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  1. Re: Bundesliga Ratings 2012/2013 Nice to see a cool head in here amongst everyone else going crazy. I agree especially with your final paragraph, which I've bolded. The Bundesliga has been massively underrated on SM up to now, but these ratings have well and truly reflected its status as the third-highest rated league in the world. Consider this also as a shift in the overall pitch of ratings. Someone on here made this argument when Pirlo got a +2 to become a 94 again - ratings in general are being more generous, partly because these players have gone a year without being rated, and part
  2. Re: Player Concerns (please read the Online Help if looking for help) I'm not against concerns as such - in my main setup this week I saw a real vindication for their existence, with Anderson Hernanes (who had played just 18 games in 2 seasons for Barcelona) requesting a transfer and moving to second division VfB Stuttgart, thereby becoming their star player. My team and that of my main rival have had to shed a few players - the likes of Vertonghen, Schurrle, Lewandowski and Kroos - because they were barely able to get any games. All left for big money to improve weaker sides in the setup, wh
  3. Re: Player Concerns (please read the Online Help if looking for help) This! A perfect demonstration of how the new concern system has failed to take common sense into its equation. Higuain is my top-rated striker at 94, and usually he fires the goals in for my team. But not this season - he can't hit a barn door and has scored just 6 goals in 23 league games. But I have to play him in almost every match to ensure he doesn't develop concerns, to the detriment of my side's form Instead of actually managing the team, I'm just managing the concerns instead. Ridiculous.
  4. Re: Player Concerns (please read the Online Help if looking for help) So, Lahm went up to a Level 2 Concern today. As well documented by myself in this thread, he was injured for 8 weeks at the end of the previous season, having started 20 consecutive games before suffering the injury. He made his return on July 12th, but was obviously below match fitness and had to miss the first match he was "available" for. The unlucky fellow then got injured on his first game back, which put him out for 13 days. Again, he was below match fitness on his return and had to miss a game, but since then has s
  5. Re: Player Concerns (please read the Online Help if looking for help) That explanation from SM is clearly incorrect anyway. For me, Philipp Lahm is an absolute first-team regular. Last season he started 33 league games, 3 Cup games (the quarter, semi and final) and all 12 SMFA games he was fit for. On the very last day of the league season he picked up an injury that ruled him out for 8 weeks. Just before coming back from that injury, he went up to a Level 1 concern - having started 20 consecutive matches up to and including the match he was injured in, and having started 49 of the club
  6. Re: Player Concerns (please read the Online Help if looking for help)
  7. Re: Player Concerns (please read the Online Help if looking for help) I don't usually have any complaints about the Concerns system, but clearly something is wrong at the moment. Philipp Lahm suffered an injury for my team on the last day of the season on May 16th that has sidelined him until July 12th. Today I get notified that he is concerned about his lack of games That's right - a guy who is still out injured is complaining to me about not being played. It won't be a problem as he'll be straight back in my first XI once he's back to full fitness, but under different circumstances this
  8. Re: overhaul of how results are decided. I do think that for some reason, results in international matches and club friendlies are far more random than matches in the standard league and cup competitions. Not sure why, but it's definitely the case. It makes international competitions a lottery and friendlies a complete waste of time, as it's very difficult to draw any actual conclusions from the results.
  9. Re: Board Objectives As an option for custom setups, fine. But on many occasions the idea of managers being sacked in standard game worlds has come up, and every time my response has been the same - no way. I do agree that managers logging in once every 29 days is an annoyance, but it doesn't always mean the manager deserves to lose their club. A friend of mine had an AC Milan side which he loved, but there was a phase where he could only log in every three weeks or so. They got relegated, and under your idea he'd have been sacked from the club he'd managed for three years based on a coupl
  10. Re: Robben+Sakho => Ribery! I'd much rather keep Robben and Sakho.
  11. Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread... Do that without hesitation.
  12. Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread... I would have preferred to have gone with Pedro and Mascherano, but that was above my chairman's maximum by about 300k. Thanks for the advice, both to you and Mudito. I think I'm gonna follow my instincts and turn the offer down... It's always tempting when a player of Xavi's rating is on the table but I think it'd affect my squad's ability to compete in all competitions if I lost two first teamers. I feel slightly bad for walking in here for help without offering any advice myself - I'll make a mental note to hang around for a couple of days now Edit: Che
  13. Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread... I've got the option to swap Arjen Robben and Javier Mascherano for Xavi, but I'm not sure what to do. My instinct tells me that'd be giving away a bit too much for the 32-year old. Other midfielders of note in my side are Iniesta, Xabi Alonso, Pedro Rodriguez and Mario Götze... So while Xavi would clearly improve on Mascherano, I fear I'd be weakening the side overall too much by letting Robben go. Thoughts?
  14. Re: Where have players' career statistics gone? It's back and improved, or certainly cleaned up - all the seasons where a player didn't make a single league appearance have been struck from the record, making it look a lot tidier. Quite pleased with that SM.
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