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Football Manager 2020: Five Clubs to Manage


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Football Manager Mobile 2020 will be released on the 19th November and along with the inevitable excitement over potential new features and which players will be worth buying we all need to decide who we will manage in the game. Many of us will instantly takeover as manager of the team we support or one of the big boys that will allow us to splash the cash on wonderkids and superstars. It might be that you are undecided who you want to manage and I have five clubs to suggest that I think would make for fun saves.

 

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Bolton Wanderers: English League 1

Founded: 1874 (as Christ Church FC and took the name Bolton Wanderers in 1877)

Nickname: The Trotters

Honours: 4 times FA Cup winners

Stadium: University of Bolton Stadium

Capacity: 28,723

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Bolton are one of the true traditional English clubs and were a founder member of the Football League back in 1888. Although they have never won a league title they have won 4 FA Cups with the last one coming in 1958 and they have been runner up in the League Cup twice as well.

There problems have been well documented in recent years as they have struggled financially due to the impact of relegation from the Premier League in 2012 and mismanagement off the pitch and were saved from possible liquidation a few weeks ago when they were taken over by a consortium of business men. It is yet to be seen how FMM will reflect these financial difficulties but you will start with a small squad as the club was banned from signing players until the final days of the transfer window when they managed to sign 11 players. You will also be handicapped by a points deduction of 12 points at the start of season 1 that the club was given due to unfulfilled fixtures and the financial problems they had.

This all adds up to a club which is ripe for saving, rebuilding and getting back to the top of English football.

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Bolton’s last major trophy came in 1958 as they beat Man Utd 2-0 in the FA Cup final.

 

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Union Berlin: German Bundesliga

Founded: 1966

Nickname: Die Eisernen (The Iron ones)

Honours: East German Cup in 1968

Stadium: Stadion An der Alten Forsterei

Capacity: 22,012

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In May 2019 Union Berlin became the first club from East Berlin to be promoted to the Bundesliga and only the sixth club from the former East Germany to be promoted to the top flight since German reunification in 1990. The club was never a major force in Eastern German football either with just one cup win to there name and were always in the shadow of there neighbours Dynamo Berlin who were funded by the secret police known as the Stasi. The clubs fans are well known across Germany though for there creative displays in the stadium and the passion with which they support their team.

Union Berlin aren’t a wealthy club and they don’t have a squad full of superstars so you will have your work cut out as you guide them in there first ever Bundesliga season. You will have a fraction of the money to spend that clubs like Bayern and Dortmund will have and this will test both your skill to build a squad on a budget but also to get the best out of them tactically.

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Union Berlin fans celebrate promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time.

 

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Kilmarnock: Scottish Premiership

Founded:1869

Nickname: Killie

Honours: 1 Scottish league title, 3 Scottish FA Cups, 1 Scottish League Cup

Stadium: Rugby Park

Capacity: 17,889

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Kilmarnock are the oldest Professional club in Scotland but that has never lead to consistent success on the pitch. They have one League title to there name in the 1964/5 season and there most recent success was in 2012 when they beat Celtic 1-0 at Hampden Park to lift the League Cup.

Last season was considered a real success for Killie as under the leadership of now Scotland manager Steve Clarke they finished 3rd in the league. This finish was secured on the final day of the season as they beat Rangers 2-1 to secure there highest league finish since 1966 and also win a place in the Europa League qualifying stages.

The real long term challenge here is to build a team and the club itself to consistently challenge the Auld Firm of Celtic and Rangers and then to go into Europe after that. You have Europa League involvement in the first season which you may consider a hindrance with all the extra games but it could lead to a real adventure if you can get some results.

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Kilmarnock players celebrate winning the League Cup following a 1-0 win over Celtic in 2012.

 

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Weymouth FC: National League South

Founded: 1890

Nickname: The Terras

Honours: National League South 2005/06

Stadium: Bob Lucas Stadium

Capacity: 6,600

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I have gone for one of the new additions to the lowest playable league in England as my next pick. Weymouth had a purple patch during the 2000’s as they fought near the top of the Conference and were looking to get promoted to the League. Since those halcyon days they have had financial problems that saw them drop 2 divisions but they are on the way back up now.

Weymouth is on the south coast and are over shadowed by there near neighbours Bournemouth and it will take a few years until you can get them to the position of the south coast number 1 team. Road to Glory saves are always popular and what better than to take one of the weakest and newly promoted teams all the way up to the Premier League and European Glory.

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Weymouth players celebrate scoring against there local rivals Dorchester in the Ridgeway Derby.

 

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FC Andorra: Spanish Segunda B

Founded: 1942

Nickname: The Tricolour

Honours: Catalan Cup 1993/94

Stadium: Estadi Prada de Moles

Capacity: 1,221

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The fifth and final team don’t just represent a town or city but an entire country albeit a tiny one. FC Andorra are based in the village of Encamp in the tiny nation of Andorra in the Pyrenees between France and Spain. They have played in the Spanish league system since 1948 and have spent most of that time floating around between the 3rd tier all the way down to the 7th tier.

In December 2018 this tiny clubs fortunes changed though when they were bought by the investment company Kosmos which is owned by Barcelona centre back Gerald Pique. They went from a point outside the relegation zone in the 5th tier to winning promotion the same season. They were then able to buy a place in the 3rd tier Segunda B to replace Reus who were relegated for being unable to pay there players.

The club understandably has a real Barca feel to it with a few players that have spent time at La Masia and your job will be to get the club up to La Liga and potentially compete with Pique and his teammates at the Nou Camp.

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FC Andorra’s players celebrate promotion.

 

There you have it then, five clubs that I think could make interesting choices for saves in FMM20. Hopefully you might give one of them a go or perhaps you have some other clubs you are thinking of using. Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading and all comments are appreciated.

 

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Excellent piece Foxy.

Some very interesting names thrown in the ring there too! I’ve actually been to that Andorra stadium pictured as the national side play some of their games there. We played them in 2014, Bale scoring twice iirc

Good work :) 

(edit: just double checked if it was this stadium we went too and I’m completely wrong 😅please ignore)

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3 hours ago, Nucleus said:

Excellent piece Foxy.

Some very interesting names thrown in the ring there too! I’ve actually been to that Andorra stadium pictured as the national side play some of their games there. We played them in 2014, Bale scoring twice iirc

Good work :) 

(edit: just double checked if it was this stadium we went too and I’m completely wrong 😅please ignore)

Tbf I put the wrong stadium picture in originally and the first one was the National Stadium.

3 hours ago, Mr Tree said:

Cracking piece - what a great badge Kilmarnock have, never noticed that before!

Two fingers and a couple of squirrels is certainly an interesting combination!

3 hours ago, Woody said:

Quality article bud. 

Some great ideas for careers.

 

2 hours ago, BatiGoal said:

You sure know how to build the excitement for the new game 👍 interesting clubs! 

Thanks lads.

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Very enjoyable read and they’d all make great club choices to manage. Bolton in particular should make for a nice save with the 12 point handicap and probably an utterly horrible budget.

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2 hours ago, mattydisc said:

Pity Bury is likely to be a 'create your own team' situation...

Certainly a pity in real life. I imagine it'll be a bit of a headache for them in the game, as they probably could do without the league having 23 teams in the first year and then 24 in season two, different up/down conditions, etc...

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I'll try FC Andorra for sure, right after I end up with Chelsea, what will be my first save (as always). And I'm also planning one save where I'll start unemployed and another with my own created club.. ;)

 

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On 14/10/2019 at 17:21, Ian said:

Very enjoyable read and they’d all make great club choices to manage. Bolton in particular should make for a nice save with the 12 point handicap and probably an utterly horrible budget.

With the points deduction and a threadbare squad it will be a real challenge managing Bolton.

On 16/10/2019 at 17:38, Bluemar said:

I'll try FC Andorra for sure, right after I end up with Chelsea, what will be my first save (as always). And I'm also planning one save where I'll start unemployed and another with my own created club.. ;)

 

Sounds like you will be busy!!!

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On 18/10/2019 at 06:51, Ashez said:

Inspiring article @Foxy! I might bring back an old idea for one of these clubs actually :)

You do know that will mean you not just buying the game but actually playing it as well!

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1 hour ago, Foxy said:

You do know that will mean you not just buying the game but actually playing it as well!

I'll pay you to play it and I'll just do the write ups @Foxymate 😂

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1 minute ago, Foxy said:

How much we talking here 🤑

£0.01p per thousand views seems reasonable to me. 

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5 minutes ago, Ashez said:

£0.01p per thousand views seems reasonable to me. 

That’s some spooky déjà vu there!

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On 14/10/2019 at 17:52, mattydisc said:

Pity Bury is likely to be a 'create your own team' situation...

Yes it’s sad about the demise of Bury , I’m currently finishing my career on what will be my last game on 2019 as Bury Town .

 

As I normally play in lower leagues Andorra and Weymouth look good places to start for me .

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I think Chelsea could be a good bigger club save considering the amount of young players from their academy in their team at the moment, and further signing or promoting youth players. It could be your own class of 2019 🙂

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