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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.).

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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?

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Football Manager 2009 Handheld

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.

The game will also come complete with two skins; a light tone skin and dark tone skin. When creating the game two skins were made, and not knowing which to flow with it was decided that both would be available and the user would be able to choose which they personally preferred.

For the first time ever Football Manager Handheld will also come complete with a 2D match engine. This is something that PC/Mac users have been playing with for many a year now, it's new to the handheld world however and a fantastic new change to this great little handheld management sim. There will be two modes of 2D Match engine; full field mode, or zoomed in mode where the 2D match engine will purely be focused on the match action movement of the ball.

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.

Number One of Video Games Topic

After spending two days at number two in its category, on the lenses third day in the overall Top 100; Football Manager 2009 hit number one for the Video Games topic here at Squidoo. I’m very proud of the lenses achievements and the lens hitting the number one spot for the first time has been my proudest Squidoo achievement thus far.

The lens finally hit the Video Games top spot on September 6th 2008.

Lens of the Day

On September 26th 2008 I was granted the great honour that is Lens of the Day here at Squidoo. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever truly believe that one of my lenses would ever get chosen to be Squidoo’s Lens of the Day and I’m therefore incredibly proud that this lens was chosen and acclaimed with this great honour.

This lens was my first to reach the top 100, my first to hit the number one spot in its topic, and just to top it all off; it was also my first ever lens to be granted the great award that is Lens of the Day. I’m very proud of this achievement and am amazed, enthralled, and also incredibly delighted to have had one of my lenses chosen to become Squidoo’s Lens of the Day.

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      RichLeighHD 5 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 5 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 9 years ago

      Congratulations on your Giant Squid Awards nomination!

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      RyanRE LM 9 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 9 years ago

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

      I really hope you increase more in profit

      Michael

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      clouda9 lm 9 years ago

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

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      anonymous 9 years ago

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

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      synajib83 9 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 9 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 9 years ago

      very good

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      uuday 9 years ago

      simply great lens.Very good !

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      RyanRE LM 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Fine looking badge you got there! Congratulations!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

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

      Thom

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      Adult-Acne-Tips 9 years ago

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

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      beempa lm 9 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 9 years ago

      All spam has now been annihilated. :)

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      Naughty-Girl 9 years ago

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

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      GreenRevolution 9 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 9 years ago

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

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      Rob Hemphill 9 years ago from Ireland

      Congratulations on LOTD!

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      bree623 9 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

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      HogWild 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 years ago

      hi 5 to you , congrats on lotd

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      Treasures By Brenda 9 years ago from Canada

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

      Thanks!

      Brenda

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

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

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      Patricia 9 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD!! Woo hoo!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

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

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Congrats on LotD!

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      blujeanmomma 9 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Congrats on LOTD! Great lens.

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Congratulations on your LOTD honor!

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      enslavedbyfaeries 9 years ago

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

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      The Homeopath 9 years ago

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

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      AdriennePetersen 9 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD - 5 Stars!

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      Stephanie 9 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      Nice lens! Congrats on LOTD!

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      bdkz 9 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Well done on getting LOTD from a Manchester United supporter!

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      religions7 9 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD :)

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      Mihaela Vrban 9 years ago from Croatia

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

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      Mihaela Vrban 9 years ago from Croatia

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

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      Achim Thiemermann 9 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 9 years ago

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

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      beachbum_gabby 9 years ago

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

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      Jesi 9 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 9 years ago

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

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      anonymous 9 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 9 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 9 years ago

      This game must be the best ever

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      how to play this game on net???

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      Panos21 9 years ago

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

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      its beautyfull game!

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      RickyRobi LM 9 years ago

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

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      anonymous 9 years ago

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

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      beeobrien lm 9 years ago

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

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

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

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      anonymous 9 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 9 years ago

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

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      i want it now

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      i want it now

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      anonymous 9 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 9 years ago

      I love this game

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Bosnian league

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      anonymous 9 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 9 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 9 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      bdkz 9 years ago

      Neat lens! 5 Stars and a Squid Angel Blessing!

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      anonymous 9 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!