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FM19: An Ambitious Andorran

Hello there. You may know me from a couple of hopefully half decent career threads around here, or just recognise me as the guy who always claps in @ManUtd1's threads. Regardless, here's my attempt at an FM19 adventure. I picked Andorra as the starting point just because my gut told me to. I guess San Marino would have been a bit too mainstream. Let's hope this develops into a memorable journey.

The Aim

Achieve the top of the Hall of Fame with an Andorran manager, following as realistic a career path as possible. @MarcxD always plays as an Andorran manager if I recall correctly, so this could be a nice tribute if everything goes well!

The Manager

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Rico Alvarez used to be the name of my Mexican-American alter ego in San Andreas Multiplayer way back in the day. Now it's time for him to try something different.

The Save

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Almost half of Europe, including the smallest leagues in order for them to be competitive once I hopefully get to play in the continental competitions.

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11 minutes ago, Rikulec said:

 

The Aim

Achieve the top of the Hall of Fame with an Andorran manager, following as realistic a career path as possible. @MarcxD always plays as an Andorran manager if I recall correctly, so this could be a nice tribute if everything goes well!

 

 Most of the time, yeah! :D Good luck, certainly got my interest piqued!

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That didn't take long - I jumped in on the 14th of July.

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Rico Alvarez's Management Career - New Club - Futbol Sala La Massana

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**** me, that badge is atrocious. :lol:

Club Name: Futbol Sala La Massana
Nickname: -
Year Founded: 2005
Status: Amateur
Stadium: Camp d'Esports d'Ordino (500 capacity)

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Hardly any history to speak of, but to my surprise we have really good youth recruitment for this level. This could be interesting.

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We're supposed to finish in the top half of an 11-team league. 20 games, starting in two months. Seems straightforward enough.

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5 minutes ago, MarcxD said:

 Most of the time, yeah! :D Good luck, certainly got my interest piqued!

Cheers mate. :thup:

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Rico Alvarez's Management Career - Pre-Season - 2018/19 - Futbol Sala La Massana

Friendlies

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I've seen better. We drew to our U19s ffs. :lol:

Transfers

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I was only responsible for one of these.

Sergio Dos Santos - a decent-ish centre back, I suppose.

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Rico Alvarez's Management Career - September 2018 - Futbol Sala La Massana

Lliga Biosphere

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An unbeaten start, and Manuel Lopez is on fire! Annoyingly we threw away a two-goal lead against Atlètic Escaldes, this definitely shouldn't be happening.

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Rico Alvarez's Management Career - October 2018 - Futbol Sala La Massana

Lliga Biosphere

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Our good form continues and our strikers keep firing. 13 goals in 6 games between Lopez and Bernal now.

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57 minutes ago, Minuy600 said:

I sure do love me some Andorra. Good luck with this.

Thanks. :thup:

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Rico Alvarez's Management Career - November 2018 - Futbol Sala La Massana

Lliga Biosphere

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We brutally ended Extremenya's run and overtook them to claim the top spot as the halfway point approaches. Still unbeaten.

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Rico Alvarez's Management Career - December 2018 - Futbol Sala La Massana

Lliga Biosphere

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No longer unbeaten, but we'll spend the winter break in the driving seat. It's a three horse race between us, Extremenya, and Penya Encarnada. Just seven games to go, who will blink first?

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Rico Alvarez's Management Career - January 2019 - Futbol Sala La Massana

Transfers

Two new players join to boost our midfield.

José Pedro Gonçalves - a young lad who's already good enough to be a starter for us.

Samir Bousenine - an Andorran international who'll play alongside Gonçalves.

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Rico Alvarez's Management Career - February 2019 - Futbol Sala La Massana

Lliga Biosphere

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Ouch, not what we needed going into the crucial stage of the season. The defeat to the worst team in the league definitely shouldn't have happened. Against Extremenya we managed to equalise in the 91st minute only for them to score again two minutes later. Just three games left for us, are we going to throw it all away and end in 3rd with nothing?

Youth Intake

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Supposedly it's a golden generation, but I'm not getting excited. The top two are decent, but they have poor personalities.

Luis Pinillos

Ángel Caballero

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Rico Alvarez's Management Career - March 2019 - Futbol Sala La Massana

Friendlies

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We only had one league game planned for the month and then we rescheduled it because of international call-ups. Two friendlies to give us some match sharpness before April - the month to decide it all.

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Rico Alvarez's Management Career - April 2019 - Futbol Sala La Massana

Lliga Biosphere

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It just wasn't to be. Play-off it is then.

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9 hours ago, enigmatic said:

haha, absolute robbery!:lol:

What makes it even better is that the goal was a 60-yard hoof from our own box that flew over the top of their defence for a one on one. :lol:

9 hours ago, phnompenhandy said:

Ooh, hapless amateur sides - my very favorite! Following :onmehead:

Cheers!

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Rico Alvarez's Management Career - May 2019 - Futbol Sala La Massana

Lliga Biosphere

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Heartbreak. In all honesty though, we were completely outplayed by both Inter d'Escaldes and earlier Penya Encarnada. We don't have the quality yet.

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So long as your best players don't desert you, You'll start next season knowing your best XI, they'll know your tactics, and you'll hit the ground running :thup:

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8 minutes ago, phnompenhandy said:

So long as your best players don't desert you, You'll start next season knowing your best XI, they'll know your tactics, and you'll hit the ground running :thup:

Thanks for the support, although we'll probably need more than that to really succeed.

3 minutes ago, DazRTaylor said:

It may be a blessing in disguise that you don't go up.

It probably is! Cheers.

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Rico Alvarez's Management Career - Season Review - 2018/19 - Futbol Sala La Massana

Lliga Biosphere

Results

Competition Performance: 2nd

On the one hand, it's the best league position in the history of the club. On the other hand, we came so close to getting promoted that I just can't feel satisfied with this. It was all really decided when we lost to Penya Encarnada twice - and, as I've already said, it was deserved. Next year we'll be ready.

Squad

We have great quality players up front... and that's it. Not good enough.

Transfers - Finances

Andorra is a very limited market. I only made three signings and they didn't make too much of an impact. We're probably going to have to rely on our own youth largely.

We're a debt-free amateur club, so no real worries in terms of finances.

Player of the Season

1st - Manuel Lopez - an obvious choice. 20 goals in as many games in the league. What's even more shocking is that this result actually lowers his average - at the moment his career history reads 117 goals in 112 games!

2nd - Aitor Pereira - a dependable source of crosses from the right wing. He could frequently outpace his markers and then just hoof it in the general direction of our strikers. I can't really expect much more at this level.

3rd - Diego Galvez - probably the most consistent performer along our back four. He didn't exactly set the world on fire, but he was always dependable.

Next Season

Strengthen the squad, try to go up.

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Rico Alvarez's Management Career - Season Preview - 2019/20 - Futbol Sala La Massana

Board Expectations:

Lliga Biosphere: Top half finish
Copa Constitució: First Round

My Expectations:

Lliga Biosphere: Play-offs, at the very least.
Copa Constitució: Not important.

Budgets:

Transfer: £0
Wage: N/A
Balance: £35,880

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Good to see the new board are willing to improve things.

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They didn't let me take another course straight away though.

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Your youth recruitment field is an interesting detail. Does it/will it involve spilling over into Spain or France, I wonder? What is your scouting range?

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19 minutes ago, phnompenhandy said:

Your youth recruitment field is an interesting detail. Does it/will it involve spilling over into Spain or France, I wonder? What is your scouting range?

So far I've only got Andorran players, and I can only scout Andorra. The latter could change if/when we go semi-pro, I suppose.

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A semi-pro team playing in a higher division? I'm in.

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Rico Alvarez's Management Career - New Club - Inter Club d'Escaldes

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I have to admit I'm genuinely excited about this.

Club Name: Inter Club d'Escaldes
Nickname: -
Year Founded: 1994
Status: Semi-Professional
Stadium: Estadi Comunal (1,116 all-seater)

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They've won the Lliga Biosphere two years ago and have been flirting with relegation ever since. It's time to guide them upwards.

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The board expect us to avoid relegation. We have seven players in our first team at the moment, including two goalkeepers. Did I say something about Andorra being a limited market?

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6 minutes ago, phnompenhandy said:

If you can hang around the youth facilities look okay.

They're actually worse than what I left Massana with, but with some time I'm sure I can get the necessary improvements.

5 minutes ago, DazRTaylor said:

Good move.  :thup:

Thanks. :thup:

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Rico Alvarez's Management Career - Pre-Season - 2019/20 - Inter Club d'Escaldes

Friendlies

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Unbeaten, but we also couldn't beat our B team.

Transfers

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The first two transfers in and both transfers out happened before my arrival.

Brian Menguel - a decent enough centre back.

Jonathan Ferreira - another central defender, probably first choice alongside Menguel.

Brian Teixeira - most likely a backup midfielder.

José Antonio Bernal - a familiar face from Massana. I believe in his potential.

Gabriel Cunha - a bit on the slow side, but we needed a wide player desperately.

Nuno Campos - another central midfielder.

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Rico Alvarez's Management Career - September 2019 - Inter Club d'Escaldes

Lliga Grup Sant Eloi

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Two good wins followed by a hugely frustrating defeat in which we were the team that had the initiative. Early days of course, but it's surprising to see Lusitans at the bottom with zero points from three games!

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Rico Alvarez's Management Career - October 2019 - Inter Club d'Escaldes

Lliga Grup Sant Eloi

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Uh oh, not good. We need a breakthrough and we need it fast.

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5 minutes ago, Rikulec said:

 We need a breakthrough and we need it fast.

What's the fixture list look like?

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45 minutes ago, ManUtd1 said:

What's the fixture list look like?

Lusitans at home, then Ordino away and FC Santa Coloma at home in November. Two games against teams who are also struggling, we should be getting something from those.

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9 minutes ago, Rikulec said:

Lusitans at home, then Ordino away and FC Santa Coloma at home in November. Two games against teams who are also struggling, we should be getting something from those.

Definitely good to have those 2 home fixtures.  Good luck! :brock:

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