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  1. Original Link IF YOU WANT TO SHARE THIS PACKAGE ON YOUR WEBSTITE USE THE FMSCOUT LINK OR MY MEDIAFIRE LINK Each Updates are realized with the REAL RULES of the championships and to the REAL CALENDARS (rules of number, registration of team, prim for classification, TV right ...). All Nation add have prime, Real Cup, reserve / U21. Transfers windows calendar are 100% real. All updates are playable at the same time. Rules for Yellow Cards change to 3,6,9,.. AFRIQUE Afrique du Sud (D4) Algérie (D4) Angola (D1) Bénin (D2) Botswana (D2) Burkina Faso (D3) Burundi (D2) Cameroun (D2) Cap-Vert (D1) Centrafrique (D2) Congo (D2) Comores (D1) Côte d'Ivoire (D2) NEW Version Djibouti (D1) Egypte (D2) Erythrée (D1) Ethiopie (D2) Gabon (D3) Gambie (D2) NEW Version Ghana (D3) NEW Guinée (D3) Guinée Bissau (D2) Guinée Equatoriale (D2) Ile Maurice (D3) Kenya (D4) Liberia (D3) Libye (D2) Lesotho (D2) Madagascar (D2) Mali (D2) Malawi (D2) Maroc (D4) Mauritanie (D2) Mozambique (D2) Mayotte (D1) Namibie (D2) Niger (D2) Nigeria (D3) Ouganda (D2) R.D.Congo (D2) Réunion (D2) Rwanda (D2) São Tomé e Principe (D2) Sénégal (D2) NEW Version Seychelles (D2) Sierra Leone (D2) Somalie (D2) Soudan (D2) Soudan du Sud (D2) Swaziland (D2) Tanzanie (D2) Tchad (D1) Togo (D3) Tunisie (D3) Zambie (D3) NEW Version Zanzibar (D2) Zimbabwe (D2) ASIE Afghanistan (D1) Arabie Saoudite (D3) Bahrain (D2) Bangladesh (D2) Bhoutan (D3) Brunei (D3) Cambodge (D2) Chine (D3) Corée du Nord (D2) Corée du Sud (D5) Emirats Arabe Unis (D2) Guam (D2) Hong Kong (D4) Indonésie (D3) Irak (D2) Iran (D3) Japon (D4) Version 2020 NEW Version Jordanie (D2) Kirghizistan (D2) Koweit (D2) Laos (D3) Liban (D4) Macao (D5) Malaisie (D3) Maldives (D3) Mariannes du Nord (D3) Mongolia (D3) Myanmar (D2) Népal (D4) Oman (D3) Ouzbekistan (D5) Pakistan (D1) Palestine (D3) and 3 Gaza Levels and cup Philippines (D1) Qatar (D2) Singapour (D6) With Cosmo League (2 Levels and Cup) Syrie (D3) Tadjikistan (D4) Taiwan (D1) + University Thailande (D5) NEW Version Timor (D4) Turkmenistan (D2) Vietnam (D4) NEW Version Yemen (D3) AMERIQUE DU NORD ET CENTRALE Aruba (D1) Anguilla (D1) Antigua et Barbuda (D2) Bahamas (D2) Barbade (D3) Belize (D1) Bermudes (D2) Bonaire (D1) Caïmans (D1) Canada (D3) NEW Version Cuba (D1) Curaçao (D1) Dominique (D1) Costa Rica (D3) Grenade (D2) Guadeloupe (D3) Guatemala (D3) Guyana (D2) Guyane Française (D2) Haïti (D2) Honduras (D3) Iles Vierges (GB) (D1) Iles Vierges (US) (D1) Jamaïque (D3) NEW Version Martinique (D2) Montserrat (D1) Nicaragua (D3) Panama (D3) Porto Rico (D3) Republique Dominicaine (D3) Saint Barthélémy (D1) Saint-Kitts-et-Nevis (D2) Saint Martin (D1) Saint Pierre et Miquelon (D4) Saint-Vincent-et-les-Grenadines (D2) Sainte Lucie (D2) Salvador (D3) Sint Maarten (D1) Suriname (D2) Trinité-et-Tobago (D3) Turks-et-Caïcos (D1) U.S.A. (D4) AMERIQUE DU SUD Argentine (D3) NEW Version Bolivie (D3) Brésil (D4) Version 2020 NEW Version Chili (D5) Equateur (D3) NEW Version Paraguay (D4) Pérou (D3) NEW Version Vénézuela (D3) EUROPE Albanie (D3) Andorre (D3) Arménie (D2) Autriche (D10) NEW Version Azerbaidjan (D4) Belgique (D8) Bielorussie (D3) NEW Version Bosnie (D3) Bulgarie (D4) Chypre (D3) Crimée (D1) Croatie (D3) Danemark (D4) Deutschland (D6) + Regionale Pokale England (D8) Estonie (D2) Féroé (D4) NEW Version Finlande (D5) France (D8 - Regional 3) NEW Version WIP Géorgie (D4) Grèce(D3) Hongrie (D4) NEW Version Irlande (D5) Irlande du Nord (D4) Islande (D5) Israël (D5) Italie (D7 - Prima Categoria) Kazakhstan (D3) Lettonie (D3) NEW Version Lituanie (D3) NEW Version Luxembourg (D4) Macédoine (D3) Malte (D4) Moldavie (D3) Version 2020 NEW Version Monaco (D1 real) always amateur Monténégro (D2) Netherlands (D7) NEW Version Norvège (D5) NEW Version Pays de Galles (D4) NEW Version Pologne (D4) Portugal (D4) NEW Version Republique Tchèque(D5) Roumanie (D3) Russie (D3) San Marino (D1) Scotland (D6) Serbie (D4) Slovaquie (D3) NEW Version Slovénie (D4) Spain (D5) Suède (D5) Suisse (D5) Turquie (D5) Ukraine (D3) Océanie Cook (D1) Fidji (D2) Iles Salomon (D2) Kiribati (D1) Micronésie (D2) Nouvelle Calédonie (D1) New Zeland (D4) NEW Version Papouasie Nlle Guinée (D2) Samoa (D2) Samoa Américaines (D2) Tahiti (D3) Tonga (D3) Tuvalu (D1) Vanuatu (D3) Wallis-et-Futuna (D1) Continental Competition Oceania Champions League Arab Club Champions Campeones Cup Other in the pack Custom Start DateNation Pays Basque Playable How to add Megapack By @Timo@ on FM20 Extract the contents of the .zip archive.Move the .fmf files to:documents/sports interactive/football manager 2020/editor dataCreate the last folder if it doesn't exist.Open FM20 and start a new career save. In the top right of the screen, under "Database", make sure each one of the database is selected. Download Options Download Specific Leagues The Complet pack update to 04/01/20 http://www.mediafire.com/file/cq62hrvu5s0l4wj/Megapack_-_By_%40Timo%40.zip/file Steam Workshop
  2. So as late as last night I indicated I had no interest in getting the latest version, or had the money spare to do so. However much has changed in the intervening period. The temptation of being involved in the joint thread, the fact I got paid more than I expected and the fact that my illness has returned. My body is at this moment sleeker than Cristiano Ronaldo, but mine is sweat not whatever oil the poser uses. Currently my shirt is on, however if my temperature continues to rise then I cannot promise this will remain the case. So feeling under the weather, temptation, extra funds! WOO HOO IT'S FM20 TIME. I'm also more than a little disillusioned with my round the world save in FM19 where I can't seem to get out of Zimbabwe! I have always been fascinated by the challenge forum, reading through the threads for ideas and inspiration, and I figured it was time to dip my toes in the water, so he we go, Sir Alex Ferguson Challenge begins
  3. The ever-popular TCS Skin returns for a fourth iteration. Building on the successful foundations set out last year. v1.0 Features New Player Overview Panel New Club Overview Panel New Tactics panel More "Dark Mode" consistency (Scouting, Inbox, Processing) v1.1 Features New Font Changed Team Selection Assistant Player Icons. Added animations to tactics screen New TCS Titlebar Instant Result More Selectable Widgets on Player Screen Readded player footedness to positions widget Added Transfer Status to TCS header. v1.1.1 Features Fixed bug which prevented In Game Editor and Instant Result from Showing v1.1.2 Features Added the ability to view Japanese team Club Overviews. Please restart your game after installing skin. Credit to @Wannachupbrew. Fixed bug which cause background packs to show through, making text unreadable Fixed bug which prevented the background graphic on the Action Bar from showing Fixed bug which prevented Match Timeline from showing. v1.2 Features Added a new graphic for all dialog popups Added new overview screen on Team Report Increased the border on all boxes Increased height of the fixtures panel on competition pages Complete overhaul to the Inbox Complete overhaul to the Manager home screen Added TheAthletic.com Schedule page overhauled Tweaked graphics of dropdown menus Added "Next Unread" button to inbox Tweaks to various news panel Added green background behind pitch on club overview screen Pros and Cons panel on the player screen has been overhauled Added selector on the League table v1.2.1 Features Fixed bug which prevented the match titlebar from showing. v1.3 Features Fixed various bugs New Club Overview screen Competition screens overhauled New Match IBH and Match review screens New Staff Overview screens V1.3.1 Features Fixed bugs introduced by FM 20.3.0 patch --------------------------------------- The skin is built for 1080p resolutions at 100% zoom and 1440p at 125%. Requests and Resolution questions won't be considered so there's no point making them. Links v1.0: https://www.mediafire.com/file/mxvj8sc1e5760vc/TCS_2020_v1.0.7z/file V1.1.1: https://www.mediafire.com/file/jqtr6ct2jcvcc3j/TCS_2020_v1.1.1.7z/file V1.1.2: https://www.mediafire.com/file/b4eh6mg50j0gtr4/TCS_2020_v1.1.2.7z/file v1.2: http://www.mediafire.com/file/ye1ggitc8g5rkcy/TCS_2020_v1.2.7z/file v1.2.1: http://www.mediafire.com/file/kg4b7scu3ftelf7/TCS_2020_v1.2.1.7z/file v1.3: http://www.mediafire.com/file/l1od15au0wjhdhh/TCS_2020_v1.3.7z/file v1.3.1: http://www.mediafire.com/file/acom3zrtqt8lwwo/TCS_2020_v1.3.1.7z/file ---------------------- Light: REGULAR v1.2.1 IS ALSO REQUIRED TO BE INSTALLED Links: v1.2.1: http://www.mediafire.com/file/s021ivy04pxc53g/TCS_2020_v1.2_Light.7z/file v1.3.1: https://www.mediafire.com/file/502ccdc7j8t1mup/TCS_2020_v1.3.1_Light.7z/file Graphics Used: Logos: TCM Faces: sortitoutsi cutouts Stadiums: https://www.fmscout.com/a-fmt-stadium-superpack-2019.html
  4. HEFFEM SKIN V2 Hey, I'm happy to present to you the FM20 version of my Neub Skin for FM19. That's very similar, but better. If you see any bugs, report in comments, in PM or on Discord. Features in Heffem Skin - Instant Result button - New manager home panel - New player overview - New club overview - New fixture overview - New match overview - New tactic overview - New staff profile - New human profile - and much more to discover Supported resolutions 1920*1080 : "Heffem Skin V2" - 95% dezoom 1600*900 : "Heffem Skin V2 - 900p" - 95% dezoom 1366*768 : "Heffem Skin V2 - 768p" - 95% dezoom Preview Contact & Donation - PayPal Donation : https://paypal.me/pools/c/8cL7kTNLrH - Twitter : https://twitter.com/Krysler76 - Contact on Discord : Krysler#0067 DOWNLOAD DOWNLOAD LINK How to install Heffem Skin on FM20 - Download the .7z archive and use a tool such as 7-zip for Windows or The Unarchiver for MacOSX to extract the folders. - Move the extracted folders "Heffem Skin V2", "Heffem Skin V2 - 900p" and "Heffem Skin V2 - 768p" to: \Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2020\skins Create folder "skins" if it doesn't exist already. - Start the game and go to Preferences screen, and then to the Interface tab. You should see "Heffem Skin V2", "Heffem Skin V2 - 900p" and "Heffem Skin V2 - 768p" as option in the skin drop down of the Overview box, choose the one you want. - Use the Clear Cache button, then hit the Confirm button. Credits - TCS by bluestillidie00 - OPZ - Andromeda skin - Wannachup skin - Flut skin - michaeltmurrayuk and Cyrius50 for the mods - GzSkin
  5. London Calling Obviously FM 20 isn't out yet and no I dont have some sort of advanced copy...although if one was offered I wouldn't turn it down....hint hint hint.... Anyway I'm that excited for the new game that I couldn't wait to get my thread up and running. My saves are typically Journeymen saves in weird and wonderful places. I don't normally like sticking around because that potentially exposes myself as the fraud I am. This save is going to be different. Much different. Although it will still have some Journeyman aspects. The goal is very simple.... I want to turn the English Premier League into the London Premier League. At the start of the 19/20 season there are 20 teams from London in the playables leagues of Football Manager. These teams are (according to Wikipedia)... Premier League Arsenal Chelsea Crystal Palace Tottenham Hotspur West Ham United Championship Brentford Charlton Athletic Fulham Millwall Queens Park Rangers League One AFC Wimbledon League Two Leyton Orient National League Barnet Bromley Dagenham and Redbridge Sutton United National League South Dulwich Hamlet Hampton and Richmond Borough Wealdstone Welling United Obviously teams can be promoted from the 7th tier and become playable. The rules are minimal. 1) Start with no Past Experience or Badges. 2) Take charge of the team predicted to do the worst in the National League South 3) I can only take charge of a team in London 4) The save is completed when the Premier League consists of 20 teams all based in London. In order to complete this challenge I'm going to need to help and give help to teams in London. This will be via parent/feeder clubs. The best thing is, the save is 1/4 complete without me even lifting a finger! I'm planning on this being the only save I do in FM 20. I will be open at some point to taking charge of more than 1 club and will always value feedback and imput from everybody. So thats it. That's my plan. Thats my thread...only thing we can do now is wait..........
  6. Season 0: Episode: 0 The Boring Part Where We Talk about the Fiddly Bits Club “If you can’t learn to do it well, at least learn to enjoy doing it badly.”—despair.com Welcome to Devotion to Promotion! In these digital boxes I’ll be posting my FM20 adventures as Zilla Blitz, an inexperienced 20-year nobody who has decided to enter the world of football management rather than attempt to, you know, actually play football himself. I’ll start off with no coaching badges, no job, and a smattering of Sunday League playing experience. With this haughty resume, I’ll thrust myself on the football world, grovel for any job I can get, and have a grand old time managing teams in the British Isles. Wait, will there be a challenge of sorts? Why yes, two challenges in fact. I will aim to start my first job in the spring of 2020 with a newly promoted Vanarama South or North team and take that one team to the top of the football world. Doing so would qualify me for the Dafuge Challenge. Given my recent success with FM19, however, I can say with all confidence that my odds of achieving the Dafuge Challenge are slim at best. So when that turns out badly, I’ll shift my career into an attempt to clear the British and Irish Steel Challenge, which aims to win the 50 leagues and competitions available to Irish, Northern Irish, Welsh, Scottish, and British teams, using only players of British or Irish nationality. You might be thinking, “Wait, isn’t that even harder than a Dafuge Challenge?” To answer that, I’d say, “Yes.” I’d also point out that I have not claimed to be intelligent. Onward! However, my priority is fun, so if the official challenges get tedious, my life will morph into a pure journeyman adventure through Europe, questing with interesting teams in interesting places, and living the life of a wandering manager. Will any house rules govern your career? I’m glad you asked, because there are a few. I’m not interested in false greatness, and feel that stories with ups and downs are more interesting than stories of just up. To that, I’m not looking for any advantages. Attribute masking is on, of course. I won’t be downloading killer tactics, no editing the database, no watching videos to learn of hidden wonderkids, no save scumming to get better results. In short, what happens happens, and if that means I spend 20 years stuck in the Vanarama South League, so be it. I hear the bars are pretty good at some of those clubs. How often will you be posting? In addition to managing digital football players, I’ve got a real job and real family, so I’ll be moving at a modest pace. The goal is shortly daily updates five days a week, each update covering roughly a month of one season. That’ll be 10 updates to a season, 2 seasons played in a month of real world time. That’s a pace I think I can keep up. Anything else to know? If you want even more than a quick read, I’m creating Let's Play videos for the career and will post details as the episodes come out. What’s next? Waiting for the official release on Tuesday. Fingers crossed that the next update will have my career underway with job offers from some newly promoted teams in the Vanarama regional leagues.
  7. Coming soon... ... Stuniverse's FM20 Adventure... The adventure begins on Tuesday 19th November 2019...
  8. YACS for Football Manager 2020 Version 0.9.9 - Updated:08.02.2020 More Screenhots: Gallery Download: YACS 2020 Please delete any old version of YACS if you want to update the skin. Merging versions can / will bug the skin. Please read the INSTALL.txt (click spoiler to read now) Extra: No Attribute Boxes - Updated: 02.02.2020 Removes the Boxes behind Attributes. Read Install, Restart FM with skin selected to have full effect. Extra: Field Player Pictures - Updated: 02.02.2020 Adds Player Pictures to tactics and a few other panels. Extra: 2015 YACS Star Ratings Before you report a bug please check: Is the skin the latest version ? Is the skin "clean" and was not merged with older versions? Did you click on "Clear Cache" before reloading? Are there other skins in the "skins" folder? Does the bug also exist in the "Default" skins? Please don't post Requests. The chances are very low i will answer or work on them currently.
  9. Introduction 2019 has already been a big year for Tottenham. They moved into there new state of the art 62,214 capacity Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, they reached there first UEFA Champions League final where they finished Runners Up to Liverpool. Off the field they also have signed some players for the first time in 18 months. The foundations are now in place and even Mauricio Potchettino has said that the club needs to start a new chapter. Are you the man or woman to do this on FM20? Facilities * Training Ground - State of the Art * Youth Facilities - State of the Art * Data Analysis Facilities - State of the Art * Junior Coaching - Good * Junior Recruitment - Good Board Expectations The Squad * I have kept the previous screenshots from the original starting DB in the spoiler for those who may wish to compare the stats after the 20.3 patch. Goalkeepers: #1 - Hugo Lloris (Captain) #22 - Paulo Gazzaniga #13 - Michel Vorm #41 Alfie Whiteman Defenders: #4 - Toby Alderweireld #5 - Jan Vertonghen #6 - Davinson Sanchez #19 - Ryan Sessegnon #21 - Juan Foyth #24 - Serge Aurier #33 - Ben Davies #39 - Japhet Tanganga Midfielders: #8 - Harry Winks #12 - Victor Wanyama #15 - Eric Dier #17 - Moussa Sissoko #18 - Giovani Lo Celso #20 - Dele Alli #30 - Gedson Fernandes #28 - Tanguy N'Dombele #29 - Oliver Skipp Forwards: #7 - Heung-Min Son #10 - Harry Kane (Vice Captain) #11 - Erik Lamela #23 - Steven Bergwijn #27 - Lucas Moura #52 - Troy Parrott #TBC - Jack Clarke - Out on Loan Squad Notes: Jan Vertonghen's contract expires at the end of the first season, so you will need to decide on keeping him or to sell him. There is a severe lack of depth in a few positions, most notably Right Back and Striker. Sessegnon's defensive stats are not great to use him at Left Back so you may need some cover here. You can make Gedson Fernandes Loan permanent for £56m. Danny Rose, Kyle Walker-Peters head up a list of players currently out on loan during the first season. None of them are really good enough long term so I would advise selling them upon there return. There are some good young players with decent potential in the squad with the likes of Sessegnon (19), Sanchez (23), Foyth (21), Winks (23), N'Dombele (22), Skipp (18), Dele (23), Lo Celso (23), Parrott (17). You also have Jack Clarke who is on loan at Leeds United in the 19/20 season. For the 20.3 patch, Dennis Cirkin has received an upgrade so keep an eye on him in your development centre, he can play LB. You also have Harvey White and Jamie Bowden who can sometimes develop into decent midfield options but will most likely be nothing more than backup / rotation players but they will be valuable club trained players for European registrations. Supporter Expectations Tottenham have not won a trophy since the 2008 Carabao Cup and this is something that the supporters do not feel happy about. They have lost 8 FA Cup Semi-Finals in a row since 1993. They reached there maiden UEFA Champions League final but lost out to Liverpool. They last won the league in 1961 and in the Premier League Era there highest league position has been 2nd (2016/2017 season). Can you be the man to finally lead them to some long awaited success?
  10. All NHL / NBA / NFL / MLB Franchises added to the USA Couple of people asked for this but i lost all the info so had to make it from scratch again. A totally new league system in the USA, part fantasy, part reality. All Major sports franchises are now a Soccer club in a 7 tier system of 512 teams, as well as cuastom cups to mirror the Superbowl etc for each set of franchises teams. Teams have been created as close to location and club info as possible (along with real and custom rivals/derbies accross the nation). Link to other nations have also been customised to allow for the boards and AI to get affliated links and grow as clubs. SETTING UP A GAME 1) Make sure you tick - 'add players to playable teams' (for now rosters to be added time permitting)2) Make sure you un-tick - 'Do not add Key Staff'3) Using the advanced rules to add all Canadian, Mexican and US players is advised NATION INFO Season dates - Are inline with the European League. (10th Aug - 15th May) Season End Date - 30th June Season rules - as per England - No draft, No Designated player etc.Canadian and Mexican Players are no longer classed as Foreign in USABoth have been slightly boosted in youth rating/nation terms. Affiliation links and transfer options increased with UK & South America TEAM INFO All created teams should have the correct Name - City - Stadium - Nicknames - Team Colours - Kits - Logos - Owners - Managers - General Managers (DOF) - Derbies - Rivals All teams are Main Squad & u23's. DIVISION LAYOUT / REP / MONEY B and II teams have been removed. CUPS Super Bowl - NFL Teams only - Groups into Knockout style cup Stanley Cup - NHL Teams only - Groups into Knockout style cupWorld Series - MLB Teams only - Groups into Knockout style cupNBA Finals - NBA Teams only - Groups into Knockout style cup US Open CUP - MLS Teams only Groups into a Knockout style cup MLS Cup - All USA teams in an FA Cup style knockout Main teams are fed into the draw at later stages. DOWNLOADS KITS AND COMP LOGOS - > https://www.mediafire.com/file/sca70y8fb6nst6t/000_-_USA.rar/file GAME FILE - > https://www.mediafire.com/file/35mgxgsgy54ttrm/000_-_USA_(FMWKD)_v2.0.fmf/file
  11. Welcome to Season 1 Episode 1 of my FM20 story, The Head Coach. This is a LLM Journeyman story with a twist, as we work under a director of football with the players/staff we're given at every club on our road from non league to legendary status! In episode 1, we look for our first job of the series as an unemployed manager, before meeting our new club once we receive a job offer! If you enjoyed this episode, LIKE the video & SUBSCRIBE to the channel for 2 new episodes a week from Cricket 19 Career Mode. There's also daily content from two long term Football Manager 2020 stories, The Head Coach & A Wandering Dork, every day at 4.30pm. Thanks for watching!
  12. Welcome along to Season 1 Episode 1 of my FM20 story A Wandering Dork. In this series, we attempt to take Dorking Wanderers from non league to legendary status. We start today by introducing the club, squad, staff and enjoy our first day in a new job! If you enjoyed this episode, LIKE the video & SUBSCRIBE to the channel for 2 new episodes a week from Cricket 19 Career Mode. There's also daily content from Football Manager 2020, with 5 new episodes from my long term FM20 story, A Wandering Dork, plus 2 episodes from my FM20 Beta series. Thanks for watching!
  13. And another journey begins.. COACH COUNTRY Faroe Islands The Faroe Islands (/ˈfɛəroʊ/; Faroese: Føroyar, pronounced [ˈfœɹjaɹ]; Danish: Færøerne, pronounced [ˈfæɐ̯øːˀɐnə]), or the Faeroe Islands, is a North Atlantic archipelago located 320 kilometres (200 mi) north-northwest of Scotland, and about halfway between Norway and Iceland. It is an autonomous territory[8] within the Kingdom of Denmark. The islands have a total area of about 1,400 square kilometres (540 sq mi) with a population of 51,783 as of June 2019.[3] The terrain is rugged; the climate is subpolar oceanic climate (Cfc)—windy, wet, cloudy, and cool. Temperatures average above freezing throughout the year because of the Gulf Stream. As a result of the moderation and the northerly latitude, summers normally hover around 12 °C (54 °F). Average temperatures are 5 °C (41 °F) in winter.[9] The northerly latitude also results in perpetual civil twilight during summer nights and very short winter days. Between 1035 and 1814 the Faroes were part of the Kingdom of Norway, which was in a personal union with Denmark from 1450. In 1814 the Treaty of Kiel transferred Norway to the king of Sweden, on the winning side of the Napoleonic wars, whereas the king of Denmark, on the losing side, retained the Faroes, along with the two other historical Norwegian island possessions in the North Atlantic: Greenland and Iceland. The Faroe Islands have been a self-governing part of the Kingdom of Denmark since 1948.[10] The Faroese control most of their domestic affairs. Those that remain the responsibility of Denmark include military defence, policing and the justice department, currency, and foreign affairs.[11] However, as they are not part of the same customs area as Denmark, the Faroe Islands have an independent trade policy and can establish trade agreements with other states. The islands also have representation in the Nordic Council as members of the Danish delegation. The Faroe Islands have their own national teams competing in certain sports. Archaeological evidence shows settlers living on the Faroe Islands in two successive periods before the Norse arrived, the first between 300 and 600 AD and the second between 600 and 800 AD.[15] Scientists from the University of Aberdeen have also found early cereal pollen from domesticated plants, which further suggests people may have lived on the islands before the Vikings arrived.[16] Archaeologist Mike Church noted that Dicuil (see below) mentioned what may have been the Faroes. He also suggested that the people living there might have been from Ireland, Scotland, or Scandinavia, possibly with groups from all three areas settling there.[17] A Latin account of a voyage made by Brendan, an Irish monastic saint who lived around 484–578, includes a description of insulae (islands) resembling the Faroe Islands. This association, however, is far from conclusive in its description.[18] Dicuil, an Irish monk of the early 9th century, wrote a more definite account. In his geographical work De mensura orbis terrae he claimed he had reliable information of heremitae ex nostra Scotia ("hermits from our land of Ireland/Scotland") who had lived on the northerly islands of Britain for almost a hundred years until the arrival of Norse pirates.[19] Norsemen settled the islands c. 800, bringing Old West Norse, which evolved into the modern Faroese language. According to Icelandic sagas such as Færeyjar Saga, one of the best known men in the island was Tróndur í Gøtu, a descendant of Scandinavian chiefs who had settled in Dublin, Ireland. Tróndur led the battle against Sigmund Brestursson, the Norwegian monarchy and the Norwegian church. The Faroe Islands as seen by the Breton navigator Yves-Joseph de Kerguelen-Trémarec in 1767 The Norse and Norse–Gael settlers probably did not come directly from Scandinavia, but rather from Norse communities surrounding the Irish Sea, Northern Isles and Outer Hebrides of Scotland, including the Shetland and Orkney islands. A traditional name for the islands in Irish, Na Scigirí, possibly refers to the (Eyja-)Skeggjar "(Island-)Beards", a nickname given to island dwellers. According to the Færeyinga saga, more emigrants left Norway who did not approve of the monarchy of Harald Fairhair (ruled c. 872 to 930). These people settled the Faroes around the end of the 9th century.[20] Early in the 11th century, Sigmundur Brestisson (961–1005) – whose clan had flourished in the southern islands before invaders from the northern islands almost exterminated it – escaped to Norway. He was sent back to take possession of the islands for Olaf Tryggvason, King of Norway from 995 to 1000. Sigmundur introduced Christianity, forcing Tróndur í Gøtu to convert or face beheading and, though Sigmundur was subsequently murdered, Norwegian taxation was upheld. Norwegian control of the Faroes continued until 1814, although, when the Kingdom of Norway (872–1397) entered the Kalmar Union with Denmark, it gradually resulted in Danish control of the islands. The Reformation with Protestant Evangelical Lutheranism and Reformed reached the Faroes in 1538. When the union between Denmark and Norway dissolved as a result of the Treaty of Kiel in 1814, Denmark retained possession of the Faroe Islands; Norway itself was joined in a union with Sweden. Following the turmoil caused by the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815) in 1816, the Faroe Islands became a county in the Danish Kingdom.[21] As part of Mercantilism, Denmark maintained a monopoly over trade with the Faroe Islands and forbade their inhabitants trading with others (e.g. the geographically close Britain). The trade monopoly in the Faroe Islands was abolished in 1856, after which the area developed as a modern fishing nation with its own fishing fleet. The national awakening from 1888 initially arose from a struggle to maintain the Faroese language and was thus culturally oriented, but after 1906 it became more political with the foundation of political parties of the Faroe Islands. In the first year of World War II, on 12 April 1940, British troops occupied the Faroe Islands, shortly after the Operation Weserübung with the Nazi German invasion of Denmark on 9 April 1940. In 1942–1943 the British Royal Engineers, under the leadership of Lt. Col. William Law MC, built the only airport in the Faroe Islands, Vágar Airport. Control of the islands reverted to Denmark following the war, but Danish rule had been undermined, and Iceland's independence served as a precedent for many Faroese. The 1946 Faroese independence referendum resulted in 50.73% in favor of independence to 49.27% against.[22] The Faroe Islands subsequently declared independence on 18 September 1946; however, this declaration was annulled by Denmark on 20 September on the grounds that a majority of the Faroese voters had not supported independence and King Christian X of Denmark dissolved the Faroese Løgting on 24 September.[23][24] The dissolution of the Løgting was on 8 November followed by the Faroese parliamentary election of 1946 in which the parties in favour of full independence received a total of 5,396 votes while the parties against received a total of 7,488 votes.[25] As a reaction to the growing self-government and independence movements, Denmark finally granted the Faroe Islands home-rule with a high degree of local autonomy on 30 March 1948.[23] In 1973 the Faroe Islands declined to join Denmark in entering the European Economic Community (later absorbed into the European Union). The islands experienced considerable economic difficulties following the collapse of the fishing industry in the early 1990s, but have since made efforts to diversify the economy. Since then, support for independence has grown and is the objective of the Republican Party. Geography[edit] Main article: Geography of the Faroe Islands Satellite image of the Faroe Islands The Faroe Islands are an island group consisting of 18 major islands (and a total of 779 islands, islets, and skerries) about 655 kilometres (407 mi) off the coast of Northern Europe, between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about halfway between Iceland and Norway, the closest neighbours being the Northern Isles and the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Its coordinates are 62°00′N 06°47′W. Distance from the Faroe Islands to: Rona, Scotland (uninhabited): 260 kilometres (160 mi) Shetland (Foula), Scotland: 285 kilometres (177 mi) Orkney (Westray), Scotland: 300 kilometres (190 mi) Scotland (mainland): 320 kilometres (200 mi) Iceland: 450 kilometres (280 mi) Ireland: 670 kilometres (420 mi) Norway: 670 kilometres (420 mi) Denmark: 990 kilometres (620 mi) The islands cover an area of 1,399 square kilometres (540 sq. mi) and have small lakes and rivers, but no major ones. There are 1,117 kilometres (694 mi) of coastline.[26] The only significant uninhabited island is Lítla Dímun. The islands are rugged and rocky with some low peaks; the coasts are mostly cliffs. The highest point is Slættaratindur in northern Eysturoy, 882 metres (2,894 ft) above sea level. The Faroe Islands are made up of a approximately 6 kilometers thick succession of mostly basaltic lava which was part of the great North Atlantic Igneous Province during the Paleogene period.[27] The lavas were erupted during the opening of the North Atlantic ocean, which begun about 60 million years ago, and what is today the Faroe Islands was then attached to Greenland.[28][29] The lavas are underlain by circa 30 km of unidentified ancient continental crust.[30][31] Climate[edit] See also: Geography of the Faroe Islands § Climate Skipanes on Eysturoy, with different weather in the distance The climate is classed as subpolar oceanic climate according to the Köppen climate classification: Cfc, with areas having a tundra climate, especially in the mountains, although some coastal or low-lying areas can have very mild-winter versions of a tundra climate. The overall character of the islands' climate is influenced by the strong warming influence of the Atlantic Ocean, which produces the North Atlantic Current. This, together with the remoteness of any source of landmass-induced warm or cold airflows, ensures that winters are mild (mean temperature 3.0 to 4.0 °C or 37 to 39 °F) while summers are cool (mean temperature 9.5 to 10.5 °C or 49 to 51 °F). The islands are windy, cloudy and cool throughout the year with an average of 210 rainy or snowy days per year. The islands lie in the path of depressions moving northeast, making strong winds and heavy rain possible at all times of the year. Sunny days are rare and overcast days are common. Hurricane Faith struck the Faroe Islands on 5 September 1966 with sustained winds over 100 mph (160 km/h) and only then did the storm cease to be a tropical system.[32] An October evening on Eysturoy The climate varies greatly over small distances, due to the altitude, ocean currents, topography and winds. Precipitation varies considerably throughout the archipelago. In some highland areas, snow cover can last for months with snowfalls possible for the greater part of the year (on the highest peaks, summer snowfall is by no means rare), while in some sheltered coastal locations, several years pass without any snowfall whatsoever. Tórshavn receives frosts more often than other areas just a short distance to the south. Snow is also seen at a much higher frequency than on outlying islands nearby. The area receives on average 49 frosts a year.[33] The collection of meteorological data on the Faroe Islands began in 1867.[34] Winter recording began in 1891, and the warmest winter occurred in 2016–17 with an average temperature of 6.1 °C (43 °F).[35] Why Faroe?Because i haven't managed never a club there. CITY Leirvík Leirvík (Danish: Lervig) is a town on the Faroe Islands and was an important regional ferry harbour at the east coast of the second-largest island Eysturoy. Leirvík has 925 inhabitants (January 1, 2017). It was the only town in the municipality of Leirvík (Leirvíkar kommuna), however on 1 January 2009, it merged with Gøtu kommuna to make the new municipality called Eysturkommuna. Leirvík is important for its fishing industry. The Norðoyatunnilin, a submarine tunnel to Klaksvík to the east, was opened in April 2006. CLUB Víkingur Gøta Víkingur is a professional football club in the Faroe Islands. The club was founded in 2008 after the merger of GÍ Gøta and Leirvík ÍF.[1] The club is based in Leirvík, while the stadium is in Norðragøta. Both villages are part of the same municipality Eysturkommuna, located on the island of Eysturoy and about 5 kilometers away from each other. The club won the Faroese championship for the first time in the 2016 season.[2]. In the 2017 season, Vikingur won the championship again. Víkingur was founded on January 14, 2008 with the merger of first division GÍ Gøta and second division club Leirvík ÍF First contacts for a merger of the two clubs date back to 2006, but only in summer 2007 drafts for a merger started. January 14, 2008 in front of 180 members in Leirvik the merger was decided with the temporary name of a combination of the previous clubs: GÍ/LÍF. Finally, February 4, the new name Víkingur was announced, as the best choice out of 18 name proposals. [3] Víkingur debuted in the Vodafonedeildin on 31 March 2008, the first match was a meeting at home against B68 Toftir, Víkingur won the match 4–1. It was a mixed season for them, one of the highest points of the season was a 5–0 win at B71 Sandoy. They finished their debut season in a respectable 5th place. They went out of the Faroe Islands Cup at the first hurdle, the match against 07 Vestur was 1–1 after extra time and lost 4–2 in a Penalty shoot-out. In the 2009 season Víkingur finished 3rd in the league, three points ahead of NSÍ Runavík. In the Faroese Cup, they recorded a 5–0 win in the first round against MB Midvagur, in quarter-final Víkingur knocked out HB Torshavn defeating them 2–1. The cup run continued when they defeated ÍF over two legs, 1–0 away and 5–0 at home. Their opponents in the final were EB/Streymur, Víkingur were winning 2–1 in the second half against favourites EB/Streymur, when Finnur Justinussen scored with 3 minutes to go, to seal the win. EB managed to score a goal minutes later, but the match finished 3–2 and Víkingur won the trophy.[4] The success of the 2009 season meant Víkingur would get to play in the Europa League in the following season and play against the Faroese league winners in the Faroe Islands Super Cup. The match was against 20 time league champions HB Torshavn, on 14 March 2010. Víkingur lost the match 2–1 and missed out on their second piece of silverware. Víkingur were drawn against Turkish giants Beşiktaş, in the Europa League second qualifying round. Unsurprisingly Víkingur were beaten 3–0 in the first leg, at the BJK İnönü Stadium. The home leg didn't go any better and lost the match 4–0. In 2010 Víkingur made it to the semi-finals of the Faroese Cup, but missed out on a place in the final for a second year running after being beaten by rivals ÍF Fuglafjørður over two legs. In the league they finished the 2010 season in 5th place, narrowly missing out on a place in Europe. Víkingur's final match was at home against ÍF and a draw would have been enough for a place in the top 4, but they lost 3–1, finishing the season behind ÍF level on points and level on goal difference. Víkingur finished 3rd in the 2011 league season, and were knocked out in the quarterfinals of the Faroese Cup against B68 Toftir, 4–2 on penalties after a 2–2 draw. The team played in UEFA Europa League for 2012–13 season, but was eliminated in the first qualifying round by Gomel of Belarus. In 2012, they were 5th in the league, but won the Cup for the 2nd time in its history. In 2013, the team lost the Super Cup and achieved their worst position in league, finishing 6th, but won the Cup once again, for the 3rd time and the 3rd against EB/Streymur, starting a little cup rivalry. That year they eliminated FC Inter Turku of Finland, winning the second leg away 1–0 and 2–1 on aggregate. In 2014 they won the Super Cup and the Faroese Cup, both against HB Tórshavn, and finished 3rd in Effodeildin. But the great success of the season was reach the 3rd qualifying round of UEFA Europa League, when they eliminated FC Daugava of Latvia and Tromsø of Norway, being knocked out by Rijeka of Croatia. Achievements[edit] Faroe Islands Premier League: 2 2016, 2017 Faroe Islands Cup: 5 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Faroe Islands Super Cup: 5 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 EUROPE Why them?Because always liked their badge and they had some excellent results in Europe past years. STADIUM Sarpugerði From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (Redirected from Serpugerdi Stadium) Jump to navigationJump to search Sarpugerði is a stadium in Norðragøta, Faroe Islands. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of Víkingur Gøta and has a capacity of 1,600 (440 seated).[1] GAME SET UP INFO After playing fm for many years i discovered this year this option who will make our european games and campains more difficult and interest. IN FM CLUB INFO,HISTORY,FACILITIES AND BANK BALANCE SQUAD(S) FIRST TEAM KEY PLAYERS VUKASIN TOMIC SOLVI VATNHAMAR MILAN SVOJIC For a weird reason he is out on loan and i can't recal him. CAPTAIN GREGERSEN HOT POSPECTS FILIP DJORDJEVIC ELIAS JOHANESSON LERVIG INFO This legend playing football since 1987..... B TEAM U21s Of course there will be changes in these squads if i found something good for first team.Our B team participate in second division. TACTICS 1ST 2ND WELCOME CLUB VISION Sign young players,not long contracts for the old ones,good management of our badget and of course chalenge for the league title. My aims are simple:Become first force in Faroe Islands,become a regular group phase club in Europe,take international job and grow generaly both as club and nation.
  14. The Football Manager 2020 skin in Dark & Purple version with the DF11 player profile and several other tweaks. The original post is from mrkeysirensie.wordpress.com. The main idea, same as in the previous years, was to create simple skin based on default skin but with some small changes. I was able to remove many useless and not needed small panels as default skin has no issue with the secondary color and the title bar height this year. That means I was able to make the skin even more simple and cleaner. ____________________________________ Same as in the previous years, this is mainly my own skin and I’m happy with how it works right now. There will be no adjustments and edits just because of feature requests. Save your time and energy before you will want to edit something. The default skins and panels etc. are available to download and everyone is able to learn and make his own custom skin. There are many guides and useful tips and hints around the internet, mainly on SI Forum. If you don’t like something, don’t use this skin and don’t ask why this, this or this is not included in the skin or if I will add it. This is the only one version I will release for FM20 (except some critical issues). ____________________________________ Manager Home Screen Player Profile with the main aim to use DF11 facepack and make it cleaner thanks to removing one line of small widgets Player Comparison Screen Mentoring – Add player panel adjusted with custom view to make it easier to set up the mentoring groups Human (your manager) profile Non-player profile Club Overview Match: In-Between highlights, full time review & post match review Competition Review Screen – League Table adjusted with more info/columns Stadium(s) Overview Screen – edited slightly to be able to see the stadium picture and basic info. Schedule – edited the width of the right side + stadium picture and more info about the match added Instant result ____________________________________ Dark version ____________________________________ Purple version ____________________________________ I decided to put each skin version separately. You can just select if you want to download dark or purple version, no need to download both in the folder on Mediafire. ____________________________________ Credits: Thank you to all who helped me in the past with the skin and thank you all who gave me permision to use or modify their panels. Gaz / wkdsoul, Wannachup, CFM skin, TCS skin and everyone on SI Forum including Michael Murray for his long-term work. Dan Gear and James FMPressure deserve a big thank you for their help with the issues. ____________________________________ How to install: If you’re in the game just quit eliminating crashes or issue with the game. Download the .zip archive and unzip it. Move the extracted folder “FM20 Rensie skin Dark” or “FM20 Rensie skin Purple to your skins folder: Documents/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2020/skins Run Football Manager 2020 and go to Preferences and you can select “FM20 Rensie skin Dark” or “FM20 Rensie skin Purple” on Overview screen. ____________________________________ See the changes in the v2.0 released in January 2020. Alternative player profile version (February 2020) DOWNLOAD PayPal Donation - paypal.me/fmrensie ____________________________________
  15. Once again, I return to the emerald isle for more nation building shenanigans. This year will make it my 5th long term save in the country after my exploits in FM16 with Immaculata, FM17 with Chimney Corner, FM18 with Dollingstown and Linfield and last year with a host of different N. Irish clubs starting with Glentoran. I had ideas of maybe moving to another country such as India with the ultimate aim of taking their national team to a World Cup but thought against it as there are too few games (20 league games per season) and no real opportunity to earn good money to build up the clubs. I also thought of moving to another European nation but I just enjoy managing in N. Ireland, it kind of fits into a Goldilocks zone for me making for an engaging long term save. I'll be interested to see how the new club vision and development centre affects the save. Unlike last season, I can see genuine reasons why building the nation might be a lot easier than in FM19. There are 2 professional clubs straight away in the DBP and I can see how easily a domino effect can form with more clubs turning professional especially now as teams are more likely to qualify for the group stages of the new UEFA Conference League given the lower standard of opposition they will face. Game Setup I've decided to stick with a large database and loaded all the international players from around the world. To make the challenge harder I've added the top divisions from the 5 best ranked nations in Europe which I hope will enable the top clubs in Europe to maintain better squads. I've also decided to load up all the leagues from the UK & Ireland which should be helpful in finding talent to bring in while also making the transfer market more lively. I've reused the club and competition badges which are provided in the megapack from fmscout.com. I've decided against placing any restrictions such as a youth only policy or using a Director of Football to make all my signings. Manager Attributes I made my manager attributes as poor as possible with an emphasis once again placed on the determination attribute as I'd like to be able to more easily convince my board when it comes time to start asking for requests. I've also started unemployed and any job I get will have to be an open vacancy which I'll have to interview for. There are two jobs available at the start of the game in N. Ireland and they are with Lisburn Distillery who are in the 3rd division and Knockbreda who are in the 2nd division. I decided to only apply for the Knockbreda role. Getting the job was a piece of cake as they only have a 0.5* reputation. History In stark contrast to their more illustrious Belfast neighbours they start the game with practically a clean slate when it comes to domestic success in N. Ireland. They have never participated in the DBP and thus have no European pedigree at all. Since foundation in 1948 they have spent the majority of their existence in the church leagues before joining the amateur leagues in 1989. After 2 decades of being a yo-yo club in the amateur leagues they landed the opportunity to join the revamped 3rd division in 2009. They managed to gain promotion out of the 3rd divsion in the 2012/13 season after finishing as champions. Since then they have managed to stabilize themselves in the NIFL Championship although recent seasons have seen them flirting with relegation. They haven't managed to make an impression on the larger cups in N. Ireland but have picked up a few lower league cups along the way with their proudest accomplishment being the lifting of the Intermediate Cup in 2009. Trophies Won Nothing much there so hopefully I can be the catalyst which sparks the team to new heights and begins to fill an empty looking trophy cabinet. Club Nice to see a couple of rivals in there with Dundela and H&W Welders although I'm hoping that in time we will see some of the bigger Belfast clubs become competitive rivals for the club. The club has no legends, icons or favoured personnel so I'm hoping that I can become one of those quickly by leading them to promotion to the DBP which will be better than any manager has done in their history. Being based in Belfast is a huge benefit and means that I can tap into the biggest potential fan base in the country which combined with success on the pitch should enable me to build the club quicker. Facilities The aspect which swung the decision for me in terms of applying for Knockbreda over Distillery was the potential expansion capacity of the ground. At 12,000 it is the 2nd largest in the country behind Linfield who have a potential expansion capacity of 28,000. I'm hoping that will mean that when/if it comes time for us to leave Breda Park that we can then build a huge new ground. As our training facilities are so terrible I'm hoping that I will be able to share the facilities at Queen's University's campus. First Team Squad There are some good players in there and I especially like the fairly professional personality of the squad. The standout player is Glentoran loanee Fearon ST who has a very good first touch and finishing for the level and is considered good for the DBP so I'll be looking to him to be our main source of goals this season. His strike partner Pomeroy is considered decent for the Championship although he doesn't exactly fit the profile of a Deep Lying Forward which means he will probably be a rotation option for Fearon rather than partnering him as I'd like to play a 4-4-2. Cafolla ML and Hamill DR look to be good prospects who are Championship standard so I'll be hoping to develop them with first team football and make them one of the best players in the division. The one thing which is screaming out to me after analyzing the squad is the lack of depth. I think I will need to go into the transfer market and perhaps bring in some loan players from the DBP if I'm to transform this club from relegation battlers into promotion contenders. At least I have a bit of room on the wage budget which should help with than endeavour and I'm also happy that I can offer part-time contracts as that gives me more control and less need to worry about losing players mid season. Reserve Squad There is the depth but I can't see how any of these players are going to help us achieve our lofty targets. Not one of them is good enough to play in the Championship but I suppose I could grant one or two of the more talented youngsters some time in the cup competitions. Finances The clubs finances are actually in rather good shape which is always helpful. They have some money in the bank, hold no debt and there is a bit of room on the wage budget, can't ask for more than that at this stage. Starting Conditions The DBP is the 117th most reputable league in the game and owing to some awful performances in Europe by N. Irish teams in recent times lies 53rd/55th in the club coefficient rankings only above the likes of Andorra and San Marino. Unfortunately, that means for the coming season that the nation will only have 3 European berths to fight for. 1 for the Preliminary Round of the Champions League to go to the DBP winner and 2 in the Preliminary Round of the Europa League to go to the Irish Cup winner and the runner up in the DBP (3rd if the Irish Cup winner is the DBP winner or runner-up). This season however we have 4 teams competing in Europe with Linfield in the 1st Qualifying Round of the Champions League, Crusaders in the 1st Qualifying Round of the Europa League and Ballymena United and Cliftonville competing in the Preliminary Round of the Europa League. Judging by the results so far with both Ballymena United and Cliftonville easing through to the 1st Round of the Europa League, the nation should hopefully gain enough coefficients this season to restore the nation back up to 4 spots for the season after next. Career Objectives The ultimate aim is to turn Knockbreda into a formidable force in European football then move on to the next club and try to do the same. How long that will take is anyone guess and is not on the agenda of the board whose 5 year plan sees us stagnating in the Championship for 5 years, if that were to happen I would be devastated as I wouldn't have improved the club at all. My personal 5 year plan looks something like this. Scenario 1 Year 1 - Get into the top half of the Championship Year 2 - Finish at least 3rd and clinch a spot in the playoffs. If we get promoted proceed to Scenario 2, if not continue with Scenario 1. Year 3 - Get promoted to the DBP either through the playoff or as Champions Year 4 - Avoid relegation from the DBP Year 5 - Aim for a mid-table finish and try to go deep into the cup competitions Scenario 2 Year 3 - Avoid relegation from the DBP Year 4 - Aim for a mid-table finish and try to go deep into the cup competitions Year 5 - Qualify for Europe either through winning the Irish Cup, position in DBP or through DBP Europa Conference League playoff HERE WE GO!!!
  16. [FM20] FM Base | Transfer-Updates & Realnames by Darkness V7 FMBase by Darkness Data & Transfers Update FM20 ( Download History ) * Choose 1 version in the editor folder! Download link V1 : (click here ) for the download FMBase Transfers & Data by Darkness V1 ( 19/11/2019 ) Download link V2 : (click here ) for the download FMBase Transfers & Data by Darkness V2.0 ( 21/11/2019 ) Download link V3 : (click here ) for the download FMBase Transfers & Data by Darkness V3.0( 28/11/2019 ) Download link V4 : (click here ) for the download FMBase Transfers & Data by Darkness V4.0( 6/12/2019 ) Download link V5: (click here ) for the download FMBase Transfers & Data by Darkness V5.0 (20/12/2019 ) Download link V6: (click here ) for the download FMBase Transfers & Data by Darkness V6.0 (9/12/2020 ) [ Realname Club & League Fix FM20]Download link [Realname Club & League Fix 20.2.2020 V7 ] (click here ) for the download FM Data Update X Realname & Club FM 20 V6 Instructions: Step 1: Find this folder: (Windows)\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Football Manager 2020\data\database\db\2010 \[/ICODE] Open the called folder ''LNC" and then delete all of the following files from the folder: fake.lnc, lic_dan_swe_fra.lnc, and nleague.lnc Now place the [Real Name Club & League Fix ] downloaded files in this folder. Step 2: Open the "EDT" folder and delete ''fake.edt''. Open the "DBC'' folder and delete brazil_kits.dbc, forbidden names.dbc, and finally Licensing2.dbc, Step 3: JUVENTUS FIX: Open the "DBC" folder and delete the files: zebra award.dbc, zebra turin fake staff.dbc and zebra turin new.dbc Step 4: Load up Football Manager 2020 and enjoy.
  17. New FM, new thread Have you found a gem of a regen from an obscure country that you have never heard of, got him capped and feel proud? Want to get your regen rated as you feel that he is the best regen ever? Maybe you want some advice on your regen, how to play him, what should you train him on? There is no specific format to follow, just post up a screenshot of your regen! If you need to, also along with your screenshot you could have a bit of background information about him, like where you got him, how much you paid or anything similiar. If you don't know what a newgen is, then here is a short explanation: A randomly generated player that the game throws out to compensate for retirements etc... This is so you don't end up with no players in the game after you have played for a long enough time for all real players to retire from the game. These can normally be identified by the 'Newgen face' which looks like a computer generated face, although these can be turned off, so don't dismiss someone's player due to the lack of face. Please, only post newgens in here. Feel free to tell us about how good they are, how you found them, what you paid, their goalscoring records etc. Also, feel free to comment on other peoples newgens! Although, don't be the dick that goes 'OMG U EDITED HIM', because at the end of the day, it's just a game, people shouldn't post edited players, but if they do it's not a massive deal.
  18. Football Manager 2020 Base Skins Note: These base skins are for the full game, not Touch. * Credit to @michaeltmurrayuk for the original post. Editing Fonts FM 2020 has seen more changes to skinning than usual, the biggest being a new format for fonts, changing from *.xml to *.fontxml, Luckily old files work and just need renaming. You can do this by opening a Command Prompt in this folder and running the command. ren *.xml *.fontxml .fontxml files can be edited in any text editor, and we've included all the relevant files for ease of use. To change the actual font, just copy your font of choice to the folder, and edit the fontxml files to match your new font. Editing Font and Skin Colours Font colors and skin graphic colors are generally controlled by the settings.xml file in the settings folder. Colors use the following format value="rgb(75,180,240) ", with 75 representing red, 180 representing green and 240 representing blue. You can use any image editor like Paint.Net to Photoshop to get the correct RGB codes then add them to your setting file. It's worth noting that the settings file priorities code in a descending order, meaning if you have two entries for one variable in the same settings file, the one that is higher up will be used. Generally to avoid any potential conflicts though it is worth commenting out any unused code (This can be done by surrounding the unused code with <!-- (CODE) --> Its also worth remembering some items are hard-coded meaning they can't be changed, others are in individual panels, and some are set in the fonts folder. Colours in the fonts and panels folder are prioritized over the settings file. For your changes to take affect Once you've finished making your changes to your skin, you’ll need to go into the Preferences -> Advanced --> Interface Menu and untick ‘Use caching to decrease page loading times’ if it is ticked and then tick ‘Reload skin when confirming changes in Preferences’ then click confirm and your changes should be applied, if you have previousily ticked and unticked the required boxes a 'Reload Skin' button should appear in the bottom left corner, if this button appears you can click that if the Confirm Button is grayed out. Installation Instructions: For convenience sake, this year we've packed all three skins together, just extract the skin of your choice to your Skins folder and select it in game Download: https://www.mediafire.com/file/7q4rq0wxd9fre55/FM20_Base_Skins_v20.1.7z/file Base Skin with Background Support:
  19. Hi All, Been around in the FM community and I'm sure some may know me from the fansite FM-Base. Would appreciate if any of you nice folks would spend the time with me and hopefully give Mike Bassett some support as he manages Colchester, whilst dreaming of the Norwich City job and hoping to take over Gareth Southgate. All while using the old faithful 442. Currently we've achieved back to back promotions with Colchester and sitting second in the Championship. Would love to see any of you there in the future.
  20. I first published this over at https://dictatethegame.com/2019/11/04/young-devils-manchester-united-fm-2020-guide/ So if you wish to see it in its original version and formatting then please visit the blog. I'm posting it here to generate a discussion about my two favourite topics Bielsa's tactical style and philosophy, youth development, Manchester United wonderkids and in general tactical experimentation in FM20 (especially around the role of enganche). Cheers! Young Devils – Manchester United FM20 Guide As promised, I start this FM20 series with the comprehensive guide to my chosen club, Manchester United. Although it was started in Beta, I intend to update the player profiles (and injuries) to reflect the full release data. So be sure to check back on Nov 19! I hope you find this guide useful, especially if you are starting your FM20 career at Old Trafford. Red Devils are a great team with a lot of potential which should nevertheless provide a challenge even to seasoned managers. After all, the challenge is in figuring out the strengths of each player and how to best use them. For this reason, I am including attribute screenshots (simply click on player’s name in bold) for all the players discussed in this guide. So let us see what United has to offer in FM20! I have to say it upfront. I am very excited to play with this Manchester United squad in FM20. Not the NSFW kind of excited but still as ecstatic as one can get for a bunch of stats on a computer screen. It is probably the youngest Red Devil squad that I have seen in the last decade. And one that I have not been this thrilled to manage since the FM14 days. And United had young Shrek playing for them then! So yeah, it is quite brilliant! Solskjær did a much needed cleaning during the summer. The team has been revitalized as some of the deadwood was offloaded (there is no “i” in teamwork, Alexis). The average age of the squad is a mere 26 now, with only a few key players older than that and plenty who are much younger. Undoubtedly, it is a smaller team than it was last year, more lean and tactically focused. Which makes my job that much easier when starting out. I support the notion that you should develop a tactical system that best suits your players, and not vice verse. I put a lot of emphasis in my last article on recreating Bielsa’s famous 3-3-1-3 tactic. With this goal in mind (and not completely blind to the irony) I chose United because of the strength of its squad and its overall suitability to this style. When visualizing my tactics, I like to use the old English numbering convention to see who has what role. As example using #7 to nominate the right winger and #10 the advanced playmaker. So the numbers I will give players in this guide might be different from their real world numbers. Attack 11 -Anthony Martial, 23 y.o 9 – Marcus Rashford, 21 y.o 7 – Jesse Lingard, 26 y.o So from left to right, here are my first choice attackers. Anthony Martial – now that Sanchez is out, Martial solidified his spot as our top wide attacker. Perhaps he has not reached his early hype of being the next Thierry Henry (hello Mbappe!), Anthony is still an exceptional player. As quick and physically strong as he is technical. Can easily lead the line as the central striker but his quickness and dribbling are of better service to us on the left flank. Unless you begin in early preseason, Martial will start with with 2-3 months long injury. Marcus Rashford – England’s young superstar. It says something that at tender age of 21, he already made 36 national appearances. The 21-year-old has the potential to be one of the best strikers in the game. The departure of Lukaku can allow him to flourish as the primary all-out striker. Similarly to Martial, he is comfortable on either wing. But to get his full potential, I would play him up front as the primary striker. Unlike Martial, who is already close to his peak, Rashford still has some growing to do. You just need to “water” him with lots of game time. His attributes suggest that he can develop into a well-rounded complete striker. Jesse Lingard – exemplary team player who is both mentally strong and intelligent. I would say he is the English equivalent of Thomas Muller. Hence he plays best on the wing, drifting around to find space. Lingard is one of Premier League’s best off-the-ball runners and is a master at getting into dangerous poaching positions. If only his finishing and technical abilities were better he would be world-class player. Luckily, he makes up for his lack of raw talent with unbridled energy, determination and work-rate. How fast can aWelshman run? Only one way to find out. Hopefully he will be the next Bale Daniel James – one of the big summer signings at Old Trafford. With Martial injured for almost 3 months, he will be playing a much more important role than was expected. He is all-out winger who is surprisingly fast and technical for his age, although he has to work on the mental side of his game. Daniel should be irreplaceable on the left wing with Martial injured. Once the Frenchman is back, the speedy youngster is your first go-to choice as a sub on either flank. As he gets better I expect him to start competing with Lingard for his spot in the first team. Midfield 10 – Juan Mata, 31 y.o 8 – Paul Pogba, 26 y.o 4 – Nemanja Matić, 30 y.o Juan Mata – has aged like fine Castilian wine. In his youth he was a much more attacking player, often cutting inside from the right wing. This allowed his to register 12 league goals with Chelsea in one season. Now he makes up for a lack of pace with his exquisite first touch, technique, passing and vision. While possessing good enough finishing, composure and agility to be dangerous in attack. In FM20, it is time for him to move into a more static enganche role. Yet static does not mean useless. With less attacking responsibilities, Mata can focus his creativity on assisting others. In this role he can act as an offensive pivot for players to move around. Expect to see more from me in the future about using this interesting role. Nemanja Matić – another veteran midfielder who like Mata came over from Chelsea during Mourinho’s era. There are good reasons why Jose wanted both the smooth-passing Spaniard and the tough Serb on his squad. Firstly, both Matić and Mata played key roles in Mourinho-managed Chelsea between 2013 and 2016. Secontly, Matić is the perfect foil to Mata. Whereas Mata is the offensive pivot, the Serb is the equivalent defensive pivot. Often used as a holding anchor, screening the defence while providing cover for his more offensive midfield partner. Paul Pogba – star player, needs no introduction. He is just Pogba. A name suggesting of talent of epic proportions and expectations. After solidifying his world-class status in Italy, he has yet to show what he is fully capable of at his old home. I am not going to go as far as some to claim that his €105 million price tag wasn’t justified in the last three seasons. Judging from his performances for Juve, it probably was. But I still believe that Pogba is capable of much more. A manager just needs to use him in the right system to take advantage of his famous penchant for spectacular. In my tactic, I expect him to be the roaming, dynamic link between the two stationary pivots of Mata and Matić. Andreas Pereira, 23 y.o Fred, 26 y.o Scott McTominay, 22 y.o My two rotation/sub options in the midfield are Andreas Pereira and Fred. Andreas Pereira is poised to capitalize on the progress he made last season on breaking into the first team. While Pereira will never be our main #10 playmaker, he will be an excellent backup to whoever (Gomes?) will ultimately take up the talismanic enganche mantle from Mata. So while aging Mata is still my first choice for the enganche, I expect Pereira to be his cover and help him stay fit all season. Fred – Mr.Versatility. The Brazilian did not have the best of starts at Old Trafford. While many fans called for his exit, I actually liked what he brought to the squad as an impact sub. A true jack of all trades, Fred does not especially excel in attack nor defence. But as a sub he is invaluable in how you can slot him in any position in the midfield or on the wings. If healthy, he should always be on a bench for you. Scott McTominay – definitely a breakout year for the tough Scotsman. He is 22, going on 23, and if he does not show that he cut it as tough holding midfielder then I do not think he will ever be a United player. Like Fred, Scott’s clear advantage is his versatility. So while he might not develop into the next Matic, he could fill in the central defender spot in a pinch due to his strong build and defensive skillset. I originally included him in the defender section before realizing that I had too many. Defence 5 – Victor Lindelof , 25 y.o 6 – Harry Maguire, 26 y.o Harry Maguire – newcomer and world’s most expensive defender. With the price-tag of £80 million, he comes with immense expectations. But is Harry actually worth the price of a luxury ship? Maybe. Maguire is a rare, in-demand commodity, a defender who is comfortable bringing the ball out of defence and making long passes. Its why players like Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt are among the most wanted centre-backs. After-all Juventus paid £75 million for Matthijs de Ligt. While United lost out on both of them, they acquired Maguire and he is in the similar mold. He is very technical smooth passing defender. He even shares two PPMs with van Dijk: “brings ball out of defence” and “tries long range passes”. Add Maguire’s traits of switching ball and running through centre and you got yourself a fine libero playmaker for any system that relies on playing out of the back. Victor Lindelof – another smooth-passer in the similar mold to Maguire but sans PPMs and much faster. So those who like the Cover-Stopper combination, can set Maguire as the Stopper and have Lindelof cover any missed balls or fast breakthroughs. Honestly it is one of my favourite partnerships in the the game. With defenders like Maguire and Lindelof, United can become a real force in playing out from the back. This perfectly suits my plan of emulating Bielsa who always prized technical defenders who pass the ball around rather than hoofing it. My subs in defence are Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones: Eric Bailly, 25 y.o Axel Tuanzebe, 21 y.o Phil Jones, 27 y.o Eric Bailly – a decent substitute defender. He is surprisingly fast for such a strong defender. Although his middling composure and concentration will prevent him from being my starter. If you start after early preseason, he is injured (5-6 months). Axel Tuanzebe – my number one sub option. Mentally he is already better than Bailly and Jones, especially in the composure department. Axel’s physical and technical game will catch up as long as I play him often. He is only 21 y.o so should develop into a key defender for the team. Especially if tutored by Bailly and Jones. Phil Jones – another veteran on the team as he is already on his 9th season with the Devils. Of the current players, only Ashley Young and David De Gea wore red and whites for nine seasons in a row. He starts transfer listed but it will be hard to get rid of the old stalwart Phil. Once famed for his powerful build, he is still quite sturdy if more injury prone. I do not foresee playing him more than as an sub for important games. His experience will be invaluable tutoring young Tuanzebe. Wingbacks/Defensive Wingers Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 21 y.o Diogo Dalot, 20 y.o #3 – Luke Shaw, 23 y.o Luke Shaw – our current best wingback. While he appears balanced in both attack and defence, his lack of crossing holds him back from being complete in this role. I expect him to move into a substitute role as Wan-Bissaka and Dalot improve. Ashley Young – our captain and at 34 y.o not so young anymore. Appears to still be a fine attacking fullback despite his age. On paper that is his attributes look more than good enough to fill this demanding role. Expect his fitness to drop throughout the season. So that acceleration and pace might easily go down 2-3 notches in a season. Known as a highly versatile, adaptable player (moving from winger and forward to defender), one cannot blame him for aging. I will be happy to get one more season out of this magnificent veteran. It makes it doubly important that the following two youngsters learn well from him this season to fill in those big shoes. Ashley Young (pictured), Phil Jones and David De Gea were among the last players acquired by Ser Alex Ferguson Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot are the future of the team in the wingback department. Both are very similar in their attributes, with Bissaka perhaps holding a slight edge due to his defensive capability (that 18 in tackling!). Give them as much game-time as possible and you will have two world-beaters in a year or two. Goalkeepers #1 – David De Gea, 28 y.o Sergio Romero, 32 y.o David De Gea – in my opinion hands down the world’s best goalkeeper and team’s second star player after Pogba He has a cabinet stocked with two Europa trophies, one Premier League, one each of FA Cup and League Cup. More recently, De Gea has been in the PFA Team of the Year four years in a row. Ederson has won that honour in 2019. I still believe that De Gea is the better goalkeeper if you are looking for a traditional keeper to lock down your box and throw away the key. He might not be one to rush out and start plays from the back like Neuer or Lloris, but his Reflexes, Handling and Agility are unmatched. These attributes are really all you need in a keeper, as long as he can pass short to the more creative defender. Sergio Romero – a decent backup but inferior to De Gea in all the key areas. Basically unless De Gea is injured or resting, there is no reason you should be using Romero. With De Gea being 28 y.o, United are set in the keeper department for at least another 8 years. And seeing how Romero’s contract runs out in 2021, I would not look for a younger backup until the summer of 2021. Young Devils – Four Understudies on the 1st Team From Left to Right: Gomes, Garner, Greenwod and Chong. Three Gs and one C – the future of United personified In accord with my save goal of developing youth, I decided to introduce four teenagers into the first team squad. Even before I had access to the game, I knew which ones I was going to choose. The quartet of Gomes, Garner, Greenwood and Chong. All four are considered wonderkids, have been lighting up U23 team so far this season and have been getting considerable media attention as a result. While Pogba is United’s current worldclass star, Mason Greenwood (17 y.o) is the starlet in the making. He is the kind of player who, if played consistently, could your club-defining player. Beckham for the new era. No kidding, this kid will be amazing. Labelled by Solskjær as the best finisher he has seen, Greenwood definitely has the weight of expectations on his shoulders. And this kid has a lot to live up to. Its rare you see such technical skill and composure in a 17 year old. Angel Gomes (18 y.o) was brilliant in FM19 where he tended to develop into a great little playmaker. Looks like he got even better in 2020 version. He has been compared to Ronaldinho due to his dribbling, composure and creativity. Gomes’ size is actually an advantage as it gives him low centre of gravity, an important trait of all great enganches. In many ways Angel is like Paul Scholes, sans his defensive strength. While small he is difficult to get off the ball, sees the play seconds before others and can dictate a game with his intelligence. As I expect him to take over Mata’s playmaker mantle, he will be my main sub in #10 position. James Garner (18 y.o) – if Gomes draws comparisons to Scholes then Garner could be the next Michael Carrick. He is a raw talent but has the offensive and defensive discipline to shine in the deep playmaker anchoring role occupied by Matić currently. Tahith Chong – at 19 y.o is the oldest of my Young Devils but similarly with plenty of potential to develop into a star winger. Early in his career he started out as a classic throwback winger, hugging the touchline and showing off his speed and tricks as he zoomed up and down the flank. Quiet shocking in someone so tall and slim. And this kid can really move! Since then Chong has become much more comfortable at playing on both flanks and cutting inside from the right. So that is it for the current crop of Manchester United players. I will be taking all 25 players mentioned above on my first ever campaign with the Red Devils in Football Manager 2020. Players that I did not mention won’t be included. They are Sanchez, Smalling and Henderson and start the season loaned out. Our 3rd goalkeeper Lee Grant is inferior to Romero and hopefully we will not need his services. Timothy Fosu-Mensah (slightly worse than Tuenzebe) would be a good loan option but starts with a 2-3 months injury. Hope you enjoyed this little guide and continue to follow the Young Devils series as it develops and the wonderkids go from U23 to Champions League glory! Feel free to follow and like us @ Dictate The Game’s Facebook and Dictate The Game’s Twitter
  21. NEW VERSION 1.1.1 UPDATE 12/02/2020 First release of the skin based on Football Manager 2020 Base Skin (thanks to bluestillidie00). IT'S MADE FOR LOW RES (TESTED ON 1280x800). It works very well at 1280x800 - 100% zoom. I didn't test other resolutions: please feel free to try and give me a feedback. PLEASE DO NOT REQUEST FUNCTIONS THAT ARE NOT PRESENT. I WILL NOT PROVIDE ASSISTANCE FOR ISSUES NOT RELATED TO BUGS/ISSUES OF THE SKIN. IMPORTANT: IF YOU WANT TO SHARE MY SKIN IN YOUR BLOG/WEBSITE, PLEASE KEEP THE ORIGINAL DOWNLOAD LINK! Credits: bluestilldie90, Michaeltmurrayuk, FLUT skin makers, Emil Debski (Vitrex Skin), Pikawa (CFM Skin), D_LO_, wkdsoul, Wannachupbrew and many others! Recommended graphics: Cut-out faces megapack TCM20 Logos pack Mini stadium pack Changelog v1.0: First release v1.1: Added Dark Version! Fixed double league history in Club Overview New Fixture Details Panel Fixed bug after Instant Result Added custom colours for Attributes v1.1.1: Fixed colours for Dark version Added player faces to Player Search Fixed Fixture Details Panel Some graphical adjustments DOWNLOAD LINK: http://www.mediafire.com/file/fepjrmquntj4wsh/tiki-taka_20.zip/file
  22. Hey guys, so this will be my second time writing in the FMCU, after the adventures of Nemanja Vidic last edition. Getting bored of the English leagues, I have decided to embark on what will hopefully be a long-ish journeyman save around several of the European leagues. I always do enjoy playing as a recently retired ex-player, and this time is no different. I have gone with one of my favourite CM legends from back in the day (although for the life of me I can't remember which team I signed him for), Kennedy Bakircioglü Loaded up a bunch of the top European leagues and a couple of others where Kennedy played during his career to give us this final list - England, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Portugal, Russia, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Greece. We started off unemployed and with zero coaching badges but as an ex-international. Luckily, didn't have to wait very long for the first job to come up, which will be described in the next post. Since I have already played through a season & a half, the first couple of updates would be a bit on the brief side, hopefully followed by longer & more detailed ones henceforth. The aim of this save, first & foremost, is to have a lot of fun. While doing so take in some new experiences, manage in countries I haven't done before. Broadly planning to spend anywhere between 2-4 seasons at a club before moving on, which is about as long as I can last anyway. Hopefully bring some success and silverware to each of the clubs we are at, in the process building Kennedy's career & reputation and moving up one step at a time. So here we go! Would love some feedback & comments along the way.
  23. In case the pictures don't work here is the link to my original article: https://dictatethegame.com/2020/01/20/total-football-total-balance-the-most-important-attribute/ Young Devils Guide Football Manager is a cultural phenomenon because it is a game that is built around numerical statistics and spreadsheets. And at the core of all the stats, are player attributes, representing their technical, mental and physical ability. Which in on themselves are simple collections of numbers. Yet they can make us whoop with joy, when you first see that wonderkid regen with green 16+ values across the board. Or sigh in frustration when confronted with down-pointing red arrows in the development screen. So when asking FM players, what in their opinion is the most important attribute in the game, responses will likely vary. I have been playing the game long enough, across its many versions, to form my own opinion. I believe Balance is most important to good tactics. And here is why. Previously on Young Devils Series: https://dictatethegame.com/2019/12/23/jovenes-diablos-the-spanish-4-1-4-1-armada/ Discovering The Winning Formula As my second season with Manchester United draws to an end, I find my tactic is moving further away from pure Bielsa tribute, while retaining some of the features that are very Bielsa-like. These include maximizing possession, creating overloads on the wings and high defensive line pressing. Essentially, I am still trying to follow Bielsa's central obsession: quest to achieve Total Football with any club. And it is amazing what he has achieved with a club like Leeds United in only two years. Also with Man Utd, my aim is beautiful attacking possession at all costs. As I continuously tweak my tactics in over 180 hours with FM20, I am starting to see patterns that lead to success. Because in essence FM tactics are collections of attributes (aka statistical values) put together in a meaningful way (your formation and roles). So when you pinpoint the right combinations of attributes that win games regularly then you have proof that you have a recipe for victory. It seems deceptively simple. And after I break it down in this article it should be. Hopefully after reading this, you will see a formula that can be applied to any club, from the world-class champion to a lowly backwater underdog. Winning one game is simple, it is replicating that success that is the hard part in Football Manager. So why do some teams win more often than others? Tactical Evolution As you might recall from my last piece, the summer transfer period brought an invasion of Spaniards to Old Trafford. I also started experimenting with a 4-1-4-1 shape, similar to the one Bielsa is using at Leeds. Inspired by Bielsa's style, my 4-1-4-1 attacks with three banks of three plus the free player, our enganche. Our three banks are the three runners, three holding players and three defenders. My formation went through a series of changes. Starting like this at the start of the season: Then moving to the one below a few months into the season. I made some roles more aggressive and others less so, while bringing the mentality down to Balanced. Also as you can see from the zoomed in winger instruction, I started to implement the Split Block. But more about this later. As you can see the general structure of three distinct groups of attack, support and defence is maintained despite some changes in roles. Essentially the three players on attack duty act as my runners. The CF, BWM and Winger are supporting the attackers. While the three defenders (including the right wingback) maintain solidity in the back. Finally the third evolution of the tactic happened during the Winter break. It is definitely the most successful iteration where we finally achieved the balance in attack and defence. The balance was achieved by making sure that there is equal distribution of runners, support/creators and defenders in the formation. The wingers were moved into more advanced positions to make them more attack-minded whereas before they tended to stay back too much despite Positive team mentality. At the same time their advanced positioning, allowed me to implement inverted wingbacks. Because what is a Bielsa-inspired tactic, without inverted wingbacks? Bielsa's inverted wingbacks are probably the hardest to recreate in the game. At times they operate like standard wingbacks hugging the flanks. At other times they will cut inside to overload the midfield or help with possession. The latter is how the inverted wingback role in the game behaves. Usually they will cut inside and play more central, rarely diverting from this rule. As long as there is another player on the wing directly in front of them. But if that player is in the advanced winger position, the inverted wingback will sometimes break from his programming. He will move up like a regular wingback to occupy this freed up space. Thus he will unwittingly act more like Bielsa-style hybrid between a wingback and midfielder. It is too much for me to go into here, but inverted wingbacks when used this way are probably my favourite part of the tactic. This winning formula has allowed Manchester United to go on a three months unbeaten streak both domestically and in Europe. As of March 23, we are holding 2nd position in the league (with only 3 points behind Man City). The victories against Arsenal and Manchester City were the highlights during this time. Balance and Strength The third and final version of the tactic maintains the same three equal banks structure. Categorized by duty, you still have the runners (attack), ball holders (support) and defenders. The player that does not fit into any of the three groups, is our sole playmaker. He is usually designated as the enganche ("pivot") in any Bielsa formation. It is a role that is indispensable to Bielsa, as it is the player that is not tasked with any defensive or attacking duties. A free player in all sense of word, a pure playmaker. Free to do what he does best, create and dictate plays. What makes a great enganche is not in where on field he is positioned, but how he behaves in that position. This is where the importance of Balance attribute is first revealed. Enganche is first and foremost a playmaker. Secondly he is a stationary playmaker that relies on balance and not agility of movement like a trequartista. Balance is very important to all playmakers because it is the attribute that defines how well they are able to resist the force exerted by opposing players trying to take away the ball. It's simple, the more time your player gets on the ball, the more chance your team has of winning. Its a basic tenet of Total Football. But a playmaker who is told to hold position like an enganche or deep-lying playmaker needs to have exceptional balance to offset the strength of the opponent's press. Strength attribute is Balance's constant nemesis. It is the defensive attribute that defines how well a defender can exert himself in forcing the ball away from his opponent. Technically smart and physically strong defenders will always have an advantage over playmakers who might be elite in their technique but weak in Balance. A real life example would be a player like Neymar who is an exceptional attacking playmaker as his profile in FM20 would reflect. Yet his biggest weakness are his relatively low Balance, Work Rate and Strength (14, 10, 10 respectively). At first look it might not seem so bad, but one needs to keep in mind that because of his reputation, Neymar will naturally draw more defenders to him. And when coming up against strong, hard-working defenders, Neymar is often pressured off the ball or worse. Neymar will never be a good player in Bielsa-ball system. Sorry Junior! The Belgians were trying to keep him upright but all their skill could not do it. So at its essence, most tactics come down to a battle of Balance versus Strength. Of course there are other attributes that play an important role, but at its core the team that can win the Balance battle, can get an advantage over their opponent. Which is why my front four (including mezzala) are going to be my players with the best strength and balance. Being part of the split block they will need strength to press the opposition hard while the balance will help them to retain the ball once they win it. Enganche, while not involved in the press, will be another balance player and the most important player in the system. Un Enganche y Tres Punta FM2014 was my first ever Football Manager game and as such will always have a special place in my heart. I will always remember it due to some memorable saves, such as my first promotion with Manisaspor in Turkey and the regen only saga with Rostock. One of my most memorable players from 2014 version, has to be Riquelme. It was the last Football Manager that he appeared in. Sadly, I never got to manage one of the most unique playmakers in any FM game. Looking back at his attribute distribution I do not think we will get one like him for a while. At least not a few years until Messi starts to slow down in the latter half of his 30s. So what made Riquelme so unique and so sought after by FM14 tactic aficionados? As you can see above, despite the degeneration of most of his physical attributes, Riquelme's Balance remained high. So while he was one of the great playmakers of his generation, his name became synonymous with the role of enganche. In Football Manager definition, an enganche is the team's prime creator, and a hook that joins midfield to attack. This playmaker holds a static pivot role behind the striker(s) and the rest of the team moves around him. Unlike other playmaker roles like trequartista, it is a relatively stationary role. Meaning enganche acts a focal point for passes and starts plays. He does not move into space or tries to get involved in attacks. He will not create the space but instead take advantage of the space created by others moving around him. For such a static role, high Balance is essential. It will help the player stay rooted to his position despite heavy opposition pressure. And while he is pressed, space will be invariably created elsewhere that enganche's more mobile team members can exploit. As such the enganche is the most important role in a Bielsa system. No matter which team he manages or which formation, Marcelo 'El Loco' Bielsa never moves away from one basic formula. The setup of his front four attacking players is always the same. The formula is always three attacking midfielders (one No.10 playmaker and two wingers) behind the centre-forward. The so-called ‘un enganche y tres punta’ or "the hook and three points" is as much a product of Bielsa's Argentine Football upbringing as his adventurous attacking style. You can take Bielsa out of Argentina but you can never take Argentina out of El Loco. And enganche is as much a part of Argentinean football tradition as regista is Italy's. One cannot talk about the history of football in either nation without at least mentioning these two iconic roles. In this sense, Riquelme did for Argentina what Pirlo did for Italy. Looking for a Perfect Hook I've been trying to fit this free creative element into my current formation, by actually using a playmaker role, other than the game's enganche. I find FM20 enganche's position to be too advanced to have significant influence on the build up play. In reality I believe traditional enganches, such Riquelme, started much deeper in midfield. This allowed them to have more time on the ball and more space for their passes. Thus my ideal playmaker is not one that sits right behind the attackers as the game would suggest. Instead I want him to be a deeper creative presence. This is where my Bielsa-ball tactic will diverge from the pure Bielsa recreation. Although I hope the spirit of Total Football shall be preserved. Juan Mata - my current perfect enganche How do you know that your team has an enganche? It is not just a question of whether you have a classic No.10 Playmaker (although its part of the role). Enganche is a pretty unique and special role. One that goes against the merciless logic at the core of the game. A good enganche could be a young player or one that is well into his 30s. It is probably the only role that actually gets better as the player ages. Typically a playmaker's technical and mental attributes will keep on increasing while his pace and acceleration decrease. Fortunately, balance, and strength are among the last to go. So given Messi's current level of balance, he will turn into a pretty amazing enganche in a few years. Maybe even better than Riquelme at the same age. Mata is my current enganche and he is still going strong despite being 32. Manager's Dilemma - Constant Tactical Balancing Act This is probably the reason why I feel so much affinity to Bielsa. I suspect that El Loco would be as obsessive, if not more so, if he was a Football Manager player. As some of my readers found out by now, I am a pathological FM tactics tinkerer. I admit that I have a problem. I probably spend more time fine-tuning my tactics then I do actually simulating games. That is probably the main reason why I still have not finished second season with Manchester United after two months with only one save. While I see some people already post pics of Messi and Ronaldo as club managers. But the problem is that the moment I balance one aspect of my tactic, I discover that there is something else that could be improved. It is a never-ending process of small incremental improvements. At least that is what I like to think. Sometimes after changing a role or instruction, the whole system is made worse. It is a risk. But without experimentation there is no discovery. The Attribute Method When I looked at my 4-1-4-1 from the start of the 2nd season, I realized that I was lacking focus, both in roles and in its style. How did I want this tactic to attack and defend? What roles did I want to use to achieve this? Pressing is a key element in all of Bielsa's tactics. There are a number of methods by which pressing can be achieved in the game. One that I have had success with in FM20 is the split block. Its a style of pressing where the front attackers are told to close down much more than the team's default level of pressing. I achieve this through using individual instructions, as you probably saw in the tactic pictures above. The players that I want to be part of the split block are the striker, wingers and mezzala. As such their attribute distribution is very important. Overall they should be well-rounded in both attack and defence. But their Bravery, Workrate and Strength attributes should be among their best as these attributes control how strongly and how often they will press the opposition. As I mentioned above, balance attribute is also key in the battle for the control of the ball. It defines the ability of a player to maintain possession despite heavy pressure from opponent's defenders. Balance is very important for any attacking player as it helps determine the quality of cross/shot/pass made while under pressure. The defender's strength attribute acts as the counter the attacker's balance as a fast, strong defender can throw even the most nimble attacker off balance when closing him down. Thus my front four need good levels of both balance and strength. Strength for their pressing while out of possession and balance to control the ball in possession when faced against opponent's defence. This is how I set up the front four players. 1) The Brunt of Attack will come from the AML (inside forward), and the Mezzala. 2) The Support will be from the Central Striker and AMR (inverted winger). The left side can afford to be more attacking because of 3) the holding playmaker, our enganche, on that side. Similarly on the right side there should be nice interplay between the inverted winger and the attacking mezzala. With the inverted winger dropping back and creating cut backs for mezzala surging beyond him. The right inverted wingback is also close at hand as a passing option. The collection of supporting roles on the right side should naturally lead to an overload. On the left flank, we have the inside forward and inverted wingback taking advantage of the space liberated by the overload to create 1v1 or 2v1. Our holding playmaker (deep enganche so to speak), is essential to this whole attacking movement. Not only does he provide support to the runners on the left but also covers the left space while they advance. He does not need to be the most defensive player as he will not be involved in the press. He does need a good level of balance since he will be holding on to the ball quite a bit. The Ball-Winning Midfielder, our midfield destroyer, is also there to secure the exposed flank. More importantly he will try to win back any balls that get through our frontal press. To be effective BWM needs to be among our most physically-imposing players with very good tackling and positioning attributes. I instruct him to hold position. Achieving balance in your tactic is not just about balanced distribution of roles but also about positioning of those roles on the field. Sometimes how the player acts in his role is fully dependent on where he is on the field and how strong he is in a certain attribute. Next step is identifying those players and making sure that you play them to their strength. I hope this gives you a little idea of my Attribute Method to tactical creation and balancing. In an upcoming article I will be showing how this method is further defining my Total Football DNA and influencing a whole new generation of stars at Old Trafford. Thank you for reading and feel free to follow and like us @ Dictate The Game’s Facebook and Dictate The Game’s Twitter Tactic Download Link: https://ufile.io/rqjns0g4 For those wondering, the header picture for the article is in fact the great Riquelme in action for Villareal.
  24. Training Planner FM20 v1.5 spreadsheet (dropbox link, excel sheet, no macros) @FMathlete (Blog Here) did the initial version of this spreadsheet for FM19, he has given permission for me to share it here. I have updated it for the added modules in FM20. I've also added some "tweaks", which maybe used or ignored as you wish. Please note the disclaimer at the top of the Read Me page: This workbook was prepared independently of SI and FM. It is entirely my own interpretation of how I understand the training modules to work and i could very well be completely wrong! I am continuing to test it's success and will make adjustments to the maths as I learn more about the true impact of training sessions on player attributes. Please feel free to use the data as you see fit, and share your comments or suggestions for improvements with the community. Here is the current list of updates and features tweaks. Current updates: Added Bravery Attribute Added Attacking Overlap Added Defend from the Front Added Play from the Back Current tweaks: User Input page: You can now enter your League Reputation (0-5 stars) for a baseline training regime guide of intensity. You can now enter your squad's average attributes for Natural Fitness, Stamina, Work Rate, and Determination for a custom training regime guideline. (These attributes have been selected because they seem most applicable to the visible traits to how hard you can push your squad in training, disregards personalities) You can select up to 10 CORE DNA attributes. These will be highlighted on the Tactical Planner page for your convenience. Tactical Planner page: Added a Type for each DAY's training regime. This will quickly show the training intensity level (should be comparable to the ingame intensity) as well as the Tactical Periodization training type. Added a scale for intensity colors and a definition section for the Tactical Periodization terminology. Along with brief suggested usage. As noted above, the Core DNA attributes you have selected will be highlighted in the table. Read Me page: Moved notes around. Added change log Added To Do list
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