Football Manager, the 10 times who predicted the future
Football Manager, the 10 times who predict the future
Football Manager a lot of times predict the future. Verratti, Messi and Robben are just some examples. Other times the game predict the final results, like the Spain World Champion or the Leicester.
Who doesn’t know Football Manager? In this game, you can take the control of one club and discover talented players all over the world. The final goal is to become the most winning manager in the world. You can manage every single aspect of the club, tactics, communications, transfers and budget. And you can also discover new and unknown players. This are the 10 times who Football Manager predict the future.
10. The Wimbledon prediction
The AFC Wimbledon is a club born in 2002 from Wimbledon FC. The main sponsor of this club was the Sports Interactive, the company who created Football Manager. In the season 2016-17 a simulation with Football Manager was made: the Dons at the end of the season in 13th place and the victory 3-1 against the rival club of the Milton Keynes. In March 2017 the club won 2-0 against the MK Dons reaching the 13 place as predicted.
9. Great Players
In 2006 a lot of young players start to become famous. Kompany in Anderlecht, Aguero and Falcao in South America. Sergio Ramos was just starting the career in Real Madrid and Messi started to play in Barcelona. All these players had a potential value of -10. This means that this player had the possibility to have a value from 170 to 200 (the maximum). In 2018 we can say this prediction was correct.
8. The exploit of Verratti
At 25 years old, Marco Verratti is one of the best midfielders in the World. And Football Manager predicts it. In Football Manager 2010, at 17 years old, Verratti was already one of the best midfielders of the game, 3 years before the reality. Other predictions about young Italian players were made for Pazzini, Cassano and Montolivo.
7. Robben discovered at 16 years old
Arjen Robben is one of the best wingers of the last 10 years. And Football Manager discovered him at 16 years old, when he was playing in the Groningen youth team. He had almost the same rating of Ronaldinho. In the reality, all the observer continue to follow him, and Chelsea decided to buy him after two great years with PSV Eindhoven.
6. The prediction (unfollowed) by Jon McLeish
The Scottish Manager Alex McLeish, during his managing time in Glasgow Rangers, was looking for some young talented players. His son Jon, a great fan of Football Manager, showed to him the performances made by a young talented player bought in the game. Try to guess the player’s name. The best footballer of the World, Lionel Messi. After some time, Alex McLeish tried to take him on loan from Barcelona, but he never succeeded.
5. The Belgian school
Belgium has a lot of great players all around the world like Hazard, Lukaku and Carrasco. Football Manager was the first to discover great players like Kompany, De Bruyne and Courtois. If Kompany started his career with Anderlecht showing his talent, FM has designated as potential champions Courtois and De Bruyne when they were absolutely unknown. Courtois was predicted by Football Manager as future Buffon.
4. The Leicester miracle
Leicester made a miracle in 2015-16 when won the Premier League. But in the season 2014-15 they made another miracle. The relegation to the Championship was near and the most of the people believe in this, but not the developer of Football Manager. At the beginning of 2015, when Leicester was in the last place with only 17 points Football Manager started a simulation. In this simulation, the Leicester avoid the relegation. The Ranieri’s boys made it in the reality too, winning 7 of the last 9 matches, finishing in the 14th place.
3. The Spain World Champion
Before 2008, Spain had a lot of talented players but the National team never won a trophy. Iain Macintosh started a simulation with an old version of the game. In this simulation, Spain becomes the World Cup champion of 2010. In the reality the “red furies” started the South African World Cup in a bad way, losing against Switzerland. But after this, they won all the matches, with the famous goal made by Iniesta in the extra-time against Holland.
2. The bet on Deco
In 1997 Benfica bought Deco, a really young and talented player. But he didn’t play as predicted and was sold on loan to Alverca, a second division team. But the FM developers bet on him. In the reality, Deco started to play for Porto, and won the Champions League in 2004 with Jose Mourinho as manager, after the winning of the Europa League. Sold to Barcelona, he won again the Champions League.
1. The Bale’s new role
The evolution of Gareth Bale from right back to forward takes a lot of years. Not for Football Manager. In 2007, when the Welsh player was a 16 years old player of Southampton, the game predict his abilities as forwarder. No surprises for FM when he became one of the best players in the world while playing for Tottenham. In 2013 Real Madrid bought him for 100 million euro, making him the most paid players for some years.