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Going old school. Every league in the game loaded. This should be fun. Going to play as Man City and see if I can get us to where we are today. Going to also try and get as many current players as possible.
Championship Manager old school
Really can’t ask for a better way to kick off your first season.
Championship Manager - and its spiritual successor Football Manager - is the greatest sports management sim series ever.
The most recent versions have a game engine so advanced it’s almost like watching the real thing:
Hundreds of scouts gather data on the tens of thousands of real players included in the game’s database. But they’re not always right.
Each generation includes teenage prodigies tipped to be the next big thing; legendary names that any Championship Manager fan will recognise. But for a lot of these kids, CM was the height of their fame - they never quite managed to match their in-game exploits.
Ever wondered what happened to the players that made up the core of your quadruple-winning sides of yesteryear? Read on.
1. Tonton Zola Moukoko
Edition: CM 99/00
Position: Attacking midfielder
In the game: Perhaps the most famous CM player of all time, Congolose-born Swede Moukoko began the 99/00 game in Derby County’s youth team. He was Waitrose quality for a Lidl price; the Maradona of the Midlands, for as little as £500k. When CM is cited in divorce cases, it is surely because of a disagreement over whether “Tonton” should be the child’s first or middle name.
In real life: Tonton never made it big - after Derby he returned to Sweden to knock about the lower leagues due to “family issues”. He’s still there, as a player/youth coach for IFK Lidingö FK.
By all accounts he’s pretty happy with his cult status. There are several Facebook fan pages devoted to him, and Sports Interactive (the company that makes Football Manager) brought him over to the UK for a five-a-side game last year in what is surely the first case of a player getting a testimonial for their fictional exploits.
2. Maxim Tsigalko
Edition: CM 01/02
In the game: It didn’t matter that they didn’t spell his name correctly (it’s actually “Maksim Tsyhalka”) - Max was blessed. If deployed correctly, as a poacher in the box, the Dinamo Minsk kid was known to score more than 100 goals a season. And all for a price of less than £2m.
In real life: Retired by the age of 26, in 2009, because he was so injury prone he might as well have been made of biscuits. His twin brother is still a pro goalie, though, and luckily doesn’t appear to have the same problems keeping his body in one piece.