Goal United – A Highly Sophisticated Football Manager
Football Browser Game – Ancelotti, Guardiola, Mourinho, Wenger or Klopp? Think you can do a better job at managing? You now have your chance to prove it in Goal United. But can a free-to-play browser game compete with the likes of Fifa? We tested it out for you…
In Goal United, you dive straight into the fight for first place. Only the top 6 can secure their place within the league or even have a chance of being promoted. You’ll find yourself at the top if you’re able to combine sporting talent with top managerial prowess. Aside from the separate leagues in varying countries, you’ll also have the chance to compete for countless national and international trophies, with your chance of competing with the best of the best.
The unique career mode is a particularly impressive feature in Goal United. You start off as a fresh-faced manager in charge of a lower-tier team, charged with getting your team to the top of the table. Bit by bit you’ll get the chance to unlock an abundance of special features. These will allow you to build a youth team, expand your stadium or increase your credit rating. This feature means that you’re constantly motivated to progress and helps you get used to the game as fast as possible. This learning curve is also helped by the concise manager.
Being a manager isn’t easy. You’ll be expected to look after the expansion of your stadium, negotiate sponsorship contracts, ensure the happiness of various interest groups such as fans or the public and, of course, keep an eye on the extensive transfer market. You’ll need to think carefully when expanding your stadium. There are a lot of different options to make the expansion more or less financially efficient. So you’ll need to decide whether a flood light or security cameras are a necessary addition to your stadium. A fan shop will please your supporters and will increase income. You’ll also need to prove your worth in the transfer market. Earning a profit, while at the same time strengthening your team is far from an easy task.
Task as a Trainer
In addition to these managerial tasks, you’ll also need to make sure that your team is trained and that you’ve put the right tactics into practice. It’s important to do all this with the strengths and weaknesses of your team in mind. Every player has different character attributes in Goal United. When you get familiar with how these attributes affect strikers, wingers and goalkeepers, then you’ll be able to influence your team greatly. There are a total of 12 different character attributes, such as aggression, likeability, flexibility and disposition. These attributes can have both a positive and negative effect on the player. You’ll need to get to know every player in depth so that you can bring out their full potential. You’ll also be responsible for the youth team. That means you’ll need to pick out the natural talents and develop them individually.
Get Stuck In
Just like in Fifa Football Manager, you’ll also have the chance to intervene at half-time. This means that you can substitute exhausted players, change your tactics or give your players that necessary confidence boost with a half-time speech. This means that you’ll continue to have an influence on the game up until that final whistle is blown. If you’re worried that you’ll never be able to leave the computer, then have no fear. All of these aforementioned half-time settings can be given before the start of the game. The only problem with this, is that you don’t know how the game will develop. In the free-to-play browser game Goal United, it’s particularly important to base your tactics on what your opponent has decided on. Only those who have really analysed their opponent will be able to climb their league and reach the top.
- Unique Achievements: Over 70 different achievements will give you a real incentive to complete missions
- Your Team: You are both the manager and trainer and you’ll need to look after training and tactics, as well as the expansion of your stadium and sponsorship contracts
- Exciting Career Mode: Start with a lower-tiered team, gain experience and fight to become top of the table
- Extensive Transfer Market: Strengthen your team and beat out the competition to win over real players from countless different leagues
- Free-to-Play and Free of Violence: Goal United is a free-to-play sort browser game and offers an alternative to those well-known football manager games like EA and Fifa.
The Bottom Line
The free-to-play browser game Goal United really impressed us throughout. Everything has been packed into this game, whether it’s the finely-tuned tactics, extensive stadium expansion options or exciting transfer market negotiations. The career mode proved to be particularly addictive and you’ll not want to stop playing. The tasks as a trainer are realistic and you’ll always be presented with new challenges. The only downside is that you’ll need to be an experienced manager before you can unlock all the managerial content and this takes a bit of time. But Goal United remains one of the best free-to-play browser games in its genre.
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