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Santa's hat plops onto Champ Manager PSP

Handheld version of the footie management sim out in December - keep an eye on your Xmas stocking!

Eidos has let us know that Championship Manager on PSP will go on sale on December 9.

And that's the news, although we'll add that developer Gusto Games has promised that this is certainly no watered down version of the game, despite it being squeezed onto PSP - it's "the real deal. In fact there are a number of things we have added and plenty that improve the game to make this genuinely the next in the series for CM," the studio's managing director, Simon Phillips, told us in a recent interview.

In terms of nuts and bolts, there's a 2D match engine, 55 playable leagues that are spread across 12 nations, new modes (Challenge mode and Quick-play 3 season mode), 25,000 players in the database, team tactics planning, a transfer system, live cup draws, interactive boardroom and staff and you'll be able to download season data to keep stats up to date.