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    Default Funny/Wierd/Stupid reasons for signing a player

    Few weeks ago I read this story about young Derby centre half Jermaine Johnson

    http://www.offthepost.info/2009/09/d...for-loan-move/

    and of course the first thing i did is checked him out on FM. Ended up taking him on loan for my Rushden and Diamonds team and then he eventually signed and is a first team regular!! :

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2570/...c26aa1ed_o.jpg




    Has anyone else got any funny stories about reasons they signed players??

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    Default Re: Funny/Wierd/Stupid reasons for signing a player

    Well my stories not as funny as yours but I did consider trying to make a team out of players with the same name.
    For some reason I chose the bane marquinhos. I found about four players but then realised my mistake. I should gave gone for a more common name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by postal postie View Post
    Well my stories not as funny as yours but I did consider trying to make a team out of players with the same name.
    For some reason I chose the bane marquinhos. I found about four players but then realised my mistake. I should gave gone for a more common name.
    Actually tried to do something similar ages ago trying to have a fully irish sqad, also realising the key mistake that there simply isnt enough players!! well good ones anyhow

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    Default Re: Funny/Wierd/Stupid reasons for signing a player

    i once signed a player with the same name as one of my old school friends. he turned out to be an international super-star! since i got him at the age of 16 turned into a real bargain

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    Once because of a ridiculous name, it most definitely included Puu.

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    My mate bought quite a bad player off me for £20m after we had a bet on a football match I won, oddly that player went on to play in his 1st team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevie_G_32201 View Post
    i once signed a player with the same name as one of my old school friends. he turned out to be an international super-star! since i got him at the age of 16 turned into a real bargain
    I did something similar a few years ago - searching for my name I came up with a few players so I signed the best of the bunch, then did the same with my brothers name. Starting with both from the age of 16 I kept them in my team for several years, buying them when I moved clubs, giving them plenty of games, etc to see who turned out the best. Needless to say ....... they were both crap :P

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    If I find a half-decent player with a bizarre nationality, I sign him 100% of the time.

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    I once started with a Belgian team and used the first year to sell ALL players and only sign Faroese players - I actually got promoted in 2nd season. I managed to develop quite a few good faroese players that were sold to bigger belgian teams and some other good european clubs - great game that was!

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    Yeah, same, I have a Cuban, 3 New Zealanders and if i could I would've signed someone from the Cook Islands.

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    I always try and sign Bonaventure Kalou, great name and he sometimes has decent stats. I also have kept his WCCF card, I was going to buy his jersey but never could find the right one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AustSaint View Post
    I always try and sign Bonaventure Kalou, great name and he sometimes has decent stats. I also have kept his WCCF card, I was going to buy his jersey but never could find the right one.
    I bought someone who played for Netherlands Antillies, a defender I can't remember now. He was ok, just wanted another international, until i found out the Antillies play about a game a year.

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    I signed Kennedy Bakircioglü from Ajax for Wolves, just and only because this was my first Wolves save since CM00/01 (I think, HIS version anyway) where he scored 40 goals a year for my Wolves side. So just for the good old times I wanted to have him in my squad, but unfortunately he complained too much about not playing and was sold on 6 months later as he disrupted the ambience in the team.


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    i signed a player once just because his name was Pila (imagine someone named Penis .. not Dick because that's pretty common but Penis) .. and that's it lol .. that word is portuguese by the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2Pacalypse View Post
    i signed a player once just because his name was Pila (imagine someone named Penis .. not Dick because that's pretty common but Penis) .. and that's it lol .. that word is portuguese by the way.
    There was a player called Brian Pinas that played for Newcastle and variuos Dutch teams IIRC, and don;t forget the brilliant Stefan Kuntz and Uwe Fuchs.

    I tend to sign players with odd nationalities too.

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    There are a couple of players in the game that i went to school with, so depending on who i'm managing i sign them.

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    I once signed Waldo Ponce 'cos I found his name funny

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    Quote Originally Posted by runandjump View Post
    There are a couple of players in the game that i went to school with, so depending on who i'm managing i sign them.
    i do the same to kights at wolves and scotty griffiths at dagenham and redbridge, kights use to play the old championship manager series i remeber cm4 we was 16
    /17 when he was on the game at southend (poor ca and pa) when we would play a two or three player game id often sign him and make him rot in my reserves

    i always sign scotty whoever i am even if i never play him

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    There were two youth players in the Oxford United squad in CM 01/02 who were at Sixth Form with me, always used to sign them at the start of the game and let them rot *cough* I mean develop *cough* in my top flight reserves / youth set-up. Needless to say never in the 3 years I was playing the game did they ever amount to anything.

    To tie up the anecdote (wake up at the back) one is now a building site labourer and the other is living in Didcot (not sure which is worse). I'm now a qualified solicitor.

    I'd definitely swap positions to be featured in FM though. On second thoughts.....

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    i also try and sign brothers if they play in the same position. such as Darren and Elliott Ward in Centre Defence. Or when i was Man Utd i put the Ferdinands in defence together. even though Anton werent as good they still were solid defence as they read eachother like a book. I still want to find brother strikers though.

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    AND i signed the four Sodje's. Onome, Efe, Sam and Akpo. That's good fun.

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    Default Re: Funny/Wierd/Stupid reasons for signing a player

    My Atletico Madrid reserve side contained Ronaldo, Romario, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Pele, Lucio and Dida at one point.

    Kaka was Macedonian.

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    Man i must sooooo boring........ id like to sign players because of there talent,

    Although this did lean to an interesting situation once, There is a keeper call david Bevan (A real player) who plays fo Aston Villa in goal he was transfer listed and i tried to sign him, he was awesome quality for League 1 thought considering he hadn't played a first team game and was affordable he might come my team. however he ended up going to a championship team Coventry i think,

    So whats interesting about that?

    My name just happens to be David Bevan, I also live in Birmingham, Although the player irish but is currently coming through the ranks at Villa and I am a Brummie, and the whole of my family support the Villa team and we both are the same age he is a couple of months older irrc.

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    My Mate plays for Armagh city i once loaded northern ireland league and signed him for my QPR team, wasnt exactly up to standard but kept playing him anyhow!!

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    i once signed a nigerian player called ice cream for obvious comedic reasons ...

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    I was Exeter manager and i saw on Sky Sports News that Clarence Seedorf's cousin Stefano Seedorf signed a new one year deal at a dutch club, checked him out on fm09. BARGAIN! Free transfer, straight into the first team and became my top goal scorer with 19 goals and i signed him in January!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kezmanjacks View Post
    Few weeks ago I read this story about young Derby centre half Jermaine Johnson

    http://www.offthepost.info/2009/09/d...for-loan-move/
    That's a quality story!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCIAG View Post
    Kaka was Macedonian.
    I'm sorry i didn't quite get that

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayahr View Post
    I signed Kennedy Bakircioglü from Ajax for Wolves, just and only because this was my first Wolves save since CM00/01 (I think, HIS version anyway) where he scored 40 goals a year for my Wolves side. So just for the good old times I wanted to have him in my squad, but unfortunately he complained too much about not playing and was sold on 6 months later as he disrupted the ambience in the team.

    Kennedy Bakircioglü = Legend he was immense on cm00/01 a true great of the games of old

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    For all you HOUSE fans i also signed a centre half by the name of James Wilson!! lol hes from Bristol i think

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    I have a very bad habit of signing foreigners. I think I have two Scots in my starting XI with Celtic.

    And I like signing players from Obscure nations.

    I also have a very bad habit of signing Jamie Adams (Kilmarnock) in every save (well every save with Scotland loaded).

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    I went to school with James Vaughan and i usually try to sign him, although that's mainly cause he's quality

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    I once had an entire right side that was all Sinclairs - Frank, Trevor & James.

    Also one season I turned Hayes & Yeading into an entirely French squad (not sure how that would have gone down with the locals in real life, but there you go). Lots of good Reunionese & French freebies at the start of FM09... Of course then I had to sign French speaking coaches...nightmare.

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    Cool sounding names on youngsters always get me. I signed a regen named Romeo Sneijder (must have been his long lost brother), who became a monster striker for West-Ham side before he turned 19. Imagine a kid named Romeo scoring a hat-trick against your side, how disheartening would that be?

    Sometimes when I play small eastern European teams, I sign any spanish/english/italian I can, just so I can show that I'm class and to delude myself that maybe more will choose to come over after. I signed a spanish washed-up MC named Francisco, who turned out to be attrocious and be prone to random acts of rage, resulting in red cards.

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    I do like to get players with unusual nationalities, kiwis are always good to come across.
    Strangest reason I ever bought a player was when I managed York, and bought a player purely because I thought he'd hit the bar in soccer am's crossbar challenge. Later on I found out he'd actually missed horribly, and was notable only for swearing loudly and punching the floor afterwards.

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    I keep trying to sign Sammarinese players. They're never any good, but I just kep hoping that one of them will turn into the guy who'll turn us into a capable team.

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    When my teams have the money and I'm playing as a successful club, I have a terrible tendency to spot players whom I recognise as important internationals (comparatively, to their country) released on a free, feel sorry for them when they don't immediately find a new club, and sign them to loan out to worthy teams. I think I signed a couple of aging Montenegrin players before for this reason, because I thought Montenegro would suffer without them getting club games. Usually the result is that the players get annoyed at realising they will never get into the first team, and demand to leave. Half the time also, I see when they first sign that they rejected offers from other clubs and I suddenly realise that they were never going to miss out on finding a new club in the first place :\

    Sometimes my philanthropic side does make me look pretty stupid...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falastur View Post
    When my teams have the money and I'm playing as a successful club, I have a terrible tendency to spot players whom I recognise as important internationals (comparatively, to their country) released on a free, feel sorry for them when they don't immediately find a new club, and sign them to loan out to worthy teams. I think I signed a couple of aging Montenegrin players before for this reason, because I thought Montenegro would suffer without them getting club games. Usually the result is that the players get annoyed at realising they will never get into the first team, and demand to leave. Half the time also, I see when they first sign that they rejected offers from other clubs and I suddenly realise that they were never going to miss out on finding a new club in the first place :\

    Sometimes my philanthropic side does make me look pretty stupid...
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    I sign my cousin all the time just because i feel sorry for him because he is rubbish. His name is Peter Winn, cool thing is though he has a PA of -8 but never developes

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    I felt sorry for a Blue Square team going into administration and being docked points, so I bought their best looking youngster (he wasnt very good!), valued at 2k, for Liverpool for 200k, to give them a cash boost.

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    I got Diego maradona purely because of his name, at 25 he is now my club captain and leading striker in the Liga Sagres.

    I also in one game had Johnny Walker & Jack Daniels as my wingers which was kinda funny.

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    In FM07 and 08 I played for a non league team and managed to get into the game. Would sign myself for Celtic and just stick me in the reserves. Got to admit my stats were pretty crap lol. Maybe a little bit too realistic!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuka89 View Post
    Kennedy Bakircioglü = Legend he was immense on cm00/01 a true great of the games of old
    Back then I even considered getting a customized shirt with his name from Wolves, but didn't do it in the end.
    Now I just wanted to have him on the team again for good old times sake, knowing he would never be able to be a starter and being able to spare 1.7m for his transfer fee. So unfortunate he started to quarrel right away after a few months. Would have loved to keep him in my squad as a mascot till his retirement...

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    When managing a lower team, I sign players that have a stat of 20 depending on their position. For example I will sign a striker that has a finishing of 20

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    Quote Originally Posted by James Middleton View Post
    I felt sorry for a Blue Square team going into administration and being docked points, so I bought their best looking youngster (he wasnt very good!), valued at 2k, for Liverpool for 200k, to give them a cash boost.
    I like this! A bit of football altruism. I might set up a string of friendlies at struggling lower league clubs next pre-season to help them out.

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    not funny, but there was one particular goalkeeper who would ALWAYS play a blinder against my Celtic side. i checked him out in other matches and he was awful - seriously bad, conceded the most amount of goals in the league - yet when he played my club i'd be lucky to snatch a 89th minute winner against him after another 12 shots on target, all brilliantly saved by the acrobat in goals.

    one match like that is a fluke, but after a season and a half - 6 matches against this guy - i snapped and bought him for 10 times his value in the January transfer window. i gave him a long term contract, low wages high appearance fee. i gave him no training schedule and put him in the youth side and never played him. i was very bitter about the whole thing!

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    I once bought a promising youngster that came through the Arsenal youth ranks just because of his name: Scott Scott. He played in my team through all the years that save lasted, but he never developed to be anything other than an average PL player.

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    On one of the other versions I tried to assemble a squad of players with similar names... The squad included Coco, Cocu, Kaka, Kiko and Kuqi amongst others... Commentators nightmare!
    It wasn't even a bad team either, only the goalkeeper (some spaniard named Koke, or Keko, or whatever) was really below par of a nice UEFA cup team...

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    This will be a few seasons/games back now, I signed my mate's brother who was a GK for Stoke Reserves. Turned out he had a really high random potential and went on to play for England and even lifte the World Cup as captain. However I did the same thing on another game and he didn't manage a stat in double figures!

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    Signed a player called Greg Inglis, because of his name, turns out he's quite good.

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    Any Asian player I find who look half decent I sign. Because I live in hope that one day there will be a great Asian football player.

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    not on fm but on premier manager 98 for the playstation i signed ole bjur from brondby because he scored a hat trick against me. i got him in every premier manager save i had and once on cm 01/02 i think

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    I signed Hulk without even looking at his stats, just because he was called Hulk. Finished top scorer in prem!

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    I always sign a mate of mine from school. He's awful though.

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    he was called Kittipong Supriyanto - half Welsh - half Thai

    How can you resist?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FM1000 View Post
    I'm sorry i didn't quite get that
    'Twasn't the "real" Kaka. It was the same for the remainder.

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    What a fool that Derby youngster is.

    I have signed two players purely on their names. One player I signed from a Championship team when I was in the Premier League on 06, because he had the same name as me. While he was average for Sheffield Wednesday, he turned out to be quite useful for me at Billericay Town.

    The most recent one was signing a Scottish player called Scott Scott, who became a first team regular for me for four seasons on my current 09 save.

    Finally, on an old 01/02 clan I used to play in, another human manager signed a foreigner called Brilliant, who turned out to be everything but.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrystalPalaceFMWinner View Post
    When managing a lower team, I sign players that have a stat of 20 depending on their position. For example I will sign a striker that has a finishing of 20
    Must try that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falastur View Post
    When my teams have the money and I'm playing as a successful club, I have a terrible tendency to spot players whom I recognise as important internationals (comparatively, to their country) released on a free, feel sorry for them when they don't immediately find a new club, and sign them to loan out to worthy teams. I think I signed a couple of aging Montenegrin players before for this reason, because I thought Montenegro would suffer without them getting club games. Usually the result is that the players get annoyed at realising they will never get into the first team, and demand to leave. Half the time also, I see when they first sign that they rejected offers from other clubs and I suddenly realise that they were never going to miss out on finding a new club in the first place :\

    Sometimes my philanthropic side does make me look pretty stupid...
    I do this for younger players of obscure nationalities, especially non-EU ones. For instance I often see decent Jamaican youngsters released by Harbour View and then retire when no one signs them. I sign them and loan them to my Belgium feeder to get some game time in the hope they get an EU passport and someone else signs them later.

    (From the other side of the coin, I used to find it annoying when managing smaller nations seeing decent youngsters in my small National Pool promptly retire - not even their local teams sign them up.)

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    Default Re: Funny/Wierd/Stupid reasons for signing a player

    Quote Originally Posted by Sheep UK View Post
    I sign my cousin all the time just because i feel sorry for him because he is rubbish. His name is Peter Winn, cool thing is though he has a PA of -8 but never developes
    LMAO

    Joking aside, did you try tutoring him? Maybe his unambitious personality keeps him from developing.

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    Default Re: Funny/Wierd/Stupid reasons for signing a player

    Quote Originally Posted by jayahr View Post
    Back then I even considered getting a customized shirt with his name from Wolves, but didn't do it in the end.
    Now I just wanted to have him on the team again for good old times sake, knowing he would never be able to be a starter and being able to spare 1.7m for his transfer fee. So unfortunate he started to quarrel right away after a few months. Would have loved to keep him in my squad as a mascot till his retirement...
    awww the memories

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    Default Re: Funny/Wierd/Stupid reasons for signing a player

    Alan Smith, cause I got SMITH 17 on my Leeds shirt. £16.5 million of my £18m budget for a back-up!!!

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    Default Re: Funny/Wierd/Stupid reasons for signing a player

    I loaded up CM 00/01 last year and signed all today's star players when they were younger, and played them in the first team. Noone was over the age of 20.

    First time I ever got Liverpool relegated.

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    Default Re: Funny/Wierd/Stupid reasons for signing a player

    I always sign players from really small nations and just leave them in my reserves. I try to get as many random nations as possible.

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    Default Re: Funny/Wierd/Stupid reasons for signing a player

    Quote Originally Posted by Chevie View Post
    i once signed a nigerian player called ice cream for obvious comedic reasons ...
    Yes I remember this guy. Cant beat a guy whose named after a dairy product!

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    Default Re: Funny/Wierd/Stupid reasons for signing a player

    Quote Originally Posted by 2Pacalypse View Post
    i signed a player once just because his name was Pila (imagine someone named Penis .. not Dick because that's pretty common but Penis) .. and that's it lol .. that word is portuguese by the way.
    there used to a be a player in the database called brian penis

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    Default Re: Funny/Wierd/Stupid reasons for signing a player

    I sometimes sign Aberdeen goalie Jamie Langfield as a back up for some bigger teams because I got a photo with him. I also sign Aberdeen youngster Michael Paton for most clubs simply because my surname is Paton and isn't very common, he does turn out to be a good championship striker though!

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    Default Re: Funny/Wierd/Stupid reasons for signing a player

    i play cricket with sam foley so hes always a sighning for any team !!!!!

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    Default Re: Funny/Wierd/Stupid reasons for signing a player

    I usually just sign as many Americans as I can so that the USA wins the world cup.

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    Default Re: Funny/Wierd/Stupid reasons for signing a player

    Quote Originally Posted by eplkewell View Post
    I usually just sign as many Americans as I can so that the USA wins the world cup.
    Then at least they have a shot at it.. not like IRL

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    Default Re: Funny/Wierd/Stupid reasons for signing a player

    Quote Originally Posted by RDXCougar8173 View Post
    there used to a be a player in the database called brian penis
    It's Brian Pinas, as stated in one of the posts above.

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    Default Re: Funny/Wierd/Stupid reasons for signing a player

    I signed Denilson once for Rangers in FM07, mostly because of how high profile he used to be. Signed him in January 2007, for £2.5 mil, and at the end of the next season Liverpool bought him for £8mil. Got the original Ronaldo on loan from Real Madrid for 07/08 purely because he used to be the bees knees, signed him on a free for 08/09 and then the following season he left to join Fiorentina for £5.5 mil.

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    Default Re: Funny/Wierd/Stupid reasons for signing a player

    In FM07 I was playing Plymouth and wanted to sign a player from my local team just because I liked him, but I ended up buying the wrong player with almost a similar name, who was quite crap. I ended up playing him as a first team regular anyway and he developed into a very good player. He was even touted as "best youngster in England". Singned him in every save since if I was playing a Championship team.

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    Default Re: Funny/Wierd/Stupid reasons for signing a player

    I've built an all English side and all Scottish side when managing Portsmouth and Celtic. I'm not a racist or nationalist, honestly!

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    Default Re: Funny/Wierd/Stupid reasons for signing a player

    I would sign a guy that got a YTS at Stoke that I went to school with.

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    Smile Re: Funny/Wierd/Stupid reasons for signing a player

    I have just signed one of my classmates from the University, even though he is no where near the level of skill required to play for Brĝndby IF.

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    Default Re: Funny/Wierd/Stupid reasons for signing a player

    I used tosign Emmerson Boyce when he was at Luton, as i went to the same school in Aylesbury.

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