5 fiendish Football Manager 2017 challenges you need to try

Pick one that aligns with your own personal Football Manager philosophy, or adopt an entirely different approach – the choice is yours

After a few months of playing with your go-to Football Manager side, whether it be the club you support or a long-standing virtual mistress, it's inevitable that you'll need a change at some point. With this in mind, and with many months of FM17 left in the tank, here are some challenges that will most certainly be worth your time...

1. Pentagon Challenge

The aim is to win a continental competition on every continent in the world; Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and North America all must fall to your managerial might

Get editing your manager profile for this one, as it will be a real test of your mettle. Knock your experience down to Sunday League level, and your qualifications and reputation down to the lowest available – oh, and start unemployed.

Admittedly, you won’t be attracting the interest of super clubs in the opening months of your save, but at least the team you do eventually end up taking over won't have particularly high expectations of you (because that's what we're all striving for in this world we call life).

Cafu

Cafu is one of only nine players to have won both the Champions League and Copa Libertadores

The aim is to win a continental competition on the five biggest continents in the world: Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and North America all must fall to your managerial might – all while trying to build up the managerial credentials required to snare top jobs.

Given that you need to either inherit strong squads or build up your own over the long-term, this challenge will probably consume a considerable part of your life. If you're playing FM17 already, though, you'll know that feeling well. 

Difficulty level: Around the world in 80 days (of your life). 

2. San Marino Challenge

They'll be languishing in Serie D when you pick them up in FM17, and it's a challenge within itself to earn promotion with such a lowly team

Take control of the San Marino club side, who you can find in the depths of Italian league football. They'll be languishing in Serie D when you pick them up in FM17, and it's a challenge within itself to earn promotion with such a lowly team. Long-term, the loose aim is to take them to Serie A and the Champions League. Pick qualifications that match the role.

However, the ripple effect of this push towards success is what you'll be looking to harness the full power of. International progress with the San Marino national team is the next thing on the agenda, and you'll also be picking the country’s top job as your secondary post. By prioritising the promotion and development of home-grown youth talent for club, it should nurture a new generation at national level – with your separate climbs in reputation going hand-in-hand.

San Marino Stadium

Can you bring success to perennial underdogs San Marino?

As with any national challenge, getting to the World Cup is the priority, with international silverware a long-term and possibly unachievable target. But hey, everybody likes a challenge – and this one will probably have you taking unexpected holidays to San Marino after feeling a closer cultural connection with the nation itself. 

Difficulty level: Verging on impossibility.