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  1. Mid-season break 2022 A relatively busy time at San Marcos considering there wasn't a lot planned apart from a couple of friendlies to keep the legs working. Three players left, with two being permanent, and the third seeing out the rest of a contract. Matias Gonzalez was a victim to the registration rules for foreign players and was sidelined due to similar quality locals being available, and having spend the first half of the season in the U19s he moves on to Rangers. Getting a fee for an unwanted player is decent as most have left for nothing so far. Faundez was on an expiring contract so his value plummeted to £20k, so when Audax showed interest and were willing to do a deal for £50k and 50% of the next sale it was worth doing. It does leave a hole at MC and in the cover at DR, which upset the players due to a lack of squad depth, which sent Sanchez Asambani looking for someone to fill the gap. Baclini returned from loan, and as another player who lost out due to foreign registration limits was sent back out again. His contract expires at the end of 2022 so it is just a way to avoid him kicking up a stink for not playing. Gonzalez, Guajardo and Duran were all registered for the second half of the season, and then Vivas comes in after Faundez left to fill the void. He takes the final foreign slot which vindicates the decision to leave a space free as he is better than the Chilean options available. In terms of fixtures there were two easy wins in the games against the weaker teams, and then a decent result with a draw against Iquique although it was a poor draw. A few injuries through the break made things harder for building up consistency in the two different line ups but most players are returning to fitness ready for the resumption of the league campagin. News came of the intake, and the only green notes were all to do with the centre of the park, with a DM, MCs and AM all referenced but then outside of that there is not a lot to expect. With the club still heavily in the red there is no money to be able to improve facilities, so it will be more raiding of the free transfer market in the summer to improve the squad it seems
  2. May 2022 A short run of games because this was the month where San Marcos had their down week due to the odd number of teams in the league Six points is not a bad haul, and the target of seven was in reach with 83 minutes gone against Cobresal despite having fallen down 1-0, but a late late goal in added time meant no points were claimed which is a bit of a shame. Candia continues his goal scoring pace despite being blanked to end the month, while Denis is back to his patchy form and the chance to register the late signing of Guajardo means there will be two strike pairings who can rotate. The plan to have two teams who can rotate is getting closer, although there is a drop off in quality between the two options and there is going to be a need for this once the season restarts in July. In terms of performance there is still a need to tighten up defensively, and possibly to slow down our attacking game to improve the pass completion rate, but the quick counter attacking side of things is helping the offensive side of the game No longer such an outlier in the attacking game, but still converting at a decent rate. Ideally there would be a few more shots per game with the same clinical ratio. Defensively the side are still busy, but the most secure of the many busy sides with a low conversion rate against due to a combination of good keeping and forcing poor shots. So at the break San Marcos are tied for 3rd in the league, a massive overperformance in terms of expectations. And they were not too far away from sneaking the points at Cobresal that would have left them tied for 2nd with their final opponents of the month. With the season preview listing San Marcos as 10th (at the start of June) there is a nine point gap over that place which is a decent cushion. Two games to go until the halfway mark with Magallanes and Rangers the final teams to face, both of whom are languishing in the lower reaches of the table so hopefully there will be points to pick up. Due to the poor performance in the cup there are no fixtures lined up in June, so before the squad go for their break some friendlies have been lined up to have a mini pre-season and ensure the team are ready to go for when the league starts back up. There may be a minor bit of recruitment in the break to shore up any glaring gaps in the squad because the fixture list gets very busy in July and August with midweek fixtures a plenty, before reverting to one game a week between September and the end of the season in November. Unfortunately the San Marcos week off comes in the later reaches so they will face a very heavy schedule with nine games in total in August. This is why there will need to be two distinct teams ready to go to avoid an increase in injuries, and challenge teams in terms of fitness late in games. Hopefully a slightly weaker team who are fresh will outperform a tired but stronger opposition. These are the two completely separate teams, but it is likely that Garcia will be able to stay fit in goal despite the increase in games. There is a 5th and 6th CB (Rubio and Gonzalez), 3rd DL (Kalise), 5th MC (Melendez), but it will be worth looking at an extra attacking player who can fill in on the wings and up front, as Faundez can cover at DR if required. These are the attacking players at the club, with Ovalle, Beltran and Denis providing flexibility out wide, meaning the extra cover could be a central striker, meaning Von Schwedler could step up in a mini injury crisis if required. Based on the star ratings from the staff, who are poor so more than one pinch of salt is required, there are some weaker areas of the squad, but there is a nice balance between the two teams with each ST, MC and DC pairing containing one of the strongest two at the club. The left hand team is stronger on the flanks and will probably get the nod against the bigger hitters of the league, and the plan is to rotate so players don't play two games in one week, and the bench is mainly the extra players in the squad to allow full rest but there will need to be some overlap.
  3. Thanks @kevhamster - purchased, delivered, and working well I have been reading the thread for a few months to help crystallise my thoughts on what I needed, so between you and @Smurf it has been a great help
  4. April 2022 - where the reign of Asambani is shown to be that of a fool The first bad run of the season, centred around the rotation required for the midweek games of the cup. A good draw against a strong San Felipe team followed by an expected win against Concepcion, albeit laboured led to the first loss of the season against Puerto Montt who were 12th at the time. There was some rotation for this game, and then lots of the first leg against General Velasquez, which backfired, but a few players were looking tired throughout so needed to rest a bit but there is not yet the depth in the squad to have two solid sides. Velasquez also played a 4-4-2 diamond and the four men in the central areas caused issues for the two MCs for San Marcos. A switch at half time to the 4-3-3 stemmed the tide and secured an away goal, but it was too little on the day. For the second leg the 4-3-3 was used from the start, but the close run of of games and a couple of knocks meant the team was lacking and couldn't score enough goals to sneak through. So it means that the board expectation for the season has been missed. It hasn't upset the board too much, although the poor results see the criticisms start to fill up, but the good start means that there is credit in the bank. With three games until the June and July break there is a slight fall for San Marcos, but as they are aiming for mid table and are 7 points clear of 10th after 11 games is a good building block for the second half of the season. A few more trials have been offered out to see if there is a star lurking who can be added to the side for the second half of the season, but there is nobody so far. May sees three games, and Cobresal is the headline game as Cobreloa have dropped away slightly. The aim will be 7 points from the month, with wins in the home games, and then reviewing the aims for the second half of the season, where there is a bit of fixture congestion building up due to the slightly larger league this time around
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  6. 2022 Cup Draw - First Round This is made up of non-league teams and the teams from the second tier, so all draws should have a reasonable chance to progress over the two legs, especially with the strong start in the league Three all second tier ties, and San Marcos avoid that which is a positive, with Everton facing San Felipe being the tie of the round San Marcos will be facing General Velasquez over the two legged tie And for those who are following along it is a repeat of the draw from the 2021 season where a relatively strong but older team struggled in the away leg, and then a rotated team assuming the tie was gone, managed to fight back in the home leg and secure progress from the lottery of penalties. Hopefully a stronger squad, and a better team mindset means this will be done and dusted after the first leg, with a couple of players set to make their debuts after arriving after the league registration deadline
  7. March 2022 - the start of greatness? With seven games in the rear view mirror the statistics are not moving as much as first expected The attacking statistics are still leading the way, with goals against being close to average despite teams getting a higher xG against San Marcos. There has been some rotation although not at FB which may be impacting on these statistics The efficiency stats are not surprising in the defensive phase of the game, with the xG against showing how busy the GK has been. But at the other end of the pitch San Marcos are flying, and while the conversion rate has dropped a little to 22% it is still way above the rest of the league. Both Denis and Candia are running at a goal a game pace which will be difficult to keep up, so there may be a need to tweak tactically to make the team more defensively sound and grind out a few wins, but while the high scoring circus is in town things are going to keep rolling Seven games in, with every game having two San Marcos goals at least, and a hot streak from Denis after a quiet February. Candia picked up a knock before the Santiago Morning game and missed two matches, but has kept up his consistent streak with a goal in every game he has played. The Santiago Morning game was a poor one going down 2-0 then 3-1 with Barrientos struggling to step up after Candia was injured, but a switch between the roles of Denis and Barrientos managed to spark the team into life. But the big story of the month, at least for the football fanatics in Arica was the surprise wins against Palestino and Everton. The Palestino game was a rearguard action, with the second goal coming on the counter as they pushed for an equaliser. The game against Everton was much more equal, but the second goal came in a similar way. No tactical changes defensively for those two games but they were the first two clean sheets of the season. Seven games is still early for the table, especially as with each game week there is one team sitting out. But San Marcos are sitting pretty, and the nearest team with a game in hand can't catch them from that. The caveat, apart from it being early, is that the teams San Marcos has faced currently sit in 3rd, 7th, 8th, 10th, 14th, 15th, and 17th, so lots of teams in the lower reaches of the table, so despite having seen off two of the promotion favourites there are still tough games to go. Hopefully the joys of momentum and a positive mood around the club can keep San Marcos rolling for a few more games before a sticky spot. San Felipe will be tough straight up, but the rest of the month is slightly easier, leaving the challenging games against Cobreloa and Cobresal for May. April also brings the first round of the cup, but with the draw not happening until the 11th April the cup preview will have to wait.
  8. February 2022 A lot of new faces to try and bed in, with something like 9 debuts handed out in the first game of the season. And a good start, against middling opposition admittedly, with the new strike pairing combining for four goals and another from Barrientos off the bench. Copiapo have the same 33-1 odds as San Marcos, with Valdivia and Barnchea being even longer shots for the title, and Valdivia are favourites for the bottom of the table, so it wasn't the hardest start to the season, but it is good points to pick up early Three games (two for some teams due to the odd number of teams in the league) is really too early for statistics, but this one jumped out due to San Marcos being a massive outlier. 26% conversion rate, with the next highest coming in at 14%, is no way sustainable, but if it lasts through March then it will help with some tricky fixtures ahead Palestino and Everton both dropped from the First Division and are among the favourites to go back up, which gives two hard games. Fortunately they are both at home, but that does mean the two games against expected mid-table Santiago Morning and Nublense are away and will be tough too, The aim will be to pick up some form of points in every game, but that is unlikely.
  9. 2022 Pre-Season The four friendlies went relatively well, as Cienciano were expected to win and it gave a chance for the new players to bed in, while some trialists had the opportunity to join the ranks throughout. Not the heaviest schedule, but one that helped with the preparations for the new season. And the board were happy going into February. The cricitism is about a player released at the end of their contract, and in comparision to the finances of Vilches and Veloso who are unsigned the board are sad that there was no income from him going. It is safe to say that we weren't going to be offering the same level of wage to him, so it is a good move to Aviles. But as he was in the final year of his contract on arrival, no teams wanted to pay for him, and if he had signed they would have been put off by him recently putting pen to paper. Elsewhere things look good, although not quite good enough for the overall rating These are the players signed before the season ticked over And these after, which looks like a lot but there was also a mass exodus from the club, with most of these players being younger, cheaper, and while they might be slightly poorer now, have room to improve This is the list of players who left when their contracts expired. That is 12 going out, with 14 coming in to replace them. With lots of the new players signing for more than one season there should be a smaller turnover as 2022 ends and allow the squad to be strengthened instead of overhauled. Two players left on loan due to the foreign registration limits. Baclini has been covered by the signing of Garcia and Parra, both Chilean and slightly less adept in goal, but they should do a reasonable job for a mid table side. Afolabi heads back to Nigeria for the season, and brings in some money which the board like, helping to avoid issues of him getting upset about the formations. Gonzalez didn't attract any attention as his extension was relatively recent, despite offering to pay a chunk of his wages, or offering him on loan with no fees to pay. Instead he was asked to engineer a move, wanted to stay, was demoted to the U19s and then got upset, asked for a transfer, but was unable to find anyone willing to take him. There will be renewed attempts to move him on in the mid-season window. That does mean that there is space for one more foreign player, whether that is recalling one of the two out on loan, or keeping the slot free to pick up a difference maker in an area of weakness. One challenge is that the final three signings came after the window closed, and can't be registered currently which is annoying. I am pretty sure that last season any free signings were able to be added to the squad. Hopefully they are happy to muddle around in the U19s and play in the cup until the registration window opens again. With the season due to be started, next up, the odds for San Marcos have lengthened slightly, going out to 33-1 and moving them to 11th in the prediction list. Not too bad considering the massive turnover in players from a team expected to be relegation fodder the previous season.
  10. 2022 Season Preview Before we get into the preparations for the season there was a nice chunk of updates about finances which is worth considering for this San Marcos team. Not a huge gap between the teams in terms of money, but if we can close that gap a bit more it would be helpful in the quest to reach a positive bank balance. A decent amount, that can hopefully be boosted by a cup run to help the financial picture. Last season we started £721,000 in the red, and improved early but the signings pushed the wages slightly too high, despite being in budget, and caused a loss overall. But there has been a massive decrease in the wage bill this season due to getting rid of lots of higher paid older players The finance team see us gaining around £500k this season, so pretty much the whole of the TV deal. Which means we can afford to bring in a player or two, but could do amazing things if we can trim the wage bill a little more This is great in terms of adding players as the season goes on because there is room to add them in. So a difference maker will be able to step in relatively easily with the money to make it work. In the league there are a couple of changes taking place, as the league starts to rebuild after limited relegation in previous years Four more games in the leauge, and two going down means the aim is 15th at a minimum although the board and players want to aim for midfield. The playoffs for the second promotion spot could be a bit of a lottery after the tightly compacted table last season Aside from that there isn't much change, with the only issue for San Marcos is registering all their non-Chileans, and Sanchez Asambani is working on loaning players out to try and avoid a riot. The media dream team is made up of players from the three relegated teams, and the gap in odds between the top teams and 4th shows there is a gap in quality between the two leagues. But the big surprise is that San Marcos are predicted 8th. Although they have the same odds as the team predicted in 11th, and there is not much to separate teams throughout the league. With the big changes in the squad the dynamics has changed a lot. With the plans to move two players out the importance of Gonzalez will make it harder to send him out, but hopefully a loan deal keeps the squad happy.
  11. It is looking even better now, as having looked at the squad and moved on a few days we hit the season reset date, and there was a pleasant surprise in the preview
  12. Beginning 2022 December seemed to take forever, between scouring the scout reports for players who might help, a conveyor belt of trials (without matches) and little time to fire up FM, somehow the calendar has slowly ticked over. And that means two things 1) all the out of contract players have left 2) all the deals done to get players who were out of contract elsewhere have seen them rock up at San Marcos ready to start the season This is the first team squad on the 6th January, and there are still a couple of gaps around. Goalkeeper is one, with the need for a backup. There was a Chilean 21 year old on trial by he was wooed by higher wages elsewhere, so the hunt is on. Defensively the side should be set, with two decent options for each FB slot, and 4 DCs plus a couple of players who are comfortable filling in for the occasional game. Five MCs means that there is scope to rotate between the 4-4-2 (wide AM) and 4-3-3 we used against dominant teams without tiring out all the options. Two options at both AM slots (AMR and AML) means there is possibly a need for a depth option to cover for injuries, although some of the STs can move out wide without too much of a problem Three options up front means the strike paring can work, and if there are injuries then the 4-3-3 becomes a more viable option. So any signings at this point will be depth, a backup GK, or a player who is too good to ignore. But there is a slight problem with the squad Two too many players from outside of Chile. Which is a real error of judgement in trying to sign the best players available and was due to recruiting on the move, with the squad filled with players who were still out of contract and not keeping tabs on which foreign players were sticking around These are the eight foreign players at the club. Starting with the easy decision, Beltran gets to stay because he is under 20, and the only player who fits that category. So from the remaining seven, two need to move on, as they can't be registered. Baclini, Lopez, Gonzalez and Afolabi were at the club last season, so moving them on is slightly easier as it won't be shipping out a new player straight away. Afolabi is upset that he was played at MC and not DM last season, and there is interest in loaning him, so that would be an easy option. If there is a couple of decent Chilean GKs then Baclini could be moved on, especially as he has the highest wage of the seven. Denis and Candia are slated as the starting strike pairing. Matheuzinho is due to start at AML, Lopez is due to start at DL. Which seems to point to the DC position and Gonzalez as the other player to consider moving. Summary Two players need to be moved on, without causing mass unrest. It will be two out of Gonzalez, Afolabi, Baclini, depending on replacements that can be found from scouting reports, or random players who rock up at the club door wanting a trial. The team still needs a backup GK regardless.
  13. Currently playing in Chile and in intake was October (season is Jan-Dec so it fits the timeline of a Aug-Jun with March intake)
  14. I like the idea of the nice weather. Should help the team play decent fast flowing football (in a few years). I am always amazed that it seems at least one member of the community has experience (however loosely) to some of these random far flung clubs that are chosen relatively randomly
  15. Haven’t thought about loan deals too much yet, as I would rather sign the players and not have another manager demanding they play a certain amount, or in a certain position or role. Although thinking about it as I type, it would add something interesting in terms of tactical shape to try and meet their demands, and the needs of the club. But thank you for the information about Huachipato being one of the better academies. At least one member of staff is going to become very closely attached to a range of budget hotels in the area during the 2022 season, and may well get questioned about their tendency to be asking about players who are barely 18...
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