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After the universally panned Microsoft Soccer, Microsoft went with an experienced software house in football videogames, and Rage Software of Ultimate Soccer and the Striker series fame was chosen to develop a sports titled aimed at the European market.

Featuring 73 international teams (all unlicensed, but with unique kits and an editor allows to customize each player's name and appearance) plus seven custom teams. Each team is rated out of five values in defense, attack and midfield, and players are rated in five attributes plus two variables (fitness and injury). There are several competitions at the disposal of the player, including continental cups, customized leagues and a scenario mode, inspired by several World Cup games such as the 1990 World Cup semi-finals between England and Germany or the 1974 second round match between the Netherlands and Brazil.

Between the four lines the player can choose between 6 stadiums, three weather conditions (clear, rain or snow), disabling offsides and game length. As for gameplay, the game is a typical action game of the period, with the twist of having two modifier keys for high and low balls and some keys change in effect depending on the context. A typical cross-header play goes with a player running through the flank, hitting the shoot button (holding for a tense cross with lower arc) and then connect with the ball using the "low ball" button for a finesse header or the "high ball" for a powerful header. Dead balls are played using the usual "arrow" method where the player starts by setting the height, depth and aim of the ball, then add spin as the player holds the shooting button.


Microsoft International Soccer 2000 Windows Australia wins the trophy despite the defeat.
Microsoft International Soccer 2000 Windows After my poor showing in the friendly, I decided to work on my finishing. In training you get helpful tips on how to play.
Microsoft International Soccer 2000 Windows Main menu
Microsoft International Soccer 2000 Windows Regional standings after the first match

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Alternate Titles

  • "Microsoft International Football 2000" -- European title
  • "Microsoft Fußball International 2000" -- German title
  • "Futebol Internacional 2000" -- Brazilian title

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Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Aug 13, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85
Jeuxvideo.com Sep 18, 1999 16 out of 20 80
PC Action (Germany) Sep, 1999 80 out of 100 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Oct 30, 1999 76 out of 100 76
IGN Feb 28, 2000 7.6 out of 10 76
Gamer's Pulse 1999 73 out of 100 73
Spel för Alla Feb, 2000 6 out of 10 60
incite PC Gaming Apr, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jul, 2000 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Hacker Oct, 1999 30 out of 100 30


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Kartanym (12706) added Microsoft International Soccer 2000 (Windows) on Feb 17, 2001
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