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  1. +1 for that. The face of my virtual self is always to skinny in the cheeks. Tried several different pictures and moved the yellow dots around but couldn't get the model right. I know it's flattering to see a skinny version if myself, but it's not really fat-faced me.
  2. You didn't get my point. FM shouldn't get involved with the political debate if the WC should be rescheduled, played somewhere else or leave as is. Because of this message, they're siding with the opinion of stripping Qatar of the WC. The fact is that it's still being organised in Qatar so it should stay like that in the game. I personally don't have an opinion on the matter, but I'm sure some people will.
  3. This popped up: "Due to club protests, the 2022 World Cup is now being organized by Argentina instead of Qatar." Even though I don't think FM should get involved in politics, it's a nice addition to the game.
  4. 1.6mb? I get 450kb here in Australia. Looks like I'll be downloading all night
  5. This is frustrating, I tried everything in this thread and nothing seems to work. Even re-installed FM16, removed all custom graphics (including FMRTE overridden graphics), started a new game, changed skin to standard FM skin, loaded a previous save, but all this lead to 3 screens being removed from my matches. The interesting is that it started with Match Stats, a week later Opposition formation was gone and a few days after league table disappeared. I usually have them on the screen as per image below. My other settings are: I play windowed, and set the screen to maximize I follow the game in Prozone and replays in Close, Reversed Has any progress been made? Or I am the only one where this is still unresolved?
  6. I only played about a dozen games so far so my feedback is really my first impressions. I'm managing Belgium and I'm trying to win the World Cup. I love the ME! The players play the way you assign them roles to and it's running quite smoothly. If there would be 1 comment that I have, it would be that I have seen a lot of penalties stopped by the GK. In the 10 games I played, 5 penalties were stopped while 3 got scored. I'll assess it as I go further in the career before reporting it as a bug. The pinnacle was the GK from Andorra stopping a penalty from Hazard. Further I got a couple of graphical items that bug me, but are not a deal breaker. When a player runs with the ball, he seems to have his head looking downwards. I would assume they would look around for opportunities. Manager is a nice addition, but face creator lacking, not using it anyway so don't really care. On the player screen, if the player has an injury or any other notification, a bubble (inj, wnt, etc) in front of the nationality appears. I find that annoying as I prefer to see the nationality. Also, can you change your kit design when you create a club in beta? I tried it but could only do colours. Otherwise, no major concerns yet. Well done SI, looking great so far.
  7. Personally, I couldn't get excited about FM15 and I don't think I will for FM16 either. Steam says I clocked 2022 hours for FM14, 401 for FM15 while my average is around 1200 per version. I'm an older gamer as well and I believe it's harder for SI to offer "new" items that would interest people that started off in the Champ Man days. The only items I could potentially enjoy are the Fantasy Draft, Set Piece Creator and Prozone analysis. The overall graphics keep improving, however the players looks more and more fake as I find their arms are too far away from their body and the elbows look too high. It kinda reminds me of Monthy Python. Or a digital game of subbuteo:
  8. In all honesty, if countries can't put their differences aside during a major sporting event, then they don't belong at the event.
  9. I never had the message appear in my inbox, but there is an agent called Dad and he used to have a player called Wisdom, and the message in my inblox would have been: "Dad offers Wisdom"
  10. Good luck, will be following...
  11. Winsford United FC Season 2041-2042 END SEASON UPDATE Northern Premier League Division One North There wasn't much change in the second half of the season. Injury levels were low, performance was good and first league standing was never threatened. We cruised to league victory, 5 games before the end of the season. It's kinda fun to be the strongest team in the league but the challenge is also lesser. Either way, it means we'll get to the top flight sooner than expected and probably with more dough available than I had at Fisher. Speaking of Fisher, they seem to still be in financial trouble but they have stabilized and seem comfortable in the Conference Premier League. Can't wait to play them one day with Winsford Utd. The Cup performances were not that notable. The furthest we got is in the FA Trophy where we got knocked out by Staines Town (Conference South) after penalties in the Third Qualifying Round. Some more end of season messages: Winsford United FC Stats: (taken from 24th of June) [TABLE=class: cms_table_cms_table mce-item-table] [TR] [TD]League[/TD] [TD]Northern Premier League Division One North (level 8)[/TD] [TD]1st (progress)[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Cups[/TD] [TD]FA Cup[/TD] [TD]lost in Prelim Round[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD][/TD] [TD]FA Trophy[/TD] [TD]lost in Third Qualifying Round[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD][/TD] [TD]Northern Premier League Challenge Cup[/TD] [TD]lost in 2nd Round [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Top Goalscorer[/TD] [TD]Darren Fitzpatrick [/TD] [TD]27[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Most Assists [/TD] [TD]Les Bostwick [/TD] [TD]19[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Best Average Rating (min of 20 games) [/TD] [TD]Les Bostwick [/TD] [TD]7.41[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Other notable players[/TD] [TD]Connor McCormick [/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD][/TD] [TD]Roy Drew [/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD][/TD] [TD]Oliver Logan [/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Best Youth Prospect from Academy[/TD] [TD]Nick Huckerby [/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Club Reputation[/TD] [TD]3025[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Estimated Club Value[/TD] [TD]£14.81M[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Club Status[/TD] [TD]Professional[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Corporate Facilities[/TD] [TD]Fairly Basic[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Training Facilities[/TD] [TD]Below Average [/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Youth Facilities[/TD] [TD]Poor[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Junior Coaching[/TD] [TD]Adequate[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Youth Recruitment[/TD] [TD]Basic[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Stadium Name[/TD] [TD]The Barton Stadium[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Stadium Capacity[/TD] [TD]7000 (all seated)[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Average Attendance[/TD] [TD]253[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Season Ticket Holders[/TD] [TD]57[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Average Ticket Price[/TD] [TD]£11[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Average Season Ticket Price[/TD] [TD]£271[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Gate Receipts[/TD] [TD]£52K[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Annual Sponsorship[/TD] [TD]£262K[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Bank Balance[/TD] [TD]£16,453,756[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Wage Budget (Transfer Budget) [/TD] [TD]£135K p/w (£6.20M)[/TD] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Total Wage Costs[/TD] [TD]£809K[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Transfer Expenditure[/TD] [TD]£83.79K[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Players Sold Revenue[/TD] [TD]£0[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Players In[/TD] [TD]17[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Players Out [/TD] [TD]17 [/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE]
  12. Sorry mate... I tried
  13. I have no doubt we'll get up a few more divisions back to back considering I can buy some good players already
  14. Winsford United FC Season 2041-2042 MID SEASON UPDATE Northern Premier League Division One North So after the celebrations settled, I decided to get rid of a lot of players and only kept the few that I trust and have proven themselves. Accidentally, I let the top scorer Bratsanos go but I thought he could grow a little and I'd rather stack my team with youngsters with big potential. It reduced my squad to 11 players but there is enough money to get about 11 new ones in. Players IN: Les Bostwick (Playmaker) Roy Drew (Defensive Forward) Connor McCormick (Target Man) Russell Roddy (Box to Box) Martin Thompson (Winger) David Knapper (Winger) Rikki Jones (GK) nicknamed Rikki Andrew Bragnoli (Target Man) Matt Amos (DC) Jack Coombes (MC) Michael Manning (AMC) I didn't list all players as the chairman kept buying players to which I usually said "no" to as they weren't suitable or not good enough. I'm of the opinion that you buy a player only if he is first team worthy. I would buy hot prospects but considering the facilities are not fantastic yet I don't see a point in training them. Even though we're listed 33-1 to win the league, with all the new players on board, I'm sure we'll do well in the league. I got the squad to train 2 tactics based on last season's experience. The preferred 4-3-3 which worked well last season, and the standard 4-4-2 when more width is required. I made sure I have a good mix of different strikers and central midfielders so I can chop and change as required. We didn't seem to have a problem at the start of the season as we opened with a great 4-0 win over a title contender. It gave us confidence and I felt we could go for a second promotion in a row. I'm sure the chairman secretly expects it even though he wants to stay clear of relegation. We only suffered 1 loss in the first 12 games and we're currently comfortably in first position. Doesn't look like we'll have an issue getting promoted again, but who knows... anything is still possible. Best players who brought us to where we stand are: last season's youth prospect Darren Fitzpatrick (16 goals, 10 assists), Les Bostwick (5 goals, 14 assists) and Connor McCormack (13 goals, 7 assists)
  15. Lots of level 9 teams popped up without manager post re-loading date. Looking at the club logos, colours, kit etc. I narrowed it down to two which I applied for both: Ware FC and Winsford Utd FC. Both offered me the job but decided to go with Winsford Utd as they offered a larger players wage budget. So off I go for a new adventure! Winsford United FC Season 2040-2041 North West Counties League Premier Division I needed staff and players as it was just me, the chairman and 7 players. A bit tricky without a scout so that was my priority. Two weeks in the new job and this message pops up: Unbelievable... Never in any of my fm saves in any version has that happened to me. Pretty stoked as I can really build the club into a youth producing machine and climb up to the premiership faster than expected. The Australian chairman is only 35 so he'll be around for a while. This game just got really interesting! Straight away I got the chairman to approve the improvements of both our youth and training facilities. Even our junior coaching got a boost. Signing players became a bit easier, but also more expensive considering we turned pro already. But with a wage budget rise from 3.6k to 83k, I'm not complaining. From the original squad, I kept 2 players that I gave a pro-contract. The others I either released or got signed by other clubs. A big search started in a bid to fill in the squad with talent that could grow over the next few years. I did find a few that can stick with us for a few seasons and grow together with the club. I also let the chairman do some talent scouting and he was signing players left right and centre as well. Although I was in charge of approving it and canceled the transfer if I didn't think the player would fit or be good enough. In the end, both of us got a team of 26 players together. Plenty to rotate around. I favoured 2 tactics depending on opposition. I picked a 4-3-3 Narrow as I felt I needed the extra man up front at this level. I believe that if you play with a lone striker at this level, he'll have to create chances on his own as the support is hardly ever there. Which means the striker needs to be quite accurate, which is also not the case at this level. So I opted for 3 strikers that just find the best open player so most goals are from CCC's. The other tactic I picked is a good old 4-4-2 to give a bit more width when required. The start of the season was slow as the tactics were being trained, still new players being introduced and I needed to find the best lineup to get the results. Even though we were meant to fight relegation, with a team full of professional players, I'm sure we would be near the top at the end of the season. Until about the 12th round, I felt we started nailing the 2 tactics and won more games. It was sometimes annoying that when I played the 4-3-3 tactic a few times in a row, the wingers started to complain about lack of playing time and making noises to move. I kinda didn't care as they are easily replaceable at this level. Due to a positive financial outcome, the board even increased my wage budget to £126K p/w and increased the transfer budget to £6.52M! I can't even buy anyone that wants to play with us for that kind of money. The season went well and we delivered our first silverware under Australian ownership! We won the league with some ease and progress to level 8! At the end of the season, the board announced a few other items I am quite happy with: I'll do the same stats as I did with Fisher, except I replaced the "profit/loss" row with "wage budget and transfer budget" Winsford United FC Stats: (taken from 24th of June) [TABLE=class: cms_table_cms_table mce-item-table] [TR] [TD]League[/TD] [TD]North West Counties League Premier Division (level 9) [/TD] [TD]1st (progress) [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Cups[/TD] [TD]FA Cup[/TD] [TD]lost in Extra Prelim Round [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD][/TD] [TD]FA Vase[/TD] [TD]lost in Second Qualifying Round[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD][/TD] [TD]North West Counties League Challenge Cup [/TD] [TD]lost in Semi Final [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Top Goalscorer[/TD] [TD]Philip Bratsanos [/TD] [TD]22[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Most Assists [/TD] [TD]Jamie Merry [/TD] [TD]14[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Best Average Rating (min of 20 games) [/TD] [TD]Jim Sephton [/TD] [TD]7.13[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Other notable players[/TD] [TD]Tommy Fowler [/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD][/TD] [TD]Gerard Holmes [/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD][/TD] [TD]Jake Casey [/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Best Youth Prospect from Academy[/TD] [TD]Darren Fitzpatrick [/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Club Reputation[/TD] [TD]2504 [/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Estimated Club Value[/TD] [TD]£15.25M[/TD] [TD]And this is just because of the tycoon [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Club Status[/TD] [TD]Professional[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Corporate Facilities[/TD] [TD]Fairly Basic[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Training Facilities[/TD] [TD]Basic[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Youth Facilities[/TD] [TD]Poor[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Junior Coaching[/TD] [TD]Adequate[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Youth Recruitment[/TD] [TD]Basic[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Stadium Name[/TD] [TD]The Barton Stadium [/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Stadium Capacity[/TD] [TD]7000 (600 seated)[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Average Attendance[/TD] [TD]169[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Season Ticket Holders[/TD] [TD]41[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Average Ticket Price[/TD] [TD]£9[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Average Season Ticket Price[/TD] [TD]£227[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Gate Receipts[/TD] [TD]£27K[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Annual Sponsorship[/TD] [TD]£350K[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Bank Balance[/TD] [TD]£13,013,424[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Wage Budget (Transfer Budget) [/TD] [TD]£126K p/w (£6.52M) [/TD] [TD] ![/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Total Wage Costs[/TD] [TD]£809K[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Transfer Expenditure[/TD] [TD]£0[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Players Sold Revenue[/TD] [TD]£0[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Players In[/TD] [TD]22 [/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Players Out[/TD] [TD]11[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE]