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This was the fourth and final version of the Championship Manager 3 game engine. The basic gameplay is as ever - take control of a football team (literally thousands are offered, from 26 leagues) and aim to make them the best in the country and then the world.

Your players are depicted via a huge selection of statistics, covering their abilities, histories and performances (in each match they are rated out of 10; average ratings to 2 decimal places are among the stats saved for every one of the 30 seasons you can play for). A huge number of preset tactics are available, and each player's individual role can be customised for each area of the field. The transfer system allows you to scout for players all over the world and sign them permanently or on loan, with other clubs trying to do the same, and bidding for your players. You choose training schedules for each player, and watch their performance change as a result.

As well as updating the player and team data to account for transfers and promotions / relegations, a number of new features are included in the game. The transfer system changes in line with new EU rules limiting the length and binding nature of contracts, you can compare player stats side by side, and send players away for rehabilitation. There's also more interaction with the club's owners and the league officials. An extra challenging option of Attribute Masking is added - this results in obscure information being hidden, and requiring more scouting to discover.


Championship Manager: Season 01/02 Windows After the game settings, which tweaks the game controls, comes the screen that tweaks the game play options
Championship Manager: Season 01/02 Windows Main menu screen
Championship Manager: Season 01/02 Windows These are the some of the start of season stats for the Chesterfield goalkeeper
Championship Manager: Season 01/02 Windows An impressive list of teams is available. The player can look at each and examine them before clicking on the 'Take Control' button in the top right to play as the manager of that team

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Alternate Titles

  • "Meister Trainer Saison 01/02" -- German title
  • "L'Entraîneur: Saison 2001/2002" -- French title

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Critic Reviews Xbox Dec 23, 2002 10 out of 10 100
Deaf Gamers Xbox 2002 9.5 out of 10 95 (UK) Xbox Jun 06, 2002 9 out of 10 90
games xtreme Windows Jan 08, 2002 9 out of 10 90 Windows Nov 22, 2001 90 out of 100 90
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Nov 30, 2001 82 out of 100 82
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Oct 24, 2001 75 out of 100 75
Svenska PC Gamer Windows Nov, 2001 75 out of 100 75
PC Games (Germany) Windows Dec, 2001 61 out of 100 61 Macintosh Jan, 2002 3 out of 5 60


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Freeware release

On December 2008, to celebrate the launch of the new Championship Manager website, Eidos Interactive made the PC version of the game available for download free of charge. It can still be downloaded through the official forums.


  • GameSpy
    • 2001 – PC Sports Game of the Year

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