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The ultimate football management simulation franchise. Tremendously detailed, in-depth and dangerously addictive.

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      09.11.2011 20:48
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      Excellent game of its era. Great FM beginners. Multi player, challenge your friends, recommend!

      Football Manager 2008 (FM 2008) was the first ground breaking success from
      the Football Manager series. Formally part of the Championship Manager
      franchise until 2005.

      Although the 2005 - 2007 football manager games had moderate success these
      were what I can only describe as trial games in the build up to the release of FM
      2008 in October/November 2007.

      If like me you're a big football fan this is the game for you. Unlike football
      simulation games like Pro evolution and FIFA, this game really gives you a
      unique experience of the mechanics behind running a football club.

      This game hands you the reins of any football club from a vast selection of
      leagues throughout many countries across the globe and even manage your
      country.

      The game gives you the power. You are in charge of contract negotiations, club
      finances, transfers, training, tactics, squad selection and backroom staff. Along
      with this you have the added bonus of the media. You can declare your interest
      in a player (becareful though your fans wont like you expressing an interest in a
      rival clubs play), argue, praise or simply ignore other managers really giving you
      that feeling of playing mind games like Sir Alex. Player interaction is a great tool
      available to you, comment on your players performance good or bad really spur
      them on to perform better or even make them happy and ask for an opinion.

      On a negative note although FM 2008 as really brought an entire new concept to
      football managements games unfortunately due to licensing laws FM are unable
      to display player images, club logos and competition names for certain leagues/
      nations. This really does dampen your experience. However if you are really
      passionate about the game you will be able to ignore these minor issues and
      fully enjoy the game play experience and really please your fans and board by
      bringing success to your club.

      The best aspect of this game In my view is the 2D game play mode, this allows
      you the fully see your whole squad play, see you players move watch as they
      build and attack or shut up shop on your orders. There is no better feeling than
      watching a great attack end with the ball in the back of the net especially against
      your biggest rivals!!

      I highly recommend this game to all new and experience FM players it brings you
      entertainment for hours on end... you can find this game on Amazon, Ebay and
      any good game store will order it for you. Average price £3 - £6

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      21.10.2010 22:35

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      Great game to buy for all FM Fans!

      Football manager 2008. The best football manager game to date! Really addictive and it gets even more realistic every year. For all you die hard football fans out there this is the game for you! Wether your looking to take a lower league team to champions league glory or take a national team to world cup success this game outweighs any other football manager/management game to date. Player ratings and club finances are arrucate. Build up your reputation and get big job offers from teams such as Chelsea, Barcelona, Wrexham! It's really addictive and well worth the buy. You can even set up an online game with your friends or other gamers off sports interactive forums to add to the fun. You can edit settings on the Editor to give yourself additional money to buy any player you wish. However that takes away the challenge and some would call it cheating. A real good game to buy and well worth the thrill!

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      13.08.2010 14:50
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      Good To Play

      I enjoy my football and like to take part in games which give people a chance to experience management. This game was trying to do this for many years but not until 2008 had the game actually managed to deliver a good solid performance which made me appreciate the concept.

      The game is done in a way where you choose the team you want to manage and you control all aspects of the club. You hire and fire staff such as the backroom staff and players and sort out contracts and wages. You are the main attraction to the team and the biggest aim you need to have is trying to make sure you deliver success and quickly.

      The game has got many options such as the amount of teams you can choose from and how you set up a team. You pick players you want to buy providing you spend within a budget and your given aims by the chairman of the club. You need to try and reach those aims otherwise you could be sacked.

      You choose players you want to sign and do this by offering other teams deals and wages to the players and hope they do sign for you and you try and promote the younger talent in your team to come forward more.

      The game is very long to play and the match time is different with each game but you do have some problems with the matches because they can lock up the game if you do not have a quick enough computer to cope with the pressures the game has to offer.

      Not only does the game let you control many aspects of the team you control the formations and tactics and have to control the media as well. Other managers can have jealously over your position with each side resulting in those teams becoming very against you and forming huge rivalries which are not needed.

      The game for an entire season can take many hours and it can be a very addictive game which keeps you playing all the time. You choose the database size and what leagues you want to unlock. The game is good when it comes to giving realistic players but some of the prices and wages could be seen as false. There are more updated games in the series but this is my favourite as it has most of the things to help you appreciate the game more.

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      02.11.2009 15:35

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      One of the best football manager games to be released

      After a while playing on 07 I couldn't wait for the next installment of the game and a big improvement was in store, while most of the changes were quite subtle the game play in this version of FM was very smooth and as usual I was soon hooked. To start with there were a few bugs in this version of the game and a lot of players were overrated, however as the patches were released this game improved greatly. I believe this game to possibly be the best in the football manager series, potentially with the exception of 2010, it has enough features to keep you interested and yet can also be played at a fairly quick speed to keep the less involved user happy.

      There are a few good improvements to this game with the transfer market being made more realistic to start with. As well as this the scouting system has improved with percentage ratings for how well you know different areas of the world.

      The main enjoyment of the game in my experience is finding youth players and potential future stars that will improve over seasons and break into the first team. As usual FM does not disappoint in this situation with plenty of undiscovered foreign talent to be found and developed often for bargain prices.

      The only downside I find with football manager is that players can never develop late as often happens in real life, I don't know how difficult this would be to implement but feel it would add greatly to the game.

      I would definitely recommend this game to anyone who is a fan of football games but who's computer doesn't have the power to manage the latest version.

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      20.09.2009 18:00
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      The job you always wanted at a price you can afford

      Prepare to lose your social life. This is the game that's been known to break up relationships and even cause divorce. And it's easy to see why.

      Football Manager 2008 has it all when it comes to football management. While it has the things that most management games have, such as a huge player database (FM08 probably has close to 10 million unique players in the game if you play a 20 season-long career), 50,000 playable teams, and hundreds of trophies, cups, shields and awards to compete for, it also has a few things that other management games don't, such as Board takeovers, petulant players that want massively inflated wages or they won't play well, and fan protests. You also get the chance to give your players pre-match talks to calm their nerves or fire them up, depending what works best for particular team members, and post-match praise / rollockings to either pat them on the back for playing well, or to make them reflect on the 7-0 pasting they just received. These talks can also effect morale, especially if a player feels victimised, which carries over to the next match.

      Also, the game lets you watch the matches your team plays in real-time, using a top-down view showing your players and the ball as small circles (dot-ball, as my fiancee calls it), so you can see which areas of the pitch your players aren't playing well in.

      If you're a football fan, and have ever felt you could do better than the real managers, buy this and prove it. But make sure you put a lot of spare time aside to play.

      A slightly edited version of this review appears on Shopping.com under the same username.

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        14.09.2009 13:22
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        The best football management simulation ever

        Ever since Championship Manager 2 96/97, I have been captivated by this series of games and have probably spent months of my life winning promotion, fighting relegation and wheeler-dealing in the transfer market, and with Football Manager 2008, things never change.

        Championship Manager fundamentally became Football Manager when developers Sports Interactive (SI) and Eidos split, leading SI to join up with Sega to deliver the great game to the masses, leaving Eidos' rival efforts eating dust.

        FM 2008 is your usual management simulation, where you have the choice to take control of any one of a ridiculous amount of teams, from Manchester United to a Portuguese third division side. The game database is absolutely huge and manageable countries include most of Europe and other significant leagues from around the world, including Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, USA, Japan and even India!

        The game itself is beautifully detailed, allowing you to stamp your authority on a side, bringing in your own players and doing things your own way; you can even manage the reserves and youth teams! As far as gameplay goes, the main gist is searching for players, which can be done via scouting or manual search, buying players after negotiation with their clubs and with them through contract offers, selling players, talking to the media, and of course, playing the actual games once you have picked your team and sorted your tactics.

        In-game, you can either watch the commentary only, which are a series of statements as to how the game is going, including match stats, or watch the entire game, or just the main highlights via the 2D bird's-eye pitch view, which is far better in my opinion. While FM09 has a 3d match engine, I still prefer the FM08 and previous few games' format.

        This game can be truly euphoric or absolutely devastating. Winning a trophy is superb, but battling against relegation can be the most demoralising of events, as once you're stuck in a rut, it is near impossible to get out, unless you can use your managerial wisdom to drag your side out of such dog-fights. FM08 I believe, overall, is the best Football Manager game released, as it has a perfect blend of features, so detailed, that it will keep even the most ardent football fan engrossed for a very long time.

        To be honest, with so many leagues to choose from, it almost never gets boring. Since purchasing this game I have managed in a multitude of countries, taking the helm at a number of clubs from Man Utd, to PAOK Salonika, to Sporting Lisbon, to Nantes, to Real Betis, all the way back to England with Notts County! And if the database is a little out of date, which it is now, nearly two seasons later, it is very easy to update, either through online patches or manually on FM Editor, which is programme automatically installed with the game.

        FM08 is superb entertainment and whilst it literally has me tearing my hair out as another 94th minute goal is conceded, it does from time to time provoke opposite emotions of adulation when you hammer your local rivals or lift that elusive trophy!

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        18.08.2009 12:40
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        A good effort, but some more time for the game to be tested properly would've made it much better

        I've always been a huge fan of the football manager series since back in the days when it was known as Championship Manager, so purchasing the latest offering was a no brainer.
        The game allows you to take control of a football club of your choice as manager. The game offers almost all leagues from around the world in 50 different countries, and you can even be manager of a national team. Simple selct the team you would like to be manager of and your in the hotseat, the person who can bring success to the club.
        The game is fully licensed. This means all players, clubs and even managers and backroom staff are the same as people in real life. So if you've ever fancied signing up Kaka to Manchester United, then this could be your chance. As well as this, you have all major competitions, from the champions league the the FA Trophy, once again all fully licensed
        You can do almost anything you can do as a real life football manager in this game, including signing new players and choosing the winning formation. However, be careful with your clubs money or the chairman won't be happy! You can see how well you're doing as manager from the club confidence screen, which will show your board of directors and fans opinion on what you're doing for the team. Also, you will have the chance to win Manager Of The Month at the end of each month, and your players can also win awards for Player or Young Player of the month. You even have the chance to win these awards at the end of each season.
        The match engine continues with the 2D match view, allowing you to see your players score goals for yourself. But probably the best new feature is the introduction of real time tactical changes, allowing you to make substitutions and change your tactics from a new split screen while the match continues, making you feel like your shouting the orders from the side lines!
        There is one major problem with the game though that has been seen in every football manager to date: bugs. And there appear to be more than ever in this one. Most notable is you goalkeeper taking your kick off, leaving you with no goalkeeper for a considerable length of time. As well as this, game crashes and strange board decisions are also common.
        The game is a strong offering from Sports Interactive as they continue to build on their franchise. But with all the bugs, the game feels like it was rushed out and released to shops purely for profit.

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        22.07.2009 22:04

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        Far and away the best football management games on the market,

        Although I should really be angry at the makers of Football Manager, I just can't. Although they have been responsible for games that have cost me hours of my life, meant I have missed virtually entire summers and most likely lost friends through neglect, I just cannot bear a grudge against them. That is because they continue to make football management simulations that are somehow immersive, easy to pick up, addictive and challenging all at the same time. Football Manager 2008 is no exception.
        As in previous Football Manager titles (and before that the Sports Interactive developed Championship Manager titles) the attention to detail and sheer depth of information can be a little daunting at first. However, after barely an hour you are likely to be already weighing up whether to play a classic 4-4-2 formation, a 3-5-2 with attacking wing backs, or a more adventurous 4-1-2-1-2, with your playmaker in the free role just behind the front two.
        As well as these dependable facets to its game play (elements that should not be altered) the game continues to evolve from title to title. In particular 2008 allows more focus on your interaction with the media and players. Although the need to respond to the media on a regular basis can be a little trying, and even formulaic at times, this in fact makes the game more realistic. I doubt there are many real football managers who would not rather focus on tactics than worrying whether a particular media comment might negatively affect morale. Elsewhere, more control over how your transfer and wage budgets are spent, and greater feedback from scouts and assistant managers are also welcome additions. The games AI also appears to have improved, reducing the effectiveness of so called "super tactics", those formations and players that could virtually assure you victory after victory in previous games.
        This combination of new features and ever excellent game play make Football Manager 2008 a very strong game, one that is likely to take up a good proportion of your free time, although I doubt you will begrudge the developers that.

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        24.06.2009 18:57
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        A real must for footy fans everywhere

        Football manager 2008 is probably the best football managerment game I've ever seen. Bare in mind it's now 2009, but I'm yet to purchase FM09 due to my poverty stricken student status!
        I'm still playing this game to this very day and it still keeps me as entertained as the first day. As always with FM, you choose leagues from 2/3 nations (unless you have a super computer that can cope with 5 or more). You choose your starting league and your starting team (you can start unemployed if you so wish), create your profile and off you go. You can choose your previous level of experience; for example saying you were once a professional footballer will make the fans more inclined to accept your appointment.
        Once you've started it's all about getting to grips with the game. If you're new to FM you will notice the extreme complexity of it in comparison to other management games. Each player is given a mark out of 20 for a large number of attributes, and you can view their playing history, contract and personality; facilitating you not signing an expensive flop! Also important to note is a players favoured personell and favoured clubs; for example if you take over a team and you want a player who lists your team or one of your players in his favoured personell, he's more likely to sign for you.
        The transfer market has all the realistic components, with the transfer windows and the clauses that are important you are reminded of when making offers (e.g. limit of domestic loans).
        When you start your job you'll be given the choice of wage and budget adjustments. Basically, you'll get a certain budget from the board dependent on your expectations. Promise a title challenge and you'll be given more money than if you promise a mid table finish. Be careful though! Promise something you don't deliver and you may well be up for the chop. This game takes no prisoners and the board won't hesitate to sack you if you're not acheiving exactly what they want. You can, as always make board requests, so if you feel you're time is running out, you can request extra time to rebuild. You can also request increased transfer and wage budgets; though you're only likely to get them if your club is loaded. And beware of asking too many times, your chairman won't take kindly to that. Okay, so you've asked for a budget increase, and -unfairly in your opinion- the board have refused?..well you can put in an ultimatum; works a treat if your board genuinely have money and you've got a good reputation. 9 times out of 10 though, you'll get yourself sacked!
        You can set out your tactics to the exact detail of showing an opposition player onto their weakest foot. I'd suggest you do take the time out to really make your tactics in-depth, but it can take a while.
        Interaction with your players and other managers allows you to build strong relationships or play mind-games, very enteratining at times. As the game developes you may even see yourself appearing in your players favoured personell.
        A great introduction tot his game is the 'confidence' section. Basically, you get a good idea of how the board and the fans view your management of the club; through financial control, invidiual player performances, team success and your transfer market dealings. So if you're thinking of dropping a player, you check your confidence and see the fans are also getting fed up of them, you'd be correct to go ahead and do it.
        The match screen allows you to give your players a team-talk, and you can choose to invidiually tell players exactly how you think they're doing. You can now make alterations to your tactics whilst the game is still going on (though you can choose to stop it if you wish), this is great if you just want to change your teams mentality and you can do it whilst still watching the game. The 2-d representation of the play is fantastic, essentially giving you a birds-eye view of the game, and you can choose to watch the whole game if you please; though personally, I'd go for the key highlights only. Before and after the game you can get the odds on each team, and also a pundits view of the game.
        Overall, the best football management game I've ever seen. The mind boggles as to how 09 has tried to improve on this one!

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        16.06.2009 02:37
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        Best footballing series around

        A brilliant game, what else should you expect from the makers of the best footballing series in the world.

        Brilliant new and updated feature, the only problem was my laptop!

        Far too powerful game to play on my laptop, I managed it but the gameplay was slow and kept pausing as well as numerous times completley shutting down, the game itself is superb and the ability to update it means you could play your favourite game forever if you wish just updating the transfers/stats to fit your purpose.

        As mentioned, you need a powerful computer to play this game, a laptop really won't be the best, but when you do get playing it, it's the most addictive game in the world, trying to sign the best players in the world and getting the best team to suit your needs.

        You feel powerful, as if somehow winning the title or a cup makes you a brilliant real life manager, afterall, you've just beaten the computer, perhaps even better teams along the way.

        Bring on Mourinho.

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        22.01.2009 19:59

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        Best version so far

        Since breaking away from Championship manager Football Manager is a clear step up now from its rival Championship Manager. Football Manager lets you take control of a football club and manage it at all levels of the beautiful game. As the years of Football Manager have gone on the makers have introduced more realistic and practical features such as the 3d match day system to engross the player. They have also allowed managers to get more feedback from the board which inturn generally means more expectation and more pressure to do well on the game player. If you pick Man utd for example, there will be a lot of pressure on you to succeed. Do poorly in the English Premier League and the boards confidence in you will go down and you'll start to look over your shoulder and perhaps for a new job.
        The game is not just extremely easy to use but is accessible for all ages. The only warning I bring with this game is that it is very addictive and could easily lose you your girlfriend or maybe even a wife.

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        19.01.2009 21:21
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        A must buy for all fans of the series

        As the title of the game suggests this is the 2008 version of the ever popular Football Manager series.

        More of a tweaking than a reworking, this version fixes many of the little annoyences from previous versions and also introduces many new features for you to play at being a top level manager!

        The transfer system has been tweaked to introduce the possibilty of approaching the board to ask for more money for transfers and wages if you realise during negotiations that you do not have enough money in the kitty to complete a deal!

        The overall look and feel of the game has been given a makeover to make it more user friendly and open to new players to the series. There is also a tutorial option if you are new to introduce you easily to the wonderful world of Football Manager!

        All in all still an essential buy after all these years!

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          13.11.2008 15:34
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          Probably the best job in the world!

          Ever wanted to manage your local football team or be in charge of either Chelsea or AC Milan, think you could do a better job than Alex Ferguson or Jose Mourinho.

          Then you need Football manager 2008 for windows, the best selling football manager game of all time.

          This game is really good fun and can be very addictive at times, the thing that amazes me the most is the fact you can manage any team in 50 countries and if you do really well and get a good reputation as a manager you even get to manage a national team anywhere in the world.

          The game is made by sports interactive and Sega and is also available for the Mac and other consoles although I have never played this game on a console I imagine it would be the same.

          There are many things you can do in this game such as the transfer market, arrange friendlies, sort out player contracts, team training, hire and fire back room staff, scouting missions around the world and many other things which gives the game that extra edge over its opponents.

          When you finally select what team you want to manage you can pick what is your strongest team but don't worry you can always ask your assistant manager what he thinks like best players to play, tactics and formation, he will also scout your next opponent and let you know what formation they are playing, their target men and any players out injured, so when you are ready to play all that is left is the team talk at the beginning, half time and full time and then sit back biting your nails as you watch your team play and win either the FA Cup, European Cup, UEFA Cup or your league cup.

          If you fancy an extra challenge you can also play the game online and pit your managerial skills against other managers around the world.

          The lay out of the game is very easy to use and you can start playing with your chosen team straight away, I would recommend that anyone who has never played a manager game before to look through the booklet that comes with it so it is easier to get started.

          I would recommend this game to any single people because if in a relationship your partner will get really fed up talking to themselves and getting the occasional nod and grunt from you.

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          A excellent management game.

          Football Manager 2008 - PC

          I've been buying football manager games for many years and this has to be the best edition of them all.

          This game has so much to do and so many teams to choose from, whether you want to manage one of the 'top 4' premiership clubs or start off in the non-league at a part time club.

          I've had this game for over a year now and without a doubt i`ll play it for at least an hour a day. I myself prefer managing the non-league teams having a little wage budget and buying some shrewd buys.

          If your not a fan of working out budgets,training and tactics,etc i wouldn't recommend this game for you.

          Out of all my signings on the game, i think my best buy was the £20.00 purchase of the game ;-).

          Hope this review has helped many of you.Thanks for reading. :)

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          Don't start playing this on a day where you have things to do, because believe me they wont get done

          I've been a keen follower of the football management sim for quite some time now, since the concept's infancy as Championship Manager 93 on the Amiga, and I have watched it's evolution over the years from the basic versions to the 'in depth' games we play today. I must say that Football Manager 2008 is by far the best manager sim around.
          I was playing versions of Championship Manager when a friend of mine convinced me to give this one a try, and I must say the boy's at Sega have blown all competition out of the water here! It's safe to say I switched my allegence almost immediately.

          The game is so interactive, it pulls you right into the world of football management instantly, and the game's layout make it now even more easier to use!
          You have fifty leagues to choose from. Including lesser nations leagues such as The League of Wales and even an Icelandic league. This gives the game a new appeal after using the worlds best teams, this gives you an option to test your skills with the smaller clubs of the world.
          There is a multitude of tactics to be taken advantage of, reduce the chances of defeat by reading scout reports on the opposition which includes, opposition formation, key player threats and even pitch size!
          The interaction between you and your players and staff is also a quality feature. Scout reports on potential signings are a useful example of this. The scout will give you a detailed report on a players attitude, strengths and weakness' and then a summary of whether or not you should buy this player. This is handy when trying to make the 'right signing' for your club, because this in turn can effect your squad, board confidence and fan's opinion of you. The way you handle your players in your squad is also a great feature. Each player seems to have different attitudes, personality traits and ambitions. So this can test your man management skills when faced with a tempremental squad member.
          I am also impressed with the ability to bring your own youngsters in through your club's youth system. Near enough every team has a youth squad, and a good network of coaches will be able to pick out the cream of the crop in terms of your clubs youth. With this, it's important to train your players well in order to boost attributes, and also first team experience is a great way to up their skills, sending these players out on loan is a good tactic to employ. Once these player's become the finished artical they are valuable comodities to your team at no real cost.

          The media is another excellent tool on this game, you can use it to gain a psychological advantage before a crunch game with a rival team, or you can use it to praise/critise your players, as a bigger club this is also a good way to unsettle players that you are trying to bring to your club.
          Beware, if you over use the media you will develop a reputation amongst you piers and this can sometimes lead to unrest amongst your squad.
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          he brilliant thing about this game is that every decision you make can have a knock on effect on the way you play it. I'd certainly recommend Football Manager 08 to any body wanting to try this sort of game. It's an addictive, time sapping game and I love it!

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          Football Manager 2008 is the next iteration of the prize-winning Football Manager series developed by world-respected studio Sports Interactive. The latest version of Football Manager will be fully updated for the new season and will allow players to select their favourite club or international team and guide them to glorious success by putting them through Cup matches, Leagues, European Championships and even major international tournaments, with over 5,000 playable teams from over 50 countries.