Homelander - Back to the Future
As we're all waiting for FM 21, I've decided to do something I've never done in FM before. I took an old version of the game, simulated 12 seasons and now it's time to see how I can manage in a universe with almost nothing but regens. To make the universe more realistic, I went and added player pictures for over 800 regens. I used cut-out pics from the FM facepack so if you see a player you know, that's why. I've been preparing the save for quite some time and I hope it'll be worth it.
It's FM 2010 but were're in the year 2021. It's been 12 seasons since the last "real" game took place and everything from that point on has been simulated by the game and the football universe we're in resembles nothing close to what's going on at the moment. Before I start writing about my own career, let's take a look at what has been going on in the world of football for the past 12 years.
Premier League - I can't say there was much excitement in the PL over the past 12 seasons. It's all been Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Manchester City fighting for the title. In this universe, Liverpool is still awaiting for a PL title and Manchester City have won their first title in 2020. Last time Liverpool appeared in the Champions League was in 2014 and Sheffield United which has been taken over by an Israeli tycoon has just won promotion from the Championship. Fulham plays in the League Two while Stoke and Blackburn have just been relegated to the League One. Some of the FA Cup winners in the past 12 years include Notts County, Sunderland, and QPR (twice).
Serie A - For the past 12 years, Serie A has looked similar to its real-life counterpart. Juventes has been dominating the league, but not as much as they did in the real life. Genoa has one 2 titles and Roma, the current champion has won 2 titles as well. The last time any of the Milan-based clubs has won the league was in 2012. Palermo is the world's third richest club right after Barcelona and Real Madrid after being taken over by a tycoon from South Africa but they still don't have a Serie A title. AC Milan hasn't played in Europe for the past 5 years and they finished the current season at the 13th spot in the league. Fiorentina has just been relegated to the Serie B. No surprises in the cup with teams like Juventus and Inter winning in the past few years.
La Liga - For years, La Liga or Liga BBVA as it's called in FM 2010 has been same to what the league currently looks like – Barcelona and Real Madrid fighting for the title every year. However, the current champions as Real Zaragoza who are led by the best Spanish regen in the save (more about players later). Before Zaragoza won the league, Valencia has been holding the title for two years. Will Barcelona and Real Madric get back in the race any time soon? Most surprising cup winner is Alicante (2021 winner) even though they’re not playing either of first two levels of Spanish football.
Bundesliga – Perhaps the biggest surprise in the save comes from the Bundesliga. It was 2011 when Bayern Munich last won the title and Bayer Leverkusen has been dominating the league ever since with 7 league titles. Koln and HSV are the league’s other powerhouses winning 2, and 1 league titles respectively. The last trophy Bayern got was 2019 cup title. Wehen won the cup in 2011.
Ligue 1 – Only 3 teams have won the Ligue 1 title in the past 12 years – Lyon (7 times), Toulouse (3 times), and Marseille (2 times) with Toulouse being the current champion. PSG has only experienced success in the cup which they’ve won 3 times since the start of the save.
Champions League – No major surprises in the Europe’s biggest club competition. Juventus has won it 3 times and Manchester City 2 times with their first Champions League trophy arriving in 2014, 6 years before they won the Premier League for the first time. HSV, being one of the Bundesliga’s strongest team have won the trophy in 2019 while Valencia is the current champion. Other winners include: AC Milan, Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Chelsea. Arsenal still has no Champions League trophy despite playing in the finals twice since the beginning of the save. Fiorentina appeared in the finals just 8 years before being relegated to the Serie B.
Europa League – No team has won the Europa League twice in this save. AC Milan has won the trophy in 2019, Celtic in 2020 and the current champion is Aston Villa.