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[FM19] The San Marino Challenge

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2019-20 Season Review - Champions

Serie D

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Spent most of the season fighting with Pavia for control of top spot, I eventually wrangled it away from them and then they absolutely collapsed and finished 4th which is pretty mad. Once we got ahead of Pavia we never looked back, kept winning and winning until eventually they couldn't keep up. League was wrapped up with 4 games to go, dominant season. We then had to go and play in the Serie D playoffs vs the winners of Group C which was Pontedera who we beat 3-0 pretty easy. Serie C here we come.

Transfers

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Transfer wise I brought in a lot of loanees. They serve two purposes, 1. they're obviously good players and 2. they're all here for free which is critical when the club loses as much money as we do. The best signings were Harvey St Clair who banged 15 goals in from the wing and Nannelli who got 16 assists from the right side, a lot of them crosses to St Clair.

Awards and Team of the Season

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In the team of the season you'll see 17 year old Zonzini who made 28 league appearances at the age of 16, got us 8 goals and 2 assists. Player of the season went to D'Addario (who's from San Marino) who had a ridiculous season at right back with a 7.53 avg rating, 3 goals, 10 assists, 9 MoTM's. Our keeper ends the season with a 91% pass completion rate which shows his success at helping us play out from the back as you'd never get 91% punting it to the striker.

Youth Intake

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Youth intake kinda sucked, nothing to get excited about here.

Finances

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Finances held up alright, ended up in the red which kinda sucks but hopefully now with promotion we will be okay.

Club Turns Professional

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Stats

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We went up bossing the ball. A lot of people always told me to keep it simple and play direct in the lower leagues because you won't have the players to play football that requires technical ability but you can defo craft a good enough team to pass around the teams in the lower leagues.

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17 minutes ago, DazRTaylor said:

Hi, what database are you using please?

Rycl have linked the database he use in his challenge thread here

 

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12 minutes ago, Girafi said:

Rycl have linked the database he use in his challenge thread here

 

Thank you - I saw that.

I asked because the comments in the Steam Workshop about that database hints at problems with it.

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2 hours ago, DazRTaylor said:

Thank you - I saw that.

I asked because the comments in the Steam Workshop about that database hints at problems with it.

I didn't notice any issues with it but I'm not 100% sure what to look out for. Perhaps there is a better one out there

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2020-21 January Update

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19th in the table. I really don't know what to say. This entire season has been a nightmare. I've made some AWFUL decisions including spending big money on players in an impulse spree and we've just sucked on the pitch. The defense is a genuine disgrace, if there was an option I'd have throttled the left back. On the plus side we're unbeaten in three, thats about the only positive of the season. Hopefully we can strengthen in January and get out of this mess because otherwise we're going down.

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Really enjoying this, keep it up.

Looks like even if you finish fairly low you'll have a chance to stay up with the relegation playoff thing. Fingers crossed!

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2020-2021 Youth Intake - Beyond awful

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Not even gonna dignify this with any analysis, terrible intake!

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2020-21 Season Review - Motta To The Rescue

Serie C

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Bang! We just hang on for survival. A great run to end the season saved us as we got carried by Motta's goals. This was the run of games to end the season, peep how many points Motta won us by himself.

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Transfers

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Okay so, transfers. For anyone who's done the San Marino challenge the figure of spending should jump out to you. How on earth did I spend 300k? Well it was essentially on impulse. I dropped a crazy 200k on Fratangelo on deadline day purely because I could, an absolutely horrendous decision as he finished with an average rating of 6.80 and 10 league goals. Stupid decision making from myself which could have put the club in jeopardy had I not made some sales to raise cash. 

In general my transfers this year were a mess, hence how many players we signed. I signed new wingers but ended up switching to a back 5 halfway through the season which made them redundant. We signed about 7 centre halves through the season in a desperate search for some stability as we LEAKED goals. The signing of the season hands down was Maurizio Motta who joined in January and single handedly DRAGGED us to survival.

For 35k Maurizio Motta is an absolute bargain, 16 goals and 5 assists in 19 games is an absolutely ridiculous return and without him I'd 100% be getting ready to play in the playout fighting for survival. I'm desperate to keep this guy next season but he has a 140k release clause and won't renew his contract so in all likelihood he will be gone next season unless he has a change of heart (I want to give you all my money Maurizio please stay xx). 

Good bit of business on Simonetti who joined in the summer for free and left in January for 200k, helped to offset the madness of the Fratangelo deal.

Awards and Team Of The Season

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Somehow Motta didn't even get top 3 for fans player of the season. I'm angry on his behalf.

Youth Intake

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Horrible. Not worth even analysing. None of them will ever contribute anything meaningful. 

Finances

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I did my best to bankrupt the club with my transfer dealings but we came out not too badly in the end.

Misc

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Need to concede less from indirect free kicks, only team below us finished last in the league by a mile.

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Well done on survival, but it seems you have a while to go before you'll be challenging for promotion. Hopefully your youth intakes improve as well. (Though you may want to check that 3.5 potential DM again, considering your defensive woes. If you get lucky, he might at least end up as a decent backup.)

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2020-21 Season Review - Scoring For Fun, Conceding For Fun

Serie C

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We hovered around the lower end of the playoffs for most of the year and were largely inconsistent which prevented us from really ever doing much more. We scored the most goals in the league but also shipped 44 goals which for me isn't good enough as I like to be solid defensively. We qualified for the playoffs at least which is an improvement on last season for sure. So how did the playoffs go?

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A strong win away from home against Cesena in Round One, our former parent club of former seasons. This was an amazing result and had me wondering if maybe we could actually win this thing despite the 5038383 rounds you have to battle through. Those hopes were dashed when we shipped 5 to Virtus despite actually being the better side. Very frustrating, our defense just aren't good enough at times and are prone to making errors at the worst possible intervals. 

Transfers

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Last year I went crazy and spent 300k which for a club who has bad finances was stupid. We recouped some of that back in the end and this season saw no spending and a tidy 325k recouped. You'll see players like Abbatangelo joined for free in the summer and was then sold to Parma in January for 230k as well as Cancello signed for free and sold in January for 60k. I actually ended up loaning Abbatangelo back for the rest of the season as he was a pretty good player. As previously mentioned the clubs finances suck so its possible I have to cash in on a few key players soon purely to keep the club afloat so these aren't the last of the outgoings.

Signing Acquadro on a free was a tidy bit of business as he finished the year with a 7.18 avg match rating, he's a solid CM who does a bit of everything. Oberti was a CAM on loan from Napoli who did a bit of damage despite being 18 years old and Napoli have agreed to send him back over for another season which is nice, hopefully he can develop further in his 2nd year here. A lot of the signings were either meh or just plain bad, Dametto in particular was a pathetic CB who posted a 6.40 avg rating.

Awards and Team Of The Season

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Fratangelo was my big signing from last season up top who sucked. This season he did anything but suck and he created a quite simply lethal partnership with the hero of last season Motta. Fratangelo ended the season with a league leading 21 goals and to be honest proved he was worth the 200k we flogged on him. Motta didn't quite live up to the ridiculousness of last season where it was a disappointment if he didn't score but he still posted 18 league goals, 11 assists and an avg rating of 7.08 which is very respectable.

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Fratangelo and Motta both actually finished 1st and 2nd respectively in the top goalscorers of our Serie C group which is kind of ridiculous when you think we never once looked like finishing in the top 4 or so teams despite having the top two goalscorers.

Youth Intake

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First season of Serie D remains the only time we've gotten a player (Zonzini) worth getting excited over. These guys suck lol.

Finances

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Pretty worrying figures tbqh. I think we are due a lump sum soon from the league which will make this look a little less bleak but the board have already reduced my wage budget from last season which tells me there isn't much money about for them to inject. This will be something to keep an eye on and I'll happily sell Motta, Fratangelo etc to raise some quick cash if needed to keep the club afloat. Need to get promoted soon though.

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Chairman sells San Marino's prodigal son Zonzini :(

Killed my enthusiasm for the new season 

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Sells the two best players and then wants to step aside, this guy is unreal. I'll give him a slap if I see in a Sammarinese pub

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1 minute ago, RioImmagina said:

Ouch!
Maybe you can try to get Zonzini back on loan

Funnily enough I just did a few minutes ago! Motta is also listed for loan but Preston want him to play with better players. Oh well

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Continue the good work! :)

Im still playing FM18 San Marino Challenge - so its nice to see the development in your save.

Im in year 2036 and only have one really good player in the national squad - a young attacker at age 18. :rolleyes:

The rest is below average...

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Great to see a San Marino Challenge, always been one of my favourites! Your chairman has screwed you with them sales, pocketing his last valuable assets before leaving!

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ive played about 5000 hours since football Managaer 2013 and have always played either from Vanerama South/North or the San Marino Challenge. ive never recoreded my success online but have found getting the club to Serie A easy and winning Champions League taking about 6 years starting from Serie D. this year ill try keeping record of my progress purely because my mate started playing football manager this year and cant manage to get past the learning curve just yet lol. so far ive gotten promoted consecutive years and now sit mid table in Serie B

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