Spain and Italy have been good for me. 2 strikers, a goalie and 2 defenders for Italy. The latter three having been sold. 2 strikers, a winger, a DC and a DR from spain.
Spain and Italy have been good for me. 2 strikers, a goalie and 2 defenders for Italy. The latter three having been sold. 2 strikers, a winger, a DC and a DR from spain.
The feeder club search didn't come up with any club,maybe if I cut my ties with Livorno they may look at someone else ?
I took the advise about the Spanish market and I signed a few free transfers,the fans are well pleased even before they've kicked a ball.
Asier - Young keeper from Tenerife http://img693.imageshack.us/img693/9432/asier.jpg
Jose Maria Cases - 25 year old midfielder from Valencia http://img693.imageshack.us/img693/2...mariacases.jpg
I also got this youth player on a free from one of the Italian trial days http://img686.imageshack.us/img686/8223/varrielle.jpg 16 years old and my ass man regards him as the most important player in my squad ! (hope thats a good thing)
Just started my third season and its going very well so far,I've qualified for the next round of the seria C cuup at the third time of asking.Also beat Pisa in my first league game,so hopefully a great season beckons
I was recommended Cases to help a player settle. Never did try to buy him tbh.
Just lost Filkor for 15m!
Trying to bring in Agbonglahor or Delfouneso in. Need somebody to partner Seleznyov
I'd do everything I can, but he is likely to be a stand and deliver Midfielder, he couldn't dribble as a baby let alone now
Lusitano de Evora
End of Season
2010/11 2nd Division South
The Current SeasonThe Quick Reference
Portuguese Cup: 3rd Round vs Vit. Setubal
Finances: 1.5M (Huge Losses)
Transfers: Part 1 & Part 2
The Season in General
Well the first job was to rebuild my entire squad, I did this by bringing in a bunch of aging superstars, none of them looked like they would be stellar performers. All I wanted this season was to avoid relegation and look to push into a safe top half finish. We were over wage budget early, so I tried to sell off the reserves, but I could never get below it and we were losing bucketloads of money the whole year. It also means I am unable to sign replacements until the others start leaving in June.
Well we started off well falling into third after the first game, we had a dip in the middle of the season, and with ten games to go there was only 3 points seperating 2nd and 8th, but we had confirmed that we would not be relegated, I was rather disappointed as we only went 4-3-3 through those final ten games to finish off 6th, a disappointing end to a promising season. We did have Jose Maria as the top assist man in the division, but all around the weakness of our team was defending. In the league we scored 54 goals (4th), but we allowed 44 goals (10th) and that was purely the reason behind our being 6th and not in the top 3.
Well the board wanted us to make the 2nd round of the Portuguese Cup and we did this with ease as in the first round we faced lower league side Aliados, we defeated them 2:1 and moved on to face 3rd Division side Pescadores, this game was even easier as we took them down 2:0, then we had our biggest match and had to travel to Vit. Setubal (Liga Vitalis) for the third round, we held them out for 25 minutes, but once they scored they added a quick triple and by halftime we were down 3:0 and that was how it finished as we took the game to them in the second half and dominated, but were unable to score.
The Club's History
Goals Home & AwayCode:|----------|----------|-----------|--------------| | Season | League | Final Pos | Achievements | |----------|----------|-----------|--------------| | 2010/11 | 2DS | 6th | None | |----------|----------|-----------|--------------|
Win-Draw-Loss RecordsCode:|----------|----------|---------|---------|-------| | Season | League | Home | Away | Total | |----------|----------|---------|---------|-------| | 2010/11 | 2DS | 36-15 | 18-29 | 54-44 | |----------|----------|---------|---------|-------|
Club Records & Competition HistoryCode:|----------|----------|----------|----------|----------| | Season | League | Home | Away | Total | |----------|----------|----------|----------|----------| | 2010/11 | 2DS | 10-03-02 | 05-01-09 | 15-04-11 | |----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|
New Records: Highest Attendance 583, Biggest Win 4:0, Biggest Defeat 4:1, Highest Scoring Game 5:2, Winning Streak 4, Losing Streak 2, Unbeaten Streak 4, Top Goalscorer: Nilton 18, Top League Goalscorer: Nilton 18, Most Goals in a Match: Alves 3, Most Assists: Jose Maria 17, Most MoM: Jose Maria 5, Worst Discipline: Franco 6Y 3R, Most League Goals: Nilton 18, Youngest Player: Djibril 20y 231d, Oldest Player: Zito 39y 176d.
The PlayersThe Squad
Current Teams Stats: This Season & Evora Career.
31.Miguel - He got a few games late in the season, and he was pretty terrible when he was in there, he conceded too many goals, and after 4 games was replaced again, by the guy I saw as the best I had.
30.Jose Manuel - The best goalie I had all season, he was nothing to write home about, but he won us a few games on his own. He allowed waaay too many goals, so I am looking to find a replacement over the offseason and bring a new keeper in.
61.Brandao - He joined us in January and was a godsend, he tightened up the right hand side, and meant that Mauro was free to attack. Good in support, and better than out previous right back. Until he came along Right back had been cursed by injuries, no matter who I put in the slot they got injured within days.
62.Jorge Gueifao - We were extremely thin at right back, and Gueifao was the best I could find before the season started, all the other prospects headed to our competition so I had to settle. It took until January for me to find a replacement, and then Gueifao was on the bench. He had two injuries as well.
26.Mario Silva - The number 1 left back all season, he was completely solid and it is shown in his stats for the season. Except for a small injury he played every game.
37.Calu - The best back-up I had, he could play DC, DR or DL and he did everything with style. He was never the best in a position, but he always showed that he deserved to get time off the bench.
9.Amilcar Baia - When injuries struck down my defense he stepped up and played a few games off the bench.
23.Franco - He was selected as captain, but after he kept piling up the cards and warnings and then fines I had to see him back to the bench, replaced by Ferreira in the starting line-up and he never again appeared after that. A disastrous choice on all fronts.
32.Helder Ferreira - He came in after Mauro was injured, and then following a spate of cards against Franco managed to keep his spot once Mauro returned, he was solid, but is not really good enough for me to gain promotion.
4.Mauro - The best of my centre backs, but at a level below what I need, he got over 7 in his average rating for the season, but he is probably going to be replaced for the new season.
56.Fabio Domingos - He got a few games during injuries, but he was always 4th on the pecking order and it shows in his stats.
27.Mauro - He played every single game on the right wing, Russo barely got a look in. With 3 goals and 6 assists he was good enough, and there is not much talent out there that is likely to displace him.
13.Russo - The young gun barely got a chance this season, if anyone is going to be able to displace Mauro it will be him, I have to say right wing is one of the stronger positions in the team right now.
72.Helder Costa - He started the season as the number one left wing, but after a run of 5 bad games he was replaced in the starting XI by Quaresma who showed a bit more skill and finished the season in the spot.
9.Quaresma - While neither of my left wings was anything to write home about, Quaresma managed to keep the spot after forcing his way into the team.
7.Mamede - The man off the bench, with 16 appearances off the bench fo Evora he was always brought in to make an impact late in a game. He failed to do it on every occasion as he scored no goals, and got no assists.
20.Ruben Caetano - He was outshone in the midfield by Maria, but he still managed to put up 6 assists and grab an average rating just below 7, good play.
29.Pedro Ganhao - He also got splinters from so much time on the bench, but considering in his 13 appearances he did nothing for the team its not really a surprise.
22.Jose Maria - The star of the team, with 17 assists, 4 goals, and 5 MoM's he showed why he never lost his starting spot, he missed 1 game due to a suspension, and two due to injury, but other than that he started every game and helped our team achieve what they did.
71.Nilton - Early on Nilton & Alves were swapping starts alongside Djibril, but as the season wound on they showed their class and became the starting pair. Nilton ended the season with 18 goals in a stellar season.
47.Mota - Nothing but a sub on occasion, he never showed any skill.
10.Antonio Alves - Once Alves guaranteed the starting spot nothing could stop hima s he netted 16 goals over the course of the season and managed to end up just behind Nilton as the teams top scorer.
17.Djibril - He started the season with 5 goals in his first 4 games, but then he had a drought which continued right through until the end of the season, disappointing really as I had thought he showed a lot of promise early on.
11.Magno - Late in the season he was given a couple of runs off the bench, but nothing came of it.
The Best of the Best
Most Assists: Jose Maria (14)
Signing of the Season: Nilton (free)
Worst Signing of the Season: Franco (free)
Fans PotY: Jose Maria
Best XI: Manuel, Gueifao, Silva, Mauro, Ferreira, Mauro, Costa, Caetano, Maria, Alves, Nilton.
Subs: Miguel, Quaresma, Mamede, Ganhao, Djibril, Calu, Mota.
The Next Season
Well I hope to be able to push for the title for next year, but I think finishing top 3 is a bit more realistic. I would like to make at least the third round of the Portuguese Cup once more, and try to improve the finances. I need to replace my defense and Goalie before the new season starts, but i think my strikers & midfield are of an acceptable level.
Last edited by Lower Leagues Rule; 17-01-2010 at 01:14.
I was going to post about my great start, but decided not to because of the forum curse, but the curse struck in the very next game anyway. I started the season 4:0 & 4:0 in the Portuguese Cup against other 2nd Division teams, in the third round I face non-league opposition, then in my first 3 league games I went 3:2, 3:1, 5:0, so I was 2 pts clear at the top, my third game was the curse showing up as I went down 2:1 away from home. My new line-up though seems inspired, a new keeper, new right back, one new DC, a new MR, new MC and new ST, so 6 of my starting XI were replaced and they are gelling already.
Edit: And knocked out by the non-league team on penalties. We were up 2:0, they came back to make it 2:2, then we scored another, and they scored in the second half to lead the way. Penalties were lost when Perreira missed and their final one scored, we lose 5:4.
Last edited by Lower Leagues Rule; 17-01-2010 at 05:29.
Well thought I would give everyone an update on where I am at, after a great evening playing I have managed to get through 14 of the 30 games in the league season and we still sit atop the league with 30pts, behind us the challengers are Mafra 28, U.Serra 25, Camacha 24, Then three teams on 22, one on 21, one on 20, 19, 18, 16 & The relegation bound teams are on 14,11,11 & 5.
Happy to be leading the league, but I am a little disappointed with a couple of the draws that really should've gone our way. So far it has been a stellar season from my new signings and we are going well. Financially we are still plummeting, but I am under wage budget this season.
great review as ever Des - looks like you had a solid first season and are kicking on now. fingers crossed you can keep this form up. from your past history with Fafe, finances aren't a major concern really - yet!
Cracking review Des
Just scrapped my way to a 0-0 draw away to HSV. Down to 10 men after 34 mins. 13 saves by Silviu Lung Jr
Superkeeper bug? Never!
Excellent start there Des. Hang in there.
I'll probably try in Germany next, unless people think somewhere else would be a better idea for me. Just that I have played very little in the past few days and haven't gone far into my 'main game' season. Eager to get back in and will probably play for most of the day so hopefully it won't be long.
Germany is awesome. The only thing is the lack of cup in the third division. I'd normally use that as a money spinner. However, I just went straight up so it didn't matter.
deltablue - although i haven't tried Germany this year it does seem to be quite popular with those playing there.
as for me, my Venezia season is now complete. the review might be up tonight or if not will be tomorrow. not a bad 1st season in Serie B in end.
Germany is for all the cool men
1.FC Saarbrucken Season 4
Consolidated again. Have continued to build a young squad and hope to improve in the league next season. Have already started next season. I promise a better report next season but I am so into my game that I don't want to spend time on the report.
Bochum are surviving well due to Anelka on mine. He's scored 11 goals so far this season.
Look forward to it rlipscombe. Are Venezia following in the footsteps of Savona/Como/Pisa/etc etc
Right. I've just caught up with two pages of updates. Congratulations to everyone, in particular minisav who appears to be motoring through the divsions. I've not played yet this year, so I've not made any progress since last I saw you. I'll be getting back into it soon. Not really sure what has stopped me playing. I want to, just haven't got round to it. Maybe I'll fire the old girl up now. It's been too long since I've been to Romorantin!
It is my style. I like consecutive promotions. I had that last year in Dafuge's challenge. I went from BSS to the Championships getting promoted each time XD Then FM10 came out. Hoping to actually complete this challenge.
Currently midtable after 20 odd games so I believe safety is pretty much set. Pity we just lost 6-0 to fellow midtablers Shalke
Well halfway through the season, 15 games gone 15 to go, we are still top of the league by 2 points, I have managed to offload 3 players at January 1st to get below wage budget by 500 Euros. I have two more I would like to leave totalling over 400 euros in wages, but one is getting contract offers, and the other has no interest from clubs, I have signed my starting XI + 2 young bench players for an extra year, re-signed my 20 Physio, and now looking forward to the rest of the league season, club has injected 130k so far this season, but we are still 280k in debt. I am also going to change my money to Pounds, I deal better in that currency. So 529 pounds free, 243k in debt, and 370 worth of excess wages right now.
Edit: Well first game after the break we scored 3 goals, but our captain and provider Jose Maria has gone with a dislocated shoulder for 2 months, and our star Centre Back Mauro is out for 2-3 weeks with a groin strain. This leaves us a little short, but we have ample cover. Biggest loss has to be Maria in the midfield, hopefully De Castris can live up to his billing and make the grade, at only 21 he could be a big star for us.
Edit 2: And then add Amarilla my other DC to the list and we are down two of them now, he is out with a virus for about 2 weeks.
Last edited by Lower Leagues Rule; 18-01-2010 at 04:46.
And just days before the return of Silva we see De Castris injure his Cruciate ligaments and end his season completely. He will be out til December. After a very poor 2 months without Maria we went 3-0-0 in January, but then collapsed in February going 1-2-1, heading into March we are clear at the top by 3 points after leading by 8 at the beginning of Feb. With 8 games left the worst we can finish is 13th (Final relegation spot), and just a single point from those 8 games avoids relegation. After Evora (47), Mafra (44), the rest are a bit back as U.Serra (38), Paredes, Real Massama & Camacha (35), Pinhalnovense (34), Maritimo B & Tourizense (32) seem to be in a very tight battle behind us. Should be another good final race for the end of the season. And another 86k injected into the club as well.
Well with one game left I am still only 2 points clear, with the last three games being draws we could've won the league with a win in any of them. Now I am going to bed, but hopefully when I get home from work tomorrow I will be able to win the league, and then go on to try and achieve promotion in the three way playoff.
Will update later this evening in more detail, but just to say Pisa will be plying their trade on a European stage next season!
Out of curiosity has anyone else managed to sign or notice Ignacio Gallardo?
I shall explain more later, but he's been amazing for me the whole way through, starting with me in C2 and is now a star in Serie A. I'd be interested to know if anyone else has experience of him?
Iacovone - Not sure if you've heard of a young English ST, he sounds like he's got something very special about him. Goes by the name of Marcus Van Der Cook
Montevarchi Calcio Aquila - Italian Serie B 2014/15
Transfers - Another quietish season. Decided to milk the Co-Ownership deals for some money. The players I sold 50% of will probably struggle to be in the team by the time a deal has to be finalized so I'll bid low and see what happens.
Italian Serie B
Predicted: 12th | Final Position: Winners | Graph
We had a great start as we remained unbeaten until the 15th game building a 4pt lead at the top of the table. I'd been searching for a new GK all season as my main keeper, Ciobanu was average at best and his backup was poor so when Ciobanu was out for a month it was inevitable we'd see a dip in form. But despite dropping to 16th in the form table, Atalanta only managed to replace us at the top of the table for a single week before stumbling slightly to allow us regain the lead.
Our form remained average at best, particularly away from home where one win in 9 really should have seen us lose ground but our home form kept the points total ticking over. A couple of away wins and we looked to be back on track but an inexplicable capitulation away to Reggina where we lost 5-3 after being 3-1 up with just 30 minutes to play knocked us off top spot and our lead over 3rd was down to a single point. That seemed to knock the team completely as we had an awful run with all our defenders making mistakes leading to goals, averaging under 6 and generally being embarassing.
By the time we won again we were down to 3rd but a battling draw away to 1st place Bari who were on a 25 games unbeaten run saw us back into the promotion spots with 3 games to go. A win and a draw later, results elsewhere meant we were promoted with a game to spare. All that was left now was the Serie B title. We needed a win and had to hope Bari's 27 match unbeaten run would come to an end at 3rd place Parma. And that was exactly what happened as Parma trounced Bari 3-0 and we beat Gallipoli 3-1 to be crowned Serie B Champions.
Italian Cup - 4th Qualifying Round
Finances - pretty good thanks to my exploitation of teams desire to own 50% of some players while I benefit from having them still playing for us.
Most Assists: Riccardo Riccitelli - 12
Most Goals: Paolo Negroni - 26
Most MoM: Paolo Negroni - 8
Highest Avg Rating: Domenico Oliveri - 7.21
Fan Player of the Year: Domenico Oliveri
Best Eleven: Season | Overall
Montevarchi Calcio Aquila Trophy Room
Serie B x 1 - 2014/15
Serie C1/A x 1 - 2012/13
Serie C Cup x 1 - 2012/13
Serie C2/B x 1 - 2010/11
Italian C1 Super Cup x 1 - 2012/13
Italian C2 Super Cup x 1 - 2010/11
Next Season...SurviveCode:Season League Pos. Serie C Cup Cup Europe Achievements _________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2010/11 Serie C2/B 1st 2nd Rnd N/A N/A Serie C2/B Champions, C2 Super Cup 2011/12 Serie C1/A 7th 2nd Rnd 1st Qual. N/A None 2012/13 Serie C1/A 1st Winners 4th Qual. N/A Serie C1/A Champions, Serie C Cup, Italian C1 Super Cup 2013/14 Serie B 3rd N/A 3rd Qual. N/A None 2014/15 Serie B 1st N/A 4th Qual. N/A Serie B Champions
2015 Season Review - Serie A
Following a really good first season in Serie A, finishing 13th, the aim was to try and push on and secure European football. The hefty transfer budget meant that i could really reinforce the current crop of Pisa players, whilst shedding some deadwood. (To see the recruits see my previous review) Well the season kicked off, and a mid table finish was the expectation, but as the season drew to a close we were pushing for European Football. The new players had finally gelled and we were managing to upset the odds and put together a really good string of results. Could we continue and push on for the Europa League?
Serie A League Table 2015 - http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/o...8/Picture3.png
European Qualification - http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/o...8/Picture4.png
Ok then, i led you on a little bit!
So Pisa managed to qualify for the Champions League after all!!!
So here are the lads who managed a memorable season for the mighty Pisa.
Pereda - First up comes my new Spanish GK. He is a future star! I'm a little surprised he didn't get an International call up, but took the Serie A in his stride. He showed composure at a really young age, and surely will develop into a legendary GK for me. http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/o...8/Picture7.png
Keko - Another successful season for yet another Spaniard. He spent most of it as an AMRC as i tinkered with my tactics. Will he get a call up soon? http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/o.../Picture10.png
McDonald Mariga - My Kenyan Midfielder had a storming first season for me and proved a real anchor in the middle of the park. He also had a knack of scoring screamers when we desperately needed a win. http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/o...8/Picture9.png
Salamanca - Another young Spaniard who i bought in to challenge Lima and Sukuta-Pasu for a starting position. He took the bull by the horns and by the end of the season was the one with the shirt. A handful of goals aided his cause too. http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/o.../Picture11.png
and finally this guy...........
This lad is the one that is single handedly taking Pisa to greatness. He was plucked from relative obscurity by yours truly when released by Real Madrid at the end of the first season. I offered him a professional contract and a chance to get his career on the move. He has just gone from strength to strength, and is improving every season. The only thing that surprises me is that he has never had any form of International recognition, at any age group. This season was by far his best and bagged the odd award for his troubles!
2015 Season Overview - http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/o...8/Picture8.png
Europe's Top Marksman - http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/o.../Picture12.png
Serie A Player of the Season - http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/o...8/Picture1.png
Serie A Foreign Player of the Season - http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/o...8/Picture2.png
Serie A Team of the Year (with Pereda) - http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/o...8/Picture6.png
and here's his history profile to date:
Aim: Conquer Europe and win Serie A
Last edited by cookie15; 18-01-2010 at 22:31.
great stuff daemonic and cookie... i don't want to post my poor (by these standards) season now!!
FC Libourne-Saint-Seurin, 2019-20, Ligue 2
Another season of gradual progression. The only players I brought in this season were Kiril Nikolov a rotation/back up central defender, Zakaria Bathily a rotational fairly versatile midfielder and finally, Noah Harguindeguy a promising 18 year old left midfield player. The season as a whole was a promising one, we were never really in the playoff places, we were generally around 7 or 8 points away from 3rd place. One worrying thing is that we seem to be losing money, which is due to the fact each season the wage bill goes up a bit because the players get a bit better, it looks like we could go into next season 250K in debt, which wont do transfer budget/wage budget any good. I'm also interested to see if I get a decent Youth Player, I've only had 2 'Ligue 2' quality players come through in 10 years at the club, so maybe one is due.
Onze de dÚpart
GK: Matthieu Dreyer, 31, Franšais - He's a good Goalkeeper for this division, he's not an exceptional one, but he's definitely good enough for my team. If I wanted someone significantly better I'd be looking in the 800/900K region, which is ridiculous.
DR: Jiri Svec, 20, TchŔque - He's probably the best player in the team. He's still quite young as well, so has the potential to become even better, my assistant thinks he could be a good Ligue 1 player in the future, which is promising.
DL: Alexandru Muscń, 22, Roumain - He's not as good as Svec on the right is, but like with our Goalkeeper, he's good for this League and it would cost a fortune to get anyone significantly better in.
DC: MichaŰl Blanc, 31, Franšais - He was decent, but not irreplaceable, and I would have been a fool to turn down the 800k or so I got for him.
DC: SŔbastien Fischetti, 29, Italien - He's been at the club since our first season in National after relegation. He's a good player, like with the Goalkeeper, he's good enough and would cost too much to get someone better in.
MR: JÚr˘me Hebert, 18, Franšais - The home grown talent had a good season at Right midfield. He didn't play all the time, but he had the most starts there. He's looking impressive, yet still has a lot of room for improvement.
ML: Noah Harguindeguy, 18, Franšais - The young midfielder was signed as rotation cover mainly, as I didn't have a left midfielder apart from Joaquim. He had a first season, he's decent, and could develop into a quality player for this league.
MC: Sergio Marbus, 27, NÚerlandais - Captain fantastic himself! The strongest part of our team is central midfield, we have two, very good players for that position in my opinion. They are probably the two positions that I wouldn't replace even if I had the money to do so.
MC: Matthieu Causse, 23, Franšais - Just as good, if not better, than his slightly older midfield partner. As said above, the position that we are definitely strongest in imo.
ST: Vivaldy Joaquim, 25, Franšais - This season he was put back up-front. He did alright. Now onto the more interesting news. He has one year left on his Monaco contract, so if I can get Monaco to loan him to me for another season, then effectively, they will have paid 800K or so for just 12 games. Well, I can't see him signing a new contract, and when it does run out, surely he would join his favorite club and manager! You can't see this yet, but about 4 days after this screenshot was taken he declared himself eligible for The Congo and scored on his International debut. He's been eligble for them since the start of the game, but he's always only been interested in France, presumably now he's realised he isn't good enough, he should have a good International career for The Congo though.
ST: Vafougbe Dosso, 30, DR Congo - He was top scorer, but he wasn't amazing. I had expected more from him when I signed him last season. He's only 30, so has a few years ahead of him, but I'm not expecting much tbh.
Official Fans Player of the Year - Matthieu Causse
Unofficial Young Player of the Year - JÚr˘me Herbert
10th Season Update, A Special, Overall Best Eleven (as of end of this season)
Code:Season League Position Achievements -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 National 4th None 2011/12 National 5th None 2012/13 National 7th None 2013/14 National 2nd Promoted 2014/15 Ligue 2 18th Relegated 2015/16 National 3rd Promotion 2016/17 Ligue 2 13th None 2017/18 Ligue 2 12th None 2018/19 Ligue 2 7th None 2019/20 Ligue 2 6th None Trophies won:
F.C. Unione Venezia - Serie B - Season Review 2014/15
Media Prediction: 22nd
League Finish: 9th Graph
So our first season in Serie B saw us finish a commendable 9th, having been tipped to finish last. As the table shows, we were only 3 points off the final play-off place in the end which was pleasing but we weren't good enough to have gone up to be fair. we had a good run at the end which made me dream we might nick 6th spot but we needed Empoli to lose which they didn't. in the end we lost 2-1 at home to Spal as i chased a win.
In the Coppa Italia we did ok early on before crashing out again to Serie A opposition.
Transfers 1 Transfers 2
Squad 1 Squad 2
So here's a look at those who were the key players:
Guarna - The italian joined on a free at the start of the season and he became an immediate 1st choice. performed well and should hold the Gk shirt again this season.
Vollborn - Austrian RB came in on a free again and won the RB shirt. Got injured mid-season which saw Hardy get some games, but got back into the team and performed well.
Hardy - Belgian RB joined on loan from Inter Milan to provide some cover. As mentioned, played well in a few games whilst Vollborn was injured and did well. Won't be back this season though as we have cover now.
Silveira - Uruguayan LB came in on loan for the season from Defensor Sporting in Uruguay and played well, keeping Crotti out of the side. Won't be back though as i have made my one non-EU signing and he has been bought by someone else. I have new cover though.
Alcibiade - the Italian had another good season and handled the step up. his performances are much better than his attributes - he's wanted by a number of clubs
Miguel - The Spaniard forced his way into the team this season after being a reserve the previous season. Performed well and he should be a key player this season with a seasons experience under his belt.
Sissoko - played well again, although he may have played his last game as he has handed in a transfer request. I don't want players who don't love the shirt!!
Sam - Lloyd had another good season and handled the step up admirably. great assist maker who can score a few goals too, he was missed when injured for the first few months of the season.
Camolese - Simone was another to cope with the step up - something i thought he might have struggled with. Club captain, he will once again lead the team this time out.
Koke - i picked him out as the best import at the start of the season and he didn't disappoint. performed really consistently and was rightly named fans player of the year. i hope to keep him for many years to come
Temperino - Italian signed mid-season from Dinamo, he performed well and linked up with Koke great. He good quality, hopefully we will be able to benefit from a full season out of him this time round
Javi Ros - lost his place when Temperino came in, Javi has now departed the club having refused all new contracts. A loss as he was a good player for us, i have already replaced him with a better player..... hopefully.
Vasovic - i signed the Serb for ú700k mid season after a glowing scout report, and he did well becoming top scorer for Venezia in the season. was voted Serie B signing of the season.
Schmitt - Esteban coped pretty well with the step up, scoring a few important goals. hopefully he can only improve with experience.
Paponi - Solid debut Serie B season, he was in and out of the team as i juggled players. Still got a part to play at the club for sure
Sebo - Filip also weighed in with a number of goals, although he was frustrating at times. Depending on what happens in the rest of pre-season, i may let him go for a good offer.
As for the clubs finances, we made a profit in the end which was encouraging. the TV money definately helped along with increased sponsorship deals, as did some player sales. We are in for some choppy waters now though following recent developments.....
So, onto the new season......
Firstly, the board announced that we were to get a new ground - Collauto Park. It is named after club 'legend' Collauto who you may remember played a few seasons early on. the capacity will be just over 16,000 which is a good improvement on 7,500 we have currently at the Pierluigi Penzo. this season we filled our ground almost every week so it is definitely needed. it is my first ever new ground in the FM series which is a little exciting, but the cost of it has and will effect me financially now on with a loan repayment of ú250 per month...
As a result, my transfer budget was reduced this season to ú800k and the wage budget dropped down to ú51k p/w from ú61k. I have had to wheel and deal a bit to sort out the wage budget, but i have had to sacrifice my transfer budget some what.
Then the board decided to annoy me by accepting a ú2m offer from Hertha Berlin for Vasovic on my behalf. i tried to get him to sign on but i was restricted by the wage situation so he has gone... Still, the money will be nice i hear you ask. Well it would if the board hadn't reduced my % of transfer fees down to 10%. So i get ú200k to spend from the sale of my best player and the best chance i have of promotion..... AARGH!!
>>> Targets for the new season <<<
So with the loss of Vasovic and the debt from the new ground, what do i hope to achieve this season?
So, onto the new season i head. i have made a couple of new signings already as previously mentioned whom i'll introduce to you later in my pre-season report. i can then do all arrivals then and give some idea as to the key players.
- I hope to match or improve my league position. in all honesty though i will be happy with a top-half finish as i feel this may be a transition year whilst we wait to move to Collauto Park. We are possibly a little light upfront which i will look to address but there aren't a lot of funds to go about. Our squad isn't bad though so we shall see.
- As for finances, i expect to make heavy losses this season, in the region of ú2 million maybe. this will be due to the loan repayemtns on top of the monthly losses of ú100k we had last season. i just hope the board don't go accepting more offers.
- i'd like to play one of the top teams in the Coppa Italia. realistically we'll never win it yet, so a bit of money from a glamour tie would be nice.
Code:Season League Pos. Serie C Cup Cup Europe Achievements _________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2010/11 Serie C2/A 2nd group stage N/A N/A Lost in play-off semis 2011/12 Serie C2/A 3rd group stage N/A. N/A Promotion in playoffs 2012/13 Serie C1/A 8th N/A 2nd Qual. N/A None 2013/14 Serie C1/A 1st Winners 3rd Qual. N/A Serie C1/A Champions, Serie C Cup, Serie C Super Cup 2014/15 Serie B 9th N/A 3rd Qual. N/A None
Last edited by rlipscombe; 18-01-2010 at 22:48. Reason: trying to add my first ever history table!!
it seems it's the night for season reviews!! good work everyone...
Rlipscombe - A good steady season all in all. I'm sure you'll build on this and promotion will be a real possibility next year.
Daemonic - A super season there mate, congrats.
PaulHartman71 - You're getting better and better each season, keep up the good work.
What do people reckon about my striker Ignacio Gallardo, i'd be interested to hear your thoughts! If he manages to win the Champions League for Pisa, surely he would go down as a bit of a legend? (See my earlier post for screenies)
well done on winning promotion deamonic, congratulations on 3rd place and European football cookie15 and that's a solid first season in Serie B rlipscombe
Wow, lots of updates, had to extend my morning coffee break to get through them
Congrats cookie on a great season, I reckon you'll be adding to the CSE HOF for a 2nd time quite soon.
Well done Paul on a good season.
Shame about the finances rlipscombe but the new stadium is gonna be great in the long term. I was hoping for a new one this year as we'll be packing Serie A crowds into our teeny 7023 capacity stadium.
If it wasn't for TV money I'd be screwed, well more screwed than I already am as I'm having awful problems attracting Serie A standard players with a max wage of 10k p/w. The pre-season backroom meeting was depressing. We're shorter, slower, less fit, younger, poorer passers, poorer dribblers, less aggressive and less capable of moments of magic than every other team in the league.
i agree - Gallardo look amazing already. gonna be one of the challenge greats i reckon...
Well last night got ridiculously busy so no FM for me, but tonight I should be home by 4pm and cracking into it. With only 1 game left in the regular season and then a shot at promotion (2 games), I should be able to get a season report done tonight as well.
Good seasons all round, especially cookie.
Pereda is ridiculously good , a 7.45 rating for a GK is pretty much unheard of. Good luck in keeping hold of him.
Cracking seasons there guys
I may possibly have European football next season . I beat top placed Wolfsburg for the 2nd time this season. However, it was the German Cup Semi-Final.
I shall face current 2nd placed Leverkusen in the final.
Wooohooo Promotion secured through two victories over Oriental, the two losses to E.Amadora were hard to fight through, both 2:1, but we went up anyway. Season Update to follow.
So does anyone know on Google Chrome how to have the set-up so when posting a reply and I want it bold it goes bold in the reply box, because currently its not working for me, just changed to Chrome from Firefox.
Cheers if anyone can help.
Lusitano de Evora
End of Season
2011/12 2nd Division South
The Current SeasonThe Quick Reference
Odds: 3rd (5-1)
Playoffs: 2nd - Promoted
Portuguese Cup: 3rd Round vs Vit. Pico
Finances: 1.3M (Stayed Even)
The Season in General
I knew I had to dump some of the waste from last year, stay under my wage budget, and hope for some good gate takings to be able to work this season. So with 13 players leaving in July & three more in January, replaced by 7 in July & 1 in August I set the wheels in motion, I made 825 quid from transfers. Finances stayed about even throughout the entire year, but my players I brought in were a delight.
The League season started with three straight wins over Pinhalnovense, Machico & E.Lagos, except for a couple of blips we led the league from here til the end, at some points our lead was as much as 8 points, but a few periods with draws meant at the end of the season we only finished 2 points clear, and needed a 79th minute goal from Edson to make the promotion playoffs. Going into the Playoffs we were the clear underdog, but a 3:0 win away to Oriental set us up well, we then lost home & away to E.Amadora 2:1 before winning our final game 2:0 over Oriental to make it through in 2nd spot. A great season from all the boys. The board and the fans were delighted at the unexpected promotion and title.
The Board's aim this season was to make the third round we did this with ease dispatching two 2nd Division clubs in the first two rounds, then we came up against Vit. Pico a lower league club, and they kept up with us, 3:3 the final score and they won on penalties. A disappointing ending, but it meant I could focus on the league.
The Club's History
Goals Home & AwayCode:|----------|----------|-----------|----------|--------------| | Season | League | Final Pos | Playoffs | Achievements | |----------|----------|-----------|----------|--------------| | 2010/11 | 2DS | 6th | | None | | 2011/12 | 2DS | 1st | 2nd | Promoted | |----------|----------|-----------|----------|--------------|
Win-Draw-Loss RecordsCode:|----------|----------|---------|---------|-------| | Season | League | Home | Away | Total | |----------|----------|---------|---------|-------| | 2010/11 | 2DS | 36-15 | 18-29 | 54-44 | | 2011/12 | 2DS | 39-10 | 31-20 | 70-30 | |----------|----------|---------|---------|-------|
Club Records & Competition HistoryCode:|----------|----------|----------|----------|----------| | Season | League | Home | Away | Total | |----------|----------|----------|----------|----------| | 2010/11 | 2DS | 10-03-02 | 05-01-09 | 15-04-11 | | 2011/12 | 2DS | 13-03-01 | 07-06-04 | 20-10-05 | |----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|
New Records: Highest Attendance 2888, Highest Gate: 10,000, Lowest Attendance: 291, Biggest Win 5:0, Biggest Defeat 4:1, Highest Scoring Game 5:2, Winning Streak 5, Unbeaten Streak 12, Top Goalscorer: Edson 28, Top League Goalscorer: Edson 23, Hishest Avg Rating: Alves 7.53 (37 apps), Most MoM: Edson 12, Career League Appearances: Mario Silva 61, Career League Goals: Alves 36, Youngest Player: Jean Silva 18y 281d, Fastest Goal: Alves 18s, Youngest Goalscorer: Jean Silva 18y 333d, Oldest Goalscorer: Nilton 36y 237d.
All Records: Part 1 & 2.
The PlayersThe Squad
Current Teams Stats: This Season & Evora Career.
33.Festas - He came from a 3rd division club to join the team, and stepped straight infront of Manuel and played all 37 games this season, he was the difference for us as he only conceded 33 goals. A star at the back.
30.Jose Manuel - After a game in friendlies he never got back into the team.
61.Brandao - He barely played this season as he dropped to second choice, but he was solid in cover.
62.Paulinho - Well he came in and jumped straight into the starting line-up, a much better right back than we had before, and at only 20 years old I hope he can make the step up as the young players are necessary cover.
26.Mario Silva - He was taking our direct free kicks this season and scored 8 goals from it, a star season from the 35 year old, I cannot see him lasting much more, but he is definitely a star player for the squad.
37.Calu - Another super sub, for some reason I have no screenshot.
23.Franco - He retired before the end of the season, no idea why, but oh well.
32.Helder Ferreira - With a lack of good centre backs on the market I had to go with what I had, so Ferreira stayed as a back-up and he did pretty good in his handful of games.
4.Mauro - He put in a stellar season at the back, he added 2 more goals and was good enough alongside Amarilla. He helped a lot in keeping the goals down now that we had stopped conceding cards.
18.Roberto Amarilla - I brought in the Paraguyan early in the season as my number 1 centre back, he may be 30, but he had an amazing season and was another reason our defense was substantially better.
13.Russo - He was never able to crack the team with two young starlets ahead of him.
47.Jean Silva - The 19 year old Brazillian started as a back-up, but once he broke into the line-up he never looked back and was definitely solid in his spot, hopefully he can play up a division. He may be one of the poorer players in the starting XI, but he is solid.
57.Danilo Pereira - The 20 year old from Guinea-Bissau started as the lead right wing, but a run of bad form saw him lose his place. He looks solid, but again the right wings were not amazing.
72.Helder Costa - He took the startng left wing spot back, and was only displaced due to injury and generally Lopes covered during that time. He had a much better season than before, but he doesn't look capable of the step up so will be interesting if I can get better in.
9.Quaresma - A solid super sub, but he never looked good. I really need to replace my wingers and hope that someone I bring in can do something.
20.Ruben Caetano - One of our Super-subs this season as he came off the bench 16 times to replace Maria, with Maria & Silva aging the subs were always similar in most games.
22.Jose Maria - Once more he was a leader in the middle of the park, he took over the captaincy and he still put in performances that I expect of him. At 29 he probably has a season or two infront of him if he can make the step up to the new level.
43.Raphael Lopes - One thing we were missing last year was a solid midfielder alongside Maria, well Lopes came in from France at only 22, and he was exactly what we needed, 2 goals and 8 assists led him to play every single game.
15.Manuel De Castris - The Belgian joined as cover for Lopes & Maria, but when he went down with an 8-9 month injury in March his season was over. He will probably stick around in my squad, but if I find replacements he is likely to be moved on in January when he is fit again.
71.Nilton - He dropped from being top goalscorer last year to a sub this year as Edson was a million times better, and Alves never faltered. A good solid cover when he played.
10.Antonio Alves - he played in every game this season for 26 goals & 17 assists, a star season, but he was beaten in the goals and Man of the Match categories by Edson our new signing.
1.Edson - I could not ask for more from my number 1 striker as he netted 28 goals, 15 assists, 12 Man of the Match in 37 games this season. I was delighted with my new signing and hopefully at 28 he can keep it up into the new season.
The Best of the Best
Player of the Month: Sept - Edson, Alves 2nd, March - Alves.
Golden Boot: Edson 21 (2nd=)
MoM: Edson 9 (1st=)
Goal of the Year: Jean Silva (3rd)
Quickest Goal: Alves 18s (1st)
Manager of the Year: Des Tiny (2nd)
Team of the Year: Edson
Signing of the Season: Edson (free)
Worst Signing: 2nd Pereira (free)
Fans PotY: Antonio Alves
Best XI: Festas, Paulinho, Mario Silva, Mauro, Amarilla, Jean Silva, Costa, Lopes, Maria, Edson, Alves.
Subs: Russo, Calu, De Castris, Pereira, Caetano, Quaresma, Nilton.
Overall XI: Festas, Paulinho, Mario Silva, Mauro, Amarilla, Mauro, Costa, Caetano, Maria, Alves, Nilton.
Subs: Manuel, Edson, Lopes, Quaresma, Calu, Ferreira, Pereira.
The Next Season
With a new season coming in the Liga Vitalis I know I am going to have to strengthen my side somewhat. The current starting XI all have another year to run on their contracts, so at least I know I can field a team if no one else wants to join the club. Hopefully I can build on all of them and make a better overall side. The aim is clearly to stay clear of relegation and make a move slowly up the table, of course I would be delighted with any result higher than that.
Last edited by Lower Leagues Rule; 20-01-2010 at 06:23.
Lusitano de Evora
Well the new season is upon us and I have been given 5.5k for wages to attempt to avoid relegation. Here we go.
The new Signings
Wesllem - The 27 year old Brazillian has come into a squad that has a lot of talent upfront, but I think he will probably join Edson in the starting line-up.
Revy Rosalia - The 29 year old left wing from Netherlands Antilles is going to be a definite star in this team, he will be stepping into the hole we have on the left replacing Costa.
Miguel Serodio - The 20 year old Portuguese Centre-Back will line up alongside Amarilla at the back and will hopefully be able to reach his star potential in the future.
Leonel - The 24 year old right back becomes our 3rd current player from Guinea Bissau, but the 4th we have had through the club in total, he will replace Paulinho in the 1st XI to begin with. It is likely Paulinho's potential may see him take the spot back.
Inzaghi - Another of our signings from Guinea Bissau, he will be the number one player on the right wing. He pushes out the youngsters and should be a leading star for the team.
Carlos Alves - The 24 year old's youth is likely to get him into the starting side in front of Silva. Of course Silva's performances over two seasons may just keep him in there longer than expected.
The Back-up Signings
Luis Pereira - The young left winger is going to be cover for Rosalia, he may get a few appearances once we wrap up a better position in the league.
David Bruno - He is unlikely to get any game time as the third best right back, but he is an extra bit of cover, see what happens.
Bruno - The 27 year old will cover Lopes & Maria alongside De Castris this season, he is really only cover in case of injuries as na improvement over Caetano.
Alvaro - He is going to be our 4th striker this season.
Alan - Another right back, I only signed a few of them.
I decided to take my team on a tour of Italy for the friendlies to get them a bit of game time and to face some famous JoseRR's teams.
Juve Stabia vs Evora 0:6
Wesllem (5,18), Edson (35,45+1), Alves (60,69)
A great game to start our tour against the only non-recognised team in the tour.
Pisa vs Evora 0:7
Rosalia (6), Edson (31,38), Wesllem (35), Jean Silva (44), Alves (58), Alvaro (60)
An excellent game in the land of the leaning tower as my boys went loco all over them.
Como vs Evora 0:6
OG (8), Wesllem (19,33,55), Rosalia (37), Edson (72)
A stunning game against the Como boys, a delightful result.
Messina vs Evora 0:10
Amarilla (10), Edson (13,18,58,64), Wesllem (36,40,77), Rosalia (39), Inzaghi (44)
A perfect ten here as we smash the former top end team.
Well I have to say I was delighted with the results on this Italian Tour, but now its time to get into the real stuff as we face Fatima in the 1st Round of the League Cup, with no expectations from the board in this cup we can go out there and just go for it. Last year Fatima finished 10th in the league, so this will be a good sign as to whether we can make it in the league or not. According to my Asst manager the squad are between 3 & 4.5 Stars, of course thats probably in relation to my squad not to the league, and the idea of targetting 14th spot.
I have also added two more signings to the club for the new year:
Andre Martins (GK) - He will start ahead of Festas, and he looks a lot better already.
Jose Manuel (MC) - He will be another MC back-up in this squad with a look to the future as well, of course by the time he is any good he will be gone from the club.
Last edited by Lower Leagues Rule; 20-01-2010 at 08:17.
congrats on the promotion - well deserved. some good additions made too. sure you can stay up this season.
Well now doing Germany and its not going too bad. Unfortunately on Monday there was a viral attack on the uni network and everything was shut down, hence no profile (which still gives me an automatic rep of 'national') yet. Most things are back working again but I rely on the on-campus network for internet and that won't be back on until tomorrow, and even then on a limited basis (so some things I won't be able to go on, though not sure what). Won't be able to post anything until thats all sorted so hopefully that'll be soon. Just wanted to keep you informed on what I was doing.
deltablue - Good to hear that things are going well for you in Germany, bad news about the internet situation.
Just for info Pisa have been drawn in Group D for the Group stage of Champions League alongside Liverpool, Benfica and Zenit. Gotta say not as good as i'd have liked, but hey, just hope the boys can do some damage.
I've bought in the following guys to strengthen the squad:
Namanja Matic - Serbian International MC (Sold Hyland to AC milan for ú20mil) from relegated Atalanta
Mikhail Ivanov - Russian International DC who looks like a real quality buy.
Micah Richards - English International DR enough said!
Federico Angius - 21 year old Italian AMR who looks pretty exciting
Ralph Dekker - 22 year old Holland International ST (1 cap 1 goal!)
Javier Saavedra - Chilean International DL who will challenge Ansaldi for the berth.
So the press have given us odds of 6-1, joint second favourites. Bring it on
Last edited by cookie15; 20-01-2010 at 19:58.
Renato Curi Angolana - Serie C/B - Christmas 2013
The Summer brought signings from far afield. First up, one week after the end of the season my European scout found a Serbian / Swiss DL who used to play in Belgium and he was snapped up, even better than the loanee I had last season. Next up was a great ST who had been without a club for a while, refused me last Summer but a lack of activity evidently made us attractive. We then signed someone from Barcelona , admittedly a player who was never near the 1st team but still...An AMC who plays well at MC. The GK issue was solved via my assistant recommending some French guy from Clermont who my scout then said was fantastic. I did not have any problem with my strikers last season but when another improvement came up I got him, a Slovenian AM/F C with a cap no less, previously on Genoa's books.
So far, so good and only a couple of positions left to fill: DR, ML. Both solutions were found in the French lower divisions. Like all other signings they were free. I spent the first (and only) money of the Summer, a mighty ú2k, on a reserve ML. I then got yet another forward as a midget Panamanian ST (5'5" ffs) formerly of the Spanish lower divisions came in. One more DC and I was finished for the Summer, unfortunately none that took my fancy were available so I had to settle for an admittedly good 17yo loanee.
On the way out was the grumpy Belgian ST, for whom someone was, for some reason, willing to pay ú70k, no complaints there. A few reserves and my first youth product for cash left whilst all these strikers meant that there was little need to keep the fantastic Carlos; nearly 35, 1 year left on contract, possibly retiring next Summer and only a reserve. Hence it made sense to get some money for him, I made sure he was not going to a club in our division.
After all that I was quietly confident about the season, and putting 5 past Pro Vasto in our first Serie C Cup match helped. We qualified for the next round for the first time (in the end only going out after e/t to a team from Serie C1).
First up in the league was a solid 2-0 win at Celano; nothing too impressive about that, we are unbeaten against them. Well, unimpressive it was until they won their next 9 games without conceding a goal . In midweek we won away at Cassino in the Serie C Cup with a reserve team, 4 days later we lost at home to them with our first team out. Hmmm. 2 close 1-0 wins were followed by us throwing away a 3-1 lead at Cisco to draw. 3 more unbeaten games and we visited a Viterbese. And were utterly utterly dire. And lost.
Another 2 wins (one very good at home to Foligno) and we were in the mix in 3rd place. There followed 2 draws, one very fortunate and one chucking away another 2 goal lead. Unfortunately it was time to be dire again as Sangiovannese beat us 2-0 to record their first home win of the season. Thankfully that annoyed us so we played one of our best matches of the season next to thrash Fano 4-0. And we closed out 2012 with 2 away draws where we conceded relatively late equalisers.
So, we sit in 4th place at the moment. Which is about right. That said, 2 of the defeats have been inexplicable (and see where Sangiovannese and Viterbese are in the table...) and we were leading in 4 of those draws. Don't quite understand how Celano are so good given the first match of the season. Our defence is great, the main problem is the strikeforce which is odd given that they are much better than last season and I was expecting big things. Most of the new signings are doing good and I got in some youth on free transfers during the season who have potential to be quite good.
Anyway, aim has to be the playoffs, not sure whether we will be able to catch Celano although they really should collapse at some stage.
Last edited by ghostwriter; 20-01-2010 at 22:00.
Good luck with the rest of the season
Bloody fans. Disappointed with us losing 3-2 to Wolfsburg away. We're expected to struggle against relegation yet they're top of the league and they moan? :mad:
Angri - 2014/2015 - End of Season Review
Predicted Position: 21st
Actual Position: 8th
Average Attendance: 4386
Season Ticket Holders: 1128
So....to prepare for life in Serie B, there were a number of changes to the playing staff over the course of the season, although as the board are still not providing investment in the club this was done a budget...thanks to a bit of wheeling and dealing, a few fresh faces arrived...most famous of those probably Zlatan Muslimovic, an established international player with a good goal/game ratio at that level. And he chipped in with a decent return of 8 goals in 17 league appearances.
The other standout players of the season were as follows:
Manuel Bender - signed on a free after his release from Werder Bremen, he was in my opinion the best piece of business i did, altho not intentionally, as towards the end of the season the chairman accepted an offer of 950k from Hoffenheim a good return on a free transfer tho
Francisco Javier Flores - formerly of Tenerife, Flores became my impact striker, eventually scoring 11 goals in 24 appearances, half of these from the bench.
Miklos Kincses - another free signed in January, brought in as cover for the regular left back, Luca Crotti, but held his own when called upon
Farid Lemaire - a mainstay in the centre of midfield, and contributed 8 goals to the cause, a decent return imo. also voted Fans Player of The Year.
Sebastian Mila - another January free capture, Polish international who chipped in with a return of 6 goals from 14 appearances, a few of those from free kicks. helped maintain the push to try and reach the playoffs
Diego Ripamonti - continuing to improve, leading goalscorer this season, and the clubs new record goalscorer with 37 league goals. hopefully he can continue to build on the progress he's made already
Nicolai Skjerve - young Bosnian winger, brought in to boost the supply to the front men, and contributed 14 assists. while not the most gifted, his pace and dribbling definitely caused more problems than his predecessor.
Playing staff aside, a new chairman also took over the club, Christian Recchi, and he was kind enough to announce that there would be no plans to invest in the team for the near future. However, upon requesting that they improve the appalling youth facilities, i was shocked when the board responded in agreement and are planning on finally pumping some money back in to try and help the club progress to the next level. now i finally have a positive bank balance also, mainly due to the fee received for Bender, but hopefully this will continue to improve as my season ticket sales and attendances grow.
The plan (or hope) for the upcoming season must be to try and find the cutting edge missing on a few occasions last season, as again i was a victim of drawing too many games (2 more wins would have seen me comfortably in the playoffs). I have a few offers in for some players with a lot of Serie A experience, but whom are hopefully willing to make the drop down to Serie B to help the cause. I wont name any names but a few are or have been very well-known and established international players, but working within my financial constraints are making it very difficult to lure anyone to the club who i feel can really make a difference. time will tell i guess...onwards and upwards
Code:Season Division Position Achievements 2010/2011 Serie C2/C 14th Avoided relegation in Playout 2011/2012 Serie C2/C 5th Promoted via Playoff 2012/2013 Serie C1/B 6th 2013/2014 Serie C1/B 1st Champions, Serie C Cup Winner, Italian C1 Super Cup 2014/2015 Serie B 8th
WOW! - Evora's Cup Runneth Over
Well the start to my season has gone better than I ever imagined, first up I face Fatima over two legs in the League Cup First Round. They are predicted 10th & came 10th last season. First up they came to visit and we absolutely spanked them 5:1, then we travelled there and they were strong favourites, well we lost, but only 2:1 to advance to the 1st group stage where we will face Belenense of the Liga Sagres & Varzim of the Liga Vitalis. I think we can defeat Varzim, but we need to do something amazing in the other game.
Well our first league match was against expected Champions, the newly relegated P.Ferreira away, well I stepped in and had the first goal with some great attack, even though I had told the boys no pressure. Then at halftime I told them that I wanted to see a bit more as by this stage we were down 2:1, well Edson scored from a free kick to tie the game, and when I had decided I was happy with a draw Alves stepped in off the bench and slotted home the winner at 90+2 deep in injury time. 3:2 Evora beat the expected champions.
Edit: Well I was a dofus and accidentally benched my GK before the next game, they were up 2:0 before I could get him subbed on and then I came back to make it 4:3 final score, but couldn't finish them off...so if I end up going down by less than 3 points I can only blame myself.
Well the month ended better as Alves winning goal was named Goal of the Month.
Last edited by Lower Leagues Rule; 21-01-2010 at 04:48.
Lower Leagues Rules - An impressive start, hope those dropped points don't come back to haunt you!
Well, looks like I can get back on now.
Deltablue- RW Essen- Third Division- Predicted: 18th- Position: 5th
As before, the first priority was to hire some backroom staff before hitting the trialists match. The squad was a mixed bag. A few poor players, a smattering of very good ones and even a couple of defenders (14 and 15 respectively) with 3 Ż star potential, the latter with technical stats good enough to play already (though let down in other areas) One of the lessons learned from last time was to trust the pool of unattached players. The building was still going on by the time the 1st game arrived, a home match with division favourites Dynamo Dresden.
It was a great start with one of my best players, the Centre Mid Kuhne got an early goal and added a 2nd later for a 2-0 win. Looking good so far, but at the end of the day an opening win guaranteed nothing. There were more grounds for optimism to come, an excellent defensive display kept Union at bay in Berlin to secure a narrow win the 2nd match, and in the 3rd, Regensburg were taken apart 5-0, and all without an accomplished right winger, and one soon arrived in the form of the Bosnian Maletic from Koblenz. After 2 more wins, Aalen away saw defeat and the end of the run. Bouncing back with a win at home over Jena, moments of idiocy started creeping in which led to back to back defeats. The 1st was against high-flying Wehen marked by a poor defensive performance, special mention to both GK’s (for I sub them if they’re having an awful game) who had a hand in (and in once case, scored) all 3 of their goals. This was followed by my DM getting a straight red in the derby with Wuppertal after 10 minutes. Despite this we were still a close 2nd after 9 games with things being pretty tight at the top, having been 1st for most of the time up to those 2 defeats. Indeed just 2 wins later and we were at the top of a 3-way tie on 24 points with Wehen and Braunschweig, 6 points clear of 4th placed Union Berlin. However, not helped by a few injuries, points started becoming harder to come by, not just for us either. A defeat and 2 draws later and we were just hanging on to 2nd with Wehen only managing to gain a 3 point advantage at the top and Union having caught up with Braunschweig. A trend of conceding equalizers meant that when we finally got a win against Braunschweig it was the first for 6 games but we were still in 2nd and only 2 behind Wehen. Not a moment too soon as by this point the top half of the table were pretty much closely bunched up together. A win next took us top, before a disallowed goal in each game either side of the half-way point cost 3 points and it was back to the familiar ‘just hanging on to 2nd, not far behind 1st’ situation.
That changed after the winter break and not for the better. 2 defeats (the first only due to another disallowed goal) saw us drop down to 4th. Still close even to top spot (3 points to 1st and 2nd and level with 3rd and 5th) but also potentially in a position to drop a few more places. 1 point from 2 games later and finally there was a win but that only took us back up as far as 4th. 2 points from 3 games later and even getting 3rd seemed a distant hope, being 6 points and a few places adrift with 9 games to go. I decided to use the opportunity to blood my now 16yr old DC, Freidrich, despite his terrible mental stats as his technical ones alone had been pretty good. Ironically the first game I did so was a victory and clean sheet, and he became the club’s youngest player at 16 yrs and 12 days. After that was followed by a defeat, the top 3 quickly cemented their position, however 5 wins in the remaining 7 games enabled us to stay pretty close and not just fade away down to mid table. The last featuring Freidrich’s 1st goal (making him the club’s youngest ever goalscorer as well) and MoM.
No matter what the initial expectations, when you’re up there in the promotion places for so long it’s always disappointing to see your chances fade away so suddenly. However that was the only downside really. By all other accounts this was a fantastic season, and the way form picked up at the end is a sign that the early season run was no accident. Even the lack of promotion isn’t that bad as I’d generally prefer to build up carefully. I’m not a believer in judging a side by one season so I’m cautious in expecting another push next time but whatever happens, it’s been going very well so far.
Anyway I'm sure LLR's dropped points won't haunt him. Leaving aside the fact that he probably won't go down, there's likely to be many other rued dropped points to worry about. Also hope ghosthunter can keep things up. Also congrats to G-Wiz on a strong continued rise up.
LLR - good start to the season, even with your GK blip!! sounds like you may be able to challenge towards the top half maybe???
G-Wiz - your game seems to be almost mirroring mine! promotions in the same seasons, same trophys won, and in debut season in Serie B, you finished 8th and me 9th, but only on GD.... And i see you have Luca Crotti. how is he for you? he's just told me he wants to move to a bigger club and with 1 year left on contract, he may well be on his way.....
Haha yeah I can't believe that result, was sooo disappointing to screw something like that up. But as you all say my form should prevent me finishing at the bottom, though last year relegation & 6th were only separated by 6 points. I would like to think I can challenge for midtable, but it depends on making things happen.
Deltablue - a good solid season there in the end you got close to promotion, so it should only take a small improvement for you to make the step-up into the new season.
SV Stuttgarter Kickers - German Bundesliga 2014/15
Fairly disappointing season last time out, dropping back in the league. This year proved to be a whole lot better.
Bayern were pretty dominant this year, winning ther first title since 2011. We matched them for the first 10 or so games but they were almost completely relentless, so we slipped back. There wasn't a great deal of competition for the 2nd spot, Leverkeusen leap froggin us as our form dipped mid season, but other than that we were great. The main worry was my defence. Even with a quality defensive midfielder in Gago, we leaked goals. Both my centre backs are very good, but they're young, so I can only hope they grow with experience.
After selling Fomin and Kramaric in the summer, we really needed young Tarik to step up. He did so brilliantly and was excellently supported by new signings Pacheco and Gottwald. I've tried to bring in more German talent but there simply aren't many German players good enough. Saying that, I have some fantastic youth prospects (mostly German) who I hope can come through in the next few years and make Germany great again.
Broke even then. Most of my transfers in, initially, were young Germans who my scouts seem to think have good futures ahead of them. I decided to get rid of some of my better players who were aging, hence making alot. But Kramaric going was a real blow. Bayern started sniffing around him and he kicked up a fuss, so I had to let him go. ú12.5mil is a good amount, but I think he was worth more than that to the team as a player. Still, an excuse to get in some new attackers who all played fairly well, with the exception of Frampton who didn't score in his 14 Bundesliga starts. Gago was obviously a massive coup, but wasn't the star I expected him to be.
This was great fun. I thought we'd blown it with a terrible home performance against Sevilla, and then going 1-0 over there. But we fought back brilliantly to go through. The final was tense, and we were on the back foot for the most part, but we scraped through to claim our second trophy in as many years. Role on the CL.
Well, the obvious progression is to win the league now. A decent run in the CL would be nice, too.
Code:Season League Position Achievements -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 Division 3 3rd Promoted through play offs. 2011/12 Division 2 2nd Promoted, Lost in German Cup 1st Round 2012/13 Bundesliga 5th Qualified for Euro Cup. 2013/14 Bundesliga 9th Won the German Cup, Euro Cup 1/4 Finals. 2014/15 Bundesliga 2nd Won Euro Cup, German Cup Semis, CL qualification
Last edited by Willy Wonka; 22-01-2010 at 16:11.
deltablue - a really solid first season, im sure that the coming season will see you push on from strength to strength
rlipscombe - yeah, pretty close in terms of achievements etc. altho it appears your board are a bit more forthcoming than the one im landed with! i decided to try my luck and request a stadium expansion, to which i was informed the council would not approve the expansion due to a lack of space! am i gonna be stuck with a 4500 seater stadium forever!?! maybe not the boards fault, but im blaming them anyway!!
As for Luca Crotti, he is probably among my most consistent players, seems to quietly go about his business, hence the reason i dont think ive really mentioned him in many of my updates. but he's played over 120 games since i signed him in 2011, so must be doing something right. He's also highly rated by the staff, altho its not necessarily reflected in his attributes...
anyway, got a couple of players lined up, hopefully get some deals completed by the time the transfer window closes...and my hopes of a cup run and a money spinner against some Serie A opposition have been ruined by Udinese in the 3rd qualifying round, whom, having been 1-0 up after 2 minutes (Ripamonti), just came back to beat me 2-1
Well done Deltablue, solid first season. Progress shouldn't be too tricky in Germany, except all my players are being poached by the big clubs. Champions League's gonna be a tall order.
Looks like my opposition beat me by playing with a whole gang of them - Wang Gang
Well after a week without playing (busy with work )
Here,s an update on how things are going for Montevarchi.
I,m 20 games into my third season and seem to be taking a step backwards,too many draws and not enough wins. Here's the table http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/4905/table3g.jpg and here's the graph http://img693.imageshack.us/img693/9425/graph1.jpg As you can see I had a shocking start and I'm only starting to get things together,looks like another mid table finish though
Luca Arena has been my top performer after coming on loan from Juventus http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/9274/arena.jpg
I'm also pretty happy with Enrico Verachi who I got on a ree at the start of the season,I have him playing as a left winger and he has done well there with 9 assists. http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/8131/verachi.jpg
Now I need a bit of advice with this,Reggina have offered me 100K for co ownership of my hot prospect (Well he is already in the starting 11 of the senior team) They will leave him stay at the club for two years before both clubs have to bid for him.I'm 65K in debt so I could do with the cash,here's the player http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/9466/varrielle1.jpg
What do ye think I should do :confused:
Going into the final day of the season. 1 point clear at the top.
Ok I've decided to turn down Reggina's offer for Varialle,I've a feeling he'll be worth a lot more in a couple of seasons.
I've won my last two games 5-0 and 3-0 so I've moved into 7th, 8 points off the playoffs with 12 games to go
Won it! Yes. Retainied Ligue 1. I'll have to write a report sooon.
Hmmm My new GK Braun (BEL) is having trouble fitting in, and the Ass man has suggested I bring in another Belgian, wait a second, what about Manuel De Castris (BEL)?? Or Franco Zennaro (BEL)?? Do these two not count or is my Ass Man just confused?
Well with 5 games to go I avoided relegation, now I am currently in 7th and around me the table is very tight. Freamunde 4th (41), Trofense 5th (41), Chaves 6th (40), Evora 7th (39) & U.Madeira 8th (37).
Our remaining games are Away to Beira Mar (13th), Away to Gil. Vicente (10th), Home to Covilha (11th), & Away to U. Madeira (8th). So we should have a good shot in all these matches and try to keep our unbeaten streak going. Currently 9 games (5W, 4D).
Last edited by Lower Leagues Rule; 22-01-2010 at 21:51.
Des - well done on staying up - good luck finishing as high as possible...
PRDH - congrats on the title.
Well a single game left against U.Madeira (8th) 43pts, we are 6th with 44, Chaves 7th with 43, and Freamunde & Trofense 4th & 5th have 47, so we need to win in my books as we travel to Madeira. I expect to finish 6th as Freamunde face Chaves & Trofense face Varzim (9th).
If Varzim, Chaves and Evora win the tie on 47 pts would go like this, Results between teams comes first:
Feirense 2-2-0 (8pts)
Trofense 2-0-2 (6pts)
Evora 0-2-2 (2pts)
So the best we can finish is 6th according to my calculations, of course who knows whether that would be the way they score it.
Lusitano de Evora
End of Season
2012/13 Liga Vitalis
The Current SeasonThe Quick Reference
Odds: 16th (100-1)
Portuguese Cup: 2nd Round vs Feirense
League Cup: 2nd Round: 3rd Group F
Finances: 1.6M (19th Por)
The Squad: 1 & 2
The Season in General
Well with my main aim to stay up, the Asst Manager thought we had good enough players before the season even started to achieve this, but I decided if I could find any players better than my current crop I would bring them in anyway. I ended up just over wage budget with my large number of signings and should possibly have let more players go later in the season. We managed to cement a top half finish, and have a strong squad going forward. Financially we are even more in debt after that season as we passed the 0.25M mark and are now well over 300k in debt, we need t do something about this, but there is not much option really.
The league started well as we won our first game, and a few more results put us well inside the top half, but a poor run from our 4th game to our 8th game saw us in 12th spot, before we then put a string of results together to get back to 5th, following a stay at 5th we then proceeded to fall apart once more and we ended the first half of the season with a 5-2-8 record and 12th spot, I was definitely not happy with that, so the changes in January added to a slight tactical switch up saw the second half be a much greater improvement as we went 7-6-2 through the second 15 games and moved into the top half comfortably, a last day loss to U.Madeira saw us slide to 8th. Though this was more than satisfactory for our first season in Liga Vitalis.
Well the board wanted us to make the third round again, and also to enjy the League Cup. Well first up we faced Fatima home & away to qualify for the League Cup 2nd round group stages, we absolutely smashed them winning 5-1 at home before travelling to lose 2:1 and win 6-3 on aggregate. That drew us against Varzim & Belenenses both who beat us twice to leave us out after the group stage in 3rd. As for the Portuguese Cup in the second round we lost on penalties after a tight game was 1:1 the whole way. A miss by one of our stars put us out.
Player Stats League Cup
Player Stats Portuguese Cup
The Club's HistoryWell obviously the aim for next season is to improve on last year, I want to at least double the points from our second half so that was 7-6-2 (27pts), so I am looking for 14-12-4 (54pts), which would've seen me third. I want to come into the top 5 of the league, and hopefully have a shot at promotion, of course any improvement over 8th would be satisfactory.
Goals Home & AwayCode:|----------|----------|-----------|----------|--------------| | Season | League | Final Pos | Playoffs | Achievements | |----------|----------|-----------|----------|--------------| | 2010/11 | 2DS | 6th | | None | | 2011/12 | 2DS | 1st | 2nd | Promoted | | 2012/13 | LV | 8th | N/A | None | |----------|----------|-----------|----------|--------------|
Win-Draw-Loss RecordsCode:|----------|----------|---------|---------|-------| | Season | League | Home | Away | Total | |----------|----------|---------|---------|-------| | 2010/11 | 2DS | 36-15 | 18-29 | 54-44 | | 2011/12 | 2DS | 39-10 | 31-20 | 70-30 | | 2012/13 | LV | 33-22 | 20-25 | 53-47 | |----------|----------|---------|---------|-------|
Club Records & Competition HistoryCode:|----------|----------|----------|----------|----------| | Season | League | Home | Away | Total | |----------|----------|----------|----------|----------| | 2010/11 | 2DS | 10-03-02 | 05-01-09 | 15-04-11 | | 2011/12 | 2DS | 13-03-01 | 07-06-04 | 20-10-05 | | 2012/13 | LV | 09-01-05 | 03-07-05 | 12-08-10 | |----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|
New Records: Highest League Pos: 8th LV, Highest Scoring Game/League Game 6:3, Losing Streak 5, Without Winning Streak 5, Career League Appearances: Jose Maria 79, Youngest Player: Jean Silva 18y 281d.
All Records: Part 1 & 2.
Competition History: 2nd Division South 2012.
The PlayersThe Squad
Current Teams Stats: This Season & Evora Career.
33.Festas - Well he started the season as number two behind Martins, but dropped to third when Braun joined. He only played a short run when both first choice keepers were injured, he is likely to leave the club in July.
30.Andre Martins - He was the clear number 1 keeper this season, he may have conceded 46 goals in his 30 games, but I think a lot of this relates to some poor games where we allowed a lot while trying to get back into them.
31.Leroy Braun - He is definitely better than his stats this season show, his first game was a 4:0 loss to Belenenses and his second was a 2:1 loss, but he is better than that and will get some more game time next season.
62.Paulinho - Well he dropped to being the third right back this season. And it shows as he is not of the class of Semprini who ended up starting in the second half.
64.Carlos Alves - He started the season as the starter, and it looked like he would continue when Semprini came in, but a short injury saw Semprini step in and prove himself as the starter.
39.Fabio Semprini - A great second half of the season saw him cement the starting spot and I will continue with him into the new season.
56.Leonel - Well we had a bit of a rotation period in at left back this season, but it never seemed to work as well as it should've. Leonel is definitely not going to be at the top in the new season.
53.Lorenzo Semioli - Well the young Italian showed his skill late in the season and he is likely to start, I am happy with his performance this season.
17.Gabriele Federici - He looks very good, but he doesn't seem to put that into form on the park which he needs to do if he wants to take the spot.
4.Mauro - He didn't play at all this season. Will leave in July.
18.Roberto Amarilla - As he dropped to 4th or 5th best at his own position he is likely to leave in the new season if I can sell him.
28.Franco Zennaro - He came in looking better than what I had, but improvements by Visentin & Serodio left him out of the line-up.
7.Sebastian Visentin - The youngster was one of the top 3 at the club, but he had a few shocking moments where he let through some of the worst goals I have seen.
6.Diego Galiano - The solid rock on defense, great at Penalties and he got a few from corners as well this season. The older player in the middle he definitely was a leader in the team.
5.Miguel Serodio - Another youngster, he finished the season alongside Galiano and looked better than Visentin, but not sure if he will continue or if I am looking for someone better.
47.Jean Silva - Silva had to fight for a spot this season with Lacroix, neither of them was anywhere near Inzaghi.
37. Christophe Lacroix - A good battler, but his only appearance came in the season finally with an injury to Ingazhi.
27.Inzaghi - Without a doubt the only top class right winger in our side. He led the team from the side and was a brilliant player for most of the season.
72.Helder Costa - Never really in the line-up this year except because of injury.
73.Revy Rosalia - He captained the side through our great run, and he showed that he is a star left winger all year. I want him to continue in the same form, hopefully he doesn't lose it over the end of season break.
78.Luis Pereira - The back-up, he was solid when called on, but nothing amazing.
22.Jose Maria - With a lot more class in the midfield he played a fair number of games, but there was a lot more rotation this season.
43.Raphael Lopes - The only midfielder to start whenever he was fit. Lopes is definitely the best player we have in the centre and he will definitely be continuing in the new year.
15.Manuel De Castris - He dropped to dead last in this position, but he still got a few games.
24.Bruno - Another true cover for this spot, but he was solid when he played.
23.Jose Manuel - According to my coaches he is the best midfielder, but he was not quite as good as Maria, one of these two will be alongside Lopes going forward.
13.Carlos Perez Rojo - He played as cover for Lopes, but he is definitely better than he is rated. His stats were a little disappointing, but I am sure I can find a way to get the best out of him.
10.Antonio Alves - The beginning of the season saw a rotation between Alves, Edson & Alvaro alongside Wesllem, but none of them showed any skill.
1.Edson - When Menga joined in January his run in the starting team was truly over and he never really played after that.
57.Addy Menga - Originally brought in as a right winger to alternate with Inzaghi, but he played one game upfront and that was it, he showed he was the best Striker we had and his form continued all season.
11.Wesllem - He started the season as the number one striker in the squad, but without a doubt he was better once he was in combo with Menga.
2.Alvaro - A disappointment from the new signing.
The Best of the Best
Most Improved Club: Evora
Player of the Month: Oct - Andre Martins (1st), Mar - Addy Menga (3rd).
Manager of the Month: Mar - Des Tiny (1st).
Most Assists: Jose Maria 2nd (10)
Most MoM: Addy Menga 3rd (5)
Team of the Year: Diego Galiano
Highest Avg Rat: Addy Menga (7.51)
Goal of the Year: Wesllem (2nd)
Fans PotY: Diego Galiano
Best XI: Martins, C. Alves, Federici, Visentin, Galiano, Inzaghi, Lopes, Manuel, Maria, Menga, Wesllem.
Subs: Festas, Edson, Rosalia, Bruno, Semprini, Alvaro, Leonel.
Overall XI: Martins, C. Alves, M. Silva, Mauro, Galiano, Inzaghi, Lopes, Manuel, Maria, Edson, A.Alves.
Subs: Festas, Wesllem, Costa, Caetano, Visentin, Federici, Nilton.
The Next Season
Posted early as I need to run for a bit, will be back to complete the players section & awards shortly.
Last edited by Lower Leagues Rule; 23-01-2010 at 04:25.
Well my Job security made it to Untouchable near the end of the season, but the reset knocked me back to secure again.
Another solid season there LLR, your reports are always so detailed.
Are you sure you're not John Motson in disguise?
Good progress in Portugal LLR. It seems the gap between the 2nd Division and Liga Vitalis is quite small, which helps for making a quick promotion push.
I had the same ass man suggestion as you about bringing in players to help a foriegn star settle, except for me he said an Italian new signing was in need of some company - at the time, I had 10 Italians at the club!
good review as ever Des - though that goes without saying really. looks like with a bit more quality you can hit your targets.
Cookie - No not John Motson haha, I just really enjoy writing and including everything I can so that people have an idea what's going on.
DodgeeD - I definitely had a good laugh when he gave me that suggestion, the other one that made me laugh was "Remove from Transfer List" when the player is already leaving. The gap isn't that big, I do remember last year it took me 4 seasons to get out of the 2nd Division, but only 2 to get through Liga Vitalis.
Rlips - Thanks for the support, so far for the new season I have only brought in a pair of new strikers, and have managed to clear all bar two of my excess cutting my squad to 22 players again. One of the strikers is a starter with Menga moving to the Right Wing, and the other is my back-up.
LLR - Love the detail
Well just had our opening Portuguese Cup match, a short trip to Lousada who previously we had drawn 1:1 with in a friendly, I started my number 1 side as I wanted to guarantee progression and were up 2:0 at halftime with a Penalty to Galiano, and a goal to Wesllem, Manuel finished it off with two great second half goals, but the story was bringing on Elia Motta our young future striker in the 67th minute for his debut, and then 9 minutes later he gets injured after I have used my last sub so we finished the game with 10 men.
He actually tore his groin and will now miss 6-7 weeks after his 9 minute debut.
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Waiting for the new page for my next update. Giving that game a rest to play some others.
Montevarchi are promoted at last
Well after three long hard season's Ray Parlour has finally got his team out of the bottom division of Italian football.After securing the final playoff spot on the final day of the season,they faced Guilianova in the semi's.The first leg was a drab affair which ended in a 1-1 draw,it was all to play for in the second leg.1 nil down with 10 mins to go,things were looking bleak.An own goal from Marco Abate got Montevarchi on level terms and then Luca Arena scored a beautiful curler in the 87 min to send Parlours men into the final.
One more team now stood in the way of glory for the minnows,the on form Fogilno.Again Montevarchi played the first leg at home and once again it ended in a draw 2-2.So it was all down to the last game of the season,Fogilno dominated the game but just couldn't take their chances.Enrico Verachi put Montevarchi ahead after 14 mins and Jose Maria Cases doubled their lead after 79 mins.But Fogilno fought back and scored a goal of their own,hit the crossbar and missed a sitter.Final score 2-1 to Montevarchi and promotion at long last !
Luca Arena was brilliant all season long scoring 26 goals and 9 assists,he was on loan from Juventus and returned at the end of the season but I have now signed him on a permanent basis
Maurizio Varialle has also been immence,I'm glad I turned down Reggina's offer of 100K in January.He has now turned 17 and has been called for the Italian under 19's,albeit he hasn't played yet.
I missed out on manager of the year but at least I got a mention in second place
So I'm now facing a new challenge,can I avoid relegation from Serie C1/A,with teams like Piacenza,Modena,Pescara,Empoli and Ancona it really feels like the we're in the big time
I'm off to try and get some quality players in for what will no doubt be a bumpy ride
Difficult league for everybody else or is it just you that has struggled?
Congrats Jack, and good luck in the new division. I seem to remember from FM08 that the step up to C1 was not that big, but with some improvements you should have no worries.
I'm assuming that may normally be the case but looking at some of the fallen teams that are in the league suggests he may struggle unfortunately
There is that Minisav, though generally if a great team is in that league after 3-4 seasons into the game it is because they have lost the players required to keep them up. And therefore they are no different to a regular team at that level, the only ones you generally have to be worried about are those who were relegated last season, or those who finished highest and were not promoted.
Yeah, depends on the manager though as they'll still have a high reputation for signing all the good players.
Yeah, I dreaded those before. Especially as they are normally the ones who you'll be battling relegation with so those 2 matches against them you really do have to get at least 3 points tbh.
Also an update on Motta, his first game back after injury sees him come on off the bench at 66:56 on the clock and line up for a corner, and he scores at 67:24, 28s after he stepped onto the pitch and 9m 27s into his career for Evora he scores his 1st goal, beautiful. (His current league career is one app for Fiorentina in 3 seasons, then 1 sub for us and his first goal). So stats career 1(2) 1G 0A 6.80. He looks like a good shot for our squad really.
Next game off the bench again and he scored a stunning equaliser as we drew 1:1 with Santa Clara who were relegated from Liga Sagres last season.
Last edited by Lower Leagues Rule; 23-01-2010 at 21:49.