FC Salzburg (Austria)
As the defending league and cup champions of Austria there’s little to do domestically, but with prized asset, Erling Braut Håland, leading the line, can you fend off interest from Europe’s biggest clubs and build a team capable of winning the Champions League around the Norwegian wonderkid?
With a season long transfer ban, Frank Lampard has been tasked with developing academy graduates such as Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham. Taking his place, can you help the kids reach their potential and challenge both domestically and in the Champions League?
Derby County (England)
Can you pick up the pieces after Frank Lampard’s reign? Having lost a number of last season’s best players such as Mason Mount and Harry Wilson, there’s a bit of a rebuilding job to do if you’re to reach the playoffs again. The January acquisition of Wayne Rooney as player coach should help though! View Derby County’s profile.
Bolton Wanderers (England)
Bolton’s financial and ownership problems have been well documented. Having gone into administration they’ll be playing their 2019/20 fixtures in League One (the third tier of English football) with a 12 point deduction. Having lost many players and with limited finances, this will be one of the toughest survival/rebuild jobs going on FM20.
Stoke City (England)
Relegated from the Premier League in 2018, Stoke failed to return at the first time of asking and finished the 2018/19 season in 16th place in the Championship. Can you be the one to turn their fortunes and return to the top flight? You’ll have the finances of local businessman and chairman, Peter Coates, to back you up.
FC Andorra (Spain)
One of the more unique and interesting jobs available. Owned by Barcelona defender Gerard Pique (via his investment group, Kosmos), the Andorran side strangely play their football in the Spanish football system. Having been promoted twice since the takeover, FC Andorra will play the 2019/20 season in the Segunda División B (third tier of Spanish football), having paid 452,022 euros to replace crisis-stricken Reus.
Union Berlin (Germany)
Promoted to the Bundesliga for the first time in their history, Union Berlin are one of the new boys in town for the 2019/20 season. Predicted to struggle, avoiding relegation should be your first priority.
Paris FC (France)
Currently sitting in the French 2nd division, you’re challenge is to rise to the top and surpass local rivals and moneybags, PSG. Easier said than done.
Inter Miami (America)
Officially joining the MLS franchise in 2020, you’ll be answering to golden balls himself, David Beckham. Can you get a few star names over to Miami to kick start a brand new club?
Anzhi Makhackkala (Russia)
In 2011 the club was purchased by billionaire, Suleyman Kerimov, who sanctioned numerous high profile signings including Samuel Eto’o, but ahead of the 2013/14 season he put severe budget cuts in place, resulting in the exodis of key players. They finished bottom of the Premier League that season and were subsequently relegated. Since then, Anzhi spent numerous years as a yo-yo club. Relegated again from the Premier League in 2018/19, they also failed Russian Football Union licensing for the 2019/20 season, resulting in their eventual license agreement to join the 3rd division. Unable to register new players due to outstanding debts, their 2019/20 squad mostly includes the under 20’s, with many players from the previous season moving on. Good luck with this one, you’ll need it!
Having regained promotion to Serie B after a 19 year absence, Foggia folded only two years later and will start the 2019/20 season in Serie D after the dissolution of the club. They last featured in Serie A in 1995, can you get them back there? You’ll have to start from the very bottom and build your team from scratch.
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