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  1. Re: Rangers Players That Need Rising!! With regards to Arsenal v Rangers. I think we are losing at bit of perspective here. A pre-season friendly, 2 games in 2 days, a good run out for the likes of Beasley and Naismith, with Thomson and McGregor starting for the first time in months. Thought it was an interesting enough game, wouldn't say I was 'proud' of the team, but if we do come across Arsenal again this season, I look forward to the glorious return of proper 'anti-football' in European games!
  2. Re: Ivica OLIC or Mamadou NIANG??? Remember Olic has signed a pre-contract for Bayern Munich, which means if he plays next season a rise is easily attainable. Although Bayern might not make the Champions League next year, so keep that in mind!
  3. Worth bringing to the attention of the forum... Anton Peterlin Age: 22 Midfielder (Defensive) Height: 5'11" Weight: 170 lbs Not on database, for obvious reasons! Peterlin is a 22 year old American (with Danish passport) who has just signed for Everton. Joins in the summer. He plays for Ventura County Fusion, which makes info on him very sparse! Fourth tier American team, official website is here... http://venturacountyfusion.com/ Good thread on his merits (and on US soccer on him here... http://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/showthread.php?t=941995 Here is an article about his trial an
  4. Re: scotland ratings Im sorry, but as a Rangers and Scotland fan, Broadfoot is one of the worst players ever to have played for Rangers. I would say Scotland, but Kevin Kyle, Scott Dobie and Stevie Crawford push him all the way. While appearences and international caps do have some influence, he is just a very poor player. Yes, he does give his all, but this does not make up for his lack of skill. He is not a right back, and when he plays centre back, well the cup final says it all. He is regularly beaten for pace, and has been to blame several for several high profile goals. But agreed,
  5. Re: scotland ratings I think what cost McGeady the chance of maintaining his rating was lack of consistent first team games. He fell out of favour at the start of the season, then had a fall out with Strachan later on. McGeady has only stated 13 league games, which cant really justify a 90 unless you have been injured and in good form. Maybe his international appearences could have saved him, I dont know. It has been said before many times, Boyd needs to start against all teams and then score goals against all teams before he could be considered a 90, and if he was playing for Scotland that
  6. Re: scotland ratings Scottish players can get into the 90's, but now is a poor time to be looking for any! Firstly, the national team has lost all the confidence it gained under McLeish and Smith. The ratings reflected the results against France, Ukraine etc. Now our results, are well, not as good. In 2008, the national team won one game. This affects ratings too. The Old firm have also disappointed this season. Ferguson will drop next rating changes, as will many of the Rangers team that made it to the UEFA cup final. They have not performed to the same level as last year. I cannot see B
  7. Re: High Rated Risers Wilson Palacios, 24, now of Tottenham Hotspur. Has a good start to his Spurs career after some excellent performances for Wigan. 87 to at least 88, maybe 89.
  8. Re: Biggest Upcoming Risers Revisited (2008/09) I know a couple of Mexicans who would at least like to see a side win the copa libertadores. That would be real, tangible success on that front. Im not denying that the Mexican league doesn't have a lot to offer. I think, as I keep on saying, that looking beyond the stats, SM does not rate the Mexican league as high as it used to. And have therefore adjusted accordingly. They may of used the national team as an indicator of this. For Ochoa though, in qualifying, he hasn't started a single game out of eight. He's no longer national number one,
  9. Re: Biggest Upcoming Risers Revisited (2008/09) Thats a matter for debate, but it has to be taken into account at the very least. Luckily for the England players, they can prove their worth in the Champions League and the EPL, and these can maintain their ratings. Players earn an increased rating for national appearances. Their rating also depends on the country they play for. How good the country is, what are its achievements/expectations? If Mexican football was on form, they would expect to be easily topping their qualifying group, not drawing with Canada. They would also expect t
  10. Re: Biggest Upcoming Risers Revisited (2008/09) I understand the National Team could be considered a separate issue, but it can still be directly related. Take the recent Mexican game against Honduras, which they lost 1-0. Of the players that started that game, there were 3 x Santos Laguna players, 1 x Guadalajara, 1 x Cruz Azul, 1 x Toluca. Which makes 6 starters, not including Pardo who has now returned. The squad contained 14 Mexican based players. The team that finished behind Honduras to make the next round of qualifying, level on points with Jamaica. I think SM will have to of tak
  11. Re: Biggest Upcoming Risers Revisithttp://forum.soccermanager.com/newed (2008/09) I wasnt meaning that, I was looking at how the national team were performing in that link. There is an organisation, the IFFHS, that make a world club ranking list. http://www.iffhs.de/?10f42e00fa2d17f73702fa3016e23c17f7370eff3702bb1c2bbb6f28f53512 It's interesting enough, but pretty poor to be honest. I have heard a lot of people question it's purpose and methods. It places far too much emphasis on the winning of domestic trophies. Anyway in that, Atlas are 44th. If anyone knows of any better ones, im all
  12. Re: Biggest Upcoming Risers Revisited (2008/09) Think the harsh ratings me be down to a number of things. Firstly, the Mexico national team have fallen down the FIFA rankings. A look at the chart here shows the fall, http://www.fifa.com/associations/association=mex/ranking/gender=m/index.html While there are peaks and troughs, the general trend is markedly down. Secondly, while some players have made the grade moving to Europe. Others, such as Bravo (90) and Solari (89) have struggled, despite having high SM ratings in the first place. SM will be wary of this im sure. Lastly, the Scottis
  13. Re: Steven Fletcher - Hibernian Agree with point above. Fletcher is definitely one to keep an eye out for in the future, but is unlikely to rise now. Fletcher has very good technique (for a Scottish player)(I can say that, im Scottish) but if he was to rise again for Hibernian he would need to add more goals to his game. Even then, a player would have to be playing extremely well for a non-old firm team to gain an 88 or higher. If he moves, which he will eventually, a rise could be a possibility, along with even more national team action. To sum him up, a common occurence would be for t
  14. Re: Top Rated Game Worlds I am agree with your theory, but my point here is that the system immediately punishes a setup for attracting new managers. It is a victim of it's own success. As I see it, the star rating is designed to help users pick a more active/stable and therefore 'better' setup to manage in. With this in mind, the rating system does not effectively meet the targets it set out to achieve.
  15. Re: Top Rated Game Worlds I have been reading the forum a lot longer than I have been contributing, put it that way. And even then, it's usually a quick glance just to get one step ahead with the rating changes!
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