In Club Manager, you will take on the role of an up-and-coming football manager. Start with a team in the 8th league or take over an existing team from the higher leagues and lead your team towards victory. Club Manager returns to the virtues of classic soccer managers with a focus on the essentials.
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Mixed (39 reviews) - 51% of the 39 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 19, 2015

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About This Game

You are the manager: Whether it's tactics, contracts, sponsors, or stadium upgrades: Determine the future and the success of your club.

From fans, for fans: Club Manager is developed by fans with 20 years of experience and a passion for soccer.

Editor on board: With the integrated editor, you can create your own teams or edit existing jerseys, players, and club names that are included with the game.

Since its debut a year ago, Club Manager has been one of the most popular football management games for the PC. Its successor Club Manager 2016 offers not only a more modern interface, but also a number of new features and upgrades: Intervene in the team's tactics during a live game, specify additional gameplay modes, or hold your own tournaments. Furthermore, the transfer market, the promotion and relegation system and the difficulty levels have been revamped. Apart from additional club statistics, players now also have the option of customizing their jerseys.

Lead your team to victory with the right tactics:
  • Getting started: Launch your career in one of 8 leagues.
  • Strategy: Comprehensive contract, training, and lineup system for your players and team.
  • Finances: Make decisions concerning player contracts, ticket sales, sponsors, and merchandising.
  • Development: Expand your domain from a simple amateur soccer field to a fully equipped stadium, including the relevant infrastructure.
  • Excitement: Configure your tactics in advance and motivate your players during half-time.
  • Tactics: Whether it's a "defensive deadbolt" or a "battering ram" — you decide which strategy to play.
  • Transfer market: Purchase and sell players under realistic conditions.
  • Goals: As the manager, you will need to strive to meet the board's season requirements.
  • Tournaments: Create your own tournaments and invite major clubs to play.
  • Statistics: Comprehensive statistics will help you rise to the top of the league tables.
  • Budding new talent: Train and foster new talent for your future success.
  • Employees: Manage your entire team of training staff and delegate tasks.


  • Classic football manager with an eye for the essentials
  • Club Manager has everything that a good football manager needs: Whether it's tactics, statistics, a transfer market, stadium upgrades, advertising, merchandising, developing the stadium periphery, fostering new talent, training sessions, or training camps.
  • Comprehensive league system: 8 leagues including numerous championships in almost 200 countries.
  • Powerful editor: Comprehensive customization options which also allow you to modify player and club names, including jerseys.
  • From fans, for fans: Club Manager is developed by fans with 20 years of experience and a passion for soccer.

Note: Even though the game includes almost 200 soccer nations, Club Manager focuses primarily on the German football league system.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Single Core 1GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 32MB Ram Graphics Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Dual Core 2GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 128MB Ram Graphics Card
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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219 of 269 people (81%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2015
Terrible game, the english is full of errors. You can barely make adjustments, it is very limited and the graphics are really bad. Do not buy this game
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23 of 39 people (59%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2015
I was so excited to hear this game was coming out. It reminded me of my all time favorite game, Ultimate Soccer Manager. That came out back in the 90's. I'm sadden to say, this is a washed up version of it. Yes, it does have the potential to be a good, if not great game! However, I think they should go back to the drawing board and work on it a little more.

It does remind me of Ultimate Soccer Manager, but there need to be more clubs and leagues associated with it. I'm hoping the game will get better as time goes on. I'm disappointed with some of the simple spelling errors you notice in the game, however it does keep you entertained for a few hours at least. After that, you loose interest.

I would give this game a 2.5 out of 5 stars. It's on the right track, but just misses the finish line.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
113.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
First off, i like to say that i bought the original german version of this game and not over Steam. So there may or may not any differences between the games.
If you buy the DVD version you get a handbook that explains the basics and highlights some tips.
Nice to have but the game actually explains itself by itself.

If you awaiting eye candy, this is probably not the game you want to get. It is in essence a nice manager that allows you to rush through the seasons.
So far i just did that.

The desktop is orderly and has all information thats relevant to the ongoing game like finances, players, calendar and everything in between.
What i found not so great is the fact that players are not judges by their abilities like left, left+right, right. So its just more plain and basic. But players in the team to have their strength and have a rating so you will see who is your better performer. Also they do have a star rating that allows you to judge how he will perfom in the future. Most players in the begining will only have a 1 star or maybe 2.
As a strategy i found it best to cultivate your youth or farm teams as they do give you cheap access to players and some are even really good.
Of course you also can aquire players via the transfer market but it may be more costly. Also if you start in the 8 league you can not get any player that is above 3.5.
It took me 4 seasons to move on to the next league.

Financial planing. This is a nice addition but i haven't really used it, except for sponsoring. This is actually essentiel since this is a big part of your income.
But you also can invest in stock or gold or borrow money.

On the desktop there is also an icon that when clicked will show what your goal you have for the season. Pay attention to that.

The actual play screen is informativ and realtively nicely made. It gives you the information of the ongoing game and also live stats from the rest of the league. So you also in the known whats happening with your rival team.
You can watch the videos (which are limited in what they show) or a very basic game in top view with the ball bouncing back and forth.

What i did not like is the music which did not fit for the game i think.

Since this game does not have any licence, you will have fantasy names. This maybe a breaker but i heard that in space of the internet, some folks where making it right. So i heard.

Ah, and its also gotten an editor. So you can make changes like team names or players. Haven't tried it myself so i can not say anything about it.

Overall i think it is a very enganging manager with some limited options perhaps but really great to play. It has a lot of potentials and it did remind me about the game "Bundesliga Professional" which was popular in the 90s.

I am not a buff in managing but i think that i played already endless hours may say something about the game.

Personally i recomment it to anyone who like a great manager and fun game. Although basic and graphically limited or shall we say bare, it has a fun factor.
If you look for a game where you actually play as a player, well this is not the game but if you like to manage a team and maybe stick with it till you both part, then this is a game for you.

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11 of 20 people (55%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2015
My first impression: not bad at all if you like classic management games and are not looking for a game taking over the trainer roll. at the moment you can start your team only in germany and so far I havent figured out how to set up your team in other countries like UK. Playing through some seasons time was flying by after you setup your team.
in any case its worth a closer look if you like football management games as they got quite rare
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16 of 34 people (47%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
108.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
8.1/10 (I rarely ever give 8 or higher for a game)

Best manager sim ever. I have played a ton of manager sims (FIFA manager, Football Manager, GoallineBlitz, Blackout Rugby, Powerplay Manager, HSU (Heartland Soccer Union), coupled with dynasty modes in games like Rugby Challenge 1 and 2; EA sports NHL, FIFA, Madden,...; 2k series, PES series, ... and without question this game is superior.

The problem with most online manager sims is that you have to wait for games sometimes hence why a non-online one should be superior.

Football manager and FIFA manager had far too many issues with gameplay (football manager was especially horrendous at this) and horrible options respectively (FIFA manager) to make their games any fun.

Any dynasty mode is never indepth enough to really do a manager sim justice. You have the league, the juniors, and that is usually about it if even that good...

That leaves this superior as it is better in all regards to the stuff above (well FIFA gameplay is better then it, just the options for FIFA manager were garbage).

It is not perfect mind you...

Graphics: Even 15 years ago these graphics would not be the best, so if you need amazing eye candy this is not it - FIFA manager is better in this regard

Music: a limited selection gets boring after a while (even though the tunes on their own are good), though like any game you can put songs in your game folder, apparently they have a folder they specify to the user to do this but I have yet to see how user friendly it is to find it...

Depth: Germany is ridiculously in depth, every other nation is not. All other nations have are tier 1 teams (so if you are in the lower tiers and cannot find players in Germany for hire, unless you can find nations with not so good players - (Bermuda, Somalia, St Lucia, ...) you are going to be stuck.

Tutorial: they really need a good one though that said the hints they give you work, just realizing where the icons are for these hints (right on your main page but like any new game despite them being in your face, you may not realize they are important until later on in your first season as was my case)

Language: While the game is in English there are a few things which you can tell a translator was used to put in English (and did not do a good job). That said they do update the game so hopefully for those who would have an issue with that eventually those things will be fixed, that said, if you are fluent in English the errors are easy to see and understand what is meant in virutally all cases.

Manual: Though it is ridiculously detailed, and extensive with tons of info, one glaring deficiency is what they mean by 'grade'. I know that it judges the skill of the player in the game, but whether 1 means the best or a higher # is a question that the manual does not answer (and after 40 plus hours of playing I am still guessing that 1 is the best, yes I have read the whole manual by the way, plus did a CTRL + F search in relation to it to find stuff).

Stadium: Again the eye candy of FIFA Manager is better, plus FIFA manager has more stadium SEATING options (much more). That said the revenue generation that Club Manager has (build a restaurant, build a fan shop, better security, bus line to get more fans to the games, better toilets,...) which all influence the amount of fans you get is OUTSTANDING. Merchandise options to have shirts, bedding, stuffed animals which you can sell to fans all makes this sim MUCH better than its competitors.

The economics of the game are excellent, and overall the game does a much more realistic job at allowing you to run your team with all the options. An extensive transfer market with a ton of players, financial constraints, plus a ton more options make this game the best by far.

Still not sure about replayability since I am just starting this game (yep 61 hours is starting, but am loving it, my team is tier 3 at the moment, have played 10 seasons thus far), but assuming I get to 100 hours will do an update on this review.

A few hints which you should know if you do get the game:
-invest in at least 400 shirts from the start (you are cut off from buying more shirts as of July 15th), they are your biggest source of merchandise revenue and without this you lose a lot of additional revenue you will want for transfers
-get sponsors (though before you do PLAN). I find getting better players off the transfer market THEN going for the sponsor that gives you the most revenue per win the best strat for the first few seasons
-set your individual ticket prices and SEASON ticket prices. This garners you a ton of revenue pre-season which will allow you to get those additional transfer players you want (HINT: ALWAYS set one section for expansion - usually one of your two cheapest - at a quota of 0 for season tickets so you can expand whenever you want)
-NEGOTIATE those salaries and transfer prices, once it hits orange do not barter anymore on transfer prices. With season length of contracts realize that players usually get ticked once you go to 3 seasons though some are good with 5. I would suggest to go for 2 seasons then lower the salary (again once it goes orange, accept). Realize that if you tick off a player and they break off negotiations they will not talk to you again for the rest of the season (unlike other sims that have a cooling off period of much less time) - the only exception to this is contract negotiations with your own players.

There are other reasons this sim rocks, plus other hints I have though off hand cannot think of them and I have written a ton already so feel free to add me and ask questions if you have more queries about this game, as I noted, it does not have the best eye-candy, and the English can be problematic at times, the depth in other nations could be improved upon, but beyond that it is without question the most in depth manager sim out there and a ton of fun.
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
This Game Deals With The Financial Aspect As A Football Manager Without The Use Of Real Club Logos Or Players, It's A Different Approach To Football Management By Having The Focus More Around The Business Side Of A Club Rather Than Tactical Or Transfers. I Feel The Game Can Be Improved Significantly With Some Minor Improvements Such As Real Player Names And Club Licences But For A Different Kind Of Management To A Game Like Football Manager I Would Say It Is The Best There Is And Hopefully With Future Developments It Can And Will Improve As Club Manager 2016 Does Have A Lot Of Potential And If You Want To Try Management More As An Owner/GM Instead Of As A Coach Then This Game Is Well Worth Trying.

I Would Recommend However If Your Looking For Game Like Football Manager But An Alternative You Might Be Disappointed As Club Manager 2016 Is A Different Kind Of Management Sim.
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19 of 83 people (23%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2015
NOTE: I was given a review key for this game.

GAMETIME: There's a choice of watching video highlights of key moments during a match or a top-down foosball/pinball style view of the whole match with 3 speed variations.

MANAGER: Easy to use menus and UI with lots of options for club managers of all ages.

GRAPHICS: 1080p resolution is not very optimized & needs some bugs fixed. For example: At 1080p resolution my mouse was limited to 720p movement. Couldn't figure why it was doing that.

AUDIO: Great choice of music which doesn't get repetitive.

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