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Tracksuit Manager varied the conventional Football Manager game style in a number of ways. You take charge of an international team aiming to qualify for and then play in the European Championships and World Cup. This means there is no transfer market, just a pool of 100 eligible players from which a squad of 22 is selected. You can view reports on each player's ability and form at any stage of the squad and team selection process. You can arrange friendly matches to try out players and ensure that the squad plays together as much as possible.

The matches are presented as a running commentary, with a small graphic indicating which area of the pitch the ball is in. A wide range of tactical options are available to dictate the team's passing style, defensive approach and so on, and in another first you can give specific instructions to individual players (maybe telling a particularly pacy defender to man-mark a dangerous opposition winger instead of staying in a set position).


Tracksuit Manager ZX Spectrum Three Lions on a shirt, Jules Rimet still gleaming
Tracksuit Manager ZX Spectrum The first set of qualifying games
Tracksuit Manager ZX Spectrum Team tactics are more complex
Tracksuit Manager ZX Spectrum This version has a default 15-man squad as a time-saving started

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ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Feb, 1990 929 out of 1000 93
The Games Machine (UK) Sep, 1988 83 out of 100 83
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Dec, 1988 588 out of 1000 59


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Martin Smith (66801) added Tracksuit Manager (ZX Spectrum) on Jul 21, 2005
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