Everton use Football Manager for real
Liverpudlian Premier League football team Everton have this week revealed plans to work with Sports Interactive in order give manager David Moyes access to Football Manager 2009's database of 370,000 players and staff.
So accurate is the data compiled in the game that Everton are hopeful access to the database will add Moyes' decisions, the game's routines credited with spotting real world stars like Wayne Rooney and Lionel Messi in the past, before 'real' scouts and coaches started paying attention.
Sports Interactive's Paul Collyer is an Everton fan, and he's particularly pleased FM can lend a hand: "The game’s database is a valuable resource with the most extensive scouting network in football so Everton FC is making a top signing. I am personally delighted with today’s announcement as I’m a Toffees fan. Standing on the pitch with my signing on shirt is as close to my boyhood dream of playing at Goodison Park as I will ever get."
Football Manager 2009 is out now on PC and Mac.