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Soccer manager games are becoming more and more popular. Many soccer fans think that they can do a better job than the managers of their favorite clubs and soccer management games provide a platform for them to make their own managerial decisions and to be in control of the destiny of their favorite football teams. There are many soccer manager game title and some of them will be discussed within this article.

One of the most popular soccer manager games in the world is Football Manager. The series has been running for several years and is made by Sports Interactive. The game is quite impressive as it covers most aspects of football management. You can conduct press interviews, comment on the actions and words of other football managers, feud with other managers and comment about events in past or future games. Comments are usually met with a response from your opposite number and you can also develop a reputation in the media depending on your actions. The game is very realistic and if realism is what you are looking for then this is the title for you. There is also a huge database on various players that you can choose from. You will find obscure players from unknown football countries such as New Zealand, the UAE and Canada. You also have the ability to hire your own backroom staff. The backroom staff consists of real names in football for example when managing Manchester United your assistant will be the actual Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan. Players who have retired may also remain in the football world as managers, assistant managers, coaches or scouts. There are also a lot of useful links around the game which make navigating through it much easier. The ugly bit about this game though is the graphics. If it were not for this it would be the best manager game around bar none, but the graphics are horrible to say the least. Until recently they were just dots on the screen but even with the 3D match engine that Sports Interactive has introduced the graphics still leave a lot to be desired. Based on the current progress it doesn’t seem that Sports Interactive will be getting this right anytime soon.

The other alternative to Football Manager is FIFA Manager, formerly known as Total Club Manager. The game may not be as comprehensive as Football Manager but it makes up for where Football Manager fails. The graphics are similar to those of the FIFA football franchise. In some more recent versions of the game one has the opportunity to actually play as an individual in the game or to play as the team. This should not be much to go on about as the point of buying a soccer manager game is to manage the team, not to play. The management side itself has gone downhill in recent years. One of the earlier titles Total Club Manager 2003 was definitely one of the best soccer manager games ever released. Squabbles and grievances among players were more common place in this game and this made it more challenging. One could also have a personal life, have a girlfriend or wife and have kids. After playing FIFA Manager 11 though I was very disappointed. Even after setting the difficulty levels to the highest point players got along fine and never had a problem with each other. Transferring players is quite easy. The most irritating thing about this title though is that no matter what steps you take to stabilize your finances you will most certainly lose money every year. The board will then reduce the amount of money available for transfers next year even though in the previous year you barely had any money for transfers. What all this means is that even if you are managing a wealthy team like Manchester United or Real Madrid you will probably never get to buy any good players as you never get the money to do so. This is not in any way realistic and you will also find that players demand huge salaries which are not sustainable. This means that if you do not let your star players leave on free transfers you will most certainly go over your budgets and be fired after the season is finished. Not impressive at all!

I would recommend one to buy Football Manager instead of FIFA Manager this year until EA Sports sorts out the problems with their FIFA Manager titles and return them to the glory days of yesteryear.


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