So FM18 is very nearly upon us, but this article is more of a look back on the past year of Football Manager, the stats behind the latest version in the Sports Interactive Series.
As you can see from this graph from http://store.steampowered.com/stats/ you can see that Football Manager sits comfortably 12th in the list of most played games. A fair way of PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS but has done very well for itself as the only sports game in that list.
Football Manager tends to be a game that attracts a particular type of game that isn’t what I would call casual… For example this tweet shows the sheer force of the football manager community.
To put that 20,481 years into perspective. That’s 10,771,965,565 minutes. You could watch a 90 minute football game 119,688,506 times and you’d have a few minutes left over. Maybe you could pop to the toilet or grab a snack!
So these are stats about the actual game, but what about records within the game? Well at https://sortitoutsi.net/records/fm2017 you can see records from the community in a variety of scenarios. Whats the record for the most goals in a match? Well user Rocket Renegade won (comfortably might I add) 31-1 managing Spartak Moscow in 2021!
In similar extraordinary fashion, user spireross broke the record for the most yellow cards and the most red cards in a match! 10 yellows and 4 reds for West Ham and an extra 6 yellow cards for Brighton!
Also, user MadsMads182 had some form of half god-half footballer, who played 1046 games and scored 1251 in that time. He averaged 8.01/10 across those games. Carmine Buonocore, remember the name.
But I will save the best record for last: stevesmith_7 managed a West Ham side and by 2035 he’d won 8 Champions League titles, 7 of which were back-to-back. Thats hard enough with any team, but with West Ham that is some serious skill.
Did you achieve anything incredible in FM17? What are your targets for FM18?