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Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005

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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 The result of offering a player to a club
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 Windows A league match in progress
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 Windows The league tables are updated during the matches
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 Windows The physio treats Young, but the match goes on

Alternate Titles

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

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Thunderbolt Games Windows Nov 20, 2004 10 out of 10 100
3DAvenue Windows Dec 15, 2004 95 out of 100 95
Club Skill Windows Nov 13, 2004 9 out of 10 90
neXGam Windows 2004 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Windows Feb 08, 2005 8.6 out of 10 86
Game XC (GXC) Windows Jun 18, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
Gaming Age Windows Nov 15, 2004 B+ 83
TotalVideoGames (TVG) Windows Nov 08, 2004 8 out of 10 80
JeuxVideoPC.com Windows Apr 21, 2006 15 out of 20 75
PC Games (Germany) Windows Dec 09, 2004 67 out of 100 67


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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.
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