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1991 - Peek behind the Iron Curtain

West Germany, East Germany, USSR, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia... All leagues, national teams and competitions as of 1991.

By on Mar 11, 2014   26778 views   9 comments
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FM 2014 Data Updates - 1991 - Peek behind the Iron Curtain
First time ever in FM you can explore the world as it was in 1991. Whether you'd like to try yourself in one of strongest world leagues such as Soviet Union or Yugoslavia, or competing against those mighty nations on international level.

There are also Czechoslovakia and East Germany. Of course, where is East, not far away you will also find one of world powerhouses - West Germany.
Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, East and West Germany... all revived with their national competitions alongside default nations. National teams compete in all international competitions and European continental cups, such as UEFA Cup, Champions Cup and Cup Winners' Cup are revived as well in this huge database revamp.


Few features:

- To compete against western nations, socialist states have formed Socialist Union. Participating states (Bulgaria, Albania, Romania, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and USSR) are all treated as non foreigners in each Socialist Republic but also (depending on country) up to 3 foreigners are allowed, Usually from Africa or South America.

- Alongside with its policy of non alignment, Yugoslavia decided to stay out of Socialist Union but decided to keep the quality of their league by not allowing players younger than 27 to transfer to foreign clubs. Still, depending on league, up to 3 foreigners are allowed.

- Soviet leagues down to level 4, Supercup and Soviet Cup

- Yugoslavia down to 4th tier, Supercup and Marsal Tito Cup

- East Germany down to 2nd division and DDR Cup

- Czechoslovakia leagues down to 3rd tier, national Cup and Super Cup

- Old European Cups recreated

- International competitions participated by all new countries at senior, U21 and U20 level

- Lots of cities and clubs renamed to names they proudly used before the fall of communism (Leningrad anyone?)

- Within more than 70k changes there are quite a few surprises as well

Known issues:

Lots of changes make a high risk of mistakes so please report any so I can look into it.

- Do not load Switzerland, not even as view only. For some reason the game crashes if Swiss leagues are loaded. There was same problem with French leagues, but I've redone them in editor and included in database so they are safe to use, as all other leagues in Europe. Didn't test rest of the world.

- You can not pick national team at the beginning. Again, I have no idea of origin of this bug, but it is under review from SI, hopefully they will come up with solution for this bug. However, once you are in the game, you can apply for any nations managerial position, and if they deem you worth, you will get a job. Also, you can use FMRTE to put yourself at the helm of nation from the beginning if you desire so. This concludes the biggest issues.

- Again, for some inexplicable reason, first U20 World Cup and U21 Euro are played by senior squads instead of corresponding youth selections. After that, the game processes the competitions normally.

- There is well reported bug with continental competitions that SI is aware of and hopefully they will provide the solution for this in next patch. In meanwhile i have removed selection requirements for Champions Cup, Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Cup.

- In case when one team wins the double, instead of qualifying cup runner up to Cup Winners' Cup, the game picks the participant based on reputation. Have no idea why is it doing this...

That sums up the problems with the file, if you have an idea for solution to any of these, or find out other problems, please let me know.


Step 1

Use "Download Now" red button on this page to download the database.

Step 2

Put Behind the Iron curtain v19.91.dbc here:
Win Vista/7/8: C:\Users\<username>\Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2014\editor data\
Win XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\My Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2014\editor data\
Mac OS X: /Users/<username>/Documents/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2014/editor data/

Created the editor data folder if it doesn't exist.

Step 3 (optional)

Download recommended graphics to go along.
Graphics for 1991 - Peek behind the Iron Curtain (1,2 MB)

Step 4

Start a new career game (won't work with classic mode).
A little pop-up window will come up that says there is X enabled editor files. Click OK.


I want to thank Krlenjuska who helped with advice, feedback and solutions for numerous problems and Psycho1970 whose world cup rebuild file I've used to an extent in this db.
Also, the makers of Kaiserreich mod for Darkest Hour which was an inspiration for this alternate history setup.

If you want to edit, use, reuse, or do whatever you want... please do so. If you do some improvement on file, please let me know so I can use improved file as well.

Most important, Enjoy !

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Discussion: 1991 - Peek behind the Iron Curtain

9 comments have been posted so far.

  • phil2801's avatar
    Brilliant database - can you make this for FM15 as well?
  • mbarbaric's avatar

    elche is in champions cup as i havent set the dedicated teams for first season so some odd teams end up in there. second season teams enter as they are supposed.

    to all others who have asked... I have chosen teams based on reputation to participate in newly created leagues. putting teams of 1991 would create quite unbalanced league (for yugoslavia at least but i guess there are other countries with similar problems.) as there are some teams that used to play 1991 season and today they are in 3rd division of newly created states so they would be only cannon fodder in the league and would take few years to balance out the leagues.

    that dynamo berlin thing is really a mistake if it is right. it should be in the first division. but as jakermesh says, edit out what you do not like. the basics you have set.
  • Jekermesh's avatar
    Having said that when you say
    "There is well reported bug with continental competitions that SI is aware of and hopefully they will provide the solution for this in next patch. In meanwhile i have removed selection requirements for Champions Cup, Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Cup."

    Would that be why Elche in Spain have somehow made it through to the Semi's of European Cup and somehow managed to qualify for the competition again even though they are one place above the relegation zone and the La Liga season is yet to finish?? Weird, also quite funny.

    Still brilliant though. Especially as I have exhaustively gone through the entire DB to ensure all respective nationals play for their respective club sides e.g van Persie at Feyenoord or Modric at Dinamo etc..
  • Jekermesh's avatar
    Brilliant, Brilliant work,

    For all those decrying mistakes and oddities simply edit it yourself, takes seconds. I'm currently adding to this by bringing in all the other major European nations with foreign transfer limits in an effort to bring the "Good ol' Days back" !!. I'll say it again, really really impressive well done sir!
  • Patres10's avatar
    * not after. If the Iron Curtain never fell...
  • Patres10's avatar
    Louis O. and therefore I ask why? If its a look back in time, they should be in the tier that they was, or? After disintegration of the Iron Curtain, the would never lose they glory and would be still the biggest clubs in they countries.
  • Louis O.'s avatar
    The teams' leagues shouldn't be based off where they are now. For example, BFC Dynamo are put in the second tier in this when they were one of the best sides in the country.
  • lobbo's avatar
    When does it start, 1991 and do the competitions evolve realistically, UEFA Cup transforming into Europa League, format of old Champions League (with 2 group stages to the actual format) and so on? It will be nice to go down the memory lane and play with my favourite team from Romania that was in the second league in that period.
  • Patres10's avatar
    As I'm slovak and I was born in the former Czechoslovakia I can say you, that Senica can't be in the first league, because they never, I repeat, never played it. There should be Nitra or Dunajska Streda. These clubs must be there. I only ques that you assigned the clubs according they now reputation, what could be ok, but not historical correct.

    In Czech the same with FK Mlada Boleslav (never played in first league), Jablonec (only 2 seasons in the 70s), Sigma Olomouc (only one season 82/83) and thats only I know right now, without any deeply searching.

    All seasons can be checked here in english - wiki
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