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[FM20] San Giovanni - You can't win anything with kids


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Hello...

I've tried this challenge a hundred times before, and never done very well. I don't expect that to change this time, either. I'm not very good at FM, and we probably won't win anything, or ever get very far. Updates may also be few and far between as work gets in the way.

Now that excellent sales pitch is out the way...

I'm going to manage both San Giovanni and the San Marino NT from the off. No reason, really, except I fancy a bit of international management early on.

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Nothing like an easy challenge, huh? The San Marino NT are the worst international side in the world, and San Giovanni are projected to finish 8th... in a group of 7.

 

 

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Here's the game setup. We've got most European Leagues as View-Only, with only the Sammarinese league playable. We've also loaded all players from clubs in Europe, to hopefully avoid coming up against teams with greyed out players.

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I know we're bad, but our assistant reckons our best bet is to stick seven at the back, play one winger and not bother with the other wing or anybody upfront. Interesting tactics in San Marino...

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As far as I can tell, I'll keep my job as long as we don't get booted out the league. Without WW3 happening, we should be alright. Three cheers for ambitious chairmen!

 

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There's no time to prepare, as we're thrown into a Qualifying match literally on the first day in the job. I have no time to do anything but to take a quick glance over the squad, and try and cobble together a tactic to take on Scotland.

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I'm relatively happy with that. If it wasn't for a great strike from the best LB in the world, we'd have nicked a point against them.

 

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Nothing like a bit of positivity!

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Here's our San Giovanni squad. It's almost entirely Italian, which is both disappointing and means we're not going to be able to field much of a bench, as the rules state you can only have 7 foreigners in a match day squad.

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Our top player is 32 year old Marco Ugolini:

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We're going to be relying on him for a lot of our goals, as he's clearly a cut above the majority of our team.

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Youth Intake Day!
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Very weird to get a Georgian through, but it looks like a decent enough first intake, with lots of Sammarinese players so that we can actually fill out a squad! (We've only been able to name three substitutes for games this year).

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He's not exactly going to set the world alight, but he's a decent enough kid and he can play in both the hole and upfront.

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Season Review:

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If I were to look at this season in hindsight of my expectations at the start - to avoid coming dead last - then it was a clear success, but I'm really disappointed with how it ended. We romped through the first stage unbeaten, earning us a spot in Group 1 for the second stage. We topped that, too, but then bowed out to Folgore in the first playoff game, despite absolutely peppering them in both legs. Conceding four goals from corners will do that to you...

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Less to complain about in the cup here, as Pennarossa deserved the win. They were the only team I really feared this season, so it'll be interesting to see how they get on next year.

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Considering we could only name 2 or 3 substitutes most of the year, I think we did pretty well. Hopefully, the influx of Sammarinese... 'talent' we got from the last intake will at least allow us to build our squad depth a little bit, even if the majority of them aren't ready to challenge the first team yet.

 

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No real surprises on the NT front. Definitely a long term work here, although only losing by 1 to Scotland was a pleasing start.

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1 hour ago, Bedese said:

Season Review:

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If I were to look at this season in hindsight of my expectations at the start - to avoid coming dead last - then it was a clear success, but I'm really disappointed with how it ended. We romped through the first stage unbeaten, earning us a spot in Group 1 for the second stage. We topped that, too, but then bowed out to Folgore in the first playoff game, despite absolutely peppering them in both legs. Conceding four goals from corners will do that to you...

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Less to complain about in the cup here, as Pennarossa deserved the win. They were the only team I really feared this season, so it'll be interesting to see how they get on next year.

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Considering we could only name 2 or 3 substitutes most of the year, I think we did pretty well. Hopefully, the influx of Sammarinese... 'talent' we got from the last intake will at least allow us to build our squad depth a little bit, even if the majority of them aren't ready to challenge the first team yet.

 

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No real surprises on the NT front. Definitely a long term work here, although only losing by 1 to Scotland was a pleasing start.

I call Scotland winning something of an upset.  :lol:

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4 minutes ago, Cross said:

Nice! Doing the San Marino challenge myself as well with SM Calcio. Good luck and I will follow.

Cheers buddy! Best of luck with Calcio!

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Season Review!

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We made it to our first final, but La Fiorita were too strong for us.

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La Fiorita won the cup as well, which means...

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We're into Europe for the first time! :D 

 

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Youth Intake Day!

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I like my CBs to be far more physical than these two, but beggers can't be choosers, and they're going to be an integral part of our defense for the forseeable future. Very happy with that.

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Youth Intake Day!

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Now that's an intake! :D 

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We are going to be scoring a lot of goals from corners :D

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That's our CM pairing sorted.

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We don't use wingers right now, but we may have to think about it...

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Season Review:

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We struggled a bit in the regular season and that cost us, as Folgore knock us out by virtue of being the higher seed.

 

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Folgore did us in the cup, too. We went to extra time but went there with 9 men, and they promptly stuck 5 past us :lol: 

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12 minutes ago, Cross said:

You play fast mate! Keep it going and congrats with the 54th position of Europe ;)

Cheers! Short seasons, not many games and holidaying really help :D 

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I'm doing a similar challenge in San Marino with San Giovanni, albeit not a youth only challenge. It's difficult as it is but with the restriction of only relying on youth, props to you. 

The San Marino challenge thread is worth a read as there are a few people having a go. 

Best of luck

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On 14/03/2020 at 06:50, Zakiii said:

Hi!

Can you tell me what editor data did you use to play san marino league?

Cheers

Sorry, I only just saw this somehow! I'm using the wonderful Claassen's San Marino League file.

14 hours ago, The_Slojoe said:

Will this series continue? It was a blast reading through this and I am starting my own save with this team because this post inspired me.

It will! I'm glad to hear it inspired you :D

I'm not sure how frequently I'll be able to update or how long it'll go for, but I'm definitely planning to bring it back, at least for a bit.

In the meantime, if you want to read some of my past threads with San Giovanni:

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