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Footballer of the Year sees you taking total control of the career of an aspiring striker with a Division 4 team, with the Footballer of the Year award the ultimate goal. You start with a small amount of money, which is used to buy goal cards; each of these sets you up a chance in a match. Up to three can be played in each game, making Hat-Tricks a possibility.

The action sequence is viewed from a 1st person perspective with the ball at the bottom of the screen and you either get a shot at goal or a penalty kick. If you have the chance to shoot at goal, you have the ball at your feet and you can move left or right before shooting. Defenders will come at you so you must move and shoot as quick as possible hoping the shot isn't blocked or saved by the keeper. The penalty attempt sees you trying to place the ball past the keeper. Fail to score enough goals and you may lose your place in the team; do especially well and you may gain a transfer up the league.

There is no arcade sequence for the C16 or the BBC Micro version, you just get text asking if you want to shoot to the left or right with text describing the outcome.


Footballer of the Year ZX Spectrum You don't get no view like you do from the top of the world
Footballer of the Year MSX Title screen
Footballer of the Year ZX Spectrum Choose a team
Footballer of the Year Commodore 16, Plus/4 Title Screen.

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Computer Gamer Amstrad CPC Feb, 1987 80 out of 100 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Feb, 1987 7.4 out of 12 62
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Oct, 1990 580 out of 1000 58
Zzap! Commodore 16, Plus/4 Aug, 1987 55 out of 100 55
Commodore User Commodore 16, Plus/4 Mar, 1987 4 out of 10 40
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Mar, 1987 37 out of 100 37
Commodore User Commodore 16, Plus/4 Mar, 1987 1 out of 10 10


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