What a start for Napoleon (ed note: Who? Follow from the beginning here)! But Napoleon will be the first one to tell you that it’s not how you start it’s how you finish. With a miniscule budget of only 1.5 million Euros, AC Ajcaccio are so far undefeated 3 games into the season. After various attempts at signing some low-level prospects in hopes of bolstering up his team, Napoleon was forced to stay with his current squad and work with what he had. What’s he have? Not what, but who: an unhappy striker name Andrei Murgu. He is a Romanian born talent who has jumped all around Serie A before landing with Ajaccio prior to the 2012 season. Napoleon thought it would be best to unload some aging talent in hopes of acquiring younger players for the future. This upset the 33-year-old striker and although his form is OK he is not the happiest as the season gets underway. Having recapped the major storylines so far let’s get to the action. Followed by each game summary will be a short (unfortunately really short) video of the goal highlight. Since EA only allows 5 videos at a time these will be available until the next update.
GAME 1 – Ajaccio pull away with a narrow 1-0 victory over OGC Nice after a nice right footed shot from the right side of the box by the Mali native Sigamary Diarra. ACA 1 – OGC 0
GAME 2 – Sigamary Diarra scores early to put Ajaccio on the board. What looks like to be huge early upset and a nice statement game for Ajaccio, PSG silence the home crowd with a late goal by Guillaume Hoarau in the final minutes to tie the game at 1-1. Both teams go home with a point but Napoleon is surely disappointed knowing that he was minutes away from going home with all three points. ACA 1 – PSG 1
GAME 3 – A thrilling game where Ajaccio answered each time Evian scored. The final goal being a killer left footed shot in the upper 90’s by Frederic Sammaritano. With a final score of 2-2 Ajaccio remain undefeated in the opening three games of the season and currently rank 5th. ACA 2 – ETG 2
Coming up on the Ajaccio schedule is an away game at Valenciennes FC followed by the opening round of the Coupe de Ligue, which is a knockout tournament involving the top three tiers of French football. The first opponents are Toulouse FC. Be sure to check back next week for all the latest updates as Napoleon tries to avoid relegation and keep Ajaccio in a tight battle for the Ligue 1 crown.