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  1. Season 15 (2032-33) Review - 1st in Serie A / Champions League Winner / Coppa Italia Runners-Up We FINALLY managed to secure our first Champions League title, and came so close to getting the elusive treble, but lost in the Coppa Italia final to Napoli in a fairly even game. Unlike the past 3 years, where the league title was decided on the final day, we walked the league this year and had a huge gap at the top (mainly due to the ineptitude of other teams - we only had 3 more points than last season). We also won the Supercoppa with a 3-2 victory over Genoa. We now have a trio of Sammarinese strikers leading the line (I alternate between 1 and 2 striker formations so this is a rotation), although 2 are dual national, one of whom is already cap-tied to Italy, but this is still a nice highlight. Now that we have won the Champions League, I will be adopting a similar Sammarinese-only policy to @Lewis89: I will not be buying any players that are not Sammarinese, though I will allow non-Sammarinese already at the club and non-Sammarinese youth products to play. League Table: Champions League (knockout only): We completely dominated this competition. As evidence of this dominance, in the competition (group stage + knockout), we scored 28 and conceded just 3, including a combined aggregate score of 15-1 in the knockout stage. We also went through the whole competition without losing, drawing just twice (1-1 away to both Dortmund and Spurs). Coppa Italia: We had a nice path to the final from QF onwards, but ultimately came up short in the final, where we conceded a 91st minute goal. Youth Intake: Definitely the best youth intake over the past 5 years. Too bad the best of the bunch are dual nationals, but I have hope that Carlini will not be good enough to play for Italy. Given the dire state of the CM position for the National Team, I will try to retrain him as a CM. National Team: A bounce-back year for us after a couple of below average years post 2030 world cup. We won promotion to Nations League B, and we are doing pretty well in World Cup Qualification for 2034, though we have a really challenging group and it will be almost impossible to qualify. We also secured our finest ever victory, defeating the Dutch at home by a scoreline of 2-1 (despite our best player getting injured in the second half). Despite the positives, we ended June on a down note with a poor performance in a friendly against Lithuania, drawing 0-0 at home. We've also now hit our record high world ranking at 93. And there are two dual nationals (one age 24 the other age 25) who have been called up by Italy but yet to be cap-tied (one has played in a friendly). I really hope we can get them to play for San Marino before they get cap-tied by Italy. Nations League Division C: We dominated our group, winning every game except away to Bosnia, a game which we also dominated but somehow ended up losing. World Cup Qualification: This is an absolutely murderous group, with Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Serbia. We easily beat Estonia away 4-0, followed by an unlucky 3-1 home defeat to Serbia (it was a very even game). Our third game was the aforementioned 2-1 victory against the Dutch, and we definitely rode our luck a bit and nicked it at the end with a 91st minute winner. Probably our finest ever victory, though I think our finest ever result remains the 2-2 away draw against France in last WCQ cycle. I'll be delighted if we can finish 3rd in this group Next Season Goals: Win Club World Cup and European Super Cup (these are the only top-level competitions we haven't won as a club) Finish 3rd in WCQ (this will be a challenge)
  2. Season 14 (2031-32) Review - 1st in Serie A / Champions League QF / Coppa Italia QF This was another very exciting season in terms of title race. For the third season in a row, it went down to the final day. This time, however, we were victorious after a nervy 2-1 win at home against SPAL, in which we were down at halftime 1-0. We did not do so well in the Champions League this season, comfortably finishing second behind Barca in the group stage. Got lucky in drawing Lyon in the Round of 16, but then lost to Dortmund 3-1 on aggregate in the QF. In the Coppa Italia, we lost at home to Lazio in the QF (curiously Genoa of all teams ended up winning the Coppa). A highlight of the season was that our 20 year old dual-national striker, on loan to Roma, ended up finishing as the top goalscorer in Serie A. He'll definitely have a part to play in the first team next season. Speaking of next season, we are going all in on Champions League, and we've already wheeled and dealed quite a bit in the transfer window, including signing Donnarumma on a free transfer from Milan, as well as a new DM for $80M and a new left back for $120M. We had to sell a bunch of players in order to raise the transfer funds, but none of them were even starters so I think we will be better off with the new signings. League Table: Youth Intake: For the first time in a while we got a decent youth intake. Ugolini looks awesome. However the national team is in dire need of some CMs. National Team: Another mixed bag of a year. We performed really poorly in Euro 2032 Qualification, and we even finished behind Georgia after a ridiculous 4-3 home loss to them. One highlight was beating Norway 1-0 at home, which is the first time I've seen one team get 3 red cards in a game on FM (although two of those were in second half stoppage time). Somehow we qualified for the playoffs, and after reading the rules online I'm still not sure how that happened. In any case, we beat Greece in the semis before getting dominated in the final by Ireland, eventually losing 2-0. One bright side of qualification was that both Finland and Albania qualified directly for the tournament, which makes our recent performance in Nations League look a bit better than it had at the time (we finished second in a group with Finland and Albania). For the next iteration of Nations League, we drew Hungary and Bosnia & Herzegovina. We've had lots of success against Bosnia in the past, and Hungary is a team we should be beating, so I think we have another great chance at promotion. Euro 2032 Qualification: Next Season Goals: Win the treble (I think this is realistic) Top 100 FIFA rankings (we're still hovering just above 100) Challenge for promotion in Nations League
  3. Season 13 (2030-31) Review - 2nd in Serie A / Champions League Runners-Up / Coppa Italia Winner What a heartbreaking season. Losing the league on the last day of the season (though I needed Udinese to take points off Milan on the last day which didn't happen), and losing the Champions League final on penalties after drawing 3-3 against PSG in a crazy game, although we did manage to have the first ever Sammarinese International scorer in a Champions League Final. We won relatively easily in the Coppa and also won the Supercoppa. League Table: We actually had more points than last season but the competition around us improved as well. I thought we had taken a turning point in the title race after beating Milan away with 5 or 6 games to go, but we let it slip with a 2-2 draw at Roma with 3 games left in the season. Champions League (knockout only): We finished second in our group behind Real Madrid (including losing 4-0 away), beat three-time defending champions Man U comfortably, winning both legs by 2 goals. The QF against Barca was really tough - we rode our luck in the away leg to a 1-1 draw, and in the second leg missed a penalty but managed to win in extra time. The SF against Madrid was the highlight. We dominated the first leg at home but somehow lost 1-0. In the return leg we put up our best performance of the season, romping to a 4-0 win of our own, avenging the same scoreline we saw in the group stage. Coppa Italia: We breezed through this competition for the most part, though after a 1-1 home draw in the first leg of the semis it looked like a tricky return match away to Inter, but we comfortably won 3-0. Youth Intake: Another awful crop of youngsters National Team: A really poor year by our standards. We harbored ambitions of getting promoted in an easy group with Finland and Albania. It started reasonably well with a 3-0 win away to Albania and a 1-1 home draw to Finland, but we lost our last 2 games including getting completely dominated at home by Albania. Injuries to key players definitely played a factor and we just don't have the depth yet to cope. We have a reasonable group for Euro 2032 Qualification, with Turkey, Norway, Georgia and Cyprus. First game was a very unlucky home loss to Turkey, then got smashed by Norway, then a 2-2 away draw against Georgia. So not a great start - it doesn't look like we'll be able to build on our unlikely World Cup Qualification. We got a bit of fortune in Norway losing to Cyprus, so maybe there is a chance of pipping them to second place. Nations League Div C: Euro 2032 Qualification: Next Season Goals: Challenge in Champions League Take back Serie A Top 100 FIFA rankings
  4. Wow - Serie D to Serie A in 3 seasons. Very impressive!
  5. Season 12 (2029-30) Review - 1st in Serie A / Champions League QF This was the most fun season I've had so far in terms of a title race. Palermo of all teams led the way for most of the season, but we overtook them with 4 games to go and never looked back. Inter, Napoli, and Juve were all in the mix as well. In fact, due to a shock home defeat vs. Sassuolo on the penultimate matchday (a win would have clinched the title), we entered the final matchday having to go away to Juventus and get at least a point to win Serie A (a loss meant Juve would have overtaken us). Not only did we draw, we got the victory, with César Gelabert, playing in his last game for San Marino Calcio (he's off to Russian Club Ural in the summer after having complained about playing time), sealing his storybook ending to his time at the club by scoring the only goal to secure our 4th Scudetto in 5 years. In the Champions League, we easily qualified from a group with Monaco, Athletic Club, and Fenerbahce with 16 points. Beat Liverpool 1-0 on aggregate in the round of 16 before being smashed by Man City (again) 7-4 on aggregated in the QF. The English teams in my game are just too strong - in the past 12 season only one non-English team (PSG) has won it, and the last 3 years were all won by Manchester United. In the Coppa Italia we lost to Palermo on penalties (I think this was our 4th or 5th QF exit in a row), and we also lost the Supercoppa on penalties against Juventus. Both games finished 0-0 after 120 minutes. Also, Italy regained the 4th Champions League place again to France. I think is the 4th or 5th season in a row where we flipped it back-and-forth. League Table: Youth Intake: Worst in quite some time... National Team: The World Cup went reasonably well. We drew both our group games against Senegal and Australia by a scoreline of 1-1, qualifying second from the group behind Australia. Unfortunately we got played off the park by Italy in the round of 32, losing 3-0 (I don't think we even mustered a shot on target). In the upcoming Nations League, we got a fantastic draw, drawing Albania and Finland in our group, so I think we have a real shot at back to back promotions. Next Season Goals: Go deep in champions league Win Coppa Italia Promotion in Nations League
  6. Yeah this is why I was annoyed at getting promoted in Nations League. If we hadn't qualification for Euro 2032 would have been quite likely. I'll be interested to see if National Teams IRL pick up on this and start treating the Nations League before the Euros seriously, and the ones before the World Cup like friendlies (particularly the ones in divisions C and D)
  7. So normally I would wait until the end of the season to post an update, but this just could not wait. San Marino have qualified for the 2030 World Cup. I thought it would be at least another decade until we would challenge for tournament qualification, but we defied the odds and barely made it as one of the second place teams. Our world cup group comprises Australia and Senegal, so while we avoided any world beaters, it will still be tough to advance to the round of 32. In our starting 11, we have 1 leading Serie A player, 3 Good Serie B / Decent Serie A players, 3 Serie C level players, and 4 Serie D level players, so still a lot of weaknesses in the lineup, particularly at left back where we still call up a defender from the Sammarinese league even when everyone is healthy. Qualification Group: Second Place Teams: I actually thought there would be world cup playoffs instead of this nonsense (I don't recall this rule being present IRL for world cup qualification - but perhaps they are changing it for 48 team world cup), so to actually secure qualification was a nice surprise. Results: To be perfectly honest, I think this was more an aberration than anything, as we were extremely fortunate in a couple of the games. The only games we deserved to win were at home against Cyprus and Bosnia. We definitely deserved the home draw vs. France, but should have lost at home to Norway (though a draw wasn't THAT lucky), should have lost away to France and Bosnia, and probably should have drawn away to Cyprus. So I'd say we deserved only 8 points instead of 14. The sobering 5-0 defeat to Norway shows there's still a long way to go. However, this is my first time qualifying for a major tournament ever with the San Marino challenge (did it once in fm 16 or 17 I think without any qualification), so this is still a great accomplishment. The away game to France was insane. We scored on our only shot in the first half, going into halftime tied 1:1. They get a 60th minute red card - we score against the run of play to make it 2 - 1. In the 90th minute they have a corner kick, and I'm about to sub in my tall striker for defending it, only at the last second to cancel the substitution, as they say you shouldn't make a substitution defending a corner. And of course they score on the corner :(. Luckily it didn't make a difference in the end, but that would have been so sweet.
  8. Hi, I would like to add the Sammarinese League while in the middle of my current save. I don't need to add any players - just be able to play in the league and cup competition. Is this possible to do, perhaps with the use of in-game editor? Thanks!
  9. Season 11 (2028-29) Review - 1st in Serie A / Champions League Round of 16 A bounce back year for us, walking the title just missing out on 100 points by losing at home on the final day to Inter (I was pretty annoyed at this). Mauro Righi (who unfortunately finally got cap-tied by Italy) won the Capocannoniere for the third year in a row, and the two new Croatians we signed in the summer were both excellent. In the Champions League, we finished second in our group despite accumulating 15 points, getting edged out on away goals to Liverpool. In the round of 16 we drew Bayern and lost in extra time, after a great second-half second-leg comeback where we scored 3 goals in the final half hour just to push it to extra time. In the cup we lost in the QF away to Torino, which was probably the most disappointing result of the season. Also we lost the 4th Champions League place again to France. League Table: Youth Intake: Ciacci looks awesome (and Sammarinese only), but unfortunately I didn't really need another goalkeeper for the National Team. Gave him his first cap against China in a friendly in June. Rest of the youth crop this year is pretty average. National Team: Another productive year for the National Team, including what was by far our best ever result and performance, a 0-0 draw at home to France in which we were well worth the point. Both sides had chances and it could have gone either way, and in the end we had to survive a late barrage after a dubious red card with 10 minutes to go. But overall I was absolutely delighted at how we went toe-to-toe with a top national team. Elsewhere in World Cup Qualification, we won away (luckily) and at home (comfortably) to Cyprus, so 7 points in 3 games puts us in pretty good shape. It will still take a miracle to qualify (probably need to win at home against Norway and get two wins over Bosnia to have a chance), but we're doing as well as we could up to this point. In the Nations League, our performance was pretty bad but we still managed to squeak top spot by beating Moldova at home on the final matchday. I'll be disappointed if we end up yo-yoing a bit, because the timing is off with Euro Qualification unfortunately. I might've even preferred not to get promoted, but that might've also cost me the national team job. We've also moved into the top 130 World Cup 2030 Qualification: Nations League Division D: Next Season Goals: Go deep in champions league Win Coppa Italia (haven't even made semis for a few years) Challenge for second in world cup qualification, and keep climbing in the rankings
  10. Season 10 (2027-28) Review - 3rd in Serie A / Champions League SF Wow. What a difference a year makes. This was a pretty disastrous season where we finished with the fewest points in 4 years, barely sneaking into the Champions League places on the last day of the season thanks to Inter losing in the derby. At the beginning of the season two of our stars had their release clauses activated, and their replacements did not do so well. This, combined with what I think can be best described as simply bad luck, yielded a pretty rotten season. We were in 11th in late March. On the bright side, we had a pretty nice run in the Champions League, but this was mainly due to luck of the draw than anything else. We had a pretty easy group, with Man United, RB Salzburg, and Dinamo Kyiv. Ended up finishing second despite getting 4 points against Man United (who ended up winning the whole thing), mostly due to losing to Dinamo Kyiv at home on the first matchday (also drew away to RB Salzburg). Despite finishing second, we drew Valencia in the last 16 (Man U OTOH drew Real Madrid so that was quite amusing), then Atalanta in the QF (yes, Atalanta made the Champions League QF). In the SF we drew Man City and got absolutely spanked. Won the Italian Super Cup against Inter (in pens iirc), lost in the Cup QF away to Juventus. Also Italy regained the 4th Champions League spot for the next season after retaking the coefficient lead over France. League Table: Champions League (knockout): Youth Intake: Pretty poor this year unfortunately. National Team: While 2027-28 was a relatively awful year for San Marino Calcio, it was a fantastic year for the National Team. We ended up finishing third in our Euro 2028 Qualification group of Denmark, Netherlands, Slovenia, Bosnia, and Azerbaijan finishing on 15 points. We almost beat the Dutch at home, but conceded a late equalizer. We've also crept into the top 150, and my 22 yr old star striker on San Marino Calcio, who is a dual national who's been in the Italy squad all year, got dropped for the Euros (Italy are hosting), so there is still hope there :). For the upcoming Nations League, we drew Luxembourg, Armenia, and Moldova. We should be able to get promoted (although unfortunately it's an off-cycle so no Euro qualification associated with this iteration). Euro 2028 Qualification: Next Season Goals: Go deep in champions league again Win Serie A Get promoted in Nations League
  11. Season 9 (2026-27) Review - 1st in Serie A / Europa League Winner This was not the hilarious title race as it was last year. We cruised through the season, going the entire campaign undefeated (although as I write a few games into the 2027-28 season we've already lost at home to Inter ), securing a second consecutive scudetto quite handily by a margin of 14 points. Again we got a tough group in the Champions League, with Real Madrid, Tottenham, and Spartak Moscow. A terrible performance meant we finished with 4 points (home win vs. Spartak, home draw vs. Madrid), but that was enough to get us to the Europa League, where we did one better than last year and won in the final, beating Milan 0-0 on penalties. The highlight of that run was overturning a 2-0 first leg defeat against Manchester United, scoring 3 goals in the last 10 minutes of the second leg to win 4-0 (4-2 on aggregate). I'm actually quite pleased we managed to win the Europa League, because I don't foresee us playing much Thursday football in the coming years. Lost in both the Italian Super Cup and Coppa Italia (QF) to Napoli. League Table: Europa League (only bottom half of bracket): Youth Intake: Still no defenders. My second choice left back on the National Team plays in the Sammarinese League :/ National Team: The performance in the Nations League was pretty good, but unfortunately we just drew too many games and got 3rd place. Now it seems my job with the National Team is under pressure, but I've been doing really well in Euro 2028 qualifying so hopefully they won't fire me . Nations League Div D: (Lost away to Finland, Won away to Lithuania, the rest were draws) Euro 2028 Qualification: (Home draw vs. Bosnia, away draw vs. Slovenia, away win @ Azerbaijan, away loss @ Denmark) Next Season Goals: Go deep in champions league. Finish 3rd in Euro 2028 qualifying, and hopefully don't get sacked
  12. Season 8 (2025-26) Review - 1st in Serie A / Coppa Italia Winner / Europa League Runners-Up This was quite the charmed year for us, pretty much everything broke our way. Only one more point than last season (73), but hilariously that was good enough to win Serie A, despite us scoring only 50 league goals all season (my top goalscorer had only 7). We had a couple of home losses to Juventus and Torino in the final stretch run, but all the teams around us kept dropping points so that slip didn't cost us. The key game was winning 1-0 away to Napoli with around 7 games left. In the cups this season, we won twice in penalties and thrice on the away goals, so the success was more down to luck than anything else. We beat Napoli in the Coppa Italia final 2-2 on penalties, despite giving up an early 2 goal lead, and I was thinking it would be heartbreak once again. In the Europa League we made it to the final before getting smashed by Leicester (who were 8th in the prem) in the final. I wonder if the prem teams are all just OP Champions league was a bit of a disappointment, finishing third in a monstrous group with City, Barca, and Benfica. We could have made it to the knockout rounds by beating City at home on the final matchday, but we ended up losing 2-0. Can't be too disappointed as City ended up winning the entire thing. Also, Serie A lost its champions league place to France, so qualifying next year will be a bit tougher! League Table: Coppa Italia: Europa League: Youth Intake: Still no promising defenders, but at least we got two great Sammarinese-only prospects National Team: A little disappointing. We did end up finishing fourth (only due to Estonia's ineptitude against Faroe Islands), but didn't manage to get a single point against any of Germany, Romania, and Northern Ireland. For the upcoming Nations League, we got a really tough draw with Finland, Lithuania, and Azerbaijan. Hoping to just not be last. As for our players, we're pretty set in attack as we keep producing good wingers and forwards, but defense is still just awful. We've yet to produce even a Serie C level defender, and I still have a 32 year old Manuel Battistini as a regular. Next Season Goals: Get out of Champions League Group - hopefully being seeded first will be a boost. Qualify for Champions League in the league, and mount another title challenge Don't finish last in Nations League
  13. Yeah I've played FM for many years and this is the first time I've seen Napoli win the title, they even went back-to-back! I can only hope that happens irl
  14. Season 7 (2024-25) Review - 4th in Serie A / Coppa Italia Runner up / Europa League Round of 16 Another productive season, this time finishing comfortably in a Champions League Spot. Lost the Coppa Italia Final on pens to Milan, despite having the better of the game, so that was a bit of a heartbreaker. In the Europa League, we were poor in the group stage, losing twice to Sevilla and drawing at home to Ludogorets. But we squeaked through and managed to beat Manchester United in the round of 32 (at this point Mourinho was still in charge, so that made the victory extra sweet). Unfortunately we got dumped in the next round by Wolfsburg - with about 15 minutes to go in the second leg we were ahead on away goals, then we had a man sent off, and my goalkeeper flapped at a corner and we went out League Table: Coppa Italia: Europa League: Youth Intake: Not super thrilled about Casadei - we seem to keep producing good strikers so it almost feels like a waste to have another one, but Buscarini looks really promising. Upon the intake they said he could be one of the best players of his generation - hopefully we don't lose him to Italy in the long term (in the short term I don't expect him to accept a callup for many years). National Team: I followed the advice of @Lewis89 to add a head coach then retire in order to free up the national team job. Thanks!! My first year of national team manager was a mixed bag. We had a super tough draw in the European National League, and despite finishing last I was encouraged by our performances, beating Hungary at home and generally being competitive in all the games, only losing one (Cyprus away) by more than a goal. We got an awesome draw for World Cup Qualification, having both Estonia and Faroe Islands in our group, even though we were seeded 6th. So far it's par for the course, losing away to Romania and Germany and beating Faroe Islands and Estonia at home. Here's the standings after 4 games. Next Season Goals: Be competitive in Champions League - I don't want to expect to get out of the group given that we're going to be in the 4th pot. Really will depend on the draw. Mount a semi-serious title challenge Win Coppa Italia Finish 4th in world cup qualifying, and get a result against either Northern Ireland or Romania
  15. Season 6 (2023-24) Review - 6th in Serie A A really good second season in Serie A ending in a comfortable qualification to Europa League. Last season's relegation battle was a distant memory. I was able to overhaul my team, signing a completely new midfield (4 CMs), as well as signing Marcus Thuram and Rhian Brewster on loan. We also had a nice run in the Coppa Italia. I thought I was going to 1-0 my way through the whole thing, but lost to Udinese in the semifinals. The highlight of my season was drawing 0-0 at home with Milan on the final day of the season to deny them the title, handing the crown to Napoli who won their first Scudetto since 1990. I'm a Napoli fan irl so this gave me great joy League Table: Coppa Italia: Youth Intake:
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