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FOOTBALL MANAGER 2016: MIDDLE EASTERN VERSION

Well, it has been a tough few weeks. We’ve done our best to create every single league in the Middle East to its absolute depth, with realism in terms of foreign players, managers, records, results, kits, national teams, divisions, prize money, etc.

We’ve completed full squads of clubs in the first divisions of Saudi Arabia, U.A.E, Qatar and Iran, while the rest of the nations have seen their managers and foreign players all up to date. To add into the realism, we’ve created down until the lowest division of each nation.

The files: Click here!

Download the logos pack: http://www.logo-world.net/tcm16-logos-fm16/

How to add the leagues into your game:

  • Download the file of the specific nation that you want
  • Copy it into the folder that is usually found in your Documents: “Sports Interactive -> Football Manager 2016 -> Editor Data”
  • Go onto Football Manager 2016
  • Start a new game
  • Make sure you tick the nations from the editor files that you want
  • Confirm (found on the bottom right of the screen)
  • Once again, tick the nations that you want
  • Load up your preferred leagues
  • Click on Database Size -> Advanced
  • Add (Regions) -> Middle East -> Tick all the boxes under it
  • Voila, you can start!

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We also have a set of challenges that you may want to try out. Please note, these are ones that you can embark on on your own, not ones in-game. This is to give you something to do if you are out of ideas or have no idea what to do:

EASY: 

Win the Asian Champions League with Al-Hilal, Saudi Arabia – Al-Hilal fans have long been waiting to participate in the Club World Cup, also known as the “Alamiya” in Arabic. With the club having one of the strongest squads in Asia never mind the region, it shouldn’t be too hard a task.

Win the Qatar Stars League at the first time of asking with Al-Rayyan, Qatar – Al-Rayyan have just been promoted from the Q-League to the Qatar Stars League, and in real life they are absolutely bossing the league despite playing in the second tier just over 6 months ago. Can you replicate that in-game?

Avoid relegation from the Arabian Gulf League with Kalba, U.A.E – Ittihad Kalba have been promoted to the Arabian Gulf League on 3 occasions in the past 7 years, and on each attempt they have gone straight back down. Can you break the duck?

Win the AFC Cup with a Kuwaiti club – They may be banned from AFC competitions in real life, but Kuwaiti clubs are still going strong in-game. Can you make it another consecutive win for the nation in the second tier competition?

Win the Saudi League with Al-Ahli (KSA) – They were the Invincibles of 2014/15 but failed to win the league trophy. They’ve also failed to so since 1984. It’s up to you to win the league with a team boasting the likes of Omar Al-Somah, Fetfatzidis, Taisir Al-Jassim and Marquinho.

Get promoted to the Dawry Abdullateef Jameel with Al-Ettifaq – Dammam-based Al-Ettifaq are missed in the top flight. It’s your job to bring them back.

MEDIUM:

Get past the Asian Champions League Group Stages with a team NOT from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E or Iran – Teams from Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Palestine, Yemen, Oman, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq have been rooted to the AFC Cup or AFC Champions League Group Stages due to their low ranking. Qadsia attempted to qualify for the group stages in the #ACL2015 but lost out to Al-Ahli, and Jordan’s Wehdat will take on Saudi giants Ittihad in the #ACL2016 qualifying rounds. Can you do so with a team, but more so, ensure qualification from the group stages too?

Take Dhofar back to the Omani Premier League title – The best team in Oman historically, Salalah-based Dhofar, are in need of a revival and they have a big challenger list in the form of Al-Orouba, Sohar, Al-Suwaiq, Fanja, Al-Masna’a and more. Can you overtake them all and head Dhofar towards the league title?

Take the U.A.E/Qatar to the World Cup – Both these teams have the promise to do so, with the former hosting the 2019 Asian Cup and impressing with their Golden Generation, they have to qualify for the World Cup to prove it, right? And will Qatar grab their last chance to make a World Cup before 2022? It’s your chance to find out…

Win the league with Hussein Irbid, Jordan – The Kings of Jordan’s Northern Governorate, Irbid, are struggling to answer their fans’ wants. While their fans believe they can win the title, they are rooted to a mid-table position. The big task at hand? Breaking the duopoly of Wehdat and Al-Faisaly.

Win the Palestine Cup with a Gaza-based team and take them to the AFC Cup – Ittihad Shujaiya made history when they travelled to the West Bank and faced Ahli Khaleel in the play-off for an AFC Cup spot in the Palestine Cup. Unfortunately for them, they lost in the 93rd minute to an Ahmed Maher free-kick and failed to create more history. You can change that.

HARD:

Win a game with Yemen at the Gulf Cup – P: 24, D: 5, L: 19, W: 0. That’s right, in 7 Gulf Cup tournaments Yemen have failed to win a game and they are going by the current motto of the poor get poorer and the rich get richer. The catch? They are the only poor ones in the 8-team tournament!

Win the AFC Cup with Ahed in 2016 – Lebanese Champions Ahed have qualified for the AFC Cup with one of the most tactically efficient teams in Lebanese football history, if there ever was a tactically efficient team. Here, you have to take them from the group stages of the AFC Cup to glory.

Win the Persian Gulf Pro League with Esteghlal Khuzestan – The Leicester City of Iran are second in the PGPL at the current time of writing. They finished in the relegation playoffs last season, so their in-game team will be poor.

BONUS: SLEEPING GIANTS

Al-Wasl, United Arab Emirates – have one of the best fan bases in the region but haven’t tasted a league title win since 2006/07.

Dhofar, Oman – They are the best team in Oman but have failed to win a league title since 2005

Al-Ettifaq, KSA – One of the best Saudi clubs, rooted in the first division…

Muharraq, Bahrain – No longer the Sheikh of Gulf clubs, but they have been lacking identity in the last decade

Ansar, Lebanon – They are far behind Nejmeh and Al-Ahed in Lebanon, and as the best club in Lebanon league titles-wise; they need to get back on the map

Al-Gharafa / Al-Arabi, Qatar – Both clubs have 7 league titles each and at least the same number amount of Emir Cup wins, but Lekhwiya, Al-Sadd, Al-Rayyan and El-Jaish have taken their spots at the top.

Al-Faisaly, Jordan – Not exactly sleeping giants but they have teetered of the title scene in the last few years.

Al-Karkh, Iraq – They won almost everything as Al-Rasheed in the 1980s but haven’t touched a trophy since then.

Persepolis, Iran – Persepolis are a sleeping giant because they’ve never won the ACL, they’re the team with the most semi final appearances without actually making it to the final.

LEGEND:

Keep the Al-Ahli (KSA) Invincible streak going for at least another season – It is near impossible to achieve an Invincible season on FM. Doing it on your first try, even harder. If you can avoid defeat with Al-Ahli (who at the time of writing are undefeated for more than 45 league games consecutively), for the 2015/16 league season, you are a legend.

Win the Gulf Cup of Nations with Yemen – Says it in the name. Near impossible.

IMPOSSIBLE: British Steel Challenge? No, we have the Middle Eastern Steel Challenge!

You will be tasked to win every single top-level competition there is in the Middle East, and we say top-level because there are more than 70 if you take lower divisions into account. Also, due to the natural power of foreigners in the Middle East we do have a bit of rules around it, so bear with us. With our tweaks, you will only have 50 competitions to win.

The trophies:

 

CountryCompetition 1Competition 2Competition 3Competition 4Competition 5
U.A.EArabian Gulf LeaguePresident’s CupArabian Gulf CupSuper Cup
Saudi ArabiaDawry Abdullateef JameelCrown Prince CupCustodian of the Two Holy Mosques CupSuper Cup
QatarQatar Stars LeagueQ-CupEmir CupSheikh Jassim Cup
IranPersian Gulf Pro LeagueHazfi CupSuper Cup
KuwaitVIVA Kuwait LeagueCrown Prince CupFederation CupSuper CupEmir Cup
BahrainVIVA Bahrain LeagueKing CupFA CupSuper Cup
OmanOmantel Professional LeagueMazda Pro CupSultan Qaboos CupSuper Cup
JordanManaseer Pro LeagueJordan CupSuper Cup
PalestineWataniya Mobile Pro LeagueYasser Arafat Cup (West Bank)West Bank CupPalestine CupShahda Abu Attiya Cup (Gaza)
LebanonAlfa Lebanese Premier LeagueLebanese Elite CupLebanese CupSuper Cup
SyriaSyrian Premier LeagueSyrian CupSuper Cup
YemenYemeni First DivisionPresident’s CupUnity CupSuper Cup
IraqFuchs Premier LeagueIraq Cup
NationalGulf Cup of NationsWAFF Championship
RegionalGulf Clubs Champions League

Rules:

Season 1: You are allowed to maximise your foreign spots, whether it is 3 or 4 (depends on the country)

Season 2: You have to play with one less foreigner. That is, if you were allowed 4 foreigners you can only sign 3 now. If you were allowed 3, you can only sign 2.

Season 3: You can only play with 1 foreigner.

Season 4-6: You can only play with a local squad + foreigners FROM the Middle East ONLY.

Season 7+: You can only play with a fully local squad. By now, you should be a renowned manager who is able to maximise local player quality. 

About Hamoudi

The man behind the idea of Ahdaaf.me. Based in Dubai, Hamoudi will bring you an unprecedented level of coverage of the Alfa Lebanese League in English as well as the best of the UAE’s Arabian Gulf League. With dreams of working in the coaching industry in the near future, don’t be surprised by the amount of tactical analysis that he works on to bring in a modern day feel to the very scarce analysis on Middle Eastern Football. (PS: Beware of his rants about the ignominious status of football in his native country Lebanon…).

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