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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 Manager information
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 Windows Not all information about all players is known - scouting required here
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 Windows But at least there's some money to splash around.
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 Windows Damning with faint praise, this one

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Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Thunderbolt Games Windows Nov 20, 2004 10 out of 10 100
3DAvenue Windows Dec 15, 2004 95 out of 100 95
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows Nov 05, 2004 9 out of 10 90
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
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Nov 02, 2004 16 out of 20 80
SegaFan.com Windows Nov 22, 2004 7.8 out of 10 78
Multiplayer.it Windows Dec 16, 2004 7 out of 10 70
GameStar (Germany) Windows Nov, 2004 62 out of 100 62

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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.
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