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    This is a first release of the American Premier League file for Football Manager 2016.

    This is designed to allow folks to play American teams without the salary cap management and general pain that MLS rules create.

    Sixty Four teams are in this first release:

    • 20 MLS teams in the American Premier League
    • 20 NASL/USL teams in the American Championship
    • 24 NASL/USL teams (including B teams) in the American Challenge Division

    Prize Money and TV money in the top two leagues, life in the Challenge Division offers limited prize money and results based money (more if you win, but a little bit even if you lose).

    Also included is a 64 team US Open Cup, featuring all 64 league teams.

    This file will be updated with changes (I hope to add a fourth division, and expand the Cup competition.)

    Comments and suggestions are always encouraged.

    How to add American fantasy leagues in FM16

    1. Move the downloaded .fmf file to:
      \Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2016\editor data\
      Create folder "editor data" if it doesn't exist already.

    2. Run Football Manager 2016 and start new save with this database enabled.

    3. It's highly recommended to disable "Do not Add Key Staff" and enable "Add Players to Playable Teams" in advanced options.

    4. It's also recommended to load all players from United States using the Advanced... Database Size options.

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    Changes made to the Scottish League system to include the reduced amount of leagues from 4 to 3, the addition of the Scottish Super Cup (winner of the Premiership vs Scottish Cup winner) and changes to relegations / promotions.





    How to install the restructured leagues of Scotland to Football Manager 2016

    1. Move the downloaded .fmf to the following location:
      Documents / Sports Interactive / Football Manager 2016 / editor data
      Create the "editor data" folder if it doesn't exist.

    2. Open FM 2016 and start a new save-game with this database selected.

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    Based on this incredible system you will have two tactics for all situations.

    Enjoy!

    NO Opposition Instructions

    • H is for home games - attacking mentality
    • A is for away games - counter-attacking for away games or against stronger opposition





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    SERBIAN LOWER LEAGUES v1.0

    This year I will work more on the real structure of Serbian football pyramid, but the serious work will start in January.

    Until then, I'll try to maintain a usable database at an acceptable level, covered with all kinds of data.
    In addition to the leagues activated, I'll release mini-patches to fix various things and always include all the latest information available.

    Released: 22 Nov, 2015 - v1.0

    Activated the Serbian leagues:
    - Serbian league "Belgrade"
    - Serbian league "East"
    - Serbian league "West"
    - Serbian league "Vojvodina"

    Added rule that foreigners can not play in these leagues. During my research I've found that foreigners are not allowed to play matches in these leagues.

    The regional Cups:
    - Cup Football Association of Belgrade
    - Cup Football Association regions of Eastern Serbia
    - Cup Football Association of Western Serbia
    - Cup Football Association of Vojvodina

    Unplayable leagues:
    - Zoning league Serbia (10 subgroups)
    - Regional League (31 subgroups)

    Other:
    I've done some other things when it comes to this introductory version of the "Serbian lower leagues" but nothing excessive and they are mainly related to adding information about the clubs that are in Serbian zonal and district leagues.

    Please support my work on my new official facebook page for FM add-ons.
    Add-ons by Sloba


    How to install the lower leagues of Serbia to Football Manager 2016

    1. Move the downloaded .fmf to the following location:
      Documents / Sports Interactive / Football Manager 2016 / editor data
      Create the "editor data" folder if it doesn't exist.

    2. Open FM 2016 and start a new save-game with this database selected.

    3. It's highly recommended to disable "Do not Add Key Staff" and enable "Add Players to Playable Teams" in advanced options.

    4. It's also recommended to load all players from Serbia using the Advanced... Database Size options.

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    Complete Montenegrin Leagues structure (first, second and third league which is divided by region).
    Montenegrin national cup and regional cups.
    Youth league with real system and real clubs + Youth Cup.

    Added Montenegrin national and club media.
    Changed reputation of all Montenegrin clubs in the game.

    The names of competitions are now working in English.
    Also, another change, which was made on request. Letters "Č", "Ć", "Ž", "Š", "Đ" for "c", "d", "DJ".

    Added last winners of youth leagues, cups and regional leagues and cups.

    The situation with Mogren is specific. They started the competition this season in the second division after relegation from the first division last season, but after two games because they failed to fulfill obligations in the league they got relegated to the third tier. It would create an additional problem so I decided that the first season Mogren deduct 99 points (the maximum possible win in season) to ensure they'll relegate to the third division.

    By default Montenegro join the European Union in 2020.


    More than 1,600 changes in the database.
    Tested over three seasons to Go On Holiday without any problems.


    Please support my work on my new official facebook page for FM add-ons.
    Add-ons by Sloba


    How to install the complete football pyramid of Montenegro to Football Manager 2016

    1. Move the downloaded .fmf to the following location:
      Documents / Sports Interactive / Football Manager 2016 / editor data
      Create the "editor data" folder if it doesn't exist.

    2. Open FM 2016 and start a new save-game with this database selected.

    3. It's highly recommended to disable "Do not Add Key Staff" and enable "Add Players to Playable Teams" in advanced options.

    4. It's also recommended to load all players from Montenegro using the Advanced... Database Size options.

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    - Activated third league
    - Activated fourth league
    - Activated fifth league
    - Create Erste League Cup like in real life for clubs from third and fourth tier


    Please support my work on my new official facebook page for FM add-ons.
    Add-ons by Sloba


    How to install the lower leagues of Switzerland to Football Manager 2016

    1. Move the downloaded .fmf to the following location:
      Documents / Sports Interactive / Football Manager 2016 / editor data
      Create the "editor data" folder if it doesn't exist.

    2. Open FM 2016 and start a new save-game with this database selected.

    3. It's highly recommended to disable "Do not Add Key Staff" and enable "Add Players to Playable Teams" in advanced options.

    4. It's also recommended to load all players from Switzerland using the Advanced... Database Size options.

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    Do you want to add something new to your game?
    Playing in Leagues such as Andorra, Egypt, New Zealand and more are places people love to manage.

    Every year FM Central tries to make as many of the Leagues that SI don't do or don't have the license to do.
    This adds depth and a lot of potential new experiences to the game.

    Below is a list of countries already done, we will be constantly updating this.

    Europe:
    Andorra
    San Marino
    Azerbaijan
    Bosnia

    Oceania:
    New Zealand

    Africa
    Tunisia
    Nigeria
    Egypt
    Kenya
    Algeria

    Stay Tuned for more databases and updates to this megapack.


    How to add the FM Central's leagues to Football Manager 2016

    1. Extract the downloaded .rar file using 7-zip for Windows or The Unarchiver for Mac OS X.

    2. Move the extracted .fmf leagues you want to the following location:
      Documents / Sports Interactive / Football Manager 2016 / editor data
      Create the "editor data" folder if it doesn't exist.

    3. Open FM 2016 and start a new save-game with your selected databases of choice.

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    Our brand new MONTHLY update pack is available for download now
    Click image to download by 'Mega' or use this back-up link.



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    DF11 Facepacks are unique in the Football Manager community by their style and size.
    The 80,000 large sized portrait faces do cover almost all playable leagues in FM2016!
    Players, staff, chairmen, referees.... it's all in here.

    These DF11 faces are sized 260x310pix wich is a lot larger in contrast
    to the standard cut-outs (180x180) or any other facepack.
    The DF11 faces are viewed best in game with the use of the exclusive
    DF11 panels and skins, wich are available further down on this page!

    Without these DF11 panels or skins the faces will appear automatically
    in small standard size (180x180).

    The DF11 graphics team is working daily on missing faces and renewing the
    outdated faces by releasing monthly update packs since 2010.

    DF11 faces do also work with any other version of Football Manager.



    Please press the 'DOWNLOAD NOW' button on top.
    You will get acces to several download options
    to receive your DF11 Megapack!


    If for whatever reason you cannot use the MEGA download,
    there are other download options (like torrent) provided in the DF11 Megapack guide.


    1. Choose your download option.
    2. Follow the easy steps of the walkthrough manual.
    3. Done!


    Size: 260 x 310 pix // Amount: 79,639 faces // Leagues: 81
    Nations: 45 // DF11 Panels mod16: available
    DF11 skins FM2016: available // DF11 Update pack: available

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    Download DF11 panels for FM16

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    Download Panels mod for FM16




    Download DF11 default face

    The DF11 default face will show up instead of a missing face.
    The download includes several different default faces.


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    Available DF11 Skins - Follow the link to download on FMScout


    DAZS8 Beta Skin16 -------- Flut Skin16 -------- Flut Skin16 Dark -------- Andromeda V1.5

    More skins coming soon

    Please post questions about skins in their own topic.

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    - Argentina (Primera Division)
    - Australia (A-League)
    - Austria (Bundesliga, Erste Liga)
    - Belarus (Premier Liga, 1a Liga)
    - Belgium (Jupiler Pro league, Proximus league)
    - Bosnia Herzegovina (Premier liga)
    - Brazil {Serie A, Serie B}
    - Chile (Primera Division)
    - Colombia (Primera A)
    - Croatia (1.HNL)
    - Czech Republic (Grambinus Liga, Druha Liga)
    - Denmark (Superligaen, Nordicbet ligaen)
    - England (Premier League, Championship, League 1, League 2, Skrill Premier
    - Finland (Vei........Click to show all leagues



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    How to add the DF11 Megapack to FM16

    1. Download and Extracted the downloaded file using 7-zip for Windows or The Unarchiver for Mac OS X.

    2. Move the extracted folder "DF11 Megapack" to the following location:
      \Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2016\Graphics

    3. Run Football Manager 2016 and go to Preferences > Interface:
      Click the "Clear Cache" button.
      Enable Reload Skin when confirming changes in preferences.
      Click the "Reload Skin" button.... Done


    4. Contact us whenever you like!

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    After 14 games of the new Premier League campaign, four points separate the top five sides in what is shaping up as a very close title race.

    Manchester City and Leicester City are joint top on 29 points, with Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham all in hot pursuit.

    When putting a bet on who will be top of the league come January 1 through your Matchbook, it is worth examining the five clubs’ fixtures over December - so who will be in top spot on the first day of 2016?


    Manchester City

    Currently on top spot on goal difference, Manuel Pellegrini’s side have a mix of games they should win and challenges on the road over the next month.

    Although the Etihad Stadium club would expect to pick up maximum points in home fixtures against Swansea and Sunderland, trips to Stoke, Arsenal and Leicester represent tough proposals.

    Presuming that City win their home games and the trip to Stoke, but potentially drop points against the Gunners and/or Foxes, there is every chance they could still be on top come 2016.

    Predicted points total - 39


    Leicester City

    Claudio Ranieri’s men have been the surprise package of the campaign and show no signs of slowing down with another impressive performance against Manchester United at the weekend.

    With Jamie Vardy’s goals continuing to fire the Foxes towards positive results, the King Power Stadium side should not be written off.

    That said, Leicester arguably have the toughest fixture list over the next month, with away games at Swansea, Everton and Liverpool complemented by hosting Chelsea and City - a real test.

    Predicted points total - 33


    Manchester United

    Louis van Gaal’s side have not been playing football to inspire the masses but remain in the hunt thanks to a stubborn rearguard.

    At this stage in the club’s ongoing project, results seem more more important than the manner of performance.

    The Old Trafford outfit will be looking at their next five fixtures and believe they can still be in the running come 2016, with home games against West Ham, Norwich and Chelsea split up by trips to Bournemouth and Stoke.

    Predicted points total - 39


    Arsenal

    The Gunners have suffered stuttering form and debilitating injuries over recent weeks that threatens to derail their challenge, with the next month critical for Arsene Wenger’s side.

    However on paper the North London side have an agreeable next month, with games at the Emirates Stadium against Sunderland, Manchester City and Bournemouth and winnable trips to Aston Villa and Southampton.

    Despite Alexis Sanchez’s recent injury, expect Arsenal to be in the mix, maybe even top, come January 1.

    Predicted points total - 40


    Tottenham

    The ultimate goal for Spurs will remain a spot in the top four, but a continuation of recent good form could well see them in the hunt for top spot come the new year.

    Mauricio Pochettino’s young side take on West Brom, Southampton and Watford away from White Hart Lane while also hosting Norwich and Newcastle - an agreeable run.

    Spurs should be in the top four come January 1, but top spot seems out of their reach.

    Predicted points - 35

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    With the 24 participating teams confirmed for next summer’s Euro 2016 tournament in France, excitement is starting to build for the competition.

    A host of European football’s historic countries will surely be in the mix when backing your choice on Ladbrokes, but there is also scope for a few dark horses to make a splash.

    Here are the main contenders for glory.

    France

    Considerable pressure will be on the hosts’ shoulders given their home advantage and the quality in their squad, but their chances of success could well be down to coach Didier Deschamps.

    If the former Marseille boss can fit all his superstars into a system that works and keep harmony in a national group renowned for divisions, France will be a real force at the competition.

    With the likes of Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, Karim Benzema and Anthony Martial at Deschamps’ disposal, Les Bleus will be a dangerous proposal.


    Spain

    The reigning European champions and powerhouse of global football over the last decade, Spain may well have had a poor World Cup but remain a superb side.

    Some of the older heads have started to take their leaves of absence, but plenty of world-class talent and up-and-coming superstars remain.

    Vicente del Bosque needs to get the blend between experience and youth right; if he does, no-one will enjoy playing La Roja.


    England

    Perennial underachievers, England again dashed the hopes of a nation last summer at the World Cup amid a reputation of choking in tournament football.

    A flawless qualification campaign suggests improvement and Roy Hodgson has had more time with the group to make an impression.

    England have some superb players, but overcoming mental barriers is the biggest obstacle to success.


    Germany

    The world champions are an obvious choice, with Germany seemingly always in the mix come the business end of competitions.

    With a core of Bayern Munich players still comprising the heart of the team and some prodigious new stars being added, Joachim Low has imperious personnel at his disposal.

    The Germans will be keen to follow Spain’s lead in winning consecutive tournaments and if they get it right will take some stopping.


    Belgium

    Currently ranked as world football’s number one team, Belgium have embarked on an ambitious project under Marc Wilmots courtesy of a golden generation of players.

    With the bulk of the country’s top stars featuring in the Premier League on a weekly basis and developing together at national level, on paper they look like a side that is capable of beating anyone.

    Although not the first name that traditionally pops into the mind when thinking about European football’s top teams, this could well be the stage for Belgium’s greatest-ever achievement.

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    For the new season, FMclub is really pleased to show you his Kit template : the TW. This template was created by Teenway, administrator of the french website fmclub.fr and pack was done by allezrcs94. Project advance slowly but surely to purpose always more content.

    Redistribution:

    If you want to share the pack, link this download page and our forum; do not host the files elsewhere.

    How to install

    Step 1

    Download the .zip archive and use a tool such as 7-zip for Windows or The Unarchiver for MacOSX to extract the folders.


    Step 2

    Copy those folders to:
    \Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2016\graphics\kits\

    Create folders "graphics" and "kits" if they don't exist already.

    Step 3

    Run Football Manager 2016 and go to: Preferences > Interface

    Make sure that you tick the check box on the page called 'Reload skin when confirming changes in Preferences' and un-tick then box saying 'Use caching to decrease page loading times'. Hit Confirm.

    There should be a box that pops up saying 'loading image data for the new skin'. Once this is done your graphics should be working within the game.

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    Welcome to the official download page of FM Genie Scout 16! Arguably the best real-time scout tool for Football Manager 2016. Exclusively available from fmscout.com since 2009.

    FM Genie Scout (or Genie Scout in short) is world's most popular scouting tool for Football Manager, created to extend the possibilities of finding, sorting and shortlisting players and staff, controlling their progress, making "first 11" and tactics choice easier and observing attributes invisible in FM.

    Released: 30 November 2015 - beta 9 build 609

    Redistribution Policy

    We don't allow sharing Genie Scout 16 directly on other sites. Please point the download link to this very page. You cannot host any files yourself.

    What's new in GS16

    The biggest change in Genie Scout 16 is the complete revamp of the rating system according to recent FM tendencies.
    Based on deep player development history analysis using big data techniques and statistics (collected data from over 15 years of game history on over 100k players and over 54k matches from top-12 leagues), the following changes have been made:
    • re-assessed the influence of one-foot vs both-feet playing ability on overall rating (a player who can use both feet performs better than a player who can only use one foot with the same attributes)
    • skills dependency on current ability has been thoroughly investigated, which makes potential rating assessment much more accurate
    • peak (max possible) potential ability has been investigated (what CA can be reached depending on the current age and position)
    • position skill influence on player performance (inability to play on a specific position doesn't affect performance significantly now if player has high skills required for the position)
    • role ratings improved based on FM16 suggestions
    • positional ratings adjusted based on FM16 suggestions and on the statistical analysis of collected matches history

    In addition, the "g" edition now features a brand new amazing feature: In-Game Scout. IGS brings GS usability to a whole new level. Clicking the (i) icon next to player's name in-game normally shows up a pop-up box with his attributes and some quick details. With IGS enabled, this pop-up box is enhanced with many added insights, including potential skills and rating. You no longer need to switch to the GS window to check on hidden attributes or potential ability.



    Compatibility

    OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10
    FM16: 16.1.1

    Does it work for Mac or Linux?
    No. However, we exclusively release another scouting tool for Mac OS X users:
    MacAssistant RT for FM16

    How to run GS16

    1. Extract the downloaded .zip file and run the setup .exe file.

    2. Follow instructions until installation is finished.

    3. Run Football Manager 2016 and load your savegame.

    4. Launch Genie Scout 16 and from main menu click "Load Game".

    NEW TO GENIE SCOUT?
    We have a detailed instructional guide to Genie Scout. Make sure to read it.

    Donate to Eugene to get the "g" edition

    As usual, Genie Scout 16 comes in two editions:
    The public edition comes with 2 banner ads and an offer screen during installation.
    The "g" edition has no ads nor offers during installation.

    In order to get the "g" edition, you need to donate to Eugene. Refer to Genie Scout 16g FAQ if you have further questions.

    Apart from no ads, the "g" edition has 6 extra features:
    • In-Game Scout: The highlight in 16g that brings GS usability to a whole new level
    • Search by role/duty: New tab in advanced search popup that allows searching by role and duty - plus sortable columns of each of them in search results
    • Probability of Development: A statistically based model that will show the probability of reaching theoretical maximum of players ability
    • Progress Rate: Shows the predicted speed of player's development, depending on his ambition, determination, professionalism etc
    • Support for Graphics: If you have custom facepacks and/or kitpacks added to your FM, it should show on player and team profiles on GS
    • Top Players Lists: Automatically generated lists for best players, most promising and top bargains in the world, by position


    Please note that during the first run of "g" edition it may take a few minutes to create the graphic packs cache. Next time it will be loaded much faster.

    DELIVERY OF THE 'G' EDITION:
    Eugene has automatized the process of distribution for the "g" edition, so you will have to wait just a few minutes before you receive a download link and a key file. But only if they have sent correct contact email, correct Unique ID alongside your donation.

    Make sure you check your Spam folder too.
    It might take up to 24 hours though. In case of problem with your donation, please contact Eugene using the email address you'll see in the message after donation.

    IMPORTANT:
    FM Scout (the site) is not involved in the donations towards Eugene, neither has any responsibility delivering the ad-free version to you after donation. This is a process handled solely by Eugene himself.


    Bug Reports

    During closed beta stage for supporters, Eugene fixed all bugs that came to surface. As a result, the public edition should be quite stable from its very first version.

    Should you find a bug, please report it to the Genie Scout forum.
    Read this before submitting any bugs!

    Known issue: Sale value for players is not accurate and sadly we have no way of making it work as it used to be before GS13.


    Any comment including bug report posted on this page will be removed on sight!

    EXPORTING DATA:
    Please understand it is forbidden by the EULA from SI and SEGA to export all the data from the results. You should be able to export only basic information such as player name, club, age, etc.


    Credits

    Genie Scout 16 is created by Eugene Tarabanovsky.
    He has been developing this amazing scout utility for the past 10 years!

    Genie Scout logo made by Stam.

    Changelog

    November 30: First release - beta 6 build 507
    • Compatible with 16.1.1
    • Compatible with FM Touch
    • Minor fixes

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    FM Genie Scout 16 public version is here! As promised, we've released it before the end of November. The wait is finally over, and you can now fully enjoy your FM16. Genie Scout 16 works with the latest Football Manager 2016 version (16.1.1) and is compatible with the FM Touch mode as well.

    Visit the official Genie Scout 16 download page!

    What's new in GS16

    The biggest change in Genie Scout 16 is the complete revamp of the rating system according to recent FM tendencies.
    There's also an exciting new feature for the 'g' edition called In-Game Scout.

    During closed beta stage for supporters, Eugene fixed all bugs that came to surface. As a result, the public edition should be quite stable from its very first version.

    I'm hoping you will appreciate his effort and support the GS project.
    If you want to donate, please use the Donate to Eugene page.

    Have fun!!

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    Brand new hairpack for FM2016 adding 2580 new fresh styles for your regens/newgens!

    Make your long-term saves so much more enjoyable, with this new addition to complete the FM experience.

    The download includes thousands of hairstyles from all over the world, and will make you want to keep even the shittiest of regens just because they look so good ;-).

    Due to the new type of regens from FM15 to FM16, a very small percentage of the hairs will not fit 100%, as the width of regen faces varies by a small margin this year, making some heads too narrow and others too wide - there is nothing we can do about, and as written it should affect only very few players.

    Tested and looking well on light and dark skins as well, and save game compatible. Goes perfectly along with other installed graphics (hairpacks, logos, kits and so on).

    Enjoy guys!


    Debski's Regen Hairstyles Preview




    The Vitrex FM16 skin was used for the preview screenshots above.


    Vitrex16 skin for FM16
    The popular and sleek looking Vitrex skin (dark) is back for Football Manager 2016, the game we all love.


    How to install Debski's Hairstyles in FM 2016

    1. Please be aware that this graphical mod DOES NOT go into the "Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2016" folder as normal graphics do (kits, logos, faces and so on). It will not work/have any affect if extracted here.

      Instead extract the whole folder "Debski's World of Hairstyles for FM16 v1.0" into the following directory on your computer:

      "[YOUR FM GAME FOLDER]\data\facegen\hair"

      Default place to look for this folder is "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Football Manager 2016"

      For Mac users, the FM GAME FOLDER should be here:
      [username] > library > Application support > Steam > steamapps > common > football manager 2016

    2. The above mentioned folder (hair) should now contain minimum 6 folders. The "afro", "asian", "euro", "hispanic" and "mixed_race" standard folders by SI, alongside with your new "Debski's World of Hairstyles for FM16 v1.0" and eventually other custom graphics you might have installed.

    3. Open up FM16, go into preferences > interface and click the "Clear Cache" button.
      When done, close the game. Run again, and everything should be up and running.

    Files are save-game compatible, meaning you don't have to start a new game for them to make effect.


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    I would like to thank everyone who has supported me for the past 2 years.
    Can't thank you enough.
    Hope you all enjoy my new database for FM16.

    TheFMEditor / Steve85

    Released: December 1st

    As usual I will be working on non-league changes in England, Scotland and a host of other countries.

    Update 14.11 Contents

    England Level 11
    The initial version of my FM16 database includes the real format of English football pyramid down to Level 11.

    Transfers
    Managers
    Coaches
    Contracts
    Free Agents
    Loans
    67 Raised wonderkids Reputations (more to follow)
    105 Non league transfers/staff in the UK
    42 Created non league players/staff in the UK
    16,046 changes from around the world





    How to install TheFMEditor 2016 Update to FM16

    1. Move the downloaded .fmf file to:
      \Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2016\editor data\
      Create folder "editor data" if it doesn't exist already.

    2. Run Football Manager 2016 and start new save with this database enabled.

    3. It's highly recommended to disable "Do not Add Key Staff" and enable "Add Players to Playable Teams" in advanced options.

    4. It's also recommended to load all players from the UK & Ireland region using the Advanced... Database Size options.


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  • 12/01/15--13:25: Liverpool FC Guide for FM16
  • Liverpool in the past used to be the best team in England. Now, they seem to be contenders for a Champions League spot, but they often fall into the Europa League having only qualified for the Champions League once since the 2008/09 season.

    Last summer, Liverpool spent heavily, as they aimed to get back into the UEFA Champions League. Players like Benteke, Milner and Ings were added for depth and strength. They spent a total of £77m on new signings, but are still to await the results of Ings' tribunal.




    Finances and Budget


    Football Manager 2016 has changed the potential budgets, by giving you certain expectations for certain competitions.
    Here they all are:








    If you start on the 6th of July 2015, then your finances should be around £57.91m, if you start later it could be otherwise though.


    Strongest Formations

    The following suggestions for most fitting formations are based on the starting roster without making any transfers.



    4-3-2-1

    This formation consists of a GK, 2 CBs, a LB, a RB, 3 CMs, 2 CAMs and 1 ST.

    The advantage of this formation with Liverpool, is that you can use your CM quality, and the Brazilian CAMs to full effect, while having Benteke or Sturridge up front (depending on the role you need) as the tip of the tactic.

    The disadvantage of it though, is that your young wide players would have to train to play as CAM, and then they would only be backup because the 2 Brazil CAMs are young, and are of top quality.

    Starting XI: Mignolet, Clyne, Sakho, Skrtel, Moreno, Henderson, Milner, Can, Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge

    Backups: Bogdan, Lovren, Allen, Benteke, Lallana, Ibe, McLaughlin



    4-2-3-1

    This tactic is probably the most used in football at this minute, and for a good reason. It has lots of room to adjust, but in its normal form, the positions are: 1 GK, 1 LB, 2 CBs, 1 RB, 2 CMs, 1 LW, 1 RW, 1 CAM and 1 ST.

    The advantage of this formation with Liverpool, is that you can use the wide players to get across and cross it in for the big man up front, or you can have them cut in and have a go themselves. You can also adjust it to have 2 DMs, 3 CAMs or both if wanted. The disadvantages, is that Liverpool don’t have a massive amount of Wing players (Ibe, Wilson, possibly Milner) so you would probably have to buy players there.

    Starting XI: Mignolet, Clyne, Sakho, Skrtel, Moreno, Henderson, Milner, Coutinho (LW), Firmino, Ibe, Benteke / Sturridge (depending on play style)

    Backups: Bogdan, Lovren, Can, Lallana, Wilson, Benteke/Sturridge, Lucas


    Position by Position


    Goalkeeper:
    Now, if you are like me, then you aren’t the biggest fan of Mignolet. He is a decent keeper though, so if you want to stick with him, go for it, and if you want to sell him, same. Bogdan isn’t a ‘great’ backup, but he is willing, and can do a job in times of emergency.

    Possible Replacements: Timo Horn, Geronimo Rulli (free in January in certain saves)

    Left Back:
    Liverpool have a great LB, who can stay there for years in Alberto Moreno. He’s young and has top quality now. Backups though, you’d struggle. The Aussie, Brad Smith is not bad, but personally, you’d want better. I’m not a specialist on LBs though.

    Possible Replacements: Emmanuel Mas

    Centre Backs:
    Liverpool have a decent player in Lovren, a strong leader in Sakho and a tough defender in Skrtel. You can also do what Rodgers did and play Can there, but it’s not recommended personally. A surprise mention I’m going to list, is Wisdom. For some reason, he turned out to be pretty good when I played him after his loan, he can play RB as well though, something to bear in mind.

    Possible Replacements: Timo Baumgartl

    Right Back:
    Luckily, we have sorted this problem out in real life, with Nathaniel Clyne coming in replacing Glen Johnson. This gives Liverpool a steady base for the next few years. Ryan McLaughlin is a solid RB if you want a HG base, or even Wisdom as mentioned before.

    Possible Replacements: Valery Luchkevych

    Central Midfielders:
    You got all sorts of options for CM for all situations here. Henderson, Milner, Can, Lucas, Rossiter, and there are surely more that I missed. A mix of experience and youth, as this shines out as one of Liverpool’s best positions.

    Possible Replacements: James Ward-Prowse

    Wingers:
    This position is a weakness here at Liverpool, we have Ibe, Milner (possibly), and… Wilson? Not the most impressive of options. You do have guys like Markovic coming back on loan after the year, so that softens the blow a bit.

    Possible Replacements: Hirving Lozano (highly recommended), Andrija Zivkovic, Sofiane Feghouli, Maximilan Meyer

    Attacking Midfielders:
    Coutinho, Firmino, Lallana. These 3 are all you need for success. Coutinho has the dribbling skills, Firmino with the skills, and Lallana with the Supersub potential. There is also Teixeira for the people who want another option.

    Possible Replacements: Martin Odegaard, Maximilan Meyer

    Strikers:
    You have the injury prone Sturridge, the target man Benteke, and the backups Origi and Ings. People often ask to loan Origi, depending if you need him, reject or accept, your choice. There are lots of strikers there if you need them though, so that’s good.

    Possible Replacements: Richairo Zivkovic, Gabriel Barbosa


    Weaknesses

    LW/RW:
    You have few options here, but lots of options are available like Feghouli and Lavezzi, the duo who are available on a Pre-Contract in January.

    RB/LB:
    Your 1st team is sorted, but backups are really needed, unless you want to rely on McLaughlin and Smith.


    Conclusion

    Liverpool are a fantastic team to play as, with their ability to have a good core of players to move on and options for different tactics. Use them to their strengths, you would be looking at UEFA Champions League football. Fail with your judgement of the team, and you could be sacked.

    I encourage you to leave your thoughts and experiences with Liverpool in the comments!
    Your feedback can be utilized to improve this guide.


    Image Credits:
    The Liverpool badge on the thumbnail picture is made by kitster29.


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  • 12/02/15--11:34: TW'15 kits - Ligue 1 2015/16
  • For the new season, FMclub is really pleased to show you his Kit template : the TW. This template was created by Teenway, administrator of the french website fmclub.fr and pack was done by Teenway. Project advance slowly but surely to purpose always more content.

    Redistribution:

    If you want to share the pack, link this download page and our forum; do not host the files elsewhere.

    How to install

    Step 1

    Download the .zip archive and use a tool such as 7-zip for Windows or The Unarchiver for MacOSX to extract the folders.


    Step 2

    Copy those folders to:
    \Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2016\graphics\kits\

    Create folders "graphics" and "kits" if they don't exist already.

    Step 3

    Run Football Manager 2016 and go to: Preferences > Interface

    Make sure that you tick the check box on the page called 'Reload skin when confirming changes in Preferences' and un-tick then box saying 'Use caching to decrease page loading times'. Hit Confirm.

    There should be a box that pops up saying 'loading image data for the new skin'. Once this is done your graphics should be working within the game.

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  • 12/03/15--11:30: Sparta Prague Guide for FM16
  • Brief History

    AC Sparta Praha has been the most outstanding and, on the playing field, the most successful club in Czech football. There have been many successes in both domestic and international competitions throughout its more than 120-year history.

    Shortly after World War I, a team was put together that triggered off the famous period of the twenties and thirties referred to as "Iron Sparta". A football league in Czechoslovakia was established in the mid-twenties and the club collected title after title. To this day the fans still recall the names of the players of that period with admiration: Peyer, Hojer, Perner, Káďa, Kolenatý, Červený. A few years later, some no less famous names appeared, such as Hochman, Burgr, Hajný, Šíma, Silný, Čtyřoký, Košťálek and in particular Oldřich Nejedlý, the top scorer at the 1934 World Cup. Shortly before this most famous era kicked off, Vlasta Burian, the man who later became the king of Czech comedians, played in goal for the club.

    The milestones of the first golden period of the club's history are two Central European Cup titles, which in the twenties and the thirties enjoyed the same recognition as that of today's Champions League. Sparta's three titles are definitely important milestones in the cup's history. After two triumphs in 1927 and 1935, the third came in 1964, at a time when the cup's importance was gradually falling in the light of other European cups.

    In the recent history of the Czech Republic, Sparta has clearly been dominant in the domestic league and has regularly represented Czech football in UEFA competitions (Champions League, UEFA Cup and Europa League), where it has also recorded many successes. In the 2013/2014 season Sparta won the 36th title of the Czech Champions.

    Founded: 16 November 1893
    Ground: GENERALI Arena
    Capacity: 18994
    Chairman: Daniel Křetínský
    Manager: Zdeněk Ščasný
    Captain: David Lafata
    League: SYNOT liga




    Finances and Budget

    If you start a new save with Sparta you will play for the richest club in Czech. You will have more than 9M overall balance and 1.3M transfer budget. The wage budget is nearly 120K per week.

    The club will play in Champions League qualification in the first season so if you progress to the Group Stage there will be a major financial boost.



    Board Expectations and Media Prediction

    The minimum expectation for the domestic league is that the team win the SYNOT liga. There is also domestic cup and the minimum expectation is that the team reach the Final. The minimum expectation for Champions League is that the team reach the Group Stage.

    Media predict that Sparta will finish the first season as 2nd in the league behind Viktoria Plzeň.


    Strongest Tactic for default roster



    The best formation for default roster is 4-3-3 with 2x WB, 2x CD, 3x CM (one of them is like BWM), 2x Wingers and 1x Complete Forward. This tactic could be considered as 4-1-2-2-1 or 4-5-1 but the basics of formation are set as 4-3-3. The Winger’s position could be change to Inside Forward.


    Starting XI Positional Analysis


    Goalkeeper:
    The number one is David Bičík. He is an experienced player (34 years old). He is very good at one on ones and he is able to throw the ball from the penalty area across the half of the pitch. He has also good reflexes.

    Wing Back – Left:
    The first choice should be Costa Nhamoinesu, 29 years old defender from Zimbabwe could play also as a central defender which is his main position in real life for the 2015/2016 season with Sparta. He is very strong and fast but he occasionally makes an unnecessary mistake. There is an issue with Costa’s contract in default database where is set that he wants to leave the club after the first season and he is not willing to renew contract.

    Central Defenders:
    You have Jakub Brabec and Mario Holek. Brabec is a former Czech Under-21 captain and he is a very promising player who can score goals in set piece situations. Mario Holek is a former defensive midfielder and average central defender. He lacks aggressiveness and strength.

    Wing Back – Right:
    The biggest weakness of the squad after the departure of starlet Pavel Kadeřábek to Hoffenheim in summer 2015. You could use Markus Steinhöfer, but he is not good enough. The best choice is Martin Frýdek, but he is originally best used as a left back or left winger and he can also play as central midfielder. The other choice is Lukáš Mareček who is a natural central midfielder but he can play there as well.

    Ball Winning Midfielder:
    Petr Jiráček is the best player for this position at the start of the game because Lukáš Vácha is injured for 6 to 7 months. Jiráček is former Wolfsburg and HSV player and he is strong in tackling, marking and he is a great team player with his fantastic work rate.

    Deep Lying Playmaker:
    Marek Matějovský. The first player who comes to mind. His decisions and composure is by far the best in the league. He is able to find teammates in the best scoring positions.

    Advanced Playmaker:
    One of the vice captains of the team is Bořek Dočkal and he is also one of the key members of the Czech national team. He is a very effective player who can score many goals and can also make many assists. He could be the most important player for you.

    Wingers:
    Ladislav Krejčí on the left side and Kehinde Fatai on the right side. Fatai is a natural striker but he is very good as a winger or inside forward as well. He is fast and he could score many goals. Krejčí is a great dribbler and he is the most valued player of the team at 3.1M.

    Complete Forward:
    This is the place for club's captain David Lafata. He scored the most goals in the history of the Czech first division. He can score from every position of the penalty area using his head or both his feet. He also works very hard for the team.




    Weaknesses and Potential Strengthening

    The biggest weakness is your Right Back position, because you have to use a player who is a natural midfielder instead. The only natural Right Back in the team, Markus Steinhöfer, is not good enough.

    The team would also need a stronger Central Defender as first option and a Left Winger as a backup of Ladislav Krejčí. You could sign CB Ondřej Mazuch on a free, but you'll have to wait up to 5 months until he recovers from injury.


    Summary

    AC Sparta Prague is the most successful club in the Czech football history and there is big assumption you will be the dominant club in domestic competitions. The big challenge is to progress to the Champions League Group Stage where Sparta failed to qualify for over the last 10 years.


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  • 12/03/15--16:25: Scope Faces Megapack 2016
  • Our scope style facepack includes over 77,800 faces of players, staff and referees for all playable leagues on Football Manager 2016.
    It's a sleek and modern circular portrait style in standard size of 180 x 180 pixels.
    It is intended for use with FM16, but it will work with all versions of the game from FM09 onward.

    Scope style is originally created by fmscout.com and its production started in February 2012.

    This megapack was made possible in association with the amazing people who produce the DF11 facepacks. THANKS to necjeff for granting his permission to use their top notch collection as base for this megapack.

    Released: 4 November 2015
    Updated: 4 December 2015

    Scope Faces Megapack 2016 contains a total of 77,886 faces and takes up 3,82 GB of space (including the updates).

    Redistribution Policy:
    Feel free to redistribute this megapack on any site. All we ask from you is to give credits to fmscout.com and DF11 Facepacks. Thank you!


    How to add the Scope Faces Megapack to FM16

    1. Download the .zip archive and use a tool such as 7-zip for Windows or The Unarchiver for MacOSX to extract its contents.

    2. Move the extracted folder "Scope Faces Megapack 2016" to:
      \Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2016\graphics\
      Create the folder "graphics" if it doesn't exist.

    3. Open Football Manager 2016 and go to Preferences > Interface.
      Click the "Clear Cache" button.
      Enable "Reload skin when confirming changes in Preferences".
      Click the "Reload Skin" button.
      There should be a box that pops up saying 'loading image data for the new skin'. Once this is done your graphics should be working within the game.

    Download the Update Packs

    For our update packs we'll be following the DF11 release schedule, so you can expect us to have an update pack ready shortly after DF11 publish their own. The updates between the 2 styles will include the same pictures, but we'll make sure to include some extras with every new pack.

    Update #1 - November 2015 (67.4 MB)
    The first update pack contains over 1400 faces of players and staff. Most of them are updated pics from the current season of people who already exist in the core megapack. DF11 November's update, plus around 200 extras.

    To install November's update, extract the .zip file you downloaded and move all files inside the "Scope Faces - 2015 November Update" folder to your "Scope Faces Megapack 2016" folder. Overwrite the files it's asking you to, including the config.xml file (especially this one).
    Then clear cache and reload skin from FM16 preferences as usual.

    Credits

    Scope style is created by Stam from fmscout.com but this megapack wouldn't be possible without the help from necjeff and his amazing team at DF11 Facepacks. Thank you Jeff!!

    Respect to all contributors of DF11 Facepacks!


    Join them on FB for facepack related help & new updates!

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    The 2015-16 Premier League season is heading into its busy winter period as we start the first weekend of games in December 2015.

    It's the most open campaign in history with few journalists bold enough to make a prediction of who the eventual winner will be this season with only four points separating the top five, and Liverpool in sixth cannot be discounted.

    It promises to continue to be an unpredictable season; much like a game of poker at your local casino (check some casino games out over at http://casinoservice.org/spilleautomater if you want to see what we're on about).

    With that in mind, here is a look at some of the important matches this weekend:


    Stoke City vs Manchester City


    The Premier League weekend kicks off at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday lunchtime as Stoke City entertain the leaders Manchester City.

    Mark Hughes faces his former side with a team that were beaten 2-0 at Sunderland last weekend. Ryan Shawcross saw his marching honours in this game and will be suspended for the visit of City – a hugh blow.

    Stoke have a good home recover of Manchester City in recent seasons but will do well to get anything from this game without Shawcross and as the league's lowest goalscorers.

    Manchester City have David Silva back and Kevin De Bruyne is in fine form. They should be good enough to send a message to the rest of the league with three points this weekend.

    Best bet: Manchester City to win 7/10.


    Southampton vs Aston Villa


    Southampton have had a tough week – beaten 3-1 at Manchester City last weekend and humilated 6-1 at home by Liverpool in the Capital One Cup midweek.

    Aston Villa offer them an easy three points to get the Saints back to winning ways; Remi Garde's side are winless in their last 13 Premier League matches and suffered a 4-0 thrashing at Everton in their last away match.

    Last weekend Villa were beaten 2-3 at home by Watford. They only have one clean sheet since the opening day of the season and only Stoke City have scored fewer goals than them after 14 matches.

    This should be a comfortable home win for Southampton who have Graziano Pelle back and with Jose Fonte as their only regular first-team player this season, doubtful.

    Best bet: Southampton to win 8/15


    Swansea City vs Leicester City


    Leicester showed they were no fluke in holding Manchester United to a draw last weekend, which sees Claudio Ranieri's side in second place in the table heading into this weekend's fixtures.

    The future of Swansea City boss Garry Monk has come under heavy speculation for more than a month now following his side's poor form. The Swans have taken only one point from their last four games and are only four points above the drop zone.

    Both of these sides play attractive football and Leicester City are one of only four teams in Europe's top five leagues to have scored in every game so far this season. This should be an exciting game with lots of goals.

    Best bet: Over 2.5 goals


    Newcastle United vs Liverpool


    Hapless Newcastle begin the weekend in the relegation zone facing one of the in-form teams in the Premier League's only Sunday game this weekend.

    Liverpool have won three of their last four in the league and hammered Southampton 6-1 in the Capital One Cup midweek.

    The Newcastle defence and team in general have not been very well organised this season, conceding a joint-league high 30 goals after 14 matches and with the worst goal difference in the league.

    Jurgen Klopp's side should not only win this match but win it handsomely.

    Best bets: Liverpool to win 4/6, Liverpool to win -1.5 goals 13/8, Liverpool to win -2.5 goals 23/5

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