Bolton Wanderers' second Premier League title defence was off to a superb start as they headed into 2038 unbeaten. They were also looking forward to an exciting first clash with Real Madrid in the Champions League.
English football has long-maligned players that ply their trade abroad. For whatever reason, we're more than happy for leading players from other countries to come to the Premier League, but if our players do the reverse then they're immediately treated with scepticism.
Fred Everiss became manager (well, secretary-manager) of West Bromwich Albion way back in 1902. English football's longest-serving manager of all time was still in charge at The Hawthorns when Roy Hodgson was born on 9 August 1947.
A crazy conclusion to the Slovakian First Division saw Vladimir Latunov lift his eighth national title on his Soviet Surge with FC Nitra. That success meant he was back on the move with a tenth club in nine countries across Eastern Europe.
The good people of Bolton had yet more reason to celebrate in the summer of 2037 as their Bolton Wanderers heroes sealed the unlikely feat of defending their maiden Premier League title.
We've reached the mid-way point in the Football Manager 2021 cycle, which means there's probably plenty of people keen for a new challenge and looking for a new save to take on for the next six months.
Newly promoted FC Nitra had taken the Slovakian First Division by storm in their first six months back in the league. The club sat pretty in second place and found themselves in an unlikely title battle with Slovak giants Zilina and Slovan Bratislava.
San Marino's new-look young side had a somewhat chastening experience in World Cup Qualifying. But they had shown plenty of promise and there were several exciting youngsters establishing themselves in the national team.
A maiden Premier League title defence hadn't started overly well but a strong end to 2036 saw Bolton Wanderers slash the gap to early pacesetters Arsenal and Tottenham.
FC Nitra won their fifth Slovak Second Division title with an unbeaten season in Vladimir Latunov's first season in Slovakia. Now, heading into the 2032/33 campaign, the challenge was to strengthen the side and develop some exciting youngsters to step up to the top tier and move into European football.