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Newly Promoted Teams in the Lowest Playable Leagues


Hello fellow Vibers!

This is my very first article here on FMM Vibe so I hope you enjoy reading it!

The idea for writing this, albeit short, article came to me over Christmas (I know, it’s February already!), as I was interested in starting a lower league save but didn’t have a clue which team to pick. With 21 different countries to select, all with varying options for the number of loadable leagues, it was a bit of a minefield. I needed a way of narrowing my search. So, I decided if I was to do a ‘proper’ lower league save, I needed to start in one of the lowest playable leagues available in the game. Then I had the bright idea that I should restrict myself to only picking a team that had been promoted into that league at the end of the 2018/19 season (so would therefore be a newly promoted team at the start of the 2019/20 season). Great! I now had a plan! On to the ‘simple’ task of finding out which leagues were playable in FMM20 and then who got promoted into them. Hmm, not as simple as you think…

OK, so there’s 2 parts to this. Firstly, finding out how many leagues each country has available to play. As mentioned above, each country has a varying number of ‘tiers’ that can be selected. Some countries, such as Australia, only have the top division available (so just 1 tier), whereas if you decide to play in England there are 6 tiers available (from Premier League down to Vanarama North/South). In theory, countries with only 1 tier available can’t really be classed as a possible ‘lower league’ challenge, but anything requiring from 1 promotion to 5 promotions to reach the top could be considered ‘lower league’ I guess (my personal view is that at least 2 promotions should be needed to reach the top, but each FMM20 player here on vibe will have a different view I’m sure!).

Once I knew how many leagues each country had available it was time to start researching each of the lowest leagues and finding out who were the newly promoted teams…

…hmm, I very soon discovered that some of the lowest leagues available to play in FMM20 are not just a single division. Oh no. Some are as many as 3, or even 4 sub-divisions! Take Serie C for example: There is Serie C/A, Serie C/B, and Serie C/C! And as for Portugal, well I’ll have 4 ‘Compeonato de Portugal’ leagues please!!

OK, so this had taken an unexpected twist now. But I didn’t want to stop researching. If anything, it made me want to compile this list even more. I wanted to know, for each of these leagues, who had been promoted the previous season to have the honour of not only being a playable team in FMM20, but a potential managerial career for yours truly.

So, how did I get on? Well, I was able to almost complete the list. There were a few missing teams (some of my internet searches just led me on a merry-go-round), and some oddities too, such as Greece introducing a restructure of their league system in time for 19/20 (so all teams seem to have been ‘promoted’, or ‘selected’ to be part of the lowest league), and some teams not winning promotion as such but being ‘re-instated’ (I haven’t included these teams in the list below, at least I don’t think I have!). Therefore, can the Vibe community help? Please add comments to help make this list as complete as can be. Also, whilst I’ve tried to make this as accurate as possible there could well be other errors in my list, so again happy to be corrected by anyone in the know.

Anyway, listed below are, according to what I found online, the teams that were promoted for the 2019/20 season into the lowest playable league for each country:

Country

 

No. of Tiers

 

Lowest Playable League(s)

 

Teams Promoted for 2019/20 Season

 

Australia

 

1

Hyundai A-League

None

Belgium

 

3

First Division (Derde Klasse)

UR La Louviere Centre

K Patro Eisden Maasmechelen

Sint-Eloois-Winkel Sport

CS Vise

China

 

2

First Division (Jia League)

Nantong Zhiyun

Shaanxi Chang'an Athletic

Sichuan Longfor

Denmark

 

3

2. Division

FA 2000

Holbaek B&I

Naesby BK

VSK Aarhus

England

 

6

Vanarama National League North

Farsley Celtic

Kettering Town

King's Lynn Town

 

 

 

Vanarama National League South

Dorking Wanderers

Tonbridge Angels

Weymouth

France

 

4

National 2-A

FC Mulhouse

Olympique Saint-Quentin

SC Bastia

   

National 2-B

Angers SCO Reserves

FC Gobelins

En Avant de Guingamp Reserves

FC Rouen

   

National 2-C

Angouleme-Soyaux Charente

Bourges Foot

FC Chamalieres

Montpellier HSC Reserves

 

 

 

National 2-D

Louhans-Cuiseaux

Germany

 

3

3. Liga

FC Bayern Munich II

Chemnitzer

FC Viktoria Koln

SV Waldhof Mannheim

Greece

 

2

Superleague 2

Apollon Larissa

Apollon Pontou

PAE Chania

Doxa Drama

Ergotelis

AE Karaiskakis

PAE Kerkyra

Panachaiki

Platanias

Holland

 

2

Keuken Kampioen Divisie (Ereste Divisie)

None

Italy

 

3

Serie C-A

Calcio Lecco 1912

Como 1907

US Pergolettese 1932

US Pianese

   

Serie C-B

FC Arzignano Valchiampo

Cesena

 

 

 

Serie C-C

US Avellino 1912

AZ Picerno

SSC Bari

Northern Ireland

 

3

Bluefin Sport PIL (Telegraph Championship 2)

Bangor

Poland

 

2

First Division (Fortuna I Liga)

GKS Belchatow

Olimpia Grudziadz

Radomiak Radom

Portugal

 

3

PT Championship (Campeonato de Portugal) Serie A

Berco SC

GD Braganca

CSD Camara de Lobos

CD Cerveira

   

PT Championship (Campeonato de Portugal) Serie B

Ginasio C Figueirense

CF Canelas 2010

Valadares Gaia

SC Vila Real

AD Castro Daire

   

PT Championship (Campeonato de Portugal) Serie C

SC Beira-Mar

GD Fontinhas

GD Vitoria de Sernache

Clube de Condeixa ACD

AC Marinhense

Uniao de Santarem

 

 

 

PT Championship (Campeonato de Portugal) Serie D

CF Esperanca de Lagos

SC Mineiro Aljustrelense

Lusitano GC

Club Sintra Football

GD Fabril

Republic of Ireland

 

2

First Division (Airtricity First Division)

Unknown

Russia

 

2

First Division (National League)

FC Chayka Peschanokopskoye

FC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk

FC Torpedo Moscow

FC Tekstilshchik Ivanovo

Scotland

 

4

Ladbrokes League 2

Cove Rangers

South Korea

 

2

K League 2 (K League Challenge)

Unknown

Spain

 

3

2nd Division B-1

Getafe CF B

Las Rozas CF

SCR Pena Deportiva

Racing de Ferrol

   

2nd Division B-2

Deportivo Alaves B

Haro Deportivo

Club Marino De Luanco

CA Osasuna B

   

2nd Division B-3

CF La Nucia

UE Llagostera

Orihuela CF

AE Prat

 

 

 

2nd Division B-4

Algeciras CF

Cadiz CF B

Merida AD

CP Villarrobledo

Villarrubia CF

Yeclano Deportivo

Turkey

 

3

2. League (White Group)

Bayburt Ozel Idarespor

Hekimoglu Trabzon FK

 

 

 

2. League (Red)

Kirsehir Belediyespor

USA

 

1

MLS

Nashville SC (due to league expansion in 2020)

Inter Miami (due to league expansion in 2020)

Wales

 

2

JD Cymru North

Colwyn Bay

Llanfair United

Llangefni Town

Corwen

 

 

JD Cymru South

STM Sports

Swansea University

Caerau (Ely)

 

 

To conclude…this article has been aimed at the lower league managers amongst us, and now we all know who the ‘ultimate’ lower league challenges could potentially be. These teams listed above are new to that division and new to FMM!

On a more personal level, have I started my ‘lower league’ career yet? Um, no. I had visions of all this spare time I would have over Christmas/New Year, but with my son’s 3rd birthday just beforehand and constant trips to see family and friends, this ‘spare time’ never materialised (and still didn’t in January!). However, I will get there, eventually. My personal aim is to pick a league with 3 or more tiers available (so at least 2 promotions are required to reach the top division) and then to randomly select one of the clubs listed above, the aim being to take them to national and European glory in 30 seasons!

I also hope that this will also help others in future career choices (my initial aim was to just make this list for myself, but then thought sharing with the vibe community made quite a lot of sense). It’s been a labour of love in a way, and I’ve learnt quite a lot about the lower divisions of football during my research.

As I said, comments are welcome (including any corrections you spot) and I hope you refer to this article when making a choice about what (lower league) team you want to manage.

Lastly, enjoy your lower league careers ladies and gents!

Edited by omen_peter
Added Nashville SC and Inter Miami to USA.

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Wow that must have taken quite a lot of time - from another lower league manager, thank you!!

I don't have anything to add unfortunately as I'm pretty behind playing fmm myself this year. But I'll definitely be returning to this list when I need a new challenge. 

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Great article. Thanks. Once I’ve finished my current challenge I’m going to dip into low league so this is useful. Nice to fine new teams in the game. 

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11 hours ago, Thirsk said:

Wow that must have taken quite a lot of time - from another lower league manager, thank you!!

I don't have anything to add unfortunately as I'm pretty behind playing fmm myself this year. But I'll definitely be returning to this list when I need a new challenge. 

Thanks @Thirsk! Yep it took ages to compile that list but I enjoyed doing it.

 

10 hours ago, MikeF said:

Great article. Thanks. Once I’ve finished my current challenge I’m going to dip into low league so this is useful. Nice to fine new teams in the game. 

Thanks @MikeF!

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35 minutes ago, Mr Tree said:

Epic work mate - hope we get to see you take a couple of these to glory? 👍

Thanks @Mr Tree! Yeah would love to get stuck in to a long lowest league career soon. Keep on distracting myself from my 'Parking The Bus' challenge so better finish that first - ha!

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Great work, O'Peter, very useful for those attempting lowest league challenges. Hope someone can help clearing the few 'unknowns' in there. 

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Nice work, Cove Rangers have taken Berwick's (one of my local teams) place in the Scottish league. They hammered them 7-0 in the playoffs last year to gain promotion. Berwick took a lot of heavy defeats last year (-64 goal difference) and this year they are continuing with the same trend of manure performances in the Lowland League so not sure we’ll see them back up for a while.

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Great article. I'm stuck in a long term high level career, but I'll probably fancy something different by the time I get done with that and I think one of these teams might be it! Thanks. 

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7 hours ago, BatiGoal said:

Great work, O'Peter, very useful for those attempting lowest league challenges. Hope someone can help clearing the few 'unknowns' in there. 

Thanks @BatiGoal!

4 hours ago, Ian said:

Nice work, Cove Rangers have taken Berwick's (one of my local teams) place in the Scottish league. They hammered them 7-0 in the playoffs last year to gain promotion. Berwick took a lot of heavy defeats last year (-64 goal difference) and this year they are continuing with the same trend of manure performances in the Lowland League so not sure we’ll see them back up for a while.

Thanks @Ian!

3 hours ago, mattydisc said:

Nashville SC and Inter Miami are the new entrants to the MLS, though that is expansion rather than promotion.

Thanks @mattydisc! Yes I did read about those teams. I guess this list is the teams you can take charge of straight away but I'll add them to the table when I get home later with a note alongside it.

 

2 hours ago, Scratch said:

Great article. I'm stuck in a long term high level career, but I'll probably fancy something different by the time I get done with that and I think one of these teams might be it! Thanks. 

Thanks @Scratch!

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Great idea for an article!! I've picked up Padova in serie C this year. Not a promoted team but I feel the lower league squeeze ;)

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3 hours ago, Helmstuber said:

Is it possible to start a save with Bayern Munich II?

No you can’t play as reserve teams as they aren’t allowed to play in the same league as their first team. At least that’s the case in most countries so I can’t see why it would be any different in Germany.

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3 hours ago, samhardy said:

No you can’t play as reserve teams as they aren’t allowed to play in the same league as their first team. At least that’s the case in most countries so I can’t see why it would be any different in Germany.

Of course, don´t know what I was thinking :)

Would be really fun though to win the league and take players from Bayern Munich :D

 

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On 13/02/2020 at 16:05, Kanegan said:

Brilliant list there mate. A handy guide for anybody looking for lower leagues.

 

On 14/02/2020 at 00:49, samhardy said:

Nice one mate. Nothing like taking a minnow right to the top.

 

On 14/02/2020 at 16:59, d3rgal said:

Great idea for an article!! I've picked up Padova in serie C this year. Not a promoted team but I feel the lower league squeeze ;)

 

On 15/02/2020 at 21:47, Jack said:

This has definitely planted a seed or two, thanks!

Thanks all!

On 17/02/2020 at 08:03, Helmstuber said:

Is it possible to start a save with Bayern Munich II?

 

 

On 17/02/2020 at 11:14, samhardy said:

No you can’t play as reserve teams as they aren’t allowed to play in the same league as their first team. At least that’s the case in most countries so I can’t see why it would be any different in Germany.

Hmm interesting point there @samhardy. There are a few 'reserve' teams in my list. Wonder if this affects more than just Bayern Munich II? When I get a chance I'll load up these leagues and double check what teams are actually there to pick, and will update the table accordingly.

I've updated USA with Nashville SC and Inter Miami with a note advising it's due to league expansion.

Edited by omen_peter

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