A team of rumored Arsenal signings, or watching Dylan sink to his lowest point.

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A Half-Century of Soccer: Part One


Out of sheer boredom this summer, I’ve been running a long-term simulation of global soccer in the video game Football Manager 2014. With the release of the 2015 version of the game, I thought it’s time to share the results, to see what the balance of power in soccer is in the year 2064 (technically 51 seasons as I wanted it to be a half century from today). I ran the simulation at night while I was sleeping, and the player character stayed unemployed the entire time (with one exception, I accidentally signed up for Arsenal day one of the save but resigned the position. They hired Adre Villas-Boas going into the 2013-2014 season). The sim starts with the 2013-2014 season, with teams starting that season with their January transfers signed. I’ve dumped all the results into the spreadsheet linked above. This post is designed to be a Cliffnotes version of that spreadsheet — designed to highlight some of the more interesting stories, but not nearly as detailed as that is. Today we’ll cover three leagues: the English Premier League, La Liga, and the Bundesliga. Monday I’ll cover Serie A, Ligue 1, internationals, and the smaller leagues. But first, some general observations.

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The Lamest Soccer Crests

Hi, so the beta version of Football Manager 2015 just came out and I kinda want to play that instead of blogging. I have something more interesting in the works for the full release of FM2015, but for now lets revel in the most awful soccer crests in the world. I’m also restricting myself to teams in the game, as there’s probably some truly awful stuff in like the 13th tier of English football.

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