2000 Frey United Software
Platform: Amiga 1200
Another recovery and release in 2024, this time with a football manager game which was due out for the Commodore Amiga 1200 in 2001/2001. The game was being created by the Barczyński brothers, and was written in AMOS.
Euro Round-Up: Czech Republic was the first of several management games planned by Frey United Software, which would simulate European football – all games would utilize the same interface and style. This particular development would focus on Czech Republic and its teams.
The creators were heavily inspired by the original Championship Manager, with each release concentrating on a single country, and trying to simulate the internal structures of their football leagues.
Apart from Czech leagues in this particular title, there would be a snapshot of other domestic leagues from around Europe – where you could take part in international competitions, have options to improve the stadium, send scouts abroad and buy players directly from those clubs.
Development got relatively far, with a large series of menus and options, where you could take a look at the stats of different teams, sponsors, stadiums and much more. Crucially, you could kick off results from around the leagues, and when hitting your own selected team – you would be able to watch updates from the match, and then set tactics for your team.
Unfortunately, by 2000/2001, the Amiga was dying out and so the creators decided to focus on an online equivalent of the title called Football-o-Rama which was established in 2002.
In January 2024, contributor Rygar was able to obtain remains of the development from the creators to release into the Amiga community and within the GTW archives. So here it is for you to check out for yourself.
To get running, I had to unzip the files and then attach as a directory in WinUAE to a A1200 setup, so you could see the files and double click the icons to run. There are two demos overall, with the “European Round Up” version seeming to be more complete overall. The game language is mostly in Polish.
With thanks to Rygar for highlighting, screenshots and providing a demo copy from the author to include in the archive and Jan Modrák for the language correction.