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    TOP 100 PLAYERS GUIDE
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    First Updated - 13th March 2003
    Last Updated - 18th May 2003
    First Completed Version - 3rd April 2003
    Second Completed Version - 22nd April 2003
    Final Completed Version - 18 May 2003
    Version Number - FINAL
    Author - Luke O'Mac
    Email - mariotakeiteasy@hotmail.com
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    Introduction
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    BEGIN FAQ - PRESS CTRL+F AND TYPE IN FINISH FAQ TO GO TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS FAQ
    
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    Welcome to my renamed Top 100 Players FAQ for Championship Manager 2002/2003 on 
    the Xbox. This is my first FAQ for GameFAQs.com, and I am hoping that you think 
    it is a good and easy FAQ to use.
    
    If I have made any mistakes at all for this FAQ please email me and tell me. I
    will mention you on this FAQ that you corrected me. Please I will not accept any 
    more players, as this is the last update, but feel free to email me for 
    questions.
    
    Thanks again.
    
    Oh and by the way, in case you haven't heard, Championship Manager 4 is 
    officially coming to Xbox! Hooray!
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    Updates
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    FINAL VERSION (18th May 2003) The very last update - a few new players but it's 
    over. That's it. Plus the FAQ has been renamed to the top 100 players.
    
    Version 2.20 (5th May 2003) Thanks to Scott Newby for some top class players 
    added to the long list, thanx! Some goalies, defenders and attackers, go check 
    `em out!
    
    Version 2.00 (22nd April 2003) Wow, a massive update! Big MASSIVE thanks to 
    james2 for the contribution, as a load of players have been updated! Sheesh! 
    There's so many players now, this is the 2nd completed version!
    
    Version 1.20 (15th April 2003) Sorry about the long wait! I've updated some new 
    players on the list. You can now check out how many players there are on the 
    lists with a 'Facts' part of the Player lists! Cool!
    
    Version 1.00 (1st April 2003) Hooray, the first finished version! Sorry about 
    long wait! Added a few more players, plus ASCII art from my other FAQ. More 
    sites are on my permission list, and an important note is added to the notes on 
    the transfer section. 
    
    Version 0.92 (21st March 2003) - Site added to host sites, a few more players on 
    the list. Nearly got to the 1st finished version. I've also added a new 'Cheap 
    Players XI' pitch layout like the 'Dream XI' one.
    
    Version 0.80 (18th March 2003) - I have added a few more players, but still not
    finished the FAQ. I modified the 'Dream XI' a bit too.
    
    Version 0.75 (13th March 2003)- Put most players on, but more to come soon
    
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    Added Players and Features
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    FINAL VERSION
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    Players - Roque Santa Cruz, Rosicky, Van Der Vaart, Mutu, Adriano, Kasey Keller, 
    Craig Bellamy
    Features - Renamed FAQ
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    Version 2.20
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    Players - Sebastian Frey, Franceso Toldo, Sol Campbell, Javier Zanetti, Paolo 
    Montero, Patrick Vieria, Andrei Schevchenko, Javier Saviola, Raul, Edgar Davids, 
    Patrick Kluivert
    Features - Modified the Top Players XI
    Sections - Added Contacting Luke O'Mac
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    Version 2.00 Update
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    I'm sorry, there's too many to mention, James2 has provided me with over 50 new 
    players for the FAQ! All you'se guys who gave me new players, they'll be on the 
    next update, OK?
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    Version 1.20 Update
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    Players - Ednilson, Quinton Fortune, Georcelin, David Bellion, Lucas Cornwall, 
    Lee Chilvers
    Features - Facts on Transfer List section
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    Version 1.00 Update 
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    Players - Ricardo Quaresma, Portillo, Landon Donavan, Paul Bosvelt, Catanha, 
    Ryan Giggs, David Beckham
    Features - No. of Players Facts, Cheap XI completed 
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    Version 0.92 Update 
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    Players - Cafu, Martin Laursen, Andrea Pirlo, 
    Features - Cheap Players XI
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    Version 0.80 Update 
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    Players - Jordan Stewart, Youri Djorkaeff, Marco Simone, Luis Figo
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    Table Of Contents
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    I. Legal Stuff
    II. Tips for Championship Manager
    III. Top Players List
      a. GOALKEEPERS
      b. DEFENDERS
      c. MIDFIELDERS
      d. ATTACKERS
    IV. Championship Manager Dream Team and Cheap Players XI
    V. Frequently Asked Questions
    VI. Contacting Luke O'Mac
    VI. Credits
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    I. LEGAL STUFF
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    Here THAT stuff. Hell, I need it, so I shouldn't complain. I must make sure I
    put all this crap here, so here we are.
    
    This FAQ was created by Luke McCarthy-Reed (c) 2003. Any use of this FAQ on any
    site besides GameFaqs.com is illegal. This FAQ is copyrighted by Luke McCarthy
    Reed. It may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal,
    private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed
    publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other web
    site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a violation
    of copyright. All trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned
    by their respective trademark and copyright holders.
    These are the current sites that are able to host this FAQ:
    
    http://www.gamefaqs.com
    http://omacsgames.cjb.net - My *new* site ^_^
    http://www.cheatcc.com
    http://www.neoseeker.com
    http://www.gamers-realm.com
    http://www.gamenation.com.au 
    
    (Sorry if I've missed a site out. Email me ASAP if I have!)
    
    If you want to use this FAQ on your site, you'll need to ask me first. So check 
    out `Contacting Luke O'Mac' at the bottom of the FAQ - try on one of these ideas 
    to ask me. Emailing is the easiest way, so my addy is down there somewhere. I 
    say yes most of the time, so don't be afraid to ask.
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    II. TIPS FOR CHAMPIONSHIP MANAGER
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    Try these tips to get better results and stuff like that:
    
    1. Always rest your players. I have progressively learnt that you should never 
    keep playing the same team game after game unless you are totally confident. 
    Your players will get tired and fatigued easy and may complain about your 
    management. Make sure you have players good enough to have a squad rotation 
    system.
    
    2. Never overspend. If you keep selling players and keep buying new ones, your 
    fans will get tiresome of your antics and start to complain about you. I'm not 
    saying don't buy anybody, just make sure you buy over a period of time.
    
    3. Don't annoy the FA or the board. They both will lose their confidence and 
    temper if you either keep complaining to the FA or if you keep handing in 
    threatens to leave the club to the board.
    
    4. Keep an eye on the player's rating when playing matches. The match commentary 
    will also help you improve match results. If a match is not that important, then 
    simply just make the match speed very fast. But if you have an important match I 
    suggest you put the speed on slow as you can tell how players are performing and 
    make some good decisions
    
    5. Keep a good team a happy team. If you keep winning and win cups and 
    tournaments, then you are obviously a good manager who let's their players train 
    well and use a good squad rotation system. If you keep disciplining players for 
    no reason and keep playing the same squad over and over, then the team will 
    complain and ask to leave your team. But don't be scared to discipline. I reckon 
    the best times to discipline are when players are sent off or have been playing 
    unbelievably bad. If they get a 5 match ban, give them a good fine, they should 
    accept it. If they are playing bad, just warn them. 
    
    6. Before the start of the season, or after it, make sure you set up tours and
    friendlies to make your team ready for the challenge that lies ahead. With these
    friendly matches, you can keep rotating your team to see how players perform, 
    and you can then choose your best team due to these friendlies and the
    performances during the season to make up your strongest side. The only real 
    problem with these friendly matches is to watch out for injuries.
    
    7. Never play a player until he has been classed OK to play, and he is back in
    full training for the squad. If you play a player with an orange 'INJ' next to 
    his name, his is able to play, but he is still injured. Don't even think about 
    playing him though because he will come off after about 5-10 minutes and his
    injury will get worse.
    
    8. Don't get sacked. Simple. 
     
    For more good tips for your management, visit my other FAQ for this game, 
    available on all sites on my permission list. Just click back to go back to the 
    Champ. Manager pages, and go on the other guide to see a few tips for CM 02/03. 
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    III. TOP PLAYERS
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    This is the main part of this FAQ. I have split each section up to make it more 
    accessible and easier to read. If you have suggested a player on the message 
    boards, I will mention your name, so don't worry. As the FAQ gets updated 
    progressively, I will add more defenders, midfielders, etc. So don't think this 
    FAQ is gonna stay like this forever!
    
    To add a player to the list, simple email me or reply on the Championship 
    Manager 02/03 message boards and I will give you full credit.
    
    *KEY*
    (P) = Premiership
    (D1) = Division 1
    (D2) = Division 2
    (D3) = Division 3
    (UL) = Unknown League
    
    Name: Player's Full Name 
    Age: His age(will affect his performance-he may get more injured if he is older)
    Side Position: If he plays on the right, left, etc(Doesn't affect goalies)
    Team: Who he plays for - (the better the team, the more he may be)
    Fee: The amount you have to pay for him at least (The more you pay the better
    chance of signing him)
    Star Rating: How good I rate him (Out of 5 - 1 being bad, 5 being great)
    My Opinion: What I personally think about this player on Championship Manager.
    
    
    *NOTE* As from this years season in European Football, a 'TRANSFER WINDOW' has 
    started. This Transfer Window prohibits any signings between football teams 
    between the dates. This rule has taken full affect on this years Championship 
    Manager. These are the dates where Teams are allowed to buy players.
    
    ENGLAND: 1ST JULY -> 31ST AUGUST and 1ST JANUARY -> 1ST FEBRUARY
    SPAIN: 1ST JULY -> 31ST SEPTEMBER, I THINK and 1ST DECEMBER -> ?
    ITALY: UNKNOWN
    
    I am trying to find out Italy and Spain's transfer window as soon as possible. 
    If you know, please email me. Thank you.
    
    *NOTE 2* Some of the prices on the players may be wrong due to the fact teams 
    may change prices of players at any time, plus I am getting these facts from a 
    saved file halfway thru the 02/03 season so some things my be wrong, sorry!!!! 
    
    *NOTE 3* Remember, If the team is unknown on the player, just search for him on 
    the 'Find' option. If you don't find the player, just email me and I'll sort out 
    the problem. Thanks. 
     
    *NOTE 4* Something new I noticed. Some players are only found when a league is 
    loaded as a background league. To find out more about this, I shall be 
    mentioning it in my Strategy Guide. Thanks.
    
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    #FACTS#
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    Overall No. of Players on list: 100
    
    Current No. of Goalies: 16
    Current No. of Defenders: 30
    Current No. of Midfielders: 30
    Current No. of Forwards: 21
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    *NOTE 5* All the players with (Thanks to James2) over their stuff was written by 
    James2 himself, and he has contributed to this FAQ massively. Thanks so much 
    dude, and I hope your FAQ will be wicked. The opinions are his opinions, and I 
    haven't modified them. All I have done to them is change the ratings to stars 
    and the cost of players from letters to digits. Here's what James2 has to say 
    about the players:
    
    "Here is a list of players I have bought and tested. As you can see many are 
    young and a hard to find on your own. All are accessible from the Standard 
    English league.
    
    If you cant find the player you want, then go to the team he was at and view the 
    transfers page. Here you can see what players the club has bought/sold and your 
    player should be in there. Just click on his name.
    Note- all values are approx. as they fluctuate throughout the game."
    
    *NOTE 6* Please note that new players added on the final version will NOT have a 
    my opinion due to the fact that I no longer have the game. This is also a factor 
    in the reason that this is the final update :( 
    
    a. GOALKEEPERS
    
    Name: Peter Schmeichel
    Age: 36
    Team: Manchester City (P)
    Fee: Very cheap, but free after the 1st season due to Bosman Ruling
    Star Rating (Out of 5): ****
    My Opinion: A good goalkeeper. I did sign him on my game as my second keeper 
    though, so if you are a top team, say Manchester United or Arsenal, then he 
    obviously isn't a desperate buy, but still a handy buy never the less.
    
    Name: Santiago Canizares
    Age: Unknown
    Team: Valencia (Spain)
    Fee: o8,750,000
    Star Rating: ***
    My Opinion: Another good keeper, but disappoints. I also signed this keeper on 
    my game, but he failed to live up to my expectations. Bit of a high priced 
    keeper too.
    
    Name: Fabien Barthez
    Age: 31
    Team Manchester United (P)
    Fee: o13,500,000
    Star Rating: ****
    MY Opinion: Great keeper. Good all-rounder, and really doesn't turn against you. 
    The only time he has been unhappy for me is when his contract was coming up to 
    it's expiry date. Incredibly dear though, arguably one of the best keepers on 
    the game though.
    
    Name: Olivier Kahn
    Age: 33
    Team: Bayern Munich (Germany)
    Fee: o6,750,000
    Star Rating: *****
    My Opinion: If you have the money and have a dodgy keeper, BUY KAHN. He is 
    absolutely superb on Championship Manager, and is considerably cheaper than 
    others. He is a bit edgy with his moods, and turned against me quickly on my 
    game. Still a great goalie though.
    
    Name: Brad Friedel
    Age: 34
    Team: Blackburn (P)
    Fee: Unknown
    Star Rating: ***
    My Opinion: Old, but good. I've heard good things about Friedel on Championship 
    Manager, and usually the press praise his performances. The only problem with 
    signing Friedel is the fact that he is quite old for a keeper, and retires 
    quickly.
    
    Name: Roy Carroll
    Age: 25
    Team: Manchester United (Starts on Reserves)
    Fee: o4,500,000
    Star Rating: ****
    My Opinion: I reckon Carroll is the best young keeper on the game. He is a 
    superb goalie and let in 2 goals in 6 matches on my saved file. He is usually 
    always happy, and likes cheap contracts. A Good signing.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Paul Robinson
    Age- 22
    Position(s)- GK
    Club- Leeds
    Value- o500,000
    Rating- *****
    My Opinion- Very cheap and very good. He starts off with great stats but because 
    of his age he can only improve. Anyone looking for a keeper, whether first team 
    or as backup, this is your man.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Van Der Saar
    Age- 31
    Position(s)- GK
    Club- Fulham
    Value- o4,400,000
    Rating- ***
    My Opinion- Great keeper as cover, but his stats will start to drop along with 
    his value after a while so he's only good for lower league leagues.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Martin Herrera
    Age- 31
    Position(s)- GK
    Club- Fulham
    Value- o2,900,000
    Rating- ****
    My Opinion- very reliable and loyal but like Van der Saar his value and stats 
    will start to drop after a few seasons.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Maik Taylor
    Age- 31
    Position(s)- GK
    Club- Fulham
    Value- o1,400,000
    Rating- ****
    My Opinion- despite his age, his stats seem to maintain a high level for a 
    while. Great bargain for lower teams as he gets fed p of being third choice at 
    Fulham after about 2 months.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Paul Smith
    Age- 22
    Position(s)- GK
    Club- Brentford
    Value- o170,000
    Rating- ****
    My Opinion- great value as a backup for big teams or as a regular starter. His 
    stats will gradually go up and so will his value. Very sought after though.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Andy Marshall
    Age- 27
    Position(s)- GK
    Club- Ipswich
    Value- o1,200,000
    Rating- *****
    My Opinion- if you have the money then buy this player. Millwall will be chasing 
    him early on so be quick. All this player is missing is an England cap because 
    many a time has he kept me in a game with great saves. He even saved a Van 
    Nistelrooy penalty in an FA Cup-tie!
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- David James
    Age- 32
    Position(s)- GK
    Club- West Ham
    Value- o2,000,000
    Rating- *****
    My Opinion- this is my No.1 England keeper. Great reaction saves and very loyal. 
    Tends to be overtaken by younger stars after about three seasons though.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Stephen Bywater
    Age- 21
    Position(s)- GK
    Club- West Ham
    Value- o500,000
    Rating- *****
    My Opinion- another quality keeper in the making. All he needs is a few games 
    and his stats will rocket. Definitely one to watch out for seeing as Glen Roeder 
    will keep him on the bench for most of the first season. Is a quiet member of 
    the squad who lets his football do the talking.
    
    Name: Sebastian Frey
    Age: 22
    Position: Goalie
    Club: Parma
    Value: o1,700,000
    Rating: *****
    (Thanks to Scott Newby)
    My Opinion: Seb Frey is a young keeper, and is suprisingly cheap for a keeper of 
    his talent. He rarely gets and cards on CM 02/03, and is a strong goalie. He is 
    only 22 and worth just 1.7 million, but Parma may put up a fight to sell this 
    kid. He's a good goalie to use as a sub or in the first team though.
    
    Name: Franceso Toldo
    Age: 30
    Position: Goalie
    Club: Inter Milan
    Value: o10,500,000 
    Rating: *****
    (Thanks to Scott Newby)
    My Opinion: 10 million is a good asking price for Toldo because he is ,again 
    like Frey, a great talent for a player between the posts. Again, he is very 
    strong and very good but Inter find Toldo a great talent to have and if you ant 
    him BADLY, prepare for a price increase. If you get him, well done because Toldo 
    is a great keeper.
    
    Name: Kasey Keller
    Age: Unknown
    Position: Goalie
    Club: Tottenham Hotspur
    Value: Around œ5,000,000
    Rating: ***
    My Opinion: A good sub keeper to have, and is trust worthy in goals. Pretty 
    cheap too, and Tottenham usually use Neil Sullivan, so it shouldn't be too hard 
    to get him. Kept a lot of clean sheets on my game before.
    
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    b. DEFENDERS
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    Name: Kevin Hofland
    Age: 23
    Side Position: Central
    Team: PSV Eindhoven (Holland)
    Fee: o3,900,000
    Star Rating:***
    My Opinion: Hofland grows into a world class defender on Championship Manager, 
    as long as you keep him playing in a good solid position and treat him well. He 
    gets tired a lot though, so watch out for that.
    
    Name: Mikael Silvestre
    Age: 25
    Side Position: Left
    Team: Manchester United (P)
    Fee: o5,000,000
    Star Rating:****
    My Opinion: Arguably the best left winger on the game. But that's just what I,
    And my friends think. He is a good player thought undoubtly, and is worth 5
    million pounds. The problem I found with Silvestre though is that he can get
    a little fussy with a contract and may become unhappy once in a while. But don't
    worry about that, he's still a top defender who scores a few.
    
    Name: Walter Samuel
    Age: 24
    Side Position: Central, I think
    Team: Roma (Italy)
    Fee: o20,000,000
    Star Rating:*****
    (Thanks to james2)
    My Opinion: Apparently the best defender on the game. This could be true as he 
    is a superb defender on Championship Manager. He tackles well, gets good average
    ratings, but is 20 million pounds, and Roma may only release him after a season
    or two, so it's pretty hard to get this guy!(Thanks to James2)
    
    Name: Wilfried Bouma
    Age: 24
    Side Position:
    Team: PSV Eindhoven (Holland)
    Fee: o7,000,000
    Star Rating:****
    My Opinion: Bouma is talented on Championship Manager, but isn't up to the
    Standard or some players like Carlos or Samuel. PSV may let him go for a willing
    price. He is a good defender though and is worth the money, so I can't really
    say that he is rubbish. The good thing about Bouma is that he isn't that fussy
    about contracts, and he scores a few for me, so overall a good buy.(Thanks to 
    Chopper)
    
    Name: Joeleon Lescott
    Age: 20
    Side Position: Central, I think
    Team: Wolverhampton Wanderers (D1)
    Fee: o675,000
    Star Rating:***
    (Thanks to NeMeSiS vEnOmOuS)
    My Opinion: Yes, I know, you may of not heard of Lescott, tell you the truth, I
    never heard of him. But he's one hell of a buy. Seeing as he is only worth 675k
    and is playing for Wolves, I found him good to use as a sub for your team,
    because he's a good buy, but isn't superb. Still, I advise you to buy him as a
    sub or something.(Thanks to NeMeSiS vEnOmOuS)
    
    Name: Michael Hartmann
    Age: 28
    Side Position: Right Winger
    Team: Hertha BSC (Germany)
    Fee: Free (After 1 season, his contract runs out)
    Star Rating:***
    My Opinion: Now, Hartmann is a pretty difficult person to explain. Wait until 
    the first season is up, so you can get him on the Bosman ruling. When you do get 
    him, he will start off superb, but then his performances deteriorated for me. He 
    was still playing good, but he was getting 6's and 5's for his rating. So, it's 
    up to you really. He is a good buy for free, though.
    
    Name: Lillian Thuram
    Age: 28
    Side Position: Central/Right Winger
    Team: Juventus (Italy)
    Fee: Over o10,000,000
    Star Rating:****
    My Opinion: Lillian Thuram. You really can't say anything bad about this player.
    Except he's fussy. His contracts are usually high, but it's worth it as he
    usually plays superb, so he is worth all the money you may spend on him. He's a
    fast player on the wing who can put in some good crosses. If you got the money,
    buy him.
    
    Name: Bixente Lizarazu
    Age: 33
    Side Position: Right winger
    Team: Bayern Munich (Germany)
    Fee: o1,900,000
    Star Rating:****
    My Opinion: Lizarazu is a great defender, and the best thing is that on the 5
    games I've started on Championship Manager, on 4 of them, he has requested a
    transfer from Bayern, so he is pretty easy to get hold of. He is incredibly
    cheap, so I think that he should be a definite buy for anyone who needs a
    defender.
    
    Name: Roberto Carlos
    Age: 25, I think 
    Side Position: Central
    Team: Real Madrid (Spain)
    Fee: o20,000,000
    Star Rating:*****
    My Opinion: The best free kicker in the world. Also, the best free kicker on
    Championship Manager. He is one hell of a defender, and if you have a spare 20 -
    25 million pounds, go for him. His price makes him incredibly hard to get. If
    you do get him though, man, he is one of the best defenders on the game, and
    make sure you use him as your free kick taker, as you'll see the results fly in
    as victories!
    
    Name: Jordan Stewart
    Age: 21
    Side Position: Left/Centre (Also Midfielder)
    Team: Leicester City (D1)
    Fee: o775,000 - Free after about January 2003
    Star Rating: ***
    My Opinion: This kid is a great talent for a young player, and a recommended 
    signing. He plays well at back, but again isn't the talent that is Thuram or 
    Carlos. He does build up into a good player though, so he is a good, cheap young 
    player to use as a sub for the bigger teams, and a top player for the lower 
    teams. Leicester City don't mind letting him go either.  
    
    Name: Cafu
    Age: 32
    Side Position: Right
    Team: Roma (Italy)
    Fee: o9,750,000
    Star Rating: ****
    My Opinion: Now you surely should of the Brazilian defender Cafu, right? He's a 
    great signing on Championship Manager because of his tackling and determination. 
    He is a loyal captain and great defender for your team too, as he decreased the 
    amount of goals my team (Man Utd) were letting in after I signed him. If you got 
    around o10,000,000 spare, then I suggest buying Cafu.
    
    Name: Martin Laursen
    Age: 25
    Side Position: Centre
    Team: AC Milan (Italy)
    Fee: o1,800,000
    Star Rating: ****
    (Thanks to fozzyflop)
    My Opinion: You may not of heard of Laursen, but he is one of my top cheap buys 
    on the game. He is an incredibly cheap buy that improves the rating of your team 
    very much. The good thing is that his contracts are pretty low, but AC Milan may 
    put up a fight to keep him, so watch out for that factor. Just add a few extra 
    thousand on the fee, and he should be yours.
    
    Name: Lee Chilvers
    Age: 21
    Side Position: Defender (Right + Centre) 
    Team: Arsenal
    Fee: o725,000
    Rating: ***
    (Thanks to McGreal)
    My Opinion: This Arsenal ( :-( grrrr...) defender is again one of these young 
    guns that performs very well for a good team. He is certainly not the standard 
    of Campbell, Thuram, etc but he is a good defender that is very useful to the 
    lower league teams. He doesn't really go for high salaries on contracts, which 
    is pretty good :). Hey, he's only 725k, so if you want a cheap defender, here's 
    ya man! I recommend using him as a replacement player though.  
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Rufus Brevett
    Age- 32
    Position(s)- Defender left
    Club- Fulham
    Value- o475,000
    Rating - ***
    My Opinion- great as cover but not good enough for a regular first team place in 
    a quality team. Great though for lower teams who need a bit of strength on the 
    left-hand side.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Jon Harley
    Age- 22
    Position(s)- Defender/Attacking Midfielder left
    Club- Fulham
    Value- o3,400,00
    Rating - ****
    My Opinion- needs experience but is a good player. Best played as a wingback so 
    he can be both defender and attacking midfielder. Can hold down a first team 
    place but needs to watched carefully on the big occasions.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Pierre Wome
    Age- 23
    Position(s)- Defender/Defensive Midfielder left, centre
    Club- Fulham
    Value- o3,800,000
    Rating - *****
    My Opinion- this is a good player for a team that uses squad rotation. He can 
    play in four different positions but is capable of failing to deliver on the big 
    occasion.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Julio Arca
    Age- 21
    Position(s)- defender/midfielder left
    Club- Sunderland
    Value- o2,500,000
    Rating - *****
    My Opinion- this is one player that I can't praise enough. He pulls off 
    consistent displays for my Newcastle squad and is very loyal. He handles 
    pressure like water off a ducks back and is very professional (no diving or 
    ungentlemanly behaviour)
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Olivier Bernard
    Age- 22
    Position(s)- defender/ attacking midfielder left
    Club- Newcastle
    Value- o3,300,000
    Rating - ****
    My Opinion- great as backup, he will always be pushing forward to put crosses 
    in. at the moment he's not happy with his contract (in my game) however I have 
    been playing him because Arca is away with Argentina, so whether he is just a 
    moody sod remains to be seen.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Jonathan Woodgate
    Age- 22
    Position(s)- sweeper/defender
    Club- Leeds
    Value- o3,100,000
    Rating - ****
    My Opinion- takes a while to settle but is quality. The way his stats and 
    performances rise will reflect this. Best left to waver in and out of the first 
    team for the first season until he can compete in the champions league.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Darren Ward
    Age-23
    Position(s)- Defender, central
    Club- Millwall
    Value- o500,000
    Rating - *****
    My Opinion- handles pressure well and performs consistently well. His value will 
    go sky high after a while but he's well worth keeping. To me, `the next Walter 
    Samuel'. Which takes us onto.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Paul Robinson
    Age- 23
    Position(s)- defender/defensive midfielder left, centre
    Club- Watford
    Value- o1,400,000
    Rating - ***
    My Opinion- not essential but worth a look. Gets nervous in big matches but 
    isn't one to jump out of a crunching tackle. The problem is that when you have 
    finally got Watford to let go of him, you realise you can spend the money on 
    better talent.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Andy O'Brien
    Age- 23
    Position(s)- defender, central
    Club- Newcastle
    Value- o2,400,000
    Rating - ****
    My Opinion- this is a player well worth training up. Seems to be forgotten at 
    his home club and can eventually be tempted away when he gets fed up of being 
    left behind. My `unsung hero'.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- John O'Shea
    Age- 21
    Position(s)- defender, central
    Club- Man Utd
    Value- o500,000
    Rating - *****
    My Opinion- Starts off as a fringe player but by using him in my squad rotation 
    system has made him a much better player. His tackling and marking are of 
    international quality after just 6 months and he's two footed.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Danny Mills
    Age- 25
    Position(s)- defender/defensive midfielder right, centre
    Club- Leeds
    Value- o4,000,000
    Rating - *****
    My Opinion-I am a big fan of this player and he seems to reward my trust in him 
    by playing well. He's definitely one to nominate for a wing back role and can 
    also act as cover for the centre backs.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Aaron Hughes
    Age- 22
    Position(s)- defender/defensive midfielder right left and centre
    Club- Newcastle
    Value- o2,000,000
    Rating - ****
    My Opinion- the best covering defender. Although only right footed, he can play 
    anywhere in the defending part of the field. Doesn't let big games get to him 
    and is best suited as staying back to protect the goal in attacking moves.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Steve Finnan
    Age-26
    Position(s)- defensive midfielder, right and left
    Club- Fulham
    Value- o2,400,000
    Rating - ***
    My Opinion- only good for cover, he cant compete in big games as he simply gets 
    over-run. Good value though and a good buy for the smaller team.
    
    Name: Sol Campbell
    Age: 27
    Position: Central
    Club: Arsenal (Booo!)
    Value: o6,000,000
    Rating: ****
    (Thanks to Scott Newby) 
    My Opinion: Sol Campbell is probably the strongest defender on the game and he 
    goes in for tackles occasionally, but usually wins the ball. The problem? He has 
    got sent off twice for me.plus he plays for Arsenal (There's only one United!) 
    He is incredibly cheap for a player of his ability, so he is a good signing to 
    buy
    
    Name: Javier Zanetti
    Age: 29
    Position: Right (Also defensive midfielder)
    Club: Inter Milan 
    Value: o13,000,000
    Rating: ****
    (Thanks to Scott Newby)
    My Opinion: He plays for Inter, you really expect him to be cheaper? Nah, 
    Zanetti's a world class talent that's worth every penny. OK, he does get injured 
    frequently, but he's a great defender, and buying him is a great idea due to the 
    fact that he has amazing skill. His stats are pretty god too, so if you are 
    desperate, put the price up to 16 million, 17 million maybe.
    
    Name: Paolo Montero
    Age: 31
    Position: Sweeper/Defender Central
    Club: Juvemtus
    Value: o5,000,000 (Free after 2 seasons)
    Rating: *****
    (Thanks to Scott Newby)
    My Opinion: Montero's a veteran of football, and very cheap too. He's only 5 
    million, or just wait 2 seasons and he'll available on the bosman ruling. There 
    is a mystery on my Man Utd 04/05 save file, because at the end of the 2003/2004 
    season, I got news saying `Manchester United have signed Paolo Montero for free 
    on the bosman ruling'. The thing was that I hadn't even tried to get him, let 
    alone sign him on the Bosman ruling! Anyway, whatever happened was great because 
    my defence has been ever so solid ever since!
    
    Name: Edgar Davids
    Age: 29
    Position: Central (Defensive Midfielder too)
    Club: Juventus
    Value: o15,500,000
    Rating: *****
    My Opinion: The Dutch Master, as I like to call him, is one of my favourite 
    players on the game. Not only does he wear those cool glasses (lol) but he is a 
    massive talent and if you have the money, SIGN HIM. He is a superb defender, if 
    he plays in defence, or just in front of the defence, it doesn't matter because 
    wherever he plays back there he plays unbelievably good. He occasionally scores, 
    and if you got the 16 million, get him. Juventus will put up a fight for him 
    though so watch out for that.
    
    ==========================
    c. MIDFIELDERS
    ==========================
    
    Name: Athirson
    Age: 25
    Side Position: Central (Also a defender)
    Team: Flamengo (Brazil)
    Fee: o3,200,000
    Star Rating: ***
    My Opinion: A good Brazilian midfielder that has the courage to play at back
    too. He is actually quite strong with tackles, and got a few yellow cards for 
    me, so watch out. A good buy though, and he is reasonably cheap.
    
    Name: Bojan Djordic
    Age: 19
    Side Position: Attacking (But in my opinion plays much better on the left wing)
    Team: Manchester United (Reserves)
    Fee: o1,500,000 I think
    Rating: ****
    My Opinion: Even though this kid is pretty much unheard of compared to the 
    Rest of the Man Utd team, he is one hell of a talented youth player. He is an
    attacking midfielder, but plays ever so much better on the left hand side.
    Another good thing about Djordic is he goes for cheap contracts too.
    
    Name: Julian Gray
    Age: 23
    Side Position: Attacking (Also Striker and Defender!)
    Team: Crystal Palace (D1)
    Fee: o300,000
    Star Rating: ****
    My Opinion: This guy starts off pretty good, but let me guarantee this, after a
    few seasons, he is worth o25,000,000 and is a hot striker. He pretty much keeps
    scoring. He is a good player at front as well and midfield and defence. A handy
    signing.
    
    Name: Luis Figo
    Age: ??
    Side Position: Attacking Midfielder (Also Forward)
    Team: Real Madrid (Spain)
    Fee: o12,750,000
    Star Rating: ****
    My Opinion: FIGO FOR 13 MILLION? Yep, it's  true, Figo is only worth 13 million 
    on Champ. Manager, and Real Madrid let him go easily too! A dream come true, is 
    it? Is it? Well, yes, but no. Figo is a massively good player on Championship 
    Manager 2002/2003, but he disappoints a bit. He isn't the best player ever, but 
    is still a goal scoring machine. Really, you should buy him if you can!
    
    Name: Ricardo Quaresma 
    Age: 19 
    Side Position: Left or Right Wing 
    Team: Sporting Lisbon (Portugal) 
    Fee: o1,200,000 
    Star Rating: *** 
    (Thanks to wheat)
    My Opinion: I haven't signed this kid on my game, but he sounds like a good 
    player according to a few sources that I have. I have a friend who signed this 
    player when he looked t the message boards, and on his 2nd match he scored 2 
    goals, and by the end of the season scored 20-odd goals! Sounds like a good 
    talent to watch out for.
    
    Name: Paul Bosvelt 
    Age: 32 
    Side Position: Right Winger 
    Team: Feyenoord (Netherlands) 
    Fee: o5,500,000
    Star Rating: ****
    My Opinion: Paul Bosvelt is a reliable winger CM 02/03. He doesn't get injured a 
    lot, is worthy of captaincy, gets in good tackles and scores a few as well. He 
    is more of a defensive midfielder than an attacking one. At 5 and a half million 
    pounds, he is a good buy for your team, whether you'll use him as a first team 
    regular or a backup, he is a great buy that stays loyal.  
     
    Name: David Beckham
    Age: 27
    Side Position: Right/Centre 
    Team: Manchester United (P)
    Fee: o18,750,000
    Star Rating: *****
    My Opinion: He doesn't come cheap, but if you can get him, it will be worth it. 
    I truly do think that David Beckham is the best damn midfielder on the game. Of 
    course, he is a master at taking free kicks and corners, and scores regularly. 
    Also a good captain for your team. Like I said, the problem is getting 
    Manchester United to sell him. A good tip is to wait a few seasons, then try.
     
    Name: Ryan Giggs
    Age: 28
    Side Position: Attacking/Left
    Team: Manchester United
    Fee: o9,750,000
    Star Rating: ****
    My Opinion: Wey hey, Giggsy, the Welsh Dragon! I had to include this superb 
    midfielder seeing as I'm Welsh and we are the best team in the UK! Anyway... 
    Ryan Giggs is a world class midfielder like Beckham, but he does get a hell of a 
    lot of injuries, especially on my 2 games I have at the moment. He was injured 
    for 2 months, came back, then my physio told me he was worried, so I sent his 
    ass to rehab for 6 month, then he returned for 4 games and got injured again. 
    Great, huh? He is a good player, yes, but gets injured too easy.
     
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Steven Reid
    Age- 21
    Position(s)- defender/attacking midfielder/forward left, right and centre
    Club- Millwall
    Value- o600,000
    Rating - *****
    My Opinion- BARGAIN ALERT! Snap this play up quickly. He is two footed, which 
    means he can play anywhere on the field. Needs time to develop into a first 
    teamer but is great for cover.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Jason Wilcox
    Age- 31
    Position(s)- attacking midfielder left
    Club- Leeds
    Value- o2,100,000
    Rating - *****
    My Opinion- the answer to England's left sided problem. Great crossing and 
    deadly in the box, but his stats start to fade away after two seasons. 
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Chris Carruthers
    Age- 18
    Position(s)- defender/midfielder/forward right left and centre
    Club- Northampton
    Value- o350,000
    Rating - ***
    My Opinion- needs time to develop but if you train him right then he will be a 
    star. Like Reid he can play anywhere but for Chris you need to hold him back for 
    a while.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Robin van Persie
    Age- 18
    Position(s)- attacking midfielder/forward left
    Club- Feyenoord
    Value- o325,000
    Rating - ****
    My Opinion- with a bit of time and patience Robin will develop into a gem. While 
    he'll cost 4m to prise away from Holland, make him a squad rotation player and 
    bring him on towards the end of a game you are winning. He puts in some good 
    crosses and is best suited to a short passing tactic.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- David Bryan
    Age-16
    Position(s)- midfielder, centre
    Club- Southend
    Value- o55,000
    Rating - ****
    My Opinion- this is a real battle to get him away from Roots Hall but it is 
    worth it. For your cash you get a loyal player who has masses upon masses of 
    potential. His passing and creativity is at 17 and he will put in around 60 
    passes per game. Well worth the time and effort to train up although he can take 
    care of himself and play against the big boys.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- David Prutton
    Age- 20
    Position(s)- defender/defensive midfielder right and centre
    Club- Notts Forest
    Value- o1,200,000
    Rating - *****
    My Opinion- can fit in to any team without an introduction. Best played in the 
    holding role infront of defence but great for cover further back and out to the 
    right. Can also make a good captain and will perform consistently well in a few 
    years time.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Gareth Williams
    Age- 20
    Position(s)- midfielder, centre
    Club- Notts Forest
    Value- o1,000,000
    Rating - ***
    My Opinion- needs a lot of time to develop and won't come out swimming if thrown 
    in the deep end early on. Best left to play a few seasons in the reserves or out 
    on loan. Very creative and a good paring with David Bryan.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Joe Cole
    Age- 20
    Position(s)- attacking midfielder left and centre
    Club- West Ham
    Value- o4,800,000
    Rating - *****
    My Opinion- best played behind the front two, this player can only get better. 
    Two footed, great passing, creative, strong, never out of running and a good 
    choice for captain.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Darren Fletcher
    Age- 18
    Position(s)- attacking midfielder, right and centre
    Club- Man U
    Value- o1,100,000
    Rating - *****
    My Opinion- needs to develop but best to be thrown in. great passing and very 
    creative. Problem is to get him off Man u for a good price. Tricky.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Michael Carrick
    Age- 20
    Position(s)- defensive midfielder, centre
    Club- West Ham
    Value- o3,700,000
    Rating - ****
    My Opinion- needs around a season of squad rotation before being considered as 
    an essential player. His marking and tackling stats should rise over time, but 
    before you know it he'll be a candidate for captain and have a great long shot.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Eugen Bopp
    Age- 18
    Position(s)- Midfielder, right and centre
    Club- Notts Forest
    Value- o750,000
    Rating - ***
    My Opinion- due to his lack of pace it is recommended that you play him in the 
    middle with instructions to cross the ball. This way he may drift out wide and 
    play a few in without getting caught out. Needs to time to develop but is a 
    great investment for the future.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Harry Kewell
    Age- 23
    Position(s)- attacking midfielder/forward left and centre
    Club- Leeds
    Value- o9,000,000
    Rating - *****
    My Opinion- fast and lethal. Even more deadly when given a free role in the 
    team. Great to bring on when the team needs a lift but his quality ensures a 
    first team place every time.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Juan Sebastian Veron
    Age- 27
    Position(s)- attacking midfielder, central
    Club- Man U
    Value- o17,000,000
    Rating - *****
    My Opinion- the best player in the game hands down. Everything he touches turns 
    to either goals or a great attacking move. Great at free kicks and is best 
    played as captain with a free role.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Jun-ichi Inamoto
    Age- 22
    Position(s)- defensive midfielder, central
    Club- Fulham
    Value- o2,700,000
    Rating - ****
    My Opinion- forget the position, play him as an attacking player. He's like the 
    younger version of Veron when at the top of his game, minus the impressive 
    stats. A loyal and professional player, very cheap in wages too.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Hugo Viana
    Age- 19
    Position(s)- attacking midfielder, central
    Club- Newcastle
    Value- o3,500,000
    Rating - *****
    My Opinion- think of the younger version of Zidane. Tons of flair and has great 
    vision yet still has plenty of room for potential. A must buy.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Jermaine Jenas
    Age- 19
    Position(s)- defensive midfielder, central
    Club- Newcastle
    Value- o2,000,000
    Rating - ****
    My Opinion- great partner for Carrick and very similar.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Kieron Dyer
    Age-23
    Position(s)- defensive midfielder, right and centre
    Club- Newcastle
    Value- o6,500,000
    Rating - *****
    My Opinion- like Inamoto, forget his position and give him an attacking role. 
    Has great vision and is of immense value to any team. Very loyal and a true 
    professional.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Martin Rowlands
    Age- 23
    Position(s)- attacking midfielder right and centre
    Club- Brentford
    Value- o400,000
    Rating - ***
    My Opinion- great buy for lower league teams. Best played out wide due to his 
    quality crossing and good dribbling. Low on wages and good value for the 
    performances he will put in over the course of a season.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Lee Bowyer
    Age- 25
    Position(s)- midfielder, right and centre
    Club- Leeds
    Value- o4,800,000
    Rating - *****
    My Opinion- the cheaper alternative to David Beckham, and most often my 
    preferred choice due to the difference in price. Best played in the centre but 
    constantly finds himself out on the wing for my team. Is loyal and a great 
    player for those looking for a bit of quality in the middle. Good wages for a 
    class player too.
    
    Name: Patrick Vieira
    Age: 26
    Position: Defensive Midfielder
    Club: Arsenal (Booo!)
    Value: o20,500,000
    Rating: *****
    (Thanks to Scott Newby)
    My Opinion: Arguably the best midfielder in the Premier League, Vieira is a 
    world class talent that, if you had the money, would be a prefect buy. Hell, the 
    problem is his huge price sum that he's worth, and the fact that he plays for 
    Arsenal! Nah, seriously, Patrick is a superb player, and along with Veron, 
    probably the best midfielder in the game. 
    
    Name: Tomas Rosicky
    Age: Unknown
    Position: Attacking (Right)
    Club: AC Milan, not sure
    Value œ25,000,000 in 1 season
    Rating: ***
    (Thanks to Alcoeurogarcy@aol.com )
    
    Name: .Van Der Vaart
    Age: 25, I think
    Position: Attacking (Left)
    Club: Feyenoord
    Value: Around œ10 - 15,000,000
    Rating: ****
    Thanks to Alcoeurogarcy@aol.com 
    
    ==========================
    d. FORWARDS
    ==========================
    
    Name: Ruud Van Nistelrooy
    Age: 26
    Side Position: Striker
    Team: Manchester United (P)
    Fee: o19,500,000
    Star Rating: *****
    My Opinion: Absolutely superb striker. The problem is trying to persuade Man Utd 
    to release him because he is really a superb buy. His price is considerably 
    high, but I guarantee he is worth the money. Nothing much else to say, really!
    
    Name: Youri Djorkaeff
    Age: 35
    Side Position: Forward (Also Attacking Midfielder)
    Team: Bolton Wanderers (P)
    Fee: o2,100,000
    Star Rating: ****
    My Opinion: Youri Djorkaeff is a great buy, and I was very surprised to see him 
    so cheap. He really does play well at front on this game, and plays just as good 
    in an attacking midfielder role. He did score on his debut for me, which is a 
    damn good sign of a quality player. Bolton aren't too fussy about letting him go 
    either.
    
    Name: Marco Simone
    Age: 34
    Side Position: Striker
    Team: Monaco (France)
    Fee: o750,000
    Star Rating: ****
    My Opinion: This is one on my best signings I've ever done. You see, I put Luke 
    Chadwick (I was man Utd) on the transfer list. Now, Monaco wanted Chadwick for 2 
    Million, I think. So I decided a part exchange, and picked Simone because his 
    stats looked good, even though I never heard of him. I got him for free, and now 
    he's scored 18 goals in 1 season for me. He is a world class talent. Very, very 
    cheap too. Monaco let him go as well, and his contracts are very good. An under-
    rated talent. 
    
    Name: Andrea Pirlo
    Age: 23
    Side Position: Striker
    Team: AC Milan (Italy)
    Fee: o3,500,000
    Star Rating: ****
    (Thanks to fozzyflop)
    My Opinion: Andrea Pirlo is a huge talent of AC Milan that is sure to be a big 
    hitter. According to 'fozzyflop' on the message boards:
    
    '...he is amazing as a striker, behind the front two...The most I have sold him 
    for 
    is 45 million!'
    
    As you can tell, he is good, very good. Let me tell you, I signed him and what a 
    player! He scores occasionally, never gets into any real trouble and plays with 
    good ratings. Well worth 3 and a half million!
    
    Name: Catanha 
    Age: 30 
    Side Position: Striker 
    Team: Celta Vigo (Spain) 
    Fee: o8,500,000 
    Star Rating: ***** 
    My Opinion: Heard of Catanha before? No, not Cantona! Catanha, a Spanish striker 
    who is my greatest find on Championship Manager. He is an absolutely superb 
    purchase for your team, and I highly recommend him for a buy. The only problem 
    is that Celta may be a little harsh in letting him go, and it took me a whole 
    season one time to get him, so beware of that. Besides that, Catanha is a goal-
    scoring machine, and is a great free kicker too. Buy him today!  
     
    Name: Landon Donavan
    Age: 20
    Side Position: Forward
    Team: San Jose Earthquakes (America)
    Fee: o3,500,000
    Star Rating: **** 
    (thanks to james2)
    My Opinion: You probably won't of heard of this guy, well, I didn't until james2 
    mentioned him on the message boards, and thanks very much james2, you have found 
    one hell of a great player! He frequently scores, and is pretty cheap at only 3 
    million. I am glad I bought him because he is a great backup for my team and 
    never complains about me lol. PLEASE NOTE to buy this player, you will need to 
    manage an American team OR have America as a background league. More on 
    background leagues coming in my other FAQ. Here's a note from James2:
    
    "When you get him, place him in training and train him up as an attacking 
    midfielder. This way he can cover for midfield and attack while he `charges' his 
    stats up. To keep his work permit happy, bring him on towards the end of games 
    and give him the odd start. This is a player of immense quality and I cannot 
    tell you enough how much value he is to a team. Give him time and he should 
    start scoring frequently."
    
    Name: Portillo 
    Age: 20
    Side Position: Stiker
    Team: Real Madrid (Maybe 'B' team, not sure)
    Fee: o3,700,000
    Star Rating: *** 
    (Thanks to andy78uk@aol.com) 
    My Opinion: I have recently bought this player, and he has lived up to the hype 
    andy78uk@aol told me. He is a good goal scorer, and is very cheap. This is the 
    email I received from andy: 
     
    ' Portillo from Real Madrid. In the last 2 seasons for me he has scored 49 in 49 
    and so far this season he has scored 32 in 19. He is a seriously good player.'
     
    He's right you know. Portillo is a pretty good player, so you should use him for 
    a sub or a frequent main player, depending on who you are managing. PLEASE NOTE 
    to buy this player, you will need to manage a Spanish team OR have Spain as a 
    background league. More on background leagues coming in my other FAQ.
    
    Name: Ednilson
    Age: 20
    Side Position: Defensive Midfielder 
    Team: Benfica (Portugal)
    Fee: o500,000
    Rating: **** 
    (Thanks to James2)
    My Opinion: This kid's a good talent, let me tell you. I was recommended by 
    James2 off the message boards, and what a recommendation! This kid is young and 
    fast and a good goalscorer. But he is a bit young, but that don't matter! Here's 
    what James2 said about this guy:
    
    "this kid is a fantastic prospect for the future, but you'll need to give him a 
    rotation role to get him into your team. offer 4 million to paid over 6 months 
    and hes yours. i played him behind the front two in a champions league match 
    just now (i was short for players so i decided to give him his debut) and he 
    scored twice! against M.Haifa!"
    
    Name: Justin Georcelin
    Age: 17
    Side Position: Striker (Centre)
    Team: Northampton (D2)
    Fee: Around o1,000,000
    Rating: ***
    (Thanks to James2)
    My Opinion: OK, so he plays for Northampton? So what? This guys pretty slick, 
    and a top scorer, let me guarantee you that! He did score 6 goals in 4 games, so 
    that's a pretty classy record, you must say. The only problem I found with him 
    is that he got injured three times in 6 months, and when he DID get to play, he 
    usually got cards, and he got a lot for a forward! But still, very cheap and 
    very good. Hey, Roma wanted him on my game!
    
    Name: David Bellion
    Age: 20
    Side Position: Forward 
    Team: Sunderland (P)
    Fee: o1,100,000
    Rating: *** 1/2
    My Opinion: David Bellion is a great sub player for your team, but I wouldn't 
    say he's a top class player that should stay in your team. I kept his as my 
    reserve for van Nistelrooy on my game, and it worked perfectly! He does scores 
    frequently though, and a good player for the smaller teams. A cheap buy, but a 
    pretty good one in my opinion.
    
    Name: Lucas Cornwall
    Age: 22
    Side Position: Forward 
    Team: Fulham (P)
    Fee: o1,700,000
    Rating: *** 1/2
    (Thanks to James2)
    My Opinion: Never heard of Lucas Cornwall? Well, the Fulham fans probably have, 
    but I hadn't. Not until championship manager, anyway lmao. This guys a good all 
    round forward, and he has scored frequently on my friends game. Again, the 
    problem with this striker is that he does get injured more than other players, 
    as I must agree with Scottyishere1 on the message boards. But he's very cheap 
    but very talented, so a great buy really.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Cherno Samba
    Age- 16
    Position(s)- striker
    Club- Millwall
    Value- o925,000
    Rating - ****
    My Opinion- not as good as Georcelin but should be trained in the same way. Gets 
    a little impatient so look to loan him out once in a while.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Jonathan Stevenson
    Age- 19
    Position(s)- striker
    Club- Leicester
    Value- o1,200,000
    Rating - ****
    My Opinion- a good player to keep on the bench. He will develop into a quality 
    player and should score frequently when he turns 21.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Ian Armstrong
    Age- 20
    Position(s)- forward right left centre
    Club- Port Vale
    Value- o170,000
    Rating - ****
    My Opinion- cheaper alternative to Stevenson but comes less talented. Should 
    settle in no time and start banging goals in but only as a squad rotation 
    player.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Lee Hughes
    Age- 26
    Position(s)- striker
    Club- West Bromich Albion
    Value- o3,800,000
    Rating - *****
    My Opinion- oozes potential and his stats will rise quickly. This is a great 
    example of buying players who aren't famous and making them world class. Should 
    hit the net 30 times in a season.
    
    (Thanks to James2)
    Name- Alan Smith
    Age- 21
    Position(s)- striker
    Club- Leeds
    Value- o6,500,000
    Rating - *****
    My Opinion- my favourite forward in the game. Has great flair, finishing, 
    dribbling and anticipation. Being two footed means I can shuffle him around in a 
    squad already swimming with stars. If you want 40 goals a season then buy this 
    player now. You will not regret it.
    
    Name: Andrei Schevchenko
    Age: 25
    Position: Striker
    Club: AC Milan
    Value: o25,000,000
    Rating: *****
    (Thanks to Scott Newby)
    My Opinion: Huh, don't even bother asking about the price! Yeah, Schevchenko is 
    really o25 million pounds, yet Figo is only 13 million? What has happened in the 
    world of CM? Anyway, Andrei (or Andriy, whatever) Schevchenko is a hell of a 
    player that is a top goalscorer and a first class person to have on your team. 
    As you can see, he is a bit pricey, and in my personal opinion, he is WAY too 
    over-priced, if that makes sense. But if you got 25 to 30 million pounds spare, 
    then go for him, you won't regret it.
    
    Name: Javier Saviola
    Age: 20
    Position: Central 
    Club: FC Barcelona
    Value: o16,000,000
    Rating: *****
    (Thanks to Scott Newby)
    My Opinion: Barcelona is my top European team, apart form Man Utd, and Javier 
    Saviola is probably Barcelona's best talent. He's quick, smart, superb at 
    shooting and simply a huge talent for the future. The good thing is that he's 
    only 20! So he's got plenty of years in him, compared to the likes of Schmeichel 
    and Montero, so you will get him for years and years unless you sell him, of 
    course, but why would you want to do that?!
    
    Name: Raœl
    Age: 25
    Position: Left + Centre
    Club: Real Madrid
    Value: o18,250,000
    Rating: *****
    (Thanks to Scott Newby)
    My Opinion: The `David Beckham of Spain' is one of the world's biggest players, 
    and so he should be. He's incredibly quick, a top goal scoring machine and worth 
    every penny in the 18 million he's worth. Again, a big price that the likes of 
    Cardiff City or Everton, for example, aren't exactly going to afford, so top 
    teams all over Europe are the only teams that will afford this superb player. 
    Great buy, just too dear again.
    
    Name: Patrick Kluivert
    Age: 26
    Position: Central
    Club: Barcelona
    Value: o20,000,000
    Rating: *****
    My Opinion: Again, one of Barcelona's biggest players and if you buy him, he 
    will send you up the league/s instantly. He scores frequently, he doesn't 
    usually get many cards, he has got injured twice for me though but they were 
    minor injuries. Barcelona would regret losing a player of Kluiverts' talent, so 
    getting him will be a hard task. 20 million pounds is a lot of money so big 
    teams are able to afford him. But the big question is would Barcelona have the 
    balls to sell him?
    
    Name: Roque Santa Cruz
    Age: ??
    Position: Forward
    Club: AC Milan (?)
    Value: About 15,000,000
    Rating: ****
    Thanks to Alcoeurogarcy@aol.com
    
    Name: Mutu
    Age: ??
    Position: Striker
    Club: Unknown
    Value: œ5,000,000
    Rating: ***
    Thanks to Alcoeurogarcy@aol.com
    
    Name: Adriano
    Age: ??
    Position: Forward
    Club: Unknown
    Value: Unknown
    Rating: ***
    Thanks to Alcoeurogarcy@aol.com
    
    Name: Craig Bellamy
    Age: 23
    Position: Striker
    Club: Newcastle United
    Value: œ7,500,000, I think
    Rating: ****
    My Opinion: A good young striker, and he's added not just because he's a good 
    striker, but because he's Welsh, like me! Nah, seriously, he is a frequent 
    goalscorer (top scorer on my old game) and pretty cheap. Newcastle do find him 
    useful though.
    
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    IV. CHAMP MANAGER DREAM XI AND CHEAP PLAYERS XI
    -----------------------------------------------
    Tip: To search for the players details, just press CTRL+F, enter the name of the
    player you want, and choose 'Search up'. It'll then show you the player!
    
    This is just a team of some of the best players on my list, and the positions 
    you should play them. Check it out! And if you print this out, don't go saying
    you done this and this is your creation, because this took me about an hour to
    do and I'm very proud of it! 
    
    The new Cheap Players XI consists of a team of the cheaper players that play as 
    good as this Dream XI. So if you are a lower league team, try out this team of 
    players!
    
    PS. Above the players names are the positions where you should play them, just 
    in case you don't get too confused!
    
                                      /---------\
    (C)Luke O'Mac 2003________________l_BARTHEZ_l___________________________________        
    l                    I         l     (GK)      l         I                     l 
    l    (DL)            I         l_______________l         I           (DR)      l
    l   CARLOS           I               (DC)                I         LIZARAZU    l
    l                    I              THURAM               I                     l
    l                    I                                   I                     l
    l                    I___________________________________I                     l
    l                              \     (DM)      /                               l
    l                               \   DAVIDS    /                                l
    l                                \           /                                 l
    l    (ML)                         \_________/                       (MR)       l
    l    GIGGS             (MC)                                        BECKHAM     l
    l     II               VERON                (AM)                      II       l
    l     II                                    FIGO                      II       l
    l     II                    ________________________                  II       l
    l     II                   /                        \                 II       l
    l    \  /                 /                 (FD)     \               \  /      l
    l     \/                 /    (ST)         CATANHA    \               \/       l
    l                       / V. NISTELROOY__              \                       l
    l                      /              /  \              \                      l
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
     
    SUBSTITUTIONS BENCH
    
    OLIVER KAHN (GK)
    FRANCESCO TOTTI (MD)
    WALTER SAMUEL(DF)
    THIERRY HENRY(FD)
    BOJAN DJORDIC (MD)
    MIKAEL SILVESTRE (DF)
    
    Of course, this Championship Manager 02/03 XI may change during the updates.
    
    ========================
    CHEAP PLAYERS XI
    ========================
                                      /---------\
    (C)Luke O'Mac 2003________________I_CARROLL_I___________________________________        
    l                    I         I     (GK)      I         I                     l 
    l    (DL)            I   (DC)  I_______________I         I           (DR)      l
    l   O'SHEA           I  LAURSEN                   (DC)   I        LIZARAZU     l
    l                    I                 o         HOFLAND I                     l
    l                    I                                   I                     l
    l                    \___________________________________/                     l
    l                              \               /                               l
    l                               \             /                                l
    l                                \           /                                 l
    l    (ML)                         \_________/                       (MR)       l
    l   BJORDIC            (MC)                                        BOSVELT     l
    l                      GRAY                 (AM)                               l
    l                                         DJORKAEFF                            l
    l                           ________________________                           l
    l                          /                        \                          l
    l                         /                 (FD)     \                         l
    l                        /    (ST)         DONAVON    \                        l
    l                       /    SIMONE    __              \                       l
    l                      /              /  \              \                      l
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
    
    SUBSTITUTIONS BENCH
    
    JUSTIN GEORCELIN (ST)
    DARREN FLETCHER (MD)
    CHERNO SAMBA (ST)
    PAUL ROBINSON (GK)
    DANNY MILLS (DF)
    CHRIS CARRUTHERS (MD)
    
    Look! Both of them are done!
    
    Know any more good players that are cheap? Email me the players at 
    mariotakeiteasy@hotmail.com. I'll definitely give you full credit.
    
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    V. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
    ------------------------------------
    
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    1. How do I get to be an international manager?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    A. When the choice comes up to choose a country, choose one (Recommended - 
    England) Now, say if you want to be WALES manager, then go to a team in England
    that has a welsh player (i.e. Ryan Giggs, Man United) Now, choose Man Utd, look
    for Giggs and click on his name. At the bottom will be some stats about his
    position, etc. Now click on the nationality on the bottom and then the national
    squad shall appear. Next, just click on 'Take Control' on the right hand side.
    
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    2. How do I sign (Enter name)?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    A. There isn't a way really to sign a person. It's up to the team and the 
    Player if they want to leave their team to join yours. But remember to put in a 
    fair contract though. Never go under what they demand.
    
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    3. I try to sign somebody but it's always delayed because of no current space.
    Sometimes, it's delayed to a month like January, even though I signed him in 
    October. Why?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    A. This is because of mainly 2 reasons. One is that you have signed him up to be
    a player/coach. It may be delayed because of this reason because you already
    have the maximum number of coaches, so you may need to sack one. Another 
    reason that it is being delayed maybe that you have too many players in your 
    main team. Another reason is that the transfer window is in place, so, it won't 
    let anybody join, or leave your team during a period of time.
    
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    4. Who is better - (Enter name) or (Enter Name)?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    A. Um, why do you think Eidos and SI Games put the 'Compare Players' option on
    Championship Manager? Damn!
    
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    5. Why is/are my player/s unhappy?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    A. Ok, this is a FAQ about buying players, but what the heck! Make sure you keep 
    a good relationship with your players. Don't discipline them for no reason, and
    give your honest opinion when the media criticize or praise a player. I'll 
    explain this with more depth in my other FAQ
    
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    6. Help! I looked for a player on your list and he isn't at the team you say!
    Why? Please tell me!
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    A. . Two reasons, really. One is that maybe, just maybe he signed for a new 
    team. So you need to do what I said near the top of the list - Go on the 'Find'
    players option, and search for his name. If his name still doesn't appear, then
    I dunno, I must have spelt the name wrong. If I did, just email me. Also, check 
    out *Note 4* for another reason that may be why you can't find them.
    
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    7. Help! I keep losing!
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    A. No offence buddy, but this FAQ is The Top Players ONLY Guide, not a 'Help 
    Me!' guide, so don't try emailing me either for help on winning for this FAQ! 
    Try reading my other FAQ! Or try James2 cool FAQ!
    
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    8. Is Championship Manager 4 coming out on Xbox?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    A. Well, apparently, YES! It is! And that's official, my friends! So get ready 
    for my Championship Manager 4 FAQ coming soon! Lol.
    
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    9. Who is Luke O'Mac?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    A. Ah, that is a question that only the brave can answer. So I can answer it for 
    you then, lol. Luke O'Mac is Luke McCarthy-Reed, a 14 year old kid from Wales 
    (Don't start about the sheep!!) who is a big fan of WWE, Football, Man Utd and 
    Motor Racing and Rallying. Don't forget PS2 and XBox of course. Hey, I'm not 
    telling you something that you don't already know! SO I told my self, Mario, 
    Take It Easy! (If you played Vice city you'll know what that means, lmao)
    
    ------------------------------------
    VI. Contacting Luke O'Mac
    ------------------------------------
    If you want to get through to Luke O'Mac, then there are a few ways. 
    
    1. My email address is mariotakeiteasy@hotmail.com. Email me here and I'll
    guarantee you a reply.
    
    2. I also have MSN Messenger. Use that email address to add me to your list, but
    ALWAYS remember that when I am online, you must tell me that you added me 
    because of my FAQ/s on GameFaqs.com or whatever sites this is being hosted by, 
    OK? Good, because it gets a bit confusing.
    
    3. I am regularly on the message boards, especially the Halo, Splinter Cell, WWE 
    Raw 2 and RCT message boards on Xbox. Sometimes I am on The Sims on PS2 too. You 
    can ask me a question or what not there.
    
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    VII. CREDITS
    ------------------------------------
    
    This FAQ wouldn't be possible if I wasn't for everyone here, so big thanks to 
    everybody mentioned here:
    
    Eidos and SI Games- for creating Championship Manager
    
    Microsoft, except for Bill Gates - for creating the Xbox beast
    
    CJayC - for accepting this FAQ and making a hell of a site
    
    GameFaqs.com - for being such a superb site with loads of info about all games
    
    Gamefaqs Message Boards - for giving me the great players.
    
    Thanks to these people for saying the players on the message board or emailing 
    players:
    
    James2
    Wheat
    Chopper
    Silly Billy
    McGreal
    NeMeSiS vEnOmOuS
    Scottyishere1
    Freebase
    Fozzyflop
    ChampManFan
    GameWinners.com
    GamesMaster magazine
    Scott Newby
    Chris Holloway
    Alcoeurogarcy@aol.com 
    
    Big Thanks to BenjG for the massive help for the FAQ
    
    HUMONGOUS thanks to James2 for his incredible contribution, Big up big time 
    dude. Nice one 8)
    
    Thanks also to www.gamenation.com.au, www.cheatcc.com, www.neoseeker.com, 
    www.games-realm.com and my site (lol) for also hosting this FAQ. If I've missed 
    anyone out, sorry!
    
    Thanks to me for producing this FAQ. Thanks me!
    
    Last but not least, thanks to you of course for reading this FAQ. 
    
    -----------------------------------
    Thank you again for reading my FAQ. Now get on Championship Manager and get
    those players! This is a farewell, for the *sobs* last time *runs off crying*.
    
    Ta ta chums, hope you will remember me on the CM4 boards for Xbox when it comes 
    out soon!
    
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