I’M STARTING a new career at a randomly picked club in a country I’ve never managed and I’m enforcing a transfer ban on myself to make things a bit spicier. I will allow myself to sign players on loan and on frees though.
First I needed to randomly picked four nations to be made playable.
I used the website http://www.geomidpoint.com/random/ to choose the nations.
First up came China, then Argentina, Peru and Australia.
I’ve managed in China and Australia before. I’ve also attempted to forge a career in Argentina but lost interest. So the nation that excites me the most is Peru.
This is where my club selection becomes less random. I want to manage in Peru first so I chose to include ‘players based in’ Peru. There’s only one Peruvian league available, the Primera Division.
I used random.org to pick my team from 16 in the league which gave me Cienciano, nicknamed El Papa (kind of appropriate as I plan to be the daddy of the league).
Cienciano was founded in 1901. It’s situated in a town called Cusco in the south east of Peru.
The Inca Garcilaso de la Vega stadium can hold 12,000 fans (8,000 seated) and the club has an impressive 10,137 season ticket holders. A season ticket costs only £28 – amazing compared to England.
Cienciano’s list of icons includes defender, Santiago Acasiete, now 37, who started his career at Deportivo Wanka, before moving to Universitario and then arriving at Cienciano where he only made 60 appearances from 2003-2004 but clearly impressed. He then left for Almeria (in La Liga) where he played 200 games between 2004-2012. He returned to adoring fans in Cusco in 2012 where he has so far made 67 appearances to add to his 60 from his first spell at the club.
According the the Football Manager 2015 database, the current president of Cienciano, Juvenal Silva, is a club legend. The other legend is ex-Cienciano player and manager, Freddy Ternero, 52, who is now a mayor.
Ternero played for the club for a year in 1992 before becoming a manager at Universitario de Deportes. He didn’t spend a long time away from Cusco though as he returned to La Papa in 1994 but only stayed for a year. He had two more spells at the club, 2000-2001 and 2003-2004 before taking the Peru job in 2005 where he only managed three games. I guess the guy was a roadrunner.
There are two groups in the Primera Division Torneo del Inca; Group A and Group B. In each group teams play one and other twice. The winner from each group clash in a play-off for the championship. The top three clubs go in to the Copa Liberdatores. The top two go in at stage two while the third-placed goes in at stage one.
The relatively small number of clubs in the league should mean swift progress through seasons and transfer windows.
I generally like a fun, mainly stress-free game, so I’m going to keep expectations measured for now. This should allow me more time to build my own squad and see my tactics and players develop.
I want to encourage a conveyor belt of talent through the under 20s squad to the first team, and I promise not to neglect this aim, however I’m not going to guarantee a certain number of players will make their first senior appearance each season.
The end goal is to have as many club-developed players in the first team as possible but I think it could take five-10 seasons before this is achievable.
As I’ve never managed in Peru I might find certain player attributes are more effective than in England, for example. I might find my usual go-to formations are ineffective.
My experience playing the game means I rarely struggle to at least do okay so, despite my transfers no-go, I’m not too worried about getting the sack (famous last words?).
I’m going to start off with a formation and tactic which has served me so well at Wrexham and York City.
Team instructions are:
- shorter passing
- retain possession
- work ball into box
- play out of defence
- exploit the middle
- play wider
- much higher defensive line
- close down much more
- get stuck in (always works well)
- use offside trap
- higher tempo
Pretty standard formation and instructions but it works for me :]
I’ve had a last minute idea to make the game more personal and fun to me. I’m going to try to find and sign a Peruvian attacking midfielder (centre) who’s very tall because I play in this position for my Sunday league team and I’m about 193 cm. That’s me in the photo below on the right!
Thanks for reading. And let me know if you want to find out how Cienciano progress in Peru and hopefully the South American continent!