FM17: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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.

Steam users

As you can see from this graph from 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 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?


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