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    Brescia was spectacularly unspectacular.

    Back to Verona eh. Familiar territory for you...

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    You are indeed correct, Nobby!

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    CROUCHY'S FIRST INTERVIEW AFTER JOINING VERONA!

    Thought I would share with you a couple of my answers!

    Q. Given the fact you used to manage rivals Brescia, there has been understandable backlash from some fans and the pressure will really be on you to prove you are up to the job. How will you cope with this?
    A. I have complete faith in my ability to convince the fans that I am the right person for the job.

    Q. You stand here today unveiled as the new Verona manager. As a big fan of the club, surely this must be a dream come true?
    A. I have dreamt of this moment for years.

    The headline that the media went with is: 'Crouchaldinho living the dream!'

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    Only just seen this, congrats Crouchy

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    Awesome! Back to Verona for Crouchy. Hurrah!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaycar View Post
    Only just seen this, congrats Crouchy
    Quote Originally Posted by iacovone View Post
    Awesome! Back to Verona for Crouchy. Hurrah!
    Thanks guys!

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    How about this for a decent away win:



    And the match took place on my in game birthday. Perfect, huh?

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    Life at Verona has started well. My record so far is 4 wins and 1 loss.

    We go into the winter break on the back of 4 straight wins!

    We're also above Brescia in the table. Take that Brescia!

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    Cracking start to live at Verona. Well done.

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    Pah, should have been 11-0 at least ;)

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    I'm shocked. SHOCKED.

    Good luck at Verona - some places you just don't get on with. I still hate Paulton after my spell there in my short-lived FM11 journeyman career.

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    Crouchy's 'Lessons in Calcio' Journeyman Save - Project 5: Hellas Verona (Season One at Marcantonio Bentegodi 2019/20)



    Click here for post 394 which shows the situation we were in when I joined the club in November. We were sitting in 14th place in the table when I joined the club.

    Below, I'm posting up an image of the results we recorded after I joined the club as manager. I'll talk you through the results and my thoughts as we tackled the job of turning the club around.

    Results

    After my huge changes at Brescia completely failed and backfired on me, I decided to take a completely different approach at Verona. This was, instead, a gentle and careful approach. I made a small number of signings to improve the team but generally kept faith with the spine of the team I inherited.

    I lost my first game in charge away to Cagliari but then we went on a four game winning streak including an incredible 8-0 win away to Novara.

    Moving into January and February, the squad started to settle more but it was still a bumpy ride at times. The most frustrating thing was losing matches at home, such as the 1-0 defeat to Varese. The same thing happened against our rivals, Chievo, at the end of March. How we lost that match, I'll never know, as we dominated and should easily have won. We just didn't seem to have the creativity up front to score goals in these matches where the onus was on us to break down the opposition.

    The thing is that we kept bouncing back from disappointments very quickly. In fact, every defeat I have suffered as Verona boss has been met with a win in the next game. This 'bounce-back-ability' resulted in us pushing on and suddenly looking like possible promotion candidates.

    We hit top form at just the right time. In April, we recorded four back-to-back wins including a 5-1 thrashing away to Juve Stabia. Towards the end of April, we suddenly found ourselves in 3rd place and only 3 points off the top two. Beating Cagliari at home was absolutely huge and meant that we had suddenly managed to pull ourselves up and into a title race!

    We finished the season in top form going on a 10 match unbeaten run and winning 8 out of 10 games. We secured an automatic promotion spot with a game to play. We were also top of the table by a single point going into the last game of the season and I badly wanted to sign off from Serie B in style by taking the title.

    Unfortunately, it just wasn't meant to be. Frosinone proved tough opponents at home in our final match of the season. We just couldn't find a winner. Meanwhile, Cagliari managed to win their final game by a single goal to take the league title by a single point. Once again, I've been denied a league title, but we did get automatic promotion and I will definitely take that! It looked very unlikely when I came to the club. To think that we'll be playing in Serie A next season is amazing!

    I have to confess that we got lucky this season. We managed to keep our best players fit. Had we suffered more injuries or suspensions then I think we would have been finishing in the play-off positions rather than in an automatic promotion slot.



    Information & Screenshots:

    Final table:

    Code:
    | Pos   | Inf   | Team        |       | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | G.D.  | Pts   | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 1st   | C     | Cagliari    |       | 42    | 23    | 9     | 10    | 52    | 33    | +19   | 78    | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 2nd   | P     | Verona      |       | 42    | 23    | 8     | 11    | 65    | 32    | +33   | 77    | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 3rd   |       | Lecce       |       | 42    | 21    | 9     | 12    | 61    | 35    | +26   | 72    | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 4th   |       | Frosinone   |       | 42    | 20    | 10    | 12    | 58    | 39    | +19   | 70    | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 5th   | P     | Varese      |       | 42    | 20    | 9     | 13    | 57    | 41    | +16   | 69    | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 6th   |       | Atalanta    |       | 42    | 17    | 14    | 11    | 48    | 29    | +19   | 65    | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 7th   |       | Perugia     |       | 42    | 17    | 10    | 15    | 40    | 50    | -10   | 61    | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 8th   |       | Chievo      |       | 42    | 17    | 10    | 15    | 53    | 55    | -2    | 61    | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 9th   |       | Triestina   |       | 42    | 17    | 8     | 17    | 45    | 40    | +5    | 59    | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 10th  |       | Benevento   |       | 42    | 17    | 7     | 18    | 52    | 49    | +3    | 58    | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 11th  |       | Brescia     |       | 42    | 15    | 12    | 15    | 61    | 58    | +3    | 57    | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 12th  |       | Livorno     |       | 42    | 14    | 14    | 14    | 53    | 51    | +2    | 56    | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 13th  |       | Pescara     |       | 42    | 13    | 15    | 14    | 53    | 55    | -2    | 54    | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 14th  |       | Cremonese   |       | 42    | 14    | 12    | 16    | 48    | 52    | -4    | 54    | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 15th  |       | Novara      |       | 42    | 14    | 10    | 18    | 52    | 65    | -13   | 52    | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 16th  |       | Siracusa    |       | 42    | 11    | 17    | 14    | 50    | 57    | -7    | 50    | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 17th  |       | Cesena      |       | 42    | 12    | 13    | 17    | 46    | 47    | -1    | 49    | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 18th  |       | Barletta    |       | 42    | 11    | 16    | 15    | 43    | 54    | -11   | 49    | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 19th  | R     | Reggina     |       | 42    | 12    | 13    | 17    | 47    | 68    | -21   | 49    | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 20th  | R     | Juve Stabia |       | 42    | 12    | 12    | 18    | 46    | 57    | -11   | 48    | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 21st  | R     | Pisa        |       | 42    | 7     | 16    | 19    | 33    | 57    | -24   | 37    | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 22nd  | R     | Nocerina    |       | 42    | 7     | 12    | 23    | 26    | 65    | -39   | 33    | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    Italian Cup: Knocked out before I arrived.

    Transfers:

    IN:
    Code:
    | Date               | Person               | From               | Fee                | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 6.12.2019          | McQuade, Aaron       | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
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    | 6.12.2019          | McCullough, Marc     | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
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    | 2.1.2020           | Ikoko, Jordan        | Frosinone          | £22K               | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 2.1.2020           | Backman, Niklas      | Gaziantepspor      | £130K              | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 2.1.2020           | Righini, Luca        | Südtirol-Alto Adige| £6K                | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 8.1.2020           | Kike                 | Osasuna            | £180K              | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    |                    | Total                |                    | £2.4M*             | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    * - this figure includes signings by the previous manager

    I restricted myself to making just a few signings to try to strengthen the team.

    McQuade and McCullough are two players with potential and my plan with them was to use them sparingly in this initial season so that they could develop, settle and learn the language etc. They proved to be useful assets on the subs bench.

    Ikoko was a player offered to me by Brescia. I thought he would make a very useful squad player so I signed him up. Having worked with him before, I knew that he could offer something to this team.

    Luca Righini, some of you may remember, was with me at Mezzocorona. Ultimately, I signed him as a backup but he turned out to be a poor acquisition and he spent most of the season in the reserves. He'll be leaving in the summer when his contract runs out.

    The main two signings for us were Niklas Backman and Kike. Both played a key part in our success. Backman is a solid centre-back and came into the team to be a first-choice defender. We also needed some better options out wide and so I signed the experience Kike reasoning that he would add some experience and determination to the side.

    I'm not listing the 'outs' here as I only released three reserve/youth players who weren't going to make the grade. I kept the rest of the squad together.

    I always felt that if I could just sign a few solid players with good character, it would see us through to the end of the season. I was hoping for a top half respectable finish. I didn't realise that we would have quite so much success!


    Squad Statistics:

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    | Pkd | Inf | Name                 | Position           | Apps    | Gls | Ast | MoM | Pas R | Tck | Drb | Sh T| Yel | Red | Av Rat | Nat | Value | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | GK  | Hol | Luca Nunziata        | GK                 | 37      | 0   | 0   | 0   | 65%   | -   | -   | -   | 0   | 0   | 6.82   | ITA | £350K | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | DR  | Hol | Jordan Ikoko         | D (R)              | 7 (4)   | 0   | 0   | 1   | 78%   | 3.73| 1.05| 100%| 0   | 0   | 7.01   | FRA | £22K  | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | DCR | Hol | Pavol Cech           | D (C)              | 40      | 2   | 0   | 4   | 70%   | 2.94| 0.08| 28% | 6   | 0   | 6.97   | SVK | £240K | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | DCL | Hol | Niklas Backman       | D (RC)             | 22      | 1   | 0   | 1   | 73%   | 2.59| 0.09| 16% | 1   | 0   | 7.11   | SWE | £575K | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | DL  | Hol | Domenico Vetere      | D (RLC)            | 39      | 0   | 3   | 3   | 76%   | 4.14| 0.32| 30% | 0   | 0   | 7.11   | ITA | £425K | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | MR  | Hol | Kike                 | M (R), AM (RC), ST | 22      | 2   | 3   | 0   | 80%   | 2.10| 1.89| 33% | 1   | 0   | 6.88   | ESP | £95K  | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | MCR | Wnt | Danilo Pereira       | DM, M (C)          | 35 (1)  | 3   | 3   | 2   | 82%   | 3.96| 0.47| 27% | 4   | 0   | 7.11   | GNB | £1.1M | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | MCL | Hol | Emanuel Biancucchi   | M/AM (RLC)         | 40      | 2   | 8   | 5   | 75%   | 1.92| 1.95| 30% | 6   | 0   | 7.12   | ARG | £300K | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | ML  | Hol | Filippo Boniperti    | M/AM (L)           | 33 (2)  | 2   | 8   | 1   | 67%   | 1.28| 1.91| 28% | 0   | 0   | 6.93   | ITA | £120K | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | STCR| Hol | Luigi Pagani         | AM (C), ST         | 23 (10) | 16  | 6   | 5   | 77%   | 1.68| 0.74| 44% | 2   | 0   | 7.07   | ITA | £700K | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | STCL| Hol | Cosimo Di Benedetto  | AM (RC), ST        | 9 (11)  | 8   | 1   | 2   | 74%   | 1.41| 1.88| 58% | 0   | 0   | 6.83   | ITA | £600K | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S1  | Hol | Matteo Pasquali      | GK                 | 6 (1)   | 0   | 0   | 0   | 45%   | 0.15| -   | -   | 0   | 0   | 6.89   | ITA | £300K | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S2  | Hol | Michele Ignomiriello | D (R)              | 2 (3)   | 0   | 0   | 0   | 58%   | 3.91| 0.87| 66% | 0   | 0   | 6.47   | ITA | £150K | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S3  | Hol | Tommaso Benedini     | SW, D (C)          | 9 (1)   | 2   | 1   | 1   | 72%   | 3.03| 0.11| 42% | 0   | 0   | 7.48   | ITA | £275K | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S4  | Hol | Gabriele Contino     | DM, M (C)          | 24 (12) | 1   | 1   | 0   | 78%   | 3.28| 0.19| 19% | 1   | 0   | 6.72   | ITA | £1M   | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S5  | Hol | Matteo Scala         | M/AM (R)           | 2 (12)  | 0   | 4   | 0   | 72%   | 1.77| 1.33| 0%  | 2   | 0   | 6.84   | ITA | £50K  | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S6  |     | Aaron McQuade        | M/AM (L)           | 4 (13)  | 1   | 1   | 0   | 75%   | 3.45| 0.86| 33% | 0   | 0   | 6.67   | NIR | £600K | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S7  |     | Marc McCullough      | ST                 | 8 (10)  | 2   | 2   | 0   | 76%   | 1.72| 0.25| 41% | 2   | 0   | 6.66   | NIR | £1.5M | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -   | Hol | Alessandro Scialpi   | DM, M/AM (C)       | 10 (7)  | 1   | 1   | 0   | 78%   | 3.35| 0.97| 25% | 0   | 0   | 6.57   | ITA | £120K | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -   | Hol | Tommaso Strambi      | GK                 | -       | -   | -   | -   | -     | -   | -   | -   | -   | -   | -      | ITA | £130K | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -   | Hol | Massimo Anzalone     | D (C)              | 15      | 1   | 2   | 0   | 68%   | 4.87| -   | 40% | 0   | 0   | 6.88   | ITA | £100K | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -   | Hol | Agostino Gallo       | M (C)              | 8 (8)   | 0   | 0   | 0   | 67%   | 2.77| 0.76| 0%  | 1   | 0   | 6.51   | ITA | £150K | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -   | Hol | Alessandro Litterio  | AM (RLC), ST       | 37 (1)  | 19  | 4   | 2   | 66%   | 1.13| 2.40| 52% | 5   | 2   | 6.96   | ITA | £350K | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -   | Inj | Nicola Rossini       | D (RL)             | 36      | 0   | 8   | 1   | 76%   | 4.86| 0.44| 75% | 1   | 0   | 7.13   | ITA | £350K | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -   | Hol | Federico Perticara   | DM, M (C)          | 1 (14)  | 2   | 1   | 0   | 75%   | 6.02| 0.86| 50% | 0   | 0   | 6.55   | ITA | £180K | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

    Key players:

    In addition to those below, I could also have listed both centre-backs who were really strong for us this season.

    Nicola Rossini - The fullback was solid for us and also offered something coming forward due to his acceleration and workrate in particular.

    Emanuel Biancucchi - Playmaking central midfielder who claimed quite a few assists and generally played very well for us in the middle of the park.

    Luigi Pagani - Played primarily as second striker but still hit a fair number of goals.

    Alessandro Litterio - A somewhat limited striker, to be honest, but his pace, acceleration and off the ball movement saw him scoring plenty of goals for us.


    Next Season:

    Survival. No idea how but survival is the aim.

    The squad definitely needs strengthening. I'm not going to go crazy though like I did at Brescia. I'll try to strengthen the defence, midfield and forward positions with at least one signing for each.

    I'm under no illusions that I've 'made it' by reaching Serie A. Next season will be a hugely tough test.


    Career Overview:

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    Season    Team			League                   Position    Achievements/outcomes
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    2011/12   A.C. Giacomense	Serie C2/A	         18th        (Took over after 18 games) Relegated
    2012/13   A.C. Mezzocorona	Serie C2/B	         9th         
    2013/14   A.C. Mezzocorona	Serie C2/B	         2nd         Promoted!
    2014/15   A.C. Mezzocorona	Serie C1/A	         8th         Overachievers!
    2015/16   A.C. Perugia Calcio	Serie C1/B	         13th        (Took over after 13 games)
    2016/17   A.C. Perugia Calcio	Serie C1/B	         2nd         Promoted via play-offs! Serie C Cup winners!
    2017/18   A.C. Perugia Calcio	Serie B	         	 N/A         (Left after 16 games with the team in 18th place)
    2017/18   Brescia Calcio	Serie B	         	 10th        (Joined after 16 games with the team in 14th place)
    2018/19   Brescia Calcio	Serie B	         	 N/A	     (Resigned after 34 games with the team in 13th place)
    2019/20   Hellas Verona F.C.	Serie B	         	 2nd	     (Joined after 15 games, team in 14th place) - Promoted!


    My A.C. Giacomense Record (2011 - 2012 [133 days]):

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    P 	W 	D 	L 	F	A	Win % 		Competitions Won / Achievements
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    19	5	7	7	17	23	26%		None

    My A.C. Mezzocorona Record (2012 - 2015 [1085 days]):

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    P 	W 	D 	L 	F	A	Win % 		Competitions Won / Achievements
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    143	57	43	43	179	153	39%		Lega Pro Seconda Divisione Girone B Runners-up

    My A.C. Perugia Calcio Record (2015 - 2017 [739 days]):

    Code:
    P 	W 	D 	L 	F	A	Win % 		Competitions Won / Achievements
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    91	43	22	26	148 	110	47%		Coppa Italia di Lega Pro Winners!
    								Lega Pro Prima Divisione Runners-up
    								Lega Pro Prima Divisione Play-off Winners!

    My Brescia Calcio Record (2017 - 2019 [497 days]):

    Code:
    P 	W 	D 	L 	F	A	Win % 		Competitions Won / Achievements
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    62	24	19	19 	82	76	38%

    My Hellas Verona F.C. Record (2019 - Present [200 days]):

    Code:
    P 	W 	D 	L 	F	A	Win % 		Competitions Won / Achievements
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    27	18	4	5 	49	16	66%		Serie B Runners-up
    Last edited by crouchaldinho; 06-08-2012 at 16:11.

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    Not bad, but I once got Verona promoted after just 3 games in the job.

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    A quick check on my old clubs:

    A.C. Giacomense - currently playing outside the playable leagues in Serie D

    A.C. Mezzocorona - currently playing outside the playable leagues in Serie D

    A.C. Perugia Calcio - finished 7th in Serie B and got the overachievers tag!

    Brescia Calcio - finished 11th in Serie B
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    Best XI for this season:



    The fans voted for Domenico Vetere as their player of the season.

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    Great work getting promoted .

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    A good amount of goals from Pagani Crouchy, my second strikers tend to end up just passing the ball on to the poacher and hardly scoring themselves.

    Congrats on promotion

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    Great work getting promoted .
    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by jaycar View Post
    A good amount of goals from Pagani Crouchy, my second strikers tend to end up just passing the ball on to the poacher and hardly scoring themselves.

    Congrats on promotion
    Thanks!

    Pagani did well. He was on penalty duty too though so that may have helped out! But in general, the front two formed an excellent partnership.

    I'll be looking for a more clinical number 9, to be honest, for Serie A. And I think McCullough may take Pagani's position in the first-team eventually. At the moment, he is the understudy and I've been using him sparingly so that he can settle and learn the language, but I think he has potential to be the better player, maybe even as early as next season.

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    Wow unexpected instant success! I thought your methods took a little while to bed in?

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    My methods were revised somewhat after the Brescia debacle. ;)

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    Project 5 - Season Two at Hellas Verona F.C. - Season 2020/21 Preview



    Board Expectations:
    Serie A - Avoid relegation (media predictions are for 19th place)
    TIM Cup - First round

    My Expectations:
    Serie A - 17th! Avoid relegation at all costs!
    TIM Cup - Don't care


    Budgets:
    Transfer: £0
    Wages: £151,111 (£158,788/week/week currently)
    Balance: £3,396,137


    Squad:

    Code:
    | Pkd   | Inf   | Name                | Position       | Nat   | Height| Weight       | Age   | Value | Ability | Potential | 
    | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | GK    |       | Quique Arca         | GK             | ESP   | 5'11" | 12 st 12 lbs | 22    | £2.1M |         |           | 
    | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | DR    |       | Domenico Vetere     | D (RLC)        | ITA   | 5'10" | 12 st 8 lbs  | 25    | £1.3M |         |           | 
    | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | DCR   | Wnt   | Dylan Gissi         | D (C)          | SUI   | 6'4"  | 12 st 10 lbs | 29    | £1.4M |         |           | 
    | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | DCL   |       | Niklas Backman      | D (C)          | SWE   | 6'1"  | 12 st 8 lbs  | 31    | £625K |         |           | 
    | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | DL    |       | Nicola Rossini      | D (RL)         | ITA   | 6'1"  | 13 st 3 lbs  | 24    | £1M   |         |           | 
    | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | MR    |       | Keammar Daley       | M (R), AM (RC) | JAM   | 5'8"  | 10 st 5 lbs  | 32    | £575K |         |           | 
    | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | MCR   | Loa   | Paulinho            | DM, M (C)      | BRA   | 5'8"  | 11 st 2 lbs  | 20    | £825K |         |           | 
    | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | MCL   |       | Tokia García        | AM (C)         | FRA   | 5'3"  | 9 st 6 lbs   | 26    | £1.2M |         |           | 
    | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | ML    |       | Aaron McQuade       | M/AM (L)       | NIR   | 6'3"  | 14 st 2 lbs  | 20    | £1M   |         |           | 
    | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | STCR  |       | Luigi Pagani        | AM (C), ST     | ITA   | 6'2"  | 13 st 12 lbs | 22    | £450K |         |           | 
    | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | STCL  |       | Cosimo Spatola      | ST             | ITA   | 6'2"  | 13 st 0 lbs  | 23    | £1.8M |         |           | 
    | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S1    |       | Luca Nunziata       | GK             | ITA   | 6'0"  | 11 st 6 lbs  | 27    | £975K |         |           | 
    | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S2    |       | Pavol Cech          | D (C)          | SVK   | 6'2"  | 13 st 3 lbs  | 25    | £1.1M |         |           | 
    | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S3    |       | Andrea De Vito      | D (RL)         | ITA   | 5'10" | 11 st 2 lbs  | 28    | £170K |         |           | 
    | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S4    |       | Danilo Pereira      | DM, M (C)      | GNB   | 6'1"  | 10 st 12 lbs | 28    | £975K |         |           | 
    | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S5    |       | Alessandro Litterio | AM (RLC), ST   | ITA   | 5'10" | 11 st 11 lbs | 24    | £1.2M |         |           | 
    | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S6    |       | Flavio Conti        | AM (L)         | ITA   | 6'4"  | 14 st 0 lbs  | 20    | £1.1M |         |           | 
    | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S7    | Inj   | Marc McCullough     | ST             | NIR   | 6'2"  | 13 st 5 lbs  | 20    | £1.1M |         |           | 
    | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     |       | Filippo Boniperti   | M/AM (L)       | ITA   | 5'9"  | 11 st 2 lbs  | 28    | £475K |         |           | 
    | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     |       | Tommaso Strambi     | GK             | ITA   | 5'10" | 11 st 9 lbs  | 29    | £190K |         |           | 
    | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     |       | Jordan Ikoko        | D (R)          | FRA   | 5'10" | 9 st 12 lbs  | 26    | £22K  |         |           | 
    | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     |       | Emanuel Biancucchi  | M/AM (RLC)     | ARG   | 5'10" | 10 st 1 lbs  | 32    | £325K |         |           | 
    | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     |       | Tommaso Benedini    | SW, D (C)      | ITA   | 6'0"  | 12 st 12 lbs | 24    | £450K |         |           | 
    | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     | Inj   | Cosimo Di Benedetto | AM (RC), ST    | ITA   | 5'10" | 11 st 6 lbs  | 20    | £550K |         |           | 
    | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     |       | Serdar Kayan        | DM, M (C)      | TUR   | 5'10" | 12 st 1 lbs  | 20    | £900K |         |           | 
    | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

    Transfers:

    INS:
    Code:
    | Date               | Person             | From               | Fee                | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 3.7.2020           | Spatola, Cosimo    | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 3.7.2020           | Conti, Flavio      | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 6.7.2020           | García, Tokia      | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 7.7.2020           | Arca, Quique       | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 22.7.2020          | Paulinho           | Fluminense         | Loan               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 22.7.2020          | Serdar Kayan       | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 26.7.2020          | Gissi, Dylan       | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 3.8.2020           | Daley, Keammar     | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    |                    | Total              |                    | £0                 | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    Seven free transfers and one loan.

    I lost a few players at the end of their contracts, so this was more or less replacing like for like, but hopefully with more quality!

    Unfortunately, there will be four or five out of these players who will come straight into the starting line-up. I wanted small changes and wanted to remain faithful to the squad who got us here but it was absolutely necessary to make improvements. Let's hope I don't have too much of a gelling problem early on.


    OUTS:
    Code:
    | Date               | Person             | To                 | Fee                | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 30.6.2020          | Pasquali, Matteo   | Bologna            | £230K              | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 30.6.2020          | Foglia, Ciro       | Siracusa           | £35K               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 30.6.2020          | Righini, Luca      | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 30.6.2020          | Anzalone, Massimo  | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 30.6.2020          | Kike               | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 30.6.2020          | Scala, Matteo      | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 8.8.2020           | Gallo, Agostino    | Zaragoza           | £350K              | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    |                    | Total              |                    | £625K              | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    We made a little bit of money from sales. Otherwise, this was just about letting certain players go and trying to improve on the quality with our signings, which I think we did successfully.


    Key Men:

    Quique Arca - Great signing of a solid keeper who is in the Spain U21 squad.

    Tokia Garcia - Central midfielder who looks really solid technically and I think will be a good player at this level.

    Dylan Gissi - A big, strong, solid centre-back who should give us a boost defensively.

    Cosimo Spatola - Not exactly our best player but I've got a feeling he'll do well. He's young and still has a little bit of developing to do. His dribbling and finishing attracted me as hopefully he can make chances for himself and, most importantly, finish any chances he gets. He wasn't my first-choice signing for a striker but I'm tipping him to be a bit of a surprise and to do well.


    Manager thoughts:

    We'll have a slow start, no doubt, after making quite a few signings. However, I believe that we can do enough to stay up.

    It will be important to keep the ship steady, to stay calm, to keep morale up and so on and so forth. I'll be sticking with my usual methods for fighting a relegation battle (which are outlined earlier in this thread). I'm ready for it and determined to make sure that Hellas Verona are still playing in Serie A next season!
    Last edited by crouchaldinho; 06-08-2012 at 16:10.

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    As I mentioned above, these are my steps when in a relegation dogfight:

    - Focus on bringing in experienced players with the right kind of mentality as a priority. In short, I'm looking for leaders on and off the pitch. I'd rather have a professional and experienced 35-year-old in decline than an 18-year-old star in the making who has the potential but not the experience and the consistency.

    - Tighten things up at the back and concentrate on being hard to beat. Don't take any unnecessary risks. It may be boring but points are all that matters.

    - Pack the midfield with hard working players.

    - Never panic and always remain composed and calm, no matter what you might want to say to the players. A defeat isn't the end of the world but not quickly recovering from a poor performance certainly can be!

    - Use the media and team talks carefully to take pressure off the players where possible.

    - Keep the faith, keep things consistent and don't go changing too much at once.

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    Well done Crouchy. Whatever happened to 'never going back'?

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    Good luck with survival. Don't go a-changing baby!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    Well done Crouchy. Whatever happened to 'never going back'?
    How do you mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Good luck with survival. Don't go a-changing baby!
    I won't! Hoping for the best.

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    One thing I've noticed is that I can hardly remember ever having been asked about pitch dimensions at the beginning of a new season.

    Is this a bug or intentional? Has anyone else noticed this interaction missing? Maybe something has changed for FM12 and I haven't realised!

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    Anyone want to play guess the score?

    These were the match stats:



    What do people think the result was?

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    2-0 to Verona?

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    3-0, with 2 own goals?

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    1-0 Verona?

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    It was actually a 2-2 draw!

    Both of our goals were own goals!

    I always find it funny when I get unlikely results like this! If you read GD, they make it sound as if it only happens to the player, but I've made a fool of the AI plenty of times!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crouchaldinho View Post
    It was actually a 2-2 draw!

    Both of our goals were own goals!

    I always find it funny when I get unlikely results like this! If you read GD, they make it sound as if it only happens to the player, but I've made a fool of the AI plenty of times!
    Yes, it is obviously a bug where you are getting an unfair advantage! It is scripted so that you won't lose that game Crouchy! Great save, btw, and I am enjoying following along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crouchaldinho View Post
    It was actually a 2-2 draw!

    Both of our goals were own goals!

    I always find it funny when I get unlikely results like this! If you read GD, they make it sound as if it only happens to the player, but I've made a fool of the AI plenty of times!
    Anyone with reasonable experience of the game has certainly had their share of that sort of thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crouchaldinho View Post
    How do you mean?
    Haven't you managed Verona before, albeit on a different version? Hence why I put it in ''.

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    Oh I see. Misunderstood!

    Yeah, I've managed Hellas Verona a few times! They've become a favourite club for me to manage on FM!

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    Crouchy's 'Lessons in Calcio' Journeyman Save - Project 5: Hellas Verona (Season Two at Marcantonio Bentegodi 2020/21)



    Click here for post 394 which shows the situation we were in during pre-season. I actually got so sucked into this relegation battle that I totally forgot to do a Winter Break update, so sorry about that!

    Below, I'm posting up an image of the results we recorded this season. I'll talk you briefly through the results and my thoughts as we tackled the job of surviving in Serie A.

    Results for first half of the season

    What quickly became apparent to me in this first half of the season was that we had been promoted before our time and that we would have our work cut out staying up. Despite my improvements to the squad, we were mainly looking at very good Serie B players rather than good Serie A players. It really told when we came up against better opposition. I knew that it was going to take a lot of hard work to stay up and I don't mind admitting that I didn't fancy our chances even early on in the season.

    Initially, we did quite well, and I'm glad we managed to start fairly well. The early loss to fellow relegation battlers Cagliari was disappointing but to have beaten another of our relegation rivals in Empoli felt good. We showed character at home to beat Genoa and then managed to go to Rome and come away with a point. However, any optimism I may have had was quickly washed away by Milan's 3-0 demolition of us in our own back yard. We then went away and lost to Juventus too.

    November was a tough month and this was where my worst fears were realised because we went on a run of straight defeats. I was proud of the lads when we went to Udinese in December and turned around a 3-0 deficit to end up coming away with a point after an incredible 4-4 draw. Match highlights below!



    We went into the winter break with everything looking extremely tight at the bottom of the table but I was hoping for improvements from my team and hoping that we could still survive in Serie A!


    Results for the second half of the season

    The second half of the season kicked off in poor form. Okay, a draw at home to Lazio wasn't bad, but we honestly missed the chance to win in that match. Following that, we went away to Inter and were hammered 5-0. Ouch!

    But January did bring us our best run of the season - three straight wins. We beat Torino away followed by two of our fellow relegation candidates in Cagliari (beaten at home) and Empoli (beaten away). Some huge results for us which gave us a significant boost in the league and made us look as if safety would both very achievable and realistic.

    It all started to go wrong at the end of February though. Injuries, suspensions and just poor morale all around saw us go on a terrible run of form. We couldn't find a win for five games. When we did finally get a win at home to Roma, it was merely the calm before the storm. We would fail to win for the next 9 matches and would end up losing 8 in a row as we made our way through April to May. It put us straight back into danger and straight back into the relegation spots.

    It all came down to the last day against Inter. We would have to win against a side who had beaten us 5-0 earlier in the season! At least we were at home!

    We were sitting in 18th position. The two teams directly surrounding us in the table - Varese and Cagliari - would play each other on the final day. We were 1 point from safety. Varese had an advantage over us due to a superior match record against us, having beaten us home and away.

    I had, at this point, pretty much accepted relegation as a fact and went into the last game expecting to be beaten. Somehow we pulled off the impossible as we beat Inter 2-1 at home. Varese and Cagliari drew which meant that we had secured safety against all of the odds!



    This is no time for celebrations though. We could easily have gone down. We probably should have gone down, in fact. We had a terrible season.

    In all honesty, I hardly celebrated this in real life! Normally I would have been punching the air. I was so convinced that we would go down, that Inter would score a last minute goal, or that Varese would win, that I didn't even really give us a chance. I was so annoyed at losing so many games in a row and going on such a bad run that all I felt was ****** off! I actually felt that we deserved Serie B football, in all honesty, and so my reaction was pretty downbeat, especially after such a horrible run where I Was starting to question everything about my managerial abilities!

    Clearly the squad that I assembled wasn't strong enough or good enough for Serie A football. I absolutely have to strengthen the team. I can't face another season like this. I won't put up with it. So clearly, this summer is going to be all about bringing in better quality in order that we can secure a safe league position in a more respectable fashion next season!


    Information & Screenshots:

    Final table:

    Code:
    | Pos   | Inf   | Team       |       | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | G.D.  | Pts   | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 1st   | ECC   | Fiorentina |       | 38    | 24    | 7     | 7     | 83    | 48    | +35   | 79    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 2nd   | ECC   | Ascoli     |       | 38    | 23    | 9     | 6     | 76    | 44    | +32   | 78    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 3rd   | ECC   | Palermo    |       | 38    | 20    | 11    | 7     | 64    | 40    | +24   | 71    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 4th   | EC    | Catania    |       | 38    | 19    | 12    | 7     | 70    | 41    | +29   | 69    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 5th   | EC    | Genoa      |       | 38    | 20    | 8     | 10    | 61    | 44    | +17   | 68    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 6th   |       | Inter      |       | 38    | 19    | 11    | 8     | 73    | 40    | +33   | 68    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 7th   |       | Milan      |       | 38    | 18    | 10    | 10    | 61    | 40    | +21   | 64    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 8th   |       | Lazio      |       | 38    | 17    | 10    | 11    | 59    | 38    | +21   | 61    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 9th   |       | Udinese    |       | 38    | 15    | 10    | 13    | 67    | 60    | +7    | 55    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 10th  |       | Juventus   |       | 38    | 14    | 10    | 14    | 45    | 45    | 0     | 52    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 11th  |       | Torino     |       | 38    | 11    | 17    | 10    | 42    | 35    | +7    | 50    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 12th  |       | Sampdoria  |       | 38    | 13    | 9     | 16    | 50    | 52    | -2    | 48    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 13th  |       | Roma       |       | 38    | 10    | 14    | 14    | 34    | 41    | -7    | 44    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 14th  |       | Napoli     |       | 38    | 10    | 14    | 14    | 50    | 58    | -8    | 44    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 15th  |       | Bari       |       | 38    | 9     | 10    | 19    | 43    | 72    | -29   | 37    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 16th  |       | Siena      |       | 38    | 9     | 8     | 21    | 32    | 58    | -26   | 35    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 17th  |       | Verona     |       | 38    | 7     | 10    | 21    | 27    | 62    | -35   | 31    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 18th  | R     | Varese     |       | 38    | 8     | 6     | 24    | 30    | 84    | -54   | 30    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 19th  | R     | Cagliari   |       | 38    | 6     | 11    | 21    | 43    | 73    | -30   | 29    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 20th  | R     | Empoli     |       | 38    | 5     | 9     | 24    | 34    | 69    | -35   | 24    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    Italian Cup: As you can see from the result images above, we went out early on.

    Transfers:

    IN:
    Code:
    | Date               | Person             | From               | Fee                | 
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    | 3.7.2020           | Spatola, Cosimo    | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
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    | 3.7.2020           | Conti, Flavio      | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
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    | 6.7.2020           | García, Tokia      | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 7.7.2020           | Arca, Quique       | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 22.7.2020          | Paulinho           | Fluminense         | Loan               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 22.7.2020          | Serdar Kayan       | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
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    | 26.7.2020          | Gissi, Dylan       | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
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    | 3.8.2020           | Daley, Keammar     | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    |                    | Total              |                    | £0                 | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    So here is one of the big reasons we struggled so badly this season. I wasn't able to bring in the quality needed for Serie A. These would all be great signings for a Serie B side. Most were not good enough for Serie A.

    None were really a great success. Spatola scored few, Conti was too young to make a big impact whilst Garcia did okay. Kayan was a backup, Gissi performed poorly at times and Daley had experience but was too old.

    The two to make an impact were mainly Paulinho, who is only on loan anyway, and the goalkeeper Arca. The keeper is probably the one player who is Serie A quality in fact!


    OUT:
    Code:
    | Date               | Person             | To                 | Fee                | 
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    | 30.6.2020          | Pasquali, Matteo   | Bologna            | £230K              | 
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    | 30.6.2020          | Foglia, Ciro       | Siracusa           | £35K               | 
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    | 30.6.2020          | Righini, Luca      | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 30.6.2020          | Anzalone, Massimo  | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 30.6.2020          | Kike               | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
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    | 30.6.2020          | Scala, Matteo      | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 8.8.2020           | Gallo, Agostino    | Zaragoza           | £350K              | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    |                    | Total              |                    | £625K              | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    No real surprises here. Made a tiny bit of money from sales but otherwise it was just getting rid of dead wood that wouldn't be able to help us out in Serie A.


    Squad Statistics:

    Code:
    | Pkd | Inf | Name                | Position       | Apps    | Gls | Ast | MoM | Pas R | Tck | Drb | Sh T| Yel | Red | Av Rat | Nat | Value | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | GK  | Hol | Quique Arca         | GK             | 39      | 0   | 0   | 2   | 55%   | -   | -   | -   | 0   | 0   | 6.64   | ESP | £2.1M | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | DR  | Hol | Domenico Vetere     | D (RLC)        | 34      | 0   | 1   | 1   | 76%   | 4.05| 0.48| 50% | 5   | 1   | 6.69   | ITA | £1.4M | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | DCR | Hol | Niklas Backman      | D (C)          | 27 (1)  | 0   | 1   | 1   | 68%   | 2.43| 0.11| 20% | 5   | 0   | 6.82   | SWE | £725K | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | DCL | Hol | Pavol Cech          | D (C)          | 14 (4)  | 1   | 1   | 3   | 70%   | 1.49| 0.19| 33% | 0   | 0   | 6.74   | SVK | £1.6M | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | DL  | Hol | Jordan Ikoko        | D (RL)         | 11 (5)  | 0   | 1   | 0   | 75%   | 2.16| 0.33| 33% | 4   | 1   | 6.55   | FRA | £22K  | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | MR  | Hol | Keammar Daley       | M (R), AM (RC) | 31      | 1   | 1   | 0   | 75%   | 2.56| 2.20| 31% | 8   | 0   | 6.67   | JAM | £675K | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | MCR | Hol | Paulinho            | DM, M (C)      | 36 (1)  | 0   | 1   | 0   | 82%   | 4.61| 0.22| 25% | 13  | 0   | 6.76   | BRA | £375K | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | MCL | Hol | Danilo Pereira      | DM, M (C)      | 6 (17)  | 0   | 0   | 0   | 77%   | 2.55| 0.39| 0%  | 6   | 1   | 6.58   | GNB | £975K | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | ML  | Hol | Aaron McQuade       | M/AM (L)       | 21 (10) | 4   | 2   | 4   | 78%   | 1.94| 1.36| 52% | 3   | 0   | 6.65   | NIR | £975K | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | STCR| Hol | Marc McCullough     | ST             | 17 (7)  | 0   | 2   | 0   | 78%   | 1.49| 0.26| 28% | 1   | 1   | 6.40   | NIR | £1.3M | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | STCL| Hol | Alessandro Litterio | AM (RLC), ST   | 14 (17) | 3   | 0   | 0   | 81%   | 1.72| 2.33| 42% | 5   | 0   | 6.57   | ITA | £1.6M | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S1  | Hol | Luca Nunziata       | GK             | 1       | 0   | 0   | 0   | 71%   | -   | -   | -   | 0   | 0   | 6.80   | ITA | £800K | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S2  | Hol | Andrea De Vito      | D (RL)         | 9 (4)   | 0   | 0   | 0   | 75%   | 3.17| 0.11| -   | 5   | 1   | 6.57   | ITA | £160K | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S3  | Hol | Tommaso Benedini    | SW, D (C)      | 3 (5)   | 0   | 0   | 0   | 62%   | 1.54| -   | 0%  | 1   | 0   | 6.41   | ITA | £120K | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S4  | Hol | Serdar Kayan        | DM, M (C)      | 3 (8)   | 1   | 0   | 0   | 82%   | 3.35| -   | 33% | 2   | 0   | 6.88   | TUR | £875K | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S5  | Hol | Cosimo Spatola      | ST             | 28 (4)  | 7   | 3   | 0   | 78%   | 1.38| 1.81| 35% | 7   | 0   | 6.79   | ITA | £2M   | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S6  | Hol | Filippo Boniperti   | M/AM (L)       | 3 (1)   | 1   | 2   | 2   | 83%   | 1.35| 2.03| 50% | 1   | 0   | 7.40   | ITA | £160K | 
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    | S7  | Hol | Luigi Pagani        | AM (C), ST     | 22 (12) | 3   | 4   | 1   | 78%   | 1.76| 0.81| 37% | 5   | 0   | 6.59   | ITA | £575K | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -   | Inj | Dylan Gissi         | D (C)          | 36      | 1   | 0   | 1   | 65%   | 2.33| -   | 16% | 10  | 1   | 6.50   | SUI | £1.2M | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -   | Hol | Tommaso Strambi     | GK             | -       | -   | -   | -   | -     | -   | -   | -   | -   | -   | -      | ITA | £100K | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -   | Hol | Emanuel Biancucchi  | M/AM (RLC)     | 8 (9)   | 0   | 3   | 0   | 80%   | 1.23| 0.78| 25% | 2   | 0   | 6.73   | ARG | £80K  | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -   | Inj | Tokia García        | M/AM (C)       | 35      | 0   | 3   | 0   | 86%   | 2.76| 0.20| 13% | 4   | 0   | 6.78   | FRA | £1.7M | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -   | Inj | Nicola Rossini      | D (RL)         | 26      | 0   | 0   | 1   | 78%   | 3.43| 0.23| 0%  | 5   | 1   | 6.81   | ITA | £1.3M | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -   | Inj | Flavio Conti        | M/AM (L)       | 16 (13) | 3   | 0   | 0   | 76%   | 2.37| 0.87| 33% | 5   | 0   | 6.71   | ITA | £1.8M | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -   | Hol | Cosimo Di Benedetto | AM (RC), ST    | 0 (1)   | 0   | 0   | 0   | 100%  | 0.00| -   | -   | 0   | 0   | 6.70   | ITA | £220K | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

    Key players:

    We were so poor that I don't think I should post any!

    Spatola was top scorer with 7 in 28 games. Luigi Pagani created the most assists with 4 in 22 matches.

    Wide man, Aaron McQuade, got the most man of the match awards recording 4 over the course of the season. He also scored the second goal against Inter that kept us up.

    If I had to pick one player, it would probably be Paulinho with his excellent pass completion and tackles per game ratios. He would be my player of the season.

    But let's not muck about here with meaningless platitudes. There were too many players out of their depth this season. I have to resolve this in the summer!


    Next Season:

    Survival again. This time more comfortably.

    The squad definitely needs an overhaul. I'll try not to go crazy but we need some players who are Serie A quality.

    This will be a key summer for me as a manager. If I can't secure the necessary signings I can see myself in trouble again next season and possibly getting the sack or having moving on one way or another.


    Career Overview:

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    2011/12   A.C. Giacomense	Serie C2/A	         18th        (Took over after 18 games) Relegated
    2012/13   A.C. Mezzocorona	Serie C2/B	         9th         
    2013/14   A.C. Mezzocorona	Serie C2/B	         2nd         Promoted!
    2014/15   A.C. Mezzocorona	Serie C1/A	         8th         Overachievers!
    2015/16   A.C. Perugia Calcio	Serie C1/B	         13th        (Took over after 13 games)
    2016/17   A.C. Perugia Calcio	Serie C1/B	         2nd         Promoted via play-offs! Serie C Cup winners!
    2017/18   A.C. Perugia Calcio	Serie B	         	 N/A         (Left after 16 games with the team in 18th place)
    2017/18   Brescia Calcio	Serie B	         	 10th        (Joined after 16 games with the team in 14th place)
    2018/19   Brescia Calcio	Serie B	         	 N/A	     (Resigned after 34 games with the team in 13th place)
    2019/20   Hellas Verona F.C.	Serie B	         	 2nd	     (Joined after 15 games, team in 14th place) - Promoted!
    2020/21   Hellas Verona F.C.	Serie A	         	 17th	     Survival


    My A.C. Giacomense Record (2011 - 2012 [133 days]):

    Code:
    P 	W 	D 	L 	F	A	Win % 		Competitions Won / Achievements
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    19	5	7	7	17	23	26%		None

    My A.C. Mezzocorona Record (2012 - 2015 [1085 days]):

    Code:
    P 	W 	D 	L 	F	A	Win % 		Competitions Won / Achievements
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    143	57	43	43	179	153	39%		Lega Pro Seconda Divisione Girone B Runners-up

    My A.C. Perugia Calcio Record (2015 - 2017 [739 days]):

    Code:
    P 	W 	D 	L 	F	A	Win % 		Competitions Won / Achievements
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    91	43	22	26	148 	110	47%		Coppa Italia di Lega Pro Winners!
    								Lega Pro Prima Divisione Runners-up
    								Lega Pro Prima Divisione Play-off Winners!

    My Brescia Calcio Record (2017 - 2019 [497 days]):

    Code:
    P 	W 	D 	L 	F	A	Win % 		Competitions Won / Achievements
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    62	24	19	19 	82	76	38%

    My Hellas Verona F.C. Record (2019 - Present [537 days]):

    Code:
    P 	W 	D 	L 	F	A	Win % 		Competitions Won / Achievements
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    67	26	14	27 	78	78	38%		Serie B Runners-up
    Last edited by crouchaldinho; 06-08-2012 at 16:10.

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    I think even after a rubbish season I'd be beside myself with a win over Inter to stay up on the final day! Great job staying up with a side that had no right to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeXe View Post
    I think even after a rubbish season I'd be beside myself with a win over Inter to stay up on the final day! Great job staying up with a side that had no right to.
    There were a few reasons why I didn't celebrate. Firstly, because I had prepared myself for relegation and was looking to do some rebuilding in Serie B thinking that we could come back stronger. So I had mixed feelings about staying up. Secondly, and probably the main reason, was because I played about two months or so all in one sitting and just couldn't win a single game. I was raging! Imagine having sat there watching defeat after defeat and then going into the final game. I was just so ****** off by that point! :mad:

    But yeah, it was pretty cool to beat Inter on the final day, so I guess I should be more pleased with that!

    The points tally, though, shows you how bad we were. 31 points means relegation in any normal season, surely!

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    Reminds me of my first attempt at Serie A with Messina! I was round the missus' dad's house so I had to remain stoic whilst my team lost game after game after game.

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    Well done on staying up.

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    You survived, and that's all that matters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeXe View Post
    Reminds me of my first attempt at Serie A with Messina! I was round the missus' dad's house so I had to remain stoic whilst my team lost game after game after game.
    Oh yeah, you had a relegation with them first time around, didn't you?

    Could easily have had the same thing happen to me. I mean, staying up by 1 point due to a final day win and other results going your way is a fine, fine line, isn't it!

    I think I shouldn't have 'binged' on FM whilst in a relegation battle. I could have kept a cooler head had I just played a few games at a time. Instead, I was absolutely raging and in a foul mood come the final game.

    You might find it strange but I was just like, 'stayed up by 1 point, okay' then closed down FM straight away feeling exhausted by it all!

    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    Well done on staying up.
    Thanks Nobby!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    You survived, and that's all that matters.
    Indeed!

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    So, I planned that when I got to Serie A and spent a season at this level, I would then 'unlock' the rest of the nations and leagues that I have loaded.

    Basically, I should explain, if I haven't already, that at the moment I have 'manageable teams' set to Italian only. I'll now 'unlock' the rest of the nations by setting this to 'all'.

    The whole idea of this save was, of course, to serve an apprenticeship in Italy and to gain some 'lessons in calcio'. Then, I said I would potentially move abroad, so that could be an option in the not too distant future.

    At this stage, I'd like to spend more time building at Verona and I really want to see out my contract at the very least. And I'd really like to establish myself further in Italy. But it'll definitely be interesting to see what kind of jobs I get linked with or get offered.

    I've already been linked with Spurs (possible chance to replace Rafa Benitez)!
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    Feeling much more confident about next season and also think it will be quite a bit more enjoyable.

    The board backed me in the transfer market with some half decent funds for once and I think I've done pretty well in the transfer market.

    We should have enough quality across the park to be comfortably safe this season. I'm excited to see how we can do!

    Pre-season preview coming soon!

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    Project 5 - Season Three at Hellas Verona F.C. - Season 2021/22 Preview



    Board Expectations:
    Serie A - Safe mid-table (media predictions are for 17th place)
    TIM Cup - First round

    My Expectations:
    Serie A - Safe mid-table
    TIM Cup - Will see how far we can get but will definitely be lowest priority


    Budgets:
    Transfer: £14m
    Wages: £209,635 (£215,580/week currently)
    Balance: -£6,792,585


    Squad:

    Code:
    | Pkd   | Inf   | Name                | Position         | Nat   | Height| Weight       | Age   | Value | Ability | Potential | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     | Wnt   | Luca Nunziata       | GK               | ITA   | 6'0"  | 11 st 6 lbs  | 28    | £800K |         |           | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     |       | Quique Arca         | GK               | ESP   | 5'11" | 12 st 12 lbs | 23    | £2.2M |         |           | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     | Int   | Torben Larsen       | GK               | DEN   | 5'9"  | 11 st 13 lbs | 19    | £325K |         |           | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     |       | Domenico Vetere     | D (RLC)          | ITA   | 5'10" | 12 st 8 lbs  | 26    | £1.3M |         |           | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     |       | Jordan Ikoko        | D (RL)           | FRA   | 5'10" | 9 st 12 lbs  | 27    | £450K |         |           | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     |       | Nicola Rossini      | D (RL)           | ITA   | 6'1"  | 13 st 3 lbs  | 25    | £1.2M |         |           | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     |       | Robert Gardner      | D (RL), WB/M (L) | NIR   | 5'9"  | 11 st 6 lbs  | 20    | £350K |         |           | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     |       | Niklas Backman      | D (C)            | SWE   | 6'1"  | 12 st 8 lbs  | 32    | £725K |         |           | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     |       | Dylan Gissi         | D (C)            | SUI   | 6'4"  | 12 st 10 lbs | 30    | £1.1M |         |           | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     |       | Pavol Cech          | D (C)            | SVK   | 6'2"  | 13 st 3 lbs  | 26    | £1.7M |         |           | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     |       | Drissa Diarra       | D (C)            | MLI   | 6'3"  | 13 st 12 lbs | 22    | £2.3M |         |           | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     |       | Danilo Pereira      | DM, M (C)        | GNB   | 6'1"  | 10 st 12 lbs | 29    | £950K |         |           | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     |       | Serdar Kayan        | DM, M (C)        | TUR   | 5'10" | 12 st 1 lbs  | 21    | £975K |         |           | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     | Loa   | Paulinho            | DM, M (C)        | BRA   | 5'8"  | 11 st 2 lbs  | 21    | £400K |         |           | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     | Int   | Keammar Daley       | M (R), AM (RC)   | JAM   | 5'8"  | 10 st 5 lbs  | 33    | £575K |         |           | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     |       | Flavio Conti        | M/AM (L)         | ITA   | 6'4"  | 14 st 0 lbs  | 21    | £950K |         |           | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     |       | Aaron McQuade       | M/AM (L)         | NIR   | 6'3"  | 14 st 2 lbs  | 21    | £1.2M |         |           | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     | Inj   | Tokia García        | M/AM (C)         | FRA   | 5'3"  | 9 st 6 lbs   | 27    | £2M   |         |           | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     |       | Lucas Villafañez    | AM (RC), ST      | ARG   | 5'7"  | 10 st 3 lbs  | 29    | £925K |         |           | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     |       | Alessandro Litterio | AM (RLC), ST     | ITA   | 5'10" | 11 st 11 lbs | 24    | £1.2M |         |           | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     |       | Cataldo Quercia     | AM (LC), ST      | ITA   | 5'11" | 11 st 6 lbs  | 17    | £5M   |         |           | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     |       | Luigi Pagani        | AM (C), ST       | ITA   | 6'2"  | 13 st 12 lbs | 23    | £775K |         |           | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     |       | Michael Okeke       | AM (C), ST       | NGA   | 6'2"  | 12 st 6 lbs  | 23    | £6.75M|         |           | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     |       | Cosimo Spatola      | ST               | ITA   | 6'2"  | 13 st 0 lbs  | 24    | £2.1M |         |           | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     |       | Marc McCullough     | ST               | NIR   | 6'2"  | 13 st 5 lbs  | 21    | £1.6M |         |           | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

    Transfers:

    INS:
    Code:
    | Date               | Person             | From               | Fee                | 
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    | 1.7.2021           | Okeke, Michael     | sc Heerenveen      | £6.75M             | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 3.7.2021           | Paulinho           | Fluminense         | Loan               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 4.7.2021           | Villafañez, Lucas  | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 4.7.2021           | Gardner, Robert    | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 4.7.2021           | Larsen, Torben     | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 7.7.2021           | Diarra, Drissa     | Sampdoria          | £2.2M              | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 9.7.2021           | Quercia, Cataldo   | Marseille          | £5M                | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 1.8.2021           | Chena, Dardo   | Tacuary         | £0                 | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    |                    | Total              |                    | £14M               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    Seven free transfers and one loan.

    I finally got some backing in the transfer market and I think that I spent well here.

    Michael Okeke will be the big signing for us. A quality forward who will definitely improve us in attack. Drissa Diarra is the other player that I'm tipping to make a big difference. He is a solid centre-back who will be a rock at the back for us.

    I spent quite a bit on a youngster called Cataldo Quercia. He's a 17-year-old. A risky move to spend the bulk of my transfer fees on a kid but I'm hoping this guy will be special in the future and so I decided to take the risk.


    OUTS:
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    | Date               | Person                | To                 | Fee                | 
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    | 30.6.2021          | Boniperti, Filippo    | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
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    | 30.6.2021          | Ignomiriello, Michele | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
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    | 30.6.2021          | Di Benedetto, Cosimo  | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
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    | 1.7.2021           | Strambi, Tommaso      | Benevento          | Free               | 
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    | 1.7.2021           | De Vito, Andrea       | Bologna            | Free               | 
    | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 1.7.2021           | Benedini, Tommaso     | Livorno            | Free               | 
    | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 1.7.2021           | Perticara, Federico   | Frosinone          | Free               | 
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    |                    | Total                 |                    | £0                 | 
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    All end of contract situations. Decided to let these guys go. None of them were first team names. It was really just a case of getting rid of a few fringe players.


    Key Men:

    Quique Arca - We signed this young keeper last season. He still has a bit of developing to do but he already looks like the real deal. A quality keeper.

    Michael Okeke - My biggest and best signing this summer. He is a real athlete - just look at that agility, balance, pace and strength. He has a decent work rate, good anticipation and off the ball movement. Then he has an excellent first touch, great finishing and the ability to take on his man. All in all, I'm expecting big things from this guy!

    Drissa Diarra - A big, strong, solid centre-back who should give us a huge boost defensively. He has already played for Sampdoria in Serie A, so has experience of the league. He has all of the stuff you want from a commanding centre-back such as good tackling, marking and heading ability. Plus superb work rate, great team work and positional awareness.



    Manager thoughts:
    I'm very optimistic. I think I've done great work in the transfer market.

    I think we'll be safe. We're got a solid defence built on Arca and Diarra plus an attack that will get goals through Okeke. I predict lower mid-table safety and hopefully a few shock results along the way.

    We're still quite a long way from where I would like to be as a team overall. The fullback positions and wide positions aren't as strong as I'd like. Also, in the centre of the park, I like to have a playmaker dictating the play. I have two possible candidates but they are both young and, at this moment, aren't as suitable as I would like for this role. We'll see if they develop this season or whether I need to go out to buy a player to fill this role.

    One thing is that I feel confident we can consolidate and establish ourselves in Serie A this season, which is the main mission now. I'll be pleased to be safe and to improve on last season significantly.
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    Okele's physicals make him very dangerous.

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    Okeke looks top-class! Good luck

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    They certainly do, Deltablue.

    For some reason, Dardo Chena's transfer was cancelled. I don't know what happened. I must have missed the message.

    Anyway, it has left me looking for another midfield player. I was hoping that guy was going to be my missing link in terms of the creative midfield player that I was looking for. Back to the transfer market to try to find an affordable alternative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeXe View Post
    Okeke looks top-class! Good luck
    Thanks.

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    So, I signed up a Portuguese midfielder called David Simao as a replacement for that weird 'non-signing'. An experienced playmaking midfielder who was previously at Parma.

    He costs us £750,000. At 31-years-old, he'll be a short-term solution to the central midfield problem. He has been capped 12 times for his country and scored 4 goals.

    He is a good technical player with good passing, creativity and decisions. I think he will do well for us this season. At least he comes in from another Italian side so should settle immediately.

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    So that's it, last signing of the summer. Simao will also become my new captain as his experience is the best in the squad and he has the right kind of mental attributes.

    The fans seem really happy with this signing and I think he could end up being a bargain. Maybe not setting the world alight but hopefully adding valuable experience and improving the team with his ability to dictate play in midfield.

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    Seems a decent move.

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    How'd you manage to get Okeke?

    Kid looks quality.

    After reading through this thread, you've made me a little jealous Mr. crouch. I never experience anything like this because I just about always go with my favorite club, man united

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Seems a decent move.
    Yes, I think he could end up being an important player for us actually.

    Quote Originally Posted by aderow View Post
    How'd you manage to get Okeke?

    Kid looks quality.

    After reading through this thread, you've made me a little jealous Mr. crouch. I never experience anything like this because I just about always go with my favorite club, man united
    We were lucky with Okeke as nobody else was bidding for him. It helped that he was unhappy at sc Heerenveen and looking for a move.

    You should try a career save Aderow! You'd enjoy it by the sounds of it!

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    Newcastle fans can begin tentatively to celebrate as they look forward to appointing a new manager! Apparently, the media have suggested that taking over from Alan Shearer will be either Phil Brown or Crouchaldinho!

    With that kind of calibre of manager in the reckoning, Geordies everywhere will be looking forward to the future!

    Hi SnakeXe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crouchaldinho View Post
    Apparently, the media have suggested that taking over from Alan Shearer will be either Phil Brown or Crouchaldinho!
    Not the toughest choice in the world

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Not the toughest choice in the world
    Yep. They went for Phil Brown!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crouchaldinho View Post
    Newcastle fans can begin tentatively to celebrate as they look forward to appointing a new manager! Apparently, the media have suggested that taking over from Alan Shearer will be either Phil Brown or Crouchaldinho!

    With that kind of calibre of manager in the reckoning, Geordies everywhere will be looking forward to the future!

    Hi SnakeXe!
    With Crouchy on side, I'd be looking forward to trophies galore! Phil Brown, on the other hand, I'd be reaching for the liquor cabinet...

    Quote Originally Posted by crouchaldinho View Post
    Yep. They went for Phil Brown!
    OH GOOOOD :mad:

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    Well that's Newcastle for you.

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    Well I've gone and done it. I started a career save.

    Started a career save as england manager with automatic reputation. First press conference went horrible and so did my first match, but managed to qualify for the world cup.

    Its been 6 months and I just linked with the Cremonese job. Decisions decisions

    Looking forward to your next update

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    I'm quite curious if you can save your team next year from relegation, Hellas Verona is a fantastic club. Seeing their stadium IRL is one of my priorities on my next holiday.

    I had a great save with them in FM 2010, fantastic fans imho!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeXe View Post
    With Crouchy on side, I'd be looking forward to trophies galore! Phil Brown, on the other hand, I'd be reaching for the liquor cabinet...


    OH GOOOOD :mad:
    Thought you might not be best pleased!

    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Well that's Newcastle for you.


    Quote Originally Posted by aderow View Post
    Well I've gone and done it. I started a career save.
    Good luck with the save!

    Its been 6 months and I just linked with the Cremonese job. Decisions decisions
    Good club! I like Cremonese!

    Looking forward to your next update
    One coming very soon. Been meaning to type it up for a little while but have been distracted by the Euros!

    Quote Originally Posted by fabioke View Post
    I'm quite curious if you can save your team next year from relegation, Hellas Verona is a fantastic club. Seeing their stadium IRL is one of my priorities on my next holiday.

    I had a great save with them in FM 2010, fantastic fans imho!
    Yeah, I love playing with Hellas Verona on FM! Looking to match Bagnoli's achievements with them, maybe, possibly, hopefully!

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    Hey guys. I could do with some help and advice regarding this save. Would appreciate some opinions.

    Essentially, to get straight to the point, I'm looking to remove some leagues from this save. I originally loaded leagues from 12 countries and my computer is coping okay but the save runs a little slower than I'd like and I'd really like to speed it up a little. Also, as this save has been primarily an Italian journeyman save, it seems a little counter productive to have so many leagues from other countries running. I do definitely intend to move away from Italy after hopefully making my name in the top division but by that point certain leagues I have loaded will become pretty much irrelevant. I mean, as I'm now a top flight manager in Italy, it seems unlikely that my next move would be to a smaller league like Sweden, for example.

    I've decided that I would like to have leagues from 8 countries running, so that means losing 4. I imagine that will significantly speed up the game and therefore make it a bit more fun for me to play. Also, it will get rid of unnecessary leagues at this stage that I'm unlikely to use anyway. I think 8 is a good number of countries (I'm using Dafuge's FM11 save as a model for this decision).

    To make this decision, I decided to organise the countries by their top division reputation and I came up with this list:

    England 180
    Spain 180
    Germany 172
    Italy 170
    France 155
    Portugal 145
    Netherlands 134
    Argentina 130
    Mexico 130
    US 116
    Uruguay 103
    Sweden 102

    At the outset, I can tell you that I almost certainly want England (even though I'll probably never manage there), Spain, Germany, Italy, France and Argentina.

    I have a firm reasoning behind most of these choices. It feels wrong not to have England loaded even though I'm unlikely to end up managing there. Spain and Germany would both represent good moves to somewhere different when I decide to end the 'lessons in calcio' project! Italy obviously has to stay. France would be interesting and has some clubs that I might like to try to manage. And Argentina feels like a good match with the Italian theme as well as representing a move outside Europe and therefore outside of my comfort zone.

    The remaining countries are: Portugal, Netherlands, Mexico, US, Uruguay and Sweden.

    Portugal seems like a good match and maybe a similar style of league to Italy. It could be quite interesting as I've never managed there, so this is a firm possibility to keep in my mind. The Netherlands is one I'm really struggling to make my mind up with as although the clubs there have tended to produce great players for me in previous FM saves, I've never actually managed in the league and been put off going there. I'm a 4-4-2/4-4-1-1/4-2-3-1 kind of guy and I always feel like the Netherlands is somewhere for 4-5-1/4-3-3 people (a formation I don't really like to play!) and therefore it puts me off going there. Mexico is somewhere I've wanted to try but the league structure is similar to Argentina's structure, as far as I can work out, and I'd prefer to go to Argentina as it fits in better with my Italian theme. The US interests me but I think it unlikely that I would go there in this save, to be honest. Maybe I will try a US, Mexico and South American type save in the future and load Mexico and the US. So maybe those two countries are really for another save. Finally, Uruguay and Sweden were really in here as wildcards and I think it seems unlikely that I'll move there after making my name in Italy.

    So this is how my preferred countries versus my 'not sure' countries table would look:

    England 180
    Spain 180
    Germany 172
    Italy 170
    France 155
    Argentina 130
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    Portugal 145
    Netherlands 134
    Mexico 130
    US 116
    Uruguay 103
    Sweden 102

    So people, I obviously really need some help here. If you know me by now, you'll know about my OCD when it comes to these things. Please help me out of this agony of uncertainty and help me to make a decision!

    Any advice or comments appreciated!
    Last edited by crouchaldinho; 14-07-2012 at 11:38.

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    I'd keep Portugal and the Netherlands, ditch the others, aside from Mexico with on balance I'd take out but might just keep.

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    Keep Mexico and the Netherlands get rid of the rest.

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    I love Portugal for various reasons, very few limits on your squad, a 30 game league season & 2 good cups. So I would advocate for keeping it in the game, as for the other 5 options, my thoughts below:
    Sweden: Seems out of place in the save which has a lot of strong leagues, though it does have a lot of lower clubs, and it could be interesting to step down and do something completely different.
    Uruguay: Maybe this would be an option to keep some more South American flavour in the game.
    USA: While you won't likely manage there it is a toss-up as it adds a bit of a different flavour to the game as well.
    Mexico: Kind of similar to the last two, it adds a bit of flavour with something different to follow along with.
    Netherlands: I am not sure if it adds anything to the game, but it is somewhere that you could manage.

    Conclusions: If you want to keep leagues that you could manage in then add Portugal & Netherlands, if you want something different then I would keep two of the American leagues. Personally I would keep Portugal and one of Mexico/Uruguay/USA, but not sure which one.

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    Thanks for the replies guys. I appreciate it!

    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    I'd keep Portugal and the Netherlands, ditch the others, aside from Mexico with on balance I'd take out but might just keep.
    Yes, I'm starting to think along the same lines as that Deltablue. I might even keep Mexico as well actually and maybe just go for 9 countries removing the bottom three in terms of reputation.

    Quote Originally Posted by AcidBurn View Post
    Keep Mexico and the Netherlands get rid of the rest.
    Yes, I know you wanted me to try Mexico at some point AB! I think maybe I should try Mexico in this save. Could be a good 'late career' move.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lower Leagues Rule View Post
    I love Portugal for various reasons, very few limits on your squad, a 30 game league season & 2 good cups. So I would advocate for keeping it in the game,
    I know you are a fan of Portugal LLR! I'm pretty certain on keeping Portugal and your post has made me feel more sure that I should keep it as an option.

    as for the other 5 options, my thoughts below:
    Sweden: Seems out of place in the save which has a lot of strong leagues, though it does have a lot of lower clubs, and it could be interesting to step down and do something completely different.
    I really did want to try Sweden but I think it is a bit out of place. I think Sweden is probably one for another save.

    Uruguay: Maybe this would be an option to keep some more South American flavour in the game.
    I think due to the low rep, I'm unlikely to manage there. I think it's a likely candidate to go and, again, maybe one for another type of save.

    USA: While you won't likely manage there it is a toss-up as it adds a bit of a different flavour to the game as well.
    That's true although I'm not sure how much it adds in terms of players etc. if I'm not managing there. I think it's one I'll lose on this save in favour of trying it out in a future save.

    Mexico: Kind of similar to the last two, it adds a bit of flavour with something different to follow along with.
    I'm more and more thinking that this might be worth keeping just for a wildcard option.

    Netherlands: I am not sure if it adds anything to the game, but it is somewhere that you could manage.
    Yes, you're right, I could still manage there. I'm tending to think that the Netherlands could still have something to offer even though I'm not a 'total football' type of manager so I'll likely keep it.

    Conclusions: If you want to keep leagues that you could manage in then add Portugal & Netherlands, if you want something different then I would keep two of the American leagues. Personally I would keep Portugal and one of Mexico/Uruguay/USA, but not sure which one.
    I think keep Portugal, Netherlands and Mexico.

    Pretty sure but there is still time to change my mind!

    What I might do is just remove two at the end of this season (likely Sweden and Uruguay) and see how much difference that makes. Then I could move another one or two if I think I need to do so the next season.

    Thanks so much for the input guys. I'm useless at making these decisions. Any if anyone else has any thoughts, please still feel free to add them, as I likely won't make any permanent decision just yet (I still have an update to do for my recent season).

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    The Netherlands, Mexico, and flip a coin. Portugal is quiet similar to Spain, but with enough differentiation that it could fit comfortably. But NED and MEX offer the most interesting "twists" in the narrative, I believe.

    I would perhaps argue for NED, MEX, and Sweden. Conquer the world, win your cups, wind down the career first with a few years in Sweden as final proof of taking a side beyond what it could do before, and then semi-retire to a coastal club in Mexico, mixing scouting trips with margaritas on the beach.

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    Lose Germany for not letting any real players exist in the national team in the game.

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    I would definitely keep Holland on and then its a toss up between Portugal and Mexico.

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    Keep Portugal & Holland

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    Will this be back with the demise of Crouchson?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Makonnen View Post
    The Netherlands, Mexico, and flip a coin. Portugal is quiet similar to Spain, but with enough differentiation that it could fit comfortably. But NED and MEX offer the most interesting "twists" in the narrative, I believe.

    I would perhaps argue for NED, MEX, and Sweden. Conquer the world, win your cups, wind down the career first with a few years in Sweden as final proof of taking a side beyond what it could do before, and then semi-retire to a coastal club in Mexico, mixing scouting trips with margaritas on the beach.
    I like the last bit!

    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    Lose Germany for not letting any real players exist in the national team in the game.
    They've got real players in my game. ;)

    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    I would definitely keep Holland on and then its a toss up between Portugal and Mexico.
    I think maybe I'll keep all three actually!

    Quote Originally Posted by Deisler26 View Post
    Keep Portugal & Holland
    I think Portugal is pretty certain and probably Netherlands too really.

    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Will this be back with the demise of Crouchson?
    Yes, the plan is to come back to this next. I already have a new update to put up at some point soon but I haven't written it all up yet.

    Quite excited to head back to Verona and pick up where I left off on this save.

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    I forgot to say thanks to everyone for the helpful replies regarding my difficult decision. I appreciate it very much.

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    Crouchy's 'Lessons in Calcio' Journeyman Save - Project 5: Hellas Verona (Season Three at Marcantonio Bentegodi 2021/22)



    Click here for post 446 which shows the situation we were in during pre-season. Once again, I played through the winter and neglected to do a winter break update!

    Below, I'm posting up two images of the results we recorded this season, broken up into the first half and the second half of the season. I'll talk you briefly through the results and my thoughts as we tackled the job of surviving our second season in Serie A.

    Results for first half of the season

    Considering our status as relegation battlers, and the fact that we are definitely weaker than the majority of sides at this level, we started very well. Solid but not spectacular was the order of the day for each of our matches as we generally restricted the opposition's chances and tried to nick a goal on the break.

    Our first win came at home against Genoa in mid-September. We were then impressive in Milan despite losing, following this loss up with a fantastic 2-0 victory at home to Juventus!

    We got off to a terrible start in October with a 4-0 loss away to Palermo. This was the first time that I was really disappointed with the efforts of my side and the first time that there was really any massive difference between us and our opponents.

    In late October, Michael Okeke, our great hope for this season, went on a bit of a scoring streak. He scored six goals in the period from late October to the winter break and was awesome for us. The wins were hard to come by but we at least managed to pick up the odd draw too. At this stage, things were going fairly well and we were in a much better position compared to last season.


    Results for the second half of the season

    The most important news to tell you is that we lost star striker Michael Okeke in the January transfer window. Lyon came in with a £13.25m offer for him which matched his minimum fee release clause. I had no choice but to deal with the fact that we were going to lose him. It probably made financial sense to do so, given that this was a £6.5m profit, but I felt really disappointed not to have had the opportunity to watch this player grow at my club.

    I moved quickly to bring in a replacement. In my opinion, I got a real bargain, signing Portuguese striker Hugo Paulico from Al-Gharrafa for £3.5m. He's in his mid-20s and has all the attributes needed to be a top Serie A striker. It's not a like for like in terms of the fact that Okeke is the much better player, but I think we did good business here to bring in a quality player. There will be more about Paulico in the 'key players' part of this update (see below).

    The second half of the season kicked off with us in some excellent form. After a draw at home to Napoli, we went on a three game winning streak. Paulico picked up his first goal in an away win versus Bari at the end of January.

    At the end of February, we started a run of games that would only see us losing one game between then and the end of the season. The game that started it all was a win away to Benevento with Hugo Paulico getting the only goal. Then, we managed to win six more games, draw four and only lose one out of the remaining 11 matches. Something just clicked and we became hard to beat. The basis of this success was still being tight at the back and winning by a single goal most of the time. Paulico began to settle and scored seven goals in this excellent run of form. Our best result was possible the away win to Inter Milan, in which we managed to grab a 2-1 victory thanks to goals from McCullough and Paulico. My good luck against the Milan sides seems to be continuing! We finished the season in really strong form with a 4-0 thrashing of Siena at home.

    This season, we performed excellently, really proving ourselves to be overachievers. To finish 11th in the league was really excellent progress. Our defensive record is one of the best in league, which shows you how we have gone about improving our status in Serie A. The goals for column, however, is one of the poorest in the league. Although we had a superb striker in Okeke for the first half of the season, and now a great striker in Hugo Paulico, we didn't have the quality in other positions to create chances for them. It tells you everything you need to know when you see that Keammar Daley, a 34-year-old Jamaican international worth 50k with mediocre attributes, is one of our key players for the season!

    All in all, however, I'm delighted with the progress we've made. I feel that I just need to bring in some creativity, especially in midfield. Looking at my team right now, I see that we are strong in goal and mostly across the back four, and fairly strong up front, but really lacking in the middle of the park and in the wide positions. So it's clear what will be my key objective in the transfer market this summer.


    Information & Screenshots:

    Final table:

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    | Pos   | Inf   | Team       |       | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | G.D.  | Pts   | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 1st   | ECC   | Ascoli     |       | 38    | 22    | 8     | 8     | 74    | 46    | +28   | 74    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 2nd   | ECC   | Inter      |       | 38    | 20    | 11    | 7     | 57    | 29    | +28   | 71    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 3rd   | ECC   | Lazio      |       | 38    | 20    | 9     | 9     | 59    | 40    | +19   | 69    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 4th   | EC    | Palermo    |       | 38    | 19    | 10    | 9     | 62    | 31    | +31   | 67    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 5th   | EC    | Roma       |       | 38    | 18    | 11    | 9     | 61    | 44    | +17   | 65    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 6th   |       | Juventus   |       | 38    | 15    | 16    | 7     | 63    | 43    | +20   | 61    | 
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    | 7th   |       | Sampdoria  |       | 38    | 16    | 9     | 13    | 56    | 46    | +10   | 57    | 
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    | 8th   |       | Bari       |       | 38    | 15    | 11    | 12    | 54    | 55    | -1    | 56    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 9th   |       | Milan      |       | 38    | 15    | 10    | 13    | 58    | 58    | 0     | 55    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 10th  |       | Genoa      |       | 38    | 15    | 9     | 14    | 60    | 51    | +9    | 54    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 11th  |       | Verona     |       | 38    | 14    | 12    | 12    | 41    | 43    | -2    | 54    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 12th  | EC    | Fiorentina |       | 38    | 12    | 16    | 10    | 63    | 48    | +15   | 52    | 
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    | 13th  |       | Udinese    |       | 38    | 12    | 15    | 11    | 62    | 58    | +4    | 51    | 
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    | 14th  |       | Torino     |       | 38    | 11    | 12    | 15    | 50    | 59    | -9    | 45    | 
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    | 15th  |       | Siena      |       | 38    | 11    | 12    | 15    | 46    | 57    | -11   | 45    | 
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    | 16th  |       | Napoli     |       | 38    | 10    | 11    | 17    | 47    | 53    | -6    | 41    | 
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    | 17th  |       | Taranto    |       | 38    | 9     | 11    | 18    | 40    | 59    | -19   | 38    | 
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    | 18th  | R     | Benevento  |       | 38    | 8     | 9     | 21    | 44    | 70    | -26   | 33    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 19th  | R     | Catania    |       | 38    | 8     | 8     | 22    | 50    | 75    | -25   | 32    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 20th  | R     | Chievo     |       | 38    | 1     | 8     | 29    | 17    | 99    | -82   | 11    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    Italian Cup: As you can see from the result images above, we went out at the earliest stage we entered, losing to Cagliari at home after a penalty shoot-out in the 3rd qualifying round.

    Transfers:

    IN:
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    | Date               | Person             | From               | Fee                | 
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    | 1.7.2021           | Okeke, Michael     | sc Heerenveen      | £6.75M             | 
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    | 3.7.2021           | Paulinho           | Fluminense         | Loan               | 
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    | 4.7.2021           | Villafañez, Lucas  | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
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    | 4.7.2021           | Gardner, Robert    | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
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    | 4.7.2021           | Larsen, Torben     | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
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    | 7.7.2021           | Diarra, Drissa     | Sampdoria          | £2.2M              | 
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    | 9.7.2021           | Quercia, Cataldo   | Marseille          | £5M                | 
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    | 17.8.2021          | Simão, David       | Parma              | £750K              | 
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    | 10.1.2022          | Paulico, Hugo      | Al-Gharrafa        | £3.5M              | 
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    |                    | Total              |                    | £18.25M            | 
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    I think I spent well. It's just a shame I didn't work for very long with the talented Michael Okeke. Hugo Paulico was an excellent replacement though.




    OUT:
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    | Date               | Person                | To                 | Fee                | 
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    | 30.6.2021          | Boniperti, Filippo    | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
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    | 30.6.2021          | Ignomiriello, Michele | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
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    | 30.6.2021          | Di Benedetto, Cosimo  | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
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    | 1.7.2021           | Strambi, Tommaso      | Benevento          | Free               | 
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    | 1.7.2021           | De Vito, Andrea       | Bologna            | Free               | 
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    | 1.7.2021           | Benedini, Tommaso     | Livorno            | Free               | 
    | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 1.7.2021           | Perticara, Federico   | Frosinone          | Free               | 
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    | 21.8.2021          | Scialpi, Alessandro   | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
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    | 23.8.2021          | Bigon, Mauro          | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
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    | 1.1.2022           | Okeke, Michael        | Lyon               | £13.25M            | 
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    | 1.1.2022           | Spatola, Cosimo       | FC Twente          | £1.7M              | 
    | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    |                    | Total                 |                    | £15M               | 
    | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    This was mostly losing some deadwood, to be honest, and of course the huge transfer fee for Okeke boosted things somewhat!


    Squad Statistics:

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    | Pkd | Inf | Name                | Position           | Apps    | Gls | Ast | MoM | Pas R | Tck | Drb | Sh T| Yel | Red | Av Rat | Nat | Age | Value | 
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    | -   | Hol | Tokia García        | M/AM (C)           | 6 (1)   | 1   | 2   | 0   | 88%   | 3.80| 1.08| 16% | 4   | 0   | 7.09   | FRA | 28  | £1.7M | 
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    | STCL|     | Hugo Paulico        | ST                 | 19      | 9   | 1   | 2   | 85%   | 1.93| 1.77| 58% | 5   | 0   | 6.97   | POR | 25  | £3.8M | 
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    | S3  | Hol | Niklas Backman      | D (RC)             | 6 (8)   | 1   | 0   | 1   | 68%   | 3.70| -   | 50% | 1   | 0   | 6.95   | SWE | 33  | £90K  | 
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    | MR  | Hol | Keammar Daley       | M (R), AM (RC)     | 38      | 6   | 6   | 4   | 80%   | 2.14| 1.72| 34% | 7   | 0   | 6.94   | JAM | 34  | £50K  | 
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    | -   | Hol | Jordan Ikoko        | D (RL)             | 8 (5)   | 1   | 2   | 0   | 76%   | 3.26| 0.59| 100%| 4   | 0   | 6.89   | FRA | 28  | £875K | 
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    | DL  | Hol | Nicola Rossini      | D (RL)             | 22      | 0   | 2   | 2   | 76%   | 2.88| 0.15| -   | 5   | 0   | 6.88   | ITA | 26  | £375K | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S6  | Hol | Aaron McQuade       | M (RL), AM (L)     | 18 (12) | 4   | 1   | 1   | 78%   | 2.18| 1.59| 42% | 2   | 0   | 6.85   | NIR | 22  | £1.6M | 
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    | MCL | Hol | Serdar Kayan        | DM, M (C)          | 7 (24)  | 1   | 3   | 0   | 80%   | 4.11| 0.28| 33% | 1   | 0   | 6.82   | TUR | 22  | £1.2M | 
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    | -   | Hol | Cataldo Quercia     | AM (LC), ST        | 1 (12)  | 1   | 0   | 0   | 72%   | 1.51| 0.75| 50% | 1   | 0   | 6.82   | ITA | 18  | £5M   | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | MCR | Hol | Paulinho            | DM, M (C)          | 32      | 2   | 1   | 1   | 84%   | 4.52| 0.36| 31% | 13  | 4   | 6.82   | AUT | 22  | £850K | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -   | Hol | Lucas Villafañez    | AM (RC), ST        | 0 (3)   | 0   | 0   | 0   | 72%   | 0.00| 0.00| -   | 0   | 0   | 6.80   | ARG | 30  | £250K | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | STCR| Hol | Marc McCullough     | ST                 | 34 (1)  | 5   | 6   | 1   | 78%   | 1.65| 0.48| 30% | 9   | 0   | 6.79   | NIR | 22  | £1.8M | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | ML  | Hol | Flavio Conti        | M/AM (L)           | 21 (6)  | 2   | 4   | 1   | 76%   | 2.28| 1.06| 28% | 3   | 0   | 6.78   | ITA | 22  | £1.7M | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | DCR | Hol | Drissa Diarra       | D (C)              | 35      | 0   | 1   | 1   | 68%   | 3.19| -   | 25% | 2   | 0   | 6.77   | MLI | 23  | £2.5M | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -   | Inj | David Simão         | M/AM (C)           | 33 (1)  | 0   | 6   | 0   | 83%   | 2.56| 0.31| 21% | 4   | 0   | 6.74   | POR | 32  | £1.1M | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | DR  | Hol | Domenico Vetere     | D (RLC)            | 33      | 0   | 0   | 0   | 76%   | 3.77| 0.23| 0%  | 10  | 1   | 6.74   | ITA | 26  | £575K | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | DCL | Hol | Dylan Gissi         | D (C)              | 38      | 2   | 1   | 0   | 63%   | 2.06| 0.06| 25% | 4   | 1   | 6.73   | SUI | 31  | £350K | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S2  | Hol | Robert Gardner      | D (RL), WB/M (L)   | 14 (7)  | 0   | 1   | 0   | 83%   | 3.36| 0.37| 0%  | 3   | 0   | 6.71   | NIR | 21  | £925K | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | GK  | Hol | Quique Arca         | GK                 | 39      | 0   | 0   | 0   | 61%   | -   | -   | -   | 0   | 0   | 6.69   | ESP | 23  | £1.9M | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S7  | Hol | Luigi Pagani        | AM (C), ST         | 4 (6)   | 0   | 0   | 0   | 71%   | 4.32| 0.65| 33% | 1   | 0   | 6.67   | ITA | 23  | £1.3M | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S4  | Hol | Danilo Pereira      | DM, M (C)          | 1 (7)   | 0   | 0   | 0   | 78%   | 3.17| 0.45| 0%  | 2   | 0   | 6.66   | GNB | 30  | £230K | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S5  | Hol | Alessandro Litterio | M (R), AM (RC), ST | 6 (17)  | 0   | 0   | 0   | 79%   | 1.69| 1.33| 37% | 1   | 0   | 6.53   | ITA | 25  | £400K | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -   | Hol | Torben Larsen       | GK                 | -       | -   | -   | -   | -     | -   | -   | -   | -   | -   | -      | DEN | 20  | £220K | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -   | Hol | Pavol Cech          | D (C)              | -       | -   | -   | -   | -     | -   | -   | -   | -   | -   | -      | SVK | 27  | £1.1M | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S1  | Hol | Luca Nunziata       | GK                 | -       | -   | -   | -   | -     | -   | -   | -   | -   | -   | -      | ITA | 29  | £1M   | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

    Key players:

    We weren't great and I'm not sure there were any stand out players as our team is basically a bunch of average players playing beyond their abilities when they come together! However, I'll post some players I think worthy of a mention.

    Keammar Daley - played way beyond his ability on the right side of midfield. Tells you everything really when the joint top on assister in our side is a 34-year-old with very poor technicals for this level!

    David Simao - A technically very good player who kept the ball well for us and also contributed a fair number of assists. Signed up for just £750k, I think he was a solid signing adding experience and technical ability to the team.

    Hugo Paulico - Meet my new number 9. When he settled, he started scoring goals in a fairly prolific fashion, so I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do next season. He is a good age and a talented goalscorer. He has had a rather strange career, to be honest, and so that's why I think he was available at a bargain price. He was signed up by Man City early in his career but never played for them and just ended up being loaned out to a series of League One and Championship clubs. In the end, he headed out to MLS for a couple of seasons at Real Salt Lake before then heading to Qatar to play for Al-Gharrafa Sports Club. Seems a strange career path for a talented Portuguese player. I guess he failed to make his impact at both both Sporting CP (his starting club) and Man City so that perhaps explains his decision to get away from European football. Anyway, he is back on track now and playing in Serie A. I just have to find a creator or two to provide him with the chances, which he will surely put in the back of the net!


    Next Season:

    I want to build on this season and improve even more.

    The key to next season will be to work on bringing in some technical and creative players. Maybe next season, we can start to play a more attacking brand of football at times, rather than relying on our solid, hardworking and defensive framework to get us results.


    Career Overview:

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    Season    Team			League                   Position    Achievements/outcomes
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    2011/12   A.C. Giacomense	Serie C2/A	         18th        (Took over after 18 games) Relegated
    2012/13   A.C. Mezzocorona	Serie C2/B	         9th         
    2013/14   A.C. Mezzocorona	Serie C2/B	         2nd         Promoted!
    2014/15   A.C. Mezzocorona	Serie C1/A	         8th         Overachievers!
    2015/16   A.C. Perugia Calcio	Serie C1/B	         13th        (Took over after 13 games)
    2016/17   A.C. Perugia Calcio	Serie C1/B	         2nd         Promoted via play-offs! Serie C Cup winners!
    2017/18   A.C. Perugia Calcio	Serie B	         	 N/A         (Left after 16 games with the team in 18th place)
    2017/18   Brescia Calcio	Serie B	         	 10th        (Joined after 16 games with the team in 14th place)
    2018/19   Brescia Calcio	Serie B	         	 N/A	     (Resigned after 34 games with the team in 13th place)
    2019/20   Hellas Verona F.C.	Serie B	         	 2nd	     (Joined after 15 games, team in 14th place) - Promoted!
    2020/21   Hellas Verona F.C.	Serie A	         	 17th	     Survival
    2020/21   Hellas Verona F.C.	Serie A	         	 11th


    My A.C. Giacomense Record (2011 - 2012 [133 days]):

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    P 	W 	D 	L 	F	A	Win % 		Competitions Won / Achievements
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    19	5	7	7	17	23	26%		None

    My A.C. Mezzocorona Record (2012 - 2015 [1085 days]):

    Code:
    P 	W 	D 	L 	F	A	Win % 		Competitions Won / Achievements
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    143	57	43	43	179	153	39%		Lega Pro Seconda Divisione Girone B Runners-up

    My A.C. Perugia Calcio Record (2015 - 2017 [739 days]):

    Code:
    P 	W 	D 	L 	F	A	Win % 		Competitions Won / Achievements
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    91	43	22	26	148 	110	47%		Coppa Italia di Lega Pro Winners!
    								Lega Pro Prima Divisione Runners-up
    								Lega Pro Prima Divisione Play-off Winners!

    My Brescia Calcio Record (2017 - 2019 [497 days]):

    Code:
    P 	W 	D 	L 	F	A	Win % 		Competitions Won / Achievements
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    62	24	19	19 	82	76	38%

    My Hellas Verona F.C. Record (2019 - Present [537 days]):

    Code:
    P 	W 	D 	L 	F	A	Win % 		Competitions Won / Achievements
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    106	40	26	40 	121	123	37%		Serie B Runners-up
    Last edited by crouchaldinho; 06-08-2012 at 16:09.

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    Chievo went down

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    Good improvement.

    Ascoli winning the Scudetto is a surprise.

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    Looks like a productive season. You've grown and know what you need to succeed next year Hope you find a couple creative midfielders to compliment the squad.

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    Brilliant job consolidating! Shame Okeke's stint at the club was incredibly brief, but you can't really say no to doubling your money in 6 months I guess. Seems like this was a real collective triumph as well, so perhaps having no massively obvious star man was appropriate in the end.

    Also surprising your form was much better after losing Okeke! If you can continue that sort of form for a whole season you'd be looking at European qualification.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Chievo went down
    Yep.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    Good improvement.

    Ascoli winning the Scudetto is a surprise.
    Thanks Nobby.

    Serie A has been full of surprises over the last few years. Palermo won their first Scudetto not so long ago under Marcelo Bielsa!

    Udinese are another side who claimed a new Scudetto in recent years.

    It's not a tycoon situation either. The league is just very open with no team or teams dominating at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Looks like a productive season. You've grown and know what you need to succeed next year Hope you find a couple creative midfielders to compliment the squad.
    Yes, indeed. That's the plan now.

    I'm pleased with the steady growth. This season was much more enjoyable than last season and it started all coming together in the final few months, so I'm hopeful for next season being a good one with a few new recruits.

    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeXe View Post
    Brilliant job consolidating! Shame Okeke's stint at the club was incredibly brief, but you can't really say no to doubling your money in 6 months I guess. Seems like this was a real collective triumph as well, so perhaps having no massively obvious star man was appropriate in the end.

    Also surprising your form was much better after losing Okeke! If you can continue that sort of form for a whole season you'd be looking at European qualification.
    I think it's just a coincidence that we were better without him. I think the team gelling came together and the morale was good. Those were the main factors for that run.

    European qualification would be a great target, although just top of the table is the target for next season. I guess I need to see how much I'm going to be supported in the transfer market this summer.

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    Oh, btw, thanks everyone for the help regarding my decision to remove leagues.

    I've selected Sweden, Uruguay and USA to go but also made a backup of the save just in case I change my mind or whatever.

    I'm left with the following leagues:

    England 180
    Spain 180
    Germany 172
    Italy 170
    France 155
    Portugal 145
    Netherlands 134
    Argentina 130
    Mexico 130

    Think these are perfect for my adventure in this career save.

    Thanks again for the advice guys, I appreciated it.

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    Project 5 - Season Four at Hellas Verona F.C. - Season 2022/23 Preview



    Board Expectations:
    Serie A - Safe mid-table (media predictions are for 14th place)
    TIM Cup - First round

    My Expectations:
    Serie A - I want top half of the table
    TIM Cup - Will see how far we can get but will definitely be lowest priority


    Budgets:
    Transfer: £18.45m
    Wages: £335,167 (£341,519/week currently)
    Balance: -£11,891,567


    Squad:

    Code:
    | Pkd   | Inf   | Name                | Position           | Nat   | Height| Weight       | Age   | Value | Ability | Potential | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | GK    |       | Quique Arca         | GK                 | ESP   | 5'11" | 12 st 12 lbs | 24    | £1.6M |         |           | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | DR    | Wnt   | Domenico Vetere     | D (RLC)            | ITA   | 5'10" | 12 st 8 lbs  | 27    | £1.1M |         |           | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | DCR   |       | Dylan Gissi         | D (C)              | SUI   | 6'4"  | 12 st 10 lbs | 31    | £1M   |         |           | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | DCL   | Wnt   | Drissa Diarra       | D (C)              | MLI   | 6'3"  | 13 st 12 lbs | 23    | £2.5M |         |           | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | DL    |       | Gil Melo            | D/WB (L)           | BRA   | 6'2"  | 12 st 12 lbs | 24    | £6.5M |         |           | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | MR    |       | João Paulo          | M/AM (R)           | POR   | 5'10" | 11 st 4 lbs  | 25    | £1.9M |         |           | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | MCR   | Wnt   | Jan van den Heuvel  | DM, M (C)          | NED   | 6'0"  | 12 st 8 lbs  | 23    | £1.8M |         |           | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | MCL   |       | David Simão         | M/AM (C)           | POR   | 6'0"  | 12 st 3 lbs  | 32    | £1M   |         |           | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | ML    |       | Mile Kujundzija     | M/AM (L)           | CRO   | 6'0"  | 12 st 6 lbs  | 23    | £4.2M |         |           | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | AMC   |       | Rafinha             | M/AM (C), ST       | BRA   | 5'10" | 11 st 9 lbs  | 29    | £6.75M|         |           | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | STC   | Wnt   | Hugo Paulico        | ST                 | POR   | 5'10" | 11 st 11 lbs | 26    | £3.7M |         |           | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S1    | Wnt   | Luca Nunziata       | GK                 | ITA   | 6'0"  | 11 st 6 lbs  | 29    | £1M   |         |           | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S2    |       | Robert Gardner      | D (RL), WB/M (L)   | NIR   | 5'9"  | 11 st 6 lbs  | 22    | £1.3M |         |           | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S3    |       | Niklas Backman      | D (RC)             | SWE   | 6'1"  | 12 st 8 lbs  | 33    | £230K |         |           | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S4    |       | Davide Petrucci     | AM (C), ST         | ITA   | 5'11" | 11 st 9 lbs  | 30    | £925K |         |           | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S5    |       | Alessandro Litterio | M (R), AM (RC), ST | ITA   | 5'10" | 11 st 11 lbs | 25    | £1.2M |         |           | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S6    |       | Cataldo Quercia     | AM (LC), ST        | ITA   | 5'11" | 11 st 13 lbs | 18    | £5M   |         |           | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S7    |       | Marc McCullough     | ST                 | NIR   | 6'2"  | 13 st 5 lbs  | 22    | £1.6M |         |           | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     |       | Jordan Ikoko        | D (RL)             | FRA   | 5'10" | 9 st 12 lbs  | 28    | £700K |         |           | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     | Wnt   | Tokia García        | M/AM (C)           | FRA   | 5'3"  | 9 st 6 lbs   | 28    | £1.8M |         |           | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     |       | Eduardo             | D (C)              | BRA   | 6'2"  | 13 st 9 lbs  | 28    | £1M   |         |           | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     |       | Flavio Conti        | M/AM (L)           | ITA   | 6'4"  | 14 st 0 lbs  | 22    | £1.9M |         |           | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     |       | Aaron McQuade       | M (RL), AM (L)     | NIR   | 6'3"  | 14 st 2 lbs  | 22    | £1.1M |         |           | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     |       | Serdar Kayan        | DM, M (C)          | TUR   | 5'10" | 12 st 1 lbs  | 22    | £1.3M |         |           | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -     | Loa   | Sergio Zanier       | GK                 | ITA   | 6'0"  | 12 st 12 lbs | 20    | £1.9M |         |           | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

    Transfers:

    INS:
    Code:
    | Date               | Person             | From               | Fee                | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 1.7.2022           | Bell, Graeme       | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 4.7.2022           | Zanier, Sergio     | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 5.7.2022           | João Paulo         | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 6.7.2022           | van den Heuvel, Jan| Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 6.7.2022           | Kujundzija, Mile   | Catania            | £4.2M              | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 7.7.2022           | Melo, Gil          | Catania            | £6.5M              | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 8.7.2022           | Petrucci, Davide   | Montpellier        | £925K              | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 11.7.2022          | Rafinha            | Catania            | £6.75M             | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 3.8.2022           | Eduardo            | Udinese            | £1M                | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    |                    | Total              |                    | £19.5M             | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    Nine transfers in this time. I broke my rule about trying not to change too many things at once but as I got some decent backing in the transfer market, I went for it, and I think that I spent well here.

    The big signings were actually the ones from Catania, who were relegated last season. Rafinha was the big one and comes in to be the focal point of our team. He will be our fantasista, our playmaker, our number 10. He is the star that I will build my team around this season.

    From the other signings, Gil Melo is a quality attacking left-back. Mile Kujundzija and Joao Paulo will provide flair and ability in the wide positions. Davide Petrucci brings his experience and Eduardo will add some more solidity to defence when called upon.

    All in all, job done here. I wanted good creativity and flair to bring into the team and I've definitely done that. I've spent all of my money but spent it well, I feel.

    OUTS:
    Code:
    | Date               | Person             | To                 | Fee                | 
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    | 30.6.2022          | Villafañez, Lucas  | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 30.6.2022          | Pereira, Danilo    | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 30.6.2022          | Daley, Keammar     | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 30.6.2022          | Rossini, Nicola    | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 2.7.2022           | Fall, Dieylani     | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 21.7.2022          | Cech, Pavol        | Catania            | £875K              | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 22.7.2022          | Larsen, Torben     | Santa Clara        | Loan               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 23.7.2022          | Pagani, Luigi      | Las Palmas         | £1.1M              | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    |                    | Total              |                    | £2M                | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    I basically got rid of some dead wood here and made a little bit of money in the process.

    I got criticised for letting fans' player of the season, Keammar Daley, go but what choice did I have? He is about to turn 35, very poor technically and his contract was up. It was time for him to go.

    Key Men:

    Quique Arca - Having a quality keeper is always a priority for the basis of any good team and this guy is solid.

    Gil Melo - Great signing in my opinion. Physically strong, hard working and good technically in attacking and defensive attributes. This guy will make an excellent attacking fullback and I expect him to shine in a wing-back role.

    Rafinha - Great passing and technique plus awesome creativity, movement, anticipation and decision making. This guy is going to be the creative brains of the team!

    Hugo Paulico - Excellent finishing, good penalty taker, decent movement, hard working, quick, with excellent agility and balance. This guy will be a handful for every defence and will score goals!

    Manager thoughts:

    A very solid summer with some great transfers. I feel we have a real shot at improving on last season.

    I did what mattered most to me this summer in terms of getting some creative and flair type players into the side. I'd like to have improved things defensively a bit more too but I used up the funds on some fairly big signings in the more attacking positions.

    I'll be switching to 4-4-1-1 this season as I have some real quality in the middle. The lack of DMs in my squad means a switch to my preferred 4-2-3-1 deep formation was not an option.

    The team will hinge on Rafinha settling and having a good season. We're far from a one man team though. At the back, Diarra will be important in the middle as will Gil Melo at fullback. In the middle, the experienced David Simao will be partnered by the more defensive minded Van den Heuvel. In the wide positions, we'll be a little unpredictable, but I think I have two solid wide midfielders in Paulo and Kujundzija. Up front, Rafinho will be the playmaking number 10 behind Hugo Paulico and we'll be looking for this pair to flourish as a creator & consumer partnership! Let's hope the goals flow!

    Forza Gialloblu!
    Last edited by crouchaldinho; 06-08-2012 at 16:09.

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    The two ex-Catania boys look fantastic! I'm excited to see Rafinha feeding Paulico, I think that has the potential to be very productive.

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    Crouchy's 'Lessons in Calcio' Journeyman Save - Project 5: Hellas Verona (Season Four at Marcantonio Bentegodi 2022/23)



    Click here for post 484 which shows the situation we were in during pre-season. Once again, I played through the winter and neglected to do a winter break update!

    Below, I'm posting up two images of the results we recorded this season, broken up into the first half and the second half of the season. I'll talk you briefly through the results and my thoughts as we tackled the job of consolidating in our third season in Serie A.

    Results for first half of the season

    As you can see, our start to the season was pretty poor and I think it would be accurate to say that we performed very inconsistently throughout this first half of the season.

    Team gelling was a major factor, as I knew it would be after bringing in five new first team faces and ten players overall in the summer. I always think this team gelling issue is exacerbated but the fact that many of my players aren't motivated to play for me. I'm told that if I finally get a top flight trophy, this will cease to be an issue, but until then I think it makes things even worse with a poorly gelled squad.

    Things started to get better for us in October as we thrashed Taranto 5-0 at their place and then beat Genoa at home. In November, we beat my old club, Brescia away from home. Things seemed to be coming together towards Christmas time and ended the first half of the season by recording a fine win against Fiorentina away from home.

    I felt pretty positive for the second half of the season. Paulico was starting to find his scoring form and the team was generally playing some good football. I hoped for a strong second half of the season to pull us up the table.


    Results for the second half of the season

    We did absolutely no business in the transfer window as I was hoping for the current squad to continue to gel and develop together as a unit.

    In January, things started to click and wins away to Lazio and Juventus, and a victory at home to Milan, confirmed that we were now really showing our potential as a team. Indeed, we only lost three games in the whole of the second half of the season and you can see by our results just how much we improved. Had we performed like this all season, I think we could be talking about the Europa League right now. This was very similar to last season and I feel that if we can just get off to a good start next season, we could be talking about a major improvement this time next year.

    From March to the end of the season, we went on a fine unbeaten run. Beating Inter in their own back yard was a real highlight. We also thrashed my old club, Brescia, 6-0, which was the hammer blow for them, confirming their relegation to Serie B. Can't say I was too sad about that! After my time there, I'm not their biggest fan. ;)

    This was a great second half of the season and just goes to show what a good team we do have here. It's a good basis for moving up the table next year.

    On the negative side of things, we only improved on our league finish from last season by one point and one league placing. The squad is much stronger than last time around so we should have done much better but the team gelling issues hit us hard in the first half of the season.

    This summer, the key is to make small improvements to the squad without compromising the team gelling in the fashion that we did this season.



    Information & Screenshots:

    Final table:

    Code:
    | Pos   | Inf   | Team       |       | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | G.D.  | Pts   | 
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    | 1st   | ECC   | Palermo    |       | 38    | 24    | 9     | 5     | 82    | 33    | +49   | 81    | 
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    | 2nd   | ECC   | Fiorentina |       | 38    | 24    | 5     | 9     | 73    | 45    | +28   | 77    | 
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    | 3rd   | ECC   | Juventus   |       | 38    | 24    | 4     | 10    | 82    | 45    | +37   | 76    | 
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    | 4th   | EC    | Genoa      |       | 38    | 22    | 8     | 8     | 59    | 37    | +22   | 74    | 
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    | 5th   | EC    | Inter      |       | 38    | 18    | 11    | 9     | 60    | 35    | +25   | 65    | 
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    | 6th   |       | Udinese    |       | 38    | 18    | 7     | 13    | 56    | 42    | +14   | 61    | 
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    | 7th   |       | Sampdoria  |       | 38    | 17    | 9     | 12    | 63    | 45    | +18   | 60    | 
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    | 8th   |       | Lazio      |       | 38    | 15    | 13    | 10    | 58    | 49    | +9    | 58    | 
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    | 9th   |       | Ascoli     |       | 38    | 16    | 7     | 15    | 52    | 55    | -3    | 55    | 
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    | 10th  |       | Verona     |       | 38    | 14    | 13    | 11    | 55    | 42    | +13   | 55    | 
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    | 11th  |       | Milan      |       | 38    | 16    | 6     | 16    | 56    | 55    | +1    | 54    | 
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    | 12th  |       | Bari       |       | 38    | 15    | 7     | 16    | 47    | 55    | -8    | 52    | 
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    | 13th  |       | Siena      |       | 38    | 16    | 4     | 18    | 52    | 57    | -5    | 52    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 14th  |       | Roma       |       | 38    | 11    | 15    | 12    | 63    | 54    | +9    | 48    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 15th  |       | Torino     |       | 38    | 10    | 12    | 16    | 50    | 63    | -13   | 42    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 16th  |       | Parma      |       | 38    | 8     | 14    | 16    | 45    | 68    | -23   | 38    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 17th  |       | Napoli     |       | 38    | 9     | 7     | 22    | 34    | 64    | -30   | 34    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 18th  | R     | Bologna    |       | 38    | 7     | 7     | 24    | 30    | 72    | -42   | 28    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 19th  | R     | Taranto    |       | 38    | 5     | 10    | 23    | 34    | 72    | -38   | 25    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 20th  | R     | Brescia    |       | 38    | 4     | 6     | 28    | 28    | 91    | -63   | 18    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    Italian Cup: As you can see from the result images above, we went out at the earliest stage we entered. We lost on penalties to Piacenza.


    Transfers:

    IN:
    Code:
    | Date               | Person             | From               | Fee                | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 1.7.2022           | Fall, Dieylani     | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 1.7.2022           | Bell, Graeme       | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 4.7.2022           | Zanier, Sergio     | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 5.7.2022           | João Paulo         | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 6.7.2022           | van den Heuvel, Jan| Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 6.7.2022           | Kujundzija, Mile   | Catania            | £4.2M              | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 7.7.2022           | Melo, Gil          | Catania            | £6.5M              | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 8.7.2022           | Petrucci, Davide   | Montpellier        | £925K              | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 11.7.2022          | Rafinha            | Catania            | £6.75M             | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 3.8.2022           | Eduardo            | Udinese            | £1M                | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    |                    | Total              |                    | £19.5M             | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

    I think I spent well. Certainly the bigger money buys in Kujundzija, Melo and Rafinha, all proved to be worth the fee, in my opinion. They should all go from strength to strength next season.

    I may try Rafinha in a deeper position as he did not totally convince in an advanced midfield position. His passing and creativity is exceptional but he lacks some of the characteristics needed for an attacking midfielder in terms of his ability to contribute some goals of his own and I think maybe a deeper position might suit him. Don't get me wrong though, he was very good for us indeed, contributing lots of key passes every game and dictating the play for us.

    From the free transfers, I was most pleased with van den Heuvel, who proved to be a solid defensive-minded central midfield player.




    OUT:
    Code:
    | Date               | Person             | To                 | Fee                | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 30.6.2022          | Villafañez, Lucas  | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 30.6.2022          | Pereira, Danilo    | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 30.6.2022          | Daley, Keammar     | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 30.6.2022          | Rossini, Nicola    | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 2.7.2022           | Fall, Dieylani     | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 21.7.2022          | Cech, Pavol        | Catania            | £875K              | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 22.7.2022          | Larsen, Torben     | Santa Clara        | Loan               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 23.7.2022          | Pagani, Luigi      | Las Palmas         | £1.1M              | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 11.1.2023          | Ikoko, Jordan      | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 19.1.2023          | Quercia, Cataldo   | Livorno            | Loan               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    |                    | Total              |                    | £2M                | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    No real surprises here. The only thing worth mentioning is that I loaned out Cataldo Quercia. I spent a fair bit on this young lad thinking that he had a lot of promise but he hasn't developed much and it is starting to look as though I may have made a mistake here. Time will tell, I guess, but at least he got some playing time at Livorno in Serie B.



    Squad Statistics:

    Code:
    | Pkd | Inf | Name                | Position           | Apps   | Gls | Ast | MoM | Pas R | Tck | Drb | K Pas | Sh T| Yel | Red | Av Rat | Nat | Age | Value | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | GK  | Hol | Quique Arca         | GK                 | 35     | 0   | 2   | 4   | 61%   | -   | -   | 2     | -   | 0   | 0   | 7.01   | ESP | 24  | £2M   | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | DR  | Hol | Domenico Vetere     | D (RLC)            | 37     | 0   | 3   | 1   | 76%   | 4.65| 0.20| 15    | 100%| 10  | 0   | 6.94   | ITA | 27  | £1.5M | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | DCR | Hol | Dylan Gissi         | D (C)              | 32     | 0   | 1   | 0   | 67%   | 2.29| 0.03| 3     | 50% | 4   | 1   | 6.85   | SUI | 32  | £375K | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | DCL | Hol | Drissa Diarra       | D (C)              | 30     | 2   | 1   | 1   | 69%   | 2.31| 0.07| 3     | 63% | 7   | 0   | 6.76   | MLI | 24  | £2.1M | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | DL  | Inj | Gil Melo            | D/WB (L)           | 37     | 0   | 3   | 2   | 77%   | 3.51| 0.57| 27    | 33% | 8   | 0   | 7.09   | BRA | 24  | £3.8M | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | MR  | Hol | Alessandro Litterio | M (R), AM (RC), ST | 7 (11) | 2   | 5   | 1   | 81%   | 1.38| 1.59| 3     | 37% | 1   | 0   | 6.82   | ITA | 26  | £1.7M | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | MCR | Hol | Serdar Kayan        | DM, M (C)          | 6 (19) | 0   | 1   | 0   | 88%   | 4.77| -   | 9     | 22% | 0   | 0   | 6.83   | TUR | 23  | £1.1M | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | MCL | Hol | David Simão         | M/AM (C)           | 36     | 2   | 2   | 1   | 84%   | 2.45| 0.29| 21    | 20% | 4   | 0   | 6.89   | POR | 33  | £350K | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | ML  | Hol | Mile Kujundzija     | M/AM (L)           | 36 (1) | 3   | 11  | 4   | 78%   | 2.73| 2.73| 14    | 46% | 9   | 0   | 7.08   | CRO | 24  | £2.5M | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | AMC | Hol | Davide Petrucci     | M/AM (C)           | 4 (4)  | 1   | 0   | 0   | 73%   | 0.95| 0.95| 2     | 25% | 0   | 0   | 6.69   | ITA | 31  | £500K | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | STC | Hol | Hugo Paulico        | ST                 | 31     | 22  | 3   | 4   | 74%   | 1.61| 1.98| 10    | 48% | 20  | 1   | 7.19   | POR | 26  | £3.9M | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S1  | Hol | Luca Nunziata       | GK                 | 4      | 0   | 0   | 0   | 49%   | -   | -   | 0     | -   | 0   | 0   | 6.67   | ITA | 30  | £975K | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S2  | Hol | Robert Gardner      | D (RL), WB/M (L)   | 4 (8)  | 0   | 0   | 0   | 82%   | 2.28| 0.54| 2     | -   | 3   | 0   | 6.59   | NIR | 22  | £1.1M | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S3  | Hol | Eduardo             | D (C)              | 12 (3) | 0   | 1   | 0   | 65%   | 2.94| 0.08| 1     | 0%  | 2   | 0   | 6.77   | BRA | 28  | £1.2M | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S4  | Hol | Rafinha             | M/AM (C), ST       | 35 (2) | 6   | 5   | 1   | 86%   | 2.90| 1.08| 27    | 54% | 6   | 0   | 6.99   | BRA | 30  | £2.8M | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S5  | Hol | Aaron McQuade       | M (RL), AM (L)     | 6 (15) | 6   | 4   | 2   | 74%   | 2.63| 1.92| 5     | 50% | 2   | 0   | 7.13   | NIR | 23  | £1.6M | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S6  | Hol | Flavio Conti        | M/AM (L)           | 3 (14) | 3   | 0   | 1   | 74%   | 2.35| 1.57| 3     | 71% | 0   | 0   | 6.87   | ITA | 23  | £1.1M | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S7  | Hol | Marc McCullough     | ST                 | 7 (10) | 2   | 1   | 0   | 78%   | 1.58| 0.84| 5     | 38% | 2   | 0   | 6.66   | NIR | 23  | £1.9M | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -   | Hol | Niklas Backman      | D (RC)             | 4 (5)  | 1   | 0   | 0   | 73%   | 2.70| -   | 0     | 66% | 1   | 0   | 7.14   | SWE | 34  | £75K  | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -   | Hol | Tokia García        | M/AM (C)           | 2 (3)  | 0   | 0   | 0   | 68%   | 0.92| -   | 1     | 0%  | 0   | 0   | 6.50   | FRA | 29  | £1.2M | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -   | Inj | João Paulo          | M/AM (R)           | 26     | 1   | 8   | 0   | 76%   | 2.53| 2.03| 7     | 23% | 1   | 0   | 6.88   | POR | 26  | £2.2M | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -   | Hol | Jan van den Heuvel  | DM, M (C)          | 34 (1) | 3   | 1   | 0   | 86%   | 4.28| 0.18| 9     | 28% | 15  | 0   | 6.90   | NED | 24  | £1.8M | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

    Key players:

    This season, we finally have some stand out individuals to talk about.

    Hugo Paulico - this guy is my new hero. Scored the goals for us this season and I think he actually would have done even better with a striker parner up alongside him. Serie A's top goalscorer this season. With his goals, I can start to feel as though we can really go places with one or two canny signings to improve in other areas. Paulico also broke the Verona record for goals in a season.

    Rafinha - A quality player who dictated the play in midfield and played lots of key passes every game. However, I actually wonder if he would make a better 'number 8' in a deeper role rather than a 'number 10' behind the striker. He was rarely a goalscoring threat in his advanced midfield position which leads me to believe that he'd be more effective in a deeper position with the emphasis even more on creative work.

    Gil Melo - I thought this guy would prove to be a great piece of business and I was right. Really solid, always a theat coming forward too, and generally one of the most consistent players in the squad. Very pleased and I think he'll get even better next season.

    Mile Kujundzija - Another player who I thought would be a very good signing in the summer and I was proved right! Provided plenty of assists and really threatened down the left side. Very pleased and he is another one with his best years ahead of him, so very positive indeed.


    Next Season:

    We just have to move forward and improve again. I'm hoping for a more significant improvement next season if I have a more settled squad.

    I will need to keep things fairly consistent and not make too many signings. I have different tactical ideas going into next season at the moment (although that may change depending on signings) so I think I'll be able to get more out of the team.

    Generally, a well gelled side performing like we were in the last third of the season should see us really pushing on into the top half of the table. That's my hope!


    Career Overview:

    Code:
    Season    Team			League                   Position    Achievements/outcomes
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    2011/12   A.C. Giacomense	Serie C2/A	         18th        (Took over after 18 games) Relegated
    2012/13   A.C. Mezzocorona	Serie C2/B	         9th         
    2013/14   A.C. Mezzocorona	Serie C2/B	         2nd         Promoted!
    2014/15   A.C. Mezzocorona	Serie C1/A	         8th         Overachievers!
    2015/16   A.C. Perugia Calcio	Serie C1/B	         13th        (Took over after 13 games)
    2016/17   A.C. Perugia Calcio	Serie C1/B	         2nd         Promoted via play-offs! Serie C Cup winners!
    2017/18   A.C. Perugia Calcio	Serie B	         	 N/A         (Left after 16 games with the team in 18th place)
    2017/18   Brescia Calcio	Serie B	         	 10th        (Joined after 16 games with the team in 14th place)
    2018/19   Brescia Calcio	Serie B	         	 N/A	     (Resigned after 34 games with the team in 13th place)
    2019/20   Hellas Verona F.C.	Serie B	         	 2nd	     (Joined after 15 games, team in 14th place) - Promoted!
    2020/21   Hellas Verona F.C.	Serie A	         	 17th	     Survival
    2021/22   Hellas Verona F.C.	Serie A	         	 11th	     
    2022/23   Hellas Verona F.C.	Serie A	         	 10th


    My A.C. Giacomense Record (2011 - 2012 [133 days]):

    Code:
    P 	W 	D 	L 	F	A	Win % 		Competitions Won / Achievements
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    19	5	7	7	17	23	26%		None

    My A.C. Mezzocorona Record (2012 - 2015 [1085 days]):

    Code:
    P 	W 	D 	L 	F	A	Win % 		Competitions Won / Achievements
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    143	57	43	43	179	153	39%		Lega Pro Seconda Divisione Girone B Runners-up

    My A.C. Perugia Calcio Record (2015 - 2017 [739 days]):

    Code:
    P 	W 	D 	L 	F	A	Win % 		Competitions Won / Achievements
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    91	43	22	26	148 	110	47%		Coppa Italia di Lega Pro Winners!
    								Lega Pro Prima Divisione Runners-up
    								Lega Pro Prima Divisione Play-off Winners!

    My Brescia Calcio Record (2017 - 2019 [497 days]):

    Code:
    P 	W 	D 	L 	F	A	Win % 		Competitions Won / Achievements
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    62	24	19	19 	82	76	38%

    My Hellas Verona F.C. Record (2019 - Present [1266 days]):

    Code:
    P 	W 	D 	L 	F	A	Win % 		Competitions Won / Achievements
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    145	54	39	52 	176	165	37%		Serie B Runners-up
    Last edited by crouchaldinho; 06-08-2012 at 16:12.

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    Very well done.

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    Another excellent season - I definitely think you'll feel the benefits of the work done this season over the next 2 or 3. I think when you're promoted up a level, especially to a strong top division, you need to consolidate with a simple gameplan then evolve it. The key is the transition between the simple gameplan and the evolution (something Stoke City are having issues with IRL). This season was the evolution, incorporating more technical quality into your side. Next season I think you'll do very well indeed, provided you make only a few targetted signings as you say.

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    Good consolidation Crouchy.

    Stoke have evolved. Evolved into a team for insomniacs.

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    Crouchy's 'Lessons in Calcio' Journeyman Save - Project 5: Hellas Verona (Season Five at Marcantonio Bentegodi 2023/24)



    During the summer, I signed a new four year contract with Hellas Verona, firmly indicating my intention of staying at this club in order to build something for the future.

    The media had us down for another mid-table finish in pre-season. I did some fairly decent business in the transfer window (see transfer section below) and hoped to prove them wrong with a good, solid top half finish.

    The press picked out goalkeeper Quique Arca and left-back Gil Melo as the key players for this season.

    Below, I'm posting up two images of the results we recorded this season, broken up into the first half and the second half of the season. I'll talk you briefly through the results and my thoughts as we tackled the job of consolidating in our third season in Serie A.

    Results for first half of the season

    We had a slowish start with two straight losses in the league but this was nowhere near our usual slow starts of the last few seasons as we quickly picked up some form. In October, we really found out rhythm, going seven games unbeaten with six out of seven wins.

    Beating Juventus at home and drawing with title favourites, Inter, away were two great results. Also, thrashing Genoa 4-1 away from home and going to Sampdoria and winning 2-0 were also very significant results.

    Three out of four losses in the first half of the season came against top sides such as Palermo, Lazio and Fiorentina, so we couldn't be too disappointed with those.

    Things seemed to be going very well as we approached the winter break. Paulico had been scoring goals for fun and we were looking very strong.

    To top things off, I won the Miglior Allenator AIC award (manager of the year). I joined a list of famous names! *proud*

    A great first-half of the season.


    Results for the second half of the season

    We started in January just as we had left off. Going to Milan and winning 2-1 was a fantastic result.

    In the first proper round of the TIM Cup, we thrashed Lazio 5-0 away from home with Hugo Paulico scoring a hat-trick. This set up a quarter final against Sampdoria, which we also won thanks to two goals from Elvis Mroki. Unfortunately, in this game, disaster struck. Hugo Paulico was ruled out for three months with a torn hamstring. This was devastating. Paulico was our captain, top scorer and star player. To lose him was terrible news.

    At this point, I switched from the 4-4-2 I had planned to use at the end of last season (see the last update), and had been using all this season so far, to a 4-4-1-1 formation. This allowed me to return Rafinha into an advanced midfield position behind a single striker. Elvis Mroki would now have the burden of leading the line and providing a large share of the team's goals.

    A 0-0 draw away to Palermo, now one of the best clubs in Italy, was very solid. We managed to beat Ascoli at home and thrashed Padova away from home. At this point, I felt we could cope without Paulico, and we went on to record solid and creditable draws against the likes of Sampdoria and Lazio.

    Our first game in March was one of my favourites of the whole season as we went to Juventus and took part in a thriller, managing to come away with a 4-3 away victory in the end. What a game that was and this meant that we had done the double over Juventus - always a good feeling.

    At the end of March, we finally faltered. Without our captain and talisman, Hugo Paulico, I did anticipate a period of struggle. Unfortunately, it hit us at a terrible time. We went on a run of seven games without a win and only recorded two points in this period from seven matches. I put my hands up and admit responsibility for this run. I allowed morale to get dangerously low and did not recover it quick enough. The old, calm Crouchy style of keeping cool in a crisis was abandoned as I saw a potential challenge for a Champions League spot drift further and further away. I started to panic.

    At the end of April, Hugo Paulico returned and I started to steady the ship. The first match of May saw us thrash Torino 4-1 at their place with Hugo Paulico scoring all four goals for us. Paulico thanked me for keeping faith in him and said he hoped that he would continue to repay this faith through more performances like this. What a guy!

    We romped home to the end of the season, beating Catania and Empoli to secure a 6th placed finish. A very good finish and something for the club to be proud of.

    In the TIM Cup, we had continued to progress and found ourselves in the final. We were fortunate that our poor run of form occurred between the semi-final and final. In the semi-final, we had managed to beat Udinese over two legs securing a place in the final against Inter.

    Knowing that a victory in the final would not only be totally awesome but that it would also secure a Europa League place, I pinned all of my hopes on victory versus Inter. In a very boring final, we secured a 1-0 win thanks to Serdar Kayan. This represented both mine, and the club's, first major breakthrough at the top level. An amazing feeling!

    This is what our cup run looked like.

    Here are the stats from the final:
    Overview and stats
    Line-up and ratings

    We won the cup for the first time in our 121 year history!

    Europa league qualification confirmed!


    Information & Screenshots:

    Final table:

    Code:
    | Pos   | Inf   | Team       |       | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | G.D.  | Pts   | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 1st   | ECC   | Inter      |       | 38    | 27    | 5     | 6     | 79    | 37    | +42   | 86    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 2nd   | ECC   | Palermo    |       | 38    | 25    | 5     | 8     | 78    | 36    | +42   | 80    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 3rd   | ECC   | Lazio      |       | 38    | 24    | 6     | 8     | 76    | 39    | +37   | 78    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 4th   | EC    | Genoa      |       | 38    | 25    | 3     | 10    | 75    | 40    | +35   | 78    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 5th   | EC    | Fiorentina |       | 38    | 24    | 4     | 10    | 79    | 44    | +35   | 76    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 6th   | EC    | Verona     |       | 38    | 20    | 8     | 10    | 74    | 42    | +32   | 68    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 7th   |       | Sampdoria  |       | 38    | 19    | 8     | 11    | 72    | 48    | +24   | 65    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 8th   |       | Torino     |       | 38    | 16    | 10    | 12    | 48    | 48    | 0     | 58    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 9th   |       | Udinese    |       | 38    | 16    | 7     | 15    | 64    | 63    | +1    | 55    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 10th  |       | Milan      |       | 38    | 14    | 10    | 14    | 62    | 53    | +9    | 52    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 11th  |       | Parma      |       | 38    | 13    | 10    | 15    | 50    | 61    | -11   | 49    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 12th  |       | Juventus   |       | 38    | 12    | 11    | 15    | 56    | 62    | -6    | 47    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 13th  |       | Siena      |       | 38    | 11    | 12    | 15    | 51    | 52    | -1    | 45    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 14th  |       | Ascoli     |       | 38    | 10    | 14    | 14    | 38    | 51    | -13   | 44    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 15th  |       | Catania    |       | 38    | 12    | 8     | 18    | 37    | 63    | -26   | 44    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 16th  |       | Roma       |       | 38    | 11    | 8     | 19    | 67    | 73    | -6    | 41    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 17th  |       | Napoli     |       | 38    | 11    | 5     | 22    | 46    | 73    | -27   | 38    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 18th  | R     | Bari       |       | 38    | 7     | 7     | 24    | 40    | 72    | -32   | 28    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 19th  | R     | Padova     |       | 38    | 4     | 6     | 28    | 27    | 96    | -69   | 18    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 20th  | R     | Empoli     |       | 38    | 3     | 5     | 30    | 24    | 90    | -66   | 14    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    Italian Cup: WINNERS!

    This is what our cup run looked like.

    Here are the stats from the final:
    Overview and stats
    Line-up and ratings


    Transfers:

    IN:
    Code:
    | Date               | Person             | From               | Fee                | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 3.7.2023           | Adams, Declan      | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 5.7.2023           | Maggs, Ceri        | Brescia            | £3.3M              | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 11.7.2023          | Fuska              | Santos             | £3.3M              | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 12.7.2023          | Mroki, Elvis       | Nürnberg           | £6M                | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 16.7.2023          | Joel               | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    |                    | Total              |                    | £12.5M             | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

    Some fairly decent business although I now concede that I could have done a lot better looking back.

    Declan Adams was one for the future and not really good enough right now but he played his part this season as the squad depth was so thin. For a free transfer, we can't complain.

    Ceri Maggs was a decent signing to strengthen our defence. You'll recall that I signed him when I was at Brescia. He turned out to be a solid centre-back and a decent low budget signing.

    Fuska was a mistake really. A young Brazilian striker with a serious attitude problem, he wanted to leave almost from day one. He never performed well. A candidate to be sold in the summer.

    Elvis Mroki was an excellent signing and he did really for us. Worth the fee for sure as he banged in the goals alongside Paulico for much of the season. However, I am now convinced that my return to 4-4-1-1 during the season was the right move and this is the formation I would like to prioritise. It does mean just one place for either Paulico or Mroki. I have a selection headache as they are both excellent players. Either some very effective rotation will be needed or I will need to think about selling Elvis should I get a significantly good offer in the summer.

    Finally, Joel was a decent free transfer signing. A young player who should improve. He played a bit part but hopefully the experience was useful for his this season and maybe he will become a good player for us in the future.


    OUT:
    Code:
    | Date               | Person               | To                 | Fee                | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 30.6.2023          | Simão, David         | Free Transfer      | Free               | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 6.7.2023           | García, Tokia        | Nancy              | £1.1M              | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 8.7.2023           | Litterio, Alessandro | Padova             | £500K              | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 15.7.2023          | Quercia, Cataldo     | L'Aquila           | Loan               | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 17.7.2023          | Larsen, Torben       | Triestina          | Loan               | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    |                    | Total                |                    | £1.6M              | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    Really just getting rid of dead wood.

    I thought about keeping Simao on for a bit longer but his age meant that him leaving was probably sensible.

    Garcia hardly played last season so selling him seemed to make sense, although I did regret is slightly during the season as the squad depth was very poor for us.

    Litterio was a club favourite but not good enough and so I cashed in on him.

    The two loans were of young goalkeeper Torben Larsen so that he could get experience and Cataldo Quercia for the same reason. I am beginning to sorely regret my purchase of Quercia. My record in the transfer market isn't as good as I would like it to be. It seems that I was wrong about this young Italian player and I don't honestly think that he will make the grade at the top of the game. Most likely a candidate to leave in the summer.


    Squad Statistics:

    Code:
    | Pkd | Inf | Name               | Position         | Apps    | Gls | Ast | MoM | Pas R | Tck | Drb | K Pas | Sh T| Yel | Red | Av Rat | Nat | Age | Value  | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | GK  | Hol | Quique Arca        | GK               | 45      | 0   | 1   | 1   | 63%   | -   | -   | 1     | -   | 0   | 0   | 6.97   | ESP | 25  | £2.4M  | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | DR  | Hol | Domenico Vetere    | D (RLC)          | 38 (1)  | 0   | 1   | 2   | 78%   | 4.36| 0.24| 21    | 0%  | 12  | 0   | 7.08   | ITA | 29  | £1.9M  | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | DCR | Wnt | Drissa Diarra      | D (C)            | 42      | 2   | 2   | 1   | 68%   | 2.70| 0.10| 3     | 50% | 7   | 0   | 7.03   | MLI | 25  | £2.1M  | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | DCL |     | Ceri Maggs         | D (C)            | 44      | 4   | 1   | 1   | 72%   | 2.63| 0.09| 5     | 43% | 9   | 0   | 7.02   | WAL | 25  | £2.4M  | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | DL  | Hol | Gil Melo           | D/WB (L)         | 37 (1)  | 0   | 2   | 0   | 77%   | 2.63| 0.47| 18    | 0%  | 10  | 0   | 7.06   | BRA | 26  | £3.7M  | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | MR  | Hol | João Paulo         | M/AM (R)         | 33      | 6   | 5   | 1   | 77%   | 1.95| 1.12| 13    | 41% | 5   | 0   | 6.92   | POR | 27  | £2.3M  | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | MCR | Hol | Jan van den Heuvel | DM, M (C)        | 39      | 3   | 5   | 0   | 85%   | 4.25| 0.16| 13    | 42% | 9   | 1   | 7.01   | NED | 25  | £2.2M  | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | MCL | Hol | Davide Petrucci    | M/AM (C)         | 13 (10) | 1   | 1   | 0   | 83%   | 2.11| 0.23| 10    | 23% | 1   | 0   | 6.79   | ITA | 32  | £160K  | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | ML  | Hol | Mile Kujundzija    | M (RL), AM (L)   | 41 (2)  | 7   | 11  | 2   | 76%   | 2.28| 2.63| 29    | 37% | 6   | 0   | 7.14   | CRO | 25  | £3.5M  | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | AMC | Hol | Rafinha            | M/AM (C), ST     | 40 (1)  | 6   | 13  | 2   | 88%   | 2.65| 0.93| 60    | 39% | 13  | 0   | 7.24   | BRA | 31  | £2M    | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | STC |     | Elvis Mroki        | AM (L), ST       | 38 (1)  | 24  | 19  | 8   | 78%   | 2.12| 1.80| 51    | 48% | 11  | 0   | 7.58   | COD | 26  | £4.1M  | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S1  | Hol | Luca Nunziata      | GK               | -       | -   | -   | -   | -     | -   | -   | -     | -   | -   | -   | -      | ITA | 31  | £350K  | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S2  | Hol | Robert Gardner     | D (RL), WB/M (L) | 1 (7)   | 0   | 1   | 0   | 75%   | 5.24| 0.44| 1     | -   | 2   | 0   | 6.35   | NIR | 23  | £350K  | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S3  | Hol | Eduardo            | D (C)            | 4 (8)   | 0   | 0   | 0   | 69%   | 2.12| -   | 0     | 0%  | 1   | 0   | 6.54   | BRA | 29  | £275K  | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S4  | Hol | Serdar Kayan       | DM, M (C)        | 10 (18) | 3   | 2   | 1   | 82%   | 3.82| -   | 4     | 36% | 0   | 0   | 6.94   | TUR | 24  | £1.2M  | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S5  |     | Aaron McQuade      | M (RL), AM (L)   | 12 (26) | 1   | 2   | 1   | 79%   | 2.38| 2.32| 4     | 30% | 2   | 0   | 6.83   | NIR | 24  | £1.9M  | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S6  | Hol | Joel               | AM (LC)          | 3 (10)  | 0   | 2   | 0   | 77%   | 1.11| 1.33| 6     | 9%  | 1   | 0   | 6.64   | ESP | 24  | £2.2M  | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | S7  | Unh | Fuska              | ST               | 8 (3)   | 0   | 0   | 0   | 82%   | 1.14| 1.40| 0     | 50% | 2   | 0   | 6.47   | BRA | 19  | £3.3M  | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -   |     | Hugo Paulico       | ST               | 23 (1)  | 26  | 5   | 9   | 80%   | 1.70| 2.64| 11    | 58% | 7   | 0   | 7.59   | POR | 27  | £7.75M | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -   | Hol | Flavio Conti       | M/AM (L)         | 4 (7)   | 1   | 3   | 0   | 84%   | 1.50| 0.94| 5     | 75% | 3   | 0   | 7.10   | ITA | 24  | £375K  | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -   |     | Marc McCullough    | ST               | 4 (10)  | 2   | 0   | 1   | 69%   | 2.01| 0.55| 2     | 50% | 1   | 0   | 6.75   | NIR | 24  | £1.5M  | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -   |     | Declan Adams       | D (RC)           | 13 (3)  | 0   | 2   | 0   | 67%   | 2.58| 0.15| 3     | -   | 8   | 0   | 6.79   | NIR | 22  | £1.3M  | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -   | Hol | Graeme Bell        | M/AM (C), ST     | 3 (1)   | 0   | 0   | 0   | 76%   | 1.74| -   | 2     | 33% | 0   | 0   | 6.55   | ENG | 20  | £500K  | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

    Key players:

    Hugo Paulico - this guy is my hero. Scored a ton of goals for us again this season. His goals to games ratio is outstanding. Had he not been injured for such a long period with a torn hamstring, he would have been top scorer of Serie A for the second year running, I feel sure of it.

    Rafinha - A quality player. This year I tested my theory that he would make a better 'number 8' in a deeper role rather than a 'number 10' behind the striker. We played straight up 4-4-2 with him in the middle. I think, however, that we were far more effective when we switched to 4-4-1-1 and he returned to his advanced midfield position as an advanced playmaker. I think this is where he will stay now and I'll most likely give him the number 10 shirt again next season.

    Elvis Mroki - Brilliant striker. Combined well with Paulico whilst we were playing 4-4-2. Then took over whilst Paulico was injured and scored a bunch of great goals. A very talented player. I have a selection headache for next season as I intend to switch to 4-4-1-1 so he and Paulico may be rotating with each other. Seems a waste so I'll have to see if any amazing offers come in for him this summer.

    Mile Kujundzija - Great wide player who did the business again for us this season. I really need to work on the other wide position as we rely on Kujundzija and Melo down the left. Down the right, we are much less effective.


    Next Season:

    I got significant improvement this season and my first breakthrough with Verona in the top flight. Next season, we have to go for European qualification again as a priority, whether that is Europa again or even Champions League if we can overachieve. I think top 5 would be my aim but there are a lot of sides of similar ability around that area of the table so it'll be tough. We'll also have less money to compete than most of the top half sides so we'll need to spend wisely.

    I will need to keep things fairly consistent and not make too many signings. In terms of my tactical ideas, I feel more confident moving forward with the 4-4-1-1 and so this will be the system to build around for next season.


    Career Overview:

    Code:
    Season    Team			League                   Position    Achievements/outcomes
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    2011/12   A.C. Giacomense	Serie C2/A	         18th        (Took over after 18 games) Relegated
    2012/13   A.C. Mezzocorona	Serie C2/B	         9th         
    2013/14   A.C. Mezzocorona	Serie C2/B	         2nd         Promoted!
    2014/15   A.C. Mezzocorona	Serie C1/A	         8th         Overachievers!
    2015/16   A.C. Perugia Calcio	Serie C1/B	         13th        (Took over after 13 games)
    2016/17   A.C. Perugia Calcio	Serie C1/B	         2nd         Promoted via play-offs! Serie C Cup winners!
    2017/18   A.C. Perugia Calcio	Serie B	         	 N/A         (Left after 16 games with the team in 18th place)
    2017/18   Brescia Calcio	Serie B	         	 10th        (Joined after 16 games with the team in 14th place)
    2018/19   Brescia Calcio	Serie B	         	 N/A	     (Resigned after 34 games with the team in 13th place)
    2019/20   Hellas Verona F.C.	Serie B	         	 2nd	     (Joined after 15 games, team in 14th place) - Promoted!
    2020/21   Hellas Verona F.C.	Serie A	         	 17th	     Survival
    2021/22   Hellas Verona F.C.	Serie A	         	 11th	     
    2022/23   Hellas Verona F.C.	Serie A	         	 10th	     
    2023/24   Hellas Verona F.C.	Serie A	         	 6th	     TIM Cup winners!


    My A.C. Giacomense Record (2011 - 2012 [133 days]):

    Code:
    P 	W 	D 	L 	F	A	Win % 		Competitions Won / Achievements
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    19	5	7	7	17	23	26%		None

    My A.C. Mezzocorona Record (2012 - 2015 [1085 days]):

    Code:
    P 	W 	D 	L 	F	A	Win % 		Competitions Won / Achievements
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    143	57	43	43	179	153	39%		Lega Pro Seconda Divisione Girone B Runners-up

    My A.C. Perugia Calcio Record (2015 - 2017 [739 days]):

    Code:
    P 	W 	D 	L 	F	A	Win % 		Competitions Won / Achievements
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    91	43	22	26	148 	110	47%		Coppa Italia di Lega Pro Winners!
    								Lega Pro Prima Divisione Runners-up
    								Lega Pro Prima Divisione Play-off Winners!

    My Brescia Calcio Record (2017 - 2019 [497 days]):

    Code:
    P 	W 	D 	L 	F	A	Win % 		Competitions Won / Achievements
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    62	24	19	19 	82	76	38%

    My Hellas Verona F.C. Record (2019 - Present [1718 days]):

    Code:
    P 	W 	D 	L 	F	A	Win % 		Competitions Won / Achievements
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    190	80	48	62 	264	208	42%		Serie B Runners-up
    								TIM Cup Winners!
    Last edited by crouchaldinho; 07-09-2012 at 16:07.

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    Nice job on the cup and steady progression in the past years of the league.

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    Thanks Cerud!

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    Brilliant season! Aside from that 8-game winless run that definitely was Champions League qualification form - just a bit more quality in depth and you'll be there. I'd consider retraining Mroki to AMC - his passing, creativity and composure are all more than good enough to be a trequartista, not to mention his outstanding dead ball ability. What I certainly wouldn't do is sell him - he's awesome!

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    Have fun in Europe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeXe View Post
    Brilliant season! Aside from that 8-game winless run that definitely was Champions League qualification form - just a bit more quality in depth and you'll be there. I'd consider retraining Mroki to AMC - his passing, creativity and composure are all more than good enough to be a trequartista, not to mention his outstanding dead ball ability. What I certainly wouldn't do is sell him - he's awesome!
    Thanks SnakeXe.

    Yeah, and I think you're right about Mroki, so I'll be retraining him! Seems obvious but I hadn't thought of it yet, although I think I would have got there in the end! ;)

    I wasn't really intending on selling unless I got a very big offer.

    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Have fun in Europe.
    Thanks! I'll try!

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    Just thought I would give you my first post, after being a long time lurker I can say your updates are great, I have read this and your Saints one and there both brilliant.

    As you can no doubt tell from my Username I am a huge fan of Italian football and you have inspired me to look at starting my own career Italian thread.

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    Thanks! Honoured to have your first post in my career thread.

    Look forward to you starting your own Italian career thread soon!

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