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    Sparky got a reaction from muallan in Official Gold Championships Discussions Thread   
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    Well done SM, well done.
    After years of growing with the game, I have finally witnessed its demise. The pursuit of monetary gain has subsequently exploited and killed off SM's one unique selling point. After browsing through the forum (on one bored night clearly!), it just hurts to see how so much has changed and how the need for new ideas to increase clientele acted as the sword that pierced through its own heart. Many valuable members have left and no points for guessing why, especially if you witnessed SM 3/4 years ago, even before that (Ever since its inception in 2005).
    I do feel upset seeing the state of the game come to this. The forum doesn't feel the same anymore, the relationship between users is different. There is no more sense of community, no friendship, nothing.
    Just a quick post as a former Gameworld moderator...
    It's been a total pleasure playing for so many years with individuals who I deemed to be my own friends; seeing their names pop up everyday on the forums and inbox; it genuinely did feel like home. It's sad to see the game come to this but a business is a business, and money is money.
    To everyone still addicted to this game, you guys are the lucky ones. Enjoy it while it lasts. Peace from this old timer however.
    I'll be back one day, to you know, check up on everyone
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    Sparky reacted to Richard Wallace in Official Gold Championships Discussions Thread   
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    GC16 - Stevenage off to a flyer!

    Newly promoted Stevenage stormed to the top of Division 1 tonight after a 7-0 home win over Everton. Aleksandr Bukharov grabbed his first hatrick of the season and new boy Ángel Di Maria also netted twice whilst grabbing the star man award.
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    Sparky reacted to sonofpluto in Official Gold Championships Discussions Thread   
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    Lol I wouldn't class my myself as "best in the world" but point taken
    I might be able to loan you a keeper for the same lenght of the season as you lent me a striker for the season
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    Sparky reacted to Ninster in Official Gold Championships Discussions Thread   
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    You have spent a fair bit on SM by your own admission so the loser who wanted loads of cash is doing a rip roaring trade
    The amount of gold members has dropped considerably in the last month and as with anything people get bored after all when was the last exciting thing to happen on this game?? Was probably the reserve a club feature which has been well and truly hammered.
    They don't even do anything to cheats these days just remove them from clubs and let them continue their antics in other setups.
    I took over Fenerbache in the early hours when i got up for a drink, told my nephew who took over Galatasaray so least i know in this GC i have some sort of challenge. The transfer market is very inflated these days makes for a lack of transfer dealings on my part.
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    Sparky reacted to Kez in Official Gold Championships Discussions Thread   
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    *head explodes*
    GC91 Celtic;
    Scott Brown and Maloney can leave for decent player exchanges.
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    Sparky got a reaction from Dan Walmsley in Official Gold Championships Discussions Thread   
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    Try offering him a new contract. Will boost his morale and maybe his concern will disappear.
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    Sparky got a reaction from sonofpluto in Gold Championship 111 Match Reports/Transfers   
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    Lega Calcio - Match Day Five

    FC Internazionale 4-1 Atalanta
    Venue: Giuseppe Meazza
    Attendance: 53,077
    Referee: Steven Cook
    Álvaro NEGREDO 46' 1-0 Atalanta
    E.CAMBIASSO 70' 2-0 Atalanta
    Internazionale 2-1 E.CHEVANTON 72'
    Álvaro NEGREDO 83' 3-1 Atalanta
    A.ROBBEN 88' 4-1 Atalanta

    Robben Grabs His First Goal For Internazionale
    It wasn't much of a test for Internazionale as they thrashed Atalanta 4-1 at home. Before the match, Atalanta were at the top of the table looking to extend their league, but manager Sparky had different ideas. The Italian side were fresh from their 5-0 thumping victory over New England Revolutions and wanted to continue their great form with a win against Atalanta.
    Last minute changes saw Anelka, Robben, Xavi and Negredo start and it seemed to have pay off as three goals came from Robben and Negredo combined.
    The game however was level after half time. Nether team were able to break the deadlock. Inter has pressed continuously but misses from Anelka and Schweinstiger meant the game would be level going into the second half.
    However, it didn't take long for the Italian champions to break the deadlock. The half time team talk saw Inter more refreshed and determined as Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo sweetly struck a right footed shot right into the goal.

    Negredo's Sweet Strike Breaks Deadlock
    There was little chance for Atalanta as their main chance fell to Ernesto Chevanton who failed to capitalize on the defensive mistakes made by Internazionale.
    Argentine Midfield maestro Esteban Cambiasso then marked off a beautiful solo effort with a goal. One of the season no doubt as he skipped past two Atalanta defenders and slotted home.

    Cambiasso With Brilliant Solo Effort
    Atalanta did see their way back into the game with a goal from Ernesto Chevanton to cast doubt on Inter minds but Alvaro Negredo soon erased them with a magnificent curler.

    Negredo Grabs Second In Style
    The game was soon put to bed after Dutch sensation Arjen Robben thumped in a volley into the back of the net. The Dutchman grabbing his first ever goal for Internazionale, and in style too.

    Robben Volley Seals The Game For Internazionale
    Internazionale manager Sparky was delighted with the result and told SSN:
    Internazionale are currently 4th after five games played. However they are the only team out of the 'top four' who currently lead. Milan are hot on their trails whilst Juventus could face a relegation battle if they're not careful
    The Italian champions will now play Bologna in the second round of the Italian shield. A win would see the giants win 5 games out of 5.


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    Sparky reacted to JakeMCFC in Official Gold Championships Discussions Thread   
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    Romano's Shakhtar in GC56 won the SMFA Cup, he had me in the final too, I'm Man City, I think that was a big achievments by us both tbh, knocked out many giants between us.
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    Sparky reacted to Dan Walmsley in Gold Championship 113 Match Reports/Transfer Gossip thread;   
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    FC Porto Overview
    Following the appointment of Daniel Walmsley, Porto have wasted no time in moulding their team into a squad of players capable of challenging for honours on both the domestic and European scene...

    The first arrival at the Estadio Do Dragao was 24 year old Portuguese centre-midfielder Manuel Fernandes from Spainish side Valencia. The fee was a hefty £16 million, a price the club were happy to pay.

    Next up was Portuguese keeper from title rivals Sporting CP for a fee of second-choice keeper Beto and unneeded Tomas Costa.

    The final piece of business conducted so far was the arrival of combative defensive midfielder Alexandro Song. Arsenal gave £5million and the Cameroon 22 year old for Fernando.
    Porto are now looking to offload Helton and Christian Rodriguez...


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    Sparky reacted to Magic J in Official Gold Championships Discussions Thread   
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    Its been less than 24 hours, how utterly ridiculous.
    How on earth are people allowed to continously ( and thats the important word here ), get away with this. SM need to address this issue, we shouldnt have to come up with the idea how, thats what they get paid for, alot of the ideas that get implemented are produced from members, SM should try sorting this out themselves. Everybody bar club hoppers hate this kind of behaviour.
    What do they want, a petition with 100,000 + signatures on, people have always complained about this since its creation YET they have done nothing.
    ENOUGH is ENOUGH
    :mad:
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    Sparky got a reaction from Gizb in Gold Championship 111 Match Reports/Transfers   
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    Lega Calcio - Matchday 2

    Last Gasp Xavi Saves Internazionale
    FC Internazionale 1-1 Genoa
    Venue: Giuseppe Meazza
    Attendance: 51,953
    Referee: Roberto Silvera
    PALACIO, Rodrigo 5
    XAVI, Hernandez 88


    Internazionale needed Spanish Midfield maestro Xavi Hernandez to rescue them as his 30 yard screamer on the 88th minute saved the Italian champions from defeat against a fired up Genoa.
    Internazionale had defensive problems prior to the game as Argentine defender Martin Demichelis was suspended and Brazilian veteran Lucio wasn't match fit. In stepped Kyrgiakos and Federico Fazio to cover for them but it didn't look too good as they conceded almost straight away as Argentine Rodrigo Palacio guided a header into the corner of the net leaving the home fans stunned.
    The goalscorer was then sent off however after a petulant kick at his marker.

    Palacio Scores & Then Sent Off In 3 Minutes
    Genoa knew they had their work cut out but it gave Internazionale a hope to get an equalizer even a winner but the Genoa defense, particularly, Dainelli were in top form. The away side also came close several times as Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar had to rescue his side numerously. Fazio and Kyrgiakos were struggling...
    The second half started with Internazionale fired up to grab a goal but the Genoa defense worked and worked to keep the home side at bay. The game had reached its ending. There was 2 minutes plus stoppage time to go... Many Inter fans had started to vacate the stadium as on the 88th minute Xavi picked up the ball and struck a 30 yard screamer into the top corner! The fans and the Inter bench went wild and so did Xavi who marked his first goal for the club with a special strike. He won't score a more important goal than that!

    Xavi Screamer Rescues Inter
    Internazionale were extremely lucky as Genoa came close numerous times. The man of the match rightly went to Julio Cesar. Internazionale are now preparing themselves for a gruelling test against Fiorentina. Lucio comes back but Demichelis is still out meaning Kyrgiakos will continue in the centre of defense. Daniele De Rossi comes back as Mascherano is rested. Anelka drops to the bench whilst Spanish target man Negredo starts...

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    Sparky reacted to Gizb in Gold Championship 111 Match Reports/Transfers   
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    Great Match in Portugal:
    2 vs 4
    We had to wait to the Second game of the season to see the biggest game in Portugal, a game involving two big enemies battling for the title. After a bright start of season for both teams, one had to drop points. Due to high price of tickets only 43,659 went to stadium to see the ''Classico''.
    An overview of the Stadium where only were 3000 fans of Porto.

    Cardozo celebrating his first (and only) goal of the game, 3rd of the season:

    The things became worser when:

    Marchetti was unbeliever of what happened..
    But as when an hero appeared, Daniele Conti.
    And in two minutes Porto equalised and were the best team at that time.
    Conti controlling the ball to make the half-volley.

    To complete the volte-face, Farias made the 2-3.
    The last goal of match was scored by the MoM, Raul Meireles:

    This picture was taken after the end of the game where Porto won 4-2..
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    Sparky got a reaction from Barry MUFC in Gold Championship 112 Match Reports / Transfers Thread   
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    Cash Strapped Shakhtar Donetsk Look To Sell


    Even a new manager cannot save the Ukrainian side. It has been revealed that the former Europa League champions are millions and millions in debt thanks to previous owners taking out massive loans for new stadium plans and transfers. This has consequently cost new manager Sparky's chances of bringing in new blood and now will have to sell in order to buy. There was a long list of departees from the Shakhtar squad and it included some of the club's biggest names. The players to leave are:
    Darijo Srna [RB/RM, 91] --> Bayern Munchen = £17,000,000 - Undoubtedly the biggest name to leave Shakhtar. Free-kick specialist and captain Srna left for German giants Bayern Munchen for a huge sum as he looks to provide cover for Phillip Lahm. The Croat was Shakhtar's best player but it seems the transfer fund received from his sale will help ease the financial problems. However, his absense may prove to be costly to Shakhtar...
    Mykola Ischenko [CB/RB, 87] --> VFB Stuttgart = £10,000,000 - One of the best deals for Shakhtar as they received a more than generous offer for the Ukranian defender. Ischenko wasn't even a first team regular for the Ukrainian giants and it seems he will spend another season or so on the bench in Germany.
    Yaroslav Rakytskyy [CB/LB, 86] --> Zenit = £9,000,000 - A very promising defender makes his way to league rivals Zenit. Zenit had expressed their views of having an all Eastern European side and managed to grab a bargain with the signature of Rakytskyy. The 20 year old would've been a player to remain at Shakhtar for a very long time but the money received means that Shakhtar can look for a cheaper alternative.
    Oleksandr Kucher [CB/RB, 88] --> Bordeaux = £11,000,000 - The first choice defender looks to move onto bigger things in France as he will help the giants in retaining their title. He will play in a league that boasts players such as Toulalan, Bastos, Niang, Gonzalez and more.
    Razvan Rat [LB, 89] --> Benfica = 13,000,000 - Another vital player moves abroad to help ease the financial crisis at Shakhtar. Rat, alongside Srna, was a valuable player and a noble servant to the club. He was a fan favourite but insisted that the money he brought in would help the club massively.
    Oleksandr Gladkyy [CF, 88] --> Milan = £15,000,000 - It's a dream come true for young Gladkyy as he is now part of one of the best teams in the world. Gladkyy will play amongst players such as Ronaldinho, Pato, Pirlo and more and undoubtedly will also prove to be a good signing for the Italian giants. His sale brought in the seocnd highest transfer fee after Srna.
    Konstantyn Kravchenko [AM,LM, 85] --> Borussia Monchengladbach = £6,000,000 - A reserve player who isn't going to be badly missed. Although a good prospect for the future, Shakhtar will not regret much losing the attacking midfielder.
    Tomas Hubschman [DM,CB, 89] --> Internazionale = £12,000,000 - Another massive loss to the Ukrainian side as Hubschman joins the Italian champions. A good amount of cash coming through but there are no players in the squad that can replace the Czech.
    Oleksiy Gai [DM,RM, 88] --> Reading = £10,000,000 - Shakhtar have probably undersold Gai looking at their previous dealings. Championship side Reading came knocking and Shakhtar had opened the door the first time. They could've received much more for the holding midfielder but were in a hurry to sell.
    The transfers have brought in over £100,000,000 for Shakhtar and manager Sparky has said he can use some of the money to bring in new blood. He told ESPN:

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    Sparky reacted to Nick Justice in Gold Championship 112 Match Reports / Transfers Thread   
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    Manchester United Go Transfer Crazy, As 11 Join and 14 Depart
    Today it was announced by Manchester United Football Club that the new boss Nick Justice has made an astonishing 25 transfers, after 11 players move to Old Trafford whislt 14 depart. The Biggest name to leave Manchester United, Is English Striker Wayne Rooney, however recciving David Villa as part of the deal, sort of makes up for the exit of the England Striker. Aswell as Rooney many others left such as Namanja Vidic and Edwin Van Der Sar. Most United fans were unsure about Justice's appointment, has making all these transfers made it worst or better for the young English manager?, only time will be able to tell. So who are the new Players at United, well here are Just a Few...
    Sánchez David Villa



    Sánchez David Villa, joined Manchester United as part of the Wayne Rooney deal along with Valencia teammate Éver Banega, Villa is a VERY well known player across Europe, hes been Velencia's key star as well as Spain in recent years, and has been linked with sides such as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Liverpool, and also Manchester United for multiple years never was he signed though, but now he'll get a chance to show England and the Manchester United fans just what he is made off, which is pure class!
    Sebastien Frey

    Sebastein Frey, the 30 year old French International Goalkeeper, and long time Fiorentina player, is regarded as a top class Keeper, and a deal was put forwrad by Justice of Van Der Sar + Paul Scholes, which was later accpeted, and much to the delight of the fans that Manchester United brought in a slightly younger top class keeper, they did lose one of their long serving players in Paul Scholes, however with the new players brought in he could have been forced to the bench, I reckon once Frey shows the United fan whats he made off they'll soon get over the departure of Scholes.
    Giorgio Chiellini

    Giorgio Chiellini, is one of the best young Center backs around, but Manchester United had to Sacrafice Vidic in order to get the talented Italian International!, along with Former Liverpool player Momo Sissoko. The 25 year old defender is known for being a tough player!, hes not affriad to put his head or leg in when he knws he'll get hurt, a non ruthless defender, who will suit England down to the ground, and will help alot at the back. Although United lost Vidic they gained a player similar to him in ways but younger and has a great future ahead of him. The Italian who badly injured his now team mate Robin Van Perise not so long ago when he was at Arsenal, which helped out United at the time, so he'll probably become a fans faviourte pretty quick!
    Robin Van Persie

    Robin Van Persie, the Ducth formerly of Manchester United arch rivals and title rivals Arsenal, which when signed was a shock to United fans seeing a former Gunner join Manchester United, when a deal of Nani + Anderson was agreed for the Flying Ducthman it cheerd up the United faithful, as they knew the duo leaving hadnt quite lived up to expectations at United, and that RVP was a much suitable player as already known by many in England for scoring many of goals, funny to think he'll be joining the Italian who put him out for a few months back in his Arsenal days, when he was playing for Holland, but Robin Van Persie wont take too long before he becomes a United Hero.
    These are just 4 of the bigger players to join Manchester United along with players like Cristian Noboa, as mentioned Momo Sissoko and Éver Banega, Sacha Reither, Jack Rodwell, Aleksandr Bukharov, Arnor Angeli and Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez, with players such as Foster, O'shea, Neville, Owen, Obertan, Heaton and Brown all leaving Old Trafford, with many more deals expected to still be undergone at United over the coming weeks, years and months, Justice really looks to set a stamp on United and change what Fergurson done whislt here, and start a new era with United, hes already said this on his appointment "Well, what can I say when the Champions of England, aswell as multiple European titles, come calling say no, never would I say that, id be stupid and idiotic to say no to an offer like this. The squad needs a lot of revamping, and I will make this team special, and try and achieve what the legend that Sir Alex Fergurson done for this illustrious club over a long period of time and maybe even beat what he done at this club, because I do believe I can reach great hights with this amazing club!"

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    Sparky reacted to ray1981 in Official Gold Championships Discussions Thread   
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    It does make me laugh looking through the last few pages of this thread all the talk of Lukaku....
    Id put my mortgage on it that 95% of the members of this forum have never ever seen him play, all the fuss stems coz he is 16years old or whatever and IMO that means next to nowt.
    Age is such an issue for some people its untrue....
    1year in a players Real life equates to 3 and a bit SM seasons and most people who I see discussing deals cannot stay with a team for 3weeks yet alone a year....
    People alwys seem to start planning for a long term future when in 90% of the peoples I see there is next to no chance of them hanging around with the same team to possibly see someone like him max any potential he has....it find it very very strange.
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    Lega Calcio - Matchday 1

    Bologna 0-2 FC Internazionale

    Venue: Renato Dall'Ara
    Attendance: 22,808
    Referee: Jerome Laperriere
    D.DE ROSSI 57
    Á.NEGREDO 76


    Italian champions FC Internazionale started their league campaign with a 2-0 win away at Bologna. A mere 22,800 arrived to see the Italian champions in action in a star studded line up which boasted players such as Schweinstiger, Mascherano, Xavi Hernandez and more. Players such as Arjen Robben and Esteban Cambiasso were rested however due to an upcoming SMFA game. Alvaro Negredo also made his debut in Sparky's first game in charge.
    The Milan based club packed the midfield, displaying Mourinho's typical 4-3-3 with Xavi being used as the primary playmaker. The Midfield Maestro who landed in Italy the night before had insisted that he was fit to play and wasn't wrong when he came close, just shooting inches wide.
    It got worse as Martin Demichelis was booked for diving into the penalty box and chances scuffed by bastian Schweinstiger, Danielle De Rossi and Adriano showed signs that it may just be one of those days.
    Half time couldn't come soon enough for Internazionale. It was a time for a lengthly team talk and it was the time where the managers earned their money. However, it got worse for Internazionale as Martin Demichelis was sent off for a second yellow card, this time kicking the ball away before Bologna can take their free kick:rolleyes:. Two stupid free kicks to be given away by the Argentine.

    Demichelis Sent off As Teammate Mascherano Looks On
    Inter pressed and pressed and it eventually paid off as former Roma cult hero Daniele De Rossi slotted in after some neat footwork. The holding midfielder skipping past three defenders and passes the ball into the corner allowing him to get his first Inter goal on his debut and helps break the deadlock.

    De Rossi Scores A Neat Goal To Break The Deadlock
    And it wasn't long before FC Internazionale found their normal form. Chance after chance came as Lucio, Xavi and Adriano were close to finding the net. Then on the 76th minute, Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo climbed over the defender to tower a header into the top corner. It was game over from there.

    Negredo Headers To Secure The Win
    Internazionale came away with all three points and unsurprisingly dominated possession and the chances created. The champions will now prepare themselves for a feisty meeting against Arsenal in the SMFA Champions Cup group stage where Dutch international Arjen Robben is expected to start.

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    vs.
    Swansea City 3-1 Newcastle United FC
    Day one for the magpies went horribly wrong from the kick-off. Finnish Center Forward Shefki Kuqi immediately raced up the pitch and after just 2 minutes of attacking play Kuqi raced around Collocini and banged the ball into the roof of the net. Less than 2 minutes later he added a second after the Newcastle defence was left hopeless by a lofted pass by Derdiyok and Kuqi confidently slotted a left footed finish under Steve Harper. After a lot of shouting by Captain Tim Cahill Newcastle dominated the game afterwards and on the 22 minute mark Cahill delivered German Forward Ashkan Dejagah with a beautiful through ball and Dejagah, sending the keeper the wrong way made it 2-1. Newcastle continued to boss the play, but could not make anything happen before the break.
    After the half it looked as if Newcastle could tie the game up but after a horrible miscue by Taylor, Cedric Van Der Gun found himself with loads of time and made no mistakes from 15 yards making it 3-1 to Swansea. Up until about the 70th minute all life looked lost from Newcastle's play and when Danny Guthrie came off in the 75th with a foot injury it looked all over for the magpies. They put up a decent fight in the end and it took 3 fantastic saves from De Vries in the last 10 minutes to keep the game in Swansea's favor. Dejagah won Man of the Match award, for stellar play in a losing effort.
    The game was a huge disappointment for league favorites Newcastle, and although it was only the first game, it could be the start of another heart wrenching season of Newcastle football. Newcastle's next game is away at Division 5 club Mansfield Town, and Newcastle are heavy favorites to advance to the next round of the English Shield.


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    Sparky reacted in General Election 2010   
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    I have been reading the posts on here with great interest and there has been a lot of information gleaned from it.
    Dave, you come up with a lot of figures and I cannot at this point agree or dispute them, but figures are like opinion polls, their only valid if their from independent sources and not coming from a source with a vested interest, and I mean that for all sides.
    Statistics are evasive also. Example, If I said to you that there was only one murder in London last year and there was two this year, without people knowing the true figures, I could honestly say that there has been a 100% murder rate increase in the capital and it would send shivers down the spines of the people.
    Politicians on all sides use this device to get their message across and although their not strictly lying, they are not telling the whole picture and that's how politics works, Keep people in the dark as much as possible and feed the B/S.
    I will admit that I am not up to spec on the UK as much as when I was living there, as a political animal, I was always interested in the key factors of what politicians were up to.
    So, in ending this little speech I will assess my 38 years as a voter in the Motherland and try to remain unbiased (Dave spits out his cornflakes at this remark )
    The essence of the parties as I saw it growing up in the UK.
    LABOUR: You will find that throughout their time, Labour, when in power has always had the interest of the common people at heart, helping the people less well off in society. They have fought for the rights of the working class and without them we would be in a sorry state down the years.
    TORIES: It's no secret that I am not a supporter of their policies, which are in essence, aimed at giving the rich more tax breaks and leaving the rest of us to pick up the scraps. There has never been a Tory Govt who has had the working class's interests at heart. They have occasionally slung the working class a bone or two but always made sure the meat was taken off beforehand. Any tax cuts that were obvious were eaten up by tax hikes that were cleverly introduced to offset any benefit to the working classes.
    LIBERAL DEMOCRATS: I knew them as Liberals in my time and they have always been a middle of the road party with some very good ideas. I have to agree with Dave to a degree (much as it pains me) They have flattered to deceive in the last 40 odd years that I have been watching them, and the common statement made back in the 70's/ 80's when they were getting stronger was, A vote for Liberals in the General Election is a vote for the Tories.
    And this was true because essentially, Libs and Labour have always been closer together on many things but there was never any real chance of them being in power so it was a split vote that helped the Tories.
    I don't know what the outcome will be but I do know that if the Tories get in, their first objective will be to strip social services as much as they can, give better tax breaks to the top earners in the country and sell off anything they can get their hands on to make a profit. They are already doing that in Tory held places so if they get in power, they will have carte blanche to dismantle all they can in search of a profit, oh and by the way, that profit ain't getting split up 60 odd million ways, oh no, that little trinket will be divied up between the elite.
    So, as much as Liberals may have some very good ideas, you have to weigh that up and say to yourself, can they win an election outright? I don't think they can, they can have an influence but I don't believe they have what it takes to run the country as a whole.
    Don't base your vote on what's been going on in recent years, the whole world has suffered from this melt down. America was on it's knees after 8 years of George W Shrub raped the country, turning a surplus into the greatest deficit in US history, he is the same ilk as Mr Cameron, the fat cats will be well rewarded and the rest of us can go to hell and fight for the scraps.
    That's the Republican way, and that's the Tory way. Be warned!!
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    Lega Calcio - Matchday 1

    Bologna 0-2 FC Internazionale

    Venue: Renato Dall'Ara
    Attendance: 22,808
    Referee: Jerome Laperriere
    D.DE ROSSI 57
    Á.NEGREDO 76


    Italian champions FC Internazionale started their league campaign with a 2-0 win away at Bologna. A mere 22,800 arrived to see the Italian champions in action in a star studded line up which boasted players such as Schweinstiger, Mascherano, Xavi Hernandez and more. Players such as Arjen Robben and Esteban Cambiasso were rested however due to an upcoming SMFA game. Alvaro Negredo also made his debut in Sparky's first game in charge.
    The Milan based club packed the midfield, displaying Mourinho's typical 4-3-3 with Xavi being used as the primary playmaker. The Midfield Maestro who landed in Italy the night before had insisted that he was fit to play and wasn't wrong when he came close, just shooting inches wide.
    It got worse as Martin Demichelis was booked for diving into the penalty box and chances scuffed by bastian Schweinstiger, Danielle De Rossi and Adriano showed signs that it may just be one of those days.
    Half time couldn't come soon enough for Internazionale. It was a time for a lengthly team talk and it was the time where the managers earned their money. However, it got worse for Internazionale as Martin Demichelis was sent off for a second yellow card, this time kicking the ball away before Bologna can take their free kick:rolleyes:. Two stupid free kicks to be given away by the Argentine.

    Demichelis Sent off As Teammate Mascherano Looks On
    Inter pressed and pressed and it eventually paid off as former Roma cult hero Daniele De Rossi slotted in after some neat footwork. The holding midfielder skipping past three defenders and passes the ball into the corner allowing him to get his first Inter goal on his debut and helps break the deadlock.

    De Rossi Scores A Neat Goal To Break The Deadlock
    And it wasn't long before FC Internazionale found their normal form. Chance after chance came as Lucio, Xavi and Adriano were close to finding the net. Then on the 76th minute, Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo climbed over the defender to tower a header into the top corner. It was game over from there.

    Negredo Headers To Secure The Win
    Internazionale came away with all three points and unsurprisingly dominated possession and the chances created. The champions will now prepare themselves for a feisty meeting against Arsenal in the SMFA Champions Cup group stage where Dutch international Arjen Robben is expected to start.

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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.
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    Gold Championship 111 - Internazionale - It is reported that Internazionale and Barcelona have come to an agreement for Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta. Internazionale have been known to overpay in their transfer dealings and so it wouldn't be too surprising to see that the Italian champions are giving away 4 of their finest players. Whilst a bid for Xavi Hernandez has been accepted now, there is a Pre-agreement for Midfield maestro Iniesta where he will arrive at th Giuseppe Meazza in June once the transfer bans are over. Internazionale's midfield will now undoubtedly be the best in the world come June when Robben, De Rossi, Cambiasso, Xavi & Iniesta will be playing alongside each other.
    Maicon & Julio Cesar are now made available and will like a replacement (91+) and a player in any other position. Get bidding guys.
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    Sparky Appointed At The Giuseppe Meazza


    Just under 24 hours, Italian champions Internazionale appointed Sparky as Jose Mourinho's successor for the 2010 Lega Calcio. Internazionale has seen rapid arrivals and departures of managers with Mancini leaving not so long ago, but new man Ahmed say he plans to stay for as long as ever. He told SSN:
    De Rossi Makes Shock Inter Switch!

    Just a few hours ago, Internazionale announced the signature of Italy's most hottest property. Ball winner Danielle De Rossi made the switch from Rome to Milan on a 4 year deal worth £13,000,000. Going to Roma in return was striker Goran Pandev and former Portsmouth midfielder Sulley Ali Muntari. It is the first deal to go through since the transfer window opened in a switch that has shocked the whole of Italy. De Rossi, 26, who was thought to be a Roma player for life made the switch after a new manager was announced. The door opened for De Rossi and Inter came knocking. De Rossi will line up in a midfield that sees Cambiasso, Mascherano, Robben and Sneijder.

    De Rossi Makes Shock Move To Internazionale
    Other headline moves include Argentine pitbull Javier Mascherano playing alongside his Argentine counterparts and Samuel Eto'o leaving in return for Scweinstiger and Demichelis, another Argentinian. Internazionale's midfield is slowly becoming one of the best in the world although manager Sparky has revealed his concerns about his strike force:

    Internazionale Midfield 'Best In World'
    Internazionale are now expecting the arrival of Robben in the morning whilst veteran defender Ivan Cordoba is set to leave the Giuseppe Meazza. Captain Javier Zanetti has also been made available.

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    Re: Gold Membership?
    Yes mate. I think you can buy it as a package where you get a custom gameworld included for a little extra. But yeah, you'd have to buy a new gameworld.
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    Gold Championship 108:
    Received my first job offer since my return in Gold Championship 108. Estudiantes offered me the job but I don't think any team in that Gameworld can make me quit Manchester City. Only a week and a half since the setup was created and I already managed to build a brilliant squad with the likes of Gourcuff, Schweinstiger, Demichelis etc. Even if Barca/Madrid came along, I probably wouldn't quit. England is the place to be in Gold 108.
    Played in the SMFA Shield yesterday against Dinamo Moskva and came away with a good 3-1 victory. Diarra bagging two (His third in a City shirt!) and Gourcuff scoring on his European debut for City. My strikers are yet to get into the score sheet but hopefully that'll change soon. I feel that I have the squad to win the SMFA shield but I'd go for fourth spot over the SMFA any day.
    Wayne Bridge is available for cash. Don't know how much a chairman would value him but I'd say around £15,000,000 - £18,000,000 would be the max a chairman would be willing to go in some cases. Get bidding guys.
    Robinho is still available. Made a counter to Mr. Hamer but he seems to have disappeared again He's not doing me any favours by giving Chelsea Navas & Fabiano:mad: Robinho can leave if there is a 90+ LB involved as that's the only position where I'm weak.
    Play Birmingham today and Kalinic starts. The conditions of the players is already starting to deteriorate and so wouldn't be surprised if there us a shock result. Resting Chamakh, Robinho, Montolivo and my hitman Diarra
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