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The best football games on PC in 2020Oct 13, 2020 - PCGamesNWhat are the best football games on PC in 2020? It can often feel like there are only two or three football games you can dive into (studs raised and all) on PC. FM is the king of football management games. It can't hold a candle to FIFA's player-controlled realism and multiplayer modes but, where sports simulation games are concerned, it's the top dog. Sports Interactive's long-running franchise will always be our go-to football PC title, but there are a heap of soccer games available on PC, all boasting their own style, gameplay mechanics, and surrealness that deserve your time and attention. Whether they're an under-the-radar studio game, an indie title, or a mash-up on different sports, there's a football game for every fan... unless you're a Juventus superfan and considering picking up a copy of FIFA 20. In order to shine a light on these underappreciated classics we've compiled our favourites all in this handy list. So throw on your favourite retro football shirt and drawstring bag these FM alternatives for yourself. For the record, our favourite retro kit is the PCGN-brand Dutch national team jersey from 1976 - all comparisons to Johan Cruyff's footballing career are welcome. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Football Manager 2020 has been claimed for free by one million people on the Epic Store so far Humble's Racial Justice bundle includes $1,200 worth of games and literature Here's why you can't buy old versions of Football Manager Football Manager 2020 20.4.4 Hotfix Out Now!Sep 25, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35719545/d47bee27dba151237986a492d4eb84aa5378d2ef.jpg Following some further feedback from within the community we've just released Hotfix 20.4.4. As always this is save game compatible and will automatically be downloaded and installed via Steam. If you have problems updating, we very much recommend restarting Steam. Football Manager 2020 20.4.4 Hotfix -------------------------------- - Addressed users encountering occasional freezes during network game play If you find you're having any problems with any technical aspect of the game, please contact [email protected] for support.Football Manager 2021 - Out November 24thSep 24, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35719545/a485da54ca37a609cf28ff02f7c5f0f7aadf4566.png We’re delighted to reveal that Football Manager 2021 (PC/Mac) will launch on Steam and the Epic Games Store on November 24th. Fans who pre-order FM21 from a participating digital retailer* will receive a 10% discount and access to the pre-release Early Access version of the game, which will be available approximately two weeks before full release. As in previous years, those who buy the game through Steam (and now Epic Games) will also receive Football Manager 2021 Touch (PC/Mac) for free. Football Manager also returns to Xbox for the first time since 2007 with Football Manager 2021 Xbox Edition. The game has been tailored for the best console experience and can also be played on any Windows 10 PC thanks to Microsoft’s Play Anywhere technology. Full release details for Football Manager 2021 Touch (iOS and Android) and Football Manager 2021 Mobile (iOS and Android) are coming soon, while Football Manager 2021 Touch for Nintendo Switch is expected to complete the line-up in December. Check back here for the latest news and follow our social media channels for further updates and feature information for all platforms. * Early Access is available from SEGA approved digital retailers only. Please check to see if the store you’re purchasing from is participating in the offer. Football Manager 20.4.3 Hotfix Out Now!Sep 23, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35719545/de693574da1d0502bcb135cfaeb5a2eff747d2c3.jpg Following some feedback from within the community we're pleased to announce the release of Hotfix 20.4.3. As always this is save game compatible and will automatically be downloaded and installed via Steam. If you have problems updating, we very much recommend restarting Steam. Football Manager 2020 20.4.3 Hotfix -------------------------------- - Adjustments to allow network game servers to appear within connection lobby - Improved the friends invite option for network games - Addressed saves sometimes not appearing under 'Load Last Game' and rare problems related to loading/saving and Cloud savesFootball Manager 2020 has been claimed for free by one million people on the Epic Store so farSep 20, 2020 - PCGamesNFootball Manager 2020 is one of the latest free games on the Epic Games Store, and being part of the offer has done wonders for the football game's player count. The simulation game's been downloaded a million times so far, dwarfing players from other platforms. Series director Miles Jacobson broke the news on Twitter. "We were told to expect big numbers, but am amazed with what we're seeing," he wrote. "Over 500,000 players of Football Manager 2020 on the platform in 24 hours, and over 120,000 currently playing on the platform." As usual, Epic's weekly free games changed over on Thursday. Football Manager 2020's regular price is $60, so free is quite the heavy discount that, obviously, many decided to take advantage of. Jacobson then updated that it had become one million, which is several times as many that tried it on a free fortnight on Steam. Players are still stretching their managerial talents on Valve's platform, mind, with over 80,000 currently playing according to Steam Charts, at time of writing, with a peak of over 93,000, and an all-time peak of over 180,000. Epic doesn't yet have a Steam Charts or SteamDb equivalent to verify sales or player stats. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Humble's Racial Justice bundle includes $1,200 worth of games and literature The best football games on PC in 2020 Here's why you can't buy old versions of Football Manager Football Manager 2020 20.4.2 Hotfix Out Now!Sep 18, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35719545/de693574da1d0502bcb135cfaeb5a2eff747d2c3.jpg We've released a hotfix for Football Manager 2020 update 20.4.2 to address some of the issues mentioned in the changelist below. This hotfix will be downloaded automatically, however if you have difficulties in doing so we'd recommend restarting Steam. 20.4.2 Hotfix Changelist ------------------------------------- - Addressed issues related to save games seemingly not appearing (if 'load last game' is blank they can be found via the Load Game option on the main menu) - Number of fixes related to network games allowing users to connect via lobby (users must use entire server name to find specific servers) and invites across Steam and Epic - Fixed issue related to In-Game Editor not appearing for some Mac users - Fixed rare issue where launching FM through Steam could open the Epic Launcher We'd like to take this opportunity to apologise to players who experienced problems following yesterday's update. With FM20 now being available across both Epic and Steam it gave us a fantastic opportunity to bring players across both platforms together in online game modes. Unfortunately, it caused some unexpected problems which only became apparent to us when so many of you logged on to play the game simultaneously. We believe we've now been able to address the issues noted above with this hotfix and hope you can all get back to winning ways with your FM careers. Well not all of you in network games, as you can't all win the league. But you get the idea...Football Manager 2020 Update 20.4.2 Out Now!Sep 17, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35719545/ef7c21b85c2634111d0f7c4fc1cc92ae0b6fac8b.jpg We’re pleased to announce the release of Update 20.4.2 for Football Manager 2020. The update should now be automatically available to download via Steam and is save game compatible, allowing you to continue your current career. 20.4.2 Changelist -------------------------- - Introduction of Network Game cross-play with EpicFIFA's greatest obstacles? Thomas Müller, ugly football, and youAug 24, 2020 - EurogamerAs of last Sunday the 2019/20 football season, pickled and zombified beyond its natural expiry, finally came to an end. Off the back of some alarmingly frantic games in the latter stages, the Champions League final promised box-to-box drama and defensive chaos, but ultimately played out exactly as all Champions League finals often do: two hours of nervy, methodical human chess, resulting in Bayern Munich's cranking mechanical stiflement of the gold-plated Paris Saint-Germain. The talisman of that great Bavarian mechanism was inevitable, at least to those who follow football. Thomas Müller, despite being an attacker and despite not scoring, was central to Bayern's plan, harrying and nibbling at PSG when out of possession and tugging and twisting their defence when his team had it. Now 30, Müller is emblematic of Bayern Munich and the German national team's near-perpetual success over the past decade. He's also, famously, a bit of a footballing enigma. A contradiction of a player who seems to scuff his way impossibly through games, all elbows and knees and loose-fitting shin pads. His success at the weekend, being a success of the most Thomas Müller kind, reminded me of an article in ESPN about the great obstacle his awkwardness tends to propose for a particular football game: by FIFA's standards, one of the best players in one of the world's best teams is, technically, not very good. Read more Football Manager 2020 By The NumbersAug 16, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35719545/d53f20dc6c16f276a15a70b5fa688eeebf8ce8ca.png We’ve been crunching the stats at Football Manager HQ to illustrate your collective FM20 journeys by the numbers - how many of you played the game, how many goals you scored, the number of trophies won and, sadly, how many of you got asked to attend that dreaded board meeting at some point over the last nine months. Visit The Byline to see us breaking down those numbers in more detail.Mastering Throw-In RoutinesAug 12, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35719545/3c1f8c98141466874bf01bcf9bd97fac0ee018e8.png A throw-in is not all that different from a free kick or a corner; it’s a set-piece that you can train and prepare multiple routines for. There is one major difference, though: while corners and free-kicks are aspects of the game that are coached rigorously from a young age, throw-ins are often neglected. This is madness as, on average, football teams get to take and defend around 50 throw-ins per game. That is a colossal figure, far too big just to ignore. The good news is, though, that (like all set-pieces) throw-ins can be improved upon both in terms of technique and positioning. Read MerryGuido's full article on The Byline, introducing the most underrated set-piece that could be the key to unlocking your team’s full potential.Get 66% off Football Manager 2020Aug 10, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35719545/b2cce1ffcc2298e352b86ebd332eb673cbfac3d8.png Get yourself a bargain with Football Manager 2020 now 66% off on Steam until 6pm BST Monday, August 17th. Purchasing FM20 also gets you FM20 Touch for PC/Mac, perfect for those who are short on time but still looking for an immersive management journey, and the pre-game editor for free. New features like the Development Centre and Playing Time Pathway mean FM20 gives you more control over player development than ever before. There are countless stories waiting to be told, with thousands of clubs from around the world. Start your journey to footballing glory today.Different Approaches to Youth DevelopmentAug 5, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35719545/be90862fac4a3568362ca4298157f8ecdc06339b.png The Byline team asked FM blogger InvertedWingbacks to take a look at producing a more specific, in-depth example of how all the youth development tools work together in order to shape the youngsters in your squad. For me, player development is one of the most exciting and engaging aspects of a Football Manager save – that thrill of bringing a youngster from your academy through to the first team is hard to beat. It’s not just about the excitement, though, as the success of a long-term save often hinges on your ability to bring through and develop youth prospects. FM20 gives us more control than ever over the development of our youngsters with Playing Time Pathways built into contracts and a very in-depth Development Centre which puts all the relevant information at our fingertips. This comes with more detailed advice and suggestions on training, mentoring and loan time than ever before. This wealth of information can be overwhelming, especially if you've just taken over at a new club and are not as aware of the youth players as if you had been there for a couple of years. In this Byline article I want to give you a more specific, in-depth example of how all the youth development tools work together in order to shape the youngsters in your squad.The Researcher Interviews | PortugalAug 2, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35719545/9ee2dddc8d8c50f1cc6b393ab07dc1aee0e7b015.png Our series interviewing our Head Researchers has seen us speak to people living and working in three continents and four very different countries – South Africa, Scotland, Switzerland and Argentina. This time we head to the footballing hotbed that is Portugal to speak to Carlos and Bruno, who have been contributing to our vast research team for a combined 16 years.New Football Manager games are coming but they'll be "a little later than originally planned"Aug 2, 2020 - EurogamerFootball Manager developer Sports Interactive has confirmed that "despite all the problems going on in the world", Football Manager 2021 will release later this year, albeit "a little later than originally planned". "...e have continued to work on our games throughout this troubled period - and we've managed to do this despite not being together in our office since early March," studio director Mile Jacobson wrote in a "State of FM" update on the official website (thanks, VGC). "Having a 'distributed' workforce isn't new to us, as some of the team have worked remotely for decades, but moving the entire team to work from home was a huge challenge. Everyone's personal situation is different, and our main priority as a studio was to ensure that the whole team and their families remained safe, healthy and happy. "After that, our priority was to ensure that every team member was able to continue to work effectively (while taking their home situation into account) so that we could continue to create and deliver great games," Jacobson continued. "We're now in a position where we're set up to continue to work in this fashion for as long as it takes. None of us know when things will return to 'normal', but I would be very surprised if we're all back in the studio working together until well into next year." Read more Sports Interactive and the Impact of Covid-19Jul 30, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35719545/ba3a96cfcb8c9a1e3bfb94c1a5ac28a00ab8d16c.png A message from our Studio Director, Miles Jacobson with an update on Sports Interactive and Football Manager. The Benefits of Older Experienced PlayersJul 27, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35719545/6795c8da2c157c97176a1a9648864991813c23a1.png Much emphasis is placed on finding the next wonderkid in FM, through global scouting and leaving no stone unturned your pursuit of a rare discovery. That’s natural, football is a dynamic and rapidly changing sport, but I want to encourage you to adapt your approach by considering older players to complement your squad of fledgling talents. These players have been around the block before. Their minds are strengthened by experience, and they have the knowledge, skill and ability to cope with pressure. Whether it’s a lengthy relegation scrap, or the crunch fixtures in a title challenge; don’t underestimate the older guy in a profession where men usually peak young. Our The Byline article by FM Grasshopper takes you through five reasons why… Developing Mental Attributes in Youth DevelopmentJul 22, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35719545/1953537c6c46002c0b20d72995baf14134f87a02.png Football is a game of fine margins, with split-second decisions often deciding promotion and relegation, or who wins the title and who finishes second. As said countless times before, history is written by the victors. This is no different in Football Manager and for this reason it’s vitally important to focus on the attributes of your young players. Ensuring that they are mentally strong, capable of remaining calm under pressure and able to make the right decisions at the right times could be the difference between scintillating success and disappointing defeats. Via our The Byline article, Dan Gear talks us through the key steps for developing the mental attributes of your young stars. The Researcher Interviews | ArgentinaJul 20, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35719545/cb2fe221d71f6cac4ddcabcb24dc5b0fe63a55c6.png Have you ever wondered how we gather all the information that’s in Football Manager? We are assisted by more than 1,000 researchers across the world who help put our database together. Our researchers are fans of the series, just like us, and many of them took on their roles because they were passionate about ensuring their clubs, domestic leagues and national football setups were represented as accurately as possible in the game. Many of those who have worked as researchers for FM have moved into jobs in the footballing world as a result of their knowledge and commitment, so it can be a pathway to the job of your dreams. Facundo Delgado is our Argentine head researcher, who has grown the role over the years to the point where he now oversees the efforts of a team of 60 scouts, as well as guiding an online community of roughly 13,000 FM fans. Read our interview with him via The Byline on the Football Manager website. Looking Out for #1 - Signing, Developing and Using Goalkeepers in FMJul 15, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35719545/ade73b61ff5813d02773876b5ac3aaa906c23b0b.png Goalkeepers sometimes get a bad rap, and they seldom seem to get as much recognition within the Football Manager universe as perhaps they could and/or should. It’s arguably one of the most important positions on the pitch when you think about their individual contribution and influence on a game, but ask yourself – how much energy and attention do you give them when it comes to their recruitment, development and training? Does your work stop once you've signed the right man? How many goalkeeper wonderkids have you managed through the years? Read our article on The Byline as we delve into developing a top quality keeper – analysing how to go about signing and training them to their full potential. What steps can you take to ensure your own stopper develops into Goalkeeper #1 rather than Public Enemy #1? Recruiting the Right Players For Your SystemJul 12, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35719545/a0a1c7acc4e6d84b2ad46f285da4b51107315cfd.png Scouring the globe and hunting for future superstars is a big reason why we play Football Manager. When your scouts present a player with five-star potential and a 90+ recommendation, you think you’ve hit the jackpot. The bid goes in, the contract is offered, and he signs on the dotted line. Your new wonderkid Attacking Midfielder joins the other four wonderkid Attacking Midfielders you already have in your squad… It doesn’t have to be this way. You can build a successful squad while maintaining balance. You can look beyond the star ratings and shape your recruitment strategy, in numerous ways, that’ll be much more beneficial in both the short and long term. Read FMSamo's article on The Byline focusing on how to get more out of recruitment.