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  1. Euro U21 2015 Team Of The Tournament - Where Are They Now? Hi fellow Vibers, after an intense speculation on Victor Lindelof transfer to Manchester United recently, I went on Google searching details about this Manchester United target, and found that he had been nominated in the Euro U21 2015, which he won the tournament with Sweden. Then I recalled that I had done an article about the Euro U21 2015 TOTT back in 2015, it made me wonder if Lindelof had gain some success in his career with a potential move to United, how about the other players nominated? Have they fulfilled their potential? Or did they turned up into another flop? So today, in this article, I will look at the player's stats then and now in FMM, and see if they have fulfilled their potential. Enjoy. First of all, let's look at the team. A very decent team, a few well-known wonderkids here. So let's move on to look at the players one by one. GK : Jose Sa FMM 17 Jose Sa was in Maritimo back in FMH 15, and is now in Porto B, signed by Porto for a fee of €1,5 million in January 2016. Looking at his attributes, he had a few greens and few reds in FMH15, but now in FMM 17, most of his attributes are blue, but with no greens. A decent improvement, right? As for his potential ability, that's definitely a huge improvement for him. In total, he can be a decent goalkeeper for most mid-table teams. DR : Victor Lindelof FMM 17 Look back to what I comment on him back in 2015, I said that he can be a decent player for lower league teams, and now he is already a target of Manchester United, what an improvement. Back in FMH 15, he's never the type of players you will look to sign, but now in FMM 17, he's one of the best right back in the game. He can play in both CB and RB position, and had a green attributes for Positioning, and with a few blue attributes for Crossing, passing, and tackling, which made him a perfect right back for any club. And he's only 21, I'm very sure that he will have mostly green attributes after a few years of training, with that high PA. Definitely one of the most improved player in the TOTM. DC : Filip Helander FMM 17 f The Swedish center back was not in the game in FMH 15, but after making a move to Verona and then a loan move to Bologna, he is now being included in FMM 17. He had some decent attributes as a center back, with a 15 in Aerial and Tackling, as well as a 14 in Positioning. While in real life, since his performance in U21 Euro 2015, he had been signed by then Serie A Verona, and was loaned to Bologna, with an obligation to sign outright. He definitely had gained himself an improvement, in both reputation and ability since U21 Euro 2015. DC : Jannik Vestergaard FMM 17 Shocked to see that Vestergaard was one of the few ( if not only ) players to be downgraded. The then Werder Bremen player is now in another Bundesliga team, Monchengladbach, joining the team in summer 2016, with a fee of €12 million. His green attributes in FMH 15 remained green in FMM 17, but with a few tweaks. Despite his downgrade, I'm sure that Vestergaard can still fit into most teams as a starting center back. DL : Raphael Guerreiro FMM 17 What a huge improvement for Guerreiro, in terms of both reputation and ability. From a mid table Ligue 1 side to a Champions League side. Guerreiro had been well-known since his performance in Euro 2016, winning the title for Portugal, just one year after U21 Euro 2015. His attributes had have a huge improvement, from mostly yellow in FMH 15, to mostly blue, and had the potential to reach green. He can also play in more positions now, since being deployed as a midfielder by Thomas Tuchel. As he is now in Dortmund, I believe that it's quite difficult to sign him if you are a mid table side, but if you are leading a big team, you can get him into your team by paying more. Definitely someone to watch in the future. DMC : William Carvalho FMM 17 He had a minor drop in terms of PA in FMM 17, but still a more than decent midfielder. Most of his attributes remain the same with those in FMM 17, but his Tackling attributes had been raised to 15, which made him someone reliable in the defence, with a 18 in Positioning as well. He also had a very high Strength attributes, I think he can also play as a nice BWM with that strong body. In real life, he's part of the Euro 2016 winning team, and he may soon be in a bigger league, with West Brom very close to signing him. DMC : Oscar Lewicki ( Not In Game ) Still in Malmo AMR : Nathan Redmond FMM 17 The player that scored against Liverpool for Southampton just yesterday. He had gained himself a slight improve in PA. He can be a decent winger with that attributes. Meanwhile, he can also play in more positions now, compared to in FMH 15. He's now a regular player for Southampton, and hopefully can improve more in the future. A future England international in the making? AMC : Bernardo Silva FMM 17 Already a wonderkid in FMH 15, and now just get better. He had all the stats for becoming a world-class attacking midfielder, definitely someone to sought for in any big teams. In real life, he had been targeted by Manchester United, and may be joining the Red Devils. If the move to Manchester United really happen for him, I'm sure he will soon be a world-beater under Mourinho. Definitely someone to look out in the future. AML : Ivan Calaveiro FMM 17 From Benfica, he is now in Championship side Wolves. A slight improvement in PA, his attributes looks decent, but believe me, he will get even better. I'm using him now in my Porto save, and he's scoring and assisting all around the pitch, playing as an INF. He will normally get transfer listed in the second season, and you will get to snap him up with a rather cheap transfer fee, probably below 10 million. ST : Kevin Volland FMM 17 Top scorer in the U21 Euro 2015, and now a record signing for Leverkusen from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim. He can now play in both left winger position and as a striker. Despite his slight drop in PA, he's still one of the best wonderkids in game. However, his time in Leverkusen seems not too well, having just scored 1 goal in 10 appearances, and had already been tagged as flop. Will he fulfilled his potential, and hopefully be one of Germany's star in the future? Well, that's all for today. As a conclusion, most of the players included in the TOTT had get themselves an improvement. The most improved player IMO had to be Raphael Guerreiro. With the next U21 Euro to start in summer 2017, I'm sure that there will more talents emerging out. Finally, I would like to hear your ideas about the players. Please leave your comments and ideas. As always, thanks for reading.
  2. How To Nurture Your Talents Let me take you on a little experiment I did the other day. I went on a journey with 4 talents I had in my squad in order to find out which specific journey works best for their development. It works really simple. I inherited a very strong squad in FC Barcelona and the sheer talent in that squad is mind-blowing. Setting up a formation and tactics is pretty easy with that sort of quality in the squad but with an eye on the future as well I wasn't sure what the best path was to take for some of the other players. Once the starting 11 are set and the bench filled with subs for all positions, what do I do with the 'leftovers'? Just leave 'em there? Throw them into the Reserve Team? Loan them out? Well, to be fair, they aren't exactly 'leftovers', they're talented players that we need to keep for the future but since the competition is immense at certain teams such as Barcelona it may take a season or two before they're ready to become a regular or even a key player for the team. In the meantime? We have three options Join The Reserves Keep in the squad Send on a loan spell Let's meet our talents! Our GoalKeeper Only 1 GK at the time on the pitch. Our friend Jose Aurelio Suarez has competition from A.Ter Stegen, J.Cilessen and J.Masip. That's lots so I'm taking Jose on 3 journeys and I'm eager to find out which one's going to make him a better Goalkeeper. Our Defender No lack of competition here either. T.Vermaelen, S.Roberto, G.Pique, J.Mascherano, J.Alba, J.Mathieu..our defender Umtiti looks really nice with many 13s and 14s. Let's bring friend #2 on this journey with us in order to find out what suits him best. Our Midfielder Looks great. But..He's no S.Buquests, no A.Iniesta, no A.Turan and no I.Rakitic. But he could very well be one day. He's a really promising talent so let's take this midfielder and friend #3 on this journey as well. Our Forward Great numbers here. If you find a way to implement him into your formation then that's settled. But what if you can't guarantee playing time with guys like Neymar, L.Messi, L.Suarez, Rafinha and others already in your team? This is going to be our 4th member for this all-revealing journey. The Journey The journey is very simple as I explained earlier. These 4 players happened to be on the wrong side of the cut but the manager has big plans for the future with this group. They need to develop into mature players and be ready when they're called upon. The first journey is taking them 1 full season into The Reserves (Barcelona B). They'll be getting plenty of games versus weaker opposition but the amount of gametime may just be what these talents need. The second journey will keep them with the squad and while training with the very best in the world is very educational, the lack of gametime opportunities may very well stagnate their development, or part of it. The third journey will split the group. Each will go on a seperate adventure to a new club (on loan) where they'll get new teammates and play regular football in a top division against top opponents. Let's start this experiment with our GK, followed by the CD, the CM and lastly our F. GK - Jose Jose played nearly every game in The Reserves, 0 games with the main squad and 39 games on loan with Rayo Vallecano. Where did he learn the most? Let's look at those digits below. Far right column are Jose's starting attributes. His technical attributes developed nicely in save 2 and 3. No difference there which is perhaps surprising. Mental attributes actually decreased in save 2 and 3 which to me is odd but telling. Physical attributes increased really well in save 3 with strength being really useful for a GK on certain ocassions. I would therefore say the Jose's third journey has been the most succesful one. CD - Samuel Samuel joined Barcelona B and played only 23 games due to injuries. Second journey took him to the main squad where he played nothing. Third journey was with Sporting Gijon where he managed 30 games in total. Which journey was best for him? Far right his starting numbers. He did ok in The Reserves, better with the main squad but clearly the best in save 3, on loan. Physical attributes jumped up, mental ones too in 'decisions' and 'positioning', which are pretty crucial for defenders. What about 'passing' and 'tackling' for his technical attributes. Those went up nicely so that's pretty clear that once again save 3 wins it. CM - Andre Same as the others. Started at the Reserve Team. 29 games versus weaker opposition. 15 goals. Very good for a midfielder I'd say. Then main squad, 1 game there. Lastly, Sevilla which are a strong team so that's perfect getting 29 games there. Let's look at the numbers. You can instantly see too much blue on the two most right columns. Then save 2 and 3 are close but the physical attributes' improvement in save 3 nicks it. Quite significant ups too with +2 +2 +3 for 'strength', 'stamina' and 'pace' respectively. That's a lot in 1 season. Small wins on mental and technical attributes too makes this an clear win for save 3 again. F - Paco Same journey here apart from the loan spell. Reserves brought him a massive 38 games with a whopping 29 goals. That's great despite the weaker league. Then main squad. Just like our CM, 1 game. Then the, what's becoming clearer, all-important loan spell with Valencia. 30 games and a chunk of goals. What do the stats have to say? First thing I see are those physical stats. Save 1 (The Reserves) are instantly out of contention. Mental stats are better in save 3 and so are the technical ones with 'shooting' being one of the most important for our forward. 'Technique' up as well and so is 'teamwork'. Great up in 'pace' btw during his loan spell. There's no question here. Save 3 wins! Conclusion: There's not a whole lot to conclude here anymore. I think we all know that playing your talents regularly at your very club is the best for their development. If they're just lacking that quality or maturity in the first few seasons then placing them on the sub bench + regular playing time is a fantastic alternative. But if you happen to have "too many" talents which is a welcome luxury of course then looking at our 4 friends' journeys the loan journey is the best option. I think the reason save 2 (staying with main squad) won it over The Reserves is because the 4 were probably too talented for a lower division playing weak opposition so there was little to learn for them in the end. They had quality players on the training ground to work with on a daily basis which proved more educational. I'd like to put the latter on a test for future expirements as I think there's more to take from these but for now I think I can safely conclude that opting between going to Reserves, the squad, and on loan, the loan spell is the best choice for your future stars. Thanks for reading and feel free to drop a comment, opinion or experience.
  3. Real Madrid's Martin Odegaard joins Heerenveen on 18-month loan Martin Odegaard has pledged to "prove what he can do" after joining Dutch side Heerenveen on loan from Real Madrid until June 2018. Odegaard, 18 was unveiled to the media on Tuesday after the Eredivisie club announced they had reached an agreement for his temporary transfer. The Norwegian attacking midfielder, who failed to break into Zinedine Zidane's senior squad, is eager to earn regular playing time and said: "I just want to say that I'm very happy and that this is an opportunity for me to show what I can do. I'm very excited." Odegaard had been strongly linked with a move to Rennes since the summer but believes he has made the right choice in moving to Netherlands. "I heard great things about this club and what they expected from me," he said. "The most important thing is my development and that is why I'm here. "Real Madrid is the best club in the world but the best play there and that is why I decided to come here." Odegaard has played just one game for Real Madrid in La Liga, a 7-3 victory over Getafe last season, since joining the Bernabeu outfit in January 2015 from Stromsgodset.... Ok Ok let's stop there. That's all I needed you to know. So Martin's going to Holland. Having lived there myself for two decades and knowing the Dutch Eredivisie quite well I'm very interested in seeing how his move is going to unfold. From Mighty Madrid to tiny Heerenveen - From La Liga to Eredivisie - From a squad with Ronaldo, Bale, Ramos... to one with..hmm..one with..that guy..what's his name again?? Ok, I should've done my homework on this one..but anyway you get my point. So what did Odegaard say exactly during his interview? ..an opportunity.. ..show what I can do.. ..I'm very excited.. ..my development.. ..that's why I'm here.. These are the bits we need. Well, primarily the 'development' bit but the rest sounds re-assuring too. So what do we do? We use FMM for a simulation in order to predict his future. It is that simple, people so let's get straight to it. M. Odegaard after 1 season at R.Madrid and Heerenveen Ok, so let's see. Far right column are his starting attributes. Left ones, well, I think that's fairly obvious. 1 season with R.Madrid Technical Attributes - Dribbling +1. That's it??? Mental Attributes - Creativity +1. Well ok, he's still young to up these that fast. Physical Attributes - Unchanged. Unchanged?? Ouch. These should've bumped! 1 season with Heerenveen Technical Attributes - Aerial +1. Oh..these attr. need their time then. Mental Attributes - Decisions +1, Leadership +2, Movement +2. Ah look good increases seen here. Physical Attributes - Stamina +2, Strength +1. Nice. Decent increase of essential attributes. Looks like Heerenveen is the clear winner here. At his still tender age those physical attr. are expected to bump the most, followed by both technical and mental ones. So why the difference? Well at R.Madrid he played 6 games only vs 22 at Heerenveen. Training with the very best in the world in Spain with the Benzemas, the Iscos, the Bales, the CR7s etc but not getting any opportunities on the pitch is clearly not as effective as training in Holland with the likes of..the likes of....here we go again...with.. the likes of lesser quality guys..but getting essential time on the pitch proved crucial for his development. I didn't say it. FMM said it. But let's give Mighty Madrid the benefit of the doubt and see how things pan out 5 seasons into this Norwegian Wonderkid's career. M. Odegaard after 5 seasons at R.Madrid - Attributes M. Odegaard after 5 seasons at R.Madrid - Stats Ok this looks pretty abysmal to me. This stings even for the most optimistic in our midst. Attributes? Hardly moved in 5 seasons. He simply stagnated. Stats? Oh dear..I don't even want to say it. This is definitely not what he signed up for when he joined this Spanish club. Simply Shocking! M. Odegaard after 5 seasons at Heerenveen - Attributes M. Odegaard after 5 seasons at Heerenveen - Stats Look! Much better. See those Attributes? Strength +5!!, Stamina +5!! Movement +4, Passing +3, Some other attr. +2 and +1's as well. Now that's some decent development. Stats? Really good too. Plenty of games, he made Sc Heerenveen champions (and that my friends hasn't happend in the most loyal Heerenveen supporters' wildest dreams, I tell ya!) which resulted in a move to Serie A. Fair amount of goals and assists for Fiorentina all due to his hard work and the opportunites he got at Heerenveen. I see nothing but positives here. Conclusion: FMM17 says: Games: Lots in Holland vs Few in Spain Attributes: Big ups in Holland vs Small/No ups in Spain Stats: Enough goals and assist in Holland/Italy vs Not enough of 'em in Spain Conclusion: A move to Heerenveen is the right choice. BatiGoal says: No-brainer. Of course he should do it. The Dutch Eredivisie isn't as strong as La Liga but no way this kid is ready for such a competitive league. One step at the time. One step and only then do you stand a chance to give your talents free play. The Eredivisie ain't so bad just look at the talent it has produced over the years, decades, generations. Some real worldclass players. So if this kid is as good as the world proclaims he is then he'll have no problem showcasing this passes, his tricks, his genius in the Dutch stadiums in front of the Dutch football fans for the coming 18 months. I've always believed that training is great. It is, but it's no match for real competitive league games, Cup games, European games. You just can't replicate what's going on in a real game. The pressure. The Intensity. That desire to beat opponents. The RIVALRY!!! That terrible feeling after a loss. The crowd cheering and demanding a better performance. That manager in front of the dugout shouting his players forward. Those things are crucial for any player's development both technical, physical or mental. No training ground can match any of that which is why I've come to my conclusion : "Yes, Odegaard, go to Holland, you'll come back a much better, mature and improved player." So for any managers out there who are reading this, please guys, don't bench your talents if you're not giving them enough gametime. Either do give them enough games or loan them out. It's clearly the better option for both player and manager. And to you Martin: "Goodluck at SC Heerenveen!". I hope you enjoyed the read and comments most welcome as usual. Thank you!
  4. 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.
  5. With the January transfer window about to swing open, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at some of the transfers which are rumoured to take place and how they play out in-game. First up is Swedish defender Victor Lindelof, currently plying his trade at Benfica, but who has been linked with Manchester United. The Old Trafford club have denied the move, but that doesn't mean anything in this day and age. Let's look at his stats at the start of the game: Nothing outstanding there (decisions and positioning aside) but for that asking price you're looking at potential, and this boy has it in spades. So, moving on to the transfer itself - in real life, the cost of the deal is rumoured to be £42million. In game? Not so much. After going in at his January asking price of £21.5million, I took part in a bidding war with Juventus and finally managed to see them off at £27.5million - a near £15million saving on real life. The kicker? Despite being on less that £7k per week at Benfica, the young Swede demanded £110k per week for me, and wouldn't budge. However, it might all prove to be worth it, as.... The fans are delighted to see the Swede come in to the club - I'm not sure the reaction will be the same if this comes off for real, but I might be wrong! So, how does his first half-season at Old Trafford shape up? Well, with an intensive training programme, his stats shoot up: All of the key attributes for a defender are there - aerial ability, tackling, positioning, stamina, strength, and pace as well. He can't shoot and his aggression is low, but that isn't too bad. His value has also dropped from £47.5million on signing day to £29million at the end of the season, so still more than he was signed for. How do his stats translate into performances I hear you ask? Great form in the league, but not so much everywhere else. Looking at the number of appearances, it's clear that he walks straight into the team instead of sitting on the bench. It might be worth noting that most of those games were played in defensive midfield, rather than in defence, so could that attribute for the better-than-expected return on goals and assists? Maybe so. Finally, what do the staff think? A whole raft of positive comments and not one single negative? I'll take that. So it looks like Victor Lindelof, should he move to Manchester United, could develop into a very good player indeed. But will the transfer come off? Only time will tell. Let me know your thoughts? Are there any other rumoured transfers you'd like to see previewed?
  6. BG's FIFA FIFPro World XI 2016 The 2016 FIFA FIFPro World XI will be announced in Zurich on 9th January 2017. The FIFA FIFPro World XI is decided by the players. It involves votes from nearly 25,000 professional footballers from about 70 different countries. Each player can select 1 goalkeeper, 4 defenders, 3 midfielders and 3 forwards. In this year's edition nine players make their debut on the 55-player shortlist that FIFPro announced for the 2016 FIFA FIFPro World XI. The nine debutants are Serge Aurier, Hector Bellerin, Leonardo Bonucci, Kevin De Bruyne, Paulo Dybala, Antoine Griezmann, N’Golo Kante, Dimitri Payet and James Vardy. The nine household names replaced by the debutants in this year’s shortlist are: Iker Casillas (5 World XI awards), John Terry (5 awards), Andrea Pirlo, Arjen Robben and Wayne Rooney (1 award each), Branislav Ivanovic, Yaya Touré, Vincent Kompany and Carlos Tévez. Two players make their comeback after missing out in 2015, Claudio Bravo and Mesut Ozil, while Gonzalo Higuain returns after his only appearance in 2010. It is also the first time that Andrea Pirlo and Wayne Rooney have not been picked for the last 55, leaving Gianluigi Buffon and Cristiano Ronaldo as the only two players who have always been chosen by their peers in the 12-year World XI history. The 2016 FIFA FIFPro World XI 55-player shortlist: Goalkeepers (5) Claudio Bravo (Chile/FC Barcelona/Manchester City) Gianluigi Buffon (Italy/Juventus) David de Gea (Spain/Manchester United) Keylor Navas (Costa Rica/Real Madrid) Manuel Neuer (Germany/FC Bayern Munich) Defenders (20) David Alaba (Austria/FC Bayern Munich) Jordi Alba (Spain/FC Barcelona) Serge Aurier (Côte d’Ivoire/Paris Saint-Germain) Hector Bellerìn (Spain/Arsenal) Jerome Boateng (Germany/FC Bayern Munich) Leonardo Bonucci (Italy/Juventus) Daniel Carvajal (Spain/Real Madrid) Giorgio Chiellini (Italy/Juventus) Dani Alves (Brazil/FC Barcelona/Juventus) David Luiz (Brazil/Paris Saint-Germain/Chelsea) Diego Godin (Uruguay/Atlético Madrid) Mats Hummels (Germany/Borussia Dortmund/FC Bayern Munich) Philipp Lahm (Germany/FC Bayern Munich) Marcelo (Brazil/Real Madrid) Javier Mascherano (Argentina/FC Barcelona) Pepe (Portugal/Real Madrid) Gerard Pique (Spain/FC Barcelona) Sergio Ramos (Spain/Real Madrid) Thiago Silva (Brazil/Paris Saint-Germain) Raphael Varane (France/Real Madrid) Midfielders (15) Xabi Alonso (Spain/FC Bayern Munich) Sergio Busquets (Spain/FC Barcelona) Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium/Manchester City) Eden Hazard (Belgium/Chelsea) Andres Iniesta (Spain/FC Barcelona) N’Golo Kante (France/Leicester City/Chelsea) Toni Kroos (Germany/Real Madrid) Luka Modric (Croatia/Real Madrid) Mesut Ozil (Germany/Arsenal) Dimitri Payet (France/West Ham United) Paul Pogba (France/Juventus/Manchester United) Ivan Rakitic (Croatia/FC Barcelona) David Silva (Spain/Manchester City) Marco Verratti (Italy/Paris Saint-Germain) Arturo Vidal (Chile/FC Bayern Munich) Strikers (15) Sergio Aguero (Argentina/Manchester City) Gareth Bale (Wales/Real Madrid) Karim Benzema (France/Real Madrid) Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid) Paulo Dybala (Argentina/Juventus) Antoine Griezmann (France/Atlético Madrid) Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina/Napoli/Juventus) Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden/Paris Saint-Germain/Manchester United) Robert Lewandowski (Poland/FC Bayern Munich) Lionel Messi (Argentina/FC Barcelona) Thomas Muller (Germany/FC Bayern Munich) Neymar (Brazil/FC Barcelona) Alexis Sanchez (Chile/Arsenal) Luis Suarez (Uruguay/FC Barcelona) Jamie Vardy (England/Leicester City) It's an incredible list of the world's finest footballers in 2016. Quality-wise you can hardly go wrong with any 11 picks but I'm sure every Viber here has their favorites, me included. So with a little wisdom and a little heart here goes my FIFA FIFPro World XI for the year 2016. BG's World XI Goalkeeper He's just developed into such a fantastic keeper. And he somehow (remember the dodgy paperwork issues on transfer deadline day back in 2015?) managed to stay at my favorite English team (Man Utd) so had to pick my favorite GK. Defenders 4 worldclass defenders. I love Godin's workrate and his no-nonsense attitude. Ramos has got to be respected for his winning-mentality as he just never gives up until the referee blows the final whistle. Pepe is just one mean dude but altho sometimes crosses the line he's a great strong defender in any team. Mascherano was my first pick re defenders. He's the unsung hero in the Barcelona as well as the Argentina team. Such an incredible hard worker and great reader of the game. I love watching creative forces at play, beautiful dribbles, phenomenal technique just as I love watching fair but firm tackles and the physical side of the game that this man possesses to near perfection. For the FMM test I placed him in DM spot to make a 'workable' formation. Midfielders Tough pick here but eventually had to go with Iniesta for his fantastic technique. He makes every move and pass look so beautiful. He had to be included. Kroos my not be on everyone's radar re World XI line-ups but he's a very smart player. He knows where to run and when to run, precision passes and a threat in front of goal as well. De Bruyne has improved a lot in the past years playing in the EPL moved to the Bundesliga and back to EPL again. Great talent who flourished in the past year directing play in his teams with his great endurance and vision. An unselfish player too. He completes my midfield. Forwards I can't say anything that hasn't been said already about these three. Messi. Magical Messi. One of the best ever. In terms of sheer talent I'd say he's at the very top. That's my opinion. He's in my team! CR7. He's competitive, he's a winner and he delivers. In terms of game mentality and professionalism one of the greats, if not the greatest. Gotta have him too. Suarez completes the forward trio. I remember him from Holland playing for FC Groningen moved to Ajax and then gutted gutted gutted he move to Liverpool despite being on Man Utd's radar. I was aware of his talents and was hugely disappointed Man Utd failed to sign him. We know what this man does on the pitch so he's more than deserving to be included in the team. The Simulation I've decided to create a team in FMM17 with My Club and Scrapbook -BG's World XI- to see what this talented mix of players would and could achieve. Will they be a unified team and perform if played alongside each other? Are my 11 picks the very best or do other players have a different opinion? Will the AI manager be able to make it click with 'my team' and win titles or cups? I created this World XI team in the English Premier Division (replaced Leicester City) and let the game run itself. See the results below how they fared in the The FA CUP, the Champions League and the Premier League. FA CUP Winners! Awesome run and this concludes that every pick was fully deserving and justified. Champions League Not Europe's best unfortunately. Lost 1-2 on aggregate to Bayern after winning 5 games in the group stage. I still stand by my picks. English Premier League After a rough start to the EPL campaign the AI manager steered BG's World XI to a close but stunning EPL championship! I'm very interested in hearing about your 11 picks and the reasoning behind it. Who is your goalkeeper with the safest hands? Who are your top defenders battling for clean sheets? Who are going to link play and showcase killer passes in midfield? Who are the forwards scoring the most spectacular goals for the billions of viewers around the world? Feel free to leave a comment and if you want to run a similar simulation with your FIFA FIFPro World XI 2016 please share it with us and post your results below (or I will do one for you if you drop a comment with your World XI). I hope you enjoyed the read. Thank you!
  7. Hello and welcome to a new series of simulations, where I will holiday through major events to see what the outcome is, according to Football Manager Mobile. The second article of the series will be concentrating on the upcoming FIFA World Cup, which is to be held in Russia in 2018. The Groups Costa Rica qualified for their second consecutive World Cup from the North American section, while World Cup 2010 3rd placers Uruguay qualify once again. Repiublic of Ireland are in their first World Cup since the 2002 tournament which was held in South Korea and Japan. Holders Germany are expected to win this group, which contains first-timers and 2022 hosts Qatar, Slovakia and Tunisia. Algeria are in their 3rd consecutive tournament, while Romania qualify for the first time since 2002. Iran feature once again alongsidw 5-time winners Brazil. The group of death of the tournament is no doubt group D, which contains Euro 2016 winners Portugal, Colombia and Belgium, with Saudi Arabia qualifying for the first time since the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the last to be held in Europe. Group E contains Euro 2008, Euro 2012 and World Cup 2010 winners Spain, with Alexis Sanchez' Chile, with both expected to slot into the top 2. Poland and Mexico make up the rest of the group. Euro 2016 hosts France qualify looking for their first silverware since the 1998 World Cup, as they are set to battle it out with 2010 hosts South Africa, 1994 hosts USA, and Croatia. Group G sees 2014 finalist Argentina and 2006 champions Italy go head-to-head, with Australia and Egypt making up the rest of the group. Last but certainly not least, group H sees a repeat of Euro 2016 as England and Wales face each other once again, while 2002 joint-hosts South Korea and African nation Ivory Coast make up the rest of the group. The Opening Game The opening game of the tournament saw hosts Russia play out a dramatic 3-3 draw with Costa Rica. Ex-Fulham player Bryan Ruiz scored the first goal of the World Cup, with Pavel Mamaev pulling Russia level 3 minutes later. Jason Jimenez steered Costa Rica back into the lead after the break, but again, Russia struck level straight after through Mario Fernandes. Dmitry Kombarov looked to have won the game for the hosts, but it was Costa Rica's turn to pull level when Oscar Campos scored with a minute remaining of normal time. Last 16 Group B runners up Tunisia shocked Costa Rica, while Germany comfortably beat Uruguay 3-0. There were no surprises in the next 2 last 16 matches, as Portugal and Brazil both ensured their place in the quarter-finals. France and Spain beat Chile and Croatia respectively. England were beaten on pens by Argentina, while Ivory Coast produced the shock of the tournament as they beat Italy in extra-time. Quarter-Finals Tunisia's fairytale came to an end as they were knocked out by Portugal, and Germany knocked Brazil out 3-1. It was Argentina's turn to suffer penalty heartache as France went through along with Spain, who eased past Ivory Coast 3-0. Semi-Finals In the semi-finals, France won on penalties for the second game in a row, as they beat Portugal, while Spain narrowely beat favourites Germany 1-0. The Final So, France vs Spain in the final. The 2 sides have never met in a World Cup final, as France look to put the final defeat of Euro 2016 behind them, while Spain will want to win their first World Cup since 2010 and prove to the doubters that they are still the best in the world. It was France who won in the final, with a 1-0 enough to etch their name onto the famous trophy. Germany took 3rd place as they beat Portugal 2-0. Top Scorers Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema topped the scoring charts with 5 goals, which included the winning goal in the final. Bryan Ruiz and Paulo Dybala make up the top 3 with both players bagging 5 goals each. Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this simulation. Have a good new year everyone!
  8. Here’s a list of several players we’re looking forward to playing with on FMM17, through their form in real life... Jamie Vardy - Leicester City Depending on who you’re managing, Jamie Vardy might be a rare occupant in your squad. Having rejected Arsenal in the summer, the England international went onto sign a new deal with Leicester. Vardy has become a national hero in the last year. Having been instrumental in keeping the Foxes in the Premier League, he then scored in 10 consecutive games as he soared Leicester above the competition and helped them win their first ever Premier League title. His sheer pace and accurate eye for goal makes him a mouthwatering prospect to have leading your line. Flanked by either wingers or inside forwards, Vardy is bound to score a large portion of your team’s goal. His age is against him though, so enjoy his peak whilst it lasts. Franck Kessie - Atalanta Ivory Coast have a habit of producing some of the world’s best players, and Kessie might be the next in line. At 19, the Atalanta midfielder is still incredibly raw and far from the finished product but that’s not to deny his ability. Temperamental issues aside, Kessie is a machine in the middle of the park. He’s able to play in front of the back four, as a box-to-box midfielder or just behind the attacking line. However, his versatility isn’t the only strong point of his play. His energy and stamina, matched with his power makes him likely to be one of the most in-demand midfielders in your game next year. In fact, if you’re not starting as Atalanta, you might want to make your move earlier - the Ivorian has been linked with Manchester United in real life. Bernard Berisha - Anji Makhachkala Anji’s season last term wasn’t a lot of fun. Having only just scraped relegation, the team needed a revival coming into this season to make sure they avoid last season’s scare. However, every cloud has a silver lining and that lining was the emergence of Berisha, the Kosovo-born winger. At 25 years old, he’s not the youngest player around but that isn’t to knock his ability. His pace and dribbling makes him a tricky customer. He’s already scored three goals in 12 for Anji this season, two more than his total from last term. Though he’s not likely to tear up the top of the Premier League, he would certainly do a job for a mid-table side. Purchase him for your Championship team, and you’re in for a treat. Christian Pulisic - Borussia Dortmund It was only January this year that Pulisic made his debut for Borussia Dortmund, but he already looks like a player who has been playing for years. Having featured as a substitute, the young American started in the Revierderby and hardly looked phased. After 73 minutes, he was taken off. “He's a teenager in his first year of professional football,” said Thomas Tuchel after the game. “He has looked really good recently which has been proved today. It is completely normal that he could not have played with this pace and this intensity for over 90 minutes.” At only 18 years old, the midfielder has only just begun a career which is bound to be filled with plenty of experience at the top level of European football. He’s already courting the interest of major Premier League clubs. Speedy and quick, Pulisic is a defender’s nightmare. He has been chasing out onto the field with nothing to lose, and he’s been thriving with that mentality it. Versatile too - he can play on either wing. No doubt Pulisic is a name you’ll want on your team sheet and not on the opponents. Antoine Griezmann - Atletico Madrid When Diego Simeone signed Griezmann for £24m, a few people outside of Spain raised their eyebrows. Few complained though, for if Simeone was prepared to spend that much on him, he must have seen something special. Indeed he did: in his first season in Madrid, Griezmann scored 25 goals; last season, he scored 32, taking Atletico inches within Champions League glory. Unfortunately, Atletico won’t be wooed easily; this is 2016 remember, where Pogba is worth £89m. However, at 25, there is time to persuade the French international to join you (unless you start with Los Colchoneros). Griezmann was known as a wide player earlier in his career, but he has been moved into a more central position but Simeone has still used him from out wide from time to time. The fact of the matter is: you could put him anywhere in your front line and he would most likely still be a success. Andrea Belotti - Torino I say Torino, you say Joe Hart - and I don’t blame you. However, at the other end of the pitch, there is a young Italian doing wonders for Torino. With Italy struggling for goals at the Euro’s, it’s almost unsurprising to see Bellotti chase out of the gates at the start of this season, as he aims to prove former Torino and current Italy coach, Giampiero Ventura, that he’s worthy to lead his nation’s line. The wonderful thing about Belotti will be his price (hopefully). Hoping you don’t offend Torino with your bids too much that they set the bull out of their logo and onto you, Belotti should be yours for a fairly affordable price. Once again, his energy and determination makes him a handful for any defender and at 22, he’s still got plenty of time to make himself a continental household name. Unfortunately, you won't ever be able to see his bizarre celebration - but we consider that a good thing. What player's are you looking forward to managing in FMM17? Let us know below!
  9. Hello and welcome to a new series of simulations, where I will holiday through major events to see what the outcome is, according to Football Manager Mobile. The first article of the series will be concentrating on the upcoming January transfer window, which opens in just over a weeks time. Top 5 Deals 5. Marcelo Brozovic joined Atletico Madrid from Inter Milan for £32.5m. The Croatian internation racked up 2 goals and 5 assists in 25 games for the Italian side. The 24 year-old is likely to be deployed as attacking support for striker Antoine Griezmann. 4. At number 4, it's another recruit for Diego Simeone's side, as they completed the signing of centre-back Kostas Manolas from Roma for £32.5m. In 21 appearances for Roma, the Greek managed to bag a goal and 2 assists from defence. Manolas will likely play alongside club vice-captain Diego Godin. 3. Barcelona completed the signing of midfielder Jorginho from Napoli for £34m. 3 assists in 22 games was enough for the Catalan club to snap up the Italian. Jorginho is unlikely to have a starting place in the Barcelona starting XI, as Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic would probably remain as the midfield partnership, but Jorginho could be a replacement for Iniesta once the Spaniard retires. 2. Xherdan Shaqiri quit Stoke for Valencia as he moved for a whopping £36m. It took Valencia 2 bids to lure the Swiss away from the Premier League, after a previous bid of £30m was turned down. 2 goals and 5 assists in 22 games for Stoke City resulted in Shaqiri's departure to Spain. Shaqiri will no doubt be a starter for Valencia, as he can either play on the wing, or as the number 10 role behind loanee striker Munir El Haddidi. 1. Finally, at number 1 as the biggest transfer of the 2017 January transfer window, it's a defensive recruitment for Bayern Munich. Alessio Romagnoli joined the German champions from AC Milan for £40m, and has been touted as one of the best young defenders in the world. Romagnoli is likely to play alongisde fellow new signing Mats Hummels or Jerome Boateng. Other Major Deals Let's have a look at the other major transfers that took place in January 2017 : Bayern Munich clinched another 2 major signings in Fabinho and Carlos Vela for a combined fee of £51m. Juventus signed both Julian Weigl from Borussia Dortmund, and Sporting CP's Rui Patricio. Staying in Italy, Lucas Biglia and Newcastle United centre-back Chancel Mbemba both signed for Roma. Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly moved to the red half of Madrid to beef up the defence. And finally, after rumoured interest from Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid, Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang signed for the latter, for a bargain fee of £18.75m. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed it. Part 2 will be out next week, where I look at the 2017 summer transfer window. In the meantime, I hope you all have a great Christmas!
  10. Introduction 10 years in football is a long time. Teams either rise or fall, managers come and go, and ultimately, some players become world superstars. In this new series, I'll be simulating 10 years into the future of Football Manager Mobile 2017, to see just how much the football landscape changes. The third part of the series will be focused on Bayer Leverkusen centre-back Jonathan Tah. 2016 As always, let's have a look at Jonathan Tah's stats as of 2016. As you can see, Tah has a lot of green stats, including aerial, tackling and strength, which are probably the 3 most vital stats for a centre-back. Understandably, his 2 weakest stats are shooting and movement, which stand at 7 and 8 respectively. Lastly, his £10.25m value makes him one of the most expensive centre-backs under the age of 21 on the game. 2026 And this is how 2026 looks in Jonathan Tah's world.. Now a Tottenham Hotspur player, Tah has blossomed into one of the best, and most expensive players on the game, with his value shooting up to £56m, just over 5 times his 2016 value. A lot of his stats have rapidly improved, with his tackling and stamina being the most improved, both increasing by 4. Although it isn't really important, it's also worth noting that he is now earning £140,000 per-week, much more than his 2016 wage of £19,000. Transfers Jonathan Tah was involved in 2 big transfers during the 10 year simulation, moving to Real Madrid in 2018 for a fee of £27m. After what looked like 2 succesful years in Spain, he was shipped to his current club Tottenham Hotspur for £38.5m in 2020. Achievements 5 major trophies for Tah, which includes the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid at the end of the 2018-2019 season. He also won La Liga and the Club World Cup during his time in the capital. On a personal level, Tah won the Youth Player of The Year at the end of the 2016-2017 season, showing the recognition of his potential that he has since fulfilled. Thanks for reading part 3, and I hope you enjoyed. Part 4 will be out next week.
  11. Today Crystal Palace parted company with Alan Pardew after a shaky start to the season and currently are sitting in 17th place - only 3 points from bottom. So, what could be in the future for Crystal palace? And with January around the corner who could Crystal palace bring in during January to sure up their defence and strengthen their midfield, and avoid relegation. More to come.
  12. Hi mates, Here I want discuss with you my knowledge about "Large Database" Option. What is "Large Database" Option? "Large Database" option is not a new option for FMH/FMM series. You can find it in the start page from "preference". What is the difference when we turn on "Large Database" Option? 1000 more players! Yes, when you turn on this option, 1000 more players will be added into your save. Before turn on "Large Database" and start England only. 5405 players in save. After turn on "Large Database" and start England only. 6405 players in save. Where do these 1000 players come from? Maybe you will ask where do these 1000 players come from. As what I know, these players are picked from "Extension" database. If you are familiar with FMM/FMH database structures, you should know there is an "Extension" folder in database. In FMM2017v.8.0.2, there is 8147 players in extension database. When you start a save with "Large database", the system will select 1000 players from 8147 players to supplement you selected database. What is the rule to select 1000 players? I am wondering this question for long time. When I ask SI this question, SI refuse talk detail about it. The rules as I know are below: 1. Players who already exist in selected database will be not be added again. (Obviously, haha!) 2. The players will be picked who's club are already in selected database. For example, player A is in club X in extension database. If we start a save by select England solo database and club X is not in it. Then Player A will not be added anyway. 3. Players will not be added to clubs which already have 38 players and no B team in selected database. 3. The selection maybe is based on reputations. ... (not confirmed) The player list for extension database is prepared by me. I will upload to vibe soon. Can we customize the "Large Database"? Based on my test, the answer is "YES". We can do something about it. For example, if you start an "England+other+large database option on" save, there is only one Chinese player, Zhang Yuning who is in Vitesse. But these is another Chinese player, Lin Liangming who is in Castilla in extension database file. It is possible to make him appear by edit extension database file only. Update: 4 saves for USA, BIH, Czech, Norway national team have been updated in download section.
  13. The Turkish Super Lig has been announced as one of the new playable leagues in Football Manager Mobile 2017, and I for one am excited. Let’s take a deeper dive into the world of the Super Lig, some of the key teams and players, and where you should start your career. Galatasaray The most successful team in Super Lig history with 20 title wins, Galatasaray are as good a team as any to start your Turkish adventure with. The current squad includes notable names such as Wesley Sneijder, Lukas Podolski and Nigel de Jong, and are likely to be blessed with a sizeable budget at the start of the game so adding to your squad shouldn’t be a problem. However, they finished a disappointing sixth in the Super Lig last season, so have no European football to offer. Fenerbahce Galatasaray’s fierce rivals, and second in the Super Lig winners table with 19 titles, Fenerbahce are another good place to ease yourself into the Turkish league. Counting former Premier League players Robin van Persie, Jeremain Lens and Martin Skrtel in their ranks, they also have a number of other well-known international stars such as Simon Kjaer, Gregory van der Wiel and Moussa Sow on their books. Fenerbahce will give you a solid introduction to the world of Turkish football, while also providing you with a Champions League adventure too. Besiktas The third-biggest club in Turkey, Besiktas still offer the experience of Champions League football along with a host of well-known names. They have 14 Super Lig titles to their name, with the most recent coming last season, proving they are still a force to be reckoned with. They name former Chelsea winger Ricardo Quaresma, ex-Fulham midfielder Karim Frei and one-time Leicester midfielder Gokhan Inler in their squad, as well as defender Adriano, who once played for Barcelona. Istanbul Basaksehir Something of a surprise package this season, Basaksehir are leading the way in the Super Lig with 26 points from the opening 10 games, with eight wins and two draws. Captained by former Newcastle midfielder Emre Belözoğlu, now in the twilight of his career, the team has only existed since 1990 and has been in the Super Lig since 2014. They qualified for the Europa League last season so will provide you with a challenge as well. As well as the Super Lig, you can choose to play with teams in 1. Lig and 2.Lig, the next two tiers of the Turkish football system. Leading the way in 1. Lig are Yeni Malatyasor, who have 25 points from their opening 10 games, and who have never competed in the Super Lig – a good option if you want something a bit more challenging! Alternatively you could try Eskişehirspor, former Super Lig runners up and Turkish Cup winners in the 1970s (and who are managed by former Aston Villa defender Alpay Özalan), Boluspor who have former Brazil and Arsenal full-back Andre Santos on their books, or Sivasspor, who appeared in the Champions League as recently as 2009. So where will you be starting your Turkish adventure? Let us know!
  14. Football is a team sport, but it is the individual players who make it what it is. Without doubt, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are two of the greatest the game has ever seen - but the question has always remained: Who is better, Messi or Ronaldo? Well, using Football Manager Mobile 2017, I'll try to prove the answer once and for all. A couple of things before I start: Honours FMM doesn't record major honours or from before the game starts, so I'm getting this information from Soccerway: Messi - 30 Major Honours - 8x La Liga, 4x Copa del Rey, 7x Spanish Super Cup, 1x Copa Catalunya, 4x Champions League, 3x UEFA Super Cup, 3x Club World Cup Ronaldo - 22 Major Honours - 1x La Liga, 3x Premier League, 1x FA Cup, 2x Copa del Rey, 2x English League Cup, 1x Portuguese Super Cup, 1x Spanish Super Cup, 3x English Community Shield, 3x Champions League, 2x UEFA Super Cup, 1x Club World Cup, So as you can see, the little Argentine leads the way with trophies, but that isn't everything. Assists Unlike goals, assists from before the game also aren't included. However, I can't find a reliable or consistent source for assists (or at least one which tallies up with the number of goals and games that FMM shows them playing), so I will leave pre-save assists out of my final analysis. So what are we waiting for? Let's go! First Day: So Messi leads the way in the honours list, and his goals to game ratio stands at 0.85 to Ronaldo's 0.76, so in my mind that puts the little Argentine in the lead - but will he stay there? Find out later today how they got on after the 2016/2017 season.
  15. Everyone enjoys FMM in their own way - whether it's playing as the club you support, or taking a lower league team to Champions League glory, or just picking the likes of Man City, Real Madrid or Juventus and buying your way to the title. However, if you're looking for something a bit different that provides both a challenge as well as some fun, then check out my top eight teams to manage below. Brighton and Hove Albion: If you’ve been following my series on the best Championship players, you’ll know that Brighton features often on that list, and therefore it makes sense that they feature on this list as well. Blessed in pretty much every position, getting them out of the Championship shouldn’t be too much of a problem, and with the right investment in the right players, you can take them on a decent Premier League run too. R.S.C. Anderlecht: It might seem strange to include the best team in Belgium in this list, but from my conversations with other FMM players, Anderlecht are criminally underused. They have one of the most sought-after young players in the game in Youri Tielmans, and if you can build a team around him and the likes of Spain winger Diego Capel and defender Sebastien De Maio, then you might just be able to have a crack at European as well as domestic success. Melbourne City: I had a tough time picking which of the two Melbourne clubs to include in this list, but eventually plumped for City, the second-newest club in the A-League. Owned by the same group as Manchester City and New York City, they have a host of well-known names in their ranks, including Thomas Sorensen, Neil Kilkenny and Tim Cahill. The A-League is a fun little league to play in for a couple of seasons – why not give Melbourne City a go? OGC Nice: I think it’s safe to say that nobody expected Nice to be sitting atop Ligue 1 at this stage of the season, but there they are. Why not see if you can do the same with them in FMM, instead of picking one of the more ‘fashionable’ French teams like PSG, Monaco or Lyon. The stand-out name in the squad is obviously Mario Balotelli, but they have a nice mix of potential and experience to make it a fun challenge. İstanbul Başakşehir F.K: In my feature on the Turkish league just before the release of FMM17, I mentioned Basaksehir as a team to watch. Here we are, nearly a month later, and they still sit atop the Super Lig having not lost a game yet. They start the game with a transfer budget of less than 100K (although they have a wage budget of 55k), but despite that they are still a great option to pick in Turkey over the more established clubs like Fenerbache and Galatasaray. KS Cracovia: With Poland joining the FMM family this year, there are plenty of clubs worth giving a try – however my recommendation is Cracovia. The southernmost team in the Ekstraklasa, and the oldest Polish football club in existence, The Pasy have won the league title four times – however the last time they did so was in 1948 so they are itching for another win. Their squad is large and can be trimmed, and they are a real project to get stuck into. Falkirk: Scottish football has a somewhat unfair reputation of being English football’s annoying little sibling, so to speak. I disagree – there’s plenty of fun to be had north of the border! Instead of starting in the Scottish Premiership, why not look in the Championship, namely at Falkirk. The Bairns have excellent training and youth facilities, a big plus in my eyes, but their transfer and wage budgets are tiny, so you’ll have to get the best out of what you already have. They played in the Europa League as recently as 2009 – why not try to get them back there? Deportivo la Coruna: Deportivo are something of a fallen giant in Spanish football, having won the title in their late 90s heyday and then never quite reaching those heights again. Having spent two of their last five seasons in the Segunda Division, they are looking to establish themselves as a top flight force having finished narrowly outside the relegation zone for the past two seasons. The likes of Ryan Babel, Carles Gil and Joselu provide a solid attacking force for you to build around, while they have plenty at the back to help you keep the goals out.
  16. Introduction For years now, there's been lots of talk about Celtic and Rangers joining the English football pyramid, much to the disagreements from supporters of English sides. Fans debate questions such as "Would they be a top 4 side?", "would they be a mid-table side?", and ultimately, "Will they compete for the title?". Well, thanks to Lucasjeong, these questions will finally be answered.. in the form of Football Manager Mobile 2017 (For Celtic, anyway). 2016-2017 We start off at the 2016-2017 season, as Celtic look to prove they can mix it with the English sides. Oh. I dont think Celtic are quite 'mixing it' with the English sides. Rock bottom of the table 10 games in, and already sacking Brendan Rodgers. Not the best of starts, ey. Rodgers' replacement? This man. Nope, I've never heard of him either. Whoever he is, lets see if he can save Celtic. January Transfer Window Here are the transfers for Celtic in the January transfer window : Pretty average signings. Probably not the signings you'd make when you're battling relegation. They maybe should have signed Premier League proven players, instead of signing Championship players. Its as if they're already preparing for life in the second tier... EFL Cup Final A 3rd round exit in the FA cup and a last 16 exit in the UEFA Champions League only dampened the mood at Celtic Park, but they did reach the EFL cup final. Yes, they were beaten 3-0 by arguably the best team in the country, but you have to give them credit for reaching the final while battling relegation. Falling Through The Trapdoor The inevitable happened. The failure of signing Premier League standard players in the January transfer window came back to haunt Celtic. Championship football now for Celtic. I am certain, however, that they will bounce back. For starters, they'll have no European matches to distract them. What are your thoughts? Will they bounce back at the first time of asking? Thank you for reading. This topic will be updated when I've done the 2017-2018 season.
  17. When I put something in my head I can't rest until I put it to the test. This time is no different. I've been wondering for a while who the perfect captain would be in FMM. We all know that a captain's main attribute is 'leadership'. But there's of course a lot more to it. There's the age factor, teamwork, decisions and possibly his position on the pitch as well. I wrote an article about it a while back which can be found here for those interested: Suitable Captains What if leadership is equal? Will his experience be the deciding factor? His great teamwork perhaps? Will his better decision-making be the decisive facor? Or will his position on the pitch outweigh every other aspect which we believe makes a great captain? It's really hard to prioritize these additional attributes. Ideally we'd want high numbers on all of them but I think it's safe to say that all of us here on Vibe can agree that a player with leadership of 20 makes a (potentially) fantastic captain. But who is the very best? For this test I've chosen 4 candidates in 4 different areas of the field (GK-Def-Mid-For) with equal leadership (20). I have brought all 4 of them into a new team (Bayern) in order to nullify the possible advantage of being at a team longer than others. I will also play all of them in the exact same squad versus the exact same opponent over and over again. Playing a career would damage the accuracy of this test as result game 1 (think morale, tiredness,..) influences result game 2 and 3 etc etc which means game 2 and 3 in Testsave 1 will never be 100% identical to those respective games in other saves. If you lost me there just believe me when I say that everything will be 100% identical in all 4 Testsaves. I'll play the length of an average season, I chose the simple number of 50 games, and will calculate the average rating of the entire team (all 11 players) as I'm solely interested on the impact the captain has on the team performance and how much exactly his influence lifts the team. All 4 Testsaves will be featuring the following team against the same opponent. Sole difference will be the Captaincy. The Team: 4-4-2 Att. 4 Testsaves, 1 team. Captain Buffon (Goalkeeper) Leadership 20 - Will his age and perhaps position make him the Best Captain? Captain Terry (Defender) Leadership 20 - Will his fantastic teamwork make him the Best Captain? Captain Gerrard (Midfielder) Leadership 20 - Will perhaps his position and personality make him the Best Captain? Captain Totti (Forward) Leadership 20 - Will his very balanced 'additional' attr. and age make him the Best Captain? 50 Test Games German Super Cup: Dortmund - Bayern Test Save One - Captain Buffon (GK)--------Average Team Rating: 7.22 Buffon as captain average rating: 7.15 Buffon being captained average rating: 6.95 *** Test Save Two - Captain Terry (CB)---------Average Team Rating: 7.29 *** Terry as captain average rating: 7.35 Terry being captained average rating: 7.25 Test Save Three - Captain Gerrard (CM)-----Average Team Rating: 7.20 Gerrard as captain average rating: 6.95 Gerrard being captained average rating: 6.45 Test Save Four - Captain Totti (ST)-----------Average Team Rating: 7.28 Totti as captain average rating: 6.95 Totti being captained average rating: 6.55 Winner: * Captain John Terry * Final Words Captain Terry won but why did Totti come in as a very close second? And Gerrard dead last? Well, if you look at all the averages it's close but then again, these are the averages over 50 games (an average season) so there's a decent significance to it. A difference of 0.1 rating of all 11 players over an entire season could mean the difference between a good and great campaign. It seems to me Terry's great teamwork attribute brought him the victory. This attr. is significantly better than the other captains. After this test it seems to me that this is the 2nd most important attribute for a captain to possess after leadership. Totti did great too probably due to his balanced attr. as well as his age. Both Terry and Totti have decisions 14 so I think Totti's age played a big part in him finishing as runner-up. I therefore put the age factor ahead of the decisions attr. which is perhaps surprising. Gerrard coming in last is a surprise to me since I always believed that a captain's position on the field (midfield is ideal) was very important, but he does have a rather poor teamwork attr. Buffon has an even worse teamwork attr. but his age seems to have pulled him into 3rd place which just confirms that age really does play a significant role in choosing a captain. In my opinion, after these tests, this is a captain's criteria in order of importance: Leadership Teamwork Age Decisions Lastly, perhaps the most surprising of all is that all 4 of these captains perform better as a captain than having someone else lead the team. That's something I never thought of but definitely makes sense. It might not going to influence you when selecting a captain for your team but it's a very interesting stat. I hope you enjoyed these tests and hopefully you have a few extra things to ponder over when selecting a captain for your team. It does make a significant difference. Thanks for reading and as always comments of any kind welcome.
  18. We all know that when it comes to scoring goals the most important attribute is shooting and the mental attributes that goes with that are movement and decision. To prove this I did an experiment, I picked a player, added him to the scrapbook then started a my club save and added him to the team twice. I didn't go for three different players because I think for the results to be as accurate as possible I needed to consider the hidden attributes and since for now I don't have the tools to do that I went for the same player son I'm sure the attributes are the same. I named the first player "Movement Decision" because I changed both stats to 20. The second player had 20 for pace and movement so I named him "Pace Movement" and the last player "Pace Decision". I decided to consider pace because I feel it's also important even if sometimes it's overlooked. So I simulated 3 seasons to see who would perform better if all three players had the same finishing attribute. Result After 3 seasons Movement Decision played more than the other two players and he scored 62 goals and 14 assists in 115 matches and his goal ratio was 0.54 Pace Decision played 52 times and scored 5 goals with 3 assist having a goal ratio of 0.10 Pace Movement played 80 times and he scored 24 goals with 1 assist and his goal ratio was 0.30. The best performer is clearly Movement Decision but as much as I wanted to make the results more realistic I have to take into account that the other players were backups so to get everything right I needed to consider goals per minute played but sadly it's impossible. The question now is what would be the result if you consider the three attributes separately? This time I named the players "Movement", "Decision" and "Pace" then I simulated 2 seasons and the result was interesting. Result In the first season Pace played 19 times and scored 7 goals and his goal ratio was 0.37. On the other hand movement played 30 games and scored 12 goals in the first season with a ratio of 0.40. So in the first season Pace wasn't that far from movement considering he wasn't the one starting. In 2 seasons pace played 51 times and scored 20 goals (0.39 goal ratio) Movement played 69 times and scored 33 goals (0.48 goal ratio) And finally Decision played 16 times and did not score a single goal. Conclusion Movement is unquestionably the most important attribute for a goalscorer after shooting but decision doesn't seem that important as people may think, rather pace stands out more as we can see from the second experiment. All depend also on the role you are playing such players and as said previously these experiments are not 100% accurate so the results may be different if you were to play the game's yourself.
  19. In the earliest days of football there were no specific formations or designated positions. Football was played like a children’s game of kick and run: the ball was kicked long and all the players ran towards it. In 1863, the offside rule in football was formalized with the creation of the English Football Association. The rule stated that any player in front of the kicker is offside and can't play the ball. The kick and run game was gradually replaced by a game of charge-and-dribble: players dribble the ball as far as they can towards the opponent's goal with several teammates to their sides. Players rarely passed the ball and there was no real formation. Because of excess of dribbling and the poor number of goals scored, the FA amended the offside rule. Forward passes were allowed again as long as there were three players between the receiver and the goal line. With this new rule, teams began to play a more organized football which led to the creation of tactical formations. Below are the most influential formations in the earlier years of football. formation: 1-2-7(1860s - 1870s) The 1-2-7 is the most popular formation in the 1860-70s. With only one center back, two halfbacks, and seven forwards, it reflects the all-attacking nature of football in that era. The strategy at that time was mostly based on long ball to the upfield and charge-dribbling. The English team played with a 1-2-7 formation when they faced Scotland in 1872. The Scots utilized a 2-2-6 formation. Unlike the English, who played a game based on individual skills, the Scots relied on short passing and teamwork. By passing the ball among each other, the Scots were able to grind an unexpected 0-0 draw against highly favored England. formation: 2-3-5 (1880 - 1925) The 2-3-5 formation is popularly known as the “pyramid” because of its triangular shape on the blackboard. The pyramid can be considered the first formation that relied on teamwork rather than individual effort. In defense, the left and right halves mark the opposition wingers and the center backs mark the inside forwards. The key player is the center half, who marks the opposition striker and is in charge of pivoting the team from defense to offense. After retrieving the ball in defense, he organizes his team’s attack and feeds the ball to the forwards. Preston North End used the 2-3-5 formation to become the first winners of the English Double: winning both the English League and the FA Cup in 1889. They went through the entire season without conceding a loss, earning them the nickname “The Invincibles” and encouraging other clubs to adopt the pyramid. The formation continued to dominate English football until 1925, when the offside rules were changed to allow players to receive forward passes if there are at least two defenders between him and the goal line. In the 1930s, a modified 2-3-5 formation was popular in Austria, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia. Called the Danubian school, its primary strategy is to distribute the ball through short ground passes. formation: WM/3-2-2-3 (1925 - 1945) The 3-2-2-3 formation was popularized by Arsenal manager Herbert Chapman in 1925 when the offside rule was changed. Chapman countered the increased pressure on defense by putting an equal number of players on the offensive and defensive ends. Three defenders (two fullbacks, one center back) and two halfbacks make up the defensive end while two inside forwards, two wingers, and one striker make up the offense. This 3-2-2-3 formation was more popularly called as the W-M formation because the defenders’ arrangement on the field forms a “W” while the forwards form an “M.” In a game, the W-M formation works with three forwards in front of the opponents’ goal, three defenders in front of the team’s own goal, and four players forming a square in the middle. Teams that have high-endurance midfielders can play this position with seven forwards or seven defenders at a time. This can be done by halfbacks moving up in offense and inside forwards dropping back in defense. formation: 2-3-2-3 (1934 - 1938) “Il Metodo” (the method) was a football formation developed by Italian manager Vittorio Pozzo in the 1930s. Fundamentally, it is a defensive adaptation of the 2-3-5 formation, formed by withdrawing two forwards from the frontline. Two center backs protect the shoulders of the goalkeeper while the left and right halves take up the opposition wingers. The center half marks the opposing striker while two inside forwards lie deep to help on defense. The center half, just like in the pyramid position, serves as the transition from defense to offense. The offensive strategy is based on counter-attacking and long balls, which the center half initiates with the inside forwards. formation: MU/3-2-3-2 (1950s) MU is a flexible football formation that was derived from the WM formation. It places equal number of players on both halves of the field and was popularized by the Hungarians in the 1950s. The formation works with three defenders, two halfbacks, three forwards (two inside forwards & one withdrawn striker), and two wingers. The key player is the deep-lying striker, who draws out the opposing center back to make room for the other forwards. In defense, MU works the same way as the WM formation. It can be considered that MU brought the death of the then famous WM formation, when Hungary defeated England by a score of 6-3 in 1953. Hungarian forwards constantly swapped places, which confused a man-marking English defense and ultimately led to the blow out. formation: 4-2-4 (late 1950s) 4-2-4 is the predecessor of modern football formations and was developed by the Hungarians and Brazilians independently in the late 1950s. It is the first formation that featured a four-man backline. In defense, this formation can become a 4-3-3, with one forward dropping back to defend in midfield. The two halfbacks are tasked to block off counter-attacks. Because of a weak midfield, much of the defending will be left to the back four. The defenders should look to passing the ball as quick as possible to the forwards to exploit their numeric advantage. When attacking, the formation works as 3-3-4, with one defender going up to push the ball. The two strikers give depth to the attack while the two wingers give width. Brazil brought 4-2-4 to prominence by winning the 1958 World Cup. Since then, it has evolved to different four-back formations like 4-3-3 and 4-4-2. Do you think (one of) these formations would still work today? Would they be effective in FMM? Thanks for reading and please share your thoughts with us.
  20. Introduction 10 years in football is a long time. Teams either rise or fall, managers come and go, and ultimately, some players become world superstars. In this new series, I'll be simulating 10 years into the future of Football Manager Mobile 2017, to see just how much the football landscape changes. The second part of the series will be focused on Real Madrid's Martin Odegaard, who joined the club from Stromsgodset in 2015, at the age of just 16 years old. 2016 His stats are bery impressive, considering the young Norway international is just 17-years-old. His dribbling, passing and technique attributes stand out the most from the rest, as he is already possessing skills of a world-class attacking midfielder. His staggering value of £7.5m also shows that he is rated very highly at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Finally.. imagine earning £85,000 a week at the age of 17?! Let's move on now into the year 2026.. 2026 Not quite as you'd expect. Now playing in Germany with Borussia Dortmund, you can see that his stats, as expected, have improved since 2016, with stats such as creativity and pace upgrading to green stats. Despite the improvement stats-wise, his value has dramatically dropped all the way down to £2.9m, making him affordable for most Premier League and Championship clubs (Although his £80,000-a-week wage may be a bit of an obstacle). If we look at the international aspect, he has become a regular figure in the Norway national team, although 3 goals in 51 games for Norway is pretty poor, considering he plays within the final third of the pitch. Achievements During his time with Borussia Dortmund, he has managed to win the Bundesliga and the German cup, which is pretty impressive considering the domination of Bayern Munich over the last few years. A runner-up place in the Champions League final is also an impressive achievement, although a winners medal would obviously have been even better. Transfers Just the one transfer for Odegaard during the 10 year simulation, and it proved to be quite an expensive one. £24m for a player who was demoted to the Real Madrid B team, scoring no goals and making just 5 assists the season before, is steep. His 2026 value also proves that the £24m paid by Dortmund 7 years previous is a bit hefty, to say the least. Let's hope Odegaard's career doesn't go down the drain as much as Football Manager Mobile 2017 has suggested. Thank you for reading part 2, and I hope you enjoyed it. Part 3 will be out next week. Happy weekend everyone!
  21. Who's going to be this season's Leicester City? Which team is going to shock the world? Those are the questions I've been asked countless of times. It's what makes football so unpredictable. Any team can beat any team and eventhough it doesn't happen everyday, the mere possibility of it happening makes this game so exciting and beautiful. Perhaps it will be Leicester once again. Maybe Belgian side Zulte-Waregem who're doing extremely well again this season topping their league. Real Sociedad and Eibar are also one of the contenders sitting 5th and 7th respectively in La Liga. Atalanta Bergamo are another team you need to keep your eye on coming off a 7-game winning streak lying 5th in Serie A. These overachievers aren't to be ruled out yet for the Fairy Tale Award despite being a few games short of the New Year's break. They're all playing good football and as I said, anything can happen in this game. However, there's a few more teams that are doing really well this season, beyond anyone's expectation. They're overachieving and all 3 are topping their respective league; Bundesliga (Germany), Ligue 1 (France) and Super Lig (Turkey). Why are they doing so well? Great manager? Quality squad? Luck? I think it's a combination of everything which is why I'd like to see what squad players these teams have, who their most talented players are and what their starting 11 looks like. Let's have a look at my 3 top contenders for the Fairy Tale Award 1 2015-2016 season: 2.Bundesliga (promoted), 2016-2017 season: Currently 1st. 5 Best CA/PA Players - 5 Top Players Recommended Starting Line-up: 4-4-2 Att. 2 2015-2016 season: Finished 4th, 2016-2017 season: Currently 1st. 5 Best CA/PA Players - 5 Top Players Recommended Starting Line-up: 3-5-1-1 3 2015-2016 season: Finished 4th, 2016-2017 season: Currently 1st. 5 Best CA/PA Players - 5 Top Players Recommended Starting Line-up: 4-4-2 Def. All three have tremendous potential. Leipzig have a decent transfer budget to buy additional players. Nice have just 3M after re-adjusting the budget into a positive balance and Istanbul Basaksehir have very little for squad additions but all these teams have a great mix of young and experienced players. Above are mere recommended starting line-ups but I believe they're the best since (most of) the top-10 players in each squad are starters in their best position. It's also important to note that the best way go about it is to create a formation for the players and squad you inherit and not the other way round. Only once 1 or 2 transfer windows pass would I advise you to pick your preferred formation and then get the suitable players for it. Results in the first weeks matter a lot and set the tone for the rest of the season so a gradual transition works best in most cases. These are my picks for the Fairy Tale Award. I hope I inspired some of you to go out and try to use one of these teams to make them the very best in their country. Thank you for reading and let me know which teams you believe are in contention for the Fairy Tale Award.
  22. When it comes to substitutions, there are no hard or fast rules. Different football managers have different reputations when it comes to making their subs. After doing a bit of research on the subject I've found that the optimum times to make the 3 available substitutions are 59, 68 and 77 minutes. Which managers are more likely to make a double- or triple-substitution at half-time, and which more likely to wait until the dying minutes? But more importantly, do you know what each type of football manager does? And why they do it? Let's find out. The Gambler Keeps key players at all times on the pitch, even if their stamina drops to 70% or below, which means they can barely run around the pitch to fulfill their designated role. They're at this point of very little use to the team and at very high risk of picking up serious long-term injuries. This, however, is a risk this Gambler is willing to take. Relies on desperate last-minute substitution(s) to earn extra points for his team by replacing one of his more defensive players for an extra attacking one often coupled with an all-out attack instruction. It's a mere Hail Mary attempt which sometimes results in 'all', but more often than not in 'nothing'. Repeatedly places an extra field player on the substitution bench and starts the majority of his games with no back-up for his Goalkeeper. A risky move, a perhaps desperate move yet a potentially game-deciding one. Undeterred to opt for a never-before tested tactical set-up in order to hold on to a current scoreline against very attacking oppositions. Reverts back to one of his more preferred ultra-offensive "outscoring-my-rivals" tactic once the opponent sees red and goes one man down. Loses his patience the quickest of the three managers after a sour turn of events during the game, and responds swiftly with a double- or even triple-substitution seconds upon conceding a goal. Using up all your 3 available subs is a very risky move of course, especially if they're done so at an early stage in the game which would leave you with no subs left for the remainder of the game in the 2nd half; the most critical time when injuries / fatigueness occur. The Conservative Replaces his players when their stamina hits low 80's in order to prevent injuries. Eventho these players could remain on the pitch a couple minutes longer the reward isn't worth the risk according to this Conservative. Removes any, preferably all, booked players from the pitch as soon as possible, as they're at higher risk of receiving a second yellow thus being at the wrong end of a potentially disastrous 10 vs. 11 situation. Remains calm and confident when conceding goals and is reluctant to use one of his available subs in the hope the dire situation corrects itself, often to the dismay of the frustrated homefans. Sticks with his original 11 the longest of the three managers which is by many seen as a steadfast belief that he got his starting line-up right. Critics see it as damaging the team's chances of salvaging a point(s). Gives consistently underperforming starters as much time as needed to regain form and although it affects team performance in the short run, it's interpreted as a calculated move which sees the player repaying his manager's trust as well as the team in the long run. Overvalues starters and undervalues substitutes. Ignores the fact that there is a bench with talented subs at his disposal who are becoming increasingly unhappy at the lack of opportunities. The Guru Places direct substitutions; meaning the player coming off holds the same position and assigned role on the pitch as the sub he's being subbed for. Form of the day is never to be spotted with for the Guru. Follows the match highlights rigorously and examines all detailed stats pages comprehensively in order to spot the weakest link (the underperforming player) in his team and does not hesitate to substitute him instantly. Disciplines all underperforming players at half-time. Anyone scoring a 6 or lower does not feature in the remainder of the game and sits the next one out on top of that. This is seen as a disciplinary punishment which may result in better and more consistent performances. Uses up all his available substitutions every single game. Not only to give each and every one of his players valuable game time but also because he firmly believes it's a necessity for their future development and ultimately that of the team and its subsequent results. Strongly believes the effects of fatigueness kick in at the latter stages of the game and brings in a fresh pair of legs up front, also referred to as 'super-sub', in order to influence the game in his favor. Studies the opposition at half-time for weaknesses in their tactical set-up or for a particular weak/underperforming player in their midst and makes the necessary adjustments to exploit this to the maximum. When it comes to the part of using (or not using) your subs, which manager are you? Thanks for reading and please share your thoughts with us.
  23. THE GOOD AND BAD OF FMM17 I know it is only a couple of days since FMM17 was released but today i wanted to say what i have enjoyed and what i haven't enjoyed and maybe missing features. This is my first article so it would be great if you can support and give some feedback. The Goods There is plenty of good things in FMM17. If i had to put all the good things i'd be here all day! Match Engine Speed It isn't the same speed for all as we are all on different devices but for me i think the engine is more smooth and quicker. The processing screen at half time is faster and it takes over a minute less for 1 match compared to 2016. The EME is now faster than the OME which is amazing right now but leads questions to should the OME be quicker as it is a lot more basic and less powerful engine. 2. Less Successful Tactics On previous games tactics would work well for a while but with the 2017 edition they work for a short space of time as the AI seem to be able to read and stop your play. This is what I've seen on my Man Utd and Nice saves. I played the a mix of easy and difficult teams. For about 4-8 games it worked and then after it just seemed to be tough to take points against poor sides you would've won 5-0 or 6-0 against normally. This is because they adapted their team to the lineup. After i changed the tactic drastically the same thing seemed to happen with teams being unprepared for my side. 3. New Leagues Even though i haven't had a look at the new leagues yet i have been impressed with the selection as I am getting more interested in Polish and Turkish football now to see the better players and the worse. I am hoping to do a challenge like the 1K goal challenge there for my save in one of the two countries. Others Player intelligence has improved in matches Not many players now shoot from really weird positions No free kicks played to useless players Realistic asking prices The Bads There are always bads in games and FMM has some. Not Being Able To See Who Scored This one is frustrating for me as i love to see who is performing consistently each game to see if somebody scores every week or scores a few goals once every few games. Read more about it here. Too Many Sackings This one was SI trying to make it more realistic but it hasn't worked tbh. In my Man Utd save Zidane was sacked 6 games into the season after having 2 games in hand on everyone else and having lost 2 games and drawn 1. They were only 7 points off of Barcelona with 2 games in hand. Very harsh. Klopp was sacked despite Liverpool being 6th and having played the top teams. I have seen plenty of sackings occur. Way too many. Hope this will be toned down as it can ruin careers. OME Bugs I know it is the OME but it seems even more bugged now. It feels slower and too glitchy to use. An example is when i was testing it out my goalkeeper was in the opponents box for a free kick and the person scored directly from the free kick and it was given as offside. I have had another one where my striker had decided to stay stuck in the same position all match. It was the halfway line. These issues will probably be fixed soon and if they aren't I'd advise you not to use the OME. Conclusion Probably the best instalment of the game however bugs are letting it down a bit. Once these are fixed the game will feel more complete. I am not sure how to react to Brexit because i haven't had it in a save so i don't really know if it will a pest or not too bad. Thanks for reading and please give a comment on what you think!
  24. Introduction 10 years in football is a long time. Teams either rise or fall, managers come and go, and ultimately, some players become world superstars. In this new series, I'll be simulating 10 years into the future of Football Manager Mobile 2017, to see just how much the football landscape changes. The first part of the series will be focused on Bayern Munich's Renato Sanches, who moved from Benfica in the summer of 2016, and is tipped for big things. 2016 Before we fast forward to 2026, let's just have a look at Renato Sanches at the beginning of the game : So, as you can see, he's already highly valued at £18m, despite only being 18 years old. The standout stats for Sanches are his aggression, teamwork, stamina, dribbling and technique attributes, which are all green stats. Aggression and stamina are one of the 2 key attributes for a player in Sanches' position, as you have to be aggressive during those midfield battles (Just look at Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane). Stamina is vital for getting up and down the pitch (If Sanches' role is a box to box midfielder). 2026 Now for the exciting bit. Here is Renato Sanches at the start of the 2026/2027 season : As you can see, Sanches is now a Real Madrid player and now has a value of £47m, just under 3 times his 2016 value. He has also become a Portugal regular on the international stage, appearing a further 77 times for his country, scoring 9 more goals. Additionally, the majority of his stats are now green, showing particular strengths in his movement, pace and stamina, which are all at a rating of 20, the maximum. 12 of the 17 stats for Sanches are rated 15+, proving that he did indeed live up to that 'superstar' expectation that was hanging over his head in 2016. Renato Sanches also managed to break the world transfer record while moving from Bayern Munich to Real Madrid : Wow. £120m. I don't quite know how he went for that much, as he only scored 5 goals the season before the move, and only managed 3 assists. 2022/2023 was probably his strongest season, bagging himself 18 goals and 8 assists. Lastly, let's have a look at the achievements of Renato Sanches between 2016 and 2026 : I think it's fair to say he's won a lot. 8 divisional titles, 6 major cups and 6 minor cups. Bizarrely, the 8 league titles all came at his previous club Bayern Munich, as Real Madrid actually failed to win the Spanish title during the simulation. Sanches also won the World Player of The Year award in 2022/2023 (as you can see on the screenshot below), further proof that the 22/23 season was the best in his career. Thank you for reading, and let me know your thoughts in the comments. Also, if you have any requests, for example wanting to know how well your team done in the 10 years, stick it in the comments.
  25. Today we look at the men trying to shut out the opposition forwards in the Championship – the defenders. Right Backs: Maxime Colin – Brentford Frenchman Colin has been at Brentford for a season already, making the right-back slot his own. His stats across the board are solid – he doesn’t stand out anywhere apart from stamina, but he doesn’t massively lack anywhere either. He develops quickly with the right training after starting a save, and with a value of £3.5million, he could develop into a quality option for years to come. Liam Rosenior – Brighton and Hove Albion It seems that Brighton have their pick of quality right-backs, with Rosenior and Bruno (the next man on this list) on their books. Rosenior has carved out a solid career so far, playing at Fulham, Reading and Hull amongst others, but he still has a few years left in the tank. A great team player with excellent stamina, and above average tackling, pace and decisions, Rosenior also has the option to play further up the field should you need him. Bruno – Brighton and Hove Albion The second Brighton player on the list is 35-year-old Spaniard Bruno. Something of a cult hero on the south coast, don’t let his age fool you – he can still give you a decent option for a season or two. His technique and stamina are right up there, but his high aggression score is a little bit of a concern. Bruno is certainly worth looking at for a cheap, short-term choice. Matthew Connolly – Cardiff City Matthew Connolly is a defender with key stats in all the right places – tackling, positioning, strength and aerial ability. More comfortable in the centre rather than on the flank (but he can play on both), he is an excellent utility option to have in your squad. Valued at £3.1million, and aged just 28, the majority of Premier League teams would do well to have a look at him. Ryan Fredericks – Fulham Former Tottenham man Ryan Fredericks joined Fulham in the summer following a spell at Bristol City which can be counted in days rather than years. His skills suit those looking for a more attacking full-back, with his crossing, pace and movement all north of 15. His valuation of £4.4million is high, but he has a lot of ability, as well as the potential to develop further. Christopher Schindler – Huddersfield Town Huddersfield have been something of a surprise package in the Championship this season, but with players like Schindler in the team they really shouldn't be consider a surprise at all. The German is comfortable playing across the back four, and with high stats in aerial ability, leadership, positioning and stamina, it’s not hard to see why. At 26, he’s coming into the prime of his career, but Huddersfield may be reluctant to sell having only just signed him. Giuseppe Bellusci – Leeds United One of my favourites on this list is Giuseppe Bellusci of Leeds. The Italian’s only major weakness is his shooting, which isn’t key for a right-back, and he is a natural leader, mixing good strength with a good tackling score. More comfortable in the middle, his pace, stamina and crossing skills all make him a good option for the right-back slot, and Leeds can be convinced to sell for not much more than his asking price of £3.9million. Chancel Mbemba – Newcastle United The most expensive right-back here, Newcastle’s Democratic Republic of Congo international comes in at a hefty £7million pounds. For that, you get an experienced international, only 21 years of age, who is strong, positions himself well, and works for the good of his team. Like many others on this list, he prefers to play in the centre of the field, but certainly has the skills to be more than effective on the right. If you’re looking to invest heavily in someone who is decent enough now, and with bags of potential, then Mbemba may be your man. Dominic Iorfa – Wolverhampton Wanderers Last, but by no means least, is Dominic Iorfa of Wolves, my personal favourite. Combining great strength, speed and aerial ability with good positioning, dribbling and teamwork, Iorfa stands out from the crowd as a right-back who can play in the middle, rather than the other way around. Tipped as a future international, I doubt it will be long before Iorfa is picked up by a bigger club in real life. Get him now, before someone else does. Left Backs: Jordan Amavi – Aston Villa Young Frenchman Jordan Amavi kicks off this section of the list in a big way. The Villa defender was linked with an immediate return to the Premier League in the summer, but no move materialised, much to the delight of Villa fans. At £6.25million he isn’t cheap, and Villa will drive a hard bargain, but he starts with excellent dribbling, crossing, technique, pace and stamina, as well as an ability to play anywhere on the left flank. Gaeten Bong – Brighton and Hove Albion Brighton seem to be blessed in the full-back department, as left-sided Gaeten Bong joins right-sided players Liam Rosenior and Bruno on this list. Quick and positionally aware, the Cameroonian international is a decent enough tackler, crosser and decision maker. A solid option. Marcus Ollson – Derby County In my mind, Derby got an absolute bargain when they picked up Marcus Olsson from Blackburn for just £250k in the summer. The Swede doesn’t really lack in any attributes, and in fact excels in a number of areas. A great option for most Premier League clubs looking for someone to come in on the left side of defence, expect Derby to drive a hard bargain. Ryan Sessegnon – Fulham If you’re looking to the future, look no further than Ryan Sessegnon at Fulham. Valued at £3.3million at just 16 years of age, the youngster is very quick, with great technique and stamina. His strength and positioning need some work, but with the right combination of training and first-team exposure, he could be a very exciting player indeed. Buy now, reap the rewards later. Charlie Taylor – Leeds United Charlie Taylor has been a player with potential for a few seasons now, but 2017 seems to be the game where you can buy him and play him straight away. Excellent in the tackle and crossing the ball, with good stamina to go along with it, a number of his other attributes develop quickly with the right training. On a low-wage contract with only one year remaining at Leeds, try to snap him up before someone else does - £4.1million may just prove to be a steal. Greg Cunningham – Preston North End Irish international Greg Cunningham is a somewhat underrated left-back. Joining Preston in the summer from Bristol City (meaning he may be a little hard to sign), he’s in the prime of his career at 28. Good at crossing, passing, tackling, pace, stamina and decision make him a higher than average player. Silvio – Wolverhampton Wanderers Listed as one of Wolves’ star players, don’t expect to pick up Silvio on the cheap. Once bought by Atletico Madrid for £7million pounds, he has spent most of the last few seasons on loan in his native Portugal, before moving to Molineux on a free in the summer. His starting valuation is £3.8million, and the Black Country club is likely to demand much more than that for a player with decent, but not outstanding, stats across the board. One to pick up if you have a lot of budget to spend! Centre Backs: Nathan Baker – Aston Villa If you’re looking for a relatively cheap defender who excels in the basics and not much else, then look no further than Nathan Baker. The 25 year old is strong, with good tackling, positional sense and aerial ability, and…that’s about it. His aggression is very high, and his passing and movement are very low, but for £1.9million he can more than do a job. Andreas Bjelland – Brentford Don’t expect to get this guy on the cheap. Andreas Bjelland is one of Brentford’s star players, and with his stats it isn’t difficult to see why – scores of 15 or above in tackling, positioning, strength, leadership and decisions make him a very good defender indeed. The Danish international missed most of last season with a knee injury, and is now making up for lost time. Uwe Hunemeier – Brighton and Hove Albion The Brighton defensive love in this list continues. Brighton picked up the right-footed centre back from the German second division in the summer, and it looks like they got a steal. Good in the air, tackling and with his positioning, at 30 years old he still has a few years in the tank. Shane Duffy – Brighton and Hove Albion Another Brighton defender, and another who joined the club in the summer. Shane Duffy is an improved version of Nathan Baker above – what he does, he does very well. He’s young (just 24), an Irish international, and good enough in key attributes to make you think seriously about shelling out for him. Just don’t expect Brighton to let him go without a fight. Grant Hanley – Newcastle United I’m going to put it out there – Grant Hanley is one of the best defenders in the Championship. Newcastle shelled out a reported £6million to bring him in from Blackburn in the summer, although his value at the start of the game is £3.8million. His only real weaknesses in defensive terms are a lack of movement, and an aggression score of 20 – if you buy him, expect some time missed through suspension! Steven Caulker – Queens Park Rangers If you’re looking to buy a star name, then have a look at Steven Caulker. The 24 year old has one England cap (and one goal) to his credit, and spent the latter part of last season on loan at Liverpool. His attributes of note are 16 in both aerial ability and positioning, as well as 15 in strength, but his pace, stamina, teamwork and tackling aren’t far behind. QPR aren’t short of cash and will charge a hefty fee for Caulker, but he might just be worth it. Paul McShane – Reading In my mind, Paul McShane falls into the bargain category of this list. The Reading skipper, an Irish international, is worth £2.2million and will give his all for your team. Yes, he’s slow; yes, he lacks movement, yes; he’s highly aggressive, but there’s something about McShane that will make you want to sign him. He’s worth a punt as a back-up, at the very least. Danny Batth – Wolverhampton Wanderers If you want to sign a centre-back from the Championship, then I suggest Danny Batth. He starts the game with excellent stats in every category that a centre back needs and some besides. Strong, good in the air, a good tackler, great positioning – I could go on. It’s likely to take quite a lot more than his £4.2million valuation to pry him away from Molineux, but he is most certainly worth it. I hope you found that fairly comprehensive! Have I missed anyone? Included anyone you wouldn't? Let's discuss.