The Championship Manager is a series of football-management simulation video games, the first of which was released in 1992.
The Championship Manager brand and game was conceived by brothers Paul and Oliver Collyer. In a scenario typical of many self-made game programming teams in the early days of the industry, the original Championship Manager game was written from their bedroom in Shropshire, England. The brothers subsequently founded a development company to take the game further, Sports Interactive, and moved to Islington, North London. Championship Manager became the most popular football management sim of the later 1990s and early 2000s, regularly setting sales records.
Championship Manager 93/94 refers to the second installment in the Championship Manager series of football management computer games.
This game improved on the original in many ways - by far the most significant change was the use of real player names for the first time. This was the one major feature which the game had lacked in comparison to its rivals. Other key features to be introduced in this game included the following:
- A list of selected foreign-based players that could be bought
- Much more in-match commentary
- Injury time
- More player awards
- Eight different background pictures
- Improved loading times
- The implementation of the FA Premier League
The CM93/94 engine was the basis for Championship Manager Italia. This was a version that simulated the top two divisions of Italian football (Serie A and Serie B). There was also a 1995 seasonal update released for this game. The 1993/94 Season Data Up-Date Disk was a seasonal update disk that updated the game's database to reflect player and club changes for the 1993/94 season. The End of 1994 Season Data Up-Date Disk was an end of season update disk that updated the game's database to reflect player and club changes for the end of 1993/94 season. There was also a little-known Norwegian-language version called Championship Manager Norge or CM Norge which simulated the Norwegian League.
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