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Game       FIFA FOOTBALL 2005       |
Guide Type Full Guide               |
Platform   GameCube                 |
Rating     G                        |
Author     TheMagicMushroom22       |
E-mail     AstroMan_022@hotmail.com |
*==================================/

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CONTENTS |
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1.  INTRODUCTION
2.  CONTROLS
3.  CAREER MODE
 a. Getting Started
 b. Career Central
  i.   Play Next Game
  ii.  Simulate Next Game
  iii. Squad
  iv.  Options
  v.   Save Career
  vi.  Fixtures
  vii. Tables
 c. End of Season
4.  MY FIFA 2005
 a.  My FIFA 2005 Store#
 b.  My FIFA 2005 Trophy Room
5.  TIPS
 a.  Gameplay Tips#
 b.  Career Tips#
6.  FORMATIONS & TACTICS
 a.  Formations
 b.  Tactics
7.  FAQS*
8.  CONCLUSION
9.  VERSION HISTORY
10. CREDITS
11. COPYRIGHT

* Coming Soon
# Half Done

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1. INTRODUCTION |
*==============/
  This FAQ/guide for FIFA 2005 is my second FAQ after I did FIFA 2004 last 
year. I hope I can improve on last year's one as I have added tactics and 
a more in depth Career Mode guide.
  If you need any help with the game at all please feel free to e-mail me at 
AstroMan_022@hotmail.com. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU FULLY READ THE GUIDE FIRST, as 
last year I had heaps of e-mails which asked about things already covered in 
the guide. Please be patient too, as I only go on the net once every couple of 
days. Oh, and while this guide may be for GameCube, most of things are the
same except the controls and online so don't feel as if you can't e-mail me.


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2. CONTROLS |
*==========/

MENU NAVIGATION
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HIGHLIGHT OPTION    +Control Pad/Control Stick
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SELECT HIGHLIGHTED  A Button
OPTION/ADVANCE TO
NEXT SCREEN
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BACK/PREVIOUS       B Button
SCREEN
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NEXT PAGE           L/R Button 
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GENERAL GAMEPLAY
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MOVE PLAYER         Control Stick
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SPRINT              Hold R Button+Control Stick
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ACTIVATE IGM        Hold Z+R Button
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PAUSE GAME          Start/Pause Button
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ATTACKING(with ball)
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PASS/HEADER         A Button
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MANUAL THROUGH BALL L+A Button
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SHOT/HEADER/VOLLEY/ 
CLEARANCE           B Button
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CHIP SHOT           L+B Button
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FAKE SHOT           Hold Z Button
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LOB/CROSS           Normal X Button
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EARLY CROSS         L+X Button
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LOW HARD CROSS      Double Tap X Button
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THROUGH BALL
(ASSISTED)          Y Button
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LOBBED THROUGH BALL L+Y Button 
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SKILL MOVES         C Stick
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DEFENDING(without ball)
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SWITCH PLAYER       A Button
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CONSERVATIVE TACKLE B Button
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SLIDING TACKLE      X Button
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GOALIE CHARGE       Y Button
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GOALKEEPER IN POSSESSION
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MOVE/AIM KICK       Control Stick
OR THROW
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THROW               A Button
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HIGH KICK           X/B Button
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DROP BALL           Y Button
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ATTACKING SET PIECES(direct free kicks & corners)
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MOVE/AIM KICK       Control Stick(direct free 
                    kicks only)
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MOVE PLAYER         Control Stick
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PRESET ROUTINE      +Control Pad UP/DOWN and A to
                    select
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PASS TO RECEIVER    B/X/Y Button
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BALL SPIN           C Stick(direct free 
                    kicks only)
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JOSTLE              C Stick(corners only)
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SHOOT               B/X/Y Button(direct free 
                    kicks only)
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INDIRECT FREE KICK & GOAL KICK
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AIM                 Control Stick
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LONG PASS           X/B Button(HOLD for power)
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SHORT PASS          A Button(HOLD for power)
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TAKING A THROW IN
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MOVE RECIEVER       Control Stick
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CHANGE RECIEVER     A Button
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THROW               X/Y Button
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TAKING A PENALTY KICK
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AIM SHOT            Control Stick
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SHOOT               B Button(HOLD for power)
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DEFENDING SET PIECES OTHER THAN PENALTY KICKS
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MOVE PLAYER/WALL    Control Stick
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WALL JUMP           X/Y/B Button
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SWITCH PLAYER       A Button
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JOSTLE              C-Stick 
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DEFENDING A PENALTY KICK
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DIVE                Control Stick+B Button
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3. CAREER MODE BREAKDOWN |
*=======================/

  In this section I will tell you what each menu and option does in Career 
Mode and how to prolong your managerial career with your team(in other words,
how not to get fired). ;)


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3.a GETTING STARTED
  First choose Career Mode in the Game Modes section. You start off by naming
your career file, reading the details of what Career Mode is all about and 
picking your look and name.

  Now you're at a fairly important screen, where you pick the zone(out of 5) 
that you want to play in. Then all the teams in that zone without a manager 
will be up for selection. Don't expect to find Arsenal and company here 
though. Just about all teams are in the lower divisions or are really poor at
the top level. If you aren't happy with the teams you can get some different 
ones by going back out to the area select then going back into the team 
select. You won't find many changes early on though.

  The local newspaper is displayed next with your club and announcing it's new
manager and a little paragraph about you saying how good the club is or the 
chairman saying what a great move they have made. But you won't let them down
will you? Of course not! Leading on to the club's expectations, these are 
displayed next saying something like finish in the top half, get a top three 
finish or win the league.

  Up next is your staff which by using points you earn after each game or the
end of the season. You start out with 100 points and try to even them out at 
first. Here's what I did:
Strikers        15
Midfield        15
Defence         15 
Goalkeeping     15
Fitness Coach   10
Finance         10
Medical Staff   10
Scouting Staff  10

  Once you build up to 100 points you gain a level and I think this is when 
your players develop, when you go up a level. You gain points by winning(the 
more goals you win by give you more points), the club giving you points 
because they like the way your managing and end of season reward.


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3.b CAREER CENTRAL
  Here is your main window displaying all things from your next game to your 
job security and what team you just played and the result. This is what all 
the menu options do:

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3.b.i PLAY NEXT GAME
  Play your next opponent. You can have a last-minute fiddle with your team 
here as well.

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3.b.ii SIMULATE NEXT GAME
  Simulate your next game. You get updates of all bad 
misses, crude tackles and goals. Press A to intervene if things are going 
pear-shaped. This will take you to the current state of play.

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3.b.iii SQUAD
  Prepare your team for the upcoming game. You can change formation, put 
unfit players in the reserves and put reserves on the bench. I change my team 
after each game so fitness doesn't become a major worry.

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3.b.iv OPTIONS
There are a lot of options to choose from here:

- Tactics: See 6.b TACTICS
           
- Stats Central: You can look at each players individual performance and how 
each team stacks up on passes completed etc.. You can also see the cups and 
leagues your in as well as viewing the ECC and EFA results and tables in your
second year.

- Transfer Market: During the two transfer windows(preseason till early 
September and during January) you can sell your players(of whom most should 
have been bidded for) and buy some new players with your money.

- Upgrades: This takes you to the staff page where you can add your points to
improve your team. See 3.a for more info.

- Team Summary: View all your players skill ratings and so on. You can also 
see other team's players.

- Manager Summary: View you record for each team you have been with throughout
your career and your rating.
     
- Game Settings: Contains all the options like volume and difficulty etc. Some
of these options aren't available in career but I've included them anyway.
           
     - My Team: Select the team you support. They'll automatically appear when
       you select Play Now with their rival.
    
     - Half Length: Choose how long the half will go. Minimum of 2, maximum 
       of 10.

     - Difficulty Level: Choose between Amateur(easiest) and World 
       Class(hardest).

     - Game Speed: Select how fast the game will run.

     - Injuries: Choose whether players can get injured.

     - Offside: Select whether or not the offside rule is used.

     - Bookings: Determines whether yellow or red cards will be handed out.

     - Time/Score Display: Choose if you can see the scores and time on the 
       top corner of the screen.

     - Player Status Bar: You can have the status bar show the player's name 
       or display nothing.

     - Camera: Select which camera you want to use.

     - Radar: Choose whether you want the radar in the way of the game or not.

     - Rumble: Select on to get the vibration when tackled.
  
     - Home/Away Auto Switching: I think this is how often the computer 
       automatically changes the player you are selecting to someone closer 
       to the ball. I usually have mine completely off, it does get very 
       annoying at times.
     
     - Commentary/Game SFX/Menu Music Volume: Choose how loud the audio is.

     - Set Pieces: Change all your set-pieces for corners and free-kicks 
     around the goal.

     - My FIFA 2005 Store: See 5.a My FIFA 2005 Store.

     - My FIFA 2005 Trophy Room: See 5.b My FIFA 2005 Trophy Room.

     - Transaction History: This shows all of the transfers done in the 
     current transfer window by all clubs in all leagues, not just your own.

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3.b.v SAVE CAREER
  Saves your career file. This does take a while and doesn't save your game 
settings.

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3.b.vi FIXTURES
  Press X at the Career Central menu and all of your upcoming fixtures will 
be displayed. For some strange reason you have to fly to away cup games but 
not when you play them away in a league game. Strange indeed.

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3.b.vii TABLES
  By pressing Y at the Career Central menu your league table pops up. You can 
move across to select columns and by pressing Y you can sort all teams by 
goals scored etc.
 

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3.c END OF SEASON
  Many people will think oh it's the end of the season- I can get smashed and
relax but in FIFA 2005 there's none of that. You're tossed straight back in 
to the action, kind of. First you'll see the newspaper saying how well you 
went or not went. You'll either love reading this or not, if you faired 
poorly.
  Here comes the part that'll make or break you- the boards decision into 
whether they want to keep you or not. I don't know what happens when you 
don't reach their expectation but I guess it's that they will get rid of you 
or if your lucky keep you on for another season. Your job security metre is 
displayed next and the board adds percentage if you fulfilled their 
expectations and it goes down if you disappointed.
  Now you see the team select screen. If at first the team you want isn't 
appearing go out to the area select and back in again and the teams change.
  Once your team is selected the board shows you the expectations for this 
year and then a paper announcing your re-signing or new home.
  And that's basically it, you have only 14 more seasons or roughly 700 games 
to go. Hopefully by then you can get to your dream club.


*==============\
4. MY FIFA 2005 |
*==============/
 4.a MY FIFA 2005 STORE
  This place has all of the unlockable kits, night stadiums, balls, songs and
Pierluigi Collina to unlock by spending your hard earned points. There are a 
total of 80 items to unlock with a total of 391,000. The total for all the 
objectives though is 422,000 so you may not have to do all of them.
  The list is below and while I found some of these myself I'd like to thank 
Syxx676 for contributing 90% of these as I didn't have most of them and the 
time. Of course some are impossible for GCN owners like "Play Online" and 
"Play A Football Fusion Match" but most are the same on all consoles. Thanks 
again Syxx676!

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POINTS | OBJECTIVE                            |
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1000   |  Go To Career Mode                   |
1000   |  Go To Jukebox                       |
1000   |  Go To Practice Mode                 |
1000   |  Go To Set Pieces Screen             |
1000   |  Go To Tournament Creator Mode       |
1000   |  Go To Tournament Mode               |
2000   |  5 Game Win Streak (Career)          |
2000   |  Beat A 5 star team                  |
2000   |  Beat A Rival Team                   |
2000   |  Get A Clean Sheet                   |
2000   |  Play A Football Fusion match        |
4000   |  Qualify For Europe                  |
4000   |  Play Online                         |
6000   |  Create A Player                     |
6000   |  Get Your Team Promoted              |
6000   |  Score A Hat Trick                   |
6000   |  Win A Match With A National Team    |
6000   |  Win A PK Shootout                   |
6000   |  Win by 5+ Goals                     |
6000   |  Win The Austrian OFB Cup            |
6000   |  Win The Austrian Bundesliga         |
6000   |  Win The Belgian FA Cup              |
6000   |  Win The Belgian League              |
6000   |  Win The Brazilian Cup               |
6000   |  Win The Brazilian League            |
6000   |  Win The LDV Vans Trophy (England)   |
6000   |  Win The Community Shield (England)  |
6000   |  Win The Supercopa (Spain)           |
6000   |  Win The Copa de EspaÃ’a (Spain)      |
6000   |  Win The Coppa Nazionale (Italy)     |
6000   |  Win The Coupe de France             |
6000   |  Win The Coupe de la Ligue (France)  |
6000   |  Win The DONG Cup                    |
6000   |  Win The Danish Superligaen          |
6000   |  Win The Deutscher Pokal (Germany)   |
6000   |  Win The Dt. Super-Cup (Germany)     |
6000   |  Win The Dutch Cup                   |
6000   |  Win The Dutch Eredivisie            |
6000   |  Win The ECC                         |
6000   |  Win The EFA                         |
6000   |  Win Football League Champ           |
6000   |  Win Football League One             |
6000   |  Win Football League Two             |
6000   |  Win The European Super Cup          |
6000   |  Win The English Cup                 |
6000   |  Win The Scottish FA Cup             |
6000   |  Win The FA Premier League           |
6000   |  Win The German Bundesliga 1         |
6000   |  Win The German Bundesliga 2         |
6000   |  Win The K-League                    |
6000   |  Win The League Cup (England)        |
6000   |  Win French Division 1               |
6000   |  Win The French Division 2           |
6000   |  Win The Mexican Apertura            |
6000   |  Win The MLS                         |
6000   |  Win The MLS Open Cup                |
6000   |  Win The Norwegian FA Cup            |
6000   |  Win The Norwegian Tippeligaen       |
6000   |  Win The Portuguese Cup              |
6000   |  Win The Portuguese SuperLiga        |
6000   |  Win The Scottish Premier League     |
6000   |  Win The Italian Serie A             |
6000   |  Win The Italian Serie B             |
6000   |  Win The Spanish Primera             |
6000   |  Win The Spanish Segunda             |
6000   |  Win The Supercoppa Nazionale (Italy)|
6000   |  Win The Swedish Allsvenskan         |
6000   |  Win The Swedish Cup                 |
6000   |  Win The Swiss Axpo Super League     |
6000   |  Win The Swiss Cup                   |
6000   |  Win The TrophÈe Champions (France)  |
6000   |  10 Game Win Streak (Career)         |
6000   |  Win The Americas Club Championship  |
6000   |  Win The Mexican Clausura            |
6000   |  Win The Copa del Rey                |
8000   |  Score A Goal With A Created Player  |
8000   |  Complete Career Mode                |
10000  |  Become A 5 Star Manager             |
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 4.b MY FIFA 2005 TROPHY ROOM
  You can view all the cups that you can win in the game. I'm not sure but 
maybe if you win them all you get a nice reward. You can complete these in 
either Career or Tournament mode.


*======\ 
5. TIPS |
*======/
 5.a GAMEPLAY TIPS
  
  Use chips to easily beat the goalie.
When one-on-one with the goalie press L+B to pop the ball over the goalies 
head. It's usually harder to shoot around him for some reason but be warned; 
I've had chips beat the goalie but then a defender has ran in and cleared the 
ball away on the goal line.

  Use the fake shot.
I must admit I don't often use this(probably once every three games) but when 
I do I find it very useful. One time I got a penalty because the keeper mauled
me but not much else has happened. I prefer the chip over this but the fake 
shot is definitely a trick worth having up your sleeve.

  Practice for better results.
Don't think that practice is a waste if time- it's actually very useful in how
to beat the keeper one-on-one and how to score from set-pieces. Practice 
crosses and work out what all the tricky moves are so that you can add more 
dimensions to your game.

  Off the Ball mode is still effective.
Why it is no where near as effective as last year Off the Ball mode can still 
be very handy to get the ball down field. This is how I do virtually all of my
lobs, by cycling through to the player I want and not running them anywhere 
but just pressing X and heading the ball off.

  Get around defenders by using First Touch.
When your striker is receiving a pass use first touch to get around his marker
and open up the field. I like using this with player runs followed by a 
through ball and then the First Touch to advance on the defence.

  Rotate players to boost morale.
A lot of players in one team means many people are going to miss out on 
playing. You can combat this by selling off your three or four reserves for 
one or two quality players. Give the back up goalie a go as well, they are 
hardly ever required but when you've already qualified for the next round of 
the ECC for example you should give him a shot. I give mine three to five 
appearances a season.

  Use the tricky moves to get past defenders.
If you have no one to pass to or just want to score an awesome individual goal
use the C-stick to a tricky move. They don't always work but when they do they
generally open up a lot of space for you to run into. And also make sure you
know what direction does what tricky move as otherwise your chances of 
getting around the defender is even lower.

  Do u-turns.
What most beginners do is turn to face the goals as soon as they get the ball 
but if you run towards your goals and then slowly do a u-turn you should beat 
the defender. Turning straight towards goal does work but when under pressure 
use the u-turn manoeuvre.

  If narrowly in the lead play keepings off.
When in a must-win game and only winning by a goal with ten minutes to go 
change to a defensive formation like the 5-3-2(the one I use) and pass the 
ball around to any free player. If you don't have any options press B to boot
the ball up the field or head back to your goalie.

  Pass to the stationary player in corners.
Corners are fairly hard to score off if you head to the guys who run in to the
ball, the keeper ALWAYS intercepts. Try the guy pushing his man around right 
in front of the goals, the goalie rarely intercepts him. To jostle effectively
push the C-Stick in the direction of the defender repeatedly.

  Get the ball up the field as quickly as possible.
Once you cause a turnover in defence move the ball as quickly as possible up 
to your strikers because there won't be as many opposition midfielders there
to help out their defence. This works very well when they have three defenders
and you have three strikers.

  Have some variety.
I know people who when playing against me use three moves; the normal pass, 
through ball and shoot/conservative tackle. From this I know they are never 
going to lob the ball so I stand in between the person who he is likely to 
pass the ball to and the passer. This is very easy to do and if you are one 
of the people who do this please use some variety to make the opponent second
guess every move you make.


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 5.b CAREER TIPS

Rotate players to boost morale.
  A lot of players in one team means many people are going to miss out on 
playing. You can combat this by selling off your three or four reserves for 
one or two quality players. Give the back up goalie a go as well, they are 
hardly ever required but when you've already qualified for the next round of 
the ECC for example you should give him a shot. I give mine three to five 
appearances a season.

Get rid of bench boys.
  If you have people who never ever play sell them and pick up one awesome 
player who will contribute. You probably only need five strikers, eight 
midfielders, eight defenders and two goalkeepers, any more and you've got 
too many players.

Evenly distribute your manager points.
  Don't boost up one area of your staff, spread the love. I think fitness 
needs the most work but I still give some points to other areas. Medical staff 
doesn't need to be boosted as much as the others so maybe give that the least
points but spread the rest around evenly.

Always try to score as many goals as possible.
  Don't give up when your leading 3-0; the more goals you score the more 
points you get to give to your staff. Beating your rival heavily and winning 
by a couple of goals in Europe add more points than usual to your total.

Play to the tactics you've set.
  Make sure you change the tactics to suit the style your going to play with.
If you have three defenders no use having a pressing defence that uses the 
offside trap, you'll find your defenders will be all over the place giving 
your opposition many easy chances.

Keep an eye on your job security.
  If your security meter is dangerously low(around 10%) then aim for 0-0 draws
to raise the percentage by one or two percent. A good cup run will 
dramatically improve your security but an early exit can lose you as much as 
10%. If you are in the English lower divisions an early exit in both cups can
quickly turn 40% into 15%, especially if the board have high expectations.


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6. FORMATIONS & TACTICS |
*======================/
6.a FORMATIONS
  Here I will list all the formations, give them my rating, mention their 
strong and weak points and when to use them. Ratings are out of 10.

Attack   - Rating for how many attacking options there is and how they are 
           positioned.
Midfield - Rating for the midfielders positioning and how well they forward 
           and back.
Defence  - Rating for the amount of defenders present and how well they are 
           structured.
Balance  - Rating for how balanced the amount of defenders, midfielders and 
           attackers are.
Overall  - The average rating for all the categories above.

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Formation: 4-4-2
  This is the most common formation you'll see in the game. Many teams use it
and for me, that is it's ultimate weakness. I don't seem to score a lot when 
using this; I can't get any run out of the midfield. Try the 4-1-2-1-2 for 
basically the same thing but with more attacking options.
F: 7
M: 7
D: 7
B: 8
OVERALL: 7

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Formation: 4-1-2-1-2
  I find this formation one of the best in the game. You have the usual four 
defenders a man in front of them who will do a lot of the tackling. Make your
best midfielder the CAM as he is usually the player doing the final through 
pass to the strikers. Play through the middle of the park, you have no wingers 
here.
F: 8
M: 8
D: 7
B: 9
OVERALL: 8

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Formation: 4-3-3
  Definitely one of the better formations as you have a lot of attacking 
players yet a solid four-man defence. You may struggle to get the ball of the 
computer when it's passing the ball around as your more than likely 
out-numbered. Play through balls through the defence for the best results.
F: 9
M: 6
D: 7
B: 7
OVERALL: 7

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Formation: 3-4-3
  Very similar to the one above just this one has one of the defenders now a 
midfielder. Three defenders can do the job though, especially with four 
midfielders there to help them out. Don't pass it around inside your defensive
half too much as a mistake could prove costly.
F: 9
M: 7
D: 5
B: 7
OVERALL: 7

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Formation: 4-5-1
  You'll find it very hard to score here. The only forward is lonely as ever,
with the fifth midfielder being in-front of the defence. You can slowly build
up an attack as you have the midfield numbers to win out but it will be most 
likely some individual brilliance from your striker that will get you on the 
scoresheet.
F: 4
M: 9
D: 8
B: 5
OVERALL: 6.5

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Formation: 4-4-1-1
  Very similar to the 4-4-2, just with the defenders in line vertically in the
centre of the field rather than horizontal. I don't like the 4-4-2 much 
because if the four flat midfielders and only two strikers and the exact same
thing is here. Try something else like 4-3-1-2.
F: 6
M: 7
D: 7
B: 8
OVERALL: 7

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Formation: 4-3-1-2
  A use this formation occasionally, it gives you a solid defence plus the guy
who is right in behind the forwards(these players are great, they feed the 
ball constantly to the forwards). You won't be undermanned in midfield either.
F: 8
M: 8
D: 7
B: 9
OVERALL: 8

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Formation: 5-4-1
  The 5-4-1 is the formation people use when they don't want to concede any 
goals or are hoping to play out a nil all draw. There really isn't much else 
you can use this play for, your going to need a Thierry Henry or Raul to score 
as a moment of individual brilliance will certainly be required.
F: 5
M: 7
D: 9
B: 4
OVERALL: 6

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Formation: 3-4-1-2
  This formation is definitely worth considering. You have plenty of 
midfielders who of course can help out the three defenders and the man right 
in behind the strikers. You can use the cross and the direct route to goal, 
it's a very flexible formation.
F: 8
M: 9
D: 6
B: 7
OVERALL: 7.5

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Formation: 5-3-2
  At first glance this looks like a fairly defensive formation but it's not. 
The two wingbacks provide a lot of run and will be at there best when crossing
and playing passes to the midfield. Two strikers can cause some havoc but 
you'll need to pass it to your wingbacks and your three midfielders for the 
majority of attacks.
F: 7
M: 7
D: 9
B: 7
OVERALL: 7.5

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Formation: 5-2-3
  This is a very good formation to use. You don't need five defenders 
either-midfielders can fill in the wingback positions so amount of fit 
defenders should never be a problem. These guys will basically be midfielders
any way as they get forward very frequently. There aren't really any 
problems here, everything is very nicely balanced.
F: 9
M: 6
D: 9
B: 8
OVERALL: 8

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Formation: 4-2-3-1
  An OK formation though it is a fair bit more defensive than most. You have 
four defenders, which is plenty but then you also have two defensive 
midfielders and only one striker! The midfield is loaded though but it's 
poorly structured and I would only use this for counter attacking.
F: 5
M: 7
D: 7
B: 8
OVERALL: 7

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Formation: 3-6-1
  This is a very attacking formation, despite the lone striker. he has two 
guys just behind him and then wingers as well. You can play a very good 
counter-attacking game against some defences. The defence is fine here as 
well because of the two defensive midfielders in front of the back three.
F: 7
M: 9
D: 7
B: 8
OVERALL: 8

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Formation: 3-5-2
  I don't think this formation is any different to the 3-4-1-2. Have a look 
there for my thoughts on that formation.
F: 8
M: 9
D: 6
B: 7
OVERALL: 7.5


  Obviously these are all my personal ratings after testing them out. You may 
have realised that all the scores are within 1.5 in the overall score. That's 
because basically every formation has a weakness and strength, balancing out 
the scores. Look for what you are good at(say, for example, you rarely 
concede goals) and pick a formation that isn't string in that area. This 
should make you firstly improve in that area and secondly give you another 
player in a position where he is better off.


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6.b TACTICS
  These are all the options in tactics plus I've included when to use them 
etc.

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Mentality 
  Choose what style of play your going to use. If you are concentrating 
on keeping a clean sheet then choose defence, select attacking if you want to
score as many goals as you can and conservative and if you aren't focusing on
either attacking or defending select normal. I think that all these options do
is make your computer controlled team-mates get into more attacking places or
sit back depending on what you've chosen.

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Attacking
  These are your options that describe what the lead up to your goals usually 
is:
Possession- You play the ball around for a while to create an opening.

Long Passes- You quickly get the ball out of defence using only a couple if 
             passes to your forwards. Basically counter-attacking.

Wing Play- Select this if you use the wings to cross the ball in to your 
           strikers.

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Defence
  You can choose either pressing or contain. Pressing means that your defence 
will move forwards to the strikers, while contain means your defence will sit
off and wait for the forwards to come to them. Use pressing if you have a 
solid defence but if you only have three not-so-good defenders use contain.

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Offside Trap
  The offside trap is a move defences do to try and get the opposition 
offside. What happens is all of your defenders will move forwards at once 
right before a pass is played by the opposition to a forward who is in line 
with defence. It's great if it works but if not the defender usually streaks 
away. You can have it either on or off but I usually have it off.

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Corner Takers
  Self-explanatory but I usually have my most skilled left footer taking the 
left corner and my most skilled right footer taking the right.

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Free Kicks & Penalties
  I get my best shooter to take both of these.

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Captain
  Choose who the team's captain is. This can effect the previous captains 
morale for the worse if you do change it.


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7. FAQS |
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Coming Soon


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8. CONCLUSION |
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  I hope this guide helped you in some way. Hopefully I'll update this soon 
and hopefully frequently. ;)

Here's my email  
  
  Email me when you want to- know something not in this FAQ
                             contribute something to this FAQ
                             put this on your site
                             correct me on grammar or information
                             give me tips to improve my FAQ 
                             thank me

Just be patient, I might not get back to you quickly so don't get annoyed. 
I will not reply if you ask something covered in the FAQ already, or something
just plain stupid(it happens).


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9. VERSION HISTORY |
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23/10/2004 - I done all the Formations and Tactics area, all of Career Mode, a
Version .6   few tips and some of the MY FIFA 2005 things. I need help on 
             some of them so please e-mail me!
29/10/2004 - Thanks to Syxx676 I added all the objectives. Otherwise a lean 
Version .7   update.

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10. CREDITS | 
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I would like to thank the following people:
-CJayC for having a great site that allows us to help people and discuss 
gaming and other stuff, like football(soccer).

-Syxx676 for giving me basically all the objectives.

-My brother for reading over it and for doing some other minor things.

-You, for reading this FAQ and even more so those of you who have 
 contacted me.


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  Do not use this guide for anything but private use unless you have my 
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