Championship Manager 4

  • Developer: Sports Interactive Limited
  • Genre: Sport
  • Originally on: Windows (2003)
  • Works on: PC, Windows
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  • User Rating: 7.0/10 - 2 votes
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Game Overview

I love this series and by the time that Championship Manager 4 came out, more than a few years had passed without a game in the series. I will say that not a whole lot of evolution had happened here, but if you like the series then the things that were added to this were probably more than enough to keep you hooked for many, many hours.

Be The Best

The goal of this game is the same as it has been in all the other games and that is to be the best football manager you can. The way you go about this is up to you, but I always like to have a couple of games going. One where I play a Premier League team and another where I play as a lower league team trying to make it to the top. It is very addictive and if you are a football fan, you will be well and truly addicted to this game.

The Match! In 2D

The big addition to Championship Manager 4 is the new 2D match engine. I know if you are looking at this in 2020, you will wonder what the big fuss is. However, back when this was released this match engine was a game-changer. You could see how your players were working on the pitch and you could get a better idea if your tactics were working or not.

As well as this new engine, the overall look of the game had gone under a few changes. These are to be fair, no better or worse than in the last game, but whatever they have done here resulted in increased load times as you went from screen to screen which was annoying.

The Beautiful Game

The other stuff that was added to Championship Manager 4 that is worth noting is the stuff you would expect. There are now more teams, leagues, and players resulting in a truly epic database of players, coaches, and so on for you to work with. I love the training aspect of this game. You can just pass it off to an assistant if you want, but I liked to get hands-on and make all the training sessions really count.

While on paper, it may seem like not a great deal has been added to the game, but I do feel what has been added does make a difference and makes the game more fun and in-depth overall. For fans of football management games, what feels like small additions really do add up and make the game better.

The 2D match engine may look very prehistoric by today's standards and even by the standards of the various management games that were released after this. However, this feature alone makes Championship Manager 4 a game that is worth playing over Championship Manager 3 in my opinion. The extra players, teams, and so on is a nice touch also and while the load times can be very annoying, I did find myself getting used to it.


Final Score


  • The new 2D match engine makes a pretty big difference
  • I liked how there was even more players, teams and so on
  • Taking training feels like it makes a difference
  • The game is very addictive
  • It is better than the 3rd game


  • The load times are longer than the last game
  • Your “assistants” can be dumb sometimes

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System Requirements

Processor: PC compatible,

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

Game Features:Championship Manager 4 supports single modeSingle game mode

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