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Description

Fed up with football (soccer) management games, with all the match strategies, financial turmoil and prima donna players? This game offers a unique twist, leaving you 'managing' the career of a single player, involving matches and transfers.

You start with 10 'goal cards' - up to 3 can be played in each match, each of them giving you a shooting chance, at which point arcade action skill comes in. The action sequences involve studying a move plan on the chalkboard, then getting into the right position to execute the final shot. 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. The better you perform, the higher your wages are, the more chance you have of a big-money transfer and international call-up, and the less chance you have of being dropped from the team.

There's also a trivia section, which asks increasingly difficult questions allowing you to go double or nothing on knowing the answers - up to £8000 a time can be won on this.

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Footballer of the Year 2 Amstrad CPC Loading screen.
Footballer of the Year 2 Atari ST The battles of Britain
Footballer of the Year 2 ZX Spectrum Main menu
Footballer of the Year 2 Atari ST That's the target for next year....

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Critic Reviews

Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Feb, 1990 88 out of 100 88
ST Format Atari ST Oct, 1991 67 out of 100 67
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Oct, 1991 60 out of 100 60
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Oct, 1990 580 out of 1000 58
Amiga Power Amiga Aug, 1991 57 out of 100 57
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Feb, 1990 6.8 out of 12 57
ST Action Atari ST Nov, 1991 57 out of 100 57
Power Play Commodore 64 Feb, 1990 51 out of 100 51
Power Play Amiga Apr, 1990 51 out of 100 51
Tilt Atari ST Mar, 1990 6 out of 20 30

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Trivia

Teams

The game uses a fictitious British super-league, which features many of the top English teams of the time, as well as Celtic, Rangers, Aberdeen and Dundee United from Scotland. Additionally there are Swansea Town from Wales, who were actually in England's lower leagues (they, Cardiff and Wrexham have long played in England). In reality the team has been called Swansea City for many years. The final team was the fictitious Irish Rovers, named after a song by The Pogues.
Contributed to by Martin Smith (79939)
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