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  1. Tactics Guide For Newbies FMM17 tactics guide for newbies with updated player role descriptions and primary/secondary attributes. Your Formation: Analyse your squad - It can sometimes be a little tricky to get the most out of your squad but the best way to go about it is to find a suitable formation for the players you're working with rather than forcing your players to play in a specific formation that you're comfortable with or that has worked for you in the past. That's risky if you don't know the squad well enough. What works for one team may not work for another, so before deciding upon a tactic you should look at how many players are capable of playing in each position. It's also important to bear in mind that we need not only a starting eleven but also a handful of good substitutes to provide necessary cover. Otherwise your tactic will soon fall apart when injuries, suspensions or loss of form occurs. If you have a squad for example with 4 players capable of playing up front as a striker then going with a formation with 3 strikers is very risky since it leaves you with insufficient substitutes. Squad depth is one of the most underestimated aspects in the game for newbie managers so make sure when analysing to look for your best squad and not just your best eleven. Adding/Removing players - If you're working with a very large squad it's imminent that not everyone is good enough to stay on at the club. The age and ability of a player needs to be taken into consideration when judging whether players are or aren't up to the club's standards. Also, take a look at their attributes and see if they fit the roles they need to be covering on the pitch. If they aren't good enough then you should consider selling them but if they're still at a young age and have potential to grow then sending them out on loan is best for their development if these players aren't guaranteed playing time during the season. If you have a good transfer budget to buy reinforcements I suggest knowing your squad well and building a formation first before delving into the market to strengthen your team. You would be off to a bad start if you ended up buying players you don't really need. Only enter the market when you know what type of player you're going to need to strengthen a specific position in the team. Your Tactics: Balance is key - A too attacking team will concede a lot of goals while a team too defensive will be struggling to create opportunities, so it's absolutely crucial to get the balance right. Successful teams have the perfect mix of attack and defence as even a tiny shift in the balance on either end of the pitch may affect your players' performance and the entire outcome of the game as a result. The safest way to go about it when starting a tactic is to maintain a 5 attacking and 5 defending outfielders balance. The attacking players also includes players whose job it is to attack and defend, such as Box To Box Midfielders. When going forward their job will be to attack and you therefore can't rely on them to always be back in time to defend and vice versa. There must always be a mixture of 5 defensive players on the pitch as well. However, this doesn't mean 5 players in the back line but instead 5 players who are defensive-minded or are assigned defensive roles, such as Defensive Wingers. For balance you also need to consider the space between each player as massive gaps between attack and defence will undoubtedly lead to problems with getting the ball forward and create scoring opportunies for your forwards. Width creates space - Like balance, too little width will lead to very little to no space for your players in the attack. Too much width leads to major gaps in the middle, which leaves the opponent with oceans of time and space to create goal-scoring opportunities. So it's equally important to bring the right dosis of width into your tactical setup, without giving away too much space to the opponent. It's therefore recommended to have no more than 2 players playing on either side of the pitch. Having players play wide, such as Wing Backs or Wingers, helps to spread the play and utilise the whole pitch. In the attack, this creates more space for the players playing in a more central position who in turn can exploit the gaps in the opposition's defence. On the defensive side, Full Backs, help counter the opposition by effectively man marking opponent Wingers and stop their crosses from reaching the box or the threats from their Inside Forwards. Do's & Dont's: For example, a striker's role is closely linked with the midfielders behind him. Wide men affect the responsibilities of full backs and central midfield pairings have a massive responsibility in the team, depending on your formation, so it's vital we know and understand the interpretation of these roles and how well and effective these work together, or how badly some of the roles turn out to be in close proximity. Goalkeepers - Sweeper Keepers basically do a Sweepers job so pairing them up with sweepers is a bad idea as they would walk in each other's way. Sweepers are better suited having a regular Goalkeeper behind them. Defenders - From all the possible pairings in your defensive line there's two that you may want to avoid. Ball Playing Defenders play through balls so the increased creativity demands possession at the back in the form of a Central Defender. Pairing a Ball Playing Defender with a Limited Defender who yanks the ball forward at every opportunity is therefore not recommended. Same goes for two Ball Playing Defenders who, paired up, play with too much creativity and sharply increases the risk of losing possession due to the many risky passes. Midfielders - Your central midfield has to provide defensive cover, link play and forward runs, so you need to pick roles to cover all of these. A 2-man midfield will often be outnumbered in football so it's crucial to offer protection to your defence first in the form of a Central Midfielder or Deep Lying Playmaker. Having a Ball Winning Midfielder as one of the two is very risky as he does not hold position, due to that tendancy to go searching to win the ball, and this can significantly expose your team. 3-man midfields are in the majority of cases built around triangular set ups, with 1 player at the base protecting the defence, or at the head, spearheading the attack. A flat midfield trio reduces passing options considerably, the only real benefit is making your midfield harder to play through, so a triangular shape is generally more effective. Wide men - Plan first how many wide players you are using before you decide on their roles. Having lone wide players automatically reduces the contribution on either end as he is expected to get all the way down the flanks, as well as defend. Playing 2 wide players offers more room for specialism, with players able to be selected on being individually good defensively, or offensively, without having the be particularly proficient in the other. Wing Backs and Wingers will in most cases walk in each other's way as they are instructed to cover the same space so it's much more effective to go with Full Backs, who defend, and Wingers, who attack. Or Wing Backs, who overlap Inside Forwards that cut inside when moving towards the box. Forwards - It's recommended to base your attacking chances around multiple routes of attack. This is needed to prevent the opposition defenders succeeding at their main job, nullifying your attack. Covering the flanks with Wide Men is one. The other is right through the middle. There are those who mainly focus on creating and those whose main focus lies on scoring. One depends largely on the other. Creators: Defensive Forwards, Deep Lying Forwards, Advanced Playmakers, Trequartistas and Wingers. Scorers: Advanced Forwards and Poachers. It obviously doesn't mean that creators don't score and scorers don't create but when pairing them up these combinations tend to be more effective. The other forwards, Inside Forwards, Complete Forwards and Target Men, do a lot of both -creating and scoring- and due to their strength and aerial Target Men in particular benefit from having Wingers on the flanks who provide them with crosses. Player Roles - Description: Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards Player Roles - Attributes: Primary Attributes - attributes needed to successfully perform a specific player role. Secondary Attributes - attributes needed to distinguish good from great players for a specific player role. Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
  2. Hey all, this is mainly compiled from Dec's guides a few years back. I wanted to post this up and get clarifications where appropriate. PLAYER ROLE PRIMARY STATS SECONDARY STATS COMMENTS Goalkeeper (G) Aerial, Agility, Handling, Reflexes, Decisions Communication, Kicking, Throwing, Positioning, Teamwork, Pace Sweeper (S) Decisions, Positioning, Stamina Heading, Tackling, Pace ‘Mop up’ anything that passes the DCs – final line of defense Limited Defender (LD) Heading, Tackling, Decisions Aggression, Positioning, Strength No-nonsense centre backs, best suited for less technical DC’s Central Defender (CD) Heading, Tackling, Decisions, Positioning, Strength Aggression, Teamwork Will do what’s required and play safe Ball Playing Def. (BPD) Passing, Tackling, Decisions Heading, Technique, Positioning Like to take more risks by moving forward; can be prone to mistakes with low mental stats Full Back (FB) Dribbling, Tackling, Stamina Heading, Passing, Decisions, Movement, Positioning Less attacking of the two DL/DR roles; will primarily defend Wing Back (WB) Crossing, Dribbling, Tackling, Decisions, Stamina Technique, Movement, Positioning, Teamwork, Pace Will push up and provide crosses from wings Deep Lying Playmaker (DLP) Passing, Decisions, Teamwork Tackling, Technique, Creativity, Positioning Sits in front of the defense; intercepts balls, provides outlet for defenders, starts attacks Ball Winning Mid. (BWM) Tackling, Aggression, Strength Dribbling, Decisions, Positioning, Teamwork, Stamina Aggressive and physical player tries to win the ball back Central Midfielder (CM) Passing, Decisions, Teamwork Technique, Movement, Positioning Neutral midfielder; will primarily link play Box to Box Mid. (BBM) Tackling, Shooting, Teamwork, Stamina Passing, Decisions, Movement, Positioning Never stops running and is everywhere on the pitch; tends to take long shots if unmarked Advanced Playmaker (AP) Passing, Creativity, Decisions, Teamwork Technique, Movement Hub for teams to create chances, care to make sure he’s not marked out of the game Inside Forward (IF) Dribbling, Movement Passing, Shooting, Technique, Decisions, Teamwork Will look for space to shoot by cutting from the wings to the center Defensive Winger (DW) Dribbling, Tackling, Decisions, Stamina Crossing, Movement, Positioning, Teamwork, Pace Great against top WBs by constantly pressing them Wide Midfielder (WM) Dribbling, Passing, Teamwork Technique, Movement, Positioning Like CM but on the flanks; typically causes narrow shape & works well w/ short passes Winger (W) Dribbling, Crossing Technique, Movement, Pace Doesn’t worry about defensive duties Defensive Forward (DF) Tackling, Decisions, Stamina Shooting, Passing, Movement, Teamwork Will track back and press opposition defenders to win the ball back Deep Lying Forward (DLF) Passing, Movement, Teamwork Dribbling, Shooting, Technique Links up attack to midfield; rarely furthest player on the pitch Poacher (P) Shooting, Decisions, Movement Dribbling, Teamwork, Pace, Stamina Sits in and around the box trying to get on the end of passes Advanced Forward (AF) Dribbling, Shooting, Movement, Pace Technique, Decisions, Teamwork, Stamina Focal point of the attack; must be fast to beat offside traps Target Man (TM) Heading, Shooting, Aggression, Strength Decisions, Teamwork Uses strength and aerial presence to score in the box Complete Forward (CF) Shooting, Decisions, Movement Dribbling, Heading, Technique, Teamwork, Pace, Strength Does everything when applicable; use with stars who transcend tactical instruction Trequarista (T) Creativity, Decisions, Movement Dribbling, Passing, Technique, Teamwork, Stamina Similar to AP/DLF but less defensive than those roles Does anyone have any corrections/clarifications on any of this? Also, I have a few questions: * When would you use the Wide Midfielder role? * If both positions are "green", when would you use DLF or AP?
  3. Hello guys this is the topic for all National Team by database, look at this here: The list of all National Team added for the 2017 edition (42): England, Argentina, Algeria, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Brazil, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Scotland, Spain, France, Ghana, Greece, Italy, Ivory Coast, Ireland, Mali, Marocco, Nigeria, Norway, Northern Irland, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Senegal, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA, Wales New National Team added (13): Algeria, Bosnia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Greece, Ghana, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Slovakia, USA And now, the tab of all National Teams by database: Australia solo (30): England, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Scotland, Spain, France, Ghana, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Nigeria, Wales, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay Australia (30): England, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Scotland, Spain, France, Ghana, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Nigeria, Wales, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay Belgium solo (15): England, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Scotland, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Wales, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Turkey Belgium (30): England, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Scotland, Spain, France, Ghana, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Nigeria, Wales, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay England solo (14): England, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Scotland, Spain, France, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Wales, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia England (29): England, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Ivory Coast, Croatia, Denmark, Scotland, Spain, France, Ghana, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Nigeria, Wales, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay France solo (18): Algeria, England, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Ivory Coast, Scotland, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Wales, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Serbia France (32): Algeria, England, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Ivory Coast, Croatia, Denmark, Scotland, Spain, France, Ghana, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Wales, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay Germany solo (22): England, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Brazil, Croatia, Scotland, Spain, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Wales, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey Germany (33): England, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Scotland, Spain, USA, France, Ghana, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Nigeria, Norway, Wales, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay Netherlands solo (16): England, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Scotland, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Wales, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, Turkey Netherlands (30): England, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Scotland, Spain, France, Ghana, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Marocco, Nigeria, Wales, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay Italy solo (17): England, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Croatia, Scotland, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Wales, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Uruguay Italy (33): England, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Ivory Coast, Croatia, Denmark, Scotland, Spain, France, Ghana, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Marocco, Nigeria, Wales, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay Northern Ireland solo (15): England, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Scotland, Spain, France, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Wales, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Turkey Northern Ireland (28): England, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Scotland, Spain, France, Ghana, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Nigeria, Wales, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay Poland solo (17): England, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Scotland, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Wales, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine Poland (29): England, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Scotland, Spain, France, Ghana, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Nigeria, Wales, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey Uruguay Portugal solo (15): England, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Cape Verde, Scotland, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Wales, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Serbia Portugal (30): England, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Ivory Coast, Croatia, Denmark, Scotland, Spain, France, Ghana, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Marocco, Nigeria, Wales, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay Ireland solo (15): England, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Scotland, Spain, France, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Wales, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Turkey Ireland (28): England, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Scotland, Spain, France, Ghana, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Nigeria, Wales, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay Scotland solo (15): England, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Scotland, Spain, France, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Wales, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Turkey Scotland (28): England, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Scotland, Spain, France, Ghana, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Nigeria, Wales, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay Spain solo (11): England, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Spain, France, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Serbia Spain (30): England, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Ivory Coast, Croatia, Denmark, Scotland, Spain, France, Ghana, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Marocco, Nigeria, Wales, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay Turkey solo (15): England, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Scotland, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Wales, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Turkey Turkey (28): England, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Scotland, Spain, France, Ghana, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Nigeria, Wales, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay Wales solo (15): England, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Scotland, Spain, France, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Wales, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Turkey Wales (28): England, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Scotland, Spain, France, Ghana, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Nigeria, Wales, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay
  4. Hex Editor Tutorial : Managing National Teams Ever have the experience where you want to coach a national team in a save, but always get rejected for the job or the position you want is always secured? Ever wanted to play with Germany national team but sadly can't due to license problem? Well, this tutorial will solve your problem. Before I start the tutorial, I would like to remind that this "trick" is only meant to make your FMM gaming experience more interesting and real. Another thing is editing your save is always risky, so keep in your mind to ALWAYS backup your save before editing. Well then, let's start editing. Step 1 : Download any Hex Editor Hex editing can be done in both PC and on your phone. As in the tutorial, I'll be using a phone to do it. Step 2 : Finding Your Nationality Code Find your nationality code by opening nation.dat file under any database folders Database folders can be found under Android>data>com.sigames.fmm17>files>installed>database. In the nation.dat folder, search by ASCII your in-game nationality. As an example, my in-game nationality is Germany. So, I searched by ASCII or Text String the word Germany. The 2 values in front of the first character of your nationality will be the nationality code. As in the example, 9100 will be my nationality code. Step 3 : Finding The National Team Code After finding the nationality code, note the code down, and close the nation.dat file. Open your save in Hex Editor. Your saves can be found in Android>data>com.sigames.fmm17>files>saves. Search by ASCII the national team you want to manage. As an example, I will search by ASCII "Germany". The 2 values which is 4 values ahead of the first character of the name will be the national team code.As in the example, ee01 will be the Germany national team code. Note it down. Step 4 : Finding Your Manager Code In the same save file, search by Hexadecimal, "ffff0000b207(your nationality code)". As an example, I will search by Hexadecimal "ffff0000b2079100". The 2 values which is 8 values ahead of the first character of "ffff0000b207(your nationality code)" will be your manager code. Note it down. As in the example, my manager code will be 802e. Step 5 : Start Editing As in the image above, the underlined "ffff" which is 2 values behind the last character of the code "ffff0000b207(your nationality code)", that is the national team code you are managing. Change it into the national team code you want to manage. As in the example, I will change it into "ee01" which is the Germany national team code. Step 6 : Now, search by ASCII the national team name you want to manage again. As in the example, I will search by ASCII "Germany", the 2 values which is 103 values behind the last character of the name of national team you want to manage is the code of the coach of the national team. In this case, since the Germany coach position is vacant, the digits is "ffff" which is equal to NULL. Change it into your manager code, which is found in the steps before. As in the example, I will change it into my manager code which is "802e". After that, save the edited file. Step 7 : Open your game and load the edited save file, enjoy managing the national team! Important : Always backup your save file before editing, edit at your own risk. This only works on national team which has sufficient players with the nationality. If you want to manage teams with no players, use this player generator uploaded by @enggarenk http://vibe.community/files/file/1011-player-generator/ If you feel it too difficult to to edit using Hex Editor, but still want to manage Germany national team. Download this save uploaded by @rabihcattan http://vibe.community/files/file/983-german-national-team-save/ So that's it for the tutorial today, kindly ask if you have any problems editing. PM me if you need help in editing. Hope you enjoy the tutorial and find it useful, hopefully more will come. Thanks. PS : Special thanks to @henda666
  5. 1) Diaw Pape Djibril Diaw is valued at 180K at the beginning of a save. I was roaming through the low leagues (managing Dortmund) and I came across him. At 21 years of age, he comes with 16 Aerial, 16 Tackling, 18 Aggression. I thought he had potential so I decided to bid. They declined my first bid, which then lead to his value increasing to about 500K, I offered once more, but they declined again. His value was now almost 800K. I bid 1.2M and that is when I finally got him. Yeah, I over-payed him, but, it was worth it in the end.! Diaw quickly became a starter for me the first season I bought him. He played in two UCL finals with me and is now in his 3rd season with me. What makes him so good is him being so consistent. He rarely gets lower than a 7 rating any game. Hes is a phenomenal defender now valued at 17.5M for me! You can probably get him for a lower price than I did if you bid smart, try bidding around 100-200K more than his value. 2) Khune South African goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune, is worth less than 1M in the start of a save. His stats are amazing for his value! Having all green in the goalkeeper area, while having leadership! He can become a great first team goalie for any side! Although his value is cheap, Kaizer Chiefs are not willing to sell him so cheap. I have not purchased him in my current save but I have in others, and he is a great keeper who strives in big matches. 3) Quique Oh man! I know hes not so "cheap" but he is a crazy forward! At the start of a save, he is valued around 8M, which yes, is not so cheap. But if you are a top team, you can probably pick him up for less than his value. Managing Dortmund (3rd season), I found him for free. I decided to give him a contract and give him a chance, as a backup for Bernardo and Gotze. Quique can play a numerous amount of positions up top, but I found that he plays best at Striker as a poacher. He has only played 11 games, and scored 8 goals, with 4 assists. For his previous team Almeria, he was even better! During my first season with him he has become a great player valued at 15M. I hope you liked this short list! Thank you!
  6. Training overview Training is the most important aspect in the life of a footballer. It's in the training pitch you learn about your players as a manager, it's during training you work on and master your tactics, but unfortunately FMM and football manager in general is not and never will be able to replicate real life training. Before we start let's talk about the attributes that are affected by each training regime. Dec did a fantastic job while testing it and you can read the article here We all know that every player has a potential ability (PA) which is how good the player could become and his attributes can't increase over a certain amount. Let's say a player has a PA of 198 and to have such potential ability his attributes apart from 2 needs to be 20 that means I can "decide" if to have only one attribute with 18 or two attributes with 19 while the rest would be 20. Now what does that mean? It means that we should do our best to balance the training of our players; We don't want players to good physically and bad technically or vice versa. To have this balance there are basically two methods you could apply: - The "hardcore" method: By hardcore I mean it's for players that really go in-depth with the game, such players are willing to go to the training screen every month and change the regime of the whole team. For example I have player A and I'm okay with all his stats apart from his defensive stats so I decide to put him on a solo defensive training regime to improve those stats. After some weeks I may come back and say "his physical stats went down during this period but I'm not too bothered about it instead I'm interested in his attacking stats for now" so I'd put him in a solo attacking regime. The advantage of this method is that you can really mould a player how you want him. The disadvantage is that it takes a lot of work especially when you are controlling a team like Barcelona with a huge first and second team and you should be prepared for players to moan even if the training is going well. - The more generalized method: This is the method we are all used to where we divide our players in group (attacking players, defensive players and the general players) and we set our training regime based on the groups The advantage of this method is that its faster and you don't have to go to the training page often, it's something you do once and you don't have to think about it again. The disadvantage is that after you've done this for every category of player you mayhave only the technical slot empty (some people may not) so if a defensive player and an attacking player is having hard time with the regime you've set for that category there is no way you can change it for those to players without altering the training regime of the whole group. I've player around with the 2 methods and I strongly recommend the second method for people that just want to pick the game and play. Intensive training Well, the guys at SI didn't make the job easy this year as we all know and the reason may be because with the redesign of player interaction they had to make the players behaviour to really count. After some tests I came up with the regimes you can see in the screenshots below... This might not work for lower league teams so you would have to change it slightly. Note that all players are not the same, some players develope faster when they are young and some when they are older so just be patient with the player if you have a good coach that says he still has room to grow How to tweak the regimes when a player is unhappy When a player is unhappy with his training regime you have to ask yourself what is making him unhappy since we do not get any feedback that could help us from the players the easiest way is to look at the progress graph and see if he is going down in something. The graph also helps you keep track of injuries. So what do you do generally with the graph? Basically you at what attributes are going down and ask yourself if the attributes are important for the role so let's say I have a striker and his physical stats are decreasing and I like my strikers to be fast and strong so it's really important to the way I play for that I may set fitness to intensive and bring motivational to low and watch his moral for a couple of weeks. Why watching moral? The reason is that it is directly affected by motivational training so if his moral remains low within that period and he is still unhappy even if he played all the matches in those weeks so I'd set it back to the default training regime and leave it for some weeks if he becomes happy I'd leave it there if not I'd try switching defence to low and motivational to low and then higher a motivational coach to help with the moral and I keep increasing and decreasing things that are not important for the role the player is playing. Generally If he is going down in his physical attributes then it's easy just put him to a fitness regime and it should solve the problem. It's not that easy when a player is unhappy and his graph shows his stats are increasing (It's common with young players) the answers is that you are simply over working the player or he is lazy and sometimes switching to fitness won't solve the problem so you could try this to give him a break for a while I also noted that sometimes goalkeepers were complaining so looking at the graph I saw it was because their physical stats were decreasing so to solve it it pushed fitness to intensive and tactics to medium. For lower league teams depending on the group you are dealing With, for the defensive players put attacking to light and for the attacking players switch defensive to light. I hope I've answered some questions about training and showed how to tweak things to get the best out of your players. If there are still questions I'd be happy to answer. Thanks for reading
  7. Much to everyone’s joy, the January update brings many upgraded or new features to the game, and of course brings updated transfers. But that is sometimes a curse rather than a blessing – sometimes your go-to bargain players from the first half of the season have been moved on in real life, meaning you have to splash the big bucks to buy them. But don’t worry, there are always fresh bargains to be had! With the way transfer fees are going these days, I consider players under £10million to be a bargain. Clubs in China buying average players and sticking them on high wages hasn’t helped either! Below are my top 8 bargain players: (Please bear in mind I used Manchester City to ensure I had the money to buy all of these, so the wage expectations are a little higher than normal!): Domagoj Vida This guy is a solid across the board defender – an experienced international with plenty of years left in the tank. He’s comfortable anywhere in the backline, and while his passing, tackling and aerial ability are good, he lacks a little in the strength department for a centre back. However, his pace, stamina and crossing make him a good option for either side. I actually got into a bidding war with Bournemouth for him (which shows that he is an achievable target for any top-flight club) and eventually picked him up for £8million, with wages of 65k. Frederico Venancio One of the first players I found when researching this piece, I really like Venancio. He does everything you need a centre-back to do – good in the air, a solid tackler, with excellent positioning, decision making and leadership. His strength needs a boost, but he is still young enough to develop. Snap him up for no more than £5.5million. Hilal Soudani Arguably the biggest bargain on the list, I picked up Soudani for £2million. Let me repeat that. £2million. A striker, the right side of 30, with high stats in shooting, dribbling, pace and movement, with strength not far behind, and a better than 1-in-2 record at international level. Sure, his aerial ability isn’t that high, but I’m willing to overlook that. And with wages of just 35k, you’d be mad not to sign him. Joel Robles You may be surprised to see an existing Premier League player on the list, but hear me out. When I did an attribute search for well-known players (David de Gea and Petr Cech specifically, arguably two of the best keepers in the Premier League), Robles appeared both times. His green stats are what you want from a keeper, while his throwing isn’t far behind. He could be a little more agile and better at decision making, but for just £6million you could do a lot worse. Lassana Diarra A sneaky one, as he’s not technically a bargain being free, but I wanted to include him anyway – Lass has all the attributes you need for a holding midfielder. He’s only 31, and expects wages of 40K, so a good pickup for any top-flight side needing steel in the middle. Wellingon Nem Wellington Nem nearly didn’t make the list – initially, Shaktar wanted nearly £17million for him, however they sold Bernard for an eye-watering fee and brought in a number of replacements, so I was able to pick him up for £9.5million later in the window. Excellent at what he does and pretty poor elsewhere, sign him if you want a playmaker who gives you an extra centre-forward option. Expect to pay around 65k on his wages. Dudu Another player signed after a bidding war, Dudu is an exciting attacking talent. Creative, with technique, movement and dribbling abilities near the top of the range, he can play across the attacking midfield spectrum. It cost me the full £10million to see off Liverpool to sign him, and he wanted a whopping 90k in wages, but in my opinion he is worth the money to have an attacking force in your side for years to come. Jaume Costa I like Costa – he does everything I like my full-backs to do. He’s quick, has a good engine, can tackle and positions himself well. His aggression is a little high, and his crossing could improve a little, but for just £7.5million and 45k on wages, I wouldn’t sniff at signing him.
  8. Wonderkids - the game wouldn't be complete without them. And with an updated game, comes updated wonderkids, so prepare yourself to build a whole new team around them all over again. As per previous updates, we've created a list of all the wonderkids with the best potential and stuck them all in one place for you. We've done the hard work so you don't have to. For those of you unfamiliar with potential ratings in Football Manager, here is how they work: Each player is given a PA. PA stands for potential ability, the highest ability they can achieve during their careers. However, just because they have a PA of 175 doesn't mean you don't have to nurture them. It's very possible that a player doesn't reach his full potential because he hasn't been played or trained properly. Injuries can massively influence whether a player reaches their PA too. Credit to @Dec for the graphics and help, and @Chelsea8 for the original article (which I have shamelessly stolen from!) Name Nation Club Age Position Potential Ability Star Rating Sane, Leroy Germany Manchester City 20 M (RL), AM (RLC) 176 Bernardo Silva Portugal AS Monaco Football Club 21 M (C), AM (RLC) 175 Tah, Jonathan Germany Leverkusen 20 D (RC) 175 Sanches, Renato Portugal Bayern 18 DM, M/AM (C) 175 Donnarumma, Gianluigi Italy A.C. Milan 17 GK 170-200 Romagnoli, Alessio Italy A.C. Milan 21 D (C) 173 Goretzka, Leon Germany Gelsenkirchen 21 DM, M/AM (C) 173 Brandt, Julian Germany Leverkusen 20 M (RL), AM (RLC) 172 Giminez, Jose Uruguay A. Madrid 21 D (C) 171 Asensio, Marco Spain R. Madrid 20 M/AM (RLC) 171 Christensen, Andreas Denmark Chelsea 20 D (C), DM, M (C) 171 Coman, Kingsley France Juventus 20 M (RL), AM (RLC) 171 Rajkovic, Pedrag Serbia Maccabi Tel-Aviv 20 GK 170 Lemar, Thomas France AS Monaco Football Club 20 M (RL), AM (RLC) 170 Keita, Naby Guinea RBL 21 DM, M/AM (C) 170 Alli, Dele England Tottenham Hotspur 20 M/AM (C) 170 Mbappe, Kylian France AS Monaco Football Club 17 AM (RL) 160-190 Gabriel Jesus Brazil Manchester City 19 AM (RL), ST (C) 160-190 Dembele, Ousmane France Dortmund 19 M (RL), AM (RLC) 160-190 Martial, Anthony France Manchester United 20 M (L), AM (RL), ST (C) 160-190 Balde, Keita Senegal S.S. Lazio 21 AM (RL), ST (C) 169 Rabiot, Adrien France Paris Saint-Germain 21 DM, M (C) 169 Kimmich, Joshua Germany Bayern 21 D (RC), W (R), DM, M (C) 169 Saul Spain A. Madrid 21 D (C), DM, M/AM (C) 169 Sule, Niklas Germany Hoffenheim 20 D (C) 168 Neves, Ruben Portugal FCP 20 DM, M (C) 168 Shaw, Luke England Manchester United 21 D/WB (L) 168 Pjaca, Marko Croatia Juventus 21 AM (RL), ST (C) 167 Guedes, Goncalo Portugal Paris Saint-Germain 19 M (R), AM (RL), ST (C) 167 Henrichs, Benjamin Germany Leverkusen 19 D (RL), WB (R), M (C) 167 Cook, Lewis England AFC Bournemouth 19 DM, M (C) 166 Bellerin, Hector Spain Arsenal 21 D (R) 165 Meyer, Maximillian Germany Gelsenkirchen 20 M (RL), AM (RLC) 165 Grimaldo, Alex Spain SLB B 20 D/WB/M (L) 165 Geraldes, Francisco Portugal Sporting 21 M/AM (C) 150-180 Meret, Alex Italy Udinese 19 GK 150-180 Woodburn, Ben Wales Liverpool 16 AM (RLC), ST (C) 150-180 Rashford, Marcus England Manchester United 18 AM (L), ST (C) 150-180 Embolo, Breel Switzerland Gelsenkirchen 19 M/AM (R), ST (C) 150-180 Martins, Gelson Portugal Sporting 21 AM (RL) 150-180 Odegaard, Martin Denmark R. Madrid B 17 M (R), AM (RC) 150-180 Melegoni, Filippo Italy Atalanta 17 M (C) 150-180 Thiago Maia Brazil SAN 19 DM 150-180 Tielemans, Youri Belgium RSC Anderlecht 19 DM, M/AM (C) 150-180 Kuki Spain Malaga B 18 AM (RLC), ST (C) 150-180 Mere, Jorge Spain S. Gijon 19 D (C) 150-180 Kean, Moise Italy Juventus 16 AM (L), ST (C) 150-180 Ndidi, Wilfred Nigeria Leicester City 19 D (C), DM, M (C) 150-180 Bailey, Leon Jamaica Leverkusen 18 M/AM (RL) 150-180 Origi, Divock Belgium Liverpool 21 AM (L), ST (C) 150-180 Lo Celso, Giovani Argentina Paris Saint-Germain 20 M (LC), AM (C) 150-180 Pulisic, Christian U.S.A. Dortmund 17 M (RL), AM (RLC) 150-180 Fruchtl, Christian Germany Bayern 16 GK 150-180 Zouma, Kurt France Chelsea 21 D (RC) 150-180 Hernandez, Theo France A. Madrid B 18 D/WB/M/AM (L) 150-180 Lirola, Pol Spain Juventus 18 D/WB/M (R) 150-180 Vallejo, Jesus Spain R. Madrid 19 D (C) 150-180 Gomes, Ze Portugal SLB B 17 ST (C) 150-180 Diawara, Amadou Guinea Napoli 19 DM, M (C) 150-180 Isak, Alexander Sweden Dortmund 16 ST (C) 150-180 Eggestein, Johanes Germany Bremen 18 ST (C) 150-180 Sousa, Afonso Portugal FCP 16 M/AM (C) 150-180 Oliver Spain A. Madrid 21 M (RLC), AM (C) 150-180 Lafont, Alban France Tolouse Football Club 17 GK 150-180 Pinamonti, Andrea Italy F.C. Internazionale 17 ST (C) 150-180 Bazoer, Riechedly Holland Wolfsburg 19 DM, M (C) 150-180 Gabriel Barbosa Brazil F.C. Internazionale 19 AM (R), ST (C) 150-180 Iheanacho, Kelechi Nigeria Manchester City 19 ST (C) 150-180 Ceballos, Dani Spain Real Hispalis 19 M/AM (C) 150-180 Lucas France A. Madrid 20 D (LC), WB (L) 150-180 Lozano, Hirving Mexico Pachuca CF 21 M (L), AM (RL) 150-180 Havertz, Kai Germany Leverkusen 17 M/AM (RC) 150-180 Soler, Carlos Spain Valencia 19 DM, M (C) 150-180
  9. When Starting a new career one of the big things that we all take into consideration is the transfer budget. Whether it's wielding the massive war chests of the giants of the game, or trying to work with the crumbs some sides have to deal with. Whatever your goal in your career is, the transfer budget is a big part. The following is the starting budgets for all the teams in the top 5 leagues of Europe and a select few other clubs who maybe of interest to some. Premier League Bundesliga La Liga Serie A Ligue 1 Best of the rest
  10. Hello out there. maybe is just me, but lately i have played this game alot and therefor i have used this forum alot. I have been taking with many different people in here and thats what keeps me going. Chatting with you guys out there, learning, guiding and helping eachother out. with this chat of guides i will offer my small tips for Challenges where i have found them hard, difficult and even sometimes easy. i hope some of you who also have played the Challenges before me and many of them, will just join in and so that we can share our knowledge. this is new for me, so the maybe the build up is not that good, but the intention for helping others out is here ⚽️🌍 First of all, this is not an i know best write, this is me hoping that i can help others. I Got inspired by others, lets help eachother. best regards Anders.
  11. Free Agents post update Sometimes when you start a new save. You may look at your squad and come to the conclusion you need a number of additions to your team. Sometimes your budget doesn't allow you to sign all those wanted players. Here is a guide to players that you will be able to sign for FREE at the start of your save. Ronaldinho Gaucho Age:36 Position:AMC/AML/AMR Approx Wage: £70k If you don’t know who this guy is, You probably don't know football. The former Barcelona and Gremio legend is a must for any team that can afford him. He can play anywhere in the attacking role but would be suited to the no.10 role behind the striker. Maicon Age: 34 Position: DR/WBR Approx Wage:£70k Another Brazilian free agent. The 34 year old is another one to look at. If you’re looking for a rb option. Can play as a fullback or a wing back with 15 crossing and 15 dribbling expect him to run with the ball and get those crosses into your strikers. His Stamina is a bit of worry but he would definitely be a must for an experienced cover. Alex Menendez Age: 24 Position: LB/ WBL/ ML/ AML Approx Wage: £17k One of the younger options on this list. At just 24 this former Sporting Gijon academy product. Could develop into a long term option at Left back. He is the kind of player with regular playing time and right training method those blue ratings could soon turn green as he becomes a reliable part of your team. Lassana Diarra Age: 31 Position: DM/MC Approx Wage: £43k The French ball winning midfielder is a great option at the heart of the midfield for any team, His hard tackling style and great stamina will make him a must starter sitting in front of the back four. Raul Meireles Age: 33 Position: DM/MC Approx Wage:: £65k The Portuguese defensive midfielder is a good choice for most premier league sides outside the top 6. He has a glittering career winning leagues in turkey and portugal, also winning the champions league with chelsea in 2012. Despite his age he would be an experienced centre midfielder option for any side looking to control the battle in the middle of the pitch. Dimitar Berbatov Age: 35 Position: AMC/ ST Approx Wage:: £70k Despite his age the big bulgarian can still more than do a job for any premier league team. Although not blessed with pace, his control and technique more than makes up for it.He would be better suited in a two striker attack. In his most suited role of DLF he will no doubt play the creator for a the younger strike partner to play off of. Mirko Vucinic Age: 32 Position: ST/AMC/AML Approx Wage:: £75k Another proven goalscorer available for free. The former Juventus and Roma striker still has much to offer at just 32. He can provide an option as a lone striker or in the advanced playmaker role providing that creative spark behind the front man. Robbie Keane Age: 35 Position ST Approx Wage: £55k The last one is a bit of a bias pick from myself. The all time record goal scorer for the Republic of Ireland with 146 caps and 68 goals. He could be a reliable choice for managers who favour the poacher role in their striker. Still rated highly in movement and technique and despite his age still rating a reasonable rating in stamina. Could be a choice to come off the bench to get you the crucial goal like he did many times for club and country, which could be vital role needed in a promotion push or saving from relegation. Hope these guys will help you out as you start out on your new careers thanks for reading.
  12. Perhaps some of you already found out, but I never knew this. So perhaps it is of some use for you guys. We all know it wasn't possible to manage Germany national team due licensing issues, but it's rather simple to do so. No need of hex-editing and with this method you have to select 19 to 23 players and are asked to confirm (like any other national team). So here's what to do: start unemployed. save file open changes.txt (licence fix) add line (example): "MANAGER" "Declan" "Barry" "" "" "" "" "" "" "Germany" save changes.txt reload save now you're managing Germany! And you can do the double job! example: "MANAGER" "Declan" "Barry" "" "" "" "" "" "" "Germany" "MANAGER" "Declan" "Barry" "" "" "" "" "" "" "FC Bayern München" And for something else fantastic!!!! If you put in San Marino.... you manage San Marino. The problem here is you don't have 19 players to choose, so this is definately a problem. But it works with Mexico, Romania, Greece and many others!
  13. I heard there is a bug about loan out players in FMM2017v8.2. Exactly, I do not know detail about it. Because my way to loan out young players still work well for me. Here, I share what I do. I hope this can help you before the bug been fixed. Step 1 Go to "Manager Option" page, and In option "Reserve Team Settings", to select "All aged 24 or under" for "Assistant Manager loans out". "24" is my suggestion, you can select the age you want. Step 2 Demote young players you want to loan out to reserve team. Step 3 Waiting the messeage for loan out confirmation. And confirm. See my result of loan out. Note: 1. If your club have B team, I have not tested. 2. By this way, some players maybe can not be loan out in this window, please waiting for next window. 3. I also meet some players loan out failure. You confirmed loan him out, but he is still in your team, and next request message from other clubs will come again, you confirm, then again....... I hope above tips can be helpful. Screen shots uploaded!
  14. Lower League Tips and Tricks 2.0 Credit to Dar J for the original idea There are times it’s fun to pick a big club, wield their ginormous transfer kitties and buy yourself Trebles and quadruples on FM; there are also times when it’s fun to roll your sleeves up, go down to the muddy pitches of the lower leagues and drag yourself up the divisions. With boards in FMM17 being just as impatient as their real-life equivalents, you may find yourself turfed out the door with surprising regularity if you fail to adapt, and nobody wants that. This guide aims to help you become more a Graham Turner than a Graham Westley and stay long enough to come up from the Fourth to the First Division. Be more like this guy..... .... instead of this P45-collecting ponce-nugget! Quick note: Most of these tips are colored in from my experience knocking around in the lower English leagues, so the mindset leans more towards that context. 1. Dipping into the player pool - Setting up your database at the start of the save presents an interesting question, as it can shape the direction majority of your moves make. Do you go for a database range where your initial pool is shallow, but opens up more range for signings – or vice-versa, with a pool that helps you rocket up the leagues early but locks you out of phenoms long-term? Don’t be afraid to test various database combinations for the best results, and take note of what certain countries tend to produce so you can plan ahead depending on what you want your squad to have. 2. Squad-building 101 - Remember that you’re not managing United or Chelsea that can afford 27-man squads and a zillion players out on loan; in signing players, jacks-of-all-trades tend to be worth more than specialists, at least until you reach at least League One/challenge for the promotion playoffs. Each signing matters due to small budgets so look for players that have relatively high primary stats for their roles and balanced stats in the others – and don’t be afraid to refresh the squad at intervals depending on where you are in the League. 3. K.I.S.S(Keep it Simple, Sunshine) - Going along with the squad-building, it’ll be hard if not impossible to run esoteric tactics like gegenpressing or the Leicester version of 4-4-2 when your players run the gamut from Wayne Shaw-esque laddies to youth team cast-offs in League One; it’s sometimes just not technically or physically feasible to run those kinds of tactics. Don’t be ashamed in using basic 4-4-2 while you’re still climbing up the leagues, and use your planned tactic whenever possible with your youngsters to blood them in it. 4. Work with the board - Before you even pick a season expectation, take a look at your surroundings and ask yourself if it truly is possible to achieve it without hitting a rich vein of form; if it doesn’t, go pick the next lower objective. It both shields yourself from underachieving and benefits you in the medium-term as board members are sometimes more amenable to requests after an unexpected success. 5. Study your division - This really goes side-by-side with the 4th point but it’s also important – make sure you at least study the promotion structure in your league. Spain’s 3rd division and Lega Pro have funky promotion systems so make sure you find out exactly how you don’t get stuck there for a long time. 6. Look around at how lucky(or unlucky) you are - Variances in facility quality are more pronounced at this level; factor this in everything you do, from picking expectations to tactics to your signings to how you go forward in building your team. Don’t be afraid to scout your planned club and see where they’re better at; if you have good training facilities, use that to attract relatively better players to your squad while you build up your youth systems; if your youth academy is the better-equipped, be confident in flooding your squad with your prospects. 7. Club over all - I understand it’s tempting to keep your star players with you for the climb upwards the divisions a la Andy King or Ashley Williams; sometimes, the AI will make a bid for them though. If keeping them means the beginning of discontent within the squad and your season spinning out of control, don’t be afraid to let them leave – and use whatever funds you get to both bring in quality replacements in the short-term and invest in club facilities long-term. 8. Do a Lincoln - Don’t be afraid to play a round of Cup roulette; it raises your club’s profile if you perform a giant-killing and can lead to funding facility upgrades if you do well and even nick a pot here or there. Never let a Cup run be detrimental to your League progress though – what’s the point of 30 FA Trophies and several scalps if you never leave the Conference? Let it go if it’s hampering your League form. 9. Talk to your players - Morale management is just as important here, if not even more than the higher divisions since fired up players can and often will do more for you! Make use of the interactions as necessary – and never be afraid to give ‘em a rollicking if need be! I hope these tips help you out and that you give the lower leagues a spin on your next save! Get out there and have fun!
  15. For some years now, Belgian players have been at the top of football. What started out with Marouane Fellaini at Everton, Moussa Dembélé at Fulham and Jan Vertonghen (<3) at Tottenham, has evolved to Belgian talents being the pick of the crop in international competitions. At one point, every Premier League Club wanted to have it’s very own Belgian, simply as a symbol of prestige. Since then, a lot of new and hot talents have turned up. Some have proven unable to live up to their hype (Musonda, Januzay, Bakkali), while some others still have time to grow. Others still are turning up, filling Belgian hearts with hope as the current ‘Golden Generation’ is slowly starting to age. Kompany, tunring 31, Vermaelen as well, Vertonghen already 29, just as Mertens is becoming 30. Who will be our stars of the future, and who should you invest in on FMM17? Mile Svilar The son of Antwerp FC legend and goalie Ratko Svilar, he is proving to be even better than papa. On FMM you’ll find him on every database available at Anderlecht. He’s only 16 years old and can be snapped up for just 3 million euros (you can make the conversion yourselves, right?). He is my favourite youngster this year and in every save I have to have him. Using the IGE, I’ve found him to have a PA of 4.5 stars, while he’ll occasionally drop down to 4 stars. But still, he’s good enough for most of the semi-top teams on the game. If you’re managing outside of the big 4 leagues, he’ll be your number one for two full decades. Great value for money, that is. Leander Dendoncker People often forget about this insanely talented 21 year old, purely because he plays alongside Your Tielemans (Youri Who, right?). You’ll have to cough up some 12 million euros to take him on, but I promise you he’s worth it. He often gets a 4 star PA, with the occasional hike upt to 4.5. But what he lacks in star potential, he always makes up for in hard work and excellent game ratings. Even when he had a 4 star PA, he’s never been a disappointment, not even in my league winning Spurs side. Take a chance on Dendoncker! Nicolas Orye Nicolas is more of a gamble. Usually you’ll find his PA at around 3.5 stars. Very decent for any team looking for some reinforcements up top in any competition outside the big 4. Great player for lower league teams or say the Belgian Pro League. You can usually snap him up for less than 500K; I’ve managed him once for 100K. Great value for money. Nany Dimata Now here’s a real gamble for you. After playing an excellent season in real life, this 18 year old has received an upgrade, courtesy of SI. You can now find this gem with a PA of 4-4.5 stars. An excellent player to take on the 1 K challenge with… if you’re lucky, that is. If you like those odds, you can snap him up for about 2 million. Great player for something like the Turkish teams who need quality on a budget. Dante Rigo Another fun gamble, Dante gets a PA of 3-4 stars. He may be an excellent player for lower leagues, or for top leagues if you hit the jackpot. For comparison: Mertens also has a CA of 4 stars, meaning that 4 is more than enough to achieve great things. Moreover, at only 17, Dante might be able to beef up you lower league team to challenge for that title? Unfortunately, he doesn’t come cheap as he starts the game costing 1.4 million euros. Paolo Sabak (Genk) might be the better gamble, but he doesn’t have the pedigree Rigo has. Jorn Vancamp Another Anderlecht youngster, Vancamp has shown himself to the world at recent European and World Youth cups. While he started the season off with a 3.5 PA, SI seems to have given him a slight boost to 4 stars. This might still fluctuate across your saves of course, but still it’s safe to say Jorn is a safe bet to snap up a decent player. You should be able to sign him for a fee of up to 1 million. That’s fair, isn’t it? Siebe Horemans While Wout Faes of Anderlecht was the talk of the town before the season, it’s now Horemans who seems to be a Red Devils contender. The young AA Gent man looks like a solid rock at the back at only 18 years old. While his expensive, and his PA fluctuates between 3.5 and 4 stars, he usually plays well even so. At 2.1 million, he’s still inexpensive, while it may deter the teams that could really use him over a longer period. Orel Mangala Another of Anderlecht’s talents who is ignored because of Tielemans’ hype. He gets a solid 4 star PA and can be snapped up for free at the end of the second season. He quickly transformed my too weak Mechelen team into real title contenders, making us champions in his first season. Can have the occasional weak game, but still great value for money. Have a look at him! Dion Cools While everybody has fallen in love with Thomas Meunier, now at PSG, his former buddy at right back has always been my favourite. Dion has worked his way up the leagues and is now one of the best prospects at right back we have. A solid 4 star PA explains why. He’s inexpensive at the start of the game, valued at 350K, you can snap him up for somewhere between 2 and 3 million euros. An excellent choice for teams who desperately need a solid right back but don’t have a lot of money to spent. Never disappointed for me. But be quick, his value rises fast. Lucas Schoofs Lucas is a tricky one. Before the update, he would end up with 3.5-4 PA. After the update, however, I’ve seen him sky-rocket up to 4.5 occasionally. Don’t expect that to happen on every save though. Valued at only 2 million euros, he might very wel be the one you’d rather sign than Tielemans. If you’re lucky, you might even have the better of the two when going with Schoofs. Take a risk and go for Lucas! Honorable mentions Dieter Creemers (Lokeren, 3.5-4 star PA), Youri Tielemans (because you already know him), Björn Engels (Club Brugge, 4 star PA), Din Sula (OHL, 3.5 stars, bargain at 26K), Jens Teunckens (Club Brugge, 3.5-4 star PA), Dante Vanzeir (Genk, 3.5 PA), Siebe Schrijvers (Genk, 3.5-4 PA), Béni Badibanga (Standard, 3.5-4 PA), Timothy Castagne (Genk, 3.5-4 star PA), Sébastien Locigno (Oostende, 3.5 PA, bargain at 65K), Isaac Mbenza (Montpellier, 4 PA), Thomas Foket (Gent, 3.5-4 PA) Let me know if there are any Belgians you’ve been impressed by and feel free to post your results with any of them! Love and all that jazz, Jens
  16. Hex Editor Tutorial Changing B Team's Relationship Today, I'm going to write about how to change B team's relationship, etc. making B Teams like Real Madrid Castilla and Barcelona B playable. 1. Download any Hex Editor, you can do it both on phone or on PC. 2. Open club.dat from the Spain database folder. ( Open the one in spainsolo if you are playing with only Spanish league ). 3. Search for the first team name as ASCII. As an example, if you are trying to make Castilla playable, search for "R. Madrid". The club code of the club will be 4 values ahead of the first character of the club name. In the example, Real Madrid's club code will be 1104, note it down. 4. Search for the B team's name. In this example, search for the B team of Real Madrid which is R. Madrid B. The first team code of the B team is located somewhere few lines below the club name, and after a series of FFFFFFFF. Change the first team code to FFFF. In the example, I changed R. Madrid B's first team code, 1104, to FFFF, which changed the team's relationship to their first team. 5. Save the edited club.dat file, and start a new game with Spain loaded as primary league. You can then play as Castilla manager. Disclaimer : The players in the B team will be in loan status from the first team. Additional : There's other things you can do with this trick, like making some lower league teams the B team of your club. Please note that having a B team in England league is not something recommended, as the save will eventually crash when your B team is playing in EFL Cup or FA Cup. Finally, thanks for viewing, and please leave a comment if you have something you don't understand here. If you feel Hex editing something too difficult, but wish to play with Castilla or Barcelona B, you can download this club,dat file below, and place it under Android>data>com.sigames.fmm17>files>installed>database>spain. Then, start a new game with Spain as your primary league with other leagues loaded as well. club.dat
  17. Many FMM Players around me are grumbling about big data increase after update. I have install FMM latest version without any Players graphics installed even from game or vibe, only standard logos megapacks from vibe installed and got a bit over 1 GB data used at my storage. When we install for the first time or when there an UI or databases update or tweaked, sometimes we need to download new data directly from SI's server it will called retina.zip , then the game will unzipping it automatically, but the zip folder will remain at ur storage and when there is a new database update or tweaked, the old still remain there too. Will be on folder called archive at database folder. I think those files are not used by game (Please Correct me if i wrong). Archive folder are used for older database. So for saving our storage we just need to dump those files (or back up it to PC if needed later). Cautions: Thanks for @Dec Thans for @Alari so if u remove archive folder, can make the game crashed when u load a save or start a new game with november database. And, by dumping those, we will save our storage about 500 MB, isn't so big but for some handheld that has limited storage surely it will help. So there is a trick from me, to save our storage. Thanks for reading.
  18. One of the best methods to test your managerial skills is to take a team in a lower league and guide them to the top. These saves are not easy and with FMM17 managers aren’t given enough time to perform so sacking may be knocking on your door. Hopefully with some of the tips below you would be able to take your first lower league team to glory. Database setup When setting up the database load at least one nation that is nearly at the same level as the league you would manage in so more players would be at your disposal for the first few seasons. Expectations After reviewing the board expectation examine your squad and set a personal goal for yourself because it’s easy to loose interest in the save after loosing a few games but with your personal goal the interest might still be there Squad When going through your players take note of their wages, if someone is earning more than he deserves give him the opportunity to prove his worth before selling or releasing him if his rubbish. Make sure you have enough players to cover each position (2 players per position and some versatile players) Tactics Build a tactic based on what you have, it doesn’t make sense to build based on players you are going to buy because you found a tactic that worked for you in a previous save Bear in mind when setting up your tactics that your players are not that good so playing direct, mixed or long (for pacy teams) are the way to go Have a plan B so when you tactic doesn’t work as planned and you’re forced to change it you’re not short of players Give time to you tactic, don’t change it because you lost a game 5-0 instead save the game and watch it again to understand what went wrong and don’t forget you might not have the strongest team in the division so don’t expect to win your games Transfers Don’t spend money on players unless it’s necessary. Try to sign free players taking advantage also of the bosman rule add the big club release clause to reduce their wages demand and renew the contract when the player is established in your team set some personal rules like : my best players earns 1.5k so I won’t sign players that ask for more than 2k. Doing this you keep the club financially stable When selling players try to have the sell percentage even if it’s only 5% Especially for young players When signing players look at only the key attributes for that role because it’s easy to be carried away with lots of greens for attributes that don’t matter. When signing strikers search for pace because defenders are generally slow. Before the end of the season transfer your remains transfer budget into the wage budget so it’s there for you the next season . Above all enjoy the save because the only way to keep playing to achieve your goals is if you're enjoying what you are doing.
  19. Let me first state that I'm by no means an expert on the subject but I do my fair bit of reading and an even fairer bit of testing and trying out interesting and perhaps unorthodox formations and combinations, those following my current 1KC career probably know what I'm talking about. These findings come from my years of experience playing FMM/H careers and testgames. You may have differing ideas or opinions and that's great. Please share yours too so we can have a chat about the pros and cons of either one. I've always tried to keep things as simple as possible, easy for me and easy for the reader/listener, after all the game of football is a simple one, isn't it? The possibilities with these player role combinations in FMM are endless but here are 10 player role combos that have proven very useful to me over the years and I'd like to share with you. - Player Role Combinations - Defenders We have the Limited Defender (LD) who tends to simply clear the ball as quick and far away from goal as he can, we have the Central Defender (CD) who will distribute the ball to nearby teammates which helps keeping possession in the backline, and then there is the Ball Playing Defender (BPD) who will look to ignite (counter-)attacking opportunities by playing through-balls in to players wide or in front of him in midfield. LDs ensure you don't get caught at the back but turn over possession to opponents quicker. CDs alleviate pressure by keeping the ball and help attacks by distributing the ball to a BPD or midfield, but also risk getting caught in possession. BPDs on the other hand focus mainly on possession of the ball and creative passing, which can be the riskiest yet the most rewarding. All 3 have their pros and cons but when it comes to pairing them up the only combination I tend to avoid is the LD + BPD since LDs play direct and clear the ball asap and BPDs need/rely on possession to express their creative intentions, so those generally won't work well together. There's perhaps a case to be made for pairing 2 BPDs but that's a lot of creativity in defence which becomes as creative as it is leaky. I think it's important to prioritize on keeping your defence solid first. Finding the right mix and balance between a solid defence and one with sufficient supporting/attacking intentions is key and below are 3 examples of player role combinations that have worked wonders for me. 1. CD + LD + CD A simple combo with 2 CDs who play a short passing game and a sandwiched LD who clears the ball from any danger. Works very well with just 3 CDs too so you could opt for that one too as an alternative, or a main. It can be a solid defensive line with the proper players in place. 2. WB + CD + BPD + CD + WB A fairly attack-minded defensive line with 2 WBs who constantly seek to make forward runs and a BPD in the middle who plays the ball either wide to innitiate attacks or further upfield to the midline. Very effective too when you are playing with IFs on the wings, who tend to cut inside, it enhances good link play and overlaps between the pair. 3. FB + CD + CD + FB A pretty standard or conservative 4. No bells or whistles, just 4 out-and-out defenders who're there to do a job. Also very useful with simple Wide Midfielders (WM) in combo with the FBs. A defensive player behind an offensive one. Traditional pairing but stable. Midfielders Midfield is a little more complicated. These players need to link play, which basically means they have to protect the defenders and provide support for the backline, which is essential, but also create chances for the forwards and support those higher up the pitch. Or simply put, they have to both defend and attack. So any player role combination in midfield I opt for I want at least 1 player who is a little more defensive-minded and 1 player who is a little more attack-minded. If we don't balance this out properly opponents will simply run through midfield unchallenged and create tonnes of scoring opportunities for their forwards. The positions DM, CM, AMC basically determine how well and effectively players are able to perform their designated role but I generally use a Central Midfielder (CM) for defensive duties, sitting deep, and an Advanced Playmaker (AP) for attacking duties higher up the pitch. A Deep Lying Playmaker (DLP) holds position and keeps the ball but creates chances too so I tend to use him or a Box To Box Midfielder (BBM) for both defensive and/or attacking duties. I only go with a Ball Winning Midfielder (BWM) in combination with 2 other midfielders (1 def-minded and 1 att-minded) because he runs/chases all over the place and generally doesn't hold position. This to ensure a balanced midfield so in my view he works best in a triangular shaped midfield combo such as 2 CMs + 1 AMC or 2 CMs + 1 DM as you can see below in 3 examples of player role combinations that work for me. 4. W + CM + BBM + W The Ws basically need to fulfill their attacking purposes and the CM and BBM their defensive ones. The BBM goes from one box to the other so he provides support to the frontline when in possession. And the exact opposite when not in possession. Fancy? No. Useful? Yes. 5. AM Triangle CM + DLP + AP Probably my most used triangle combo in midfield. the CM does a little bit of everything but mainly support the backline. The DLP holds the ball up and does the esential link play and the AP is the creative force here and makes necessary forwards runs to support the at times isolated forward(s), especially when playing 3 midfielders. It's in my opinion one of the most balanced combos. 6. DM Triangle CM + AP + BWM In this triangle the CM is very important since he keeps possession and provides support to the AP who otherwise won't function or at least not as effective. Also, with a BWM in DM spot, who is known to run around the pitch like a headless chicken on a mission, OK, he does win the ball and re-gain possession for the team and we appreciate that, but it's vital to count on a CM for defensive duties as well or this combo would soon become a gaping whole in midfield. Forwards This line is perhaps the most complicated one to figure out of all since they depend heavily on how well both defence and midfield peform their tasks, and their supporting duties as to provide enough balls and chances to the forwards. But to keep it as simple as possible when pairing them up I basically group them up into those who create and those who score. One depends on the other so this makes sense. Certain forwards can do both (create and score) while others focus mainly on bringing other teammates into play. Whereas other forwards do the opposite and mainly focus on the scoring part and do very little to provide chances for their teammates. When I look at the 10 available player roles for attackers I see the following as mainly creators: Defensive Forward (DF), Deep Lying Forward (DLF), Advanced Playmaker (AP), Trequartista (T) and Winger (W). For goals I go for scorers: Advanced Forward (AF) and Poacher (P). It obviously doesn't mean that 'creators' don't score and 'scorers' don't create but when pairing them up it helps to group them up in order to find effective combinations up front. The other 3 forwards do a lot of both in my set ups, Inside Forward (IF), Complete Forward (CF) and Target Man (TM). Every effective player role combination up front needs a healthy mix of creators and scorers who are able to play to each other's strengths in order to be deadly in front of the opponent's goal. Below are a few examples of successful player role combinations that have created and scored many goals for my teams. 7. IF + AP + P + IF An effective combo if you don't really care where the goals are coming from. If your back and midlines are well organized this is a threat to any opponent. IFs that cut inside, a P who directs the ball towards goal at every opportunity he gets, an AP who creates and provides deadly passes. Pure joy to watch when this combo clicks. And click it will. 8. W + CF + TM + W Not my favorite combo to be honest but it does work. I generally don't often use a TM in my formation but they're known to work very well with Ws on the flanks and a TM's strength and aerial ability are key. The CF may be a surprise but the best ones know no mercy. Creates, provides, supports, scores. Maybe an odd couple to some but they certainly do their job. 9. DLF + AF They don't come more balanced than this. Creator: DLF. Scorer: AF. That's the plan. Provided the midline is in place with possibly an AP or CMs or an earlier mentioned midfield combo, these two can both create and score when needed. The players have got to fit their (player) role tho. 10. AP + P + T One of my favorite striking partnerships. The T a.k.a 'the drifter' creates the needed space in opponent's defence, the AP passes the ball to P who rams it into the net. Football really is a simple game. With the right players it's a joy to behold. The T tho is known to add a lot to attack and basically zero to defence. So there's a risk playing him but a good T can be a tremendous asset up front. Risk vs reward, but it's more reward than risk in my opinion. Final Words Please keep in mind that not every player is able to perform a certain task so you have to make sure that when you assign a specific role to a player that he's got the proper attributes to back it up and make the player role combination work. It only takes one unfitting player or misplaced role to make a certain combination completely fall apart which creates a chain reaction and affects the other player role combinations as well as the entire team performance. I hope this guide helped you have a general understanding of what's needed to make a combination/formation work or that it at least had an inspirational effect on some of you. These are just a few examples, the sky is the limit, so do your homework, enjoy trying out new and interesting combinations and most important of all, happy testing. A opinion to express? Information to share? A question to ask? Please drop a comment. Thank you Vibers!
  20. In this guide I want to talk about adapting a formation in-game to best take advantage of weaknesses in the opposition. This is very much a work in progress so please feel free to add your comments below and we can develop this guide as more knowledge is added. In this years game I've noticed that managers at all levels are now adapting their tactics often during games; in previous versions only the very best managers were tinkering more than once or twice and so this year is more of a challenge. However, with the right changes I've started to find some success. Opposition managers seem to change formations most often at the start of a game, at half-time, after a goal is scored or conceded so check the opposition tab straight after any of these events occur and adapt your tactic accordingly. They will also tinker at other random times though, so make sure you check what they are up to if it starts to look like the tide is turning against you too. For the purposes of this guide, we're going to split the field in to four areas; wide areas, central defence, central midfield and forward line. Wide Areas Wide areas include any players in the positions labelled L or R, including Full Backs right up to the Forward positions. In these areas we want to match up the number of players; so if the opposition has two players on each side we want to do the same; or if they are playing with just Wing Backs for example, we can get away with also only having a single wide player on each flank. I've had success using Wing Backs in the WBL/R positions when playing with a single wide player, or Wing Backs in the FBL/R positions and Inside Forwards in the AML/R positions when playing with two wide players, however this is not to say other combinations don't work and I've also used Defensive Wingers, Wingers and Full Backs in individual games. Central Defence Central defence is another simple one, where we want to match up the number of defenders with the number of attackers in the FC position of the opposition. This is usually anything between 1 and 3 and while playing with a single Central Defender sounds bat-poop crazy, it does actually work fine. Roles seem to matter little here; I suggest going with whatever suits the individual players the best or your preference if you have one. I personally tend to use Limited Defenders as until now I have only managed at a lower level. One aside to this; if an opposition player is sent off they can drop to a formation with no attackers. In this case, do not attempt to use no central defenders; I can tell you from experience that that doesn't work – use a single one instead. Central Midfield Now that we have wide areas and defence sorted, we want to start putting the shape of our tactic together and this happens in central midfield. Take a careful look at the opposition players and roles in the DMC, MC and AMC positions and mirror them in your own (remember to mirror not copy; so two DMCs for the opposition is two AMCs for you; and switch left to right). This sometimes ends up in a bonkers looking tactic but remember we're looking to exploit areas of the pitch, not produce something that looks good on the tactics screen. Our next action is to set up the correct roles. The idea behind the following recommendations is to push beyond the opposition midfielders when attacking, whilst not pressing too high when defending. If you imagine a heat map for each of the roles, we want ours to cover all the areas that the opposition players would to dominate the midfield. Facing Use CM BWM/AP BWM BBM/AP AP DLP DLP BWM/CM BBM AP Forward Line Once we've sorted the rest of the pitch out, we should be left with between 1 and 3 attackers. Here I find that it's best to make use of the players you have available as best as possible, because there's a good chance that the formation has changed significantly since you picked your team. 1 or 2 strikers are best used in the FC position, but an inside forward in the AMC position can also work well behind a lone striker. With three players to play with, I prefer to use two inside forwards wide and a lone striker, or two strikers and an extra advanced playmaker in the AMC position if the rest of the formation allows. Play around with the players you have to find the best fit for each game. Examples AlbinoLeffe lined up in this game with an interesting take on 532/352: I switched from my starting 433 to a 4312 with wing backs so we can move players in-field and not get dominated in the centre of the pitch. Petermann plays as a BBM to tire out the opposition BWM and Bertoni and Cia play as BWMs to put pressure on the opposition CMs who will be doing the bulk of the creative work in the centre. With defence sorted, we had three attackers left over to put pressure on the oppositions' back three, so Fink plays AP in the space behind the opposition defence to create chances for the front two: In the next game, Gubbio tried their luck with a 3412: Using a 4312, but this time with a DLP to sit deep and mark the oppositions' AP out of the game, we took an early lead: After the goal, Gubbio made a subtle change in switching to a 343: And I dropped the DLP back to CB to counter the threat of an extra attacker in the oppositions' forward line. Bertoni is not a Centre Back, but finished the game with an 8 rating and 3 points: Thanks for reading, I hope it helps someone. Please let me know your thoughts/comments below!
  21. Well we know all of us don't have super Tactic thats wins us games. So to win a game without any super Tactics we have to basically do one thing that is tweaking our tactics according to opponent's Tactic . There is one rule that we have to follow while tweaking "Place your player in space b/w opponent's two players to disrupt their passing" . This in turn will help your player to capitalize on opponent's mistake . All you have to do is to place players at right position and sit back calmly .. invite your opponent..intercept their pass and hit them on counter attack... In above shown pictures i constantly tweaked my tactics to win match 4-0 , near 60% possession, 88% pass comleted , 35% cross completed . Opponent did shoot 3 times but none were on target , all because my defenders were placed correctly. Note -- Keep an eye on opponent's formation , managers with high tactical rating randomly changes tactics. I will show how to tweak tactics ... FORMATION DURING KICK-OFF : This is how both team lined up . I started with my preferred Diego simeone's 4-4-1-1 . So this pic shows city's tactical role. As you can see they have 3 midfielders one BBM while 2 CM . While BBM will act as workhorse one CM in middle will do defensive work while one on right side will act as creator. As you know my tactic is 4-4-1-1 which means 1 CM , 1 BWM & 1 AP. In this pic you see both teams tactics ... Black-- man city player Green - Chelsea player Blue - repostioned Chelsea players From pic you can see their 3 Midfielders have completely marked my two CMs , so my defense is completely exposed . here you can see opponent's midfielders are well placed aligned the space between my defenders , thus they can easily support their poacher ....then ...goal.. To avoid this i moved my BPD b/w their PCR and CM (that's BWM's position) & moved my AP To CM role . Now my BWM will Hinder opponent's CM(One in Center) passing while my only CB will mark poacher easily. Opponent's wingers are marked by my two fullbacks. MY two wingers will mark Opponent's other two midfielders. Here you can see my 3 midfielders(DM,CM,CM) will mark opponent's 3 midfielders .My AP reamin up there in Opponent's half to drag opponent's defender towards him . Wingers can now move up to support my CF . If you play mix pass or long pass you can easily counter attack ( i always keep counter attack on & no pressing).This way their defense is completely exposed . This is how it looks : 15 minutes later.. As i completely marked my opponent .. their manager changed formation quickly which look like this So in response i changed mine too which look this way.. Explanation-- To explain why i dropped one of my CM in DM postion .. well i paired kante with alaba in DM one assigned role of ball winner other act as DLP ... these two ball winner will mark Opponent's two AP(De bruyne , Sterling) .Hence their playmakers wont receive pass from their CM (See below in pic) I left one midfielder in Center to act as link between defense and attack as well as mark their CMs . I moved my wingers further upward to support my CF and draw opponent's denfender toward them Again i say i play mix pass or long ball so it is easy to attack . This way i don't concede easily as they are not able to pass ball fluidly. AFTER HALF -TIMET This is third time when city changed their formation ... it is 4-4-2 .. in which i CM is on Left BWM position while other CM is In RightCM position Here Wiegl will perform Defensive role while Gundogan will support attack Gnabry and souza provide width to attack . So , again i tweaked my formation My two Central midfielders (alli amd Lemar ) have similar position comared to wigel and Gundogan and their role is to intercept passes from Gundo. & Wigel . My BBM (Kante) will support my attack . You can see my one of my Def. is BPD whose job is to provide killer passes to my wingers . I've wingers position from previous formation for same reasin drawing out Opponent's defender. Now all depends upon how good your complete forward is if he is good enough he will score . Sometimes games will end in boring draw like this game . But yoc can see how less shots are on target as they are taken from distance. MATCH REPORT (OPPONENT'S COMPLETELY MARKED) See we can counterattack from here ? Tips -- 1)place BWM in front of AP. 2)Place DLP in front of BWM. 3) Always mark Opponent's midfielder and place one of ur midfielder in space b/w opp. Midfielders. 4) change passing from mix to long if you feel you are unable to attack 5) never put goalkeepers distribution to sort after 70mins. ...change to medium or long.
  22. Hello and welcome to my first guide for Football Manager Mobile 2017. In this guide, I'm going to tell you how you can find and sign the perfect players for your team. So, without further to do, let's get on with the tips.. 1. Have a Philosophy This is the most important aspect of managing a football team. Every manager has their own idea about how they want their team to play. Guardiola likes the passing style, while Wenger likes the fancy-football style. And just like real-life manager, you should also have a style of play that you want your team to play. What formation? What mentality? How do you want your players to operate in certain positions? After you've got your personal style of player, you can then go for players that suit your philosophy. If you like to play with wing backs, then you should be looking at wingers who have good attacking and defending stats, and so on. I'll explain later on how exactly you can search for players to suit your mentality. 2. Identify What Postions Need Strengthening It may sound obvious, but before you even start to look for players, you need to know exactly where you need to improve your squad. To do this, you simply just go to the squad page, and sort by position (If it isn't already). Then, you need to observe what positions you have a low amount of. For further detail, you can also click onto each players' profile to see what positions they can play, and to see if they fit into your philosophy. From looking at the squad, I have identified that a centre back is probably most needed for Chelsea, as there isn't that much in the squad that are reliable enough to replace John Terry when he retires. 3. Identify What Attributes You're Looking For After identifying what sort of players you want in your team, and what positions need improving, you can then start to look at the attributes you want in a player to slot into your team. The best way to know what attributes you're looking for in a player is to look at current players in your team. For example, I'm going to be looking for a player to replace John Terry, so I want a player with similar attributes to him. As you can see from the picture, Terry's key statistics that I am looking for in the centre-back position are aerial and tackling, which I am going to search for in the next step. 4. Attribute Searching To search for specific attributes in players, go to the 'player search' page, and click onto 'customise'. Then, click the attributes tab at the top, where you can then search for players with certain attribute scores to suit your requirements. So, because I identified 'aerial' and 'tackling' as the two main stats from John Terry, I am now going to search for centre-backs who have the same/similar stats. There's 3 ways of searching for atrributes in FMM 2017. Firstly, you can set a template from a player from your team, which could make your search a lot more accurate. In some cases, however, it doesn't work, as when I tried this with John Terry, the only player who came through the search was 35-year-old Diego Lugano. The second way is to set a template from a player from your shortlist, which would only work if you have a big shortlist. And finally, the third way is to set a template from a famous player, so if you are looking for a Ronaldo-like player who possess similar stats, then this is a good way. 5. Bid Slightly Higher Than Their Value Once you have searched (It may take more than 1 search) and found the player you want, you can then start bidding for him. For my example, I have identified Lazio's Stefan de Vrij as the centre-back I want in my team. Now, although his value is £12.75m, I know for a fact that I will not get him for that much. It is very very rare that you'll purchase a player with the same price as their value, as clubs always ask for a little bit more than their value. A top tip for this then, is to make your first bid the exact same as the value. Chances are it'll get rejected, but the club will come back to you with a price that they will sell the player at. That's when the negotiating begins. Knock your offers up by a couple million each time, until they accept. As you can see from my example, I managed to buy De Vrij for £22.5m. After my first offer was rejected, Lazio said that they would only sell him for anything in the region of £27m, so I actually got him slightly cheaper than their valuation. Thank you for reading. I hope this guide helped you. Happy player hunting!
  23. The introduction of brexit to the game this year has been a nightmare for most FMM lovers but personally I think it’s a cool feature because it brings something new to the series. After some thinking and listening to people I’ve put together a strategy to prepare for it and even exploit it. Unfortunately this doesn’t apply to lower leagues because you’re definitely going to get promoted at some point and your players would need to be upgraded but it would work well from the Champions level and even League 1 maybe. Without further ado let’s see the things to do to prepare yourself for brexit. • Make the best out of the youth players that come through the youth system It seems obvious and you would be forced to do it at some point but some managers tend to release the players with poor star ratings for potential ability so I felt the necessity to mention it. If you’re doing a short-term save or a save in a country that’s not affected by brexit you can go on but if you know brexit would be waiting for you then promote all of them even those with a half star potential ability because them could be much better than their star rating suggests and your assistant is not always right so you may bring in good young players that your assistant wrote off at the begining. • Become a youth developer Start bringing in youth players with decent potential that would not be eligible to get work permit once brexit starts. I’m doing a save where I started signing only youth players (15-18) from the second season and basically what I do is to scout all the young players in the game (within the age limit I set for myself) then I sign those that have a potential ability of at least 2 and half stars. Apply the same principle and fill your first team and reserve with youth players, you could even go down to 2 stars it would benefit you in the long run and remember they they don’t cost much so if they turn out to be poor signings you would definitely make profit from their sales. • Turn yourself into a business man If you followed the advice above then you should have more than enough good young stars to take you through a lot of seasons. A good business man looks only for profit. When brexit kicks off the value of English players would rise and you would see players that are not good enough move club for huge price because teams don’t have any other choice so you can now sell those young players that are not going to fit into your first team for good money and start the process again by reading intakes of other English clubs. Thanks for reading and hopefully with my little advice you would be able to run your save without thinking much about the brexit limitations. Let me know if the guide is helpful and feel free to comment with any ideas I did not mention.
  24. FC Porto Full Name: Futebol Clube do Porto Nickname: Dragões (Dragons) Stadium: Estádio do Dragão (former Estádio das Antas) (Capacity: 50035 seats) Foundation year: 1893 (refounded in 1906) Current chairman: Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa Honours: Primeira Liga winners (27x) Taça de Portugal winners (16x) Campeonato de Portugal winners (4x) Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira winners (20x) Champions League winners (2x) Europa League winners (2x) UEFA SuperCup winners (1x) Intercontinental Cup winners (2x) Fernando Gomes: 352 goals in 455 matches. Yet a record to be broken. This was one of FC Porto's greatest players. Unfortunately never had a chance to watch him play in real life. I'm only 22 years old. He's now, currently one of FC Porto's scouts. Vitor Baía: This is my favorite player of FC Porto since I started watching football. This was the greatest goalkeeper in my opinion, right alongside with van der Sar. He is one of the players with the most awards conquered in the world. Total of 35 awards. Expectations FC Porto is currently playing in the Champions League after a tremendous victory against the English champion, Leicester, a marvelous 5-0 win. Having to face Juventus real soon, FC Porto needs to prove everyone they're worthy of staying at the Champions League. As likely, on the game, you're also on the Champions Cup, and the Board expects you to atleast reach the first knockout round. Superb training facilities as well as superb youth facilities. We do have a lot of wonderkids in real life. Rui Pedro, Afonso Sousa, Diogo Dalot, Rui Pires.. Immense sheer talent! FC Porto is also known in real life for its business. Unfortunately, nowadays, we don't see that much. But, in the game, you only get 6.25M€ to invest as you would like. Staff The Backroom Team consists in an all-round Coaches, which all of them are Gold. Rui Pedro Silva, specializes in Defensive training, Rui Barbosa in Goalkeeping, António Dias in Fitness and Rui Barros in Attacking. As for the scouts, all Gold scouts. Fernando Gomes as a Bargain Hunter, (which is something that Porto, in real life, keeps an eye on) Francisco Craveiro also as a Bargain Hunter and Fernando Bandeirinha as a Tactical Analyst. I do recommend releasing Francisco Craveiro as we already have a Bargain Hunter, and buy ourselves a Gold Youth Scout if possible. If not, a Gold First Team Scout should do it. Unfortunately, for Physios we have a Bronze and a Silver one. José Mário is the only Gold Physio. But, I recommend keeping Pedro Vale, only releasing Luís Pinto for another Rehab Silver/Gold Physio. Key Players Danilo Pereira, one of the strongest portuguese midfielders as we speak. Since he traded Maritimo for Porto, he's improved a lot. He's now one of FC Porto's finest The mighty Casillas. Who has never heard about Casillas? As a fan, this was the greatest sign by FC Porto. With 35 years old, Casillas proves that he can still be considered one of the top Goalkeepers. I do consider him the Star Player of this team. Diogo Jota. With only 19 years old, Diogo Jota scores a lot. And I mean a lot! Unfortunately, he's only on a loan from Atl. Madrid. That doesn't mean he can't be a key player of the team, right? He's one of the game's wonderkid, and he's really brilliant! Although he lacks a little maturity and leadership, he's still perfect for the team and his age will still make him improve even more on those points. Yacine Brahimi... I mean, I love Brahimi. Although he has no Positioning, and his Teamwork is not one of the best, his Techinque and Dribbling made him also, one of FC Porto's finest. I wouldn't be choosing anyone over Brahimi to be honest. And we got ourselves another Wonderkid! Andre Silva, he's simply a beast on the game. Performs really well alongside with Diogo Jota, making those two the best duo at FC Porto And finally, Ivan Marcano. Yes, he's not one of the greatest on Porto, and last season (in real life) his performance was not one the best I've seen. But this season, he has been proving everyone that they were wrong. Between Felipe and Marcano I would always choose Marcano, no matter what. Future Prospects Rui Pires Rui Pedro André Silva Otávio Ricardo Pereira Ruben Neves Rafa Soares As I've said before, currently Porto has good prospects in Sub-19 and Sub-17, and they have been improving A LOT lately. I'm really glad to see my team using their prospects to reach for greatness. Players to Sell/Loan/Release Although I never release any of the players, it's your own choice if you want to do so. Silvestre Varela (sell) Diogo Costa (loan) Josué (loan) Zé Manuel (loan) Evandro (sell) Chidozie Awaziem (loan) I do recommend loaning out Awaziem has he's still 19 years old, and he can improve a lot in the game. You can try it out yourselves. Same for Diogo Costa, he's still really young and can step up his game once Casillas retires. Players to Buy Although I don't usually buy any players unless I sell any, I usually try to buy/loan some players. I'll name them below. Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas) Bruno Alvez (Cagliari) Tiago Ilori (Liverpool - Loan) This is my usual players to buy if I do need them. I have a thing for Portuguese players. There's so much talent hidden... Tactics I do use this 4-2-3-1 tactic. I saw it once on the Vibe community, and if it belongs to you, I'm sorry but I didn't find your topic to give you credits for. I tried this tactic and it works wonders! I hope you find this guide helpfull if you ever trying to coach FC Porto. But please do. You won't want anything else! Cheers! Credits: BatiGoal (Thanks for letting me use your guide template. Hope you'll enjoy this guide as I did!)
  25. ACF Fiorentina Full Name: AFC Fiorentina Nickname: Viola (purple) Stadium: Stadio Artemio Franchi Honours: Serie A Winners (2x) Serie B Winners (3x) Serie C2 Winners (1x) Coppa Italia Winners (6x) Supercoppa Italiana (1x) UEFA CUP Winners' Cup (1x) Gabriel Batistuta. 269 apps and 168 goals. The most iconic football player in Fiorentina's history. He is a hero of mine and my main motivation for doing a team guide on this wonderful Italian team. Expectations Fiorentina are playing in the Euro Cup and that's also what the Board of Directors expect you to do: Qualify for the Euro Cup. 'Impressive' training facilities coupled with 'great' youth facilities make for good key ingredients for squad development throughout the season and beyond. There's a decent Transfer Budget to work with for 1 or 2 squad additions, which we'll discuss later. There's also a large squad of 38 players to work with so a few sales can easily boost the budget for more or better quality additions. Staff The Backroom Team consists of excellent Gold Badge Coaches in Sanchez (Attacking), Blokar (Fitness) and Rosalen (Goalkeeping). These are quality coaches and need no immediate replacements. The Scouts are Gold Badges as well in Corvino (Bargain Hunter) and Vergine (Youth Scout). This duo is probably safe as well for the time being. The problem lies in Physios. It's recommended to upgrade the pair as soon as possible or by hiring replacements as Michelassi (Rehabilitation) carries a Bronze Badge and Fagorzi (also Rehabilitation) a Silver Badge. The obvious choice is to replace Michelassi for a 'Prevention' Physio (since there's none at the club) with a Silver or preferrably Gold Badge. Key Players The best player at the club who should be at the centre of your Fiorentina attacks. The attributes speak for themselves. I've found him to work very good as either a lone striker or as a striking duo. More on that later. If you opt for a 2-man frontline this is your guy. Very reliable partner for Rossi who performs well as a Complete Forward (CF) or a Target Man (TM). Valero is your go to guy if you're looking for a provider for your striker(s) up front. This man is a very consistent creator. He plays well in CM spot but a little further upfield will get the best out of him, in AMC spot. Young and extremely talented player for the wing positions. Bernardeschi is the best winger at the club and a fantastic force on the flanks for seasons to come. In a formation with Kalinic (TM) this is your best pick for the right or alternatively left wing. Your best defender. Astori. He lacks in 'tackling' but from experience I know his age made him consistent and reliable as well as his positioning and aerial. He stands his ground and will be a good leader of your defensive line. But this line is also the one that needs strengthening. More on that at the 'Tactics' discussion. Players For The Future Perhaps not all are going to make your future squad but they show promising signs in green attributes and sheer talent. However, they lack the maturity and quality to strengthen the team in your first season but these players are for the future.There's a few on loan already right at the start of your career and the other young talents could be given a valuable loan spell as well or work on their development as subs throughout the season. Players To Sell / Release There are 6 players on loan at Fiorentina and not all of them are good enough to stay on. Having a loan player that hinders a talent's opportunities is the last thing we need. Below is a list of 3 loanees that could be released and 2 squadplayers that could be sold. This makes the squad a little tidier and easier to manage. 33 players with approx. 10 talents on loan leaves you a 23-man group which is plenty. Carlos Salcedo (loanee) Sebastien De Maio (loanee) Carlos Sanchez (loanee) Steve Beleck (squad player) Andres Schetino (squad player) Players To Buy This Fiorentina squad is lacking Full/Wing Backs and that may cause problems if you want to play an alternative formation. There's 4 very good options that aren't too expensive and add much needed quality in those areas on the pitch. Francesco Migliore (Spezia - Serie B) Riccardo Gagliolo (Carpi - Serie B) Eros Pisano (Verona - Serie B) Fabrizio Cacciatore (Chievo - Serie A) The first 3 are priced between 3-5M obtainable for only slightly more than that since they're playing a division lower in the Serie B, apart from Cacciatore who is priced a little higher. Buying 2 of this list will immediately strengthen your defensive line, and give you a lot more tactical options on top of that. Tactics Your first option is a 3-1-2-2-2 (or 3-5-2). If you choose to buy no one then the lack of fullbacks in the team forces you to play a formation like this. Or similar to it. The passing ability of the defenders isn't that great so 3 LDs is your safest pick. A defensive 'triangle' in midfield in order to provide support for the defensive line and two wingers on the flanks. Rossi and Kalinic are a good duo. If this doesn't click then perhaps turn one or both IFs into wingers and make Kalinic a Target Man (TM). These tactics have worked for me so they should for you too. There's no captain selected, do pick one, but primary outlet and attacker will make little difference to the team's performances. Alternative Tactics If you decide to buy Full/Wing Backs either from the provided list or one of your own pick then this formation could be you're going with. Very solid, and proven, defence. Again a triangle in midfield, a attacking version with a BWM in the midst. Reason is that playing attacking mentality with pressing suits a BWM and he becomes much more effective in re-gaining possession for your team. Go back to balanced ment. if you feel vulnerable at the back, still solid. Rossi is a guarantee for goals also as a lone Advanced Forward striker. One of these formations should give you good results during your first season in your career with Fiorentina. I hope you'll find this Fiorentina Guide useful and if it made you decide to play the team even better. Feel free to drop an opinion, a comment or suggestion. Thank you for reading!