Have You always Dreamed of Being a Professional Footballer?
Company: Sega
LONDON, UK – July 20th, 2005 - Be the envy of all your friends and family and have your "Face in the Game" with Football ManagerTM! Sports Interactive and SEGA are once again offering you the chance to feature as an actual player or member of staff in the ultimate in PC football management titles, Football ManagerTM 2006.

Football ManagerTM 2006 runs for multiple seasons, during which time player's age and eventually retire. "Face In The Game" allows Sports Interactive to take specific details from their fans, such as a photograph, name, date of birth and favourite club, and use these details to create "regenerated" players, which ensures that there is always a pool of players for managers to work with.

"When we ran this competition last year, we never imagined it would have been so popular with our fans", says Miles Jacobson, Managing Director of Sports Interactive. "Doing this again is a perfect way for us to say a big thank you to everyone for their support, particularly in the last eighteen months."

Guidelines

There are a few restrictions as to the style of photos, which are acceptable, for example the shots should not contain any team colours. Also, as regenerated players are usually aged between 18 and 22, only photos, which represent people within that age range, will be used to depict the players. All other photos supplied will be used to represent either coaches or physios.

Visit www.sigames.com/faceinthegame and follow the instructions to ensure you have a chance to be a part of "Face in the Game. Further information, including details of the size and composition of acceptable photos is available from the Face in the Game website at, www.sigames.com/faceinthegame.

On top of the previously announced PC features the team at Sports Interactive and SEGA are now happy to announce the second set of new features featuring in this years release of Football ManagerTM 2006.

NEW PC FEATURES:

Increased Tactical Options – You can now tweak tactics even further, with options for players to interchange positions, more specific target man instructions and even time wasting!

Formation Panel on Match Screen – Updated Live, this is an easy way to see the formations of both your team and your competitor at the same time without having to pause the match.

Virtual Player Contracts – When managing clubs at the lowest level, the pool of available talent is often a little thin – this feature now allows you to offer contracts to "Virtual" players that the game generates for teams playing outside the football pyramid in the lower leagues or in your reserve or junior team and therefore give them an opportunity to play on the bigger stage
Snapshot - A great new screen in the game that gives you a homepage of all of the info that you need as a manager – budgets, forthcoming fixtures, a competition overview, team stats and lots more.

Key Highlight Replays in Match Engine – Key highlights are now instantly replayed for those managers who want to pick every move apart.

New Shirt Graphics – With licenses galore, there will be more real life kits in FM2005 than any previous Sports Interactive football title.

Man Of The Match News – A new regular news item giving feedback on the man of the match for youth & reserve games, as well as key first team matches.

MORE NEW FEATURES FOR FOOTBALL MANAGER 2006 WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON.

About The Game

Boasting a multitude of new and upgraded features, Football ManagerTM 2006 for PC/Mac will be published by SEGA in November 2005. For further information please go to www.sigames.com or www.sega-europe.com

About Sports Interactive

Sports Interactive (SI), is the world's leading developer of sports management simulations for home computers. SI's pillar titles cover a range of sports, including football (the Football Manager series), ice hockey (the NHL: Eastside Hockey Manager series) and baseball (Out of the Park Baseball). Founded in 1994 and based in Islington, North London, SI has a full-time staff of 35 and employs the services of more than 1,500 part-time researchers across the globe. The company's games have enjoyed an unparalleled history of commercial and critical success, with five of its creations among the UK's Top 20 best-selling PC games of all time. In 2004 SI signed an exclusive five-year agreement with SEGA which will see all games it produces within that period published by the global computer and video games giant. Further information on the company and its games is available from the SI website, www.sigames.com.

About SEGA Europe

SEGA Europe Ltd. is the European Publishing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. SEGA Europe's web site is located at www.sega-europe.com.
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