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  1. HbG93 - AC Cesena 2027/28Table - End of season Squad - Best Eleven - Finances - Facilities - Commercial Summary - Transfers - Fixtures 1 - Fixtures 2 The Year: Our first outing in the Serie A went quite well! A 15-6-17 record I would wager is a very impressive showing for us. We scored 51 goals and conceded 66 giving us a -15 goal difference. Nothing pretty about that. However considering the fact we had a change of goalkeeper from a Serie A level goalkeeper in Stefano Alemanni 23B too the young Lorenzo Napoli 24D. This was because Stefano announced his intention too let his expiring contract run out. I decided too cash in by selling him off too Palermo. Another player was in the same situation, and it was none other than Achraf Bouayadi 24A luckily I was able too lock him down on a new long term contract after the transfer window shut. There is no doubting that our survival wouldn't have been this comfortable without the Moroccan striker. Perhaps we wouldn't even have made it. He was by far the star for us, and most other players performance wise had little too speak off. But still my team is youngsters! So a year of Serie A football can only help improve them. In fact he became the European Golden Boot winner! With this he also became the African attacker of the year with the team of the year both in Africa and Serie A. The Moroccan also rocked a 76% vote for the fans player of the season. This promotion also saw big increases in our finances and reputation. I look forward too the advantages that could bring. As I have newer and improved training and youth facilities already in the works. Youth Intake: Another intake that leaves for more too be desired. Perhaps it's time we considered a new Head of Youth Development? He might have produced the goods he could find. Still Matteo Correnti 28A is a talented fellow! If it wasn't for him however the intake would be very lackluster. My favorite thing about Matteo is without a doubt the awe size of the lad. Ola Andersen 28B main point of interest is the fact hes Norwegian. However he has severe lack of mental attributes, and I wouldn't expect much from him anytime soon. Marco Ferretti 28C suffers from the same issue and on top of this he plays a non position in the club. Last of the ones I bother sharing is Simone Cacchi 28D a goalkeeper I can assure you will never get passed 3rd string. Next Year: Having survived our first year in the Serie A quite comfortable and tied down Achraf Bouayadi 24A. My hopes is too somewhat reproduce the season going forward. I have no doubt about that we need growing time! I also have little belief in us relegating anytime soon. Until we can more recruits that can display the level that our little Moroccan I don't expect any silverware or European adventures too come across us. We have some of the puzzle pieces already in Pulazzi 25B and Amerighi 26A. But they still could do with a season or two before we can demand them too be leading players for the team. Hopefully in the meantime we also pick up others than can help lift the team further. I do however have a hope too get a bit of a cup run going in the future years. Not too win or anything. But for the excitement. Speaking of which I have considered asking for a new stadium, but at the same time we still have some space left in our current stadium. Come end of next season I might have a chat about it.
  2. HbG93

    The Youth Factory: Cesena

    Let's catch up on Serie A I took me until the 9th season before my Cesena team was allowed too play Serie A football. But during our 3 years in the Lega Pro Girone B and 5 in the Serie B Eurobet what happened in the Serie A TIM? Join me as I take a look on the 6 teams little look at media's 5 favorite teams, and explore the history of the years played. Let's just start with the most curious thing. Who had won Serie A during the 8 years. What storyline would we find? Have a team broken Juventus winning streak, or have they carried on? Maybe we have a bit back and forth going on. Well if we look at the past winners during these 8 years. It reveals perhaps a bit sad history as Juventus has kept their iron hold of Serie A with taking another 8 titles on their already 7 streak. The more interesting thing is the competition between the other teams. With Napoli having some strong early years before the two Milian sides worse and became Juventus main competition. However in the recent years Napoli have comeback. On top of this Roma comes in here and there. Below I also included the TIM Cup. A competition I have had little too no success in so far. While the cup doesn't see a complete iron hold by Juventus they still are the bigger talking point in terms of titles taken. But a interesting talking point is Inter playing in 5 out of these 8 finals and only winning 1 of them. Past Winners Serie A Past Winners Tim Cup Juventus Let's just move on and talk about the clubs specifics. Juventus the monster flagship of Italian football have had an iron hold domestic football taking every Serie A title during this saves run time. On top of that they also took home 4 TIM Cup titles. But the crown jewel of Juventus continued success is without a doubt their Champions League title in 2020. Meaning Cristiano Ronaldo did achieve his goal in the black and white. With all this sucess it shouldn't come as a suprise that Juventus has had the least manager changing of the 5 clubs during the 8 years. Massimiliano Allegri was the Juventus manager for 10 years before Diego Simeone took over in the summer of 2024 after Allergi left too manage in the Premier League. Diego Simone have continued the success of Allegri having a 76% win rate. Looking at their historic best eleven it showcases a team of football superstars. In goal is Wojciech Szczesny who guarded the Juventus goal in 248 matches before taking moving on in 2025 too play for AS Saint-Etienne. Their current goalkeeper is Brazilian up and comer Jair who has started getting matches for the Brazilian national team. On the right back is Almamy Toure a player who joined Juventus in 2024 from PSG. On the opposite side of him is the best left-back I have ever seen in Bujar Sulejmani. In the middle Leonardo Bonucci and Daniele Rugani makes the pair with 319 and 403 matches respectively. Rugani is still going strong at 33 for Juventus, but his partner is now Said Boussaboun a new future star of the Gli Azzuri. Paulo Dybala and Rodrigo Bentantcur makes up the CM pair. Having played 451 and 317 matches. They both remain with Juventus, but they have gotten strong competition from the Brazilian Wellington Daniel and Paraguayan wonderkid Ruben Benitez. Douglas Costa sits on the right wing and he managed 322 matches before taking a pre retirement year with Celta Vigo now Jeffrey Furtado a Portugese inside forward taking his place. A fellow countryman is on the left wing in Cristano Ronaldo who played 258 matches for Juventus before retiring in 2024. Another Portugese player has gotten the task of filling his boots in Joao Felix. In the middle AMC position we have Isaac Amankwah a world class Juventus Academy product. Up top is their current terrorizer of a striker named Santiago Garcia. While I cannot view all the players attributes properly due too not really having a scouting department too show their players. I can ensure you that Juventus by far is the favorites too win this years Serie A. Roma With Juventus taking all the league titles there is little room for trophies too brag about for Roma. But they did win the TIM cup in 2026, and became last years runner-up. In short Roma is on a high currently. Roma have over 8 years managed too burn trough 5 different managers. With Eusebio Di Francesco signing off in summer of 2019. His replacements Vincenzo Montella and Fabriizio Picareta didn't last long. Fatih Terim would lead the club before current manager Jorge Sampaoli found his way too the team in the summer of 2023. Boasting a win rate of 60% since his arrival. Looking at their historic best eleven is a rather interesting. The high praised shot stopper Robin Olsen played 119 matches for Roma before moving on and spending 5 years with Spartak Moscow, and from there he spent a year in CSKA Moscow before retiring. The 4 man back line contain real life favorites Alessandro Florenzi and Kostas Manolas who managed 263 and 309 matches. Florenzi would take 2 years in Ukraine before retiring this year. Manolas on the other hand did a bit of a journeyman travel in his latter days. Taking a year with Young Boys, then CSKA Moscow and currently DC United. Dan-Axel Zagadou and Mykola Matvienko makes up the rest of the 4- man line. Zagadou is still with Roma and is looking too add on his 130 match total. The same with Mykola Matvienko who is up at 314 matches! Steven Nzonzi spent 7 years with Roma before taking a pre retirement year back in France. In this time managed 257 matches. He was replaced by Belgium wonderkid Sebastian Derijck. Bryan Cristante and Bruno Fernandes are both with the team having played 358 and 279 matches for Roma so far. On the right wing we find a newer inclusion in Kevin Cannavo with 172 matches. He joined Roma from Palermo. However he seems too have run out of favor as of last season with Dennis Man now playing on the right wing. Someone still in favor is left win Mauro Frijia a world quality Italian left wing who has already racked up 247 matches despite being only 24 years old. Up top is Patrik Schick with 319 matches who is still the first option for the team. All in all I think Roma is sure too be one of the main contenders too overthrow Juventus. Inter Inter have been one of the more consistent challengers domestically, but their only showing for their efforts are runner-ups and a TIM Cup trophy from 2024. Inter seems too have a runner-up curse as they also came second twice in the Europa League in 2021 and 2023. Their manager history is Luciano Spalletti sacked and replaced by Rafa Benitez who after 4 years resigned. His replacement was none other than Pep Guardiola but after 2 years and 146 he was sacked with Thomas Tuchel taking on the Job 5th of January 2027 replacing 13 day old caretaker Rui Faria. The Inter best eleven is also a interesting one. We have Blackburn Rovers goalie David Raya in goal for Inter, and hes still going strong for them. He has protected their goal in 246 matches so far. His back line consists of Sime Vrsjalko: 240 matches, Milan Skriniar: 417 matches, Alessandro Bastoni: 303 matches and Aldair Castillo: 146 matches. Sime has retired and I cannot access his history. I do however know his replacement is Vladanko Tadic who joined Inter in 2023 from FK Partizan. He has since gone on too become the leading Serbian and Inter right-back. Milan Skriniar and Alessandro Bastoni still is the starting options for Inter! A long term duo going on strong. I am quite impressed with the fact Milan Skriniar never transferred from Inter considering Juventus domestic hold. The left back is a Colombian speedster who joined Inter from MLS side Minnesota. Their center midfield duo is the Italians Roberto Gagliardini and Rolando Mandragora sitting at 374 and 181 matches. Cool too see that Gagliardini never left, and very interesting that former Juventus player Rolando Mandragora ended up here. Lautaro Martinez with 366 matches is the right winger a position he doesn't currently play as that is left too Andrija Zivkovic. Joao Mario is the man in the hole with 192 matches this despite him leaving in 2024 too join his former team Sporting CP. I am not sure how Inter replaced him. I think they used a collection of players moving about. But the current starting AMC for Inter is the 34 year old Jesse Lingard but they have an Injury on a striker so I suspect Lautaro Martinez drops back into the AMC if that player isn't injured. Matteo Politano wiuth 188 matches is the left winger of choice. He is no longer with Inter leaving them in 2024. Since then he has been in a host of thems from Celta Vigo, Palermo, Torino too now Wolfsburg. He was replaced by Brazilian youngster Gregore who has yet too really live up too expectations. Closing out the team there could be no other than Mauro Icardi with 411 matches! He is still at Inter and from what I can tell he is still first option. Crazy that he never left Inter. All in all looking at the Inter squad they have some class players their issue is a bit of an ageing generation mixed with not having Juventus level of width. Napoli Napoli have wobbled a bit back and forth in domestic placements. Having won the TIM Cup this year with third placements in 2025, 2027 and second in 2026. Napoli is on a good stride with their current generation. They also was the team that denied Inter the Europa League title in 2023. They enjoy having some quality middle aged players mixed with some high experienced ones. Napoli has also had far less manager movements with Carlo Ancelotti getting the sack after the 2022 season with Sergio Conceicao taking the regins before resigning the form the role. In 29/7/204 current manager Unai Emery took the Napoli throne. Their historic best eleven has a rather big surprise inclusion. But starting from the back is Alex Meret in goal with 315 matches, and he has plenty of time too add more. Elseid Hysaj is the right back with 397 matches however he left this transfer window too Dynamo Kyiv. His replacement is a promising 21 year old right-back from Fluminense named Dentinho. Their center defense duo is Kalidou Koulibaly and Svetozar Markovic with 415 and 116 matches. Koulibaly has now reached the age of 36 and while still being in Napoli. I don't except his number too grow much. Svetozar Markovic however will and Napoli need too proper replace Koulibaly as the defender starting ahead of him is the 34 year old Antonio Rudiger. Now for the real surprise. Their left-back is Mattia De Sciglio who joined Napoli back in 2021 playing for them until 2026 before leaving for Austrian. Yes Austrian football. Their current left-back is a Brazilian named Savinho who at 25 years old is yet too have a proper breakthrough with the national team. Making their center midfield duo is Amadou Diaware with 365 matches and Lukasz Opalacz with 231 matches. The latter is still with them at 30 years of age having been with Napoli for now 12 years. Opalacz is a Polish world class playmaker who could have a long Napoli career ahead of him. The 3 man AM line is Lorenzo Insigne: 354, Joaquin Correa: 140 and Malcolm: 190 matches. A bit surprising considering on the bench is Simone Verdi with 316 matches. Of these 3 players only Malcom is still in the first team with Joaquin Correa seeing some play off the bench. The legend Insigne has retired after taking a year in Greece with AEK. But Napoli has good replacements for these two. In the middle is Amine Harit a Moroccan trickster. And playing on the left is Alexander Isak. Their striker of choice is Arkadiuiz MIlik who managed 194 matches. However his replacement is Brazil star Indio, and with 139 matches hes closing in on replacing Milik on the historic XI too. All in all looking at the Napoli squad. There is no doubting their starting members being capable of taking wins over any of the Serie A teams. However there is a concerning lack of depth here. Milan Our fifth and final team too look on is A.C Milan. A team that in terms of titles have only a TIM Cup in 2022 too really feel good about. Unless you put much stock in their Supercoppa TIM win in 2023. Despite this lack of titles Milan has had surprisingly few manager changes. Gennaro Gattuso left in 2024 after getting the sack. Former Napoli and great Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti was hired for his second stint with Milan. It ended in a sacking which is where current manager Gareth Southgate comes in. Looking at the historic XI there is no surprise that their goalie is Gianluigi Donnarumma ticking in with 446 matches, and he can still add on them. His back line is Andrea Conti: 257, Mattia Caldara: 219, Ernesto Amaya: 192 and Ricardo Rodriguez: 233 matches. A suprise here is where has Alessio Romagnoli gone? Alessio was bought by Real Madrid in 2021. Further interesting about Alessio is that he now has become a Juventus player. Andrea Conti no longer plays for Milan, but I still within Serie A with Bologna. A.C Milan has yet too proper replace him with ageing Sergi Roberto serving the right back as of now. Their duo in the middle is Mattia Caldara and Ernesto Amaya both no longer plays for Milan. The latter moved too Spurs in 2023. With Colombian superstar Ernesto Amaya leaving for Liverpool during this years transfer window. A tough loss for Milan however their replacement Carabina from Brazil isn't bad either. He pairs with Ruben Dias. Ricardo Rodriguez has now turned 35 yars old and back in 2025 he left too Russia. The resident left-back is Lucas Hernandez. Their central trio is made out of Franck Kessie: 434 matches, Lucas Paqueta: 377 matches and never addition Milan Acedemy player Simone Righetti: 190 matches. All of these still play with A.C Milan! However they have gotten serious competition from Brazilian Mauricio. Moving too the wingers we find Suso with 332 matches on the right side. The Spaniard however is no longer with them having left for Young Boys. Being replaced by a growing star in yet another Brazilian Matonense. On the left we have Leandro Trossard with 110 matches as the choice. A bit of a surprise considering he left back in 2023. Right now A.C Milan uses Munir as their left winger. Up top is Andre Silva with 337 matches and hes still with Milan. I quite like this A.C Milan squad. They have many world class players, and have a bit of fill with them. They also have former Cesena left winger Francesco Valli 22A. Their real issue in my eyes is their two ageing full-backs.
  3. HbG93

    The Youth Factory: Cesena

    New HeightsYear 8 Welcome too my eight season! Time flies. Going into this year I had quite a bit of decisions too make. At the end of last year I hat attempted playing a 5-3-2 after the arrival of the very talented Pierluigi Ameri. This is because I also already had two young, and well developing center midfielders in Andrea Coffi 22B and Luciano Mingiano 23C. I figured that with the lack of a proper right winger talent too develop. I might as well start looking into a way too play a trio setup in the midfield. The tactical style would remain very much the same it was more about finding a way too balance the team. After all Andrea Coffi 22B and Luciano Mingiano 23C was rather similar players. I also played around with a 4-3-1-2 with the teams most senior player Nicola Andreoli sitting between my talented midfield trio and our strikers. I also didn't fully abandon the 4-2-4 wide variant of the style that had served rather well so far in the Serie B. But the fact was after his injury Pierpaolo Bulevardi was finding less and less goals. So taking steps too change things up was very much something in my interest. The summer window as usual was my most hated time. I did some moves too loan out some talents that was in need of game time too aid their development. I also lost a long term backup striker in Gianluigi Bonotto 22B not renewing and joining Roma. Other than that the only noteworthy thing that happened during the summer window was the 3.9 million euro sale of left winger Aniello Biagioni 21D. A transfer that was done with my say. I thought it was a good fee for such a player, and could help me too further protect other players. I am not sure if I was right that it would. But as it turns out my chairman did try too sell our star player of last year: Achraf Bouayadi 24A. Luckily I had a chat, and was able to change the chairman mind about the sale. Fixtures 1 + Half Year Table As the fixture list above shows we had a lovely start too the new year. Despite taking a earlier TIM Cup exit than I would wish for. We did take 5 wins in a row before taking on our first loss. It was a rather bad loss too. Either way it was hard too not be happy with our start. Yet I was not convinced about the teams performances in them outside the trashing of Cosenza Clacio. My suspicion of our results would turn out too be fair. As our form started too shift, and see points go us by. However at the same time we were not doing badly either. But there was a definitive noticeable change in our ability too score goals. 26 goals at half point and 20 conceded reflects my thought about lacking performance level. Still sitting with 33 points after 19 matches was by no means a bad position too be in. After all the teams ahead was by no means unreachable. In fact they were rather close too us. If we could survive the dreaded winter window without any losses. We could very well have a good shot at promotion. If we could find and maintain good form in the second half of the season. Perhaps do a little adjustments here and there tactically too help get my two strikers more involved as they had yet too get into proper scoring mood. Fixtures 2 + Full end table The new year started off very well for us with two victories. Not of the convincing manner but 3 pointers nonetheless. The following months were a bit here and there, but we still took enough points too come out ahead. Last year star Achraf Bouayadi 24A turn on the burners again, and started scoring with far more consistency. This would turn out too be a very important thing for our bid in promotion. After a very strong April we had set ourselves up for not just a potential direct promotion, but the title itself. While we had a very productive April taking 4 out of 5 possible wins. Livorno had a bit of form dip losing a point gap that at one point was as high as 9 points. Sadly we from there bottled it taking no further wins after our first April loss. It doesn't mean much for our next year league stats the difference between 1st and second. But it would have been fun too take me first title. We also let Genoa come rather close too stealing our save promotion spot. I am very proud of my boys for managing this promotion. How prepared too keep me in the Serie A they are is another topic. All in all a 2nd placement is a big improvement on last years 9th place. Despite this we scored 21 less goals this year! That's a huge amount too go missing. However we also conceded only 42 this year compared too 59. An improvement of a very impressive 17 less goals conceded! So while the experiment of playing a 3-man line in a 5-3-2 and 4-3-1-2's across the year made us far less productive. We become a better team unit having a overall doubling of our total goal difference too 16 from last years 8. End of season stats Not the strongest performing squad in terms of individual level. But we are a good unit! Achraf Bouayadi 24A had a wonderful year yet again! We had a period were we struggled too score, so his goal tally is a tad lower this time around. But he still was an important man leading us in the title chase. He was the favorite among fans and pundits of our team. Armando Pellettieri 23A the talent I spoke harsh against due too his lack of speed too be left-back. Has now become our starting choice, and even became the player with most assist for us this year. While I still miss Giacchetti 20A the fans have started too show a lot of love too his replacement Alessandro Porro 24C. I have to admit he had a very good year despite his constant transfer request. It's a nightmare every time a transfer window rolls around. Maybe the Serie A status will help lower some of the wishes too leave us. Best Eleven Big changes this time around as we have a new formation displaying our best eleven. I agree that the 5-3-2 makes most sense too select. But as expected in goal is the usual Stefano Alemanni 23B who I hope stay with us for a long time. The right wing-back was of course Porro's! While the other side was Pelletti's. In between them we find Bernandi 21B, Pulazzi 25B and Cescon 20D. It's thanks too the formation change that Cescon is back into here, as he would start behind both the others in a 4-man line for me. I am however surprised that Tommaso Padovani 21E makes the cut in the 3 man midfield. As I would have excepted too see Andrea Coffi 22E ahead of him. Up top there could only be these two. Pierpaolo Bulevardi might have had struggles finding his older excellent goal scoring numbers after his injury. But he still is a loved member of the attack. Also the pressure and mantle of being the top scorer has now befallen the younger Bouayadi 24A. Youth Intake This time around the intake wasn't as exciting as the year before. But considering how good of a player we got last year it's understandable that the follow up isn't. With that said Pierfrancesco Bursi 27A is t he long awaited natural right wing talent! However he has a lot of development too do. Giordano Cappelletti 27B isn't a bad looking talent either, and he could perhaps one day follow the footstep of Andrea Coffi 22B and Luciano Mingiano 23C. Do we have a new Armando Pellettieri 23A on our hands? Daniel Mustai 27C a young Albanian has a similar profile. He's too short too play in the center, but also too slow for the left-back. Giacomo Bertolii 27D might have spent too much current ability points on that extra I in his last name. But I wanted too show at least 4 players and therefore hes there. I think realisticly only Bursi and Cappelletti has genuine chances of becoming members of the first team squad in the future. But Daniel Mustai could suprise me and have a growth spurt, or summer his inner Usain Bolt. Transfers I mentioned Aniello Biagioni 21D's departure from the team. He left too last years Serie B winners Perugia Clacio. I again utilized my affiliate Monza too give some players game time. I did lose Gianluigi Bonotto 22B too Roma for free, because he didn't sign a new contract. Not that I can blame him as he was stuck in forever backup mode for us. Not sure why he decided too accept a offer from Roma of all clubs as that won't help the game time issue. I also loaned out some other players too Lega Pro teams as I couldn't give them football myself. The one of interest that is out of loan is Lorenzo Napoli 24D who would be the man too replace current goalkeeper Alemanni 23B. That is if it ever comes too that. Here we come!
  4. HbG93 - AC Cesena 2026/27Table - End of season Squad - Best Eleven - Finances - Facilities - Commercial Summary - Transfers - Fixtures 1 - Fixtures 2 The Year: For this season I spoke about not being sure if we were ready for an proper promotion bid. I mean too be fair I had come close having been in 2 playoff finals so far. My sights were set somewhere around that area this year. Get into the playoffs and from there just do our best. Turns out the season went far better than I expected. Achraf Bouayadi 24A had a wonderful year yet again! We had a period were we struggled too score, so his goal tally is a tad lower this time around. But he still was an important man leading us in the title chase. He was the favorite among fans and pundits of our team. Armando Pellettieri 23A the talent I spoke harsh against due too his lack of speed too be left-back. Has now become our starting choice, and even became the player with most assist for us this year. We were quite close winning the Serie B this year after Livorno had a big form dip in the second half of the season. While I still miss Giacchetti 20A the fans have started too show a lot of love too his replacement Alessandro Porro 24C. I have to admit he had a very good year despite his constant transfer request. It's a nightmare every time a transfer window rolls around. Maybe the Serie A status will help lower some of the wishes too leave us. Youth Intake: This time around the intake wasn't as exciting as the year before. But considering how good of a player we got last year it's understandable that the follow up isn't. With that said Pierfrancesco Bursi 27A is t he long awaited natural right wing talent! However he has a lot of development too do. Giordano Cappelletti 27B isn't a bad looking talent either, and he could perhaps one day follow the footstep of Andrea Coffi 22B and Luciano Mingiano 23C. Do we have a new Armando Pellettieri 23A on our hands? Daniel Mustai 27C a young Albanian has a similar profile. He's too short too play in the center, but also too slow for the left-back. Giacomo Bertolii 27D might have spent too much current ability points on that extra I in his last name. But I wanted too show at least 4 players and therefore hes there. I think realisticly only Bursi and Cappelletti has genuine chances of becoming members of the first team squad in the future. But Daniel Mustai could suprise me and have a growth spurt, or summer his inner Usain Bolt. Next Year: Just like when I got into the Serie B from Lega Pro. I am here now thinking should I be happy or scared about playing in the Serie A? All I really can say about the next year is that I have hopes of survival. I think.
  5. @Braumiller Pierluigi Amerighi 26A is scary good. Never felt so paranoid about losing a player.
  6. @Braumiller Admir Jukic working on becoming a early favorite, and congrats on getting the start on facility upgrades.
  7. HbG93

    The Youth Factory: Cesena

    Licking woundsYear 7 It felt like coming back too it after a long deep sleep. The first proper sleep after a nightmare of a season had ended. Having had lost several starting players, and for the first time dealt with a big long term injury on one of my stars. A summer break was very much needed. But the activities of the last summer window still haunted me. I couldn't wait too hear what player I would lose next. Year 7 in Italy and back too hiding. I had no doubt there would be a host of vultures looking too attempt away our talented bunch of players. Perhaps it was for the best that I was back at spending my time either on the training field or in hiding again. After all I wasn't that fond of the summer after all. And has it would turn out this time around. We couldn't go a summer free of chairman involvement. Luciano Cinotti was shipped off too Sampdoria for 6.5M(8.25M) euros. I thought about having a chat with Corrado Agusto Patriniani about it, but for once he had accepted a rather reasonable constructed and sized offer. I also think despite the fact Luciano Cinotti had been our most impressive player in terms of performances. That we could move on fine without him. Pierpaolo Bulevardi was now back from injury, and the young Achraf Bouayadi 24A have had nothing but excellent development. Further more I would have Aniello Biagioni 21D back too play as our left winger. All in all it was a rather quiet summer. Something that fitted me very well considering the mess of a year before. I did fully expect this year too be all about developing players, and comeback stronger a season or two ahead. Fixtures 1 We exited out of the TIM Cup immediately this time around after having enjoyed two year of making it too the 4th qualifier round. But on the other hand we start off with a perfect 3 wins! We then took on two losses before finding 4 wins in a row! Despite off my outlook of spending the year liking our wounds, and developing players too mount a promotion bid next year. We were off in a very good speed. This form curve of course plummeted with 4 match month November only netted us 2 points. December was better as we managed too claim 3 wins. However two of them were rather lucky. January started off mixed. But luckily we only faced rumors and denied bids during it. Allowing us to maintain the squad for the rest of the season. Fixtures 2 But we had a miserable February taking on 3 losses and 7 goals conceded without scoring a single one ourselves! March didn't prove much of a better month either. But a positive was the fact Bulevardi and Bouayadi was both back on the score sheet. We ended up taking far more damage then dealing during the second half of this season. This was a bit concerning as we should've become stronger as the year moves on. After all our squad is filled with young talent developing. In the end I just wanted too get the season over with. As It had per prediction been a bit of a write off due too the sales the season before. Table The table isn't one of much joy this time around. With our 4th stay in the Serie B marking our worst placement yet with 9th. Now that's not really a bad thing considering the state of us when we got up. We scored 10 less goals this time around, but conceded 8 less too. Point wise we ended up with 56 which wasn't even our worst total. So for a write off season I think we did rather well. It's a bit of a bummer too miss out on the promotion playoffs. But I figure we will be there next year again with our grown players. End of season stats The oddest thing here is Stefano Alemmani 23B having 6 matches off the bench despite being a goalkeeper. But this comes from the fact of me wanting too match Lorenzo Napoli 24D on occasions. I became paranoid over the idea of losing Stefano Alemmani 23B in the next summer window. The goalie would be the worst single player too lose, as his replacement was would be no where near up too speed. Alessandro Porro 24C has developed nicely with a full year of exposure. He is by no means anywhere near the level of former right-back Giacchetti 20A, but still we have work with the ones we got available. On the left too replace Omar Bratti 22C. Armando Pellettieri 23A has done good strides, and as luck will have it! He's become quicker! While not as an impressive haul as Pierluigi Amerighi 26A we still got Francesco Pulazzi 25B who with a year off football has develop well. Best Eleven Now things look a bit more normal this time around. Pierpaolo Bulevardi is back into the lineup, and with Luciano Cinotti depature Achraft Bouayadi 24A had clear away too be here. Nicola Andreoli holds down the fort on the right side. I do however hope we get someone too take his place sometime in the nearer future. Aniello Biagioni 21D is back into the team after a year out on loan. They might be young but Luciano Mingiano 23C and Andrea Cioffi 22E forms a wonderful partnership in the central midfield line. In the defense we see two changes. Armando Pellettieri 23A is in on the left-back and last years big recruit Francesco Pulazzi 25B is in the team after a strong year of development. Youth Intake Does this mean I won I FM19? My word does Pierluigi Amerighi 26A look incredible! Funny enough he should technically be named 26B but it's an insult too do that. This kid will go straight into the starting eleven no doubting that. I really hope I can claim Serie A football, and secure our self for my chairman selling this guy when the gains heat. Because he will! An absolute monster. Filippo Fabbri 26B is almost what I have been longing for. But he's not a natural right wing. He will go under training and perhaps with time he could prove inherit the right wing. Nunzio Gherardi 26C is not a shabby looking goalkeeper. I really like his already good vision if he know just learned a technique too distribute the ball. Daniel Pugliese 26D is honestly useless if he doesn't have a big growth spurt. I truly hope he hasn't passed puberty proper yet. Gianluca Coral 26E isn't really worth showing here but has a an awesome last name. Transfers As per usual nothing really interesting of note happening here. As I already talked about Luciano Cinotti leaving us. The biggest reveal here is perhaps the fact we sent two players on loan too new affiliate club Monza. I think this could be a recent way too develop players that might never amount too a proper role, or at best a squad role for the club. It's good too have a team in the divisions below me too send some players I know will be tough too give game time too. One thing however I do expect loan player Pietro Salvestroni 22I too return into the first team next year. As we don't have a proper right-back cover. The closest we have is Andrea Zamagni who has barley played football f or the last 3 seasons.
  8. HbG93 - AC Cesena 2025/26Table - End of season Squad - Best Eleven - Finances - Facilities - Commercial Summary - Transfers - Fixtures 1 - Fixtures 2 The Year: This season became all about not losing any further players, and further developing replacements for the ones we lost last year. I was hoping this could have been a proper promotion challenge this time around but no such luck. Talking about luck! If you peek at the transfers you will see that we also lost last years savior Luciano Cinotti too Sampdoria for 6.5M (8.25M) euros. Not a shabby amount by all means, but still hurts too have lost so many players in such a short period of time. As replacing them takes plenty of time. For the first time since our arrival too the Serie B we miss out on the playoffs. I for one didn't think much of it, as I genuinely just saw this as a development year. The board and some of the fans of course wasn't too happy with this. Regardless we have our first proper self intake name on the sheets! Achraf Bouayadi 24A should ring a bell. The Moroccan has develop very nicely! Taking home top goalscorer (3rd League) and rating boss for club. Nicola Andreoli was assist king once again. I still hope too give this real Cesena player Serie A football for the club one day. But he is truly starting too be one of the lesser players of the club. But with our bad habit of never picking up anyone that could proper challenge his right wing spot he will remain for now. Youth Intake: Does this mean I won I FM19? My word does Pierluigi Amerighi 26A look incredible! Funny enough he should technically be named 26B but it's an insult too do that. This kid will go straight into the starting eleven no doubting that. I really hope I can claim Serie A football, and secure our self for my chairman selling this guy when the gains heat. Because he will! An absolute monster. Filippo Fabbri 26B is almost what I have been longing for. But he's not a natural right wing. He will go under training and perhaps with time he could prove inherit the right wing. Nunzio Gherardi 26C is not a shabby looking goalkeeper. I really like his already good vision if he know just learned a technique too distribute the ball. Daniel Pugliese 26D is honestly useless if he doesn't have a big growth spurt. I truly hope he hasn't passed puberty proper yet. Gianluca Coral 26E isn't really worth showing here but has a an awesome last name. Next Year: There is no doubting it will be a challenging year regardless. First we need too dodge losing a key player during the summer window. My worst fair is not losing Bouayadi 24A or Bulevardi, but losing both perhaps trumps the fear of losing Stefano Alemanni 23B. He has grown into a rather proper looking goalkeeper, and the next best in line might just be new recruit Nunzio Gherardi 26C, or Lorenzo Napoli 24D from two years prior. Either way I hope neither will become first team choice anytime soon. Alessandro Porro 24C has developed nicely with a full year of exposure. He is by no means anywhere near the level of former right-back Giacchetti 20A, but still we have work with the ones we got available. On the left too replace Omar Bratti 22C. Armando Pellettieri 23A has done good strides, and as luck will have it! He's become quicker! While not as an impressive haul as Pierluigi Amerighi 26A we still got Francesco Pulazzi 25B who with a year off football has develop well. I hope that Pulazzi and Amerighi together can be the future of our team. I am not sure if the squad is quite ready too do a good challenge for Serie A next year, but we need to get going at as I have promised 4 different players we will within 2028.
  9. I couldn't wait too share this guy. I just hit the motherload! @keeper#1 It fully depends on what you want really. But Belgium would net you good regens overtime for sure.
  10. HbG93

    The Youth Factory: Cesena

    Getting Poached Year 6 Having improved our first stay in Serie B with a 5th placement this time around. Thoughts about promotion started too occupy the dreams mind during the summer. However it would prove a tough summer for Cesena and it's supporters. As the media rumors surrounding the clubs players were bigger than ever. The chairman was known for accepting offers that for a club like Cesena would be considered sizable, but for others peanuts. I personally did my normal ritual of saying I had no intention of selling none of my starters. Often ignoring any request as long I could before telling them no. But a transfer I was sadly unable too stop was Francesco Valli 22A transfer too AS Livorno, as his agent had forced a release clause in his previous contract talks (Worth 2.8 million euros). And during new talks with Valli and his representatives around a new deal. Another type of deal was struck with AS Livorno. But to be fair Cesena had done well, and avoided any players leaving until transfer deadline day. But the day would turn even more sour as the Chairman announced the sale of talented, and very well liked by the fans left-back Omar Bratti 22C to A.C Milan for 2.2M (3.7M). This would turn out too be a nightmare for me. Having just lost my starting left flank during the transfer deadline day. My season might as well been hit by a bazooka. Having the choice between either Moreno Farris 21H a some what athletic left-back with no real technical ability outside his tackles, versus Armando Pellettieri 23A the snail of a left-back. Francesco Valli 22A would normally have been a easy man too replace as that would push Aniello Biagioni 21D back into the starting eleven. However in perhaps naive spirits I had let Biagioni go out on a loan too fellow Serie B side Crotone too ensure development trough first team football. My choice then landed on playing Luciano Cinotti as my left winger, as Moreno Cislaghi 23D was not a worthy replacement. Things took a turn for the worse as Pierpaolo Bulevardi would take on a early, and long term injury. Safe too say what I thought could be a good year too attempt a promotion bid had been dealt several cracks. Fixtures 1 We started the year out having some fun with cup football even going past Serie A side Cagliari. The league started off with a banger as Bulevardi found a brace in a dominating 4-1 win over Juventus U23. From there we struggled too find a solidified form curve. Going back and forth between wins and losses quite frequent. However at the end of October we managed too brake free, and develop a positive form curve. This despite in the middle of it taking a heavy 4-2 loss versus Udinese in the TIM cup. Either way we managed too do surprisingly well despite our two losses in the transfer window, and injury too the important Pierpaolo Bulevardi. This was much thanks too Luciano Mingiano having excellent contribution from the midfield during this period. Luciano Cinotti and Davide Fusco also did well after coming into the side as winger after a tactic shuffle too the 4-2-3-1 during Pierpaolo Bulevardis absent. However i did start too change it back too the 4-2-4 variant utilizing Gianluigi Bonotto 22B too play alongside the fresher and more talented recruit Achraf Bouayadi 24A. In the end at half time stage played we were sitting on a solid 3rd position having handled our loss of personnel very well. Sitting only 2 points behind guaranteed promotion and another 1 for the title. But then come another transfer window, and another transfer deadline day with the Chairman having fun prioritizing business over our so far promotion challenging campaign. Stefano Mannino who had been our most senior central midfielder was sold too Benevento Calcio for 2.2M(2.7M) a laughable fee for his importance too the team if you ask me. On top that I lost one probably the second to hardest replaceable player in Antono Giacchetti 20A too Empoli for 4M(5M) euros. It was a very tough blow losing Giacchetti who had amazed 165 appearances for Cesena. He was by far my best player from my first intake, and I had hoped too give him Serie A football one day in the black and white. Fixtures 2 Having taken more big blows too our ranks during a transfer window. Things looked set too become very difficult. It started well as the first match after the window was our 4-2 win over Juventus U23. But everything changed from there, and we had a terrible February taking 1 point from 5 possible matches. This prompted me too take a shot at Moreno Cislaghi 23D as the starting left winger too put my so far most scoring player Cinotti in his natural striker position. This turned out too be a excellent move as he scored two back to back hat-ricks in our 5-0 and 5-4 wins. But this wasn't the start of some resurgence of our impressive form during the end of last year. We still were very much a losing side. The second half of this season was one of our worst periods of our entire Serie B stay. If we only look at the second stage table we would place 12th. Approaching the end of the year we finally got Pierpaolo Bulevardi back into some matching in hopes of having him ready for the play offs. Now while he was ready and scored a brace during the first playoff match versus eventual playoff winners Ascoli Clacio it wasn't enough as we lost 3-5 despite having home ground. End Table Despite landing on the table 1 place lower than last season we did take the same amount of points. Something that makes you wonder how much higher we could have placed. Without the long term injury and two transfer windows getting poached by Serie A sides. An interesting fact is that we scored 73 goals this year our highest mark so far by improving from last year by 1. This despite not having the man that scored over 1/3 of the 72 goals last year out for most of the season. A surprise however is the fact we conceded the same amount despite losing good defenders, and having a "reconstructive" time in the back line. Looking else where on the table Juventus U23 finally demoted after having one 3 playouts in a row. Parma as expected were up for the challenge and promoted ahead as champions of our rivals and co promoted Bologna. The 3 direct relegated teams did so by a clear margin, but the playout spot was quite a close little battle. End of season stats Luciano Cinotti was the only Cesena player too claim any awards from the league. Being the second top goalscorer and a member of the team of the year. There was no doubting the importance of Luciano Cinotti for us this year. He operated on the left wing when we needed, and still became clear top goalscorer for the club. He also wasn't far from being the most creative player in terms of assists either. A great year all around for him. Pierpaolo Bulevardi stats shows just how good he is. With only 11(2) matches were two were in the TIM Cup he still delivered 9 goals and 3 assists during them. Nicola Andreoli had his usual dip year in assists but still contributed with very acceptable 8 goals and 9 assists. Gianluigi Bonotto 22B ended up playing far more than excepted due too the Bulevardi situation. He did very well scoring 9 and assist 7 during his gametime. However I would like too point much credit too Luciano Mingiano 23C and Andrea Cioffi 22E who had excellent contributions from the central midfield. You can also clearly see the downgrade in the forward value in our backs. Moreno Farris 21H had 5 assists, Porro 24C managed 2 assists and Pelletieri 23A 3 from the backs. This combined equals Antonio Giacchetti 20A second year in Serie B haul. Best Eleven While this is a very changed Best Eleven compared to recent years there are little surprises considering the circumstances. Porro 24C and Farris 21H are only here due too our former starters being sold by the chairman. Lucinao Mingiano 23C and ANdrea Cioffi 22E while deserving for their spots where only meant too mainly rotate between each other playing alongside Stefano Mannino who was also sold by the chairman. Bonotto 22B is only in here due too the fact Valli 22A trasnfered and Biagoni 21D being loaned and Bulevardi's injury. I expected next year's best eleven too be quite changed from this one. Unlesse Bulevardi is injured or poached he should be back in it. Further more I intend too start the very talented Pulazzi ahead of Jacopo Cescon 20D who doesn't really progress anymore. I also think despite Farris 21H being in the side over Pelletieri 23A that the latter will be my starter next year. The only place I think will remain completely unchanged is the 2 CM's and my goalkeeper unless they are transferred of course. Youth Intake: The intake was not as inspiring this year too previous ones I think. Maurizio Giacometti 25A is the first man too talk about. I am not sure how hopeful I am of this players progression as his current attributes are not that "future starter impressionable". Francesco Pulazzi 25B however is this years big catch! There is no doubting this kid got talent, and his trait of fairly loyal could perhaps prove vital for his longevity at Cesena. I think with a season or two to progress Pulazzi could become an important figure in our push for Serie A football. Luigi Donvito 25C is a bit odd case because his best attributes are his crossing and flair yet hes a natural striker instead of winger? I will look too focus his development as a right winger which could make him very valuable for us. For the same reason I also think Nicola Napoli 25F could have a solid chance of making appearances in our kit too. As we have yet too really get proper talent on the right. Vasco Righini 25D is a rather shabby looking left winger, and considering our already good standing talent in this area I think Vasco has slim chances. So while I think Pulazzi could might be one of the better talents we have gotten so far. The others will have little chance of impacting the first team anytime soon. Full Transfer overview I have already talked about the ones really worth talking about. The only other player too do a permanent transfer was Salavatore Trabacchi the goalie that Stefano Alemanni 23B replaced. I also loan out some players this year too give the first team chances. I admit I did a mistake in loaning out Aniello Biagioni 21D without a recall option as he would have been useful considering the unintended exit of Francesco Vialli 22A.
  11. HbG93 - AC Cesena 2024/25Table - End of season Squad - Best Eleven - Finances - Facilities - Commercial Summary - Transfers - Fixtures 1 - Fixtures 2 The Year: It became a tough year as my hopes of potential promotion got shattered by the transfer window. Chairman would go on too sell Omar Bratti 22C too A.C Milan, Stefano Mannino too Benevento Clacio and Antonio Giacchetti 20A too Empoli. On top of this Franceesco Valli 22A was lost too AS Livorno due too a 2.8 million release clause, before we could get him under a new contract. This meant we sold for a record sum, and while it was tough too lose these players it did allow for some facilities upgrades and coach badge funding for me. Either way losing these players set back my hopes of division progress as the loss of the two backs were in particular wounding. It didn't help either that my most important player Pierpaolo Bulevardi took on a 6 month long injury early in the season versus rivals Bologna. As such the streak of Bulevardi goal scoring was broken by Luciano Cinotti despite this Pierpaolo Bulevardi would still end the season with a higher average rating. But becuase he played about 1/3 of Cinotti matches I still felt it was only fair too write up Cinotti. Nicola Andreoli is a bit weird case. 1 season he assists for fun the next he takes a break. This time around we went straight out of the playoffs too the eventual winners during the first round. Youth Intake: The intake was not as inspiring this year too previous ones I think. Maurizio Giacometti 25A is the first man too talk about. I am not sure how hopeful I am of this players progression as his current attributes are not that "future starter impressionable". Francesco Pulazzi 25B however is this years big catch! There is no doubting this kid got talent, and his trait of fairly loyal could perhaps prove vital for his longevity at Cesena. I think with a season or two to progress Pulazzi could become an important figure in our push for Serie A football. Luigi Donvito 25C is a bit odd case because his best attributes are his crossing and flair yet hes a natural striker instead of winger? I will look too focus his development as a right winger which could make him very valuable for us. For the same reason I also think Nicola Napoli 25F could have a solid chance of making appearances in our kit too. As we have yet too really get proper talent on the right. Vasco Righini 25D is a rather shabby looking left winger, and considering our already good standing talent in this area I think Vasco has slim chances. So while I think Pulazzi could might be one of the better talents we have gotten so far. The others will have little chance of impacting the first team anytime soon. Next Year: With the big losses too our ranks. I can't help but be pessimistic about our chances too go up next year. Before this season started I thought we were closing in on reaching promotion. But now we need time too rebuild talents too pickup the loss of quality. I fear for losing Luciano Cinotti, Pierpaolo Bulevardi or even worse goalie Stefano Alemanni 23B. As they would be further slow downs in our ability too get up. As I said earlier I do have high hopes in Pulazzi proving a strong puzzle piece in our future but It will take time before we can rely on him. I do however hope that my midfield keep growing in the shadows as teams mainly have been after my attackers and defenders. Andrea Cioffi 22E and Luciano Mingiano 23C have grown into two very solid midfielders, and I hope too keep them for a long time.
  12. HbG93

    The Youth Factory: Cesena

    Settling in Year 5 We had done the unthinkable! Not only did we survive our first season in the Serie B, but we even at times were top dogs. In the end we ended on a extremely strong 8th placement. This lead too a playoff that almost became a repeat of the wondrous playoff too gain Serie B play. We didn't win but by all accounts we had done far better than anyone could imagine. For once I didn't spend my summer coped up. I was enjoying life in Italy for once. I felt confident about the project we had going on. We had found our tactical style, and it was working very well. I had supervised youngsters too become solid players, and now the only thing left too do was carrying on. If the summer window could just shutdown before we lost anyone. We would be set too compete for playoff yet again. But of course we couldn't head into a new season without a blow. Richard Antwi 21A ended up transferring too Inter. This was a big blow too our lineup as Richad Antwi was in my eyes our best defender. Antonio Bernardi would have too step up. And since there is little point making a section talking about the formation and tactical style as they will remain the same. That is we might use the 4-2-4 over the 4-2-3-1 based on needs. So let's just go straight into the fixtures. Fixtures part 1 Our second year in the Serie B Eurobet saw us rise in the prediction table from 19th place too 18th place with the same 1000-1 to win the title. However we are well aware that we are far better than that. For once we actually did pass some of the TIM Cup qualifier rounds. But as per usual my focus were solely on the league. The league started off terribly with taking 3 losses, and only managing too net once. We finally claim our first win during an away fixture versus Brescisa Clacio. It wasn't a pretty win but a joyful one. This was the catalyzer for strong 5 win streak and 7 matches without losses. From there our form was quite up an down only winning 2 of the next 10 matches in the league. We also got completely destroyed by Serie A side Torino in the 4th Qual. Rnd of the Tim Cup. Second part of the season Having had a rather terrible first half of the season it was a relief we finally were able too bounce out of that poor form. In fact when we finally get back to winning forms we had gone 5 in a row with losses. Having had this poor run of form I decided too attempt running the 4-2-4 wide variant too change things up. We turn our form curve completely around with 6 wins in a row that is only stopped by a narrow 1-0 away loss too AC Siena. Pierpaolo Bulevardi would become a leader that showed us the way with his brilliant efforts in front of goal. After the Seina loss we also only take one more loss in the Serie B. We close the year out out in a strong fashion! As you can see it netted us playoff play. And yet again we did very well unfortunately a bit miss management from me made us play a weakened side in the first leg versus Livorno, and despite doing a very good job too climb back into ti during the second leg. We lose out in our second Serie B Playoff final. Final League Standings But by all means we had no reason too be unhappy about our season. We had yet again showed every media outlet that we are far better than what they give credit for. We even improved from our last years 8th placement landing a 5th spot this year. Comparing our second Serie B season with the first we also improved in our goal scoring ability getting 3 more goals this year. But we also conceded 3 more goals so in the end there are little differences between them. In truth we only took 3 more points so our higher placement is also down on other teams. I do however think we could have had a better defense record this year if Richard Antwi had not been poached. End of season squad stats There are no real surprise here that Pierpaolo Bulevardi is the crowning jewel of the team. His abilities too score was outstanding and even made him the top goalscorer of the Serie B this year. He also featured as the Striker of the year, and on the team of the season alongside Luciano Cinotti. I spoke about my happiness of replacing my former goalkeeper with Stefano Alemanni 23B, and all in all I think Stefano did quite well. I think this early exposure will help aid him into a long term goalkeeper for us. I am very happy too see that our right back position was very effective with assisting our attack. Antonio Giacchetti 20A had a great year with a productive 12 assist from his right-back position. But the assist king was as usual Nicola Andreoli with a strong 18! I also got very excited about matching Achraf Bouayadi 24A a new intake because he looks really good. Best Eleven No shock here that it went with the 4-2-4 wide formation for our best eleven this season. As our form in the second half was far stronger than first half. I also will look too carry on using this variant of the tactic next year. As for the players featuring on the team there also are little surprises. The only real one I suppose is young midfielder Luciano Minigano 23C who had a wonderful year. He did really well and bought so much faith he sent Francesco Campagna rightfully out of the starting XI. I really look forward too Lucianos feature as he took good steps this season too become a future leading member of our midfield. There are other new faces here, but they are also expected to be here. Stefano Alemanni 23B who played his first year as first choice between the sticks. Defender Antonio Bernardi 21B who had too fill in after Richard Antwi 21A left. and Omar Bratti 22C who became first choice over Marcello Possenti on the left back. Luciano Cinotti also makes it due too us using the 4-2-4 very successfully. Francesco Valli 22A also deserves his place ahead of Aniello Biagioni 21D on the left wing. Youth Intake We have a quite interesting intake here! Let's just dive right in and start with the undoubted star of this intake. Achraf Bouayadi 24A is an Moroccan-Italian that could become a Serie A worthy striker one day. With his mix of talent and personality I have no fear in the ability too develop him either. Getting Jonathan Rinaldi 24B feels good as we lost Richard Antwi 21A during the summer window leading into this year. While lacking aerial prowess he is quite quick, and regardless it's just good too have a new center-back that is believed too have good potential. Alessandro Porro 24C could prove too be a great versatile backup player in the future. His attribute spread isn't really that interesting, but hopefully he can grow into a a better player with time. Lorenzo Napoli 24D is comes at an interesting timeline. As I have just backed last years intake goalie Stefano Alemanni 23B too be starting goalkeeper. I think that I should stick with my choice, but hopefully Lorenzo can still grow in the U18/20s. Raimondo Sanna 24E have exciting mental attributes and looks like someone who could be a good defensive minded midfielder in the future. But he isn't much of an athlete. Marcello Monelli 24F has the same issue and it's worse for him as he is more offensively charged. But I won't write either off making some contribution for the team just yet.
  13. HbG93 - AC Cesena 2023/24Table - End of season Squad - Best Eleven - Finances - Facilities - Commercial Summary - Transfers - Fixtures 1 - Fixtures 2 The Year Our second year in the Serie B Eurobet saw us rise in the prediction table from 19th place too 18th place with the same 1000-1 to win the title. However we are well aware that we are far better than that. For once we actually did pass some of the TIM Cup qualifier rounds. But as per usual my focus were solely on the league. 2023/24 season came with a tough opening losing the 3 initial matches. However we started too turn things around with 5 wins in a row before then having another form dip. We then struggled quite a bit, and took few points with several losses some quite ugly too. But come the new year eventually we turned form around again. In the end we would net a 5th placement a improvement form last years 8th. This meant more playoffs, and we made it too the finals before being shutdown by Michael Laudrups Livorno. All in all quite happy with our year, and look forward too keep developing our current players. If we don't get poached this summer I have a belief we could muster a good challenge for promotion next year. Youth Intake We have a quite interesting intake here! Let's just dive right in and start with the undoubted star of this intake. Achraf Bouayadi 24A is an Moroccan-Italian that could become a Serie A worthy striker one day. With his mix of talent and personality I have no fear in the ability too develop him either. Getting Jonathan Rinaldi 24B feels good as we lost Richard Antwi 21A during the summer window leading into this year. While lacking aerial prowess he is quite quick, and regardless it's just good too have a new center-back that is believed too have good potential. Alessandro Porro 24C could prove too be a great versatile backup player in the future. His attribute spread isn't really that interesting, but hopefully he can grow into a a better player with time. Lorenzo Napoli 24D is comes at an interesting timeline. As I have just backed last years intake goalie Stefano Alemanni 23B too be starting goalkeeper. I think that I should stick with my choice, but hopefully Lorenzo can still grow in the U18/20s. Raimondo Sanna 24E have exciting mental attributes and looks like someone who could be a good defensive minded midfielder in the future. But he isn't much of an athlete. Marcello Monelli 24F has the same issue and it's worse for him as he is more offensively charged. But I won't write either off making some contribution for the team just yet. Next Year I look forward too the next Serie B season, as I think we are growing nicely. I also think we will be very competitive. Really the biggest thing is just surviving the transfer windows. I do however plan attempt my best too shuffle the team, so that I can try and loan out players that need game time for development. It's a bit of an issue that our depth are players that needs development. I think this has staggered my central midfield prospect in particular.
  14. HbG93

    The Youth Factory: Cesena

    Meet the current 2023 Cesena squad Goalkeepers In terms of goalkeepers we have done rather well. The biggest thing here is just too get them developed. That's why I hoped too loan out Roberto Colosio 21C, but for now no such deal was struck. Salvatore Trabacchi was the resident first team goalkeeper until I picked up Stefano Alemanni 23B. I gave the 16 year old some matches on the end of last season (his first in the team). While there is no doubt that Trabacchi is the better shot stopper and athlete. There are aspects that Alemmani already is better than Trabacchi at. That's why I inteed too have Alemmani be first choice this year. Jack West Astuti has just been around here from the beginning, and is probably looking too leave us with his expiring contract this season. Defenders We lost Richard Antwi 21A during the summer transfer window too Inter. It's a tough loss to digest as I would rate him as best or second best defender I had. But luckily with the money we got for his €755,000 allowed me too push trough a youth recruitment upgrade. Looking at the ones that still are around and about. Jacopo Cescon 20D and Antonio Giacchetti 20A are by far the stand out players! Coming from the same generation of intakes they have developed alongside each other and in fact they only have 1 appearance in difference with the highest being 113 matches. Antonio Bernardi 21B will have too do his best too replace the loss of Richard Antwi. I am a little bit worried about losing Jacopo Cescon as the only other prospect that could take the mantle is Mauro Bellato 22G. Not because Mauro isn't talented, but if he does we need new central defenders of talent too come in the next youth intake. As I will not use Armando Pellettieri 23A as a central defender due too his lack of height. I already spoke of the oddity of this player in his intake. He's frankly too slow for full-back and too short for central defender on top of that I don't play with defensive midfielders. On the left Ombar Bratti 22C will as anticipated take over the first team role. marcello Possenti and Andrea Zamagni make up as good backups. Nicolas Poggi is versitale and therefore a welcome squad player. Midfielders I have spoken about a bit of a lineage of getting solid central midfield talents. However the issue seem too be their development. Therefore I am highly considering demoting Campagna who has been a very solid player for us. Taking his place will be a competition between Andrea Cioffi 22E and Luciano Mingiano 23C. On top of this we also have Nicola Capellini and Francesco De Luca around too help bolster the squad in width. The standout member of the midfielders is the last too be named Stefano Mannino. A regen from the year during unplayable state. He has excellent mental and physical attributes with some technical ability. On top of this I sent a talented Tomasso Padovani 21E out on loan in hopes he could return a stronger player. I have no real fear of losing any of my central midfielders outside Stefano Mannino. But I also feel safe in the fact that we have talent. We just need too set it free. Attacking Midfielders Nicola Andreoli has a special place in my heart. Having been at the club since 2014 the 23 year old has become someone I wish too show Serie A football too. Fun fact he signed as a youth prospect during Cesena last year in Serie A. Andreoli doesn't put in consistent performances but he can produce some numbers. Since during the 4 years I have managed him he has scored 33 goals and collected 39 assists! Davide Fusco is a unplayable intake player, and one that kind of sneak upon me. This quick lad also has extra importance as he and Andreoli are my only proper right wing choices as of now. Filippo Rapacioli and Ettore Casadei could play out on the right but they are fillers not starters. On the other side we have a competition going on between Aniello Biagioni 21D and Francesco Valli 22A for first team football. They both are excellent prospects and honestly if it wasn't for the fact I feel we need both of them this year. I would loan one of them out for first team football. Now there is a bit of a concern as the only player I really would put in the middle is Andreoli. However as my promotion too Serie B showed we could just then field two strikers so I think we are fine. Strikers I was lucky that the unplayable intake had two such solid strikers in it. In fact there was a third in Nicholas Giacomarro who sadly is no longer with us. Pierpaolo Bulevardi is the standout obvious starter here! He had big interest during the summer window, but after a little talk he agreed too stay with the club for a wage increase. As the only use for transfer budget I have is to retain players I had no worries accepting, and hes worth the wages too! The 2nd string is Luciano Cinotti (Cintotti as I often like too call him), and hes no bad backup either. In fact we might from time too time see them both play together up top. The last striker is Gianluigi Bonotto 22B a striker that I would like too match as much I can spare.
  15. HbG93 - AC Cesena 2022/23 Table - End of season Squad - Best Eleven - Finances - Facilities - Commercial Summary - Transfers - Fixtures 1 - Fixtures 2 - Playoffs The Year: Welcome too Serie B where we are predicted dead last! We did surprisingly well and even was at 1st at half play. But the other teams stopped messing about and we descend but only too 8th! A very good year if you ask me. Now if we can work on improving our overall consistency I see no reason for why we couldn't return into playoff land next year as well. We had a negative overall goal difference too no surprise really. We don't win because we are some dominating side. We win because we are good at finding our goal, and sometimes we find two while only conceding one. It's that type of team we are. Embrace the grind. A funny notion is that Juventus U23 have now twice in a row won the playout match. While my target for relegation favorite Ascoli Clacio did indeed end dead last proving my psychic prowess. I did not however imagine that Benevento would claim the title with a comfortable 6 point lead on Bologna and Perugia. Bologona must be estatic while Perugia heartbroken. Glad I wasn't that close to getting a promotion! But oh I was. Because we destroyed Pescara in the initial playoff match and did the same versus Crotone in the first leg. I will be honest here I really didn't want too promote. It would an incredible feat but also a terrible future. I could see myself getting the sack after relegating the following year. So in a way thankfully US Lecce had other plans in the finals. Still it's been a wonderful and magical year for us after all we were predicted dead last. Youth Intake: Let's talk about the ones worth talking about only. This might be our weakest intake so far. Armando Pellettieri 23A is a very interesting pick up for us. He adds competition on the left-back where we only had one proper prospect so far. The interesting thing now is too find out who the better one is. I am quite impressed with Armando's early mental abilities but the fact is as a left-back he needs too be far quicker if he ever wishes too play. He is also too short for a central defender training all tough he can already play there. If I used defensive midfielders he could perhaps be train for that but as such I don't see the point. Stefano Alemanni 23B is my favorite of the new young hopeful prospects! I think my current goalkeeper is the weakest link of the team. With Stefano we add direct competition for that position, and I think perhaps it could be worth too start matching Stefano here very early. Luciano Mingiano 23C is a pretty good shout too. He continues the trend of landing us passing capable midfielders that could grow towards a future strong central midfield lineage. It's becoming hard too decide who of the central midfield prospects should see game time. I think my solution might be too do loan outs. Talking about lineage we got another left midfielder in Moreno Cislaghi 23D now while I think he might be the weakest of the ones so far. I decided too include him in this years youth showcase. What interest me mainly about Cislaghi is that he might be better suited too be retrained as a wing-back than advanced winger. Perhaps he could turn into a bit of a versatile squad player? Those are always useful and welcome additions of my squad. Next Year: I already spoke a bit about next year. I do believe we could find ourself playing for the playoff zone next year too. Unless the other teams figures us out I guess. But for once I don't feel too pessimistic about the year ahead. It feels good knowing I will still play Serie B football next year. I mean that was the goal too begin with but now I have answered many questions I had about our ability too be a Serie B team. I think the most important thing all around however is too just avoid losing players during the year! We did lose Lega Pro playoff hero and fan favorite Nicholas Giacomarro too Napoli. I would wish him well however I am not sure he deserves it. For I really think hes moronic for wanting a transfer too Napoli. A team that he will probably never feature for. And once someone leaves they will never return, because such is the journey of this challenge. I welcome the new year and feel comfortable that we shall not be in the relegation talk. But perhaps sniff about a promotion but I have no genuine hope of it.
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