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    Tombstone got a reaction from dean in A Guide- How to build a team.   
    I see many new managers joining setups, then leaving after a couple of bad results.
    Hopefully this thread will help stop this, as people want to do well in leagues, but end up quitting because they don't know what to do.
    I will be listing my ideas and suggestions so that maybe, just maybe, new, inexperienced managers who have joined the forum can read this and get on track with their managerial career. And maybe some older members can pick up a couple of tips as well!
    1: Getting a good team.

    This can be easy or hard, as there are more than one way of getting a side you want.
    The first way is to decide that you will take the first side that is suggested by SM for you, which is extremely simple. I once did this to get myself a decent Valencia in a Spanish Championship. The squad value was just over 200M, and they came with Villa, Ibrahimovic, Reina and Gonzalez, and roughly 20M in the bank. A run down of what I did with them is coming up later.
    The second way is to search for a club using the search function. This is how I got my Real Madrid, and one of my Internazionale teams. This can get you some really good clubs, like a Barcelona if you're lucky, but most of the time all of them will be managed or offered to someone else, or perhaps even locked.
    You may decide you want a challenge, and you will get a very poor team and try to transform them, like I did with my Derby side. This is more popular in new setups, and Gold Championships where almost all big clubs are taken within minutes.
    You could always decide to join a forum filled championship, something like WC10000, EC106 etc etc, which basically guarantees you a test of your managerial skill and know-how.
    2: But what to do with them?

    You've got a club. Know you need to turn them into league winners, but how?
    Of course you could try to buy Messi, Ronaldo, Iniesta, Xavi, Fabregas, as a lot of people do. This will probably get you nowhere, and many a manager quit once they realise that nobody wants to sell Messi or Ronaldo for 50M and two 88 rated 30 year olds.
    You should instead be clever. Buy risers, or if you can, some stable high rated players. For an example of how this can be done I present to you my 2nd club, my Derby County.



    This is my first XI, when everyone is fit and not injured, which, without bragging, isn't half bad.
    I've had this team for 2 seasons, well, I joined the setup with Derby in the play off final, which I lost, my average was 82, Everton's was 89, and narrowly missed out on promotion last season, again losing in the play off final to my mate's team. My last season has just ended, I won by a very large margin and am comfortably promoted as champions into Division 1. In fact that last season I only lost 3 times in the league, and drew 6 times out of 38 games.



    This is really not that difficult to do yourself, you've just got to have an idea of what you want to achieve. I knew Derby were alright for the division, they finished 5th without a manager, and although the best player was Mark Viduka (84) who has retired, I thought I could challenge for promotion.
    I joined Derby in about last September, and so the World Cup was still fresh in my mind (sort of), and this is a big point: You'll do much better as a manager if you actually watch football. I signed Di Maria from Real Madrid for about 12M ( I had 45M in the bank) rated 90, and he was my first signing. I recently sold him for 29.4M, which gave me enough money to buy the last 94 at an external, Higuain.
    If you watch football programmes like Match Of The Day and it's European equivalents, the Champions League and the Europa League, and some internationals, you'll probably do much better than most managers.
    The approach I went for with Derby is to make them great. I bought some young players, Di Maria, Higuain, Badstuber (on the bench). But the real success has come from me buying stable, high rated players.
    If you join an English gameworld, look at the clubs like Inter, Barca, Real Madrid, and you should be able to find players left at them, or the players big clubs like Manchester United or Chelsea have traded off in order to gain higher rated player. For example, Manchester United may have swapped Rooney and Berbatov for Messi, which would leave both of them players ready to be bought in a few weeks. I did this quite well last week, a Barcelona manager in a Spanish game world traded Busquets to Arsenal, and Pedro to Man City, who both now play for me. If you're in a Spanish Championship, Italian Championship or any other like that, just apply the same policy. Of course, in a WC or a GC, it's a lot harder. Go for the unmanaged clubs, you can pick up players easily if the Game world isn't too competitive.
    Set yourself a realistic target.
    Do you want to blitz the league?
    Do you want to challenge for a play off place?
    Mid-Table finish?
    Survive relegation?
    Get relegated then destroy the lower division?
    Don't think you'll be able to win a Division 1 title with an average starting XI of 89, it won't happen. I would say you'd need an average of about 92 to stand a good chance of winning something.
    3: How to get that average up?

    On the surface, it's ridiculously simple.
    Just buy high rated players.
    But don't decide to buy the first high rated player you can find at an external, unmanaged or transfer listed, as they may not be suitable.
    For example, I could buy Ronaldinho for one of my teams for about 15M.
    I'm not going to though, he will drop to around 90 from 92 in a few months, he's playing in Brazil where the rating cap is I think 90, which means that there shouldn't be any players rated higher than 90 in that league. Of course SM can't just review the Brazilian league just because Ronny signed for Flamengo, and because Fabiano signed for Sau Paulo.
    You need to be clever with transfers. Search the forum for players that are going to rise, or use sites such as Soccerway and Imscouting to get information on players, like whether they may be transferred to a bigger club, and how many minutes they've played, and they goals they may or may not have scored. Don't expect that managers will sell you players (especially high rated ones) for just cash, I would never let anyone buy my Messi from my Barca for 50M!
    Messaging managers is a very good option for getting who you want. Speak formally and politely, make sure your spelling and grammar is god and they will hold you in higher esteem. If someone messaged me saying:
    " hiya m8 dya wana sell me mesi 4 50bar nd lyk ma 2 bst plyerz?????xoxox"
    I wouldn't even bother replying.
    Whereas if someone sent me:
    " Hi,
    I was wondering if you would sell me Lionell Messi for 50M and Gourcuff and Briand?
    Regards,
    NAME"
    I would probably tell them that the offer is not good enough, and I would prefer Gourcuff, Lisandro and Lloris and cash for Messi, as I don't want a 92 and an 89 for the best player in the game ( Fictional situation, standard Lyon squad)
    Don't make yourself seem like a fool. Don't try to buy the really high rated players, go for the ones not many people search for, like Gonzalez, Di Natale, Berbatov, Carvalho. In essence, try to buy stable high rated players.
    If it's a fairly new setup, search the Lyon, Sevilla, Udinese and other clubs that are normally left unmanaged and try to buy from them, you could get players like Navas, Di Natale, and Gourcuff from them for low cash.
    4: Getting a balance.

    Don't buy players that are young and talented if they all play in the same position. Basically, don't do what I did and buy Muniain, Gotze, Canales, Ilicic, Ananidze all for the same team as starters. It's good for cup matches, but I should've invested more in defence and upfront, I have 2 forwards above 80 (Bojan and Lukaku) and 4 defenders above 84 (Abate, Bonucci, Gonalons and Santon)
    A good way to achieve balance is to buy versatile players.
    Take a look at my Valencia team:



    The versatile players I mean are Busquets, Hummels and Pedro.
    If Busquets becomes injured, I can move Hummels up to cover him, and vice versa. If Villa or Ibra get injured, Pedro can take their place upfront.
    This is very useful for teams with small squad sizes, as they may be decimated by injuries and cup matches.
    My Derby and Valencia only have around 25 players, so it's very important I have players who can cover each over without my Average being let down.
    5: The Other Managers

    Think of this when joining a new gameworld:
    Yep' date=' you read it right. You should apply this too. Treat every single manager as a complete muppet, even in forum filled setups (They may talk sense, but are they a good manager) That said, I myself didn't start using this until very recently, so I haven't thought of anybody on here as a muppet.
    This section is important, as what the other managers do can be good and bad for you. For example, you may be in championships where there's a "Player Hogger" someone who has a very large squad and won't sell their players, or someone who has every decent prospect on their shortlist, so that they can try to outbid you.
    There are a couple of ways to get around managers who shortlist everyone, the first is to distract them with many bids for players you don't really want, so that he/she bids for them. For example, Pedro Leon may be really useful for your team and he's at an external, and is shortlisted by the manager. You could then lodge bids for Ananidze, Ninis, Ilicic and Muniain, as well as Leon, in the hope that he will try to outbid you on one or two of them, and maybe leave Leon alone.
    Alternatively you could be clever, and look at the times when the managers log in. This could be difficult, as some managers don't have specific times when they log in, like me, I was online at around three-in-the-morning on Tuesday, and I've been on just before midnight. During the rating changes for the main leagues, I'm on before eight AM so I can look at the risers and fallers and talk about them with my mates. Anyway, say this manager is an eleven year old kid, I doubt he'll be on any earlier than three to four PM on weekdays, and online after around nine PM. So you can lodge a bid at around nine-thirty, being pretty confident the pre-teen can't block it.
    This can be made more difficult when the manager is an adult and is unpredictable to when he/she logs in. Therefore I would advise actively checking their profile pop-up, so that you can have a look to see when they've last logged in. If they haven't been seen for half an hour and it's ten at night, you can be pretty confident that they won't be coming back online, so that's when I would put a bid in.
    If you're a moral person, you may not like this section, as it involves a bit of trickery. Basically it involves finding a gullible/ not so clever manager, and using them to your advantage. Please note, none of this is against the rules.
    I wanted an Arsenal side, so I spent a few days looking for one I liked the look of. I found one with around 80M in the bank, and players like David Villa, Aguero, Lucio, Lloris and Ribery. This part is pure luck, but I knew what I was doing, I put a bid in for Pedro who was at Internazionale. My bid was just Ribas Diego, who was rated 93, and Pedro was rated 92.
    To my joy, this deal was accepted (This was a few days before Diego dropped) and so, I did the best for myself as I could and took advantage of the now ex-Inter manager and practically stole some players from him!
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    The third deal is not as good for me, but I still think it's a bargain, this league is pretty competitive, and the other manager may have cottoned on to what I was doing. I hasten to add that the other manager was NOT a young child, it was a adult, unless his D.O.B. Was false.
    So my Arsenal side now had three great players, in exchange for two not so good players, and two better players, who will probably drop. You could do this in your gameworld(s), I can virtually guarantee that there will be a muppet in it, and if you don't mind taking advantage for your own gain, it is a ruthlessly effective way of strengthening your side.
    A good way to find out which managers are not as hot as you is to look at their club transfers. If you see any that are a bit ridiculous, you have a good chance of having found a muppet. If you're not sure, just post their transfers on the forum and ask everyone what they think.

    Thanks for reading, I know it's very long, but I hope it helps some people out.
    New pieces of information may be edited in at some point.
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    Tombstone got a reaction from CCFC94 in A Guide- How to build a team.   
    I see many new managers joining setups, then leaving after a couple of bad results.
    Hopefully this thread will help stop this, as people want to do well in leagues, but end up quitting because they don't know what to do.
    I will be listing my ideas and suggestions so that maybe, just maybe, new, inexperienced managers who have joined the forum can read this and get on track with their managerial career. And maybe some older members can pick up a couple of tips as well!
    1: Getting a good team.

    This can be easy or hard, as there are more than one way of getting a side you want.
    The first way is to decide that you will take the first side that is suggested by SM for you, which is extremely simple. I once did this to get myself a decent Valencia in a Spanish Championship. The squad value was just over 200M, and they came with Villa, Ibrahimovic, Reina and Gonzalez, and roughly 20M in the bank. A run down of what I did with them is coming up later.
    The second way is to search for a club using the search function. This is how I got my Real Madrid, and one of my Internazionale teams. This can get you some really good clubs, like a Barcelona if you're lucky, but most of the time all of them will be managed or offered to someone else, or perhaps even locked.
    You may decide you want a challenge, and you will get a very poor team and try to transform them, like I did with my Derby side. This is more popular in new setups, and Gold Championships where almost all big clubs are taken within minutes.
    You could always decide to join a forum filled championship, something like WC10000, EC106 etc etc, which basically guarantees you a test of your managerial skill and know-how.
    2: But what to do with them?

    You've got a club. Know you need to turn them into league winners, but how?
    Of course you could try to buy Messi, Ronaldo, Iniesta, Xavi, Fabregas, as a lot of people do. This will probably get you nowhere, and many a manager quit once they realise that nobody wants to sell Messi or Ronaldo for 50M and two 88 rated 30 year olds.
    You should instead be clever. Buy risers, or if you can, some stable high rated players. For an example of how this can be done I present to you my 2nd club, my Derby County.



    This is my first XI, when everyone is fit and not injured, which, without bragging, isn't half bad.
    I've had this team for 2 seasons, well, I joined the setup with Derby in the play off final, which I lost, my average was 82, Everton's was 89, and narrowly missed out on promotion last season, again losing in the play off final to my mate's team. My last season has just ended, I won by a very large margin and am comfortably promoted as champions into Division 1. In fact that last season I only lost 3 times in the league, and drew 6 times out of 38 games.



    This is really not that difficult to do yourself, you've just got to have an idea of what you want to achieve. I knew Derby were alright for the division, they finished 5th without a manager, and although the best player was Mark Viduka (84) who has retired, I thought I could challenge for promotion.
    I joined Derby in about last September, and so the World Cup was still fresh in my mind (sort of), and this is a big point: You'll do much better as a manager if you actually watch football. I signed Di Maria from Real Madrid for about 12M ( I had 45M in the bank) rated 90, and he was my first signing. I recently sold him for 29.4M, which gave me enough money to buy the last 94 at an external, Higuain.
    If you watch football programmes like Match Of The Day and it's European equivalents, the Champions League and the Europa League, and some internationals, you'll probably do much better than most managers.
    The approach I went for with Derby is to make them great. I bought some young players, Di Maria, Higuain, Badstuber (on the bench). But the real success has come from me buying stable, high rated players.
    If you join an English gameworld, look at the clubs like Inter, Barca, Real Madrid, and you should be able to find players left at them, or the players big clubs like Manchester United or Chelsea have traded off in order to gain higher rated player. For example, Manchester United may have swapped Rooney and Berbatov for Messi, which would leave both of them players ready to be bought in a few weeks. I did this quite well last week, a Barcelona manager in a Spanish game world traded Busquets to Arsenal, and Pedro to Man City, who both now play for me. If you're in a Spanish Championship, Italian Championship or any other like that, just apply the same policy. Of course, in a WC or a GC, it's a lot harder. Go for the unmanaged clubs, you can pick up players easily if the Game world isn't too competitive.
    Set yourself a realistic target.
    Do you want to blitz the league?
    Do you want to challenge for a play off place?
    Mid-Table finish?
    Survive relegation?
    Get relegated then destroy the lower division?
    Don't think you'll be able to win a Division 1 title with an average starting XI of 89, it won't happen. I would say you'd need an average of about 92 to stand a good chance of winning something.
    3: How to get that average up?

    On the surface, it's ridiculously simple.
    Just buy high rated players.
    But don't decide to buy the first high rated player you can find at an external, unmanaged or transfer listed, as they may not be suitable.
    For example, I could buy Ronaldinho for one of my teams for about 15M.
    I'm not going to though, he will drop to around 90 from 92 in a few months, he's playing in Brazil where the rating cap is I think 90, which means that there shouldn't be any players rated higher than 90 in that league. Of course SM can't just review the Brazilian league just because Ronny signed for Flamengo, and because Fabiano signed for Sau Paulo.
    You need to be clever with transfers. Search the forum for players that are going to rise, or use sites such as Soccerway and Imscouting to get information on players, like whether they may be transferred to a bigger club, and how many minutes they've played, and they goals they may or may not have scored. Don't expect that managers will sell you players (especially high rated ones) for just cash, I would never let anyone buy my Messi from my Barca for 50M!
    Messaging managers is a very good option for getting who you want. Speak formally and politely, make sure your spelling and grammar is god and they will hold you in higher esteem. If someone messaged me saying:
    " hiya m8 dya wana sell me mesi 4 50bar nd lyk ma 2 bst plyerz?????xoxox"
    I wouldn't even bother replying.
    Whereas if someone sent me:
    " Hi,
    I was wondering if you would sell me Lionell Messi for 50M and Gourcuff and Briand?
    Regards,
    NAME"
    I would probably tell them that the offer is not good enough, and I would prefer Gourcuff, Lisandro and Lloris and cash for Messi, as I don't want a 92 and an 89 for the best player in the game ( Fictional situation, standard Lyon squad)
    Don't make yourself seem like a fool. Don't try to buy the really high rated players, go for the ones not many people search for, like Gonzalez, Di Natale, Berbatov, Carvalho. In essence, try to buy stable high rated players.
    If it's a fairly new setup, search the Lyon, Sevilla, Udinese and other clubs that are normally left unmanaged and try to buy from them, you could get players like Navas, Di Natale, and Gourcuff from them for low cash.
    4: Getting a balance.

    Don't buy players that are young and talented if they all play in the same position. Basically, don't do what I did and buy Muniain, Gotze, Canales, Ilicic, Ananidze all for the same team as starters. It's good for cup matches, but I should've invested more in defence and upfront, I have 2 forwards above 80 (Bojan and Lukaku) and 4 defenders above 84 (Abate, Bonucci, Gonalons and Santon)
    A good way to achieve balance is to buy versatile players.
    Take a look at my Valencia team:



    The versatile players I mean are Busquets, Hummels and Pedro.
    If Busquets becomes injured, I can move Hummels up to cover him, and vice versa. If Villa or Ibra get injured, Pedro can take their place upfront.
    This is very useful for teams with small squad sizes, as they may be decimated by injuries and cup matches.
    My Derby and Valencia only have around 25 players, so it's very important I have players who can cover each over without my Average being let down.
    5: The Other Managers

    Think of this when joining a new gameworld:
    Yep' date=' you read it right. You should apply this too. Treat every single manager as a complete muppet, even in forum filled setups (They may talk sense, but are they a good manager) That said, I myself didn't start using this until very recently, so I haven't thought of anybody on here as a muppet.
    This section is important, as what the other managers do can be good and bad for you. For example, you may be in championships where there's a "Player Hogger" someone who has a very large squad and won't sell their players, or someone who has every decent prospect on their shortlist, so that they can try to outbid you.
    There are a couple of ways to get around managers who shortlist everyone, the first is to distract them with many bids for players you don't really want, so that he/she bids for them. For example, Pedro Leon may be really useful for your team and he's at an external, and is shortlisted by the manager. You could then lodge bids for Ananidze, Ninis, Ilicic and Muniain, as well as Leon, in the hope that he will try to outbid you on one or two of them, and maybe leave Leon alone.
    Alternatively you could be clever, and look at the times when the managers log in. This could be difficult, as some managers don't have specific times when they log in, like me, I was online at around three-in-the-morning on Tuesday, and I've been on just before midnight. During the rating changes for the main leagues, I'm on before eight AM so I can look at the risers and fallers and talk about them with my mates. Anyway, say this manager is an eleven year old kid, I doubt he'll be on any earlier than three to four PM on weekdays, and online after around nine PM. So you can lodge a bid at around nine-thirty, being pretty confident the pre-teen can't block it.
    This can be made more difficult when the manager is an adult and is unpredictable to when he/she logs in. Therefore I would advise actively checking their profile pop-up, so that you can have a look to see when they've last logged in. If they haven't been seen for half an hour and it's ten at night, you can be pretty confident that they won't be coming back online, so that's when I would put a bid in.
    If you're a moral person, you may not like this section, as it involves a bit of trickery. Basically it involves finding a gullible/ not so clever manager, and using them to your advantage. Please note, none of this is against the rules.
    I wanted an Arsenal side, so I spent a few days looking for one I liked the look of. I found one with around 80M in the bank, and players like David Villa, Aguero, Lucio, Lloris and Ribery. This part is pure luck, but I knew what I was doing, I put a bid in for Pedro who was at Internazionale. My bid was just Ribas Diego, who was rated 93, and Pedro was rated 92.
    To my joy, this deal was accepted (This was a few days before Diego dropped) and so, I did the best for myself as I could and took advantage of the now ex-Inter manager and practically stole some players from him!
    [center'][/center]
    The third deal is not as good for me, but I still think it's a bargain, this league is pretty competitive, and the other manager may have cottoned on to what I was doing. I hasten to add that the other manager was NOT a young child, it was a adult, unless his D.O.B. Was false.
    So my Arsenal side now had three great players, in exchange for two not so good players, and two better players, who will probably drop. You could do this in your gameworld(s), I can virtually guarantee that there will be a muppet in it, and if you don't mind taking advantage for your own gain, it is a ruthlessly effective way of strengthening your side.
    A good way to find out which managers are not as hot as you is to look at their club transfers. If you see any that are a bit ridiculous, you have a good chance of having found a muppet. If you're not sure, just post their transfers on the forum and ask everyone what they think.

    Thanks for reading, I know it's very long, but I hope it helps some people out.
    New pieces of information may be edited in at some point.
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    Guys and gals
    Just wanted to share with you a bumper selection of risers that I am nurturing in my Gold Championship 65 Aris squad. All are aged 23 or under, all will rise next time round and there are some good longer term prospects in here also.
    Some names will be familiar to forumers but there are hopefully one or two less familiar ones that are worth exploring. I've sorted them by league for you.
    Look out for the two players rated 60 who will be the next +15 or more risers!
    Any comments let me know. Enjoy!
    Age - Rating - Posn - Name - Club - League - Comments
    22 - 76 - LB/LM - SAPETTI, Leandro - Gimnasia la Plata -Argentina -12 consecutive starts for Gimnasia in the Argentina Primera
    21 - 78 -CB/LB - PALOMINO, Jose Luis - San Lorenzo - Argentina - 3 starts 1 sub 1 bench out of 5 games played by San Lorenzo in the Clausura plus 4 starts in second half of Apertura
    20 -75 -LM/AM - COLAZO, Nicolas - Boca Juniors - Argentina - Started last 4 matches for Boca Juniors
    23 - 70 - Fwd - COBELLI, Juan Manuel - Newells Old Boys - Argentina - 4 sub appearances out of 6 games so far and already scored 2 goals, will rise to 75 at the very least, more if he gets more game time
    18 - 75 - LB - TAGLIAFICO, Nicolas - Banfield - Argentina - Started Banfield's last match and was a sub in the previous match - ever present LB for Argentina in SudAmericano U20 - again a bit of a punt but getting game time at the age of 18 suggests a bright future
    20 - 60 - Fwd - SENE, Papa - Cercle Brugge - Belgium - Only rated 60, very cheap wages - started last league game, 3 appearances in the cup also - should increase to a minimum of 75
    21 - 75 - Wing/AM - VISCA, Edin - FK Zeljeznicar - Bosnia - Regarded as one of the top talents in Bosnia - 8 starts 8 subs for Zeljeznicar, 5 goals - already appeared for Bosnia NT
    18 - 75 - AM - ORSIC, Mislav - Inter Zapresic - Croatia - Croatia U19 international - 11 starts 6 subs, 2 goals in the league +3 to 78 24/3/2011
    18 - 75 - RB/CB - THOMPSON, Adam - Watford - England Championship - Already played for N Ireland NT - 4 starts and 2 subs in Watford's last 7 games
    22 – 69 – Fwd – TOMLIN, Lee – Peterborough United – England League 1 – super cheap wages, 28 starts 5 subs and 7 goals, Peterborough in the play off places.
    19 – 68 – Fwd/AM – POWELL, Daniel – MK Dons – England League 1 – similar story, 18 starts 4 subs and 8 goals, MK Dons also in the play off places. Promising young player.
    20 - 65 - RB/RM - TOOTLE, Matt - Crewe - England League 2 - 29 starts and 1 sub so far this season - very cheap wages - linked with Derby County
    19 - 75 - LB/CB -BAKER, Nathan - Aston Villa - England Premier League - 3 starts for Aston Villa and currently seems to be a first choice centre back - a great prospect at the age of 19
    19 - 78 - CB - HANLEY, Grant - Blackburn - England Premier League - 5 starts 2 subs - called up to Scotland NT squad - started last 2 games for Blackburn
    19 - 70 - CM - PIRINEN, Juha - Tampere United - Finland - Not reviewed for ages - must be due soon - 9 starts 14 subs last season in Finnish top division
    22 – 70 – Gk – BERNARDI, Laurent – Ajaccio – France Ligue 2 – I’m not taking the credit for this one (has his own thread here http://forum.soccermanager.com/showthread.php?t=87796&highlight=bernardi) but still 3 starts and 1 sub while first choice Debes was injured recently, performed well and will get a good rise. Also Ajaccio are currently 2nd and looking a good bet for promotion to Ligue 1.
    20 -78 - RM/RB - CHANDLER, Timothy - Nurnberg - Germany - Just broken into Nurnberg first team - 5 starts 3 subs in last 8 games - Nurnberg unbeaten during this time - called up into US NT squad
    17 - 77 - AM/CM - DRAXLER, Julian - FC Schalke - Germany - 8 subs in last 9 Schalke league games - sub in both legs of Schalke Champions League win over Valencia - a definite future star
    20 - 77 - Wing/Fwd - MAK, Robert - Nurnberg - Germany - Similar to Chandler - 3 starts 9 subs in Nurnberg's last 16 games - Nurnberg currently 6th in the Bundesliga
    19 – 75 – DM – VOGT, Kevin – VfL Bochum – Germany 2nd division – one of the next big German talents? First team regular for Bochum who are currently lying 3rd in the League, 14 starts 2 subs this season, current starter for Germany U21 alongside the likes of Holtby, Mlapa, Rausch, Rudy etc.
    19 - 70 - Fwd - TISCHLER, Patrik - MTK Hungaria - Hungary - 17 starts 2 subs - 6 goals
    21 - 83 - LB - PONCE, Miguel - Chivas de Guadalajara - Mexico - 19 starts 1 sub this season
    21 - 75 - CB - MIER, Hiram - Monterrey - Mexico - 16 starts 3 subs this season
    18 - 75 - Def/DM - REYES, Diego - Club America - Mexico - 7 starts 7 subs this season - only 18!
    20 - 77 - DM/CB - ENRIQUEZ, Jorge - Chivas de Guadalajara - Mexico - 9 starts 3 subs this season
    20 - 76 - Fwd/Wing - PULIDO, Alan - Tigres - Mexico - 11 subs this season - could do with a bit more game time to get a decent rise
    18 - 74 - Mid - HACIATUROV, Artiom - FC Sheriff - Moldova - 15 starts 5 subs in the league this season - 4 apps for Sheriff in Champions League qualification also - only 18 and 74 rating means cheap wages
    22 - 78 - RB/CB - BOVENBERG, Daan - Excelsior - Netherlands - Goal.com nominated him as the best RB in the first half of this year's Eredivisie - 25 starts so far this season - likely to move to a bigger club soon
    20 - 80 - Wing/Fwd - GUDMUNDSSON, Johann Berg - AZ - Netherlands - 18 starts 3 subs this season - 8 caps already for Iceland NT
    20 - 75 - CB/RB - BENITEZ, Cesar - Cerro Porteno - Paraguay - 2 caps already for Paraguay NT - 19 starts last year and regular starter this year also, including in the Copa Libertadores
    22 - 75 - CF - ORUE, Angel - Libertad - Paraguay - 14 starts 6 subs and 12 goals last season - 5 apps out of 6 games so far this season
    21 - 75 - Gk - VARGAS, Tobias - Libertad - Paraguay - 15 starts last season, 5 starts out of 6 this season, including 3 in the Copa Libertadores - clear first choice Gk
    19 - 86 - Wing/AM - RODRIGUEZ, James - Porto - Portugal - Regular starter for the mighty Porto - 10 consecutive league appearances - only 19, will rise and has a great future
    19 - 75 - CM/AM - OZOBIC, Filip - Spartak Moscow - Russia - Croatia U21 international at the age of 19, quite a few bench appearances recently and started Spartak's last league game, a 1-0 win vs Volga - a bit of a punt but now he has broken into the first team, could be a very interesting prospect
    22 - 80 - Wing/Fwd - TEMPLETON, David - Hearts - Scotland - 21 starts 4 subs 7 goals - one of the best young Scottish players right now - Scottish U21 international
    18 - 75 - CB/RB - PETKOVIC, Marko - OFK Beograd - Serbia - Called up to U21 squad at the age of 18 - 10 starts 2 subs, started 5 of the last 6 games +3 to 78 26/3/11
    19 - 70 - Wing/AM - VESOVIC, Marko - Crvena Zvezda - Serbia - Montenegro U21 player - 10 starts 7 subs in the league +12 to 82 26/3/11
    20 - 74 - CM/RM - KISS, Filip - Slovan Bratislava - Slovakia - 13 starts 5 subs 6 goals - 74 ratings mean cheaper wages too
    20 - 70 - CM - POVAZANEC, Jakub - Dukla BB - Slovakia - Slovakia U19 player - 3 starts 7 subs in the league
    21 - 72 - RB/LB - VAS, Arpad - NK Nafta - Slovenia - 21 starts in the league
    21 - 73 - RM - MAJER, Ales - NK Maribor - Slovenia - 17 starts in the league, Slovenia U21 international
    19 – 82 – Fwd – JI, Dong-Won – Chunnam Dragons – South Korea – already has 9 caps and 5 goals for the NT at the age of just 19! Great prospect.
    19 - 83 - Fwd - ALVARO, Vazquez - Espanyol - Spain - Called up to Spanish U21 squad - 6 starts 15 subs already this season, just risen and looks like a definite rise next time and a great prospect
    18 - 75 - CM/AM - ALEX, Fernandez - Real Madrid Castilla - Spain 3rd tier - Already made a sub appearance for Real Madrid first team - 18 starts 4 subs for Real Madrid Castilla - current Spanish U19 international +3 to 78 19/3/2011
    23 - 75 - CM - FRAN RICO, Castano - Real Madrid Castilla - Spain 3rd tier - 22 starts for Castilla - captain and being watched by various Premier League clubs according to Goal.com
    22 - 75 - CB - BARBA, Osmar - Racing Santander - Spain - Seems to be Santander's 3rd choice centre back and has had 2 starts and 1 sub in last 4 games due to Henrique's suspension - seemed to perform well which suggests he will get more game time as and when Torrejon and Henrique are unavailable for any reason - game time in La Liga usually means a healthy rise
    21 - 75 - Fwd - BANGURA, Mohamed - AIK - Sweden - IMScouting.com player to watch, 2 caps already for Sierra Leone NT - 12 starts 6 goals last season
    21 - 60 - CM - SANOGO, Sekou - FC Thun - Switzerland - Only rated 60, very cheap wages - 4 apps so far in the Swiss Super League and started last game - should increase to at least 75, maybe more
    23 - 75 - CB - YUMLU, Mustafa - Trabzonspor - Turkey - Trabzonspor pushing Fenerbahce hard for the Turkish title - 8 starts 2 subs - appeared in each of last 6 matches
    18 - 75 - CM - IRAVUL, Gokay - Fenerbahce - Turkey - Turkish U19 international - 3 starts 5 subs so far this season - Fenerbahce winning the Turkish league - only 18!
    22 - 82 - LB/CB - SELIN, Yevhen - Vorskla - Ukraine - 18 caps for Ukraine U21 - started all 21 games for Vorskla this season
    20 - 80 - RB/CB - BUTKO, Bogdan - Volyn (on loan from Shakhtar) - Ukraine - 19 starts 1 sub out of 21 games this season - Volyn are 6th in Ukraine league - Ukraine U21 international
    20 - 78 - AM/Fwd - VITSENETS, Vitali - Shakhtar Donetsk - Ukraine - Getting game time for Shakhtar - 3 starts 6 subs - Ukraine U21 international
    21 - 87 - CB/LB - RAKYTSKYY, Yaroslav - Shakhtar Donetsk - Ukraine - Regular starter for the mighty Shakhtar and the Ukraine NT - only 21, has a great future - 15 starts this season
    20 - 74 - DM/CM - PIRIZ, Facundo - Nacional - Uruguay - 10 starts 2 subs, 3 starts also in Copa Libertadores - 74 rating means low wages
    20 - 72 - Fwd - PALACIOS, Cristian - Central Espanol (loan from Penarol) - Uruguay - Top scorer in Uruguay league so far this season - 6 goals from 5 starts - only rated 72
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    I have a few gripes with the way players are currently allocated positions on SM and how they relate to where a player can play in different formations.


    Issue #1 is how players are allocated their positions. Recently Sergio Busquets became a DM/CB after just 2 games at CB for Barcelona to cover injury. Now, that tells me he's not actually a CB, but more a makeshift CB who can adequately cover the odd game. In essence, he does not deserve a 93 rating for his games at CB so he shouldn't be given that position in the game. This issue extends to the maintenance of positions. Anyone who's watched Manchester City this season would know Yaya Toure hasn't played as a DM at all and a position of CM/AM would be more appropriate. This also applies to secondary positions being removed. Take Gerard Pique; hasn't played in midfield for years yet can still cover DM at a 95 rating in SM. It's not realistic and given that SM pride themselves on up-to-date real-life ratings it baffles me that players have incorrect positions.
    Issue #2 relates to how the positions relate to the formations (i.e. where you can play a player). Carlos Tevez is a Fwd/AM, which pretty accurately portrays his style and positioning on the pitch in real-life, playing as a lone striker who dips back into the midfield to take the ball off City's CMs. Now, in a 442 on SM, Tevez can play in central midfield. Surely that's a bit of an oversight? After all, he's never played as a CM at City or ever to my knowledge; at least not recently. Fwds can play on the wings of a 433 wingers formation. Have you ever seen Klose working out wide opposite Robben/Ribery to find the CF Gomez in the centre? The traffic light system has highlighted how badly the M/E recognises positions to the point that it skews real-life positions to the point of falsity.
    So, how to solve these problems?


    I think the solution to issue #1 is pretty obvious, it just requires a bit of effort. Guidelines need to be introduced when adding/taking positions just as there are with adding/retiring a player to the database. If you have to play 450 minutes to get on the DB in any form then why should you be able to change your position after just 180 and when the major leagues are now reviewed so frequently, why are players positioned incorrectly? It's a very simple thing to look at too; take a site like Football-Lineups.com and check a player has played enough or a high enough percentage of games in position X to warrant position X being added to his SM roster. Emphasis needs to be put on SM to review positions when they review ratings as leaving it to community tickets and player editing results in not incorrect but unnecessary positions being attributed to players.
    For issue #2 I'd propose a bit of an overhaul. Allow players to be given as many positions as they warrant by having played there recently in real-life (say within the last year for at least X games). These positions should be:
    GK - obviously
    RB - right side of a flat 5, 4 or 3 man defence
    CB - centre 2 of a back 4 or any in a back 3 plus sweeper position in 532
    LB - left side of a flat 5, 4 or 3 man defence
    RWB - right side of a 541 or similar
    LWB - left side of a 541 or similar
    DM - defensive position of a central 3 or 4 (not 442 or similar)
    RM - right side of midfield
    CM - central midfield (not including DM or AM spots)
    LM - left side of midfield
    AM - hole behind striker in a 4411 say or the trio of a 4132
    Wing - attacking flank positions as in 433 wingers
    Fwd - any front line position
    Opinions? Ideas?
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    Tombstone got a reaction from abidicus in Help With Deal(s) Thread...   
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    Carroll and Gago for me
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    Get rid Of Fabino ASAP he moved to Sao Paulo and he will kepp dropping
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    Yeh, sell the guys you mentioned.
    I'd also sell Fabiano when his transfer ban comes off.
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    Tombstone got a reaction from John Wates in Rooney,Eto'o, Torres,Higuian or Aguero   
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    I doubt anyone would choose Torres at the moment sue to his ridiculously poor form, and there's better than Aguero
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    Anytime
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    The Newspaper.
    It's not that commonly used, except in competitive game worlds.
    But, on logging in to one of my clubs, I saw lots of new Newspaper articles.
    This is the oldest one, written by a new 40 reputation manager
    That is pretty ridiculous.
    I'm guessing here, but this Marseille manager obviously tried to deal with Real Madrid and Liverpool, because:
    Liverpool manager^^^
    That's the RM manager, a very nice guy who I've dealt with and spoken to before.
    Liverpool again. Their manager is a great guy, really nice, never had any problems with him.
    Marseille (remember, he's 40 rep)
    That's Marseille again.
    Liverpool^
    I then decided to say something, with an article entitled "This is getting rather ridiculous"
    Then this come in, I seem to have done something good!
    The bold bit is probably addressed to me;)
    That was the Marseille manager.
    Arsenal manager.
    So far, that is all that has been said, in order from oldest to newest.
    Anyone else ever seen something quite so ridiculous?
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    Tough one, personally I would be inclined to keep/VDV and Munain, Nasri is great, but I don't think he'll ever reach a really really high rating, maybe 94 or even 95 max. VDV will probably get 93 at the end of the season, but Muniain is great, he's got caps for all of the Spain's youth teams (including Under 21) and is only 18 years old.
    That said, if you were to get Nasri, take Munain out and insert someone else, and if you have Nasri, get some cash too
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    If he moves to a bigger club, I think he could be 93+ quality, at the moment I would rate him on a par with Van Wolfswinkel.
    I'm not sure about this, but Argentina love the Olympic Football Tournament, so if he was to play and do well in that he would definitely attract a lot of potential.
    If you google his name, it comes up with Everton, Newcastle and Celtic, but I've heard even bigger clubs are watching his progress
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    Tough one, personally I would be inclined to keep/VDV and Munain, Nasri is great, but I don't think he'll ever reach a really really high rating, maybe 94 or even 95 max. VDV will probably get 93 at the end of the season, but Muniain is great, he's got caps for all of the Spain's youth teams (including Under 21) and is only 18 years old.
    That said, if you were to get Nasri, take Munain out and insert someone else, and if you have Nasri, get some cash too
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