Pro Evolution Soccer 2
Copyright 2003 Denis Dzanic(email@example.com)
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Version 0.50-wrote half of the FAQ
Version 1.00-completed FAQ
Version 1.10-corrected a few big mistakes
Version 1.20-added Bonuses section
Version 1.50-corrected some more mistakes,and hopefully finished FAQ:)
Version 1.90-nope,it wasn't finished.Added real player names.This time it's
Version 2.00-expanded the "Master League" section,by adding more players in
the "Best players by positions" section.This is the last update.
1.Why did I write this FAQ
Why did I write this FAQ
Why?Well,this is the best football on PsOne,that's a good reason,right?This
game,unlike other football games on PsOne is a real simulation,so it's harder
to learn to play it well.This FAQ should help you in making your skills as
good as they can get.I hope it will help at least just a little bit.I tried to
concentrate on the game itself,so I didn't write the real names of the players
which you can correct in Edit mode.I will probably write it one day,but right
now,it's not really necesarry(you can find it in other FAQs anyway).
As I said,this is a simulation,so it's logical that controls are a bit more
complex.Here they are:
X-pass the ball
O-pass a high ball
Triangle-pass the ball into space in front of a player
Square-shoot the ball on the goal(pace of the ball depends on how long you
hold the button)
R1-dash,player runs faster
L1+O-double pass with a high ball
L1+Triangle-pass the ball into space with a high ball
L1+Square-lob the goalkeeper
There is also one other move you can do when attacking.When you pass the ball
to a player,you automatically control him,right?Well,just before the ball
reaches him,you can press R1.That way,he will let the ball go between his legs
going to the player behind him.This is a cunning trick,and it often fools the
opponent's defence,giving you a chance to score.It is best that you train this
in the Training mode until you can do it perfectly.
X-one player tries to steal the ball from the opponent
O-tackle,kick the ball if you have it in possesion
Square-kick the ball if you have it in possesion
L1-switch the player you control
When you pause the game,you're given some options:
Resume match-you guess what this means,right?
Formation setting-there's a special chapter about this
Formation Data manager-if you already have a formation set,you
can load it here,or save a new one
Camera type-you can set the view on the pitch(in my opinion,Broadcast is the
Screen setting-turn ON/OFF player names,radar,strategy icons time,result
Game speed-this is individual:if you like to dribble,choose a slower game,or,
if you just like fast running,max out the yellow line:)
Sound setting-a few useful options here:change the volume,turn the commentator
ON/OFF,or even change the language of the commentator(it's sooo
fun to listen him talk in German:)
Quit game-this too,you should understand
You have many modes you can choose when you want to play:
Nothing out of the ordinary here:choose from 54 national teams,9 hidden teams,
or Master league teams.When you pick the teams,you have to decide a few things
about the upcoming match:
Day/Night-this choice doesn't affect players in any way
Season/Weather-the only thing that changes are sleeves on shirts
Match time-5,10,15,20,25,30 minutes-choose your favourite
COM difficulty-three levels-Easy,Normal,Hard.Only if your a total begginer,
choose Easy,otherwise,take Hard.Normal is a waste of time.
Match type-you can decide what happens if the game is a draw
Strip Selection-choose the colour of the strips
This is a penalty shootout,same as the one after the match is a draw.
All Star Match:
Here you can play only with two teams:European All Stars,and World All Stars.
You can unlock these teams in Exhibition and Training mode,too.
Master League Data:
Load one or two teams you have in Master League.Everything else is same as in
This is a mode that WILL take a lot of time to finish(unless you're a freak
and play 10-15 matches in a row),but you get a pretty good reward after it.
You can pick the type of the league:half season,or a full season.In half
season,you have to play 15 matches,and in full,you do it one more time,playing
as a guest,so its 30 matches.All three difficulty modes are available for you
to choose.You have to pick 16 teams that will play the league.Keep in mind
that the first team you pick will be the one that you will control.Also,you
can randomly choose teams by pressing Square().
When you pick Cup mode,you will get the following cups to choose from:
International Cup-32 teams,all national teams can participate.You can choose
European Cup-16 teams,only European teams can participate(logically).Choose
difficulty and match lenghth.
American Cup-only teams from the north and south American continent can play.
Determine the difficulty and match lenghth.
African Cup-teams from the African continent participate.You can choose
difficulty and match lenghth(man,I'm tired of repeating this)
Asian Cup-teams from the Asian continent participate.You can choose.......
You should know it by now!
Konami Cup-this is a completely different thing:all national teams can play,
and you decide all the details:cup type,group names,1st and 2nd
For all cups there's a common rule:the first team you choose is the one you
play with.Also,all three difficulty levels are available.
There's a whole chapter about this,so read it.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++UMBRO Training Centre+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
A very useful mode.Pick any team you like(bonus and master league teams are
also available)and train with them.There are a few modes that you can choose:
normal training,1-2 Pass and Shoot,Free Kicks(you might wanna stick to this
one a bit longer and practise),Left side Corner Kicks,Right side Corner Kicks.
This is not really a game mode,but anyway,just a little explanation:
Basically,you can create your own players,and put them in any national team,so
that you can play with them in any mode you wish.You can also modify the
original players,and change anything you want on them.Too bad that you can't
change names of the players in classical teams,(so the Heroic Holland players
will stay Orangexxx forever).IMO,this is one of the rare big mistakes in this
wonderful game.There are also options where you can just modify player names
and numbers(you will need this when you decide to correct player's names).
You can load from Memory Card,or watch replays that you saved on Memory Card.
In Button configuration you can change functions of the buttons,but i wouldn't
recommend it because it's perfect as it is.Sound settings let you change
volume,turn ON/OFF commentary,and change commentary language.In Screen setting
you can position the screen.
This is,without any doubt,the best and most fun mode to play.At the beggining,
all you have to do is choose game difficulty.But!Be warned that there is no
Easy difficulty,you can only choose between Normal and Hard.If you are a total
begginer,you can choose Normal,but otherwise,Hard is the right difficulty to
play Master league.After this,you're given a second choice:pick your team.
There are 32 teams you can choose from.However,the names are not real,because
dear Konami didn't have a license.Doesn't matter,you can recognise them by the
colour of their strip.In case you still have a problem,here are the real
Aragon-Manchester United Noordzeenkanaal-Feyonoord
London-Arsenal Flandre-PSV Eindhoven
Yorkshire-Leeds Lombardia-AC Milan
Vascongadas-Aston Villa Emilia-Parma
Navarra-Real Madrid Abruzzi-Roma
Andalucia-Valencia Westfalen-Borrusia Dortmund
Cantabria-Deportivo La Coruna Anhalt-Bayern Munchen
Provence-Monaco Ruhr-Bayer Leverkusen
Languedoc-Olympique Marseille Peloponnisos-Olympiakos
Normandie-Paris Saint Germain Byzantinobul-Galatasaray
Medoc-Bordeaux Marmara-Dynamo Kyev
Rijnkanaal-Ajax Patagonia-Boca Juniors
There,quite a selection,don't you think?Anyway,you may think that you can take
Man UTD.,for instance,and rush through the league?Well,that's where you're
wrong.You see,it doesn't matter if you take Man UTD.,Real or Fiorentina.You
start with the same miserable bunch of losers,doesn't matter wich team you
pick.Here is the team:
GK Ivanov CB Cecil
CB Stromer CB Vorlander*
CB Daric SB Eddington Note:
CB Valery* SB Nachtegall Players that have * behind their name
DH Iorga DH Harty are,IMO the best players in this team
DH Cellini SH Matt and you might wanna stick on them for
SH Ximenes OH Ostwald a while,especially Miranda.
SH Espinas WG Burchet*
OH Miranda* CF Njord
CF Castello* CF Oranges102*
CF Baroja GK Kelsen
Now,teams will be divided into two divisions.Naturally,stronger teams end up
in the first division,and the weaker ones go in the second.You will start in
the second division.To make a decent team,you will have to buy new players,and
sell the old ones.However,you do not gain any points by selling a player.Keep
in mind that you can't sell a player unless you're buying a new one,so your
teams allways has to have 23 players.You start off with 20 points,wich is not
enough to buy a player any better then the one you already have.So wait a bit
longer,until you gain more points.How do you get points?Well,you have to play
matches,and if they are a draw,or you win,you get points.If the match is a
draw,you get a poor ammount of points:only 2.And it doesn't matter if the
result is 0:0,or 10:10,you still get only 2 points.When you win,you get points
based on the goals you scored and the ones you got in your net.
Finally have a nice ammount of points?Wanna buy a player?Well,you should buy a
good attacker,first.And I would reccomend that you don't buy a cheap,good for
nothing player,no,it's much better to save until you have about 50 points.Then
go and look for a good player!In the very beggining,I suggest the you choose
between these two:Ronaldo and Shevchenko.They both have great speed,shooting
abilities,and technique.Altough,I believe that Shevchenko is a bit better when
it comes to headers,so...But,it's up to you to decide.Both of them are really
great.When you decide,put him in place of one of the goalkeepers(preferably
Zamenhof),because you really don't need 3 GKs.After your first transfer,things
should go more easily now.You SHOULD get more points per match,because you
have a good attacker now.The only problem is that your super attacker could
get injured,so he would be out for at least 2-3 games(if you're lucky).That's
why it wouldn't be a bad idea to buy yourself another good CF to be sure that
you will not stop getting good ammounts of points.The following evolution of
the team I should leave to you,because everyone has their own favourite team,
players and tactics.But,then again,you should look to make your team as strong
as possible,so I'll make a little list of best players in their positions.
1.Kahn(Germany) From the wide choice of goalkeepers,these are
2.Binks(Eternal England) the best,probably.Of course,you will not buy 5
3.Chilavert(Paraguay) GKs,so pick your 2(enough) favorites.The 2nd is
4.Buffon(Italy) Gordon Banks,in case you didn't recognize him,
5.Filimol(Always Argentina) and number 5 is Fillol(can't remember his name)
1.Barisi(Immortal Italy) Everything is pretty simple here.You should buy
2.Campbell(England) them all,because they're all great defenders.
3.Nesta(Italy) There are many,many more great defenders,like
4.Thuram(France) Lucio,W. Samuel...Number 1 is one of Italy's
5.Stam(Netherlands) greats,Franco Baresi.
1.Madorna(Always Argentina) I wasn't sure whether or not put Maradona(1st)
2.Zidane(France) here,or in attackers section,but here,I think
3.R.Carlos(Brazil) it's better this way.He is a must buy,so is
4.Cozi(Beloved Brazil) Platini.Oh,who am I kidding,they are all great
5.Argenti(Forever France) and deserve to be bought.Number 4 is Zico.
1.Shevchenko(Ukraine) What to say,Pele(2nd) is a must buy,so is the
2.Perles(Beloved Brazil) great Di Stefano(3rd).Shevchenko is in front
3.Di Sephoro(Always Argentina) of Pele only because of his great speed,but...
4.Ronaldo(Brazil) The King is the best attacker here.He is very
5.Henry(France) expensive,but he's worth of it!
Yep,that would be it.Hope you have a clear picture of your team now.Collect
points,buy players,and enjoy the best mode of the whole game.
Oh,this is a great playground for all you undiscovered managers out there.This
is the place where you can change EVERY little detail in your team that has
something to do with tactics.Needless to say,this number of details could be a
little confusing for a begginer,so let's take it step by step:
Exit-exit the formation setting mode,return to game
Substitute the player with another one from the bench.you have total of 23
players,11 of them are playing(you know that much I hope),and 12 are sitting
on the bench.Every player has letters behind his name.Those letters represent
his position on the field.
CB-centre back stopper
Note that the letters may slightly change depending on the formation you have
set,but it's not a drastical change,and basically there aren't any differences
so,for instance,instead of SB it will say LB(left back),or RB(right back).Now,
you may have noticed already that when you press R1 different coloured arrows
appear instead of the letters.Those arrows represent the current shape of the
players.The shape for each player is individual,and completely random.There
are 4 types of arrows,and depending on them,some of the player's statistics
(don't know how else to call it) change.Here are the changes:
Arrow colour Stamina Balance Accel Accuracy Positivness
Blue -1 - -2 -2 -2
Grey -3 - -3 -3 -4
Orange +1 +1 +1 +1 +1
Red +2 +2 +2 +1 +2
There.As you can see,it's much better when you have many players with red or
orange arrows.It is also possible(and it will often happen) that a player
doesn't have an arrow at all,but a green rectangle.That means that none of his
statistics change.This is also a good thing,and it's considered to be a good
shape.Every time you select a substitution,you will see numbers that represent
how good a player is in a specific area of the game.The maximum number is 19,
and the minimum is 12.Here are the explanations for each category:
Attack-how good the player is when attacking
Defence-how good the player is when defending the goal
Balance-how strong a player is in physical contact
Stamina-how fast does the player get fatigued
Speed-how fast is the player when dashing
Accel-decides the time that player needs to reach max. speed
Response-decides the player's speed of reactions on high balls
Dribbling-how good is the player when dribbling
Passing-the higher the number,more accurate passing
Accuracy-decides how accurate player's shots on goal are
Power-higher number,greater shot power
Header-if the number is high,player will hit the ball with his head more
Jump-determines how high does the player jump
Technique-higher number,better ball control
Curving-this is important for free kicks and corners,player is able to curve
the ball better if the number is higher
Positivness-you can't see this in the formation setting,but only in Edit mode.
If the number is low,player will fatigue more when losing,or,when
he's injured,his stamina will decrease rapidly
Now you can see that there are many factors that decide how will the player
play the match.Just a little tip about the shape arrows before I continue:
I've seen many times that human players substitute good (virtual)players only
because of their shape.This is not a good thing to do.If,let's say,you're
playing with England,and Owen is in bad shape(grey arrow),and Sheringham is
in great shape(red arrow),you still shouldn't change Owen,because he is way
better in attack then Sheringham(sorry Teddy).So,it's not always in the arrow
colour.Think about it,and don't make these mistakes.One more thing about
substitutions.Sometimes it may happen that a player gets injured.There are two
types of injuries:the ones with the orange cross and ones with the red cross.
When the one with the red cross happens,you HAVE to change the player,whether
you want it or not.But don't worry,this doesn't happen too often.The easier
type of injuries(orange cross) doesn't ask of you to change the player.He can
continue the match,but I would strongly advise against it.Not only that he
will be good for nothing on the field,but the injurie will become heavier,and
it will take him longer to recover(this happens only when you're playing the
league,cup,or Master L.).That's about all there is to say about substitutions,
so,hopefully,I gave you a few useful advices in this text.Of course,like in
real football,you have 3 substitutions per match.
Here you can choose who will take free kicks,penalties and corners.In the 1st
column you decide about free kicks.Small letter S represents free kicks from
short distances,and L is for long distance free kicks.The 2nd column:corner
kicks.As you may have guessed,R is for right side corner kicks,and L is for
left side corner kicks.For these two decisions(free and corner kicks) I would
suggest you use players with good power and curving abilities(especially for
free kicks),and for corners,i wouldn't be bad if the player had good passing
abilities.As for the penalty kicks,everyone has their own way of shooting,so
some will shoot in the middle of the goal(in that case use someone with good
power),and some will shoot in the corners,so accuracy is crucial.And one more
tip:avoid shooting penalties by ground,because there is a higher probability
that the player will miss,or that the goalkeeper will save it.
Choose the captain of the team.This does not affect the players in any way,so
it doesn't really matter who you pick.
Things are getting serious at this point.This is a bit more complex part,so
Let's you change the formation.There are 16 different formations.Here they
4-5-1A 3-6-1A 5-4-1A
4-5-1B 3-6-1B 5-4-1B
4-4-2A 3-5-2A 5-3-2A
4-4-2B 3-5-2B 5-3-2B
Those are the formations available.It's very important to understand that
there isn't the "best" formation or the "worst".Every formation is intended
for a different type of game,and it depends on your tactic(if you have one,
that is).So don't be afraid to try them all,until you find one that completely
suits your style of playing.So,for instance,if you base your game on attackers
good with headers,you won't use 4-5-1,because 4-3-3 is intended for that style
of play,and it suits much better.You noticed the letters A and B behind every
formation?Those letters decide the formation of your midfielders.The letter A
is better if you plan to attack,because more midfielders will join the attack.
If you're defending,B formation is much better for you,midfielders will become
DMFs(defensive midfielders).That's all there is to know about changing the
formation for now(there is something more,later).
Change the defence type for every player.There are three defence types:
Player covers the specific area(his position determines the area).
Player covers a bigger area(usually two times bigger then covering).Sometimes
the player may go to the closest position and switch his mate who is wandering
who knows where.
Player concentrates on guarding only one specific player(you order wich).You
can choose the type of defence:normal or agressive.They aren't very different.
This is a good option when the opponent has a specificly dangerous player,so
you need someone to watch over him all the time.
That's it about Defence type.
You can decide the attitude for every player.Not much of a science,really.Just
press right if you want the player to join attack more often,or press left if
you want the player to join defence more often.
Back to formation bussines.When you finally set a formation,you can change the
positions of players one by one,if you'd like.Choose a player,and a rectangle
will show up,telling you where can you move the player.You can move him inside
of the rectangle.One of the best and most useful options,actually,because it
basically let's you to make your own formation(s).
That's about it for formation.
Now for some serious brainstorming!This is a tough part to understand,so...
You actually don't have to set the strategy settings to play a good game.But
if you want to play Arsene Wenger(or Sir Alex) a bit,this is the right place
for you!Okay,when you choose this you're given the following options:
You have two set-ups:manual and semi-auto.Everything is the same,but only in
semi-auto the computer does the 75% of the work for you,and you have to turn
one strategy ON/OFF.This is not my favourite,it's better that you make your
own decisions when to turn the specific strategy ON/OFF.So let's go for the
First of all,you need to know that you can have maximum of four strategies in
the match.Four buttons represent four strategies,and in the menu you decide
wich button is wich strategy.When you're in game,you turn the strategy ON/OFF
by pressing L2 + one of the buttons(X,O,Triangle and Square).Here are the
strategies and brief explanations:
No strategy-speaks for it self
Centre attack-the centre back joins the attack occasionally
R.Side attack-the right back joins the attack
L.Side attack-the left back joins the attack
Opp.Side attack-for instance,the RB joins the attack,but goes on the left side
Change sides-LB and RB change sides and guard different areas
CB Overlap-the CB always joins attack
Zone press-slowly all players make pressing and win field possesion
Conterattack-players wait for opponents error and then quickly go to attack
Offside trap-when you believe you're in a good position,make an offside trap
for opponents attacker
On the last two strategies,you change the formation,so you can quickly change
them while playing.
Sometimes it can be hard to remember what strategies you exactly have,and
what's their use,but with time you'll get the hang of it.Whew!Finally done
with the strategy!
This is the last option in the formation settings.It allows you to save the
formation setting you have made.Very useful.But if you want it saved after you
turn off the console,you have to go to Formation Data Manager.
And that's it conserning the formation.I hope now you can see what a game this
is,and that it is really a simulation,full of small,but important details.But,
isn't that what makes a good game?
Well,of course,this game too has it's rewards when you start seriously playing
it.Here are the bonuses you can unlock while playing it(note that difficulty
and match lenghth don't matter in any of the cups):
Euro Elite-win Internatinal Cup
World Elite-win International League
Eternal England-win European Cup with England
Forever France-win European Cup with France
Heroic Holland-win European Cup with Netherlands
Immortal Italy-win European Cup with Italy
Genuine Germany-win European Cup with Germany
Beloved Brazil-win American Cup with Brazil
Always Argentina-win American Cup with Argentina
Master League teams-win Master League 1st division
Club House stadium-win Konami Cup
Those are the bonuses.I hope I didn't forget anything.
As you know,Konami didn't get the full license for using all the real names
(for players,stadiums and teams).You can't change the stadium names and team
names,but luckily you can correct the names of players.Misspelled names are
usually just anagrams and you can see what they should be like,but anyway,I
did promise I'd write them,so...I wrote all the national teams,and correct
names for the players.As for the stadiums and teams,you will find real names
for them also(teams-Master league chapter,stadiums-somewhere below).
+ Big thanks to BigCj34,if it weren't for him,you probably wouldn't even see +
+ this section.I took at least 70% of the names from his FAQ,hope he's cool +
+ with that.Of course,he gets full credit.BTW,you should really check his +
+ FAQ out.It's great,and full of useful information.And no,he didn't pay me +
+ to say this;) +
I wrote the REAL names(well,mostly surnames) and sometimes you may see that
they can't fit in the provided space(10 letters).You'll have to come up
with your ways of fitting them in(sorry 'bout this).
Van der Sar
You may,or may not be interested in this,but officially,country Yugoslavia
doesn't exist anymore.It consisted out of 6 republics(Bosnia & Herzegovina,
Croatia,Serbia,Montenegro,Slovenia and Macedonia) until the year 1992.Then
all republics got their independence except Serbia and Montenegro,which still
formed Yugoslavia.Anyway,they WERE still called this way when this game went
out,and later changed it.Now there's no more Yugoslavia,but Serbia and
Foe----->Tragically died during a football match,while representing Cameroon
United States of America
De Los Santos
De La Cruz
That concludes the "Player names" section.Now onto the unlockables.Please note
the following:names of the players in the unlockable teams can NOT be edited.
If you are wondering how to unlock these teams,please refer to the "Bonuses"
Special thanks to BigCj34 for these names.Although I am pretty familiar with
the football(or soccer) in all past decades,in this case,I must admit,beside
a few players,I had no idea who could they be.So,Heroic Holland roster is
completely identical to the one in BigCJ34's FAQ.
Mazzola--->Not sure whether it's Valentino or Sandro Mazzola
Well,that's it for the names in this game.
Key Square Stadium-Australia national Stadium
Royal Palace Stadium-Konig Boudewijn Stadium
Flying Disc Stadium-Stade de France
Twin Towers Stadium-Olympiastadion(Berlin)
White Stadium-San Siro
Arena Stadium-Amsterdam Arena
Masters Stadium-Parc des Princes
Pacific Plaza Stadium-Estadio Nacional
National Stadium-Saitama Stadium
Legends Stadium-Old Trafford
International Stadium-Yokohama International Stadium
Arc Stadium-Nagai Stadium
Oval stadium-Olympic Stadium
Not many people to thank,actually.I wrote the FAQ on my own,and only a few
persons deserve to be in this section:
1.My parents-for their love and support,and for buying me a computer:)
2.Yoyimbo Yoshi-for countless matches played against me,for introducing me to
the world of ISS Pro.
3.BigCj34-player names.I have to admit,I owe at least 70% of the Player names
section to him.
4.Alien34-for showing me a trick a I could not see anywhere else
5.Gameplay crew-for giving me information about the names of some teams
Well,that's it.My first FAQ,hooraay!I hope you found at least one thing you
didn't know and that you found it useful.If you have any questions,I'll be
glad to answer them,so send me an e-mail,and I'll try to answer as soon as
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