Fans of management simulation games will tell you that there is no better time to be an enthusiast of such a genre.
In the last year alone, there have been releases such as F1 Manager 2022 as well as Tennis Manager 2022. However, there is one management simulation game that stands heads and shoulders above the others. That, of course is Football Manager. The most recent edition of the game, Football Manager 2023, was released last November to rave reviews. And if you are the type to enjoy video poker online, then you will love the strategy skills and financial management required in Sports Interactive’s management epic.
The winter update for FM23 was released on February 20th, and it has incorporated all of the transfers that took place throughout the January transfer window. It has also included the goings on at Juventus, which saw their entire board of directors resign following a financial scandal that rocked Serie A to its core.
As the campaign progresses, there are plenty of opportunities for gamers to lead clubs to glory. Here are two teams you should consider.
Arsenal – English Premier League
Ever since Arsene Wenger left the Gunners in 2018, they have struggled. Under the iconic Frenchman, they qualified for the UEFA Champions like for 19 consecutive seasons. Since he has left, however, they have not dined at European football’s most elite of dinner tables on one solitary occasion.
This season, however, things seem to be changing. Current manager Mikel Arteta led the North London club to the FA Cup in his maiden campaign with the club. Last season, he very nearly led them back to the top four, however, two defeats in their final three games saw them miss out, with archrivals Tottenham Hotspur taking their place instead.
In the 2022/23 campaign, however, The Gunners are currently the shock leaders in the Premier League. They lead reigning champions Manchester City by five points with just 13 games remaining. With a young squad containing the likes of England starlet Bukayo Saka and captain Martin Ødegaard, it’s clear that the future is bright at the Emirates Stadium.
But one obstacle you will have to clear in the winter update is the injury to star striker Gabriel Jesus. The Brazilian sensation had been in scintillating form throughout the opening half of the campaign, however, he suffered an injury while on international duty with the Seleção at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Can you lead the Gunners to a first Premier League crown in 19 years despite the Brazilian hotshot’s absence?
Borussia Dortmund – German Bundesliga
Bayern Munich have held the German Bundesliga hostage for the last decade. They have lifted the famous golden trophy in each of the last ten seasons, and they have done so at a canter. And to make matters worse, they regularly snap up the best players from fellow German clubs to maintain their stranglehold on the division.
Just last season, they brought in Dayot Upamecano and Marcel Sabitzer from RB Leipzig and this season, they purchased goalkeeper Yann Sommer from Borussia Mönchengladbach. But the signings that hurt the most were the additions of Robert Lewandowski, Mario Götze, and Mats Hummels, all from their nearest rivals, Borussia Dortmund. Those three have since left Bavaria, with Hummels even moving back to Dortmund, but the scars remain.
BVB were the last club to win the Bundesliga prior to Bayern’s decade-long dominance. They won back-to-back titles in 2011 and in 2012, and it looked like a new dynasty had arrived in German football. In the end, though, the checkbook at the Allianz Arena swung the momentum back in Munich’s favour, and it’s momentum that they haven’t given up.
This season represents Dortmund’s best chance yet at reclaiming the Bundesliga crown. With just 12 games remaining this season, they are currently level on points with the reigning champions, and it is still all to play for. They are also well positioned in both the Champions League and the DFB Pokal, and a historic season could be on the cards in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Borussia Dortmund have a talented young squad built around English midfielder Jude Bellingham. The former Birmingham City youngster is still just 19 years of age however, he has already racked up over 160 senior appearances. Transfermarkt values him at over €100m, and with a number of clubs such as Manchester City, Real Madrid, and Liverpool sniffing around him, retaining his services will be crucial to your success.
Elsewhere, you will inherit a talented young side. The likes of striker Youssoufa Moukoko, American winger Giovanni Reyna, pacey attacker Karim Adeyemi and defender Nico Schlotterbeck are all under 23 years of age. Getting the most out of that talented core of young players should see you wrestle the title away from Bayern’s grip once and for all.