Italian football historically has had some of the most fascinating storylines over the 21st century; and you can create more in FM20. At the turn of the millennium, Italian clubs were outspending their other European counterparts; with the likes of Juventus, Lazio and Inter, amongst others, spending large amounts of money on bringing the top stars to their teams. In the mid-noughties, Calcio was plagued by the infamous Calciopoli saga; various clubs found guilty of match-fixing.
More recently, the country has been the centre of attention. Cristiano Ronaldo, arguably one of the greatest footballers of all time, moved to the league last summer to join Juventus; whilst this summer has seen plenty of fascinating storylines, including a whole range of big transfers and managerial changes.
For this reason, the 2019/20 season promises to be extremely interesting for fans of Italian football, as well as garnering the attention of more fans from around the world. What this also means is that the newest edition of Football Manager will have some rather fun teams to try out in the world of calcio; so if you haven’t delved into it before, now is the perfect time.
1. Inter Milan
I only wanted to include one really big club in this list and just couldn’t resist to pick the Nerazzurri. The club brought in Antonio Conte as their new head coach over the summer and made an array of huge signings: the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Diego Godin, Alexis Sanchez and more all arriving in Milan. This, in combination with a plethora of talented young signings.
The club have slipped in recent years, long-wishing to relive the years of dynasties past; most recently with Jose Mourinho’s treble-winning era. A save with Inter in FM20 has all the ingredients for a successful tenure and it will surely be a go-to campaign for many this season.
Brescia promise to be an exciting team to watch in Serie A this season. Newly promoted from Serie B, the team have a number of fascinating elements that make them a potentially fun save in FM20.
Firstly, the club have an array of high potential prospects, most notably Sandro Tonali; the Italian teenager first catching the eye of many last season, with the media comparing him, albeit prematurely, to legendary Italian central mid Andrea Pirlo.
Aside from this, a certain Mario Balotelli also graces the side with his presence this season. Having been born in the region, Balotelli has returned home; ready to set Serie A alight after some time out of the country, most recently with Nice and Marseille in France.
It may not be the easiest save but is guaranteed to be an interesting one for those looking for more of a challenge than with a big side.
Gli Azzurri had a tough time at the end of last season and it continued in the summer since. The club, despite a spirited fight-back at the end of the campaign, were relegated from Serie A. If this wasn’t bad enough on its own, a whole host of the side’s top performers last season left the club this summer, the likes of Ismael Bennacer and Rade Krunic joining Milan whilst Hamed Junior Traore also left, as well as head coach Aurelio Andreaozzili leaving to take the reins at Genoa.
Empoli present one of the fascinating picks for FM20 in Serie B. Despite being newly relegated, the departures during the summer have left them in an interesting position and, when combined with the fact that Italian teams often struggle to return to the top flight the season after being relegated, the club will be a challenging save for the upcoming game.
Bari are back in the playable leagues this season. Apulian side are steeped in history, having played in Serie A as recently as 2011 before relegation and financial troubles saw the club change names twice and excluded from Serie B on two occasions. Last season, the side, owned by Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis, finished top of their Serie D group and are now ready to fight for a place back in the second flight.
After making some strong signings this summer, the club are looking to be amongst the favourites to win promotion and should, all things considered, be back where they deserve to be come next summer.
Another somewhat fallen giant, akin to Bari, are Monza. The club were Serie B frequenters up until the turn of the century but have since struggled in the lower reaches of Italian football.
However, in 2018, former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi purchased the club and a change of fortunes has looked to be in the works. This season, the club look amongst the favourites to win promotion from group A of Serie C.
Can you handle the pressure of having Berlusconi and his brother Paolo in charge of the board in FM20? And can you please them with a promotion?
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