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[edit] Goalkeepers

Igor Akinfeev
GK - 20 - CSKA Moscow - £12m - Russian
"This will be one of the best keepers in the world as good in 08 as he was in 07"

Oscar Ustari
GK - 21 - Getafe - £1.5m-£2m - Argentinian
"Young and he always does great for me keeping clean sheets"

Andrea Consigli
GK - 20 - Atlanta - £5m - Italian
"He's doing really well for me at Atalanta. I just got spanked 4-0 by AC Milan at home, but they had 23 shots on target and he got 10 out of 10 and man of the match!"

Artur Boruc
GK - 27 - Celtic - 2.7m - Polish
"This guy is pretty amazing even though he plays for celtic, he is by far their most consistent player and has bailed my defence out a few times"

Marek Stech
GK - 17 - West Ham - £300k (Compensation) - Czech
"Touted to be the next Buffon, He may make fans uneasy upon signing as he has a 'You are one stepping stone on the path to fame' attitude"

Marcelo Grohe
GK - 20 - Gremio - £3.1m - Brazillian
Good young prospect, aerial ability needs improvement, but he should be capable backup for premier league teams, potential leading goalkeeper.

Libas Arenas
GK - 23 - Lazio - £2m-£4m - Colombian
"Quite a cheap goalkeeper but he is premiership quality and doesnt concede many"

Diego Benaglio
GK - 23 - Nacional Da Madeira - £150k - Swiss
"Good solid stats, back up for top for prem teams, first team for lower-mid table teams"

Marcelo
GK - 20 - Corinthians - £2m - Brazilian
Worth it. ~

Oier Olazabal
GK - 17 - Barcelona - £160k - Spanish
Promising Goal-Keeper and could make it to the top 4 or back-up at least.

Doni
GK - 26 - AS Roma - £8m - Brazilian
I can't believe that he's improved by SI in this game. A pretty solid goalkeeper that rarely disappoints me.

Juan Pablo Carrizo
GK - 23 - River Plate - £900k - Argentinian
A great keeper who gets better and better.

Bogdan Lobont
GK - 29 - Dinamo Bucharest - £2.5m - Romanian
Despite high eccentricity a very good, solid, dependable keeper, excellent in the premiership and pretty cheap.

Stephen Henderson
Goalkeeper - 19 - Bristol City - £22,000k - Irish
Top quality goalkeeper for League Two clubs and is good enough for League One too

Francisco Guillermo Ochoa
GK - 22 - Americá (MEX) - £7.5m - Mexican
Has got a 10 Match Rating in the CL Final for me. On FM08 I've only seen one other 10 Rating. Definitely a match winner and his influence is good as well as he becomes Mexico captain..

Manuel Almunia
GK - 30 - Arsenal - Loan Transfer - Spanish
e is a good solid goalkeeper to sign on loan for either first choice or backup for teams hard up for money. I have loaned him for every premiership team I have been so far!

Danut Coman
GK - 26 - Club Rapid - £2.5m - Romanian
REALLY consistant, over 7.60 Every season i have him. Goes anywhere, Top Class Keeper.

Sébastien Frey
GK - 27 - Fiorentina - £20m - French
A great goalkeeper makes a difference. Frey wins matches for you by saving any shot. One on ones, long range efforts, free kicks, he's your must have goalkeeper on FM2008.

Artur Kotenko
GK - 25 - Levadia - £1.5m - Estonian
A great goalkeeper for Top Championship and teams who are battling relegation in the Premiership.

Crisitano Lupatelli
GK - 29 - Fiorentina - £1m - Italian
From what ive heard around here a must-buy for any club.

[edit] Defenders

Stephan Radu
DLC - 21 - FC Dinamo - £2.5m - Romanian
Great defender for all teams even though he is still at a young age.

Rafinha
DR/WBR - 21 - Schalke - £11m - Brazilian
his right back is keeping gary neville out of my team, he is a very solid defender and also a very good backup right midfielder if you train him there.

Armand Traoré
DL/WBL - 17 - Arsenal - £4m - French
Has the potential to be as good as Leighton Baines.

Sergey Ignashevich
D RC - 27 - CSKA Moscow - Free Transfer - Russian
The best free transfer you can get at the start of the game, is a rock at the back, loads of light blues, but you'll have to go for him quick as loads of clubs want him.

Vincent Kompany
DC - 21 - Hambug SV - £10m - Belgian
A rock solid defender who never lets anybody get past him.

Domenico Criscito
CB - 20 - Juventus - £4.5m - Italian
Possibly the best prospect at juventus, in my game with them he is already by far and away the best defender, apart from maybe Andrade.

Ezequiel Garay
DC - 20 - Racing - £15m - Argentinian
Has great defensive stats for a player so young, bound to become one of the best on the game.

Miguel Veloso
CB/DMC - 21 - Sporting CP - £9m - Portuguese
He looks like a very solid player with great technical stats.

Marcelo
DWBL,AML - 20 - Real Madrid - £5.5m - Brazilian
Brilliant player if played left wing. Loves to take on players and beats them most of the time. Has great dribbling ability and puts in some vital crosses to assist the strikers. Also young so definitely a player for the future.

Jelle Van Damme
D/RLC - 21 - Anderlecht - £3m - Belgian
Good back-up defender to have. Very handy squad player and is cheap.

Anthony Vanden Borre
DRC,WBR,DM - 19 - Anderlecht - £2.5m - Belgian
Great performer, is a very versitile player. In my opinion I believe he is better suited to attacking rather than defending, he can be trained either way though.

Gareth Bale
DL - 18 - Tottenham Hotspurs - £10m - Welsh
He is very young and got bags of potential also he is a great defender.

Rob Jones
CB - 27 - Hibernian - £800k - English
Great player for any championship teams or struggling premiership teams.

Darijo Srna
D/WB/M RL - 25 - Shakhtar Donetsk - £4m - Croatian
World class utility player and great all-rounder. Every thing you can expect from a wide player - crossing, pace, technique and an incredible free kick.

Adam Pinter
DC,DM - 20 - MTK Hungaria - £20k - Hungarian
A cheap bargain for teams in League One and below, he possess a great defensive talent and is a key player who will develop greatly.

Breno
CB - 17 - Sau Paulo - £2.5m - Brazilian
Amazing young defender, can't leave Brazil until Jan 08, but by the second season he is ready for the Premiership.

Sylvain Monsoreau
DLC - 26 - Monaco - £4m - French
Good solid DLC, drafted him into my villa side to cover DC and start at DL, rarely makes defensive errors.

Ryan Taylor
D/WB/MR - 21 - Wigan - £5m - English
Potential star and quite solid already, good utility value, as he plays both fullback and wing.

Jack Hobbs
CB - 18 - Liverpool - £475,000k - English
Young defender with a lot of potential. Could become next John Terry or Rio Ferdinand.

John Terry
CB - 26 - Chelsea - £25m - English
Best defender on the game. Solid at the back and a great tackler.

Karl Svensson
CB- 23 - Caen - £4m - Sweedish
Bought to replace Yobo at Everton, been amazing since joining.

Gustavo Cabral
SW,DC - 21 - Racing Club - Cost - Argentinian
Can be signed on a free at the start as his contract runs out in Dec., good stats for mid table prem side.

Cristian Zapata
Cb - 20 - Udinese - £6.75m - Colombian
ust look at this defender-pricelessness.

Loic Abenzoar
DRC/WBR - 18 - Lyon - £300k - French
Good young prospect for attacking RB. Needs training up but pace to burn.

David Luiz
CB - 20 - Benfica - Uknown - Brazilian
He's just awesome. He is shortlisted for world player of the year etc all the time. Leading Star anywhere in the world.

Christian Zaccardo
RB - 25 - Palermo - £9m - Italian
Best right back on the game.

Danny Shittu
CB - 27 - Watford - £1.9m - Nigerian
A good Central defender for the championship and will sign if you can offer him 25k a week.(this was with a L1 side).

Alan Hutton
RB - 22 - Rangers - £2.8m - Scottish
A good solid Right Back, doesnt cost too much, he is young. Id recommend him for a side out of the EPL top 4.

Park Jae Hong
LB - 28 - N/A - £230k - South Korean
South Korea international. Fantasticly consistant full back with great stats for lower league teams. Will sign for League 1 and above. Probably one of my best signings on FM08.

Kim Jin-Kyoo
CB - 22 - Seoul - £350k - South Korean
Great Centre back for championship or even lower premiership clubs.

Dariusz Dudka
DRLC - 23 - Wisla - £570k - Polish
Superb for league one, Great for championship, but being versatile is his strong point.

Jeremy Mathieu
LB - 24 - Toulouse - £8m - French
Mr Dependable, never lets you down. A very consistent performer and can cover many different positions.

Christopher Samba
D RC - 23 - Blackburn - £1m - DR of Congo
Has great defensive stats, plus scores loads from corners, got 15 goals in the Premiership for me.

Peter Murphy
DLC - 27 - Carlisle - £100k - English
Fantastiv buy for any league 1 side as his stats are simply brilliant. Can play for championship teams aswell. Plays best as a DC but can fill in at left back. Increadibly cheap.

Steven Taylor
CB - 20 - Newcastle United - £7m - English
Can't believe he hasn't already been listed, reliable, consistent, rarely injured, can get booked quite often though. But he is young at start of the game and IMO is one of the best defenders in the game.

Mamadou Sakho
DLC - 17 - PSG - Free (Compensation) - French
Approach to sign straight away, becomes an amazing defender and only 16/17 at the start.

Eduardo
LB/CB - 18 - Botafogo - £800k - Brazilian
Very cheap in the first season, and can lay in many positions. I am in 2009 and i am constantly receiving 15 million pound offers for him.

Franco Miranda
DL - 21 - C.A.I. de Chubut - £975k - Argentinian
Has everything a Championship/League One fullback needs. Good tackling, stamina and decent crossing. Provded me with many assists and proved a very good acquisition.

Jordan Loties
DRC - 23 - Dijon - £500k - French
Signed this guy for £500k for my Crystal Palace team. Got 20 goals in his first season using the corner tactic. His value has rocketed up to £2.7 Million. I reccomend this guy has he is a consistent performer through out.

Miranda
CB - 22 - Sao Paulo - £5m - Brazilian
Big, strong, solid CB. Takes a while to settle but looks class and with great potential.

Manuel Pasqual
D/WBL - 25 - Fiorentina - £6m - Italian
Very cheap for a player of his quality he can easily play for any team in the world


[edit] Midfielders

Luis Jimenez
AMC - 23 - Termana - £2m - Chilean
Great young player with high stats in dribbling, first touch, technique, passing and most mental stats

Cesc Fabregas
MC - 20 - Arsenal - 15m-20m - Spanish
In my eyes he is the best central midfielder on the game.

Ever Banega
DM - 19 - Boca Juniors - £2.5m-£3m - Argentinian
Really good solid DM will rarely lets a man past him will turn into a world class player.

Lucas Biglia
MC - 21 - Anderlecht - £3.5m - Argentinian
Immense, very creative player.

Sergio Almiron
MC - 26 - Juventus - £5.25m- Argentinian
Good reliable central midfielder, comes in to his own when played alongside Zanetti for juventus, bagging a couple of goals and assists here and there.

Andres Guardado
ML - 21 - Deportivo - £5m - Mexican
plays loads of great balls in from the left and creates goal scoring opportounity`s. in one of my seasons he got me 21 assist in the prem.

Xabi Alonso
DM - 26 - Liverpool - £15m - Spanish
A fantastic player, he has such good passing ability, and played in the right position can cause damaging effects to the opposition, he is a defensive midfielder but he pops up with a few belters every now and then.Must for every top club.

Pablo Piatti
AMC - 19 - Estudiantes - £85k - Nationality
Great young talent for any team.

Mohammed Sissokoi
23 - 23 - Liverpool - £12m - Malian
Always been a consistent performer and puts in 100% every game.

Rafael Van der Vaart
AMLC - 23 - HSV - £12m - Dutch
This guy is a legend, if used right he will bang goals in for fun. Great vision to slot the perfect through ball in and not a bad price too. VERY NICE!!!

Lorik Cana
DM - 24 - Marseille - £8.75m - Argentinian
Cana is a great defensive midfielder with amazing mental stats. Keeps working for a full ninety minutes and giving your attackers every opportunity to do whatever they want. Cana will be there to do the dirty jobs.

Derek Boateng
MC - 24 - B. Jerusalem - £700k - Ghanian
very nice at the price, good, creative MC who should slot into any non-top 4 midfield in the premier league, insanely popular at the start (up to 30 clubs want him

Alberto Zapater
DM - 22 - Real Zaragoza - £7m - Spanish
Solid defensive midfielder with good work rate and stamina, sits back and allows attacking players to advance but nips in with the odd match winner too. Not bad for a 7 million release clause.

Elano
AMC - 25 - Manchester City - £16m - Brazilian
Great attacking midfielder.Scores a lot of goals and just top class.

Christian Poulsen
DM - 27 - Sevilla - £7m - Danish
supporter spokesmen said that his signing looks to be a marvellous piece of business

Kasper Hämäläinen
M RLC - 21 - Turun Palloseura - £20k - Finnish
For lower league teams he's a good performer. An excellent set-piece taker, and can contribute a few goals to the team.

Vagner Gomes
DM - 27 - Yverdon - £10k - Portugese
Bargain at 10k could play well in any level bellow prem

Jody Morris
AMC - 28 - N/A - Free Angent - English
A must buy for any League 1 and bellow club he plays best with a AMC role in a 4-5-1 Tactic

Rok Kronaveter
AM/FC - 20 - Drava - £70k - Slovenian
Outstanding for any club but will sign for LL Teams.

Lulinha
AMC - 17 - Corinthians - £2.5m - Brazilian
Immense. Worth £17.25m in 2015

Sebastian Giovinco
AMC - 20 - Juventus - £10m+ - Italian
no comments, just look for yourself

Gelson fernandes
MC/DM - 20 - Man City - £10m - Swiss
2nd season in jus found him his stats are de sum of de best iv seen compare him mikel or diaby, hes a definite buy.v

Eric Bicfalvi
MC - 18 - Steaua - £700k - Romanian
Superb young midfielder, great finisher. After a few seasons he will be banging in the goals.

Ronnie Pander
MC - 30 - N/A - N/A - Dutch
Solid premiership standard midfielder willing to play in League One, top quality in Eredivisie and Bundesliga as well.

Adrien
MC - 18 - £1.1m - £1.1m - Portuguese
Has been immense considering his age. Became a wonderkid in 2008-2009

Steven Defour
CM/AMC - 19 - Standard - £3.5m - Belgian
Great young player who can become a starter in probably any team, can also be sold for a huge profit. e.g £30m.

Jeremy Toulalan
MC - 24 - Lyon - £25m - French
Was a great asset to my United squad and turned out to be better than Paul Scholes. Scores a fair amount of goals too.

Thiago
MRC - 15 - Barcelona - Free - Brazilian
absolutely brilliant player - only 19 and already a man u regular!

Massimo Ambrosini
DM - 30 - AC Milan - £6.2m - Italian
Very solid, rarely injured and very reliable. Not much gets past him

Bernardo
MC - 19 - Cruzerio - £500k - Brazilian
Good quality youngster, started getting starts second season for me with Rangers. Scores a good number as well from central midfield. So far 6 in 10 games.

John Bostock
AMC - 15 - Crystal Palace - Free - English
Great young English potential, could be very good with the right training.

Rene Mihelic
AMLC - 19 - Maribor - £250k - Slovenian
Great young investment.[

[edit] Wingers

Alex
AMRLC, ST - 17 - Vasco - 210k - Brazilian
Touted as the next Ronaldinho

Cani
AMRLC - 26 - Villarreal - 7.5m - Spanish
Quality attacking midfielder, very good technical stats and has an affordable minimum fee release clause

Jorge Valdivia
AMR - 24 - Palmeiras - 11m - Chilean
Great technical player and gets interest from many major clubs, so pick him up early.

Sergio Mota
AML - 18 - ??? - 2.5m - Brazilian
Great prospect but can't sign until January when he turns 18.

Per Skejelbred
AMRLC - 21 - Rosenborg - 3.7m - Norweigan
Awesome for the price tag, great passer, technique and a good shot, perfect young midfielder

Younousse Sankhare
AMLC - 17 - Paris SG - Compensation - French
Brilliant technical stats and well worth a buy for a mid-tabled club.

Jesuli
AMRLC - 24 - Sevilla - 2.5m - Spanish
He is good, even though he looks older than some of the others, chips in will important goals and will give something different to your side.

Yury Zhirkov
AML - 23 - CSKA Moscow - 7-10m - Russian
Competent left winger full of flare and pace and can light up a game if your struggling to get hold of the ball.

Diego Capel
AML - 19 - Sevilla - 4m - Spanish
Great young prospect and good from the start. Maybe too young a for regular starting spot but will work brilliantly in rotation.

Ricardo Quaresma
AMRL - 23 - Porto - 10-20m - Portuguese
Full of trickery, technique and pace, superb winger and a must for any top team.

Giles Barnes
AMRC - 19 - Derby - 9m - English
Bit pricey for a Derby player but in the long run it will really be worth it.

Trecharichi
AMLC - 16 - Leganes - Compensation - Argentinian
Snap him up quickly because if he goes elsewhere his price will rocket, well worth a look.

Matias Fernandez
AMLC - 20 - Villarreal - 16-20m - Chilean
Well known and one of the best at what he does, will get lots of goals and assists and is a brilliant technical player.

Lautaro Acosta
AMRC - 19 - Lanus - 70k - Argentinian
Very cheap and a great future prospect

Valentierra
AMLC - 32 - Penarol - 200k - Colombian
Very similar to Silva, great stats and will do nicely for 2 or 3 seasons.

Mika Aaritalo
AMRL - 20 - TPS Turku - 200k - Finnish
Becomes instantly good and brilliant for any side in the world eventually, will still score goals brining him off the bench.

Scott Sinclair
FW - 20 - Chelsea - 3-5m - English
Great to get in on loan in the first season and from then on will score lots of goals.

Giorgionio Wijnaldum
AMRLC - 16 - Feyenoord - 1.8m - Dutch
Great playmaker with explosive pace and chips in with lots of great goals.

Jeremy Menez
AMRLC, FC - 20 - Monaco - 11.75m - French
Brilliant winger who gets bags of assists and always comes up with the important goals, well worth the price tag.

Luis Garcia
AMRLC - 29 - Atletico Madrid - 11-15m - Spanish
Superb player with a lot of versatility, one of the best on the game.

Andrey Arshavin
AMRC - 26 - Zenit St. Petersburg - 6m - Russian
Pure quality and can run riot through the best of defences, 6m is a great bargain and one of the best deals you could find.

Marvin Angulo
AMR - 21 - Heradiano - 300k - Costa Rican
A very unheard of player and can struggle to get a WP, but if he does he is class.

Wayne Routledge
AMRLC - 23 - Tottenham - 1-2m - English
Quick with good dribbling ability, not the best but well worth what he can be bought for.

Frantisek Rajtoral
AMR - 21 - Banik Ostrava - 275k - Czech
Great winger for a Championship or smaller Premiership club.

Arjen Robben
AMRL - 23 - Real Madrid - 23-30m - Dutch
Very expensive but we all know what he can do, if you can afford him he would be well worth it.

Damian Escudero
AMLC - 19 - Velez - 250k - Argentinian
Difficult to get a WP, but when he does he will be a class buy.

Jesus Navas
AMRL - 21 - Sevilla - 16m - Spanish
Quite pricey but is a great winger, will get plenty of assists.

Mark Bresciano
AMRLC - 28 - Palermo - 8m - Australian
Never lets you down and a great team player. Will always chip in with an assist and the odd goal.

Leandro Romagnoli
AMR - 26 - Sporting Lisbon - 5m - Argentinian
One of the most accurate passers on the game and a dynamic winger. Brilliant crosser.

Thiago Neves
AMLC - 23 - Fluminense - 4-7m - Brazilian
Wow. Rips up the Championship and would almost guarentee you promotion if you can afford him. Scores some scorchers and a great cross.

Alireza Vahedi
AMRC - 24 - Persepolis - 1.6m - Iranian
Technically gifted and gets some much needed assists and goals. Good for any Championship side and a lower Premiership side.

Andrea Gasbaronni
AMR - 26 - Palermo - 5m - Italian
Extremely pacey winger with a good eye for a cross and brilliant set-piece taker.

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