Football Manager 2009

Football Manager 2009 Review for PC

On: PC

The 2008-2009 edition of the chart-topping Football Manager series.

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9Out of 10
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It's much more fun than it looks
It's much more fun than it looks

It's much more fun than it looks

The ups and downs of football management are like nothing else. Following an eight match unbeaten run, which saw my Spurs side rise to third in the Premier League, came a series of seven league matches without a win - my once free scoring team managed only two goals and three points and slipped to ninth. The pressure was beginning to pile up both from the board of directors and fans, injuries to top players hit the team badly and I was left wondering what to do next. The answer was simply to keep playing. Keep playing for another five hours. We were going through dark times, but nothing could keep me from micro-managing every aspect of the club.

Sports Interactive has been releasing a new edition of its hugely successful football management simulation for as long as I can remember, each year giving the legions of fans a bit more control and added realism in the day-to-day management of a football club. The big additions in this year's edition are a new 3D match engine, an increased role for the assistant manager, improved manager interaction with the press and what Sports Interactive states is a completely rebuilt transfer system. But more on those later. First back to my time at Spurs.

I took charge in the summer of 2008 and was given £27 million to spend to strengthen the squad. It's worth pointing out that although the game picks up before the start of the 2008/2009 season, all player transfers are up-to-date, meaning Spurs deserters Keane and Berbatov had packed their bags for Liverpool and Manchester respectively. Before I had the chance to dabble in the transfer market a press conference was called for the club to formally announce my role as manager.

Entirely text-based, the new press conference system gives players the ability to develop a stronger managerial character than in previous FM instalments. I wasn't about to turn my back on a rich history of attacking football so confidently claimed that under my leadership Spurs would play the kind of football to make even Arsenal fans stand up and applaud. I also made it clear that I had funds available to bring in a few new faces where I felt the current squad was particularly weak. The conference over, I was told that the players had responded well to my appointment.

The 3D match engine is a great addition

The 3D match engine is a great addition

Press conferences soon become a regular part of your life as manager, speaking to the press before and after each match. What you say can make a real difference too, with positive comments on the match to come or praise of a good performance likely to give your players a morale boost. However, I found that once the initial thrill of seeing my name in numerous press reports wore off, I had no interest in taking part in the further press conferences. Instead I handed all such duties over to Gus Poyet, my assistant manager.

It was then time to tinker with the transfer system. I'd identified a weakness in the middle of the park and also felt the team lacked the attacking flair once offered by the Berbatov and Keane partnership. My first signing came as a result of a rumour linking the club to Sampdoria's midfield General Angelo Palombo. The Italian hadn't even been on my radar, but further investigation and staff feedback led me to believe he was just the player to shore up my weak midfield. Such a highly regarded player wasn't going to come cheap though and after several rounds of negotiations I secured his services for £14 million. New signings that followed included AC Milan's Massimo Ambrosini for £6.75 million and youth striker Robert Lewandowski for £1 million from Lech.

With the best part of £24 million spent it left me very little to play with, but that didn't prevent me from making an offer for long-time Tottenham target Andrei Arshavin. Again, after much negotiation which saw Zenit's asking price drop from £22 million to £12 million (rising to £16 million on appearances) I managed to strike a deal and after some sweating over a work permit the Russian was mine. Well, he would have been had I remembered to raise some cash by shipping out the dead wood. I had to delay the transfer and frantically began faxing clubs with lists of players available to buy. After several weeks I'd managed to offload Jenas, O'hara, Zokora and Huddlestone raising £16 million. Arshavin was mine and my team looked like real title contenders.

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Too all the whingers: Yes it is not perfect, the 3d mode is very basic but you can not possibly say that this is better than "Play Golf to improve your stance with the board" Fifa Manager?

Aw, my wife is unhappy, i should buy her a present. Oh I had better go and buy a house! But no chance of getting any realistic teams below second tier and less chance of having a database which lists enough realistic staff and players to feel like I am really making a difference.

If you don't like Football Manager and you want the flashy (10 seconds per minute) game of Fifa Manager, go have fun, but don't bag a game which is the leader in it's market by a long way without the name of Fifa or Microsoft behind it or their advertising budgets to match.

Will conceed on the injuries though, they stuffed that up with the rate.
Posted 14:25 on 05 February 2009
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How do u play online?????
Posted 18:02 on 15 January 2009
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Pjetrrrr

Arshavin is a really good player. I bought him with Ajax Amsterdam in January 2009. Only 9 M + 5 M after 30 league games.
Posted 13:36 on 15 January 2009
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ALSO TO ADD THIS MATCH SCORING MUST BE FIXED AND THE REGISTRATION CODE U CANNOT TELL WHCIH LETTER IS WHICH DUE TO 0 AND O AND 1 AND I TRUELY TERRIBLE
Posted 20:40 on 09 January 2009
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THIS GAME I HAVE TO ADMIT IS TERRIBLE FAR TO MANY INJURIES ACTIVATION PROBLEMS WHEN I TRIED TO INSTALL IT 3D GAME SLOW AND CRASHES MY LAP TOP IS SUPER FAST IM NOT PLAYIN FM NO MORE FAR TO MANY BUGS AND PROBLEMS FIFA MANAGER OR CHAMPIONSHIP MANAGER FROM NOW ON !!!
Posted 20:38 on 09 January 2009
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Theres been 2 patches already so if you have those injuries should not be so bad.
Posted 16:41 on 09 January 2009
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i think injuries make the game more realistic, but too much and its just annoying, the annoyence out weighs the realism.
but all games have faults and if you enjoyed the previous games you'll love this
Posted 16:35 on 09 January 2009
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good game ruined by half my squad being injured all the time.anyone know if a patch is coming out 2 fix it?
Posted 18:50 on 06 January 2009
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i dont now the game pasword
Posted 07:55 on 06 January 2009
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albert

can anybody tell me why my 3d view does not work it works 2d but the 3d when i press advanced controls its greyed out
Posted 21:57 on 30 December 2008
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Sir Alex

Fifa Manager 09 sh*ts on this game
Posted 14:22 on 21 December 2008
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My bro is gettin the game 4 christmas for only £17 how cheap
Posted 20:28 on 17 December 2008
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dudester

Its on the manual
Posted 19:11 on 17 December 2008
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i dont now the game pasword??????
Posted 18:50 on 17 December 2008
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as much as i hate to moan, this game really really annoys me because of how slow it is, i've got a powerful computer but still seems very slow. the new game play is good if only it was faster......maybe in time it will be.............also........has anyone else struggled with this steam thing, logging in etc......what a ball-ache!!!!!
Posted 23:36 on 13 December 2008

Game Stats

Football Manager 2009
9
Out of 10
Football Manager 2009
  • Helpful advice from the assistant manager
  • Highly addictive
  • The new 3D match view
  • Too many injuries
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Release Date: 14/11/2008
Platform: PC
Developer: Sports Interactive
Publisher: Sega
Genre: Management
No. Players: 1 + Online
Rating: PEGI 3+
Site Rank: 1,662
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