My Top 10 Football Bucket List

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Football has provided us with some amazing memories, from the infamous “AGUEROOOOOOO!!!!” in 2012 to “The fans are on the pitch, they think it’s all over…it is now!” in the 1966 World Cup Final, but it has also provided us with some amazing stadiums from Wembley Stadium to Emirates Stadium in England to Camp Nou to the Bernabeu in Spain.

Here are the top 10 from my Football Bucket List, in no particular order.

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Thank you

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Well, I never thought I’d be writing this post. It’s been over a year since we first launched Dictate The Game. Never in a million years did I think we would last this long or get to where we are in the short space we’ve been running for. This article is just a little thank you for your continued support and we wish for it to continue.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Did you achieve anything incredible in FM17? What are your targets for FM18?

Time for New Tactics! FM Tactics


The year is 2021, and after leading New York Red Bulls to 5 MLS Cups and 4 Supporters Shield, it is safe to say my tenure has been successful, but the core of my team is starting to age. For example, Aurelien Collin was a vital part of my defence until 2019 season, but he has now retired. Likewise, Felipe and Luke Hyam (who I signed from Ipswich in the 2016 season) are starting to decline as footballers, therefore I decided instead of risking the clubs’ future (we are only staying in the black through sales of youngesters), that I had to adapt my tactics to fit these aging players into the time.

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The London Stadium Nightmare

When London won its bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, it allowed millions and millions of pounds of funding to go towards the regeneration of Stratford, which was in dire state.

2012 was a huge success, and brought a brand new regenerated area of London, E20, which meant more jobs and more housing. The newest part of Stratford station was rebuilt, a brand new Westfield shopping centre was built, The Queen Elizabeth Park was built, and the London Stadium was built. It made Stratford a massive business location in the capital.

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2012 was over… but what would happen to the Olympic Stadium? That was the question of everyone’s lips…

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