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    Pro Evolution Soccer 6:
    Master League Original player's Guide:
    Written By: Robert "Robbie B" Blowes;
    9th November 2006.
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    Note: To quick-skip to an area use CTRL-F and the number or the full-capped
    names.
    
                                 Table Of Contents:
    
    1.0) Introduction
    2.0) Original Player's Database
    2.1) Goalkeepers (IVAROV/ZAMENHOF/LOTHAR)
    2.2) Defenders (JARIC/STREMER/GIERSEN/RUSKIN/LIBERMANN/CECIU/VALENY)
    2.3) Midfield (MINANDA/ESPIMAS/XIMELEZ/FOUQUE/MACCO/DODO/IOUGA/STEIN)
    2.4) Strikers (CASTOLO/ORDAZ/HAMSUN/HUYLENS/BURCHET)
    2.5) Overall best players/positions
    3.0) Formations and Suggestions
    4.0) Version History and Outro.
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                              1.0) Introduction:
    
    Welcome to the Master League; Original player's guide. This guide has been
    written to show the abilities of the Original Players that you will be given
    when taking on Master League mode in Pro Evolution Soccer 6 (unless you skimp
    out and play with real players/create your own team).
    
    Basically if you're interested in some advice on how to handle your first
    couple of seasons with the craptactular players you're given, or if you just 
    want to see how far you can actually take them in successive seasons then this
    is the guide for you. 
    
    I will not be including controls or players you should buy, this isn't a 
    Master League guide per se but a guide centered around the players you start
    out with!
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                               2.0) Original Player's Database:
    
    If you start up Master League with the Original Players mode selected you will
    be given 23 rag-tag players, a mixture of old and new. Those of you who have
    played PES5 will know who's retired and who the replacements are. Here we shall
    look over the players we are given. I will highlight their abilities and advice
    on using them using the layout below:
    
    EXAMPLE LAYOUT
    
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    Name: Obvious Enough?
    PrPos: Primary Position
    SePos: Secondary Position(s)
    Age: Obvious...
    Inj: Their Injury rating from A-C (A being better)
    Abil: Their current potential from 1-100 the higher the better...
    Futr: Their future (Rising/Steady/Declining)****
    FPot: Their future potential if they can improve.
    Yrs: How many years they can give you before their skills decline.
    
    
    Abilities and notes: Everything else.
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    **** - This is obvious from the development section in Master League and should
    need no explanation.
    
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                               2.1) Goalkeepers
    
    Name: IVAROV
    PrPos: Goalkeeper
    SePos: None
    Age: 30
    Inj: A
    Abil: 77
    Futr: Steady
    FPot: n/a
    Yrs: 3
    
    Abilities and notes: 
    
    Ivarov is your token goalkeeper and the best of the three you're given. His
    response and Jumping stats are already in the 80's and he has a decent keeper
    skill stat of 75. Not really much to say, he's reliable enough but his skills
    will start to drop once he reaches 33 years of age, that gives you 3 years to
    replace him.
    
    Name: ZAMENHOF
    PrPos: Goalkeeper
    SePos: None
    Age: 32
    Inj: A
    Abil: 71 
    Futr: Declining
    FPot: n/a
    Yrs: 0
    
    Abilities and notes: 
    
    Zamenhof is the second of goalkeepers given to you. His only notable stat is
    Balance which, is in the 70's. Otherwise a keeper stat of 72 is his only claim
    to fame. His skills will steadily detoriate the moment you get him so you may
    as well shift him into the reserves and get rid of him ASAP.
    
    Name: LOTHAR 
    PrPos: Goalkeeper
    SePos: None
    Age: 22
    Inj: A
    Abil: 70
    Futr: Rising
    FPot: 74
    Yrs: 2
    
    Abilities and notes: 
    
    Lothar has a nice Response stat in the 80's but his keeper skills are dead at
    a mere 67. The fact he'll only improve by four points OVERALL and then DECLINE
    quite steadily at the ripe old age of 24 makes him a pointless long-term member
    of the team. He doesn't hold a candle to Ivarov in terms of ability and Ivarov
    simply outlasts him in terms of talent anyway.
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                                  2.2) Defenders
    
    Name: JARIC
    PrPos: Centre-Back
    SePos: Defensive-Midfielder
    Age: 20
    Inj: B
    Abil: 73
    Futr: Rising
    FPot: 83
    Yrs: 7
    
    Abilities and notes: 
    
    Jaric is your best defender and should generally be used as a Center back. His
    claim to fame however is his impressive free-kick abilities, he's literally a
    David Beckham when it comes to long passes and shots from freekicks. Use him
    for freekicks and corners where possible, but be careful of his injury rating.
    
    Name: STREMER
    PrPos: Centre Back
    SePos: none
    Age: 28
    Inj: A
    Abil: 66
    Futr: Steady
    FPot: n/a
    Yrs: 1
    Star: Marking
    
    Abilities and notes: 
    
    In the old days Stremer and Ceciu were a good team-up in the back of defence.
    Thesedays Stremer isn't worth your time, even if he has a marking star. His
    abilities will drop quite quickly once he's 29 so he's not a long-term player
    to keep in your plans.
    
    Name: GIERSEN
    PrPos: Side-Back
    SePos: Wing-back
    Age: 21
    Inj: A
    Abil: 70
    Futr: Rising
    FPot: 74.5
    Yrs: 6
    
    Abilities and notes: 
    
    Giersen has been improved since PES5 where his overall ability rose by ONE
    measly point. This time they creep up by four and half. Technique remains his
    biggest strength although you'd NEVER realise it... Talent drops once he's 27.
    
    Name: RUSKIN
    PrPos: Sideback
    SePos: Wingback, Side-midfield
    Age: 20
    Inj: A
    Abil: 71
    Futr: Rising
    FPot: 76
    Yrs: 8
    Star: SIDE
    
    Abilities and notes: 
    
    Ruskin is the opposite of Giersen, left footed, quick, good dribbler of the
    ball and with TONS of stamina. Your only left-back if you choose to use him
    there, you may be surprise to hear Ruskin has been downgraded since PES5 (he
    used to hit a potential of 80, now he barely hits 76) so it's debatable when-
    ever he's as good as he could have been. 
     Also notice the SIDE star means he will move to the wings/flanks when not in
    possession of the ball, so unless it's your intention keep him in the wide
    positions.
    
    Name: LIBERMANN
    PrPos: Centre-back
    SePos: none
    Age: 24
    Inj: A
    Abil: 64
    Futr: Rising
    FPot: 68
    Yrs: 6
    Star: Long-Throw.
    
    Abilities and notes: 
    
    Libermann plain sucks in my opinion, his only strengths is his balance and his
    height. Those of you who are having trouble with heading may want to use him
    but he really doesn't deserve a place on the bench... Also been given the
    Long-Throw star although it's not worth including him JUST for that...
    
    Name: CECIU
    PrPos: Centre-Back
    SePos: None
    Age: 32
    Inj: A
    Abil: 66
    Futr: Declining
    FPot: n/a
    Yrs: 0
    Star: Marking
    
    Abilities and notes: 
    
    Quite good in the old days, however he's not going to get a look in against
    the other defenders of the team. Decent Balance stat and a Marking star to boot
    but if you want players like him use Stremer instead, at least he has a year
    left in the tank.
    
    Name: VALENY
    PrPos: Centre-back
    SePos: Side-Back
    Age: 32
    Inj: A
    Abil: 70
    Futr: Declining
    FPot: n/a
    Yrs: 0
    Star: Covering
    
    Abilities and notes: 
    
    Valeny used to plain rock. Then came PES5 and he plain sucked. In this game 
    though he's been given quite the upgrade, he's quite fast with good stamina
    decent SHOT POWER and even JUMPING ability. You can easily use him as a side
    back ahead of Giersen or pair him with Jaric in the middle for a solid combo.
    Covering star doubles his worth as a defender imo.
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                                     2.3) Midfield
    
    Name: MINANDA
    PrPos: Attacking Midfield
    SePos: Support Striker
    Age: 35
    Inj: A
    Abil: 75
    Futr: Declining
    FPot: n/a
    Yrs: 0
    Star: Playmaker/Outside
    
    Abilities and notes: 
    
    Minanda just won't retire. His technique, shot accuracy, freekick ability and
    short passing skills all remain high enough that combined with his playmaker
    star (players will make a run when he's in possession) he remains the best
    attacking midfield player in the team. How long he'll be usable however is a
    completely different matter altogether you could probably get one or two
    seasons out of him.
    
    Name: ESPIMAS
    PrPos: Side-Midfield
    SePos: n/a
    Age: 33
    Inj: A
    Abil: 73
    Futr: Declining
    FPot: n/a
    Yrs: 0
    Stars: M-Shot.
    
    Abilities and notes: 
    
    Espimas is lethal if used on the right-flank and given chances to shoot, 
    especially from laid-off freekicks. He's still speedy and has decent stamina,
    the debate here is whenever to use him ahead of the younger improving Macco?
    
    Name: XIMELEZ
    PrPos: Side-Midfield
    SePos: none
    Age: 30
    Inj: A
    Abil: 72
    Futr: Steady
    FPot: n/a
    Yrs: 3
    Star: Dribbling
    
    Abilities and notes: 
    
    Ximelez has been around forever, he still has three years left in the tank and
    has decent dribbling and long-passing stats. Only really useful for crosses
    so I find. Also his star does NOTHING for you. Once he declines he does it in
    style though, Ximelez's gradient is awful you'll struggle to even keep it
    steady.
    
    Name: FOUQUE
    PrPos: Attacking Midfield
    SePos: Support Striker, Centre Forward
    Age: 23
    Inj: A
    Abil: 69
    Futr: Rising
    FPot: 80
    Yrs: 5
    Star: M-Shot
    
    Abilities and notes: 
    
    Finally another youngster who hit's above 80 in potential. Fouque is a BEAST
    when it comes to pelting in the ball from the half-way line. His shot power
    is insane and can certainly hit the 90's if he gets enough games. Sadly you
    may find that Fouque is a one-trick pony there, also once he reaches his max
    potential he'll drop steadily back to 70...
    
    Name: MACCO
    PrPos: Side-Midfield
    SePos: Winger
    Age: 26
    Inj: A
    Abil: 72
    Futr: Rising
    FPot: 80
    Yrs: 4
    Star: Dribbling
    
    Abilities and notes: 
    
    The welsh-wizard of the right-wing actually hits 80 potential in this game. He
    has good stamina, speed and dribbling abilities and his short-passing makes
    him a literal opposite of Ximelez in terms of abilities. Macco will last you
    well into his 30's if you're lucky, dribbling star does nothing for you though.
    
    Name: DODO
    PrPos: Defensive Midfield
    SePos: Centre Midfield
    Age: 21
    Inj: A
    Abil: 69
    Futr: Rising
    FPot: 75
    Yrs: 8
    
    Abilities and notes: 
    
    Dodo is vanilla all round. Stamina is decent enough and he's your only CMF...
    I'm struggling to even think of something to say about him... -_-;;
    
    Name: IOUGA
    PrPos: Defensive Midfield
    SePos: None
    Age: 33
    Inj: A
    Abil: 68
    Futr: Declining
    FPot: n/a
    Yrs: 0
    
    Abilities and notes: 
    
    Nice shot power, nice balance ability but even Dodo surpasses him. Not really
    worth a look-in to be honest unless you like using players who's abilities
    steadily decline...
    
    Name: STEIN
    PrPos: Defensive Midfield
    SePos: Centre-Back
    Age: 25
    Inj: B
    Abil: 68
    Futr: Rising
    FPot: 74
    Yrs: 10
    Star: Sliding
    
    Abilities and notes: 
    
    Stein is WEIRD. Decent Stamina and balance and a Sliding star makes him perfect
    for the DMF role giving him a slight advantage over Dodo. However he's far and
    away your second-best defender, which puts you in a bit of a decision making
    time if you use two at the back... Also his abilities don't drop until he's
    35 giving you years of service so you can better spend your money on strikers
    and stuff... -_-
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                                   3.4) Strikers
    
    Name: CASTOLO
    PrPos: Centre Forward
    SePos: Side Midfield
    Age: 31
    Inj: A
    Abil: 77
    Futr: Declining/Steady/Declining
    FPot: 75
    Yrs: 0 or 4
    
    Abilities and notes: 
    
    Castolo got a new hairstyle and a does the Jackson crotch-clutch-in-yo-face 
    celebration that doesn't get him fined for "improper conduct". PES5 ruined him,
    PES6 gives him an over-haul. He's super-fast now, can dribble, has good 
    response, shot power and if you can believe it HEADING... They stole his 
    "reaction" star though, not that he needs it anymore. 
     Castolo's abilities decline for one year but then steadies out until he's 36
    so you may find you want to keep him around until then. His talents will go
    off the chart in terms of being crap though once he hits 37 years of age so
    either flog him then or hope he retires...
    
    Name: ORDAZ
    PrPos: Centre Forward
    SePos: None
    Age: 21
    Inj: A
    Abil: 72
    Futr: Rising
    FPot: 80
    Yrs: 4
    Star: Scoring
    
    Abilities and notes: 
    
    In PES5 the "duo" of slimline Ordaz (owen) and Hamsun (Crouch) appeared. Ordaz
    being the better of the two imo. PES6 seems to have swapped them around anyway,
    Ordaz is a good five inches shorter than Hamsun but his HEADING is insane...
    He's also got a decent shot acc, however he's a sickler for big impacts and
    once he reaches his maximum potential he decides to become crap again... 
    
    Name: Hamsun
    PrPos: Centre Forward
    SePos: Attacking Midfield
    Age: 21
    Inj: B
    Abil: 72
    Futr: Rising
    FPot: 80
    Yrs: 12
    Star: Post-Player
    
    Abilities and notes: 
    
    Hamsun being tall and bulky you'd expect, would be awesome for headers. He's
    not, he sucks, leave the heading to Ordaz. Hamsun has surprisingly good dribble
    and technique and even balance. Play the ball to his feet, also feel free to 
    plan AROUND him because he will reach 80 overall and actually STAYS there for
    a good five or so years, in fact he'll remain in the 80's until he's 33 giving
    you TWELVE years to use him, unlike Ordaz who disappears after four... =\
    
    Name: HUYLENS
    PrPos: Centre-Forward
    SePos: None
    Age: 35
    Inj: A
    Abil: 74
    Futr: Steady
    FPot: n/a
    Yrs: 1
    Star: Scoring
    
    Abilities and notes: 
    
    Huylens is a BEAST at putting the ball in the top corner from miles away, try
    it and see for yourself. It's not so much his power but his accuracy there!
    Decent jumping, response and speed gives him some advantage up front however
    he's only good for one full season. As soon as he hits 36 his abilities take
    a nose-dive big time...
    
    Name: BURCHET
    PrPos: Winger
    SePos: None
    Age: 29
    Inj: A
    Abil: 73
    Futr: Rising
    FPot: 74
    Yrs: 1
    Star: Reaction
    
    Abilities and notes: 
    
    Burchet is famous for being called bird-sh.. by the commentators in previous
    PES's or at least it sounded like that. His greatest asset is his insane speed
    (it's in the 90's) but that's all there is to him. Once he hits his 30's his
    abilities drop faster than anything so don't plan on keeping him around.
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                                    2.5) Overall Best Players.
    
    Well that was the overview now on to the "best players for each position."
    
    First up in Goal we have Ivarov, Zamenhof and Lothar. 
    
    Personally I feel Ivarov wipes the floor with them all, but several players 
    seem to have a thing for Lothar. Statistically though, Ivarov = wins.
    
    Defence wise is the main concern to think about. A lot of PES players feel
    that a 3 man defence is harder to split with through balls. This is true
    however in PES6 through balls seem to have been hit quite harshly and no longer
    have the ability to split through a defence at will. They are more difficult 
    to pull off, personally I find the AI in PES6 tends to try more lofted balls
    over the top instead of through balls now.
    
    For that reason alone you may wish to run a sweeper-system, although no one in
    the original team can play that role normally.
    
    Jaric is clearly your best defender, Stein is another good one. Everyone else
    though don't really seem to make the grade. Ruskin, Giersen and Valeny are the
    only defenders who can play side-back/wing-back roles so they will always be
    getting a place in the team unless you play with a backline of 3 players.
    
    Over in midfield you're spoilt for choice, I prefer an AMF with two wingers and
    a CMF instead of a DMF... However it's up to you to use the players for each
    position.
    
    The wingers are easy enough to choose from, Ximelez, Espimas and Macco are
    easily your best choices, Burchet can also be used in this position. Ruskin is
    a valid replacement for Ximelez if you play a 3-5-2 formation or a varient of
    it.
    
    Defensive midfield, Dodo and Stein are your best choices, while in attacking
    midfield you may wish to rotate both Minanda and Fouque early on then stick
    with Fouque once he improves.
    
    Strikers is the hardest of choices to make. Castolo stomps on the entire lot
    in terms of raw ability, Hamsun is the best long-term choice while Ordaz and
    Huylens both have something to offer...
    
    BEST POSITIONS:
    
    Gk: Ivarov/Lothar/Zamenhof
    
    SB: Ruskin/Giersen/Valeny
    
    CB: Jaric/Stein/Valeny/Libermann/Stremer/Ceciu
    
    WB: Ruskin/Giersen
    
    SMF: Macco/Ruskin/Castolo/Espimas/Ximelez*
    
    DMF: Stein/Dodo/Iouga
    
    CMF: Dodo
    
    AMF: Minanda/Fouque/Hamsun
    
    FC: Castolo/Hamsun/Ordaz/Huylens/Fouque
    
    *Ximelez only rates this low in terms of potential, he's not that bad overall.
    
    Players you should keep hold of include:
    
    Jaric - 83 overall!
    Fouque - 80 Overall
    Macco - 80 Overall
    Ordaz - 80 Overall
    Hamsun - 80 Overall (comes free with Ordaz) >_>
    
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                                     3.0) Formations
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    In PES6 the Original team can be used in almost any formation you'd like. Want
    to use wingers? You can, want to use a 3-5-2 with two DMF's? You can. 
    
    The WEAKNESS of the Original team is depth. For example you have only one left
    back, only TWO wingers and so on. You also have to contend with a team where
    the youngsters are getting better but the older established players already
    suck and are getting WORSE!
    
    As I mentioned earlier in this guide, some PES veterans have claimed a 3 man
    backline is safer to defend against through balls (true) however with the fact
    that through balls are substationally harder to pull off even for the AI you
    can quite easily play a 4 man backline without any serious difficulties. The
    main thing to watch out for is lofted balls so a sweeper system may be your
    more safer option if you have trouble with defending.
    
    Whatever you choose, Jaric and Stein are arguably the BEST centre backs and 
    should easily be your first choices. Valeny is another good choice, even if his
    abilities are in decline, you could hold them off with good performances to
    change his decline to a steady line on the overall potential graph (difficult).
    
    In midfield a flat four line is rather static, I've noticed that side-midfield
    players don't tend to run forwards so much as they did in PES5 and you may find
    that the side-backs are your only crossing options in counter-attacks.
    
    A good idea is to play the diamond four, allowing you a defensive or central
    midfield player usually Dodo, with an attacking midfielder in the "hole" 
    (minanda and fouque are good choices). Side-midfield players are easy to choose
    if you want speed and dribble options go for Macco and Ximelez or even Ruskin
    if you use a 3man defence line.
    
    Espimas is a viable choice on the wings if you want a slower more patient and
    thus less-dribble heavy wing choice, he is a threat from wide if you're 
    confident with your shooting, as is Fouque both players have the M-Shot ability
    and should be used for those freekicks that are EXTREMELY close to goal.
    
    Speaking of freekicks, Minanda is a decent choice however Jaric should easily
    surpass him and should be used for S-range freekicks and corners. Be wary of
    using Jaric however as he IS a defender so you will easily find yourself one
    man short at the back if you mess up. Practice a lot so you can pull freekicks
    off with ease.
    
    Up front a decent 2 man strike-force is advisable, however you can easily get
    away with THREE. Castolo, Ordaz, Hamsun and Huylens all have something to offer
    remember that ORDAZ is the man for headers, Huylens for long range shots, 
    Castolo and Hamsun for speed and dribble, although Hamsun is easily the best
    at holding up the ball.
    
    Burchet is your only real choice as a Winger to be honest if you use the winger
    system. You can easily play three up front with one lone-striker and two 
    in support, both Fouque and Minanda can play in those positions, handy for
    quick counter-attacks if you are confident in your defence.
    
    Formations is really up to your personal preference. New players are advised
    to start out with a basic 4-4-2 but advanced pros can easily skip on to a 3-4-3
    or 4-3-3 formation. 
    
                                    4.0) End.
    
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