(S11) Serie C - A Preview

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  1. Frenchie1916

    Frenchie1916 Just a clodhopper of footballer, running pell mell

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    We begin our 11th(!) season here at TFS riding the back of a strange beast. EA has bequeathed to us FIFA 14, which has the potential to be a beautiful diamond - once it is cut and polished. The first season in a new cycle always brings some growing pains as we get used to new gameplay, and this year looks to have a steeper learning curve than most years past. Add to that bubbling cauldron two returning veterans from season 10, two poor little lambs who had lost their way, one TSO-vet-but-TFS-newbie and three outright newcomers, and Season 11 promises to be a big, streaming pile of I-don't-know-what-the-hell-is-going-to-happen.

    We are anticipating setting some new records for low scoring, but could be proven wrong as we get our collective sea legs under us and begin to figure out this beautiful, frustrating game.

    I tend to shy away from predictions, as Serie C is the hardest of all divisions to prognosticate. But, as I always do, I'll give an honest account of the tools each manager has at his disposal. How he uses them? Well, that's up to him and will dictate who begins the ascent toward the promised land, and who will continue the slog through the lower ranks, dreaming of the glory that awaits him as he tries again for promotion - next season.


    So let us begin and break this down into three categories: veterans (those returning from season 10 and before), returning members (lost sheep who have played in TFS previously and are returning to our warm embrace), and the newcomers.

    First off, the Veterans:

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    Geneseo98 begins his 9th season at TFS. True, Geneseo has spent much of his time in Serie C, he tends to win more than he loses, and will steal points from any manager in the league, regardless of division. He has bounced around teams in the past several years, spending time at Bologna, Everton, Genoa and Galatasaray. He has made the trip up to Serie B once and has been within a point of promotion on another occasion, so he has the chops to scrap. Season 10 was a tough row to hoe, and he finished with a 4-3-7 record at Bologna, but he was up against the nearly flawless performances of guayo10 & YNWA96. By the end of the season, Geneseo was responsible for one of YNWA96's two losses. Now at the helm of Parma (once a staple in TFS, having been managed in the league for seasons 3-7 by two different managers), Geneseo will once again look to scratch and claw his way back into the middle tier. Parma's attack runs entirely through its 80 Striker Antonio Cassani, who will probably single-handedly determine the team's fate this season. His partner at the front will be 75 ST Amauri, whose jumping, finishing and strength will undoubtedly be a key asset this year. Moving back, the battle for position at the right wing will be fought between 78 RM Jonathan Biabiany and recent Roma departure Aleandro Rossi, the only position where depth is readily apparent. The central attack position, currently held by 73 CAM Marco Marchionni, could be a weak point in the attack, as (on paper) he looks like more of a true distributor of the ball than a third attacking option at the front. The back line is decent, if unspectacular. But sitting far down on the reserve list is 78 Argentinian CB Gabriel Paletta, who could add stability either as a fourth back or as a replacement for one of the weaker two 71 and 72 CBs in the current lineup. Parma is going to be a puzzle for everybody to figure out, including Geneseo98 - can he get the ball to Cassani's boot or Amauri's head? Is there a better attacking option in the midfield? Is the three-man backline the way to go? The key to this whole season could be finding a strategy that works early and sticking with it, rather than tinkering the whole way through in the attempt at cobbling together something resembling a strategy.



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    pitt4life21 has begun to show signs of life, and the other managers had better sit up and take notice. It took our friend a bit of time to find himself in Serie C (he had 1 win and 3 draws in his first two seasons - combined), but Season 10 saw a marked improvement in wins, goals scored and table position. Ordinarily, Pitt may not be a candidate for promotion, but this season, with this game, who's to say that he isn't the firs tone to unlock the scoring touch? And Gremio has proven to be a vicious attacking side with championship potential - right shiftee? Last season in Serie A, Gremio had 31 goals, led by Welliton. But Welliton has left for Sao Paulo, leaving the scoring duties to the 78 Argentinian Striker Hernan Barcos and his Brazilian partner, 76 ST Kleber. The 77 Chilean ST Eduardo Vargas and 79 CAM Ze Roberto provide a lethal attacking potential from the bench, and offer pitt4life21 a number of attacking formation and tactical options, as each of these tools brings something different to the table - speed, shot power, vision, crossing, dribbling or long passing. It will be up to Pitt to find an attacking style that works for him and to pursue it relentlessly, because the tools are in this box. Defensively, Gremio is a lot like other stereotypically Brazilian sides - built around going forward. 76 RCB Rhodolfo is the high point of the defense, and there aren't a lot of options on the bench for improvement. Lots of numbers in the low 70s and high 60s could be a concern if @pitt4life can't find a scoring touch.



    Next, we have the Prodigal Sons:


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    TFS has its first ever TSO Staff member in returning manager (and fellow Charlottean) krtgolfing. In his three full seasons at TFS, krtgolfing went 20-14-22 with 70 goals scored. He managed West Brom to second place in his inaugural season and was promoted to Serie B, where he took over at Santos and went 5-1-11, his first season (but the numbers are misleading has he only had a -5 GD), and 7-7-7 in his second campaign in the middle flight, this time with Spartak Moscow. Now he takes over with the brand new squad Shakhtar Donetsk of the Ukrianian Premier League, also known as the most Brazilian team in Europe (you can look it up). The team has 11 South Americans between its starting XI and reserves, 10 of whom are Brazilian. They start at the top with 75 ST Luiz Adriano and 80 CAM Bernard (who dazzled in the Confederations Cup, for those able to watch this summer). Rounding out the Brazilian front four on the Left and Right respectively are 75 LAM Eduardo (I know he changed his nationality to Croatian, but come on - his name is Eduardo Alves Da Silva!?!) and 78 RAM Douglas Costa. Teh default formation has another Brazilian CAM Alex Teixeira, playing out of position as a LDM, showing just how much offensive firepower this squad has. Throwing a bone to the home-grown boys of Ukraine, three of the back four and the goalkeeper are natives, and all of them are solid. Of course, the best is not Ukranian, but 80 RB Croatian Darijo Srna. I'm eager to see what a Shakhtar can do, particularly in the hands of a player who averaged more than 20 goals per season in his three seasons in TFS. This is an exciting squad with pace, power, skill and depth, and, on paper, possibly one of the top 3 in the entire league.


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    We never thought we'd see him again, but like that skanky old girlfriend you just keep returning to for a late-night quickie (just one. more. time.)... Cimmy24 is back! Cimmy has played (roughly) three full seasons at TFS - two full and two half. We'll look to break that streak and make this a full year for him. He was around at the beginning, but only played half of season 1, going 4-0-7 with VfL Wolfsburg. He came back in Season 3, where he took Rubin Kazan to a 4th place finish in Serie B with a 9-3-4 record. The next season, he did one better, and went to third place in Serie B, earning promotion with a 10-4-4 record and a crazy 42 goals for. In season 5, he went 3-1-5 in Serie A before disappearing... UNTIL NOW. Popping up in Southern Spain and looking ragged, Cimmy has been hired to take over at Sevilla FC, a team that looks ridiculously balanced. The highlight of the squad is Croatian 81 CAM Ivan Rakitic, slotted into an LCM role in its current formation. And Sevilla can afford to do this because it has the German 78 CAM Marko Marin in his native position. These two are interchangable in these positions, and both are lethal in the pass, the lob, the cross and the long shot, freeing up 78 ST Kevin Gameiro to poach for rebounds or look for space. On the wings, we have 76 LW Diego Perrotti on the left and the weak link in the entire team, 68 RW Jairo on the right. Even the back is just solid, anchored by 78Portuguese GK Beto and 78 LCB Federico Fazio. If Cimmy can find a suitable substitute with either pace or vision on the right wing, this is another team to watch, led by another manager to watch.
    Of note, however, Cimmy has a history of scoring goals, but he also allows them. In his 54 games, he has scored 100 goals, but has allowed 92. If they sold tickets to the Prodigal Sons Derby, I'd be first in line.



    And our Fresh Fish:

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    Spayer419 is a TSO afficionado, running in both football (also known as handball) and basketball leagues (and possibly others, but I only have so much time to cyber-stalk). But now he has found his way to Eden, where the prose flows like wine, the wine flows like beer - and the beer just flows and flows and flows. Despite being a fan of the Ohio State University, we welcome him to TFS with open arms, and know he will soon discover what so many other have: this is the best-run league on the site. Spayer kicks off his inaugural campaign at the helm of Спартак Москва, a team not unknown around these parts. Russian owners are well-versed in the art of buying solid players and then luring TFS managers to the frozen wastelands to manage them, and Spartak Moscow is a slutty, slutty team. In eight different seasons, she has had six different managers, and has taken two of them all the way. shiftee and Friz both won the Serie A title with her in seasons 3 and 4 (shiftee) and 6 (Friz), but she has also lifted her skirts for snake3249 krtgolfing pitt4life21 and BESHIKTAS . Spartak is another club that is just solid from front to back, but with very little flash. The best players are 80 Argentinian CM Alberto Costa and Irish international 79 RW Aiden McGeady. Ropunding out the attack, Spayer will make use of 77 ST Yura Movsisyan, and 76 LW Jurado. At the back, Denis Glushakov and Dmitri Kombarov anchor the central denfense, alongside newly acquired German 77 CB Serdar Tasci (6 years with VfB Stuttgart, 3 years our captain youcangofuckyourself). Spartak is a team that can win games in the right hands -as has been proven time and time again (I'd make sure your shots are up-to-date). They don't beat you in any one area, they just beat you by being above average at all of them. Capitalize on that, and you'll be at the top of the table looking down in a few weeks time.


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    gutnedawg is our second newcomer, about whom I know... nothing. But I do know Atletico Mineiro, having faced them over two seasons, and they are not a Brazilian squad to overlook. Unlike most Brazilian teams, which install strikers/wingers/attacking midfielders and then worry about everything else, Atletico Mineiro is very balanced at the back and dangerous at the front. The all Brazilian starting XI is led by the legendary 82 CAM Ronaldinho who may be a bit overrated, but still has flare and dribbling ability to spare. His ball control, passing and vision will weave some magic - in the first half. He is undoubtedly the highest rated, lowest stamina player in the game, with his stating ability only reaching 41. By Mineiro don't just rely on Ronaldinho's tricks. With 79 ST Jo at the front 75 LAM Fernandinho on the left and 76 RAM Diego Tardelli on the right, any one of the front four are capable of scoring. The back is led by 80 CB Rever and 79 GK Victor. So the question remains - if Ronaldinho can't produce int he first half, can his replacement fill his shoes in the second? Will the whole team revolve around that central attacking role, or can gutnedawg work around it, minimizing the Achilles' heel?

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    Next cometh kurdishkobe , who has chosen our third and final Brazilian side in Sporting Club Internacional Porto Alegre. Internacional makes very sporadic showings in TFS, first popping up in the inaugural season under the control of Roger, then in season 7, when the short-lived LAC27 led them for a half season to a lackluster record. They really shined in season 8, though under the skillful (if exceedingly turbulent) hand of skill_tricks, whose forum douchebaggery echoes to this day. I'll say this for skill_tricks, though, his 15-3-0* (ZINGGGG) record with this squad is one to aspire to, kurdishkobe. Internacional is the prototypical Brazilian team - built from the front with the back almost as an afternought. The striking combination of 79 ST Leandro Damiao and Diego Forlan is, in a word, sick (plus 78 ST Ignacio Scocco on the bench). Behind them, 80 LAM Andres D'Alessandro and 78 RAM Alex means that this four-headed monster can score from close or far, with skill or power, by passing or bullying its way into the net. Behind thopse four, though, the numbers drop off with great rapidity, with the defensive midfielders and back line averaging only a 71.5 OVR. kurdishkobe's strategy had better be to score first and make sure his front four hold the ball. If facing a tough opponent who can possess in his defensive third, he could be in trouble, and his LB and RB rate in the 60s, and could be shredded by skillful attacks down the wings.


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    And finally, we have DentalMonsterUM (whose tag, I have to admit, makes me think of this) who is continuing the trend started by redwings8831 of selecting sides from the MLS. DentalMonsterUM will only be the tird MLS manager in the history of TFS, following 'Wings successful run at the LA Galaxy and then CxMacx10's stint last year with Seattle, where he shocked the world by winning the championship (nearly entirely, if not completely, before Deuce made the squad). But this was a pick that truly shocked, as this wasn't LA's Beckham/Landycakes/Keane/Gonzales juggernaut or Seattle's Obafemi/Johnson/Zakuani/(later) Deuce quartet. This is the Chicago Fire, whose attack revolves around 71 ST Mike Magee and 65 ST Juan Luia Anangono, and whose highest-rated player ont he team is 76 LCM Arevalo Rios. This is a team with nine of its starting XI with an OVR in the 60s. In short, this is a pick with balls. If DentalMonsterUM bombs out, he can always say he had an under-powered team. but if he excels against the teams in this division and some of the managers in this division with this squad, watch out for him. Any way you paint it, you have to respect this pick - likely a hometown pick given Dental's midwest location, definitely didn't go for flash, and he kept it at home in the MLS. Alexi Lalas would be proud.


    And we still have two more slots to fill if you know anyone looking to join...
     
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    Very nice write up!!! Must of been in a good mood when you wrote my section!!!
     
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    Cimmy24 Candy Ass Self

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    I'm a tramp.
     
  4. Frenchie1916

    Frenchie1916 Just a clodhopper of footballer, running pell mell

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    I'm not sure whether you're the one with loose morals, or the league as a whole is... Either way, everybody digs morally ambiguous women.
     
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    Cimmy24 Candy Ass Self

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    You make me sound loose.
     
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