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  1. In a way yes, as Boca have been heavily underachieving in recent seasons, they decided to coax Bianchi back to the club only for us to have a horrific closing stage, but now he has released/ sold something like 20+ players mostly established first team players like Silva, Viatri, Rodriguez, Caruzzo, Somoza, amongst others, and brought loads of younger players in and around the first team. So from that perspective its going to be an interesting challenge.
  2. This is the top end of my budget, but am I right n thinking this one would be more then acceptable to play FM fairly flawlessly? http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Acer_Aspire_V3-571G_1318329.html
  3. Decided to upgrade my old Vaio which has lasted about 5 years but is on its way out, I'm looking for something that will comfortably play 2-3 leagues on medium-large database. Budget is £500-600max. Ideally I would like something that will last me for as long as possible in terms of playing FM. Won't be playing anything else I wouldn't have thought. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  4. The big thing for me is that I still feel in many ways that every season feels like the start of a new game, not a continuation of seasons previous. I know their are a couple of things like, the possibility of getting a son, or stadium named after you, but apart from those their seems to be very little to make you feel like you are cementing a legacy or gaining a wide array of relationships with players, managers and the media. I think that at the rate FM is evolving in other areas like 3D ME etc just appearing on a favored personnel list isn't enough. So what measures do I think could be made, or existing areas expanded upon. Relationships Basically they need to be more dynamic in my opinion. For instance if you want to be friends with another manager, you can only appear on favored personnel lists, why not have some press conference options where you can get a bit more in depth. Like saying you shall be enjoying a post game drink with said manager, or sharing some of the more decent scouted players report cards, just a bit of diversity that actually makes you think this is a friend. On the reverse some heated feuds with rival manager you dislike, dragging each other through the media with a good ol' war of words ala, Fergie/Benitez. It would just give the AI side more personality. On the Playing staff side, perhaps have your captain play a more important role giving you weekly/monthly updates on dressing room morale and suggestions/concerns on tactics or other players, the captain should after all be the managers representative on the pitch not just a name in a column. If a player gets player of the year and wants to thank the manager then go into a bit more depth ie have a personnel message from the player, or say specifically how the manager has helped, given creative freedom, more confidence, a more important role etc etc. Give options to comment on player landmarks like, 1st senior goal, record breaking goal, retirement stuff like that. Smarter Media By this I mean have the media comment and bring up deeds done under your tenure, comment on old classic matches you had with your rivals, bring up bad blood between you and players/managers. Have them comment on your legendary striker surpassing the league goal record. Also maybe have a season pre-view, like 'Another season kicks off this weekend, and defending champs [insert team] will have a tough time repeating last years feat, especially due to the amount of strengthening done by the chasing pack. However [insert team] have managed to hold onto to star player [insert player], who after finishing top of the scoring charts last season, including an absolute beaut for goal of the season [insert goal of season link] will be looking to kick on and terrorize more defenses' This although a rough and simple outline brings aspects of the previous season forward into the next. Other little things the media should do, like make a big deal out of the World Player of the Year this is a big accolade, maybe introduce the Ballon D'ore. Manager Profile Is a bit bare really, I would like to see the same stats that AI managers have though I admit this would be difficult to put in. Maybe a couple of other stats like, your discipline stance, are you a Capello type tyrant or a Keegan type man of the people. Do you have a good record with youngsters. How attractive is the football your team play are you stylish or cloggers. How is you relationship with the board, your staff, your players, the fans. Have some graphics of trophies you have won (it is a bit Fifa-ish but still). Have a check box to show how this relationship based attributes, or manager personality attributes have gone up or down like a players stats, to show your progress, and give your virtual self some realism.
  5. Well I managed to go through to the semi's in the Libertadores but the domestic cup was a step to far. So many injuries and all my players starting games with a condition at the lower end of 80% meant my form dipped dramatically. But on course for the league at least. Surely their must be a problem with the way games are rearranged, causing so many games to come to quickly.
  6. Playing as Boca in the closing stage of the championship whilst still being in the Copa Libertadores and Copa Argentina, and in the month of May from the 1st to the 31st I have at least 12 fixtures to play, probably 3 more if I progress in both cups. Which is potentially 15 gams in a month a Game every other day pretty much, this congestion is decimating my squad as I am pushing my players to the limit physically, and I would love to rotate but I have so many ijuries due to the amount of games I can't. Has anyone else had so many games in that space of time, and how do I best manage it? I feel like my season is going to come unstuck as I will run out of players for the games lol.
  7. I have started a new Boca save following the final transfer patch. My goal in this save is to build a first team 11 consisting entirely of academy products. Paredes and JSM are obviously the starting point, Cassasola will be brought in as will Palacios in the next season or so. I need to produce some decent fullbacks, Although th eentire back 4 of the U20 Argentina squad are my players and my U20 tea are miles ahead in their league, so maybe the full backs are gonna come good. My only concern is the money I am losing Erviti and Somoza are away at the end of the season so their wages will come off and I am gonna sell Orion and Silva I think to limit my spend on wages, which seems to be my main expenditure. I won the opening stage and Sudamericana and I'm through to the knockouts of the Libertadores, my first youth intake has provided me with a 5* CB who looks like an absolute gem.
  8. 100 hours played Game rating: 7/10 I like FM13, its certainly a step in the right direction, bar perhaps the ME. I got FM13 as many others did on day 1 and it has taken me until late Feb/ early March to really get into a save, I woud say that is mainly down to the ME. It has simply takn me this long and various trial and eror saves to really get to grips with it, and although I am fairly comfortable with it, in the sense that I have a tactic which is winning me things and I like watching most of the time. Player intelligence or lack thereof sort of ruins it a little for me. I see very few square balls for tap ins, indeed most my players would rather shot from daft angles instead of passing crosses perhaps aren't effective enough leading to overrated CD ratings. And lot of corners, for me at least. I see players head the ball on in acres of space instead of controlling it, and still my corner takers are regularly offside when they get the ball back. Silly mistakes like my player standing still and letting a player run onto the ball for a break away instead of closing down the ball and passing or clearing it. These things are perhaps somewhat petty complaints but they are annoying. Love the training side now as I never really got into it but now feel I can have a real impact on training my players, I like the UI for the most part and enjoyed FMC.
  9. It's usualy me who does the Boca threads and as they generally didn't spark much interest I didn't do one last year. But I may be able to help regardless, what position are you looking to strengthen?
  10. Bad news. sadly the lads who do Boca's data have edited Riquelme so he will be unavailable before for the entirity of his contract. IRL however Roman has resigned. So if anyone is starting a new save post transfer update then remeber to edit him as being available for the second half of first seaon and beyond.
  11. Argentine league, as any dip in form no matter how brief wil often cost you the title. added to that the challenge of selling and rebuilding squads every couple of years it is very interesting.
  12. I am interested to know if any one has had any success in getting players sent to them on loan when they are a feeder club to an AI controlled parent club. I ask as the club I am managing has a massive club as its parent with the ability to send players to me for experience etc but I have never recieved any player on loan from my parent club. As I often send youth players to my feeder clubs I was wondering if the non-human controlled clubs ever send players out to feeders, or do we as the human player have to bid for payers from the parent club in orer to get the loan?
  13. Well I'll give a quick update on my save n my first season I won the opening and closing stages as well as the Libertadores. I developed a strikerless 4-1-2-3 formation with 2 inside forwards and my front three of Chavez-Paredes-Acosta got 60 goals between them in all competitions which I was delighted at. Burdisso has proved amazing for me so good as a bpd. I signed Velazquz from Indeendiente in January and he has proved immense also. Lost Rodriguez, Silva, Blandi, Rivero, Somoza and Cellay amongt others due to, as previously mentioned, the financial situation going downhill. I have decided to focus on bringing youth players through this season, this is a mainly enforced philosophy I am having to take as I have zero cash in order to splash out.
  14. Don't even know if anyone is still reading this, but out of curiosity has any one managed to get any players sent on oan by barca? i have had to cash in on a lot of first teamers as finances steadily decined and would ove to have had a few resrve team players come but I don't suppose the AI is sophisticated enough to send any.
  15. Well I finally decided that as my strikers couldn't hit a barn door with a banjo I wouldn't bother playing one and have developed a quite exciting strikerless 4-3-3. Which has paid huge divedends and I am sitting pretty on top of the league and in the semi's of the Sudamericana. I need a CD as Schiavi is retiring I am thinking Velasquez but may try a loan for someone else depending on price. I secured the future signing of Romario the right back who I had in last years FM and did very well, scouths rate him very highly so hopefully he can do the business for a couple seasons and then bring in a big fee. Paredes has been exceptional for such a young player as has Acosta and Chavez on the flanks. I'll do some screenshots etc when the campaign is over.
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