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Football Manager 2019 - Southampton FC Team Guide

Welcome along to the Southampton FC team guide for Football Manager 2019.

Southampton FC Club History

Southampton FC is an English club based in the city of Southampton.

The club has been nicknamed "The Saints" since its inception in 1885 due to its history as a church football team.

St Mary’s stadium is the home of  Southampton FC since 2001.
St Mary’s stadium is the home of  Southampton FC since 2001.

The stadium has a capacity of 32,505 and is currently the largest football stadium in South East England.

Southampton FC is a club with great history an more than a few trophies to their name.

One time FA Cup winner, one time Sky Bet League One winner, one-time Checkatrade trophy winner, seven times English Southern League Premier Champion, one time English Third Division South.

Southampton Club History

Southampton Club Legends

Here’s a starting eleven from club legends:

  1. Antti Niemi
  2. Jason Dodd
  3. Michael Svensson
  4. Jose Fonte 
  5. Wayne Bridge
  6. Chris Marsen
  7. Marian Pahars 
  8. Morgan Schneiderlin
  9. Matt Le Tissier “Le God
  10. Adam Lallana
  11. James Beattie

Southampton Club records

Player records

  • Most appearances Terry Paine – 815: 1956–1974
  • Most goals Mick Channon – 228: 1966–1977, 1979–1982
  • Most goals in one season Derek Reeves – 44: 1959–60
  • Most goals in one match Albert Brown – 7: against Northampton Town, 28 December 1901[43]
  • Youngest player Theo Walcott– 16 years 143 days. Against Wolverhampton Wanderers, 6 August 2005

Highest transfer fees

  • Spent: Guido Carrillo, £19.2 million fee paid to AS Monaco
  • Received: Virgil van Dijk £75 million fee received from Liverpool

Season Expectations

Season Expectations

Here are the board expectations. With this, you will get 65.82 million Euros (£59M) transfer budget and 1.842.074 million Euros (£1.67M) per week wage budget.

Potential Formation

This is the potential formation of the team.

As you can see it’s a 4-1-2-2-1 formation with a defensive midfielder.

Proper tactic for a middle-table team in the Premier League.

Southampton Tactics Formation

Players / Squad Depth / Strenghts


The main goalkeeper is Alex Mccarthy. With his last year appearances and few of this year, he will probably be your first choice.

Your second choice for the position will be a battle between Fraser Forster and the new boy Angus Gunn.

On one side Forster is a decent goalkeeper but with his last setbacks is in doubt. Gunn, on the other hand, is a young goalkeeper with lots of potential and with the right guidance he can become world class.

You should also get under your radar the Under 23s main goalkeeper Harry Lewis. He is a decent youth player, good stats and with the right loans, he can be a star and a regular for your side for 10+ years.


There are lots of choices for the back four.

Wesley Hoedt and Jannik Vestergaard seem to be your ideal duo for the central defender position.

Their stats are decent, and their partnership can be crucial for your campaign in the Premier League.

Maya Yoshida and academy graduated Jack Stephens is a suitable backup.

Yoshida is in his sixth year in the club and part of the club’s evolution the recent years.

Stephens has grown with the ideals of the Southampton academy, and he continues to help his club whenever you ask him.

Also you should check Jan Bednarek. He is a young decent defender who made an impact in last year’s battle to avoid relegation and a regular for the Polish World Cup squad.

For the fullback position, there are for the right side Cedric Soares and under 23s Yan Valery and for the left side Ryan Bertrand and Sam Mcqueen.


There are lots of names for the midfield positions.

Oriol Romeu, Mario Lemina, Emile Hojbjerg, Steven Davis, James Ward-Prowse, Stuart Armstrong.

The strength and determination of Romeu is crucial for your ball-winning positions, Lemina is an ex Juventus player with excellent technique, amazing pass and goalscoring skill.

Hojbjerg and Ward-Prowse are the young blood of the midfield and the big next thing if you can manage them correctly.

Passing, marking, scoring, set pieces are some of their attributes that can help you get the most of them.

The captain Steven Davis is in his last year as a footballer, but he remains an excellent post-70-minute choice. You can get him to tutor youth players so they can gain experience and right guidance.

The ex Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong is a proper midfielder, in the finest football years. Muscular body with nice technique and pass. Right combination for an attacking midfielder.

One to watch is Harrison Reed, an academy graduate with all the future at his feet.


For the right-hand side is Mohamed Elyounoussi and for the left-hand side Nathan Redmond.

They are very expressive, very quick, high pace, decent dribbling, fantastic crossing.

You probably want to strength this positions with backup players.


Four players are the goalscoring power of the team.

The strong-headed Charlie Austin, the Irishman Shane Long, the Italian power Manolo Gabbiadini and the Englishman Dann Ings.

Four different type of players, four different choices for your tactics.

Depending on your tactic you can create the right partnership.

Pair up quick Long and strong-headed Austin.

Excellent finisher Gabbiadini and good runner Ings.

It is up to you which players you will use, but with them, you can make an impact.

Don’t forget the under 23s Sam Gallagher who is a wonderkid and a good backup.


I hope you will find my guide for Southampton FC useful guys. Make Southampton FC big again.

Best of luck and don’t forget WE MARCH ON.

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Football Manager 2019 team guide by Sakis Konstantinidis about the Southamton FC, or commonly known "The Saints". FM19 team guide looking at the club overivew, tactics, players, etc.
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