Football Manager 2016 – Sleeping Giants

What does the term “Sleeping Giant” actually mean when referring to a football club?

Often when people mention this phrase, the name Newcastle United is mentioned Whereas I agree that Newcastle United is a big club, they have a large dedicated fan base, big stadium, not many large teams nearby to tread on their catchment area, it’s basically all there apart from success.

But I have to say in my estimation, they are not a “sleeping giant”.

First up we have to define what a sleeping giant is. To begin with the term suggests to me that the club is currently not reaching heights it once did. They’re no longer playing in the top flight of English football; instead they are languishing in the Championship or even lower.

I believe that the next criteria is that the club must have had an illustrious history and this has got to mean it has to have won trophies in its past. When I say “won trophies” I am not talking about a few divisional trophies or minor cups. For a club to be considered a sleeping giant I would say it’s got to have won major domestic honours and the only two really worth winning are the Premier League (Old First Division) title and the FA Cup. Indeed a true sleeping giant must have won both these honours at some point in their history.

So using this criteria as the basis for of analysis we will only look at clubs that are currently outside the Premiership and who have won both the English top flight title and the FA Cup.

  • 612 Blackburn Rovers – 9 (3 League and 6 FA Cups)
  • 709 Sheffield Wednesday – 7 (4 League and 3 FA Cups)
  • 740 Wolves – 7 (3 League and 4 FA Cups)
  • 708 Sheffield United – 5 (1 League and 4 FA Cups)
  • 664 Huddersfield – 4 (3 League and 1 FA Cup)
  • 671 Leeds United – 4 (3 League and 1 FA Cup)
  • 700 Preston North End – 4 (2 League and 2 FA Cups)
  • 699 Portsmouth – 4 (2 League and 2 FA Cups)
  • 622 Burnley – 3 (2 League and 1 FA Cup)
  • 645 Derby County – 3 (2 League and 1 FA Cup)
  • 692 Nottingham Forest – 3 (1 League and 2 FA Cups)
  • 667 Ipswich Town – 2 (1 League and 1 FA Cup)

* Special mention to Bolton Wanderers who have never won a Top Flight title but have won the FA Cup on 4 occasions.

So on the basis of past glories are these twelve clubs the sleeping giants of English football? They have all won the league title and the FA Cup.So if you want to awaken a true sleeping giant of English football then why not take up the challenge of one of the above mentioned teams, and restore past glories to the club.

Now if other European leagues are your preferred taste, why not try one of these European sleeping giants.

F.C. Nurnberg – Bundesliga 2 – (9 League titles and 4 Cup wins) Greuther Fürth – Bundesliga 2 – (3 League titles only) Fortuna Düsseldorf – Bundesliga 2 – (1 League title and 2 Cup wins) Karlsruher SC – Bundesliga 2 (1 League title and 2 Cup wins)

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In France why not try Strasbourg, now in the French National League, (1 League title and 3 Cup wins)

In Italy, be brave and try Pro Vercelli, now in Serie B (7 League titles), although no Cup wins, a genuine sleeping giant, or should that be comatose.

Over to you, lots of great challenges in FM 2016, can you be the one, the really special one.

Article written by Gary Stevenson

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Smooth’16 Logos – Update 1.0

We are back with update 1.0! Adding more logos, bringing more fixes to existing club logos and competition logos. Make sure you re-download this and follow the instructions below to enjoy the full benefit of the Smooth’16 Update 1.0.

Extract the « RAR » file, copy the folder « Smooth’16 – Update 1.0 » in this path: Documents / Sports Interactive / Football Manager 2016 / graphics.

Make sure you delete the original smooth’16 logo pack you have in your graphics folder and replace it with new file. Restart Football Manager 2016 and you’re all ready to go.

(Smooth’17 is now out)

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List of Changes

This update file contains fixes for missing logos, adds new logos for certain leagues and improvements on logos. Competition logos have also been reviewed and updated. It’s essential to update your logopack and to make the most of the hard work!

Asia
China – Fixes
Indonesia – Fixes
Malaysia – Fixes

Africa
Cameroon – New
DR Congo – New
Zimbabwe – New

Europe
Belarus – Fixes
Belgium – Fixes
Bulgaria – Fixes
Czech Republic – Fixes
England – Fixes
Finland – Fixes
France – New 4th tier added*
Germany – New 4th tier added*
Greece – Fixes
Iceland – Fixes
Norway – Fixes
Portugal – New
Romania – Fixes
Slovakia – Fixes
Slovenia – Fixes
Spain – New 4th tier added*
Sweden – Fixes
Turkey – Fixes
Wales – New

North America
Canada – New
Mexico – Fixes

South America
Brazil – Fixes
Uruguay – Fixes


 

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Smooth’16 Logos Megapack

After the success of Smooth’15 last year. We have returned with a bigger and better logo pack for Football Manager 2016. Not only have we added more leagues, we have gone through and updated the current team logo’s to the 2015/16 season.

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Europe
zrwZ8 Austria – 24 Logos
Azerbaijansmall Azerbaijan – 14 Logos
WMQ0z Belarus –  28 Logos
HlAYB Belgium – 70 Logos
N3YPR Bosnia and Herzegovina – 18 Logos
OX5sn Bulgaria – 34 Logos
yZmEe Croatia – 25 Logos
AAcyf Cyprus – 16 Logos
rQosQ Czech Republic – 35 Logos
Danemarksmall Denmark – 32 Logos
Angleterresmall England – 200+ Logos
Estoniesmall Estonia – 10 Logos
bCKAr Finland – 24 Logos
npNMF France – 63 Logos
Macédoinesmall FYR Macedonia – 10 Logos
Géorgiesmall Georgia – 17 Logos
eaPiL Germany – 58 Logos
Pg5pe Greece – 44 Logos
d7RKJ Hungary – 35 Logos
glBqP Iceland – 24 Logos
3fE7P Ireland – 23 Logos
Mqyek Israel – 30 Logos
OhXv1 Italy – 103 Logos
Kazakhstansmall Kazakhstan  – 18 Logos
Lituaniesmall Lithuania – 14 Logos
Maltesmall Malta – 14 Logos
Moldaviesmall Moldova – 11 Logos
r6uA0 Netherlands – 38 Logos
4gqM4 Northern Ireland – 28 Logos
Kp9dd Norway – 84 Logos
RWlVA Poland – 37 Logos
4p8p1 Portugal – 122 Logos
Ajw6t Romania – 40 Logos
ywFdb Russia – 42 Logos
pY3mR Scotland – 74 Logos
Serbiesmall Serbia – 36 Logos
5DAkT Slovakia – 36 Logos
Slovéniesmall Slovenia – 20 Logos
Ug1o9 Spain – 146 Logos
RodTt Sweden – 76 Logos
iKyga Switzerland – 24 Logos
v0TpA Turkey – 75 Logos
QxE7E Ukraine – 32 Logos
8OYhg Wales – 15 Logos
South America
DpKQa Argentina – 52 Logos
f2cnA Bolivia – 14 Logos
ECMrc Brazil – 108 Logos
2326G Chile – 34 Logos
GWu4r Colombia – 36 Logos
HXPBt Ecuador – 14 Logos
6oW0B Paraguay – 16 Logos
AHXsc Peru – 34 Logos
BNFBn Uruguay – 32 Logos
0H7gZ Venezuela – 22 Logos

Asia
Chinesmall China – 37 Logos
Hong-Kongsmall Hong Kong – 12 Logos
Indesmall India – 32 Logos
Indonésiesmall Indonesia – 71 Logos
Iransmall Iran – 18 Logos
Japonsmall Japan – 18 Logos
Koweïtsmall Kuwait – 14 Logos
Libansmall Lebanon – 14 Logos
Malaisiesmall Malaysia – 24 Logos
Qatarsmall Qatar – 16 Logos
Arabie-saouditesmall Saudi Arabia – 14 Logos
Singapoursmall Singapore 12 – Logos
Corée-du-Sudsmall South Korea – 22 Logos
Thaïlandesmall Thailand – 19 Logos
Émirats-arabes-unissmall UAE – 14 Logos
Ouzbékistansmall Uzbekistan – 13 Logos

Africa
Algeriesmall Algeria – 16 Logos
Angolasmall Angola – 16 Logos
Egypt – 21 Logos
Ghana – 20 Logos
Ivory Coast – 14 Logos
Marocsmall Morocco – 29 Logos
Nigeria – 23 Logos
Afrique-du-Sudsmall South Africa – 36 Logos
Tunisiesmall Tunisia – 20 Logos

North America
Costa-Ricasmall Costa Rica – 14 Logos
Cubasmall Cuba – 10 Logos
Hondurassmall Honduras – 10 Logos
Jamaïquesmall Jamaica – 12 Logos
Mexiquesmall Mexico – 32 Logos
États-Unissmall USA – 30 Logos

Oceania

Australiesmall Australia – 101 Logos
Nouvelle-Zélandesmall New Zealand – 10 Logos

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How to add these in your FM

Step 1

Download the .zip archive and use a tool such as 7-zip for Windows or The Unarchiver for MacOSX to extract the folders.

Step 2

Cut and paste the extracted folder to:
Windows: \Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2016\graphics\logos\
Mac OS X: /Documents/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2016/graphics/logos/

Create folders “graphics” and “logos” if they don’t exist already.

Step 3

Run Football Manager 2016 and go to: Preferences > Interface

Click Using caching to decrease page loading times “OFF”
Click Reload Skin when confirming changes in preferences “ON”
Confirm!