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Introduction to Football Manager™ Mobile 2020

Football Manager Mobile™ returns, better than ever, to the iPad and iPhone to offer you the ultimate handheld football management experience. A host of new features including two brand new countries to manage in as well as a completely revamped news screen, improved interaction, happiness and player promises, a closer focus on youth development and a new match day experience, Football Manager Mobile™ 2020 accurately simulates the trials and tribulations of a real football manager.

With an ever-expanding range of countries and leagues available to manage in, as Denmark and Greece make their FM Mobile bow, the footballing world is your oyster. Start your game in the lower leagues and experience the pressure as you rise through the ranks, or take your place at the helm of one of the world's most prestigious clubs to try your luck against the best the game has to offer - the choice is all yours.

Let's get you started!

Main Menu

Once the app has loaded you'll arrive at the Main Menu, where you are provided with the following options:

New Game: Start a new Football Manager Mobile™ 2020 Career, attempt one of the Challenges, or try your hand at the 'My Club' mode, where you create a team in your own image and attempt to lead them to glory.

Load Game: Load and resume playing one of your saved games. If you only have one autosave available, this option will instead read 'Resume Game' and will load that game when selected.

Store: Here you'll find a selection of optional in-game upgrades or challenges available for purchase.

Settings: Configure your game settings. See the 'Settings' section, located in the 'Options' section of this manual, for detailed explanations.

About: The ‘About’ button will lead you to the Manual, technical Support, Credits, the EULA, and the Privacy Policy.

View Match: Load a previously saved match and watch it back in its entirety.

Achievements: Here you can see a list of the achievements you have unlocked while playing the game - can you get them all?

InSIder: InSIder brings you closer than ever to the heart of the studio behind FMM. In addition to being the first to hear all the news from within Sports Interactive, InSIders will enjoy a number of benefits including exclusive offers, extra game and feature news, competitions, "Meet the Squad" interviews with members of the SI team, exclusive partner deals and lots more.

Starting a New Game

Select 'New Game' from the Main Menu. You will then be taken through the process of customising your new Career, Challenge, or My Club game. To begin with, select Career.

Then fill out your biographical profile, giving your manager a name and choosing whether you’re male or female, as well as choosing a nationality. This is followed by the Game Options screen:

Enhanced Match Engine: Upon first loading Football Manager Mobile™ 2020, your device will check whether or not the Enhanced Match Engine is suitable for use. You can, however, choose whether or not to use it in your game from this screen too; the Original Match Engine is optimised for speed and intended for slower devices, should you wish to use it instead.

Use Fake Players: Select this option to use a database consisting of entirely generated players and staff.

Attribute Masking: When enabled, certain player attributes are not visible to you until you have scouted the player. If you wish to be able to see all player attributes from the start of the game you should disable this option.

Budgets in First Window: The database contains real world transfers from the most recent real life transfer window, but your save game will typically start before this window has finished. By disabling transfer budgets in the first transfer window you can add to the realism of your game by preventing teams from spending money they didn’t spend in real life.

You can also choose your Coaching Style if you have an active coaching badge, select which Unlockables you want to activate, and select your starting reputation. A starting reputation will allow a user to make the game more or less challenging. The higher a reputation you begin with, the more favourably people in the game world will view you initially. The ‘Superstar’ level can be unlocked naturally as you progress through the game by obtaining a world class reputation during normal play.

Now you get to choose the leagues loaded into your game. Football Manager Mobile™ 2020 allows you to load any combination of nations from those available at any one time up to a maximum of four nations in any saved game.

Do keep in mind that the more nations you use, the more spread out the players will be among the active clubs in the game. This is designed to ensure that whoever you manage has enough players to send out onto the pitch. However, it can sometimes mean that there are fewer players at other clubs in order to allow for smaller clubs to have enough players too.

When you're happy with your selection, select 'Confirm'.

The final and most important choice for you to make comes next; the team you wish to manage. Select the league from the list at the top of the screen, then the club you wish to manage. Press 'Confirm' to complete the process. You'll be presented with a Summary of your selections; simply press 'Confirm' one last time and your career can begin!

Note: It is worth remembering that the higher up the league ladder you start your managerial career, the higher the expectations from the board, fans and media are likely to be. If you think you can handle it, dive into one of the top jobs. If you want to gain some experience first before hitting the big time, then it might be wise to begin at a lower level where mistakes are more easily forgiven and the glare of the media spotlight may be avoided.

Starting a new Challenge

There are four Challenges available from the start of the game:

The Saviour Cometh: A club has appointed you as manager in their darkest hour; the midpoint of the season has passed and the team are struggling to avoid relegation. Can you guide them to safety?

Injury Crisis: Your club has hit a freak spell where nearly all of your first team players are out injured. Can you guide the club through this troubled period and continue to achieve results to keep your job?

Unrest at Home: Hired as a virtual unknown, your appointment has disappointed senior players at the club. Can you somehow manage to achieve the board's expectations and convince the players of your credentials?

The Invincibles: Your club has gone on a long unbeaten run causing huge media speculation that the team might become one of the few teams to survive an entire season without defeat. Can you guide the team into the history books?

Additionally, there are three Challenges available as an optional purchase:

Austerity Measures: Your club is approaching serious financial difficulty. Can you maintain the club's competitive edge while at the same time lowering the wage budget?

You Can't Win Anything with Kids: Your chairman has sold off your most experienced players in favour of promoting a new crop from the youth team. Can you guide them to victory?

The Dangers of Capitalism: Your club's new chairman is selling off its assets. Can you keep the club functioning amidst the chaos?

To unlock one of these challenges, select and follow the on-screen prompts.

After choosing a Challenge to attempt, select 'Confirm'. You will then be taken through the process of starting a new Challenge.

Press 'Confirm' to continue and then enter your name. Press 'Return' to close the keyboard, then 'Confirm' to continue.

Next, select your nationality. Choose a continent from the column on the left of the screen, then select a nationality. Press 'Confirm' to continue.

You can choose the nation in which you wish to play the Challenge mode.

The final and most important choice for you to make comes next; the team you wish to manage. Select the league from the list across the top of the screen underneath the progress bar, then finally the club you wish to manage. Press 'Confirm' to complete the process. You'll be presented with a review of your selections; simply press 'Confirm' one last time and your career can begin!

If you complete a Challenge, you will be given a medal. Upon completion of the challenge, you can either exit to the Main Menu and start a new career or continue the challenge as a career game.

International Management

Football Manager Mobile™ 2020 allows managers to test their skills at international level. You can apply for and accept international jobs within the game. Win an international competition during your career and from then on you can select a nation to manage when starting a new game. The league/s you select during game setup will dictate which nations are available to manage, and you can select the country to take charge of in the same way as you would a club side.

Alternatively, you can fast-track your way to taking control of a national squad with the optional 'Manage Nation' purchasable item in the Store.

My Club

My Club gives you the option of creating a team from scratch; one which you can then enter into an existing league structure and attempt to lead to the promised land.

To begin with, Enter your name and select a nationality (or use the stored details from a previously created profile) before choosing an existing team on which to base your new club; a template of sorts. This will also be the team you replace in the league, so make your choice carefully.

Then select the Game Options and Unlockables you want active, and then the nations you wish to be active within your saved game. A maximum of four may be selected.

You may then begin to customise and set up the finer details of your new team. Give them a name, pick their kit colours and determine the stadium capacity and quality of facilities. You may also want to pay close attention to the 'Squad Options' section of this screen.

'Squad Options' allows you to customise the make-up of your squad. You are able to retain the players from the club you're replacing and replace or remove them if you want to start with a blank canvas.

Should you choose to Remove or Release the existing players and proceed with an empty squad, you will then be asked to begin the process of compiling the new group of players. You can create a brand new squad from scratch; it could be a completely fictional set of names, an homage to players from a bygone era, or even you and your friends. The choice is yours.

When you're finished with your squad, hit 'Confirm' and complete the process of starting your new My Club saved game.

Starting Unemployed

For the ultimate challenge, Football Manager Mobile™ 2020 allows you to start the game unemployed. You'll need to tout yourself for jobs and will most likely face the task of pulling a struggling club out of trouble. To enable this option, simply select the option to 'Start Unemployed' during the game setup steps. Good luck, you'll need it!

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