With college football nearly over and the NFL ending just a month or so afterwards, pigskin fans are... oh, wait. This is the other kind of football. Sega's Football Manager franchise has long enabled obsessive compulsive soccer fans to live out their somewhat sedate dreams of managing a pro club. It looks like the developer is giving the handheld versions the same yearly release cycle that the console and PC games enjoy - as well as a nice price bump up to $9.99. Hey, it's a business, not a sport.

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Leagues from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, and Wales are represented, as well as newcomers from Ireland and Northern Ireland. Some (not all) have player headshots included, and of course all of them have stats updated for the late 2012 and 2013 seasons. In-app purchases are included for the first time ever (Really, Sega? On a $10 game?) that allow you to buy stadium upgrades. You also buy new challenges, or even attract a "sugar daddy" chairman to spend money on the team and facilities. Yes, really.

Football Manager 2013 is available for any Android device running 2.2 or later, and with undemanding graphics, just about everybody should be able to play it comfortably on any hardware. Get to it, sophisticated soccer hooligans.

P.S. Gig 'em, Aggies!

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • marcv2

    Please note that the in-app unlockable purchases are all* items which can be unlocked for free as part of playing the game normally (as in previous versions) .... they're just available now at a cost if you're time poor but cash rich (ie. impatient).

    *Only exception being the challenges which are setup the same as in prior versions - first 4 are free, then the others are available at a nominal price.

  • defred34

    "This is the other kind of football."

    No offence, but this is why I think Americans are jerks.

    • Jeremiah Rice

      You're right. We are jerks. Hang on, I've got a six pack of Keystone around here somewhere...

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  • FrillArtist

    "Get to it, sophisticated soccer hooligans."

    Wow. Great job, Jeremiah. What a nice way to address your readers. Calling them touts and thugs.

  • jay

    "Oh! you have offended my delicate European sensibilities by referring to me as a hooligan and calling my favorite past time the other kind of football, Americans are such jerks!"

    Wash your vaginas, people.