And the giant had feet of clay... An Inter story with (more than) a twist.

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Thohir takeover collapses!

Milano - For as-of-yet unknown reasons, Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir has pulled the plug on his proposed takeover of FC Internazionale Milano. The deal, which was believed by most to have been already completed, would have seen the Asian entrepreneur acquire over 70% of the club's shares, thus gaining control over the institution.


Thohir and Moratti - neither of them smiled for too long...


A short press statement was released by Thohir's press officer, stating that he "wouldn't let anyone make a fool out of him". The enigmatic message is thought to be aimed at former chairman Massimo Moratti, but without clarification, it falls in the realm of speculation. In the same realm, one can probably find Inter's future, as there's been absolutely no hint as to what awaits the Nerazzurri after the recent events.
 

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Breaking news: Moratti's obscure deals reason behind Thohir's angry outburst.


Milano - Last week, Massimo Moratti's yacht was spotted in Cuban waters. A rich man on holidays, one may be tempted to think. Now we know otherwise. Thohir's financial department was quick to discover anomalies in the Nerazzurri books which are believed to be owed to several loans Moratti took against Inter assets and failed to repay. While other, not-so-legal dealings also involve the club, this action, of dubious morality, is however entirely legal and the club will be responsible for the payment of these loans, believed to be around the 50m Euro mark.



What have you done, Massimo?

It's this new debt that's supposedly caused Thohir to walk away from Inter. A "safety clause" -allowing closer inspection of the book- inserted in the deal by Thohir's legal team is what allowed the Indonesian to pull the plug at the last minute. And Moratti's trip to Cuba seems to have been perfectly timed to avoid being affected by the fallout of these revelations - beaches, rum, beautiful women and no extradition treaties, what more can a corrupt rich old man want for his retirement? I guess it's clear for everyone to see now just why that yacht was there What's not as clear is Inter's future, as Moratti still legally owns the club and the rest of the board have started resigning en masse, which is never a good omen.
 

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Breaking: "Il caso Inter" reaches court after the size of Moratti's debts are revealed.

Milano - Inter fans may be forgiven to think a 50m debt would have scared a potential buyer in Erick Thohir. The truth is, 50m would've been a drop in the ocean for the Indonesian businessman. Sadly for Nerazzurri fans, the harsh reality is that the real debt inherited from Moratti is almost 6 times that, sitting at 285m Euros, on top of an existing 300m "legal" debt. To make matters worse, the 285m debt is all the more crippling due to a 12% interest rate, and the club having to repay it by 2018. It is believed that the club needs to raise at least 45m Euro before the start of the season just to survive the year. With the club facing imminent financial meltdown, Milan judge Girolamo della Scala has decided to include the misuse of club assets in his current corruption case against Massimo Moratti.

The judge has called Moratti's actions "much more immoral than illegal", lamenting his inability to do much for the club as many of Moratti's actions benefit from several loopholes in the Italian penal system. He has also urged prospective buyers and fan organisations to put together a rescue package for the club. In this regard, he's also petitioned the supreme court to allow Moratti's shares to be immediately put in the market and allow him to oversee the bidding process. In the meantime, he appointed a hand-picked team of accountants and finance experts as administrators of the club with the intention of cutting costs and raising funds by player sales in an attempt to keep the club alive until a suitable offer came along. "I will not allow" judge della Scala said, "an entity that employs hundreds of Italians and represent millions of people worldwide suffer such an ignominious collapse".

Meanwhile, in a surprisingly hostile move, the Milan City Council rescinded Inter's contract to rent the San Siro/Giuseppe Meazza effective from July 1, 2013, due to insolvency. Instead, they signed a new deal with Milan which will see the Rossoneri get extended use of the facilities in return for a percentage of gate receipts going the other way. While it's true that Inter have no way of affording the Meazza as things stand, this decision has sparked criticism all over the city and the football world, who see this as a petty, fan fueled attack on Inter. It's believed that the Nerazzurri will now have to turn to the Arena Civica Gianni Brera to play their games, and while it will certainly be cheaper it's lower capacity means a reduced income can be expected.

More information on the subject can be found in our sports supplement.



Inter exodus begins as financial woes are revealed

Milano - In a short press conference held at the Meazza, Walter Mazzarri announced his decision to step down as Nerazzurri manager mere weeks after being unveiled at the helm. Claiming his "ambition as a manager could not be fulfilled in the current state of affairs" and lamenting that "he was brought in to lead a project that was, in the end, nothing but a lie" from former owner Moratti, he wished the club well for the future and anounced he would refuse payment for his "services".



Where to now, Walter?

Mazzarri's departure is thought to be the first of many, as the administrators have put the whole squad on the market. Furthermore, the entire backroom staff, including physiotherapists and scouts, have agreed to leave the club without a severance package in order to cut costs, while remaining open to a return if and when a new manager is appointed and requires their services - provided they're willing to match their valuation of their services. The rest of the non-playing Inter employees, and this includes groundsmen, secretaries and security personnel, will be retained by the club as their salaries (unlike those of the aforementioned backroom employees) do not pose a threat to the club's economy.

Regarding the managerial vacancy, it is believed the administrators have lined up an Inter Primavera coach as Mazzarri's replacement, at least in an interim capacity, as they feel the club is in no position to afford a world-class manager. This rumour has been further fueled by the fact that no less than 34 primavera players have been released as the cost of the youth programme was deemed to high for the club's current situation, although those youngsters deemed most promising have been retained, which could be owed to a "selection process" carried out by Mazzarri's alleged succesor, whose name has not yet been leaked.




The name of Mazzarri's successor is yet to be revealed.

The appointment of an unproven youth manager is bound to go down badly with the Inter faithful who still remember Stramaccioni's tenure as a low point in the club's recent history. Things will unfortunately get worse for them as Stramaccioni is believed to be part of this new manager's coaching staff, having been colleagues in the Primavera setup for a few years. But these are hardly the worst news for the loyal Nerazzurri supporters.

The Federazione Italiana di Giuoco Calcio has declared every transfer made during this last transfer window null and void as part of the legal process against Moratti. Those players signed on free transfers will be released to the free market pool, with the club having the chance to resign them provided they can agree to new terms, which are expected to be reduced. Thos players who were bought from other clubs have been returned to their former employers, while the transfer fees will still be paid, although this payment will be deducted from Moratti's frozen assets and not paid for by the club. The following transfers have been cancelled due to this resolution:

Michael Ventre has returned to Genoa.
Alessandro Capello, Saphir Taider and Gabi Mudingayi have returned to Bologna.
Andy Polo has returned to Peru's Universidad SM de Porres.
Hernanes has returned to Lazio, while D'Ambrosio has moved back to Torino.
Hugo Campagnaro, Juan Pablo Carrizo and Andreolli have gone straight to the free agent pool, while Ruben Botta immediately re-signed with former club Tigre, spending mere minutes unattached.

Something similar has happened with those players on loan. Footballers loaned in have returned to their parent clubs, but those loaned out will stay loaned out, even those who have been brought in this season, as the FIGC believed involving other clubs will only further complicate the matter, particularly when player salaries are to be covered by the loaning clubs.

In what has turned out to be the biggest scandal in Italian football history, it remains to be seen whether there will be any further punishment for Inter, with relegation to the lower leagues, which would be a disaster for the only club that has never been relegated from Serie A, and a transfer embargo being mooted as posibilities. Inter fans may rightly wonder what the punishment is for, seeing as they've been the most affected by Moratti's actions.
 

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Player sales begin under administrators as Inter hope for survival

Milano - With Inter's administrators admitting to the need of 45m Euros to get to the start of the season, it's no wonder player sales are seen as the main source of income for a club that has lost access to the main source of match income they had (the Meazza) and is out of European competition. The first player to move has been high-earning forward Rodrigo Palacio, who moved back to his homeland to play for Boca Juniors, leaving 4m in Inter's coffers. With most players being available on the cheap, another Argentine club, Velez, has taken full advantage and landed Ricardo "Ricky" Alvarez for a fee of 2m.

In addition to these two, youngsters Morten Knudsen and Paulino de la Fuente have also decided to leave the club, the former leaving for Kobenhavn for half a million Euros, while the latter, one of the most promising spanish talents playing abroad, has been snapped up by giants Barcelona for three quarters of a million. Close to completion as well is a deal that will take another promising youngster, Pedro Delgado, to Sport Lisboa e Benfica for 750k.

These 5 deals, totaling 8m, mean the club still has to raise 37m to make it to the start of the season.


Breaking news: Inter star Guarin makes shock move to Juventus!

Torino - Juventus have wrapped up an 8m deal for Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarin. In what will come as a bitter blow to Inter fans, who have spent the last few days protesting against the potential relegation of the club, Guarin turned down a 10m move to Manchester United in favour of a move to Juventus, club administrator Angelo Moiraghi has confirmed. While Inter fans are too busy at the moment to show their discontent, they're sure to let Guarin know their feelings when the sides meet - if they meet, that is. On the brighter side, Guarin's sale leaves the club with "only" 29m to raise before the June 30 deadline.


United complete deal for Inter star midfielder

Manchester - No, it's not Fredy Guarin. Having failed with a 10m Euro bid for the Colombian, United turned their attention to one of their midfield partners, Croatian wonderkid Mateo Kovacic. Paying the same money they had offered for Guarin, this acquisition could be well considered a steal. Inter will be understandably upset by the news, but they'll be somewhat relieved to see that they're less than 20m in the red.


Zanetti: We will stay! Argentine veterans remain faithful to Inter

Milano - Argentine quartet Samuel, Milito, Cambiasso and Zanetti have pledged their future to Inter, taking a sizeable paycut as well as extending their deals. Milito and Samuel have signed until 2015 while Cambiasso and Zanetti will stay with the Nerazzurri until 2016. In a similar way, Yuto Nagatomo has agreed to a paycut, stating that "wherever Il Capitano goes, I'll follow, and if he stays, so do I".
 

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Napoli land Inter defender as exodus continues.

Napoli - "I came here to fight for titles" were Andrea Ranocchia's words after landing in Napoli. The Italian defender, a rare domestic acquisition for a team whose Italian contingent was so far limited to Maggio, Insigne and Brazil-born Jorginho, moved from troubled Internazionale for a fee believed to be around the 5m mark, as teams look to benefit from the cash-strapped giants. Whether Andrea Ranocchia will achieve his goals for the Partenopei or not, we can not now, but at 5m you will hardly see better deals this season.


Breaking news! Identity of Mazzarri's successor revealed!

Milano - The veil over the name of the next Inter manager has been lifted. Club administrators have confirmed Italian-Argentine primavera coach Alejandro Perna as the future Nerazzurri boss. Andrea Stramaccioni will join him as his second in command, while club legend Luis Su?rez will take up scouting duties ad honorem in a bid to help the club replace the players sold. There is a catch, however, as the trio will only take over on July 1, if and when the club's survival has been secured, and according to the administrators they will have no say on who stays and who goes as "finances take precedence over football" given the current situation.


We have a point to prove - Kuzmanovic and Jonathan decide to stay

Milano - Kuzmanovic and Jonathan have hardly anything in common. Different position, different nationalities, and they don't even share the same language. The only thing they probably do share is the burden of having put sub-par performances ever since moving to Inter. But apparently this is a much stronger bond than what we thought. While neither was expected to attract much interest due to their lacklustre performances, they were both expected to be among the first to leave. However, in a joint statement posted on Inter's official website, they have surprised the Nerazzurri faithful.

"We know our stay here has been less than productive, and most of you don't really care if we stay or go. In fact, many of you probably want us to go. But we don't want to leave this wonderful club through the back door. We are indebted to you and to this club, and as such we have decided to take a pay cut and shorten our deal until 2014. With some luck, We will have done enough by then to convince the gaffer that we are good enough to have a long-term future here."

This news comes right after Luca Castellazzi and McDonald Mariga agreed to have their wages lowered, although in this case contract length has not been altered.
 

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Valdes' replacement is here!

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- Tata Martino has decided to anticipate Victor Valdes' announced departure and moved to sign Slovenia international Samir Handanovic from Inter. In a classic display of Catalan nationalism, the Blaugrana have landed the 'keeper for a fee of only 10m from the down-on-their-luck italian giants, after what has been a protracted negotiation. We are proud of you boys. As for the Italians, while this leaves them with only Castellazzi as a keeper, the sale of Handanovic means they have a day to raise 4m to secure their survival for at least another season.


Jesus returns!

Rio de Janeiro - We're not talking about the prophet here. Or at least not that kind of prophet. Internacional are believed to be close to completing a deal for centre-half Juan Jesus from Internazionale Milano. The deal will be completed for a fee of around 6m Euros, and should be wrapped up by tomorrow at the latest, as Inter's deadline to pay creditors expires on the 30th of June at midnight, and they would face liquidation were they to fail.

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Mixed feelings for inter fans as both the Supreme Court and the FIGC rule on "Il caso Inter"

Rome - Inter fans were sure to have rejoiced as the supreme court oversaw the 45m payment made by Inter administrators to it's creditors, ensuring the institution's survival. Furthermore, the court ruled that, with Moratti having defrauded creditors, put the club and it's employees' futures at risk and let the fans down, he had repeatedly breached club statutes and, by fleeing abroad to abroad prosecution for "white collar" crimes, he had also forfeited any and all rights to his 98% stake in the club. As such, club administrators were allowed (with the approval of Pirelli, who own the remaining 2%) to hand the club over to a fan trust led by former players Ivan Ramiro C?rdoba, Francesco Toldo and Marco Branca, who were members of the previous board but have been cleared of any wrongdoing by the court. Although some of Branca's dealings have been questioned in the past, he's also pulled some coups in the past for the club (namely the Ibrahimovic deal with Barcelona) and his integrity is not up for questioning. He's been named club president - if only in name, as the "triumvirate" will have equal powers, and they will also have to answer to the fans. Their first move has been to amend club statutes to ensure that the club will remained owned by the fans from now on.


Marco Branca, questioned under Moratti, president in this new era.

But while the supreme court brought good news to Nerazzurri fans for the first time in a long, long time, in Firenze the FIGC ruling was not as encouraging.

"Given Inter's status as the only club never to have been relegated from Serie A, and considering that playing in the second tier would only worsen the club's financial position, the Federazione has decided not to enforce an automatic relegation on the club due to insolvency. We do feel, however, that allowing clubs to run into such dire straits financially and then allow them to go unpunished would set an undesirable precedent. As such, and after consulting with peers all around the globe, we have decided to enforce a 15 point deduction on the club, following the British model. While a transfer embargo had been mooted as a possibility, we feel that after the cancellation of the transfers signed by Moratti over these months, and with the the club being forced to sell or release many of their players, it would be unfair to the club to add to their current woes. Therefore, the only penalty to be imposed by the FIGC is a 15 point deduction. We wish Inter the best of lucks in their recovery as they've been great ambassadors for Italian football across the years."

While "lenient" by FIGC standards, Inter fans will feel hard done by as it was not them nor the club who are to blame, but the former club president. Either way, the ruling is final, and the Nerazzurri will just have to find the best possible way to deal with it.
 

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This looks like a fantastic idea for a save and I look forwards to see where you're taking it, definitely looks very interesting either way! Keep it up!
 

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Well, here's where I come in. There won't be many fancy updates like the previous ones as I'll try to focus more on the save and a bit less on the flavour.

First things first - a list of changes made to the database.

Released 35 youth players.
Sold 10 players.
"Cancelled" the last 10 transfers.
Removed all of the club's staff.
Added a big, nasty debt.
Removed the Meazza and moved the club to the much smaller Arena Civica
Deducted 15 points from the team.
Reduced morale to a minimum.
Gave some players an extension and most of them a paycut.
Cancelled every club link with the host of Inter feeder clubs around the world.
Gave myself a 100 Euro/week and 2m transfer kitty to sign players, reflecting the paycuts and the 2m extra made from the "sale" of Juan Jesus.

These are the players I have at the start of the game:

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Just a handful of old first-teamers, a few youngsters and a lot of injured players. My plan was originally supposed to employ a 3-man back line but considering my absolute lack of centre-halves I don't see that being a possibility. Thus, I guess I'll settle for a 4-4-2.

My staff is reduced to an assistant manager and a scout, so signing physios will be a priority seeing as I have more than a few injuries and a thin squad. I'll then turn my focus to the coaching staff.

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Considering morale is very low, I'll try to arrange my pre-season against weaker teams to raise it. Also, a few days into the save, I found out that I'll be paying over 5m monthly due to my big *** debt. It's going to be a tough ride!
 

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Aaaaaaaaand the save got corrupted. I have a sneaky feeling it's due to excessive editing, which sucks, really, as it took me quite a while to get this going. Oh well...
 

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Aaaaaaaaand the save got corrupted. I have a sneaky feeling it's due to excessive editing, which sucks, really, as it took me quite a while to get this going. Oh well...
Was that the twist suggested in the title?
 
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