20 Best Clubs To Manage (Play With) in FM20
By spaskecar | September 9, 2019 | 6189 Views
Football Manager 2020 has been out for some time now and as usual, we are trying to find some new clubs to start your save with. If you are on the same page with us, check out these 20 amazing ideas which club to manage in FM20.
Just to say, when we say the best, we don’t think the strongest ones. On our list you will find a mix of ideas: best clubs, romantic clubs, clubs with big transfer budgets and, our favorites, those in lower league dreaming of promotion to a higher level.
In the last year – FM19, we have made a list of 11 best clubs to manage. This time we go bigger, we go 20 and will try to update it to more and more clubs.
The clubs we have chosen as the 20 best to manage in FM20 (Football Manager 2020) are:
- FC Aston Villa
- FC Liverpool
- FC Real Madrid
- RB Leipzig
- Inter Milan
- Getafe CF
- FC Red Star
- Nottingham Forrest
- FC Magdeburg
- Glasgow Rangers
- Salford City
- Shanghai SIPG
- Sporting Lisbon
- Manchester United
- Leeds United
- Dinamo Zagreb
- River Plate
Aston Villa in FM20 – Challenging as always!
Aston Villa is the newly promoted team that was the 2nd highest spender in the 2019 summer transfer window. With £144.5m spent on 12 players, it will be a challenge to bring good chemistry to that club. Spending £20,000,000 on Tyrone Mings from Bournemouth who also got a call up for the England squad qualifiers and £15,600,000 on Matt Targett from Southampton did seem like two good deals. Those two were the most expensive ones out of the 12 and the board seems to like spending money on young talent.
It’s almost like a completely new team and you will have a hard time of getting the best out of those players and making them a proper team.
In real life, the coach Dean Smith isn’t doing the greatest job as he has only 3 points after 4 games and is sitting in 18th position. Can you do better in FM20?
Aston Villa definitely makes the list of top football manager 2020 clubs to manage!
Liverpool in Football Manager 2020 – Why not?
“The Champions of Europe” is the title that they will be holding until May until someone else wins the Champions League or they defend the title. And what an amazing feat that would be for the Reds.
Liverpool hasn’t been active in the transfer window and if you decide to play with real-life transfers you won’t have any exciting new players to play with. They did get rid of really a lot of young and talented players who just couldn’t get the chance in Liverpool. A total of 25 players left Liverpool on permanent deals, loans or were released and only 4 low-key players were brought in as back up or cover.
It will be a tough FM20 season if you decide to go that route as all other rivals have strengthened their squads.
Liverpool is always a fan favorite team to manage in FM and this year won’t be different. Many have said in our Facebook group or YouTube comments that they will have a Liverpool FM20 save this year. Will you too? Write us down in the comments if Liverpool is your top team to manage in FM20!
Real Madrid – Get them back on track in FM20
After Zinedine Zidane’s departure, the team announced Julen Lopetegui as the new head coaching position. They’ve bought Andriy Lunin, Thibaut Courtois and Álvaro Odriozola and they have sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.
Since Cristiano Ronaldo left, Real Madrid hasn’t looked like themselves and the new coach Julen Lopetegui got sacked in October. He was replaced by Santiago Solari. The whole 2018-2019 season is widely described as one of the club’s worst seasons in the modern century as the club didn’t win a single trophy except the FIFA Club World Cup but that was thanks to their results the year before.
They finished the league 19 points behind Barcelona and 8 points behind Atletico Madrid. A very sad season for their fans.
But this is where you, as a “Football Manager`s” manager come into play. You take over the fallen giant that is Real Madrid and try to bring it back to it’s winning ways. FM20 will be a challenge for Real Madrid with both of their rivals strengthening their teams, the fight between the top 3 clubs in Spain will be a fierce one.
But you can never sign off Real Madrid, they’ve proven it year in, year out. They are our third top football manager 2020 club to manage!
RB Leipzig – It`s time to take over Germany and Bundesliga
RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V., commonly known as RB Leipzig, is a German association football club based in Leipzig, Saxony. The club was founded in 2009 by initiative of the company Red Bull GmbH – which purchased the playing rights of then fifth-tier side, SSV Markranstädt, with the intent of advancing the new club to the top-flight Bundesliga within eight years.
The 2018–19 RB Leipzig season was the 10th season in the club’s history and 3rd consecutive and overall season in the top flight of German football, the Bundesliga, having been promoted from the 2. Bundesliga in 2016.
After finishing at a respectable 3rd position in 2018/2019, this ensured them the qualification in the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League which is where you will start at FM20.
Do you think you can bring some silverware to RB Leipzig? They lost the German Cup Final to Bayern Munich 3-0 this spring. Can you get some revenge in this season? Can you finish above the record 3rd place position they earned in 2019? How far can you go in the Champions League?
All of these questions can be answered in the comments below as we believe that RB Leipzig is one of the top football manager 2020 clubs to manage.
Inter Milan – Time to roll the dices in 2020
For eight long years, Juventus has dominated Serie A without much of a challenge from those below it. This season, however, Italy’s top three coaches will lock horns in what has the potential to be one of the most exciting title races in almost a decade. Inter Milan, AC Milan and eight-time defending champion Juventus have all changed manager since the end of last season and a flurry of transfer activity sees all three enter the new campaign with revamped squads.
Inter Milan is arguably best placed to steal Juventus’ crown this season and not solely down to the signings it has made on the pitch.
With transfers like Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sánchez from Manchester United, Nicolò Barella, Alessandro Bastoni, Diego Godín and many other new signings, Inter has the potential to win the Serie A this year.
Do you think you can win the Serie A with these real-life transfers or will you play without the transfers and start from July? Tell us in the comments below and we’ll share our progress too as we truly believe that Inter is one of the top football manager 2020 clubs to manage.
Monaco in FM2020 – Great choice
The team that won the Ligue 1 title in the 2016-2017 season. Their first after 17 years and then came a series of poor results which effectively resulted in the coach Leonardo Jardim to be replaced by club legend Thierry Henry.
However, Henry’s efforts proved worthless, being unable to improve the League’s standings and having Monaco eliminated from both the Champions League and the French Cup. He was officially suspended on 24 January 2019, with Franck Passi briefly assuming the role of interim coach.
On 25 January 2019, the club announced the return of Jardim, only three months after having fired the Portuguese coach. Monaco finished the season in 17th, avoiding relegation playoffs by 2 points.
Monaco brought in 10 new players on loan or on a permanent deal, most notably Wissam Ben Yedder from Sevilla for £36.00m, Gelson Martins from Atlético Madrid for £27.00m and Guillermo Maripán from Deportivo Alavés for £16.20m. Other notable transfers are Tiemoué Bakayoko and Islam Slimani on loan.
Monaco fans will be quick to forget the last season and hope that these new players can bring Monaco back to the team that dominated the league in 2016/2017 or at least get them the Champions League spot that they are craving for so much.
With PSG in the league as the favorite, it will be a tough time winning the league. But everything is possible in life and in FM20. That’s why we believe that Monaco is another top football manager 2020 club to manage!
Getafe CF (Winter update 2020)
Getafe CF is one of the best FM20 clubs to manage. They are the team from La Liga that finished 5th in the 2018/2019 season. They finished ahead of Sevilla, although they had the same amount of points because they had a better head-to-head score.
What’s excellent about Getafe is that the FM20 media predicts them to finish 12th. That’s a massive fall from the 5th position they finished last season.
Since this updated article is being written in February of 2020, and Getafe is just being added, we can say that Getafe in real life proved everyone wrong.
They are currently sitting in 3rd position, 2 points ahead of 4th placed Atletico Madrid.
Getafe is playing the Euro Cup, and one of the expectations is to reach the quarter-final. Many great teams are playing the Euro Cup this year, and this is quite a challenge.
When it comes to the league, the board wants you to finish mid-table. This is where we see how good Getafe actually is in real life. Although everyone expected them to finish mid-table, they are almost at the top.
The transfer budget of Getafe is only $1,043,968, and you have about $20k per week of wage budget remaining, and there aren’t any potential wonderkids in the current lineup.
It’s one of the biggest FM20 challenges to do what Getafe is doing in real life right now.
Are you up for it?
Manage Red Star in FM20 (Winter update 2020)
Red Star is the best team in the Serbian First League, and they are one of the best clubs to manage in FM2020.
They are the most successful club in the history of Serbia, and they are predicted to finish 1st in the League.
The biggest challenge of the Red Star team is to get into the Playoff of the Champions League.
Red Star has a $3,103,484 transfer budget and about $25000 per week wage budget.
When you start a new career, you’ll see that Red Star doesn’t have any reserve players (They are all grayed out). And the youth only has one player with high potential.
It’s a real challenge to go far in Europe with this team, especially getting through the group stage.
Did you know that Red Star is the only Serbian and only Yugoslav club to have won the European Cup? They did it in 1991, and they’ve won the Intercontinental Cup as well the same year.
Nottingham Forrest (Winter update 2020)
Nottingham Forrest, or in short Nottm Forrest is one of the greatest clubs in the world. They were founded in 1865, and in FM20, the 2019/2020 season will be their 154th season in existence and 12th consecutive season in the Championship.
Anyone who knows even a little bit of history knows that Nottingham Forrest has won the Champions Cup two times, in 1979 and 1980!
This team is a real challenge in FM20.
The media predicts you will finish 6th the first season, and the board expects to see you in the Play-Offs. In the second season, the board expects you to win promotion to the Premier League.
They have an excellent budget of $4,504,010 and a remaining wage budget of $15,000 per week.
There is definitely room for improvement.
The most exciting thing about Nottingham Forrest is the U23s and U18. There is a total of 5 players who have the potential ability to become the best players in the club.
Of course, you don’t have time to wait for them. You have to get promotion into the Premier League in two seasons.
Are you a good enough manager to do that with only a $4,5million transfer budget? Maybe you don’t even need the money, and you are a tactical mastermind?
Tell us if Nottingham Forrest is your choice in FM20!
FC Magdeburg in FM2020 (Winter update 2020)
FC Magdeburg is one of the top FM clubs to manage in 2020. They play in the Third German League as they’ve suffered relegation from the Bundesliga 2 last season.
FC Magdeburg won the Cup Winners Cup in 1974, and they were one of East Germany’s best sides.
After the reunification of Germany, their history hasn’t been so glorious.
If you like German football, maybe you can try to bring this club back to the Bundesliga in a couple of seasons, and who knows what the future holds?
In the first season of your contract, you have to finish in the top half of the league. Additionally, in the second season, you have to make the Play-offs.
With no transfer budget and a remaining wage budget of $4,000, there isn’t too much to do in the transfer market.
Finding good free agents might be hard, but it’s the only thing you can do at this point.
One of the objectives that the board has set up for you is to buy and sell players for a profit.
That’s going to be the thing that you’ll do most in this save.
Your U19s and reserves aren’t that great, and there aren’t any players that will make the first team.
Everything depends on your ability to find good free agents and your tactical ability.
Can you bring this club back to the top of Germany?
Glasgow Rangers (Winter update 2020)
Perhaps the biggest fall from grace in modern history happened to Glasgow Rangers. Due to financial problems, they restarted as a new company but weren’t allowed to reclaim their place in the Scottish First league.
They were placed in the Third Scottish League, and after four years in lower divisions, they reached the top Scottish league in 2016/2017.
The media and everyone else in the world predict Rangers to finish 2nd, reserving the 1st position for Celtic.
The board expects you to Qualify for the Euro Cup in the first season and to win the league in the 2nd season.
This is where you come into play.
Can you prove everyone wrong and win the league in the first season?
Celtic does have the better players, but maybe with the right tactics, you can come out on top.
What’s nice about Rangers is that they have exciting Reserves and Under 18 players.
Some even have the potential to be world-class players.
When it comes to finances, you only have a $2,316,348 transfer budget and a remaining wage budget of around $60,000.
You can’t buy a world-class player, but maybe you can find a wonderkid. There are also excellent free agents that would undoubtedly join Rangers because of their excellent reputation.
We dare you to show us what you can do with Rangers in Football Manager 2020!
Salford City – Can you satisfy the class of 92?
You must be wondering where in the hell did you find a club called Salford City. And why should I be crazy enough to manage them in FM20? Well, we have 2 words – Class 92.
Neville brothers, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, and David Beckham share 60% stakes in Salford management. That means, they will be your bosses.
And that instantly makes Salford City as one of the best low league clubs to play with in Football Manager 2020. They compete in League Two (gained promotion last year) and it is up to you to take them to higher levels.
You won’t have some crazy budget to spend so you’ll have to look for bargains, good loan deals, and everything else that comes with low league football. Are you up for the challenge?
Shanghai SIPG in FM20? – Rich as you can imagine
Salford was one part of a game, Shanghai SIPG is just opposite. Moving to China means only one thing – money, money and more money. Honestly, it’s not such an interesting gameplay, but you can master your transfer negotiations.
Shanghai SIPG is in the TOP 10 clubs with biggest transfer budget in FM20, starting with 65M. Ok, you won’t be able to buy Messi, but you can load up your squad with some amazing wonderkids who can’t resist to money (just an idea what we would do).
Speaking of a current team, you will find likes of Hulk, Marko Arnautovic and Oscar in your amazing attacking potential. But don’t think you’ll win Chinese Super League with no problems.
Other clubs are rich too. They have some big names too. So you will need to work hard, try to buy some other good players and play your part in managing big stars hard personalities. After all, managing Shanghai SIPG could be trickier than any of us thought.
Sporting Lisbon – Can you wake up sleepy Lion?
As our article gets updated from time to time with some new ideas and we like to build our FM Community, this is one nice suggestion from Luis in the comments.
Portuguese League is just under TOP 5 leagues what makes it pretty interesting to play in. Despite Porto and Benfica being favorites for title and dark horses of European competitions, we fancy Sporting in FM20.
Sleepy Lion won their last title 20 years ago and now is a great chance to try do it again. They have really young team with oldest (and most famous) player being ex-Barca player, Jeremy Mathieu.
Sporting’s Academy is something that teases us the most. Youth facilieties 20 and youth recruitment 19 means you can be sure to have some wonderkids coming to the first team.
Quick tip: Look at Bernardno Sousa. 😉
Manchester United in FM20 – still looking for Ferguson’s successor
Ole’s at the wheel, but the wheel once more went out from the rode. It’s a bit sad looking what is going on with Manchester United and FM20 is a great chance for you to show Red Devils can and should be managed better.
If you become Man United’s manager, you will have 107M to spend on your transfer targets. You will agree that’s enough to strengthen positions you think United lacks.
You will need to be harsh (we all know Pogba can be a bit crazy) but we can say you’ll get Ferrari in your hands. We also prepared a complete guide to Man Utd in FM20 so take a look at him.
And for the first season, you won’t have big expectations from your board. Finishing in the top 4 shouldn’t be a problem (qualify for Champions League) as well as developing youth system.
We hope you’ll share your 2030 save with us, showing that Alex Ferguson is long forgotten and you are the new Old Trafford king.
Leeds United – can you handle the pressure?
Now we go all about romance. If you grew up in the Leeds time, you know what are we talking about. But if you decide to manage Leeds in Football Manager 2020, you need to be careful.
Club vision is tough. They want the promotion to Premier League and they want it now! So you have just 1 season (or even less if things go wrong) to show if you are capable of it or not.
That’s why you won’t have time to catch up with everything. You must use pre-season to make a clear vision of what players are capable of fulfilling your requests.
And have in mind Leeds under Bielsa performed almost all-out-attack. Results with have your back but everyone expects to continue on that level.
Amaze and win promotion – Leeds United is one of the hardest clubs to manage in FM20. This is a real test of your Football Manager skills.
FM20 Dinamo Zagreb – Interesting idea
Croatian club football is surely not something you have dreamed about. Not even in Football Manager. But, this time we present you Dinamo Zagreb. Long reigning Croatian club in FM20 brings Champions League football as well as No.1 position in Croatian league.
Dinamo is famous for its Academy, just think of Modric, Mandzukic, Corluka, Lovren, etc. That is what makes Dinamo pretty interesting to manage in FM20.
In the league, you’ll probably finish first, although all come to games against fierce rivals – Hajduk Split. But in Champions League you will need to provide the magic. And that magic with the youngsters from the Academy can happen. Believe us.
Anderlecht in FM20 – wonderkids club
After Croatia, we go to Belgium. Anderlecht is one of the hottest prospects in FM20 due to his unbelievable potential and squad loaded with potential wonderkids.
That is in our opinion something to build upon and something you shouldn’t miss. It won’t be that easy, youngsters are, as the name says, young, and competition in Belgian League is pretty harsh.
You will need to find a way to incorporate wonderkids in a team, but you can’t allow your results to suffer because of it. It is a hard job, but every Football Manager dreams of a young team full of potential to improve and Anderlecht is just such a team.
We will just give you a quick tip on which young players to take your eyes on:
- Jeremy Doku
- Marco Cana
- Yari Verschaeren
You are welcome! Enjoy Anderlecht!
Atalanta – all-out attack for Serie A
For the next team, we go back to Serie A. Atalanta is Football Manager 2020 shinny star and you shouldn’t miss a chance to manage them.
Whole Europe discovered Atalanta in the last 2 years and now, the only thing that is left for them is to take Serie A trophy. Easier said than done considering all the other teams with bigger budgets and a bigger reputation.
You will need to build on their great scouting and Academy, as Atalanta has only a 14M transfer budget. Does everybody say Atalanta is performing above every expectation, but are you capable of repeating, and improving that in FM20?
If you decide to manage Atalanta, bear in mind you need to continue with attacking mentality Bergamo’s fans are used to.
Bonus point for taking Atalanta: paying tribute to all Bergamo’s victims of coronavirus!
River Plate – South American passion in FM20
When we talk about passion, go no further than River Plate. That’s why they are the last, but not the least exciting team to manage in FM20 according to our list.
River Plate has one young team, but that only means you will have a chance to reign Argentina and South America for many many years. They are not rich, but we all love to scout for players in that region. And now, you’ll be on top of it, being able to discover hidden talents way before any other.
And River is a name. Club all players want to play for. You will have a pole position and you need to use it. We encourage you to take River just to take a quick rest from European football. When you conquer everything, go back to top European clubs.
Best FM20 Clubs to Manage – Our Conclusion
FM20 is giving you an almost unlimited choice of clubs to manage. Sometimes it is hard to decide and sometimes we just go out of ideas.
That’s why we made this TOP 20 clubs to manage in FM20. We have globally popular clubs, rich clubs, clubs with big history, great academies and low league teams.
Our team member Andrew just loves those small clubs and loves the Cinderella stories from rags to riches where he picks out a Sunday league club and plays with it until he wins the Champions League.
Will you do that? Tell us in the comments below which club you will be starting your FM20 journey and what is your top football manager 20 club to manage!
If you are interested who should you sign for free, you can check out our FM20 Free Agents Toplist here!