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smoggy90

Career The Diego Maradona Napoli/Double Trouble Challenge

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Hi all, welcome to my new long term career. I wanted to try a double trouble challenge next but also wanted to mix it up with another challenge and this one caught my eye.

So therefore i am heading to Italy and taking over at Napoli!

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Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli, commonly referred to as Napoli (pronounced [ˈnaːpoli]), is an Italian professional football club based in Naples, Campania that plays in Serie A, the top flight of Italian football. The club have won two league titles, five Coppa Italias, two Supercoppa Italiana titles, and one UEFA Cup.[1][2]

Formed in 1926, the club saw relatively little success in its early years, winning one Coppa Italia until 1965, where they were refounded. Napoli then saw increased success in the 1980s, after the club acquired Diego Maradona. During his time in Naples, Maradona helped the team win several trophies, which led to the club retiring his number 10 jersey. Following his departure, however, Napoli struggled financially, and endured several relegations, prior to being refounded in 2004 by film producer Aurelio De Laurentiis. Under his guise, the club has stabilized, which has led to renewed on-field success.

By attendance, Napoli have the fourth biggest fanbase in Italy,[3] and were ranked as the fifth highest-earning football club in Serie A, with $182 million in revenue during the 2017–18 season.[4] In 2018, Forbes estimated the club is the fifth most valuable club in Italy, worth $379 million. 

Since 1959, the club has played their home games at Stadio San Paolo, and have traditionally worn sky blue shirts and white shorts. The club also have a long-standing rivalry with Roma, with whom they contest the Derby del Sole

Players

The player i have chosen for the Diego Maradona Challenge is this guy. He cost me £5.5m from Velez and looks like he has great potential.

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After testing a new tactic out for my Bad Boys from Brazil Challenge i also wanted to attempt a Double Trouble Challenge which you can find details of here.

So my partner for Almada is this guy who is available on a free at the start and has often caught my eye as having some potential.

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I had to appeal to get his work permit and was thankfully successful.

So in short my targets are below;

  • Score 1200 goals and gain 600 assists from both players combined for the Double Trouble Challenge.
  • Almada in the first 7 seasons must win at least 2 League Titles, 1 Italian Cup, 1 Suppacoppa's, 1 Champions League/Europa League and score at least 115 Goals. He also must be top scorer in Serie A for at least one season.

First season will be up before the weekend, thanks for reading.

 

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Good luck with this. Almada i have used previously and he is a good player. The other i have no idea about. I am also about to start a DT save whose first post will go just after this so good luck with this.

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Good luck.

I like the players choices, I’ve came across Almada on searches on a few saves but never used him and never heard of the other guy so it’ll be interesting to see how they develop.

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Season 1

Thanks for the comments guys.  Season 1 was about trying to shape my squad to my tactic and start getting my DT players trained up and boost those attributes.

Transfers

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Bolstered my defence and a few new full backs in Dalot and Arana who will play as my defensive wingers.  Let Insigne go for big money as he will only be back up now.

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Fixtures and Competitions

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Form was quite patchy but we managed a 3rd place finish so was pleased with that considering we had two kids up front, we were only 3 points off Juve as well.

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We were quite disappointing in the CL and got knocked out the group stage, however we had a nice route to the final of the Europa League and despite being out played and Hazard missing a pen we won the final!

Lost on away goals in the semi final of the Coppa Italia.

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Player Profiles and Performance

A steady increase for Almada, Bonfiglio improving nicely. 

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Bonfiglio managed to finish 3rd top scorer which shows he had a good first season whereas Almada won player of the season so great starts to their careers.

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This is how they performed.

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I was hoping for 50 goals to start us off so 64 is great, also a solid start on assists. 

For the Maradona Challenge the Europa League win completes one part and we are a quarter of the way there on goals. I may need to use Almada as my central striker to get the Seria A Top Scorer award but we'll see how the next few seasons go.

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Thanks for reading.

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That's a good start mate. Yes, i also think Almada should be the man to carry your Diego Maradona Challenge. KIU.

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Season 2

Target for this season again was to develop the players further and hopefully increase the goal tally slightly.

Transfers

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I have two tactics that i am using, one i showed in my Bad Boys challenge but also one with advanced wingers so i splashed the cash on Pavon, and also strengthened the left side of my defence and Gravenberch develops into a fantastic AM. Moved on a lot of fringe players.

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Fixtures and Competitions

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We managed to get that league title this season, never really troubled and scored a healthy amount of goals.

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With regards to trophies we won the Super Cup, but lost out in the Coppa Italia QF to a 91st minute goal. However we made up for that by winning the CL with a 96th minute winner! To be fair we battered Dortmund so it was deserved.

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Full fixture list here.

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Player Profiles and Performance

Both improving well and both capped by Argentina now.

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To show just how much we dominated our guys finished top two in both the goals and assists charts.

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It was also a Napoli clean sweep in the Player of the Year awards.

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Also dominated the Team of the Year.

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This is exactly how they got on.

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So a marginal increase overall which is fine as they are still developing. One thing i am wary of is Bonfiglio topping the Serie A scoring charts, i'm pretty confident of completing everything else for the Maradona challenge but need to make sure Almada wins at least one top scorer award.

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Thanks for reading. 

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Another great season for the youngsters. I see what you mean about Almada and the top scorer award but hopefully you can get it once with some system tweak.

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19 hours ago, Kanegan said:

Nice returns. They are still pretty young so it's just a matter of time before they start scoring tons.

 

16 hours ago, Ian said:

Another great season for the youngsters. I see what you mean about Almada and the top scorer award but hopefully you can get it once with some system tweak.

Thanks guys. Thought I nabbed the national team job at the start of season 3. 

Argentina got knocked out the copa America by Peru.

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The job became available.

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My application went in.

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But Poch got the job! Can’t argue with that I suppose. Have to wait a while for that to come around again.

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Season 3

Shame to miss out on the international job but hopefully that will come around again in the next few years.

Transfers

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I invested in two top quality WB's in Alaba and TAA to play as defensive wingers and a LW in Lainez. Few other well known youngsters in there too. Shipped out some fringe players.

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Fixtures and Competitions

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Comfortable in the league again and won every cup apart from the CL with Atletico beating me on pens in the final.

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Player Profiles and Performance

Bonfiglio has pretty much peaked i would say whereas Almada still has some attributes to work on.

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Again Almada is more the creator and Bonfiglio is an excellent poacher. I have tried swapping them over as i need Almada to win a Serie A top scorer award but they're not as effective. I still have 4 seasons to do that so it needs some more thought.

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An excellent season overall with the 100-goal barrier broken. If i can consistently hit these numbers then we should be fine.

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Thanks for reading. 

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Well done on the 100 goals. It took me 4 seasons to achieve it but you have done it in three.  Great going mate. 

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