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Football Manager 2006 is a game in the Football Manager series of football management simulation games. It is available for PC, Mac platforms, and was released in the UK on October 21, 2005 (2 weeks earlier than the originally stated November 4 release). On the same day as the game's release, Sports Interactive also released a patch to fix some bugs discovered during the Beta and Gold stages of development. In its first week of release, it became the second-fastest-selling PC game of all-time in the UK[1]. In the United States and Canada, the game is sold as Worldwide Soccer Manager 2006. In April 2006, an Xbox 360 version of the game was released.

It is essentially just a season update of FM 2005 but does include many small adjustments and improvements to the general gameplay. These adjustments include team-talks, simplified training and in-game help screens. As well as this, the game is updated by its many researchers (unpaid fans of the game augmented by in-house collaboration). The database is usually updated twice in the period of the release of the game. The first comes with the game and the second is usually downloadable in January as a free data update to reflect the changes which take place during the winter opening of the FIFA transfer window. As has been customary with the series a beta demo of the game was released on September 12, 2005. This was later followed on September 30 by a gold demo. This is a cut-down, limited time version of the full game which is sent to the game manufacturers.

Playable leagues

Football Manager 2006 contains the same playable leagues as Football Manager 2005 but with 2 small additions. The French league now has a fourth viewable but unplayable level (the CFA division), and the structural change to the Swedish league involving the re-instatement of Division One has been implemented, with Division Two retained as a playable fourth level.

Country Levels Divisions
Flag of Argentina Argentina22
Flag of Australia Australia11
Flag of Austria Austria22
Flag of Belarus Belarus22
Flag of Belgium Belgium34
Flag of Brazil Brazil??
Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria22
Flag of Chile Chile24
Flag of the People's Republic of China China PR22
Flag of Colombia Colombia22
Flag of Croatia Croatia23
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic22
Flag of Denmark Denmark33
Flag of England England67
Flag of Finland Finland22
Flag of France France33
Flag of Germany Germany34
Flag of Greece Greece22
Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong11
Flag of Hungary Hungary22
Flag of Iceland Iceland22
Flag of India India11
Flag of Indonesia Indonesia23
Flag of Ireland Ireland22
Flag of Israel Israel22
Flag of Italy Italy47
Flag of Malaysia Malaysia23
Flag of Mexico Mexico22
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands22
Flag of Northern Ireland Northern Ireland33
Flag of Norway Norway36
Flag of Peru Peru11
Flag of Poland Poland22
Flag of Portugal Portugal36
Flag of Romania Romania24
Flag of Russia Russia22
Flag of Scotland Scotland44
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro23
Flag of Singapore Singapore11
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia22
Flag of Slovenia Slovenia22
Flag of South Africa South Africa22
Flag of South Korea South Korea22
Flag of Spain Spain36
Flag of Sweden Sweden38
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland22
Flag of Turkey Turkey35
Flag of Ukraine Ukraine22
Flag of the United States United States11
Flag of Uruguay Uruguay22
Flag of Wales Wales11

Copyright issues

As was the case with Football Manager 2005, the developers were again unable to include certain data in the game due to licensing and/or copyright issues. All of the same data affected in FM 2005 appears to be affected again in the 2006 version along with the Japanese, South Korean and Chinese national teams (which now only include 'virtual' players). Notably, Oliver Kahn has been named 'Jens Mustermann'. However, there is a possibility to correct most of the data "mistakes" simply by deleting certain files in the game directory.

Harchester United

An option has been included in the game to include a fictional team called Harchester United in the English Premiership. Harchester is a club in the Sky One drama series, Dream Team. This option comes in the form of a text file, placed in the game's directory, which has to be edited very slightly by the user to 'activate' it.

See also


External links

Below is a list of several external resources which contain various features relating to the Football Manager scene (both official and unofficial) such as patches, articles and downloads.


  • - Official game website from Sega and Sports Interactive
  • Sega Europe - Sega's site showing a brief summary of the game.
  • - Official Sports Interactive website
  • Myspace - Official Sports Interactive Myspace Page


Sports Interactive has set up an Affiliates section (SIAS) which fansites can join. They offer a number of benefits to users, such as free games to give away in competitions, exclusive news and opportunities to visit Sports Interactive in Islington, London. You can view all the affiliates here


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