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    Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 Become a Legend Guide
    
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    Author: Scott Wilson (Rikuide_Furame)
    Version: 1.00
    Date Updated: 6 March 2009
    Formats: Xbox 360, Playstation 3 & PC
    
    
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    Contents
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    A. Introduction [A00]D
    B. Version History [B00]
    C. Controls [C00]D
    D. Career [D00]
          Basic Overview [D01]
          Creating Your Player [D02]
          Exhibition (Scout) Match [D03]
          Your First Club [D04]
          Your First Season [D05]
          Transfers [D06]
          Awards/Trophies [D07]
    E. Attributes [E00]
          Definition of Attributes [E01]
          Raising your Attributes [E02]
          The God Region [E03]
    F. Special Abilities [F00]
          Definition of Special Abilities [F01]
          Gaining Special Abilities [F02]
          Gaining Positions [F03]
    G. Ratings [G00]
    H. Form Arrows [H00]
    I. General Tips [I00]
    J. Contact Me [J00]
    K. Legal [K00]
    L. Credits [L00]
    
    If you wish to jump to a particular section, bring up the find function
    (ctrl+f) and search for the 3 character code contained in the square brackets.
    So if you want to jump to the Controls section then search for C00.
    
    
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    Introduction								 [A00]
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    I've been a PES fan for years (since the original on the Playstation). For
    years I watched as our Japanese counterparts were lucky enough to be able to
    create and play as an individual player (then called Fantasia). Now, finally,
    the PES team has decided to incorporate this mode into it's current title - 
    and what a mode it is.
    
    After having played this mode through several times (and having answered many
    questions regarding the Become a Legend mode) I've decided to write a guide
    and FAQ for it. If you have any questions, suggestions or corrections based on
    anything that you've seen in this guide, then feel free to contact me. My
    e-mail address can be found in the Contact Me section.
    
    If you want to see all my guides then simply visit:
    
    http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/recognition/79678.html?type=1
    
    Let's begin then.
    
    - RK
    
    
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    Version History                                                          [B00]
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    Version 1.00 - 06 March 2009
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    Guide Completed
    
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    Controls                                                                 [C00]
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    This section details the controls for BaL mode in both the PS3 and Xbox 360
    versions of the game. You can edit the control scheme if you wish. Please be
    aware that several of the buttons will not actually do anything in BaL mode.
    They're instead used for other modes in PES 2009 where you may be playing as
    an entire team, and even coaching them. I haven't included the PC controls as
    these are entirely user-defined.
    
    PS3 Controls
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    o-------------------------------------o--------------------------------------o
    |Input                                |Action with ball (Action without ball)|
    o-------------------------------------o--------------------------------------o
    |Left Analogue Stick                  |Movement/Tricks                       |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Direction Pad                        |Movement/Tricks                       |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Right Analogue Stick                 |Manual Pass (N/A)                     |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |X Button                             |Short Pass/Short Header               |
    |                                     |(Tackling/Pressure)                   |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |[] Button                            |Shoot/Shooting Header/Clearance       |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |O Button                             |Long Pass/Cross (Sliding Tackle)      |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Triangle Button                      |Through Pass                          |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |L1                                   |Various Moves [one-two passes etc]    |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |R1                                   |Sprint                                |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |L2                                   |N/A                                   |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |R2                                   |Special Controls [slow dribbling etc] |
    |                                     |(Jockeying)                           |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |START Button                         |Pause Menu                            |
    o-------------------------------------o--------------------------------------o
    
    Xbox 360 Controls
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    o-------------------------------------o--------------------------------------o
    |Input                                |Action with ball (Action without ball)|
    o-------------------------------------o--------------------------------------o
    |Left Analogue Stick                  |Movement/Tricks                       |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Direction Pad                        |Movement/Tricks                       |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Right Analogue Stick                 |Manual Pass (N/A)                     |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |A Button                             |Short Pass/Short Header               |
    |                                     |(Tackling/Pressure)                   |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |X Button                             |Shoot/Shooting Header/Clearance       |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |B Button                             |Long Pass/Cross (Sliding Tackle)      |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Y Button                             |Through Pass                          |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Left Bumper                          |Various Moves [one-two passes etc]    |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Right Bumper                         |Sprint                                |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Left Trigger                         |N/A                                   |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Right Trigger                        |Special Controls [slow dribbling etc] |
    |                                     |(Jockeying)                           |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |START Button                         |Pause Menu                            |
    o-------------------------------------o--------------------------------------o
    
    
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    Career                                                                   [D00]
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    Basic Overview [D01]
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    In Become a Legend mode (BaL) you create your own player and play through the
    game via him, and him alone. Your player starts from the age of 17. Once you
    reach the age of 27 you can retire (ending your career) or you can play on
    right up to the age of 35 whereby the game will automatically retire your
    player.
    
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    Creating Your Player [D02]
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    When your first create a legend you will have to enter some basic details.
    Firstly enter your players name and arrange how it should appear on his
    jersey. Now select his injury type. Unless you want your player to be more
    vulnerable to injury for some reason, keep this set to A. Finally pick which
    foot is your players favoured one. Choose either left or right, it makes no
    difference.
    
    You also have to choose your player's nationality. Now this is very important
    if you wish to succeed on the international stage. Ofcourse, choosing a nation
    can prove to be double-edged. On one hand, choosing a country that is known as
    a great team will likely lead to easier success as the players around you are
    far more able to win matches. However, this is because the players themselves
    are better than those that you would find in the smaller countries and so
    getting into the bigger teams can prove more difficult. Bare this in mind. 
    
    Now you must pick which position your player plays in. This is not so straight
    forward as you might first think. There are 8 positions that you can select
    from. You can only select 1 at this time.
    
    Wing Back (c)
    Defensive Midfielder (a)
    Side Midfielder (a)
    Central Midfielder (a)
    Attacking Midfieler (b)
    Wing Forward (c)
    Support Striker (b)
    Centre Forward (a)
    
    Beside each position is a letter from a - c. These represent how common each
    position is in your average team (a being very common and c being rare). The
    importance of this is that your should avoid rare positions. For example you
    will be hard pressed to find a team that uses Wing Backs on a regular basis.
    If you are playing that role then you may find that you are being played out
    of position (a lot!) and as such your player's stats will actually be lower
    than normal.
    
    NOTE: wide positions (WB, SMF, WF) will give you the option to select which
    side you prefer to play on. Again, unless you really want to specify a side,
    just keep it as both sides. This way your player will never receive penalties
    to his stats for playing on the "wrong" side.
    
    So try to stick to the positions that are common. Doing so will allow you to
    play for any team in the game, potentially. If you choose a rare option you
    will either have to play out of position (and suffer the stat penalties) or
    you will be forced to narrow down which clubs you play for (i.e. the ones that
    use your position regularly).
    
    After all your details have been entered all that is left for you to do is
    to create the physical aspects of your player. Really, what you do here is all
    up to you, however I would advise against making your player too small
    (especially if he is playing a central role) unless you really want to as this
    will make winning headers harder for him. In fact, you might want to increase
    your players height (anything above 185 cm is considered tall) as this will
    make him much more able to win headers. Granted, until his header stat
    increases he won't do too much with the headers but atleast he'll win them.
    
    Once you've created your player, you'll be thrust into your first match.
    
    
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    Exhibition (Scout) Match [D03]
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    Now you'll play in a small match. The aim ofcourse is to play well enough
    to "impress" the scouts from teams that are there. Even if you perform really
    badly in this game and get a poor rating you will still receive two offers
    (doing well will grant you 3). However, playing well does two things:
    
    1) increases the quality of teams looking to sign you
    2) increases the starting attributes of your player
    
    Both are obviosly important so try to have a good game. An important thing to
    note here is that your should keep replaying this match until your starting
    Stamina is 80 or above. I'll explain later as to why.
    
    First off, your stats are terrible so keep it simple. You won't be able to
    run past players! Instead stick to simple passes, time your runs and try to
    stay in space. Doing so will almost certainly grant you a decent rating. If
    you want more information on how to increase your rating see the ratings
    section.
    
    It's important to note that there are various stats set after this match that
    cannot increase. These are as follows:
    
    Agility
    Mentality
    Agression
    Condition
    Goal-Keeping
    Weaker Foot Frequency
    Weaker Foot Accuracy
    
    Whilst (obviously) the Goal-Keeping stat is of no concern the others are.
    Agility is especially important if you want a fast player. It represents how
    quickly your player does any action such as a small dribble or step over. The
    significance of this is that the higher your agility, the more actions your
    player can perform in a set period of time. Futhermore, you're far less likely
    to run into opposing players because your player was still executing an
    action. Unfortunately, you won't be able to see your players stats until you
    join your first club. Look at them as soon as you can as you may wish to play
    the scout match again in order to receive different stats.
    
    Once the match has concluded, check the performance of your player. This can
    be done by accessing the Ratings section under the Match Details section.
    Any rating of a 6 or above is good. You can also press select your player's
    rating to see in depth stats about his play. You should do this regularly to
    see how you're coping. With that done, all that's left to do is sign for a
    professional team.
    
    
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    Your First Club [D04]
    ********************* 
    
    After the match (depending on your rating) will receive 2-3 offers from clubs.
    Now choosing your first club is very important and their are two key factors
    that you should focus on:
    
    1) Club Ranking
    2) The position that the club wishes you to play (!)
    
    Each of the 80 teams found in the four leagues are ranked based on their
    success and players. Obviously the higher the better. This is important
    for two reasons. The first is that the better the teams success the more
    likely you are to find success. For example the better the team the more
    likely that they will be competing in European competitions and the more
    likely they are to go farther in those competitions. Playing as many games
    as possible at the highest level will ensure quicker growth of your player.
    
    The second important factor is where the club intend to play you. If this
    does not match with your position then you can expect to be played out of
    position, a lot! Considering how bad your stats are, the last thing you need
    are penalties for being in the wrong position.
    
    The above rules should be considering when signing for ANY club. Select a club
    to continue. On a side note, the points (or salary) that each team is offering
    has no impact on the game whatsoever. It's merely a score (if you will)
    allowing you to see how well your player is progressing. Another side note,
    but still rather important; if you wish to play for a particular team such as
    Milan then try to sign with a team in their league. Whilst you'll recieve many
    offers from clubs outside of your league throughout you career, many more
    offers will be made by clubs in your own league.
    
    
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    Your First Season [D05]
    ***********************
    
    When you sign for a new club (like you do at the start of BaL mode), you won't
    just be placed into the starting XI. Instead you'll compete in Inter-Squad
    matches. These take place whenever your first team has an actual game. Here
    you'll simple play against members of your own team. You'll start out in the
    second team (the one of the right of the formation menu). Your goal is to
    play well and net high ratings. It'll only take a couple 7.0s and upwards to
    net you a spot in the first team.
    
    However, this doesn't mean that you'll be playing for the team in actual
    matches. You now have to prove yourself in the first team, much like you did
    the second team. Again, a couple 7.0s and above will see you progress in a
    few games. At this time you'll be given a spot on the bench meaning that you
    can be brought on during your teams league/cup games. When this occurs, you'll
    no longer participate in inter-squad matches. Instead, you'll simply be able
    to watch your side's game until you come on the pitch. By pressing RT/R2 you
    can speed the game up until your arrival.
    
    Again, it's all about ratings. Put up some good numbers when you come off the
    bench and you'll soon be awarded a starting place in the team. Receiving high
    ratings when coming off the bench is far easier than if you had been starting
    the match so this shouldn't take too long. Your reward will be a starting
    place in the first XI.
    
    Be aware that your player will be under constant scrutiny. If you start
    putting up poor ratings, you may be dropped to the bench. Continue to put
    up poor ratings from the bench and you may even find yourself back in the
    inter-squad matches.
    
    
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    Transfer [D06]
    **************
    
    Transfer periods occur at the halfway point and end of every season. During
    this time your player may well receive offers from various clubs including
    your own (if your contract is up). You should apply the same rules as you did
    when you signed for your first club. Take a look at the clubs ranking and
    the position(s) that they wish you to play. Again, the salary is little more
    than a score. It's important to note that each of the 80 teams will engage in
    a fair bit of tranfers themselves. For this reason you should always check the
    squad of a team you wish to join prior to joining. In the my first playthrough
    of BaL mode, by about my third season Spurs were the powerhouse of the leagues
    with players such as Rooney and C.Ronaldo.
    
    It's also important to note that you won't recieve all the offers at first.
    Clubs can (and will) use the whole transfer period to sign players. As such,
    many clubs will make you offers with only a week or two to go. So if the first
    couple offers that you've received don't take your fancy then simply hold off
    for more. Beware though, clubs won't chase you all day long. If you wait too
    long a club who had made you an offer may retract it. If no one else makes a
    late bid, you could find yourself with little (or no) options so bear this in
    mind.
    
    As with choosing your first club, choosing which team you sign for will affect
    who makes offers for you in the future (and with what frequency). So if you
    want to play for a particular team, then try to with clubs inside their
    league.
    
    
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    Awards/Trophies [D07]
    *********************
    
    Throughout your career there are various awards and trophies that your player
    can receive. These are divided into various categories and are as follows:
    
    World Player of the Year
    World Team of the Year
    European Player of the Year
    European Team of the Year
    
    
    Individual
    ----------
    
    Man of the Match
    
    European Championship Most Valuable Player
    European Championship Top Scorer
    European Championship Assist Leader
    
    European Master's Cup Most Valuable Player
    European Master's Cup Top Scorer
    European Master's Cup Assist Leader
    
    League A Player of the Season
    League A Team of the Season
    Leauge A Top Scorer
    League A Assist Leader
    League A D1 Cup Most Valuable Player
    League A D1 Cup Top Scorer
    League A D1 Cup Assist Leader
    
    League B Player of the Season
    League B Team of the Season
    Leauge B Top Scorer
    League B Assist Leader
    League B D1 Cup Most Valuable Player
    League B D1 Cup Top Scorer
    League B D1 Cup Assist Leader
    
    League C Player of the Season
    League C Team of the Season
    Leauge C Top Scorer
    League C Assist Leader
    League C D1 Cup Most Valuable Player
    League C D1 Cup Top Scorer
    League C D1 Cup Assist Leader
    
    League D Player of the Season
    League D Team of the Season
    Leauge D Top Scorer
    League D Assist Leader
    League D D1 Cup Most Valuable Player
    League D D1 Cup Top Scorer
    League D D1 Cup Assist Leader
    
    
    Club
    ----
    
    League A
    League A D1 Cup
    
    League B
    League B D1 Cup
    
    League C
    League C D1 Cup
    
    League D
    League D D1 Cup
    
    European Championship
    European Master's Cup
    
    
    National
    --------
    
    Man of the Match
    
    International Cup
    International Cup Player of the Tournament
    International Cup Team of the Tournament
    International Cup Top Scorer
    International Cup Assist Leader
    
    European Region Qualifiers Player of the Qualifying Round
    European Region Qualifiers Team of the Tournament
    European Region Qualifiers Top Scorer
    European Region Qualifiers Assist Leader
    
    European Championship
    European Championship Player of the Tournament
    European Championship Team of the Tournament
    European Championship Top Scorer
    European Championship Assist Leader
    
    
    As you can see there's a lot of repetition with the awards. Rather than
    describe how to get them all, I'm just going to describe each award. You
    can then apply this to every tournament that the trophy/award appears in.
    
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    Attributes                                                               [E00]
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    Definition of Attributes [E01]
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    o-----------------------------o----------------------------------------------o
    |Attribute                    |  Definition                                  |
    o-----------------------------o----------------------------------------------o
    |Attack                       | The higher this stat, the more difficult it's|
    |                             | for opposing players to steal the ball off of|
    |                             | your player.                                 |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Defence                      | The higher this stat, the easier it is for   |
    |                             | your player to steal the ball off of         |
    |                             | opposing players.                            |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Body Balance                 | The higher this stat, the easier your player |
    |                             | can hold off opposing players.               |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Stamina                      | The higher this stat, the longer your player |
    |                             | will be able to perform at his best.         |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Top Speed                    | The higher this stat, the faster your player |
    |                             | can run without the ball.                    |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Acceleration                 | The higher this stat, the faster your player |
    |                             | will reach his Top Speed/Dribble Speed.      |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Response                     | The higher this stat, the quicker your player|
    |                             | will respond to events such as loose balls.  |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Agility                      | The higher this stat, the quicker your player|
    |                             | will complete each action such as step-overs.|
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Dribble Accuracy             | The higher this stat, the closer your player |
    |                             | will keep the ball to him whilst dribbling   |
    |                             | with it.                                     |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Dribble Speed                | The higher this stat, the faster your player |
    |                             | will run with the ball.                      |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Short Pass Accuracy          | The higher this stat, the more accurate your |
    |                             | your player will be with his short passes.   |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Short Pass Speed             | The higher this stat, the more control your  |
    |                             | player will have over the speed(weight) of   |
    |                             | his short passes.                            |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Long Pass Accuracy           | The higher this stat, the more accurate your |
    |                             | your player will be with his long passes.    |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Long Pass Speed              | The higher this stat, the more control your  |
    |                             | player will have over the speed(weight) of   |
    |                             | his long passes.                             |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Shot Accuracy                | The higher this stat, the more accurate your |
    |                             | player's shots will be.                      |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Shot Power                   | The higher this stat, the more powerful your |
    |                             | player's shots will be.                      |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Shot Technique               | The higher this stat, the easier your player |
    |                             | will find it to shoot from awkward angles.   |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Free Kick Accuracy           | The higher this stat, the more accurate your |
    |                             | player's free kicks will be.                 |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Swerve                       | The higher this stat, the more swerve your   |
    |                             | player can put on shots, crosses and free    |
    |                             | kicks.                                       |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Header                       | The higher this stat, the more control your  |
    |                             | player will have over his headers.           |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Jump                         | The higher this stat, the higher your player |
    |                             | can jump.                                    |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Technique                    | The higher this stat, the easier your player |
    |                             | will find it to get the ball under control   |
    |                             | from passes etc.                             |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Agression                    | The higer this stat, the more attack minded  |
    |                             | your player is, meaning that he'll make      |
    |                             | advanced runs.                               |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Mentality                    | The higher this stat, the less of an effect  |
    |                             | your player's stamina will have on his       |
    |                             | performance.                                 |
    o-----------------------------o----------------------------------------------o
    
    
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    Raising Your Attributes [E02]
    *****************************
    
    First off, there is no real way to increase your players attributes quickly.
    You won't be anything like Kaka, Ronaldo or Messi until your mid-twenties
    (around the same time when you start gaining special abilities). However,
    there are methods to decrease just how long it takes to get you there.
    
    Your main source of growth during BaL mode is through your Strenthen Points
    (SPs). You have 12 SPs and you can distribute them among 6 separate categories
    (though no category can have more than 6). Each category will boost certain
    stats however some stats will be raised by quite a bit whilst others will rise
    only a little. The 6 categories are as follows:
    
    o------------o------------------------------o--------------------------------o
    |Category    |Primary Attributes            |Secondary Attributes            |
    o------------o------------------------------o--------------------------------o
    |Technique   |Short Pass Accuracy           |Attack                          |
    |(kicking)   |Long Pass Accuracy            |Short Pass Speed                |
    |            |Shot Accuracy                 |Technique                       |
    |            |Shot Technique                |                                |
    |            |Free Kick Accuracy            |                                |
    |            |Swerve                        |                                |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Technigue   |Dribble Accuracy              |Attack                          |
    |(dribbling) |                              |Dribble Speed                   |
    |            |                              |Technique                       |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Power       |Long Pass Speed               |Short Pass Speed                |
    |            |Shot Power                    |Header                          |
    |            |                              |Jump                            |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Balance     |Defence                       |Header                          |
    |            |Body Balance                  |Jump                            |
    |            |Teamwork                      |                                |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Speed       |Top Speed                     |Response                        |
    |            |Acceleration                  |Dribble Speed                   |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Stamina     |Stamina                       |Response                        |
    o------------o------------------------------o--------------------------------|
    
    Now as you can see, Stamina is the worst category to invest in hence why I
    told you to ensure you already had above 80 Stamina. The other thing to note
    is that certain stats are split among two categories. For example, in order
    to optimise your header stats growth you would need to invest SPs in both
    Balance and Power. This can ultimately slow down your other stats progress
    so beware of this.
    
    When you start BaL mode, each category has 2 points assigned to it. This will
    slowly but surely raise your players stats equally (roughly speaking) however
    it's not the best method. In order to see quicker results you should only
    focus on 2 categories at once, investing 6 points in each. There is a reason
    for this. The problem with investing 2 points in each category is that whilst
    each category grows at the same rate as the others, it takes quite while for
    your stats to increase. Now by investing 6 points in only two categories your
    player will still be at the same level (in terms of stats) after say 200 games
    when compared with a player that used only 2 SPs in each category, however
    stat increase comes much sooner. The formula for calculating how much a stat
    will increase by (based solely on SPs) is:
    
                         Number of SPs in the category * 2
    
    Note: if the stat is a secondary stat of the category then you do not
    multiply by 2. It would instead simply increase by the number of SPs invested.
    
    So let's say Player A has 2 points in each category and Player B has 6 in 2
    categories. Now if we monitor their top speed stats (which will start at 75)
    over 25 games we would see this. 
    
    Player A
    --------
    
    (2 (number of SPs) * 2) * 25 (number of matches) = 100
    
    So player A's stat grows from 75 to 76 after 100 games
    
    Player B
    --------
    
    (6 (Number of SPs) * 2) * 25 (Number of matches) = 300
    
    Not surprisingly, by increasing the SPs by 3 times the initial amount, the
    number of stats exp points goes up by 3 times as much so Player B's stat grows
    from 75 to 78 in the same time. However because you are only increasing 2
    categories at once (i.e. 3 times LESS than Player A) the two even out. The
    only advantage for player B is thatindividual stats grow quicker, over all he
    still develops at the same speed.
    
    Once you have leveled up all stats in the 2 selected categories, you can then
    switch to another two (maintaining balance of your player) or keep it as it is
    for a little bit more (thereby increasing set stats but limiting others).
    
    After SPs the only other growth your player will experience is through match
    experience such as playing in very tight matches, European matches or finals.
    However the experience you gain here is tiny so don't rely on it to give your
    more than a few exp a game. But every little point helps so it is important to
    try and ensure that your player has access to regular European competitions
    and is playing teams that can reach the latter stages of cups. Remember, the
    more games that you play in a season, the more your SPs level up your stats.
    
    The rate at which your stats increase is not fixed. In fact, as your player
    ages, the rate at which his stats increase will drop. By the time you hit 30,
    your player will hardly grow at all - his stats will decrease too!
    
    
    ********************
    The God Region [E03]
    ********************
    
    Each attribute is ranked out of 99. The closer that attribute gets to 99 the
    better the player will be in that area of play (such as Top Speed). However,
    the gap by which a player's ability increases per attribute increase is not
    set. From the 1-95, the increase in ability is fixed as a constant. Once a
    player reaches 95 in an ability, he has entered the God Region which singles
    his ability as one of the best in the game.
    
    The God Region is not just a title to give to players, it really does affect
    gameplay. From 95-99, the players ability will massively increase per each
    stat increase far more than a player outside the God Region. For example,
    a player who's shot power goes from 85-86 will see a slight increase in the
    power of his shots. However, a player who's shot power goes from 95-96 will
    see a huge increase in the power of his shots.
    
    To fully understand this, try playing a match as a player who has high agility
    but not above 94. Then play another match as Messi (who has an agility of 99).
    You should be able to see a major difference in how agile each player is.
    
    
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    Special Abilities                                                        [F00]
    ******************************************************************************
    
    There are whole host of special abilities that your legend can learn
    throughout his career. Special abilities show that your player has a real
    talent in that area (being it shooting or passing the ball). To earn these
    abilities, again, takes time and you won't be earning them until your
    twenties.
    
    Below you'll find each of the abilities and what they actually mean. In the
    next section (Gaining Special Abilities) I'll explain how you actually attain
    them.
    
    
    ************************************
    Definition of Special Abilites [F01]
    ************************************
    
    o--------------------------o-------------------------------------------------o
    |Special Ability           |Description                                      |
    o--------------------------o-------------------------------------------------o
    |Dribbling                 |Your player will be more likely to try and       |
    |                          |dribble past defenders.*                         |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Tactical Dribbling        |Your player will be more likely to try and keep  |
    |                          |possession by dribbling (such as doubling back).*|
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Positioning               |Your player will be more able to find space and  |
    |                          |lose markers.*                                   |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Reaction                  |Your player will time his runs better and react  |
    |                          |even better to loose balls etc.*                 |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Playmaking                |The players around your player will find space   |
    |                          |more easily and make better runs.                |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Passing                   |Your player's passes will be much more controlled|
    |                          |and will be more accurate.                       |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Scoring                   |Your player's shots will be more accurate.       |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |1-on-1 Scoring            |Your player's shots past keepers (such as chips  |
    |                          |and placements) will be much better.             |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Post Player               |Your player will be much more able to hold the   |
    |                          |ball up and hold off opposing players.           |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |DF Positioning            |Your player will time his runs better behind the |
    |                          |opposing defence.*                               |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Shooting from Distance    |Your player will produce more powerful and       |
    |                          |accurate mid-ranged shots.                       |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Side                      |Your player will try to move out to the wings.*  |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Centre                    |Your player will try to stay centrally.*         |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Penalties                 |Your player is better at taking penalties. So    |
    |                          |much so that even if the keeper dives the right  |
    |                          |way, your player can still score.                |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |1-Touch Pass              |Your player will be able to pass and shoot better|
    |                          |even if striking the ball with his first touch.  |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Outside of the Boot       |Your player is better and striking the ball with |
    |                          |the outside of his boot (allowing for curl).     |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Marking                   |Your player will track opposing players better.* |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Sliding Tackle            |Your player will be far more likely to take the  |
    |                          |ball when sliding. He'll also get up quicker.    |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Covering                  |Your player is better at filling the gaps that   |
    |                          |develop in your formation, covering for someone.*|
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Long Throw                |Your player can throw the ball much farther into |
    |                          |the field.                                       |
    o--------------------------o-------------------------------------------------o
    
    * Special Abilities marked with the asterisk are only in effect when the
      computer is in control of your player. The determine how the computer plays
      as your player. They offer no actualy bonus to your player's abilities.
    
    
    Note that your player can also 'learn' various tricks. However, if the player
    does not have the adequate attributes, then he'll fail in his attempt. For
    example if a player without enough Dribble Accuracy tries to perform the
    Marseille Roulette, then he'll likely knock the ball away and fall over.
    
    Ofcourse, these special abilities never show up on your player's profile.
    The only way in which you can know if he is able to perform them is to
    practice them whenever the associated stats have increased. Needless to say,
    don't even bother if your players attributes for the special ability are below
    80.
    
    
    *******************************
    Gaining Special Abilities [F02]
    *******************************
    
    It's important to note that you cannot learn all of the abilities. There are
    many abilities that can only be learned if your play a certain position. Below
    I've listed the abilities again along with what attributes affect them. Inside
    the brackets after the attributes will be the positions that can acutally gain
    those Special Abilities.
    
    o--------------------------o-------------------------------------------------o
    |Special Ability           |Attributes (Positions)                           |
    o--------------------------o-------------------------------------------------o
    |Dribbling                 |Dribble Accuracy, Dribble Speed, Technique (All) |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Tactical Dribbling        |Dribble Accuracy, Technique (All)                |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Positioning               |Body Balance, Response (All)                     |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Reaction                  |Acceleration, Response (WF,SS & CF)              |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Playmaking                |Short Pass Accuracy, Long Pass Accuracy          |
    |                          |(CMF & AMF)                                      |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Passing                   |Short Pass Accuracy, Short Pass Speed            |
    |                          |(WB,DMF,CMF,SMF & AMF)                           |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Scoring                   |Simply score lots of goals (All)                 |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |1-on-1 Scoring            |Shot Accuracy, Shot Technique (All)              |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Post Player               |Body Balance, Teamwork (WF,SS & CF)              |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |DF Positioning            |Teamwork, Response, Acceleration (WF,SS & CF)    |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Shooting from Distance    |Shot Technique, Shot Power (All)                 |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Side                      |Dribble Speed, Long Pass Accuracy (WB,SMF & WF)  |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Centre                    |Short Pass Accuracy (DMF,CMF,AMF,SS & CF)        |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Penalties                 |Shot Accuracy (All)                              |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |1-Touch Pass              |Teamwork (All)                                   |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Outside of the Boot       |Swerve (All)                                     |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Marking                   |Responce, Acceleration, Top Speed (All)          |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Sliding Tackle            |Defence, Body Balance (DMF,CMF & WB)             |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Covering                  |Top Speed, Stamina (DMF,CMF & WB)                |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Long Throw                |Shot Power, Long Pass Accuracy, Response         |
    |                          |(WB,SMF & WF)                                    |
    o--------------------------o-------------------------------------------------o
    
    
    ***********************
    Gaining Positions [F03]
    ***********************
    
    Whilst you can only choose to play in one position at the start of your
    career, as your player progresses you'll gain new positions. These will come
    about from being played in a new position by your team. The way you play will
    also have a small affect of your future positions. For example, if you're
    a CMF that gets forward at every oppertunity you may gain the AMF or even the
    SS position.
    
    Remember, however, that you can only gain the positions that you can choose
    from at the start i.e:
    
    DMF
    WB
    CMF
    SMF
    AMF
    WF
    SS
    CF
    
    You won't gain any of the defensive positions nor the goalkeeper position.
    Aquiring new positions will allow your player to play in them without a
    reduction in attributes.
    
    
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    Ratings                                                                  [G00]
    ******************************************************************************
    
    Your player's rating(s) in BaL mode are rather important. They will affect how
    much game time he receieves, both on a club level and an international level.
    Whilst marginal at best, your rating also affects the amount of bonus match
    experience your player receives from playing in tight matches and "big" games
    such as finals. At the end of the game, the computer will generate a rating
    based on your player's game stats (what he did in the game). Now whilst all
    stats are taken into consideration, certain ones have more weight than others.
    As such, depending on whether you're a striker or a midfielder, there are two
    separate ratings guides.
    
    Midfielder (AMF,CMF,DMF,SMF,WB)
    -------------------------------
    
    Midfielders are rated based on three main things:
    
    1. assists - setting up a teammate to score
    2. interceptions - stealing the ball from the opposing team
    3. passing accuracy
    
    The two most important ones are assists and interceptions. If you can create
    one or two goals in a game then your rating will be quite high. The same can
    be said if you intercept the ball several times. Passing accuracy is more of
    a trouble than a benefit. If your player has extremely high accuracy (such
    as 100%) then this will increase his rating. However if his accuracy is poor
    (50% and below) then this will pull down his rating. This is why you should
    stick to simple passes when you first start out.
    
    Ofcourse, scoring goals will also increase your rating, but not as much as
    assists do. In other words, if you find yourself in or around the box with
    possesion, don't go for goal but instead look for the pass. It's also worth
    pointing out that receiving a booking will cost you 0.5 off your rating and
    getting sent off with cost you 1.0 off your rating.
    
    Striker (WF,CF,SS)
    ------------------
    
    Strikers are fairly obvious - their goals are the most important factor in
    determining their rating. However assists will also boost your rating to no
    end. On top of this, having a high pass percentage and a few intercepts will
    also increase your rating but these are not your primary focus. The game seems
    to rate your striker on the number of chances that he has/creates rather than
    how clinical he is. In other words, if you've had 6 attempts at goal in a
    match, provided that you've gotten most on target, you'll net a good rating.
    Obviously this will be pulled down if your player under performs in other
    areas. Like the midfielder, a yellow card will drop your mark by 0.5 and a red
    card will drop your rating by 1.0.
    
    
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    Form Arrows                                                              [H00]
    ******************************************************************************
    
    If you check your player under the formation section of your team, you'll
    notice an arrow to the right hand side of his name. These arrows (refered to
    as Form Arrows) can have a significant affect on your player's abilities.
    There are five form arrows:
    
    Red - Up
    Orange - Diagonally Up
    Green - Horizontal
    Blue - Diagonally Down
    Gray - Down
    
    The higher the area is pointing the greater your player's form is. So a red
    arrows is far better than a green one. The reason form arrows are important is
    because they can either increase or lower your player's attributes during a
    match. As you may have worked out, Orange and Red arrows increase attributes
    whereas blue and gray decrease them. Green simply means that your player's
    stats are as normal.
    
    Each stat is affected to varying degrees by the form arrows. The affects on
    attributes are all listed below:
    
    o-----------------------------o-------o----------o---------o--------o--------o
    |Attribute                    |  Red  |  Orange  |  Green  |  Blue  |  Gray  |
    o-----------------------------o-------o----------o---------o--------o--------o
    |Attack                       | +12%  |   +6.4%  |    0    |   -8%  |  -16%  |
    |Defence                      | +12%  |   +6.4%  |    0    |   -8%  |  -16%  |
    |Body Balance                 | +12%  |   +6%    |    0    |   -12% |  -18%  |
    |Stamina                      | +12%  |   +6%    |    0    |   -6%  |  -12%  |
    |Top Speed                    | +9%   |   +4.8%  |    0    |   -6%  |  -12%  |
    |Acceleration                 | +12%  |   +6%    |    0    |   -9%  |  -18%  |
    |Response                     | +12%  |   +6%    |    0    |   -9%  |  -18%  |
    |Agility                      | +12%  |   +6%    |    0    |   -9%  |  -18%  |
    |Dribble Accuracy             | +9%   |   +4.8%  |    0    |   -4.8%|  -9%   |
    |Dribble Speed                | +9%   |   +4.8%  |    0    |   -6%  |  -12%  |
    |Short Pass Accuracy          | +9%   |   +4.8%  |    0    |   -4.8%|  -9%   |
    |Short Pass Speed             | +6%   |   +3%    |    0    |   -3%  |  -6%   |
    |Long Pass Accuracy           | +9%   |   +4.8%  |    0    |   -4.8%|  -9%   |
    |Long Pass Speed              | +6%   |   +3%    |    0    |   -3%  |  -6%   |
    |Shot Accuracy                | +9%   |   +4.8%  |    0    |   -4.8%|  -9%   |
    |Shot Power                   | +12%  |   +6%    |    0    |   -6%  |  -12%  |
    |Shot Technique               | +9%   |   +4.8%  |    0    |   -4.8%|  -9%   |
    |Free Kick Accuracy           | +9%   |   +4.8%  |    0    |   -6%  |  -12%  |
    |Swerve                       | +9%   |   +4.8%  |    0    |   -6%  |  -12%  |
    |Header                       | +9%   |   +4.8%  |    0    |   -4.8%|  -9%   |
    |Jump                         | +12%  |   +6%    |    0    |   -6%  |  -12%  |
    |Technique                    | +9%   |   +4.8%  |    0    |   -6%  |  -12%  |
    |Agression                    | +9%   |   +4.8%  |    0    |   -6%  |  -12%  |
    |Mentality                    | +12%  |   +6%    |    0    |   -9%  |  -18%  |
    o-----------------------------o-------o----------o---------o--------o--------o
    
    If you player receives an injury that still allows him to play (yellow) then
    he will lose anything from 18-32% from his attributes. This kind of penalty
    will turn a great player into a terrible one.
    
    
    ******************************************************************************
    General Tips                                                             [I00]
    ******************************************************************************
    
    Stamina
    -------
    
    When you first begin BaL mode your stamina will be rather poor. If you've
    followed this guide and ensured your player has a Stamina of at least 80 then
    he should hold together rather nicely. However, you cannot afford to run
    around as you'll only drain stamina quickly. In fact, try to limit your
    movement when ever possible.
    
    Interceptions
    -------------
    
    With your player lacking speed and body balance, intercepting can prove to be
    tough. Rather than shadow players, try to stay close and read the play. When
    you see the pass coming, cut in front and steal it.
    
    Stay in Position!
    -----------------
    
    Running around (out of position) will do you and your team no good. Your
    player will tire more easily. On top of that, you'll often not be where you're
    meant to be - such as in the box taking a shot. You'll leave your team open
    and your rating will reflect this. 
    
    
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