Football Manager 2009

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Patch notes:

(Note: download not required for Steam installs as they update automatically.

Application Details:

Version: 9.1.0
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.1.18

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Free Download Patch 9.1.0 for retail non-Steam Football Manager 2009

Test Results

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What works

Installation via Steam


The game (a little slower than Windows, but definitely playable)

3D mode

What does not

Sound - crashes during a match with a DirectX error


What was not tested

Network mode
The editor

Hardware tested


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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 08 20091.1.18Yes Yes NoGoldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 19 20081.1.10Yes Yes NoGoldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 23 20081.1.9Yes Yes NoGoldGavin 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 21 20081.1.8Yes Yes NoGoldFootux 
ShowUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 21 20081.1.8Yes Yes NoGoldFootux 

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HowTo / Notes

How to throw away your social life...

Use Steam (see instructions for installing Steam on wine) - you can insert your CD key from retail versions to download and install via Steam.

You must have directx9, dotnet20 and msxml3 installed to run FM2009, these can all be installed with winetricks.

Download the fixed activator (, run the program to extract activator.exe over the one at (default) ~/.wine/drive_c/"Program Files"/Steam/steamapps/common/"football manager 2009"/activator.exe.

Run the new activator from the command line as follows:
wine ~/.wine/drive_c/"Program Files"/Steam/steamapps/common/"football manager 2009"/activator.exe -activate ufhw8eff89ff0nwf08ww

Where ufhw8eff89ff0nwf08ww is the key printed on your manual (if you bought the game through Steam, right click it in My Games and click 'Show CD key' - do NOT paste directly from here, it will not work in uppercase)

Make sure your CD key is all lowercase, and watch out for 1's that look like l's, or o's that look like 0's (use to check your key).

You should now be able to launch the game via Steam. I'll be testing Network mode later and will report back with my findings.

If for some reason it doesn't work, please check ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/profiles/"All Users"/"Application Data"/"Sports Interactive"/"Football Manager 2009 Certificate"/HttpCheck.log and make sure that the end reads something like:

SI Activator: Activation succeeded
Activation reads success.

kEvalTestNumComponents: 1
kEvalTestMatches: 1
kEvalTestTier1Matches: 1
kEvalTestMismatches: 1
kEvalTestInvalidItems: 1
kEvalTestNonces: 1
kEvalTestTier2Matches: 1
kEvalTestNonceDiffs: 1
License reads success.
License key: YOUR_CD_KEY



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