It’s time to say goodbye to your social life, with Football Manager 2018 dropping into our lives on Friday 10 November.
Sports Interactive’s new game promises to be one of the most vastly overhauled editions of the series for a while, with tweaks and changes made to the scouting system, tactics screen and game engine.
There’s also some pretty interesting new features in store, including Dynamics – which looks at the relationships within a squad and the social groups that form or fall apart.
Personally, we’re looking forward to dealing with some Neyamr/Edison Cavani-style bust-ups of our own.
With the release of the new game within touching distance, we’re already thinking hard about which teams we want to lead to glory.
And there’s a few in particular that we think could be a helluva lot of fun.
Football Manager 2018: 7 teams we CAN’T WAIT to play as on the new game
Parma are back and on the up again in Italian football, having teetered on the edge of bankruptcy and almost extinction.
After securing promotion to Serie B last season, I Gialloblu are just a league away from returning to Italy’s top-tier, where they’ll always have a special place in our footballing hearts.
Whether it’s the 1999 team comprising of Gianluigi Buffon, Herman Crespo and Lillian Thuram who won the UEFA Cup, or the days of Adriano and Adrian Mutu, the colourful side remain one of football’s most likeable sides and we reckon it’ll be a lot of fun to get them back on top.
Back in the day, the ultimate Football/Championship Manager challenge was taking the likes of Rangers and Celtic as far as you could in the Champions League.
Especially considering the monster sides the two Glaswegian giants had back in the early 00s.
These days, Celtic are the only side with any real strength in the SPL, although at least their great rivals Rangers are back in the top division.
Could you return them to their former glory and get them challenging the Bhoys?
When you’re less than a month away from releasing a Football Manager game, what’s the last thing you need happening?
A manager getting the sack, that’s what.
Still, if you replaced Ronald Koeman at Everton, perhaps you’d do better with his expensively-assembled squad?
If you don’t fancy Rangers, what about Scotland’s best team outside of the Old Firm?
Aberdeen are the last club who isn’t Celtic or Rangers to win a league title, doing so in 1984–85.
They’re also the last Scottish team to win a European trophy, making them a tantalising prospect on the new game.
5 Crewe Alexandra
League Two also-rans Crewe are famed for their emphasis on youth development, and boast some surprisingly decent facilities at their disposal.
Over the last couple of decades, the likes of Neil Lennon, Danny Murphy, Dean Ashton and Nick Powell have started their footballing careers at the lowly club.
Perhaps you’ll unearth a future gem and build a promotion-winning team around him?
A youthful squad that is capable of challenging for the title – what more could you ask for?
Ajax are renowned for being one of football’s great mavericks, being early exponents of ‘Total Football’ and developing some of the greatest ever players.
You never know, you could end up emulating Louis Van Gaal with a team of academy grads.
Just make sure you keep hold of Kasper Dolberg.
7 AC Milan
Much like Everton this season, Milan are a side who made plenty of noise during the summer transfer window, but have failed to compete at the top of the league table.
With a mixture of world class talent, exciting youngsters and, um, Fabio Borini, Milan – on paper, at least – look like a side who could challenge Juventus for the Serie A title in a year or two.