Football Manager 2020 is free to play for a week during coronavirus lockdown

The coronavirus outbreak has left many people with more time on their hands than usual.

But there’s only so many hours we can spend doing chores around the house before getting completely bored.

Thankfully, a solution to our self-isolation problems has been found in the form of Football Manager.

The iconic simulation game has been made available to play for free on Steam for a week.

That’s right. Until Wednesday March 25, Football Manager 2020 is free to play on the PC or Mac.

The game has already been updated to feature the transfers that took place in January, so Manchester United have Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo.

Borussia Dortmund, meanwhile, will be ready to play with Erling Haaland leading the line.

Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan took to Twitter on Tuesday to show that he’s spending his time off by playing Football Manager.

This is potentially bad news for employers who have ordered their staff to work from home.

Countries around the world are in lockdown while people have been encouraged to maintain ‘social distancing’ as the Covid-19 pandemic continues.

The impact is certainly being felt in football, with major leagues being suspended and this summer’s European Championship and Copa America being pushed back until 2021.

In England, Premier League are taking various measures after the top flight was postponed until April 4.

Arsenal are currently in self-isolation are manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for the virus.

As are Chelsea, with winger Callum Hudson-Odoi testing positive last Thursday.

But not every club is taking the same approach, with Burnley and Sheffield United continuing first-team training as usual.

Fans can’t be enjoying the lack of football but at least Sports Interactive have softened the blow somewhat.

So what are you waiting for. Get on your computer, download Football Manager 2020 and lead your favourite club to glory.

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