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  1. They do tell you. You just have to go to the player screen and it's displayed in the same place that injuries are always displayed on the player profile. I tend to leave on players who have upper body injuries and sub off players with leg injuries. If you wait a while, you tend to get soemthing in the player motivation screen also ("injured, but wants to stay on" or "hampered by injury" that should give you an indication of the seriousness of the event. And also of the character of your player.
  2. This is a really pointless post. Did you watch the games, and they seemed unrealistic in their play? Or have you just decided that a big team should never ever lose to a smaller team? Swansea have beaten, or come close to beating most of the top sides in the Premiership. And most of the top sides in the Premiership are better, or as good as Inter, these days. If they're sweeping Barcelona 5-0 at the Camp Nou, then complain.
  3. Two wins and two draws didn't really merit a team meeting. Wait until you have something really obvious to say, after a long winning/losing streak and then call a team meeting - so that you know they won't disagree with your praise/disappointment. In general, I save most of the interaction for when I'm more established in control of my team. Once your players like you, it's quite hard to do anything catastrophically wrong with team talks, private chats or likewise - even when you balls it up, they tend to get over it. It's at the beginning that you need to be careful.
  4. Jamie Carragher would be, I guess, a Limited Defender with a Cover role. Stopper is Vidic - i.e. happy to go in for a tackle slightly further up the pitch. Cover is Rio Ferdinand - not rushing into tackles as often, intercepting through balls when the ball gets past the stopper. Terry-Carvalho was another Stopper-Cover. Vermaelen often closes down higher up the pitch and Gallas/Koscielny used to cover for him (I don't really know how things are working now with Mertesacker in there). So you had it right the first time.
  5. FM10.3 - Regen system was good enough that you could play decades into the future - had my longest ever save. - ME was good enough that you could try out all sorts of tactics, I finally managed to successfully use a Libero, and I had my finest ever passing team And they haven't added any features since then that I've loved. I also have quite a lot of love for FM06 (IIRC - the years blur somewhat). Lebohang Mokoena and Benedict Vilakazi forming an outrageously effective strike partnership for me. Freddy Guarin as a great DM. Another great ME for creating good football.
  6. So far as I've heard: Something was broken so that every time you added a league, it added far, far more players than necessary. In addition, removing a league doesn't immediately get rid of any players (it just means they won't be replaced when they retire). So as soon as you added any league, even if you removed some at the same time, you ended up with a massive database that slowed down your savegame. And since the feature was mainly of use to people who couldn't load many leagues at once, because their computers weren't great, this completely wrecked the feature for much of its intended audience.
  7. Every now and then, I get a situation where myentire defence splits in two and lines up on opposite sides of the box, leaving all the opposition unmarked and onside in the centre, directly in front of goal. It's infuriating.
  8. According to Roy Keane, Scholes can tackle just fine. He just likes kicking people.
  9. My Santos team were vying to retain the Club World Championship, having won it the year before against a mediocre Benfica side, who had fluked the Champion's League. This time it was Barca. Bugger. We went toe-to-toe with them, won the possession battle, and scored early on through one of my defenders, who had stayed forward for about five minutes after a corner (I was shouting at the screen for him to get back, right up until he netted). Yay! Barca pulled one back a few minutes later through that renowned aerial threat Bojan scoring at the near post from a corner - keeper should have done better. Bugger. I hit straight back with a well worked passing move putting my right winger in to score comfortably. Yay! My keeper spoons a routine catch into Bojan's lap for a Barca equalizer. Bugger. Then in the 2nd half I got a thrid from the spot after a cynical foul on my striker. Yay! At this point I had to take off Ganso, who had been pulling all the strings at the heart of midfield - he was just back from injury (picked up in a bloody international) and didn't have the fitness for 90 minutes. Without the talismanic captain, and best passer, on the field, the team fell apart, Messi equalized from the spot and we were lucky to make it to extra time. Bugger. Barca got a man sent off in the 105th. Yay! but still dominated and scored in the 110th when my keeper let himself get beaten to a long-ball hoof over the top to Messi. Bugger. Going all out attack, we poked a goal in in the 119th, just when all looked lost... Yay! at which point my players proceeded to completely bottle the penalties and we lost 4-2 on penalties. Bugger. My keeper got a 3.6 rating, and was at fault for 3 of the goals. I had never seen him below a 6.7 before, in 5years.
  10. But have you tried playing a player in an "ineffectual" position for which he has the right skillset - it works out pretty realistically, I think? Before, he'd suddenly lose the ability to control a football, or to pass five yards, but I think it's been toned down. Now, they'll very possibly be positionally shaky (most noticeable if you move someone to CB or DM) or find it harder to get into space in attack, but they'll generally perform fine. I think people tend to panic at the sight of "ineffectual," but whenever I'm training a player to a new position from scratch, I often still get perfectly adequate performances out of them long before they're a natural. Xavi and Dani Alves are two players whose performances have been notably worse when asked to do the same thing but farther up the pitch". Also Paul Scholes when SAF tried to move him to an AMC behind Van Nistelrooy. There are definite positional and decision-making effects on performance, and some people do genuinely only know how to play from one part of the pitch. There should perhaps be a few more "awkward" and "unconvincing" positions all round, but it's best to keep things simple for the researchers. As for the youth - they very rarely come through with only one position, as far as I've seen. Although sometimes they stupidly leapfrog a slot (DR/MRs who can't play WBR etc.).
  11. They should really remove or modify the FM tip that mentions composure: because it only mentions it in the context of one-on-ones, people seem to ingore all the other places in the game that composure has an effect, and that a player's composure on the ball could easily be measured by the scouts.
  12. Don't think of it as him not having the actual ability to place shots. He just has trouble changing his mindset. Which is just potluck, as JamesB said. Lots of coaches tried to curb Gerrard's "Roy of the Rovers" tendencies, or thought he could be a DM, but he's always liked to get forward whenever possible. Not because he couldn't change, but because he wouldn't. There was a really noticeable few months of his Man Utd career where Antonio Valencia had really clearly been told to trust his left foot more: while he can't shoot off it, he actually got a couple of assists and put in some very decent crosses with it, but he has such a mental block about avoiding using his weaker foot, that he soon reverted to his weird 1-foot only style. That's the in-game idea. Sometimes players won't adopt a new style, even if it will really benefit their play, and they're ideally suited. Clearly your player is just too fixed on smashing it in to be consistently trusted to choose a sidefoot instead. At least, because of his technique and finishing, he should smash it into the top corner, Jimmy Floyd Hasseilbank-style, and not just welly it over the bar.
  13. While you're right to find this unrealistic (FM refs are infinitely more willing to book a player for diving than real-life refs, who always bottle it) you're wrong about Di Maria. The rather tedious Barca vs Real arguments that break out on many of the footbal sites I visit generally turn into an argument about whether Di Maria or Busquets is a more loathsome cheat - to the extent that former favourite target C.Ronaldo doesn't even get brought up as a diver. Di Maria dives constantly. Unfortunately, no ref would dare send him off for it. I quite like the alternate world of FM, where such things are punished. I'm managing Neymar at Santos, and every time he gets booked for some stupid dive to try and get a player from a 3rd Division team sent off in the State Championship, I'm glad he gets booked. It's just too bad you can't shout at players for diving.
  14. Do you run the English league in full detail? I'm currently managing in Brazil, but I have the English, German, Spanish and Italian league matches running in detail just so I don't have to see such bizarre results when I check on how they're doing.
  15. Marking from throw ins is generally messed up. Especially if you play an unusual formation - you can end up with three players marking one guy while the rest of their team stand in acres of space. Sometimes it works for you, but in general it's just one of those things you have to hope doesn't cost you too badly.
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