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  1. Re: Bundesliga Ratings 2012/2013 Am I right in saying only two teams got reviewed this morning, Monchengladbach and Schalke?
  2. Re: Guess at next leagues to be reviewed, & discuss SM's review policy........
  3. Re: Guess at next leagues to be reviewed, & discuss SM's review policy........
  4. Re: Guess at next leagues to be reviewed, & discuss SM's review policy........
  5. Re: Guess at next leagues to be reviewed, & discuss SM's review policy........ But now it's just an inefficient scatter gun approach. By using SW in this way they're creating a database that is rife with inconsistency, where only the 'popular' players from that league actually get a fair review, whilst most of the others continue to be rated many points lower. Far from helping them keep the database well balanced and up to date, it's, actually, only going to make it seem more unbalanced and out of date. I'm happy to wait a few weeks/months longer if it means we have a database (as we did) that is reviewed methodically, and logically, therefore making it more accurate as a whole. I actually really like the concept of SW, and think it is a great tool to update players more regularly, I just don't think it should have taken such a major role in rating changes. The database will not benefit from the fact its users are only going to update the 'hot' players that they have and want to rise, leaving all the other players rating slipping hideously outdated. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens when they finally do make it through the big 5 (got to finish what they start I guess), and whether the concept of overall league reviews is abolished from then onwards. We've already seen a mass of countries receive many random risers, which perhaps suggests they are all nations that will not get a thorough review again.
  6. Re: Guess at next leagues to be reviewed, & discuss SM's review policy........
  7. Re: Turkish Database - Ask me anything No they haven't, mate, if you notice a lot of players from many other leagues went up too. They have started to review Germany amongst all that, but the rest are random risers based on changes made by users of SoccerWiki (as is now the way SM do changes). If SM are reviewing a whole league, they start from the bottom and work their way up.
  8. Re: Bulgarian APFG Riser Predictions 12/13 I just noticed those myself, pleased to have been on target for Milanov (although it wasn't a hard one to predict). Wasn't expecting a rise for Vutov, but at least I signposted him as a good prospect. Certainly one to follow still, could rise far higher long term.
  9. Re: English Championship 7777 - Discussion Thread AFC Bournemouth 1 - 0 Birmingham City Ba 87 A late, crucial Demba Ba goal at the Goldsands Stadium keeps our hopes of survival alive. I was very pleased with the amount of chances we created, but it seemed like Stekelenburg was going to be unbeatable until Dia and Ba combined late on. We are now level on points with Carlisle, and two points away from safety. However, with a difficult double of away games at Hereford and Newcastle coming up I'm not getting carried away.
  10. Re: Chairman blocking loan This has been happening for weeks!
  11. Re: English Championship 7777 - Discussion Thread I'm in the same boat, although I'm a massive five points away from safety after a 0-1 home defeat to Forest, after I got my tactics all wrong. I just can't see yourself and Birmingham slipping up enough in the last few games to save us now. We now face a massive home game against Birmingham on Wednesday, if we don't win, we are certain of relegation, it's as simple as that. I know it's not my fault the team is in such a bad position, since I only took over three weeks ago, but it still hurts!
  12. Re: Premier League Discussion Thread Perhaps he wants to make the step up and fancies a challenge in a top tier league? Reading aren't finished yet, unlike QPR they're a team of players who want to keep their team in the league and will fight for it, and teams like that have beaten the odds (at least for a season or two) once or twice in the past. Even if they do go down, it'd be a good chance to put himself in the shop window for another team in the league for future seasons.
  13. Re: English Championship 7777 - Discussion Thread Indeed it is, I've never participated in a relegation dogfight before, which is what attracted me to this team, given they were in a hopeless position when I found this setup. I still think we'll end up being relegated, both yourselves and Birmingham have a much stronger squad than us, and the level of squad improvements I've been able to do has been severley limited by the poor resources that were available. But, I'm just giving it the best shot I can, it'll be interesting to see what happens.
  14. Re: English Championship 7777 - Discussion Thread Wrexham 0 - 3 AFC Bournemouth Abdoun 6, Orbaiz 17, Guilavogui 74 Finally, we pick up the first three points of my managerial reign. Unfortunately, both Birmingham City and Carlisle United also won, keeping us two points adrift of safety. However, I am encouraged by the vast improvment of the teams performances since I took over five games (DLDDW) ago with them on a six game losing streak!
  15. Re: The Best Talent of 10k Another player for your list, from Scotland, is John McGinn (65 rated) of St Mirren. He didn't rise in the recent Scottish changes because he hadn't played at that time. However, since the 24th of November he has started all six SPL games for them. Should go 65 > 75/76 at least, presuming he remains as a starter. Listed as DM,MC currently, but should change to a left winger.
  16. Re: English Championship 7777 - Discussion Thread AFC Bournemouth 1 - 1 Everton Ba 73 Dzeko 85 Another game, another excellent late lead thrown away stupidly. Going into the game I'd have been happy with a point against the strongest team in the division, with their team full of stars giving them a team with an average rating a full four points over mine. However, the nature of it once again makes it feel like a defeat. Taking a late lead only to throw it away again seems to be the theme with this team since in the last two games. Those four points we've dropped will cost us dearly in the relegation battle, it looks like we're going down.
  17. Re: English Championship 7777 - Discussion Thread Carlisle United 2 - 2 AFC Bournemouth Semshov 17, Rosicky 82, Lopez S/O 5, Ba 80, Siovas 81 Ordinarily, I'd be quite happy with an away point in a tough game like this, but the manner of it is frustrating, particularly as this was a real relegation six pointer. Going from 0-1 behind to 2-1 up in two minutes, as late in the game as the 80th and the 81st, should really make sure of the three points, but we fell asleep and conceeded a needless equaliser. I'm particularly annoyed with Javi Lopez being sent off so early, one of my key players and he picks up a 3 match ban five minutes into his debut, brilliant! Still, this side had lost its last six games when I arrived so I suppose two draws and one defeat from my first three games in this tough league really hasn't been to bad. However, the games are running out and, with an impossible task at home to an exceptional Everton side that is ripping its way through the league on Wednesday, we really need to pick up some wins and fast.
  18. Re: English Championship 7777 - Discussion Thread The changes at AFC Bournemouth have begun! No earth shattering changes, I've just been trying to add depth to our pitifully weak squad. I had to sell Gentner and Cerci to be able to do this. They are both 88, and all of their replacements are lower rated and generally older, so it's less than ideal, but these two had to be sacrificed so I could have an additional five players in the squad (otherwise I had a bench with a highest rating of 80, and that was a loanee!). I also sold the 85 rated Bulot, which I really would rather not have done, but cash was essential to move my squad from threadbare. The arrivals are (or will be when accepted deals are completed): Pablo Orbaiz I'm really not a fan of buying old players, but with my limited resources I have to stretch them as best I can. Orbaiz comes in since, even at 33, he is still a key part of a Rubin side that is doing ok domestically and well in Europe. Won't ever get above 87, but should be safe there for the time being, and at around 50% of the price I got for the 88 rated Gentner he is a decent replacement which allowed me more resources for an additional player. Javi Lopez Like Orbaiz, not going to rise above 87, but should be safe there for the time being as a regular for Espanyol and has the advantage of only being 26. Another good saving too so a valuable buy. Djamel Abdoun I don't expect him to rise or do anything incredible. But, he is a 26 year old with a solid 86 rating at one of the strongest clubs in Greece with decent flexibility in his position. Dimitrios Siovas At least one of my purchases has a little potential for the future. Currently at 84 and should get a +1/+2 eventually for being a regular at Olympiakos and having appeared for Greece. Andrade Danilo Once again, another oldie. However, he was still a key part of Corinthians Copa Libertadores and Club World Cup winning side so should remain a safe 86 and adds another relatively flexible option for the midfield. David Ducourtioux The oldest of the oldies at 34! However, he is still playing a key role for a Valenciennes side sitting 6th in Ligue 1 and therefore is another safe 86. Also offers incredible versatility for the squad, being a D(RL),DM(RC),M®! Denis Streker With all the short term buys taking up all my resource, I wanted to at least try and fine one riser that was still available! I found this 21 year old lad from Hoffenhiem. Currently, he's far from setting the world alight, but with 232 minutes in the Bundesliga he should deserve a small rise of +2/+3 anyway. Nothing special, but nice to have at least one younger player with potential. John McGinn St Mirren midfielder, currently only rated 65, since he hadn't played when the Scottish changes were done. However, since 24th November he has been a regular starter for 5 games running. Of course, being in the SPL will make any rise he eventually gets minimal, but again it's nice to at least have a little potential with all the oldies. Thank you also to the mangers of Burnley, Man Utd and Wolves for loaning me Paul Pogba, Matthew Briggs and Facundo Ferreya respectviely:). I also exchanged a load of 70s in my squad for a collection of 64s just to take a little of the wage bill. Overall, I'm pleased with these transfers, for two 88 rated players and an 85 I've added two 87s, three 86s and an 84 to the squad to add some much needed depth. Of course, their ages and/or lack of any long term potential for changes means they are far from ideal, but I had to make te best of a bad situation here. Do I think we'll manage to survive in Division Two now? In all honesty, probably not, I've never had a very good grasp of tactics on SM and against all of the superior teams in Division Two, I just don't think we'll be strong enough, but I'll give it a good go anyway.
  19. Re: Guess at next leagues to be reviewed, & discuss SM's review policy........
  20. Re: Bundesliga Ratings 2012/2013 The answer lies on the front page...
  21. Re: Bundesliga Ratings 2012/2013 Thank you. Can I also ask for clarification on the current state of play with Petr Jiracek please? I know you've predicted for him to stay, but was thinking slightly longer term. I know he started the season as a starter for both Hamburg and Czech Republic but picked up an injury which has kept him out of action since. When is he, roughly, expected to be fit again? What kind of role is he likely to have at the club after such a spell out?
  22. Re: Guess at next leagues to be reviewed, & discuss SM's review policy........ Well, that statement, for the most part, answers our concerns and I have to say it merely serves to confirm my worst fears. 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it' seems to be a phrase that hasnt been heard in their offices, I don't really have too much more to say. I'll probably give it another month or two in the hope I can adapt, but I don't know how that will go. On a more constructive note, I wish SW would make it possible to vote for more than one change to a players data. I've got quite a few players I can update, but I can't because I've been stuck for weeks with an English player that I edited, since my change won't go through until they review England.
  23. Re: Serie A Rating Predictions 2012/13
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