Championship Manager: Season 01/02
|Championship Manager: Season 01/02|
|Platform(s)||Windows, Mac OS, Xbox|
12 October 2001 (PC)|
16 November 2001 (Mac)
14 April 2002 (Xbox)
Championship Manager: Season 01/02 is a football management video game in Sports Interactive's Championship Manager series. It was released for Microsoft Windows in October 2001, and for Mac in November 2001. It was later released on Xbox in April 2002. It was released as freeware in 2008. The game allowed players to take charge of any club in one of around 100 leagues across 27 countries, with responsibility for tactics and signings. The game sold more than 300,000 copies in the United Kingdom.
Although never particularly expanding on the graphical side, Sports Interactive included many new features along with the usual updated database. Championship Manager 01/02 implemented the new EU regulated transfer system, introduced in September 2001, and also featured a new "attribute masking" mode, whereby the player could only see information about footballers they would realistically know about (also known as a fog of war).
Other new additions included the ability to send players away for surgery, player notes, player comparisons, and improved media and board interaction.
Free release and data updates
In December 2008, Eidos Interactive made the game available for free download, and included a recommendation for users to download a users-created update patch from http://www.champman0102.co.uk. One of the most active CM forums on the net, the website still provides regular updates after transfer windows close.
In 2001, presenters Ant & Dec, who hosted the Saturday morning show SMTV Live, left the show. On their last show, they received a letter (from Sports Interactive) and special edition copies of Championship Manager: Season 01/02 which saw Ant as a player for Newcastle with a contract of £50,000 a week with a value of £4.7m, and Dec as a player for Sunderland with a contract of £90 a week.
The first release of the game included a player named "Tó Madeira", a great striker no matter where he played. It was later revealed that Tó Madeira was not a real footballer, but in fact a fictional player created by a scout working for the game producers. His name was a reference to the scout going for vacation "to Madeira".
The computer version of Championship Manager: Season 01/02 received a "Platinum" sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA), indicating sales of at least 300,000 copies in the United Kingdom.
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