Championship Manager, From Championship Manager to failure – 5 who flopped

From Championship Manager to failure – 5 who flopped

Everyone has their favourite Champ manager story, that one signing who made their season. Mine came on Championship Manager 99/00 and the one-named player Onesimo.

The Spanish left/central forward was a revelation for my game when picking him up on a free ahead of my first season. He didn’t gel with the team, had a low work-rate but boy could he bang them in. In the two seasons I had him before he moved on, he’d notched over 100 goals in all competitions.

As is often the case though, when looking at ‘real world’ players, their online persona and virtual achievements tend not to marry up to their actual careers on the pitch.

Here’s five players whose Champ manager heroics didn’t quite translate as digital and real clashed.

From pixels to pitch – 5 footballing cases where the virtual didn’t match the real

Tonton Zola Moukoko (Championship Manager 99/00)

Moukoko, a Congolese-born Swede started the 99/00 edition of Championship Manager in Derby’s youth side after transferring from Djurgardens U-19 side as a 15-year-old. Reports at the time said that he’d turned down a rival bid from Serie A and world football giants AC Milan.

Much was hoped for from the much-hyped youngster but this hope failed to materialise and early in the 2002/03 season Moukaka returned home to Sweden with the youngster suffering family issues and falling out with the Derby management over his studying. The usual ‘mutual consent’ was given as the reason with then Rams Academy director Terry Westley saying: “We’ve reached a point where it is in the best interests of everyone concerned, for Tonton to return to Sweden and we wish him well in the future.”

Moukoko, who is still only 32, was last playing for Swedish fourth-tier side IFK Lidingowho play in the Östra Svealand division.

Serge Makofo (Championship Manager 4)

Kinshasha-born Congolese striker/right-wing Makofo came to prominence through then new ‘franchise’ club Milton Keynes Dons, making his début in a 2-1 Football League Trophy defeat against Bristol City in November 2004. In total he made 20 appearances for MK Dons, scoring 13 goals, before being released in 2004.

His form and potential made him a ‘must sign’ player who would almost always progress to a higher standard and level. After leaving MK Dons, Makofo bounced around the non-league scene starting with Kettering Town, before appearing for the likes of Grimsby Town and Whitehawk. Makofo signed for Grimsby in 2011 on a three-year deal in a piece of business that chairman John Fenty later criticised saying: “Looking back in hindsight, the signing of Serge on a three-year deal was a disaster. It comes down to homework and we got it wrong.”

Makofo is currently on the books at non-league side Tooting and Micham, having joined from Whitehawk on a free transfer at the opening of the summer 2015 transfer window.

Click the ‘Page 2’ link for the final three career flops

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