US Triestina: Squad evaluation #2

Introduction

Following my initial post which outlined the rebuilding work at US Triestina in Serie C, this follow-up article will describe the systems I used in my first season. Suffice to say, performances were excellent and after an inauspicious start, I was delighted with the results.

My target for the season as determined by the Board was to achieve a play-off spot in Serie C, which required a top ten finish. I was very confident that I could deliver this, and more.

In this post I will evaluate the existing squad members and explain how I put it all together into three different systems.

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US Triestina – Welcome to Serie C

Around every October, FM fanatics turn their thoughts to their next FM save, with the new game just around the corner. I had always fancied the idea of turning a minnow into a European superpower; on previous versions I had a very enjoyable save in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen and in the UK, with Oxford United. I gave some thought to managing overseas and settled for a career in lowly Serie C in Italy. I prefer to begin as an unknown manager in the lower leagues, working my way up and building a reputation.

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Dynamo Project: Part 2

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Club DNA

The first question you might ask is what sort of player you will need to recreate Lobanovsky’s system, or indeed any kind of “gegenpressing” tactic, work. Primarily you want players with as much Stamina, Workrate and Determination as possible. I’m looking for something in 14-16 range ideally. As long as they are gifted in that trio, they will run their hearts out in whatever system you employ. Although, it helps if you use fitting team instructions and roles to get the best out them (more on that later).

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The Football Factory | Part Four | Squad Planning

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In order to build a squad which fits the Philosophy I spoke about in Part Two it is important to remember two things:-

  1. We still need to compete while I build this squad, which means no wholesale and sudden changes, and;
  2. It’s going to take time and patience to find the right players, especially with our current scouting setup.

With this in mind, I want to walk you through exactly how I plan on building and improving my squad over the next few seasons, and the tools that I’m using to help me get to where I want to be

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The Football Factory | Part Deux | La Préparation

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The best football teams on the planet, the best coaches on the planet, have one thing in common; Philosophy. By ‘Philosophy’ I don’t mean asking deep questions like ‘do fish get thirsty’ or ‘why is sand called sand’, but rather a way of playing, a style and attitude which becomes synonymous with a club or a coach: Sarriball, the Barcelona Way, Heavy Metal Football, and the many, many other coaching and tactical identities that litter the game.

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#FCHawaii ; Season One Review I

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The first month of league football was a tough one. The fixture list threw up 3 huge games and the results were hard to take. Opening day against Red Bulls pitched us against the most dominant attacking side throughout the MLS last year & they started in the best possible way when Bradley Wright-Phillips opened the scoring within 33 seconds.

Coming up against an NYCFC side that we could’ve beaten but narrowly lost out but with our strongest Centre Back pairing out injured, it was two SuperDraft picks who filled in. Everything went the way of NYCFC, possession, shots, goals. It just wasn’t our day. Our first ever MLS League goal came against Orlando City through Ramon Nunez, a Waiver Draft pick. We were truly unlucky to lose to Orlando with a Dom Dwyer brace finishing us off.

Designated Player Kyle Bartley limped off early on against Columbus in a 1-1 draw. A fair result overall considering our form has been poor. Manchester City Loanee Joel Latibeaudiere got the only goal of the game for us from the penalty spot.

The last 2 games of the month were against New England & Houston. Two teams that we should’ve beaten but never did, Juan Agudelo scored an absolute beauty in the last few minutes of our game against New England, while Khiry Shelton scored our only goal of the game in a 1-1 draw with Houston. Both games were a tale of two halves, either side dominated one half while we dominated the other. Is this a sign that we are finally starting to find our rhythm?

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