Football Manager 2024 review – extra time

Review info

Platform reviewed: PC
Available on: PC, PS5, Xbox Series X|S
Release date: November 6, 2023 

When football fans talk about the beautiful game, there’s a pretty good chance they’re not talking about football, but management simulator Football Manager, a grand strategy game about looking after a real-world football team and taking them to glory. Football Manager 2024 is the latest in the series, and there are so many spreadsheets here you’ll truly feel like you’re a key part of a huge, unfathomable business.

Never played? Football Manager 2024 and the games preceding it put you into the shoes of the manager of a football team, trying to balance the transfer and wage budgets to bring in the right players while ensuring you’re keeping your squad happy and training well enough to perform. Get it right, and your team is a well-oiled machine capable of taking on the world. Get it wrong, and your team is still a well-oiled machine, but that machine is a motorized scooter barely capable of taking on a drive to the supermarket. 

Endless possibilities

Screenshot from Football Manager 2024

(Image credit: Sports Interactive)

You can control pretty much any team in existence, too. Want to play as minnows Maidstone in the Vanarama South League right down the pyramid? You can do that and take them all the way to winning a Premier League title or winning the Champions League final, with Harry Kane scoring the winner. I did this last year, in fact. Want to control Manchester City and spend your countless millions on every player you’ve ever imagined? Paris St Germain? Hemel Hempstead? Catania? Nearly every team is in here, and nearly every player you’ve heard of, too, in addition to a host of those you haven’t. 

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