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||                         Fifa 2004 Budgets Guide                       ||
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Game: FIFA 2004
Console: Sony Playstation2
Developer: EA Sports
Genre: Soccer Sim
Release: October 24, 2003
Author: Sam Morehouse (GigoloSam)
Contact Email: samuelm@mail.utexas.edu
Copyright 2004 Sam Morehouse

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1. Author and FAQ Info
  1.1. Copyright Information  
  1.2. Contact Information
  1.3. Version History

2. Budget Info
  2.1. Introduction to FIFA 2004 Budget System
  2.2. Categories of Leagues
  2.3. Disclaimer of Accuracy
  2.4. Promotion and Relegation
  2.5. Non-Promotion budget changes
  2.6. Do budgets carry over from year to year?
  2.7. Simulated games, team changes, and rank

3. League Types
  3.1. Best
  3.2. Good
  3.3. English Division 2
  3.4. English Division 3

4. Future Plans Update

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1.1. Copyright Information:  
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This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal, 
private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed 
publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other
web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a 
violation of copyright. Please contact me on the email below to ask 
permission for use of this guide.
	
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1.2. Contact Information: 
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Before emailing me, please READ THE ENTIRE FAQ, especially the explanation 
of what a team rating actually is. It has nothingto do with your prestige 
as a teams manager.

If you need to contact me about the guide, please email me at 
samuelm@mail.utexas.edu. Please only email me with errors in the guide or 
requests for the guide. Any questions about the game (that do not have to 
do with things discussed in the guide) should be sent to a messageboard, 
like the one at www.soccergaming.tv . 

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1.3. Version History:
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02/02/04- 1.1 Removed ratings upon request. Added ratings explanation, 
edited margins, updated info on my next FAQ, redid the format a little.

01/13/04- 1.0 First submitted version.
	

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2.1. Introduction to FIFA 2004 Budget System: 
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Fifa 2004 uses two things to determine the starting salaries of a team, 
their league and their rating. For this reason, you should use this FAQ 
along with Psy's team ratings FAQ to see what each teams budget is. It can 
be found at Gamefaqs.com along with some other great FAQs.

Since I have gotten some confusing emails, I will clear up what a team 
rating is. Whenever you select a team, either from the "Play Now" or 
"Career Mode" options in the menu, there are 5 stars below the teams name, 
however many are colored equals the teams rating. What IS NOT the teams 
rating are the stars that are on the top of the screen next to your name in
the career mode. This is your career rating, which is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT 
than your teams' rating.

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2.2. Categories of leagues:
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Fifa 2004 puts the leagues into four categories, which I have named Best, 
Good, English Division 2 and English Division 3 (the reason for the last 
two will be evident shortly). Depending on the quality of the league, the 
teams, regardless of their rating, will get a different amount of money. 
For instance, a team with a rating of 3 stars in a "Best" league, such as 
the Premier League, will start with 12 Million, where a team with the same 
rating in a "Good" league, such as English Division 1 or the Danish 
Superfigaen, will start with 8 Million. The English Division 2 and 3 have 
the lowest starting budgets, with Division 3 having the lower of the two.

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2.3. Disclaimer of Accuracy:
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Once I found this relationship with team rating and league type, I stopped 
manually checking every team, so if any of these are incorrect then let me 
know and I will update the list.  

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2.4. Relegation and Promotion:
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It seems that relegation does not lower your rank at all, but promotion 
might raise it one star. Since I do not know exactly how your league 
performance affects your budget, I can't tell if teams have more money 
because of their good play in winning a league or if they get an extra 
point in their rating due to promotion. The budgets that promoted teams 
have seem to be consistent with gaining a point in your rank, so this is 
why I think this is what happens. Unfortunately, once you've gained a point
due to promotion, you cannot gain another for being promoted to the same 
league. If this is confusing, here's what I tested. 

I got West Ham promoted from Eng. Div 1 to the FA Premier League, then they
got relegated, then they got promoted again, and their budget was similar 
to when they got originally promoted. 

What I have not tested is taking a Division 3 team and getting them to 
either Eng Div 1 or the FA Premier League, and seeing what happens to their
budget. If anyone tests this, let me know what happens. 

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2.5. Non-Promotion Budget Changes:
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As for what happens to your budget on successive seasons, this is somewhat 
unclear to me. I do know that your budget will change, but why I don't know.
The changes that do occur in budget are pretty small though, with the
largest that I've seen being 2.5 Million with Real Madrid. If anyone has 
any info on this please email me.

Since vesion 1 I have revieved emails about teams that win everything they 
can but their budgets do not change. I have no reason for what could cause 
this, if anyone figures out why some budgets raise while others don't then 
let me know.

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2.6. Do budgets carry over from year to year?:
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NO!! Your budget will not carry over to the next year, so if you were 
planning on saving up for a big player and not spending anything for a few 
years, this will not work. 

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2.7. Simulated games, team changes, and rank:
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Another interesting thing is that no matter how bad your team is, your 
rating will not lower. I tested this by taking Real Madrid and selling all 
of their players ranked over 65, and replacing them with the worst players 
I could find, looking specifically for ones below 40. This team not only 
won 3 League Championships, they kept their high budget also. This showed 
two things: simulating matches only uses your team rating to determine the 
stronger team and the team rating doesn't change if your players change 
from season to season.
 
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3.1. Best:
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Dutch League
FA Premier League
German Bund. 1
Italian Division 1
Ligue de Professionnel 1
Spanish Primera

Rating		Starting Budget
¯¯¯¯¯¯		¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯
5		43.0 Million
4.5		33.0 Million
4		23.0 Million
3.5		13.0 Million
3		12.0 Million
2.5		11.0 Million
2		10.0 Million
1.5		 9.5 Million
1		 9.0 Million
.5		 N/A*

What this means is that a team in any of these leagues with a rating of 4 
will start with 23 Million in their budget (like Barcelona).

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3.2. Good:
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Austrian T-Mobile
Belgian Juplier
Danish Superligen
English Division 1
German Bund. 2
Italian Division 2
K-League
Ligue de Professionnel 2
MLS
Norwegian Tippe.
Portuguese Superliga
Scottish Premier
Spanish Segunda
Swedish Allsvenskan
Swiss Axpo

Rating		Starting Budget
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5		N/A*
4.5		N/A*
4		N/A*
3.5		9.0 Million
3		8.0 Million
2.5		7.0 Million
2		6.0 Million
1.5		5.5 Million
1		5.0 Million
.5		4.5 Million

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3.3. English Division 2:
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English Division 2

Rating		Starting Budget
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5		N/A*
4.5		N/A*
4		N/A*
3.5		N/A*
3		N/A*
2.5		N/A*
2		N/A*
1.5		3.5 Million
1		3.0 Million
.5		2.5 Million

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3.4. English Division 3:
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English Division 3

Rating		Starting Budget
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5		N/A*
4.5		N/A*
4		N/A*
3.5		N/A*
3		N/A*
2.5		N/A*
2		N/A*
1.5		N/A*
1		2.0 Million
.5		1.5 Million


* Not Applicable because there are no teams in the game, in this league 
type, that have this rating. Thus, I cannot see their rank to ensure the 
value. If you get a good lead on what they are then email me.

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The player list I discussed in the last version is half done, and will most
likely be released in a CSV (comma seperated values) format so it can be 
transfered to either a spreadsheet or a database program. I will only write
instructions for Excel and Access, since these are the programs I have. 
Expect this in a few weeks after this guide gets posted.

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