Football Manager 2019 Review

Football Manager 2019 is available to download on Steam, kick off your season now 🏆

— Football Manager (@FootballManager) November 1, 2018

It’s been just over a month since Football Manager 2019 was released and it’s fair to say, it surpasses all expectations.

The most detailed and in-depth football simulation game has continued to go from strength to strength, with a whole host of improvements and developments from the 2018 edition.
Users will notice the front cover has also had a revamp. ‘Manager man,’ who had been a permanent fixture since 2004, has been replaced by the manager’s eye view of their team walking out of the tunnel onto the pitch.

Developers Sports Interactive have adopted a number of new changes to make the game better than ever before. Here, we dissect the changes and alterations that continue to make Football Manager the most realistic football simulation game on the market.
New features

Fans of the Bundesliga are in for a pleasant surprise. For the first time in the game’s history, The German Football Association have agreed a four-year deal for the licensing which in turn, will see real players used instead of the made up hopefuls who had previously been used in the German national team.

Real badges, logos and kits will also be visible for the first time as well as player’s faces for Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga teams.

The graphs, charts and various tables have all had a slight revamp, like they traditionally do but most noticeably, the user interface has had a brand new makeover. Sports Interactive have opted for a purple interface which admittedly works very well.

One of the games newest features include previously unused tactics. Now, users can decide to adopt ‘Tika Taka,’ ‘Catennacio’ and ‘Gegenpress’ styles of play which all work very well, depending on what team you are.

Furthermore, the team instructions and training systems have all been upgraded to suit a range of different options and preferences but perhaps most notably, Video Assistant Referees are now available. Just like in real life, refs can refer to VAR and leave users sweating over the decision!

Goal-line technology has therefore been included as well which adds further to the real-life possibilities of debatable goals being scrubbed off. It’s fair to say a lot of users would have already fallen foul to this but it all adds to the realistic feel of the game.
The new features and improvements have really taken the game to the next level and although some of the changes may take a little bit of time to get used to, FM19 has impressed once again.

FM19 wonder kids
Now for the really fun part. As strong and as vital as the changes have been to the game itself, users will want to know who the best young prodigies are available to snuff out.
In the late 90’s and early 00’s, Football Manager was renowned for identifying wonder kids from across the globe and incorporating them into the game.

The likes of Anthony Vanden Borre, Freddy Adu, Khoumar Babacar, Gabriel Barbosa and Cherno Samba have all been snapped up for a pittance in games gone by. With the later perhaps the FM’s best ever wonder kid, there’s plenty of newbies to try and poach in this year’s version.

Understandably, Kylian Mbappe is lightyears ahead of any other wonder kids in terms of current ability and potential ability. But let’s be realistic, it’s nigh on impossible to sign him so we’ll have a look at some more of the obtainable targets.

Rodrygo, a 17-year-old attacking midfielder from Santos, would be a fine addition to anyone managing a European side who has the bunce to capture him. The same can be said for Monaco hopeful Pietro Pellegri, who is also a 17-year-old striker.

For those looking for the next N’Golo Kante or Virgil van Dijk, there are plenty of defensive-minded players to scope out. Sandro Tonali ranks quite highly and although it’ll take a sizeable offer to tempt Brescia to sell, the rewards will be endless with the addition of the 18-year-old defensive midfielder.

Claudio Gomes shouldn’t be ignored lightly and although he plays for Manchester City, the defensive midfielder will make a fine addition to most teams on the game. Dayot Upamecano is an exciting centre-back worth looking at. The Red Bull Leipzig youngster has a potential rating of 172 and at the age of 19, he can solidify your defence for seasons to come.

Admittedly, it is harder to obtain wonder kids with the vast sums of money that are now being offered but they can go a long way to ensuring a successful and fruitful relationship with your chosen club.

Cost and availability
As ever, FM19 will not require you to re-mortgage your house to obtain the game. Priced at just £37.99, the same as FM 2018, users generally earn their money back within a week of purchase due to the addictive nature of the game!

That’s the price of the PC/Mac version whereby users can buy via Steam or across a variety of games outlets and supermarkets etc. It’s worth noting that the price might be slightly cheaper depending on where it’s purchased, in particular online.

FM19 has also returned to Nintendo Switch and prices do vary between £20-21.99 and as usual, mobile versions are available on IOS, Amazon and Android for £8.99.

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