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The F.A. Premier League Stars 2001 (Windows)

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Stars 2001 (in either one of the F.A. Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and LNF flavours) is the sequel and last title of the short run of EA's Stars series, a spin-off from the mainstay FIFA titles.

Instead of digressing into several leagues, Stars focused on only one (giving each team individual kits and stadiums) and allows the player to improve his team by enhancing the players' abilities or in the transfer market. However, to do so, first the player has to win Star Points on the playing field - by scoring, not losing and having a clean sheet in both goals against and sending offs. Occasionally, there might be some Stars Challenges, which require the player to fulfill a task (scoring five goals, for instance), which will grant more star points, at the risk of possibly losing them if the requirements are not met.

After the player completes a season (which includes the league, cup, European cup, international cup and legends match, against an all-time squad), the player can save the team, customize it and then play against other human-controlled custom team, the winner being able to select (well, steal) key players from the opposing team.

Commentary is provided by Richard Keys, Martin Tyler, Clive Tydesley and Andy Gray. Music is provided by one of the leading record labels of the house music scene, Ministry of Sound.

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The F.A. Premier League Stars 2001 Windows Selecting tactics with fatigue hitting the team
The F.A. Premier League Stars 2001 Windows A throw in
The F.A. Premier League Stars 2001 Windows More games mean more points, but also more fatigue
The F.A. Premier League Stars 2001 Windows The main menu

Alternate Titles

  • "Primera DivisiĆ³n Stars 2001" -- Spanish title
  • "LNF Stars 2001" -- French title
  • "Bundesliga Stars 2001" -- German title

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The Press Says

PC Gamer (Netherlands) Nov, 2000 83 out of 100 83
PC Player (Germany) Oct, 2000 80 out of 100 80
Svenska PC Gamer Sep, 2000 80 out of 100 80
PC Games (Germany) Mar 07, 2001 75 out of 100 75
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Nov, 2000 74 out of 100 74
GameStar (Germany) Oct, 2000 73 out of 100 73
Game Captain Sep 15, 2000 72 out of 100 72
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Sep 29, 2000 65 out of 100 65
Génération 4 Dec, 2000 10 out of 20 50
Joystick (French) Oct, 2000 49 out of 100 49

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While FIFA 2001 removed shirt sponsors from clubs such as Manchester City because they advertised a rival company (Eidos, in this case), in Stars 2001 they kept their sponsors.
Luis Silva (13294) added The F.A. Premier League Stars 2001 (Windows) on Dec 14, 2005
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (120914)