Amstrad CPC screenshot of Tracksuit Manager
|Genre(s)||Sports management (Soccer/Association football)|
The Amiga magazine Advanced Computer Entertainment gives this game an official rating of 606 out of 1000 (60.6%) in its April 1989 issue. While ₤9.95 was the full manufacturer's price for the game (₤24.06 in today's money), it could be bought from budget retailers for only ₤2.99 (₤7.23 in today's money).
The player controls an international football team who has failed to perform adequately in the 1986 FIFA World Cup and must qualify for the 1990 FIFA World Cup through the 1988 European Championships. Instead of a transfer market, the player is given a choice between 100 eligible football players and must choose from 22 of them. The matches are presented in the running commentary style of sports announcing with a small graphic depicting where the ball is. Players must qualify for the 1988 UEFA European Football Championships in West Germany.
All the famous football players like Peter Shilton and Diego Maradona are included in this game. There is an England player called 'Breacher' in the game. In reality there was no recognised top flight footballer with this name. Many commentators assume that this error was due to a typo of the name of then Luton Town player Tim Breacker.
Players are rated on their various attributes, using the following terms (ranked worst to best):
Best in the World
These terms apply to confidence:
These terms apply to stamina:
Not at his Best
Run all Day
The 54 teams are also ranked, on the Grim to Best in the World scale, according to defence, midfield and attack. Luxembourg are the weakest team.
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