Wondering why your Holland and Germany are filled of greyed out players, even when you ticked the “Use Real Player” when creating a new game? Where are Ballack and van Nistelrooy?
I do not have exact answer on why “real” players are used. But the best answer will be that SI did not get the license from the Holland and Germany FA to display the real team.
To reveal the real players, you simply need to delete a folder in the Football Manager 2007 directory. Go to C:\Program Files\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2007\data\db\700, there will be a directory INC. Delete this INC folder, recreate a new game, and here come the Ballack and Kuyt.
If you are using EPL teams, you will notice that there are no clubs logos and player faces. Well, I think the licensing fee of EPL teams are too expensive, however you can download fan-made logos pictures and facepacks from www.sortitoutsi.net, and copy to the respective directory in the data directory, or directory specified by the producers themselves. Look out for the README file.
If you have problems applying the kits, logos, and pictures, turn off the skin cache and reload FM to see the changes.
I have read some of the popular forums where people play FM, here are some of the players these forumers recommends.
- Esteban Cambiasso – Inter Milan (around 11.5 million pounds)
- Freddy Adu – D.C United (Loan)
- Renato Augusto – Flamengo (not sure, by “touted by media as the next Ronaldinho”
I have added another list of players that I recommend for the game, you can see the list at this page.