Football Manager 09: – second coming continued

 To continue with more on the team I am currently managing in the FM 09 series. I have attached some pics of the various aspects of the game. Hope the same are helpful to you all… 

Secured job as of now…and why not with 5 titles each in the last 2 seasons… :-)
Secured job as of now…and why not with 5 titles each in the last 2 seasons… 🙂
Great looking personal summary…That’s coz if I lose a match I press ‘Ctrl + Shift + R’ ;-)

Great looking personal summary…That’s coz if I lose a match I press ‘Ctrl + Shift + R’ 😉

Current Squad…Great, isnt it?I need a good keeper who has a 5/5 though…any suggestions?

Current Squad…Great, isnt it?I need a good keeper who has a 5/5 though…any suggestions?

Assistant reports… Like you see… very few players with less than 5 stars on potential!!!

Assistant reports… Like you see… very few players with less than 5 stars on potential!!!

Reserve team… Look at some of the names in it… Great players… but with the quality I have in the squad I had to send some really good players out on loan.

Reserve team… Look at some of the names in it… Great players… but with the quality I have in the squad I had to send some really good players out on loan.

Reserve team assistant reports… good back up players to stand up and be counted when called upon…

Reserve team assistant reports… good back up players to stand up and be counted when called upon…

Great potential coming through at the club… screen 1
Great potential coming through at the club… screen 1

Lots of young players are out on loan too to get some much needed first team exposure!

Great potential coming through at the club… screen 2
Great potential coming through at the club… screen 2
First Team tactics… V attacking 4-1-3-2 formation, isn’t it?
First Team tactics… V attacking 4-1-3-2 formation, isn’t it?
First Team tactics… Team instruction page…When giving team instructions do not forget to assign free kick takers and penalty and corner takers etc…

First Team tactics… Team instruction page…When giving team instructions do not forget to assign free kick takers and penalty and corner takers etc…

To know the best order for players to take the above corners and penalties, Just click on the views above the GK mentioned against Steve Mandana for e.g. there u will see a tab called attributes, you can choose to select the following attributes for the following skills and then sort it by clicking on the short name of that attribute: –

1.       Captains: – Influence : Choose View – Attributes – Influence (then sort by clicking on the short name Inf)

2.       Playmakers: – Choose View – Position – then choose all midfielders (drag the player name and drop it on the right hand side.

3.       Target Men: – Choose View – Position – then choose all forwards and strikers

4.       Penalty takers: – Choose View – Attributes – Penalty Taking (then sort by clicking on the short name Pen)

5.       Free Kick Takers: – Choose View – Attributes – Free Kicks (then sort by clicking on the short name Fre) see screen shots below for E.g.

Choose Free Kicks, and then sort by clicking on the column heading Fre…

Choose Free Kicks, and then sort by clicking on the column heading Fre…

 

Drag and put the player on the right side of the screen...

Drag and put the player on the right side of the screen...

First Team tactics… Tactics I use in away or tough games…
First Team tactics… Tactics I use in away or tough games…

I have also been recently been assigned as the Manager of the Spanish National team…

Great players lined up… It’s placed at 9th in the Fifa rankings… I am aiming at top 3 by the end of this season.
Great players lined up… It’s placed at 9th in the Fifa rankings… I am aiming at top 3 by the end of this season.

I am already through to the latter half of the season now. Have sold Tevez for 56 Mil and  bought Benzema (40Mil) and Tranquillo Barnetta(6Mil).

Guys let me know how u liked the post! If you have any queries, do write a comment and I will help out as I can…

Keep playing Football Manager 2009!!! The game rocksJ

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Football Manager 09: – Second Coming

Since my earlier post on FM 09 received such positive response, I have decided to write more Football Manager 2009 related posts on my blog…

So here’s an update on the game I have been playing. I had chosen to Manage Manchester United at the start of the 2008-09 season. Been two seasons at the club now. I had purchased Messi (82 Mil) and Andres Guardado (19mil) in the second season itself…I have sold Berbatov and bought Bojan for more or less same amount this season…Also Real Madrid wanted Guardado bad this season coz of his excellent performance for my team in my second season in charge. So I decided to Cash in on him by selling him for 50 milJ. I bought Stevan Jovetic for around 15 odd millions as Guardado’s replacement. I have also bought Johnny Heitinga as the replacement to the tired legs of Ferdinand. To replace Gary Neville, I trained Johnny Evans to play as right defender and he has become a really good right back for me now.

 Also I am training Mamadou Sakho to be the long term replacement for Evra, I dunno why I usually feel the charm of a player ends when he reaches 29/30. So I prefer buying young players to replace the old ones once the senior players start nearing 30.

 I am trying to sell Evra now but there seem to be no takers already for the 29 year old. Also i wanted to buy Fabregas as the centre midfield man for my team, but could not as Arsenal are unwilling to sell him even for 85 Mil. Will try and buy him again for 90/95 mil.

 Also I bought this really promising  young South American AM/FC from Villareal for 10/12 Mil called Roquero. He is good at free kicks and has already scored some really good goals for my team. Also had bought Bojan at the beginning of the season. So now I have got some really good forwards, like Rooney, Bojan, Alex Texieria, Roquero and Tevez. So I am trying to sell Tevez for around 60 mil. So that I have sufficient funds to buy both Fabregas and Pato (remember that I already have around 75 mil as of now). 

 I have already reached the January transfer window and am re-inforcing players for next season. I have already signed the brazilian attacking midfielder from Bremen, Ribas Diego on a free transfer. Also trying to rake in Rosina from Italy on a free transfer, but AC milan, Inter, Roma and Chelsea are interested in the player and have bid for a transfer in January window itself. So I also have bid 20 mil for the player and offered him a great 135,000 pounds a week salary so that he cannot reject joining my team. Then when the transfer is supposed to go through, I will keep delaying it again and again till the end of the transfer window. And when the window closes I will offer him a much lower salary and effectively sign him on a free transfer for the next season. This is a very effective strategy i have been using and works like a charm… 🙂

 Also better way is to keep delaying the transfer till end of season and once the player is out of contract he will join for a much lesser amount. Had once used this technique to sign Robinho when managing Barcelona. When I wanted to offer him a contract in the January transfer window, he wanted a very high salary, somewhere in the range of 125,000 pounds etc. So i kept delaying the transfer and once cancelled, used to offer him a new contract again only to delay it further. This way I pushed the transfer till the end of the season. Then when he was out of contract from Manchester City, I offered him a contract and guess how much he wanted to join my team? Just 55,000 pounds a week compared to almost 2 and half times he demanded earlier 🙂

 I am also on the look out to sign the young Russian Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev on a free transfer at the end of the season so that he joins me in the January of next season. Lot of good English players will also be out of contract and I plan to snap them up on free.

 Another great way to build up a great youth team without spending much money is to search at the end of each season for youngsters who are out of contract. For e.g. I search for players who are 16 yrs old and sort them by clubs. Then i see players from large clubs like Barcelona, Athletic Madrid, AC Milan, and Real Madrid etc… All clubs from top European leagues are worth a try. Offer contract to each of these top club players and your assistant manager will let you know if the player would be a quality/good/Decent/last resort signing. When starting a new youth club, I always sign all that are decent and above. Once I have a established youth system in place, i offer contracts to only players who would turn out to be good/quality players. This wont cost you a single penny and you can build up a great youth squads. Based on training and potential some of these youngsters can eventually turn into good first team players and if nothing will definitely rake in good transfer revenue for your team.

 I have won the super cup and the club world championship this season already and am well on track to win the championship, Champions League, League cup and FA cup tooJ

 I recently bought a Bosnian player, a defender for around 2.5 mil. He didn’t get a work permit, but has still been added to my club. I don’t know how I can re-apply work permit for him and I cannot even play him in competitive matches. Don’t know what to do. If anyone has faced such a situation and knows how to get rid of such a player or how to get a work permit for the same, let me know.

 I will soon post more about the tactics I use and the details about my team and how to optimize the tactics for effective match play once I’ve figured out how to upload the prt screens from the game here on wordpress.comJ

 

Till then keep looking at the space for more FM 2009 updatesJ