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Sports Interactive's successful Championship Manager soccer series is now available on the Macintosh thanks to developer Elegant Chaos and publisher Feral Interactive. This is the first game in the series available on the Mac.
Championship Manager: Season 99/00 is all about living out the dream of managing your favorite football team (that's soccer team to us Americans). The game's comprehensive coverage gives you all the teams from 16 major leagues around the world. This sport management simulation contains an enormous amount of data, which is presented with an intuitive interface to help players move quickly between screens to compare and filter information that lets them make informed decisions.
As manager you're subject to the same stresses and pleasures that a real-life "gaffer" lives with. You've got to select the team, motivate the squad and keep the board sweet. Above all you have to win and keep on winning. Data for the game has been provided by a network of researchers from all over the world, hand picked by the Sports Interactive.
Key features include accurate profiles and histories for over 40,000 players, managers, and coaches; true-to-life representation of the competitions, awards, transfers and disciplinary rules from fifteen leagues (Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden and American Major League Soccer); use your club's reserve/youth team to groom potential stars and bring your players back from injury; a fully-fledged transfer system featuring all the intricacies of modern day negotiations and a full international simulation featuring all the major tournaments plus B-team and U-21 management opportunities.
Realistic match simulation offers you control over team and individual player tactics. The game's design has multi-tasking in mind as you have the option to make managerial decisions while the game engine calculates results. You can also send scouts around the world to find players for your club and set up training schedules to improve players' skills in key areas. Vast amounts of statistics are recorded as the game progresses, allowing you to make informed decisions throughout your managerial career.
After the original release of Championship Manager 3, Sports Interactive made some key improvements to both the PC and Macintosh versions of Championship Manager: Season 99/00. New competitions were added, including (European Cup and the World Club Cup), match commentary has been improved with a greater variety of descriptive text to aid your analysis, players advise you of their reasoning for accepting and rejecting transfer and contract offers and the game now features greater media involvement, including transfer rumors and agent approaches and dressing room unrest, players now become unsettled and unhappy and may decide to leave the club in the lurch, (It's up to you to decide how to handle such players).
You, as a manager now have the ability to fine players, request additional transfer funding from the board (your club's owners) for a number of reasons, including increased wage allowance, improvements to the clubs youth and training facilities or for stadium expansion.
The game also offers improved board interaction. They will now advise you of their favorite players and warn you if the squad is too big or small. They will also comment of individual results, mention supporter pressure and occasionally give extra transfer funding.
Championship Manager: Season 99/00 is also not limited to single player action. Up to 16 players can participate in a game on one machine or via a LAN.
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