I just thought it would be fun to remember the halcyon days of simulated football management! My favourite game was one on - i think - fm 2008. I managed crewe to the premiership title over severeal seasons and then managed england, arsenal and mexico, winning the league several times with arsenal, 3 european cups and getting to a world cup final with england and winning the confederations cup with mexico.
My favourite striker ever was at Arsenal. I had been tracking this player for 4 or 5 seasons but couldn't afford him at Crewe - called Fabiano Oliveira, whom you might remember as he was an authentic player in that game. He'd consistently hit 25 goals a season in the brazilian league and had everything a striker needs. Strength was 17 or 18, fitness 19, finishing and comosure close to 20 but he could dribble well, moved well and also had a determined character.
So having followed him for several years and been rejected numerous times by club and player at crewe, i joined the gunners and immediately bid 11 mil for him aged 27 or 28.
He was the best signing i ever made and went on to score 25-30 goals in the premiership every single season with arsenal and fired us to 3 back to back league titles and 3 european cups. He was absolutely fantastic in that even when he didn 't score, his all-round contribution was great. He scored headers, volleys, mazey runs and created space for others as a target man. He loved the club and me and the fans rated him on the club info screen within 6 months or so and always chanted his name when he score din big games!
Even better was the fact he had fitness close to 20. I put him in intensive strength training and his fitness improved further to 20, his strength eventually reaching 20 when he was about 33 and his pace tailed off slightly. So he kept performing well and actually improved as a target man into his 33rd year.
For 11 mil, i got 5 or 6 seasons out of him and he made his brazil debut aged 32.
on fm 2010, i think it has to be Hugo Almeida so far. I got newcastle up to the prem and finished in a champs league spot and almeida has been an outstanding target man, scoring 20-30 goals every season and single-handedly keeping the team up in the first year. He only cost me 4.5 mil and he's given 3 years of great service and won the player of the year award etc. I've been playing him either with Jo, Matias Defederico or Hoarau.
In the distant past, remember Enrico Chiesa from championship manager italia?!