This part of the walkthrough will merely focus on the single player modes that have been included ever since I can remember. First, let's do some preparations. From the main menu, go to "Customize" and select "Create Player". On this screen, start creating a player (it's recommended that it is a striker or midfielder) and make sure all of his stats are set to 99. Assign him to a club in either FL Championship, Football League 1, Football League 2 (all English), Bundesliga 2 (Germany), Ligue 2 (French), Liga Adelante (Spain) or Serie B (Italy). Remember the name of the club, you'll need it. Once you've created and saved your player, go to the "Play" section of the main menu and select "New Career". Pick "Player Career" and pick the team you put the custom player in. Right now, you have to be very careful and set the settings as following (this will apply for all the trophies on this page):
- Match Difficulty: Can be anything, Amateur is recommended trophy-wise
- Half Length: 4 minutes
- Financial Strictness: Lenient (85%)
- Currency: Anything you prefer
- Squads Used: Current Customised
- Europen Competition in 1st Season: Doesn't matter
- Disable First Summer Transfer Window: Off
Hit "Advance" once the settings are good to go and you'll end up in another window. On that window, pick "Use Real Player" and pick the one you've created. Start the Career and we are ready to gain some trophies.
Seeing as your player should have a 99 rating overall, he should be the best in the League. Play or Simulate all the friendly games. Once the first game of the competition starts, it depends on your position what you will want to do to get a higher in-game rating:
- Goalkeeper: Don't concede
- Defender: Don't concede, don't get booked and have a good tackle accuracy
- Midfielder: Don't get booked, have great passing accuracy and score a few goals
- Attacker: Don't get booked and score goals
Once your player has a 9.5 rating (or something along those lines), call in for a substitute and let the rest of the game simulate. Seeing as all other players shouldn't have performed as you have, you should automatically get picked as player of the week and this unlocking the "Rising Star"-trophy. If you didn't unlock it, play another game; it really shouldn't take that long.
Once you've unlocked the previous listed trophy, it's time to go for another one. Exit your career, and start a new one. Follow all the screens again, but instead of using a real player, create one. Once you are done, and the league has fully loaded; go to "My Pro" and go to the bottom right. On the "Central" tab, move to the big box on the right hand side of your screen. Press and use to move to the "Personality"-tab. Select either "Free Kick Style" or "Penalty Kick Style" and pick anything else but the default and your next trophy will pop up.
That's the last trophy in this section, back out again to the main menu and now start a "Manager Career".
Remember where you've put your created player from the very first paragraph? Good, pick that team. On the "Manager Preferences" screen you can do whatever you want, just hit "Advance" whenever you are done and let the game load your season. Make sure the transfer window setting isn't changed though. We'll first go for 2 miscellaneous trophies that could be unlocked in a different way, but why not do it here, right ?
Go to the "Squad" tab and and use to get the "Create New Team Sheet" message on your screen. Name it however you like, select a formation and press to advance. Continue to use this process 3 more times and you should have unlocked 2 brand new trophies by now.
Alright, let's actually do something now . Although it isn't immediately necessary to follow this guide, it does give you some additional funds. First, you might need to simulate your season until the second transfer window which starts on January 1st. Go to the "Transfers"-hub and select "Sell Players". On that screen, select your created 99 overall player and select "Add to Transfer List". Simulate the game and hopefully a club would have moved in to buy your player. I was playing with 1. FC K'lautern (Bundesliga 2) and I was able to sell him for €100.000.000, which allowed me to spend some more money a player from Bundesliga 1.
Once you feel you have enough funds, it's time to buy a player on sale. Go to the "Transfers" hub again, and select "Search Player". There's two things you need to change here:
- Transfer Status should be "Transfer Listed"
- League needs to be a league above yours. If you picked Bundesliga 2 like me, select Bundesliga
Once these two are set, press to search and select any player. Go down to "Approach to Buy" and offer the transfer sum that is equal to the player's value. Simulate some more, and hopefully the opposing club will agree. Once they do, fulfill the player requirements in terms of wages and the amount of years on his contract. Make the Squad Role either "Crucial 1st Team Player" or "Important 1st Team Player". Simulate once more and hope he agrees. This will unlock another trophy.
Now that we are done here, I advise you to leave this season and start a new one with Manchester City or Arsenal (Barclays PL) with the thought in mind that the earliest cup can be won at the end of August, before the season actually starts. Before we start simming games, we will start going over the transfer market with a specific search. Go to the "Transfers" hub, hover over "Search Players" and use to find the "Scout Instructions" tab. Click on the field that doesn't have any instructions and use the following:
- Position: Any
- Age: 16-24
- Contract: 0-5
- Attributes: Strong, First Team Quality and Defence Minded
Apply these settings for all scouts that don't have any and return to the "Transfers" hub. Now go to "Global Transfer Network" There should be 2 scouts available for you, select either one and select the region. I recommend using Germany. If there's a scout in that area already, search which one is in there and recall him by using . Send your scout to Germany, and start simming. Soon, you will receive a mail with a few players. Pick any of them and select "Enquire about ..." (I got Mats Hummels). Simulate some more, and you'll receive a mail back from the opposing club (in this case, Bor. Dortmund). Make a transfer offer around the price they mentioned and simulate again and after a while you'll get another e-mail saying your transfer offer was accepted or refused. All that's left is matching the player demands and simming again, but don't forget his squad role ("Crucial -" or "Important 1st Team Player"). After the player accepts, all you need to do is accept the offer again and the trophy will unlock.
All that remains for your single player trophies, is winning a trophy in Manager Mode. Simulate until the "Community Shield" event comes up, win the game and that should be your last one on this page.
We'll move into the more interesting sections of this walkthrough now, being the Multiplayer and Ultimate Team. Let's go!
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