The Fussball Manager series is the most detailed simulation of the career of a football manager. The player choses a club which he wants to lead to success and manages the team year for year.
If he does a bad job (or a very good) he may switch to another club and continue his job there. He also has to manage his private life, a feature that future games of the series doesn't have anymore.
Games may be watched in 3D and even a bit of interaction is possible. The manager may act as trainer and yell commands but if they have any effect is unknown.
Parts of the manager's tasks can be automated so that the AI takes over, reducing the game to those parts that are interesting to the player.
The game is licensed by the DFB and features real clubs and names.