Clash of cultures: Football management games in England and Germany

Groundsman asks for pitch size alterations

Your groundsman has asked you if you wish to make any changes to your current pitch dimensions.

The Football League 1 regulations state that the pitch must be at least 101m long and 64m wide.
The Football League 1 regulations also state that the pitch must be no more than 110m long.

Prenton Park’s facilities will only allow a pitch with a width of no more than 70m.

The pitch at Prenton Park is narrow, which will suit teams who play predominantly through the middle. Wide players will struggle to make an impact.

The pitch at Prenton Park is currently 101m long and 64m wide.

With ingame messages like this, Football Manager (FM) built it’s reputation of being one of the most detailed and beloved management simulation in the world of video games. Since it’s inauguration as Championship Manager in 1992, the long running series is continuously impressing fans and specialised press.

Pep’s Tiki-taka, Mou’s catenaccio or the good old long ball? It’s up to you. Loan a three-lunged deep-lying porcher, who is also capable of playing at the sweeper position for just two months? Go for it! On matchday, Managers even get the latest odds like you know it from and company.

At times of ebay and digital distribution platforms it’s no real problem to get your hands on a copy of the latest reincarnation of FM, even if your living outside of the designated sales area. But till today there is no official regionalised version for the German market. By all means the series has a decent following over here, which does, however, not bear comparison with the massive and positively barmy FM community in the UK.

In Germany Fußball Manager (Englisch: “Football Manager”…) is the name of the genre’s current top dog. Known as FIFA Manager in many other countries, the game grants quite an easy access by it’s casual approch. On the other hand, the highgloss product lacks flair, depth and atmoshphere.

So the home of mighty Felix Magath may seem a bit like footy manager diaspora with a legit but plaine boring game being the only contemporary contender on the market? Sad but true, albeit this has not always been the case.

During the 90s, even two domestic management simulations battled for first place: Bundesliga Manager and the Anstoss series. Especially the latter one won gamers over by it’s trademark German wittiness. Yet the most loyal customers will find it hard to laugh when their newest €50 purchase is effectively unusable. In 2002, the sheer bugginess of a highly anticipaed Anstoss 4 game led to the creeping collapse of already cash-stricken publisher Ascaron.

Anstoss and Fußball Manager godfather Gerald Köhler, who defected to rival EA Sports before the Anstoss 4 debacel, stated that Fußball Manager 14 will be the final game of the series. So the future of football managent games is MMOG and mobile only? Schau mer mal.

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