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'Championship Manager 03-04' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 21, 2003 @ 2:12 a.m. PST

Sports Interactive has released a new patch for their management title Championship Manager 03-04. This upgrade brings your retail game to v4.1.3 and features the usual fixes and enhancements as well as some new backgrounds and the language packs for English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Portugese, Danish, Dutch, Norweigan, Swedish & Polish. Save games are compatible, however Sports Interactive does suggest you start a new game for the best results. Read more for detailed fix list and download links ...

Get the CM 03/04 v4.1.3 patch off Worthplaying (44mb)


  • Fixed bug where players who get put into reserve teams which don't play in an active league get full condition after 1 day.
  • Fixed bug where key players would occasionally get put in the reserve squad for no reason
  • Fixed problem with club relocations during stadium expansion
  • Fixed problem with stadium expansions not restoring seating/terracing lost during work on expansion
  • Fixed problem on team fixtures screen where the year menu shows an option for the 2004/05 season when in the 2003/04 season.
  • Fixed problem where Italian non EU transfer rule would sometimes block contract renewals.
  • Made it slightly easier for human managers to get jobs and ensured computer clubs filled vacant postitions correctly
  • Filter option hidden when picking squad numbers for a match. Before, the filter was shown but didn't work as all players needing squad numbers are always displayed.
  • When using random player data, non playing staff do not get obscure nations as their home nation.
  • If the top earner at a club is not regarded as a "key player" then the clubs maximum wage was displayed wrongly, this is now fixed
  • There is now a limit to the "see also" menu in the clubs screen, which prevents the list from being jumbled, or incomplete.
  • A string in Offer contract screen updated to show per month/per year etc depending on users preference
  • The "see also" menu now works better on the team screen for B teams.
  • Large database size setting now doesn't retain quite so many players
  • Tuned 'fake player' database randomisation to prevent creation of quite so many 'wonder kids'
  • Club links from a national squad screen now work correctly.
  • Removing players from a manager's shortlist screen now doesn't reset the table.
  • Managers who do not have clubs can shortlist players now.
  • Finance section is now available on human reserve team screens.
  • Staff search screen now includes the field "motavating" as a possible search criteria
  • "SMALL_BALL" option added makes the ball not so big in the air
  • National team call up news for finals tournaments now generates news.
  • Combined league table view disabled for neutral venue competitions like the World Cup.
  • Tuned standard of virtual players for teams active in European competitions
  • Tuned amount of players who turn into managers
  • Go on holiday until next match now works for international matches as well.
  • Clubs from inactive leagues which have B teams in active leagues now keep their players when starting a new game.
  • Added some speed improvements
  • Past meetings between teams now processes second leg matches properly. Only the goals scored in that leg will be used.
  • Coach assessments using the sweeper position have been improved.
  • Improved manager reputation changes after league, cup wins, promotions etc
  • Default all automatic shortlisting (make offer/offer contract) players to 1 year on your shortlist
  • Tuned attendances for fixtures slightly
  • Tuned player ability progression
  • Tuned training effects
  • Tuned peak ages for goalkeepers
  • Tuned reputation declines for older players
  • Tuned player reputation changes upon winning awards
  • Tuned player happiness upon relegation and promotion
  • Tuned youth player injury frequency
  • Tuned timing of some news item events to better coincide with related news
  • Tuned various minor aspects of player personalities


  • If user goes to the opposition tactic screen and they have an injured player on the pitch, the game no longer tells the user to replace him.
  • Fixed problem where wrong match stats are shown occassionally for fixtures.
  • If user goes to a computer team tactics before a penalty shootout, the tactics screen no longer shows its penalty takers.
  • Team tactics buttons now keep their state after a replay is shown.
  • Should be able to go to tactics after goal
  • Default and computer team tactics refined, also added a couple of new ones 4411 and 4231 ( Danish version )
  • Less unimportant action shown after the key incident in a 2d highlight
  • Improved manager reputation change algorithm after matches
  • Fixed bug where human team captains were not being selected correctly in the match if the first choice one left the field
  • Fixed occasional match crash

Match AI ( v220 )

  • Less "power" shots and more placed ones, possibly meaning less going over the bar from inside the area for better players
  • Stopped play being called back after fouled team or player have scored a goal
  • Stopped players keeping original corner positions too long when corner clears all players and goes towards the opposite touchline
  • Improved defending on attacking long throws that was causing some teams to score almost every time they had one
  • Improved computer team decision making regarding setting the "forward runs" option for players
  • Lessened influence of player "decision making" stat on play
  • Tweaked reactions of defensive markers while waiting for set pieces to be taken
  • Slightly improved direct free kick effectiveness
  • Tweaked goalie AI for mopping up loose balls in area
  • Tweaked interception of passes AI
  • Discouraged certain cases of defenders all flocking towards the player with ball on a counter attack and leaving a man spare alongside
  • Less red cards but more yellows, and improved professional foul AI


  • Fixed problem with players in Brazil having the wrong year listed in their history.
  • Fixed patch 1 problem where Brazilian league fixtures disappear.
  • Fixed problem where the wrong teams were being promoted to the Danish Second Division.
  • Fixed some preseason check code which was causing expectations for Hong Kong managers to not come up.
  • Fixed problem with Intertoto cup dates.
  • Fixed last positions graph for the European Championship Qualifying fixtures before the game start date.
  • TV dates for English Premiership and First Division are now correct
  • Korean K2 foreign rules now set properly after loading a save game.
  • Aggregate goals now shown on cup tree if 2 legs are used.
  • Cup tree view not doesn't show layout of rounds which have not been drawn yet (unless they are fixed draws).
  • Consecutive wins for cup competitions now counted correctly for news items.
  • Proposed friendly tours now shows correct venue information on team fixtures screen.
  • Added prize money to the English Vans Trophy.
  • Improved team expectations for Mexican clubs.
  • No matches are moved for TV on the last day of the Danish league season.
  • Added appearance money for the Inter-Continental Cup.
  • Brazilian teams in preliminary phase of the Copa Sudamericana get appearance money.
  • Danish reserves now finish in time for the season update day.
  • Serbian regional divisions now have the same number of teams every year.
  • Division count on start game screen now includes regional divisions.
  • Russian premier league now has 3 from 7 subs rule.
  • Greek cup final venue now changes every year.


  • Korean finances tuned slightly to balance up K-2 clubs better


  • Transfers set to go through at the end of season now get verified by the transfer rules (end of contract transfers already done like this).
  • Transfers for coowned players now go through the confirmation process properly after work permit decisions.
  • Fixed problem when withdrawing transfers for co-owned players.
  • When offering a player to clubs, the earliest transfer date comment is no longer shown. (the date can be different depending on the buying team)
  • Improved likelyhood of happy players signing new contracts with their present club rather than moving on bosman transfers.
  • Brazilian transfer window now ends on 14th September


  • Added "RETAIN_NATION_PLAYERS" "" command for ddt files, allows the retention of all players with the same nationality to be retained when starting a new game.
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