"Some think we're just a 'computer game' - but we're very much part of football"

3 December 2020

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Photo: PA Images Back in 1997 a number of british top players launched the Championship Manager Computer Game produced by Eidos. Back row from left to right: Neil Ruddock, Nicolas Anelka, Ed De Goey, Jamie Redknapp and Tony Adams. Front row from left to right: Mark Hughes, Graeme Le Saux, Lee Dixon, Andrew Impey, Peter Beardsley and Dennis Wise.

Now approaching its 30th birthday, Football Manager boasts a network of more than 1000 scouts across 80 countries.

Football Manager publisher, Sports Interactive, is now data provider for a number of leading clubs.

Game’s database being utilised to assess Brexit implications.

James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

In the mid-1990s Sports Interactive's Studio Director Miles Jacobson would send out in the post printed data matrixes to a network of club experts. They were then asked to score out of 20 points their team’s players on a range of abilities, from heading ability to pace, to which foot was their strongest.

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