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'Championship Manager 03-04' - Update Patch Fix Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 22, 2003 @ 7:40 p.m. PST

Sports Interactive has released a fix for their latest Championship Manager 03-04 update patch. This fix addresses the disappearing matches bug that came to light with the v4.1.3 patch from a few days ago. Note that this is a fix, so you still need to apply the patch itself first if you have not done so. Read more for download links ...

Get the CM 03/04 v4.1.3 Patch "Fix" off Worthplaying (4mb)

Game

  • Fixed bug where players who get put into reserve teams which don't play in an active league get full condition after 1 day.
  • Fixed bug where key players would occasionally get put in the reserve squad for no reason
  • Fixed problem with club relocations during stadium expansion
  • Fixed problem with stadium expansions not restoring seating/terracing lost during work on expansion
  • Fixed problem on team fixtures screen where the year menu shows an option for the 2004/05 season when in the 2003/04 season.
  • Fixed problem where Italian non EU transfer rule would sometimes block contract renewals.
  • Made it slightly easier for human managers to get jobs and ensured computer clubs filled vacant postitions correctly
  • Filter option hidden when picking squad numbers for a match. Before, the filter was shown but didn't work as all players needing squad numbers are always displayed.
  • When using random player data, non playing staff do not get obscure nations as their home nation.
  • If the top earner at a club is not regarded as a "key player" then the clubs maximum wage was displayed wrongly, this is now fixed
  • There is now a limit to the "see also" menu in the clubs screen, which prevents the list from being jumbled, or incomplete.
  • A string in Offer contract screen updated to show per month/per year etc depending on users preference
  • The "see also" menu now works better on the team screen for B teams.
  • Large database size setting now doesn't retain quite so many players
  • Tuned 'fake player' database randomisation to prevent creation of quite so many 'wonder kids'
  • Club links from a national squad screen now work correctly.
  • Removing players from a manager's shortlist screen now doesn't reset the table.
  • Managers who do not have clubs can shortlist players now.
  • Finance section is now available on human reserve team screens.
  • Staff search screen now includes the field "motavating" as a possible search criteria
  • "SMALL_BALL" option added makes the ball not so big in the air
  • National team call up news for finals tournaments now generates news.
  • Combined league table view disabled for neutral venue competitions like the World Cup.
  • Tuned standard of virtual players for teams active in European competitions
  • Tuned amount of players who turn into managers
  • Go on holiday until next match now works for international matches as well.
  • Clubs from inactive leagues which have B teams in active leagues now keep their players when starting a new game.
  • Added some speed improvements
  • Past meetings between teams now processes second leg matches properly. Only the goals scored in that leg will be used.
  • Coach assessments using the sweeper position have been improved.
  • Improved manager reputation changes after league, cup wins, promotions etc
  • Default all automatic shortlisting (make offer/offer contract) players to 1 year on your shortlist
  • Tuned attendances for fixtures slightly
  • Tuned player ability progression
  • Tuned training effects
  • Tuned peak ages for goalkeepers
  • Tuned reputation declines for older players
  • Tuned player reputation changes upon winning awards
  • Tuned player happiness upon relegation and promotion
  • Tuned youth player injury frequency
  • Tuned timing of some news item events to better coincide with related news
  • Tuned various minor aspects of player personalities

Match

  • If user goes to the opposition tactic screen and they have an injured player on the pitch, the game no longer tells the user to replace him.
  • Fixed problem where wrong match stats are shown occassionally for fixtures.
  • If user goes to a computer team tactics before a penalty shootout, the tactics screen no longer shows its penalty takers.
  • Team tactics buttons now keep their state after a replay is shown.
  • Should be able to go to tactics after goal
  • Default and computer team tactics refined, also added a couple of new ones 4411 and 4231 ( Danish version )
  • Less unimportant action shown after the key incident in a 2d highlight
  • Improved manager reputation change algorithm after matches
  • Fixed bug where human team captains were not being selected correctly in the match if the first choice one left the field
  • Fixed occasional match crash

Match AI ( v220 )

  • Less "power" shots and more placed ones, possibly meaning less going over the bar from inside the area for better players
  • Stopped play being called back after fouled team or player have scored a goal
  • Stopped players keeping original corner positions too long when corner clears all players and goes towards the opposite touchline
  • Improved defending on attacking long throws that was causing some teams to score almost every time they had one
  • Improved computer team decision making regarding setting the "forward runs" option for players
  • Lessened influence of player "decision making" stat on play
  • Tweaked reactions of defensive markers while waiting for set pieces to be taken
  • Slightly improved direct free kick effectiveness
  • Tweaked goalie AI for mopping up loose balls in area
  • Tweaked interception of passes AI
  • Discouraged certain cases of defenders all flocking towards the player with ball on a counter attack and leaving a man spare alongside
  • Less red cards but more yellows, and improved professional foul AI

Competitions

  • Fixed problem with players in Brazil having the wrong year listed in their history.
  • Fixed patch 1 problem where Brazilian league fixtures disappear.
  • Fixed problem where the wrong teams were being promoted to the Danish Second Division.
  • Fixed some preseason check code which was causing expectations for Hong Kong managers to not come up.
  • Fixed problem with Intertoto cup dates.
  • Fixed last positions graph for the European Championship Qualifying fixtures before the game start date.
  • TV dates for English Premiership and First Division are now correct
  • Korean K2 foreign rules now set properly after loading a save game.
  • Aggregate goals now shown on cup tree if 2 legs are used.
  • Cup tree view not doesn't show layout of rounds which have not been drawn yet (unless they are fixed draws).
  • Consecutive wins for cup competitions now counted correctly for news items.
  • Proposed friendly tours now shows correct venue information on team fixtures screen.
  • Added prize money to the English Vans Trophy.
  • Improved team expectations for Mexican clubs.
  • No matches are moved for TV on the last day of the Danish league season.
  • Added appearance money for the Inter-Continental Cup.
  • Brazilian teams in preliminary phase of the Copa Sudamericana get appearance money.
  • Danish reserves now finish in time for the season update day.
  • Serbian regional divisions now have the same number of teams every year.
  • Division count on start game screen now includes regional divisions.
  • Russian premier league now has 3 from 7 subs rule.
  • Greek cup final venue now changes every year.

Finance

  • Korean finances tuned slightly to balance up K-2 clubs better

Transfers

  • Transfers set to go through at the end of season now get verified by the transfer rules (end of contract transfers already done like this).
  • Transfers for coowned players now go through the confirmation process properly after work permit decisions.
  • Fixed problem when withdrawing transfers for co-owned players.
  • When offering a player to clubs, the earliest transfer date comment is no longer shown. (the date can be different depending on the buying team)
  • Improved likelyhood of happy players signing new contracts with their present club rather than moving on bosman transfers.
  • Brazilian transfer window now ends on 14th September

DDT/EDT

  • Added "RETAIN_NATION_PLAYERS" "" command for ddt files, allows the retention of all players with the same nationality to be retained when starting a new game

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