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            Championship Manager Season 99/00 English League FAQ
                                   Version Final
                                 15th October 2000
                                  by Rich Taylor
                 e-mail: benoit@thecrippler.freeserve.co.uk
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    Copyright:
     Copyright 2000 Rich Taylor. It may not be stolen, altered, or used for
    any type of profit. It may be reproduced electronically, and printed 
    for PRIVATE, PERSONAL use. It may not be placed on a CD, printed in a
    magazine  or any type of publication. It cannot be placed on any website
    without my permission.If you would like to contribute to this FAQ (you will
    be credited,) please e-mail me, as well as any questions, comments, or
    corrections, to the address above.
    
    If you use a small part of this in your own FAQ, give me credit, and do ask
    for permission first.
    
    The only websites that can post this are;
    
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    Version 1.0 can be found at http://dlh.net
    
    If you have found this guide, or an earlier version of it on any other site
    please e-mail me and tell me where.
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    This is my first ever FAQ for my favourite game ever. If there is anything 
    that you feel needs to be said to me then please e-mail me as I appreciate 
    all feedback whether it's good, bad or just indifferent. Just don't send 
    insults as that is a very childish thing to do. Please e-mail me with any
    players or staff that you recommend as well, along with their details,
    the same format as below, I will add them in a later update. Please
    remember that they should be recommended for the English League, thanks.
    If you have read this just please e-mail me and tell me what you thought.
    
    I thought that I would write this as there is no other FAQ for this game 
    at GameFaqs and I feel that it deserves one. I have only played the 
    English leagues in any depth but a lot of this can be used in most 
    leagues, but I find it easier to play the English leagues because 
    of my familiarity with most of the players and teams.
    
    On another note, for any utilities for the game, as well as new 
    menu bars to use through the picture editor go to www.thedugout.net 
    for all your CM needs.
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    Revision History
    
    Version 1.0 8th October 2000
    Wrote the entire thing
    
    Version 1.1 9th October 2000
    Added one new formation, added a few new recommended players. Added someone
    else to the acknowledgements. Made a few spelling and grammar corrections.
    
    Version 1.2 11th October 2000
    Updated my comedy acknowledgements. Corrected some errors. Changed the
    copyright notice as some people don't take them seriously enough. I am
    updating this a lot, I keep finding things wrong with it though. Mainly
    stupid spelling mistakes. Added more players.
    
    Version Final 15th October 2000
    I have decided to make this the last update as CM 00/01 comes out on the 27th
    of October and the demo is already out. I haven't included as much as I would
    have liked as I have been busy playing the demo of CM 00/01 and it is
    fantastic you can download it now from www.thedugout.net. I have also been
    busy setting up my two Fansites. The first one is for John Shuttleworth, the
    Northern Singer/Songwriter. Which can be found at;
    http://vulcan.spaceports.com/~johnshut/
    My other site is dedicated to the Women of the World Wrsetling Federation.
    This can be found at;
    http://www.geocities.com/wrestling_women/
    Please visit them both if you are reading this and get back to me with any
    feedback on them. For this update I have added more staff, and a few new players.
    Look out for my CM 00/01 FAQ about Halloween time. Thank for reading.
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    Contents.
     1. Introduction
     2. Cheats and Tips
     3. Recommended Players
     4. Recommended Staff
     5. Tactics and Formations
     6. Acknowledgements
    
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    1. Introduction
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    My best advice for people just starting out on the game is to be a First 
    Division team to get used to the way that the games runs. Be a good team 
    like Blackburn, Wolves or Fulham. These teams have a decent amount of money 
    and some decent players. It's a good idea to start in the First Division as 
    most of the games are League games and the competition is quite level all 
    round. Then when you feel that you have got used to the game try either a 
    Premiership team or a Second Division team, so that you can go from one 
    extreme to another. This FAQ will not include a section about how everything 
    works, such as Scouting or Training as they are explained very well in the 
    Instruction Manual and to go over them here would be pointless and time 
    consuming.
    
    This FAQ is mainly useful for when you are running a succesful team in the 
    Premiership, it doesn't have to be a team that is good from the beggining, 
    like Manchester United or Arsenal, it could be a team that you have made good. 
    Just as long as it hasn't taken too long as the players that I will recommend 
    later on might be a bit too old.
    
    I have done very well in this game with Manchester United, Leeds United, 
    Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion (I did take me 
    5 seasons to get them promoted though). So that will be the basis of what 
    I will go on. I have also managed the French national side to wins in the 
    Olympics and the European Championships while I was managing Leeds, 
    but that can get quite hectic and confusing so I won't go into detail 
    about managing national sides.
    
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    2. Cheats and Tips
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    *To manage a national side without having them ask you.
      When you are picking a team to manage, click on a team name and then click 
    on a player of the nationality of the Country you want to manage and then 
    click on the nationality then click on Take Control. E.g. If you want to 
    take over Emgland, clicl on Arsenal, click on David Seaman, and then click on 
    English to go to the squad of the national team, the click on Take Control. 
    This can be done for any country that you are running a league from, but Wales, 
    Ireland and Northeren Ireland can be managed just by running the English 
    League alone.
    
    *Get players for free.
       When you bid for a player make a high bid that will definitely be accepted, 
    even if you don't have enough money. When the offer is accepted go to the Offer 
    Contract screen and when you are on the first screen (the one with the player 
    status on it, i.e. Indispensible, Important, Squad Player etc) click on the 
    players name, then go to action and withdraw the bid. Then, while still on 
    the player stats screen, go to action, go to Bid For Player and bid O for 
    him, then click on OK. Click on OK again and you will be back on the offer 
    contract screen, offer the player a contract and if he accepts you will 
    sign him for free.
    
    *Players Fines
       Be careful that you fine players consistently and fairly. If a player 
    gets a two match ban from a red card fine him two weeks wages. If a player 
    plays at least 45 minutes, gets a 5 rating and gets sent off for a 1 match 
    ban, you can fine him two weeks wages, but do it seperately, once for the 
    ban and once for the poor performance.
    
    Follow this chart for performance fines;
    Rating    Fine
      5       1 week
      4       2 weeks
      3       3 weeks
      2       4 weeks
      1       4 weeks + go back and fine him an additional week for poor 
                        performance again.
    
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    3. Recommended Players
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    All of the players info will be laid out in the following format;
    Name
    Nationality
    Club
    Value
    Age
    
    If there are any mistakes on the clubs of the players, or their ages e-mail
    me at benoit@thecrippler.freeserve.co.uk with the subject CM99/00 FAQ
    corrections. There may be some errors as I have used a game update on my
    version so some players may have been changed incorrectly and I am going by
    memory on some of the past clubs. If you tell me of any errors I will change
    them.
    
    a)Goalkeepers.
    Always get a Goalie from within the EU, there are a vast number of 
    Keepers from there and it seems pointless to waste one of the three 
    foreigners on the Goalkeeper.
    
    Sander Westerveld
    Dutch
    Liverpool
    3.3m
    25
    
    
    Alex Manninger
    Austrian
    Arsenal
    3m
    22
    The keeper to buy. Incredibly consistent, and he is second choice 
    behind Seaman, so he is very willing to leave. Expect to pay around 
    5.5m for him.
    
    Francesco Toldo
    Italian
    Fiorentina
    5.75m
    28
    
    Richard Wright
    English
    Ipswich
    3.3m
    22
    If you can't get Manninger, get him.
    
    Edwin Van Der Sar
    Dutch
    Juventus
    6m
    29
    
    Fabian Barthez
    French
    Monaco
    5m
    28
    My favourite keeper in the world (I am biased as a Manchester
    United fan though). Very tough to get.
    
    Magnus Hedman
    Swedish
    Coventry
    4.6m
    26
    
    Shay Given
    Irish
    Newcastle
    3.9m
    23
    
    Nicky Weaver
    English
    Manchester City
    2.2m
    20
    
    b) Defenders
    Get central defender who are quick and can use both feet.
    
    Kieron Dyer
    English
    Newcastle
    5.75m
    20
    Buy him now.
    
    Rio Ferdinand
    English
    West Ham
    5.25m
    21
    Buy him as well
    
    Moreno Torricelli
    Italian
    Fiorentina
    5.25m
    29
    
    Phil Neville
    English
    Manchester United
    5m
    22
    Forget what he done in Euro 2000, he's class in CM 99/00
    
    Bixente Lizarazu
    French
    Parma
    5m
    30
    
    Lillian Thuram
    French
    Parma
    5m
    27
    The best defender in the game
    
    Sol Campbell
    English
    Tottenham
    4.5m
    25
    The best English defender
    
    Chris Morgan
    English
    Barnsley
    110k
    21
    A fantastic defender for the price
    
    Sami Hyypia
    Finnish
    Liverpool
    4m
    26
    
    Jonathan Woodgate
    English
    Leeds
    3.7m
    19
    A great young defender
    
    Ben Thatcher
    English
    Wimbledon
    2.2m
    24
    
    Juan Manuel Lopez (Rivihunt@aol.com)
    Spanish
    Atletico Madrid
    1m
    30
    Quite old, but good for the price
    
    c) Midfielders
    Every midfielder needs to have good passing, pace and tackling or
    finishing.
    
    Harry Kewell
    Australian
    Leeds
    11.75m
    21
    
    Jose Mari
    Spanish
    Atletico Madrid
    11.25m
    21
    Must buy
    
    Ryan Giggs
    Welsh
    Manchester United
    11.25m
    26
    Another must buy
    
    Paul Scholes
    English
    Manchester United
    8.75m
    25
    A great attacking midfielder
    
    Roy Keane
    Irish
    Manchester United
    5.5m
    28
    Just take over Man Utd it'll be easier
    
    Patrick Viera
    French
    Arsenal
    7.25
    23
    
    Jorg Heinrich
    German
    Fiorentina
    3.6m
    30
    
    Mehmett Scholl
    German
    Bayern Munich
    5m
    29
    
    Robbie Keane
    Irish
    Coventry
    9m
    19
    
    Joseba Etxeberria
    Spanish
    Atletico Bilbao
    9.75m
    22
    
    Javi Gonzalez
    Spanish
    Atletico Bilbao
    5.75m
    25
    
    Simon Davies
    Welsh
    Peterborough
    500k
    19
    
    Matthew Etherington
    English
    Peterborough
    500k
    19
    Buy both of these Peterborough players, Simon Davies can play now and 
    Etherington comes good in 2 seasons.
    
    Ivan De La Pena
    Spanish
    Lazio
    9m
    27
    
    Edgar Davids (Rivihunt@aol.com)
    Dutch
    Juventus
    6.25m
    26
    A must buy
    
    Juan Sebastian Veron
    Argentinian
    Lazio
    13m
    24
    A fantatstic all round midfielder, attacking or defending.
    
    d) Attackers
    They need good pace, finishing and passing.
    
    Robbie Fowler
    English
    Liverpool
    11.25m
    24
    Best English attacker
    
    Alan Shearer
    English
    Newcastle
    5.75m
    29
    Second best English attacker
    
    Dwight Yorke
    Trinidad & Tobagan
    Manchester United
    8.75m
    28
    
    Mark Burchill
    Scottish
    Celtic
    5.75m
    19
    
    Javier Saviola
    Argentinian
    River
    3.9m
    18
    
    Christian Vieri
    Italian
    Inter Milan
    10.75m
    26
    
    Ruud Van Nistelrooy
    Dutch
    PSV
    9m
    23
    
    Sa Pinto
    Portuguese
    Real Sociedad
    7.5m
    27
    
    Olivier Bierhoff
    German
    AC Milan
    6.75m
    31
    
    Gabriel Batistuta
    Argentinian
    Firoentina
    13.5m
    30
    My favourite attacker.
    
    Martin Palermo (Rivihunt@aol.com)
    Argentinian
    Boca
    11m
    25
    
    Michael Owen (darthtripleh@yahoo.co.uk)
    English
    Liverpool
    15m
    20
    Don't buy him if you aren't an English club
    
    Michael Bridges (darthtripleh@yahoo.co.uk)
    English
    Leeds
    5m
    21
    
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    4. Recommended Staff
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    I will follow this pattern for the staff;
    Name
    Nationality
    Age
    I don't usually follow the reputations of the staff as they can be overated
    the attributes are a much better way of finding out how good they are.
    All of the staff that I recommend can all speak English, which is needed
    otherwise they can't communicate with any of the players.
    
    Assistant Managers
    Terry Gibson
    English
    36
    A good assistant with good man management skills
    
    Tony McAndrew
    Scottish
    43
    The best assistant that you can get, any that are better are usually at good
    clubs and won't leave.
    
    Tommy Svensson (www.thedugout.net)
    Swedish
    
    Lars Lager (www.thedugout.net)
    Swedish
    
    Coaches
    You need 5 coaches, so try and get all of the ones that I recommend. If
    they won't come make sure that the ones that you get have at least 18 for
    both of their Coaching Attributes (Outfield players and Keepers)
    Joop Hiele
    Dutch
    40
    
    Sepp Maier
    German
    55
    
    Neil Bailey
    English
    53
    
    Antonio Pintos
    Italian
    58
    
    Martin Haas
    Dutch
    34
    
    Richard Stacey
    English
    
    Andoni Zubizaretta (www.thedugout.net)
    Spanish
    
    Ernie Tippett
    English
    
    Scouts
    Make sure that any scout you get has at least 18 for both scouting
    youth players and judging players potential. You need at least
    4 scouts.
    
    Kit Carson
    English
    54
    
    Steven Brown
    Scottish
    48
    
    Matthew Atela
    English
    56
    
    Jon Burton
    English
    38
    
    Frans DeKat
    Dutch
    53
    
    Dean Gripton
    English
    33
    
    Shaun North
    English
    59
    
    Ralph Puncheno
    English
    36
    
    Bob Clayton
    American/English
    45
    
    Physios
    Make sure that you get 2 physios and that they have good attributes
    for physiotherapy and man management.
    
    Jimmy Conway
    Irish
    53
    
    Paul Knapp
    Dutch
    44
    
    Denis Circuit
    English
    38
    
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    5. Tactics and Formations
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    I always use the default tactics that are on the game, but I make the passing
    short. I also go to pressing when I am losing after about 55 minutes into
    the game.
    
    My formations differ, but always have a similar format.
    (These formations only really work when you have good solid midfielders).
    
         Formation 1
    
             GK
    
    DR    DC    DC    DR
    
          MC MC MC
    
             AM
    
           CF   CF
    
    I use this when I am against opposition that isn't really bad or really 
    good, i.e. Coventry. You need a really good attacking midfielder to 
    pull this off, someone like Ryan Giggs or Robbie Keane usually fit
    the bill.
    
         Formation 2
    
             GK
    
       DC    DC    DC
    
             DM
    
         MC  MC  MC
    
             AM
    
           CF   CF
    
    I use this against equal oppostion as it packs the midfield and helps you
    win the ball easier. You need a good defensive midfielder for this, like
    Roy Keane or Patrick Viera as you need protection for your 3 defenders.
    
         Formation 3
    
             GK
    
    DR    DC    DC    DR
    
             DM
    
         MC  MC  MC
    
           CF   CF
    
    I use this when I am away in Europe as it packs your midfield and gives the
    defence extra protection to try and stop the counter attack from the
    opposition.
    
         Formation 4
    
             GK
    
        DC   DC   DC
    
             DM
    
    MR     MC  MC     ML
    
           CF   CF
    
    My mate has used this formation, it works well against weaker teams.
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    6. Acknowledgements
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    I would like to thank the following people;
    
    Andy Stone for playing the game with me, helping me master it and for
    putting up with my mood swings when I lose.
    
    Perkin Doorknocker for his amusing e-mails to keep me happy.
    
    Eidos and Sportsinteractive for making the game in the first place.
    
    Kittie, Metallica, Kid Rock, Super Furry Animals and Limp Bizkit for keeping
    me sane as I didn't have to sit in silence while playing the game and writing
    this FAQ.
    
    Charisma Carpenter and Amy Dumas just for being so beautiful. (Nothing to do
    with the FAQ specifically, but they just make my life better).
    
    John Shuttleworth for ruling the earth.
    
    Milo.
    
    Gary Coleman.
    
    Jenna Jameson for keeping my wrists strong.
    
    Scoff Cruddle for introducing me to the beautiful game of Frogging, as Shania Twain
    has it, that don't impress me much.
    
    My agent Ken for getting me this gig, he is still trendy in his cuban's and
    with his afro and bum bag. "What's the matter Ken, have you seen a ghost?"
    
    GameFAQ's for putting this up in the first place.
    
    Weird Al Yankovic.
    
    Championship Manager Zine, a link can be found at www.sigames.com/eng. One of the
    most fantastic things on the Internet. (After porn).
    
    Mark Geneste for his site, www.thedugout.net.