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How's that for a cup run? 4-1 against a Serie C team, a comeback from 2-0 down to knock off a Serie B team, and then a 4-3 win over a Serie A team (admittedly a bad one, but still) to progress to the 4th Qualifying Round against either Crotone (Serie A) or Brescia (Serie B) :D 

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Seeing off the (relegation zone) Serie B team with ease, which is probably a good indication of how our season has gone so far...

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Padova and Foggia are flying, but we're right in the thick of it.

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Oh boy.

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They played their reserves against us.

They shouldn't have played their reserves against us :D 

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Huge!

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Also huge!

 

 

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They didn't play their reserves :lol: 

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We're in the money, though! :D 

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1 hour ago, Jupjamie said:

They didn't play their reserves :lol: 

:(

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It's been a great season, but this isn't much of a honeymoon, because...

  • We've had a squad comprised of 32 loanees, and 6 of our own players this year.
  • We have a grand total of one senior player under contract for next year. One!
  • In 38 games, our own players played a total of 952 minutes. That averages out at 25 minutes on the pitch per game. 
  • If you take away CB Giuseppe Loiacano from those minutes (who is the only player under contract next year, but probably isn't good enough to be), our senior players had 153 minutes of football - or just over 4 minutes per game.
  • Serie B is very hard. A lot harder than Serie C. And we basically don't have a squad for it.

I would have much preferred to build our squad... well, with some actual players in it. Hopefully we'll be able to find some talented players who want to join us permanently, but with an average attendance of 681 people (third bottom in the league) we're not exactly rolling around in cash, and we weren't able to attract many talented players last year so... we'll see. It'll be an interesting season ahead, that's for sure :lol: 

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Disappointing end to a great season for San Giovanni, but there's good signs for next year.

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We've got 6 players at the end of year team meeting, only one of whom is signed under contract for longer than the next two weeks. I could tell them all that I've had their wives and it wouldn't make a shred of difference :lol: 

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You f... what? I've been here two years, and you're all out of a job in two weeks, anyway. 

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Could have had the end of season meeting in the car home. :lol:

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8 hours ago, BoxToBox said:

Could have had the end of season meeting in the car home. :lol:

:lol: 

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22 hours ago, Jupjamie said:

. I could tell them all that I've had their wives and it wouldn't make a shred of difference :lol: 

:D

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Preseason (plus Italian Cup)

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Not happy about the cup game, but the rest of preseason was pretty standard.

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Transfers:

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More loans, but this time there's a few from abroad, rather than just Italy. We've also bought in a couple of players (Gori is a backup keeper, but here are the other two...)

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The best Sammarinese player there is, we could probably do better on the wing but we'll make sure to give him plenty of gametime.

 

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Shane Long is here on a one year deal, too :lol: I couldn't turn down those mentals!

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You have half of the greatest Irish strike partnership ever. See if you can get Simon Cox to finish it up.

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24 minutes ago, BoxToBox said:

You have half of the greatest Irish strike partnership ever. See if you can get Simon Cox to finish it up.

Long Cox is a tremendous duo, so I've heard.

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23 minutes ago, Jupjamie said:

Long Cox is a tremendous duo, so I've heard.

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What a time to be alive.

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No Youth Recruitment upgrade for now, because the better the Youth Recruitment, (I reckon) the more Italians we get as opposed to Sammarinese kids.

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Halfway through our debut Serie B season, and things are going very well:

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I don't think we'll be able to crack the top two, but we're looking in a good position with an eye on the playoffs.

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Three transfers in in January - the two loans to help shore up the squad, and Rodic in on a free as a prospect for the future:

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3 minutes ago, BoxToBox said:

Rodic looks really handy.

Wish he was a little bit braver and more aggressive, but I'm hoping there's a player in there.

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San Marino Intake Day!

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A much better intake - but annoyingly, the Sammarinese ones are the far weaker players :lol: 

 

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He looks absolutely class :thup:

 

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Probably already good enough to get games for the National Team, he looks a very tidy striker. Excited :D

 

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This lad's got the makings of a  very talented winger.

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They need to call up Orlando yesterday...

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1 hour ago, Jupjamie said:

Probably already good enough to get games for the National Team, he looks a very tidy striker. Excited :D

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Nailbitingly close! :eek: 

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It's coming home! Serie A! To San Marino!

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