In this Football Manager 2020 series the aim is to provide some inspiration for you to decide which club you will manage. I plan to review a large selection of teams from some of the more popular regions and countries in the game.
I will be focusing on clubs with an interesting challenge and therefore may not use a team from every country. The series will be split into several posts, each with a focus on a particular region. In this post, I will look at clubs to manage in The Americas.
Who to Manage on FM20 | The Americas
Sport Boys | Peruvian Primera Division
Sport Boys are a current top tier Peruvian football club who last won the top-flight in 1984. They have won the title on six occasions but in recent years they have had their fair share of economic issues. In the current Peruvian season, Sport Boys finished in last place in the Apertura and lie one place above the relegation places in the aggregate table (as of Nov 2019).
Can you take the Sport Boys back to the top of Peruvian football for the first time in three-and-a-half decades?
Rampla Juniors | Uruguayan Primera Division
Uruguay is a country with a top-flight dominated by two teams throughout its history. Penarol and Nacional have won 96 titles between them. Rampla Juniors have won one Uruguayan title and it came all the way back in 1927. They are having a poor season in real life in the Primera Division.
Your job is to revive the club and build it to become the top club in Uruguay, breaking the dominance of the top two in the country.
Cincinnati | MLS Eastern Conference
Formed last year in May 2018, Cincinnati are the youngest MLS team with 2019 being their first season. They’ve struggled in real-life, finishing bottom of the overall table – 24th out of 24th teams.
Your job is to turn Cincinnati into one of the most feared teams in MLS. LA Galaxy are the most successful American club, winning 9 trophies in total (5 MLS Cups and 4 Supporters’ Shields). Can you overtake them to become the most successful American club?
Santos | Brazilian Serie A
At one time Brazilian giants Santos were considered the best club in the world. Os Santasticos were the dominant club in Brazil in the 1960’s, winning six Brazilian Championships and two Copas Libertadores among others. Pele, The King of Football, led the side and famously stopped a war in Africa just with the allure of seeing him play.
Since the 1960’s, Santos have won just two championships and one Copa Libertadores. Your job is to make the 2020’s an even more successful decade than the 1960’s. Can you unearth the next Pele?
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Independiente Santa Fe | Colombian Primera A
Bogota-based Santa Fe are a Colombian top-tier club who have won the title on nine occasions, most recently in 2016. They won the inaugural championship and are tied fourth on the list of most successful Colombian clubs in terms of domestic titles.
The Copa Libertadores has been dominated by clubs in Argentina (25) and Brazil (18) with Uruguay winning the next highest with 8. Colombian clubs have won the trophy on 3 occasions (Atletico Nacional 2 Once Caldas 1). Can you bring more continental glory to Colombia with Santa Fe?
Guadalajara | Mexican Liga MX
Guadalajara, commonly known as Chivas, as the second most successful Mexican club behind Club America. Chivas sit on 12 domestic titles, just one behind America, meaning your initial task as manager would be to overtake America as the most decorated Mexican club.
Beyond that, continental football awaits. Chivas have won two continental titles, most recently in 2018. Build an era of dominance for the Mexican giants!
Union San Felipe | Chilean Primera B
Union San Felipe currently play in the second tier of Chilean football and remain the only Chilean club to have won the second tier followed by the top tier in consecutive seasons (1970, 1971). The triumph in 1971 is their only championship victory to date and sits alongside a solitary Copa Chile in their trophy cabinet.
Can you repeat the feat of the 1970’s side and win consecutive leagues? You will have to get past Colo-Colo and Universidad Catolica to do so!
Newell’s Old Boys | Argentine Primera Division
Founded in 1903, Newell’s Old Boys was named after one of the pioneers of Argentine football – an Englishman called Isaac Newell. The club have what is considered to be one of the most successful youth divisions in world football and boast former players in Gabriel Batistuta, Ever Banega, Mauricio Pochettino and Lionel Messi!
Can you make good use of this youth system and take forward the success of the youth teams into first-team football? It will be tough keeping hold of your best players, but your end goal has to be to fight off the bigger clubs and retain your star men.
Dallas | MLS Western Conference
Dallas present another interesting challenge in MLS. Where Cinncinati are a new club, Dallas are one of the oldest. Despite this, the club have only won one honour in their history – the Supporters Shield in 2016. The club compete in the Western Conference.
The Texas-based club will be chasing further glory and your job is to bring it to them. LA Galaxy are the most successful side in the country, winning nine titles combined. Can you overtake them in your time with Dallas?
Brazil National Team | Copa America
The final team to tempt you with is Brazil. My first World Cup was in 2002 when Brazil dominated with Rivaldo, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho and the whole team both terrified and excited me. Since 2002, Brazil have fallen short in World Cup football, exiting the 2014 tournament with a humiliating defeat to Germany.
Your job is to turn this Brazilian side into a feared force once again, leading the likes of Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior to glory.
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