Torino - Season 19 in Review

After falling from the heights of the first division all the way to rock bottom, the objective in Season 19 was clear for manager RedAL: climb back up again. Phase one of that goal was completed in Season 19, as he led Torino to a 3rd place finish and subsequent promotion to the second division. "I'm proud of what we have achieved, but this is only a step in the right direction," said RedAL. "We have a long way still to go to get back to where we were."

Led by a standout defense (allowing just 0.50 GAA, best of any division this season) and the emergence of new arrival Ciro Immobile, Torino allowed only 4 goals and lost just one game in the second half of the season to make the final push up the standings. Every midfielder on the team earned a Man of the Match award, and team MVP Daniele Padelli kept 12 clean sheets in the league, tops in all TSL divisions.

While earning promotion was undoubtedly the primary goal this season, Torino also had a Gold Cup campaign to worry about. The Italians finished on top of a difficult Group D, but their dreams of lifting the trophy were cut short in the Round of 16, where after forcing a replay, they bowed out to eventual runners-up Tigres.

"For Season 20, we expect to be in the top half of the table for sure," said manager RedAL. "I don't think it's realistic to expect promotion again, but we are capable of doing that, yes." A full season with Immobile and a defense that shows no sign of weakness should be a worry for the rest of TSL B next season. Whether or not that translates into promotion, only time will tell. "For now, I'm leaving for Greece to attend to my national team duties."

On This Date In TSL History...​

5 years ago today, February 28, 2011... The very first TSL games were played! 3 matches were played that day: (Links in scoreline)

 

  • (IJGator) Santos 0-2 Schalke 04 (UcanHateMeNow)
    Winning the first ever recorded TSL match was UcanHateMeNow with FC Schalke 04, a team that could hardly be imagined as a 4* team today. Ucan also forgot his own name in his writeup, posting IJGator as the manager for both teams. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored the brace to give Schalke the 2-0 victory, which included an assist from Spanish legend Raul.
  • (Zikry) Palermo 1-0 Hamburger SV (Broncos218)
    In a matchup of what would soon become two TSL giants, Zikry edged out Broncos218 with a 1-goal win. Fabrizio Miccoli scored the game's lone goal in the 60th minute. The goal would've been considered a big no-no by today's standards, as Miccoli stole the ball from a CB at the edge of the 18-yard box, and promptly shot it into the back of the net to sway the full 3 points Palermo's way. We also learned right away that player ratings would never be the same on both user's screens, something that FIFA has never bothered to change as it does not result in FUT purchases.
  • (Broncos218) Hamburger SV 2-0 Napoli (grundlebug)
    Not to be letdown from the Palermo loss, Hamburg bounced back quickly with a 2-0 win over Napoli, another team that would be hard to imagine as 4* today and consisted of stars Edinson Cavani, Marek Hamsik, and Ezequiel Lavezzi at the time. Mladen Petric scored a brace for Hamburg, and the game was also the first to have an in-game disconnection. Hamburg would go on to win 12 more matches in Season 1 en route to winning the inaugural Serie A title.

5 YEARS OF TFL, TFS, & TSL!!!!!

GENOA CFC - Season In Review - Season 19​

In his second season with Genoa, and first with the club at the top flight, Coach Bronc experienced some ups and downs throughout the season with the Italian club. "We were unable to replicate our form from S18, but many factors played a role in that," said Coach Bronc in our interview. The first of those factors appeared to be a delayed start to the season, which resulted in playing catch-up without much time for practice. It wasn't made any easier for the veteran manager when an influx of inbound and outbound transfers required constant tinkering to the lineup. But when all was said and done, Genoa finished in 9th- enough to avoid relegation. "I think we were all glad to get to the finish line this season."

Transfers
Arrivals: RB Ricardo Fiamozzi (65 ovr), CM Luca Rigoni (73), LM Gabriel Silva (70), RM Suso (75), RW Alessio Cerci (77), ST Tim Matavz (72)
Departures: GK Samir Ujkani (71), RB Issa Cissokho (77), RB Diogo Figueiras (77), CM Alberto Costa (77) LW Diego Perotti (79), ST Serge Gakpe (75)

It was a busy winter transfer period for Genoa. On the outbound was 6 members from the usual lineup of 18, including 4 vital starters. And unfortunately, their replacements weren't up to par. In attack, losing Perotti and Gakpe led to an immediate plight of goals. Alessio Cerci was a suitable fill-in for Perotti, but wasn't quite able to replicate the Argentine's performances. Alberto Costa, the S18 League B MVP, was a workhorse offensively and defensively, yet Blerim Dzemaili and newcomer Luca Rigoni weren't able to carry the load in the midfield. And on defense, losing both Figueiras and Cissokho wiped away Genoa's fullback depth and made it a glaring weakness, where Gabriel Silva was forced to fill-in for the final few matchweeks. Overall, the transfers led to a weakened Genoa squad, one that found goals difficult to come by and the club's from from S18 long gone.

League A
Genoa had some early success, most notably a 1-0 win over PSV Eindhoven, but later began to fall into mid-table obscurity. The transfer period then saw the team gradually slip farther down the table, and they narrowly avoided relegation with some crucial late-season points. "It was a rollercoaster type of season," said Coach Bronc. "We had some nice upsets, but also lost some games where we were favored to win." 12 different players scored a goal, and only two players scored more than 3. A recurring theme was substitutes coming up huge, earning some very important points in the dying minutes of matches over and over again.

Gold Cup
Placed in a group with the "Cup King," Genoa was still predicted to advance to the Gold Cup. Genoa took 2nd place in the group, but then were drawn to play in a Preliminary Round game, while also falling into the vaunted tough top half of the Gold Cup bracket. Genoa easily defeated Deportivo 3-0, but then a close game with Toulouse saw Genoa fall 0-1, ending their Cup hopes in the Round of 16. Despite the early exit, GK Mattia Perin still managed to win the Silver Glove and Silver Ball awards.

Future
Following the season's end, Coach Bronc announced that it he would be leaving Genoa through a mutual decision with the club. "A lot of players exited during the season, and I no longer felt I had the talent in place to earn silverware going forward," said the manager. "I enjoyed my time here and we had some great play out on the pitch, including a 2nd place finish in League B last season, but I believe it's within my own interests and the club's interests to go our separate ways at this time." Bronc's future club appears to be up in the air, as clubs from all over Europe and even South America have contacted the 3-time League A title winner.

Gold Cup Awards Watch

At the end of the TSL Gold Cup, awards are always handed out! Here is how the awards are broken down:

 Golden/Silver/Bronze Ball (most MOTMs, with ties broken up by combined goals & assists, then goals, then clean sheets, then final round reached, then least games played);

 Golden/Silver/Bronze Boot (most goals, with ties broken up by assists and then least games played);

 Golden/Silver/Bronze Playmaker (award for players w/ the most assists, with ties broken up by least games played and then goals);

 Golden/Silver/Bronze Glove (most clean sheets, with ties broken up by GA per game and then most games played)

To be considered for any award, your team must have qualified for and played in the Gold Cup (knockout stage):

 

Award Winners


Golden Ball: C. Tevez, 3 MOTMs (Boca Juniors) guayo10
Silver Ball: M. Perin, 3 MOTMs (GenoaBroncos218
Bronze Ball: N. Lodeiro, 2 MOTMs (Boca Juniorsguayo10

Golden Boot: W. Ben Yedder, 9 goals (Toulouse FC) CxMacx10
Silver Boot: N. Lodeiro, 8 goals (Boca Juniorsguayo10
Bronze Boot: R. Mahrez, 6 goals (Leicester CityScott Metcalf

Golden Playmaker: R. Hamouma, 4 assists (AS Saint-Etienne) HokieNYC
Silver Playmaker: N. Lodeiro, 4 assists (Boca Juniorsguayo10
Bronze Playmaker: P. Hernandez, 3 assists (Rayo Vallecanovipermansa

Golden Glove: M. Goicoechea, 4 clean sheets (Toulouse FC) CxMacx10
Silver Glove: M. Perin, 3 clean sheets (GenoaBroncos218
Bronze Glove: K. Vermeer, 2 clean sheets (FeyenoordwSeals9

Congrats to the winners!

 

 

 

TSLPI S19W8

Currently, there are 3 league games left to play, with the pro/rel games, possible playoff games, and super cup also left to be played. This season holds a bit more intrigue than season 18. It appears to be a 4 team race for the championship. PSV and Toulouse each have 1 game left, and it's against each other on Sunday evening. Feyenoord is done with league play, but may have a playoff game left to decide Serie A's champion. The darkhorse is Boca. Boca still has at least 1 supercup game left and a supercup championship could vault them into the #1 final spot. The other 3 teams could all punch their spot into the supercup by winning Serie A.

1. PSV (1793) Zikry - 1-3-0 on the week = +/- 0. Matchup with Toulouse has huge implications for the 1 spot.

2. Feyenoord (1756) wSeals9 - 3-0-0 on the week +20 points. Playing the waiting game to see how A is decided.

3. Toulouse (1755) CxMacx10 - 2-0-0 on the week +21 points. Has PSV in the crosshairs.

4. Boca Jrs (1748) guayo10 - 2-1-0 on the week +24 points. Gold Cup champions.

5. Tigres (1659) KnightNoles - 0-0-4 on the week -53 points. Abysmal week capped off by Gold Cup championship game loss to Boca. 

6. Leicester City (1653) Scott Metcalf - 2-1-0 on the week +11 points. Strong finish for the Serie B champs. 

7. Sampdoria (1622) Macri - 2-1-1 on the week +5 points. Sampdoria was one of the most improved teams year over year, gaining 107 points and securing a spot in A.

8. Saint Etienne (1608) HokieNYC - 2-1-2 on the week +15 points. Wins vs Marseille and Genoa secure a nice finish to the season.

9. West Brom (1603) BESHIKTAS - 1-1-1 on the week +8 points. Silver Cup champs. The team will be under new management next season.

10. Genoa (1561) Broncos218 - 0-2-1 on the week and somehow gained 1 point. Draws vs Boca and PSV = +11 points.

11. West Ham (1550) SoFresh_Kev 
12. Lokomotiv (1520) ASinghal31 
13. Stuttgart (1509) Cimmy24 
14. Bournemouth (1504) IJGator 
15. Marseille (1497) Lou 
16. Torino (1497) RedAL925 
17. Hoffenheim (1496) rschwep 
18. Rennais (1480) abolishthefed 
19. Deportivo (1471) BigBeansMcGee 
20. Aston Villa (1468) John O'Connor 

21. Newcastle (1464) JFace907 
22. Ajax (1463) KJLamb23 
23. America (1446) UcanHateMeNow 
24. Olympiakos (1427) redwings8831 
25. Crystal Palace (1427) Frenchie1916 
26. Galatasaray (1424) hokie79 
27. Atalanta (1423) shootah66 
28. Crew SC (1410) Calhockey10 
29. Mineiro (1401) Jugster 
30. Augsburg (1391) PhiGuy179 

31. Celta Vigo (1389) dave okeeffe 
32. Rayo Villecano (1385) vipermansa 
33. Malaga (1289) Andanas 
34. Lille (1280) pitt4life21 
35. Krasnodar (1211) Llad72

 

(S19) - Players of the Week, Matchday 20-22

TSL A: Romain Hamouma - ASSE
Saint Etienne's Romain Hamouma closed out his season with 6 assists total this week to finish the season with 21 assists total. This will going into the archives as a new record. It's also remarkable that Hamouma assisted on nearly half of his team's goals (43). HokieNYC 

Honorable Mentions: D. Kuyt (Feyenoord), W. Ben Yedder (Toulouse)

TSL B: Riyad Mahrez - Leicester City
Riyad Mahrez finished his incredible season with 2 goals, 2 assists and 2 man of the match awards in his 3 games this week. He ended the season with 25 goals, 14 assists, and 13 man of the matches which is arguably one of the best individual seasons in TFS/TSL history.Scott Metcalf 

Honorable Mentions: F. Quagliarella (Sampdoria), F. Muslera (Galatasaray)

TSL C: Anwar El Ghazi - Ajax
Anwar El Ghazi finished his season on a high note with 2 goals, 2 assists and a man of the match for Ajax this week with most of his damage coming against Malaga where he scored his brace and assisted on Klaassen's goal. After being consistent to be in the top half of the table for the past two seasons, KJLamb23 will look to put it all together next season at the helm of Ajax. 

Honorable Mentions: M. Gradel (Bournemouth), D. Padelli (Torino)