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  1. I think it's been a pretty good World Cup overall. I don't know if it's just my memory but there seem to be a lot less flair players around nowadays, compared to past years. And I think that has an impact on the competition. But in general the games were great and I really enjoyed it. I'd put it second after 1990. I know that wasn't the most spectacular overall, but it was very exciting being English, and having such a strong North East connection to the team.
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    Best players of the World Cup

    For me, the best player of the tournament has been Denis Cheryshev of Russia. I've been really impressed with what i've seen from him. Scored some great goals too.
  3. I'd love to see England win the World Cup, and before the tournament started I put bets on France and Croatia, so I guess wouldn't be too disappointed if either of them won. But with the players they have I just can't see Belgium not doing it. I think they just have too much quality in attacking areas.
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    Overated players

    I do understand what you mean about Ronaldinho and Romario, but whenever I saw them play they always seemed to have a 'swagger' about them, a bit of arrogance really, because they believed in their abilities. I didn't see that from this Brazil team if i'm honest. I think Neymar has potential, but I also wouldn't be surprised if he just becomes a 'nearly man'. I'm sure his injury before the WC didn't help, and he does have undoubted skill. But all i'll remember him for in this WC is for how he reacted to being tackled etc. I'd like to see Brazil do well in the future, and i'm sure they will. But I do disagree that they had a team capable of winning the WC. For me, there were 4 or 5 teams ahead of them. But i'm sure they'll be ok.
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    Overated players

    I think a lot of it's down to the fact he plays for Brazil, so the expectation is greater. Personally I don't think that this Brazil team was particularly good. I think they're full of good, but not world class players. Neymar is probably the pick of the bunch, maybe with the exception of Willian. But his reputation is suffering a bit because people still remember the Brazil forwards of (relatively) recent years, Ronaldo, Romario, Ronaldinho etc. I don't think he's quite at their level yet. So for me is overrated as he's being, talked about along with Ronaldo, Messi etc. But that's not to say he can't get to their level one day.
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    Round of 16: Brazil vs Mexico

    I could see this one heading to extra time. I don't think Brazil have a great team in this tournament really. I think they might struggle to break Mexico down if they sit back. I'd still take Brazil to get through, but don't think it'll be a major shock if Mexico sneak it. Probably 1 0 Brazil in extra time
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    The hot girls and guys thread!

    For me - the Russian girl in the the 2nd post is the best looking girl by a mile
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    Guide for staying up

    I'm managing Sochaux in France at the moment - i've managed to get them promoted into Ligue 1 and i'm about half way through the season. I had a great start - then a terrible run of results. But unless anything disastrous happens I should be ok. One thing I made a point of doing after promotion was to keep the squad as it is and only bring 1 or 2 players in. The reason I decided to do that was because we've got a good team spririt and work well as a team. My team is technically the worst is the Division, but it doesn't seem to matter at the moment. I'll look to make changes to players next season, when i've got a good idea of where I need to improve. So i'd suggest not making any big changes, and having faith with the players that took you up. If you have any money to spend on players, maybe look at the January transfer window when you'll have an idea of which players are suited to the higher division, and which ones aren't.
  9. I tend to lose interest a bit when the re-gens start to appear more and more, so don't tend to play more than 7 seasons or so. But to try and keep things fresh a bit - I like to look around for other jobs when they appear. So that could keep me playing for a season or two longer. But after that I prefer to start a new game with a different team in a different country if i'm honest.
  10. Has anyone managed a club that has been floated on the stock exchange? The reason i'm asking is because i'm managing Heracles in the Netherlands and they've just been taken over by a consortium lead by a business tycoon who intends to float the club on the stock exchange. I'm guessing it means that the tycoon hasn't as much money to hand as he'd like, but has big ideas for the club. But i'd be interested to know if anyone else has managed a club under similar circumstances? Most takeovers I've been involved with have usually just been a consortium of local businessmen etc. So i'm looking forward to seeing what happens. The interesting thing is that I survived the takeover but were relegated at the end of the season. I hadn't been there long, and lost in the relegation play-offs. So my job is under pressure too.
  11. It's an interesting scenario. I'd imagine IRL there would be clauses in the new contract that would make the appearance clause in the first contract obsolete. So I would imagine that the new contract would be legally binding.
  12. I know when I transfer list a player, I always try and ensure that he isn't listed as 'not needed'. The way I see it is that he'll probably be needed to some degree, so I usually give the player 'back up' or 'rotation' status. The only time I use the 'not needed' status is if I want a player off the wage bill and I think to myself that if he can see that he doesn't figure in my squad he will be more likely to move on.
  13. I'm not a fan of theirs at all. But I think the obvious team in the Premier League to start with would be Sunderland.
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    FM17 - French Football Thread

    I've started my 3rd season with Auxerre now - the first season I managed to win a surprise Ligue 2 championship. Then in my first season in Ligue 1 struggled massively to start with. But with a change of tactic managed to reach safety on the last day and finish 17th. So this season I decided to try and continue my form from the second half of last season by just making a few subtle changes to my team. Nothing too dramatic. I brought in a couple of young players I had on loan permanently. And searched for experienced bargains. So in came Morgan Amalfitano and Yoann Gouffran amongst a few others. And it's really paying off as they are helping my younger players develop. At the moment (after 20 games) i'm in 3rd place - joint with Monaco. But a long way behind PSG who are unbeaten. I seem to be very difficult to beat and have had a lot of clean sheets. So European qualification is hopefully going to be a very real possibility this season.