Football Manager 2006

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Football Manager 2006
Football Manager 2006
Developer(s)Sports Interactive
SeriesFootball Manager
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable
  • EU: 21 October 2005
Genre(s)Sports Management
Mode(s)Single player, multiplayer over TCP/IP or hot-seat

Football Manager 2006 is a 2005 football management simulation game. FM06 is the second game in the Football Manager series. It is available for PC, Mac, and PSP platforms, and was released in the United Kingdom on 21 October 2005. On the same day as the game's release, Sports Interactive also released a patch to fix some bugs discovered during the Beta and Gold stages of development. In its first week of release, it became the second-fastest-selling PC game of all-time in the UK.[1] In the United States and Canada, the game is sold as Worldwide Soccer Manager 2006. In April 2006, an Xbox 360 version of the game was released.

It was succeeded by Football Manager 2007.


FM06 features similar gameplay to that of the Football Manager series. Gameplay consists of taking charge of a professional[a] association football team, as the team manager. Players can sign football players to contracts, manage finances for the club, and give team talks to players. FM06 is a simulation of real world management, with the player being judged on various factors by the club's AI owners and board.[2]

FM06 adjusts some gameplay that was found in the original football manager release. These adjustments include team-talks, simplified training and in-game help screens. As has been customary with the series a beta demo of the game was released on 12 September 2005. This was later followed on 30 September by a gold demo. This is a cut-down, limited time version of the full game which is sent to the game manufacturers.[citation needed]

Additional leagues[edit]

Football Manager 2006 contains the same playable leagues as Football Manager 2005 but with 2 small additions. The French league now has a fourth viewable but unplayable level (the CFA division), and the structural change to the Swedish league involving the re-instatement of Division One has been implemented, with Division Two retained as a playable fourth level.[citation needed]

Harchester United[edit]

Fictional team Harchester United from the Sky One drama series, Dream Team were included in FM06 as an Easter Egg. This option comes in the form of a text file, placed in the game's directory.[3]


Aggregate scores
GameRankingsPC: 89%[4]
PSP: 77%[5]
X360: 78%[6]
MetacriticPC: 89/100[7]

Football Manager 2006's computer version received a "Platinum" sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA),[8] indicating sales of at least 300,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[9]

Worldwide Soccer Manager 2006 was a runner-up for Computer Games Magazine's list of the top 10 computer games of 2005.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ FM06 also includes semi-professional, amateur and international teams
  1. ^ "FM06 Second fastest PC Game of all time". Archived from the original on 30 April 2006. Retrieved 30 April 2006. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ Boxer, Steve. "A league of their own: six of the best football video games". the Guardian. Archived from the original on 5 September 2018. Retrieved 22 October 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. ^ "The 9 best editions of Football Manager/Championship Manager". FourFourTwo. Archived from the original on 11 March 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  4. ^ "Worldwide Soccer Manager 2006 for PC". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Football Manager Handheld for PSP". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Football Manager 2006 for Xbox 360". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Worldwide Soccer Manager 2006 for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  8. ^ "ELSPA Sales Awards: Platinum". Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association. Archived from the original on 15 May 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ Caoili, Eric (26 November 2008). "ELSPA: Wii Fit, Mario Kart Reach Diamond Status In UK". Gamasutra. Archived from the original on 18 September 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. ^ Staff (March 2006). "The Best (and Worst) of 2005; The 15th Annual Computer Games Awards". Computer Games Magazine (184): 42–47.

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