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 both North America and South America.
Who to Manage on FM18 | The Americas
Chicago Fire | USA Major Soccer League
Chicago Fire finished rock bottom of the Supporters Shield in 2016. Although they have competed much more fiercely in the 2017 edition of MLS, this progression will be lost in FM17 as the American season has yet to finish. You’ll have to replicate their progress from real-life in-game. Chicago have won 1 Supporters Shield and 1 MLS Cup in their short history; your job is to double their tally.
Bastian Schweinsteiger is one of your designated players, highlighting the potential pulling power Chicago could have in the transfer market.
Atletico Mineiro | Brazilian Serie A
With Atletico Mineiro you have a side capable of great things having won the Copa Libertadores as recently as 2013. Yet despite winning South America’s most prestigious competition, Atletico have only won the top tier of Brazilian football on one occasion, some 46 years ago. The club finished 4th last season and thereby automatically qualify for the Copa Libertadores group stage.
Which will you win first: Atletico’s second league title? Or second CL trophy?
Sporting Cristal | Peruvian Primera Division
Peruvian Primera outfit Sporting Cristal were founded in 1955. Since then, they have become one of the most successful teams in Peru, winning an impressive 18 top division titles. They do not own that record, however, as Universitario have won 26 titles. In 1997 Sporting Cristal became only the second Peruvian side to reach the final of the Copa Libertadores; neither Peruvian sides managed to win their final. Can you be the first manager of a Peruvian side to win the Copa Libertadores?
A secondary goal of this save would be to challenge Universitario for their domestic record. This club has the potential for a fun, long-term save on FM18.
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
La Equidad | Colombian Primera A
La Equidad are a footballing side who currently play in the top tier of Colombian football. The Bogota-based club, formed in 1982, have never won the Colombian Primera A, though they have finished runners-up on three occasions. In the short term, your goal with La Equidad is to end their barren spell and win the Colombia Primera. After that, the goal must be Copa Libertadores success.
Can you take La Equidad all the way to the top of South American football?
Colo-Colo | Chilean Primera Division
Colo-Colo play in the Chilean Primera Division, the top tier of Chilean football, and are currently one of the strongest teams in Chile. The club was founded in 1925 and have since gone on to win the top prize in Chilean domestic football on 31 occasions. To add to this, they have also won the Copa Libertadores once, this back in 1991. The Chilean leagues rank below both Argentina and Brazil in terms of their stature, your job is to overtake them.
Can you turn the Chilean league into South America’s top league?
Cruz Azul | Mexican Liga MX
Cruz Azul represent an interesting challenge for us FM fans. The Mexico City-based side trail Club America by four championships in terms of Liga MX’s won, meaning that you would have to win at least five titles to become Mexico’s most successful domestic side. Additionally, Cruz have yet to win South America’s top trophy, the Copa Libertadores. They have, however, won the North American Champions League (the CONCACAF) on six occasions.
A potentially long-term challenge awaits you in Mexico. Will you be brave enough to take it on?
River Plate | Argentine Primera Division
River Plate are unquestionably the most successful domestic side in Argentina, having won a record 36 Premier Division titles. The challenge with River Plate is to become Argentina’s most successful side in the top continental competition. River have won the CL thrice, an impressive feat, but one that is beaten by fellow Argentineans Independiente. The Buenos Aires-based club have 7 Copa Lib’s, meaning you will need to win the competition 5 times (at least) to achieve your target.
Are you able to chase this continental goal whilst still remaining dominant domestically?
Internacional | Brazilian Serie B
Internacional are one of the most interesting choices from South America this year. The club were relegated to Serie B of Brazil for the first time in their history. They’ve won 3 Serie A titles in addition to 2 Copa Libertadores trophies. In Football Manager 2018 they will start in the second tier of Brazilian football for the first time. Your job is to get them back to the top, beating the likes of Santos, Palmeiras and Gremio. In truth the Brazil league is very competitive, it will be a challenge to get back to the top.
Have you got what it takes to reach the top of Brazilian football once more?
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 | Northern Europe
Danubio | Uruguayan Primera Division
The Uruguayan Primer Division is perhaps one of the oddest leagues I’ve seen. In 111 seasons of top division football, two clubs have shared 94 titles between them. Penarol (48) and Nacional (46) lead the way with the most titles with the next highest teams having won just 4. Danubio are one of these sides and have won 3 of their four titles this century. Your job? End the two club dominance of Uruguay.
A tough job indeed, but one that would be hugely fulfilling if achieved. Can you lead produce a decade of dominance with Danubio?
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