The world of football management is full of wonder and intrigue, where skilled tacticians wield their knowledge like wands and their teams like pieces on a chessboard. It's a realm where the slightest move can have a monumental impact, and where the most unlikely of underdogs can rise to the top with the right guidance. In this world, there are no magic spells or enchanted objects, but the power of strategy and leadership is just as potent. And in Football Manager 2023, there are seven fallen giants waiting to be resurrected, their past glories waiting to be relived. It's up to you to take the reins and lead them to the top once again.

Aston Villa

Once upon a time, Aston Villa was a formidable force in the world of football, capturing the hearts of many with their triumphs on the pitch. With a rich history dating back to the late 1800s, Aston Villa has won numerous titles including seven First Division titles and one European Cup.

But as time went by, the club's fortunes dwindled and they slipped into mediocrity. Despite their efforts, they haven't been able to recapture their past glories in recent times. However, in Football Manager 2023, you have the chance to change their fate and revive the sleeping giant.

Managing Aston Villa would be a challenging and exciting experience for any football manager. With a passionate fanbase and billionaire owners, there is a lot of potential to create a new era of success for the club. It will be your job to lead them to glory once again and bring them back to the top of the football world. With an experienced squad and some promising young talent, can you guide Aston Villa to a new golden age and cement their place in football history once again? The challenge awaits you in Football Manager 2023.

Deportivo La Coruna

Deportivo La Coruna, a football club from the Galician city of A Coruna, may not have the mythical reputation of some of the giants of Spanish football, but their history is still one worth noting. In 1999-2000, they won their first and only La Liga title under the management of Javier Irureta, and also reached the semi-finals of the Champions League that season.

Their success was short-lived, however, and they were relegated from La Liga in 2018 after 20 consecutive seasons in the top flight. Despite their recent struggles, Deportivo has a loyal fanbase and a strong youth academy, which makes them a compelling challenge in Football Manager 2023.

As the new manager of Deportivo, you will have the task of bringing them back to La Liga and re-establishing them as a force in Spanish football. With a mix of experienced players and promising youngsters, can you guide them to glory once again and add to their trophy cabinet? The challenge awaits, and the Galician faithful are counting on you.


Amidst the fallen giants of European football, there lies a club that has been seeking its way back to the summit of the game. Feyenoord, a club from Rotterdam, Netherlands, has a history as rich and storied as any in the world. They have won multiple Eredivisie titles and KNVB Cups, as well as the European Cup in 1970. Their stadium, the De Kuip, is renowned for its raucous atmosphere and is one of the most iconic grounds in Europe.

Despite their past success, Feyenoord has fallen on hard times in recent years, with their last Eredivisie title coming in 2017. However, with a passionate fanbase and a history of success, the club remains an attractive challenge for any ambitious manager in Football Manager 2023.

As the new manager of Feyenoord, you would be tasked with reviving the club's fortunes and leading them back to glory. You would need to navigate the competitive Eredivisie and overcome traditional powerhouses Ajax and PSV to secure European football. With the right tactics and astute signings, you could guide Feyenoord back to the summit of European football and bring joy to their loyal supporters once again.


Amidst the bustling city of Hamburg, there lies a team with a storied past, a team with the ability to rise again to great heights. Hamburg's history is littered with triumphs and accolades, including a stunning victory in the European Cup in 1983. The team's fanbase is passionate and devoted, with a desire to see their team soar once again.

As a football manager in FM23, guiding Hamburg to glory is a challenge that should not be taken lightly. With a recent relegation to the 2. Bundesliga, the team is in need of a leader who can restore stability and bring them back to their former glory. But there are obstacles in the way, including a lack of managerial stability and a revolving door of coaches. Yet with a rich history and a dedicated fanbase, Hamburg has the potential to reclaim their position as one of the giants of European football.

Can you lead Hamburg back to their former glory and restore their place among the greats? The challenge awaits in Football Manager 2023.

Crvena Zvezda

Deep in the heart of Serbia lies a football club with a history as rich as the land it hails from. Crvena Zvezda, or Red Star Belgrade as it's known to the rest of the world, once stood tall as the champions of Europe. In 1991, they triumphed over Marseille in a thrilling penalty shootout to lift the European Cup, and just months later they added the Intercontinental Cup to their trophy cabinet.

But the fall of Yugoslavia brought with it a new era of hardship for Red Star. The once-unified league was split into separate competitions across several nations, and the club struggled to reclaim their former glory. Yet, despite the challenges, they have still managed to win the Serbian league seven times in the past ten seasons.

In Football Manager 2023, taking the reins of Red Star would be a true test of managerial mettle. Building a team capable of competing on the European stage is no easy feat, and doing so against the backdrop of a divided nation adds an extra layer of complexity. But for those who are up to the challenge, the rewards could be monumental. Will you be the one to lead Red Star back to the top of the footballing world?

Rising To The Challenge

As you venture forth into the vast world of Football Manager 2023, do not forget the fallen giants who await your guiding hand. With their rich histories and dedicated fan bases, they yearn to reclaim their former glory and take on the best of the best once more. Will you be the one to lead them back to greatness?

Whether it be Aston Villa, Deportivo La Coruna, Feyenoord, Crvena Zvezda, Hamburg, Nottingham Forest or Steaua Bucuresti, share your progress with the world using the hashtag #MyFallenGiant or by tagging @GuidesFM on Twitter. May the footballing gods smile upon you and your chosen club, and may you bring them back to the pinnacle of the sport.

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