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FM12 Big Euro Nation: Small Club to Big Club Challenge

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By the way - forgot to pass my congrats on to both of you for excellent seasons respectively. [B]PRDH[/B], amazing work domestically! As you say though, it now has to be about progress into the semi-finals of the CL! Good luck.

And [B]corinthiano[/B], the only thing you wanted was to survive and you did just that - keep it up. :thup:


[B][U]CL DRAW

[/U][/B]So much like real life - the CL quarter final draw just took place in Nyon. And it went very well indeed. We drew Marseille in the quarter finals, which, looking at the other options, was the best possible draw. If we beat them we will face the winners of Man Utd and Real Madrid. That's when it gets tough!

Full draw:

Liverpool vs At. Madrid
Marseille vs [B]Novese[/B]
Man Utd vs Real Madrid
Barcelona vs Chelsea

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3-2 win on aggregate over Marseille....

Atletico overturned a 4-1 loss at Anfield with a 6-0 home win!

Man Utd won on penalties against Real so we meet them in the semi-final and Barca beat Chelsea by one goal.

We're just three games from completing the challenge... :eek:

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I'm speaking to myself here but another update. With 3 games to play we have retained Serie A! We also just need one more win to set a new Serie A points total!

In the Champions League, the 1st leg went well enough as we triumphed 2-1 at home. It's finely poised though as United have the away goal...

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We're in the final!!!

We took a lead at Old Trafford through Ally Guillano on the stroke of half-time as we largely dominated the first half. This meant Utd needed two goals or more. With ten minutes to play Muhammed Messaoudi equalised. We won a penalty with three minutes to play but Bernardo Velazquez hit the bar and United survived. So much so that they went down the other end and grabbed the crucial second goal...

Except...it was disallowed! They'd had a last minute goal disallowed in the first leg too, so we rode our luck a little. The ref blew the final whistle and by some minor miracle we'll meet Barca in the final!!

The bad news - our captain and left back Fuentes will be suspended, as will the monumental Ricardo Ledesma. This is very very bad news and will majorly hinder our chances.

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Great run [B]iacovone[/B]! Hope you manage to complete the challenge despite the absences of Fuentes and Ledesma, good luck!

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Thanks corinthiano. More bad news though. Kevin Schultz (AKA the beast of a CB we have) will miss the CL Final with shin splints :(

Ledesma usually fills in and he's suspended. So we're going to have a back three without our captain and first choice LB, our RB playing LB, our third choice CB (naturally a DM) and our second choice RB. :(

I don't think we'll win this one...

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This is it...[B][U]The Champions League Final

Line-ups:
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[code]-------Barcelona---------------Novese--------|
GK| 1. Altamirano |GK|70. Traore |
| | | |
RB| 3. Mauricio |RB|15. Bakker |
CB| 5. Risada |CB| 4. Caro |
CB| 6. Jordi |LB| 2. Solo |
LB| 4. Hrabina | | |
| |DM| 6. Moraes |
DM| 7. Bezerra |DM|20. Garcia |
CM|13. Gonzalez Rubio |CM|17. Velazquez |
CM|12. Etxaniz | | |
| |RW|11. van Roosemalen |
RW| 8. Barreto |LW|18. Guillano |
LW|14. Screpis | | |
| |ST|10. Ripa |
ST| 9. Armendariz |ST|19. Steve |
---------------------------------------------[/code]

Team news saw us without [B]Kevin Schultz[/B], [B]Ricardo Ledesma[/B] and captain [B]Jose Maria Fernandez Fuentes [/B]for the final at Ibrox in Glasgow.

Pre-match: I told the players to go out and impress me.

[B]​Kick-off.

1st Half:
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[B][COLOR=#40e0d0]2mins[/COLOR][/B]: Saul Garcia picks up a light injury - decide to keep him on.
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7mins[/B][/COLOR]: Barca create the first chance as Etxaniz swings a cross onto Armendariz but his header flies narrowly over.
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12mins[/B][/COLOR]: Etxaniz sneaks into the box and his pas finds Screpis just six yards out. His shot is saved point blank by Traore, though the forward was also offside.
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19mins[/B][/COLOR]: First chance for Novese as van Roosemalen's free kick finds it's way to Steve in the box. His snap shot is caught by Altamirano.

[B][COLOR=#40e0d0]26mins[/COLOR][/B]: Huge chance for Novese! Bakker throws to Moraes who rolls van Roosemalen in the right channel of the box. The Dutchman turns and crosses low to the back post where Guillano must score! The winger smacks his shot straight at Altamirano from just six yards out!

[B][COLOR=#0000cd]32mins[/COLOR][/B]: Barca respond and it's Etxaniz again. He picked up Screpis' ball inside but saw his shot from 18 yards blocked and deflected behind for a corner.

[COLOR=#40e0d0][B]34mins[/B][/COLOR]: Novese hit back, going straight down the other end. Ripa turns the ball into van Roosemalen's path but his low strike from 20 yards is gathered by Altamirano.

[COLOR=#0000cd][B]36mins[/B][/COLOR]: [B]GOAL!!![/B] Barcelona catch Novese sleeping. Gonzalez Rubio's through ball on the half-way line breaks Novese's offside trap as Caro is caught hopelessly square. Armendariz approaches Traore, shifts it right and buries the ball low and into the net.
[B]Barcelona 1-0 Novese

[COLOR=#40e0d0]40mins[/COLOR]:[/B] Garcia finds Velazquez on the edge of the Barca area and he plays a lovely through ball to van Roosemalen. The winger fires his shot straight at Altamirano.

[COLOR=#0000cd][B]43mins[/B][/COLOR]: Barreto free-kick flies just wide.

[COLOR=#40e0d0][B]45mins[/B][/COLOR]: van Roosemalen nods wide when he could have done better for Novese.

[B]Half-Time: Barcelona 1-0 Novese

[/B]Team-talk: "I'm far from pleased with what I just saw from this team".
[B]
2nd Half:

[COLOR=#40e0d0]46mins[/COLOR]: [/B]Immediate response from Novese. Guillano plays a ball down the left and into Steve's feet. He turns his marker and fires at goal. Altamirano kicks the ball away with his feet. From the clearance we get the ball back and Guillano is played in on goal from a wide angle. With the goal at his mercy, he blazed well over.

[COLOR=#0000cd][B]52mins[/B][/COLOR]: Our attacking corner is cleared and Moraes dallies on the ball. We lose possession on the halfway line and they are 2 vs 1. Barreto squares to Armendariz and the forward bears down on goal. His shot is well saved by Traore and scrambled clear.

[COLOR=#0000cd][B]57mins[/B][/COLOR]: Barce carve us open as Barreto is played in behind Solo. His run is swift but his shot is tipped over by Traore.

[COLOR=#0000cd][B]60mins[/B][/COLOR]: Another Barca counter-attack from a corner and Moraes is caught in possession again. This time Screpis is played in on the halfway line. His shot is saved but the rebound falls to Armendariz who tries to lob Traore. Amazingly he recovers to tip over the bar for a corner.

[COLOR=#0000cd][B]72mins[/B][/COLOR]: [B]GOAL!!![/B] Barreto's corner is nodded on by Jordi at the back post and pounced on by Armendariz who grabs his second goal from close range.
[B]Barcelona 2-0 Novese
[/B]
I react by throwing Meza Sanchez and Lucas on for Steve and Saul Garcia. We go 3-3-4 for the remainder.

[COLOR=#0000cd][B]79mins[/B][/COLOR]: Mauricio goes on a run but shoots over from 20 yards.

[B][COLOR=#40e0d0]81mins[/COLOR][/B]: Solo throws to Guillano who tosses a ball into the box. Velazquez gets a flick-on but it sails just over the bar. We had to score there.

[COLOR=#40e0d0][B]86mins[/B][/COLOR]: Velazquez finds room on the edge and rolls Ripa in on goal. The striker shoots, scores...BUT it's OFFSIDE. Not our day.

[COLOR=#0000cd][B]88mins[/B][/COLOR]: [B]GOAL!!![/B] As we pressed for a goal, we were caught out. Armendariz won a header over Caro and played Barreto in. This time the winger made no mistake, thumping the ball home.
[B]Barcelona 3-0 Novese

[/B][B][U]Full-Time: Barcelona 3-0 Novese[/U][/B]

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That is a shame [B]iacovone[/B], really looked like you missed your key players there. I am sure you will come back stronger next season :thup:

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[CENTER][FONT=tahoma][IMG]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/lt/thumb/8/88/Usnovese.png/150px-Usnovese.png[/IMG]

[SIZE=4][COLOR=#008080][B]End of Season Report - Novese - 2031/32 (Season 20) - Serie A

[/B][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/CENTER][FONT=tahoma][U][SIZE=4][B]Serie A - [URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/SerieATIMOverview_Stages-7.png"]1st[/URL]
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We were predicted to come 5th this year but after the initial first few weeks, it was clear we'd be right at the top and battling for a 2nd Serie A title.

In all competitions we actually won our first 18 games! Our first league loss was away to our familiar foes Inter, who were doing their best to keep pace. A draw at Atalanta two weeks later was as close as we came to a blip and we continued to dominate through the winter.

We only lost once more, away at Juve and drew one more game at Lazio to storm the league. We won an incredible 19 out of 19 games at home!

We set a new points total, eclipsing Inter's 97 points with our own effort of 104! We scored a whopping 106 goals. We dominated.

Notice how far AC Milan have fallen. Survived relegation by 1 point!
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[/URL][URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/USNoveseFixtures_Fixtures-51.png"]Results 1[/URL] | [URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/USNoveseFixtures_Fixtures-52.png"]Results 2[/URL]
[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/SerieATIMOverview_PastPositions-6.png"]Progess[/URL][URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/SerieATIMOverview_PastPositions-3.png"]
[/URL][/B][URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/SerieATIMOverview_PastPositions-5.png"][B][U][SIZE=4]
[/SIZE][/U][/B][/URL][SIZE=4][U][B]Champions League:[/B][/U]
[SIZE=3]
[SIZE=2]Our group consisted of PSG, Porto and Zenit. We won 2-1 in Paris, 3-0 in Porto and 3-0 in St.Petersburg and followed it with 3-1, 4-0 and 2-1 wins at home respectively to top our group with a 100% record.

We got Man City in the first knockout round and a late Cardenas goal gave us a 2-2 draw there. We won 2-0 at home to progress.

Marseille in the quarter-finals looked easier on paper but we were run close. We were very lucky to escape with a 1-1 draw away and just edged the home game 2-1 to qualify.

Back to Manchester in the semi-final. The first game we won 2-1 at home against Man Utd. They had a goal disallowed in the dying seconds. We drew 1-1 in the 2nd leg, they had a goal disallowed in the dying seconds!

The final pitted us against Barcelona, a side we had met in pre-season (and lost 3-1). Though we dominated possession of the ball, our missed early chances killed us and they floored us with a [URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/BarcelonavNoveseInformation_Overview.png"]3-0 win[/URL].
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The Cups:
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We kicked things off winning the Supercoppa with a 6-2 win over Cesena.

In the TIM Cup I played a more reserve side but they did well, beating Atalanta 2-0, Udinese 5-2 and Inter 1-0 away in the first leg of the semi final. We lost 2-1 at home though and missed out on the final on away goals.
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The Squad:
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[U][B][SIZE=3]Goalkeeper[/SIZE]:[/B][/U]

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/IbrahimaTraoreOverview_Attributes.png"][B]Ibrahima Traore (GK)[/B][/URL] - signed for a mere £1.7m in the summer, the Ivorian came in and took Corno's place as starting keeper. Was excellent.

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/LautaroCornoOverview_Attributes-4.png"]Lautero Corno (GK)[/URL] - expected him to leave last season but he signed a new deal. Largely back-up.


[COLOR=#000000][SIZE=4][B][U][SIZE=3]Defenders:[/SIZE]
[/U][/B][/SIZE][/COLOR]
[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/DaoudaSoloOverview_Attributes-6.png"][B]Daouda Solo (DR)[/B][/URL] - continues to do a great job at right back but probably time for an upgrade.

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/MarkBakkerOverview_Attributes-2.png"]Mark Bakker (D/WBR)[/URL] - good backup to Solo and did well when required.

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/KevinSchultzOverview_Attributes-2.png"][B]Kevin Schultz (DRC/WBR)[/B][/URL] - beast. So, so good for us. Devastating to have him out for the CL final. Signed for £14.5m. Fans player of the year.

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/JosMaraFernndezFuentesOverview_Attributes-4.png"][B]Jose Maria Fernandez Fuentes (D/WBL)[/B][/URL] - captain and a vital part of the team. Another badly missed in the final.

[B][U][SIZE=3]Midfielders[/SIZE]:[/U][/B]

[B][URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/RicardoLedesmaOverview_Attributes-5.png"]Ricardo Ledesma (DC/DM/MC)[/URL] - [/B]his final season for us as he leaves for Juventus on a free transfer. He'll regret that. Superb player though, another we missed in the CL Final.

[B][URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/MoraesOverview_Attributes-3.png"]Moraes (DM/MC)[/URL][/B] - excellent in his first full year for us.

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/ChristerNilssonOverview_Attributes.png"]Christer Nilsson (DC/DM/MC)[/URL] - mainly back-up but dependable when needed at DM or CB.

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/SalGarcaOverview_Attributes-4.png"]Saul Garcia (DC/DM/MC)[/URL] - played a lot in the second half of the season.

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/EmilianoCaroOverview_Attributes-2.png"]Emiliano Caro (DC/DM/MC)[/URL] - didn't get as many games as he wanted but should do next year as Ledesma leaves a gap.

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/HaroldCrdenasOverview_Attributes-5.png"]Harold Cardenas (MRC/AMR)[/URL] - the winger had another superb season on the right contributing 13 goals and 18 assists. He's a crowd favourite and is getting a new 2 year contract. Good servant for us.

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/AllyGuillanoOverview_Attributes-3.png"][B]Ally Guillano (M/AML)[/B][/URL] - I was worried he'd stalled but he had a great year. 13 goals and 16 assists. Made the [URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/UEFAChampionsLeagueAwards_AwardWinners.png"]CL Team of the Year[/URL].

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/LucasOverview_Attributes-5.png"]Lucas (MC)[/URL] - now plays second fiddle to Velazquez but still very capabale.

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/BernardoVelzquezOverview_Attributes-4.png"][B]Bernardo Velazquez (MRC)[/B][/URL] - superb at times, just needs to work on his consistency. Got an impressive 13 assists from MC. Signed a new 4 year contract too.

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/PetervanRoosmalenOverview_Attributes-2.png"][B]Peter van Roosmalen (AMRL/ST)[/B][/URL] - played on the left or the right and quite often made a telling contribution. He got 14 goals and 18 assists (the most in the squad with Cardenas). Great year from the Dutchman.

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/KarelPacholikOverview_Attributes-7.png"]Karel Pacholik (AMRL/ST)[/URL] - firmly a back-up now and didn't play that often. Did contribute though with 6 goals in his 8 starts.


[B][U][SIZE=3]Forwards[/SIZE]:[/U][/B]

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/CarloRipaOverview_Attributes-8.png"][B]Carlo Ripa (AMRC/ST)[/B][/URL] - I don't really understand how he does it but Ripa is just a born goalscorer. He's an icon at the club and he managed to displace Meza Sanchez this year. He scored a mighty 33 goals in 46 games with 12 assists for good measure.

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/SteveOverview_Attributes-3.png"][B]Steve (ST)[/B][/URL] - yes! Steve came good. After a disappointing first year, the striker found his position as a deep lying forward. Bagged 30 goals and 16 assists. Just a pity his form drastically dipped in the final month of the season.

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/SergioMezaSnchezOverview_Attributes-5.png"]Sergio Meza Sanchez (AMR/ST)[/URL] - weird one. Had been the most devastating striker in Serie A in his first two years but really struggled for goals this year. Only bagged 13 in total and became 3rd choice striker.


[B][URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/USNoveseSquad_Players-22.png"]Squad Stats[/URL]
[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/NoveseBoardroom_Finances-19.png"]Finances[/URL]
[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/NoveseInformation_General-12.png"]Club Information[/URL]
[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/NoveseInformation_Facilities-3.png"]Facilities[/URL]
[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/NoveseTransfers_History-16.png"]Transfers[/URL][/B]
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[/FONT][/SIZE]First off, I bid farewell to Gianluca Fabiani, my assistant manager. His contract is up and I've decided he's no longer good enough to hold the role as his own. He's been my number two for the past 12 years. It's a cruel world...

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/TommasoCilonaNews_Inbox-19.png"]Youth facilities are being upgraded[/URL] again. The Pastorino Stadium is also [URL="http://s258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/?action=view¤t=TommasoCilonaNews_Inbox-18.png"]going to be expanded[/URL] by about 900 seats...

Our finances are in great shape. We're still relatively small spenders in terms of wages (our highest was £44k p/w this year) but with a run to the final of the CL you pick up soooo much cash, we cover our expenditure almost two times over in a season at the moment.

I was pleased to see I'm now viewed as a 'legend' - I think that's the first time I've achieved that on FM! Great to see Meza Sanchez, Ripa and Cardenas move up to icon status too!
[B]
Objectives Complete?[/B][/FONT]
[LIST]
[*][FONT=tahoma]Win back-to-back titles[/FONT]
[/LIST][FONT=tahoma][COLOR=#008000][B]Success! Romped it and set a new Serie A points record![/B][/COLOR][/FONT]
[LIST]
[*][FONT=tahoma][B]Go one step further in Europe[/B][/FONT]
[/LIST][FONT=tahoma][COLOR=#008000][B]Success! Made the final. Lost. [/B][/COLOR][/FONT]
[LIST]
[*][FONT=tahoma][B]Continue to develop the club infrastructure[/B][/FONT]
[/LIST][FONT=tahoma][COLOR=#008000][B]Success! Youth and training facilities are being continually improved. See Facilities screenshot above
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New Objectives:[/SIZE][/B][/U][/FONT]
[LIST]
[*][FONT=tahoma][B]Win back-to-back titles[/B][/FONT]
[*][FONT=tahoma][B]Make the CL Final again[/B][/FONT]
[*][FONT=tahoma][B]Start solving the Italian problem[/B][/FONT]
[/LIST][FONT=tahoma]The big problem in the CL is that I don't have any youth prospects of note that are actually registered and beneficial to the campaign. It is all 0.5 star rubbish just to fill the quotas. We had three youth players on the bench in the final! Awful. So that's something I need to work on and will intend to do so by snapping up young Italian prospects, as clearly the academy isn't capable of producing them. Domestically, we should take the title each year now, we're far stronger than the rest and provided I replace Ledesma adequately I back us to achieve that.

Joining us in Serie A this season are: Brescia, Albinoleffe and Cittadella. Departing Serie A are: Udinese, Cagliari and Empoli.
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[/URL][URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/NoveseHistory_BestEleven-23.png"]Seasonal Best Eleven[/URL]
[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/NoveseHistory_BestEleven-24.png"]Overall Best Eleven[/URL][/B][/FONT]

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Great season [B]iacovone[/B], amazing dominance at home and bad luck in the final in Europe. To me your squad seems to be a little thin though, could just be me liking to have lots of options in my squad. Either way, I reckon you can get CL success relatively soon seeing as you are so dominant in the league.

As for Real, we have started the season badly, losing 3 and drawing 1 of our initial 4 matches...all games against beatable sides apart from Benfica away as well...will have to improve sooner rather than later. On a positive note, the board are planning a new stadium, havent seen any news on it, but it is there in the board overview screen, it will be ready in 3 years time.

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Pre-season has been interesting so far. Got a couple of great new players to show you soon.

Also the big news in Italy was hearing that Daniele Bonera resigned from Inter to take the reigns at Liverpool. So my biggest rivals will now be after a new manager. I always got on well with Bonera in the media - it was a friendly rivalry.

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[quote name='corinthiano']Great season [B]iacovone[/B], amazing dominance at home and bad luck in the final in Europe. To me your squad seems to be a little thin though, could just be me liking to have lots of options in my squad. Either way, I reckon you can get CL success relatively soon seeing as you are so dominant in the league.

As for Real, we have started the season badly, losing 3 and drawing 1 of our initial 4 matches...all games against beatable sides apart from Benfica away as well...will have to improve sooner rather than later. On a positive note, the board are planning a new stadium, havent seen any news on it, but it is there in the board overview screen, it will be ready in 3 years time.[/QUOTE]

Great news on the new stadium! In the facilities screen does it tell you what size/name?

As for my squad - I agree, it is a little thin. That's why I decided to offer Cardenas a new contract. I originally planned to let him leave but he'll be a good squad option as I upgrade AMR. I have £54m to spend so I should be able to find some good squad options.

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This Inter situation has caused all manner of problems :mad:

Kevin Schultz has a £29m buy-out clause in his contract. They've met it. He's now hearing their offer as well as my contract offer. Ours will make him the highest paid player just shy of £100k p/w. The problem is, we have a new signing with a match highest earner clause who's on £60k p/w. So a massive chunk of the budget will go if Schultz stays, and all because managerless Inter bid for him!!!

To make matters worse - they then had the cheek to offer me the job!!

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YES! Schultz signs a new 5 year deal \o/

That is immense news, the guy is phenomenal. He now has a £45m release clause.

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Very eventful pre-season there, great news on Schulze, he certainly is a key player and losing him to Inter would have hurt. I just hope this doesnt mean you cant strengthen the squad as you would have like now that your wages have gone up quite a bit!

I dont remember seeing anything about size of the stadium in the facilities bit, will have a look when I get home tonight though. I hope it is a signigifcant expansion as we sell out pretty much every game at our 3.500 all seater.

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[CENTER][IMG]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/lt/thumb/8/88/Usnovese.png/150px-Usnovese.png[/IMG]
[COLOR=#008080][SIZE=4][B][U]New Signings - 2032/33 - Novese
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[LEFT][LEFT][URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/SebastinPasqualiOverview_Attributes.png"][B]Sebastian Pascuali (ST)[/B][/URL] - on paper, he looks the real deal. Will partner Steve up front.

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/CarlosMatasIglesiasOverview_Attributes.png"][B]Carlos Matias Iglesias (D/WBRL)[/B][/URL] - excellent new right back - can cover the left as well.

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/OscarAndreuzzaOverview_Attributes.png"][B]Oscar Andreuzza (D/WBL/DM/MC)[/B][/URL] - superbly talented and versatile defender or midfielder.

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/LucaDellaCornaOverview_Attributes.png"][B]Luca Dalla Corna (M/AMR)[/B][/URL] - new right winger in place of Cardenas, expecting big things from him. Italian.

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/DanielPorcuOverview_Attributes.png"][B]Daniel Poncu (DC/DM/MC)[/B][/URL] - back up CB and DM. Another Italian.

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/JelleKleinOverview_Attributes.png"]Jelle Klein[/URL] and [URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/GatanDambetiOverview_Attributes.png"]Gaetan Dambeti[/URL] were picked up fairly cheaply and are rated highly as prospects for the future.

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/NoveseTransfers_History-17.png"][B]Transfers[/B][/URL]

Off the pitch we improved our youth recruitment network which should hopefully help our youth intakes. It's now at 'average'.


Guys (particularly [B]PRDH [/B]and [B]corinthiano[/B] as you're similarly far into the game) what is your recruitment level at?[/LEFT][/LEFT]

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Oh and bizarre start to the new season. We lost 3-0 at Cesena on the opening day! No-one turned up, maybe it was overconfidence.

Anyway, after a bit of a rollicking we greeted Brescia with an 8-0 hammering! Back on track :cool:

And [B]Champions League [/B]group looks tough:

Barcelona (!)
PSG
Zenit

So we face two teams we had in our group last year and the team we met in the final! Deja-vu anyone?

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That is some heavy investment there, I reckon you definately have a CL winning squad now! Pasquali looks frightening! I think my youth facilities were pretty decent from the off, managed to use quite a few youngsters as back-up, although none made it into the first team. Will check what the facilities look like when I get home :thup:

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[quote name='iacovone']Guys (particularly [B]PRDH [/B]and [B]corinthiano[/B] as you're similarly far into the game) what is your recruitment level at?[/QUOTE]

Mine's 'Above average'. Has been for about a decade now. The option to expand it hasn't been available at all.

And those signings are phenomenal.

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Thanks [B]PRDH[/B] - think that makes yours the next step up from mine.

I've built an absolute monster at Novese. We're just ruthless so far this season. Had the 8-0 win over Brescia, a 6-2 over Lazio (3rd last season) and a 7-2 over AC Milan just now. [B]Steve[/B]​ has 15 in 9! :eek:

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My youth recruitment is average. I have good training facilities, minimal youth facilities and exceptional junior coaching...

Great start there, wish I could get a striker to get 15 in 9!

Edit - oh, and no information whatsoever about the new stadium in the facilities screen..guess I will just have to wait.

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Just caught up after a few days away. [B]Iacovone - [/B]seriously unlucky in the CL final mate. still Barcelona aren't a bad team so no disgrace. hopefully with some luck you'll have a completion soon.

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[quote name='rlipscombe']Just caught up after a few days away. [B]Iacovone - [/B]seriously unlucky in the CL final mate. still Barcelona aren't a bad team so no disgrace. hopefully with some luck you'll have a completion soon.[/QUOTE]

Cheers mate. Unfortunately we bowed out in the 1st knockout round this year to Real Madrid. Damn Spaniards!

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[CENTER][FONT=tahoma][IMG]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/lt/thumb/8/88/Usnovese.png/150px-Usnovese.png[/IMG]

[SIZE=4][COLOR=#008080][B]End of Season Report - Novese - 2032/33 (Season 21) - Serie A

[/B][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/CENTER][FONT=tahoma][U][SIZE=4][B]Serie A - [URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/SerieATIMOverview_Stages-8.png"]1st[/URL]
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We began strangely, losing 3-0 at Cesena that made me pause and wonder if this would be a much tougher season. It wasn't. From there we kicked into gear and scored goals for fun.

We were slightly more attacking this year which did mean we conceded more goals than I'd have liked (both keepers disappointed me) but it also led to some incredible results. A selection: 8-0 Brescia, 6-2 Lazio, 7-2 AC Milan, 6-0 Zenit, 6-2 Palermo, 7-3 Juventus, 9-0 Parma. Yes NINE. When we were on song we blitzed teams in the league.

There was no main challenger to our run of form and as such we wrapped the league up with 6 games to play. We didn't match last season's points haul but we set a new goalscoring record with our 126 goals scored!
[B][URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/USNoveseFixtures_Fixtures-45.png"]
[/URL][URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/USNoveseFixtures_Fixtures-53.png"]Results 1[/URL] | [URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/USNoveseFixtures_Fixtures-54.png"]Results 2[/URL]
[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/SerieATIMOverview_PastPositions-7.png"]Progess[/URL][URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/SerieATIMOverview_PastPositions-3.png"]
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[/SIZE][/U][/B][/URL][SIZE=4][U][B]Champions League:[/B][/U]
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Our group was tougher than last year as we had to deal with Barcelona (last year's winners) as well as Zenit and PSG, two teams we'd faced before. Wins over Zenit (twice) and PSG as well as a draw against Barca and the French side ensured safe passage. Though we finished 2nd after losing to Barca in the final game.

This drew us against Real Madrid in the 1st knockout round and sadly that would be as far as we went. A 2-1 home win gave us hope but we were blown away in the Bernabeu, losing 4-1 to go out of the Champions League. Not anywhere near as successful as last year's run to the final. [/FONT]

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The Cups:
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Wins over Livorno and Juventus took us into a semi-final against Genoa. We won 4-1 away and 4-2 at home to take us to the final where we met Cesena. We made no mistake this time, edging them 2-1 to claim a domestic double.

Or is it a treble? I don't know if it counts but we also won the Supercoppa beating Inter 3-1.
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The Squad:
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[U][B]Defenders[/B][/U]
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[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/KevinSchultzOverview_Attributes-3.png"][B]Kevin Schultz (DRC/WBR)[/B][/URL] - strong as ever when he was fit. Unfortunately missed 5 weeks early on and then damaged his knee cap in his comeback playing for France. When he did get fit he was excellent.

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/OscarAndreuzzaOverview_Attributes-2.png"][B]Oscar Andreuzza (D/WBL/DM/MC)[/B][/URL] - new left back acquitted himself well. He's the all-round full-back we need in this formation.

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/CarlosMatasIglesiasOverview_Attributes-2.png"][B]Carlos Matias Iglesias (D/WBRL)[/B][/URL] - similar words for Iglesias who was solid at right-back in his first season.

[U][B]Midfielders[/B][/U]

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/MoraesOverview_Attributes-4.png"][B]Moraes (DM/CM)[/B][/URL] - coped as the main DM very well. Played a lot of games and kept to a good standard.

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/SalGarcaOverview_Attributes-5.png"][B]Saul Garcia (DC/DM/MC)[/B][/URL] - stepped in as Ledesma's replacement this year and did very well. Coming on leaps and bounds.

[B][URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/BernardoVelzquezOverview_Attributes-5.png"]Bernardo Velazquez (MRC)[/URL][/B] - our playmaker added goals to his game this year, bettering last season's 3 with an impressive 12. Plenty of assists too.

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/LucaDellaCornaOverview_Attributes-2.png"][B]Luca Della Corna (M/AMR)[/B][/URL] - new signing at right wing and was exceptional. Provided both goals and assists. Did underperform in the big games though.

[B][URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/PetervanRoosmalenOverview_Attributes-3.png"]Peter van Roosmalen (AMRL/ST)[/URL][/B] - stunning season from the winger. Took over from Guillano at left inside forward and set a new assists record with an amazing 26.

[U][B]Strikers[/B][/U]

[B][URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/SergioMezaSnchezOverview_Attributes-6.png"]Sergio Meza Sanchez (AMR/ST)[/URL][/B] - has really fallen down the pecking order after his initial stunning first two seasons. Contract is up, not sure whether to renew.

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/EduardDobrovolnyOverview_Attributes.png"][B]Eduard Dobrovolny (ST)[/B][/URL] - and the reason is this man. He looks like he could be pretty good if he keeps improving at the rate he has been. Gave him a couple of games at the end of the season and was unlucky not to score.
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[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/SebastinPasqualiOverview_Attributes-2.png"][B]Sebastian Pascuali (ST)[/B][/URL] - new signing has the makings of a sensational striker. Suffered through injuries quite a bit though and therefore didn't play as many games as I wanted.

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/CarloRipaOverview_Attributes-9.png"][B]Carlo Ripa (AMRC/ST)[/B][/URL] - continues to surprise. He's only rated at 2 stars but he's been with us for 9 years now and has always hit double figures in a season. Wasn't first choice but was a great source of goals when used.

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/SteveOverview_Attributes-4.png"][B]Steve (ST)[/B][/URL] - it worked! Changed him to a deep-lying striker and he flourished! Couldn't score in Europe but tore Serie A to shreds, finishing just two goals behind the all-time record. Won European golden boot.


[B][URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/USNoveseSquad_Players-23.png"]Squad Stats[/URL]
[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/NoveseBoardroom_Finances-20.png"]Finances[/URL]
[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/NoveseInformation_General-13.png"]Club Information[/URL]
[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/NoveseInformation_Facilities-4.png"]Facilities[/URL]
[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/NoveseTransfers_History-18.png"][U]Transfers[/U][/URL]
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Youth facilities are being improved again at a cost of £4m. That's a lot of cash!
We announced a new set of sponsorship deals taking us from £3.22m up to £6.44m. The chairman also injected some cash to help with the running of the club (we were in the black anyway).
Just the casual £31.5m!!! I have no idea why he did it or where that cash came from :confused:[B]



[U][SIZE=4]Objectives Complete?[/SIZE][/U][/B][/FONT]
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[*][B][FONT=tahoma]Win back-to-back titles[/FONT][/B]
[/LIST][FONT=tahoma][COLOR=#008000][B]Success! Yep. Dominant and a new goalscoring record.[/B][/COLOR][/FONT]
[LIST]
[*][FONT=tahoma][B]Make the CL Final again[/B][/FONT]
[/LIST][FONT=tahoma][COLOR=#008000][B]Failed. Nowhere near, big work to be done next year.[/B][/COLOR][/FONT]
[LIST]
[*][FONT=tahoma][B]Start solving the Italian problem[/B][/FONT]
[/LIST][FONT=tahoma][COLOR=#008000][B]Success! The signing of Della Corna, Andreuzza and Porcu added Italian faces to the dressing room. The latter two are naturalised, as is Lucas now. We have 6 in the first team squad now. Getting there.
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New Objectives:[/SIZE][/B][/U][/FONT]
[LIST]
[*][FONT=tahoma][B]Win Serie A[/B][/FONT]
[*][FONT=tahoma][B]Make the CL quarter-finals at least[/B][/FONT]
[*][FONT=tahoma][B]Continue to find Italian players[/B][/FONT]
[/LIST][FONT=tahoma]So the CL is now the sole focus as I look to complete the challenge. It proved far harder this year and I think I may have to be more conservative away from home instead of using my default three at the back tactic to find success. I want us to continue sourcing the best young Italian players and bringing them to the club. Italy are still using a huge amount of nationalised players (not that there's anything wrong with that) but I'd like Novese to forge a reputation as the academy of football!

Joining us in Serie A this season are: Bari, Salerno and Udinese. Departing Serie A are: Cittadella, Albinoleffe and Brescia - all three straight back down.
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[/URL][URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/NoveseHistory_BestEleven-25.png"]Seasonal Best Eleven[/URL]
[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/NoveseHistory_BestEleven-26.png"]Overall Best Eleven[/URL][/B][/FONT]

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Wow think I have about 3 pages to catch up on over the weekend, will get there :)
In the meantime Congrats [B]Iacovone[/B] on continued Serie A success and hopefully you can grab that Champions League soon :)

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decided to contine this. Updates will follow shortly.

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[CENTER][IMG]http://www.weltfussballarchiv.com/images/logos/887.png[/IMG]

[SIZE=4][U][COLOR=#b22222][B]Città di Pontedera[/B][/COLOR][/U][/SIZE]
Decided to contiue this save after reading through all of this thread again. Hopefully I will be able to finish the challenge!

[I][B]Serie A 2017/18:[/B][/I]

Could we defend our top 4 position from last year?[URL="http://www.fmfile.com/opplastninger/1332357868_2.png"] INDEED![/URL] We won the whole damn thing!! Inters form declined horribly towards the end of the season, culminating in an embarassing loss against Catania in the last league game to win us the Serie A title. The other top teams all had relatively weak seasons, and this combined with our awesome home form of 15 wins and 4 draws in 19 home games saw us snatch the title on the last day.


[B][I]Cups:[/I][/B]
After last years surprise 4th finish we were now going to establish ourselves in the top. With an economy scrapped due to our new stadium project the summer signings were few.
Last years 4th place finish earned us a spot in the CL-qualifications, but we were utterly destroyed by Fenerbache and instead entered the EURO-cup.
Our EURO-cup adventure ended with a loss against Arsenal in the quarterfinals, but all in all a great first year of continental football.

In the Italian cup we lost in the Semi-final against Reggina who had an awesome season and finished 4th.

[URL="http://www.fmfile.com/opplastninger/1332357868_1.png"]Club Info[/URL]
The league title saw me join Marcello Lippi in the legends section in the Pontedera hall of fame.
Can't wait for next year when we move into the 23000 seater "[URL="http://www.fmfile.com/opplastninger/1332357868.png"]Lippi Stadium[/URL]".

Maybe then we can earn some money and upgrade our horrible facilities.
I will post a preseason update with info on the players that won the league aswell as my new summer signings.

So far.....
[IMG]http://www.fmfile.com/opplastninger/1332358760.png[/IMG]
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welcome back siLKEAPE - congrats on the title

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CL group stage draw:

Liverpool
Bayern Munich
Lech Poznan.

Hmmm. Not overly happy by this. Liverpool are strong (and managed by former Inter boss Daniele Bonera) and Bayern are always tough. We're going to need to be on our game this year!

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[CENTER][IMG]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/lt/thumb/8/88/Usnovese.png/150px-Usnovese.png[/IMG]
[COLOR=#008080][SIZE=4][B][U]New Signings - 2033/34 - Novese
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[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/AntonisKoltzosOverview_Attributes.png"]Antonis Koltzos (DC)[/URL] - 17 year-old Greek centre-half with good potential.

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/PirulitoOverview_Attributes-4.png"]Pirulito (DC)[/URL] - Brazilian who we had on loan back in our 2nd place season. Managed to get him for a very reasonable £3.7m to back up Schultze.

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/RenzoCenciOverview_Attributes.png"]Renzo Cenci (DM/MC)[/URL] - 17-year-old DM signed from Cesena. Plenty of promise.

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/merYneyOverview_Attributes.png"]Yoney Omer (DM/MC)[/URL] - the big money signing of the summer from Barcelona. £20m well spent in my book, and effectively the Ricardo Ledesma replacement.

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/RobertvanGoolOverview_Attributes.png"]Robert van Gool (ST)[/URL] - now, I'm excited. I spotted him in the Ajax youth team, had him scouted and the report returned a potential rating of just 3 stars. Instinct told me to sign him though and that potential is now seen as 4 stars. He's only 16 and so good already!

[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/VadimLyaminOverview_Attributes.png"]Vadim Lyamin (GK)[/URL] - a good young keeper to play in the U20's for a couple of years before I make a big assessment on him.



[URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/NoveseTransfers_History-19.png"][B]Transfers[/B][/URL]

We still have plenty of money left for January if we need to spend but I'm pretty happy with the new boys. As you can see long-serving Pacholik has left and Meza Sanchez was released and ended up at Cesena. [/LEFT]

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some good signings there mate. like the look of Omer especially. van Gool is an interesting one. not massive determination but can't be too bad to be capped at U21 level at 16! tough little draw in the Cl too though i am sure you can come through that.

out of interest, what formation are you playing?

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and so, with 5 matches left its been confirmed...[url=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/26/promotiont.jpg/]Promotion!!![/url]

full report coming soon! :)

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[B]iacovone[/B] - Very good signings there. I'm so jealous that you're in a position to be signing good players from Barcelona! Agree with [B]rlips[/B] about van Gool. He's clearly got talent, but that lack of determination is a worry. It's by no means a deal breaker, and a good tutor will, I'm sure, see him become a cracking player.
[B]G-Wiz[/B] - Congratulations on promotion. That's, I think, three of us in the Portuguese top flight now. Good luck in your first year.

I've not played for a while, I'm moving house so my life is consumed with putting my possessions in boxes, but hopefully this break will spur me on when I get some time again.

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[B]Ac. Viseu - 2015/2016 - End of Season Review [/B]

[url=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/259/profilec.jpg/]Manager Profile[/url]
[url=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/215/clubinfo.jpg/]Team Information[/url]
[url=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/710/transfersa.jpg/]Transfers[/url]

Predicted Position: 13th
Actual Position: [url=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/441/finaltable.jpg/]1st[/url]
Average Attendance: 2938
Season Ticket Holders: 633

The aim for this season was definitely to try and push on from the encouraging form of last season, and try to improve enough to push for promotion. And thats exactly what happened! With a few new players brought in, things were shaken up a bit, especially in defence, which resulted in the club conceding only 26 goals in the league, compared with 50 the season before. This, along with my front 3 again performing well allowed us to open a lead at the top early on, which was never clawed back by any of the teams directly below us.

As for the cup, it was another great season for the coffers, as the 5th round saw us drawn with Porto, who, despite giving us a 5-2 beating, also gave us about 200k in gate receipts. This took a huge weight off my mind with finances as tight as ever.


[b]GK[/b]

[url=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/27/rochafg.jpg/]Igor Rocha[/url] - a much improved season for the GK, whether it was the inspiration of bringing in competition for his place i dont know, but 13 clean sheets is impressive

[b]DEF[/b]

[url=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/829/alissonc.jpg/]Alisson[/url] - another great season, 8 assists, but just as good defensively, attracting interest again

[url=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/824/jakson.jpg/]Leonel Jakson[/url] - brought straight into central defence, and proved a great find, have high hopes he can step up next year

[url=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/444/cancelo.jpg/]Joao Cancelo[/url] - another unspectacular season, doesnt offer much going forward but wins a fair few tackles per game

[url=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/805/lopez.jpg/]Fernando Lopez[/url] - didnt feature as much this season, but a more than capable stand-in

[url=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/163/tavareso.jpg/]Ricardo Tavares[/url] - formed a pretty solid CB partnership with Jakson

[url=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/3/simonf.jpg/]Raphael Simon[/url] - rated very highly by scout, was brought in to challenge Cancelo at LB, may be first choice next season

[b]MID[/b]

[url=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/109/teixeira.jpg/]Dionatan Teixeira[/url] - continues to hold onto DM position, scored a few valuable goals from corners, may be exposed next season in top flight

[url=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/513/mexilhao.jpg/]Mexilhao[/url] - one of the standout performers of the season, scored a fair few goals and solid going back

[url=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/811/guzzo.jpg/]Raphael Gregorio Guzzo[/url] - currently first choice alongside Mexilhao and Teixeira, but his position is definitely up for grabs next season if i have any money to spend at all

[url=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/861/cimpric.jpg/]Nik Cimpric[/url] - another spot from the scouts, very highly rated but still to be bowled over by him

[b]ATT[/b]

[url=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/21/silvara.jpg/]Jean Silva[/url] - now the clubs all-time top league goalscorer, another good season. moved to the middle of the front 3 and impressed

[url=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/684/fuscaz.jpg/]Fusca[/url] - missed bits of the season through injury and was definitely missed, 10 goals and 8 assists is a decent contribution

[url=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/832/alipio.jpg/]Alipio[/url] - my replacement for the aging Edson didnt quite fire on all cylinders, but did make a decent contribution to our promotion push with 10 goals

[url=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/846/sayeds.jpg/]Ahmed Sayed[/url] - undoubtedly the find of the season. scored 11 goals and 14 assists from left side of attack. although physically he is quite weak, i hope he can make the step up quite comfortably next season

The hero of last season, Edson, has unfortunately fallen off so dramatically this season i didnt feel he warranted a screenie. 1 goal from 13 apps was the extent of his contribution. Shame how much he has deteriorated over the last 12 months, and at only 32, has now announced his retirement at the end of the current season. A shame how it ended, but his contribution will always be remembered by the Ac Viseu faithful.

Top Scorer - Jean Silva - 18 goals
Highest Average Rating - Ahmed Sayed - 7.36
Fans Player of The Year - [url=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/338/fansplayerofyear.jpg/]Ahmed Sayed[/url]

Portuguese Second League Top Scorer - [url=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/819/topscorere.jpg/]Jean Silva, joint 2nd[/url]
Portuguese Second League Most Assists - [url=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/15/mostassists.jpg/]Ahmed Sayed - 2nd, 12 assists[/url]
Portuguese Second League Most Man of The Match - [url=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/163/mostmomassists.jpg/]Ahmed Sayed - 3rd, 5 M.O.M.[/url]
Portuguese Second League Young Player Of The Year - [url=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/826/youngplayerofyear.jpg/]Mexilhao - 2nd[/url]
Portuguese Second League Manager of The Year - [url=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/338/managerofyear.jpg/]Garry Maltman - 1st[/url]
Portuguese Second League Team of The Year - [url=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/7/teamofyear.jpg/]Rocha, Tavares, Mexilhao, Ahmed Sayed[/url]
Portuguese Most Improved Team of The Year - [url=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/641/mostimproved.jpg/]Ac Viseu[/url]

Next season is going to be very difficult for us with the squad we currently have. Although i am pleased the squad at this level, i fear the step up may be too much for some of them. I am eagerly awaiting the outcome of the takeover currently taking place, in the hope that the new board will bring the investment required to make us competitive at the highest level, otherwise its going to be a long hard slog for us! Wish me luck!!

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Season Division Position Achievements
2012/2013 Portuguese Second Division - Central 7th Safety
2013/2014 Portuguese Second Division - Central 1st Champions, Promoted Through Playoffs
2014/2015 Portuguese Second League 7th Safety
2015/2016 Portuguese Second League 1st Champions, promoted to top flight
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Well done [B]G-Wiz! [/B]All about survival now :thup:

[B]rlipscombe [/B]and [B]PRDH [/B]- I agree on the determination side of things. It's usually something I insist has to be at least 13/14 and above for any new signing. But with him being only 16, there's loads of time for some good tutoring to pick that up.

[B]rlipscombe [/B]- you can check my [URL="http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/mattkewan/NoveseHistory_BestEleven-25.png"]Best Eleven[/URL] to see the formation I use. It's a bit crazy, but has really worked after spending a LOT of time tweaking it!

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[B]iacovone [/B]- that is a crazy formation! reaping some good rewards though.
[B]G-Wiz [/B]- congrats on promotion to Liga Sagres. good luck staying up next season.

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So after topping our CL group, drawing just the one game, we face Galatasaray in the 1st knockout round. Very pleased with that draw. Should see us go one round further than last year!

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Just had a quick read through some of this thread, iacovon your career looks superb, well done! Really enjoyed reading your posts, they look the part aswell.

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[B]iacovone[/B] - Galatasaray is a great draw. Should be a fairly easy couple of legs for you...

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[B][U][SIZE=5]Stuart Brawls, Vendee Lucon, 2023-2024, Season 1[/SIZE][/U][/B][/CENTER]
[URL="http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/StellaF1/FM2012/Vendee%20Lucon/2023-24/VendeLuonFootballSquad_Players.png"]Squad[/URL] ¦ [URL="http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/StellaF1/FM2012/Vendee%20Lucon/2023-24/VendeLuonTransfers_History.png"]Transfers 1[/URL] ¦ [URL="http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/StellaF1/FM2012/Vendee%20Lucon/2023-24/VendeLuonTransfers_History-2.png"]Transfer 2[/URL] ¦ [URL="http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/StellaF1/FM2012/Vendee%20Lucon/2023-24/VendeLuonBoardroom_Finances.png"]Finances[/URL] ¦ [URL="http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/StellaF1/FM2012/Vendee%20Lucon/2023-24/VendeLuonBoardroom_Finances-2.png"]Income[/URL]

[B][U]Overview[/U][/B]

Just going to give a quick update as to my first season at Vendee Lucon. It has taken me a while to get into the challenge with this team after the highly enjoyable time i had with Seregno and this has meant it has taken quite a long time to do this first season. It was a struggle to begin with to find players in general let alone those with enough quality to do well in this league presumably due to our extremely poor reputation. Eventually we got a team together and further improved the squad throughout the season.

[B][U]League - French National Division[/U][/B]
[URL="http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/StellaF1/FM2012/Vendee%20Lucon/2023-24/FrenchNationalOverview_Stages.png"]Table[/URL] ¦ [URL="http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/StellaF1/FM2012/Vendee%20Lucon/2023-24/FrenchNationalOverview_PastPositions.png"]Graph[/URL] ¦ [URL="http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/StellaF1/FM2012/Vendee%20Lucon/2023-24/VendeLuonFootballFixtures_Fixtures.png"]Fixtures 1[/URL] ¦ [URL="http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/StellaF1/FM2012/Vendee%20Lucon/2023-24/VendeLuonFootballFixtures_Fixtures-2.png"]Fixtures 2[/URL]

After an excellent first game, which we won 3-0, we topped the table but then our goal scoring struggles began as we didn't score many and therefore we slipped steadily down the table. At least we didn't concede many and that meant that we were able to continue to pick up points. At the end of October our top goalscorers wereHermann and Salku, our Centre-Backs!!. It was at this time that i picked up a new striker in Giuseppe Panico on a free. He not only scored regularly enough his play also enabled a good partnership with Amadio who suddenly started scoring after looking rubbish at the start of the season. This resulted in an improvement in form and our rise in the league table which would eventually see us finish the season in 6th place. In the end i was very happy with how this first season with Vendee Lucon progressed.

[B][U]French Cup[/U][/B]
[URL="http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/StellaF1/FM2012/Vendee%20Lucon/2023-24/VendeLuonFootballFixtures_Fixtures-3.png"]Fixtures[/URL]
We progressed the 6th, 7th and 8th rounds of the French cup by beating non league and lower division CFA teams to reach the 9th round. This is the round were the big teams enter the competition and we drew none other than PSG at their stadium as well to guarantee a very nice pay day. We played exceptionally well and were only beaten by a goal just before half time.v I therefore couldnt be happier as to how my first go at the French Cup went.

[B][U]Players[/U][/B]
Just going to list those players that started at least 10 games and were therefore the most important players for this season.

[URL="http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/StellaF1/FM2012/Vendee%20Lucon/2023-24/KlausFabacherOverview_Attributes.png"]Klaus Fabacher[/URL] - Signed in December as a replacement for Sommer who had been injured. He did a decent job but on average conceded more than Sommer.
[URL="http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/StellaF1/FM2012/Vendee%20Lucon/2023-24/KvinSommerOverview_Attributes.png"]Kevin Sommer[/URL] - Had an excellent start to the season and had a good goals against ratio. Unfortunately a Knee Tendinitis in December ended his season prematurely as it put him out for 6 months.
[URL="http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/StellaF1/FM2012/Vendee%20Lucon/2023-24/RaymondSchuitertOverview_Attributes.png"]Raymond Schuitert[/URL] - Our right back who is only 17 and had a very good first season. He has the potential to be a good League 2 right back.
[URL="http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/StellaF1/FM2012/Vendee%20Lucon/2023-24/JrgenHermannOverview_Attributes.png"]Jurgen Hermann[/URL] - Excellent German Centre back who had a great first season with the added bonus of 5 goals. He also has the potential to be a good league 2 player.
[URL="http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/StellaF1/FM2012/Vendee%20Lucon/2023-24/RediSalkuOverview_Attributes.png"]Redi Salku[/URL] - Another excellent German centre back that i picked up on a free at the start of the season. He got 6 goals and amazingly he is now rated as having the potential to be a decent league 1 player.
[URL="http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/StellaF1/FM2012/Vendee%20Lucon/2023-24/MaximilienLavieOverview_Attributes.png"]Maximilien Lavie[/URL] - 19 year old Belgian youngster who can play as DC, DMC or MC. Used in all 3 positions throughout the season and has good potential.
[URL="http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/StellaF1/FM2012/Vendee%20Lucon/2023-24/ArjenvandeKraanOverview_Attributes.png"]Arjen Van De Kraan[/URL] - Started the season as our 1st choice left back but i managed to find a better option in January.
[URL="http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/StellaF1/FM2012/Vendee%20Lucon/2023-24/RabahAbdeslamOverview_Attributes.png"]Rabah Abdeslam[/URL] - Signed on a free in January he became my first choice left back. Has good attributes and very good potential.
[URL="http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/StellaF1/FM2012/Vendee%20Lucon/2023-24/DieterKleinheiderOverview_Attributes.png"]Dieter Kleinheider[/URL] - 20 year old midfielder who play in the majority of matches but was half expecting him to contribute a little bit more. Has the potential to improve significantly in the future.
[URL="http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/StellaF1/FM2012/Vendee%20Lucon/2023-24/MadjidSoltaniOverview_Attributes.png"]Madjid Soltani[/URL] - Proved to be our most valuable midfielder as he bagged 8 goals but even more importantly he got 16 assists.
[URL="http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/StellaF1/FM2012/Vendee%20Lucon/2023-24/SoufieneGarbaaOverview_Attributes.png"]Soufiene Garbaa[/URL] - Used both as a DMC and MC. He added experience to the side and had a good season as well.
[URL="http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/StellaF1/FM2012/Vendee%20Lucon/2023-24/MohamedLamineDahmaneOverview_Attributes.png"]Mohamed Lamine Dahmane[/URL] - Decent youngster who filled in as DMC or MC as required. Plenty of potential.
[URL="http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/StellaF1/FM2012/Vendee%20Lucon/2023-24/LuisAmadioOverview_Attributes.png"]Luis Amadio[/URL] - Stuggled at the start of the season with roughly 2 goals in his first 13 games. Once partnered with Panico he improved massively as he went on to finish the season as top goalscorer with 16 goals.
[URL="http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/StellaF1/FM2012/Vendee%20Lucon/2023-24/GiuseppePanicoOverview_Attributes.png"]Giuseppe Panico[/URL] - His signing at the end of October we crucial in the improved performance of the team for the rest of the season. He brought in 12 goals and 9 assists.

[B][U]Future[/U][/B]
I will be looking at further improvements to the squad over the summer and hope that with a better start to the season Promotion to League 2 would be a distinct possibility.

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[quote name='StellaF1'][URL="http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/StellaF1/FM2012/Vendee%20Lucon/2023-24/GiuseppePanicoOverview_Attributes.png"]Giuseppe Panico[/URL] - His signing at the end of October we crucial in the improved performance of the team for the rest of the season. He brought in 12 goals and 9 assists.[/QUOTE]

Good to see that occasionally Panic(o) buying in the winter can be effective.

Sorry, that's such a lame pun, but I couldn't resist.

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[quote name='PRDH']Good to see that occasionally Panic(o) buying in the winter can be effective.

Sorry, that's such a lame pun, but I couldn't resist.[/QUOTE]

Awful.... :D

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Well Parla finished their first season in the Liga BBVA in 19th and were relegated. My team just wasn't good enough to compete consistently, going to really look at my squad over the offseason, may make big changes. I think I need some experienced heads as well as my star youngsters.

Only managing 8 wins from 38 games is not good enough, our vanquished foes were Granada, Getafe (Twice), Malaga, Villareal, At.Madrid, Sevilla, & Osasuna. 3 of those teams were in the top 10, but I lost all 6 games against the other bottom 3 teams.

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[SIZE=3][B][U]SV Waldhof Mannheim – German Bundesliga – Season 2020/21[/U][/B][/SIZE][B][U][/U][/B][SIZE=3]

[B][U]Season Review[/U][/B][/SIZE][B][U][/U][/B][SIZE=3]
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League Finish: [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/itable.jpg"]6[SUP]th[/SUP] [/URL] [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/igraph.jpg"]Graph [/URL] [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/icluboverview.jpg"]Club Overview[/URL] [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/iclubinfo.jpg"]Club Information[/URL][URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/iclubinfo.jpg"]

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[B][U]The League[/U][/B]

A setback, this season saw us have our first season where we took a step back in the league having been on a constant upwards curve before then. It is a combination of little things I think that have caused this. We weren’t as prolific up front as we were the previous season, and we were quite leaky in defence, particularly in the first half of the season. It didn’t help also that our competition were a lot better which made it a lot more competitive at the top end. Dortmund, who held on to the title won nearly 20 points more than the previous season. Indeed, if they had matched their points from the previous season they would have finished 4[SUP]th[/SUP].

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[B][U]German Cup[/U][/B]

A comfortable 6-0 away win against non-league Ditzingen in the first round saw us drawn against D2 Hertha Berlin. Goals from Hidalgo and Traore saw us win 2-1 and us through to the third round. A home tie against Stuttgart was a tough draw and was lost to a narrow 1-0 defeat.

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Champions League[/U][/B]

[U]Champions League Best Placed Play-off[/U]

SVW Mannheim 3 – 0 At. Madrid
At. Madrid 2 – 0 SVW Mannheim

So as previously mentioned we made it through to the group stages of the champions league with a nail-biting victory against Atletico Madrid. We rode our luck a little in the second leg but we did enough to get through.

[U]Group Stages[/U]

Our success saw us through to the group stages and we were handed group containing Manchester United, Olympique Lyonnais and Galatasaray. My target was to try and nick third and the Europa League space that went with it. However we completely exceeded my expectations, as we won our first three matches to have one foot in the first knockout round at the halfway stage. We suffered a setback losing 4-0 at Old Trafford but two draws saw us through as group winners.

[U]First Knockout stage[/U]

Our reward for winning the group stage was a tie against Roma:

Roma 3 – 2 SVW Mannheim
SVW Mannheim 3 – 1 Roma

As the scores show, a close defeat away in Rome was followed by a home win and a result that saw us through to the Quarter Finals!

[U]Quarter Finals[/U]

Bayer Leverkusen 2 – 1 SVW Mannheim
SVW Mannheim 0 – 0 Bayer Leverkusen

And the dream was over, as we exited the competition against fellow German side Leverkusen. We huffed and puffed in the second leg and 1 goal would have done it but it wasn’t to be and we fell at the Quarter Final stage.

[B][U]The Players[/U][/B]


[URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/itransfers-1.jpg"]Transfers[/URL][URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/itransfers-1.jpg"]

[/URL][URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/isquad1.jpg"]Squad 1[/URL] [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/isquad2.jpg"]Squad 2[/URL][URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/isquad2.jpg"]

[/URL][B][U]Goalkeepers[/U][/B]


1. [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/ganzarda.jpg"]Hugo Anzarda[/URL] - Hugo was first choice again and did a decent job although I was maybe hoping for a little bit more. He is a good keeper but I MAY need to improve this area to be a top team…
13. [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/gdekker.jpg"]Raymond Dekker[/URL] - Raymond was back-up once more. Probably not good enough to be a no.1 for Mannheim but we shall see


[B][U]Full Backs[/U][/B]

22. [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/fschroder.jpg"]Andreas Schroder [/URL] - Andreas was mainly back-up this season to Escobar and the club captain spent a lot of time on the bench. Still an important squad palyer.
2. [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/fescobar.jpg"]Victor Escobar[/URL] - Victor edged the battle for the RB slot and did a solid job. His potential is on the wane a little though so that is something to keep an eye on.
3. [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/frafael.jpg"]Rafael [/URL]- Rafael was backup to Rodriguez this season but is a good squad player. He can also play centre back so he offers versatility which is good.
43. [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/frodriguez.jpg"]Cesar Rodriguez[/URL] - Cesar started to justify his fee this season and did a good job for me. Coveted by top clubs, he can also do a job in left midfield.


[B][U]Centre Backs[/U][/B]

6. [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/dtraore.jpg"]Amadou Traore[/URL] - Amadou didn’t really hit the levels I expected from him and he was a bit part payer this season. Still has ability, he will get more chance to make his mark.
15. [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/dbaxevanidis.jpg"]Vasilis Baxevanidis[/URL] - Valisis had a good season and was a mainstay in the defence. Performed well, he is becoming my first choice centre back.
55. [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/dkuznetsov.jpg"]Alexandr Kuznetsov[/URL] - Alexandr improved on last season and was largely the partner for Baxevanidis in defence. Still developing like most of my defence.
26. [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/dhermann.jpg"]Hans-Werner Hermann[/URL] - The young German is still a backup player and patiently waits for his chance.
35. [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/dsolosin-1.jpg"]Aidar Solosin[/URL] - the young Russian was mainly a backup but has good potential. A little unhappy, I may try and involve him more next season.
[URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/dmoschini-1.jpg"]Marcello Moschini [/URL] - the young Italian spent the season on loan at feeder club FSV Franfurt and did a decent job there.

[B][U]Midfielders[/U][/B]

4. [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/mbalikci.jpg"]Zafer Balikci [/URL] - Zafer had a good season once more and weighed in with a number of assists.
7. [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/mjung-1.jpg"]Christoph Jung[/URL] - Jung played understudy to Cook and di ok when called on. A little unsettled, his future remains in doubt.
8. [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/mpogba.jpg"]Paul Pogba[/URL] - The Frenchman joined on loan in January and did ok for the club. Unlikely to be back though.
11. [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/mdoherty.jpg"]Eoin Doherty[/URL] - Eoin had a season with few appearances and will leave on a free transfer this summer.
14. [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/mtoma.jpg"]Migen Toma[/URL] - Migen is one of our key players and the German international had a good season in midfield.
[URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/mhiner-1.jpg"]Toby Hiner [/URL]- the Man United loanee had a good season down the left. Will try to bring him back next season.
23. [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/mcook-1.jpg"]Carl Cook [/URL] - The other English loanee had a great season and created plenty of assists. I hope to sign him this summer.
24. Craig Hopkins - Craig had a good start to the season but in January Valencia activated his release clause of £6 million and he was off.
24. [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/mteunis.jpg"]Mario Teunis[/URL] - young Dutchman with a big future joined from Ajax for £2.5 million in January. One for the future.
27. [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/moliveti-1.jpg"]Luca Oliveti [/URL] - the young Italian featured sporadically and did a good job overall. A star of the future.
28. [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/mahmetovic-1.jpg"]Omer Ahmetovic[/URL] - the young Australian made a solitary appearance but he has the potential to have a big future at the club.
30. [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/mhumbert.jpg"]Logan[/URL][URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/mhumbert.jpg"] Humbert [/URL] - Logan was backup in our midfield but still has time at the club as long as he remains patient.
75. [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/mfukuda-1.jpg"]Takeharu Fukuda [/URL] - the young Japanese international had a frustrating season and he is unsettled at the club.
[URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/mjoseluis.jpg"]Jose Luis[/URL] - spent the season at feeder club Jena, it looks unlikely he will have a long term future at the club..



[B][U]Strikers[/U][/B]

9. [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/saxelsson.jpg"]Daniel Axelsson[/URL] - Daniel matched the number of goals scored as the previous season, proving the ability of ‘The Axeman’. Star for the club.
10. [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/sscherbakov.jpg"]Vladislav Scherbakov[/URL] - Vladislav had a bit-part season and his star is beginning to wane a little. His future long term may be in doubt.
12. [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/shidalgo.jpg"]Armando Hidalgo[/URL] - Armando didn’t impress again and has only 3 goals in his three seasons at the club. A departure is likely this summer as players have moved a head in the pecking order.
19. [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/sfreitas-1.jpg"]Ricardo Freitas[/URL] - the big-money signing struggled to find form initially but settled down and had a good second half of the season. Axelsson’s first-choice partner.
61. [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/shelder.jpg"]Helder[/URL] - Another to spend a season with feeder club Jena, he did ok for them and remains in my thoughts for the future.
66. [URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/smofokeng.jpg"]Godfrey Mofokeng[/URL] - signed after a couple of prolific seasons in the Czech Republic, the South African adds some quality to our striking options. Expecting him to have an impact next season.


[B][U]Finances[/U][/B]

[URL="http://i554.photobucket.com/albums/jj404/rlipscombe/FM12%20Mannheim%202020-21/ifinances.jpg"]Finances[/URL] were helped a lot as expected by our CL exploits but I am starting to grow a little frustrated by our boards reluctance to back me in the transfer market. I feel that it is beginning to hinder my chances of completing the challenge.

[B][U]The Future[/U][/B]

So we stumble for the first time in my reign. 6[SUP]th[/SUP] place sees us snesak into the Europa League which is good but I think I need to reassert my place at the top of German football. This coming season will be a big one for the club.



Career History
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Season League Pos. German Cup Europe Achievements
_________________________________________________________________________________________________
2012/13 3rd Division 12th N/A N/A
2013/14 3rd Division 2nd N/A N/A Promotion
2014/15 2nd Division 3rd 1st Round N/A Lost in Play-offs
2015/16 2nd Division 3rd 3rd Round N/A Lost in Play-offs again
2016/17 2nd Division 2nd 3rd Round N/A Promotion
2017/18 Bundesliga 12th 3rd Round N/A
2018/19 Bundesliga 3rd 2nd Round N/A Champions Leage Qualification!
2019/20 Bundesliga 3rd 1st Round EUro Semi Europa League Semi-finalists
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Sometimes that step back is needed [B]Rlip[/B], hopefully you can sort out where the issues are and turn them around in the new season.
Good Work in the Champions League though, was tight in the knock-outs too.

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[B][U]Adam "Le God"- Teramo - Season 1- 2012-2013.[/U][/B]
[B][U][URL="http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l516/Adam_Le_God/MaxTrayhornOverview_Profile.png"]Profile[/URL] - [URL="http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l516/Adam_Le_God/MaxTrayhornOverview_Information.png"]Personal Info[/URL] - [URL="http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l516/Adam_Le_God/TeramoInformation_General.png"]Club Info[/URL] - [URL="http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l516/Adam_Le_God/TeramoInformation_Facilities-1.png"]Club Facilities[/URL] - [URL="http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l516/Adam_Le_God/TeramoTeamReport_SquadDepth.png"]Squad Depth[/URL][/U][/B]
[B][U][I]The journey starts here [/I][/U][/B]

Earlier today, newly promoted Serie C2/A side Teramo announced that they have parted company with Roberto Cappallacci with immediate affect and have chosen to appoint [URL="http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l516/Adam_Le_God/MaxTrayhornOverview_Profile.png"]Max Trayhorn[/URL] as there new manager. The appointment of Mr Trayhorn has met with extreme distaste from the majority of the fans who have questioned the clubs ambition by appointing an inexperienced English manager.

[B][U]Season Objectives [/U][/B]
-Maintain our status as a Serie C club
-Improve squad to challenge for title this year or next year
-Sign young players to build for the future
-Try and work within the financial constricts of my budget

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[quote name='Lower Leagues Rule']Sometimes that step back is needed [B]Rlip[/B], hopefully you can sort out where the issues are and turn them around in the new season.
Good Work in the Champions League though, was tight in the knock-outs too.[/QUOTE]

Cheers. to be honest i don't think there are that many major issues - just didn't click as well. tweaked the tactic a bit this season to try and tighten us up a little. unlucky with your relegation. good luck rebuilding.

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welcome Adam Le God. good luck in Italy.

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