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    Budgets FAQ by Gigolosam

    Version: 1.1 | Updated: 02/02/04 | Printable Version | Search Guide | Bookmark Guide

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    ||                         Fifa 2004 Budgets Guide                       ||
    ||                              by GigoloSam                             ||
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    Game: FIFA 2004
    Console: Sony Playstation2
    Developer: EA Sports
    Genre: Soccer Sim
    Release: October 24, 2003
    Author: Sam Morehouse (GigoloSam)
    Contact Email: samuelm@mail.utexas.edu
    Copyright 2004 Sam Morehouse
    
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    1. Author and FAQ Info
      1.1. Copyright Information  
      1.2. Contact Information
      1.3. Version History
    
    2. Budget Info
      2.1. Introduction to FIFA 2004 Budget System
      2.2. Categories of Leagues
      2.3. Disclaimer of Accuracy
      2.4. Promotion and Relegation
      2.5. Non-Promotion budget changes
      2.6. Do budgets carry over from year to year?
      2.7. Simulated games, team changes, and rank
    
    3. League Types
      3.1. Best
      3.2. Good
      3.3. English Division 2
      3.4. English Division 3
    
    4. Future Plans Update
    
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    1.1. Copyright Information:  
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    This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal, 
    private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed 
    publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other
    web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a 
    violation of copyright. Please contact me on the email below to ask 
    permission for use of this guide.
    	
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    1.2. Contact Information: 
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    Before emailing me, please READ THE ENTIRE FAQ, especially the explanation 
    of what a team rating actually is. It has nothingto do with your prestige 
    as a teams manager.
    
    If you need to contact me about the guide, please email me at 
    samuelm@mail.utexas.edu. Please only email me with errors in the guide or 
    requests for the guide. Any questions about the game (that do not have to 
    do with things discussed in the guide) should be sent to a messageboard, 
    like the one at www.soccergaming.tv . 
    
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    1.3. Version History:
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    02/02/04- 1.1 Removed ratings upon request. Added ratings explanation, 
    edited margins, updated info on my next FAQ, redid the format a little.
    
    01/13/04- 1.0 First submitted version.
    	
    
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    2.1. Introduction to FIFA 2004 Budget System: 
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    Fifa 2004 uses two things to determine the starting salaries of a team, 
    their league and their rating. For this reason, you should use this FAQ 
    along with Psy's team ratings FAQ to see what each teams budget is. It can 
    be found at Gamefaqs.com along with some other great FAQs.
    
    Since I have gotten some confusing emails, I will clear up what a team 
    rating is. Whenever you select a team, either from the "Play Now" or 
    "Career Mode" options in the menu, there are 5 stars below the teams name, 
    however many are colored equals the teams rating. What IS NOT the teams 
    rating are the stars that are on the top of the screen next to your name in
    the career mode. This is your career rating, which is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT 
    than your teams' rating.
    
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    2.2. Categories of leagues:
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    Fifa 2004 puts the leagues into four categories, which I have named Best, 
    Good, English Division 2 and English Division 3 (the reason for the last 
    two will be evident shortly). Depending on the quality of the league, the 
    teams, regardless of their rating, will get a different amount of money. 
    For instance, a team with a rating of 3 stars in a "Best" league, such as 
    the Premier League, will start with 12 Million, where a team with the same 
    rating in a "Good" league, such as English Division 1 or the Danish 
    Superfigaen, will start with 8 Million. The English Division 2 and 3 have 
    the lowest starting budgets, with Division 3 having the lower of the two.
    
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    2.3. Disclaimer of Accuracy:
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    Once I found this relationship with team rating and league type, I stopped 
    manually checking every team, so if any of these are incorrect then let me 
    know and I will update the list.  
    
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    2.4. Relegation and Promotion:
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    It seems that relegation does not lower your rank at all, but promotion 
    might raise it one star. Since I do not know exactly how your league 
    performance affects your budget, I can't tell if teams have more money 
    because of their good play in winning a league or if they get an extra 
    point in their rating due to promotion. The budgets that promoted teams 
    have seem to be consistent with gaining a point in your rank, so this is 
    why I think this is what happens. Unfortunately, once you've gained a point
    due to promotion, you cannot gain another for being promoted to the same 
    league. If this is confusing, here's what I tested. 
    
    I got West Ham promoted from Eng. Div 1 to the FA Premier League, then they
    got relegated, then they got promoted again, and their budget was similar 
    to when they got originally promoted. 
    
    What I have not tested is taking a Division 3 team and getting them to 
    either Eng Div 1 or the FA Premier League, and seeing what happens to their
    budget. If anyone tests this, let me know what happens. 
    
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    2.5. Non-Promotion Budget Changes:
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    As for what happens to your budget on successive seasons, this is somewhat 
    unclear to me. I do know that your budget will change, but why I don't know.
    The changes that do occur in budget are pretty small though, with the
    largest that I've seen being 2.5 Million with Real Madrid. If anyone has 
    any info on this please email me.
    
    Since vesion 1 I have revieved emails about teams that win everything they 
    can but their budgets do not change. I have no reason for what could cause 
    this, if anyone figures out why some budgets raise while others don't then 
    let me know.
    
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    2.6. Do budgets carry over from year to year?:
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    NO!! Your budget will not carry over to the next year, so if you were 
    planning on saving up for a big player and not spending anything for a few 
    years, this will not work. 
    
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    2.7. Simulated games, team changes, and rank:
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    Another interesting thing is that no matter how bad your team is, your 
    rating will not lower. I tested this by taking Real Madrid and selling all 
    of their players ranked over 65, and replacing them with the worst players 
    I could find, looking specifically for ones below 40. This team not only 
    won 3 League Championships, they kept their high budget also. This showed 
    two things: simulating matches only uses your team rating to determine the 
    stronger team and the team rating doesn't change if your players change 
    from season to season.
     
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    3.1. Best:
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    Dutch League
    FA Premier League
    German Bund. 1
    Italian Division 1
    Ligue de Professionnel 1
    Spanish Primera
    
    Rating		Starting Budget
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    5		43.0 Million
    4.5		33.0 Million
    4		23.0 Million
    3.5		13.0 Million
    3		12.0 Million
    2.5		11.0 Million
    2		10.0 Million
    1.5		 9.5 Million
    1		 9.0 Million
    .5		 N/A*
    
    What this means is that a team in any of these leagues with a rating of 4 
    will start with 23 Million in their budget (like Barcelona).
    
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    3.2. Good:
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    Austrian T-Mobile
    Belgian Juplier
    Danish Superligen
    English Division 1
    German Bund. 2
    Italian Division 2
    K-League
    Ligue de Professionnel 2
    MLS
    Norwegian Tippe.
    Portuguese Superliga
    Scottish Premier
    Spanish Segunda
    Swedish Allsvenskan
    Swiss Axpo
    
    Rating		Starting Budget
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    5		N/A*
    4.5		N/A*
    4		N/A*
    3.5		9.0 Million
    3		8.0 Million
    2.5		7.0 Million
    2		6.0 Million
    1.5		5.5 Million
    1		5.0 Million
    .5		4.5 Million
    
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    3.3. English Division 2:
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    English Division 2
    
    Rating		Starting Budget
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    5		N/A*
    4.5		N/A*
    4		N/A*
    3.5		N/A*
    3		N/A*
    2.5		N/A*
    2		N/A*
    1.5		3.5 Million
    1		3.0 Million
    .5		2.5 Million
    
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    3.4. English Division 3:
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    English Division 3
    
    Rating		Starting Budget
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    5		N/A*
    4.5		N/A*
    4		N/A*
    3.5		N/A*
    3		N/A*
    2.5		N/A*
    2		N/A*
    1.5		N/A*
    1		2.0 Million
    .5		1.5 Million
    
    
    * Not Applicable because there are no teams in the game, in this league 
    type, that have this rating. Thus, I cannot see their rank to ensure the 
    value. If you get a good lead on what they are then email me.
    
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    The player list I discussed in the last version is half done, and will most
    likely be released in a CSV (comma seperated values) format so it can be 
    transfered to either a spreadsheet or a database program. I will only write
    instructions for Excel and Access, since these are the programs I have. 
    Expect this in a few weeks after this guide gets posted.
    
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