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Ultimate Soccer Manager 98 (Windows)

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Following on the footsteps of its predecessor, USM 98 brings the series to a new level while keeping the same presentation and style characteristic of the series.

The biggest change when compared to USM 2 is the implementation of all leagues in the same executable, which allow players to jump between England (all five nationwide leagues), Scotland (four), Germany (both Bundeslligas and the Regionaliga), Spain, France and Italy (two divisions each). Signings were also changed, and now require a number of faxes between the clubs and the player, which can delay a transfer by two weeks. Players now also have positions, defined by skills. A player with high tackling is a defender, both high tackling and passing is a defensive midfielder, and so on. By intensive training a player can be adapted successfully to a new position, and there's also a favorite side, which makes the difference between an attacking midfielder and a winger. On the downside, players no longer have a personality trait. With the exception of the player's potential (which defines the speed a player, particularly young, increases his abilities), everything can be edited using the in-game editor.

The rest of the game remained mostly unchanged, from the interface, composed by static pictures of several offices where options are reached by clicking on hotspots (like a TV for the teletext, where in-depth statistics can be consulted) to the financial options, where the player is given the lot of land close to the stadium to build stores for both marketing and merchandising.


Ultimate Soccer Manager 98 Windows All transfers are dealt by faxing offers and counter offers back and forth
Ultimate Soccer Manager 98 Windows Teletext offers the most information in the game, from results, tables, form and top scorers to national team call-ups.
Ultimate Soccer Manager 98 Windows The transfer room
Ultimate Soccer Manager 98 Windows The transfer search allows to search most of the database and filter the results in many ways.

Alternate Titles

  • "USM 98" -- Informal Name
  • "DSF Fussball Manager '98" -- German Title

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A decent addition to the world of soccer managment sims faceless (395) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars

The Press Says

Privat Computer PC 1998 90 out of 100 90
PC Player (Denmark) 1998 8 out of 10 80
PC Action Jul, 1998 68 out of 100 68
PC Games (Germany) Jul 01, 1998 64 out of 100 64
GameStar (Germany) Jul, 1998 48 out of 100 48
PC Player (Germany) Jul, 1998 40 out of 100 40


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faceless (395) added Ultimate Soccer Manager 98 (Windows) on Dec 14, 1999