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Doing the youth challenge, so the aim is to win Italy's top division and win the Champions League with a previously unplayable club using only the academy as a way of acquiring new players - this mean No Transfers of any kind. No buying back former players. Even on a free. No loans not even as part of a deal to sell your player.

Discussion
good luck !
great logo

Thanks. The logo was the reason for choosing them.
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S.S.D. Latina Calcio 1932

Season 1



On The Pitch

Season preview saw us and Campobasso way beyond the rest of the pack, so survival was the one and only goal. I had problems building a solid defensive tactic, so after 1 draw and 4 losses with only scoring 2 goals (one free-kick, on own-goal) and litterally no goalscoring chances i changed my approach to a more offensive tactic and we got better results.
Still struggled to score goals („Highlight“ one run with 7 games without scoring) and had in the end the second worst offense of the league (our main striker scored only 5 league goals, 4 of them in the last 12 games), but we survied.

Key Player

- Salvatore Ciulla: Maybe not that surprising because of my weak offense. My goalkeeper was the best player. He saves us several times. The good thing is: He's young and has a lot of potential. The bad thing (besides his height and his strength): He has the feeling, he has outgrown the club already and he wanted to leave.

Off The Pitch

The club has good finances and we are making money, so there are already some improvements to training and youth facilities (much needed). And I could make my National C Licence.


Advertised as as “golden generation” before and on the day on the intake I am underwhelmed. Two best players have 4 stars, not the best personalities and all are way of first team level. In the past I had in this early seasons players I could use immediately. I don't thin I can use one of them for 2 seasons.
Carlo Di Mambro (01A): wants to be a pressing forward. I don't think so with this work rate, bravery... Don't know what i'll do with him, yet.
Federico Angeluzzi (01B): Solid ball-winning midfielder, but needs to improve strength.
Giovanni Perna (01C): Low determination but besides from that a solid left-back for my level. If he gains 2 points in some of the important attributes he can help me.

Next Season

Another battle for survival and I think it will be heard. 4 players (3 first-teamers, one important rotation option) have announced to retire. I try to convince them, but I don't think, everyone will stay. It will be hard to replace them.
Nice to see another story created, best of luck! Solid enough first season for a promoted team.
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Season 2



On The Pitch

Season preview didn't give any hope for surviving after loosing 4 players to retirement. The lack of midfielders and having several strikers „forced“ me to change formation from a 4-5-1 to a 4-4-2. That was a great decision. Much better in the offense and still solid in the back (besides some thrashings from the 3 top teams).
At the end we participated even in the promotion playoffs (but half the league does). Even a good chance to survive the first round. Had an early lead, but our opponent scored the equalizer in the final minutes of the game and rules have it, that the home team (= better team in the regular season) goes trough if the game ends with a draw.

Key Players

Salvatore Ciulla: The goalkeeper was again one of our best players. 18 clean sheets (a new team record), twice as much as in the season before. But the season started not good. He was moaning, he wanted to leave to a bigger club (only one offer from a belgian amateur (!!) team, which wanted us to pay a big chunk of his wages). Skipped training several times. Made the whole squad angry about me. But with time he calmed down. At the end he even extended his contract.
Luigi Fontana: Because of the new system, he became part of the starting 11. After 0 goals in the season before, the striker scored 11 times in the league. Great partnership with our other striker Federico Cardella.
Simone Beccaceci: My assistant ranks him as the best player at the club (and the only good wide player). He had a lot of bad games, but some good ones. Wants to leave to a bigger club, now. Would like to keep him, since he's one of a few players with good determination left. But I need to find a new role for him since I am thinking about changing my system to a 4-3-3 because we have so many strikers.


Off The Pitch

Finances are a little bit shaky now. The money is gone. But I could make two more licences (up to National A) and the improvements to training and youth are finished (up to Adequate & Below Average).


A lot better than in the first season. Problem is determination (hope a new head of youth development which I hired at the end of the season will improve things in this direction).
Alessandro Colella (02A): One more for the long list of strikers in this club. Played him a few times as a left winger since I have only one player for this position at the whole club. Except for crossing he has the attributes for that. Let's see what we do next season. He'll be part of the 1st team.
Bruno Redjepi (02B): Don't play an attacking mid, yet. But maybe that will change. Another option for left wing (as an inside forward) or center mid. His weak dribbling and passing is a problem in both cases.
Enrico Pace (02C): Since I have not many options at right-back he should get some games next season. Besides from some mentals, he could be a solid defensive option. And I hope he'll honor his name and will get more pace.
Dario Orlando (02D): Is only in this list because my staff rates him with 4.5 stars potential. I can't use him, yet and I am skeptical if he'll get there. Is defensive not good enough for this level as full-back.
One other thing: We lost our first really young player. Some 15 year old guy was snapped up by local powerhouse Lazio. Will keep him an eye on him after he has appeared in the game and hope he becomes a good player and will be transferred for big money one day in the not so distant future.

Next Season

I have 3 good strikers at my club and 3 more with a lot of potential and a level close to the first team. One is 28, all others are between 17 and 22. So I am thinking about going with 3 strikers, maybe a 4-3-3, but the problem in this case would be building the midfield with my players.
Have one great DM (but without a decent backup), one good right midfielder (with some youngsters as backup), one left midfielder (who was decent last season with 9 assists, but without backup) and one very solid playmaker (without any weaknesses) in center mid.
So the alternative is staying with a 4-4-2 and re-train some strikers to wingers. A lot to do and to experiment in pre-season.
And of course: At the moment I see last season as an exception and are thinking about another relegation battle.
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S.S.D. Latina Calcio 1932

Season 3



On The Pitch

A relegation was predicted and again we had nothing to do with that. 12th place might look a little bit worse than the season before, but i think we improved. We scored 12 goals more (and had so many more good chances) and conceded only 5 goals more. We were competitive in every match for the first – even against the big dogs.
A lot of our losses were 0:1, some 0:0 draws and in all this games we were better, but didn't manage to break down our opponents defense (or score with the chances we had, really bad chance conversion). That's still a struggle sometimes, especially with most of the teams playing with 5 in the back and defensive.
We experimented a lot with our tactics and had a great flexibility. Played our old 4-4-2, but (especially at home) a lot of times 4-3-3 and 3-4-3 to make use of the many strikers in our squad. Sometimes we played 5-3-2 if we wanted to keep a lead, but since our wing-back are not that good, it's no tactic we used for a whole game.

Key Players

Luigi Fontana: Second season in row the best goalscorer in the club and even second best in the league, but...
Fabio Fiori: … our new striker is this newgen who was created in the season before I joined the club. His quality and potential was the main reason I created a 4-3-3-formation. In the first half of the season he was only striker No. 3 and was on the bench in the 4-4-2, but at the end he became our main striker (Fan favourite Federico Cardella finds himself sometimes on the bench now). His finishing is not great, but look at these physicals. With his determination he could go a long way, but he wants to leave (and I promised him to accept reasonable bids). I hope no club will pay the agreed fee, since most clubs at this level can't.
Enrico Pace (02C) & Alessandro Colella (02A): Not “key players” in the regular since, but the first two self-produced youngsters featuring in the first team on a regular basic in this save, so I wanted to highlight them. Pace played so many games because all our right-backs are shit, former striker Colella was re-trained as a left midfielder (is much easier and better to do on this version of FM)


Off The Pitch

Not so good finances anymore. First time in debt at the end of the season, but the loss was smaller than in the year before and I think we can get it down to like losing 100k per season. At the moment no upgrading of facilities because of this, but I bagged two more coaching licenses (and are studying for Continental A).


Our new head of youth development delivered. That's what you can call a golden generation.
Emanuele Esposito (03A): Much needed central defender since we are missing good players in that position and our captain Thiago Cazé is declining so fast that he lost his place in the first team at the end of the season. Big, decent in all important areas, left-footed (which I don't have yet). I can image him getting game time in the first team next season already.
Francesco Indelicato (03B): Nice name and with goalkeeper another position I don't mind having a good prospect. Our first team goalkeeper Salvatore Ciulla is young, but is not developing very good (I think because of his abysmal determination). This youngster has bad first touch and passing (no sweeper keeper) and must develop his physical and become taller, but he could take over in a few years
Mirco Epifani (03C): only one with bad determination from the new 5-star-potential-player, but again: a position I don't mind having a new player, and he's versatile in midfield already. Weak passing is a problem and I don't know yet, in which direction i'll go with him.
Fabio Petroni (03D): Another striker for our big collection. Fast, good dribbling, decent heading, but the trait shoots from distance combined with long shots 1 is something we need to address in training.
Abdelilah Benali (03E): I am unsure what to do with him yet. For the right wing his acceleration and his crossing are letting him down. Maybe someone has a suggestion where he could play?

Something else: Our U18 won the youth title and our big neighbors (this time AS Roma and not Lazio) poached two 15 year old players.

Next Season

Another midfield finish is the target and giving more youngsters game time to develop them.
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S.S.D. Latina Calcio 1932

Season 4



On The Pitch

We got moved from Serie C Girone C to Serie C Girone B, which is much tougher. In Girone C for example we were one of the better physical teams, in Girone C we were one of the worst. And we started with 3 relegated teams from Serie B (only 1 in Girone C) and only 2 promoted teams (4 in Girone C).
So we were predicted 18th and survival was again the goal, which we did – but not without some struggling (especially finding a good new tactic for this season). Biggest problem: Everyone seems to be playing defensive. Scoring goals was so hard.
It looks like we are not really progressing, yet, but last time I did this challenge (in portugal) it took me 8 seasons to get promoted (and 23 to become champion). Baby steps...

Key Player

Fabio Fiori: We were really struggling to convert chances, but he did it enough: 16 goals in total, even top goalscorer of this (very defensive minded) league.

Off The Pitch

Even with the not very helpful finances section and the limited possibilities to do something I'll try always on FM to finishes seasons without a financial loss (except if there's money in the bank). I failed miserable in this part. I reduced the coaching stuff, parted ways with several players and reduced in my calculation the spending to a sum where they should match the income (or we should even earn some money. But for some reason (maybe because of many more popular teams in Girone B compared to C?) we had less tv games and 340k less tv money compared to all the seasons before. So we finished with 206k loss for the season. Will reduce the spending even more.
So no upgrade to our bad facilities, but I have the Continental A Licence now.


Not the best intake. Didn't sign that many, only 2 players are worth mentioning:
Angelo Polverini (04A): Another central defender, a position I need depth. Emanuele Esposito (03A) from last year's intake is a first team starter already. He's far from that. Bad determination is a problem and some other areas need to improve.
Vincenzo Radicetti (04B): Like in the season before a goalkeeper is the second best intake. Don't really need one again. Let's see how he'll progress.


Next Season

Hope we can get one or two additional youngsters first team ready and I would love to finish a little bit higher up the table. But the main goals is: reducing some more costs before our board needs to invest money. I want to keep this club financially stable by myself and without the “outside money fm trick”.
Cool to see you attempting to take the club's finances seriously. On the pitch, hopefully you can push on in 2024/25!
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S.S.D. Latina Calcio 1932

Season 5



On The Pitch

Back in Girone C. Finished with our best points total, yet. Some really pleasing performances. In the playoffs an early red card after 4 minutes killed us. Lost 2:1 in the end.
Still, the problem that our team is on every position worse than most of the other teams in the league and it's hard to make progress. Because no one is coming after our prospects (never had that in a youth challenge after 5 years), I am thinking that their potential is limited.

Key Players

Fabio Fiori: Again the star of the team and best goalscorer. Especially in the Coppa Italia he was on fire: 7 goals in the 4 matches, nearly made it to the proper first round, but Serie A team Sassuolo was a too big task (a shame because for the 1st round there are 500k participation money).
Alessandro Colella (02A): Our former striker is as a left mid a first team regular. Decent number of assists and goals.
Emanuele Esposito (03A): 14 yellow cards, so was subbed off a little bit to often, but a big presence in defense. Hope he'll improve a lot.

Off The Pitch

Sorted the finances for this season, so we made only a small loss of 25k. But for reasons I can't explain we got hit with a tax bill of 150k. That sucks. Let a lot of contracts running out and try it with an even younger team next season, but our training facilities got downgraded and I don't know at the moment how we can improve things here.


Mediocre intake, most promising players are...
Mario Mone (05A): I love big target men, don't play with one yet (or even high crosses), but he looks promising.
Andrea Lasalandra (05B): Decent enough full-back to help us at least as a back-up in the not so distant future.


Next Season

The goals: find some money to improve the facilities. Reduce the number of players at the club. Improve the players. Get in the play-offs again.


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S.S.D. Latina Calcio 1932

Season 6



On The Pitch

Wow, what a season. Made some tweaks to the tactic (but keeping the 4-4-2 formation) and we had some great performances. So much better in offense (btw most of it before the 20.2 patch was released) and finished 4th – the best ever league position by far. And the playoffs were a completely new story.
Got directly in the 2nd round, made it through with a draw because we were the better team after regular season. Great performances in the 3rd round and the quarter final (over two legs each). After that a real nailbiter in the semi finale:
First leg, away game: 2:0 lead after 32 minutes, we played great, were the better team, than our opponent scored twice in one minute in the second half. 2:2 in the end, I was still confident.
Second leg, home game 1:0 lead after 30 minutes, equalizer after 80 minutes, but we immediately got the lead again. I was already celebrating the finale but after 90+5 minutes we conceded the 2:2.
penalties: we scored the first, missed the second and the third and I thought it's over, but my keeper saved their third and fourth and sixth penalty. FINAL!
Final, only one game against Potenza Calcio, finished above them, won against them during the season, so I was optimistic. Nothing happened. 0:0, penalties again. And again each team missed 2 of the 5, both teams scored the sixth, they missed the seventh. PROMOTED!
Never thought that would happen this season. Delighted!


Key Players

Fabio Fiori: He was a machine. Shattered all club records. Most goals, most assists, most player of the match awards, highest average rating
Alessandro Colella (02A): Was again a weapon on the left side
Carmine Pozzi (03F): Surprise of the season. Played his first senior games at the end of the 5th season during an injury crisis and impressed me. After a promotion to the first team during pre-season, he was so good that he became a regular in the center of midfield. Was not that high rated at his intake, has some weak areas, but was solid in every game.
Francesco Indelicato (03B): I changed my goalkeeper, Ciulla was decent, but didn't develop. Indelicato hat weaker attributes at the beginning of the season, but a high potential. Improved a lot, could be our main keeper for some years.

Off The Pitch

The promotion shattered my finances because of 450k bonus-payout to the players. Without that I would be out of the red again. Unfortunately I made a big mistake. Never thought that I would get promoted so I didn't renew some contracts early enough. During the playoffs I was so drawn in the games that I totally forgot. Now these players want a lot more money, which I can' afford. I hope I can keep them on a month-to-month-contract with their old salaries as long as possible.
With Enrico Pace I sold my first player for real money. 145K is a good transfer fee and in addition we'll get 25% of his next transfer fee.


Not everything can be good. Bad intake, not one player will make it here. Kept only one and just for the sake of it.

Next Season

Survival is the goal, going down again would be a blow, especially if we are forced to renew contracts. But I am optimistic.
After loosing Enrico Pace last winter and our main left back at the end of this season, we are short on full-backs. Because I have still a lot of strikers at my club, I think i'll change the formation from 4-4-2 to a 3-4-3, but need to try that in pre-season.
Still the hope to find some money to improve the facilities, but don't know yet how the finances are in this league (with attendance we can't earn that much more, because our stadium was close to full most games in Serie C already; seems like prize money is only for the Top-3).
Congrats on the promotion!
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