Championship Manager 97/98 became the top selling PC game in 1997 in the UK (and the 13th all formats best selling game of 1997 in the UK). Paul Collyer was once overheard as saying "this should only take a couple of weeks", however it finally took 10 months!
However most fans would testify that if any title in the CM series was worth the wait, it would in most cases go to CM 97/98. Having been the last game in the series before the move to the new CM 3 engine, the game will always have a special place in CM player's hearts being probably the last 'old school' release in the series. And the fact it was the most addictive and thus the most successful game in the CM 2 series provides good support of the argument.
- 9 Leagues (Belgium, England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland and Spain) supplied of which up to 3 can be run together. 16MB is needed to run up to 3 leagues and 8MB will run one league as usual
- A data editor for editing the player, team and manager data before starting a new game.
- All the updated 97/98 squads and league changes
- The new 24 team Champions League format
- The new UEFA Cup format and country allocations
- More, and improved background pictures that relate to the current game scenario
- Selecting of penalty, direct free kick and corner takers
- Under 21 International matches
- More information given about transfers, results and injuries involving the big names in football
- Wages now include a signing on fee to reflect the true price of signing a top player. This signing on fee is added to the weekly wages and spread out over the length of the contract
- Italian and major European Player Histories included
- Manager 'Retire' option
- 32 players in a squad (i.e. an extra 2 players)
- Many other minor improvements to all areas of the game
 Hardware Requirements
MS DOS 5.0 plus Windows 95 or 98
486/DX2 or higher
2x CD-ROM drive
8MB RAM (16MB for SVGA mode)
VESA compatible graphics card
100% SoundBlaster compatible sound cards
40-65MB of free hard disk space