Soccer Manager has always had the option of allowing its players to take control of whichever team’s manager they like. And with the football world changing all the time, there are always new and different opportunities to approach every edition of the popular franchise. It’s the same case this year, with the season prior, as well as the recent Summer Transfer Window, being packed with ups and downs throughout and we brought you the 10 best challenges to accept in Soccer Manager 2022 from all the clubs.
Here’s a list of the 10 best clubs in Soccer Manager 2022 that have been tagged as the “ones-to-watch” by football fans, based on the following information. Whether you are new to the series, or you know the game like the back of your hand, there will definitely be a challenge fit for everyone! And before you start, if you have not read our SM22 review, do check it out!
10 best clubs to manage in Soccer Manager 2022
Taking over a sleeping giant has always been a classic challenge in all football manager simulation games. Although referring to the current Barcelona team as “sleeping” could arguably be an understatement, the concept is still the same. It’s safe to say that the situation at the Camp Nou is a mess, and could do with some sorting out. Lionel Messi will no longer be in a Barcelona shirt, and the whole squad is complete with holes, and over-weighted wage bills.
However, just as all good challenges offer, there is still some really strong talent, featuring the likes of Ansu Fati and Pedri. Huge overhaul opportunities don’t come often in the Soccer Manager 2022 series, but this is one of the better ones.
After experiencing a squad shuffle-up during the Summer, Arsenal enter the new league season with a bolstered backline, yet to be beaten (at the time of writing) since first featuring together. The average squad age of the Gunners is one of the youngest in the league, so it’s been made clear that the club is preparing for the future. As such, the squad boasts a range of youth, including Bukayo Saka, Smith-Rowe and Aaron Ramsdale.
This is a great challenge for those with a soft spot for nurturing young talent. See if you can get the club competing for the major competitions in a few seasons.
3. Paris Saint-Germain
An SM22 career save doesn’t always need to be a challenge. There’s nothing wrong with picking up a European powerhouse and just taking it on for a joyride if that’s what brings you enjoyment. Let’s face it, it’s natural to eventually get a little bit tired of all the financial restrictions and the “that wouldn’t happen in real life” moments. That’s what makes PSG such a breath of fresh air.
Featuring probably one of the best, if not the best, attacks in world football, Messi, Neymar and Mbappe. That’s not where it ends though, more talent fills the other spots in the team, including Donnaruma, Hakimi, Marquinhos and more.
4. Schalke 04
After a confidence-drowning campaign last season, usually respected Schalke saw themselves relegated after only mustering 3 wins all year in the Domestic league. It’s certainly a tough time for fans but doesn’t take away from the fact that the club still has the history to push back into the top divisions, being the 3rd most successful German football team of all time.
Of course, this is expected to be a long journey, with the Royal Blues losing out on much of their starting squad through the summer transfer window. This is a great road-to-glory challenge, and will definitely be quite a rewarding one too, once completed.
5. Dover Athletic
The lowest rated team in the whole of England in SM22 is Dover Athletic, fighting against relegation at the bottom of the National League (English 5th Division), with a bank-breaking budget of 130k. This is as good as a road-to-glory gets, with a struggling team, starved of finances and the only way being upwards from there.
Expect this to be a very long and tough challenge, but see if you can carry the side to an eventual Premier League title. The sense of achievement there would be immense.
6. FC Kaiserslautern
Sitting in the 3rd division of the Bundesliga, Kaiserslautern is likely a team you may not have heard of. Believe it or not, this is the 9th most successful team in the whole of Germany. It seems odd for them to be sat so low in the hierarchy, despite their history. On top of that, Kaiserslautern plays in a stadium with a capacity of 49,780 – larger than Chelsea.
Seeing how much this club has fallen gets crazier the more you look into it. It’s nothing short of an absolute shambles, but this is another great opportunity for a satisfying road-to-glory.
7. Red Bull Salzburg
The Red Bull company’s second-largest European club is highlighting some of the best talents in the world, and showcasing it for the world to see on the big European stage. Because of them, world football has seen the likes of Dominik Szoboszlai, Karim Adeyemi, Patson Daka, and of course the artificial intelligence in Erling Haaland.
This is less of a challenge in terms of winning silverware, but more in terms of picking up and growing quality youth. Find the next world-beaters and show it to the whole of Europe.
Newly-promoted Brentford is not messing around, and have already proved to Premier League fans that they’re here to stay. The hard-fought 3-3 draw against European giants Liverpool was enough to establish themselves as tough points for any Premier League team.
The squad is nothing short of promising either, featuring the likes of Ivan Toney, David Raya, and Bryan Mbeumo. 25 million as the transfer budget has its restrictions but should be sufficient to allow you to bolster the squad further. See if you can get the Bees to stay in the Premier League for another season.
The loss of Cristiano Ronaldo dealt a huge blow to Juventus, who currently sit 6th in the Serie A, not yet in a place for European competition. The squad is not bad at all though, with players like Federico Chiesa, Paulo Dybala, and Dejan Kulusevski among others still present. Adding on to that, Juventus also still has European football to be clinging on to for the current season as well.
All in all, Juventus are not in the best of positions, but with a sense of direction, you can pick them up and finally take them back to where they should be.
Burnley was looking to spend big last Summer in the transfer window and splashed the cash on Ivorian winger, Maxwell Cornet. The fact that the signing was only 12.9 million (when compared to other Premier League signings) and was close to breaking their record transfer fee, shows that Burnley is quite a level-headed team.
They’ve been in the league for a string of 6 seasons now, and have always been calm with spending and organized with the classic, hard-working 4-4-2 tactics. Maybe it’s time for them to be a little more adventurous? Take control of the Clarets, and guide them to their first league title since 1960.
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