FM16: Five teams to manage, part I.

Every year is the same. When new Football Manager is out I play two or three seasons with Reading FC or AC Sparta Prague and I’m searching what’s new. I always choose some unknown team or some team from lower league and I try to play with them for the rest of the year. In FM15 it’s save with Scottish side Spartans FC and it’s one of my best saves I’ve ever play in Football Manager for nearly twenty years.

I have some clubs in my mind for which I could play in FM16 but I’m still not resolved in which country I will play. There are many articles about “which club you should choose” or “the best clubs to manage in FM16” and etc.

I chose five teams from the “Big 5 nations” – England, Spain, Germany, Italy & France – of which I think it would be interesting to play for in Football Manager 2016. I will publish the same article with another five clubs but they will be from another countries which are not so much popular or prestigious…

I. England – Tranmere Rovers


I have a personal weakness for this club so this choice was very easy. I played for Tranmere a few years ago when they were in League One and we were promoted to the Premier League stright in the first two seasons. I managed them for many years, won Champions League, we had stadium capacity around 45,000…

It’s different now. Tranemere Rovers FC = Vanarama National League now. After a poor start to the season, the home loss to Plymouth Argyle on 11 October 2014 saw Tranmere in last place in the Football League for the first time since 27 August 1987 after they had lost their first two matches of that season.

Edwards was sacked as manager on 13 October. Mickey Adams took over a week later, with the aim of saving the club from relegation to the Conference. However on 25 April 2015 Tranmere were relegated from the Football League after another defeat to Plymouth Argyle in the reverse fixture, ending their 94-year stay in the leagues. Sad times…will they come back from conference?

II. Spain – Real Racing Club de Santander, S.A.D.


There is no personal reasons for this club like above with Tranmere but every time I look at the results and tables of Spanish lower leagues my eyes were stuck on the name of this club. Racing was founded in 1913 and play in Segunda Divisón B – Group 1 for 2015/2016 season. They finished sixth in the Primera Division seven years ago and they were in the UEFA Cup for the first time ever. They reached the semifinals of the Copa del Rey twice during this time.

On 22 January 2011 Indian business tycoon Ahsan Ali Syed bought club, immediately fired coach Miguel Ángel Portugal and club had three different manager during 2011/2012 season. They were relegated after one full decade in the top divison. Apart from relegation, the club had to deal with major financial problems.

On 27 January 2014 Racing’s players, citing several months of unpaid wages, announced that they would not play their upcoming Cup match unless the club’s president and board resigned. Three days later, prior to the second leg against Real Sociedad and after a 1–3 loss in the first match, Racing players gathered at the centre circle immediately after kick-off and refused to play. Referee Jesús Gil Manzano suspended the game after one minute, and the home team was given a loss due to forfeit; as a result of the protest the club was fined and banned from the following edition of the tournament, and on 31 January Lavín was sacked, with former player Juan Antonio Sañudo being appointed his successor by practically all the shareholders.

There were very famous players in the club like Ezequiel Garay, Felipe Melo, Aldo Duscher, Yossi Benayoun, Giovani do Santos, Euzebiusz Smolarek, Nikol Žigić, Markus Rosenberg…

III. Germany – FC Energie Cottbus


This is not too old club as the previous two. They were founded in 1966. FC Energie Cottbus can trace its roots back to a predecessor side of FSV Glückauf Brieske-Senftenberg, a club founded by coal miners in 1919, in what was then called the town of Marga. FV Grube Marga, as the club was called back then, was active until 1924 when the miners left to form a new team called SV Sturm Grube Marga which was banned by the Nazi Party in 1933.

After the reunification of Germany, Energie played six seasons in the fourth tier of the German football league system but they earned promotion to the 2. Bundesliga in 1997 and then they were promoted to the Bundesliga in 2000. After relegation in next years they have financial and sport problems. They missed a prompt return to the top tier. But they were back in top tier in 2005/2006 season.

The Bundesliga season 2006–07 resulted in a 13th place and a club record in Bundesliga season points (41). Energie Cottbus was the only club from East Germany playing in the Bundesliga until 1. FC Nürnberg knocked the team out on 1 June 2009. Cottbus remained in the 2. Bundesliga for another five seasons until 2014 when an 18th place finish meant relegation to the 3. Liga, ending a seventeen season stint in the Bundesliga or 2. Bundesliga.

“Stadion der Freundshaft” has a capacity 22, 528 seats and it’s very nice and comfy stadium.

IV. Italy – Brescia Calcio


Robert Baggio, Luigi Di Biagio, Josep Guardiola, Gheorghe Hagi, Andrea Pirlo…Some of very notable players of this Italian club.

The club was founded in 1911 as Brescia Football Club, joining the Terza Categoria division the same year. In 1913, Brescia was promoted to First Division for its first time ever, and from 1929 it played in Serie A for six of the seven following seasons. Successively, the club played among the two top divisions until 1982, when Brescia was relegated to Serie C1. The club returned to Serie B in 1985. Brescia played outside the two national tournaments of Lega Calcio only four years: under this aspect, only eleven clubs in all Italy marked a better performance.

Brescia won the Anglo-Italian Cup in 1994, the biggest notable achievement in their entire history to date. Brescia actually came to the footballing forefront only in 2000, however, when the previously-unfancied club signed former FIFA World Player of the Year Roberto Baggio, who led Brescia to a seventh-place finish in the 2000–01 season, the best result during its time in Serie A, thus qualifying for the UEFA Intertoto Cup. Successively, Brescia reached the Intertoto Cup finals, then lost to Paris Saint-Germain according to the away goals rule after achieving a 0-0 away draw in the first leg and a 1-1 home draw in the second leg. Baggio spent four years at Brescia before retiring in 2004 and during those historic four years, Brescia became widely known as “Baggio’s Brescia.” During Baggio’s four-year spell with Brescia, Brescia recorded their best-ever run of staying in Serie A. In the very next season that followed Baggio’s retirement (2004–2005), however, Brescia were relegated from Serie A on the last day, finishing a lowly 19th.

Brescia struggled for returning to top flight after the relegation and finally returned to Serie A after beating Torino with a 2–1 aggregate in the 2009–10 season. In the 2010–11 season, however, they were relegated back to Serie B. In the 2014-15 season they got relegated in Lega Pro after finishing second from last. However, after Parma’s declaration of bankruptcy and demotion to Serie D, Brescia is among one of the teams to be selected to replace them in Serie B.

V. France – Racing Club de Strasbourg Alsace


Rich history, poor presence. Club was founded in 1906. They currently play in the Championnat National, the French third tier after successive promotions from CFA 2 and CFA.

Former Ligue 1 champions were relegated to the fourth tier of Frenc football at the conclusion of the 2010/2011 Championnat National season after going into financial liquidation. They had to rename club to RC Strasbourg Alsace and they won CFA Championship in 2012/2013.

The club is one of six clubs to have won all three major French trophies – league, Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue. They are also among the six teams to have played more than 2000 matches in domestic top flight and has taken part in 52 European matches since 1961.

There are many famous former players – Frank Leboeuf, Youri Djorkaeff, Olivier Dacourt, Ivan Hašek, Morgan Schneiderlin or José Luis Chilavert.

It could be very interesting saves…

*FM Slovakia Button Logos, which I use in article, can be found here ->


2 thoughts on “FM16: Five teams to manage, part I.

  1. Started a game with Racing, its been absolutely brilliant.
    Finished the first season as a close second and lost the playoff match to fight for promotion, but came back strong in the second season, and finished 1st, and won the playoff game straight to Liga Adelante.

    The clubs finances are good and stabil, and i have some, not a lot, but enough money to buy good enough players for Liga Adelante, and a couple of young talents that will be good enough for Liga BBVA.
    The club was purchased by the Schalke chairman and he decided to keep me after the take over of the club, due to good results.

    By experience i decided to sell the two big talents Fede and Borja San Emeterio, to Liverpool and Man U, as well as a couple of other high paid and high value players.
    The players left in the team are good enough to compete for the title in the third division.
    Save your money for Liga Adelante and Liga BBVA, and get the finances stabil again.

    And also i started with a controlling tactic with lot of ball position, but it clearly was not working, i find that the club does not have many skilled player on the ball and are much better with a counter-attacking style or even a defensive.
    The keeper and defender are not good enough to be “left alone” and the wingers and attackers are much best counter-attacking.

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