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    A mammal classified in the bear family, Ursidae, native to central-western and southwestern China

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  1. Your best/longest career?

    I remembered a few years ago (maybe FM13 or FM14) I did a global journeyman save, starting at a club in Hong Kong called Central & Western District in some extended lower league, led them to the top level, moved to Shanghai Shenhua (before the huge money influx but still quite worthy), won the Asian Champions League twice. I then got bored in Asia and went to Columbia to join Atlético Nacional and made them the strongest force (if not already) in Columbia and won the copa libertadores once. I was either about to stay and further develop the team, or move on to a bigger club in the continent, but the tight schedule in South America kind of put me off at the time, and England came to offer me the national job. It was a strange offer but there was no reason to reject them - I took them after an Euro failure and took them to the next World Cup, where we finished 3rd. National job, on the other hand, lacks the day to day intensity of running a club so I resigned and joined Inter in Serie A. Won a few titles as well as a Champions League there, before Real Madrid called and offer Inter compensation to get me over to Spain. Settled in Spain after one season or consolidating and after a few Champions League win and Club World Cups I reckoned I achieved furthest I could manage and called it a day. Of course a new FM coming out was another issue Think the year was in late 2030s. After that I tried to re-do similar saves in later iterations but I couldn't find enough time for me to go too far. Didn't remember what position I ended up on Hall of Fame but should be within top 20 globally.
  2. Still playing FM17, if you need any screenshots just gimme a shout.
  3. Not sure if you have solved your problem, but I had the same issue with FM17 and this is the workaround (note you HAVE to be fully understanding what the steps are for, otherwise it's very easy to get into trouble with the MacOS itself) The instructions are here: http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/108174/how-to-persist-ulimit-settings-in-osx-mavericks
  4. I also use Mac, but I have a slightly different mileage. Found out that for my MBP (2011 i7, 8gb ram) there is a limit for the *number* of editor files (which files don't matter). I can create and continue the game with exact 221 files (222 files in the folder with config.xml), but 222+ different error messages or crash will show up at different stage of game creating. Tried to raise the issue at the bugs forum but no one seems interested... So, yes, there is a limit for the number of editor files, the exact number may vary. I tried *all* claassen's editor files on an even older PC, the game loaded flawlessly but the saved game could not be opened on a Mac when transferred.
  5. I have no knowledge on Turkish football, but Veli Kavlak seems to be exempted from being a foreign player: http://www.ntv.com.tr/spor/tffden-yabanci-oyuncu-karari,NsEW98PNrE6bmE2bvT8yOA Brute translation from Google: Now your Hagi from Fiorentina might be eligible to this rule but it is highly unlikely that FM would implement this into the game with such high detail.
  6. "Wing"ing it in Asia...

    Hope you have more luck in tutoring the kids. I hate seeing casual or unambitious chaps (in game and IRL )
  7. In theory FM is pretty much intensive on CPU processing power, so the faster processor (with higher Hz number) the better it is on paper. Other things to look for is the amount of RAM (normally 8Gb or 16Gb) and the hard disk (solid state or SSD is way better). Also another unconfirmed advantage is that since I moved to Mac for FM12, I have NEVER had a crash dump. Not sure if this is due to the different file system between PC and Mac. Or I was extremely lucky even with thousands of hours played. But to be honest, if you do not really need a Mac, don't get a Mac. For the same price you could get a PC which is technically superior.
  8. "Wing"ing it in Asia...

    All the best In Hangzhou! It is said to be one of the most beautiful places in China, this is the scenery that greets you: Lots of ancient buildings alongside lakes and waterways, as well as some modern modern eyesores Are you going to keep the foreigners in the squad until they retire, or just let them leave post contract? This should be an interesting dilemma for you.
  9. "Wing"ing it in Asia...

    Sad but have to agree on this. Once you left Wing Yee you lose your ability to selectively pick the best of the crop; and given the huge bias towards Wing Yee youth academy I would suggest the other clubs have not done enough to reach the same level. Both are pretty much end game for the strong national status... Maybe it's time for you to pursue new grounds, get a Chinese wife (?) and bring some Chinese nationality kids into the game!
  10. "Wing"ing it in Asia...

    First of all great job getting the national team manager! You did much better than all people in the city would imagine Lai Ka Lok seems ridiculously good, I cannot believe a) he is a Hongkonger, b) you developed him For the Hangzhou job, a little piece of advice as I went to SIPG after success in South China. The riches always buy world class foreigners (sometimes they "overbuy" and stock the unwanted ones in reserves), while the poor couldn't really achieve continental football because of the difference in strength. The default youth rating (which defines in general how good the regens are) is fairly low, so it may require a big jump for you to progress especially you play youth only football. There are some serious bugs involving the transfer window, but as you wouldn't touch them it should be OK. Wherever you go, good luck!
  11. I understand that this should be put into the bugs forum, but before that can anyone decode what Oscar means? He is currently unhappy in Shanghai and wants to move to a bigger club. The club is currently in the Asian Champions League, the top in Asia. The only more prestige competition I could qualify is the Club World Cup, which is only achievable by winning the Champions League, and any sane mind would suggest that qualifying for CWC every year is not necessary realistic. If he is talking about the UEFA Champions League then I would have no chance at all to offer that Thanks in advance. It seems that there is another instance of such "bug" from another competition -
  12. So we know that Spanish clubs can extend a player's contract for more than 5 years, maybe it's time FM realise this and implements into the next version (if it has not been done). Afterall, FM does add mandatory buyout clauses for Spanish players as this is a legal requirement (ref: Real Decreto 1006/1985 of 26 June (For the Regulation of the Employment of Professional Sportspeople))
  13. Also, the VALUE you get (i.e. the budget of £28m) depends on how generous your chairman/president is (I think a couple of hidden attributes decide this). Perhaps you have a chairman who doesn't really want to open the wallet even there is a mountain of gold coins in the safe
  14. Except the Cambodian scout would be unlikely to expand your African knowledge as he is from Asia nevertheless hiring foreign scouts help knowledge a lot. Don't forget your coaches do help with the overall knowledge a bit as well. Another way to look for good prospects is to go to the league pages and find players with goals/assists/average rating etc. Those players might not fit your tactics but I find avg rating a good way to identify consistent players esp. defensive side.
  15. I use Mac for years so I can't say firmly for the Windows version, but even when I used Windows all files go to (My) Documents/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 20XX/. I rather find it weird that there is a "editor data" folder within the steam/steamapps/common/FM17 folder without manual intervention. As far as I know your laptop underwent a Windows "downgrade" which should mean that the harddisk is formatted i.e. erased during the process. As you say you need to reinstall *everything* this seems the case. Now after you finish the FM17 installation, start the game once, accept the EULA etc, quit the game. The folder I mention should appear in "Documents" automatically and if you add the leagues accordingly they should appear. Else it may be worth asking somewhere else in the forum