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    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.
    
    The End
    
    

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