Throughout this journey across North and South America, we attempted to provide updates on the various leagues every season. However, a cock-up with WordPress blocks meant we had to go through and delete these sections.
So, now that the domestic element of Aventuras Américas is complete, this seems a good time to reflect on how the footballing world looks after 22 years of gameplay. We’ll start with Lazaró’s former clubs, look across the Americas, and then look a little wider at the best teams and players around the world.
Lazaró’s former clubs in 2043
Deportes Puerto Montt: Lazaró’s very first club Puerto Montt are firmly in mid-table of the Chilean second tier. They finished eighth in the 2043 campaign but lost their last five matches, which cost them a chance at promotion. After relegation with Lazaró in 2024, the club took 12 years to get back to the top tier and stayed there for two seasons before being relegated in 2037.
Universidad Católica: Católica just finished runners-up in the Chilean top tier. After Lazaró’s title year in 2025, they won three titles in the next five years but have only won it once in the next 13, which was back in 2036.
New York Red Bulls: NYRB just finished bottom of the Eastern Conference in the 2043 MLS. Lazaró’s second-place finish, followed by winning the MLS Cup, is their highest finish of the save but they did come third in 2030. Since then, things haven’t been great with no playoff place secured since 2038.
River Plate Montevideo: River Plate just finished seventh of 16 teams in Uruguay’s top tier. They’ve had two third-place finishes since winning the title under Lazaró in 2028, the most recent being in 2037, but have dropped into mid-table for the last few seasons.
América de Cali: América just finished third in the long, long Colombian league campaign. Since Lazaró won both phases of the league back in 2030, América have had plenty of success with seven league phase titles and two Colombian Cup wins.
Alianza Lima: Alianza also just finished second in the Peruvian league having won the previous title. Since Lazaró left in 2031, Alianza have won six of the last 12 titles and six Peruvian cups.
Puebla FC: Puebla finished 10th of 18 teams in México’s Apertura table in 2043. Since Lazaró left in 2034, Puebla have consolidated themselves as a mid-table side, never finishing higher than sixth. However, they did move into the massive 110,180-capacity Puebla FC Stadium seven years ago!
Palmeiras: Bizarrely, Palmeiras offered Lazaró the opportunity to move back to the club in September 2043, which tells you they’re not doing too well. Also, both Santos and Gremio offered Lazaró interviews that he turned down early in 2044. Palmeiras eventually finished ninth and haven’t won the title since Lazaró’s 2036 success. Although they did finish second in 2038 and 11th in 2039. As a result, they’ve been through seven permanent managers in seven years since Lazaró’s departure!
FC Edmonton: Edmonton finished fourth of eight teams in the Canadian Premier League in 2043, which was an improvement on last year’s seventh! Lazaró’s title in 2037 was the first of three on the bounce but they’ve not been champions since 2039.
Newell’s Old Boys: Newell’s remain very much in mid-table of the Argentinian second tier, sitting ninth of 18 teams in Group A after 18 games. They haven’t finished above the fifth place that Lazaró secured in 2039.
Godoy Cruz: The side Lazaró led to the Argentinian title in 2040 sit 10th halfway through the 2043/44 campaign. Their best finish since Lazaró departed was fourth last season, someway behind the big three.
Flamengo: Lazaró’s final club team finished third in the Brazilian Série A. The year after Lazaró’s title win in 2041, they slipped to seventh, but remain one of the top teams in Brazil.
A look across the Americas
Argentina: Boca Juniors have been the dominant force in Argentina for the last decade, winning eight of the last 10 titles. The only teams to upset their dominance were Lazaró’s Godoy Cruz in 2039/40 and Independiente in the most recent season 2042/43. Independiente are now six points clear halfway through the 2043/44 campaign.
Prior to this, Independiente also won the league in the very first season of the save. Vélez then won the title before River and Boca shared two titles in a row for the next six years, before Boca won one and River three on the bounce.
Brazil: There was a surprise winner in 2043 as Atletico Goianiense claimed their first-ever Série A title. Santos won three of the four previous titles and have three further titles during this save. Corinthians have been the dominant side in Brazil with seven titles, but none since 2038, and Flamengo have five.
Canada: Cavalry FC are the most recent Canadian champions, but a different team has won the title for the last four years since Edmonton’s three in a row. That means over half of the CPL have won the title in the last five seasons!
Chile: Colo-Colo have become the best team in Chile, winning five of the last seven titles and 10 of the last 16. Universidad de Chile have won two of the last four.
Colombia: Atlético Nacional just won the Finalicázion phase, which is their first title since 2038. A different team has won the last six titles but América de Cali remains the team most likely to win the title.
México: Pumas have become the most dominant side in México, topping the most recent Apertura stage and winning three of the last six phase. But Monterrey have won seven of the last 14 phases and eight of the last 18 since Lazaró left Puebla.
Peru: Sport Huancayo lifted the 2043 title, which is their second in three years and fifth of this save. Lima have won eight of the last 16 titles with occasional surprise wins for smaller sides like Cusco, San Martín and Juan Aurich.
USA: Houston Dynamo just won MLS Cup, beating Atlanta United in the final to claim their first title since 2028. Montréal have been the must successful MLS side, winning four of the last 14 titles. But it’s been shared around by the likes of Philadelphia, Portland, New England, LA Galaxy and Atlanta, while new franchise Charlotte FC claimed their first in 2034.
Uruguay: The big two of Nacional and Penarol have dominated Uruguay through this save, winning all but three titles in 22 years. Penarol are currently on top, winning the last three titles and four of the last five.
Copa Libertadores: South America’s biggest club prize has been dominated by Brazilian clubs. Boca won it in 2039 and 2040 and River won it in 2023, but every other year has seen the trophy taken to Brazil. Internacional just won the 2043 trophy, defeating Flamengo 2-1 after extra-time in the final.
Copa Sudamericana: Brazilian sides have also dominated South America’s second continental trophy, winning all but five titles through this save. River won it in 2039 and Uruguayan side Nacional won it in 2037, after Lazaró’s Alianza success in 2031. But América Mineiro just won it in 2043, making it four on the bounce for Brazilian teams.
The footballing world in 2043
England: Liverpool are the current English champions, winning their first Premier League title since 2025. Man City and Chelsea have been the dominant forces with nine titles apiece through this save.
Spain: Real Madrid and Barcelona have won every title bar one through this save, when Atlético won it in 2024. Barcelona have won the last two titles and three of the last four.
Germany: Bayern are the current champions and have won all titles bar four during this save. Leipzig caused an upset in 2028, then Dortmund won three titles in 2034, 2035 and 2041.
France: PSG have won every single Ligue 1 title through this save.
Portugal: Porto are the dominant side in Portugal, winning five of the last six titles and 12 throughout this save. Sporting ave won one in 2027 and Benfica and Porto took it in turns to win leagues through the 2030s.
Champions League: PSG are the current holders, having won it in 2042 and 2043, as well as the first two years of the save. Man UFC and Real Madrid have won it four times but Chelsea and PSG have won five.
Europa League: Liverpool are the current holders, prior to which Juventus won it in 2042 and Hoffenheim in 2041. Liverpool have actually won it three times through this save, but Monaco have claimed it five times including three in a row between 2036 and 2038!
Best players in the world in 2043
According to the reputation rankings, Man City have the two best players in the world in Argentinian midfielder Diego Elías and Scottish forward Adam Peacock. But pushing them close are Barcelona’s English winger Jordan Millward, Real Madrid’s Paraguayan striker Javier Aranda, and Chelsea’s 22-year-old winger Samu Maestre. Peacock is the most expensive (valued at £281-£326 million) followed by Lazaró’s former midfielder with Brazil Waldemar Oldra, Liverpool winger Julio Muller and Madrid winger Hallvar Lund Hansen. Peacock also won FIFA Best Men’s Player 2043, followed by Liverpool’s French midfielder Mohamed Dghoughi and City’s Mexican winger Omar Flores. Scroll through FM’s finest newgens below!
Join us next time as Robinho Lazaró furthers his international managerial career by taking charge of his homeland of Colombia!