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  1. Well done on the League win @lblanc it is certainly a big relief to get the first one out of the way! Champions League is still my aim for Kaiserslautern, we've done well in the groups but then get unstuck by the big boys
  2. Haven't updated since our title win in our 2nd season in the Bundesliga. After our transfers in the summer, we signed one further player in January (not including youth players) - A great name, and hopefully a great player. He cost an eye-watering £26m, our 2nd biggest transfer of the save. He's got a long way to go, but if he's half as good as Rivaldo, we've got a star. We cleared a few out on loans over the winter, so we look forward to pushing on. We started...indifferently. Eventually, we were trailing RBL by a considerable margin, and had as good as written off the title for this season. I'll take that...another really good season, and we consolidated ourselves at the top end of the table. We got through the groups of the CL, topping our group. We also managed to get beyond a resilient Inter side, turning it around in the second leg right at the death, before coming unstuck against Liverpool in the 1/4 finals - We also won the DFB Pokal, and the Supercup ---- Money is literally no object now, huge transfer budgets and shrewd spending mean we're able to compete. Here's the incomings for the new season; Kaan Uysal, Lilian Buelens, Filippo Schnetzler, Pascal Dolling, and Alex Gattoni are all prospects, who will hopefully improve over the next few seasons. Óscar Marí looks to be a really good young ST, who will continue to improve over time, and his £3.2m fee is a steal. Srdjan Micanovic looks to have the tools to be a class AML in the future, and another great price. Oliver Batista Meier will be no more than backup, but being club HG, will fill a void for us this term. Daishawn Redan has been signed to loan out and then sell, a quick money making deal for a solid BuLi ST. Torsten Fluss looks solid already, but I am sure will become the club's first choice DR in a few seasons, and also will be club HG! Vagner struggled to break into the side, and eventually wanted out. I feel he had reached his level, and when Watford bid more than twice his value, it was an easy choice. Cacciabue had been OK, but not close to the team, so a £3.5m profit after a season. Moller, Politano and Lusnickis didn't look like they'd make it, however there are buy back clauses in Politano and Moller's deals. We've also loaned out 13 players, generating an income of just over £10m for this season, along with all wages covered.
  3. I normally have auto save set to every week...but was running a test save for a draft game I was involved with on Discord, and changed to monthly so it would process quicker during holiday
  4. Kinda lost my love of the Bari save for now...managed to get to Serie A, and get a good finish first season (7th). Got through the first two weeks or so of the transfer market, making some great signings (Moriba on a free being the main one), but then suffered a crash dump Tried to re-do the transfers, but all but two of them decided to go elsewhere on the second run, including Moriba. I was sooo looking forward to my new look Bari challenging for a Euro spot Not dead, will go back to it in a couple of days, once the anger and disappointment wears off. *Yes I do have autosave on, but only every 4 weeks - due to a mix of speed and the fact I'd never came across a crash dump on fm20.*
  5. SSC Bari Season 3 Summer Window We're finally with the big boys. Back to back promotions sees Bari finally return to Serie A for the first time since 2011. With a lot at stake, we needed to strengthen some key areas of the pitch, so we could stand a chance of staying up this season;- *I have extended the loans of Tomasso Pobega, Tibo Persyn, Gabriele Capanni, Lois Openda, Luca Ranieri, Stanislav Ivanov, Valenin Antov, and Marco Carraro* Our first and biggest signing was that of Sebastiano Luperto, who joins on a free after his contract finished with Napoli. He was a rock for us last season, and I'm sure he'll be a star this season. Gianluca Gaetano look the part, and I am confident we can get the best out of him again. Still not quite ready to talk about moving to Bari, but maybe a decent Serie A season will do the trick. Lorenzo Venuti strengthens our DR area, which was an area of concern coming into the new season. Neneca could improve a huge amount, and we are sure to make money on him. Simone Scuffet may not be the star he once was, but he is a massive improvement on our current GK options. Misael Lopez was found by my scouts, who earned their money with this find. Already looks the part, and I am sure he's a world-beater in the making. Our final first team signing is Simone Palombi. I am still not totally convinced that Openda will score the goals at this level (and there are no assurances he'll be around after this season), so Palombi comes in. Tope two are no longer of the standard to help the team. Plitko goes out to get game time, as does Tonin.
  6. Does seem that way! Considering their recent history has been yoyo between A and B. First match of season was Coppa Italia match v Genoa, managed to field a side consisting of 10 Italian players
  7. SSC Bari Season 2 Review After a strong 1st season, we looked to keep ourselves going with Serie A just a single promotion away. We'd signed well in the summer, and we added a couple more in January Nikolai Frederiksen will add some quality up top, and give Openda some real competition. Volpatto and Cuoco were u19 signings. Another easy season. We led pretty much from the opening game, and it wasn't until January we first tasted defeat in Serie B. Some luck on our side, with Sampdoria, Empoli and the 2 Verona teams really not hitting their stride, with Chievo shockingly dropping to Serie C! We've got £8m to spend this summer to negotiate Serie A. We're in need of five signings minimum!
  8. yeah I have still got Berra, he's been solid. I was very lose to signing Maldini on loan as well, however I think his wages were higher than other option
  9. I had tried to sell them all but nobody was biting unfortunately! Finances are not too bad at the moment, and the "no debt" is a rare thing for an Italian club, so I am not complaining at all!
  10. [center SSC Bari Season 2 Summer Window[/center] After a 1st season promotion, we needed to strengthen the squad as much as possible before our return to Serie B. Valerio Mantovani - free transfer from Salernitana - DC Ebrima Darbo - free transfer from AS Roma - DM/MC Riccardo Tonin - free transfer from AC Milan - ST/AML Fausto Rossi - free transfer from AC Reggiana - DM/MC/AMC Davide Buglio - free transfer from Padova - MC/DM Pietro Beruatto - free transfer from Juventus - DL/WBL/ML So along with the extension of loans for Laribi, Antov, Ivanov and Openda, we added quite a few loans to the squad to bulk it up before our season. Standout arrivals would be Luca Ranieri, Marco Carraro, Sebastiano Luperto, and Gianluca Gaetano (who can be signed for just £1k at any point of the loan!). Now our team is looking very good, with plenty of depth in every area. So quite a few released players, along with Scavone, who moved on a free to Catania. So a really good pre-season means we go into the season with high morale and already on a good run of form. We're expected to finish 18th, but I think we will finish well above there
  11. Yeah, the more I think about it, the less I feel I'm cheating the game haha. Gaetano looks like he will be an absolute star. Not interested in permanent move at the moment, but have got on loan with £1k buy fee, just in case they change their mind!
  12. Seems I can sign Gaetano for free from Napoli, but kind of feels like cheating....
  13. SSC Bari - Season 1 Review So, one season down. TRANSFERS 5 first team signings made in total. Stanislav Ivanov and Valentin Antov join from Bulgarian clubs Levski and CSKA Sofia respectively. Lois Openda from Club Brugge, bringing some electric pace with him. Augusto Lotti jets in from Argentine club Atlético Tucumán, providing depth in wide and forward areas. Solitary signing of January was the capture of Eduardo Rezzi, who I think could be a decent player We've agreed 4 pre-contract signings; Valerio Mantovani - Ebrima Darboe - Fausto Rossi - Riccardo Tonin Mantovani I think is a good squad player, who could be a solid player. Darboe could excel in a simple ball winning role. Rossi may be injury prone, but managed to stay injury free for a season, so we're taking the risk. FInally, Tonin could be a very useful forward with a little more work. A relatively easy season! We won the league at a canter, not tasting defeat until game 33, by which time we'd already wrapped up the title. Averaging just over 2 goals per game, and conceding every 2.7 games. We also won the Serie C Super Cup, defeating Monza and Carpi. (Super Cup is basically the 3 winners of the three girone/divisions to crown an all out Serie C winner) PLAYER(S) OF THE YEAR It was impossible to choose a single player who made the biggest impact, so I've chosen Karim Laribi - Giovanni Terrani - Filippo Costa Laribi ran the midfield, the engine room of our campaign. Quick to the tackle, creative (14 assists) and a pass master (90% completed). Terrani sent shivers down the spine of every fullback, with 22 goals and 8 assists. The final name is one that probably would be the type of player that goes unnoticed on almost every single save of every FM player. Costa was Mr consistent, a steady hand on the flank. Every team needs these kind of players to succeed. There is a lot of work to be done with the squad this summer to keep our heads above water. A few will stick around, however I'm not certain they're all up for the challenge of Serie B. We've agreed 4 pre-contract signings; Valerio Mantovani - Ebrima Darboe - Fausto Rossi - Riccardo Tonin Mantovani I think is a good squad player, who could be a solid player. Darboe could excel in a simple ball winning role. Rossi may be injury prone, but managed to stay injury free for a season, so we're taking the risk. FInally, Tonin could be a very useful forward with a little more work.
  14. SSC Bari - The Opening Salvo It's always been said "start as you mean to go on". And it's true. A bad start would mean certain failure. With a pretty decent squad to hand, not a huge amount was needed to get us on the right track. Karim Laribi and Mirco Antenucci are surefire starters, and with a plethora of players that will surely be among the best in the division. *green highlighted transfers are youngsters* Stanislav Ivanov and Valentin Antov both fly in from Bulgaria, strengthening two key areas for us. Ivanov will be our tricky winger, whilst Antov will shore up an already strong defensive line. Lois Openda looks incredible for the level, and adds some much needed pace to our team. Our final signing of Augusto Lotti is not a great player, but he will provide cover for ST and also AMR. We're keeping it nice and simple with our tactic. Nothing fancy, just the right style for our level I think A strong start! Our only defeat so far was against Ascoli, who are at same level (different Group), however this was a game where many of my rotation / backup players got a game, so not too worried. Rende are expected to go back down, whilst Casertana are looking like amid-table season awaits.
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