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Football Manager 2006 announced

Football Manager

Sega has announced the next in the Football Manager series, predictably titled Football Manager 2006. The game will be released on both PC, Mac and PSP in Winter 2005.

On the PC and Mac front, there’s a list of new features to accompany the already excellent game engine. One of the many fan-inspired features to make it into FM 2006 will be that, for the first time, managers will be able to negotiate with their board of directors – not only for a better contract for themselves, but also for improved player wage budgets and increased transfer budgets or even stadium expansion. Be aware though, if you push too hard and don’t reach the heights that the board specify, you’ll soon be looking for a new job.

Half-time team talks add the ability to tell your players individually or collectively exactly what you thought of their first half performance, via the tactics screen. Another welcome feature is the ability to manage players on a personal level. Unhappy players can cause huge morale problems for the whole squad and result in bad performances, so the new Player Interaction feature will help you to manage your team more closely.

A completely revamped training module simplifies training schedules and players’ training progress, with your coaches becoming far more important members of backroom staff. New media items and expansion of the media module have been implemented, including but not limited to, cup draw news and man of the match news.

Want to know how many yellow cards the ref looking after your Saturday match has given in the last few matches? Now you can, with referee profiles and league tables, which add an extra element to tactics of the game. Maybe hard tackling is not a good idea for this Saturday’s match!

Also adding an extra tactical element to FM 2006, the player positions feature has been taken one step further. A player position indicator will not only show you the best positions for your player and where to play on the pitch, it will also show player preferred moves for those players in your team. As well as this, the Player Positions display format has been upgraded, making it easier for the manger to pick the team.

On the PSP side of things, Sports Interactive have modified the game to purposely suit Sony’s handheld. Football Manager 2006 will retain all of the hallmark realism and excellence, but will be specifically designed to be a more immediate pick up and play experience.

An early glimpse of FM on PSP, taken from a viral video that was released today.
“From the moment that we got our hands on our first PSP we knew that we were finally looking at a portable system that could do our game justice,” comments Miles Jacobson, Managing Director of Sports Interactive. “Football Manager is well-known as being a game that people carry with them in their hearts and minds – pretty soon they’ll be able to carry it in their pockets too. “

The PSP version of Football Manager 2006 will feature the oppurtunity to select an active league from a minimum of 6 countries, with accurate data from the SI football database. There’s also up to date and accurate competition simulations, accurate European competitions and world rankings and complete tactical options to allow a manager to influence a match. Every player has an accurate player history, while there’ll be 30 players in a squad, realistic commentary style match engine and computer manager intelligence.

Keep an eye out for more news and the first screenshots soon.

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