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Football Manager 2021 Overview

It goes without saying that football is the sport with some of the very best video games out right now. Games like the fantastic FIFA franchise have dominated the market recently, but there’s one that serves up a bit more focus on strategy rather than just gameplay – Football Manager. This game gives you a chance to start your career with a club of your choice, and you can make use of your footballing genius to try and build the club up to be as best as it can be.

You will be behind the line-up decisions, the transfer decisions, but above all, the success of the team is solely dependent on your skills as a virtual manager in this one. So, for the Football Manager 2021 game, just what team should you actually start with for the greatest challenge and the most enjoyment?

This is what we will be running through in this post, so let’s jump right into it.

Top clubs to start with 

When thinking about what club to start with, it’s important that you put your personal bias aside to find some real diamonds in the rough. Sure, we would all love to be the virtual manager of our favourite teams, but with factors like budget and potential to consider, it’s not always the best choice. With that said, there’s a whole range of clubs that are just awesome to start with right now, and you can see details of these clubs below.

Leeds United

If you follow football closely, you will know that Leeds United has been one of those teams that have been banging on the door of the Premier League for several seasons. In fact, at the time of writing, Leeds United has finally gained promotion to the Premier League after several seasons where pundits claim that they ‘choked’. Of course, when you start out in the Football Manager 2021 season, Leeds United are still in the Championship. So, it’s a challenge that you should definitely try and take on.

Who knows, maybe you could be the one to replicate Bielsa’s success as the Leeds United virtual manager? By choosing this team, you’ll be given a respectable team, but it is one that still has some kinks and positions to figure out, and all of these decisions will fall to you as the manager.


Moving from the English Championship to the Brazilian top division now, we feel that Corinthians is a great team to give yourself a challenge. Corinthians actually won the top Brazilian league back in 2018, but since then, many of their top players have moved to bigger clubs, and some have even retired. One of the greatest things about starting with Corinthians is that it is a club that is shrouded in history, and the fans demand solid performances week in and week out. If you play your cards right, you could be the manager to take them back to the top of the Brazilian league.

Since their victory, Corinthians have had a couple of shaky seasons. The transfer budget for this team is quite restricted if you choose to start with them, but that’s where your skills will really be put to the test. You will need to see what kind of successful decisions you can make to lift the team back towards the top, and of course, you will need to figure out what players to start using to hit the ground running.

We definitely feel that this is a solid team to start with, and it provides a bit of variety from the usual top-tier European leagues that people usually start with.

Manchester United

Come on now, this article just wouldn’t be justified without including one of the most famous Premier League sides. If we were to write this post back in the days of Sir Alex Ferguson, we probably wouldn’t list United as a team to start with. However, given the turbulent times that Manchester United have experienced lately, we believe that starting with Manchester United would be a challenging but hugely rewarding Football Manager journey.

By choosing this team, you will still have the control of players such as Rashford, Pogba, and many others, but the club won’t gel too well at the beginning. You will definitely need to make some tough choices, and you will need to make some huge transfer decisions to lift the Red Devils back to the top of the Premier League.

For a bit of fun, you could always compare your performance to the legendary Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in this last season, where United was able to achieve a top 4 finish and return to the Champions League.

FC Koln

The final team that we feel you should try out is FC Koln, a team that participates in the German Bundesliga. For a bit of fun history, FC Koln won the first official Bundesliga League back in 1963, but since this achievement, things have been a little quiet at the club. They have even been relegated in recent years before they were ultimately able to gain promotion and return to the Bundesliga.

So, the main question that will be asked if you decide to take over this team is – can you manage to replicate history? It will certainly not be an easy task, but Koln does have a couple of highly capable players in the lineup that will surely help you out at the very beginning. It’s obviously not going to be a walk in the park with teams like Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in the same league, but anything is possible with Football Manager.


While these are our top suggestions for Football Manager 2021, you obviously do not need to start with these teams if you do not want. Sure you could go for the big teams like Bayern and Barcelona, but the test of a real manager is what they can do with a struggling team that shows promise. That’s the exact challenge you will face by choosing our suggested clubs.

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