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      08.11.2001 01:14

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      LMA manager 2001 is one above all other managment games. Frustrating as it may be when Leeds Utd get clobbered 6-0 by Charlton this is still the best football game to date. Design your own brand new stadium or just re-design your old stands! Buy and loan players from teams all over europe! Hire and Fire your employees! Coach your team to perfection and watch them win the european cup or clobber to relegation a get the sack at the end of the seanson! This is and excellent managmet sim! As the game progresses it gets harder and harder as your players get red cards, injuries and become unfit! Loose players for months with hernias and torn achilles tendoms as the injuries are so detailed. Loose players for 3 mathces as you watch them smashing thier opponents body to peices and getting red cards. Suffer the embarrassment of being the manager of Leeds Utd and loosing 6-0 to charlton (like I did!) But LMA manager isn't all named and shamed it is a very skillful game and requires lots of skill from the player but if you can manage to conquer injuries and suspensions then you will be the fans favourite and storm to the top of the league! Choose any english or scottish team from any division to manage and if you get sacked don't worry the game isn't over as a new team will offer to take you on. Recieve emails on your laptop (make believe laptop,not actually yours!)that can bare bad news and good news. Attempt to buy or loan players and get your offer accepted or rejected! Sell players that don't do well in your team and spend the money on stadium improvements or buy new players. Imagine Ronaldo playing for Leeds Utd? Well you can make it happen! This game has a non-stop fun level and will keep you playing for hours on end. If I was forced to say something bad about the game all I can say is when you view matches the graphics are a bit dodgy, but who cares this is non-stop fun and excitement! I
      would reccomend this game to anyone.

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      29.08.2001 05:01
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      Inside every football fan there’s a manger screaming to get out. LMA Manger 2001 is your oppurtunity to prove it. Football management games – aren’t they great. You take control of your favourite football team and the rest is up to you. Delve into the transfer market, build new stadia, sack your incompetent staff…but if you don’t win games you will be out on your ear faster than Michael Owen over six yards. Until the League Managers Association Manager series began the undisputed king of the sims was the Championship Manager range. However, the new king stepped in by dumping the evil nest of menus inflicted on us by the PC boffins, replacing them instead with a clean, slick and sparkly frontage. Not only was it nicer to look at but it was also simple and quick to navigate. Now don’t get me wrong I love(d) the Champ Manager series, but I prefer to play games on my Playstation so when I heard that LMA 2001 was out I decided to buy it. I ordered the game from Gameplay at a reasonable cost of £22.99 as soon as it was released. Now onto the game itself, it opens with a nice FMV showing a manger with his talented team scoring various wonder goals. Eat my Goal is playing and is also used when saving the game. The main menu is divided into two parts on your screen. The bottom and largest area shows the particular screen you are on. In the top section there are eight icons, which you toggle through with the R1/L1 buttons. There is also a current date, your name, team name and cash available to spend. Finally there is another group of icons – these are unique to whatever section you are in such as: Squad, Messages, Information etc. You toggle through these icons with the R2/L2 buttons. After you have picked your team you will be set a target. I will use Portsmouth as my example from now on. They are set the tremendous challenge of avoiding relegation. Next up you will want to chec
      k out the staff screen. BTW you should choose to have no staff when you begin the game because the ones you are given will be pants. Start off by getting as good an assistant manger as you can, a good physio and at least one good scout. Various other members will be up to your discretion and staff budget. You won’t need a commercial manager unless money is no object – all they do is decide to spend your money on your stadium, and pick sponsors – although not always the ones which pay the most money. Certain members of staff can be set tasks. There is a comprehensive training scheme you can use, but I leave this to my Head Coach. Other tasks include contracts, recommending youth players and sorting out your backroom staff. You need to trim your squad to save your wage budget or make room for new signings. If you don’t have much money keep an eye on your youth squad -- you can offer them a 2-week contact to see if they have potential. After your original squad is sorted you can delve into the transfer market. This is often a make or break part of a management game and LMA certainly delivers. You can set various criteria for a search, whether it is position, age, price range etc. The only gripe I have is unlike PC games you can’t search for specific players by name. Also you can only loan players who are listed whereas the computer can seemingly do it without this need. Unlike the previous game the money is not in one big pool, instead different areas are given budgets. There is a stadium budget for building a new stadium, staff budget, player wage budget as well as your transfer cash. If you want to upgrade a single stand you will have to spend your transfer money. Your budgets for each season will increase each season – although it will take a while till you can afford the 100,000 seater stadium (unless you use a cheat or two, see later in the op…). So now you have sorted you
      r team, got a good formation and are ready to move on. You can choose to move on a single day or up to a week. The game will stop moving through the days if you have a message such as transfer news or when you have a match to play. This feature is great as it means avoiding the boring task of clicking yes or no for five minutes to reach the ‘advance to next day’ whilst still letting your players train and the game continuing in the background. The tactics available in the game do offer a wide variety but the formations in particular are a little sparse. I think they could have had one with a holding player in front of the back four or a couple more basic systems rather than examples of famous teams. At the end of the day its matches which sort the Man Utds from the Colchesters and its here where LMA really shines. It keeps the same basic approach as the original, whilst improving the game engine. Something quite original about the game is actually watching the match unfold rather than following a bar with two colours moving up or down. Although it wasn’t the first to offer this (I’m thinking of Ultimate Soccer Manager) it certainly does it the best. You don’t need to read stats to see who is playing well, its obvious when your players have confidence because of little passing triangles set up and your teams surge forward in waves of attacks. I would like to have seen the vidi printer scrolling text from the original as it can be hard to see which particular midfielder is running the game although you can have numbers above their heads. At the bottom of the (match) screen scores will flash up – crucial if you need to win a game so you can adjust your tactics accordingly. You can use the shoulder buttons to give your team special tactics, such as long ball, all-out attack or keeping possession. The after match highlights are also flashier than ever and although after a while you will see the
      actions repeated there are still a vast number to see. I found it quite useful to turn off the non-essential highlights, so in true Match of the Day style sorry, The Premiership style you will not watch the main game instead just the goals roundup. One problem I had is that the game crashes after you have watched a highlight. This happens in the second season. I am not sure whether it is bug in my game or it might have something to do with getting Pompey promoted. Perhaps the developers never thought it would happen ;-) If you get bored of the normal game you can elect to compete in a challenge, such as a £100 million dream team or winning every division from third and finally the Premiership. Although the £100 million isn’t as easy as it sounds because the top players like Luis Figo and Zidane will cost a cool £32 million each. So is it perfect? Well not quite – it has a very solid engine with good graphics but there are a few things, which bug me. Crashing in a game is bad but in an unpatchable console version it is nearly unacceptable. The game is also slow, saving and loading takes an age not helped by the fact that it needs 15 blocks, which means a whole memory card. Also bad is the fact that the fan base doesn’t increase too much if you are winning constantly or move up a division – same thing with European matches; instead of a full house you will see more fans at a league match. Despite such imperfections LMA 2001 is a very good game, it lives up to and excels in many places its predecessor. Codemasters could have followed EA’s Fifa route, churning out a sequel with just a revamped graphics engine and new stats but I’m glad to say they haven’t. Not only is it a great management game it is a great Playstation game. Here is a list of cheats for the game. You enter them in the name section. Beware -- use them wisely because otherwise the game gets a bit too easy: § FILTHY
      RICH -- £500 million to spend § NO CONSTRUCTION – Stadiums built quickly § SUPERSTARS – player ratings go to 90% § BLIND REF – no bookings for your players § POTIONS – players recover from injuries quickly § EASY LIFE -- Best team and tactics § AMPHETAMINE – Faster players § HARD AS NAILS – Aggressive players § LUCKY STREAK – win every match – also most pointless cheat § YOU THE DADDY – all players come to you for whatever price you want, you can offer them whatever wages you want too – Best cheat If you enter the names correctly you will hear a sound. Thanks for reading this op ==== MMUK ====

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        16.07.2001 00:40
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        Bored with the summer recess and lack of football? Depressed that Match of the Day isn’t on any more? What will you do without John ‘Mottie’ Motson’s warbling commentary or the lack of Andy Gray’s statistics for a whole three months? Well hooray for Codemasters! They’ve brought out LMA Manager 2001, the latest in their range of football management games. Will it be ‘eat my goal’ or is it another damp goalless bore? LMA Manager is a huge game. The music ‘Eat My Goal’ gets you going right from the start. The graphics are impressive and it has a warm feeling that… maybe just maybe, this could be the season for us! You have the options of starting in either the English or Scottish divisions. Maybe next time the good guys at Codemasters could have also considered a European option? You have the option of picking any team from the chosen divisions. I say you, but really it’s a team effort because you have a huge back room staff – assistant managers, scouts (football scouts not the little green boys singing around the camp fire), marketing manager, physiotherapist and trainers and tea ladies (I jest) etc. You start off with a full team of players plus a young team who you can promote to the senior squad. That’s if they cut the mustard or if you need a stand in if your star player needs to go and do a shampoo commercial or two. You and your trainers can pick the individual formations (based on famous team of the past and present), individual and team training and pick out specialist roles like captain, man marker, playmaker, free kick taker etc. Hooray for email! That’s how people communicate with you in this game. It’s a welcome end to the use of the back pages of the newspaper and telex malarkey because this game has entered the 21st century. Examples of are getting reports on players and teams from your scouts, when players have signed or maybe if yo
        u’ve won a manager of the month award. The transfer market is quite good and realistic. It is guaranteed that every footballer in every division including the European clubs are present. On the transfer market the players are listed by skill level, rather than the team they play for or availability of transfer status in other games. This makes searching for the best players really easy, rather than wasting your time searching for the best players. Expect to pay upwards of £32 million for the top players, that’s if their clubs want to release their best assets. You start the game with £50 million if you start from the Premiership. The top European clubs don’t like losing their best players which more than can be said for the British teams! You can transfer list, loan or make players become free agents. Unfortunately you can’t sack players, so you have to wait until other clubs come in for them. This can be frustrating, as you’ve got loads of rubbish footballers wasting money each week sitting on the bench all the time. Maybe LMA ’02 will introduce this feature! You get an objective when you take over a club: promotion, avoid relegation, win a cup or qualify for Europe If you fail it’s a good chance you’ll be getting your P45 and ending up as one of Tony’s 1 million. You get continually assessed on your managerial skill throughout along with the support (or lack of support) from the directors and supporters. It doesn’t matter if you are winning every game but if you transfer list the fan’s favour player they don’t like it! The directors also don’t like you free transfer listing all the duff players, even though it would mean saving loads of wonga (money)! A really brilliant feature of this game is the chance to either modernise or completely rebuild your stadium. How many tiers do you want? Do you want corners? What style of terracing do you wish? Do you want cor
        porate hospitality for the prawn sandwich brigade? It makes this game rise well above the likes of the Premier Manager series of games where you had no choice of stadium design. You also restricted to a budget on how much development you are allowed. This also applies to player and staff wages. If you think you can tempt David Beckham to your team with £200K wage a week you are jolly well mistaken! Playing the game is also quite cool and addictive. You can chose whether to just get the results (which is my favoured option as its quicker), only get the highlights of the game, or actually watch and manage the game as it happens. Watching the game give you great control of how your team plays. Other football management games only allow you to play in a given formation and type of play. LMA ’01 allows you to interact with the players. This allows you to call out and control the type of play – defensive, all out attack, passing game etc. It works pretty well but the AI (artificial intelligence) isn’t all that it could be, or maybe all my teams pretty pants (rubbish). The graphics are good when playing the full game. The players are well drawn and flow pretty well for a football simulation. You get the flashy graphics on an electronic scoreboard every time there is a goal. Unfortunately, when you concede goals you have to put up with them because you can’t key press them away! LMA 2001 gives you an array of statistics. These are well presented and laid out, with a few neat graphs thrown in for good measure. You have the option of scrolling between the league tables, top goal scorers, wins & losses charts, best players of the last league game and the highlights and stats for the last match played. The controls are quite cumbersome in comparison to playing the game on the PC. Scrolling between the different options and sub-options are done via the L1-R1 and L2-R2 respectively. This can get quite frustrating at time
        s. Examples can include when you want to check your email and end up looking at the transfer list all the time. Or you are continually scrolling with the left and right arrow to enter a very low or high price. It can get damn annoying, but it isn’t the fault of the game makers but just the format of the machine! The football management simulation is realistic, fun, addictive and very time expensive once you get into it. Playing with just the results can take around 5-6 hours to complete just one season. A disadvantage with this game is that it requires 15 spaces on your memory card. No you can’t delete other previously saved games from it when you want to save your game. Another good feature is that you can save your team. This allows you and a mate to play challenge matches against each other’s teams. I haven’t tried this option as I’ve lost all my friends playing this game all the time! : ( Codemasters have come out with a top quality polished football management simulation. Its advantages are that the game play is good, realistic and certainly no wall over. You can shout out tactics to your players from the bench and automatically change the play rather than pausing the game like other games. The stadium build is top notch and you can rebuild your very own 100,000-seater stadium in less time that applying for a Government grant to rebuild Wembley. The disadvantages are the controls are done with the keypad that makes scrolling between options and entering cash amounts tiresome and frustrating. Also the save feature requires far too much memory space. LMA 2001 is a great football management game for the Playstation (PSX). I personally prefer to play this type of game on the PC rather than the PSX. It’s easier to control the game with a mouse and enter monetary values from the keyboard than from the scrolling with the joypad!! It’s a definitely ‘eat my goal’ rather than a damp goa
        lless bore! Buy it! PS… If you get bored of losing all the time or constantly run out of money then there are a good selection of cheats available: £500 million, team will never lose a game, quick stadium build, fast recovery from injury etc. I won’t reveal the codes but they can be easily found by doing an Internet search. I strongly advise you not to use or search for these cheats until you have become bored of the game. When you do use these cheats you instantly lose the challenge of the game. I only started using the cheats because I wanted great time in my life to do other things than be glued to the playstation playing this highly addictive game!

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          25.06.2001 05:52
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          An excellent follow on game from the first LMA Manager!,this game has given me loads of great gaming action. Since its inception in 1999,codemasters take on the beautiful game won that has over many fans,including many of my friends including myself,thanks to its eye friendly presentation and simple navigation; something managment games are not exactly renowned for. Now donning its oversized sheepskin coat for a return fixture. Opening up the preceedings,a tantilising video sequence of intricately detailed characters displays all the stresses and strains of managment. It's clear for all to see:at the end of the day,a good result is all that matters. Either as a lone manager or playing against a friend,you have the choice of managing any of the current english and scottish league teams in either the challenge or full game mode. Challenge mode offers a series of scripted tasks to complete,each being of varied length. You set the difficultly depending on the team you choose,although you can only choose from the one approriate divistion. For example ,where you have three crucial games left to win the treble,its way easier using a top team rather than a lower rated team. Full game mode sees each taem having a realistic goal to achieve by the end of the season,whether it's taking your team to the european stage or helping your team aviod the drop. With the destiny of the chosen club firmly in your hands,your in a position to hire and fire staff. Keeping the current staff on at the club ,employing new staff or taking on their tasks on yourself,there's plenty of involvment to suit even the most dedicated work-a-holics. Particuarly impressive is the detail of the scout's report on a player. For several weeks you'll get feedback and analysis of that players performance,temperment and willingness to leave the club. As in the previous LMA Manager game,the wealth of information is presented clearly and
          effectivly. There arent many points you can fault LMA Manager 2001 on,most are easily over-ruled by the multitude of positive aspects that make this an essential purchase for managment gurus nationwide.

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            LMA Manager 2001 is just another football managing experience. It's the best football managing game ever for the Playstation and that has been proven. With it's realistic options and great game graphics the game has got to be as good as they say. I am one of many who think that it kicks ass, I mean if you have ever played the game I'm sure you agree and if you haven't then your missing out. But if you don't think u'll like it then just go down to a store like blockbusters and rent it, it's worth a try because inside every football fan there's a manager screaming to get out. But don't go out and buy or rent it until you have read this opinion, my opinion. In the end of the year 2000 Codemaster decided to bring out a Managing game to compete with the best. Because nearly everyone likes managing games. There was games such as Premier Manager and Player Manager out and they were big successes so who's saying that the new game Codemaster had in mind was going to fail, because through the evidence of Premier and Player Manager it was most likely to become a success, and it was! LMA Manager 2000 the Managing game of the millennium was a huge success. With nearly all my friends going out and buying it. It was the main reason why we was having sleep overs, just so that we could compete till the early hours of the morning just so we could see who was the best manager. No one thought there was a better managing game until they brought out LMA Manager 2001. Nearly almost the same but all updated and added stuff. Like create your formation and selected your doug out rules. LMA Manager was also a game that took longer than 1 hours to complete a season which was good because all the other games could be done with in 30 minutes or less and that's when your trying. LMA Manager also tested your skills to the max and made you think really hard about what to do against your next opponents. But then again I think the season t
            ook a little bit longer than expected, and it got a tiny bit boring. Also you are only allowed to be English and Scottish teams where I normally like to get challenged in the Italian league and Spanish. But apart from that the game is very good and the most realistic managing game ever. Here are some cheats for the game if you get stuck along the way because the game is harder than expected. filthy rich-500 million no construction-1 day stadium amphetamine-fast players superstars-90% ratings potions-quick healing hard as nails-aggresive players blind ref-no cards you the daddy-sign players for free i'll be back with more

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            I was stuck on what I could write another opinion on, which would be very informative to the reader. Then I came up with a solution, LMA Manager 2001; yes, once again it is another opinion about a computer game. I actually brought this game with my Dooyoo vouchers which they very kindly sent me about 4 weeks ago. I have been playing the game since then about 2 hours every 1-3 days. I have to say once again it is another game, which I am very addicted to. This game has nearly everything and I would like to take you through some of the options, which are available. To start with, this game has certainly been improved compared with the first LMA Manager game. Although I only played the demo of the first game, I can already see that the 2001 version is quite a big improvement on the first. Once you have loaded up the LMA manager game, then you have a variety of options to choose from: GAME TYPES ------------------- New Game – Once this option has been chosen then you can choose to do either a full game or take up the challenge option. The full game is where you choose a club from the English or Scottish national leagues and play through a whole season managing that one side. If you are sacked then you can move straight onto another club, but only if they have no manager. I think you can just continue on and on doing multiple season with different clubs or whatever. The only problem I had was with being sacked. As many of you know I support the amazing Southampton Football Club. I started a season with them when I first got the game and the contract clause (if you do not do what this says then u get fired) was to not get relegated. I managed to finish my season in 12th place in the premier league, build an amazing 30,000-seated stadium, brought in some good players and sold some rubbish ones. I thought I should be safe enough to not get the sack, but the board kept giving me warning througho
            ut the season that if I did not improve they would sack me and guess what they did!! Therefore, I found another club to move onto for my second season, which I am now halfway through. The club I actually moved to was Wolverhampton Wanderers. I did not know which players where good and which ones were not but I soon learnt. The contract clause is to finish in the playoffs for that season. I think I am safe going into January being 3rd in the table. There is a thing you will come across whilst playing in the full game mode and that is a directors rating and a supporters rating. When you first come to the club, they will both be set as 30%. If you want to keep your job both of these need to be kept above 25%. At the moment my directors rating 39% (+9) and supporters is 48 (+18). The people you need to keep happy the most are the directors as they decide if you stay or go. One good thing about the full game is that you can build a stadium from what you already have or build a brand new one. The advantage of building a brand spanking new one is that you have a set amount of money, so that it does not come out of your balance. However, if you are upgrading then it will come out of the balance, which you have. What makes this game very good and realistic are all the things I have mentioned above and the ability to pick out who you want to sponsor your team shirt and the hoardings. The best way to sort this out is to look for the company offering the most money so that you can maximise your income. I like this option because it allows you to be in real control. Whilst you are going through the days, when it is time for a cup draw you can watch the teams being drawn out. There is a list of empty spaces, which get filled up as the person reads out the teams, which are being generated by the game. If your team gets into trouble, financially that is, then you can easily take out a loan. Now I have never done this because
            I do not want to be paying back people instead I just sell players it is a lot less hassle. Unfortunately you can only loan two players a season, but it is a sensible thing otherwise you could have a team of amazing players for a season for a cheap price and then lose them all at the end of the season and become rubbish again. Buying, selling and loaning players is very simple, just use your initiative and you can find the player, which you feel suit your team. One piece of advice I will give to you is to experiment with different formations and players so that you can find the best team that you have to help you get those valuable points. Saving the game in this mode is very easy you just press start and then move down to save. Warning though this game takes 15 BLOCKS of save you memory card!!! So another words you may as well buy one when or if you buy this game. When saving the game you have the option of saving your team for a friendly I think this is in case you have brought new players of have found an amazing formation, which you want to use. Challenge – Yes this may sound odd but there is a challenge mode. There are 14 short-term challenges all ranging from promotion glory to a relegation dogfight. Your division and team options depend on what challenge and team you have chosen. Points have been given to indicate the toughness of the challenge for you. I have not experienced this mode fully but I did try out with the challenge where they give you £50,000,000 to spend on players and a new stadium. The challenge basically is to take a first division side and win the premiership with them within 3 seasons. It is a very good option because it gives people who are getting bored with the season mode to try something different. Friendly Match – I am sorry to say that I have only played this once. What you do is get your friendly team (which has been saved to memory card from season mode) and take on a default team. It
            sounds confusing but once you see it, the it becomes very easy to understand. You must have a team saved before you can play the friendly match though. This is actually a great way to practice with your players. Options - The only real options worth worrying about are at the start of the game. You can choose (when you go to a club) whether they have no staff (u have to employ them), they have some staff (you have to employ the rest) or they have all the staff. You can choose if speed play is on or off, another words if you only want to have till 5 pm each day to make your decisions then have it on if not then have it off. Highlights – I have only just remembered this so I will put it in at the end. The highlights option is when once you have played your match; you connect to football one which shows you all the tables and the scores from the leagues. You can also choose the highlights option to watch the great chances and goals from your match. This is very good although the goals look nothing like what you saw the commentary on it is good although there is very little of it. Overall, this game is brilliant, it has a huge amount of options, all the English and Scottish teams, al the European, English and Scottish cups and many more options. I find the graphics to be very good when you are watching the match and the highlights graphics are brilliant. If you think you could make a good manager or just like football games then this is the one for you. It may have last season’s teams but they are not going to be much different, and you can easily transfer players to your team. This game is top class!! Hope you found this helpful :O)

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              If ever wondered what it is like to be a football manager then this is the game for you. LMA Manager covers all aspects of the job of the football manager. You can choose to start at the top, and try your hand at manageing Manchester United OR if you feel like more of a challange you can manager a team like Barnet and try working your way up the divisions. LMA manager has an easy to use system which allows you to take total control of your team, or if you want to leave some of the more tiresome tasks to the staff which you can employ, this keeps you interested in the game. The transfer system is easy to use and you are kept informed by the way of regular emails. Bidding for players is not as simple as just picking a player, you have to tempt them with bonuses and incentives such as goal scoring bonus or clauses in the contracts which allows the players to leave if you end up relegated. You also have the option of promoting youth players to the team who have done well in the reserves. There are other options in the game such as a tactic section which allows you to change the team and positions of the players in an attempt to out wit your opponents. Your scouts also help you with this by the way of E-mails telling you on your opponents last performance. Also there is a section which allows you to control the building of your stadium, hire & sack staff and take on sponsors to boost your clubs income. Compared to Championship manager 2000 this game is easy to use and doesn't take a long time between screens which keeps you interested in the game. The down side of this game is that when trying to bid of a big player like Figo or Zindane 90% of the time you will get an E-mail saying the player has no intention of playing for you team however much money you offer so having pots of money sometimes doesn't help. But there are plenty of other players to choose from which will play for you club, and are worth buying. There is also an Interactive TV feature which allows you to watch the replay of your Games. Overall I would say that if your looking for a football manager game then this game is the one to buy.

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            With hundreds of clubs across 32 countries, over 300 stadiums across Europe and 800+ authentic players, complete with home, away and goalkeeper strips. LMA Manager 2001's team tactics. training and match A1 have been completely re-designed providing the most realistic and controllable football management simulation to date.