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  1. ★The Squad★ Goalkeepers [1] Fraser Forster (GK): Saints' number one goalkeeper since departing Celtic after almost 200 appearances and 102 clean sheets to return to the Premier League and play a part in the next stage of Southampton’s growth under the tutelage of Senior Goalkeeping Coach Dave Watson. [13] Alex McCarthy (GK): Is a capable deputy to Forster, having cut short his time at Selhurst Park to join up with Southampton, and GK coach Dave Watson, on a three-year contract following the departure of Paulo Gazzaniga on loan to Rayo Vallecano. [41] Harry Lewis (GK): Academy product at just 18 years old, Harry has yet to make a senior debut for the first team but has played a pivotal role in the youth development teams. [28] Stuart Taylor (GK): Bought in as cover to McCarthy and Forster, Taylor is a journeyman goalkeeper having played for Arsenal, Leeds & Manchester City to name a few of his previous clubs. Defenders [2] Cédric Soares (RB): Joined from Sporting CP in the summer of 2015 and has gone on to make 31 appearances for the Saints. He is currently the first choice RB under Puel though with the arrival of Jeremy Pied and rise in form of Cuco Martina, there is plenty of competition for that RB place. He starts the 2016/17 as a European Cup winner having represented his national team Portugal in the summer tournament in France. [3] Maya Yoshida (CB): The Japanese international captain and CB starts his 5th season with the Saints having accumulated over 80 appearances for the club. He has proved himself a steady squad player for the Saints having never been able to oust the first choice CB pairing in recent years. His versatility is a strong point as he is competent in both the CB & RB position. Moments of madness and a lack of concentration has hampered his experience in the first XI at times during his career. [5] Florin Gardos (CB): The strong Romanian joined Saints from Steaua București in August 2014. He went on to make a total of 11 appearances in his first season, featuring in eight of the side's 17 clean sheets across the course of the season. A pre-season injury meant the Romanian missed the entire 2015/16 campaign. Struggling with injuries Florin hasn't been able to establish himself a regular in the match day squad and has found himself down the CB pecking order. [6] José Fonte (CB): The second UEFA European Cup winner in the team, Fonte is the club captain and has been a loyal & stalwart CB for the Saints for many season. Having accumulated over 164 games since his debut in January 2010, Fonte has grown in stature and developed alongside Southampton during their meteoric rise to the Premier League. [15] Cuco Martina (RB): Joining from Dutch club FC Twente, Martina made his debut in August 2015. In previous seasons he has found himself behind Cedric in the pecking order but with an abundance of games in the 2016/17 season he has really laid a claim to be the first choice RB this season. [17] Virgil van Dijk (CB): The colossal Dutch CB joined Saints from Celtic in 2015 to replace the outgoing Toby Alderwhatshisname. VVD and J.Fonte now comprise what is arguably the strongest center back pairing in the Premier League. Virgil is known form his physical stature, aerial ability and range of passing. [33] Matt Targett (LB): Matt, just 21 years old is another product of the Saints Academy. With over 39 appearances for the first team he has provided cover for Ryan Bertrand when needed and many people around the club have high hopes for the talented left back, [26] Jérémy Pied (RB): Pied completed a move to Southampton on a free transfer to link back up with Puel for the third time in his career. The right-back suffered disappointment early on in his Saints career, with a knee injury ruling him out long term at the end of August. [21] Ryan Bertrand (LB): A full England international and the Saints' first choice left back. Joining from Chelsea in August 2014, Bertrand has gone on to make 74 appearances for Southampton. Bertrand is equally capable attacking down the left as he is in defense. Midfielders [4] Jordy Clasie: [8] Steven Davis: [11] Dusan Tadic: [14] Oriol Romeu: [16] James Ward-Prowse: [18] Harrison Reed: [22] Nathan Redmond: [23] Pierre-Emile Højbjerg: [19] Sofiane Boufal: [38] Sam McQueen: Attackers [7] Shane Long: [9] Jay Rodriguez: [10] Charlie Austin: [32] Olufela Olomola: ★Key Player★ Dusan Tadic #11 Tadic celebrates scoring in a 3-0 win against West Ham at the London Stadium Biography Former clubs: FK Vojvodina, FC Groningen, FC Twente The versatile Serbian winger was born on 20th November 1988 in the town of Bačka Topola, which was then part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. In the summer of 2008, Tadić was the youngest player named in the Serbia squad for the 2008 Olympics, starting his country’s first game and appearing as a substitute in the other two as his country went out in the group stage. On the domestic front, he would notch a further 20 goals in 66 appearances across two seasons to earn a move to the Netherlands, where he signed for FC Groningen in June 2010. His first season with Groningen was a success, with his 21 assists the joint-third-highest in the whole of Europe, behind only Mesut Özil and Lionel Messi. He also scored seven times in 41 appearances as his new team finished fifth and qualified for the play-offs, only to miss out on a place in the Europa League by losing to ADO Den Haag on penalties in the final. Tadić matched his seven-goal haul in the 2011/12 season to earn a move to FC Twente, who were then managed by Englishman Steve McClaren. He marked his league debut for his new club by scoring twice in a 4-1 win over his former side, Groningen. It was the 2013/14 season, though, that would be the Serbian’s best so far. He opened the campaign by scoring two penalties in a 4-1 away win over Ronald Koeman’s Feyenoord, and would help Twente finish third in the table and qualify for the Europa League after a one-year absence from European competition. Passing, Vision and Flair are all of Tadic's strengths Tadić again scored 16 goals, the fourth-highest total in the division, and topped the league’s assist chart with 14. He also continued to pick up international caps and goals for his native Serbia with whom he had scored six times in 25 appearances prior to his move here. Tadić was a breath of fresh air on arrival in the Premier League, supplying seven assists as well as scoring four goals, including the winner in a memorable victory at Manchester United in January 2015. His second season with the club was even better, as he picked up 13 assists in all competitions as Saints finished sixth in the Premier League. A fine campaign was rewarded with a new four-year contract ahead of the 2016/17 campaign. ★Hot Prospect★ Pierre-Emile Højbjerg #23 Hojbjerg controls the ball in a 2-0 win against Dortmund in the German Cup Final Biography Former clubs: Bayern Munich, FC Schalke 04 (loan), FC Augsburg (loan) As a youth team player he represented BK Skjold and F.C. Copenhagen before moving on to Brøndby IF at age 14. In 2011, Højbjerg won the Danish under-17 player of the year award. He was signed by Bayern in July 2012, and made his debut for them later that season as a 17 year-old against 1. FC Nürnberg, and in doing so, became the youngest player ever to play for them at first team level in the Bundesliga. It was therefore little surprise that he was named as Danish talent of the year in 2013. Pep Guardiola handed Højbjerg a start in the DFB-Pokal (German Cup) final which saw Bayern claim a 2–0 extra-time win over Borussia Dortmund. The following campaign brought his first taste of Champions League football and another dozen or so appearances for Bayern’s first team, before he was loaned out to FC Augsburg whom he helped to Europa League qualification, providing an assist for the winning goal against his parent club in the closing stages of the campaign. Two goals in 16 appearances for Augsburg set up a season-long loan move to FC Schalke 04 for whom he played over 30 times in all competitions last season including the Europa League, with two goals scored in the Bundesliga. Back at Bayern, manager Pep Guardiola had been impressed by what he had seen from the Dane and liked his style of play to that of Sergio Busquets for his ability on the ball and natural positioning on the pitch. A sound technical ability and work rate underpins Pierre's presence on the pitch Although contracted to Bayern until 2018, the departure of his mentor Guardiola to Manchester City, coupled with his own desire for a “fresh challenge” saw Højbjerg scour clubs in Europe to take the next step in his career with. Having searched for a team that would not only match his ambition but also give him an opportunity to develop, Højbjerg completed a move to Southampton in the summer of 2016. ★Staff★ [Manager] Claude Puel: Born on 2nd September 1961 in France, Claude Puel's first management experience outside of France comes with Southampton. During his 17-year playing career with AS Monaco, Puel won two Ligue 1 titles, as well as winning the Coupe de France in both 1985 and 1991. After 486 games in Ligue 1 – making him the 24th most capped player in the history of the championship – Puel announced the end of his playing career following the conclusion of the 1995/96 season. In January 1999, Puel made the step up to the manager of the first team. Working with players such as David Trezeguet, Ludovic Giuly and Marco Simone, Puel guided Monaco to the Ligue 1 title in his first full season in charge, and was subsequently named Manager of the Year. Following a year out of the game, Puel was named as head coach at Lille. During his six-year stay, Puel guided Lille to their highest Ligue 1 finish in over 50 years, as they finished the campaign as runners-up. By 2008, Lyon were calling on the services of Puel, with the Frenchman appointed manager on a four-year contract. Despite being unable to continue Lyon’s impressive Ligue 1 title success, Puel guided them to three top-three finishes during his time with the club. It was in Europe where Puel delivered his best results with Lyon, guiding them to their first ever Champions League semi-final in 2010 – beating the likes of Real Madrid on their way to the last four. Puel arrived at OGC Nice a year later. In his first season in charge, Nice finished fourth – their best Ligue 1 finish since 1976. [Assistant Coach] Pascal Placque: Pascal Plancque became Claude Puel’s first team assistant following his appointment as manager in June 2016. Following a 15 year playing career as a midfielder, which took in spells at Lille and Auxerre among others in France, Plancque immediately moved into coaching, initially in the lower leagues of French football. Prior to joining Southampton, he was Youth Team Coach at Lens for the previous four seasons, a role he also held for two seasons at Auxerre at the turn of the century. [Assistant Manager] Eric Black: A former Scotland international, Eric Black joined Southampton alongside Claude Puel. He’s managed teams in both England and Scotland. Black moved on to Coventry City in 2004 following the resignation of Gary McAllister but despite earning praise for instilling an effective playing style on the team, he left to assist Steve Bruce at Birmingham City whom he later followed to Sunderland. Black later took charge of both clubs on a caretaker basis, and would go on to do the same at Blackburn Rovers, Rotherham United and then Aston Villa where he had been first team coach. [Head of Goalkeeping] Dave Watson: Dave Watson made the move to Saints in 2014, when he left his post at Norwich City to head to the south coast. As a player, Watson enjoyed a decade-long career with his hometown club, helping them win promotion to the summit of English football in 1997 before being the club’s number one for their first, and only to date, Premier League campaign. Despite suffering relegation with the Tykes that year, Watson – who collected five England Under-21 caps in the mid-1990s – was tipped for success, but had to hang up his boots in 2001 at the age of 28 following a serious knee injury sustained two years earlier. Watson helped to hone the skills of future England custodians Joe Hart, Ben Foster and Jack Butland at Birmingham City. He arrived at St Mary’s from Carrow Road, having also spent the summer of 2014 working under England manager Roy Hodgson at the World Cup in Brazil. Watson signed a new deal, becoming the club's Head of Goalkeeping, ahead of the start of the 2016/17 Premier League campaign. [Head of Sports Science] Alek Gross: Alek Gross joined Southampton in June 2013 as the Lead Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach and was promoted to Head of Sports Science within the FDSC at Staplewood Campus in January 2014. Gross is responsible for managing the sports science department schedules and the delivery of services to the whole club from first team down into the academy. He became more involved with the first team at Southampton in 2016 following the appointment of Claude Puel as manager, and now heads up the seniors’ fitness coaching.
  2. ★Stadium★ St Mary's Stadium has been home to the Saints since August 2001. It has a capacity of 32,689 and is one of only a handful of stadia in Europe to meet UEFA's Four Star criteria. The stadium has also been host to a number of international games. The ground's record attendance is 32,363, set in a game between Southampton and Coventry City in April 2012. St Marys Stadium - Home of Southampton FC. It replaced The Dell in 2001. The club's training facilities, Staplewood, are located in Marchwood on the edge of the New Forest. The current facilities were opened in November 2014, at a cost of almost £40m. The main building was named after the club's late owner, Markus Liebherr. ★Facilities★ Overview Nation: England Year Founded: 1885 Nickname: The Saints Operating Status: Professional. Legends: R.Lambert, Matt Le Tissier, Mick Channon, Terry Paine, Lawry Mcmenemy, Markus Liebherr & Ted Bates Derbies: South Coast Derby Vs Portsmouth Fierce Rivals: Portsmouth (Local) Continental Competition: UEFA Europa League. Media Prediction: 10th. Squad Personality: Highly Professional. Captain: Jose Fonte Vice-Captain: Steven Davies Finances Finances: Rich. Estimated Value: £412m Debt: £62m Transfer Budget: £31m Wage Budget: £1.4m p/w. Facilities City: Southampton. Stadium: St Marys Capacity: 32,689. Year Built: 2001 Surface: Grass. Corporate Facilities: Top corporate facilities. Training Facilities: Superb training facilities. Youth Facilities: Superb youth facilities. Youth Stadium: Staplewood Campus Training Ground: Staplewood Campus Junior Coaching: Excellent junior coaching. Youth Recruitment: Well establishe youth recruitment. ★Kits★ The Saints' home strip is the typical red and white stripes. For the crest, the halo is a reference to the nickname "Saints", the ball to the nature of the club, the scarf to the fans and the team colors. The tree represents the nearby New Forest and Southampton Common, with the water representing Southampton's connections with the rivers, seas and oceans. Below that is a white rose – the symbol of the city which is also present on the city crest. In the mid-1990s the ball was changed from a vintage style ball (such as those used in the 1960s) to the current ball with black and white panels, for copyright reasons
  3. ★★★Welcome to the FM17 Southampton FC Thread ★★★ Southampton FC club logo - Nicknamed The Saints, they currently play their football in England's top tier. ★Introduction★ The Saints experienced yet another summer of upheaval and change ahead of their 2016/17 season in the Premier League. It is now the third successive season that departures of key players and managers have hampered preparations ahead of a new campaign, and while the Liebherr family, Ralph Krueger and Les Reed have answered critics in the past many will begin to wonder whether this is the season the Saints will feel the strain Southampton finished the 15/16 season with a highest ever league position finish & securing European football at St. Marys for next season. A fantastic season lading in 6th place and ending just 3 points away from securing Champions League football. Despite this, it was not enough to keep hold of manager Ronald Koeman who moved to an under performing Everton team, along with key players Sadio Mane, Victor Wanyama & Graziano Pelle moving on to pastures new. Enter center stage, Claude Puel. The new manager is somewhat an unknown quantity in England, but having had success in Ligue 1 in France with spells at Lyon & Monaco and more recently having taken Nice into Europe by playing some of the most attractive football in the league, he certainly has the CV to back his new position. Getting the best of Hatem Ben Arfa is no small feat in itself. Balancing the demands of domestic and European football will not be straightforward and Southampton will not want to spread themselves too thin. The combination of a new manager, a heavy workload and rivals hoping to overtake them presents them with a daunting challenge; simply standing still would be a fine achievement. But do not be shocked if the Saints surprise again! ★Who Are Southampton?★ Southampton Football Club are a professional club based in the city of Southampton, Hampshire and compete in the top flight of English football, the Premier League. Nicknamed the Saints, they play their home games at St Mary's Stadium, before which they were based at The Dell. In 2001 the move from the Dell to the new St Mary's Stadium was something of a spiritual homecoming for Southampton Football Club. The club has won the FA Cup once in 1976 and its highest ever league finish was in the old First Division, finishing second place in 1983/84. The Saints were relegated from the Premier League in 2005 ending 27 successive seasons of top flight football for the club. Led by the Liebherr family with club legend Markus Liebherr at the helm, the owners appointed an ex Scunthorpe physio as manager who led the club to successive promotions and back into the Premier league after a 7 years absence. Markus Liebherr rescued Southampton from financial ruin. Markus sadly passed away August 2010. The time away from the Premier League was arguably the most difficult in Southampton's history. Riddled with financial mis-management the club plummeted to the depths of League One with a -10 point penalty. Thanks to the generosity and love of the Liebherr family, a world renowned youth academy responsible for producing the likes of Gareth Bale, The Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain & Adam Lallana to name a few and the appointment of Nigel Adkins as a manager the club eventually climbed back to the Premier League. ★History★ The team that play in red and white today can trace their roots back to the club formed in 1885 by members of St. Mary's Church Young Men's association who played their football on the banks of the Itchen for 13 years before moving on. Originally called Southampton St. Mary's, the club joined the Southern League in 1894 and won the championship for three years running between 1897 and 1899 and again in 1901, 1903 and 1904. That success spanned some major changes for the Saints as they moved to a newly built £10,000 stadium called The Dell in 1898. Although they would spend the next 103 years there, the future was far from certain in those early days and the club had to rent the premises first before they could stump up the cash to buy the stadium outright in the early part of the next century. The dream of Division 1 football at The Dell for the first time was finally realised in 1966 when Ted Bates' team were promoted as runners-up. It was a never-to-be-forgotten achievement. The most memorable day in Southampton Football Club's history came in 1976 when the Second Division side, managed by Lawrie McMenemy, won the FA Cup for the first time with a sensational 1-0 victory at Wembley over odds-on favourites Manchester United. In 1978 Saints gained promotion back to Division 1 and a year later they were back at Wembley, losing 3-2 to Nottingham Forest in the League Cup Final. Alan Ball was in the Saints team, one of several star names to join the club. The signing of Kevin Keegan, twice European Footballer of the Year, from Hamburg, was a masterstroke by McMenemy, a move which stunned the football world and one that was followed in the 1983/84 season by the most successful campaign in the club's history. With the great Peter Shilton in goal they finished runners-up to Liverpool in the league and reached the FA Cup semi-finals, losing to Everton in extra time. Saints emerged as one of the country's most entertaining teams as second top scorers in the First Division with 71 strikes in their goals for column. Matthew Le Tissier, 24-goal leading scorer, was named PFA Young Player of the Year with strike partner Rodney Wallace in second place. Matthew Le Tissier scored over 100 goals for The Saints. He now works as a TV Pundit for Sky Sports News A turbulent start to the 21st century meant manager Harry Redknapp was unable to halt the decline despite bringing in five new players during the January transfer window and, after a 27-year stay in the top flight, Saints were relegated on the final day of the 2004/05 season. They lost 2-1 at home to Manchester United to finish bottom of the Premier League. The Club was virtually on its knees as administration lingered over Saints for the early part of the summer in 2009. The positive news that everyone had been waiting for finally arrived however, when Nicola Cortese, a man who had built his reputation in Swiss finance, introduced German businessman Markus Liebherr to the idea of buying the Club. The Saints were launched upwards securing successive promotions back the Premier League where they remain today.
  4. Looks like you are using the Metalic Logos. Bournemouth's badge ID is 600. If you go to Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2017\graphics\logos\clubs\normal Then search '600' - Can you see the Bournemouth logo?
  5. No! Nothing to do with the install. Your game is fine. You are using an old logo pack, that doesn't have the 3 promoted teams in. Check out the links suggested above for an up to date logo pack.
  6. The biggest thing for me is alot of the games loose comparability. For example the team guides on the forums. Some people could be playing as Southampton in a NO BREXIT scenario, versus someone playing as Southampton in a hard BREXIT scenario. You cannot pit your wits as a manager against other people as it is no longer a level playing field.
  7. Nice. The player pic with nationality flag behind looks well made and is vibrant. The skin is 70% title and side bar though which are too big. The icons and text are a bit childish (?) for want of a better word. It devalues the quality. I think if you sharpened them up and decluttered you are onto a winner.
  8. SACKED I dont have a grasp on this game at all now lol. I've got lots to learn. Played series since FM05 but think the game has outgrown me and my skillset! Sure i'll get it with practice and lots of reading up...
  9. I am still struggling with goals here. Start of a second season. Only difference is now i'm conceding for fun. I'm still using a Control system. Flexible. With sparing TI's of [short Passing] and [Work Ball Into Box]. I just don't look threatening at all. I'm convinced its the strikers role that I need to get right. I have Pavon who i'm sure you all know. And Yannick N'djeng who is a strong, physical forward. I dabble between CFS normally from N'djeng & DLF/S or AF for Pavon.
  10. Finished the season tonight. Took on board some advice above, and adjusted to the below. Moved Martin to APS. And bought in a striker more physical to play as a CFS. I had lost patience and faith in Berigaud. I've stuck with the 4-2-3-1. In the 38 league games I scored more than 1 goal in a game just 6 times. But had the best defensive record. You can probably see the games below where I was tempted into playing "Attacking" football - Each time getting beat 5-1, 3-1 and 3-1. I swiftly stopped and reverted back to Control. From analyzing the stats and player performances my personal conclusion is that when playing a slower paced and more deliberate game, the players are not skilled enough to unlock defenses. Alot of the 1-0 wins you see are simply where i've nicked a goal from a corner or set piece or capitalized on the opposition mistake and not from a beautifully crafted goal. I then tried to play a more direct and attacking football but got punished heavily and conceded 13 goals in 3 games i tried it. Season 1 is over. I overachieved but i wasn't happy. I dont feel like my team deserved to finish 4th. Never at any point did i feel "we've got a grasp on this and playing a brand of football". I think i need to bring in some technical wingers and a very good forward. Going to stick with a control but really need to get goals in - Any more advice on the layout below is appreciated!!
  11. Some nice ideas there Vasilli. I believe Martin would be more than capable of playing as an Adv Playmaker in the MC strata. I'd be interested to see how that works. Beriguad is competent playing as an CFS but i'd dismissed it given his diminutive frame and that some Ligue 1 central defenders are big guys, i dont want him in too many physical battles. I'll perhaps give that a try! Thanks Summatsupeer. I wasn't viewing it a major tactical change between the 2 systems. The 2 wide men drop deeper and are a little more disciplined, but that's it. Although I change to counter, we still 'control' games reasonably well and make good use of possession. At least against lesser and equal teams. In terms of building on something its definitely the back 4 & midfield. The defense and midfield trio are very good and can control games very well - all ways solid with movement between them. Martin (RPM) and Lasne (BBM) hold well defensively and create enough movement between them in transition to carry the ball forward. Where (I think) I am falling down is the final third and finding a cutting edge. I feel I need to take more risks, sacrifice some defensive stability for a bit more bite, but that is dangerous when stability is all I have going for me right now.
  12. Afternoon Gents I'm playing as Montpellier in Ligue 1 targeting a top half finish. Despite my best attempts (Make of that what you will!) I am really struggling to score goals. I take great enjoyment from learning and applying the tactical side of the game in FM and have had to learn so much more from this recent edition of FM to remain competitive. The latest stage in my development is now resorting to the forums for a bit of advice. I've read some of the fantastic guides out here but i'm perhaps in need some tailored advice from some of you who undoubtedly understand the games nuances more than I! So whats up? I play a 4-3-2-1 - Control system. The problem is goals. I have the best defensive record in the league but still sit 6th after 20 games. I'm being let down by a lack of fire power. My strikers are not great, that doesn't help my situation - But the only 2 teams I've scored more than are the bottom 2 in the relegation zone, in 19 games I've failed to register a single goal in 8 of those. I need to take responsibility for that. I only really win games 1-0 Mourinho style, and if the opposition score generally i'm out. The pleasing thing is my team plays well, even when we lose i'm not left thinking "I was comprehensively outplayed". I've not lost an away game all season. At home i'm inconsistent. I keep TI's minimal. At home when feeling confident I opt for Control, Short Passing, Lower Tempo with Roam from Position if we look a little toothless in attack (Quite Often). Away from home I change to a text book Counter (4-1-4-1) No Ti's. I dont think any major changes are needed, and i suspect a couple of tweeks could really get me firing. I dont want to play Berigaud as a poacher. He's not good enough, but it's the only role where he even entertains the notion of scoring a goal. I'd rather play him as a F9 with Correa as the IF but experience is the combination was not effective, largely due to Berigaud's inability to play that role effectively. Then with Camara as a Winger who is he crossing to if Berigaud plays as an F9. Thanks in advance for all your constructive help!
  13. Hey! Good job Jogo Bonito! Who you playing as? Firing up a season in France right now! Me and a friend are taking the Eurostar to France on Saturday to watch the Lille Vs Lorient, so may go Lille!
  14. That's a good Point Welshace & you're absolutely right, I dont know that at all, but lets agree there is some strong evidence perhaps. I would struggle to believe that If a manager of a newly promoted team (Last 2/3 seasons) was told by the board that you have £30m to spend on players this season, that the manager would limit the spending to just £5m. Granted not all managers would spend all available funds all the time, but certainly in the case of my examples above where we have a club, certainly in the case of Empoli who rely on freebies and loan players due to a lack of transfer funds - Would take advantage of those funds. Doing a little digging I can see Empoli have spent around £15m since the 00/01 season. I hope here we can begin to see that, it is a little strange that during my second season in charge, I would be presented with a £30m transfer budget. Appreciate the responses and input chaps *Allow me to add as a side note here, as it is important. There has been no significant 'financial windfull' in my game. By that I mean no extraordinary player sales or tycoon cash injection. I am talking here about run of the mill seasons.
  15. It makes perfect sense that it increases on the first season, I completely agree. But that doesn't go any way to explain why in a very large number of cases the human manager is presented a transfer budget which would be the greatest amount of money ever spent by that club if used. The fact i as Empoli manager was presented with a £25m transfer pot (Adjustable to £30m btw) in my second season, killed the game for me. No realism. No Empoli manager has ever been provided anything like that sum by the board before. The club spent 5/6m Euro's in that last 2 transfer windows. Why stump up £30m all of a sudden.
  16. Why is that at the start of the second season, with largely any team, you are presented with a far greater transfer budget than that club has ever seen in its history. 2 examples from my saves: Save 1: Italy. Game with Empoli. First season finished a modest 10th. Start of 2nd get issued a transfer budget of £24m. I am no expert in Empoli history but they have never spent upwards of £5m in a transfer window. There were a few signings last season with the exit of Valdiofori & Hysaj etc. even then I doubt they spent > £5m. Why is it I am all of a sudden presented with a £25m transfer budget. Where did that come from? Save 2: Germany. Game with Hertha. First season finished 13th. Start of second season I get issued a transfer kitty of nearly £30m. Not a chance! That is crazy. Most Berlin have spent on a player in the last 10 years is what? £6/7 m for Stocker or maybe Adrian Ramos?? Think their transfer record was for a Brazilian back in the late 90s and that wasn't much more that £8m! Both budgets seems un-realistic for those teams, and are not representative of budgets managers of those team would've seen previously. Now i understand that income is rising within the game, and we are seeing more and more spent by clubs in transfer windows. However it seems that the game is a little too generous to the human player with the kitty they're presented at the end of each season. Xx
  17. This guy! Anyone else seen him in this form on their game? He's got 22 in 20. Scores every 70 minutes! Why all ways him.
  18. Stop playing BPL people and get in here! GET MOTIVATED! [video=youtube;CXDgnWToqFs]
  19. Thanks Kandersson. Ha, you dont need sympathy - You are having a far better season! He does like to run with the ball, fortuanatly his 'Decision' making stat is pretty strong so it keeps his enthusiasm for it in check a little I think! I have him just as an AMC (Att Mid - Attack) role. I dont like too many specialized roles in the team, as I want a more fluid approach but it seems to suit him well. You playing as La Viola? How are you getting on?
  20. Empoli FC - Mid Season Review 15/16 Here we are and Christmas is around the corner! Overall I am pleased with the strong if not slightly inconsistent start. When my first XI are on the field the football is strong and disciplined. Saponara and Pucciarelli can really make things happen. Diousse has been ever present and is solid for me as a deep lying playmaker. We've had some fantastic highlights including wins away to Fiorentina and Napoli and some frightful lows (A 5-1 drubbing from a Balotelli inspired AC Milan <- This guy has 18 goals in 16 league games!). Formation wise i've settled on a narrow 4-3-1-2; It is solid and compact. It plays to the strengths of the team, your best players are all central & you lack quality wide players so a narrow approach has really worked. I've been found out a couple times against teams who play with AMR/L and attacking fullbacks, Bittante & Rui cannot cope and often get overun. I've been able to counter this by setting them to [Full Back - Defend] and have the 2 wider CM's on defensive duties with specific PI's to close down the opposition wide men to alleviate the pressure. So as the Winter Break starts we are currently sat in 5th place: Juventus look sensational - Unbeaten in the league and in Paul Pogba is a real handful proving to be the stongest player in the league (Behind Balotelli). Highlight Well thats easy. An away win against an unbeaten Napoli at the time. Pucciarelli and Saponara playing a major part for all 3 goals. The win was made all the more special as it came of the back of defeats at Home to Juventus & Away to AC Milan. Napoli fell asleep for 7 minutes as 2 swift counter attacks unlocked the Napoli back 5. I was really pleased with my teams ability to switch mentalities throughout the game. We started with a counter philosophy and stole 2 goals around the 50th minute mark. Swapping to a control philosophy as our confidence grew, along with it our possession and we bossed the game scoring a 3rd before Napoli drew one back. Sensing a comeback I switched philosophy again to play Defensive, and dropping much deeper, we managed to lock Napoli out and bag the 3 points at the San Paolo. HAVE IT RAFA!!!! FACTS! Star Player Well you guessed it, it's the ex Milan player Ricky Saponara. Playing as an AMC behind a front two, he links play with the 3 Central Midfielders behind him & he is able to pick space behind the opposition midfield. With Pucciarelli & Maccarone running off the shoulders off defenders he's been clinical with his assists and shooting boasting an Average rating of 7.25 this season picking up 4 MoM awards.
  21. Some of these stats? What were they thinking? As a benchmark Williamson here is stronger than Raphael Varane, G.Pique & T. Silva. Better at Heading [as a stat] than N.Vidic, M.Klose, C.Chiellini. Better Tackling and Marking than L.Bonnuci, T.Vermaelen & D.Godin. He has more Balance and better Jump Reach than C. Ronaldo. Written as a bit of light hearted fun. Certainly not a dig at this (great) game or the player.
  22. EMPOLI FC So much quieter. Shame, I love to read through all the different club threads and see the careers people are having!
  23. That's all for tonight (28/11) - Will get this polished off tomorrow! By all means get cracking on your saves and let us know how you are doing! #FORZAEMPOLI
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