Why did Leicester City draw attention from across the globe during the campaign that saw them become the most unlikely of champions? Why do Roma fans love Francesco Totti so dearly? That's because, whether its the timeless tale of the underdog, or of the hometown boy living the dream, football thrives on storytelling. Football Managers ability to capture that aspect of the beautiful game is what makes it such a success.
Though often described (not entirely without merit) as a glorified spreadsheet, Football Managers bedrock of stats and attribute numbers has proven to be fertile ground for the imagination. The game comes to life through the tales we tell ourselves and our fellow managers about our successes and failuresindeed, you can find entire forums dedicated to just such a purpose. That remains the case in Football Manager 2017.