In this Football Manager 2018 series the aim is to provide some inspiration for you to decide which club you will manage in game. We will hopefully put forward a larger selection of teams from some of the more popular regions and countries in the game.
We will be focussing on clubs with an interesting challenge (based on my own personal football knowledge) and therefore may not use a team from every country. The series will be split into several posts, each with a focus on a region. In this post, we will look at clubs to manage in central Europe.
Who to Manage on FM18 | Central Europe
Feyenoord | Dutch Eredivisie
Feyenoord Rotterdam won the Dutch Eredivisie last season for the first time in nearly twenty years, beating off the likes of PSV and Ajax for the title. They remain one of the most successful sides in Holland, largely thanks to a very fruitful period in the 1960’s and 70’s which included their only European Cup win. Your job will be to retain the Eredivisie and build upon the title-winning team.
But beyond that, can you make Feyenoord a real force in European football? Holland’s last Champions League win came through Ajax in 1995. How long will it take for you to win Europe’s biggest prize?
Austria Wien | Austrian Bundesliga
If you choose to play as Austria Wien in Football Manager 2018, you will be taking on a side that have recently lost their perch at the top of Austrian football. With the emergence of Red Bull Salzburg, you will need to consistently qualify for Europe if you are going to be able to compete with them financially. This year Wien will enter the Europa League at the third qualifying round. Getting them to the group stage would be a great achievement and of great benefit to your team moving forward.
Linked below is a guide to Austria Wien, albeit from last years edition of FM. Are you the right person to take Wien back to Austrian glory?
FC Ingolstadt 04 | German 2. Bundesliga
Ingolstadt 04 have a fascinating history. The club was formed in 2004 on the back of the bankruptcy of ESV Ingolstadt. ESV was founded in 1919 but never reached the highest level of German football as we know it, though they did spend two seasons in the highest league in the German state of Bavaria: the Gauiliga Bayern. The footballers from ESV formed Ingolstadt 04 with the help of footballers from the city’s largest sports club, MTV Ingolstadt.
Amazingly, this newly formed side won promotion to the German top tier just ten years after their formation. As expected they did drop straight back down to the second tier, but this club remains an interesting challenge. Can you turn them into one of Germany’s best?
Fastav Zlin | Czech First League
Fastav Zlin play in the Czech First League, the highest tier in the Czech Republic. What makes this club the club to be is their recent success in the Czech League Cup. Due to Manchester United’s win of the Europa League last year, coupled with Slavia Prague’s win of the Czech First League, Fastav Zlin automatically qualified for this seasons Europa League group stage.
How far can you take the club in Europe? And can you begin to build a club that can take the Czech league by storm?
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Grasshopper club Zurich | Swiss Super League
Grasshopper club Zurich are Switzerland’s most successful club. They have won the top division of Swiss football a record 27 times and also boast the record for Swiss Cup wins with 19. However, Grasshoppers have not won the Swiss title since the 02/03 season and face strong competition from several Swiss opponents. Most notably are the likes of Basel and Young Boys who finished 1st and 2nd last year respectively. Grasshoppers, meanwhile, finished in 8th.
Fancy your chances of dominating the Swiss leagues with Grasshopper club Zurich? Have a read of the series written by FM Grasshopper for further inspiration!
VfL Wolfsburg | German Bundesliga
The German Bundesliga is, at present, being dominated by Bayern Munich. The German giants have won the last five championships and will be confident of a sixth on the trot. Since the turn of the century, there have been 6 different title winners with Bayern picking up 11 titles themselves. Wolfsburg are one of those to have won the league, winning it in the 08/09 season.
Your challenge is to take Wolfsburg to the top of European football, and do something that even Bayern Munich have yet to achieve: domination in Europe.
Not enough choices? Here are some more Who to Manage guides!
- Who to Manage in FM18 | Eastern Europe
- Who to Manage in FM18 | Asia & Africa
- Who to Manage in FM18 | The Americas
Zulte Waregem | Belgian Pro League
At present Belgium are in the middle of their golden generation of players, with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Kevin de Bruyne and Thibaut Courtois all having come through the league in recent years. Zulte Waregem are one of the lesser known Belgian sides, competing against well-known Belgian sides like Anderlecht, Club Brugge and Genk. Zulte finished in third place of the 16/17 Belgian regular season which saw them enter the Championship group. They were outclassed by the bigger teams and finished bottom of six teams.
However, winning the Belgian Cup has qualified them for the Europa League group stage. Is this the team for you?
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