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  1. 18 points
    FuddledFox

    Why you should buy FMM legally

    Why you should buy FMM legally We often see posted on Vibe comments like this “how do I get the real player names” or “please send me a save file”. Our answer is always the same “buy the game”. I thought I would put in writing a few reasons why we don’t support piracy here at Vibe. · The creators deserve to be paid. No one should have to work for nothing and the creators of the game have worked hard through there studies and careers to be in a position where they are paid to create games like FMM. · It will help improve the game. SI Games is a business and as such needs to make money. That money is used to pay there employees but also to invest in new technology and new staff to work on the game which in turn should help the game get better. · It really isn’t that expensive. I know that is easy for me to say. I have a job and I live in a wealthy country but the game only costs £8.99 full price and will often be on sale now it has been out a while. You can also save up with schemes like Google rewards to help pay for it. Think of it this way. How much did the device you plan to play the game on cost? I suspect it was a lot more than the cost of the game. · You get the full experience of the game. You will have all the real player names and you can start any save in any league you wish at any time so why restrict yourself for the sake of a few pounds. We are lucky that we have a good relationship with the creators of the game with many of them visiting the forums to see how the game is being received and to get ideas for future editions. We would never jeopardise that by supporting piracy on this site and our Mods will remove posts that try to promote it in any way. I never say this normally but please do not comment as none of this is up for discussion and Vibes stance on piracy will never change. I will be asking @samhardy to close the comments anyway. Thank you for reading
  2. 5 points
    FuddledFox

    The Mid-week Quiz

    The Mid-week Quiz Welcome to this new idea that I want to trial, if successful in this first week I want to try and do this every week. I will pose a series of questions either related to FMM or real football for you guys to answer and we will have a leader board as well so you can all keep track of your scores and add a competitive element. If successful the quiz will be in this thread every week and I will create an index on this OP to each weeks questions. Rules Answer as many of the questions as you can. Please don't post answers in the comments. You don't have to compete every week to be eligible for the leaderboard but of course it will give you more chance to win if you do. All questions are worth 1 point unless stated otherwise. PM me with your answers. If you already have a PM chat active with me please use that to save message space. All entries to be with me by 12.00pm UK time Saturday 24th Feb. Answers and results will be out at some point over the weekend. Have fun. Week 1 Questions 1.Who am I? I wasn't born in mainland Portugal but I am considered one of the greatest players from that nation. I have scored over 700 goals in my career. I have played for clubs in Portugal, U.S.A and Canada 2.Who am I? I was born in Barbados. I started my career in English non league. I played for amongst others Dundee Utd, Maritimo and Gil Vicente 3.Who am I? 4,Who am I? 5,Who am I? I hope you will all get behind this and have a go. Deadline:12.00pm UK time Saturday 24th Feb. Thank you for reading
  3. 5 points
    mcandrew003

    Transfer Tips for FMM18

    Transfer Tips for FMM18 Football Manage Mobile is the most realistic simulation of a manager's life and struggles known to be available on handheld devices. One such struggle is the art of choosing the correct players to bring into you right squad to strengthen, or reinforce, and the most efficient ways to do so. Is splashing big bucks the best idea? Are the Clauses useful? We'll find that all out today. Welcome to the FMM18 Transfer Tips guide, where we'll look at a few tips on how to wheel and deal in FMM18 (Please note - This will be different from the one I did last year, however some similar themes live throughout) Make Use Of The Loan-To-Buy Option A new type of transfer bargaining chip in this year's game, the Loan-To-Buy clause offers more versatility in transfer deals than ever before. It is likely to be more useful to those of you managing smaller, weaker teams as it's unlikely you'll need to loan a player as Manchester United, PSG or Real Madrid. If you're low on funds yet want to secure that player for the foreseeable future then this clause is perfect for you as it almost gives you a whole season to make up the required money to outright purchase the player. Another use for the new clause is the fact it gives you a BETA of the player, so you can see wether he is good enough, if he fits your system and finally, and most importantly, some he worth the money. On the other hand it's a great way to ship of youngsters for a fee if they aren't in your plans or simply not good enough to make it into your teams Starting XI. Overall, the clause is very useful in negotiations if you're a mid to lower ranked side in world football, as it offers more options in transfer dealings than ever before. Make sure to make the most of it. Embrace Brexit This may be perceived as a strange option to include seeing as Brexit is one of the biggest hinderences in the game, but embracing it and abiding by its strict restrictions can actually be great not only for your team, but for your transfer budget. Teams struggle for work permits, meaning prices are likely to go up for players around the country. That means you can sell your players for higher prices to fellow Premier League teams. However, this also means the biggest names from around the country will want to move somewhere else at some point, and with you hopefully being one of the biggest teams in the country, you'll be able to snatch up the stars with relative ease. It might take away your freedom to dabble in the market abroad, but Brexit actually makes the UK look so much more attractive, transfer wise. Exploit The 'Big-Club' Release Clause The most annoying this in the world for lower league manager, yet an absoloute treat for those in the big time, the Big Club Release Clause practically makes it legal to steal the best young talent from lower division sides for the lowest fees. When doing your regen hunting, looking for players with this clause inserted into their virtual contracts is always a great way to not only stack your Squad with young wonderkids, but to save yourself millions of pounds going after players without said clause. Make sure to save some space in your transfer budget for the plethora of talent you can bring in with this clause being exploited. The main weakness in any negotiation for the selling club, remember to be sneaky and trigger it so the player is yours within an instance. Scavange Off Relegated Clubs A seriously good tip for those of you looking for cheap recruits to fill a small squad whilst still remaining competitive, this tip did feature in my guid last year, though I feel it's that helpful it had to feature again. If you're operating on a shoestring budget, looking at any of the clubs who have been recently relegated is a great way to scope out talent. The players value will have almost certainly dropped outstandingly low, and most of their best players won't have been able to fathom a move away from the club just yet. Players worth 25M drop to as low as 3-4M and this make it easy for you to scavenge all of their players who could be considered too good for the second division. Wether you're after Wonderkids or squad players, this tip is an extremely cost efficient way to help you in your pursuit of a decent squad for the new season. Check For Transfer Listed Players Look at this. A quality striker thrown on the scrap heap, and more importantly, he's only going to cost me £8 Million. There are more and probably better examples of quality Transfer listed players who command a smaller fee than usual, however I've quickly just picked out one of the thousands. Transfer Listed players want a new challenge most of the time, and are extremely cheap if you look in the right places, so why shouldn't you be the ones to offer that new challenge? Buying from the transfer Listed section of the market is not only cost-efficient, but it's fantastic for building a squad of talented players for as cheap as you possibly can. The players value is almost certainly dropped, and their willingness to move,high. It's a no-brained to lodge a bid. That was my 5 Transfer Tips for FMM18! I hope you enjoyed the write up, my apologies that two of the tips here featured on my list last year but they were just essential in my opinion. Thanks for reading and let me know your best transfer tip!
  4. 4 points
    samhardy

    2018 Vibe Premier League

    2018 Vibe Premier League - Week 2 (Results) It's only week two but already there were some important fixtures this week and each game looked a belter on paper. Let's take a look at the results from this week's Defence Spending Budgets challenge from The Netherlands. In terms of team selection it was much more even than the first round of matches with PSV proving the slightly more popular choice. kts365 v Acidsparxx Titjes v Mr.Manager FuddledFox v samhardy Taff v Real_Random BatiGoal v PriZe Scorelist in full: And this is how the league table looks after the second week: (Note - @BatiGoal and @kts365 both have the same points, GD and goals scored so total points from the two challenges combined was used next.)
  5. 3 points
    Rob2017

    Triple threat attempt - Completed

    Completed as Kylian’s about to retire. Final totals: (I’ve screengrabbed the bottom of each goal profile to show previous goals to discard) 446 for Pellegri. Solid. Geubbels got 338. Disappointing and my biggest lesson learnt - poacher isn’t as good in EME! 889 for Mbappe. 1,673 in total using EME and post-update. @danovic78 please add me to the leaderboard. Out of interest, can I submit Mbappe and Pellegri for the Double Trouble using this save too? If so, they came to 1,335 goals and 494 assists. Happy to send save file if needed. I’m half-tempted to try this again, but with my fave club Spurs now I’ve got a tactic that works and combine it with the Triple Threat Assists challenge and do a detailed career. It’s an addictive one.
  6. 2 points
    samhardy

    FMM 18 Books of Records

    Biggest win in UCL
  7. 2 points
    kts365

    2018 Vibe Premier League

    Dont just hand the fixture away like that
  8. 2 points
    Putzy

    Vibe app (suggest)

    You can set us to appear on your home screen like any app. Please check your browser settings menu for instructions as this varies by device, but it's already possible - I've got a Vibe logo on my home screen which opens a browser, but even without a URL bar. Exactly like an app! We won't be making an app, but we are working on mobile push notifications via the browser. More information when I have it.
  9. 2 points
    Taff

    2018 Vibe Premier League

    Taff Vs @Titjes I'm hoping to pull off another win, but the young Belgiun has something to prove after this weeks action, so could be a surprise upset against the king of bottling it @samhardy vs @Acidsparxx I'm sorry Acid, but he is one of the top competitors on the site and there aren't many who can match him so i have to give this one the Sam @kts365 vs @FuddledFox Both are hungry to get up that League table and they'll both fight hard but I think the Fox has been sharpening his claws and is ready to devour KTS @Real_Random vs @BatiGoal Normally I'd go with the Dutchman but he's rattled after the last round and I think this could be the perfect time for the Australian Viper to strike @PriZe vs @Mr.Manager this will be the matchup of the week with both competitors showing how good they are in the previous round. Mr. Manager claims to be rusty but there are no signs of it, while we all know this is one kung fu kicking gun toting panda so I can't wait for this one
  10. 2 points
    Good Evening all, First of all, i would just like to acknowledge that this is not a special technique but just a method i use to logically assemble my club on Football Manager 2018 season by season. I also find that finding a process on this game is sometimes hard and this should help with those who are stuck. I hope you enjoy and welcome any advice or comments. My process has around 15 steps as seen below: 1) ASK THE BOARD TO EXPAND THE STADIUM EVERY SEASON This really stems from Alex Fergusons 8 steps to success(http://www.businessinsider.com/sir-alex-ferguson-reveals-8-secrets-to-success-2013-9?IR=T) . His first point is you should start with the foundations and build a club rather than being purely results driven. This is followed in my next two points as well. 2) ASK THE BOARD TO IMPROVE THE TRAINING FACILITIES Same as the point above and vitally important, with teams who get relegated from the premiership and wonderhow to spend the high amount of money they have, they often opt for players than buildings but world class facilities will be there much longer than players and will help build up the players you already have leading to a win win situation, a bit like Burnley FC now. 3) ASK THE BOARD TO IMPROVE THE YOUTH FACILITIES This is last on the list to ask the board but if you get it right like Manchester city and united, your club can effectively run itself through the youth comming through, the first team players and the senior players leading from the front. A world club youth centre is essential. 4)SET HOLIDAY TO REJECT ALL OFFERS AND DO NOT BUY PLAYERS I always think with these two things that firstly, whoever you are with, you do not want to be a selling team. As soon as i start with a club, i am putting a stamp down that we are holding onto our best players and building to be the best rather than settling for second best. Also, i do not like anyone else buying players for my philosophy but me, its a waste of the wage budget and normally i find not the players i need most. 5)ASSISTANT CONTROLS FRIENDLIES/YOUTH PROMOTIONS AND LOANS OUT UNDER 21S My thinking with this again comes from the great manager Sir Alex, he learnt as time went by that he needed to delagate his work load. This is the way i do it. Friendlies are mostly for fitness and if i choose the staff members, they should hold my vision of the youth players i want at the club. I think under 21 is a suitable age to make that judgement on whether they will cut it at the big club or not. 6)ALWAYS GET THE BEST STAFF AROUND YOU This step is quite self explanatory but taken greatly from Louis Van Gaal - he stresses in the presentation how he has a lot of staff who in his eyes are more important than the team. They control the day to day running of the club, from the assistant picking youth players, the scouts finding new talent to pyshios who can keep your best players playing, they are vital. 7)MAKE SURE FINANCES STAY IN THE GREEN Again, self explanatory but for examples of bad management, take Portsmouth, Leeds etc who spent a bit extra looking for big returns and instead only found relegation and suffering to get back to the same level - please take note. For good management, take Arsenal who take the balance book seriously and still manager to find themselves winning cups etc. 8) USE THE RIGHT TRAINING METHOD I have used intensive training but find players become unhappy easily especially at a lower level so i normally still to the below: * Every player placed on general with all apart from GK set as medium * GK are kept on the same training as default 9)USE THE RIGHT TACTIC FOR THE SQUAD So with this one, i use my own specific tactic to do this one. I both love the TIKI TAKA system and think with the right players and management, it can be massively successful and keep you in control of a league. Of course, there are plenty of tactics on this website and if not a tactic on here, please model it on the players already in the squad. 10)WORK OUT THE PLAYERS REQUIRED So, this step us getting more connected with the formation and tactic to build a philosophy of the way you want to play - for example: Some managers might have had Messi as a target man or inside forward but the False 9 was chosen for a reason and to amazing effect. My tactic incorporates the following as taken from this book.https://www.amazon.co.uk/Coaching-Tiki-Taka-Style-Play/dp/0957670540 SWK WBK BPD DM DLP APM IF T 11)WORK OUT WHICH PLAYERS ARE GOOD ENOUGH I take this information from https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://mrdaniels.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/fm_handheld_hints_and_tips.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwi8pvaJkLPZAhVMKVAKHSiVAZIQFjAAegQIExAB&usg=AOvVaw1vk4Fscag3BOVYdUqvCR4D and https://community.sigames.com/manual/football-manager-mobile-2018/your-team-r315 Marc Vaughan in a previous game has marked out that world class teams can work by ths system: 10- Good Attribute 14- Very Good Attribute 16-Excellent Attribute I use this for every team as i always want to build them to a world class level so might as well use this template, This information, along with the Key Atributes for each position outlined in the FMM 18 manual, makes for a good general standard for where players are at or if they are good enough. For example - a Left back with 14 for tackling and 15 stamina suggests in general he is a very good player. In Contrary, if a centre back with heading 10 tackling 9 and positioning 15, i would look to offload them. Tackling is a key attribute and that player was not even classed as 'good' for it. This is not an exact art form but a guide. 12) WHAT TO DO WITH PLAYERS WHO ARENT GOOD ENOUGH? I normally weigh up whether it is best or quickest to transfer list and demote a player or release. Sometimes, your club may really need the money,but other times you need to kick on with the redevelopment andthe wage budget is big, in which case releasing the player to open space and wage budget makes sense. 13)TRANSFER MARKET I like to be savy in the transfer market so i normally use this guide https://community.sigames.com/manual/football-manager-mobile-2018/your-team-r315 and check for players, first with 16 ratings, then 14 and then 10. Once players appear, i usually chose the cheapest player which fits my need. The player develops more with training and no need paying over the odds for a flop! I am trying to be smarter in the market to suit my team by getting treqartistas with AMC attributes and Inside forwards with Forwards attributes. 14) SETTING THE HIGHEST STANDARDS Soo, i am quite strict on myself as the manager in order to set the highest standards at the club. In the book https://www.amazon.co.uk/Modern-Soccer-Coach-2014-Dimensional/dp/1909125326 it states that Man Utd once had a team goal not to go through the season losing two games in a row. I set myself a goal to never lose 3 games in a row -If i do, i ask the board to allow me extra time. This one is the most optional on this list but means im aiming high and wanting to be the best. Plus, if you dont lose 3 games in a row, you are normally by the top of the table and if you do lose 3 games in a row, its a strong lesson that the team needs changing ASAP! 15)MATCH MANAGEMENT I play matches a bit like Louis Van Gaal with little tinkering and happy to watch the match as a student, seing the trends and themes. I make my changes at half time and they include: ☆ Substitute any players who have their fitness in 60% or lower( below the level of fitness to perform at their best in the 2nd half) ☆ Substitue any players who have their rating at 5 or lower( below the level of performance i demand of the players) i hope you have enjoyed this and feel free to comment etc on it. Leagues i have won so far: South Korean USA Wales N.Ireland Ireland Belgium Turkish Austrailian Polish German French Italian Spain French Additional Information As per FMM 11- The Barcelona team that invented TIKI TAKA:
  11. 2 points
    FuddledFox

    The Mid-week Quiz

    Results Week 1 Thank you to everyone who took part. I had 9 entries in the end which is great and I hope you will all stick with it next week. Week 1 answers Eusebio. The great Portuguese striker was top scorer in the 1966 world cup and is considered one of the all time great strikers. Peter Hinds. Its seems most of you read my short article about FMM17's oldest player. Alex Telles. Porto's Brazilian left wing back. Bas Dost. Dutch striker who plays for Sporting Krovinovic. Croatian play maker at Benfica Scores We had a good number of 5/5 entries and I have put you in the order that you replied to me. @Athul Vishnu 5 points @Titjes 5 points @PriZe 5 points @Eogtuc0910 5 points @NucleusNT 5 points @Jwill11 5 points @Seth Anacondas 3 points @samhardy 2 points @mcandrew003 1 point Well done to everyone who got 5 out of 5. I hope you will all enter again next week as well and remember scores carry over from week to week. I should have the week 2 questions out at some point on Wednesday so make sure you are following this thread so you don't miss them. Thank you for reading
  12. 2 points
    Looks like a challenge you could loose yourself in Good luck!
  13. 2 points
    PriZe

    The Strikers' Striker with BG

    That sounds promising
  14. 2 points
    You deserve a permanent ban if you can't get a solid score with those two players
  15. 2 points
  16. 2 points
    BatiGoal

    The Strikers' Striker with BG

    Thanks @mcandrew003 @FuddledFox Scavenging thru both divisions North and South I've been unable to find that hidden gem I was hoping to find. The eligible players are downright godawful compared to the strikers I've used so far. Not sure whether I should laugh or cry but think I'm going to be stuck in here for a while
  17. 2 points
    FuddledFox

    No Strikers,No Problem!(Real Madrid)

    So you mean your winning matches😂
  18. 1 point
    Thanks mate, hoping i can keep up these numbers
  19. 1 point
    Season 1 Good afternoon Vibe and welcome to the very first update of my attempt at the Ryder Cup challenge! This is my first long term-ish challenge this year and I'll try and pack it full of info as much as I possibly can. Just a quick note, I forgot to take a lot of screenshots in season 1 so I'm sorry about that, I've managed to keep up in the next few years though. In the first year I wanted to get some points on the board, whilst making sure we assemble a squad capable of competing for the next 4 years. So, firstly we need to establish the team we've chosen for the challenge. @NucleusNT correctly guessed the side we've embarked upon the challenge with, as I've chosen the Red Devil's of Manchester! I wanted a challenge and starting with not only my favourite team, but not even the best team in England will provide more of a difficult task than breaking Spain with Madrid. So, we've gone for United A decent starting squad with a lot of money, we can definitely challenge for honours in season one, which will hopefully set us up for the next three years where we can get a good score on that (currently) empty leaderboard. If we can win anything this year, then, hopefully, the next three will be easy tasks. Transfer Business So in season one we were tasked with the challenge of practically shipping off all non-Europeans. So, we halved the asking price of all our players who applied to this bracket and managed to move the majority of them on. We also disposed of other 'squad' players such as the mighty Fellaini, trying to rid any hint of weakness in our squad. Ins So, ah abundance of talent entering the doors at Old Trafford. Before the eagle-eyed of you viewers spot it, we did Loan in Bentacur, who is Uruguayan, and Ontiveros, despite having too many Spaniards if he stayed. So, we immediately terminated those loans. I clearly wasn't thinking straight. Although it doesn't show we also signed Naby Keita but sold him immediately too, actually making a profit. Anyway. We splash A LOT of cash on a new defence, with Veetonghen adding much needed experience whilst Nastasic, Bellerin and Emerson add a youthful and quality outlook to our side. Klostermann was our back-up Wing Back, whilst Zakaria and Zielinski come in to strengthen our midfield. Our three pronged attack stayed the same this year, with Lukaku, Martial and Mkhitaryan leading the line. Outs Yeah, Keita left instantly. We also sold the majority of our non-Europeans, unfortunately strengthening a few league rivals but it had to be done. Other squad players also left as, well, they were surplus to requirements. Designated Striker So a rule we were given was that we get one or two strikers in our squad to use as additional point getters, as their strikes counted towards our tally. I opted for only one in order to add a more challenging element, with Romelu Lukaku being my choice. Below is how he did for the season; Poor. We switched tactic midway through the campaign and he bagged a good amount, so hopefully next year he'll hit closer to 50. Any points are helpful however and a good amount of strikes to add to any silverware we manage in the season. Performance Review So, the main part of the update, how did we do and how does that translate to points? Well for a brief summary, the Manager History page can give us the answers we require.... We achieve the quadruple. I was outstandingly happy with the Champions League victory as winning that gives us the most points and that's invaluable at this stage. We bow out early in the FA Cup, but hopefully that won't be a recurring issue in years to come. Below are some memorable moments in these competitions. Premier League Champions League I forgot the other screenshots Additional Points Manager Of The Year: League Top Goalscorer: Player Of The Year: Unfortunately, and rather surprisingly, couldn't manage this one! Total Points; Premier League(25) + Carabao Cup(20) + Champions League(50) + European Super Cup(20) + Lukaku Goals(37) + MOTY(5) +Top Goalscorer(5) = 172 Points So, a great number of points on the board for Season One. Hopefully for the following three seasons we can grab 200 or more per year and lodge a big score on that leaderboard! Thanks a lot for reading, make sure to comment on how you think I did, who I should sign and if you like the look of the challenge.
  20. 1 point
    Acidsparxx

    2018 Vibe Premier League

    Well i started with Benevento.... 1st big test....... Ooooh almost! 😂 added 0 minutes later Well said! 😜
  21. 1 point
    The Vikings Cometh Challenge Welcome to my attempt at this challenge. Been away for quite some time from this site. Hope to see some familiar faces and to give you guys some quality content. Credits to the creator of this challenge. Link to the challenge: The Challenge Squad Requirements Select a premier league or championship team from the "viking invasion catchment area" (VICA) listed below. Sell or demote all non-viking (Denmark, Sweden and Norway) players Build an all viking squad. The VICA teams BPL Teams - Newcastle, Burnley, Manchester City, Manchester United, Huddersfield Picked Manchester United for this challenge. The All Viking Squad Transfers IN: Full Squad: Special Player - King/Warlord: Just had to be John Guidetti! I mean he already looks the part of a Viking (Ragnar Lothbrok) Thanks for reading my intro for this challenge. Going to start this right away and stay tune for the updates. Cheers!
  22. 1 point
    Solid start mate, it's safe to say I'm "Not Afraid" for you.
  23. 1 point
    Rob2017

    Players?

    Check out the link to the Wonderkids already posted. However, if you’re too lazy to, then if you mean 10-15m a player: Rajkovic, Mina, Caio, Arthur, Wendel, Barco, Vinicious, Scarpa, Luan Be patient, let them develop and after a season they will be excellent.
  24. 1 point
    Rhys Rockley

    Players?

    o and jonjo shelvey is decent
  25. 1 point
    Season 5 Transfers Serie A Italian Super Cup Italian Cup European Super Cup Champions League Club World Cup The New Number 10 Angel Correa Points Earned 71 Points Total 349 Thanks for reading and comments are appreciated
  26. 1 point
    Trust me I really really do
  27. 1 point
    Rob2017

    KingSoloP's One Season Strikerless

    Really good score
  28. 1 point
    Still a few hours left to vote on this and give us your opinion on the MLS in fmm18.
  29. 1 point
    Titjes

    KingSoloP's One Season Strikerless

    Good luck nice pick of players
  30. 1 point
    FuddledFox

    KingSoloP's One Season Strikerless

    Good luck mate.
  31. 1 point
    Thanks guys, ill give it another go later and post my season on here, tactic worked as you said, part 2 coming up
  32. 1 point
    I'm glad you enjoyed the challenge enough to do it again and I'm certain you will get another great score. Its a harsh one as I know you are a genuine guy but I think it is quite an important rule because without it there could be accusations of cheating which could ruin the challenge.
  33. 1 point
    Season 13: 2029/2030 Torino FC We have reached our likely final season, as the league is usually the easiest trophy of the season. A key advantage for me throughout this challenge is the 5-2-3 tactic being so successful against the bigger teams, often giving us a 6-point advantage in the head-to-head against our main competitors. Looking back on our performance, several of our biggest wins have been against supposedly superior competition while we've sometimes struggled against lesser teams sitting deep and/or playing direct, especially with the defensive 4-5-1 or straight 4-3-3 formations. I think a key factor in this is the aggressive mentality, with intense pressing and a high defensive line. If the opposition pushes too many players forward and/or tries to play fancy, chances are high that we’ll intercept and hit them on the counter. However, if they play direct, they are more likely to occasionally catch our wingbacks and midfielders out of position, and create 3 vs. 3 situations against a deserted back three. I haven’t found a way to properly counter this, without micro-managing the team game by game which is not something I’m interested in doing. Most of the time, the defensive three are able to fend for themselves either way. Transfers I wanted to bring more Italian players into the squad, and who better than to bring along an old acquaintance? Wonderkid striker Alan Maran wasn’t getting the playing time he deserved after my departure last year and I couldn’t stand to see all that potential wasted. €50M and a player exchange later, we reunite with our old protege. We also picked up Palermo's talented backup keeper Alessandro Licastro to be our starter, which cost us €75M plus Krapikas. This is actually our third stint together, and the Italian has come a long way since I first picked him up with Sevilla for just €675k and then again with Palermo for €18M as backup for Costa Rican Duarte. A beautiful profile that, perfect for the sweeper keeper role. Those were by far the biggest transfers of the off season, but we also added a talented winger (Stefano Scavone – watch that kid), a central midfielder as well as promoting two nice-looking prospects from our youth ranks which all held Italian passports, With those moves, I have now quadrupled my “Domestic player bias” to a whopping 4. Easy does it... Serie A We start with the most important competition to find out if we were able to avenge last year’s downfall and bring home that eight scudetto to Torino. We soon realized that it wouldn't come easy. Despite winning 16 of our first 18 fixtures, we were just four points ahead of Palermo at the turn of the year. The Sicilians continued their impressive title charge and kept their form throughout the season, ending up with 95 points on the year. Alas (for them), it wasn’t enough as we did even better, collecting 104 points and was able to secure the title with two games to spare. That’s the final piece to our puzzle and the Helenio Herrera challenge in the bag. But we still have a Coppa Italia and European adventure to account for as well. Champions League and Coppa Italia This time, I’ll be brief. Thanks to some good luck with the draws, we coasted through both cups, beating inferior competitors Chievo (Agg. 6-1) and Liverpool (Agg. 7-2) in the respective semis to make it into the finals. A hatter and a brace from Maran in the respective final, both of which were basically won by half time. Player stats Rodrygo da Silva continues to do the business with an excellent 55 points season. Maran adds another twenty to make it 75 points. Youngsters Pereyra, Giacomelli and Scavone with impressive debut seasons as well. Challenge status: France: Done Spain: Done Italy: Done Serie A: Done (3/3) Coppa Italia: Done (1/1) Champions League: Done (2/2) FIFA World Club Cup: Done (2/2) That's it folks, we've made it! We struggled a bit initially as we had some trouble making it out of France but ever since, we've been knocking down the trophies like nobody's business. I'll be back with a proper re-cap shortly to summarize this adventure.
  34. 1 point
    Thanks, pretty average really but 2nd for now! I just don't know if I am ready for that kind of commitment yet...
  35. 1 point
    We are but mortal men. Fallible and bloody stupid sometimes.
  36. 1 point
    PriZe

    The Sweeper Keeper Debate

    You on roids? Gettin a article out a day😂😂😂
  37. 1 point
    olayinkajnr

    The Sweeper Keeper Debate

    Awesome article mate
  38. 1 point
    Taff

    Transfer Tips for FMM18

    I always try and check for players who’s contracts are expiring come Jan 1st as there can be some great players to find there. good guide dude
  39. 1 point
    PriZe

    Transfer Tips for FMM18

    Grrrr you're exposing all the secrets great work mate!
  40. 1 point
    Ashez

    Transfer Tips for FMM18

    All stuff I take advantage of, great work mate
  41. 1 point
    Just caught up on this. A fantastic career so far mate, well done
  42. 1 point
    Rob2017

    Player relationships

    I find I can’t stop my players stealing taxis.
  43. 1 point
    SECOND SEASON UPDATE (First Half) Transfers IN: Got some quality players to strengthen the squad to really challenge for the title this season. So here's how the first half of the season looks like - Division Table: Still behind Man City even with a game in hand.. tweaked the tactics and looking good so far! The King playing as awesome still for this second season. Just hoping he can stay injury-free. Carabao Cup: Progressed to the final for the Carabao Cup again.. still in the other competitions (FA Cup, Champions League) though. Will have to see the outcome on the next update! Thanks for reading fellow Vibers! Stay tune for the next update of the whole Second Season
  44. 1 point
    Another solid season mate, your well on your way!
  45. 1 point
    Yeah but in his first love letter it wasn't the MLS that he was asking if it was worth the wait and lived up to the hype
  46. 1 point
    I love Torino ever since I did a career with them. It was one of my first careers here on Vibe building the team from scratch after that terrible Superga disaster. Maybe it sounds odd to some of you but that particular career regarding a real life shocking event really taught me that FMM can sometimes be a little more than just a game. I was invested in the challenge, I took time to read up an Torino's entire history involving that disaster, I read up on the players that lost their lives, how they played and what each player excelled at, on the tactics this Grande Torino side played to capture people's hearts. It was such a terrible thing to happen to any football club, which is why I was so dedicated and enjoying every second I spent on it. That's another side of FMM I suppose, the experience is as rich as you make it to be. Do Torino proud
  47. 1 point
    kylieboi88

    A son is born!

    A LEGEND IS BORN!!!! I wanted to attempt another long term career based on the son of a famous player, this year I have chosen Jordan Larsson, the son of the famous Henrik Larsson. Last years game I attempted and failed to fulfil that safe due to a number of different reasons. However a new season brings a new challenge so here goes. Jordan Larsson As you can see he starts off at N.E.C and his stats are not too shabby but definately have areas to improve on. I decided to begin my save at Celtic transfering him straight to the club, to begin the transformation. He arrives at the club for a lowly fee of £2.3m. I will be aiming to play him up front with Dembele and I will be using Intensive Training. The route I intend to take is Celtic, Barcelona and lastly Man Utd. This is the route his dad too with exception to his starting clubs in Sweden and Holland. I hope to keep you all entertained on the journey, update due soon.
  48. 1 point
    FuddledFox

    FMM18 New Role: Inverted Wing Back

    FMM18 New Role: Inverted Wing Back This year in FMM18 we get to use every football hipsters favourite player role, the inverted wing back (IWB). I have never used this role either in FMM or on the PC version where it was introduced a few years ago. That is for a couple of reasons the first being that I’m not a hipster be it football or otherwise. I don’t have a man bun or have a beard that a Viking would be proud of, although I do enjoy a good craft beer. The other reason is that I like my full backs and wing backs to stay wide, defend the wings and get crosses into the box, you know all that boring but effective stuff that these players have been doing so well for years. Well today that all changes because today is the day I embrace the post-modern, throw off the shackles of the modern world and unleash my inner hipster. Today I will use an IWB for the first time! We had better get on with this as I’m pretty sure I’m starting to lose the plot. What is an Inverted wing back? In simple terms it is a wing back who plays on the wings in defence and moves into central midfield positions when his team have the ball. The role came to the attention of the world during Pep Guardiola’s time at Bayern even though he wasn't the first manager to use IWB's. He wanted to get the most out of his two world class wingers Ribery and Robben and make it easier for them to create 1v1 situations down the flanks. His solution was to get his two full backs to come inside and join the midfield, this meant that the opposition wingers would need to follow them inside as well otherwise Bayern would have a numerical advantage in the midfield. This left the two wingers out wide with plenty of space to attack the opposition full backs. This had the added advantage of protecting against counter attacks as if an attack breaks down the opposition are now very narrow with their two wide attacking threats drawn into the narrow spaces of the central midfield. It also enables the central midfielders to push higher up the pitch and get closer to the striker and wingers. He has occasionally used the role during his time at Manchester City as well. This graphic from the website http://outsideoftheboot.com shows what I am saying clearer. When his team is without the ball the IWB takes up the same position you would expect a normal full back or wingback to take. The IWB has also been used to counter wide players who like to cut inside, to do this you would play a right footer at left IWB and vice versa. This is because if the inside forward cuts inside he is moving the ball onto the side of the IWB preferred foot and this makes it easier for him to get in a tackle. A number of players have played the IWB role in the last few years with the most famous and probably the most effective being Phillipe Lahm of Bayern and Germany. Inverted wing back in FMM The role was introduced to this years game and is available to select when you have a player in the right or left wing back positions. The in game description tells you that this role should function in a very similar way to how Pep tries to implement the role in real life. I find the words “create space for players around him” a little vague. This is one of those occasions where the game isn’t helping the newbie to completely understand the role. I have created a GIF that I hope will show the different positions IWBs take up when their team has the ball and when they don’t. Notice how they are in what would be considered the traditional full back/wing back positions at the start of the clip and whilst Southampton have the ball but then push forwards into midfield and also move more narrow so that they are playing in a DM position once Manchester City are secure in possession. So what attributes should we be looking for in our IWB? I have chosen to use Manchester City to demonstrate the IWB in this article and the players I will be using in the role are Danilo and Kyle Walker. These are the key attributes to look for in an IWB with the gold being the primary attributes and the silver his secondary attributes. You can find the key attributes for all player roles here, thanks to @PriZe and @BatiGoal. These are the attributes that a player needs to play the role effectively and as you can see Danilo is a little wanting in some of these but he is good enough for the purpose of this article. Technical attributes The IWB is primarily used in tactics that look to play out from the back and retain possession ala Pep in real life. That is why you want good dribbling and good passing and you could also add technique into the mix as well, although if you are going to play that way you want everyone in the team to have a good technique not just your IWB. The IWB moves into midfield to allow more creative players to get further forward and so as he isn’t playing any kind of playmaking role in the team so creativity isn’t as important to go along side passing. In defence he should function the same as a normal wingback and defend the flanks so you want him to be able to tackle. Mental attributes I think I say this in every article I write but you need intelligent footballers in your team. This is a role that if it works in the game correctly should be two roles rolled into one. When your team is without the ball he should be a full back/ wingback and a central midfielder when the team is in possession to do that effectively he needs to be able to make good and quick decisions as to when he should move into midfield and when he should be back in his defensive position. Positioning also comes into this as he needs to be taking up the correct positions on the field at the right times. Physical attributes Pace is important both to be able to move between his two roles quickly but also to be able to keep up with fast wingers and inside forwards. Stamina links in with this as you want him to be able to maintain his energy levels for as much of the match as possible so he can continue to perform his role effectively. We have taken a look at the theory behind the role and I think it is now time we got out on the pitch and see how the role performs. I have two formations that I am going to use to show the role in action. The first one is a tried and tested formation that was kindly sent to me by @sharaziuk and has the advantage that it uses an IWB on one side and a WB on the other so we can compare the differences between the two roles. The second is my take on Pep’s tactics with IWB’s. Tactic 1 A very unconventional set up by sharaziuk but as we all know with this game its not always the conventional formations that get the best results. We can see on the left he has a classic wing back pushing forwards to overlap the inside forward who will cut inside and make a third striker. On the right we have a winger and then the IWB who will cut inside and bolster the midfield where the tactic is light on numbers when the team is in possession. I haven’t shown all the team instruction as it’s up to Sharaziuk if he wants to share them himself at some point but as I’m sure you can guess from looking at it, it’s an attacking and high pressing tactic. I have used this tactic in a few games to make this article and have to say I have been impressed by some of the results I have had not least a 7-1 away win over West Ham that I will show you some screenshots from. We are going to start with a shot of us defending. You can see that it looks like a very conventional back four with our left back Mendy and our right back Danilo both defending the flanks as you would expect. We can start to see the difference between the wing back and IWB role in this next shot. The IWB (ringed in red) is sitting far more narrow compared with his teammate out on the left. We are playing against a 4231 and the West Ham left winger is charged with marking our IWB, the problem he is having is that he really doesn’t know how to handle him and is left in a no mans land. The West Ham right winger isn’t having the same problem with our left wing back (ringed blue) and you can see he is marking him very closely. City are on the attack again and Danilo is in the thick of the action. This is where the role actually frustrates me because as I’m watching the action I’m wanting him to lay the ball out wide for an overlapping wingback except he is the wingback. On the other hand he did pass the ball on to our right winger (no7) who got a cross in and set up a goal so what do I know. If we take a look at the player stats for this and another game I played with this tactic versus Hudderfield we see some interesting numbers. In both games and in a few more games I played with this tactic we see the left wing back make far more tackles compared with the IWB but the IWB tended to make more interceptions except for the West Ham game. I wonder if the interceptions is because the IWB spends more time in a midfield position and can intercept passes as he move back out wide. With the tackles it may be that the wing back finds in self in more 1v1 situations out on the flanks or simply the AI sense a weakness in Mendy and where focusing more attacks down his flanks. What I can definitely say is the IWB saw far more of the ball than the wingback does in this tactic and you only need to see the passing figures as proof of this with Danilo attempting twice as many passes in both games than Mendy. Tactic 2 The second tactic I tested the IWB role with was an attempt at a recreation of the shape that Pep often used at Bayern and now at City. What I hope to see is the two IWB’s moving into midfield enabling the two AP’s to move forward and get closer to Aguero up front. Ideally I would have used a left footer on the right and vice versa but Mendy has zero ablity at right wing back. The screenshots are from a league game against Arsenal that finished as a 2-2 draw with Arsenal scoring from two set pieces. The first shot is similar to the West Ham game and shows the two IWB’s are in conventional wing back position just as they should be. This shows how the IWB can contribute to the attack by running with the ball in the midfield. Just as we saw in the West Ham game the opposition winger isn’t sure how to deal with the IWB. I’m sure that if you found a wing back with good shooting you could pick up a few long shot goals with him from situations like this. I have ringed the left IWB as well as earlier in the article I mentioned how the IWB can draw the opposition wingers in field and neutralise the impact they can have in a counter attack and we can see this here. If Walker loses the ball and Arsenal launch a counter the right winger is out of his comfort zone and is covered both by Mendy but also our left centre back behind him. I said that I wanted see the two AP’s in central midfield to push up and get near the lone striker with the IWB’s creating a solid base from midfield. I think this shot shows that it did just that as although the move has broken down we can see that both AP’s are inside the Arsenal's box. If we take a look at the positives from this game we can see that “the midfielders supported the attack well” so that proves that the situation above wasn’t a one off.. I have put a big question mark next to “wingbacks had a lot of joy down the flanks” simply because that doesn’t make sense as the wingbacks where playing in midfield in possession. I have took this to simply mean they had a good game, which they did as they both had 8 ratings. Its probably a case of SI needing to add a positive to the list that has more relevance to IWB’s. If we take a look at the player stats from this game and one other against Southampton we can see a similar pattern with the IWB’s being very involved in the game both with the ball and without. In both games the IWB’s made more tackles than the centre backs did and also had a good number of interceptions with Walker getting an incredible 10 during the Arsenal game. I felt it would be a good idea to play a couple of games with the same formation but to change the IWB’s into wingbacks so we could get an idea if IWB’s tend to make more passes, tackles or interceptions than standard wing backs. I played the same team with Walker and Delph (Mendy was suspended) playing as wing backs. I think the stats we saw in the first tactic where just a nuance of that tactic as we see the conventional wing backs get very similar numbers as they did as IWB’s. Conclusion As we can see the role does what it should in the game and could definitely have it uses especially if you are trying to play high possession football as they are always available as a short passing option when they move into midfield. I much prefer traditional wing backs myself as they are one of my favourite roles in the game and in real life. I love to see them on surging runs forward as they overlap the midfield and get crosses in. I would definitely like to experiment with IWB’s more and get a tactic built around them in a future save but that will have to wait as they won’t be much use in my current Barcelona tactic. I hope that you have enjoyed this look at the inverted wing back role and I would love to hear whether you have been using them this year in your tactics or will you give them a go after reading this. I would also like to hear your opinion on my use of the GIF. Did it help you understand the role a little better and would you like me to include more in future articles? Thank you to @sharaziuk for providing me with his tactic and thank you for reading.
  49. 1 point
    It's no secret that if you spend any amount of time with FMM, you will find that it is too easy. There are many reasons for this, most related to the poor AI - playing players out of position, questionable tactical instructions, poor squad conditioning management, failing to lock up good players, etc. All of those things are out of our control so there's no reason to dwell on them. But there is one thing that is within our control and it can drastically change how we play this game. And that thing is - player training. Intensive training to be exact. Let me show you what I mean. I ran a quick test where I picked 12 "first team" Manchester United outfield players (Shaw, Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Jones, Matic, Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Mata, Martial, Rashford, Lukaku) and tracked their attribute changes (tracked as a sum of all attributes) while on holiday from game start date of July 1, 2017 to January 1, 2018. Only training regimes that were tested are General, Defending, and Attacking. Since this just a long-winded introduction to the new difficulty level idea and not a full test, I'll spare you the details, but here are a couple highlights: Test 1 (default training when you start a new game): on average, the 12 players gained 4.62% total attributes (for example: Pogba went from total of 244 to 254 - a 4.10% increase). Players lost an average of 1.17 weeks to injury. Team went 10-4-7 for 34 points and 12 goal difference. Test 2 (PriZe intensive training per his guide): on average, the 12 players gained 7.86% total attributes. Players lost an average of 2.67 weeks to injury. Team went 13-4-4 for 43 points and 21 GD. Clearly, intensive training boosts your players to unrealistic levels compared to the rest of the players in the game. This gives the human player a huge advantage by essentially having a team of Messi's and makes the game too easy! But what if we turn the training down a bit? I alluded to this in a thread in FMM17 and it likely inspired a famous competition challenge during one of the cups last season. So I tested LIGHT training - all training regimes turned to light, except the "main" one (tactics for general training, defending/attacking for those respective regimes) which was at medium. For example: Test 3 (LIGHT training): on average, the 12 players LOST 4.33% total attributes. Players lost an average of only 0.42 weeks to injury. Team went 8-9-4 for 33 points and 17 GD. This looks a bit like overkill. And so my final tweak helped me arrive at what I would suggest should be the default training mode for those wanting more of a challenge! I call this mode: NIT (Not Intensive Training) Difficulty Your training regimes should follow the following rules: set Fitness and Motivation to MEDIUM set the PRIMARY role in the regime to MEDIUM (tactics for general - see example below, defending/attacking/goalkeeping for those respective regimes) set all others to LIGHT (or none for non-GKs) Test 4 (NIT difficulty): on average, the players lost 0.5% total attributes. Players lost an average of 0.83 weeks to injury. Team went 12-2-7 for 38 points and 10 GD. I should also mention that under NIT, the young stars who you would expect to improve, did just that - Pogba, Martial, Rashford, Lukaku gained an average of 3.91% total attributes. Perfect! I would challenge everyone to try the NIT training regimes and let me know in this thread if you still find the game "too easy". And if you do - try it with LIGHT training regime (test 3). Let your tactics guide you to victory!
  50. 1 point
    With the recent news about Juventus revamping their badge to something that looks like a fashion label and @Seth Anacondascareer with Delfino Pescara 1936 it got me thinking about all the other clubs that have animals on their badges...what a great idea for a challenge so here it is... The Animal Badge Club Challenge I will admit its not the best name for a challenge in the world but I thought it would be a fun one. Here is a list of clubs that have animal(s) on their club badge. La Liga Ateletico - Bear Valencia - Bats Osasuna - Lion Bundesliga RB Leipzig - Bull Eintracht Frankfurt - Eagle 1. FC Köln - Goat Bayer 04 Leverkusen - Lion SC Freiburg - Griffin Eintracht Braunschweig - Lion Premier League Chelsea - Lion Spurs - Cockerel Liverpool - Liverbird WBA - Throstle (song thrush) Burnley - Lion & Stork Leicester - Fox Crystal Palace - Eagle Swansea - Swan Watford - Red Deer Newcastle - Sea Horse Huddersfield - Terrier (Dog) Brighton - Seagull Serie A A.S. Roma - Wolves S.S. Lazio - Eagle Torino F.C. - Bull A.C. ChievoVerona - Horse Genoa C.F.C. - Griffin U.S. Città di Palermo - Eagle F.C. Crotone - Shark Ligue 1 Amiens SC - Unicorn Lyon - Lion Stade Rennais F.C. - Stoats Lille OSC - Great Dane (Dog) FC Metz - Dragon OGC Nice - Eagle Dijon FCO - Owl RC Strasbourg - Stork Primeira Liga S.L. Benfica - Eagle FC Porto - Dragon Sporting Clube de Portugal - Lion C.S. Marítimo - Lion Belgian First Division A R.S.C. Anderlecht- Horse & ? KV Mechelen - Eagle Waasland-Beveren - Lion Sint-Truidense V.V. - Canary Royal Excel Mouscron - Horse Süper Lig Konyaspor - Eagle Gaziantepspor - Falcon Eredivisie FC Twente - Horse SBV Vitesse - Eagle Heracles Almelo - Lion N.E.C Nijmegen - Eagle? ADO Den Haag - Stork MLS D.C United - Eagle New York Red Bulls - Bulls Orlando City - Lion Philadelphia Union - Snake FC Dallas - Bull Minnesota United FC - The Loon Bird I have only added clubs in the top leagues of these countries so there is obviously more clubs in the lower leagues, depending on where you want to start. (Apologies if I have got any of the clubs incorrect, blame Google!) RULES 1. Load up any four countries and take charge of any club. 2. In order to move clubs you must win all domestic trophies available in that country (Bonus: Winning a European title) and you can only manage clubs with an animal on their club badge. 3. At every club you must sign at least one player that has either an animal/type/breed with their names - Examples - Lee Cattermole (He has two!) Geoffrey Kondogbia Gustavo Scarpa Alex Fisher Declan Sharkey Lionel Messi 4. No use of the editors, myclub or anything like that so no created players or editing of existing ones. 5. Original database only. 6. No cheating which includes reloading. 7. Photo evidence will be required so i suggest posting a career thread for us to follow. 8. No unlockables unless earn't on that save. How many clubs can you manage to glory and how many Animal named players can you sign??? Leaderboard
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