Eidos and Sports Interactive have announced the pre-Christmas release date of Championship Manager 02/03 on the Xbox - a real Christmas Tree formation if ever there was one.

The Xbox-exclusive Championship Manager 02/03 is now due for release on December 6th, and sees updated player data for the current 02/03 season, along with modified football transfer windows in line with FIFA regulations.

Other new features of the 02/03 update will include updated rules for all competitions, Korean league, improved crowd sound-effects, and the ability to play your own music taken from your CD collection.

"We're hoping the new improvements we have made make it even more enjoyable to play and give gamers an alternative to watching re-runs of Home Alone on Christmas Day" said Sports Interactive's Miles Jacobson.

Championship Manager 02/03 is due for release on Xbox on December 6th, and you can pre-order it from Amazon now.