Football Manager Predicts A Decade In The Premier League

Football Manager Predicts A Decade In The Premier League
Apr 29, 2017

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In the modern era, the beloved game of football is forever changing and altering the way in which we value it. As the influx of finances continues to grow in importance for teams, especially those in the Premier League, we felt it would be interesting to explore what the future of football could potentially look like. With the support of Football Manager 2017, we take a look at what football could very well be like in 10 years time.

The 2026/27 Premier League Table:


In regards to the Premier League, there weren’t many changes to note in regards to new teams. Out of the 20 teams currently in the league, Football Manger predicted that 16 of them will still be here fighting in 10 years time. As for Hull City, Middlesbrough, Burnley, and Swansea City, they were all subsequently relegated and most notably playing in the Sky Bet Championship during the 2026/27 season. Surprisingly, they were some interesting additions to the Premier League in some of the latter years too as teams like Preston North End and Burton Albion enjoyed brief one-season cameos in England’s top footballing league.

All Premier League Winners (Year by Year)


Looking at the predicted Premier League winners year by year does offer some remnants of surprise as Liverpool were predicted to win this season’s Premier League title as well as beat Manchester United’s record of 20 league titles. If these predicted are to come true, Arsenal fans shouldn’t hope for much excitement in the next few years as they wait until Arsene Wenger’s final season at the club to finally win the Premier League title again. Chelsea and Manchester City also joined the list winning the title twice each.

Top 5 Highest Paying Transfers (Year by Year)

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The transfer activity between England’s top clubs is also particularly interesting. Unsurprisingly, it was Chelsea and Paris St. Germain involved in the process of setting up a new record for the most expensive player in the world as the latter club purchased prolific forward Rafael Reis for an astonishing £119 million. However, in regards to the record of an individual club breaking the bank for one player, it was Arsenal Football Club of all teams to cement their place in history as they spent £111 million on regenerated Paris St. Germain player Luciano Alonso. To extend on this astonishment, Arsenal even wiped away Paul Pogba’s record-breaking transfer to Manchester United as they matched Atletico Madrid’s £92 million release clause for midfielder Saul.

Most Goals Scored/Conceded/Scored in a Game (Year by Year)

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Player Records


In regards to player specific records, there were some interesting changes as each respective season played out. For example, Football Manager carried on their wrongful predictions for this season as they predicted Manchester United attacking midfielder Juan Mata would break Thierry Henry’s assist record in the Premier League. Additionally, current Maccabi Tel Aviv goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic set a new clean sheet record at Liverpool whilst Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson broke Ledley King’s record for fastest goal scored in a Premier League match.

Club Records:


Out of all of the different club records on display following the ten-year simulation, the most interesting predicted records to note are the fact that Liverpool will surpass Manchester United’s Premier League success record of 20 whilst astonishingly, newly-promoted side Preston North End entered the 2023/24 league season and ended it without winning a single game. Unfortunately, Preston were also unlucky enough to beat Derby County’s 2007/08 record of fewest points in a season, setting a new record at 5.

Previous FA Cup Winners:


Previous EFL Cup Winners:


Other leagues and competitions around the world:



The trend of wrongful predictions followed as Norwich were predicted to win the 2016/17 Championship but were current with Newcastle finishing in 2nd place. Astoundingly, Southampton were relegated from the Premier League in 2019 but soon earned their spot back in England’s top division the following season. Some of the other interesting clubs to achieve promotion include the likes of Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday, and also Bristol City.

La Liga:


As for the La Liga, it seems as if Barcelona fans are in for a treat should these predicted come to light. Despite the prowess of top Spanish clubs like Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, Barcelona have been predicted to win the title every single season. As for the club finishing in second and third place, there was no room for shock whatsoever.


Understandably, the Bundesliga saw a very similar trend in comparison to that of the La Liga with German powerhouse Bayern Munich predicted to win the title every single season. The more surprising league finish came in the form of Borussia Monchengladbach, who were predicted to finish 2nd to the league winners for three consecutive seasons.

World Cup:

Out of all of the different shocks that these predictions have brought, Costa Rica winning next year’s World Cup is by far the most overwhelming. However, normality soon followed as Italy won the following World Cup in 2022 with France clinching their 2nd title the next tournament.

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