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FIFA Manager 09 is a typical German soccer manager where the player is responsible for the financial and athletic success of his team. As usual the player has a lot of options to set which are located in several menu screens. The main part of the screen is surrounded by statistics screens which tell the most important facts without needing to navigate to the associated menu screen.

On the athletic side the player's most important decisions concern the lineup, tactics and the training. In comparison to former instalments of the series there are more possibilities to set individual tactics and the player are rated with one to ten stars instead of one to five. On the financial side he searches for sponsors, buys and sells players and expands the stadium environment and the stadium itself, Here the most prominent innovation are revised merchandise options. There are also several personal options, e.g. buy status symbols, start a family or search for a new team.

The game basically features two match presentations with a few variations: text mode and live calculation. In the completely revised text mode the game describes the most important happenings in writing. The 3D calculated matches now use the graphics engine of FIFA 09 and the player can reach all tactical options during the match without needing to use a separate menu. The matches can also be watched as "live ticker" which is similar to teletext or be skipped altogether.

The player can either choose a club at the beginning of the game or play a real career, meaning he has to work his way from a lower class to the top. An important part of the game is the customizable difficulty level: the player sets the difficulty for each aspect of the game separately and chooses which aspects fall in his responsibility, e.g. only financial or athletic tasks. Although the game features a full license, for the first time including the third and fourth German leagues, the player can use an editor to change the data.


FIFA Manager 09 Windows The calender is used to arrange exhibition matches and events to improve the morale (demo version)
FIFA Manager 09 Windows Match statistics (demo version)
FIFA Manager 09 Windows This game features new, more detailed tactic setting (demo version)
FIFA Manager 09 Windows Overview over the fan opinions (demo version)

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Alternate Titles

  • "LFP Manager 09" -- French title
  • "Fussball Manager 09" -- German title
  • "FM09" -- Official German abbreviation

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Critic Reviews Nov 06, 2008 86 out of 100 86
PC Games (Germany) Nov 05, 2008 86 out of 100 86 Dec 02, 2008 86 out of 100 86
Game Captain Nov 11, 2008 86 out of 100 86
GameStar (Germany) Oct, 2008 85 out of 100 85
Krawall Gaming Network Dec 24, 2008 85 out of 100 85 - Extreme Players Mar 06, 2009 8 out of 10 80 Nov 13, 2008 80 out of 100 80 Nov 20, 2008 80 out of 100 80 (UK) Jan 29, 2009 7 out of 10 70


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Patrick Bregger (271007) added FIFA Manager 09 (Windows) on Jan 18, 2010