AS Roma // S01: "On The Hunt For New Prey"

spider7
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Hey guys, welcome to my first Career Mode on the forums! Big fan of Roma and its history, as I told you before, so it was a pretty easy choice. Sit tight and expect this to go at least a couple of seasons -- we need more firepower to get the most precious trophy, that Champions League "Orejona" that seems to avoid us so much. Ain't stopping until we get it, so expect the games to come and go fast!

Keeping it realistic -- Rudi Garcia is leading the squad and real life CL fixtures (Bayern, Man City and CSKA and all other groups). Playing all home games. Simming away games against weaker opponents. Expect lots of articles and stuff and I'm taking any advice and/or comments you might have regarding my formations and in/out transfers.

Season = 2014/15 (Default Rosters)
Difficulty = World Class
Half Length = 7 minutes
Transfers Budget = $39,500,000
Weekly Wages = $2,590,750
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  • spider7
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    Sixth, seventh and sixth again were the positions in the table for Roma from 2011 to 2013. So what happened a year ago, making the Giallorossi the most serious threat to Juventus' four-peat plans? Walter Sabatini's blueprint finally coming to fruition. His impeccable job as the team's director of football led Roma to a 10-game winning streak to start the season, clinching automatic Champions League football for the first time since 2010.

    Sabatini's hand on the team's structure was visible from the start. The appointment of former Lille head coach Rudi García was just the first step. Along came the games and the victories. With the addition of Kevin Strootman from PSV Eindhoven to a midfield that already boosted a rejuvenated Daniele De Rossi and an outstanding Miralem Pjanic, the experiment worked like a clock. Strootman's fierce attitude made him stellar, among the Olimpico crowd and in the dressing room as well. De Rossi performed great regularly and was also a solid threat on goal, both on offense and defense, with lots of headers cleared off the line. Pjanic confirmed that his first season under now Barcelona coach Luis Enrique, was no joke, immediately forgetting some head-scratching games under Zdenek Zeman.

    When one of them was not available, Radja Nainggolan would appear and blast the opposition away... and Alessandro Florenzi's explosion was more than welcome. With a former Barsa standout like Seydou Keita joining the ranks -- on a free transfer, nonetheless -- you have an elite midfield for the season to come. In case of emergency, but undoubtedly a part of the team's future and García's plans, are Argentinian Leandro Paredes and former Fenerbahce midfielder, Salih Ucan.

    Goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis' signing from Napoli was another masterstroke. He was a rock behind the backline and was, in many ways, the emotional leader of this squad, bringing stability to the defense while leading the Serie A in clean sheets. That honor also comes to the perfect partnership of Mehdi Benatia, sold to Bayern Munich, and Leandro Castán. On the right, Maicon and another diamond: Vassilis Torosidis, who will now fight for the left flank spot with English veteran Ashley Cole. Frenchman Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa -- coming from Newcastle United -- and Kostas Manolas look set to compete for Benatia's place in the lineup with Davide Astori, a loan in from Cagliari.

    With Francesco Totti's retirement looming, it looks like the eternal number 10 will start to play on a limited role. Mattia Destro will be the lone striker, and will need to answer the call with screamers. Wide left, Gervinho was a rare bet after his rare performances at Arsenal, but the Lupi had faith in his speed and unpredictability... and the Ivorian was happy to oblige, with double digits in both goals and assists, forming a killer combo with Destro. Juan Iturbe joins the team after his breathtaking season with Hellas Verona, and Adem Ljajic will challenge for a spot as well.

    Among the youngsters, here are some names for the fans to consider. Most of them will be loaned out to gain valuable experience: defenders Michelle Somma and Elio Capradossi, midfielder Francesco Di Mariano and striker Antonio Sanabria.

    Expect the Giallorossi to give the Vecchia Signora more than a headache.
  • Ashy
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    good luck with this, forum isn't very active lately as expected everyone is waiting on fifa 16, Roma have a good solid team and should be challenging
  • spider7
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    A.S. Roma and team president James Pallotta are pleased to announce that the end of July will see the inaugural edition of the Attilio Ferraris IV Cup in the Stadio Olimpico. Following the success and rules of other pre-season tournaments like the Emirates Cup or the Amsterdam Tournament, the first edition of this cup will feature four strong and popular clubs from Europe.

    The tournament is named after one of A.S. Roma's hall of fame members, Attilio Ferraris IV (March 26, 1904 – May 8, 1947), captain of the Giallorossi's first competitive match in the national league championship. A versatile half-back, Attilio was a favourite with the fans and had already won a place in the Italy team in 1926. He was the first Roman to be selected to play for Italy, writing a page in the history books with Vittorio Pozzo's team as the Azzurri lost 3-2 in a friendly against England and distinguishing himself for his charisma, earning the title 'Lion of Highbury'. He finished his career with 210 appearances and two goals in the league, passing away prematurely in May 1947 because of a heart attack during a match.

    The first Attilio Ferraris Cup will take place over the weekend of Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th, and joining Roma in this exciting summer tournament will be Premier League side Aston Villa, German team Bayer Leverkusen and La Liga squad Deportivo La Coruña. Christian Benteke, Fabian Delph, Andreas Weimann and former Lazio striker Libor Kozak will lead Aston Villa. Bayer Leverkusen will boast a young unit, with Stefan Reinartz, Karim Bellarabi, Lars Bender, Josip Drmic, goalkeeper Bernd Leno and Roma loanee Tin Jedvaj, all of 25 years old or younger. Meanwhile, Deportivo comes to the Italian capital with gambles like Isaac Cuenca or Luis Fariña, Portuguese legend Hélder Postiga and another former Lazio player like Modibo Diakité.

    Two matches will be played on each day, with the kick-off times being at 2pm and 4.15pm, with one ticket giving supporters access to both matches on that particular day, giving them the first opportunity to see the Roma first team squad play ahead of 2014/15. The tournament kicks-off at 2pm on Saturday 26th, with Bayer Leverkusen taking on Deportivo La Coruña, followed at 4.15pm with hosts Roma playing Aston Villa. Sunday's fixtures start at 2pm, with Aston Villa playing against Bayer Leverkusen, with Roma and Deportivo La Coruña bringing the competition to a close, kicking-off their match at 4.15pm.

    Teams will be awarded 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and will also earn 1 point for each goal they score in the competition. The winners will be presented with the Attilio Ferraris IV trophy after the second match on Sunday.
  • Ashy wrote: »
    good luck with this, forum isn't very active lately as expected everyone is waiting on fifa 16, Roma have a good solid team and should be challenging

    Thanks man, yeah it should be a nice challenge. Not an expert on the game or anything, still struggling on World Class in some games. Cup results coming in this days!
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    Rudi Garcia's players were on point when it mattered the most and gave themselves a great chance of winning the inaugural Attilio Ferraris IV Cup, with a 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Saturday. The Stadio Olimpico was completely full for the arrival of the hosts, with an impressive crowd of 72,698 souls looking ecstatic with the afternoon's entertainment.

    A training injury had cost Roma the services of Miralem Pjanic for the weekend, but the rest of the intended 11 was on the field. Mattia Destro was the lone striker as Francesco Totti and Adem Ljajic paired up just behind him in order to provide. Radja Nainggolan and Daniele De Rossi patrolled the middle alongside Kevin Strootman, who took Pjanic's place. Ashley Cole got his first run-out at Rome in a 4-3-2-1 formation.

    But it was Aston Villa taking the initiative. In just seven minutes, Carlos Sánchez cut the ball to Fabian Delph, close to the area, who quickly played the ball into the path of Andreas Weimann. A couple of rebounds left the ball right next to Ashley Westwood's feet, as his low shot was perfectly saved by Morgan De Sanctis. Ten minutes and the Giallorossi couldn't get a breather. But Destro almost surprised everyone with a header over Benjamin Siegrist -- the young goalkeeper recovered his poise in style just in time.

    Roma's most incisive attacker had been Maicon, who had rampaged into the area in every play. After 23 minutes, the Brazilian played a neat 1-2 with Ljajic on the right and found space to cross low for Totti, but it was perfectly blocked by Leandro Bacuna. After Strootman's out of bounds pass, Maicon made another 1-2 play with the Dutchman to cross the ball for Destro, and open the score in the 25th. The hosts got themselves on the "chance-sheet" again at the 36th, with a thunderbolt from De Rossi just outside the box, hitting Siegrist's left post.

    The Villans looked stunned, only gaining some composure when Nainggolan earned a yellow card for a challenge on Weimann in the 40th minute; from that free kick, Sánchez flicked a header wide of the crossbar, completely open. An error by Bacuna in the 44th allowed Totti to do his magic, with an incredible through pass for Ljajic, as the Serbian scored from close range and doubled the team's advantage in the last play of the first half.

    Referee Álvaro Arias Romera blew the whistle for the second 45 minutes, and García changed three soldiers: in came Seydou Keita, Vassilis Torosidis and young Salih Ucan. In the very first play, Bacuna's burst into the area and his pass to Gabriel Agbonlahor suggested that Villa wasn't dead, but Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa snuffed out the shot. A beautiful all-around play in the 50th minute, with the ball rolling through the grass from right to left to right, saw Torosidis blast through the opposing defense, only for his effort to be deflected by Siegrist.

    But with no fast legs to play wide -- Gervinho and Juan Iturbe saw the game from the bench -- Roma looked tired and were struggling to keep their flow. A foul on Keita by Christian Benteke, not called by Arias Romera, allowed Darren Bent to cross the ball for Agbonlahor, who reduced the arrears with 15 minutes left. Villa was looking stronger and it was no surprise, and definitely deserved. Roma should have restored their two-goal advantage on the 86th, when Torosidis saw Destro coming through; however the attempt was too close to Siegrist, who saved with his right leg.

    Bayer Leverkusen took five points from the first game of the afternoon with a 2-0 win over Deportivo La Coruña, with strikes by Son Heung-min and Karim Bellarabi. Today's victory for Roma mirrors that, however they are second in the table on goal difference. The hosts play Deportivo on Sunday in the final game, so they will have the luxury of knowing exactly what is required to lift this trophy. Stay tuned.

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