UEFA Champions League 1996/97
|UEFA Champions League 1996/97|
UEFA Champions League 1996/97 is the second in a series of games based on that sporting event with that catchy theme tune.
The NDATA\TEAMS\HOMETEAM folder contains three unused kit textures. The file names BAYERNH.TEX, BRUGGEH.TEX, and VALENCIH.TEX imply that FC Bayern München, Club Brugge KV, and Valencia CF could have featured in this game somehow. (None of these teams were in the Champions League group stage in 1996/97, though Club Brugge did play in the qualifying round.) There are no corresponding away kits, logos, or data for these teams.
There’s also one unused kit texture in the NDATA\TEAMS\AWAYTEAM folder: SCOTLANA.TEX, which is an exact duplicate of the used SCOTLNDA.TEX.
Confirm which flag size is used where, and find out what palette to rip the graphics with.
Although there are Austrian and Hungarian clubs in this game (because, inexplicably, Steaua Bucharest is considered a Hungarian club in this game!), their national teams are not included. Nonetheless, the flags of Austria and Hungary are present amongst the flags used on the national team selection screens.
Unused Team Data
Is this from one of the other football games developed by Krisalis? What season are these rosters from?
Starting near offset 0xE5D50 in UEFACODE.EXE, there’s what appears to be team data for Manchester United and Sheffield Wednesday. Manchester United is in this game, but its in-game roster (which is stored in a separate file, TEAMSAV\DEFAULT.TMS) is different than this one. Sheffield Wednesday has never been in the Champions League and certainly isn’t in this game. The format of this data isn’t quite the same as what’s used in this game, so it’s hard to say exactly what it all means. The text is in mixed-case, whereas this game uses all caps, all the time. Here’s a text dump:
Manchester Utd Alex Ferguson England Old Trafford Red Devils Mark Hughes Peter Schmeichel Ryan Giggs Paul Ince Roy Keane Eric Cantona Paul Parker Lee Sharpe Gary Pallister Steve Bruce Dennis Irwin Lee Martin Bryan Robson Andrei Kanchelskis Dion Dublin Mike Phelan Les Sealey Brian McClair Danny Wallace Clayton Blackmore Colin McKee Darren Ferguson Craig Lawton Mark Robins Danny Wallace Sheffield Wednesday Trevor Francis England Hillsborough Owls Des Walker Williams Andy Sinton Chris Waddle Andy Pearce David Hirst Paul Warhurst Roland Nilsson Nigel Pearson Chris Woods Chris Bart-Williams Nigel Worthington Mark Bright John Sheridan Phil King Nigel Jemson Gordon Watson Graham Hyde Carlton Palmer Julian Watts Ryan Jones Simon Stewart Lance Key Kevin Pressman Unknown Nigel Jemson
It looks like there’s other assorted remnants of deleted strings in the team data files.
Deleted Stadium Names
A few clubs and nearly half of the national teams have stadium names that appear completely blank in-game. In the data files (TEAMSAV\DEFAULT.TMS for clubs and TEAMSAV\WORLD.TMS for national teams), all of these stadium names are present, but the first letter of each has been replaced with a null byte (denoted as \0).
|A.C. Milan||\0IUSEPPE MEAZZA||Giuseppe Meazza|
|Belgium||\0ONSTANT VDN STOCK||Constant Vanden Stock|
|Rep Ireland||\0ANSDOWNE ROAD||Lansdowne Road|
|France||\0ARC DES PRINCES||Parc des Princes|
|Germany||\0LYMPIC STAD BERLIN||Olympic Stadium Berlin|
|Italy||\0TADIO OLIMPICO||Stadio Olimpico|
|Northern Ireland||\0INDSOR PARK||Windsor Park|
|Poland||\0LASKI CHORZOW||Śląski Chorzów|
|Portugal||\0ATIONAL LISBON||National Lisbon|
|Romania||\0ATIONAL BUCHAREST||National Bucharest|
|Russia||\0UZHNIKI MOSCOW||Luzhniki Moscow|
|Scotland||\0AMPDEN PARK||Hampden Park|
|Spain||\0OU CAMP BARCELONA||Nou Camp Barcelona|
Placeholder Teams’ Data
The 16 placeholders for user-created clubs also have fragments of deleted strings in their data.
Except for the first player, “ANY NAME”, the entire roster of these placeholder teams is filled with a dummied-out copy of the Yugoslavia squad.
At offset 0x20AB98 in UEFACODE.EXE is a series of strings that form a bizarre match report. “Paul tester” might refer to Paul Dobson, who is credited for the 3D graphics. The entry after that could be commentary on either a notoriously corrupt organisation or a competing video game franchise.
Red card Slarghti Bartfarst Slarghti Bartfarst 133' Forest Trumped 12' James DidnotLast 8' Gino Ginelli 8' Alphose Capone 8' 2' Paul tester 42' Fifa Stinks 102' Peer Gynt 102' Elliot Ness 102' Major Jump
At offset 0x219F1C in UEFACODE.EXE:
Capt. Amanda Pugh. Capt. A. Kavanagh.
Amanda Pugh is credited as “Management” in other Krisalis games, though not this one. It’s unclear who A. Kavanagh is, though it could be a relative of Krisalis co-founder Tony Kavanagh. It’s equally unclear how the two of them got promoted to the rank of captain.
Version and Build Date
At offset 0xEBE29 in UEFACODE.EXE:
#Master 2.03 Date 18-4-97