Sparta: A Tactical Identity Journey – Part I

Hello everyone and welcome to this new-ish series 🙂 You might have heard the title before, or witnessed some of the content in other, separate posts, so I’ll explain what’s going on before all sorts of confusion kicks in. The Sparta Bucharest save is reaching its climax by now, as I have just finished my 16th season. Being a youth challenge, I have tried to provide as much detail as I could about player development and the general management issues in previous posts. This would usually result in really long posts that require quite a ‘geeky’ approach in order to make sense of what’s going on. If you’re more interested into that aspect of the save, check the thread on the SI forums where I go through these issues in a lot of detail. The most interesting side of this project has by far been the tactical aspect and how much I’ve learned along the way, and it seems it makes for a more accessible read too 🙂  Even though I did mention the tactical changes I have made along the way, that part of the story seems to have been lost in the sea of details about everything else, so this series will be specifically dedicated to the tactical aspect of this journey, aided by more detail and insight in each part.  Continue reading Sparta: A Tactical Identity Journey – Part I

Part III: Creativity, Intelligence, Technique – A Club Strategy

As my Italian swear-word vocabulary is vastly improving, along with developing predilections to specific types of pasta, one could say I’m settling in quite nicely in Florence. Still, nothing beats my appetite for football at the minute. Since that infamous phone call at 4 in the morning after which I’ve learnt I’m now the manager, I’m taking things as seriously as one possibly can. I’ve even been given funding to get better at it: Continue reading Part III: Creativity, Intelligence, Technique – A Club Strategy

Celtic | A Squad Building Exercise | Part III

An article from our guest author – SI community member Sean1967, continuing this series on the site. I highly recommend his content as he has a very calculated and strategic management approach as well as a clear writing style, which make for an entertaining yet informative read. Make sure to follow Sean on twitter and check out his work🙂

Initially I was going to share my plans for scouting and staff recruitment, but I have yet to pass the first transfer window and have funds for compensation yet. Another point is that I should probably identify the type of players that I will be targeting.
 
Looking at the initial squad – just considering the starting XI – what I need long terms is the following; Continue reading Celtic | A Squad Building Exercise | Part III

Season 9: Talent Mining

Season 2024/25

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a good season for us, which saw us snatch a CL place only thanks to the format of the playoffs. The new generation that has been brought to the first team has put in some decent performances, however I don’t believe them to be good enough to exceed the ability of our more experienced players like Nica, Kereszy, Vlădilă, Dobre and Andone. Overall, good performances across all competitions, though, and a very healthy financial season for us. Continue reading Season 9: Talent Mining