After nearly two decades of Football Manager 2022, Trebor Mahtal's throwback 4-4-fucking2 style led AFC Wimbledon from League 1 mediocrity to five-time Champions of England and four-time Champions of Europe. The club is now firmly established as the best in the world so, with FM23 fast approaching, it seemed the right time to bring the save to a close.
AFC Wimbledon fans had yet another stunning season to celebrate as their heroes became Champions of England and Europe for an outrageous 3rd year in a row in the summer of 2039. But could they maintain the dominance to become officially the best club in Europe?
The Crazy Gang supporters had a summer to remember in 2037 as their heroes Eli, Rodolfo Díaz, Andrés Araújo, Valentin Schumann-Blaschke, Alan Kardec, Javier Santamaría, Theo Hernández and Vinícius Júnior and co paraded the Premier League and Champions League trophies around the streets of South London.
AFC Wimbledon won a thrilling title battle with Liverpool to become Champions of England for the second time in 2035/36. The challenge now was to strengthen to become the dominant force in England and challenge in the Champions League.
These were exciting times at AFC Wimbledon as The Dons backed up up their maiden Premier League title by finishing runner-up in both the league and the Champions League and winning their first-ever domestic cup.
The scenes in southwest London last summer were pretty crazy, but the celebrations of 2034 absolutely blew them out of the water. The likes of Eli, Valentin Schumman-Blaschke, Andrés Araújo, Roldolfo Díaz, Theo Hernández were hailed as heroes as they paraded the Premier League trophy alongside their now-legendary manager Trebor Mahtal.
In the aftermath of somehow sneaking a first-ever league title, it took Trebor Mahtal a little while to get his head around just how his AFC Wimbledon side had done it. And upon reflection, it was fairly clear that this was the craziest Premier League season ever.
Against all the odds, AFC Wimbledon had gone from League One mediocrity to qualifying for the Europa League in 11 years of Football Manager.
AFC Wimbledon finished 5th in the Premier League in 2031/32, marking an 11-year journey from League One strugglers to one of the best teams in England. So I thought it'd be interesting to take a look back at the club's rise.