I've been playing Football Manager on the PC for nearly two decades now. What started off as a mistake by a cashier at Blockbuster (I tried to rent Toy Story 2 and got a Football Management game instead) developed into an eighteen year passion. I've had so many amazing games. Like when I went unbeaten for two seasons in a row with CSKA Moscow. Or when I guided Solihull Moors to 7th in the Premier League signing only players from the local area (or those who had played for local teams) and spending a whopping £0 on transfer fees in eight seasons there. I've won titles in far off lands, the Middle East, South America, New Zealand, almost everywhere. There is no continental trophy I have not won.
It's hard for me to find a new game, a new challenge. I'll often start a game, do the transfers and then quit. I need something with a long term aim to keep me focused.
I had a Football Manager save game many years ago (I wanna say 2011?) where I took over as manager of the Qatari national team with the intention of guiding them to victory in the 2022 World Cup which they would host. This was so long ago that the plan was still for a summer World Cup and Sports Interactive had not yet programmed the game to move the tournament to Morocco or Canada or whoever gets it in your save. The standard of players in the Q-League was terrible to say the least and my initial plan to sign Brazilian kids to the Qatari league to nationalise ahead of the tournament proved more difficult than I had hoped. I made it to about 2018 and gave up.
That's one of those games that I look back on with regret. I have many Football Manager regrets. I regret that I never played as the Ajax team circa 2007 with De Jong, Sneijder, Van der Vaart and Huntelaar. Or that time I resigned as Birmingham City manager after winning the title with two games to spare and my assistant won Manager of the Year for those last two games...I also wish I had gotten around to playing as Chivas USA in the MLS before they were disbanded in 2013. That had always seemed like a sweet challenge: being the Mexican team in the United States. I've played as Toronto FC since then and enjoyed it but I wanted to build that Latino flavour team in LA.
I remember thinking during the 2006 World Cup how good a 'West Indies Team' would be. Good. Not great, but surely more than the sum of its parts. I tried to make it happen but it was too big an editing job to change the nationalities of EVERY carribean player. And then there would be regens, and empty national teams, qualifiers against other Carribean countries... it was just too hard to implement.
So I've taken all these regrets and ideas and smushed them together into a new long term Football Manager challenge:
Win the World Cup with Jamaica.