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Thread: Twenty Questions - Part 3 (Episode 99 - faz44)

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    Asthereal, could you please nominate a new victim for our curiosity and PM them? Also, please tell them to hang on to their answers for a week or so. It's more fun when we have some time to discuss each episode...

    As for Ajax's DR's being meh. Even though Ajax are far, far from my heart, they did field a couple of DR's I really liked. Trabelsi, for one. Melchiot and vd Wiel were pretty good in their first years.
    Funny thing though, Ajax has always had an abundance of talented left footed defenders, way more than right footers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJ View Post
    Asthereal, could you please nominate a new victim for our curiosity and PM them? Also, please tell them to hang on to their answers for a week or so. It's more fun when we have some time to discuss each episode...

    As for Ajax's DR's being meh. Even though Ajax are far, far from my heart, they did field a couple of DR's I really liked. Trabelsi, for one. Melchiot and vd Wiel were pretty good in their first years.
    Funny thing though, Ajax has always had an abundance of talented left footed defenders, way more than right footers.
    I'll have a look and see if I can find a new victim who hasn't been on yet. Might be tough.

    Yeah we've had tons of talent, but somehow DR isn't our position.
    Trabelsi was solid, Melchiot and Van der Wiel were okay as well.
    But... when you have legends like Rijkaard and Van Basten, having to field someone who's just okay looks a tad weird.

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    As a Spurs fan, I had managed to block out Timothee Atouba from my memory. Thanks for that Asthereal

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    Wow - some teams there

    Jari

    Past his best when at Liverpool but the sheer quality and brain he had was incredible - would have loved to see him with us when he was a bit younger

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    Wow - some teams there

    Jari

    Past his best when at Liverpool but the sheer quality and brain he had was incredible - would have loved to see him with us when he was a bit younger
    Well, I'm glad he didn't kill at the Puddles, because now we got to still enjoy two years of him.
    (Though I have to say he was injured during most of those two years... Oh well, we knew that going in.)

    @Steve: Yeah, sorry about that. Sad thing is: first time you see Atouba play, you feel like he's a pretty exciting player.
    He's got skills, dribbles a lot, very enthousiastic on the pitch. He just never does what he's supposed to do and costs tons of points for his team with his mistakes.


    Anyway, I think I have found a good victim. I scrolled through the past year or so of the thread and didn't see a certain very active chatter...
    Time to rectify!
    faz44, you're up!

    (I'll PM him as well, in case he misses this.)

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    As the apparent "king of the chatbox", I am the next victim.

    Where are you from?
    London, UK but I currently reside in Madrid, Spain

    What do you do for a living?
    That's complicated. I have a sportswear business and I am otherwise unemployed atm.

    What did you want to be when you were growing up?
    Airline pilot.

    Do you have a claim to fame, if so, tell us?
    I once played the Royal Albert Hall. When I say I, I mean I was part of a school choir selected for a charity Christmas concert.

    If you could go for a drink (or 12) with one footballer/manager – who would it be and why?
    If I could quiz him on anything and do some research before, I'd have to go for Christian Dailly. He was around through one of the most turbulent eras on the field for West Ham and I think he'd have a story to tell.

    What threads do you go to most on this forum?
    Patch-related stuff. I have my own little pet project I'm always looking to improve.

    Tell us about your football career - highlights, lowlights, funnies etc!
    I played for Leeford under 9s. Not sure that counts. Dabbled in my 20s but it never stuck. My highlight is probably being a stand-in manager for my dad when his company made the Broker's Cup final. We lost 1-0 to a much better team.

    Why do you still play CM01/02?
    It's my thing. It's the way I relax, it's what I do to escape the daily grind and it's been that way for years. The fact that people still haven't completely cracked it and have found bugs all these years later shows how it endures. The fact that people are still churning out league patches too. It was the last game SI Games made that had true magic and I don't know why the publishers haven't tried to capitalise on it.

    What is your favourite database to play with? (e.g. ODB/3.65/3.68/Lussenhoff/Updates)?
    I use a modified 3.8.68 patch with additional North American players for my patch. My issue with the current updates is that they're made with stopping those wonderful old spammy players and it makes the game much harder, especially if you limit which tactics you use. If you lose your best player, you could derail your season because you can't replace them, which didn't happen so much in the original database.

    Do you use any patches? If so, which ones?
    Tapani 2.18 and MyCM0102 Patch generally.

    WIBWOB or no WIBWOB?
    I wibwob but I stay pre-iodine.

    Who are your favourite team to play CM with and why?
    Geniunely don't have one, though I often found myself drawn to the teams I support in real life; West Ham and San Jose.

    What is your preferred formation and tactical approach?
    For years, I've played with some variation of a 4-5-1. Flat back four, AMR/AML and a lone striker. In lower league management, I go 4-1-2-2-1 and put a DMC out there (a tackler) and two MCs, one who gets forward more than the other (a harrier and a creator). As I get up the league and get more multi-faceted players, I generally move to two twin multi-faceted MCs (who can run, tackle and pass) and deploy a specialist creative second striker.

    However, recently, I've been playing a lot of lower division/limited resources teams and I've come around to a John Still-esque 4-4-2. When you have crappy players, signing a bit of pace and crossing on the wings, tacklers in the middle and big man/small man up front tends to get results.

    What football team do you support IRL and why?
    West Ham. Family thing, though I could've picked anybody as my dad was a Chelsea fan and we lived in Palace/Charlton territory. Club has changed so much that I'm not sure the reasons I fell in love with the club are valid anymore.

    Who is the best player you’ve seen play for your club and why?
    In terms of pure skill, it has to be Dimitri Payet. He could do anything with a football. From the first game you wondered just how he ended up at West Ham.

    Who is the worst player you’ve seen play for your club?
    We've had some plenty bad players but I think you have to go for somebody who has played reasonably consistently. Wayne Quinn played 22 games at left back at West Ham in 03/04 and was so bad that he never played professional football again. Julien Faubert suffered an achilles injury that stripped him of his pace and he was barely a second division player without it. How he made over 100 appearances and has a loan spell at Real Madrid is stunning.

    However, the biggest disaster of a signing in West Ham's history is Chicharito. He is the highest paid player in the club's history and delivered performances you'd get from a second division player. The current rot started when they started having to pay everybody silly money because he earned silly money.

    What is the worst football shirt you’ve ever seen?
    Can't upload it unfortunately but Chelsea's mid-90's away kit (graphite and tangerine as I recall) is one of the worst:
    A monster wearing a monstrosity.

    Who is your favourite player of all time and why?
    West Ham: Trevor Sinclair. Underappreciated for his consistency, as people only remember the highlights. West Ham's low camera angle never did his amazing goals justice.

    Otherwise: Chris Wondolowski of San Jose Earthquakes. He's the guy who shouldn't have made it but somehow did.

    Using only players that have played in your lifetime…. pick your all-time best 11 for the team you support?
    (Heavily biased towards players who actually delivered in a West Ham shirt and who I actually liked)

    Fabianski; Neill, Ferdinand, Martin, Dicks; Sinclair, Carrick, Cole, Payet; Di Canio, Arnautovic

    Using only players that have played in your lifetime…. pick your all-time best 11 for the nation you are from?
    UGH, I hate this question. I haven't put as much effort into this one

    Seaman; K Walker, G Neville, Ferdinand, Campbell, Cole; Carrick, Scholes, Beckham; Rooney, Shearer

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    Did Chichario have a long run of back to back games? Not sure he did? Injuries and rotated out etc (and prob never had a decent partner up top with him)

    That's a cracking XI - solid as fook at the back then creative as hell going forward

    Kyle Walker an interesting shout. Carrick bit of a biased call

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    What sums up Chicharito for me as a person was a story from the training ground. There's a place in the car park next to the main exit where autograph hunters can stand. Some players would walk over and take photos and chat with the fans. Chicharito would run away out the side gate even when people called his name. He's not good enough anymore, which is why Sevilla got rid of him.


    IMO, England always work best in a 3-5-2 so I went for a team I thought would play well together. Of the right back options playing as a wingback, Walker is the best, though you could stick Alexander-Arnold in there. Carrick would playmake from deep, which nobody else could do!

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    Yes! Dimitri Payet is such a talented player. He seems to be a bit of a difficult man to deal with though.
    If that man had gotten his head straight at 20 years old, he would have been at Real Madrid at 23 and killing it for the decade after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asthereal View Post
    Yes! Dimitri Payet is such a talented player. He seems to be a bit of a difficult man to deal with though.
    If that man had gotten his head straight at 20 years old, he would have been at Real Madrid at 23 and killing it for the decade after.
    I remember watching one weekend early in the 15/16 season, where Man United had Memphis Depay and we had Payet, and I wondered how they'd spent 100m+ on attacking midfielders and missed Payet. However, it became clear that he doesn't have the mentality to be a real top player. West Ham got him back into the French team, he didn't care. West Ham paid him more money than he'd earned in his career, he didn't care. The board signed him knowing he could go on strike if he didn't get his way and signed him anyway because he was that good.

    However, you're right. He went to Le Havre at a young age, didn't like it and went home. Came back to play for Nantes, forced his way out. Went to Saint-Etienne, forced his way out. There's a pattern to his behaviour.

  15. Poor Chicharito.... he used to have a quick burst of speed and knew where he needed to be to score in the box... but lose that burst, and he's average at best.

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    Trevor Sinclair was massively underrated. Great player.

    Michael Carrick, as a Spurs fan - one of the players I was most sad to see go. Losing him and Berbatov to Manchester United pushed us back when we were close to breaking into the top 4.

    If only we'd kept hold of those two then added Modric, Bale and Van Der Vaart....

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