I don’t need a special reason to carry on playing PES2012—but if I did need one, it’d be this guy.
Yep, Hagi is back as a Regen. Let the good times roll (eventually).
Back then I got him when he was 29 years old. Sadly he started to decline when he hit 31. I let him go soon afterward. He retired from Inter Milan last season.
On January 1st just gone, I checked the new Regens—and there was Hagi. He’d popped up in Free Agents at the age of 16. I signed him straightaway without any fuss, first time.
His rating right now? A massive 66 OVR…
He’s nowhere near my First XI (visible here to the right), and it may be some time before he is. But he’s made two substitute appearances.
I brought him on late in a 1-0 defeat at Liverpool, a self-indulgent decision that I regretted. He was slow and clumsy and shouldn’t have been on that pitch. I should really have been more focused on getting something out of the game than blooding my trophy Youth. (I really have written off this season—more on that to come.)
And I brought Hagi on late in a 2-0 win at Wolves, where I even crafted a shooting opportunity for him that the keeper batted away. Hagi’s impish skills are still there in embryo.
At 66 OVR, there’s a long road ahead of him, and me. It’s likely I won’t see the real Hagi for 4, maybe 5 or 6 seasons. I’ll still be playing PES2012 by that time, it’s pretty clear now.
I’ve also been busy otherwise. Work is well underway on a long-term project to hopefully build something a bit special.
After my bad start to this season I had to choose which way to take things for the rest of this season and the next. Spend all my cash in a mad splurge (if that would even be possible)? Or stick with what I’ve got (look at the talent already out there in my First XI!) and bring on the youngsters for the future?
I went with the latter. I won’t be going on a shopping spree for the biggest and bestest new players. I’ve already got my fair share of top names and talents, and then some.
Besides, the mechanics of the PES2012 transfer system seem to stipulate that the big players won’t come if they think they won’t play regularly.
So I went Youth hunting. Ribery (age 17) and Schweinsteiger (18) appeared in my Youths. I signed them. Both already on a pretty good OVR.
I’m particularly excited about Schweinsteiger. This lad already handles pretty well as he is now, and cuts an impressive dash out there in centre midfield. I’m looking forward to seeing him bloom, although not looking forward to having to type his name repeatedly in the seasons to come. (Before anyone suggests it: I already have TextExpander.)
Navarro (age 21, so not a proper Youth) has come in as left-back cover, finally replacing Hyam whom I sold at the end of last season.
A nice touch saw Agostini go onto a purple arrow for a few matches after Navarro’s arrival. No doubt not appreciating the competition for that left-back slot.
And then there was Kaka (age 16). A player I last remember playing with in PES2008(PS2/PSP), where he was a superb player. I bought him here from Roma’s Youth team.
I put all four of the youngsters up for loan—yes, Hagi too—but there were no takers, disappointingly. It’ll be awkward and time-consuming if I have to develop them all myself, but you know what, I cannot wait to get cracking.
League form has remained very patchy. As the table shows, I am now 20 points off the lead. The title is long, long gone.
Right now I should be most worried about holding onto a top 7 slot. I should be hauling myself up into 4th if I can. If I miss out on the Champions League next season it’ll be a minor calamity. It would mean my next chance at the fabled Treble would be season 15—probably in bloody June!
Speaking of the Champions League, it is my last chance of silverware this current season. But if I win it, will I qualify for next season’s tournament regardless of where I finish in the domestic league, as in real life? Who knows.
I was doing badly in the group stages, but rallied to win two and draw one of my last three games to squeak into second spot behind AC Milan.
The draw for the first knockout stage came along. I got Barcelona. At the time of writing, I’ve just played the first leg at home. I lost 1-2. Ouch.
It’s been a while since I posted a goal on the blog. In a recent match I scored a decent-ish long-range goal with Farinos.
It’s the first such that he’s got for me. I thought I’d be posting loads of these after Farinos’s arrival, but it hasn’t quite worked out that way.
I went up to Superstar difficulty for one thing, which always limits long-range opportunites. And Farinos, although he has excellent core shooting stats, has no skill cards whatsoever. When you’re shooting with Farinos, you’re working with his raw unmodified skills.
Which makes goals like this even more satisfying: