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  1. Re: Gold Championship 1 News It's been an interesting couple of months at TSG Hoffenhiem, with a reshaping of my midfield almost being completed, there have been a few New Signings:- Fernandinho joined from Derby County in exchange for Jordan Henderson and Joel Campbell Andrea Poli joined from Celtic along with Federico Macheda in exchange for Mathieu Debuchy Jakub Blaszczkowski joined from Real Betis in exchange for Dejan Lovren and Abel Hernandez I've also made a new signing up front with Jackson Martinez arriving, also from Real Betis in exchange for Nacho Monreal and Koen Casteels I'm now looking to make some improvements in defence...given my new look midfield, the following players are available in exchange for defenders:- Renato Augusto (90 AM RLC) Alberto Aquilani (90 M,AM C) Walter Gargano (89 DM,M C) Marko Marin (89 AM RLC) And Others... Happy to consider any deal for any 89+ rated defender, PM me.
  2. Re: New view of the website I work in change management and I've been disappointed for a number of years with how SM make changes... Here are some of the issues I have with the latest layout changes:- 1. Poor approach to testing. The layout appears OK in Google Chrome but is buggy is IE. How on earth was this allowed to go live? this indicates poor UAT and/or Operational Readiness testing. 2. Non existent communication. If you're going to change something tell your customers/users why you're making the change and what the benefits are...This NEVER happens on SM. 3. Priority/Resource Management. I get the impression SM is not a big company with a huge team of developers, so they need a strong way of prioritising what development should be completed. Constant changes to the UI seems like a poor return on investment when the customers have been saying for a number of years that there are more important things to develop. 4. UI design. The way SM layout the screens is not intuitive. Even someone who understands the very basics of User interface design can tell you about eye movement and what is a natural way to view a web page, going from left to right (as in the new news feed) rather than top to bottom is not natural.
  3. Re: Game World News Feed - updated A couple of suggestions that could be enhancements.... 1. Think about the priority of how messages should appear in the news feed, if there is a news item with lots of comments you don't want it to disappear the next time a batch of transfers complete. 2. Have a prompt to ask a player to comment on stories relevant to their club when they enter the club page, this could be a recently completed transfer, result or title win. It could also be a response to a comment made by a rival manager - Maybe have an option to turn this feature off in case some managers don't like it... 3. Match build up messages/banter. It would be great if before a game (or after the last round has completed) a manager is prompted to add a comment about up coming important matches, these could be used more frequently when its an important match i.e. against rivals, in the build up to a cup final or title/relegation decider. 4. Impact on squad/player moral. If there was a way of recording the type of comment made (via a drop down box or radio buttons etc) a manager could demonstrate if a comment was positive, negative, a complaint, speculation on title chances etc and they could have an impact on player concerns... i.e. Mess's concerns might increase if the manager played down the chances of winning the title etc but if a manager made comments that he had confidence in his squad and they would win the title and didn't the chairman might get unhappy.. 5. Media speculation. If a manager wants to short list a player they could have the option of posting it in the news and adding a comment about i.e select from a drop down that they would be first choice or an important squad player etc - depending on that players current situation it could impact their concerns so if a player wasn't playing regularly at their current club but would be first choice (based on rating) at the club that is interested this might increase his concerns unless his current manager responded to the speculation in the right way..lots of interest from lots of managers could force a players concerns up quite quickly if they aren't playing - this shouldn't impact youth players unless they are good enough to be in the first team. 6. Rewards for regular contributors. Give regular contributors SM credits.
  4. Re: Game World News Feed - updated The idea in principle is a good one, the more involved a player is in a game world the more likely they are to stay, which means more managed clubs... But some of the layout decisions involved in this change are quite poor, as others have said there is now too much wasted space and it makes the news feed much harder to read and the icons make the club news much harder to read too. Here's a suggestion, use a small comment symbol like the BBC do (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/) and put a number after it to show how many comments there are..a player then clicks on the symbol and a light box opens up (that's the technical term for a box that opens and floats on screen - just like when you click on a players name) or if you're using an older browser you are redirected to another page - this would give you plenty of space for a comments box and plenty of space to show all comments and would give you space to add in the ability to insert pictures etc later as suggested by tonyba. Changing to this layout would allow each news item to use up only one line on screen making it much easier to read... Secondly, drop the symbols - maybe replace them with a drop down filter like the one added to the news feed to select news from a league??
  5. Re: Gold Championship 1 News I have a tough decision to make!! I've been offered the Real Madrid job, they have quality players and an insane amount of cash! But my TSG Hoffenhiem team is my favourite Soccer Manager team, when I took them over they were bottom of the German 2nd division and had nothing in their squad and i've built them up from that!! I've managed them for 450 games, but only won one trophy... I was disappointed not to win the shield recently (well done James) and I've been struggling for a couple of seasons with my league form... Not sure what to do...does anyone have any thoughts?
  6. Re: Gold Championship 1 News Update from TSG Hoffenhiem It's taken 6 months but i've finally been able to sort out my goalkeeper situation! back in February I trade Stephane Ruffier with Flamengo for Mathieu Debuchy (who subsequently rose to a 90) + £15m, I was very happy with the deal at the time, but I found it impossible to sign a replacement. In July I thought I could sign Ali Ahamada when the manager of Wolfsberg (now at UNAM) went crazy and traded all his best players for dross at unavailable clubs (maybe so he could resign them for UNAM...just like he attempted to..). Despite selling 6 goalkeepers to maximise what my chairman would let me pay, I missed out on Ahamada when his transfer ban was up to James Bolton, manager of FC Schalke, well done on the promotion and welcome to the Germany 1st division!! Anyway, 2 weeks ago I finally agreed a deal, a straight swap with Barcelona, Rene Adler for Jeremy Mathieu. I have also been conducting epic discussions with West Ham - which went on for the best part of a month - over various deals, we finally agreed a swap deal, with Andy Carroll and Daniel Williams departing TSG with Martin Kelly and Mehmet Ekici coming the other way. I'm very happy with the deal despite Kelly getting injured playing for Liverpool the day after the deal completed! Ekici is a player i've been monitoring for a while and I'm very happy that he'll be available alongside Lewis Holtby and Tom Cleverley for the CM/AM position(s). I'm always looking for deals contact me if you're interested in doing a trade, I'm looking for any position apart from AM and GK. Plus I will trade almost any player.
  7. Re: Gold Championship 1 News TSG Hoffenhiem Update I've been doing a few deals to try and rebalance my squad... New Arrivals Lewis Holtby arrives from FC Porto in exchange for Christopher Samba plus £4m. Vila Didac arrives from Shakhtar in exchange for Giandomenico Mesto. John Guidetti re-signs from Juventus for £6m. I'll be playing Didac and Adbennour at left back next season so I'm looking to trade Jeremy Mathieu (89, LB/LM, 28, Valencia) ideally for a goalkepeer, message me if you'd like to do a deal.
  8. Re: Gold Championship 1 News I'm looking to make a few changes to my squad... I'll discuss deals for any of the following players:- Mathieu - LB/LM 89 Mesto - RM/RM 89 Zapata - CB/RB 89 Samba - CB 88 Cohade - CM/DM 88 Henderson - CM/RM 88 Cerci - Wing/Fwd 88 Ngog - CF 86 I'm looking for full backs, 1 central midfielder, wide midfielders and a forward.
  9. Re: Gold Championship 1 News I completely agree, you could sort that squad in no time. I thought Thaliwal was going to be an interesting addition to GC1 after I enquired about Benatia, and his opening offer was an exchange for Jordan Henderson, Abel Hernandez AND Alberto Botia...
  10. Re: Gold Championship Format I started this thread a while ago, but didn't have any responses...I thought I'd bump it back up the list! I'm hoping SM will introduce the new match engine early this year, I hope that is followed by an improved GC format...maybe something along the lines of what I posted previously?
  11. Re: Available Teams, No Job Offers! (GC Teams Only!) Dynamo Kiev GC3 Eastern Europe. 1 x 89 (Lomearts) 5 x 88 (Griezmann, Wesley, Danic, Ospina & Danze) 80 man squad, oldest player is 29, only 4 players over 25. Other decent players include Kucka (signed with Inter, on load at Genoa until the end of the season) and De Bruyne (rumoured to be signing for Chelsea). £82.5m in the bank. Top teams in the oldest GCs never become available and even half decent ones like this are quite rare!
  12. Re: Many changes to the game comming up Does anyone have any ideas what the media centre might be?
  13. Re: Gold Championship 1 News TSG Hoffenhiem Update Almost a third of the season has already gone and its been an interesting start in Germany. After 11 games Hoffenhiem are 3rd on 18 points, 7 behind leaders Bayern Munich. The improvements made to my defence and in goal since last season have made a big difference, I'm conceding 1.09 goals per game this season compared to 1.65 last season, an improvement of 0.56 goals per game!! Only 3 teams have conceded fewer goals so far this season. I've lost 1 game so far, only Greuther Fürth who are undefeated but sit 11th have lost fewer. I have drawn 6 though, the 3rd worst in the league so I will be looking to tweak my attack over the coming weeks. I don't think i'll be pushing for the title but I expect to be challenging for the SMFA Cup/Shield places and domestic cups.
  14. Golborne League has been running for a number of years now, it's a 2 divisions of 20 gameworld. Season 10 has just completed, season 11 will be starting in the next week or so. There are a number of unmanaged teams, including; Borussia Dortmund, best players are; Eto'o, De Jong, Farfan, Jovetic and Affellay, they have £238m in the bank. - There are bids on a couple of players here so you'll have to be fast! Valencia in division 2, they have Johnson, Kuyt and Kanoute and £400m in the bank. There are a number of other good unmanaged teams. Join up quick!! the gameword is called Golborne League and the ID is 3671. Its a public open league.
  15. Re: Gold Championship 1 News Third major deal completed at TSG The third major deal of the pre season has been completed at TSG Hoffenhiem. Leighton Baines has joined Real Betis in exchange for Stijn Schaars and Matías Fernandez. Stijn Schaars Matías Fernandez
  16. Re: Gold Championship 1 News Rebuilding Continues at Hoffenhiem The second significant deal has been completed at Hoffenhiem, Gokhan Inler has moved to Rangers in a part exchange deal for Jérémy Mathieu and Alberto Botia. This deal means Leigton Baines might be leaving TSG. Offers that include forwards and wide midfielders would be of most interest. Jérémy Mathieu Alberto Botia
  17. Re: Gold Championship 1 News Rebuilding Begins in Hoffenhiem After a season to forget a major rebuild has begun today at TSG Hoffenhiem. After 3 seasons of SMFA Shield qualification, this season I finished 10th on only 52 points, it's been a tough season and at one point I considered quitting but I realised I'm playing in the best league in the best GC so there is no way I can do that!! So, today I completed my first deal of the pre-season, I swapped Loic Remy for Walter Gargano and Stephane Ruffier, this has given me a solid goalkeeper and more options in midfield. I will consider offers for most players, the only players off the table right now are a couple of youth players as I haven't worked out their true value yet. I have a number of young strikers so I will be trading one from Bogdan Stancu and David N'gog and for the right offer Leigton Baines and Gokan Inler can go. My next area of focus is defence, I have very little depth after Samba, Baines and Danze. I would consider trading Adrian Gunino for a centre back, I expect him to sign for a decent european team after playing almost every game for Toulouse this season. Message me in game to discuss any deals. First new recruits at TSG Walter Gargano Stephane Ruffier
  18. Re: Leighton Baines to 90? should he be a 90 or a 91? he's been evertons best player this season and cahill is their highest rated player at 91.....
  19. Re: Available Teams, No Job Offers! (GC Teams Only!) Boca Juniors in GC35 2 x 90 = Palacio and Martinez 8 x 89 including perotti 11 x 88 including Gaitan and Buonanotte only £7.7m in the bank but loads of players who could be traded Hurry, lots of players have bids against them, none accepted yet though.
  20. I thought it might be a good idea to start a list of the different types of challenges available within Gold Championships as a guide to new managers and maybe more experienced managers might find an idea for a new challenge! Most of these are probably obvious but I thought if I list them, there might be something on there that you haven't thought about. I'm also hoping other people might suggest ideas I've not thought of for me to try! Anyway, here goes:- Trophy Based Challenges 1. 100 Not Out / The 100 club Sonofpluto started this thread/challenge back in 2009, the idea is simple win 100 GC Trophies!! 2. Win every GC Trophy There are 9 different GC trophies available - aim to win at least one of each! 3. Win every domestic league title There are 3 different versions of the GC format to consider when looking to complete this challenge. In GC's 1 to 16 there were a 12 different domestic leagues. in GC17 to GC146 the number of domestic leagues increased to 15 and a few leagues that weren't country specific (Eastern Europe, Mediterranean, Scandinavia etc in GC1 to GC16) were removed and replaced with countries such as Mexico, USA, Brazil, Russia etc. From GC147 onwards this has become more difficult following the introduction of random leagues - some of which haven't been created yet! Club Based Challenges 1. The GC Dominator The aim of this challenge is to manage one the "big" clubs and win lots of trophies! To be successful you should; regularly be winning the domestic trophies, win the SMFA Champions Cup and SMFA Super Cup at least once, and regularly make it to the SMFA Champions Cup semi finals. This challenge is obviously dependent on getting hold of a big club. 2. The English Minnow The aim of this challenge is to take a division 5 club (division 4 pre GC17) and take them all the way to division 1. To be truly successful you should aim to win back to back league titles as you get promoted through the divisions. 3. SMFA Shield Success The aim of this challenge is to take over a decent mid-table team from any of the top divisions and qualify/win the SMFA Shield. The types of clubs I think fall into this category are; Everton, Napoli, Bordeaux, Athletic Club etc. If you're managing a big club i.e. Milan, Chelsea etc and you have a bad season and qualify for the Shield rather than the SMFA Champions Cup then you don't qualify for this challenge!! 4. International Domestic Dominator There are a number of leagues in GC's that if you get hold of the right club, won't provide much of a challenge domestically. I'm thinking about Turkey, Portugal, Greece, even Brazil and Argentina in some circumstances. The aim of this challenge is to basically win the domestic league every season with your second team so that you can focus on winning the SMFA Champions Cup with your first team. This is a long term challenge as you'll have to be clever with getting hold of the right risers to give you a team good enough to hold its own against Milan and Real Madrid whilst also signing the right squad players to maintain your domestic challenge. 5. The Rise Of The Fallen Giant There are a number of clubs, particularly in England, that were once huge clubs but have now fallen from grace, your challenge is to take them back to the top of the domestic game. I'm thinking about clubs such as; Leeds, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday, Wolves etc. If you take over a relegated Newcastle, they would also fall into this category. Player Based Challenges 1. Club/Player Nationality Match Up A number of managers attempt to win trophies whilst only using players of the same nationality as the club. Best Gold Championships I also thought it might be useful to include a list of the best GC's (I know tryn2rtr started a thread on this but I thought it might be good to have all this in one place). 1. GC1 Why? It's the original GC, its hard to get decent players (although not everyone likes that!) and it's one of the fullest. That's my full list, what do you all think? I'll update this post with any new ideas/comments. If you want to suggest GC's to be added to the best of list please include reasons why.
  21. I want to receive the instant notifications via email when posts are added to some of the threads I'm subscribed to but I don't seem to be receiving the emails....is this option still switched on? My email address is correct and all the relevant options seem to be ticked on the edit options page. and the threads I want emails about have the correct notification... I've checked my spam folder...nothing in there... Not sure what else to check/do?
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