GK 91, Van Bommel CM/DM 92 + youth Bolton: Strengthened the team with key signings all across the board: Eduardo GK 89, Leon RM/W 89, Borriello Fwd 90, Menez W/fwd 89, Van Buyten CB 90, Navarro LB 90, Motta DM/CM 90, Molinaro LB 89 + few in mid-80s. Brighton: 3 lower-rated players. Bristol City: 4 free agents in the mid-80s. Burnley: A couple of CBs in the upper 80s CB, CB, Romero GK 88, Altintop Mid/RB 90. Cardiff: 4 mid-to-upper 80s players. Chelsea: Ozil AM/LM 91, Lucio CB 94, Arbeloa RB/LB 91 (out inc. Zhirkov LM/LB 92, Bosingwa RB 92, Alex CB 91) Chesterfield: 1 young Boro keeper Crystal Place: Guilherme Fwd/AM 88; Derby County: A focus on risers & future talent, one of highest Burdisso CB 86; Everton: Strengthening CM with Defour 89, Granero CM/AM 89 Huddersfield: 2 inc. Soder CF 84; Hull: A mixture of risers and young strong players inc. Biabiany Fwd/W 86 Inter, Howdes Def 88, Hulk Fwd/W 89, Ipswich: 7, Host of young talent De Gea GK 87, Neymar Fwd/AM 86, Canales AM/Fwd 87, Leeds: Most active manager with a focus on risers & future prospects. Liverpool: Bonucci CB 88, Van Der Wiel RB 88, Di Maria LM/W 90 (out Kuyt Fwd/W 92) Man City: Just 1 accepted bid so far - Santon Inter RB 87 Man Utd: Big signings of Julio Cesar GK 95, Muller Fwd 88 (offloading Neville 88 & Owen 89) Middlesbrough: A mixture of risers and bigger stars: Casillas Gk 95, Ambrosini CM/DM 92, Samuel CB 93, D’Agostino CM 89. MK Dons: 78 rated Inter youngster Countinho Northampton: 9 risers/potential talent Notts Forest: Strengthening the squad in key areas with Simplico [Roma! – when did he move to Roma?] CM/AM 90, Abidal LB/CB 92, Helton GK 90 + a selection of risers. Peterborough: Wolves youngster Danny Batth Portsmouth: Wolves stalwart Craddock at CB and the contentious signing of Keith Andrews from Blackburn. QPR: A strong haul with: Di Natale Fwd 93, Zanetti Def/DM 94, Tymoschuk DM/CM 91 Reading: Strengthening midfield with: Albelda DM/CM 90, Poulsen DM 90. Sheff Utd: Delac 84 Gk Stoke City: Just 2 signings, but big ones nonetheless: Pedro W/Fwd 90, Honda AM/CM 87 Sunderland: Potential risers + Otamendi CB/RB 88, Mariga CN/AM 87 (Inter) Tottenham: A focus on midfield and up front: Forlan Fwd 94, Giovinco AM 88, Kanoute CF 93, Gago CM/DM 90 West Brom: Added strength and depth to the squad with 2 free agents, Hildebrand GK 88, Pires W 88 and Suazo CF 88, Marquez CB 90 Wigan: A solid hall with: Marin W 90, Neuer GK 91, Badstuber CB/LB 88, Wolves: 9 players including strong signings of Cordoba Inter CB 92, Mo Diarra DM/CM 90, Grafite Fwd 90, and a selection of risers/talent And just a brief disclaimer: These stats are based on the transfers accepted so far, the first day's worth of transfer activity, though for various reasons there is no guarantee that all of these will go through successfully (I’m thinking particularly of Casillas here!). Apologies too for any errors on my part, I’ve done my best to get it right. Things though look like they are hotting up in EC7027 (or whatever it ends up being called). Be interesting to see who the next set of forays into the transfer market are aimed at, there’s still plenty of talent out there. And how does it work now with all the other bids that are in for players from the clubs just having sold some of their players? Do the remaining players go up in value (as they are now worth more to those clubs) and if so does that mean that all bids exactly at chairman value will now fall short? Best of luck in the next round of bidding!
  47. 6 points
    Dont be too harsh. My first ever post Goalkeepers Hug Lloris, 23, 91--> 92 *Ligue 1- Goalkeeper of the Year* Igor Akinfeev, 24, 91--> 91/92 René Adler, 25, 91--> 91/92 Manuel Neuer, 24, 90--> 91 Joe Hart, 23, 89--> 89/90 *PFA Goalkeeper of the Year* Pedro Rui Patricio, 22, 88--> 88/89 Sergio Romero, 23, 88--> 88/89 Matej Delac, 17, 83--> 84/85 David De Gea, 19, 80--> 85/86 Defenders CB Gerard Pique, 23, CB/DM, 92--> 94 Thomas Vermalen, 24, CB/LB, 90--> 91/92 *Rose to 91* *PFA Team of the Year* Simon Kjaer, 21, CB, 89--> 90 Vincent Kompany, 24, CB/DM, 89-->89/90 *Rose to 90* Daniel Agger, 25, CB/LB, 89--> 90 *Rose to 90* Sébastien Bassong, CB/LB, 23, 88--> 89/88 *No Rise* Mamadou Sakho, CB/LB, 20, 88--> 89 Jack Rodwell, 19, CB, 87--> 87/ 88 *No Rise* Leonardo Bonucci, 22, CB, 86--> 88 Holger Badstuber, 21, CB/LB, 85--> 88 *Rose to 88* Toby Alderweireld, 21, CB/RB, 85--> 87/88 *Rose to 87* Soto Álvaro Dominiguez, 21, CB/LB, 85--> 87/88 Alberto Botia, 21, CB/RB, 85--> 86/87 François Affolter, 19, CB, 84--> 86/87 Aleksandar Dragovic, 19, CB/DM, 84--> 86 Mikel San Jose, 21, CB, 83--> 86/87 Stefan Reinartz, 21, CB/DM, 80--> 85 *Rose to 86* Tomislav Barbaric, 21, CB, 78--> 85 *Great Money Maker* RB Pereira da Silva Rafael, 19, RB/RM, 86--> 87 *No Rise* Daniel Shwaab, 21, RB, 86--> 87 Macedo Michel, 20, RB, 84--> 86/87 LB Aly Cissokho, 20, LB, 89--> 90/89 *Rose to 90* Gareth Bale, 20, LB, 87--> 88/89 *Rose to 88* Def Jérôme Boateng, 21, Def/DM, 89--> 89/90 Christian Tracsh, 22, Def/DM, 85--> 86/87 Midfielders CM Cesc Fabregas, 23, CM/AM, 95--> 95/96 *No Rise* *PFA Midfielder of the Year* Abou Diaby, 23, CM/LM, 88--> 89/90 *Rose to 89* Andrea Poli, 21, CM/AM, 86--> 87/88 Daniel Parejo, 21, CM/AM, 86--> 87/88 Kwadwo Asamoah, 21, CM, 86--> 87 Darron Gibson, 22, CM/DM, 85--> 86 *No Rise* Delvin Ndinga, 22, CM/DM, 84--> 86/87 *Rose to 86* James McCarthy, 19, CM/AM, 83--> 85 *Rose to 85* Yann M'vila, 19, CM, 82--> 86 *Rose to 87* Ligue 1 *Young Player of the Year Nominee* DM Lass Diarra, 24, DM/CM, 92--> 93 Sergio Busquets, 21, DM/CM, 90--> 91 Moussa Sissoko, 20, DM/CM, 89--> 90/89 Alexandre Song, 22, DM/CB, 89--> 90/89 *Rose to 90* Éver Banega, 21, DM/CM, 89--> 90 Francisco Javi Garcia, 23, DM/CM, 89-->89/90 Wilson Palacios, 25, CM/DM, 89--> 90 *No Rise* Lucas Leiva, CM/DM, 23, 88--> 89/90 *Rose to 89* Lucas Barrios, 25, DM, 87--> 89 Arian Ademi, 19, DM, 82--> 85/84 Lukas Schmitz, 21, DM/CM, 78--> 83/84/85 *Rose to 85* AM Mesut Ozil, 21, AM/LM, 90--> 91 *Rose to 91* Alan Dzagoev, 19, AM/CM, 89--> 89/90 Stefan Jovetic, 20, AM/Fwd, 89-->90 Miralem Pjanic, 20, AM/Wing, 88--> 89/90 *Rose to 90* Esteban Granero, 22, AM/Wing, 88--> 89 Javier Pastore, 20, AM/ Fwd, 87--> 88/89 Toni Kroos, 20, AM/Wing, 86--> 88 Sergio Canales, 19, AM/Wing, 85--> 87 Ander Herrera, 20, AM/RM, 84--> 86/87 Jack Wilshere, 18, AM/Wing, 83--> 85 *Rose to 85* LM Jordi Alba, 21, LM/LB, 83--> 87 RM Santos Ramires, 23, RM/CM, 90--> 90/91 Sotiris Ninis, 20, RM/AM, 86--> 87/88 *Rose to 87* Wing Antonio Valencia, 24, Wing, 90--> 91 *Rose to 91* Luís Nani, 23, Wing, 89--> 91/90 *Rose to 90* Ángel Di Maria, 22, Wing/Fwd, 89--> 90/89 *Rose To 90* Marko Marin, 21, Wing/Fwd, 89--> 90 *Rose to 90* Diego Perotti, 21, Wing/AM, 89--> 90/89 Elijero Elia, 23, Wing/Fwd, 89--> 90 Rodríguez Pedro, 22, Winger/Fwd, 88--> 90 Eden Hazard, 19, Wing/Am, 87--> 88/89 *Rose to 89* Ligue 1 *Young Player of the Year* and *Player of the Year Nominee* Adam Johnson, 22, Wing, 85--> 87/88 *Rose to 87* Thomas Muller, 20, Winger/Fwd, 85--> 88 *Rose to 88* Gabriel Torje, 20, Winger/Fwd, 85--> 86 Suárez Jeffren, 22, Wing/Fwd, 82--> 85 Forwards Fwd Gonzalo Higuain, 22, Fwd/Wing, 93--> 94/95 Alexandre Pato, 20, Fwd, 92--> 93 Luis Suarez, 23, Fwd, 90--> 91*No Rise* Radamel Falcao, 24, Fwd, 90--> 90/91 *Rose to 91* Gabriel Agbonlahor, 23, Fwd/Wing, 89--> 89/90 *No Rise* Givanildo Vieira Hulk, 23, Fwd, 89--> 89/90 Nicklas Bendtner, 22, Fwd, 88--> 89 *Rose to 89* Silva Neymar, 28, Fwd/AM, 86--> 88/89 Seydou Doumbia, 22, Fwd, 86--> 88 Karim Ait-Fana, 21, Fwd/Wing, 84--> 87 *Rose to 87* Ligue 1 *Young Player of the Year Nominee* Jermain Lens, 22,Fwd/Wing, 84--> 86/87 *Rose to 86* CF Édinson Cavani, 23, CF, 89--> 90/89 Mauro Boselli, 24, CF, 89--> 89/90 Romelu Lukaku, 17, CF, 87--> 88/89 Eren Derdiyok, 21, CF, 87--> 88 *Rose to 88*
  48. 6 points
    Re: English Championship 106 - Transfer/Gossip thread ENGLAND MANAGER GIVES HIS ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS This Months FourFourTwo see's England and Rochdale manager Elliot Sutcliffe answer your questions. The England boss failed to get his team into next seasons World cup and has come under heavy criticism from all angles but Sutcliffe is believed to have both the desire and the talent to overcome his critics and prove them wrong. Here are your questions answered.... What made you take the England job, especially when you knew that everybody would be watching your every move? Dave Richmond, Swindon. The fact that people would be watching my every move never crossed my mind. First and foremost, I'm an Englishman. I don't have one ounce of Irish/Scottish/Welsh or anything else inside of me. I don't know any Englishman that would turn down the opportunity to manage their country. I never took it for granted. It's nearly 44 years since England lifted the World Cup, who wouldn't want to be the one to break that and win it again. I had to take it, and I had to go for it. I'd like to say that despite everything, I've enjoyed it, but I can't, because I don't enjoy losing. This year will always haunt me, and it really does hurt. However, I have no regrets about taking the job. None at all. The England fans blame you for the National teams failure to make it to next years World Cup, how do you feel about that, and do you blame yourself or the players? Helen Braithwaite, Stoke. It's been hard to take. I have to take the blame and I do. Full responsibility. At times I have felt that things haven't quite gone our way. I had to adapt to dealing with World Class players very quickly. From the first game I was hoisted into the spotlight and I found it very hard to deal with, I'll admit. I had limited time to spend with the players, so I brought in those who were performing at their best in their own league. I had to try and fit them into a system, without friendlies, warm-up games or even that many training sessions. I found it very difficult. I don't feel let down by the players, but I don't think they helped me or themselves at times. I just feel as if I want to go back and do it all again. I never brought in my own management team, my own backroom staff. I was just thrown to the wolves and had to defend myself with only what I know. In the end, that wasn't enough. I'm not experienced enough to deal with that pressure. I can't apologise enough to the fans and everyone. I have let the country down, and that will haunt me forever. All I can do now is get on with it. I have a decision to make as to whether or not to stay. The country wants me out. Even I want me out, as a supporter. But I hate losing and it would be horrible for me to bow out this way. I just don't know right now... You have had public spats with some of the leagues more colourful managers like Mr Izod, Mr Holt and more recently Mr Belkevitz which has certainly not won you many fans, but do you enjoy carving out rivalrys? Paul Gordon, Richmond. I can't say I enjoy it. I speak my mind and I suppose when I come up against those that do the same, when our opinions clash there is likely to be an uproar. In the end it's all mind games. I spoke out about David at Oxford and they lost 5 on the bounce. Despite my age I have took on guys with the combined age of 2000 this season, but I really feel I've held my own. I like to be competitive. I like to pit my wits against others, whether it be on the pitch or off it. I'm up for the battle, and against these guys, it really is a battle. Which managers do you respect both past and present? Tan Mohammed, Stockport. In 106 you can't look past the guys that have built football clubs. Michael Flounders at Darlington. Andrew Foster at Cheltenham. James Burrow, Dave Izod. These are the guys you look up to, the one's you try to emulate when you step into your first day at the football club. Away from here I love Martin O'Neill for the way he goes about his business, his policies, his style. Sir Alex Ferguson will always be admired as one of the greatest. He has done it all at United and his hunger never diminishes, but people forget he did it at Aberdeen. Who the heck wins European Silverware with Aberdeen? I'll tell you who, Alex Ferguson. He's the greatest in my opinion. To be 1/100th of what he is would be spectacular. I strive for that. He's worshipped, and I'm one of his followers, for sure. You come across as a loyal kinda guy, but if a bigger club wanted you as their manager, would you consider joining them? Harry Bridge, Burnley. I have a lot of time for Rochdale. They were my first professional football club and I have supported them through thick and thin. I owe them a lot and I can't even contemplate leaving them. Only a couple of jobs would even tempt me. Temptation can be easily resisted though. We'll have to see. I'm here for the long-run. Your the playboy of 106 and have been seen with many beautiful ladies on your arm, but is it true you have a thing for Taylor Swift, and tried to chat her up on a recent visit to the States? Barry Brock, York. Hahaha. Playboy? Only because I'm one of the youngest. I'm ***** all the time. Give me a break, I'm still in my teens!!! Seriously, I must be giving away more than I even know though. It's true I did sit at a table with Taylor and have a very deep discussion. So much so, that I got free tickets to her concert in Manchester this November, and met up with her again backstage. With regards to chatting her up, well I don't know, I had a girlfriend at the time. She wouldn't have been happy If Rochdale get promoted, what will your next aim be? Kerry Smith, Bolton. Promotion to Division 2. It seems those who go up don't believe in themselves or their team. They say their main aim is to avoid relegation. If I go up this year I want to go up again. Simple as. You were regularly seen talking to Alex Ferguson in you pre-Rochdale days, did he ever give you any advice? Lee Spencer, Bury. Yeah. "2 sugars 1 milk kid" Is that advice?? I made the great man his tea every bloody weekend. I never properly spoke to the man, but he uttered words here and there and everything sticks. He's just a genius, in everything he does. He's a hero of mine and to have the chance to work in and around him and his football club was an honour and a dream come true, and the things that I saw inside Manchester United have helped me, and I have carried it through to what we have now at Rochdale. Experiences like that are invaluable. You have to learn from it. My dad says you were a promising footballer once, what happened, what club(s) and what position did you play? Patrick Flannery, Belfast. Wow. Your Dad must be getting on a bit now then? I played junior football until the age of 9, when I was spotted as a Centre Half. I went to Rochdale, and signed my first contract on my 10th birthday. I spent 4 years there, moving from RB to CB, to CM, to a Striker. We played Bolton, a game in which I scored but we lost. A week later I was a Bolton player, and spent 3 great years of my life at the club. In that time I won an England Schoolboys Cap, perhaps the proudest moment of my life so far. In and around that time I played 3 warm up games, scoring 2 goals, alongside players who will go on to be top, top professionals. Unfortunately for me, it never worked out. I was released, and I've become increasingly injury prone. At 6"3, and exactly 11 stone, I'm quite slight. I just can't get things right. I'm contemplating starting right at the bottom again, or going abroad. I've got options, and time, but for now, I'm fully focused on Rochdale. This is where I spend my time now. I miss the changing room banter, but this for me is the next best thing. I've made good friends, and I'm enjoying football again. Winning is a drug. Maybe one day, I'll be on that database and I can sign myself. Until then, I'll live with Paul Holt's cast off's Who was the best footballer you played with/against? Gary Bell, Huddersfield. The best player I have ever played with is Jose Baxter. He's got everything, skill, pace, the ability to hold up the ball, challenge in the air. He has made a name for himself quite young, but he's being nurtured at Everton. He will be a top player in the future. Against? Josh Thompson would be one. He marked me when he was at County and I never got a sniff. He's just signed for Celtic this year, and as far as I'm aware, he's done very well behind the scenes. But in terms of all time, it would have to be a player called Will Keane. I was playing at the back on my own for a junior club called Apollo. We used to play me as a Sweeper, and at that age, I was tall and quick and able to deal with most players. But when we came up against South Manchester, I was torn to pieces. This striker had everything, he beat me in all departments. I couldn't hack it. I walked off that pitch, mud hanging off my face, my head in a spin, and I shook his hand and got his name. Will Keane. Next thing I know, he signs for United. 2 weeks ago he scores a hat-trick in the Reserves against Manchester United. Since that day I have faced him, and he's been flawless. He has represented England at all levels, and he will play at the World Cup, I'm prepared to put my house on it. He's the business. Will Keane. Is it true that your a Villa fan? Andy Rodgers, Wolverhampton. Indeed it is, and I was in the Away End on Saturday. I'm a Manc, and my Dad has had a season ticket at Old Trafford for over 40 years. The first game he took me to was United - Villa when I was 6. Since then, I have followed the team in Claret and Blue through thick and thin, and the 1-0 win at Old Trafford was one of the greatest days of my life. It was great to go back to the ground, and shove it in their cockney faces. I love the passion of our fans, I love the manager, the players, everything. It's one of the only jobs I'd ever leave Rochdale for. Which manager(s) do you partiularly enjoy spending time with after games or outside of football?Herman Njorviik, Tromso. My fitness manager, Mia Hamm. She's a very nice..... oops sorry. I misunderstood the question. Well in terms of EC106, there are plenty of good guys. . Inside of 106, I get on well with people like James, David and Jake. They are good guys, and credits to this league and football itself. Outside of it, I regularly chat with the likes of Dave Izod, Sean Fitzpatrick and Paul Holt. This season I have formed a good camaraderie with Jon Crawford and Daniel Dragovic. Both are fully committed professionals and I really want Drago to succeed. He's tremendous. What a first season, he doesn't deserve anything less. But I think my best mate within football is Ryan Monteith, or Monty as he likes to be called. We click, the guys a legend. The amount of time we have shared experiences in and out of football is unreal. Although I can't wish him the luck I wish to the rest of them. He needs to stay in that division so Rochdale can hunt him down next year. I'd love to beat him. He needs a kick up the backside. Whats next for Elliot Sutcliffe and England? Chris Coleman, Portsmouth. For me? Promotion, hopefully. I'm fully focused on Rochdale at the time being. All England duties have been shifted to one side. At the end of the season, I will decide my fate. I have lined up the man I want to replace me. This might come as a shock, but I know who will take over the reigns when I quit. I just don't know whether it will be this year or next. It's something I need to really think about and contemplate. In the very near future, I'm off to drink a Dr Pepper, watch Villa's win on MOTD2.... AGAIN, and most likely give Taylor Swift a bell for a quick session behind the bike sheds. What is it I am again? A playboy. HA! Love it Thankyou FourFourTwo readers. Great questions. I've enjoyed it. Now let me enjoy my night before getting Lambert and the lads back on the training ground tomorrow! SUTCLIFFES ULTIMATE XI GK: Peter Schmeichel RB Duncan Edwards CB: Paul McGrath CB: Martin Laursen LB: Paulo Maldini RM David Beckham CM: Paul Scholes CM: Zinedine Zidane LM: George Best CF: Ronaldo CF: Dimitar Berbatov GK: Peter Schmeichel - Had it all for a keeper. In the modern game, the best around is Iker Cassilas, but Schmeichel had everything. The presence of Brian Jensen, the agility of Buffon, the leadership skills of Dino Zoff. He saved penalties.... and he did backflips. He's the best keeper that's ever played the game, no doubt. If Kaspar is half as good, he'll prove to be a top keeper. Mind you, I did slot a penalty past him in my mates back garden RB: Duncan Edwards - It's hard to include a player that I have seen play, but I just have to for the way my dad talks about him. He is defiant that this guy would have gone on to be the greatest of all time. Played anywhere, and for that he goes in at RB. It's a tragedy he lost his life in Munich at just 21. But the fact that he was so highly regarded at that age has to tell a story. Wish he could of seen him, I keep telling my Dad he's lucky. R.I.P Duncan. CB: Paul McGrath - A Villa legend. A football legend. He is worshipped at Villa. The mans a God. One of the greatest defenders to ever play the game. So quick, so strong. Able to read the game. Had he not been Irish, he would have played at more World Cups. He shades it ahead of Rio Ferdinand, another I have learnt so much off watching, but Paul McGrath, was just that 1 bar above him for me. Had he not had so many injuries, he would have won so much more. The guy is loved at Villa. Paul McGrath My Lord is the anthem we sing in the Holte End. He has to go in it. CB: Martin Laursen: One guy I am happy to have been able to see play... at his peak. When he played, Villa looked like they could win the league. When he didn't, they looked as if they could go down. His appearance/win ratio record at Villa is incredible. A generous and kind man who gave his all on a football pitch. Through his head at the feet of opposition. One of my heroes. It's a shame he retired at 32. My back 4 is immense, but they have all left the game far too early. It's a shame. LB: Paulo Maldini - He gets in ahead of Roberto Carlos for me, simply for his contribution to the game. How can I player make his debut at 16 for one of the Worlds Greatest Clubs, and retire at 41 at the same club, still one of the worlds greatest. He's unbelievable. What a reader of the game, what a tackler, a fine footballer. My Captain. RM: David Beckham - Anyone that willing to dedicate himself to football deserves a place in my team. Beckham was never naturally gifted. He wasn't born able to take a free-kick. He never had raw pace. The reason he made it is through hard work. He worked on his passing, shooting, heading, stamina, tackling until he was good enough, and even then he worked some more. In a team of superstars, he would still be first on the training pitch and last off it. I grew up watching him, and that free kick against Greece lives long in the memory. A model professional, who despite constantly living in the public eye, has never put a foot wrong. Never does he cause controversy, and he conducts himself in a manner Paul Holt can only dream of. Top class. CM: Paul Scholes - I would have him as he is now. Able to sit in front of a back 4, pick up the ball and ping it to feet, whether he be 5 or 50 yards away, it will arrive at the same speed, in the same area. Perfect. Another model professional. Scored the winner with a stunner against Barca in a Champions League Semi, and walked off the pitch, got changed and drove home.... before the rest had even got down the tunnel. Hates being famous. Loves playing football. He's my all time hero. I worship Paul Scholes, always have. I want to have 1% of his technique. Tremendous. CM: Zinedine Zidane: I once switched on to BBC3, and saw a film, in which Zidane was on player cam. I was completely drawn in. I couldn't help but watch. I found myself unable to look away. It was simply 90 minutes of camera's following Zidane around the football pitch for Madrid. You couldn't watch the game, you only knew a goal had been scored by Zidane's reaction. Yet, it was a piece of art. 90 minutes of Zinedine Zidane was considered a piece of art. I agreed. It was the best piece of art I had ever seen. He was 34, reaching the end of his career, yet I was able to actually see his brain ticking. Much like Scholes, he's a genius on the football pitch. LM: George Best: Perhaps the best ever? I have watched every DVD there is of him. Had he been playing today, he would be unstoppable. Just has everything. The skill, he was great in the air, beats men, unbelievable tackler, scores goals. Another great shame he never continued. He was a world beater, my Dad tells me every time I go with him to Old Trafford. Has to be in my team. CF: Ronaldo: No, not the diver with the ear-rings. Ok, well he does have ear-rings, and I'm sure he has dived. The Brazilian. The finisher. That Ronaldo. And here's why: Years Team Apps† (Gls)† 1993–1994 Cruzeiro 14 (12) 1994–1996 PSV 46 (42) 1996–1997 Barcelona 37 (34) 1997–2002 Internazionale 68 (49) 2002–2007 Real Madrid 127 (83) 2007–2008 Milan 20 (9) 2009– Corinthians 20 (12) National team 1994–2006 Brazil 97 (62) Incredible goalscoring record. Incredible quality of club football he has played. Shame he never graced the Premier League. CF: Dimitar Berbatov: Gets in ahead of Wayne Rooney, not because he's a better player, because Rooney has more than Berbatov. However, I just love the way Berbatov plays the game. The Roger Federer of football. I believe that Berbatov ruined me as a player. Once Peter Crouch, I tried to model myself on Berbatov. Impossible. No one has his incredible touch, skill, ability to hold the ball up. He can beat players, and you can't get the ball off him. Some may argue, but I have gone to Old Trafford and studied this man. I've paid £40 just to watch 90 minutes of Berbatov. He's quite simply remarkable, and I hope he plays forever. It's a sad day when he retires. A credit to football, and another piece of art.
  49. 6 points
    Flying teacup

    Ross Forbes

    Take my advice and sign Ross Forbes. Position-DM/CM Rated-64 Potential Rise- 76+ at next Scottish review Club - Dumbarton (plays for Motherwell) SM have him down as a Dumbarton player but he was on loan there last year. He has since gone back to his parent club Motherwell and been a stand out performer. He is currently rated at 64 on the DB but this will not last long. The average rating at Motherwell is around 83 and this guy is going to be one of their best players this year. He has a sweet left foot and scores spectacular goals. I think he could potentially rise 10+ by the next rating changes for Scotland. Top Motherwell players are rated 85 and this guy certainly has the potential to reach this level in the next year or so. He has played 7 out of 7 games this season scored 4 goals from midfield in the process. You can snap him up for 40k and his wages are £310 per turn. Absolute bargin!!! Sorry about the layout of my recommendation but I'm still getting used to this.
  50. 6 points
    Mr MCFC's Guide To Writing, Brilliant Match Reports Hello, and welcome to Mr.MCFC’s Guide to writing brilliant Match Reports. In this thread/guide not only do I plan to give you tips on how to create interesting, powerful and thought provoking match reports, which hopefully should gather interest off a large amount of forum members but I want these members to continuously come back reading your reports on a regular basis, following your team’s progress and doing what all writers set out to achieve, reading your work. Match reporting as easy it sounds, is an interesting part of any football club whether it be in football games, or in real-life football. A match report should base it’s content on detail, and information so people who aren’t at the game, or haven’t heard or witnessed any coverage can relate to the content of your reports. Thus meaning that literary devices such at Imagery is key, along with detailed descriptions of minor things in a match which would help the reader relate to the match or transfer you have undertaken with your club. Anyway, I will discuss later in a bit more detail, but to start off I feel it’s best to begin right at the start with my tips. Firstly, is choosing your team. Section 1) Choosing Your Team: Writing match reports has not only got to be interesting for the reader to read, but for the writer. It’s a proven fact that anything you enjoy writing yourself, will end up being your best work. So, Tip 1) Choose The Team carefully for which you will write match reports on. There’s no point choosing a team hastily, and just for the sake of it to say you have a few match reports under your belt. Within a week I assure you, you will get bored so it’s best to carefully choose the team, so that you will enjoy writing match reports after 3-4 weeks of starting them. Then you have to ask yourself, which team will I enjoy writing match reports. In a thread I recently began, I took over a Manchester City in WC6114 especially for writing match reports, so I could embark on a journey, and as much as I was experiencing it, you too on forum also instantly feel the experience and follow my journey. However, there’s always another type of team you could choose, by this meaning either a team you have feelings for after building them up after a set number of seasons, or a team in a game-world which means something to you. A good example of this is James_B16 and English Championship 106. He chose his beloved Preston team to report on, and after more than 2-3 seasons reporting on SM Forum, he has still kept interest and made this game-world one of the most viewed game world threads in SM History. This concludes the first section of my guide to writing match reports. Section 2) Planning: Section 2 is about planning. All throughout my schooling education, in any essay, coursework you name it, I never planned. I always just got stuck in and till this day I’m a big believer of going with your instinct and doing what you feel is best. Doing it in this way as much as people say results in worse grades, than those who plan their work to me feels like clockwork, and has never effected my grades. But on the topic of match-reports I can safely say I briefly thought about and planned what I wanted to type for each report. If you’re the kind of person who prefers, to plan their work in great detail and have a structured plan to writing any content of your reports, I encourage you to do so. As sad as it sounds, just start on a blank canvas and bullet point things you feel that would make your reports interesting and worth-reading. For example it could start with an Introduction, Manager Unveiling, Transfer Talk, Match Preview, match Report etc. This could be a continuous thing throughout your match reports. However, you could be like me and prefer to get stuck in. I have no issue with this, but before writing try to think about what you feel would benefit your match reports and try to think of items of interest you could include to gather interest and make them interesting and different in comparison to other match-report threads currently in circulation on SM Forum. So, my second tip is, Tip 2) Regardless of whether you prefer to plan or not, try to have a good idea of what you feel would benefit your match-reports and make them worth-reading. Section 3) Structuring Your Reports: Section Three, is now getting into the actual match reporting, and this section is devoted to structure of your reports. There are two ways many members on SM write reports. There are the members who spend time on long posts, with a whole post devoted to match reports, and transfer talk and those who choose to post smaller posts on a regular basis with match information, team previews, transfer talk and general news to do with the club. When I first started match reports I felt that bigger posts got more views and attention but after a while I found that smaller reports but on a regular basis not only worked to my advantage to my social life, but I felt that they were easier to read and comprehend. I’m not saying that any are better than any other, but just use the method of trial and improvement to find out with suits you better and which you feel works to your advantage. After a while it will come naturally which you feel work best, and to me as I stated it took me a while to find out which I preferred so don’t expect that your reports will have an instant effect and thus leading to an instant decision as it may not. So, Tip 3) Try Long and Short reports, and you’ll naturally after a while feel comfortable with a certain type of length and style of report. The next section follows on from this, and links in very well, this being the layout of the reports. Section 4) The Layout of Your Reports: The fourth section is devoted to the layout of your reports. Many people on SM forum opt to use a lot of colour, images and imagery devices to help create brilliant match reports. I am a great believer of using images in reports, to give it the feeling of a news-paper and many people have even gone as far as adding videos, and interviews/quotes. Tip 4) I recommend that you make yourself, or request a Match Report Skin. A match report skin to those who are unsure on what one is, a small banner, which is put at the top of every report you do which can be made on graphics softwares such as Photoshop, GIMP, Paint.Net and Macromedia Fireworks. There will always be someone willing to make one for you, so head to the Graphics Board and request one from active GFX designers. Tip 5) Use an image relating to the topic of your match report/transfer talk post. This could be a player that is a central figure in the report, whether he is moving to a different club, or scoring a winning goal in a vital fixture, an image always helps the reader comprehend the text better. However, good ideas for images to use are pictures of the chosen team celebrating if they’ve won the match or race to sign a player, or an image of upset players/fans if the story and content of the report is opposite. Never fear of using images of the stadium in question, or any other image that you feel has some kind of relevance in relation to the content of the report. Tip 6) Use a clear, and easy to read font and keep this common throughout all your reports. This is a good tip as it makes the reports easy to read, and good on the eye. This tip also links into the seventh tip which is Tip 7) Make your headings, and titles different to your actual report. This means you could either change the size or colour, or do something, which makes it different to the actual content of the report, and it’s font and style. Section 5) The Match Report Content: The final section is the main part of your match reports. Writing them. Many people may not find writing reports easy but I feel that this section could not only help your match reporting skills, but your English literary skills as well. If your unsure on where to start off, use other people’s reports as a guide. Maybe take a sentence out of people’s reports that you feel would go nicely in yours, but please I ask don’t rob people’s styles and content of reports, just use them simply as an aid and helpful resource when writing yours. Also, my eight tip is, Tip 8) Use Match Reports, from Real-Life websites as a guide. SkySports, and BBC create brilliant and detailed match reports and using these as a guide and aid in your match reporting should give you a good boost and stepping stone in stepping in the right way for getting people to read your reports. This should be the final bit of advice, and help you need in writing your reports, and please remember that no matter how good it may look or be set out, many experienced members don’t just judge a book by it’s cover so make sure that your actual report lives up to expectation and provides descriptions of events in transfers, or in the match to a high aspect of detail so people can relate to the events with your clubs. Also, use a wide variety of adjectives to describe parts of your reports/events with your team, and keep either a formal/informal style which ever is to your fancy throughout your reports. And To Conclude... This Concludes, Mr.MCFC’s guide to writing match reports. I’d like to thank you for reading, and I ask that anybody who has read this post some feedback over a reply as a lot of effort to helping those who maybe struggle in match reporting has been put into this thread, and I feel that this thread will be of use not just in 2 months time, but in 2 years time. Post, any examples of reports you’ve done based on the advice in this thread, and for now I bid you farewell. Many thanks, Mr.MCFC (Adam Selby)
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