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Football Manager 2018 Beta: Activation, Latest features and Pre-order links

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The Football Manager 2018 early access Beta is now available to play for users who have pre-ordered the game. The full version of the game is set to launch on the 10th of November.

People with access to the Beta version can now begin their FM18 careers two weeks in advance. Although the Beta version comes with limited features, the fans will be delighted with the fact that they can now start their single-player career modes.

Football Manager 2018 launch date, pre-purchase discounts and Beta info

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Sports Interactive announced earlier this month that the latest version of Football Manager will be launched on Friday, November 10 this year.

Anyone who pre-purchases Football Manager 2018 (for PC, Mac or Linux) will be able to start pre-season at least two weeks prior to the official street date through a fully-playable Beta version (single player careers started in the Beta can be continued in the full game).

Football Manager: Pre-season training guide

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Football Manager has grown into one of the most popular games across the globe over the last few years.

With millions of users devoting a lot of their time to the game, here are a few pre-season training tips that could help you prepare for the demands of a challenging season.

Appointing the right coaches

Getting the right backroom staff is essential for anyone wishing to build a dynasty in Football Manager as well as in the real world.

Arsenal's Southampton loss reflects broader issues of stadium switch

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As I watched Arsenal succumbing to a second-string Southampton side at a dreary and sparsely populated Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night, my mind drifted back to a League Cup game from a decade ago.

It was a mid-week fixture between Arsenal and Wigan and it was freezing but the stadium was packed (aside from empty seats in the Wigan end) and the atmosphere frenzied.

Arsenal will beat West Ham on Saturday because of these five vital reasons

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There will be no Andy Carroll (in the starting 11 at least).

The pony-tailed party-loving poacher is, as is often the case, not fully fit. This is good news for Arsenal. Last time out, he bagged a quick-fire hat-trick against the Gunners. The Geordie Juggernaut liked scoring against Arsenal when he played for Newcastle, too.

FIFA 17: Player Ratings – A Complete Guide

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FIFA 17 is all set for its official launch later this month and here at Soccerlens we have put together a complete guide regarding the player ratings from the latest version of the game.

The demo version of the game will be available for download from the 13th of September and the full version comes out approximately two weeks later (27th September in US and 29th September in the UK).

FIFA 17: Career Mode, Frostbite and Gameplay

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FIFA 17 is all set for its official launch later this month and all eyes will be on the FIFA 17 demo which comes out early next week.

FIFA 17 is one of the most anticipated video games of the year and will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

The official release date of the full version of FIFA 17 is on Thursday, 29th September (The UK and worldwide).

Football Manager 2017: Launch date, Price, Steam discounts and Beta version info

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Sports Interactive have announced that the latest version of Football Manager will be launched on the 4th of November this year.

Football is back ✅
Football Manager 2017 is coming

Rodriguez, Reus, Manchester United forward and Chelsea winger feature in FIFA 17 cover image

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FIFA 17 release date has been revealed. Manchester United forward Anthony Martial and Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard will feature on cover images of the brand new FIFA 17 game.

FIFA 17 Release Date

FIFA 17 developed by EA Sports will be available in the US from September 27, 2016, and for the rest of the world from September 29, 2016.

5 Best Free Agent Transfers on Football Manager 2016

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5 Best Free Agent Transfers on Football Manager 2016 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Football Manager 2016 is set for official release later today and if you have already played the BETA version and are looking for some transfer tips, you have come to the right place.

Not every you are managing will be afford to buy high profile players or any player at all.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger working 24 hours a day to sign players, doesn’t know who

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims he and his staff are working 24 hours a day to sign new players. But he also seemed to suggest that he didn't know who they should be trying to sign. The Gunners boss was responding to vociferous criticism aimed at him following a 1-3 home defeat to Aston Villa [.

Best coaches in Football Manager 2013

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Best coaches in Football Manager 2013 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Building a successful team in Football Manager 2013 requires good players, that's fairly obvious, but having a solid team does not depend only on the quality of your playing staff. Having good coaches and assigning them to the right training categories is also very important, if not crucial.

Must-buy players on football manager 2013 – the defenders

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This week Unibet bring us author of "Football Manager stole my life..." Iain Macintosh and his must-buy players for Football Manager 13.

Here is Iain's list of best buys in the new game consisting of a lot of unknowns and a few more well-known faces.

GK – Tim Krul

Newcastle's chubby-faced Dutch stopper should be at the top of your shortlist if you're a big club in need of an imposing presence between the sticks.

“I Want Us To Win Every Game Until The End Of Time” – Eddie Izzard Signs For Crystal Palace

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By Alan Duffy

Cross-dressing, multi-lingual marathon man Eddie Izzard has joined the ranks of the celebrity football directors by joining Crystal Palace as an Associate Director. The 50-year-old surrealist has been a fan of the Eagles all his life and is eager to see his beloved side get back into the Premier League.

Same old story with Arsenal

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It appears to be the same old story with Arsenal... and that's a good reason for supporters to celebrate and something for the other 19 English Premier League teams to be aware of. There are two familiar story lines with the Gunners. First, you can count on Robin van Persie to find the back of the net in just about every game he plays.

Healthy Squad

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Support on the way

Friday and it still hurts a little that we did not qualify for the next phase of the Champions League. But it's best we put that disappointment on the side and concentrate on the positives. We're on a small run now, small run of victories. Only 3 consecutive matches won on the trot but big wins each one of them.

O’Neill wary of the Ox

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Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill admits that the Black Cats will have their hands full when they entertain Arsenal at the Stadium of Light today, particularly given the dexterity of Gunners youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The teenage sensation has quickly become a fan favorite at Arsenal, setting up Robin van Persie's equalizer in the 2-1 defeat against Manchester United and then displaying his scoring abilities by netting twice in last weekend's 7-1 destruction of Blackburn.

Football Manager

Football Manager 2017: Latest Features, Gameplay & Trailer

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Football Manager 2017 is all set for its official launch on the 4th of November this year and the BETA version could be available to play towards the end of this month.

Sports Interactive have finally released a video detailing the new features and improvements in the latest installment of the game.

Win yourself a free copy of Football Manager 2016, two simple instructions

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Win yourself a free copy of Football Manager 2016, two simple instructions - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Football Manager is back with its most realistic and detailed version of the game yet.

Sports Interactive launched the game officially last month and by simply sharing a tweet and following us on social media, you could be in with a chance to win a free copy of Football Manager 2016!

Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid – a Football Manager 2014 breakdown

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Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid a Football Manager 2014 breakdown - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Diego Simeone is the best thing to happen to football management since Pep Guardiola. What El Cholo has done at Atletico Madrid over the short span of two years is truly beyond anybody's wildest imagination.

Football Manager Handheld 2014

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Football Manager Handheld 2014 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sega and Sports Interactive present Football Manager Handheld 2014, the latest in the best selling series for IOS and Android, tonight, at the stroke of midnight.

This year's edition features vast number of improvements and additions along with the game's typical blend of ‘snackable' action and unrivaled depth of gameplay, which make it the most compelling football management handheld game till date.

Football Manager 2014: By far the Best of the Series

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Football Manager 2014: By far the Best of the Series - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The much awaited football game for all the passionate football lovers in the world – Football Manager 2014 – has been unveiled by Sports Interactive & SEGA Europe Ltd.

This edition is by far the most featured and technically advanced release in the Football Manager series' history.

Football Manager 2013: The hunt for the Wonderkids begins!

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"Remember, remember the 2nd of November!"

Now whilst I, at 21 years old, have grown too old for Guy Fawkes, I sure haven't gotten too old to play Football Manager. So just 3 days before the cerimonial burning of an old crazy madman I get to celebrate the release of what is beyond a doubt the best managerial game there is: "Football Manager 2013″.

30 Years Ago Today: Remembering Football On The ZX Spectrum

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Sometimes, a piece of technology comes along that not only comes to be regarded as the zeitgeist for the era from whence it came, but also as something which as critical to the future architecture of the sphere that it inhabits. Thirty years ago, the Sinclair ZX Spectrum first hit the streets. This was not a machine that dropped out of the sky with no warning in the two years prior to 1982, Sinclair Research had already released two home computers: the ZX80 and ZX81 but the Spectrum, in full colour and with a sound chip, was the great leap forward in terms of home computing in Britain.

Football Manager Handheld for Android

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Sports Interactive and SEGA have announced that Football Manager Handheld for Android will be released on Wednesday, April 11th.

Football Manager Handheld, which is already a massive success on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, has been designed to bring all of the highs and lows of the greatest job on earth to mobile devices, and offers a similar playing experience on Android as it will on the iPhone / iPad.

FIFA

FIFA 16 Top 50 Highest Rated Players

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FIFA 16 Top 50 Highest Rated Players - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The last of the top 50 players in FIFA 16 were revealed today as the we move into the month in which the newest installment of the best-selling game will be launched.

At the top of list, FIFA still favors theircover boy Lionel Messi over Cristiano Ronaldo in the debate that has dominated world football for years and these days, is helping to clean the streets of London.

FIFA 16 Demo Announced

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FIFA 16 Demo Announced - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The FIFA 16 demo will be releasedon Xbox One, Play Station 4, PC, Xbox 360, and Play Station 3 consoles between September 8th and September 10th with a plethora of teams, stadiums, and gameplay options available to enjoy before the full game drops some two weeks later.

FIFA 16 Announces Nine New Stadiums

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FIFA 16 Announces Nine New Stadiums - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The next FIFA game is fast approaching its launch in late September, and today the EA Sports game reveled nine new stadiums that will make their debut in the new game.

The inclusion of these nine stadiums from fourcontinents and seven different leagues brings the number of authentic grounds in the FIFA franchise to an even 50.

FIFA 16 Announced With New Trailer

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FIFA 16 Announced With New Trailer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The trailer for the new edition of the bestselling FIFA video game franchise was unveiled at the E3 conference last week at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

FIFA's trailer, and live E3 presentation, were fronted by Brazilian football legend Pele, who narrates the first full-length trailer.

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Video Game Review

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2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Video Game Review - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Yes, the 2014 World Cup video game is not on next-generation consoles. And that's too bad. But on the XBOX360 and PS3, there are few games finer than this one.

When EA Sports announced that they were not making their World Cup game for the Xbox One and PS4, they were always going to be putting themselves in a public relations hole.

’2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil’ game set for April release

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'2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil' game set for April release - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With 121 days still to go before the start of the World Cup, EA Sports have announced the impending arrival of the official '2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil' video game, with fans able to get their teeth into the action as soon as April.

Manchester United

Top Eleven Review: Can you do better than Louis van Gaal has at Man Utd?

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Top Eleven Review: Can you do better than Louis van Gaal has at Man Utd? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It is the easiest thing in the world to distribute instructions to your favourite team from the comfort of your armchair, imploring Louis van Gaal to play Wayne Rooney in attack rather than midfield and use Juan Mata in his starting XI.

Man Utd legend Gary Neville and Liverpool great Jamie Carragher watch Chelsea vs Hull together

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It has looked like an unlikely friendship at various points of the last couple of decades, but professional circumstances mean that Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher now take in football games together. Ahead of the pair's first appearance together on Monday Night Football, they were both at the match between Chelsea and Hull yesterday.

Online Football Games

Footbaholic: The Unbeatable Football Quiz Game

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Footbaholic: The Unbeatable Football Quiz Game - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There have been many football quiz games, but only a few have nailed exactly what makes a quiz game fun: A wide range of options and variety of choices, ensuring that the quiz is in fact a game, and doesn't feel like a test.

StatClash Review: Daily Fantasy Football

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StatClash Review: Daily Fantasy Football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

StatClash.com has immediately jumped out to football fans as unique, as the fantasy game website is the first of its genre to offer MLS and English Premier League games. In many ways, StatClash is an innovator, and in many other ways, its just appeals to a certain type of fantasy football player.

The Rest

Football as Ritual

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The French anthropologist Christian Bromberger has studied and written about football games as a kind of ritual that provides an "inexhaustible terrain of interpretation" for those who participate and watch. In his French-language book "Le match de football," he studied how crowds experienced and interpreted games in the European football heartlands of Marseille, Milan, and Naples.

Review of football slots game Soccer Safari

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Amongst the many online casino games devoted to sports, it isn't surprising that many of them are football themed. As football remains a hugely popular sport across much of the world, it's not surprising there is a lot of competition amongst football slots games. The games which stand out amongst all these are the ones which are really offering a quality gaming experience.

Cafe Calcio: The Street Pharmacists Guide To Football – An Introduction

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A new season of the radio show and podcast Café Calcio begins in a couple of weeks, and we'll be bringing you a series in association with it. First of all, though, a brief introduction, and here's co-host Chris Roberts to tell us all about it.

Every show in the new season of Café Calcio broadcast on Resonance 104.

Celebrating the 30th anniversary, introducing Hex, and officially closing the blog

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I put this blog on hiatus shortly before Christmas last year with the promise of being back in the new year with a clearer idea for the future. This might not be what anyone thinks of as "the new year", but here I am and it's not last year.

I've written and re-written this post countless times, but it always degenerates into a verbose, self-indulgent trip down memory lane.

What MLS Can Learn From Joe Paterno. Yes, That Joe Paterno.

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Joe Paterno wasn't one of us. He was a football coach, and damn good one a that, but an outsider to the world of soccer. He may have won 409 games with Penn State and made himself one of the most storied characters in the history of collegiate football, but he definitely wouldn't have known Kyle Beckerman from David Beckham.