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09/03/01                                                  Format: N64
Version: Final                                      Developer: Konami
Janus Operative                                     Publisher: Konami
[email protected]                                  Genre: Sports

Introduction --- "The beautiful game"

International Superstar Soccer 2000 is the update of the Nintendo 
64's best football game, ISS 98. It is the third in the trilogy of 
International Superstar Soccer games with the first one being the 
groundbreaking ISS 64. The reason it was so groundbreaking is the 
fact that it paved the way for ISS 98 and to a lesser extent ISS 

The new version may not be a huge update but it is still a great game 
and offers some exciting new features. The main one being the new 
Career mode. It is an RPG style quest which allows you to take a 
unknown football player to international glory. There have also been 
minor touch ups made to the gameplay.

This FAQ will provide you with tips and strategies for each part of 
the game. From the on pitch action to the training fields of the 
career mode. Nearly everything is covered.


10/04/01: Okay, it probably isn't the tenth as I write this. I'm 
          thinking it's more like the eight. But do I care? No. Do I 
          care that loads of sites ask me to use this FAQ even though
          it is final and I can't add them to my list? Yes. Yes I do.
          Which is why I've made this update. It'll probably only be 
          available on GameFAQs but that's probably where most people 
          will see it. Am I rambling? Yes. 0.001% will be reading 
          this but I've done it for peace of mind. MY mind...

10/03/01: Erm. I do realise that the last version was meant to be the 
          final one but there were a few nagging format and grammar 
          errors that I couldn't let die. I can now safely say, this 
          is the final version of the FAQ.

05/02/01: This version includes a FAQ section, so you don't need to 
          email me about this game anymore :) I also tidied the look 
          up a bit. It is hopefully easier to read.

01/13/01: Added some new sections which can be seen in the contents. 
          I also added some tricks and more details for the teams. 
          The new scenario section is also in this version.

12/31/00: This is the first version of the FAQ

      1: Controls
            -Basic Controls
            -Advanced Controls
            -Tips and Advice
      2: Set Pieces
            -Free Kicks

      3: Tactics
            -Styles of Play
      4: Team selection
      5: Modes of Play
      6: Frequently Asked Questions

   1: Controls

The controls section is split in two. The first part being the 
controls that are easy to master. The second being the creative 
tricks that require a little more thought to pull off correctly.

Basic Controls
If you played ISS 98 or ISS 64 then you should be familiar with the 
controls but I will go over them again because I'm nice :)

I am using the default controls (TYPE 1)

    Dribble -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ Control Stick
    Pass ~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ A Button
    Shoot ~-~-~-~-~--~-~-~-~-~ B Button
    Through pass ~-~-~-~-~-~-~ Top C Button
    Dash -~-~-~-~-~--~-~-~-~-~ Bottom C Button 
    One two pass ~-~-~-~-~-~-~ Right C Button
    Fly ball ~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ Left C Button

    Charge ~-~-~-~-~--~-~-~-~-~ Without Ball Press A
    Sliding -~-~-~-~--~-~-~-~-~ Without Ball Press Left C Button

These are the basic controls but to add some skill and excitement to 
the game you might want to use some advanced controls.

Advanced Controls (Skill)
you will obviously want to add some skill to your game and look good 
in multiplayer against your mates. The skills in ISS 2000 are fairly 
easy to use and look good when performed in the right situations.

Lifting........Press Left C Button when completely still.
Useful for.....Absolutely nothing, sometimes you can keep the ball up 
               going from one end to another without the computer 
               touching you which looks good but isn't very useful.

Heel Lift......While dashing press Left C Button.
Useful for.....Looks very stylish but doesn't really have a purpose. 
               Unless you count giving the ball straight to the 
               opposition as a purpose.

Stepover.......Hold A and Bottom C before the pass reaches you.
Useful for.....Confusing the opposition. If timed well it can look 
               very good, but make sure there is a player to receive 
               the ball after the stepover.

Quick Turn.....While dashing push the stick in the other direction 
Useful for.....Losing your marker. It is very useful when you are 
               running down the wing and are trying to get a cross in 
               but there is someone blocking the ball. You can just 
               turn sharply and find yourself in plenty of space to 
               get the cross in.

Feint..........Press Bottom C twice quickly.
Useful for.....Confusing the computer. If you carry on tapping bottom 
               C then you can continue performing the trick. Push the 
               stick forward to feint while moving.

Jump...........Tap Z twice quickly.
Useful for.....Apparently you can leap past defenders but I haven't 
               managed to do so yet.

360 Turn.......Rotate the Control Stick.
Useful for.....Turning to avoid players because they can't tackle you 
               while your back is turned. Don't use it to often 
               though because I think it tends to slow the match down 
               a bit.

Trap...........While stopped press Left C.
Useful for.....Controlling a lob pass so that you can bring the ball 
               down to the floor without the usual process of heading 
               the ball back and forth.

Short Kick.....Press Z and Bottom C
Useful for.....Kicking the ball in front of you? I haven't used this 
               much but it is a skill in the game so I included it 
               here. I think it is meant for you to kick it round a 
               player while you catch up with it or something like 

Shooting is not just as simple as pressing B and can be the hardest 
part of the game to master next to the unforgiving career mode.

The strength of the shot depends on how hard you press the B button.
If you're  on the edge of the 18 yard box and need some power to get 
the ball in the top corner then hold the B button. But if you are on 
the end of a beautiful pass along the face of the goal then you
may just want to tap B for a simple tap in.

If you hold R when you shoot then you can control the height of the 
shot. If you lean heavily on the control stick while shooting then 
you will likely cause the ball to go over depending on whereabouts on 
the pitch you are. To smash the ball in the bottom corner slightly 
lean the stick. See how simple it can be!!!! If you practice you will 
get the hang of it.

Tips and Advice
I think there is a weak spot on the pitch somewhere. It is a spot 
where nine times out of ten you will always score. I haven't found it 
yet but I think it is a fair way out from the goal and slightly on a 
diagonal with it.

|          |     |
|          |     |________
|          |
|          |
|          |_______________
|                 This is where I think
|       *         one of the spots is, the
|                 other is symmetrical to it

The furthest out from the goal I've scored is 40m and Joe Tutt has 
managed to score from 57m. It hasn't been proven but I trust him :)

When tackling always time your tackles well especially when sliding. 
Make sure you can get the ball and don't tackle from behind or slide 
the keeper.
Of course...

you may want to use fouling to your advantage. You can nearly always 
escape with out a card if you foul from the front. fouls can also 
help in another way, if you single out the opponents best player with 
some crunching tackles from the front his stamina will decrease 
making him easier to mark.

The fly ball is good for clearing the ball but you can also switch  
the ball from one side to the other. This is useful when you can't go 
forward because there is a crowd of players in front of you. Just 
turn and hit the ball to the other side of the pitch.

   2: Set Pieces

Set Pieces are easy ways to score goals. Well at least that is what 
everyone seems to think. However in my opinion they are the hardest 
part of the game to master. This section provides you with tips to 
get you started with the set pieces.

Free Kicks
(1) Make sure your best free kick taker is taking the kick. look 
    for players with a high shoot and curve rating

(2) To get a better view of the situation cycle through the views 
    available with the Top C Button. Then you will have a more 
    accurate shot.

(2) You can score with a curling shot by holding Z and the direction 
    you want to curl it after the ball has left your feet. Be careful
    not to curl it too much.

(3) If the shot is on the edge of the box you can jump the wall by 
    positioning the arrow slightly over the wall and kicking with the 
    power bar only 40 or 50% full.

(4) As with shooting the more you practice it the easier it will 

(1) To score from a corner you must hit the ball to a position where 
    the keeper can't get to it. Close to him is the obvious example.

(2) You can always do a short corner to get a better angle for a 
    cross. You should cross so that the ball is in the six yard box 
    but not to close to the keeper. Headers from anywhere further 
    back from around the six yard box are useless.

(3) Don't try and score from a corner it is just a waste of time and 
    if any do go in it is just a fluke.

(1) Keep the blue aimer on. You stand less chance of scoring if you 
    can't see where you are putting the ball.

(2) Press A to place the ball for a more accurate shot. Use B to use 
    more power. It's up to you which one you choose but I like to 
    use a strong shot.

(3) The art to penalty taking is to send the keeper the wrong way. To 
    do this position the blue square to the right of the keeper and 
    press B or A to shoot. Before the ball goes to far away from you 
    switch the blue marker to the far left side of the goal.

(4) Saving penalties is a different matter though. Use B and the D-
    pad to save. You can use the control stick but I find that you 
    have more control if you use the d-pad. Wait until the ball has 
    left the strikers feet before diving. You can some times tell 
    what way the ball is going but it's usually down to luck.

   3: Tactics

Being a good tactician is the key to winning matches and the 
following guide provides you with an idea of what to do and what not 
to do at the tactics screen.


The 4-4-2 is the average formation your defense midfield and attack 
is strong but your midfield may be weak against a five man opposition 
midfield. That doesn't mean that a five man midfield will beat you 
because the tactics are only as strong as the team that plays them, 
or something like that. What I'm trying to say is that a four man 
Brazil midfield would easily beat a five man Liechtenstein

Basically this variation of the 4-4-2 turns the left and right 
midfielders into attacking wingers. But the wingers usually decide to 
stay up front which weakens the midfield and defeats the idea of this
formation. The idea is that the winger are constantly making forward 
runs from midfield.

More of a defensive formation if you are going to play this formation 
you need a top class centre forward. This is good formation to use 
against world class teams if you are playing as a rubbish team 
because the five man midfield will give you a high amount of 

Pushing one midfielder up into attack creates a strong front line but 
no wingers means no crosses so it is best suited to teams like Brazil 
or Argentina.

This is basically a 3-3-2 formation with two wing backs that can be 
played in defence, midfield, attack or anywhere on the left and right 
side. It is a very solid formation and any team can play it with 
relative ease.

Pulling the striker back into midfield means you will enjoy most of 
the possession but as with the 4-5-1 you must make sure that the 
striker is very good.

Similar to the 4-3-3 you will need a good defence for this and again 
it is best suited to the better teams.

This is a very weak formation because with no wingers or full backs 
you leave your team open to attacks and crosses from the wing. I 
can't see why any team would want to play this formation.

See above.

Where do they get these formations from. If you wanted to push the 
forwards up then there are much better ways of doing it than this.

Another useless formation. The only way it would work is by pulling 
the right and left midfielders and strikers back a bit but that is 
the same as the 4-2-4.

This is a solid formation if you pull the wingers back a bit and let 
them run forward from the back. The two man defence may prove a bit 
weak against world class teams though.

This formation ruins the game because with nearly no attackers the 
match will just be a case of you defending with no attacking.

This is similar to the 5-4-1 and although it evens things out more 
the midfield is to weak to create any attacks and your forwards will 
just be chasing stray balls all the time.

I should have put this near the 3-2-5 because it is useless the 
defence is strong but two midfielders can not start a good attack and 
you will find that you have 3 strikers doing nothing.

1-4-5 and 1-5-4
These formations should only be used if you are losing 10-0 with two 
minutes to go. If you are going to lose then you could at least get 
one goal back. If you want to you could let your goalkeepers take
the corners because as well as it giving you all of your players 
available in the box it also looks funny to see the goalkeeper 
sprinting back after you lose possession.

Styles of Play or Tactics
Just one piece of advice here;

(1) Turn it off
    There is no point of tactics in this game and if you really need 
    to use them make sure you control them not the computer.

The substitutions menu is probably the most confusing and the most 
informative menu in the game.

You probably realise what he faces and the small green meter mean. 
They tell you the players condition and stamina ideally you want 
these to be perfect but should you sacrifice a striker with a overall 
rating of 90 for one with 83 just because they aren't as healthy as 
they could be?

You should always keep your first choice keeper on and keep your 
strongest player from defence and midfield on despite their health. 
Although if it is really low it is probably best to rest them. 

The strikers are entirely different though. It is a good idea to 
change them at half time to bring on some fresh legs but it may be a 
good idea to keep a player like Vieri who is one of the best players 
in the world on.

   4: Team Selection

Brazil             290
Holland            288
Germany            287
France             285
Italy              285
England            281
Argentina          270
Croatia            269
Denamark           267
Norway             266
Yugoslavia         266
Cameroon           261
Columbia           261
Russia             261
Uruguay            261

These are the totals when all the ratings are added up. I only added 
the results of teams with over 260 points.

So the best three teams in the game are  
(Not including any all stars teams)

   5: Modes of Play

When I say "Modes of Play" I actually mean career and scenario 
because they are the modes that section 5 (this section) covers.

The following points are a guide. Not a guaranteed strategy for wins.

* It doesn't matter what nationality you select, the difficulty level 
  is the same for any team.

* Resting and fitness are important, Never let your health bar get 
  too low. It is better to miss a week of training than a month if 
  you get injured.

* Train your player in his key abilities (the ones in yellow print). 
  These are the most vital ones and make sure they are high.

* You need a lot of stamina.

* You need to talk to everyone to earn respect and gain tips. It will 
  help to write down any important tips or information.
* Enthusiasm is important. Take a change of scenery once in a while 
  or get a girlfriend. To do this just keep talking to the same girl 
  all the time. 

* Always play your matches and treat them as scenarios. Go straight 
  for the goal. No fancy tricks.

*  Striker is the best position to play because you need to win 
   matches not rely on defencive strength.

* Always train at training camp and don't rest. Rest for a week 
  before it to get your health up.

That is all the help I can give you. As I said before they are only 
tips and not a guaranteed guide to the national team.


GERMANY 0 - 0 Turkey
3:52 second half   Germany corner
Easy. Its as simple as that just score from the corner and play a 
passing game to waste the time. You could also push all of you 
players up into a 1-4-5 formation for the corner just remember to
change it back the second you lose possession.

Ukraine 0 - 0 FRANCE
4:03 second half   Ukraine penalty
Keep restarting the game until you save the penalty. Then switch your 
formation to one with 3 players up front. Make sure your best player 
is in the middle of the front 3 and play through balls to him from 

Yugoslavia 2 - 2 CROATIA
4:11 second half   Free kick
Number 18 should be pushed up for the free kick as he is good in the 
air so just whip in a good free kick and score from it. If you don't 
score from it you should switch the formation to 4-3-3 and play 
through balls to the striker.

England 0 - 0 SWEEDEN
3:55 second half   Sweden throw in
Switch your formation to 3-6-1 and you will win nearly every midfield 
ball. Set all the midfield players except the middle man to join the 
attack and play the ball to the striker and have him hold the ball 
until your midfielders join and support you.

ENGLAND 0 - 1 Scotland
3:41 second half   England free kick
Again, push all your players up for the free kick and score by any 
means necessary. If you don't score keep trying until you do. Then  
change to a 3-4-3 formation and punish the Scottish with some great 

ITALY 2 - 3 Denmark
2:23 second half   Italy corner
As with nearly all the scenarios start with an attacking formation 
for the corner something like a 1-4-5 and then change it back to 343 
after the corner. Not a very difficult scenario really even though 
you start a goal down.

ROMANIA 1 - 1 Portugal
4:47 second half   Romania freekick
You need to make this kick count so pile every one into an attacking 
position and move most of them into the box with one player on each 
wing and one or two waiting outside the box for any rebounds. You can 
either pass to one of your wingers and get a cross in to your 
forwards or try to pass it straight to the forwards that are piled 
into the box.

UKRAINE 0 - 0 Slovenia
4:22 second half   Ukraine penalty
This is easy. Chevchan (Shevchneko?) your number 10 is the best 
penalty taker you have so just score with the kick and hold onto the 
ball for the remaining time. Your superior team can add to the score 
because the Slovenia defence is easy to break down. Any sensible 
formation should work fine and note the sensible, no 1-4-5s or 1-5-

SPAIN 2 - 3 Cyprus
4:30 second half   Spain throw in
Time is against you in this scenario but your superior side should be 
able to play a more attacking formation with little trouble. Try 
anything with at least two defenders because Cyprus are very weak and 
vulnerable to nearly anything. Their keeper is also weak against long 
shots so have lots of forwards ready to follow up any rebounds.

HOLLAND 5 - 5 Belgium
Second period of extra time   Belgium corner
Switch the formation to a 3-4-3 and if you successfully defend the 
corner try to break quickly down the wing. Hold the ball until the 
three strikers are supporting the attack and then whip a great cross 
in. Simple really. 

CZECH REPUBLIC 1 - 1 Holland
4:19 Second half   Holland free kick
Don't change your formation until you have possession of the ball or 
it has gone out of play. Holland tend to be very good at the free 
kick so be prepared to close in and win any rebounds. Once you have 
possession switch to a 3-5-2 and use a good through ball or a one two 
to cut through the Dutch defence. Remember that time is against you 
so don't do anything to risky.

AUSTRAILIA 0 - 0 Brazil
2:59 second half   Australia throw in
Brazil start the match with a weaker than usual side and seem to be 
weaker on the left side so use lots of pacy attacks down the left 
hand side. You can even start by throwing the ball to the left side  
of the pitch if you use a long throw. Remember to try to prevent the 
Brazilians from making any substituions so they can't bring their 
best players on.

GREECE 0 - 2 Norway
3:17 second half   Norway corner
Norway have no real weaknesses so set your formation to 442 and try 
everything. Well I say everything but only try stuff that you can 
pull off. Through balls, one twos and crosses are fine. Winning 
possession from the corner and scoring from a quick break will help 

Brazil 2 - 0 ARGENTINA
2:27 second half   Argentina free kick
A goal from the free kick would be the best start it would leave you 
with only a two goal gap between the two sides. Depending on if you 
score or not it is best to use a 3-4-3 if you can keep possession and
not lose the ball to much in midfield areas. Even with their stronger 
team members brazil are still more vulnerable to attacks from the 
left side than any where else. If you find yourself running out of
time foul a lot to add more injury time.

URUGUAY 0 - 3 Brazil
0:53 second half   Uruguay free kick
There is enough time left to scrape to a narrow victory but you must 
score the free kick to stand any sort of chance. A 3-5-2 formation is 
best for this match. Concentrate on one twos, through balls and 
crosses. Especially down Brazils slightly weaker left side.

Italy 4 - 0 WALES
3:17 second half   Wales corner
This is the hardest scenario in the game. Scoring from the corner is 
important. Switch to a 2-5-3 for the corner and make sure to clear up 
any rebounds well. Use a 3-5-2 formation for the rest of the match 
with the wing backs pushed back slightly to strengthen the defence. 
Try not to give the ball away too much and do what ever you can too  
break through the Italian defence, one twos, through balls, 
stepovers. Don't try anything that you can't do and don't try fancy 

   6: Frequently Asked Questions

This section features some of the most frequently asked questions I 
have received about International Superstar Soccer 2000. If you have 
a question check this section first to see if it isn't answered 
somewhere below.

No Career?
Question: Why does my version of International Superstar Soccer 2000 
not include this career mode?

Answer: Well it seems that the career mode was taken out of the 
American version for some reason. There is no secret way to get it 
and your best hopes is to get an imported PAL version if that is

"Insert trick name here"
Question: I can do a trick called (insert trick name here) can it be 
posted in your FAQ?

Answer: All the important tricks are located here and I have no 
desire to update this again, so no I can't post the trick. This may 
sound mean but I can't check the trick because my SNES is connected
to the T.V and not my N64. I love those retro games :)

Question: How do you edit players oh great master?

Answer: Here is what you do. Go to the OPTIONS menu. Then the 
TRANSFER menu. Now go to NAME EDIT and type in the name. Now select 
COMPLETE and save the changes. You do need a memory card to save 
stuff on this game. So if you want to change names you need to invest 
in a memory card. I recommend the official one.          

Question: Can you help me in career mode?

Answer: All the help I can give you is in the career section. I don't 
have any extra secrets that I kept to my self.

Conclusion --- "They think it's all over...It is now"

I hope this guide helped you with ISS 2000. It's a great game and I 
am glad I choose it for my first FAQ. It's the closest I've ever come 
to playing football on a console after experiencing the dismal FIFA 

If you own Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2 (GBC)don't forget to check out my 
guide to it :). It's my second FAQ but it is certainly not going to 
be my last. 

If any more ISS games come out on Gamecube or N64 you can rest 
assured that I will write a guide for them.

Legal Stuff

This guide is intended for personal uses only and is not to be 
publically broadcasted in any way either electronically or in any 
other format. No part of the document may be redistributed or 
modified without the author, Janus Operative's, consent or express 
permission. For more information on the use of this document, please 
contact Janus Operative at [email protected]

The latest version of this guide can always be found at GameFAQs.com

If you want to host the FAQ on your site email me with the site URL 
and I'll send you updates by email. Don't host this guide on your 
site without permission or in a non updated state (if there are 
updates), if you do I will take action against you and your site. 

It is easier to play by the rules than it is to go against them... 

           This Document Is Copyright 2001 Janus Operative

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