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  1. Re: Help with Trimming Squad Thanks for the responses, the culling has started already! Any more opinions would still be really useful though
  2. I've got a Bradford City squad in an English Championship which are now in its 10th season. I took them on as part of a Forum challenge a couple of years ago, to see how far they could be taken and, ultimately, whether we could go all the way and win Division 1. Having come 2nd place about 3 times, I'm looking to have somewhat of a squad revamp, because I believe one of the main reasons I struggle to get to the top is the fact that my wage expenditure is so high for such a small club. I'm hoping some of you could help out by telling me what players I should get rid of. I obviously don't want to be selling my best players, but I also don't want to be keeping the ones who are on the decline (i.e. Diego Milito?), or the ones who have reached their full potential and are unlikely to ever get any better or really trouble my first team. First Team: (* = loaned out) GK Igor Akinfeev 25 91 GK Rui Patricio 23 89 GK Sergio Asenjo 21 88 LB Aly Cissokho 23 90 LB/LM Domenico Criscito 24 90 *LB/LM Georgi Schennikov 20 88 LB/LM Emilio Izaguirre 25 86 RB/RM Aleksandr Anyukov 28 91 CB/DM Gerard Pique 24 95 CB Ferreira Lucio 33 94 CB Neven Subotic 22 91 CB/DM Mats Hummels 22 91 CB Dmytro Chygrynskiy 24 90 CB Mamadou Sakho 21 90 *CB/RB Nicolas Otamendi 23 89 *CB/DM Daniel Carrico 22 88 CB/DM Juan Forlin 23 88 CB/LB Ivan Marcano 23 88 CB/LB Jonny Evans 23 88 CB Fabiano Santacroce 24 87 CB David Wheater 24 85 *LM/W Andres Guardado 24 88 DM/CM Francisco Fernando 23 90 CM/DM Yaya Toure 28 92 CM/DM Felipe Melo 27 91 AM/W Andres Iniesta 27 97 *AM/W Miralem Pjanic 21 90 *AM/W Toni Kroos 21 89 AM/W Mario Gotze 19 88 AM/CM Marek Hamsik 23 91 AM/CM Yoann Gourcuff 24 91 W/F Rodriguez Pedro 23 93 W/F Juan Manuel Mata 23 91 W Antonio Valencia 25 91 *W/F Theo Walcott 22 90 W/F Marko Marin 22 90 W/AM Nicolas Gaitan 23 88 F/W Givanildo Hulk 24 91 F/AM Ezequiel Lavezzi 26 91 F/AM Silva Neymar 19 89 *F Krkic Bojan 20 88 CF Diego Milito 31 93 CF Edin Dzeko 25 92 CF Radamel Falcao 25 91 *CF Andy Carroll 22 88 Youth Team/Reserves: (Contains some players bought in as risers but are too old to be put in there!) GK Tobias Vargas 21 75 LB/LM Barry Douglas 21 78 LB/LM Leandro Sapetti 22 76 RB/LB Rodrigo Lemos 20 78 RB/W Bryan Carrasco 20 76 CB Victor Ramos 22 85 CB Phillipp Wollscheid 22 80 LM/W Rodrigo Alborno 17 78 LM/LB Gregg Wylde 20 78 LM/AM Eli Zizov 20 71 DM/CM Facundo Piriz 21 74 M Sebastian Piriz 21 72 CM/RM Aaron Ramsey 20 86 CM/RM Jay Spearing 22 80 CM/LM John Bostock 19 79 CM Jamie Ness 20 78 CM Silvio Torales 19 75 CM Sekou Sanogo 22 60 W/F Victor Moses 20 84 W/F Lorenzo Ebecilio 19 83 W James Forrest 19 82 W/F Aras Ozbiliz 21 78 F/W Marko Arnautovic 22 86 F/W Henri Saivet 20 82 F/AM Adrian Luna 19 80 F/W Kosta Barbarouses 21 80 F Cristian Palacios 20 72 F Papa Sene 20 60 CF Kolbeinn Sigthorsson 21 84 CF Yannis Tafer 20 80 CF Angel Orue 22 75 I have tried to go down the route of farming out my fringe players on loans in order to lower the wage bill, but the game world I'm in isn't popular enough, so I can only ever get about 9/10 players off my payroll every year, despite group PM'ing every manager in the set-up! Any opinions would be a massive help, on both my first team squad a reserves - any players who have gone as far as they're ever likely to go, I want rid of! Thanks!
  3. Re: Andrew Hutchinson Last Saturday, Lincoln took on Shrewsbury Town in their final away outing of the season. As expected, Lincoln manager Peter Jackson gave Andrew Hutchinson another start after breaking through only 2 games ago. The youngster managed another 60 minutes in the game with eventually finished in a goalless draw, but unfortunately was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury. His replacement, once again, was fellow youngster Nathan Adams, who in his 30 minutes on the pitch looked a real attacking threat. The final game of the season is a home match against Aldershot Town, a game which Jackson has already confirmed to the local press that he will be continuing with his selection of his youth players. Unfortunately, the knee injury which Hutchinson picked up against Shrewsbury is thought to have caused minor ligament damage, which has forced him out of the final game of the season, which he'd have almost certainly featured in. Instead, Nathan Adams will be making his first start in professional football as a replacement for his good friend Hutchinson. This start may give Adams enough playing time to be added to the database, after Hutchinson was added earlier this week after 230 minutes of football, rated 67. This rating is fair for a very young player who may only be getting games at the moment because Lincoln have very little to play for, but if he carries on his regular and impressive features in the first team into next season, this rating could increase by anything from 5 (if he's a regular substitute) to 8 (if he becomes a regular starter and manages a goal ratio near his current one of a goal every 3 games). Sign Andrew Hutchinson up now! Well worth a place in any youth team, and a real chance of a good riser!
  4. Re: does sergio asenjo deserve a rise He's played only 5 games since late November (possibly thorugh injury?), and since he's got back Valladolid have not won a game, drawing twice and losing the other three. He did keep clean sheets in the two games his team drew, but he's lucky he's returned to first team action recently, otherwise he'd have been a definite faller in rating.
  5. Re: Andrew Hutchinson Another game, another start for this young star in the making. After his debut away at Bradford, where he bagged Lincoln's only goal of the game, he made his second appearance for the club in his home debut against Exeter. This time, Hutchy didn't manage to get himself on the scoresheet, and neither did any of his teammates, as Lincoln went on to lose 1-0 after an 88th minute own goal from goalkeeper Robert Burch. Hutchinson himself is yet to be beaten whilst on the pitch, however, as he came off in the 71st minute, replaced by another young starlet, Nathan Adams, who made his debut for the club, playing the remaining 22 minutes of the game. Nathan is another who has been on Lincoln's books from a very young age, after taking the local youth leagues by storm. With only 22 minutes game time, it is hard to judge how well he is going to cope with the physical demands of league football, and in my opinion it was always Hutchinson who was going to carve himself out a good career, but there's no reason both can't make a living by football, especially if they are nurtured in the right way. In summary, Hutchinson has now made 2 starts for Lincoln, and will more than likely start tomorrow away at Shrewsbury, as Lincoln have neither promotion to push for or relegation to worry about. Sooner or later, he'll be on the database, and any striker who scores on his league debut at just 17 years and 34 days is surely worth snapping up. Nathan Adams is one to keep an eye on. He's less of a goalscorer than Hutchinson, and always liked to attack from deep, so judging him on goals may be unfair at any stage in his career. I'll continue to watch and update on these two youngsters, and with 2 games of the season left, there's no reason why both won't be featuring!
  6. Re: Young Argentine Talent Absolutely fantastic thread mate. Repped! I'm just wondering if you could shed any light on Marcelo Burzac of Boca Juniors. A year or 2 back, he was being dubbed on the forum as the future Riquelme (as all young attacking talents are at Boca)! However, he seems to have disappeared off the radar and I'm not sure if he's worth keeping in my youth squads!? Keep it the good work!
  7. Re: Argentinian Analysis Absolutely cracking thread Radebe. Just wondering about the development of Marcelo Burzac, the young attacking midfielder at Boca. People had him down on the forum as 'the next Riquelme' about a year or so ago, but I haven't heard a lot about him since, and he hasn't budged from his 70 rating! Keep up the good work, I'm really looking forward to seeing how you predict the rest of the teams!
  8. Re: Bradford CFC Challenge! Transfers/Match Reports etc. I have just completed the fourth season of this challenge, and I'm in no doubt that my Bradford City are my favourite club on the game. After three successive promotions, I knew that Division One would be completely different, and much more difficult. After a blistering start to the season, wherein Bradford City lay top after the first 5 games with 5 wins out of 5 games, including an amazing away victory at Anfield, Bradford's form wavered. Winning runs were never extended long enough to get a good enough lead at the top of the table, and the inconsistency as well as a poor end to the season led to a respectable 5th place finish, behind league winners Manchester United, runners-up Arsenal, surprise package Middlesbrough and consistent Liverpool. Bradford City finished the season on 62 points, 12 points behind champions Manchester United, and only 2 points behind 3rd placed Middlesbrough, as well as winning half the league games played. The season's stats were as follows: P W D L F A GD Pts 38 19 5 14 71 64 7 62 Analysing the stats, I can see that I probably let in too many goals to win the league, which is probably down to my attacking formation of 3-4-1-2. Despite this, I won't be changing this, as I enjoy attacking play, and the players I've bought suit this system. As well as a 5th placed league finish, I guided Bradford City to the English League Cup, winning on penalties in a tense final. Overall, a pretty successful first season in Division One, which will be hard to better, especially with the gap in income between Bradford and teams like Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool. Throughout the season, I added to my squad in order to sustain my wavering title challenge. The players I brought in were mostly young players of promise, most rated below 90 in order to save on wages, who are likely to rise above and beyond this rating in the near future. I funded this through the sale of other players, most of which for massive profits for what I brought them in for, such as £16m each for Augusto Thiago Neves and Ruben De La Red, both of whom were orginally bought for much less. My Division Two promotion winning squad from last season can be seen via the following link: http://forum.soccermanager.com/showpost.php?p=466743&postcount=74 My cup winning, 5th-placed Division One finishing Bradford City squad is: First Team: Goalkeepers Rodriguez Diego Lopez 27 90 (P 38, AR 6.82) Pedro Rui Patricio 21 87 (P 0, AR 0.00) - Signed in close season for £2.8m + Dos Santos Renan Andres Sergio Asenjo 19 87 (P 0, AR 0.00) Defenders Niklas Moisander 23 85 LB/CB (P 0, G 0, AR 0.00) - Loaned to Sheffield Wednesday for season Diego Godin 23 90 CB (P 30, G 3, AR 6.67) Javier Gonzalo Rodriguez 25 90 CB (P 3, G 0, AR 6.33) - Signed late in season for £3.9m + Nicolas Bianchi Arce and Konstantin Rausch Fabiano Santacroce 22 89 CB (P 27, G 3, AR 5.97) Buss Henrique 22 88 CB/RB (P 4, G 0, AR 6.00) Dirk Marcellis 20 88 CB/RB (P 5, G 0, AR 4.80) - Signed in mid-season for £7.7m Domenico Criscito 22 88 CB/LB (P 0, G 0, AR 0.00) - Signed late in season for £8.8m Gerard Pique 22 88 CB/DM (P 14, G 2, AR 6.79) - Signed in early season in straight swap for Martins Marcelo Moreno David Wheater 22 87 CB/RB (P 30, G 0, AR 6.40) Mobido Diakite 22 77 CB (P 0, G 0, AR 0.00) - Signed late in season for £600k Midfielders Andres Guardado 22 91 LM/W (P 33, G 6, AR 7.24) Marek Hamsik 21 90 CM (P 32, G 2, AR 6.38) Axel Witsel 21 89 CM (P 3, G 0, AR 5.67) - Signed in mid-season for £11m Marouane Fellaini 21 89 CM (P 0, G 0, AR 0.00) - Signed in close season for £3.4m + Franco Zuculini and Kevin Pezzoni Zdravko Kuzmanovic 21 89 CM (P 9, G 0, AR 5.78) - Signed in early season for £3.1m + Jonathan Urretavizcaya and Santo Alex Texeira Claudio Marchisio 23 87 CM/DM (P 4, G 1, AR 6.50) - Signed in mid-season for £225k + Luis Chico and Gomes Fernando Domingos Willians 23 80 CM (P 0, G 0, AR 0.00) - Signed in close season for £1.5m Andres Iniesta 24 95 AM/CM (P 3, G 0, AR 7.00) - Signed in late season for £13m + Miralem Sulejmani and Gonul Gokhan Honorato Ederson 23 90 AM/LM (P 9, G 5, AR 7.00) - Signed in mid-season for £4.6m + Jose Mane Juan Manuel Mata 20 89 W/F (P 17, G 2, AR 6.35) - Signed early in season for £13.6m Theo Walcott 20 89 W/F (P 14, G 1, AR 6.43) Antonio Luis Valencia 23 88 W (P 0, G 0, AR 0.00) - Signed late in season for £5.7m Forwards Ezequiel Lavezzi 23 90 F (P 33, G 20, AR 7.18) - Signed at start of season for £11.3m + Telmario Dinei and Carlos Eduardo Giuseppe Rossi 22 90 F/AM (P 2, G 1, AR 8.00) - Signed late in season for £14.1m Mauro Zarate 22 89 F (P 14, G 4, AR 7.14) Perez Bojan Krkic 18 89 F (P 27, G 9, AR 7.56) Mounir El Hamdaoui 24 88 F/AM (P 0, G 0, AR 0.00) - Signed early in season for £800k + Sebastian Rajalakso and Washington Camacho Youth Squad Aly Cissokho 21 82 LB/CB - Signed in close season for £3.9m Valdez Efrain Juarez 21 83 RB - Signed early in season for £250k Carlos Rincon 21 77 RB/CB Mamadou Sakho 19 87 CB/LB Mats Hummels 20 86 CB Jonny Evans 21 86 CB - Signed in mid-season for £6.7m Sierra Ivan Marcano 21 84 CB/LB - Signed in mid-season for £200k + Jose Schaffer Guillermo Burdisso 20 76 CB - Signed in close season for £700k Alfredo Matias Martinez 21 72 CB - Signed in close season for £40k Eli Zizov 17 71 LM/AM Aaron Ramsey 18 84 CM - Signed in close season for £6m Lukas Vacha 19 76 CM/RM John Bostock 17 74 CM Miralem Pjanic 19 87 AM (P 3, G 2, AR 7.00) Toni Kroos 19 85 AM - Loaned to Blackburn Rovers for season Henrique Renan Oliveira 19 84 AM/F Marcelo Lulinha 19 82 AM/F - Signed late in season for £2.9m Patricio Rodriguez 18 76 AM/F Mauro Formica 21 75 AM/F - Signed in close season in straight swap for Bruno Eduardo Ere Marcelo Burzac 21 70 AM/CM Santos Willians Santana 20 83 W/AM Victor Moses 18 80 W/F Marko Arnautovic 19 85 F - Signed in mid-season for £850k Milton Caraglio 20 80 F - Signed in close season for £2.3m Henri Saivet 18 75 F/W Costa Barbarouses 19 66 F David N'Gog 20 82 CF - Loaned to Middlesbrough for season Duje Cop 19 76 CF Fabian Castillo 20 75 CF - Signed in close season for £400k Yannis Tafer 18 74 CF - Signed in mid-season for £225k *Note - Players highlighted in red are those bought for investment purposes (i.e. Bought until ratings increase to generate more money by selling). *Note - Players highlighted in blue are those who left the club during the season in part exchange deals for other players. Ezequiel Lavezzi couldn't stop scoring for Bradford City since his summer switch from Napoli In a season of major transition, there were two consistently outstanding players in the team. These were Ezequiel Lavezzi and Perez Bojan Krkic. This was possibly because the strikers were the only position in the team, aside from the goalkeeper, who were really settled and played week in, week out. Lavezzi, a new signing at the start of the season, was the main goalscorer in the team, with an impressive tally of 20 goals in 33 games, bettered only in the division by Goran Pandev of Tottenham Hotspur, who got 1 more goal and playing 4 more games than Bradford's Argentinian goal machine. As well as goals, Lavezzi provided an incredible 18 assists, meaning he played a pivotol role in over half of the team's goals in the season. However, it was Bojan's all-round game that has earned him the accolade of Bradford City's Player of the Season, for the fourth straight season. In his 27 league games, Bojan chipped in with 9 goals, meaning a handy goal ratio of a goal every 3 games. He also set 8 goals up, but it was Bojan's overall work rate that earned him the Player of the Season award, often providing a much needed link between midfield and attack, which was reflected in his average performance rating of 7.56. It is thought, however, that Bojan will have less of a role to play in Bradford's second season in the top flight after Giuseppe Rossi joined the club, with Bojan set to play more of an 'impact sub' role, as manager Tom Mills believes the pressure that has been put on Bojan since his signing four seasons ago has hampered his love for the game, and that competition for places will lead to Bojan becoming even better. Manager Tom Mills wants Bojan to enjoy his football again Next season, Mills is hoping to consolidate Bradford City's position in the upper reaches of the Division One table, and perhaps make a more sustained push on bringing the title to Valley Parade. The manager believes it is all about consistency, which he knows will come with a settled starting line-up. In hindsight from last season, he can see that by rotating his players in order to keep them fresh, he stopped the spine of the team gelling, and this led to some indifferent performances. However, he now believes he knows his best eleven, and thinks the world class quality that Andres Iniesta brings to the team could make a real difference between this season and last season, and allow his midfielders to concentrate on helping their defence concede less, as the former-Barcelona man has the quality to win a game all by himself, even at the very top level. Andres Iniesta: "The difference between 5th and 1st place for Bradford City" As for future changes to the squad, Tom Mills has already added numerous young Argentinians at the end of last season and the start of this season, for the purposes of much needed additional finances. He believes that the squad he hasat his disposable already holds the quality and potential needed to go all the way, and with restricted finances he knows he can't really add many more players without the wage bill becoming to high, therefore he has encouraged fellow managers in the set-up to take some of the fringe and youth players in his Bradford side on loan, to give them much needed game time and take some of the strain of the increasingly large wage bill that comes in the hunt for success. Four players that will be joining the Yorkshire club in the immediate future all fit the title of future stars and fringe players, so will be offered out on loan to other managers for the coming season. Juan Forlin, the future of Argentina's defence will be joining for a fee of just over £5m, money Mills believes is more than well spent. Fellow Argentine youngster Nicolas Gaitan, compared by many to Juan Roman Riquelme, is also set to join Bradford tomorrow from Boca Juniors, for a bargain price of just under £2.5m. Young Brazilian holding midfielder Francisco Fernando, who has been impressing for FC Porto, is also set to finalise a deal tomorrow, in a deal which sees £1.25m plus Niklas Moisander move the other way. Finally, Givanildo Vieira Hulk, the 22-year-old Brazilian attacker is on his way to the English top flight, a league which should suit his style of play, for a fee of £1.5m plus Santos Willians Santana from Tokyo Verdy. The Brazilian Hulk's physical approach should suit the English style of play, and promises to be a real fan Valley Parade. All thats left is to wait and see whether Tom Mills can do the ultimate, and guide his already successful Bradford City team to become Champions of England, from the depths of Division Four, in only 5 years...
  9. Andrew Hutchinson, who has been on the books of Lincoln City FC since the age of 8, today made his debut for the club, aged 17 years and 34 days. While this is an achievement in itself, add to this that the young striker actually started the game, playing 76 minutes away at Bradford City before being replaced by Ben Wright. The biggest news of all is that he managed to score Lincoln's only goal in the 1-1 draw, becoming what's thought to be the youngest ever goalscorer in the history of the Football League since it was reformed to being Championship/League One/League Two. Now, this alone may make you think he might be worth a punt when he's added to the database, but there are other things which suggest Hutchinson is set to have a very bright future in the game. Lincoln City has, in recent years, produced players of promise, including Jack Hobbs of Liverpool and Scott Loach of Watford, both of whom have represented England at youth levels, and look like they'll both be playing regularly at Championship level come next season, with Leicester City (on loan from Liverpool) and Watford respectively. If Hutchinson makes similar progress, he may well be a good future riser, as he'll probably be added to the database at around 70-72. I can also say, from personal experience, that Hutch is an excellent player, having once been a teammate of his. His awareness and reactions are fantastic, and add this to his lightning pace and lethal finishing, he really is unplayable, and I have no doubt he'll have a very successful career. I've sent a ticket in to the SM Support Team, and he should be on the database within the next few days, so snap him up now and I'm pretty sure it'll be a useful addition to any youth team.
  10. Re: Stadium Upgrade Oh well! I'll continue to slug it out with the big boys on a shoestring budget Thanks for the help guys
  11. Re: Stadium Upgrade What has happened to this feature? I've got Bradford City to Division One after 3 successive promotions, and not once have I had an increase in capacity of my stadium. I've had a year in the top flight, finishing 5th, and what I really need in order to complete with the bigger clubs is more revenue through stadium size. 25,000 is a good Division Two capacity, but a below average size for Division One, so is there any chance of Valley Parade becoming a 35,000-40,000 seater?
  12. Re: EPL Ratings To Begin After Bank Holiday? Some really inconsistent results this time round With Boro, the likes of Tuncay and Wheater drop in rating, and Downing doesn't? Tuncay and Wheater have been the only players showing up this season, Downing has been awful and remains an 89. Afonso Alves drops 2, which is more than fair as he's been shocking, but Portsmouth's Theofanis Gekas drops 1 to 89 - when he can't even get on the subs bench ahead of David Nugent! Should be on par with Alves IMO. Sunderland's Craig Gordon only drops 1 to 89, despite making only 1 appearance since November, and being dropped as Scotland's number one. He should have dropped at least 2. On a brighter note, a lot of the Boro young lads got increases, despite an awful season. Bates rose 1, so still cheap enough to snap up NOW, as the likes of Everton are sniffing around as he's yet to sign a contract and has impressed since breaking into the first team. Tony McMahon, future Boro captain IF he stays when we get relegated, also got a small increase, but still only 82 rates, so snap him up. And Josh Walker, who looked quality when he had a little run in the first team before injury, didn't get an increase from his 79 rating, so get him if you can NOW, he's going to be a quality player.
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    Re: Error? Glad I'm not the only one! How long did it take to sort out last time irishwombat?
  14. millzy_7


    Since the new SM homepage was introduced today, something which I think was unnecessary anyway, I've found a glaring error on my second account. On my gold account, all seems to be in order, and my managed teams all show up on the right in that scroll-bar. However, in my second non-gold account, wherein I manage one of my favourite teams, when I log in it takes me straight to the 'Add New Club' page, as though I've been removed as manager of all my teams. At first I was gutted, but then after checking my profile, it still says I manage both teams I was in charge of on that account. Basically, when I log in, it won't let me access my clubs pages, as I can't get to the home page on that account. Is this temporary, or can it be fixed easily??
  15. Re: Bradford CFC Challenge! Transfers/Match Reports etc. After a quick skim of this thread, I can report that my Bradford City side are the first recorded to make it to Division 1 on this thread, after 3 consecutive promotions! This team is my favourite on the game by some way, and my Bradford side have took to the top league superbly. In Division 2 last year, I found it was a significant step up from the previous 2 years where I won the leagues with relative ease. Division 2 saw me starting to face teams with a few 90-rated players in, so I knew it wasn't going to be a walk in the park. In the end, I couldn't even get promoted automatically, after an inconsistent season which saw them going on a few good winning runs, before spells of games without a win. In the end, a 4th placed finish on 64 points, 5 points behind league winners Wigan Athletic, was enough to take me into the Play-offs. My Bradford finished the season with the following stats: P W D L F A GD Pts 38 17 13 8 81 50 31 64 I was finally promoted after beating Sheffield United in the Play-off semi-final and Leeds United in the Play-off final. Bradford City repeated these scenes after the play-off final win against Leeds United As the season began, I realised the league was a bigger step than I'd first realised, and had to add to my team throughout the season to achieve the quality squad needed to gain promotion. This meant that my promotion winning squad from Division 2 was a lot different to the squad I'd won Division 3 with. My Division 3 title winning squad can be seen on my previous post on this thread, which can be reached by visiting the link below. http://forum.soccermanager.com/showthread.php?p=336553#post336553 My Division 2 title winning squad, which contains none of the original Bradford City squad, is: First Team: Goalkeepers Rodriguez Diego Lopez 27 90 (P 37, AR 7.46) Andres Sergio Asenjo 19 87 (P 1, AR 6.00) Defenders Jose Mane 27 88 LB/LM (P 34, G 1, AR 7.41) Alexandre Guaru 27 72 LB (P 0, G 0, AR 0.00) Gonul Gokhan 23 88 RB (P 33, G 1, AR 7.12) Sergei Parshivlyuk 19 86 RB/RM (P 4, G 0, AR 6.50) Diego Godin 22 90 CB (P 34, G 6, AR 7.38) David Wheater 21 88 CB (P 16, G 3, AR 7.25) Adriano Buss Henrique CB 22 86 (P 12, G 1, AR 7.25) Osmar Mares 21 85 CB (P 4, G 0, AR 6.50) Michele Canini 23 85 CB/LB (P 10, G 1, AR 6.70) Humberto Rever 23 83 CB (P 0, G 0, AR 0.00) Donizeti Mauricio 23 82 CB (P 0, G 0, AR 0.00) Henrique Bruno Aguiar 22 75 CB (P 0, G 0, AR 0.00) Midfielders Antonio Marquinho 22 80 DM (P 0, G 0, AR 0.00) Gomes Fernando 22 80 DM/CM (P 0, G 0, AR 0.00) Andres Guardado 22 91 LM/W (P 28, G 8, AR 7.71) Juan Albin 22 88 LM/AM (P 1, G 1, AR 8.00) Xavier Baez 21 86 RM/RB (P 12, G 2, AR 7.42) Marek Hamsik 21 90 CM (P 25, G 5, AR 7.60) Ruben De La Red 23 90 CM (P 9, G 0, AR 7.68) Marcelo Estigarribia 21 85 CM (P 0, G 0, AR 0.00) Augusto Thiago Neves 23 90 AM/LM (P 34, G 8, AR 7.59) Miralem Pjanic 18 87 AM (P 1, G 0, AR 8.00) Toni Kroos 18 85 AM (P 3, G 1, AR 6.00) Theo Walcott 19 89 W/F (P 25, G 7, AR 7.48) Forwards Perez Bojan Krkic 18 89 F (P 30, G 18, AR 8.23) Mauro Zarate 21 89 F (P 15, G 2, AR 7.47) Miralem Sulejmani 20 88 F/W (P 19, G 6, AR 7.95) Martins Marcelo Moreno 21 87 F (P 4, G 5, AR 8.25) Martin Bravo 22 86 F (P 4, G 1, AR 7.25) Nikolay Zhilyaev 21 85 F (P 0, G 0, AR 0.00) Jonathan Urretaviscaya 18 84 F (P 4, G 1, AR 7.25) Gonzalo Luduena 22 80 F (P 0, G 0, AR 0.00) Telmario Dinei 25 84 CF (P 0, G 0, AR 0.00) Youth Team: Guillaume Faivre G 21 78 dos Santos Renan G 19 78 Silva Santos Helder LB/LM 20 80 Carlos Eduardo RB/LB 21 77 Carlos Rincon RB/CB 21 77 Mats Hummels CB 20 84 Mamadou Sakho CB/LB 18 84 Emir Faccioli CB 19 83 Silva de Souza Sandro CB 20 75 Carlos Bruno Costa CB 21 74 Daniel Hone CB 19 72 Trevizan Felipe CB 21 71 Maximiliano Badell LM/AM 20 74 Eli Zizov LM/AM 17 71 Barnola Ignacio Camacho CM/DM 18 83 (P 1, G 1, AR 7.00) Pereira Rafael Carioca CM/DM 19 80 Jonathan Blanco CM 21 77 Felicio Ji-Parana CM/AM 21 77 Lukas Vacha CM/AM 19 76 John Bostock CM 16 74 Luis Chico CM 21 72 Santo Alex Texeira AM/F 18 77 Santos Willians Santana AM 20 76 Patricio Rodriguez AM/F 18 76 Henrique Renan Oliveira AM/F 18 75 Marcelo Burzac AM/CM 20 70 Sebastian Rajalakso W/F 20 82 (P 3, G 1, AR 6.33) Adrian Nikci W 19 80 Victor Moses W/F 18 80 Washington Camacho W/F 20 75 Pacheco Eduardo F 21 82 Fouad Idabdelhay F 20 82 Henri Saivet F/W 18 75 Jose Fabio F 21 75 Costa Barbarouses F 18 66 David N'Gog CF 19 82 Carvalho Alan CF 19 76 Duje Cop CF 18 76 *Note - Players highlighted in red are those bought for investment purposes (i.e. Bought until ratings increase to generate more money by selling). *Note - Players highlighted in blue are those who left the club during the season in part exchange deals for other players. The stand out player of the season, once again, was Perez Bojan Krkic. Top goalscorer for the team, and in the league, with 18 goals in 30 games, he was always a threat for opposition defences. However, it was his all around game that won him his plaudits this season, not just his goalscoring habits. He contributed 10 assists during the season, the third highest in the team behind Augusto Thiago Neves (15) and Miralem Sulejmani (14), and was generally the driving force of anything going forward, reflected in his 8.23 average rating The two other key players of the season have already been mentioned. Augusto Thiago Neves and Miralem Sulejmani provided 29 goals between them, and were generally the leading figures which held the team together, besides Bojan. With Thiago Neves on the left wing or in central midfield, and Sulejmani on either wing or up front, the 2 players provided alternative outlets, rather than all attacks going through one player. The upcoming season, which I am already 7 games into, I'm looking to establish Bradford City as a Premier League side, hopefully a top 10 finish. They have started above expectations, currently in 2nd place, 1 point behind leaders Liverpool on 16 points, after winning the first 5 games. I have continued to strengthen my team, and will continue to do so throughout the season, buying both quality players to improve my first team immediately, and youth players who will rise in rating and become either first team players in future, or be sold to generate funds to afford higher quality players. Perez Bojan Krkic: Another incredible season In the early stages of the season, Bradford City have signed 10 new players to strengthen their squadd and add to the quality of the first team. The 3 stand out signings are those of Ezequiel Lavezzi, Fabiano Santacroce and Gerard Pique. Lavezzi arrived from Napoli for £11.3m plus Telmario Dinei and Carlos Eduardo, and was bought to add to an already strong Bradford City forward line. The 90-rated, 23-year old Argentinian will be first choice with Perez Bojan Krkic up front this season. Santacroce, a 22-year old Italian defender, was bought from Brescia for £4.4m plus Nikolay Zhilyaev and Fouad Idabdelhay, and will be one of 3 centre-halfs playing in a 3-5-2 formation this season. Pique will be battling with David Wheater for the third centre-back starting position, after signing from Celtic in a deal which saw Martins Marcelo Moreno and Emir Faccioli move to the Celts - a decision which was hard for manager Tom Mills to make, with Marcelo Moreno being one of his first signings 3 seasons ago, and watching him develop into a brilliant player. The other players brought in are all promising players, all under the age of 24, and all due to rise very soon. Mounir El Hamdouai arrived from AZ Alkmaar for £800k plus Sebastian Rajalakso and Washington Camacho, and Mills is confident the Moroccan forward will soon be knocking on the door of the first team after the next ratings. 3 young Argentinians were brought in too, all of whom are likely to stay beyond their imminent rating rises. These players are Franco Zuculini, Lucas Viatri and Jose Schaffer. The final 3 signings are all signings who are set for big rating rises, and their future at the club beyond them is dependant on how they perform in real life. Nicolas N'Koulou, a young French defender from Monaco, Valdez Efrain Juarez, a promising Mexican former-Barcelona youngster, and Stijn Wuytens, a £325k defensive midfield PSV youth player, were all brought in during pre-season. Despite 10 names being added, Tom Mills is sure their will be more transfer activity throughout the season. With the upcoming Brazilian/Argentinian ratings, a lot of the Bradford youth team will be able to be sold at a good profit, which was the purpose of their signings. With this in mind, Mills is hoping to sign Argentinian starlet Jonathan Cristaldo, due for a big increase, before the ratings take place. However, bigger signings will be made throughout the season, a season which Bradford City will be hoping to establish themselves as title challengers for seasons to come. Will Cristaldo be plying his trade at Valley Parade in the near future?
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  17. Re: Funny SM Private Messages Been reading this thread for a while with amusement, and have recently been involved in a PM conversation with some retard. Just thought I'd share... Fraser Andrews said... Sent: Fri 29th Aug 2008 1:55pm Subject: Pérez BOJAN KRKIC How Much will you sell bojan for fraser andrews newcastle uniteed You said... Sent: Fri 29th Aug 2008 4:18pm Subject: Re: Pérez BOJAN KRKIC Sorry mate, he's not for sale at any price. Fraser Andrews said... Sent: Mon 1st Sep 2008 11:15am Subject: Re: Pérez BOJAN KRKIC you have an egg head You said... Sent: Mon 1st Sep 2008 11:34am Subject: Re: Pérez BOJAN KRKIC Isn't it time for your mid-morning nap? It's just you sound about 4 years old. Well done for being able to use the computer, but I'd have thought you'd be watching CBeebies instead. Regardless of the shape of my head, I've got Bojan, and you haven't! Unlucky. Fraser Andrews said... Sent: Mon 1st Sep 2008 12:02pm Subject: Re: Pérez BOJAN KRKIC ill give you 5 million You said... Sent: Mon 1st Sep 2008 12:10pm Subject: Re: Pérez BOJAN KRKIC But you only get 50p for your pocket money. You can't afford him. I'd love to carry on talking rubbish with you....actually, no I wouldn't. Consider yourself blocked, you clown. Ok, so I may have been slightly harsh with him towards the end, but it made for good entertainment
  18. I have Borriello with a Swansea team who've just been promoted. I'm just wondering whether or not he'll get any playing time this season back at AC Milan? If he will I can see his rating shooting up, but I'm not sure whether he will. Anyone have any inside knowledge or a decent knowledge of the Italian league who can give mesome advice? I'm considering putting in an offer for Ezequiel Lavezzi of £3.5m plus Borriello. Will this be a good deal?
  19. I think the capability for members to be able to swap the order in which teams appear on the home page would be a handy improvement. I like to keep things ordered, so this improvement would allow those of us who have this habit to list the teams we manage in whatever order we like (e.g. alphabetically, success etc). I've already sent this suggestion in via the support ticket system, but have had no response and nothing has been implemented. I don't think this is something that would be hard to put into place, and would give members a more personal feel to their accounts. Anyone else feel this would be a good improvement to the game?
  20. Re: Gonzalo Ludueña - ***5 Star Tip *** He's still playing for Emelec in the Ecuadorian league. This is his second season at Emelec, so I presume they took advantage of the 'first option to buy' clause in his loan deal. This is bad for his rating because Ecuador's league isn't very strong, despite the Copa Liberadores winners Deportivo Quito playing in the league. The average squad rating for Emelec is around the 83 mark, and I think Luduena is a first team regular now, so should get an increase of 2 or 3. Since scoring 5 goals in his first 10 games, Luduena has now played 18 games in total for Emelec, scoring 6 goals. This means since his blistering start, he's scored 1 goal in his latest 8 appearances, a bit of a slow down in form. I think he'll get another increase of around 2 or 3 in rating, but I think that's as good as it will get until he moves back to Argentina. I'd sell him after his next rating increase.
  21. Re: Manager 'Sack Race' Is Southgate still going to get sacked? Are the Boro still going to go down? After today's performance - they're both funny questions! The Gate has made some astute signings, none moreso than Didier Digard, who looks the business as a box-to-box, high work-rate engine room midfielder with technique. Southgate is signing players who've gone unnoticed by the world's media, meaning we sign them at reasonable prices and they all have something to prove to everyone who doesn't know them - that they're quality players. Great management by Southgate today. Didn't panic when Spurs made a double substitution and brought on Berbatov. He kept to his game plan, stopped Modric and dos Santos playing, and it worked! He's going to be a very, very good manager. (Note: When Spurs gel, they're going to be fantastic. Be warned!)
  22. Re: Nathan Porritt Nathan Porritt is a quality young player, often likened to Ryan Giggs. He's featured heavily in pre-season for Middlesbrough, which suggests he could have some involvement in the first team this season. He's rated very highly by all at Middlesbrough's academy, which has to be a good sign considering they've seen players like Stewart Downing and David Wheater come through the ranks. His favoured position is, in fact, on the wing, but he can play up front. He is often paired with Jonathan Franks when he'd described, as both are the same age and same club. Franks is more of a striker than Porritt, but can play on the wing. Franks has also featured prominently in pre-season, getting his name on the goalsheet with a clinical finish against York City. Both are tipped for bright futures in football, whether at Middlesbrough or elsewhere. Middlesbrough officials were desperate to tie Porritt down on a professional contract after the Chelsea 'tapping-up' fiasco, and he has recently signed a 2-year pro contract at the club.
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