A list with five clubs to start a save on Football Manager 2021 with.
Scandinavian football is an odd bunch in Europe. The most northern leagues of the continent have a different setup compared to the rest as they use their own calendar and play football from February until November. This makes football in Scandinavia odd from time to time, especially when you are playing football.
Despite the odd calendar, Scandinavian leagues and clubs are fun to play with. They give you a massive challenge in terms of European success and that alone makes it great to start a new FM21 save in one of the Scandinavian top leagues. To help you in your search we have selected five clubs to play with.
Valerenga Fotball (Norway)
Our first pick is Norwegian club Valerenga. They were founded in 1913 and have collected multiple national trophies. In recent years this club has been a mid-table team in the Tippeligaen/Eliteserien and their best position was a sixth position in the 2018 season (In 2020 the league was canceled due to the COVID pandemic when Valerenga were in 3rd place). Their last league title was won back in 2005.
In FM21 they have one of the best youth academies in Scandinavia and that makes them an interesting club to start a save with.
AIK Solna (Sweden)
AIK Solna was founded in 1891 and that makes them one of the oldest clubs in Scandinavia. They have been a steady club in Swedish football and have won a total of six league titles, the last one was won in 2018. AIK has good youth recruitment and good youth coaching in FM21. An ideal club to build a young squad to battle the big guns in Sweden.
Another reason to play FM21 with AIK Solna are their amazing looking kits. Their home strip is dark blue with yellow details and their away kit is completely white. For the 2021 season theu have released a special black and gold version of their home kit marking their 130th anniversary.
FC Lahti (Finland)
Third club on the list is FC Lahti from Finland. They were founded in 1996 after a merger between FC Kuusysi and Reipas Lahti. They are yet to win a league title and their best finish in the top tier of Finland has been a third position. In recent years Lahti has been a mid-table team, finishing from 6th to 8th over the course of seasons.
The thing that makes this club special is Jari Litmanen. The former Ajax, Liverpool and FC Barcelona star started his youth career at Reipas and later on finished his career at Lahti, playing for the club in two stints.
FC Midtjylland (Denmark)
They were founded in 1999 after a merger between two clubs. This club is well-known for their scouting and youth academy, which is considered as one of the best in Europe. They are also one of the few clubs in the world who base their scouting soley on statistics (Moneyball principle). In recent years Midtjylland has been one of the leading clubs in Denmark, winning two league titles in the last three seasons.
A save with Midtjylland is interesting for their view on football and their way of working with the Moneyball principles. But also their great youth academy and affiliates in Africa makes Midtjylland a club that will have multiple great young players coming through the youth academy.
Breiðablik UBK (Iceland)
Last club on this list is Breidablik from Iceland. They were founded in 1950 and are considered as one of the big clubs in Iceland, despite having won only one league title in the club's history. In recent years they had two back-to-back finished as runner-up behind KR, the biggest club in Iceland.
What makes a save in FM21 great with this club is their youth academy, which is the best in Iceland. They have a great way with developing youth and you could be exploiting this in your FM21 save. It is also challenging to become the biggest club on the island and then to try and conquer Europe.
Have you ever started a save in one of the Scandinavian countries? Let us know how you did in a comment below!