Football Manager 2016: 10 Essential Fan Demands It Must Include

The beautiful game still isn't beautiful enough

While the real-life Premier League rumbles into the final straight, virtual managers show no sign of slowing down with their campaigns. Their soon-to-be-cleared Saturday afternoon schedules will be dominated by their fantasy careers, and footballing empires will rise up from the bottom levels of domestic football. It's been a ritual since 1992 when the very first Championship Manager was unleashed on society, and since the Sports Interactive/Eidos split in 2003, the Football Manager franchise has dominated the PC gaming world, with 7 million copies sold and the 2014 edition tallying up a record 31 weeks at the top of the sales charts. It's more than just a game, it's a cultural phenomenon. Part of the success has been Sports Interactive's willingness to listen to their addicted fans and adapt the game based on what they want to see. The same classic game formula remains in tact, but since the early days, the franchise has undergone some dramatic makeovers to keep up with the fast-moving football world. Like with FIFA, new editions of Football Manager need to more than just a glorified update. To sustain a top level of popularity, there needs to be real, noticeable changes to a seemingly flawless game, so here are 10 things that fans are demanding for the 2016 version.


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