DescriptionWorld Trophy Soccer (also known as European Club Soccer) is a reworking of Manchester United Europe, using the same side-view gameplay and a wider view than Krisalis' other football game of the time, John Barnes' European Football.
All the teams who were in contention for one of the 3 main European tournaments as they were at the time of the game's release are included, although with fictitious player names and a few inaccurate kits. Cutscenes detail the match's progress, while a referee is active on the screen. The game can be played in arcade or simulation modes, with 6 different formations available.
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- "European Club Soccer" -- UK Title
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Players namesWhile names are fictional and were created from combining different names from real footballers and football-related persons, there's still a Ronald DeBoer in Twente (number 7). On the other hand, Portuguese teams got names as fascinating as Emilio Ivic, Manuel Mladinov and Tomislav Antonio. I guess there really were a lot of eastern players around here back in the day.
Version differencesThe US version is practically a clone of the PAL version, which is an adaptation of Manchester United Europe. Fearing that the European Champions Cup (now known as the Champions League) would not be as well accepted in the US., Krisalis replaced clubs by national teams (although only 32), but any more big changes stop there. The competition is exactly the same, a 32-team knockout with 2 legs, the cup shown at the victory screen still is remarkably close to the Champion's cup, and even the tunes are named after the original PAL release.
Extra team in EnglandWhile the teams are based off some of the main teams in the European 1991-92 season, there is one team in the English block that has never played in the country's top flight: Rotherham United. Their inclusion is justified, however, because Krisalis is based in Rotherham.