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  1. It is also pre-generated animations that is about as comparable as comparing FM and Toy Story.
  2. It is a bit easier to put hamstring injuries down to the way they train however. This case is most likely just a big element of bad luck.
  3. Just met a random 4. level team in the cup. They had one player, so the rest was grey. One of those grey players was named Øystein Lars-Erik. Although this pretty much made my day, I think we can all agree that Lars-Erik is not a proper Norwegian last name.
  4. Well, that doesn't make a big difference. If a player of Lewandowskis quality can end up on level three in Poland, then surely a player of Messis quality can as well. And besides, Who is to say Messi had a much bigger potential than the other mentioned? There are tons of reasons Messi is as good as he is. A big part is a natural talent, but there are probably a lot of other players who COULD have been as good as him, it is just a lot of hard work and luck.
  5. Not Messi quality, but there are lots of examples. Jordi Alba would have started in Barcelona, but with such a low PA that the club would decide to let him go at the age of 16, and he would be signed by a level three club in Spain. Domenico Berardi would have started his Football Manager career at Cosenza at the lower part of level three. Giaccherini at a club so weak I cannot even find out what level they are on. Diego Costa at some sort of hobby team in Brazil. Lewandowski at a level three team in Poland. But that makes no sense. The fact that you are not playing football seriously and lack the discipline does not mean your potential is any lower. Again, the big clubs would easily swoop up the big CA youngsters, but if the player isn’t showing any quality to prove his potential, how would anyone know? I have. Way above 20 as well. It doesn’t. That is true. But again, I said “on average”. In the same way as having three dice would on average give you a higher number than two, even though potentially the one with two dice could end up with a number four times as high as the one with two.
  6. Sure, but a player CA is a quick way to see how good he is, on average you will expect the quality of players to increase as the CA increase. My biggest problem isn’t the PA in itself anyway, more the PA your scout and assistant gives you. It is WAY to accurate. The last time I checked, two identical players with different PA got different ratings from the scouts as well. That should never happen. When I get a new list of youths I want my assistant to sometimes say “This player will most likely never be good enough for the club” only for him to turn into a world beater. And I want a chance for a player with the potential to be as good as Messi to start up at a weak Conference South club with a CA on the same level as his team mates. 99/100 times he never ends up anywhere, but with a bit of luck he might slowly progress to turn into a quality player. And I want a 18 year old to look like a superstar, only for his career to fizzle away. In my view, big clubs should produce players with a higher starting CA, but PA should not be in any way affected by training facilities. That makes no sense.
  7. Well, yes. In terms of the player being able to lower some stats and improving others. In terms of proper improvement not so much. Well, I still think it is true. Not because I think the people doing the research aren’t as qualified as they can be, but because PA has to be a big amount of guesswork. You can only see how good the player is now and if he seems to have the correct attitude (both of wich are already in the game).
  8. Remember when your tactic option was just three bars? Remember when any input you got was a possession bar, and a few messages telling you if you had a scoring chance? Remember when they changed it to a 2D simulation and lots of people promised they would never use it as they liked the simple text commentary? That was nice and simple, wasn’t it? The CA\PA functionality they have now might be easy, but it is also extremely arcadeish and two dimensional. The PA is just an arbitrary number that some guy has pulled out of their backside, and it makes absolutely no sense when trying to explain it in real terms. Do anyone really think a 25 year old suddenly stops improving because he has now reached his true potential and nothing he ever does will improve it more?
  9. Not at all, according to FM it has though. Which is the problem with potential ability. It isn’t that I want to put in FM12 and Jamie Vardy turns into a Premier League star. What I want is for it to potentially happen. I want my sixteen year old, who I have no faith in to have the potential to turn into a world star. Show me any examples of a club not signing a player from the new batch of juniors and it turning into a “mistake”. Like Vardy at Sheffield Wednesday or Alba at Barcelona or Raul at Atletico. I want a player to come through the youth system at Terrible United and end up as a Premier League star, without being picked up by Manchester United already at the age of 16. You talk about Vardy, who is a freak incident, but there are many others not so extreme ones. Benatia, Rami, Drogba, Lambert, Toni, Di Natale, Thiago Silva… The list goes on. In the game it is basically “You are good at 16” = “You have a huge potential”. Without considering that some players develop earlier than others. No player in the world has ever been so good that there was no way for them to keep improving and the PA is a really artificially way of quantifying it. And for some reason the player PA is also available for your scout, which makes it way too easy to find out who is going to turn into a class player and who will fail. I am willing to bet that any 16-17 year old in Manchester Uniteds system has the potential to become a very good player. Having some wise guy tell me that they will never reach more than League Two level seems absurd.
  10. If you have two 70 CA 17 year olds, there is no reason why one of them should have the potential to become better than the other. Sure there are things like professionalism and avoiding injuries and being at the right club at the right time, but all of those are already in the game in other ways. The other issue I have a problem with is how the game world rarely give the player the chance to drastically improve above the age of about 23-24. Perhaps a club signs tons of players, so player X improve due to having better team mates. Or he is sold to a club where he get the chance to play, and he starts to improve for that reason. Or he just keeps improving throughout his career due to a high training ethics. Jamie Vardy is a special case, but it is not THAT special that we cannot find semi similar cases. I find PA to be an outdated system, and a more “dynamic/flowing” system should be considered.
  11. My best own product regen in FM11 suddenly had a lot of clubs after him. With a clause of about 10 million. He ended up accepting my offer with a massive wage and sign-on fee. Plus the clause was still only 12 million, pretty low for a Spanish 20 year old central midfielder on the national team. A week later, the offers reappeared. This time he refused to sign a new contract as he had just signed one. He ended up going to Tottenham of all clubs. I still haven't forgiven him.
  12. I had an Athletic Bilbao team that won the league with 15 points for about five years in a row. Never won the Champions League. The last season I was knocked out by Barcelona, and trashed them in the league at basically the same time. Have later had league winning saves with Fiorentina, Pescara and Athletic Bilbao again, creating fantastic teams. Still, I can't remember the last time I won a Champions League trophy. I have every save since FM12 on my computer. Non of those include a Champions League trophy. It seems to be completely impossible for me to do.
  13. The problems with those sort of arguments is that 99,9% of the players in the database are not managed by me. If there are balance issue with player types it doesn't help much that I can fix it if the AI doesn't do the same.
  14. In terms of having a good balanced team with quality in every position, I would not say they are to far from the top. They don't have five top quality teams like Spain, but the first eleven is not behind anyone.
  15. I would sell my soul to the devil for an extra 55k a week.