Soccer fan gift ideas: 7 of the best gaming offers this Christmas

We all know that football and gaming is a match made in virtual heaven. But not sure what the best deals are this year? Joe Minihane's got you covered

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1. Xbox One S 500GB + FIFA 17, $249

Those dreaded breaks in the crowded Christmas fixture list could easily be filled with a long winter walk or a game of Monopoly. Alternatively, snap up this bargain bundle, either as a present to yourself or the kids, and there won’t be a minute when you’ve not got football on the telly. You can even make Mourinho–vintage United look good.

Get it here.

2. Football Manager Mobile 2017 + Apple iPad mini 4, $9 and $380

As even hardcore FM fans will attest, 2017’s full-on version makes steering Leicester to Premier League glory in real life look like a breeze. But for budding managers and those who preferred the days of smashing out a season without setting up training drills, the mobile version is a better bet. Snap up an iPad mini, load it up with the game and you’ve got the perfect gift for wannabe Guardiolas everywhere.

Get it here.

3. Sony PS4 500GB with FIFA 17, $272

If you’re buying for hardcore gamers who won’t take kindly to you putting Microsoft products under the tree, then this alternative PS4 offer from John Lewis is just the ticket. It’s a bit of a bargain and offers football-obsessed gamers the chance to take on their pals online and quietly forget about the travails of the real-life relegation battles and last-minute losses that can pile up over the Christmas period.

Get it here.

4. Rocket League: Collectors’ Edition, PS4 and Xbox One, $19

FIFA and PES are the Barça and Real of football games, sure – but there are alternatives if you want to give younger gamers something less taxing than battling rivals online. Rocket League: Collectors’ Edition sees you take control of cars in a battle royale football match, with the chance to score worldies and make absurd saves. It’s unrealistic and utterly addictive.

Get it here.

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