Football Manager 2005 Players and Tactics Guide
PLatform: PC


Author: Alain Bates a.k.a Alain1233
Copyright: 2005 Alain Bates
Email/MSN Address: alain.bates@gmail.com

Version 1.3

Version History

13 June 2005 - Version 1.1 - A few new players added. A few players
reclassified. Legal section included.

17 June 2005 - Version 1.2 - 42 new players added. Rob Campkin added
to staff section.


15 August 2005 - Version 1.3 - a number of new players added. A
training section added. More frequently asked questions added.


I will do my best to keep adding players if I think of any more.
I may also add a training section in the future.
I hope that some people find this useful.
This guide is for Football Manager 2005 with the patch, so some
players or tactics may not work as well on unpatched
versions of the game.

3 examples of players who are brilliant before the patch and either
don't appear or aren't as good afterwards are Daniel Bierofka,
Emmanuel Petit and Frank De Boer.



To search press Ctrl + F then type the name of the section you are
looking for or the 3 letter code next to the name if you're
looking for players.


Contents

1. Big Name Players
(a) Goalkeepers (BNG)
(b) Defenders (BND)
(c) Midfielders (BNM)
(d) Strikers (BNS)

2. Good players to sign (Young and/or cheap)
(a) Goalkeepers (YTG)
(b) Defenders (YTD)
(c) Midfielders (YTM)
(d) Strikers (YTS)

3. Lower League Players
(a) Goalkeepers (LLG)
(b) Defenders (LLD)
(c) Midfielders (LLM)
(d) Strikers (LL5)

4. Tactics
(a) Basic Formation
(b) Mentality
(c) Creative Freedom
(d) Passing Style
(e) Width
(f) Creative Freedom
(g) Closing Down
(h) Defensive Line
(i) Tackling
(j) Focus Passing
(k) Marking
(l) Player Instructions
(m) Tactical Ploys


5. Staff

6.Training

7. Frequently Asked Questions

8. Contact Me

9. Credits

10. Legal Mumbo Jumbo


1. Big Name Players

These players can usually only be signed by the best teams who
have all the money. However, if they have difficulties with
contracts, they can become available on free transfers, so
look out for them.



(a) Goalkeepers (BNG)


Name: Iker Casillas
Starting Club: Real Madrid
Position: GK
Value: 22m
Age: 23
Rating: 4/5
Description: Brilliant shotstopper for teams
with bags of money

NAME: Gianluigi Buffon
STARTING CLUB: Juventus
Position: GK
Value: 26.5M
Age: 26
Rating: 5/5
Description: Probably the best goalkeeper on the game.
No real weaknesses. Will cost loads to buy though.

Name: Petr Cech
Starting Club: Chelsea
Position: GK
Value: 6.25M
Age: 22
Rating: 3/5 at Start
Description: Initially not as good as Buffon or Casillas,
but over time will mature into top-class goalkeeper.

Name: Dida
Starting Club: Milan
Position: GK
Value: 8M
Age: 30
Rating: 4/5
Description: Has reflexes 20 and agility 19, so will be a
great shotstopper. Also, his contract is unprotected, so you
can buy for 8M. Great signing for top teams without a top keeper.

Name: Sebastian Frey
Starting Club: Parma
Position: GK
Value: 3.7M
Age: 24
Rating: 4.5/5
Description: Very good shotstopper. Isn't the best at commanding
his area.

(b) Defenders (BND)

Name: Gianluca Zambrotta
Starting Club: Juventus
Position: D/AM RL
Value: 22M
Age: 27
Rating: 4/5
Description: Great on either flank, but very expensive.

Name: Ashley Cole
Starting Club: Arsenal
Position: D/DM L
Value: 9.25M
Age: 23
Rating: 4/5
Description: One of the best left backs in the game if you
can afford him.

Name: Carles Puyol
Starting Club: Barcelona
Position: D RC
Value: 26.5M
Age: 26
Rating: 4/5
Description: Dominant on the ground, but not the best
in the air. Would make a great partner for someone like John Terry.

Name: Rio Ferdinand
Starting Club: Manchester United
Position: D C
Value: 12.25 M
Age: 25
Rating: 5/5
Description: Is banned for the first month of the game.
After that he is a brilliant defender with few weaknesses.

Name: Alessandro Nesta
Starting Club: Milan
Position: D C
Value: 24M
Age: 28
Rating: 5/5
Description: Worldclass centre back who would be a brilliant
signing for anyone who could afford him.

Name: Lucio
Starting Club: Bayern Munich
Position: D C
Value: 9.5M
Age: 26
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Very good physical stats and good in the air,
but not as good as Nesta and Ferdinand.

Name: Dede
Starting Club: Dortmund
Position: D/DM L
Value: 5.25M
Age: 26
Rating: 5/5
Description: Probably best left back on the game.



(c) Midfielders (BNM)

Name: Joaquin
Starting Club: Betis
Position: AM R
Value: 20M
Age: 23
Rating: 4.5/5
Description: Has brilliant stats but is extremely difficult
to sign unless you have over 40M to spend.

Name: Arjen Robben
Starting Club: Chelsea
Position: AM RL
Value: 21.5M
Age: 20
Rating: 5/5
Description: Wonderkid. Is injured for first 2 months, but
is incredible after a few years.

Name: Patrick Vieira
Starting Club: Arsenal
Position: DMC
Value: 29.5M
Age: 28
Rating: 4/5
Description: Is a brilliant defensive midfielder, but not
as good as some others going forward. Very expensive if you
want to buy him.

Name: Steven Gerrard
Starting Club: Liverpool
Position: M RC
Value: 25.5M
Age: 24
Rating: 4/5
Description: Almost as good as Vieira defensively and has
good long shots. Won't score as many goals as Lampard, but
is still one of the best midfielders on the game.

Name: Frank Lampard
Starting Club: Chelsea
Position: AM C
Value: 17.5M
Age: 26
Rating: 4.5/5
Description: Brilliant goal scoring midfielder who will create
plenty as well. Needs a good defensive midfielder behind him,
such as Makelele, but can almost win games single handedly with
his goals and assists.

Name: Tomas Rosicky
Starting Club: Dortmund
Position: AM C
Value: 9.5M
Age: 23
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Good free kick taker and passer of the ball

Name: Xavi
Starting Club: Barcelona
Position: AM C
Value: 18M
Age: 24
Rating: 4/5
Description: Great technical stats, but may struggle in some
leagues, because of his physical ability. Still a great player
in Spanish League though.

Name: Michael Ballack
Starting Club: Bayern Munich
Position: AM C
Value: 16M
Age: 27
Rating: 4.5/5
Description: Great attacking player, who can dominate games
with his good all round stats. Can be signed for around 20M.

Name: Xabi Alonso
Starting Club: Liverpool
Position: DM C
Value: 12.25 M
Age: 22
Rating: 4/5
Description: A great passer of the ball, who can be brilliant
at the base of a diamond. Will get consistent high ratings and
plenty of assists. Has a minimum fee release clause of 20M, but
can be difficult to sign in the first season.

Name: Ronaldinho
Starting Club: Barcelona
Position: AM C
Value: 37M
Age: 24
Rating: 5/5
Description: Sensational attacking midfielder who will get
tons of goals and assists.

Name: Kaka
Starting Club: Milan
Position: AM C
Value: 26.5M
Age: 22
Rating: 4.5/5
Description: Incredibly skillful attacker who will be
first choice in any team.

Name: Andres D'Alessandro
Starting Club: Wolfsburg
Position: AMC
Value: 10.75M
Age: 23
Rating: 4/5
Description: Brilliant midfielder who can score
spectacular goals and collect plenty of assists.

Name: Aliaxsandr Hleb
Starting Club: Stuttgart
Position: AM C
Value: 10M
Age: 23
Rating: 4/5
Description: Has very good dribbling and pace stats

Name: Pablo Aimar
Starting Club: Valencia
Position: AM C
Value: 26M
Age: 24
Rating: 4.5/5
Description: Brilliant dribbling and pace. There aren't
many more skillful players than this guy.

Name: Vicente
Starting Club: Valencia
Position: AM L
Value: 26M
Age: 23
Rating: 4/5
Description: Worldclass winger who will create lots of
goals.

Name: Rafael Van Der Vaart
Starting Club: Ajax
Position: AM LC
Value: 7.5M
Age: 21
Rating: 4/5
Description: Very fast and skillful

Name: Juninho Pernambucano
Starting Club: Lyon
Position: AM RLC
Value: 6.5M
Age: 29
Rating: 5/5
Description: Probably best technical stats on the game. His age
is the only bad thing about him.


(d) Strikers (BNS)


Name: Adriano
Starting Club: Inter Milan
Position: SC
Value: 36.5M
Age: 22
Rating:5/5
Description: Arguably best striker on game and is just
sensational. Sign him if you get the chance.


Name: Fernando Torres
Starting Club: Atletico Madrid
Position: SC
Value: 31M
Age: 20
Rating: 5/5
Description: Brilliant feet, brilliant goalscorer


Name: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Starting Club: Juventus
Position: FC
Value: 26M
Age: 22
Rating: 4/5
Description: Brilliant dribbling and first touch, as well
as awesome physical stats.


Name: Wayne Rooney
Starting Club: Manchester United
Position: FC
Value: 24.5M
Age: 18
Rating: 4.5/5
Description: Scores lots of goals, very spectacular. Great
dribbling and long shots.


Name: Samuel Eto'o
Starting Club: Barcelona
Position: FC
Value: 21.5M
Age: 23
Rating: 4.5/5
Description: Very fast, great goalscorer


Name: Jose Antonio Reyes
Starting Club: Arsenal
Position: F LC
Value: 15M
Age: 20
Rating: 5/5
Description: Brilliant up front or on wing. Will get
lots of goals and assists


Name: Cristiano Ronaldo
Starting Club: Manchester United
Position: F RLC
Value: 12M
Age: 19
Rating: 5/5
Description: Wonderkid. Scores loads. Makes loads.

Name: Julio Baptista
Starting Club: Sevilla
Position: AM/F C
Value: 9M
Age: 22
Rating: 4/5
Description: Good goalscorer, very powerful player

Name: Didier Drogba
Starting Club: Chelsea
Position: S C
Value: 11.75M
Age: 26
Rating: 5/5
Description: Awesome goalscorer, capable of 40 a season




2. Good players to sign (Young and/or cheap)

In this list, there are a lot of good, young players, who improve
over time. There are also some older players who can be bought for
low prices and are therefore good signings.



(a) Goalkeepers  (YTG)


Name: Tim Wiese
Starting Club: Kaiserslauten
Position: GK
Value: 3.2M
Age: 22
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Good all round keeper, who keeps improving
for the first few years.


Name: Jose Manuel Reina
Starting Club: Villarreal
Position: GK
Value: 3.2M
Age: 22
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Great, young shot stopper


Name: Michael Rensing
Starting Club: Bayern Munich
Position: GK
Value: 1.4M
Age: 20
Rating: 4/5
Description: Good all-round keeper


Name: Kasper Schmeichel
Starting Club: Manchester City
Position: GK
Value: 400k
Age: 17
Rating: 4/5
Description: Becomes good, but you have to wait a few years

Name: Jan Lastuvka
Starting Club: Shakhtar
Position: GK
Value: 1.4M
Age: 22
Rating: 5/5
Description: Great young keeper and doesn't cost much either.

Name: Timo Hildebrand
Starting Club: Stuttgart
Position: GK
Value: 4.4M
Age: 25
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Solid goalkeeper with all stats around 14 or 15.
No real weaknesses and improves in the first couple of seasons.


Name: Fernando Henrique
Starting Club: Fluminense
Position: GK
Value: 1.5M
Age: 20
Rating: 4/5
Description: Looks to be a very good keeper. Strong, agile and
fairly decent technical stats. Already capped by Brazil, a
potential star.

Name: Erick Delgado
Starting Club: Sporting Cristal
Position: GK
Value: 950k
Age: 22
Rating: 3/5
Description: Fairly decent keeper who develops well.



(b) Defenders  (YTD)


Name: Philipp Lahm
Starting Club: Bayern Munich
Position: D/DM RL
Value: 6.5M
Age: 20
Rating: 5/5
Description: Wonderkid. Best full back on the game after a
couple of years, but spends first season on loan at Stuttgart,
so you have to wait to sign him.


Name: John Heitinga
Starting Club: Ajax
Position: SW/D/DM RC
Value: 4.1M
Age: 20
Rating: 4.5/5
Description: Develops into great all round defender


Name: Nigel De Jong
Starting Club: Ajax
Position: D RLC
Value: 4.8M
Age: 19
Rating: 4/5
Description: Becomes a great utility player for any team.


Name: Vincent Kompany
Starting Club: Anderlecht
Position: D/DM C
Value: 4.8M
Age: 18
Rating: 4.5/5
Description: Wonderkid. Develops into one of best
defenders on the game.


Name: Anthony Vanden Borre
Starting Club: Anderlecht
Position: SW/D/DM RC
Value: 675K
Age: 16
Rating: 5/5
Description: Has a cap for Belgium and he's only 16.
Can be bought for next to nothing and is a great player.


Name: Naldo
Starting Club: RS Futebol
Position: DC
Value: 950K
Age: 22
Rating: 4/5
Description: Has a release clause of 975k, but is on
loan at RS Futebol for the first 18 months. After 2 years, he is
almost unbeatable in the air and has brilliant long shots as well.


Name: Leon Andreasen
Starting Club: AGF
Position: D/DM C
Value: 900K
Age: 21
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Develops into good holding midfielder or defender
with great physical stats.


Name: Nicky Hunt
Starting Club: Bolton
Position: D RC
Value: 3.3M
Age: 21
Rating: 4/5
Description: Quality full back, who develops into an
international standard player.


Name: Philippe Senderos
Starting Club: Arsenal
Position: D C
Value: 2.8M
Age: 19
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Very good techincal stats and Arsenal may
let him out on loan if you're lucky.


Name: Robert Huth
Starting Club: Chelsea
Position: D C
Value: 3M
Age: 20
Rating: 3/5
Description: Good, strong centre back

Name: Cesar Augusto Fawcett
Starting Club: Junior
Position: D/DM L
Value: 1.1M
Age: 19
Rating: 4/5
Description: Very good full back at start of game
and gets better.

Name: Razvan Dinca Rat
Starting Club: Shakhtar
Position: D/DM L
Value: 2.2M
Age: 23
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Good full back, who is available on
the cheap, but needs a work permit.

Name: Christian Chivu
Starting Club: Roma
Position: D LC
Value: 6.5M
Age: 23
Rating: 4/5
Description: Good in the air, reasonably quick. Great defender

Name: Alexander Madlung
Starting Club: Hertha BSC
Position: D RC
Value: 1.8M
Age: 22
Rating: 4.5/5
Description: Great physical stats and very good heading.
One of the best defenders after a couple of seasons.


Name: Gael Clichy
Starting Club: Arsenal
Position: D/DM L
Value: 3.7M
Age: 19
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Very fast and strong in the tackle. Arsenal may sell
after 1 or 2 seasons.

Name: Daniel
Starting Club: Sevilla
Position: D/DM R
Value: 5M
Age: 21
Rating: 3/5
Description: Fast, strong, average technical stats. Does improve
though.

Name: Juan
Starting Club: Leverkusen
Position: D RC
Value: 5.5M
Age: 25
Rating: 4/5
Description: Good strong defender.

Name: Frank Baumann
Starting Club: Werder Bremen
Position: D/DM C
Value: 3.1M
Age: 28
Rating: 4/5
Description: Strong, good in the air and has good first touch and
passing, so he is comfortable in midfield.

Name: Mark van den Boogaart
Starting Club: Feyenoord
Position: D/DM RC
Value: 1.4M
Age: 18
Rating: 4.5/5
Description: Great defender who improves a lot.

Name: Gianni Zuiverloon
Starting Club: Feyenoord
Position: D RC
Value: 1.1M
Age: 17
Rating: 4.5/5
Description: Develops great technical stats. Very good defender
who shouldn't cost too much.

Name: Ivan Bandalovski
Starting Club: Litex
Position: D/DM R
Value: 325k
Age: 17
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Good mental and technical stats. A future star.
May not appear on small database setting.




(b) Midfielders (YTM)


Name: Salomon Kalou
Starting Club: Feyenoord
Position: AM R
Value: 3.5M
Age: 19
Rating: 5/5
Description: Brilliant winger, who is average
in first season but becomes amazing.

Name: Robin Van Persie
Starting Club: Arsenal
Position: AM/F LC
Value: 6.75M
Age: 21
Rating: 4/5
Description: After a few years, is a brilliant attacker

Name: Kim Kallstrom
Starting Club: Rennes
Position: AM C
Value: 4.9M
Age: 21
Rating: 4/5
Description: Good passing and long shots

Name: Bastian Schweinsteiger
Starting Club: Bayern Munich
Position: AM RC
Value: 9.5M
Age: 20
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Good goal scorer, although not always consistent for
me.

Name: Bjarni Thor Vidarsson
Starting Club: Everton
Position: MC
Value: 475k
Age: 16
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Has been capped by Iceland at the age
of 16 and develops into a good attacking midfielder.


Name: Freddy Guarin
Starting Club: Envigado
Position: DM RC
Value: 625K
Age: 18
Rating: 5/5
Description: Brilliant long shots and free kicks.
Develops good defensive skills as well.


Name: Francesc Fabregas
Starting Club: Arsenal
Position: M C
Value: 6.5M
Age: 17
Rating: 4.5/5
Description: Wonderkid. Brilliant passer with good touch.

Name: Diego
Starting Club: FC Porto
Position: AM C
Value: 4.4M
Age: 19
Rating: 4/5
Description: Wonderkid. Good dribbling, free kicks
and physical stats.

Name: Tom Huddlestone
Starting Club: Derby
Position: D/M C
Value: 150k
Age: 17
Rating: 4/5
Description: Agreed to move to Spurs at end of first season,
but after that he can be signed on loan. Very talented youngster.

Name: Jermaine Pennant
Starting Club: Arsenal
Position: AM R
Value: 3.9M
Age: 21
Rating: 4.5/5
Description: On loan at Birmingham for first season. Arsenal
usually sell him for under 5M. Great signing for most top flight clubs.

Name: Geremi
Starting Club: Chelsea
Position: DM RC
Value: 4.2M
Age: 25
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Transfer listed at start of game. Great physical
ability and is a very good signing for a mid table Premiership team

Name: Stewart Downing
Starting Club: Middlesbrough
Position: AM L
Value: 12M
Age: 20
Rating: 4/5
Description: Brilliant young winger


Name: Lorik Cana
Starting Club: Paris
Position: DM C
Value: 1.9M
Age: 21
Rating: 4.5/5
Description: Sign him if you can, develops great defensive skills

Name: Riccardo Montolivio
Starting Club: Atalanta
Position: AM LC
Value: 6.5M
Age: 19
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Good flair and set pieces, becomes very good
creative player

Name: Hugo Viana
Starting Club: Newcastle
Position: AM LC
Value: 2.7M
Age: 21
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Capable Premiership performer with very good technical
stats. Also listed in lower league section, because he is a great
loan signing for Championship clubs.


Name: Juan Sebastian Veron
Starting Club: Chelsea
Position: M C
Value: 11.5M
Age: 29
Rating: 4/5
Description: Chelsea don't want him and is still a great creative player
for a couple of seasons.

Name: Renato
Starting Club: Sevilla
Position: DM RC
Value: 4.1M
Age: 25
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Good midfielder with good long shots

Name: Renato
Starting Club: Atletico Mineiro
Position: M C
Value: 2.4M
Age: 19
Rating: 4/5
Description: Good dribbling and heading. Has release clause of 12.25M.
May struggle to get work permit for English teams.

Name: Thomas Hitzlsperger
Starting Club: Aston Villa
Position: M C
Value: 3.4M
Age: 22
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Good passer of the ball, brilliant from long range.

Name: Junior Khanye
Starting Club: Kaizer Chiefs
Position: AM L
Value: 325k
Age: 19
Rating: 4/5
Description: Great winger with good dribbling and pace. Great signing
for teams who aren't rich.

Name: Wouter Vandermieren
Starting Club: Genk
Position: AM L
Value: 275k
Age: 15
Rating: 3/5
Description: Takes a few years to develop, but can become a top class
winger.

Name: Jerome Thomas
Starting Club: Charlton
Position: AM L
Value: 4.3M
Age: 21
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Can be very good after a few seasons.

Name: Anderson
Starting Club: Gremio
Position: AM L
Value: 1.1M
Age: 16
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Very fast, needs time to develop techical stats.
Has release clause of 4.8M

Name: Tiago
Starting Club: Chelsea
Position: M C
Value: 6M
Age: 23
Rating: 4/5
Description: Great signing for any top flight club, if Chelsea decide to
sell him, which they often do.

Name: Walter Baseggio
Starting Club: Anderlecht
Position: M LC
Value: 1.3M
Age: 25
Rating: 4/5
Description: Very good passer of the ball and good technical stats all
round.
Good playmaker.

Name: Martin Liguera
Starting Club: Fenix
Position: AM C
Value: 975k
Age: 23
Rating: 4/5
Description: Great technical stats and can be bought by most top flight
teams


Name: John Harold Lozano
Starting Club: Unemployed
Position: DM RC
Value: 0
Age: 32
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Good physical stats and very strong in the air. A good
signing if your team needs a combative midfielder.

Name: Labinot Harbuzi
Starting Club: Feyenoord
Position: AM C
Value: 20k
Age: 18
Rating: 4/5
Description: Good midfielder who develops into a top player. Available on
the cheap. Sign him if you can.


Name: Freddy Grisales
Starting Club: Atletico Nacional
Position: AM RC
Value: 3M
Age: 28
Rating: 4.5/5
Description: Good long shots and set pieces. No stats below 10. Good
across the board for a couple of seasons.

Name: Ederson
Starting Club: RS Futebol
Position: AM C
Value: 2.8M
Age: 18
Rating: 4/5
Description: Spends first season on loan at Nice. Release clause of 975k
when he returns to RS Futebol. Good passer and set piece taker, who is
young enough to improve a lot.


Name: Bart Goor
Starting Club: Feyenoord
Position: AM LC
Value: 2.8M
Age: 31
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Fast and has lot of stamina. His value is declining,
because of age, so he may be a good bargain buy for smaller clubs.

Name: Joe Hamill
Starting Club: Hearts
Position: AM L
Value: 240k
Age: 20
Rating: 4/5
Description: Starts with very good dribbling and develops well. May
need Scottish teams to be included for him to appear.



Strikers   (YTS)

Name: Alberto Gilardino
Starting Club: Parma
Position: S C
Value: 14M
Age: 22
Rating:4/5
Description: Good pacy finisher

Name: Valeri Bojinov
Starting Club: Fiorentina
Position: S C
Value: 12.5M
Age: 18
Rating: 4.5/5
Description: Wonderkid. Bulgarian Rooney.

Name: Nilmar
Starting Club: Lyon
Position: S C
Value: 8.25M
Age: 20
Rating: 5/5
Description: Takes a few years to become
really good but is brilliant.

Name: Carlos Tevez
Starting Club: Corinthians
Position: F C
Value: 5.5M
Age: 20
Rating:4/5
Description: 18 Pace and Acceleration and good finisher.
Will score a lot of goals

Name: Fernando Cavenaghi
Starting Club: Spartak Moscow
Position: S C
Value: 4.3M
Age: 20
Rating: 4/5
Description: Starts with 19 finishing and is better
in the air than Tevez

Name: Robinho
Starting Club: Santos
Position: S C
Value: 11M
Age: 20
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Good dribbling and pace stats, but hasn't
been a prolific goalscorer on my game.

Name: Lebohang Mokoena
Starting Club: Orlando Pirates
Position: F C
Value: 350k
Age: 17
Rating: 4.5/5
Description: Capped for South Africa at 17 and can be bought
on the cheap. You will have competition from a lot of big clubs,
but if you get him, you have a bargain. Possibly better
in an attacking midfield role.

Name: Dimitar Berbatov
Starting Club: Leverkusen
Position: S C
Value: 12.75M
Age: 23
Rating: 4.5/5
Description: Brilliant goalscorer for all top teams.

Name: Jermain Defoe
Starting Club: Tottenham
Position: S C
Value: 12M
Age: 21
Rating:4/5
Description: Is a great goalscorer with a lot of pace.
If you are lucky a big team might sign him and then put him
on the transfer list after a year or so.

Name: Obafemi Martins
Starting Club: Inter Milan
Position: S C
Value: 22M
Age: 19
Rating: 3/5
Description: Wonderkid. Has pace 20, but not most consistent
striker in game

Name: Daniel Sturridge
Starting Club: Manchester City
Position: S C
Value: 425K
Age: 15
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Is fast and a good finisher, but will
take a while to develop into a top player.

Name: Giovanni Torre
Starting Club: Portsmouth
Position: S C
Value: 120k
Age: 15
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Decent all round striker, but needs a
few years to develop.


Name: Evandro Roncatto
Starting Club: Guarani
Position: F LC
Value: 2.8M
Age: 18
Rating: 4/5
Description: Fast young Brazilian striker


Name: Luke Moore
Starting Club: Aston Villa
Position: S C
Value: 6M
Age: 18
Rating: 4/5
Description: Develops into quality international striker


Name: Johan Vonlanthen
Starting Club: PSV
Position: S C
Value: 4.9M
Age: 18
Rating: 4/5
Description: Classy striker


Name: Edixon Perea
Starting Club: Atletico Nacional
Position: S C
Value: 2.4M
Age: 20
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Young, fast, good finisher


Name: Lukas Podolski
Starting Club: FC Koln
Position: F C
Value: 9.75M
Age: 19
Rating: 5/5
Description: Wonderkid. Great goalscorer. Plays
for second division team, but they still demand a
large transfer fee.

Name: Freddy Adu
Starting Club: DC United
Position: F LC
Value: 400k
Age: 15
Rating: 5/5
Description: Wonderkid. Develops into sensational
striker or attacking midfielder. Buy him.

Name: Georginio
Starting Club: Feyenoord
Position: F C
Value: 200k
Age: 14
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: On my game, he had brilliant technical
stats by the age of 19, but physical stats were poor.

Name: Mauro Esposito
Starting Club: Cagliari
Position: AM/F RLC
Value: 3.3M
Age: 25
Rating: 5/5
Description: Awesome, dribbling, crossing, passing, finishing, pace.
Best attacking midfielder on the game and costs less than 4M.

Name: Fred
Starting Club: Cruzeiro
Position: S C
Value: 4.3M
Age: 20
Rating: 4/5
Description: Very good finisher with some pace as well. May struggle
to get a work permit for English teams


Name: Hernan Crespo
Starting Club: Chelsea
Position: S C
Value: 8.5M
Age: 29
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Starts on loan at Milan. Unwanted by Chelsea. Can be bought
on cheap or even on free transfer at end of first season.


Name: Cesar Delgado
Starting Club: Cruz Azul
Position: F C
Value: 4.2M
Age: 23
Rating: 4/5
Description: Very fast and great dribbling, crossing and finishing stats

Name: Florent Sinama-Pongolle
Starting Club: Liverpool
Position: F RLC
Value: 7M
Age: 19
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Great pace and develops brilliant dribbling, first touch
and finishing stats after a couple of seasons. May be available on cheap
if Liverpool sign lots of good attackers.

Name: Gianpaolo Pazzini
Starting Club: Fiorentina
Position: S C
Value: 9.25M
Age: 20
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: 20 finishing and good pace. Other technical stats get better
after a few years.

Name: Enzo Giovanni Scorza
Starting Club: Danubio
Position: S C
Value: 160k
Age: 16
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Good young player. Takes a few years to reach his full
potential.

Name: Alessio Cerci
Starting Club: Roma
Position: F RLC
Value: 2.5M
Age: 17
Rating: 3/5
Description: Develops into good attacker


Name: Derek Riordan
Starting Club: Hibs
Position: F RLC
Value: 425k
Age: 21
Rating: 4.5/5
Description: Very good young striker. May not appear on small database
setting.


Name: Daniel Fredheim Holm
Starting Club: Valerenga
Position: F C
Value: 1M
Age: 18
Rating: 4/5
Description: Very good dribbling and strong in the air. One of the best
buys in the game. May not appear on games with small database.

Name: Maxi Lopez
Starting Club: Barcelona
Position: S C
Value: 4.6M
Age: 20
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Good, strong centre forward, usually available for around 5M.
Great signing for mid-table top-flight teams.

Name: Noel Hunt
Starting Club: Dunfermline
Position: S C
Value: 220k
Age: 21
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Very, good striker with 18 finishing and decent physical stats.
Available for under 1M. May only appear if you include scottish teams.







3. Lower League Players

Most lower league clubs don't have much money, so its difficult to sign
players. Using loans is crucial to lower division success, which is
why I've listed quite a few potential loan signings. Also, getting
players on free transfers can be very useful for lower league clubs.
A good tip is to always check for unattached players at the start of every
season, because there are usually some good players who are willing to
join lower division clubs.



(a) Goalkeepers   (LLG)

Name: Kelvin Davis
Starting Club: Ipswich
Position: GK
Value: 925k
Age: 27
Rating: 4/5
Description: One of best goalkeepers outside premiership.
Only big championship teams will be able to sign him.


Name: Iain Turner
Starting Club: Everton
Position: GK
Value: 1M
Age: 20
Rating: 5/5
Description: If you're a football league team, get this guy
on loan. He's better than some of his stats suggest.


Name: Joe Murphy
Starting Club: West Brom
Position: GK
Value: 800k
Age: 23
Rating: 4/5
Description: Good loan signing for anyone in football league.
Championship teams may be able to afford a full transfer

Name: Kenneth Stenild
Starting Club: AaB
Position: GK
Value: 0
Age: 16
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Usually gets sacked about a month into the game
and is available on a free transfer. Develops great reflexes and
can make it in the top flight.

Name: Alan Blayney
Starting Club: Southampton
Position: GK
Value: 975k
Age: 22
Rating: 4/5
Description: Great loan signing. Very good reflexes.

Name: Les Pogliacomi
Starting Club: Oldham
Position: GK
Value: 230k
Age: 28
Rating: 4/5
Description: Good signing for lower league teams. Unless his
contract expires, he may cost around 200k though.




(b) Defenders  (LLD)


Name: Jon Otsemobor
Starting Club: Liverpool
Position: D RC
Value: 1.2M
Age: 21
Rating: 4/5
Description: Good loan signing for league one teams and above.
Championship teams may be able to afford full signing.


Name: Simon Walton
Starting Club: Leeds
Position: D/DM C
Value: 240k
Age: 16
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Good stats and can be bought by most championship
and some league one teams


Name: Jason Puncheon
Starting Club: MK Dons
Position: D L
Value: 9k
Age: 18
Rating: 4.5/5
Description: One of best young full backs in football league.
May struggle at Premiership level, but most teams can afford him.


Name: Stephen Kelly
Starting Club: Tottenham
Position: D/DM R
Value: 925k
Age: 20
Rating: 4/5
Description: Good loan signing for any football league team


Name: Hayden Mullins
Starting Club: West Ham
Position: SW/D C
Value: 1.4M
Age: 25
Rating: 4/5
Description: Is often transfer listed by West Ham and can be
signed on loan


Name: Zak Whitbread
Starting Club: Liverpool
Position: D C
Value: 1M
Age: 20
Rating: 3/5
Description: Good loan siging for league two sides


Name: Anton Ferdinand
Starting Club: West Ham
Position: D/M RC
Value: 130k
Age: 18
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Good signing for championship sides. May be
available on loan for lower leagues.


Name: Damien Delaney
Starting Club: Hull City
Position: D/DM LC
Value: 90k
Age: 23
Rating: 4.5/5
Description: Great player and can cut it in the premiership
after a couple of seasons.

Name: Billy Jones
Starting Club: Crewe
Position: D/DM RLC
Value: 425k
Age: 17
Rating: 4/5
Description: Very good tackling and physical stats from the start
 of the game. Can perform at any level of the game.

Name: Chris Cohen
Starting Club: West Ham
Position: D/M LC
Value: 425k
Age: 17
Rating: 4/5
Description: Quick learner. Becomes very good

Name: Sam Sodje
Starting Club: Brentford
Position: D RC
Value: 20k
Age: 25
Rating: 3/5
Description: Commanding centre back in league one or two. Very good
in the air

Name: Nicky Fenton
Starting Club: Doncaster
Position: D C
Value: 40k
Age: 24
Rating: 3/5
Description: Good determination and work rate makes up for poor
technical stats. Can perform well at league one or two standard.

Name: Matthew Kilgallon
Starting Club: Leeds
Position: D C
Value: 1.3M
Age: 20
Rating: 4/5
Description: Good loan signing for lower league clubs. Good
buy for top Championship clubs.

Name: Martin Cranie
Starting Club: Southampton
Position: D C
Value: 1.4M
Age: 17
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Very good loan signing for lower league clubs.

Name: Chinedim Onuoha
Starting Club: Manchester City
Position: D RC
Value: 700k
Age: 17
Rating: 4/5
Description: Also listed as good young player. Great loan signing
for first two seasons.

Name: Rhys Day
Starting Club: Mansfield
Position: D C
Value: 20k
Age: 22
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Very good tackling and heading stats. Shouldn't cost much.



(c) Midfielders   (LLM)


Name: Stuart Elliott
Starting Club: Hull City
Position: AM/ F LC
Value: 240k
Age: 26
Rating: 5/5
Description: Best player in league one and can be a very good
premiership player. Buy him if you can.


Name: Trond Andersen
Starting Club: AaB
Position: D/DM C
Value: 850k
Age: 29
Rating: 4.5/5
Description: Quality holding midfielder. Is often available on a
free transfer at end of the first season.


Name: Hugo Viana
Starting Club: Newcastle
Position: AM LC
Value: 2.7M
Age: 21
Rating: 5/5
Description: Championship clubs can get this guy on loan in the
second season and he is amazing at this level. Capable Premiership
performer as well.


Name: Nick Montgomery
Starting Club: Sheffield United
Position: M C
Value: 250k
Age: 22
Rating: 4/5
Description: Is sometimes transfer listed and is a great signing
at any level of the football league. More likely to be available
for loan.


Name: Steve Adams
Starting Club: Plymouth
Position: DM C
Value: 35k
Age: 23
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Great loan or full signing for league one and
two teams


Name: Tijani Babangida
Starting Club: Changchun
Position: AM RL
Value: 70k
Age: 30
Rating: 4/5
Description: Brilliant winger, who can terrorise defences at
any level of the football league.


Name: Leandre Griffit
Starting Club: Southampton
Position: AM RLC
Value: 650k
Age: 20
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Good loan signing


Name: Marc Goodfellow
Starting Club: Bristol City
Position: AM RLC
Value: 24k
Age: 22
Rating: 3/5
Description: Can make an impact at league two or below

Name: Greg Halford
Starting Club: Colchester
Position: D/DM/S C
Value: 200k
Age: 19
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Good stats for a 19 year old

Name: Kem Izzet
Starting Club: Colchester
Position: M C
Value: 85k
Age: 23
Rating: 4.5/5
Description: Very good passing, tackling and dribbling. Can
dominate games at any level of football league

Name: Steve Sidwell
Starting Club: Reading
Position: M C
Value: 1.1M
Age: 21
Rating: 4/5
Description: Strong tackler and good all round midfielder.
Reading won't sell on the cheap.

Name: Jamie Clarke
Starting Club: Rochdale
Position: D/DM RC
Value: 7k
Age: 22
Rating: 3/5
Description: Good league two player.

Name: Luke Guttridge
Starting Club: Cambridge
Position: AM C
Value: 75k
Age: 22
Rating: 3/5
Description: Another good league two player.

Name: Djalminha
Starting Club: Unemployed
Position: AM C
Value: 0
Age: 33
Rating: 4.5/5
Description: Great player if you can get him.

Name: Alexander Mostovoy
Starting Club: Unemployed
Position: AM C
Value: 0
Age: 35
Rating: 4/5
Description: Good attacking midfielder for Championship clubs


(d) Strikers  (LL5)


Name: Danny Forrest
Starting Club: Bradford City
Position: S C
Value: 95k
Age: 19
Rating: 3/5
Description: Good goalscorer at league one standard


Name: Dean Windass
Starting Club: Bradford City
Position: F C
Value: 4k
Age: 35
Rating: 4.5/5
Description: Guaranteed top scorer in league one if playing
for Hull. Can still make a big impact with other teams at a
neglible cost.


Name: Izale Mcleod
Starting Club:  MK Dons
Position: S C
Value: 55k
Age: 19
Rating: 4/5
Description: Good young striker


Name: Rob Hulse
Starting Club: West Brom
Position: S C
Value: 3.1M
Age: 24
Rating: 4/5
Description: Good loan signing


Name: Leon Knight
Starting Club: Brighton
Position: S C
Value: 900k
Age: 21
Rating: 4/5
Description: Fast striker


Name: Peter Crouch
Starting Club: Southampton
Position: S C
Value: 3.6M
Age: 23
Rating: 4.5/5
Description: May become available to championship teams
in second season if you're lucky


Name: Alan Lee
Starting Club: Cardiff
Position: S C
Value: 700k
Age: 26
Rating: 4/5
Description: Good target man. May become available on a
free transfer

Name: Junior
Starting Club: Derby
Position: S C
Value: 100k
Age: 28
Rating: 4/5
Description: Is transfer listed and can be bought for 50k

Name: Darryl Knights
Starting Club: Ipswich
Position: F C
Value: 190k
Age: 16
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Good finisher

Name: Lee Trundle
Starting Club: Swansea
Position: S C
Value: 130k
Age: 27
Rating: 4/5
Description: One of best strikers in lower leagues.

Name: Michael Branch
Starting Club: Chester
Position: F RC
Value: 40k
Age: 25
Rating: 3/5
Description: Reasonable goalscorer at league two level

Name: Freddy Eastwood
Starting Club: Southend
Position: S C
Value: 20k
Age: 20
Rating: 3.5/5
Description: Average stats, but still good goalscorer

Name: Danny Allsopp
Starting Club: Hull
Position: S C
Value: 120k
Age: 26
Rating: 4.5/5
Description: If Hull decide to transfer list him, buy him, because he
is a great goalscorer at any level of the football league.

Name: Clint Mathis
Starting Club: Unemployed
Position: F C
Value: 0
Age: 27
Rating: 4/5
Description: Decent striker, who doesn't have a club. Great signing
for any Championship club.

Name: Edmundo
Starting Club: Unemployed
Position: F C
Value: 0
Age: 33
Rating: 4.5/5
Description: Great signing if you can get him. May only be interested in
joining top Championship clubs.

Name: James Frayne
Starting Club: Liverpool
Position: S C
Value: 350k
Age: 16
Rating: 3/5
Description: Appears to have random stats, but is often a very capable
Championship player. May do well in the Premiership, but I can't
confirm this.

Name: Kenny Deuchar
Starting Club: Gretna
Position: S C
Value: 7k
Age: 23
Rating: 5/5
Description: 20 finishing and good strength, heading and jumping.
Ideal target man who can be bought for under 10k. May need Scottish
teams to be included for him to appear.




4. Tactics

(a) Basic Formation

When choosing a formation, choose one that suits your teams
strengths. ie. If you have lots of good attacking midfielders,
 play 4-2-3-1. If centre back is your strongest position, play
5-3-2. If you just have an average squad, just play 4-4-2
Attacking, as this usually works well. However, if you're a
small team playing against someone a lot better than you
4-5-1 is usually the way to go.

(b) Mentality

When choosing the mentality, consider your teams defensive
ability and the strength of your opponents. Defensive is
usually the best mentality especially if you have fast players,
because you'll score more than enough goals on the counter
attack. However, if you're playing against poor opposition and
your defence is quite good, an attacking mentality should produce
a big win, but against equal opposition, I find that playing
an attacking style makes you concede too many goals.

(c) Creative Freedom

Its best to set this for individual players. Give your best
attacking players lots of creative freedom, so they can do
what they want. Give holding midfielders and defenders little, so
they're not constantly caught out of position.

(d) Passing Style

This again depends on the players that you've got. If you have
players with good first touch, passing and off the ball, then
a short passing style should work well. If not, play direct,
but you'll need forwards with good strength and aerial ability.
Only play long ball, if your midfield is totally rubbish and
you've got strikers with great physical stats.

(e) Tempo

A slow tempo should lead to your team keeping possession better,
because they'll take more time over their passes, but this will
give the opposition more time to organise their defence.
If you want your team to take the initiative whenever an opposition
defender is out of position, play with a quick tempo.
However ,this may lead to more misplaced passes and less possession.

(f) Width

If you have good wingers and/or full backs, play with a lot
of width to give them the space to use their skill. If your wide
men aren't very good or you're playing a really good team that
you'll have to do a lot of defending against, play narrow.
This will make your team harder to break down, but it will limit
attacking options, as the centre of the pitch could get crowded
and make difficult to find a way through the opposition.

(g) Closing Down

Usually its good to set this to often, unless your players have a
lack of stamina. Defensive midfielders should always have this set
high, so the opposing midfield doesn't get too much time
and space on the ball.
With attacking players, this isn't so important and it may be better
to set it to rarely, so they're saving energy for when a goalscoring
chance comes their way.

(h) Defensive Line

This depends on the pace and acceleration of your defenders. If
they're slow, sit deep or you'll get murdered on the counter attack.
Only push up if your defence has pace and can catch opposing
players who beat the offside trap.

(i) Tackling

Usually leave this at normal, unless you're playing a friendly or
another meaningless game, then you set it to easy to avoid cards
and injuries. If you're a small team playing against a lot of skillful
players who have low strength, set it to hard to unsettle them.

(j) Focus Passing

Usually pass down both flanks, as this gives your team more width
and penetration, unless you have really good central midfielders
and poor wingers, then pass through the middle.

(k) Marking

This depends on your players marking stats. If they're good markers,
set them to man, if they're not, set them to zonal. This mainly
applies to defenders and central midfielders. You might want
to set defensive midfielders to zonal, regardless of their
marking ability, because this means they will always fill the
hole in front of your defence instead of occasionally following
someone out wide, leaving space for an opposition midfielder
to run into the box.

(l) Player Instructions

Look at the players stats. If they have good dribbling, tell them to
run with the ball. If they have good passing, tell them to do through
balls etc. Only tell them to do tight marking, if they
have good marking. If they're a lone striker, tell them to hold up
the ball.

(m) Tactical Ploys

If your team is struggling during a match, some of these ideas may
be helpful.

1. If one of the opposition defenders has a yellow card, get your
 forwards and wingers to run at them in the hope that they'll make
a rash challenge when trying to stop your player and get themself
sent off.

2. If your opponents are running rings around you, look at their
strength ratings. If they're skillful, but weak use some hard tackles
to try and disrupt their
play.

3. If you have a good goalscoring midfielder, don't restrict them.
Make your strikers run into wide positions. This should create
some space in the middle for your midfielders to run into.



5. Staff

Name: David Jarrett
Age: 22
Job: Scout
Club: Unemployed
Description: Best scout on game. Hire him.

Name: Jacques Crevoisier
Age: 47
Job: Coach
Club: Unemployed
Description: Great coach with good all round stats

Name: Warren Joyce
Age: 39
Job: Coach
Club: Unemployed
Description: Great youth coach


Name: Rene Meulensteen
Age: 44
Job: Coach
Club: Manchester United
Description: Usually gets sacked by Man Utd. Hire him then. All
stats over 15 except Physio and JPA


Name: Paul Quetin
Age: 45
Job: Coach
Club: Unemployed
Description: Brilliant youth team coach

Name: Mick Harford
Age: 46
Job: Coach
Club: Swindon
Description: Good all round

Name: Darren Cooke
Age: 41
Job: Scout
Club: Unemployed
Description: 20 JPA and JPP

Name: Neil Wallace
Age: 58
Job: Scout
Club: Liverpool
Description: Great stats. Good enough to be assistant manager

Name: Stuart Morgan
Age: 55
Job: Scout
Club: Portsmouth
Description: Max JPA and JPP

Name: William Vecchi
Age: 55
Job: Coach
Club: Unemployed
Description: Brilliant coach for goalkeepers or outfield players.
Also great with youngsters. Wants a lot of money

Name: David Coles
Age: 40
Job: Coach
Club: Unemployed
Description: Brilliant coach for youngsters or older players

Name: Gianpiero Ventrone
Age: 43
Job: Coach
Club: Unemployed
Description: Great coach or assistant manager

Name: Rob Campkin
Age: 33
Job: Scout
Club: Unemployed
Description: 18 JPA and 17 JPP


NOTE: Almost all phyios have 20 physio, so there is little difference
between them all. To choose an assistant manager, just select a coach
with very good all round stats
JPA, JPP and tactical knowledge are useful skills for assistants to have.

JPA = Judging Player Ability
JPP = Judging Player Potential

For scouts, you want someone with high JPA and JPP.
For coaches, you want someone with high coaching stats and motivation. Working
with youngsters is very important if you have a lot of young players in your
squad.



6.Training

When setting training, the technique that I use and seems to work quite
well is to set each type of player to their specific schedule. ie.
Goalkeepers to the goalkeeping schedule
Defender to the defending schedule
Midfielders to the midfielders schedule
Attackers to the attacking schedule

If you don't like these schedules and would like to try something
more intensive, then you could make some alterations and use the below
schedules.

GoalKeepers:

Day     Early Morning   Late Morning    Afternoon
---     -------------   ------------    ---------
Sn      Handling        Agility(GK)     Handling
M       Sprints         Crosses         5-a-side(small pitch)
T       Technique       distribution    Weight Training
W       Crosses         pig in the midl distribution
TH      Agility(GK)     Training Match  Set Pieces (Def)
F       pig in the midl overload(def)   5-a-side(large pitch)
St      Shot stopping   Closing down    overload (def)



Defenders:

Day     Early Morning   Late Morning    Afternoon
---     -------------   ------------    ---------
Sn      Set Pieces(Def) overload (def)  Tactical Training
M       Crosses Country Tactical Train. Weight Training
T       Set Pieces(att) overload (def)  Closing Down Session
W       Crosses country Set Pieces(att) pig in the middle
TH      5-a-side(large) technique       Training Match
F       Crosses         pig in middle   Tactical Training
St      Set Pieces(def) Crosses Country Heading



Midfielders:

Day     Early Morning   Late Morning    Afternoon
---     -------------   ------------    ---------
Sn      Technique       Shadow Play     overload (def)
M       5-a-side(large) Set Pieces(att) Crosses
T       pig in middle   overload (att)  Tactical Training
W       overload (def)  Shadow play     5-a-side(large)
TH      5-a-side(small) Set Pieces(def) Crosses Country
F       overload (att)  Sprints         Sprints
St      Shooting        Sprints         overload (att)



Attackers:

Day     Early Morning   Late Morning    Afternoon
---     -------------   ------------    ---------
Sn      overload (att)  overload (att)  Set Pieces(att)
M       5-a-side(large) Closing Down    pig in the middle
T       penalties       penalties       crosses
W       Set Pieces(att) Set Pieces(att) Shooting
TH      Heading         technique       overload (att)
F       Sprints         Heading         Shooting
St      Sprints         Set peices(att) pig in the middle


However, if you use these schedules, it is important to give your
players the day off after a match, because they are quite intensive and
there aren't any rest periods. If some of your
players start to get tired, consider switching them to another schedule.


7. Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where can I get new skins and face packs?
A: www.thedugout.net is probably the best site for this now that sortitoutsi
has closed down.

Q: Where do I download the 5.0.5 patch?
A: www.sigames.com

Q: Is this game better than Championship Manager 5?
A: Yes

Q: Why is the German national team weird and where is Oliver Kahn?
A: If you go to
C:\Program Files\SportsInteractive\FootballManager2005\data\db\Inc\all
there is a file called fake.Inc. Delete this and it will make the
German national team normal and it will change Oliver Kahns name
back from Jens Musterman.

Q: How do you make the game work in windowed mode?
A: For it to work, your screen resolution must be higher than 1024x768
You can try and change this by unticking the full screen box in preferences.
If that doesn't work, right-click on the FM2005 icon and bring up the properties
screen. On the shortcut tab, type " -small_screen" after the last quotation
mark.
Remember to leave a space before you type small_screen. After typing in this
line,
your game should be in windowed mode the next time you start it up.

Q: Where can I update the players to be at the right clubs?
A: Try the FM Finland update. It is updated weekly with all the latest transfers
from around Europe and the rest of the world.

To get it, go to
http://www.thedugout.net/download.php?cmv=11&cat=3&id=394#
and then follow these instructions.

1 - download correct version of fm finland update (mac or pc)
2 - double click "my computer"
3 - double click "c:"
4 - double click "program files"
5 - double click "sports interactive"
6 - double click "football manager 2005"
7 - double click "data"
8 - make backup of your existing db folder (located in data folder in above
path)
9 - unzip file with winrar (downlaod from www.download.com if you don't have it)
10 - drag db folder from winrar screen to the window where you double clicked
the
data folder as above
11 - select "yes to all" when asked if you want to replace the existing files
12 - load up fm and start a new game



8.Contact Me

If you have any suggestions for improving this guide, have any new
players I can add or have any questions about the game
contact me at alain.bates@gmail.com, which is
also my MSN address.



9.Credits

I give credit to SI Games for making this game.

Game FAQS for making this site and hosting this guide.

Jose Mourinho for being the greatest manager in Chelsea's history.

Pisst, Basketballfreak, Gooner Ross, 00powells, captaincork2003,
jettd and igorBiscuit for supplying a few suggestions for players.

Ahmad "Moleatom" Traboulsi for supplying me with some training schedules

Scutler and Falcon for giving information on the FM Finland update


10. Legal Mumbo Jumbo

This work is copyright of Alain Bates - as of 13 June 2005 and may only
be displayed on www.gamefaqs.com, www.gamespot.com, htpp://DLH.net and
www.neoseeker.com.
If it is displayed anywhere else without my permission, I would like
it to be removed as it is a breach of copyright. This guide can only be
reproduced for your own personal use and must not
under any circumstances be passed on to others as your own work.

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