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    I've decided to start another story that I will run in alternance with "Lost souls".

    This one will concentrate solely on football, with no side-story and therefore much less narative. My goal is to be able to go through several seasons relatively quickly.

    These are the settings:

    Database: ODB 3.9.68 - Start year 2001
    DB size: large
    Selected countries/leagues: all, with a few in background mode (Australia, Japan, etc.)
    Restrictions: none

    The team I'll manage is Foggia Calcio from Italy. They had a golden era in the nineties (more on this later) but at the start of the game, in 2001, they are playing in Serie C2 (the fourth level in Italy). I'll try to get them back to Serie A and hopefully even better... So it will not be a nomadic career, unless I get fired too soon

    IRL they're playing the 2018-2019 season in Serie B, having been promoted in 2017.
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    That's a really nice challenge!!

    When you say "no restrictions" does that mean you will use Wib-Wob? And if so, will the computer opponents use Wib-Wob as well, or just the standard tactics? More info...

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    Foggia is a city of 150'000 inhabitants situated in the region of Apulia, Southern Italy. Apulia, capital Bari, is the most oriental part of the country and it forms the famous heel of Italy'boot.


    It has the longest coastline of all Italian regions (excepting Sicily and Sardinia) and some of its beaches are among the most beautiful in the world, particularly in the Salento area.


    Apulia is divided into six provinces and Foggia is the capital of the northernmost of them, also called Foggia. The city is located in a plain, around 30km from the seacoast. While not the most spectacular town in Italy, it's typical of the country's South with a lot of beautiful religious buildings and decorated "piazze".


    Local culinary specialities include the Muschiska, a meat dried for 20 days, the Cartellate, a pie filled with cooked wine (can't eat this personnaly but it's beautiful to watch and requires a lot of skill) and the Latte di mandorla, a delicious almonds cream.

    The main football club is Foggia Calcio which was founded in 1920, initially under the name "Sporting Club Foggia". It plays its matches in the Stadio Pino Zaccheria which has total capacity of 24'847 seats and is situated in the south of the city. Interestingly the stadium is named after a local basketball player who was killed in Tirana during WW2.


    Stadio Pino Zaccheria

    The club colors are red and black, as illustrated on the crest by two little devils of each color, complete with forks, horns and tails. The home kit features a red and black stripped shirt, black shorts and black socks. Their main rivals are Bari, against which they play the "Derby of Apulia", Taranto, Salernitana and Napoli.

    After years in Serie C and B, Foggia Calcio reached Serie A for the first time in 1964. After 3 years there they were relegated back to Serie B in 1967. In their whole history, they spent 11 seasons in total in the top tier of Italian football during various spells. Their last season in Serie A was the 1993-1994 season where they finished 16th out of 18 teams and were relegated.


    The Foggia squad of 1964

    But their golden era -called the "Zemanlandia" or "Foggia dei Miracoli"- started in 1986 when a local businessman named Pasquale Casillo took over the club, at the time playing in Serie C1. After 3 years they were promoted to Serie B and it's at this point that Zdenek Zeman was appointed manager. A Czech citizen with Italian nationality, Zeman liked his teams to play offensive football and his preferred formation was 4-3-3.


    Foggia finished 8th in Serie B the first season with the best attack. The next season, with an attacking trio of Cicco Baiano-Beppe Signori-Roberto Rambaudi they were champions and promoted to Serie A.


    Baiano, Signori and Rambaudi after yet another goal for Foggia

    In their first season in the Italian top tier they ended 9th, missing European qualification on the last day following a 1-0 defeat against Napoli. Amazingly they finished the season with the second best attack (58 goals in 34 games, admittedly far from Milan and their 74 goals) and the second worst defence (58 as well) !

    However during the next summer they lost their 3 best strikers (Signori to Lazio, Baiano to Fiorentina and Rambaudi to Atalanta) and reinvested in young players from lower leagues. They managed to stay three more years in Serie A, finishing 11th, 9th and 16th and were relegated in 1994. At this point Zeman left for Lazio and this was the end of the "Zemanlandia". From there on it was a quick downfall and in 1999 they were relegated to Serie C2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by samsami View Post
    That's a really nice challenge!!

    When you say "no restrictions" does that mean you will use Wib-Wob? And if so, will the computer opponents use Wib-Wob as well, or just the standard tactics? More info...
    No I will use my own non-wib-wob tactics, like in my other story. I'll try to replicate Zeman's tactics (mainly 4-3-3) albeit with a slightly less attacking bias. By "No restrictions" I meant I'm not forced to buy only players from Turkmenistan, for example

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    Nice backstory. I know surprisingly little about Italy, having never been.

    Quote Originally Posted by LucasGills View Post
    By "No restrictions" I meant I'm not forced to buy only players from Turkmenistan, for example
    I’d read that story
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    Quote Originally Posted by riise View Post
    Nice backstory. I know surprisingly little about Italy, having never been.



    I’d read that story
    It's beautiful and the food is delicious.

    A difficult country to manage in though. Never had much success there.

    Let's hope the spirit of Zeman shines on me

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    Foggia Calcio
    Season 2001-2002 - Serie C2C





    Week 1 (preseason)


    Presentation of the club and staff
    The club is fully professional and disposes of a rather large stadium for this level. The training facilities are only adequate and that may need improvement in a near future if we want to return to Serie A.


    Our finances are ok, with close to one and a half million Euros in the bank and 525k available for transfers.


    The board expectations for this season are clearly to reach the playoffs.


    In terms of staff, we currently have no assistant manager but we have two coaches:




    We also have 3 scouts and one physio.

    Summary: while I'm happy with the number of scouts, we clearly need an assistant manager and if possible one more coach.
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    Foggia Calcio
    Season 2001-2002 - Serie C2C





    Week 1 (preseason)


    Presentation of the team

    Goalkeepers

    We have four goalkeepers at the club.

    At 33, Antonio Efficie is the most experienced. Not very quick and I'm concerned about his balance and agility. Don't remember if technique is taken into account for keepers but I hope not !


    Francesco Rossi is our second keeper. Formed at Chievo Verona, he only played one match for them in 3 years before moving to lower leagues. First season in Foggia.


    Giuseppe Pesolo is only 19 and plays for the reserves. Bravery 1 and balance 3 don't bode well for his future at the club. Will need to prove his worth with the second string.


    Our last goalkeeper is young Giovanni Stango who's only 17. Seing his heading and jumping skills are better than his handling and reflexes, I'm asking myself if I shouldn't play him as a center-back ! Will be the understudy to Pesolo in the Reserves.


    Summary: the friendly matches will help me to choose between the experienced Efficie and the younger Rossi. I may also have a look at the transfer list to see if I can get someone with experience at a higher level.
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    Surely if all leagues are selected it will take a long time to play or am I mistaken?

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    My advice would be to spend €525,000 on a new goalkeeper!
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    Uh it looks ok at the beginning of the game. Don't know in a few seasons though

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    Quote Originally Posted by riise View Post
    My advice would be to spend €525,000 on a new goalkeeper!
    You haven't seen the rest of the squad

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    I believe this menubar will be useful for your story


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    Quote Originally Posted by baw View Post
    I believe this menubar will be useful for your story

    Great, thanks to you !

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    As a big fan of Italian football, growing up in the 90's watching it. I remember Foggia in the top flight, and look forward to following their journey back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dweatherston11 View Post
    As a big fan of Italian football, growing up in the 90's watching it. I remember Foggia in the top flight, and look forward to following their journey back!
    Thanks

    I hope I'll be able to fill Zeman' shoes.

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    Foggia Calcio
    Season 2001-2002 - Serie C2C





    Week 1 (preseason)


    Presentation of the team

    Defenders

    We are short in numbers in defense, particularly in the center. The only recognizable center-backs are Giuseppe Di Bari, Roberto Carannante and Tommaso Chiecchi.

    Giuseppe Di Bari is in his second spell at the club. He played three seasons in Serie A under Zeman, from 1992 to 1995, and stayed at Foggia for two more years in Serie B after that. He's back at the club after 4 years spent at Treviso and Savoia.

    With his experience of the top level, he should bring a lot to the club and particularly the younger players. He'll probably be my first choice centre-back.


    Roberto Carannante looks a decent option at this level. He's slow but at least he can head a football and is not bad at marking opponents. He'll fight for the second place in central defense with Tommaso Chiecchi.


    At 21 Tommaso Chiecchi seems ready to claim a spot in the Foggia defense. Very brave and relatively quick, he can play both in the centre and the right. Low determination though.


    We're not better furnished in the full-backs department. Aside Chiecchi, we only have three specialists.

    Pietro Assennato can play on both sides which is a plus. Good physical stats but very slow for a full-back. During his career he played for Atalanta and Palermo so he shouldn't be bad. I'll need to see him play in the friendlies to really make an opinion though.


    Marco Pennacchietti is a left-back who played 31 games for Foggia last season. In addition to his complicated name, he's another very slow player, not really suited to the kind of football I want to play. I'll probably need to scour the transfer market to find a better option for the left-back spot.


    Finally we have Matteo Bonatti, a 20 years old right-back who can also play on the left. Decent pace and strenght and a suprisingly good long shot. Played 19 games for Prato last year in Serie C1. If he manages to convince me in the friendly matches, the right-back post will be his.


    Summary: we urgently need a few good defenders. At least one center-back and two or three pacey full-backs are required.

    Since my 4-3-3 system requires attacking full-backs capable of taking on defenders and delivering good crosses, I'll probably spend a good chunk of my transfer kitty on those.
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    Looking forward to the season. I've always liked Italian football!

    So you choose your formation first and then try and buy the players needed?

    I am just about the adapt my formation to the players I've got. Saves lots of money

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    Quote Originally Posted by samsami View Post
    So you choose your formation first and then try and buy the players needed?

    I am just about the adapt my formation to the players I've got. Saves lots of money
    It depends but in this case yes, because I want to try to replicate Zeman's tactics: quick and aggressive attacking football with two or three out and out strikers.

    But you're right, it saves you a lot of money if you can do the opposite.

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    I'll be following this

    Another who gre up in the 90's on "Football Italia" on Channel 4 with James Richardson in Milan or Rome or wherever having his coffee with Gazetta Dello Sport!

    GK - not ideal!

    DC - Expreinced heads should be ok for a year or so and younger feela is ok

    Full backs - like the 20 year old kid - could make the position his own

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    I'll be following this

    Another who gre up in the 90's on "Football Italia" on Channel 4 with James Richardson in Milan or Rome or wherever having his coffee with Gazetta Dello Sport!

    GK - not ideal!
    Yea, frankly they all look crap

    But the general level in Serie C2 is quite low so I'll see during the friendlies if one of them can do the job for this year.

    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    DC - Expreinced heads should be ok for a year or so and younger feela is ok
    Di Bari should be ok, not sure about the others. And it's dangerous to go into this season with only 3 DCs, so I'd like at least one more.

    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    Full backs - like the 20 year old kid - could make the position his own
    Agree with you. Bonatti looks useful for a 20 years old. I will give him playing time and see how it goes.

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    Foggia Calcio
    Season 2001-2002 - Serie C2C





    Week 1 (preseason)


    Presentation of the team

    Midfielders

    No problems of depth in midfield: we have 8 players who can play there. Let's start with the more defensive of them:

    Elio Di Toro is our only central defensive midfielder. He's in his second year at the club, having played 26 games last season (2 goals).

    A typical DM with high values in aggression, determination, stamina, work rate and anticipation. Looks good for this level and will be starting in this role in the friendlies.


    Hard-working Nicola Mariniello is our second defensive midfielder, even if he's more used to play on the flanks. Since I don't play with DML/DMR, I will try him both in the DMC and DR roles to see how he fares there. If it doesn't work he may leave the club.


    Pasquale Catalano has just arrived from Catanzaro, where he played 31 matches in Serie C2 last season.

    At 29, I must say I'not impressed with his stats. Another one who'll need to shine during the friendly matches if he wants to stay at the club.


    27 years Giovanni Costanzo is also in his first year at the club. Capable of playing in the center or in the right, he seems average at best. Lack of strength could be a problem in the MC role.


    Francesco Pinto plays with the reserves but he's got a few interesting physical and mental stats. Will need to improve his passing and tackling before to be given a chance in the first team.


    At 22, Roberto De Zerbi is the little gem of Foggia. He's just arrived from Avellino where he was under-used and some of his stats are impressive.

    Extremely quick and agile, he also possesses an excellent technique. He will play in the hole behind the strikers and take the set pieces. Will need to be protected from the rough defenders of Serie C2 though.


    Finally we have three promising youngsters who look good prospects for the future and will be introduced slowly to the first team: Marco Proietti, Renato Agnelli and Michele Pazienza.






    Summary: we have the numbers but do we have the quality ? The first matches will tell.

    Di Toro at DM and De Zerbi at AM stand out but we need another AMC to relieve the latter and maybe a good MC to avoid putting too much pressure on the youngsters.

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