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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

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Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 Windows Contract renewal
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 Windows Match Tactics
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 Windows Manager information
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 Windows Damning with faint praise, this one

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
3DAvenue Dec 15, 2004 95 out of 100 95
Jolt (UK) Nov 04, 2004 9.1 out of 10 91
Club Skill Nov 13, 2004 9 out of 10 90
videogamer.com Dec 14, 2004 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Feb 08, 2005 8.6 out of 10 86
Game XC (GXC) Jun 18, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
Jeuxvideo.com Nov 02, 2004 16 out of 20 80
SegaFan.com Nov 22, 2004 7.8 out of 10 78
PC Games (Germany) Dec 09, 2004 67 out of 100 67

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Trivia

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 (10733) added Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 (Windows) on Mar 15, 2006
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (161387)