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3 hours ago, Pompeyboyz said:

Why not adding Croatia as they are technically a bordering nation separated only by the Adriatic Sea, or is that not counted?

Did you only allow the British Nations and Ireland as acceptable while managing Curzon Ashton?

Afterall you did allow Morocco while in Spain

1. Yeah I’m not counting maritime borders at this stage unless they’re islands with no land borders. Some countries have a huge amount of maritime and land borders and it might slow the game down too much to have both.

2. when I managed in England only Wales, England, Ireland, Scotland and Northern Ireland were acceptable. The ridiculous amount of maritime borders they had would’ve slowed the game down too much, and just seemed more realistic with all the brexit rules.
 

3. Spain have a couple of enclaves that share a land border with Morocco, which is why they were included. 

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2021 Preseason

 

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A slow start to the preseason, but we adapted quickly with solid wins over non-league opposition. 

 

 

 

Transfers

 

Unbelievably, I made no transfers. We couldn't sign anyone on a free that was better than our current squad. There's a first time for everything I guess!

 

 

 

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Not predicted last anymore, so let's see how we go.

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6 hours ago, karanhsingh said:

Somehow just discovered this thread. Amazing work!

 

8 hours ago, corinthiano said:

Congrats on completing Spain and good luck with Grosseto!

 

Thanks guys :D

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December 2021

 

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Solid, with two big wins. We're exceeding expectations, but the second half of the year is usually where my teams really hit their straps.

 

 

 

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Only a good keeper coming in. Oh well.

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February 2022

 

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An atrocious home run, ending with a terrible performance against relegation candidates. We're still in a strong position, but not for long if we keep playing like this.

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Scraped into the playoffs and duly dismissed by Gubbio. Next season might be tough, as we relied a lot on loaned players this season.

 

 

 

Best XI

 

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Davide Barosi  -  Filippo Moscati  -  Matteo Ghisolfi

 

 

 

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Record Breakers/Awards

 

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Progress

 

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2022 Preseason

 

Transfers

 

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There's a reliance on loans, but we have to do what we we can to climb the ladder.

 

 

 

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Giacomo joins us permanently after a successful loan spell last season.

 

 

 

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Klampfer is the first of a few non-Italians we've signed this season, and will be Siniega's partner at CB.

 

 

 

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Our WBs. Hodzic is another Slovenian, signed from the Spanish lower leagues, and Perri is loaned from Serie B Perdenone.

 

 

 

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Our two DMs for the season have roots in Serie A clubs, Bertini on loan from Lazio and Serena from Venezia after a successful loan spell with us last season.

 

 

 

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Another Serie A loan, Raimondo will try his hand at AM.

 

 

 

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Parsemain is massive get for a club at this level, I'm expecting him to bang in the goals. Owen is also no slouch up front.

 

 

 

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Played teams that were at most on our level, and positive results.

 

 

 

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A huge increase in expectations, as we're now predicted in the playoffs.

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16 hours ago, zethani said:

Why is Siena in purple? Do you have a club link?

Yeah, Siena is our juior affiliate and we have a senor affiliate with pro Patria, both of which are Serie C clubs. Bit strange, but still interesting.

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February 2023

 

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Injuries begin to creep in, and we drop a few results. Just like that Pescara have jumped us, and although we have a game in hand it's still quite close.

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March 2023

 

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We had 5 players out injured in our 4-0 loss, and Pescara took advantage, jumping us and are now in a box office seat for automatic. How quickly things change.

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April 2023

 

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We did what we could, but Pescara stayed ahead. It's time for the playoffs, where if we keep this form up there's no reason we can't join them in the Serie B.

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Promoted! It was easier then I thought it would be, especially after our first game. Next season will be tough, but out budget is huge so we'll be able to sign plenty of guys hopefully.

 

 

 

Best XI

 

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Marco Bertini  -  Filippo Serena  -  Adis Hodžić

 

 

 

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Awards/Record Breakers

 

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Progress

 

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2023 Preseason

 

Transfers

 

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A heavy, heavy reliance on loan players. There's no limit in the Serie B, and they all had affordable wages, so why not?

 

 

 

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Klampfer rejoins us for a second stint at the club.

 

 

 

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Molinari joins us from our affiliate Pro Patria. He'll be the Libero.

 

 

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Claudio Gomes is a player who has played at some impressive clubs like PSG and Man City. Fortunately for us, they didn't work out and he'll be our RWB this season.

 

 

 

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Partnering Claudio is Bernasconi, loaned from fellow Serie B side Cremonese.

 

 

 

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Our DMs. Faticanti is an exciting prospect loaned from Roma, and Mbock was a cheap buy from Freiburg.

 

 

 

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Florenzi is another loan from a Serie B club, and is our Shadow Striker.

 

 

 

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Our two men p front, Parsemain joins us again and will hopefully score some more goals, while Pagano is another exciting prospect from Roma.

 

 

 

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A fairly lacklustre preseason, eliminated from the cup before it even began. I'll put that down to team cohesion at this stage.

 

 

 

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Predicted last, but I can't say I'm too surprised.

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September 2023

 

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We finally beat Pescara, but went on a losing streak after that. I'm refusing to be negative, we were really unlucky with most of the results, with the players just running out of steam late.

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November 2023

 

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A tough month fixture wise given our current form, but we beat the team coming first at the time, knocking them off top spot, before drawing to the team that took over the lead. Could this be the start of a turnaround?

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December 2023

 

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Udinese end our 8 game winning streak, but we're definitely in a good spot.

 

 

 

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Another keeper expected which isn't ideal, but the outlook is better than the previous intakes we've had.

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January 2024

 

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We split the pair of games, and we're still in touch with the top half.

 

 

Transfers (Out)

 

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A youth product with low potential is the first to leave.

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April 2024

 

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A slight stumble, but we've snuck into a playoff spot with 3 games left with a favourable run home. We have relegation candidates Cosenza and Cittadella at home, but 4th place Ascoli away. We should deal with the home games quite comfortably, but we'll need a little luck.

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We did everything right to make the playoffs, but after a valiant effort we're out in the Preliminary Round. It's still been an amazing first season in the Serie B though.

 

 

 

Best XI

 

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Aldo Florenzi  -  Enej Klampfer  -  Alexandre Parsemain

 

 

 

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Award Winners/Record Breakers

 

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Progress

 

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2024 Preseason

 

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Very loan heavy once more, but until we hit the Serie A we can't really afford to do anything else.

 

 

 

Centre Backs

 

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Arabat will join us permanently for cheap at the end of, and Klampfer gets a third straight season on loan with us.

 

 

Wing Backs

 

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Pierozzi is a former Fiorentina junior, and Alinei is an exciting prospect from Napoli.

 

 

 

Attacking Midfielder

 

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We convince Roma to let us have Pagano for a second season.

 

 

 

Strikers

 

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Talbi is a player I remember from the Spanish leg of this save, so to grab him this early is a pretty strong move, and Redaoui looks to be a real go getter too.

 

 

 

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A decent result against Hellas, but we really turned it on in the final two games, especially against a fellow Serie B side in Taranto.

 

 

 

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The team predicted last is Taranto. But we've proven that we're better than 19th anyway.

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December 2024

 

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A very symmetrical month, and we end the year midtable. Bordeaux have also recalled striker Talbi so our firepower is a little restricted.

 

 

 

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Looks like 4 quality players are on the horizon here.

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February 2025

 

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It may not look like it, but we're really struggling. Our other loanee striker has been recalled because he wasn't being played as a poacher (something that really should be fixed in future FM editions), we have a plethora of injuries, and we can't play who I want because everybody is unavailable playing in the U20 and U18 games. Frustrating, but what can you do?

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