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  1. Yes, but not as much as Lazio, who've just finished 7th; in Serie B.
  2. Vikeologist's Palermo 2030/31 End of Season Report We finally managed to finish in the top 4; (3rd in fact) and qualify for the Champions League. The far bigger story though was that we won the Europa League. We had a fairly easy path to the final, but I was delighted to pick up a 2-1 victory over Chelsea there. We were still a long way from challenging for the title, but I threw my young left back Mattias Camillucci YP11a straight into the first team, and he was an improvement, even though he still doesn’t have as many stars as his predecessors. The problem may be that I have lots of good players, but few excellent ones. Last summer, one of my goalies, Davide Reda was my first player to be called up to the senior Italy squad, and even picked up a cap. I’m not sure why. At the time he was my backup goalie, although I had started him in almost all the European matches the previous season. Frankly he’s nowhere as good as the 3 goalies who are normally in the international squad. I may have wasted the potential of other goalies by not playing them instead of Reda in the past. At the moment, I rotate between 2 goalies, and neither of them are happy about it. My other goalie, Luciano Campi YP5g, won the Serie A goalie of the year. Top Goalscorer – Vanni Lugli YP7d - 30 A year ago Lugli was 4th on the depth chart, and seemingly on his way out because he wasn’t prepared to re-up his contract which had 2 years to run. So I gave him a chance, and in pre-season he was awful, but once the season started he was on fire. He didn’t keep up his rate of goals throughout the season, but he scored both our goals in the 2-1 victory over Chelsea in the Europa League final. He wasn’t our top league goalscorer. That was Varsallona, who topped the Serie A charts. The surprise was Fantini. You may remember him as the star striker who doesn’t score, but when given the opportunity he did this season, with 19 goals from 19 starts, (and lots of sub appearances). Highest Average Rating (minimum 10 matches played) – Luciano Campi YP5g – 7.89 Fourth year in a row, and a new high. Most Valuable Judas - A.A. Morabito YP4c I’m pleased to report that none of the players who abandoned us for supposedly better clubs have fared well. None of them have picked up a senior (Italian) cap. Morabito left us 5 years ago for our Europa League opponents, Chelsea, but was long gone by the time of the final. Now plays in Russia for Spartak Moscow, although he doesn’t play much. As far as I can tell, only 1 Judas is with another Serie A club. They’re all failures. Man of The Match – Vanni Lugli YP7d- 8 Most Valuable Player– Luciano Campi YP5g Season Division Position Notes 20/21 C/C 8th Eliminated in 2nd round of promotion playoffs. 21/22 C/C 8th Eliminated in 3rd round of playoffs 22/23 C/C 2nd Eliminated in Quarterfinals of playoffs. 23/24 C/C 1st Won league and Super C Cup easily. 24/25 B 4th Lost in playoffs S/F 25/26 B 2nd W7 D1 of last 8 matches. Automatic promotion. 26/27 A 13th Flirted with relegation, but it never got inside our pants. 27/28 A 16th Went backwards. 28/29 A 10th Changed formation. Missed out on European qualification on last day. 29/30 A 5th Dropped out of Champions League qualifying spot at the end, but still qualified for Europe for first time. 30/31 A 5th Same position, same points. Reached S/F of Europa League 31/32 A 3rd Champions League qualification. Europa League winners.
  3. Vikeologist's Palermo 2031/32 Youth Intake Report Just one good player, and or maybe lots of good players and 1 wonderkid. I’m not holding my breath. Calogero Bellomonte YP12a – I have 3 good central defenders, and a right back who used to be one, but that’s it, so fresh blood may be useful, and of course he might turn out to be a superstar. Can’t see him getting a lot of games, and his professional personality means that I don’t need to elevate him to the first team quickly, because I want to preserve his professionalism. I have 2 Model Citizen players and 14 Resolutes, but they all take after the first Mod Cit I had, including a low professional attribute I’d guess. It’s like having a prize winning bull whose sperm produces a thousand offspring, all with the same genetic defect. Talking of gentic defects, he's not the tallest at 180cm. Antonino Plescia YP12b – A striker. Good luck getting any games with us. Matteo Fabbri YP12c – A second kid with professional personality, and his determination is 15, so I’ll chuck him in a training group with Bellomonte, and I guess somebody who’s Resolute, and try to introduce that professional DNA into the squad. Vikeologist’s Youth Eugenics Challenge. Alberto Cacco YP12d – Always good to have a goalie in the youth team, especially since I didn’t have one before. Let’s look back 4 years to the YP8 intake Corrado Varsallona YP8a – Hey, it’s my Gaygen. My star striker. He’s had a rough season. His goal tally has been OK, (every 148 minutes), but 2 others are scoring much more regularly, so he’s getting rotated a bit. The worse thing is that his determination plummeted from 14 to 4 overnight. It will be difficult to get it back up much since he’s 21 now, and anyway quite an influential figure in the squad. Riccardo Negro YP8b – A goalie, and he might have been great, but I have so many promising goalkeepers, none of whom have ever completely fulfilled that promise. Currently in his second season on loan in Serie C. Getting lots of matches, but probably never with us. Michele Brigante YP8c – Didn’t know who he was. Turns out I sold him on a free transfer ages ago. By all signs, a total dud. Indeed the only other 3 I even gave youth contracts to have all left the club. But at least I have Corrado.
  4. You're probably not the first person to do this challenge to have a L'il Wang.
  5. It was your post that got things changed. You originally mentioned Gibraltar as an official SI add on, but the only one I've seen either in GD or Steam is Canada. Is Canada the only one, or do you have a link to an official Gibraltar one? If it's only Canada I could clarify that in the original post. I'd have thought that Gibraltar would be too much of a hot potato, although better than Tibet I suppose.
  6. Vikeologist's Palermo 2030/31 End of Season Report We finished in the same league position (5th), with the same number of points. At least our goal difference was (significantly) better. A bit disappointing to be back in the Europa League, but at least i can give some of my backups a run out in the group stage. We reached the semi-final of the Europa League where we were knocked out by AC Milan, who also eliminated us from the Copa Italia at the Q/F stage. I made some changes to my starters this year. I dropped my goalie of the last 7 seasons, Davide Reda. His replacement wasn’t immediately better but edged ahead by the end of the season. He’s 23 so maybe I left it too late. UPDATE: After the season, Reda (and not my starter Roberto Pastore YP5b who's supposedly better) becomes my first ever player to be called up to the full Italy national side. I also dropped my starting striker of the last 7 seasons, and club record goal scorer, Alessio Fantini. I definitely should have done this before, because as with the goalie situation, I have more promising long term options. Fantini has 83 goals in 285 league appearances. He’s still supposed to be my 2nd best striker, and he’s OK, but really he’s 4th on my depth chart now. Left back is a weakness, and I’ve already given quite a few matches to my latest youth intake starlet. If he can improve, I should have a pretty good side, but I don’t have a lot of depth, because predictably, some players who haven’t played as much haven’t realised their potential. Top Goalscorer –Corrado Varsallona YP8a- 33 Scoring goals has been a long term problem with my side because of Fantini not producing, but a big improvement here with my ‘gaygen’ smashing the club’s single season record. One of the problems with a Varsallona-Fantini partnership is that they’re both exclusively left footed, and it really helps to pair Carrado with a right footer. I have 2 promising strikers. Neither of them actually scored as regularly as Fantini this season, but hopefully that will improve next season. I must admit though that he only scored slightly more goals in the league than last season. Playing in the Europa League pumps up everybody's goal tally. Highest Average Rating (minimum 10 matches played) – Luciano Campi YP5g – 7.52 His third year in a row. He’s now the highest paid player at the club at £105k a week, but then again that wouldn’t put him in the top 15 earners at champs Inter. He is tied up for a long time and os going nowhere. Having done Most Gay Player and Most Psycho Player the last 2 seasons, I can’t think of a special award this year. If anybody has a suggestion… Man of The Match – Luciano Campi - 8 Most Valuable Players– Luciano Campi YP5g / Corrado Varsallona YP8a – Yet again, I’m not choosing between my 2 favourite children. Season Division Position Notes 20/21 C/C 8th Eliminated in 2nd round of promotion playoffs. 21/22 C/C 8th Eliminated in 3rd round of playoffs 22/23 C/C 2nd Eliminated in Quarterfinals of playoffs. 23/24 C/C 1st Won league and Super C Cup easily. 24/25 B 4th Lost in playoffs S/F 25/26 B 2nd W7 D1 of last 8 matches. Automatic promotion. 26/27 A 13th Flirted with relegation, but it never got inside our pants. 27/28 A 16th Went backwards. 28/29 A 10th Changed formation. Missed out on European qualification on last day. 29/30 A 5th Dropped out of Champions League qualifying spot at the end, but still qualified for Europe for first time. 30/31 A 5th Same position, same points. Reached S/F of Europa League
  7. You can find out the actual reset date by subtracting the lowest division and seeing what date that would come into effect. (And then adding that division back, because you'll need it). June 29 according to a poster who started in Belgium. As for the earlier date when the previously unplayable teams will be selected if you want a choice, I can't help you.
  8. Vikeologist's Palermo 2030/31 Youth Intake Report I was promised a golden generation, but it looks as though there’s only 2 good players. Normally I wouldn’t even give a youth contract to players without 3 star potential, but I need to have some players for my youth squad. I might treat it as an experiment. If any of my players tagged just YP11 even play in Serie C it will be a miracle, and none of them even have good personalities. If they don’t improve in a year I’ll cut the lot of them loose. However, the 2 good players just might be very good indeed, especially the top one. Mattias Camillucci YP11a – A left back, and frankly it’s a weak element of my first team. My left backs have just never developed or even played very well. Mattias isn’t good enough for the first team yet, but if I have nothing to play for at the end of the season, I may definitely throw him in. Also, he has a resilient personality, so hopefully I can refine that fairly quickly. Probably put him straight into the first team squad to work on that personality. Santo Noto YP11b – A defensive midfielder. My 10a player was also a defensive midfielder, and I haven’t completely given up on him, but as with Camillucci, I’ll promote him to the first team squad straight away, to improve on his temperamental personality. Let’s go back in time 4 years to see how my YP7 did. Before looking, I’m going to guess that not many of them turned out to be starters. Aurelio Ortolano YP7a – My top 2 YP6 players are my starters in defence, and Ortolano has never threatened to displace either of them. He’s a reasonable backup. My HoYD thought he was the best prospect. My assistant manager didn’t. My assistant manager was right, which is worrying since my HoYD is supposed to be the best at recognising ability and potential. Giulio Asero YP7b – A left back. One of the ones who’s disappointed as related above. Maybe if I’d given him more chances… At least one manager has bemoaned the lack of good players in recent intakes, but perhaps it’s because after a while we give new intakes less chances. I just don’t think he’s much better than my starter though. Alessandro Zini YP7c – A winger I sold for £600k to Udinese for whom he hasn’t played a game. Vanni Lugli YP7d – A striker that I was a bit excited about because he was so tall, and he’s racked up a fair few appearances as a sub, but was overtaken by a far more promising striker in my YP8 intake. He is actually fairly good, and has a good strike rate, but he’s 4th in my depth chart and I play 2 strikers so the fates are against him. Actually for the entire 4 seasons, I’ve thought his surname was Luigi, which shows the lack of attention I’ve given him. He only has 2 years left on his contract, and won't sign a new one, so I don’t think he’s taken the neglect well. I may have to engineer a way to give him more games. I actually tagged all the way down to 7i, but none of them have turned out to be any good, although some of them are still with us, albeit out on loan. All in all, a bad intake, but as discussed, that may be partly because of lack of opportunity. Maybe a wasted intake.
  9. Is Skirpan your only goalie? Does he have any potential? Not that that will ever make up for the fact that he's too small.
  10. Congrats on the title. Are you the first to win the league this year? Your links don't work for me, but Pham Ba must be in his thirties by now. How are your finances? Are you swimming in money?
  11. Varsallona's a good player and all, but in our current contract negotiations he's demanding that this is how he enters the pitch every home match.
  12. I've been tracking my poached players. For the first time this season, AFAIK, we faced one of our poached players. Well, he was on the bench. He's yet to make a first team appearance. He's about the only player we've had poached that would have even be good enough to earn a contract with us, and even that is borderline. Hopefully we're big enough now that we'll never have a good player poached.
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