Football Manager 2019: Which club will you choose to manage?
Football Manager 2019 was released on Friday and fans all over the world are already getting stuck into their newest saves as they look to create a dynasty at their chosen clubs.
The addictive management simulation gives armchair gaffers the opportunity to jump into the hotseat and steer their team to domestic and European success.
However picking a team to start your journey off with is often the most agonising of choices for FM fanatics, so we’ve rounded up 18 of the most tempting options.
1860 Munich (3. Liga)
Seemingly forever in the shadow of their city rivals Bayern and currently way down in the third tier, but is it time for a change in Munich?
One of the best supported clubs in Germany and due a change in fortune – but make no mistake, this won’t be easy.
Aston Villa (Championship)
There are several ‘fallen giants’ currently mired in the Championship, but Villa could potentially be the club most ripe for a return to the big time.
Leeds and Nottingham Forest will also be worth a thought, but the developing talent of Jack Grealish will be enough of a lure for many managers to take the hotseat at Villa Park.
Atletico Madrid (La Liga)
Atletico have emerged as genuine challengers to La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona in recent seasons, even winning the title under Diego Simeone back in 2013/14.
Three Europa League triumphs since 2009 also show the club can compete outside of domestic competitions, while savvy transfers this summer have left an exciting squad at your disposal.
Football Manager 2019: Atletico Madrid can threaten La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid
AZ Alkmaar (Eredivisie)
The Eredivisie is always worth a save as Ajax, Feyenoord and PSV Eindhoven traditionally slug it out to be the best in Holland.
However, the emergence of Alkmaar among other contenders has thrown the league wide open and gaffers could be tempted to try and dominate solely using graduates from their world-renowned youth academy.
Bayer Leverkusen (Bundesliga)
Inconsistent in the Bundesliga recently but boasting a squad packed full of young talent that have the potential to mature into world-beaters.
Julian Brandt, Leon Bailey and Kai Havertz are at the forefront of an electric generation coming through at the BayArena, while there is still enough experience in the side to stick it out when the going gets tough.
The challenge of dethroning Bayern Munich makes Leverkusen one of the most tempting saves on FM19.
Cagliari (Serie A)
There are several top teams who could be taken over if managers fancy a crack at knocking Juventus off their perch in Serie A.
Roma, Napoli, Lazio and the Milan clubs all spring to mind, but Cagliari offer that challenge and then some.
The Italian equivalent of West Brom, having yo-yoed up and down the leagues in recent years, the current squad of misfits are just calling out for a strong hand to guide them towards the top.
Football Manager 2019: Cagliari provide a tough test in Serie A
Club Brugge (Pro League)
Winning the Belgian league should be a hard enough challenge as it is, facing off against the likes of Anderlecht, Genk and Standard Liege, but the Champions League is where the real attraction lies.
A decent youth system will set you up well for the future and with the right management Brugge could be the scene of a fair few magical European nights.
Grimsby Town (League Two)
If you’re a manager who willingly shuns the bright lights of the big time for the nitty-gritty of lower-league football, Grimsby could be the side for you.
Currently plying their trade in League Two, the Mariners signed ex-Liverpool youngster John Welsh and former Gillingham ace Jake Hessenthaler among several others this summer.
Danny Collins, Martyn Woolford and Ben Pringle all have experience higher up the pyramid and provide a solid base from which to build.
Juventus (Serie A)
Two words – Cristiano. Ronaldo.
This current Juventus side is head and shoulders above the competition in Serie A and the addition of CR7 makes them a tempting short-term save.
Be warned, it may all just seem a bit too easy.
Football Manager 2019: Cristiano Ronaldo is a huge draw after his summer move to Juventus
LA Galaxy (MLS)
Maybe not one for the long-term, but LA Galaxy have enough household names in their squad to keep the save interesting for a couple of seasons.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the big draw for any boss attempting to crack MLS, although taking the reins stateside and adjusting to their football calendar is not one for the purists.
Liverpool (Premier League)
The Reds enjoyed arguably the most successful summer transfer window of all 20 Premier League sides, welcoming Naby Keita, Fabinho, Alisson and Xherdan Shaqiri to Anfield.
The quartet joined an already star-studded squad which includes a truly terrifying front three, so silverware at home and in Europe is now on the cards.
Malaga (Segunda Division)
The Segunda Division outfit have fallen on hard times in recent seasons, having reached the Champions League quarter-finals just five years ago.
Money will be hard to come by and the squad is no great shakes, but investment in youth could reap big rewards as you rebuild the club from the ground up.
Football Manager 2019: Malaga would be a long-term project for a dedicated manager
Monaco (Ligue 1)
One of several potential Ligue 1 options, with Saint-Etienne, Marseille and Lyon also tempting as bosses aim to topple all-conquering PSG.
The brilliant squad of 2016/17 was swiftly decimated when the European giants came calling with their cheque books, so a rebuilding job is on the cards.
If it’s good enough for Thierry Henry, it’s good enough for us.
Paris FC (Ligue 2)
A true underdog among the behemoths of French football, Paris FC currently ply their trade in Ligue 2 but have a reasonable chance of achieving promotion without too much investment.
Once that’s in the bank, sights can turn to toppling neighbours Paris Saint-Germain from their throne and becoming the dominant club in the capital.
Real Betis (La Liga)
If the usual La Liga candidates are not exciting enough for more than just a few seasons any more, Betis could be the perfect team to build a dynasty at.
Summer signings William Carvalho and Sergio Canales have bolstered an already competent squad and an assault on the top four could be on the cards with a couple more sensible additions.
Football Manager 2019: Real Betis have a strong squad and plenty of potential
SD Huesca (La Liga)
Promoted to La Liga for the first time ever, and fully expected to head straight back down through the trap door.
A number of steady signings have come in on loan but a whole load of managerial nous will also be needed to keep the Spanish minnows in the top flight.
Sunderland (League One)
Things are pretty grim at the Stadium of Light right now, but brave gaffers have a chance to halt the slide and set the Black Cats back on their way to the top.
The squad has already been trimmed down significantly but more cuts can be made and there will be a healthy budget for new signings compared to their League One rivals.
Wolverhampton Wanderers (Premier League)
The Midlands club was very busy this summer preparing for their latest shot at the Premier League with 10 new signings arriving at Molineux.
Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves and Rui Patricio provide a solid spine while there’s plenty more talent at your disposal – but just how far can you take your Portuguese pack?
Football Manager 2019: Wolves are a tempting pick with their exciting crop of Portuguese players