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  1. 1. I assume that the various aspects related to youth setup are weighted when the game divvies up which newgens go where. Because you got Junior Coaching up really early on in the save, maybe that gave your club a boost in the algorithm. Also, as I said, you get more newgens each season than Football Club FC five miles down the road in the same division as you does. There's also a chance that if you're not studying each minor country regularly, you're missing instances where these players are coming through at other clubs (although you may be doing this already). 2. As your facilities improve, you move up the priority list for English newgens and down the priority list for non-English? I admit I'm a little hazy on this point myself
  2. I doubt there's any issue with the database - it's just how the game works in my experience. You haven't mentioned setting any other leagues up, so I'm assuming you've got the English leagues loaded and none others. The game tries to keep a rough balance of how many players there are of each nationality spread across the game at any given time - accounting for what leagues are loaded and how many players of each nationality are loaded. (Basically, if you don't activate/deactivate leagues while a save is running, then if you've got 100 Kyrgyz players at the start of the save, there should be roughly 100 at any other time (with variance, of course). And, of course, it's typically the better players of those nationalities that are 'kept' when you start a save, so when new players of that nationality are generated, it's more likely to be a better player than a crap one. But newgens are heavily concentrated in active leagues. If you've only got the English leagues loaded, there's a higher chance that a Kyrgyz player will be generated at an English team than if you had England, Germany, Italy, Spain and France loaded. Small clubs in small nations don't get many newgens if that nation/league is inactive. So you get a Kyrgyz player in your intake and because he's a 'replacement' (not actually a replacement) for a 'good' player (there are no good Kyrgyz players, so I chose a poor example), you get a good player. As to why this has affected your save with different nationalities coming through, well, this is how Youth Recruitment works. Every club is competing with every other club for newgens from that country. At the start of the game, this means that the English newgens with the highest PA are concentrated with the clubs with the best youth setups. So if all the good English players are going to the good English clubs, who comes through at small team with poorer youth setups? Well, it's the crap English players and - potentially - some of the non-English newgens being generated by the game, who have a higher chance of being good than the English newgens. This is slightly exacerbated by the fact that AI clubs get smaller youth intakes than a club managed by a human. So this, in my opinion is both why you've had good players of different nationalities coming through your youth intake and also why you're getting slightly worse players coming through now that your youth setup is 'better'.
  3. As someone else said, sometimes you've got to move on to the next player on the list if you can't get your first choice. As a manager in Serbia, I managed to have bids of £80m and ~£70m for players who shouldn't really have commanded fees that big. I did that through the one weird trick of rejecting every bid that came in (including those bids, since I didn't have a replacement lined up). It certainly was possible to sign them for much much cheaper, since they were sold for ~20% of those fees after I left the club.
  4. Season 24, Nacional da Madeira Portuguese Premier League We needed to strengthen, and we did. Reinforcements came in throughout the team - except in goal, where I was reasonably happy with the guy we had there. We didn't initially spend much - £1.5m went on a Portuguese DC from Vitoria Guimaraes, £700k on a Colombian MC and I spent £300k to make sign a DR who was going to be released by Porto. The DL loanee from last year joined on a Bosman, as did a couple of Italian players (from Bologna and Udinese), a young kid from PSG and a couple of Northern Irish internationals who'd been released. We also picked up a DR from ASEC and a couple of Ethiopian DLs (they both looked okay and had similarish scout reports, so I figured why not sign both) as young backups. And then, once we were actually under way, I had a bit of a pan-, uh, re-evaluation of the squad and got a few more deals done. We brought in a loanee forward from ManUre, a Honduran DR and a Colombian ML I'd seriously considered signing while at Dinamo. Having scouted far and wide for another MC, I spent £450k on deadline day to get a player I'd had at Dinamo - he wasn't the best option available, but he was cheap and 24 years old, making him easier to fit in given the mind-boggling squad registration rules we're dealing with. Having done all of that, we then reinforced further in January, signing a young Colombian DC from Atletico National, a versatile Peruvian midfieldy-type and a Spanish playmaker. Premier League We had a good first half of the season. We didn't really get spanked by anyone other than Pacos de Ferreira, but still lost a few games. We reached the midpoint of the season sitting 7th in the league, and with a decent run of form behind us including a 3-0 win over league leaders Sporting. With 8 games to go, our good form had taken us to 6 points behind the leaders. Our form dropped off from there but a 5-0 shellacking of Varzim on the final day saw us leapfrog Chaves - who lost to Boavista - to finish 6th on Goal Difference. P:34 W:17 D:8 L:9 GD:+28 Pts:59 Pos:6th League Cup We lost on Penalties after utterly dominating Oliveirense in the first round. PT Cup We had 64 shots (33 on target) against Loures in our first game, but still needed Extra Time to clinch a 2-3 win and set up a much less rage-inducing win over Famalicao. Next up, we beat Sporting 3-2 courtesy of a couple of injury-time goals and then went 30+ minutes longer to beat Casa Pia on penalties. We FMd Porto in the second leg of the semi-final, scoring an 88th-minute equaliser, having come from 0-2 down to win the first leg 3-2. That set up a final with Estoril, which we won 1-2 late-on to qualify for the Euro Cup. Summary Our Colombian ML got 19 assists in the league - setting a new record - while the Danish ST confounded my own expectations with 22 goals in 31(3) games. Our Mexican MC had a good season, averaging 7.26, while a couple of the January reinforcements did well. Otherwise, it was just a good all-round squad performance. We do need to strengthen in defence - the Colombian youngster looks very promising but the rest are much of a muchness. We've got decent depth in midfield and some young players who could be very good, but no-one outstanding. The Danish ST was superb and we're in trouble if he leaves, which is possible with some bigger clubs circling.
  5. https://youtu.be/V4FMif6VIf4 I've watched this a few times and I'm still not sure how he scores
  6. On your note about interesting dual-nationality players, I just signed this guy on a bit of a whim (and an average scout report). Certainly an interesting combination of nationalities (his name suggests Uzbeki, but he came through at a DPRK club).
  7. In terms of CA, I'd say anything below 130 is probably too low to do well in the Premier League (with exceptions for players with very specialised attribute distributions, of course). In my save, I got 8 seasons of very solid performances, including in the Champions League, from a DC with CA of 128. At the start of the game a player with CA of 89 would be decent a Vanarama National player, although the lower you go down the pyramid, the more you can get away with players with CA lower than the average for the division.
  8. You can 'Save Team Selection' to have your Best XI and your Cup XI. If you're also changing formation, it's going to mess up your selection though, as you've identified. I'm not sure there's a way to save a change in formation and selection; you probably do need to just move the players around on the tactics screen.
  9. Season 23, Nacional da Madeira Portuguese Second League I took my time to find a new club to manage, turning down lots of offers in the process. Eventually in late Autumn, Nacional da Madeira came up: good facilities, albeit with crap Youth Recruitment and a decent history behind them (although the less said about C******* R****** the better), and also mid-table in the second tier. They wanted mid-table, although by the time I was offered the job (several weeks later), they'd had a takeover and had upped those expectations to 'Top Three'. Still, the new expectations came with a £9m transfer budget (!) and something like £60k p/w of spare wage budget. Cups We were already out of the PT Cup and although we had a game to go in the League Cup, I rotated the side and let our kids get massacred 0-7 by Porto. Transfers With the huge transfer budget ("huge" by Portuguese second-tier standards, anyway), I went hogwild and... actually made a profit in the January window, flogging a petulant arsewipe of a DC to Verona for £2.5m. We signed a Mexican MC and Danish ST - I assume while drunk, since I have no recollection of arranging the deal, and only a faint recollection of the Mexican prior to signing him - a Cameroon ST as backup and a Kosovan MC, all for actual money before hoovering up a few free transfers. We got a couple of experienced Brazilians, whose Physical attributes were just about good enough to get by and then a raft of young Brazilians for development and a bit of depth. Added to those, we got a DL on loan from Liverpool and a young Norwegian DR for £2500 from Asker. The League [insert ominous timpani beats] With a squad consisting of the players not good enough to be sold outright when the club was relegated, our form immediately after I took over was bad. Bad enough to have me wondering whether I'd made the right decision in taking over. I needn't have worried. The transfer window came at a good time and let me flat-out replace 9 of the 11 'best' players in the squad. We went 8 unbeaten before our game against Vitoria Guimaraes B saw the team lose and me come close to losing my voice to quietly-shrieked expletives. We bounced back by beating league leaders Benfica B and then continued plugging away with dominant-but-not-convincing wins to pull away from the chasing teams who were very closely bunched up (see below) and clinch promotion with a couple of games to go. P:34 W:20 D:5 L:9 GD:+19 Pts:65 Pos:2nd PROMOTED! Youth Intake We signed three - one because he looks like he could be good, the others because they might have a professional career. The rest were baaaaad. Summary I'm very happy with how that ended up. We were 13th when I took over, but once I managed to get some players in our form was very good. There's a massive amount of chaff to get rid of, between the First Team, Under 23s, Under 19s and Under 19-Bs (not a clue what the point of that last one is), so it'll be good to have a clear out. The first team doesn't need a lot of strengthening to be decent enough, but there's a remarkable lack of depth, so that's something that'll need some effort.
  10. If you don't need to sell the player, don't sell them. Sometimes, even if I reckon I could get a decent replacement, or promote internally, I'll still hold out for a high fee just to see how much I can rinse a bigger club for. What's that, Man City, £55m? Nah, I reckon you've got another few million quid you could throw my way.
  11. It's your game, do what you want. Easiest thing would probably be to use the Editor to Terminate Contract and then use the Editor again to move him back to your club.
  12. It's in the game to stop your club's balance reaching a point at which the game can not store the information. If the board hadn't "stolen" the money (that is rightly theirs), you would find your balance suddenly flipping to -£1bn. And who cares? You've got more money than God at this point, what were you planning on doing with that extra £340m?
  13. Season 22, Dinamo Croatian First League Our Salvadoran ST left: Wolves originally agreed to £23.5m + 25% of next fee, but I guess at some point they found out about his £25m MFRC and went with that instead. Ah well. Leverkusen came in for our GK and I let him go for £10m(£12m), as I'd never been all that impressed with him. We also offloaded a couple of surplus DCs and our young DR to give some space to newcomers, and flogged a couple of strikers we didn't need as well as last year's MR signing, who moved to Hamburg for a bit of profit. We signed a Sath Efrican DR for £900k - I'm assuming the product of a DM session, since I was surprised (very pleasantly) when he arrived - with a compatriot of his I'd managed at Partizan also joining to reinforce the "running towards the opponents' goal" part of our game. We spent decent chunks of money to sign two Romanian DCs, a Serbian attacker and a Croatian expat from Benfica. First League It was rarely pretty, but we made it to the halfway stage with a 4 point gap over Osijek in second. Croatian Cup We won some games. Europe Compare and contrast our Champions League Qualifiers from last season and this: Dinamo Tblisi, Partizani and Slavia Prague vs. Basel and Energy Drink Franchise FC Austria Edition. Night and day. Anyway, we beat them both and got the group mentioned in an earlier post. I didn't rate our chances, but 3 wins at Home, including a 4-1 shellacking of Energy Drink Franchise FC Germany Edition, along with a point in France, saw us finish second. Our opponents in the First Knockout Round were the Penile Sounding Goons. I spent the winter transfer window looking for players to add squad depth and - alongside a raft of youngsters - ended up signing a young Brazilian DL and a Romanian ML, as well as agreeing a deal with Braga to sign the GK we'd had on loan since the start of the season. And then, with the transfer window closed, I sort of stopped caring. I initially started holidaying matchdays, as a way of speeding things up, but after I realised I was just getting annoyed at the crap teams the AI was putting out, I just quit. A new challenge, or whatever.
  14. In my current save, at Dinamo, I had a bid of £69m for one of my centre-backs, who was 'worth' around £4m. The bid got that high after I rejected a bunch of smaller offers. I don't think the player has particularly good CA/PA, but clearly the team were desperate. My advice is not to pay too much attention to the 'value' the game assigns to a player. It's influenced by their contract and reputation. Scout a player and see what your scout thinks is a suitable bid, Then put in a low bid to see if the rejection you get indicates whether he has a Release Clause or not. Then work upwards from there until you either reach an agreement with the club or you hit the maximum you're willing to offer (you do have a maximum in mind, right?). The Transfer module isn't perfect - I'm really not a fan of clubs still asking for 8-digit fees for players when they've got 7 months left on their contract and they're not even getting game time - but the fact is that you usually have to pay a lot of money to sign an exciting talent or world-class player.
  15. Yes, but what's your Knowledge of the country that he's playing in?
  16. We've managed to make it through to the Champions League Group Stage again! Maybe this will be the season w- [draws Man Utd, RB Leipzig and Ligue 1 title-winner Rennes] -e again play the kids and let gravity deal with the situation.
  17. If you use the in-game option to Add Leagues to regions you're interested in having youth players come through from, that will help. If I choose to add the Australian league to my save, it'll increase the number of players by 1.5%, and I'm sure they'll mostly be from the region.
  18. Anyway, have some player pictures. Here's our 5* brat - already pissed that signing a contract has consequences - alongside our new Club Captain, who's my new favourite player for becoming Home Grown and also signing a new 5-year contract without even asking for a Minimum-Fee Release Clause.
  19. Season 21, Dinamo Croatian First League For all my kvetching about bigger teams coming in for our better players, they didn't. Possibly my best players aren't as good as I think they are/would like them to be. /shrug We signed reinforcements, because I always do. The players to actually get game time were a two-footed MC from Dortmund, a fascist from Zilina and - to make those dratted Home Grown requirements less of a faff to meet - we spent £20m on a striker from Rijeka. Who got da money? Well, Rijeka do now. Honestly, I kinda spaffed away the transfer window. I don't feel like my scouts are finding many affordable players who could bolster our best 22, so I just sort of nibble around the edges trying to get the squad into shape. Our Club Legend socialist left for Guangzhou and an eye-watering £215k p/w in January for £12.5m (he was 28; go and fill your boots with cash, mate) while Chelsea bought out a release clause of £7.75m for a young MC everyone seemed to rate higher than me. We also accepted a £69m (hehe) bid for our Serbian DC from a Chinese club, but he turned them down. First League As per last season, really. A somewhat challenging start, with European qualifiers keeping the schedule busy and then a mostly breezy final 2/3s of the season, with Hajduk having yet another miserable return from the winter break. They finished second, 24 points behind us. P:36 W:25 D:10 L:1 GD:+51 Pts:85 Pos:1st CHAMPIONS! Croatian Cup With the mixed match squads, we put out stronger teams this season than we had done previously, and consequently strolled to the club's first Cup for 15 years. Europe We started even earlier in the qualifying rounds this season, which was just swell, but the fixtures (Dinamo Tblisi, Partizani and Slavia Prague) were at least simple enough. I reworked the Weekend and Midweek XIs to have a mix of players, to see if we could be in Europe after Christmas, but our Champions League group consisted of Inter, Real Madrid and Benfica; a clear indication that the FM gods did not want progression to be a thing this season. Youth Intake Pretty average overall, but we had a 5-star prospect come through who looks like he could be really good. PSG had already bid for him before we were halfway through June, to which I couldn't have slammed the 'Reject' button any harder if it came with the option to slap their recruiting team in the face. Summary A good season all-round. Our defense was more miserly than last season... well, domestically, anyway. Our GK got himself 12 goals in all competitions, but if we get a good offer, I'll let his injury-prone self leave. One of our new DLs - a Slovakian - made good progress, but we lack good-quality options on the right. I just about avoided having too many MCs to keep happy by sending a few off on loan and rotating frantically. The £20m kid did well, with 14 assists and 5 goals and is, of course, now wanted by a bunch of clubs. **** 'em, though; there's no MFRC, so it's either the sunny side of £55m or go and spin. The Salvadoran again flattered to deceive in terms of quantifiable 'end product', but has kept improving.
  20. The game tries to keep a balance of nationalities within the game, so if the players in the game are (pulling numbers out of thin air): European - 80%, African - 5%, South American - 10%, Asian - 3%, Oceanian - 2%... then the game will generally try to generate newgens to keep that proportion over time. So yes, the game will generate newgens for view only nations.
  21. Another one I'm sure @Jimbokav1971 will appreciate
  22. Can you not shift-click to mass-select them and then choose 'Cancel Assignment'?
  23. The perils of European qualifiers - actually having to give a **** about results. This results in us playing the Second XI in league games. So consider this: we play a crap team, but our DL gets sent off after 20 minutes for a red card that is rescinded when I appeal. Great? No, because the AssMan took charge of the game and brought on our first-choice DL when the red card happened, and be promptly broke a toe, because FM is a god with a cruel and unusual sense of humour.
  24. I wonder what his technique is like. I had a player who had 7-8 for Long Shots, but had really good Technique. He scored quite a lot of goals from outside the area, purely (I reckon) because he was given time on the ball to line his shots up (opposition teams usually packed the box against us).
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