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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.

Tom Youngs

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.

Pablo Piatti

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.

Taribo West

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.

Kim Kallstrom

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.

Stefan Selakovic

This Swede could play on the wing or up front. Halmstad’s loss was definitely your gain.

Isaac Okoronkwo

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.

Julius Aghahowa

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.

Eldar Hadzimehmedovic

Bosian played for Lyn in Norway. This youngster would score goals for fun and could be picked up for under £80k.

Alexander Farnerud

Another Swede – what do they put in the water out there? Could play in the hole or as a striker.

Kennedy Bakircioglu

The Swedish winger could cause havoc against opposition left-backs and would chip in with more than his share of assists.

Cherno Samba

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.


  1. Oh Tommy Yoooouuungs, Tommy Tommy Tommy Yooouuungs…

  2. I picked up Stefan Radu for free because of some sort of strange glitch where he was co-owned by two teams in italy, but neither wanted him, so i got him on a free and he was worth somewhere between 3 and 5 million and grew into a regular on my liverpool back line. Very good player in 08 version.

  3. How can you forget the great icelandic andri siggporson in 99/00 and tisigalko form dinimo bucurest in 01/02 two great strikers who could score at any level. Great list though.

  4. Toledo from the 03/04 series would have an average rating of 8.– throughout his career and was able to score, assist and play any position in midfield and forwards. Also Ryan Wilkie played for liverpool he was an high sevens low eights average player and 17 in the game

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