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  1. Late to the party as per, but it's so brilliant to have Cleon back and offering an encyclopaedic guide. I think my biggest problem is in-game tactical management. I'm not good at determining whether to tweak mentality, passing length or what, and often end up making a pig's ear of my initially coherent tactic. It will be interesting to see if the alleged change to how stamina works in FM22 is as profound as it ought to be. If so, how much will this affect how you manage the game, Cleon? Time will tell.
  2. Yeh, that makes sense. Still leaves me stuck, unable to play the latest version of a game that's been over 20 years of my life. Oh well, I'll just keep following the forum and watching the youtubes to see what I'm missing out on!
  3. That's the thing. The Gegenpressing seems full-on from the first game. Fans are accepting in on the basis that 'Well, they'll tire out later in the season'. They shouldn't be doing it successfully from the get-go.
  4. Wouldn't it also affect transfers? You might manage a club owned by a billionaire in USA or China, but you'll struggle to attract top players in their prime.
  5. I'm pretty certain no one in Cambodia would block it; I doubt it's comparable to the Brazilian FA. Fact is the market is too small for Steam to care. I'm stuck playing with a years'-old version and would love to get up to date.
  6. We see in the PL every season, that for the first few gameweeks, many teams are not up to optimum fitness (eg City losing their first match this season). We're emphatically not seeing this in these videos.
  7. If you're managing a club at Level 16 in England (as in the OP), scouting realistically amounts to you and your assman jumping in your Ford Fiesta to drive 20 miles to a nearby village. It shouldn't be at all relevant what regens are produced in Argentina or Austria. It would take many many seasons before your scouting reach extends beyond the UK. Well before that time, you can add foreign leagues. When I start at that level I give myself 3 staff - no scouts, and the assman doubling up as physio.
  8. Can I ask if there's been any changes to the vast Asian market? I live in Cambodia and for years I've been unable to purchase the game - or to be precise, I can buy the game from an international retailer, but Steam refuses to activate it.
  9. To me, SI have gone way overboard with wide centre backs. We were all wowed by the Blades introducing the Premier League and global TV audiences for one glorious season. It didn't work due to a player being injured in the second season, and it's not that big a thing anymore. But SI have gone overboard with it, selling it as one of the biggest new features, and interviewing the manager who's responsible for that year of glory. They're focusing on Sheff United not because they're a strong Championship side, but to showboat the new position. As for gegenpressing, I'm a lower league manager using fan-created files with leagues going into the amateur game. It did dismay me that I could use gegenpressing with amateur teams with players having stamina attributes of 5 or less. I'm very pleased to see that players will get tired and make mistakes when they're not suited for that tactic - but I would like to see evidence that they really do tire. I'm not seeing enough of that yet.
  10. I've always played as a lower league manager. My last campaign was the first time I'd progressed from a very low level (15) into the Football League. The first seasons are really really slow as so many leagues are being processed. Each time I won a promotion I deleted the previous league and so gradually the processing speeded up. Once I got into League Two I figured I might make Europe in time, so each season I'd activate the top league of a couple of European leagues. That way, I maintained an immersive experience and - the first few seasons excepted - kept the game running at a decent speed. I should also add, it's very important to start with a small database when you set up; otherwise, the speed will drag in intolerable levels. It wasn't a problem for me as I play an Academy Challenge, using only players that come up from my youth intake.
  11. Cheers for organising it Sons, it was a lot of fun
  12. The exact score 0-0 [pens: 6-5 Italy] ****NAP**** The goalscorers NONE [Bellingham to miss the key penalty, since you ask] The times of the goals N/A How many penalties will be scored in total (this includes penalties at the end of extra time) Correct answer - 11 Will the match go to extra time - Yes Will the match go to penalties - Yes How many yellow cards in total - 5 How many red cards in total - 0 Time of the first goal scored - no goal Time of the last goal scored (excluding penalties in the event of a tie after 120 mins) - no goal First team to score - n/a Last team to score - n/a
  13. Tuesday 6th June Italy v Spain 20.00 0-1*** Wednesday 7th June England v Denmark 20.00 1-1 [pens 5-6 to Denmark] How many penalties will be scored in total: 11 How many matches will go to extra time - 2 How many matches will go to penalties - 1 How many yellow cards in total - 9 How many red cards in total - 2 Time of the first goal scored across all matches - 45 Time of the last goal scored (excluding penalties in the event of a tie after 120 mins) - 105 First team to score - Spain Last team to score - Denmark
  14. The OFFICIAL Quarter Final fixtures Friday 2nd July Switzerland v Spain 17:00 1-3 Belgium v Italy 20:00 0-1*** Saturday 3rd July Czech Republic v Denmark 17:00 1-2 Ukraine v England 20:00 0-3 How many penalties will be scored in total (this includes those matches which got to penalties at the end of extra time) : 1 How many matches will go to extra time - 1 How many matches will go to penalties - 0 How many yellow cards in total - 13 How many red cards in total - 2 Who will score for England - Sterling, Kane, og
  15. Eh, sounds like a canny exploit, but it's too complicated for me to get my head around, so I'll just stick to the straight and narrow!
  16. Sons, you've listed 2 games as going to penalties but have only 1 in your predictions.
  17. Saturday 26 June Wales vs Denmark (17:00, Amsterdam) 1-1 pens 5-4 Italy vs Austria (20:00, London) 3-0*** Sunday 27 June Netherlands vs Czech Republic (17:00, Budapest) 2-0 Belgium vs Portugal (20:00, Seville) 3-2 Monday 28 June Croatia vs Spain (17:00, Copenhagen) 1-2 France vs Switzerland (20:00, Bucharest) 3-0 Tuesday 29 June England vs Germany (17:00, London) 1-1 pens 4-5 Sweden vs Ukraine (20:00, Glasgow) 0-0 pens 5-4 How many penalties will be scored in total: 26 How many matches will go to extra time: 5 How many matches will go to penalties: 3
  18. Feeling a tad guilty here. Scotland play their best and go out; I just faff around and am still in the game. Mind you, I get my first nap as Scotland get their first goal in 23 years, so there's that.
  19. Sunday 20 June Group A: Italy vs Wales (17:00, Rome) 2-0 Group A: Switzerland vs Turkey (17:00, Baku) 1-1 Monday 21 June Group C: North Macedonia vs Netherlands (17:00, Amsterdam) 0-3 Group C: Ukraine vs Austria (17:00, Bucharest) 2-1 Group B: Russia vs Denmark (20:00, Copenhagen) 0-1 Group B: Finland vs Belgium (20:00, St Petersburg) 0-2 *** Tuesday 22 June Group D: Czech Republic vs England (20:00, London) 1-2 Group D: Croatia vs Scotland (20:00, Glasgow) 0-0 Wednesday 23 June Group E: Slovakia vs Spain (17:00, Seville) 0-1 Group E: Sweden vs Poland (17:00, St Petersburg) 0-1 Group F: Germany vs Hungary (20:00, Munich) 1-0 Group F: Portugal v France (20:00, Budapest) 1-1
  20. I've done terrible so far. Let's see if i can do slightly better this round: Wednesday 16 June Group B: Finland vs Russia (14:00, St Petersburg) 1-2 Group A: Turkey vs Wales (17:00, Baku) 2-0 Group A: Italy vs Switzerland (20:00, Rome) 2-0 Thursday 17 June Group C: Ukraine vs North Macedonia (14:00, Bucharest) 2-0 Group B: Denmark vs Belgium (17:00, Copenhagen) 0-3 Group C: Netherlands vs Austria (20:00, Amsterdam) 2-0 Friday 18 June Group E: Sweden vs Slovakia (14:00, St Petersburg) 0-1 Group D: Croatia vs Czech Republic (17:00, Glasgow) 0-2 Group D: England vs Scotland (20:00, London) 1-1 Saturday 19 June Group F: Hungary vs France (14:00, Budapest) 0-3*** Group F: Portugal vs Germany (17:00, Munich) 2-1 Group E: Spain vs Poland (20:00, Seville) 2-0
  21. Okay, count me in! Friday 11 June Group A: Turkey 0-0 Italy Saturday 12 June Group A: Wales 0-2 Switzerland Group B: Denmark 2-0 Finland *** Group B: Belgium 3-1 Russia Sunday 13 June Group D: England 1-0 Croatia Group C: Austria 1-0 North Macedonia Group C: Netherlands 2-0 Ukraine Monday 14 June Group D: Scotland 1-0 Czech Republic Group E: Poland 2-0 Slovakia Group E: Spain 2-0 Sweden Tuesday 15 June Group F: Hungary 0-3 Portugal Group F: France 3-0 Germany
  22. My 5-decade long impression of Italy in big tournaments: don't score, don't concede, start slowly. I'm tipping them to sneak quietly into the final after a series of 1-0 AET victories and penalty shoot-out wins after 0-0 ties. Tonight: probably 0-0
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