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Pisa SC - FM22 Story

Follow my FM22 journey managing Pisa SC. The main man Lorenzo Lucca will be the star of the save.
Started on 30 October 2021 by FMBlake
Latest Reply on 12 November 2021 by FMBlake
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Welcome to my FM22 story with Pisa Sporting Club (SC).

Why Pisa SC? Two simple reasons really.

I really enjoy managing in Italy on FM. On FM20 I had my most enjoyable FM save ever, taking Palermo from Serie C, to a Champions League title, beating Real Madrid in the final. I won 9 Serie A titles with Palermo, and just really enjoyed the prospect of managing an Italian club.

The second reason, and the main reason, Lorenzo Lucca. The 21 year old striker is currently banging the goals in for Pisa IRL, with 6 goals in the Serie B this season. I recognize him from his time at Palermo, he briefly did well for me in the lower leagues, but he didn’t have a very high ceiling. Now on FM22, I know the potential he has, and for that reason I want to make him my main man, and hopefully stay at the club until he retires. I want to build the team around him, from our tactics to the players we bring in. He will be our star. What makes him special? He is 6 ft 7 in, who doesn’t like a big rangy striker eh!

I am not going to give myself any restrictions on this save, to try and make it as enjoyable as possible for myself. I have some personal goals I want to accomplish, such as promotion to Serie A, winning a Serie A title, then the big kahuna - a Champions League title.

To make this blog manageable, I plan to post at least once a week, and each post will be a review/reflection on each month played in the game.

I hope you enjoy this story, and I think this could be the beginning of something really exciting!

Forza Pisa!
Lucca is a beast in FM22! I'm sure he'll be brilliant for you. The challenge will be to keep him at the club.
Good luck with Pisa! :)
looks like a very interesting save. That'll be fun to watch
Update 1 - Season 1: Pre-Season is the Beginning of Success

I am a firm believer in having a good pre-season to set up the competitive campaign. I think it is the best time to set the tactic that I intend to play and allow my best players to build chemistry in game based situations. I have taken this pre-season quite slow, and been meticulous about my tactic and signings. Hoping this will pay off when the Serie B season begins.

Before I talk you through our pre-season, let’s take a brief look at the club history and board expectations.

Pisa SC was founded in 1909 and have bounced between Serie A and Serie B during their birth. The most successful spell was during the 1980’s when Pisa SC finished 2nd in the Serie A. They have won the Serie B only once, and have not won a trophy since 2010. We play our home games at the Arena Garibaldi - Romeo Anconetani with a capacity of 9500. Our fiercest rival is Livorno and the club colours are blue and black.

Club Vision

In terms of the Club Vision, there is only one thing the board want me to do at the moment, and that is sign players under 23 for the first team.

The expectation from the board this season is to finish in the top half of Serie B, and reach the second round of the Coppa Italia. Over the next 5 years, the board expect me to continue to build towards promotion from Serie B, with the expectation that we gain promotion by 2024/25. Ideally I would like to get promoted in the first two seasons! That is the goal I am setting for myself.


In terms of the tactic, as I alluded to in my introduction to the save, I want to build around our young striker - Lorenzo Lucca. He has good finishing ability, but his real strength is in the air. I have set two tactics for season one. The first is a 4-3-3 wide with a DM. We will look to start games with a balanced mentality and adjust based on the opponent. We will play shorter passing, but focus down the wings and aim to get crosses in as often as possible. We want to play a pressing game, with a higher line of engagement and a higher defensive line.

The second tactic will just be slightly more attacking, set up as a 4-2-3-1, moving our DM to a CAM to hopefully create more opportunities in the attacking third. I want to try and keep the team instructions consistent throughout the season, to set our playing style for the long-term.


In pre-season we played 5 matches, the toughest being against two top flight clubs - Augsburg (Bundesliga) and Verona (Serie A). We started with our preferred 4-3-3 tactic and began pre-season with an emphatic 4-1 win against Augsburg. Lucca scored his first goal under my tutelage from the penalty spot. We then comfortably beat Como 3-1, with our midfielder Idrissa Touré scoring his fourth goal in just his second appearance. The third game was a boring 0-0 draw against Serie A side Verona, who we will play in our first competitive fixture of the season. We ended the pre-season with two easier games, a 4-0 win against Ponsacco and a 2-0 win against Juve Stabia. Overall a very pleasing pre-season, and the lads appear to be reading to start the season with a bang!


Now sadly I don’t have a lot of transfer news, and I only bought in one player, a player who certainly doesn’t meet the boards vision, but I think he will add some quality to the team.

We bought in 35 year-old center back, Gabriel Paletta for £65,000. He has vast experience playing in Serie A, and will add leadership qualities as well as the technical ability to improve our defence. Ideally I would like to bring in a couple of young players before the end of the first transfer window, but that is yet to materialize.

The next step is to begin our competitive season! We start away against Serie A side Verona in the Coppa Italia and then our Serie B season kicks off against Monza. The media are predicting us to finish 11th this season, the top two gain automatic promotion, and 3rd-8th compete in a playoff for the final promotion spot. That being said, I think we can make a push for promotion in our first season, we have the quality, and if pre-season is anything to judge the team by, then we have to be confident!

Until next time, thanks for reading.

Forza Pisa!

Stam - Cheers for the good luck mate. Keeping Lucca will be tough, but I will pay him whatever he wants, and if we can gain promotion in our first-season I am hoping he will stay!
Tango - Cheers for the support, I hope it will be fun and an entertaining read
Tactics for the promotion fight will be basically Lucca +10

nice addition with Paletta though, this level requires at least one experienced (and psycopathic) defender in the squad
Pretty good preseason! I'll be following along as well.

Looks like you're going to have to lean heavily on Lucca to surpass the press expectations.
Update 2 - Season 1: Changing My Mind as Often as My Underpants

I wasn’t planning on posting an update again so soon, but I have been flying through the games, and really enjoying playing this save with Pisa SC. In this update I will discuss the results in the first two and half months of the season. I will also introduce a new feature called - Look It’s Lucca! In this mini feature I will give you all an update on how our young superstar in the making is performing, before revealing the results.

There is obviously a heavy weight on Lucca’s shoulder as he is the man the fans, the squad and the manager all expect to perform in every match, and we need his goals to help us gain promotion this season. He wasted no time making an impact, scoring his first goal for the club since his £2 million move from Palermo in the opening game of the Serie B season. We then had to wait two more games before Lucca scored his second, but he then went on to score in the next consecutive match. Lucca ended September with another goal taking his goal tally to 4 goals in 6 games. Lucca began October with a bang, he scored his first brace for the Pisa blue and black, as well as scoring another two throughout the month. Lucca currently shares the top spot of the golden boot race with Alfredo Donnarumma, they have each scored 8 goals in 11 appearances. Not only has Lucca been performing well, but he has been training well too, consistently being our star performer in training, he even managed a very rare 10.00 training rating! The final piece of Lucca news is the praise he received from former Pisa player, and Brazil legend Dunga. Dunga couldn’t help but confess how much of a fan he was. I cannot wait to see him continue to develop throughout this season. But can we keep him for years to come? That is the real question. But for now, just enjoy him!

Transfer Update

Last time I posted, we discussed how I signed Paletta, and was hoping to bring in some under-23 players into the squad. Yeah, I didn’t do that. Instead we signed a 34 year old Jérémy Ménez for £36k a week on a 2-year deal. He is a very good player for Serie B level, having also played in the Serie A like Paletta. Ménez's biggest strength is his technical ability, with 17 dribbling, 16 technique and 15 passing, he can be a real attacking threat for us anywhere in the attacking third. Unfortunately, I was unable to bring anyone else in, so that concluded my transfer business in the first window.


Our competitive fixtures began with a Coppa Italia first round match against Serie A side Verona, who we drew with in pre-season. We started with the 4-3-3 DM formation that I discussed in the last update. We competed well in the first half, but in the second half Verona were awarded a soft penalty. It was a former Pisa player’s son Simeone (Yes, Diego Simeone played for Pisa). Simeone stepped up, but our Brazilian keeper saved it! We looked like we were going to extra time, but 2 minutes before the end of the match, Verona’s Croatian striker Nikola Kalinić stole the match, and knocked us out of the cup. It was a tough result to take, and not the start I wanted in my Pisa SC career. In our first Serie B game of the season things got even worse. I stuck with the 4-3-3 DM tactic, and although our man Lucca scored, we fell to a 1-3 defeat against Monza.

Back to back defeats prompted me to make a tactical change. I threw away the two tactics I made, and started fresh. I should have known better, as I managed in Italy for 20 seasons with Palermo, but I decided to go to a back 3, technically a back 5, just like almost every other team plays in Italy. For the second Serie B game, our first home match, we set up in a 5-2-3 WB. The change of tactic worked miraculously! We won the match 2-0, my first ever win as Pisa FC boss. We followed this up with another win, this time 1-0 against Ascoli, to end August with 6 points.

We went into September confident, having won two games on the trot. But Leece knocked us back down to earth, smashing us 4-1, Lucca scored in that match. I stuck to my guns as Benevento came to our ground, and Lucca’s goal was enough to seal a 1-0 win. Perugia was next, away from home, in a tough match we suffered a 1-2 loss, which prompted me to tinker with the tactic again.

Our final match of September was against Ternana, we made a slight change and played a 5-4-1 diamond. This seemed to work, we won the match 2-1, Lucca scored the opening goal.
I then tinkered again, yes I know - probably shouldn’t change tactics this much. But we set up in a 5-2-1-2 WB and began October with a 2-0 win against Cosenza, this was Lucca’s best performance so far, scoring a double. We stuck with the same formation and beat Cittadella 3-1, this put us 2nd in the league! We were doing really well. However, we then drew with Crotone 2-2 and ended the month with a 1-2 defeat against Parma.

Serie B Update
11 games into the Serie B season, we sit in 5th position. I am pretty happy so far! I am feeling comfortable with the current 5-2-1-2 WB formation, and think this could be the one we use now for the remainder of the season. As long as Lucca stays fit, we should be able to carry on playing well and stay in the upper half of the table.

Until next time, thanks for reading.

Forza Pisa!

Tango - Lucca is without a doubt who we rely on! Paletta has been a big dissapointment so far, he missed the first month with a bad injury, and hasn't played well in his few appearances.
mrtepig - Thanks for the support mate! Hope you enjoy the story
That's a nice 1/4th of the season, despite the tough cup loss. Great job finding a tactic that works! Hopefully Ménez doesn't flop like he did with América (what a disaster).
I started a save with Pisa too, then I found your topic. It's really fun so far and yes, Lucca is a beast. I have a slightly different approach in tactics and signings; my main formation is a 4-4-1-1, and it does okay so far but not all players fit in naturally yet. I tried to sign young serie A players on a loan (for free of course) and managed to get a decent buying option for some of them. Amongst them are Botond Balogh and Luis Binks (2 decent young CBs), and 3 more to buff the squad depth a bit. I played 1 official match (in the cup) and won. Next opponent there is Fiorentina so I'm not expecting much more :)

Thanks for writing this up, I'll be following your progress closely!
Now the full game has been released I have started a new long term save. Unfortunately that means the Pisa story is put on hold. I may come back to it but for now I have my focus elsewhere. Thanks to everyone who commented on this story but for now it will seize to continue. Keep your eyes peeled for my next story which I may post in the next couple of days. It’s a massive challenge that I have never completed, and may never compete. But it should be an enjoyable read.
Thanks All

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