Chapionship Manager 99/00 is an old school version of the type on football management game that we have today. These types of games are the best in my opinion, and being one of the first of its kind, I consider this game, not the best, but definitely the best way to start a management genre of gaming. I love the games of today, but I also like the simplicity of the 99/00 version. Back then, you bought, sold players, changed tactics and watch as the teamed you have built up played matches.
Although included in more recent editions, I would liked to have seen much more control over the running of the team, like more in depth finances, player information, scouting and things like that. This was the first Championship Manager game I owned, im not even sure there was one before 99/00, and I loved it at the time. I dont have it anymore, and to be frankly honest, couldnt imagine myself playing it again, but it was still an amazing game.
This game is way too outdated for me to recommend as a purchase for anyone, but if you do happen to come across in a games shop, it wouldnt hurt to give it a go, although you will probably be suprised at how basic it is. I should not that I wouldnt recommend paying any more than a couple of pounds for it, not even that, not worth really. Thanks for reading.
Ah! The season of 99/00. I remember those times and the brilliance that was Championship Manager.
Now, this game might be 10 years old but the thing is, the older the game gets the cheaper it becomes, right? Well, you really can take advantage of this worldwide natural law. The championship manager games do not change much from year to year, maybe a new packaging box and a few strings of text have been altered within the game. But that's about it. The idea being that if you are a student or just don't want to spend loads of money on a football managing game then purchasing this will be an excellent choice...
...you get the features of many other Championship Manager games including the ability to manage your teams, compete in leagues and friendlys. Alter your team and purchase players etc.
...you get the same number of teams, 100's of different players although they won't be up-to-date it may bring back memories and you get the same gameplay as any other Championship Manager game from about a 5 year stretch!
Still addictive, still brilliant, still Championship Manager.
Do you remember the time when Norwich were promoted from the first division, made it all the way to the FA Cup Final and the Quarter finals of the League Cup? Of course you don't because in real life it's only the stuff dreams are made of but in the Championship Manager realm it's reality. I'm not much of a games player but I've loved football management ever since the days of Premier Manager on the Amiga. Championship Manager is probably the king of football management games and a few weeks ago there was the release of the fourth version. However I like to go old school and go back to the season on 99/00. It has nothing to do with the fact that this version of the game can be bought for a few quid in HMV. The game allows you to take charge of your favourite team and guide them to glory in the league and cup competitions. You're give the power to get rid of all those old cart horses in your team and inject new blood into your squad by plowing through the transfer market for that inspirational signing. The game takes a while to get used to but once you're used to it then the power will go to your head and you're bound to be addicted. Having played Premier Manager I can say that this is a far harder game to master. So far I've taken Norwich into the Premier League only to find it hard amongst the big boys when you have under £10 million to spend on players and pay the big wages. Needless to say I was quickly relegated after losing nearly all my games. There's a great buzz in the game whenever you're doing well and you've found the right combination in your team, getting a stiker on a free transfer and watching him bang in the goals is a great thrill. Of course this means that you'll no doubt be in demand and head hunted by bigger clubs. Of course you could remain loyal or leave to spend the big bucks. The user interface on the game is fairly simple with everything controlled by dra
g and clicks on the mouse. The actual football game is played out by text commentary and you can monitor player ratings and possession during the game if you need to grind out that result. My only gripes with the game are that you don't really have interaction with your club off the pitch, other management games I've played give you more interaction with the board and more say in the club finances. Championship Manager also doesn't give you much option yo get in contact with other clubs and do deals. Your backroom staff also are given very little interaction with your main day to day management. Still there's a lot here to play with and for anyone who likes a sense of power at a small price then pick up a copy of this for a few quid and soon you'll have the sheepskin coat and the angry touchline manner down to a tee.
What Is Championship Manager???? Championship Manager is a computer game where the player manages his own Football Team. But Its not only A football manager, its THE Football manager. In my time I have come across many many football managing games, but From all of those games, this one deserves the Award. Like all football managing games a simple desicion can prove defferent things, if you sell a player you can see yourself going through a losing streak. The fact that the game is never the same makes it tempting and one keeps on playing it, whereas shoot ' em ups and driving games are all the same, and while playing you go through the same processes. In this game you can choose to manage a team or an international team and according to your success you reputation goes up. When buying players not all of them will be attracted to your club because if your facing relegation you wont attract star players, but if you are winning and example win the champion league you will see more star players take interest in joining the club. If your managing a nation you can obviously select players from the nation your managing, but as time goes by player can easily retire from international games and this can be a let down. Each different tactic you set or instruction can result in a goal in favour or against you. Also through the game your player have emotions and if you treat them badly or if your club is at the bottom of the league, they will show it. I personally recommend this game to any football fanatic and even for people who never played a football managing game as it is very user-friendly and a great game, I too though football managing games where not interesting but once I played this game, the genre of football managing became my favourite.
Championship Manager is one of the best selling computer games ever on any format. A football management simulation, the secret of its success is the pure depth of the statistics that it contains as well as its incredible addictiveness. Once you start guiding Nuneaton Borough to the dizzy heights of 17th in the Nationwide Conference League, you'll know what I mean... A number of people may play the game, although it is probably best played alone. There is also opportunity for a network link-up, although I have never tried this. Installing the game is relatively straightforward, and the manual gives sufficient details about how to do this. The country in which you wish to play in must firstly be selected, and there are choices as diverse as Norway and Argentina, as well as the more familier countries like England and Spain. Several leagues can be selected at one time, (to enable you to play in different countries if things don't work out at Nuneaton, and no-one else in England will employ you for example...), although this does take longer to load and also longer for the results to be processed once you are inside the game. A team must be selected for each player, as well as a manager name. You can check on the players of the respective clubs at this stage. Once your team is chosen, it is time to select the players... **PLAYERS** Each player has a number of 'visible' and 'invisible' statistics. All the players in the game initially are real, and the best ones in real life have the best statistics. The research in the game is absolutely impeccable, even though Peterborough United does seem to have better players here than it does in practice. The 20 or so visible statistics (such as finishing, pace, stamina) are subject to fluctuation, depending upon the effectiveness of the training programme you have selected for them. They are marked between 1 and 20 (20 being the best). The 'invi
sible' ones aren't revealed to the user at any stage, and include things such as 'adaptability'. These can affect how the player responds to certain actions you ask him to perform (e.g. to change flanks on the pitch). It is up to the user to figure out approximations for the values by looking at how each player responds through their actions on the pitch. There is also information available about player history (e.g. appearences/goals/bookings) and their value and player status, (which you can select at any stage e.g. valuable to the club/not needed) close to hand when the player is selected. The team can then be picked. It is best to do so by looking at both their value and statistics. As time goes on, you can get a good idea of who are the weakest links in the team, and then go to the transfer market... **TRANSFERS** Players who are no longer needed by the team can be put up for sale. Their price can be set automatically or manually. Teams can then put in bids, and it is up to the user whether to accept or decline. There are several ways of going about buyuing players. Any player can be found by searching the general database, which contains thousands of names from Ronaldo to non-professional Iranians earning £25 a week. Bids can be submitted accordingly. However, it is also possible to customise a search for the top players, by virtue of a number of their characteristics (e.g. all players withing a certain position, or age bracket). This is particularly useful if, for example, you are looking for a Swedish left-sided defender aged between 18 and 25, who has a passing ability of 16/20. You can be as specific or as vague as you want, but perhaps the most useful option is the 'interested' characteristic, as it stops users from wasting their time chasing players who will never come to them (although why Ronaldo doesn't want to play for Nuneaton, I'll never know...). A scout can also be set to look for players within a certain area, and they will make recommendations about who to sign up for your team. **TACTICS** The tactic stage is the make or break of your team. You can select automatic formations or make up your own. It is also possible to move around players' positions in different sections of the pitch when the ball is in a particular place, but I tend to just leave it on the default position. As well as this, there are several other features that must be set. These include playing style (e.g. passing/direct/long ball) and strength of tackling. As well as these general characteristics, specific ones can be tailor made to your players (e.g. free roles being given to your star defender). This takes a bit of experimentation to get used to and may be seen by some as being overly complicated, but once the dream formation is hit upon, there is no need to change it dramatically afterwards. Free kick and corner takers must also be set, and it is advised that users select players with good long-shot and crossing characteristics respectively to be in charge of these. A captain must also be picked for the team (usually the player with the best influence and determination stats is a good idea). **GAMEPLAY** Once your dream players are bought, you are ready to go. A realistic league and cup structure, with European competition is featured. Each game is seen by the user, who is given information about how their team is progressing, with the option of also seeing the latest scores elsewhere. Unlike many other football games, ChampMan doesn't have frustrating sequences where you see the players actually playing (badly). Instead, the speed of the actual game (during which you are given details of important events through an information bar, such as when a goal/foul/corner/free kick/missed opportunity occurs) is up to the player, from very slow up to very fast. This
means that the actual games can be over and done with very quickly if you wish, adding to the fun factor and speed of it all. During the match, you can make substitutions if you wish. At the end of the match, each player is given a rating out of ten, and this can give yopu a good idea of who to keep and who to replace in the next game. **STATS** After the matches have been played, you can see an updated league, as well as in depth top-lists for things like goals, ratings and assists for the entire league. Managers can collect points according to how their team does. At the end of the season, their total score determines their position on the high-score board. There is a job section, where both national and international teams advertise for managers. You can be an international manager without resigning from your club, although only the Portuguese and Belgian jobs ever seem to come up in the first few seasons... **EXTRAS** There are also opportunities in the game to make requests to the board of directors (for more money, for example). Users must also appoint staff such as physios, and set up training regimes for players. **TIPS** There are a number of extremely good players that can be picked up cheaply, namely: Andri SigPorsson Gareth Jellyman Simon Davies Peter O'Flynn Johan Pelu Tonton Zola Moukoko Kurniawan Other gooduns and badduns can be found through trial and error **ANALYSIS** The game is far too big to tell you all the areas, but I have managed to sum up the main ones. The manual itself is very useful, but the best thing to do is to experiment and see what each feature does. After several months of intensive playing, I was still finding new screens. The game's complexities are an added bonus, although less fussed user can play the game just as well without referring to them. The addictiveness is enha
nced by the sheer number of options. Once users get the knack of winning games, it is possible to go for new challenges, such as seeing how far you can take the worst team in the league to the top. The number of clubs you can play for is vast, and sheer depth of the game may intimidate some. However, despite the potential disadvantage for some, namely not having enough patience and the game being too big, it is a must have for all football lovers everywhere. Now, let me get see if I can't get Nuneaton into Europe... (New versions come out every season, and although it is now outdated, it can be picked up more cheaply than the recent versions).
Championship manager 99/00 is a game for the PC where you become a manager of any european club from most divisions. You can buy players, interact with other mangers, alter the training schedules of your players and basically run a football team. It is obviously made for the 2000/2001 season but you cna carry on unless you get fired by the board! The game is already programmed with the skills and potential of every player but this can be altered slightly by changing the pattern of training and altering the mood of the player by giving them more starts etc. You are able to run different clubs simultaneously or play against someone else over the interent. Its faults are that it is often boring whilst the scores of other games are being calculated, also during the match you can only see a running comentary. But generally this is an excellent game where you enjoy the successes of your club as you can win the many trophies available.
Championship manager well what can I say. What can I say about it well quite a bit really, the most interesting thing about the games is that you can control a Variety of teams. New to the game then obviously if you hadn't already guessed it is about football/soccer. Whatever you call it. Well it is a managing game where you can manage a variety from plenty of leagues ranging from the leagues in America and the elaborate leagues of England and the flair of Spain. It has all the players you have heard of. Event the amazing Ronaldo or Rivaldo and ranging down to the conference and lower leagues where the players there are also entered. Overall the makers put in a lot of effort and like the rest of the championship managers is very well laid out. The way the game is set up is self explanatory and easy to work your way around. The game is so easy to forget about the manual you should be able to get on with it straightaway and get into it. The most fun part of the game is transfers and buying your own players to suit your type of squad. After loading up the game at the beginning as the anxiety begins to grow you get to choose your team from the league or leagues that you choose to take part in. Once you are into the game your transfers can begin, but be sure that you have enough money, as we don’t want you going bankrupt do we. Once you get the hang of the game you get better at it, but it can also be a hard task like the thing in real life as you sit there lose all your matches in a season and get relegated and get fired. But don't worry it's only a game. But if you find yourself a good manager maybe you should try to start off with Rushden and Diamonds in the conference and get them to be European champions. It is possible, as I have done this, it is very hard work with little money. Or maybe you want plenty of money at a high status club such as Barcelona or real Madrid in the Spanish leagues
. There are some excellent pictures along the way and each player has personal details about him. The match. I bet you are wondering about the match. Well unfortunately you don’t get to see the match, oh no u must be thinking that is rubbish then? Actually it is designed very well as you can actually read what is going on it flashes up infront of you in different colors to the same color of the 2 teams playing. During the match you can also view the latest results in the other matches to see who is winning which may be very significant to where you finish in the league or who you face in the next round of the cup. You can also view the stats in the match and then a detailed description of the match. It is just like real life you get gate receipts and suspensions anything they got. It so I give it 9.9/10 as it always can be improved as teams change very quickly so it can be out of date the day it is released. But I think that if you like football it is a must and will give you hours of fun. A MUST buy for all age ranges and for an excellent price. Over and out and don't forget to Sleep, Drink and PLAY Football.
Championship Manager, oh what a game, this is quite possibly the most addictive game of all time, through time it has become the most talked about and most owned game by most young, or even older football fans. Everyone I know owns this game and we all talk about it very often, in my spare time I just play 'Champ' and it becomes very addictive as you get further into the game. As young players develop into men it makes the game appeal even more to you as you watch the players who you have nurtured for so long in your youth system suddenly turn into brilliant players who have finally proved their value. The latest Championship Manager game has so many features and it is so real to life it is unbelievable, with twenty-six choices of leagues to play from Brazilian to Belgium, you can be almost every team you would want to be, find players from all over the world from its complex database. The authentic transfer system makes it very easy to just dig into your funds and buy those players you have always dreamed of buying. Interactive media involvement from real life national and regional newspapers and websites make the game very real and complicate things even further. A live league table on match day allows you to plot how your clubs position in the table will change as the goals fly in! Also staff can provide feedback on the current squad and potential signings. Additional player analysis (including shots on target and pass completion ratios) and approach to the FA requests can be made to postpone fixtures or to complain about a referee. The game also includes Data Editor, which allows you to change and modify the stats used in the game. It really is a must for anyone who likes football and computer games, you have to try this one out!
DOES THE GAME NEED IMPROVING? Well, to be honest, although it is said to be the best managerial game ever to be created for the PC and although I think it is the best game myself, I do feel that the game could maybe do with a few extra features. I mean, there is no point adding any huge major features to the game every time the new version needs to be created because it would probably ruin the game in that it would have too much features. But the game could maybe have a few extra, minor features every time the new version is being done. For example, a major feature that would probably ruin the Championship Manager game is if something like you could actually play the game as well as manage it. I think this would ruin the game as there are features like these on other managerial games and it just doesn’t seem to work with a managerial game. But if a minor feature was added like the game allowing you as the manager to actually decide when you want to improve your team’s stadium. So basically, if you wanted to add shops in your stadium or build more seats in a certain area of the stadium to increase the capacity of the stadium, then that would make the game a lot better, in my view.
Firstly I am sorry for putting this opinion in this category when I am actually going to talk about Championship manager 00/01, for some strange reason I cannot write an opinion about it in the championship manager 00/01 part but now that I have explained myself.... This game offers a huge in depth study of how to be a football manager, even though this will never happen to the majority of us some of us beloved football fans like to dream of managing our favorite team into the premiership and European cup and the one true and most realistic way is to do this through championship manager 00/01. This game offers a lot of actions you can take towards your players and the board and even the FA, actions towards the players include Fining them, releasing them on a free transfer and you can even tell them either how much the club need them or that they are not needed by the club anymore and in this game now more then ever the players get emotional about certain things i.e. Being substituted or if they think the club is not buying enough players. The actions you can ask the board for are : Stadium expansion, more money, better training facilities and if you are not doing so well you can ask for a bit of confidence and the FA you can ask to postpone a match or complain about the referee. When you have got your side and you want to start training them and setting the tactics this is very easily done but it is very in depth as well you can do as much or as little training and tactics as you like but it will affect your teams performance. The transfer system is very easy and does not really need any explaining. There is about 26 countries leagues to choose from and this gives the game the depth I was talking about and the statistics are all accurate and up to date for when the game was released and there is a game editor for all the new transfers that game does not have on you can do them. The media get involved a lot more then before asking you questions about your pl
ayers and you can defend or criticize your player or you can just say no comment. This game is the best football/soccer manager sim ever made and I think that no game will ever beat it. The only downfall with this game is the no existent online feature. Matthew Buxton
The Championship Manger series is undoubtabely the best collection of management games on any platform. However the massive amount of data in the game wouldn't be possible on any other console so in that respect it's probably unfair to judge it against other management games. Championship Manager stands out because of the depth of options and data it offers. It's far from the gimmicky type of game that has appeared in the past labeled as a management game. Have you ever heard of managers designing kits or picking sponsers? I didn't think so. The game chooses to bombard you with knowledge rather than crap... Blunt yet true. Starting up a season is easy - the load time is frustrating but is only to be expected from a game like this - you click on the league you want to play in and choose a team. The choice might be a bit difficult though, you can play as any team from the seventeen countries available. That's a whole lot of teams. However chances are you'd rather play as your favourite team or a team in your country's league. In which case you'll be familiar with the teams players and able to spot any data errors. Well I challenge you to find any mistake or blip with the database. You can't, can you? Every team is up to date for the 1999/2000 season. The majority of Championship Manager is spent in between the matches. You need to set a training schedule, pick a team, choose the tactics for the upcoming match and scout the transfer market. Sound easy? It shouldn't... Getting things right is tough and getting things right consistently is even tougher. What do you do when your star player gets homesick? Nothing, there's nothing you can do. His performance will suffer and the rest of the teams morale will too, then you have to try and turn things around. In many ways, this is as close as you'll come to managing a football team. If I said to you; play a christmas tree formation with lone striker
pushing up on the opposition. With a zonal marking system and wingers making runs down the flanks, what would you say? Shut up and stop showing off? or hey, that's a pretty good formation? If you said the first comment then this game is probably too complicated for you. Because you can control the tactics of the team right down to which way on the pitch they try to pass to (left/right/centre are the options for those interested). Then you need to match the formation to suit the opposition your playing. I'm getting confused just explaining it! However the tactics are only as good as the team that plays them and sooner or later you'll want to make additions to your squad. The transfer market is set up brilliantly to recreate the deals that go down in real life. You need to be clever and offer the right amount of money to players and clubs, yet sometimes no matter how much you offer deals won't get excepted. Vieri for example, won't want to come to the east end of London. You can't just buy a start player and expect them to perform though, you'll have to implement them into your tactics so you can get the best out of them. The match screen makes it easy for you to shuffle your team round because of the number of options (from a stats menu to ratings menu, there's a lot of info to digest). Playing a match is a great, fun - if a little tense - experience. There is little in the way of visuals in Championship Manager because nearly everything is text based. However you do get some still background images of football players in between matches. During a match you get to look at the stadium background image. These graphics aren't groundbreaking replays or in match footage but the game doesn't try to be flashy or visually impressive instead it goes for the basic approach that allows it to cram in more football knowledge and data. Sound is virtually absent too. You get no background music between matches a
t all. The roar of the crowd can be heard if you play a match with sound on and their cheers vary depending on the outcome of the match. For example, if you're about score they'll get excited but when you miss they'll sigh. However this option is only available when you run the game on slow. And I usually find the game becomes boring when I play the game on slow. Championship Manager takes over your life! Once you start a season and get wound up in controlling your club it becomes very addictive. Although saving takes quite a while so it isn't the sort of game that you'll be playing in your spare five minutes. Instead you'll be playing for long periods of time because a season takes ages to complete. Then once you complete a season you can do it with another team from the one of the 17 leagues. All in all Championship Manager is a very replayable game. Championship Manager is the best management sim ever, that's a fact! It includes a phenomenal amount of data and is the closest you'll come to managing a football team. It is that accurate!
CM 99-00 by dansui | May 19 '00 (Updated Jun 12 '00) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ -- Pros: Good game Cons: quite slow with a slower PC Recommended: No ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ -- I can't seemed to make much differences between CM99-00 and CM3. Basically, the game is just an improved version of CM3. In terms of additional features, such as board requests, realistic scouting of players, fine players (with/out reasons), fund for development of youth academy and etc. There is also the element of realistic results due to bad management, gone are the days - when you're managing big team and trashing the smaller teams like nothing. This CM 99-00 version has no sure winner strategy, however, one has to manage the team as carefully and strategically as possible. There will be ups & downs, high & low for each individual team. There are many team strategy, too many strategies and one team. Manager has to learn that keeping a team player happy does not ensure team performance. Keep and maintain the direction as to how you want your team to focus at. The right combination and players are important to an successful league position and challenge. A good rating of a player doesn't qualify that player to perform under your management. Your instinct and judgement will come in handy. Personally, I did not purchase players with fantastic ratings - guess I'm one of those fellas that believes in the underdog. This game is interesting enough to capture my attention for at least 3 seasons. One of the best sport management game around
I know people who have lost thier lives to this total crap so called game that so many boys and fully grown men seem to worship. How does such a fully fledged no actual action apart from the flashy screens that say "!!GOAL!!" every now and then when one of the 22 men running around in shorts, kicks a pigs bladder in to the back of a net, which is stuck to a few bits of metal stuck together. As you can probably tell I don't like football, but hey! I can still spot a good game to play over and over again. But this, this is just total pants! There are so many useless things on it that make the game a bit more realistic which makes it even worse! Another thing i cannot understand is how so many sheep flock to burn £30 on the latest "season updates" which is just another way of roping people in to but the same product under a different name! Wives, Girlfriends, Mothers, and/or teaches everywhere must dispare of this shame of a game! Men spend ages on this game. An old friend of mine used to "play" it. Never did I see him using it for less then an hour. PLEESE DON'T BUY THIS GAME!!! PLEEEEEESE!!
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