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Football Manager 2009 (PC) (MAC)

by Sega
Windows XP / Vista
 Ages 3 and Over
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (296 customer reviews)
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows XP / Vista
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B001FA0DLK
  • Release Date: 14 Nov 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (296 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,683 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Highlight new features for the PC / MAC include:

3D Match Engine - This year's match engine has seen more testing than ever before having been extensively beta tested in Football Manager Live for the past year.

The famous Football Manager match engine can now be viewed in full 3D with motion captured animations for the players. Sports Interactive has been working on the 3D match engine for nearly 3 years with the support of SEGA Japan's Virtue Striker team who provided the motion capture data and some of the animations.

You can now watch your matches in 3D from multiple camera angles and re-watch any part of the match by fast forwarding and rewinding the action using a new match time bar that flags the key moments in the game.

The old 2D view of the match engine is still there, especially for those people whose computers aren't powerful enough to take advantage of the 3D views.

TV View - Watch your matches in new full screen TV view and customise your match day screen with widgets to view the information you need as a football manager, be it player performance, match action zones, pitch radar, latest scores and many more.

Assistant Manager Feedback - Pre-match and in-match feedback from your Assistant Manager on how the team is performing and your player's motivation levels, as well as hints on how your tactics are working and how you could outwit the opposition's tactics.

Improved Media - SI have worked hard to reflect the greater impact the media has been having in recent years on the world of football, in the in-game dealings with the press. The game now features more news stories, more detail and greater media interaction than ever before, creating an even more realistic simulation of the football world.

Press Conferences - Attend pre-match and post-match press conferences with local and national journalists and build up relationships with them over time, but choose your answers carefully because they could come back to haunt you in the media at a later date.

Transfer System - Completely new and re-written transfer system code, providing an even more realistic simulation of real-life football transfers.

Transfer Rumours - View the latest news on what players are being speculated on, and who's said to be interested in securing their services.

Board Confidence - Following on from its addition in Football Manager 2008, board confidence has been expanded and improved. In addition, the board will now also offer feedback on your squad harmony and your club's stature in the football world.

Preferred Moves - Train your players to learn 'preferred moves' to add to their game. For example, train central defenders to not dive into tackles, or wingers to do step-over's before crossing the ball.

Female Manager - For the very first time you can now play as a female manager. All of the text in the game now also has a female gender so the game represents female managers and staff in the game in the correct gender.

Realistic Finances - SI have listened to feedback from all of their researchers to try and model every single financial area of the game correctly for each country, including transfers, staff wages, budgets, ticket prices, season tickets, competition bonuses and club sponsorships.

Updated Competitions - Fully updated for the new 2008/09 football season with all the latest league, club and player data, featuring over 5,000 playable clubs from over 50 countries, and around 350,000 players and staff from around the world, drawn fresh from the famous Sports Interactive database.

Widescreen Support - As a result of usability testing on Football Manager 2008, this year sees widescreen support for the game for the first time, as well as lots of tweaks to the user interface for easier navigation.

Product Description


Football Manager 2009's match engine has seen more testing than ever before having been extensively beta tested in Football Manager Live for the past year.

The famous Football Manager match engine can now be viewed in full 3D with motion captured animations for the players. Sports Interactive has been working on the 3D match engine for nearly 3 years with the support of SEGA Japan's Virtua Striker team who provided the motion capture data and some of the animations. You can now watch your matches in 3D from multiple camera angles and re-watch any part of the match by fast forwarding and rewinding the action using a new match time bar that flags the key moments in the game. The old 2D view of the match engine is still there, especially for those people whose computers aren't powerful enough to take advantage of the 3D views.

As a result of usability testing on Football Manager 2008, this year sees widescreen support for the game for the first time, as well as lots of tweaks to the user interface for easier navigation.

Football Manager 2009 is fully updated for the new 2008/09 football season with all the latest league, club and player data, featuring over 5,000 playable clubs from over 50 countries, and around 350,000 players and staff from around the world, drawn fresh from the famous Sports Interactive database.

Sports Interactive have worked hard to reflect the greater impact the media has been having in recent years on the world of football, in the in-game dealings with the press. The game now features more news stories, more detail and greater media interaction than ever before, creating an even more realistic simulation of the football world.

  • TV View. Watch your matches in new full screen TV view and customise your match day screen with widgets to view the information you need as a football manager, be it player performance, match action zones, pitch rada

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132 of 147 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected 30 Nov 2008
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Based on the reviews that I have read on the internet about this game, I was more than a little nervous about purchasing FM'09. I'm far from an expert when it comes to using my PC and all of the terrible reviews about the bugs and downloading patches came close to putting me off buying it. HOWEVER, being that I'm a massive fan of Football Manager and the entire Championship Manager series that came before it, I decided to buy it regardless and make my own judgement.

Thankfully this was a great decision as it wasn't anywhere near as complicated to set up as I have been led to believe, and it works brilliantly on my laptop (which is about 4 years old so not exactly a brand new model).

Upon inserting the disc and entering the keycode which can be found on the back of the instruction manual, I was then given the option to automatically download updates or do them manually. Because of my lack of confidence and experience in downloading stuff off the internet, I chose automatic downloads. This then opened up something called "Steam" which showed the FM09 logo and next to it a downloading bar. It automatically downloaded the updates (which I will admit took about half an hour) and all I had to do was wait. Once it reached 100% I then clicked on the launch button and away we go!

Now quite possibly my laptop is more impressive than I give it credit for, and the fact that I waited a few weeks before buyng it may have had a bearing, however all of the negativity that I have come across about setting it up has not been warrented IN MY EXPERIENCE.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent game despite the initial problems 23 Feb 2009
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I can understand that a lot of people had problems with this game on release, and so posted very poor reviews of it on here.

This is shame though because I've been playing it myself for the last few weeks (initially wasnt too sure about getting it but figured what the heck) and it really is excellent.

I last played one of these games about 5 years ago and enjoyed it then, but the amount of detail and strategic depth that's been added since is amazing. Have played through 3 seasons and am only now starting to really understand how to set up my team tactics properly and how subtle changes to team instructions etc can make real differences depending on the players I use.

Anyway, really good game, would definitely recommend to anyone whos a fan of these football manager type games.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality game....worth every penny and every hour. 27 July 2011
By Matt H
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Football Manager is by far one of the best series of games out there. I've bought nearly every single version since Championship Manager 2. The game developers always seem to find something new to add to make it fresh and interesting. If you prefer just playing Fifa all day then this might not be for you because this actually requires some skill and patience. Managing your finances, your squad, your staff and the media make for a enjoyable experience that can last for more than 5 hours a day, if you're a lazy student like myself. The thrill of signing a big name player or getting to the Champions League final makes the time spent seem worth it. I know of no other alternative to this game and theres a good reason for it, none of them could match the level of detail that this game has. If you're looking for a cheap version of Football Manager then buy this one as it will serve its purpose of being relatively up to date. If you've got some dollar lining your pocket then buy the latest version, you won't be dissapointed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who is Arsene Wanger? 27 Aug 2009
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
For the dedicated followers of "the holy grail of football simulations" The best and most complete version yet,MAGIC. it will be hard to envisage any improvement,but no doubt with 2010 they will have a go.I suppose the beauty is you can jump straight in as a beginner and still come to grips, and enjoy." Ill come to bed when I finish this season Honest!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Game Ever 16 Jun 2009
Superb upgrade on the last version. Every year it just gets better. Press conferences do get a bit old before christmas in the first season but all the other features like the 3D match engine ensure it's still the best football management simulator there is
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4.0 out of 5 stars Football manager 2009 review 16 May 2009
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I have had Football manager in its various guises for many years and none have disappointed. Before buying this one I read a lot of reviews and was put off by talk of difficulties installing etc. I didn't use Steam, which I do not like but I found that to get the update for the game it took you to the likes of limewire which really annoyed me. However I did get the update and installed no problems. As for the game itself, I have enjoyed playing it there are new features such as the 3D effect which again I didnt think would appeal to me but now wouldnt go back to the 2D version.
In summary I am pleased that I got the game and wasn't put off by the poor reviews.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game 10 April 2009
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Ignore all the one star reviews, this game is another brilliant installment from SI. The 3D match engine is the big innovation, but beyond this the game has improved with more interaction with the media, and obviously up-to-date teams etc.

I found no problem with the registration, and I think the main reason people have reviewed the game so poorly is due to the attempts to register online on the day of the games release, presumably overloading the server. No such problems now though, and it took around 30 minutes to install the game.

My only problem now is that I can't stop playing it. Very good game and hours of fun.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite the full 90 minutes
What can I say, its like any other football management game - Its great fun and really enthralling to begin with a new team and try and win the league when the season starts, but... Read more
Published 4 months ago by ChrisSmith
5.0 out of 5 stars great game
great game with good graphics good all round player experience a must buy for the gamer. try with confidence A++++
Published 7 months ago by Miss A Spence
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game!
What can I say keep the other half entertained for months only stopped to play when the 2010 edition came out!
Published 11 months ago by N L HURRY
1.0 out of 5 stars Football Manager 2009
I bought this game and plugged it in, That's where the issues started. Needed to go on-line to download Steam, waste of time! Couldn't register, help or download. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mr Bond, No Hobley
5.0 out of 5 stars PC FM09
I am not to keen on FM10 or FM11 but, I have always been a big fan of FM08. I am a Manchester City fan and I knew the FM09 would give me better players and a bigger budget. Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2011 by Paul N. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars great gaming
i ordered this by mistake whilst looking for championship manager but after ordering it im glad i did its fantastic
Published on 16 Jun 2011 by gummsybhoy27
1.0 out of 5 stars Very slow to load!
This game was bought for my husband who loved fifa so i thought this would be something different for him to try. He hated it, very slow to load, complicated and not much fun.
Published on 12 Mar 2011 by sponting
1.0 out of 5 stars Do Not buy this second hand!
I bought this second hand and the activation key was already used and now i can't play it and there are no loopholes, i hate that they do this so definitely don't buy this second... Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2011 by matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Awesome condition, arrived a good 10 days before the deadline for delivery and was dispatched the same hour that I completed my order, even the disc had been cleaned. Read more
Published on 5 July 2010 by Danny
4.0 out of 5 stars fun
this is a great game but can get frustrateing when things go against you, as a certain youtube video will atest to

good game it is now cheap as there is a newer one out... Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2009 by Mr. Ryan R. Francis
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