Football Manager 2020

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This should be cross-posted in the up-down-left... forum, but apparently Football Manager 2020 is free for the next 6 days. As I understand it, this is the premier club management simulation (I don't even know if you actually play games), from training to recruitment to tactics and strategy.
Just making folks aware and asking if anyone has advice for a newb on how to approach the game.
 

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It is incredibly in-depth probably the most ridiculously complete game ever created. Pro teams have at points legitimately used the game's scouting database to supplement their own scouting. It's not just Premier League, it covers over 100 leagues in various countries at various levels as well as most national teams. It has almost all real players (even down to 4th tier players, or 16 year olds on the youth teams in bigger leagues). It is by far the best sports simulation games ever made.

As to how to approach it.... well it's a true phenomenon, so it has a ton of fan sites and youtube videos. You can use that to get you through some of the complex stuff (like building tactics, etc.) It also lets you delegate some tasks to assistant managers which can help you if you don't want to get into something like say.... what training routine the 3rd string keeper is going to do each week.

Really while it is incredibly in-depth you can just do the player buying and selling aspects if you want, or just manage the team and get a Director of football to handle scouting and signing. Because it is so comprehensive, it also has a ton of built in automation options. I love the game, but it is the greatest time sink in videogame history. Sometimes I can play for 6 hours and not even get to my team actually playing the week's game.
 

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My greatest achievement in life was leading Sporting Lisbon in FM 18 to win Champions league in 2020 against a Neymar - Suarez - Messi Barcelona buying only a few decent young players in addition to the starting Lisboa squad.
 

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It is incredibly in-depth probably the most ridiculously complete game ever created. Pro teams have at points legitimately used the game's scouting database to supplement their own scouting. It's not just Premier League, it covers over 100 leagues in various countries at various levels as well as most national teams. It has almost all real players (even down to 4th tier players, or 16 year olds on the youth teams in bigger leagues). It is by far the best sports simulation games ever made.

As to how to approach it.... well it's a true phenomenon, so it has a ton of fan sites and youtube videos. You can use that to get you through some of the complex stuff (like building tactics, etc.) It also lets you delegate some tasks to assistant managers which can help you if you don't want to get into something like say.... what training routine the 3rd string keeper is going to do each week.

Really while it is incredibly in-depth you can just do the player buying and selling aspects if you want, or just manage the team and get a Director of football to handle scouting and signing. Because it is so comprehensive, it also has a ton of built in automation options. I love the game, but it is the greatest time sink in videogame history. Sometimes I can play for 6 hours and not even get to my team actually playing the week's game.
Sigh...I don’t think I’m going to make it.

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Sigh...I don’t think I’m going to make it.

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As someone who almost ruined his career playing FM, I can confidently say it is an addictive game. Budget your time and resist the urge to just get through the next match.

Also, jump around clubs and leagues, take on interesting challenges. I think the most fun I had with a save was my most recent - getting Malaga prompted back into La Liga. The Segunda Division is no joke and competition for good young Spanish players is cut throat.

There was also the time in FM14 when I told the Soton board that I would qualify for Europe, but finished 9th in the table. I had also made it to the FA Cup final against City...took it all the way to penalties...and then my 10th taker, Victor Wanyama, buried it to save to my job. For a while anyway, I stretched my budget too thin over the summer and started very slow, got axed the next November.
 

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I still have a save from FM11 that I fire up in the summers when I have a lot more time. During the school year, I simply can't balance FM and my professional responsibilities. I managed to promote Dover Athletic five times in seven seasons, and am now in my third year in the EPL and first year in the Europa League. In classic fashion, the international competition is tanking my league season, though.

FM11 is from before Harry Kane "became good", but let me tell you — he was an absolute legend on loan for me in both of my seasons in League One. Bastard wouldn't sign permanently when I was promoted to the Championship, though.
 

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!!!!!!

As someone who almost ruined his career playing FM, I can confidently say it is an addictive game. Budget your time and resist the urge to just get through the next match.

Also, jump around clubs and leagues, take on interesting challenges. I think the most fun I had with a save was my most recent - getting Malaga prompted back into La Liga. The Segunda Division is no joke and competition for good young Spanish players is cut throat.

There was also the time in FM14 when I told the Soton board that I would qualify for Europe, but finished 9th in the table. I had also made it to the FA Cup final against City...took it all the way to penalties...and then my 10th taker, Victor Wanyama, buried it to save to my job. For a while anyway, I stretched my budget too thin over the summer and started very slow, got axed the next November.
In a previous l managed to spread the FM virus (This was 2007 so probably FM05?) around my work place, we would sit in the office from 5-6/7 and we picked a league out of the Hat then Teams out of a Hat, I ended up as Maccabi Haifa fun times for all, our boss was shocked we were staying late but he would leave and be pleasantly surprised we were all still there.

Definitely a fan of trying different leagues/levels the rules in different leagues are fascinating.
 

67YAZ

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This should be cross-posted in the up-down-left... forum, but apparently Football Manager 2020 is free for the next 6 days. As I understand it, this is the premier club management simulation (I don't even know if you actually play games), from training to recruitment to tactics and strategy.
Just making folks aware and asking if anyone has advice for a newb on how to approach the game.
A more practical piece of advice - poke around the forums online and search for tactics that look like a decent match for your squad. Then line up 10 or so preseason matches to to tweak the tactics and roles to suit your team. I know I’m slow, and it took me a long time to really grasp how to develop tactics in FM. Better to start with a few good ones and tinker with those before diving in the deep end.
 

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My weird thing every year is to take Boston United (because ha, Boston but the other Boston) and see how far I can get them up the English pyramid from their current spot in the 6th tier.

So far, it's 2025 and we're way in front in League Two, but with an ill-advised stadium redevelopment that took us to a smaller capacity all-seater, we're hemorrhaging money so League One might be a struggle next year.

Idiotic in real life 4-3-3 with no wide players except for fullbacks is going strong and smashing records, although the roster rebuild will be brutal when it stops working because I have like one guy tops who could be a winger.

Bonus game within the game is seeing which C+ US prospects I can tie up in all that. I got 30+ non-league goals out of Charlie Kelman and Jordan Adebayo-Smith this time.
 

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What I like to do is to start unemployed and set my managerial experience to none and see where I can get hired.
 

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FYI FM20 is coming to PC XBox Game Pass in April. I believe I saw April 14th on a 3rd party site, but xbox.com says Coming Soon.
 

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The Age of Coronavirus is causing me to have a relapse. I just fired up my old FM11 save.