Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 93
    Football Manager 2011 is a complete triumph, and as satisfying as a last minute winner in the local derby.
  2. Jan 13, 2011
    This is not only the best option in the market, it is also a must-buy for football world fans.
  3. Jan 12, 2011
    Football Manager 2011 is probably the best episode of the series: if you are looking for a complex, easy to play, deep, modern, excellent football manager, you have found it. No contenders, one king.
  4. Jan 11, 2011
    This years edition focuses on streamlining team setups and tactics, as well as improving the importance of your staff. It manages to do that perfectly, and the result is another amazing game.
  5. Jan 8, 2011
    Despite the changes to the UI introduced by the past year episode, Football Manager 2011 remains one of the most complex game on the market, with an infinite number of different possibilities, options and hundreds of hours of gameplay. A must buy for any football fan.
  6. Jan 5, 2011
    Football Manager 2011 is the best management game out there. It's not only great due to its Excel-esque gameplay, but also due to the possibilities to communicate with almost everyone. It finally feels like you really are a football manager.
  7. Jan 4, 2011
    This year's edition delivers, bestowing everyone with THE simulator of the "soccer managerial esxperience".
  8. Dec 21, 2010
    The sum of FM 2011's parts is the most organic but more importantly, most believable man- and team-management experience the series has provided.
  9. Dec 21, 2010
    More important than all the above is the fact that Football Manager 2011 is a huge time sink that will keep you playing for hours on end for months to come.
  10. Dec 21, 2010
    Football Manager 2011 isn't likely to draw in any new players, but it's also not going to lose any either. There are other new features, but essentially it's still that footie RPG with the addictiveness only FM and free-base cocaine can offer.
  11. Dec 21, 2010
    It might not reinvent the wheel, but that doesn't stop it from being the most addictive version yet. Fantastic in every sense – here's to a year of imaginary goals.
  12. Dec 29, 2010
    Still brilliantly addictive for the hardcore, but a few niggles stop it being champion. [Jan 2011, p.87]
  13. Jan 13, 2011
    Communication improved and the add-on of agents updates its gameplay formula, and makes this the best and most complex Football Manager ever. Being a professional manager never was so close to a videogame.
  14. Dec 21, 2010
    A revised training system and new features such as the set-piece creation suite make this the most well-rounded and complete version of Football Manager to date.
  15. Dec 30, 2010
    Demands more work than its predecessors. Get it right and there's little as satisfying, but it's easier than ever to get it wrong.
  16. Jan 28, 2011
    Football Manager requires a certain level of commitment. If you can make that commitment, I can see that there's a rewarding experience to be had but I don't think I can do it. Almost two decades after I started playing, I'm more comfortable with Fifa and with the lighter iPhone version of Football Manager. But a whole new generation of students are about to get their minds blown.
  17. Jan 13, 2011
    Football Manager 2010 came with several welcome news, and this year's version only updates what was good in its predecessor. Here's interesting news that the communication with agents, players and media, some new training options and an updated game engine. Football Manager 2011 is a very complex, well crafted, engaging and time-consuming game, but if you have the predecessor, you must be a big fan to buy this.
  18. Jan 12, 2011
    Another year, another time it's worth your money. FM2011 really makes you believe you're the coach of a football team.
  19. Dec 30, 2010
    Nothing groundbreaking, but polish is ideal for those who escaped last year. [Jan 2010, p.68]
  20. 80
    Football manager simulation at its best. Complexity, addictive gameplay and insanely accurate rosters are here as always, the new approach is always better for newcomers. [Dec 2010]
  21. Dec 21, 2010
    Not one of the standout entries for the series, with just a few useful additions that never go quite far enough. Not that it tempers the game's addictive powers.
  22. Dec 21, 2010
    It goes without saying that, yet again, Sports Interactive has released the best football management sim ever. It's just very hard work at times.
  23. Jan 12, 2011
    For every year, Football Manager is more about statistics and less about football. The hyper realism hurts the game more than it makes it anjoyable, but it is still by far the best in this genre.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 72 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Jan 10, 2011
    Finally i feel like a proper manager. The game is the most addictive i have ever come across. Its a must for the football fans who think that they know something about tactical and strategical football. Best game ever, no more words only m/ Full Review »
  2. Apr 12, 2011
    Definitely the best version of the game so far and it is head and shoulders above any other football management game. The match engine has dramatically improved both graphically and in actual game play however there are still some problems that need to be eliminated. The scouting system still seems to work on players overall reputation and ability rather than the players you need to fit into your team and the training system still does not seem to have the impact it should on players. The worst aspect of the game is the media area and in particular press conferences, with too much repeatability of questions without it seeming to make any difference to the game. Full Review »
  3. Mar 26, 2011
    Improved compared to previous Football Managers. The game is really great and enjoyable. Highly addicting. I spend many hours playing this game and I'm still not bored of it. Pretty realistic, although the game may crash sometimes and there are few bugs, though I believe they will be sooner or later most fixed in patches. Many tactical options to choose from, many teams to play as. It's so different to play as a team from lower division from a poor country, than playing as a top premier league team, yet it's never boring, it's always fun. Summary.

    -Just what you need if you're a football fan.

    -If you never played it, maybe difficult for you at first.
    -Highly addictive!
    -Some bugs.
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