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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 This time Mr Salmon Leap isn't to be denied.
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 Windows Osman had a very good game on the right while Bent got a knock.
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 Windows More player info.
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 Windows Fine tuning.

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
videogamer.com Dec 14, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) Nov 05, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Gamers Europe Nov 16, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
JeuxVideoPC.com Apr 21, 2006 15 out of 20 75
Fragland.net Dec 10, 2004 73 out of 100 73
Multiplayer.it Dec 16, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Joystick (French) Nov, 2004 7 out of 10 70
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 (10738) added Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 (Windows) on Mar 15, 2006
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (155081)