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Introduction

I guess everyone knows this challenge already and this might be more of the same, but I decided to do it seriously for my first time ever. I never made any real progress on the National Team side of the challenge and this time I'll be looking to change this. For this save I'm using a custom file that puts San Marino Calcio on the Serie D (4th tier of Italian football). In real life, there's a club called Cattolica Calcio San Marino, the result of a merge between Cattolica Calcio and San Marino Calcio. This club played the 2019/20 season in Serie D and they were there in this file, but I exchanged them and the extinct San Marino Calcio. Cattolica Calcio is now extinct so they shouldn't appear at any point during the save. The end goal is winning the World Cup with San Marino so this challenge might never be completed by me, but I'm creating this thread anyways to track my progress as the threads for the challenge are gone (FM21) and dead (FM20). This save is in FM20 and I won't be in charge of the San Marino national team from the start of the save. I have some "achievements" and some of them involve youth teams, so I might manage the San Marino U19 or U21 before i get to the Senior.

I'll be starting the save as Andy Selva, the greatest goalscorer ever for the national team with 8 goals and former San Marino Calcio player, with 4 goals in 29 games. My plan is getting to the Serie A as soon as possible to get enough money to improve my youth system. I'll also try to get affiliated clubs in the San Marino league to keep my prospects playing.

 

San Marino Calcio

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Club objectives

  • Be promoted from Serie D (L4) – 
  • Be promoted from Lega Pro (L3) –  
  • Be promoted from Serie B (L2) – 
  • Get to the TIM Cup Final –
  • Qualify to Europa League –
  • Qualify to Champions League –
  • Win the TIM Cup –  
  • Win the Serie A –
  • Win the Europa League –
  • Win the Champions League – 
  • Win the FIFA Club World Cup – 
  • Win the TIM Cup with a Sammarinese-only team – 
  • Win the Serie A with a Sammarinese-only team – 
  • Win the Europa League with a Sammarinese-only team – 
  • Win the Champions League with a Sammarinese-only team – 
  • Win the FIFA Club World Cup with a Sammarinese-only team – 

 

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National Team objectives

  • Win a match – 
  • Play in Nations League C – 
  • Play in Nations League B – 
  • Play in Nations League A – 
  • Get to FIFA Top 150 – 
  • Get to FIFA Top 100 – 
  • Get to FIFA Top 75 – 
  • Get to FIFA Top 50 – 
  • Get to FIFA Top 25 – 
  • Get to FIFA Top 10 – 
  • Get to FIFA Top 5 – 
  • Become FIFA's best ranked nation – 
  • Qualify to the Euro -
  • Qualify to the World Cup -
  • Win the Euro -
  • Win the World Cup -

Youth National Team objectives

  • Qualify to the Euro U21 -
  • Qualify to the Euro U19 -
  • Win the Euro U21 -
  • Win the Euro U19 -
  • Qualify to the Olympic Games – 
  • Win the Olympic Games – 
  • Qualify to the World Cup U20 - 
  • Win the World Cup U20 - 

 

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Player objectives

  • Get a club-produced player to win a Serie A POTY - 
  • Get a club-produced player to be nominated for a Ballon d'Or - 
  • Get a club-produced player to win a Ballon d'Or - 
  • Get a club-produced player to be nominated for a The Best - 
  • Get a club-produced player to win a The Best - 
  • Get a nation-produced player to win a Serie A POTY - 
  • Get a nation-produced player to be nominated for a Ballon d'Or - 
  • Get a nation-produced player to win a Ballon d'Or - 
  • Get a nation-produced player to be nominated for a The Best - 
  • Get a nation-produced player to win a The Best - 
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Save setup

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I also have loaded all Sammarinese players plus players from top clubs of every country, for a total of 120,000 players.

 

The manager

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I decided to start with a Continental C License because Andy Selva has already managed the San Marino U17s. In our timeline this is actually where he came from to manage the San Marino Calcio and its project. I also have Professional player at national level as my past playing experience. He spent most of his career playing in Italy but he's known exclusively for his time with the San Marino NT.

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The start

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Initial squad

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I simply transferred all players from Cattolica Calcio before turning them extinct, and this is our first squad.

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Preseason 2019/20

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We started out our career losing the 2 first games, including one against Sammarinese club La Fiorita. After this we won everything, including our first official match on the Coppa Serie D First Round. Luckily we won it as it could have been the end of our participation in the greatest competition of the year (technically it's the Serie D as it gives the promotion we want, but the Coppa has all Serie D teams together).

We also hired Massimo Bonini, the greatest Sammarinese player ever. He won the 1984-85 Champions League as a starter for Juventus and played almost 200 games for them from 1981 to 1988. He only played 19 games with the National Team as he only got his first cap in 1990, when he was 31. According to Wikipedia:

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"Since the San Marino Football Federation was not officially recognised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) until 1990, players from San Marino were assimilated to Italian players. For this reason, Bonini was entitled to play for the Italian Football Federation and actually played for the Italian Under-21 football team. Since he always refused to give up the citizenship of San Marino, he had to wait until 1990 in order to play for San Marino's first team, winning 19 full caps since then. He played his first match for San Marino against Switzerland on 14 November 1990."

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He wasn't the official best option for the role but I liked the idea of having him in the club.

 

Transfers

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All free transfers as I realocated the budget to 100% wage. The best players arriving are Andrea Giuseppini (RB) and Victor Fundi (ST).

 

Victor Fundi (England)

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Andrea Giuseppini (Italy)

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September 2019

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Poor start to the league but we are on the top half of the table. We also advanced to the Third Round on the Coppa, when we'll be facing Recanatese, the team 1 position above us.

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October 2019

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Another win in the Coppa but we are still not convincing in the league. We'll now be facing Cartigliano in the Coppa.

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November 2019

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Our first great month and we are already 3rd in the league and in the Coppa QFs.

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The first month we end inside the playoff zone, but we have to aim higher since the 1st place grants automatic promotion.

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December 2019

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We had a good December and only dropped points away to Recanatese, who is chasing us for the 1st place. We are also in the semifinals of the Coppa.

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First time we end the month in such a good place. I hope we can keep this form going.

 

Season's first half stats - Team

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Season's first half stats - League

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San Marino NT - 2019

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Amazing campaign for our standards. This is the first San Marino official win ever! We still lost 3 positions in FIFA Ranking since the beginning of the save: we went from 201th to 204th.

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January 2020

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Good win against Campobasso, hopefully we don't mess this up. I rotated the squad against Chieti and saw our first loss in a while.

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Our 1st place is in danger now.

 

Youth intake preview

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Excellent group of players, looking forward to see the "plenty of promise" full-back and the striker "who has caught the eye".

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February 2020

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This month was so bad I even forgot to screenshot the table. At least we are in the Coppa final, when we'll be playing Palermo.

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March 2020

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March was a little better than February but we still ended up 6 points behind the 1st place. Hopes of automatic promotion are nearly gone.

 

Youth intake

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That's what the game called a fine prospect! 4,5 stars CA is huge already. Sadly he's also Argentinian and this is probably going to be a problem for the National Team as he will refuse the first call-ups until he realizes he has no chance on the Argentinian NT. Apart from him Matteo Stefanelli and Luca Raschi might also be good despite their negative personalities.

 

David Fleitas (20A)

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Matteo Stefanelli (20B)

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Luca Raschi (20C)

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San Marino local youth intake

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I'll also be scouting the youth intakes from the clubs in the Sammarinese league every year and if we get a good prospect I'll bring him in. All teams are amateur by now but hopefully this will change in the future. We don't have many scouts so it takes some time to scout everybody. Intakes from the Sammarinese league summed up to a total of 207 players. From the ones I have already scouted, the best player is Moreno Salvelli, from Folgore. I already signed him and he's joining us in July.

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April 2020

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I don't know how exactly we are mathematically guaranteed in the Playoffs but I'll take it. We also had the first matches of David Fleitas, our top prospect, who scored twice in his second match.

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End of 2019/20 season

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We will be staying here in Serie D for one more season.

 

Season stats - Team

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Season stats - League

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Season stats - Players (sorted by minutes)

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Teams from San Marino in European football

Tre Penne

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La Fiorita

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Tre Fiori

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Football in San Marino - 2019/20

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This is not the real format. I added San Marino Academy, a team who is on the original DB, to the league to make it a 16-team competition. My intention is to make these teams play a little bit more than they do in real life.

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Preseason 2020/21

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3 wins in August against Serie D opponents and 1 comfortable win in July against the Serie C side Campodarsego.

 

Transfers

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We already lost our top prospect. He was way bigger than we are right now and the board decided to let him go while still keeping 15% of his next sale. I think we'll get a great amount from this clause.

 

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I had to sign lots of players because more than half of the old squad is gone after their contracts expired.

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October 2020

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We lost before the round of 16, quite an early exit for us in a competition I thought we could win this year. At least we are still crushing in the league, with the best defence and the second best attack.

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November 2020

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Only 1 goal conceded in the month, against the last placed team. We could be way more comfortable if we had won against Fano but we are still in good position here.

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December 2020

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We finally lost in the league and had a hard time on the following match. Things might be turning here but at this point we are basically guaranteed in the playoffs at least.

 

Season's first half stats - Team

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Season's first half stats - League

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Season's first half stats - Players

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18 hours ago, oche balboa said:

Nice mate. 

 

What file did you use for this?

I used the Fusion DB file for the Italian leagues (it goes up to L7 and there's a version for 20.4), exchanging Catollica for San Marino. For the San Marino, I used one from Timo and added San Marino Academy to make it 16 teams.

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January 2021

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We lost twice in a month, one of them being to a team in relegation.

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We are tied now.

 

Youth intake preview

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I don't even know what to think about this intake. There seems to be great players everywhere and I'm pretty sure I'll be disappointed. It's a golden generation so I'm full of hope.

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March 2021

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Another good month for us. Fano did exactly the same as we did, with 7 points in 3 games, and we still lead the competition 4 points ahead of them. We have 5 games to secure this automatic spot in Serie C.

 

Youth intake

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I had higher hopes because of the amazing preview we had, but that's alright. The 2,5 CA Horacio Montemurro looks amazing for us, sadly he won't be able to help us in the NT. I just wish we don't get stolen like we did with David Fleitas.

 

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Was sad to see this original challenge to go because of the reality. Montemurro looks class. Good luck in your endeavours!

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23 minutes ago, scarp said:

Was sad to see this original challenge to go because of the reality. Montemurro looks class. Good luck in your endeavours!

Looks like next season a new team from San Marino will be in the Italian league system again.  I believe they will be at L5 (Eccellenza), so it should be back to a real San Marino Challenge.

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15 hours ago, scarp said:

Was sad to see this original challenge to go because of the reality. Montemurro looks class. Good luck in your endeavours!

Thanks! I was sad too when San Marino Calcio went bankrupt, I liked following them in real-life. About Montemurro, I hope I can keep him at least.

 

15 hours ago, duesouth said:

Looks like next season a new team from San Marino will be in the Italian league system again.  I believe they will be at L5 (Eccellenza), so it should be back to a real San Marino Challenge.

Amazing timing for me if it happens! I always skip one edition of FM so I'm getting the 22. Would it be a "new version" of San Marino Calcio or a completely new one? Hope you come back to the challenge someday, I enjoyed reading your posts on the FM20 challenge thread

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April 2021

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We lost to Fano but 3 wins in a month guaranteed us the trophy! I'll give some playing time to youth prospects in the last match and we'll be in Serie C. I don't know about our status though. Everyone in Serie C is professional and we are still semipro. We'll also participate in Serie D Poule Scudetto, a little tournament between the 9 group winners of Serie D. I don't know about FM20, but this competition has been a problem in the past years as it makes us go into the next season before being able to turn pro.

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End of 2020/21 season

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Hat-trick in his first professional match! Looking forward to see more of him. The two draws got us out of the Poule Scudetto, but it doesn't matter much.

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Season stats - Team

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Season stats - League

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Season stats - Players (sorted by minutes)

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Teams from San Marino in European football

Folgore

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Tre Penne

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La Fiorita

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Football in San Marino - 2020/21

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7 hours ago, hrmantovani said:

Amazing timing for me if it happens! I always skip one edition of FM so I'm getting the 22. Would it be a "new version" of San Marino Calcio or a completely new one? Hope you come back to the challenge someday, I enjoyed reading your posts on the FM20 challenge thread

It sounds like it's going to be a completely new team.  Much stronger links to the Sammarinese FA - I believe they are expecting more Sammarinese players to play for the club and from an FM22 standpoint, we should get mostly Sammarinese players in our youth intakes.

Good luck with your save - I'll be following/reading!

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Preseason 2021/22

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This preseason was harder than the previous ones as the Coppa Italia began long before I could finish my transfers, but gladly we are still alive.

 

Transfers

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No transfers out, we only lost players due to contract expiration. But we got our first offer for Horacio Montemurro (21A) already, from Ascoli. It's pretty bad but means teams are looking at him.

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Season preview

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We are not predicted last but still far far away from surviving.

 

Others

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We'll turn professional for the next season, but we still have to go through this one being semipro.

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November 2021

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5 points ahead of relegation, 2 more than last month. It's just a matter of keep this form and we are going to survive.

 

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Our first improvement to youth facilities was finally approved this month. 

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December 2021

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Perfect month! It doesn't necessarily mean the team is much better as 2 opponents are among the worst teams in the league, but we are really far from the red zone now. Promotion might be too much for us though.

 

Season's first half stats - Team

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Season's first half stats - Players

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March 2022

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Basically guaranteed to stay, but being only 1 position above the red zone is sad.

 

Youth intake

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Awful, as expected. Nobody will ever be close to being first-team material, but I'll sign the A-G ones. The CB mentioned in the preview is Cristian Muccioli (22D).

 

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End of 2021/22 season

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Ending the season in a good form including 2 games in 2 consecutive days. Way closer to promotion playoffs than the relegation ones and way above our media predictions (19th). Next season we are going pro and I expect this to considerably raise our level.

 

Season stats - Team

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Season stats - League

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Season stats - Players (sorted by minutes)

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Football in San Marino - 2020/21

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I just realized the team is receiving absurd amounts of money from players sales that are not even happening. Not sure what's going on here but sooner or later this will make the save too easy as the financial aspect is one of the most important ones... I already played 3 seasons so I'm not sure I'll be restarting the save but if I do I'll edit the previous posts

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