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Football Manager 2009

Updated on December 6, 2012

All About Football Manager 2009

Every year I purchase the game, going back quite a few years now to when it was still the 'Championship Manager' series. The first game in the Sports Interactive series that I ever owned was Championship Manager 2; a great game and one with which I spent about 30 seasons managing Newcastle United and taking them to glory in all competitions. There have been a few games in the series that haven't been so impressive; Championship Manager 4 for instance was a nightmare to play due to its incredibly slow speed, and every year the game comes complete with a good few glitches before patches are later released; I love the game nonetheless though and am so glad to have my hands on Football Manager 2009 (Worldwide Soccer Manager 2009 for those of you stateside).

So what new tricks did Sports Interactive have up their sleeves with this edition of the game? Read on and you shall soon find out. Information was officially released on September 3rd 2008 through the use of a YouTube video, all details of the game have here been provided.

What Was New With Football Manager 2009?

On September 3rd 2009, an official Sports Interactive video revealed that a number of feature changes have now been made for inclusion with Football Manager 2009. The game was released on November 14th 2008 and the following are officially features that are now present with FM 2009:

- There will now be in-game Assistant Manager feedback providing information about player motivation, and general feedback about tactics; how your tactics are working, how they could be improved, and what you can do to exploit the tactics of the oppostion.

- An improved press element will now be present in the game.

- Transfer rumours will now be spread - some will be made up, others however will be entirely accurate.

- For the first time ever Press Conferences have been added to the game. Press Conferences will be held before and after matches, and also when you first become manager of a new club. Interview answers will need to be carefully considered as they may later come back to haunt you; journalists will remember what you say and potentially use your answers against you at a later date.

- You will be able to request that your players learn special moves. Sometimes it will work, others it will not. It's another excellent way of grooming new talent (and old talent alike) and readying players for fantastic first team action.

- When you begin the game you can play as a female manager. As there are a percentage of female gamers that play the game, this change has been implemented to allow you to choose your sex at the start of your career.

- The board confidence feature has been improved.

- There will be 350 000 players and staff included in the database.

- The user interface has been modified. Widescreen support has been added for the first time ever.

- The transfer system code has been completely rewritten, the shortlistings feature has been improved to be far more efficient and accurate.

- There will now be a 3D Match Engine for all those that wish to use it. The 2D engine will still be available to use if you'd prefer it/your computer is not strong enough to run the 3D engine; a 3D engine has been worked on for the past 3 years however and SI are now fully confident that this feature will be faultless.

- Whilst watching the game you'll be able to rewind the action to watch highlights whenever you want.

- There will now be a 'TV View' when playing matches so that the match action takes over the full screen and it's therefore easy to see what's going on on-field. You'll be able to use the old panel display if you'd prefer, or you can choose to use the TV View and choose exactly which information you wish to be displayed on screen (player ratings etc.).

Worldwide Soccer Manager 2009

3D Match Engine Poll

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Football Manager 2009 Demo

The Official Football Manager 2009 Demo is available to download now from Steam.

This Demo is provided completely free of charge and in order to install and play the demo you will first need to download and install the Steam software onto your computer and register for a Steam account. Steam is a platform you may have utilised in the past if you've played such Half Life mods as Counter Strike and Day of Defeat. Steam is free to download and registering for an account with Steam is also completely free so downloading the Football Manager 2009 demo will cost you absolutely nothing.

What Do You Think of FM2009?

Is Football Manager 2009 the best in the series yet?

Hell Yes!

Hell Yes!

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    • anonymous 7 years ago

      yes

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      It is a great game, better than it's rival, FIFA Manager, which I also own. Much more interactivity, and I could play FM2009 for hours on end, whereas with FIFA Manager, I would lay for an hour or so, then get bored.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      why this game is only for a pc have graphic card?i hope football manager 2010 is availble for all type of pc,for now i only can play football manager 2008,what a terrible news for me

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      First timer with Footbal manager. So im ao lost with all these thing. I played manager mode on FIFA09 but this is so different. Gonna give it a try, football fan XD

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Brilliant, once i realised you didnt need ot download it by steam!! lol, but once got going its great like the press conference and that man city spend like hell lol but on players not know :S but its great. I have played 4 games so far and havent lost!! brought some youngsters so going well :). Recommend to any footy fan with alot of spare time because once you play you cant stop!!!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Yea I had to use steam but i uninstalled it and went to the other 1. im 15 and all i do is play this game and I found two things bad about this game.. the player stats isnt as good as the last game and also the 3D is a bit slow

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      now got game working take it all back cracking game 3d brill

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      It is going to be superb.I think that the 3D engine will do fine, but one thing is sure. FM will be great.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      amazing

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      absaloutly FANTASTIC

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Super

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Ma breeee fantasticno :DDD

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      i won't sleep till' my head blow up :D

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I can't wait...wow

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      i love it

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Good Beetles we are

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I think so. I can't wait to play football manager 2009.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      i am from kazakhstan. i very much hope that the kazakhstani premier is on there. Here in Kazakhstan football is growing very much. NICE

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Yes Football manager 2009 is best computer game ever!Yes manager relase tonight i love my best player Andry Shevchenko and i love AC MILAN i am from serbia!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      its gonna be amazing!!!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      1 more day to go!!! hehehe

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I hope so what i have read and what i have played has been

      amazing but the 3d match is quite pathetic and very blocky.

      Also when i was playing matches and watching 3d it lost the

      atmosphere and imagination of last game. So i will play it on

      2d. Apart from that i am definitely going to buy it as i was

      massive fan of all previous games.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      if you can't hack it you probably don't know anything about football and should stick to your my little pony's and dancing... they keep on getting better and better roll on the 14th

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      i would like to think so. In my computer there is only one game and that's football manager. i hope that lazio are made ok and i hope for more players from Macedonia

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      i am currently playing as celtic on fm08 ive gotten onto the

      3rd season won the champions league the year bfore but no

      fixtures for the spl. and i wisna bothered to skip a season with no fixtures this needs to have been improved

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I can't wait.I am playing manager from 2006.My best season is with AC MILAN i play 22 seasons and i win 22 league champions 22 seria A and 22 italy cup.My best player is Andry Shevchenko i lowe him.My best goalkeeper is Igor Akinfeev,but Sebastian Frey is better.I am from serbia and my name is Nemanja Zivojinovic

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      get in

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I played demo and I liked what I seen, so YES I think it will be the best in the series...I can't wait 14th November!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      i think it is a amazing game,most important thing is the 2d match engine is still be there because my pc cant handle a 3d graphics.now i cant wait to play fm2009

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I do believe that Football Manager 2009 will be the greatest game in the series yet. Every year a number of excellent changes are made and I expect this years update to be no different at all in that respect; I expect big things of Football Manager 2009 and can't wait to play the game!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      how and where in serbia i can buy fm2009

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      i think it will,

      the press and rumour additions are getting me excited :)

      i hope they have re done the transfers, i hated having to spend 40+ million on 20 mil players like David Villa.

      cant wait

    • kovacevic 8 years ago

      I can't wait for FM2009 to come out i definitely believe with the 3D graphics it will be amazing!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      definitley, the new media system sounds more fun than the repetitve rubbish on FM 2008, but i hope those stupid FaceGen cartoon faces are gone

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Will be the best so far like easily ;)

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      probibly

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I no see new manager but I ..... very gode

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Football manager 09 demo set to be released on the 1st of November! YEEYEAH

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      YES!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Cant wait for fm09 buy it every year!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      when will there be a playable demo out?

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      i wanna know the future young player ^^

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      can we somehow download 1 ligue which the game dosen`t have......i want MONTENEGRO ligue please just tell me how?!??!?!?!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      The best game ever made!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      THE HUT HAVE IT FOR ASLE AT £24.93

      bargain!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      i hope this one is different everytime, like when you start a new league the same clubs wont go after the same players thats always buggged me about the game, but part from that i have loved every game they bring out and im looking forward to the next one

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      this game is sounding like its going to be A one...3d engine is going to be sick(dont break my heart and make it dodgy and glitchy), make it much more interesting to watch how ur team is smashing the other team watch how ur tactics effect sitations much better to improve ur tactics...i think now they need to find a way to make this an online game, perhaps too difficult a task as the game is really too slow and detailed but thats wat makes it so good...maybe a simpler version can be used for online game play???

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      the new 3d action is going to be imence and the confrende thing will be great to hack in them players you really want most.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Yes of course!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Fm is going to be good .girl manager on it thank god

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Stunning and Extrodinary. The life of a footballmanager isn´t easy! And it shouldn´t be either

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      i think FM09 is going to be amazing

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      that is the best thing in the world

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      i believe so

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      It looks good, 2008 was such an improvement from 06 and 07 (which i wasn't a massive fan of) so if 2009 can build upon it then were in for a treat. Still, it will never beat CM 03-04 which I still play religiously cos of its gameplay, simplicity and sheer enjoyment factor :)

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I guess so

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Im hoping so

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      yea dude its gonna be hell of the game! I cant wait,i am big fan of FM series,it can get me stucked in the chair for days

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Hope it's bloody better than the harder-than-rock 2008 version, which was well designed but then crippled itself by being insanely difficult, as well as often behaving unfairly to the player. As for the 3D engine... should be interesting, and at least it can be turned off if all else fails!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I think it will be the best of the games so far because it seems much more realistic. It might be a little hard if Man City have many more millions because of the recent takeover but we know that it's hard for them to persuade players anyway. It's gonna be great fun!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I hope Spurs are as crap on here as they are in real life!!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      fantastico!!!!!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      It will be very good because of 3D engine

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      IT WILL BE AWESOME !!!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      i hope that on this version on manager will be more leagues,and that money will be real because on last barcelona have 15milion on budget and they spent about 60 million(real)

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I hope the J-League is back. and also include USL First Division, so I can play Vancouver Whitecaps.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      loving the press conference thing. plus teaching kids moves should be a blast. but i hope they make fernando torres actually score goals, and make 'places shots' less important. cuz thierry henry was far too good in 08. couldn't beat a team with him in it.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      i hope i will be beter player on this menager :))))

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Yes Pal it is gonna be blooody amazin :D

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Every year football manager seems to get better and better. I cannot wait until it is released!

    • Reubs77 8 years ago

      no doubt about it my website also covers this game and everything else to do with the PS3 Xbox & Wii so OH yeh I'm looking forward to it BIGTIME checkout my site please there's great info and feeds...

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    • anonymous 8 years ago

      THE BEST GAME Football Manager 2009

      3D match engine would be a nice

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      LOVE LOVE LOVE Football Manager.

    • lorenlevin 8 years ago

      i have only the old Football Manage.. :)

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      do you think that i will get fm 09 early because i pre ordered it?

      thanx

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I hope game will be awesom!!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I hope so...

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      we'll see

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      maybe

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Probably. I feel the additional press coverage of your club within the game, as well as the improved board and assistant manager feedback systems will create a more realistic playing experience than previous titles. Also, the shiny new 3d match engine will be a great extra. Without doubt, there is still room for improvement - Particularly in terms of control of finance; but I firmly believe this version of FM will outclass the rest.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      MAYBE YES.....this game is very interesting,but y can"t wait....

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I need this game to help me get over my ex! haha should have come much sooner! but will be pleased none-the-less.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      yes

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      New features and expanded database!! Great news, i have booked a week off work when this game is due out.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I can't wait!I am very unhappy because it very long!14.novembre its too far!Are you crazy?Please faster the relese for Football Manager 2009?

      !!!!!!!!!!!!!FROM SERBIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      lukin 4ward 2 playin it dunno wat 2 xxpect also c wat cm r doen tis year

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Sure. I hope that game coming soon

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Hopefully yes

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      i cant wait... i feel like to explode..!!!!! and i very.2 excited.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      yep it should be great :D cant wait until it comes out!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      me and my mate paul, flipping love this game. we sat in a factory in our underwear and played it for months. i lost 2 girlfriends through it, but i regret a single game. As long i still have paul, but he wont leave me if i let him play 2009 with me

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I dont know I just want it to be the same as the last one but you get to manage in different countries within the same career.As when I have won 17 Premier League titles and 9 Champions Leagues 7 in a row and FA,League,Uefa and all the rest with Newcastle i wnat to thyen maage Valencia then Inter and so on.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I can't wait!!!!It's too loooooonggggg!!!!!!!!I play Football Manager 2008 with AC Milan,Chelsea,Barcelona,Partizan Belgrade and QPR.I play with AC Milan 36 season.I am from Serbia!!!!!!!!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      i think it is gonna be great

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      yes

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I THINK

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      hi, i'm malaysian. i can't wait to buy fm09.. i want to play it nowwww.!!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I can`t wait FM 2009 releasing.I am from Serbia and our domestic league is very bad now.I like Premier League and I am going to play with Hull City.Please, can you give them more money in transfer budget.Please

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      i want play manager 09 noooooooooow

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      the best game ever..

    Not at all.

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      • anonymous 7 years ago

        any free game data for football manager handheld 2009 anyone?

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        if its anything like the probs im having with it then no

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        IS ANYONE ELSE WHO HAS THIS GAME

        HAD TO DOWNLOAD IT TO STEAM IT TAKE FOREVER!¬!!!!

        REPLY PLZ AD

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        some nice editions to the game, the best in the series.. i dont think so

        prove me wrong please

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        i love it

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        i hope so i just want it to be realistic in many series i will take over man u and do really poorly or edit my players and they still aren't good enough just dnt understand it to be honets

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        i hope they put bosnian league on manager!!!

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        Me too it is too complicated .I love the 2004 which i think is the best but we shall see.

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        Is it confirm that FM 2009 will be out after 38 day?

        Because i had hear from my friends that FM will become like online game after this year.

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        i have played all the football manager games since championship manager 97/98, which i still think is the best due to its simplicity. but find the newer ones are so in depth that it takes too long to play. i play fm 2005 at the moment coz i find its not as in depth as later releases. i will give fm 2009 a chance but feel that i will once again revert back to fm 2005 for my enjoyment level is much greater than others!!

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        I wnt to be like the other 4 just spreed the data file

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        i hope the players will be in the correct teams this time (greek league)..and also (especially in the english league), that there will be no games set to be played with only 2 days difference!!

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        I hope it'll be the best manager, but I'm really a fan of FM 2005/2006...:)

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        I very much doubt it that this game will come here in kosova at the 3rd of November 2008.but I wish it comes as fast as it can.

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        I cant wait for the football manager 2009 i am pleased who they made football manager 2008 but i think that football manager 2009 wil be the better and more fun,i love AC Milan and Kaka,i love to watch Kaka on tv and he is best!!!From Serbia!!!!!

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        slower

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        Yo may as well wait for FM 2010, as it will have even more features

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        If you can't use a real football then it is not worth it

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        its jst nice to have the info up to date, but 3d matches? i think this game is better simple and your imagination takes over and thats why this game is so adictive

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        I dont know the best one for me was championship manager 01/02. But Football manager 2008 did come close to that so i just have to wait and see if 2009 will be good enough.

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        i think that the 3d engine must be good if it is prepared because if it is like pc football it would be awfull

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        Maybe the game is not too difficult. Maybe you are too good. I don't see anyone claiming fm 2008 to be too hard.

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        Add more clip (goal, congrats...) when you have Goal of the Season or Champion

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        I wish there was much more customization/options. I would like to start a game where there was complete financial parity within leagues and no initial debt.I would also like the talent to be fairly equally distributed. (Obviously this would require fictional players). It would make the races much more fun and challenging.

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        i'm wishing for yes. But honestly, i've been very disapointed with the previous 2 versions.

        Hope for the best but expect the worst!!!

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        hello from ARIS fc . thnx for the nice team ! plz add some more money :P .

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        I dont think so i hope it is but just cant see it happening coz 07 n 08 were dissapointing to me and ivw herd that 09 wil have no data editor wich in my veiw would ruin it.

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        I says it will be a good games

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        I would rather have improved match sounds

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        no, FIFA MANAGER 09 will be better ;) xD

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        nope youll never beat 2005, the layout is starting to get boring needs changing

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      A couple of changes have also been made for those wishing to play the PSP version of the game; Football Manager 2009 Handheld. For the first time ever there will be teams available to you from multiple leagues across the world. When playing the game you'll be able to add up to 3 top tier divisions on top of the one which you originally choose.

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      What I Expect From Football Manager 2009

      Before any information was officially released about Football Manager 2009; I wrote the following to highlight what I personally wanted to see from Football Manager 2009. I came up with six things I'd like to see from Football Manager 2009, and one of the features I listed as one that I'd like to see was that there would be a 3D Match Engine. I'm very pleased that there will be a 3d Match Engine, and a poll I ran showed that 60% of my readers also wanted to see this change made. Here are the six things I wanted to see with Football Manager 2009:

      1. First things first here; I'm expecting Sports Interactive not to repeat the glitch that was present with the release of last years game Football Manager 2008 whereby near enough every other goal is ruled out as offside, when the only goals that do seem to count are those that actually are scored from offside positions; that was my pet peeve about Football Manager 2008. They did eventually solve this problem with a patch, in my opinion this glitch never should have existed in the first place however and I do not expect to see similar glitches of this sort with the release of FM2009.

      2. Increased realism when it comes to high score lines. With the 2008 edition of the game you could be 4-0 up in the cup with only 5 minutes to go, and despite dominating the entire match the other team would then come out of nowhere and bring the game level/actually win a game that they'd been outplayed in for much of the match. It's not realistic, and unless you're Turkey in Euro 2008 then that many late goals are not to be expected.

      3. Increased difficulty levels. Every year the game is made more realistic and it's therefore harder to work your way up the league system. No matter how difficult they make the game however; it's always relatively easy to take a team from the Blue Square Premier/North/South right up to the Premier League with relative ease. With 2008 I met my match in that I wasn't able to clinch the Premier League title with Oxford; I did however manage to win the League Cup, the FA Cup, the UEFA Cup, and the Community Shield also all by the year 2015. It's currently 2008 and Oxford United show no signs of leaving the Blue Square Premier; they've only won the League Cup once in their history (back in 1986 against QPR when it was called the Milk Cup), have never been in Europe, and never won the FA Cup either. The likelihood of Oxford United being able to actually achieve all of this by the year 2015 is incredibly unlikely; the likelihood of Oxford United winning any of these trophies by the year 2015 is ridiculous in fact. So yes; increased difficulty levels are a must for Football Manager 2009.

      4. More options for team talks. For the last few seasons we've been able to talk to the players before the game and at half-time; to give them words of encouragement or to tell them that they're playing like pros and to keep up the good work...what I'd like to see now then is the ability to tell the players what to do in the middle of a game. Say you're losing 2-1 with 10 minutes to go; I want to be able to shout orders from the sideline as any self respecting real life manager truly would do. To tell the players to push on and that points can be gained in this game if the players set their minds to it and work hard to hit the ball up the field and bash it in the back of the net. Football Manager is ever improving and this would be a great next step in the evolution of the beautiful game.

      5. For Football Manager not to become a joke and bring in elements such as ability to change ticket prices/shirt prices etc.; this is not the job of a football manager. I've played a lot of different football management sims in the past and the ones that have failed the most are those that attempt too much and try to bring in abilities such as choosing shirt colours, picking what you sell in the club shop, choosing what burgers are for sale at half-time etc.; it just doesn't work and a real football manager is not delegated with jobs such as these. So let's keep the managerial job as real as possible and not ruin it with minor details which detract away from the overall quality of the game.

      6. A 3D match engine would be nice... I quite like the 2D engine, watching the round dots kick a smaller round dot around the field; a 3D match engine would be a nice touch however, and even if it was just 3D highlights that could be watched at the end of the game then this I feel would be a brilliant feature to see implemented within the game.

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          RichLeighHD 4 years ago

          @termit_bronx: Can't wait for Football Manager 2013 to come out now (I say whilst playing Football Manager 2012!)

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          termit_bronx 4 years ago

          I still love to play this game ;)

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          2009 was a good game too but I liked 2010 more.

          Eric - soccer manager

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          infamousgame 8 years ago

          thank very useful 5 star

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          Laraine Sims 8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

          This sounds like a great game. Congratulations on your Giant Squid Awards win! 5*s

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Very informative lens – 5*. Feel free to visit my new lens Everything About Easter

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          SoccerDrillCoach 8 years ago

          Great lense. I am a Football Manager addict, and can't wait to get my hands on the new series.

          Congats on the awards. Well derserved.

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          insguru 8 years ago

          have you ever played madden?

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          julieannbrady 8 years ago

          Congratulations for runnerup Best Gaming Lens in the 2008 Giant Squid Awards. Well deserved! Best to you in the new year!

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          ceweqsakti 8 years ago

          NIce

          Congratulations on your Giant Squid Awards nomination!

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          KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

          Congratulations on your Giant Squid Awards nomination!

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          RyanRE LM 8 years ago

          I still haven't got the chance to play Football Manager 2009 yet, my brother just got a Wii, so hopefully I will get a chance over the holidays.

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          Soccer-Predictor 8 years ago

          Highly informative site and great written content; award well deserved;

          I really hope you increase more in profit

          Michael

          http://www.squidoo.com/Soccer-Prediction

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          clouda9 lm 8 years ago

          Congrats on 2008 Giant Squid Awards nomination...woot! (http://www.squidoo.com/2008-giant-squid-awards)

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Congratulations on your 2008 Giant Squid Awards nomination and good luck! - Kathy aka "Pretty Bullet"

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          synajib83 8 years ago

          Whats up? Yo nice to hear from you. Very nice comment on football manager 2009. I'm one of this game fan. Anyway Chelsea my best club

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          Margaret Schaut 8 years ago from Detroit

          I always really like your pages! Extra well done! Thumbs up, fiver & etc. Welcome to the Masterpiece Movement group, we're pleased to have you!

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          very good

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          uuday 8 years ago

          simply great lens.Very good !

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          RyanRE LM 8 years ago

          Sweet lens. I haven't played any of the football manager series before. I was playing FIFA for awhile, but I had to stop because it was consuming my day. Great work and ***** to ya!

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          ashleymia 8 years ago

          Good lens. It is very happy to hear about Football Manager 2009. I am eagerly waiting for that. 5*s.

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          retrogarden 8 years ago

          LOVE LOVE LOVE Football Manager. It's a safe addiction, though it has cost me hair at times.

          Would love to play as Colwyn Bay FC, but I think that the lowest they'll go is Conference North/South, so I'll have to stick with Liverpool.

          Have any wierd rituals when playing? I have to watch a cup match in the mirror, can't watch the screen directly!

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          Fine looking badge you got there! Congratulations!

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Very interesting lens and topic. Well presented..I shined up your stars. Best of luck to you!

          Thom

          Blue-ray Players

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          Adult-Acne-Tips 8 years ago

          Great Great. Press conference seems really good. Wonder what Jose will be saying

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          beempa lm 8 years ago

          Really nice lens Rich! Congrats on LOTD and all the success that comes with it! :) 5**** plus a fav!

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          RichLeighHD 8 years ago

          All spam has now been annihilated. :)

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          Naughty-Girl 8 years ago

          thkn someones spamming you Rich,,,,,,,,,,,,,points2shop.com..............naughty boy!

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          GreenRevolution 8 years ago

          Hi Rich, cool lens you got here! 'Football/Soccer Manager 2009' sounds like a great game and you have done a great job covering it. I'm a big soccer fan and I'm looking forward to checking it out. Congrats on scoring LOTD and achieving #1 in the Video Games category! Well done!!

          5 *****, Faved, and a Fan

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          ZBT 8 years ago

          Bravo Rich...you scored a LOTD! What a "gamer inspiration" you are! Congratulations to you.

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          Rob Hemphill 8 years ago from Ireland

          Congratulations on LOTD!

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          bree623 8 years ago

          Happy to have found this lens, now I have a good gifting idea for Christmas.

          I would like to invite you to join me at

          http://forumfinder.net/SMF/

          You will be able to promote your lens, participate in our comment exchange as well as digg, stumbleupon,reddit and several other social bookmarking sites.

          Our Comment exchange has grown rapidly

          and it is one of the best out there.

          Hope to see you there soon.

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          HogWild 8 years ago

          Congrats Rich, I am a greenhorn to this but this gives me a something to shoot for. Well Deserved LOTD. Chris

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          Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

          Well done Rich, a very nice lens and you "Richly" deserve to get Lens Of The Day. 5***** too!

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          Debbie 8 years ago from England

          Hey Rich, I'm not into gaming, I'd rather watch a good old fashioned real game of footie. CONGRATULATIONS on LOTD!!!! Well deserved! 5 championship points for you ;) (said in my Gary Linekar voice)

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          ShortSaleRealtor 8 years ago

          hi 5 to you , congrats on lotd

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          Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

          A nicely done lens, may just have given me a Christmas idea.

          Thanks!

          Brenda

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          Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

          Congratulations, Rich! You're a hard working lensmaster and very deserving of the honor!

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          Patricia 8 years ago

          Congrats on LOTD!! Woo hoo!

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          Congrats on LOTD. That is super and this is a super lens.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Congrats on LotD!

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          blujeanmomma 8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

          Congrats on LOTD! Great lens.

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          KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

          Congratulations on your LOTD honor!

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          enslavedbyfaeries 8 years ago

          Nice to see this lens made LOTD, -much deserved congratulations!!

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          The Homeopath 8 years ago

          Woot! Lens of the Day - couldn't happen to a nicer person! Congratulations!

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          AdriennePetersen 8 years ago

          Congrats on LOTD - 5 Stars!

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          Stephanie 8 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

          Nice lens! Congrats on LOTD!

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          bdkz 8 years ago

          Congratulations on LOTD!

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Well done on getting LOTD from a Manchester United supporter!

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          religions7 8 years ago

          Congrats on LOTD :)

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          Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

          Wow, Wow, Wow! You got LoTD! I'm so happy for you! :)

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          Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

          Wow, Wow, Wow! You got LoTD! I'm so happy for you! :)

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          Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

          You know what you're doing, Rich. Fabulous lens! 5*s and a SquidAngel Blessing. Congrats to LotD!

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          britney-smith 8 years ago

          Congrats on your lens and i gv you 5 stars ! Good Job !

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          beachbum_gabby 8 years ago

          looks very interesting! now, this is what I like!

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          Jesi 8 years ago

          I love this game and can never forget to have it in ma leisures 5 stars

          visit me at Acne Types

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          The Homeopath 8 years ago

          Congratulations! I love your lenscrafting skills and wish you much continued success!!!

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Here is the independent review of all new features of Football Manager 2009 including screen shots:

          http://football-managers.blogspot.com/2008/09/foot...

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          bigqin 8 years ago

          Hi, if you have the football manager game handheld version . can you please give me any tips for buying cheap players. Also any really good youngsters and formation tips would be great as well. Cheers

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          This game must be the best ever

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          how to play this game on net???

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          Panos21 8 years ago

          I love these games. 5* for your nice lens. If possible add and some screenshots.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          its beautyfull game!

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          RickyRobi LM 8 years ago

          Very well written! I added it to a lensroll on some of my lenses.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          How Much Is Footy Manager ??, & Wen Is It Owt ? Cuz I Wana Play It !!

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          beeobrien lm 8 years ago

          I'll tell my son about this one. Nice job.

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          I am sure my grandson will want this one, too! Great lens. 5*

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          I want to see the players history stats fixed, ie: cup apps, goals. league apps goals, apps in total etc, it was rubbish in 2007-8 and quite often was completely wrong.

          Also when english players go abroad or you look at players abroad they have little or no history.

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          enslavedbyfaeries 8 years ago

          It's great to you in the top 100. Congratulations!!

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          i want it now

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          i want it now

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          More options of team talks . Manage b teams and under 21, 19 and 18 internationals teams. More options to find new prospects for the future . prepare some moves in free kicks . to have a private life to where u can use your career earnings. TRADUCCION: mas opciones para las charlas de los partidos. poder dirigir equipos b o sub de selecciones. mas opciones par encontrar promessas. preparar pelota parada tener una vida privada donde uses la guita q gnas y q te vinculen con minas jej.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          I love this game

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Bosnian league

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          international management, y can u never ever manage ur home country like northern ireland. you only seem to be able to manage the big countrys. id love this to get sorted out!!!!!!!!!!!!

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Definitely more options for team talks. It would make the game much more realistic. And the game should be kept a 2D. Other managerial games that are 3D look very lame.

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          tdove 8 years ago

          Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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          bdkz 8 years ago

          Neat lens! 5 Stars and a Squid Angel Blessing!

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Hopefully they'll bring in the ability to win an appeal and that nearly every goal from a corner isnt dissalowed. Barnsley For Life

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          anonymous 9 years ago

          They should scrap the confidence system and where you want to finish. Make player interaction better and bring in traing detail and also to set number of goals you want your player to score. Man u 4 life

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          anonymous 9 years ago

          related to the pool, I hope it will be 2D match related as it is for some years , after the champ. manager that had only briefing :D, thou some 3D fake (with shadows) are available on net. It's more classic this way :)

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          Rock_The_Ice 9 years ago

          I *heart* the football manager series (with Chesterfield of course!) ;) Hopefully, '09 will be the best yet!