The latest instalment of the Football Manager series is out now and gamers across the planet are, no doubt, already well into the future in the virtual world.
Crazy as it sounds, some of you might even just be starting out on your Football Manager 2018 adventure and perhaps you are pondering which team you should manage over Christmas.
The span of clubs in Football Manager 2018 is comprehensive and each job has its own unique attractions, demands and potential rewards.
So, whether you are keen on a challenge or just fancy splashing the cash, Goal has taken a look at some of the best teams to manage in the game.
Can you be the person to restore them to their former glory? That's undoubtedly the challenge that awaits should you take the reins of the Rossoneri in Football Manager 2018.
They've splashed the cash under new Chinese ownership to bring in talented young players to the club and a long-term rebuilding job is anticipated, but you might be able to speed up that process.
With players such as Leonardo Bonucci, Andre Silva and Gianluigi Donnarumma at the club, it is an attractive prospect, but Vincenzo Montella's struggles as well as those of his successor Gennaro Gattuso in 2017-18 show that it is not always as easy as it looks.
Kylian Mbappe. Thiago Silva. Marco Verratti. Neymar. Paris Saint-Germain boast one of the most talented - and most expensive - squads in the world, but the ultimate prize has thus far eluded them.
The likes of Carlo Ancelotti, Laurent Blanc and Unai Emery have tried and failed to bring the Champions League to the French capital, demonstrating that simply having the most expensive players does not necessarily guarantee success.
Domestically, managing PSG should be somewhat of a stroll, but on the continent is where it gets tricky. You'll have plenty of money to spend, but the pressure to win is intense and you won't last long if you don't deliver immediate success.
Thanks to the influence of 'Super Agent' Jorge Mendes, English Championship side Wolves boast some of the brightest European prospects in their ranks.
Portugal international Ruben Neves abandoned Champions League football with Porto in order to join the club, while the likes of Diogo Jota and Ruben Vinagre signed on loan from Atletico Madrid and Monaco respectively.
The aim, naturally, is to earn promotion to the Premier League, and that may be straightforward, but can you keep the West Midlands side there?
The eight-time Spanish champions are one of the biggest clubs in Spain and regularly produce some of the most talented players to emerge from the country. However, they have not tasted La Liga glory since 1984 when they pipped Real Madrid on goal difference.
Climbing above the likes of Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Valencia to become the main rivals of the Clasico clubs is made more difficult by the club's transfer policy, which focuses on Basque players, but the famous Lezama academy helps.
Dundalk made history in 2016 when they became the first Irish club to pick up points in the Europa League group stage as they defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv and drew with AZ Alkmaar.
The three-in-a-row League of Ireland champions have since lost players who have gone on to become full internationals, but their aim is to once again defy the odds and qualify for the Champions League.
Budgets are small and it can be difficult to attract top quality players, but if you manage Dundalk, there is a strong possibility of regular continental football.
In real life, the club's European exploits have caught the attention of overseas investors, so who knows what lies in store if you can steer them to success?
Die Schwaben are one of a clutch of German clubs outside Bayern Munich to win multiple national championships and they enjoyed successful spells in the late 1980s, early 1990s and mid 2000s with players such as Jurgen Klinsmann, Fritz Walter and Mario Gomez passing through their ranks.
They suffered a gradual decline following their Bundesliga success of 2007 and were eventually relegated in 2016, but they're back now. Can you bring the good times back to Baden-Wurttemberg?
The 2017-18 season began with plenty of promise for Everton as they recruited a number of highly rated players, but things did not pan out as Ronald Koeman might have expected.
While in real life they are struggling at the wrong end of the table, the expectations at Goodison Park are for the club to qualify for continental competition and challenge the traditional top-four hegemony.
With players such as Gylfi Sigurdsson, Davy Klaassen and former star Wayne Rooney in the squad, as well as the backing of an ambitious owner, that should, in theory, be attainable.
International management is much different to being at the helm of a club and that is very much the case in Football Manager too.
If you fancy really testing yourself in the international sphere, taking the reins of Iceland may be one of the more interesting and challenging jobs.
It may not be as straightforward in Football Manager though, so you will have to figure out the secret to their unlikely success.
FOREST GREEN ROVERS
Bringing a club from the lower reaches of the English football pyramid to the summit has long been a challenge relished by fans of the Football Manager series.
The likes of Southampton and Bournemouth have shown what is possible with the right management and recruitment, but can it be replicated elsewhere?
Users can take their pick from any of the clubs in League Two, but guiding newly promoted Forest Green Rovers to glory represents one of the more difficult propositions.Teams such as Luton Town, Notts County and Accrington Stanley are more obvious selections, but building an empire at The New Lawn would be quite an achievement.
Be warned: you'll need plenty of patience.
However, as Pedro Caixinha has learned to his detriment, it is not simply a case of showing up and expecting parity to be restored; it will take a mammoth effort to win the Scottish Premiership.
Qualifying for European competition would help boost the coffers, but even that isn't as easy as it sounds, as real life has shown.
Nevertheless, managing Rangers has the potential to be rewarding, with regular access to the Champions League a distinct possibility should you mastermind domestic success.