San Marino Calcio
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Season 1 Review
This season was all about getting promoted at the first season. Thankfully we managed to do that. It wasn’t until writing this season review that I realized quite how dominant we had been. We won the league by 12 points but as you can see on the combined screen, at home we were unbeaten and only conceded 6 goals all season and never more than 1 in a game.
Initially I wanted to win the Serie D Cup but it became more about resting my main league players and giving the rest of the players game time and the opportunity to push for a league role. We never really impressed and the worse thing about the way we knocked out is that I forgot to change to my Cup team!
The main transfer philosophy this year was very simple, loan in players for the league season. We loaned in 7 players at the start of the year and the a further one in January. All of the players coming in on loan were bought in without paying anything and this is key while the finances are in a mess. The added bonus of bringing in loan players is that if they start to moan about a lack of game time then they can just be sent back to their parent clubs and we are no worse off. The free transfers of Mazzolli & Verdun were key signings and both were a big part of our first team this season.
As expected the finances are a mess although I feel that it could be worse. I will hopefully try to bring in some big money friendlies during the pre-season but I think the finances are probably going to be in the red until we can get into Serie B/A. A good cup run would probably be helpful next season but just like this season the cup isn’t going to be as important as the league.
Following our promotion from Serie D we have have become a professional team. While it will probably take a year or two to get all players sorted onto professional contracts the most important thing for me was that I could employ some more coaches as our training will need to be improved as we move up the leagues.
I forgot to take a screenshot of the youth intake which wasn’t great for San Marino players although the best prospect Sebastiano Di Giorgio has already received his full international cap before he has even played for our first team. Hopefully next year I can integrate him into the first team and try to improve him. Maybe he can break Andy Selva’s record of 72 caps?
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San Marino National Team
Overview | 2016 Fixtures | 2017 Fixtures | World Rankings
So far the national team has really surprised me. Their worst defeat has only been 3-0 including a visit from World Champions Germany, and even better than that a 1-1 draw at home to Northern Ireland. The scoreline doesn’t reflect the full scale of the game though as you can see. So close to a famous home win. A draw to Gibraltar at home rounded of a very promising year for the national team. 2017 started with a disappointing result at home to Azerbaijan but they quickly got over that loss with a win away to Gibraltar. Although they lost the next game to the Czechs to only lose 1-0 to a side ranked 44th in the world is a step in the right direction.
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