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Resurrecting Palermo

Our journey to bring Palermo back to Serie A & beyond!
Started on 13 April 2020 by FMBlake
Latest Reply on 18 July 2020 by d4vidjames
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Congratulations on securing Champions League football. It has been a fantastic season and despite Milan's efforts to tarnish the season for their own gain, it failed! Unfortunate to lose in the Coppa Italia final but Inter are just a level above for the time being. That deficit will only reduce in the next couple of seasons though I suspect.
Congrats on Champions League qualification mate!
Unlucky in the Italian Cup, so close to adding some silverware to the season! Champions League football is a superb achievement considering where you were last season though. :D
Phew, was worried that the loss to AC Milan was going to cost you dearly but you managed to secure the place on the final day. Congratulations on what is a great season! Inter were just too good in the final but you can certainly be happy with the year as a whole. Also congrats on that Manager of the Year award, well deserved.
TedBro20 - It was a great finish! The cup would have been nice, but I was happy to even be in the final.

Wolf - Thanks mate, Roudout has been very good the past few seasons and will continue to impress I'm sure

ScottT - Cheers man! Yes Inter Milan was very good, but let's see the difference next season as we have made some big signings.

Griffo - Thanks bro! Will be a huge challenge, but in the best way!

Jack - Thanks mate, such different seasons aye! Let's hope we can continue our good form in Season 10!

TheLFCFan - I was worried when I lost to Milan too, but luckily we still finished top 4. Manager of the Month was a surprise but I was proud to win the award for the Palermo players who got me in that position!

Season 9 was the most successful campaign in the club's history. Palermo will now compete in the UEFA Champions League this season. It is going to be a mighty challenge, but a challenge that we cannot wait to take on. This season will see additional games, therefore we must look to add depth to the squad, and bring in some experienced players who have played Champions League football before. This is going to be our busiest transfer window yet, and with the finances increasing we will have money to spend. There are rumors that the effects of the riots all over the country still linger, and could affect the Serie A schedule once more. Last season I thought if this madness continues I would leave, but with the prospect of playing against the best teams in Europe, I cannot leave Palermo now. This is the most exciting season in the club's history, and what a way to cap off a decade with the club! Due to the riot's however, we are unable to leave Palermo during pre-season, therefore we will not be playing any pre-season games.

Transfers In
The target for us now is to bring in a mix of experience, quality and youth and we started the new transfer window off with a bang. Romelu Lukaku was the first addition joining the club from Juventus for free as his contract expired. With years of Champions League experience, and a keen eye for goal, he will be an important squad player for us this season. The board have also challenged us to sign 'high-profile' players, and to bring in a player like Lukaku, we have surely met this objective. We signed a new left winger from PSG, Steven Susa. The 24 year old Serbian also joined on a free-transfer, and could see himself getting straight into the starting team, with rumors still lingering about Hodges wanting to leave the club. Susa has fantastic long shots and acceleration and could cause a lot of problems for Serie A defenders. Patrick Roberts joined the club on a free-transfer as his contract expired at Manchester United. The English midfielder will provide cover for Pol Joensen and can play on either wing. Donyell Malen joined on a free from Everton, although the Dutch striker will not feature for Palermo this season, you will find out why soon. We are not done yet! 7 players still to announce in a very busy transfer window. The next player in was Argentine ball-winning midfielder, Santiago Ascacibar. He will be our starting DM this season, with incredible mental and physical attributes along with 17 tackling, he will be an important anchor in our midfield this season. He was another free-transfer as Stuttgart released him. Eric Dier also signed on a free-transfer to provide back up to Ascacibar. The Englishman is 34 now but can still do a job in midfield and continues to add to the experience category of player we are looking for. Portuguese International, Burno Fernandes joined the club, again on a free transfer. Unfortunately he is injured and cannot play for the first 5 months, although his quality on the ball and from set-pieces will be a great asset to have in our squad. Our first transfer who we actually signed from another club was the French right back Didier from Manchester City for £2.8 million. He will provide competition for our wonderkid Marino this season and could potential earn a starting place in the squad. We signed another wonderkid, Filip Maric joined the club from Red Star for £7.25 million. The 18 year old already looks like a quality talent, and will be trained to play as an advanced play-maker in CM rather than his natural position of CAM. Maric is another Serbian to join the club, he adds to our group of Susa and Djordjevic, a little taste of Serbian strength in Sicili. When I saw this next player transfer listed, I couldn't resist. Mo Salah joined the club from Real Madrid for £1.9 million. At 36 years old he still has incredible technical attributes and could feature for us this season in any one of our three attacking positions. The last addition to the squad was our biggest signing. We still really wanted a world-class striker, and Urso was our number 1 target from Sassuolo as we have been scouting him for the past two seasons. We couldn't get a deal with him over the line as he was demanding over £200k a week. So there was another man we had our eye on, not quite as ready made as Urso but still a world-class striker. We decided to sign a Scottish striker from Celtic for £28 million. Keith Duncan will be our new star this season, and lead the line for us for many years. He has incredible physical attributes and will continue to improve as he is only 20 years old!

A very very busy window, and a lot on new players arriving at the club. But some world-class additions can hopefully gel and perform well for us this season!

Romelu Lukaku will wear pink again!

Steven Susa signs on a free-transfer from PSG

Patrick Roberts is released from Manchester United and joins Palermo

Dutchman Malen signs for free... but won't be here for long

Ball Winning Midfielder Ascicabar signs for Palermo

Ex-Tottenham star Eric Dier signs

Creative midfielder Bruno Fernandes joins Palermo

Didier joins from Manchester City for £2.8 million

Maric signs for Palermo for £7.25 million from Red Star

Mo Salah joins Palermo! The Egyptian king cost the club £1.9 million

Deadline Day Transfer: Keith Duncan signs for £28 million

Transfers Out
We signed a lot of players which meant there had to be player leaving too. Malen was the first player to leave, and was only at the club for a week. When I saw his value, I transfer listed him to see what offers we would get and Frankfurt bid £36 million! So off we went, and that gave us more funds to bring in more players to balance the squad. With Lukaku, Duncan, Sgro and Brobbey we still have enough options up front so I was fine to let him leave. Nuno Santos left to Sampdoria for £2.6 million. He was unhappy and wanted to leave as he never really got the game time he was promised when he joined the club. But we are on the big stage now and Nuno Santos wasn't quite the quality of player we wanted in our squad this season. Anthony Hodges did end up leaving. I really would have like to keep him but he was desperate to leave. We sold him to RB Leipzig for £44 million with a 45% of the next sale. This means if we want we could potentially buy him back in the future, or if he seals a bigger move after performing well in Germany we could earn even more money. The departure of Hodges means Susa will start the season as our main LW, with Schmidt and Salah providing back up. The last player we sold was Diego Esedin to Lazio for £20 million. We signed him on a free and he was going to be a squad player this season. I decided to cash in so we can give more game-time to our Serbian wonderkid Maric.

Malen leave's for Germany

Nuno Santos leaves Palermo to join Sampdoria

Another Hodges joins RB Leipzig

Diego Esedin signs for Serie A rivals Lazio

Overall we spent a total of £40 million on 10 new players. But we sold £103 million worth of players, which means we still have money to spend. Right now I am happy with the balance of the squad as we have enough cover in every position. In the next update I am going to post images of every player in the squad so you can have a closer look at the team that will compete in the Champions League this season.

Favre resigns. The Inter Milan manager has retired from football after winning the Serie A and Supercoppa Italia Final.

My success with Palermo hasn't gone unnoticed across the country. The Italian FA have offered me the Italy job! I was tempted to take it, but this season is so important for the club and I want to focus all my attention on continuing success with Palermo. I feel that if I took an international job I would have too much to think about and juggle so I reluctantly rejected the offer.

Champions League Group Stage
We have been thrown right in the deep end in the Champions League! We have the toughest group in the competition consisting of Bayern Munich, Manchester United and AS Monaco! This is what we have prepared for though and are looking forward to the challenge! We wanted to be in the Champions League to play against the best teams in the world and our dream has now come true.

With the damage still not repaired from last season's dramas. The Serie A season is now scheduled to start in December. Therefore our first game of the season will be at home against Bayern Munich! We are unable to shcedule any friendly games, as other competitions go ahead as usual, so therefore we will be using a strict high intensity training routine to prepare and keep fit during the next few months. As I have mentioned the Mafia are still involved and Italian football is in a very strange place that could see scheduling problems for many years to come. But I cannot leave Palermo now! We will continue the journey and play through this challenge and hope to continue bringing success to the people of Sicilli.

As always, thanks for reading!
Wow, nice to see you've got Lukaku & Salah ! Hope Mo can still show something at 36y, what is the wage that you're paying him now?

With the longer break between the seasons, and not playing our first game until the end of September, now is a good opportunity to look closely at our squad and players we have acquired for this season. You can have a closer look at each player, their age, attributes, wage, value and coach star rating. Enjoy the beautiful Palermo team!

Juan Ignacio Urso
Alessandro Plizzari
Gustavo Bohorquez

Key Player
Urso is certainly our best goalkeeper as has been a great servant for the club. Signing from AC Milan for free in the 2024/25 season and a successful 2 year loan spell. This will be his 7th season at the club and he has played over 200 games. I envision him being our first choice goalkeeper for many more seasons to come.

Full Backs
Filippo Marino
Alex Lettieri
Koni De Winter
Kevin Migliaccio
Alessio Bisogno

Key Player
Fillipo Marino is the key full back for us and still has room to grow. The youth academy product came in the youth intake in the 2023/24 season and has developed into one of the best right backs in the league. He is a wonderkid and still just 20 years old! We hope we can keep him, and reject the offers from bigger clubs. He too could me a club legend and cement the RB position as his own for another 10 seasons.

Center Backs
Lorenzo Pirola
Dragan Djordjevic
Christian Ngongang
Jens De Vos
Andrea Squillaci
Antonio D'Emanuele

Key Player
Lorenzo Pirola is the pick of our centre backs. We have a lot of promising young talent but he is a real rock in the team and one of the best players in the squad. He was another free transfer who joined the club from Inter Milan in 2025/26 and has developed into a world-class defender!

Santiago Ascacibar
Eric Dier
Michael Kinglsey
Bruno Fernandes
Martino Miele
Simon Roudout
Filip Maric

Key Player
It is hard to choose our best midfield. But even though he hasn't played a game yet. on paper Ascacibar is going to be extremely important this season. He looks like a great defensive midfield who is solely focused on winning back possession. We have lacked a real quality DM for seasons and always had good play-makers so he could be the player to take us even further as a club.

Patrick Roberts
Mohamed Salah
Stevan Susa
Nico Schmidt
Pol Joensen

Key Player
Pol Joensen is the pick of our wingers. He has developed into a quality player after yet again joining the club for free. The Faroe Island international is a pacy winger with an eye for goal, and always seems to score when we need him most.

Romelu Lukaku
Brian Brobbey
Davide Sgro
Keith Duncan

Key Player
Keith Duncan is our key player in the squad. A club record signing with high expectations! But he is still so young, yet so good already. We expect him to have an exciting future with the club!

So there you have the Palermo squad for the 2028/29 season! What are your thoughts?
Great business on Malen! You've had Frankfurt's pants down with that one. Some interesting signings and I'm intrigued to see how the approach for seemingly more experienced heads actually fairs. Hopefully you can kick-on from where you left off last season but unfortunately momentum won't be much of a factor given the long delay to the new season!
You're building an isane squad! you must have heaps of money in the bank so maybe you could start looking at top players in their primeto bring up the reputation of the club. Looking forward to how you go in the Champions league!
Some excellent transfer business there especially with Malen. Got a squad capable of fighting for the title I'd say even if your going to have to squeeze it all into half a season
A superb 4th place finish to earn CL football! The summer acquisitions all look good and will hopefully help you when the season eventually gets up and running - provided the mafia don’t get too involved!
Not sure you could sign more ex-Premier League players if you tried haha
A very strong squad that should bode you very well. And it's always the Italian mafia that get involved with anything bad in Italy!
how did you change the date of the fixtures in the game??!!

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