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    AFC Wimbledon
  • Participating In Following Setups
    WC 853 /2505 / 2506 / 2507 / 2510 / 2512 / 2513 / 2514/ 2517 / 2695 / E1407 + 2 others
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    Vinnie Jones
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    8 and counting
  1. Re: This is hilarious.. You're not the only one. My River Plate team is now down to it's reserves, indeed my forward line is now 2nd or 3rd reserves. Managed to lose 3 players in a game including injuries and reds...It seems that every decent player gets injured....
  2. Re: Oh, dear God! Same happened to me last night however the first thing I did was check the reputation of my opponent and lo and behold it's 41....In theory new players should not be able to outplay experienced players however if they lost every game they'd quit. Hence I bet there's a little adjustment to the engine that kicks in when a new player joins...ie win a few games, rope your mates in to join and pay for your own set-up. By then you'll hopefully have gained some experience and are winning games by genuine means. SM will never admit to this however I am 100% certain it happens. Every time I have a crazy loss to a rubbish team it's always a guy with rep of 40/41. Just move on....
  3. Re: IMPORTANT - Tactic Formation "Breaktime" Hard to say if it's "true" although the same happens to me all of the time. ie As a rule of thumb 3-5-2 beats 4-4-2 however every now and again 3-5-2 will lose game after game to 4-4-2. Your bad patch can be at the start of the season or the end however at some stage the dreaded change will happen. I guess a couple of issues kick in. 1) In real life if you play the same way then opponents get wise to it and adapt...ie the first 10 games under Scolari, Chelsea were fantastic and playing more exciting footie than even the likes of Arsenal. All of a sudden Chelsea start drawing with clubs outside the top 4 and losing at home to those within the top 4. The tactics change and then all of a sudden Chelsea are winning again. In SM maybe the same logic applies...ie play the same way for "x" games and then all of a sudden you'll lose as your opponents have "got wise". Obviously in an SM world your opponent is more often than not the AI hence maybe the AI get's intelligence forcing managers to actually manage their teams. 2) Under the old engine Non managed clubs played 4-4-2 and 3-5-2 was the best defence. Under the new engine unmanaged clubs play 4-5-1, 4-4-2, 4-3-3 etc and whilst 3-5-2 generally works against 4-4-2 it's not necessarily the default defence against 4-3-3 as 4-3-3 provides 3 attackers against your 3 defenders. Personally when I start to see a pattern emerging with a particular defense then I'll change my tactics. I've 12 teams and 11 generally play 3-5-2 (the other plays 4-3-3 wingers as I lost game after game with 3-5-2 hence changed). As and when 3-5-2 starts to lose games that I should be winning then I'll change, maybe playing 3-4-1-2, 4-3-2-1, 4-4-2 or even 4-3-3 (wingers). I then give my revised opening 5-6 games and then revert back to 3-5-2 if needs be. Most of the leagues I'm in are not actively managed hence I don't subscribe to the belief that the opposing manager has changed tactics and that's why you / I lost. Very rarely do i see any manager who will chop & change depending on opponent, indeed I rarely do this myself as setting a team and substitution policy becomes very time consuming if you change your formation every game.
  4. Re: Stadium Building Not convinced as attendence now seems to be linked to what the team gets in real life hence Man Utd teams at the bottom of div 2 get 70,000 yet my fluminense team gets 25,000 in div 1, even though they've a stadium that holds 90,000+. People moan about changes etc that SM make to the game however linking your attendance to what the real life teams gets is the worst change. I recently saw a piece about taking a minnow (Darlington) to div 1 and how wonderful it was....well let me tell you, you can forget about anyone else ever doing that as Darlington only get 2,000 in real life hence they'll now get that in Dv 1.
  5. Re: 40 mill for modric Seeing as he's just broken his leg he won't be playing again this season so his rating is not going up..
  6. Re: playing unmanaged teams I play 3-5-2 virtually all of the time...3 CB's a midfield of RM / AM / DM / CM / LM and a F / CF up front. Generally as I am stronger I go for attacking and a fast tempo with attacking through the middle. If my wide players are not LM / RM but Wingers then I have mixed attacking. I put an arrow on my RM pointing forwards & towards the middle, I do the same for my LM and also my AM. My DM has an arrow pointing back towards my own goal and my CM has an arrow pointing towards my AM (ie filling the gap that he will leave when he attacks). If I use Wingers then I use arrows pointing up the pitch (ie straight down the flanks). Set CF as Target man, press all over, if their attack is worse than your defence then play offside however if their attackers are stronger then don't play offside. Generally very successful although every now and again I'll lose with these tactics. Overall though I'll win 8/10 against unmanaged with these tactics. and good luck...
  7. Re: why can't I win? As you don't seem to have a dedicated LM or RM then you'll have to play with wingers in a 3-5-2. This is still ok however not as effective as playing with dedicated wide players. I'd suggest you use the arrows to point forwards plus go for a mixed style. If you had and LM and a RM then point the arrows towards the centre and attack through the middle. Simple stuff...always play to your strengths.
  8. Re: Aarrgghh, injuries Whilst possession is good, a lot also depends on the formations and tactics....eg short/fast/attacking will generate lots of shots however your attackers will shoot at distance whereas a more reserved approach like short/slow will hopefully keep possession and therefore hopefully your forwards will get shots when closer to goal, improving your chances of scoring. Injuries can be a pain (excuse the pun) however as Smartdoc says, we've all been there and we've all lost players, indeed including red cards I've lost 3 players before in a match.(ouch!)
  9. Re: SM taking the mick I must admit I was pleased that the A1 made the change as the AI had put a random rubbish player in goal and I would like have been stuffed. As it was I got the points and it certainly foced me to always check if and when I change the goalie. Funnily enough I swapped Jaskalinan for Friedal + cash in another league, saw the AI had stuck a random outfielder in goal and was considering doing it again however bottled out in the end and physically put Friedal in goal. I've seen a number of examples where people have obviously changed formations and then found that the CF becomes a LM or the CB ends up as a CM etc. Personally I don't have a problem with the AI kicking in and correcting things. I do find it a little weird though that the AI kicks in at times yet, if a players is recalled from loan, or swapped out then the AI always puts a random player in that position. That's more annoying to me than the A1 correcting obvious errors.
  10. Re: SM taking the mick Happened to me and it refered to a goalie. I'd swapped my main goalie for another and as it was a straight swap assumed the new goalie would automatically end up in goal and not checked to see that this had happened. Unfortunately this did not happen and the AI put a random player in goal resulting in the same message. Fortunately it was at a time when it was almost impossible to beat unmanaged teams hence I ended up with the A1 setting my formation and players and I picked up the 3 points.
  11. Re: Great tip for beginners I've tried this and I've done the opposite, ie selling a 20+ goal striker to a higher division team. A guy rated 89/90 in Div 3 and scoring lots of goals is not necessarily going to maintain the same scoring record in a higher division. Good way to cash in as people see someone scoring for fun and assume he'll do the same if he is playing for a Div1/2 team, when the reality is he will not.
  12. Re: thomas hitzlsperger Also when the German ratings were reviewed, Stuttgart weren't doing too well and a number of their players went down (I've also a Stuttgart team) whereas they finished 3rd in the end. I'd keep him for the time being as you will get prize money in a couple of weeks once the season is over. Also....whilst there is no sentiment in business I'd not deal with someone who I didn't like. I've 3 clowns in one of my leagues who have openly admitted in the news that they have manipulated the transfer market by overpricing / underpricing sales between them and I've now stated on the news that I won't do business with them. Stick to you guns and tell him to take a hike (politely.!).
  13. Re: Carlo Ancelotti:How Long Will He Last? The only Chelsea managers over the last 20-30 years that i can think of who were loved by all the fans are Jose and Gus. Doubt if Jose will return to the promised land but as for Gus, well he's a man of honour and the world cup is next summer and he's committed to Russia until then. The fact Zhirkov is off to the Bridge does not surprise me. Reckon if Ancelotti delivers the Champions League then he'll be off in the summer anyway when Gus returns. As for Grant, personally I reckon he did a fine job as when he took the team over the club were struggling for goals. Sure they missed out on Silverware however they should have won the CL and gave United some scares in the league.
  14. Re: How to win cups Yep tend to agree. It had been quoted in another guide along with 3-2-2-2-1 as the ultimate solution to the problem of unmanaged clubs. Under the old engine I did have some success with 3-2-2-2-1 incorporating the recommended tactics however managed to lose game after game once the engine changed a few months ago...I gave up and reverted to 3-5-2 and have enjoyed a lot of success since. Sir Metz's guide still holds tremendous value under the new engine accepting that Ive structured my squads to cope with a limited number of formations and therefore have never played some formations. Cup / League games v's unmanaged now are always 3-5-2 and judging by the league positions I enjoy I can vouch for it's effectiveneness.
  15. Re: Why are lots of teams not being taken in newer leagues? I've got 13 clubs in leagues ranging from about 10 managed teams to about 40. Unfortunately people get hooked, invite their friends and therefore want their own set-up, plus as so many leagues have been created most people want immediate success and club hop across leagues. I took my gold membership about a year ago and joined WC's in the rang 2500 however now we're up to 6,000 ish +. With up to 80 teams a league the addition of several thousand new leagues is going to increase the number of available clubs by hundreds of thousands. Unfortunately the increase in available clubs has not kept place with the number of new players resulting in most leagues being sparsley populated. I'd prefer it if the number of clubs you can manage increased over 3 as I'd happily take another club as no doubt would many players however SM are unlikely to give away such freebies as they want to encourage gold memberships.
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