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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, along with a PSP port by the name of Football Manager Handheld.

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.

Flag Country Levels Divisions
Flag of ArgentinaArgentina22
Flag of AustraliaAustralia11
Flag of AustriaAustria2?
Flag of BelarusBelarus22
Flag of BelgiumBelgium34
Flag of BrazilBrazil??
Flag of BulgariaBulgaria22
Flag of ChileChile24
Flag of the People's Republic of ChinaChina22
Flag of ColombiaColombia22
Flag of CroatiaCroatia23
Flag of the Czech RepublicCzech Republic22
Flag of DenmarkDenmark33
Flag of EnglandEngland67
Flag of FinlandFinland22
Flag of FranceFrance33
Flag of GermanyGermany34
Flag of GreeceGreece22
Flag of Hong KongHong Kong11
Flag of HungaryHungary22
Flag of IcelandIceland22
Flag of IndiaIndia11
Flag of IndonesiaIndonesia23
St Patrick's saltireIreland22
Flag of IsraelIsrael22
Flag of ItalyItaly47
Flag of MalaysiaMalaysia23
Flag of MexicoMexico22
Flag of the NetherlandsNetherlands22
Flag of Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland33
Flag of NorwayNorway36
Flag of PeruPeru11
Flag of PolandPoland22
Flag of PortugalPortugal36
Flag of RomaniaRomania24
Flag of RussiaRussia22
Flag of ScotlandScotland44
Flag of Serbia and MontenegroSerbia and Montenegro23
Flag of SingaporeSingapore11
Flag of SlovakiaSlovakia22
Flag of SloveniaSlovenia22
Flag of South AfricaSouth Africa22
Flag of South KoreaSouth Korea22
Flag of SpainSpain36
Flag of SwedenSweden38
Flag of SwitzerlandSwitzerland22
Flag of TurkeyTurkey35
Flag of UkraineUkraine22
Flag of the United StatesUnited States11
Flag of UruguayUruguay22
Flag of WalesWales11

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 United 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.

Xbox 360

The Xbox 360 version was released on April 13, 2006 and was the first home console game in the Football Manager series. The full 50 playable league systems are included, as well as a 250,000-strong player database (very near to the figure of the PC version), but due to the large save files of the game, a 20 GB Xbox 360 Hard Disk is required at minimum. The game is also region free.

This version also makes use of the Xbox Live functionality, allowing players to create online leagues and cups with up to 16 human-controlled teams using team data they have exported from their offline game. Voice chat is fully supported during online play. It has also been confirmed that SI will release new content through the Marketplace system.

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.

References

Official

  • FootballManager.net - Official game website from SEGA and Sports Interactive
  • Sega Europe - SEGA's website showing a brief summary of the game.
  • SIGames.com - Official Sports Interactive website
  • Myspace - Official Sports Interactive Myspace Page

Affiliates

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

References

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