Des Tiny's A.S. Viterbo Calcio
August 22nd 2012
The New Guys
02.07.12 --> Tomislav Grcic (DM) - The first thing for me in lower levels is getting a solid anchorman, and I don't think I was going to find one better than this guy. Very good physically, and also a good tackler and marker, he will support my central defenders very well.
03.07.12 --> Francesco Frijio (AML) - Normally I would be more worried about building a spine early on, but when I was offered this left wing (A very weak position at the club) I couldn't turn him down. For an 18 year old he is pretty good, I am still looking for another left wing.
06.07.12 --> Leonardo Orsi (DC) - Back on track and building my defense saw me sign our second guaranteed starter. Orsi will be the rock of our defence and have a younger player alongside him. Solid right across the duties he will need to cover as my central figure at the back.
07.07.12 --> Domenico Di Fusco (DC) - One of the possible younger options, but within 8 days at the club I have greatly improved the centre of my defence with three very solid signings.
08.07.12 --> Luca Riberto (ST) - The other important feature of my club is a solid advanced forward who can both score and hold up the ball for the others coming through. I managed to find this Italian veteran for my side, and I am very happy with his attributes. Fast, strong, and a bit of flair.
13.07.12 --> Manuel Cervini (MC) - A solid 23 year old with reasonable stats, for the supportive midfield role I need someone who can play support forwards, and backwards, he is that guy.
29.07.12 --> Leonardo Ciocca (GK) - The final piece of a good spine to the club is a solid keeper, now I have been unable to sign any of the better ones because of my wage limits, but this guy is good enough, and he will stop the shots that get through my defence.
02.08.12 --> Ivan Aiardi (GK) - I wanted him as a GK Coach, but he wanted to play, signed on as both will tutor my young keeper.
04.08.12 --> Joseph Pisano (ST) - A young back-up for Riberto, he is reasonable at the job already, but he will get better.
07.08.12 --> Domenico Bombara (DL) - After building the middle of the team the four wide players also need to be upgraded, Bombara is the best left back I could find, he is solid across the board, but nothing stands out.
09.08.12 --> Fabio Di Fausto (DR) - Following on from Bombara, it made sense to fill in the other side of the pitch. Di Fausto is the improvement I needed there, while reasonable attributes are the key here.
10.08.12 --> Federico Casino (MC) - A young back-up for my midfield, solid and needs some mental work, but will improve.
11.08.12 --> Marco Galiano (MC) - Another youngster to provide some midfield cover.
13.08.12 --> Luigi Panarelli (DRC) - I have made a habit of picking up a few youngsters, this guy provides cover at right back, and can come on in the middle if needed as well.
21.08.12 --> Arturo Zuccarelli (DC) - He has been signed as another option at the middle of the back, it now means I have what I see as three good options for my defensive line.
We played 5 easy teams and won 4 of those games, and I had decided to finish it off with a game against Serie B side Bari, and I thought the boys stepped up quite well and we ended up with a 1-0 loss. Really overall I am happy about the results and will see where it goes into the regular season.
I am happy with the team, I think we have a chance to push forward and I will be playing with the aim of qualifying out of our group in the Serie C Cup. Then comes the league season where my only aim can be to avoid relegation. So without further ado here is my starting XI for the season:
GK: Leonardo Ciocca
DR: Fabio di Fausto
DC: Leonardo Orsi
DC: Arturo Zuccarelli
DL: Domenico Bombara
DM: Tomislav Grcic
MC: Manuel Cervini
MC: David Corsaro
AMR: Emanuele Morini
AML: Francesco Friji
ST: Luca Riberto