Football Manager 2008

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Football Manager 2008
Football Manager 2008 Boxart
Developer(s)Sports Interactive
SeriesFootball Manager
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable
ReleaseMicrosoft Windows, Mac OS X
EU: 18 October 2007[1]
NA: 23 October 2007 (as Worldwide Soccer Manager)
AU: 25 October 2007
Xbox 360:
March 2008
Genre(s)Sports Management
Mode(s)Single-player, Multiplayer

Football Manager 2008 (FM08) is the principal title of the 2008 edition of the football management simulation game series Football Manager. FM08 is the fourth game in the Football Manager series. FM08 is the last Football Manager game to be released on an Xbox console. It was developed by Sports Interactive, and published by Sega. A version for United States and Canada is titled Worldwide Soccer Manager 2008, while the South American version is Fútbol Manager 2008. There are over 5,000 playable teams from more than 50 countries.[2] The demo for Football Manager 2008 was released on 30 September 2007.[3]

The game was originally intended to be released on 19 October 2007, but due to early shipments by many retailers carrying their game, Sports Interactive moved the release date to 18 October 2007.[1]

FM08 was succeeded by Football Manager 2009.


FM08 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. FM08 is a simulation of real world management, with the player being judged on various factors by the club's AI owners and board.[4]

FM08 includes new features, including an advisor system, similar to how assistant managers work, and a new finance system.[2]


Miles Jacobson, of Sports Interactive, said:

"We are very proud to announce the procurement of a licence for the French Ligue de Football Professionnel, with both the 1st & 2nd divisions covered by the licence that provides real club names, logo’s and kits for all the clubs in those leagues.

We also welcome back the Dutch national team to the game, which was missing from last years [sic] game.

On top of this, we have new licences in Italy from Sampdoria and Fiorentina." [5]


Aggregate scores
GameRankingsPC: 82%[6]
PSP: 78%[7]
X360: 77%[8]
MetacriticPC: 86/100[9]

Football Manager 2008's computer version received a "Platinum" sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA),[10] indicating sales of at least 300,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[11]


  1. ^ FM08 also includes semi-professional, amateur and international teams
  1. ^ a b The normal day before release is no longer day before release announcement - Topic Powered by eve community Archived 7 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b FOOTBALL MANAGER 2008 Archived 6 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Sports Interactive - News Archived 23 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ FOOTBALL MANAGER 2008 - DEMO INFO, PACKSHOT INFO, LICENCING INFO, BLOG INFO - Topic Powered by eve community Archived 11 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Worldwide Soccer Manager 2008 for PC". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Football Manager Handheld 2008 for PSP". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Football Manager 2008 for Xbox 360". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Worldwide Soccer Manager 2008 for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  10. ^ "ELSPA Sales Awards: Platinum". Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association. Archived from the original on 15 May 2009.
  11. ^ 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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