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Best clubs to be on FM15?

Started on 6 October 2014 by Stam
Latest Reply on 20 April 2015 by Addicted2FM
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5 yearsEdited
We should prepare an article with best clubs to manage on Football Manager 2015. The purpose of that piece is to give people ideas, not to guide them. Therefore the information we want to include for each club is as follows:
  • 2013/14 League Finish
  • Media Prediction
  • Key Players
  • New Signings
  • Difficulty
Difficulty is where we explain how much of a challenge each team is and why go for it, so that is the part you actually need to write some text. Not hard, right?

We want to include up to 3 clubs for popular leagues and 1 club for less known ones.

Here are the assignments:
Australia: Melbourne City - Feliks
Poland: Legia - Feliks
Netherlands: PSV, PEC Zwolle, Achilles 29 - Michael
Denmark: Hobro IK - a_esbech
England: Leeds, Wigan, Blackpool - Ziechael, Tottenham - AlexTHFC, Middlesbrough - Zap
Scotland: Hearts - Rablador
Germany: Leverkusen - Zap
Ukraine: Shakhtar - Icarus

I'll be contacting our members through our chat module for this, but you can declare interest in writing for certain teams by replying to this topic.
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Ziechael's avatar Group Ziechael
5 yearsEdited
Blackpool

2013/14 League Finish: 20th English Championship
Media Prediction: 24th
Key Players: Nathan Delfouneso (ST), Gary MacKenzie (DEF), Tony McMahon (DEF)
New Signings: Joe Lewis (GK on loan), Donervon Daniels (DEF on loan), John Lundstram (MID on loan)

Difficulty:
Prior to the start of the 2014–15 season Blackpool suffered a major crisis with some twenty-seven players leaving the club; just two weeks before the season started, the club had only eight outfield players and no goalkeeper. Taking a few key players on loan to actually make up a first team in time for the season Blackpool are facing an uphill battle to stay in the league this coming season. Assuming FM15 has an up to date database the team could well start with no manager and hardly a squad to call its own. Pre-window database could still have the full team which would reduce the challenge but purists will be sure to use an edited database to create the extreme difficulties that Blackpool will face in the 2014/15 season.

Hobro IK

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  • 2013/14 League Finish: 2nd NordicBet Ligaen (1st division)
  • Media Prediction: 12th
  • Key Players: Mads Hvilsom (ST), Quincy Antipas (ST) Emil Berggren (ST)
  • New Signings: Emil Berggren (Brønshøj BK), Mathias Schlie (Vendsyssel FF), Thomas Hansen (Brønshøj BK), Mads Hvilsom (FC Midtjylland), Martin Mikkelsen (FC Fredericia), Quincy Antipas (Brøndby IF)

Difficulty: As the first Semi professional team in the Danish Superliga, the unlikely promotee Hobro IK has a great team cohesion and a squad made up of rejected players from Superliga teams. This will be one of the biggest challenges on FM15, however in real life they were top of the league after 4 games, beating some of the best teams in the country.
Wigan Athletic

2013/14 League Finish: 5th English Championship
Media Prediction: 3rd
Key Players: Callum McManaman (FW), Gary Caldwell (DEF), Emmerson Boyce (DEF)
New Signings: James Tavernier (DEF), Oriol Riera (FW), Don Cowie (MID), Andy Delort (FW), Emyr Huws (MID), Adam Forshaw (MID), William Kvist (MID)

Difficulty:
Despite winning the FA cup in the 2012/13 season Wigan were relegated back to the Championship from the Barclays Premier League. They enjoyed another good run in the cup during the 2013/14 season which showed that Wigan had retained some of their Premier League abilities. This was further reinforced by their 5th place finish and they missed out on promotion to QPR in the play-off semi final. With a great squad to pick from, coupled with a good level of financial records Wigan should be considered an easy ride for the tough Championship.
Leeds United

2013/14 League Finish: 15th English Championship
Media Prediction: 21st
Key Players: Rudolph Austin (MID), Jason Pearce (DEF), Billy Sharp (FW)
New Signings: Stuart Taylor (GK), Marco Silvestri (GK), Tommaso Bianchi (MID), Gaetano Berardi DEF), Nicky Ajose (FW), Billy Sharp (FW), Liam Cooper DEF), Giuseppe Bellusci (DEF), Mirco Antenucci (FW), Casper Sloth (MID), Souleymane Doukara (FW)

Difficulty:
Leeds United have seen rough times in recent years. Despite trying to re-establish themselves as a Premiership side after a long absence financial problems persist. Unsettled management and new owners have left Leeds once again looking at a bleak season. A far cry from the title winning and european competitions that the fans had become so used to. The real challenge with Leeds is establishing a settled and balanced squad in the wake of Ross McCormack's departure and the heavy influx of Italian based talent, and then taking them back to the top!
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Tottenham Hotspur

2013/14 League Finish: 6th (Barclays Premier League)
Media Prediction: 6th
Key Players: Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Hugo Lloris
New Signings: Michel Vorm, Ben Davies, Eric Dier, DeAndre Yedlin, Benji Stambouli, Federico Fazio

Difficulty: 2 out of 10
Tottenham do have one of the best squads in the Premier League, but so far have failed to place any higher than 4th and have only played in the UEFA Champions League once. You could call Spurs the underperformers of the Premier League, which is why I think it'll be a good first save to try them out and get them the trophies and glory they deserve. Spurs have also got a reasonably good history, being the first English club to win the European Cup and being one of the few teams to never be relegated from the Premier League since it's formation. They might be a rather easy game, but they'd be a fun side to start off with.
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2013/14 League Finish: 12th, Scottish Premiership (Relegated to Scottish Championship)

Media Prediction: 2nd

Key Players: Danny Wilson (DEF), Prince Buaben (MID), Osman Sow (FWD)

New Signings: Morgaro Gomis (Dundee United), James Keatins (Hamilton Academical), Soufian El Hassnaoui (Sparta Rotterdam), Neil Alexander (Crystal Palace), Liam Henderson (Hutchison Vale), Alistair Roy (Stirling Albion), Alim Öztürk (Trabzonspor), Prince Buaben (Carlisle United), Scott Gallacher (Rangers), Osman Sow (Crystal Palace), Robbie Brown (AC Oxgangs), Lee Hollis (Motherwell), Adam Eckersley (AGF Aarhus), Miguel Pallardó (Levante)

Difficulty:
Finally out of administration and free from the turbulent ownership of Lithuanian businessman Vladimir Romanov, Heart of Midlothian begin the 2014/15 season outside of the top division for the first time in over 20 years, but with a host of new signings being brought in to add to the strong, young talent already in the squad, the future looks very bright at Tynecastle. Locked in a imminent tussle with Rangers and Edinburgh rivals Hibernian - also relegated at the end of last season - for a maximum of two promotions to the Scottish Premiership, Hearts could be an exciting challenge to take on and finally break the stronghold Celtic currently have on Scottish football.
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The 510 Series's avatar Group The 510 Series
5 yearsEdited
Stam, could I do one club from each of the English Regional Premier Leagues?I know they're not automatically active leagues, but I'd like to do them anyway. :P

Clubs:
VCD Athletic (Ryman Isthmian League)
Workington (Evo-Stik Northern Premier League)
Biggleswade Town (Calor Gas Southern League)

Thanks!
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I guess the more we have, the better. There's no harm in presenting people with more options. I've asked the same question on our FM15 page on Facebook and the feedback there can be utilized for the needs of this article.
Great, I'll write those then! Only trouble is that I may not be able to get the new signings easily.
Zap's avatar Group Zap
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Bayer 04 Leverkusen

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2013/14 League Finish: 4th (German Fußball-Bundesliga)

Media Prediction: 4th

Key Players: Lars Bender (MID), Son Heung-Min (MID), Stefan Kießling (ST), Bernd Leno (GK), Ömer Toprak (DEF)

New Signings: Hakan Çalhano?lu (MID), Josip Drmi? (ST), Wendell (DEF), Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Loan DEF), Tin Jedvaj (Loan DEF)


Difficulty:
Last season Bayer Leverkusen finished 4th and part of that reason was behind a run of poor form that saw Head Coach Sami Hyypia lose his job. Under new man Roger Schmidt Leverkusen have made a very solid start to the new Bundesliga season and with a squad boasting attacking players such as Kießling, Son, Çalhano?lu and Bellarabi you can obviously see where the goals lie in this team. However, the squad have a number of solid players at the back aswell with goalkeeper Leno improving all the time.

The club play at the 30,000 seater BayArena and have good facilities, as you would expect from a top German side, and you would bring through a lot of good young talent. In 2002 Bayer Leverkusen managed to reach the Champions League final, only to be beaten by the might of Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane. Despite finishing high up the table most seasons, the club have never won the Bundesliga and your goal with the club would be to overtake Dortmund and then the might of Bayern München and secure the club's first ever Bundesliga title. The club's main rivals are 1. FC Köln.
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Middlesbrough F.C.

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2013/14 League Finish: 12th (English Sky Bet Championship)

Media Prediction: 6th

Key Players: Lee Tomlin (MID), Grant Leadbitter (MID), Albert Adomah (MID), Mustapha Carayol (MID), Daniel Ayala (DEF), Rhys Williams (DEF), George Friend (DEF)

New Signings: Kike (ST), Jelle Vossen (Loan ST), Patrick Bamford (Loan ST), Emilio Nsue (MID), Adam Clayton (MID), Yanik Wildschut (MID), Damia (DEF), Ryan Fredericks (Loan DEF), Kenneth Omeruo (DEF), Tomas Mejias (GK), Jamal Blackman (Loan GK)

Difficulty:
Middlesbrough have rebuilt over the summer with manager Aitor Karanka undergoing his first pre-season with the club and has brought in a shipload of European talent that are good enough to challenge at the top end of the Championship, something they haven't done since being relegated in 2009. The club currently has a feel good factor surrounding it and most fans agree that the club is heading in the right direction.

Aswell as gaining the talent that the first team already has, you will also be taking charge of a very reliable youth academy. The same youth academy which has produced 'stars' such as Stewart Downing, Adam Johnson and Chris Brunt. Current prospects include England U-21's Ben Gibson aswell as Adam Reach, Luke Williams, Jordan Jones and England U-18 and 19 captain Bryn Morris. Middlesbrough play at the 35,000 seater Riverside Stadium and their main rivalry matches are against Newcastle (Tyne-Tees Derby) and Sunderland (Tees-Wear Derby) as well as having smaller rivalries against both Leeds and Chelsea.




2013-14 League Finish: 1st.

Media Prediction: 1st.

Key Players: Douglas Costa, Bernard, Wellington Nem, Luiz Adriano, Fred, Fernando, Srna, Chygrynskiy, and Rakitsky.

New Signings: O. Gladky, Marlos, M. Azevedo, Ivan Ordets, R. Khudzhamov

Difficulty: S. Donetsk domestically are one of the easiest teams to dominate the League with, and thanks to the fact that it doesn't last very long (Only 13 Clubs you have to face Home/Away) you can focus on building a competitive team to win the Champions League, with the miners rich transfer budget given to you at your disposal every transfer window.

This is a team I love to manage every year due to how fun it is, it doesn't provide a big challenge but it allows you to mold your squad to your liking rather fast, as long as you keep a few Ukranian players in your team as rules demand for cup matches and such. Not to mention the amazing stars in the team with great potential like Bernard, Fernando, Fred, W. Nem, Adriano and more, a very fun team to manage if you don't care for impossible challenges in lower leagues.
The 510 Series's avatar Group The 510 Series
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VCD Athletic




League: Ryman Isthmian Premier Division

2013-14 League Finish: 1st (Ryman Isthmian Division One North - promoted!)

Media Prediction: 23rd

Difficulty: VCD are a difficult team to start with: they are a newly-promoted club with low transfer and wage budgets, so it provides a good challenge to those who like relegation battle challenges. However, if you survive the first season in the Isthmian League, the save will usually become easier - you'll get more transfer funds, and your squad generally improve. Winning the Isthmian League Cup will also provide you with additional funds.

A VCD save is a different type of English LLM save: it is actually quite difficult until you get the hang of it. Please note that the Isthmian League isn't an active league by default - enable it through the editor or download a database in order to use them.
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