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Kingsley
27-04-16, 02:38 PM
Life’s A Lottery

My wife said to me: 'If you won the lottery, would you still love me?' I said: 'Of course I would. I'd miss you, but I'd still love you.' ….. Frank Carson


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Kingsley: For fuck sake. 3 lines and not a single number.
Queensley: I don’t know why you bother. It’s the same every week and you aways get upset
Kingsley: By the law of averages we have to win soon. It must be months since we last had even a single number. The odds against that must be higher than actually winning.
Queensley: And the odds against you getting another job must be a damn sight higher. Why don’t you get off your lazy arse and actually do something useful !
Kingsley: It’s not easy. There is not much demand for people that have replicated the career of Sir Alex, then taken an obscure Japanese club to glory, followed by turning a bunch of Vikings into winners. You can’t just walk into a job without a decent track record …. Unless your name is Rafa Benitez. You would have thought that someone would be interested, but not a single phone call.
Queensley: Perhaps if you charged your phone you might get some calls.
Kingsley: Aw man ! Do I have to do everything ? You don’t fancy putting down that vacuum cleaner and getting me another beer ?

The conversation is interrupted by the sound of a heavy object hitting the side of Kingsley’s head at a high velocity.

Kingsley: I’ll take that as a “no” then
Queensley: silence
Kingsley: OK. I’ll see what I can do about a job. I’ll just check this scratch card first
Queensley: Looks a bit unusual. Who is it from ?

Kingsley examines it

Kingsley: champman0102.co.uk. Never heard of them, probably a bunch of cowboys

The conversation is interrupted by the sound of frantic scratching of a coin on cardboard.

Kingsley: Oh my god ! You are not going to believe this ….
Queensley: Your not going to actually move from that chair are you ?
Kingsley: I’ve only gone and won the “golden ticket”
Queensey: And what exactly does that get us ?
Kingsley: I don’t know, but there’s a web site to visit and leave a message with some dude called “Mark”
Queensley: So that will be the square root of fuck all then
Kingsley: Don’t give me hard sums. You know I’m not good with Maths. I’ll see what this Mark wants in the morning ….. now that I’m a lottery winner, what about that beer ?

The conversation is ended by the sound of a heavy object hitting the side of Kingsley’s head at a high velocity.

ebfatz
27-04-16, 02:42 PM
He's back baby!!

I'll even forgive the dig at Rafa as well!!

:ok:

AMC
27-04-16, 02:47 PM
Great to see you starting another story mate, I won't go into listing Rafa's honours :D

Fourfourtwo
27-04-16, 05:03 PM
Looking forward to this...

Kingsley
29-04-16, 07:17 AM
Life’s A Lottery

Phone: Oh Maryhill. Is wonderful …
Queensley: It’s your phone. Good to see you charged it
Phone: Oh Maryhill is won-der-ful …
Queensley: Are you going to answer that ?
Phone: It’s the home of Partick Thistle …
Queensley: Right ! I’ll do that as well as everything else
Phone: Oh Maryhill is won-der-ful
Queensley: Kingsley’s phone. Queensley speaking.
Phone: I need to speak to Kingsley
Queensley: Who is this please
Phone: Mark
Queensley: Mark who ?
Phone: Just Mark. No surname and that may or may not be my real name. I’m a shady character and need to keep up an air of shadiness.
Queensley: Kingsley get here now. Some bloke called Mark and he sounds as if you don’t want to mess with him.

There is a short delay, but from the phone you can hear the sound of Delilah playing in the background

Kingsley: Kingsley here
Mark: It’s about your golden ticket
Kingsley: Yes I’ve got it here. What have I won ?
Mark: First we need to verify the ticket. Can you look on the back and read me the serial number of the ticket
Kingsley: That’s strange …. It is just number 1
Mark[: Good. You might be a serial gambler, but we don’t want to take any chances. Congratulations ! you are the winner.
Kingsley: Great ! But what exactly have I won ?

The background music changes to We’ll be with you

Mark: This is not a normal lottery. You have won yourself a job as a manager of a football club
Kingsley: No way ! Do I get to choose ?
Mark: No. That would be far too easy …. But in a way, yes. This job does have some strings attached, but it is in keeping with your compulsive gambling addiction.
Kingsley: You’ve lost me already.
Mark: First lets find you a club. We have selected 16 possibles and we have a random number generator. Lets start it running. You have number 2
Kingsley: Is that good ?
Mark: Congratulations. You are the manager of Carpi Football Club 1909
Kingsley: Who ?
Mark: We will be sending you a one way ticket to Bologna. You can find your own way from there.


A bit of background. The other teams on the list were

Atlanta
Carpi
Chievo
Cambuur
Darmstadt
De Graafschap
Empoli
Estoril
Excelsior
Ingolstad
Pacos de Ferreira
Rio Ave
Roda
Sassuolo
Tondela
Verona

I was looking for a low reputation club, in a top league, so that (I hope) this would not become a win-fest. For reasons that will become apparent there had to be no foreign player restrictions and the league must use the international transfer windows created in the Tapani 2.21 patch. That pointed to Germany, Holland, Italy or Portugal, hence the above list of clubs. I still wanted some randomness, so this website is used for all the “lotteries” as we go along.

https://www.random.org/

I have selected all playable leagues in foreground, to maximise the player pool and (if I ever get there) provide more realism in Europe. As well as the Tapani 2.21 patch, I also have the April 2016 data update. I think that the story will end when I get the sack.

Based on that, I think I'm quite happy with Carpi. It certainly fits the image of the sort of club I wanted.


Kingsley: So that's it ? I just go off to manage this Carpi mob ?
Mark: Ha ! Sadly not. Or that is to say you can to an extent until the current transfer window closes. However while you are free to do use any tactics you like, there will be no transfers until the window closes. You must use the current squad for now.
Kingsley: And what then ?
Mark: As soon as the transfer window closes, we make 2 lotteries. The first will be from the list of default tactics known to all managers. You don't need to use the default, but it must look exactly like that default, with the same positions and arrows. That will come out as a number from 1-17. This tactic you must use from when the first match after next transfer window opens. This should give you a chance to recruit the players that you need.
Kingsley: Easy enough, as long as we don't get a bloody Sweeper. Am I free to recruit who I like ?
Mark: Clearly you don't understand us yet. We have listed the 209 nationalities (countries like Yugoslavia, Russian Federation and Czechoslovakia have been removed). We will draw a lottery of one of these countries and you can only recruit players with that first or second nationality. Every time a transfer window closes, we will randomly select a new nation and tactic.
Kingsley: And what about staff ?
Mark: The same rule applies, but we are fair, so if you lose your last Assistant, Coach, Scout or Physio, you can recruit 1, but only from Italy and they must be unemployed.
Kingsley: Harsh ! What if I say “No ! Stuff your job”
Mark: We will send 2 one way tickets to Bologna. One for you and one for Queensley.
Kingsley: You bastard. I'll do it.

The background music changes to a group chanting We hate Vale. We hate Vale

Mark: One thing to remember. The chairman will be expecting you, but doesn't know anything about our arrangement.
Kingsley: By the way, if that was the first prize, what was the second ?
Mark: Replicate the career of Rafa Benitez

Malovaan
29-04-16, 07:36 AM
Haha, love it - I can see this being a tricky one if you get a ridiculous formation and/or continue to get ridiculous nations for recruitment :D :D

Fourfourtwo
29-04-16, 07:57 AM
Ooof. Secretly hoping you get 3 at the back and Azerbaijan. You like a challenge right?

AMC
29-04-16, 11:19 AM
I'm looking forward to seeing a sweeper from the Maldives :D

ebfatz
29-04-16, 12:19 PM
Had to read the stipulations twice to get it but think I have a handle on it now.

kuy
29-04-16, 05:44 PM
I don't foresee many transfers happening in this story!

Redknapp69
02-05-16, 10:50 PM
Will keep an eye on this!

442 defensive and Saudi!

Kingsley
03-05-16, 12:45 PM
Hmmm. Saudi Arabia might present a problem :-)
Lets hope I'm lucky !

Kingsley
04-05-16, 07:56 AM
Life’s A Lottery

It is not a long flight to Bologna Gugliermo Marconi Airport. Even on Ryanair, there is still some feeling in your legs when you land. The trouble with such a short flight is that I had to choose between learing some basic Italian or finding out about Carpi FC. I chose the former as you can sleep through some tart gabbling incoherently through my headphones, but you need to have your eyes open to read about a football club. As soon as the Ryanair baggage handlers had finished destroying my possessions, I realised my mistake.


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I was in Bologna, but had no idea where I was going. I had never heard of Carpi and had no idea if it was a place of its own, or a district of Bologna or just an office team. I also wondered if I might have written it down wrong and I was supposed to be in Capri. There were buses or taxi's or hire cars available, but none are much use if you don't know where your heading. Then I saw something else, a restaurant. My choice was made. If I was going to be living here, I might as well embrace the local delicacies.


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Having filled my belly, it was time to find Carpi. Using my best Italian I summoned over the waiter.

Kingsley: Where crappy football club is ?

He couldn't speak much English, but managed to tell me that he was a Parma fan, but gave me directions to the Bologna ground. I decided to get a hire car. I found the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara quite easily. The door to the office was more difficult to find and only mentioned “Bologna FC 1909”. I was pretty sure this was the wrong place, so using my best Italian I asked the receptionist.

Kingsley: Where crappy football club is ?
Receptionist: You want to goto Cesena for them.

Although she looked down on me as if I was something left by a stray dog, she did give me directions. It was about 1 hour away down the E45.
I found the Stadio Dino Manzui quite easily, but again I was sure I was at the wrong place as the office door only mentioned “A.C. Cesena”. Once again I called on my best Italian and asked the receptionist.

Kingsley: Where crappy football club is ?
Receptionist: You want to goto Bologna for them.


Can I just say that by luck, Carpi has turned out to be a great choice and I haven't played a game yet !

Fortunately she spoke a bit of english and I explained that I had just come from Bologna and that I was looking for Carpi. She gave me directions to a town about 1 hour the other side of Bologna, turn right at Modena. This time I knew I was getting closer as the sign at the entrance to the town actually said “CARPI”. It took a bit of driving to find it, but eventually I stopped outside the Stadio Comunale Sandro Cabassi. This was it ! I had arrived !


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Except that it looked run down, and there was no sign of any life or prospect of playing football here anytime soon. After a bit of a search, I found a note on a door. I managed to translate

“Closed for refurbishment. All enquiries to Stadio Alberto Braglia, Modena”

This is becoming a joke. I've just sodding come from there.


Why is it that I always end up at clubs who have just changed their grounds ? East Stirling and St.Mirren in the Sir Alex story immediately come to mind

I turned round the car and headed to Modena and the Stadio Alberto Braglia. The door to the office was open, so this time I went in with confidence, although my Italian had not improved.

Kingsley: Where crappy football club is ?

Before she could reply, I was distracted by the whiff of cheep aftershave, a flash of shiny white teeth and a well groomed chest wig


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?: Welcome to Carpi FC 1909. You must be Kingsley. I've heard a lot about you. Did you find us easily ?

Being a Brit, there was only 1 reply possible

Kingsley: No problems ! Sorry, you are ?
Stefano: Apologies. Stefano Bonacini, club chairman. Let me give you a history of Carpi FC.

Redknapp69
04-05-16, 09:08 AM
Bit of a journey to get there but now its time to settle in!

ebfatz
04-05-16, 11:35 AM
Ha! Genius.

Hope petrol is cheap in Italy!!

trunky
04-05-16, 03:03 PM
Ha! Genius.

Hope petrol is cheap in Italy!!

Wack it on expenses.

AMC
04-05-16, 04:38 PM
I hope the hire car is a Fiat :D

Kingsley
04-05-16, 06:35 PM
I hope the hire car is a Fiat :D
Right next to Maranello where they make Ferrari ! I very much doubt it as trunky says, I was putting it on expenses and their wasn't much choice left :)

I don't know what the deal is with expenses. It might be Mark picking up the tab.

Kingsley
05-05-16, 12:45 PM
Life’s A Lottery


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Stefano then told me the history of Carpi FC (Imaginitively known as I Biancorossi). He certainly knew his stuff, but his style did sound a bit like a Wikipedia entry. It is an amazing story, the sort of “rags to riches” that most people have managed themselves !


I have checked and in the original ODB, Carpi were a Lower League side with just 11 players registered. CM Scout rates only 3 of them over 40% and the keeper is just 26.62%. Anyway, that's another story !

Stefano: The club was founded in the summer of 1909 by local student Adolfo Fanconi as “Jucunditas” (Latin for "gaiety"), and changed their name to Associazione Calcio Carpi a few years later. Carpi played three seasons in the Italian Football Championship, the precursor to Serie A, from the 1919–20 season until 1921–22. Starting from the 1930s, they mostly played between Serie C and Serie D. Carpi achieved their best result in 1997, a third-placed finish under coach Luigi De Canio which allowed them to play the Serie B promotion playoffs, which they lost to Monza. The club folded in 2000 following relegation to Serie D and subsequent bankruptcy.

A new club, named Calcio Carpi, was formed and started playing in the Eccellenza Emilia–Romagna. The club assumed their current name, Carpi FC 1909 2002, following promotion to Serie D and a merger with the second team of the city, Dorando Pietri Carpi, who had also reached Serie D.

At the end of the 2009–10 season, through play-offs due to the number of teams in financial difficulty, the club was admitted into Lega Pro Seconda Divisione. In 2010–11, the club's first season in the higher division, it was promoted again to Lega Pro Prima Divisione. In the 2011–12 season, as a result of the work being done on their stadium, the Sandro Cabassi, the team played in the Mapei Stadium*– Città del Tricolore.

In the season 2012–13 the team was promoted from Lega Pro Prima Divisione to Serie B for the first time ever when they defeated Lecce in the Girone A Play-off Final 2–1 on aggregate. This was the club's third promotion in just four seasons.

Carpi FC's first ever fixture at Serie B level ended in a 1–0 defeat away to Ternana on 24 August 2013. Their first win came in the manner of a 2–0 victory at Spezia courtesy of goals from Fabio Concas & Roberto Inglese. Carpi's first season in Serie B ended in a 12th-place finish, only 3 points away from a Promotion play-off place, ensuring their place for another season.

The 2014–15 Serie B campaign saw Carpi, managed by experienced coach Fabrizio Castori, completing the first half of the season (21 games) surprisingly in first place, with a record 43 points and a nine-point advantage over second-placed Frosinone. On 28 April 2015, after a goalless draw with Bari, the club gained a historic first promotion to Serie A.

For Serie A Carpi had to move to Stadio Alberto Braglia for their home games as The Cabassi did not meet Serie A regulations. They share the ground with Modena

While he was talking, we had gradually walked round the office, pausing only at the multitude of mirrors that allowed Steffano a chance to check on his grooming.

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We ended up outside a door with sign which read Capo Allenatore and underneath it, Fabrizio Castori. I guess it was my puzzled look which prompted

Steffano: It all happened very quickly. We haven't had a chance to change the name plate yet. I'll have Allegro order a new one today. She is the club secretary, so feel free to use her for anything you need. She's very helpful and always tries to please.

My eyes lit up at the prospect and possibilities that might be on offer. There is afterall a tradition that needs to be maintained. Steffano opened a door across the corridor from my own.

Steffano: Allegro, Kingsley has arrived


Hey ! This is one of my stories ….. I'm allowed one !


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Steffano: Do you have the keys for Kingsleys club car ? We can't have him frittering away my money on that Ferrari. It's the yellow one in the carpark. I hope you find it appropriate for the job.


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I can't help feeling that I might have been better off with a secratery named Capri and an Allegro for a car ….. Then again, maybe not.

Introductions completed, I settled into my office to get down to some work. I have to say that Fabrizio Castori may have left in a hurry, but he appears to have been very well organised. There was a pile of paperwork detailing every player in the squad, with colour coded postit notes that hilighted injuries, loans and other comments. I decided to start with a review of this data. I was immediately concerned to see that 13 of the 35 man squad were only here on loan. Not a great start

Looking first at the keepers. The good news was that I did atleast have 3, and 2 of them were full internationals. The bad news was that the 2 best keepers were on season long loans, and would need to be replaced within the next 12 months .


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Looking closer, although Vid Belek has a full cap for Slovenia, he is probably behind the other 2 in terms of ability. Not bad for a back-up, but I wouldn't like to depend on him for any length of time. His contract is up next summer, so I think that an extension is probably a priority.

There isn't much to choose between the 2 loanees. Simone Colombi will probably be the 1st choice due to superior handling and fitness, despite Zeljko Brkic having the experience of 10 Serbian caps and better agility. If I can hold onto these 2 until next summer, I think we'll do alright.

Key Player
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Onto the defenders and my attention was immediately drawn to the red postit against Croatian international loanee Igor Bubnjic.


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It turns out that he will be out of action for 11 months with damaged cruciate ligaments. I'm sorry for the lad as he is obviously a decent player, but WHAT THE **** are we doing giving a loan to a lad who will never play for us ? Before looking any further, I called Steffano

Kingsley: What's the story with Bubnjic ?
Steffano: He's a decent player and good influence in the dressing room
Kingsley: I don't give a **** if he's as funny as James Cordon and as motivational as Steve Peters. He's not going to play for us and I want him gone.
Steffano: Unfortunately we have a contract
Kingsley: Fortunately you are legendary for having dodgy lawyers. Get rid.
Steffano: OK. He will be gone in the morning.

That sorted, I could separate the wheat from the chaff. It was a shame about Bubnjic as fit, he would probably be my best defender. Of the rest, the old warhorse Christian Zaccardo was head and shoulders my stand out. He oozed class and still had the stamina to charge up and down the right flank, although he was probably better in the centre. Ricardo Gagliolo, Raphael Martinho and Simone Romagnoli could all do a decent job.

Assuming that Zaccardo played in the centre, it left Steffano Sabelli a clear run for the right back spot. He can play either side, but is very right footed. I do have a slight concern over his fitness in the final 15 minutes of a game.

On the left, Fabio Daprela is probably the pick and I know that he will run all day. Gaglio and Martinho can provide cover.

Of the rest, Letizia has the versatility to earn a place on the bench, but the rest, including the 2 on loan, are just filling places in the squad. I'm not sure how long Zaccardo will play on for, but with Daprella leaving for Chievo next summer and Sabelli only here on loan, it will leave us short on numbers unless I can bring in some new faces. Sperotto and Boron are into the final year of their contracts, so I might try to sell them on to generate some cash.

Key Player
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The midfield situation does not make great reading. 6 in on loan and unless I pull some back, only 4 of my own players to select from. True, some of the defenders can step forward, but I'm hardly over stocked there either.


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Again it's not hard to pick out the star. Jonathan de Guzman has 14 caps for the Dutch and I can't imagine what he is doing here. Providing I can hold onto him, he will be the first name on the team sheet. Filipo Porcari and Raffaele Bianco are the likely men to play beside him, if I go for a 4 man midfield.

I like the look of Antonio Di Guadio on the left wing, although Martinho might challenge him, stepping forward from defence. Isaac Cofie, an uncapped Ghanaian is the only viable option for the right wing, although that is through a lack of any options rather than any of his own ability.

That leaves Simone Verdi who is a huge talent and I think is destined for greater things. He can play anywhere, but I have a hunch that his best possition might be as a false number 9 behind a striker. (Everyone has to have a false number 9 these days.)

Sabbione, Torelli, Crimi, Fedele, Lollo and Hiwat are highly unlikely to feature unless I am desparate. Rafaelle Bianco is in the final year of his contract.

Key Players
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Up front the story is much the same and I will be dependant on loned players hanging around.


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That said, while we all hope that Eddy Gnahore will have his first cap for Ivory Coast whe he returns, he and Matteo Mancosu can be called on if needed, but Kevin Lasagne and Nigerian Jerry Mbakogu will be battling for the prize of partnering Verdi in attack. Neither are great finishers, or brilliant in the air, but Lasagne has the pace that just gives him the edge.

Key Players
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I had just finished the reviev when, as if by magic, Steffano put his gorgeous head of hair round my door.

Steffano: So what do you think ?
Kingsley: It's a bit crappy
Steffano: You mean Carpi
Kingsley: No, I got it right this time. Still, the forward line looks tasty
Steffano: How do you mean ?
Kingsley: Lasagne Verdi.

ebfatz
05-05-16, 03:45 PM
Worth it just for the final two words of the update.

Bit of a rag tag bunch. Now to find out the first nationality!

Fourfourtwo
05-05-16, 08:57 PM
Loaning a guy who's out for a year :lol:

ThePsi
05-05-16, 10:49 PM
Haha, think this is a really funny story. Will follow and looking forward for the first country reveal :)

Kingsley
06-05-16, 07:38 AM
Worth it just for the final two words of the update.

Bit of a rag tag bunch. Now to find out the first nationality!

If it's Vanuatu, this might be a very short story. I think that I need about 12 players just to break even, and then there will be some total crap in the backups.


Loaning a guy who's out for a year :lol:

I'd love to know the real story behind this one


Haha, think this is a really funny story. Will follow and looking forward for the first country reveal :)

Thanks for honouring me with your 5th post. I'm glad you are enjoying it. I didn't know anything about Carpi, but it turns out to be a bit of a gold mine for this type of story.
I know all the readers want some diddy nation like Tibet or Montserrat, but atleast for now, I need something to work with. I'd settle for Spain or Italy :amen:

trunky
06-05-16, 04:22 PM
De Guzman? At tiny Crapi? Blimey!

Redknapp69
07-05-16, 12:04 AM
Yep - JDG was great at Swans but they priced him out of a move to there on perm - should be your set piece taker for sure :ok:

Attack looks great - 2 up top sorted as a formation! (if you are lucky with the randomiser!)

Also hard to know who to bring/get rid of with an as of yet unknown tactic!

ZanSnake
07-05-16, 12:32 AM
Reliant very much of the kindness of others with the number of loans :P

No doubt you'll be 'King' of signing some gems ;)

Malovaan
08-05-16, 02:48 PM
Great update, looking forward to finding out what the lottery player restrictions have in store for you :D

Kingsley
08-05-16, 07:53 PM
Life’s A Lottery


Stefano: magnifico fantastico

He kissed me on both cheeks …. Bloody continentals. Clearly I had done something to make him happy.


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It had been a very strange summer. Usually when taking over at a new club, the first few weeks are spent trying to plug the holes in the squad that I inherit, but not this time. Until the transfer window closes on the 2nd of September, I had no idea who I would be allowed to sign. All I could do was sit and watch as clubs around the globe, and across Italy sought to strengthen their squads. There wasn't even an international competition to watch


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To be fair, Stefano did repeatedly remind me that I had £2.5m to spend if I wanted it and appeared perplexed that I always replied saying that I'd save it for a later day. I was concentrating on the current squad for the season's opener against the might of Inter Milan in 35 days time. 1st games don't get any tougher than this.


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Not that I was idle. I had my head physio, Andreo Bolognesi, a 72 year old Italian who told a saucy joke, give me a full run down of the entire squad. I also had 2 further physios, aged 63 and 62, so I had a full team, provided they didn't keel over. There were no major surprises from the medical assesments. Brkic, Colombi, Gagliolo and Cofie were all more likely than average to pick up knocks, but no surprises and no ongoing treatments, other than Bubnjic, the loanee who was sent home.

I made a similar request from my assistant, Giandominico Costi, a 58 year old who had a good eye for talent, but at the training ground, I wasn't going to trust him with more than fetching the cones. I think he might be out at the first oportunity


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His report did not contain anything of interest. If you believe him, we have a hard working group of model professionals. I doubted that and suspect I will find the truth the hard way. I did have 2 other coaches, Pantaleoni (69) and Perroni (62) were both good with keepers, but Zanasi (66) was pretty useless. I'd have to make do for now, but this is looking like a home for geriatrics. I gave them some simple training routines and assigned the players to the various routines.

With out knowing what I was looking for, I sent my scouts out to see what players they could find. Alex Tadsechi (74) was sent to South America. Andea Rinaldi (53) to Africa, Daniel Ferrario (72) to Asia and Gianluca Spaziani (72) to Central Europe. I might strike lucky. This is after all a lottery.

That left plenty of time to plot a strategy to beat Inter. Player for player, we didn't stand a chance with their collection of seasoned internationals. It was certain that they would be coming at us, and dominating the possession, so our best hope was to hit them on the break. We also had de Guzman on the setpieces, so we worked on a few free-kick routines. It wasn't much and according to the experts, our chances were somewhere between Bob Hope and no hope. I put them slightly lower than that.

Time flies fast. It seamed no longer than a few clicks on a laptop, but the big day had arrived. Inter brought a good support and there were just over 19,000 in the ground, starved of football and ready for the gladiators to enter the arena. Team sheets were swapped and it was clear from the attacking 4-3-3 formation that Inter were not ready to take prisoners. This could be a baptism of fire.


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To counter the threat, I looked at our strength, which was the defence. A glowing report from Costi on the eve of the match reulted in a change of plan up front where Mbakogu got the nod ahead of Lasagne


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Inter kicked off on a bright summers day. Immediately they set up camp inside our half, however they had clearly been watching too much of Barcelona as the ticky-tacky football may have dominated the possession, but failed to test Brkic. 10 minute in and Martinho intercepted an underhit pass from Eder. Verdi picked up the loose ball just outside our area and spotted Mbakogu starting his run. A long ball over the top and Mbakogu was clear, except for Miranda's hand holding onto his shirt. It was 25 yards out, exactly what we had practised. It didn't stop de Guzman placing the ball 5 yards closer to the goal. Kondogbia moved it back and it took the intervention of S. Rizzoli and his can of shaving foam to get the freekick taken from where he wanted it.

Meanwhile, Mbakogu was standing right in front of Handanovic trying to block his view of the wall he was trying to line up. Verdi and Di Gaudio were lining up in the wall trying to disrupt the preparations. There was the usual shoving an pulling of shirts from both sides, with S. Rizzoli keen to use his whistle to sort out the mele. Eventually he was ready. Lasagne retreated to an onside position and De Guzman started his run up.

Everyone was expecting someone in row Z of the stand to catch it, so the first reaction was a stunned silence. Then all hell broke loose as the home fans realised that the back of the net really was bulging. Carpi 1 Inter Milan 0 ….. I say it again ….. Carpi 1 Inter Milan 0 …... Sensational.


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Now there was just the small problem of defending that lead for the 80 minutes that remained. That wasn't a problem for the next 15 as Inter were in shock. De Guzman with another freekick, Sabelli and Cofie all came closer to doubling the lead than anything that Inter could offer in reply. As the half wore on, Inter got themselves back into it and after half an hour it took a last gasp tackle from Zaccardi to deny Perisic a sight of goal. The ball broke for Santon who's cross was met by Perisic and Brkic got a vital fingertip to divert the ball over the bar. They had their tails up and dominated the rest of the half. Brkic saved again from Perisic and Eder should have done better than firing wide when put through by Jovetic. Right on halftime, Santon had to limp off, with D'Ambrosio replacing him at right back. We had survived the first 45 minutes.


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The second half was much like the closing stages of the first. Wave after wave of Inter attacks, last gasp tackles by Carpi defenders and great saves from Brkic. I think that the only shot we had was from Pasciuti, on as a sub for Sabelli, but that was weak and direct at Handanovic. Roberto Mancini made his changes in an attemt to find that elusive goal as tempers flaired. Inter were getting desparate and Fellipe Mello picked up the games first card for a rash challenge on Mbakogu.

Then the game changer. Daprela launched a long ball for Mbakogu to chase. Miranda haulded him back and, having had a warning for the one that led to De Guzman's goal, was this time shown a straight red card.


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That was the last that Inter could offer. A couple of substitutions to use up some time and we had held on for a famous win.


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It was this that had promoted Steffano's cheek kissing routine

Stefano: magnifico fantastico
Kingsley: Calm down mate. It's just the first game
Stefano: But we have beaten the mighty Inter. We knocked I Nerazzuri black and blue
Kingsley: I'm happy, but there's no point in beating Inter if we can't beat Sassuolo, Empoli or the Verona clubs. Those are the games we have to win. I'd swap the win today for one against Palermo next week.
Stefano: And you did it all without spending a euro. Sbalordivito.
Kingsley: Don't put that checkbook away yet. I have a hunch I'll be needing it soon.

I had been expecting the e-mail baring bad news, but when it came, it was not the bad news I expected.


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Normally I would have hugged and kissed Napoli's manager in a continental way to get £60k for a 74 year old scout, but I had no idea if I'd be able to replace him. Instead I offered him a new deal and crossd my fingers.

Then came the email I was dreading


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Why was I dreading it ? Because of the phone call that I knew would follow. Delilah was once again to be heard in the background. I was starting to think that this Mark character had the songs playing on a loop

Mark: Good result yesterday
Kingsley: as I've been saying, there's a long way to go and I do need some recruits.
Mark: Well, first of all, we are going to draw a tactic and you have got ….. Number 5.
Kingsley: And that is ?
Mark: 3-4-3

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Kingsley: Bugger … I've never played anything like that.
Mark: Remember that you don't need to use this until the next transfer window opens.
Kingsley: Don't keep me waiting …. give me the country.
Mark: In that case, you have number 195 and that is ….

.... to be disclosed in the next update

Malovaan
08-05-16, 08:11 PM
Great win over Inter - maybe you have some quality players in there who can give you a chance, even if you do have to play 3-4-3 with them :lol:

No question that's a bit of a tricky formation to have to work with, but hopefully you can make it work for you. Looking forward to finding out who team 195 are :D

Fourfourtwo
08-05-16, 09:58 PM
Great start to the season!

3-4-3 isn't too bad. At least you get to play a defensive midfielder...

Redknapp69
08-05-16, 10:05 PM
Lovely initial tactic to suit the squad and what a fantastic win!

Ugh..............not sure of this new tactic tho - looks like it could open you up a bit!

Good expereince in the back room but maybe better of freshening it up if you can attract any better - think you did right thing offering the oldie new contract - did he accept?

Kingsley
09-05-16, 07:12 AM
Great win over Inter - maybe you have some quality players in there who can give you a chance, even if you do have to play 3-4-3 with them :lol:

No question that's a bit of a tricky formation to have to work with, but hopefully you can make it work for you. Looking forward to finding out who team 195 are :D

There are certainly some quality players (De Guzman, Verdi, Zaccardi) just too many who are not. When I saw 3-4-3 come out I thought "OK" then I looked and spotted those back arrows and the left and right defender pulled wide. Looks very exposed to counter attack down the middle

Great start to the season!

3-4-3 isn't too bad. At least you get to play a defensive midfielder...

Lets hope that country 195 has a defensive midfielder I can buy ! Doesn't look to be a role for my fullbacks though

Lovely initial tactic to suit the squad and what a fantastic win!

Ugh..............not sure of this new tactic tho - looks like it could open you up a bit!

Good experience in the back room but maybe better of freshening it up if you can attract any better - think you did right thing offering the oldie new contract - did he accept?

Have to say that 3 or 5 at the back is not my preference, but it does fit this squad. It is only yesterday (game time) that I offered the contract to Tadeschi. I have my fingers crossed, but I'm not hopeful. Quite rare that they turn down the move.

trunky
09-05-16, 07:26 AM
How did Lasagne stand in front of someone if he was on the bench? Ha!

Great read mate.

Kingsley
09-05-16, 08:05 AM
How did Lasagne stand in front of someone if he was on the bench? Ha!

Great read mate.
That was the genius of the set-piece move.

I'll edit that to Mbakogu. I forgot I made a late change to the starting 11

trunky
09-05-16, 08:22 AM
Lol...sorry mate!

kuy
09-05-16, 08:51 AM
Great win to start with, but the real fun begins when you're playing with the random tactic and players!

Kingsley
10-05-16, 07:29 AM
Life’s A Lottery


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Mark: ..... Ukraine
Kingsley: Allegro ! Get me the phone number for Andriy Shevchenko
Allegro: Do it yourself.

kuy
10-05-16, 07:37 AM
Not too shabby!

Dermotron
10-05-16, 10:15 AM
That's a very good draw. Plenty of 2nd string at Shakthar and Dynamo ripe for the picking

Redknapp69
10-05-16, 10:42 AM
you'll take that!

Get Voronin and his ponytail back!

Kingsley
10-05-16, 10:53 AM
Not too shabby!

That's a very good draw. Plenty of 2nd string at Shakthar and Dynamo ripe for the picking

you'll take that!

Get Voronin and his ponytail back!

It could have been worse. I've not yet looked at who is available, but I only have £2.3m to play with, and a lot of players to replace. I could well be looking at the bargain bin of Ukranian players which might not be that great. Don't see much chance of replacing the aging coaches/scouts either !

kuy
10-05-16, 11:46 AM
Do you have to have a complete squad of Ukrainians, or is it just that you can only sign them (but you can keep any players already in the squad)? Are you allowed to move jobs?

Mark
10-05-16, 11:56 AM
Finally got round to reading this, been meaning to since I saw that you were back! Great to see you back, btw!

A very interesting plot for this story. That Mark character really does like a challenge, doesn't he? :D

Great first win over Inter. Let's hope 3-4-3 will suit you though when the time comes. Here's hoping there's plenty of Ukrainians available. Will they get a work permit though?

PS, most of your pictures aren't showing up for me?

merkezekrem
10-05-16, 12:27 PM
Do you need to keep the arrows?

Good luck

Kingsley
10-05-16, 12:34 PM
Do you have to have a complete squad of Ukrainians, or is it just that you can only sign them (but you can keep any players already in the squad)? Are you allowed to move jobs?
No. I think it would be imposible to create an entirely new squad every 6 months, especially on Carpi's budget. I can keep the players I have, but can only add to the current squad with Ukranians. I'll stay at Carpi until I get the sack. Who knows what after that


Do you need to keep the arrows?

Good luck

Yes. It must look identical, but can be wib-wobbed

Dermotron
10-05-16, 04:56 PM
What about after 6 months, do you need to keep the players signed on the lottery or just get rid as you see fit

ebfatz
10-05-16, 06:38 PM
I, like Mark, am missing a fair few of the screenies from the last big update.

Won't need to worry about work Permits though Mark. Hence part of the reason of being in Italy.

Kingsley
11-05-16, 08:34 AM
Finally got round to reading this, been meaning to since I saw that you were back! Great to see you back, btw!

A very interesting plot for this story. That Mark character really does like a challenge, doesn't he? :D

Great first win over Inter. Let's hope 3-4-3 will suit you though when the time comes. Here's hoping there's plenty of Ukrainians available. Will they get a work permit though?

PS, most of your pictures aren't showing up for me?


I, like Mark, am missing a fair few of the screenies from the last big update.

Won't need to worry about work Permits though Mark. Hence part of the reason of being in Italy.

I'm not sure what is up with the screenshots. They are all showing for me, but I had terrible problems with an update for my Kid's challenge where they showed as blank until I reloaded them. I guess it is the game shots (from photobucket) that are not displaying, the pictures from google are fine ?


What about after 6 months, do you need to keep the players signed on the lottery or just get rid as you see fit

Just to be clear, it is only a signing restriction. Once they are in the squad, they can stay as long (or as short) as I like. I can renew and extend contracts of anyone that is in the squad.

Fourfourtwo
11-05-16, 09:12 AM
Ukraine - could definitely be worse. You must have a couple of hundred players to choose from at least?

Dermotron
11-05-16, 09:21 AM
Potentially 424, not too shabby at all

Mark
11-05-16, 09:23 AM
They're working now :ok:

Kingsley
11-05-16, 09:25 AM
Ukraine - could definitely be worse. You must have a couple of hundred players to choose from at least?

Without a plot spoiler, I've found 93 players so far. About 50% are not good enough, or too old and much of the rest are outside of my budget.

Fourfourtwo
11-05-16, 09:28 AM
Without a plot spoiler, I've found 93 players so far. About 50% are not good enough, or too old and much of the rest are outside of my budget.

Not so great then. Am sure you'll pull something (or someone) out of the bag though!

Kingsley
12-05-16, 12:20 PM
Life’s A Lottery


Lets start with a question. What do Carpi and Espanyol have in common ?

Answer at the end of the update !

Two weeks after the transfer window closed, a huge crowd had gathered outside the training ground. Rumour had spread that Carpi had signed a truly world class player and a famous name in Italian football. It had all started with an optimistic phone call.

Kingsley: Andriy mate ! How are you ?
Andriy: Who is this ?
Kingsley: Kingsley. Manager of Carpi FC 1909
Andriy: Who ? …. to both !
Kingsley: Never mind mate. I've been the manager of many other clubs under different names. I don't think you've ever played for any of my sides, but you've scored loads of goals against me. I remember one for Milan against Partick Thistle in a Champions league semi final. Curled into the top corner. Cracking goal. Broke my heart at Milan went through on away goals, but still a cracker.
Andriy: I scored lots of goals against lots of sides. I don't remember it.
Kingsley: That is true. You were some player. One of the best. I can even forgive that penalty miss against Liverpool. I did see Rafa Benitez hand a brown envelope to the officials just before they changed the ball, so not your fault mate. I see the fat spanish waiter can't even keep Newcastle in the Premier League. What a tosser.
Andriy: What do you want ?
Kingsley: Want ? Mate ! Nothing, just a chat. You were some player mate. Ever thought about putting on your boots again ?
Andriy: Немає


Yeh …. I thought it would be Нет too

Kingsley: You are too young to have retired. Look at Fat Frank still playing, and you are twice the player he was. How old are you if it's not a rude question ?
Andriy: 39 this month, and the answer is still Немає.

That might have been the end of it, but he let slip that his wife had bought him a UEFA coaching licence for his birthday.


It was not a good line and my Ukrainian is not as good as my Italian. Hell I didn't even know the word for no ! So I'm not sure whether she bought the licence, or bought the training to get the licence. In civil war torn Ukraine, I'm happy to believe that either is true.

I told him to send me his CV as I was also looking for coaching staff. As soon as I saw it, I asked Giandominico Costi to see me. It took him 15 minutes to stagger through from next door. I told him to pack his beige cardigan, his zimmer frame and his cones and vattene !

I had a deal with Alexiy to become my new assistant, but it did include finding a job for his mate, former Shakhtar and Ukraine player Olexandr Koval. That would not be a problem.


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It was not Koval who had drawn the crowds to the training ground.

That did resolve the immediate problem with my coaching staff, however there was still an unresolved problem with the ageing scouts. For the time being I was keeping them very busy. They had all been recalled from the various trips that I had sent them on. None had uncovered a single Ukrainian player. Instead, I went through the list of players registered at the top flight Ukrainian clubs, including those out on loan and also the entire Ukrainian international and U21 squads. I asked for reports on all 97 players. There were objections about having to go to Ukraine at this time, however I reminded them that they were already close to death, so what difference would it make. Off they went and the reports started to come in. Most of them were either no where near the standard for Serie A, or way outside of my budget. I had £2.3m to spend and needed several players.

I did find 5 Ukrainians who were out of contract, and offered trials to 4 of them (the other was 31 and out of breath after a 100m jog). From thatt, I offered contracts to 2 of them, Defender Yaroslav Olyinik and striker Yuri Yakovenko. Olyinik looks like a useful squad player, although I don't know where he will fit into the 3-4-3 formation. Yakovenko is one for the future if he can work on his physical fitness.


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On the pitch, Carpi proved that the opening win against Inter was no fluke. We followed it up by beating Palermo 2-1 and Atalanta 2-0, both at home and both against clubs who are likely to be in the relegation dogfight. It put us top of Serie A for 1 week and the fans were ecstatic. The first setback came on the road at Torino where we were soundly beaten 3-1. We were however a very difficult team to beat, and it was only our next visit to the other Turin club, 5 games later before we lost again. The run included memorable wins at home to AC Milan 2-0 and Fiorentina 3-0. We were clearly a bogey side for Milan as we put them out of the Coppa Italia with a 1-1 draw at the San Siro and a Lasagne Verdi double in 9 second half minutes to come from behind at home.


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The year ended with 5 drawn games in the league, although that included a visit from Napoli and a trip to Roma, so I can't complain, especially as we sit in a lofty 5th place and well clear of the relegation dogfight we were expected to be in.


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The problem has been scoring goals. Lasagne and Mbakogu have managed 4 each while Verdi has 5, mainly from midfield. We just don't look like a big scoring team, and are very reliant on the defence. That is not likely to get easier. It was not long after the transfer window closed that bids started to come in for the loan players, and there was not much I could do to stop it. I did submit counter bids to force the price up, but I had to stop at £2.3m. The transfer window reopens tomorrow and I will lose both my best keepers Brkic to Verona and Colombi to Palermo. My only right winger, Cofie is off to Chievo while Verdi is heading to Torino. Defensive midfielder Porcari is dropping down a division to Catania. Genoa and Lazio are sniffing around de Guzman, so the squad could well be decimated.

On the counter, I do have 7 Ukrainians arriving on the first flight in from Kiev. They may have a combined 107 full international caps, but they are no where near the standard of Verdi and de Guzman.

And to answer the question about Carpi and Espanyol …. They are the only teams to have beaten Inter this season. Espanyol 1-0 at home in the Inter-Toto cup and us 1-0 in the league opener.

trunky
12-05-16, 12:40 PM
Andriy a goalie coach? Blimey!

Looking forward to see who you sign to replace the ones leaving. A good position to be in league wise but you do need a goal scorer.

merkezekrem
12-05-16, 02:14 PM
" I asked for reports on all 97 players. There were objections about having to go to Ukraine at this time, however I reminded them that they were already close to death, so what difference would it make. "

:lol:

A good striker is surely to be a good GK coach, or kill dreams trying

Mark
12-05-16, 02:28 PM
The what difference does it make joke made me laugh too :lol:

Looks like you've got yourself in a very good position halfway through the season but the real overhaul is about to begin. Here's hoping you can at least get the odd win after the new faces come in to keep you around mid-table.

Great capture of Shevchenko as a coach!

kuy
12-05-16, 03:39 PM
You've made a great start, good job getting points on the board before your loan players leave!

Redknapp69
12-05-16, 04:29 PM
Helluva start. Will the Ukrainians bring it crashing to earth tho?! :lol:

ebfatz
14-05-16, 02:45 PM
Decent buffer from you to the drop zone. I think you'll have decent enough attributes in the players coming in.

Ukranians are not that bad are they?

Kingsley
16-05-16, 02:05 PM
Life’s A Lottery


Ukraine International Airlines would like to announce the arrival of flight PS0311 form Kiev, Borispol


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This was it, the new recruits had arrived. A small fee in a brown envelope had ensured that there would be no issues at immigration and that their bags would be first off the carousel. Andriy was waiting to greet them with a friendly Здравствуйте “Zdravstvuyte” as they were led through by 3 of UIA's finest trolley dollies


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This is something that can definitely be improved as the story progresses

Andriy led the gang to a waiting minibus as we were going straight to the training ground to assess their skills and fitness. Stefano had arranged a separate bus for the wifes and girlfriends. Clearly he had alternative plans and he had lathered himself with aftershave and groomed his chest hair


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All (of the players) passed their medicals and we were able to present the new signings to the press.

First up was Artem Milevsky a seasoned international who had cost me just £100k from CS Concordia Chianja, in Romania. I was particularly drawn by his leadership potential, something I had identified that we were lacking. The former Kiev man has a decent scoring record (97 in 281 games) and I hope that he might be the man to boost our own poor return from the front men.


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With both of my first team keepers leaving having had their loans bought out, I needed to strengthen this department. I still had Vid Belec, who had been OK in the few games he had played. He would be fine as a number 2, but I needed a top keeper. I was therefore delighted to land the current Ukrainian stopper Bohdan Shust from Volyn Lutsk for £100k. He is no where near the level of Colombi or Brkic, but should be a safe pair of hands until something better crops up


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As a fall back, and hopefully one for the future, Georgi Bushchan thought he had a better chance of developing with Carpi than with the Dinamo Kiev 2nd team. Dinamo didn't try hard to keep him, which wories me and it took only £18k to bring him to Carpi. He does know that he will be 3rd choice for now.


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I hadn't lost any of my defenders, but when I got the chance to sign a current Ukrainian international center back, and one that was naturally left footed, I snapped up Evgen Selin from Dinamo Kiev. He had been on loan with Platanias, in Greece, so clearly out of favour, so keen to make a move to a club where he is wanted. The £1m spent would have used up a massive chunk of my budget, but I agreed with Kiev to spread the payments over 24 months and they were happy to accept the deal. He will move straight into the left of my back 3.


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The midfield had been decimated with the departures of my only right winger (Cofie) and my only usable defensive midfielder (Porcari) as well as Verdi and De Guzman who had accounted for 8 goals and 5 assists. Reinforcements were clearlyneeded and for the defensive role, my scouts turned up a bit of a gem from the Russian second tier. Stanislav Prychynenko (known as “Stan”) was out of favour at Tosno and had been on loan with Volgar Astrakhan. His record is nothing great, but he looks to have the makings of a solid midfielder, and there is still time for him to improve. For £85k he was certainly worth a punt.


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For the more more advanced roles I found 2 utility players who can both play anywhere across the midfield. Firstly Denys Kozhanov who looks to be very creative and wile hopefully increase the chances for the front 3. Shakhtar let me have him for £350k and immediately recalled him from his loan at Karpaty. My first job will be to wean him off the Ukrainian pies. Some light salads will be his diet for the next few weeks.


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Secondly, a name familiar to fans of Derby and Southampton is Andrejs Pereplotkins for whom Riga accepted an offer of just £35k. Although he plays for Latvia, he was actually born Ukrainian and switched nationality in 2007. He certainly has the pace to frighten defenders, although I do worry about what he does when the ball is at his feet.


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I had no direct replacement for Verdi, although Milevsky, Pereplotkins and Kozhanov can all fill that role. With the new recruits in place it was time to test out the new 3-4-3 formation. First up was Inter, at home, in the second leg of the Copa quarter final. We had a 1-0 deficit to overturn and would have to be at our very best. I didn't want to make too many changes, so just 3 of the Ukranians started.


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The formation is an addaption of a 3-1-4-2, with the wingers pulled back when off the ball and the central midfielders split to send one fourther forward. I really didn't like it very much, but the original had been solid. We were played off the park by an Inter side that never got out of first gear. It took just 9 minutes for Icardi to open the scoring and from then, the result was never in doubt. Kozhenov and Pereplotkins made second half debuts but it was asking a lot to turn this game. It was de Guzman's final outing for Carpi before his move to Sampdoria.

A few tweaks to the formation, to keep the left and right defender as narrow as possible and the wingbacks as attacking as possible and I hoped for an improvement at Genoa. We also had a new arrival in Andriy Gaidash, a forward from SKA-Energiya in the Russian lower league. £100k again sealed the deal and I hope that we now have enough firepower to get some goals from up front. He was elevated straight to the bench.


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At first glance, a 2-1 win in Genoa would be a good result, and a goal from Gaidash coming off the bench a positive sign. There were few others. We trailed for most of the game and didn't have a shot at goal until after 60 minutes. By then, Genoa were leading, but had Burdiso sent off for a bit of rough and tumble with Mbakogu at a set piece. I saw nothing much in it. With our second shot Gaidash gave us a scarcely deserved equaliser, then, deep into injury time, De Maio went in hard on Lasagne, second red card and a penalty. Letizia converted and we stole all 3 points.

The rest of the month was very scrappy, but somehow we picked up a few points, far more than we deserved. We currently sit 4th, but I am looking over my shoulder at the midfield pack. I think we have done enough to stay clear of Udinese in 12th, but we are only 9 clear of Sampdoria. The forwards are doing a bit better, Milevski has 2, Gaidash 2 and Mbakogu 1 since the start of the year.


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More importantly, I am expecting a call from Mark with the next set of restrictions. I just hope for 4 at the back ….. PLEASE ! I did get one clarification, and that is on Bosman signings. Providing that all of the paperwork is completed before the end of the current transfer window, the players will be allowed to join in the summer when the contracts expire. I therefore have a further 3 Ukrainians arriving on 1st July …. If I still have a job.

Mark
16-05-16, 02:20 PM
Pretty sure you'll still have a job with Carpi being 4th!

Some good signings in there. Main GK looks decent enough as do Milevskiy and Selin.

Fourfourtwo
16-05-16, 05:41 PM
That's a decent month I'd say - more good results than you'd have predicted with that formation. And some decent signings too. All seems to be going well... time for a crazy formation change...

ebfatz
16-05-16, 07:49 PM
Sitting relatively pretty in 4th.
Can't complain at that at all.

Good to get some internationals in as well. Was expecting full on dross after the last update hints.

kuy
16-05-16, 08:52 PM
I didn't know the standard 3-4-3 had an AM as one of the attacking three!

I think you've done good business in the transfer market there - Milevskiy, Selin, Kozhanov and both keepers look up to the job I'd say, and you've done well to keep the fees to a minimum.

Out of the cup is probably a blessing but the top three are pulling away, not surprised you're looking over your shoulder rather than ahead. Five games played and you've actually gone up a place though :D

Redknapp69
16-05-16, 10:33 PM
Wahahahah - I like Stefano :horn:

Milevsky looks AWESOME

Shust looks great as well!

Selin looks extremely solid

Koshanov could be a suprise

You pai peanuts for those signings as well! How's the bank balance looking now?


Good month of results again!

Kingsley
17-05-16, 08:00 AM
Pretty sure you'll still have a job with Carpi being 4th!

Some good signings in there. Main GK looks decent enough as do Milevskiy and Selin.

I'm not so sure about the job. I get nasty e-mails from Stefano if we lose 2 in a row


That's a decent month I'd say - more good results than you'd have predicted with that formation. And some decent signings too. All seems to be going well... time for a crazy formation change...

The results have been better than the play. I'm just aiming for a top 10. Is this formation not crazy enough ? I just can't get it to work. Very exposed to a counter attack down the centre of the park


Sitting relatively pretty in 4th.
Can't complain at that at all.

Good to get some internationals in as well. Was expecting full on dross after the last update hints.


I didn't know the standard 3-4-3 had an AM as one of the attacking three!

I think you've done good business in the transfer market there - Milevskiy, Selin, Kozhanov and both keepers look up to the job I'd say, and you've done well to keep the fees to a minimum.

Out of the cup is probably a blessing but the top three are pulling away, not surprised you're looking over your shoulder rather than ahead. Five games played and you've actually gone up a place though :D

I think you have picked the best of the signings in Milevsky, Selin and Shust, although I think that the DMC "Stan" might prove to be valuable. Ukraine doesn't have the depth it had when Shevchenko, Rebrov and Voronin were together. I'd have loved to be able to get hold of Konoplyanka, Yarmolenko or Kravets, but they are way out of my league, and I needed numbers, not one or 2 stars. There are also some pretty shit players out there with international caps.

Wahahahah - I like Stefano :horn:

Milevsky looks AWESOME

Shust looks great as well!

Selin looks extremely solid

Koshanov could be a suprise

You pai peanuts for those signings as well! How's the bank balance looking now?


Good month of results again!

Carpi is the gift that keeps on giving. The pictures are of the real Stefano. I couldn't believe my luck at having a slease-ball for a chairman.

The bank balance is currently £1,682,666 in profit. The transfer budget has not changed since the start and is stil £2.3m. Maximum wage is around £11,000 per week.

Kingsley
18-05-16, 02:09 PM
Life’s A Lottery

First came the e-mail


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Then the phone call

Kingsley: Ah ! Mr. Mark. We have been expecting you.
Mark: Watch it ! I'm the ruthless megalomanic with a shady and secretive past. Pleased to see that you like my formation. Muhahahaha !

We hate Vale. We hate Vale. We hate Vale

Kingsley: OK. Lets get this over with. Anything is better that 3-4-3, but can I request a 4 man back line please.
Mark: Not so fast. You will get what you are given. First I must tell you the story of how Stoke are going to dominate the world, or alternatively I could sing you a chorus of Delilah if you like. My My My Delilah do do do do do do do ….
Kingsley: Oh just get on with it
Mark: The tactic is number 8 ….. That's interesting
Kingsley: WHAT IS INTERESTING ?
Mark: 3-5-2 Attacking


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Kingsley: OK. I can work with that. I'd rather have a DM than the AM, but it has to be better than 3-4-3. What about a country
Mark: That will be 161 …. Also interesting
Kingsley: Why ? Who ?
Mark: Another country ravaged by a civil war. Your scouts will love this. They are heading for Africa ….
Kingsley: Cut the crap ! Who ?

.... to be disclosed in the next update

Vèrkûh
18-05-16, 06:16 PM
Is it mandatory to sign at least one player per country that is assigned to you or is it just a restriction when planning on new recruitments?

Redknapp69
18-05-16, 11:11 PM
Can you still sign Ukrainians now as well?

Kingsley
19-05-16, 05:54 AM
Is it mandatory to sign at least one player per country that is assigned to you or is it just a restriction when planning on new recruitments?
It is just a restriction for new transfers. I expect that some countries might be so small that they don't have any payers.


Can you still sign Ukrainians now as well?
That is it for Ukrainians (unless they get randomly drawn again) as per the last update, I have a couple arriving on Bosmans in the summer, but I can't look for any more.

Mark
19-05-16, 02:14 PM
3-5-2, not too bad. It's do-able.

Not too sure about the African country though, who could it be... Egypt? They are part of the African Nations!

Kingsley
19-05-16, 08:12 PM
Life’s A Lottery


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Mark: That will be Sierra Leone
Kingsley: Allegro ! Get me the phone number for …. Shit ! The only player I can think of is Thistle's Muzzy Dumbaya. Much as I love the guy, I don't need a rightback and if I did, I'm not sure he's Serie A. Are there any decent players from Sierra Leone ?
Allegro: SIGH So now I'm a scout as well as everything else !

kuy
19-05-16, 10:53 PM
I have a soft spot for the 3-5-2 Attacking, it just looks nice! Hope it treats you well :D

Kingsley
20-05-16, 07:32 AM
3-5-2, not too bad. It's do-able.

Not too sure about the African country though, who could it be... Egypt? They are part of the African Nations!


I have a soft spot for the 3-5-2 Attacking, it just looks nice! Hope it treats you well :D

Not unhappy at all with the 3-5-2 Attacking, although I would rather that the AMC was a DMC. I always think that having 3 players in attacking roles meens that they get in the way of each other ! Also, once again I have no use for my full backs.

God knows what the hell I do with Sierra Leone. Other than Muzzy Dumbaya, I don't know of any other Sierra Leonians. A quick look at their national side doesn't fill me with much hope. Curtis Davis, but I don't need a 32 year old central defender, and an attacker at Frosinone who they have only bought and will be reluctant to sell. "Ports Authority" looks to be the biggest club. I hope that there are some famous names who have a second nationality

Dermotron
20-05-16, 08:49 AM
Need to find Mohamed Kallon's regen if he's about :ok:

Lot's of guys from Sierra Leone seem to play in Sweden

Kingsley
20-05-16, 09:58 AM
Need to find Mohamed Kallon's regen if he's about :ok:

Lot's of guys from Sierra Leone seem to play in Sweden

Still in the first season, so no regens yet. No sign of Mohamed Kallon on the latest update, but there is a Bobson Kallon who plays for a club called Mighty Blackpool.

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I'll have him scouted anyway ! I so want to sign him .... transfer value £8k

Dermotron
20-05-16, 10:53 AM
I hope his Dad's name is Bob

"hi, this is Bob's son Bobson"
"and this is Bobson's son Bobsonson"

Mark
20-05-16, 11:23 AM
:lol:

Sierre Leone though, ouch!

Kingsley
20-05-16, 07:15 PM
And this is Bobson .....

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I think I'll keep that £8k in my pocket.

Mohamed Kallon is now the Serra Leone national manager (Update team take note !) and Chairman of FC Kallon .... His big brother is the manager !


:lol:

Sierre Leone though, ouch!

Actually .... I am just agreeing terms with a player who will be a major coup for little Carpi !

Dermotron
20-05-16, 09:43 PM
There's only 2 I can think of

Or else there's a pun in the making somewhere

merkezekrem
20-05-16, 11:50 PM
on the other side, 3 is very hard for the opp defenders to deal with eh :ok:

Redknapp69
21-05-16, 11:50 PM
https://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/nov/04/sierra-leone-mls-kamara-lahoud

Kingsley
23-05-16, 07:47 AM
Life’s A Lottery

I figure you have the same chance of winning the lottery whether you play or not ….. Fran Lebowicz


Stefano: My office 11 o'clock.

And he put the phone down.

This was it. It's not as if I hadn't been warned. We had earlier lost 2 in a row and he had told me then that he wasn't happy, but what does he expect from little FC Crappy who were supposed to battle against relegation this season ? We were 4th …. FOURTH …. in Serie A and I was getting the sack. I spent my final 2 hours in my office, packing my belongings into boxes and ensuring that all of the paperwork was inorder for my successor.

Fair play to him, it had been a diabolical shambles on the Wednesday night. Having drawn 0-0 with Sassuolo on the Sunday evening game, we now hosted league leaders Juventus. The players had given their all trying to find a winner against the local rivals, but they had defended resolutely and Sassuolo went home with the point that did little to ease their relegation worries. For us, we had the hardest test of the year and the best players were dead on their feet. With one eye on a winnable tie with Empoli next, I made the dramatic move of making 10 changes ! Only Belec in goal kept his place.

Right from the start we were on the back foot, especially when Pogba had the ball. The French magician had brought his A game, which was bad news for us. After 10 minutes, we had weathered the storm and I settled into the dugout praying for a miracle performance from Belec. That was when Cuadrado, the right wingback in a 5-3-2, centered for Perez who fed Dybala. The Argentine striker tuned and shot, Belec was slow to react. One-nil.


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2 minutes later and Pogba put one over the top for Mandzukic to run onto (not that he needed to run with the pace of our defenders). He opted to shoot early and Belec didn't move. Two-nil. Perez got the 3rd in 26 minutes with Pogba again given the assist and Assamoah the fourth and again it was Pogba getting a hat-trick of assists.

Now they were show-boating. The Biancorossi were singing that they could score when they want, and they were probably right. Then, a sloppy pass from Sami Khedira was collected by Fedele, who was through on goal, until Perez barged him in the back …. Penalty …. On his debut, Mancosu made it four-one from the spot ….. Mistake !


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After the interval, Mandukic headed in a Cuadrado cross, Pogba was left unmarked to get the goal he deserved, Chiellini headed in a Dybala corner and Dybala got the eighth with a solo effort. The match commentator then added insult to the injury by saying that Juventus had taken their foot off the gas. Juve had almost got tired of celebrating.


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On the positive, we had only allowed them 8 shots on target, but Belec was awarded a generous 3 rating by the official statistician. I warned him about the performance which he reacted badly to, thinking it was unfair ! He's probably right, a kick up the arse would probably be fair.

Allegro gave me a smile as I set off on my walk to the gallows. It was the first time I had seen here with a spring in her step. I knocked on the president's door

Stefano: Entrare

The executioner was dressed in black.


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Stefano: Sit down. I'll make this quick.

I did as instructed, then he hit me with a bombshell !


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I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. I still had my job, but they were satisfied with that ! Then he made my mind up for me.

Stefano: Just one thing before you go. I see from the expenses that you have sent the coaches to Sierra Leone.
Kingsley: Is that a problem ?
Stefano: No …. But are the women better looking there ? Ukrainian women are not much to look at.

There was still a job to be done, so I joined the lads for their extra training session, set up as a result of the Juventus performance. There would be no rest day after that match.

Kingsley: Right lads ….. I'm going to make you a deal. If you can give us a clean-sheet before the end of the season, I'm going to set up a Pizza Party ….. Scottish style.
Milevsky (always the leader): What is a Scottish style pizza ?
Kingsley: Deep fried !


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The reaction was quick in coming. Empoli opened the scoring after 3 minutes ! They then led 2-1 and 3-2 before a Milevsky second half brace gave us a valuable 4-3 win. 4 games to go and we were still 4th, but the pack were gathering and the next 2 games were away to Napoli and at home to Roma. Loose them, along with Chievo away and Genoa at home and we could still end up 10th. We lost to both Napoli and Roma by 1-0, mostly thanks to a restored Bohdan Shust in goal.

Chievo away was now a vital game. They were already relegated, but decided to park the bus infront of wave after wave of Carpi attack. Finally Bianco broke the deadlock and we got a 1-0 win … and the Pizza party. For some reason, they all wanted salad.

Other results had gone our way, so the worst that we could do was finish 6th. We very nearly got the win, but an injury time equaliser for Genoa held us to a 1-1 draw and a very creditable 5th place. I could now drop that 3-4-3 formation. 2 reasons to celebrate


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Off the field, developments had been slower. I had offered trials to 5 Sierra Leonians, however I decided that none had met my requirements, so I let them all go, then changed my mind and offered a deal to a midfielder with 17 caps


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As soon as he signed, I changed my mind again and wished that I hadn't.

Samuel was the only Sierra Leonian to join before the end of the season. The transfer window was closed, so I could only complete free transfers. I did however have 4 others joining when the window reopens in July. It all started with a prospective phone call.

Kingsley: Muzzy ! Mate ! How's it goin'
Mustapha Dumbaya: Who is this ?


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Kingsley: Mate ! You remember me …. Kingsley
Muzzy: What ! That weird angry sun thing ?
Kingsley: No. Well yes, I'm named after him, but no. I'm Kingsley, I've been your manager loads of times. Remember that cross you put in for Dools to win the SPL at Parkhead ? Or the man of the match award at the Scottish cup final v Aberdeen ?
Muzzy: Nope.
Kingsley: Maybe you remember me as The Eejit. Anyway, I'm now manager here at Carpi ….
Muzzy: Who ?
Kingsley: Doesn't matter. Just understand that this is a Serie A club … in Italy. I'm wanting to pick your brains about Seirra Leonian footballers. I know youve just signed a two year deal with The Jags, so I'd get lynched if I took those lung bursting runs down the right away from Firhill, but are there any others that you could suggest ?

He gave me some names that he knew of, but the likes of Antonio Rudiger at Roma and Ahmed Musa at CSKA were way out of my price range.


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There was one who did catch my eye, a defender with an English premier league club. £1.2 million would be a major investment, but I negotiated to have it paid over 2 years and he would be joining Carpi when his loan at a French club ended in the summer. I considered offers for Curtis Davies and Liam Rosignor, but worried about their ages and didn't really need their positions.

The other development was a chat with Christian Zaccardo. Now 34 and with his best year behind him, I asked him what his plans were after leaving. He didn't know, so I suggested that if he passed his coaching badges, he could have a player/coach role in the backroom here. He will now see out the rest of his playing days, and hopefully beyond, with Carpi.


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kuy
23-05-16, 11:21 AM
Fifth place would be a hell of an achievement with Carpi normally, let alone with your formation/transfer restrictions!

Redknapp69
23-05-16, 08:13 PM
unbelievable effort in that league position! :hail:

ebfatz
23-05-16, 08:20 PM
Second nationalities for the two out of the price range?

Gotta be a few Bangura's out there?

Al Bangura? Did a job in my story.
Although you don't need a DMC.

fry78
24-05-16, 12:37 AM
I know it is off topic slightly but that Carpi chairman reminds me of the chairman in a fictional football TV drama set in Mexico called "Club de Cuervos" (Club of the Crows).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Club_de_Cuervos
It is on Netflix very funny actually it is in Spanish but subtitled in English.
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Kingsley
24-05-16, 07:44 AM
Fifth place would be a hell of an achievement with Carpi normally, let alone with your formation/transfer restrictions!

unbelievable effort in that league position! :hail:

Very pleased to finish 5th. It is certainly higher than I expected, but it will get tougher from here. I could use any tactic I wanted for the first half of the season, now I have to play with what I'm given.


Second nationalities for the two out of the price range?

Gotta be a few Bangura's out there?

Al Bangura? Did a job in my story.
Although you don't need a DMC.

Yes. Rudiger is German and Musa Nigerian, but both have Sierra Leone as a second nationality.

I'd not considered Al Bangura, but I'll have him scouted. Playing for Caerau Ely and certainly in budget. I've found 4 other Banguras from Sierra Leone, one of which I like a lot, but his club doesn't want to sell.


I know it is off topic slightly but that Carpi chairman reminds me of the chairman in a fictional football TV drama set in Mexico called "Club de Cuervos" (Club of the Crows).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Club_de_Cuervos
It is on Netflix very funny actually it is in Spanish but subtitled in English.


I'll check that out

Kingsley
25-05-16, 02:47 PM
Life’s A Lottery

Fifth place in Serie A was a tremendous achievement and little Carpi received plaudits from managers across the globe for the magnificent effort. However we were not the only clubs in the region to be celebrating. Modena achieved promotion to Serie A and we will be having a local derby next season. Bologna lost to Frosinone in a play of for top place in Serie B, but will also be promoted. Along with Sassuolo, that is 4 teams in the region all in Serie A.

Kevin Lasagne was also celebrating his player of the year award from the Carpi Fans, although I think that they could have done better than to give him one of his own shirts.


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I'm not sure that 8 goals in 31 games would have got him my award, maybe Bohdan Shust in goal, but Lasagne was the top scorer (Yes … 8 !) and only Gaidash joined him and Shust as the regular starters averaging over 7.0 for the season

Simone Inzhagi was the surprise recipient of Serie A manager of the year. Lazio had only finished 8th.


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One of my favorite Fergie quotes was on Inzaghi when he said …. The lad was born offside.

The £3,500,000 of prize money for our 5th place was siphoned off by Stefano allegedly to install 3,500 additional seats in the Stadio Alberto Braglia. I was suspicious as it isn't even our stadium.

Note to update team …. owns stadium should be set to no

Elsewhere, Bayern beat Barcelona in the Champions League final, on penalties, after a goalless 120 minutes of boredom. That didn't stop Neymar, Messi and Suarez sweeping the board in the World Player of the Year awards. Villareal beat Shalke 04 in the UEFA Cup final.

It would be another relatively quiet summer at Carpi. I had done all of my shopping early, so I had the chance to go on holiday and get back in time to watch the European Championships in Ireland. Shust, Selin, Kozhanov and Yakovenko all traveled with Ukraine to the European Championships, being held in Ireland. Gagliolo was also selected for Sweden. I was very surprised to see that Stefano had also traveled to Ireland, as a pundit for Italian TV.


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A Greizmann penalty in extra time was the winner for France to beat Portugal 2-1 in the final. Earlier Nani had cancelled out Greizmann's opener and we also saw Beto sent off, in giving a away the penalty, while Varane followed him down the tunnel a few minutes later.

There was the usual mangement musical chairs. Among the highlights, Gus Hiddink was replaced by Massimiliano Allegri at Chelsea, which allowed Juve to appoint Jose Mourinho as their new boss. Man Utd replaced van Gall with Pochetino, and Brendan Rodgers became the manager at PSG. Torino sacked Ventura and replaced him with Lecce's Piero Braglia while Udinese replaced Luigi di Canio with Mauro Camoranese

All too soon, the summer was over and the boys returned for pre-season training. Before we get onto the new faces, there were several missing from the squad of last year. Andrea Boron, Fabio Daprela, Daniele Sarzi, federico Palmieri, Alberto Torelli, Nicolo Serotto and Federico Franchini had failed to impress while on loan last year and all were moved on, for a total of £700k (£550k of that was for Franchini !). 70 year old GK coach Matteo Panaleoni decided to retire, along with scouts Alex Tadeschi, Daniele Ferrario and Gianluca Paziani. Andrea Bolognesi and Davide Salati (Bolognese and Salad …. yuck !) retired from the physio team. It left the back room staff threadbare, with Andrea Rinaldi (54) as the only scout and Ricardo Levrini (63) as the only physio.

There was now a gap in the coaching team, and like Zaccardo, I made a similar deal with Artem Milevsky and he agreed to become a player coach, as well as club captain and set-piece specialist, but only if he could get a fashion lesson from Steffano.


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I think I've kept you waiting long enough

And so to the new boys. First to arrive were the 3 Ukrainians who were signed on bosman deals before the last window closed. Olexander Karavaev a utility wide player who had been on loan from Shakhtar to Zorya lLuhansk for last season. I'll be using him as a winger for now, but he looks a useful fullback. Vladimir Koman is a second winger and although he plays for Hungary, he is Ukrainian by birth. Koman has Serie A experience with Sampdoria. Finally Oleksiy Polyansky who can play in defense, or central midfield.


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Then came my 4 Sierra Leonians, who would join up with Samuel Barlay who joined on a free transfer last season. The flight from Freetown had been a long one and they were keen to stretch their legs with a light training session


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As usual, they were led out by the cabin crew. With ebola still an issue, they were keen not to catch anything


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However I suspect that the wifes and girlfriends were more at risk of catching something as Stefano clearly had his own plans for a light training session


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First to introduce himself was Abu Bakarr Kargbo a forward who arrived on a bosman after a season with Austria Lustenau where he scored 8 goals in 34 games. I'm not sure that he is much better than I have already got, but I have to try something to get some goals from the forwards. Rodney Strasser appears to be a much more solid option. I was looking for a midfield anchor man and I think that Rodney fits the bill. He cost £500k from Zagreb, but has previously played for Parma, Lecce and AC Milan. Abdulai Bell-Baggie is another risky one. The winger has been knocking around the lower leagues in England, most recently with Stockport. He looks better than that, but Serie A might be a step too far, but for £170k he is worth a risk. As soon as he signed, I got a warning from Mark as he had previously been on loan with Port Vale.


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And finally the big one. I had promised the fans a major signing and I think I have delivered. An England U21 regular and Chelsea starlet who can play either in defense or midfield. I have every hope that he will develop into a major player and will stay with Carpi for many years. I introduce to you …..


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The £1.2m transfer fee would have been a huge chunk of my budget, but the negotiations with Chelsea allowed this to be paid over 24 months. I also didn't take into account the TV money, so after all the business is completed, I still have £11.75m available to spend.

I considered investing in Mohamed Bangura who had been recommended to me, but I'm not sure that he offered anything different to those I already had. Curtis Davies and Liam Rosignor were also considered, but were just too old for the investment needed. I kept looking at Frosinone's Mustapha Bangura, and I think I could have done a deal there, but I'm not sure that he is different from the current options up front (fast and decent finishing). What I want is a big target man who is good in the air. I decided that if I could offload Jerry Mbakogu then I would go for Bangura. Jerry remains transfer listed with no interest. Fabrizio Poli, Alessio Sabbioni, Ricardo Gagliolo, Lorenzo Lollo and Ryan Hiwat have also been transfer listed.

kuy
25-05-16, 04:08 PM
Decent signings, Chalobah clearly the stand-out but I like Bell-Baggie and Koman too. Should be good enough for Serie A, and with a little Eejit/Kingsley magic I reckon you can push for European football again (I assume 5th was good enough for the UEFA Cup?)

ebfatz
25-05-16, 06:59 PM
Never even considered Chalobah.

Redknapp69
26-05-16, 12:56 AM
Agree with Kuy

Good squad players brought in but Chalobalah is the stand out :ok:

Mark
26-05-16, 11:54 AM
Chalobah! A good signing that, especially being a younger player too. All in all, the new faces look decent enough, even that eejit who played for the Fail!

Dermotron
26-05-16, 02:09 PM
Thought Antonio Rudiger may have been one, he's German/Sierra Leonean

Kingsley
27-05-16, 07:39 AM
Decent signings, Chalobah clearly the stand-out but I like Bell-Baggie and Koman too. Should be good enough for Serie A, and with a little Eejit/Kingsley magic I reckon you can push for European football again (I assume 5th was good enough for the UEFA Cup?)

Yes, 5th was good enough for the UEFA cup. Not sure that I can match that as I don’t have the star players I started last year with, and I can’t use my own tactics for the first half of the year. I’d take top 10 now to consolidate (and get a couple of decent nations to bring in quality players)


Never even considered Chalobah.


Agree with Kuy

Good squad players brought in but Chalobalah is the stand out :ok:


Chalobah! A good signing that, especially being a younger player too. All in all, the new faces look decent enough, even that eejit who played for the Fail!

I’m annoyed about not thinking of Chalobah immediately. He was my United captain in the “Can’t win anything with kids” challenge so I should have known.


Thought Antonio Rudiger may have been one, he's German/Sierra Leonean

As I said, I did look at him, but he is already earning more than my maximum wage and would have probably cost over £5m even if he was interested

Kingsley
28-05-16, 07:15 AM
Life’s A Lottery

The summer was over without any further transfer activity in or out of Carpi. There was the excitement of our first ever European draw, which saw us paired with Levski Sophia for the first round proper of the UEFA Cup. Not a bad draw, Easter European sides offer a decent test, although I'd prefer to be away in the first leg.

There was 1 Serie A match to be played before the transfer window closed, Lazio the visitors to Alberto Braglia. This would be the debut for the new 3-5-2 Attacking formation


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It's based on a 4-1-3-2, but with the defensive midfielder pulled back and the full-backs and central midfielder pushed forward. I have tried to keep the midfield 5 as defensive as possible. Squad selection was an issue with several players struggling for match fitness. There were still debuts for Chalobah, Strasser, Koman and Karavaev, while ther was room on the bench for Polyansky, Bell-Baggie and Kargbo, as well as the transfer listed Mbakogu. Lazio had added Marcos Alonso and Gary Medel. Last years games had been tight afairs and we had yet to score against them, losing 1-0 at home, but drawing 0-0 at their gaff. Up in the stand, Stefano had remembered to renew his season ticket.


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The way Carpi started, 0-0 was the least likely scoreline. We bombarded the Lazio goal, with Karavaev and Milevsky particularly guilty of passing up good chances. Lazio were happy to hit on the break, so Shust was called into action to pull off saves from Cataldi and Marcos Alonso. Approaching halftime it was still 0-0. Another chance for Milevsky was saved by Berisha, but he couldn't hold the ball, and Karavaev pounced to stab in for a goal scoring debut.


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It was no less than we deserved, but there was still time before the interval for Karavaev to claim a loose ball and drive a low shot into the corner. It was a happy dressing room at half-time.

The second half started the same as the first. We were ontop and winning every 50-50 battle, even many of the 40-60's ! It was no surprise when Milevsky's driving run and cross was met by the head of Mbakogu (on for Lasagne) and he headed in for 3-0.

Mangager of the year … your having a laugh was the chorus from the jubilant Carpi fans.


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Lazio did respond with a Marcos Alonso effort, but our dominance was sealed by Abdulai Bell-Baggie who came off the bench and thumped in a rasping volley when the wall had done well to block Milevsky's free kick. For the first time ever, Carpi were top of the league !


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It looked good, but I couldn't dwell on it for long. I had a new set of restrictions to discover and on the Friday, I got the message


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That was followed by the phone call

Mark: Not a bad start there
Kingsley: But I suspect you are about to ruin it
Mark: Not me …. depends on how lucky you are feeling
Kingsley: just give me a 4 man defence please !
Mark: Well to let you out of your misery, you have number 13 … unlucky for some
Kingsley: Oh god ! Not Sweeper !
Marl: 5-3-2


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Kingsley: Not bad, but I'll need a couple of wingbacks with massive stamina. Please be kind and make it a big footballing nation.
Mark: That will be number 50 …. Interesting …. Your scouts will be glad to be back in Europe and at least the civil war is over and the country is safe. It's not a country that have qualified for anything in my lifetime, but you do have a legend from ODB and .68 days. I wonder if he's still playing.
Kingsley: Who ?

I know what your thinking …. and it's not Belarus !

ThePsi
28-05-16, 10:52 PM
Congrats to your win! Really good job. The formation looks okay, love to play defensive midfielders like that. Hmm, about the country...Cyprus perhaps? Michalis Constantinou is often a really good buy with any team.

Redknapp69
29-05-16, 07:58 PM
Great win

I don't mind 532 - wings backs are key though

Dermotron
30-05-16, 12:20 PM
Can't think of an ODB legend from Guinea-Bissau

merkezekrem
30-05-16, 12:49 PM
Finland?

Pegster
30-05-16, 07:32 PM
Bosnia? Eldar Hadzimehmedovic isn't a wingback but probably qualifies as a legend. Hasan Salihamidzic was a pretty decent back/wingback back in the day but I'm not sure he'd qualify for legend status.

Kingsley
31-05-16, 07:16 AM
Life’s A Lottery


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Mark: That will be Cyprus
Kingsley: Allegro ! Get me the phone number for Michalis Konstantinou
Allegro: What do you think I am ? Directory fucking enquiries ?

Kingsley
31-05-16, 07:21 AM
Congrats to your win! Really good job. The formation looks okay, love to play defensive midfielders like that. Hmm, about the country...Cyprus perhaps? Michalis Constantinou is often a really good buy with any team.


Can't think of an ODB legend from Guinea-Bissau


Finland?



Bosnia? Eldar Hadzimehmedovic isn't a wingback but probably qualifies as a legend. Hasan Salihamidzic was a pretty decent back/wingback back in the day but I'm not sure he'd qualify for legend status.

Congrats to ThePsi .... Right first time


Great win

I don't mind 532 - wings backs are key though

I will need to find a couple of wingbacks. It has been awhile, but from memory full backs and wingers are OK as a stand in, but they can't cut it week in and week out.

Dermotron
31-05-16, 10:07 AM
Mariano Messera from the ODB was a cracking DML even though he was an AMLC in game. No Vincent Candela mind.

Cypriots in April 2016 data are probably worse than Sierra Leone :)

Kingsley
31-05-16, 10:39 AM
Mariano Messera from the ODB was a cracking DML even though he was an AMLC in game. No Vincent Candela mind.

Cypriots in April 2016 data are probably worse than Sierra Leone :)

Might not be too bad. Just looking at the national squad, there are 2 potential wingbacks (left and right) plus a couple of forwards that I like the look of.
As you say, neither wingback is Candela and neither forward is Konstantinou.

Mark
31-05-16, 10:53 AM
When are you going to land one of the big nations? :D

If can make it work with Sierra Leone, you can make it work with Cyprus! 5-3-2 is a decent tactic to work with.

Kingsley
31-05-16, 11:40 AM
When are you going to land one of the big nations? :D

If can make it work with Sierra Leone, you can make it work with Cyprus! 5-3-2 is a decent tactic to work with.

I'm in 2 minds about getting the big nation. Yes it would allow me to create a league winnining squad, but would it be as interesting if I had a team of top Spain/Italy/Germany/France/England players. That said, for most tactics, I do have the squad, what I would like is quality, so if I can get 1 or 2 players each window, we should be able to take steps forward.

At the moment, I'd rather have a 4 man defense than Spain !

316'sRegen
31-05-16, 01:15 PM
The players you're bringing in look sturdy though, if not stellar.

Great read this :ok:

532s are my fave setup. Wingbacks can surprise you with how good they turn out to be despite their attributes not looking so.

CMAdventurer
01-06-16, 03:45 AM
Great read so far, as it always is with you. You've certainly got your hands tied with having to continually adapt to the restrictions. They haven't been too bad so far but no doubt you will be presented with a tough deal on many occasions throughout the story. Great first season, looking forward to seeing how it develops.

One more thing, why did you change your name? :shocked:

Kingsley
01-06-16, 07:44 AM
One more thing, why did you change your name? :shocked:

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ebfatz
01-06-16, 12:47 PM
Interested to see who you turn up for Cyprus.

Certainly not teeming with decent players but there are a few out there.

AMC
01-06-16, 09:05 PM
Just catching up now, Ukraine could have been a lot worse for a first nation, but the tactic weren't great although you signed some good looking players for the tactic, after your squad was decimated in the transfer window.

A role reversal for the second restriction though, a not so bad tactic but a bugger of a nation, wasn't Momo Kallon once of Inter from Sierra Leone? Ok just seen Derm mentioned he was :D I'd have signed Bobson for £8k though, even if it was just for shits and giggles - he'll probably be shit and the opposition will giggle :lol: What the hell happened against Juve though?! Did you not think about substituting the keeper when it got to 4 or 5? Overall though 5th is an awesome achievement for your first season and with them restrictions!

Brendan Rodgers at PSG :jaw: Some decent pre season signings there, especially Chalobah, I'm surprised at the quality available from Sierra Leone. Great opening day win against Lazio, didn't you say last season you were top briefly though? Another sound tactic in 5-3-2, and you did get me with Belarus, not sure I can think of any Cypriots off the top of my head, but I'm sure you'll do your research and unearth some gems.

AMC
01-06-16, 09:29 PM
Great read so far, as it always is with you. You've certainly got your hands tied with having to continually adapt to the restrictions. They haven't been too bad so far but no doubt you will be presented with a tough deal on many occasions throughout the story. Great first season, looking forward to seeing how it develops.

One more thing, why did you change your name? :shocked:

Great to see ya back mate :ok:

CMAdventurer
01-06-16, 10:23 PM
Great to see ya back mate :ok:
Cheers, great to see this forum is still going strong (arguably more so than when I was a regular) and that you and Kingsley (still The Eejit to me) among other members are still active. Don't hold your breath on me being "back", though. I've had a few brief cameos in the last three or four years but nothing sustained. :P

AMC
01-06-16, 10:37 PM
To be fair I'm not on that much myself although that will change now I've bought a flat and am skint - the return of the Sir Bobby Robson story isn't too far away probably :D

CMAdventurer
01-06-16, 10:45 PM
the return of the Sir Bobby Robson story isn't too far away probably :D
:bounce:

Kingsley
02-06-16, 03:27 PM
Great to see ya back mate :ok:

Echo to that

Kingsley
02-06-16, 03:30 PM
Life’s A Lottery


Kingsley: Andrea, can you come to my office please

There was the sound of shuffling from next door, and a crash, which I assumed was the zimmer frame falling over. More shuffling and crashing, then 15 minutes later, my chief and only scout, Andrea Rinaldi entered the room.

Andrea: Please don't send me back to Sierra Leone again gaffer.
Kingsley: Don't worry. I do need you to go on another trip. Here are the flight tickets, and I've booked you into a hotel at Ayia Nappa

Andrea: On my way boss ! Packed and ready to go !

That was the first job done. Next I had to make an international phone call.

Kingsley: Michalis ! Mate ! How's it goin'
Michalis Konstantinou: Who is this ?


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Kingsley: Mate ! I know it's been a few years, but you remember me …. Kingsley …. except that I probably wasn't called Kingsley then
Michalis: What are you going on about ?
Kingsley: You must have played a thousand games with me as manager and probably scored a thousand goals to. Back in the day you were an absolute beast
Michalis: Nope.
Kingsley: Anyway, I'm now manager here at Carpi ….
Michalis: Who ?
Kingsley: Doesn't matter. Just understand that this is a Serie A club … in Italy. I was wondering if you were still playing, and if you might be interested in contract at Carpi ?
Michalis: I have retired
Kingsley: What about coaching ? Have you got any badges ?
Michalis: No
Kingsley: Scouting ? Any Cypriot players that are as good as you ?
Michalis: Any Cypriots with any talent will be in the national team. Good bye.

It was clear that this one was going to come down to hard graft, so I requested details of all the current and past Cypriot internationals. It didn't make great reading. 2 of their so called star players I didn't rate at all


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The 3rd one was a striker who I did like the look of, but his club had only just purchased him and valued him at £2.3m. It would take something significant to prise him away, if even possible and I'm not that sure he is much better than my current strikers. I decided to give him a miss.


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Looking closer at the squad, they did have a left and right wingback who looked promising, plus another striker who had the attributes of the big target man that I was missing. I sent a text to Andrea to have them scouted, along with a couple of others who may be of interest. It was now a case of waiting for Andrea's reports, so I turned my attention to the defense of top spot on our trip to Milan and our first venture into Europe with the visit of Levski. The 3-5-2 had done well against Lazio, but how robust would it be ? There were 2 changes to the squad to face Milan. Selin was injured so Romagnoli replaced him in defense. On the left wing, Koman dropped to the bench, Karavaev moved from right to left and Bell-Baggie started. The instruction that I forced into them was not to give away an early goal. We had to get the crowd on their backs. After 2 minutes Honda took a corner, Bonaventura jumped above Prychynenko 1-0. Back to the drawing board.


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Milan ran out comfortable 2-1 winners, with Milevsky's strike nothing more than a late consolation. Our stay at the top was ended after 1 week.


Technically AMC is right. We were top after week 3 last season, but only because others had games in hand. This was top on merit (he says, trying to escape from an embarrassing gaff)

I knew little about Levski, other than former Eastern European sides often being banana-skins in the early stages of the cups. Not so this time a Karavaev brace and another from Kargbo gave us a 3-1 lead to take to Bulgaria, where Lasagne added an away goal that Kargbo and Bell-Baggie added to in the second half. 6-2 the aggregate win and up next Valerenga.


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After the Levski game, I got a phone call from Andrea.

Kingsley: What's the news ? Have you found me a 20 goal a season striker ?
Andrea: Not exactly
Kingsley: A hard working midfielder to boss the park ?
Andrea: Not exactly
Kingsley: Well what, exactly ?
Andrea: Another scout. He was watching an APOEL game for Omonia and I recognised him as he was wearing a sheepskin coat. It's the uniform of scouts. He's interested in doing some work for Carpi, and as I am currently alone, I thought you could use him.
Kingsley: Tell him a contract is on it's way


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From my own work, I also found a coach at Anorthosis who agreed on a move to Italy.


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Domestically, the 3-5-2 was a bit hit and miss (which is better than the strikers who were mainly miss). The inconsistency was highlighted in the UEFA cup. Having brushed aside Valerenga, 5-1 on aggregate, we got the dullest of dull draws. AC Milan, at home in the first leg. We went into the game without keeper Bodhan Schust who had picked up a training ground injury. At the weekend, Vid Belec put in a howler, letting in the only 2 shots that came his way to hand Inter a 2-1 win. It was his first appearnace since the Juventus 8-1 thrashing, and of the last 10 attempts that had come his way, all 10 had gone in the net. Total loss of confidence in him


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I made the brave decision to give 22 year old Georgi Bushchan his first start. He couldn't be worse than “Bell-end Belec”


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It was a game that Carpi dominated from the first whistle we gave them a sound thrashing, and Kargbo, Martinho and Kozhanov all managed to convert from the 19 chances that we created. Milan were restricted to just a handful of efforts on goal, netting with 4 of them. The most 1 sided 3-4 defeat you will ever see. For the return, we needed to win by 2 (or 5-4, but that is unlikely). Schust was restored to goal and he has no creditable opposition for the gloves. I did have a look at the Cypriot keeper, but not sure that he would offer any more than “Bell-end Belec”


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Back to Milan and a massive mountain to climb. It was the perfect start. Pereplotkins found the net in the 11th minute, and again in the 19th, both from fumbles by Gabriel. We were in dream land. Milan were stunned, and never recovered from that opening, Kargbo putting the cherry on the icing on the cake in the 79th minute to complete the most remarkable turn around. Milan are out …. we face Porto in the new year !

Back to the league, and 8th is about right for the inconsistency we have shown. My target was to consolidate with a top 10 finish, so we are on-track for that. We are not an easy team to beat, but fail to win games we should win with comfort. The return from the strikers says it all really, but fortunately the midfield have stepped upto the plate, none more so than Pereplotkins who assumed the AMC role behind the front 2. Sadly, I'm not sure where he will fit into the 5-3-2 Attacking formation that starts for the next game.


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On the transfer front, I have deals agreed for 5 players from Cyprus, 4 of them internationals. A right and a left wingback, a targetman striker, a young attacking midfielder and a young keeper who may or may not make the grade. Add in the scout and the coach, and it is not a bad haul

Kingsley
02-06-16, 03:32 PM
Just catching up now, Ukraine could have been a lot worse for a first nation, but the tactic weren't great although you signed some good looking players for the tactic, after your squad was decimated in the transfer window.

A role reversal for the second restriction though, a not so bad tactic but a bugger of a nation, wasn't Momo Kallon once of Inter from Sierra Leone? Ok just seen Derm mentioned he was :D I'd have signed Bobson for £8k though, even if it was just for shits and giggles - he'll probably be shit and the opposition will giggle :lol: What the hell happened against Juve though?! Did you not think about substituting the keeper when it got to 4 or 5? Overall though 5th is an awesome achievement for your first season and with them restrictions!

Brendan Rodgers at PSG :jaw: Some decent pre season signings there, especially Chalobah, I'm surprised at the quality available from Sierra Leone. Great opening day win against Lazio, didn't you say last season you were top briefly though? Another sound tactic in 5-3-2, and you did get me with Belarus, not sure I can think of any Cypriots off the top of my head, but I'm sure you'll do your research and unearth some gems.

I hope the last update explains the reluctance to change the keeper v Juventus.

kuy
02-06-16, 03:53 PM
Sounds like you've done alright with Cyprus, but let's see who you bring in!

Mark
02-06-16, 04:10 PM
Wow, backroom staff! That's rarity :D

Shame that top striker has just moved on, would have been a good addition.

Some bad luck with GKs at the moment. I'd have been tempted to go for that Cyprus GK, looks better than the 22 year old Ukrainian at least!

Redknapp69
02-06-16, 08:28 PM
Michalis conversation :lol:

Tofas looks top quality though!

The new scout doesn’t have much of a Cypriot name?! :pound:

Only 4 points from 4th – pretty bunched table – doing a solid job there :clap:

kuy
02-06-16, 11:03 PM
Sounds like you've done alright with Cyprus, but let's see who you bring in!

Just realised that you put in screenies of who you're bringing in - they just aren't showing up for me! :doh:

Kingsley
03-06-16, 07:33 AM
Wow, backroom staff! That's rarity :D

Shame that top striker has just moved on, would have been a good addition.

Some bad luck with GKs at the moment. I'd have been tempted to go for that Cyprus GK, looks better than the 22 year old Ukrainian at least!

I have found a striker who I think might be better, certainly different from the ones currently on the books. I was tempted by that keeper, but I'm not sure he is any better than Belec, and Schust is fine for a first choice. Anyway, I'll get Italy or Spain soon and with Buffon/De Gea all will be rosy :-)




Just realised that you put in screenies of who you're bringing in - they just aren't showing up for me! :doh:

They are showing OK for me, but these are players who I am NOT bringing in !

kuy
03-06-16, 10:28 AM
They are showing OK for me, but these are players who I am NOT bringing in !

Aha!

(I had this problem on one of Eb's stories too, need to get my browser sorted...)

Kingsley
07-06-16, 11:54 AM
Life’s A Lottery

January 1st and the transfer window reopened, however before the flight from Cyprus landed, Carpi announced 2 players leaving. A deal had finally been done with Udinesse to take misfiring striker Jerry Mbakogu off our hands. The final fee of £1.5m was well below his valuation and Udinese immediately put a £3.8m price tag on his head. For me, it released a wage as he was only ever going to get used in an emergency. 7 goals and 1 assist in 21 starts, plus 8 from the bench is pretty pathetic. The other departure was that of defender Ricardo Gagliolo, who had somehow managed to pick up a cap for Sweden. Like Mbakogu, he looked good enough on paper, but just failed to perform when called upon. He was probably the 5th or 6th choice centre back, so again a cut price £500k deal was agreed. He wasn't moving far as his new club is Modena, who we share a stadium with !


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The flight from Nicosia arrived later that morning and the flight crew escorted the valuable cargo to the terminal.


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There was however no sign of Stefano. Apparently he claimed that due to the shortage of scouts, he would be best used assisting in that department. He had been unfortunately delayed on his return and was still tied up in Ayia Napa. He could be gone for a few weeks.


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Back to business and we welcomed 5 Cypriot players off the flight. The first 2 were both wingbacks with loads of stamina to handle the 5-3-2 formation. Both were full internationals and lots of club experience. Demetriou cost £650k from Walsall, but had previously been with Anorthosis, AEK Larnica and Orient. Avraam was a £250k capture from Anothosis.


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Next to come through customs was the big target man that I had been so looking for. He might not be Michalis Konstantinou, but he certainly adds something different and is sure to be a threat at freekicks and corners. The £100k that I gave to Apollon Limassol could well be one of my best bargains.


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The other two are both for the future, rather than being ready to force their way into the first team. I'm certain that Bohdan Schust has nothing to fear from Antoniou in the short term and I'm not convinced that he is an answer to Bell-End Belec. My hope is that he develops into something in a few seasons time. Despite his age, he did play 24 games for AEL before moving to us for £100k. The fact that AEL didn't put up much fight for him could mean he's not up to much.


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Finally we have a midfielder, who I'm still not quite sure why I bought him. He could well be this years Samuel Barlay. He has age on his side and might turn out to be a useful squad player.


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That completed all of the Cypriot dealings. I did keep having a look at that keeper, Anastasios Kissas. I even tested the water with a couple of bids, but they rejected £250k for a player valued at £100k. I'm not sure what I'd get for Belec, but I could end up paying out more for a player who is no better than I currently have. I decided to hold fire until I could find someone to challenge Schust for the number 1 spot.

There were 2 further departures before the end of the window. Alessio Sabbioni (Pro Patria) and Ryan Hiwat (Pro Piacenza) leaving for free. Neither had any chance of making the first team here and they may have found their level. Just 3 transfer listed players remain. Lorenzo Lollo has agreed on a Bosman move to Vicenza in the summer, while there is no current interest in Samuel Barlay or Fabrizio Poli.

On the playing front, I was really looking forward to the 5-3-2. It was the first time that I'd had a tactic that looked balanced both defensively and offensively. With Demitriou, Avraam and Karavaev I had wingbacks with the stamina to last 90 minutes, along with several wingers who I could call on if required. We made the short trip to local rivals Sassuolo with confidence and excitement about Kolodoudias and Avraam making their debuts.


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Avraam played 26 minutes before picking up a slight knock and was replaced by Bell-Baggie as a precaution. “Loko” never got a sniff in a game that had 0-0 written all over it from the first 10 minutes, and failed to over deliver on that promise. A very disappointing start. Next up was the second leg of the Copa Italia quarter final. We were 4-2 up on Udinese from the away leg and when Milevsky hit the target from a 5th minute free-kick, we were well on our way. Just before half time, I was cursing. Jerry Mbakogu marked his Udinese debut with a penalty. Why on earth did I not cup-tie him in the first leg ? Jerry made exactly that point as he passed my dugout in his celebration.


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Alarm bells were ringing as Matri made it 2-1 on the night to Udinese, but a Milevski strike calmed the nerves …. for 30 seconds before Lucas Evangelista made it 3-2 to the visitors. It should have been 4-2, but Matri missed a sitter in the closing moments, so we did progress, but not with any confidence for the semi final with Sampdoria.

The rest of January progressed on a similar trend. We thrashed Napoli, not that you would have got that from the 2-2 final score (Kolokoudias and Milevsky). We took a point from Lazio 1-1 (Demetriou) and were held by Milan 1-1 (Selin). I had been looking at a better haul than 4 points from the 4 league games. Only the 2-0 cup victory (Kolokoudias, Bell-Baggie) over Sampdoria in the home leg gave us any encouragement for the remainder of the season. We did have 1 foot in the cup final if we could hold on.


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Kingsley: WHAT THE #### DO I HAVE TO DO TO BUY A WIN ?
Allegro: At last … a question I can answer
Kingsley: What ?
Allegro: I'll tell you what you are doing wrong. Firstly, get a settled front pair. Up to you, but I'd go with Milevsky and “Loko”, but you might want to consider Lasagne. Who ever you decide, play them together and give them a chance to build a partnership. Next, the ####ing wingbacks. Push the bastards up when we are on the ball. Get them as far forward as you are allowed, and have them pinging over crosses to the big man up front. The way you have them they are holding their runs which blunts the attacking threat. With them pushing forward, switch your middle 3 around. Currently you have one holding his run and the other 2 pushing up. Change that, and have the middle guy getting as far forward as he's allowed. Finally ….. Why the #### do you persist with short passing ? You have a big gap between the defence and midfield, and another between midfield and attack. The strikers are geeting the balll with their backs to goal and a defender up their arse. Ping some balls over the top for the attacking 5 to run onto. Get the defenders turning and have them undecided about what is coming next. Get that sorted and come back if you think you still have a problem.

Despite my naïve tactics, we had held onto 8th place, moving above Fiorentina, but behind Milan in a compact midtable. If Allegro's tactics could make a difference, perhaps we could make Europe again. We will need 6th place, or win the cup, or lose the final to Inter/Napoli and them qualify for the Champion's League. Talking of Europe, it is now just 1 month until the away first leg of our UEFA Cup 4th round tie at Porto


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Tomorrow, the transfer window closes again and we know what that means. Am I feeling lucky ?

CMAdventurer
07-06-16, 01:08 PM
Tough start with the 5-3-2 but hopefully Allegro's advice will be the turning point, with some silverware on its way.

Mark
07-06-16, 01:10 PM
Whatever the outcome is, let's hope they have a decent goalkeeper!

All in all, the results aren't too bad. It's easy to forget that you've a lot of restrictions in place which makes it tough. I'd say 8th and a potential cup final is good going.

316'sRegen
07-06-16, 04:04 PM
Tough start with the 5-3-2 but hopefully Allegro's advice will be the turning point, with some silverware on its way.

Good advice I reckon :D

How are those wingbacks going? They looked decent and good prices.

Redknapp69
08-06-16, 11:00 AM
I LOVE Stefano :lol:

Both wing backs look decent enough

Is James Detriou (played for Swansea) milling around? – don’t think he’s very good though but was born in Cyprus


Lovely bit of jumping on Kolok

Is Antoniou a GK – looks very good atts considering his age :ok:

I’d say that’s a good month – unbeaten vs some massive teams (OK maybe not vs Sassulo!) and cup progress – what more do you want! 

Kingsley
08-06-16, 01:56 PM
I LOVE Stefano :lol:

Both wing backs look decent enough

Is James Detriou (played for Swansea) milling around? – don’t think he’s very good though but was born in Cyprus


Lovely bit of jumping on Kolok

Is Antoniou a GK – looks very good atts considering his age :ok:

I’d say that’s a good month – unbeaten vs some massive teams (OK maybe not vs Sassulo!) and cup progress – what more do you want! 

As you and Mark say, not a bad month, but I had been expecting more from this tactic, especially against Sassuolo and Sampdoria. A bit early to judge, but the wingbacks are doing OK. Avraam has played 6, 1 assist, average 7.33. Demetriou played 5, 1 goal, average 7.00. Neither has any problem lasting the 90 minutes, which is what I wanted them for.

There is a James Demetriou, a 21 year old striker, who Swansea loaned to Wealdstone. He played once for them before being freed. He is now with Ethnikos Achna and has scored 3 in his 6 starts. I don't have any attributes, but I'll have him scouted for interest, even though I can't buy any more Cypriots.

Kingsley
08-06-16, 02:00 PM
Life’s A Lottery

Next day, I got the message


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That was followed by the phone call

Mark: I thought you were pleased with that new tactic
Kingsley: I was, but it's not quite working. I've got some changes to try out
Mark: So I understand. Taking tactical advice from your secretary is a bit desperate. The tradition here is for the secretary to be put to non-footballing tasks
Kingsley: Have you met the secretary ?
Mark: Well lets see how lucky you are … For the tactic, number 4 … I think you'll like this
Kingsley: 4 man defence ?
Marl: 4-4-2 Diamond


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Kingsley: Happy with that. I prefer a narrow diamond as there is a big gap in central midfield, but I can work with that.
Mark: And the country is number 64 ….. Hahahahah ….. This is just too good ….. Hahahaha
Kingsley: Who ?


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Mark: That will be Ethiopia …. Sorry, got to go before I wet myself
Kingsley: Allegro ! Get me the phone number for ….. Oh forget it !

316'sRegen
08-06-16, 02:53 PM
Mark: That will be Ethiopia …. Sorry, got to go before I wet myself
Kingsley: Allegro ! Get me the phone number for ….. Oh forget it !

HAHAHAHAHAHA! :rofl::rofl::rofl:
Bloody Brilliant. What an evil bastard that Mark is.

I love it. (burst out laughing in work there and they are all looking at me like I'm not the full shilling now)

Sure you can go a half season without signing players at this stage, your squad is rounded out nicely enough to dig on if there are no great soccering Ethiopians.

Mark
08-06-16, 03:22 PM
:rofl:

Brilliant. No suspense at all this time about the nation, just out with it straight away!

kuy
08-06-16, 04:58 PM
Could be worse - could be Scotland...

:P

Kingsley
09-06-16, 08:13 AM
316, Mark. I'm glad you find this funny :sad:


Could be worse - could be Scotland...

:P

Are you suggesting that Scottish players are donkeys ?


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Donkey Leigh Griffiths

Kingsley
09-06-16, 08:21 AM
Life’s A Lottery


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Stefano: Good luck and enjoy the game. I'll see you in the morning for a debrief
Kingsley: What are you doing ? You can't miss Crapp... sorry, Carpi playing on one of the most famous football theatres in the world.
Stefano: Sorry, but my mate Peter Stringfellow has got us VIP tickets for the Mint Lounge. I'm not going to miss that. See you in the morning and buona fortuna


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It had been 44 days and 9 games since the draw with Milan and the tactical changes suggested by Allegro. A lot can happen in 44 days and 9 games. It started with a trip to Genoa who were given a footballing lesson. My club captain, Milevsky, had picked up a knock, so it was Lasagne and Loko who started. It was not my plan to have that as a permanent arrangement. The rout started when Loko's cross was punched clear by Sirigu and Prychynenko volleyed the ball straight past him. We continued to create 16 more chances, away from home, against a good Serie A side, but failed to capitalise due to an inspired keeper. Somehow it was 1-1 as we changed ends, Romulo scoring on a rare attack. It looked like same old, same old as we drove forward. Just after the hour, Demetriu found Lasagne in space. He made a meal of controling the ball, but put some meat into the shot. I have to say that his celebration was a bit cheesy.


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To finish off Genoa, Koman added a third to complete a flowing passing move that went the full length of the pitch.

This was more like I had expected. Next up was Torino, definitely our bogey team and I had just one draw from our previous 3 games. It looked like they would take away all the points to maintain their title challenge, until injury time. Lasagna and Kolokoudias combined for the big Cypriot to grab a late, but fully deserved equaliser. Anything from Torino feels like points won. Atalanta (1-0) and Frosinone (5-1) continued the run, added to by Empoli (1-0) and Bologna (3-2) in the derby. 16 points from 18 is a more than respectable return, but that was small-fry compared to other results.

Firstly, we took a 2-0 lead to Sampdoria as we looked to make our first ever Copa Italia final. We didn't want to concede an early goal, which is exactly what we did. There was still 80 minutes left, so no need to panic. An away goal would make a huge difference. Karavaev got that away goal in the 28th minute. Sampdoria needed 3. They got one in the 67th, but we were looking just as dangerous as them. Chances fell to both sides, but it was Lazaros who got it for Sampdoria …. in the 93rd minute. We were through on the away goal and would face Napoli who had a surprise 6-5 aggregate win over Inter.

We had made the cup final. “Not so crappy anymore” sang the fans, but that was small-fry compared to other results.


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The UEFA Cup, and a very testing trip to Porto in the 4th round. The Portuguese had got to this stage after droping out of the Champions League, coming 3rd in a group topped by Barcelona. They were also behind Fenerbache, but ahead of Borussia Munchengladbach. Podbeskidzie were beaten 3-0 on aggregate in the 3rd round, and now they faced Carpi. For the first leg, we had a few players tired from the weekend games, so we started Martinho, Romagnoli, Karavaev and Lasagne instead of the regulars Polyansky, Chalobah, Avraam and Kolokoudias. Nobody gave us much chance and I just hoped that we would not be out of it before the home leg.

It was a very cagey start, Porto with their 4-5-1 looking to dominate the midfield and win that battle. There were few chances in the first half, a good save from Shust and a penalty claim when Kargbo (on for Milevsky in the 30th minute) looked to have pulled down Brahimi. Same again second half would do me.

My second change was forced and Bell-Baggie replaced Demetriou at the interval. 9 minutes after the restart, Porto won a free-kick. The wall did it's job by blocking Brahimi's effort, but it broke to Silva who squared to Brahimi and the Algerian winger made no mistake with a second bite at the cherry. 1-0 would not be too bad, but we did better. Bell-Baggie orked hard to get down the right flank. He put in a low cross to the near post where Koman had lost his marker. Cassilas left a gap and Koman slotted in his shot between keeper and post. 1-1 and an away goal to take home.

For the second leg, Chalobah returned, but there was still no Kolokoudias, while Koman also failed to start and Bell-Baggie took his place. For once we did manage to avoid giving away the early goal. It was a frantic opening with Carpi swarming around the Porto box. The goal we deserved arrived on 22 minutes, Stasser and Prychynenko setting up Bell-Baggie for the right foot strike. The home support went mental …. but only for 30 seconds. Baiano's free-kick was headed in by Suk Hyun-Jun for a quick equaliser and we were back to square 1.


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We continued to press and Porto soaked it up, looking to counter. Lasagne crossed, but Milevsky's header was saved by Cassilas …. but Bell-Baggie was first to follow up and he managed to get a toe on the ball before Martins Indi could reach it and the ball trickled over the line. I always thought we might need a 3rd. We got it on 66 minutes. Strassers corner was floated beautifully for Chalobah to attack and he thumped a header into the goal. We had a cushion to defend now, which we did, despite Bueno's late consolation.

So, 16 points out of 18 in the league, a place in the Copa final and progress to the Quarter Finals of the UEFA Cup …. A lot can happen in 44 days and 9 games.


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And that takes us to where we started

Stefano: Sorry, but my mate Peter Stringfellow has got us VIP tickets for the Mint Lounge. I'm not going to miss that. See you in the morning and buona fortuna
Kingsley: You can't be serious …. You would miss Manchester United playing a diddy Italian team that nobody has ever heard of and instead go with your playboy mate to ogle at young women in short skirts getting high on drugs and alcohol and cavorting around to loud music ?
Stefano: Let me think …. Yes.
Kingsley: Me too. But I'm the manager of the diddy Italian team that nobody has ever heard of. I'll want to talk about that transfer target though
Stefano: Get me a report from the scouts first. I'm off to do my own scouting

Mark
09-06-16, 10:26 AM
Turns out Allegri's advice was sound! Great string of results there, looking very impressive!

Redknapp69
09-06-16, 10:37 AM
Amaizng points haul there!

Q - were those results with the 532 wing backs? if so, when does the diamond kick in? (bit confused)

And with the Nation, it is just 6 months you can only buy players from that Nation? Could it be longer? I guess you are at the point now where if its a shit nation you do not have to buy anyone? Or is there a restriction where you have to buy "x"?

Looks like na exciting end to season coming up :ok:

Kingsley
09-06-16, 10:47 AM
Amaizng points haul there!

Q - were those results with the 532 wing backs? if so, when does the diamond kick in? (bit confused)

And with the Nation, it is just 6 months you can only buy players from that Nation? Could it be longer? I guess you are at the point now where if its a shit nation you do not have to buy anyone? Or is there a restriction where you have to buy "x"?

Looks like na exciting end to season coming up :ok:

The new restrictions get picked on the day after a transfer window closes. I have to play the new tactic from the first day that the next transfer window opens (to give me a chance to recruit specialist players, like wingbacks or sweepers). So I am currently playing 5-3-2 until the end of the season and 4-4-2 Diamond will come in for the start of next season.

Transfers ..... some countries won't have any players, or Saudi Arabia won't allow me to sign any, so I'm not forced to recruit, but I can't recruit from anywhere else.

I hope that helps to clarify.

kuy
09-06-16, 11:46 AM
Brilliant run of results - Kingsley out, Allegro in! :D

Looks like that top four are pulling away, especially if Torino and Inter win their games in hand, but if one team stumbles and you can keep this form going, who knows...?

Kingsley
10-06-16, 06:59 AM
Life’s A Lottery

They may be 6 points clear of Arsenal in the English Premier League, but the United squad had changed dramatically since Mauricio Pochettino had taken over. Gone were Young (Villa), Carrick (Newcastle), Valencia and Lingaard (Everton), McNair (Leicester), Schweinsteiger (Dortmund), Jones (Swansea) along with 7 other lesser players. The one that raised supporters eyebrows was when he sold Wayne Rooney to his former club Spurs for a cut price £9m. In there place we had Alvaro Morata, Stefan de Vrij and Jan Vertongen. The United midfield was held together by Scotsman …. Yes Mr Kuy …. Scotsman Charlie Adams !

When the teamsheets were exchanged before kick-off, there were gasps of surprise amongst the United faithful. Morata, Vertongen and Adams were all rested, along with regulars Darmian, Smalling, Mata, Schneiderlin and Martial. At right back we had a 19 year old American making his professional debut and up front, James Wilson had started just 3 games previously. They were showing us very little respect.


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For our part, we were on a club record equalling 7 game unbeaten run and what better place to set a new record. Kolokoudias was out injured while Avraam and Polyansky were rested as they struggle to play more than once per week. Other than that, we were pretty much full strength. I gave out the final instructions

Kingsley: Oleksandr. I want you to target that young right back. I don't know anything about him, but he has got to have nerves early on. Make sure he has a hard time. Artem, Kevin. Don't wast any opportunities. They are still a top side, so we won't get many chances lets capitalise on them. Vladimir. I want you to do the opposite of man marking. When ever you get the ball, run towards that big lummox Felaini. Win us some cheap freekicks for Artem to have a pop at. Finally, lets get that crowd quiet and keep them there. OK …. Off you go
Allegro: May I say something ? Most important, go out and enjoy yourselves. You won't get many chances to play on a stage like this, so make sure you remember it for the right reasons.
Kingsley: Ehm … Yes … Like she said … Enjoy your selves. FORZA CARPI

United looked keen to get the early goal, but both Wilson and Januzaj passed up their chances. After 20 minutes, the pace slackened from both sides. Rojo attacked down their left and as he went into the penalty area, went down under a challenge from Strasser. TV replays showed that it was clearly a dive, but the referee awarded the penalty which Felaini converted. The crowd was not quiet.


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For the rest of the half, we gave as good as we got, but never truly looked like pulling level. There were few chances at either end and neither keeper was forced to much action. On one attack from us, Lasagne pulled up with a hamstring problem. He tried to run it off, but as a precaution, Kargbo replaced him before the interval. On the restart, United looked content to soak up the presure. Milevsky did get a couple of freekicks from fouls by Felaini, but the defence was well organised and never looked like we would break it down. 67 minutes and United got a break. Herrera crossed to the unmarked Wilso who connected with his left foot for 2-0. The United bus was parked and that is how it ended.

Disappointing, but we were not out of it.

We took revenge on Modena. Artymatas and Koloukoudias put us into a 2 goal lead before half time. Modena fought back to level, but after Artymatas was sent off for a second yellow card, Chalobah poped up at a corner to head home a late winner in the big derby.

Next up was the return game with United. Lasagne had picked up a knock and Kolokoudias was still out, so Kargbo got a rare start. United brought out the big guns.


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An early goal would put doubts in their mind and give us hope. United had similar ideas about ending the contest quickly. After 20 minutes it was still 0-0 and looked likely to remain that way. In a dull first half, both keepers had just one save to make and both keepers made their saves with some ease. The longer it stayed that way, the happier United looked. After an hor, they made their first change. Felaini for Schneiderlin. “Target the big lummox” was the instruction. Then a strange one. Blind replaced Mata. It only became clear when you looked at the new line up.


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They were taking no chances. I went for all out attack for the final 20 minutes. Bell-Baggie replaced Prychynenko at a United freekick. Shust gathered Adams cross and released Demetriou who sent a 35 yard diagonal to Karavaev. The Ukrainian advanced down the left, but his final pass went behind Kargbo's run …. but Milevsky was arriving late and dispatched a rasping drive past de Gea for his 10th of the season.


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18 minutes to find another and take it to extra time. Fresh legs were thrown on in the form of Gaidash and Martinho, but the United wall of red was holding firm. Strasser looked to be through until a last ditch tackle from Darmian ended his run. Gaidash headed a corner wide and our last chance was passed up with Gaidash firing straight at de Gea.

It was close, but no cigar. The next major milestone will be our cup final clash with Napoli.

Redknapp69
10-06-16, 07:30 AM
Ooooooft - great effort there against a still strong United Team - proud of the UEFA cup run

Cheers for clarifying as well :ok:

ebfatz
10-06-16, 09:53 AM
A valiant effort indeed.
Ran them close but that was probably about your limit at the moment.

Time to concentrate on catching and breaking that top 4.

Mark
10-06-16, 10:06 AM
Did well there though in the return leg, nothing to be ashamed of.

PS - It's Adam not Adams :D You won't believe how many Stoke fans make that mistake too. It's not as though he's been with us for long, only 4 years...

Kingsley
10-06-16, 10:41 AM
A valiant effort indeed.
Ran them close but that was probably about your limit at the moment.

Time to concentrate on catching and breaking that top 4.

I think it's really a top 3 + Torino having a good season. I don't think I'm close to challenging for Serie A yet, or even a Champions League place (top 3), but if I can regularly get into the UEFA cup then I'll be more than satisfied.

Incidentaly, I've checked my stats and my record is 41 wins from 82 games, exactly 50% win rate. Normally I'd be up around 68-72%, so the restrictions are doing their job, even if I expected Carpi to struggle a bit more.

Kingsley
10-06-16, 10:43 AM
Did well there though in the return leg, nothing to be ashamed of.

PS - It's Adam not Adams :D You won't believe how many Stoke fans make that mistake too. It's not as though he's been with us for long, only 4 years...

He was so good, I thought there were 2 of him, hence the plural :embarassed:

Dermotron
10-06-16, 10:59 AM
He was so good, I thought there were 2 of him, hence the plural :embarassed:

He was so out of shape you thought there was 2 of him

CMAdventurer
10-06-16, 11:06 AM
Nice to see a Blackpool legend in your team. Hopefully he will be a hit.

Good effort against United, but if Fellaini scored, you must be shit. :P

Kingsley
10-06-16, 11:18 AM
Nice to see a Blackpool legend in your team. Hopefully he will be a hit.

Good effort against United, but if Fellaini scored, you must be shit. :P
It was a penalty (won by a United player taking a dive at Old Trafford)

:confused: Who is the Blackpool legend ? Charlie Adam was playing for United.

316'sRegen
10-06-16, 11:19 AM
:lol:

nice use of the word "lummox" :ok:

United fairly did a clear out eh? I would rather have Morata than Rooney anyway.

They were afraid enough to park the bloody bus at the end :D

Kingsley
10-06-16, 11:23 AM
:lol:

nice use of the word "lummox" :ok:

United fairly did a clear out eh? I would rather have Morata than Rooney anyway.

They were afraid enough to park the bloody bus at the end :D

Lummox
Derives from Scots dialect: A lummox is a large, gangly, lanky and useless waste of space. A poor excuse for a human being
Git oot o ma way ya useless lummox

The direct translation into Belgian is "Marouane Fellaini"

CMAdventurer
10-06-16, 12:11 PM
:confused: Who is the Blackpool legend ? Charlie Adam was playing for United.
Oops. Must learn to pay attention. :doh:

Kingsley
10-06-16, 04:11 PM
Life’s A Lottery

It was ever so close to another memorable win. Since that very first match in charge, when Miranda was sent off, Inter have beaten us 4 times on the spin. We have yet to score against them at the San Siro or Giuseppe Meazza or whatever it's called. In a game of very few chances, Kolokoudias tested Handanovic with a close range shot and Koman pounced on the rebound to give us a 56th minute lead. We had chances to extend that lead, but it was Moreno who got on the end of a flick on from a freekick who levelled with 12 minutes to play. It looked as if the draw, which would have been a fair result, was on the cards, but deap into injury time, Biabiani found him self free and he lashed in a winner that maintained the homesides title challenge.


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No need to dwell on what might have been, although it was a worry that we had conceded 2 goals in 4 of our last 5 games. Allegro might have sorted out the attack, but the defence was looking a bit shakey. I'll ask her advice when I next see her, however I won't complain about the current run of results.

It was the end of my weekly meeting with Stefano. We had covered the financial situation. We had made £875,509 in the past month and £8,067,636 since the start of the season, and that was against a small loss last year. The bank balance stood at £9,068,215 and Stefano had given me a transfer kitty of £11,000,000. It was a worry that despite our European adventure, average attendance was down on last season (16,373 from 17,637) but overall, Stefano was more than happy with the way that the team was performing.

Stefano: Transfer business
Kingsley: I did make an approach for that coach from Spain we discussed, but unfortunately he wasn't interested in a move to Italy at this time.


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Stefano: That's unfortunate. I'm not sure how long Roberto Perrone will go on. He's 64 next month so we may need a new goalkeeping coach and Oduopong would have been perfect.
Kingsley: Also, I've got the scout reports you wanted for that lad I was interested in buying.


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Stefano: Very impressive
Kingsley: And one of my colleagues talks about him with very high praise.
Stefano: How much would he cost ?
Kingsley: His current club value him at around £4m, but obviously he is a regular starter, so I think it would take double that. I might have to throw all £11m to get him, and it still might not be enough. Even if we can agree with his club, the player himself might not want to come here, although we could almost double his salary.
Stefano: I'm not sure where your going with this, but you have your budget and if you want to spend it all on 1 player, that's fine, but I'll not be giving you any more, not even for Lionel Messi. The finances are good because we work on strong foundations and I'm not going to change them for some pipe-dream of yours. We're not Juventus you know.
KingsleyOK. I'll start some negotiations, but this guy could be the difference. If we don't get him and slump next year, don't blame me.


If anyone works out who this is, please don't post a name. If I get him, I'm building to a big unveiling.

For a 5th game out of 6, we let in 2 goals. The visitors, Sampdoria, were even leading 2-1 with 5 minutes of normal time to play after Demitriou had opened the scoring for us. Pereplotkins had come off the bench with 25 minutes left and it was his cross, headed home by fellow sub Kevin Lasagne, who looked to have rescued a point. With virtually the final kick, Bell-Baggie centered and it was Pereplotkins himself ho hit a low drive in off the post to give us all 3 points and leave Sampdoria with nothing. Some you win and some you lose.


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I'd have preferred an easier build up to Carpi's big day. An emotionally draining 3-2 win is not the best preparation for a cup final. The Copa Italia final is played over 2 legs, and we would visit Napoli for the first leg on a warm Wednesday evening. Having played on the Sunday, there were some players feeling a bit of fatigue, so it was time for the squad to step up. To be fair, Napoli also had some problems, but Maurizio Sarri elected to drive his players through the tiredness.


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The early signs were that my option was right. The fresher legs of Artymatas and Bell-Baggie exchanged passes and the cypriot midfielders shot took a huge defection off Allegra, completely wrong footing Pepe Reina and we had a 3rd minute lead. Officially it was recorded as an own goal. After that it was a fairly even game, although shooting boots had been left at home. Both sides had 8 efforts on goal in the 90 minutes, but both had only 3 on target (I think that included Allegra's own goal). The difference was Bohdan Shust. He had a stinker and he knows that he should have done better with the efforts from Mertens and Sturaro that handed Lazio the win. He applogised to his team mates after the game when given a warning about his performance. That said, at 2-1 we are right in it for the second leg. Napoli can't afford to park the bus like United, and our home form is generally very good.

It was again 2 goals conceded a run which is now 6 games out of 7. That run ended when we visited Juventus. They scored 4 after we were reduced to 10 men and Perez 17th minute penalty cancelled out Milevsky's penalty opener in the 4th minute. They have now scored 16 goals in the 4 meetings between our sides.


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We are nothing if not inconsistent. High flying Roma were brought crashing down to earth as Koman and Chalobah scored late on and we recorded a rare clean sheet. It was our first win over the Giallorossi. It was followed up by a 2-1 victory at home to Udinese and, with one eye on the Copa Italia second leg, a makeshift team of fringe players pulled of a creditable 2-2 draw at Fiorentia, although it was disapointing to let a 2 nil lead after 15 minutes slip away.

The important thing is that we will be at full strength for the cup final, and with 2 games to play, we are guaranteed 6th place. We face Napoli on the last day, while all eyes will be over in Turin where there is the mother of all derbys. Depending on results in the next few games, this one could be for the title, or could let Roma or Inter sneek in.


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trunky
10-06-16, 04:19 PM
Another good month and slowly slowly catchy monkey.

Mark
10-06-16, 04:31 PM
Good work in guaranteeing the top 6. Roll on the final!

No idea who the new signing could be anyway :D

kuy
10-06-16, 09:46 PM
No idea about the new signing, but the line "one of my colleagues talks about him with very high praise" is interesting... Whoever he is, he looks quality!

No shame against Man Utd, even with Morata etc missing in the first leg that was still a strong side. Good to get an away goal against Napoli, hope you can go on and finish the job :ok:

Kingsley
13-06-16, 08:36 AM
Life’s A Lottery

”You have never beaten Napoli” was the helpful reminder that everyone gave me. It was true. We had recorded 2-2 draws in the previous 2 home games and lost, by a single goal in every visit to their place. We may not have won, but the games had been very close. This one was the big one, The Copa Italia cup final second leg and I would happily accept all of these previous defeats for a 1-0 win that would give us the cup on away goals. That was the challenge we had been set, win 1-0.

The key players had all been rested so that they were 100% fit and so I made 10 changes from the starting 11 that drew with Fiorentina in Sundays league game. Only Shust, who has become undroppable, started both matches. Missing were key players like Insigne, Koulibaly, Callejon and Schuurs. Maurizio Sarri always preferred a defensive 4-5-1 line-up with Mertins, Hamsik and Gabbiabini getting forward to support Gonzalo Higuain, a player who had been a thorn in our side every time we had met.


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Taking his seat in the main stand, Stefano appeared to be relaxed. There had already been good news that day. After bids of £4m, £6m and £8m had been rejected for the mystery Ethiopian player, £7.95m was accepted and we were allowed to discuss terms with the player. His initial demands were a little more than our wage structure would allow, and there was also a request for a ridiculously low release clause, but negotiations had started.


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Final talks had been given, anthems had been played and hands had been shaken. Ginzalo Higuain stood over the ball on the center spot waiting for the ref to get the word from the TV director that he could blow his whistle and start the match. Of course I had had dreams, mostly of getting an early goal to settle the nerves.


Actually that's not strictly true. Mostly they involved Pixie Lott and/or Frankie Bridge, but lets keep those dreams private

Not even in my wildest dreams could I have imagined what happened next. 9 minutes in, and the first meaningful attack. Selin waited for Milevsky to find some space and he chipped it wide to Koman on the right. A beautiful diagonal found Avraanm rampaging down the left flank who crossed for Kolokoudias and we had our early goal.


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Napoli were shaken by that. Strasser won a challenge in midfield and set off on a run down the right. His low cross was met by Koman who took it first time and found the right corner. 2-0. 90 seconds later and Milevsky's header was parried by Reina and Kolokoudias was first on the rebound. 3-0 and just 17 minutes played.

Napoli were completely blown away. It was damage limitation as they reworked their formation into a 4-1-4-1, but Higuain was completely isolated and denied any service. They never looked like getting back into it. It got worse for them as Hamsik and Hysaj collided with each other and both had to go off after just 30 minutes. It could have been more. Strasser hit the crossbar and Avraam looked to have been tripped as he ran into the box, but the referee waved play on. It was more. Avraam crossed to the far post, Strasser squared for Demetriou and the right wingback hammered in number 4.

With “Ole” greeting every pass, it was total domination from the men in white and red. Napoli fans were leaving the ground with still 15 minutes left. History had been written. Carpi had won the Copa Italia


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316'sRegen
13-06-16, 09:51 AM
Nice one! Great win in the cup,

The prestige should hopefully help with the mystery kid's impression of Carpi and willingness to take a realistic wage.

I don't understand how the keeper had become undroppable but was conceding 1.8 goals per game though....
Surely a big European country is due out, Spain, Germany, France?

I know you maybe haven't thought about it yet but do you plan to move around and are there other leagues running?

kuy
13-06-16, 11:22 AM
Amazing win!

CMAdventurer
13-06-16, 01:20 PM
What a way and what a time to end your winless streak against Napoli! Well done on the cup win, let's hope you can persuade the Ethiopian to join.

Kingsley
13-06-16, 01:26 PM
Nice one! Great win in the cup,

The prestige should hopefully help with the mystery kid's impression of Carpi and willingness to take a realistic wage.

I don't understand how the keeper had become undroppable but was conceding 1.8 goals per game though....
Surely a big European country is due out, Spain, Germany, France?

I know you maybe haven't thought about it yet but do you plan to move around and are there other leagues running?

It's not so much his own form that makes Shust undroppable, it is my other keepers who have not saved a single shot on target in their last 4 games.

My plan was to stay with Carpi until I get sacked and I think that is what I intend on doing. I do have every playable league selected in the foreground, so there is also a chance that this will end with an unrepairable crash ! If I do get sacked, we'll see what the options are and whether I am bored or have a better idea by then. It would need to be a club without any foreign player restrictions though.


What a way and what a time to end your winless streak against Napoli! Well done on the cup win, let's hope you can persuade the Ethiopian to join.

Very much in the balance. We will be punching above our weight to get him. Winning the cup means European football next year which will help. His current club can't offer that.

Mark
13-06-16, 02:48 PM
An excellent result. What an absolute hammering of Napoli, congrats!

Now let's hope for more good news with the new signing....

AMC
13-06-16, 08:48 PM
What a cup win mate, congratulations! Can't wait to see who this striker is either, I've already pre-ordered next season's home Carpi shirt with number 9 on the back, I just hope he signs on the dotted line soon so I can get the name put on in time!

Kingsley
13-06-16, 09:23 PM
Kevin Lasagna has the number 9 shirt and I don't like to rip off the fans by changing player shirt numbers each year. The 10 is currently free and I've asked the club shop to change it if you want to take your number 9 back. (Or you can walk around Southport with "LASAGNA" on your back).

The deal for the striker is not done yet .... We have a small complication in the deal !

AMC
13-06-16, 09:33 PM
It's next years kit I've pre-ordered so I knew Lasagna's number 9 was free, we don't want complications though!

kuy
13-06-16, 10:18 PM
Finding it interesting that you blanked out the Ethiopian's club and first nationality - too much of a giveaway? Or just trying to conceal details to build up a big reveal?

A 22-year-old from a minor nation is probably a regen at this point... Maybe a Portuguese player who originally had Cape Verdean second nationality, or something like that?

316'sRegen
13-06-16, 10:26 PM
:ear:
If anyone works out who this is, please don't post a name. If I get him, I'm building to a big unveiling.

:brick:

Kingsley
14-06-16, 07:22 AM
Finding it interesting that you blanked out the Ethiopian's club and first nationality - too much of a giveaway? Or just trying to conceal details to build up a big reveal?

A 22-year-old from a minor nation is probably a regen at this point... Maybe a Portuguese player who originally had Cape Verdean second nationality, or something like that?

It's not a regen, and yes the Club would have been an absolute give away. Country would have helped a lot too.

Kingsley
14-06-16, 09:24 AM
Life’s A Lottery

Kingsley: Gotcha !
Stefano: Is that a 3rd division Albanian club ?
Kingsley: No …. That Ethiopian lad. Signed on the dotted line. £9.75m plus £250k sign-on fee and £10,750 per month in wages. It's a 6 year deal.
Stefano: What about that release clause.
Kingsley: We got it changed to a relegation clause. He can leave for free if Carpi get relegated.
Stefano: Who agreed to that ? We can't throw away players for nothing
Kingsley: I think that will be your problem, not mine. I don't expect to be here if Carpi are relegated. I'm sure that we can renegotiate in a few years time.
Stefano: He had better be worth it.

Going into the final game, 4th place was guaranteed. We had beaten Sassuolo 3-0 while Napoli had lost their game in hand, also to Sassulo. There was a small chance that we could draw level with Roma, if they lost at home to already relegated Empoli and we repeated our famous victory over Napoli at their place. That would schedule a play-off for 4th, but I didn't expect Roma to lose. The big interest was on the title. Going into the final day any of Torino, Inter or Juventus could take the honours.


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In their infinite wisdom, the Serie A fixture schedulers had decided that Juventus v Turino would be a great game to have on the final day. All leave had been cancelled for the local police. The National Guard were on standby, while both UN and NATO were on high alert. I think it fair to say that there might be trouble after this one. Inter were at home to 15th placed Frosinone. Wins or draws for both Torino and Inter would set up a play-off for the title.

At Napoli, most of our lads were already thinking about their summer holidays. Fitness levels had dropped off and we never turned up. Napoli took advantage and won 2-0 in a pretty meaningless game. Roma won their game, so the gap from us to 4th was 6 points. Not that I cared as 5th place and a cup was way over-achieving.

Over in Turin, it was a masacre on and off the pitch. Dybala grabbed a hat-trick after Pereya had opened the scoring. Meanwhile in Milan, Jovetic missed a penalty that would have given Inter a 2-0 lead, and the title. Frosinone broke and 17 year old Alan Marras made them pay dearly with an equaliser. Juventus were the champions


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It was at the post season review with Stefano where it all started to go horribly wrong. He was more than happy with the performance and the cup win was clearly a bonus that he hadn't expected.

Kingsley: Looking at the finances, those transfer funds are after we've bought the Ethiopian ?


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Stefano: No. We've paid nothing for him yet
Kingsley: But you said I had I had £11m last month
Stefano: Things change. We've had some expenses
Kingsley: But what about the cup win. We must have got a decent wedge for that
Stefano: No. The Copa Italia is for the honour. There is not a euro in prize money


I don't know if it is a bug, but I did not get anything at all for winning the cup and nothing for 5th place in the league either

Kingsley: But what about the transfer. Will you release more funds for that ?
Stefano: You're going to have to sell someone to generate funds.

Gutted. If this falls through due to some lack of funds after being told I had £3m more to spend, I may well cry. I had 2 players transfer listed. Samuel Barlay is attracting no interest at £100k and Fabrizio Poli has already agreed a £250k move to Vicenza. That will not help the situation.

I decided to transfer list Denys Kozhanov (value £2.7m) who had made just 6 starts and Andriy Gaidash (value £3.4m) who had made 8 starts and the obvious one to make way for the new boy. There was immediate interest in Gaidash and Pescara tabled an offer of £150k. The langauge used on the phone to manager Gianluca Zambrotta is not repeatable here.

AMC
14-06-16, 09:40 AM
Pre-ordered home shirt now on hold, sodding Stefano!

316'sRegen
14-06-16, 10:30 AM
Don't sweat it, he'll be joining :ok:

So when is the next country? at the start of next season when the window closes?

Mark
14-06-16, 10:43 AM
:eek:

What a major kick in the balls! No reward for finishing 5th?! Are there some games yet to be played out?

Really hope you manage to raise the money in time. Blowing all the cash in one go isn't ideal either as it could keep you in the red afterwards.

CMAdventurer
14-06-16, 01:51 PM
Wow, what a dramatic final day in Serie A!

A real blow financially, Stefano can go :censored: himself, as can Zambrotta. £150k for a player valued at £3.4 million! :lol: :tsk: Good job kuy's not in charge of Carpi (see his recently-started story). :P Let's hope you can raise the required funds soon.

Kingsley
14-06-16, 03:27 PM
Pre-ordered home shirt now on hold, sodding Stefano!

One way or the other (and I honestly don't know yet) The player will be reveiled in the next update, and one of you readers will be "well jeal"


Don't sweat it, he'll be joining :ok:

So when is the next country? at the start of next season when the window closes?

Window closes on 1st September, so going by the last 2 seasons, it will be after the first league game


:eek:

What a major kick in the balls! No reward for finishing 5th?! Are there some games yet to be played out?

Really hope you manage to raise the money in time. Blowing all the cash in one go isn't ideal either as it could keep you in the red afterwards.

I hadn't thought of that. There might be some playoffs further down the league which would delay payment. I don't remember seeing any though but I'll check next time I load the save.


Wow, what a dramatic final day in Serie A!

A real blow financially, Stefano can go :censored: himself, as can Zambrotta. £150k for a player valued at £3.4 million! :lol: :tsk: Good job kuy's not in charge of Carpi (see his recently-started story). :P Let's hope you can raise the required funds soon.

It was that which prompted the suggestion to kuy to change the rule

kuy
14-06-16, 03:48 PM
Come on, he really better join after all this!

Great achievement to finish 5th despite some real horrors of countries to recruit from - if you get Spain or Italy you'll smash this league :P I'm hoping for a reasonable country (but not too easy!) but a nasty formation to contend with next time :ok:

Kingsley
14-06-16, 03:59 PM
In a slight departure from the story, I'm going to add a bit of statistical analysis and a review of the squad. In the last couple of updates I noted there were a good few teams that we have a terrible record against, so I'm interested myself in where we are picking up the points to finish 5th. Also, I'm kind of interested in what tactics work and what don't. I know the ones that I think were good, but I would like to know for sure. I'll also break from my norm to conduct a proper squad review. Upto now I've been buying anyone suitable, just to get a squad, but I've completed that, so any further additions should be adding quality, so the worst performers might well be leaving. So far, I've bought 23 players for £5.25m and sold 11 for £2.7m. Maybe I need to look after that better so as not to get in this situation with the finances.

TACTICS

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I don't think that there is any surprise there, other than the open tactic (upto first window season 1 before restrictions kicked in) has performed exactly the same as the combined tactics since. I also think it no surprise that the attacking tactics do better than the defensive one. Might be interesting next time to see if the 4 man defence (4-4-2 diamond next) holds up better than the 3 that I've had upto now.

TEAMS

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What this shows is that we have done very well against the teams we should do well against and very badly against the top sides. Perhaps the record against Milan is better than I might have expected, and Torino worse, but then again that might be more to do with the way these 2 sides have performed. Not a single win against either of the Turin sides

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It's a bit early to form much opinion of the European performance. I suspect the win over Porto and United was a bit of a fluke

Mark
14-06-16, 04:13 PM
Shows that you're heads and shoulders above those who you'd expect to be around you. Just need to start pushing yourself to beat the big boys and you can join that elite rank!

Interesting read :ok:

316'sRegen
14-06-16, 04:21 PM
once is a fluke, twice is the start of a pattern :D

I'm surprised that Torino are one of the teams that are up there, although I stopped watching football ages ago. In reality are Torino now a good side (challenging Juve etc)?

Kingsley
14-06-16, 04:27 PM
once is a fluke, twice is the start of a pattern :D

I'm surprised that Torino are one of the teams that are up there, although I stopped watching football ages ago. In reality are Torino now a good side (challenging Juve etc)?

Season just finished they were 12th. Juventus, Napoli and Roma were the top 3. Dark horses were Sassuolo who ended up 6th !

Edit to add .... Carpi were relegated in 18th.

Redknapp69
14-06-16, 05:23 PM
Just catching up

Great cup win! Helluva start by being 3 up!

Hope you get the cash as does sound buggy

Who is the signing then . . . .

AMC
14-06-16, 05:33 PM
The well jeal comment seems to refer to a London/Essex club but I could be barking (get it? :D) up the wrong tree.

kuy
14-06-16, 06:54 PM
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I don't think that there is any surprise there, other than the open tactic (upto first window season 1 before restrictions kicked in) has performed exactly the same as the combined tactics since. I also think it no surprise that the attacking tactics do better than the defensive one.

I like this analysis, I feel it adds to a story like this where using a lot of different tactics is a big part of the challenge :ok: Interesting that you consider the 3-4-3 to be a defensive tactic though - is it the backwards runs on the wingers, or how it looks on the wib/wob screens?


The well jeal comment seems to refer to a London/Essex club but I could be barking (get it? :D) up the wrong tree.

I thought that might be a clue too - there might be something in this remark as well...



one of my colleagues talks about him with very high praise.


Maybe someone signed this mystery player in another story?

Kingsley
14-06-16, 07:08 PM
The well jeal comment seems to refer to a London/Essex club but I could be barking (get it? :D) up the wrong tree.

Reading too much into it. My 14 year old neice was here and that is how she talks.


I like this analysis, I feel it adds to a story like this where using a lot of different tactics is a big part of the challenge :ok: Interesting that you consider the 3-4-3 to be a defensive tactic though - is it the backwards runs on the wingers, or how it looks on the wib/wob screens?

The backward runs mean that in the overview there are 7 players behind the half way line and none running across it. Just looks defensive on the overview


Maybe someone signed this mystery player in another story?

As far as I'm aware no one has signed this guy in a story, but he has been mentioned in passing

AMC
14-06-16, 07:14 PM
So he plays for Reading? :D

Kingsley
15-06-16, 09:01 AM
GOALKEEPERS


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Vid Belec - Slovenia 1 cap
Age 27. 1 year left on contract. £6,750 per week. Value £1.2m
Carpi record: App:10 Con:21 AvR:6.80 MoM:0 Yel:0 Red:0 Inj: 11 days
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Keen admirer. Highlights consistency

Vid was one of the squad originals and did well when called on in the first season when he played 9 times. He seriously blotted his record conceding 8 goals from 8 shots against Juventus. In his only appearance since he failed to save either of the 2 shots on target at home to Inter. I have totally lost confidence in him and he is purely there for emergency cover until I can find a replacement. He is in the final year of his contract, so I have a big decision to make as the 3rd/4th choice keepers are nowhere near ready. He is currently unhappy and wants a new contract.

Georgi Bushchan - Ukraine
Age 23. 3 years left on contract. £2,400 per week. Value £650k
Carpi record: App:1 Con:4 AvR:5.00 MoM:0 Yel:0 Red:0 Inj: 0 days
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Keen admirer. Highlights Bravery

Georgi was an £18k purchase from Dinamo Kiev reserves when I was desperate for players at my first transfer window. I thought he might be one for the future, but I am seriously doubting that he has a future at Carpi. Didn't fill me with confidence on his only appearance letting in all 4 shots on target at Juventus. I think that his time here may be up, depending on what I decide to do with Belec.

Bohdan Shust - Ukraine 13 caps
Age 31. 2 years left on contract. £5,500 per week. Value £1.9m
Carpi record: App:64 Con:73 AvR:7.34 MoM:3 Yel:1 Red:0 Inj: 12 days
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Keen admirer. Highlights loyalty and leadership
Bohdan was an £100k purchase from Volyn Lutsk and has established himself as the undisputed number 1 for club and country. Rarely injured and great discipline record he will be hard to shift from the 1st 11. He does have the ocasional poor game, but always puts his hand up to accept the criticism and usually comes back with a great performance. He probably needs a better back up to push him on, but I have full confidence that he will end his playing days at Carpi. I expect our Goalkeeping coach to retire in the summer, so I'm considering offering him a player/coach role, depending on the next country I can recruit from. He was runner-up to Pepe Reina in this years Serie A Goalkeeper of the year.

Petros Antoniou - Cyprus
Age 16. 3 years left on contract. £1,000 per week. Value £400k
Carpi record: App:0 Con:0 AvR:0.00 MoM:0 Yel:0 Red:0 Inj: 0 days
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Great future

Petros was discovered by my scout playing for AEL where he had an average rating of 7.58 in his 24 starts. Fot his age, he is a fantastic talent and I have high hopes that he can become a contender when Shust hangs up his gloves. I'm not sure that he is quite ready yet, but he is improving in training.

merkezekrem
15-06-16, 09:18 AM
Sell Bushchan, keep Belec till end of contract and play Petros when needed :ok:

316'sRegen
15-06-16, 09:27 AM
The most important position in champ for a successful side.
None of these should be on your team (don't know about Antoniou yet obviously) but the restrictions do kind of tie your hands on fixing it.

Hopefully you get a decent nation next and can recruit a sturdy keeper.

Mark
15-06-16, 09:46 AM
That is some detail :ok:

Nice touch to think about making Shust a player/coach :ok:

The 16 year old does look like a prospect, would be nice to see him improve in agility before playing any games. Could be worth loaning him out too?

Kingsley
15-06-16, 10:07 AM
Sell Bushchan, keep Belec till end of contract and play Petros when needed :ok:

Could be risky. It might leave me next season with just Antoniou and a 32 year old Schust who could retire. I need to know the options for keepers in the next nation, but I think you are right that the end of the line is close for both.


The most important position in champ for a successful side.
None of these should be on your team (don't know about Antoniou yet obviously) but the restrictions do kind of tie your hands on fixing it.

Hopefully you get a decent nation next and can recruit a sturdy keeper.

Harsh. Shust is certainly performing well enough even if his attributes wouldn't suggest it


That is some detail :ok:

Nice touch to think about making Shust a player/coach :ok:

The 16 year old does look like a prospect, would be nice to see him improve in agility before playing any games. Could be worth loaning him out too?
Not a bad plan to loan him out. I might try that.

Kingsley
15-06-16, 12:08 PM
DEFENDERS


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Lorenzo Pascuiti - Italian
Age 27. 4 year left on contract. £8,000 per week. Value £2.4m
Carpi record: App:4(13) Gls:0 Ast:0 AvR:7.06 MoM:0 Yel:1 Red:0 Inj: 7 days
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Best years ahead of him. Highlights loyalty and determination

Lorenzo has probably suffered from the tactics not needing a full-back, which I think would be his best position. He hasn't had much chance to prove himself with just 4 starts, all on the wing, but he has not done much wrong. The trouble is that I now have much better players for his positions, so I have had him transfer listed since New Year. There has not been much interest, but Al Nassr (KSA) and Pachuca are currently sniffing around. I'd probably accept any offer to release that £8k wage.

Simone Romagnoli - Italian
Age 27. 4 year left on contract. £8,000 per week. Value £2.0m
Carpi record: App:59(4) Gls:1 Ast:3 AvR:7.04 MoM:1 Yel:15 Red:2 Inj: 6 weeks
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Best years ahead of him. Highlights professional approach and loyalty

Simone is a stalwart of the defence and is going nowhere. He does have a bit of a problem with his discipline, but that is more than countered by some superb performances in the middle of the defence. I'm also pleased to report that he thinks I am “extremely competent”

Olexsiy Polyansky - Ukraine 2 caps
Age 31. 2 year left on contract. £3,600 per week. Value £1.1m
Carpi record: App:29(2) Gls:0 Ast:0 AvR:7.16 MoM:2 Yel:9 Red:1 Inj: 6 weeks
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Keen Admirer. Warns of unprofessionalism

Olexsiy has established himself as a key member of the defence and I've not witnessed any of the professionalism problems that were mentioned. He will be 33 when his contract expires, so I doubt if he will get offered a new one. I'm very happy for him to continue while he still has the physical attributes.

Rafael Martinho - Brazil/Italy
Age 29. 1 year left on contract. £4,600 per week. Value £1.7m
Carpi record: App:35(14) Gls:2 Ast:6 AvR:6.65 MoM:2 Yel:9 Red:1 Inj: 6 weeks
Physio: Rarely succumb to injury
Assistant: Keen Admirer.

Rafael is that strange combination of a winger and a central defender. I suspect that his best possition might be at left back, but I've yet to have that option on any tactic. He'll certainly be given a chance with the 4-4-2 diamond next season. He currently wants a new contract which he will be offered (removing the relegation clause) as he has great versatility on the bench even when not starting.

Jason Demetriou - Cyprus 37 caps 1 goal
Age 29. 5 years left on contract. £4,750 per week. Value £1.1m
Carpi record: App:21 Gls:4 Ast:2 AvR:7.14 MoM:1 Yel:1 Red:0 Inj: 6 weeks
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Keen Admirer. Highlights reliability, loyalty and dead-ball expertise.

The dead-ball expertise comment is interesting as he only has a 9 for set-piece. Perhaps he is good at corners, so I might try this out next season. I have absolutely no doubt that the £650k that I paid Walsall was money well spent and the fans loved watching him bomb down the right flank. The 4-4-2 diamond should help him next season where he can play either the right back or right midfield positions. A likely starter when fit and available.

Andreas Avraam - Cyprus 37 caps 5 goals
Age 30. 2 years left on contract. £9,750 per week. Value £1.8m
Carpi record: App:19 Gls:0 Ast:5 AvR:7.32 MoM:0 Yel:0 Red:0 Inj: 2 weeks
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Keen Admirer. Warns of lazyness and lack of determination.

I wonder if Andriy Shevchenko is getting the Cypriot wingbacks confused as Andreas is a dead-ball expert. I cant fault his performance so far and is probably the first choice for the left back role. 32 when his contract expires, so I might need to look for a replacement if one becomes available. I've noticed that he struggles to play 2 games a week, so maybe this is the lazyness.

Yaroslav Oliynyk - Ukraine
Age 26. 3 years left on contract. £4,650 per week. Value £975k
Carpi record: App:1(3) Gls:0 Ast:0 AvR:6.5 MoM:0 Yel:1 Red:0 Inj: 2 months + 2 weeks
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Useful squad member

Despite the comments from the physio, I do have injury concerns. He has been out for 4 periods since joining Carpi, so I'll keep an eye on that. Yaroslav has struggled with the tactics not offering opportunities for fullbacks. He will get his chance next season and on paper looks like a strong contender. I'll review his fitness and performance next year once he's had a decent run

Evgen Selin - Ukraine 29 caps 1 goal
Age 29. 5 years left on contract. £5,000 per week. Value £1.9m
Carpi record: App:55 Gls:3 Ast:0 AvR:7.16 MoM:2 Yel:8 Red:0 Inj: 13 days
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Keen Admirer.

One of the first names on the teamsheet and having a natural left sided central defender has been a bonus for the tactics used so far. I was worried when he said he wasn't settling in Italy, but that appears to have cleared up. He also appears to have a bond with Gaidash (see forwards) so there may be a problem if Gaidash is moved on. He was my first 7 figure signing when he moved from Dynamo Kiev. For the time being, Evgen is here to stay, probably to the end of his contract.

Cristian Zaccardo - Italy 17 caps 1 goal
Age 35. 2 years left on contract. £8,500 per week. Value £230k
Carpi record: App:40(5) Gls:1 Ast:1 AvR:6.98 MoM:0 Yel:12 Red:1 Inj: 0
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Big fan. Highlights ability to handle pressure

The old warhorse is very much concentrating on his coaching now, but is more than good enough to be called on in an emergency. I think that his physical attributes restrict him to central defence now, but I've not got a problem with that. I expect he will retire from playing soon, which will allow me to renegotiate his contract as a coach, hopefully on a lower wage. Still one of my favourites in the squad.

Fabrizio Poli - Italy
Age 28. 2 years left on contract. £1,000 per week. Value £1.0m
Carpi record: App:0 Gls:0 Ast:0 AvR:0.00 MoM:0 Yel:0 Red:0 Inj: 4 weeks
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Keen Admirer.

Total waste of space. I am doubting Shevchenko's sanity. I've agreed to sell him to Trapani for £250k and that is £250k more than he is worth.

Overall, I'm reasonably happy with the defence. I have decent players for every position, so any additions would need to be quality. I'd quite like a utility defender who can play anywhere, but I'm happy to wait for the right man.

Edit: I should add that there is also Chalobah D/DM C and Karavaev D/M RL who I am listing as midfieders

316'sRegen
15-06-16, 12:32 PM
Oliynyk looks like he could be a quality player for the club. He could learn a lot from Selin.

Mark
15-06-16, 01:23 PM
A good group of defenders there that all look capable of playing apart from a couple including Zaccardo. He could retire this Summer at that age.

AMC
15-06-16, 01:36 PM
My back 4 would be Oliynyk-Selin-Romagnoli-Demetriou for next season, and continue with Schust in goal.

merkezekrem
15-06-16, 01:38 PM
Needs some youngsters here

kuy
15-06-16, 04:04 PM
Assistant: Highlights consistency




He seriously blotted his record conceding 8 goals from 8 shots against Juventus. In his only appearance since he failed to save either of the 2 shots on target at home to Inter.

Well, Sheva's not wrong - Belec consistently lets in every shot he faces! :lol:

As a back five, I think I'd have:


Shust
Demetriou -- Romagnoli -- Selin -- Avraam

although Oliynyk looks decent too :ok:

AMC
15-06-16, 04:16 PM
I couldn't decide between Demetriou and Avraam, but went with Demetriou even though I'm not the biggest fan of right footed left backs.

kuy
15-06-16, 04:41 PM
I couldn't decide between Demetriou and Avraam, but went with Demetriou even though I'm not the biggest fan of right footed left backs.

I think I was swayed by Avraam's attacking attributes, but in a 442 Diamond I guess the full-backs won't get forward so much...

Kingsley
15-06-16, 06:21 PM
Oliynyk looks like he could be a quality player for the club. He could learn a lot from Selin.

My back 4 would be Oliynyk-Selin-Romagnoli-Demetriou for next season, and continue with Schust in goal.

I couldn't decide between Demetriou and Avraam, but went with Demetriou even though I'm not the biggest fan of right footed left backs.

I think I was swayed by Avraam's attacking attributes, but in a 442 Diamond I guess the full-backs won't get forward so much...

I think it fair to say that I have 3 fullbacks who are more than capable at this level


Needs some youngsters here

Yes, that is something I notice while writing this

Kingsley
16-06-16, 07:18 AM
MIDFIELDERS


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Olexsandr Karavaev - Ukraine 5 caps
Age 25. 4 year left on contract. £3,800 per week. Value £2.1m
Carpi record: App:28(4) Gls:8 Ast:5 AvR:6.94 MoM:4 Yel:2 Red:0 Inj: 6 weeks
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Keen admirer. Highlights ability to handle pressure

I'm surprised that Olexsandr's average rating is so low. 4 man of the match, 8 goals and 5 assists suggests that there may be a consistency issue. It looks as if his best performances have been on the wing, rather than wing back, and that was my thought when I bought him. I guess he can be 3rd choice fullback behind Avraam/Demetriou and Oliynyk. He is certainly a key member of the squad and appears to be happy with life in Carpi. I think that all his caps have been as a substitute.

Raffaele Bianco - Italy
Age 29. 1 year left on contract. £5,500 per week. Value £850k (Min Fee £3.6m)
Carpi record: App:23(11) Gls:2 Ast:3 AvR:6.85 MoM:1 Yel:2 Red:0 Inj: 6 weeks
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Keen admirer.

I'm not currently blessed with top class central midfielders. I do have a big decision to make on whether to renew Raffaele's current deal, so I'll wait to see what nation comes out of the hat and what the next tactic is. I don't see where he fits into a 4-4-2 diamond, so he will have 6 months on the bench for now. The min fee clause is not a worry for me.

Nathanial Chalobah - England/Sierra Leone U21
Age 22. 6 years left on contract. £5,500 per week. Value £1.8m
Carpi record: App:41 Gls:4 Ast:3 AvR:6.95 MoM:1 Yel:11 Red:0 Inj: 3 weeks
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Keen admirer. Highlights reliability and leadership

“Chals” is an absolute key player for the future of Carpi and the current vice captain. Upto now he has played as the right most central defender in a back 3, but I know from the past that he is best as a defensive midfielder. The 4-4-2 diamond will give him the chance to show what he can do. I am expecting great things from him next season

Abdulai Bell-Baggie - Sierra Leone/England 3 caps
Age 25. 4 years left on contract. £8,000 per week. Value £2.3m
Carpi record: App:20 Gls:8 Ast:7 AvR:7.05 MoM:1 Yel:2 Red:0 Inj: 6 weeks
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Keen admirer. Highlights excellent corner taker

Corners comment is interesting. For a former Port Vale player he has shown his value to the squad, both as a right winger and as an attacking midfielder behind a front 2. He has played a couple of games in central midfield, but I'm not sure that they were his best. He is happy at Carpi and I have no intention of moving him on.

Rodney Strasser - Sierra Leone 10 caps
Age 27. 5 years left on contract. £8,250 per week. Value £2.1m
Carpi record: App:44(1) Gls:1 Ast:10 AvR:7.18 MoM:1 Yel:5 Red:0 Inj: 0
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Playing an important role. Highlights professional approach, determination, excellent corner taker

Every squad needs it's Rodney. He puts in the hard graft in midfield while others take the glory. He is one of the first names on the teamsheet, although that might change with Chals claiming the DMC spot. The £500k given to Zagreb for his services is one of the best £500k spent. He'll be 32 when his contract expires, so we can review in a few years time, however for now he is a key player.

Denys Kozhanov - Ukraine 6 caps
Age 30. 3 years left on contract. £3,200 per week. Value £2.7m
Carpi record: App:13(20) Gls:4 Ast:2 AvR:6.79 MoM:1 Yel:3 Red:0 Inj: 4 weeks
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Keen admirer.

Denys has disappointed. I had expected more from him on the wings, but he fails to deliver too often. Even if I hadn't needed the funds for the summer signing, I think that he might well have been listed. He has failed to adapt to the Italian lifestyle and I have a number of players who perform better. He is transfer listed, but there is no interest, so I might have to reduce the asking price.

Vladimir Koman - Hungary/Ukraine 43 caps 7 goals
Age 27. 3 years left on contract. £9,000 per week. Value £2.9m
Carpi record: App:35(4) Gls:10 Ast:9 AvR:7.33 MoM:5 Yel:5 Red:0 Inj: 0
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Keen admirer.

What a player ! Does well in whatever position he is picked from wingback to attacking midfielder. Always looking to get on the ball and usually makes something happen. I hope that he has a long future at Carpi where he appears to be happy. I notice that he is already fluent in Italian.

Kostakis Artymatas - Cyprus 13 caps 1 goals
Age 24. 4 years left on contract. £4,400 per week. Value £2.2m
Carpi record: App:6(5) Gls:1 Ast:1 AvR:7.33 MoM:0 Yel:5 Red:1 Inj: 0
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Positive effect on team. Highlights determination, bravery and excellent corner taker.

I expected him to be a bit-part player, but Kostakis has proven to be good value for the £425k given to APOEL. The collection of cards that he has is a worry, but he is more than holding his place in the squad. He is enthusiastic about his future at the club, and so am I

Gaetano Letizia - Italy
Age 26. 3 years left on contract. £4,000 per week. Value £1.9m
Carpi record: App:11(13) Gls:1 Ast:1 AvR:6.71 MoM:0 Yel:5 Red:1 Inj: 0
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Keen Admirer

Gaetano has been in and out of the team without being able to hold down a role. He is able to play so many positions that he is great to have on the bench. I'm not sure that he has a long term future, but no plans to move him on yet. He does want to discuss a new contract, but I've not started negotiations yet.

Antonio Di Gaudio - Italy
Age 27. 3 years left on contract. £8,500 per week. Value £2.2m
Carpi record: App:27(6) Gls:3 Ast:6 AvR:6.71 MoM:1 Yel:3 Red:1 Inj: 2 weeks
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Keen Admirer

Antonio flatters to deceive. He has the makings of a very good winger, but never quite delivers to that promise. That said, he has been played out of position so he may do better on the left of the diamond. He has asked for a new contract, but based on the current performance, the £11,500 per week that he wants is a bit of a joke. I told him to come back and see me after new year when he has shown me what he can do.

Stanislav Prychynenko - Russia/Ukraine
Age 25. 3 years left on contract. £1,800 per week. Value £1.5m
Carpi record: App:52(6) Gls:3 Ast:6 AvR:6.84 MoM:0 Yel:6 Red:1 Inj: 0
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Keen Admirer

“Stan” is probably better as a defensive midfielder than in central midfield where he has mostly been played. A steady performer without ever exciting he is a useful squad member. He may have a period on the sidelines with Chals and Strasser ahead of him for the DMC role, but the tactic after that should show his value. He is currently enjoying playing for Carpi and is another who admires Andriy Gaidash !

Andrej Pereplotkins - Latvia/Ukraine 46 caps 4 goals
Age 31. 1 years left on contract. £4,000 per week. Value £1.2m
Carpi record: App:34(4) Gls:15 Ast:8 AvR:7.17 MoM:5 Yel:1 Red:0 Inj: 11 days
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Invaluable Asset

Current fans player of the year and leading goalscorer for the past season (14). He was a good player when on the wing, but a total revelation when asked to play as an AMC and he started banging in the goals. It is a worry that his stamina has already started to drop, so this might be his final season, although I might ask him to become a player/coach. Stefano highlights him as an important player for Carpi

Samuel Barlay - Sierra Leone 17 caps 1 goals
Age 30. 2 years left on contract. £6,000 per week. Value £750k
Carpi record: App:0(4) Gls:0 Ast:0 AvR:6.50 MoM:0 Yel:0 Red:0 Inj: 5 weeks
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Useful squad member

I am seriously doubting my sanity in ever signing this guy on £6k per week. I am also doubting Shevchenko's judgement. “Sam” has been transfer listed since the start of last season, without any interest despite a reduction to a £100k asking price. Time to see if I can give him away.

AMC
16-06-16, 08:26 AM
I'm also expecting big things from Chalobah in the DMC role for the first half of the season, let's hope he doesn't let us both down now!

Mark
16-06-16, 10:40 AM
Strasser weighing in with the assists from DM, doing well there. Pereplotkins and Koman probably the best of the rest in terms of performances? Bell-Baggie been handy too even if he is an ex-Fail player!

kuy
16-06-16, 10:52 AM
I look at the attributes of, say, Pereplotkins vs Kozhanov, and I would expect the latter to play much better - CM still manages to wrong-foot me!

316'sRegen
16-06-16, 10:53 AM
Strasser looks to be the quarterback.

Koman and Artymatas are playing to a decent level, they seem to be the skilful ones.

some U21s needed maybe?

kuy
16-06-16, 10:56 AM
I'm thinking Chalobah DM, Koman and Bell-Baggie on the wings, Pereplotkins AM. Special mentions to Letizia, Strasser, Di Gaudio (if he performs when played as a genuine winger), and Artymatas too :ok:

Kingsley
16-06-16, 10:57 AM
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Kevin Lasagne - Italy
Age 24. 4 years left on contract. £8,500 per week. Value £4.7m
Carpi record: App:45(9) Gls:14 Ast:5 AvR:7.14 MoM:3 Yel:0 Red:0 Inj: 19 days
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Keen admirer.

There is no doubt that Kevin is a talented striker and I have no concerns with his overall performance. It is just that I pay him to score goals and 14 is just not enough from the game time that he has had. He might do better as a lone striker, but there are not many of the default tactics that offer that. I think that time is running out for him to prove his value, but his name will keep him in the squad for now. There are layers of gags still to come (sorry)

Georgios Kolokoudias - Cyprus 7 caps 1 goal
Age 28. 5 years left on contract. £7,500 per week. Value £1.8m
Carpi record: App:21 Gls:10 Ast:4 AvR:7.43 MoM:3 Yel:1 Red:0 Inj: 0
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Positive effect on team. Highlights loyalty and determination but wasns of unprofessional behaviour

At last I found a striker that looks as if he might score goals, and just £100k from Apollon Limassol was a bargain. Early days, but his partnership with Milevsky is already starting to blossom. “Loko” is likely to be here for quite some time. He has been a big threat getting on the end of corners and free-kicks.

Abu Bakarr Kargbo - Germany/Sierra Leone
Age 24. 3 years left on contract. £7,500 per week. Value £2.2m
Carpi record: App:23(10) Gls:7 Ast:1 AvR:6.94 MoM:0 Yel:0 Red:0 Inj: 7 days
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Important role. Warns of inconsistancy and highly strung

“Abs” started of with a flurry of goals and I thought I'd found myself a star. The goals dried up and he has fallen off the radar. Mainly used as a late sub, that has impacted on his average rating. He is probably my 4th choice, however that will be under threat from the new signing and also from Yakovenko if he continues to develop. Like Lasagne, he needs to start delivering very soon.

Artem Milevsky - Ukraine 50 caps 8 goals
Age 32. 3 years left on contract. £8,250 per week. Value £1.5m
Carpi record: App:52(3) Gls:18 Ast:6 AvR:7.24 MoM:4 Yel:4 Red:0 Inj: 8.5 weeks
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Keen Admirer. Highlights consistency, loyalty, penalties and dead-ball expert

Captain, coach, setpiece specialist. No question that he is a key player and first name on the team sheet when fit and available. Often playing behind the strikers, he does do his best when pushed up front. Already combining well with Loko and I expect that he will end his playing days at Carpi.

Yuri Yakovenko - Ukraine/France 5 caps 1 goal
Age 23. 3 years left on contract. £1,200 per week. Value £2.5m
Carpi record: App:1(3) Gls:0 Ast:0 AvR:6.50 MoM:0 Yel:0 Red:0 Inj: 8 weeks
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Keen Admirer. Highlights professional approach and ability to handle pressure

Yuri is a bit of a strange one as he has had more game time for the national side than for Carpi. He is still young and improving, so maybe I'm missing something. I'm certainly willing to give him his chance in the first team, but I just don't see him as a regular starter yet. He is another who likes Andriy Gaidash

Andriy Gaidash - Ukraine
Age 28. 4 years left on contract. £5,500 per week. Value £3.4m
Carpi record: App:24(12) Gls:7 Ast:2 AvR:7.03 MoM:0 Yel:2 Red:0 Inj: 8 weeks
Physio: No concerns
Assistant: Keen Admirer.

Even if I didn't need to raise money for the new transfer, I think that Andriy's time has run out. He never looks like scoring and at 28 he is probably at his peak. I already have better options and he will drop further down when the new boy arrives. I have him transfer listed and after rejecting the silly offer, there is interest from Sassuolo.

In summary, I think that my options up front are better on paper than the performance to date. Milevsky and Kolokoudias are the stand-outs and having settled on this pairing we have started to get some goals. A couple of players need to pull their socks up if I was to land a big nation.

Have I been extremely luck in avoiding any players with injury issues, or should I not believe a word that my physio says ? I suspect the later, also, it does look as if I've been quite lucky with red cards so far. Through out the squad, there are quite a few older players, 9 will be 30 or over by the start of next season and only 2 regular starters under 25. Very different from my normal squads. It could be a sign of quite a bit of turn over during the next few windows and I might need to land a decent nation soon.

Fods
16-06-16, 11:03 AM
Yakovenko capped by two countries. :ok:

Mark
16-06-16, 11:05 AM
"Kolo" and "Mileo" are looking the best strikers of the bunch. Lasagna definitely a legend among the supporters but it's true that he doesn't score enough. Here's hoping you do land that new striker and maybe a few of these can move on.

Mark
16-06-16, 11:06 AM
Yakovenko capped by two countries. :ok:

His second nationality is French. He hasn't been capped by two countries.

Time to stop picking holes in people's posts :ok:

Fods
16-06-16, 11:08 AM
Pointed it out for the benefit of the story. Time to stop trolling my posts :ok:

Kingsley
16-06-16, 11:10 AM
Children .... play nicely together. :peace:

316'sRegen
16-06-16, 11:25 AM
yeah fods, SPOT picking holes dude :P:P :lol:

Lasagna is Carpi to the core though. Couldn't he take over the burger van or the turnstile or something? It would be a shame to see no more beef/cheese jokes :lol:

Yuri Yakovenko is just waiting on his breakout year I think. Consider a loan for him if he won't get the game time.

Kingsley
16-06-16, 11:32 AM
yeah fods, SPOT picking holes dude :P:P :lol:

Lasagna is Carpi to the core though. Couldn't he take over the burger van or the turnstile or something? It would be a shame to see no more beef/cheese jokes :lol:

Yuri Yakovenko is just waiting on his breakout year I think. Consider a loan for him if he won't get the game time.

He'd have to be totally mince for me to get rid of Lasagne

Kingsley
16-06-16, 11:49 AM
Life’s A Lottery

Back to the story, and following a review of the squad with my physio, Ricardo Levrini, and assistant Andriy Shevchenko, I decided to add Lorenzo Pascuiti to those already on the transfer list. Strangely, this started something of a bidding war which was won by Juventus who tabled a straight £3.3m for the uncapped 27 year old. He had originally been valued at £2.4m, so I am ecstatic about this deal, even though I no longer needed the money. Serie A prize money of £3.5m had been held back by the Italian FA pending the resolution of the Genoa/Lazio playoff for 8th place. Soon after that the TV revenue of £5.5m was also paid into the bank account and the finances for the big transfer were in place. I was even able to reject a £1m bid from Atalanta for Gaidash. I would have accepted if it had been cash up front, but they wanted to pay over 18 months and there is other interest.

There was a slight nervousness on the 1st July, but the medical test was passed with flying colours and the board did not decide to veto the deal at the last minute. I knew I had my man, but Stefano still wanted his moment in the spot-light. A press conference was called

Stefano: Ladies and gentlemen. Please welcome 22 year old Germany and Ethiopia striker, Carpi's new number 10 …...

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AMC
16-06-16, 12:03 PM
Quality mate!

I was checking the table for possible playoffs, but as there was three teams tied on 48 points I thought there might not have been one, must have been an inter-toto place for 8th or something.

Selke shirt bought anyway, can't wait to see him leading the line next season. Much in the way of transfer funds left? Hopefully a decent nation in the next draw and come the new year you can buy another player or two of that quality.

Kingsley
16-06-16, 12:16 PM
Quality mate!

I was checking the table for possible playoffs, but as there was three teams tied on 48 points I thought there might not have been one, must have been an inter-toto place for 8th or something.

Selke shirt bought anyway, can't wait to see him leading the line next season. Much in the way of transfer funds left? Hopefully a decent nation in the next draw and come the new year you can buy another player or two of that quality.

Good news. I'll use the editor to add £50 to the merchandise income :)

Finances say £11,250,000 still available after Selkie. I hope to add to that by shifting atleast 1 of the transfer listed players. Also, I got £6m in season ticket sales last year and have had not a euro fo far this season (I checked and nothing came through between the end of last season and the summer data update). Maybe the fans were waiting to see who the big signing was going to be before investing in their tickets.

Because I have the funds and I don't know who I'll get next, I am mulling over a second Ethiopian. As yet I'm undecided.

AMC
16-06-16, 12:18 PM
So you've got at least £6,000,050 in season tickets and my shirt, and I reckon the signing of Selke and the Cup win will help sell a few more season tkts.

316'sRegen
16-06-16, 12:22 PM
Big Davie looks a smasher :hail:

I feel a top Euro nation coming out of the bag next. :pray:
Now that the club is profitable you have to wonder if they will scoop some of the finances for stadium/facilities?

Mark
16-06-16, 12:36 PM
:faint: Had no idea he was part Ethiopian! What a deal, what a steal!

PS, knew there would be money in the end :D

CMAdventurer
16-06-16, 12:40 PM
Great signing. I'm sure no defence will enjoy facing him, especially with his aerial ability. I'm predicting great things for Carpi next season.

kuy
16-06-16, 01:05 PM
Great result, glad you got your man in the end!

Agree that your attack looks better on paper than on the pitch - are you happy with 18 goals from 52 starts for Milevsky?

Kingsley
17-06-16, 10:44 AM
Big Davie looks a smasher :hail:

I feel a top Euro nation coming out of the bag next. :pray:
Now that the club is profitable you have to wonder if they will scoop some of the finances for stadium/facilities?

They added 3500 seats last summer, so I hope that they won't do that again. Attendance was down over the season, so no nead for more seats other than to piss me off.
As for the big nation, it would make it easy, but is the story better when finding Chalobah and Selkie from Sierra Leone and Ethiopia ?


:faint: Had no idea he was part Ethiopian! What a deal, what a steal!

PS, knew there would be money in the end :D

You were more confident about the money than I was (I did forget about the TV cash). According to wikipedia his dad is Ethiopian, but he rejected the chance to play for them.


Great result, glad you got your man in the end!

Agree that your attack looks better on paper than on the pitch - are you happy with 18 goals from 52 starts for Milevsky?

No, but compared to all the other strikers he has been on fire !

Kingsley
21-06-16, 02:06 PM
Life’s A Lottery

Having been worried about the finances when last season finished, it turned out to be a very strange close season as the money kept flowing in. Firstly there was the season ticket and clearly the fans were enthusiastic about the prospects after our cup win and the signing of Selkie was seen as a statement of intent. Revenue was up to £7,531,290 a massive £1.5m increase. A mail order service to the UK may have sold just one “SELKIE 10” shirt, but that £50 boosted the merchandise to over £1m and then ther was the player sales. Poli, Lollo and Pascuiti had already been reported, but 2 more players joined them in leaving Alberto Braglia. Andriy Gaidash had slipped down the pecking order with the arrival of Selkie and was definitely surplus to requirements. He had done a job at a difficult time, but Carpi's fortunes had changed and Andriy will move onto Hamburg SV for the next stage of his career. The £1.2m is well short of the £3.4m original asking price, but he was of little value to me and it frees up his salary. I still have 6 strikers on the books. The other departure was Denys Kozhanov who headed to Alania VladiKavkaz in a £1.1m deal over 12 months. Again well under valuation, but a profit on the £350k I originally spent.

With £17m available to spend, after Selkie, it made the decision to buy a second Ethiopian a lot easier. He had missed the previous Ethiopian international that I watched, but he was a star in the 3-1 defeat to Burkina Faso. I didn't particularly need another central defender, especially not one who is already 31, but what is not to like about Walid Atta ?


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If he is as good as he looks and I get 2 seasons out of him, the £500k that I handed over to Ostersunds FK will be money well spent. I also had another go to tempt the goalkeeping coach away from Espanyol, but he just wasn't interested in a move. There was though one recruit. My 64 year old physio, Ricardo Levrini decided that he had served his time and decided to retire. That left me without any physio, and so I was able to invoke the rule where I can sign 1 Italian, provided that they are unattached to any club. Without anything much to chose between them, I decided on the younger man. Hopefully he will see me through to the end of this adventure.


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Atta and Selkie were the only Ethiopians to join (it is 2 more than I expected) and so we were ready to kick off the season with the Italian Super Cup. The fixture schedulers are bizzare. For a 1-off game, we were given a home draw against Juventus on Sunday 20th August, the same day as Modena had a home cup game with Foggia. Naturally, they moved the glamour season opener to the Saturday, rather than 2 diddy teams playing an early round cup tie.

The players were barely match fit and we had never beaten Juventus before. I didn't hold up much hope and I was therefore not surprised to see Pogba and Dybala give them a 2-0 half-time lead. Both sides played the second half trying to avoid getting injuries, which we were successful at, while Juve lost Bonuci and Donis for the start of their league campaign. It may have been defensively one of our best displays against Juve, but it was a worry that we offered absolutely nothing going forward. Neither Milevsky nor Selkie had a single effort at goal, not even a sclaffed shot 10 foot wide of the post.

There was 1 change for the trip to Genoa, a side who have not beaten us in 4 attempts. Atta was fit and replaced Polyansky in central defence. It was a game of very few chances and dominated by a midfield stalemate. We got the win, Pereplotkins early strike being the only goal of the game. Again Selkie, Milevsky and Kolokoudias, who replaced Milevsky at half time, failed to register a single shot. Is Selkie going to be the biggest mistake of my career. I've invested a lot in him and so far I'd have been just as well putting out Zaccardo's gran.

Kingsley: What the #### do I have to do to buy a goal ?
Allegro: Why do you insist on ####ing short passing. You don't have ####ing Iniesta out there. You are Carpi. ####ing lump the ####ing ball up to the ####ing front men and give them ####ing something to ####ing chase.

The tactic will be tweeked for the Verona home game.

Meanwhile 2 events happened. Firstly we drew Gornik Zabrez away in the first round of the UEFA cup, and secondly, the transfer window closed. How lucky was I feeling ?


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316'sRegen
21-06-16, 02:37 PM
Big Davie will be sweet, he'll take a while to settle. Allegro may have a point about the passing though, Mixed is better than trying every ball as a hoof surely...

Lottery Time! :D :ear:

AMC
21-06-16, 03:05 PM
Allegro's tactics will get the best out of Selke I'm sure, now do you feel lucky punk?! Well, do ya?!

kuy
21-06-16, 04:46 PM
C'mon Sweeper! :D

Kingsley
21-06-16, 04:56 PM
Big Davie will be sweet, he'll take a while to settle. Allegro may have a point about the passing though, Mixed is better than trying every ball as a hoof surely...

Lottery Time! :D :ear:
I hope you're right about Big Davie. I need him to find his shooting boots.
I tend to favour short passing or Direct. I don't often use mixed or long. I'm going to use direct, but might keep mixed up my sleeve.


Allegro's tactics will get the best out of Selke I'm sure, now do you feel lucky punk?! Well, do ya?!
Country wise I've not had a really bad one yet, like Maldives. By the law of averages, I'm due an absolute crap one soon. As for tactics, I think there are more bad than good, and several that are pretty average. Italy and 4-4-2 would keep me happy


C'mon Sweeper! :D

Where's the No Thanks button ? :nono:

CMAdventurer
21-06-16, 05:08 PM
Sweeper from Nicaragua, please. ;)

Kingsley
21-06-16, 05:55 PM
Sweeper from Nicaragua, please. ;)

:yell:

And AMC ... for thanking him I remove my thanks to you :rant:

Kingsley
22-06-16, 08:05 AM
Life’s A Lottery

Oh Maryhill …. Is wonderful …. Oh Maryhill is wonderful …. It's the home of Partick Thistle …. Oh Maryhill is wonderful

Kingsley: That will be you then, about to ruin my day.
Mark: Have you got your lucky underpants on ? I'm wearing mine
Kingsley: I thought you wore a Port Vale nappy so that you could s**t on Vale
Mark: Now there's a marketing idea. Anyway, I've started the draw and for the tactic, you have number 16.
Kingsley: Uh Oh !
Mark: And that is ….. Sweeper …. YES !!!!! ….. They'll be dancing on the streets of North Ferriby
Kingsley: ####


http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a558/iankjack/USER-PC/Sweeper_zpsm2fklxpj.png~original

Kingsley: If you pull out Nicaragua now, I'm going home
Mark: And the country is number 176. I don't think you'll be unhappy. European and a playable league
Kingsley: Who ?

That will be revealed in the next update

merkezekrem
22-06-16, 08:51 AM
:rofl:

CMAdventurer
22-06-16, 08:53 AM
I was half right. :P

kuy
22-06-16, 09:20 AM
Yes! :D

Portugal? Sweden? (I think the countries are in alphabetical order, so 176 will be quite far through the alphabet...)

316'sRegen
22-06-16, 09:53 AM
Sweden would be decent, always decent players on the cheap from Sweden.
A playable league? Northern Ireland is a playable league :fear:

Now are you going to buy a sweeper for 1 season ? :D


I can't believe this sweeper lark though, how many formations are there in the pot to choose from and are they back in the next draw or do you keep the already chosen ones aside to ensure a new formation each time?

I hate these Cliffhangers :mmph: :ear:

Kingsley
22-06-16, 10:21 AM
:rofl:

I was half right. :P

Yes! :D

I am so pleased that I have made so many of you so happy. It has really made my day NOT

Sweden would be decent, always decent players on the cheap from Sweden.
A playable league? Northern Ireland is a playable league :fear:

Now are you going to buy a sweeper for 1 season ? :D


I can't believe this sweeper lark though, how many formations are there in the pot to choose from and are they back in the next draw or do you keep the already chosen ones aside to ensure a new formation each time?

I hate these Cliffhangers :mmph: :ear:
This is the latest update, so sweepers are few and far between. Decent sweepers even more of a rarity. If there is one available, I'll try to snap him up, if not, I'll have to play a central defender out of position. The actual formation is not too different from the 5-3-2, so perhaps a few tweaks and it won't be too bad.

There are 17 default formations and 209 nations. They go straight back in the pot after being drawn, so I could get Nicaragua and sweeper 3 times running (but if I do, I will be looking closely to see if certain people have hacked my laptop)

AMC
22-06-16, 10:28 AM
If that happened mate I'd be looking at Nicaraguan Sweepers for them certain people :D

Kingsley
22-06-16, 10:39 AM
I am half wit. :P

FTFY

Kingsley
22-06-16, 12:58 PM
http://www.worldmapsatlas.com/sweden/images/sweden-flag.gif

Mark: That will be Sweden
Kingsley: Allegro ! Get me the phone number for Fred Risp ...no make that Abgar Barsom … no Jonas Lunden … no Mikel Dorsin … no Steffan Selakovic … no Kennedy Bakirywhatzit … ah sod it. Just get me the phone number for Mini Andén
Allegro: What did your last slave die from ?
Kingsley: Insubordination.

Dermotron
22-06-16, 01:04 PM
Need to sign Bjorn and Benny to play upfront. Could be awhile looking for Agnetha's and Anna-Frid's

AMC
22-06-16, 01:12 PM
Mamma Mia!

Kingsley
22-06-16, 01:28 PM
Need to sign Bjorn and Benny to play upfront. Could be awhile looking for Agnetha's and Anna-Frid's

I'll find them :love: (1970s version rather than todays :) )

ebfatz
22-06-16, 02:31 PM
Great time for me to do a catch up.
Excellent cup win and a great summary of the squad.

I must say the problem as to why you have only sold one shirt for your new Ethiopean striker is because you've put Selkie on the shirt!
No one likes buying a shirt with the wrong name on it. AMC must be pissed!! :lol:

I note you mention you will only leave Carpi if you get sacked. You can't see yourself ever getting sacked can you??

Kingsley
22-06-16, 02:53 PM
Great time for me to do a catch up.
Excellent cup win and a great summary of the squad.

I must say the problem as to why you have only sold one shirt for your new Ethiopean striker is because you've put Selkie on the shirt!
No one likes buying a shirt with the wrong name on it. AMC must be pissed!! :lol:

I note you mention you will only leave Carpi if you get sacked. You can't see yourself ever getting sacked can you??

Our shirt manufacturers have been sacked and we are looking for a new supplier. AMC will be given a full refund (but a Carpi Selkie 10 shirt will probably be worth quite a bit on ebay).

The board now have higher expectations. If I can't get the sweeper formation to work, I could see problems. I don't think that they look at past records, just how you are doing against expectations, so I am taking nothing for granted.

kuy
22-06-16, 06:01 PM
Will you be swapping the Ford Capri for a Volvo?

Redknapp69
23-06-16, 11:45 PM
Sweden - nice!

Sweeper - not so nice!

Kingsley
24-06-16, 09:20 AM
Will you be swapping the Ford Capri for a Volvo?

No, but I might buy myself a new desk from Ikea

merkezekrem
24-06-16, 09:39 AM
:rant: thought it was an update! Do we have to build our updates now?

CMAdventurer
24-06-16, 09:39 AM
http://i66.tinypic.com/qyyhyf.png

Kingsley
24-06-16, 10:53 AM
:rant: thought it was an update! Do we have to build our updates now?

Now there's an idea ... the Ikea update .... I can give you a load of words to rearrange and build your own update (but obviously with a few words missing as it is Ikea)

Next proper update is unlikely to be before Tuesday. Work is a bit mad.