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  1. That's a good tip, didn't realise this had an impact. I might try that in my game.
  2. What year are you in? Your reputation is probably still quite small, maybe only regional, so you might be only shopping in the not-that-big market of Midlands teams. If Villa, Birmingham and West Brom already have local feeder clubs chances are they won't want another, and you might struggle to find any other teams.
  3. Go into preferences in-game, then 'Interface' and make sure 'Use caching to decrease page loading times' is ticked. Chances are you've unticked it to install a load of graphics, and didn't tick it again. Happened to me!
  4. I'm amazed something only slightly better than my laptop spec can run all leagues! Might give it a go. Albeit transfer deadline days are already interminably slow.
  5. Good stuff, cheers. While you're there, any idea if the calendar will be fixed regarding creating notes to recur annually? Them all losing a day every year. Surely it's not that tough to set up an accurate calendar, or is there a bigger underlying problem?
  6. Does this happen for anyone else? It's a bug in that it bugs me, but it's not worth raising. But pretty much every match I play, at least once one of the goalkeepers will pick up a loose ball in his box, then sort of 'hover' just over the dead ball line, giving away a corner. Something to do with my graphics settings? Or something else?
  7. Always try to do a tour if you can, rather than individual friendlies. The tour seems to rake in the merchandising sales year-round, while high profile friendlies might make you 500k or so in appearance fees but won't boost the merch much. Top countries for tours seem to be USA, Middle Eastern countries and China for me. Still get told on the annual financial roundup something like 'last years tour of Saudi Arabia continues to boost the club's coffers through merchandising'. Though the countries may change depending on which country you manage in. I'm in Germany.
  8. Ah, this makes me feel so much better about getting my interest 'laughed off' every time despite being German and a 7-time Bundesliga winner and triple Champions League winner!
  9. Yeah I had an odd feeling I'd misspoken when I said exact injury time, and sure enough, first game, injury time keeps on going for 30 seconds over the number of minutes!
  10. Glad handballs are in, I'll have to look out for one! Has anyone ever seen a player dummy the ball? My favourite thing I've seen recently which I had assumed wasn't implemented: shot hit the post, rebounded off the back of the goalkeeper's head as he dived, and went in for an own goal! Brilliant! Although I'd have been less happy if I'd been the team conceding the goal...
  11. You must never have played in Europe then, as this happens in 100% of European games. I've also seen (I forget who said they'd never seen it) LOADS of correct professional foul-red card decisions. And I have a suspicion that anyone who says players NEVER round the goalkeeper is simply not recognising it when it happens. I believe it's there, but the graphical representation is terrible. The keeper never comes out, so all the striker does is slightly go right or left then 'pass' the ball into the net. I've never seen: Handball Players going to the corner flag (or in fact any timewasting oth
  12. You can ask in the 'talk to board' screen to 'Change Philosophies', and they might allow it. But if you're performing badly they might refuse. Keep trying and you should get it gone though. Or if you're performing well enough to get offered a new contract, they'll almost always allow changing philosophies as part of your negotiations.
  13. Why not try holidaying for a season, and picking a club that have finished a lot lower than expected? My current game I essentially did that - took over Leverkusen 8 games into the second season with them in the relegation zone, was quite fun rebuilding the club.
  14. To take the specific example in the OP, Brazil and Argentina will always produce fantastic regens, even if you don't have them (and have never had them) loaded as playable/non-playable. Currently playing in Germany with only Ger, Eng, Ita, Fra and Spa loaded, and every top flight team in Brazil and Argentina has about 8 regens every year, many of whom are 4-5 star potential. Russia and Ukraine also tend to, even when not loaded as leagues. In my game, however, I had Belgium and Netherlands loaded originally, gaining loads of top quality regens, and when I removed them as playable leagues (to d
  15. I have scouting available for the entire world, and this has just changed for me too. Up until the latest patch, all players had at least some attributes visible even BEFORE scouting. Now, and more realistically in my opinion, all players in countries my club doesn't have scouting knowledge of have NO attributes visible. In my opinion, it's one of those updates in the last patch that wasn't listed.
  16. Not necessarily, but in general yes. When they gain a new badge, they tend to increase one or more of their attributes. But it's not necessarily the attributes that would be most appropriate for what they are training. E.g. I have had many a coach gain a new badge, but the only attributes that increase are Judging Player Ability, or Man Management, or something else that doesn't actually improve their ability to coach.
  17. Sell him if you have any chance whatsoever. Had my star striker refuse to sign a new deal, his contract was up at the end of the season, he eventually agreed he'd stay if I won the league... halfway through the season I was first in the league but he signed a Bosman deal to move to Real Madrid on about the 2nd of January. The promise means nothing if they feel like signing a deal somewhere else, apparently...
  18. Can't seem to get the FOB tactics firing for Leverkusen (predicted 3rd), might give the DOM + Maverick set a season, see how we go. Can't seem to break the Bayern/Dortmund stranglehold. Keep losing games 1-0 when I'm strong favourite, which is irritating. But I have my suspicions that this says more about my team morale management than the tactics!
  19. Not looking good for my Leverkusen boys this season - just lost to Bayern in the last game of the first half of the season, leaving them 2 points ahead of me with me having played 2 more games. Had a shocking spell of form. But the youngsters I brought in to fit the tactics haven't really started firing yet. Hopefully next season they'll really kick on.
  20. Nightmare run at the moment, either scraping wins or conceding last minute equalisers. Gladbach are really a bogey team of mine, I've been top 2 of the German league for a few years and yet just can't beat them. This time, went 1-0 down, went to FOB then went 2-1 up with 20 min to go. Switched to DOM to hold on and conceded a 94th min equaliser! Absolutely unbelievable. Still loving the tactics - just wanted to vent my frustration!
  21. Must admit I've been doing this for a while now, with good success. Took on Man Utd in Champs League knockout first round, them as overwhelming favourites, thought I'd have a go at them with FOB and got a quick 3-0 lead, which I held on to for the rest of the tie!
  22. Those you talk about are possible to unsubscribe from. Click on News, then Subscriptions. Then under where it says Manage Subscriptions you can choose all the leagues, nations etc you are subscribed to, and select/deselect any of the ones you want to. E.g. X should be dropped by nation - this will either be players for the country you are managing in, in which case you click on 'Nation', and deselect 'International Player Selection News' (or if it's for a player on your shortlist, do the same but under 'Shortlist - Default'). Premier Division Round-up - just go to 'Leagues' and choose Premier
  23. Yeah you always get that message before every game (unless you have unsubscribed to them - though I'm not even sure you can unsubscribe to that specifically).
  24. My SS and DLF scored 2 goals each in the first 30 minutes of using FoB competitively. I retract my earlier question about pairing them! This is exciting stuff to watch, really makes a difference to the enjoyment.
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