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Tracksuit Manager varied the conventional Football Manager game style in a number of ways. You take charge of an international team aiming to qualify for and then play in the European Championships and World Cup. This means there is no transfer market, just a pool of 100 eligible players from which a squad of 22 is selected. You can view reports on each player's ability and form at any stage of the squad and team selection process. You can arrange friendly matches to try out players and ensure that the squad plays together as much as possible.

The matches are presented as a running commentary, with a small graphic indicating which area of the pitch the ball is in. A wide range of tactical options are available to dictate the team's passing style, defensive approach and so on, and in another first you can give specific instructions to individual players (maybe telling a particularly pacy defender to man-mark a dangerous opposition winger instead of staying in a set position).


Tracksuit Manager Atari ST Ah, the Communist era, when nobody could spell Cameroon
Tracksuit Manager Amstrad CPC Main menu screen
Tracksuit Manager Atari ST Starting the game
Tracksuit Manager ZX Spectrum Ruud Gullit was a magical player in those days

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ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1990 929 out of 1000 93
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Aug, 1988 9 out of 10 90
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Sep, 1988 88 out of 100 88
Your Commodore Commodore 64 Jun, 1990 86 out of 100 86
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Sep, 1988 83 out of 100 83
Atari ST User Atari ST Apr, 1989 7 out of 10 70
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Apr, 1989 606 out of 1000 61
Raze Atari ST Feb, 1991 60 out of 100 60
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Dec, 1988 588 out of 1000 59
Power Play Atari ST Mar, 1989 59 out of 100 59


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