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Best Teams To Be On Football Manager 2014

A list of possible teams you could be on FM14
Started on 26 October 2013 by Kane
Latest Reply on 2 August 2014 by wohlay
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When starting a new game on Football Manager, one of the biggest questions can be one of the first: Which team should I be on Football Manager? You see the question all over forums, chats, everywhere. People never know who to manage. I myself was wondering this question. I always play out a few months or so with a mass of teams, until I find one I like. I was considering what teams could be good this year due to recent changes, and soon created this list of some of the best teams to manage on Football Manager 14.

1) SSC Napoli

  • 2012/13 League Finish: 2nd (Serie A)
  • Financial Stance: Rich - £185M Value (£68M Debt)
  • Media Prediction: 2nd
  • Key Players: Gonzalo Higuain, Marek Hamsik, Jose Manuel Reina
  • New Signings: Gonzalo Higuain, Raul Albiol, Jose Callejon
Difficulty: With a strong squad, decent squad depth, a rather large piggy bank and so much potential, SSC Napoli are one of the easier teams to manage, if you want to have fun more than a challenge. You will have to challenge the likes of Juventus, Milan and Inter for the number one spot, so it may not easy throughout the year.

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2) AS Monaco

  • 2012/13 League Finish: 1st (Ligue 2) (Promoted)
  • Financial Stance: Rich - £156M Value
  • Media Prediction: 4th
  • Key Players: Falcao, Joao Moutinho, Ricardo Carvalho
  • New Signings: Falcao, Joao Moutinho, James Rodriguez
Difficulty: AS Monaco shouldn’t be too hard to manage. Competition in Ligue 1 is dying out, the likes of Olymipique Lyonnais and Olympique Marseille no longer of the stature they used to have. The talent of the side is already enough to challenge for the title, and if increased by the funding, Paris Saint-Germain may be the only team able to stop you!

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3) Fulham FC

  • 2012/13 League Finish: 12th (Premier League)
  • Financial Stance: Secure - £69M Value
  • Media Prediction: 8th
  • Key Players: Adel Taarabt, Maarten Stekelenburg, Darren Bent
  • New Signings: Adel Taarabt, Sascha Riether, Scott Parker
Difficulty: Fulham certainly won't be a walkover, but will need some management expertise if they are to progress anywhere. The current squad is likely to be enough to help you stay up, but if you want to achieve more, you may need to be a more experienced FMer, knowing a lot about the game and how to achieve more with teams.

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4) Real Sociedad

  • 2012/13 League Finish: 4th (Liga BBVA)
  • Financial Stance: Secure - £68M Value (£35M Debt)
  • Media Prediction: 16th
  • Key Players: Carlos Vela, Esteban Granero, Antoine Griezmann
  • New Signings: José Ángel, Haris Seferovi?, Esteban Granero
Difficulty: Real are expected by the media to finish near the bottom of the table, showing this certainly wouldn't be an easy challenge. The loss of Illarramendi may hurt the squad slightly, but if you know your way around the club, you should be able to do well, and experience so much fun at the same time.

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5) Arsenal FC

  • 2012/13 League Finish: 4th (Premier League)
  • Financial Stance: Rich - £720M Value (£372M Debt)
  • Media Prediction: 4th
  • Key Players: Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott
  • New Signings: Yaya Sanogo, Mesut Ozil, Mathieu Flamini
Difficulty: With Arsenal having failed to bring in top players so far this transfer window, the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool look more likely to finish above Arsenal in the league. The real challenge would be to get rid of the remaining dead weight at Arsenal and bring in the needed players to help match Arsenal's expectations. The battle for Champions League spots could become quite intense!

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6) Atletico Madrid

  • 2012/13 League Finish: 3rd (Liga BBVA)
  • Financial Stance: Secure - £261M Value (£281M Debt)
  • Media Prediction: 3rd
  • Key Players: Diego Costa, David Villa, Thibaut Courtois
  • New Signings: Toby Alderweireld, David Villa, Léo Baptistão
Difficulty: Atletico are a club with a strong side, and it's only getting stronger. However, the club are lacking in depth, and with funds still not brilliant, sales may be made to bring in more players, but for a cheaper price. If you want to be a wheeler-dealer, this is perfect. Of course, you then have the challenge of Barcelona and Real Madrid, but little else.

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7) FC Schalke 04

  • 2012/13 League Finish: 4th (Bundesliga)
  • Financial Stance: Rich - £173M Value (£146M Debt)
  • Media Prediction: 3rd
  • Key Players: Benedikt Höwedes, Julian Draxler, Jefferson Farfán
  • New Signings: Kevin-Prince Boateng, Leon Goretzka, Felipe Santana
Difficulty: After finishing fourth and someway off the top three in the Bundesliga last season, Schalke made sure to bring in some very talented players to help them break in to the elite group of German teams. Despite having an extremely strong defence and a very creative midfield, their season may come down to an injury-prone Huntelaar and an inexperienced Pukki to deliver the goods up front. Schalke have a very talented side and with one or two intelligent signings, they could challenge for honours and have a very exciting season!

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8) Eintracht Braunschweig

  • 2012/13 League Finish: 2nd (Bundesliga 2, promoted)
  • Financial Stance: Secure - £16M Value
  • Media Prediction: 18th
  • Key Players: Simeon Jackson, Dennis Kruppke, Deniz Do?an
  • New Signings: Simeon Jackson, Karim Bellarabi, Marco Caligiuri, Omar Elabdellaoui
Difficulty: After a recent promotion with little finance, staying up could become a big issue for Eintracht Braunschweig. The new signings in Jackson and Bellarabi should help a lot, but reinforcements may be needed for survival, something that could be hard to get. Inexperienced players may struggle in the big league, so survival will be a big enough challenge for a few years.

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9) Dinamo Bucharest

  • 2012/13 League Finish: 6th (Liga 1 - Romania)
  • Financial Stance: Secure - £16M Value
  • Media Prediction: 18th
  • Key Players: Srdjan Luchin, Cosmin Matei, Alexandru Curtean
  • New Signings: Collins Fai, Jovan Kostovski, Joel Thomas
Difficulty: After finishing in 6th place out of 18 teams the club finds themselves in very big problems. They've recently released least 15 players from the team and brought even more as replacements. The owners of the club have changed, witha new club policy, to build a strong squad based on young players with low salaries. The club goal for first season is to finish in the top four, but others may just want survival due to the crisis.

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10) Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 2012/13 League Finish: 4th (Championship)
  • Financial Stance: Secure - £35M Value (£129M Debt)
  • Media Prediction: 5th
  • Key Players: Craig Mackail-Smith, Liam Bridcutt, Tomasz Kuszczak
  • New Signings: Matthew Upson, Stephan Ward, Kemy Agustien
Difficulty: As one of the better sides of the Championship, it shouldn't be too hard to get them up to the top flight. Nevertheless, staying there is the bigger challenge, as they have a number of fairly old players, many who would lack Premier League experience and ability. That means once up the challenge isn't over, and they need to stay at the top too.

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So there we have it. 10 of the best teams you can manage on Football Manager 2014. If you have any suggestions please comment below, and tell us how you get on if you use any of these teams!
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