Bobbing about in the Marina Oct 8, 2020 11:45:43 GMT
Post by Marshdweller on Oct 8, 2020 11:45:43 GMT
Volendam is on hold for the time being but I am enjoying FM20 so much I wanted a different challenge. The challenge I have chosen is ASD Marina di Ragusa.
To put this into a little context, I'm going to tell you a little bit more about myself outside of FM. When I'm not watching digital men kick a digital ball around a digital pitch (and all-too-frequently wide of a digital goal), I like to read. I'm a big fan of detective novels and my personal favourites are those of Andrea Camilleri, involving Commissario Montalbano. I would highly recommend both the books and the TV series to anyone who enjoys that sort of thing but has yet to discover them. These novels are set on the southern coast of Sicily and even though I have never actually been there I have a great interest in the island and a daft fondness for it (or the fictional version at least).
Why ASD Marina di Ragusa?
It took me a long time to decide on a club. A long time. Probably three weeks in the end (and I'm still not 100% sure I've made the right decision!) of starting saves, playing through a couple of weeks only to find that I wasn't too motivated to carry on.
Originally my plan was to start way down in the amateur leagues and build a club from as close to literally nothing as possible and take them as far as I could. But then I started playing in the amateur leagues and I simply couldn't cope with the way the transfers worked. (On a side note, for future saves, if anyone has any advice about managing in amateur leagues without going mad then I would love to hear it.) I then looked at the professional leagues and flip-flopped between Trapani (with whom I had my last pre-FM20 save) and Sicula Leonzio without either really encouraging me to get stuck in. For some reason, Catania was a definite no-no without me being able to rationalise why. So then I was left with Serie D, Girone I. After a fair bit of poking around I eventually settled on ASD Marina di Ragusa. There were two main reasons for this - one, the town is used as a location for some of the TV adaptations of the Montalbano stories, and two, the club is expected to finish in mid-table, giving me moderate board expectations, a half-decent squad for the level and hopefully a reasonably stable platform on which to build a long-term save.
Marina (as I think I will call us in the name of brevity) has a fairly sparse history. The club was refounded in 2003 as FC Mazzarelli before assuming its current name in 2008, and so hasn't had a great deal of time to accumulate a haul of trophies but has managed to work its way steadily up the levels in Sicily to reach Serie D. Impressivly, they have just managed back to back promotions as champions of Promozione Sicilia Group D in 2018 and then Eccellanza Sicilia Group B in 2019.
The player records are equally sparse, with the highest goalscorer in the club's history listed as Nicola Arena with 19 and Guiliano Carnemolla leading the league appearances with 54. I like this situation as it gives me a chance to really make our mark on the club's history. It shouldn't be too difficult to create a situation where the vast majority of the club records were set during my tenure.
From what I can tell, they are currently playing in Ragusa itself, a few miles inland, rather than in Marina di Ragusa. Possibly because the old stadium isn't fit for Serie D?
The stadium is the Stadio Comunale Aldo Campo and is a 4,500 all-seater. Other than that, facilities need a lot of investment.
As I'm not going to be down in the deepest, darkest amateur leagues, this won't be all that different from the Volendam save in the end. I have probably touched on this before but one of the aspects of FM20 that I really like is the Club Vision and while it is hard to influence it too much it does at least give the illusion of there being multiple definitions of success within the game.
The Marina di Ragusa vision is as below:
Pretty basic and gives me a lot of flexibility. When the annual vision meeting comes around, I may experiment with adding a couple of constraints to the save but I like the idea of being able to shape the direction in which the club is going.
Defining and measuring success, and aims for the save
Keeping it really simple, I want to do a number of things.
- Establish a different tactical approach from the one I had with Volendam (i.e. I want to avoid an attacking 4-3-3 as much as possible). I'd love to build a successful 4-1-3-2 or 3-5-2 variant (tactical experts, feel free to chip in with advice or links to good articles on this one, I've never managed to get a 3-5-2 working before)
- Find the club's natural level (perhaps this is Serie C, or possibly B at a stretch - it will be interesting to see if the board are able to build a new stadium and how big it ends up if they do)
- Turn the club into a profitable production line of talent
- Win a couple of trophies (luckily, there's a Serie D cup so it's possible we could do this in the first few seasons)
- Set new club records
Finally, this being a club in one of the additional leagues, the graphical side of things is pretty basic. If anyone wants to make me some nice kits, that would be greatly appreciated!
This is what you get as a starting point in the game:
The real kits can be seen on the club's website.
I'll put up another couple of posts over the coming days with a closer look at the club, players, league etc. I anticipate that progress could be slow as I'm in the process of moving house, so there could be some long spells without much of an update, but I'm in this for the long haul (unless I get sacked of course!)
Thanks for reading!