SI acquires Football Manager brand (1 Viewer)


Senior Member
Jun 9, 2003
"SI is now the owner of the classic Football Manager brand. The heritage from the brand is great and we are really looking forward to using the name that perfectly describes the game that we make for the rest of the history of Sports Interactive. The first game using this brand will be Football Manager 2005

Keep watching this site for further information. "

Planned Features:

Updated user interface

Football Manager’s user interface will look markedly different to anything that has come before. Navigation between screens will be easier, with each screen explaining what information is on offer and how to get to other, related information. Consistency between separate game elements will also be more noticeable than in previous football management games: operations such as player filtering and sorting will now work consistently throughout the game. The game’s look – which now includes a two-panel option – will also be easily customised, allowing managers to store their preferred views and to return quickly to them.

Refined game engine

Sports Interactive’s long-standing and award-winning game engine has been refined and tuned in accordance with the feedback received from fans of its previous games. For example, Football Manager 2005 incorporates more than 30 extra fields for player data, including the all-new new ‘preferred moves’.

Updated database and competition rules

As has always been the case with Sports Interactive’s management simulations, Football Manager 2005’s database and competition simulation will be as up-to-date and accurate as is humanly possible.

Pre- and post-match information

Managers will be presented with enhanced information before and after each match, to show team line-ups, injuries and tactics before the match, and lots of stats about the match afterwards.

International player news

Managers will receive information on international performances, allowing them follow their players’ careers and ascertain how they are performing at the highest level.

Cup summary news

Events which unfold in each round of all of the major cup competitions will be delivered to the manager in a news summary.

2D clips from agents

Managers are likely to receive ‘video clips’ (executed using the game’s acclaimed 2D match engine) of a player’s performances, sent to them by that player’s agent with view to a possible transfer.

Coach reports on squads

In addition to commenting on individual players, coaches will now offer their opinions on the squad as a whole, thus helping managers to decide which areas of their team need improvement.

Job centre for non-playing positions

Non-playing jobs will be advertised through an in-game ‘Job Centre’, improving the manager’s ability to hire coaches and other staff.

Mutual contract termination

Managers will be able to offer surplus players an opportunity to agree mutual contract termination, which will reduce the cost of releasing players and trimming squads.

Enhanced player loan options

Managers can now approach other clubs to offer young players on loan, a process which will make it easier to give younger players competitive experience. Also, when players’ loan periods expire, the manager will have an opportunity to extend the loan (where appropriate).

Manager ‘mind games’

Managers can click on any other manager’s name and issue a comment to the media relating to that person. The effects of these comments will see an increase in the amount of pressure surrounding title races, relegation battles, Cup ties and so on. It will also be possible to use this feature in relation to your own players, other clubs, media pundits etc.

Further Features

• Playable leagues in 43 countries.
• More than 140 playable senior divisions and in excess of 100 playable cup competitions.
• Reserve and junior league competitions.
• More than 235,000 players and staff (from 145 different countries) with players boasting more than 120 separate attributes and non-playing staff boasting 40.
• A database of more than 14,000 clubs, 3,000 of which can be managed.
• Data supplied by a network of more than 2,500 researchers from around the world.
• Updated 2D ‘top-down’ match engine.
• Improved ‘radio commentary’.
• Increased interaction with the media.
• Reworked injury system.
• Improved scouting system.
• Improved finance module to reflect the changing face of football.
• Comments when negotiating with human managers (network multi-player game only).
• Inclusion of U18 Caps.
• More realistic awards system.


I dont kow if you lot were aware of this but last year Eidos and SI Games (who are the developers of CM) split up and since Eidos holds the copyrights to the name, the sequel of CM 2003/204 will be Football manager 2004/2005.

Buy on


Senior Member
Apr 22, 2003
Sounds cool. As with all games though, a good preview means nothing. I'll wait for the game ;)


Senior Member
Jan 24, 2003
Should be interesting. I'm still using CM01/02, and intend to stick with it until I hear good things about one of the sequels. :)


Senior Member
Jul 14, 2002
So this is supposed to be the sequel to CM03/04? Sounds good to me, but like gray, I'll wait until the game actually comes out.

PS. I should be getting CM03/04 in just under two weeks: my first CM game!!!!!!!


Senior Member
Dec 13, 2002
No, she is very demanding. Thank god she's sleeping right now. She got some weird obsession about my computer. If it's past midnight and it's turned in, then surely I'm looking for porn... whadda???


Senior Member
Jul 14, 2002
++ [ originally posted by gray ] ++
Stu, how r u getting CM03/04? You haven't given me ur address yet :)
You were actually going to mail the CD to me? :eek: I didn't know people were that nice, but you needn't do that now since my father is getting someone to buy it for me. It's a pity though, because now I have to pay 25-30 pounds instead of nothing.

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