Players that were not as good as they were in a game
I have to admit it… as a young teen i liked to play with… championship manager …. i know i know how sad was i. It is ok though, i’ve managed to grow up and get married and have kids, the whole thing. I used to love playing it, on my old Amiga and then PC. the graphics were shocking now you look back with hindsight, but i loved signing players (felt like Barry Fry). I did purchase last years Football Manager (the spiritual successor) on the Ipad, and a couple of days ago i had a little look to see the players i had signed. (I was Sheffield Utd and managed to get them competing well in the premiership with a couple of cup wins.) I don’t follow football as closer as i used, but players that i had signed then, are now recognisable names:
- James Rodriguez (now Real Madrid)
- Juluan Draxler (Schalke 04)
- Jonathan de Guzman (now Napoli)
- Luke Shaw (Manchester Utd)
Within that though there were a load of players that “seemed” really good and worth millions, and this was only from last years game:
- Nicki Niels Bille Nielsen
Worth nearly 10 million pounds in my game and scored goals for fun, in real life now playing for Evian in France and has 3 caps for Denmark
- Reece Gray
Worth nearly 9 million in the game and creates tons of goals, in real life he was released by Rochdale after 13 appearances and has now signed for Hyde (still only 22 years old)
- Gary Madine
Striker worth 6 million, his last club was Carlisle United where he scored 2 goals in 4 games. Gary has been convicted by several assaults his last resulting in an 18 month jail term. He was released on 20 February 2014. Think it is safe to say he will not be able to replicate the success in the game!
There are a number of infamous football players that have been superb in a range of games, but sadly never achieved anywhere near that level of skill or success in the real world:
In the game: Was a great signing as a striker, will massive skill and ability to score from anywhere
In real life: Everton fans nicknamed him “Baka-joke-o”. From the £4.5m that they invested he managed to score four goals. He left England in 1999 and has had a period of success in the Greek leagues.
In the game: A superb striker that got better
In real life: He famously scored 132 goals in 32 youth games at 13, with many newspapers calling him the next big thing. Big money moves were muted, especially to Liverpool, but it never really panned out. . He never made a full appearance for his club Millwall, and left to paly a few games in Spain, back to England and then to Norway. He did get 4 caps for Gambia though.
Position: Winger/Striker/Attacking midfielder
In the game: A gifted 14-year-old, Freddy could be a signed for any club and would make the starting 11 and only get better.
In real life: Freddy is still young and importantly playing, there was so hype around him from 14 it is not surprise that he never completely lived up to the unreal expectation levels. It is this early fame which has made him look like a failure. Before he even “made” it as footballer he was already being treated as a superstar, endorsing Campbell’s Soup and appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Freddy did make some big money transfers to Benfica, but spent most the time out on loan. He currently is playing in the Serbia with FK Jagodina.
In the game: Available on a free from AC Milan, was often one of the first players to sign at the start of the game
In real-life: Taribo played for a number of clubs in Italy, before becoming some what of a journey men footballer, he was as famous for his hairstyles as he was being a defender. One of the most famous incidents was with the chairman of Partizan Belgrade publicly accused him of lying about his age, and not being 28 but nearer 40!
In the game: The greatest Scots player of all time , was easily the best midfielder in the world.
In real-life: Mark Kerr spent most of his career at Dundee United, before playing for a succession of other teams in Scotland, he is currently at Queen of the South. He did win a Scotland B cap in 2005 though! One of his most memorable moments it a terrible back pass in the a cup final against Rangers, which cost the game .
In the game: A must sign midfielder, Kim was superb and would control your midfield for years to come
In real-life: It is more than a bit unfair to say he has not been a success (unless you are an Arsenal fan, who signed Kim Kallstrom on loan from Spartak Moscow, while injured!. A Swedish international with over a 100 caps , Arsene Wenger describes as a ‘player of proven quality’.
He has had vast experience in a number of leagues, after making his senior debut with BK Häcken in 1999. He moved to Stockholm’s Djurgårdens IF in 2002 winning twice the Allsvenskan (League) title and the national Svenska Cupen.