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 northern Europe.
Who to Manage in FM18 | Northern Europe
Molde | Norwegian Eliteserien
Molde FK, currently managed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, have only recently become one of Norway’s top sides. Formed in 1911, it took the Norwegian club 100 years before they won their first top division title. Solskjaer, having played for the club before his move to Manchester United, has cemented himself in the clubs history and even led Molde to the 2015-16 Europa League knockout round after topping their group.
If you choose to take on Molde, you have a club with recent success both domestically and continentally in their squad. Are you able to win a European trophy with the Norwegian side?
Iprottabandalag Vestmannaeyja (IBV) | Icelandic Urvalsdeild
IBV present an interesting challenge if you are looking to play in Iceland. The club is based on the small group of islands called Vestmannaeyjar, just off the south coast of the Icelandic mainland. They were founded in 1903 and boast three Urvalsdeild titles, two of which came in the 1990’s. You will take charge of a club that have had eight managers since 2012, highlighting how important your longevity could be in turning the club around.
Is this the job for you? Are there any other Icelandic clubs that would make for a fun challenge? Let us all know in the comments below!
Malmo | Swedish Allsvenskan
Sweden’s most successful football club, in terms of trophies won, is Malmo FF. The current Allsvenskan champions remain the only Nordic club to have reached a European Cup final, doing so back in the 1978-79 season. Are you a good enough manager to repeat the feat and go one better? Can you turn Sweden into a superpower of European football? Will you tempt Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to the club to end his career, or perhaps take up a coaching role at the club?
Malmo present a potentially long-term save, one in which you could spend decades growing the Swedish leagues to become the best in Europe.
Like this post? Check out some more teams to manage in Football Manager 2018:
- Who to Manage in FM18 | UK + Ireland
- Who to Manage in FM18 | Southern Europe
- Who to Manage in FM18 | Central Europe
FC Kobenhavn | Danish Superliga
Despite only having been formed in 1992 Kobenhavn has become the most successful Danish side in terms of trophies won. They have won 12 league titles since 1992 and now rank highest out of all Scandinavian clubs in the UEFA club coefficient rankings in 54th place. The challenge with Kobenhavn, like other Nordic clubs in this post, would be to win the Champions League.
However if you are more into shorter term saves then this is the save for you. Kobenhavn will most likely take the least time to build up due to their higher ranking compared to the other Scandinavian sides.
HJK Helsinki | Finnish Veikkausliiga
Finland is the final country to visit in this post as we look towards managing HJK Helsinki. This club is similar to both Kobenhavn and Molde in that it is considered the best club in its country. HJK have won 28 Finnish Veikkausligas in their history since being formed in 1907 and have taken part in both the Champions League and Europa League group stages.
What is different about the challenge of managing Helsinki is their stature. It will take a lot longer to build up the Finnish side in comparison to Kobenhavn. This is a challenge for the lovers of long term saves in FM.
Ostersunds FK | Swedish Allsvenskan
Perhaps the most interesting club in this post is Swedish side Ostersunds FK. The club was formed in 1996 and have competed in just one Allsvenskan campaign where they finished in 8th place. Quite incredibly they won the Swedish Cup in the 2016-17 season and therefore qualified for the 17-18 Europa League. In real-life the club have made it to the group stages, but you will need to replicate this in FM18. Can you take Ostersunds into Europe?
A long term challenge and one that really excites me. Will being in Europe hamper the domestic side of Ostersunds season? Considering this is just their second season in the top flight of Swedish football, season one could well be a tricky season to negotiate.
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
Icelandic National Team
The final side to be in this post is not a club, but a nation. Indeed, one of the most talked about nations in European football over the last few years after their defeat of England in the 2014 Euros. And incredibly the tiny nation have managed to qualify for the next World Cup, becoming the smallest nation (in terms of their population) to do so.
But in FM you won’t be afforded that luxury, you’ll have to qualify yourself! Can you do it? Can you repeat the heroics displayed by the Icelandic national team?
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