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  1. Vibe Content List 2016/17 Hello all and welcome to this article! Today, we are going to go over EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF CONTENT that has been produced on the website for this years game. This will hopefully help you pinpoint exactly what you need on the website, and get you there with ease. This has taken me a while to create, so I may have missed a few through sheer complacency. If I have missed an article, let me know and I'll add it in. This list is ordered in categories, and then dates. Club Guides/Reviews 5.6.17 - Sam.Hardy - Juventus Team Guide - Link 3.6.17 - AndersJ - 5 Smaller Italian Clubs To Be - Link 1.5.17 - BatiGoal - Monaco Team Guide - Link 17.4.17 - KennyMiller27 - 6 Lower League Clubs - Link 7.4.17 - Niall C - Top Transfer Budgets - Link 17.2.17 - Mollers01 - 5 Teams To Play As Before The Update - Link 8.2.17 - Mollers01 - 11 Teams To Play As Post Update - Link 10.1.17 - SladePT - FC Porto Guide - Link 9.1.17 - BatiGoal - Fiorentina Team Guide - Link 20.12.16 - Real_Random - Villarreal Team Guide - Link 8.12.16 - Mollers01 - 8 Teams To Manage - Link 12.11.16 - Dar J - AC Milan Team Guide - Link 7.11.16 - Chelsea8 - 5 International Teams To Be - Link 27.10.16 - Aencinaz04 - 4 Exciting English Teams To Manage - Link 23.10.16 - Robbrown172 - 3 Challenging Teams To Be - Link 22.10.16 - Aencinaz04 - 4 Fallen Giants To Restore - Link 27.8.16 - UkFootballScore - 5 Teams To Look Forward To Managing - Link League Guides/Reviews 22.6.17 - KennyMiller27 - Segunda B Guide - Link 14.6.17 - KennyMiller27 - 3. Liga Guide - Link 7.6.17 - Dar J - Liga Pro (Serie C) - Link 2.6.17 - Niall C - Republic Of Ireland League Guide - Link 31.5.17 - mcandrew003 - Northern Ireland League Guide - Link 19.4.17 - Mollers01 - Interesting League Formats In FMM17 - Link 7.4.17 - mcandrew003 - The Turkish Super League - And All It’s Secrets - Link 16.11.16 - Robbrown172 - Ekstraklasa Review - Link 4.10.17 - Chelsea8 - 5 Nations We Could See In FMM17 - Link Player Guides 17.6.17 - Niall C - Cheap Wonderkid XI - Link 11.6.17 - AndersJ - The Future Of German Football - Link 10.6.17 - mcandrew003 - Young Lions - Analysing The England U-20 Finalists - Link 2.6.17 - KennyMiller27 - The Pot’s Treasure - 7 Great Irish Prospects - Link 2.6.17 - Rami - How To Find Regens - Link 17.5.17 - KennyMiller27 & mcandrew003 - Top 50 Breakthrough Stars - Link 13.5.17 - mcandrew003 - Top 7 Breakthrough Stars - Link 22.4.17 - Kumail - 3 Great Cheap Players - Link 7.4.17 - Mollers01 - Top 8 Bargains For Top Flight Clubs - Link 27.3.17 - Niall C - Free Agent Guide - Link 16.3.17 - Jens - Top 10 Belgian Talents - Link 10.3.17 - Mollers01 - 8.2 Wonderkid List - Link 6.3.17 - Mollers01 - 5 Strikers Who Deserve An Upgrade - Link 5.3.17 - Mollers01 - 7 CM’s Who Deserve An Upgrade - Link 8.2.17 - Robbrown172 - 5 WB/FB’s Who Deserve An Upgrade - Link 1.2.17 - Robbrown172 - 5 GK’s Who Deserve An Upgrade - Link 28.1.17 - Dar J - What Makes A Goalscorer Part 2 - Link 12.1.17 - Kun Aguero - Euro U-21 TOTT, Where Are They Now? - Link 9.1.17 - Robbrown172 - 5 Players To Look Out For In AFCON - Link 4.1.17 - BatiGoal - BG’s FIFPRO World XI - Link 28.12.16 - Massey127 - Stats, Ability, Rep, Consistency - Link 27.12.16 - 62Tuffy - Big Club Bargains - Link 10.12.16 - Dar J - What Makes A Goalscorer - Link 9.12.16 - BatiGoal - Battle Of Captains - Link 25.11.16 - Mollers01 - Scouting The Championship - DF’s - Link 22.11.16 - Mollers01 - Scouting The Championship - GK's - Link 21.11.16 - Robbrown172 - 5 Championship Youngsters You NEED To Sign - LInk 14.11.17 - Dar J - FMM Wonderkid Vanja Milinkovic Savic - Link 7.10.16 - Fish18ish - 5 English Players Who Need A Stat Boost - Link FMM Experiments 4.6.17 - mcandrew003 - 2 Footers VS 1 Footers - Link 3.6.17 - Niall C - Bernardo Silva To City - Link 27.1.17 - Mollers01 - Deulofeu At AC Milan - Link 26.1.17 - Robbrown172 - Niang And Zarate At Watford - Link 26.1.17 - Mollers01 - Hogan To West Ham - Link 25.1.17 - Mollers01 - Markovic To Hull - Link 20.1.17 - Robbrown172 -Griezmann To United - Link 17.1.17 - Robbrown172 - Payet To Marseille - Link 11.1.17 - BatiGoal - Did Odeegard Make The Right Choice? - Link 30.12.16 - Mollers01 - Previewing Lindelof To United - Link 29.1.17 - Robbrown172 - FMM Predicts 2018 WC - Link 22.12.16 - Robbrown172 - January Transfer Window FMM Prediction - Link 12.12.16 - Robbrown172 - 10 Years Later - Jonathan Tah- Link 9.12.16 - Mollers01 - Messi Or Ronaldo? - Link 8.12.16 - Robbrown172 - Can Celtic Win EPL? - Link 2.12.16 - Robbrown172 - Odegaard 10 Years Later - Link 26.11.16 - Robbrown172 - Sanches 10 Years Later - Link Tactics 6.5.17 - mcandrew003 - Analysing The Opposition - Link 12.2.17 - Veerus - Primary Outlet And Attacker Settings - Link 9.2.17 - t_gerface - In Game Tactical Tinkering - Link 31.1.17 - BatiGoal - Newbies Tactical Guide - Link 31.1.17 - Nick11 - In-Game Tactical Tweaking - Link 30.11.16 - BatiGoal- Old Football Formations - Link 30.11.16 - BatiGoal - The Art Of Subbing - Link 21.11.16 - Aencinaz04 - Successful Tactics In Top 5 Leagues - Link 21.11.16 - Veerus - Player Roles - Link Training Guides 15.4.17 - Dar J - Training And IT Guide - Link 17.11.16 - Chelsea8 - Intensive Training - Link Hex Editor/In-Game Editor Guides 15.3.17 - enggarenk - How To Reduce FMM Data - Link 27.2.17 - marnixg - Managing Germany - Link 20.2.17 - Kun Aguero - Changing B Teams Relationships - Link 3.1.17 - Kun Aguero - Hex Editing Guide - Link Tips And Tricks/ General FMM Guides 23.5.17 - mcandrew003 - Top 5 Transfer Tips - Link 19.5.17 - Mollers01 - International Management Guide - Link 18.5.17 - KennyMiller27 - 6 Pleasant Surprises - Link 10.5.17 - Mollers01 - 6 Disappointments Of The Season - Link 14.4.17 - mcandrew003 - 5 Editor Features To Enhance Your Game - Link 10.4.17 - AndersJ - Tips For Challenges - Link 22.3.17 - rseven - Loaning Out Younger Players - Link 17.3.17 - KennyMiller27 - Lower League Tips And Tricks - Link 8.3.17 - BatiGoal - Adding Flavour To Your Career - Link 7.2.17 - Veerus - Introducing Expected Goals - Link 19.1.17 - Dar J - Preparing/Exploiting Brexit - Link 18.1.17 - BatiGoal - Re-Discovering Your FMM Motivation - Link 13.1.17 - BatiGoal - How To Nurture Talents - Link 6.1.17 - Scratch99 - Being Your Own Sugar Daddy - Link 6.1.17 - Robbrown172 - Buying The Perfect Player - Link 30.12.16 - BatiGoal - Player Role Combos - Link 27.12.16 - Dar J - Gaining From Player Sales - Link 18.12.16 - BatiGoal - Pre-Season Guide - Link 2.12.16 - BatiGoal - Fairy Tale Award - Link 22.11.16 - Jens - The Great Guide To Devices - Link 21.11.16 - rseven - The Facility/Staff Quantities - Link 19.11.16 - Stracho - Good And Bad Of FMM - Link 19.11.16 - Dar J - Key To Success In Lower League - Link 17.11.16 - Gladiator - All Nations By Database - Link 17.11.16 - Chelsea8 - 7 Newbie Tips - Link 15.11.16 - Ashez - Is The Real Life Media Holding Back FMM - Link
  2. The Danske Bank Premiership - And All It's Secrets Good afternoon and welcome to my newest guide! A while ago, you may remember my guide on the Turkish Super League, well this is a follow up to that! I plan to make a few of these, showcasing leagues that are barely played by choice and hopefully see you guys play there some more. I have taken on some of the feedback from the last league guide, so this should be tidier and a better read. Enjoy! Division History The Northern Irish Football League, or the Danske Bank Premiership, was founded in 1890, and is the second oldest top division in the world. It became a member of UEFA in 1954, and a member of FIFA in 1911. The league was originally the league for all of Ireland, but was restricted to just Northern Ireland in 1921. The first ever league match to be televised from this division was in 2007, when Cliftonville and Linfield faced off at Solitude. Since then, Sky and other broadcasters have had more involvement in the league, meaning it is growing at a fast rate. League Format The league consists of 12 teams, with 1 being relegated each season. The team who finish in 11th will qualify for the relegation playoff. However, at the other end of the table, the top 6 teams qualify for the championship group, where they battle it out for the 1 second phase qualifying spot in the Champions League, whilst 3 other teams qualify for the First Qualifying round of the Europa League. League Rules/Qualification The cup winner takes a European Place, like in most leagues, whilst the previous Playoff winner also takes a spot. This may seem confusing, but as you play a few seasons it becomes routine. Any Other Rules? Portadown start the season on -12 points, so be careful when picking your team. Cup Competitions Northern Irish Cup Northern Ireland has over 5 cup competitions, and all have pretty similar rules. We will start with the Northern Irish Cup, which is the equivalent to the FA Cup in England. This competition has pretty standard rules, with the only exception being that the worse league team is allowed to play at home for their fixtures. Apart from that, it is pretty routine. Northern Irish League Cup Another standard cup competition, this time the equivalent to the EFL Cup in England. This cup has no strange/different rules to speak of, just another piece of silverware to add to your cabinet. Co. Antrim Shield Here is the Co. Antrim Shield, which is the same as the League Cup from before. This cup has no special qualification, just an early season competition to get your team ready for the season ahead. Northern Irish Steel & Son's Cup Another competition for competition sake, this is the same as the previous 2 competitions except for the fact that it is played a few days later. As you can see, N.I have a lot of competitions. We didn't go over the Mid Ulster Cup or the Intermediate Cup as they are likely to have the same rules as the 4 we have covered, but if wanted I'll happily go over them. Who Rules The Roost? Linfield are the current champions and lead the table for most titles won by 29 league titles. Their dominance is nowhere near matched, with Glentoran the closest behind with 23. Belfast Celtic are no longer in the top division, but are 3rd with 14 titles. This is were you come in. Can you take one of the teams not on this list and dominate? Can you take Glentoran and break Linfields record? Teams To Try Ards Ards last won the league in 1957-58, and have since bounced around the table. They possess a 2,000 seater stadium, aswell as Basic training facilities and Average youth facilities. Some of their players include Frenchman Guillaume Keke, who is likely to be one of your big threats, and former Wolves Centre-Back Johnny Taylor, who is reaching his peak and will be crucial to your defensive performances. Can you take this team to new heights, and achieve success? Portadown Portadown are an interesting one. Founded in 1887, they have managed to win 4 league titles, with the latest being in 2001-02. They have a 3,660 seater stadium in their possession, aswell as basic youth and training facilities. As good as this sounds, Portadown were relegated this year after a 2-0 defeat to Ards, AND they start the season on -12 points in-game. Despite all of this, they have Northern Irish international Robert Garrett in their ranks, aswell as former Hearts Winger Sean Mackle. Can you lead this troubled club to glory under your management? Thanks for reading guys! I hope you enjoyed this piece, I have some big ones planned so look out for them, and please leave remember to leave a comment on the article. Cheers!
  3. Cheap Wonderkid XI One of the best challenges in FMM17 is uncovering the next great talent. But sometimes it isn't the cheapest of endeavors. For example Marcus Rashford was a unknown player just over a year ago, he now starts the game worth a eye watering £20 million. A lot of money for a 18 year old, So with that in mind I present a starting XI of future world stars that won’t cost you more than £10 million each. So let’s start our money saving search. GK-Pedrag Rajkovic-Maccabi Tel-Aviv £1.5m This Serbian shot stopper is a steal at just £1.5 mill. As you can see just after one season he is already worth ten times that. As you can see after one season he is increased in handling and decision making and he is already worth ten times what we payed, DL Philipp Ochs £9.5m This guy was interesting. As upon reloading the test save to purchase him. His value had jumped to £10.75 million. Still I bid just £8.75 million already worth ten times and after a couple more bids and a tantrum from Ochs and I managed to snatch him up for £9.5 million He will come back after initial contract offer of his requested wages of 15-20k that he would find it hard to leave Hoffenheim. But you can offer him a new contract of his demands of 50-60k a week and he signs. DC Jerry St.Juste £7m A quality strong Dutch center back. With bags of potential. Within one season he improved in tackling and positioning,At just £7 million a worthy investment for years to come. DC Mathijs de Ligt £7m Another Dutch center back with bags of potential. At just 16 he could lead your defense for years, In one season you see he is already improving in key areas (aerial, positioning) and if he improves as quick as he has in one season he will be world star in any top European side. DR Hidde Ter avest 7m Not a whole lot of improvement in stats for this Dutch right back with only slight improvements in tackling and positioning. But this is only after one season. Given his adaptability to play at CB as well as Rb makes him a worthy investment and at just £7 million. AMR Pavon £7.75m Not really an unknown to experienced players of FMM17 . 7.5 million for a 21 year old ready for the first team and given that he can easily play on the left or right makes him a worthy acquisition for our team. AML Hirving Lozano £8m Again another well known wonder kid. But another ready made first team prospect. Capable of playing on either wing. Also could do a job up top if needed. With recent media reports linking him with a move to Man City this summer this may be the last chance you have to snap up the Mexican winger. MC Flippo Melgoni £3.5m. Decent young Italian central midfielder.that has the potential to play in a number of roles with some training. As you can see here after just one season he has already got a passing rating of 15 also he has risen more than three times in value and he is only 17. MC/AMC Alfonso sousa £7m If your looking for an advance play maker for your team. Look no further than FC Porto’s Alfonso Sousa. Easily adaptable at playing in the center of midfield. Although not much improvement in once season but he is still only 16/17 years old so has much time to improve. He is also in this test save he is also competing with Man united players such as Mata, Mkhitaryan which may have stifled his development. ST Thomas Buitnik £7.25m Yes another Dutch wonderkid. Upon doing this article I am beginning to think we could be entering a golden age of Dutch wonderkids in the next few years. Or at least that’s what SI are predicting. One season in and his value is risen considerably and his shooting is 15 and dribbling 14 and he is still only 16. ST Albian Ajeti £10m The most expensive of our wonderkids but as you will see after just one year he has got a shooting rating of 16 and he is already worth £16 million and still only 20. So there you have it a Starting XI with a total cost value of just £68.5 million with huge developments in one season that should be noted was holidayed and controlled by the AI. I expect them to grow even more under player control and perhaps with the use of the Intensive training could grow even more . Also the key to purchasing these players I should say is to be strict with your transfer offers. Offer the player’s value or below it as an initial bid and then increase in small increments more often than not the player will throw his toys out of the pram and demand a move Hope you enjoy the read, Feel free to add your wonderkid discoveries below and share those gems.
  4. The Forgotten Paninis When i was young collecting Panini cards was the big thing. I had no Ipad, Iphone or even a computer. But we had an old tv where I could see football from Italy and Spain. The teams I watched the most in Spain was the magicians from Barcelona and Real Madrid, but also teams like Salamanca and Albacete really caught my eye, but that’s another story. This is PANINITIME. I don’t know if it was the grease in their hair, or the colours on the cards, but I loved collecting those cards from Italy - and of course dream that I was Marco Van Basten when I played with my friends. Thinking back, the older boys surely didn’t make a fair trade with me in terms of exchanging paninis, but I still remember it as a great time in my childhood. Some teams I liked simply because of their colours, others because of their style of play. The first was their style of play. Zeman was their manager and we all know that means attack, attack and attack. I here give you 5 teams you could choose to manage in FM. Give it a go and bring glory back to their part of Italy. 1. Foggia FORZA FOGGIA! In this community I have recently joked about Foggia Calcio ( newly promoted to serie B ) and my old love for them. Former stars such as russian Shalimov, Baiano and striker Signori. They have gone bankrupt two times in their history, but how about becoming their new manager ? They are currently in Serie C/C, but next season they are in Serie B. Club Information Founded: Foggia were founded in 1920 Success: Under Zeman they created the attacking football all wanted to see, and a style of play Zeman since has made his trademark. Tragedies: Poor financial control, and allegedly tried to bribe the referee when they last visited Serie A, which caused uproar in Italian football. The Board expects promotion, but be aware, although your squad have okay players, the training facilities are poor. Here are som of the 3 best players in the squad and the whole squad. There are alot of young players from age 17-18, but you will need to upgrade the squad to be promoted. 2. Lecce Lecce have been in the top flight more than one time and now has fallen through the leagues, do you want to promote the club with former stars such as Vucinic, Popescu, Oddo, Pellé and least of all this fine young footballer. They are currently in Serie C/C also Club Information: Founded: Lecce were founded in 1908. Success: promotion to Serie A a couple. Tragedies: Found guilty of match fixing. The Board expects promotion and rightfully so, the squad seems above average and will only need small improvement. Here are som of the 3 best players in the squad and the whole squad. the whole squad 3. Reggina The club have spent 9 seasons with the best, but are now in Serie C/C together with Foggia and Lecce. Reggina have a great stadium and a lot of history. Can you get the old team back where it belongs ? Club Information Founded: Reggina were founded in 1914 Success: promoted to the Serie A in 1999. Tragedies: Being part of the Serie A scandal in 2006 and deducted 15 points. The Board expects promotion, but be aware, although your squad have some okay players, it needs improvement asap unless your are running a youth club. Here are som of the 3 best players in the squad and the whole squad. Here is the squad with okay defensive players, but it needs improvement asap in the last third. 4. Parma Calcio Parma Calcio - no need for further introduction. The club had superb players when they played their best football with Buffon, Thuram, Veron, Crespo and so on - can you create a dream team once again? You find Parma in Serie C/B. Club Information Founded: Parma were founded in 1913 Success: Although Parma never won a domestic league title and never competed for major trophies until the 1990s, it won three Coppa Italia, one Supercoppa Italiana, two UEFA Cups, one European Super Cup and one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. Tragedies: The main sponsor for the team Parmalat, went bankrupt in 2003 and therefor the club was in financial trouble til 2007. In 2015 the finally went bankrupt. The Board expects to win it all, and with the best budget of the five, you really have no excuses. Here are som of the 3 best players in the squad and the whole squad. Some in the squad are searching for the wheelchair, but they should could secure you promotion in the first try. 5. Cremonese Last but not least, I give you my personal most missed italian club, Cremonese from Serie C/A. The red and grey colours….well eye candy they are not, but the former players say it all, Favalli, Chiesa and Gianlucaaaaaa VIALLI. You can sit on your arse and see the grey and red blinks when they just trash the opposition on their way to the Serie A again. Club Information Founded : Cremonese were founded in 1903 Success: Won the Anglo-italian Cup beating Derby County at Wembley in 1992/1993. Tragedies: The colours of their badge! The Board expects promotion, you have an okay squad for this goal, but less finances than Parma fx. Here are som of the 3 best players in the squad and the whole squad. As you can see finally some attacking and creative force to use, but still room for improvement in the squad as a whole. To Finish…. Hope you got inspired to choose differently next time you start a new career. A huge thanks to @mcandrew003 for helping me with the layout and setup of this article. Best regards Anders.
  5. Spanish Summers: A Primer to the Segunda Division B History First organized in 1929, Segunda B was then the third division of Spanish league football behind the Primera Division and Segunda A; it was then reorganized after the 1929 season as the Tercera Division which then existed until 1934. Reactivated in 1943 after an interregnum mainly exacerbated by both the Civil War and WW2, it carried on the Tercera name until another reorganization in 1977 saw the Segunda B name readopted, and Tercera used to refer to the 4th-tier league. Initially conceived as a 40-club division with 2 groups of 20 teams, it was streamlined in 1986 into a 22-club single table division, before being re-organized the following year into the format used today – 80 clubs grouped into 4 20-club mini-leagues based on region. Organization Each group in Segunda B plays 38 games with each other; the 4 clubs relegated from Segunda Division and the 18 clubs promoted from Tercera Division are assigned to the appropriate regional group. Reserve sides are eligible for promotion assuming their parent club is in the Primera Liga, while clubs in Liga 123 who have their reserves in Segunda B will have their reserves relegated should the parent club get relegated; the reserve side is also barred from promotion. The 4 group winners go on to compete in the Segunda B Championship play-off, where the two clubs that advance to the Championship round earn promotion to Segunda Division. The losers join the 4 runners-up, 3rd-placers and 4th-placers in another playoff to determine the last 2 promotion places, where they compete as follows: Round 1 – 4th v 2nd/4th v 2nd/4th v 2nd/4th v 2nd/3rd v 3rd/3rd v 3rd Round 2 – 4th v 2nd winner against Championship playoff loser/3rd v 2nd/4th v 2nd winner against Championship playoff loser/3rd v 2nd Round 3 – Round 2 winners drawn against each other, higher-ranked club hosts 2nd leg The winners take the last 2 slots in Segunda Division The bottom 4 clubs in each group are relegated to Tercera Division, along with the losers in the relegation play-outs contested between the four 16th-place clubs in each group. Meanwhile, the Top 5 non-reserve clubs in each group, regardless of winning their promotion playoff qualify for the Copa del Rey, along with the four non-reserve clubs with the most points outside the Top 5, entering the First Round; 6 clubs earn byes to the Second Round. The Tercera Division champion from the previous season also qualifies; if the champion is a reserve side, the Tercera runners-up also qualifies. IRL, some Tercera Division clubs also qualify to the Copa; in FMM though, only 4 Tercera Division clubs are included in the First Round pot, with the shortfall being made up by more Segunda B sides included. General Club Profile Segunda B clubs have stadium capacities averaging around 7,114 seats; AE Prat have the smallest stadium in Segunda B, seating only 500 fans, while Real Murcia’s Condomina holds 31,079 fans. Facillities-wise, the league averages a Adequate/Adequate in training and youth facilities, with CD El Ejido and Racing Santander possessing the best set-ups at Impressive/Good, and Prat having Poor/Below Average set-ups carrying the rear. Interesting Clubs AE Prat – Their facilities may be poorer than what most players may like, but the Catalan minnows won promotion by winning Tercera Division last season and looked halfway competitive. They may have gone straight back down IRL, but can you defy the odds and keep them up in-game?And can you build them up long-term to trump Eibar and become La Liga's new small-town champion? Racing Santander – The former La Liga mid-table stalwarts have had a rough time of it since relegation in 2011; suffering much the same fate as Blackburn Rovers minus the league title after being taken over by an Indian consortium, they’ve bounced around the 2nd and 3rd tiers since. Poised to return IRL if they win their promotion playoff, can you both return them to La Liga and give this club some much-needed stability? Hercules – Arguably best known as David Trezeguet’s last club in Europe, the Alicante-based club drifted steadily down the 2nd-tier since that ill-fated spell in La Liga back in 2010 and find themselves stuck in the third tier for the past 3 years. Can you push them back up and erase the sour taste of their last top-flight campaign? Segunda B feels like an odd mix of the Championship and the Conference – with the amount of relatively big clubs stuck in there mixing up with seemingly wee little village clubs, there’s a lot of stories to be forged here. Pick up your crucible and make one!
  6. Das Dritte: A Primer to the German 3. Liga History From this.... The DFB set up the 3.Liga in 2008 to provide a streamlined path between the then extant 2.Bundesliga and the then-2 headed 3rd tier of the Regionalliga Nord & Regionalliga Sud, taking the 7 teams between 3rd and 10th in both leagues, and adding the 4 clubs relegated from the previous 2.Bundesliga season and constituting the initial 3. Liga membership. this The two Regionalliga then became part of a newly-reorganized 3-headed 4th tier until further reorganization after 2012 saw the Regionalliga grow into 5 leagues organized by geographical proximity. A typical Regionalliga crowd c. 2010 Organization The 3.Liga is a 20-team league that plays 38 fixtures per club. The champions and runners-up earn automatic promotion to the 2. Bundesliga while the 3rd-place team competes in a two-legged relegation/promotion play-off with the 16th-placer in the 2. Bundesliga. The bottom 3 clubs are automatically relegated to the appropriate Regionalliga to be replaced by the winners of play-offs between the 5 Regionalliga champions and the runners-up of the Regionalliga with the most members. Reserve teams can advance no further than 3. Liga and are relegated should their parent club drop to 3.Liga, or be in danger of dropping to 3.Liga in case of relegation. General Club Profile Most of the clubs in 3. Liga have Average/Average training and youth facilities, and stadia with an average capacity of around 12 – 13,000. Look at those crowds! Werder Bremen II have the smallest stadium and Jahn Regensburg have the lowest-quality facilities, while Hansa Rostock have the best facilities and MSV Duisburg have the biggest stadium. Interesting Clubs Hansa Rostock – One of the bigger sides in 3. Liga, the former Bundesliga stalwarts have been stuck in 3.Liga since getting relegated at the end of 2008; having also fallen victim to the relegation playout to Ingolstadt 2 years later, they’ve been stuck in mid-table since. Look at how loyal they are! Are you the one to revive them and challenge Leipzig for the honor of being East Germany’s best? Preuben Munster – One of the founding members of the Bundesliga, they only spent one season there and have been in the wilderness since. Feed them Success? Not a particularly glamorous squad since the days of the Oberligen, can you bring them some success? Jahn Regensburg – Historically a yo-yo club between the 3rd and 4th levels of German football, they’ve gained momentum over the past 5 years and find themselves back in 3. Liga for the first time in 5 years. Those ultras will have a LOT more to cheer for IRL, they’re now in 2. Liga; can you match that accomplishment and see them kick on? 3. Liga is an interesting league, and I certainly would like to see you try it! A lot of stories and relative fallen giants here make it a rich tapestry, so go out there and weave your own story!
  7. Hello everybody and welcome to this new article. Today, we are going over the England U-20 squad, looking at the players and their potential. Why? Well, it's a good question. The fact is, this is the first international final that any England squad of any age has reached since that famous win in 1966. These young lions are the future of English football (after Rashford of course ) and deserve their spot in an article. So, let's get into the good stuff, shall we? Note: not all players will be in the game Database, so only those in it will be run through. GK - Freddie Woodman U-20 Apps - 3 Apps Woodman is one of Newcastle's finest young stars, starting the game at the age of just 19. At first glance, Woodman doesn't look too impressive, with just 13 in reflexes and 11 in handling. However, with 14-15 years of service in his locker, aswell as a highly likely chance of hitting greens within season 1, Woodman could become a must in your team. His U-20 WC campaign has been impressive, making 15 stops so far and holding a 88% save rate, aswell as 3 clean sheets. With figures and attributes like these at such a young age, can he be your main man between the sticks? R/LB - Callum Connolly U20 Apps - 3 Apps Another player with average stats at best in-game, Connolly is one of those that can easily fill a spot if needed for the first few years, before making it his own. With over 3 caps already under his belt plus the amount of games played at the World Cup, Connolly is fast becoming a prospect at Goodison Park. In-game, he could last maybe 10-12 years before needing to be replaces, and his versatility and decent physicals make him a decent Championship player for the first year, but much more after that? R/LB - Kyle Walker-Peters U-20 Apps - 3+ Somehow having no Wiki page is Walker-Peters, who has potentially the most promising stats of all the defenders. His superb greens for Crossing, Dribbling and Pace make him the perfect attacking full-back, even at the young age of 19. Peters serve a good 12 years for you, bombing down either the right or left sides and injecting fear into the opposition. Good enough to slot into any system in the EPL, can he fit into your system? CB - Jake Clarke-Salter U-20 Apps - 3 U-20 Clean Sheets - 3 Salter-Clarke is a decent looking Centre Back at the start of the game, having such stats as 14 aerial, 12 Tackling and 13 leadership and pace. He was even referred to as the successor of John Terry, by JT himself! Clarke can turn into a beast in the heart of your defence with the right training and game time, and could last 15 years before you have to consider getting a replacement. His contribution to the World Cup has been brilliant, playing 3 times and gaining 3 assists. If you need a solid Englishman for when Brexit comes along, he is your man. CB - Ezri Konsa U-20 Apps - 1+ I haven't been able to confirm the amount of call ups Konsa has, but with stats like that I'm sure he will gain many more. Konsa currently possesses great stats for an 18 Year old, including 14 Tackling, 13 Stamina and 12 Aerial. Accompany this with the fact he can play as a CDM/CM, and he is the perfect player. Not one many have heard of, Konsa could definitely see a move to the PL on the cards soon if he continues this development. CB - Dael Fry U-20 Apps - 2 Fry was part of the relegated Boro side of the 16/17 season, although he had minimal influence. Fry already looks a step up from the Championship at just 18, with stats like 16 aerial, 13 strength and 13 positioning and teamwork means he could very comfortably learn any system in England. In real life, Fry has just 2 caps, but with good performances in the Chamoionship this season, could we see this number increase? The youngster could easily last you 15 seasons, and with a few months of training, excpect to see those blues turn to greens. Is he the man for you? CDM/CM - Lewis Cook U-20 Apps - 1 Cook is an FMM favourite for many, or was until his big move to the South Coast. His profile is littered with blues, but don't be surprised to see them turn to greens. He has managed to grab 2 assists and a goal so far at the World Cup, ranking him 7th on the overall list. At just 19, Cook possesses great stats, like 14 teamwork and stamina, 13 Tackling and passing AND dribbling and 13 pace, he has the legs and creative nature to run riot in the middle. Only question is now, can you use his talents effectively? CM/CAM - Ovie Ejaria U-20 Apps - 5 Ejaria already looks quality at just 28, and is definitely one of the more exciting talents on the list. Possessing such dazzling, well rounded attributes such as 16 technique, 15 dribbling, 14 passing and 13 decisions, he is already PL quality for most middle table teams. Having already gained 5 U-20 Caps, Ejairia looks set for a long career, with around 16 years of performance to be squeezed out of him. How will you fit Ejairia into your system? Josh Onomah U-20 Apps - 2 The fact Onomah is valued at 12 Million just shows how bright his potential is. At 19, he possesses such stats as 14 dribbling, pace and technique, 13 passing and stamina and 12 creativity, he has a bright future in the role you deploy him in. At the WC, Onomah has had limited playing time, but with quality and potential like he has now, it will be a matter of time before he breaks into the Spurs and England squads. CM/AMR - Ainsley Maintland-Niles U-20 Caps - 10 Apps U-20 Goals - 1 Goal Maintland-Niles isn't the most pretty player to look at statistically, but there are a few silver lignings for this. One of these is the 13 passing, dribbling and pace he brings to the table, making it highly likely he will become a tricky Winger in his prime. Niles currently has the most U-20 caps, holding 10 to his name. He could likely last around 13-14 years for you in your team, wether deployed as a CM or a flamboyant Winger. How will you use him? Will he fit in? All are questions you will need to consider before buying this man, but be assured, whichever role he starts in, he will perform. WR/L - Ademola Lookman U-20 Apps - 6 U-20 Goals - 7 Lookaman's clinical nature is not shown in game, however such stats as 14 dribbling and technique, 15 pace and 13 movement almost make up for this. At just 18 years old, Lookman is one of the most exciting homegrown talents on the game, and will almost certainly develop for you, wherever you take him. Lookman has had a stellar campaign in South Korea, scoring 5 goals in 5 games for the England U-20's to fire them to the World Cup Final. If you are looking for a tricky Winger that shows similar qualities to Nani, Lookman is your guy. Sheyi Ojo U-20 Apps - 3 This lad is special. Ojo starts the game as one of the most promising teenagers around, and has the attributes to back it up. Incredible, tricky statistics like 15 technique, crossing, dribbling and pace all show why he is such a tricky Winger, and how he has massively helped England reach the final. His impact play from the bench for the young lions has bamboozled defences from any part of the world. The best thing is, these talents will keep you going for 12-13 years before a replacement is to be even thought about. Ojo is the most promising member of this squad. Harry Chapman U-20 Apps - 1 Chapman has been one of the lesser used players in the England squad in this tournament, but his attacking qualities show that he can more than deliver if called upon. At 18, Stats like 14 dribbling, 13 pace and 12 technique show he is already a skilful, reliable player, but whit a few months/years of training, how could he turn out for you? Despite his lack of appearances for th Young Lions, Chapman has played in 1 game, showing he is the required quality. The question is, can you up that quality? Adam Armstrong U-20 Apps - 5 U-20 Goals - 5 Armstrong had been clinical for the U-20's so far. 5 in 5 for them shows just how persistent with performance he is, and he is no different in-game. He has some incredible stats (Which, as @scratch99's favourite ever player, I'm sure he will know about) such as a phenomenal 16 shooting , 15 pace and 14 movement. All of these blended together show why he is such a popular player wherever he goes, especially in the national side. The I-20's have benefitted massively from Armstrongs striking prowess, with several goals pushing them to the final. But, how many finals could he ouch you to? Honourable Mentions: GK: Dean Henderson - Manchester United GK: Luke Southwood - Reading D: Jonjoe Kenny - Everton D: Fikayo Timori - Chelsea M: Kieran Dowell - Everton S: Dominic Solanke - Liverpool S: Dominic Calvert-Lewin - Everton So, that is my article on the Young Lions! I hope you enjoyed that read, feel free to leave a comment on how these players have performed for you, feedback or just a general comment. Thanks for reading!
  8. Past to present - the short history of the German U21 side. 18th of june 2017 The Under21 European Championship begins. The Germans will face the Czechs, the Danes and the Italians. All players born in 1994 or later can be called up for the squad. The Germans have participated 13 times before but only won it one time. The German national side have since 1996 at least reached the semi finals in the European Championships. The German national side had some tough years in the 1990s - loosing the final in 1992 and beaten in the States but an amazing Bulgarian side in 1994, but Die National Elf, have since 2002 finished 2nd, 2nd, 3rd and then won in Brazil. Take a look at that fact again! Wonder what happened?...well I have a guess. The looked at their young talents. They looked at how they nurturied them. They took care of them and believed in them. National fact that I often think of when comparing English football to the Bundesliga. Of the 46 players latest used in the U21 squad, only 3 play abroad with Sane in City being the clear best of the 3 statwise. All other players, play in the German divisions and many actually in the Bundesliga. FA are you still sure you are doing the right thing ? From the short lesson in small facts and history I will now open pandoras box. Present players we tend to use in FMM. In my opinion some of he most talked about and most bought players from the Bundesliga and this seasons FMM, are : Defenders: Niklas Stark ( 21 from Hertha) Marc-Oliver Kempf ( 21 from Freiburg) Niklas Süle ( 21 and joining Bayern) Matthias Ginter ( 22 from Dortmund) Midfielders: Yannick Gerhardt ( 22 from Wolfsburg) Leon Goretzka ( 21 from Schalke 04) Offensive minded midfielders: Max Meyer ( 21 from Schalke 04) Max Arnold ( 22 from Wolfsburg and current captain). Serge Gnarbry ( 21 from Werder Bremen ). Mahmoud Dahoud ( 20 from BMG ) Levon Öztunali ( 20 from Mainz ) Nadiem Amiri ( 19 from Hoffenheim who has an amazing season ! Julian Brandt ( 20 from Leverkusen ) Strikers: Davie Selke ( 21 from RB Leipzig ) Timo Werner ( 20 from RB Leipzig ) Maximillian Philipp ( 22 from Freibug). When we look at the above players we can all find 4-5 we have used, but in the next part I will look at someone with less FMM spotlight on their boots. Present players I want you to try in FMM. Here are some of the players that I personally would recommend WHEN you load the german league. Theese players all are in, or lately have been, called up for the u21 squad. Pictures of them are taken a couple of years in to the game. The Players in the following 10 players, have NOT even been trained with IT. So better stats are surely possible. The “unknown keeper” from the german second division. Julian has amazing stats and is only 21 when the game starts. He has the potential to grow very strong with the right training. The greens overshadow his tiny lack of communication. Bonus - take a look at his very low salary! When one looks at Jeremys stats, the first that I spot I his versatility. He is 22 when the game stats and he is a must buy if you the right kind of money. Strong in tackle, fast and with stamina, whats not to like. Mitchell Weiser here is one of the most consistent fullbacks you can find in tre german league. He plays fantasticully well in the Bundesliga and on the ekstra plus side, he adapts well and can play both sides! One of the best defenders in the entire game. And look at his LOW wage! I have met and played with Kevin many times in my career, and his stats will grow with IT. Must buy! Amazing Timo is a powerhause - Die Maur - There is not much else to say that don’t get corners against you, when playing Timo. If one could set the corner instructions, He could bring plenty goals to the game. Max is valuable for any team when he can play three vital positions. His versatility is what I really like with him, and the fact that his passing is so good, his is ideal for BPD. Look at how good he gets. Look at what this guy can do! A must buy If possible. He is at Leverkusen at the start of the game and with regular first time he will grow to be our BEAST! Stefaniak comes from RB Leipzig. Give him some hours in the gym and expect assist from him. He is a very solid passer and can easily become German champion on any average Bundesliga side with the right tactic. With probber training, I can asure you that Haberer is better than he looks! What amazes me and annoys me very much, he ALWAYS scores against me when I play in the Bundesliga. He is very aggressive and in a role up front where he can be a menace, he would greater than his stats tells us in year 2023. Last but not least I give you Platte - he is really strong and I expect to see him in the National side at some point. What makes Felix so good is that he has very few lacks in his stats. He can step up for your team and play many different roles! Bonus - he is not hard to sign from Schalke 04. One last word. My adwise for you now if you are not familiar with the Bundesliga yet. See a live game, not in the television but were you can feel “die stimmung”. Germans sing, germans jump, germans stand and germans love to talk in the bar after the game about their beloved league. I envy them. Because they have it ALL. They have the structure, control of their finances, control of their fans and give their youth a chance of making it in the first team. My last advice is - Buy the above before they choose to move to Bayern although they promised the fans, their grandma and their dog that they would NEVER ever move to one of the most hated clubs in Germany - Bayern Thanks to all the help i got with this article. I Hope you have enjoyed the article. Best regards Anders.
  9. LEAGUE OVERVIEW: The league is divided into 3 groups: Lega pro A, Lega pro B and Lega pro C. Each group is made up of 20 teams, each side plays against each other 2 times PROMOTION PLACES: The first team in every group wins promotion to Serie B and the team that comes last in every group gets relegated to Serie D. Considering the 3 groups together 4 teams get promoted to Serie B and 9 teams get relegated to Serie D The teams that finishes from 2nd to 10th in each group and the team that wins the Serie C cup qualifies for the playoffs and teams from 16th to 19th qualify for the playout. Playoff rules: The playoff competition is organised in 3 distinct phase: first round, second round then the final eight First round: the 24 teams are ranked from the 3rd to 10th of each group play in the first round in a single game and it would be hosted by the team that finished in a higher position in the league. The team that finished 3rd would play against the team that finished 10th in the same group The team that finished 4th would play against the team that finished 9th in the same group The team that finished 5th would play against the team that finished 8th in the same group The team that finished 6th would play against the team that finished 7th in the same group If the match finishes with a draw after 90 minutes the team that finished in a higher position in the league would go to the next round Second round: 16 teams play in the second round: the teams that finished 2nd in each group, the 12 teams that won in the first round and the team that won the Serie C cup*. The games takes place in 2 legs and the team gets the best result in the 2 legs would go to the next round. If the results are even then goal difference comes in place and if the results are still even the match would go to extra time and then penalties if needed. Final eight: This phase is divided in quarterfinal, semifinal and final. The quarterfinal follows the rule of the second round while the semifinal and the final is a single leg game and the team that get the best result would proceed to the final or get promoted to Serie B. RELEGATION PLACES: The teams that finishes last in each group gets relegated automatically while the teams that finished from 16th to 19th "qualify" for playout. Playout rules**: The team that finished 16th would play against the team that finished 19th in the same group in two legs and the first leg would be hosted by the team that finished 19th The team that finished 17th would play against the team that finished 18th in the same group in two legs and the first leg would be hosted by the team that finished 18th At the end of the two games the teams that got the best result would remain in the league while the other two teams would be relegated. *The team that won the Serie C cup WON'T be allowed to play in the second round of the playoff if: If the team wins also the league If the team comes last in the league If the team finishes in the playout positions **The team that comes 19th would get relegated automatically if at the end of the season the point difference from the 16th is more than 10 and the team that comes 18th would get relegated automatically if at the end of the season the point difference from the 17th is more than 5. The Lega pro is an interesting league to play in especially because you just need to finish 10th if you have a poor team and you want to get promotion fast but the rules are a bit confusing for people that don't live in Italy so since I'm here and I know the league well I decided to make this guide to clarify how it works.
  10. 2 Footers VS 1 Footers - An FMM Experiment. Hello all and welcome to this new article! Today, we will be looking at a interesting idea involving the new feature of footedness. A question that is sometimes asked by people is what is better, 2 footed players or 1 footed players? In this thread, we will look into the effect the 2 have in a team, and how they affect team results over the course of a season. Let's begin, shall we? Initial Idea: The idea for this experiment is simple. I will holiday 2 seasons in separate saves looking at the same club, Everton, but both saves will be different. Save 1 will be the usual Everton squad, just simulating a season. This will see what effect the 1 Footers have, their stats and how they perform in all competitions. Save 2 however will have every single player in the Everton squad be able to use both feet efficiently, meaning we can see just what effect it has compared to normal results. What Are We Trying To Prove? With this idea, I am trying to find out just how effective being two footed is in the game compared to the normal 1 footedness, and what effect it has on the overall team performance in all competitions. This article will consist of two parts: Part 1: Going over how Everton did in both saves, with one Footers and 2 Footers. Part 2: Going over the player statistics, going over stats, figures and what we have learnt. Save 1 - 1 Footed Players - Club Season Experiment 1 saw us test the average Everton squad, just to get an idea of what the 2 Footers are competing against. So how did they do? League Table Everton have a shocker of a year, finishing 8 points above the drop with a GD of -17. This poor season saw Koeman sacked before the new year, and young manager Chris Weale come in to steady the ship. Competitions EFL Cup A heavy defeat in the League Cup to the hands of The Saints. FA Cup Another defeat to an average team leaves Everton trophyless this season. Save 2 - 2 Footed Players - Club Season Experiment 2 was the more interesting one for me personally as it was the one with the most change, and let us see some scenarios in action. League Table Everton secure a solid 9th place, massively improving on the poor 16th from before. Interestingly, they only conceded 6 less goals, meaning the defence may not have been comfortable with the footedness change. Despite this, 9th is 9th, and a decent finish at that. EFL Cup Absolutely smashed by United, and knocked out at the same round as the 1 Footers. FA Cup And the Two-Footed Toffees are defeated yet again by United, this time in the 6th Round of the FA Cup. Interesting as they progressed 2 more rounds than the Save 1 Everton. Part 1 Conclusion I think from the information we have gathered, we can clearly see that the Two Footers had a better season than the normal Everton Squad. However, we did find some interesting information in this part of the experiment. Firstly, the TF (Two Footers) had a very leaky defence, and conceded just 6 less goals than the Save 1 Everton despite finishing 7 places above them. Also, the TF seemed to concede a lot more in the Cup Competitions, albeit it against United and other tough opposition. Is it possible that the TF’s confused each other and caused defensive fragilities? Or is it a one-off, and they would be fine in any other test? Part 2 Save 1 - 1 Footers - Player Stats So, we flip back to the 1 Footers to take a look at how the individual Everton players performed in their shocker of a season. Goals Lukaku leads the line as expected, picking up 20 goals in all competitions. Players like Barkley and Valencia back him up with 14 between them. Assists The highest assist count is a measly 5 by Bolasie, Gueye and Lukaku. A positive is that several players got 4,3 and 2 assists, with many of them being both Left and Right footed player. This shows that the variety of different sided players worked well for Everton. Average Rating Lukaku dragged the team through such a poor season, earning the top AVR for the season, but is closely followed by Gueye. Save 2 - 2 Footers - Player Stats So, the main event. I think this is the most interesting part of the experiment, judging and analysing how effective having both feet was for all of the Everton Goals This is interesting. You could argue Lukaku had a better chance of scoring in Save 2 because of the versatile players around him, bit in fact he scores less goals than his one footed counterpart. You could also argue however that Lukaku played 5 less games, but you would think that wouldn't matter. Substitute striker Tarashaj buried 8, whilst Schneiderlin grabbed 7. Assists Another interesting set of stats as the two CM’s grab the most assists with 8 and 7. It would be interesting to see what role Koeman utilised these players in, which we will go over later. Still quite a range of assisters, with the two CB’s grabbing 6 assists between them as well. Average Rating It seems Koeman made the most of the TF Midfielders in this save, with them grabbing the top 2 AVR’s, as well as contributing to 30 goals this season between them. They are closely followed by McCarthy, as well as defenders and Lukaku. Part 2 Conclusion Well, what we gather from this part of the article is interesting. Firstly, the TF Lukaku struggled to hit the same numbers as the OF Lukaku, which is surprising considering he had the option of both feet and his head, was personally expecting a 30 goal season. Next, the TF’s CM’s seemed to perform much better than the OF’s, this is likely because of their versatility in passing with both feet. One thing to ponder over is that both teams achieved similar AVR’s, meaning in theory all of the player played similarly. The TF’s CB’s also were a more creative force, laying on 6 Assists compared to the OF’s 3. Overall, we can see that for creative purposes, TF’s are a lot better. It all depends on if you want a set blend of sided players in your squad, or if you look for those 2 Footers to carry you home. Overall Conclusion/ Points To Ponder I'm hoping through this article you have learnt a lot. I certainly have. Firstly, we found that the TF’s concede A LOT of goals. I feel this may be due to defensive confusion between the players there, may be due to not being limited to one side they are invading the other defenders space. More testing would, of course, be required to confirm this. Next, we learned that Lukaku failed to score more goals than his his OF counterpart. This could be for a similar reason to the defensive fragility, or for the fact that he played less games than the original Lukaku. Either way, would need more in-depth testing. I think with both tests we can tell that that the TF’s are a lot more successful with creativity, and also scored 12 more league goals than the original Everton. This proves that having 2 feet is a lot better for creative purposes in certain scenarios. We also discover it is best to have one footed players in defence, as that way they are not confused or invading each other's space. I hope you enjoyed this article, thanks to @Ashez for his incredible help, and please leave some feedback is this is my first of this type of article. Cheers!
  11. Earlier this month Pep Guardiola began his clear out at Man City following his first trophy-less season in his managerial career. The first signing was one of the hottest commodities in world football and personal football manager favorite of mine Bernardo Silva from the exciting Moanco team. The fee is rumored to be in the region of €50 million. So I asked myself where in a team that boasts the impressive attacking talents of David silva,Leroy Sane, Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling, where would the Portuguese maestro fit in. Well thanks to the in game editor of FMM17 we can find out. 16/17 League Position 5th Fa Cup 5th round (eliminated by Man utd in a replay) League Cup 3rd round (eliminated by Tottenham) Champions League First round knockout(eliminated by Juventus) Conclusion Man City didn't perform well in Silva’s first season. In fact Guardiola lost his job in Febuary to be replaced by Bor.Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel. Still Silva managed to makee 30 appearances scoring 8 goals and chipping in with 9 assists with an average rating of 7.46. A decent first season. His stats also changed over the course of the season. Which is something to note if your looking to sign him yourself in a career. With improvements in a number of areas( cossing +3,dribbling+2, pass +3, Creative +3, Decisions +4, Movement +4) Season 2 17/18 With Tuchel at the helm how would Silva's second season in Manchester work out let’s find out. Playing this season in a MR roles in Tuchel’s 4-4-2 system. Conclusion Not as prolific second season but still a good return from 27 games 5 goals and 7 assists and a decent rating of 7.39. Man City continued to struggle again no silverware. 17/18 League Position 4th Fa Cup 5th round (eliminated by Shef Wed) League Cup 3rd round (eliminated by Chelsea) Europa League First round knockout(eliminated by Lyon) Season 3 18/19 So the final season of this test and here is how Silva begins the season. It looks like he will be playing back in the role of AMR in a 4-1-2-2-1 . This could be a pivotal season for Bernardo as Man city sold both Kevin De bruyne (to Liverpool for €165 million) and Raheem Sterling (to man utd for €61 million) so he may become an even more important player going forward. 18/19 Conclusion Big improvements from Silva this season. In 30 games 11 goals and 13 assists was the most profitable of all three seasons from Silva and finally a trophy for city in the form of the FA Cup with Silva scoring the winning goal in a 2-1 win over Everton. League Position 3rd Fa Cup Winner League Cup 4th round (eliminated by Arsenal) Champions League First round knockout(eliminated by At. Madrid) So in three seasons Bernardo Silva makes 87 appearances scoring 24 goals and assisting in 29 goals. What do you guys think would this be a decent return for Manchester city's €50 million investment.
  12. Hi guys welcome to the first of a series of previews on some of the less illustrious leagues to play in this years Football manager mobile. First one up is the top league here in the Republic of Ireland the Airtricity league. Airtricity League Founded in 1985 Airtricity league took the place following the reformation of the Irish football league system.It is a summer league based on the Scandinavian football season and runs from February to October. There are 12 teams in the league. So what's it all about... Teams League format Each side plays each other 3 times over the course of 33 league games running from February to October. Winner earns a place in the champions league second round qualifier. 12th is relegated to the 1st division and 11th enters a relegation play off with the play off winner from Division 1. Euro Places 1st - Qualifies for Champions League second round 2nd,3rd,4th - Qualify for Europa League first qualifying round.(4th depends on winner of Senior Challenge Cup. Past winners Shelbourne (6) Dunadalk (5) Current Champions Shamrock Rovers (5) St Patrick’s Athletic (5) Bohemians (4) Cork City (2) Derry City (2) Drogheda United (1) Sligo Rovers (1) Cups Irish Senior Challenge cup The senior challenge cup also known as the FAI Cup. This is the main domestic silverware in the Irish league, It also offers a route into the Europa league qualifying round to the winner. Knockout competition with on off games in each round. Games are decided by extra time and penalties if score is level after 90 minutes. Most successful teams Shamrock Rovers (24) Dundalk (10) Shelbourne,Bohemiens (7) Sligo Rovers,Derry City (5) Irish President’s Cup The Community shield of Irish football. It was only introduced in 2014 by the current president of Ireland, so still a fairly new concept in Irish football. A one of game that is played at the start of the season pitting the winner of the Airtricity premier division (currently Dundalk) and the FAI senior challenge cup holders (currently Dundalk so will play runners up Cork City). Past Winners Cork City Dundalk St.Patricks League Cup The league cup or the EA cup as it’s better known as, Is the secondary cup competition in Ireland. It’s open to all teams in Ireland Straight knock out competition with extra time and penalties if needed to decide winner. Past winners Derry City (10) Dundalk (5) St Patrick’s (4) There is also the Leinster Senior Cup and Munster Senior Cup. These are minor provincial competitions which don’t have much importance but also another chance to put a trophy in the cabinet depending on your chosen teams location. The challenge In terms of the league challenge it shouldn't take much for you to be competing with the top teams. It would be in Europe where the main challenge lies. For instance last years champions Dundalk came in with one game of being the first Irish club to make the champions league group stage, losing 3-1 on aggregate to Legia Warsaw. Warsaw being drawn in a group rubbing shoulders with the likes of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund which would have being huge for the Irish game. Dundalk did however go on to make history in the Europa League by becoming the first Irish side to win a European group game. Dundalk Current champions having won the title the last two seasons and are tied with Shelbourne for most title wins in the leagues current format(including winning the tittle in 2016) When you start you will have the champions league qualifiers to contend in the summer months which will give you a chance to replicate Dunalk's success as I mentioned above. They also lost some key players to English championship so they will need replacing. Shamrock rovers Shamrock rovers are the most successful Irish team with a record 17 league titles and 24 Senior challenge cup wins. They have also provided more players to Republic of Ireland national team than any other club. They haven't won the league since 2011 so can you put rovers back on top. Wexford Youths Wexford Youths are one of the newest clubs in the league having only being founded in 2007. This is Wexford first season in the top league having secured promotion in 2015. So will pose the biggest challenge in terms of building a team to compete at the top. The first season could well be about consolidation. Something Wexford failed to do at the end of this season in real life. Other Notable sides. Given that FMM17 only uses the premier division as a playable league some other sides to watch out for to be promoted would be Shelbourne(6 time league champions) Limerick Fc and Waterford Fc. I hope you enjoyed the guide and it inspired some of you to give this crazy league a try.
  13. The Pot’s Treasures – 7 Great Irish Prospects in FMM17 The Irish league systems, both in Northern Ireland and the Republic, have produced wonderful footballers throughout history. Names like Best, Aldridge, Keane, Staunton, Jennings, Davis, Healy and Coleman have sparkled on the club and international stages throughout the years, and with both the Republic and Northern Ireland doing reasonably well recently, the future looks bright. These kids could be the future, and you can get in on the ground floor with them on FM and brag about them when they become stars! Lee Desmond - The former Newcastle United trainee, Republic U-21 international and St. Pats centerback is one of those players that can boss around defenses for two divisions if brought in early. Signable for an average of £65,000 , his stat development favors comparably to a top-6 Championship centerback and he can fetch a healthy profit once you decide to move him on. Fee: £50,000 – £80,000 Will sign for: Anyone up to League Two AI pursuers: Cardiff and Birmingham Rory Feely - Lee Desmond’s understudy at St. Pats, Feely is a raw prospect with solid primary stats and a LOT of wiggle room to develop. If you can get him in early and get him under a good coaching routine, he can become a solid Championship centerback. Fee: £20,000 Will sign for: Anyone up to Top Conference squads AI pursuers: None Stephen Best - The Bohs youngster is another centerback that profiles very well stat-wise, with good primary stats for his age group, solid distribution and a good growth curve. Pair him with Lee Desmond for a ready-to-go back unit and watch them go! Fee: £40,000 – £70,000 Will sign for: Anyone up to top half of League One AI pursuers: None,but comfortable staying at Bohs Colm Horgan - He might be known as Daryl’s younger brother, but Colm Horgan is also a good player in his own right. The Galway United rightback may be closer to 22 than 21 in-game but his solid tackling and teamwork stats make him an effective starting point for switching defense to attack, and he develops into a reasonable right-back for the EFL. Fee: from £60,000 Will sign for: Anyone up to League One AI pursuers: Scunthorpe(prepare to possibly have a bidding war) Brandon Miele - Shamrock Rovers certainly have a gem on their hands with Brandon Miele; the Republic U-21 international can control the center of the park with good passing and creative skills or serve as a mobile roving AM with his good movement and dribbling skills. It’s getting him to sign that might cause you nightmares as he wants to go to a big club but if you can get him in you’ll be set in the midfield for a decade. Fee: starts at £300,000 Will sign for: no lower than the Championship AI pursuers: None Paul Smyth - The Linfield youngster has excellent primary stats for a poacher, and an excellent growth curve that can see him bang in the goals for you if you harness him properly. Available at a pittance, he can bring in a big profit for you at worst. Fee: £45,000 Will sign for: Anyone up to Conference Top 6 AI pursuers: None Levi Ives - Left back is usually one of the hardest positions to fill due to the relative dearth of quality prospects, but Levi Ives is definitely a player you should look at. The Cliftonville man has good stat distribution in the key attributes, and at 18 has room to grow. With 1 green stat and 2 stats very near green, his growth curve is also promising Will you buy in? Fee: from £35,000 depending on buying club’s rep Will sign for: Anyone up to middle of League One AI pursuers: None, but comfortable at Cliftonville Get out there and have fun!
  14. In next year's Football Manager Mobile, FMM18, there are numerous things that I would like added. Manager Rivalries: At the start of the game, you could select a manager that would be your main rival. Hall of Fame Update: If you press on yourself, you can get your info (games played, which ones won, drawn, lost - money spent/sold on transfers - some stats) and the coaching thing. I would like to see what you can see on other managers - all your stats. More Leagues Added: You could play as more leagues, such as the Chinese Super League, Argentine Primera División and some more leagues. Play as more National Teams: When I bought the National Teams, and started to play with it, I was slightly disappointed when I found out that there was only a limited amount of teams that you could choose. End of Season/New Season Finances: At the end of a season I had £86M left to spend, after I pressed New Season, I was given £50M, I would like to see this number added, not set. Player Search: When I search for a MC on FMM17, I also find Neymar, and more attacking players in it. I would like to see a feature where you could select multiple position selection and exact position when you do it. Youth Squad: I would like to see more things on the Youth Squad. So you could actually view the player's stats and promote them, even if they are 15 or 16. International Squads: Sometimes (most of the time) you see players with the squad of, 'World Cup Qualifiers (Germany)' or something along the lines of that.= I know that it may be due to licensing issues, but the fact that, in Germany's case, they have the licensing for the German Leagues, so why don't they have the licensing?
  15. Top 50 Breakthrough Start To Use In FMM 17 & 18, Presented By KennyMiller27 and mcandrew003 Hello Vibe! Me and @KennyMiller27 have been hard at work to bring you the top 50 Breakthrough Stars of the year! After PM'img me to see if I needed help, we got straight into business, scouting and analysing player stats before coming to a conclusion on the contents of our list! So, in no particular order, here is the list! 50. Steve Mounié 49. Nelson Semedo 48. Sandro Ramirez or 'Sandro' 47. Fernando Pacheco 46. Sergio Rico 45. Anderson Talisca or 'Talisca' 44. Samir Santos or 'Samir' 43. Sebastian Haller 42. Kasper Dolberg 41. Dani Ceballos 40. Mattia Caldara 39. Emerson Palmeiri or 'Emerson' 38. Andrea Conti 37. Leandro Parades 36. Timo Werner 35. Naby Keita 34. Sead Kolasinac 33. Saul Niguez or 'Saul' 32. Yeray Alvarez or 'Yeray' 31. Marcus Llorente 30. Ben Gibson 29. Alfie Mawson 28. Tom Carroll 27. Tammy Abraham 26. Henry Onyekuru 25. Leander Dendoncker 24. Uros Spajic 23. Jere Uronen 22. Sander Berge 21. Frederic Guilbert 20. Wylan Cyprien 19. Ricardo Pereira 18. Thomas Lemar 17. Kylian Mbappe 16. Mauricio Lemos 15. Tiemoue Bakayoko 14. Kingsley Coman 13. Franck Kessie 12. Balde Keita 11. Andrea Belotti 10. Andre Silva The Non-Playables Players not available in this years games, but should be next year.... 9. Cyle Larin - Orlando City - 7 Goals in 10 Games 8. Gonzalo Martinez - River Plate - 4 Goals, 4 Assists, 7.52 AVR 7. German Conti - Colon - 3.4 Aerials Won, 7.34 AVR 6. Kenneth Zohore - Cardiff - 12 Goals, 4.8 Aerials Won 5. Aleksey Miranchuk - Lokomotiv Moscow - 5 Goals, 5 Assists, 80.8 Pass Completion 4. Ohi Omoijuanfo - Stabaek - 7 Goals in 8 Games 3. Josef Martinez - Atalanta United - 5 Goals, 81% Pass Completion 2. Gilbert Koomson - Sogndal - 4 Goals, 1 Assist, 7.35 AVR 1. Filip Dagerstal - IFK Noerkopping - 2 Goals, 7.36 AVR So there you are folks! Baring in mind that took me and @KennyMiller27 a few hours of reaserching and took me at least 1.5 hours to write up, a few comments on some of the players would be appreciated, aswell as your general thoughts. Big thanks to KennyMiller27 for helping me out, and, well, enjoy!
  16. First off, credit to @Mollers01 for the original idea via his disappointments post Football, just like life, isn't all negativity and gloom. There's a load of happy stories out there, and I'm bringing you 6 of them here. Young English Centerbacks > Who said the cupboard was bare for the Three Lions once JT goes off and shags women at leisure? You got a whole bunch of young lads coming up! The future's bright - unless City and Chelsea throw ridiculous pay packets at these kids to rot in the reserves! Burton Albion > And everyone thought they'd jumped too high,too fast. Burton played their hearts out and consolidation in the Championship is a welcome reward for the dreaming Brewers. Amiens > Let's hope the Unicorns turn out more like Southampton in being able to consolidate in Ligue 1 after back-to-back promotions than Norwich - the 2010s' premier yo-yo club. Bournemouth and Joshua King > 10th place for a club most bookies had struggling AND 16 goals for a kid that most fans wrote off as a flop?Not bad at all. Take a bow Eddie Howe - and buzz off big boys! Minnesota United > A little story-time: Minnesota United lost their first two games in MLS by shipping 11 goals. You'd think that would be bad right? Well you're sorely mistaken - the Loons tightened the ship up, have their game flowing and have scored some big upsets and scrappy performances recently, beating both the careening LA Galaxy and the stingiest defense in Sporting Kansas City and running second-place Toronto FC hard over the weekend. With the June transfer window close and MNUFC having immense transfer flexibility with their DP slots, they just might sneak into the playoffs and show everyone what's up. Monaco > Yes, they may have money, but it's so refreshing to see a bunch of young players just let loose. I daresay these kids may be spoken of in the same breath as the Class of '92 and the Cruyff Group in time,especially if they stay together and aren't picked apart. There's my list,what's yours? Sound off below and let's talk about it!
  17. So, as the season draws to a close and we are faced with a long summer of no football (and only FMM to keep us company), it’s time to think about those teams and players who perhaps haven’t lived up to expectations this season. Perhaps now is a good time to give them a go before the inevitable transfers/downgrades/retirements in the next edition. Inter Milan The once-great giants of Italian football find themselves in the unimaginable position of not qualifying for Europe next season, and as such look set for a huge overhaul in the summer. A squad featuring the likes of Handanovic, Icardi, Barbosa and Kondogbia should not be struggling like they have – can you get them to improve? Francesco Totti Not a disappointment per se, more a last opportunity to play with the Roma legend following the announcement of his retirement. For a man of his age, his stats in-game are quite frankly astounding – but you’re going to have to play as the capital side to use him as he won’t move anywhere else! Aston Villa The Midlands side were included in another of my lists earlier this season, but find themselves here again as nothing has changed. After spending heavily in the summer only to see mediocre results, they did the same in January, and while performances improved, they still finished in mid-table. Expect to see another summer of overhaul ahead, so give them a go now before everything changes again. Hatem Ben Arfa After rebuilding his career at Nice following disappointing spells at Newcastle and Hull, Ben Arfa earned a move to PSG last summer. Unfortunately, the transfer to the Champions hasn’t worked out for him, as he has spent most of the season on the bench. He has impressed in his rare appearances, but the rumours are that he will move on before the new season starts. Why not play as PSG to bring the best out of him, or try to pry him away from the French capital? Hamburg After a comfortable mid-table finish last season, Hamburg have struggled this season and find themselves, with four games to go, in a relegation battle. Former Premier League stars Johan Djourou and Lewis Holtby are among those trying to help the former champions to safety. Are you the man to inspire them to greater heights? Claudio Bravo Much was made of the goalkeeping situation at Manchester City last summer, when Joe Hart was eventually shipped out for not being good with his feet. Unfortunately for City fans, he was replaced with Claudio Bravo, who it turns out isn’t very good with his hands – something quite crucial for a goalkeeper. Try and make him come good – or just try to exploit his weaknesses!
  18. For the last couple weeks, I’ve been running tests to try and determine the effects of the Primary Outlet (PO) and Primary Attacker (PA) tactical options. No one here seems to have a good explanation for how to use these options except to say that they don’t like using them. Well, what if I told you that Primary Outlet (PO) and Primary Attacker (PA) tactical options do exactly what you think they do? But, as is often the case, the devil is in the details. While most of my test results have been fairly straightforward, I ended these tests with more questions than answers. I look forward to seeing everyone’s interpretations of my tests. But first, let’s go over the methodology. The test match was the Community Shield match between Manchester United and Leicester City. Each test (7 in all) shown below was simulated 25 times and all match results were recorded unless there was an injury to one of the tracked players or a red card. There were no subs made by me on the Manchester United side for the entire match. I used short passing to maximize the # of passes attempted to help with identifying trends. LC always started in highly defensive formations however MU had little trouble breaking them down as they averaged 2.75 points per match across all tests. I consider this to be a good thing because it ensured that the base case was fairly consistent and overall match results had the potential for relatively little variance. I tracked the stats for the six non-defensive players for my tests. We can have a discussion about the performance of the BBMs later but for the purposes of this topic, I’ll just say that their stats stayed consistently near average for all tactical settings so they’re not included in the results shown below. Control Let’s go through the rows - results are out 75 points, average rating is for the 10 outfield MU players, possession %, passing %, shots, shots on target, clear-cut chances, open-play goals, xG. MU on the left, LC on the right. Table below that is - passes, completed, pass accuracy %, % of total passes between the four players, key passes, assists, shots, shots on target (SOT), SOT%, rating, goals, average of 3 highest passes attempted, average of 3 highest passes+shots attempted. These last two stats indicate the highest range of possible actions on the ball by the player - a best case scenario, basically. As per my xG post, I’m highlighting xG only. Goals scored and assists are not highlighted as those could have a high variance and are listed for reference only. Lastly, a word on the highlights - I’m using excel’s conditional formatting for each player’s or team’s stats on a scale of green (good) > yellow > orange > red (bad). Each field is compared to itself across all tests. So the more green you see, the better the test went for everyone. So with that out of the way, let’s look at the control test. Team average rating is near the top of the range but the rest of the stats are average or worse. xG of 59.390 was second worse out of the seven tests which makes the 71 points earned as a result of a 23-2-0 record a bit misleading due to overperforming xG. Defensively, MU allowed xG of 16.155 which was second worst out of all tests and tied for most CCC per match. Clearly there’s much room for improvement. Across all tests, the two most common post-match messages were that “Wingers were a real threat” and “Midfield showed real creativity” appearing in 77% and 64% of the matches respectively. But what I want to focus on are the three messages that I think were meaningful across tests - “Midfield supported attacked well”, “Attacking midfielders got into the box frequently”, and “Striker didn’t test the opposition goalkeeper enough”. In the control test, attacking midfielders made good runs into the box in 16/25 matches however the striker (Zlatan) didn’t have much of an impact in nearly half the matches (I sometimes got this message even in matches he scored). Schneiderlin as PO Positives: With Schneiderlin as the PO, the results were a bit unlucky. A poor match record 19-5-1 masked some really good things. Under this setting, MU enjoyed their highest average possession %, pass completion %, most CCC at 1.88/match, and great xG of 68.200 (but only 51 goals scored.. a win for xG metric as this tactic clearly seemed to click on the pitch!). Defensively, MU allowed fewest shots and second fewest SOT. Negatives: Despite the positives, there are a few oddities as well. The three attacking players, Mata/Martial/Zlatan, all had a low amount of passes. Total shots by the team were low as well. Martial in particular was relatively ineffective with total shots, rating and and 3xP+S being on the low end of the spectrum. In-game: Here’s my interpretation of the in-game implications. PO acts as a “magnet” with Schneiderlin being the preferred pass target if all things are equal. He attempted nearly 41.8% more passes than in the control scenario with a really high pass completion % as well. This means that, despite the attacking mentality, there were many passes back to him instead of forward to Mata/Martial/Zlatan. This is also supported by the post-match comments - “mid supported attack” and “AM got into box” appeared in only ~20% of the matches. Alternatively, with the ball at his feet, Schneiderlin attempted over 50% more key passes than in any other test. Zlatan, despite attempting a fairly high number of shots, “didn’t test the GK” in 11/25 matches. Mata as PO Positives: With the tactical “magnet” switched to Mata, the attack seemed to operate better. With the ball moving forward, both Mata and Martial played a high amount of passes. The team record was pretty good at 21-4-0 with the team generating the most total shots and SOT of all the scenarios. With the ball at his feet, Mata attempted over 3 key passes per match. The post-match messages about the midfield showed up with decent frequency including “striker didn’t test the GK” only appearing 5 times. Negatives: Team pass % was low-ish due to, probably, the frequent attempts to get the ball forward to Mata. Defensively, MU allowed highest xG and CCC, presumably due to the team being higher up the pitch more often with Mata being the passing nexus for the team which left them open to counter attacks. In-game: The team attempted to get the ball to Mata as often as possible. His 3xP+S (the highest and “best” case scenario) was nearly as high as Schneiderlin’s. Mata and Martial seemed to interchange pretty well however Zlatan was strangely absent as he had his second fewest 3xP+S, only slightly below control case. Martial as PA Positives: This setting made Martial the primary target for many passes. Curiously then, he ended up attempting an average number of passes. However, his shot attempts were through the roof as you can tell by his 3xP+S being highest of all tests. The PA setting seems to give a license to shoot - Martial generated his highest shots per match and there were 3 matches in this test where he attempted 10, 12, and 15 shots (1K attempters - take note!!). He enjoyed his highest average rating of 8.76! With the ball driven hard at the net by Martial, Zlatan also enjoyed good matches - he attempted a lot of shots, and had best SOT% as well as best rating. Thanks to these two, the team also enjoyed its best average rating, second most shots and CCC generated. Negatives: Not a lot of negatives to speak of here. With the passing focus on Martial, passing % was low and post-match comments regarding the midfield appeared in only 20% of the matches. In-game: The team played well and seemed organized. Mata and Zlatan interchanged effectively combining for nearly 2.5 key passes and 9 shots per match. Team record matched control’s at a great 23-2-0 record while generating a fairly high 64.980 xG. Defensively, the team allowed a decent 14.030 xG as well as fairly few shots and CCCs. With the ball being driven forward to Martial, midfield was curiously absent from the attack. Zlatan as PA Positives: This resulted in the best team record at 24-1-0. Defensively, the team allowed fewest xG of 13.300 and CCC. And, predictably, Zlatan attempted the highest amount of actions on the ball out of all scenarios - passes, shots, SOT, 3xP+S. Martial’s 3xP+S was pretty decent too. Negatives: Besides getting the ball to Zlatan, nothing else seemed to click. This scenario highlighted why I wanted to use xG - despite going 24-1-0, the team generated 55.870 xG, which is worst across all scenarios and scored 56 goals which is pretty poor considering the match record (conversely, take a look above at the Schneiderlin PO test - high xG, only 51 goals and only 62 points). If we looked at the match results only, we would think that this test went great. In reality, not quite - the team’s stats were average or worse across the board. Mata was strangely absent from the match with the balls seemingly bypassing him on the way to Zlatan. And despite the attempts to get the ball to him, the post-match report still said that “striker didn’t test GK” in 8/25 matches. In-game: This seemed like a standard “hoof it to the target man” tactic. When it clicked, Martial/Zlatan wrecked havoc as indicated by their higher than average 3xP+S. When it didn’t, which seemed to be most of the time, the team was ineffective as the standard link-up play was ignored in favor of getting the ball to the “magnet” PA, Zlatan, who did relatively well considering he was a lone target man against a defensive mentality team. Post-match message of “AM got into box” appeared in 12/25 matches so clearly these was some movement in the box by the midfield in support. This is where I originally intended to stop my testing. But the Zlatan test left me very unsatisfied. So I decided to run a couple more tests. The setting with Mata as the PO seemed to work pretty well while Zlatan as PA was poor so I wanted to combine the two settings. Mata PO + Zlatan PA Positives: Uhhh.. Mata had his highest 3xP+S…? Negatives: Pretty much everything. The ball didn’t seem to find Zlatan despite him being the PA. He took fewest shots, SOT and had his worst rating. “Striker didn’t test GK” appeared in 12/25 matches while “AM got into box” appeared in only 8 matches (compared to 13 when Mata was the sole setting as PO). Team record was 21-2-2 and they scored lowest # of goals while xG was also on the low end. In-game: So now that we got the easy stuff out of the way, let’s dive into the hard stuff. This didn’t work at all and I’m not entirely sure why. I assume the team tried passing forward to Mata who then tried to get it to Zlatan (instead of interchanging with Martial as in the scenario when Mata was the sole PO). Since LC lined up in a defensive shell, the forced passes from midfield -> Mata -> Zlatan likely broke down. With that last test failing miserably, I decided to test another scenario - the high possession/passing of Schneiderlin as PO combined with the high attacking prowess of Martial as PA. Schneiderlin PO + Martial PA Positives: Schneiderlin with plenty of time on the ball. Team went 24-1-0 and generated a very respectable xG with 64.375. Team seemed to play well together with a high average team rating of 7.54. Negatives: Individually, none of the attacking players stood out. Unlike in the original test when Martial was the sole tactical setting at PA, here his shot volume was very low with top 3 matches having 9, 9, 8 shots only. In-game: The idea here was to have Schneiderlin’s measured passing to route the ball to Martial and let him dominate like he did in previous tests. In practice, that doesn’t seem to have happened. Martial’s 3xP+S was on the lower end and the other two attackers didn’t seem to fare much better. The post-match message "Moves broke down in the final third" appeared in 7/25 matches so something didn't fully click. However, midfield seemed to do fairly well with Mata in particular having his best rating and nearly 3 key passes per game. Bonus Round Honestly, I’m not sure how to explain these last two tests. Out of curiosity, I ran two shorter tests with Zlatan as CF and PA. I thought that maybe the Target Man role assignment was too constricting for him. So I ran 5x with Schneiderlin as PO, and 5x with Mata as PO. PO’s performed as you would expect them to perform based on previous tests (higher # of passes attempted). However these attempts still failed getting Zlatan into the match. With Mata as PO, he averaged 7.6 passes and 11.40 3xP+S which is massively worse than in any of the previous tests. The team was on pace for 60.25 xG which is not great. With Schneiderlin as PO, Zlatan did slightly better with 11.2 passes and 14.0 3xP+S with the team on pace for 62.95 xG. The only thing that may explain this is that a single striker against a defensive team just doesn’t work. Even if that striker is ZLATAN. Conclusion I think it’s clear that the Primary Outlet and Primary Attacker settings seem to work as you would expect them to. We always ask SI for more tactical options. And I’d say that they delivered here. Now we can argue about how effective these options are but additional options are always welcome. PO & PA instruct your team to route the ball through those players. And while the PO is pretty easy to get right since you’re likely passing to a player under little pressure, PA is a bit more difficult. That player is often surrounded by defenders so his effectiveness is usually dependent on opponent tactics. When using both options at once, interplay between the target players seems to be very confusing and very difficult to get right. But I hope these tests encourage everyone to test these tactical options more frequently. I look forward to seeing everyone’s explanations of my tests as well as future tactics that use PO/PA to great effect. P.S. Fun fact: there were 18 draws in my tests. MU won 17 of them on PKs.
  19. Good afternoon everybody and welcome to this article, where I will run over 5 things you can use the editor for to enhance your current or future careers on FMM. The IGE is a wonderful tool when used correctly, as I have found with my Chairman save, so how can you guys use it to your advantage? Read on to find out! 1. Create your own club with more control As promising as MyClub was when first introduced, it hasn't quite lived up to expectation, with limited options when creating the club of your dreams. With no control over finance among other small details, the In Game Editor can help input these features As you can see, you have lots of control over things like Finance, Stadium capacity and attendance and the facilities your club has, meaning you can mould the club in your exact image. 2. Using it for challenge purposes From what I gather, few people have thought to use the IGE for challenge purposes over he years, due to a lack of ways of no cheating being shown. However, as UkFootballScore has shown us a few years ago, it is possible to make a challenge scenario, with his 'Win one take one' challenge being very interesting back when it was first created. Having that little symbol in the corner gives you so much power in a challenge creating sense, wether you are the agent of a manager, or need to release someone every month, there are so many options. 3. Editing that awful player ( not permitted in challenge scenarios unless specific rules) Ever bought a player and saw he is actually awful? Well with he editor, you can iron out these inconsistencies easily. Maybe he needs that 1 extra pace, or his stamina is just a bit too low, the editor is useful for upgrading your mediocre players to become world beaters (not recommended in challenge scenarios) 4. Flexibility when needed The editor has so many features, including being able to edit positions. This can be fantastic when you discover your new Winger actually CANT play on the left side, only the right. Or maybe instead of being a Winger, you want your wide player to cut inside, and change his favourite foot and his role? The editor allows much flexibility in this regard, and can be the difference in a personal challenge or just a stand alone save. 5. Using it for experimental purposes Maybe you are like me and many other FMM players and want to see what happens in certain scenarios? By editing Player and club stats, you can conduct experiments within the walls of your game! Maybe you want to edit the reputation and see what happens to Manchester United? Or maybe, you want to see what happens if Gareth Bale goes back to Southampton by editing his club? Either way, there is so much choice! The reason I post this is because the editor is barely used on the site these days, and there is so much potential if the editor is in the right hands! I would love to see some challenge ideas using the editor! Thanks for reading!
  20. Six Interesting Lower-League Clubs to Use in FMM17(and two to consider in FMM18) Picking a club to use in the lower leagues in Football Manager is 80% of the experience in playing there – most people either pick a club recently relegated from the Championship or the quirkiest underdog promoted from the trio of feeder leagues into the Conference. What to do if you can't pick? I’m here to present some possibilities that are more story-driven to consider for you to use in your next lower-league save! Note: This covers England, Spain, Italy, Germany, Scotland and France! England – Stockport County F.C Financial information: Transfer budget range: 140,000£-150,000£ Wage budget range: 7,150£ - 7,860£ Wages offerable – 450£ – 600£ / week Facilities – 10,500 seat stadium, Good training facilities, Basic youth facilities. Can hire 3 coaches, 2 scouts and 2 physios at first. Why? – Stockport County suffered one of the most calamitous falls in English football during the mid-to-late 2000s, plummeting from League One to Conference North in 4 years and being stuck there ever since. With training facilities that rival most lower-tier Championship sides, and a robust squad of young players, you can spend time building a viable youth pipeline while moving up the ladder again. Squad-wise, the only thing Stockport really need out of the gate is a A-list striker which you can easily attract with their nice kitty for Conference North. Are you going to be the man who revives the spirit of Danny Bergara and take the Hatters back up the leagues? Honorable mentions – Sheffield United/ Bolton Wanderers(can you take the big boys out of League One purgatory?), Poole Town(take the new boys of Conference football onwards and upwards!) Scotland – Clyde Financial information: Negligible transfer budget Wage budget at 3,680£/week. Wage ranges between 300£ -575£ Facilities – 8,086 seat stadium, Adequate training facilities, Below Average youth facilities. Can hire 2 coaches, 1 scout and 1 physio at first. Why? – This is the most sentimental pick of the article because they’re the Bully Wee! Being honest, Clyde has the passionate fanbase, and they are starved for success. Can you repay the loyalty of the fans who followed the Wee to Cumbernauld with pots and maybe even top-flight football? Honorable mentions – Queen’s Park(Save the Spiders from financial trouble and utilize Hampden efficiently to support the amateurs!) and Edinburgh City(can you take them up from recent SFL electees to challenging the duopoly of Hearts and Hibs?) Italy – Lupa Roma Financial information: Transfer budget ranges from 700k – 800k € Wage budget ranges from 40,600€ - 46,690€ Wages ranges between 1,300€ - 3,700€/week. Facilities – 4,000 seat stadium, Adequate training facilities, Adequate youth facilities. Can hire 2 coaches, 1 scout and 1 physio at first. Why? – with 2 clubs based in the Greater Rome region in Lega Pro, you have an automatic derby matchup – and the possibility of rising up to challenge the duopoly of Roma and Lazio is tantalizing. Lupa Roma’s rivals Racing Roma are pretty much in the same boat story-wise as Lupa, only with worse facilities (and yellow kit as opposed to Lupa's Roma/Lazio color combi). Honorable mention – Pro Piacenza(with their city rivals Piacenza also in Lega Pro, can you usurp their title as the premier club in the city?) Germany – Hallescher F.C Financial information: Transfer budget between 1.1M€ – 1.2M€ Wage budget ranges from €43.41K – €47.75K. Wages range between €2,700 or €3,600 – €4,600/week. Facilities – 15,057 seat stadium, Adequate training facilities, Adequate youth facilities. Can hire 2 coaches, 1 scout and 1 physio at first. Why? – With most of the former East German powerhouses seemingly in a slump, the time seems riper than ever to write your story as the best of the former. RB Leipzig may be rampaging in the Bundesliga but they’re a plastic club, so pick a club with a rich heritage in the former Oberliga, and challenge the rest of Germany with Halle! Honorable mention – Hansa Rostock(being honest, they shouldn’t be in 3.Liga with facilities comparable to the other Bundesliga teams – can you raise the ship and reclaim the throne as the best of the East German clubs?) France – Creteile Financial information: €263k transfer budget €97.5k wage budget. Wages up to €14,000/week can be offered. Facilities – 12,150 seat stadium, Average training facilities, Adequate youth facilities. Can hire 2 coaches, 2 scouts and 2 physios at first. Why? – It’s rare I’ll pick a side who just got relegated, but honestly Creteil look like the best challengers to PSG for the title of Roi d’Paris. Can you spur the supporters to come out and boost you up higher? Honorable mention – Auxerre(rare I pick a second-tier side but TBH Auxerre deserve to be in the top-flight. Can you take them back there?) Spain – Recreativo Huelva Financial information: €1.1M - €1.2M transfer budget €52.1k - €59.81k wage budget. Wages between €3100 - €4700/week can be offered. Facilities – 19,860 seat stadium, Impressive training facilities, Adequate youth facilities. Can hire 3 coaches, 2 scouts and 2 physios at first. Why? – Huelva are Spain’s oldest football club and they’ve had a torrid time since finishing 8th in La Liga a decade ago, having been relegated 2 years after and drifting steadily down to the middle of the third tier since. Can you stop the rot and push them back up to La Liga? Honorable mention – Racing Santander(Can you resurrect them from being gutted by their previous ownership?) SPECIAL PREVIEW SECTION FOR FMM18 Two clubs that’ll definitely play differently next year compared to now are Coventry City and Leyton Orient. On Coventry – with SISU running the proud Sky Blues right into the ground, expect their facilities to degrade next season, dipping from the current Impressive(T)/Good(Y) to something worse as they go down to League Two. Making noise about moving out of the Ricoh and into Butts Park will impact your houses and overall fan dissatisfaction may impact your operational budgets. Play Coventry now if you can – they’ll become an entirely different proposition next year! On Orient – What is it with Italian numpties destroying football clubs? Cellino did it with Leeds and Beccheti’s doing it with Conference-bound Orient. This may make for a fine redemption story – IF Orient survive this season and aren’t shuttered. Expect whoever takes over to focus on the relatively rich youth intake Orient had this year and push for a quick return to League football. Can you take them back up and reverse their misfortune of missing out on Championship football? I hope you have fun and explore the lower leagues!
  21. Hey guys and welcome to my first attempt at an article. Today, I will be bringing you a run down on the Turkish Super League, so you guys get a better understanding of it and hopefully play there one day. So without further ado, let's begin. League Format So, the TSL, or the Süper Lig as it is known in Turkey, is home to 18 different teams per season. From these 18 places, there are 3 relegation places, where teams will be relegated to the Turkish 1. League. However, at the other end of the table, there are several different European spots as you can see. Let me explain the meaning of each of these to you know. 1st place: Qualifies for European Champions Cup group stages 2nd place: Qualifies for European Champions Cup third qualifying phase 3rd place: Qualifies for Europa League group stage 4th place: Qualifies for Europa League third qualifying phase. Also, finishing in 5th place earns you the right to qualify for the Europa League second qualifying phase, depending on the winner of the Turkish Cup. Any other major rules? The only other thing in the Super League is that you play 34 games, and Karabuckspor air ineligible for European qualification until 2018 Turkish Cup The Turkish Cup may be the equivalent to the FA Cup, but it shares no likeness in rules. In the Turkish Cup, teams are split into several small groups consisting of around 4 teams, with the top 2 going through into the knockout rounds. However, before the group stages, teams go through several stages of knockout rounds to see who will be drawn into the groups. As you can see in the screenshot, the teams are about to go into the third round of qualifying. Any other rules? None that need reporting. Who rules the roost? Well, the most time winners of the TSL are Galatasary with 20 division titles, whilst Fernebache follow closely behind with 19. As you can see, the league is mainly contested between 3 teams: Besiktas, Fernebache and Galatasary, but can YOU break that dominance with a club from elsewhere? Teams To Try Konyaspor Konyaspor have a good selection of players at the start of the game, with their defence admirably strong. They have Good training, but Adequate youth. Often a side that go on to win the league, can you achieve this with the club Galatasary On the other hand, why not take over these Turkish beasts, and wreak havoc over the league with such ledgends of the game as Snejider and Podolski. A cool 12M budget should smooth over any problems you face, whilst an impressive training facility and good youth ones mean you are all set for the future. Osmanlispor Osmanlispor start the game with a semi-decent squad, possessing such talents like Thievy, Chieck Diabate, Adam Maher and Pierre Webo. With excellent training facilities and good youth facilities, the club has a decent spine to build on. They start the game with European Football to their name, albeit it the Europa League. Can YOU make this team the best in the country? Thank you for reading my Turkish Super League guide!
  22. There's nothing worse than starting a career with high hopes and losing interest after a couple seasons in. Every career you play needs to have that something that makes you want to pick up your device and continue the journey. You need to want to enjoy the full ride as much as you need to want it to last forever. And when it does end you need to feel sad it has and wish it could last just a few moments longer. That's the added flavor every career needs to make it last. To make it memorable. To make it "live". There's a few things you can do to add that little extra flavor to your career. Read Up On The Club's History Would you watch a final without looking at the line-ups? Without any pre-match talks? Without a glance at what both finalists achieved and had to go through to get where they are? It's exactly these sort of build-ups that your careers need. There are so many amazing facts to discover or re-discover when you read up on your chosen clubs' history. The talents that have come up through the academy. The fairytale championship title run. The darker and gloomier days each and every club carries with them that should motivate every staff member, player or manager to avenge and try to make it forgotten. Knowing what your club stands for and knowing what it has achieved over the years and decades really adds a lot to your career and makes you want to make it a successful journey. Win for the club. Read Up On The Player's History This is one of the best build-ups you can have when you're playing a career, especially challenges where your chosen players play a central role. Read up on his life. Where he began his professional career, the clubs he's succeeded or failed at before he decided to join yours. But go even further back to really add that extra flavor your career needs. These players are people. Where he was born, his hometown, how he and his family struggled before he realized his footballing dream. It takes only a few minutes but will add hours of enjoyment in a career. Perhaps it's a way to live the dream we ourselves failed to realize through them by getting to know them a little better as a person and before they became these famous footballers. Knowing your players' backgrounds adds huge amounts to your career and really makes you want to play till the very end until you succeed. Play for the players. Remember/Reward Club Legends It can be something as simple as bringing back former club players you love or want to see playing in that shirt and in that stadium again. But what I'm more refering to is rewarding those who have done so much for you and the club. A player with several hundred appearances for the club or hundreds of assists or goals surely doesn't deserve to be brushed aside as soon as they hit their late 30s. Keep them in the squad if they're willing to accept their new role. Be proud seeing their name when you scroll through your squad. It motivates youngsters to see their childhood heroes with them in the dressingroom. The pre-game peptalk surely can do no harm to the team. You can even go as far as offering them a position in your staff despite having an abundance of quality coaches at your disposal. Sometimes it isn't that what your career needs, it's that romantic story that makes you play on. It's this type of flavor that can keep your motivation and interest up when playing long careers. Cherish your club legends. Relive Clubs' Glory Days This can be seen as a side challenge to your career. Look up your club's/player's stats or records and try to achieve or even break these. When you're playing smaller teams it's especially refreshing to win the trophies that are still missing in the trophy cabinet thus have never been won before by any manager at the club. It may not be as big an accomplishment as your main challenge but it certainly adds that bit of flavor knowing that you've just won your club's first Cup or Championship. Bring back the club's best days. Emulate Clubs' Playing Style This can be the most difficult of all to achieve but it could also be the most rewarding in terms of adding that extra 'feel' to your career. Of course we mustn't forget that every new manager is unique and brings his own approach and playing style to the club, but the club has its DNA imprinted in every hardcore fan's heart and they want to see their beloved team play a certain way. Think about the great AC Milan side in the 90s, the other Italian giants Torino back in the 40s before that terrible disaster struck and took their players, the Total Football of the mighty Dutch that conquered the world in the late 70s early 80s, or perhaps the entertaining yet effective style Dortmund fans can't live without. We are of course dependent on the squad players at our disposal, but if you manage to identify your clubs DNA and emulate how the fans expect to see your team play it's hugely rewarding and really adds that special 'feel' to your career what no challenge, achievement, player or manager can. It is in my opinion the flavor that adds the most to any career when you successfully emulate the club's formation and tactics that all fans identify with. Give back to the fans. I hope any of these add that little bit of extra that your careers may be lacking or that it has helped you to re-discover or re-energize the enthusiasm in your career or the interest in the game itself. Thanks for reading and feel free to drop a comment.
  23. With the winter transfer update on the horizon (expected early March), it’s time to start thinking about how the game will change when it comes. As the January transfer window has now slammed shut (except in China), I’ve put together a list of 11 teams worth starting a career with following their mid-season wheeling and dealing that will come in the update. Hull City – Not many teams are brave enough to sell arguably their two best players in the middle of a relegation battle, but that’s just what Hull did. Robert Snodgrass and Jake Livermore departed in January for West Ham and West Brom respectively. In their place, the Tigers signed the likes of Lazar Markovic and Kamil Grosicki to add some flair, classy defender Andrea Rannochia to provide stability at the back, and Oumar Niasse to add some potency up front. Certainly worth a look at post update. Aston Villa – Nine players in and seven players out – it’s safe to say that Aston Villa did not have a quiet January. Out went the likes of Jordan Ayew, Aly Cissokho and Ashley Westwood, but they were more than adequately replaced with players such as Neil Taylor, Scott Hogan and Henri Lansbury. If Villa had a full season with their current squad, they would no doubt be favourites for promotion – why not give it a go? SV Darmstadt – Darmstadt are rooted to the bottom of the Bundesliga table, but they have made some intelligent January signings to try and drag them away from the relegation zone. In have come the hugely experienced Hamit Altintop and Sidney Sam, while they have also managed to get the highly-rated Patrick Banggaard to try and shore things up at the back. Las Palmas – One player does not make a team, but when the team concerned is Las Palmas, and the player concerned is Jese, then that one player can make a huge difference. The Gran Canaria-based team pulled off something of a coup by encouraging former Real Madrid superstar Jese to return to them on loan from Paris Saint-Germain. It’s worth starting a new save as the island side just to build a team around him. AC Milan – I had a tough time picking between AC Milan and Genoa for this list, but plumped for the former Italian champions. They sent FMM favourite M’Baye Niang out on loan to Watford, and replaced him with Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu and young Argentine Lucas Ocampos, both on temporary deals. They both certainly have the quality to make a big impact in Serie A. Besiktas – Turkey has often been a league for former greats to go try and revive their careers, and Besiktas have continued that tradition by welcoming former Premier League stars Demba Ba and Ryan Babel into their ranks during January. Ba comes back to Europe following a stint in China, while Babel arrives from Spanish club Deportivo, and they will be hoping to help Besiktas secure the Super Lig title. Can you do the same? Marseille – Arguably the biggest saga of the January transfer window was that of Dimitri Payet, and it almost seems natural to include his new club, Marseille, on this list. The South Coast club signed their former hero, along with former France captain Patrice Evra, to try and boost them up the table. Was Payet right to return ‘home’? Why not give it a go and find out? KRK Genk – I’ve included Genk on this list not because of the players they’ve bought, but the players they have lost. The club still find themselves in the top six, but have seen highly rated winger Leon Bailey move to Bayer Leverkusen and central midfield powerhouse Wilfred Ndidi depart for Leicester City in return for large sums in the January window. While they have used some of that money to strengthen across the squad, as we all know - quantity doesn’t always replace quality. Benfica – It seems a bit odd to include a club the size of Benfica on this list, but they are another side that were weakened in the January window by the loss of key players. Young winger Goncalo Guedes left for Paris Saint-Germain in a big money move, while Braga recalled Brazilian Danilo and Adel Taarabt went out on loan to Genoa. They did, however, keep hold of Victory Lindelof, so all is not lost, and they have plenty of potential in their ranks. Kilmarnock – I think it’s safe to say that Kilmarnock aren’t one of the most fashionable clubs in the Scottish Premier League, and they currently sit in no-man’s land in midtable. They lost key striker Souleymane Coulibaly to Egypt in January, but made a number of astute loan signings including former hero Connor Sammon , highly-rated goalkeeper Freddie Woodman and promising midfielder Kristoffer Ajer to try and preserve their top-flight status. Those signing certainly provide a solid base on which to start a career. AZ Alkmaar – It may seem strange to include a team that only made two signings on this list, but those two signings could prove to be enough to push AZ into the European places. Dutch international Tim Krul cut short his loan at Ajax to join them, while Norwegian defender Jonas Svensson came in to provide support to a somewhat leaky defence. Key signings can make or break a season and AZ fans will be hoping for the former. Let me know what you think - do any of these take your fancy?
  24. With the winter transfer update nearly upon us, we continue our look at some players who deserve a stat boost in-game following a decent start to the season. Here, we look at central midfielders, who deserve a boost either for their attacking or defensive prowess. Aaron Mooy Not many people were aware of Australian midfielder Aaron Mooy when he joined Manchester City last summer, and then again when he joined Huddersfield on loan. He has, however, become one of Huddersfield’s key men and one of the best players in the division. His passing and technique are already right up there, but his creativity and positioning could do with a boost. Expect to see this guy plying his trade in the top flight next season, whether with City or someone else. Tom Carroll Young Englishman Tom Carroll started the season as a bit-part player for Spurs, but has excelled after a return to former club Swansea in the January transfer window. His passing is already one of his key attributes, but his crossing, creativity and decision making all deserve a jump based on his performances so far this season. Marcos Llorente The young midfielder is on loan at Alaves from Real Madrid, but has impressed at the Basque club with his tough tackling and aerial ability. As such, both of those stats deserve to get a boost in the upcoming update, while his passing – another key element of his game – is already quite high. His strength and teamwork should also increase too. Oscar Trejo Argentinian midfielder Oscar Trejo is listed as one of Tolouse’s key men at the start of the game, but he has backed that up in real life too. His passing and crossing both deserve an increase based on his assists this season, as does his shooting (at least a little.) Tony Trindade de Vilhena A young player who has been a revelation for his team this season, you can expect to see Tony Vilhena’s stats jump right up. Shooting, passing, aerial ability and aggression are all likely to see a boost based on his exploits in the early part of the season. One to keep an eye on – I think this lad is going to develop into a real player. Papa Alioune Ndiaye The Senegalese midfielder has been running the show this season for the Ankara-based side. His goals alone show that his shooting deserves a boost, while his passing should also increase. He is prone to a yellow card so his lower tackling rate is deserved, as is his poor aerial rating, but he certainly needs a stat and value boost. Emil Forsberg It’s fair to say that Leipzig have been the surprise package of the Bundesliga so far this season, and Emil Forsberg is one of the best players in the division. Seven goals and ten assists from just 16 starts is a fantastic record, and as such he deserves big boosts in shooting, passing and decision making. He has also been played in a more central role, so expect the Swede to undergo a positional change in-game too.
  25. 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.