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Lusitânia Açores - Season Summary - 2034/35

Finances

Key figure - £38,099,128 | Summary

My prudence that is defining my spell in the Azores showed again this year and is the reason for my ever improving financial position. Unfortunately, I stress again, it's not a sign of increasing financial clout, but instead me being restrained. I'm also starting to worry I'm becoming a bit Wenger-ish. Sticking to my principles of not over-paying to the detriment of my chances of completing.

As a comparison with Porto, my main rival over the past decade, I spend £21m a year on wages, they spend £39m (Sporting spend £14m and Benfica, £11.5m). Net transfer spend tells a similar story. This season I made a profit of £17m from transfers, last year that profit was £23m, the year before that it was £6m (I won't keep going further back, but basically I've only made a net loss once, in 2024/35, and it was £6m) overall I've made a net transfer profit of £169m from my transfer dealings. Conversely, this season Porto made a net loss of £23m, the season before it was £20m.

Basically they are spending a huge amount more than me, and I wonder whether I've started to look at that more than improving my squad. What do you guys think? Should I loosen the purse strings or am I right to be managing the budgets properly?

Club News

1/ Training facilities improved again.

2/ We're very close to overhauling France and taking 6th place in the coefficients. We wouldn't get an extra place, but 3rd would go in at a later stage. We're still a long way behind 3rd and another CL space.

Transfers | 7 in (£1.1m) and 34 out (£18.75m) plus 14 loans

As I discussed above I've once again let prudence dictate my transfer dealings to some extent. This season saw a couple of established players leave. I let Partida leave in the summer and Svoboda went in January. In addition to these I released a lot of youth players who hadn't made it and sold a couple who hadn't progressed as much as I'd expected.

The mostly went to the feeder clubs. Those who went to Fatima helped the side get promoted to the top flight, meaning the partnership will end next season while Penafiel survived and Oriental narrowly missed out on promotion back to the Second League.

League | Predicted - 2nd

Table | Graph

Looked like being a close run thing this year as I had a slightly iffy start and Porto shot out of the blocks at lightning pace. They won all of their first 11 games (until I beat them!). However my form strengthened and the rest had slightly dodgy ends. In particular Porto were disappointing in the league falling away and finishing 4th meaning they miss out on the Champions League next season. It'll be interesting to see how they cope without the money from that. Good news for Benfica though as they took second (the first time Porto hadn't for more than a decade) to take a group spot.

Anyway, I'm waffling, basically I won it again, taking it to 14 titles in total and 13 consecutively.

Cups

Supertaça | Beaten Finalists

Lost to Sporting

Taça de Portugal | 4th Rd

The kids went out to Beira Mar

League Cup | Group Stage

Kids showed flashes of talent but not enough.

Europe

Group Stage | Table

A strong performance in a relatively straightforward group (the only competition came from Man City who I finished above in the end) left me hopeful for more progress this year.

First Knockout Round | 1st Leg | 2nd Leg

Our draw for the 1st Rd could definitely have been worse, but could also have been easier, any Spanish side in the CL are strong. Fortunately we brought our game with us. A 2-2 draw in Spain set us up well and we finished the job back on the island with style as we scored three unanswered goals.

Quarter Final | 1st Leg | 2nd Leg

So, onwards it was into the quarters. Bayern is never going to be an easy game but I was relieved to avoid the Spanish giant. We played well in Munich without getting a goal but a 1-0 defeat was no disaster. Bringing them back to Angra I was moderately confident. Two down at half time that confidence seemed misguided but a second half rally left us with a chance. In the end it was too little too late and we exited the cup on away goals.

Porto went on to lose to nine-man Sevilla on penalties in the final.

Squad | Overview

In a bid to save on space/typing I'm instilling a new regime. Bold still means first choice, italics mean exciting youngster and an * means the player came through the youth set up.

'Keepers

Pablo García - 4(1) apps, 6 conc, 3 cln - Decent back up, I fear that's all he'll ever be though. As with all my number two keepers I will look to keep him for a few seasons then let him go off and make a proper career for himself.

*Nelson Martins* - 4 apps, 3 conc, 2 cln - A hereto unheralded product of the youth academy, he was promoted to third choice keeper this year and performed reasonably when called upon. I don't think he'll ever be first choice, but he is useful (and cheap) back up.

*Ricardo Dias* - 38 apps, 24 conc, 20 cln - After ending last season as first choice he began this one in the same position. He performed well enough to allow me to let the long-serving Svoboda leave. He has established himself as a very good 'keeper for club and country and has absurd league record in his 50 games so far as he has managed to keep 32 clean sheets.

Defenders

Pitoco - 40(1) apps, 6 asts, 3 MoMs - Solid as ever. I thought he might have to worry about Pesic but, though he made some appearances, t remained abundantly clear who the first choice was.

Silvio Nicastro - 30 apps, 2 asts - The full-back slots are pretty difficult to make a mark on in my team, Silvio is another player whose name just goes on the team sheet without even thinking. He is remarkably young for one who has played so many games and can only continue to improve. He's a real force on the left of defence.

Juan Ignacio Cortez - 3(6) apps, 1 MoM - The man I was slightly conflicted about last time I updated you continues to puzzle me slightly. He's improving nicely, has learned to play centre half (at the same time forgetting how to play at right back) and is being tutored my the big man himself - Descazals. I see him as being more effective in the middle than the flanks so we'll see what happens next season.

Sébastien Gautier - 35 apps, 1 gl, 3 asts, - A true club legend but he wasn't quite up to his own high standards this season. He was still excellent, but I'm hoping this isn't the beginning of the end of his peak. He's also started to make noises about leaving. If they escalate I may look to cash in while I can.

Hrvoje Bule - 1 app - He hasn't progressed nearly as well as I hoped and I think he might be moved on in the summer.

*Rui Lopes* - 7(13) apps - Continues in his position as a useful back up to the first choice defenders. I think that's probably his role in the squad, but he fulfils it well and is also still developing well.

*João Paulo* - 7(4) apps - Has started to shows signs of developing into a good player. He'll be looking to get more game time next season.

Christian Costin - 1 app - This young defender was picked up cheaply at the beginning of the season and I think he's got some good skills for his age. Next season should see him as a consistent part of the cup squads.

Meraneh Descazals - 38 apps, 7 gls, 1 ast, 3 MoMs - The club's elder statesman and captain continues to excel. The signs of age are beginning to show and he's not the force he once was but he's still a vital part of the team and a fantastic player. It might be time to look for someone to take over the reins though, in case his physical stats collapse during the next season. Might require some serious expenditure soon.

Stipe Pesic - 6 apps - Not as great an impact as I expected for the Croatian right back this year. I still think he'll play a big part of the club's future, he just needs that breakthrough season. Unfortunately for him Pitoco is a very solid player to try to displace.

Steve Hoggan - 4 apps - Tried to get rid of him last summer but there was not interest, I will look to move him on again, otherwise he will have to run down his contract.

Christian Minniti - 12 apps, 1 ast - Got some game time during Nicastro's injury breaks but didn't show enough to make me think about him replacing him permanently.

Midfielders

*Miguel Teixeira* - 4(25) apps, 2 asts - He continues to grow into his role and with Scaricamazza turning 30 last season he might find his responsibilities increasing over the coming months. He has never disappointed. A very handy product of the youth team.

Daniel Mordenti - 3 apps - Another young Argentine to arrive with potential and a small price tag. Picked up for a mere £500, I think he has the potential to be a very handy part of my midfield, and even if he doesn't he'll definitely make a tidy profit

Roberto Scaricamazza - 38 apps, 4 gls, 2 asts, 1 MoM - The midfield schemer had another decent season. He costs a lot though and he's starting to age and I'm afraid might find his time at the club coming to and end. I'm considering listening to offers for him over the off season.

Hacene Bentalaa - 34 apps, 7 gls, 13 asts, 3 MoMs - A fantastic first season in Portugal for the Algerian winger. He arrived as I looked to solve the right wing problem and certainly seemed to fit the bill. He scored and provided plenty of goals and generally looked a home in the league. At £875K he was a definite bargain.

Stefan Fink - 35 apps, 7 gls, 14 asts, 4 MoMs - Another great season for the Slovenian. He has become part of the furniture at the club and it's amazing to think I worried he might not be good enough for the first team. A cracking player.

Antonin Zak - 6(2) apps, 2 asts - He's not turned into quite the player I thought he would, he's very useful as a squad player, but he's not showed many signs of developing into more than that. Furthermore his path to the first team is now blocked by another exciting youngster.

Bernardo Hoyos - 2 apps, 1 gl - He'll have to be disappointed with how little he played this year, but he was kept out because of the form of those ahead of him. Hopefully he'll pick himself up because he may be needed next season.

*Paulo Jorge Vieira* - 40 apps, 6 gls, 17 asts, 4 MoMs - Partida's departure meant he became undisputed first choice in midfield this season and the extra pressure suited him. He rose to the challenge and delivered his best season yet. Big, big future for him.

*Jorge Mendes* - 4 apps, 2 asts - Still waiting to graduate from the cup squad and he may never manage that. He is never going to be of the quality to challenge for a starting berth in a Champions' League chasing side. But he does add depth to the side and has time to sand a few of the rough edges off his game.

*Álvaro Pinto* - 10(12) apps, 2 gls, 2 asts, 1 MoM - A useful squad player. He managed to turn some games around when he came off the bench and is, pleasingly, still developing.

*Sérgio Rodrigues* - 2(9) apps, 1 ast - Another of our youth products with bags of potential. Unfortunately he found his path blocked by injuries this season. I hope it's not going to be part of his whole career, but at the moment he appears to be somewhat injury prone. If he can get past that and improve his physical/mental stats he can become another first team player.

Lasse Tuominen - 5(1), 1 gl, 1 ast - The man I expect to leap ahead of Zak in the pecking order behind Fink next season. He has improved his physical stats a lot this year (they're still not quite there) and has bags of technical skill. I'm very excited about this young Finn's potential.

Forwards

Alan Neira - 29(2) apps, 12 gls, 8 asts, 2 MoMs - The club legend had a few injury problems this season and that, combined with a slight drop in form, saw him play less than he has in previous years. He is facing some competition for his place from some younger upstarts. It'll be interesting to see how he reacts.

Mihajlo Djokovic - 7(4) apps, 7 gls, 3 asts, 3 MoMs - The main guy pressuring Neira. He had a mini-breakthough this year starting games when Neira was out and scoring goals and looking generally impressive. Will look to give him more game time next year and see what the giant Serb can achieve.

Edemilson Mendès - 14(8) apps, 13 gls, 3 asts, 5 MoMs - Although he still played less frequently than in his prime he did show some of his old form when called upon. He is probably not going to get past Cardoso into the first team very often any more but we all know what he can achieve and that is very useful to have in reserve.

*Pedro Cardoso* - 35(1) apps, 29 gls, 8 asts, 6 MoMs - Legend. Not sure more needs to be said, but I'll try to find something. He's brilliant, he's always been technically superb, but he has added real pace to his arsenal and will only get better with experience. I intend to keep him as long as possible.

*Abakar Tigabe* - 6(15) apps, 7 gls, 3 asts, 1 MoM - Another of our youngsters who is in the process of turning into a squad player. He had an excellent learning experience with Neira and showed signs of being close to a breakthrough. We'll see what next season brings.

Aims For This Season Were...

1/ Strive for improvement in the Champions' League. - No real tangible breakthrough, but we competed well against some big teams. I found it encouraging.

2/ Further the cause of the Azorean players in my squad. - Yup, this is a given now really. This season was a blank in terms of youth products, but I don't really think I can complain about that after the superb players I've got from my academy.

Aims For Next Season Are...

1/ Champions' league progress.

2/ Try to build for a future without Descazals.

Story So Far... | Previous updates have been incorporated into the table now.

Season		League			Position		Achievements
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[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279094-FM12-Big-Euro-Nation-Small-Club-to-Big-Club-Challenge?p=7202432&viewfull=1#post720243"]2012/13[/url]		Second Division - South	12th			Avoided Relegation (just)
[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279094-FM12-Big-Euro-Nation-Small-Club-to-Big-Club-Challenge?p=7220339&viewfull=1#post7220339"]2013/14[/url]		Second Division - South 1st			Promoted!
[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279094-FM12-Big-Euro-Nation-Small-Club-to-Big-Club-Challenge?p=7239921&viewfull=1#post7239921"]2014/15[/url]		Second League		14th			Avoided Relegation
[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279094-FM12-Big-Euro-Nation-Small-Club-to-Big-Club-Challenge?p=7249179&viewfull=1#post7249179"]2015/16[/url]		Second League		2nd			Promoted!
[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279094-FM12-Big-Euro-Nation-Small-Club-to-Big-Club-Challenge?p=7271085&viewfull=1#post7271085"]2016/17[/url]		Premier League		13th			Avoided Relegation
[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279094-FM12-Big-Euro-Nation-Small-Club-to-Big-Club-Challenge?p=7285735&viewfull=1#post7285735"]2017/18[/url]		Premier League		3rd			Qualified for Europa League
[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279094-FM12-Big-Euro-Nation-Small-Club-to-Big-Club-Challenge?p=7337490&viewfull=1#post7337490"]2018/19[/url]         Premier League		4th			Europa League again
[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279094-FM12-Big-Euro-Nation-Small-Club-to-Big-Club-Challenge?p=7357975&viewfull=1#post7357975"]2019/20[/url]		Premier League		5th			Europa League again
[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279094-FM12-Big-Euro-Nation-Small-Club-to-Big-Club-Challenge?p=7384317&viewfull=1#post7384317"]2020/21[/url]		Premier League		1st			Champions!
[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279094-FM12-Big-Euro-Nation-Small-Club-to-Big-Club-Challenge?p=7414146&viewfull=1#post7414146"]2021/22[/url]		Premier League		2nd			CL Qualification again
[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279094-FM12-Big-Euro-Nation-Small-Club-to-Big-Club-Challenge?p=7430561&viewfull=1#post7430561"]2022/23[/url]		Premier League		1st			Champions!
[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279094-FM12-Big-Euro-Nation-Small-Club-to-Big-Club-Challenge?p=7467274&viewfull=1#post7467274"]2023/24[/url]		Premier League		1st			CL 1st Knockout Round
[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279094-FM12-Big-Euro-Nation-Small-Club-to-Big-Club-Challenge?p=7480108&viewfull=1#post7480108"]2024/25[/url]		Premier League		1st			CL 1st Knockout Round
[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279094-FM12-Big-Euro-Nation-Small-Club-to-Big-Club-Challenge?p=7531647&viewfull=1#post7531647"]2025/26[/url]		Premier League		1st			CL 1st Knockout Round
[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279094-FM12-Big-Euro-Nation-Small-Club-to-Big-Club-Challenge?p=7544658&viewfull=1#post7544658"]2026/27[/url]		Premier League		1st			CL 1st Knockout Round
[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279094-FM12-Big-Euro-Nation-Small-Club-to-Big-Club-Challenge?p=7553099&viewfull=1#post7553099"]2027/28[/url]		Premier League		1st			CL Semi Final
[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279094-FM12-Big-Euro-Nation-Small-Club-to-Big-Club-Challenge?p=7614242&viewfull=1#post7614242"]2028/29[/url]		Premier League		1st			CL 1st Knockout Round
[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279094-FM12-Big-Euro-Nation-Small-Club-to-Big-Club-Challenge?p=7628197&viewfull=1#post7628197"]2029/30[/url]		Premier League		1st			CL Semi Final
[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279094-FM12-Big-Euro-Nation-Small-Club-to-Big-Club-Challenge?p=7639411&viewfull=1#post7639411"]2030/31[/url]		Premier League		1st			CL 1st Knockout Round
[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279094-FM12-Big-Euro-Nation-Small-Club-to-Big-Club-Challenge?p=7652794&viewfull=1#post7652794"]2031/32[/url]		Premier League		1st			CL Quarters
[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279094-FM12-Big-Euro-Nation-Small-Club-to-Big-Club-Challenge?p=7665898&viewfull=1#post7665898"]2032/33[/url]		Premier League		1st			CL Quarters and domestic quadruple
[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279094-FM12-Big-Euro-Nation-Small-Club-to-Big-Club-Challenge?p=7703596&viewfull=1#post7703596"]2033/24[/url]		Premier League		1st 			CL 1st Knockout Round
2034/35		Premier League		1st			CL Quarters

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Another solid season there, shame about Europe again. As for your spending I think you might have taken it a bit too far. Why dont you set yourself a minimum bank balance to have and only start saving when it reaches that? That way you can worry a little less about spending and have a safety net when the cash dries up a bit.

I still dont have any money and keep losing loads, but I have to do that to be competitive at the moment, I wish I had your luxury problem ;)

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PRDH I am obviously happy for you that your ripping your challenge up, but I am so jealous of your youngsters. That keeper is absurd for 19, and Cardoso, well what can you say.

Yeh get spending some money, I am a lot like you when playing FM, I always try and make money on transfers, very seldom will spend more than say £6mill on a player, try and pick them up early and cheap just like Wenger, but if your stalling a touch in Europe, use the cash. But looking at your team, I'm struggling to see who needs replaced!

Edited to add Descazals still looks like he's got maybe 2 seasons, maybe only as an anchor man when the pace goes? Do you play a dm?

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corinthiano - Yeah, that might be a decent compromise. Having said that, I've sold Scaricamazza already this summer and Arsenal have just bid £30m for Gautier. A sum I couldn't resist. So he'll be off too if he accepts their contract.

aldojags - Cheers. The youngsters are what are keeping me going through the frustrating lack of European progress at the moment. I don't tend to play a DM, except when I'm closing a game out. I agree, I think he's got a couple of years, depending on how his pace holds. Some money needs spending now if Gautier goes.

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The Biggest Big Euro Threads

Just thought as we headed to 3000 posts I should point out the size of our previous threads.

FM09 - 6070 Posts

FM10 - 4487 Posts

FM12 - 2905 Posts

FM11 - 2484 Posts

FM08 - 1069 Posts

On 08/04 FM11 had 1662 Posts, so we are almost double that. In FM09's thread there were 2958 posts at this point in time, so we have actually seemingly gone back to the Heyday of our thread unlike the others around.

I am loving the challenge this year, its the first time I have stuck with one club this long and not played with others, and the whole thread is flying as well. Awesome to see, and some great seasons going on as well.

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PRDH - you're making a lot of money from transfers every season - without that income, how would the club's finances be? Would you more or less break even without that income from player sales? If so, maybe a good compromise would be to run a kind of sell-to-buy operation - allow yourself to spend the money that you make from selling players on bringing new players in. That way, you're not compromising the club's overall financial health, but you've got a bit of money to play with and maybe take a few risks with, knowing it won't jeopardize the club's long term health.

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It's an excellent challenge I'm just annoyed I never found it sooner! I'll still not be finished this and you guys will all be on to FM13! Although I don't tend to buy FM until patch is out to fix any bugs etc.

But it's been a good few weeks since I joined forum I look forward to signing on every day to read how the guys are gettin on long may it continue!

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End of Season Report - Citta di Brindisi - 2015/16 (Season 4)

Competitions

Lega Pro Prima Divisione Girone B - 1st

In the end, it was a thoroughly deserved championship and a thrilling promotion to Serie B. A look at the positions graph shows that it probably would have been an injustice if anyone else had taken the title, as we spent every single week of the season in the top four, and well over half the season in 1st place. In the end, we captured the championship with a 3-1 victory at home to Pescara in front of our biggest ever crowd, and it must have been a great moment for fans and players alike - and we even managed to avoid our customary last day drama (if only by one game).

The position graph does hide what a close promotion battle it was, as we were never more than six points clear, and most of the time much closer than that. In fact, with four games to go it was actually a three-way tie on points at the top of the table between ourselves, Grosseto, and Sorrento. But, in contrast to last season, we closed out strong, getting ten points from our last four games to eventually win the league with a four point cushion.

The squad is still "minimalist" to say the least, so worn out by the charge to promotion, we didn't put too much effort into the Supercoppa di Lega Prima Divisione and lost both home and away legs against Varese. That's definitely not a big deal though when we take into account the fact we'll be playing Serie B football next season.

Coppa Italia di Lega Pro - 2nd Round (def. by Ancona)

As usual, not a high priority, especially with the squad as threadbare as it was. We won a tight game against Serie C2 side Gavorrano in the 1st Round before going down 1-0 to Serie C1 Ancona in the 2nd Round.

TIM Cup - 3rd Qualifying Round (def. by Sassuolo)

We went one further than last season this time around, before being defeated by the same opponents, Sassuolo, in the 3rd Qualifying Round. Before that we had a dramatic if disappointingly close 4-3 victory over Serie D side Sacilese, before an impressive 3-1 win against Serie B side Livorno.

Squad and Transfers

Club Overview | First Team Squad | Transfers

It was a much more even split between players out and players in this season, as we'd gotten most of the major cuts to the squad out of the way the season before. Still, a few established first team players were let go - the five players released had a combined 400 Brindisi appearances between them, and all of them were players I'd signed during my first two seasons at the club - so it was a hard decision to let them go. But we were able to bring in players of equal quality at lower wages, and I think the league table speaks for itself when it comes to deciding whether the gamble paid off. Just to show how deeply we had to cut the squad to even come close to making the finances work, here's the Salary per Annum table for Serie C1.

Mattia Damiani (AM LC) - 36 (1) apps (22 gls) - 7.47 average rating: Without question, the hero of the season, and the player without whom the promotion push would have been nothing but a pipe dream. The Brindisi youth product really came into his own this season, with a spectacular 22 goals from his AM C position, overshadowing his former mentor, club captain Mirko Guadalupi. He was joint top scorer in the division, as well as being top of the charts for average rating and Man of the Match awards. This kid is still only 19 and I have a lot of faith he can keep performing at the next level.

Michele Stambazzi (D RC) - 36 (3) apps (0 gls) - 7.03 average rating: I almost let him go during the January transfer window - not through choice, but through financial prudence - but in the end negotiations broke down with Perugia and he stayed at the club. If he'd have gone, it would have been a big loss for the club, as Stambazzi has been ever present in the team except when he was injured ever since I first took over four years ago. I'm glad that he'll be taking the step up to the next level with us.

Luca Calzolaio (D RC) - 36 (4) apps (6 gls) - 7.01 average rating: Another player who's been with me from the very beginning and has been a key player in the center of our defence, Luca also managed to grab himself six goals this season, which made him our joint third highest scorer.

Objectives and History

Last Season's Objectives

  • Another mid-table finish - Success: We did a little better than that. As I said, achieving this aim (or better) would depend on how well I would do replacing some of those key players who left to keep the wage bill down. As it turned out, the players who came in were at least the equals of those that left, and we were able to turn the promise of last season into the reality of this season.
  • Try to bring the wage bill down more - Success: The board actually cut the wage bill again this season, and I managed to meet it by letting the aforementioned established players leave. We had by far the lowest wage bill in the division, and managed to go through this season at a loss of only £200k. At this point, I feel like I've done all I can on the financial front - it's up to the board to increase revenue streams from here on out. Hopefully, promotion to Serie B will help make that a reality.
  • Defeat Barletta - Success: We only managed a 1-1 draw with them at home, but when we traveled to their place we toughed out a 1-0 win to leave this rivalry - for now - on a high.

Next Season's Objectives

  • Survive - Of course, this is really priority one, two, and three. It's not going to be easy - the core of this team is still really the core of the team that got us promoted from Serie C2, and while many of them have grown as footballers, I'm not sure if they've grown enough. I also sense that the step up from C1 to B is much bigger than it is from C2 to C1. But if we can pull it off, surely it will do wonders for our financial situation and help to put us on an even keel going forward.
  • Strengthen the squad - I'm not sure yet what our budget will look like next season, but I have to imagine that TV revenues and gate receipts will be higher in the second tier, so I'm hoping that for the first time in three years we'll have some wiggle room in the budget for me to bring in enough players to have more than a single choice at each position. That first XI has performed admirably, but with a 42 game league season, we'll need to at least be able to rest players sometimes.
  • Hold on to Mattia Damiani - He's proven himself at only 19 to be far and away our best players. I wouldn't begrudge him moving on to bigger and better things, but I'd love for this Brindisi native to be able to stay with the club and continue to grow with us.

Seasonal Best XI | Overall Best XI

Season     Division        Pos    Domestic Cup                                   European Competitions         Notes
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2012/13    Serie C2/B      6th    Lega Pro - Group Stage                         N/A                           Lost in Playoffs
2013/14    Serie C2/B      2nd    Lega Pro - 2nd Round                           N/A                           Promoted
2014/15    Serie C1/B      7th    TIM Cup - 2nd Qual. Rnd, Lega Pro - 2nd Rnd    N/A                           N/A
2015/16    Serie C1/B      1st    TIM Cup - 3rd Qual. Rnd, Lega Pro - 2nd Rnd    N/A                           Promoted

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iseemonsters well done mate, 2 promotions in 4 seasons, excellent work there. Glad you beat Barletta, thats just icing on the cake!

Yeh hopefully the board actually reward you this time and increase your budget to let you survive. Your wee left winger looks a good prospect, but I hope he stays and gets regular football, he's still got to improve on some aspects of his game, no use in him wanting to sit on the bench somewhere else. It's great that he came through your system so much more satisfying when you produce a good youngster.

Who's come down from Serie A?

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Great season iseemonsters, hope the board proivde you with some budget next season. I know what you feel like with the wage budget, had the same issues at Real and basically always went over it by a couple of k, kinda forcing the board to raise it for the following season.

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iseemonsters - Great season, and on a real shoestring budget too. Very impressive, congratulations. Really hope the board reward you with a little more cash.

With no player sales at all I tend to run at an operating loss of about £10m, so I still need to sell players occasionally to make the finances work, and I definitely couldn't go up to the full wage budget the board allow me - I'm working at £300k/week less than that. God knows what would happen if I actually used all of the room available.

LLR - Yeah. It's interesting to see how much this thread has bounced back. Last time out, despite playing and completing the challenge in Spain, I fell out of the habit of posting. Something that's not happened this year, despite how much slower my progress has been. This thread always seems to have more posts per person than others, it's what makes it, if I'm honest. Knowing people actually read each other's posts is such a nice feeling.

aldojags - I don't think you have to worry about that. I'll still be here winning in Portugal and getting knocked out in the CL Quarter finals until hell freezes over!

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With no player sales at all I tend to run at an operating loss of about £10m, so I still need to sell players occasionally to make the finances work, and I definitely couldn't go up to the full wage budget the board allow me - I'm working at £300k/week less than that. God knows what would happen if I actually used all of the room available.

Perhaps you could look at making "investment" signings, looking through the list of young players whose contracts are expiring and sign the most promising to send them on loan (this works best with good feeder clubs) and sell them on the next year. This way you would be able to make money while building up your squad at the same time. It might be worth experimenting with one season to see if you can send the players on loan and of course sell them. It worked for me in a Roma save, where I made £50M a season from investment sales alone.

To the whole thread, congrats to those who have completed and good luck to those that are still working towards that CL win! :thup:

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I'm coming back for a new try with Barakaldo! They are currently second in the Tercera and could well get promoted, making them ineligible for next year's challenge. Since I have unfinished business with them in this challenge I've decided to start another save with them.

I would be loading the players of Basque nationality though, because it'll be Basque only again. Iirc Dexter_Morgan was allowed to have that, but is it still alright with people?

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Romanista - Yeah, in my Romorantin save a few years back I did exactly that. I've found it much harder to do it this time round though. Other teams just don't seem interested in buying my players.

I've got no problem with you loading Basque players, any small increase in available players will be countered by the restrictions. Good luck!

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Romanista - Yeah, in my Romorantin save a few years back I did exactly that. I've found it much harder to do it this time round though. Other teams just don't seem interested in buying my players.

I've got no problem with you loading Basque players, any small increase in available players will be countered by the restrictions. Good luck!

I found English players especially hard to sell, clubs wouldn't even show a hint of interest for a player who got into double figures for goals in the Serie A and was offered out for £5M. :confused:

Holidaying now.

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I found English players especially hard to sell, clubs wouldn't even show a hint of interest for a player who got into double figures for goals in the Serie A and was offered out for £5M. :confused:

Holidaying now.

Yeah, I never seem to really buy English players when I'm based abroad anyway. Every other nationality tends to find their way to by squad at some point, but not English players. I tend to find them expensive though.

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I have found selling players harder in this FM as well, usually I would be able to sell fringe players or youngsters that didnt make it off quite easily, now I just sell them for nothing or let their contracts expire.

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I have found selling players harder in this FM as well, usually I would be able to sell fringe players or youngsters that didnt make it off quite easily, now I just sell them for nothing or let their contracts expire.

I think I remember reading that they made it more difficult to sell players to reflect the changing financial climate or something. Certainly I used to sign players on a free offer them out for double their value the following January and be inundated with offers. Now I have a player who has been a part of my team for a while but has been replaced by a new arrival and I'm lucky if I can get half their value.

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10th July 2012, Estadio Lasesarre, Barakaldo - A young Italo-Dutch manager with sunday league playing experience is hired by newly-promoted Barakaldo C.F to try and keep them away from relegation in the Segunda B3.

Club History

Founded in 1917, Barakaldo has won the Segunda B three times in 1980, 1998 and 2002. Barakaldo has rivalries with Bilbao Ath., Gernika and Lemona. The club is fully professional and plays its matches at Nuevo Estadio Lasesarre which can hold up to 8000 spectators, with 6000 of those being seated.

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Facilities and Information

Media Prediction: 11th

Value: £1.1M

Finances: £108.650

Wage Budget: £28.471k (£18.433k in use)

Transfer Budget: £10.86k

Corporate Facilities: Fairly Basic

Training Facilities: Adequate

Youth Facilities: Adequate

Junior Coaching: Adequate

Youth Recruitment: Average

Initial Squad Situation

There's a few high earners who aren't Basque so I'll be looking at clearing them out while replacing them with Basque players. More on the squad when I've finished preseason.

Youth

Quick striker Asier Iribarren is the brightest prospect and he will be around the first team at 16.

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Best of luck with Barakaldo, this is something I always wanted to do too so will be following closely :thup:

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Best of luck with Barakaldo, this is something I always wanted to do too so will be following closely :thup:

Thanks, the few times that I've tried this the main problem has been keeping the finances in check. A July with four away friendlies against big clubs will bring in some money, but I'll have to get promoted in the next few seasons so that I can start building up the club's facilities.

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PRDH - I also think you need to go for a middle ground, use profits to buy players if possible, even if you just go for 2 players a season. Look at whoever you think is your weakest player (Even if they are good enough for Liga Sagres), and replace them with the best possible player you can find.

iseemonsters - Congrats on another promotion, and good luck in Serie B, I think your team looks strong enough to stay up.

Romanista - Good Luck with Barakaldo, and I have no problem with the Basque players, it well and truly is outweighed by the epicness of the challenge ahead of you.

As for Parla, well we are in the promotion spots, but not going quite as well as I expected, some of the players are a bit inconsistent. I have been amazed by the way Bumbera & Krasic have stepped up into the Wingers roles this year, in particular Krasic who played 29 games for 1 goal and 4 assists in the BBVA last season, but so far this year has 14 games, 11 goals & 11 assists.

at Mallorca

We just pulled off a stunning away win, one thing I notice is that we are down on the possession, but I had a look back through the game and before the pair of injuries we were running at 60% possession, but when Bumbera went down with a broken leg we only had ten men on the park, but we were up 5 nil and the final victory was excellent. I now have to hope that Tayfun Sen can step up as I believe Bumbera is now gone for the season with this injury.

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Well Following that game is the Youth International window...Here is my normal match squad at this point of the season: Squad

As you can see I have 8 Players (6 starters) on international Duty, two starters injured, and after using my youth players I still only have 17 players fit and able to play this game and no cancellation...its a bit crazy really.

Edit: Well I needn't have worried, my replacements stepped up, in particular Lee Wilcox playing in the unfamiliar Attacking Midfield position managed to put in 5 assists, Montiquin added another hattrick, and Krasic scored 2 more goals in a huge 6-1 victory. And following a slip by Gimnastic & Elche this also gives us the league lead after 13 games, having scored 44 goals.

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A 6-1 win without eight of your starters is quite awesome, LLR. Squad depth ftw! :thup:

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Wow, really does show amazing squad depth LLR, if I had the same issue I am pretty sure I would get trounced!

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Season Review - 2014/15 (3rd Season)

French National

Predicted 10th | Finished 1st | Table | Graph | Results 1 | Results 2

Well I managed to fulfil my pre-season target of promotion, didn't quite expect to romp it like I did, but I won't complain! But I thought if for once I wasn't constantly bombarded with injuries to key players like my first 2 seasons, I could get promoted.

Started poorly, losing at home to Amiens 3-1, but it could have 5 or 6, I was really poor, and I was thinking "here we go again", expecting another season of infuriating inconsistency. But that was 1 of only 6 defeats in the league this season, and I really deserved the title, playing attacking 433 in every game home or away regardless of opposition, my pacey strikers terrorised most defences, my midfield creative and comfortable in possession, and my defence and keeper forming a good understanding although if I was being super picky I would have maybe liked a few extra clean sheets (had 11 from 38 games), but we can't have everything!

Really struggled with formations in my previous 2 seasons, but I looked at my personnel end of last season, and just thought "what is my main strength". Definitely is pace in attack, so I just decided to play 3 up front and see how I went, and the system by and large worked a treat. The opposition rarely got their full backs past the half way line due to the threat of my 3 front men on the break, and it really allowed my midfield not to get swamped or outnumbered. Whether or not 433 will be too gung ho for Ligue 2, I do not know, possibly, but I think I'll stick to my principles and play the football that got us there in the first place.

Absolutely delighted to have won league so convincingly, particularly as this is the first ever piece of silverware in Viry-Chatillon's history, and to get it in their 50th anniversary year (founded 1965) is pretty special, hopefully I can add more trophies to the cabinet some day soon!

Was a real team effort, a lot of good performances, no absolute stand out - which is shown by the fact I only have one player (on the bench) in the team of the season, which is unusual given that I took the league by some distance. But it's not about individual honours (although I did win manager of the year!).

French Cup - 8th round

Fixtures

Board wanted 9th round, but for 3rd year in a row, non league opposition knocked me out! Can't complain as it wasn't anywhere near a priority though, but with the state of my finances I could really have done with getting far and drawing a big gun. Never mind...

Players

Only going to feature players that played more than a handful of games, or just players that I want to give an honourable mention to.

GK

Quentin Beunardeau (33 apps, 35 conc, 10 clean sheets, AR 6.85 )was the subject of a £450k bid from Havre in the summer. I negotiated that I wanted a percentage of next sale, and they pulled out. At the time I was disappointed as I was going to use that cash to get some outfield players, but I'm glad he stayed, solid as a rock, 10 clean sheets in 33 league games isn't too bad. Comes for a lot of crosses too. I've been vulnerable for a couple of seasons from crosses and corners etc, but he's came out and collected a few and it takes pressure right off defence. Still young and will be a cracking keeper when he hits his peak.

Abdel Adjahouinou (5 apps, 4 conc, 1 clean sheet, AR 6.88) - came in end of season when Beunardeau got injured. Good solid back up, think he's got a good future. Also was called up to Cameroon senior side, although wasn't capped.

Defenders

Thorgan Lienard (28 apps, 2 goals, 2 assists, 2 MOTM AR 7.11)- Exciting talent, made his first team breakthrough last season, and played a major part this season. Really hope I can hold onto this guy for a long time, he's excellent for 18 year old centre back, but I fear the bigger clubs may fancy taking him from me. But this guy definitely will play at highest level I'm sure of it.

Mikal Gamondes (28 apps, 2 assists, AR 6.94) - Mr Dependable at the back. Solid defensively, could ideally offer more assists as we've no wingers so depend more on full backs for wide deliviries, but his ave rating his good enough for me.

Matteo Bianchetti (37 apps, 4 goals, 2 assists, 3 MOTM, AR 7.17)- continued his excellent form from last season into this season. 1st name on my team sheet. A threat from set plays, and solid defensively. If I'm to stay up next year, this guy has to have another great year. Can he make the step up?

Ameth Biaye (34 apps, 2 assist, 1 MOTM, AR 7.06) - good season from the left back, still don't know whether to offer him a new deal. Has anyone experience of Ligue 2, do you think this guy would cut it? Maybe as cheap back up. It's just disheartening to think of dismantling my title winning team. But I may need to cut him loose, he'll be facing wingers who were in Ligue 1 last year, they could rip him to shreds I fear. Any opinions?

William Magnani (12 apps, 1 assist, AR 6.87) - average full back who is equally comfortable either side of the back. I like that he is two footed also. Did well he got his chance, whether he'll cut it in Ligue 2 I'm not sure.

Christophe Lowinsky (10 apps, AR 6.64) - solid player, but the form of 18 year old Lienard meant this guy just couldn't get back in the team. Good back up though.

Midfield

Christian Kouakou (17(14) apps, 3 goals, 5 assists, AR 6.66) - feel sorry for this guy, he's my record signing (£45,000), looks a handy player, but I can't fit him in my system. I tried starting him on the left of my front 3, but he didn't quite cut it. Brought him off the bench a lot when I was winning, and I'd change to a 4-1-4-1 to see the game out, he'd sit on left of my midfield. Maybe away from home next season I'll start games 4141, he'll feature more regularly.

Ibrahima Seck (16(12) apps, 1 assist, AR 6.86) - limited midfielder, but I play a deep lying play maker in my midfield, and he is reliable back up to Videgla, keeps it simple and helps me keep possession. From his stats I thought he'd make a good makeshift centre back, but his positional training is taking ages to come into effect.

Dominique Abiola (28 apps, 2 goals, 12 assists, 1 MOTM, AR 7.16)-played him in my advanced playmaker role in midfield, and he was excellent. Never wasted possession, and fed some many chances to the front 3. Class act.

Dominique Abiodoun (28 apps, 7 goals, 9 assists, 2 MOTM, AR 7)-another favourite of mine, technically excellent, but hopefully if with promotion we go full time, he needs to buff up on his physical stats to really compete next season. Important part of my midfield none the less.

Claude Roland Videgla (26 apps, 2 goals, 2 assists, AR 6.95) - first choice for the deep lying playmaker role, with defend duty. His job is to protect back 4, win the ball, and give it to Abidioun or Abioula, and he does it well. Togo full internationalist, and infuriatingly misses games quite often as the African nation play a stupid amount of fixtures. I have so many Cameroonian/Moroccan/Algerian/Ivorian youngsters, and they are away on international duty every month, it's madness.

Strikers

Assomption Kessou (18 apps, 4 goals, 6 assists, 2 MOTM AR 7.18)- this guy didn't start season in my plans at all, but when the Kouakou up front experiment failed, I brought this guy into play on the left of my front 3, and cutting in on his right foot he proved a good player for me for rest of season.

Mondor Kessou (26(5) apps, 14 goals, 2 assists, 4 MOTM, AR 7.14) was a summer signing, brought in for his pace and finishing, thinking he'd be a good addition in my front 3. Was outstanding 1st half of season. Got most of his goals then. Slightly went off the boil, but still a hugely important part of our season.

Gianmarco Zigoni (17 apps, 5 goals, AR 6.96) - Big physical striker who made most of his appearances from the bench late on when I was running on empty, he's so strong and would hold it up played as a target man with support duty. I also trained him to shoot with power, and the last 2 games of the season, he scored 4 absolute screamers each from about 25 yards. Technically isn't the best, but it's his physical attributes he's in the squad for more than anything.

Dramane Koffi (29 (6) apps, 13 goals, 8 assists, 3 MOTM, AR 7.18) - another solid season for Koffi, trying to bring his finishing up, he gets in so many good positions but doesn't convert enough of his chances.

Abdou Dieye (12 (14) apps, 9 goals, 1 assist, 1 MOTM, AR 6.78) - didn't hit the heights of last season, but still contributed, but found himself relegated to bench for most of the season. Became the clubs record goal scorer of all time, although it didn't take much to do it in 3 seasons with the amazing tally of 36!

Club News

Transfers

Mondor Kessou was only real success out of players I brought in. most of them either couldn't get a game, or are youngsters. Got a lot of players out of contract, think I'll release the lot, need to build a new squad for Ligue 2.

Finances

I'm in a load of debt now, due to my board having to build 4,725 extra seats (taking my capacity to 10,225) in order to comply with league rules, but this has cost me more than £5m, so god knows how much cash I'll have to spend to try and keep me up. Couldn't they have got a loan instead of putting me £5m in the red?

I'm not sure if the board will even make us go full-time now we are so in debt. We lost money all season, and for the 2nd time in my 3 year tenure, the board had to inject £425k to help with running costs. We've got 112 season ticket holders, and an average home gate of 649, we just don't get enough income to support my £12k a week wage bill. But the board have just secure a new shirt sponsor for the next 3 seasons, worth £375k a season, which is a massive increase on what it was before, so hopefully attendances will pick up, and I can begin repaying that debt. I just worry with finances as dodgy, that the board may intervene on any bids of my star players as we need the money. I'm going to slap ridiculous asking prices on them all to scare off any potential buyers, because I've definitely got a few players bigger clubs will be looking at. If I've any chance of staying up, I must hold onto the spine of my team.

Whilst my stadium is being worked on, to comply with league rules I'll be playing at the Stade Dominique-Duvauchelle, home to US Creteil-Lusitanos, it's only 20km from my own stadium, so hopefully the fans travel in good numbers. Viry-Chatillon is 13 miles from Paris city centre, so I hope we build up a fanbase, but with PSG in the neighbourhood, we may struggle to drum up any interest.

My contract is up in 1 year, I went to the board and asked them to increase it, to send a message to the players that I'm commited, but they refused, which given I've just won them a league, is slightly worrying!

So the first step to the big time is made, but I really think it'll be a huge struggle for me to stay up when I look at the resources some of these clubs have in Ligue 2. If I keep my starting 11 fit, and add quality to my back up players as we're a bit thin outside of roughly 16 players, then I may sneak it and stay up, but a good start will be vital. Think I'll get my groundsman to narrow the pitch right up, and just got 433 at home, try and outscore teams. Need a good recruitment drive in the summer, but yet to see what finances I'll have to work with next season given my huge debt.

Next Season

Survive at all costs!

Season     Division        Pos    Domestic Cup                European Competitions         Notes
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[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279094-FM12-Big-Euro-Nation-Small-Club-to-Big-Club-Challenge?p=7705369&viewfull=1#post7705369"]2012/13[/url]     National       4th    French Cup 8th round        N/A                    Survived Relegation
[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279094-FM12-Big-Euro-Nation-Small-Club-to-Big-Club-Challenge?p=7713320&viewfull=1#post7713320"]2013/14[/url]     National       8th    French Cup 7th round        N/A                              N/A
[url="http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/279094-FM12-Big-Euro-Nation-Small-Club-to-Big-Club-Challenge?p=7722456&viewfull=1#post7722456"]2014/15[/url]     National       1st    French Cup 8th round        N/A                          Champions

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Congrats on the promotion Aldojag, hopefully you can survive and also do enough to get that new contract. I really like the look of Gamondes, he's a pretty solid looking right back for your level, hope he makes the step up.

Corinthiano & Romanista - Thanks for that guys, I was absolutely delighted myself. Found it a bit unbelievable, but really it came down to Wilcox, Krasic & Montiquin being unstoppable upfront while Re & Ruiz made sure that even when the youngsters made a mistake that someone was covering at the back. Very happy with that, and also the fact that I am no longer worried about using my youth players if I need someone to step into the side. Montiquin has finally cracked it, first 5 games he got no goals and just 1 assist, in the last 4 games he has 8 goals, a Brace, nothing and then two hattricks in a row.

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Thanks LLR. Yeh I hope I get a new deal, would be a total sickener to win the league then get fired a year later.

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Congrats on the promotion aldojags! I wish I wasn't absolutely buried up to my neck in homework so that I could get my first season finished.

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Great season aldojags, absolutely stormed that league! If you manage to keep most of that team together and strengthen a bit with cheap signings I think you'll survive easily. Shame that your board wrecked the club's finances though, especially as your control on wages appears to be excellent.

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Aldojags - Congratulations. Great league win. Stormed it. I wouldn't worry too much about the contract. For them not to renew it would be ridiculous. Good luck in Ligue 2!

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Barakaldo 2012 Preseason Report

Club Situation

Media Prediction: 11th

Captain: Borja Basagoiti

Vice Captain: Raul Iturralde

Season Ticket Holders: 3000

Finances: £339k

Transfer Budget: £12.86k

Wage Budget: £28,611 (£12,962 in use, of which £6,225 goes to players who are not needed)

Transfers

I got in 18(!) players on loan from the big Basque clubs, though about half of those were sent back immediately as they weren't good enough. Some freebies also joined (Granada and Sarasola are not visible on the screenshot). This left the squad looking like this.

Key Players

Jon Ander Serantes - A lifelong Barakaldo fan and youth graduate who has come back on loan from Athletic Bilbao.

Unai Albizua - Our best rightback, but inconsistent according to the coaches.

Raul Iturralde - A real destroyer in midfield whose physical presence will be crucial in breaking up opposition attacks.

Alvaro Pena - Another loanee from Athletic. Hopefully he'll be a creative spark on the right.

Mikel Orbegozo - The man tasked with getting us goals.

First Choice Lineup

GK Jon Ander Serantes

DR Unai Albizua

DC Borja Basagoiti

DC Julen Etxabeguren

DL Igor Arnaez

MC Fran Moreno

MC Raul Iturralde

RW Alvaro Pena

LW Iosu Ozcoidi

ST Mikel Orbegozo

ST David Asensio

Aims For the Season

-A midtable finish

-Avoid going too far in the red

-Develop youngster Asier Iribarren, who has the potential to be a good Liga Adelante player.

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PRDH - unlucky again in Europe - becoming a bit of a recurring theme now eh? i would definately look to spend the money but only on the right player. it is tough working our where to spend though in your squad.

LLR - great stats - great to see this thread booming again. credit to all tohse plaiyng and contributing to this thread - keep it up.

iseemonsters - well done on the promotion. good luck in Serie B. from memory it is a big jump into Serie B so good luck with it.

Romanista - good luck with Barakaldo - a challenge i have always been tempted to do. good luck - i will watch your progress closely.

aldojags - well done on winning promotion! about time! ;) good luck next season.

As for me i have been away for a few days but am back. finished the season before i went away so will get working on a review in the coming days.

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PRDH - unlucky again in Europe - becoming a bit of a recurring theme now eh? i would definately look to spend the money but only on the right player. it is tough working our where to spend though in your squad.

Tell me about it! I keep thinking it might be my year, and I keep falling out in exactly the same way. Yeah, I don't really see any obvious weaknesses in my squad at the moment which makes going out and finding the best in a weak position a tough project. I suppose Descazals will probably need replacing soon, but other than that I am, in theory at least, quite happy with my squad.

In surprising news Álvaro Pinto has made his debut for Portugal. I didn't expect him to get international recognition. Thought he'd just be a squad player with me!

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Barakaldo Mini Mid Season Report

After 19 matches we are well into the right end of the table. A bright start meant we quickly entered the playoff spots, but our form has tailed off recently and we currently find ourselves in 6th, 6 points from fourth. In December I signed a flamboyant playmaker in Francisco Javier Cachorro with his early performances being promising, but at 34 he won't have much time left at a top level. Leftback Alberto Morgado has also joined on loan from Real Sociedad and he should slot right in.

There is good reason to assume that I'm screwed for next season as we are now in debt and haemorrhaging money and to add to that pretty much our whole team will be leaving at the end of the season. If I manage to get a few key players like Cachorro and Iturralde (who has been a revelation at centreback) to sign our prospects will look much brighter, but for now all of my attempts to get them (and Asier Iribarren) so sign on have been unsuccessful. Hopefully we'll get some good youngsters in the youth intake as I could find myself short on players.

Edit: Some bad news, followed by some good news: Alvaro Pena has a torn calf muscle and is out for 4/5 months after being one of the better performers in the first half of the season, but I've managed to get Serantes to sign on a £400p/w contract in July, so at least we'll have a keeper until 2018.

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Romanista1994 - solid start to the season there - keeping that up would be a good result. the money issue is commonplace thoughout this thread so don't worry too much. good luck signing some of the players up for next season.

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Romanista1994 - solid start to the season there - keeping that up would be a good result. the money issue is commonplace thoughout this thread so don't worry too much. good luck signing some of the players up for next season.

Yeah, that's true. I'll have to keep in mind that no matter how well I run the club's finances at this level, there'll always be big monthly losses. The mini contract crisis is over now btw, Iribarren has signed a long term deal, while Cachorro and Iturralde have signed one year extensions with little or no wage increases. :)

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Pre-Season Report 2015/16

Fixtures

Played really well in pre-season, beat some good teams, created plenty chances. As you can see, I've already played 2 fixtures, hammered Troyes away 3-0 in League Cup, completely outplayed them it was excellent.

Then I went to newly relegated and favourites for promotions Nantes and beat them 1-0. That was a hard fought win, but still delighted to beat one of the bigger teams away from home in my first league game.

Transfers

Board only increased my wage budget to £19,000 per week, so after offerring full-time contracts to my own players, there wasn't a lot of money left to get new ones in, but pleased with guys I've got so far, still working on a few loan deals, but nobody decent is up for coming to me.

Valentin Eysseric is a midfielder I've got from Monaco on loan, looks like he'll do the biz for me as my advanced play maker, where I've got real competition between some good players now.

Sophiane Boussebaine was brought in as I felt my left back from last season, Ameth Biaye, wasn't up to it, so I released him, and brought this guy in, think he'll do well for me. Don't see many wingers beating him for pace.

Rick Ten Voorde looks a decent striker, see how he gets on, like midfield, I've got a good few players from last year who are doing fine, so he'll need to wait to get his chance at present.

Jerry Affo is just a young full back, hopefully give him a taste of first team action at some point, he'll be steady back up to Mikal Gamondes.

Alexander Ndoumbou was brought in to add quality to the midfield, got him on a bosman from Marseille, like the look of him, was impressive in pre-season.

Aleksandar Pesic has just been brought in on trial and offered a contract, thats why he's not on my transfers page, but I think he'll sign on. 6ft 3inches, think he'll get me some goals.

Over the course of the year I'll get around £4m in tv revenue, so hopefully the majority of my debt from increasing stadium capacity will be wiped out by end of season.

Season Objectives

Stay up. I've won my first league game away to Nantes, but I'm under no illusions, it's going to be hard to stay up, but I think I've got the players to do it.

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Looking at the club and squad, this is going to be one hell of a challenge to even get out of the lower division.

Using update 12.2 with just the large database, nothing more.

Enjoying reading everyone's updates - just hope I can add to the fun.

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Well, qualifying from my CL group was made harder than necessary there! Went into the final game knowing I just had to draw with Shakhtar to qualify. Things didn't start well. THe previous game was a cup match and so the squad was full of youngsters. I thought I made all the switches but as I continued I noticed I'd named third-choice 'keeper Nelson Martins in goal. I wonder how often that happens in real life.

Already on the edge of my seat I started the game hoping he'd not cause too many problems, he wasn't my worry for long though. In the third minute Pedro Cardoso lunged wildly at a defender and found himself heading for a very early bath.

Things then went from bad to worse. In the 13th minute they scored. 1-0 down, 10 men, inexperienced goalkeeper. I was waving goodbye to the Champions League. Fortunately things then started to change. Bentalaa scored from the spot just 3 minutes later to get us back in the game and then in the 25th minute an own goal put us ahead.

A late Shakhtar goal ensured I didn't unclench until the final whistle, but we are safely through. Hopefully that's not our luck used up for the season! I'll need it to avoid Barcelona in the next round!

Edit - Also, excitingly, my feeder team that got promoted to the Premier League is still my feeder team. I wondering whether I can support two Premier League teams from one base. Send my youngsters over there, try to get a second team into the CL! Just to annoy Porto really!

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that's unusual that your still allowed to have them as your feeder team despite being in the same league. Will be excellent for the progression of your youngsters.

Well done on the Shaktar game. I hate when you accidentally start a game with incorrect team. My occasional mistake is forgetting to check condition, starting a match with some player on like 83% fitness. hate that!

edited to ask did you fine Cardoso or do you let him away with murder because he's your star man?

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Barakaldo End of Season Report 2012/13

Brief Roundup

Media Prediction: 11th

Actual Position: 5th

Topscorer: Mikel Orbegozo (13)

Most Assists: Iosu Ozcoidi (11)

Best Rating: Raul Iturralde (7.16)

Club Value: £1.1M

Finances: £293,214

Wage Budget: £28,583 (£12,790 in use)

Transfer Budget: £12.86k

Transfers - £17k profit

Segunda B3

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Our bright start showed that we could easily have gotten into the playoffs, but inconsistent form later in the season saw us finish in fifth place.

Copa del Rey

N/A

Squad

Goalkeepers

Jon Ander Serantes - The homegrown keeper kept us in a lot of matches with his consistently solid performances. He was a major factor in our low tally of conceded goals.

Defenders

Unai Albizua - Found himself out of the team early on after a bad start. Injuries and squad rotation helped him get back in and he did well for the most part.

Joseba Zaldua - Took Albizua's place at rightback and did well but often needed a rest.

Joseba Arino - Was a backup.

Alberto Morgado - Was loaned in January and shone at leftback.

Igor Arnaez - Had a good season, which could have been even better if it hadn't been for a two month injury.

Borja Basagoiti - Got very little game time as his attributes were declining rapidly.

Julen Etxabeguren - Was a good partner for Iturralde. His injuries coincided with our worst form of the season in February and March.

Raul Iturralde - Starred in the centre of defence, where he is only rated as being competent.

Midfielders

Eneko - Had a solid season even though he wasn't always first choice.

Granada - Did decently, scoring a few screamers from long range.

Jon Ander Garrido - Isn't good enough to warrant a starting spot, but did well enough as a backup player.

Andoni Idarramendi - Wasn't a suitable replacement for Pena during his injury because of his confidence issues.

Iosu Ozcoidi - Our most productive player, having had a hand in sixteen of our goals.

Fran Moreno - Became unhappy because he wanted to play, but wasn't going to get any game time following his bad performances early on.

Gorka Erana - Didn't have the best of seasons and found himself replaced in AMC when Cachorro became eligible to play.

Imanol Mentxaka - He couldn't displace Ozcoidi in AML and wasn't suited for playing on the other side.

Alvaro Pena - Was missed during his four month injury. He made a return in the last match of the season as we beat At. Baleares 4-0.

Francisco Javier Cachorro - Did well as a playmaker in a 4-2-3-1, less so in the 4-4-2/4-2-4 used at the end of the season.

Forwards

David Asensio - Struggled as a lone forward and was inconsistent when partnering Orbegozo or Iribarren.

Asier Iribarren - Was injured for three months, stunting his development. He got a run in the side near the end alongside Obegozo scoring 4 goals and creating another 3.

Mikel Orbegozo - Went missing for large parts of the season and did badly when placed upfront by himself. When he developed a powerful shot his performances and goalscoring improved.

Youth Intake

Very bad, with only two players being signed. They will probably never make the team.

Aims for This Season

-A midtable finish Success. The whole season was spent in the top half.

-Avoid going too far into the red Success. Will require more friendlies against big clubs in June though.

-Develop Asier Iribarren Success. Sort of. He didn't develop much due to injuries but learning from Asensio improved his personality, which will be vital for his future development.

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romanista1994 - good first season there. pleased to see that you have tied some of your stars down too. good luck next season

nastymiller - welcome to the challenge and good luck in Turkey.

PRDH - that is strange havong a feeder team in same league. get your kids over there - be great for developing them.

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aldojags - Yeah. It was one hell of a relief! Cardoso got away with a warning, but in all honesty I don't often fine any players.

rlips/aldojags - Yeah, I've never seen it before. I just assumed it would be cancelled over the summer, but no, still there. Got a plenty of my non-homegrown youngsters over there at the moment. It's made me redouble my efforts to get Penafiel (my other Second League feeder team) promoted too. I'd like to have three teams in the top flight!

Not entrusting them with my proper youngsters yet as they've not got great facilities.

Edit - Blimey! Edemilson Mendès' contract runs out at the end of the season. I've just started to look into extending it, he's not first choice but is a quality player still, and he wants £70k/week. That would make him comfortably the highest paid player at the club. I'm not willing to pay him that much. It looks like he's off on a free at the end of the season. The fans won't be happy!

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Salerno Calcio

Italian Serie C2/A

Salernitana Soccer 1919, Salerno, Campania, Italy

Midnight of December 31st, 2012, Salerno, Italy

Well, how anyone gets anything done in Italy is beyond me. I've been here months and I still don't have internet hooked up at my tiny apartment. I was hoping that it would be done by Christmas but so much for that idea. Additionally I have given up looking for any more staff for the club.

You'd think that these unemployed jerks would jump at the chance to work for a club like Salerno, and, make no mistake that they apply in droves when I post a job opening in the paper but something changes when they come in for the interview and meet me. Maybe it's because I'm a woman, maybe it's because I don't speak very good Italian and they don't speak English or maybe it's because for some reason the board thinks it's hilarious to watch me only be able to offer 375 Euro/wk for a coaches salary.

Fortunately, my guess is because I wore a low cut blouse the day he came in to be interviewed, I was able to hire a pretty spectacular assistant, Roberto Bandirali. He's great and knows the ins and outs of the leagues and he's been around for ages. When I ask him why we could only hire one other coach, Daniele Villa, he just shrugs and smiles shyly. We also picked up a "physio" (I'm not sure he's even licensed and, frankly, I don't care) and a couple of additional scouts. As for filling the other coaching positions, I've given up even trying. Maybe next season.

As for the team and the league, we are doing OK mostly. We're still thin on talent but have a pretty respectable starting 11. It's mid season and we're one point off of 1st in Serie C2/A. We were knocked out of the Serie C cup by Aprilla in a penalty shootout (our penalty kicks are pretty abysmal). I trimmed some deadwood at the start of the season but several of our worst players seemed to understand that no one else would want them either and refused to leave an easy check so they're rotting in the reserves. Our main challenge has been keeping everyone match fit and not playing exhausted. Some of our starting 11 are almost as old as I am but they still have some fire too them. The only real weakness we have is that we have almost no good backups for our defensive positions so our more defensive minded midfielders have been getting action on the back line when someone gets hurt or worn out. That hasn't seem to hurt us too much yet, but it's something I want to improve.

I think so far the biggest perk of coaching Salerno has been that I found a nice locally produced Merlot that is the exact shade of our uniforms so that no one notices when I spill it on myself in a drunken stupor.

Previous updates: June 28th, 2012

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Great update 18Rabbit. The low cut blouse could be a useful asset for negotiations with the players that can help you secure promotion. Good luck for the rest of the season. :thup:

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aldojags - Yeah. It was one hell of a relief! Cardoso got away with a warning, but in all honesty I don't often fine any players.

rlips/aldojags - Yeah, I've never seen it before. I just assumed it would be cancelled over the summer, but no, still there. Got a plenty of my non-homegrown youngsters over there at the moment. It's made me redouble my efforts to get Penafiel (my other Second League feeder team) promoted too. I'd like to have three teams in the top flight!

Not entrusting them with my proper youngsters yet as they've not got great facilities.

Edit - Blimey! Edemilson Mendès' contract runs out at the end of the season. I've just started to look into extending it, he's not first choice but is a quality player still, and he wants £70k/week. That would make him comfortably the highest paid player at the club. I'm not willing to pay him that much. It looks like he's off on a free at the end of the season. The fans won't be happy!

Yeh I think your making the right choice, that's too much for a bit part player. He is quality, but that's too much money for backup.

I always fine my violent conducts 2 weeks. I'd fine them a month if I could.

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Yeh I think your making the right choice, that's too much for a bit part player. He is quality, but that's too much money for backup.

I always fine my violent conducts 2 weeks. I'd fine them a month if I could.

I tend to work on the principle of 1st red - warning, 2nd - 1 week fine, 3rd - 2 weeks fine.

Yeah, it's a pity to say goodbye to Mendès, he's been a huge part of the club and he's had a phenomenal career with us, but Cardoso is the main man now.

Edit - A 2-2 draw with Man Utd sees me need to go and get a win at Old Trafford to get through to the quarters. I'm not going to lie, I'm not confident.

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