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If at first you don't succeed, blame the game and try again - A San Marino Youth Challenge 2.0

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They're the easiest team we could have been drawn against. We're still massive underdogs, but we have a chance.

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We really, really shouldn't have lost this one. 6 CCCs and 2 half chances, but we've missed sitters and been beaten by two longshots. We better be more clinical at home.

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Youth Intake Day!

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He looks like a decent depth FB.

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He might become a starting CM for us in the future? I'm not that hopeful, but we are really lacking talent there. It's another poor intake, in truth.

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Alejandro Jimenez? You sure that kid's Sammarinese with that name?

(ARG) as 2nd Nationality.

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Just caught up on this, congrats on getting to the Europa groups Jamie :)

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Thanks guys :)

I'm off on holiday soon for a few weeks, so I won't be giving updates for a while. We'll be back soon enough, though, don't worry :D

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I'm back, so you better pretend you all missed me :lol:

The holiday was great, only problem is I fell in love with Zagreb, which makes hating Dinamo a bit harder - but that doesn't mean I won't still do it :D

It's a bit of a late reply, but I have the San Marino league loaded, with the Italian league down to Serie C as well.

Now, lets get back to business. I've just re-read the whole thread to remind myself of how things are going, but it might take me a while to get used to my squad again :D

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I'm back, so you better pretend you all missed me :lol:

The holiday was great, only problem is I fell in love with Zagreb, which makes hating Dinamo a bit harder - but that doesn't mean I won't still do it :D

It's a bit of a late reply, but I have the San Marino league loaded, with the Italian league down to Serie C as well.

Now, lets get back to business. I've just re-read the whole thread to remind myself of how things are going, but it might take me a while to get used to my squad again :D

Great to have you back! And isn't Zagreb lovely? Went there about 9 months ago, such a great city. In fact, Croatia in general is just magnificent. Love it :)

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Great to have you back! And isn't Zagreb lovely? Went there about 9 months ago, such a great city. In fact, Croatia in general is just magnificent. Love it :)

Thank you :D

Zagreb is absolutely beautiful. I was really surprised at how nice it actually was, I wasn't expecting it at all. Didn't get a chance to go anywhere else in Croatia, but I heard that in summer the beaches/coast is unbelievable, so in the future I might see for myself :D

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Season Review

Campionato Sammarinese:

Table

Schedule

A good season to come back to.

Coppa Titano:

Table

Schedule

A perfect campaign.

Squad

Key Players:



Highest Average Rating:

Nicola Berardi (YP64) - 8.15

31 assists is a new club record, and one that probably won't be beaten for a very long time.

Top Goalscorer:

Federico Baratta (YP69) - 32

He still hasn't worked out where he likes shooting from (what do those PPMs even mean...) but he knows where the goal is.

Manager's Player of the Year:

Marco Podeschi (YP58)

I love our striking duo, although he's very, very injury prone.

Aims for next season:

Retain the league.

Other teams:

League Winners: :D

Cup Winners: :D

How the team in CL qualifying did: We lost to Salzburg in the Third Round.

How the teams in Europa qualifying did: We lost to Sturm Graz in the Playoff. Cosmos lost 7-0 to Hearts, Tre Fiori lost 3-0 to Hapoel Tel-Aviv and La Florita lost 6-0 to Jagiellonia.

San Marino National team:

2041 Results -- 2042 Results

That's a superb qualifying campaign. I've been wondering - if I applied for the job, then resigned before the 8 years were up and they fired me, and then applied again at some point later, would that be a (mediocre) way to get round the bug?

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They're up for the first time in a long time. I might try and send them some players to help them stay there.

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Nice to see you getting back into the game! Solid performance against Mladost of Montenegro, and I think you will wound up playing in the Europa League or if you get lucky to beat Basel.

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Interesting. They're a good team, but I don't think they're that good. We might have a chance...

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This is exactly the kind of game I envisioned us needing when I started this save, because we've nicked this one through opposition mistakes. We took the lead early in the second half when their backpass was careless, and Podeschi was able to nip in before the keeper got there to fire into an empty net. They equalised but the rest of their shots were pretty tame, and in the 87th minute their CB turned a cross into his own net to give us a huge 2-1 win away. I still don't think we'll do it, because if they finished their chances they'd have had 5 or 6 this game, but we've put ourselves in an excellent position.

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We've done it! We held them at bay for a long time, and despite a nervy last 13 minutes they couldn't find a second. We're going back to the Europa groups!

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That's actually not a bad group, but it's not one we'll get any points from unless we get lucky against Hadjuk. Still, who cares. We've made it :D

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Hadjuk are Croatian, I guess you could use them as a rehearsal for the Dinamo hate-fest that we all know is incoming :brock:

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Hadjuk are Croatian, I guess you could use them as a rehearsal for the Dinamo hate-fest that we all know is incoming :brock:

But Hadjuk hate Dinamo... this is a tough one.

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But Hadjuk hate Dinamo... this is a tough one.

Lets make it simpler, any team that beats San Giovanni goes into the "Hate" list :D

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Lets make it simpler, any team that beats San Giovanni goes into the "Hate" list :D

This list might become quite big... :D

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We did pretty well against Hadjuk, but Feyenoord and BMG were in a completely different league to us.

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Youth Intake Day!

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I like his potential, but he's really small for a keeper and his starting stats are pretty diabolical.

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Now this is someone I can get behind a bit more. A CM with some excellent physicals, he's in line for a starting spot next season to replace Daniel Sanchez (YP46).

EDIT: I gave Zafferani the wrong tag by mistake (also called him YP74 originally). I've fixed that now, but that's the reason this picture is from a couple of days later.

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Pecorelli has some diabolical stats (3 for Command of Area? He's Simon Mignolet!), and he's abit of a midget. Oh dear.

Zafferani looks a useful player though.

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Hopefully all the pictures will be back soon enough - in the meantime, I'm going to upload everything I got through yesterday when the forums were down (about a season's worth). 

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Season Review



Campionato Sammarinese:

[URL="https://gyazo.com/344309a7862dd62b728d97c81b3eb27c"]Table[/URL]

[URL="https://gyazo.com/68fb22f197e887c6caae69545d59ac6b"]Schedule[/URL]

We weren't unbeaten, but this was comfortable enough.


Coppa Titano:

[URL="https://gyazo.com/acdf3ac86090a46d3ec913372768b3d9]Table[/URL]

[URL="https://gyazo.com/ee7a23f5abe7afa405b3c7cb08b5d7af"]Schedule[/URL]

Yay.


[URL="https://gyazo.com/b65ed0059ae4bfc10ded6511f313aa74"]Squad[/URL]


Key Players:



Highest Average Rating:
[URL="https://gyazo.com/96b7fb71d278269c3522f3d72a5bf50d"]Marco Simoncini (YP73) - 7.75[/URL]

Injuries to our CMs thrust Simoncini into the fold, and he made sure he wasn't going anywhere. Superb stuff, and the exposure to first team football ahs really helped his development.


Top Goalscorer:
[URL="https://gyazo.com/8f0f348504ee13aa25addb35683e2db1"]Marco Podeschi (YP58)[/URL] - 33

Because of injuries, he was the only one of our players to even make it to double digits.


No manager's player of the year. No-one stood out at all.

Aims for next season:

Retain the league.

Other teams:

League Winners: :D

Cup Winners: :D

How the team in CL qualifying did: We lost to Basel in the Third Round.

How the teams in Europa qualifying did: We got 0 points in the group. Juvenes Dogana lost 4-0 to Inverness, Domagnano lost 2-0 to Vaduz from Lichtenstein and Faetano lost on penalties to HB from the Faroe Islands. So close, but so far :(

San Marino National team:

[URL="https://gyazo.com/a6dadec39644aff0476ad87008be82e3]2042 Results[/URL] -- [URL="https://gyazo.com/08e2b774d00ec2dcf8dbba495b370a2e"] 2043 Results[/URL]

That was a hard Nations League group, in fairness.

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Damnit. He thought he was too good for us and he's left on a free. He was good (my assistant rated him the best player at the club) but I really don't think he was that good, and I think he may struggle to find another team.

 

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Fiorentino came in with a big bid for our backup LM, and I decided to let him walk. 47k is hardly going to be important for us, but as he'd be one of their best players, I figured that it was a decent way of improving the other teams to help them in Europe for now.

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Umm... that wasn't in the script. Marco Podeschi (YP58) scored an absolute screamer from 30 yards, and it was only a late goal that spared Celtic's blushes. We'll still get destroyed away, but check out Podeschi's goal!

 

 

 

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We were superb, but I know we aren't going to beat them away. As good as draws with Celtic and PSV are (and they're absolutely fantastic) I'd rather play them away first, so I don't get excited only to get destroyed a week later. Can we hold them to less than 8?

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:(

 

3-1 is absolutely superb against PSV. But we could have won. We had three or four real chances when the game was still 0-0 or 1-0 to them, but we took none of them. They showed us how to finish, and our goal late on was no more than a bitter consolation.

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