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  1. Feels similar to me except I haven't won anything so I don't want to give up yet. The promises they made were to bring in Jorge Cuenca (good) and Dominik Szoboszlai (not great) which they did, spending a eye watering 71 million on them, putting 200k/week onto my wage budget. After finishing 2nd at the end of the season, I wanted to bring in a new CB and Cuenca is a great option so I didn't take up the optional fee on Bella-Kotchap. But Szoboszlai... He doesn't really fit well into my midfield as I like to play 2 fairly defensive CM's (BBM and Carrilero) and he isn't good enough to play CAM/CDM for me but at the same time, he's too good to be a bench option so I'll have to adapt. But with these two players arriving, I haven't spent a single penny despite having £34 million and 131k/week in the transfer budget remaining, it feels almost like I'm cheating with those 2 players joining effectively for free.
  2. Wasn't to be, Milan dropped points in both games but Inter won the final two games of the season. Improvement finishing second, the last game of the season was a empathic 4-nil victory against Juve, with all four goals in the first half: So Dimarco won player of the season and was excellent with 9 goals and 17 assists. 4-1-2-1-2 really does make the fullback positions the most important outlet, but I really like Dimarco and all 3 of my RB's. But my pick was Wellinton who was excellent in his first season in Italy. His disciplinary record was pretty funny getting booked in every other game (21 cards in 42 games!) but I kinda love him for it. He has low aggression (7) and no bad personailty traits but he knows how to foul like Lee Cattermole reincarnated. My squad really contributed this season and due to injury's and patchy form, my rotation upfront led to having 3 strikers scoring 20+ goals. Petkov was injured for alot of the season but still managed 8 goals. I panic bought a new CB and 2 RB's basically on deadline day, but Guillamon isn't amazing and just a backup for now. At RB I was happy with Conti and Vignoni, but previous loanee Corentin Louakima became available and at 22 years old he has years to improve and was a steal at £7 million. Bella-Kotchap formed a really good partnership at CB with Gabrielle Corbo and I will try to buy him for the optional fee, I do have a funny feeling that he will want >100k/week but lets see. Leaving the club is captain Mattia Zaccagni who leaves after 4 seasons, I looked at renewing his contract but he wanted 50k/week which was far too much for a backup. AND TAKEOVER: After embargo number 7, the club has new owners and have severed the ties with Napoli. I've never seen them do the campaign promises though! Both players are good, but ultra expensive!
  3. Consistency does become dull when don't win anything! Good to see another Bari game though. I've just been kicked out of the Europa League semi's to Tottenham on away goals and the Italian Cup semi's to Milan (for the second or third year running) so my only chance is in the league. Inter have just lost 3 games in a row and have been top of the league in 30/36 match weeks. I would need to win both and the other two would need to lose a game each (Milan play Parma and Udinise, Inter play Bologna and Fiorentina) which I don't think will happen. I play Juve and Roma in my final games which are alot harder if it seemed a bit too easy. It's an improvement on two 5th place finishes in a row, but I'd really like a trophy to add to my Serie C/C winner and Serie C supercup victories.
  4. SI owes me a mouse... They're bottom of the ****ing league and score 4 in one half and have only scored 17 goals in 30 games.
  5. Just reached January 2025 and I'm under my 5th transfer embargo due to proposed takeovers (this time I will be replaced by Michael Laudrup according to the press) so I cannot bring anyone in. I sold Marcos Senesi to River plate for £8.25 million after the last game in December, he had only played in the Europa League this season and only had 18 months left on his contract. For the moment, I have just promoted a youth prospect from the U20's but with my 3rd choice CB now unhappy I hope this takeover goes through/fails quickly. But even better is Passlack, in the summer I had offered a new contract but in the period before he renewed, Inter had offered £18 million which I rejected as it was the final day of the window. He signs his contract and is now worth £18 and now this happened. Schalke, you are making this a very hard deal to turn down... He's progressed alot since I signed him in 2022, is currently my vice captain and has an average rating of 7.54 so I'm in two minds on what to do, any suggestions? There aren't a huge number of good naturally attacking RB's and if this was an easy position to replace like central midfielders/striker (regens seem to be available and everywhere) I wouldn't even think twice. Otherwise in the league I'm doing better than last season, but Inter have taken the league by storm and are unbeaten and have only let in 7 gols so far. I've let in 9, but my away form is patchy which hasn't helped. On the plus side Eddie Salcedo is top scorer in the league and Frederico Dimarco is top of the assist table. Update 20-6-20: (it's gone quiet in this thread but I didn't want to double post). So I let Passlack go, he cost me £2.1 million in 2022 and to make a £33 million pound profit is too good for a side like Bari to turn down. No-one who is an improvement on second choice RB (regen) Vignoni is available for less than £40 million, so for now I've done something I don't do very often and bring in a old man for my team in Andrea Conti. He hasn't played much all season for Milan but they have Calabria and Romanian international Ratiu at RB. He was out of contract and was available for just under a million and at 30 years old, I think he should have 1-2 seasons left in him. My scouts rated him at 3 stars the same as Vignoni so they will rotate for now whilst Vignoni learns Italian. Otherwise, January has been kind on the pitch but brutal off of it. Key wins vs Roma and Juve have opened the gap between me and Milan in 2/3rd to 4th to 5 points, but off it... Wow. So Liverpool offered £3 million for Plizzari and he's now unhappy despite me saying he can leave for his release clause (£22 million). I think the way the players react when their contract has a reasonable release clause needs changing, it's just unfair that 1 bid can unsettle someone so much. Furthermore Chelsea and Man Utd have offered on my talisman LB Dimarco. Thankfully, he came asking for a new contract after the bids were rejected so for a modest 5k/week increase he's still happy. I've signed two regens on frees, a GK from Crotia and a LW from Bayern whilst I think I have a new attacking LB on the way in the summer (already reached two 'foreign' player limit). Hopefully with champions league football, I won't have to rely on 3 loan signings a year and LB is one of those positions I've always filled with a loanee.. He's a gamble, but at £3 million it's not going to break the bank.
  6. Quick one, with Haaland gone I turned to one of two options, a young lad from Perugia and a 22 year old from Genk. Ironically despite the younger lad being my prefered option due to the higher aggresion (I like an advanced forward/pressing forward combo) they would not remove the 'sign replacement' option first so the transfer didn't go through in time. So in the end I spent £23 million on Australian international with the most greek name ever Thanais Pananikolopoulos. His aggression is low, but he was the best option I can see. Let's hope his partnership with Salcedo works out otherwise it's an expensive flop!
  7. Couldn't board limit on wage is 80k/week, he wanted 120k/week which he was never going to negotiate on. He's signed for Lazio on 110k with a 10% yearly increase. This is the original version so he isn't brilliant and RedBull let him leave on a bosman. Strangely he didn't attract much attention when I signed him, but because Bari have such a low reputation he would only sign with a £25 million buyout which I was able to upgrade by £10 million half way through the year.
  8. Tonali is pretty much the same on this current save as well, he's good but I think Neves or Arthur are arguably better than him. On my save, things have taken an awkward turn, one day before the start of the season and this happened. It was fun whilst it lasted but Haaland is off to Lazio for his buyout. Ironically during the negotiations I was able to offer him a contract but he wanted at least 40k more than my top offer of 80k/week. I dislike when they move to a domestic rival, very irritating. But on the other hand, £35 million profit.
  9. End of 2023/2024: After commenting on this page that Juve were 6 points clear with 8 games to go, Inter managed to overturn the deficit (and win the Europa League) to top the league. I had a fairly torrid second half of the season and finish 5th for the second year running. All in all, I scored more goals than last year but ended up with 1 less point. As said previously I had to switch from 4-4-2 to a 4-1-2-1-2 narrow which was more balanced. New signing Dumortier had some excellent games in the hole behind the strikers. I sometimes find playing a CAM to be frustrating, but I've found by limiting the 2 CM's to less adventurous roles really allows the CAM to find space and play with freedom: Team of the season: Player of the season for me was probably Dimarco, who was pretty much ever present and first name on the teamsheet. Signing of the season was Gabriele Corbo, excellent at CB alongside either Senesi or Marchizza. Poorest was probably Martinelli on loan from Arsenal as he never got going, and as my 2nd highest earner (37k). The only issue moving forward was what formation to select for next season. Due to both Darone and Martinelli returned to their parent clubs and leaving me with no LM'ers in the end, I have decided to keep going with 4-1-2-1-2 and will look to move on some players. Transfers so far: The summer isn't over but I've been busy. Going back to playing a CDM left me with the aging Zaccagni as first choice, so in game regen Wellinton who I found using the 'find similar players' from Zaccagni. He was expensive, but he suits what I want from a CDM; passing, vision and teamwork. I have never played a battling CDM, I prefer one to sit in front of the back 4 and spray passes whilst keeping in formation. Vignoni joins from Club Brugge, who were a little to happy to let him go (I offered £4.6 and they accepted without negotiation). Last summer I just signed two loans for LB/RB cover, but with Passlack attracting scouts/attention weekly I wanted to have a good solid backup with room to improve. And finally (for now) Bella-Kotchap arrives on loan from Man City. I tried to sign him 2 seasons ago, but he chose City over me (I wasn't surprised). I have a £10 million pound option on him, which I am likely to take up. On the outgoing, I am sad that Despodov wanted to leave and after 3 good seasons I'm happy to make a £6 million pound profit. If I were planning to play RW/LW I would have kept him. Otherwise some fringe players leave both permenantly and on loan for experience. Finally, Haaland. So on the premier league deadline day, Man Utd offer £15 million (he's worth £16.75) which I reject. He's unhappy, I agree to let him leave for his release clause (which I upgraded mid-season to £35 million) but they proceed to offer £19->£21->£23->£26 million which just pisses me off. I reject all, he's even more annoyed and I'm unhappy. I then get some utterly ridiculous offers including this one from Schalke. Well done AI, I'll pay £6 million pounds in wages for a player I don't want to sell whilst accepting less money than his value. Lunacy.
  10. I think it must be your save as Juve have won the league 3/4 years (came 3rd in the other) and this year are 6 points clear on my save with 8 games to go this season. The only thing they haven't done is got anywhere in the Champions League, where Liverpool have won 3 years in a row. Things may change as Raimundo is joining Man Utd this summer. Guardiola is at Inter in my save and the AI have done a good job on buying players, bringing in the likes of Gnabry, Tonali, Baro, Guerreiro etc. Will post a full update later, my season hasn't been great since January. Although the plan was to go to a flat 4-4-2, I'm finding without any CDM's my defence is getting ripped apart when I go chasing goals, no matter the opposition so I've moved to a narrow 4-1-2-1-2 to maintain 2 strikers as that's unnegotiable for this season. I've had a 5-match and a 6-match losing steak, which included being knocked out of the Italian cup 5-2 on aggregate and the Europa league 5-1 on aggregate (to Inter who smashed me). But when it works.... wow:
  11. Spent all of January looking for a new CM, Alessio Riccadi was my top pick but as I was £20 million short I had to look elsewhere! He was unhappy at Roma and joined Man Utd for £44 million, I think this may be a good thing as with the likes of Pogba, Tielemans, Fernandes, Mount and Grealish he may not be overly happy with potentially diminished playing time. He's one of the few HG at club players that exists for Bari, so I'd love for him to come home (even if he spent all 3 of the years on loan)! Hunting for a CM in January however is awful, everyone wants either £130 million for a 19 year old or the older pro's (Brozovic, Zielinski and Gagliardini) want £80k+. Brozovic and Zielinski turned my loan offers down (neither want to play for Bari) and Gagliardini was very expensive (£70k + 100k fee/month with compulsary £5 million buy) so I moved away to look at mid-priced younger players. In the end I looked at 3, all regens whose club would actually start to negotiate within my budget. Unfortunately Angel Ruiz isn't European so wouldn't be able to join until the end of the season despite being the cheapest at £7 million. Despite Clerc being unhappy, he hasn't handed in a transfer request so Standard will not budge from his buyout of £25 million, which my board will not sanction (this feature is bloody irritating). In the end despite my team not playing a CAM, Dumortier is accomplised at CM, has a great personality and 2 great player traits. He's costing a club record £9 million upfront with £7.5 over 3 years, but I think after he has been followed by Barcelona and Madrid that he is the best long term choice for the club. My only other transfer is to bring in this other regen from Lazio. It's a strange one as he only joined Lazio in 2020 and after spending 2/3 seasons on loan, he's out of contract and thankfully he wanted to stay in Italy.
  12. So Bari Jan 2024. So far so good, I'm not going to win the league but am very competitive sitting in 4th position with 31 points, 6 behind Inter. In the Europa league I topped the group on goal difference against Everton. The away leg against Everton was a thrilling 3-3 draw after being 2 down showing some grit and detemination. Player wise, fitting into a new formation was always going to be a bit of a challenge, with all 3 RW'ers in the squad only accomplised at the start of the season. In January 2/3 have now become natural, but ironically Despodov who hasn't is still probably the best performer at RM(a). Haaland himself isn't pulling up trees but his partnership with Salcedo looks to be growing with 14 goals between the pair. Otherwise Petkov is a really good backup striker, well worth the £4 million I spent on him. He's got 4 goals from 4(11) appearances with a 7.01 average and really looks like a class act. If I have to sell one of Haaland or Salcedo I have no hesitation on promoting him to first choice. I've often wondered how good the club dividends are for the owners after sitting and growing a fortune (£30->50 million) for over a year now and finally they have given me some extra money! How to spend it however I'm not sure, I could sign some backups but I think I'll wait and see if anyone interesting gets transfer listed.
  13. It's impressive, unless I'm playing with huge piles of cash, I have a 22 man squad, 2 players for every position apart from CB where I have 3 not 4. I've never seen the need to have 4 CB's unless you play 3CBs when I have 5. On that I haven't played 5atb in ages. I also wanna say thankyou for that link, it had me in stitches. Loved how he tried to sign every shithouse in football and was devastated when Cattermole retired. I think it'd be interesting to try something like this, the only problem I had was that his squad became less competitive over time, not because of the cards but the bad signings. I rarely sign players over 30 unless they're GK's so it might be something fun to try.
  14. @Weston 3 players per position? So your squad is 33 ish players or? If so, congrats on keeping them all happy lol. No update from me, but I just clicked continue and saw this football fight out of the corner of my eye. 12 yellows and 4 red cards, made me smile alot (i'm neither side!)
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