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Bundesliga 99 (Windows)

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Description

The German version of this soccer management game allows you to take over the responsibility for one of 108 German soccer clubs. The game models the 1998/1999 German soccer league structure down to the 3rd level. That means there are two professional leagues (1st and 2nd division) and four geographically divided amateur leagues (representing virtually a 3rd league). All club, manager, and player names are authentic, as EA obtained an official licence for this game.

Your starting point in the league structure depends on the team you chose to manage. The game offers two main working areas: team management (team tactics, player deployment, transfers, etc.) and financial management (sponsoring, stadium management, merchandising, etc.). Detailed statistics of both, players, and club are offered as a base for decisions. Optionally, most of the management areas can be taken over by the computer.

This management simulation introduced a then new communications system, the so-called EAMail, which resembles normal Email messages. All important news concerning your club will arrive via this interface and some of your management decisions will be made through it, too. The game will allow you to accept a job in another European league, after certain conditions are met (success in European-wide competitions).

A match of your team can either be viewed in 3D or 2D mode. The first one uses a view which resembles the FIFA games of the time (i.e. FIFA 99), while the other one offers a more schematic top-down view where players are represented by icons. In 3D mode, spoken commentary by a well known German reporter can be heard. While the match can be stopped to change tactics, etc., it can't be aborted completely.

An additional feature of the game is video footage, which will be shown in certain situations.

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Bundesliga 99 Windows A goal is scored, part one
Bundesliga 99 Windows Intro scene
Bundesliga 99 Windows A new EAMail arrived
Bundesliga 99 Windows Title screen

Alternate Titles

  • "La Liga de FĂștbol 98-99" -- Spanish title
  • "FA Premier League 99" -- UK title

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The Press Says

GameStar (Germany) Nov, 1998 70 out of 100 70
PC Player (Germany) Nov, 1998 63 out of 100 63
Power Play Nov, 1998 63 out of 100 63
Attack Games Dec, 1998 4 out of 10 40

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NGC 5194 (17267) added Bundesliga 99 (Windows) on Jan 02, 2003