Football Manager 2015 Challenge Platini’s Dream; A Transfer Embargo Database
After an intensive season we are bombed with both realistic and unrealistic summer transfer rumours every day. For the past decade transfers have been one huge part of football. Statistics from English Premier League proves that more and more clubs are spending an higher amount on player spendings; both transfer incomes and wages. According to The Telegraph the 20 Premier League clubs as of 2014-2015 season spent £835m in total during the summer transfer window of 2014 – a 30% increase from 2013 summer transfer window.
This year expectations are high for the 2015 summer transfer window as record signings are expected from the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United and perhaps Borussia Dortmund who all either needs to improve their squad depth or wants to rebuild their squad due to a disappointing season.
In the middle of the silly season we ask, what if clubs were not allowed to buy any players but would rather need to focus on improving their youth academy and youth development?
With astronomical amounts of money being transferred between clubs, agents and third parties for the coming summer transfer window, the words of Michel Platini suddenly come to our minds and the idea to re-create his dream into a Football Manager challenge was born. We have entitled this Football Manager Transfer Embargo Challenge, the Platini’s Dream since Michel Platini spoke openly how footballers can be compared to modern day slavery due to their contracts and the impact their agents have on their career decisions.
Players aren’t footballers these days, they are products, with a whole pile of people trying to make money off them. And, most of all, there is something unhealthy about transfers and the transfer window.
Michel Platini, 2013
In this Football Manager challenge you will be able to experiment how the footballing world would look like of no transfers were allowed. Here you will be forced to improve your club from within by making sure you get the best regens from the annual youth intake and then develop your youth talents into world class players.
With a transfer embargo set for the biggest leagues of Europe until the year 2100, you’ll be forced to look to your youths rather than buying excellent prospects from all over the world.
Those changes represent what would be Michel Platini’s ultimate dream for football. No transfers, no excessive use of money. The sole focus is on the romantic things in football. In this case it’s developing your own players, adopting them to your playing style or vice versa. We all enjoy the tales of local lads making a name for themselves. Now, their chances are bigger than ever, with this unique Football Manager Challenge.
About The Football Manager Transfer Embargo Challenge
By downloading the Transfer Embargo challenge Platini’s Dream you will be able to experience no transfers allowed until the year 2100 in the nations and leagues of:
- England (Premier League to Vanarama N/S)
- Spain (La Liga and Liga Adelante)
- Germany (Bundesliga 1 to Third Division)
- Italy (Serie A and Serie B)
- Portugal (Primeira and Segunda Liga)
- France (Ligue 1 and 2)
- Holland (Eredivisie and Jupiler League)
- Belgium (Pro, Belgacom and Third Division)
- Ukraine (Premier Division and First Division)
- Russia (Premier Division and First Division)
- Turkey (Premier Division, Second and Third Division)
- Greece (Premier Division and Second Division)
- Switzerland (Premier Division and Second Division)
What Does a Transfer Embargo Really Mean?
A transfer embargo can be described as a ban on all transfer activity for club(s). This means that the club under a transfer embargo isn’t allowed to sign any new players (you can sign staff) until the decision is either appealed upon or lifted. In Football Manager this transfer ban forces you to rely on the annual youth intake and to develop your youth. This will not only force you to be better at squad management, but also to spend time working on the areas which improve the quality of regens coming through the annual youth intake.
Most known were the transfer embargo given to FC Barcelona after evidence of buying under age players from foreign regions. In recent years, clubs like Glasgow Rangers, Watford and Portsmouth have been handed a transfer embargo in order to correct their financial position, while Hearts have been under transfer embargo since early summer of 2013 (as far as we know).
As the Financial Fair Play is introduced, clubs that fail to comply with the Financial Fair Play regulations (from December 1st 2014) will be subject to a transfer embargo. This embargo will come in to force ahead of the subsequent transfer window beginning on January 1, 2015.
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Credit & Disclaimer
Thanks to Trondaage who have re-created this Football Manager transfer embargo challenge and given us approval to share it to our community.
When testing this database we experienced that the transfer embargo were lifted at some clubs for some reason. In Italy some transfers might go through because of already arranged deals, while also players will return from loan deals.
Despite some minor issues which doesn’t make the transfer embargo totally until 2100 for all clubs we hope you will enjoy and take upon this challenge.