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So having started this twice already, Im giving it a third go.  Mad you say? well there is that, but also my first attempt was with a flawed Sammarinese domestic add on. The teams were making no prize money from the domestic league, or any TV money, and having tried to ignore it, I just couldn't. Also I only had the Italian and Sammarinese leagues loaded, this time I have the top 5 European Leagues loaded. 

The aim is to turn San Marino into the best National side in the world and to win honours at every age group. I will be attempting to do this with 2 managers. Jack Lewis who will be in charge of San Marino Calcio and San Marino (national side) and Joe Lewis who will be in charge of SS Virtus and San Marino u21's/u19's. Both clubs will be operating under a Sammarinese only transfer policy, although academy products will also be eligible regardless of nationality.

The Clubs

San Marino Calcio

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Founded in 1959, the club have never played football above Serie C level, and have filtered between Serie C and D for the last decade or so. 

The Squad

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Not a bad starting team, but with my Sammarinese only policy, its gonna be tough to sign any improvements for now. Play offs are the boards expectations, and this might be abit ambitious.

Finances and Facilities

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Not the best facilities, and financially we are not very secure at all. 

Season Predictions

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The media are predicting a 7th placed finish, I would be happy with that in all honesty.

 

 

SS Virtus

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Founded in 1964, SS Virtus are rated as the worst Sammarinese side based on reputation, with a single Suppa Coppa Sammarinese win in 1998 the clubs only silverware ever won. Our aim is to turn them into the dominant side domestically, and maybe even have a run to a European Group stage. 

The Squad

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It looks good based on potential, but at this standard, those stars mean very little imo. We have a Sammarinese only transfer policy here also, so will be looking to sign some players as the season progresses.

Facilities and Finances

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Poor all round facilities as expected, will be looking to upgrade the clubs infrastructure asap. Finance wise we look ok for now, as an amateur club we pay no wages out, so shouldn't have too many expenses. I iwll be trying to get San Marino Calcio as my senior affiliate as soon as possible, for financial and loanee purposes. 

Season Predictions

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We are predicted to finish 2nd from bottom, and with the board expectations set to "avoid finishing bottom of the league", should have a season with minimal pressure to achieve. 

Other Things

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At the start of the save, the domestic league is currently ranked as the 198th best league in Europe. Lets see how high we can get it.

 

Edited by Lewis89

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Achievements

San Marino Calcio

Promotion From Serie D - Achieved 2019/20 (1st Place)

SS Virtus

Win League Title - Achieved 2022/23.

Win Under 19's Cup - Achieved 2018/19.

Win Coppa Titano - Achieved 2020/21.

San Marino (National Side)

First Competitive Win - Achieved VS Luxembourg 7/9/2018 2-1. 

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Pre Season 2018

San Marino Calcio

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Although results in pre season mean very little, the wins over Benfica and Troyes were unexpected, and give me hope for a positive season ahead. 

SS Virtus

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We needed to sign some players before the season started, and everyone from Marco Rosti down was signed by me. Some are awful, where as a couple look decent players for this level.

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With the weird fixture schedule in San Marino, we will be playing an awful lot of friendlies. The season doesn't start until September, so we have already played a lot of games, and so far so good. Admittedly all these games are against sides rated of similar rep to us, but the amount of goals scored has impressed me so far, even if they are only friendlies.

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2018/19 Season Review

San Marino Calcio

Competitions

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A very decent season saw us finish 4th, 3 places above media predictions. I didnt know what to expect at the start, my other 2 attempts at this challenge saw me sign numerous players on loan, this time with a Sammarinese only policy (minus youth intakes), it was a different prospect. We also got to the play off final, only to lose 1-0. 

Playing Squad 

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We have some good little players for this standard, and with only 5 players in the squad aged 26 or older, there is plenty of room for improvement. Matteo Gasperi won POTS scoring 12 goals from a central midfield position.

Transfers

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All the transfers were done before our arrival, so we signed nobody this season, as there is very little Sammarinese quality outside our squad. 

Youth Production

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As we know 'Golden Generations' are more common when in the lower leagues, even so im very impressed with our first intake. Its a shame 5/6 of the top rated are Italian but even still, this should give us a good starting base. The best 3 are above.

 

Facilities and Finances

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Poor facilities but poor finances mean very little chance of any upgrades. We had a promising youth intake, so hopefully can develop someone to move on if need be.

Next Season

We could really do with promotion, and with a little but of improvement, its possible. Only the top team wins promotion though, so its going to be tough.

SS Virtus

Competitions

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With the expectations of 'avoid finishing bottom of the league' the expected struggle never really happened. A excellent first phase saw us finish 2nd in Group 1, in the second phase, a group of the best 8 teams from the first phase, we ended up 5th, which gave us qualification for the Champions play off. This is where our season ended though, losing in the quarter finals to Folgore/Falciano. Still a season of over achievement compared to the expectations. We finished the season as the top scorers, but conceded way too many to really go any further.  We also lost in the first round of the cup.

Playing Squad 

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Its actually pretty good for this level, but being an amateur team, you can only improve players so much in my previous experience. LW Raul Ura won POTS with 7 goals and 8 assists in 24 games.

Transfers

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Everyone from Marc Rosti down we signed, and we will continue to try and poach better players until we can challenge La Fiorita's dominance. 

Youth Production

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Completely forgot to take a screenshot, but we had a decent enough income with 2 very decent players. The goalkeeper will be going straight in next season as our first choice, whilst i will be training Muccioli 19b into a full on right winger to suit our tactics. We did also win the u19s cup, whilst finishing 2nd in the league. I think this is the clubs first bit of silverware.

Facilities and Finances

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A good year really on this front, we made a profit as we currently pay no wages. And have just got upgrades to junior coaching and the clubs youth recruitment. 

Next Season

I would be happy with a similar season to this one. But would obviously like to improve enough to challenge for something at senior level.

 

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Season Review 2019/20

San Marino Calcio

Competitions

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Predicted to finish 5th by the media, I thought after last seasons strong showing we could have another go at promotion. We started pretty slowly, and come January Modena were sitting 10 points clear in 1st place. I didn't change anything, we signed Matteo Vitaioli, a Sammarinese journeyman and it all changed, a ridiculous run of 18 league wins saw us pip the title on the final day. Modena somehow managed to lose their final 2 fixtures, a point would have seen us miss out.  The third screenshot is just to show the last game save was 10 games ago, just as this run is simply pretty unbelievable. 

In the Serie D Cup we lost in the 1st round. 

In the Serie D Poole Scudetto we flopped and lost in the group stage.

Playing Squad

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These lads have done amazingly well to get promoted. Gasperi was again sensational in the AMC role, scoring 19 goals. This season saw us have our first real breakout academy product. Gualtieri 19r was lowest down in the potential ability ratings but has shot up and looks like he could be a decent little player for us. 13 starts and 7 goals this season from the left wing, and hes just scored a debut goal for the national side. 

Transfers

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Only the 1 signing this season coming in, and it had a massive impact. 6 goals and 11 assists in 17 games was a fantastic return from the RW and proved crucial to us winning the title. 

Youth Production

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Another so called golden generation but the majority have poor personalities/determination. But 3 are high potential, the LW Rastelli 20i isnt so highly rated but I think we could develop him into a squad player/back up option. 

Facilities and Finances

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Finances are better than expected, but we have have not upgrading anything just yet. 

Next Season

We will be massive favourites to go down, so just staying up will be enough for me.

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Season Review 2019/20

SS Virtus

Competitions

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A really poor start to the season saw us finish 5th in the first phase, placing us in Group 2 for the second stage. We managed to top Group 2, but lost at the quarter final stage for the second season running.  In the cup we lost in the first round to SP Cailungo.

Playing Squad

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Our squads Ok, we are still some way off challenging for the title though.

Transfers

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A busy year, which is probably to blame for the slow start, but we need to keep improving.

Youth Production

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Not a bad intake at all, one 5* CA player is always a bonus for me.

Facilities and Finances

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Still looking pretty solid considering we have had 3 upgrades to junior coaching and our youth recruitment network, aswel as 1 to the youth facilities, this is due to be completed in September of this year (2020).

Next Season

We could do with getting to the Semi Finals at least, and a cup run would be nice,

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Pre Season 2020/21

San Marino Calcio

Expectations

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The bookies have us as joint favourites to finish bottom of the league and the board have asked us to fight bravely against relegation. This is a realistic expectation, and will be the initial aim. Pre season was good results wise, we played teams of similar/smaller rep, I always do this as I feel its better to go into the season on the back of decent results.

Transfers/Squad

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Its a very young side, so plenty of room for improvement as the season progresses, and if the general PA is anything to go by, there is lots of room for progression within the squad. We added 3 loan signings, all Sammarinese, and all 3 should improve our line up. 

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Pre Season 2020/21

SS Virtus

Expectations

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Pre season was decent, we played alot of games due to the domestic season not starting until late September. Interestingly, we are predicted to finish 6th by the bookies. This is a big jump from the previous 2 seasons, when we were expected to be around the bottom half of the league. The board are now also expecting us to finish around the top of the league, but im not sure if we are good enough yet.

Transfers/Squad

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The squads getting better year on year, and we do have 3 players who stand out this season. Grandoni is LB on loan from (unofficial) parent club San Marino Calcio, Natali was signed from La Fiorita last summer and had a great year for a 17 year old, im hoping he can do even better this season. The third player is our first real decent youth product Luca Censoni 20a, he is already being played by the national sides u21's team, and should turn into a decent player at this standard. Having scouted him with my Calcio scouts, he looks the real deal for this level. A major flaw is the low determination levels of our squad, this is something I am looking to improve with my next few signings.

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Season Review 2020/21

San Marino Calcio

Competitions

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Predicted to finish 2nd from bottom, we managed to seal a second season at this level by finishing 15th. This was a real struggle, picking up just 2 wins in our first 23 league games, although we did also draw 10 of those games. This meant I still had faith we wasn't that far behind quality wise, and with a slight shift in formation to a more defensive tactic, we actually improved going forwards.  We picked up some great form, and in the end limped to safety with a game remaining, before outclassing 4th placed Cesena on the last day when the pressure was off.

Transfers

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Just the 3 loanees mentioned in the previous post. Colombo was excellent for us between the sticks, but Juventus want him playing at a higher level next season. The other 2, Fabri and Nanni are both out of contract and have been offered deals by us. If we can sign both permanently I will be delighted.

Playing Squad

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We have some serious talent in our squad now potential wise, and I think with another season at this level, we should be aiming for a mid table position next year. We are yet to have any real interest from other clubs, so hopefully we can keep the squad together.

Youth Production

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Dont have a screenshot of the intake but this lad is all that matters. We seem to be producing Lbs at a decent rate, with 3 decent HG lads in the squad, but this guy is the pick of the bunch. Although I doubt he will be here long, I will gladly move him on, as the club needs the money. Also he is already in the national squad, and will be capped the next time we play just in case he tries change his mind and wants to play for Italy. Also the small point that his better than any other Lb we have.

Finances and Facilities

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We are ticking along, I am trying to stay well under the wage budgets etc, as we lose money every month. The only way to get this sorted is sell players which I would if its the right offer for the right player, or get promoted, which I dont think is on the horizon just yet. 

Next Season

I am going to aim for a mid table finish, obviously the board will be told the lowest possible option, but I think with our young squad, we can develop and definitely push on. Just not to be involved in the relegation scrap would be a success.

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Season Review 2020/21

SS Virtus

Competitions

First Phase/Second Phase/Champions Play Off

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For the second season running we have struggled in the first phase, but then prospered in the second phase. I'm not sure why this is, although I know being in group 2 for the second phase should in theory, make it easier to qualify for the Champions Play Off. This year we went one further than last as we managed to get into the Semi Finals before losing to eventual League Winners Folgore/Falciano who also beat us 2 seasons ago at the  QF stage (Rivalry Incoming?). They are now back to back league champions, and appear the dominant domestic force.

Coppa Titano

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A historic year for the club as we sealed our first ever piece of silverware, winning the Coppa Titano. What made it all the more sweeter, was youth prospects Censoni 20a and Lazzarini 21b scored the goals that sealed the victory. This has ensured us a Preliminary Europa League spot.

Transfers

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Another pretty busy year, Bonifazi was the only player who really came into the first team, he played 20 games scoring 5 goals and assisting 2. being able to play basically anywhere in midfield, he has been a valuable option this season.

Playing Squad

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The squad keeps getting stronger, with the above 3 our key men in my eyes. Censoni 20a hit 7 goals from CM in he's breakthrough season, and providing we can keep him, will only go from strength to strength. Natali had another good season.

Youth Production

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The upgrades behind the scenes over the past 2 seasons are starting to bear fruit now. 4 decent players in this years intake, with one already at 4.5* CA. Its a shame 2 are Rb's but im not complaining. 

Finances and Facilities

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Financially we are looking solid, and with at least 2 Europa League games to play, I say at least very confident it will probably be just the two Europa League games but this should see us bank a bit more money, and hopefully we can try and push to go at least semi pro.

Next Season

After this seasons cup win, and having lost in the third placed play off, the aim has to be to go at least one better, although Ill settle for a Champions Play Off semi final berth again.

 

 

Edited by Lewis89

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On 05/05/2019 at 19:02, Lewis89 said:

So having started this twice already, Im giving it a third go.  Mad you say? well there is that, but also my first attempt was with a flawed Sammarinese domestic add on. The teams were making no prize money from the domestic league, or any TV money, and having tried to ignore it, I just couldn't. Also I only had the Italian and Sammarinese leagues loaded, this time I have the top 5 European Leagues loaded. 

The aim is to turn San Marino into the best National side in the world and to win honours at every age group. I will be attempting to do this with 2 managers. Jack Lewis who will be in charge of San Marino Calcio and San Marino (national side) and Joe Lewis who will be in charge of SS Virtus and San Marino u21's/u19's. Both clubs will be operating under a Sammarinese only transfer policy, although academy products will also be eligible regardless of nationality.

I've only just started a San Marino challenge, and am enjoying it so far - so I can see why you'd have a third crack at it!  I've been unsure about the quality of the database I'm using - what one have you used?  I'll probably keep my current save going for now, but if I have a second go, it would be good to know.

I like the idea about using a second manager with SS Virtus and the U21/U19's.

Good luck!

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2 hours ago, duesouth said:

I've only just started a San Marino challenge, and am enjoying it so far - so I can see why you'd have a third crack at it!  I've been unsure about the quality of the database I'm using - what one have you used?  I'll probably keep my current save going for now, but if I have a second go, it would be good to know.

I like the idea about using a second manager with SS Virtus and the U21/U19's.

Good luck!

Cheers.

Im using the claasen updates for both leagues, usually the most reliable. 

It just adds another depth to the save for me and keeps me interested.

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Season Review 2021/22

SS Virtus

Competitons...First Phase/Second Phase/Europa League.

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The less said about this season the better really. Started by getting absolutely hammered in the Europa League Best Placed First Qualifying Round. We were up against Shkendija of Macedonia, and I though they cant be that much better than us, but they was, spanking us 10-1 over the two legs. We did bank £215k for our troubles though. Domestically we started well, winning the Super Coppa Sammarinese (Community Shield) and after last years progress was feeling like this could be our year, it was quite the opposite. A shocking First Phase saw us finish in our usual 5th, and even then in the weaker of the Second Phase groups, we could only finish 5th again, failing to qualify for the Champions Play Off for the first time in 4 seasons. We also lost early on in the cup.

Transfers

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We are still unable to bring anyone in who's much better than what we have, but haven't lost anyone either really.

Playing Squad

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This is more a picture of my squad for next season, although I plan on doing some serious player searching this summer, as I really need to start winning the league to have any hope of turning semi pro anytime soon. 

Youth Production

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Zafferani 22a is a decent looking lb, which we have been in need off. Ricci 22b is the next highest rated.

 

Finances and Facilities 

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The strongest part of the club at the moment. We have had an upgrade to both the training and youth facilities, and also upgraded our junior coaching and youth recruitment a couple of times.

Next Season

We really need to improve or I could find myself out of a job.

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Season Review 2012/22 

San Marino Calcio

Competitions

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A really solid year, predicted to finish bottom of the league, we blew that out of the water pretty quickly, and managed to finish in 7th position. We really grew into the league this season, and if we can keep up our form next season, we will have a real shot at promotion. In the Promotion play offs we lost in the 2nd round to Santarcangelo.

Transfers

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Just the 2 incomings, Fabri had spent last season on loan with us, he was out of contract also. Ercolani was spotted by my scouts and even though he has performed well for the u20's, I doubt he will ever break into the first team.

Playing Squad

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Its not bad, but its not amazing either, we are slowly starting to develop some decent youngsters aswel, so we adding depth each season that passes. LB Zavoli 21a is by far the strongest player in the squad. and with just 12 months left on hes contract, he will be moving on this summer. You can see the standard of clubs interested, so I am hoping we can move him on for a decent amount, that gives us abit more financial stability in the long term, and maybe even a hefty percentage of any future fee. We have another promising LB in Amici 20a, so losing Zavoli 21a wont be such a blow. 

Youth Production

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Another decent intake, but I also have to take in account the potential PA is only relevant to the standard of my squad, so seeing a few 5* CA players is not such a big deal at this level. 3 of the top 4 are eligible for San Marino which is a massive plus, and there is another LB. 

Finances and Facilities

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Not the best year here, but its only going to improve if we can get promoted, or we can sell players for decent money which minus Zavoli 21a, is not really an option yet.

Next Season

We have to aim for the play offs at the very least. A 29 point gap between us and 1st makes it look like we was miles away from promotion this season so the play offs is a realistic aim. 

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First Biggish Sale (San Marino Calcio)

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I mentioned in the post above that LB Zavoli 21a would be moving on this summer, and that he has. Although its a disappointing deal. Having  turned down offers of £2.5m up front along with 50% of a future transfer fee, the board ended up accepting a bid from Inter of £3.2m up front with no add ons. I obviously protested, but the board were having none of it. Now that money is going to clean up our finances massively, and hopefully enable me to upgrade some of the facilities, but I feel like we could have thrown in some add ons, and got ourselves a better deal. Anyway I am somewhat proud our first prospect is off to a big club to progress with his career, and who knows, maybe we can get him back one day.

The next left back is line is Amici 20a, this young lad, who is not as good as Zavoli 21a, is still a decent little player with lots of room for progression. A season of first team football should tell us if he can fulfill his potential, and replace Zavoli. 

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As expected, we have managed to get an upgrade to our Junior Coaching, Youth Recruitment Network, Youth Facilities and Training Facilities. This is a massive deal for us, as we have been struggling to get any upgrades due to the bad finances, but now have £567k in the bank after paying for the above upgrades.

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National Team Review 2018-2023

I did plan on doing yearly reports and will more than likely resort to that later on in the save, but at the start of this challenge, progress is so slow that I really dont see the point. Here's a overview of the last 5 Campaigns.

2018 Nations League D

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Amazingly we won our first competitive fixture against Luxembourg, but then it was all downhill from there.

EURO 2020 Qualifiers 

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The usual 10 played, 10 lost.

2020 Nations League D

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Small signs of progress, picking up 7 points.

World Cup 2022 Qualifiers

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Dis someone say 10 played 10 lost??

2022 Nations League

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I was hoping to do better, but 8 points is still 1 more than last time.

National Team Ranking/Domestic League Ranking

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As you can see, we started ranked 204th, and have moved up 10 places so far. The Domestic league has stayed ranked 198th for the past 4 seasons, I think this is because no Sammarinese side has won a game in European competition as yet. We have had a few different winners of the domestic league though, La Fiorita have usually dominated on my previous saves, but a change of manager, and their fortunes went downhill.

 

 

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SS Virtus First Title? 

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It all comes down to this game, can we seal our first ever league title. In our way are Pennarossa Calcio, you can see our H2H record is as even as can be. 

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SS Virtus Season Review 2022/23

Competitions

First Phase/Second Phase/Champions Play Off

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This season started and ended really well. We flew out of the blocks, romping home to 1st place in the first phase, before really struggling in the second phase. We only lost 3 but 6 draws meant we was never going to challenge the top places. In the Champions Play Off everything clicked, and we sealed our first league title against Pennarossa with a 2-0 victory.

In the cup we lost in the QF to SP Cailungo

Transfers

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Another busy summer, but after last years awful showing we needed a reshuffle. The two players shown were instrumental to the title success, and hopefully we dont lose anyone important. Out of the 4 outgoings, LB Zafferanni 22a was the only player I didnt want to the leave, and I will try to get him back as he looks a decent prospect.

Playing Squad

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A fantastic return this season, and with the team being so young, we should really be looking to secure some more titles over the next few years. These 3 are for me our key men alongside to two shown in the transfers section. 2 of them are academy products. 

     Youth Development

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By far the strongest intake of the save so far, and you can really see the improvements in the facilities bearing fruit now. I could show you most of the intake, but these 4 look for me the best of the bunch. 

Finances and Facilities 

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Another strong year for the club on this front, and with another youth recruitment improvement just accepted by the board, it is now rated at Well Established". You can see from the intakes that this is bearing fruit. With 2 Champions League games, and 2 Europa League games to play next season, our bank balance should be even higher this time next year.

Next Season

If we are to turn semi-pro anytime soon, I think we need to establish ourselves as the dominant side domestically, so I will be aiming for another league title and maybe even the cup aswel. In Europe I expect to lose whatever game we play so will just be happy to take the money.

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San Marino Calcio Season Review 2022/23

Competitions

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Even though we finished with 12 less points than last season, this was a much more comfortable season. We flew out the blocks and that meant relegation was never really a worry. But after the winter break we really struggled to find our form and that meant be never really challenged the higher placed teams. In the Play Offs we went out as the lower seed against Pisa in the first round. 

Transfers

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Only the 1 incoming. National team GK Benedettini was brought in as cover. 

Playing Squad

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Another good year of progression for us, and with some really exciting prospects in the youth sides, we should only get better.

Youth Production

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Its a shame that 3 out of the 4 will never play for the national team, but they all look like ok prospects, and even if they develop well and get sold on, will benefit the club on or off the pitch hopefully.

Finances and Facilities

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We are within our budgets, even if the club loses money regularly. But need promotion to sort the finances out and get on a sound footing.

Next Season

We really need to get promoted from a financial point of view, but I am not sure we are anywhere good enough just yet. A play off spot, and run to the latter rounds will satisfy me.

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