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Every player has hidden personality attributes which affect how they play on the pitch, how they perform in training, how they interact with their teammates and manager, how they interact with the media and how happy they are at their club.

The personality attributes are Ambition, Controversy, Loyalty, Pressure, Professionalism, Sportsmanship and Temperament. Along with the Determination and Leadership mental attributes, they are used to determine a player's personality description and media handling style description. These are shown on the Information section of his Overview tab.

It is advisable to try to gain an understanding of the personalities present in your squad so that you can manage individual players effectively. To help you with this, the effects of each of the personality attributes are discussed below, while details of the attributes implied by each personality and media handling style description are also provided.

1. Learning a Player's Personality

You can gain an idea of a player's personality attributes not only by interpreting his personality and media handling style descriptions but also by observing how he tends to react in certain situations, such as when you give a particular team talk, when you talk to him privately, when comments are made about him in the media or when he himself makes comments in the media.

In addition, you should keep an eye on a player's happiness, as shown on his Information screen, for any indicators of personality attributes.

Furthermore, during a match you can observe the body language of those players on the pitch for additional indications of personalities, both on the Team Talk screen at half-time and full-time and on your team's Body Language widget when viewing the match.

Details of how such observations relate to each of the personality attributes are provided in the explanations below.

Making notes on the Notes section of a player's History tab can help you to keep track of any clues you pick up.

2. Squad Personality

Your club's squad personality description is shown on the General tab on the Club screen. This is based on your players' ratings in the Professionalism, Ambition and Loyalty personality attributes, as well as the Determination attribute, with the most dominant being used for the description.

For example, if Determination is the most dominant attribute then the squad personality may be described as Fairly Determined, Determined or Very Determined, depending on the general level of Determination in your squad. A squad personality may also be described as Mixed if there is no particularly dominant attribute.

Your club's squad personality also allows you to gain further information about the individual personality of any player, either at your club or elsewhere. This is because your coaches and scouts will refer to how well a player's personality matches the squad personality in his coach or scout reports, accessed from his Reports tab.

For example, if the squad personality is Professional then these reports will reference a player's Professionalism personality attribute in his pros or cons under the heading Dressing Room.

This makes it easier for you to try to sign and retain players with a good rating in a particular personality attribute.

The benefits of building a squad of players with positive personalities are discussed in the Squad Building guide, while advice on which personality attributes to focus on when building your squad is also provided.

3. Personality Attributes

3.1. Ambition

How much a player wants to achieve success.

More ambitious players tend to develop more quickly but are also more likely to want to leave a club in a lower reputation league division or a less successful club. They are therefore more likely to become unsettled and lose morale when other clubs make transfer offers for them or managers declare their interest in them. They are also more likely to become unhappy if your club sells some of its best players or fails to sign high profile players.

If many of the players in your squad have good Ambition, in which case your squad may have an ambitious squad personality, then it can be a good idea to give positive answers regarding your team's chances in pre-match press conferences. You should also be careful not to let the contract of a higher ability, ambitious player, who may potentially want to join a bigger club, get too close to expiry before you start considering whether to try to renew his contract or try to sell him.

3.2. Controversy

How outspoken a player is in the media.

More controversial players are more likely to criticise your methods in the media when they are unhappy with them, for example, following a team talk. This can potentially cause unhappiness and poor morale among other players in your squad.

It can therefore be a good idea to avoid signing players who you know have high Controversy, and possibly even to consider selling any known controversial players already present in your squad. You may also want to use less critical and demanding man management with such players to reduce the likelihood of them speaking out.

3.3. Loyalty

How much a player wants to stay at his current club.

More loyal players are less likely to want to leave a club to further their career at higher reputation clubs or in higher reputation divisions. They are therefore less likely to become unsettled and lose morale when other clubs make transfer offers for them or managers declare their interest in them. They are also less likely to become unhappy as a result of having lower wages than their teammates.

In these respects, players with good Loyalty can therefore be easier to man manage. They are particularly useful to have in your squad when managing in lower reputation divisions.

3.4. Pressure

How well a player copes with challenging situations.

Players with better Pressure are less likely to be negatively affected by the mental weight of expectation, for example, when an opposition manager comments on them in the media, when they are criticised, when they or the team are in poor form, or when the team is challenging for honours or attempting to avoid relegation near the end of the season, as well as more generally during matches.

If a player is worried or upset by something, or often has anxious, nervous or similar body langauge during a match, then it may be the case that he has poor Pressure, whereas if he usually has calm, composed or similar body language then this indicates that he has good Pressure.

Players with good Pressure (and Determination) are more likely to respond well to critical and demanding man management, while players with poor Pressure (and Determination) are more likely to need more encouraging and praising man management to lift the pressure off them.

3.5. Professionalism

How hard working a player is and how good his general attitude is.

More professional players display an excellent attitude on and off the pitch. In particular, they tend to develop more quickly, are less likely to become unhappy with a heavier training workload and tend to retain their attribute ratings for longer after they have reached their peak. They are also easier to man manage, for example, they respond better to discipline such as fines and warnings after being sent off in a match and are easier to motivate and harder to upset in team talks. You can therefore afford to use more critical and demanding man management and more discipline.

If a player often has professional body language during a match then this indicates that he has good Professionalism. Furthermore, since Professionalism is related to player fitness, your physio may mention that a player has a professional approach on the player's training report if he has particularly high Professionalism.

3.6. Sportsmanship

How ethical a player is in matches.

More sporting players are less likely to cheat during a match, for example, by diving, and more likely to put the ball out of play when an opposition player is injured.

3.7. Temperament

How disciplined a player's conduct is when situations go against him.

Players with better Temperament are less likely to lose discipline when they are fouled, when the team is losing or when decisions go against the team. They are also less likely to become angered and lose morale following what they perceive as harsh or poor management, such as criticism of themselves or the team, perhaps during a team talk.

If a player becomes outraged by something, or often has frustrated or similar body language during a match, then it may be the case that he has poor Temperament, whereas if he usually has calm, composed or similar body language even when other players are frustrated then this indicates that he has good Temperament.

Players with high Temperament are more likely to commit fouls after being given a critical team talk, but you may decide that this is a risk worth taking in some situations. Generally though, it can be a good idea to tell such players to calm down during a match when you feel they may lose discipline, by using either a touchline team talk or an individual team talk at half time.

4. Personality Descriptions

4.1. Positive Personalities

  • Model Citizen – Very good to excellent Ambition, Determination, Loyalty, Pressure, Professionalism, Sportsmanship and Temperament.
  • Perfectionist – Very good to excellent Ambition, Determination and Professionalism but fairly poor to dismal Temperament.
  • Resolute – Good to excellent Determination and Professionalism but no better than good Pressure.
  • Model Professional – Excellent Professionalism and at least average Temperament.
  • Professional - Very good Professionalism and at least average Temperament.
  • Fairly Professional - Good to excellent Professionalism but no better than fairly good Determination.
  • Spirited – Good to excellent Pressure and at least average Professionalism and Temperament but no better than fairly good Sportsmanship and no better than good Professionalism.
  • Very Ambitious - Excellent Ambition but fairly poor to dismal Loyalty and no better than good Determination.
  • Ambitious - Good to very good Ambition but fairly poor to dismal Loyalty and no better than good Determination.
  • Fairly Ambitious – Good to excellent Ambition but no better than fairly good Determination and Professionalism.
  • Driven - Excellent Determination and at least average Ambition.
  • Determined - Very good Determination and at least average Ambition.
  • Fairly Determined – Good to excellent Determination but no better than good Pressure and no better than fairly good Professionalism.
  • Charismatic Leader – Very good to excellent Leadership, Sportsmanship and Temperament.
  • Born Leader – Excellent Determination and Leadership.
  • Leader – Excellent Leadership.
  • Iron Willed – Excellent Pressure and good to excellent Determination.
  • Resilient – Very good Pressure and good to excellent Determination.

4.2. Negative Personalities

  • Slack - Dismal Professionalism and fairly poor to dismal Determination (Newgen players only).
  • Casual – Very poor Professionalism and fairly poor to dismal Determination. (Newgen players only).
  • Temperamental – Very poor to dismal Temperament and average to dismal Professionalism. (Newgen players only).
  • Unambitious – Very poor to dismal Ambition but at least average Loyalty. (Newgen players only).
  • Easily Discouraged – Dismal Determination, fairly poor to dismal Ambition and no better than good Sportsmanship. (Newgen players only).
  • Low Determination – Very poor Determination, fairly poor to dismal Ambition and no better than good Sportsmanship. (Newgen players only).
  • Spineless – Dismal Pressure, fairly poor to dismal Determination and no better than good Sportsmanship. (Newgen players only).
  • Low Self-Belief – Very poor Pressure, fairly poor to dismal Determination and no better than good Sportsmanship. (Newgen players only).

4.3. Neutral Personalities

  • Jovial – Good to excellent Pressure and at least average Temperament but average to dismal Professionalism and no better than fairly good Sportsmanship.
  • Light Hearted – Good to excellent Pressure and Sportsmanship and at least average Temperament but no better than good Professionalism.
  • Devoted / Very Loyal - Excellent Loyalty but poor Ambition.
  • Loyal - Very good Loyalty but poor Ambition.
  • Fairly Loyal – Good to very good Loyalty but no better than fairly good Ambition, Determination and Professionalism.
  • Honest - Excellent Sportsmanship but fairly poor to dismal Determination.
  • Sporting - Very good Sportsmanship but fairly poor to dismal Determination.
  • Fairly Sporting – Good to excellent Sportsmanship but no better than fairly good Ambition, Determination, Loyalty and Professionalism.
  • Unsporting – Dismal Sportsmanship but at least average Determination. (Newgen players only).
  • Realist – Very poor Sportsmanship but at least average Determination. (Newgen players only).
  • Balanced – No better than fairly good Ambition, Determination, Loyalty, Professionalism and Sportsmanship.

5. Media Handling Styles

A player may have more than one of the below descriptions.

  • Confrontational - Poor to dismal Sportsmanship and Temperament.
  • Evasive - Good to excellent Pressure and Professionalism and no more than fairly high Controversy.
  • Level-Headed - At least average Loyalty and no more than fairly high Controversy. At least fairly good Sportsmanship or Professionalism. Does not have very poor Temperament.
  • Media-Friendly - No more than fairly high Controversy.
  • Outspoken - High to exceptionally high Controversy.
  • Reserved - Good to very good Professionalism and very low to exceptionally low Controversy. Does not have very poor Temperament.
  • Short-Tempered - Very poor to dismal Temperament.
  • Unflappable - Good to excellent Pressure and Temperament.
  • Volatile - Poor to very poor Temperament.

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