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  1. The Race Back To The Top

    7 entries so far, which isn't bad. A big thanks to @Kun Aguero who has made this possible by editing the .dat file within the game. I'll leave this open for a few more entries, then I'll start it.
  2. Challenge Cup 2017

    I'm throwing my hat in. This seems fun
  3. The Race Back To The Top

    2 promotion spots. And you can only choose one team
  4. Introduction Amongst all the articles and the guides/tips flying around at the moment, I have decided to run a fun little competition for all you Vibers. Now, there's no prize for winning, as it is just for fun, after all. So, let's get to the business part. We all know the dominance of the 2 Manchester clubs, the 3 'big' London clubs and Liverpool, as they all form the current top 6 this season in the Premier League. But what if they all had to start from the Vanarama National League, and work their way up? Well that is now a reality. Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool have all been placed in the Vanarama National League, the fifth level of the English Football pyramid, one level below the Football League. Here's the fun apart. I will simulate through how ever many seasons it takes for one of them to work their way up, back to the Premier League, winning the title. All you have to do, is guess which team YOU think will win the Premier League first, and the year. Simply lay it out like this : Name of team who will win the Premier League first - Year they will win - Please post your guesses below. Updates will follow within the coming days. Good luck!
  5. Basque Players

    Basque is a region in Spain, like Catalonia. Athletic Bilbao only sign players who are from that region of Spain. It would be a bit like Chelsea only buying players from the London area to keep players local.
  6. Basque Players

    A basque player search would be useful on future additions on the game to make Bilbao saves easier. Good luck with your career!
  7. Basque Players

    I think the only way to know who the Basque players in the game are is to just google it. There's a list here : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Basque_footballers that you can work from (Some names on there are retired players, so be careful) I'm sure there's more websites with a list of more Basque players. With Bilbao, it encourages you to promote players from the youth team to the first team.
  8. I try to. Everytime I sell a player, their value seems to go up by £10m/£15m, so I can never afford to buy them back
  9. Did Odegaard make the right choice?

    In my experience, he's never become the player he's been touted to be. Bit of a shame really. I hope this loan move to Heerenveen ignites his career a bit, because he hasn't exactly showed any signs of his potential. Interesting article
  10. How to prepare and set-up against big teams

    Yeah I suppose. I think more research etc has to go into the opposition if you're a smaller team as you know that you're going to have a tough game on your hands, so doing that extra little things may give you the upper hand. Thanks Sam Thanks I rarely use 'pressing', because to me, it's a sign of desperation and like you said, forceful. Pressing is a last resort for me, If it doesn't go to plan, it can badly backfire as you're left with a team who have no energy left, which leaves you in a worse position than you were in before.
  11. Introduction Managing a small team on Football Manager comes with great reward. The feeling of achievement and accomplishment when, after years and years of hard work, you finally reach where you wanted to be. One of the hard aspects about managing a small team, however, is when you come up against some of the 'stronger' teams in your league/nation, which can give you a reality check at times. In this guide, I'm going to tell you how you can prepare before the big matches, how to set yourself up during the matches, and if needed, how to execute an action plan if things aren't going to plan. Do Your Research One of the first things you have to do is research. Research everything about the team you're coming up against, such as tactics used in their last game, in-form players and recent results. To view the players' form, click onto the 'view' bar at the bottom, and click onto 'form', then confirm. It should look like this: The numbers shown are a rating out of 10, so you can check what players have been performing the best in their last few matches. This is so you know what players are in-form for that team, thus knowing the players who will probably be the most dangerous when you come up against them. Another piece of research you could do is checking on the teams' recent results. Doing this gives you an idea of what form they are in, whether that is a losing run, or a winning run of games. From the screenshot above, it is easy to conclude that Chelsea are on a fairly bad run of games, with only 1 win in their first 4 matches of the season. This can work to your advantage, because if a team is in bad form, it could work in your favour, therefore giving you the chance to capitalise on that, and even potentially giving you the upper hand with the game. And finally, the other method of research on your opponent are the reports your assistant manager sends to you a day before the matches. It gives you a visual on what their predicted line-up is, who their star player is and a simplified version of their recent form. Probably the most important part of the report is the part that says 'style of play'. This gives you an indication on how your opponent likes to play their football, which gives you the opportunity to counter that style of play. It's no surprise that a big team like Chelsea like the passing style of play, as most big teams prefer that these days. If you are managing a smaller team, like Burnley, you will need to think of way to break them down so that they don't get the chance to pass the ball around. Pressing could be an option for this, but at the same time, it is risky, as it can make you very exposed if you get caught on the counter-attack, and can also tire your players out and make them fatigued much quicker. During The Match So, you've picked your formation, picked your starting 11 and picked your team instructions, and now it's come to the big match. So I just sit and watch, right? No. A big no. Doing this is a big mistake, as it could, and probably will go horribly wrong. You must keep an eye on your team stats AT ALL TIMES. You must keep checking which of your players are under-performing, and which of your players are doing well. However, it isn't just your team you should be keeping an eye. During the match, you should always click on 'opposition' at the bottom of the screen to check your opponent's tactics, to check how their players are performing as well. A good thing to do with this, is to check on what players are out of position (if the players' icon is yellow or red, it means they aren't playing in their natural position). For example, Loftus-Cheek is currently playing on the right wing for Chelsea, and has a yellow icon, which means he isn't in his natural position. This gives you the chance to take advantage of this, as you can simply go onto your team instructions, and change the passing focus. Doing this will change the areas of the pitch your players will play the ball, so if you focus it on the same side of the pitch where the opposition is out of position, it will put pressure on that side, therefore taking advantage of the opposition's weaknesses on the pitch. And Lastly, Have An Effective Action Plan The worse case scenario after doing your research, and setting your team out, is to start losing. If and when this happens, you need a plan B, or atleast an action plan that can get you back into the game. If you are 2 goals or more down with 20 minutes of the game left, I recommend that you change your formation to 3 at the back, with 5 in midfield and 2 upfront. How you structure them is entirely up to you, but as long as you have those foundations, you stand a good chance. I would also switch the mentality to 'balanced', and turn 'men behind the ball' off. I wouldn't have 'pressing' turned on, as like I said earlier, it can leave you very exposed. I have used these tactics and instructions during matches where the same circumstances have occured, and 9 times out of 10, I have atleast scraped a draw out of the match, and worked again with the Burnley and Chelsea match. There's more than one plan B, so keep trying and keep testing until you find a one that works. I hope this guide has helped. Thanks a lot for reading!
  12. UEFA Super League

    On the league table page, there doesn't seem to be any relegation spots from the first division.
  13. The 31st edition of the African Cup of Nations gets underway this Friday, with hosts Gabon taking on Guinea-Buissau in the official curtain raiser. Here is a list of 5 players who are almost certain to light the 2017 tournament. Enjoy! Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - Gabon This tournament has Aubameyang's name written all over it. Although he first starred for France U-21's, Aubameyang made his Gabon debut back in 2009, scoring 20 goals since. With Gabon, he reached the quarter-finals of the 2012 African Cup of Nations, finishing as top scorer of the tournament with 3 goals. Disappointment followed for the striker, however, as Gabon were eliminated in the group stages in both the 2012 Olympics and the 2015 AFCON. Aubameyang bagged 15 goals in the Bundesliga last season, with him already scoring 16 this season with Borussia Dortmund. Can Aubameyang continue his hot form this season and fire Gabon to glory? Riyad Mahrez - Algeria The Leicester City man has put his name on the map within the last 16 months. Moving to The Foxes from French side Le Havre in 2013, he has been influential in Leicester's surge to the top of English football, winning the Premier League back in May 2016, scoring 17 goals from the wide position as he also picked up the PFA Player's Player of the Year, along with the African Player of the Year. Mahrez didn't have the best of starts to his Algeria career, after he was dropped after their first game of the 2014 World Cup, where they were eliminated in the last 16. 2015 was a brighter year on the international stage, as he starred in every game in the 2015 African Cup of Nations as Algeria reached the quarter-finals of the tournament. Can Mahrez fire Algeria to the pinnacle of the African continent? Sadio Mané - Senegal Signed by Jurgen Klopp from Southampton for a fee of £34m in the summer of 2016, Mane has made himself one of the first names on the team sheet for Liverpool. Previously playing in Austria with Red Bull Salzberg, Mane joined Southampton before the 2014-2015 season, and instantly became a fan's favourite at St Mary's. Scoring 10 goals in his first season for The Saints, he went on to score an additional 11 in the next season, helping Southampton finish 7th and 6th respectively. He has already scored 9 goals so far this season for Liverpool, including a last gasp winner in the Merseyside derby. Quarter-finalists in the 2012 Olympics, Senegal had to go without Mane for the first group game in the 2015 tournament, and couldn't prevent them going out in the group stage. Will Africa's most expensive player step up to the plate for Senegal? Serge Aurier - Ivory Coast The Ivory Coast are notorious for producing some of the world's finest players, including ex-Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and Manchester City's Yaya Toure, with Serge Aurier's name potentially being the next one on that list. Starting his career of at Lens, Aurier was shipped to Toulouse, before joining Paris-Saint Germain on loan for the 2014-2015 season. He experienced a rocky first season at the Parisian club, with injury and controversy problems with UEFA overshadowing the season. Despite this, he secured a permanent transfer to PSG in April 2015, as he began to impress Laurent Blanc in the right-back position. He bagged himself league goals against Nantes and Lyon, and Champions League goal against Shakhtar Donetsk in the group stages. He found himself in hot water again, however, after he made a remark towards team-mate Angel Di Maria, and a homophobic slur towards manager Laurent Blanc, leading to him training with the reserves for the majority of the 2nd half of the 2015-2016 season. Can Aurier put his past problems behind him, and help Ivory Coast to the AFCON title? Andre Ayew - Ghana Since arriving in England back in 2015 with Swansea City, Andre Ayew has arguably been one of the Premier League's best strikers in the last 2 years. Marseille was his first destination as he signed his first professional contract in 2007 with the French side. 2 loan moves followed for the Ghanian, as he temporarily moved to Lorient and Arles-Avignon in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010. He returned to Marseille for the 2010-2011 season, before signing for Swansea City in the summer of 2015 after scoring 44 goals in the 5 year period. Ayew spent just 1 season at Swansea, as he moved to fellow Premier League side West Ham United in 2016 for a club record £20.5m. On the international stage, Ayew has managed to rack up 11 goals for Ghana, whom he retired from in 2013 after a dispute with the Ghana FA, only to return 7 months later. The 27-year-old may not have much time left to win silverware with Ghana. Will 2017 be their year? Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed it. The African Cup of Nations starts this Friday, on ITV 4 at 4pm.
  14. 5 Steps To Buying The Perfect Player

    Yeah, that's a good shout. Should have probably included that.
  15. 5 Steps To Buying The Perfect Player

    I like to open the negotiations by bidding their value, so then I know the exact amount they are looking for, or atleast the region. Either way, you're going to get to the end product, which is the player. I've just found that enquiring is only effective when it's for a player who is on the transfer list, because the club then tell you how much exactly they are looking for.