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  1. San Giovanni 2020/21 Season Update My second team was a bit of an add-on when I started the save - but has been probably more enjoyable than Calcio. Having said that, we lost 2 big players before the season - youth player Federico Gasperoni and right winger Daniele Zafferani (both San Marino internationals) left for La Fiorita. We started the season really well, winning group A - but then in group 1 we had way too many draws (a record number for the league, in fact, including playoffs) and finished 3rd. The Champions Playoffs went really well though - we won the quarter-final after it finished 2-2 on the basis we were the higher seed. We went 2-0 up in the first leg of the semi-final - but somehow lost 2-3. However, after that we played really well. We won the second leg 3-0 - and after falling behind 1-0 in the final, we stormed back and won with ease 4-1. So, a second Champions Playoff win in 3 years of the save. We made it through to the final of the cup - we were 0-1 down, but managed to equalise late in the game - but lost 1-2 in injury time, so we missed the double. But, we're back in Europe - we lost the first game in the very early Champions League prelim qualifying round last time around - hopefully we can improve and go 1 or 2 stages deeper before we have a go at Europa League qualifying. On a plus note, the youth intake saw us land a cracking striker Davide Madau, who played in the Cup and scored 3 goals in his 3 appearances, although he was quiet in the Cup final.
  2. San Marino Calcio 2020/2021 Update This was my first season in Serie C - and I went in just wanting to stay up. It was a mid table kind of season - but with 1 going up automatically and 10 in the playoffs, it certainly keeps the season alive. We went into the last game, against the champions Vicenza, needing a win and help - and we got it with a 2-1 win (scoring the winner in injury time) and Rimini drawing 2-2 against the bottom team Vis Pesaro. After that big win - we played our parent club Cesena, but we lost 0-2 - never getting a foothold in the game, and that was that. I need to fix GK, right winger and striker - I'm trying to sign permanently a striker we got on loan in January, but I suspect he's going to want too much money. I did take the opportunity to raid Folgore for a 16 year old new gen - particularly as the youth intake wasn't great this year. So, an inconsistent season - with some big wins, but also losses - but I managed to play a number of youth players which will hopefully help down the road.
  3. Brilliant progress so far, although I imagine the save only gets super-interesting around European matches at this point? I'm at the end of season 3 - just qualified for the Champions Playoff Final and Cup Final - will play both tonight - so I'm in Europe as I've finished at least 2nd. One question from when I was in Europe before. How do you get around the problem of having limited training and not really any time for pre-season friendlies before you're into the first phase of Champions League Qualifying? I wasn't sure if there's something I'm missing in terms of being able to set pre-season even earlier than the longest option you get. Or is it just a case of going in undercooked sharpness wise?
  4. I'm starting to think it means something bad happened... Either that, or the greatest piece of theatre ever!! Productivity down at work for sure - how many times can I refresh the page in a day !
  5. A community consortium takeover - we'll all chip in a few quid just to get Makoto a promotion he richly deserves!
  6. San Giovanni 219/20 Season Update After winning the playoffs last year to lift the title, we finished 3rd in Group 1, up from 6th last year, but in the playoffs we got knocked out in the semi-final. We lost the first leg 1-0 away, and I was confident we could overturn that at home - but we went down to 10 men in the first half (a second yellow) and struggled after that. Fortunately, we won the third place playoff game 2-0 with a solid performance. There was good news after the season though - the board asked me if I thought turning semi-pro was a good idea, to which I said "YES!!" and we will be a semi-pro outfit at the end of June 2020. That's far ahead of where I thought I would be after 2 years as I inherited a woeful squad. Youth Intake Another promising intake - highlighted by a central midfielder who can help next season. Unfortunately, we are pretty strong in this area, so he might have to start from the bench and rotate in now and again.
  7. San Marino Calcio 2019/20 Season Update As I mentioned when I kicked off this challenge, I was playing CM03/04 and only recently started FM - so the tactics particularly have been a learning curve. Steam tells me I've played 371 hours (the wife says more!) - and after all that time I've finally got a promotion! We were top for ages - but not playing that well. We had a little nervous time when it was possible to earn a playoff spot - and dropped to 2nd. With 4 games to go, we had a team meeting and then managed to win the last 4 - overtaking Modena to win the title. No playoffs needed thankfully! The club now turns pro and I need to set about finding a striker and a couple of wide players particularly. Youth Intake Not quite the immediate quality as last year, in that no one came straight into the team - but 3 or 4 with potential.
  8. Cheers - really impressed with your progress. Have far do you think you can go in Europe in the future? At least you can rotate pretty easily if you get to the group stages in Europe.
  9. I started the San Marino challenge a while ago now. Had an aborted attempt as the database I used wasn't great - but take 2 with Claasen's database I put 2 managers in to make it more interesting (my progress is in the San Marino challenge thread). San Marino Calcio/San Marino National Team for 1 manager and San Giovanni for the other. With San Giovanni I finished 6th in Group 1 in my first season, courtesy of a last day of the season win, so made the playoffs. Wasn't expecting much there, but like you went and won it! The final was 0-0 - but I won courtesy of a 120th minute penalty! The oppo was down to 9 men early in the second half of extra time, so I knew I'd never get a better chance! I picked San Giovanni as Wiki said they'd never won anything - so sorted that!! Won the Super Coppa Sammarinese as well at the start of the season, so 2 trophies in the cabinet! I got knocked out in the first qualifying stage of the CL, but got to the last qualifying stage of the Europa, but lost to Rosenborg - £1.5 million in the bank though is great. Currently in March of season 2 (I play much slower than most - curse work - plus 2 managers slows it down a bit as well, but I like it) and we're 3rd in Group 1 and at times playing some nice stuff. Like you, I've used 4-1-4-1 - although I suspect as we get better, I'll need to adjust. Just had the 2019/20 youth intake, and got a couple who can help next season. It's interesting seeing Bedese and others who have gone deeper, that other teams in the league don't grow very quickly in the game - so I guess I might have to build San Giovanni and then switch to grow another club. Even then, I don't know how many Sammarinese League players will help the National Team. It might be any 5* CA youth products have to move on at the age of 18-20 so they continue to grow. I have 2 young 5* CA players - a right winger and a central defender - both I've called up to the National Team (and, in my database at least, as you can't register youth products until the start of the next season, 4/5* CA guys are likely to be capped by San Marino before playing a game for San Giovanni - especially San Marino/Italy dual nationalities, as I get them registered with us ASAP) - but I don't know how much better they will get playing at this level. I guess I could have Calcio sign them for free (I'm still amateur status with San Giovanni - hoping we can qualify for Europe again to further boost the cash and beg the board to go semi-pro!) and loan them back, but I'll think about it when I get to the end of the season. Anyway - good stuff and enjoying the whole thread.
  10. Survived a takeover and promotion - happy days! Here's hoping you can kick on with this career now.
  11. First of all, cracking thread, @westy8chimp This has got me looking at this with clearer eyes, that's for sure. @matiz96 - I had a 4-4-2 opponent up next, so I had a think and put something together, that worked really well. This was in Serie D, but it was a top of the table clash. So, this is the oppo. There are spaces between the two banks - defense-midfield and midfield-forwards - but also space on their left flank with the Inverted Winger and Wing-Back, even more so as they play with a positive mentality. I was thinking 4-5-1 with a Mezz or Winger on Attack on my right - or a 4-4-1-1. In the end, my thought process about the Mezz took me to an asymmetric formation - the first time I've tried one. My thought with that space on their left flank, I've got an Attacking Winger and he has a ton of options close to him - including a FB-s behind him to keep possession. I put my DLP-d right over their DLP, with instructions to mark him closely - my thought with a defensive duty rather than support was to pull back a bit into the space. On the other side, I've put an Inverted Winger on Support, with a Full Back on Attack overlapping him - I figured they would be pulled to our right and leave space for the overlap. Finally, my striker I put as a DLF-Su just to help keep possession as I figured he would find space between the back line and midfield. The result? I won 4-0! My left back had a cracking game - and even my boring old right back on support was good. The AMCR scored twice - Gasperi is my best player - he scored from a central position in the D, the ball played into him from the left. I took him off on 90 minutes and his replacement then scored in the box from a whipped cross from the left. My DLF didn't play that well, so I took him off on the hour - his replacement (who is better in the air) scored with a header from a cross from the left. The other goal was from a corner. So, really pleased to get such a good result - and to have applied the ideas from this interesting thread!
  12. I'm not great with tactics - there are people on here who've forgotten more about tactics than I know, but I do understand where you are. In terms of defending - are you conceding the same type of goals? If, for example, the oppo are getting crosses in and causing mayhem, perhaps your fullbacks/wingers are too attacking. If you are shipping a bunch of long shots from just outside the area, perhaps your midfield is too aggressive. If you are using a 4-2-3-1 with wing backs and central midfielders in attacking roles, you might be too open and giving the oppo too much space to operate in. If you are struggling to score, is it because the oppo is parking the bus and you don't have the movement to break them down - or is the midfield not linking up well with your strikers? As BigV said above, it might be best to start simply - try a basic 4-4-2 and see what happens. Perhaps something like: AF-a DLF-s IW-s CM-d DLP-s W-a FB-a CD-d CD-d IWB-d From there, see why you aren't winning - you can always post back here and people can help you tweak. I'm sure with the knowledge from the people on here, you can get something working and get you some wins!
  13. It must be a FM19 thing - but I've seen 3 or 4 sackings in career threads I've been reading post-a takeover. Good luck with the job search!
  14. Sometimes after a takeover, the new board want their own manager - so hopefully you won't get the boot!!
  15. 2019 San Giovanni in Europe Having won the league and qualified for the CL prelim - I wasn't expecting much. My team is young and I only finished 6th in the league. I drew Lincoln Red Imps (Gibraltar) on a "neutral" site - but in Gibraltar. We went 1-0 down, but went 4-4-2 and came back to 1-1 - but their left back hit a 25 yarder and that was that. That meant we were into the Euro cup qualifiers - and drew a side from Luxembourg. Now, I did think we might stand half a chance here. The first leg was open and we won 4-2 - it was 4-1, but they got a second late on, which left me nervous for the second leg. We lost 1-0 - but just got through. We then drew Cork City - and they were clearly a better team. We got through 1-0 overall - a free kick the difference in the home first leg. Oddly, they went 4-4-1-1 for the home second leg and we were comfortable. I knew the adventure was over when we got Rosenborg in the next round - and so it was. We lost 1-0 in the first leg at home, and actually played pretty well. The second leg was 0-0 and I started to look for a goal, but their winger was twice as fast as anyone we had and they got 2 goals. So, a fun little journey - and for sure punching above over weight so early in the save. The finances look pretty good too...
  16. As I saw one or two issues with the database I was using, I decided to abandon my save and start again - this time using Claasen's database. I liked @Lewis89's idea of having a second team, one in the San Marino league to keep the save interesting - so elected to go with one manager for San Marino Calcio/San Marino National Team - and another for San Giovanni, a team who has won nothing according to Wikipedia. San Marino Calcio Unlike my first save, the season got off to a slow start - too many drawn games. Indeed over the season, I only lost 3 games - but despite that it was the playoffs. I had a great run of form, but lost it at the wrong time. The end of season I drew 2 and lost 1 - and then lost in the first round of the playoffs. I was disappointed initially at not getting promotion, but I figure another season in Serie D will allow a few young players to get some time. I've already used the off-season to jettison a number of out of contract players, so the squad is looking much leaner now. I need to find some answers up front though, as the strikers I had were awful. San Marino Calcio Youth Intake CD Riccardo Gatti highlighted this class - I was struggling to find a second first choice CD and he went straight into the team. He also went straight into the National Team. There's plenty of promise for the future here. San Marino National Team Not much to say here. I did pretty well in the Nations League in attempt one - but lost every game this time! I'm playing a number of 16 year olds - short term pain for hopefully slightly less longer term pain!! The European Championship campaign has been oddly better - with a home win against Azerbaijan. I also scheduled a friendly against a team higher in the rankings (South Sudan) and managed to beat them 2-1 with an injury time winner. San Giovanni The San Marino League allow 11 foreign players to be registered - and Italian = foreign. On taking over San Giovanni, they had 15 Italian players and not a great deal of quality. The squad was thin and the U19 squad was empty. So, it was a case of signing as many free agents as possible and releasing some of the Italian players. This is an amateur club, so releasing a player comes at no cost to the club - although other teams can poach your players for nothing, so it's not all good news. The first part of the season was hard work against the better teams - but I managed to qualify for group 1 of the second stage. On the last game of the season, we needed to win to finish 6th and therefore get a Championship Playoff place - and we managed it. In the Cup - we also made it to the semi-final, so the schedule was busy for a thin squad. I elected to give the playoffs priority. The quarter-final we played Libertas and won the home first leg 2-0. The second leg was tense, especially when we went down 1-0 - but we held on to progress. In the meantime, the Cup semi-final with some young players getting a chance struggled against Tre Penne - losing 3-0 away in the first leg (two late goals). The home 2nd leg we went 1-0 up and then went for it, but they hit us twice on the break to mean we lost 5-1. In the second leg of the playoff semi-final, we were up against La Fiorita - who finished top. I wasn't expecting much - but was given hope by the home leg - a 1-0 win with a goal from our left winger Riccardo Drogoni. Still, I was fully expecting to lose the second leg - but we held on for a 0-0 draw and we were in the final! The Playoff Championship final was against Tre Penne who had just stuffed us in the Cup semi-final. Again, expectations were low - but playing our usual 4-1-4-1, we kept it tight and were in the game just enough to give me hope. After 90 minutes, it was still 0-0 - and then came two massive moments. Two of their players already on yellow cards got second yellows - and all of a sudden they were down to 9 men. I knew we might never get a better chance, so went on the attack. I didn't think we were going to score - but on 120 minutes, our midfielder Ugolini, just inside the penalty box - with his back to goal - was hacked down and we had a penalty!! Up stepped 36-year-old striker Giovanni Tani - who hadn't scored in 10 hours of play to take the penalty. The keeper went the right way, but the penalty was perfect and on 121 minutes we were 1-0 up! The final whistle went 30 seconds later - and in a major upset, we had won the Championship! San Giovanni Youth Intake A 5* CA CD Federico Gasperoni was the jewel of the crown. Unfortunately, I couldn't play him in the league as you can't register youth intake players until the start of the next season. His debut was in the cup - although by then he had already played for the National Team! There's some real promise here, that's for sure. 2019/2020 Season The hope with San Marino Calcio is promotion. I do need to find a couple of strikers from somewhere though... With San Giovanni, it will be take the money from Europe to help us build - an unexpected early save windfall. The National Team will be to try not to lose too heavily and wait for a second Nations League campaign.
  17. I quite like looking at the average positions - I tend to have a look at 15, 30 and 45 minutes of each half. I look for pockets of space, or you can see if defensively the opposition are overcommitting to one side of the pitch.
  18. I've been managing in the San Marino League, so low level - and was giving up a lot of goals like this. I have one CD who is excellent at this level... other than his lack of pace. So I put him as a CD-Stopper - the other (faster) CD as CD-Cover - and these kind of goals went away (watch me concede a bunch tonight when I play!). You could also try using the offside trap, I guess, but you'd need the right players, which it sounds like you have more chance of having than me! I guess a Sweeper Keeper might help as well - can't say I've trusted mine in such a role - goodness knows what he'd do!
  19. If you set the database version back to 19.1 in the top right hand corner, it should work - at least it did for me. It doesn't work with the latest database release, 19.3.
  20. For a large debt, it will take good runs in the Champions League and selling your best players, for as much as possible. Obviously, the two don't necessarily go hand-in-hand. It might be concentrating on developing your youth players might be the way forward in the long term. Sell anyone early in the save who is on top wages and most certainly anyone who is not performing well enough to justify the high wage. I would guess domestically, you should be able to play some young players in games against lesser teams and not suffer results wise, so the youth development should be at a decent rate. I would say try to balance winning the league and therefore getting into the Champions League and playing young players. Maybe rotate and if you have a big CL game, get the big guns out for that to try to advance. Other than that, just common sense. Watch your wage bill (including staff); if you sell a young player always put in a sell-on clause - sometimes dropping the asking price a touch and upping the sell-on clause to 50% will pay off in the longer run; if a player is on a long term deal and you can't sell him, try re-negotiating his contact for a shorter term; make sure there's no increase each year in wages when negotiating contracts - and reduce other bonuses as much as you can; maybe try to loan players in from top clubs - perhaps you could get someone decent with the club not asking for a contribution to their wages (not sure how many loan players the Turkish league allows); keep on the lookout for promising young players (check out the Turkish U21 team, for example) - bring them in cheap and sell them for a profit; look to schedule friendlies against bigger reputation teams - they'll charge a fee, but I would imagine with your capacity you can make a profit. Looks like it could be an interesting save, keep us updated!
  21. I used the one in the OP of the thread, but wasn't happy with it, particularly in terms of the San Marino League. So, I've started again using Claassen's - it's not updated for 19.3, but for the purposes of this challenge, it doesn't matter. Good luck!
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