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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.

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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.