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Football Manager is the premier desktop soccer football management simulation game, with millions buying it every year. Last year, Sega brought the title to Android for the first time, in the form of Football Manager Handheld 2012. That was then, and this is now, and the latest version is here. And, it's called -- you guessed it, Football Manager Handheld 2013. The price isn't cheap, and as with last year will cost $9.99 or £6.99 depending where you are. 

With a new year comes new stuff, the first of which is in-app purchases. The very thought of in-app purchases in a game that costs $10 is difficult to get your head round, but the idea kind of works. In the same way as the real football world works, if you splash the cash, you can attract wealthy investors and improve your stadium quicker. There's also 'fresh challenges' available for purchase should you ever require them. It's still difficult to swallow though having dropped all that money for the game in the first place.

Other new features for 2013 includes additional leagues -- we now have leagues for the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland -- media improvements, player photos, player comparisons and form updates, and of course the full licensed information for the 2012/13 season. There's no MLS included though, so American managerial wannabe types will have to make do with teams from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Spain and Wales in addition to the two new Irish leagues. 

Best of all, the file isn't huge -- although there is a first time download file you'll have to get -- and it's available to anyone using Android 2.2 and above. 


Reader comments

Football Manager Handheld 2013 released into Google Play for $9.99


Bought straight away.

Dont know how many people will do the In app Purchases, though i spose its The guys down at football manager being innovative, which i have no probs with, so long as they continue making android versions of the game

One thing just to clarify the original article.

The in-app purchases which existed previously as 'unlockables' through gameplay achievements in previous versions can still be unlocked through gameplay, ie. purchasing them is entirely optional and we haven't changed the gameplay at all when adding them in.

Hope this helps,


I'm guessing not, but does anyone know if it's possible to cloud sync your career? So that it would be possible to play on my tablet when I'm home and then continue my career on my phone when I'm out?

Yes this is very easily done. There is no cloud sync with in the app. However when they was building the first app, this feature was requested, so the devs listended and didnt lock down the save file.

All you do is use any file manager to cut and paste the save game data file to either google drive/dropbox or even email it to yourself. Then on your tablet, use the file manager to put the save game file back into the saved game folder.