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  1. I assume the bonuses make a difference, noticed a trend where players with a bonus for a certain amount of goals play out of their skin until they reach that total and then go off the boil.
  2. Not really as easy as tha for Spain as the Contonou agreement is used. If you look under the leagues rule tab it will tell you which countries are exempt- for example in Spain most (all?) African nations are exempt from foreigner status. Quick check for you own squad can be done using the full status option on the list of squad views or by clicking on the registration tab and seeing who has FGN next to their name.
  3. It's treated exactly the same as signing any other non eu player for whichever country you're managing in.
  4. In FM terms think of citizenship as the right to not count towards foreigner limits in leagues but nationality the right to represent that country in internationals. You see it a lot with SA players in Spain as they get Spanish citizenship after 2years but need to wait another 3 years before they can represent Spain internationally.
  5. As always the best thing to do would be to download the demo and see how you like it. Training has changed in the last 5 years or so (I think? I'm getting old and time seems to go fast, maybe it was longer ago) so you don't make a schedule using sliders as you used to. It isn't too fiddly and less gamey than before if a little less flexible depending on what area you want to focus a player on. Most parts can be delegated to staff now, training, scouting, press interviews, whatnot - Also the touch version gives a nice streamlined version of the game.
  6. I've not seen a payout like that in so long I figured they took it out of the game. Last time it happened to me was Roland Nilsson at Sheffield Wednesday back in maybe 1994.
  7. In interviews clubs will ask if you're willing to join now/end of season. Barca had an inept caretaker in my save until the end of last season
  8. Just had a tycoon take over my club, gave me £90million to spend on transfers, more than doubled the wage budget to £2 million a week. My next press conference there's no mention of this instead I'm asked about 18th placed Roma sacking their manager and if so and so has made the right choice putting some player I know nothing about on the transfer list. Surely the press would be asking my opinion of the changes at my own club, what do I plan on doing with the money or things like that.
  9. Maybe this is a stupid question but have you registered him? The wording on the warning you get when you approach a non EU player says you can only sign x amount per season rather than you can only register that many so if the transfer went through surely you should be able to use him. Well, either that or the warning should be reworded.
  10. I don't let a contract get down to that stage unless I really have to nowadays. Start the process about 2 years before expiration (if possible), see what they want, make a counter offer, don't worry if they break off communication. However I wouldn't suggest cancelling myself, let them break it off and wait for them to be willing to speak again. If you do it this far ahead of expiration you hold all the cards and assuming they want to stay then more often than not they will break. I think if a player wants to stay and their agent is failing to get that for them, then generally they are more likely to sack the agent. If things don't go your way then you have more time to scout a replacement and use the inevitable media questions about the players future to your advantage. Treat it like tapping up a new signing rather than a last minute rush to make sure a player doesn't leave for free.
  11. I find that as long as you're willing to play long term with negotiations then you can reduce demands by a lot. By this I mean don't be afraid for negotiations to break down and wait to come back to the table. Obviously this is riskier when signing new players but it can happen and you can end up saving a large percentage of wages.
  12. If you have cloud save enabled then they save to steam.
  13. Pretty much... My memory of it is that clubs used to say a player was not for sale at any price end of discusion. Forum members complained that wasn't realistic. So they changed it to clubs saying "ok, if you want him then he will cost you at least 100 million." Now people complain that isn't realistic.
  14. Maybe this might just be me being colour blind but on the post match analysis screen the section for medium distance passes is a circle of solid colour rather than a circle with a number in it.
  15. It's only early days so maybe this is just me attributing too much to one transfer, but I get the feeling we need to be more patient with transfers in this version and not accept all of a players demands off the bat. I made a move during the first off season for Pucciareli as I was looking for a backup shadow striker and a false nine. He seemed to fit both of those roles well enough for me. Empoli had been relegated, he was unhappy, I made a bid, they accepted and he had a list of demands. After removing most of them other than agreeing to a major pay rise we opened negotiations and he asked for somewhere in the region of 130k a week which I couldn't afford, nor would I be willing to pay it. So I went about looking for other targets confident that the chances of him had gone as Marseille were in for him as well. A couple of weeks later his agent got back in touch to say he was willing to reopen negotiations. At first I had problems as Empoli wanted more cash for him (Which I think is a nice touch as my bidding again showed that I was keen on his services so naturally they are going to play hardball) but once that got sorted he was willing to negotiate on his wage demands and in the end got him down to 70K-ish. I probably could have got it lower if I tried harder. The other thing is that he had not yet rejected the offer from Marseille in older versions that would have played out in one of two ways - Either he would have signed with them or he would have rejected and sat there until someone took the initiative to make a move for him. Maybe players are more willing to be patient in this version and play teams off against each other to see which fool is willing to be parted from the most of their money?
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