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  1. Sorry to be pedantic, but it's actually been on since FM 08, though I think 08 may have been made available on Steam a few months after the official release. I now have ten versions of FM on my Steam account (including 17 pre-order), perhaps an unforeseen side effect of the Steam only policy, we can see how long we've been suffering the addiction, at least in the old days you could bin the old boxes.
  2. I stuck to my beta save for the first time ever. 960 hours in and only twelve seasons completed.
  3. I'm pretty sure I've never seen a goal quite like that in the entire time I've played FM 16.
  4. I have the last nine on Steam, I demand my 45% discount for unwavering loyalty!
  5. In my experience, this simply isn't true. Looking at my last u21 team's game, they played a midfielder from my u18s for the whole game, and left two players from the u21 squad who could have played that position completely out of the match squad. What made it worse is the u18 player is just coming back from a long term injury and I'd rather he not be played so often, and the two players from the u21 squad are both short of match fitness, so I'd have much preferred either of those playing.
  6. It all comes down to how you go about it. I've posted a few issues in the bugs forums with plenty of information, examples and uploaded saves/pkms. The response from the devs was always polite, informative and appreciative. If you simply come in to GD and say "game is bugz lol", what kind of response do you expect?
  7. I brought up goalkeeper match ratings in the me issues section a few months back.
  8. I haven't played an Athletic save in a few versions, but from what I remember you aren't restricted to Basque only staff, and the game is aware of the player restriction in scouting terms, so you don't need to worry. The one issue I do recall was scouting being restricted to Spain only, meaning you couldn't scout Basques playing abroad, but I believe that has been sorted. Give it a go, one of my favourite saves, you're actually putting me in the mood for a wee return to San Mames!
  9. Seriously? Great moderating, you've blatantly just lied to a user. Sure you can argue semantics and say that not "everyone" sees games with goals constantly being scored from crosses, but you know fine rightly a lot of users have issues with the number of goals from crosses, and SI have admitted there was an issue that couldn't be properly worked on at this stage of the development cycle without potential knock-on effects. So to reply so dismissively to a query on the subject is absolutely pathetic.
  10. Pogba is immense. Bought him for Arsenal at the end of the first season, eleven seasons later he had more than 100 PL goals, but was always involved in defensive and offensive phases in a box to box role in a 4-2-3-1, he averaged over 8 every season but one. He was also a huge threat from set pieces, we scored a lot of corner goals from him knocking it back. The one issue I had was at first his physicals meant couldn't quite handle the role for ninety minutes and I often had to take him off after an hour, a few seasons of focusing on his stamina sorted it. Also had him as captain, despite not quite having the Leadership of other players, and had a lot of success. I stopped playing the save when he was 34, and he hadn't really declined at all, in fact his last few seasons were statistically his best, at 32, and 33 I was getting £20m+ offers for him from PSG. I think I got lucky on my save, got him for £60m plus Debuchy, usually seems to go for much more. Just out of curiosity, are there any side effects to your transfer policy? Do a lot of agents hate you for cancelling deals?
  11. They eventually fail, but in my experience they just take the course again. I let a coach go in 2020 as the messages were getting on my nerves, just checked him in 2027 and he's currently working toward the same badge he's been trying to get for twelve years now. He's quite young still, mid 40s, be interesting to see if he keeps trying until he retires.
  12. I doubt it.
  13. Not necessarily, without the third place safety net teams would have approached the group stage differently, and who knows what would have happened? Personally, as a Northern Irishman I love the 3rd place qualifying, as a football fan, I think it's daft and a 16 team tournament is the only sensible option.
  14. Northern Ireland would have qualified for a 16 team tournament, and Wales probably would have too.
  15. Already been posted and deleted.