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Description

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

Screenshots

Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 Windows That was rubbish, this is the tactic for winners!
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 Windows This lad could be useful in right mid.
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 Windows Media Interaction runs through all the CPU managers
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 Windows Notice how the board and fans don't want exactly the same things

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Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

3DAvenue Dec 15, 2004 95 out of 100 95
Jolt (UK) Nov 04, 2004 9.1 out of 10 91
neXGam 2004 9 out of 10 90
videogamer.com Dec 14, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Club Skill Nov 13, 2004 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Feb 08, 2005 8.6 out of 10 86
Gamers Europe Nov 16, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
Joystick (French) Nov, 2004 7 out of 10 70
PC Games (Germany) Dec 09, 2004 67 out of 100 67
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2004 62 out of 100 62

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Trivia

The game is banned in China because Taipei of Taiwan, the Hong Kong-Macao region and Tibet were represented as independent countries. China's Ministry of Culture said it "poses harm to the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity." Merchants caught selling the game, can get a fine of 30,000 Yuan ($4,400) and have their business licence revoked.
Kartanym (10705) added Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 (Windows) on Mar 15, 2006
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (167778)