The Throwback series – CM 01-02
Championship Manager 01-02, a classic game that stuck with me for probably the best part of 12 years and made a huge impression on my football management life. I started playing the 2000-01 edition and from there I was hooked, but it wasn’t until 01-02 that I really became an addict. I have spent a ridiculous amount of hours, even straight days playing this game over the years and even though more recent additions have been released, I have always found myself going back to CM 01-02. I have owned every edition of FM since the SI split and have always played a huge amount of it, but I have always found myself going back to 01-02 up until FM15, that’s when I finally put the old game down and dedicated my time to solely FM.
This blog entitled ‘The CM01-02 Throwback series’ will be a monthly series dedicated to my love of the game. It won’t take my time away from my regular FM save but will just be something a little different for you, the FM community. This is purely something that I would like to write about and is just for fun. It won’t take away any focus from my FM save commitments; they will still be coming out weekly if possible.
So the game itself, what will I be doing?
Now when it comes to the game, I have been almost every team in England within the Premiership and Division 1 (that’s the Championship to my younger viewers). So I want to test my skills within the game. Do I stick with a side in England, do I travel abroad within Europe, or really test my addiction and try other parts of the world.
After thinking long a hard about what will inspire me, I have finally made a decision. I will be taking charge of a side in the Serie A and the goal is to become a dominant side in Italy and in Europe. This time period is at the peak of Italian football so the chance to break into Europe will be tough as we will be facing stiff opposition. In addition to this I will have one strict rule that will be implemented; i can sign who i like but mainly will be Italian players to be signed for the club, with a minimum of 90% of the squad being whole hearted Italian. If i want any additional foreigners then i must offload some others in order to keep the percentage of Italian players at the high.
The Italian Job
During the 2001-2002 season, Serie A was full of some big clubs with the likes of Juventus Milan, Inter, Parma, Roma and Lazio all pushing for the title. This was during the boom of Italian football where tons of top international players wanted to be, players like: Rui Costa, Edgar Davids, Fabio Cannavaro and Gabriel Batistuta. This is how the table panned out in real life:
The options I have in front of me are of a very different position, do I attempt a relegation battle with either of the bottom 4 or the 4 sides who just missed the drop? Or do I take a mid-table side to try and push onto a European spot? Or maybe take a side that finished between 5th and 10th and try challenge for the very competitive title? After deliberating who I should be, I decided to take charge of Venezia, who in real life finished bottom and quite frankly were pretty poor only achieving 18 points. It will be a tough ask and will test my managerial qualities but I am eagerly anticipating the challenge, to be honest any improvement on 18 points is a success.
I will be focusing on working a classic 442 formation, with nothing too fancy about it. We will be playing a pressing game with a standard mentality, our wingers will focus on getting forward with support from our fullbacks, centre midfielders sitting a little deeper and one of the strikers dropping off in the number 10 role, filling the gap between the midfield and front line.
The squad is made up of pretty average palyers, so improvements will defiantly need to be made. Unfortunately the transfer funds at about £1m so hardly anything to spend at the moment. The 2 signing we did make were: versatile defender Isaac Okoronkwo and the young Swede Jonas Lunden.
The only plus side is that we have 2 decent strikers and 1 stand out defender. I am hoping that the front 2 can push me on to do well and then we can improve the weak areas once the first season is over.
This will be a long term save with the overall aim to become dominant in Italy and Europe whilst producing young talent.
Still early days into the first season and only just finished the pre-season. I will be updating this series once a month to show my progress, but once again this is just for fun and wont take anything away from my dedicated save. If you want to check these CLICK HERE.
Thank you for reading and please share and comment on the series. Let me know if this is something you like or subsequently don’t want to see. I am happy to do a little more of this game if it is well received.