Here's our list of leagues you should try and manage in Football Manager 2021.
With a new edition of Football Manager 2021 expected out in November, we have the chance to pour over the 2020-21 season as we will in real-life. However, one thing that might confuse and throw you a little is the fact that you might not be sure where to go and manage. In a bid to help you find something interesting to dig your teeth into, here is a list of useful leagues that you might wish to manage in FM21.
Where, then, should you see yourself rocking up in the FM2021?
|Derby of the eternal enemies: Olympiakos vs. Panathinaikos|
Greek football is in a very interesting place; perennial powerhouse Olympiakos is trying to restore itself to its former glory. AEK Athens are in poor financial health and are selling off top talent. Recent winners PAOK are not the force they were in the last two to three years. Panathinaikos are a proper sleeping giant; a former European Cup finalist who are in dire straits.
Great weather, excellent stadia, and a group of very passionate fanbases to manage; what more could you want?
|AIK vs Djurgården is the most classic derby in Stockholm and is known as the fiercest derby in Sweden and Scandinavia.|
Even if you are not looking for something with millions of Euros to throw on talent, Sweden is a great place to go. You have some pretty major big names in the likes of Helsingborgs and IFK Goteborg who you could take back to the top of the domestic game. You could rival FC Copenhagen as the top team in Scandinavia by taking over at Malmo FF, the biggest club in Sweden arguably. Or you could go to well-supported but under-performing Hammarby, who are partially owned by Zlatan Ibrahimovic!
|Inter or AC Milan, it's time to wake up the sleeping giants.|
Italian football is one of the most popular leagues in the world, but it’s also a league with growing opportunity. AS Roma are under new management, and both Internazionale and AC Milan are as healthy as they have been in years. SS Lazio are in the UEFA Champions League, as are Atalanta. Outside of those teams, you have other big clubs such as Fiorentina and Torino, offering ample choice and opportunity.
|Shanghai SIPG players celebrate winning the Chinese Super League title.|
The Chinese Super League gets a bad name from fans with their European heads on, but the Chinese league is great fun. You can focus on bringing through impressive regens, or you can spend time trying to convince big names from Europe to come along and join in the fun. It’s a competitive league where only Guangzhou Evergrande are a genuinely dominant force, offering the opportunity to build something a bit more ambitious than normal.
|Colombian leagues make a great place to start off a career.|
Growing all the time as a football league, the Colombian leagues make a great place to start off a career. You could be managing a big club with ample funds and opportunity to really make a push in the South American continental tournaments. There are various big clubs, including the likes of Atletico Nacional and Millionarios.
Whatever you choose, this is a highly competitive league where every game matters and there is enough closeness between teams to create a great competition.