Here's our recommendation of four fallen giants from Eastern Europe that you should seriously consider when deciding on who to manage next in Football Manager 2021.
Many Football Manager players scoff at the mention of managing a club from Eastern Europe. But they are not aware that this is one of the most exciting destinations in the whole game.
What defines Eastern European football are the passionate fans and the level of competition that each league brings. Managing in Eastern Europe is quite different compared to managing in the top five leagues. Some of their leagues have a huge number of rules that you will need to get acquainted and adapt them quickly in order to maximise your results.
A big target to aim in Eastern European saves is the continental competitions. They could help you tremendously with increasing the club finances and aid in easier player recruitment. Do not forget that clubs from eastern Europe produce some of the worlds' finest footballers, so giving youth a chance is advised when doing this save.
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We bring you a list of four fallen giants from Eastern Europe. These clubs once ravaged their domestic leagues, but are now mostly in the fight for places that lead to continental qualifications for second tiered European club competitions.
Can you make them dominant forces in their respective leagues again? And push them on the continental scene?
FK Partizan Belgrade ( Serbia, SuperLiga )
Partizan Belgrade are one of the best teams in Eastern Europe, with a rich history and a huge fan base. But their last league title was back in 16/17 season and since then their archrival Red Star Belgrade took over the league and won three league titles in a row.
Winning the league title and ending Red Star Belgrade's streak is a primary goal here. Partizan Belgrade have a top-class youth academy, two graduates from their academy were named in the "fifty for the future" selection of UEFA.
HNK Hajduk Split ( Croatia, Prva Liga )
With a top squad like Hajduk Split have, they need to compete for the league title but have not won the league in over 15 years and media prediction for the current team is that their drought will continue. Winning silverware with Bili will be the primary goal if you choose to manage them.
Their biggest rivals, Dinamo Zagreb, are the biggest team in Croatia, so beating them and asserting dominance in Croatia will be a great achievement. Trying to progress in the European competitions will be essential for increasing the club finances in order to improve the club.
Trabzonspor ( Turkey, Super Lig )
Despite winning the league six times in the past, Trabzonspor have not won the league in over 30 years. Lifting the Turkish Cup last season was definitely a morale boost for the team and they will be targeting the league title next.
Trabzonspor have a great squad but there is still some room for improvement, although the current squad could fight for the league title with proper guidance.
However, to make this challenge harder, the Turkish club is in serious debt, like most Turkish Super Lig.
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FCSB ( Romania, Liga I )
FCSB are considered the second-best team in Romania so domestically there will no problem to dominate after a 5-year spell if you stick to the Football Manager basics. The real challenge with FCSB will be in the continental competitions, the Europa League and the Champions League, the level gap is quite high but with time and the right managerial decisions, you could lead FCSB to glory.