mr.rooney

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About mr.rooney

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    Edinburgh

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    Video Games (particularly RPG's and sports/racing), American Football, Formula One

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    England
  1. Thanks the ideas! I decided to go with Lyon in France, but I will come back to La Liga/Bundsliga at some point (Cadiz sounds really good long-term)
  2. Thanks for the ideas! I've only managed in the Scottish leagues once (despite living in Scotland for my whole life), that was with Hearts back on FM 2007 (I think). Got them to win the league championship and quarter-finals of UEFA Cup (as it was then) in first season, but didn't continue on afterwards (can't remember why!). Will make sure to manage there again at some point, trying to break the dominance of Old Firm (my Dad is a Rangers supporter, but I'm not very keen on them) I was looking through the list of leagues in Europe, and decided on France. Not just because of their footballing history, but also because the 1998 World Cup was my first time watching Football. I remember watching the games on the TV in my Nan's house, and being fascinated. Not only that, but my first Football video games were Road to World Cup 98/World Cup 98 (still have both them on PS1!). So the World Cup in France got me into Football. I decided upon Lyon, because they're a reasonably big club who have had some success (remember them always getting to last 16 of Champions League.) Yet they're not the current favourites, and it'll be nice to try and PSG I briefly thought about Stade de Reims (first European Cup finalists), but I thought Lyon would be better for getting my back into Football Manager after so long. Thanks again
  3. Normally, the saves that I actually get beyond pre-season are with teams that I have an emotional connection to (Manchester United, England). However my last full save was with Shakhtar Donetsk, had a really enjoyable 4 seasons with them despite never managed in Ukraine before. Have started many, many saves but got nowhere with the vast majority of them. At the moment, I'm wondering how to approach my new save to get myself back into the game. I've had a long break from the game (Shakhtar save was on FM 2011, had a few aborted saves since). Also fell out of love with Football itself for a while, but I can't stay away. Don't know whether to go for English league for some familiarity, or go abroad for something new. I really do want to manage outside England, but it might be better to start in England first. I'm not really sure, any ideas would be really appreciated (have posted in what team? thread)
  4. Nation: preferably Europe (outside UK/Ireland), but open to ideas Division: Top division or decent potential to be promoted European Competition: Any Media Prediction/ Board Expectations: Not too sure Transfer Budget/Wage Budget/Finances: Some leeway would be nice, but not too important Other: No dodgy/corrupt owners! I've had a long break from Football Manager. My last game was Football Manger 2011, where I had a good career with Shaktar Donetsk. This was the first time I hadmanaged outside England,and I really enjoyed it. So I want to manage abroad again, because I'm a bit bored of English football in real life. Would prefer Europe, but open to ideas. I've started many games over the years (including since FM11) , only got past first season handful of times. What I want is to feel an emotional connection to my team, a reason to win. Whether it's a fallen giant, up and coming club, the city, the stadium - i want to feel something for them. Want something new and exciting. I'm keen on the Bundesliga and Russian leagues due to family/friends, not keen on italian or spanish leagues. But the most important thing is the club, not the league. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated, especially as I'm hopeless at choosing times myself! Thank you
  5. Nation: preferably Europe (outside UK/Ireland), but open to ideas Division: Top division or decent potential to be promoted European Competition: Any Media Prediction/ Board Expectations: Not too sure Transfer Budget/Wage Budget/Finances: Some leeway would be nice, but not too important Other: No dodgy/corrupt owners! I've had a long break from Football Manager. My last game was Football Manger 2011, where I had a good career with Shaktar Donetsk. This was the first time I hadmanaged outside England,and I really enjoyed it. So I want to manage abroad again, because I'm a bit bored of English football in real life. Would prefer Europe, but open to ideas. I've started many games over the years (including since FM11) , only got past first season handful of times. What I want is to feel an emotional connection to my team, a reason to win. Whether it's a fallen giant, up and coming club, the city, the stadium - i want to feel something for them. Want something new and exciting. I'm keen on the Bundesliga and Russian leagues due to family/friends, not keen on italian or spanish leagues. But the most important thing is the club, not the league. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated, especially as I'm hopeless at choosing times myself! Thank you
  6. Hi Sam, I don't post on here anymore but I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading your original post. I myself continue to suffer from mental health difficulties (I believe mostly self-imposed due to Porn, but that's another story). After I was first diagnosed with depression, I played my last really enjoyable game of FM - Shaktar Donetsk Manager on FM 11. In 4 seasons, I won the league twice, the cup once and reached the last 16 of the Champions League twice (my only disappointment.. I have regarded the Champions League as the holy grail since I was young, and really wanted to win it). Since then, whilst I have bougnt every version and continue to maintain an interest in the game, i have had another lasting and/or fulfilling save. This is due to a combination of reasons: me not finding the right challenge, being a perfectionist, falling out of love of the game quite a bit (I think I still love it, but I find the Sky/BBC coverage unwatchable, the media coverage annoying/arrogant, and the amount of diving is putting me off... but again, that's another story). Lastly, I find it difficult to find the patience to do all the stuff that is required: I simply want to manage the team, and occasionally buy/sell players. I would definitely be interested in reading any career thread/blog that you write. I'm not exactly Einstein at the game either, so please don't feel you even have to be succesful. Best wishes on your recovery, hope all goes well.
  7. ^ Now that is a good idea. Thanks for that, had forgotten about them! Will consider some other ideas first but they are definately in with a shout
  8. Nation: Somewhere in Europe or South America, can't honestly see myself managing outside either Division: Either top or second-tier, but not lower leagues European Competition: Doesn't matter Media Prediction: Relegation/Mid Table Board Expectation(s): Relegation/Mid Table Transfer Budget: Doesn't need to be large Wage Budget: Decent Finances: Ok/Good Other: Basically, I'm looking for a fun game with a team that wouldn't necessarily be considered title favourites right away, but with the right signings and/or good management can then go on to compete for both the league and possibly the Champions League/Copa Libertatores (sp?). I find it hard to choose a team myself and then stick with it, and I haven't tried asking for help before, so hopefully this will come up with some good suggestions. I've tried managing Man Utd and Chelsea in the Premier League and got bored, and have got bored with managing England after losing in European Championships. I wouldn't mind an International either if there are good suggestions.
  9. As there are only 10 teams in South America, and 10 teams is not a very good number to play a cup with, they invite 2 teams to take part in the tournament to make it 3 groups of 4. Japan have been invited the Copa America before, and have been again for the 2011 tournament. I don't think they should be as they are not part of the Americas, but that's how its worked out in real life.
  10. I would much rather have a DVD in my hand then buying through Steam. I don't buy through Steam for two main reasons: I don't really like PC games anymore (much prefer consoles, so I have now bought FM 2010 Handheld), and the prices on Steam are a complete rip-off. Why should anyone pay full price on Steam when the price should in fact be cheaper because there are no discs, boxes or instruction manuals to prove? Also, reading on the forums it is obvious that Valve have a holier-than-thou attitude towards there customers, they think the we are subservant to them. I argue about this with my brother on a regular basis because he swears buy Steam, but in short I hate Steam and would urge anyone to stop using it for the reasons outlined above.
  11. Goals during qualifying do not count towards the Golden Boot total, so unfortunately your player has missed out by 1 goal. It's not a bug, but congratulations on getting a player to score 11 goals during the Champions League
  12. I know this is going to sound obvious, but my bogey team is definately Chelsea. They always seem to have the upper hand over me, which is doubly frustrating because they are the team I hate most. Even more annoying is that their cup draws in the game follow the real life pattern, which is that they are always drawn against the easiest opposition they can (and at home if it is a one-off game, like the FA Cup).
  13. Last time I checked, Avram Grant was the ONLY Chelsea Manager to lead them to the European Cup/Champions League final, something not even the special one himself managed. As for the original question, I'm sorry I don't have any suggestions as for specific players. All I could suggest is to identify areas of the team that you definitely need improving, and then use the Player/Staff search to try and identify players with the Attributes you need. Buying players with a Determined personality will help. I go by attributes only, I don't consider my Assistant Mangers advice, player reputation or value. Good Luck in your game, hope you manage to keep Coventry up.
  14. Chelsea, I am a Manchester United fan but I would manage anyone apart from Chelsea. To say I hate Chelsea is an understatement, to me they are the enemies of Football with the players they have and they way they go about their business. I enjoy Chelsea losing as much as Man Utd winning.
  15. Never, ever let the Assistant manager do anything or listen to his advice. No matter what attributes he/she's got, their advice is dreadful and it's more than possible to believe that they are working for the AI and want you to lose.