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

 

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EPL weekend Preview 04th October 2008

This is going to be a crucial weekend for a lot of EPL teams more so for Arsenal and Manchester United who are trailing behind in the league of Big four than Liverpool and Chelsea who are sitting comfortably at the top of the table.

Chelsea though face an injury crisis before the tie agaisnt their so called bogie team Aston Villa. Nikolas anelka who already has 10 assists this season and was in a good goalscoring form now was supposed to lead the attack in the abscence of Didier Drogba who is out due to a Knee damage in the midweek Champions league match against FC Cluj. Looks like Kalou will lead the attack with teenage wonderkid Franco di santo getting a chance on the bench. Lets not forget that chelsea also has the promising English youngster Scott Sinclair in their ranks too. Apart from Anelka and Drogba absent in Scolari’s squad, Deco, Ricardo Carvalho and Michael Essien are also out and four other first-team players are carrying knocks.

Liverpool will have a good chance to take a lead in the race of the big 4 but will have to cross the hurdle of defeating Manchester City to do so. Man city have been in a very incosistent form since the arrival of the brazilian superstar Robinho.

Arsenal face Sunderland whose performance agaisnt the big four has been horrid to say the least. But Roy Keane has invested in a lot of good quality players this summer at Sunderland and they can be the surprise club this season.But Arsenal have plenty to prove following their loss to hull city last weekend. Nasri will come in and eboue will make way for the youngster on the left. Walcott should play on the right and keep up his good run of form. Adebayor and Van Persie will continue their great partnership up front for Arsenal with Fabregas leading the centre of Midfield..

Manchester United visit Ewood park to face a Blackburn Rovers side that has failed only thrice to score against Man united at home. Man united too have gone 29 games without scoring but will be without Rooney and Niville who are both carrying knocks. Scoring should not be problem still for United with a side boasting the likes of Ronaldo, Berbatov and Tevez. I want to see Ronaldo return to his free scoring form like last season and ManU to become the indomitable team that it looked like last season.

We might have to wait to see how the big 4 clubs of Barclays premier league fair this weekend. But looks like none of them will have a straight forward and easy victory. But the ones that really show the effort on the field will not be denied fruits is what i feel. Hope we have a great weekend of football ahead of us..Enjoy it..I know i will…