This year, we're bringing the Bottom At Christmas experiment back but on a bigger scale, with leagues in England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain available to choose from. First up, is Southampton!
Football fans have long debated how the Old Firm of Celtic and Rangers would fare if they competed in England. So we decided to use Football Manager 2022 to settle the debate by moving both clubs into the Premier League.
At the halfway mark of the Serie A 2025/26 season, Roberto di Lazaró had led his Sampdoria side to the top of the league and enjoyed a six-point lead over Inter Milan. That meant a first Scudetto since 1991 was within sight with 21 games remaining.
Despite going unbeaten through the first half of the 2024/25 campaign, Sampdoria went into the winter break somehow trailing Inter by five points - as the leaders had only failed to win twice and only conceded four goals in 17 games.
Roberto di Lazaró's Sampdoria side was once again defying expectations as they sat third in Serie A and were the competition's top scorers heading into 2024.
Sampdoria had massively exceeded all expectations by finishing in third in Serie A in 2022/23. However, season three was likely to be much more of a struggle as the club looked to balance competing in the Champions League with the league on a shoestring budget.
Sampdoria were performing well above expectations despite a massive overhaul of the playing squad in the summer of 2022. Moving into 2023, Blucerchiati sat second in Serie A as the league resumed following the silly Winter World Cup in Qatar.
After seven seasons in Aswijan, we'd just led Khaliza Unidi to a third successive Liga Regale title and become the fictional nation's first Champions of Europe.
Two-time reigning Aswijan champions Khaliza Unidi didn't require too much rebuilding in the summer of 2025, which was lucky as we had a pesky Club World Cup competition to play in.