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  1. Scott1990

    I officially applied to be USMNT manager

    natürlich bin ich nicht Jur... I mean, uh, why would you ever think that?
  2. Scott1990

    I officially applied to be USMNT manager

    Will just to wait until 2014 when we go out in the group stages
  3. While they aren't officially accepting open applications, I believe I have the skills and experience necessary to thrive in the position. Here's what I wrote: I was taught from an early age that soccer was something foreign. Growing up in suburban Massachusetts, the Red Sox were king and the Patriots and Celtics were princes. The Bruins were some trivial archduke, and the New England Revolution were the court jester, a source of derision and shame. I was never skilled at soccer and my blossoming career finished around the age of 8 after an unfortunate experience with a manic Italian coach who made me stand offsides 95% of the time. Unaware that I was obviously been groomed to be the next Filippo Inzaghi, I hopped off the youth soccer bandwagon, not to return for another decade. The 2002 World Cup came and passed. I didn’t watch it because soccer was uncool and boring. I knew Ronaldo was the best player, and that Brazil won every World Cup. I liked Bend it like Beckham and I knew Manchester United existed, thanks to a small part in Eurotrip, so I knew more about soccer than the average American. I can never really explain why I had an urge to watch the 2006 World Cup. Here’s my best guess: As anyone who knows me would confirm, I love countries. I have known the capital of every country in the world for as long as I can remember. I know every flag. My favorite part of the Olympics is everyone else’s least favorite part: the opening ceremony when every country parades around the stadium, flags held high. The World Cup was like the Olympics so I gave it a shot. At the beginning, each country lined up for their respective national anthems. I was hooked. I know more about soccer than anybody else I know. I put the Red Sox and Patriots on hold in favor of grainy youtube montages of Ferenc Puskas. The offsides rule was never an enigma to me, and I was quickly able to dissect the unique strategies of each team. My final paper for a mandatory writing seminar was a treatise explaining soccer’s relative lack of success in America (available upon request). Waking up at ungodly hours (who wakes up at 8:30am on a Saturday in college?) to watch the English Premier League is never a chore. In addition to my “obsession,” I do actually have practical experience. I’ve won Serie A and the Champions League with Hellas Verona (they start in Serie C) in the Football Manager computer game series. While Brian McBride was chosen as the replacement for Bob Bradley in my most recent Football Manager, I have found success with other international teams. I took Sweden to the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup and even managed to qualify for the 2016 European Championships with lowly Georgia, demonstrating my ability with both large and small footballing countries. In addition, I read zonalmarking every day, which has helped me perfect my tactical tweaking skills. Perhaps my greatest achievements have come in the battlefield that is [redacted] University Sports. Playing in hostile grounds (some teams brought their own cheering sections), my team “Multiple Scoregasms” went undefeated in indoor league play, and we ultimately had to forfeit a playoff game due to an untimely organic chemistry test. As player-manager of “Even More Scoregasms,” I took a second-division coed intramural team to the outdoor league finals, where we unfortunately suffered an agonizing defeat. While my playing skills were not noteworthy (ignominiously missing the open net from 1 yard out, but the ball bobbled I swear!), my tactics revolutionized the [redacted] intramural scene. Employing the German strategy from the 1974 World Cup when Günter Netzer blanketed Johan Cruyff, I instructed my best defender to man-mark the opposition’s most dangerous attacker. We pulled off the upset. As you can see, I would bring unparalleled passion to the Manager position for the United States Men’s National Soccer Team. While I am not exactly a household name, I am confident the fans will quickly recognize my tactical knowhow and man management skills. I am a Senior at [redacted], and my GPA is 3.84. As an International and Global Studies Major, I have a well-varied interdisciplinary background of study, which would serve as a solid base for thriving in the Manager position. Wish me luck EDIT: and yes, it's inspired from the guy who applied for Middlesbrough.
  4. In either Fm2006 or 2007, Gareth Southgate was still technically the player-manager of Middlesbrough. I was one of the big English clubs and played Middlesbrough early in the season, maybe in September or November. I was winning by a goal late in the game, but Southgate still had a substitution left. For his final substitution, he put HIMSELF into the game (as an added sidenote: why put in a centerback while chasing a game?). I almost fell out of my chair laughing, and one of my players immediately put in a heavy tackle, and Southgate had to leave the game with an injury around 20 seconds after coming on. I checked after the match, and he had broken his leg, never played again
  5. Parid Xhihani (Albanian) par-eed Shi-hahn-ee? Lounès Gaouaoui (Algerian) Loon-eh Gw-ow-ee?
  6. Really an awful tactic defensively. Rubbish from set pieces, opposition wingers get behind the fullbacks too easily. Too many yellow/red cards. Needs work. On the other hand, I think it's great offensively without any tweaks.
  7. 95-100% all the time. They are injured at various points throughout the matches, it's not always at the end when they're tired. Last match, my player was injured in the 6th minute. Goalie is 6'3 and has an above-average aerial ability for my level, so I wouldn't say it's due to the keeper.
  8. Fair enough: 1. As I said, the players are injured in matches, so it has nothing to do with the training schedules. 2. Normally, I would blame this on having tackling set too high, but, since this happens for the AI as well as me, I can attribute this to a game mechanic flaw I think. 3. Nothing special, same as in 11.2 patch when defending set pieces wasn't a problem. Tall players marking tall players, men on the posts etc. My centerbacks both have high jumping skills so they hardly lose headers. The only time it seems like they do is during set pieces! The problem is the deliver, I think. The AI always score with that far-post cross which loops over the goalkeeper's head. In real life, the goalkeeper would move and catch it in the air, but this isn't happening in FM. Blah blah the match engine is an approximation, I know, but it seems ridiculous that a cross which nearly hits the far post in the air shouldn't be claimed by the goalkeeper.
  9. This is more a cathartic exercise rather than any attempt to incite change because, since there won't be another patch, I know nothing productive can come from posting this. Anyway, I'm finding the patch quite unplayable for these reasons. 1. One of my players is injured approximately 2 out of every 3 matches. I have to constantly reload games and holiday them until a result where none of my players are injured. Otherwise, I can't field enough players for the next match. Of course, what ends up happening is that I need to holiday practically every match, which is no fun because I enjoy watching them! The AI also suffers an unrealistically vast amount of injuries but not to the extent I do. 2. Ridiculous amount of yellow cards per match. Both for me and for the AI. Also slightly too many red cards. I believe I currently have 4 players suspended, which is why it's so damaging when my players are injured as well. 3. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to defend set pieces. My defense is good in open play, but the AI scores maybe half of their goals against me via set pieces. It's always the same thing too: Corner/free kick to the far post, right through the animation of the goalkeeper, and some centerback, who's practically standing in the goal, heads it in. Generally this is the only time where my defenders lose headers. The patch is fantastic apart from these 3 issues, but I don't understand how they passed through unnoticed! Can anyone give me advice on how to ameliorate any of the problems I brought up? Especially any suggestions on helping my players survive matches! Thank you
  10. Players tend to clear corner kicks back out for another corner. The AI must have had 8 corners in a row one game. They kept kicking them to the same person, and my centerback would head it back out for another corner. Of course, I had to watch all this because every single one was considered a key highlight for some reason. If you can win 8 headers in a row, I'm sure you're good enough in the air to head the ball out for a freaking throw, jesus!
  11. I was thinking of something along the lines of this, whereby players' expected PA is calculated in the form of percentages. For instance, they can still have a set PA, but they also have a percentage chance to achieve a PA different from the expected PA. It will work like a bell curve so something like: Expected PA-150 PA 150- 25% chance PA 151- 15% chance PA 149- 15%chance PA 152- 14.5% PA 148- 14.5% and all the way to: PA 180- .5% chance PA 120-. .5% chance So it would end up working like the NBA draft lottery where the expected value has the highest chance to be selected, but other values which are close to the expected values also have a decent chance. Likewise, there is the possibility for a statistical anomaly, something impossible in FM. In FM, it is impossible for a non-regen player to come out of nowhere to be a superstar, whereas in real life there have been players who have moved up several divisions to eventually play in the highest league (Sam Ricketts and Jermaine Beckford come to mind). In FM, you'll never have a 6th division player eventually play in the premier league because the range of PAs for these players is too low. With a dynamic PA, there is a slight possibility, mirroring the real life possibility. Likewise, there is also the chance that a predicted superstar will turn out to be not that great. This is mirrored better in FM because of the presence of CA, and even if a player has a 200 PA, he can still not improve. However, it is foolish to think that we can predict the limits, or lack there of, for any player because soccer is a crazy old game sometimes! Fixed PA is unrealistic and sort of arrogant; who are we to assign fixed numerical values to a real human being. Obviously, FM needs to have realistic research, but let there be a chance for an unexpected superstar/unexpected burnout!
  12. You got the Kung-Fu Panda! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pablo_Sandoval
  13. I retrain all of my bad youth players to bizarre positions. So I end up having players with positions like DC/AML, ST/DL, AMR/SW. It's always interesting to see what position they play when they join a new club. And if a player gets ****y and wants to leave, I punish him to leave by putting him on a ridiculous training schedule with max intensity in aerobics or something. Don't stop now Robinho, you still have 1000 suicides left!
  14. I was looking around at some of the premier league squads, and didn't recognize this guy's name. Turns out Liverpool bought him from Seongnam in South Korea for 1.7 million USD. For that price, I think he would be a fantastic acquisition for midtable sides, even though he's really one-footed and his physical stats are mediocre. Wages aren't bad, and he evidently receives a work permit for English sides. Discovery of the Colombo-Korean Riquelme?