-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Pro Evolution Soccer 6:
Master League Original player's Guide:
Written By: Robert "Robbie B" Blowes;
9th November 2006.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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.
_______________________________________________________________________________

                          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!
_______________________________________________________________________________

                           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

--------------------
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.
---------------------
**** - This is obvious from the development section in Master League and should
need no explanation.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                           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.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                              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.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

                                 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... -_-
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               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.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                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) >_>

_______________________________________________________________________________

                                 3.0) Formations
_______________________________________________________________________________

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.

PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 6 MASTER LEAGUE ORIGINAL PLAYERS GUIDE:

Version 1.0
Contributions to be sent to: THEFOLLOWER44 at hotmail dot com.

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.

This guide can only be seen on http:\\www.gamefaqs.com

If found at any other site, please notify the owner of this FAQ;

Sites are warned that to produce this FAQ in any shape or form is copyright
infringement and legal action will be taken if the situation is not resolved
immediately or amicably.

The FAQ is copyright Robert Blowes 2006.