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Why You Should Start a Save in France in Football Manager 2021

Start a Save in France in Football Manager 2021

Reasons why you really should start a save in French Ligue 1 in Football Manager 2021, and also suggestions on which teams to manage in France in FM21.


Trying to figure out what will be your next save in Football Manager can give you some hard time thinking about it. With more than 118 playable leagues in Football Manager, the options are endless.

In a couple of weeks, we are finally expected to get our hands-on Football Manager 2021 and start our countless hours on the game, managing in the top leagues or exploring the various leagues that the game offers. In this article, we will suggest a particular country to start a save in.

French football has evolved tremendously over the last decade. Last season the Champions League finals have featured a French team as Paris Saint Germain lost against Bayern Munich. The 2018 World Cup which took place in Russia was won by the French national team after a superb campaign despite losing in the Euro 2016 Finals.

Youth Academies


France is known to produce elite players, Houssem Aouar, Kylian Mbappe and the up and coming Football Manager 2021 wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga are just a few names from the hundreds of exiting prospects that are developed in France. 

Teams like Paris Saint-Germain, Olympique Lyonnais and Stade Rennais are producing every season new prospects to the football world, which only shows us how great are the youth academies in France. 

Not only Ligue 1 teams are known to have great academies, but Ligue 2 sides have also produced some exceptionally talented players as well like Paul Pogba, Riyad Mahrez and Ivan Perišić. Teams like Sochaux and Le Havre are great examples for teams that have high-quality youth systems.

History


Zinedine Zidane (Bordeaux)
Zinedine Zidane (Bordeaux)

Great players have played in the French leagues throughout the years. Legendary players like Didier Drogba, Juninho and the current Real Madrid head coach, Zinedine Zidane have managed to showcase their talents in France. Teams like Saint-Étienne and Marseille used to dominate the league with a total of 19 league titles shared by the two teams, Monaco and Nantes won the league titles 8 times each. The French National Team were not quite far from the talent that they have currently, The French National Team has won the 1998 World Cup and came as runners-up in the 2006 World Cup.

Overcoming Paris Saint-Germain


Paris Saint-Germain has won the Ligue 1 six times in the last 7 years. Stopping Paris Saint-Germain is not an easy task especially when other teams like Olympique Lyon, AS Monaco and Olympique de Marseille, are joining the title race. 

The Ligue 1 is not the only challenge that you will have, winning a European trophy is definitely not easier. The last time that a French team has managed to win the Champions League was Olympique de Marseille in 92/93 season. Can you finally win the most prestigious club competition in the world with a French team in Football Manager 2021?

League Rules


League Rules can make or break a save, some people love the challenge of strict league rules, and some people prefer to have loose league rules as they don't have to worry about them. Ligue 1 rules are not hard to follow, Ligue 1 allows only 4 Non-EU players to be registered for the league. For players that hate being strict to less non-EU players or hard work permits rules, Ligue 1 offers a great balance for your saves.

Exciting clubs to manage in Ligue 1


Here is our pick of three exciting teams and challenges to overcome from French top football tier, Ligue 1, in Football Manager 2021.

Paris Saint Germain


Kylian Mbappe FM21

We begin the list with the strongest team in France, PSG. PSG, backed by Qatari investments, have risen to be a major superpower in European Football. Having won 6 league titles in the last 7 years, PSG are the most dominant team in France. The fans are so used to their team winning the league that anything less than 1st place in the league is deemed as a failure. 

PSG however, have never won the Champions League which the fans and the board covet the most. They did come very close in 2019-2020 but lost to Bayern in the finals. For any FM Manager aspiring to take over the reins, they would be required to win Ligue 1 and likely the Champion’s league. 

However, PSG have a plethora of stars at their disposal and is a powerful side to manage. With sugar daddy owners backing the manager in his every step, building an empire with PSG should be the goal for seasoned FM managers. This is certainly an interesting challenge where you will strive to achieve global dominance with the club.

Rennes


Eduardo Camavinga Football Manager 2021

Our 2nd pick on the list is a relatively less popular team from Ligue 1, Rennes. The club secured their best ever league finish (3rd Place) in the 2019-2020 season and have secured UCL qualification for the first time in their history. The club also secured their 3rd French Cup title beating PSG in the final with the odds heavily stacked against them. 

What potential managers taking over Rennes in Football Manager 2021 have going for them is the strong youth academy that the club prides itself on. Having produced top footballers like Ousmane Dembele, Abdoulaye Doucore the academy constantly churn out stars that can take the club to the next level provided the club can hold on to them. 

The club also have in their ranks one of the highest-rated wonderkids in the game, Eduardo Camavinga. Despite currently being as a feeder club, under the right manager, Rennes have the potential to take the next step and challenge for titles. This is certainly an interesting challenge that a few FM Managers will look forward to.

Monaco


The last pick on the list is Monaco. Although technically based outside of  France in Monaco, they ply their trade in Ligue 1 and have been one of the most successful teams in the league. They are the only team to have broken the PSG dominance by winning the league in 2016-2017 on the back of some excellent performances from many of the players. They also have one coveted Champions League title which has eluded even financial giant PSG. 

However, things have been down for the club for the past few seasons, and they have been closer to relegation than mounting a title challenge. There have been several managerial changes and zero stability in the squad which may be one of the causes for this. For any FM Managers taking over, this will be the biggest challenge as they will first need to bring stability to the squad and replace some of the key players that have left the club. 

What they have going for them, however, is that Monaco have one of the best youth academies and scouting in the world. They also have a sugar daddy owner who will back the manager provided they fulfil the board requirements. This will definitely be an exciting challenge to managers, and they need to be at their best to bring Monaco from mediocrity to the very top.

Conclusion


For conclusion, starting a save in France is certainly something to consider as Football Manager 2021 is right around the corner. Even if you are interested in Ligue 1,2 or even the lower divisions, French football is evolving every year and starts to compete with other European giants.

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FM BLOG: Why You Should Start a Save in France in Football Manager 2021
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