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Lego Soccer Mania, also packaged as Lego Football Mania, is a soccer game released on June 18, 2002. In a World Cup year, it's a simple football game based around different LEGO themes, including Pirates, Martians, adventurers and cowboys, as well as Lego Sports characters. A mobile phone version of the game was also released. Although the game received mediocre reviews, it was championed for its simple yet brilliant animations that were used as a template for consequent Lego games.
After winning several games and qualifying for the galactic soccer championship, the player's team is about to get a trophy when the Brickster steals it right from their hands. The team then chases the Brickster around the world in an attempt to capture him, but are thwarted when he escapes from his volcano base in one of his space ships. After winning pieces for their own ship, the team goes into space, and finally faces off the Brickster and his soccer team on Mars. They get the trophy back, but the Brickster escapes again. There are also several minigames, such as preventing pirates from destroying your treasure with cannonballs or knocking down a fort by kicking soccer balls at the pieces.