The past few months has seen me rewrite my https://sortitoutsi.net/content/64380/80s-style-european-competitions-fm24. I have decided to compile the files I am using to be available under a "UEFA REBOOTED" banner. I completely dislike the way modern football is heading, and particularly the change to the European competitions next season, is something I am not looking forward to. So, I hark back to an era of Continental knockout football, which I will detail below.

 

The major changes of this version compared to my previous ones, are that the nations are dynamic, and change each season depending on the national team world rankings. This is the case for all 3 European competitions. The other major change is that I have rewritten the European Cup Winners' Cup over the ID of the Europa Conference League. This means that all 3 competitions will have the intro music and graphical content that comes with the vanilla version. I have adjusted graphics for ad boards and logos, and I may put these up for download if others are interested. I am also providing downloads for Welsh Cup, an annual 6 team Club World Cup, a Belarus nation file, a Russian nation file, and an International file allowing the 2 latter nations back into all competitions and playing on home soil.

 

And so to business...

 

UEFA REBOOTED - 80s Style Continental Competitions

 

European Cup: 54 team tournament. League Champions only plus the holders of the competition from the previous year. If the holders are also their nation's champions then an extra nation is invited to take part.

 

European Cup Winners' Cup: 54 team tournament again. Domestic FA Cup winners take part. In the event that a team has done a league and cup double, then the runner-up takes their place. Holders from the year before are invited back if not in the EC. 

 

UEFA Cup: 112 team tournament, with a 2 legged final. A nation can have between 2 and 4 representatives depending on the ranking of the nation. Qualifying teams are based on league positions, and in England and Scotland, the League Cup winners qualify as they used to back in the day, however this is now dependent on how high up the world ranking the nation is. The holders are also invited back if not already partaking in European competition.

 

Here is the breakdown for the UEFA Cup team allocation:

Nation ranking  Number of Qualified Teams  Teams in R1  Teams in QR

       1 to 4                              4                                       1                       3

       5 to 8                              3                                       1                       2

       9 to 16                            2                                       1                       1

      17 to 50                           2                                       0                       2

      51 to 54                           1                                       0                       1

 

European Super Cup: The winners of the EC play the winners of the ECWC in August.

 

      NOTES

  • All matches are played over 2 legs, with the away goals rule included. The exception to this is the finals in the EC, ECWC, and the Super Cup.
  • The Euro/SAM club challenge is disabled.
  • The squad selection rules has been a complete pain. Thanks to @kingrobbo  for the excellent advice and online tutorials. I have mirrored the match day squad rules of the real life UEFA tournaments. There is no squad registration date as it is just bugged, and caused all sorts of problems.
  • Financial Fair Play now included to match the current rules. This is bugged though and doesn't seem to do anything as I've never seen a team fail FFP!
  • Liechtenstein get a representative in the ECWC, as despite no domestic league, they do have a domestic cup.
  • Russia and Belarus are included. I'm not making a political statement here, I just prefer to see the teams competing. It's still a game after all!
  • Club coefficients are included but I don't see a screen that uses this info. Thus the reason I chose to use world rankings to create dynamic changes.
  • Some European leagues have European playoffs at the end of their season. These are rendered useless now as the UEFA Cup takes the league placings for the qualifiers. Belgium and Romania spring to mind. If the league splits into a Championship group the final placings in this mini league is what counts.
  • You will notice at the end of the season that the league champions have a 'C' next to them in the final league table. There's no visible information from the league table screen to say who has qualified for what. This is not a bug. It is because I did away with the Europe > Continent > Teams tab in the editor. You can find out who has qualified for what by clicking the team overview and then competition to see what they're involved in in the new season after the reset day on the 10th July.

 

Other files that I have included

 

UEFA REBOOTED - Dutch file   

Please use the Dutch file attached along with this file if you want the Dutch FA Cup to work. This just removes any link to the now defunct Europa Conference League.

 

UEFA REBOOTED - Welsh Cup    (This is an optional file)

This file makes the 5 English based Welsh teams available to play in the Welsh Cup (Swansea City, Cardiff City, Newport County, Merthyr Town, and Wrexham). This used to happen in the 80s, and was open to a few more border teams than I have entered here. Each year didn't necessarily have the same border teams playing. What makes this interesting is this type of thing becomes possible, where Third Division Newport County made it to the quarter-finals of the ECWC! The difference in this version is the 5 teams are playing under the English flag, therefore they are more likely to get a bye to the first round of the ECWC, as opposed to a Welsh league team, who would have to go into the qualifying round. This of course would change if Wales moved up into the top 16 nations in Europe, or England move down.

 

UEFA REBOOTED - 6 team Club World Cup   (This is an optional file)

This is played annually each December. It is based on the 7 team Club World Cup, just minus the host nation. It involves the 6 continental winners to determine the club world champions. The new 32 team tournament that runs every 4 years is scrapped.

 

UEFA REBOOTED - International file   (This is an optional file)

This file reintroduces Russia back into International competitions. I am not making a political statement, I just want to see all nations playing in the competitions. This also allows both Russia and Belarus to play their matches on home soil. I have not altered how the competitions work, so the formats are the same as the vanilla version. Gibraltar has been sacrificed and won't play any of the Euro qualifiers or Nations League matches. They do play World Cup qualifiers and friendlies.

 

UEFA REBOOTED - Russia file   Use this file in order for the international file to work. This also allows the Russian clubs to play their continental matches, in the 80 Style file, on Russian soil. I have added over 4000 Russian regens to the database, I think you would need to load players from that nation to really see the effect of that. (the original Russia nation (ID 791) is present as 'y' in the game)

 

UEFA REBOOTED - Belarus file   Use this file in order for the international file to work. This also allows the Belarusian clubs to play their continental matches, in the 80 style file, on Belarus soil. (the original Belarus nation (ID 758) is present as 'x' in the game)

 

I recommend using the the International file with the Russia and Belarus files, to ensure the Internationals work correctly. If you don't use them all together you will see 'y' or 'x' appearing as nations in your game! 

 

Place the files in the 'editor data' folder, and tick them when you start a new career game. To change the nation flags to the new ID's for Russia and Belarus you will need to adjust the config files. Replace all ID's that have 791 to 583, and 758 to 574 in the following folders that i'll detail. If you have no graphics folder in your My Documents > Sports Interactive folder then use the Resource Archiver to extract the graphics fmf. In there you can find the config files in the following folders to change the ID's mentioned above:

FOR FLAGS

graphics > pictures > flags > large

graphics > pictures > flags > medium

graphics > pictures > flags > small

 

For Awards, and Competition name changes that my file hasn't addressed, use a downloadable name fix and adjust the config xml. For example change any reference to the Champions League to the European Cup. I have used the real name fix file from here, and used the search function to weed out and change any references to the Champions League etc.

 

For other graphical changes to ad boards, and logos that relate to these 3 competitions click this link and download the zip file using something like winRAR.

 

Plans for the future ... 

  • Update the file when SI do their final update for FM24
  • Change International competitions to get away from the 48 team World Cup idea
  • Release an FM24 version of my FM23 FA Cup file that includes replays for all rounds, and reintroduce neutral club ground semi final venues.
  • Return clubs to home grounds that they played in back in the 1980s.

 

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If you wish to have Russian teams back in the modern day Champions League format, Belarusian & Russian teams playing matches on home soil, and the Russian National team playing in International competitions again, then You can use the following 3 files: 

  • UEFA REBOOTED - International file
  • UEFA REBOOTED - Russia file
  • UEFA REBOOTED - Belarus file

(Domestically Russian teams won't appear in Europe until the second season of your save.)

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Thanks of course to the whole community for using this mod, I hope you enjoy it. 

If you like my files then feel free to support me at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/appy.ammer1980.

As usual just raise any issues you have on here, or on X / Twitter https://twitter.com/AppyAmmer1980. You can also download my files from My Workshop on Steam: https://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198014497223/myworkshopfiles/ 

 

Comments
Ali Sheikh
9 years ago
1 hour ago
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Superb work. Will it work on retro database please? version is ‘Football manager 2024’.

\'Appy \'Ammer
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By Ali Sheikh 17 March 2024 - 13:43 PM UTC 

Superb work. Will it work on retro database please? version is ‘Football manager 2024’.

 

I don't know, maybe you can try it and let us know

\'Appy \'Ammer
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By Ali Sheikh 17 March 2024 - 13:43 PM UTC 

Superb work. Will it work on retro database please? version is ‘Football manager 2024’.

 

Having checked it out I don't think it will, as the creator says not to use any other fmf file with the retro database. Also the retro one is solely 24.0. My UEFA REBOOTED files are for 24.3

Ali Sheikh
9 years ago
1 hour ago
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Thank you. Hopefully i will able to resolve this at the end after all info given by you via twitter.

Curtains2720
2 years ago
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Hey Appy, just curious: any specific reason for Croatia being a top country at beginning of save instead of Germany? (4 Croatian teams in uefa Cup and 2 for Germany)

\'Appy \'Ammer
16 years ago
16 hours ago
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Based on the world rankings on 10th July 2023, when the European competitions are set up. Croatia are 4th, Germany are 10th.

 

\'Appy \'Ammer
16 years ago
16 hours ago
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Here is the breakdown for the UEFA Cup team allocation:

Nation ranking  Number of Qualified Teams  Teams in R1  Teams in QR

       1 to 4                              4                                       1                       3

       5 to 8                              3                                       1                       2

       9 to 16                            2                                       1                       1

      17 to 50                           2                                       0                       2

      51 to 54                           1                                       0                       1

 

I've added this to the opening post to make things a little clearer.

Curtains2720
2 years ago
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By \'Appy \'Ammer 18 March 2024 - 09:47 AM UTC 

Based on the world rankings on 10th July 2023, when the European competitions are set up. Croatia are 4th, Germany are 10th.

 

Oh wow thanks, I didn't even know that those were the actual real life rankings!! Just checked on fifa website and everything is clear now!

\'Appy \'Ammer
16 years ago
16 hours ago
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Yeah, Germany aren't the power house they used to be right now.

calboni86
3 years ago
4 days ago
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La Perfezione sarebbe le coppe anni 90 con i gironi in coppa dei campioni

\'Appy \'Ammer
16 years ago
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By calboni86 18 March 2024 - 16:07 PM UTC 

La Perfezione sarebbe le coppe anni 90 con i gironi in coppa dei campioni

 

That's when the tournaments started to go wrong !!! 😜

Curtains2720
2 years ago
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We all need a grumpy Appy in our life 🤪

\'Appy \'Ammer
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By Curtains2720 19 March 2024 - 11:45 AM UTC 

We all need a grumpy Appy in our life 🤪

After this weekend I think I'll be adding no VAR to my list of things planned for the future!

 

AiZaK
13 years ago
1 hour ago
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I can`t start a career in Russia… Anyone can do it???

\'Appy \'Ammer
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By AiZaK 23 March 2024 - 17:54 PM UTC 

I can`t start a career in Russia… Anyone can do it???

 

What is the problem exactly?

AiZaK
13 years ago
1 hour ago
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When I arrive home I will show you a screenshot

\'Appy \'Ammer
16 years ago
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By AiZaK 23 March 2024 - 17:54 PM UTC 

I can`t start a career in Russia… Anyone can do it???

 

Here's a recording to show you that you can start a career in Russia. 

randomkut
6 months ago
4 days ago
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do you have any ideas why Russia in my game appears as Soviet Union and vice versa? are there any way to fix it?

 

\'Appy \'Ammer
16 years ago
16 hours ago
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You need to follow the instructions in the opening post. Make sure you have the correct editor files downloaded and ticked. International file, Russia file, & Belarus file are all needed for the names to be correct. 

randomkut
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By \'Appy \'Ammer 24 March 2024 - 10:47 AM UTC 

You need to follow the instructions in the opening post. Make sure you have the correct editor files downloaded and ticked. International file, Russia file, & Belarus file are all needed for the names to be correct. 

 

i have the international, Russia, Belarus files ticked, as well as another file that removes the new Champions League format. only those files are ticked. and only “russia old" is available upon country selection. i also have a logo file installed and I have swapped all USSR logos with Russia logos. still, I decided to run a save file past the 1st season and for the 2nd season…random clubs got promoted to the RPL while other clubs got relegated randomly, Lokomotiv Moskva finished 6th in season 1 and randomly got relegated in season 2?

\'Appy \'Ammer
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By randomkut 26 March 2024 - 05:17 AM UTC 

i have the international, Russia, Belarus files ticked, as well as another file that removes the new Champions League format. only those files are ticked. and only “russia old" is available upon country selection. i also have a logo file installed and I have swapped all USSR logos with Russia logos. still, I decided to run a save file past the 1st season and for the 2nd season…random clubs got promoted to the RPL while other clubs got relegated randomly, Lokomotiv Moskva finished 6th in season 1 and randomly got relegated in season 2?

 

Hi, ok, I can't help you properly until this evening due to work getting in the way of my editing life! In the meantime can you try the following? 

  • Setup a save without the extra file you used. What happens?
  • Have you cleared cache and reloaded skin?
  • What skin are you using?
  • Try a save without the logos pack you have, what happens?
  • Any chance of uploading your save file somewhere so I can download and have a look myself? (Mediafire is free if you haven't done that before).
  • If you can't do the above, can you send me a screenshot of your editor data folder in My Documets and a screenshot of the files used within the game status tab in FM itself. You can see the files used by hovering the mouse over the amount of database changes.

You shouldn't be seeing Russia OLD.

 

Between us we will sort your problem out. 

randomkut
6 months ago
4 days ago
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By \'Appy \'Ammer 26 March 2024 - 06:40 AM UTC 

Hi, ok, I can't help you properly until this evening due to work getting in the way of my editing life! In the meantime can you try the following? 

  • Setup a save without the extra file you used. What happens?
  • Have you cleared cache and reloaded skin?
  • What skin are you using?
  • Try a save without the logos pack you have, what happens?
  • Any chance of uploading your save file somewhere so I can download and have a look myself? (Mediafire is free if you haven't done that before).
  • If you can't do the above, can you send me a screenshot of your editor data folder in My Documets and a screenshot of the files used within the game status tab in FM itself. You can see the files used by hovering the mouse over the amount of database changes.

You shouldn't be seeing Russia OLD.

 

Between us we will sort your problem out. 

 

i'm using vincechup skin for my saves, switch to the normal skin, did not work. i tried every step you mentioned, did not work, so I'll drop my save files here, one is the save file I simulated till season 2, the other (unemployed) is my newly created save file with only the 3 international, russia, belarus files activated. really appreciate it if you can take a look!https://www.mediafire.com/file/ucau9umw0n4sldz/Trong_Anh_Nguoc_-_Brentford_-_Russia.fm/file https://www.mediafire.com/file/lyvxsfss5wn4oub/Trong_Anh_Nguoc_-_Unemployed.fm/file

\'Appy \'Ammer
16 years ago
16 hours ago
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Have you got the Nation file in the Inc folder? I have attached it here and you can put it in the following addresses:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Football Manager 2024\data\database\db\2430\lnc

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Football Manager 2024\data\database\db\2400\lnc

 

Clear cache and reload. What happens now?

 

As for your Lokomotiv Moscow problem? That is simply not happening to me when I use the exact files you have used. Did they fail FFP or something to get them relegated??? 

I have uploaded a save I just ran, using the 4 files you have used. I can see no issues there. 

Here is that link:

https://www.mediafire.com/file/29pbbtfu4pwk04u/Trong+test+2025.06.25.fm/file

randomkut
6 months ago
4 days ago
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By \'Appy \'Ammer 26 March 2024 - 17:42 PM UTC 

Have you got the Nation file in the Inc folder? I have attached it here and you can put it in the following addresses:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Football Manager 2024\data\database\db\2430\lnc

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Football Manager 2024\data\database\db\2400\lnc

 

Clear cache and reload. What happens now?

 

As for your Lokomotiv Moscow problem? That is simply not happening to me when I use the exact files you have used. Did they fail FFP or something to get them relegated??? 

I have uploaded a save I just ran, using the 4 files you have used. I can see no issues there. 

Here is that link:

https://www.mediafire.com/file/29pbbtfu4pwk04u/Trong+test+2025.06.25.fm/file

 

I've added the Nation file, cleared cache, reloaded, did everything, and the nations selection kept showing Russia OLD instead… however I tried loading your file and everything works just as intended, so at this point i would really appreciate it if you make a “sample" save file, load every nations, every league and every players, starting at ss1 and send it to me…
thank you so much for your support man, keep up the good work!

\'Appy \'Ammer
16 years ago
16 hours ago
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By randomkut 27 March 2024 - 07:27 AM UTC 

I've added the Nation file, cleared cache, reloaded, did everything, and the nations selection kept showing Russia OLD instead… 

 

Can I ask does Russia OLD appear when you start a new save using the 4 files you used previously? I do believe when using Nations Inc file it will only apply to new games, not existing ones. 

randomkut
6 months ago
4 days ago
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By \'Appy \'Ammer 27 March 2024 - 13:25 PM UTC 

Can I ask does Russia OLD appear when you start a new save using the 4 files you used previously? I do believe when using Nations Inc file it will only apply to new games, not existing ones. 

well yes, Russia OLD still appears, as well as random promotions/relegations from the RPL after the 1st season which has nothing to do with FFP I believe… at this point I just need a sample save file that actually works as a starting point for all future saves…

 

\'Appy \'Ammer
16 years ago
16 hours ago
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By randomkut 27 March 2024 - 16:17 PM UTC 

well yes, Russia OLD still appears, as well as random promotions/relegations from the RPL after the 1st season which has nothing to do with FFP I believe… at this point I just need a sample save file that actually works as a starting point for all future saves…

OK, before I proceed with anything, your last screenshot looks different to mine.

Try this before I do anything. If you haven't already (for the sake of this), download the sortitoutsi Real Name Fix. Follow the instructions to the letter. There's a youtube video here: https://youtu.be/_KyTX7cfqtk . Make sure you follow those instructions and have deleted things from 2400 and 2430. Once you have the real name fix completed add my nation file into the lnc folder. Add it in to both the 2400 and 2430 lnc folders. Clear cache, reload….Tell me what happens on an existing save and a new save.

PS. I don't know what is going on with your strange promotions and relegations!!!

 

\'Appy \'Ammer
16 years ago
16 hours ago
124

After a bit of delving into the problem you were having with strange Russian relegations and promotions, I noticed there was some inconsistencies with qualifying the correct teams for the European competitions. On the odd occasion a team did not qualify when they should have done. Looking at the original thread of the author of “No 2024 UEFA Competitions Format” on the SI website, it seems the last update screwed up the file. It was reposted by someone else which I guess is the download you used, but I can only assume that author hasn't fully fixed it. Or it's just not compatible with my superb 80s files! 😉

 

With this in mind I will now only back my files to work correctly. I cannot correct issues from other people's files as it is just too time consuming. Sorry! 

 

(Works fine without the extra file you used though)

namkhanh
7 years ago
11 hours ago
1

I think I have found AiZak and Randomkut's problem. Maybe \'Appy \'Ammer uploaded the wrong file. When I use the files in this website (International file, Russia file and Belarus file), the Russian national team becomes Soviet Unions (and OLD Russia) and I cannot play Russia League, but when I use the files that you uploaded in Sports Interactive Community, everything worked as I wanted

\'Appy \'Ammer
16 years ago
16 hours ago
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I'll take a look later tonight, and re-upload things just to be sure. 

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