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 Contract renewal
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 Windows Osman had a very good game on the right while Bent got a knock.
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 Windows A reserve match, using a mix of fringe players and emerging youngsters
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 Windows An occasional consequence of your actions

Alternate Titles

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

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3DAvenue Windows Dec 15, 2004 95 out of 100 95
neXGam Windows 2004 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Windows Feb 08, 2005 8.6 out of 10 86
Gaming Age Windows Nov 15, 2004 B+ 83
TotalVideoGames (TVG) Windows Nov 08, 2004 8 out of 10 80 Windows Nov 02, 2004 16 out of 20 80 Windows Apr 21, 2006 15 out of 20 75 Windows Dec 10, 2004 73 out of 100 73
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Oct 10, 2005 7 out of 10 70 Windows Dec 16, 2004 7 out of 10 70


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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.
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