Football Manager 2005 is a game in the Football Manager computer game series. It was developed by Sports Interactive and released on November 4, 2004, published by Sega.
On the 12th 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 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.
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From Sports Interactive, comes the next step in the evolution of management simulations – Football Manager 2005.
With over 10 years of football management gaming experience spent developing a games engine and database second to none, no-one offers a greater depth of knowledge into the real world of the beautiful game than the team behind Football Manager 2005.
If you know football, if you love football, then you'll love Football Manager 2005. The game created by football fans, for football fans.
UNPARALLELED CHOICE & DEPTH
- PSV? Italy? Accrington Stanley? With more than playable 5,000 teams from over 50 countries to work with, you’ll have more choice than ever. Each player boasts more than 100 attributes, including "preferred moves" that have star players flaunting the skills that made them famous. Sports Interactive has had a 2,500-strong global research team massing stats on a quarter of a million players and staff - no footy management game has ever been so complete.
TOTAL TACTICAL CONTROL
- Heard of total football? Well this is total control. Sports Interactive have ramped up the scope of on-pitch management further than ever before, putting you in complete control of your team’s creative freedom, width and tempo. Innovative slider bars now maximise the accuracy of your input, putting you in charge of the finest details. Shape your team and issue instructions to each and every player, ensuring they perform to the standards their pay packets demand.
MASTER THE MEDIA SPOTLIGHT
- Wage psychological war against rivals via media manipulation and mind games. Crack under the pressure and your empire will start to crumble: the players’ respect will disintegrate along with their performances, prospective star signings won’t want to play for you and the support of the fans will be lost. The board will be asking questions… will you have the answers?
BUILT FOR PACE AND LOOKS
- Sports Interactive’s celebrated data engine has been optimized to enable background calculations to be made whilst you make your important managerial decisions. The game runs faster than Sports Interactive’s previous work and boasts a new intuitive user interface and simplified, customisable search functions to make your life easier. Football Manager 2005 allows you ultimate control with the minimum of stress.
Source: The Developer Website.