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About iacovone

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  1. And you can't say fairer than that!
  2. Beginnings - Taranto FC - Serie C/C Domestic League History My Profile Club Overview So I'm starting up again and as you'll have seen it's a return to a favourite of mine. I think it was maybe 10 years ago that I had a Taranto file that ran until the 2020s (long file back then!) and I loved every minute of it. I think in the end the file got corrupted so I never won any major trophies, though we did establish ourselves in Serie A and brought through a couple of great Italian talents - Ciro Brunetti (the next Totti) for one. But as great as the file was, it always felt like I had unfinished business, so I'm back at the 30,000 Erasmo Iacovone stadium ready to do business. We're in the third tier and I'll be updating you as I go along. Transfers and tactics update will be the first, probably tomorrow.
  3. Back where it all began, where my username came from, back at the Erasmo Iacovone! (full update to come in due course)
  4. So I've decided to put this on hold for a bit and try a file in Italy. Much as I like Portugal I've had a real desire to fire up a new file now that I've got more experience of the lower leagues. Will update when I've picked a team and done my holidaying.
  5. Not a terrible start but we'll need to improve if we're to make the top two again this season. We so nearly clung on against Benfica B by the way. Reduced to 10 men 5 minutes in but grabbed the first goal. Conceded twice in the last 10 minutes
  6. The four divisions of the third tier have been drawn for the new season and not only do we have Benfica B again, we also have Real who came 3rd last season as well as Benfica CB, who have just been relegated from the second flight. Fully expect this season to be our toughest yet so I'll need to make some quality signings on that front in the summer. Will drop them into this post as and when they're made. Rodrigo Parreira (AMRL) - my new right winger. Can cover on the left if needs be but has impressive attributes for this standard. Should do well. Serginho (DM/MC) - we lacked a bit of depth in central midfield last year so this was a priority. He's athletic, works hard and can see a pass. Ideal for that engine room role.
  7. Not entirely sure why my screenshots look so tiny. If anyone has any tips, do let me know!
  8. Alta De Lisboa 2020-21 Season Review - Campeonato de Portugal Serie C Media Prediction: 7th| Final position: 2nd Much improved season on last year's 4th-place finish and that mostly came from a tactical switch to an asymmetrical 4-4-1-1 that's working nicely. our two best players came in on loan and played a huge part, especially the forward Iacovelli. Unfortunately we lost the quarter final of the promotion playoff to Lusitania 2-1 on aggregate. The 2-0 loss in the second leg really stung, particularly as the goal was a free-kick straight at the keeper. Lusitania ended up clinching promotion, so at least we lost to the best. In the Taca de Portugal we reached the third round again, this time losing 1-0 at home to top-flight Maritimo. Star Men - Squad 1 | Squad 2 Iacovelli (ST) - 26 goals in 31 games says it all. He was deadly, equalled the single season third-tier record and won player of the year across the four divisions. Only on loan though and we won't be able to bring him back sadly. Unsurprisingly he was heavily recognised by the fans too. Tiago Bicho (M/AMC) - another loanee and a special talent. Absolutely ran things as the AP in the hole and collected a good number of goals and assists. Will be hard to replace. Nilton Varela (DLC) - had to fend off some bids for him in the pre-season but he got his head down and had a great season. Will be tough to keep hold of him again. Andrey Yago (D/WBL) - such a talented wing-back at this level and almost ever-present. A mainstay. Pedro Ganches (DLC) - also had to field a lot of bids for him and I did promise him promotion. He seems happy enough right now though so fingers crossed I can keep the spine together. The tactics changed mid-season but the XI was mostly the same. Youth Prospects Afonso Rodrigues (MC/AMLC) - the best of the intake and actually could be very handy should those 7-9 stats move into double figures. He's versatile too, which I like. Miguel Silva (AMC/ST) - he's been with us for a year now after coming through the academy in my first intake and I think he'll get games next year. One to keep an eye on. Transfer History Definitely calmed the transfers down this year as I look to build more of a core at the club. Iacovelli was the main signing on loan but Rai Raimundo and Hugo Santos were very good bits of business. Finances This was taken just after the competition prize money dropped into the accounts, putting us back in the black. A figure of this size will see us through about 80% of the season with our current wage bill so we're just about balancing the books for now. Pleased to not have that looming over us anyway. Manager Profile Manager History Club Profile Club Info
  9. Going with fairly minimal updates during my seasons but just to let you know we're two points off 2nd (Benfica B has run away with the league surprise surprise) and we face 2nd in our next game. Four matches to go so you'd think if we beat them we'll be able to cling onto 2nd and make the promotion playoffs. Fingers crossed. EDIT: Won 3-1 but we have Benfica B away next ffs. Lost this one 2-0 at home earlier in the campaign. Going to the wire!
  10. Welcome aboard @PRDH. Any team you particularly fancy taking on?
  11. Amansio Canhembe is my main signing of the summer and should give the midfield an extra level of guile. Whether he can do enough defensively in a two-man midfield remains to be seen but I'm hopeful. In outgoings, 17-year-old Antonio Rodrigues left us for Boavista for a small fee and a 50% sell on. We've also got him back on loan for the season. He's nowhere near the finished product so I'm pretty annoyed we lost him tbh. Good deal though.
  12. How in depth are people going with training and mentoring? I started off doing it myself but don't think it's massively worth it until we turn pro and have more than six sessions a week. But maybe I'm just being lazy. Keen to hear about people's experiences of training so far.
  13. Couple of quick updates as I roll into season two: 1) we received £450k over the summer so financially we're sorted 2) the draw for the four groups in the third tier and we've been really unlucky, drawing Benfica B and Academica B. Given only the top two go into the playoffs, we're going to have to finish above one of them to even get a shot at promotion. Grrrr.
  14. Alta De Lisboa 2019-20 Season Review - Campeonato de Portugal Serie D Media Prediction: 9th| Final position: 4th I said at the beginning of the season that I felt we had the players to stay clear of relegation and maybe push towards the promotion places and I was mostly right. We didn't quite make it in the end, owing to a terrible 2-1 loss at home in the run in against also-rans of X. That meant we had to settle for 4th, way ahead of our media prediction of X but not enough to make the promotion playoffs. In the Taca de Portugal we reached the third round, losing heavily to Benfica. Star Men - Squad 1 | Squad 2 Andrey Yago (D/WBL) - Had a very strong season as an attacking wing-back, though only claimed four assists. Nilton Varela (DLC) - Joined towards the end of the season and shored up the defence. Went on a run of six games without conceding once he joined. Pedro Ganches (DLC) - The other half of a great defensive spine. Also left-footed but captain on top of that, getting a promotion midway through the campaign. Cuca (DM/MC) - The value of two-footed CMs in a two-man system can't be over overstated. Scored a couple of long-range bangers as well. Henrique Leca (DM/MC) - Vice-captain led by example. Tailed away form-wise from February frustratingly. Patrick Igwe (AMRL) - Pace and power. Had to use him on the left a few times but scored and assisted well all year. Sebastien (AMRL/ST) - We were short on options up front for a lot of the season but the experienced Sebastien did all he could to get amongst the goals. Youth Prospects Goncalo Neves (DM/MLC) - at the club from the beginning and although not good enough to start just yet, he's getting decent experience and is highly rated. Antonio Rodrigues (AMRL/ST) - bought during the season and gave me a good sub option. Scored some goals too. Transfer History So yeah, we signed a LOT of players. I let my Director of Football make signings too (which I still have to confirm so as to stay in the bounds of the rules in here) and it did lead me to taking a punt on a lot of semi-scouted youngsters. They've mostly turned out to be average, annoyingly and I doubt I've ever had an FM season in which I've signed so many players. Shame on me. That said, I've built a good core here now and with a bit more patience and planning I should be able to put together a very handy team for next year. Finances That has meant even with the £100k we received for playing Benfica in the cup, we end the season in a pretty big hole financially. I'm going to make this my focus next season and ensure we get back on track with the accountants. It's dawned on me how tough it is to get out of this division. Not only do we need to finish top two in a 34-game season, we then need to beat two other sides in the playoffs. It might take me longer than I hoped but I'm enjoying the challenge and the variety of cheap players you can convince to join your club. Manager Profile - acquired my national B license over the course of the season Manager Info Club Profile Club Info Think that's everything. Onto season two!
  15. I'll have an Alta de Lisboa update for you later today hopefully. First season nearly complete.