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    fadedwolfz got a reaction from RoyalAguila in Guide to 352 formation   
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    something to add if anyone would listen
    i have been a big fan of 3-5-2 and this formation has won me numerous titles (in fact 95% of my titles, cups etc) Since SM implemented the runs(arrows thing), mixed results began to arrive. I have been experimenting with the arrows for some time, and this is my most steady thus far.
    for the DM, pull the arrow back.
    for the wingers, pull the arrows forward.
    for either one if the CM, pull the arrow diagonally forward. I would normally place an AM in this slot so that he can make the forward runs to help in the attacks.
    opinions? This has been the most consistent for me.
    cheers
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    The Fadedwolfz Guide to SM

    Having been an avid player of SM since early 2007, I believe I have played enough of the game to write a decent guide for the SM community. The only downside is that I'm not a GM, so I can't say much for GCs. Unlike other guides that are specific, I will attempt to do one according to my experiences and views. Well, enjoy!
    For WCs
    Starting out.
    The most common scenario i see in WCs is that someone takes over a club, say Genoa. He splashes all the cash either on a single player, or on several players and ends up penniless when the season hasn't even started. He loses 3 games in a row.
    And a few days later, you see this:
    Geona manager ABC has decided to part company with the club after 3 games in charge.
    Is that the way to play the game? Obviously not! So, I will start by telling you how to handle your finances.
    Finances
    When you take over a division 1 club in a WC, you will notice that you are given a transfer budget depending on the size of your stadium.
    The Do Nots and WHY
    Scenario 1) Do not splash all your cash on a single player. Say Barcelona puts Henry up for sale for 30m, and you happen to have a transfer budget of 30m. You would be tempted to bring him in yeah? Resist the temptation. Why? Because once you splash your cash, you WILL NOT HAVE ANY CASH LEFT FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON. Especially if you're a smaller club like CSKA or Sevilla or Porto compared to the giants. You will realise that you will not have any backups and decent players all over the pitch. Once injuries set in, you're dead.
    Scenario 2) Do not simply splash your cash on players you think are going to rise, especially those that are predicted to rise by only 1 or 2 points. To put it simple, 'higher rated' players at smaller clubs, take for example a 82 rated one commands a high chairman value for that external club. But his value would drop significantly when he moves to your club. Take for example, Walter may be worth 2m for Internacional, but when he comes, he would only be worth 800k. When his transfer ban is up and he has risen by say 2 ratings, his value would still be less than what you paid (or maybe slightly higher). This wouldn't be good business.
    Scneario 3) Do not be in a hurry to sell/buy. Let's say you hear that Lass Diarra is going to rise, don't go around spending your entire budget on him. In a day, you won't have any more money to spend. Linked to scenario 1.
    So what do you do?
    For scenario 1, don't be tempted by who you see is for sale on the transfer market. Examine and study your squad. Who is going to rise, stay, drop. Which positions need strengthening etc. Let's say you only have 3 forwards and play 2 up front, you would need 1 more as a backup. The general idea is to have at least 2 players for each position, with the backup player with be at least rated 88/89 to survive decently in a divsion 1 WC.
    For scenario 2, you can either avoid buying these kind of players (the kind that only rise by 2 and that's it), or use your squad's fringe players to p/e them. You will notice that your squad's players will be worth much more if you p/e them to some external clubs. For instnace, Babel may only be worth 7m in terms of chairman value for Liverpool, but may be worth 12m to an external Argentinian club.
    What do you have to do?
    Get the big risers, at least by 4-5 would be ideal. This way, you would be generating future revenue and thus be assured that you would still have enough to spend when you run out of money. Avoid the +1/2, especially if these players cost a lot, unless they are future superstars.
    Player ratings
    Personally, I have divided the players into a few categories, so that I will know who to get, and who to try to get, as well as who to offload.
    The 93/94+ stayers: These players are the ones that are extremely safe with their ratings, and you should have no hesistation
    to either keep them, or to attempt to get them. These players could include the likes of Gerrard, Rooney, Alonso, Buffon, Frey etc
    The 93/94+ youngsters, with unlimitted potential: These are the players that most clubs would keep, and incredibly difficult to get. DO NOT EVEN THINK OF SELLING. These players could include torres, ronaldo, iniesta, messi etc.
    The 93/94+ oldies: They are generally safe at their ratings, and there isn't much of a point trying to sell them because you can't get much out of them. So, stick with them unless you cannot afford to pay their wages. These players could include: VDS, Del Piero, Raul, Zanetti, Senna etc.
    The 93/94+ droppers: These are the players that many people would hurry to sell. I don't have any opinion on them, but you could either sell them for pure cash (about 3 times the chairman's value) if you are in possession of them, or avoid buying them if you don't. These players include Nesta, Cannavaro, Gattuso, Ronaldinho etc
    The 89/90-92+ stayers: These are the players that a div1/2 WC club shouldl attempt to get. Because they are safe at their ratings, and they are relatively cheaper than the superstars. They won't do badly either and can be great backups. These players could include Bruno Alves, Carrick, Seydou Keita, Yaya Toure etc.
    The 89/90-92+ risers: Yes, these are the players you should be getting. They will rise, boost your team's rating, and you could even sell them in future for a hefty profits. They would include Lass Diarra, Melo, Raul Albiol, Glen Johnson, Fletcher, Malouda etc
    The 89/90-92+ droppers: Get rid of them asap for the above two categories. Once they drop, their value would significantly drop and most clubs won't be interested in them. An easy way to tempt other managers would be to offer two 90+ droppers, for say an 89 riser. For example, giving away Miguel for Glen Johnson would be smart.
    The future superstars - Try your best to get them, but don't pay over the odds. Players like Delac, Keirrison, Bojan, Ramsey are all wells sought after. But don't spend too much, because they won't make it to your first team any time soon, and building a stable starting 22 should be your priority.
    The big risers - Get the cheap ones (the 70-75s). Use p/e for the more expensive ones (78-86). Avoid them if you need to pay too much. For me, more than 5m for any player under 85 would be ridiculous at the start when you don't have lots of cash to spend.
    Building your team:
    I have had experiences building clubs from div 4 to div 1 and have been pretty successful. The general guideline is to establish a solid starting XI to win the division first. For me, a division 1 team should be about 90-91 starting XI to thrive, 88-90 for div 2, and at least 87 for div 3 and 4.
    Step 1:
    Build a stable XI using your cash.
    Step 2:
    Get the risers, lower rated players to sell after TB is up and higher rated players that can make it to your team in the near future. Players like Sakho, Kjaer would be perfect for your backline beacuse you don't have to worry about the future defence once you get them.
    Step 3:
    Once you have a solid looking team of around 22 players, you would have won half the game. Next, patience.
    Step 4:
    Start improving your team's rating, first the XI, then the reserves. This could be done either by using the profits from your risers, or giving 2 for 1. So, what is 2 for 1? The idea, simply, is to get a highly rated player by giving away 2 of your players. For instace, I managed to buy Quaresma (when he was 93) for Jorgensen and a 88 defender a long time ago. Normally, tempt the other manager by offering a direct player as a replacement (in my case jorgensen to replace quaresma) and another player which he lacks ( a defender in this case). This process could be repeated. When I knew Quaresma was gong to drop, I offered him and Barnetta for Ribery, and da dah, you have gotten Ribery starting out with Jorgensen. This step is perhaps the hardest and the longest, but it is possible definitely.
    Step 5:
    Also, have lots of cash as reserve when u get into season 3 onwards. Because many mangers will start quitting the game, for some reason, and you will have to fight with the likes of Barca and Utd for the highly rated players of these clubs.
    Tactics:
    Having been so long on the game, there are still tonnes of tactics which I have not yet experimented or tried. But my conclusion is avoid formations that are lopsided. EG. 4-3-3 is not stable because of its lack of players in midfield. Any other formation with 4 or 5 players will overrun your team. 4-2-4 is not good because of the same reason. 3-4-3 is also not advised because of the lack of players in defence and midfield.
    I have had most of my successes with 3-5-2/3-4-1-2 for some reason or another.
    Do not ever tick all the boxes under team instructions because that will only confuse the players. I normally go for hard tackling, attacking mentality, mixed passing and attacking, fast tempo. Counter attack, men behind ball and tight marking are all used to stablise the backline. And depending on whether a forward or a midfielder is your best player, tick either playmaker or target man. You can choose not to as well. (I have just leaked my receipe for success, oops)
    So, the arrows, where on earth do you put them?
    Strategy 1: Do not use any.
    or
    Strategy 2: Use them appropriately. Don't over-use the arrows. (this is just a general guideline)
    For 3-5-2.
    for the DM, pull the arrow back.
    for the wingers, pull the arrows forward.
    for either one if the CM, pull the arrow diagonally forward. I would normally place an AM in this slot so that he can make
    the forward runs to help in the attacks.
    For 3-4-1-2.
    for the wingers, pull the arrows forward.
    for the AM, pull the arrow directly forward as well.
    4-4-2 and 4-2-3-1 have also worked for me as well, but I only use them when the above strategies fail, or when I have the appropriate players Fullbacks are normally problematic players to get, that's why I avoid 4 men defence unless I can get them/already have them. The team instructions are exactly the same. But I have also noticed that some experienced players
    minimise the use of team instructions for 4-4-2.
    Normal for everything, and only counter attack is ticked. It seems to work well too.
    Another point to note, try not to change your formations to counter your opponent's. Especially when you have been winning games on the trot. If it aint broken, why fix it? There isn't any difference between home and away games too.
    For domestic leagues:
    The strategies are generally the same, but you can afford to transfer list your entire team to generate more money. Sell your highest rated players first, before moving down to the lower rated ones. This way, you can generate more money because of the chairman value factor. (Caleb is extremely experienced in this aspect)
    For clubs in lower divisions, you may need to repeat the cycle of buying and selling risers, because it won't give you enough transfer budget on your first try. Do not attempt to be impatient and go for the superstars after just 1 round, for example.
    Because you won't have any more to invest. I took at least 3 rounds for my Bradford City before hitting an average XI of 90.
    Keep yourself updated.
    Knowledge is power. Because the way player ratings work are relevant to what happens in the real world, keep yourself updated on the happenings of players by either reading the news, watching highlights, or asking the experts on what is happening.
    soccernet.com is perhaps the most reliable website for the epl and most of the major european leagues. It also offers stats that may be helpful to you.
    guardian.touch-line.com is another stats website that you could use to predict player ratings.
    footytube.com is an excellent website to view the highlights of the various leagues all over the world. My favourite
    Several threads on the forum are also excellent to keep yourself updated, as well as to ask the experts.
    A few would include:
    French football here.
    Russian football here.
    Portuguese football here.
    Bundesliga here.
    Brazilian football here.
    Argentinian football here.
    Finally, a word of advice: So having been through pretty much of the game, the best advice I have for you is patience. Rome is not built in a day, neither is a great SM team!
    cheers
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    fadedwolfz got a reaction from andyowls in Help With Deal(s) Thread...   
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    i think there are plenty of young forwards who have much more potential than acosta. Players like berg, bojan, dzeko, negredo etc come to my mind. If yours isn't that a competetive set up, definitely go for the deal because u can get a replacement easily.
    cheers
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    fadedwolfz got a reaction from Dan D in The Fadedwolfz Guide to SM   
    The Fadedwolfz Guide to SM

    Having been an avid player of SM since early 2007, I believe I have played enough of the game to write a decent guide for the SM community. The only downside is that I'm not a GM, so I can't say much for GCs. Unlike other guides that are specific, I will attempt to do one according to my experiences and views. Well, enjoy!
    For WCs
    Starting out.
    The most common scenario i see in WCs is that someone takes over a club, say Genoa. He splashes all the cash either on a single player, or on several players and ends up penniless when the season hasn't even started. He loses 3 games in a row.
    And a few days later, you see this:
    Geona manager ABC has decided to part company with the club after 3 games in charge.
    Is that the way to play the game? Obviously not! So, I will start by telling you how to handle your finances.
    Finances
    When you take over a division 1 club in a WC, you will notice that you are given a transfer budget depending on the size of your stadium.
    The Do Nots and WHY
    Scenario 1) Do not splash all your cash on a single player. Say Barcelona puts Henry up for sale for 30m, and you happen to have a transfer budget of 30m. You would be tempted to bring him in yeah? Resist the temptation. Why? Because once you splash your cash, you WILL NOT HAVE ANY CASH LEFT FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON. Especially if you're a smaller club like CSKA or Sevilla or Porto compared to the giants. You will realise that you will not have any backups and decent players all over the pitch. Once injuries set in, you're dead.
    Scenario 2) Do not simply splash your cash on players you think are going to rise, especially those that are predicted to rise by only 1 or 2 points. To put it simple, 'higher rated' players at smaller clubs, take for example a 82 rated one commands a high chairman value for that external club. But his value would drop significantly when he moves to your club. Take for example, Walter may be worth 2m for Internacional, but when he comes, he would only be worth 800k. When his transfer ban is up and he has risen by say 2 ratings, his value would still be less than what you paid (or maybe slightly higher). This wouldn't be good business.
    Scneario 3) Do not be in a hurry to sell/buy. Let's say you hear that Lass Diarra is going to rise, don't go around spending your entire budget on him. In a day, you won't have any more money to spend. Linked to scenario 1.
    So what do you do?
    For scenario 1, don't be tempted by who you see is for sale on the transfer market. Examine and study your squad. Who is going to rise, stay, drop. Which positions need strengthening etc. Let's say you only have 3 forwards and play 2 up front, you would need 1 more as a backup. The general idea is to have at least 2 players for each position, with the backup player with be at least rated 88/89 to survive decently in a divsion 1 WC.
    For scenario 2, you can either avoid buying these kind of players (the kind that only rise by 2 and that's it), or use your squad's fringe players to p/e them. You will notice that your squad's players will be worth much more if you p/e them to some external clubs. For instnace, Babel may only be worth 7m in terms of chairman value for Liverpool, but may be worth 12m to an external Argentinian club.
    What do you have to do?
    Get the big risers, at least by 4-5 would be ideal. This way, you would be generating future revenue and thus be assured that you would still have enough to spend when you run out of money. Avoid the +1/2, especially if these players cost a lot, unless they are future superstars.
    Player ratings
    Personally, I have divided the players into a few categories, so that I will know who to get, and who to try to get, as well as who to offload.
    The 93/94+ stayers: These players are the ones that are extremely safe with their ratings, and you should have no hesistation
    to either keep them, or to attempt to get them. These players could include the likes of Gerrard, Rooney, Alonso, Buffon, Frey etc
    The 93/94+ youngsters, with unlimitted potential: These are the players that most clubs would keep, and incredibly difficult to get. DO NOT EVEN THINK OF SELLING. These players could include torres, ronaldo, iniesta, messi etc.
    The 93/94+ oldies: They are generally safe at their ratings, and there isn't much of a point trying to sell them because you can't get much out of them. So, stick with them unless you cannot afford to pay their wages. These players could include: VDS, Del Piero, Raul, Zanetti, Senna etc.
    The 93/94+ droppers: These are the players that many people would hurry to sell. I don't have any opinion on them, but you could either sell them for pure cash (about 3 times the chairman's value) if you are in possession of them, or avoid buying them if you don't. These players include Nesta, Cannavaro, Gattuso, Ronaldinho etc
    The 89/90-92+ stayers: These are the players that a div1/2 WC club shouldl attempt to get. Because they are safe at their ratings, and they are relatively cheaper than the superstars. They won't do badly either and can be great backups. These players could include Bruno Alves, Carrick, Seydou Keita, Yaya Toure etc.
    The 89/90-92+ risers: Yes, these are the players you should be getting. They will rise, boost your team's rating, and you could even sell them in future for a hefty profits. They would include Lass Diarra, Melo, Raul Albiol, Glen Johnson, Fletcher, Malouda etc
    The 89/90-92+ droppers: Get rid of them asap for the above two categories. Once they drop, their value would significantly drop and most clubs won't be interested in them. An easy way to tempt other managers would be to offer two 90+ droppers, for say an 89 riser. For example, giving away Miguel for Glen Johnson would be smart.
    The future superstars - Try your best to get them, but don't pay over the odds. Players like Delac, Keirrison, Bojan, Ramsey are all wells sought after. But don't spend too much, because they won't make it to your first team any time soon, and building a stable starting 22 should be your priority.
    The big risers - Get the cheap ones (the 70-75s). Use p/e for the more expensive ones (78-86). Avoid them if you need to pay too much. For me, more than 5m for any player under 85 would be ridiculous at the start when you don't have lots of cash to spend.
    Building your team:
    I have had experiences building clubs from div 4 to div 1 and have been pretty successful. The general guideline is to establish a solid starting XI to win the division first. For me, a division 1 team should be about 90-91 starting XI to thrive, 88-90 for div 2, and at least 87 for div 3 and 4.
    Step 1:
    Build a stable XI using your cash.
    Step 2:
    Get the risers, lower rated players to sell after TB is up and higher rated players that can make it to your team in the near future. Players like Sakho, Kjaer would be perfect for your backline beacuse you don't have to worry about the future defence once you get them.
    Step 3:
    Once you have a solid looking team of around 22 players, you would have won half the game. Next, patience.
    Step 4:
    Start improving your team's rating, first the XI, then the reserves. This could be done either by using the profits from your risers, or giving 2 for 1. So, what is 2 for 1? The idea, simply, is to get a highly rated player by giving away 2 of your players. For instace, I managed to buy Quaresma (when he was 93) for Jorgensen and a 88 defender a long time ago. Normally, tempt the other manager by offering a direct player as a replacement (in my case jorgensen to replace quaresma) and another player which he lacks ( a defender in this case). This process could be repeated. When I knew Quaresma was gong to drop, I offered him and Barnetta for Ribery, and da dah, you have gotten Ribery starting out with Jorgensen. This step is perhaps the hardest and the longest, but it is possible definitely.
    Step 5:
    Also, have lots of cash as reserve when u get into season 3 onwards. Because many mangers will start quitting the game, for some reason, and you will have to fight with the likes of Barca and Utd for the highly rated players of these clubs.
    Tactics:
    Having been so long on the game, there are still tonnes of tactics which I have not yet experimented or tried. But my conclusion is avoid formations that are lopsided. EG. 4-3-3 is not stable because of its lack of players in midfield. Any other formation with 4 or 5 players will overrun your team. 4-2-4 is not good because of the same reason. 3-4-3 is also not advised because of the lack of players in defence and midfield.
    I have had most of my successes with 3-5-2/3-4-1-2 for some reason or another.
    Do not ever tick all the boxes under team instructions because that will only confuse the players. I normally go for hard tackling, attacking mentality, mixed passing and attacking, fast tempo. Counter attack, men behind ball and tight marking are all used to stablise the backline. And depending on whether a forward or a midfielder is your best player, tick either playmaker or target man. You can choose not to as well. (I have just leaked my receipe for success, oops)
    So, the arrows, where on earth do you put them?
    Strategy 1: Do not use any.
    or
    Strategy 2: Use them appropriately. Don't over-use the arrows. (this is just a general guideline)
    For 3-5-2.
    for the DM, pull the arrow back.
    for the wingers, pull the arrows forward.
    for either one if the CM, pull the arrow diagonally forward. I would normally place an AM in this slot so that he can make
    the forward runs to help in the attacks.
    For 3-4-1-2.
    for the wingers, pull the arrows forward.
    for the AM, pull the arrow directly forward as well.
    4-4-2 and 4-2-3-1 have also worked for me as well, but I only use them when the above strategies fail, or when I have the appropriate players Fullbacks are normally problematic players to get, that's why I avoid 4 men defence unless I can get them/already have them. The team instructions are exactly the same. But I have also noticed that some experienced players
    minimise the use of team instructions for 4-4-2.
    Normal for everything, and only counter attack is ticked. It seems to work well too.
    Another point to note, try not to change your formations to counter your opponent's. Especially when you have been winning games on the trot. If it aint broken, why fix it? There isn't any difference between home and away games too.
    For domestic leagues:
    The strategies are generally the same, but you can afford to transfer list your entire team to generate more money. Sell your highest rated players first, before moving down to the lower rated ones. This way, you can generate more money because of the chairman value factor. (Caleb is extremely experienced in this aspect)
    For clubs in lower divisions, you may need to repeat the cycle of buying and selling risers, because it won't give you enough transfer budget on your first try. Do not attempt to be impatient and go for the superstars after just 1 round, for example.
    Because you won't have any more to invest. I took at least 3 rounds for my Bradford City before hitting an average XI of 90.
    Keep yourself updated.
    Knowledge is power. Because the way player ratings work are relevant to what happens in the real world, keep yourself updated on the happenings of players by either reading the news, watching highlights, or asking the experts on what is happening.
    soccernet.com is perhaps the most reliable website for the epl and most of the major european leagues. It also offers stats that may be helpful to you.
    guardian.touch-line.com is another stats website that you could use to predict player ratings.
    footytube.com is an excellent website to view the highlights of the various leagues all over the world. My favourite
    Several threads on the forum are also excellent to keep yourself updated, as well as to ask the experts.
    A few would include:
    French football here.
    Russian football here.
    Portuguese football here.
    Bundesliga here.
    Brazilian football here.
    Argentinian football here.
    Finally, a word of advice: So having been through pretty much of the game, the best advice I have for you is patience. Rome is not built in a day, neither is a great SM team!
    cheers
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    Coutadeur transfered to Monaco mid September, there was talk that he could of moved to Germany but in the end made a €4m to the South of France, a paltry sum for a decent player. Moanco have been playing well this season and with Nene firing on all cylinders Monaco must have European ambitions for next season already. Mathieu will not rise unless Monaco qualify for European football or he makes an appearance for the French National side, which the latter I do not see happening for the forseeable future as Lass Diarra, Jeremy Toulalan, Moussa Sissoko, Alou Diarra, Rio Mavuba, Mathieu Flamini, Abou Diaby are all ahead of him on the International scence. Verdict Solid 89, keeper.
    Cristian Ledesma plys his trade for Greek side Olympiakos a team that is guaranteed European football, year in year out. Ledesma was also part of a "rejuvenated" Argentina side (Urugauy & Chile) who have qualified for the World Cup, in unspectacular fashion. Althought it looks doubtful he will be part of the final squad. Verdict 89, advancing years.
    Both Coutadeur and Ledesma are prefect understudies for a player of Lass Diarra's abilities, but I would choose Coutadeur for the following reasons;

    Age
    Potential
    National Team Recognition
    Future Transfer (To a larger club)

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    The Fadedwolfz Guide to SM

    Having been an avid player of SM since early 2007, I believe I have played enough of the game to write a decent guide for the SM community. The only downside is that I'm not a GM, so I can't say much for GCs. Unlike other guides that are specific, I will attempt to do one according to my experiences and views. Well, enjoy!
    For WCs
    Starting out.
    The most common scenario i see in WCs is that someone takes over a club, say Genoa. He splashes all the cash either on a single player, or on several players and ends up penniless when the season hasn't even started. He loses 3 games in a row.
    And a few days later, you see this:
    Geona manager ABC has decided to part company with the club after 3 games in charge.
    Is that the way to play the game? Obviously not! So, I will start by telling you how to handle your finances.
    Finances
    When you take over a division 1 club in a WC, you will notice that you are given a transfer budget depending on the size of your stadium.
    The Do Nots and WHY
    Scenario 1) Do not splash all your cash on a single player. Say Barcelona puts Henry up for sale for 30m, and you happen to have a transfer budget of 30m. You would be tempted to bring him in yeah? Resist the temptation. Why? Because once you splash your cash, you WILL NOT HAVE ANY CASH LEFT FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON. Especially if you're a smaller club like CSKA or Sevilla or Porto compared to the giants. You will realise that you will not have any backups and decent players all over the pitch. Once injuries set in, you're dead.
    Scenario 2) Do not simply splash your cash on players you think are going to rise, especially those that are predicted to rise by only 1 or 2 points. To put it simple, 'higher rated' players at smaller clubs, take for example a 82 rated one commands a high chairman value for that external club. But his value would drop significantly when he moves to your club. Take for example, Walter may be worth 2m for Internacional, but when he comes, he would only be worth 800k. When his transfer ban is up and he has risen by say 2 ratings, his value would still be less than what you paid (or maybe slightly higher). This wouldn't be good business.
    Scneario 3) Do not be in a hurry to sell/buy. Let's say you hear that Lass Diarra is going to rise, don't go around spending your entire budget on him. In a day, you won't have any more money to spend. Linked to scenario 1.
    So what do you do?
    For scenario 1, don't be tempted by who you see is for sale on the transfer market. Examine and study your squad. Who is going to rise, stay, drop. Which positions need strengthening etc. Let's say you only have 3 forwards and play 2 up front, you would need 1 more as a backup. The general idea is to have at least 2 players for each position, with the backup player with be at least rated 88/89 to survive decently in a divsion 1 WC.
    For scenario 2, you can either avoid buying these kind of players (the kind that only rise by 2 and that's it), or use your squad's fringe players to p/e them. You will notice that your squad's players will be worth much more if you p/e them to some external clubs. For instnace, Babel may only be worth 7m in terms of chairman value for Liverpool, but may be worth 12m to an external Argentinian club.
    What do you have to do?
    Get the big risers, at least by 4-5 would be ideal. This way, you would be generating future revenue and thus be assured that you would still have enough to spend when you run out of money. Avoid the +1/2, especially if these players cost a lot, unless they are future superstars.
    Player ratings
    Personally, I have divided the players into a few categories, so that I will know who to get, and who to try to get, as well as who to offload.
    The 93/94+ stayers: These players are the ones that are extremely safe with their ratings, and you should have no hesistation
    to either keep them, or to attempt to get them. These players could include the likes of Gerrard, Rooney, Alonso, Buffon, Frey etc
    The 93/94+ youngsters, with unlimitted potential: These are the players that most clubs would keep, and incredibly difficult to get. DO NOT EVEN THINK OF SELLING. These players could include torres, ronaldo, iniesta, messi etc.
    The 93/94+ oldies: They are generally safe at their ratings, and there isn't much of a point trying to sell them because you can't get much out of them. So, stick with them unless you cannot afford to pay their wages. These players could include: VDS, Del Piero, Raul, Zanetti, Senna etc.
    The 93/94+ droppers: These are the players that many people would hurry to sell. I don't have any opinion on them, but you could either sell them for pure cash (about 3 times the chairman's value) if you are in possession of them, or avoid buying them if you don't. These players include Nesta, Cannavaro, Gattuso, Ronaldinho etc
    The 89/90-92+ stayers: These are the players that a div1/2 WC club shouldl attempt to get. Because they are safe at their ratings, and they are relatively cheaper than the superstars. They won't do badly either and can be great backups. These players could include Bruno Alves, Carrick, Seydou Keita, Yaya Toure etc.
    The 89/90-92+ risers: Yes, these are the players you should be getting. They will rise, boost your team's rating, and you could even sell them in future for a hefty profits. They would include Lass Diarra, Melo, Raul Albiol, Glen Johnson, Fletcher, Malouda etc
    The 89/90-92+ droppers: Get rid of them asap for the above two categories. Once they drop, their value would significantly drop and most clubs won't be interested in them. An easy way to tempt other managers would be to offer two 90+ droppers, for say an 89 riser. For example, giving away Miguel for Glen Johnson would be smart.
    The future superstars - Try your best to get them, but don't pay over the odds. Players like Delac, Keirrison, Bojan, Ramsey are all wells sought after. But don't spend too much, because they won't make it to your first team any time soon, and building a stable starting 22 should be your priority.
    The big risers - Get the cheap ones (the 70-75s). Use p/e for the more expensive ones (78-86). Avoid them if you need to pay too much. For me, more than 5m for any player under 85 would be ridiculous at the start when you don't have lots of cash to spend.
    Building your team:
    I have had experiences building clubs from div 4 to div 1 and have been pretty successful. The general guideline is to establish a solid starting XI to win the division first. For me, a division 1 team should be about 90-91 starting XI to thrive, 88-90 for div 2, and at least 87 for div 3 and 4.
    Step 1:
    Build a stable XI using your cash.
    Step 2:
    Get the risers, lower rated players to sell after TB is up and higher rated players that can make it to your team in the near future. Players like Sakho, Kjaer would be perfect for your backline beacuse you don't have to worry about the future defence once you get them.
    Step 3:
    Once you have a solid looking team of around 22 players, you would have won half the game. Next, patience.
    Step 4:
    Start improving your team's rating, first the XI, then the reserves. This could be done either by using the profits from your risers, or giving 2 for 1. So, what is 2 for 1? The idea, simply, is to get a highly rated player by giving away 2 of your players. For instace, I managed to buy Quaresma (when he was 93) for Jorgensen and a 88 defender a long time ago. Normally, tempt the other manager by offering a direct player as a replacement (in my case jorgensen to replace quaresma) and another player which he lacks ( a defender in this case). This process could be repeated. When I knew Quaresma was gong to drop, I offered him and Barnetta for Ribery, and da dah, you have gotten Ribery starting out with Jorgensen. This step is perhaps the hardest and the longest, but it is possible definitely.
    Step 5:
    Also, have lots of cash as reserve when u get into season 3 onwards. Because many mangers will start quitting the game, for some reason, and you will have to fight with the likes of Barca and Utd for the highly rated players of these clubs.
    Tactics:
    Having been so long on the game, there are still tonnes of tactics which I have not yet experimented or tried. But my conclusion is avoid formations that are lopsided. EG. 4-3-3 is not stable because of its lack of players in midfield. Any other formation with 4 or 5 players will overrun your team. 4-2-4 is not good because of the same reason. 3-4-3 is also not advised because of the lack of players in defence and midfield.
    I have had most of my successes with 3-5-2/3-4-1-2 for some reason or another.
    Do not ever tick all the boxes under team instructions because that will only confuse the players. I normally go for hard tackling, attacking mentality, mixed passing and attacking, fast tempo. Counter attack, men behind ball and tight marking are all used to stablise the backline. And depending on whether a forward or a midfielder is your best player, tick either playmaker or target man. You can choose not to as well. (I have just leaked my receipe for success, oops)
    So, the arrows, where on earth do you put them?
    Strategy 1: Do not use any.
    or
    Strategy 2: Use them appropriately. Don't over-use the arrows. (this is just a general guideline)
    For 3-5-2.
    for the DM, pull the arrow back.
    for the wingers, pull the arrows forward.
    for either one if the CM, pull the arrow diagonally forward. I would normally place an AM in this slot so that he can make
    the forward runs to help in the attacks.
    For 3-4-1-2.
    for the wingers, pull the arrows forward.
    for the AM, pull the arrow directly forward as well.
    4-4-2 and 4-2-3-1 have also worked for me as well, but I only use them when the above strategies fail, or when I have the appropriate players Fullbacks are normally problematic players to get, that's why I avoid 4 men defence unless I can get them/already have them. The team instructions are exactly the same. But I have also noticed that some experienced players
    minimise the use of team instructions for 4-4-2.
    Normal for everything, and only counter attack is ticked. It seems to work well too.
    Another point to note, try not to change your formations to counter your opponent's. Especially when you have been winning games on the trot. If it aint broken, why fix it? There isn't any difference between home and away games too.
    For domestic leagues:
    The strategies are generally the same, but you can afford to transfer list your entire team to generate more money. Sell your highest rated players first, before moving down to the lower rated ones. This way, you can generate more money because of the chairman value factor. (Caleb is extremely experienced in this aspect)
    For clubs in lower divisions, you may need to repeat the cycle of buying and selling risers, because it won't give you enough transfer budget on your first try. Do not attempt to be impatient and go for the superstars after just 1 round, for example.
    Because you won't have any more to invest. I took at least 3 rounds for my Bradford City before hitting an average XI of 90.
    Keep yourself updated.
    Knowledge is power. Because the way player ratings work are relevant to what happens in the real world, keep yourself updated on the happenings of players by either reading the news, watching highlights, or asking the experts on what is happening.
    soccernet.com is perhaps the most reliable website for the epl and most of the major european leagues. It also offers stats that may be helpful to you.
    guardian.touch-line.com is another stats website that you could use to predict player ratings.
    footytube.com is an excellent website to view the highlights of the various leagues all over the world. My favourite
    Several threads on the forum are also excellent to keep yourself updated, as well as to ask the experts.
    A few would include:
    French football here.
    Russian football here.
    Portuguese football here.
    Bundesliga here.
    Brazilian football here.
    Argentinian football here.
    Finally, a word of advice: So having been through pretty much of the game, the best advice I have for you is patience. Rome is not built in a day, neither is a great SM team!
    cheers
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    Red Hot Striker Jose Fernando Torres Joins Manchester United!
    Sunday 18th October 2009.

    Fernando Torres (Right) Has Completed A Shock Move To Manchester United


    Today, The footballing nation woke up to hear the sound of Torres joining Manchester United, but he hasn't been let go cheaply, Griffin knows what he's doing in the Liverpool seat. Jonny Evans and Dimitar Berbatov have joined the reds, but a further 4 players are waiting confirmation to seal a deal with Dan Griffin.
    In the early hours of tomorrow, Michael Carrick and wonderkid Luis Anderson should both join the Reds, and then the following day Luis Nani and Antonio Valencia should join too. Torres has had one of the most hottest scoring records in England, and should be an instant star at Old Trafford, he should be at any club anyway.
    Torres has scored against Manchester United in previous years, but now will be swapping over, instead he will be scoring for Manchester United in their bid to win the World Championship league title, and claim all other 3 trophies on offer, Charity Shield, World Champ Cup and World Champ Shield.


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    i would go for iaquinta in the longer term, but del piero in the short term. I don't think piero can last two more seasons Iaquinta is back in the NT and his form is pretty good atm. I reckon if juventus find their feet, a rise is in order for him.
    cheers
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    Barcelona sign Marin, Rodriguez joined Viola

    Marko Marin: Barcelona's new recruit
    Barcelona have completed the signing of Newell's Old Boys winger Marko Marin, according to the club's official website. The fee is thought to be in the region of £15.5m. Marin revealed his mind was made up on a move to Barcelona as soon as he met Dean Bryant, and that the ambition of the manager was a massive pull as he completed a switch from Argentina club Newell's Old Boys this afternoon. He has also revealed that Werder Bremen are also in the race to acquire his service but opted to join the Spanish giants.
    "I am really pleased to be joining Barcelona. It's a massive football club with good ambition," he told the club's website. "It is a dream come true for me and to play for a big club like Barcelona, it is a big step for me. I'm ready for the new challenge."
    "It's certainly been a some speculation for me for the past weeks but I tried to switch off and get a good break before the new season starts. Saying that, when it became apparent that Barcelona were interested I was very excited. I wanted to come as soon as I met Dean Bryant so I am delighted it's now sorted out. I was about to join Werder Bremen but as soon as I know Barcelona are also looking to sign me, I had to reconsider Bremen's offer. It was obvious that Barcelona were a club that have good history. You can see a chairman and manager who want to build great things. They have done that over the past few seasons, particularly after Dean Bryant took Barcelona back to Division 1 in his first season."
    "You can see there are so many world class talent in the squad like Messi, Eto'o and Xavi. It's an honour to be playing alongside them. And once you get here and see the stadium, the training ground, the people behind the scenes and the manager with his ambition and hopes for the future, it's even better than you realised."
    In other transfer news, Gabriel Cristian Rodriguez has completed his switch to Fiorentina after agreeing on personal terms and passing a medical. The deal is reported to be around £9m.


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    FC Juventus
    Juve's season shows no sign of faltering just yet although a crippling injury list is doing them no favours particularly in the defensive area:
    Injury/Suspension List
    + Zdenek GRYGERA - 4 weeks (Thigh Strain)
    + Giorgo CHIELLINI - 12 days (Bruised Heel)
    + Dmytro CHYGRYNSKIY - 3days (Stubbed Toe)
    +Mauro CAMORANESI- 6 days (Bruised Thigh)
    + Jeremy TOULALAN - 3 weeks (Bruised Shin)
    Red Paolo DE CEGLIE - 2 Match Ban
    So far the squad has just about managed to pull through with a 1-0 home win against Bari booking a place in the Italian Shield final against rivals Milan. Then a 4-1 thumping of champions Inter was recorded much to the joy of Old Lady supporters...However in their last outing, Juve were beaten by Genoa 4-2 in their first ever domestic home loss under manager Daniel Walmsley.


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    The Fadedwolfz Guide to SM

    Having been an avid player of SM since early 2007, I believe I have played enough of the game to write a decent guide for the SM community. The only downside is that I'm not a GM, so I can't say much for GCs. Unlike other guides that are specific, I will attempt to do one according to my experiences and views. Well, enjoy!
    For WCs
    Starting out.
    The most common scenario i see in WCs is that someone takes over a club, say Genoa. He splashes all the cash either on a single player, or on several players and ends up penniless when the season hasn't even started. He loses 3 games in a row.
    And a few days later, you see this:
    Geona manager ABC has decided to part company with the club after 3 games in charge.
    Is that the way to play the game? Obviously not! So, I will start by telling you how to handle your finances.
    Finances
    When you take over a division 1 club in a WC, you will notice that you are given a transfer budget depending on the size of your stadium.
    The Do Nots and WHY
    Scenario 1) Do not splash all your cash on a single player. Say Barcelona puts Henry up for sale for 30m, and you happen to have a transfer budget of 30m. You would be tempted to bring him in yeah? Resist the temptation. Why? Because once you splash your cash, you WILL NOT HAVE ANY CASH LEFT FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON. Especially if you're a smaller club like CSKA or Sevilla or Porto compared to the giants. You will realise that you will not have any backups and decent players all over the pitch. Once injuries set in, you're dead.
    Scenario 2) Do not simply splash your cash on players you think are going to rise, especially those that are predicted to rise by only 1 or 2 points. To put it simple, 'higher rated' players at smaller clubs, take for example a 82 rated one commands a high chairman value for that external club. But his value would drop significantly when he moves to your club. Take for example, Walter may be worth 2m for Internacional, but when he comes, he would only be worth 800k. When his transfer ban is up and he has risen by say 2 ratings, his value would still be less than what you paid (or maybe slightly higher). This wouldn't be good business.
    Scneario 3) Do not be in a hurry to sell/buy. Let's say you hear that Lass Diarra is going to rise, don't go around spending your entire budget on him. In a day, you won't have any more money to spend. Linked to scenario 1.
    So what do you do?
    For scenario 1, don't be tempted by who you see is for sale on the transfer market. Examine and study your squad. Who is going to rise, stay, drop. Which positions need strengthening etc. Let's say you only have 3 forwards and play 2 up front, you would need 1 more as a backup. The general idea is to have at least 2 players for each position, with the backup player with be at least rated 88/89 to survive decently in a divsion 1 WC.
    For scenario 2, you can either avoid buying these kind of players (the kind that only rise by 2 and that's it), or use your squad's fringe players to p/e them. You will notice that your squad's players will be worth much more if you p/e them to some external clubs. For instnace, Babel may only be worth 7m in terms of chairman value for Liverpool, but may be worth 12m to an external Argentinian club.
    What do you have to do?
    Get the big risers, at least by 4-5 would be ideal. This way, you would be generating future revenue and thus be assured that you would still have enough to spend when you run out of money. Avoid the +1/2, especially if these players cost a lot, unless they are future superstars.
    Player ratings
    Personally, I have divided the players into a few categories, so that I will know who to get, and who to try to get, as well as who to offload.
    The 93/94+ stayers: These players are the ones that are extremely safe with their ratings, and you should have no hesistation
    to either keep them, or to attempt to get them. These players could include the likes of Gerrard, Rooney, Alonso, Buffon, Frey etc
    The 93/94+ youngsters, with unlimitted potential: These are the players that most clubs would keep, and incredibly difficult to get. DO NOT EVEN THINK OF SELLING. These players could include torres, ronaldo, iniesta, messi etc.
    The 93/94+ oldies: They are generally safe at their ratings, and there isn't much of a point trying to sell them because you can't get much out of them. So, stick with them unless you cannot afford to pay their wages. These players could include: VDS, Del Piero, Raul, Zanetti, Senna etc.
    The 93/94+ droppers: These are the players that many people would hurry to sell. I don't have any opinion on them, but you could either sell them for pure cash (about 3 times the chairman's value) if you are in possession of them, or avoid buying them if you don't. These players include Nesta, Cannavaro, Gattuso, Ronaldinho etc
    The 89/90-92+ stayers: These are the players that a div1/2 WC club shouldl attempt to get. Because they are safe at their ratings, and they are relatively cheaper than the superstars. They won't do badly either and can be great backups. These players could include Bruno Alves, Carrick, Seydou Keita, Yaya Toure etc.
    The 89/90-92+ risers: Yes, these are the players you should be getting. They will rise, boost your team's rating, and you could even sell them in future for a hefty profits. They would include Lass Diarra, Melo, Raul Albiol, Glen Johnson, Fletcher, Malouda etc
    The 89/90-92+ droppers: Get rid of them asap for the above two categories. Once they drop, their value would significantly drop and most clubs won't be interested in them. An easy way to tempt other managers would be to offer two 90+ droppers, for say an 89 riser. For example, giving away Miguel for Glen Johnson would be smart.
    The future superstars - Try your best to get them, but don't pay over the odds. Players like Delac, Keirrison, Bojan, Ramsey are all wells sought after. But don't spend too much, because they won't make it to your first team any time soon, and building a stable starting 22 should be your priority.
    The big risers - Get the cheap ones (the 70-75s). Use p/e for the more expensive ones (78-86). Avoid them if you need to pay too much. For me, more than 5m for any player under 85 would be ridiculous at the start when you don't have lots of cash to spend.
    Building your team:
    I have had experiences building clubs from div 4 to div 1 and have been pretty successful. The general guideline is to establish a solid starting XI to win the division first. For me, a division 1 team should be about 90-91 starting XI to thrive, 88-90 for div 2, and at least 87 for div 3 and 4.
    Step 1:
    Build a stable XI using your cash.
    Step 2:
    Get the risers, lower rated players to sell after TB is up and higher rated players that can make it to your team in the near future. Players like Sakho, Kjaer would be perfect for your backline beacuse you don't have to worry about the future defence once you get them.
    Step 3:
    Once you have a solid looking team of around 22 players, you would have won half the game. Next, patience.
    Step 4:
    Start improving your team's rating, first the XI, then the reserves. This could be done either by using the profits from your risers, or giving 2 for 1. So, what is 2 for 1? The idea, simply, is to get a highly rated player by giving away 2 of your players. For instace, I managed to buy Quaresma (when he was 93) for Jorgensen and a 88 defender a long time ago. Normally, tempt the other manager by offering a direct player as a replacement (in my case jorgensen to replace quaresma) and another player which he lacks ( a defender in this case). This process could be repeated. When I knew Quaresma was gong to drop, I offered him and Barnetta for Ribery, and da dah, you have gotten Ribery starting out with Jorgensen. This step is perhaps the hardest and the longest, but it is possible definitely.
    Step 5:
    Also, have lots of cash as reserve when u get into season 3 onwards. Because many mangers will start quitting the game, for some reason, and you will have to fight with the likes of Barca and Utd for the highly rated players of these clubs.
    Tactics:
    Having been so long on the game, there are still tonnes of tactics which I have not yet experimented or tried. But my conclusion is avoid formations that are lopsided. EG. 4-3-3 is not stable because of its lack of players in midfield. Any other formation with 4 or 5 players will overrun your team. 4-2-4 is not good because of the same reason. 3-4-3 is also not advised because of the lack of players in defence and midfield.
    I have had most of my successes with 3-5-2/3-4-1-2 for some reason or another.
    Do not ever tick all the boxes under team instructions because that will only confuse the players. I normally go for hard tackling, attacking mentality, mixed passing and attacking, fast tempo. Counter attack, men behind ball and tight marking are all used to stablise the backline. And depending on whether a forward or a midfielder is your best player, tick either playmaker or target man. You can choose not to as well. (I have just leaked my receipe for success, oops)
    So, the arrows, where on earth do you put them?
    Strategy 1: Do not use any.
    or
    Strategy 2: Use them appropriately. Don't over-use the arrows. (this is just a general guideline)
    For 3-5-2.
    for the DM, pull the arrow back.
    for the wingers, pull the arrows forward.
    for either one if the CM, pull the arrow diagonally forward. I would normally place an AM in this slot so that he can make
    the forward runs to help in the attacks.
    For 3-4-1-2.
    for the wingers, pull the arrows forward.
    for the AM, pull the arrow directly forward as well.
    4-4-2 and 4-2-3-1 have also worked for me as well, but I only use them when the above strategies fail, or when I have the appropriate players Fullbacks are normally problematic players to get, that's why I avoid 4 men defence unless I can get them/already have them. The team instructions are exactly the same. But I have also noticed that some experienced players
    minimise the use of team instructions for 4-4-2.
    Normal for everything, and only counter attack is ticked. It seems to work well too.
    Another point to note, try not to change your formations to counter your opponent's. Especially when you have been winning games on the trot. If it aint broken, why fix it? There isn't any difference between home and away games too.
    For domestic leagues:
    The strategies are generally the same, but you can afford to transfer list your entire team to generate more money. Sell your highest rated players first, before moving down to the lower rated ones. This way, you can generate more money because of the chairman value factor. (Caleb is extremely experienced in this aspect)
    For clubs in lower divisions, you may need to repeat the cycle of buying and selling risers, because it won't give you enough transfer budget on your first try. Do not attempt to be impatient and go for the superstars after just 1 round, for example.
    Because you won't have any more to invest. I took at least 3 rounds for my Bradford City before hitting an average XI of 90.
    Keep yourself updated.
    Knowledge is power. Because the way player ratings work are relevant to what happens in the real world, keep yourself updated on the happenings of players by either reading the news, watching highlights, or asking the experts on what is happening.
    soccernet.com is perhaps the most reliable website for the epl and most of the major european leagues. It also offers stats that may be helpful to you.
    guardian.touch-line.com is another stats website that you could use to predict player ratings.
    footytube.com is an excellent website to view the highlights of the various leagues all over the world. My favourite
    Several threads on the forum are also excellent to keep yourself updated, as well as to ask the experts.
    A few would include:
    French football here.
    Russian football here.
    Portuguese football here.
    Bundesliga here.
    Brazilian football here.
    Argentinian football here.
    Finally, a word of advice: So having been through pretty much of the game, the best advice I have for you is patience. Rome is not built in a day, neither is a great SM team!
    cheers
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    AZ ALKMAAR
    Sergio Romero...................22-87.......+1
    Joey Didulica.....................31-83......+1/+-0
    Erik Heijblok......................31-80.......+-0
    Sebastien Pocognoli............22-87.......+-0
    Niklas Moisander.................24-85.......+1
    Ragnar Klavan....................23-83.......+1/+-0
    Gill Swerts........................27-86........+-0/+1
    Kew Jaliens........................31-89.......+-0
    Hector Moreno...................21-87........+1/+-0
    Maarten Martens................25-88........+1/+-0
    Simon Poulsen...................25-85.........+-0
    Celso Ortiz.........................20-80........+-0
    Mendes da Silva.................27-88.........+-0/+1
    Stijn Schaars.....................25-88.........+1
    Rasmus Elm........................21-86.........+-0
    Nick van der Velden............24-83..........-1/+-0
    Kees Luyckx......................23-84..........+-0/-1
    Brett Holman.....................25-85..........+2/+1
    James Holland....................20-80.........+-0
    Gudmundsson....................18-76.........+-0
    Moussa Dembele.................22-88.........+-0/+1
    Mounir el Hamdaoui.............25-88.........+1/+-0
    Jeremain Lens....................21-84..........+2/+1
    Christian Jonathas..............20-80...........+-0
    Silva Ari............................23-87..........-1
    Graziano Pelle....................24-86..........+-0/-1
    Pontus Wernbloom..............23-85...........+-0
    ------------------------------------------------------
    Dembele, Martens and Mendes da Silva is a 50/50 chance in my opinion.
    They all play for the national team. But Az is very inconsistent in his games.
    So we'll see.
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    wow. Do u need a forward? If yes, i think it is a really decent deal, because it is two 93s for a 93. And both of them won't drop anytime soon, despite their age. But i reckon u could ask for more cash (just to be greedy ), something like 20m would be good.
    cheers
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    having a good run of form for my bradford city with 6 wins in a row in the league. After a poor start, we are now up to 4th after 11 games in div 1.
    just bought melo by giving away marchisio in a part exchange. I'm running out of players to give away in part exchanges because almost everyone of them has a great deal of potential
    starting XI atm
    mandanda
    maicon - albiol - chiellini
    de rossi
    navas - diego - gourcuff/mikel/melo - silva
    higuain - eto
    cheers
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    The Fadedwolfz Guide to SM

    Having been an avid player of SM since early 2007, I believe I have played enough of the game to write a decent guide for the SM community. The only downside is that I'm not a GM, so I can't say much for GCs. Unlike other guides that are specific, I will attempt to do one according to my experiences and views. Well, enjoy!
    For WCs
    Starting out.
    The most common scenario i see in WCs is that someone takes over a club, say Genoa. He splashes all the cash either on a single player, or on several players and ends up penniless when the season hasn't even started. He loses 3 games in a row.
    And a few days later, you see this:
    Geona manager ABC has decided to part company with the club after 3 games in charge.
    Is that the way to play the game? Obviously not! So, I will start by telling you how to handle your finances.
    Finances
    When you take over a division 1 club in a WC, you will notice that you are given a transfer budget depending on the size of your stadium.
    The Do Nots and WHY
    Scenario 1) Do not splash all your cash on a single player. Say Barcelona puts Henry up for sale for 30m, and you happen to have a transfer budget of 30m. You would be tempted to bring him in yeah? Resist the temptation. Why? Because once you splash your cash, you WILL NOT HAVE ANY CASH LEFT FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON. Especially if you're a smaller club like CSKA or Sevilla or Porto compared to the giants. You will realise that you will not have any backups and decent players all over the pitch. Once injuries set in, you're dead.
    Scenario 2) Do not simply splash your cash on players you think are going to rise, especially those that are predicted to rise by only 1 or 2 points. To put it simple, 'higher rated' players at smaller clubs, take for example a 82 rated one commands a high chairman value for that external club. But his value would drop significantly when he moves to your club. Take for example, Walter may be worth 2m for Internacional, but when he comes, he would only be worth 800k. When his transfer ban is up and he has risen by say 2 ratings, his value would still be less than what you paid (or maybe slightly higher). This wouldn't be good business.
    Scneario 3) Do not be in a hurry to sell/buy. Let's say you hear that Lass Diarra is going to rise, don't go around spending your entire budget on him. In a day, you won't have any more money to spend. Linked to scenario 1.
    So what do you do?
    For scenario 1, don't be tempted by who you see is for sale on the transfer market. Examine and study your squad. Who is going to rise, stay, drop. Which positions need strengthening etc. Let's say you only have 3 forwards and play 2 up front, you would need 1 more as a backup. The general idea is to have at least 2 players for each position, with the backup player with be at least rated 88/89 to survive decently in a divsion 1 WC.
    For scenario 2, you can either avoid buying these kind of players (the kind that only rise by 2 and that's it), or use your squad's fringe players to p/e them. You will notice that your squad's players will be worth much more if you p/e them to some external clubs. For instnace, Babel may only be worth 7m in terms of chairman value for Liverpool, but may be worth 12m to an external Argentinian club.
    What do you have to do?
    Get the big risers, at least by 4-5 would be ideal. This way, you would be generating future revenue and thus be assured that you would still have enough to spend when you run out of money. Avoid the +1/2, especially if these players cost a lot, unless they are future superstars.
    Player ratings
    Personally, I have divided the players into a few categories, so that I will know who to get, and who to try to get, as well as who to offload.
    The 93/94+ stayers: These players are the ones that are extremely safe with their ratings, and you should have no hesistation
    to either keep them, or to attempt to get them. These players could include the likes of Gerrard, Rooney, Alonso, Buffon, Frey etc
    The 93/94+ youngsters, with unlimitted potential: These are the players that most clubs would keep, and incredibly difficult to get. DO NOT EVEN THINK OF SELLING. These players could include torres, ronaldo, iniesta, messi etc.
    The 93/94+ oldies: They are generally safe at their ratings, and there isn't much of a point trying to sell them because you can't get much out of them. So, stick with them unless you cannot afford to pay their wages. These players could include: VDS, Del Piero, Raul, Zanetti, Senna etc.
    The 93/94+ droppers: These are the players that many people would hurry to sell. I don't have any opinion on them, but you could either sell them for pure cash (about 3 times the chairman's value) if you are in possession of them, or avoid buying them if you don't. These players include Nesta, Cannavaro, Gattuso, Ronaldinho etc
    The 89/90-92+ stayers: These are the players that a div1/2 WC club shouldl attempt to get. Because they are safe at their ratings, and they are relatively cheaper than the superstars. They won't do badly either and can be great backups. These players could include Bruno Alves, Carrick, Seydou Keita, Yaya Toure etc.
    The 89/90-92+ risers: Yes, these are the players you should be getting. They will rise, boost your team's rating, and you could even sell them in future for a hefty profits. They would include Lass Diarra, Melo, Raul Albiol, Glen Johnson, Fletcher, Malouda etc
    The 89/90-92+ droppers: Get rid of them asap for the above two categories. Once they drop, their value would significantly drop and most clubs won't be interested in them. An easy way to tempt other managers would be to offer two 90+ droppers, for say an 89 riser. For example, giving away Miguel for Glen Johnson would be smart.
    The future superstars - Try your best to get them, but don't pay over the odds. Players like Delac, Keirrison, Bojan, Ramsey are all wells sought after. But don't spend too much, because they won't make it to your first team any time soon, and building a stable starting 22 should be your priority.
    The big risers - Get the cheap ones (the 70-75s). Use p/e for the more expensive ones (78-86). Avoid them if you need to pay too much. For me, more than 5m for any player under 85 would be ridiculous at the start when you don't have lots of cash to spend.
    Building your team:
    I have had experiences building clubs from div 4 to div 1 and have been pretty successful. The general guideline is to establish a solid starting XI to win the division first. For me, a division 1 team should be about 90-91 starting XI to thrive, 88-90 for div 2, and at least 87 for div 3 and 4.
    Step 1:
    Build a stable XI using your cash.
    Step 2:
    Get the risers, lower rated players to sell after TB is up and higher rated players that can make it to your team in the near future. Players like Sakho, Kjaer would be perfect for your backline beacuse you don't have to worry about the future defence once you get them.
    Step 3:
    Once you have a solid looking team of around 22 players, you would have won half the game. Next, patience.
    Step 4:
    Start improving your team's rating, first the XI, then the reserves. This could be done either by using the profits from your risers, or giving 2 for 1. So, what is 2 for 1? The idea, simply, is to get a highly rated player by giving away 2 of your players. For instace, I managed to buy Quaresma (when he was 93) for Jorgensen and a 88 defender a long time ago. Normally, tempt the other manager by offering a direct player as a replacement (in my case jorgensen to replace quaresma) and another player which he lacks ( a defender in this case). This process could be repeated. When I knew Quaresma was gong to drop, I offered him and Barnetta for Ribery, and da dah, you have gotten Ribery starting out with Jorgensen. This step is perhaps the hardest and the longest, but it is possible definitely.
    Step 5:
    Also, have lots of cash as reserve when u get into season 3 onwards. Because many mangers will start quitting the game, for some reason, and you will have to fight with the likes of Barca and Utd for the highly rated players of these clubs.
    Tactics:
    Having been so long on the game, there are still tonnes of tactics which I have not yet experimented or tried. But my conclusion is avoid formations that are lopsided. EG. 4-3-3 is not stable because of its lack of players in midfield. Any other formation with 4 or 5 players will overrun your team. 4-2-4 is not good because of the same reason. 3-4-3 is also not advised because of the lack of players in defence and midfield.
    I have had most of my successes with 3-5-2/3-4-1-2 for some reason or another.
    Do not ever tick all the boxes under team instructions because that will only confuse the players. I normally go for hard tackling, attacking mentality, mixed passing and attacking, fast tempo. Counter attack, men behind ball and tight marking are all used to stablise the backline. And depending on whether a forward or a midfielder is your best player, tick either playmaker or target man. You can choose not to as well. (I have just leaked my receipe for success, oops)
    So, the arrows, where on earth do you put them?
    Strategy 1: Do not use any.
    or
    Strategy 2: Use them appropriately. Don't over-use the arrows. (this is just a general guideline)
    For 3-5-2.
    for the DM, pull the arrow back.
    for the wingers, pull the arrows forward.
    for either one if the CM, pull the arrow diagonally forward. I would normally place an AM in this slot so that he can make
    the forward runs to help in the attacks.
    For 3-4-1-2.
    for the wingers, pull the arrows forward.
    for the AM, pull the arrow directly forward as well.
    4-4-2 and 4-2-3-1 have also worked for me as well, but I only use them when the above strategies fail, or when I have the appropriate players Fullbacks are normally problematic players to get, that's why I avoid 4 men defence unless I can get them/already have them. The team instructions are exactly the same. But I have also noticed that some experienced players
    minimise the use of team instructions for 4-4-2.
    Normal for everything, and only counter attack is ticked. It seems to work well too.
    Another point to note, try not to change your formations to counter your opponent's. Especially when you have been winning games on the trot. If it aint broken, why fix it? There isn't any difference between home and away games too.
    For domestic leagues:
    The strategies are generally the same, but you can afford to transfer list your entire team to generate more money. Sell your highest rated players first, before moving down to the lower rated ones. This way, you can generate more money because of the chairman value factor. (Caleb is extremely experienced in this aspect)
    For clubs in lower divisions, you may need to repeat the cycle of buying and selling risers, because it won't give you enough transfer budget on your first try. Do not attempt to be impatient and go for the superstars after just 1 round, for example.
    Because you won't have any more to invest. I took at least 3 rounds for my Bradford City before hitting an average XI of 90.
    Keep yourself updated.
    Knowledge is power. Because the way player ratings work are relevant to what happens in the real world, keep yourself updated on the happenings of players by either reading the news, watching highlights, or asking the experts on what is happening.
    soccernet.com is perhaps the most reliable website for the epl and most of the major european leagues. It also offers stats that may be helpful to you.
    guardian.touch-line.com is another stats website that you could use to predict player ratings.
    footytube.com is an excellent website to view the highlights of the various leagues all over the world. My favourite
    Several threads on the forum are also excellent to keep yourself updated, as well as to ask the experts.
    A few would include:
    French football here.
    Russian football here.
    Portuguese football here.
    Bundesliga here.
    Brazilian football here.
    Argentinian football here.
    Finally, a word of advice: So having been through pretty much of the game, the best advice I have for you is patience. Rome is not built in a day, neither is a great SM team!
    cheers
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    fadedwolfz got a reaction from Skarmory in The Fadedwolfz Guide to SM   
    The Fadedwolfz Guide to SM

    Having been an avid player of SM since early 2007, I believe I have played enough of the game to write a decent guide for the SM community. The only downside is that I'm not a GM, so I can't say much for GCs. Unlike other guides that are specific, I will attempt to do one according to my experiences and views. Well, enjoy!
    For WCs
    Starting out.
    The most common scenario i see in WCs is that someone takes over a club, say Genoa. He splashes all the cash either on a single player, or on several players and ends up penniless when the season hasn't even started. He loses 3 games in a row.
    And a few days later, you see this:
    Geona manager ABC has decided to part company with the club after 3 games in charge.
    Is that the way to play the game? Obviously not! So, I will start by telling you how to handle your finances.
    Finances
    When you take over a division 1 club in a WC, you will notice that you are given a transfer budget depending on the size of your stadium.
    The Do Nots and WHY
    Scenario 1) Do not splash all your cash on a single player. Say Barcelona puts Henry up for sale for 30m, and you happen to have a transfer budget of 30m. You would be tempted to bring him in yeah? Resist the temptation. Why? Because once you splash your cash, you WILL NOT HAVE ANY CASH LEFT FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON. Especially if you're a smaller club like CSKA or Sevilla or Porto compared to the giants. You will realise that you will not have any backups and decent players all over the pitch. Once injuries set in, you're dead.
    Scenario 2) Do not simply splash your cash on players you think are going to rise, especially those that are predicted to rise by only 1 or 2 points. To put it simple, 'higher rated' players at smaller clubs, take for example a 82 rated one commands a high chairman value for that external club. But his value would drop significantly when he moves to your club. Take for example, Walter may be worth 2m for Internacional, but when he comes, he would only be worth 800k. When his transfer ban is up and he has risen by say 2 ratings, his value would still be less than what you paid (or maybe slightly higher). This wouldn't be good business.
    Scneario 3) Do not be in a hurry to sell/buy. Let's say you hear that Lass Diarra is going to rise, don't go around spending your entire budget on him. In a day, you won't have any more money to spend. Linked to scenario 1.
    So what do you do?
    For scenario 1, don't be tempted by who you see is for sale on the transfer market. Examine and study your squad. Who is going to rise, stay, drop. Which positions need strengthening etc. Let's say you only have 3 forwards and play 2 up front, you would need 1 more as a backup. The general idea is to have at least 2 players for each position, with the backup player with be at least rated 88/89 to survive decently in a divsion 1 WC.
    For scenario 2, you can either avoid buying these kind of players (the kind that only rise by 2 and that's it), or use your squad's fringe players to p/e them. You will notice that your squad's players will be worth much more if you p/e them to some external clubs. For instnace, Babel may only be worth 7m in terms of chairman value for Liverpool, but may be worth 12m to an external Argentinian club.
    What do you have to do?
    Get the big risers, at least by 4-5 would be ideal. This way, you would be generating future revenue and thus be assured that you would still have enough to spend when you run out of money. Avoid the +1/2, especially if these players cost a lot, unless they are future superstars.
    Player ratings
    Personally, I have divided the players into a few categories, so that I will know who to get, and who to try to get, as well as who to offload.
    The 93/94+ stayers: These players are the ones that are extremely safe with their ratings, and you should have no hesistation
    to either keep them, or to attempt to get them. These players could include the likes of Gerrard, Rooney, Alonso, Buffon, Frey etc
    The 93/94+ youngsters, with unlimitted potential: These are the players that most clubs would keep, and incredibly difficult to get. DO NOT EVEN THINK OF SELLING. These players could include torres, ronaldo, iniesta, messi etc.
    The 93/94+ oldies: They are generally safe at their ratings, and there isn't much of a point trying to sell them because you can't get much out of them. So, stick with them unless you cannot afford to pay their wages. These players could include: VDS, Del Piero, Raul, Zanetti, Senna etc.
    The 93/94+ droppers: These are the players that many people would hurry to sell. I don't have any opinion on them, but you could either sell them for pure cash (about 3 times the chairman's value) if you are in possession of them, or avoid buying them if you don't. These players include Nesta, Cannavaro, Gattuso, Ronaldinho etc
    The 89/90-92+ stayers: These are the players that a div1/2 WC club shouldl attempt to get. Because they are safe at their ratings, and they are relatively cheaper than the superstars. They won't do badly either and can be great backups. These players could include Bruno Alves, Carrick, Seydou Keita, Yaya Toure etc.
    The 89/90-92+ risers: Yes, these are the players you should be getting. They will rise, boost your team's rating, and you could even sell them in future for a hefty profits. They would include Lass Diarra, Melo, Raul Albiol, Glen Johnson, Fletcher, Malouda etc
    The 89/90-92+ droppers: Get rid of them asap for the above two categories. Once they drop, their value would significantly drop and most clubs won't be interested in them. An easy way to tempt other managers would be to offer two 90+ droppers, for say an 89 riser. For example, giving away Miguel for Glen Johnson would be smart.
    The future superstars - Try your best to get them, but don't pay over the odds. Players like Delac, Keirrison, Bojan, Ramsey are all wells sought after. But don't spend too much, because they won't make it to your first team any time soon, and building a stable starting 22 should be your priority.
    The big risers - Get the cheap ones (the 70-75s). Use p/e for the more expensive ones (78-86). Avoid them if you need to pay too much. For me, more than 5m for any player under 85 would be ridiculous at the start when you don't have lots of cash to spend.
    Building your team:
    I have had experiences building clubs from div 4 to div 1 and have been pretty successful. The general guideline is to establish a solid starting XI to win the division first. For me, a division 1 team should be about 90-91 starting XI to thrive, 88-90 for div 2, and at least 87 for div 3 and 4.
    Step 1:
    Build a stable XI using your cash.
    Step 2:
    Get the risers, lower rated players to sell after TB is up and higher rated players that can make it to your team in the near future. Players like Sakho, Kjaer would be perfect for your backline beacuse you don't have to worry about the future defence once you get them.
    Step 3:
    Once you have a solid looking team of around 22 players, you would have won half the game. Next, patience.
    Step 4:
    Start improving your team's rating, first the XI, then the reserves. This could be done either by using the profits from your risers, or giving 2 for 1. So, what is 2 for 1? The idea, simply, is to get a highly rated player by giving away 2 of your players. For instace, I managed to buy Quaresma (when he was 93) for Jorgensen and a 88 defender a long time ago. Normally, tempt the other manager by offering a direct player as a replacement (in my case jorgensen to replace quaresma) and another player which he lacks ( a defender in this case). This process could be repeated. When I knew Quaresma was gong to drop, I offered him and Barnetta for Ribery, and da dah, you have gotten Ribery starting out with Jorgensen. This step is perhaps the hardest and the longest, but it is possible definitely.
    Step 5:
    Also, have lots of cash as reserve when u get into season 3 onwards. Because many mangers will start quitting the game, for some reason, and you will have to fight with the likes of Barca and Utd for the highly rated players of these clubs.
    Tactics:
    Having been so long on the game, there are still tonnes of tactics which I have not yet experimented or tried. But my conclusion is avoid formations that are lopsided. EG. 4-3-3 is not stable because of its lack of players in midfield. Any other formation with 4 or 5 players will overrun your team. 4-2-4 is not good because of the same reason. 3-4-3 is also not advised because of the lack of players in defence and midfield.
    I have had most of my successes with 3-5-2/3-4-1-2 for some reason or another.
    Do not ever tick all the boxes under team instructions because that will only confuse the players. I normally go for hard tackling, attacking mentality, mixed passing and attacking, fast tempo. Counter attack, men behind ball and tight marking are all used to stablise the backline. And depending on whether a forward or a midfielder is your best player, tick either playmaker or target man. You can choose not to as well. (I have just leaked my receipe for success, oops)
    So, the arrows, where on earth do you put them?
    Strategy 1: Do not use any.
    or
    Strategy 2: Use them appropriately. Don't over-use the arrows. (this is just a general guideline)
    For 3-5-2.
    for the DM, pull the arrow back.
    for the wingers, pull the arrows forward.
    for either one if the CM, pull the arrow diagonally forward. I would normally place an AM in this slot so that he can make
    the forward runs to help in the attacks.
    For 3-4-1-2.
    for the wingers, pull the arrows forward.
    for the AM, pull the arrow directly forward as well.
    4-4-2 and 4-2-3-1 have also worked for me as well, but I only use them when the above strategies fail, or when I have the appropriate players Fullbacks are normally problematic players to get, that's why I avoid 4 men defence unless I can get them/already have them. The team instructions are exactly the same. But I have also noticed that some experienced players
    minimise the use of team instructions for 4-4-2.
    Normal for everything, and only counter attack is ticked. It seems to work well too.
    Another point to note, try not to change your formations to counter your opponent's. Especially when you have been winning games on the trot. If it aint broken, why fix it? There isn't any difference between home and away games too.
    For domestic leagues:
    The strategies are generally the same, but you can afford to transfer list your entire team to generate more money. Sell your highest rated players first, before moving down to the lower rated ones. This way, you can generate more money because of the chairman value factor. (Caleb is extremely experienced in this aspect)
    For clubs in lower divisions, you may need to repeat the cycle of buying and selling risers, because it won't give you enough transfer budget on your first try. Do not attempt to be impatient and go for the superstars after just 1 round, for example.
    Because you won't have any more to invest. I took at least 3 rounds for my Bradford City before hitting an average XI of 90.
    Keep yourself updated.
    Knowledge is power. Because the way player ratings work are relevant to what happens in the real world, keep yourself updated on the happenings of players by either reading the news, watching highlights, or asking the experts on what is happening.
    soccernet.com is perhaps the most reliable website for the epl and most of the major european leagues. It also offers stats that may be helpful to you.
    guardian.touch-line.com is another stats website that you could use to predict player ratings.
    footytube.com is an excellent website to view the highlights of the various leagues all over the world. My favourite
    Several threads on the forum are also excellent to keep yourself updated, as well as to ask the experts.
    A few would include:
    French football here.
    Russian football here.
    Portuguese football here.
    Bundesliga here.
    Brazilian football here.
    Argentinian football here.
    Finally, a word of advice: So having been through pretty much of the game, the best advice I have for you is patience. Rome is not built in a day, neither is a great SM team!
    cheers
  25. Like
    fadedwolfz got a reaction from Brumster in The Fadedwolfz Guide to SM   
    The Fadedwolfz Guide to SM

    Having been an avid player of SM since early 2007, I believe I have played enough of the game to write a decent guide for the SM community. The only downside is that I'm not a GM, so I can't say much for GCs. Unlike other guides that are specific, I will attempt to do one according to my experiences and views. Well, enjoy!
    For WCs
    Starting out.
    The most common scenario i see in WCs is that someone takes over a club, say Genoa. He splashes all the cash either on a single player, or on several players and ends up penniless when the season hasn't even started. He loses 3 games in a row.
    And a few days later, you see this:
    Geona manager ABC has decided to part company with the club after 3 games in charge.
    Is that the way to play the game? Obviously not! So, I will start by telling you how to handle your finances.
    Finances
    When you take over a division 1 club in a WC, you will notice that you are given a transfer budget depending on the size of your stadium.
    The Do Nots and WHY
    Scenario 1) Do not splash all your cash on a single player. Say Barcelona puts Henry up for sale for 30m, and you happen to have a transfer budget of 30m. You would be tempted to bring him in yeah? Resist the temptation. Why? Because once you splash your cash, you WILL NOT HAVE ANY CASH LEFT FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON. Especially if you're a smaller club like CSKA or Sevilla or Porto compared to the giants. You will realise that you will not have any backups and decent players all over the pitch. Once injuries set in, you're dead.
    Scenario 2) Do not simply splash your cash on players you think are going to rise, especially those that are predicted to rise by only 1 or 2 points. To put it simple, 'higher rated' players at smaller clubs, take for example a 82 rated one commands a high chairman value for that external club. But his value would drop significantly when he moves to your club. Take for example, Walter may be worth 2m for Internacional, but when he comes, he would only be worth 800k. When his transfer ban is up and he has risen by say 2 ratings, his value would still be less than what you paid (or maybe slightly higher). This wouldn't be good business.
    Scneario 3) Do not be in a hurry to sell/buy. Let's say you hear that Lass Diarra is going to rise, don't go around spending your entire budget on him. In a day, you won't have any more money to spend. Linked to scenario 1.
    So what do you do?
    For scenario 1, don't be tempted by who you see is for sale on the transfer market. Examine and study your squad. Who is going to rise, stay, drop. Which positions need strengthening etc. Let's say you only have 3 forwards and play 2 up front, you would need 1 more as a backup. The general idea is to have at least 2 players for each position, with the backup player with be at least rated 88/89 to survive decently in a divsion 1 WC.
    For scenario 2, you can either avoid buying these kind of players (the kind that only rise by 2 and that's it), or use your squad's fringe players to p/e them. You will notice that your squad's players will be worth much more if you p/e them to some external clubs. For instnace, Babel may only be worth 7m in terms of chairman value for Liverpool, but may be worth 12m to an external Argentinian club.
    What do you have to do?
    Get the big risers, at least by 4-5 would be ideal. This way, you would be generating future revenue and thus be assured that you would still have enough to spend when you run out of money. Avoid the +1/2, especially if these players cost a lot, unless they are future superstars.
    Player ratings
    Personally, I have divided the players into a few categories, so that I will know who to get, and who to try to get, as well as who to offload.
    The 93/94+ stayers: These players are the ones that are extremely safe with their ratings, and you should have no hesistation
    to either keep them, or to attempt to get them. These players could include the likes of Gerrard, Rooney, Alonso, Buffon, Frey etc
    The 93/94+ youngsters, with unlimitted potential: These are the players that most clubs would keep, and incredibly difficult to get. DO NOT EVEN THINK OF SELLING. These players could include torres, ronaldo, iniesta, messi etc.
    The 93/94+ oldies: They are generally safe at their ratings, and there isn't much of a point trying to sell them because you can't get much out of them. So, stick with them unless you cannot afford to pay their wages. These players could include: VDS, Del Piero, Raul, Zanetti, Senna etc.
    The 93/94+ droppers: These are the players that many people would hurry to sell. I don't have any opinion on them, but you could either sell them for pure cash (about 3 times the chairman's value) if you are in possession of them, or avoid buying them if you don't. These players include Nesta, Cannavaro, Gattuso, Ronaldinho etc
    The 89/90-92+ stayers: These are the players that a div1/2 WC club shouldl attempt to get. Because they are safe at their ratings, and they are relatively cheaper than the superstars. They won't do badly either and can be great backups. These players could include Bruno Alves, Carrick, Seydou Keita, Yaya Toure etc.
    The 89/90-92+ risers: Yes, these are the players you should be getting. They will rise, boost your team's rating, and you could even sell them in future for a hefty profits. They would include Lass Diarra, Melo, Raul Albiol, Glen Johnson, Fletcher, Malouda etc
    The 89/90-92+ droppers: Get rid of them asap for the above two categories. Once they drop, their value would significantly drop and most clubs won't be interested in them. An easy way to tempt other managers would be to offer two 90+ droppers, for say an 89 riser. For example, giving away Miguel for Glen Johnson would be smart.
    The future superstars - Try your best to get them, but don't pay over the odds. Players like Delac, Keirrison, Bojan, Ramsey are all wells sought after. But don't spend too much, because they won't make it to your first team any time soon, and building a stable starting 22 should be your priority.
    The big risers - Get the cheap ones (the 70-75s). Use p/e for the more expensive ones (78-86). Avoid them if you need to pay too much. For me, more than 5m for any player under 85 would be ridiculous at the start when you don't have lots of cash to spend.
    Building your team:
    I have had experiences building clubs from div 4 to div 1 and have been pretty successful. The general guideline is to establish a solid starting XI to win the division first. For me, a division 1 team should be about 90-91 starting XI to thrive, 88-90 for div 2, and at least 87 for div 3 and 4.
    Step 1:
    Build a stable XI using your cash.
    Step 2:
    Get the risers, lower rated players to sell after TB is up and higher rated players that can make it to your team in the near future. Players like Sakho, Kjaer would be perfect for your backline beacuse you don't have to worry about the future defence once you get them.
    Step 3:
    Once you have a solid looking team of around 22 players, you would have won half the game. Next, patience.
    Step 4:
    Start improving your team's rating, first the XI, then the reserves. This could be done either by using the profits from your risers, or giving 2 for 1. So, what is 2 for 1? The idea, simply, is to get a highly rated player by giving away 2 of your players. For instace, I managed to buy Quaresma (when he was 93) for Jorgensen and a 88 defender a long time ago. Normally, tempt the other manager by offering a direct player as a replacement (in my case jorgensen to replace quaresma) and another player which he lacks ( a defender in this case). This process could be repeated. When I knew Quaresma was gong to drop, I offered him and Barnetta for Ribery, and da dah, you have gotten Ribery starting out with Jorgensen. This step is perhaps the hardest and the longest, but it is possible definitely.
    Step 5:
    Also, have lots of cash as reserve when u get into season 3 onwards. Because many mangers will start quitting the game, for some reason, and you will have to fight with the likes of Barca and Utd for the highly rated players of these clubs.
    Tactics:
    Having been so long on the game, there are still tonnes of tactics which I have not yet experimented or tried. But my conclusion is avoid formations that are lopsided. EG. 4-3-3 is not stable because of its lack of players in midfield. Any other formation with 4 or 5 players will overrun your team. 4-2-4 is not good because of the same reason. 3-4-3 is also not advised because of the lack of players in defence and midfield.
    I have had most of my successes with 3-5-2/3-4-1-2 for some reason or another.
    Do not ever tick all the boxes under team instructions because that will only confuse the players. I normally go for hard tackling, attacking mentality, mixed passing and attacking, fast tempo. Counter attack, men behind ball and tight marking are all used to stablise the backline. And depending on whether a forward or a midfielder is your best player, tick either playmaker or target man. You can choose not to as well. (I have just leaked my receipe for success, oops)
    So, the arrows, where on earth do you put them?
    Strategy 1: Do not use any.
    or
    Strategy 2: Use them appropriately. Don't over-use the arrows. (this is just a general guideline)
    For 3-5-2.
    for the DM, pull the arrow back.
    for the wingers, pull the arrows forward.
    for either one if the CM, pull the arrow diagonally forward. I would normally place an AM in this slot so that he can make
    the forward runs to help in the attacks.
    For 3-4-1-2.
    for the wingers, pull the arrows forward.
    for the AM, pull the arrow directly forward as well.
    4-4-2 and 4-2-3-1 have also worked for me as well, but I only use them when the above strategies fail, or when I have the appropriate players Fullbacks are normally problematic players to get, that's why I avoid 4 men defence unless I can get them/already have them. The team instructions are exactly the same. But I have also noticed that some experienced players
    minimise the use of team instructions for 4-4-2.
    Normal for everything, and only counter attack is ticked. It seems to work well too.
    Another point to note, try not to change your formations to counter your opponent's. Especially when you have been winning games on the trot. If it aint broken, why fix it? There isn't any difference between home and away games too.
    For domestic leagues:
    The strategies are generally the same, but you can afford to transfer list your entire team to generate more money. Sell your highest rated players first, before moving down to the lower rated ones. This way, you can generate more money because of the chairman value factor. (Caleb is extremely experienced in this aspect)
    For clubs in lower divisions, you may need to repeat the cycle of buying and selling risers, because it won't give you enough transfer budget on your first try. Do not attempt to be impatient and go for the superstars after just 1 round, for example.
    Because you won't have any more to invest. I took at least 3 rounds for my Bradford City before hitting an average XI of 90.
    Keep yourself updated.
    Knowledge is power. Because the way player ratings work are relevant to what happens in the real world, keep yourself updated on the happenings of players by either reading the news, watching highlights, or asking the experts on what is happening.
    soccernet.com is perhaps the most reliable website for the epl and most of the major european leagues. It also offers stats that may be helpful to you.
    guardian.touch-line.com is another stats website that you could use to predict player ratings.
    footytube.com is an excellent website to view the highlights of the various leagues all over the world. My favourite
    Several threads on the forum are also excellent to keep yourself updated, as well as to ask the experts.
    A few would include:
    French football here.
    Russian football here.
    Portuguese football here.
    Bundesliga here.
    Brazilian football here.
    Argentinian football here.
    Finally, a word of advice: So having been through pretty much of the game, the best advice I have for you is patience. Rome is not built in a day, neither is a great SM team!
    cheers
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