"Atalanta joined the Italian league in 1929. The club first reached Serie A in 1937, but was relegated immediately. The club returned in 1940 and remained in Serie A until 1959; after a single season in Serie B, the club was promoted and lasted a further decade in Serie A before relegation in 1973 led to an uncertain period of promotion and relegation between the two levels.
The club achieved its highest position in 1948, finishing in fifth place. In 1981, the club fell into Serie C1, a blow which revitalised the club. The team returned to Serie B the next season and made it back to Serie A in 1984. The club's form in Serie A remains uncertain, as it was relegated in 1987, 1994, 1998, 2003, 2005 and 2010. After a change of ownership, in 2011, Atalanta immediately came back to Serie A, where it has been ever since.
In terms of titles the club has won little, their sole silverware is the 1963 Coppa Italia. The club has had a few good runs in Europe, on several occasions being eliminated by the eventual winners."
Atalanta BC was formed in 1907 and considered the most consistent club in the world that is not located in a metropolitan area. Other than the recommendation of @dalenichol and @Nick, the single thing that lead me to select the club was further along in the quoted Wikipedia article. "In 2014, a global study of the "CIES Football Observatory", placed the Atalanta youth system eighth place in the world, with 25 former youth players who play in the top 5 European leagues."
But, this will be a learning save for me. Due to my complete lack of understanding of how to work with co-owned players I have avoided Italy. My initial review of the club has made me wonder if @dalenichol and @Nick were aware of what a shock I would face in that review. The review also made me wonder how much this save will change me.
The shock came rather quickly. My initial player review located 160 players under contract. 160?!? If I remove 2 players every week for the next 2 years without signing anyone on an intake, we will still have too many players. I am not normally in favor of loaning out players. I invest too much money on facilities and way too much time building a superior coaching staff to want our players to learn somewhere else. I can only believe that Dale & Nick have heard enough of my grow them yourself philosophy over the years and decided to teach me. (I should mention that as we approach our first official contest I have signed one player, sold one player and released 18.)
There are some anomalies in the roster. Our best young player at the club, is not at the club. He is on loan at Inter for the next two years, at which time they will provide us with 17.25M. I don't think I will be spending much time getting to know Roberto Gagliardini. Our best keeper is 24 yr old Marco Sportiello who is on loan for the season with Fiorentina with a 12.5M buyout. So our starting keeper is a 27 yr old from Lazio, Etrit Berisha, who makes the exact same salary as Sportiello and is to be returned the same day but has a 3M buyout. Interesting.
I believe our best player available for the first squad is:
He is our first choice at DM and our assistant manager swears he has more improvement to come while he currently has no weaknesses.
As you can see our second best player is injured. Please understand as you look at his position chart that striker, where he will play for us, was not even listed on the chart when I joined the club just 5 weeks ago.
Yes, our #3 talent on the first team is a loanee. I cannot ignore the loanee section of our first team. I will have 6 of them in the opening day lineup and our expected first sub off the bench is a loanee although he is currently serving a suspension for Italian Cup Matches. It is good to note that Caldara will be here for two years on his loan contract.
I considered running through the other 139 players still on our roster but there is time for that later.
Atalanta is predicted to finish in the 12th position this year. I predict that it will take far more than 1 year for me to get comfortable with Italian football.