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2001-02 Season Throwback Database for FM21 [Complete DB]

This FM 2021 database takes you back to the 2001-02 season. Relive & change history with some of the biggest legends of all time. A classic FM21 db by The Mad Scientist.

By Updated on Aug 09, 2021   152677 views   36 comments
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Downloads: 25772 / Size: 45.8 MB / Added: 2021-04-08
FM 2021 Fantasy Scenarios - 2001-02 Season Throwback Database for FM21 [Complete DB]
This database takes you back to the 2001-02 season. Relive and change the history with some of the biggest legends of all time.

This is the full and complete database version. You can choose between 13 playable leagues in 10 nations!

Travel back in time to an era of football where some of the greatest players of all time roamed the world. This Football Manager 2021 throwback database brings back some epic teams, managers and players from around the world in the original leagues and teams from 2001/02. If you don't remember 2000's football, this is a great and fun opportunity to learn about an epic football era.

This is the 2001/02 season database. Everything in the FM21 database, has been reverted to 2001. All the leagues are as they where back in 2001, with all the teams from back then. So now you have the chance to train and coach all the legends from the beginning of the century, in the best football management simulation game ever. To get the full experience please read the instructions below.

Released: 8 April 2021
Updated: 8 August 2021

The players attributes are copied manually from Championship Manager 2001/02. I've dedicated myself to this project for the last 6 months.

So jump into the FM Time-machine and travel back to 2001.

More leagues will be added and released in later updates.

Season 2001/02 Database - 10 Playable Nations

  • England (Premier League & Championship)
  • Italy (Serie A & Serie B )
  • Scotland (Premiership)
  • Spain (La Liga, Segunda)
  • France (Ligue 1)
  • Germany (Bundesliga)
  • Turkey
  • Greece
  • Denmark
  • Portugal
  • Approximately 10,000 of created players

Season 2001/02 Database - Download Options


Download 2001-02 Season Save-Game (fm)
The direct download link on this page will lead you to a save game file which makes it easier and faster to load.


Download 2001-02 Season Database (fmf)
IMPORTANT: Make sure when using the FMF file to choose the FM21 Default 21.1.1 database when setting up a new career. If you choose a FM21 database with an update, it will conflict with the 01/02 DB.

Facepack (optional)

Download 2001-02 Season Facepack

How to play Season 2001/02 on FM21

With Save-game
1. Move the downloaded file to your "games" folder:
Documents/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2021/games

2. Open Football Manager 2021 > Load Game > Select the 2001-02 DB

3. Add your manager and select the club you want to manage.

With Database file
1. Move the downloaded file to your "editor data" folder:
Documents/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2021/editor data

2. Open Football Manager 2021 > Start a new career > Select the "2001 02 DB MASTER" option from the top right drop down button with database version (21.1.1 Update)

3. Click on the "Advanced Setup" button to select the leagues of choice and database size settings.

Facepack instructions
1. Extract the contents of the file to the "faces" subfolder of the "graphics" folder.
Documents/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2021/graphics/faces
Important: If you have other facepacks installed, you need to remove them to avoid conflicts.
2. Open FM21 > Preferences > Interface, and hit the "clear cache" button - then return on the same screen and "reload skin".

Season 2001/02 - Teaser Trailer

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Discussion: 2001-02 Season Throwback Database for FM21 [Complete DB]

36 comments have been posted so far.

  • no1likeus's avatar
    do u have this base for fm 22?
  • NoUse's avatar
    Can somebody upload 21.1.1. DATABASE folders, cant find tem anywhere...thanks!
  • newgrubby's avatar
    can you make retro 11-12? like here:
    одни из лучших годов или лучше 09-10, 10-11
  • Starwolf's avatar
    Will you be making such a file for fm22?
  • Chris FM's avatar
    Its amazing but crashes at 2023 season it wont save game .Any idea how to fix
    it ?thanks
  • intracampo's avatar
    The Turkish League legend Sergen Yalçın, who served in Siirt Jetpaspor during the 01/02 season and played for rent in Galatasaray, is not in the game.
  • SM001's avatar
    Great work BUT the CA & PA for players are waaaay to high! Dean Ashton PA is 180?! Really!?
  • lucs28's avatar
    Hey! Thanks for all your work, it's incredible! Any chance that you would add the brazilian league to this?
  • Heller33's avatar
    Hey there guys. I started to make a Panini-Style face pack. Bundesliga is finished. Other leagues will follow. If your interested feel free to download:
  • Marucho1982's avatar
    I have a question
    Someone have a Old database With merge the old players with the new. I play in the second Argentinian league and not players. I used the internal editor to clean some players but its impossible sweeps one players at time.
    Sorry im good reading english but i am a bad writter. hahaha
  • Jamie Aubrey's avatar
    @ScheveStek Yes, he's currently the manager of Celta Vigo in my save

  • Axysteric's avatar
    Hi. I have a problem playing with Barcelona. Players like Messi or Piqué have termination clauses of only a few thousand euros, even offering them a pre-contract (they have signed it) other clubs come and pay for this clause before the pre-contract starts. How can I avoid it?
  • ScheveStek's avatar

    Loving this mod!

    I'm just wondering about one thing..
    Is it possible to make sure that, for instance, Pep Guardiola continues as a coach?

    Almost all of the elder players will quit after their career...

    Would be sad to lose Pep as future manager :)
  • Jamie Aubrey's avatar
    @Tmel I think ( at least for the start of the save ) all players will have what ever their max CA/PA was in CM, I'm guessing the newer players will have the same CA/PA based on the start of each version of FM
  • Tmel's avatar
    @Jamie Aubrey thanks. Is their CA/PA random or does it reflect their talent?
  • Jamie Aubrey's avatar
    @Tmel When clubs get their Youth Intake IRL players that would be 15/16 on that year, so for example I'm on the year 2027 ( which would be the 2006/2007 season ) and a 16 year old Kevin De Bruyne and Thibaut Courtois are at Genk,

    So if you want players like Haaland/Mbappe etc you will have to be around the year 2040
  • Tmel's avatar
    Looks really exciting! How does the retro regen file work?
  • Zack's avatar
    First of all - great job!

    I've been working with this database to do it more realistic (no jokes like Samba, Tsgalko, N'Diaye, Hofland, Nikiforov and many, many more). My questions / advises:

    1. How to set up proper Charity (Community) Shield - now still is the game between Liverpool and Arsenal. And in every league (except Bundesliga) is exactly the same mistake.

    2.I found mistakes you made (you forgot to change year of birth):

  • jeffnmgn's avatar
    Great work!
    will you make a dutch league?
    And when is the next update?
  • egesagin's avatar
    Hi! I love this database but I've got a question. I tried to move a player to a different club, give a 20 year contract and a future transfer. I saved as a new editor file, tried to load up the game but it gave nation rule errors in 6-7 countries. some youth leagues require 10 teams but found 11 etc. stuff like that.

    I haven't touched those leagues or nations. Does anyone know why this happens? I really want to set up a young stars squad with 20 year contracts who can't be approached, just for fun.

    Specifically I moved Neuer from schalke to Galatasaray and arranged a future transfer in 2043 to Young Boys. If that matters...
  • n_pires's avatar
    hi it work's perfectly, awesome job you've made here, i only have one question!!!! Can i use this database in the Draft???
  • MrTini23's avatar
    @mark03 I've replied to your PM but I'll put the answer here too

    You do need to start a new game, it doesn't affect save games.
    They will have the same FM21 if they are in the game as a player
    Players with a PA lower than 120 aren't added
    They will come through at the development club as set by the game but some will be wrong hence why the mod is still very much a beta
  • Mark03's avatar
    "If anyone wants retro regens so players from today coming through as regens, use the following link

    Install location: steamapps\common\Football Manager 2021\data\database\db\2111\edt\permanent

    Note: Only works with the FMF file"

    Hey John - can you give some more info about, how this works?
    - Do you need to start a new game?
    - Will they have the same PA, as in the current game?
    - Is it everyone, or how does it work?
    - Is it random, where they will come through?
  • AlèGenula's avatar
    Unfortunatly the download is not working for me! Mine Mac can't open it! I was really looking forward to it!
  • Taylor107's avatar
    No Shearer in Newcastle's team.

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