Interesting leagues to load and try out in Football Manager 2021. These are not your usual top five leagues you load up in FM21.
When it comes to starting a save on Football Manager, it’s really easy to stick with the leagues you either know personally or watch on the TV. However, there is an absolute treasure trove of quality leagues outside of the main leagues if you are willing to expand your thinking a bit.
Here, then, are some useful leagues that you should definitely look to try out if you fancy a different kind of challenge. Where, then, can you pitch up and enjoy a challenging career full of rewarding opportunities and match-ups?
The Belgian top-flight is quite unique in that is uses a rather interesting play-off style to determine the end of the season. So, you could finish outside of the top few places and still go on to win the league with a good enough run at the end of the season.
It’s a competitive league with some truly awesome scouting networks and youth systems. Add in some historic clubs like Anderlecht and Club Brugge, too, and it’s a must-try in Football Manager 2021.
Outside of the normal leagues to try out, though, is South Africa. This is one of the only African leagues available in Football Manager 2021, and it offers a great standard of play to take part in. A must-load if you want to go for the famous Champions League conquest challenge, South African domestic football has a surprisingly high standard of player and some great clubs to choose from.
Whether you got SuperSport, Orlando Pirates, Kaiser Chiefs, Bloemfontein Celtic, or any other big club in the country, you’ll have a choice to make.
The Russian top flight was in the mid-00s one of the best leagues in Europe, but it has dropped off quite significantly in the last few years. However, it’s got a rather interesting youth set-up where many young players go unused by big clubs due to a preference for experience.
You could take over one of its many clubs from Moscow and try to dominate the domestic scene, or you could take on Zenit St. Petersburg and try to claim European glory.
The Danish league is an odd one; relatively recent FC Copenhagen dominate the league, while famed teams such as Brondby fall away from the top of the league. You could come to a very competitive league with a good youth structure and take on the powerhouse of FCK, while using the likes of FC Midtjylland as an example of what can be done with scouting and analysis.
The Croatian top-flight has been the domain of Dinamo Zagreb for many years now; can you come in and challenge them consistently?
Other relatively big clubs including eternal rivals Hadjuk Split, Rijeka and Osijek make good starting places if you are looking for a team to build a base and take on the big-name giants of the Croatian game. While it’ll be tough to match their outstanding youth system, it is by no means impossible to build a tangible structure thanks to the outstanding quality of Croatian youth development.