Championship Manager 3

  • Developer: Sports Interactive Limited
  • Genre: Sport
  • Originally on: Windows (1999)
  • Works on: PC, Windows
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  • User Rating: 8.7/10 - 3 votes
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Game Overview

With its first release in 1999, Championship Manager 3 as you would probably expect was a massive hit for football fans. This is a long-running series and with the third entry, they did try and make many different changes to make the overall sim aspect of the game better and more in-depth than it had been in other games in the series.

The Chosen One

Once again, the goal of the game is to take your chosen team as far as you can. I know that many people like to start with a smaller club and work their way up. Others like to jump in with a massive club right from the start. In all honesty, there is no right way to play this game and just pick the team you like best for your playthrough that is my advice. With Championship Manager 3 they actually introduced many more leagues into the game so you have more choice than you had before this.

Making The Right Moves

One aspect where this game greatly improved over the last game was the UI. Things are much more streamlined this time around. The menu system is much easier to use and the game, in general, has way more depth. They have made it so you have more tactics to play around with, more players to sign and the way you can handle youth squads, and your reserves is much better also. In general, you have much more control over your club than the prior Championship Manger games.

The match engine in Championship Manager 3 has been really improved and what I liked about this was that it got me much more invested in the game. The thing is, this improved match engine came at a cost and that was it could slow down to a really ridiculous level. The whole game actually has a bit of slow down due to the game being much “larger” and more high-quality in terms of the menu visuals so this can be annoying. If you have or had a decent computer back in the day it was not an issue.

Football With Friends

While I never experienced this back in the day as I always consider this series to be a single-player game. However, you can play with up to 16 people and have a real league with you and your friends. I would love to have played this with a group of friends back in the day as I am sure it would have been a great deal of fun.

There is not really much else to say about Championship Manager 3. It is a series that those of us who love football know very well. From my point of view, one of the most interesting things about this game is that you can play as that dominant Manchester United treble-winning team from the late 90s. In all honesty, this is a damn solid football management game, the thing is other games have come since this and have done what this game does better.


Final Score


  • Lots of new teams and players included for the first time
  • I liked the way it gives you better control over your youth and reserve squad
  • The match engine is improved over the previous entry
  • You have lots of new tactics to make use of
  • The UI is much easier to navigate


  • It feels like a game from 1999 in every regard
  • It can slow down a lot not just during matches, but when moving around the menus

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System Requirements

Processor: PC compatible, SystemP-100

OS: Win9xWindows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game Features:Championship Manager 3 supports single modeSingle game mode

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