Football Manager 2005

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Football Manager 2005
Basic Information
Video Game
Sports Interactive
Football Manager
Successor title
Football Manager 2006
Association football, Simulation
Keyboard, Mouse
Microsoft Windows and macOS
Retail Features
Football Manager 2005
Technical Information
Retail Minimum Specifications
Operating System(s)
Windows XP SP2
Microsoft Windows 2.0 GHz
macOS 1.80 GHz G5
256 MiB
Optical Drive
United Nations International Release Date(s)
Microsoft Windows and macOS
November 52004
United Kingdom British Release Date(s)
Microsoft Windows and macOS
November 42004
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Reviews | Screenshots | Soundtrack
Videos | Walkthrough
GOG | In-Game | Origin | PlayStation Trophies | Retro
Steam | Xbox Live

Football Manager 2005 is a video game in the Football Manager series. It was developed by Sports Interactive and released on November 5, 2004, published by SEGA.

On the February 12, 2004, after splitting from publishers Eidos Interactive it was announced that Sports Interactive, producers of the Championship Manager series, had acquired the brand and would henceforth release their games under the "Football Manager" name; Championship Manager series would go on, but it would no longer be related to, or use the information and databases developed by, 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 November 4, 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.

List of leagues included in Football Manager 2005[edit | edit source]

Country Levels Divisions
Argentina 2 2
Australia 1 1
Austria 2 2
Belarus 2 2
Belgium 3 4
Brazil 3 18
Bulgaria 2 2
Chile 2 4
China 2 2
Colombia 2 2
Croatia 2 3
Czech Republic 2 2
Denmark 3 3
England 6 7
Finland 2 2
France 3 3
Germany 3 4
Greece 2 2
Hong Kong 1 1
Hungary 2 2
Iceland 2 2
India 1 1
Indonesia 2 3
Ireland 2 2
Israel 2 2
Italy 4 7
Malaysia 2 3
Mexico 2 2
The Netherlands 2 2
Northern Ireland 3 3
Norway 3 6
Peru 1 1
Poland 2 2
Portugal 3 5
Romania 2 4
Russia 2 2
Scotland 4 4
Serbia & Montenegro 2 3
Singapore 1 1
Slovakia 2 2
Slovenia 2 2
South Africa 2 2
South Korea 2 2
Spain 3 6
Sweden 3 8
Switzerland 2 2
Turkey 3 5
Ukraine 2 2
United States 1 1
Uruguay 2 2
Wales 1 1

Manageable national teams[edit | edit source]

FIFA Member[edit | edit source]

Non-FIFA Member[edit | edit source]

Chinese controversy[edit | edit source]

Football Manager 2005 was banned in China when it was found that regions such as Tibet and Taiwan were included as separate countries in imported releases. The People's Republic of China has long claimed these regions as part of its territory and their reason for banning the game was 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 annexed into China as per the Chinese government's wishes) 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.

Copyright issues[edit | edit source]

Due to various copyright disputes and restrictions certain alterations had to be made to the game data which took away some of the game's famous realism. Noticeable changes included the following:

  • The name of the famous German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn had to be removed and was replaced with the name Jens Mustermann (Mustermann translates from German into English as Sample Man and is the German equivalent of John Doe or Joe Bloggs - see Placeholder name). This is because Kahn does not allow his image or name to be used in certain computer games and it is speculated that his name was changed to Jens in the game (the name of his main goalkeeping rival, Jens Lehmann) as a light-hearted dig at Kahn.
  • The German, Dutch and Japanese national teams never pick 'real' players and instead only ever use 'greyed-out' fictional players.
  • The names of all French league teams had to be changed from their full names to simply the name of the city they represent. For example, Paris Saint-Germain became Paris and Olympique de Marseille became Marseille.
  • The names of Japanese league teams were changed to completely fictional names such as Niitsu Unicorn and Katano Blaze.
  • The name of the Japanese J. League was changed to the N-League or Nihon League.
  • The names of the major European trophies were changed to fictional names. The European Cup or UEFA Champions League became the Champions Cup, the UEFA Cup became the Euro Cup and the UEFA Intertoto Cup became the Euro Vase.

Thanks to the way these data changes have been made through using simple instructions in plain-text files called EDT files and LNC files, it is possible to reverse these changes, either by modifying the files or by deleting the appropriate file).

See also[edit | edit source]

External Links[edit | edit source]

Below is a list of several external resources which contain various features relating to the Football Manager scene (both official and unofficial) such as patches, articles and downloads.

Official[edit | edit source]

  • - Official game website from SEGA and Sports Interactive
  • Sega Europe - SEGA's site showing a brief summary of the game.
  • - Official Sports Interactive website
  • Myspace - Official Sports Interactive Myspace Page

Affiliates[edit | edit source]

Sports Interactive has set up an Affiliates section (SIAS) which fan-sites can join. They offer a number of benefits to users, such as free games to give away in competitions, exclusive news and opportunities to visit Sports Interactive in Islington, London. You can view all the affiliates here