i know now all of you will think i'm patriotic or nationalist. But it's really not like that. I'm the first one to say Italian Serie A lost as in quality of players. But still i think in FM 2012 is quite too much underrated(as in reputation, players CA-PA, teams) and way too much worsened compared to FM 2011. I'm not here to discuss which one is the best league in Europe, not at all.
I wanna make some examples and show you some facts, give you some profs and evidence that i'm not crazy, patriotic or talking no sense
Premise: i like to use editor very much everytime there is a new FM before starting playing, and this year i was a little bit shocked when i saw how much Serie A was worsened compared to last year. Even best players playing in it, they are not as good as they should probably be.
Let's take De Rossi. Last year he was a (snip)(referring to CA-PA), now he is (snip). Just cause he didn't have a very good last season, doesn' mean he can't play anymore or his PA so drastically decreased. Or if that was the case, it should be balanced for everyone, everywhere. Kakà after last 2 seasons should then be somewhere around 135-150, but he still has (snip) as a PA. I read somewehere from official source in the forum that PA is not only the maximum potential ability he could reach, but also the best he has as a peak in his career. So how is it possible in FM 2011 he had (snip) as starting CA and now he has (snip) as a PA? Isn't it a little conflicting and contradictory? I mean, i'm ok with both versions, to have the PA's set as the best they reached in their career as well, or to see it drastically decreased. Both it should be balanced for everyone, especially for big players in the game.
I used De Rossi as example, now please don't start discuss De Rossi, that wasn't the point. There are many many others. Pirlo to mention one. He literally changed Juventus this season. Not a coincidence they are first this year. They can really play good, he gave them quality. But in the game is CA is just (snip). Pirlo still makes a difference in the field when he is playing. Ancelotti wanted him in Chelsea when he was the manager, and trust me i'm sure if they did buy him...Chelsea would have won more. I'm not saying Lampard or Essien are bad players, very far from saying so. They are great players and i think every fan would be happy to see them playing for their team
But i also disagree when i see Arsenal(again, it's just an example, so Arsenal fans sorry if i use it like this)players with am average PA(starting 11s) better than probably any italian team. Same team who lost 8-2 to Man Utd and which is in serious troubles as far as i can see after selling Cesc and Nasri. But their midfield(example again) is by far better than any other midfield of any italian team. I seriously doubt if Arsenal this season would be playing in Serie A that they would win it. But with such CA, PA and stats balance, in the game if Arsenal would play in Serie A i guess simulating a season they would easily win it.
Sorry for a lot of examples, but it's the only way to explain i guess.
Now i will show you evidence and proofs i was talking about in the beginning.
Let's take major competition, Champions League. And let's take it from the new millenium, so since 2001(taking new millenium cause it's probably when italian teams starting to have a decrease).
So ten edition of it. Country winners:
Spain: 4(Barcelona 3, Real Madrid 1)
Italy: 3(Milan 2, Inter 1)
England: 2(Liverpool, Man Utd)
Italy is second with 3 in 10 edition, which makes an average of almost 1 out of 3 Champions League edition. I guess is not too bad.
And let's mention also the fact that by now, moment in which i'm writing, Italian teams have the highest average points in Champions League qualyfing rounds compared to other countries. And they are playing against Barcelona(1st in Spain), Manchester City(1st in UK), Bayern Monaco(1st in Germany), Lille(France champions) and Villarreal. So not exactly against the worst teams in Europe. If then we consider also the fact in the last 3 years, the only team who could eliminate Barcelona(probably by far the best team in the world and one of the best in history) from Champions League was Inter in 2010 semi-finals...well i guess that makes Italy not so bad like it is in this version of FM.
And in all of that i didn't mention the 2006 World Cup Italy won.
We lost in coefficients cause unfortunately(and very stupid imho) for our teams and managers playing Europa League is like a waste of team, they can't wait to be eliminated from there and they even admit it sometimes. I don't know if they can't understand that it makes Italy lose a lot of coefficients, or if they just don't care. But that's the reason why we are losing coefficients, not really for competitiveness, which is still not bad (Barcelona - Milan 2-2 at Nou Camp just one month ago) despite we lost quality in our league.
So i think it would be better to judge not only basing on coefficients, but looking at facts of last years as in major competitions. That's why i hope in the next future patch containing a database update as well there will be a review of balance between teams, players CA-PA and reputations in the best european leagues and teams.
Thanks for your attention, i hope i was helpful to improve still more this fantastic serie called FM (i'm a fan since cm93)