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PARMA CALCIO 1913 

2024/2025

7TH SEASON

WINTER TRANSFER WINDOW

Some of the big headlines, rumours, and transfer offers in January! Will anybody be leaving or joining Parma? Scroll down to the 'Transfers' section!

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TRANSFERS

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Grabara and Minelli were not used at all by Fiorentina and Perugia, so they were recalled and sent to Feirense instead, my feeder club in Portugal.

Vignato was an annoying player. He got Serie B 'Player of the Year' last season and he performed well in pre-season, hence I kept him around but when given the chance he just didn't performed. Leicester offered good money for him, so off he goes!

Unfortunately, I made a big mistake with Marcos Paulo. He was unhappy with his first team chances last season, but I played him more this season and he dropped his unhappiness. Then he got injured, and I kinda forget to offer him a new contract since I filtered 'unavailable' player off the squad screen. :seagull:

When he came back from injury in December, Despodov and Kean was in such good form (I'm playing him at RW and as a PF at SC), he barely had a look in as a starter (some substitute appearances only). His unhappiness reappeared straight away!

Then after the last game against Perugia, I had a message saying that he will be leaving on a free at the end of the season :(

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I didn't want him to leave as he's versatility can cover so many positions and he's doing well as Kean's understudy in the 'Pressing Forward' role (he rarely drops down from 6.8 rating when playing in striker position and he seems to be doing well aerially as well). I've definitely used him more than En-Nesyri when he was available to play.

Since he's definitely leaving, I had no choice to offer him out for transfer. :(

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Surprised Porto offered him £12m for a player with 6 months contract left! And then I noticed his new wages are really low! Should have inserted a 'Buy-back' clause (I've never ever used this in FM :lol:), just incase I really wanted him back!

Lesson learned! New hope!

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So many green attributes :(

Marcos Paulo Stats for Parma

July 2020 - January 2025 

(On-loan at Leganes for 2021/2022 season)

72 appearances

17 goals and 4 assists

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A regen from Algeria joined, as the only incoming transfer this window, to add more bodies for the u18s

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I do have future transfers arranged for end of the season.

Botturi will be leaving on a free. He did well considering his stats, but I've got better players now pushing him out.

Botturi Stats for Parma

2014 - 2015, 2018 - 2025 

(On-loan at Bari for 2023 - 2025 seasons)

65 appearances

3 goals

Botturi was also the 'Captain' for my 2nd team in Coppa Italia or heavily rotated team in Serie A. Good servant for the club!

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Now, Gboho is a player I first discovered when watching the 2021 Euro u21s Championship. I attended the Final and was impressed by him! Been keeping an eye on him ever since. Only reason I never made a move earlier for him was because I had too many players in midfield already.

Two of them, Agoume and Ivonei, had to go out loan since I just can't find space for them.

Now, Agoume is on-loan at Rennes for his 2nd season now. Every time a scout report appeared, I always check the match to see how he had done. And there's always one name who seemed to be scoring consistently..

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By the end of January, Gboho already had 15 goals from midfield!

When Barcelona had made an offer for my regen, Dao, I noticed they were also tracking Gboho now! So they were really looking for an attacking midfielder it seems. I sent my scouts to check his latest report and for only £16m, a transfer was arranged for the end of the season! Happy with this!

Diakhate's position will be in danger next season as he is not the same player as he was in my first few seasons. That one big injury really changed him somehow.

CLUB NEWS

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New affiliate, this time Zilina of Slovakia!

Next update: Half-way point - the table, stats, and regens watch!

 

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@quee Occasionally. I'm trying to get a save to 2 seasons before I make a career thread out of it and am also still on FM19 so don't check the forums as much, I've liked seeing your progress though as you chose a team that's a little different than most. 

Also that biggest win thing might only be valid from the start of the save - I've got to believe there were some 10-0 or higher scorelines pre-1960s like in most countries. Still some impressive results though.

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17 minutes ago, zlatanera said:

@quee Occasionally. I'm trying to get a save to 2 seasons before I make a career thread out of it and am also still on FM19 so don't check the forums as much, I've liked seeing your progress though as you chose a team that's a little different than most. 

Also that biggest win thing might only be valid from the start of the save - I've got to believe there were some 10-0 or higher scorelines pre-1960s like in most countries. Still some impressive results though.

Yes, finally a conversation :lol: I did follow your topic at FMCU forum. Surprisingly, there's lack of topic on Italian save this year :( I need my fix of reading some haha

Thanks for the kind word! At this time, I'm doing these updates just so I can keep track of some stuff for my own haha

I actually checked online, and the biggest win was indeed a 10-0 win for Torino against Alessandria in 1948.

Usually, there would be an asterisk next to a record entry if it is in-game only. That's why I didn't think twice about it, since there was none for the biggest win in my game :D

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PARMA CALCIO 1913 

2024/2025

7TH SEASON

WINTER BREAK

Some of you may have noticed, but I haven't include the league table once so far this season.. This was because I played the half-season in a day or so and I keep forgetting to take a screenshot each month :lol:

The momentum was crazy and I think only losing once so far helped me to just carry on. The new contract helped as well I think, as I was genuinely relieved I got to continue my career save.

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But here we are! Despite a good season so far, I'm only 5 points ahead of Milan! I forgot to mention that they lost Lucas Paqueta to Man Utd last summer, so they are slightly weaker this season. They replaced Paqueta with Klaassen.

The surprised package is definitely Udinese! Whilst Palermo was in second place up until the last round of matches.

Roma and Juventus were just above the relegation zone at the start of December! Roma has improved slightly since bringing in Southgate as their new manager. Nagelsmann seems to have a slower effect on Juventus since coming in to replace Low.

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Despodov is having his best period in terms of goalscoring since he joins Parma, though 8 of the goals did came in the 2 games against Bari and Venezia. Little Caio Felipe making his presence felt with the 'Best Pass Completion %'!

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Very, very happy to see one of Parma player leading for a change. The last time this happened was in Inglese first couple of seasons with us. Kean not far behind is a bonus, considering he was pushing for a transfer to Man Utd last summer.

 

PARMA SQUAD & STATS

Whilst reading other threads, one thing I've noticed I haven't include in any of my updates are the squad page!

So, I have no records of how my squad did in terms of numbers over the previous season (unless I check each of them individually).

A new addition to the type of section I will be adding, hopefully it will be useful.

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Is there any other field I should be adding to my columns view?

As per previous transfers update, Marcos Paulo and Vignato would no longer be in the squad page after this.

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Apparently, Pandini has usurped Bastoni as the club's new key player over night! (Or rather gone unnoticed :D)

REGENS' WATCH

Which brought us to have a quick look at our regens and see how the have been doing with the first team squad!

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Very impressive for someone who came out of nowhere. He doesn't shy away when given a chance, though he can be a bit inconsistent at this young age! Key player? Could be!

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Caio Felipe's Watch: Remember when I had to decide if I wanted to restart the summer again because he went from 'Leader to Physical' type player?

I did restarted in the end, and he was a 'Leader' type for an extra 6 days compared to the previous attempt! Oh well! (2nd time around I didn't promote him straight away to the first team)

The player description might give a clue as to why, as he is a strong DM at 16 years old already :lol:

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Before Pandini, Russo was making all the noises in the academy. He's always the top player in training performances for u18s and u20s. It took him longer than Pandini, but he is currently a 'Wonderkid' as well (in early December last month). I'm retraining him as a winger on the right, as the long term cover for Despodov.

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The one player who hasn't taken his chance well and hasn't improved that much due to the first team training lack of goalkeeper focus sessions. I tried to move him back down but he became unhappy, so I told him it was by mistake!

When I played Hyso, he seemed to concede easier goals compared to Brazao, despite supposedly better attributes.

I hope he hasn't lost his potential by promoting him too early to the first team squad!

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The player everybody rated highly, Barcelona wants him! But I can't seem to find a place for him in my team. I've been retraining him as a 'Pressing Forward' but he hasn't played well there. I don't really want to retrain him as a CM, as that would mean another extra body in the most congested area of the squad. :herman:

Dao just got a lifeline, though! In the guise of Marcos Paulo leaving this month, there's a spot available for the backup RW position. So, he will be retraining as a winger instead now. His bald head does reminds me of Marcos Paulo as well :lol:

A chance for him to stake his claim in the first team squad, as I would have sold him otherwise to Barcelona!

Next update: Time to resume the season! Rest of January!

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1 hour ago, quee said:

Yes, finally a conversation :lol: I did follow your topic at FMCU forum. Surprisingly, there's lack of topic on Italian save this year :( I need my fix of reading some haha

Thanks for the kind word! At this time, I'm doing these updates just so I can keep track of some stuff for my own haha

I actually checked online, and the biggest win was indeed a 10-0 win for Torino against Alessandria in 1948.

Usually, there would be an asterisk next to a record entry if it is in-game only. That's why I didn't think twice about it, since there was none for the biggest win in my game :D

Which one haha I've made 2 Serie A ones that barely got started (3 if you count an FM18 one with Fiorentina). Most likely the next thing you see from me will be another Italian thread too - thinking one of the more popular ones like Roma, Fiorentina (who I follow in real life), Napoli or perhaps Genoa (although I don't like how their colours make the game look, they'd certainly be a long term one) or Sassuolo. Weirdly what stops me starting one up is I want to manage Zaniolo, who got a boost after the update but I probably prefer Fiorentina, and I prefer their squad on the original db. Its a shame they don't offer as part of the winter transfer update the option to use the original teams but with the updated CAs/PAs. 

I'm the same, I appreciated that my Freiburg one in particular got attention but its mostly just for myself. I used to just keep a folder of screenshots of certain events on my laptop, but it tends to get a bit same-y (big win here, record transfers left, right and centre, league tables etc.) whereas with the more frequent updates I really give a bit of the story, which helps when it comes to getting back into it like when I boosted another two seasons out of my Lyon save.

I think the asterisk only shows on the actual records screen rather than the inbox item. I never realised how many of them weren't put in at the start. Perhaps Premier League has more which I then didn't notice when moving to other leagues.  

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PARMA CALCIO 1913 

2024/2025

7TH SEASON

FIXTURES

JANUARY

Decided to use the 2-weeks Winter Break as.. a break! I didn't arranged any friendlies and I didn't add more sessions to training than their defaults schedules.

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I think the club was still in in Christmas' spirit, as they even colour coded the results in alternate green and red! :lol:

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I played a much stronger side than last season (instead of mostly Academy players), as I feel it will be a harder game after the Winter Break (usually the first round is in December?)

Caio Felipe's Watch: Our boy created 2 goals in this match! That would be his 3rd and 4th assists of the season.

The first was similar to his assist for Tonali last time, where he passed the ball from the left hand side to Evander on the edge of the box to shoot home.

The second was another familiar assist for him, he headed a corner which touches Russo and deflect into the net.

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Evander carried his good performance in the last game, to make it 4 goals in 2 games. He's playing better now as a 'Roaming Playmaker' in central midfield!

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We suffered our 2nd lost to Palermo in as many months! They were by far fitter and more energetic than us in this game :lol: I guess no friendlies back-fired slightly on me. Trophy lost!

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We tried to make a good fight of it though!

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Caio Felipe's Watch: His 5th assist is similar to his 4th! Another header from a corner, this time hitting the bar before Kean's headed it into the net.

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Another hat-trick performance! Glad I kept him this season!

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Our Genoa win sees us facing Milan in the Quarter Final.

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Another lethargic display but Milan wasn't any better, truth be told. They countered us really well and got both of their goals that way.

Disappointed not to progress further as I had told the Board we would at least reach the Semi Final.

Caio Felipe's Watch: He started at right back for this match as I wanted to give Bennacer a game at DM. He created his 6th assists of the season by playing a short pass forward the into Dao in the box, who turned a placed it into the far bottom corner.

TABLE & STATS - END OF JANUARY

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2nd lost of the season to Cagliari means our lead was cut down to only 2 now!

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Caio Felipe's Watch: Look at that! Our boy is leading the assists charts! :D

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I think Despodov and Kean are both on-course to break the 20 league goals mark this season, barring any injuries I hope!

Not even Inglese managed that in his first couple of season (19 goals in 2018/2019 to finish as 'Capocannoniere' winner and 17 goals in 2019/2020 to rank 3rd in Serie A).

END OF WINTER TRANSFER WINDOW

Forgot to mention that I seriously considered buying Onguene for £33m (transfer listed after Conte was sacked) from Man Utd.

Would have been the perfect partner for Bastoni as a BPD-Cover. But decided against it as I want to be frugal with my finance due to the new stadium.

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Another offer and another rejection for Bayern:herman:

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:(

 

Next update: Tomorrow's Juventus and February.

 

 

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35 minutes ago, zlatanera said:

Which one

Cagliari I think haha I forgot which one as well.

 

35 minutes ago, zlatanera said:

I probably prefer Fiorentina

Do it! I want to buy Castrovilli in FM20 :lol:

Zaniolo can always be a Roman project ala Totti and De Rossi.

36 minutes ago, zlatanera said:

I think the asterisk only shows on the actual records screen rather than the inbox item.

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I already check before posting previously haha

Btw, anybody had experience with Petrelli below? I have been focusing on finding a good Pressing Forward, maybe I should have a target man as an option from the bench instead! :kriss:

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26 minutes ago, quee said:

Do it! I want to buy Castrovilli in FM20 :lol:

Zaniolo can always be a Roman project ala Totti and De Rossi.

Sadly he's Serie B quality at most in FM19 - and arguably worse in 19.3, where he's a winger, than 19.1.

Yeah I just don't know if I'll have time for both - I guess that's why I shouldn't buy FM20!

26 minutes ago, quee said:

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I already check before posting previously haha

Oh that's really strange. Maybe the stars only count for ones where the record was already there but in-game has then been beaten? 

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32 minutes ago, zlatanera said:

Sadly he's Serie B quality at most in FM19

Yes, I scouted him as well. Even Esposito is in a similar situation.

 

32 minutes ago, zlatanera said:

Oh that's really strange. Maybe the stars only count for ones where the record was already there but in-game has then been beaten? 

Possibly.

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PARMA CALCIO 1913 

2024/2025

7TH SEASON

FIXTURES

FEBRUARY

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A good comfortable win, was disappointed to not keep a clean sheet.

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Kean and Despodov, Despodov and Kean.. You will see a lot of these combo this season!

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Champions League returns and our first trip to the Camp Nou!

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Stulac's goal was against the run of play, but Parma played a bit better after that. Though, we didn't keep the ball as much as we usually do.

Turning point was when I introduced Kiyine, Pandini, and Dao as substitutes as I feel we need more dribblers than passers.

Kiyine got the goal after his 2nd or 3rd dribble forward and playing a one-two with Kulusevski! Comeback at the Camp Nou!

Unfortunately, Parma never got the chance to play against Messi (retired) :(

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Caio Felipe's Watch: Our Boy provided his 7th assist in this game, switching the ball to Diakhate to rifle in.

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Must have been Diakhate's best game in a year or so! (After my mentioned of Gboho's arrival in the previous update :lol:)

 Never seen a player affected by injury as much as him! His attributes are still okay, but his performances have been dropping alarmingly.

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Second 0-0 in Serie A against Milan this season, and Parma still haven't won against them in 3 games.

Similar to the previous games, Milan seemed to be happy to sit back and counter! Parma couldn't break them down.

Good tactical battle against Paulo Fonseca, which I'm enjoying!

END OF FEBRUARY STATS & TABLE

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Proud every time I'm seeing our boy's name as stats leader! :D

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Couldn't do anything with Napoli.. 

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Napoli's youth product, Ciro Ferrara, returns to Naples! He left Crystal Palace to return home. He is more famously associated as an Juventus icon in his later days, of course.

Can he do something for the City of his birth?  

CLUB NEWS

Caio Felipe's Watch

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Prior to this, he had one unhappiness, 'training level is too low', despite filling most slots with sessions.

Turns out, I forgot he was still on a 'Youth Contract:lol:

His training improve massively (a few 10.0s training ratings already!) once he signed his first 'Professional Contract'!

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A few days later he already got a wage hike :lol:

20 league games by the time he was 17:brock:

Sometimes we forgot how young they are!

Next update: March!

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Caio Felipe's 7th assist vs Genoa

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PARMA CALCIO 1913 

2024/2025

7TH SEASON

MARCH

Since there are only 3 matches this month, I want to try a chronological order (as it happened day-to-day) format just for this update.

1. Here comes Barcelona! 2nd leg of CL 1st Knockout Round. (2-2 in the 1st leg)

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Heart-wrenching! I was so nervous that when I decided against subbing on Caio Felipe during the penalty kick (he missed 3 already! :lol:), I didn't make any substitution at all as I was worried Barcelona might score if I did..

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They did anyway exactly at the 90th minute! It happened after a Parma corner was cleared up the field.. And there was nobody (ZERO!) player defending in our own half! Hyso even saved the attempts twice, and almost kept it out at the 3rd time of asking.. :(

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After going behind in extra time, Pandini took charge of the match by prompting our attacks! His goal came after he dribble forward in central midfield and beating two defenders to thump in the equaliser.

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Unfortunately, we couldn't find the winner in the remaining time. Losing 5-5 aggregate to away goal was really something else :(

2. Sarri was a guest at Ennio Tardini!

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Hopefully he enjoyed the match a bit more than us :( Hyso seems to have done enough to get his new attention :brock:

3. So, I randomly attended Sassuolo-Inter's Europa League 2nd Knockout Round 1st leg match..

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I liked to follow the progress of my players when I can! Farinez, Ait-Nouri, Ivonei, and Kouame are all at Sassuolo this season.

Then I pressed continue..

Which brings me straight to..

4. New Intake of Youth Players for 2025! Geez, always out of nowhere..

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Looks promising! Interesting to see 2 of my recent new affiliates are already contributing their players as well.

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:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

:stop: After Caio Felipe last year, I had expected a random range of poor-decent ability players only!

Another 2.5 stars CA and 5 stars PA! Cool name as well!

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Meet Hamza Bennis of Morocco (for now anyway, Italy will call him up regardless of his first nationality :idiot:)

At 15 years old, he's younger than Caio Felipe was! Very promising!

A striker? Just what we needed! Exciting!

But his personality is 'unambitious:( and he's only 179 cm tall.

Hopefully he will grow taller a bit so he can be an effective retrained 'Pressing Forward'.

I have dubbed my latest amazing academy product as 'Bennis The Menace!' :lol:

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The next best youth to come through this year.

5. Only our 2nd game this month..

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Quite unremarkable really.. Even the goal was a gift from Farinez, who jumped and missed a cross for En-Nesyri to tap in into the empty net.

I swear we didn't pressured or bribed our own player to gift us the win! :lol:

6Sassuolo-Inter's Europa League 2nd Knockout Round 2nd leg match

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I did not attend this one, but that scoreline and the manner of the goals impressed me!

Inter equalised on aggregate in the final 5 minutes of normal and injury time, before adding two extra time goals to knockout Sassuolo.

7. A quicklook at how the new Juventus manager is doing..

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Only 5 wins in 20 games for Nagelsmann..

8. Longgggg International Break (29 days)!

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At least Olaza got his first goal for Uruguay! Can't say much else about my time this month :lol:

9. Caio Felipe's Watch!

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Our Boy is now a Wonderkid:D

10. Final and only the 3rd game of the month..

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Despodov and Kean again! Business as normal.

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But what's this? Who's that at the end of the team list? A new name?

It's none other than Bennis The Menace! Wearing number 19:D

Unfortunately for him, I decided against subbing him in as I wanted to keep Caio Felipe as the record holder.

His 'Unambitious' personality also put a doubt in my mind, what if he doesn't developed like Our Boy?

11. In an Alternate Timeline.. :onmehead:

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I duplicated my save before the Torino match and this time I wanted to see the headlines if Bennis The Menace had made his debut instead..

Took me a few tries to get him to score his goal, though!

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He would have beaten Caio Felipe's record by 154 days:eek:

He would have been 29 days younger than Amedeo Amadei's record in May 1937.

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And by 172 days for the 'Youngest Goalscorer record'!

And by 36 days for the 'Serie A's record', where Amedeo Amadei scored his first goal 7 days after his debut.

That was fun to do! Loaded up my actual save afterwards (the 2-0 Torino win WITHOUT Bennis The Menace breaking all kind of records at 15 years old!)

Actually, thinking about it, at 15 years old, he would have been my final Regen Project as it would be very unlikely anybody can break it in the future.

I think my future first 3 stars CA regen might be the one to break Caio Felipe's records :D

12. So, there you have it.. the month of March!

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Never had such a relaxing month as this! Most of the players loses their sharpness :lol:

13. Serie A Table at the start of April

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3 points lead with a game in hand! Milan is relentless!

14. Serie A Stats

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Almost breaking the 20 goals mark now!

15. Parma Stats & Finances

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Despodov vs Kean AND Kulusevski vs Caio Felipe! Our Boy:D

Good competition and healthy rivalries contributed to our good season so far, I think.

16. Verdict

I actually enjoyed writing it in this format, more flowing for me. Might use it again next time when appropriate :lol:

For those who did not read the whole way through, I would recommend to at least read sub-headings until 11 :D

Our Boy have The Menace as a potential rival now :brock:

Next update: April!

Edited by quee
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I've decided to stop posting my updates here and made my own thread at FM Career Updates.

Here is the link, if anybody still want to follow it. Hope to see some of you there.

[FM19] Parma Calcio 1913 - For Crociati's Sake!

I guess this means this thread will died out now. Been nice knowing some of you! This was my first thread that I really follow and I met some good people here.

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Daft question, if anyone would mind answering, I've not managed in Italy for a long time, but how does the Non-EU rule work?

Can I only register two per season for the first team? 

What if I signed 5 non-EU talented youngsters to loan out or keep in my u18's/u20's - is that allowed?

Cheers!

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5 minutes ago, stevemc said:

Can I only register two per season for the first team? 

Yes, but not as straight forward as you think. One is without restrictions, whilst the other one have to be involved with their national teams recently (u21s and above). You can remove the restrictions by selling another non-EU player abroad (though just one new additional allowance allowed per season)

 

8 minutes ago, stevemc said:

What if I signed 5 non-EU talented youngsters to loan out or keep in my u18's/u20's - is that allowed?

 

You can, but they won't be able to play in your youth teams.

You can loan them out but they are risks no club would want them. I think clubs in Italy won't be able to play them anyway, so your best bet is foreign loan or if you have an affiliate abroad.

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5 minutes ago, quee said:

Yes, but not as straight forward as you think. One is without restrictions, whilst the other one have to be involved with their national teams recently (u21s and above). You can remove the restrictions by selling another non-EU player abroad (though just one new additional allowance allowed per season)

 

You can, but they won't be able to play in your youth teams.

You can loan them out but they are risks no club would want them. I think clubs in Italy won't be able to play them anyway, so your best bet is foreign loan or if you have an affiliate abroad.

Brilliant, cheers!

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