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Football Manager 2019 adds new features, official Bundesliga licence

German leagues are official for the first time in Football Manager 2019. Wunderbar!

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German leagues are official for the first time in Football Manager 2019. Wunderbar!

Far from just another incremental update, with updated teams and players, Football Manager 2019 promises a raft of new features and changes to the game. Here’s what to expect.

Training

Training has “undergone the biggest overhaul in the series’ history”. Apparently. Sports Interactive has “worked closely with real-world clubs and coaches” to try and make the training options as realistic as possible,

Matchday

Football Manager 2019’s tactics module has also had an overhaul, including popular preset systems and, of course, the opportunity to tweak and customise every minute detail. Managers will also find it easier to switch and send different instructions depending on whether their team is in attack or defence.

There’s also the addition of VAR – the Video Assistant Referee – which, Dan informs me, is a big deal in football. To a rugby fan, that all seems rather silly.

Tutorial

Football Manager 2019 also features a ‘manager induction’ system, to help bring new players – or act as a refresher to experienced managers – up to speed with the game’s features, new and old.

Interface

The Football Manager 2019 interface has been given an overhaul, which “combines a fresh presentation with an air of familiarity”. Sports Interactive says this will make this both the best-looking and easiest-to-use version of the game to date.

Bundesliga

Sports Interactive has “signed a licensing agreement which will see clubs from both the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 kitted out with official club badges, kits and player faces”. It’s the first time the top German leagues have been represented in Football Manager, and the game will be fully playable in German, too.

Sports Interactive has also relaunched the Football Manager website to go along with the latest release, which launches on PC and Mac on November 2nd, 2018

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