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1 hour ago, Kevin10006 said:

Damn, looks like i won't be able to register both Almada and Markovic at least till the third season.. Because i forgot to mention as well that i did sign Wilfred Bony (Ivory Coast) in my first season January window for free and now he counts as one of the Non EU players during the second season despite the fact that he's out on loan in Korea. Damn Italy why you gotta make this **** so complicated smh.. 

It messed up lots of my planning too. But I'm enjoying the challenge.

How is your save going? How did you do in the first season?

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21 minutes ago, quee said:

It messed up lots of my planning too. But I'm enjoying the challenge.

How is your save going? How did you do in the first season?

First season was pretty good, ended up 6th and qualifying for the Europa League lol. Now I'm going to  try and do better than that which will be quite the challenge. 

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6 minutes ago, Kevin10006 said:

First season was pretty good, ended up 6th and qualifying for the Europa League lol. Now I'm going to  try and do better than that which will be quite the challenge. 

What's your first XI? Signings? Any of the youngsters you're using?

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22 minutes ago, quee said:

What's your first XI? Signings? Any of the youngsters you're using?

First season signings. Been using direct style 4-4-2 since the squad during the first season is quite crap and it turns out to be the right decision lol. 

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Decent start to the season with Roma, started off at home to Milan and finished as a 1-1 draw, Dzeko getting the goal for me and Suso with the equaliser for Milan late on. 2nd game was away at Empoli, went 1-0 down after only 2 minutes but managed to rally and secure a 3-1 win.

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19 hours ago, Kevin10006 said:

Yeah i get it (or do i?) If I'm not mistaken international caps can also affect whether a NON EU players can registered or not right? 

No, Non EU players can be registered before the deadline, if after that, can't play until it reopens to register them.

If that makes sense?

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16 hours ago, Kevin10006 said:

First season signings. Been using direct style 4-4-2 since the squad during the first season is quite crap and it turns out to be the right decision lol. 

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Decent signings :thup: You should download Gyazo, as it's easier to take screenshot, instead from your phone :D  ;)

What skin are you using there?

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4 hours ago, john1 said:

Decent signings :thup: You should download Gyazo, as it's easier to take screenshot, instead from your phone :D  ;)

What skin are you using there?

Thanks, yeah i will download gyazo after this 😅. And I'm using the TCS skin from FMScout.com

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PARMA CALCIO 1913

START OF FIRST SEASON

Parma is my favourite Italian team. Buffon, Cannavaro, Thuram, Nakata, Crespo, Veron.. Grew up watching so many great players and the club has seen better times then. First transfer window off, so will have to get to know the players before the January window. Decided to give Brazao the starting spot because I want to create another Buffon-like legacy for the club. Kucka unfortunately got injured in preseason and went on to miss lots of the season due niggling injuries. He would have been a starter. But his absence opened up the chance for me to trust Stulac as the main player in midfield and it was one of my best decision yet.

Youth players of interest - Apart from Brazao, I'm looking to involve Botturi and Hiekkanen in and around the first team squad this season. Hoping to have the 3 of them as Home Grown Club players in 3 years time. Diakhate will be a squad player and he will feature frequently. 

My First XI

Brazao

Iacoponi, Bruno Alves, Gagliolo, Gobbi

Rigoni

Stulac, Barilla

Sprocati, Gervinho

Inglese

WINTER TRANSFER WINDOW

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Only given £1m budget if I remember correctly. Decided to go after Xadas as I liked a left footer in that left winger position and as a replacement for Gervinho next season. Coetzee will get the non-EU spot from Gervinho next season. Tried raising some cash by selling some players who is running out of contract. Surprised that I got any money at all, to be honest. In previous FM, they would just get them on a Bosman instead. Pereira added much needed quality from midfield, loaned until end of next season. As a reflective note, the reason I went for Coetzee was because of the price and I had expected to be fighting for middle of the table/top half only this season and the next. I also made a few Bosman signings in this window and later on. In my next post for the 2nd season, I will indicate what I would do otherwise if I had known what the end result would be like.

My First XI

Brazao

Iacoponi, Bruno Alves, Gagliolo, Gobbi

Rigoni

Stulac, Pereira

Sprocati, Xadas

Inglese

Bastoni started to play more as well after coming back from injuries, replacing Bruno Alves or pushing Gagliolo to left back. Not a fan of Di Marco, he only get minimal minutes. Brazao was called up for South American u20 Championship, so he was missing for a bit. Sepe came in and did quite well.

END OF SEASON AWARDS

Parma

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Serie A

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End of Season Review and Thoughts

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As the league positions chart shown above indicated, I overachieved. This surprised me too much. Part of the reason was the top 4 kept losing to each other and those below them, bringing those in the top half of the table closer and closer each time. In fact, a few games towards the end, I was level on point or a couple of points behind Napoli. Only for me to drew all my games in May. Nerves and inexperience played a part, and also I think I lost 3 of my midfielders to injuries as well.

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Overall, better than expected, better than I could have wished for. Stulac was amazing for me, scoring important goals. His free kicks saved me in some of the games. He got 3 Goal of The Months as well. But the signing of Pereira helped to push us into the Champions League spot. I didn't expect to be in this position and some of my transfer decisions in January reflected this. Had try to renew Bastoni and Inglese on loans, to join Pereira next season. But Inter and Napoli said they wanted to try them for their first team next season.. Added more Bosman transfers because of this just after January.

KEY PLAYERS

Brazao (got into Serie A team of the season), Gagliolo (best defender for me this season), Stulac (player of the season), Inglese (reliant on his goals)

FUTURE PLANS

Are we ready for the Champions League? Will update the 2nd season later today.

Below are my only promising youth intake (I didn't take a group screenshot for all of them).

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Welcome any comments and feedbacks. Would be interesting to see other Parma saves as well.

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Added key players

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Fiorentina (Season 1)

So, looking for a new challenge I decided to start a game in Serie A with Fiorentina. A nice team from a beautiful city, aiming to stay in top half of the table and trying to get into the European competitions, but struggling very much in real life (finished 16th this year, fighting off relegation). A team with some young potential, but not very much of squad depth.

Not knowing the quad very well, I decided against selling anyone and gave my scouts orders to look for hot prospects. My long term goal is to close the financial gap with the top teams in Italy, for which two things are important: selling players on with (high) profit margins and playing in European competitions. So in the first year, I only bought two youngsters.

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As for tactics, I tried playing posession, not conceding much changes and hoping that mainly Chiesa and Luis Muriel could give us a goal at the other end. When playing against better opposition we tried to play on the counter, quickly transitioning the ball forward into space. Big surprises where the defenders, especially Pezzella and Milenkovic, who really gave us a rock solid base to build from. In midfield Veretout and Edimilson also held their own quite well. As you can see below, we finished 3rd in the table, a long way behind the leaders, but better than I'd expected when starting this challenge.

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And the icing on the cake was our success in the Cup: after managing to defeat Napoli on penalties in the quarter finals after keeping them to a 0-0 score, we had an easy semi against Atalanta setting up a final with Inter Milan. By setting up a defensive counter tactic, we totally destroyed them, winning 3-0 and making sure we got silverware in my first season in charge!

 

Now at the end of the season, I see that a load of loans are over, and a lot of teams are interested in my best players. So it's going to be an interesting summer.

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8 hours ago, quee said:

PARMA CALCIO 1913

START OF FIRST SEASON

Parma is my favourite Italian team. Buffon, Cannavaro, Thuram, Nakata, Crespo, Veron.. Grew up watching so many great players and the club has seen better times then. First transfer window off, so will have to get to know the players before the January window. Decided to give Brazao the starting spot because I want to create another Buffon-like legacy for the club. Kucka unfortunately got injured in preseason and went on to miss lots of the season due niggling injuries. He would have been a starter. But his absence opened up the chance for me to trust Stulac as the main player in midfield and it was one of my best decision yet.

Youth players of interest - Apart from Brazao, I'm looking to involve Botturi and Hiekkanen in and around the first team squad this season. Hoping to have the 3 of them as Home Grown Club players in 3 years time. Diakhate will be a squad player and he will feature frequently. 

My First XI

Brazao

Iacoponi, Bruno Alves, Gagliolo, Gobbi

Rigoni

Stulac, Barilla

Sprocati, Gervinho

Inglese

WINTER TRANSFER WINDOW

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Only given £1m budget if I remember correctly. Decided to go after Xadas as I liked a left footer in that left winger position and as a replacement for Gervinho next season. Coetzee will get the non-EU spot from Gervinho next season. Tried raising some cash by selling some players who is running out of contract. Surprised that I got any money at all, to be honest. In previous FM, they would just get them on a Bosman instead. Pereira added much needed quality from midfield, loaned until end of next season. As a reflective note, the reason I went for Coetzee was because of the price and I had expected to be fighting for middle of the table/top half only this season and the next. I also made a few Bosman signings in this window and later on. In my next post for the 2nd season, I will indicate what I would do otherwise if I had known what the end result would be like.

My First XI

Brazao

Iacoponi, Bruno Alves, Gagliolo, Gobbi

Rigoni

Stulac, Pereira

Sprocati, Xadas

Inglese

Bastoni started to play more as well after coming back from injuries, replacing Bruno Alves or pushing Gagliolo to left back. Not a fan of Di Marco, he only get minimal minutes. Brazao was called up for South American u20 Championship, so he was missing for a bit. Sepe came in and did quite well.

END OF SEASON AWARDS

Parma

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Serie A

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End of Season Review and Thoughts

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As the league positions chart shown above indicated, I overachieved. This surprised me too much. Part of the reason was the top 4 kept losing to each other and those below them, bringing those in the top half of the table closer and closer each time. In fact, a few games towards the end, I was level on point or a couple of points behind Napoli. Only for me to drew all my games in May. Nerves and inexperience played a part, and also I think I lost 3 of my midfielders to injuries as well.

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Overall, better than expected, better than I could have wished for. Stulac was amazing for me, scoring important goals. His free kicks saved me in some of the games. He got 3 Goal of The Months as well. But the signing of Pereira helped to push us into the Champions League spot. I didn't expect to be in this position and some of my transfer decisions in January reflected this. Had try to renew Bastoni and Inglese on loans, to join Pereira next season. But Inter and Napoli said they wanted to try them for their first team next season.. Added more Bosman transfers because of this just after January.

KEY PLAYERS

Brazao (got into Serie A team of the season), Gagliolo (best defender for me this season), Stulac (player of the season), Inglese (reliant on his goals)

FUTURE PLANS

Are we ready for the Champions League? Will update the 2nd season later today.

Below are my only promising youth intake (I didn't take a group screenshot for all of them).

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Welcome any comments and feedbacks. Would be interesting to see other Parma saves as well.

Smashing job there finishing third with Parma in the first season! Any chance you could share your tactic? 

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11 hours ago, quee said:

PARMA CALCIO 1913

START OF FIRST SEASON

Parma is my favourite Italian team. Buffon, Cannavaro, Thuram, Nakata, Crespo, Veron.. Grew up watching so many great players and the club has seen better times then. First transfer window off, so will have to get to know the players before the January window. Decided to give Brazao the starting spot because I want to create another Buffon-like legacy for the club. Kucka unfortunately got injured in preseason and went on to miss lots of the season due niggling injuries. He would have been a starter. But his absence opened up the chance for me to trust Stulac as the main player in midfield and it was one of my best decision yet.

Youth players of interest - Apart from Brazao, I'm looking to involve Botturi and Hiekkanen in and around the first team squad this season. Hoping to have the 3 of them as Home Grown Club players in 3 years time. Diakhate will be a squad player and he will feature frequently. 

My First XI

Brazao

Iacoponi, Bruno Alves, Gagliolo, Gobbi

Rigoni

Stulac, Barilla

Sprocati, Gervinho

Inglese

WINTER TRANSFER WINDOW

1967296641_Screenshot2019-06-1409_41_09.thumb.png.9d63bc704dfbb6bee44f693dbf4ce77d.png

Only given £1m budget if I remember correctly. Decided to go after Xadas as I liked a left footer in that left winger position and as a replacement for Gervinho next season. Coetzee will get the non-EU spot from Gervinho next season. Tried raising some cash by selling some players who is running out of contract. Surprised that I got any money at all, to be honest. In previous FM, they would just get them on a Bosman instead. Pereira added much needed quality from midfield, loaned until end of next season. As a reflective note, the reason I went for Coetzee was because of the price and I had expected to be fighting for middle of the table/top half only this season and the next. I also made a few Bosman signings in this window and later on. In my next post for the 2nd season, I will indicate what I would do otherwise if I had known what the end result would be like.

My First XI

Brazao

Iacoponi, Bruno Alves, Gagliolo, Gobbi

Rigoni

Stulac, Pereira

Sprocati, Xadas

Inglese

Bastoni started to play more as well after coming back from injuries, replacing Bruno Alves or pushing Gagliolo to left back. Not a fan of Di Marco, he only get minimal minutes. Brazao was called up for South American u20 Championship, so he was missing for a bit. Sepe came in and did quite well.

END OF SEASON AWARDS

Parma

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Serie A

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End of Season Review and Thoughts

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As the league positions chart shown above indicated, I overachieved. This surprised me too much. Part of the reason was the top 4 kept losing to each other and those below them, bringing those in the top half of the table closer and closer each time. In fact, a few games towards the end, I was level on point or a couple of points behind Napoli. Only for me to drew all my games in May. Nerves and inexperience played a part, and also I think I lost 3 of my midfielders to injuries as well.

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Overall, better than expected, better than I could have wished for. Stulac was amazing for me, scoring important goals. His free kicks saved me in some of the games. He got 3 Goal of The Months as well. But the signing of Pereira helped to push us into the Champions League spot. I didn't expect to be in this position and some of my transfer decisions in January reflected this. Had try to renew Bastoni and Inglese on loans, to join Pereira next season. But Inter and Napoli said they wanted to try them for their first team next season.. Added more Bosman transfers because of this just after January.

KEY PLAYERS

Brazao (got into Serie A team of the season), Gagliolo (best defender for me this season), Stulac (player of the season), Inglese (reliant on his goals)

FUTURE PLANS

Are we ready for the Champions League? Will update the 2nd season later today.

Below are my only promising youth intake (I didn't take a group screenshot for all of them).

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Welcome any comments and feedbacks. Would be interesting to see other Parma saves as well.

Superb season :eek: And finishing above Juventus :cool:  Looking forward to next season update :thup: 

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7 hours ago, blue heron said:

Fiorentina (Season 1)

So, looking for a new challenge I decided to start a game in Serie A with Fiorentina. A nice team from a beautiful city, aiming to stay in top half of the table and trying to get into the European competitions, but struggling very much in real life (finished 16th this year, fighting off relegation). A team with some young potential, but not very much of squad depth.

Not knowing the quad very well, I decided against selling anyone and gave my scouts orders to look for hot prospects. My long term goal is to close the financial gap with the top teams in Italy, for which two things are important: selling players on with (high) profit margins and playing in European competitions. So in the first year, I only bought two youngsters.

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As for tactics, I tried playing posession, not conceding much changes and hoping that mainly Chiesa and Luis Muriel could give us a goal at the other end. When playing against better opposition we tried to play on the counter, quickly transitioning the ball forward into space. Big surprises where the defenders, especially Pezzella and Milenkovic, who really gave us a rock solid base to build from. In midfield Veretout and Edimilson also held their own quite well. As you can see below, we finished 3rd in the table, a long way behind the leaders, but better than I'd expected when starting this challenge.

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And the icing on the cake was our success in the Cup: after managing to defeat Napoli on penalties in the quarter finals after keeping them to a 0-0 score, we had an easy semi against Atalanta setting up a final with Inter Milan. By setting up a defensive counter tactic, we totally destroyed them, winning 3-0 and making sure we got silverware in my first season in charge!

 

Now at the end of the season, I see that a load of loans are over, and a lot of teams are interested in my best players. So it's going to be an interesting summer.

Fantastic season for you :cool: Congrats on winning the cup :applause: Will be hard to keep your players especially Chiesa. 

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PARMA CALCIO 1913 2019 - 2020

SUMMER OF SECOND SEASON

Some shocking news during the summer, Bruno Alves and Gobbi both announcing their retirements, in November.. Bruno Alves was still in my plans, whilst Gobbi was to provide cover. They were Captain and Vice Captain, so will be missed. That means, new captains were needed. I chose Stulac as my captain and Zeca as my vice captain. Not many options due to the age of some of my players and the number of loan players as well in the starting lineup.

Coetzee will now replaced Alves, was planning to slowly introduce him to the first team. Without Gobbi, I don't have a first choice LB, so I may have to start Gagliolo more in that position. Inglese's goals will be important again (extended his loan).

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Transfers IN

Now I mentioned that I made some Bosman signings without knowing that I will be playing CL football. This caused me problems as it overloaded my squad with players I was expecting to use to fight against relegation/middle of the table/top half of the table, but not for European games. Sprocati was a pre-arranged transfer before the game started, I'm happy he's coming back as he contributed a lot to our attacking play. Would I sign him personally? Maybe not but since he's here and had a great last season, I will be hoping for him to keep up his good form.

Out of the 7 Bosman signings, 2 were for the futre and will go to the u20s (Ercolani and Johansson). Out of the other 5, I had initially plan to use Monte as rotation option to Bruno Alves (he was labelled as the next Bruno Alves) but he came to Parma injured, so Coetzee pushed ahead of him straight away. Krajnc was to replace Bastoni, since I couldn't get him back on loan at this time, as another option for left sided CB alongside Gagliolo. Piazon was signed with the idea he will challenged Xadas for the LW position, as I was toying with the idea of using Xadas in CM or changing my tactic by including an AM. Leo Suarez and Kleber were signed as squad players, backup in their positions. Lots of players, right? Not yet done..

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Now, the above signings were made before the summer, before I knew I was in a strong chance to finish in European position, before the reality of Parma qualifying for the CL.. Below was what I used with the new budget I got (I forgot how much it was, didn't screenshot it).

I forgot how I got Da Graca to come as cheaply as this, but I think I was just randomly bidding for him after I saw a scout report with that estimated value for transfer. Initially I had no plan to buy Tonali as he is too popular of a signing in this FM, but when I saw that he was bid on, I just tried to match the bid and it was accepted. Birindelli and Lucas Ribeiro were recommended by my scouts, never heard of them before but I liked what I see for the prices given. Birindelli was to provide cover for RB, whilst Ribeiro will provide cover to Coetzee since Monte was injured. Bought Nandez as I wanted a combative presence in midfield, hoping he can be the next Lucas Torreira. En Nesyri was to challenge Ingles up front, and on both wings. I have high hope for him. Signed Mauri as he was HGC for Parma, to provide cover to Stulac.  I got Valery on a 2-years loan after he scored that wonder goal against Man Utd in real life (My first 2 seasons were a while back) and he will be the new first choice RB for me. My scout recommended me Zeca for the LB position, and decided to splash the cash as I never had a CWB before. Gagliolo can now go back to center.. that is until Bastoni was made available on loan again late in the window. This time he agreed to come back for 2 more seasons (with 0% wages too since Inter is affiliated with Parma). Starting to see where my overloading problems came from? I bid to loan for Lo Celso without expecting him to accept but he agreed to join. One more player then. Chao, Fojticek, Justiniano, and Kovar were other signing for the u20s. With all these signings, some of the Bosman signings were pushed down the pecking order. I can already see I would have problems giving all of them sufficient minutes.

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Transfers OUT

Kucka had to be sold due to his niggling injuries and my highest earner (£40k p/w). Gervinho sold abroad to make space for Coetzee. Wanted to keep Barilla but will all my new signings, I wouldn't have space for him. So had to move him on as he's 30+. Iacoponi was my starter last season but his form deteriorated badly. Dezi was a flexible squad player but had to sell him as well. Others were players returning from loan and no space for them in the squad or over 20s players not having a future at the club. £27m in, £29m out.

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Youth players of interest

Brazao established himself as my number 1, Diakhate was a good rotation option but still couldn't figured out his best position or role. Botturi played 5 games last season and Hiekkanen played 9 games, will be hoping for them to push on more. Alessandro Minelli returned from loan and will have a place as a future squad player at LB. Cristian Casarini in the u18s is progressing well and will look to develop him as well. Nico Schiappacase wanted to cancel his loan (he's already here before I arrived, from Atletico Madrid for 2 seasons loan) but I decided I wanted to use him more as an option off the bench.

My First XI

Brazao

Valery, Coetzee/Ribeiro, Bastoni/Gagliolo, Zeca/Gagliolo

Tonali/Nandez

Stulac/Mauri, Pereira/Lo Celso

Sprocati, Xadas/Piazon

Inglese/En-Nesyri

WINTER TRANSFER WINDOW

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Spalek had been tearing Serie B and my scouts repeatedly recommended him. Planned to use him to challenge Sprocati. Found Guga who is similar Zeca, decided I wanted to mirror him for the RB position as Birindelli was not yet ready to challenge Valery.

My First XI

Brazao

Valery/Guga, Coetzee/Ribeiro, Bastoni/Gagliolo, Zeca/Gagliolo

Tonali/Nandez

Stulac/Mauri, Pereira/Lo Celso

Sprocati/Spalek, Xadas/Piazon

Inglese/En-Nesyri

As expected, some players barely played. Had to do heavy rotation, more than I would like. Tried to offer out on loan but no interests. Some players were affected by the non-continuity in their minutes like Piazon and Nandez. Everytime I gave them a chance, they didn't impress. One player who didn't lack any minutes was Lo Celso, but unlike Pereira, he didn't performed anywhere near his ability should. Though whilst Pereira was scoring goals, I found that he doesn't really make the team play better. Lessons learned. Always take off "cannot end loan" and Bosman signings should wait until the end of the season. If I remembered correctly, at this stage, Bastoni, Stulac, Sprocati, Xadas, Inglese were the best performers.

END OF SEASON AWARDS 2019/2020

Parma

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Serie A

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End of Season Review and Thoughts

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Whereas in the first season we overachieved, in the 2nd season was a bit of a jumbled mess. The transfers situation and overloading of players played a huge factor in the inconsistent season. We didn't confirmed our Europa spot until the last game. What could have been a season of progression turned out to be taking a step back kind of season. On the other hand, I feel this is still our level. Even getting the Europa spot was a challenge. Must be a reason why I chose 'finishing in the top half' as my expectation earlier in the season. But I feel we will be stronger because of the experience this season.

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UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2019/2020

Taught a lesson by PSG and Shakhtar in the first 2 games, showing our level. The home draw against PSG was a great game. Not a rearguard action, but actually creating chances to score as well. PSG was missing Neymar, I think. Part of the reason why I loved Stulac, that 93rd goal to put use through to the next round. A captain's performance. Liverpool was and still is the scariest team I had played against. The speed and the way they attack my defence was unbelievable. Even in the away leg I was expecting a hammering as they went 2-0 up in the first 28 minutes. They got complacent, I think, with progression secured. It was a great experience, a competition we want to go back into as soon as we can.

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In hindsight, can't be too critical. I learned a lot about the game this season. Better planning and managing expectations to reflect that is key. Lucas Ribeiro overtook Coetzee towards the end with strong performances, Bastoni also grew stronger as the season went on. Whilst Pereira got more goals than Stulac, Stulac made the team play better and provided more assists as well. The reason his average rating is lower was I had to play him the DM position in some games to accommodate both Lo Celso and Pereira together in midfield. Inglese was the best performer this season. I was happy with the addition of Spalek, he added a different threat when he joined the team, and some of his goals were importat as well. Below are comparisons of their performance in 2019/2020 vs 2018/2019 (which I didn't include previously).

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KEY PLAYERS

Brazao (getting better and better, so comfortable on the ball), Ribeiro (best defender for me this season and great signing for £1.2m), Stulac (captain performances in lots of games), Inglese (still reliant on his goals)

FUTURE PLANS

Lucky to be even in the Europa League next season, but signings will be made to be better prepare for it. First, I need to moved on ALL the players that are not in my plans. So, signings might depend on how well I can do that. Hoping to reduce the players used next season (37 this season) and wanted better players registration planning this time.

Lo Celso will be in his 2nd loan season with us but I'm not planning to use him much. Bastoni will also be back for the 2nd of his loan season (3rd season in a row) and he will hopefully be the leader of my defence. Not sure how I could afford to sign him permanently, though. Pereira is going back to Man Utd, and at this time I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue offering to loan him again. Inglese also going back to Napoli and my offer to extend was rejected as they planned to use him in their first team.

Better youth intakes this year. Should have arranged the list by PAs. As of now, I'm in November of my 3rd season. During the summer, Juventus offered £12m+ for Carriero, whilst Milan offered £10m+ for Pandini. Both are duly rejected. If you noticed, lots of my signings are not local so far. This is because I'm planning to use my youth players to provide the Italian backbone down the line. (Lots of the quality Italian players are expensive as well for Parma). Zanioli from my previous intake will play for the u20s next season.

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Welcome any comments and feedbacks. Would be interesting to see other Parma saves as well.

Will post the next update when I got to the Winter Transfer Window in my 3rd season, 2020/2021.

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Finished my season with Torino, last night. Won the title again, And we are building new stadium (first time ever!) Called Torino stadium with 43 thousands capacity, will post later :thup: 

@quee Not bad season overall, despite finishing 6th. Good to see you got out of CL group with PSG and Shakhtar Donetsk, no shame in losing to Liverpool :thup: 

Great signings you have brought in, I currently have Da Graca, on my Torino save. I will post screenshot of him when I fire up my FM.

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Well, it's about time for my annual Fiorentina save. This year I'm going to try to keep something of an Italian bias, perhaps eventually working towards an early 90's squad where we only have 3 non-Italians (but potentially a few partially-Italian South Americans) in the team. But for now the long-term goal is to win the Champions League, something I've done in the first season on two saves this year (Manchester United, Lyon) and once in the 2nd season (Ajax, not with my own tactic but rather copying herne79's tiki-taka tactic from the thread. The amount of people asking me how to do that copying suggests that its still a challenge I should be proud of completing :p ), so it'll just be the case of assembling the best squad I can. Ideally we'll win it before Juve manage to, although that's most likely going to be due to the strength of English, German and Spanish clubs rather than anything we do as this is by far the weakest squad I've managed this year

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My laptop isn't great (Apple described it as "vintage" when I took it in for repairs), so I'm only loading the top divisions from recommended nations plus the full Italian pyramid given I want to sign a bunch of Italians (in particular I'm hoping to finally try out this Tonali guy everyone goes on about, my usual domestic biases mean I haven't yet had the opportunity). No first window transfer budgets as all the loans in and out means I don't know how I'll want my squad to look a season from now. 

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Glad to see you jumping onto the bandwagon @zlatanera :cool: 

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So close to going unbeaten season, loss came against AC Milan :( We also came runners up against Napoli, in Coppa Italia. I blame it solely on our stupid fixtures schedules! 

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We also had a brilliant Champions League run, getting to semi final against Bayern :thup: They went on to lose to Liverpool, 4-0, in the final

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I switched to 4-4-2 against Bayern at home, which said Bayern struggles against, and almost paid off in the end!

Just been offered interview for AC Milan, Real Madrid, Man Utd & City and Arsenal jobs (went for Real Madrid interview, went for Allegri)

Now I am getting silly offers for Mboula from Man City (they offered 59M so far)

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Great to see the club going up the ranking! And Bournemouth :eek: :applause:

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Heartbreaking to lose him :( Will be difficult to find decent replacement for him :seagull:

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@john1 I've been sorely tempted to really 'bandwagon' it and do a Torino save, but no amount of history can get over the fact that I just don't like their colours. Its why I was frustrated when my Sampdoria save didn't stick, they have such great kits. So back to the Viola it is!

Seeing Torino above Juventus is always fun, unlucky on the unbeaten season though. 

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Just now, zlatanera said:

@john1 I've been sorely tempted to really 'bandwagon' it and do a Torino save, but no amount of history can get over the fact that I just don't like their colours. Its why I was frustrated when my Sampdoria save didn't stick, they have such great kits. So back to the Viola it is!

Seeing Torino above Juventus is always fun, unlucky on the unbeaten season though. 

I almost went for Sampdoria, purely of their lush kits :D  They was also my first FM19 save.

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Inspired by @crusadertsarpiece on overloads, I'm not using my tried-and-tested Monaco tactic, but instead am trying something different:

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No PIs for now, but I always customise my CB roles to their ideal ones hence Vitor Hugo as CD-Co rather than De. From a previous tactic this year I know using MEZ-Su is great to help encourage overloads on that flank, combined with the AP at AML drawing the ball and the FB overlapping, we should get some nice build-up before releasing Chiesa. None of my four first-team loanees (Edimilson Fernandes, Gérson, Kevin Mirallas, Marko Pjaca) make it into my ideal starting XI as I want to boost the value of the players I own, and the only one of those four on whom I have an option if Fernandes, the one I'd be least likely to utilise. Milenkovic will obviously end up at CD eventually, but right now we're only in the league and cup and I need to give him game time and also want to rotate in Ceccherini at CD, so out he goes to the right to be the more defensive full back behind our more offensive flank of W-At and BBM. The DLF role is chosen as hopefully if he does get on the ball the Take More Risks instruction will lead him to play it out to Chiesa, and I don't want another At duty up front as he'll be too isolated. 

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Does anyone know where I can find kits for Serie B teams? I've had a look in the usual places I get kit packs, but haven't been able to find any as of yet.

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As usual, I've vastly overhauled my backroom staff with 29 people coming and 7 leaving, the latter mostly those with Pioli as favoured personnel as I think that's realistic. I'm not going to list them all, but just show off a couple of highlights:

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Vincenzo Vergine, HoYD at the start of the game is certainly one of the better ones around. Good personality, JPA/JPP and actually one of the best coaches in the game to boot. His preferred formation is a good one too. So, why on Earth would I replace him?

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A triple Champions League winner, Model Citizen, with a good preferred formation and still one of the better coaches in the game, that's why! 

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The Director of Football role is mostly ceremonial for me, I let them do new signing press conferences and that's about it. So if I can swap out some random Portuguese dude for Batigol himself, scorer of over 200 goals for Fiorentina and one of the greatest strikers to walk the Earth you better believe I'm doing it! I'm also letting him manage friendlies as the fans will love that. 

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12 minuti fa, zlatanera ha scritto:

The Director of Football role is mostly ceremonial for me

Instead I let Paratici manage all the scouting (as happens in real life for Juve) and I always let the last word to him. If my scouts find a player (I never scout manually at first to make the game harder) that I think too he's interesting, I ask Paratici to check him and only if he approves I'll make an offer

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18 minutes ago, ParanoidBuddha said:

Instead I let Paratici manage all the scouting (as happens in real life for Juve) and I always let the last word to him. If my scouts find a player (I never scout manually at first to make the game harder) that I think too he's interesting, I ask Paratici to check him and only if he approves I'll make an offer

Well he looks incredible, so I don't blame you!

On my Freiburg save the first couple of seasons I let my DoF run scouting and handle scouting meetings, set so we'd have a meeting every 10 reports, and only shortlisted the highest recommendations, but I found it too restricting. FM18 I had a save where my DoF was in charge of contracts too. I've often considered picking a team with a DoF and letting him completely control transfers and contracts but I'd just lose interest. If I can get in Rui Costa at some point I might defer a little more responsibility to him, but Batistuta is purely a fan-pleasing hire.

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3 hours ago, FMbeginner said:

Does anyone know where I can find kits for Serie B teams? I've had a look in the usual places I get kit packs, but haven't been able to find any as of yet.

Sortitoutsi :thup: 

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So I've definitely sabotaged myself somewhat - to create overloads you compress space on one side, luring everyone over to create acres of it on the other side then switch the ball. But because Fiorentina aren't in continental competitions we get pitch size options...so I went for 120x90m without thinking, when if anything I should have gone smaller. I may have to use a 442 at home to take advantage of all the space, because right now we're better away from home.

Still...occasionally the overloads work perfectly!

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Here we have some deep possession from my two CBs (Play Out Of Defence) leading to it being played out to my AP PJaca, who plays it forward to the overlapping full back Hancko, a couple of passes in the midfield involving the BBM, MEZ and DLF, before Pjaca again plays it forward to Hancko who crosse sit for Chiesa to come in wide open and finish! 

I would have uploaded video but YouTube upload for Mac didn't work for years, I haven't even bothered trying on FM19.

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Second season syndrome

Onwards to my second season with Fiorentina. Great to see @zlatanera also playing with La Viola. Exciting to see how s/he approaches things.

In the summer we had - of course - an overhaul at the club. A lot of loanees returning to parent clubs and interest from major (richer) clubs for my star players. In the end, Milenkovic moved to ManUtd for 73M euros and Veretout to Huddersfield of all places for 33-39M depending on some clauses. I had accepted a huge bid for Chiesa also, but he rejected Tottenham and opted to stay with me! This funded my buying spree to find enough players to fill all the gaps and have enough depth to deal with playing in the Champions League. I only found one Bosman signing worthy: Moreno came from Liverpool. Other key signings where Kouamé as AML, Hugo Mallo as RB, Felipe Luiz from Lazio as CB to replace Milenkovic and Gagliardini to play DLP. 

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We kept playing a 4-3-3, though we tried some different approaches the first few matches of the season. In the UCL we got a very though group with PSG, Arsenal and Leverkusen. I was happy to finish 3rd in that group to be honest. In the Serie A we played well, but not spectacularly. But none of the other teams was very good either. Especially Juventus had a torrid first half of the season. We kept on doing what we where good at, which is not conceding any goals. In the end, we only let in 13 goals for the entire season, finishing on 85 points. Which was incredibly enough to win us the league!

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With us finishing 3rd in the UCL, we got into the Europa League, where we had some easy matches against Anderlecht, Mainz, Dynamo Kiev and Galatasary to set up a final against Tottenham. We played to our strength and with one goals from my signing of the season, Kouamé, we did lift my first European silverware. In the Italian Cup, we also got to the final and beat Inter Milan in extra time to make it three cups in my second season in charge. 

Now, on the the third season. I'm feeling like I'll be loosing some more players. Everyone wants to renew his contract and get 3-5 times the wages they're currently on and there's no way for Fiorentina to pay that. So it'll be looking at players on the transfer list and high potential youngsters my scouts keep recommending.

 

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7 hours ago, blue heron said:

Second season syndrome

Onwards to my second season with Fiorentina. Great to see @zlatanera also playing with La Viola. Exciting to see how s/he approaches things.

In the summer we had - of course - an overhaul at the club. A lot of loanees returning to parent clubs and interest from major (richer) clubs for my star players. In the end, Milenkovic moved to ManUtd for 73M euros and Veretout to Huddersfield of all places for 33-39M depending on some clauses. I had accepted a huge bid for Chiesa also, but he rejected Tottenham and opted to stay with me! This funded my buying spree to find enough players to fill all the gaps and have enough depth to deal with playing in the Champions League. I only found one Bosman signing worthy: Moreno came from Liverpool. Other key signings where Kouamé as AML, Hugo Mallo as RB, Felipe Luiz from Lazio as CB to replace Milenkovic and Gagliardini to play DLP. 

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We kept playing a 4-3-3, though we tried some different approaches the first few matches of the season. In the UCL we got a very though group with PSG, Arsenal and Leverkusen. I was happy to finish 3rd in that group to be honest. In the Serie A we played well, but not spectacularly. But none of the other teams was very good either. Especially Juventus had a torrid first half of the season. We kept on doing what we where good at, which is not conceding any goals. In the end, we only let in 13 goals for the entire season, finishing on 85 points. Which was incredibly enough to win us the league!

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With us finishing 3rd in the UCL, we got into the Europa League, where we had some easy matches against Anderlecht, Mainz, Dynamo Kiev and Galatasary to set up a final against Tottenham. We played to our strength and with one goals from my signing of the season, Kouamé, we did lift my first European silverware. In the Italian Cup, we also got to the final and beat Inter Milan in extra time to make it three cups in my second season in charge. 

Now, on the the third season. I'm feeling like I'll be loosing some more players. Everyone wants to renew his contract and get 3-5 times the wages they're currently on and there's no way for Fiorentina to pay that. So it'll be looking at players on the transfer list and high potential youngsters my scouts keep recommending.

 

Superb season :applause: Surprised to see Chiesa turning down Spurs.

I get it lot of players demanding stupid wages, I had a full back and he was on 13K and wanted 65K :mad: :herman:

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Kouame is such a good player, always causing me problems in my save as well.

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