Football Manager 2006 Coming To Mac/PC/PSP This Win

SEGA Europe today announced the next step in Sports Interactive’s genre-defining Football Manager series. Boasting a multitude of new and upgraded features, Football Manager 2006 is set to release on PC, Mac and PSP in Winter 2005.

PC/Mac Version Details

The first set of new features being announced today are a small selection being implemented into the game. Football Manager 2006 is bursting with many more features that will be unveiled throughout the year.

The new game is destined to build on the outstanding commercial and critical success of the last,” Matt Woodley, Creative Director of SEGA. “Football Manager is now the genre benchmark and once again our colleagues at Sports Interactive are creating a game which their fans will be delighted to play.”

Just like the real-life game, Football Manager continues to evolve as each new season comes and goes,” says Miles Jacobson, Managing Director of Sports Interactive. “As has become traditional over the years, the changes that we’ve made this time around have been inspired not only by events and trends in the real world, but also by changes which have been suggested by our ever-keen fan base.”

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. Will you be able to keep your players motivated, or will you cause a collapse in the second half?

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.

PSP Version Details

Specifically designed for Sony’s PlayStation Portable handheld entertainment system (PSP), this new game will, for the first time, offer fans of Sports Interactive’s games an opportunity to experience the highs and lows of virtual football management ‘on the go’.

Sports Interactive have modified their genre defining football management game to purposely suit the PSP. Football Manager 2006 retains all of the hallmark realism and excellence, but is specifically designed to be a more immediate pick up and play experience.

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. “

This has to be one of the most exciting games coming to PSP. I’m going to start getting the train into work so I can play it in the mornings!” commented Matt Woodley, Creative Director of SEGA.

For anyone who loves football, Football Manager 2006 offers a dream come true. Using a new state of the art game interface and management infrastructure, Football Manager 2006 accurately simulates the trials and tribulations of a real football manager. Experience the pressure as you rise through the ranks, reach the heady heights of the Premiership and try your luck in Europe.

Features for Football Manager 2006 PSP

– Select an active league from a minimum of 6 countries’

– Accurate data from the world renowned SI football database

– Up to date and accurate competition simulations

– Accurate European competitions and world rankings

– Complete tactical options to allow a manager to influence a match

– Every player has an accurate player history

– 30 players in a squad

– Realistic commentary style match engine and computer manager intelligence

– Staff feedback on the current squad via coach and physio reports

– Realistically simulated media involvement – including transfer rumors

– Agent approaches and dressing room unrest

– A full interactive transfer system simulating modern day negotiations, including player loans, signings etc.

– Realistically simulated world of football, giving information about transfers, results and injuries involving the big names in football