The Return Of A Legend : Racing Club de Avellaneda #FM18

1200px-Racing_Club_(2014).svgRacing Club de Avellaneda or simply Racing Club are an Argentinian football club based in Avellaneda which is part of Greater Buenos Aires and will be a main feature of this blog for the duration of FM18. Racing play their home games in the Estadio Juan Domingo Peron also known has El Cilindro which as a capacity of 55,389 and is well known for its fantastic atmosphere and tika tape reception. The clubs nickname is La Academia  (The Academy). Racing are one of the big five (Cinco Grandes) teams in Argentina along with Boca Juniors, River Plate, Independiente and San Lorenzo. They have won the Primera Division title 17 times and the Copa Libertadores on 1 occasion (South American equivalent to the Champions League).

After reading FM Grasshoppers opening post again this afternoon about his return to Argentina with Estudiantes (LP) I have been inspired to take the reigns at Racing Club myself and let my new guest blogger Mark Tomlinson take the reigns at Exeter City were he feels more comfortable with a knowledge of lower league management. Mark aka Tommo plans to start the Exeter save in mid November has he will be away on business on release day. In preparation for the Racing save I have been busy making sure I have all the profile pics in place for the squads ready for the release of FM18. I have also decided that I will be using a pseudonym manager instead of myself to add to the storyline of the save. Before I reveal who the chosen manager is take a look at this short video courtesy of Racing Club’s official website 


The Manager

w0sgmjt2122701155.pngLet me introduce to you Racing Club’s new manager Diego Milito. The 38 year old Racing Club legend returns to the club to take on his managerial role. The former Argentine Internacional played 189 times for Racing during two spells at the club. Milito ended his career at Racing before taking a sabatical from the game. Milito was a no nonsense forward who moved to Europe from Racing to join Genoa before a season with Zaragoza. Milito then returned to Genoa for a single season scoring 24 goals in 31 games. The 6 foot Argentine then joined Internazionale playing 128 games for the Milan based club before returning to Argentina and Racing in 2014 were he anouanced his retirement from his playing days in 2016. Milito played in Europe under the guidance of both Gian Piero Gasperini and José Mourinho. Now Milito is back and ready to put his managerial skills to the test in his first job in management.


Milito’s Philosophy 

I want to implement a style of play that embraces the technical guile typical of an Argentinian player but with the defensive stability that will make us hard to break down. I plan to analyse the squads when they return from holiday (when the beta is out) and get to work on laying a foundation which will bring us some silverware over the next few seasons before going on and creating a legacy at the club. I want us to play a possession orientated system as the foundation to our formations.

On analysing the real life Racing Club’s style of play I am looking to build a system on what I have seen, here are my findings:

  • Possession
  • 352/532/442 Formation
  • Play With Width
  • Short Passes
  • Attack Down The Right Wing
  • Rotate The First XI

Strengths 

  • Create Chances Through Individual Skill
  • Aerial Duals
  • Direct Free Kicks
  • Attacking Set Pieces
  • Stealing The Ball From The Opposition

Weaknesses

  • Defending Against Attacks Down The Wings
  • Individual Errors

The Academy Of Football 

This club has produced many players who have gone on to have very successful careers all around the globe and it will come as no surprise with the financial constraints that I am looking to invest in our own development program starting with getting the facilities to a World Class standard along with putting together a quality backroom staff made up of a backbone of Argentine nationality. We will look to improve our junior coaching, improve the youth facilities to maximise our potential in producing players of the future.


Recruitment Policy 

  • Will only sign a player if there is not an adequate replacement already at the club
  • Only sign players recommended by the scouting network
  • Look to sign of Argentine nationality first
  • Will sign an out of contract high profile Argentine playing in Europe if he fits our model

Long Term Aims 

  • To win the Superliga Argentina within 3 seasons
  • To win the Copa Argentina
  • To win a continental competition within 5 seasons
  • To win the Copa Libertadores
  • To Win the Club World Championship
  • To have a player break the most goals in a season record which is 36
  • To have a player break the appearance record at the club which is 334
  • To have a player break the all time goals record which is 244
  • Establish a world class youth development system
  • Establish a world class scouting network
  • To have a youth development newgen represent Argentina  (full International)

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