Electronic Arts have issued a press release today stating that FIFA Manager 09 is under development. Expect the same slick effects and attention to detail EA puts into all their sports titles when it's released for the PC next year. EA have advised us:

FIFA Manager 09 gives you full control over the management of a football club. You are responsible for the line-up, the tactics and the training of your team – as well as for signing the right players, improving the club facilities and the stadium. It is also important that you maintain good relationships with your players, the board, the sponsors and the press. But FIFA Manager 09 goes further. Managing your national team is one of the options, playing as a player manager is another one (in this case you can even control your player on the pitch). And then there is the ultimate challenge: Found your own club and work your way up the leagues to finally become Champions!

FIFA Manager 09 includes brand-new line-up and tactics sections. Both are easy to use - but with a new level of depth. Individual orders like tackles, forward runs, passing style, crossing position and frequency are as well available as the options to define special roles like captain, free kick taker, playmaker and target man. Team tactics like offside-trap, counter-attacking or playing direction are of course available as well. In total the users have to figure out the best combination out of well over 20 different tactical options. And if everything else fails – there is still the chance to increase the win bonus or to simply declare the match as the most important of the season!

Those of you with football fever can check out the full press release here.