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In association with Future Publishing, Sports Interactive and SEGA are pleased to reveal that the second issue of The Official Football Manager Magazine hits the shelves later this month. Not only is it jam-packed with new information and updates, but you can now exclusively get your hands on the cover-mounted Beta Demo of Football Manager 2005 for PC-CDROM.

The Beta Demo is a test version of the game, which has not been fully completed, so therefore will have flaws, but does have a huge six months worth of game-time. Individuals will be given the rare opportunity to report their feedback to Sports Interactive via a web forum, thus becoming a part of the development process to make Football Manager 2005 the greatest football management game to date.

Miles Jacobson, Managing Director of Sports Interactive, commented: "It's great to be able to give our fans not only the chance to really get inside Sports Interactive with the magazine, but also inside the minds of some of football's finest managers. Plus the chance to be the first people to get to play the beta code of Football Manager 2005, and help us test the game - their feedback will be invaluable to our quest of making FM 2005 the best Sports Interactive game yet".

Matt Pierce, Publisher of The Official Football Manager Magazine, said: "Future Publishing is absolutely delighted to be able to offer the playable Beta Demo of FM 2005 via the Official Football Manager Magazine. Not only will readers be able to get their hands on playable code of FM 2005 and discover for themselves why it's going to be SI's best game yet, but the magazine itself is absolutely packed with new info, screenshots, interviews and much more."

Football Manager Magazine also has a an impressive amount of content locked in for this epic second edition; features include a 16-page 'first look' report on Football Manager 2005 with exclusive screenshots, a 'how to achieve success in the game' feature, in the style of the Greece European Championships 2004.

In addition to the first ever Beta Demo of Football Manager 2005, further content includes a detailed look at the 4-4-2 formation and an insight into the world of Manchester United's latest signing, Wayne Rooney!

Football Manager Magazine will be available on September 23rd 2004, priced at £5.49. Football Manager 2005 for PC-CDROM will be published by SEGA in the final quarter of 2004, for further information go to http://www.footballmanager.net.

The Beta Demo is not representative of the full game and is subject to change. A full official demo will be released nearer to the game's release.

About Future Publishing

Future Publishing is part of The Future Network Plc, which was founded in the UK in 1985. Today, the The Future Network publishes over 90 special-interest consumer magazines worldwide, is the world's leading publisher of video games magazines and is the fifth largest magazine publisher in the UK. Future employs around 1,000 people in offices in the UK, US, Italy and France. Almost 100 international editions of Future's magazines are also published in 30 other countries across the world. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol FNET).

SEGA and the SEGA Logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of SEGA Corporation. Football Manager,

Sports Interactive and the Sports Interactive Logos are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Sports Interactive.

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