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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 So this is the bunch I'm supposed to take to glory?
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 Windows Pundits aren't too impressed with my appointment either.
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 Windows Notice how the board and fans don't want exactly the same things
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 Windows The result of offering a player to a club

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

videogamer.com Dec 14, 2004 9 out of 10 90
neXGam 2004 9 out of 10 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) Nov 05, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Club Skill Nov 13, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Gaming Age Nov 15, 2004 B+ 83
TotalVideoGames (TVG) Nov 08, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com Nov 02, 2004 16 out of 20 80
JeuxVideoPC.com Apr 21, 2006 15 out of 20 75
Joystick (French) Nov, 2004 7 out of 10 70
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2004 62 out of 100 62


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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 (10744) added Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 (Windows) on Mar 15, 2006
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (153545)