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FIFA Soccer 2005 Walkthrough

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             2005
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Current version : 2

CONTENTS: (use Ctrl+F and search for the [#.#] bit)

[1] - Introduction
      [1.1] Intro, legal stuff, version history
      [1.2] Introduction to FIFA, basic stuff <---Noobs read this
[2] - Gameplay hints
      [2.1] How to play/controls
      [2.2] General tips
      [2.3] Set pieces (Free kicks, corners etc)
      [2.4] Formations/lineups
      [2.5] Off the ball/first touch control
      [2.6] Other stuff
[3] - Game modes
      [3.1] Career mode
      [3.2] Tournaments
      [3.3] Create a tournament
      [3.4] Friendly matches and online play
[4] - My FIFA 2005
      [4.1] How to earn points
      [4.2] My FIFA 2005 Store 
[5] - Other stuff
      [5.1] Player and team ratings
      [5.2] Create a player
      [5.3] Best players
[6] - FAQ

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[1] Introduction
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[1.1] Intro, legal stuff, version history
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Hi, I am Tengii (not a real name) and I love FIFA. This is my first FAQ so feel
free to send any guide building tips and suggestions. FIFA 2005 was released in
October of this year and contains some improvements over 2004 including first
touch control, better graphics and better first touch control. Hopefully this 
guide will help you grasp the basic controls and teach you some more advanced
stuff.

Contact me: dimmerwit(at)hotmail(dot)com

Thanks to KBrew, Thomas Duffy, Steven Gibb for contributing information.

This guide may be read at:
www.gamefaqs.com
www.cheatcc.com

Please report any unauthorised websites using this guide so I can pelt them
with annoying e-mails and sue their asses off ;).

NOTICE ABOUT EMAIL:
Over the Christmas holidays my e-mail was hacked by an enemy and all the 
messages were deleted. As it's not actually my personal e-mail I'll just post
up my personal e-mail. Don't SPAM me.

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Now to watch the FA cup. And endless CNN Tsunami broadcasts.

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Legal stuff
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This guide and all it's contents is (c) 2004-2005 Tengii. In no circumstances 
should this guide and/or any of it's contents be reproduced except for personal
use. It may not be placed on any web site without prior permission from me. Use
of this guide on any website apart from the authorised ones is not allowed.

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Version history
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0.60 (10 Nov) - Started work on the FAQ. Some stuff done (up to [2.5]).
0.75 (11 Nov) - Continued. Most of section 3 done plus other stuff. Online.
0.85 (12 Nov) - Re-wrote a bit of [3] and added a bit more stuff.
0.95 (12 Nov) - Spell checked plus most remaining bits added.
1.00 (13 Nov) - Completed my first guide! Only crap will be posted from now on.
1.10 (15 Nov) - Listed all the tourneys, just for the hell of it.
1.20 (16 Nov) - Some more stuff, contributions.
1.49 (19 Nov) - Updated loads of sections, expanded stuff, more FAQS...
1.50 (19 Nov) - Spell check. Grammar check.
2.00 (7 Jan)  - Added a fair bit of stuff and updated a few sections. Most
                updates from now on will be minor, if any

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[1.2] Introduction to FIFA, basic stuff
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FIFA is the world's best-selling football (maybe even sports) game. This is the
tenth installment of the series (not inculding World Cup 2002, or Euro 2004).
This section is just an introduction to those who have never played a football
game or watched one or TV.

The game football is very simple to understand - if you can understand NFL, you
can do this! There are four basic positions:

Goalkeeper - attempts to block shots at goal. The only member who can use his
             hands.
Defender   - attempts to stop the attackers or midfielders from scoring by 
             tackling them. Stays back.
Midfielder - assists the attack and defense.
Attacker   - shoots at the opponents goal and stays up the field

And here are some very basic rules

1) No hands (except the goalkeeper inside his penalty area).
2) No fouling. A foul outside the box results in a free kick, inside it a
   penalty.
3) A bad foul results in a yellow card, a really bad one a red. Two yellows
   also make a red.
4) When the ball goes out, it's either a throw in (out at the sides) or a goal
   kick (out at the end).
5) Offside is when you are further forward than the second last opponent
   (goalkeepers included) 

And there you go. Those may seem confusing but I recommend firstly to read the 
simple controls below, then try a friendly match. The rules should then 
hopefully make sense. The game is very simple to understand once you grasp the
basics. 

For more info check here: http://www.soccerhelp.com/Soccer_Rules_Rules_Of_Socce
                          r.shtml

Or read through section 2 of this guide.

Afterwards, I recommend watching the tutorials on some of the new features
(under the My FIFA section), then trying out practise mode to help you improve.
Soon, you'll be able to try and complete Career mode, or take on the world 
online (PS2 and Xbox only). Happy playing!

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[2] Gameplay Hints
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[2.1] How to play/controls
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NOTE: These are basic controls. For tips on the more advanced ones see the in
      game tutorial, or check out the first-touch control guide on gamefaqs.

Attacking and defending controls:
R1: Sprint (hold)

Attacking controls:
X : Pass/pass header (pass the ground) - use LAS to direct your pass/header.
[]: Lob/cross (pass in the air) - again use LAS to direct your pass.
O : Shoot/shooting header - use LAS to aim.
T : Through ball (on the ground) - hmmm. Yes, you use LAS to aim!

For lob passes and shots, hold down the button to add more power. A through
ball is when the ball is played infront of a player. Use shooting header when a
cross is played in.

Off the ball controls:
L2: Initiate off the ball mode
L2: Cycle through possible receivers (after initiating off the ball)
[]: Lob pass
T : Through pass
X : Normal pass (note: not necessarily to the selected player as far as I know)

Use off the ball a lot when you want to quickly get the ball to a winger or
attacker from the defensive third

Defensive controls:
X : Change player
[]: Slide tackle
O : Non-sliding tackle
L1: Call second defender

Use sliding tackles to intercept passes. Be careful as if you catch a player 
you could be carded! Call a second defender only when you really need to. And
avoid tackling from behind, especially slide tackles.

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[2.2] General tips
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General tips for all difficulty levels
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- Pass. Pass often but don't be sloppy. Choose who to pass to and direct your
  pass. Take care but also don't take all day about it.

- Cross often. It's the best way to get balls into the box. This is when your
  wide midfielders run down the sides of the pitch and cross it into the box
  for a striker to score a header. Use [] to cross.

- Use through balls if you have pacy strikers so you can run towards goal and
  hopefully have a 1-on-1 with the keeper.
 
- Use first touch control (see section [2.5]) but use it correctly!
 
- Use off the ball control (also section [2.5]) but it's only really effective
  in the defense and the defensive midfield area, as you can be tackled easily
  whilst doing it.

- Counter attack. If you have successfully defended a corner boot the ball up
  the pitch and catch the defense off-guard. Good against other humans!

- Use the right analogue stick to do sexy tricks. Good if you don't have anyone
  to pass to. Bad if your player sucks (see section [2.6]).

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Difficulty specific tips
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AMATEUR:
Just pass the ball quite alot and hammer in crosses. The com isn't hard to beat
on this level so there's no real need for fancy stuff. Maybe a few days at this
level and you're up to semi-pro.

SEMI-PRO:
Take more care whilst passing and direct them better. Start using through balls
but beware: don't make the mistake that using a through ball is always the best
option, use X passes as well. Don't wait until you get inside the box to shoot
all the time, as you will usually be tackled. As long as you don't lose
possession often and keep a tight defense then you'll be fine. Also start using
first touch control if you haven't already, but again don't use it all of the
time.

PRO:
Eek. This is tough but certainly not impossible. The CPU gives you little time
to pass inside their half so always look out for options. Radar helps immensely
here. Again using first touch control correctly, passing quickly but neatly and
taking advantage of every chance you have will help you win. Nonetheless this
takes real skill.

WORLD CLASS:
OMFG. Hard. The CPU can close you down in seconds and can turn a goal-line
clearance into a goal in seconds. Use every skill that you have learned and 
hope that the opponent's star striker gets injured.

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[2.3] Set pieces
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Corners
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There are a number of different types of corners. Use the practise mode to
experiment and change your chosen pre-learnt corner routines at will. I
recommend for you to use driven corners and cross it to the stationary player. 
However you choose what style of corner you want. Use the left stick to move 
and the right stick to jostle.

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Direct free-kicks
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These are initiated when you are close to goal or pick the 'Lay off and shot'
option. Use the left analogue stick to aim and the right one to add spin. The
bar at the bottom left shows power. Press circle once to start it up. Press 
circle again just as the green power bit merges with the red bit, and then
press it again as the pointer moves into the green section (the better free
kick stat, the wider this area) to ensure that the ball will go where you want
it to. I aim for the top corner and bend the ball around the wall. You'll get a
goal at best, a corner at worst.

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Indirect free-kicks
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These are initiated when you are too far away to shoot or you select anything
other than 'Lay off and shot'. These are really similar to corners, use the 
left stick to move and the right stick to jostle.

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Penalties
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Yes, 1 on 1 with the goalkeeper. Aim at any direction, and hold down circle to
power up the shot. Release just before the red zone begins for optimum power.
There's a chance the keeper will save it, but this is more luck than skill. To 
attempt to save a penalty simply hold the direction you want the keeper to dive
in and hope for the best!

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Throw ins
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Off the ball throw ins! You can select and move players as you normally would.
Use [] to throw, X to change player

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[2.4] Formations/lineups
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There are loads of formations to choose from. Here they are along with a brief
description:

4-4-2 : Most common formation. A balanced team with no real emphasis on attack
        or defense

4-3-3 : With 3 strikers this is definately one of the best attacking options.
        Watch out though because the smaller midfield won't provide as much
        defensive cover.

3-4-3 : Again an attack minded team but pay caution to the fact that you have
        only 3 defenders!

4-5-1 : Don't use this. Ever. This formation will only slog out 0-0 draws and
        will give you very little attacking power.

5-4-1 : Same really as above. You'll need a good striker and fit midfielders 
        to score. Avoid.

5-3-2 : Not quite as defensive as you have wingbacks who are players that can
        support the midfield. This is actually quite a useful formation.

5-2-3 : 5 defenders seems very defensive but again they are wingbacks. The 
        major fault is that you only have 2 midfielders so fit wingbacks are
        needed.

3-6-1 : Great attacking formations as long as your midfielders support the
        lone striker.

There are also some other formations like the 4-1-2-1-2 but those are similar
to the #-#-# style formations.

For lineups pick the most suited player for the position. It will say under
the name of the player where he likes to play.

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[2.5] Off the ball/first touch control
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Off the ball control
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Largely unchanged from the 2004 edition. Use R2 to initiate and L2 to cycle 
through 3 numbered players. You can move the numbered player with the right
analogue stick and use [] for a lob pass or triangle for a through ball. I
recommend not to use this in the attacking third of the pitch.

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First touch control
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When the ball is coming towards you flick the right analogue stick in the
desired direction and voila! There is a tutorial of this somewhere. Don't use 
it if there isn't alot of space once you pass the defender who's marking you
(there must be space to run into once you've beaten your marker).

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[2.6] Other stuff
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Right analogue tricks
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Use the right analogue stick to do tricks. Experiment in practise mode. There
is a wide variety of tricks, just flick the stick randomly and experiment. Here
are some of the best ones to use: (note you must not be sprinting!!!)

Lifting the ball - Pull back the right analogue stick (RAS) - Lifts the ball up
Step over - Push forward on the RAS - Steps over the ball
Dragging the ball - Push up then down on the RAS - drags the ball past defender
360 - 360 the RAS - Does a 360! Called the Maradona (thanks KBrew)

Experiment and practise new moves! That's why there is a training mode! There's
also a guide at gamefaqs.com on this. It's for Xbox but the RAS is used in the
same way.

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[3] Game Modes
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[3.1] Career mode
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Career mode has been overhauled for the better. You pick a region, pick a low
league team and begin on a 15 year quest for glory! This is a big mode so I'll
leave you to figure out the obvious bits I haven't mentioned.

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Beginning career mode
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After picking a team you are given 100 points to distribute between your 
coaches. Favour the first 4 and the fitness coach more. Then you'll reach the
main menu of career mode: career central.

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Playing the match
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You can choose to play a match (with option select before). Just the same as 
any other game so use section 2 for hints. Note that there is no extra time if
you draw a league match.

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Simulating the match
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You can also get the computer to simulate the next match. Events will flash on
your screen for fouls, cards, goals, misses etc. And yes, you still get points!
And you can intervene at any time if things are going bad.

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Squad
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Here you can prepare your squad. Self explanatory really. Choose the starters, 
the substitutes and check out form and ratings.

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Coaches
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By winning matches and scoring goals you can improve your coaches. You start
with 100 points as I mentioned before. However every time you add 100 points to
a certain coach he levels up. Then your players improve! Magic! You can also
get points if your club likes you and as an end of season reward.

The coaches are:
Goalkeeper coach - makes your keeper better
Defense coach - makes your defense better
Midfield coach - makes your midfield better
Attack coach - hmmm. Take a guess
Fitness coach - improves fitness so players can sprint for longer
Financial dude - does stuff with $$$. Makes players cost less, I believe
Medical staff - heals your injured players quicker
Scouting staff - reveals more facts about a player from a different team

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Transfers
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During pre-season (until September) and January, head off to the transfer area 
and you can bid for a player or sell one off. Try to bid above the asking price
if he is a regular in the starting eleven. Located under options.

TRANSFER TIPS:
- Look for young players under 25 (however a 20 year old will be more expensive
  than a 30 year old of the same skill. Also goalies are generally cheaper.)

- For first division clubs, look for demoralised players from the league above.
  They will generally join your team at the value price. 

- Watch your budget! Don't spend more than 75% of it on one player unless he is
  a once in a lifetime bargain!

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Options
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Under options you will not only find the transfer market but places where you
can see just how good any player in the game is. Plus you can spend any un-used
upgrade points.

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Manager summary
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Your manager rating tells you just how good you really are and your record for
all the seasons you've played in.

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Other Career tips
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- Keep the board happy. They will prefer a 0-0 draw to a 0-1 loss, but of
  course a win keeps them the happiest!

- Keep your players fit. There's no point having a star striker who can't play
  the last 15 minutes well because he is unfit. Generally midfielders and 
  attackers will tire more, so rotate your squad. Unused players will also lose
  morale and maybe even value!

- That said, keep your squad smallish. Don't keep 3 goalkeepers for the hell of
  it, sell one of them off. But don't knock off too many either, you need
  back up. If you play a defensive formation have more defenders, and an attack
  minded team will need more strikers.

  I recommend:
  2 goalkeepers
  6 defenders (more for defensive formations)
  6+ midfielders
  3 attackers (more for attacking formations)

- Don't get cards! Try not to get players suspended! Also, try not to injure
  your star player!

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[3.2] Tournaments
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There are loads of tournaments in FIFA 2005. These include all the league 
championships and regional cups. I listed them, for the hell of it. I probably
missed the odd one however: if so e-mail me! Organised alphabetically by
country.

Austrian OFB Cup           
Austrian Bundesliga
         
Belgian Cup              
Belgian League
             
Brazilian Cup               
Brazilian League
   
Danish Cup                    
Danish League

Dutch Cup                   
Dutch Eredivisie
        
English Premiership
English Football League Championship           
English Football League One             
English Football League Two             
English League Cup
English FA Cup  
LDV Vans Trophy (For lesser clubs only)  
Community Shield  

French Cup (and league cup I think)
French Division 1
French Division 2
Trophée Champions 

German Bundesliga 
German Bundesliga 2
2 German cups

Coppa Nazionale
Italian Serie A
Italian Serie B

Supercopa (Spain)           
Copa del Rey      
    
K-League (Korean League)
                    
Mexican Apertura            
Mexican Clausura            

MLS                         
MLS Open Cup                

Norwegian FA Cup            
Norwegian Tippeligaen       

Portuguese Cup              
Portuguese SuperLiga        

Scottish Premier League     
Scottish FA Cup 

Spanish Primera             
Spanish Segunda             
Copa del Rey

Swedish Allsvenskan         
Swedish Cup 
                
Swiss Axpo Super League     
Swiss Cup                   
  
Plus the Americas Club Championship, EFA and Champions League.

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[3.3] Create a tournament
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Here you can create any tournament you want including the Champions League, or
a made up tournament. Select your format including whether it will be a
knockout, league and knockout, how many teams etc. Then select the teams and
get cracking!

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[3.4] Friendly matches and online play
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Take on the world, or the CPU, and try and beat them. Friendly matches are one 
off matches between any two teams. Select teams, settings (including stadium, 
kits etc.) and begin! A friendly game can be replayed at the end.

Online play is essentially a friendly game between two players. Connect, enter 
the lobby, and follow the self-explanatory menus and begin. Good luck!

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[4] My FIFA 2005
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[4.1] How to earn points
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Points can be earned by completing the following:

1000 points each for:
Going to career mode, practise mode, set pieces area, jukebox, tournament mode
and create a tournament mode.

2000 points each for:
5 game winning streak (in career mode), beat a 5 star team (Arsenal or 
A.C. Milan), beating a rival team, playing a football fusion match (match in
Total Club Manager 2005) and getting a clean sheet (no goals let in)

4000 points each for:
Qualifying for Europe (career mode), playing online (haha Gamecube owners! :))

6000 points each for:
Winning a tournament in tournament mode (6000 for each tourney), Creating a
player, getting promotion, scoring a hat-trick, winning an international game,
winning a penalty shootout, winning by more than 5 goals

8000 points each for:
Completing career mode!

10000 points each for:
Becoming a 5 star manager, Winning EFA + Champions League

Thanks to Thomas Duffy for some of the info

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[4.2] My FIFA 2005 Store
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Here's where you spend those hard earned points! I won't give a full list as it
is comprised of 3rd kits, night-time stadiums, new style balls and even
Pierluigi Collina to ref international matches! (He's the world's best ref). Go
check out if your favourite team's third kit is there.

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[5] Other stuff
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[5.1] Player and team ratings
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These are how the game gets it's star ratings. They are shown for teams when
you select them and for players when you select your team/formation.

TEAMS (Based on an average between Attack, Midfield and Defense)
90 +    : 5 stars
85 - 89 : 4.5 stars
80 - 84 : 4 stars
75 - 79 : 3.5 stars
70 - 74 : 3 stars
65 - 69 : 2.5 stars
60 - 64 : 2 stars
55 - 59: 1.5 stars
50 - 54: 1 star
49- : 0.5 stars 

PLAYERS (Based on skill ratings)
95 +    : 5 stars
90 - 94 : 4.5 stars
85 - 89 : 4 stars
80 - 84 : 3.5 stars
75 - 79 : 3 stars
70 - 74 : 2.5 stars
65 - 69: 2 stars
60 - 64: 1.5 stars
55 - 59 : 1 star
54- : 0.5 stars

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[5.2] Create a player
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Create a player is where you make a player, say how good he is and assign him
to a team. I won't go through the player face construction as it would take up
too much unnecessary time. Player attributes are the same as the real players
except that they only go up in fives (except 99, the maximum). So get out there
and start creating!

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[5.3] Best players
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I would write a guide, except a good one is already up on gamefaqs, check it 
out!

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[6] FAQs
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Here are some of the most commonly asked questions:

Q: Are there any 5 star teams?
A: Yes, Arsenal and A.C. Milan.

Q: Are there any 5 star players?
A: Yes, Thierry Henry is one (Arsenal and France), as is Zidane (Real Madrid    
   and France) and van Nistlerooy (Man U)

Q: I went up to my opponent and tried a nifty right analogue trick. It didn't
   work!
A: You can't do some RAS tricks whilst sprinting. Also if the players' skill is
   low then he might have difficulty performing the trick.

Q: [Insert player here] has moved clubs! What can I do?
A: Use swap players under the options menu. No $$$ needed!

Q: Can I swap regions whilst playing career mode?
A: Yes, after every season.

Q: I want to play as [Insert premier league club here] in the league, but I 
   don't want to spend ages in career mode! Help!!
A: Tournament mode. The leagues are all there.

Q: Where are Holland?
A: They are not there. They are not unlockable. They don't like being in footy
   games so they didn't want to be in the game. FIFA isn't the only game with
   this problem. Euro 2004 had it.

Q: [Insert any right-analogue related question here]
A: Check the guide at gamefaqs.

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Remember to send any comments or new/correct info to: 
dimmerwit(at)hotmail(dot)com

Thanks for reading!

All of the above (c) Tengii 2004-05

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