10 Challenges You Should Try Out in Football Manager 2016

Here we won't talk about the challenges that are built in the game itself, instead, we'll present you with most exciting challenges you could start in Football Manager 2016.

Why should you start a challenge in Football Manager 2016? Simple, challenges are exciting, fun and unpredictable, and these things will make you want to play FM16 more than ever. Instead of managing on club and getting bored with the game, choose one of these ten challenges that will pique your interest the most.

If you have a challenge of your own and you feel it deserves recognition, drop us a comment below with a short description of the challenge, and we'll make another challenges post in the future.

For now, check out what we have prepared for you.


The Sir Alex Ferguson challenge

In this one you'll have to emulate life of one of the greatest managers that ever managed a football club. Just like Manchester United appointed Sir Alex as their manager when they were almost at the bottom of the table, you'll have to take over a club that is also in the relegation zone!

By this we mean the following; run your game till November 6 and take over a club that is in the 19th position on that date and try to replicate what Sir Alex did with Man United. So you'll have to win 13 Premier league titles, five FA Cups and two Champion Leagues.

You probably won't get a big club like United, but that makes the challenge so much more interesting! Oh and why that exact date, because United appointed Sir Alex on the exact date in 1986!


The Pentagon challenge

Lots of YouTubers these days are playing this challenge and making video series of it, so you probably already know about it either from their videos or from some other FM forum or sites. The Pentagon challenge is probably one of the hardest and most time consuming challenges there is.

The aim is to win each continents Champion League, meaning you'll have to load a playable country from each continent and try to win the following; European Champions League, the Copa Libertadores, the NACL, the African Champions League and the Asian Champions League.

To make the task even harder, you'll have to start your career unemployed and with a history as a Sunday League footballer, unless of course you played at a higher level.

Tip, it's best to start off in South Africa or in Asia so you can build up your reputation before move to other clubs on other continents.


The San Marino challenge

Want to put your manager abilities to the ultimate test? Then try out the San Marino challenge! It's possibly the most hardest and well known challenge there is! Although they are a different country, the club San Marino are based in Italian league system and is currently in Serie C1/B.

The Challenge here is to improve the San Marino country and take them off the bottom of the FIFA rankings by using the youth system at San Marino the club. Try to get San Marino the club to the highest stage of Italian football, the Serie A, and once there you can use the money you earned and invest into the club's youth facilities. You will have to balance responsibilities with the domestic and national teams and try to persuade a lot of players to choose San Marino over Italy.

We wish you good luck! You'll need it...


The Capital City challenge

Easier challenge than the ones already mentioned and pretty straight forward, but also will take some time to complete. Aim in this one is to win the league and Champions League, managing only clubs from the capital city of each country, once you win the league and CL, you move on to the other club.

For this challenge we select seven nations at the start of the game; England, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Portugal and Holland and only clubs from the top division of each country are at your disposal.

So this would mean the following clubs; Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal, Crystal Palace, West Ham, QPR, Lazio, Roma, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Rayo Vallecano, Hertha Berlin, PSG, Sporting, Benfica and Ajax.

With some teams it's going to be easier to complete the challenge, but to complete all of them is going to take some effort and a lot of time!


Director Of Football Challenge

Originally called the Joe Kinner challenge, this has now become the Director of Football challenge if Football Manager circles. Joe Kinner was director of football at Newcastle United, FYI.

So the thing about this challenge is that you leave all of your responsibilities to your Director of Football, which will leave you with only  running team training and the tactics. Your Director of Football will be in chare of all other areas of the game, such as scouting, contracts and transfers, and you will have to accept every decision he makes.

Does this one sound interesting to you? It certainly is one of the most interesting challenges there is!


Home-grown challenge

Challenge that can be attempted by any club in Football Manager 2016, but will be more or less difficult depending on the stature of the club you choose to manage. The aim in this one is to win the top division in the league of your choice playing with only home-grown players. Of course this can mean foreign players trained at the club, but in the spirit of the challenge players should have the same nationality as the club.

Nations like France or Spain will give you an easier job to fulfil this challenge, but the real challenge will be no other than England! TV money, which is huge in England, means that there is a huge number of foreign players in the league, whilst the rarity of English ones makes them very expensive to purchase.


The Youth Academy challenge

Some FM players are all about the youth products from their own club's academy and building the team around them. However, with bigger clubs that usually have the best youth academies, this challenge can be tricky as well as frustrating.

Another option to youth academy challenge is where you edit a team in the Conference North or South so they have all the training and youth facilities set at the highest attribute, which is 20. So they produce excellent academy players, and your goals is to reach the top division before your facilities decline.


Beating the Bigger Brother challenge

This challenge is all about taking the glory from a much bigger club that is casting a shadow on the one you took chare of. Being the smaller club, you'll have to fight your way through the lower leagues, compete in the same division as your bigger brother and eventually overtake them. So it's actually few challenges in one!

Teams like FC United of Manchester and Paris FC are ideal for this challenge. FC United of Manchester were founded in 2005 by a group of fans that opposed to the takeover by the Glazers family, and since that year they have been working their way up through the English pyramid system and are now playing one division below the Vanrama Conference North. So in order to play with them you'll have to load a custom database with more leagues.

Whilst the Paris FC are currently playing in the French third division and also possess a huge stadium regarding this is just an amateur club. Paris FC's bigger brother is obviously the rich PSG side.


Dafuge challenge

Challenge started by the dafuge, member of the Sports Interactive forums. Aim in this one is to take a small club previously unplayable in an unedited game from the Blue Square N/S to Premier League and Champions League glory.

However, dafuge took this challenge to the next level by setting up his own self-title challenge. Now instead of taking a club already in the bottom leagues, you'll have to simulate one season in the game, and then take over one of the newly promoted clubs from the lower league.

This makes the challenge harder for two reasons. First one is the fact that you'll be taking over a club that is the weakest in the league, cause it's newly promoted. Yet the other problem you'll face is since you are starting one year into the game, you wont be able to sign the best players at the start of the game, as they will already be signed elsewhere.


Ultimate Champions League Challenge

What's the biggest club tournament in the world? The Champions League of course! It is a dream of every player to win this prestigious title of being the best club in Europe. So in tribute to this great tournament the Ultimate Champions League challenge was created.

Aim in this challenge is to win the Champions League title with all the clubs who have already won it. There are no less than 22 clubs you'll have to take over and try to achieve this goal. There are no rules to which club you can take on first nor to how you move around from club to club.

Twenty two clubs you'll have to play with are; Real Madrid, AC Milan, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Ajax, Manchester United, Inter Milan, Juventus, Porto, Benfica, Nottingham Forest, Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund, Hamburg, PSV, Marseille, Celtic, Feyenoord, Aston Villa, Red Star Belgrade and Steaua Bucharest.



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Football Manager 2017 Blog: 10 Challenges You Should Try Out in Football Manager 2016
10 Challenges You Should Try Out in Football Manager 2016
Here we won't talk about the challenges that are built in the game itself, instead, we'll present you with most exciting challenges you could start in Football Manager 2016.
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