Finally, the wait is over!
You can wave goodbye to your social lives for the next six months as the world’s most popular management simulator has been released.
Football Manager 2019 is out this year with a raft of new features – and if you’re anything like us you can’t wait to start playing.
So, what’s new in the 2019 version of the game? And how can you get your hands on a copy?
Here is all you need to know about FM19…
Is it out now?
You can bet your bottom dollar that it is!
After two weeks of dabbling with the beta version and fine tuning little errors, the full version of the game is now out for purchasing.
Yes, that means your life is set to disappear behind the computer screen – we all know how addictive the game is!
What’s new in FM19?
There have been some rather large changes to the game this year, making it the most comprehensive version released to date.
Here are the best new additions in FM19…
VAR and goal-line technology
You think VAR is frustrating in real life – well just wait until it rules out your Newport County side’s goal in the 90th minute of the FA Cup final in 2033.
Obviously, VAR will only be available in the leagues in which it has already become established in the real world.
You will see the referees in the game either receiving information from the fourth official via his ear piece, or by running over to the touchline for a look at the incident themselves.
Goal-line technology is also featured in the game – and managers can talk about the contentious decisions in their press conference.
Armed with extensive knowledge of how clubs train in the real world, there has been a complete overhaul of the training regimes in FM19.
Training is split into three separate sessions, which can be completely personalised to fit any individual, and what they need to improve.
Managers can also instruct players to focus on certain areas of their game to help them adapt to upcoming challenges.
So, if you find yourself coming up against a Tony Pulis team, you can get your centre-backs to concentrate on their heading in the week before the game.
If you’re up against a Pep Guardiola team, you can… erm… panic.
FM18 allowed you to instruct your players on how high up the pitch to press, whether to play out from the back, and how hard to go into tackles etc.
But FM19 features the inclusion of tactical styles.
This means that you can pretty much rip-off anyone from Jurgen Klopp and his famous Gegenpress to Sam Allardyce and some good old Route One.
Of course you’ll need the right players to make these styles work, but once you do you can, in theory, expect similar results to the real-life counterparts.
This year you’ll also have more say over what you want your keeper to do, so he’s not just simply lumping it up top or rolling it out to defenders anymore – he’s involved!
In FM18 team talks were quite general. You’d say one thing and a few might react well, while others might ‘not appear to be listening’ and some might get unexpectedly angry.
This year the squad hierarchy system will come into play, meaning you could have a revolution on your hands if you give the team an unfair dressing down and the captain has something to say about it.
The Bundesliga has been the thorn in Football Manager’s side for a while now, but not anymore.
FM19 will feature 36 clubs with real badges, player faces and trophies for the very first time, so no longer will the national team feature a heap of strangely-named regens.
Bolt from the blue?
Well, maybe not.
Usain Bolt prides himself on realism and the producers of the game have confirmed that he will not be a player on the game – until he signs a full-time deal with Central Coast Mariners.
A tweet from Football Manager’s official Twitter page read: "Until he plays a competitive game and is no longer a trialist, I’m afraid he won’t be in game."
Football Manager 2019
Has anything else changed?
You may notice when you pick up your copy of the game that the ‘Manager Man’ who has featured on the front cover previously has disappeared.
He has instead been replaced by a manager’s eye view from down the tunnel and onto the pitch.
We will miss you, Manager Man, but it’s a new era.
Meanwhile, there are no plans to release the game on PlayStation or Xbox, but Football Manager Touch is available on PC, Mac, high-end iOS, Android tablets and the Nintendo Switch and Football Manager Mobile is available for iOS and Android devices.
Where can you buy it from?
You want a copy of the game? Fear not, we have you covered.
Our handy guide is available now where we outline the cheapest places to buy the hit game.
Wonderkids, tactics and free agents
Struggle with tactics? Organising training schedules? Wonder if tutoring and touchline scouts are really worth it? Wonder no more. We spoke to FM chief Miles Jocobson with who answered all the important questions.
Looking for a push in the right direction? Here’s a list of the best wonderkids – continually updated as we discover more of them – the game has to offer. Enjoy.
So you want to make a marquee signing but you have no money? Well check out our list of the best free agents on the game.
Need help with Steam?
It might seem a little confusing at first, but Steam basically eradicates the need for you to leave the house and buy a tangible copy of the game.
Another words you’ll have more playing time.
Steam can be installed here, and enables you to buy a selection of games that can be downloaded straight to your PC or Mac.
Simply click install, open an account, pay for the game, download it and voila.
Steam will keep you abreast of any updates – like a post-January transfer window update, meaning FM19 will never be out of date over the course of the season.
It will also allow you to download other miscellaneous content – like bringing a now-retired legend of the game back to life, so to speak.
And will also give you full access to the in-game editor, which is always fun to toy about with, or as it’s also known, cheat with.
Will you be buying FM19?
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