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Champions League Skin 2016

Dark skin optimized for HD resolutions (1920x1080), low(er) resolutions might give issues with some player panels, scoreboard and pre/post match panels and are not supported.

By on Jan 10, 2016   52814 views   14 comments
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Downloads: 13321 / Size: 79.4 MB / Added: 2016-01-10
FM 2016 Skins - Champions League Skin 2016
The "Champions League skin" is back for the 2016 edition (last release was for FM 2014, I skipped FM 2015).
I created this skin for my personal use and the skin has been tested with the recommended resolution of 1920x1080 (windowed and full screen).

This skin wouldn't have been possible without the work of:
Dasz8, FLUT, EmilDebski (Vitrex skin), OPZ, TheBantams (Andromeda skin), Wannachupbrew, Bergkamp, Artdekdok and many, many others.
Recommended (not included) for use with this skin are:
Facepack of your choice, Logo and kits packs, Cities mega-pack (showing city pictures in club screens) and stadium background pack.

This skin includes:
- compatibility with version 16.2.0
- bigger player faces
- (small) sidebar with customized icons and auto-hide feature, colours change depending on team/competition selected
- custom made Champions League scoreboard in full match screen mode
- custom made "match preview" and "post match" panels
- opacity/background selector
- instant result button
- many other additional graphical updates to enhance the FM experience

This is a dark skin, optimized for HD resolutions (resolution of 1920x1080 windowed and full screen).
The main focus with this skin was to get the optimal amount of information on the (profile) panels.
Low(er) resolutions will not be able to display all panels completely because of this and these low(er) resolution are not recommended or supported.

*****Please don't redistribute without my permission, either in original form or in a "tweaked" or "enhanced" version******

Champions League 2016 Skin Preview

How to add Champions League 2016 skin in FM16

  1. Download and extract the .7z file (using either 7-Zip for Windows or The Unarchiver for Mac).

  2. Place the "Champions League 2016" folder here:
    Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2016\skins
    Create the folder "skins" if it doesn't exist.

  3. Start FM16 and go to Preferences screen and then into the Interface tab.
    You should see Champions League 2016 as option in the skin drop down of the Overview box.
    Hit the Confirm button.

Please note this skin is provided as is. It has nothing to do with Sports Interactive or SEGA and won't be supported by them.

Known Issues

If you are using a higher resolution than HD your CL scoreboard will not look good.
You can fix this easily by adjusting the "left inset" values (increase them) of the items that seem out of place in the "match titlebar score.xml" that is located in the \panels folder of the skin.

The signature font is causing problems (it shows a "?" in the name sometimes) when using Turkish player names.
This is also the case in other skins (Androflut and Andromeda) that use the same signature font.
To resolve replace the "signature" font in the "font" directory and the problem is solved.
Just download this small file and replace the files in the "fonts"\ folder of the skin.

Screenshot with "corrected" signature font:

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Discussion: Champions League Skin 2016

14 comments have been posted so far.

  • filip991's avatar
  • a31632's avatar
    Great!!!! glad it all worked out!
  • vadywerwer's avatar
    ty ty ty x 99999999999 all are perfect now NICE SKIN!!!!
  • a31632's avatar
    Here is the download link for the panels (I adjusted 2)

    @anderoxi: the logos are ESS logo's made by Tom Dixon (old style). The newer style ESS logo's can be downloaded through
  • vadywerwer's avatar
    good to know all are good now & ty alot for your work man but now explain me to or give me a link for download the xml file because i'm not so good in this :D & 1 more time ty for ur work
  • anderoxi's avatar
    Where can I find those logos?
  • a31632's avatar
    I edited a bit more and this is the end result:

    I edited line 4 of "tactics overview panel.xml" as well: this now looks like this:
    <layout class="arrange_vertical_attachment" alignment="top, extend" offset="0" gap="-40" />

    It will move the container to the top and makes it overall look better too
  • a31632's avatar
    Got it done by resizing the pitch in "tactics overview panel match.xml"
    Edit lines 185 till 197 as below:

    <!--pitch/next match-->
    <container class="minimisable_container" width="640" hide_on_minimise="true" save_default_state="true">

    <widget class="pitch_with_tactics" id="pitc" width="640" icon_flags="show_name,use_overview_icons,show_extra_details,drop_initial_if_possible,show_position_role_duty_suitability,show_selection_image,show_number,show_role_duty_labels">
    <integer id="pitch_vertical_padding" value="3" />
    <boolean id="vertical" value="true" />
    <integer id="pitch_player_radius" value="4" />
    <integer id="pitch_player_icon_text_size" value="5" />
    <real id="pitch_length_multiplier" value="1.22" />
    <integer id="pitch_player_icon_text_size" value="5" />
    <flags id="pitch_alignment" value="can_scale" />
    <boolean id="allow_attributes_popup" value="true" />

    It took some adjusting and I tested it in HD resolution (windowed) and now looks like this:
  • a31632's avatar
    Ok, sorry, I misunderstood you.

    The file "tactics icon info panel overview.xml" was edited to have the players' name on the shirts instead of in the lower portion. Because the shirts/players are smaller on the tactics screen during the match (when changing tactics/making substitutions) the names don't show on the shirts there.
    I will see if I can edit this so it will show on the shirts in the main tactics screen but lower on the "in game" screen but I'm pretty sure it's "either/or".

    Thanks for bringing this to my attention!
  • vadywerwer's avatar
    here u can see better what i mean
  • vadywerwer's avatar
    is that solution working for in match substitution also ? this is what i mean
  • a31632's avatar
    I assume you have a resolution of 1920x1080. The players names are only showing in the standard skin if you have 4 players in the same "line" (so 4 defenders or midfielders next to each other. If you have 5 in a row as you can see the players kits will resize and the names will 'drop off" as a result (as they don't resize).

    I looked at some options: reducing the size of the names, shirts etc. But the best solution is to reverse it and just make the pitch wider.

    I tested it and if you change the code in "tactics overview panel.xml" as follows it will also show the names in a "5 player side-by-side" formation.

    Just replace the code in lines 258 and 260 with this code:

    <!--pitch/next match-->
    <container class="minimisable_container" width="640" hide_on_minimise="true" save_default_state="true">

    <container class="vertical_adaptive_container" offset="0" inset="0" gap="0" width="640">
    <layout class="stick_to_sides_attachment" alignment="left,vertical" inset="0"/>

    The value "620" already works but with longer names they would be outside of the shirts, which doesn't look that nice.

    Additionally you could delete the "subs bench" widget at the end of the file, it will move the pitch to the right more.
    I never look at the bench icons anyways, but some might feel it's useful so I left it in.

    Don't try this solution with lower resolutions as the pitch will take 50% of your screen in that case ;-)

  • vadywerwer's avatar
    Skin is very very nice but there is 1 more problem u cant see players name in tactic screen when u want to make some substitutions is there any way to fix it ? TY
  • a31632's avatar
    The pop-up (player info) isn't showing up in all cases.

    To resolve this please delete “popup information panel.xml” from the folders panel in the skin.
    This file interferes with showing correctly and causes the popup not to show at all in some cases.
    Below images “before” and “after” deletion of the panel.


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