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Following a long association with Eidos who published Sports Interactive's Championship Manager games, the two companies parted. Eidos retained the rights to the Championship Manager name and Sports Interactive retained the game code and database which they developed into Football Manager 2005. This is therefore the first game in what became the long-running Football Manager series.

This game is primarily a management game. The player accesses all aspects of the game from team selection, transfers, media interaction tactics and the like via a menu system. Actual games are viewed in a top down 2-D mode. As is customary with games in this series a data editor is supplied so that the player can update the game as transfers take place and regulations change. Some of the game's featured statistics are:
  • over one hundred attributes for each player,
  • over five thousand teams in fifty countries,
  • over one hundred attributes for each player
  • statistics for over a quarter of a million players and staff,
  • a database with over two and a half thousand contributors.
New game elements include:
  • A Media section which allows managers to influence the managers of other teams and players by making statements to the press and TV
  • A completely revised interface
  • The Physio Room which provides accurate injury data


Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 Windows That was rubbish, this is the tactic for winners!
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 Windows Not all information about all players is known - scouting required here
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 Windows Pundits aren't too impressed with my appointment either.
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 Windows So this is the bunch I'm supposed to take to glory?

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Alternate Titles

  • "Football Manager 2005" -- UK title
  • "FM 2005" -- Common abbreviation

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Critic Reviews

Thunderbolt Games Nov 20, 2004 10 out of 10 100
IC-Games Nov 05, 2004 96 out of 100 96 (UK) Nov 05, 2004 9 out of 10 90 Dec 14, 2004 9 out of 10 90
neXGam 2004 9 out of 10 90
TotalVideoGames (TVG) Nov 08, 2004 8 out of 10 80 Nov 22, 2004 7.8 out of 10 78 Apr 21, 2006 15 out of 20 75 Dec 10, 2004 73 out of 100 73
PC Games (Germany) Dec 09, 2004 67 out of 100 67


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Together with ESPNSoccernet and GamesRadar, Sports Interactive Limited ran a contest from 12th February 2004 until 8th April 2004 to design the Football Manager logo. From over 6,000 entries, a final shortlist of ten was selected, for which users could vote. The contest was won by Stuart Luff from Sheffield who walked away with £10,000. The other finalists received a year's supply of Sports Interactive games and other SI merchandise.
Kartanym (10726) added Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 (Windows) on Mar 15, 2006
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (163136)