5 Different Challenges for FM23

Well hello there! So for FM23 I have decided to throw away the save updates and concentrate on some new content. Guides, “experiments”, etc. So for my first post I thought I’d discuss some challenges that you could try on the new version of Football Manager. These aren’t the normal challenges that you would hear discussed, some are ones I’ve thought of and there are a couple that I’ve found on the forums that I’ve enjoyed doing myself.

The Champions League Challenge

This is a challenge I saw on the forums a long long time ago. The premise is simple:

Win the Champions League with as many of the ex-winners as you can.

Now obviously you could do these in any continent around the World but the one I found on the forum focused solely on the UEFA Champions League (Europe).

The previous winners of Europe’s premier trophy are:

CLUBCOUNTRYTITLESYEAR FIRST WON
Aston VillaENGLAND11982
ChelseaENGLAND22012
LiverpoolENGLAND61977
Manchester UnitedENGLAND31968
Nottingham ForestENGLAND21979
MarseilleFRANCE11993
Bayern MunichGERMANY61974
Borussia DortmundGERMANY11997
Hamburger SVGERMANY11983
AjaxHOLLAND41971
FeyenoordHOLLAND11970
PSV EindhovenHOLLAND11988
Inter MilanITALY31964
JuventusITALY21985
AC MilanITALY71963
BenficaPORTUGAL21961
PortoPORTUGAL21987
Steaua BucureștiROMANIA11986
CelticSCOTLAND11967
Red Star BelgradeSERBIA11991
BarcelonaSPAIN51992
Real MadridSPAIN141956

So you have 22 teams to attempt to take them to Champions League glory. How many can you do in one save?

There are no rules around where you start or if you start with coaching badges but for me the most fun way of doing this save would be to start with the lowest ranked club and with minimal coaching badges. Who that is would be entirely up to you but if I was to do this save I would start with either Red Star or Steaua București, you are pretty much guaranteed to end near the top of their respective leagues meaning entry into the Champions League qualifying rounds.

The great thing about this save is the list could be ever changing, if another club not on the list wins the Champions League during the save then you can add them to the list to take over further down the line.

The Nearly Men – Champions League

This is a challenge I saw my good friend Seattle Red (FMCheapSeats) do and one I did in a slightly different fashion on FM21.

This is the opposite to the Champions League challenge where you try and win the Champions League with the clubs that have got to a final but have never won the trophy.

SeattleRed did this in Europe and in Africa, I did the challenge solely in Europe.

CLUBCOUNTRYYEAR FIRST LOST
Club BruggeBELGIUM1978
ArsenalENGLAND2006
Leeds UnitedENGLAND1975
Manchester CityENGLAND2021
Tottenham HotspurENGLAND2019
MonacoFRANCE2004
Paris Saint-GermainFRANCE2020
ReimsFRANCE1956
Saint-ÉtienneFRANCE1976
Bayer LeverkusenGERMANY2002
Borussia MönchengladbachGERMANY1977
Eintracht FrankfurtGERMANY1960
PanathinaikosGREECE1971
FiorentinaITALY1957
RomaITALY1984
SampdoriaITALY1992
PartizanSERBIA1966
Atlético MadridSPAIN1974
ValenciaSPAIN2000
Malmö FFSWEDEN1979

20 clubs overall, a tough challenge, how many can you take to maiden Champions League glory in one save?

Like the previous challenge if a club makes a first Champions League final and loses then you can add them to the list to take over during your save, and vice-versa if a club on the list wins the competition then you can remove them. For me this is what makes this challenge so exciting as the list could be ever-changing.

The Promised Land Challenge

Now for one I was toying with trying myself, something I thought up whilst boring myself to death on a nightshift at work!

The aim of this save is to take charge of a club that has never been in the top flight of English football, whether that be the old Division One or the Premier League and take them to the promised land. Out of the current 92 clubs in the English football league there are 34 that have never been in the top tier, 1 of these are currently in the Championship with 16 in League One and 17 in League Two.

CLUBCURRENT DIVISION
ACCRINGTONLEAGUE 1
BARROWLEAGUE 2
BRISTOL ROVERSLEAGUE 1
BURTONLEAGUE 1
CAMBRIDGELEAGUE 1
CHELTENHAMLEAGUE 1
COLCHESTERLEAGUE 2
CRAWLEYLEAGUE 2
CREWELEAGUE 2
DONCASTERLEAGUE 2
EXETERLEAGUE 1
FLEETWOODLEAGUE 1
FOREST GREENLEAGUE 1
GILLINGHAMLEAGUE 2
HARROGATELEAGUE 2
HARTLEPOOLLEAGUE 2
LINCOLNLEAGUE 1
MANSFIELDLEAGUE 2
MK DONSLEAGUE 1
MORECAMBELEAGUE 1
NEWPORTLEAGUE 2
PETERBOROUGHLEAGUE 1
PLYMOUTHLEAGUE 1
PORT VALELEAGUE 1
ROCHDALELEAGUE 2
ROTHERHAMCHAMPIONSHIP
SALFORDLEAGUE 2
SHREWSBURYLEAGUE 1
STEVENAGELEAGUE 2
STOCKPORTLEAGUE 2
SUTTONLEAGUE 2
TRANMERELEAGUE 2
WALSALLLEAGUE 2
WYCOMBELEAGUE 1

The aim of this challenge is to take charge of a club and get them promoted to the Premier League and then take them to title glory. Win the Premier League, resign and take over another club….simple!

This is also another challenge where the list could be ever-changing. If a club on the list gets to the Premier League not under your stewardship then they get removed. On the flip side a club may get promoted from the non-League who has never got the top tier, you can then add them to the list.

The Alphabet Challenge

I won’t lie, this is one of my favourite challenges, but it is so long-winded that even I can’t get anywhere near completing it. I tried it on FM15 in the old classic mode and got to Italy before my laptop struggled to process a day as I was in 2060!

It is a really tough challenge but one I love.

The aim of it is to win the top League and main cup in every nation available on the vanilla database but in alphabetical order. For me doing one nation at a time makes it really tough, especially when over the versions it has become really hard to get a job at the start of the save.

This is made even tougher as you have to start with Sunday League reputation and no coaching badges.

So there are other two ways you could go about this:

  1. Load all the “A” nations up, complete A then you can move on to B, and so on.
  2. Take over the club predicted to end bottom of the lowest tier of the first nation alphabetically, on the vanilla database this is the Argentinian 2nd tier, from there you then move down the order alphabetically.

In alphabetical order the nations are:

ARGENTINASOUTH AMERICA
AUSTRIAEUROPE
AUSTRALIAASIA
BELARUSEUROPE
BELGIUMEUROPE
BRAZILSOUTH AMERICA
BULGARIAEUROPE
CANADANORTH AMERICA
CHILESOUTH AMERICA
CHINAASIA
COLOMBIASOUTH AMERICA
CROATIAEUROPE
CZECH REPEUROPE
DENMARKEUROPE
ENGLANDEUROPE
FINLANDEUROPE
FRANCEEUROPE
GERMANYEUROPE
GREECEEUROPE
HONG KONGASIA
HUNGARYEUROPE
ICELANDEUROPE
INDIAASIA
INDONESIAASIA
IRELANDEUROPE
ISRAELEUROPE
ITALYEUROPE
LATVIAEUROPE
MALAYSIAASIA
MEXICONORTH AMERICA
NETHERLANDSEUROPE
NORTHERN IRELANDEUROPE
NORWAYEUROPE
PERUSOUTH AMERICA
POLANDEUROPE
PORTUGALEUROPE
ROMANIAEUROPE
RUSSIAEUROPE
SCOTLANDEUROPE
SERBIAEUROPE
SINGAPOREASIA
SLOVAKIAEUROPE
SLOVENIAEUROPE
SOUTH AFRICAAFRICA
SOUTH KOREAASIA
SPAINEUROPE
SWEDENEUROPE
SWITZERLANDEUROPE
TURKEYEUROPE
URUGUAYSOUTH AMERICA
USANORTH AMERICA
UKRAINEEUROPE
WALESEUROPE

How far can you go?

Down The Danube Challenge

Now for a challenge I made up myself, I have had some help off FMGreeno in the FM Community with this as I had no idea how to find out what clubs would satisfy the challenge!

The aim of this save is to work your way along the River Danube (the second longest in Europe after the Volga) and win as many League and Cups as you can with as many of the available teams. You also then have to win at least one Champions League in each of the available nations.

The Danube stretches from Germany all the way to the Black Sea in Eastern Romania. Along the way it flows through:

  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Slovakia
  • Hungary
  • Serbia
  • Bulgaria
  • Romania

Now you could make this challenge easy and just go to any club in these nations but for me it would make it more fun just visiting those clubs that actually are based on the Danube and this is where my good friend FMGreeno has helped me.

There are so many clubs you could go to and I’m sure there are many more than the list we have drawn up but for the sake of this blog post not getting stupidly long I will just to through the clubs that we have found that are playable in the vanilla database.

Germany

  • Ingoldstadt – 3.Bundesliga
  • Jahn Regensburg – 2.Bundesliga

Austria

  • LASK Linz – Bundesliga
  • Rapid Vienna – Bundesliga
  • Austria Vienna – Bundesliga
  • Blau-Weiss Linz – 2nd League
  • First Vienna – 2nd League
  • Floridsdorfer AC – 2nd League

Slovakia

  • Slovan Bratislava – Fortuna Liga
  • FC Petrzalka – 2.Liga
  • KFC Komarno – 2.Liga
  • FK Raca – 2.Liga
  • Samorin – 2.Liga

Hungary

  • Ferencvaros – OTP Bank Liga
  • Ujpest – OTP Bank Liga
  • Honved – OTP Bank Liga
  • MTK – Merkantil Bank Liga
  • Vasas – OTP Bank Liga
  • Soroksar – Merkantil Bank Liga
  • Paks – OTP Bank Liga
  • Dorogi FC – Merkantil Bank Liga
  • Budafoki FC – Merkantil Bank Liga

Serbia

  • Red Star Belgrade – SuperLiga
  • Cukaricki – SuperLiga
  • Vozdovac – SuperLiga
  • Mladost GAT – SuperLiga
  • Vojvodina – SuperLiga
  • Partizan – SuperLiga
  • Radnicki – First League
  • Graficar – First League
  • IMT – First League
  • Rad – First League
  • Železničar – First League
  • Novi Sad 1921 – First League

Romania

  • ACS Viitorul Șimian – 3 Liga
  • FC Astra Giurgiu – 3 Liga
  • CSM Cetatea Turnu Măgurele – 3 Liga
  • ACS Înainte Modelu – 3 Liga
  • FC Dunărea Călărași – 3 Liga
  • FC Agricola Borcea- 3 Liga
  • AFC Dacia Unirea Brăila – 3 Liga

Bulgaria

  • Dunav Ruse

So many clubs to visit!

For me the best way to do this would be to start at one end of the Danube and work your way across, so either Germany -> East or Romania -> West.

Win the Champions League with a club from each of the 7 nations and you will become some kind of God!

So there you have it. 5 different challenges to attempt on the new version of FM.

Have any of these taken your fancy or given you an idea for a save? I’d love to hear from anyone who decides to take one of these on.

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