Right - now onto the new features!
There have been significant improvements this year with scouting. Some of this was briefly mentioned when we originally announced Football Manager 12 a few weeks ago, but we can go into more detail now, as well as give you a few new nuggets.
One of the biggest improvements to the whole game this year is the new team report. We’ve very luck at Sports Interactive to have a large number of fans in amongst football, including many scouts who, with permission from their employers, give us the real scouting reports that they put together for teams when watching them for the manager.
And with FM12, we’ve implemented as much of this information as we can!
Not only do you get these reports when scouting the next opposition – you can get a team report from any club in the game world just by asking one of your scouts to scout them.
So what, exactly, do the team reports show you?
Let’s start at the start, and the first screen you’ll see if the “strength overview” screen which shows you the top 3 players at each position at the club, with star ratings for each player.
If you want to go into even more depth than this, just click on the “position strength” options, and you can then see the ratings and rankings for every player and position in the oppositions (or your, if the team report is on your team) squad.
The next option is “team comparison”. This allows you to compare various stats between the two clubs, such as average age, height, weight, caps in the squad, wage bills and how many players are unavailable.
When you are looking at your own team report, the team comparison option will allow you to do a comparison with any team within your own division.
Clicking on the “all positions” tab gives you a comparison of average stats amongst your players, and if you then look at the following tabs to look at goalkeeper, you’ll see a comparison specifically for goalkeeping stats. And with the defenders tab, you see a comparison specifically for defenders. And for midfielders, and attackers.
The “last match” tab gives you information about the clubs last match, with stats such as shots, shots on target, possession etc., and the ratings, goals, and status of each player in that match for both the team you’ve scouted, and their opposition, plus a text match report. And the option to go and watch the match.
Tactic analysis gives you information on how you’ve fared when using specific tactics, with information on how many times you’ve started with those tactics, how many minutes you’ve used them, how many goals you’ve scored & how many you’ve conceded. As well as a breakdown for goals scored and conceded against different rankings of team – higher rated, similar rated and smaller rated. Along with a paragraph of analysis. For each tactic used.
Tactics faced gives you the same information, based on the tactics you’ve played against.
Next up is goal analysis – this shows you at what time in the game you have scored and conceded goals, and where your assists have come from, the types of goals you’ve scored and conceded, and the type of assist for or against you.
It’s quite comprehensive, and isn’t just available for first teams – it’s also available for international teams and your youth and reserve teams.
There are also improvements and new things with player scouting too.
You now have the choice of using a scouting pool to scout players. This would send a scout or member of your coaching staff to go and have a look at a player without you having to designate someone specific.
The scouts are also more intelligent, and will even tell you if they think the scouting mission you’ve sent them on is a waste of time. And if they’re a decent scout and you hire them, they might even bring a ready-made scouting list with them.
They’ll give you feedback on a players best tactical role, will directly compare them to others in your squad in their scout reports, give better feedback on player weaknesses, can be assigned to scout all your feeder clubs & ask them to scout for specific attributes.
But don’t think they’re always clever. If you just scout a player once, and they aren’t famous, you’d better keep scouting them every year or so, or else you might just find some of their stats become hidden again.
Now just like last year, i am going to add a list of youngsters who i have kept an eye on last season, and maybe some youngsters who have come to fruition early this season. I will break the players down to positions.
So lets get on with the list.
Marc Andre Ter Stegen - Monchengladbach - 19 - ***
Mattia Perin - Padova (Loan) - 18 - ***
Matej Delac - Ceske Budejovice (Loan) - 19 ***
Cabral Rafael - Santos - 20 - ***
Thibaut Courtois - Atletico Madrid (Loan) - 19 - ****
Thomas Kaminski - Anderlecht - 18 - ****
Bernd Leno - Leverkusen - 19 - ****
Maxym Koval - Dynamo Kiev - 18 - ****
Sebastian Corchia - Sochaux - 20 - ***
Lamine Gassama - Lyon - 21 - ***
Leandro Marin - Boca - 19 - ***
Albert Dalmau - Barca B - 19 - ***
John Flanagan - Liverpool - 18 - ****
Mario Gaspar - Villareal - 20 - ****
Serge Aurier - Lens - 18 - ****
Martin Montoya - Barca B - *****MUST BUY*****
Alex Sandro - Porto - 20 - ***
Ezekiel Fryers - Man Utd - 19 - ***
Cristiano Biraghi - Inter - 19 - ***
Nicolai Boilesen - Ajax - 19 - ***
Thimothee Kolodziejczak - Lyon - 19 - ***
Jetro Willems - PSV - 17 - ****
Georgi Schennikov - CSKA - 20 ****
Alex Grimaldo - Barca B - 16 - *****MUST BUY*****
Christopher Avevor - Hannover - 19 - **/***
Dedryck Boyata - Bolton (Loan) - 20 - ***
Giuseppe Prestia - Palermo - 17 - ***
Ignasi Miquel - Arsenal - 18 - ***
Frederik Sorensen - Juventus - 19 - ***
Lisandro Magallan - Gimnasia - 18 - ***
Cuneyt Koz - Bayern M - 18 - ***
Marc Bartra - Barca B - 20 - ***
Simone Sini - Roma - 19 - ***
Kurt Zouma - Saint Etienne - 16 - ***
Leandro Gonzalez Pirez - River Plate - 19 - ***
Hugo Nervo - Arsenal de Sarandi - 20 - ***
Rafael Toloi - Goias - 20 - ****
Uros Cosic - Crvena Zvezda - 18 - ****
Stefan Savic - Man City - 20 - ****
Stefan Bell - Mainz - 20 - ****
Karim Rekik - Man City - 16 - ****/*****MUST BUY*****
Raphael Varane - Real Madrid - 18 - *****MUST BUY*****
Phil Jones - Man Utd - 19 - *****MUST BUY*****
Lucas Zen - Botofago - 19 - ***
Gael Bigirimana - Coventry - 17 - ***
Gueida Fofana - Lyon - 20 - ***/****
Lorenzo Crisetig - Inter - 18 - ****
Sidy Kone - Lyon - 19 - ****
Afriyie Acquah - Palermo - 19 - ****
Carlos Casemiro - Sao Paulo - 19 - *****MUST BUY*****
Javi Espinosa - Barca B - 19 - ***
Magomed Ozdoev - Lokomotiv - 18 - ***
Nikola Ninkovic - Partizan - 16 - ***
Leonardo Bittencourt - Cottbus - 17 - ***
Federico Viviani - Roma - 19 - ***
Rafinha - Barca B - 18 - ***
Muhammed Demirci - Beskitas - 16 - ***
Oguzhan Ozyakup - Arsenal - 19 - ***
Zakaria Labyad - PSV - 18 - ****
Ross Barkley - Everton - 17 - ****
Alexander Merkel - Genoa - 19 - ****
David Alaba - Bayern M - 19 - ****
Adam Maher - AZ - 18 - ****
Paul Pogba - Man Utd - 18 - ****
Thiago - Barcelona - 20 - *****MUST BUY*****
Emre Can - Bayern M - 17 - *****MUST BUY*****
Nicolai Jorgensen - Leverkusen - 20 - ***
Kevin De Bruyne - Genk - 20 - ***
Thomas Ince - Liverpool - 19 - ***
Bryan Robello - Colo Colo - 17 - ***
Lucas Ocampos - River Plate - 17 ***
Pablo Sarabia - Getafe - 19 - ***
Alvaro Vadillo - Betis - 17 - ***
Bryan Carrasco - Audax Italiano - 20 ***
Ryo Miyaichi - Arsenal - 18 - ****
Josmar Zambrano - Tenerife - 19 ****
Saul Niguez - Athletico Madrid B - 16 - ****
Gokhan Tore - Hamburg - 19 - ****
Raheem Sterling - Liverpool - 16 - ****
Lucas Andersen - Aalborg - 17 - ****
Joel Valencia - Real Zaragoza - 16 - ****
Giorgi Chanturia - Vitesse - 18 - ****
Konstatin Rausch - Hannover - 21 - ****
Adryan - Flamengo - 16 - *****MUST BUY*****
Gerard Deulofeu - Barca B - 17 - *****MUST BUY*****
Juan Manual Iturbe - Porto - 18 - *****MUST BUY*****
Iker Muniain - Bilbao - 18 - *****MUST BUY*****
Yacine Brahimi - Rennes - 21 - ***
Pablo Cepellini - Cagliari - 20 - ***
Moritz Leitner - Dortmund - 18 - ***
Christoph Knasmullner - Ingolstadt - 19 - ***
Alan Patrick - Shahktar - 20 - ***
Mats Rits - Ajax - 18 - ***
Stephan El Shaarawi - AC - 18 - ***/****
Isco - Malaga - 19 - ****
Lorenzo Tassi - 16 - ****
Erik Lamela - 19 - ****
Manuel Lanzini - 18 - ****
Emboaba Oscar - Internacional - 20 - ****
Thorgan Hazard - Lens - 18 - ****
Enzo Zidane - Real Madrid - 16 - ****
Ilkay Gundogan - Dortmund - 20 - ****
Christian Eriksen - Ajax - 19 - *****MUST BUY*****
Mario Gotze - Dortmund - 19 - *****MUST BUY*****
Julian Draxler - Schalke - 18 - *****MUST BUY*****
Mateo Kovacic - D Zagreb - 16 - *****MUST BUY*****
Endogan Adili - Grasshopper - 17 - ***
Kevin Volland - 1860 Munchen (Loan) - 19 ***
Alex Schalk - NAC - 19 - ***
Lenart Thy - W Bremen - 19 - ***
Pavel Yakovlev - Spartak Mosc. - 20 - ***
Harry Kane - Spurs - 18 - ***
Kenneth Zohore - Copenhagen - 17 - ***
Sereder Serderov - CSKA - 17 - ***
Heung-Min Son - Hamburg - 19 - ***
Filip Jankovic - Crvena Zvezda - 16 - ****
Richmond Boakye - Genoa - 18 - ****
Nathan Kabasele - Anderlecht - 17 - ****
Kleber - Porto - 21 - ****
Moura Leandro - Gremio - 18 - ****
Erick Torres - Chivas - 18 - ****
Paco Alcacar - Valencia - 17 - ****
Alvaro Morata - Real Madrid - 18 - ****
Andy Polo - Universitario de Deportes - 16 - ****
Souleymane Coulibaly - Spurs - 16 - *****MUST BUY*****
Samed Yesil - Leverkusen - 17 - *****MUST BUY*****
Mario Situm - D Zagreb - 19 - *****MUST BUY*****
Apart from Phil Jones and Mario Gotze, i have left out some of the more recognised names like Lukaku, Neymar, Ganso etc. Im interested to see how my scout list compares to that of FM's. One of my favourite parts of the game. Scouting players i have already found.
Please add players you will be scouting when you get your hands on the demo.
Thanks for your time.