With the release of Football Manager 2009 we take a look back at some of the best bargain buys from the Football Manager and Championship Manager series.
If you’ve ever stayed up way past your bedtime to watch coloured dots move around the screen then you’ll know all about the allure of the Football Manager/ Championship Manager series.
The game that brought the end to countless relationships, the destruction of thousands of computers and caused family pets to run out in fear of being kicked after losing to a last minute penalty in the playoff finals is available to buy this weekend. Here are some of the players that have made the series to believe that managing a football team is actually a pretty easy job.
Part of the awesome Cambridge United squad. Tom Youngs was a great buy for the lower leagues and still scored goals at the highest level.
This Argentinean playmaker was available for a knockdown price of around £140k in the 2008 game. After a couple of seasons you could make a pretty profit on the youngster or simply sit back and watch as he tears apart any major league and Europe.
This defensive rock could play at centre back or left back. Available for free at the start of 00/01 season, his no-nonsense defending would give you a solid base at the back to work from.
One of the few stars of the series to actually go on to have a decent career in the real world. Djurgarden’s finest now plays for French champions Lyon.
Lauri Dalla Valle
Before the 8.02 patch in Football Manager 2008, this youngster from Finland could be purchased for a nominal fee. Now looking to break through to the Liverpool first team.
This Swede could play on the wing or up front. Halmstad’s loss was definitely your gain.
Top class defender from Shakhtar Donetsk turned out to be and fantastic defender and could play anywhere across the back. Another great Nigerian from Shakhtar Donetsk.
From Nigeria via the Ukraine, this striker would bang in goals for fun. Ended up joining Wigan and scoring a total of two goals before being shipped out to Turkish team Kayserispor in real life.
Bosian played for Lyn in Norway. This youngster would score goals for fun and could be picked up for under £80k.
Another Swede – what do they put in the water out there? Could play in the hole or as a striker.
The Swedish winger could cause havoc against opposition left-backs and would chip in with more than his share of assists.
Alan Hanson famously said “you don’t win anything with kids,” but Samba was a goalscoring machine at Millwall at the tender age of 16.
Tonton Zola Moukoko
Played for Derby and was half Swedish and half Ghanaian. Absolute beast and a true legend of the series. In real life he is now plying his trade in the Swedish lower leagues.
Have we missed anybody out? Let us know about your bargain buys in the comments below.