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  1. FM15: Top 5 Must Buys

    Lucas Romero Gaston Gil Romero (romerolite) Eder Alvarez Balanta Gabriel Barbosa Fede Cartabia
  2. Accidentally posted the above comment twice, computers aren't my strong point -.-
  3. Already tried, Jose Angel and Miralem Pjanic didn't want to join me but I managed to get Lamela for £6m now, and £6m over 48 months, who had only played 4 games for Roma. Not cheap but I know how good he is.
  4. It was a while ago but on CM03/04 I saw Thierry Henry released by Arsenal, right in his prime. Brought him back to Juve and he ruled as king of serie a.
  5. Sigurdsson would be my choice. But that's probably because I've had more experience with him than I have with Belhanda. I've had success with him in the premier league, serie a and la liga and scores a lot of goals.
  6. Season 11/12: The first thing I do when starting at a new club is to appoint my old friend Sidnei Lobo to the role of assistant manager. So as soon as that was out of the way I went about assessing the squad. I chose to play the 4-1-2-3 formation devised by Mr Hough (link http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/294522-Mr-Hough-Rolls-Back-The-Years-FM12?highlight=hough+4123) with a few tweaks, but not nearly enough for it to my own tactic. For me, the most obvious position to strengthen was the central striking role and after the legendary Hernan Crespo rejected my contract, I ended up spending a large chunk of my budget (£3.2m) on Facundo Ferreyra, a young striker from Banfield (in keeping with Catania’s tradition of hoarding Argentines). He had strong stats in the right areas (finishing, heading, anticipation, off the ball) and huge potential, so with the right treatment he could become a lethal striker. I also felt another creative central midfielder was needed and I managed to sign Felipe Anderson from Santos on loan, with a future £5.25m fee agreed. Out of money, I was pleased with the balance of the squad and was ready for the upcoming season. After a promising start with two wins in the first two games, we went on a run of 1 win in 10, towards the end of which, the board thought about replacing me. Thankfully, we snapped out of our poor form and essentially cancelled it out with only 1 loss in 11 games. Our first scalp was claimed with a 1-0 win over Juventus which preceeded a reverse in the Italian Cup a few weeks later. In January, my lovely board decided that the club was in a good enough financial position to give me a new transfer budget of £7.5m. I felt 3 centre backs was not sufficient to cover an injury crisis so looked for yet another Argentine, 23 year old Guillermo Burdisso (younger brother of Nicolas) to come in and lead my defence alongside Bellusci, dumping Legrottaglie out of the first team. I also jumped at the opportunity to sign a transfer-listed Ignacio Camacho from Malaga for £2.6m. I liked the idea of a central midfielder equally adept at a defensive or offensive role. Other activity included the permanent signing of Carrizo for £275k (an absolute steal!) and the signing of Nery Castillo to provide competition up front. The new signings slotted in well, with Camacho emerging as my first choice DM. Our good form continued and eventually we found ourselves in the top 5, probably largely to do with the fact that many of the big teams were absolutely awful (Juve, Milan and Napoli never had any consistency and Roma ended up being relegated!). Four straight wins lifted us to 3rd but a 5-1 defeat to Juventus and a draw against Genoa saw us fall out of the Champions League spots. However, the teams above us faltered and we won our next 3 games to finish 2nd with a game to spare. Facundo Ferreyra was a great signing, coming second in the league scoring charts with 18 goals. Alejandro Gomez was selected for Team of the Year and contributed 10 goals and 14 assists. The title was never really an option as Inter won it by a huge margin. So with qualification for the group stages of the Champions League to look forward to, I set about getting ready for next season.
  7. Possible transfer targets: GK: As I've said before, this position is very strong, Carrizo will be your keeper for a good few years and Andujar is definitely worth keeping around. But if you wanted to sign a more long term replacement i'd look at Marc-Andre ter Stegen or Ron Robert Zieler and both Rafael of Santos and Ospina of Nice are decent. However, it will be very hard attracting a goalkeeper better than Carrizo in the first season. A more realistic option to provide stronger backup would be Carlo Cudicini. Frank Rost is unattached and despite his age is better than Campagnolo and Kosicky. Another veteran, Dida is available on a free and has experience of Italian football. RB/LB: Experience and cheap options at right back would include Ricardo Osorio, Luciano Zauri, Lionel Scaloni and Nils Wellenberg and at left back, Clemente Rodriguez, Salvatore Aronca and Raul Bravo could be looked at. Younger options with more potential include Georgy Schennikov, Sebastian Corchia, Fagner, Sime Vrsaljko and Sergio Escudero. CB: A quality free transfer at centre back is Talal El Karkouri. Cheap experienced options include, Wael Gomaa, Rigobert Song and Eduardo Tuzzio. Younger targets include, Leonel Galeano, Guillermo Burdisso, Inigo Martinez, Douglas, Carlos Matheu, Sokratis Papastathapoulos and Alberto Botia. DM: Experienced defensive midfielders include Diego Perez, Pablo Guinazu. Younger targets are Andile Jali, Eyong Enoh, Fernando, Koke, Ignacio Camacho and Fernando Gago. MC: Options here include Nestor Ortigoza, Wilson Pittoni, Jorge Valdivia, Luis Jimenez and Carlos Alberto. More long term options include Felipe Anderson, Mauricio Pereyra, Roberto Soriano, Federico Casarini and Zakaria Labyad. ST: At the age of 36, Hernan Crespo still looks like he could do a job and is available on a free transfer. Milan Baros and Emad Meteb could also be considered as experienced options. Younger targets include Facundo Ferreyra, Nery Castillo, Yaya Sanogo, Mbaye Niang, Tomas Necid, Rogelio Funes Mori and Vaclav Kadlec. Alberto Paloschi is available on loan at the end of the season from Milan and is definitely a reccomended purchase.
  8. Very sorry about the inactivity I've been moving house at university over the past few days and we haven't been able to set up any Internet. Heading home tonight where I shall have access to Internet and will be posting a list of reccomended signings and a report of my first season. Again, very sorry
  9. epic formatting fail. am working on it edit: sorted
  10. FM2012 Calcio Catania SpA: Kings of Sicily Since FM2009 I have always done a save with Catania and they have fast become one of my favourite teams. I have come to admire the club due to their continued progress – the team have become an established Serie A team since achieving promotion in 2006. Catania have largely been in the shadow of the longer established Palermo, and because I will always back the underdog (possibly due to being an AFC Wimbledon fan), one of my aims when choosing Catania is to overtake Palermo as the dominant Sicilian club and to eventually challenge the traditional northern powerhouses of Italian football. This was my initial aim when I first chose to manage Catania back in FM09, and I have fond memories of Jorge Martinez’s goals leading the club to a 10th place finish, a major achievement in my eyes when the club were tipped for relegation. In the following edition of FM the bulk of the squad remained with a few quality additions such as Mariano Andujar and Maxi Lopez and I managed to secure a Champions League spot in the one and only season I played with Catania. In FM11 a save with Catania is possibly one of my favourite ever FM games. I was saddened to see Jorge Martinez depart for Juventus IRL (he hasn’t had much luck there), so it took me a while to start a game with Catania as I couldn’t bring myself to play without Martinez. However, I discovered that IRL Catania had signed a replacement for the Uruguayan, in the shape of little known Alejandro Gomez. This guy more than replaced Martinez and after initially struggling to improve (1st and 2nd seasons I finished 9th and 10th respectively), in the 3rd season I got my act together and stormed to the title with a midfield diamond formed of Real Madrid rejects Canales, Granero, Gago and the emerging Paulo Ganso (how I managed to sign him i’ll never know). I often become quite emotionally attached to clubs I play with on FM and Catania is no exception. The essentials: The history: An extensive history of the club is available on Wikipedia -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calcio_Catania The kits: The key information: The facilities: The transfer/wage budgets: Top half finish - £1.7m/£300k p/w EURO Cup qual. (league) - £2m/300k p/w Champions Cup qual. (league) - £2.2m/£325k p/w Title Challenge - £2.4m/325k p/w Winner - £2.6m/£325k p/w The Squad: Juan Pablo Carrizo GK Andrea Campagnolo GK Tomas Kosicky GK Alessandro Potenza D(RC) Marco Motta D/WB/M® Ciro Capuano D/WB(L) Giovanni Marchese D(L) Nicola Legrottaglie SW, D© Nicolas Spolli D© Giuseppe Bellusci D(RC) Marco Biagianti DM, M(LC) Mario Paglialunga DM, M© Mariano Izco M(RC) Sergio Almiron M© Felipe Seymour DM, M© Francesco Lodi DM, M©, AM ® Davide Lanzafame M/AM(RLC) Pablo Barrientos M(LC), AM(RLC) Alejandro Gomez AM(RLC) Andrea Catellani AM(L), ST Adrian Ricchiuti M/AM© David Suazo ST Gonzalo Bergessio ST Osariemen Giulio Ebauga ST Goalkeepers: The number 1 jersey simply has to go to Carrizo, Campagnolo and Kosicky are barely adequate backup. Carrizo is on loan from Lazio and can be purchased outright for a small fee quite easily. Mariano Andujar is out on loan and out of contract at the end of the season but if you decide to keep him, he is a solid goalkeeper in his own right; probably not good enough to displace Carrizo but definitely worth keeping around next season. Fullbacks: The choice of right backs is between Motta and Potenza. In my opinion, Motta is the man to choose but Potenza is a solid backup and possesses the ability to cover the other flank as well. Motta is on loan from Juventus for the season but can be signed for free as his contract only has 12 months to run. At left back the decision who to play is definitely harder, as Capuano and Marchese are similar in ability. For me, Capuano got the nod and is in my opinion that little bit better than Marchese but selecting the latter would be perfectly reasonable. Centre Backs: The three centre backs are all roughly similar in ability and it was probably the hardest area of the team to choose first choices. I ended up going for Legrottaglie despite his age, as he still possesses considerable ability. Bellusci is the youngest of the three at 21 and has relatively high potential so I decided to play him as first team football would only be beneficial. To be honest the third centre back, Spolli is of a very similar level to Bellusci and Legrottaglie and could easily command a first team spot. Central Midfielders: Of the two defensive midfielders, Biagianti and Paglialunga, the former is a leading candidate for the captaincy and one of your key players. The latter certainly has to potential to play at Biagianti’s level but is probably best used as cover. Seymour, on loan from Genoa, is another defensive minded central midfielder and I tended to pick him over Paglialunga when Biagianti was unavailable. At 21 he can only improve but it is unlikely that he will be needed the following season when he returns to Genoa. Of the more attack minded central midfielders, Almiron is equipped to act as your playmaker and is one of the best players in the squad. Age is an issue however, and he may not last more than a couple of seasons. Ricchuti is more at home in an advanced midfield role and were you to play with a classic number 10, he would be your man. Unfortunately, he is 33 and his ability rapidly declines over the course of the season. Wingers: Of your right wingers, Lodi is certainly technically superior but lacks pace. He is comfortable in a central midfield role. The other options are the industrious Izco, who could be retrained to play at right back or wing back and Lanzafame, the fastest and most dynamic of the three and a striking option. He is in a co-ownership deal with Catania’s Sicilian rivals, Palermo. On the left you have one of your star players, Gomez who is equally comfortable in a front two or three or as a central attacking midfielder. Barrientos is almost as versatile but can offer another option in central midfield if you require creativity. Catellani should not get anywhere near the first team unfortunately, due to the level of the players who also play in his postion. Strikers: The quality of the out and out strikers is quite frankly poor. Suazo is the wrong side of 30 but does provide a reasonable quick outlet. Bergessio is a fairly mediocre target man but can do a job when asked. Ebauga is on loan from Torino and is probably the best of the three centre forwards, able to play a wide variety of roles up front. This is arguably the weakest area of the team but you will have Maxi Lopez next season when he returns from a loan spell with AC Milan, who is a genuinely good forward. Back when FM09 was around, I created my first club thread with Catania (link http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/149868-Official-Calcio-Catania-Thread-Can-You-Save-Them-From-Relegation) and now that I’m free for the summer I thought I’d have another go and hopefully maintain it for longer. I’ve already played one season where to my surprise I managed to finish 2nd! A report of that season will follow and I will post updates on my progress and signings and I hope that anyone else who chooses to play with Catania will do the same! Happy FMing!
  11. Apologies if a query like this has already been answered somewhere, but did SI fail to get the rights to the Portuguese League this year? If so, is that why Benfica are called SLB and Porto are FCP? It's not a huge deal as it can be changed in editor, but annoying nonetheless.
  12. I managed to get Paulo Henrique for £15m at the beginning of the second season for Catania. FM11 has huuuuge amounts of quality playmaking CMs, plenty to choose from. To look inside Germany you could try Sejad Salihovic from Hoffenheim. My guess would be a price between £9m-11m. Miralem Pjanic is a personal favourite of mine but he will take a huge chunk out of your transfer budget. Simon Vukcevic is a cheapish option, he shouldn't cost you any more than £6m.
  13. The most exciting team to manage in my eyes is Roma. An influx of new signings and the chance to guide a somewhat 'lost' side back to the top of Serie A.
  14. FM11- Touted/dubbed as thread

    Erik Lamela could be the next Nestor Gorosito.
  15. FM10 : Official Should I Buy/Sell Thread

    Buying Player Name: Simon Kjaer Your Team: Atletico Seller: Palermo Player's Value: £7.5m Offer: £20m plus 50% of profit of next sale Budget: £60m Patch: 10.3 Season: 3rd (summer) Existing players in position: Ujfalusi, Perea, Cabrera, Pablo, Dominguez
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