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World 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.


World Trophy Soccer Genesis Substitution
World Trophy Soccer Genesis Title
World Trophy Soccer Genesis No love for substitutes
World Trophy Soccer Genesis Choose your team

Promo Images

World Trophy Soccer Magazine Advertisement Page 5

Alternate Titles

  • "J.League Champion Soccer" -- Japanese title
  • "European Club Soccer" -- UK Title
  • "Jリーグ チャンピオンサッカー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

One of the best in the platform. Luis Silva (13595) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

Supersonic Jul, 1992 86 out of 100 86
Sega Force Nov, 1992 82 out of 100 82
Play Time Nov, 1992 81 out of 100 81
VicioJuegos.com / uVeJuegos.com Mar 17, 2012 79 out of 100 79
Video Games Jul, 1992 62 out of 100 62
Press Play On Tape Feb 10, 2021 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Oct, 1992 6 out of 12 50


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Design Mode

Interestingly enough, even though the color edit/design mode is absent in the Japanese version, the mode's music is still present in the sound test.

Players names

While 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 differences

The 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 England

While 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.
will.i.am (1079) added World Trophy Soccer (Genesis) on Jan 03, 2004
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