Football Manager 2005

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Football Manager 2005
Football Manager 2005
Developer(s)Sports Interactive
SeriesFootball Manager
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X
Release5 November 2004
Genre(s)Sports game
Business simulation
Mode(s)Single player, multiplayer over TCP/IP or hot-seat

Football Manager 2005 is a 2004 football management simulation game. FM: 2005 is the first game in the Football Manager series. It was developed by Sports Interactive and released on 5 November 2004, published by Sega.

On 12 February 2004, after splitting from publishers Eidos Interactive it was announced that Sports Interactive, producers of the Championship Manager game, had acquired the brand and would henceforth release their games under the "Football Manager" name, whilst the Championship Manager series will go on, but no longer be related to Sports Interactive.

Commonly known as "FM 2005", it competed directly with Championship Manager 5 the severely delayed, and widely slated effort from Eidos-funded Beautiful Game Studios.

Football Manager 2005 included an updated user interface, a refined game engine, updated database and competition rules, pre and post-match information, international player news, cup summary news, 2D clips from agents, coach reports on squads, job centre for non-playing positions, mutual contract termination, enhanced player loan options, manager "mind games" and various other features.

Football Manager 2005 was released in the UK on 4 November 2004 - closely followed by releases in many other countries around the world - and it became the 5th fastest selling PC game of all time (according to Eurogamer). The Macintosh version of the game comes on the same dual format disk as the PC version, so its sales are also included.

It was succeeded by Football Manager 2006.

Chinese controversy[edit]

Football Manager 2005 was banned in China when it was found that places such as Tibet and Taiwan were included as separate countries in imported releases. China banned the game because it felt that it "threatened its content harmful to China's sovereignty and territorial integrity ... [that] seriously violates Chinese law and has been strongly protested by our nation's gamers". Sports Interactive published a statement in reply, reporting that a Chinese version of the game (complete with Taiwan included as part of China) would be released. They also stated that the offending version was not translated into Chinese as it was not supposed to be released in China. The offending games were believed to have been imported or downloaded, written to CD and boxed to be sold in illegal software shops in China.


Aggregate scores

Football Manager 2005 received a "Platinum" sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA),[3] indicating sales of at least 300,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 for PC". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  3. ^ "ELSPA Sales Awards: Platinum". Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association. Archived from the original on 15 May 2009.
  4. ^ Caoili, Eric (26 November 2008). "ELSPA: Wii Fit, Mario Kart Reach Diamond Status In UK". Gamasutra. Archived from the original on 18 September 2017.

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