Città di Pontedera
Season 2016/2017 -Serie A
With tiny budgets and a tiny stadium, but with an attacking formation and style of play, we started well in the league. And it continued.
We won against Fiorentina, Roma, Napoli and looked really solid. Even managed to be top of the table for a couple of games, but had no chance to follow the top teams when january arrived.
We did manage to turn things around and managed an amazing 4th place finish in the end. Right after beating roma 0-2 away in the league we lost at home to Serie C1 team Varese in the cup, but I think this only helped us maintain our league form. Overall an amazing season, coming 4th in our first ever Serie A season is huge!
- Club Information
Right after we had finished 4th, the board announced this
- new 23k seater stadium named after Marcello Lippi!
Training facilities are also being upgraded. These are actually the first changes to the clubs facilities since I took over.
GK: Sergio - Developed nicely this season aswell, and finished with a overall rating above 7. Still only 20!
DR: Athoumani Marthadi - This young frenchman made the rightback-spot his own this season, hopefully he will continue to develop next season.
DC: Mattia Pagano - Played well, but my assistant is doubting he will improve much more. Will keep him around anyway.
DC: Jorge Soares - Been in the club since the Serie C2/A days, and is developing nicely.
DL: Lucien Tchany - Even though his defensive skills are not the greatest, he was solid this season. Pace has alot to say it seems.
DMC: Jacopo Fortunato - Our captain since Serie C/1 B, and is still going strong. Has accepted a new contract as with a "rotation" squad status.
DMC: Valentino Flavi - The "new De Rossi" developed nicely this season and attracted interest from Fiorentina and Inter. Thankfully he accepted a new contract.
AMR: Uche Opara - The most entertaining player I have ever had in FM. It is absolutely amazing to watch him tear the right flank apart in the match engine.
AMC: David Lopez Montana - The brains in my attack. Scored alot more than I expected him to do, very very nice season.
AML: Pedro Coutinho - Not as dangerous as Opara, but a good season nontheless.
ST: Alessandro Pieroni - The new "Christian Vieri" had an allright season. Scored some absolutely amazing goals and attracted interest from Inter and Juventus, but willing to remain at the club.
DC: Unai Sesma - Played both DC and DR and did well. Wish his jumping was higher, though.
DMC: Piotr Towarnicki - Didn't develop as much this season, but solid for a youngster anyway. Still has lots of potential.
MC: Koen Koster - Brought in this youngster in january for a ridicolously small fee. I am absolutely sure he will turn into a cracking player, even did well in Serie A at age 16.
ST: Emmanuele Ferrari - This talented italian didn't have the best of seasons, and it was fair that Pieroni got the most playing time. Might try a formation were both Ferrari and Pieroni can play together, but this depends on our summer signings.
Hopefully we will make it to the group stages of Champions League and get some money. The clubs facilities are indeed in a dire situation.
I don't expect us to challenge for a top 4 spot next season, as I think playing in Europe will make my tiny squad very tired. I will make a pre-season report with screenshots of all my players later this week. Didn't bother posting images of my anonymous squad players as alot of them will be offloaded this summer.
The challenge so far:
||Lost in playoff-final