Football Manager 2005


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Football Manager 2005
Football Manager 2005 Boxart
Developer(s)Sports Interactive
Release Date4 November 2004
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[edit] Background

After splitting from publishers Eidos it was announced that Sports Interactive, producers of the Championship Manager game, had acquired the brand and would henceforth release their games under the "Football Manager" name, whilst the Championship Manager series will go on, but no longer be related to Sports Interactive. The first game in the Football Manager series was FM 2005.

[edit] Playable Leagues

  • Argentina.png Argentina
  • Australia.png Australia
  • Austria.png Austria
  • Belarus.png Belarus
  • Belgium.png Belgium
  • Brazil.png Brazil
  • Bulgaria.png Bulgaria
  • Chile.png Chile
  • China.png China
  • Colombia.png Colombia
  • Croatia.png Croatia
  • Czech Republic.png Czech Republic
  • Denmark.png Denmark
  • England.png England
  • Finland.png Finland
  • France.png France
  • Germany.png Germany
  • Greece.png Greece
  • Holland.png Holland (The Netherlands)
  • Hong Kong.png Hong Kong
  • Hungary.png Hungary
  • Iceland.png Iceland
  • India.png India
  • Indonesia.png Indonesia
  • Ireland.png Ireland
  • Israel.png Israel
  • Italy.png Italy
  • Malaysia.png Malaysia
  • Mexico.png Mexico
  • Northern Ireland.png Northern Ireland
  • Norway.png Norway
  • Peru.png Peru
  • Poland.png Poland
  • Portugal.png Portugal
  • Romania.png Romania
  • Russia.png Russia
  • Scotland.png Scotland
  • Serbia & Montenegro
  • Singapore.png Singapore
  • Slovakia.png Slovakia
  • Slovenia.png Slovenia
  • South Africa.png South Africa
  • South Korea.png South Korea
  • Spain.png Spain
  • Sweden.png Sweden
  • Switzerland.png Switzerland
  • Turkey.png Turkey
  • Usa.png U.S.A.
  • Ukraine.png Ukraine
  • Uruguay.png Uruguay
  • Wales.png Wales

[edit] Release

Football Manager 2005 was released in the UK on November 4th, 2004 - closely followed by releases in many other countries around the world - and it became the 5th fastest selling PC game of all time (according to Eurogamer). The Macintosh version of the game comes on the same dual format disk as the PC version, so its sales are also included.

[edit] Success

Football Manager 2005 was the first in it's kind which offered complete control of a team from the Youth team straight through to the First team. It was unparalled and was dominant over Champions Manager which seemed to falter. It saw one of the first uses of the 2D pitch which was the main selling point of Football Manager 2005, and it still is used to this very day despite fierce calls for a 3D pitch. It became the 5th best selling game and the quality is showed was high above Eidos's Championship manager.

For the first time ever you could take control of a team and see the action unfold infront of your very own eyes and it also offered us the chance to see what was happening rather than a simple line of commentary. It was unparalled in it's coverage of leagues which included 51 nations and over 100 leagues.

[edit] Controversy in China

Football Manager 2005 was banned in China due to Tibet and Taiwan were included as separate countries in imported releases of the game when it hit there market. However later on in the year SI did release a version of the game which included these nations within the Chinese nations which meant to players were all within the same nation.

[edit] Copyright

Similar to the Pro Evolution Soccer series it has faced Copyright issues every year for the right to hosts some leagues and nations. This is why the Japanese J-League is not featured in the game and why for the past few years the German and sometimes Holland and Japanese national leagues have been unplayable unless certain parts of the game were deleted. Along with the nations above not being playable there were a host of other Copyright issues:

  • Oliver Kahn was known as Jens Munstermann
  • All French clubs names were changed to the City they were in
  • The Japanese league was renamed the N-Ligue and all clubs given fictional names
  • The names of the Champions League and Uefa Cup were changed due to Copyright issues

[edit] Reviews

Despite these minor flaws it still recieved rave reviews from many of the top gaming critics.

[edit] System Requirements

PC (Win XP SP2, 2.0GHz Processor, 256MB RAM, 8x CD ROM)

Mac (1.8GHz G5)

Related Threads

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Last edited by tidus04 on 30 May 2010 at 12:15
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