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    I am a teacher and a football fanatic, whether playing it myself or on FM. First started playing football management games back in 1997 and haven't stopped since! Occasionally skip a few versions if I have a save that I love.

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  1. Carlo Proietti was a newgen from 2019-20 (so the year I holidayed through) so if you count him then yes. 366 league appearances so far and 27 years old. Will probably be with me for another 5-6 years so may hit 500 (I rotate quite a bit). What is very impressive is he's survived me relegating him to sub in at least 3 seasons so far and has then emerged as my most important midfielder yet again.
  2. FM19 Bari update - Season 11 + 12 Season 11 (2029-2030) When I last updated, we had won Serie A for the second time having won it two years before. We headed into this season hoping for a pop at the Champions League, the trophy needed to complete the challenge. I didn't enjoy this season much (you can tell from the lack of screenshots!), despite winning the league again. Atalanta finished second on 73 points, so at no point did I really feel under threat. Our champions league path was much more exciting, and we made the final, on the way our newest striking sensation becoming the youngest goalscorer in the competition. However, here Atalanta pipped us to the trophy, and despite being 1-0 up and playing really well, I never really believed we were going to win it. I think part of the reason for my lack of enjoyment was the lack of goals from my forwards. Tortora, our 21 goal striker from last season, suffered a 10 month injury, while Parlato, our only other highly rated striker, was again hugely inconsistent. Long gone are the days of him top scoring as he did in Season 5,6,7 and 9. As our squad improves overall, teams sit a lot deeper and this has led to an increase in goals from other positions, as shown by my top scorer being CM Fiorentino on 12. However, I made the decision in the summer of season 11 to ship out Tortora and Parlato and reset with the youngsters to give them a chance. Squad shot 1 Squad shot 2 Transfers Youth intake (one real potential star here - will keep an eye on him!) Season 12 Starting this season, the only goal was champions league success. Last seasons failure in the final meant I was determined to win it. I also realised we had never won the League Cup, so I decided to play my first team in this too. We won the super cup, and also won the league cup, so half way through the season, things were looking good. An excellent Champions League Quarter final win over Arsenal meant we were drawn against Atalanta in the semis. This time, we beat them! We then went on to win the final against Barcelona, so we've completed the challenge!! Celebrating the Quadruple is a fantastic way to do it. There are some players in particular who deserve praise for this and last season. Our Gk, Palumbo, is fast developing into a top goalkeeper. He has already played over 70 league games, meaning he could smash our records for all time appearances if he reaches his potential. Scarcella, top assists from last season and top scorer this season - a superb player despite some average stats! Criscuolo is now my main striker, and had an OK season despite injury. However, I'm really hoping in the long term Antonioli (squad shot below) takes over the mantle as he can be brilliant but is very inconsistent. Fiorentino may not be the best player, but his stats aren't bad in key areas and his goalscoring has been incredible! Top scorer last year and double figures this year. In AMC we have two excellent talents, Boakye and Morini (wonderkid). By far the strongest part of the squad. Squad shot 1 Squad shot 2 Youth Transfers Future plans I don't really have the time currently (8 month old son) to justify buying Fm20 and starting again, so may just plod along with this save and see how good some of these young players get, and how many trophies I can win! I may update further every few seasons (depending how far I get) so good luck to all in the meantime! Season League Finish Finances Youth facilities Training facilities Youth recruitment Junior coaching Top scorer Top assists 1 Serie C 1st £2.8 million Average Average Above average Average Simeri (23) Bollini (11) 2 Serie B 7th (lost in play off semis) £2.4 million Good Good Established Adequate Simeri (11) Ottalenghi (7) 3 Serie B 9th £2.95 million Good Great Established Exceptional Simeri (7) Paba 21D (7) 4 Serie B 2nd (promoted) £7 million Great Great Established Exceptional Rossi (11) Margagliotti 20C (9) 5 Serie A 5th (qualified for Euro Cup) £30 million Great Excellent Extensive Exceptional Parlato (11) Margagliotti 20C (8) 6 Serie A 5th (qualified for Euro Cup) £72 million Excellent Superb Extensive Exceptional Parlato (20) Parise, Margagliotti and Bernardini (8) 7 Serie A 5th (qualified for Euro Cup) £101 million Superb State of the art Extensive Exceptional Parlato (16) Margagliotti (11) 8 Serie A 1st!! £136 million State of the art State of the art Extensive Exceptional Tortora (21) Troiano (12) 9 Serie A 2nd £178 million State of the art Superb Extensive Exceptional Parlato (17) Dibenedetto (8) 10 Serie A 1st £175 million State of the art State of the art Extensive Exceptional Tortora (21) Dibenedetto (11) 11 Serie A 1st £230 million State of the art State of the art Extensive Exceptional Matteo Fiorentino (12) Alessio Scarcella (13) 12 Seria A 1st £304 million State of the art State of the art Extensive Exceptional Scarcella (15) Scarcella (14)
  3. Bari Season 10 (2028/29) Update: FM 19 (I'll post here for now and move to other thread if needed) Last season saw us in our first champions league campaign after winning Serie A, and we still managed to finish second, however I'd lost some of the passion for the save during the first part of the season. Towards the end I rediscovered it having settled on a smaller squad of 23 players, which I find much more enjoyable as I like to ensure everybody in my main squad gets playing time. Starting the 2028/29 season I was much happier with the squad in general, although a few issues needed ironing out. Main squad start of the season Second string Boakye's contract was up in 2029, and as you can see he is by far my best player. In addition, Favot, my second best player (despite a horrible jumping stat he rarely gets caught out for it!) was making noises about leaving, although these were quickly squashed. I tried to sell Boakye, but Man City's £60 million bid came with too many clauses. Then to my delight, Boakye withdrew his transfer request of 18 months and signed a new contract! (The image of his stats was taken just after this which is why it says 2033 there!). Serie A We have always struggled to beat Atalanta, and having secured 2 draws and 2 wins from our opening 4 games, we faced them away. Expecting a drubbing, I played quite defensively, but we hit them on the break repeatedly and smashed them 3-0! We went on a decent run of 4 wins and 1 loss from our next 5 games to move top of the pile after 10 games played. Unlike in previous seasons we seemed to be winning on merit rather than runs of grinding out wins, followed by 1 or 2 heavy losses to top teams (especially away from home). At various points we beat our record of winning games in a row and staying unbeaten. By the time we faced Atalanta again, we were already top and another victory meant we moved 8 points clear. From then on, it was relatively simple and we secured our second title win in three years! I have to say, I have noticed a distinct lack of high points totals in Serie A and Serie B for that matter. In both title wins, 80 ish points would have been enough. A far cry from when Juventus were dominating the league before our promotion. Can't complain though! Champions League This year I was very proud of our improved performance in this competition. We performed superbly in our group, beating Real Madrid away on our way to topping the group. More was to follow, as we demolished Man City and Arsenal before falling to an away goal against PSG in the semi-finals, the eventual winners. Awards Manager of the Year, Club of the Year (lost the screenshots for these somewhere) Player of the year (one of my best youth prospects) Midfielder of the year (another of my best youth prospects) Top scorer (a first for my Bari team) Squad news, youth intake The youth intake was poor this year, for the first time no 4.5-5* potential players. I signed a few on just to see if anything comes of them. In terms of the squad, I am very happy with the strength in depth in all positions bar LB. GK I have Palumbo who will start more and more to hopefully improve over my starting GK Ferrari, who has done well, but his Serie B quality is becoming more obvious as my squad improves as a general. Although I'm still overachieving, the overall ability of my squad is approaching at least top 6 quality and I expect a more realistic challenge for the Champions League title in the next 2-3 years. GK and Def Mid and Att In the reserves I have a number of young players with high potential, who will be promoted as and when an opportunity arrives. This is the main reason I'm not too concerned over the youth intake from this year. Transfers Nothing of note, struggling to sell on my average players if I'm honest! Other news Finances were doing great, but then I decided to ask for a stadium expansion as we're filling capacity more and more - they only went and gave me a sizeable increase! Finances still very healthy obviously as you can see from the summary below! Next season I guess the target remains Champions League glory, however, I'd settle for another season of youth progression with some of my best prospects so that the entire squad is able to handle the top teams more effectively. Although there was progress this season against the top teams, away from home I have no answer other than 'park the bus' and get a 0-0 bore draw, more often than not. Season League Finish Finances Youth facilities Training facilities Youth recruitment Junior coaching Top scorer Top assists 1 Serie C 1st £2.8 million Average Average Above average Average Simeri (23) Bollini (11) 2 Serie B 7th (lost in play off semis) £2.4 million Good Good Established Adequate Simeri (11) Ottalenghi (7) 3 Serie B 9th £2.95 million Good Great Established Exceptional Simeri (7) Paba 21D (7) 4 Serie B 2nd (promoted) £7 million Great Great Established Exceptional Rossi (11) Margagliotti 20C (9) 5 Serie A 5th (qualified for Euro Cup) £30 million Great Excellent Extensive Exceptional Parlato (11) Margagliotti 20C (8) 6 Serie A 5th (qualified for Euro Cup) £72 million Excellent Superb Extensive Exceptional Parlato (20) Parise, Margagliotti and Bernardini (8) 7 Serie A 5th (qualified for Euro Cup) £101 million Superb State of the art Extensive Exceptional Parlato (16) Margagliotti (11) 8 Serie A 1st!! £136 million State of the art State of the art Extensive Exceptional Tortora (21) Troiano (12) 9 Serie A 2nd £178 million State of the art Superb Extensive Exceptional Parlato (17) Dibenedetto (8) 10 Serie A 1st £175 million State of the art State of the art Extensive Exceptional Tortora (21) Dibenedetto (11)
  4. Can we still post FM19 updates in here, or should we use the old post from last year for that?
  5. Bari Season 9 update 2027/28 League - finished 2nd Having won the league last season, this season was always going to be interesting in terms of whether we could keep up our incredible over achievement. Additionally, with the birth of my first child, I've found playing time much harder to come by so it's taken me 4 months to complete the latest season. For large parts of the season I wasn't enjoying the team - I played 33 players in league matches which just goes to show how unsure I was off which first team players were truly first team and which young players were worth playing to aid their development. In fact, for the last third of the season I ended up focusing mostly on working out my squad for the next season as we looked very likely to fail to make the champions league places, residing in 5th for most of the back end of the season. However, this game has a way of suddenly recapturing your interest, and some superb end of season form pushed us back in contention. Indeed, after 35 games we could still technically win the league! It didn't end up happening as you can see, but 2nd place is a superb achievement once again. Cups I really wanted to win the Italian Cup this season, but went out at the semi-final stage to a much improved Udinese side. Success in the Super Cup and Italian Super Cup were nice bonuses, but in the Champions League our group stage success, finishing second in a group containing Man Utd, Villarreal and Schalke 04, was ended in the next round as we went out to Liverpool. We gave it a good go, but ultimately lost in extra time 3-2 on aggregate. Certainly nothing to be ashamed off! Other news Club of the year and manager of the year Youth recruitment - 3 players with high potential including one with 20 determination! Superb stuff! For some reason all 3 of the top ones were 5* potential the day after this screenshot! Finances - looking very good! Transfers - a few out - this will hopefully continue next season as I try to trim the squad to 22 + a few youth from U20s Player awards Next season A brief update this so apologies for the lack of detail. I hope to give a much bigger update next season now I'm finding a few more hours to play. This will include a squad update and some big updates on contracts as I'm either going to sell my best player Boakye (our player of the year) or renew his contract if he requests to stay after 18 months on the transfer list! Any champions league finish would be welcome plus a cup win?! Season League Finish Finances Youth facilities Training facilities Youth recruitment Junior coaching Top scorer Top assists 1 Serie C 1st £2.8 million Average Average Above average Average Simeri (23) Bollini (11) 2 Serie B 7th (lost in play off semis) £2.4 million Good Good Established Adequate Simeri (11) Ottalenghi (7) 3 Serie B 9th £2.95 million Good Great Established Exceptional Simeri (7) Paba 21D (7) 4 Serie B 2nd (promoted) £7 million Great Great Established Exceptional Rossi (11) Margagliotti 20C (9) 5 Serie A 5th (qualified for Euro Cup) £30 million Great Excellent Extensive Exceptional Parlato (11) Margagliotti 20C (8) 6 Serie A 5th (qualified for Euro Cup) £72 million Excellent Superb Extensive Exceptional Parlato (20) Parise, Margagliotti and Bernardini (8) 7 Serie A 5th (qualified for Euro Cup) £101 million Superb State of the art Extensive Exceptional Parlato (16) Margagliotti (11) 8 Serie A 1st!! £136 million State of the art State of the art Extensive Exceptional Tortora (21) Troiano (12) 9 Serie A 2nd £178 million State of the art Superb Extensive Exceptional Parlato (17) Dibenedetto (8)
  6. Bari Season 8 update Serie A For anyone following my posts, you'll be aware that we have finished 5th in all 3 of our Serie A seasons. In each of the last two, we have thrown away a Champions League place on the final day/ days of the season. This season started much the same as the previous 3, with some very solid form. After 10 games, I was very happy, but after half the season I was starting to think we might be able to push beyond Champions League qualification as we had won 6 out of the previous 9. Only a 3-0 defeat to Napoli was preventing us from being top at the half way point. After 32 games, a 3-0 win against Milan and Atalanta dropping points at home to Lazio sent us top, 11 points clear of 5th place (at this point I was still convinced our usually inconsistency would strike). We won our second to last game 2-0 away at Cagliari and both Napoli and Atalanta again dropped points, leaving the table looking like this. We headed into our final game against Bologna at home knowing a draw would be enough for our first Serie A title. We had beaten Napoli 3-0 in the reverse fixture so essentially it would come down to goal difference if we lost and Napoli won. Our final game was on a Saturday due to our impending Europa League final (more about that soon) so we would know whether we were relying on Napoli dropping points or not. As you can see, the game against Bologna did not go to plan. Our best player got sent off 29 minutes in and we then conceded shortly after. We fluked a deflected equaliser and Bologna then somehow missed 3 or 4 clear cut chances. Incredibly nerve racking, BUT we are CHAMPIONS! As a result we won a number of accolades. Goal of the year Manager of the year Player of the year (second time in his career) Overall, this is a brilliant achievement. I have been extremely lucky with the quality of my intakes and the quality of opposition in the last couple of years has been extremely poor (Atalanta won with 71 points last year). I am the next part of the challenge to be much harder, but we will play in the Champions League next season for the first time so we will see how it goes! Italian Cup and Europa League I said this season I wanted to win a trophy, I just did not realise it would be Serie A. In the Italian Cup, we made the semi finals again, but another red card cost us a first leg lead. Europe League wise, a few memorable results helped us to the final. We beat United 4-0 to top the group, we beat Valencia on away goals and then knocked out Lyon. Next was Zenit, a much easier 5-0 aggregate win. Drawn against Arsenal in the semis, I thought we would go out. We drew 2-2 away and then won 2-0 at home to send us into the final against Atalanta. And we won that as well!! Squad development and other thoughts Screenshots from the squad, 1 and 2. Youth prospects 1 and 2. I'm very happy with the development of my players. I have more quality across the squad now and some standout players. Favot at CB is short, but very quick and effective. Boakye is only contracted until 2029 and seems uninterested in resigning but hopefully that will change as his goals this season have been a key reason for our success. Tortora is another big success, with our other previously lead striker Parlato suffering a huge dry spell this season. Prospects wise, Dibenedetto and Locatelli have made the most impact. Youth intake was solid, with the two best offering me more depth in the years to come. 8 year into this challenge I have to say I'm thoroughly enjoying it. The club now has incredible facilities and coaches, something I've always paid attention to but not in as much detail. This, coupled with having to play many young players has led to phenomenal development of players which is an aspect I've always enjoyed but never usually spend as much time focused on. I am hoping to get at least 1 or 2 players to 1000 club appearances before I end this challenge. Next season: The challenge is to retain the league and make an impression in the Champions League! Club information below: Season League Finish Finances Youth facilities Training facilities Youth recruitment Junior coaching Top scorer Top assists 1 Serie C 1st £2.8 million Average Average Above average Average Simeri (23) Bollini (11) 2 Serie B 7th (lost in play off semis) £2.4 million Good Good Established Adequate Simeri (11) Ottalenghi (7) 3 Serie B 9th £2.95 million Good Great Established Exceptional Simeri (7) Paba 21D (7) 4 Serie B 2nd (promoted) £7 million Great Great Established Exceptional Rossi (11) Margagliotti 20C (9) 5 Serie A 5th (qualified for Euro Cup) £30 million Great Excellent Extensive Exceptional Parlato (11) Margagliotti 20C (8) 6 Serie A 5th (qualified for Euro Cup) £72 million Excellent Superb Extensive Exceptional Parlato (20) Parise, Margagliotti and Bernardini (8) 7 Serie A 5th (qualified for Euro Cup) £101 million Superb State of the art Extensive Exceptional Parlato (16) Margagliotti (11) 8 Serie A 1st!! £136 million State of the art State of the art Extensive Exceptional Tortora (21) Troiano (12)
  7. Bari Season 7 League finish: 5th Italian Cup: Quarter Finals Europa League: Semi-finals Overview Ah, yet another 5th place finish. As with last season, it should feel like a real success. However, when you see where we were at Christmas, and the measly points total required to win the league, perhaps you can understand my disappointment. Inconsistency and a bonkers fixture schedule from January onward really cost us. You can see on these three screenshots how we barely played for months on end and then had a final flurry of games. With a young, and not particularly deep squad and a few injuries, we simply couldn't cope with the fixture pile up at the end. All in all, it's another season of squad progression and our run in the Europa League was superb. We were so close to beating Spurs and lost on penalties, even having a 120th minute winner cancelled out by VAR! Next season I'd like to see us push for a trophy, so I'll be focusing on the Italian Cup and the Europa League as good opportunities for success! In terms of the squad, no losses to transfers this season other than failing youth players, and I'm generally pleased with their progression. For the first time in the save I have a GK rated more than 2 stars! Goalkeepers and Defence Midfield and Attack Youth prospects wise, I replaced my HOYD and it paid dividends, with the highly rated players having strong determination and personalities. Having another GK and a versatile DR/DL will be invaluable and although I'll leave them in the youth teams for now, both will be playing before too long I'm sure! Transfers - just a few here, mainly getting rid of those with horrific personalities or with low potential. Next season thoughts As previously stated, a trophy is my aim next season, but it would also be amazing to secure Champions League football. We are in a strong place financially, but I feel our best players may drag their heels over signing new contracts if we don't get Champions League football soon, so I've got a couple of years as pretty much every players is secured until 2029 at the least. I am aware that we are significantly overachieving compared to media predictions etc. but part of me can't help but feel we're a little stuck and need something like a trophy to lift us to that next step! Let's see how this season ahead goes! Season League Finish Finances Youth facilities Training facilities Youth recruitment Junior coaching Top scorer Top assists 1 Serie C 1st £2.8 million Average Average Above average Average Simeri (23) Bollini (11) 2 Serie B 7th (lost in play off semis) £2.4 million Good Good Established Adequate Simeri (11) Ottalenghi (7) 3 Serie B 9th £2.95 million Good Great Established Exceptional Simeri (7) Paba 21D (7) 4 Serie B 2nd (promoted) £7 million Great Great Established Exceptional Rossi (11) Margagliotti 20C (9) 5 Serie A 5th (qualified for Euro Cup) £30 million Great Excellent Extensive Exceptional Parlato (11) Margagliotti 20C (8) 6 Serie A 5th (qualified for Euro Cup) £72 million Excellent Superb Extensive Exceptional Parlato (20) Parise, Margagliotti and Bernardini (8) 7 Serie A 5th (qualified for Euro Cup) £101 million Superb State of the art Extensive Exceptional Parlato (16) Margagliotti (11)
  8. Bari Season 6 update Predicted finish: 19th. Actual finish: 5th Italian Cup: Knocked out quarter finals Euro League: Knocked out to Manchester United Second knockout round Overview This was a really interesting season. Another one where consistency was a major issue, and I'm guessing it still will be for a couple more years at least due to the age and lack of consistent players many others have noticed in their saves. I knew it was likely we would lose our best player Fregonese this season, and sure enough, he refused to sign a deal, so I managed to secure £11 million upfront and 50% of profit in a sale to Tottenham. I'm sure they'll end up selling him so this should ensure we have an excess of money to avoid the chairman accepted any bids over my head. He didn't leave until January due to them missing the deadline day, which was partly a bonus, but also it just highlighted how difficult like will be without him as I struggled to not play him. Indeed when you compare my points total at 19 games to 38 you can see we didn't do as well in the second half of the season. Our first european adventure was very exciting; we needed a late goal to send us through the from the group stages and then having outclassed Basel, we conceded late on at home to win 2-1 against Man Utd. However, their strength paid off away and we lost 3-0. Overall though, a promising first foray into Europe. And the good news is we will be back next season! However, it could have been so different! Final game of the season, we needed to better Inter's result. As you can see, we were 3-0 up at half time. In the final minute, Inter conceded and we moved up to 4th! They then hit the bar from a free kick in the last minute and as I turned away relieved, I saw the flashing of a goal... the ball had bounced back off the bar for a simple nod in from their striker. 3-3 and we had to settle for 5th. Pretty gutted, but overall a good season again. Major improvements of many players has led to much greater potency. Parlato got 18 Serie A goals, Boakye is now a wonderkid and looks the real deal, with all his goals and assists coming in the second half of the season. Favot somehow plays well at CB despite 8 jumping (up from 5 as a 16 year old lol). Reggiani also played exceptionally well in the second half of the season as he overcame his youth to put in some good performances. Overall, lots of development and a good range of players now of the required quality (3.5 stars is roughly Serie A quality now). Screenshot 1 and 2. However, my youth candidates were a disappointment this season. Lots of low ambition, determination and professionalism, and the two best are both AMR which I don't use anymore! I was really hoping for a GK, As you can see from the screenshot of the squad above we are lacking in this department and I'm blooding Ferrari despite his age and general lack of ability to save shots haha! Further improvements to the youth and training facilities have been promised, and our finances are looking really strong. I even got offered the Italy job this season! Next season For me, next season is about working out who from the youths is worth putting the effort in with. I played 33 players this season, showing I'm trying and testing some out. However, many of them are having drops in potential and don't play well anyway, so I'll try and get rid of some on loan or transfer them so I can focus development on fewer players. Easier said than done, I always seem to end up with a squad of 26 ish plus a few youth players who end up improving through the season. I'd like further progress in Europe, to not lose any of my important players and to aim for top 4 in the league now that we've had 2 5th places! My head of youth recruitment is retiring after 1 season of having him so I'm going for someone with high determination, professional or better personality and I'll see if this impacts next years intake. Final notes I must say I've noticed some weird trends in this game. I've been promoted on 66 points (Serie B), and seen Napoli and Atalanta break Juventus' hold on Serie A, with Atalanta winning with just 81 points! I also could have had champions league football with just 64 points this season. Low scoring or what?! Anyone else finding this? Transfers Summary (please note I haven't been taxed yet so finances will go down a bit!) Season League Finish Finances Youth facilities Training facilities Youth recruitment Junior coaching Top scorer Top assists 1 Serie C 1st £2.8 million Average Average Above average Average Simeri (23) Bollini (11) 2 Serie B 7th (lost in play off semis) £2.4 million Good Good Established Adequate Simeri (11) Ottalenghi (7) 3 Serie B 9th £2.95 million Good Great Established Exceptional Simeri (7) Paba 21D (7) 4 Serie B 2nd (promoted) £7 million Great Great Established Exceptional Rossi (11) Margagliotti 20C (9) 5 Serie A 5th (qualified for Euro Cup) £30 million Great Excellent Extensive Exceptional Parlato (11) Margagliotti 20C (8) 6 Serie A 5th (qualified for Euro Cup) £72 million Excellent Superb Extensive Exceptional Parlato (20) Parise, Margagliotti and Bernardini (8)
  9. SSC Bari Season 5 Media prediction: 20th Actual finish: 5th (qualified for Euro cup!) Coming into our first season in Serie A I was pretty happy with the squad which, apart from our GKs, contained some decent, nearly Serie A standard players in most positions. However, our overall quality was significantly lower than most teams, and our form towards the end of our promotion winning season was woeful, so there was a good chance we would go straight back down. We changed to a 4-4-1-1 formation for this season, which involved retraining a few of our AML and AMR, but very few newgens seem to be inside forwards as far as my experience goes so this change needed to happen sooner rather than later. The change proved a huge success. Early results such as this 1-1 draw against Juventus showed we could go up against and match some of the big boys. Half way through the season, the table looked like this. Some of our results were stunning, with us scoring 3,4 and 5 goals regularly. At the back end of last season, our two best players Fregonese and Proietti (both CMs) refused to sign new contracts, but our form started to win them over, and after initial ridiculous demands I managed to secure Proietti to a new deal. I was absolutely delighted with this, as I couldn't face the prospect of losing both of our only real Serie A quality players. Around this time, we were finally taken over by a new board, who so far have made no changes, invested no money (why would you when we make so much profit due to no transfer expenditure!!) and agreed to reinstate my focus on the youth. Both the new and old board have allowed us to improve our training and youth facilities, and after I moaned at the new board for rejecting youth recruitment upgrades this has been done too. As you can see below, our facilities are excellent for our stature. Back to the season. As we came into the closing stages, we were within striking distance of the top four, having even been second at one point due to our game playing on a Friday. We then lost our next two games, and it became clear we were now in a fight to finish in the top 6 and secure Europa League football. Drawing 0-0 in our next game, our CB smashed in a 79th minute winner from the edge of the box, and we then came from 2-0 down at home to Atalanta to win 3-2 and finish 5th!! As a result of such a good season, we won numerous awards: Best Manager Club of the Year Best Player Best Goalkeeper + best defender(he saves so many penalties, at least 5 this season despite being Serie C standard!!) Here is the squad's overall appearances etc: GK and DF MF and ST And our youth intake from this year. Reggiani stands out, but Nafiu is a much needed tall CB, jumping already 13. I have noticed a significant improvement in personality and determination in the last two years, much fewer 'low determination' and 'unambitious' or 'fickle' players. I still had one 'spineless' one come through last year - hopefully mentoring will improve him! Transfers as always. Next season: I am resigned to losing Fregonese, by far our best player (now officially a wonderkid!!) but with only one year remaining on his contract and an official transfer request I don't want him leaving on a free transfer really. We do have other CMs who can slot in and hopefully develop themselves. Our squad is pretty solid, but with European football on offer this season I am going to have to rotate my defenders a little more. This is the one area I rarely change, with Manzo, Paba, Baldassarre, Nannini and Parise playing most games. However, Nannini was error prone towards the end, so possibly room for Tononi to push through. Favot only has jumping 6, so I'm not sure he will make it at CB, possibly another choice at RB... I am hoping for a top half finish, or anything that isn't a relegation fight and a good go in the group stages of Europa League. I've managed to secure most of my players to long contracts without release fee clauses now, so the future looks bright! Season League Finish Finances Youth facilities Training facilities Youth recruitment Junior coaching Top scorer Top assists 1 Serie C 1st £2.8 million Average Average Above average Average Simeri (23) Bollini (11) 2 Serie B 7th (lost in play off semis) £2.4 million Good Good Established Adequate Simeri (11) Ottalenghi (7) 3 Serie B 9th £2.95 million Good Great Established Exceptional Simeri (7) Paba 21D (7) 4 Serie B 2nd (promoted) £7 million Great Great Established Exceptional Rossi (11) Margagliotti 20C (9) 5 Serie A 5th (qualified for Euro Cup) £30 million Great Excellent Extensive Exceptional Parlato (11) Margagliotti 20C (8)
  10. SSC Bari Season 4 update So, our third season in Serie B and fourth in total started extremely well, we won 5 out of the first 6 and having changed formation to 4-2-3-1 (very attacking considering the strength of our team) I was delighted! However, this was just the start of extreme inconsistency which plagued our season. We then failed to win in 7, before winning a few on a trot again! Not good for my mental health! Half way through the season we were back up to second and in the promotion places despite our inconsistency. Honestly, from then on it was a huge rollercoaster of a ride. After 30 odd games, we were 13 points clear of third, before went on another horrendous run! The table after 34, 35 and 36 games shows us literally limping over the finishing line. I've never seen a team promoted on such few points!! I thought we were going to throw it all away in our second to last game, and we really tried but Palermo lost their last game on a day when we didn't even play. It meant we could lose our last game without losing second place. So, incredibly we are promoted to Serie A! The squad is mostly fine, here it is in two screenshots, a and b. 4.5* Fregonese and Proietti are the only Serie A quality players, but I'm happy that we have good enough players in most positions to at least give it a good shot at staying up. At the very least we will be rolling in the money by the end of the season due to our extremely low wage budget and obviously the zero transfer expenditure. We've been boosted in defence again with some very good youth prospects, most of them with reasonable personalities unlike the 'unambitious' players I've had to mentor the hell out of in the last few intakes. Aims for next season: Survival would be amazing! I also want to renew contracts of a few of my young stars - the two mentioned above have been particularly resistant to contract offers, but hopefully Serie A football might tempt them. A lot of mine are also requesting stupidly low non-negotiable release clauses which I cannot agree to otherwise I will instantly lose them. Hopefully will be able to sign up the ones I can and prepare for life without the ones who won't sign without reasonable release clauses/ non at all. I also hope to get all my facilities upgraded now the money is going to pour in. Other news: Transfer or lack of them. Shipped a few players out and will look to do so again in the summer. I achieved a record! This is not one to boast about haha! I am still struggling for a prolific striker, although that might be due to the quality of my forwards! Rossi hit 11 this season, but 4 or 5 were extremely lucky rebounds etc. Fingers crossed for progress next season! Other comments: Although I haven't commented on any other players journey, I must say I regularly view this post during the low moments of my seasons to remind myself of what can be achieved over time. Thanks to all that update with their progress, fantastic reads and inspiration for my own project here with Bari! Season League Finish Finances Youth facilities Training facilities Youth recruitment Junior coaching Top scorer Top assists 1 Serie C 1st £2.8 million Average Average Above average Average Simeri (23) Bollini (11) 2 Serie B 7th (lost in play off semis) £2.4 million Good Good Established Adequate Simeri (11) Ottalenghi (7) 3 Serie B 9th £2.95 million Good Great Established Exceptional Simeri (7) Paba 21D (7) 4 Serie B 2nd (promoted) £7 million Great Great Established Exceptional Rossi (11) Margagliotti 20C (9)
  11. SSC Bari Season 3 update When I last left off, my talented right back had just had his release fee triggered. This was not a good start to pre-season, and it was made worse on deadline day when our left winger Ottalenghi left for £2.4million which the board accepted over my head. I had resigned myself to losing Forti, but to lose Ottalenghi left me feeling we would really struggle to improve upon our 7th place finish in Serie B in season 2. Still, the first half of the season was a huge success. Half way through we lay in 5th place, a good way off automatic promotion spots but a huge success nonetheless! However, the second half of the season was tough. At one point, we just couldn't win. We went on a run of conceding goals in the last 15 minutes. We drew 3-3, 2-2, 1-1 etc. having been 2-0, 3-1 and 1-0 up. In the end we couldn't keep up our early season form and ended up in 9th place, just outside the play off places. As you can see from that screenshot, our top scorer had 7 this season and this is, along with the conceding of late goals, my main concern about the team. I am going to place more emphasis on the youth CBs and CFs next season in an attempt to improve them enough to give me more options at both ends. I am also changing tactics slightly to the 4-2-3-1 we won promotion with. It is very attacking but I'm going to give it a go to start with. In terms of the youth, another good intake, and crucially two CBs with good potential! The LB would not sign professional terms and has now left for compensation However, the growth in depth means I can be a little more fussy and start to get rid of some of the low potential, crap personality youth players. Meanwhile, the board has approved another upgrade to the youth facilities. I have been very lucky as you can see below with upgrades and from the youth coming through and the progress made by my players, it is having a large impact on the squad. Next season Finally, I am not predicted to come in last place, just 17th!! I am hoping to match my first Serie B season and get into the play offs. I am also hoping to develop my youth as I said above, with the hope that I can improve the late goal conceding habit and score a few more goals! Other updates Transfers Manager profile (how on earth do you get discipline up?!!) Job offers 1, 2 and 3! Season League Finish Finances Youth facilities Training facilities Youth recruitment Junior coaching Top scorer Top assists 1 Serie C 1st £2.8 million Average Average Above average Average Simeri (23) Bollini (11) 2 Serie B 7th (lost in play off semis) £2.4 million Good Good Established Adequate Simeri (11) Ottalenghi (7) 3 Serie B 9th £2.95 million Good Great Established Exceptional Simeri (7) Paba 21D (7)
  12. Season 2 Update Having been promoted to Serie B, I was expecting a tough battle, and for the first few months that was certainly the case. However, we managed to keep our heads above water and were mid table midway through the season. The squad was looking good, bar CB where I was using Nannini (LB) and Baldasarre, a 17 year old unambitious, determination 2 youth product! However, including him, some of the youth products originally in the team had made real progress including the following 3: Proietti Forti Ottalenghi Forti especially I worried about keeping, he had reluctantly signed a 2 year extension but insisted on a £1.3million release clause. The second half of the season was up and down, until a sensational patch of form in the last 10 games left me 7th and in the play-offs for promotion!! As you can see, I didn't make it, but serious encouragement for the future! The youth intake this year was okay, but 4 stand out players rather than a whole bunch. Pick of the bunch was these two: Naldi - very CM heavy now so will leave in under 20s for now Fregonese - straight into first team squad! I'm still lacking CBs, as Mattera retired this year. I now rely on my main LB, Baldaserre and 2 young youths rated 1.5 star each with terrible personalities. I badly need some CBs or some re-trainable players in next years intake... Other updates Transfers - none except loans out. Manager profile - improving nicely with my coaching courses! Summary so far: Season League Finish Finances Youth facilities Training facilities Youth recruitment Junior coaching Top scorer Top assists 1 Serie C 1st £2.8 million Average Average Above average Average Simeri (23) Bollini (11) 2 Serie B 7th (lost in play off semis) £2.4 million Good Good Established Adequate Simeri (11) Ottalenghi (7) Aims next year: I think another top half finish is on the cards, maybe a play off place. However, in awful news, Forti's release clause has been triggered by Bologna Luckily I have Paba from the youth recruitments who can slot in, but it is a considerable loss to an already weak defence.
  13. Hi all Having got bored of my LLM career with Reading FC, I came across this thread and after seeing an early post regarding sleeping giants in Italy, I decided on SSC Bari as the team I would take on this challenge with. Here I am. It would be fair to say the players were not impressed with my appointment and it took most of the first season for my coaching badges and initial success to win them over. Most matches they were 'clearly not paying attention' or whatever the phrase is when the players don't care what you say in team talks!! The squad was in reasonable shape when I took over, luckily youth intake from the first season meant that I had just enough defenders, including this guy at right back, who improved from 1.5 stars to 3 stars in the screenshot I took just before the end of season 1. Season 1 was a huge success; I was expected to finish in the play off places (not hard in Serie C!) but instead went into the final day of the season just needing to better Catania's result. The match was incredibly tense, but super sub 40 year old Franco Brienza came on and made the difference to give us the title! Promotion to Serie B is huge and so far we are just above the relegation zone 6 games in with 7 points (as far as I can remember, writing this without the game loaded). However, two big players, Di Cesare and Brienza retired, leaving me with reduced depth of squad and issues across the defence. I have one senior LB, one senior CB and Forti (see above) at RB. Luckily picked up this guy in the youth intake, but the youngsters are going to need to step up very quickly! Will update later this season! Other info: Transfers - (proof of none) Youth intake - A few of note here, including Parise. Rizzi has already played and become my youngest player and scorer this season. Finances/ facilities - I haven't got a screenshot of, but they are very good due to ridiculously low wage budget (£39k a week) compared to stadium capacity and we have upgraded youth recruitment, youth coaching, and both youth and training facilities! Aims for this season Survival and retain best players. Forti is already wanting a move and I've rejected bids of £200k.
  14. I think I have to thank Knap for his tactics, I've adjusted them slightly for away games etc, but the base for my success is those tactics. Some of my signings turned out to be extremely good, Torreira and Akkaynak scored 14 goals in the prem between them and Liam Kelly has been smashing them in from range too. Let's see if I can repeat it this season!
  15. Reading FC end of season 2 update It's been a pleasure reading all of your updates, so I thought I'd make sure I did mine too. Having been promoted to the prem, my squad was in serious need of strengthening. GK, CB, LB, CM, CAM and ST were all areas I wanted to focus on. However, with just £35 million to spend I had to sell a few players first and raised another £7 million to fund the purchases of these guys: I was very much hoping just to avoid relegation as many of my players were still of Championship quality. However, a combination of the brilliance of Knap's tactics, the performances of my new signings and an easy start to the season saw us win 7 out of our first 8 home games! We were 5th for much of the season, before some shocking results for the sides around us let us in to the Champions League places, where we managed to stay until the end of the season. I don't think I've ever seen such low points totals for 5th and 6th places, so next year may prove much harder. I'm about to start pre-season for season 3, and have brought in Fiete Arp after courting him all season (free transfer), Oxlade-Chamberlain (£14 million - transfer listed) and Tonali (£17 million - transfer listed at Leicester after they failed to meet a promise). Our top goal scorer last season was Bodvarsson with 12 prem goals, so hopefully Arp will help on that front. Tonali should fill the hole left by Torreira who was superb last season. However, players like Nasri and Klavan, key players last year are on the sharp decline, so there is a lot of work to do and just £14 million left to spend. I also have big decisions to make regarding players like Gunter and Omar Richards - they have performed well but will they be able to do it again now teams know what we are about? They are also obviously home grown which is another issue to consider. This is the squad thus far:
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