Trillionaires Toys Italy IV: The best of times, the worst of times

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The best of times, the worst of times

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July 2026

It's one of those hot summers again. They seem to get hotter every year! Oh well, at least they have a good airco system here and I have my books.

So what am I reading these days? Mostly Charles Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities at the moment. I really love those Victorian novels with their elaborate chapter titles! That is why I started using them towards the end of last season. At least, to some degree. The Victorian habit of a full chapter synopsis seems a bit extreme to me.

But it is a pity that as the modern novel developed, chapter titles lost their overt connection to the “in which” or “concerning” syntax.


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Doesn't it still ring true, though, what Dickens says? Some of you have been celebrating, some of you feel frustrated because the spring of hope turned into the winter of despair for your particular toy club. And so some of your clubs will be playing their games in the Italian football heaven next season, while others will once more be playing their games in the cellars of the Italian Serie C. It seems rather unfair.

Be that as it may, the new season is about to start with the August cup games and already the first problem reared its ugly head...


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Of course, Redknapp69's Fiorenzuola may now draft a new player of their choice to replace Militão, but this may not be the end of it. So be warned that if you're careless about player values you may be facing unexpected problems soon.
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A new dawn then............let's goooooooooo
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Can we set players to be sold ? :roll:
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Spectral wrote: Thu Feb 08, 2024 7:07 pm Can we set players to be sold ? :roll:
No, you can only release them on a free transfer. Sack them, in other words.

That's what I do when somebody asks me to put them up for sale. The money is irrelevant for trillionaires.
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I'll choose Levi Colwil then for Militao

Guess he can cover a couple of positions and has years ahead of him!
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Redknapp69 wrote: Thu Feb 08, 2024 8:55 pm I'll choose Levi Colwil then for Militao

Guess he can cover a couple of positions and has years ahead of him!
Thanks. This means Éder Militão is available again for others, or for yourself for that matter.

I've put your new formation in your thread.
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The Coppa Italia Group Stage

How all twelve of our teams, from Serie A to Serie C, compete in the Coppa Italia - and how many of them already end up getting eliminated in the group stage.

The main theme in my Victorian book by Charles Dickens is that of class division in the time of the French revolution. And not just in France, but also in England.

The main class distinctions of the time were the upper class, which consisted of the very wealthy and the royalty; the middle class, represented by educated professionals; and the working class, dominated by those with sparse to no education. And I just can't help drawing a parallel with the Italian football league system.

The upper level teams participate in the Coppa Italia and the 'royalty' even compete in Europe, but all that the lower level Serie C teams have is their own inferior version of the Coppa Italia to keep them entertained.

However, much to my surprise, this year for the very first time all of our Serie C teams - because of their high position in the table at the end of last season - have the privilege to participate in the official Coppa Italia!


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AJ's Serie B side AlbinoLeffe and Dermotron's Serie C side Poggibonsi were drawn in group 1 alongside two Serie B clubs, Pisa SC and Como 1907.

And AlbinoLeffe comfortably defeated Pisa (2-0) away from home and they demolished Como (6-2) at the AlbinoLeffe Stadium, leaving Poggibonsi the clear underdogs for the third match.

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Poggibonsi, on the other hand, needed a late goal by Bellingham to defeat Como (3-2) and they beat Pisa (2-0) at home, before having to play AlbinoLeffe away from home. And so because of AlbinoLeffe's superior goal difference a draw would not be enough for Poggibonsi.

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However, that third group match at the AlbinoLeffe Stadium ended in a shock win for the visitors! Perhaps AlbinoLeffe underestimated their Serie C opponents, or they simply had a bad day at the office, but with two goals scored by Martínez and another late goal from Bellingham Poggibonsi humiliated AlbinoLeffe at their own turf!


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And so Poggibonsi eliminated AlbinoLeffe from the Coppa Italia Group Stage to become the first Serie C side to qualify for the Round of 32.


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Now Redknapp69's Serie B side Fiorenzuola and ClaretChris72's Serie C side Pro Vercelli were drawn in group B along with Serie B side Parma Calcio 1913 and Serie C side AS Cittadella.

Fiorenzuola only narrowly defeated Cittadella (3-2) away from home, with Haaland scoring his first hat-trick of the season, but they crushed nine-man Parma (6-0) away from home!

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Fiorenzuola could still be eliminated by losing to Pro Vercelli, though, just as what happened to AlbinoLeffe in group 1. However, they held Pro Vercelli to a 1-1 draw to win their group.


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And because Pro Vercelli lost at home to Parma they actually ended in a somewhat disappointing third place in group 2.

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Spectral's Avellino, luke_21's Arezzo and trunky's Serie B side Casertana were all drawn in group 3 with Serie B side Modena - a genuine Group of Death as only one club from each group qualifies for the next round!

Now Avellino crushed Modena (4-0) away from home and went on to defeat Arezzo (3-0) before holding Casertana to a 1-1 draw at the Alberto Pinto Stadium.

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Arezzo had started their Coppa Italia campaign with a 1-1 draw, also against Casertana. They ended the game with ten men after Barella was sent off and they also had Tierney go off injured in that particular encounter.


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So after Arezzo lost at Avellino their hopes had already been dashed. They still demolished Modena (5-2) in their final group game, but they were well aware that they had no chance to win their group after their draw with Casertana and their loss to Avellino.

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And although Casertana defeated Modena (2-1) and remained undefeated, their draws against Avellino and Arezzo meant that they ended in second place in their group.

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Now marimo's Serie B side Fano and Kanai's Serie C side Brindisi were drawn in group 4 along with Serie B sides Hellas Verona and Cagliari Calcio.

Fano had to play Verona with ten men after Neto had been sent off with just 13 minutes on the clock and the match ended in a 1-1 draw. Fano went on to thrash Cagliari (4-1) at their own turf, though.

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Brindisi - the only Serie C side in group 4 - began their cup campaign with a good home win (2-1) over Cagliari, followed by a narrow loss at Hellas Verona (1-0).

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And so our two teams played each other on 23rd August at the Franco Fanuzzi Stadium in Brindisi with Nuno Mendes back as left wingback!


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This was very good news for Brindisi, because last season Mendes was one of their very best players. Brindisi didn't win the game, though. The tight encounter ended in a 1-1 draw.


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The draw did not help Fano, either. Hellas Verona defeated Cagliari so they are the undefeated group 4 winners and qualified for the Round of 32.


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Two of our teams, evesham's Serie A side Triestina and Here2Win79's Serie B side Catania, were drawn in group 5 alongside two Serie B clubs, Empoli and Genoa.

Triestina demolished Empoli (5-0) and crushed Genoa (5-0) leaving no doubt about who the favourites were to win the group.

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That third game was marred by red cards, though, and Catania managed to hold Triestina to a 1-1 draw, thanks to Baldanzi's late equaliser.


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However, it wasn't enough for Catania, who only narrowly defeated Genoa and Empoli so that Triestina won the group by goal difference.

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Unfortunately, there was more bad news for Catania, whose central defender picked up an injury in training.


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And then our last team, Xeno's Carrarese, who were drawn in group 8 with two Serie B sides, Spezia Calcio and Sampdoria, and with Serie C side US Catanzaro.

And I must say, Carrarese began their cup campaign in style. First of all they defeated Sampdoria (3-0) even though both Tchouaméni and Vlahovic had to go off injured. Carrarese went on to narrowly defeat Spezia away from home and finally they demolished Catanzaro (5-0) in their third group game to become the well-deserved group 8 winners. And that is an understatement!

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And so, while seven of our teams have been eliminated from the Coppa Italia Group Stage, five others have qualified for the Round of 32, to be played on 2nd December.

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So a lot has happened on the pitch in August, but there were other things that happened off the pitch. Several players indicated that they want to leave their clubs, and rather sooner than later.

In some cases this may be merely a matter of rumours and speculation...


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In at least one case, it is more than a rumour although the amount mentioned seems beyond belief...


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But there are more serious problems. No less than five of the star players have been put up for sale by their respective clubs with the permission of their trillionaire club owners.

Most of these players may leave for set amounts - sometimes very high fees - but in at least one case the transfer fee has not been disclosed.


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And so, ready or not, the new 2026/27 league season is about to start and we have no idea what it will bring or who will win the trophies this year.
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Congratz to Derm for knocking us out of the Coppa. All three spectators were shocked!
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Pleased to get through the cup group

These players are testing our patience off the field!
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Gotta love the loyalty of some of these players! Nice to see Nuno Mendes back in the team though, hopefully we’re done with this nonsense for a while!
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Kanai wrote: Mon Feb 12, 2024 12:02 pm Gotta love the loyalty of some of these players! Nice to see Nuno Mendes back in the team though, hopefully we’re done with this nonsense for a while!
Let's hope so.

The challenge in Italy - with a football league which is less attractive to the star players than the English league - is to find players with the right attitude, like Messi and others who never complain!
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Not sure what more Scalvini wants, he has 7 floors of hookers in his house. And not the rugby kind.
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Dermotron wrote: Tue Feb 13, 2024 9:06 am Not sure what more Scalvini wants, he has 7 floors of hookers in his house. And not the rugby kind.
I expect he wants the rugby kind...
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Scalvini is one of the (many) players you should not have in your team. Perhaps in the English league he would not have complained?

Like I have already said, in Italy - with a football league which is less attractive for the star players - you need to find players with the right attitude, like Messi and others who never complain. Otherwise you may get a mass exodus.
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An unbeaten start to the season and we are out of the cup?

Can we move back to England please.
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trunky wrote: Tue Feb 13, 2024 3:03 pm An unbeaten start to the season and we are out of the cup?

Can we move back to England please.
Like I said, it was the group of death.

But the league is your bread and butter, right?
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samsami wrote: Tue Feb 13, 2024 3:42 pm
trunky wrote: Tue Feb 13, 2024 3:03 pm An unbeaten start to the season and we are out of the cup?

Can we move back to England please.
Like I said, it was the group of death.

But the league is your bread and butter, right?
God no.

It's my cacio e pepe.
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September 2026

A messy start to the season in a month with an awful lot of headbutting going on and with plenty of work to be done by the physiotherapists.

The new league season has finally started with three trillionaire teams in Serie A, five in Serie B competing for three automatic promotion spots and the four remaining teams hoping for success in the two Serie C divisions.

So without further ado let's see how our twelve teams and their star players have started their respective league campaigns.


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Our teams in Serie A had to play four league games this month and the opening game of the season was already a very interesting one. Spectral's Avellino had to play luke_21's Arezzo at the Stadio Partenio!

Now with the support of the home crowd Avellino narrowly won the match. However, the game had barely started when Jamal Musiala already picked up an injury. And as it turned out later, the unfortunate attacking midfielder will have to be treated by a physiotherapist.


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Nevertheless, Spectral's Avellino went on to win their remaining three games in style. A most impressive start to the season for last year's Serie B winners.

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And evesham's Triestina, who were the runners-up in Serie B last season, started with an away game again Torino which ended in stalemate after Camarda was sent off for pushing Emirhan Ikhan over in the area.

After that goalless draw Triestina won their first home game of the season; that is to say, they narrowly beat AC Monza, but their striker Rodrygo - who had been out since early May undergoing surgery - picked up a fresh injury and had to go off!

Even so, Triestina remain undefeated in August, but they dropped four points as both of their away games ended in a goalless draw without their injured striker.

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And, sure enough, Rodrygo Silva de Goes will be unavailable again - probably until December. It's a good thing that their other striker Francesco Camarda was only banned for one match.


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And as to luke_21's Arezzo, after losing their opening game of the season by the narrowest of margins to Avellino they managed to win two games in a row before losing their final game of the month at home to Lazio.

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And in that Lazio game Kieran Chierney had to go off injured and for the third time this calendar year Arezzo's defender will be attending physiotherapy!


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So all in all, there have been quite a few setbacks for our Serie A teams, but to be honest, it hasn't been a bad start to the season for them. And certainly not for Spectral's Avellino!


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In Serie B our teams all had to play five games and Redknapp69's Fiorenzuola, who narrowly missed out on promotion last season, began their league campaign with a disappointing loss at Spezia. The match was in balance until Fiorenzuola's goalkeeper Matteo Sorzi fouled Gabianni in the area and was sent off. Leverbe scored from the spot.


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But Fiorenzuola bounced back from that loss in their opening game of the season and they demolished their next four opponents, although they did have another setback when Valverde was sent off in their second game. In a moment of madness the attacking midfielder headbutted Cas Odenthal!

Nevertheless, this did not stop Fiorenzuolo from demolishing ten-man Albinoleffe!


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Meanwhile, marimo's Fano actually won all five of their games with Vinícius Júnior scoring a whopping seven goals. However in their fifth game the prolific striker appeared to headbutt Ibrahim Suleman and was sent off!!

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And AJ's AlbinoLeffe, despite being humiliated by Fiorenzuola, did well in their four other games, only dropping points at Sampdoria where they conceded a late equaliser.

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However, AlbinoLeffe's new signing, Moisés Caicedo, has already been causing so many problems with the club owner and the staff that the defensive midfielder has been put up for sale after less than two months at the club!


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Now trunky's Casertana may have been eliminated from the Coppa Italia, but they started the new league season with a most impressive winning run. In fact, much as we have been used to from them in Serie C1 and Serie C2. They did not even concede a single goal yet.

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And that just leaves Here2Win79's Catania who began the new season without their central defender Gleison Bremer who was attending physiotherapy. Catania lost their away game at Benevento, but they won their remaining four games with the exception of a goalless draw at Verona.

However, their striker, Matheus Nascimento was sent off in that match for - what else? - headbutting Martin Hongia!

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In Serie C1/A ClaretChris72's Pro Vercelli started the season with three wins in a row. However, they will be losing one of their star players who can no longer motivate himself to play in Serie C.

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Xeno's Carrarese won their games by a wider margin than Pro Vercelli but both teams collected nine points from three games and neither of them have any injury problems to deal with yet.

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Now Carrese may be the league leaders and they may not have any injury problems, but they do have other issues to deal with!


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And finally, in Serie C1/B Kanai's Brindisi began their league campaign with two thumping home wins and two narrow away wins, but also with two players picking up an injury.

Kylian Mbappé was away on international duty during their opening game of the season, but Will Lankshear bagged a hat-trick for Brindisi in that encounter, giving them the perfect start to the season.


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Dermotron's Poggibonsi won their games by even wider margins, including a thumping 7-1 away win over Foggia!


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However, like ClaretChris72's Pro Vercelli they will be losing one of their star players who no longer wants to play in the cellars of Italian football.


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And so, while things go well for our teams on the pitch, the real challenge will be to build a team that sticks together this season and the following!


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12 points in the bag! I was expecting to finally start conceding fewer goals, having drafted a goalkeeper… maybe he needs a little time to adapt 🤷🏻‍♂️
Lankshear with a flying start had me hoping he might be considering staying, unfortunately the last thee matches don’t bode well 😔
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Kanai wrote: Wed Feb 14, 2024 11:27 am 12 points in the bag! I was expecting to finally start conceding fewer goals, having drafted a goalkeeper… maybe he needs a little time to adapt 🤷🏻‍♂️
Lankshear with a flying start had me hoping he might be considering staying, unfortunately the last thee matches don’t bode well 😔
For those last three matches Mbappé was back. Apparently he is your first striker! He also bagged a hat-trick and found the net in each of the three games.
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Clean sheets abound and 5 wins out of 5. That's a nice start!
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I expected a tough start with having only 1 striker as Rodrygo was expected to be out until October, what on earth was my Ass Man doing playing him while he was still recovering from the original surgery?? now he's out for another 5 months until February, crazy.
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What happens now with my player leaving?
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ClaretChris72 wrote: Wed Feb 14, 2024 6:46 pm What happens now with my player leaving?
Bella-Kotchap? He will leave 1st January and you may replace him according to the game rules (#14).

So you may draft two players then instead of one.
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samsami wrote: Wed Feb 14, 2024 7:06 pm
ClaretChris72 wrote: Wed Feb 14, 2024 6:46 pm What happens now with my player leaving?
Bella-Kotchap? He will leave 1st January and you may replace him according to the game rules (#14).

So you may draft two players then instead of one.
Can we or he draft this player again?
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