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Champions of Europe
Publisher: TecMagik
Developer:
System(s): Sega Master System
Genre: Sports































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System
UK
£34.99[1] 27034-50
Sega Master System
FR
?F 27034-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? 27034-50
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 27034-50
Sega Master System
BR
R$? 025430



Champions of Europe is a football game published by TecMagik for the Sega Master System. It was the "official" UEFA game of 1992.

Gameplay

While some of the basic rules of football are implemented in Champions of Europe, the game is notoriously broken, and does not make a distinction between the two opposing goals. This means players can score own goals in order to increase their score.

Furthermore ending the game at half time with a 0-0 draw is registered as a win, and finishing with a 0-0 draw automatically qualifies you for the final.

Teams

Champions of Europe was not localised for each country it was sold in, but rather than opt for one language (typically English), the teams use their native tongue to describe themselves (for example, Germany is known as "Deutschland" and Italy as "Italia"). Teams are selected by choosing a country on a wildly unproportional map, in which Iceland is exactly the same shape and size as the Faroe Islands.

Tying the game to UEFA Euro 1992 leads to factual errors, likely unforeseen by the developers at the time. Civil war prevented Yugoslavia from taking part in this tournament (being replaced by Denmark, who would go on to win, though both are included here), and "Russia" as this game calls it, would actually play as the CIS national football team, having qualified as the Soviet Union only to see the state dissolved in late 1991. The teams represented are those which participated in the qualifying rounds of Euro 1992, though does not take into account the separate admissions of East and West Germany (unified before any games were played).

  • Balgarija (Bulgaria)
  • Belgique (Belgium)
  • Ceskoslovensko (Czechoslovakia)
  • Cymru (Wales)
  • Danmark (Denmark)
  • Deutschland (Germany)
  • Eire (Ireland)
  • Espana (Spain)
  • England
  • Faeroerne (Faroe Islands)
  • France
  • Hellas (Greece)
  • Island (Iceland)
  • Italia (Italy)
  • Jugoslavija (Yugoslavia)
  • Kypros (Cyprus)
  • Luxembourg
  • Magyarorszag (Hungary)
  • Malta
  • Nederland (The Netherlands)
  • N. Ireland
  • Norge (Norway)
  • Osterreich (Austria)
  • Polska (Poland)
  • Portugal
  • Rominia (Romania)
  • Russkaja (Russia)
  • San Marino
  • Schweiz (Switzerland)
  • Scotland
  • Shqiperia (Albania)
  • Suomi (Finland)
  • Sverige (Sweden)
  • Turkiye (Turkey)

Magazine articles

Main article: Champions of Europe/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Mega Force (FR) #12: "Décembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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Mega Force (ES) #2: "Junio 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
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Game Power (IT) #7: "Giugno 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
70 №10, p119[3]
45 №16, p31[4]
88 №8, p34/35
88 №10, p74/75[5]
88 №28, p151[6]
27 №34, p32
92 №7, p28-30[7]
93 №11, p21
90 №1/92, p20[8]
91 №6, p12/13[9]
87 №34, p65[10]
Sega Master System
78
Based on
11 reviews

Master System, EU
ChampionsofEurope SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
ChampionsofEurope SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Champions of Europe SMS EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, BR
ChampionsofEurope SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
Championsofeurope sms br cart.jpg
Cart
Championsofeurope sms br manual.pdf
Manual

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 File:CVG UK 121.pdf, page 120
  2. File:MegaForce ES 03.pdf, page 2
  3. File:ConsolesPlus FR 010.pdf, page 119
  4. File:Excalibur CZ 16.pdf, page 31
  5. File:Joypad FR 010.pdf, page 74
  6. File:Joystick FR 028.pdf, page 151
  7. File:SegaPro UK 07.pdf, page 28
  8. File:SegaForce SE 1992 01.pdf, page 20
  9. File:SegaForce UK 06.pdf, page 12
  10. File:Zero UK 34.pdf, page 65