Football Manager is undoubtedly one of the most popular and exciting simulation games in the world! Since its release in 2004, we’ve been eagerly awaiting each season for the chance to take control of some of the biggest football clubs, manage the superstar players and face the challenge of working up the division to premier and champions league glory! The release date for the 2018 version is yet to be announced, but here are the teams that could make this year’s Football Manager the best yet.
In the real world, Liverpool could have a potentially tricky season ahead; current odds of the club finishing in the top 4 are 11/10. We’re waiting with bated breath to discover if Philippe Coutinho will still be a Liverpool player by the time FM 18 is released. Rumours abound that Coutinho will transfer from the English Premier League team to Barcelona, after his images were removed from the team’s official online store this past weekend. Whether he leaves or goes, it will make for an interesting season, particularly since the Reds have amped up their team with the recent addition of Mohammed Salah. Their defence, however, is lacking, and whether this year will be the year that they claim their first English championship since the late 80’s will take some serious management both virtually and in reality.
It also seems that Barcelona is an appealing prospect for budding managers this season. Whilst last season was undeniably all about Real Madrid, Barca is the club that is going to keep things interesting. Now that Luis Enrique has left his position as manager, the season will open with new blood behind the wheel (Coutinho or no Coutinho) and the potential of some fresh new energy and direction for the team. There’s also likely to be the addition of at least one major player for the squad. In addition to those rumours about the Red’s winger, Ousmane Dembele, Borussia Dortmund’s star forward is hotly tipped to join the club. All in all, it’s set to be quite a season for the Catalans!
Let’s not count out Paris Saint-Gemain, either. Having recently added a Brazilian top-five player to the ranks of Edinson Cavani, Marco Verratti, Marquinhos and Angel Di Maria, the team suddenly look like legitimate contenders for the Champions League. If you’re the type of manager who wants to lead a team of raw talent to footballing supremacy, then Paris Saint-Germain should be your squad of choice!
Even though we thought the gameplay changes made for FM 17 were the best yet, there are still some areas that are crying out for improvement. We won’t know until we get our hands on the game, but it’s highly likely that Sports Interactive will iron out some existing issues such as blocky 3D models of players and the somewhat retro match engine. There’s also the possibility that FM 18 will take a progressive step forward with the introduction of women’s football, just as FIFA have done in real life.
One thing’s for sure, with the transfers and shuffles taking place throughout the Premier League and Championship League this season, FM 18 is going to be anything but dull!