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The original and the best football manager simulation game available. Impressively in depth details make the game dangerously addictive, as you navigate through the highs and lows of football management.

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      19.04.2012 14:38

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      Back when the Playstation 2 and 3 were only dreams of the in back office of a Sony designer, PC games were my favourite form of entertainment, and in that, Championship Manager. They release a version of this game for every football season, and way back in 2000, I played this edition 00/01. I have owned every edition since then, and over the last 12 years so much has changed.

      But back then, the game was much simplier to play. The main addition from the 99/00 game is that they updated all the footballing information, like players, managers, finance, performance, and attributes. Not much changed in the way that you played the game, you still had to manage the team, bringing in new players, setting the teams tactics, coach through football matches, and ultimately, try and win the league, a pretty simple yet enjoyable format.

      The one thing that I love about this game is that there is really no end. Once you have had enough of managing one team, you can simply restart and coach another, like a never ending story. The downside is that compared to the editions of the game brought out today, there is really no place in the market as a result in the improvements made. I would still say play this game, if not only to see how things have changed. You can pick it up for under a £1 these days im sure. A highly addictive game, not up to the high standards of todays gamers but still good entertainment. Thanks for reading.

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      30.04.2010 14:37

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      Great old school football game

      championship manager 2000 to 2001 probably the best manager game that has ever been out for its time. This game will keep you entertained for hours on end with its simple tactics and great fast gameplay, even on the slowest of computers this game will zoom along. Anyone that knows what they are doing could complete a season in 7 or 8 hours gameplay easily and the advanced player could complete it in about 3 or 4. I was given this game free when i played the dail telegraph fantasy premier league it was my first ever management game and i still play it regularly to this day. The fast gameplay really attracts me as i lose interest in a game shortly and can get through a few seasons easily before i want to manage another team. The gameplay is also very realistic but will not challenge you too much. However it is a great buy.

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      05.05.2009 10:50

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      worth the purchase for football fans

      Another year, another championship manager game. The question is "Has anything really changed?".

      Apart from updating the statistics of teams and players there really isn't any difference between this years game and last years game. But hey, people love things to be up-to-date. I on the other hand think about the cost to myself for purchasing this brand new game for a few updated stats. Why don't they just make a patch that you can download that updates everything for you?!

      Simply because there isn't as much money involved. Funny thing is, I'm complaining about the game even though I have purchased it. It is a brilliant game with hours of statistical fun. You must manage your teams in leagues, tournaments, friendlys and other football matches. You can purchase new players and earn money through winning. You can become the best team and win the championship.

      The game does take a little practice getting used to the controls. But once you are used to them it is one addictive game from which you will get hours of uninterrupted fun.

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      27.06.2006 22:28
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      Great game layout

      I may be biased as this game comes from the year I was most interested in football and so I am very familiar with all the teams and playera. I recently bought CM$ and it didn't have a patch on this version. It is like the earlier Championship Manager games, easy interface and good match overview when in a game.
      I also enjoy the fact that you can 'interact' with the media and fans, giving reassurance that your team will do well, and also standing up for one of your players if he has been slated by the media!
      You can manage teams from many different leagues and you can even choose to have real players or have the game generate it's own (which I haven't yet played with)

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        23.07.2002 20:51
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        Championship Manager is a great game, that is a fact. The greatest management simulation the world has ever seen, but is it too good? The game draws you in, then pounces and before you know it, you cannot stop playing the infernal thing. For instance, just the other night I had nothing special to do, so I thought why not play for a while on Championship Manager, try and get my team, Fulham to Europe. I had started and failed in my task, I finished 14th, but no matter, I will just go and watch TV, but wait, what seemed nothing more than an hour had turned into 4 hours, how could this happen? The only answer is that Championship Manager is a drug, a Class A drug, it should be banned. You play out of enjoyment to begin with, then you start increasing the nights spent, then before you know it you are putting of unimportant things such as food and sleep just to see your team through that incredible cup run. Forgive me if my comments seem somewhat disorientated and harshly put together, but I have just lost the Champions League Final to a last minute goal. Damn that game!!

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          22.06.2002 18:32

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          Championship Manager now includes many new features the original versions lacked. These include: being about to manage in 26 different countries, a more sophisticated, EU-regulated transfer system, better scouting and training systems, more interactivity with the board and attribute masking and "random players" options which give the game more depth once you have memorised all the real player stats. Although Championship Manager now lets you manage teams in 26 different countries, I have only devoted any sreious time to the English, Spanish and Italian leagues. The South American leagues have totally different competition systems, which I simply couldn't be bothered to learn. Although having to learn the attributes of the new unknown players in this league can add more lastability to the game and create a new challenge, the same effect can be created by starting an English league without using real players. This saves having to learn the new local rules such as the workings of their transfer system. I do really like the new training routines. You can focus on develpoing specific skills of each player to make them better suited to your style of play (which is good if like me you like to invent your own formations) and you can also teach players to play in new positions if you think their attributes make them suitable for that position. Interaction with the board could in theory take the game into a new level of depth. However, if like me you would much rather concentrate on playing matches than attending board meetings, you will be reluctant to take advantage of this feature. Fortunately, the game seems to account for this and the amount of time you spend negotiating with the board seems to be very flexible The new features of Championship Manager, such as its support for leagues in so many other countries may offer relief for compulsive players, but for someone who is only partially addicted, these features are not r
          eally necessary. What makes Championship Manager such a brilliant and addictive game (in my opinion) is the way it realistically re-creates what it must be like to really manager a football team

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          15.06.2002 19:58
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          • "Waste of money"

          Champ Man created by Eidos studios. Is the worst game ever! This game is the worst game that has ever been made. it is just a bunch of words and numbers on your computer screen and it costs £30.00. What a waste of money. in the game you are a manager of a football club and you make up tactics and watch commentaries on every game you play. You don't even see people running around playing football on you screen. All you see is words and numbers. At least in fifa you can kick a ball around and it's remotely fun. But this, this is just awful!!!! What would you rather do either: 1.Play championship manager hours on end until your eyes get sore 2.play football outside in the fresh air when you are actually taking part in it. The choice is yours Personally I would choose the later.

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            18.03.2002 01:04

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            Having owned every version of this game since it's released i could be accused of being biased when i say that in my opinion that this is the greatest football management sim ever released but when you look at the facts i'm sure you will have to agree. Championship Manager 01/02 achieves everything it does with nothing short of perfection. While other games have attempted to make it so you can watch the matches Cm01/02 has chosen to wait until this technology is fully developed and is really a benefit to the game. The depth of the statistics of the players is second to none. There are detailed statistics of over 100'000 players and managers as wellm as the opportunity to mamage in 26 different league. No other game offers such good gameplay and realism. You can interact with the board, fa and the press. There are new player options and you can send them off to surgerry to recover from persistent injuries. There is too much good things to write about this game that this article can't contain it all. If you like football buy this now!!!

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            18.03.2002 00:18

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            How can you improve on pefection? That was the task for Sports Interactive and Eidos when they had to make a new version of Championship Manager. So, how have they done it this time I hear you ask. Well, the answer is that they haven't really. The game is pretty much the same as it was last time, except for updates on transfers. Also, they have included the new transfer system which kicks in a few months after the start of the game, where players contracts are protected for 2-3 years and then allowed to move as long as compensation is paid to the club they are leaving. The best news though, is that everything that was there before is here too. As they sya, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". The game is as playable and addictive as ever and the new transfer rules and players just make it that little bit better. If you have the old game and have used the editor to update the stats then I wouldn't reccomend you buy this as it is almost the same. However, if you have the original CM3 or haven't tried this series yet but like the genre, then I would say that this is a MUST buy. Yes, you will spend hours on it and lose your social life, but it's still the best around and you won't be disappointed.

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            11.03.2002 00:08
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            Championship manager is a classic game and all the games they have bought out previously have been superb and i enjoyed playing them. Up until this edition to the Champ Manager trilogy came out my favourite edition was the 97/98 season but this changed my opinion as this game is the best easily so far. It is compateble for most computers and should easily run on any standard PC. The layout of the screen is the same as the championship manager 3 but this is alot different to the layout of 97/98. The options that you have during the game are alot more vast and the amount of players and teams have almost doubled. The way of buying players is alot more in depth and more realistic as you are able to fine them and discipline them if they do something wrong. The main problem with the games in the past is that they go out of date very fast but in this game the option for updating the game is made alot easier. I f you go into My Computer then into program files and then into champ 00/01 you will get the option of editor and you can then add the players into different teams as the transfers happen in reality. Thye only thing that i must say is that on occasions the transfers are very unrealistic for example Rory Delap being sold for 7 million, that would not happen. I would say even though i have had the game now a year because i have updated it, it is alot better than the new games. So if you want a game that gives you the chance to sample life as a manager either abroad or in England then this is the game for you, and you could probably pick it up for about £20.

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              03.03.2002 23:15
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              Of all the football managing games in the world, nothing, apart from Premier League Manager 2001 can be compared against Championship Manager 00/01. If you want a game that you can play and play on for ever and ever, then this is the one. It possesses all the following things: 1.An addivtive property, providing you with hours and hours of relief from boredom. 2.Correct information about all the leagues and players. 3.The transfer market is just superb in this game, with real prices. Unlike Premier League Manager whom you have something like 50 million pounds to start off with, and the skill ratings can reach 99, which is near perfect. 4.The game is 100 times more challanging than in any other game where you may win the Super League, the local League, the Champions League, the Uefa Super Cup, and the Wolrd Club Championship all in one season! This game is fantastic, buy it and it'll last you for as long as you still enjoy football.

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                25.02.2002 04:05
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                With CM4 coming out soon i hope the series is bettered rather than feeling like a full priced update which this one feels like. Do see their website where they have corrected bugs and updated the game. They certainly have found a fantastic strategic balance in the game and i love playing it. Even if you don't like football (i don't really, unless there's an England game) yet i still enjoy it, i couldn't recommend this title enough even for the non football fans like me out there.

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                  28.01.2002 16:36
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                  A quick glance at most of the opinions for cm 00/01 all go to show that it is without doubt the best manager simulation game on the market and probably one of the most detailed pc games ever. I would like to take this opportunity to provide an opinion on ideas some managers may have to improve their team, although most of my tips are more likely to benefit you if you are in charge of a premiership team and not a lower divisional team. The first advice i can offer you is to use the option of asking your coaching staff for opinions on the squad you have just inherited-especially those in the reserve team. This usually results in many players being shown not to be good enough to remain at the team and putting them up for sale reduces the wage bill and also allows you to gain some additional finance to buy players of our own. Do not be afraid to take less than the value suggested by the game as many of these reserve team players are unlikely to be sold at these prices and remain on your wage bill without any chance of a first team appearance. Second piece of advice is to take advantage of the bosman ruling and to try and obtain as many players as you can of a quality good enough to compete at your club. This may mean you having to offer players a high wage rate in an attempt to persuade them to join you in prefernce to other teams but do so. This means you have saved massively on transfer fees and also you can hen make profits on those players you feel are not part of your first team plans. This in effect allows you to build transfer funds again. I usually find after the first season i can go out and buy at least 2 very good players from the sales of bosman ruling players. The third piece of advice is to sign players such as Richard knopper, Simon Colisomo, Alpay, Martin Palmero, Martin Posse and Andey Stolcers to name but a few. Some of these players may be out of your range but others such as Simon Colismo and Alpay can be br
                  ought cheaply whilst Knopper is a free agent after the first season. Colisomo may not make the brightest of starts and the coaches may not rate him that highly also but he will turn out to be a real bargain at less than a million. The final piece of advice is always try and change your tactics every season as you usually become predictable and other teams start to combat your tactics, of course thta is unless you have assmebled a near dream team! Good luck my fellow gamers

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                  09.12.2001 22:31
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                  Championship Manager has ruined my life. I dread to think of the number of hours I have spent playing the game. The situation became more serious when the saved game feature of the recent editions showed you exactly how long you had been playing for in total - this was very worrying but gave an indication of exactly how much value for money I had got. CM is a football management game which includes various leagues and teams from the very best to the worst. It doesn't have the fancy presentation of say EA Sports games but more than makes up for this with a wealth of options. The beauty of the game is that you can go into these options as deeply as you want - a season can take a couple of days or a month depending on the player. Each player has a number of physical and skill attributes rated out of 20 as well as some hidden figures such as big match temprement. The most recent game (2001/2) adds a fog feature whereby you don't see all a player's attributes until you have had them scouted. Matches are presented in a text format with a running text commentary throughout the game. Audio options were available in earlier games but these were rubbish. The game has no ending so you can continue to play it for as long as you want - way past the time that todays teenage stars have retired. The amazing thing is how emotionally attached you can get to the players in the game who are basically a list of numbers. You'll realise what I mean when you can't bring yourself to drop your young Swedish striker who you plucked from obscurity. The problem I have with the game is that all of the recent versions have been just slight improvements of the same engine. Despite the value I have got from the series I can't help but be slightly disapointed with each reincarnation. It won't be until CM4 that my hunger will be again satisfied. If you have played CM but are tempted beware it will take over y
                  our life.

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                    04.12.2001 02:49
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                    This is without a doubt one of the greatest games of the best games of all time; it's certainly the best football manager game! I first played CM2 when I got a loan of it from a friend; I still have it years later! I then got CM3 when it came out and then I got this, the best instalment so far. With 24 leagues to pick from you really are spoiled for choice and its certainly not anywhere near as easy as CM2 but it does take longer to play which is a good and bad thing, a nice touch is the addictiveness rating. The Scottish league is pretty easy to play but the Spanish and Italian leagues are very hard indeed but are a good challenge. There are also very nice features such as complaining about a ref, asking FA to re-arrange a match, ask the board for more transfer funds, expanding the stadium and investing in youth development. You can customise your training, obviously your tactics, tackling, passing, counter attack etc. The database of players is huge and also there are many teams that don't play in any league that there’s available. The web site is very good and offers many updates and you can update all the leagues and players which means that you don't have to buy the new games as soon as they come out which means that its very good value for money. On the whole it’s a vast improvement over the previous games and you can even play it over the net, which I’ve not tried yet but it could be fun but surely pretty slow. The multiplayer on this is good but it has a disadvantage that it can take days just to play a season. A lot more detail than before, a lot more teams and even more fun. This game is amazing but be prepared to play it a lot!

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