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  1. Having a good time with my Brescia save. 5 seasons left behind and I would like to look back and sum up this period. In a short enough time after promotion to Serie A we have established ourselves as a team to be reckoned with. 3 years in a row we qualify for continental cups. And we had very successful campaign in CL (first CL in Brescia history) qualifying to play-offs where lost to Man City in the 1st round. Last season we reached the final of ECL where lost to Belgian Standard in dramatic match on penalties. My personal Hall of Fame for these 5 years: 1. ST Alfredo Donnarumma (2020-2024) - 105 games, 61 goals. Became top goalscorer in Serie A straight after promotion! Went to 2. FB Bruno Martella (2020-2024) - 108 games, 5 goals, 23 assists. Was one of the best on the pitch for at least 3 seasons. 3. CM Dimitri Bisoli (2020-2024) - 134 games, 10 goals, 16 assists. Our Captain for 4 seasons. My approach for player recruiting is based on three main principles: 1. Home-grown players. We could not keep Cistana, Tonali and Papetti at the club but we brought back Cragno and Viviani who is now the new captain. 2. Young and promising players preferably Italian-speaking. Amione and Lovato (ex-Verona) are our key defenders for now as well as Palumbo (Udinese) and Esposito (SPAL) in midfield and Raspadori (Sassuolo) as the key striker. And we have just made an impressive singing of Belgian/Italian wonderkid Fabio Pastore (regen) on a free transfer! 3. Few experienced players who could give immediate result and be the leaders in the dressing room. For now we have Rudiger (3d season in the club but a little bit disappointed with his performance, though), Blind and Coutinho (our new arrivals). Our current roster We are entering six season with the new Chairman (Portuguese), in a healthy financial position and with prospective team. Trying to get best from narrow diamond formation after fail with 5-3-2 last season.
  2. Quick summer update. With very limited scouting options it was not so easy to strengthen the squad but i'm satisfied with our transfer campaign. Fist of all we extended on long-term contracts our key players including Cistana, Papetti, Sabelli, Spalek, Donnarumma. We had no chance to extend Tonali`s contract who spent good season in Milan on loan and from the second attempt (firstly he rejected offer from Monaco) sold him to Newcastle for good price. 5 new midfielders in the squad (though I plan to retrain Ranocchia as fullback). Viviani returns to the team after one year in Chievo. And big hopes for loaned Tedic and Lucas. So with all new arrivals our squad now looks like this: Formation 4-3-1-2 (narrow) First XI: Joronen; Sabelli - Papetti - Cistana - Lykogiannis; Lucas - Ndoj - Bisoli; Spalek; Donnarumma - Tedic Second XI: Mazzini; Farago - Calabresi - Mangraviti - Martella; Segre - Viviani - Zmrhal; Bajrami; Aye - Torregrossa We had some problems with attracting qualified staff but two signings are really significant: HoYD Filippo Galli and fitness coach Massimo Neri --- And this is how our season in Serie A started:
  3. Brescia Calcio 2020 -2021 Serie B Coppa Italia Top goalscorer - Alfredo Donnarumma 22 goals Most assists - Stefano Sabelli 13 assists Highest avg. rat. - Stefano Sabelli 7.4 Player stats Transfers --------------------------------------------------------------------- Absolutely great season. Had some concerns before the start about our ability for returning to Serie A but after the half of the season it was clear that we deserve promotion due to our great form. Usually I struggle with narrow formations but this time 4-3-1-2 led us to the top with the most goals scored and less conceded. Happy with some players like Sabelli and Martella on the flanks who were our best assists, Cistana - Papetti partnership in central defense, Spalek and Donnarumma in attacking line. For the next season we need to strengthen almost every position in our squad to be competitive on higher level. Potentially we could give good money from selling Tonali who is currently on the loan in Milan and reinvest it to new players. Another task for the summer is to keep our main actives like Cistana, Papetti and Spalek. Also I plan big upgrade of our coaching and technical stats, reducing squads of u20 and u18 (normally i don't like to have more than 21 players there). And more global thoughts - what I want from this save? Priority for me is systematic development of the club. I could say I want to see after 10 years Brescia who is fighting for trophies with as many products of club academy as possible, the real pride of Lombardy and Italy on the whole.
  4. 2021-2022 Ligue 1 Uber Eats Full table | Fixtures (1st half) | Fixtures (2nd half) --- Coupe de France Lost in Quarter Final to Lyon 1-3 Winner - Dijon --- UEFA Europa Conference League Fourth QF Round --- Squad Transfers | Player stats (all competitions) | Best XI --- 2nd Team Top goalscorer - Bridge Ndilu - 24 goals | Most assists - Gor Manvelyan - 15 assists U19 Team Top goalscorer - Abdoulaye Camara - 25 goals | Most assists - Sidney Leon - 8 assists Youth Intake Adrien Aubert | Barema Coulibaly | Alexandre Matip Manager thoughts Fantastic league campaign! Some tactical tweaks in the beginning of the season helped us to maintain high level of the performance on the pitch till the end of last game. And we were much better in Coupe de France than last year but were unlucky with the draw in Quarter Final. Though our ECL QF play-off was epic fail. I'm really happy with the squad. We have purchased Lafont, Niakite and Bradaric (all of them were on loan) for the price that is much lower than their adequate market value. And totally refreshed right flank of the defense with arrival of experienced Sabaly and pretty young and technical gifted Macon. Another great season for Coulibaly with his another personal record for scored goals. Key task for the summer is try to keep all leaders in the club. Basila, Toure, Louza, Abeid, Coulibaly, Coco attract a lot of interest from clubs abroad.
  5. After enjoyable 5 years in Ireland league I decided to return to top-flight football. I love long term squad development with focusing on club academy as well as creating unique tactical style for all levels of club vertical. Though "unique" style with my new club in France is not so unique, it's quite common possession oriented 4-3-3 which relies on smart decisions and good off the ball movement. But it creates some standards for players coming from own academy or another clubs. 2020 - 2021 Ligue 1 Uber Eats Full table Fixtures (1st half of the stage) | Fixtures (2nd half of the stage) Great season, especially 2nd half where we had only 3 defeats. I'm very pleased with how we progressed in our game through the season and hope we could keep this football in the future. Notable matches --- Coupe de France Winner - PSG Well...next time we should be better. --- Player stats All stats (overall) Best XI --- Transfers With the first transfer window disabled there was not any kind of business until January. In We needed an immediate replacement for injured left-back Traore and Bradaric was a perfect candidate. We have already extended loan for one season more. Out Limbombe was out of my plans and we received good offer for him from China. --- 2nd Team/U19/Youth Intake Championnat National 2 Groupe D Players to watch: Lucas Bonelli - we have at least 3 great prospects in GK position and Lucas is probably the most valued from them. Abdoulaye Dabo - I think he's outgrown 4-tier level and ready for more competitive football. Will try to find suitable loan for him. And I see him as first team candidate in one or two years. Quentin Merlin - good well rounded playmaker/striker/winger. I still have a dilemma in what direction I should develop him. Robin Voisine - have really good potential. He is comfortable with the ball which is important in our tactical system. Championnat National U19 Groupe C Players to watch: Valentino Lesieur - another great young GK. He is already 18 so next year I should move him into reserves...where is Bonelli. So probably on of them will be loaned out. Edoly Lukoki - pacey young striker with good technical skills. Should look good on the flank too. Noah Nadje - good in the air, could be good target man in the future. Samuel Yepie-Yepie - versatile attacking player. Has all skills to be great inside forward. Youth intake Youcef Laribi - he looks like a real wonderkid. Great mental skills. We should specially focus on developing his quickness. Sidney Leon - great potential but serious work ahead as he is lacking in some important skills Eric Monin - another good fullback. Same as Laribi needs to work on his quickness. Gautier Perrin - I'm really excited with this guy. Perfect destroyer in the future.
  6. Career overview After some time of thinking I decided that it's a right time to finish my adventures in Ireland. I should be proud of club achievements. In 5 seasons we've won all major domestic competitions, were in group stages of all European tournaments, built new stadium, significantly improve facilities etc. Ireland has greatly progressed in continental rankings and from the next season should have 2 teams in CL. I love long-term squad development, creating dynasties but I'm not sure that Ireland is perfected place for this. Anyway it was glorious hunt. Thanks everyone who followed my updates and...see you soon
  7. November - December 2025. Season review. Slightly disappointed with two defeats from Shamrock in a league and FAI Cup final but happy with sensational draw in France though we conceded 3d goal on 90+4 minute. Also another Champions Cup trophy in our collection. We were in fantastic form all the season in the league and in Europe, CL group stages is amazing achievement as well as 96 points in domestic league. Player stats (overall) ---
  8. October 2025 We doesn't look like whipping boys in Champions League. Had good moments against Chelsea, were close to comeback in match with Juve, so very pleasant picture so far. Played 3 tough games against Bohemians in 3 weeks and one of the wins sent us to the FAI Cup final where will face Shamrock Rovers. --- Funny achievement --- Another record is broken. But we could update it again in December in the match with Chelsea. --- New affiliate club. Limerick is out of playable leagues but have good facilities and decent reputation.
  9. September 2025 I'm pleased with our performance in first CL match with Lyon. We were better by xG and had more shots on target but difference in class was crucial. In the league we have already broke the record of most points in a season (current record - 87 points by Dundalk). --- Youth intake Not the best intake as expected but we should keen an eye on Joe Hick who looks like excellent prospect. -- Two international debuts in a month. Proud of these guys.
  10. I`m at the end of season 5 with Shelbourne and yes, I would definitely like having reserve team to fully control player development. Though I have affiliate Cabinteely where I send a lot of players every season. My best youngsters in senior squad were moved directly from U19 team.
  11. August 2025 Securing tittle - done! CL group stages - done!!! Seems like we are living in a dream. We went through all QF rounds and deserved to test ourselves at the highest possible football level. Moment to remember is our comeback in Basel. Our unbeatable run in the league finally ended at the point of 47 matches but I can't complain. It's still unreal achievement. --- Fantastic money for the club of our level. And i like the draw. It's going to be excellent experience for us. --- With the money for reaching CL group stages we made investments in facilities upgrade and also agreed to expend stadium for almost 500 seats. --- 5 clubs activated release clause for Kavanagh and I'm happy with his decision to stay with us.
  12. July 2025 Excellent start in CL with two rounds already passed. Next opponent is Dinamo Zagreb. Tough opposition but we will do our best. In the league we are close to securing 1st spot, only 7 points are needed in last 11 matches but our ambitious goal for now is unbeatable season (something that I have never experienced in my fm history). --- Another one signing. Young defender Derek Garrity joined the club for free from Rochdale. And immediately went on loan to another League Two side Fylde.
  13. Looking at current coefficient table I see it possible to reach top 15 in the near future, so Ireland could have two teams in CL. But of course it will depend on how successful we are and other Irish teams. Dundalk participated in CL group stages last season and help enormously in gaining points.
  14. June 2025 Such needed break. Our bench is not so long as in previous seasons and players really tied with regular two matches per week. --- With transfer window opened we finished some deals. We get very good offer for Danny Kane from Northern Ireland. I like this player but 450k is massive funds for him so I let him go to Larne. Another player left the club - Suengchitthawon went to French Ligue 2 side Rodez. He was one of the highest paid in our club but his performance in this season was below required standards. And another reason is player we have found in his position. Also we sold MacKinnon who was out on loans all the time to Dundee for 55k. Transfers in: Phil Armstrong - top replace for Suengchitthawon. Excellent playmaker who is only 19 y.o. with great potential. / Nico Gross - after selling Kane we needed someone who can help team to defend and found this guy. Nico is Cobh Ramblers academy graduate spending last years in Fortuna 2nd team. Very good hard-working defensive minded midfielder. Aaron Moran - exciting 5-star prospect signed for free. Could become good investment or key player for the years. --- --- Guess what 16 y.o. boy feels when he makes debut for National team. --- 330 places up
  15. May 2025 We are leading with 21 points over 2nd place! Two tough draws with our rivals Shamrock and Dundalk and defeat in Leinster Cup. Interesting match where we down 0-3 to 80 minute but almost made comeback, Keena was unlucky with header straight in woodwork at extra time. --- Money from ECL. Napoli is a winner in this season. --- Interesting information. We are the worst in producing players for Premier Division. It's something that I really want to improve with investments in facilities and coaching staff.
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