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  1. [FM17] Yet another San Giovanni save

    I signed three players at the end of the January transfer window. Cavalli and Colombini were bought to strengthen a strugging central midfield. It is a bit early to say but they seem to have helped. Colombini was injured when I signed him so he has only played 45 minutes so far. I am hoping that Battistini will move me towards being able to play with wingers sometimes. I have a couple of MCs that can fill in on the right. January started with a couple of hard matches in the cup against teams that were top of the league groups. I was happy to find that although we only picked up a point between the two games we didn't seem to be as overwhelmed as we often are against better teams. After these two games we need to win the next match against Virtus and we will come second in the group assuming Faetano doesn't win against Tre Penne. Our February league fixtures kicked off with a fairly even match against Domangnano. We picked up with a 3-1 win against Murata where we dominated. Molari returned to his early season form by getting on the end of long passes and scoring or assisting. We ended the month with a goalless draw against Folgore. We are slowly drifting down the league after our early season form. I am hoping we should be able to stop this with our new MC signings. Everywhere I look claims that 27th of Feb is the date for youth intakes in San Marino. I haven't reached it yet though. When should I expect it?
  2. [FM17] Yet another San Giovanni save

    Our performances in November/December were okay but nothing special. We looked like winning against Murata after scoring two goals in the first half but unfortunately conceded two second half goals. The second of these was after Marco Borgelli got himself sent off in the 83rd minute. Our two games against Virtus seemed to be characterized by late goals. Only Virtus' first goal in our cup draw was before 75 minutes. It was obvious after conceding after 23 minutes that we were much worse than Domagano. We have a lot to do to catch up to teams like them. We were unable to hold on to our lead against Tre Fiori after scoring early. We fell down to 5th in the league this month. TBH I don't hold any hope for that improving over the next couple of months as we have some hard matches.
  3. [FM17] Yet another San Giovanni save

    As expected October was a much harder month. We started out with an expected win against bottom of Group A Cosmos but it went downhill from there. Tre Penne seem to be too good for us. We lost to them both home and away. Part of our issue is that once they are ahead they have been switching to a 4-2-1-2-1 which is really good at defending against narrow formations. Unfortunately we were only able to pick up one point from our matches against Cailungo and Libertas. These two teams are now 7th and 8th in group B so we really should have done better. We are in 4th place but can't afford to keep dropping points. Would love to reach the playoffs by reaching 3rd. Hopefully we can pick up some form next month.
  4. [FM17] Yet another San Giovanni save

    I think San Giovanni were very lucky in September. We came back from a goal down to beat 10-man Juvenes Dogana. Faetano had 3 CCCs and 2 HCs against us but failed to score. We stole a late goal. I was really wondering what was happening to cause this run when we went 1-0 up against Faetano at 72 minutes in our league match. Unfortunately they were able to quickly reply with two goals. We somehow managed to come out ahead in a goal fest against Fiorentino. We never looked like winning against Tre Penne. I suspect October is going to be a harder month. We face Tre Penne twice. I would be happy with a point in the home fixture based upon what I saw last match. Luck played a part in the results this month. I should probably say what the structure of the San Marino Cup is. The 15 teams are divided into 3 groups of 4 and 1 group of 3. The top two teams from each group qualify for a knockout tournament. It is definitely worth trying to win this cup as a Europa League place is up for grabs.
  5. [FM17] Yet another San Giovanni save

    I thought I should attempt to explain the complicated league structure in San Marino before the league starts. The league starts by dividing the 15 teams into two groups. Each team will play each of the teams in their groups 2 times each and each team in the other groups once. The top three teams from each group will then be entered into a double elimination playoff tournament where the team that won each group has a bye to the third round. TBH the best way of understanding the double elimination tournament is to see the tree. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016–17_Campionato_Sammarinese_di_Calcio San Marino has one qualification position in the Champions League and two for the Europa League. The Champions league place goes to the winner of the double elimination tournament and the Europa league places go to the team who came second in the playoff tournament and either the team who came third or the San Marino Cup winner depending on the winner of the cup. San Giovanni are expected to come rock bottom of their group. Personally I am aiming for around 5th or 6th. I think that qualifying for the playoffs this season is pushing it although I would love to. We shall see. I think I am aiming to update around monthly during this season. Once the league becomes easy(hopefully) I will probably reduce this. Once it starts becoming easier I plan to start using instant result in order to speed up progress.
  6. [FM17] Yet another San Giovanni save

    I am hoping this isn't going to be too torturous. I am not used to playing with teams this bad. I will be much more comfortable once the players get better. I also normally either play with wingers or an AMC. I have neither in this squad. Hopefully I will get some wide players in the youth intake.
  7. [FM17] Yet another San Giovanni save

    Decided to speed things up a bit rather than posting ever match which was painful. Still learning the ropes here. I have finished playing all the friendlies. There were no more defeats after the Olympic Lyonnais game although we didn't exactly look like scoring against Juvenes Dogana or Ribelle. We were still struggling to connect midfield to attack. Both the game against Juvenes Dogana and Ribelle were bore draws we managed fairly well defensively although at times we were quite lucky. After the Ribelle game I decided it was time for a little bit of a rethink. I was previously aiming for direct balls from midfield and my full backs to my strikers. This was resulting in losing the ball too much and my full backs were struggling to get forward. We were also shooting too much rather than being patient keeping the ball for a better chance. As a result I changed to: This has generally kept the ball much better and has looked like producing a lot more chances. This tactic was used for the last three friendlies. Against Giorgione we went 2-0 up before conceding. We then managed to hold on before scoring a late goal. I thoroughly expected to lose to Tre Fiori when we went 1-0 down at 59 minutes. However, we somehow managed to pull a goal back 11 minutes later. The rest of the match was nervy until we managed to score in the third minute of injury time. Tre Penne are reckoned to win Group B in the League. I went into this match expecting to lose. Throughout the match we struggled but held out for a 0-0 draw. If we can continue to get results like this we should succeed in reaching our aim of avoiding bottom of the table.
  8. [FM17] Yet another San Giovanni save

    Yay!! I kept hold of Genghini for now at least. And 9 days later: I can see this is going to be an ongoing saga. He has signed yet another new contract. This time I upped his unused sub fee. I can't see him being on the bench. I will spare you another pic (And it happened again. Assume it will keep on happening until I say otherwise). On the plus side I have managed to sign another DR: This guy is miles better than Zafferani Played our next friendly against Cosmos who are expected to be bottom of the other league group. We again looked fairly good defensively although we didn't keep the ball so well this match. Genghini scored a near post header from a corner at 19 minutes. It looked like the score might remain 1-0 until we conceded a virtually identical goal just after half time. Molari pegged them back within 10 minutes on the counter after a nice through ball from Moroni. Things looked good until Cosmos switched to a 4-3-3 themselves for the final few minutes. We conceded via a deflected long range effort on the 89th minute. We will need to win games like this once the league starts. At least there is no threat of relegation.
  9. [FM17] Yet another San Giovanni save

    Just played my first friendly against Oympique Lyonnais Reserves. Given that their players were much better than ours we did very well. In the first half I used the tactic as shown in the previous post apart from reducing the mentality to counter and it remained goalless. We seemed to be defending quite effectively, however, we were struggling to connect our midfield to our attack. To counter this I brought on Esposito to replace Bahiano as a AP(s) in AMC. This seemed effective at linking up our attack with midfield a lot better. Unfortunately on one of these attacks we were caught on the counter and conceded. The game ended 2-0. I was pleased with how well we did against opposition so good. I am hopeful we should be able to defend well in the league. Recruitment hasn't gone too well. I have found several players that would improve the team(mainly in DR). Unfortunately I was unable to persuade them to join even though my assistant thought them realistic targets. It looks like we will need some success before being able to recruit. I am finding it tough to hold onto Genghini. Cailungo, Fiorentino and Virtus have all offered contracts. I have tried offering a new contract myself but I suspect he is probably about to leave.
  10. [FM17] Yet another San Giovanni save

    Here is my first draft at a tactic along with my first team. Valentini has risky passes and direct passes due to his stats. I suspect there may be a lot to change here. Any suggestions? I will now have a look to see if I can find any better players willing to sign.
  11. [FM17] Yet another San Giovanni save

    Midfield: Perrazini will be okay as my most defensive midfielder. He might end up playing at DM if I drop a player back in my 4-3-3. Not conviced my assistant has got Tellinai rated right at 2*. I prefer Fantini at 1*. Bugli looks nice and rounded. I quite like Valentini's passing, vision and technique. He might be useful as a link between midfield and attack. He is earning too much though. Strikers: Two quite different options. Bahiano is a slow target man and Musta is a faster option. Molari looks like he has decent finishing as well as decent speed. Esposito has decent pace but has some development to do. Moroni is another option as a forward. Not special at anything but well rounded.
  12. [FM17] Yet another San Giovanni save

    Generally I think I struck lucky managing to find and sign this guy as my assistant manager. The only stat that isn't excellent for this level is Discipline. He seemed quite a bit better than everyone else. Having an assistant manager means that I now have estimates of how good my players are: I see two possibilities with the players available. 4-3-3 narrow and 4-4-2. We are generally really weak on the wings so I think 4-3-3 will probably be used most. 4-4-2 might be better in matches we expect to lose though. Several of my players are already wanted by other clubs might need to spend some money on part time contracts. Unfortunately £4,450 p/a out of £5,600 p/a is already being spent. According to my assistant at least it isn't being spent on the best players. Looking at the attributes of the players I am inclined to agree with him. While Manzaroli has worse reflexes and handling he is generally much better than Venerucci. His age also helps cement him as my first choice keeper. My assistant highly rates Genghini and Giordani at centre back. I am not sure I see his point: Genghini looks like he has far better stats than Giordani apart from being short for a CB. Still they are my best two. Their competition includes an ancient CB in Fabio Giardi at age 45. Hopefully I will be able to replace Zefferani at RB fairly soon. He doesn't have many redeeming qualities. He looks more like a CB DL isn't amazingly better although the young Cecchetti has some nice attacking stats. Hopefully I am not being irritating by posting comparisons rather than players individually. It isn't quite as clear for each player but I like being able to compare the players easier. Midfield and Strikers to follow.
  13. You might be wondering why yet another person has started a thread on trying to bring San Giovanni to the top of the world. Basically I decided that for my first attempt at a career thread I would go for a league that doesn't have too many games per season. Of course the Sammarinese league occurred to me given I have been reading @jupjaime's threads for a while. Since FM18 isn't that far off and I am a slow player I have decided to take a different approach to the game than everyone else. While I plan to focus on producing youth players for the first team I do plan on buying players as well. Depending on who we get in youth intakes, youth products might be a source of income rather than first team players. We will see how good they are. Based upon others not seeing their youth recruitment level go up like their fellow Sammarinese teams I will be increasing mine as realistically as possible using the in-game editor. I set up my database using claassen's World League Pack with only the Sammarinese league selected. As well as a large database I included all players based in San Marino and all Sammarinese players. European players were included if there were an international player or they play for a team playing continental football. Since I am playing in San Marino it didn't make sense for me to start with a good manager. This is what I ended up with: We can't tell a huge amount about the squad currently given that the team started without an assistant manager. Looks like that is my first job. You might notice that I have included columns for professionalism and ambition as well as determination. Basically I have done this as I believe that managers/staff should be able to judge professionalism and ambition just as well as determination. I am new to youth saves in general and this will help with tutoring.
  14. [FM17] How to cheat at a youth challenge

    Or putting them on loan at a club that will. Maybe send them to a club where they will be a top player?
  15. Play up Pompey!

    Only been to Southampton once for a wedding. My biggest memory is the 30+ stops on the train between there and Manchester. It turns what could be a 3 hour train into 5 hours. Painful!!