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FAQ/Tips
Final Version (26/9/2002) Copyright
Author: Jiahui Cai (flixflux@hotmail.com)
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Disclaimer:
The below is not my interpretation of the actual abilities of real life players
but rather what is present in the game. In other words, don't sue me if I've
stated anywhere in this FAQ that a player sucks.
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Contents:
1. Intro
2. Tricks
3. Strategies
4. Player Tips

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Intro
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Hello people. I'll start by telling you what is in and what's not in my FAQ.
There's no player stats in here because they are constantly changing and to
scout every single player and include their stats would make this FAQ
unreadable but what I've done is to add a list of recommended player and a
suitable position. There are no cheatcodes in this FAQ because I'm not really
into cheatcodes but I've included a bunch of tricks I've found. Another thing
you should know is that this is not a walkthrough and there're no instructions
on how to play the game. I'm assuming you already have the game and know how
the game plays. Now on with the FAQ!!!
P.S: Sorry for boring your pants off. You can put them back on now.

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Tricks
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The below are tricks to the game. Some have no direct effect on the results of
your team while others seem to be some sort of cheat. You can do the judging.

*Loan Trick
 If you want to buy a player but the other club won't sell at the price you
want, you might wish to check if that player is available for loan and what
sort of position he holds at that club. If he's a reserve, loan him in. When
you receive a confirmation email about the loan, save your game then approve
the loan. If the player is unwanted at that club, you would receive 2 emails
the next 'day', one stating that you've loaned him successfully and the other,
that his contract has terminated. You can then go to the transfer window, look
under 'International' and find him there under free transfer. The good thing
about free transfers is that you can offer quality players low wages and long
contracts and they'd agree.
If you're short on money, you might also wish to try a modification of this
trick.
Specifically seek out players that are on the reserve list but have high
values. Do the same as above and agree to his wage demands. When he's at your
club, put him up for transfer. Clubs will offer you money for him.

*How to get players you want
  Let's say you want a player at another club but the club doesn't want to sell
no matter how much you're willing to pay. (Halmstads won't sell me Fredrik
Ljungberg for infinite pounds once)
What you can do is to put up your unwanted players who play at that area for
transfer (specific positions might not work because some clubs don't play their
players in their specialised areas).
If the club with your wanted player bids in, sell your player to them. After
that, bid in for the player you want again and the club might be willing to
sell him to you. This trick will work provided the target club actually wants
your player and that they think highly of him. You might also want to bid for
the player you want before his club's next match because if your sold player is
really bad, the club might relegate him to the reserves and not sell you the
player you want.
An alternate method is to put all your players who play in that area up for
loan. When the target club offers to loan one in, approve it. After that, try
to buy in the wanted player like above except that after you buy the player,
you might want to terminate the loan.

*Valuation bugs
  I think this happened because the developers didn't think of it this way.
After buying or selling a player, you would realise that the value of the
player is the amount of money you offered for the transfer and is not an
accurate reflection of his abilities. I think the game meant for it to be this
way to make for a fairer transfer system. What they didn't think of is how this
can be manipulated to the player's advantage. The value of the player changes
once the clubs have agreed on a fee, before wage negotiations begin. What you
can do to make more money is to agree on the highest fee offered, go back to
the player screen and cancel the transfer, then put him up for transfer again.
You'd notice his value's risen to the offered value. If you do this a lot of
times, you'll get a really expensive player. Conversely, you can rise the value
of some unknown player from another club by offering insane amounts of money
for him (eg. $10000000000). That club will of course, happily agree but instead
of negotiating with the player, you opt out of the deal. Now look at that
player's stats again. His value's way high! This actually gets his club into
trouble because they can't seem to sell him off. If you wait long enough for
his contract to expire,you can do the later part of the loan trick.

*Youth Team
  Promote ALL your youth players. Offer them any sort of contract you want but
with minimum wage of course. Next, look up their stats and if they're really
bad, sell them away.

*To build a no frills team
  Scout for young players with strengths in any area of your choice. This is
because youth players from other clubs are normally better than your own (at
least in my case it seems so) and their wages are really low. Offer them a long
contract so you can train them if they aren't up to scratch.

*Buildings
  When possible, try to place buildings you want to construct on barren land.
The less obstacles in your buildings' way, the less time and money it would
cost to build it. BUT do NOT place your restaurants, clubhouses and other money
making buildings far from your stadium. They make less money like that.

*Injury trick
  If the club of a player you want doesn't want to sell him to you, be patient
and wait til he gets injured. When you offer a price for him at that time the
club will sell him to you most of the time (unless there're not enough players)
BUT do beware of the situation known as ....

*The Injury Dummy
  Before you buy any injured players, check that they are not injured for
27135weeks (or anything similar). Apparently (unless you cannot count) this
means that they're out for eternity. Forever. Which means they can't play any
matches for you. Which means you're paying their wages for fun. In real life,
it's humane to take pity on players like that. But this is a game. It's not
REAL. So don't do that.

*Saving money
  Loan off your injured players to save on their wages. When they recover,
terminate the loan.
Loan off reserve players. When you need them, terminate the loan. This gives
your reserves playing experience, increasing their stats.

*Less injuries
  More rest = less injuries BUT More rest= less time on fitness and training =
decrease in stats
 Enough said.

*To get good players
  So you've found a good player but the club won't sell. What you can do is to
wait til the end of the season and he might be available for loan. Or better
still, for sale. Also, try scouting for players from the ages 16-18 at the end
of the season. When players retire, they don't just disappear. Someone with
really good stats in a few areas sharing the same first or last name as the
retired would turn up. Then again, some of these player-reincarnates really
suck. I found a Clarence Bergkamp once (after Dennis Bergkamp and Clarence
Seedorf retired) and he was really bad.

*Contract Termination
  This is a little risky. If your players are nearing the end of their
contracts, you can choose to raise their wages to convince them to stay or
they'd leave on a free transfer when their contracts end. Sometimes, after they
bid you farewell, you can find them on the transfer window , offer them a long
contract with really low pay and they'll accept. Other times, they'd be snapped
up real fast or they just disappear.

*Retirement
  When your players' contracts end when they're of age 33-37, there's a good
chance they'll choose to retire. To 'change' their minds, what you can do is to
put them up for transfer, sell them away, then buy them back. You can lengthen
their contracts by 36 months on average each time you do that. I don't know if
there's an age limit in the game...my oldest player is currently 40.


This concludes my section.

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Strategies
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Everything's in point form so it's easier to follow.

+ Straight up +
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This is what I did to get my Division 3 club to the Premier League in 3
seasons..I won the European cup in the 5th season. I played with Plymouth by
the way.

- Scour the transfer market for players on free transfer and offer all of them
contracts.
- Look at the wages window and put non-first team players that have high wages
or low stats up   for transfer.
- When the players arrive, check their stats and put the ones with lousy stats
up for transfer.    This will give you a reasonable amount of money.
- Keep about 18 players in your squad and loan off the rest. You save on the
wages this way. And   besides, more players in your squad means more injuries
to your first team players (this is   apparently how the game works..beats me
why).
- Start constructing buildings. Loan money if you need to. Start with the ones
that raise stats   if you feel that your squad   needs a stats upgrade. If your
squad's already up to scratch,   start with the money making   buildings like
the clubhouse.
- After you get your name or your club on the rank table, search for better
players to upgrade   your squad. They'll now be more willing to join for a
lower wage unless they're already playing   first team for a better club (of
higher rank or division)


+Expanding your worldclass club +
-------------------------------
This is if you start with a club that is already filled with players with high
stats. I've played with Arsenal for 6 seasons once but my game got erased..I'm
into my fifth now.

- Make money by doing the same as the above.
- Constuct buildings like above
- Expand your stadium. This will increase the fanbase in the long run.
- Not succeeding in Europe? Buy strikers off the teams that are winning.
- Always buy merchandise at the cheapest possible price..you might have to wait
for this. Buy in   bulk if you have a large fan base. Near the end season,
decrease the prices to get rid of the   stock.
- Increase your ticket price. Your stadium will still fill. Trust me.
- Improve your pitch. Buy up all the options available.


+If you really hate a club+
---------------------------
I've a sinking feeling the developers really hate Manchester United. Why?
Because no matter what team I play with, the AI will cause Man U to get
relegated most seasons.
The fun in playing the game this way is in destroying the team you really hate,
then abandoning it the next season and let the AI do the rest of the damage.
Guess which team I played with *evil grin* P.S: Please don't spam me.

- Choose your victim
- Sell off all your good players and replace them with lousy ones.
- With the money from the sale of your good players, reconstruct the stadium by
reducing the   seating capacity.
- Play the game as normal. It's ok to do a good job of it. After all you need a
good reputation.
- Near the end of the season, apply for a job at another club..the one you
like.
- Amend the contract of any (or all) player(s). Offer him a wage increase of
$100000000 or any large sum of   money. The game will take that sum to be
infinity.
- Buy more lousy players.
- Abandon ship.



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Player Tips
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This is a list of players I found to be good. I played with Arsenal FC and won
the European cup, the Intercontinental Cup, the Premier League Title, the
English Cup, the League Cup, the Super Cup (is this the name?) and the Charity
Shield in one season so you know what kind of players I have.


Goalkeepers
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Seaman
Manninger
Magits
Buffon



Defenders
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Campbell
Lizarazu
Adams
Petrescu
Nikolov (he's really cheap and plays real good!!)
Ballack
Belenguer (he's a midfielder but I play him at the back)
Santos
K. Betsy
K. Bain (I think there're loads of Bains and Betsys)
Cascini



Midfielders
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Seedorf
Nakata
Ince
Zidane (his wage was $5000 only.)
Overmars
Viera
Riquelme (really cheap but fantastic)
Sampiao (he's on Free Transfer when you start the game)
(Jose Roberto) da Silva (he's also on free transfer but loads of clubs want to
buy him for abnormally large sums of money. beats me why but you might want to
get him for that reason)
Ageev


Attacking Midfield/Centre Forwards
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Sensoussi
Steinarsson
You can play both of them anyway up front actually. I use them in this position
though

Ikpeba (he's suprisingly good...at least for me)
Juan C Gomez


Forwards
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Baggio
Ortega
M. Jansen
Sukur (another cheap player)
Mancini
S. Anderson
Shearer
del Piero
Kluivert
K. Phillips (cheap too)
Bergkamp
Paolo Nunes



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Conclusion
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This concludes my FAQ. If you've any queries, you can direct them to me at
flixflux@hotmail.com