For the database and playing league, I chose England, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, and (of course!) Italy. The reason behind choosing these leagues (beside Italy as the main league) are because of the players I think I can buy from, and I’m thinking that I will buy lots of players from transfer and loan list. So these leagues will help me to find those players I need to bolster the squad. The database will be on Large and I might add/remove leagues while playing. I will mention if it happens.
Before I continue on, I just want to tell you that I’ve been playing Torino in FM16 for two season before buying FM17, so keep in mind that I have some knowledge of the club.
Without further ado, let’s get started!
For the sake of the game, I’m Italiano who born in Turin, which makes me a local boy. I “said” that I’m “relishing the opportunity to manage at Olimpico” and you know what, I’m more than excited to see the prospect of Torino under my management.
This is our current state. We have 3.5 stars of both of our Training Facilities and Youth Facilites, which is decent. As far as I remember, Torino has lots of potential youth prospects from their academy. I think we can use some of the young players in the latter stages of the game. I might improve the Junior Coaching and Youth Recruitment to max out the youth system that we currently have.
This specific message, who comes from our Director of Football, Gianluca Petrachi, was confusing at the first glance. After reading some articles somewhere else, I can understand this specific part.
So, basically, the squad rules
are similar to the one in English Premier League, where there should be maximum of 25 players registered for each club (not including U-21 players), 4 of them must be club-grown player and 8 of them (including the 4 club-grown players) must be nation-grown. This happened since last season (with exclusion of 4 club-grown players rule). In addition to that, since 2003/04 season, there are some restriction to sign non-EU players from abroad. Each team can sign maximum of 2 non-EU players, except for teams who has less than 2 non-EU players at the end of the season, which they will get 3 non-EU quota. (click ‘rules’ for the understanding of the non-EU quota).
In our case (as pictured above), we already signed one non-EU player, that is Serbian Sasa Lukic. I also noticed that Lukic is already capped 5 times for Serbia U-21, which he is now one of the non-EU players that will be counted towards the end of the season.
Talking about players, let’s have a look at current squad players and report.
We have three loanees in the form of Falque, Hart and Leandro Castan. The latter two has no buying clause, while we can buy Falque for €5m in case we need him next season. We also have two long term injuries (from 7 weeks to 3 months injury) in Danilo Avelar and Ajeti. The latter is a new signing, probably brought in exchange of Kamil Glik who moved to AS Monaco.
The team is mixed of young, spirited and old, experienced players, which I don’t mind a little bit. And because of the rules that I mentioned above, the team now has lots of Italiano, which helpful, but only three of them are club-grown, Arreca, Aramu, and Boye (note: I wonder why Boye is club-grown, as he just arrived at the club this season as part of the non-EU rules). They are, fortunately, still counted as U-21 players so they don’t need to be registered. Unfortunately though, that makes us having no senior club-grown players, which makes me have to empty 4 slots so that I can manage within the rules. Players that I need to offload or buy will be depending on my tactic, which I present it to you right now.
This is the tactic that I will use for the upcoming season, with other two that I keep hidden for now. As you know, 3 defenders formations become a favourite in Italy, especially because there are lots of managers that using the tactic. I also used this tactic when playing Torino on FM16, and because the squad depth are helping with this formation, I’m going to use it for the time being. This tactic I use is from AlvaroRecoba in FM Base
. While the season going, I might change here and there to find the perfect recipe for the players I have. Also, those names are probably the starting lineup that I will use throughout the season, if they are inform or not having any injuries. I might change Bovo/Rossettini for Ajeti if he fits after his injury healed. Meanwhile, I probably try to bring one more center-back for a backup as I currently only have 5 CBs in the first team squad. On other positions, the depth is quiet nice, but with this formation, Falque and Ljajic (who are both attacking wingers) won’t have a place, unless they are trained in different position. Both can play as strikers up front, and I’ve decided to trained Falque as central midfielder, just in case we need depth in the particular position.
Here is the budget that I currently have right now. With a little bit of tweaking, I might have less than €2m in the bank, which isn’t nice, because, as I said, I need a backup CB for the depth. I might looking at Free Transfer while try to offload some players by selling (to get more transfer budget) or loaning young ones (to reduce the wage budget, which can be sent to transfer budget).
This is the staff that I currently have right now. I will keep them as I tend to let them stay in the club until their contract expiring. I don’t want to use money just to fire them even though they are probably won’t help me as much as I need to.
This is the amount of staffs that we have currently, and what board wants us to have. Currently we have lots of coaches than what the board expect, which means we won’t have any of new coaches till it reach 4 for first team and 2 for both U-20 and U-18. In the other hand, we might need to hire some scouts as we only have 2 (including Chief Scout) and you know that 2 is not enough for a scout. Of course, I will look for free agents as I don’t want to disturb finances greatly.
So, this is the end of the overall overview of the team. Now let’s move to my target. What do I want to achieve with this save? What is my long term goals? What is my short term goals?
Well, for long term, of course it’s to achieve all possible trophies, including Serie A and Champions League. To do that, we have to fight against the domination of Juventus.
For short term, in the next two, three season, we need to get to European competition, preferably Champions League. That’s my main target for now.
For the next posts, I will do it in a in-game monthly review. While waiting, you can comment below to suggest whatever you think it’s appropriate for the saves, including tactic, players, etc.
Thanks for reading, and see you soon!