Video Game: Football Manager
, formerly known in the USA and Canada as Worldwide Soccer Manager
, is a football
management sim where, unlike games such as the FIFA
and Pro Evolution Soccer
series, you control all the management aspects of the club rather than actually controlling the players on the pitch itself. It's up to the player to buy and sell players, control the finances, tactics and setup of the team as a whole.
The series is the successor of the hugely successful Championship Manager
series of the 90's and early 2000's before the split between Eidos
and Sports Interactive in 2004. Sports Interactive managed to retain everything but the name and Football Manager
(now distributed by Sega
) displaced the Championship Manager
franchise as the number one Football Management sim in the world. Championship Manager
by contrast fell behind as Eidos had to start everything from scratch, and was discontinued from the 2010/11 season.
At least part of the game's success is due to the fact that almost any real life player can be loaded into the game, no matter how unaccomplished.
The games composing the FM
series began with Football Manager 2005
, which covered the 2004/05 European Football Season
and so on up to the most recent release. They all ultimately have roots in the Ur Example
, 1982's Football Manager
on the ZX Spectrum
- Football Manager Handheld (2006)
- Football Manager Live (2008) - MMO style game with a dismal launch, was a huge failure for the company and was shut down in May 2011.
The games have examples of the following tropes