argentino23
2 years ago
1 day ago
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The Road Less Traveled: My Journey Begins at El Verdinegro

 

When I accepted the manager position at San Martin de San Juan, I knew I had my work cut out for me. With no previous experience to speak of, I was tasked with whipping this ragtag squad into shape. The preseason would prove pivotal - I had to figure out how to best utilize the raw talents, veteran experience, and loads of loanees that comprised this team.

 

The biggest challenge was what to do with striker duo Nico Franco and Matías Donato. They were two of our highest earners, yet a strikerless formation was key. Do I swallow my pride and sell them? Bench them? Or find a way to reshape my tactics to accommodate San Martin's star strikers? These were the tough decisions I faced.

 

Additionally, there was a glut of aging players whose best days were behind them. They would need replacing sooner rather than later. As a new manager, how would I deal with these club legends respectfully while simultaneously building for the future?

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The road ahead is murky, but one thing is clear - this preseason will set the tone. I have to analyze each player and carefully craft a strategy, trimming the dead weight and amplifying the diamonds in the rough. The fans are counting on me to mold San Martin into contenders. My managerial journey is just beginning, but with passion and perseverance, I am determined to rise to the challenge.

argentino23
2 years ago
1 day ago
10

Firing on All Cylinders: Our Preseason Successes Prime Us for the Battles Ahead

 

After a demanding preseason filled with 9 vital friendlies, we emerged hardened and eager for the season's start. Matches against reputable clubs like Newell's and San Lorenzo got us ready for the level of competition ahead.

 

A gritty 1-0 win over Newell's and an intense 3-3 draw with San Lorenzo in January showed we could hold our own. We finished strong in March, notching decisive 3-1 victories over Independiente Rivadavia and Huracán. Our new strikerless formation began clicking, with Marcos Arturia growing into an offensive catalyst at attacking midfield. Ezequiel Gonzalez and Gregorio Tanco shored up our defensive foundation from midfield to the backline.

However, it wasn't all positive. Our February clash with Ferro in the Copa Argentina ended in bitter disappointment. Despite our preseason preparations, we put in a lacklustre performance and suffered a shock early exit from the cup. The 1-2 defeat was a sobering reminder that there was still work to be done. While preseason built a solid base, we needed to maintain focus to translate it into consistent performances when it mattered most. This setback only fueled our hunger to keep improving ahead of the league.

 

 

As the preseason concluded, our team cohesion improved steadily. The board and supporters now had high hopes as we entered the National tournament.

After experimentation, I settled on my optimal starting eleven. Tactically and mentally, we felt prepared to vie with Argentine football's powerhouses. Our productive preseason built a platform. Now it was time to translate that groundwork into points when the real tests came knocking.

 

The road will be rocky, but after our preseason strides, we're equipped to shock the giants at the highest level. Let the battles commence!

argentino23
2 years ago
1 day ago
10

Vamos a la punta: A Dream League Start Propels Us to the Top

 

The season kicked off in March and we came out blazing, racking up back-to-back wins with a combined 8 goals scored and none conceded that shot us straight to the top of the league table. Marcos Arturia was in scintillating form, netting a hat-trick in our opening 3-0 rout over Temperley. Francisco Grahl also opened his account, bagging a brace in our 5-0 thrashing of Platense the following week.

Meanwhile, our veteran strikers Nico Franco and Matías Donato began adapting to new roles as shadow strikers and advanced playmakers. Their experience proved valuable off the bench to close out matches. Now as we enter April, new challenges await. Despite some injury issues, the schedule looks favourable over the coming weeks.

 

 

The dream start has us flying high, but it's still early days. We must keep our focus and hunger. With seven months still to go, we cannot get complacent. But the potential is there for something special if we maintain this team spirit.

 

The fans are buzzing with our goal-scoring exploits so far. We aim to keep them on the edge of their seats with the strikerless challenge this season!

argentino23
2 years ago
1 day ago
10

Easter break: Battling Through Tests of Resolve

 

Our stunning start hit a few bumps in April, though we battled through. Five players made Team of the Week, and training intensity was high. Francisco Grahl claimed Player of the Month, while I took Manager of the Month honours for our free-flowing attack.

 

However, concerns emerged. The board remained dissatisfied with the squad's chemistry and atmosphere. A not-so-tight 3-1 win over Defensores Unidos tested our grit, needing a late Nico Franco goal. Against Racing de Cordoba, we dominated but lacked cutting edge in a frustrating draw.

 

Squad rotation caused issues. Juan Vacca and Martin Perisotto were unhappy with playing time. But leaders like Ezequiel Gonzalez and Jonathan Blanco provided stability. I also retrained Manuel Llano as a wingback to fill a need.

 

The biggest blow was losing Cristian Ludueña to injury in mid-April, sidelining him for two games. Nico Franco and Leandro Regalado would need to step up.

Against Gimnasia de Mendoza, a draw seemed a good result. But at 88 minutes, Nico Franco dramatically equalized for a gritty 2-2 finish, moving us to 5th position. Our last match was another tight 2-2 draw with Estudiantes de Rio Cuarto, despite dominating chances.

 

It was a grinding month, testing our mettle. Though 8th, we're within striking distance of first with a game in hand. Player management and tactical adaptability will be vital moving forward. But our team's fighting spirit gives me faith we can overcome these adversities on our journey to the top!

argentino23
2 years ago
1 day ago
10

Chapter 5: Rolling with the Punches Amidst Adversity

 

May kept us on our toes, but club morale improved. A gritty 1-0 win over Defensores de Belgrano lifted us to 4th place. However, our biggest test came against rivals Chacarita Jrs, ending in a painful 3-1 defeat, punished for lacking clinical finishing. We rebounded strongly with a statement 5-1 thumping of league leaders Temperley. Leandro Regalado bagged a hat-trick, cementing his place as an offensive force.

 

Off-pitch, finances darkened with budget cuts by the board. Moving high earners and loanees became essential. But it wasn’t all doom and gloom. Our touted youth intake could shape the club’s future. 

 

At month's end, we sat 2nd in the table with 28 points. With 34 goals scored in 13 matches, our attack was the league's most prolific.

 

It’s been a rollercoaster, but the team spirit remains strong. With smart recruitment and player development, we can overcome these latest hurdles. ¡Arriba y adelante!

argentino23
2 years ago
1 day ago
10

Chapter 6: Transfer Shakeup Fuels Our Unexpected Title Push

 

The July window brought pivotal squad changes to catalyze our league charge. Fresh signings injected new blood, while smart outgoing deals eased our finances.

 

With contracts reviewed, trimming wages while upgrading staff became the priority. Difficult decisions lay ahead. Boca signing prospects Leonel Prado and Tomás Gimenez for £775k total was painful but necessary for their development. The funds helped us immensely.

 

Some decisions brought joy – Matías Borgogno signed permanently after his excellent loan spell. Other loanees could follow suit if affordable.

As the window reshaped our squad, goalscorers Jonatas Farías and Leandro Regalado spearheaded our table-topping form. Their lethal partnership up front has been pivotal.

 

We broke the consecutive wins record with 9 straight wins and now are at the top of the table!

 

This shakeup couldn't have come at a better time, with 46 points, we now stand alone at the league summit. Reinvigorated by fresh faces, tightened finances and red-hot form, we enter the final stretch with title ambition burning bright - ¡¡Vamos Verdinegro!!

argentino23
2 years ago
1 day ago
10

Chapter 7: Injuries Test Our Title Mettle

 

Our ruthless strikerless tactics continued dominating the league, securing 10 straight wins to cement our place at the summit. No one could handle our free-flowing attack! The transfer deadline passed without offloading players, but a defensive loanee added depth. The squad seemed poised for glory.

 

However, August brought an alarming dip, with three crushing defeats including a 0-4 thrashing from All Boys. Just as we regained momentum, injury carnage struck - 10 players down, including 5 starters. Our title charge was in jeopardy. But adversity breeds resilience. We ground out five straight October wins to reclaim the top, sitting on 64 points.

 

 

This grueling patch highlighted our squad's frailties. However, with grit and determination, we continue defying the odds. The championship remains in sight if we stand tall through these darkest hours. Our biggest tests still await, but together we can conquer all. La gloria nos espera!

argentino23
2 years ago
1 day ago
10

Season Finale: Promoted in Style - A First Season to Remember

 

 

We did it! After a sensational league campaign, we are champions and automatically promoted to the top flight!

 

 

Jonatas Farías proved to be an inspired signing, helping drive our free-flowing attack to break goalscoring records. Leandro Regalado’s youthful energy saw him crowned our top scorer. Together, our dynamic attacking propelled us to glory. From the depths of the second division all the way to the summit!

 

 

However, next season brings a whole new challenge. With finances tight, veterans will make way for promising youth products as we shape a strikerless force ready for the top level.

 

 

 

It took resilience to overcome injuries and adversity, but the belief and spirit of this squad shone through. A historic season none of us will ever forget. We silenced the doubters and now have the platform to establish ourselves in the top division.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The hard work continues, but for now, we celebrate a phenomenal achievement! El Verdinegro es de primera, carajo!

argentino23
2 years ago
1 day ago
10

SEASON 2 - VAMOS CON NUEVAS FUERZAS!

 

 

SE02 - Chapter 1: New Blood Rises to the Ultimate Test

 

After our historic promotion, preseason brought sweeping changes. Key loanees returned home, leaving gaps in our squad. 

 

Retaining Agustin Heredia was a major boost. His experience and commanding presence would be pivotal to shoring up our defense. With a defensive pillar secured, rebuilding around youthful potential became the priority. 

 

 

Promising prospects stepped up from our academy ranks and Patrictio Tanda came in on loan. A late surprise signing was wonderkid Benjamín Rodriguez. His prodigious talent could ignite our new era.

 

 

As preseason concluded, the rebuilt side showed encouraging shape and structured attack. Now just fine-tuning remained before the ultimate test – avoiding relegation.

 

The cruel Argentine system is stacked against us. With 3 relegated and 4 promoted each season, survival is a monumental challenge for newly promoted clubs.

Expert pundits already predict a swift return to the second tier for us. "This inexperienced squad will crumble under the pressure. Don't be surprised if they are bottom by Christmas."

 

But our band of rising talents is ready to defy expectations. With courage and cohesion, we can conquer the impossible. ¡El futuro es ahora!

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